Tamanend Connections

Tamanend Together!

October 16, 2020

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Our student activities clubs and groups are gearing up for a great year! Extra curricular opportunities provide students opportunities to explore interests, make connections with in-class learning, have fun, and make friends. In this edition of Tamanend Connections you will find several examples of student clubs and extra curricular activities. Extra curricular activity meetings are announced in the daily Good Morning Tamanend announcements. At this time, extracurricular clubs and meetings are being held virtually.


Tamanend Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness--Tuesday, October 20 and Friday, October 23

Tamanend Parent Book Club--Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 PM via Teams. Click here for link.

Election Day will be 100% Virtual Learning Day--Tuesday, November 3

End of 1st Marking Period--Tuesday, November 10

Veteran's Day Presentation--Wednesday, November 11

Parent Council--Thursday, November 19



  • REMINDER: Winter sports--GIRLS BASKETBALL, WRESTLING--will begin in mid-November. (Boys Basketball will begin in January.) Details about the upcoming Winter season will be provided over the next few weeks. If you are interested in participating, there are several specific items (PIAA physical, Family ID, and concussion testing) that need to be completed prior to the start of the Winter sports season. Those items are outlined and explained on the Tamanend Athletics web page which can be found HERE. Family ID will open for registration on October 25th.
  • Students interested in wrestling are invited to watch the team’s 2020-2021 Promotional Video
  • REMINDER: Please keep in mind that students must go home at the end of the school day. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete and parent/guardian to coordinate transportation back to school on days of practices/games, as well as for away games.
  • REMINDER: With games underway, it is important to understand and follow the district’s policy on spectators:
    • Student-athletes received two (2) athletic game passes per family. Those passes must be carried at all times. Anyone who cannot produce a game pass will be asked to leave campus.
    • Passes are valid for home and away games due to all 7th and 8th Grade games being played within Central Bucks School District.
    • All spectators must wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.
  • REMINDER: Attendance at any event is subject to appropriate behavior and adherence to CBSD athletic and districtwide health and safety plans. Anyone who refuses to adhere to guidelines will be asked to leave campus.


  • Family ID is now open for CB South Winter sports. If you are interested in playing a Winter sport, you must register on Family ID by November 1st. Visit the CB South Athletics web page for more details.

COVID-19 Screenings for 7th & 8th Grade Athletes

All 7th and 8th Grade Tamanend athletes are reminded to complete the COVID-19 screening each day they have a game or practice. Click HERE to access the screening.

Athletic Schedule

Monday, 10/19

  • 7th Grade Field Hockey vs. Tohickon (Home; 3:15)
  • 7th Grade Soccer vs. Tohickon (Home; 3:15)
  • 8th Grade Field Hockey at Tohickon (Away; 3:15)
  • 8th Grade Soccer @ Tohickon (Away; 3:15)

Tuesday, 10/20

  • 7th Grade Football @ Unami (Away; 3:15)
  • Boys Tennis vs. Tohickon (Home; 3:15)
  • Girls Tennis @ Tohickon (Away; 3:15)

Wednesday, 10/21

  • No Contests

Thursday, 10/22

  • No Contests

Friday, 10/23

  • 8th Grade Field Hockey vs. Unami (Home; 3:15)
  • 8th Grade Soccer vs. Unami (Home; 3:15)
  • 7th Grade Field Hockey at Unami (Away; 3:15)
  • 7th Grade Soccer at Unami (Away; 3:15)
  • Girls Tennis vs. Unami (Home; 3:15)
  • Boys Tennis at Unami (Away; 3:15)


Tamanend Honors National Junior Honor Society Inductees in Virtual Ceremony

Congratulations to our 2020 National Junior Honor Society Inductees! Members of last year's 8th and 9th Grade classes were inducted into the society as part of a virtual ceremony. Thank you to our NJHS officers and advisors Sra. Murray and Sra. Mars for their hard work on this ceremony.

Tamanend Pick Out is October 20 & October 23

Join Tamanend Middle School as we participate in American Cancer Society Denim Days Pink Out. Denim Days Sponsored by Buckle brings us together to help save lives from breast cancer in a fun and unique way. We will celebrate the Denim Days Pink Out on Tuesday, October 20 and on Friday, October 23, 2020. This event brings people together to help free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. Wear jeans and pink to school on October 20 and 23. If you would like to make a donation, click here. Donations will help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable. Wear your jeans and your PINK proudly on Tuesday, 10/20 and Friday, 10/23! Thank you!

Help Us Honor Veterans in Our Community

As Veterans Day approaches, Tamanend Middle School would like to honor those who have served our country. On Wednesday, November 11th we will hold our Veterans Day Assembly virtually. We would like this presentation to be meaningful, not just for our students, but also for local veterans in our community and their families. As such, if you have pictures of friends and/or family who have served in the armed forces who we can recognize, please send them, along with their name, military branch, years served, and rank to Jeff Klein (jklein@cbsd.org) by November 6th. Thank you.

Reminder--SouthSide Stem Club

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Reminder--Mock Trial Team for 9th Graders

Do you want to improve your speaking and analysis skills? Do you like exploring legal issues of everyday events? Or, just want to spend some time hanging out with Mr. Sterner and Mr. Heisey? We are pleased to offer the Mock Trial Club at Tamamend for any interested 9th graders. It’s a great way to learn about the legal profession and debate your way through an actual case as either a lawyer or a witness, as well as build your skills for future participation and competition at CB South. Please e-mail Mr. Heisey (jheisey@cbsd.org) or Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) if you are interested. Thank you!

Reminder--Tamanend Today Club

While we can’t currently run Tamanend Today, our live weekly TV show, we are still seeking interested students who enjoy broadcast media and video production. We have some ideas for production until we can go live again, and we would like your ideas for when we can go live. Until then, join us and be a part of producing meaningful, pre-recorded broadcasts and features. If media production is your thing, please reach out via e-mail to Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) or Mr. Landis (mdlandis@cbsd.org) to be part of our Tamanend Today Club! Thank you!

Reminder--Roaring Voices Review (Tamanend's Literary Magazine)

Do you like having an impactful voice through writing, art, and/or photography? Then please join us as part of Roaring Voices Review, Tamanend’s own literary magazine. Please let Mrs. Mancini (lmancini@cbsd.org) or Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) know if you are interested via e-mail, and we will alert you to our first meeting. Thank you!

Reminder--Students Should Check Outlook Email Daily

A reminder that students should check their Outlook email daily for important reminders and information from teachers. This is another great way to stay connected.


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Communicating Absences

Teachers will be taking attendance every class period during hybrid learning. If your child is unable to participate in hybrid learning during all or part of the day due to illness or medical appointment, please report your child's absence in any of the following ways:

Please note for Hybrid students: If your child is participating online from home due to illness on a day he or she is scheduled to be in the building, please contact Attendance. Your child will receive Attendance credit for participating online that day if he/she is logging on to Teams calls and participating in classes.

Screening and Self-Reporting

One of the most important things everyone, students and staff, can do is stay home when they are sick. Families will monitor their child daily for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 before sending them to school each day. As always, any student who becomes ill while in school will visit the nurse. It is also critically important for every one to self-report if they have had known, direct exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, they may not return to school until the following three criteria are met:

  • isolation restrictions dictated by the Bucks County Department of Health are lifted, AND
  • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, OR if asymptomatic, 10 days since the date of their positive test, AND
  • once they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication

The individual will need to report directly to the health suite upon returning to school to be evaluated by the school nurse. A"flowchart," found below, has been prepared to help families determine when to send their child to school.

What to Do If Your Child Is Sick

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Want To Learn the Latest About Hybrid Learning?

Click here to visit the Tamanend Hybrid Learning Quick Reference Guide.

Click here to read the 2020-2021 CB Return to School Guide.

Reminder--Please Update Emergency & Census Information in Parent Portal

Each year, the Central Bucks School District requires our families to update emergency and census information in Parent Portal. This takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:

  • Demographic Information
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration
  • Media Release Preferences

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please follow this link to request one. If you need help with your Parent Portal account, please contact your child’s school for assistance.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to update this important information!


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Reminder--Technology Support

The Innovation and Technology Department has created this webpage to explain the many ways to access technology support.


Reminder--9th-12th Grade Student Technology Toolkit

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Reminder--Required 7th Grade Dental Exams

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders by October 15, 2020. Any exam given since September 1, 2019 is acceptable. Please email your dental form to our certified school nurse, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976.

Reminder--Required Immunizations

The current immunization requirements for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows:

Children in kindergarten through 12th grade are required to have the following vaccines:

· 4 doses DtaP – diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (one dose must be on or after the 4th birthday)

· 4 doses Polio (one dose must be on or after the 4th birthday)

· 2 doses MMR – measles, mumps, rubella

· 3 doses Hepatitis B

· 2 doses Varicella (chicken pox)

Children entering 7th grade are also required to have:

· 1 dose Meningococcal Conjugate (meningitis)

· 1 dose Tdap – tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis

To check the immunization status of your student, go to the Portal and click on the Health tab.

Please email proof of new vaccinations to our certified school nurse, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976

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Breakfast and Lunch Available for Free to All Students

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The Central Bucks School District and Aramark are committed to providing every student with the tools they need to succeed, including nutritious meals they can enjoy at no charge. No applications are needed! Breakfast bags will be available for daily grab and go pick up in the morning in the Cafeteria. Grab a breakfast bag and start your day off by fueling your body or hold onto it and enjoy at the designated snack period. Lunch will be available to grab and go at dismissal from the Cafeteria. On Tuesdays and on Fridays, students may take home Breakfast and Lunches for the three school days they are learning online from home. Parents can also pick up breakfast and lunch meals for students on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30-12:00 at one of three locations:

CB West Visitor Entrance

CB South Gymnasium Entrance

CB East Main Office Entrance

Reminder--Free & Reduced Lunch/Breakfast Application

Families can access the online application for Free & Reduced Meals by clicking here. The application must be submitted each year.


Help with Resources

If you are experiencing a financial hardship, please know that the staff members listed below can help you and your family. We can provide assistance with food, clothing, field trips, student fees, internet access, and other issues. Please don't hesitate to contact us:

Brian Caughie, Principal bcaughie@cbsd.org

Kyle Dudley, Assistant Principal kdudley@cbsd.org

Lauren Myrtetus, Certified School Nurse lmyrtetus@cbsd.org

Jeff Klein, Guidance Counselor jklein@cbsd.org

Mandy Cammann, Guidance Counselor mcammann@cbsd.org

FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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Coats for Our Kids

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Reminder--Grandfamilies Support Group

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Reminder--Housing Information

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Nominate a Tamanend Student for the Boomerang Award

Welcome back to another year of Boomerang! Thank you so much for all of your support last year. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Boomerang Youth Recognition Award, it is a district-wide monthly program which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by one of the chosen Developmental Assets. These Developmental Assets were identified as a set of skills, experiences, relationships and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults.

Nominations for October's Boomerang Asset are due by Friday, 10/23. The chosen asset for October is Asset #10: Safety- Recognizing a young person who feels safe at home, school and in the neighborhood. Please submit your nomination through this link.
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TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 9am

This is an online event.

Parent Council is an open meeting where all parents are welcome to attend to learn more about Tamanend Middle School. Parent Council typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. There is no obligation to attend all Parent Councils and there are no elected positions. Parent Council is a forum for parents and school leaders to learn from and with each other, together. At this time, Parent Council meetings are being held virtually. Please click here to join the meeting through Teams.

Ways to Stay Connected with Tamanend

Here is a list of ways Tamanend communicates with students, families, and the community:

  • Tamanend website: includes important information, resources, calendar of school events, and daily announcements
  • Calendar of school events (posted on our website)
  • Daily announcements (scrolling on TV screens during school day and posted on our website)
  • TV show (weekly, during Advisory period)
  • Email blasts from Tamanend administration regarding important news, new procedures, and reminders
  • Parent Portal: student information, grades, and attendance
  • Tamanend Connections newsletter: useful information, important reminders, and school highlights emailed weekly during school year and posted on Tamanend website
  • Twitter: @CBTamanendMS highlights of activities, events, and daily life at Tamanend
  • CBSD app: highlights of activities, events, and daily life in Central Bucks

Para nuestras familias hispanohablantes...

¡Bienvenidos a Tamanend! Yo soy Brian Caughie, Director de Tamanend Middle School. Soy hispanohablante. Pasé mucho de mi vida en España. Estoy aquí para apoyarles a todos los estudiantes y familias en Tamanend. Favor de llamarme or escribirme (en inglés o en español) si Ud. tiene cualquier duda o pregunta.

Correo electrónico: bcaughie@cbsd.org

Oficina: (267) 893-2900

Share Good News About Tamanend Students

Tamanend students make a difference in our community. Share your story about the accomplishments and good work of a Tamanend student with Dr. Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org so that he may highlight this good news in an upcoming edition of Tamanend Connections.
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