Tamanend Connections

Tamanend Together!

May 28, 2021

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SIXTH GRADE ORIENTATION

On Monday, May 24 Tamanend hosted 6th Grade Orientation for our rising 7th Grade class. Students learning about important policies and procedures, took tours of our building, and heard from current Tamanend students about middle school life. We look forward to welcoming our newest Tigers to Tamanend in August! Click here to find the Middle School Orientation page.

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

Registration Opens for CB Summer Fun Programs--Monday, May 17 (details below)

Keystone Exams (for Students Taking Algebra*)--Tuesday, June 1

*Please see details below regarding students who are eligible to take the Keystones this year.

Freshman Celebration--Friday, June 4 at 7:30 PM (details below)

Freshman Day--Wednesday, June 9 during school day (details below)

Principal's Awards Ceremonies--Monday, June 7; 7th Grade Ceremony @ 6:00 PM, 8th Grade Ceremony @ 7:00 PM; 9th Grade Ceremony @ 8:00 PM

Early Dismissal--Thursday, June 10 (students dismissed at 10:45)

Final Awards/Closing Ceremony--Friday, June 11 during school day

Last Day of School (early dismissal at 10:45)--Friday, June 11

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

ATHLETICS:

INFORMATION:

  • Tamanend’s 8th grade softball team had an AMAZING season. They finished the regular season undefeated, then marched through the postseason tournament to win the championship! Their final record was 9 wins against 0 losses, and they proved to be one of the most dominant softball teams to ever play at Tamanend. Congratulations!
  • The girls 8th grade soccer team emerged victorious in come-from-behind fashion in the postseason tournament final, propelling them to the championship. Congratulations girls!!
  • The Tamanend 8th grade baseball team had a great season, including an upset win over Unami in the postseason tournament. In a very bizarre championship game, which required the game to be played over 2 days, Tamanend lost in extra innings and finished as runners-up. They displayed grit and class all season long and represented Tamanend very well.
  • Congratulations to our 7th grade baseball and girls soccer teams who completed very successful Spring seasons. The baseball team finished with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses, while the girls soccer team went undefeated with a record of 8-0. Great seasons!!
  • Congratulations to the Tamanend track team who traveled to Tohickon and participated in the CB Classic CHAMPS with our 4 other CB schools. Over a dozen medals were earned as we ran, jumped, and threw our way to an overall 3rd place in the competition! We had a great season! Awesome job, Tigers!
  • THANK YOU TO ALL SPRING ATHLETES, COACHES, OUR TRAINER, AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS. This Spring presented many challenges, and it took a true team effort to make the seasons happen. All of the efforts by those involved are very-much appreciated.
  • Also, a HUGE THANK YOU to our building and district custodial and operations staff for getting--and keeping--our facilities and fields in tremendous shape throughout the Spring.

FROM CB SOUTH:

  • Current 8th and 9th grade girls interested in playing soccer at CB South are invited to attend voluntary workouts that will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays (May 17, 19, 25 and June 7, 9) from 3:30-5:00 on South’s grass soccer fields along Bristol Road. Please direct any questions to Coach Moriarty (AMORIARTY@CBSD.ORG).
  • There will be an interest meeting for the CB South Girls Tennis Team on Tuesday 6/1 at 2:30pm in the cafeteria at CB South. This is open to any girl who will be in 9th through 12th grade next school year.
  • CB South Ice Hockey will be holding evaluations in early August for next seasons middles school hockey program. The program is available for students in grades 5 thru 8. If interested, please contact Mike Cannon so appropriate date information can be sent to you. Mike's contact info is 215-805-8632 or mjcannon5@msn.com. CB South Ice Hockey has had tremendous success in its 17 seasons and would love for you to be part of that winning tradition.

UPCOMING TAMANEND EVENTS

Tamanend UNICEF Unite Club Ice Cream Social

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Laptop Collection for Current 9th Graders

The Technology and Innovation Department is preparing to collect all devices from students in grades K-6, 9, and 12. We hope this device helped your family with increased access to teaching and learning. The Technology and Innovation Department will be using the summer to update and clean these devices. Ninth Graders will be re-issued a laptop in time for 10th Grade.

Return Information:

Tamanend students attending in-person will be handing laptops in at school on June 8 and June 9. Tamanend virtual students will return their laptops on/after the last day of school to the Tamanend Main Office.

Please be sure your child is able to locate their laptop, charger, and pen (if applicable).

Laptop bags do not need to be returned. Your child will be reusing this bag next year.

If there are any technical issues with the device, please be sure to place a help desk ticket so we can resolve the issue prior to summer.

All hotspots must be returned with the device (if applicable).

Please remove any non-CBSD stickers or USB devices from laptops before returning.

Missing Accessories: Please go to MyPayments Plus to pay for items that were lost or damaged while in your possession. Bring a receipt with you as proof of payment. This receipt can be given to or emailed to Mrs. Donna Kirkpatrick (dkirkpatrick@cbsd.org) in the Tamanend Main Office.

Laptop users: Your AC adapter must be a manufacturer-issued (Lenovo or HP) charging cable. Generic brands are not acceptable.

Device Pens: All laptops must be returned with a pen.

Devices/Accessories not Returned: If a student does not return their device, hotspot, pen or charger a usage fee will be issued per student. Devices not returned will be disabled and unusable.

Thank you for your support and understanding in helping to make this process as smooth as possible.

Reminder--Freshman Class Video

We are in the process of creating a Freshman Class Video. If you would like to submit photos to be included in the video, you can upload them on this Form. Please note: You must use a CBSD email account to upload photos and there is a limit of 10 photos per Form. The deadline to submit photos is Wednesday, May 26.

Reminder--Freshman Celebration--Friday, June 4 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

We are holding an outdoor Freshman Celebration evening. Join us for food, fun, a DJ, a movie and memories! Please note that this event is being held in lieu of the traditional semi-formal 9th Grade dance. Casual attire is suggested. This event will be held rain or shine. The cost is $21 per student. Tickets and permission forms can be found here on MyPaymentsPlus.

Reminder--Freshman Day at Briarwood--Wednesday June 10 During School Day

We are holding our traditional Freshman Day outside at Briarwood Day Camp. Join us for music, food, and a great variety of outdoor activities on this fun day. Students should bring bathing suits, towels, and sunscreen. The cost is $24 per student. Tickets and permission forms can be found here on MyPaymentsPlus.

TAMANEND FEATURES

Microsoft Office Update

On Friday, May 28th, the Technology and Innovation Department will begin forcing a new Office install to students in grades 7, 8, 10 and 11. This re-install will provide the latest Office features and enhancements to Central Bucks Windows 10 devices (Office Version 2102).


We wanted to inform you of this update due to a possibility of office applications closing or not being available for use during the install. Students can also re-install Office prior to May 28th by going to Company Portal, search for “Microsoft 365 for Students” and select install. Please confirm that Office files are saved to OneDrive so no data loss will occur, and that all Office applications are closed to aid in a successful install. Also remember that during the re-installation if the application is not available and is needed at that time, Office 365 on the web version is available to use while the installation completes.

Please Turn on Computers and Connect Them to the Internet Over Memorial Day Weekend

Please turn on computers and connect them to the internet over the Memorial Day Break. To assist with the May 28 Microsoft Office update, students should turn on computers and connect them to the internet at some point during Memorial Day weekend. This will ensure that the re-installation is completed before student return to school on Tuesday, June 1st.

Congratulations DJ Lindemuth and all CB South Hockey Players!

CB South has an Ice Hockey Team and our students start in grades five through eight playing on the Middle School Team. The Middle School Team competes against teams from the schools in our area. When student are in grades nine through twelve, players must try out for JV and Varsity. The CB South Hockey team record is quite impressive at the middle, JV, and Varsity levels. The Varsity team is one of the top teams in the area. The team has to qualify to play in the Flyers cup with all the surrounding teams in the area and must be in the top 16 to make it. The team's record this year for Varsity was 1st place in the division and 6th place qualifying for Flyers cup.


Ninth Grader DJ Lindenmuth has been in the CB South hockey program since 5th Grade. In 9th Grade, he tried out in August of 2020 for the Varsity team and was 1 of 2 Freshman from the CB South School district to make the team. He worked hard and not only did he make the team comprised of mostly Seniors/Juniors and a few Sophomores but he was also one of the go to players this year making it to the first line, on power play and penalty kill lines as well as one of the leading scorers. At the banquet on Wednesday 5/19 he won the Rookie of the year award and received his Varsity letter as well as earned his Varsity spot on the team next year.


Congratulations, DJ!

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.

Reminder--Keystone Exams

Earlier this school year, the Pennsylvania State Legislature passed Senate Bill 1216, making several revisions for previous legislation regarding state assessments and graduation requirements. This message serves to inform our families of these legislative revisions and to provide clarity around the implications for your children. Please watch the informational video, Keystone Exam and Graduation Requirements: Update to Middle School Families if you have not already done so. The Keystone Exam at Tamanend will be administered on June 1, 2021.


Students Enrolled in Algebra in 2019-2020

Any student who was enrolled in Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B and was scheduled to take the Algebra Keystone Exam in Spring of 2020, is considered the Spring 2020 cohort. Students in the Spring 2020 cohort are not required to “make-up” the exam. According to the legislation and guidance from the PA Department of Education, these students have been deemed “proficient” if they passed the course last Spring. Central Bucks will not be rostering any students in the Spring 2020 cohort to take the Algebra Keystone Exam this school year. However, any parent wishing for their child to take the exam may do so by completing this form by May 7th. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires students who take the Algebra 1 Keystone to complete the assessment in the building.


Students Enrolled in Algebra in 2020-2021

All students who are taking Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B this school year are required to take the Algebra Keystone exam this Spring. However, parents of children enrolled in a Keystone exam course during the 2020-2021 school year may choose to opt-out of the exam. If a family chooses to opt-out of the exam, they must notify the school in writing of their desire to do so following the process outlined on the CBSD Assessment Webpage by May 7th. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires students who take the Algebra 1 Keystone to complete the assessment in the building.

Reminder--Tamanend Spirit Gear is Here!

Looking for some Tamanend gear? Here are the current opportunities to order Tamanend Spirit Wear:

Tamanend Spirit Wear from Caldwells in Doylestown

Click here for order form

Reminder--Join the Wellness/Snack Break Social 10:35--10:55 Daily

Hello! Are you looking for a way to connect with other kids from school while you are learning from home in the virtual setting? Mrs. Cammann is hosting a Wellness/Snack Break Social time each day from 10:35-10:55 during the virtual and hybrid learning models. Students are invited to join in to share some conversation and be connected with students across all grades. On Wednesdays, we will have games and trivia during this time! You are welcome to participate daily or pop in occasionally - no pressure. Maybe you will even get to know some new faces! Just click the link below to take part, socialize, and participate, while using our Tamanend ROAR to respect and include each other in this group. Enjoy your snack and unwind with us at 10:35 any day. Hope to see you there! Click here to join the meeting

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Changes to PA's COVID-19 Mitigation Orders

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FROM OUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Reminder--CB Save the Music Concert Information

The CB Save the Music Concert is usually a weekend full of performances by CB Music Faculty and friends that has raised over $250,000 for the Save the Music Foundation since its inception in 2004. Though the annual concert could not be held normally this winter, the concert organizers have set a goal to raise $10,000 to support the Save the Music Foundation this year. There are several ways you can help them achieve this goal:

  • Though t-shirt pre-sales have ended, we ordered a few extra. Please reach out to Mr. Sanchez if you missed the pre-order but are still interested in purchasing a shirt.
  • Make a donation while enjoying an on-demand virtual concert presentation in June. The video will be released the first weekend in June. Stay tuned for details!
  • Once again, Café with Soul in Doylestown is the Presenting Sponsor of the concert. One of the ways they are supporting the cause will be through a donation of a percentage of their profits to the Save the Music fundraising effort – stay tuned for more details and dates!

To see the latest updates about this year’s virtual concert, follow us on social media! If you have any questions about the CB Save the Music Concert, please reach out to Mr. Sanchez. Thanks for your support!

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Reminder--CB Summer Music Camps

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Reminder--Sign Up for CB South's Marching Titans (Open to Current 8th and 9th Graders)

The Central Bucks South Marching Titans will begin that 2021 season in just a few short weeks. All current 8th-11th graders interested in joining the original CBSMT should come to the first Spring Training practice on May 11th at 6pm in the CB South Music Wing to learn more about the Marching Titans. Time to join the family!

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QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND

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HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

Please report your child's absence in any of the following ways:

Reminder--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--Important Traffic Safety

Since the beginning or the year, our parent drop-off and pick-up traffic has improved tremendously, but we still need your help. There will soon be an increase in daily traffic as more students return to in-person learning. We must remember that WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO WALK TO SCHOOL. Recently, we've seen an increase in cars speeding on Stuckert Road. For the safety of our students, please maintain a 15 mph school zone speed limit in our parking lots and along Stuckert Road. Thanks for your help!

Reminder--Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up

With the return of 5-day in-person schooling, there has been an increase in the number of car riders. Please remember the following important details when dropping off or picking up your child-


  1. You can only turn right into the parking lot, from the direction of Kelly Road. Do NOT attempt to make a left-hand turn into the parking lot during pick-up at the end of the day. If you come from Bristol Rd., please go past the school, turn around, and get in the car line.
  2. There are staggered dismissal times. The first is at 1:16 and the 2nd is at 1:21pm. It would be helpful to find out what time your child is dismissed from their 7th period class, so that you do not rush to get in line if they are let out at the 2nd dismissal time.
  3. Everyone has been able to exit the parking lot by 1:30 pm, so there is no need to rush. All students are let out between the Main Entrance and the Gym/Cafeteria Entrance, so students should not be walking down the sidewalk to your cars. This causes the line of traffic to stop and we need to keep everyone moving.

Thank you for your support!

FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE

Reminder--Teen Mental Health Check In Group

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This Edition of Guidance Sparks--Finding Purpose

Over the past several months, we have shared ideas on ways to help your children find their “Spark”. For some this is a longer journey than for others. Often connected to knowing what your passion is and understanding your “purpose”. In William Damon’s (2008) book The Path to Purpose, he states, “A purpose is a deeper reason for the immediate goals and motives that drive most daily behavior.” We see this often with today’s young entrepreneurs who feel a strong social responsibility (e.g., Bombas and Thrive Market, among others). As parents, you can facilitate discussions regarding purpose by taking the opportunity to: listen closely for the spark then encourage further discovery; take advantage of any time you have together to talk about their ideas on what is purpose; offer your own sense of purpose related to your life/career; nurture a positive outlook on life; impress upon children a sense of action connected to responsibility. Schools must work hand-in-hand with families in this effort as we emphasize the importance of our children becoming good citizens of our community and the world.

There will be more to follow on this topic. For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at vbarrett@cbsd.org.

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FROM OUR LIBRARY

Reminder--Tamanend Library is Here for All Your Reading Needs!

All students have full access to all books in the Tamanend Library and to SORA, our digital collection. If you would like to check out a book, please watch the following videos in your Library Canvas Course to see how to access both physical and digital books. Books will be delivered to classrooms for Hybrid students and Online students can pick their books up in the front lobby of Tamanend!

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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 Dental Exams for 7th Graders

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders. 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, mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976, or drop it off in the Main Office. The form can be found on this Tamanend Health Office page on our website.

Reminder--Please Contact Our Nurse For COVID-Related Issues and Concerns

Please notify our Certified School Nurse, Lauren Myrtetus, if you, someone in your household or your student have been diagnosed with COVID or if your student has been identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID. Also, please notify Mrs. Myrtetus if your student is ill and is being tested for COVID.


If your students needs to quarantine, he or she should report directly to the nurse’s office on his or her first day back to school for a temperature and symptom screening.


Mrs. Myrtetus is happy to answer any questions related to COVID.

Lmyrtetus@cbsd.org

267-893-2915

Reminder--Modified Quarantine

CBSD’s Board of School Directors approved changes to the district’s health and safety plan, including implementation of modified quarantine protocols beginning on Monday, April 19, 2021. More details may be found on our website at www.cbsd.org/2020-21. Review updated questions and answers at www.cbsd.org/help.

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Updated--What to Do If Your Child Is Sick

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FROM OUR CAFETERIA

Reminder--Breakfast and Lunch is Available to ALL Students Free of Charge Through the Remainder of the 2020-2021 School Year

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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.

UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS

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Beat summer boredom! CBSD's community school is offering summer sports camps, mock trial, music & arts camps, and many other activities - register through MyPaymentsPlus at https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome beginning May 17!

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--Bucks County Health Human Services Hub

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Reminder--Shriner's Children's Pediatric Fracture and Sports Injury Care at Doylestown Hospital

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Reminder--Food Pantry at Warrington Fellowship Church

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Reminder--Housing Information

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CB CARES

Nominate a Tamanend Student for the Boomerang Youth Recognition Award

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 May's Boomerang Asset are due by Friday, 05/28. The chosen for March is Asset #40: Positive View of Personal Future- Recognizing a young person who is optimistic about their personal future. Please submit your nomination through this link. Staff members who nominate students will wear jeans and their Boomerang pin to show their Boomerang Spirit on Tuesday, 06/01. Thank you in advance for your nomination
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GETTING INVOLVED AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND

TMS Parent Council

Thursday, May 20th, 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

Recursos en Español

Aquí se encuentran recursos en Español para padres y guardianos de los estudiantes de Central Bucks: World Languages / Recursos para Hispanohablantes (cbsd.org)

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How Did We Do This Week?

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