The Tohickon Golden Eagle

June 2017

THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE

Dear Tohickon Families,


The 2016-2017 School Year will be ending on Tuesday, June 13th, which is a half day for students. We have had a tremendous year, concluding with several significant events over the past month. The past few weeks have included our musical concerts, Relay for Life, our 6th Grade Orientation for students, our Student Variety Show and the Freshman Dance.


Relay for Life raised over $200,000 this year. The event went off without a hitch thanks to Mr. Senavaitis and the staff members involved with organizing the event. There is so much involved in putting this event together and it is important to appreciate all of the volunteers that have worked so hard in planning and implementing all aspects of this special fundraiser.


On May 24th, sixth grade students visited us from Gayman, Pine Run and Groveland Elementary Schools. There were many smiles as students toured the school, meeting teachers, guidance counselors and administrators. One of the key highlights of the day was learning how to open lockers. Mr. Dudley and I are greatly looking forward to seeing our new students on August 24th for Schedule Pick Up Day.


The Variety Show took place on Friday, June 2nd. Tohickon students had an opportunity to show off there talents as they sang, danced and acted over a period of about three hours. A special thanks to Mrs. Zagwoski, Mr. Hall and Mrs. Fry-Daly for working with student council to put together this unique event!


The Freshman Dance was held during the evening of Friday, June 2nd. This is always such a special event for our ninth grade students as they celebrate three fantastic years at Tohickon.


As we look forward to next year, we have a number of exciting things to look forward to including a new middle school schedule. The next newsletter will be sent out at the beginning of August. This will include several important items and dates such as schedule pick up information and key details for the opening days of the 2017-2018 School Year.


In closing, on behalf of the Tohickon Staff and Administration, I would like to thank our parents and all of those in our community that have supported us throughout the year. I also want to thank all of our ninth grade students for three great years at Tohickon. I wish them the best as they move on to CB East and CB West. I hope you and your families have a safe and restful summer. Please take these months to enjoy time with family and friends. I look forward to seeing you in September!


Sincerely,

Kevin Marton, Principal

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR PARENT COUNCIL!!!

During the first week in May the Tohickon Parent Council put together three days of staff appreciation activities. These days were amazing! The first day was a luncheon, the second day was a breakfast and the third day was a special snack day.


The amount of work and effort that went into these three days was greatly appreciated by all of our staff members. A special thanks to Mrs. Bauer and Mrs. Benson, our Tohickon Parent Council Representatives, for Teacher Appreciation and all of the support that they have given throughout the year!

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Mr. Neely Receives District Apple Award

Mr. James Neely is the 2016-2017 Apple Nominee for Tohickon Middle School. Mr. Neely, beginning in the Spring of 2016, took an active interest in developing the center patio area at Tohickon Middle School. This was a part of the building that had gone mostly unused for several years. Using his knowledge of horticulture and patio design, Mr. Neely created a functional design which transformed a relatively unused area into a usable learning space.


Mr. Neely searched for landscapers, visited gardening facilities, selected plants, recommended a design for irrigation and designed an exterior water fountain in efforts to make the patio an attractive place for teachers to take their classes. In addition to these ideas, Mr. Neely took time and effort during the summer of 2016 to meet the landscapers to transport stone and soil into the patio area. Ultimately, this required several days and hours of Mr. Neely’s time.


Mr. Neely is a staff member that takes a tremendous amount of pride in Tohickon. His thoughtfulness and effort is greatly appreciated by both the staff and the administration. Throughout this process, it was obvious that he had the students in mind. We look forward to working with Mr. Neely as we continue to add enhancements to this unique patio area.

TOHICKON STUDENTS DAZZLE IN THE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Ms. McGahey and Tohickon Band Students did a great job performing on a rainy day in Doylestown. Congratulations on a fantastic showing and putting so much effort into preparing for this day!!!

TOHICKON GIRLS REPRESENT TOHICKON AT DEL VAL STEM CONFERENCE

Approximately 20 Tohickon students represented our middle school at the Delaware Valley University STEM Conference. What a great day for those that participated!!!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

All school supplies for the 2017-2018 School Year will be posted on the Tohickon website shortly after the current school year ends. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at 267-893-3300.

Important Reminders

Late Arrival to School and Participation in After School Activities

In order to take part in any after-school event (including dances), students must attend school for at least half of the day. At the middle/high school levels, students need to report to school by 10:30 AM.


Water Bottles are Allowed at Tohickon

Water bottles are allowed at Tohickon! It is important for our students to be hydrated at all times, especially during the warmer months.

ATHLETICS UPDATE

Congratulations to our boys' baseball team for defeating Holicong and winning the league championship June 1st! Way to go Tohickon Baseball!!!


Registration for the Fall

If your child is interested in sports next year, please check the Tohickon Athletic Website for registration information.

MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Health Action Plans

Health Action Plans for next school year were recently mailed home for the 2017-2018 school year. These were sent to parents/guardians of students with chronic health conditions that may require medication while in school. If you received an action plan, please have it completed and returned prior to the start of the new school year. If your child is moving on to high school, please forward them to the appropriate school and to the Attention of the School Nurse. ALL medication requires a Medication Dispensing Form completed and signed by your physician and signed by you.


Incoming 7th graders are required to have a Pennsylvania mandated dental exam. Please forward the completed dental exam form to the nurse’s office. The exam may be any date after September 1, 2016.


Here is a link to the changes and new immunization guidelines for the 2017-2018 school year:

http://www.cbsd.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=62212&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=119621&PageID=1


7th graders are required to have a Tdap and meningitis vaccination PRIOR to the first day of school on September 5, 2017. There will be NO GRACE PERIOD and your child will be excluded on the first day if he/she is non-compliant.


Please check the parent portal to see if you are missing any of the required immunizations. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the health office @ 267-893-3315. We hope you have a safe, happy and healthy summer!

FROM THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

PSSA & Keystone Algebra 1

The results of the Grade 7 and Grade 8 PSSA testing and the Algebra 1 Keystone testing should arrive sometime this summer. Parent reports will be distributed at back to school nights in September.


Moving/Withdrawing?

Will your son or daughter will be withdrawing from Tohickon or transferring to another Central Bucks school? If yes, please inform the guidance office before the end of the school year so that school and health records can be forwarded to their new school.


**Course Failure/Summer School Placement**

A reminder to 8th grade parents: According to School Board Policy #215, “Students shall be promoted from grade 8 to grade 9 if they have passed all of the one-credit courses.” Students in eighth grade who fail any one-credit course must repeat the course(s) during the summer. According to the policy, students failing Spanish 1, Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B will be able to repeat the class in their ninth grade year.


2017 Central Bucks Summer School remedial courses will only be available in an online format, through Educere, an online provider. There are no Summer School courses available for initial or enrichment credit, with the exception of Health/PE. Students who wish to take Health/PE in summer school (for either remedial or initial credit) will attend a course taught by a CB instructor, held at Unami Middle School. Please follow the directions and links below to register for all Summer School courses.


HEALTH/PE

Location: Unami Middle School, 160 South Moyer Road, Chalfont PA 18914

PE60 Summer PE/Health 60 hours ½ credit

July 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Course fee $250

PE30A Summer PE/Health 30 hours ¼ credit

July 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18 8:00 AM-1:00P M Course fee $130

PE30B Summer PE/Health 30 hours ¼ credit

July 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Course fee $130

You can register and pay for this course using www.MyPaymentsPlus.com. First, set up a free account, entering your student’s name (you will need his/her Student ID number). Then, log into your new account, select “Extended Learning Program,” select “Summer PE/Health,” and select the specific PE/Health class you want. Enter payment information to complete your registration.


REMEDIAL SUMMER SCHOOL COURSES

Students remediating courses in English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Language must register online at:

https://www.educere.net/myCourses.asp?pageID=4503.3280

This link will provide you with a list of all available CB Summer School courses.

  • Students may register online from June 1 through July 1, 2017.

  • Courses must be completed within 60 days, or by August 7, 2017.

  • Fee for 1.0 credit course: $195.00.

  • You may click on the name of the course to see a course description, and to add the course to your Shopping Cart for purchase.

  • When registering, you must enter the course number and the Tohickon School Code: X7T5FQBN

  • Tohickon students must also select Mr. Kyle Dudley as the primary contact person from the drop-down menu. This will provide Tohickon with students’ grades and progress information.

  • Once registered, students will receive a start-up email from Educere with log-in information and other instructions.

Please contact your child’s Guidance Counselor with any questions or concerns.


SAP – Student Assistance Program

Tohickon recognizes students who are subject to a variety of pressures. The mission of our Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to identify students through a referral process and to intervene in an effort to promote achievement and academic success. We seek to promote healthy, safe, and substance-free lifestyles by connecting these students and their families with appropriate school based or community resources. For more information, please visit the link on the Tohickon webpage under Guidance:

http://www.cbsd.org/Page/28103


Parent Portal

Online Census Verification is a feature available in Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Each year, the Central Bucks School District asks our families to fill out a census verification form. This year the form is online. This form ensures that student information is accurate and also provides our school nurse with important medical permissions for your child. If you have not already done so, please complete the census verification through the PARENT PORTAL as soon as possible.


For more information, including troubleshooting suggestions, please go to: http://www.cbsd.org/Page/26952


If you are unable to complete the online verification, please call the Tohickon Guidance office at 267-893-3310.


Haven’t set up your Parent Portal Account?


  1. Go to www.cbsd.org

  2. Click on “Parent Resources”

  3. Click on “Parent Portal Information” in the left column

  4. Select link “Need a Parent Portal Account”

  5. Complete “Parent Portal Online Request Form”. Submit.


Do we have your E-Mail Address?

In an effort to communicate with all of our families in a fast, efficient manner, we are asking parents/guardians to enter their E-mail addresses through the parent portal. Having a contact E-mail address on file will allow us to mass E-mail all of our Tohickon families at once regarding urgent news and information. Not only will the information reach you faster than through the traditional mail service, but we will also save considerably on paper and postage costs.


How to add or update your E-Mail address?

Log on to the Parent Portal

Choose option to “Change Contact Info”

Enter E-Mail address in field and SAVE

Thank you for helping us improve our communication with our families!