The Tohickon Golden Eagle

August/September 2018

Greetings From Mr. Marton, Tohickon Principal

Dear Tohickon Families,


I hope that you are having a fantastic summer! The month of August has arrived, which means that it is time for us to provide you with important information for the upcoming school year. Student schedules, opening day details and key dates for the first month of school are included in this newsletter. Tohickon Newsletters are typically sent out monthly, with the next publication scheduled for the beginning of October. These newsletters are designed to be informative and substantive, keeping you informed regarding key monthly events.


Student Schedules will be available for pick-up on Friday, August 24th from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM. All students and parents are welcome to tour the building. Students will be able to see their classrooms and try out their lockers. Schedules will "go live" on the Portal at 8:00 AM on August 24th. Team letters and principals' letters will be posted on Tohickon's website during mid-August. In preparation for the first day of school, please make sure that your child is prepared with school supplies. All school supply lists are available and can be viewed by clicking the "School Supply" tab on the front page of the Tohickon Website. The supply lists are organized by grade level.


The first day of school for all students is Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Upon arrival, all seventh grade students will report to the auditorium, all eighth grade students will report to the gymnasium and all ninth grade students will report to the cafeteria. Mr. Murtha and I will meet with all of the seventh grade students prior to sending them to their classrooms. The purpose of our meeting will be to welcome them, share some important information about the day, help them feel comfortable and generate excitement as they begin their middle school experience. We always look forward to meeting our new seventh grade students on the first day!


The first several weeks of the school year are extremely busy. For your planning purposes, I have listed key dates that you should be aware of as we move closer to the first day of school and on through the month of September. They are as follows:


August

8/7 - District Wide Parent Orientation for New Laptop Computers at Tohickon - 7:00 PM

8/24 - Schedule Pick-Up and Building Tours 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

8/24 - Parent Portal Opens at 8:00 AM (Schedules will be available to view)


September

9/3 - Labor Day - No School

9/4 - First Day of School for ALL Students

9/10 - No School - Rosh Hashanah

9/11 - Emergency Personnel Recognition Assembly

9/12 - Laptops are distributed to all 7th and 8th Grade Students

9/19 - No School - Yom Kippur

9/20 - Parent Council Meeting at 9:00 AM

9/20 - Grade 7 Back-to-School Night 7:00 PM

9/26 - Picture Day

9/26 - Grade 8 Back-to-School Night 7:00 PM

9/27 - Grade 9 Back-to-School Night 7:00 PM


The staff at Tohickon is anxiously looking forward to the upcoming school year! The start of the new year always comes with great anticipation and excitement. It is a thrilling experience to see your sons and daughters and welcome them on the first day. In closing, I wish all of our Tohickon Families a wonderful second half of the summer! As always, please feel free to call us at 267-893-3300 or stop by the office at any time if you should have any questions. We look forward to working with you and your child this year!


Mr. Kevin Marton, Principal

Tohickon Middle School

TOHICKON HAS A NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Please allow me to introduce myself and convey how excited I am to be joining the Tohickon community. My name is John Murtha, and I am the new Assistant Principal here at Tohickon Middle School, coming over from Unami Middle School after serving there in the Assistant Principal role for a number of years. I look forward to new adventures and developing new and lasting relationships with students, staff, and community as I begin my tenure at Tohickon. I am fortunate to have worked with many members of the Tohickon staff during my time in CB, including Principal Marton, all of whom I know to be incredible and hard-working people. My transition to Tohickon has been aided by the connections I have with these familiar faces and by the warm welcome I have received by numerous other staff and community members who have passed through the building during my time here this summer. I am already feeling “at home” at Tohickon, and I look forward to continuing to establish myself as a positive and important member of the Tohickon community.


I have been in education for nearly twenty years, having taught at both the elementary and high school levels before transitioning to administration in 2010. All of my teaching occurred in neighboring New Jersey prior to my move across the Delaware River to become a school administrator in Central Bucks. I feel fortunate to work in such a wonderful and committed school district with incredible families and ongoing support. Whether teaching in the classroom or helping to lead a building as a principal, my focus has always been on supporting students and the greater school and outside community. I love supporting and helping to facilitate strong and meaningful learning for students in a safe and positive environment, and I bring that passion and focus with me to Tohickon.


On a personal note, I have my own incredible support system at home, anchored by my beautiful wife, Jamie, and two boys, Landon and Brody, who are five and three years old respectively. They make appearances at school events every now and then, so you may catch me in Assistant Principal/Dad mode when that occurs! They, too, are excited for my transition; my boys especially look forward to seeing “Daddy’s new office”.

Tohickon Welcomes New Staff Members

We are thrilled to announce the following new Tohickon Staff Members this year:


  • Art (7th Grade) – Mr. Sean Redmond
  • Spanish (8th and 9th Grade) – Mr. Matthew Andris

  • Phys Ed (All Grades) – Mr. John Altmire

  • Secretary – Ms. Dawn Meadows

  • Assistant Principal – Mr. John Murtha

Introduction to the 2018-2019 Leaders of Tohickon Middle School

Once the new year begins, please feel free to contact these team members, should you have any questions that pertains to their area of specialization. The team, subject area and specialized leaders are as follows:


2018-2019 Teams and Team Leaders
Team Infinity 7A (Grade 7) - Mrs. Kelli McMahon (kmcmahon@cbsd.org)
Team Summit 7B (Grade 7) - Mrs. Jennifer Reese (jereese@cbsd.org)
Team Odyssey 8A (Grade 8) - Mr. Kenneth Hall (khall@cbsd.org)
Team Expedition 8B (Grade 8) - Mr. Zachary Sibel (zsibel@cbsd.org)
Freshman Team - Mr. Scott Felton (sfelton@cbsd.org)


*Please keep in mind that math and world language will continue to be cross-teamed in eighth grade. Students will learn which team they are on when schedules become available on August 24, 2018.


2018-2019 Subject Area Coordinators
English - Mrs. Amy Fry-Daly (afry@cbsd.org)
Math - Mrs. Laurel Kennedy (lkennedy@cbsd.org) and Mrs. Andrea Bellavance (abellavance@cbsd.org)
Science - Mr. Jarred Levenson (jlevenson@cbsd.org)
Social Studies - Mr. Travis Forney (tforney@cbsd.org)
Special Education Facilitator - Mrs. Kelly Zagwoski (kzagwoski@cbsd.org)

2018-2019 Specialized Area Leaders
Director of Athletics – Mr. Patrick Costello (pcostell@cbsd.org)
Building Technology Coach - Mr. Matthew Powell (mpowell@cbsd.org)
Building Technology Coordinator - Mrs. Bridget Fox (brifox@cbsd.org)
Head School Nurse - Mrs. Sheila Kelly (shkelly@cbsd.org)

ALL SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE STUDENT TO RECEIVE LAPTOP COMPUTERS

The Central Bucks School District will be issuing laptop computers to seventh and eighth grade students in all five middle schools at the beginning of this school year. Students at Tohickon are scheduled to receive their computers on Wednesday, September 12th. There will be a district parent orientation on August 7th at Tohickon Middle School, beginning at 7PM. During this event, parents will have an opportunity to learn about the new devices and ask general questions.

TOHICKON BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHTS 2018

Seventh Grade, Wednesday, September 20 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Seventh Grade Parents will meet in the auditorium at 7:00 PM for a brief 10-15 minute introductory presentation from Mr. Marton and Mr. Murtha. Following the presentation, parents will attend their child's classes.

Eighth Grade, Wednesday, September 26 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Eighth Grade Parents will proceed directly to their child's classes at 7:00 PM.


Ninth Grade, Thursday, September 27 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Ninth Grade Parents will proceed directly to their child's classes at 7:00 PM.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

The following sports will be offered at Tohickon in the upcoming fall: 7th football, Varsity football, 7th/8th grade cheerleading, 7th boys soccer, Varsity boys soccer, 9th boys soccer, 9th girls soccer, 7th field hockey, Varsity field hockey, 7th/8th boys tennis, and 7th/8th girls tennis. For 9th grade students playing soccer, they can first tryout for JV/ Varsity at the high school (tryouts take place in early to mid-August). If they do not make the team, they can then tryout for the 9th grade team. They can also choose to not tryout for JV/ Varsity and just tryout for the 9th grade team.


The fall sports informational meetings for students will be held during the first week of school. Information regarding these meetings will be placed on the Tohickon Website within the next few weeks. This information will also be conveyed to students once school begins. Tryouts and practices will begin shortly thereafter. Before a student can participate in a sport, sections 5 and 6 of the PIAA physical form must be completed and signed by a certified medical examiner and turned-in at Tohickon's office. In addition, each family must register on FamilyID. Tohickon’s FamilyID link can be found on the school’s athletics website.


First year participants in football, cheerleading, field hockey, and soccer must participate in concussion baseline testing as well. All testing will be completed during the first few weeks of school. The test takes approximately 45 minutes. At the conclusion of the test, these students will report to practice or tryouts.


2018-2019 Fall Sports Coaches and Contact Information

Football

Soccer


Field Hockey


Tennis


Cheerleading

COMMUNITY SERVICE MESSAGE

We will kick off our community service initiative with a First Responders Recognition Assembly on Tuesday, September 11th. During this assembly, local first responders are recognized for their dedication to our community. In addition, the events of September 11th, 2001 are remembered and reflected upon. At the conclusion of the assembly, the first responders in attendance are presented with gift baskets to take back to their stations to share with their coworkers.


Throughout the first week of school, four gift baskets will be in the main office. Students and staff are encouraged to donate a treat such as packaged snack items, coffee k-cups, gift cards, etc. for the baskets. If you are able to bring in any donations during Schedule Pick-Up Day on August 24th, it would be greatly appreciated!

Important Tips for New Seventh Grade Students and Parents

We are committed to making sure that students feel safe and comfortable at Tohickon. We are always available to help our students, especially our new seventh graders. There are a few areas below that provide some details of what a new student and/or parent can expect while attending Tohickon.

Communication
We pride ourselves on communication at Tohickon! There are a number of ways we communicate with our parents. They are as follows:

  • Monthly Newsletter - The newsletter typically comes out via email on the first of each month, running from August through June. The newsletter is designed to be informational and substantive. There is always a chronology of upcoming events listed. All present and past Tohickon newsletters can be found on the Tohickon website.

  • School Website - The Tohickon website is a great place to find important information. The most recent newsletter and daily announcement links are always located on the front page. All information pertinent to parents and students can be found in the "Parent/Student" section of the website.

  • E-Mail Blasts - Email blasts at Tohickon are used when an important message needs to be sent to parents quickly. PLEASE do not delete these messages, as they are most likely very important.

  • Twitter - Messages and pictures are sent to the community frequently to highlight unique events happening in school.

  • Parent Council Meetings - These are great opportunities to hear what's going on and to provide feedback to Mr. Marton and Mr. Murtha. The Tohickon Administration values your opinion and wants to hear your thoughts on given topics. Meeting dates are as follows: September 20, 2018, October 18, 2018, November 15, 2018, January 17, 2019, February 21, 2019, March 21, 2018 and April 18, 2019. All meetings are held in the Tohickon Library. The meetings begin promptly at 9:00 AM and usually conclude between 10:00 and 10:30 AM. There is no meeting in December or June and the May meeting is traditionally reserved for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.

  • Teacher Websites - All teachers are expected to maintain an updated school website. These sites are useful for finding out what is going on in class, tracking assignments, etc.

  • Parent Portal - All grading and assignment information can be accessed using the Parent Portal. If you are having any trouble accessing your child's information, please contact the guidance department at 267-893-3310.


Arrival/Dismissal
Students will begin arriving at Tohickon around 7:10 AM. The buses arrive on the South Side of the building, where the bus lanes are. Students will enter through the doors on that side. When students arrive, there will be teachers to help guide them to the right location. Car riders should be dropped off along the curb in front of the school. Please use caution when dropping students off next to the curb. Do not allow your child to walk through traffic or parked cars as this is a very busy time of morning and can be dangerous. All seventh grade students proceed straight down the hallway to the Tohickon Auditorium, when they arrive.

Students generally dismiss at 2:30 PM. However, for the first week, we allow the seventh grade students to depart at 2:25 PM. This gives them a five minute head start to find their bus and seat.

Lockers, Lockers, Lockers...It's All About Lockers
We know how important lockers are to new students. During the first day, we have several teachers and older students available to help students with their lockers. The day of schedule pick-up, on August 24th, is a great time to find out your locker number and practice your combination. The key is not to worry...we will always be there to help you!

What Do I Need to Know About Lunch?

During the first week of each marking period, 7th and 8th grade students can choose who they'd like to sit with (9th grade students can change seats daily). Once they have chosen their seat, they are expected to remain in that seat for the duration of the marking period.


The times for lunches are as follows:


  • 7th Grade - 11:21 AM - 11:51 AM

  • 8th Grade - 12:14 PM - 12:44 PM

  • 9th Grade - 10:28 AM - 10:58 AM


If a student forgets their lunch, a parent may drop off a lunch in the main office. There is a designated table with grade levels listed. The lunch will be brought down to the cafeteria and given to your student during their lunch period.


Attendance

Students are expected to be in school daily, unless they have an excused absence (i.e. illness). If your child will not be able to attend school, parents need to call the school attendance line at 267-893-3305 or email tohickonattendance@cbsd.org. PLEASE DO NOT SEND WRITTEN NOTES UNLESS IT IS FROM A PHYSICIAN. Students must be in school before 10:30 AM in order to get credit for the day. Students will not be allowed to participate in any after-school activities if they are not here before 10:30 AM and/or they do not complete a half a day of school. If a student needs to leave before 2:30 PM, they should bring a note to the front office in the morning. Once a note is provided, they will be given a yellow pass, which allows them to leave their class at the designated time.


How Can I Reach My Child During the School Day?

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the front office at 267-893-3300. Students are not permitted to use their cell phones during the school day. If your child calls or texts you, please instruct them to go to the Nurse's or Guidance Office, depending on their concern.


These tips for new students can also be found on the school website. There you can find more detailed information on each of these topics.

Guidance Department

Guidance Office: 267-893-3310


Mrs. Diane Schute (dschute@cbsd.org) will be working with those students with last names from A-H.

Mr. Joseph Stryker (jstryker@cbsd.org) will be working with those students with last names from I-R.

Mrs. Marykate Blankenburg (mblankenburg@cbsd.org) 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 can be changed through the Parent Portal.


Change of Address

All student address changes within Central Bucks must be validated at the Central Registration office by appointment only. We cannot 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

Student Emergency & Information Form

Each year, the Central Bucks School District asks our families to fill out a Student Emergency & Information Form.

This year, we are asking that you complete your family’s Student Emergency & Information Form online by September 21, 2018.

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


Click here to be directed to your Parent Portal account to complete the form. Thank you for taking the time to update this important information.


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GIVING IS AS EASY AS SHOPPING...Help Tohickon Stretch Their Dollars!

Just by doing your routine shopping, you can help Tohickon in our efforts to raise money for special programs and various items to support our school and students. Tohickon has registered in fundraising programs sponsored by Giant Market, eScrip.com, and Amazon.com. We also collect Boxtops for Education, and recycle paper and clothing. Check out the details below. It’s easy to do, and a wonderful way to support our school! Thank you, in advance, for your participation in these programs!


GIANT A+ School Rewards Program - (registration begins August 3, 2018)

Tohickon Middle School has the opportunity to earn cash through Giant A+ School Rewards Program. All you have to do is: Log on to giantfoodstores.com/aplus to register online OR dial 1-888-448-4642 to register your card over the phone. After you register your card, each shopping trip at Giant using your BONUSCARD earns CASH for our school! Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Giant website. Attending to this simple process makes a HUGE difference to our school. We need your support. Please be sure to register your card to benefit Tohickon Middle School using ID #05868. Thanks to our Tohickon families, we raised $6,200 from this school rewards program last year.


eScript.com

Just register online at www.escrip.com. Tohickon’s Group ID # is 150239570. You can split your donation among several different schools or organizations, so if you’re already registered with another group, consider adding Tohickon! While you’re logged onto the www.escrip.com site, you may want to consider registering your debit and/or credit card so that Tohickon will benefit from purchases made with those cards at retailers like Office Max, Eddie Bauer, Barnes and Noble, and Payless Shoes. Choose “my escrip” from the menu at the top of the screen, log in with your password, go to “Account Administration,” and select “Credit and Debit Cards.” Be sure to check out the complete list of participating merchants and contribution rates.


Amazon.com

An easy way to support Tohickon’s programs is just a few clicks away! If you purchase anything through Amazon.com, our school can earn up to 15%! To ensure Tohickon receives credit for purchases, you will have to access the link on the Tohickon website under "School Links" then click “Support Tohickon.” Once you’ve done that, shop as you normally would. It’s that easy!


Box Tops for Education

Tohickon continues to collect Box Tops for Education. Box Tops coupons are found on a large variety of products. Please clip the coupons from participating products and send them to the school. All coupons can be turned in to homeroom teachers. Talk to your family and friends and ask them to clip Box Tops coupons also. All money raised from this continuous collection will supplement club and activity programs, including volunteer activities. For more information on Box Tops for Education go to www.boxtops4education.com.