Teeland Middle School

January 2023

Letter from the Principal


To Our Teeland Families:

Happy New Year!

TMS is hoping this newsletter finds your family enjoying the Winter Break! We certainly have enough snow this year for all kinds of outdoor winter fun!

Report cards for semester one will be posted on ParentVue after students return to school on January 12th. If you are concerned about your student’s progress or are wanting a schedule change, please reach out to their counselor the first week we return. Angie Buresh is the counselor for students with the last names L-Z, and Mikael Porcello is the counselor for students with the last names A-K. We will still be offering Homework Club and Math Lab for students to receive academic support after school during semester two.

Wrestling, JNYO, and 7th/8th grade Volleyball start up on January 9th, the first Monday we return to school. Students will need a current sport physical and will need to sign up on Planet HS to join. All students in middle school make a team and being involved is the ticket to building a strong connection to school.

Each quarter, TMS holds grade level assemblies to recognize academic achievement and student involvement. Last quarter we had 233 students earn high honor roll grades, a 3.5 or higher. I’m excited to see what that number looks like for quarter 2! Many of our students also made significant gains in their math diagnostic assessment from fall to this winter. We are proud of their progress!

Your children are amazing and appreciated! Thank-you for your support and know that we enjoy seeing your kids every day in school!

Mrs. Hinds, TMS Principal

Mrs. Hinds

TMS Principal

Important Dates

  • January 9 - Semester 2 Begins
  • January 9 - Volleyball, Wrestling, JNYO Begin
  • January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, No School
  • January 18 - Culture Club Begins
  • January 25 - Holiday Band Concert
  • February 10 - Valentine's Day Dance

Go Gaurdian Parent App

The GoGuardian Parent is a mobile app designed to provide Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District parents/guardians insight on their student's online activity when on school-managed devices and accounts at home. Learn more by visiting www.matsuk12.us/tech

7 & 8 Grade Volleyball, Wrestling & JNYO Begin January 9th!

Are you ready for Semester 2 Sports???

January 9th is the beginning of our Winter Sports Season! 7th & 8th grade Volleyball, Wrestling, and JNYO begin on the first day back after Winter Break.

Make sure you are signed up on PlanetHS and have paid your fees online through SchoolPay.

A current sports physical is required to participate.

We are excited for a fantastic season! Go, Titans!

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New Date for the Holiday Band Concert

Due to the winter storms in December, our annual Holiday Band Concert has been rescheduled for January, 25th at 7:00 pm in the TMS Gymnasium.

Titan News Show!

Did you know that Teeland has a news show every week? Mr. Buchanan's Media Skills class shares all of the news, sports and most up to date events happening at Teeland Middle School! Check it out on our YouTube channel!

Upcoming Events at TMS

Check out the TMS calendar for upcoming events, including basketball games and locations HERE.

Speech and Debate Club

On January 19th, TMS is hosting the second district speech and debate competition. Events include original oratory, expository, and impromptu. Speech and debate practice will resume after school Monday, January 9th. If you have questions about speech and debate, please contact Mrs. Porcello or Mr. Bird.

The TMS Speech and Debate team will meet in the library at 2:15-3:45 pm on January 9th & 16th.

Art Adventures - Charcoal Drawings

Art Adventures with Mrs. Reid

Friday, 1/27 @ 2:30 - 4:00 pm

$10 material fee.

Pay on SchoolPay HERE.

Study Hall with Mr. Childs and Math Lab with Mrs. Buness

Study Hall (Homework Club) begins on Tuesday, October 4th! Every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in room B205.

Math Lab also starts on Tuesday, October 4th, and will run every Tuesday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in B207.

Permission slips are in the office and there are no fees for these activities.

What's Happening in Preschool??

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Teeland Titans win at Robotics Tournament

Congratulations are due to the Teeland Titan F.I.R.S.T.® Lego® League robotics teams for their performances at the Superpowered South Central FLL Challenge Qualifier on Dec. 17th. They did an awesome job!

This tournament scores performance in four events: Innovation Project, Robot Design, Core Values, and Robot Performance. Each event is ranked separately and the event rankings are added for a total score. More details about what this event involves are in a longer article at FLL In A Nutshell.

Teeland’s Terminators won the Robot Design trophy and placed in the top four total scorers. The Banana Botz won the Robot Performance trophy and the tournament Champion Award. Both teams were invited to compete in the state tournament on January 14th.

What makes me most proud as a coach is that all of our kids represented our school very well. The Lego Men encountered multiple unexpected obstacles, but they rose to the challenge, re-wrote their programs from scratch and presentation, and did their best.

All of our kids worked hard, tackled and overcame challenges, and had fun together. They made me proud!

by Karen Robinette

Parent/Family: AK STAR Assessment Result Information

For parents and families to access student information, they can:

1. Log in to ParentVUE and click on Documents (on the left)

2. Under the Document category, locate Test Documents

3. Document name will read: ISR_Student_Name: click on the hyperlink to view/download results

Archery at TMS is Postponed

The Archery program at TMS is postponed until further notice.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Bus Passes

All bus passes must include the following information:

• Student’s name

• Parent and/or guardian’s name

• Parent and/or guardian’s contact phone number (in case of bus emergency)

• Approved bus stop location that the student will be dropped off

You may email Teeland at tms@matsuk12.us to request a bus pass.

Ms. Olson may be contacted at 907.352.7528 or at kimberly.olson@matsuk12.us.

*Bus passes must be received by 12:00 pm for same-day passes.

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