Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

March 22, 2019

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Vote Today for Tamanend's Entry in the 2019 What's So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest

Over the past four months Philadelphia Regional students from 26 middle schools visited manufacturing locations to create videos answering the question: "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" Vote today for Tamanend's entry at the link below. Voting closes at 11:59 PM on Friday, March 22.


Reminder--Re-Scheduled Martin Luther King Jr. Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit

Any student interested in attending the re-scheduled Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit on March 24 from 4:00 -7:30 PM at Council Rock North High School should see Dr. Caughie to sign up.
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Last Chance to Register for Relay for Life

Relay for Life registration closes today, March 22. All interested students should register online. They also should pay the $10 registration fee online and have parents fill out the online permission slip with an electronic signature. Any student who was unable to complete all of the above steps online should turn in paperwork and money today. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Higgins, Senora Mars, or Senora Corsino. Click here and look for the Relay for Life section for step-by-step registration instructions.

PSSA Testing Dates--April 16, 17, 30 & May 2

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams will be administered on April 16, April 17, April 30, and May 2. This link to the Tamanend website has further information for your reference.

This Week's Teen Talk

What is Teen Talk? Each week, we will include a resource in our newsletter designed to promote conversations between parents and children regarding important issues related to teenagers. We hope that these resources serve to help parents and students navigate the excitement and challenges associated with the teenage years. In addition, we will highlight topics that we are discussing in Advisory and in presentations so that you may continue the conversation at home with your teen.

This Week's Teen Talk Topic: Promoting Physical Fitness

WebMD offers these 12 easy tips to promote physical fitness with your teenager.

What We're Talking About at Tamanend:

This week’s Advisory lessons revolved around goal setting and preparing for the end of the marking period, in Academic Advisory for all grades. Next week, (the Week of 3/25) the 7th graders will be involved in lessons about vaping, while the 8th and 9th Graders participate in decisions making activities, including the ‘Colonizing Mars’ activity.

BCMEA Music Festival

Congratulations to all Tamanend students who participated in the BCMEA Music Festival. The students rehearsed and performed with ensembles comprised of musicians from schools across Bucks County. Heera K and Aashish C participated in the festival’s Middle School Chorus. Rachel F participated in the High School Band. Alex K played French Horn in the High School Orchestra. Annabelle J, Katie L, Lilly J, and Elly U participated in the Middle School Orchestra. All students should be very proud of their accomplishments and excellent music making at the festival! They represented Tamanend well and the Music Department is very proud!

Reminder--Support CB South's First Annual Color Run!

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Reminder--Celebrate Earth Day and Support Relay for Life!

Do you want to help fundraise for Relay for Life and get a super awesome Earth Day t-shirt? For the low price of $10.00, you can order an Earth Day shirt and $3.00 from your purchase will go directly to Relay for Life. There are two t-shirt color options available in both adult and youth sizes. The shirts do not say Tamanend on them anywhere so ANYONE can get one! There are cinch bags in both colors available for $10.00 as well. All ordering is done directly through the website found at this link. The website will close on March 23rd.


Reminder--Support the CB District Art Show!

The Art Department is selling this year’s District Art Show shirt! We accept cash, check, or MyPaymentsPlus to make ordering more convenient. If paying by check, please make payable to Central Bucks Art Scholarship Fund. Order forms may be submitted to any Art teacher by April 1.

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Reminder--Communicating Absences

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

Upcoming Events at a Glance

9th Grade Field Trip to Washington, DC--Thursday, March 28

Tamanend Jazz Festival--Friday, March 29 at 7:00 PM

Gold n Blues Performs National Anthem at Phillies Game--Saturday, March 30

Tamanend Parent Book Club--Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 PM

7th & 8th Grade PSSA Testing for English Language Arts--Tuesday, April 16 & Wednesday, April 17

7th & 8th Grade PSSA Testing for Math--Tuesday, April 30

8th Grade PSSA Testing for Science--Thursday, May 2

Reminder--Change to School District Calendar

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Athletic Department News

Good luck to all Spring teams and athletes!


  • CB South Girls Volleyball open gyms are held Wednesdays in the Aux Gym from 7:00 to 9:00

  • CB South Boys Basketball open gyms will be held Mondays 6:30-8:00 and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30, beginning April 8.
  • All open gyms are contingent upon weather. Announcements will be made for cancellations.
  • In an effort to educate parents and athletes about athletic scholarships and the college recruiting process, Dynamite Sports will be conducting an hour-long seminar entitled “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., in the CB South Auditorium.
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Reminder--Order Your Copy of the Tamanend Yearbook!

Click here to order your copy of this year's Tamanend yearbook. The cost is $40.

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Congratulations, Emma!

Congratulations to 7th grade Emma Deeken for winning first place in the 7th/8th grade division of the 2018 PA Renaissance Faire School Days Creative Writing Contest! Emma will receive an invitation to a picnic for contest winners held during the 2019 Renaissance Faire season. Emma’s winning story, “A Lost Memory Awakens Once Again,” can be found in this month’s edition of the Roaring Voices Review (see link above). Congratulations, Emma!

Reminder--Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) has been established in schools throughout Pennsylvania. SAP Programs provide schools with the means to identify, refer, and support students who are exhibiting behavioral, academic, or attendance issues that put them at risk. Tamanend has a team of dedicated school personnel who are trained to assist students, faculty and family members in identifying problems that impact the student’s ability to function in school. The team can also offer students and their families resources to assist them in alleviating these problems. For more information about the SAP Program, please click here. To complete a SAP referral form for a Tamanend student, please click here.

Reminder--The Next Meeting of the Tamanend Parent Book Club is April 3

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we will be reading Raising Kids to Thrive (2015) by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD. The book describes "the Lighthouse Parenting Strategy" in which parents balance unconditional love and high expectations with the goal of raising resilient and happy children. This book club will follow a "no-pressure" format in which the facilitator will present a summary of the chapter and open the floor for discussion. We will share resources and ideas with the goal of helping the entire Tamanend parent community navigate the challenges of raising adolescents.

Meetings are held at 6:30 in the Tamanend Library

Click here for further information, dates, and book information.

Please email Dr. Brian Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org if you are interested in participating.

Reminder--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, 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

FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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Reminder--Grandfamilies Support Group

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Reminder--Housing Information

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CB Cares All Stars Take on Harlem Wizards--April 6th

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Parent Council

Thursday, May 16th, 9am

1492 Stuckert Road

Warrington, PA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Please Consider Volunteering at Tamanend Middle School

We value and appreciate parent participation and involvement at Tamanend Middle School. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for parents. Please click on the link to the Sign Up Genius for a complete listing of volunteer opportunities. The access code is TMS

Reminder--Volunteer Required Paperwork

Pennsylvania law requires all persons having direct contact with school children to obtain background checks and clearances. If you are planning on being in a Central Bucks school during the 2018-2019 school year for any reason, you will need to go to Volunteer Required Paperwork, and complete what is needed to obtain your Photo Volunteer ID Card. You will need that ID Card and a photo ID to enter a CB school.

Reminder--Support Tamanend While You Shop

If you use the following vendors, please think about supporting TMS while you shop:

  • Giant Food Store has an A+ School Rewards program through their clip-less coupon card that gives money to the school you designate every time you shop. Use this link to select Tamanend as your A+ school after August 15th of the new school year.
  • Clip and send in Box Tops to the attention of NJHS.

Share Good News About Tamanend Students

Tamanend students accomplish amazing things and 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.
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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

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