Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

May 3, 2019

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Tamanend is Pitch Perfect

Tamanend hosted two exciting events for middle school choruses from CB and beyond this past weekend. At Friday night’s AcaTamaJam competition, Tamanend’s Chieftain Chorus and barbershop quartets Musique and the Chordettes received rave reviews for their energetic performances between competitors, and Gold’n’Blues ended the evening with several group and individual trophies: “Best Visual Presentation” for the whole group; “Best Vocal Percussionist” for Laney Humble, and “Outstanding Performer” awards for Anthony C. and Krishna K.

At Saturday’s Central Bucks A Cappella Festival, two professional a cappella clinicians, Deke Sharon and The House Jacks, worked with CB MS and HS groups to bring their performances to the next level, with some really great results. Student groups showed off their improvements during the first half of the evening concert. The second half of the concert featured the House Jacks, who thrilled the crowd and earned their moniker “Rock Band Without Instruments.” Highlights of the performance were Deke joining the Jacks on stage and showcasing his amazing vocal trumpet, spontaneous audience requests (including the crowd favorite ‘Old Town Road’), and the finale, which featured the 330 CB participants and both guests joining forces to sing “Since You’ve Been Gone,” from the movie Pitch Perfect.


Upcoming Events at a Glance

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon--Monday, May 6

Spring Arts & Music Festival #2--Tuesday, May 7 @ 7:00 PM

8th Grade Iron Pigs Field Trip--Wednesday, May 8

Spring Arts & Orchestra Concert--Wednesday, May 8 @ 7:00 PM

The Diary of Anne Frank--Wednesday, May 15 @ 7:00 PM (open to entire CB community)

Relay for Life--Saturday, May 18 @ Tohickon Middle School

May 2nd Spring Concert Time Change

Music families, please note: The starting time for the Spring Concert on Thursday, May 2nd has been changed to 7:30pm. Groups performing in this concert are: Chieftain Chorus, 9th Grade Band, 7th Grade Band, 8th Grade Chorus, and Jazz Band. Mr. Sanchez and Mr. Werner will communicate report times for each specific group. Hope to see you there!

Reminder--Order Your Copy of the Tamanend Yearbook!

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


Creating Masterpieces

Jen from Painting Parrot came to Tamanend on Friday, April 26 to lead students through an art lesson for Autism Awareness Month. Students from the Autistic Support classes and 9th Grade peers worked together to paint canvases of the LOVE sign. A fun time was had by all!

A Cultural Experience at La Luna

On Wednesday, May 1, 9th Grade French and Spanish students traveled to La Luna Dance Studio for dance lessons and lunch. Students learned to dance swing and salsa and watched a seven-time world salsa championship pair dance. Lunch included typical French and Spanish foods including quiche, tostones, pollo guisado, arroz blanco, eclairs and tres leches cake. Everyone had a fun, cultural learning experience.

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Reminder--Communicating Absences

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

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.


Athletic Department News


  • During the Fall of 2019, our 7th and 8th Grade students will have an opportunity to play volleyball at the middle school level through community school. This Spring, each high school will host a volleyball clinic to prepare current 6th and 7th Graders for next Fall.
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  • 7th Graders interested in playing football at Tamanend…you and your parents should plan to attend an informational meeting in Tamanend’s Cafeteria on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00. You will receive information about the football program, as well as details on voluntary workouts at the end of May/beginning of June and again in August. Tamanend’s coaches hope to see you there!.


  • There will be a concussion meeting, followed by mandatory ImPact testing, for all students trying out for Fall sports at CB South on Monday, May 13th at 3:00 in the auditorium at CB South. Bus transportation will be provided, and students must be picked up by parents at CB South. Any current 8th or 9th Grade student interested in playing a Fall sport at South must register with Mr. Klein in order to take the bus.
  • CB South Golf: Interest meeting to be held on Monday, May 13 in the Forum Room at the conclusion of the mandatory fall sport concussion meeting. This is for any boy or girl who will be in grades 9-12 next school year and wants to try out for the golf team.
  • CB South Girls Basketball open gyms are held Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 and Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00. There will be no open gym on May 21st.
  • 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, through June 6th.
  • All open gyms are weather dependent. Announcements will be made for cancellations.

This Week's Athletic Schedule

Monday, 5/6

  • 8th Grade Softball @ Newtown (Away; at Helen Randle Park); bus leaves at 2:20
  • 8th Grade Baseball @ Newtown (Away; at Helen Randle Park); bus leaves at 2:20
  • 8th Grade Girls Soccer vs. Shafer (Home; 3:00)

Tuesday, 5/7

  • 7th Grade Softball vs. Unami (Home)
  • 7th Grade Baseball vs. Unami (Home)
  • 7th Grade Girls Soccer @ Tohickon (Away); bus leaves at 2:40
  • Varsity Track vs. Lenape (at Tohickon); buses leave at 2:40
  • Girls Lacrosse @ Tohickon (Away); bus leaves at 2:40
  • Boys Lacrosse vs. Tohickon (Home)

Wednesday, 5/8

  • Junior Varsity Track vs. Lenape and Holicong (at Tohickon); bus leaves at 2:40
  • 8th Grade Softball @ Lenape (Away); bus leaves at 2:40
  • 8th grade baseball @ Lenape (Away); bus leaves at 2:40

Thursday, 5/9

  • Varsity Track vs. Holland and Tohickon (at Tohickon); buses leave at 2:40
  • 8th Grade Girls Soccer vs. New Hope-Solebury (Home)

Friday, 5/10

  • No games


Reminder--The Diary of Anne Frank Performance

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The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Educational Center presents The Diary of Anne Frank: A One-Act Adaptation of the original play. Join us May 15 at 7:00 PM at Tamanend for this special event. Free to the CB Community. Funded by an Innovative Learning Grant from CB Cares.

Relay for Life 2019 Update

Reminder: All participants must raise a minimum of $50 of donations by Friday, May 10. Please take advantage of the online donation option, if possible. If you are unable to donate online, individual team members should bring checks payable to the American Cancer Society to Room 230 during Advisory on Friday, May 3 or Tuesday, May 7. Thank you!

Jules Thin Crust Fundraiser for Relay for Life--May 6

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

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Please click here to RSVP if you are interested in attending the CB South NASA Club's Star Night.

CB South Mock Trial Summer Camp

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Bucks County World Language Academy Information Night at Jamison Elementary School

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Reminder--The Next Meeting of the Tamanend Parent Book Club is May 13

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.

District Art Show--May 31 Through June 2 at CB West

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Joe Ramos' Break the Silence Community Picnic--July 27

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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

CB Farmer's Market--May 8 at Barclay Elementary School

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Reminder--Grandfamilies Support Group

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Reminder--Housing Information

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All are Welcome to Join the Freshman Dance Committee

The Freshman Dance Committee Meeting will meet on Thursday, May 2nd, 5:00-6:00 in the Tamanend Cafeteria. If you are interested in helping out with this year’s Freshman Dance, regardless of which grade your child is in, please join us on Thursday evening. We will be meeting in the Tamanend Cafeteria from 5:00-6:00 pm to discuss details of the event. This will be the first meeting, so all are welcome. If you would like to help, but are unable to attend, please contact Mr. Dudley, at kdudley@cbsd.org.

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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