TGMS Weekly Updates

September 4, 2020

A message from Dr. Jackson

REMINDER: No School Monday, Sept. 7 Labor Day!

Please continue to use the PLSD website as a valuable tool to locate helpful building information and resources.

For example:

How do I find my student's classroom assignments:

  • Choose: Toll Gate Middle School - select Academics in the purple banner,
  • then choose Classroom Information - Select the appropriate grade/homeroom teacher/team and follow prompts to the classroom assignments.
  • Teachers will update their link weekly to post assignments and share classroom information.

Where do I find the Middle School Student Handbook?

The Middle School Student Handbook is located under the Academics tab

Revised Instructions for Virtual Attendance Days

  • See attached flier

Parent information on iReady Diagnostic testing

Hello Parents,

The 2020–2021 school year will be different in many ways. One such way is that we’ll be asking our Hybrid students to take the initial i-Ready Diagnostic at school and our VLA students at home. In grades 5-8, the VLA teacher will proctor the assessment through Google Meet. It is not a decision we’ve taken lightly, but after careful consideration, we have decided it is the best way to get information about our students— information that will be critical to help inform our instruction and serve our students well. To do this successfully, all of us need to make this a priority to ensure we get reliable data from our students.

Why are we taking the iReady Diagnostic test?

The purpose of the Diagnostic is not to give your student a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your student’s learning. iReady is an adaptive assessment that adjusts each question based on your child’s answer to the previous question. Some questions will be difficult, some easy, while others will be just right. The questioning is designed for teachers to find out what your child knows right now and what skills they will need.

Note: i-Ready will not be used for gifted identification purposes.

When are we taking the iReady Diagnostic test?

Over the next three weeks, we have designed a plan to administer the Reading and Math tests. The schedule and guidance for families will be shared next week for both the hybrid and VLA students.

Message from the TGMS Media Center

The library is still missing quite a few books. If you could please search high and low for them and return them into the marked bin outside the library door, Mrs. Sommer would appreciate it! Have an older sibling or a neighbor that has books to return? Not to worry!! Any student can drop off their books to ANY of the school libraries!

Whom Do I Call at PLSD?

Whom Do I Call at PLSD? Contact List

As we begin the new school year, we’re making it easier for you to get the information you need! We’ve created a downloadable staff contact list, organized by topic, to give you a direct line to get your important questions answered. We’ve included the full list below, or you may download the list at the following link:

Whom Do I Call at PLSD? (pdf)

You can also email your questions to

Revised Breakfast Order Form

Students may preorder breakfast a day ahead or for multiple dates using the revised Breakfast Form. Use the link below:

D.A.R.E. Program coming soon

We will be offering DARE this school year virtually! Please be on the look out for further information in the next few weeks!

Girl Scouts of America Animal Dance Party

See the attached flier for a Girl Scouts Animal Dance Party

Bring a friend, make new ones, and get WILD on the dance floor OR build a ROBOT with



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