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October 9, 2020

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TAMANEND STUDENTS ROAR

Earn Your Stripes--Tamenend's School-Wide Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support Plan


Tamanend Middle School empowers students to grow academically, socially and emotionally. Students, staff, and families work collaboratively to model the acronym ROAR.

Respect yourself, others, and property.

Own your behaviors.

Act appropriately.

Remember Kindness.

We believe that a caring, positive school culture and learning environment foster respectful, thoughtful, appropriate, and kind citizens.

In order to operationalize our mission, Tamanend utilizes a school-wide positive behavioral intervention and support plan (SWPBIS). This plan helps us establish a social culture in which students expect and support appropriate behavior from one another— creating school environments that are socially predictable, consistent, safe, and positive. This helps to reduce problem behaviors that lead to office discipline referrals and suspensions, and to change perceptions of school safety. Throughout the school year, students will receive reminders about the components of our plan. Our ROAR 200 board is utilized to recognize students who exemplify our expectations and is filling up quickly!


Click here to read more about our plan.

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

Tamanend Parent Council--Thursday, October 15 at 9:00 AM via Teams. Please click here to join the meeting through Teams.

Required Dental Exams for 7th Graders--Proof of a dental exam due by October 15, 2020. Any dental exam since September of 2019 is acceptable.

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

INFORMATION:

  • Winter sports--GIRLS BASKETBALL, WRESTLING--will begin in mid-November. (Boys Basketball will begin in January.) Details about the upcoming winter season will be provided over the next few weeks. If you are interested in participating, there are several specific items (PIAA physical, Family ID, and concussion testing) that need to be completed prior to the start of the Winter sports season. Those items are outlined and explained on the Tamanend Athletics web page which can be found HERE. Family ID will open for registration on October 25th.
  • Please keep in mind that students must go home at the end of the school day. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete and parent/guardian to coordinate transportation back to school on days of practices/games, as well as for away games.
  • With games starting next week, it is important to understand and follow the district’s policy on spectators:
    • Student-athletes will receive two (2) athletic game passes per family. Those passes will be distributed this week and must be carried at all times. Anyone who cannot produce a game pass will be asked to leave campus.
    • Passes are valid for home and away games due to all 7th and 8th Grade games being played within Central Bucks School District.
    • All spectators must wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.
    • Attendance at any event is subject to appropriate behavior and adherence to CBSD athletic and districtwide health and safety plans. Anyone who refuses to adhere to guidelines will be asked to leave campus.

FROM CB SOUTH:

  • Family ID is now open for CB South Winter sports. If you are interested in playing a Winter sport, you must register on Family ID by November 1st. Visit the CB South Athletics web page for more details.

Athletics Schedule

Monday, 10/12

  • 8th Grade Field Hockey vs. Lenape (Home; 3:15)
  • 8th Grade Soccer vs. Lenape (Home; 3:15)
  • 7th Grade Field Hockey at Lenape (Away; 3:15)
  • 7th Grade Soccer at Lenape (Away; 3:15)
  • Girls Tennis vs. Lenape (Home; 3:15)
  • Boys Tennis at Lenape (Away; 3:15)

Tuesday, 10/13

  • 7th Grade Football vs. Lenape (Home; 3:15)

Wednesday, 10/14

  • 7th Grade Field Hockey vs. Unami (Home; 3:15)
  • 7th Grade Soccer vs. Unami (Home; 3:15)
  • 8th Grade Field Hockey at Unami (Away; 3:15)
  • 8th Grade Soccer at Unami (Away; 3:15)
  • Boys Tennis vs. Unami (Home; 3:15)
  • Girls Tennis at Unami (Away; 3:15)

Thursday, 10/15

  • 8th Grade Football vs. Tohickon (Home; 3:15)

Friday, 10/16

  • 8th Grade Field Hockey vs. Holicong (Home; 3:15)
  • 8th Grade Soccer vs. Holicong (Home; 3:15)
  • 7th Grade Field Hockey at Holicong (Away; 3:15)
  • 7th Grade Soccer at Holicong (Away; 3:15)
  • Girls Tennis vs. Holicong (Home; 3:15)
  • Boys Tennis at Holicong (Away; 3:15)

COVID-19 Screenings for 7th & 8th Grade Athletes

All 7th and 8th Grade Tamanend athletes are reminded to complete the COVID-19 screening each day they have a game or practice. Click HERE to access the screening.

TAMANEND FEATURES

Students Should Check Outlook Email Daily

A reminder that students should check their Outlook email daily for important reminders and information from teachers. This is another great way to stay connected.

Reminder--SouthSide Stem Club

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Reminder--Community Service Club

The Tamanend Community Service Club, along with CB Cares Volunteer Teens, provides an opportunity for students to serve our local community! Throughout the school year, students can sign up to volunteer in different ways. This year might look a little different, but we’re still going to lend a hand when possible! We will have a virtual interest meeting (using Teams) on Thursday, October 8 at 3:00 pm. If you are interested, please e-mail Mrs. Higgins (ahiggins@cbsd.org) so that she can send you a link and provide more details.

Reminder--Mock Trial Team for 9th Graders

Do you want to improve your speaking and analysis skills? Do you like exploring legal issues of everyday events? Or, just want to spend some time hanging out with Mr. Sterner and Mr. Heisey? We are pleased to offer the Mock Trial Club at Tamamend for any interested 9th graders. It’s a great way to learn about the legal profession and debate your way through an actual case as either a lawyer or a witness, as well as build your skills for future participation and competition at CB South. Please e-mail Mr. Heisey (jheisey@cbsd.org) or Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) if you are interested. Thank you!

Reminder--Tamanend Today Club

While we can’t currently run Tamanend Today, our live weekly TV show, we are still seeking interested students who enjoy broadcast media and video production. We have some ideas for production until we can go live again, and we would like your ideas for when we can go live. Until then, join us and be a part of producing meaningful, pre-recorded broadcasts and features. If media production is your thing, please reach out via e-mail to Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) or Mr. Landis (mdlandis@cbsd.org) to be part of our Tamanend Today Club! Thank you!

Reminder--Roaring Voices Review (Tamanend's Literary Magazine)

Do you like having an impactful voice through writing, art, and/or photography? Then please join us as part of Roaring Voices Review, Tamanend’s own literary magazine. Please let Mrs. Mancini (lmancini@cbsd.org) or Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) know if you are interested via e-mail, and we will alert you to our first meeting. Thank you!

QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND

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HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

Teachers will be taking attendance every class period during hybrid learning. If your child is unable to participate in hybrid learning during all or part of the day due to illness or medical appointment, please report your child's absence in any of the following ways:

Please note for Hybrid students: If your child is participating online from home due to illness on a day he or she is scheduled to be in the building, please contact Attendance. Your child will receive Attendance credit for participating online that day if he/she is logging on to Teams calls and participating in classes.

HYBRID LOGISTICS AND HEALTH & SAFETY PROCEDURES

Reminder--Keep Yourself and Others Healthy During Hybrid Learning

We have a responsibility to keep ourselves and others healthy. Here are three short videos that convey important health and safety reminders:


Face coverings are required at Tamanend

Click here to watch a short video about the benefits of wearing a cloth face covering.

Favor de hacer clic aquí para ver un video corto acerca de los beneficios de llevarse una mascarilla de tela.


It's important to wash your hands frequently

Click here to watch a short video about the importance of washing your hands frequently.

Favor de hacer clic aquí para ver un video corto acerca de la importancia de lavarse las manos con frecuencia.


It's important to stay home when you are sick

Click here to watch a short video about the importance of staying home when you are sick.

Favor de hacer clic aquí para ver un video corto acerca de la importancia de quedarse en casa cuando este su hijo(a) enfermo.

Reminder--Students & Staff Must Wear Face Coverings

Students will be required to wear face coverings as ordered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Masks and face shields are available in the Main Office for any student who needs them. Masks are not required for students eating breakfast in the Cafeteria or when students are eating a snack during the Wellness Break attached to 4th Period.

Reminder--Screening and Self-Reporting

One of the most important things everyone, students and staff, can do is stay home when they are sick. Families will monitor their child daily for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 before sending them to school each day. As always, any student who becomes ill while in school will visit the nurse. It is also critically important for every one to self-report if they have had known, direct exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, they may not return to school until the following three criteria are met:


  • isolation restrictions dictated by the Bucks County Department of Health are lifted, AND
  • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, OR if asymptomatic, 10 days since the date of their positive test, AND
  • once they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication


The individual will need to report directly to the health suite upon returning to school to be evaluated by the school nurse. A"flowchart," found below, has been prepared to help families determine when to send their child to school.

Reminder--What to Do If Your Child Is Sick

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Reminder--Hand Washing & Hand Sanitizers

Free standing hand sanitizer stations to supplement hand washing have been positioned at select areas and within all classrooms. Students and staff will be encouraged to wash hands frequently, especially before and after eating and using the restroom. We have also posted signage about hand washing and physical distancing protocols at key areas of Tamanend including corridors, restrooms, and entryways.

Reminder--Morning Student Drop Off/Parking Lot Procedures

If parents/guardians decide to drive students to school, please plan enough travel time to allow for safety and congestion on Stuckert Road and in our school parking lot. The speed limit in our lot is 15 mph.


Below is a map how the student drop-off and pick-up works in our parking lot. Drop off and pick up should only happen along the sidewalk indicated by paw prints on the map. For your safety and the safety of our students, please follow these directions and do not drop your student off or pick your student up on Stuckert Road, the Visitor's Parking area, or in the middle of the Main Parking Area. Thank you for your support and careful driving.

Reminder--Afternoon Student Pick Up/Parking Lot Procedures

If parents/guardians decide to pick students up from school at the end of the day, please plan enough travel time to allow for safety and congestion on Stuckert Road and in our school parking lot. The speed limit in our lot is 15 mph. Student dismissal will begin at 1:16 during Hybrid Learning.


Below is a map how the student drop-off and pick-up works in our parking lot. Drop off and pick up should only happen along the sidewalk indicated by paw prints on the map. For your safety and the safety of our students, please follow these directions and do not drop your student off or pick your student up on Stuckert Road, the Visitor's Parking area, or in the middle of the Main Parking Area. Thank you for your support and careful driving.

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Reminder--Where Do Students Go When They Arrive in the Morning?

First Period classes begin at 7:30 AM. Students may be dropped off after 7:10 AM. Students arriving between 7:10--7:20, will report to the following locations and will practice physical distancing as per the green dots on the seating. Students are expected to be seated as directed by faculty and staff.

7th Graders report to the Auditorium*

8th Graders report to the Cafeteria*

9th Graders report to the Main Gym*

*Students may choose to go to the Cafeteria for breakfast.


At 7:20, students will be dismissed from the locations listed above to report to their 1st Period classes.


Students arriving to Tamanend after 7:20 should report directly to breakfast in the Cafeteria or to their 1st Period classes.

Reminder--What Should Students Bring To School Each Day?

Students should bring the following items to school each day: mask, laptop and charger, and a snack. If a teacher needs students to bring in a particular book or item, they will communicate that to the class. Students will be permitted to carry backpacks in school, to all classes. Backpacks will be placed under each student's desk.

Reminder--Lockers

Students have not been assigned and may not use lockers during hybrid learning. The elimination of locker use greatly reduces congregating in hallways. Student may bring backpacks to each class. Backpacks will be placed under student desks in each class.

Reminder--Hallways

In order to promote physical distancing, students must stay on the right-hand side of all hallways. Hallways have center point markers and floor decals encouraging students to remain six feet apart. In addition, signs promoting physical distancing are posted throughout the building. Students may not congregate in hallways before or between classes.

Reminder--Wellness Break

Students will have a wellness break from 10:35--10:55 each day. This wellness break is attached to students' 4th Period classes. This is an opportunity for students to take a mask break and enjoy a snack. Students will be spaced at six feet during this time.

Student Seating

In the Hybrid model, student seating is spaced at least three feet apart. Whenever possible, student seating is spaced six feet apart. Cafeteria seating is spaced six feet apart. Students will be spaced at least six feet apart during wellness breaks so that they can enjoy a snack.

Restrooms

We encourage students to use the restrooms during their class periods. This is a change from our normal practice of encouraging students to use the restroom between classes. This change is important to eliminate crowding in restrooms between classes. Each classroom is assigned to a specific restroom for students to use.​ Each teacher will communicate this information to students. Students will sign out to use the restroom. One student may sign out at a time to use the restroom.

Building Cleaning

Cleaning Standard

The Central Bucks Facilities & Energy Management Operations Department (FEMO) is responsible for the daily cleaning and disinfection of all district buildings. Custodial staff have been trained on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved guidelines. Cleaning inspection checklists have been developed by the FEMO Department, and all buildings are inspected for completion of all assigned tasks.


High-Touch Surfaces

All district facilities will be cleaned and sanitized daily, with special emphasis placed on high-touch surfaces twice per day, including, but not limited to water filling stations, door handles/knobs, faucet/toilet handles, and railings. Student desks will be wiped between classes. The FEMO team will utilize EPA approved disinfection supplies from our partners at Hillyard, and complete tasks as prescribed on "job cards" that outline specific steps for cleaning classrooms, restrooms, and other areas.

Cleaning Student Desks During the School Day

Student desks will be cleaned at the end of each class during the school day. The teacher will spray each student's desk. Each student will be provided with a paper towel. to wipe down the desk.

Headphones for Hybrid Learning

It will be helpful if students bring headphones to school for some classes during Please note that air pods may not work well with student laptops. We recommend using wired headphones. Wired headphones require a USB (USB A) plug or a standard headphone plug (3.5mm jack).

Reminder--Visitors and Volunteers

During Hybrid Learning we will not allow non-essential visitors or volunteers in the building. We recommend that if you need to meet with a staff member, you do so via Teams call or telephone call. If you must attend a meeting in the building, you must follow the procedures and protocols below:

When you arrive at Tamanend for a scheduled appointment, please report to the Main Office with a PA License. While visiting, you are required to wear a face covering as outlined in the PA Department of Health’s Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings announced July 1, 2020. You will be required to use a health self-screening tool. You will need to confirm completion of the screening with the building secretary who will then complete the sign in log for you and give you a visitor’s sticker indicating the date, time, and your destination.

Want To Learn the Latest About Hybrid Learning?

Click here to visit the Tamanend Hybrid Learning Quick Reference Guide.


Click here to read the 2020-2021 CB Return to School Guide.

Reminder--Please Update Emergency & Census Information in Parent Portal

Each year, the Central Bucks School District requires our families to update emergency and census information in Parent Portal. This takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.


The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:

  • Demographic Information
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration
  • Media Release Preferences

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please follow this link to request one. If you need help with your Parent Portal account, please contact your child’s school for assistance.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to update this important information!

FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Reminder--Technology Support

The Innovation and Technology Department has created this webpage to explain the many ways to access technology support.

https://www.cbsd.org/Page/63431

Reminder--9th-12th Grade Student Technology Toolkit

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FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE

Reminder--Required 7th Grade Dental Exams

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders by October 15, 2020. Any exam given since September 1, 2019 is acceptable. Please email your dental form to our certified school nurse, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976.

Reminder--Required Immunizations

The current immunization requirements for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows:


Children in kindergarten through 12th grade are required to have the following vaccines:

· 4 doses DtaP – diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (one dose must be on or after the 4th birthday)

· 4 doses Polio (one dose must be on or after the 4th birthday)

· 2 doses MMR – measles, mumps, rubella

· 3 doses Hepatitis B

· 2 doses Varicella (chicken pox)

Children entering 7th grade are also required to have:

· 1 dose Meningococcal Conjugate (meningitis)

· 1 dose Tdap – tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis

To check the immunization status of your student, go to the Portal and click on the Health tab.

Please email proof of new vaccinations to our certified school nurse, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976

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FROM OUR CAFETERIA

Breakfast and Lunch Available for Free to All Students

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The Central Bucks School District and Aramark are committed to providing every student with the tools they need to succeed, including nutritious meals they can enjoy at no charge. No applications are needed! Breakfast bags will be available for daily grab and go pick up in the morning in the Cafeteria. Grab a breakfast bag and start your day off by fueling your body or hold onto it and enjoy at the designated snack period. Lunch will be available to grab and go at dismissal from the Cafeteria. On Tuesdays and on Fridays, students may take home Breakfast and Lunches for the three school days they are learning online from home. Parents can also pick up breakfast and lunch meals for students on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30-12:00 at one of three locations:

CB West Visitor Entrance

CB South Gymnasium Entrance

CB East Main Office Entrance

Reminder--Free & Reduced Lunch/Breakfast Application

Families can access the online application for Free & Reduced Meals by clicking here. The application must be submitted each year.

RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE

Help with Resources

If you are experiencing a financial hardship, please know that the staff members listed below can help you and your family. We can provide assistance with food, clothing, field trips, student fees, internet access, and other issues. Please don't hesitate to contact us:

Brian Caughie, Principal bcaughie@cbsd.org

Kyle Dudley, Assistant Principal kdudley@cbsd.org

Lauren Myrtetus, Certified School Nurse lmyrtetus@cbsd.org

Jeff Klein, Guidance Counselor jklein@cbsd.org

Mandy Cammann, Guidance Counselor mcammann@cbsd.org

Reminder--Grandfamilies Support Group

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Reminder--Housing Information

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CB CARES

Nominate a Tamanend Student for the Boomerang Award

Welcome back to another year of Boomerang! Thank you so much for all of your support last year. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Boomerang Youth Recognition Award, it is a district-wide monthly program which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by one of the chosen Developmental Assets. These Developmental Assets were identified as a set of skills, experiences, relationships and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults.

Nominations for October's Boomerang Asset are due by Friday, 10/23. The chosen asset for October is Asset #10: Safety- Recognizing a young person who feels safe at home, school and in the neighborhood. Please submit your nomination through this link.
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GETTING INVOLVED AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND

TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 9am

This is an online event.

Parent Council is an open meeting where all parents are welcome to attend to learn more about Tamanend Middle School. Parent Council typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. There is no obligation to attend all Parent Councils and there are no elected positions. Parent Council is a forum for parents and school leaders to learn from and with each other, together. At this time, Parent Council meetings are being held virtually. Please click here to join the meeting through Teams.

Ways to Stay Connected with Tamanend

Here is a list of ways Tamanend communicates with students, families, and the community:

  • Tamanend website: includes important information, resources, calendar of school events, and daily announcements
  • Calendar of school events (posted on our website)
  • Daily announcements (scrolling on TV screens during school day and posted on our website)
  • TV show (weekly, during Advisory period)
  • Email blasts from Tamanend administration regarding important news, new procedures, and reminders
  • Parent Portal: student information, grades, and attendance
  • Tamanend Connections newsletter: useful information, important reminders, and school highlights emailed weekly during school year and posted on Tamanend website
  • Twitter: @CBTamanendMS highlights of activities, events, and daily life at Tamanend
  • CBSD app: highlights of activities, events, and daily life in Central Bucks

Para nuestras familias hispanohablantes...

¡Bienvenidos a Tamanend! Yo soy Brian Caughie, Director de Tamanend Middle School. Soy hispanohablante. Pasé mucho de mi vida en España. Estoy aquí para apoyarles a todos los estudiantes y familias en Tamanend. Favor de llamarme or escribirme (en inglés o en español) si Ud. tiene cualquier duda o pregunta.

Correo electrónico: bcaughie@cbsd.org

Oficina: (267) 893-2900

Share Good News About Tamanend Students

Tamanend students make a difference in our community. Share your story about the accomplishments and good work of a Tamanend student with Dr. Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org so that he may highlight this good news in an upcoming edition of Tamanend Connections.
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How Did We Do This Week?

We value your feedback. Click here to leave a comment, share with us what you like best about Tamanend, and share with us how we can improve our school.