TIVERTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Fall 2016

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TMS' New GARDEN CLUB Starts Now!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our Garden Club has officially started. On Thursday, October 20th we will begin pulling out the over grown plants in the old pond in the courtyard. If you have gently used child-size gardening gloves, or gardening tools that we could borrow for that day, we would appreciate it. Also, the garden club is open to all grades at TMS. We meet twice a month -- with late bus availability.

In addition, I am looking for parents and/or community members who have experience and/or resources to help us. Whether it be in garden design, knowledge of proper planting time, or being able to help find materials, I would be happy to hear from you. Please email me. Most of the hands-on will begin in the spring, but the design must be planned.

With your help, I am sure that our school garden will be a success!

Respectfully,

Margie Brennan

6th Grade Science Teacher

Mrs. Maria Clarey -- TSD's 2016/17 Teacher of the Year is a true torch bearer!

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May 2016 Students of the Month!

Left to right:

Grade 8: Chana Lantz

Grade 7: Renee Barrett and Eliana Kelvey

Grade 6: Molly Richardson and Riley Carr

Grade 5: Devyn Newbury and Samantha Bettencourt

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Bravo, 7th-Grader Michaela Downey!

Michaela Downey, grade 7, was recognized for coming in First Place in the category of short story for the Art & Writing Contest sponsored by the Holocaust Education and Resource Center of Rhode Island. Michaela, her family -- along with her esteemed ELA teacher, Mrs. Jeannine Thiboutot -- attended the awards ceremony on Sunday, May 22nd at the Central Congregational Church on Angell Street in Providence, RI. All students’ projects were on display for everyone to see. Michaela received the movie DVD of Schinder’s List, some literature about the Holocaust, and a certificate of achievement. We are so proud of Michaela!
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Sea Perch 2016! Thank NUWC Engineers for your bi-weekly visits to our Flex Classrooms! Our young scientists are ready to launch their rovers!!

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Congratulations Jaimi Vaillancourt and Ryan Ennis!

2016 Winners of the RIPCOA Sportsmanship/Sportswomanship Awards!
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Dodgeball 2016! Hooray for the BEASTS of 7th Grade!

The winners were the Beasts from grade 7.

Back Row: Nikolai Manchester, Jared Landoch, Michael Roy

Front Row: Mariah Ramos, Shane Ramos, and Timmy Borden

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National Teacher Appreciation Week

Dear TMS Parents:

Thank you for honoring our staff with a luncheon on Tuesday and a hearty breakfast on Friday -- during National Teacher Appreciation Week! We so enjoyed the delicious dishes and decadent desserts!
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TMS Artists to be Honored

Ten pieces, created by TMS artists in grades 6, 7 and 8, will be on display in the PS2016 Art Show. This is an art show for all Rhode Island public schools, K-12. The show runs between May 2 - 27th with the "Gift of Award Ceremony" on May 19th from 5-9pm at the URI Providence Campus (same building as RI Dept of Education). This award ceremony is in conjunction with Providence's Gallery Night.

Below is the list of our TMS students who will have a piece in the show!

Abbigail Poland = 8th gr.
Amber Lattuca = 8th gr.
Jillian DaSilva = 8th gr.
Aram Sorel = 8th gr.
Emma Franklin = 8th gr.
Christopher Byron = 8th gr.
Jacob Jones = 7th gr.
Allyson Furtado = 7th gr.
Julia Farias = 7th gr.
Kate Zmich = 6th gr.
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Mr. James Korney receives the Golden Apple Award from RI Commissioner of Education, Dr. Ken Wagner (Mr. Korney was nominated last fall by the Marshall Family)

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April 2016 Students of the Month!

From left to right:

Grade 8: Amy Lynn Casey and Abbi Poland,
Grade 7: Nick Galhardo and Camryn Travis,

Grade 6: Aidan Cabral
Grade 5: Connor Nobrega and Helana Kesson
and Grade 6: Casey Andrade.

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March 2016 Students of the Month

Grade 8: Mary Pyne and Cherilyn DeFreitas
Grade 7: Samantha Couto and Jenna Paiva
Grade 6: Paige Klos and Ashton Germaine
Grade 5: Elijah Raposo and Kylie Case
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Unified Basketball Season Kicks Off Thursday, March 31st!

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Vaping: Facts for Parents -- Thursday, April 21st @ 6:00 PM @ Tiverton Middle School

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Geography Bee Winner!

Christopher Sanford is TMS' 2016 Geography Bee winner! Let's wish Chris luck as he heads to the state competition on Friday, April 1st! Thank you TMS Social Studies Coordinator, Sharon Scott, for organizing this scholarly event each year!
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READING WEEK: Monday, March 28th through Friday, April 1st

...from TMS ELA Coordinator, Shelly Nogueira:

Author Visit : Monday, March 28th: Sean Fay-Wolfe is the 18-year-old author of the hugely popular Elementia Chronicles Trilogy - an action adventure series set in the world of Minecraft. He has spoken in London, San Diego, New York, and just returned from Dubai. Sean will be coming to TMS to tell the story of how he signed a publishing deal with HarperCollins by the age of 17. He will also be discussing the writing process, the elements of a story, and how to write a story based on your hobbies.

**Scholastic Book Fair will be open all week!** Your child will likely be visiting with their ELA teacher. If sending your child in with a check, please make payable to Tiverton Middle School. (Every child that makes a purchase will fill out a raffle ticket. A name will be pulled at the end of the day and the winner will be able to choose from a box of Scholastic prizes!)

Book Swap: A table will be set up in the cafeteria. Have your child bring in books they don’t want. (Books should be in good condition.) Students can swap his or her old book for another book.

Stump the School Contest: Students will be reading a passage from their favorite/current book during morning announcements. A name will be randomly chosen from the students who submitted the correct answers for a prize.

Book Jacket Contest: Re-create your favorite book’s jacket. The cover should be bright, neat, colorful, and eye-catching. (The book jacket does not have to look like the original, 11x14 paper or similar preferred.) A summary of the book should be written on the back. Make sure your full name and homeroom number are clearly written on the inside. Entries due to Ms. Nogueira (Rm 174) by Wed. 3/30.

Alternate Ending Contest:
Loved a book but hated the ending? Create your new ending and submit it. Please write original book’s name at the top of the paper. Also include full name and homeroom number. Entries due to Ms. Nogueira (Rm 174) by Wed. 3/30.

Prizes for Book Jackets and Creative Endings!

1st Prize: $10 Scholastic Book Fair Dollars

2nd Prize: $5 Scholastic Book Fair Dollars

3rd Prize: A prize from the Scholastic Prize Box


Monday: Minecraft Day (Wear Minecraft apparel or the colors gray, brown, or green.)

Tuesday: College Attire Day (Wear your favorite college t-shirt or sweatshirt logo or colors.)

Wednesday: Wear Stripes ( GO crazy! Wear stripes from head to toe!)

Thursday: Show Your TMS Spirit (Wear TMS apparel, Feinstein sweatshirt, team attire, or maroon.)

Friday: Hats on for Literacy (Cost to wear a hat is $1.00. Money raised will go to the TMS Library to purchase books.)

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March was National Youth Art Month!

As part of the month-long celebration, 12 of our students were selected to show their art work at the Newport Art Museum’s Regional Youth Art Month Exhibit, K-8. Congratulations to TMS students:
8th gr: Christopher Byron, Lauren Ramos, Nick Ekstrom, Ceindreck Snigger
7th gr: Maura Dennis, Mikayla Andrews, Mackenzie Kiley, Jonna Souza
6th gr: Kate Zmich, Deryn Snigger, Jennifer Sturges

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HUGE SUCCESS! Minecraft Night and Book Fair -- Wednesday, March 23rd!

Dozens of students and several staff volunteers attended the First Annual Minecraft Fun and Games Night last Wednesday, March 23rd @ 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the TMS Cafeteria! Kiddos and staff also attended the preview of the Scholastic and Barnes and Noble Book Fairs that night and also met Rhode Island-teen Sean Fay Wolfe, author of The Elementia Chronicles Trilogy!

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8th-Grade Fundraiser

Do "a solid" for our 8th graders! PLEASE see Mrs. Lori Luby or Mrs. Dawn Oliveira to order your gourmet popcorn -- decadently delicious gifts for the spring season! The profits will help defray the cost of 8th-grade culminating activities -- including the promotion ceremony!

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Bring in your pull tabs for charity!

Please continue to bring in your can tabs. Mrs. Donna Neville continues to bring them to the Providence Ronald McDonald House. Thank you, Donna, for all you do!

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Katie Brown Educational Program

For the second year in a row, the 8th-grade ELA classes were pleased to host speakers from the Katie Brown Educational Program. The program, spanning over one week, includes facilitators from the foundation who focus on: setting and respecting boundaries, healthy conflict, dating expectations, gender stereotypes, healthy expression of anger, warning signs of dating violence, self-esteem, cycle of violence, anger regulation, avoiding gender stereotyping, recognizing gender expectations, and looking at what makes healthy relationships. Students were engaged in conversations and activities which helped redefine and reshape their views of and relationships with each other. Thank you Ms. Christina Hallman and Ms. Edith Borden for taking the lead in bringing this transformative program to TMS!

TMS Mission Statement

Tiverton Middle School is committed to providing a learning environment that promotes the unique talents and abilities of all students, ensures high quality instruction, and actively engages families and the community. Our dedication to excellence is integral as we challenge, guide and support all students in their development towards becoming self-sufficient and contributing citizens of our local and global communities.

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