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Mr. Kennedy's Community Newsletter

Picture Day

Picture Day is on Thursday, September 5th. All students will have their picture taken and this will be used for our yearbook. Encourage them to come in their best/favorite outfit. We will begin the picture taking process as soon as the school day begins.

Dentist @ TSGA

Family Health Care will be here on Wednesday, September 4th to perform dental screenings for all students at TSGA. An opt-out form was sent home. You only need to fill this out if you DO NOT want your child to participate.
TSGA Club Video

Watch this video to learn more about clubs.

Clubs & Power Hour

We will start Clubs & Power Hour on Tuesday, September 10th. Both run from 3:30-4:30pm. Forms have been sent home with your child.

Transportation is provided. Late bus routes are different from the the regular AM/PM schedule. It may be a different bus/driver and routes may be longer. If your child will be a car rider you would just need to notify the club sponsor (for Clubs) and school (for Power Hour).

Please click on the link above to learn more:

Our clubs offerings at TSGA are:

  • Student Council - every other Wed. all year long
  • Choir - Tue. all year long
  • Cooking - Wed. 1st Quarter
  • Creativity (Art) - Thur. 1st Semester
  • Let Me Run (boys) - Tue./Thur. 1st Semester
  • Girls on the Run
  • Science - Wed. 1st Semester
  • Tech - every other Wed. 1st Semester
  • Writing - Thur. all year lon

I have included a letter with information about Power Hour below.

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iPad Care

Please remind them to bring them to school each day, especially on Mondays (easiest day to forget) and to help them find a location at home where they can charge their device each night.

If for any reason your child has issues with the iPad and/or charger please let us know so that we can try and resolve the issue.

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School Hours

7:40-8:03 Homeroom

8:05-8:48 1st Hour

8:50-9:33 2nd Hour

9:35-10:18 3rd Hour

10:20-11:05 4th Hour

11:07-11:37 WIN

11:39-12:34 5th Hour

12:36-1:31 6th Hour

1:33-2:16 7th Hour

2:18-3:01 8th Hour

3:03-3:05 Homeroom

3:05 Dismissal


Math/Pre-Algebra 11:45-12:10

ELA 12:15-12:40

Science/Social Studies 12:45-1:10

Student Schedules for 2019-20

We will pass out student schedules on Thursday, August 8th from 5-7pm at Back-to-School Night.

Every child will have the following in their schedule:

  • Homeroom to start/end each day
  • ELA (90 min.)
  • Math (90 min.)
  • Science (90 min. every other day)
  • Social Studies (90 min. every other day)
  • Explo - Art, PE, Music/Band & Mobile Media (45 min.- two each day)

We have BLUE & GREY days. On these days students will rotate science/social studies and their explo classes.

We can answer any questions you have about your child's schedule on Back-to-School Night. This will be new for our incoming sixth graders. Our staff will assist them in getting to the correct class and learning their schedule, especially on the first few days of school.

Attendance and Tardies

Our goal is to have all of our students here everyday so that they do not miss out on any academic experiences.

Student can arrive starting at 7:40am. Our buses start dropping off students at this time. This allows students an opportunity to eat school breakfast.

Classes start at 8:05am. After 8:05am a student will be counted tardy.

All students get 10 excused absences. If your child is out for a medical purpose, please bring in a doctor's note and our office staff will enter this as a medical absence. This does not count against you.

If your child is absent for any reason, please call the school at 913-288-3800. Our office staff will get this marked in our attendance system.

TSGA Staff

Principal - Matthew Kennedy

Office Staff - Tammy Wake and Teresa Torres

Nurse - Debbie PIttman

Kitchen Manager - Joanna Romo

Math Team - Carrie Weber, Michael Borders, Shelby Smith, Karen Parra

ELA Team - Sarah Holland, Nichole McAninch, Ron Wilks, Molly Carty

Science Team - Sarah Rushing, Breanna Copple

Social Studies Team - Alexa Zarich, Nina Heer

Special Education (SPED) Team - Erica Etzel, Ashley Pieper

SPED Paraprofessionals - Leslie Harris, , Misty Miller

English Language Learning (ELL) - Melissa Smith

Counselor - LIndsey Mankameyer

Social Worker - Susanna Hendrickson

Psychologist - Jacquline Cowher

Mobile Media - Monica Roland

Band - Wesley Lewis

Music - Erin Highland

Art - Dana Hetzler

PE - Pete Neri

Insctructional Coach - Sarah Tidwell

Title I Paraprofessional - Helene Voorhees, Hayley Cain

Recovery Room - Misty Deckard

Speech - LaQuita Rabana

Custodian - Rosie Kurtz

SRA - Office Brewer

Dates To Remember


  • 2nd - No School
  • 4th - Dentist @ TSGA
  • 5th - Picture Day
  • 10th - Clubs & Power Hour Begin


Schoology is our district's learning management system. Your child will use this daily at TSGA. When logged is as a parent you can view information about your child's grades and can communicate with their teachers. I encourage you to download the app, if you have not already done so, in preparation for the upcoming school year. Use the link below if you need additional support.


Student Handbooks

This link will take you to the "Student Handbooks" section of our district website. You can view the district handbook as well as TSGA's handbook. This information is not yet updated for the 2019-20 school year, but it will allow you to view important information about academics, attendance, code of conduct and more.


TUSD Food Service Information

The link included will take you to our district's food service page. There you can find information about:

  • meal prices & how to pay
  • free and reduced lunch