TMHS Principal's Newsletter

September 2019

From the Principal's Desk - Kristen S. Vogel

In December, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a warning about the use of e-cigarettes (vapes, juuls). This warning was precipitated by the data that shows that the use of e-cigarettes by young people is at epidemic levels in the United States. There is no doubt that it has risen to epidemic levels. Just for perspective, the last time the Surgeon General issued a warning about the effects of smoking was in 1982. The increase in e-cigarette use has driven a 38 percent increase in use of any tobacco product among high school students (from 19.6% in 2017 to 27.1% in 2018). The use of e-cigarettes (vapes, juuls) by high school students increased by 78% from 2017 to 2018. We have a health crisis among our young people. In fact, there have been six deaths attributed to e-cigarettes just this summer and 450 reported cases of lung illness as a result of vaping. Here at TMHS, we have witnessed the increased use of e-cigarettes among our own student body. Last year, there were 56 students suspended as a result of e-cigarette use in school. We want our students to live healthy lives and are concerned about their addiction to nicotine and the chemicals they are putting into their growing bodies and brains. We address these dangers in our 9th and 11th grade health classes. This year we will be having students who are caught using an e-cigarette on school grounds or at a school sponsored event take a five hour course on vaping instead of being suspended from school. We strongly believe that education is the key to eliminating this growing health crisis among our young people. We also ask that you have ongoing conversations with your children about the dangers of e-cigarette use. I have included a link with quick facts on e-cigarettes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and one on how to talk to your high schoolers about vaping. We hope that by working together we can keep our students healthy and safe.

TMHS Open House - Thursday Evening, September 26th

Our Open House will take place on Thursday evening, September 26th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Please print out your child's schedule and follow the open house schedule below. We look forward to seeing you on the 26th!

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Commended Students in National Merit Scholarship Program

Megan Cunningham '20 and Kyle Morris '20 have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

These two TMHS seniors are among 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

PSAT Day - Wednesday, October 16th

On Wednesday, October 16th all sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT test during the school day. The district covers the costs of all of our sophomores and juniors participating in the test. This test is an opportunity for students to practice taking an SAT test before they take the SAT for college admission later their junior year and senior year.

While the sophomores and juniors are taking the PSAT test, all freshmen will be engaged in a program on local Native American culture and history by the Greater Lowell Indian Council.

We encourage all seniors to use this day for college visits. This day will be excused for seniors as long as they let the Guidance Office know what they will be doing that day toward their post high school plans.

We will dismiss students at 12:17pm after lunch. There will be buses for students.

Upcoming Trips

Traveling is a wonderful way for students to broaden their perspectives of other cultures. For the 2019-2020 school year TMHS has the following additional travel opportunities planned:


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DATE: Memorial Day weekend (May 22nd to May 25th)



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Fine & Performing Arts Department

Thank you to Ms. Ware and our band students that performed at the 9/11 ceremony at the Tewksbury Public Library!

Alice in Wonderland

The TMHS Theater Company has been hard at work preparing for their fall production of Alice in Wonderland. Alice in Wonderland is a classic tale cherished by audiences of all ages. Based on the novel written in 1865 by Lewis Carroll, it tells the story of a young girl Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world. Come see our talented students’ amazing show on November 14th, 15th, and 16th in the Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center.

Please encourage your student to consider and explore our extracurricular offerings this year.

Fine & Performing Arts Department Extracurricular Activities

TMHS Theater Company

Three season club with varying hours depending on participation in cast or crew

Includes Fall Play, Winter One Act, and Spring Musical

Advisors-Ms. Heather Ware and

Ms. Jade Scarpa

TMHS Marching Unit

Meets August-November on Mondays & Wednesdays, 5-8:00pm

Performs at TMHS football games and New England competitions

Advisor-Ms. Heather Ware

TMHS Affinity Winter Color Guard

Meets November-April on Sundays 4-7:00pm, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-8:00pm

Competes in the New England Scholastic Band Association winter circuit

Advisor-Ms. Heather Ware

Dance Team

Students choreograph and perform routines for school events.

Advisor-Ms. Kayla

Important Senior Information

Seniors Must Order Cap and Gown

Click on this link for your CAP AND GOWN RESERVATION SITE.

Please complete the information on the above link. Once your information has been completed, you and your parent will receive a link to PAY for your cap and gown at Remember, the purchase of your cap and gown is your responsibility and you will have 3 weeks to complete payment online. Your cap, gown and tassel unit is $19.00.

Orders will be taken online until Friday, October 11, 2019. Please order soon to avoid late fees! JOSTENS is the name of the company. AVOID LATE FEES

Questions? Call 800-JOSTENS (567-8367)

Yearbook Information

Yearbooks are on sale and can be purchased at for $60. The price will go up after September 30th! So buy on-line now!

Senior Portraits

Portraits for the yearbook should be taken by November 1st. Please contact O’Connor Studios on Main Street in Tewksbury to make an appointment; You can also book appointments on their website. Remember, November 1st is the deadline!!

O'Connor Studio's fall hours are Mon.-Fri. from 3:00pm to 7:00pm and Sat. from 9:00am to 4:00pm. All sittings are by appointment only. Seniors can make their appointment online at or call 978-640-6250.

O’Connor Studios has a working relationship with the yearbook, and they support the yearbook by providing free photography coverage for all the sports, proms, plays and various events.

National Honor Society Website

Below is the link to the National Honor Society website that was created by members.

Challenge Day - October 2nd and 3rd

On Wednesday, October 2nd, and Thursday, October 3rd, all sophomores will participate in Challenge Day. The sophomore class will be divided in half by last name so that approximately 100 students and 25 faculty members will participate each day. Challenge Day is an organization out of California that works with schools to develop a positive and safe school culture for all students. Opt out permission slips were emailed to parents in September. If we did not receive that form back, your student will participate in Challenge Day. We are really excited for all of our sophomores to have this experience!

The Challenge Day organization is the world leader in building school communities where students and adults feel safe and connected. Here is the link to their website:

Math Department News

The math department has adopted new Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 textbooks this school year. The math teachers will be asking students if they would like a copy of our old textbooks to take home and keep. These are great to use as an additional extra help resource at home. Students may also want to use them to review for assessments such as the PSATs, SATs, MCAS, or college placement tests. Copies will be available at TMHS during open house for parents or guardians to take. If any parent, guardian, or Tewksbury resident would like a copy, please reach out to Shelli-An Ryan, Mathematics Department Head at TMHS, via email at All requests need to be made by October 11th.

A Reminder from the Nurse

When a student texts home asking to be dismissed for illness, that is not considered a medical dismissal. If a student does not feel well, the procedure is go to the Health Room, be evaluated and if deemed appropriate, a parent will receive a call from the nurse indicating the need for dismissal. Thank you for understanding.

Kelly Constantino, RN

Lead Nurse

978-640-7825, ext 2131

Tewksbury Public Schools

Guidance Events - Fall 2019

Thursday, October 3rd 68:00pm College Financial Aid Presentation

Sophomore and junior parents are invited to attend a very important Financial Aid presentation conducted by MEFA. The recent changes in the FAFSA process and informative tips will assist parents in navigating this process.

Friday, October 4th 7:458:45am Freshman Parent Breakfast

Freshman parents may come and enjoy breakfast while meeting your student’s guidance counselors and other members of the TMHS community. This is a wonderful opportunity to review graduation requirements and programs available to students.

Wednesday, October 16th 7:40am12:15pm PSAT Exam for all Sophomores and Juniors

It is recommended that all sophomores and juniors participate in the PSAT exam. Junior students who excel at PSAT exam may qualify for the National Scholarship Program. This exam gives our sophomores and juniors practice with the type of questions on the new SAT exam. It also gives the students feedback on their strengths and specifically what Advanced Placement courses they should consider taking.

Calendar of Events

October 2019

2-3 Challenge Day for Sophomores

3 College Financial Aid Presentation 6–8:00pm

4 Freshman Parent Breakfast 7:45–8:45am

4 Music Talent Show 7:00pm in Auditorium

9 Progress Reports Available in Aspen

11 No School - Professional Development

14 No School - Columbus Day

16 PSATs for Sophomores and Juniors

17 Hats Off Luncheon 12:15pm

17 Picture Retakes

18 Homecoming Dance 7-10:00pm

26 Applefest Craft Fair 9:00am-3:00pm

28 School Council 3:15pm