Let's soar higher together! 2017/18 School Year

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November 2017 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - Pictured from left to right are:

Grade 8: Tyler Rodrigues and Emily Servant (Not pictured)

Grade 7: Steven Coleman (Not pictured) and Giovanna Gramolini

Grade 6: Kylie Nieves and Megan Gorman

Grade 5: Joseph Newbury and Sophie Doucet


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October 2017 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - Pictured from left to right are:

Grade 8: Ryan Rogalin and Keira McQueen

Grade 7: Nick Rielly and Angus Thomson

Grade 6: Katie Richardson and Aidan Medeiros

Grade 5: Lila Reimels and Salvatore Ross

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September 2017 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - Pictured left to right:

Gr. 8 Chace Cirillo and Edyn Bzdula

Gr. 7 Keegan Dutelle and Abigail Costa

Gr. 6 Christopher Biello and Samantha Joslyn

Gr. 5 Cadyn Teixeira and Hayleigh Korzeniowski

December 2017 Bits and bytes

Dear TMS Families,

It is already mid-term (Term 2)! Where does the time go? Be sure to check the ASPEN parent portal to see where your scholar stands. Contact his/her teacher and/or guidance counselor if there are any concerns. Please call Ms. Freitas, the Guidance Secretary, at 401-624-6762, if you are having trouble accessing the parent portal system.

Also, check out the latest newsletters from TMS Student Support Services Middle Years Newsletter Dec 2017.pdf and the Newport County Prevention Coalition Prevention Coalition Newsletter - Late Fall 2017.pdf . In them, you will find bits and bytes on a number of issues affecting our "pre-" and "full-fledged" adolescents. Topics include: handling friendship changes -- which is common in middle school, the opportunity for our tweens to "reset" during the holiday break, and the power of parent/guardian engagement when it comes to raising healthy kids who resist risky behaviors.

In addition, be sure to navigate to the TMS home page and check out the resources there (including the TMS calendar) as well as the district's Facebook page. Our Scoop.It! for TMS Families has loads of helpful content -- including resources focusing on the social-emotional challenges that are unique to teens and tweens and possible triggers and supports.

Please join us in celebrating our performers at one of our Winter Concerts:

Wednesday, December 13 - Grades 7&8 @ 7:00pm at the high school auditorium

Thursday, December 14 - Grades 5&6 @ 7:00pm at the high school auditorium

There are also in-school performances scheduled within the next few weeks, so our musicians and singers can share and showcase their talents with their peers and teachers in the audience! Bravo!

Next Friday, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm is another dance -- just for our 7th and 8th graders. Chaperones (current BCI required) are ALWAYS welcome! Join in the fun, but you will likely not win the dance off! We have some talented break-dancers at TMS!

Our teachers, as always, are busy organizing enriching off-campus excursions and in-school programs for our young scholars, and the month of December is no exception. Fifth graders head out to view the critically acclaimed film Wonder, our 7th grade historians will get up close and personal with the Gilded Age in Newport ("The Elms" and "The Breakers"), and our 6th graders will enjoy the BWANA IGUANA REPTILE ADVENTURE -- an exciting educational and entertaining reptile show featuring snakes, turtles, and lizards!

Our boys and girls RIPCOA basketball season was kicked off last week, and our scholar-athletes are in a groove! Check our calendar for game times and venues. Go Foxes!

Our CyberPatriots and Mock Trial "lawyers" are highly engaged and benefiting from the many community volunteers and experts who share their time and talents with our youngsters. Navigate here to learn more about our clubs. There's something for everybody!

As always, it is an honor to partner with you to bring a world-class education to our middle school students. Our middle school is on the move! Notwithstanding an "implementation dip" when we moved from paper-based state assessments to computer-based, TMS consistently outperforms 2/3 (and rising) of the middle schools in the state, and TMS' accountability rating is the highest it has been in a decade. This is due to the hard work of our students and their teachers and specialists -- and also due to YOUR support and collaboration. Let's continue to soar higher, together!

May the holiday season be one of happiness, health, and heartwarming gatherings -- big and small.

November 2017 Bits and Bytes

Happy Fall y'all! Please take the time to link to our November 2017 Middle Years Newsletter . In it, you will find bits and bytes on various tween-centric issues, such as: the importance of respect for self, others, and the environment; encouraging self advocacy skills “agency” in your student; and how conversation connects people (more than texting does). Enjoy!

It has been a productive season of learning -- replete with enriching field trips (Mystic Aquarium, Boston's Freedom Trail) and exciting in-school presentations (today's musical concert, tomorrow's diversity rap and break-dancing program, last month's Ed Gerety pep talk). Our clubs and sports teams are in full swing. Cross country runners had a banner season, and Garden Club, Animal Advocates Club, Chess and Checkers Lunches, Mock Trial, CyberPatriot Competitors, Yearbook, and our performing groups are on fire! Thank you to all staff, parent and community volunteers who make it happen! It takes a village!

Spread the word: we are looking for a boys basketball coach (RIPCOA state league). Contact TMS Athletic Director, Steve Schreiner at sschreiner@tivertonschools.org if you are interested in impacting the lives of our young athletes as they grow and progress as competitors and citizens.

Reminder - Veterans Day: There is no school on Friday, November 10th, as our great nation pauses to honor all those who have served in the Armed Services. Link here for some creative ways to share the holiday with your child.

Please note: We are seeing an uptick in the number of students texting their parents from school – notably, after visiting Nurse Rocha for a health complaint that does not meet the criteria for dismissal. When Nurse Rocha informs the student that s/he does not meet the criteria for being sent home, the student circumvents policy and procedure (as outlined in the Handbook on p. 10) and texts or calls home. Thank you for supporting and collaborating with TMS staff on “nipping this issue in the bud.”

First-term report cards will be distributed next week -- Friday, Nov 17th -- to all students. Please be sure to check with your scholar to make sure she/he has brought it home. Be sure to take the opportunity to discuss current and past work habits and achievements with your scholar. Praise is always a good thing, when it is warranted, so let loose if your child hit it out of the park. If the Term-1 grade report falls short of expectations, a good strategy is to focus on the positive while also assuring your son or daughter that you will support him or her in exerting greater effort in order to reach academic goals. ...heads up: there may be various school-related documents attached to your child's report card (immunization info, etc.).

Our Grade 5 and 6 Dance is Friday, November 17th -- from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Tickets are $5 if purchased at school and $7 at the door. Parents may drop off -- but MUST enter the building (east-side entrance) in order to pick up your children. Parent (BCI on file) and staff volunteers are welcome!

Parent/Teacher Conferences are in a few weeks. We look forward to seeing you!
Monday, November 20th
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday, November 21st
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Reminder: There will be no school on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

As always, it is a pleasure partnering with each of you in nurturing the next generation of engaged citizens. Please expect a few more SchoolMessenger emails during the next few weeks. Onward and ...

Celebrating Student Success!

TMS recognizes students and honors student voice in a variety of ways:

"All-Around" Students of the Month (staff recommendations)
Music Students of the Month (staff recommendations)
Physical Education Students of the Quarter (staff recommendations)
TMStudent Leaders/Coalition Cafe (peer-mentoring group - staff recommendations)
TMS Food Advisory Group (staff recommendations)
All-State Musical Artists (merit based)
Scholastic Art Awards (merit based)
National Geographic Bee (merit based)
Regional, State, National Spelling Bee (merit based)
Quarterly Honor Roll (merit based)
Quarterly High Honor Roll (merit based)

OCTOBER 2017 bits and bytes....

Dear TMS Families:

TMS Health Services and the Rhode Island Department of Health will hold a Flu Clinic in the TMS Gymnasium, today, Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. You may fill out a consent form when you arrive at the clinic. Although insurance information will be collected, there are no out-of-pocket costs for anybody, regardless of health insurance status. Just a reminder: all students MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

It is already mid-term! Please log into the ASPEN parent portal to view your scholar's achievements. Teachers will contact you via email or hard-copy reports if there are any concerns as we reach the half-way point of Term 1. If you have not heard from your child's teachers by Friday, then it is safe to assume that all is well. As always, please feel free to check in with your child's guidance counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

Also, attached is our latest newsletter from our Student Support Services Team TMS Middle Years Newsletter - October 2017.pdf . In it you will find bits and bytes on a number of issues affecting our "pre-" and full-fledged adolescents, for example: the tween “push-and-pull” – needy one minute and hyper-independent the next (sound familiar?), the importance of teaching our young people the ins and outs of financial literacy, and tips on fostering “stick-to-it-iveness” when homework and projects are challenging for our scholars. Enjoy!

As adults, we must always collaborate to ensure that each generation's childhood is filled with wonder and magic. However, all too often we are seeing and hearing the details of horrific shootings in various educational, religious, and cultural settings -- schools, churches, movie theaters, concert venues. This senseless violence is difficult for adults to fathom and impossible for our children to process. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a helpful site that includes the following article: Talking to Children About Tragedies and Other News Events. It includes smart tips for framing a difficult, complicated conversation so that our children and tweens feel empowered and safe, surrounded by caring adults at home and at school.

This brings us to .... As you are probably aware, the State of Rhode Island requires that schools practice “lock downs” and "pre-evacuations and evacuations” every school year. We ran an evacuation drill last week and will be running a “lock-down drill” soon. We have a very safe school; however, as a response to society at large, we need to continually construct protocols to protect our children. Please check out the TMS Homepage for additional bits and bytes, our online newsletter, curated content for TMS families (scoop.it).

It takes a village to raise a child. ~African Proverb

September 2017 Bits and Bytes

The start of the school year went off without a hitch – thanks to you, your child’s teachers, and the TMS support staff. Everything is better together!

LATE BUSES: Late buses officially start on Monday, September 11th. Late buses run every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday throughout the school year. Homework Club, Garden Club, XC, classroom study groups ... are all good reasons to take advantage of late buses. All clubs meet on days when late buses are available. Mr. Darryl Rodewald (drodewald@tivertonschools.org) is the late-bus supervisor, and assists all students in accessing the correct bus/route (three separate buses/routes). Several research studies reveal that when students engage in extra-curricular activities, their achievement rises! Let's get our kids involved! Stay tuned for more club offerings.

TMS' FALL OPEN HOUSE is this upcoming Wednesday, September 13th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Meet and greet your scholar's teachers. Families of our 6h, 7th, and 8th graders, please be sure to bring a copy of your child's schedule, so you may follow "Day 1" and get a feel for a day in the life of your middle schooler. All of grade 5 families will meet in the cafetorium for a brief informational session. Parents/guardians of 5th graders are then encouraged to explore the hallways, classrooms, and meet the co-curricular teachers. Parents may bring in their child's schedule to serve as a guide. Refreshments will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to charity (hurricane victims).

MIDDLE YEARS NEWSLETTER: A strong home-school partnership is a win-win for the entire school community. We thank you for being invested and engaged parents, and for collaborating with us on your child's education and active citizenship. Enjoy our Middle Years Newsletter - Sept 2017.pdf -- filled with useful information. This month's content includes tips for helping our tweens assume more responsibility over their academic lives as well as advice on helping our scholars develop good manners around cell-phone use during family and social engagements.

DROP-OFF-AREA: As you can see, we have a newly-paved parking lot. Our traffic pattern remains the same, but we now have a dedicated “drop off "area" (east side of building, yellow curbing and outlined drop-off lane) that allows for more than one student to be dropped off at the same time as long as the car is aligned within the designated area. As always, please use care and proceed slowly towards the speed bump at the crosswalk. We thank you for your cooperation.

It is a privilege to partner with each of you.

...see you at Open House on Wednesday! We know how busy you all are, so we will send out another reminder within the next few days.

Warmest regards,

The Faculty and Staff of Tiverton Middle School

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May 2017 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - Pictured left to right:

Gr. 8: Carlington Hall and Isabel Van Reggenmorter
Gr. 7: Kate Zmich and Zachary Sullivan
Gr. 6: Brady Oliveira and Kayden Gallego
Gr. 5: Brody Del Deo, Olivia Corga
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April 2017 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH -- Pictured left to right:

Grade 8 – Dylan Korzeniowski & Jarred Rogers

Grade 7 – Jared Rego & Jaelyn Brayton

Grade 6 – Joshua Wood & Kasey Tappen

Grade 5 – Yara Chamseddine & Eilish Condon

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March 2017 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - Pictured from left to right:

Grade 8 – Sarah Vertentes and Rileigh Huchel

Grade 7 – Ellis Wise and Sarah Souza

Grade 6 – Joseph Awad and Madison Rosinha

Grade 5 – Jason Raymond and Cameron Lambert

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February 2017 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - Pictured from left to right:

Mackenzie Oliveira - gr 6
Eli Litchfield - gr 5
Julia Polofsky - gr 5

Xavier Thibault - gr 8

Amber Medeiros - gr 8

Jack Lapointe - gr 6

Jordan Sullivan - gr 7
Jenna Sullivan - gr 7

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January 2017 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - Pictured from left to right are:

Grade 8: Madison Pelletier, Aubrey McConnell
Grade 7: Alicia Case, Emma Lopes
Grade 6: Tyler Landoch, Cooper Hair
Grade 5: Kelsey Walker, Ryan Hite
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December 2016 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - Pictured left to right:

Grade 8: Eliana Ingel, Caroline Moran
Grade 7: Morgan Audette, Grace Plourde
Grade 6: Alexander Nimiroski, Alexandria Miley
Grade 5: Nick Nasiff, Emily Pensak
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November 2016 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - Pictured from left to right:

From left to right:
Grade 8: Fred Bebe, Kyla Barnhart
Grade 7: Emma Baker, Andrew Bourassa
Grade 6: Madison Mello, Dylan Combra
Grade 5: Lliam Walsh, Sydney Simmons



TMS Sixth Graders Celebrate Heroes of the American Revolution! See link below!


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Mr. Leary's 8th Graders create their own 21st-Century versions of the "Cave Paintings of Lascaux"



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Peaches (6th graders voted, to name her), TMS' lovable Corn Snake, molts for a 2nd time this year!


ELA Corner

Get Your Game On!

-- TMS' 2018 Bananagrams Tournament will take place in January and February: Finals will be held after school -- dates TBA.

--In January 2018, Classrooms will begin the 1st rounds of the annual TMS Spelling Bee: Grade Level Winners will be determined by the end of that month.

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Last year's 8th graders present their "Poesters"... a mini-research project on the mysterious death of Edger Allan Poe



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Our 6th graders know: those who read succeed!



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Last year's 7th Graders Enjoyed a Field Trip into History!

Once a year, when it’s Christmas time at the Newport Mansions, America’s Gilded Age comes to life, as bright and vibrant as it was during a bygone era, when the country’s social history was being made by names like Vanderbilt and Astor. After studying "The Gilded Age," our all of our 7th graders and their teachers traveled to Newport for a tour of Breakers -- which is the grandest of all of the area's mansions and is the one that best represents the Gilded Age. It is a 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo, built in 1895 for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, president and chairman of the New York Central Railroad.


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On Wednesday, October 26th, last year's 6th-grade students embarked on their annual field trip to Boston’s Freedom Trail. It was a glorious fall day, filled with history and fascinating facts!

On Wednesday, October 19 of 2017, the entire 5th grade headed to Mystic Aquarium! Thank you A.S. Feinstein for your generosity -- free admission and help with transportation costs! You do so much for Rhode Island's children!
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All clubs meet on days when late buses are available (either on a Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday). Mr. Darryl Rodewald (drodewald@tivertonschools.org) is the late-bus supervisor.

GARDEN CLUB: The courtyard in the middle of the school is central to TMS' new Garden Club. At TMS, students learn about ecosystems. This allows our students to have a deeper understanding of concepts and apply their knowledge to real hands-on experiences. In regards to the garden, there are many benefits. The school garden can be: a source of food for improving children’s diets and nutrition sources; a source of healthy influences -- physical activity, ingredients for school meals; an area of learning -- about nature, agriculture, nutrition, math, and other subjects; a place of pleasure and recreation -- flowers and shrubs, play areas, shade, eating areas; a continuing lesson in respecting the environment and taking pride in one’s school; a gathering spot for our community to socialize. Join in the fun!

Chess/Checkers Lunch Club: Mrs. Margie Brennan runs this interactive alternative to the traditional lunch spent in the cafeteria. Students can challenge their peers to a game of chess or checkers during their assigned lunch time -- allowing for them to enjoy their afternoon meal and keep those neurons firing! Checkmate!

CYBERPATRIOT TEAM: TMS' CyberPatriot Team participates in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. Ms. Cheryl Morgan (cheryl.morgan1@hotmail.com) is the advisor. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly-hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cyber-security vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.

HOMEWORK CLUB: Homework Club runs every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday and is held in the TMS Library from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. TMS' Librarian, Ms. Deb O'Hara (Dohara@tivertonschools.org) is the club advisor.

MOCK TRIAL TEAM: We have several students signed up for the new Mock Trial Team. TMS' Social Studies Coordinator, Mrs. Christine Costa, is the Team's advisor and Attorneys Jeffrey Sowa, Jennifer St. Laurent, and Brigid Mitchell are serving as legal advisors to the team. Please tell your sons and daughters who are aspiring lawyers -- or who just like to argue with you (LOL!) -- to see Mrs. Costa for details (ccosta@tivertonschools.org). Here is a quick summary: the season runs from now until about May. There are three regular season trials followed by the playoff rounds. Round one is in November, two is in December, and round three should be in January. The playoffs will begin in February and go to the end of April. The trials are always in RI court rooms around the state, many of them in Providence court rooms, and they are from 12:30pm (arrival time 12:15) to about 2:00pm.

NEWSPAPER CLUB: This club is an offshoot of both the Yearbook Club and TMS' Community Service Program. Mrs. Louann Pauls (lpauls@tivertonschools.org) is the advisor. Generally, the Newspaper Club runs on the same days as the Yearbook Club.

SCIENCE CLUB: The TMS Science Club focuses on animals/endangered species. Ms. Ruth Kilby (rkilby@tivertonschools.org) is the advisor and is gearing up for the year's activities. Stay tuned.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: TMS' Unified Basketball program -- in its 5th year -- gets our school spirit soaring! Ms. Deidre Gauch (dgauch@tivertonschools.org) is the point person for UBB.

WORLD CULTURES CLUB: This club focuses on world languages and cultures and is run by TMS' World Languages teachers, Ms. Kim Howland (khowland@tivertonschools.org) and Ms. M. Natalia Vieira (mvieira@tivertonschools.org) -- meeting days/times TBD.

YEARBOOK CLUB: This club is VERY popular -- and meets every Wednesday and Thursday, unless otherwise noted. Ms. Samantha Possemato (spossemato@tivertonschools.org) is the advisor.

Stay tuned for more info, as there are after-school "pop up" activities (i.e. planned jewelry making classes and CPR certification classes) all the time! Be sure to check out the TMS web site and calendar to stay informed!

RIPCOA Sports Corner


Our co-ed XC team, once again, had a stellar season! With 75 athletes participating in all state meets, there were many team and personal wins! Cach Steve Schreiner always knocks it out of the park! Thank you XC parents who assist at every meet. We could not do this without you! Go Foxes!

The boys and girls basketball season starts at the end of November. Welcome Coach Mike Brigham -- and welcome back Coach Rachel Motta!We are all looking forward to a winning season!


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The TMS Garden Club Receives a Grant from Lowe's!

The Garden Club received their first grant from LOWE'S in the amount of $2,380! The first phase of cutting the tree down was complete after Thanksgiving and in the next few weeks, Garden Club members and those who want community service hours will be called to help clear the debris. Our goal for the spring is to level the area on the north side and set up the raised beds for the garden. Garden Club will resume in March full time on MONDAYS. As of now, it is full but if you would like to join, please stop by Mrs. Brennan's class to sign up on the wait list.

TMS' New GARDEN CLUB Starts Now!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our Garden Club has officially started. On Thursday, October 20th we will begin pulling out the over grown plants in the old pond in the courtyard. If you have gently used child-size gardening gloves, or gardening tools that we could borrow for that day, we would appreciate it. Also, the garden club is open to all grades at TMS. We meet twice a month -- with late bus availability.

In addition, I am looking for parents and/or community members who have experience and/or resources to help us. Whether it be in garden design, knowledge of proper planting time, or being able to help find materials, I would be happy to hear from you. Please email me. Most of the hands-on will begin in the spring, but the design must be planned.

With your help, I am sure that our school garden will be a success!


Margie Brennan

6th Grade Science Teacher



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Mrs. Maria Clarey -- TSD's 2016/17 Teacher of the Year -- is a true torch bearer!


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Mr. James Korney receives the Golden Apple Award (Mr. Korney was nominated by the Marshall Family)


Bring in your pull tabs for charity!

Please continue to bring in your can tabs. Mrs. Donna Neville continues to bring them to the Providence Ronald McDonald House. Thank you, Donna, for all you do!


TMS Mission Statement

Tiverton Middle School is committed to providing a learning environment that promotes the unique talents and abilities of all students, ensures high quality instruction, and actively engages families and the community. Our dedication to excellence is integral as we challenge, guide and support all students in their development towards becoming self-sufficient and contributing citizens of our local and global communities.