April 23, 2021
TAMANEND UNICEF UNITE HOLDS EARTH DAY EVENT
The Tamanend UNICEF Unite Club held a successful Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, April 21st. During our event, students painted eco-friendly tote bags, participated in a friendly tote bag painting competition, listened to music, talked with others, learned about plastic and its impact on our planet, engaged in icebreakers, played games, and won prizes. This event raised over $175 for UNICEF.
CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE
PSSAs (7th and 8th Grade)--Monday, April 19; Monday, April 26; Monday, May 3
Deadline to Order Tamanend Yearbook--Friday, April 30 (details below)
Early Dismissal--Friday, April 30 (students are dismissed at 10:45)
Parent Book Club--Thursday, May 6 @ 6:30 PM (details below)
Move-Up Day at CB South for Current 9th Graders--Thursday, May 27 @ 9:00 AM (details to follow)
Keystone Exams (for Students Taking Algebra*)--Tuesday, June 1
*Please see details below regarding students who are eligible to take the Keystones this year.
- Please be sure all student-athletes and families are following protocols outlined in the health and safety plan. For information on how the recently passed modified quarantine impacts student-athletes, please refer to the letter that was sent via email to parents/guardians of all current athletes on Thursday, April 15th.
- The daily screening for Spring sports can be found HERE. Student-athletes must complete this survey each day they have a tryout, practice, or game.
- As Tamanend’s Spring sports teams begin their seasons with games next week, students are reminded that attending games as spectators is not permitted this year. The only spectators allowed at games are players’ family members. Thank you for your cooperation with this, and we look forward to hopefully having spectators at games next year.
- REMINDER: Please keep in mind that students must go home at the end of the school day. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete and parent/guardian to coordinate transportation back to school on days of practices/games, as well as for away games.
- WANTED: Nominations for CB Cares Positive Coaching Award! Since being established in 2012, the Positive Coaching Award has recognized a deserving coach who serves as a positive role model, understands the importance of a child’s well-being, and is a positive influence in the lives of young people. Specifically, the annual recipient will be recognized for teaching positive life lessons through sports, providing leadership, and promoting sportsmanship, fair play, motivation, and respect. All of these behaviors and values are consistent with the Developmental Assets®, the framework of all CB Cares Educational Foundation’s programs. The award comes with a $500 gift and a beautifully engraved plaque, which are presented to the recipient at a community ceremony in late spring. Thank you to Shelly Law Offices for their support of this special program. bit.ly/CBCaresPCA
- Girls 7th Grade Softball at Tohickon (Away; 3:15)
- Girls 8th Grade Softball at Holicong (Away; 3:15)
- Boys 7th Grade Baseball vs. Holicong (Home; 3:15)
- Boys 8th Grade Baseball at Holicong (Away; 3:15)
- JV Track at Unami (Away; 3:15)
- Girls 7th Grade Soccer vs. Holicong (Home; 3:15)
- Girls 8th Grade Soccer at Holicong (Away; 3:15)
- Girls Lacrosse vs. Holicong (Home; 3:15)
- Boys Lacrosse at Holicong (Away; 3:15)
- Girls 7th Grade Softball vs. Tohickon 8 (Home; 3:15)
- Boys 7th Grade Baseball at Tohickon (Away; 3:15)
- Boys 8th Grade Baseball vs. Tohickon (Home; 3:15)
- Boys/Girls Varsity Track @ Tohickon (Away; 3:15)
- Girls 7th Grade Soccer at Tohickon (Away; 3:15)
- Girls 8th Grade Soccer vs. Tohickon (Home; 3:15)
- Girls Lacrosse at Tohickon (Away; 3:15)
- Boys Lacrosse vs. Tohickon (Home; 3:15)
- No Contests
Congratulations, Reading Olympics Participants!
CONRATULATIONS To everyone who participated in Reading Olympics this year!
Our winning team is……. The 6 Horcruxes with 75,295!!! Congrats to Daria D, Ella G, Anushka S, Sophia G, Varunikha S, Shrinithaa E!
Our 2nd place team is…..The Storytellers with 71,094!
Our other teams did very well! Lit Wits with 62, 202, Rump Roasts with 63,303 and Renegade Readers with 39,481!
We are so proud of all of you!
Reminder--PSSA Testing Information for Parents of 7th and 8th Graders
Tamanend’s PSSA Testing Dates:
- Monday, April 19th
- Monday, April 26th
- Monday, May 3rd
* All testing will be completed online using district provided laptops.
Please note the following schedule information:
7th Graders—You will report to your 1st and 2nd Period classes as normal. After 2nd Period, you will report to your Resource class for PSSAs.
8th Graders—You will report directly to your Resource class.
9th Graders—No schedule change.
Online Students Taking PSSAs—Report directly to the Cafeteria at 7:30 AM. We anticipate that you will be finished testing around 1:20.
Important Information for Online Only Students Taking the PSSAs
* Students must bring their laptops, chargers, a reading book, and a snack/water to school with them. *
Online Only students planning on participating in the PSSAs must be in the Tamanend Cafeteria by 7:30am on Monday (4/19).
- Online Only 7th Graders will log-in to their Specials classes before starting the PSSAs. They need to bring headphones.
- Only Only 8th Graders will begin the PSSAs at 7:30am. Then, they will log-in to their Specials classes during 4th & 5th periods, between testing sessions. They need to bring headphones.
- Regularly scheduled district transportation will stop at all assigned bus stops to provide transportation to Online Only students who will be testing.
- When students are finished, at or before 1:20pm, they may contact their parents for a ride (if not taking a bus).
Important Information for PSSA Opt-Out Students
Students who have been opted-out of the PSSAs should be participating in the following activities:
- Make sure all other academic work is up-to-date for all of their classes.
- Self-enroll in the Library Canvas Course by CLICKING HERE (or https://bit.ly/2ENWMhD). Click on ‘Modules’ at the top-left, and participate in the PSSA Opt-Out Activities, designed by our Librarians.
- In-Person Opt-Out Students will be doing these activities in the Library and attending Specials classes in person.
- Online Only Opt-Out Students will work on these activities at their own pace. The only classes they need to log-in to on 4/19 are Specials classes.
Please email Mr. Dudley (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any concerns.
Earlier this school year, the Pennsylvania State Legislature passed Senate Bill 1216, making several revisions for previous legislation regarding state assessments and graduation requirements. This message serves to inform our families of these legislative revisions and to provide clarity around the implications for your children. Please watch the informational video, Keystone Exam and Graduation Requirements: Update to Middle School Families if you have not already done so.
Students Enrolled in Algebra in 2019-2020
Any student who was enrolled in Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B and was scheduled to take the Algebra Keystone Exam in Spring of 2020, is considered the Spring 2020 cohort. Students in the Spring 2020 cohort are not required to “make-up” the exam. According to the legislation and guidance from the PA Department of Education, these students have been deemed “proficient” if they passed the course last Spring. Central Bucks will not be rostering any students in the Spring 2020 cohort to take the Algebra Keystone Exam this school year. However, any parent wishing for their child to take the exam may do so by completing this form by May 7th. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires students who take the Algebra 1 Keystone to complete the assessment in the building.
Students Enrolled in Algebra in 2020-2021
All students who are taking Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B this school year are required to take the Algebra Keystone exam this Spring. However, parents of children enrolled in a Keystone exam course during the 2020-2021 school year may choose to opt-out of the exam. If a family chooses to opt-out of the exam, they must notify the school in writing of their desire to do so following the process outlined on the CBSD Assessment Webpage by May 7th. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires students who take the Algebra 1 Keystone to complete the assessment in the building. The Keystone Exam at Tamanend will be administered on June 1, 2021.
Thank You, CB Cares Educational Foundation!
Thanks to an Innovative Learning grant via CB Cares Educational Foundation, Tamanend 7th Graders met an author who made exciting connections to what they are currently learning! On April 9th, our students participated in a virtual Teams call with George O'Connor, New York Times bestselling author of The Olympians graphic novel series. Our students learned about perseverance and what it takes to become an author illustrator. They added even more knowledge of Greek mythology to their repertoire! Students learned about how Mr. O'Connor turned his passion into a profession and how he uses research to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. At the end of the call, our Tamanend students asked their burning mythological questions through an engaging question and answer session. A huge Tamanend thanks to CB Cares Educational Foundation for making this awesome event possible!
CBSD’s Board of School Directors approved changes to the district’s health and safety plan, including implementation of modified quarantine protocols beginning on Monday, April 19, 2021. More details may be found on our website at www.cbsd.org/2020-21. Review updated questions and answers at www.cbsd.org/help.
Reminder--Support the Central Bucks School District Art Scholarship with a Great T-Shirt
Reminder--Tamanend Spirit Gear is Here!
Looking for some Tamanend gear? Here are the current opportunities to order Tamanend Spirit Wear:
Tamanend Spirit Wear from Caldwells in Doylestown
Reminder--Order Your Tamanend Yearbook
Don’t forget to order your child’s 2020-2021 Tamanend Yearbook! The price of the yearbook is $40. The last day to order a yearbook is April 30. Please click the link here to take you to Jostens online ordering page. No preorders will be accepted in school – all orders must be done through Jostens. If you have any questions, please email Kristen Gerth at email@example.com.
Reminder--Join the Wellness/Snack Break Social 10:35--10:55 Daily
Hello! Are you looking for a way to connect with other kids from school while you are learning from home in the virtual setting? Mrs. Cammann is hosting a Wellness/Snack Break Social time each day from 10:35-10:55 during the virtual and hybrid learning models. Students are invited to join in to share some conversation and be connected with students across all grades. On Wednesdays, we will have games and trivia during this time! You are welcome to participate daily or pop in occasionally - no pressure. Maybe you will even get to know some new faces! Just click the link below to take part, socialize, and participate, while using our Tamanend ROAR to respect and include each other in this group. Enjoy your snack and unwind with us at 10:35 any day. Hope to see you there! Click here to join the meeting
Reminder--Tamanend Parent Book Club
Are you interested in global issues and news? Do you want to get involved in helping people in your community and around the globe? Join the Tamanend UNICEF Unite Club. This club was started this year and the purpose of this club is serve as a space to discuss global issues, engage students, help students use their voice to enforce positive change, make better thinkers and communicators, and much more. Students will have the opportunity to learn about child protection, education, water, sanitation and hygiene which may align with certain areas of study, allowing for a more insightful, understanding life outside of the classroom. The club will also provide students with an opportunity to gain leadership positions on campus. Through fundraising, awareness, and community service, we will be able to help the millions of children who need our help. Please fill out this interest form https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=j0gLqp78hUGl4zhCIN8jyiSa13bnl15Kgt4n4oFy81FURjJUTThYNlM2M0xTN0pWNFU5MzNWUE9OQy4u if you are interested in the club. Meetings will be once every two weeks virtually A date for our first meeting will be sent out to those interested soon! If you have any questions feel free to contact Kalidindi.H055@student.cbsd.org , EORINSKI@cbsd.org , or AHIGGINS@cbsd.org.
Reminder--Mock Trial Team for 9th Graders
Do you want to improve your speaking and analysis skills? Do you like exploring legal issues of everyday events? Or, just want to spend some time hanging out with Mr. Sterner and Mr. Heisey? We are pleased to offer the Mock Trial Club at Tamamend for any interested 9th graders. It’s a great way to learn about the legal profession and debate your way through an actual case as either a lawyer or a witness, as well as build your skills for future participation and competition at CB South. Please e-mail Mr. Heisey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Sterner (email@example.com) if you are interested. Thank you!
Reminder--Tamanend Today Club
While we can’t currently run Tamanend Today, our live weekly TV show, we are still seeking interested students who enjoy broadcast media and video production. We have some ideas for production until we can go live again, and we would like your ideas for when we can go live. Until then, join us and be a part of producing meaningful, pre-recorded broadcasts and features. If media production is your thing, please reach out via e-mail to Mr. Sterner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Landis (email@example.com) to be part of our Tamanend Today Club! Thank you!
QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND
HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES
Please report your child's absence in any of the following ways:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone (Attendance hotline): 267-893-2920
Reminder--Important Traffic Safety
Since the beginning or the year, our parent drop-off and pick-up traffic has improved tremendously, but we still need your help. There will soon be an increase in daily traffic as more students return to in-person learning. We must remember that WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO WALK TO SCHOOL. Recently, we've seen an increase in cars speeding on Stuckert Road. For the safety of our students, please maintain a 15 mph school zone speed limit in our parking lots and along Stuckert Road. Thanks for your help!
Reminder--Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up
With the return of 5-day in-person schooling, there has been an increase in the number of car riders. Please remember the following important details when dropping off or picking up your child-
- You can only turn right into the parking lot, from the direction of Kelly Road. Do NOT attempt to make a left-hand turn into the parking lot during pick-up at the end of the day. If you come from Bristol Rd., please go past the school, turn around, and get in the car line.
- There are staggered dismissal times. The first is at 1:16 and the 2nd is at 1:21pm. It would be helpful to find out what time your child is dismissed from their 7th period class, so that you do not rush to get in line if they are let out at the 2nd dismissal time.
- Everyone has been able to exit the parking lot by 1:30 pm, so there is no need to rush. All students are let out between the Main Entrance and the Gym/Cafeteria Entrance, so students should not be walking down the sidewalk to your cars. This causes the line of traffic to stop and we need to keep everyone moving.
Thank you for your support!
FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE
Starting on March 22nd, Child and Family Focus, Inc. will be hosting sessions titled “Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth ages 10-14 (SFP 10-14)” which is an evidence-based program that began in 1993 and has been rigorously evaluated for 26 years! All families can learn from this program because families all have needs and challenges. This program highlights family strengths and helps to build stronger families through the practice of skills, tools, and strategies that can assist in children having bright futures, and creation of stronger and safer communities. Sessions are fun and interactive and can all be facilitated virtually! Please see the flier below for more details. Click here to see a short video clip about the program.
Reminder--Teen Mental Health Check In Group
This Edition of Guidance Sparks--Be the Captain of Your Child's Spark Team
We know that the last 12 months have been difficult for many people in many, many ways. For our students, the struggle has included a disruption in their educational and social way-of-life. Learning from the restrictions the pandemic has placed on your children may be an opportunity to re-exam what is important to them for now and the future. Ask your daughter or son to think about what was missed during this time of limited access? What didn’t he/she/they miss? The answers might give insight to what Sparks are important to them.
If your teen missed working at a part-time job at the local restaurant because of the responsibilities opportunity to learn about how to run a business, this might be worth exploring in a more serious way. If your teen didn’t miss taking piano lessons because it was just something to add to a college resume, maybe it is time to start looking at other activities where there is true interest.
Looking at the whole concept of Sparks, this might be the right time to reevaluate where time is spent and what interest holds true passion. “One joy scatters a hundred griefs.” – Chinese Proverb
For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at email@example.com
FROM OUR LIBRARY
Reminder--Tamanend Library is Here for All Your Reading Needs!
All students have full access to all books in the Tamanend Library and to SORA, our digital collection. If you would like to check out a book, please watch the following videos in your Library Canvas Course to see how to access both physical and digital books. Books will be delivered to classrooms for Hybrid students and Online students can pick their books up in the front lobby of Tamanend!
FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Reminder--9th-12th Grade Student Technology Toolkit
FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE
Reminder--Required Dental Exams for 7th Graders
Reminder--Please Contact Our Nurse For COVID-Related Issues and Concerns
Please notify our Certified School Nurse, Lauren Myrtetus, if you, someone in your household or your student have been diagnosed with COVID or if your student has been identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID. Also, please notify Mrs. Myrtetus if your student is ill and is being tested for COVID.
If your students needs to quarantine, he or she should report directly to the nurse’s office on his or her first day back to school for a temperature and symptom screening.
Mrs. Myrtetus is happy to answer any questions related to COVID.
Updated--What to Do If Your Child Is Sick
FROM OUR CAFETERIA
Reminder--Breakfast and Lunch is Available to ALL Students Free of Charge Through the Remainder of the 2020-2021 School Year
Reminder--Free & Reduced Lunch/Breakfast Application
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Dudley, Assistant Principal email@example.com
Lauren Myrtetus, Certified School Nurse firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Klein, Guidance Counselor email@example.com
Mandy Cammann, Guidance Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Bucks County Medication Disposal Program--April 24
Reminder--Bucks County Health Human Services Hub
Reminder--Shriner's Children's Pediatric Fracture and Sports Injury Care at Doylestown Hospital
Reminder--Food Pantry at Warrington Fellowship Church
Reminder--Grandfamilies Support Group
Reminder--Nominate a Tamanend Student for March Boomerang Award
For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Boomerang Youth Recognition Award, it is a district-wide monthly program which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by one of the chosen Developmental Assets®. These Developmental Assets were identified as a set of skills, experiences, relationships and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults.
Nominations for March's Boomerang Asset are due by Friday, 04/23. The chosen for March is Asset #25: Reading for pleasure- Recognizing a young person who reads for pleasure most days, either alone, with family members, or with friends. Please submit your nomination through this link. Staff members who nominate students will wear jeans and their Boomerang pin to show their Boomerang Spirit on Tuesday, 04/27. Thank you in advance for your nomination
GETTING INVOLVED AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND
TMS Parent Council
Thursday, May 20th, 9am
This is an online 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: email@example.com
Oficina: (267) 893-2900