The Tohickon Golden Eagle
The Final Marking Period Begins
Dear Tohickon Families,
We have reached the final marking period of the 2017-2018 School Year. It appears that the long winter is finally about to subside, ushering in the warmer months of April, May, and June. As we move into April, events of significance include PSSA Testing, the Ninth Grade Washington DC Trip, the Red Cross Blood Drive, the NJHS Induction and the Relay for Life Chaperone Meetings at the end of the month.
PSSA Testing will begin during the week of April 9th. The Department of Education has decided to shorten the testing periods this year, which we feel will be a good thing for our students. During the first week, there will be three days of ELA Testing during the morning hours. Math Testing will take place during the week of April 16th, followed by one day of Science Testing during the final week of the month. As always, we ask that students come to school prepared for testing by eating breakfast and being well rested.
Ninth grade students are scheduled to depart for Washington, DC, at 6:00 AM on April 12. This is a fantastic trip, but a long trip, as students will arrive back at Tohickon around 9:00 PM. Upon arrival in Washington, students will be dropped off at the Lincoln Memorial and will proceed across The Mall, visiting important sites. Later in the day, around 4:00 PM, students will gather for dinner at Union Station before leaving the city around 5:00 PM. This is an enjoyable, well organized event that will produce some great memories for students and staff.
The NJHS Induction and Red Cross Blood Drive will take place during the first week of the month, while the Relay for Life Chaperone Meetings will occur during the final week. With the NJHS Induction, we are again fortunate to have our State Representative Marguerite Quinn as our Keynote Speaker. The Red Cross Blood Drive will take place on April 6 in Tohickon's Cafeteria, if you are interested in donating blood. Finally, the Relay for Life Chaperone Meetings are scheduled for April 24 and 25 in the Tohickon Auditorium. These are mandatory meetings for any parents that have agreed to chaperone the Relay for Life event.
If you have any questions about these events or any listed below, please contact the main office at 267-893-3300. I hope you have a great month!
Kevin Marton, Principal
There are several upcoming events that students and parents should be aware of. The events for the month of April are as follows:
- NJHS Induction at 7:00 PM in the Tohickon Auditorium
- CB West Football Mandatory Meeting - 7:15 PM in Tohickon Auditorium. Parents can register their student/player at www.westfootball.com
- Red Cross Blood Drive from 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Tohickon Cafeteria
April 10th, 11th and 12th
- PSSA ELA Testing during the morning hours
- Ninth Grade Washington DC Trip
April 17th and 18th
- PSSA Math Testing during the morning hours
- Parent Council Meeting at 9:00 AM in the Tohickon Library
- Dodgeball Tournament from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in the Tohickon Gymnasium
- PSSA Science Testing
- Relay for Life Chaperone Meeting beginning at 7:00 PM in the Tohickon Auditorium
- Relay for Life Chaperone Meeting beginning at 7:00 PM in the Tohickon Auditorium
ELECTRONIC DEVICES NOT PERMITTED DURING PSSA TESTING
The PSSA Testing Guidelines explicitly state that students are not permitted, under any circumstances, to be in possession of an electronic device during testing. This includes any and all electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, smart watches; etc.). The state can impose significant consequences if a student is found to be in possession of one of these devices during testing. Prior to the start of the test, students will be asked to turn in any electronic devices to their teacher. Those devices will be kept on the teacher's desk until testing concludes. Please review these expectations with your son and/or daughter prior to the testing period.
After a long winter full of snow days, we are more than ready to welcome spring, and some routine, back into our lives! Spring sports have started and PSSA testing is right around the corner, both signs that we are entering into our final lap of the school year. The third marking period will close on April 16th, and it is important that students turn in any missing work before that date. PSSA testing in 7th grade will take place during the weeks of April 9th and April 16th. Being present and on time to school on testing days is very important! You can also help your child be prepared on these days by making sure they are well rested, have eaten a healthy breakfast, have several sharpened pencils ready to go, and by making sure they also bring their calculator and independent reading book with them to school.
Here are some highlights on what students are currently studying or working on in different classes:
In science, students are in the middle of the cells and heredity unit. After familiarizing themselves with microscopes, students are moving on to examining cells parts and functions. Students will then focus on genetics including dominant and recessive traits.
In Ms. Moran’s ELA A classes, students are reviewing figurative language terms and definitions. As a culminating project, they are creating a visual assignment with original examples of the different types of figurative language as well as colorful pictures to represent each.
Ms. McMahon’s ELA B classes just wrapped up a study of Greek Myths, which the students thoroughly enjoyed! Next up will be a brief study of a few famous Dream poems, which will culminate with students writing their own Dream Poem. After that, we will be diving into our core assessment, Book It!, which is an independent book project that will be done primarily in school. Be on the look out for a parent form you need to sign about this project!
Mrs. Good’s ELA B students just finished up with a Playlist for the unit on The Giver. Currently they are using technology to relate a theme within the novel to another work of literature (fiction book, poem, news article, etc.)
Mrs. Good’s ELA A-You might have heard the “Halleljuah” chorus echoing through the air as ELA A students complete their Citizen Composer Core Assessment. Soon, they will delve into Anne Frank’s WWII Netherlands and discover why the diary of this young woman stands to be an inspiration still.
In social studies, students are currently in their third unit: the Middle Ages Across the Globe. Topics include feudalism, the Crusades, and the Black Plague. Students will be completing their second District Core Assessment during this unit, which is a multiple choice test based on several primary sources of the Middle Ages. As the end of the year approaches, students will start preparing for their Historical Person of the Year project. A more detailed description of this project will be given out during social studies class at the end of April.
Team Summit held their first ever bingo tournament this month. It was a great success! We were able to raise $150 for Aark, a wildlife rehabilitation center. Aark is located in Chalfont and our team chose this organization as we are familiar with the work that they do. We also wanted to contribute their current campaign to “build a better Aark.” Students had a great time laughing, eating snacks, and playing bingo. It was nice to see students interact in a relaxed, but slightly competitive atmosphere. One of our students came to us and wanted to show support to the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, after the terrible tragedy they endured in February. Team Summit created a banner to hang at their school and students had the opportunity to sign it.
Students on Team Expedition put their skills of teamwork and community building to work through their community service project. These students collaborated with each other and local businesses to put together a floor hockey tournament to support Autism awareness. All collections, donations, scheduling and PR efforts were student run. Dominick’s Pizza of Doylestown generously donated ten pizzas to be sold at the event. From registrations alone, the team raised over 200 dollars.
Additionally, students participated in Pie Day on the 14th. Megan H. was a clubhouse leader for both the team and the grade! Bravo Megan.
Students received information about their upcoming field trip to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs game. Students will witness Physics in action and apply all they know about Newton and his laws at the ball park as baseballs, not apples, are thrown.
Students on Team Odyssey are looking forward to Spring and the upcoming field trip on May 2nd. All 8th graders will be going to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs game to celebrate Education Days and complete an activity called The Physics of Baseball. As the third marking period draws to a close, teachers are reminding students that continued hard work and effort are required each and every school day. Teachers are working to prepare students for the demands of high school classes next year. Pictured here are students in science classes building a large HR Diagram. The HR Diagram helps students understand star types and how stars change over time.
NINTH GRADE TEAM
In science, students are studying how the dynamic atmosphere is influenced by variations of sunlight, latitude, the ocean, geography and living things. Weekly investigations allow students to analyze data that shows how the interactions of these variables affects climate and atmospheric flow patterns.
WWII has been the main topic in social studies over the past month. Students have learned about everything from Hitler’s rise to power to the bombing of Japan. The focus has been on larger, conceptual ideas: why the war occurred, and how it not only affected Europe and Asia but the United States, as well. Currently the classes are transitioning into the Cold War and the increased tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Several of the English classes concluded their study of Elie Wiesel's book, Night, by creating infographics. Students researched various topics, in order to make connections between Wiesel's experiences and the greater picture of WWII Europe and the Holocaust, and created visual representations of that information. In addition, students learned about 'upstanding' citizens who had the courage to help many of those who were persecuted during that period of time.
Central Bucks West to Host Parent Informational Night on Vaping
The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania will be at Central Bucks West to discuss Adolescent Vaping. The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM on April 10th in the Central Bucks West Auditorium.
COMMUNICATION FOR SPORTS, CLUBS AND AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
We are always looking for ways to improve communication at Tohickon. Recently, we changed the way we communicate information to students as follows:
- Grade 9 - Announcements will be reviewed by the classroom teacher during period 5.
- Grades 7 and 8 - Announcements will be reviewed by the classroom teacher during period 6.
The announcements will be read at some point during the period listed above. The announcements will only take a few moments, but will be given in a face to face manner where clarification questions can be asked.
Lastly, all announcements shared during these time periods will be posted on the Tohickon website, under "Daily Announcements" by noon each day. We are hopeful that this will be an improvement to how we currently communicate.
Tohickon Club Information
We, at Tohickon, have always expressed to parents and students the importance of getting involved in school activities, clubs, events, etc. Club offerings have greatly expanded during this school year. At this point, I am proud to announce the following club offerings for Tohickon:
Afternoon Math Club – Sponsored by Andrea Bellavance and Kim Rissing (email@example.com)
Art Club – Sponsored by Alison Bongiorno and Samantha Schollenberger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Band Enrichment Club – Sponsored by Sarah McGahey (email@example.com)
Chess Club – Sponsored by Alison Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Dance Club - Sponsored by Melinda Fuller and Natalie Dobrowolski (email@example.com)
Diversity Club – Sponsored by Bridget Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Garden Club – Sponsored by Jim Neely (email@example.com)
Morning Math Help Club – Sponsored by Andrea Bellavance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Iron Chef Club – Sponsored by Susan Furfari (email@example.com)
Orchestra Enrichment Club – Sponsored by Jennifer Repper (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading Olympics Club – Sponsored by Bridget Fox, Jennifer Reese and Alison Lewis (email@example.com)
Running Club – Sponsored by Alison Lewis and Angela Parisi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Science Olympiad Club – Sponsored by Joshua Collins and Michael Weir (email@example.com)
Sewing Club – Sponsored by Susan Furfari (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Student/Parent Book Club – Sponsored by Zach Sibel (email@example.com)
Technology Club - Sponsored by Matthew Powell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you would like to sign your child up for one of these clubs or have any questions about time, place, etc., please use the email listed next to each club. We are thrilled with the expansion of these clubs and are hopeful that we will have many students interested in participating. As the school year marches on, more clubs may be added, so keep a close eye on the monthly newsletter for updates.
FROM THE NURSE'S OFFICE
Message from the School Nurse
The health office has recently seen an increase in cold and allergy related symptoms. Please be reminded to give medication at home, before school, as the nurse’s office does not have allergy medicine to administer to students. Students are also permitted to carry a personal supply of cough drops and encouraged to carry water bottles to remain hydrated in school. This is especially important as the weather gets warmer. Here’s to a healthy Spring!
Important Information for Incoming 7th Graders
All incoming 7th grade students are required to have a Pennsylvania state mandated dental exam. Dental exams are acceptable with any date after 9/1/2017. Please complete and return the dental exam form prior to the start of the new school year or by 10/15/2018. Also, 7th grade students should receive their Tdap and meningitis vaccinations prior to the start of the new school year. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CHANGED THE IMMUNIZATION REGULATIONS IN AUGUST 2017. Please keep this in mind as your child has their yearly physical completed. Feel free to contact the health office at 267-893-3315 with any questions. Thank you, Sheila Kelly, CSN