The Tohickon Golden Eagle

December 2014

A THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS!

Dear Tohickon Families,


The highlight of November was recognizing our veterans. There were three significant events that took place on November 11th to celebrate Veterans Day, which were well planned by Mr. Forney and the Tohickon Social Studies Department.


The first event was our Veterans' Day breakfast which took place in the Tohickon Library between 8:30 and 9:30 AM. We had a great turnout, with close to seventy people in attendance. Family members accompanied veterans as they smiled, ate and had some really interesting discussions. The breakfast concluded with a picture of the veterans.


During the day on November 11th, veterans James McComb and Lou Rizzo spoke to all of our seventh grade Social Studies classes in the auditorium. The topics discussed during the presentation included an overview of the meaning of Veterans Day, personal experiences and the importance of continuously recognizing our veterans for all that they have done for our country.


Lastly, during the evening, between the hours of 6:30 and 8:00 PM, veterans, family members and students came to our annual Wall of Honor presentation. The turnout exceeded anything we have had in the past! Throughout the evening, over 200 people circulated through the first floor hallways, looking at images of veterans from different wars and listening to interviews of people from different generations. It was truly a special evening! A personal thanks goes out to the families that baked treats for this event.


As we move into December, we have a number of events to look forward to including, but not limited to, our winter muscial concerts, the seventh and eighth grade Geographic Bee, the winter dance and, of course, our winter break at the end of the month.


On behalf of the staff at Tohickon Middle School, I wish all of our Tohickon families a safe and happy holiday season!


Sincerely,


Mr. Kevin Marton, Principal

Winter Musical Concerts

Our Choral Concert will be held on Monday, December 8th at 7:00 PM

Our Instrumental Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 9th at 7:00 PM.

Tohickon Artists Are On Display At The Doylestown Post Office During December

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Tohickon Geographic Bee

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to motivate students to learn about the world and how it works. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition.



This year, starting on December 2nd, all seventh and eighth graders at Tohickon will participate in the Preliminary Round of the National Geographic Geography Bee. Throughout the month of December, over 600 students will be narrowed down to just ten finalists. These ten students will compete in the Championship Round during an assembly in January to crown our school Geography Bee Champion. This student will then have a chance at moving on, to the State Competition, and perhaps going to Washington D.C. for the National Finals.


See the link below for more information.


http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/frequently-asked-questions/

Community Service Update

The month of November was devoted to helping others. The seventh grade homerooms (along with some very kind 8th and 9th grade homerooms) spent the month of November collecting canned goods, money for gift cards and other items in order to create Thanksgiving baskets for deserving families. All of the students worked hard to create beautiful baskets that will be given to families this Thanksgiving. This month was also spent collecting winter wear for a shelter in Allentown. Students were asked to donate gently used or new hats, scarves, mittens and gloves for those who need them this upcoming winter season. It is not too late to donate your gently used winter wear. We will continue to collect items until December 12th.

Parent Council Meeting Reminder

There will be no Parent Council Meeting in December. The next Parent Council Meeting is scheduled for January 15, 2015.

Seventh Grade T5 Activities

The seventh grade students began their T5 lessons this month with a field trip to CB East, to listen to Mr. Mark Brown. Mr. Mark Brown is a nationally recognized speaker who delivers uplifting messages about the difficulties that today's teens may face such as bullying. The T5 activities continued with lessons centering on the topic of diversity, acceptance and respect of others. Students discussed discrimination and the ways in which people may be discriminated against in our society. Students participated in activities that illustrated how discrimination is seen today and how the words that people use can be offensive to others.

Tohickon Wellness and Garden Update

We are looking forward to putting our recent discussions with Del Val College into action. Mrs. Fox spoke with a representative about a family gardening workshop, to be hosted at Del Val’ s facilities. This could take place around February. They have also offered Del Val students to come to Tohickon, to work with our gardening club. They could help to brainstorm ideas as we plan for next spring’s garden. After discussing these ideas with key Del Val faculty members, we will be meeting again in December. We also posted a job description to Del Val students, for an unpaid position, for a “grounds maintenance” initiative. Students will either volunteer or be recruited as the project evolves.


The November Student Day, provided by the Wellness Committee, was ‘Got Milk?’ Dairy Day. Thursday, November 20th, Tohickon staff members volunteered to serve milk, from Penn View Farms, during each grade’s lunch. Thanks to Dr. Mass for helping out with this. In December, the Wellness Committee will be providing a make-your-own Trail Mix Day for staff, prior to the Winter Break.


For more information about the Tohickon Wellness Committee, please contact Mr. Dudley at kdudley@cbsd.org.

Team Discovery's Pedals for Progress Bike Drive

Team Discovery seventh graders held the 11th Annual Pedals for Progress Used Bike Drive on Saturday, November 1st and it was a huge success. Pedals for Progress is a non-profit organization that works with community groups to hold bike collections; the bikes are then shipped to people in need around the world where they are used as a primary means of transportation by those who receive them. About 90 students, along with 11 teachers, volunteered their time in the cold, rainy weather to collect and prepare the bikes for shipping. Monetary donations were also raised to help cover the cost of shipping the bikes overseas. In all, the students collected 136 bikes and over $1,400 and it was the most successful drive we have had in years! The bikes collected this year will be heading to Albania very soon. Thank you to all who donated!


Tohickon Soup Kitchen

Once again the Family and Consumer Science Department is sponsoring the Soup Kitchen Activity during the months of January and February. This year’s dates are January 7th, January 21st, February 3rd and February 17th. These dates could change due to inclement weather and would be rescheduled. For any changes in the schedule please check the bulletin board outside the FCS room. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Furfari.

From the Nurse's Office

With the colder weather, please encourage your sons and/or daughters to wash their hands frequently in order to help prevent the spread of viruses.

Guidance Department

Guidance Office: 267-893-3310


Mrs. Schute will be working with those students with last names from A-Hi.

Mr. Stryker will be working with those students with last names from Ho-R.

Mr. Striano will be working with those students with last names from S-Z.


How to Make Changes to Student Information


Please note the following procedures for submitting address changes and/or changes to mailing addresses, guardian(s) or other household information. This information is also available on the Central Bucks School District Website - www.cbsd.org.


Any changes to the current information we have on file (you can view the census information through the Parent Portal) should also be noted on the Census Verification form that your child brought home the first week of school.


Change of Address


All student address changes within Central Bucks must be validated at the Central Registration office by appointment only. We can not make changes at the middle school.


Student Change of Address Procedures:

Download the Change of Student Address Within Central Bucks form or obtain the form from the school your student currently attends.


Call or email Central Registration for an appointment. Central Registration 267-893-2111. CentralRegistration@cbsd.org


Complete the form and bring it to your scheduled appointment along with the following REQUIRED documentation: Property Deed/Agreement of Sale (follow up with deed) OR Current Lease Agreement AND one of the following: current utility bill, current tax bill/receipt, current bank statement. Your student’s records will be updated to reflect the new address upon receipt of the required documentation.


Change in Household Membership


All student household membership additions, deletions or changes must be documented on the Household Membership Change form. This would include the following: Parent/Guardian changes, Sibling changes and Mailing changes.


Student Household Membership Change Procedures


Download the Household Membership Change form or obtain the form from the school your student currently attends. Complete the form and return to your student’s school or mail it to the address below:


Central Bucks School District

Educational Services Center

Central Registration

16 Welden Drive

Doylestown, PA 18901


If you have any questions, please call Central Registration (267-893-2111)
or email your questions to CentralRegistration@cbsd.org

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