The Tohickon Golden Eagle

October 2018

October Arrives!

Dear Tohickon Families,

I hope your sons and daughters had a great opening month at Tohickon! We are certainly happy to have students back in the building and have had a fantastic opening. The month of September was full of significant events. They included, but were not limited to, the opening days of school, our laptop handout for grades 7 and 8, our Back-to-School Nights and our Emergency Recognition Assembly.

Tohickon opened its doors on Tuesday, September 4th. During the day Mr. Murtha and I met with all grade levels, welcoming students back and getting them excited for a new school year. This is always a very special time for our staff due to the high levels of enthusiasm students have as they return from their summer breaks.

On Tuesday, September 11, we held our annual Emergency Personnel Recognition Assembly. The purpose of this assembly was to remember the victims of September 11, 2001, to recognize the heroic efforts of those that came to their rescue that day and, very importantly, to acknowledge our local responders and all that they do for us on a daily basis. At the conclusions of the assembly, our local responders were given gift baskets with items that were donated by students, staff and members of our community.

On Wednesday, September 12, laptop computers were distributed to all 7th and 8th grade students. Our students were so thankful and polite as they received their new devices. The district technology department was highly impressed with how patient and grateful our students were. Once students received their laptops, they proceeded up to their classrooms where they signed on to their devices and went through the set up process. The day went as smoothly as we could have imagined. As we move forward, we are anxious to see our teachers incorporate this exciting technology into their teaching routines.

September concluded with our Back-to-School Nights. Mr. Murtha and I met with 7th grade parents during the evening of September 20, prior to the classroom visitations. It was very nice to meet parents with sons/daughters coming to Tohickon for the first time and, as always, great to see parents that have had other children pass through Tohickon.

During the month of October, there are a few events to make note of. On Thursday, October 4, there is district level meeting at Lenape Middle School to review the new laptops with parents. The purpose of the meeting is to follow up on the laptop handout, review aspects of the devices, and to discuss expectations moving forward. On Tuesday, October 16, Dr. Mackensen will be hosting his annual Lab Night presentation. This will take place in room 315 between 3 and 8 PM. The month will conclude with our Halloween Dance on Friday, October 26.

As we begin the month of October, I want to remind parents how important it is to maintain an open line of communication between the home and school. It is a top priority to make sure that all of our students are happy, comfortable and excited to come to school everyday! If you should have any important information to share or any concerns, please contact us at 267-893-3300. I hope that you have a wonderful month!


Mr. Kevin Marton, Principal


The month of October has arrived. There are a few upcoming events that students and parents should be aware of. The events for the month of October are as follows:

October 4th

  • District 1:1 Event at Lenape MS beginning at 7 PM

October 5th

  • National Lee Denim Day - Spirit Day at Tohickon

October 11th

  • Magazine Drive Limo Lunch

October 16th

  • Dr. Mackensen's Lab Night

October 18th

  • Parent Council Meeting at 9 AM

October 26th

  • Halloween Dance from 7 to 9 PM

Tohickon Students in the Spotlight

We are very proud to announce that four of our ninth grade students, who were involved in Penn State's 4H Program here in Bucks County, attended the All American Dairy Show and PA State 4H Junior Dairy Show in Harrisburg! Kate Dengler, Olivia Eagan, Rebecca Worthington and Jessica Durbin worked hard since last winter to get their project animals ready for this year's shows. They participated in the annual Bucks County 4H Roundup at the Middletown Grange Fair in August. They went on to compete at the PA Southeast District Dairy Show in Lebanon, where they all qualified with at least one animal for the State Show in Harrisburg this past weekend. They were up very early in the mornings of the shows and worked tirelessly to get their animals bathed, clipped, and looking beautiful for their times in the show ring.

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Tohickon Recognizes Local Responders at our annual Emergency Recognition Assembly

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, students took an hour to remember the victims of September 11, 2001, the heroes from that day and the daily contributions of our local emergency responders. Representatives from our local police, fire, and EMS Departments attended a ceremony at Tohickon in our auditorium. It is always an honor to have an opportunity to recognize our local responders for all that they do!

Award Winning Social Skill Educator Presentation

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, Brooke Gibbs, an award winning social skill educator presented to Tohickon students. He discussed how to build emotional resilience and live by the Golden Rule. He has spoken to over 2,500 schools and shared his message with over 2 million students. We are thankful to CB Cares for organizing this unique assembly for us!



Team Summit is off to a great start for the new school year. To create a sense of identity and community our Advisory classes made banners with a “name” for each Advisory group. Students also created name cards with an adjective that describe them and began with the same letter as their name; for example: Artistic Anna. Team Summit teachers have been using the new laptops in class, for instance in one class, students highlighted information directly on the computer. Another teacher has used the Discussion feature in Canvas where students post their comments and then have to respond to other comments by their classmates. The math department is using Onenote and Canvas to solve problems directly on the computers. We are looking forward to October which will provide team building and community service activities for the students on Team Summit.


The Team Infinity T-shirt sale is on! Order forms went out in Social Studies classes and can be turned in to Social Studies teachers no later than Friday, October 5th.

This month, Team Infinity students will be preparing for our upcoming Pedals for Progress Bike Drive! Pedals for Progress is a non-profit organization that collects used, unwanted bicycles and keeps them out of landfills by giving them to impoverished people around the world who are in need of a primary means of transportation. Social studies classes will be conducting research on the countries that are partnered with Pedals for Progress. Through their research, the students will develop an understanding of the need for the bikes in the different impoverished areas. The students will showcase their findings on posters. In ELA B classes, students will design flyers advertising the drive to hang or distribute throughout the community. Our hope is that the students will feel rewarded for their efforts when they see the bikes being donated at the drive! We will hold sign-ups for volunteers to help at the drive towards the end of October. The drive is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd, from 12-3 pm. Any child or adult bike in repairable condition will be accepted; a $10 donation is requested with each bike to help cover shipping costs. We will also be collecting used sewing machines at the drive! Please help us spread the word about the drive! Our goal is 100 bikes! For more information on Pedals for Progress, please visit their website at

Class Highlight:

This month’s Advisory theme is Identity and Bonding to School. Infinity Advisory groups developed class names and decorated banners to be displayed outside each classroom!

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Team expedition is off and running in the new school year. Students are newly equipped with laptops and rocking on another level. In advisory, students have made strides to bond with the school community. In doing so, collective efforts are being made to raise money for patients at the Doylestown Hospital. Students also took the time to gather for a picture, using both creative minds to set up and position the framing of the shot. All in all, the creative juices are flowing in this years expedition of fun and learning.

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Team Odyssey welcomes 160 8th graders to the second floor! We are off to a great start this school year. Students were excited to receive their laptops recently and have really seen the benefits to learning in just a short time. Teachers are developing lessons that use this new technology to enhance instruction and learning. Students are getting settled into a new routine and classes. Many students are taking a foreign language class for the first time and others are trying out new types of classes during specials. The teachers of Team Odyssey are very impressed with the behavior and enthusiasm of the students these first few weeks and we are looking forward to a great year together.

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A big thank you from the ninth-grade team to the parents who attended Back-to-School Night. We enjoyed meeting you and sharing our vision for the 2018-2019 school year with you.

Remember that ninth grade is included in your child’s college transcript. Since most students will apply to and/or hear from at least one college by December of their senior year, colleges are evaluating applicants on their performance in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. This puts even more importance on ninth-grade achievement.

We are working hard to get your child off to a good start in his or her high-school career. Each of us is dedicated to helping our students succeed. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dr. Mackensen's Autumn Lab Night

On October 16, 2018, Dr. Mackensen's Team Summit science classes will host their annual Autumn Lab Open House. Parents of Dr. Mackensen's students will come to their children's science classroom and get right to work with triple beam balances, beakers, graduated cylinders, and density experiments. Most parents will bring their son or daughter to be their personal mentor for these skills; student volunteers will work with parents whose son or daughter is unable to come. Hours for the event are 3:00 - 8:00 PM, and families can stop at any time. Duration of the visit can range from fifteen minutes to an hour or two. Dr. Mackensen and his students are excitedly looking forward to Lab Night, and are hoping for a big turn out!

Volunteer Opportunity for Tohickon Students

Students can volunteer at NOVA on designated Mondays throughout the school year. October 1st, 15th and 29th, November 5th and 19th, December 3 and 17th, January 14th and 28th, February 4th, March 4th and 18th, April 1st and 15th.

Students need to provide for their own transportation to NOVA. Pick up is at 5:00 at NOVA. Permission slips can be found on the wall outside Mrs. Furfaris’ room 408. There is no requirement to do all dates. Come as often a you want!

Share Good News About Tohickon Students!

Tohickon Students achieve amazing things and make a difference in school and in the community. Share your story about the accomplishments and good work of a Tohickon student with Mr. Marton at so that he may highlight this good news in an upcoming edition of the Tohickon Golden Eagle online newsletter.


General Information about After School Clubs

In order for clubs to run, a teacher must be willing to sponsor the club after school and there must be a reasonable level of student interest. For these reasons, Tohickon clubs may be different from year to year. Throughout the year, Tohickon expects to be running the following clubs:

Diversity Club - Sponsored by Mrs. Fox

Art Club - Sponsored by Mrs. Bongiorno

Math Club and Math Counts Team- Sponsored by Mrs. Bellavance and Mrs. Rissing

Morning Math Help Club - Andrea Bellavance and Kim Rissing

Fitness Club - Sponsored by Mrs. Dobrowolski

Sewing Club - Sponsored by Mrs. Furfari

Garden Club (Seasonal) - Sponsored by Mr. Neely

The number of clubs may increase as the year progresses. We will continue to keep you updated in our monthly newsletters, listing all active clubs. If you are interested in joining one of the clubs at Tohickon or have any questions, please see the club's sponsor in order to sign up.

Information from the Tohickon Athletic Department

Winter Sports Informaton

Tohickon will be offering the following Winter Athletics this year:

  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball (Begins Nov. 5th and runs through Dec. 20th). Head Coach - Kelli McMahon (Contact -
  • Varsity Girls Basketball for 7th and 8th Grade Students (Begins Nov. 5th and runs until Jan. 8th). Head Coach - Mike Bartosiewicz (Contact
  • 9th Grade Girls Basketball (Begins Dec. 3rd and runs through Feb. 1st). Head Coach - Pat Costello (Contact -
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball (Begins Jan. 14th and runs through Mar. 4th). Head Coach - Matt Dickter (Contact -
  • Varsity Boys Basketball for 7th and 8th Grade Students (Begins Jan. 14th and runs through March 8th). Head Coach - Zach Sibel (Contact -
  • 9th Grade Boys Basketball (Begins Dec. 3rd and runs through Feb. 8th). Head Coach - John Altmire (Contact
  • Wrestling (Begins Nov. 12 and runs until Feb. 1st). Head Coach - Pat Moran (Contact -
  • Cheerleading - Continues through the winter season. See contact information below.

Additionally, any 9th grade student that would like to play basketball at one of the high schools will have the opportunity to tryout at CB East or CB West for their Varsity and JV Teams.

In order to participate in a sport at Tohickon, the following needs to be done prior to tryouts:

  • Register for child's desired sport via Family ID on the Tohickon Website under Athletics.

  • Hand in section 5 and 6 of the PIAA Physical if your child did not play a fall sport. This needs to be dated after June 1, 2018. If they did not play a fall sport, section 7 of the PIAA physical for needs to be completed and handed in.

    Students will not be permitted to tryout unless both are completed prior to the tryout dates.

All physicals can be handed in to Mr. Costello in room 122 or emailed directly to Physicals will not be accepted at tryouts; they need to be handed in at least three days before the tryouts.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Costello if you have any questions and/or concerns. Please contact Mr. Costello via email.

  • 2018-2019 Fall Sports Coaches and Contact Information



    Field Hockey



    From the Nurse's Office

    This is a reminder for all parents to go online and complete the Student Emergency Form through the parent portal, if you have not already done so. It must be completed every new school year. This will take approximately 5-10 minutes of your time and it is recommended you do this through a laptop or desktop computer. You can update demographics, health conditions, emergency contacts and may give permission for the administration of an analgesic (Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen) while your child is in school. Once you have completed the forms you will receive an email confirmation from the district. If you do not receive an email confirmation it was received then there is a good chance you did not hit submit at the end, so please log back on to confirm.

    Also, your child may bring their own personal supply of cough drops to school. They do not need to be kept in the health office.

    If you are in need of a new winter coat this season please contact the health office for details.

    Notice for all 7th Grade students

    The Pennsylvania State Mandated Dentals are due by October 15, 2018. This is a requirement for all current 7th grade students. The dental exam may be dated any time after September 1, 2018. Please send in to the attention of the school nurse.

    Please feel free to call the health office at 267-893-3315 or email the school nurse, Sheila Kelly @ with any questions.


    Johns Hopkins University – Center for Talented Youth Program

    Information on the Center for Talented Youth program (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University is available online. Please check the Johns Hopkins website at To qualify for the CTY Talent search, students must be in 7th or 8th grade and must have scored Advanced on the PSSA or in the 97th percentile or above in a single area (mathematics, verbal or composite score) on a nationally normed aptitude or achievement test. Applications will be available in the guidance office in the fall.

    Discussion Groups

    This year the school counselors at Tohickon Middle School will conduct discussion groups with the student body. These groups usually consist of six to eight students under the supervision of one of the counselors. Some discussion groups are facilitated in conjunction with the school psychologist or a certified counselor from a community agency.

    Discussion groups are confidential in nature and are intended to help the youngsters cope with everyday situations. Participation in a group is on a voluntary basis. These groups are not therapeutic. Topics discussed may include study skills, divorce, bullying, anger management, adjusting to a family move, peer pressures, alcoholic tendencies in family dynamics, better communication with parents, etc.

    Groups are open to all students. If you do not want your child to participate in such discussion groups or if you would like your child to participate in a particular group, please call the guidance office at 267-893-3310 and inform us of your wishes.