Tyngsborough High School

September 6, 2019

What's Happening!!

It was great to see students working hard in classes this week, as we come back from a long weekend. Freshman class officer speeches and elections were on Wednesday; all candidates gave excellent speeches. Congratulations to our newly elected class officers, Alexa Nogler, Nate Marino, Mohammed Aldulaimy, and Matthew Wagner. School pictures took place earlier this week, any student that did not have their picture taken can have it done on retake day, October 17th.

The fall sports season is underway, with both girls and boys soccer picking up 3-0 wins over Littleton earlier this week. Many of our teams are in action again this afternoon and weekend. Good luck to all of our fall sports teams.

As a reminder, if you have yet to complete your child's Student Information Form, please do so as soon as possible. This form can be completed through Parent Portal.

As always, for the latest news and announcements follow us on social media.

Have a great weekend! #tpsprepares

Students of the Month

Congratulations to the September Students of the Month!

Cate Barton

Chloe Brush

Anya Gemos

KJ Moore

Important Dates

09/11 - Early Release

09/12 - Senior Information Night 6:30-7:30

09/19 - Open House 6:30-8:30

10/05 - SAT Exam

10/09 - National Honor Society Induction 6:30

10/10 - College Financing Seminar 6:00

10/12 - Homecoming

10/14 - No School: Columbus Day

10/19 - PSAT Exam

School Counseling

Seniors should register for the SAT’s if they have not already done so. SAT's will be held on Saturday, October 5th (registration deadline is September 6th and Saturday, November 2nd (registration deadline is October 3rd) **THS is not a test center for the Nov. SAT’s.

To register please visit: www.sat.collegeboard.org

PSAT's will be held on Saturday, October 19th. Sophomores and juniors are encouraged to register in Student Services starting Monday 9/9. The cost to register for the exam is $25 (payments can be made online or by cash/check made payable to Tyngsborough High School). The registration deadline is Friday, September 18th. Please contact your child’s school counselor with any questions.

Senior Information Night: The school counseling department will be hosting a Senior Information Night on Thursday, September 12th at 6:30 in the THS auditorium. Counselors will be discussing the college application process. College financing will not be discussed at this time.

College Financing Seminar: Parents and students are invited to attend a free seminar on paying for college. The seminar will be held on Thursday, October 10th at 6:00 in the THS auditorium. The seminar is offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth's resource on planning, saving and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of the college financing process, including types of financial aid, how to apply, and financing options for your family. Families are encouraged to visit MEFA's website, mefa.org, for tools and resources to assist in this process. MEFA is requesting that you register in advance for the College Financing Seminar. By registering early, families will begin to receive MEFA’s college planning emails, with key information, updates, and resources. To register please go to mefa.org/rsvp/ for the online seminar registration form. If you are unsure that they will attend the seminar you can still register, as you will still benefit from the college planning email curriculum. While seminar registration is encouraged, you may still attend the seminar even if you don't register.

Juniors and seniors will receive student consent forms on Monday 9/9 regarding release of information to the military. It will be assumed that the student is consenting to the release of information if a signed consent form has not been returned to the student services office by Friday, September 27th

**New Information regarding Advanced Placement Exam Registration**

The College Board has changed the deadline to sign-up for Advanced Placement tests. Students will be given sign up information over the next couple weeks on when to sign up.

The deadline to sign up for AP exams is Friday, November 1st.

Please contact Lisa Ward with any questions; lisa.ward@tyngsboroughps.org

Notes for the new school year from Debbie Donohoe RN in the THS Nurse's Office

Tyngsborough Public Schools Medication Policy

Our medication policy complies with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Codes and Regulations (105 CMR 210.000) and the recommendations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). All medications must be kept in the nurse’s office and be overseen by the Registered Nurse in order to keep all students safe. All medications to be administered by the school nurse, whether prescription or over –the-the counter, must have a medication order signed by a licensed prescriber as well as signed parental consent. TPS currently has a physician order to administer one dose of acetaminophen, ibuprofen, TUMS, topical antibiotic ointment, and Benadryl during a school day when clinically necessary and with parental consent on file. If you feel that your child will require any over-the-counter medications during the school day other than those listed above you will need to provide a written order from their physician and written parental consent. The Student Medication Administration Order can be found on the Tyngsborough Public Schools website by looking under the QuickLinks heading and clicking on “Health Services” and then looking under the Files heading on the right and clicking on “Forms”.

Reminder: Students are not allowed to carry any medication with the exception of life saving

medications such as EpiPens or rescue inhalers, which must have the accompanying paperwork on file with the nurse.

Students with Life Threatening Allergies, Asthma, Seizure Disorders

Paperwork was sent home in your child's Report Card in June to allow time for completion over the summer. If you have not already done so, this paperwork and any prescribed medication in your child's plan must be submitted to me immediately. This is for your child's safety! As mentioned above, forms can be found on the Tyngsborough Public Schools website by looking under the QuickLinks heading and clicking on “Health Services” and then looking under the Files heading on the right and clicking on “Forms”.

Mandated Screening

Screenings are conducted in Tyngsborough Public Schools annually in accordance with the

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Regulations (refer to guidelines below). Screening tests are not diagnostic in nature. They are designed simply to indicate students who may need further attention in a specific area.

If a parent/guardian does not wish to have this screening done at school they must send:

written request to exclude their child from participating in school screenings AND

written documentation from the family physician documenting their results of the screening.

Screenings are performed at THS throughout the school year as the student's schedule allows.

Vision and Hearing – will be screened during grade 10.

Growth and Development – Height, Weight, Body Mass Index (BMI) and corresponding percentile

will be calculated for students in grade 10.

Postural – students will be screened in grade 9 for scoliosis. Complete privacy is afforded the students during this examination. If your child is currently under the care of a physician for scoliosis, documentation for their health record is very beneficial.

Parents/legal guardians will be notified of any findings that necessitate medical follow-up.

Substance use preventive screening is now part of the annual mandated universal health-screening program for grade 9. Our district will use the Screening Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocol. This protocol facilitates a one-on-on one conversation between each student and a school nurse or counselor in an effort to prevent or at least delay the start of using harmful substances, such as alcohol and marijuana. We will use the CRAFFT II screening interview, which is the most commonly used substance use screening tool for adolescents in MA. SBIRT doesn't result in disciplinary action, it focuses on reinforcing healthy decisions and addressing concerning behaviors around substance use with the goal of improving health, safety and success in school. This screening is confidential and will not be shared with any other person without prior written consent of the student, parent or guardian, except in cases of immediate medical emergency or when disclosure is otherwise

required by state law. No written record of the results of this verbal screening are kept with information that identifies any individual student. Screening results will not be included in your child's school record. As with any school based screening, you have the option to opt your child out of this process.

Additionally, students may also opt out of the process at any time. If you do not want your child to participate in this program notify me at: debbie.donohoe@tyngsboroughps.org

Physical Examinations

A periodic physical exam is critically important for all children and adolescents. It's objective is to identify and follow up on health conditions that may adversely affect students' wellbeing and ability to learn. While parents/guardians have primary responsibility for their children's health, the school is responsible for the care, safety, and wellbeing of students in the educational setting. Therefore, a student's health history and physical examination results are necessary components of the school health record. Ideally, I advise that students submit a copy of their Physical Exam to me as close as possible after the date they had the Physical performed. Under the guidelines of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Education, it is the policy of the Tyngsborough Public School District that students are required to submit a current Physical Examination report to have on file in the nurse's office upon entry into JUNIOR year. Examinations must be from within

the previous twelve months to be considered current and must include a certificate of immunization. Documentation of Physical Examination is also required prior to a student's participation in competitive athletics, on an annual basis. Please do not submit Physicals to a coach. This documentation can be forwarded to the e-mail, fax, mailing address or to the School Nurse directly. Early submission is very helpful in avoiding delay in your child participating in try-outs and starting the season.


Please note that there has been a change in the school immunization requirements beginning the 2020-

2021 school year:

11th grade entry: 1 booster dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY) received on or after 16 years of age. (One or more doses of MenACWY vaccine are acceptable as long as one dose was received on or after 16 years of age.)

Back to school time is the perfect time to be sure your child is up to date with his or her immunizations.Vaccines protect children from diseases and keep them healthy. Flu season will be upon us shortly. Please get your child immunized against the flu to keep your child health this school year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via:

email: debbie.donohoe@tyngsboroughps.org

telephone: (978) 649-7571 Option 2

fax: (978) 649-1877 (this is a direct, HIPPA compliant line to nurse)

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. Have a safe and healthy school year!


Fall Sports are underway with seasons kicking off next week. For all FALL SCHEDULES please click here. If you would like to receive schedule alerts via text or email, you can find the following information on our web page: http://athletics.tyngsboroughps.org/

HOMECOMING will take place on Saturday, October 12th

Upcoming Games:

09/06: Field Hockey vs Lunenburg 4:00

09/06: Golf vs Lunenburg @ Settlers Crossing 4:00

09/06: Girls Soccer vs Hudson 4:00

09/06: Boys Soccer @ Hudson 4:00

09/07: Cross Country @ Clipper Relays @ Maudslay State Park 9:00

Follow us on TWITTER at @tyngtigersports

Mass HeartBeat

Tyngsborough High School is pleased to announce a heart screening program being offered during the school day on Thursday, September 19th during the school day. The program will be provided by Mass HeartBeat, a local organization that specializes in ECG heart screening. Mass Heartbeat brings their state-of-the-art ECG technology directly to the school to provide an optional, non-invasive, and affordable screening that can help detect underlying issues in the heart. The ECG tracings are interpreted by an experienced cardiologist and the results will be returned within 5 business days.

Students who are interested must sign up for a time slot and register: https://www.familyid.com/mass-heartbeat/tyngsborough-high-school

Honor Society for Spanish

Qualifying students are invited to apply to be a member of the Tyngsborough High School chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, a nationally recognized honor society for Spanish. Please see Mrs. Melo or Ms. Turner for information. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 20, 2019.

Class of 2020 Yearbooks

Yearbooks are currently on sale for its lowest price of $85. On November 1, the price of the yearbook increases to $95 and progressively increases until May when its final price is $120.

Go to www.jostensyearbooks.com to buy yours today!

Parking Passes

Any student who is driving to school is required to have a parking permit. Forms are available in the main office and the cost is $200. Payment can also be made online by clicking here.

Class Dues

Class Dues can be paid to your class advisor or online.

Please click here for online payment.

Freshman: $20

Sophomore: $25

Junior: $30

Senior: $35

Student International Travel

In February 2020, students have the opportunity to take part in a trip to Portugal and Spain. This trip is open to current sophomores, juniors, and seniors. To enroll please visit eftours.com. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Ramsay at kate.ramsay@tyngsboroughps.org.

For more information on the trip please click here.

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