Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

September 13, 2019

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Leave Your Mark

At Tamanend, we have amazing students who leave their mark on our school every day. This year, our students are taking the initiative to improve our school by creating murals, brightening up our bulletin boards, helping our teachers, and keeping our hallways tidy. Have an idea to improve our school? Want to leave your mark? Contact Dr. Caughie with your idea.

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

Deadline to Update Student Emergency & Information Form on Parent Portal--Saturday, September 14

Picture Day--Tuesday, September 17

Parent Council--Wednesday, September 18 at 9:00 AM

7th Grade Back to School Night--Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 PM

Magazine Drive Assembly--Friday, September 20 (during school day)

8th & 9th Grade Back to School Night--Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 PM

School Holiday--Monday, September 30

7th Grade Field Trip to PA Renaissance Fair--Thursday, October 3

9th Grade Chorus Pops Concert--Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 PM

Tamanend Pink Out--Friday, October 4

Fall Dance--Friday, October 4 7:30 PM--9:30 PM

Back to School Nights

7th Grade BTSN will be held Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 pm.

The program will begin in the Auditorium with a welcome from Dr. Caughie and Mr. Dudley. This will be followed by a Specials Open House, during which parents choose which Specials teachers they would like to visit. Parents will then meet with their student's team. Parents will then have the opportunity to tour classrooms.

8th and 9th Grade BTSN will be held Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 pm

The 8th Grade program will begin with a Specials Open House, during which parents choose which Specials teachers they would like to visit. Parents will then meet with their student's team. Parents will then have the opportunity to tour classrooms.

The 9th Grade program will begin in the student's First Period class. Parents will follow their student's schedule. A Specials Open House, during which parents choose which Specials teachers they would like to visit, will be held in the middle of the evening.

TAMANEND FEATURES

Tamanend Homework Club

If your child is looking for a quiet place to complete their homework or a place to receive extra support with a challenging assignment and/or prepping for a test, the Homework Club is the place for him or her. The Homework Club at Tamanend Middle School will be held in the Cafeteria on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 until 4:00. Peer tutoring will also be offered for students that are interested. The goal of the Tamanend Homework Club is to assist our students in tapping into their full potential by giving them a quiet, supportive place to complete their homework.

September's Featured Teacher

This month’s featured teacher is....Mr. Werner! For those of you who are unfamiliar, he is Tamanend’s enthusiastic and energetic band director. Mr. Werner has worked as a middle school teacher at Tamanend for 20 years! He started working at Tamanend right out of Penn State! Mr. Werner’s favorite part of working with band students, is that all of the kids he teaches have a determined look in their eyes to learn, and of course they have a huge passion for music! Besides being a band teacher, Mr. Werner’s hobbies outside of school include running, skiing, reading (when he has time), and of course mowing his lawn while jamming out to Zack Brown. After mowing his lawn, Mr. Werner loves to sit down and enjoy his favorite Mexican food, tacos! Mr. Werner loves to jam out to country music BUT his favorite band is The Dave Mathews Band! He enjoys watching The Big Band Theory, and his favorite book series is Game of Thrones. His favorite vacations spot is Napa Valley, California and also he enjoys visiting Cape May New Jersey. If Mr. Werner is wearing blue, it is because it happens to be his favorite color! When Mr. Werner retires, he sees himself retiring with his family and remaining close to his good friends! Thank you for reading September's Featured Teacher!

Submitted By: Paige Smithkors

Photography Credits: Shannon Adams

Tamanend Science Students Receives Major Recognition

9th Grader Klement Swartz has been recognized as one of the top 300 students in the country for a project that he presented last year as part of the Broadcom MASTERS national middle school science fair. Congratulations, Klement!

Reminder--Help Us Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Kelly Ann Dolan Basketball Tournament

This year we will celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of The Kelly Ann Dolan Basketball Tournament. We are making two quilts, one for our building and one for Mrs Dolan. Please clean out your closets and reach out to your neighbors for any old KAD T-shirt’s that can be donated. They can be brought to the Main Office attention Marie McCrone. Thank you! Click here to learn more about the Kelly Ann Dolan Fund.
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UPCOMING TAMANEND EVENTS

Reminder--Picture Day--Tuesday, September 17

Picture Day will be held at Tamanend on Tuesday, September 17. Students will have their pictures taken during Social Studies classes. Students received order forms in Advisory. Additional picture order forms are available in the Main Office. As you will see on your child's order form, checks may be made out to C and C Photo Studios. For questions related to school pictures, please contact the photo studio at 215-345-1851.

Southside STEM Club to Hold Interest Meeting September 20

We will hold an interest meeting for the Southside STEM Club Friday, September 20 during Advisory/Consult in the Cafeteria. Join us to learn about all of the exciting Science, Technology, and Engineering activities and experiments we do in this after school club.

Reminder--7th Grade Field Trip to PA Renaissance Fair

The 7th Grade Field Trip to the PA Renaissance Fair will be held on Thursday, October 3. You will receive a direct email blast on Monday, September 9 with further information. Payment through MyPaymentsPlus will open on Monday, September 9 at 3:00. The cost for the trip is $48. If your family is experiencing a financial hardship, please email Dr. Brian Caughie bcaughie@cbsd.org or Legacy Team leader Mrs. Lisa Mancini lmancini@cbsd.org or Journey Team leader Ms. Maria Vitacco mvitacco@cbsd.org.

STUDENT COUNCIL CORNER

Hey Tamanend Tigers!! Student Council hopes that you had a great first full week of school! There are many upcoming events to look forward to, such as our fall dance, which will be held on Friday, October 4th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. (Stay tuned: Special dance theme to be announced very soon!) We encourage all grades to attend the dance! Also, at the end of September we are going to have our Student Council Resource Representative elections. The Resource Representative meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of every month. Our first meeting is on October 2nd after school in the Library. We hope to see you there! Be sure to read next week’s Student Council addition in the newsletter for more updates!

Thank You!

Your Student Council Officers

HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

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

Reminder--Please Update Your Student Emergency & Information Form on Parent Portal by September 14

Each year, the Central Bucks School District requires our families to fill out a Student Emergency & Information Form by September 14. The form takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.


The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:

  • Demographic Information
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration
  • Media Release Preferences

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please follow this link to request one. If you need help with your Parent Portal account, please contact your child’s school for assistance. Beginning August 5th, you may click here to be directed to your Parent Portal account to complete the Student Emergency & Information Form.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to update this important information!

Reminder--One School, One Book

Starting this summer, we will be engaging the Tamanend community in a One School, One Book program. A committee of teachers, librarians, and administrators worked for a year to choose a book that would appeal to our entire school community. We are pleased to announce that we will be reading Posted by John David Anderson. We encourage all of next year’s Tamanend students to read this book over the summer. We are planning a variety of activities throughout the 19-20 school year to engage all members of the Tamanend community in discussions related to this book.


Click here to hear Posted author John David Anderson talk about this book.


Click here for audio files of the book. Steps for downloading audio files to phones:

  • Go to Tamanend’s website and scroll down to "School Links."
  • Click the link "One Book, One School- Posted (Audiobook)."
  • Log-In using your CBSD email account and password.
  • Click the Play button and enjoy!

Reminder--Renovations and Improvements to Tamanend

The 2019-2020 school year will bring many positive and exciting changes to our building. On June 17, 2019 we began a renovation project that will provide air conditioning, upgraded lighting, and cosmetic improvements throughout the entire building. The project is scheduled to conclude in August, 2020. During this renovation project, banks of approximately six classrooms will be vacated for periods of approximately six weeks. As a result, many teachers will be moving classrooms at some point during the school year. To accommodate these moves, we set up three temporary classrooms in the Library and two temporary classrooms in the LGI areas of the Auditorium. Although we will face minor inconveniences during this renovation project, the upgrades will make our building more comfortable, more efficient, and more visually appealing.


Click here for renovation updates and photos

Reminder--Technology Fee for Student Laptops Due

Central Bucks is in the second year of implementation of the 1:1 technology initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to allow for creation, mobility, and innovation at home and school. Every Tamanend 7th, 8th, and 9th Grader will have a laptop this year.


Families will be asked to pay a $50 usage fee for the device per student per year. This fee will cover breaks, repairs and other services. MyPaymentsPlus opens for payment Monday, August 5th. Please note:

  • Families who qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program will automatically receive a $0 fee in MyPayments Plus. Even though the fee is waived, families must still "checkout" to complete this step and be marked as paid on our technology report.
  • If you are a family dealing with financial hardships, please contact your building principal to discuss payment options.

  • Please contact your child's Guidance counselor if you do not have Internet access at home so that we may assist you in obtaining this service.


You may also click HERE to learn more about this initiative.

Tips for Troubleshooting Computer Issues

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ATHLETICS

Athletics Schedule

Monday, 9/16

  • No contests

Tuesday, 9/17

  • No contests

Wednesday, 9/18

  • No contests

Thursday, 9/19

  • 7th Grade Boys Soccer vs. Unami (Home; 3:15)
  • Volleyball at Tohickon (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40

Friday, 9/20

  • 8th Grade Football at Unami--scrimmage (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40

Athletic Information

INFORMATION:

  • If your child is interested in participating in a Tamanend Fall sport, there are several specific items (PIAA physical, Family ID, and concussion testing) that need to be completed prior to the start of the Fall sports season. Those items are outlined and explained on the Tamanend Athletics web page which can be found HERE.

FROM CB SOUTH:

  • Open gyms for CB South boys basketball will be held on Mondays from 6:30-8:00 and Thursdays from 3:00-4:30, beginning on Monday, September 16th and running until Thursday, November 14th.
  • Attention all girls interested in trying out for CB South Softball - there will be a meeting for student-athletes and their parents on Monday, September 16, at 7:00 pm in the Forum Room at CB South. The fall workout schedule will be one of the topics discussed. Anyone with questions should contact Coach Rosini (cbsvsoftball@cbsd.org).
  • Boys Volleyball: There will be a new player/parent informational meeting on September 19th beginning at 6:30pm in room D204 at CB South. Any student in grades 9-12 interested in playing volleyball this season should attend along with a parent. If you are unable to attend or have any questions please contact Coach Ehlers at cbsboysvolleyball@cbsd.org.
  • There will be a CB South Swimming and Diving Athlete/Parent Informational Meeting from 6:00-6:45pm on Wednesday, September 25th in Classroom C128 at CB South.
  • A meeting will be held for all 9th through 12th graders interested in CB South Wrestling on 9/26/19 at 7 PM in the CB South Forum.

FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE

Reminder--Required 7th Grade Dental Exams

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders by October 15, 2019. Any exam given since September 1, 2018 is acceptable. Please have your student turn in his or her dental exam form directly to the Health Office.
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FROM OUR CAFETERIA

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Breakfast is Served!

Our Tamanend Café serves hot and cold breakfasts and lunches throughout the school year. To put money for breakfast or lunch into an account for your student, click here. It is also possible to set up low balance reminder or an auto-reload plan so that your student always has a positive balance in his/her account.

Free & Reduced Lunch/Breakfast Application

Families can access the online application for Free & Reduced Meals by clicking here. The application must be submitted each year.

UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS

Reminder--Bucks County Book Fest

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Reminder--Free YMCA Memberships for 7th Graders

The Central Bucks Family YMCA is offering free memberships for 7th Graders. Click here for more details.

Empower U Program at YMCA

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RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE

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, field trips, 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

Food Pantry in Warrington

Warrington Fellowship Church offers a food pantry Thursdays from 6:00--7:00 PM. Please call 215.200.0733.

Housing Information

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CB CARES

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GETTING INVOLVED AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND

Are You Interested in Volunteering at Tamanend?

Please click here to sign up as a parent volunteer at Tamanend. The survey access code is TMS.

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.

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.

TMS Parent Council

Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 9am

Tamanend Middle School

Parent Council is an open meeting where all parents are welcome to attend to learn more about Tamanend Middle School. Parent Council typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. Please note that this first meeting will take place on a Wednesday. There is no obligation to attend all Parent Councils and there are no elected positions. Parent Council is a forum for parents and school leaders to learn from and with each other, together.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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

Share Good News About Tamanend Students

Tamanend students 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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How Did We Do This Week?

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