Teeland Middle School

November 2022

Letter from the Principal


Dear Teeland Families:

As the weather cools our students move towards more indoor activities. Thank you for keeping your students involved! We currently have Basketball, Game On, First Lego League, Cheer, Dungeons & Dragons Club, Battle of the Books, NJHS, Study Hall, Math Lab, Girls Who Code, Guitar Club, Speech & Debate, and Art Adventures happening in our after-school programs. The benefits of involving students in extra-curricular activities are many, including, building relational skills, teamwork, improved brain function, developing time management skills, and increasing students’ connectivity to their school. Students that feel more connected to their school, are proven to be more academically successful.

Another great indoor, at-home activity is reading! Each night students should be taking the time to read. Below are a few tips to encourage your middle school student to make time for reading:

1. Let your child choose what to read.

2. Talk about what your child is reading.

3. Listen to books on tape in the car.

4. Ensure that children have a good reading space.

5. Role model taking time to read.

We have an excellent library here at TMS and free books available outside both school entrances.

Bus routes have increased beginning October 24th, and we are hearing that in November, we will have even more bus routes running fulltime. Student attendance has been a concern and we are hopeful that it will improve with the additional routes in place. We appreciate how supportive our TMS families have been throughout the transportation concerns.

Safety is our first priority at school, and this includes students wearing appropriate clothing and shoes to school. Please ensure that your students are wearing shoes that cover their feet and bringing a coat to school. In the event of an emergency, students may have to stand outside or walk to a nearby school, in inclement weather.

Quarter two always goes by fast so please take the time to sit with your student and check grades. We have study skills and math lab available after school. We also have the option for students to be assigned 3 days a week, during 4 C’s, to a class where they need additional support.

Remember to download the parental Go Guardian App! This is a tool that will allow you to put restrictions on your student’s Chromebook after school hours. This app also gives parents the ability to allow or block sites as needed.

Every day I am grateful for the opportunity to work with your students. Thank you!

Jo Ann Hinds, Principal

Important Dates

  • November 11 - PD Day, No School for Students
  • November 15 - CTHS Tour for 8th Grade
  • November 24 & 25 Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 29 - Speech and Debate Meet at CMS
  • December 6 - Holiday Choir Concert
  • December 13 - Holiday Band Concert
  • December 22 - Q2 Ends
  • December 23 - Teacher Work Day, No School for Students
  • December 26 - January 6 Winter Break
  • January 9 - Semester 2 Begins
  • January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, No School

Go Gaurdian Parent App

The GoGuardian Parent is a mobile app designed to provide Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District parents/guardians insight on their student's online activity when on school-managed devices and accounts at home. Learn more by visiting www.matsuk12.us/tech

Titan News Show!

Did you know that Teeland has a news show every week? Mr. Buchanan's Media Skills class shares all of the news, sports and most up to date events happening at Teeland Middle School! Check it out on our YouTube channel!

Teeland Middle School Winter Concerts

TMS invites you to join us for two magical evenings of holiday cheer as we celebrate the season through music.

Led by our Director of Bands, Mr. Eric Robson.

December 6th - Choir Concerts 7:00 pm

TMS Cafetorium

December 13th - Band Concert 7:00 pm

TMS Gymnasium

TMS Angel Tree


Teeland will be hosting the Angel Tree again this year! The Angel Tree is a program that assists Teeland families in need during the Christmas season by providing new clothing, snacks and toys as gifts for their children. If you would like to assist in purchasing gifts for the families, there will be an Angel Tree in the front office on Nov. 21st. Please grab an angel and return it by Friday, December 9th unwrapped. Thank you Teeland community for helping make these families' Christmases wonderful!

Career Tech High School Tour

TMS 8th grade students will have the opportunity to tour CTHS on 11/15/22. Career Tech High School is a comprehensive high school that focuses on career readiness, technical skills, and college preparedness. There are a limited number of slots available. Permission slips are in the office.

Upcoming Events at TMS

Check out the TMS calendar for upcoming events, including basketball games and locations HERE.

Softball is coming to Teeland Middle School, Spring of 2023

Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

If you’re interested in donating funds to the start-up of softball, please contact our Athletic Director, Jousette McKeel.

Jousette.mckeel@matsuk12.us or 907-352-7539

Congratualtions, Councilman Childs!

Teeland's very own, Mr. Childs won his campaign for City Council Seat E in Houston, Alaska on October 4th. Mr. Childs has been a resident of the Mat-Su Valley since 1983 and has lived in Houston since 2005. He has been an educator for 27 years and the History Chair at TMS. We are so proud of you!

NJHS Canned Food Drive

The TMS National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring a Food Drive supporting local food banks in the Valley. From Nov. 14 - 18, your student may bring in non-perishable canned/boxed food to donate. Food will be brought to each student's 4C's class (7th period). The class that brings in the most food will receive a fun prize from NJHS.

Art Adventures - Acrylic Painting on Canvas

Art Adventures with Mrs. Reid

Friday, 11/18 @ 2:30 - 4:00 pm

$10 material fee.

Pay on SchoolPay HERE.

Study Hall with Mr. Childs and Math Lab with Mrs. Buness

Study Hall (Homework Club) begins on Tuesday, October 4th! Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in room B205.

Math Lab also starts on Tuesday, October 4th, and will run every Tuesday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in B207.

Permission slips are in the office and there are no fees for these activities.

TMS Safety Spotlight

October was National Fire Prevention Month and that means it’s time for us all to take the precautionary steps to prevent dangerous and life-threatening fires.

In the event of a home fire, every second counts. Click HERE to learn about the importance of having a home fire escape plan.

TMS Cheer Team

The TMS Cheer Team competed at the State Cheer Competition on Oct. 22nd. They had a fantastic performance and we are so proud of our team! Way to go, Titans!
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Student Drop Off

Parents, please remember when you drop off your students, you must use the drop off loop. Students should exit the vehicle on the curb of the sidewalk. Exiting on the traffic side is a safety hazard.

Bus Passes

All bus passes must include the following information:

• Student’s name

• Parent and/or guardian’s name

• Parent and/or guardian’s contact phone number (in case of bus emergency)

• Approved bus stop location that the student will be dropped off

You may email Teeland at tms@matsuk12.us to request a bus pass.

Ms. Olson may be contacted at 907.352.7528 or at kimberly.olson@matsuk12.us.

*Bus passes must be received by 12:00 pm for same-day passes.