November 2023 Newsletter
Tisdale Middle & Secondary School
October has come and gone quickly in my mind, but we have accomplished a lot in classrooms as students work through learning plans. The first term comes to an end on Friday, November 10th which means we are about halfway through the semester. Report cards will be released on November 17th and I am optimistic that there will be few surprises.
Edsby provides the opportunity for students and their families to check grades whenever it is convenient, so there should be few (if any) marks that you’re unaware of. One thing that Edsby doesn’t do a good job of is indicating is if your child is behind in a class. Teachers are expected to let you know if this is the case. In addition, we just hosted two evenings of conferences providing families the opportunity to meet with teachers to share celebrations and next steps in learning progress. Please don’t ever feel the need to wait for one of those formal times to reach out to your child’s teacher with a question. You can use Edsby to send a message, email, or call the school and make an appointment to meet.
The RECplex concession is now open for students to access during the lunch hour. Some children have gotten themselves into trouble with teachers and the admin team due to leaving class (or arriving late to class) to order from the concession. Thank you for helping us enforce that during school time, learning is the primary focus. Students are welcome to bring healthy snacks to class, but they should not arrive to class late due to lack of planning with their snacking habits.
Thank you to all the Tornado support this fall. Our grade 9 through 12 students had a successful Mom’s Pantry campaign with product arriving for pick up on Friday, November 17th. We’ve had great spectator numbers at the sporting events we’ve hosted – cross country meets, volleyball games and tournaments, and, of course, football games.
We appreciate all your support!
Mom's Pantry Fundraiser
TMSS had another successful Mom's Pantry fundraiser, with over $23,000 in product being sold! This puts over $6200 in the school's pocket. We would like to congratulate our TOP 4 sellers who went above and beyond, earning prizes for their fundraising efforts.
1st Place: Cole Duesner sold $3729.80 in product and won $450 in gift cards
2nd Place: Isabelle Deforest sold $1686.20 in product and won an Ipad
3rd Place: Savannah Abbott sold $1264.40 in product and won a TV
4th Place: Travis Holmstrom sold $1215.20 in product and won a speaker and headphones
Thanks for showing G.R.I.T. for your school!
TMSS G.R.I.T. Awards
The Grade 6 GRIT winner this month is Wiley Penner. Wiley always comes to class with a great attitude, and continues to try his best in whatever he is doing. Willy stands for exactly what GRIT means, he continues to grow as a person, shows resilience by always trying his best, has integrity in everything he does, and is a great team player. Congrats, Willy!
Congratulations to Hunter Schroeder as he is the recipient of the Grade 7 GRIT award this month! Hunter has been doing a great job of showing resilience in class by working hard to finish up assignments on time, even if it means putting in some of his own time at lunch to finish. Hunter demonstrates growth and togetherness by being an active participant in class discussions and a cooperative group member during group or partner work. Hunter is a very helpful student, he is always willing to lend a hand with jobs around the classroom and help out his fellow classmates with assignments and tasks.
This month’s Grade 8 GRIT awards goes to Camryn Sharpen. Camryn is an energetic student who actively engages in learning activities. She is a student who consistently attempts every new daily challenge, and shows resiliency when working on difficult tasks. She actively engages in group projects and encourages others to be active learners as well. Camryn is an example of someone who consistently displays GRIT qualities at TMSS and she attempts all assignments with determination and effort. Camryn is a conscientious student who provides quality evidence of learning. Great job Camryn.
This month’s Grade 9 GRIT award winner is Gavin Galambos. Gavin demonstrates our student mantra by showing Growth, Resilience, Integrity, and Togetherness every day. Gavin puts forward his best effort no matter what he is tasked with; whether he is in the classroom or on the football field, he shows integrity by leading through example. Gavin is always willing to help his classmates, he goes above and beyond to support his peers, and he makes new students feel welcome. We are extremely lucky to have Gavin part of the TMSS community. Congratulations!
They’re kind. They’re funny. They’re hard-working. And … they’re twin brothers!
Drum roll please! As we congratulate our October 2023 Grade 10 G.R.I.T. winners … Ronan & Ryder Tom! You two have earned a shout out this month! You’re both working so hard this school year. You have demonstrated every aspect of G.R.I.T. as you have shown tremendous growth and resilience in your learning. You spread your kindness wherever you go; you are considerate, helpful, respectful and you work great as a team to accomplish your goals. You two are crushing it and we couldn’t be more proud! Keep up the fantastic work!
This month’s Grade 11 GRIT Award goes to Madison Smith. Madison is a very deserving recipient of the award. She works extremely hard in all her classes and is never afraid to ask for clarification or help. She is always respectful towards students and staff. She does a great job of balancing life, school, and work. Keep up the good work Madison!
The Grade 12 GRIT award goes out to Viktoriya Doluda. Vika is an excellent student as well as an awesome human. She not only works incredibly hard, but is always willing to help others. She epitomizes the meaning of GRIT. Vika strives for growth, shows resilience when things get tough, has demonstrated integrity in school, and her willingness to assist others shows her togetherness. All students at TMSS could use Viktoriya as example of what GRIT means. Congratulations Vika.
Cross Country Running Team News
The cross-country running team has completed their season and had relatively good fall weather for training and competing.
The grade six runners travelled to the elementary school meets held in Nipawin, Zenon Park, and Hudson Bay. We hosted our own meet at the Doghide Trails to end the season. Our course was the longest of all that the grade sixes had encountered, and our athletes showed how much they had improved with both their placings but also their ability to run the entire course without walking.
The grade 7-12 students were eligible to compete in the NESSAC league meets as well as the NESSAC championship which was hosted by the L.P. Miller team at Rolling Pines Golf Course at the beginning of October. This was the last meet for the grade 7 and 8 runners. However, many of our grade nine and older athletes qualified for the provincial meet in Regina where they ALL finished their races with personal bests. Hard to ask for better results!
The Jr. Girls A1 volleyball team has had a strong season so far. The girls have dominated in league play and have also made it to the finals in all three tournaments this month. They took home the gold at their home tournament on October 13/14, earned bronze at Foam Lake on October 21, and earned silver at Porcupine Pain on October 28! We are hosting Pod Playoffs on November 1st at TMSS, hoping to come out on top and head to NESSAC on November 8th. Good luck Tornados!
The Sr. girls B team has shown so much growth and resilience over the season. At the start of the season, we entered an A tournament which was such a great learning opportunity for the team. They were able to play against very skilled athletes, which forced the girls to step up their game and play with them. In our league play, we kept every score close and worked well as a team to make some great plays. We had many successes over the season, and I was so proud to watch this team really come together and improve in our Pod Playoffs. I can’t wait for next season.
Our TMSS Tornados Football team has been having a fantastic season! Last weekend saw them record a 38-37 Win against the Humboldt Mohawks, clinching a spot in the Provincial Quarterfinals this Saturday against the Lumsden Devils.
A big shoutout to Ambrose Abiara who will be graduating from TMSS this year and heading off to the University of Regina. Congratulations on securing a scholarship and a spot on the Rams!
TMSS would like to thank The Grocery Foundation for their generous $75.00 donation from funds raised during the 2023 Toonies for Tummies campaign at Buy-Low Foods in Tisdale. These funds will supplement the nutrition program at TMSS reaching students through the daily breakfast cart available to the entire school.