TMSM Weekly Newsletter
October 8th, 2021
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Have a great weekend!
Our Mission and Focus
Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools - Middle’s Mission
TMS-M 's mission is to discover knowledge, create a better world, and serve in a way that respects others.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Mission
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To build a culture of high expectations for all students by meeting their social, emotional, and academic needs through high-quality instruction, innovation, and wrap-around services.
General PTA Meeting, October 14, 2021
We are having a general PTA Meeting on October 14th at 5:30. Please click the link below to join.
Topic: TMSM PTA Zoom Meeting
Time: Oct 14, 2021 05:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://uasystem.zoom.us/j/84300516481
PTA Fundraiser - Raise Craze
Join the TMS-M Matheletes Club!
Do you love solving challenging math problems? Is being part of team and working together something you are interested in? If so, Math Team is for you! We will practice and compete periodically throughout the year. Join the TMS-M Matheletes today!
Parents of 8th Grade Students......Re: 8th Grade Passion Project
Dear Parents of 8th graders,
It is time for your child to begin thinking about the Passion Project (IB MYP Community Project) this year! What is the Passion Project, you may ask? It is the community project that the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme requires of all Year 3 (8th grade) students.
Students will find the handbook on the course as well as all due dates, the proposal assignment, the planning sheet assignment, and the journal entry assignments. The students are formulating their ideas for the project right now. Here are some of their brilliant ideas:
● Putting on a school musical
● Painting a mural on the Band/Strings hallway
● Painting the blacktop for ball games and hopscotch
● Extended day enrichment for TMSE students
● Working on the school garden and restoring the greenhouse
● City park cleanups
● Weekly school announcement slides for the hallway t.v. screens/social media page
● Providing hands-on science experiments for younger students
● Advocacy campaign and student seminar on ending racial bias and prejudices
IMPRESSIVE, aren’t they? And this is just a start!
The handbook (attached to this newsletter/ also loaded on Schoology) includes all objectives, a timeline, due dates, a proposal template, a planning sheet template, and assessment criteria for grading the project.
All projects will be planned and completed by March 11th of 2021. Over the next 4 months, a proposal, a planning sheet, and 6 process journal entries will lead them to the creation of a final product or initiative as well as a presentation (website and short speech explaining the project). We will have a showcase of the projects in late April. Stay tuned for an announcement of the April date. A final reflection on the project will be due on their websites on April 1st.
I am asking that you review this handbook with your child and discuss their ideas and plans for the project. We encourage the students to work in groups, but in special circumstances, they may work alone. Keep in mind that parents may have to provide transportation for some of the projects.
We will begin writing proposals for the projects at the end of next week. They are due on October 29th; our goal is to have proposals approved by Mrs. Pewee-Childs by November 12th.
Thank you in advance for your support. This will be the 8th year we have completed these projects, and we hope these will be the most rewarding projects yet!
PLEASE CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS LETTER AND A DIGITAL COPY OF THE HANDBOOK BY FILLING OUT THIS VERY BRIEF GOOGLE FORM: (Click on the link to the left)
Red Ribbon Week: October 25-29th
This Year's Red Ribbon Week theme is Drug Free Looks Like Me. The theme is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. It also serves as a reminder that we are all empowered with shaping our communities around us through bravery, positivity and strength. Students are more likely to achieve goals when making healthy choices and staying drug free.
Visit https://www.redribbon.org for more resources about Red Ribbon Week.
The Tuscaloosa City Schools collaborates with Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) to provide Social-Emotional Learning and Erin’s Law training for students in grades 6-12.
CAPS educators conduct weekly SEL lessons using the Teen Safety Matters and Second Step curricula. Our students will begin lessons on Monday, October 11, 2021.
With enhanced SEL skills, students thrive both in the classroom and in life. The lessons help students gain confidence, collaborate with others, learn resilience, create skills for academic success, and communicate more effectively.
PSAT TESTING: OCTOBER 13th
Mrs. Homan sent an email on Wednesday with details. The students have received their books as well.
Parent Visitation Day, October 14th
PE LESSONS: You will be able to tune into each grade level class.
- 6th Grade: 8:05-8:35
- 7th Grade: 8:55-9:25
- 8th Grade: 9:40-10:10
Links will be sent next week.
- 10:35-10:45 - Session with Mrs. Childs and Mrs. Homan
- 10:45 -10:50 - Log into the class of your choice Core/Art/Spanish. You must log in at this time. The teachers will have to let you into the class before they begin the lesson.
- 10:50-11:25 Participate in the class of your choice. This list will come out next week.
Log into Google Meet for Band and Strings at the following times:
- 7th Grade Band and Strings Classes - 12:30-12:50
- 8th Grade Band and Strings Classes - 11:25-11:45
- 6th Grade Band and Strings Classes - 2:15 - 2:35
Note: The links will come out next week as well.
Lunch Menu October 11-15
Bryant/Eastwood Softball Team: UPDATED DATES
Tryouts are October 11th and 12th from 4:30-6:30
Location: Bryant Softball Field
If you have any questions, contact Coach Wesley at Bryant
Westlawn Boys Basketball Tryouts
WESTLAWN GIRLS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS
Basketball Tryouts: 7th and 8th Grade Boys: Zoned for Eastwood
Northridge Softball Tryouts, October 14th and 15th
Picnic Table Project with PTA
The PTA grounds and beautification committee will be pressure washing and staining the 14 new picnic tables purchased by the school this May, and we need your help! You can contribute in several ways:
(1) Do you have a pressure washer? Come out on October 17 to help pressure wash.
(2) Buy some stain. See photos below for the type of stain and rollers we will use (Behr stain is at the Home Depot, and we will use a semi-transparent Redwood color, which is pre-mixed and in stock). We will also need rollers (see below) and brushes for water-based stain.
(3) Come help us stain. We are planning on doing this October 23, weather permitting.
Please use this google sheet to let us know if and how you can volunteer:
Thanks in advance for your assistance!
(on behalf of the Grounds and Beautification committee, TMSM PTA)
Picture Day is November 4th!
If you or your child has tested positive for COVID, please notify Nurse Crow or Mrs. Childs. Our email addresses are below.
The school's number is 205-759-3653.
All students are required to wear a mask (exceptions include outdoors, Physical Education classes, recess, and documented cases of students with special needs). All visitors are required to wear one as well.
- Individuals who test positive for or are diagnosed with COVID-19 must stay home for their isolation period following the onset of symptoms or the positive test result, be 24 hours without fever or fever-reducing medications, and experience symptom improvement before returning from isolation.
- TCS will notify individuals who are considered “close contact" as defined in ADPH’s Back to School Guidance document. It should be noted that under the updated guidance from ADPH, the agency retains the sole responsibility of quarantining individuals from school/work.
- TCS will follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Order on masking on public conveyances (i.e. school buses). This means that passengers and drivers must wear masks on school buses, regardless of the local policy on masks.
Join PTA or Volunteer for a Committee
It is not too late to sign up for the PTA, invest in our school, and volunteer for a committee. The links are below!