The Tohickon Golden Eagle
Dear Tohickon Families,
The month of November is here! There are several important dates and activities over the next four weeks that you should be aware of including, but not limited to, the end of the first marking period, our Veterans' Day celebrations, Parent-Teacher Conferences and a Program Planning Presentation at our monthly Parent Council Meeting.
The first marking period will come to a close on November 9th. In preparation for the end of the marking period, teachers will be meeting with all students during their Advisory periods to review and discuss their grades. Students will be encouraged by their Advisory Teachers to take an active role in reviewing their grades and setting goals for themselves as they move into the second marking period.
We will be recognizing and celebrating Veterans' Day during our Wall of Honor evening event on November 9th and our Veterans' Day Breakfast on November 10th. These are special events that we always look forward to. The list of Veteran attendees continues to grow each year.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on November 10th, between the hours of 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM. If you would like a conference, and are unable to make it on the 10th, teachers will be holding additional conferences on November 21st during the same time frame as the 10th.
Lastly, the November Parent Council Meeting will be devoted to Program Planning. This presentation is designed for parents that are interested in gaining a better understanding of the academic programs offered for students in grades 9 through 12. During this meeting, course offerings and sequencing will be discussed. The November Parent Council Meeting will begin at 9:00 AM on November 16th, in the rear part of the Tohickon Auditorium.
The dates and times for all November events is listed in the calendar below. If you have any questions or should need more information regarding these events, please contact the main office at 267-893-3300. Have a fantastic month!
Kevin Marton, Principal
The Holiday Season Approaches
There are several upcoming events that students and parents should be aware of. The events for the month of November are as follows:
- 9th Grade PEN Students to Franklin Institute
- Picture Retake Day
- Veterans' Wall of Honor 6:30 - 8:00 PM
- End of the First Marking Period
- Early Dismissal for Students at 10:45 AM
- Veterans' Day Breakfast in the Tohickon Library 8:30 - 9:30 AM
- Parent-Teacher Conferences 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
- Parent Council Meeting in Auditorium 9:00 - 10:30 AM
- Early Dismissal for Students at 10:45 AM
- Parent-Teacher Conferences 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
- No School - Thanksgiving Break
- 8th Grade Field Trip to Keswick Theatre
AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB OFFERINGS TAKE OFF AT TOHICKON
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)
Diversity Club – Sponsored by Bridget Fox (email@example.com)
Garden Club – Sponsored by Jim Neely (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Morning Math Help Club – Sponsored by Andrea Bellavance (email@example.com)
Iron Chef Club – Sponsored by Susan Furfari (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Orchestra Enrichment Club – Sponsored by Jennifer Repper (email@example.com)
Reading Olympics Club – Sponsored by Bridget Fox, Jennifer Reese and Alison Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Running Club – Sponsored by Alison Lewis and Angela Parisi (email@example.com)
Science Olympiad Club – Sponsored by Joshua Collins and Michael Weir (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sewing Club – Sponsored by Susan Furfari (email@example.com)
Student/Parent Book Club – Sponsored by Zach Sibel (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.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST DRAWS HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS
The Tohickon Student Council ran another successful Halloween Costume Contest this year. Hundreds of students participated during the morning of October 31st and selected winners in areas such as most creative, funniest, scariest; etc.
Parent Council Meeting Reminder
The next Parent Council Meeting will take place on Thursday, November 16th, at 9:00 AM in the Tohickon Auditorium. This meeting will be devoted to Program Planning, primarily focusing on grades 9 through 12. The guidance department will discuss what kinds of things to expect and look for as the high school years approach.
TEAM SUMMIT - GRADE 7
This month Mrs. Bellavance’s Algebra 1 classes used an online graphing calculator called Desmos to deepen their understanding of graphs of linear equations. The students used Desmos to explore the domain and range of various graphs and find the slopes of different lines. After learning about the slope-intercept form of a line, the students tested their knowledge in an activity on Desmos called “Land the Plane.” In this activity the students practiced finding equations of lines that would land a plane safely on the runway. Lots of fun was had and the students are looking forward to more exciting graphing activities on Desmos throughout the school year.
Team Summit is kicking off their service learning project this month. We will be collecting items and writing letters for our troops overseas, helping an organization called Operation Eternal Gratitude. Stay tuned for more information about this worth cause!
TEAM INFINITY - GRADE 7
It was a beautiful and busy day here at Tohickon on Saturday, October 21st, as Team Infinity hosted its 14th Annual Pedals for Progress Bike Drive. With 65 bikes, 4 sewing machines, and $700 collected, it is safe to say the event was a success! Infinity students have worked hard on the drive for last few weeks, gaining real-life skills and invaluable knowledge. In Social Studies they researched the countries that P4P partners with to gain an understanding of the living and economic conditions of the areas the bikes are sent. In English, they developed advertising plans and designed flyers that helped advertise the drive. The efforts of the students and you the parents to advertise paid off and are the reason our drive was successful! Thank you to everyone who helped, volunteered, and donated to our drive!
Team Infinity also enjoyed a fun afternoon of team bonding during an event organized by Mrs. Good and the YMCA. The kids participated in human foosball as well as other team building games!
TEAM ODYSSEY - GRADE 8
October has been a busy month for Team Odyssey. Academics are the focus as students are learning new concepts and skills. In Advisory, students studied the dangers of drug use. Groups of students made commercials warning others of the dangers of drugs. The month ended with Halloween dress-up. Pictured here are team teachers dressed as Yum Yum’s employees distributing donuts to the students. What fun!
TEAM EXPEDITION - GRADE 8
In Ms. Gendron’s ELA class, students have been reading The Outsiders and discussing the types of figurative language that are present in the novel. The students have completed two major projects including, creating a “new Curtis brother” and beginning their final essay related to significant experiences that have affected the main character.
In Mr. Levenson’s science class we are finishing up the chemistry unit with crazy demonstrations for our section on chemical reactions. While balancing equations, we turned sugar into black carbon with acid, we destroyed a Swedish fish with some potassium chlorate, and on Halloween we turned simple liquids into elephant toothpaste with a lot of exothermic heat energy given off. As we come to the end of the chemistry unit we prepare for the human body unit starting in the second marking period.
Mrs. Fox and Sra. Heath also teamed up to bring "The Pulsera Project" to Tohickon. The Pulsera Project is a nonprofit organization trying to color the world through the sale of beautiful handmade bracelets, or "pulseras" in Spanish, made by a group of young artisans in Nicaragua. The money raised helps fund grants & partnerships, social enterprises, and communities throughout Central America to foster economic & community development.
In Mr. Sibel’s class, students just finished their first novels, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Outsiders. Students wrote various essays that analyzed the themes and characters from these texts.
Mr. Trimburs class has been analyzing early American colonialism and even took part in the second annual Trimbur Sibel TDA extravaganza. Students used close reading skills to apply to the DOI.
NINTH GRADE TEAM
The start of the year in science class is the study of Geosphere. Students learn about the physical features of the Earth and how the physical earth changes over time. This unit lays the foundation for the future study of evolution and environmental science. Pictured are students using Google Earth to compare real time earthquake locations with tectonic plate boundaries.
In social studies class, students spent the last month working on their Oral History projects. For this assignment, the students had to find someone to interview about a historical event. In addition to conducting the interview, they had to research their topic and then write a script which was recorded as an MP3 file. The final product is a Power Point slide that contains a picture of the person they interviewed and a QR code that allows the viewer to listen to the story.
Our living history projects will be available for public viewing at our open house on November 10th. Please feel free to stop by and see the students work. We hope to see you there.
TOHICKON STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
This month we would like to recognize Maddi Fleck, a ninth grade student at Tohickon.
Maddi has been volunteering with Roxy Therapy Dogs since she was 6 years old. She has attended countless meetings, helped at events, assisted with special projects, you name it. As she has gotten older (she will be 15 in December), her capabilities and her desire to become even more involved with the organization have grown. Maddi had the benefit of having a Roxy Therapy Dogs team visit her class for much of her elementary school career, so she knows the benefits firsthand. Just before she turned 14, she decided she wanted to become a certified therapy dog team with her greyhound, Bud, so that she could visit children at the Bucks County Courthouse who are victims of abuse and neglect. She and Bud became certified in 2016 and have made several visits to court (when she doesn't have school) to comfort the children there.
Maddi is always looking for more ways to help and figured that she can probably help behind the scenes too as it takes many people to keep Roxy Therapy Dogs running smoothly. Two months ago, Maddi became the Associate Director of Volunteers for Roxy Therapy Dogs. She helps keep track of all current and incoming volunteer teams, their clearances, dog certifications, and which programs they participate in, among other tasks.
Congratulations to Maddi for all of her hard work and effort!
From the Nurse's Office
As we get into the colder weather please keep in mind that Cold and Flu season is upon us. Please remind your children to wash their hands often and to cover their cough with the arm. If your child needs medication please administer it at home, as the health office does not have any cold medication. Your child may carry their own personal supply of cough drops with them but absolutely no other medication is permitted without a physician’s order. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the health office at 267-893-3315. Thank you!
Tohickon will be offering the following Winter Athletics this year:
• 7th Grade Girls Basketball (Begins Nov. 6th and runs until Dec. 20th)
• Varsity Girls Basketball (7th and 8th grade) (Begins Nov. 6th and runs until Jan. 8th)
• 9th Grade Girls Basketball (Begins Nov. 30th and runs until Feb. 1st.)
• 7th Grade Boys Basketball (Begins Jan. 16th and runs until Mar. 2nd)
• Varsity Boys Basketball (7th and 8th grade) (Begins Jan 16th and runs until March 9th)
• 9th Grade Boys Basketball (Begins Nov. 30th and runs until Feb. 1st)
• Wrestling (Begins Nov. 13th and runs until Feb. 2nd)
• Cheerleading (Begin and end dates to be determined following fall season)
Additionally, 9th grade students who desire to play basketball at one of the high schools will have the opportunity to tryout at CB East & West for their Varsity or J.V. teams.
In order to participate in a sport at Tohickon, the following needs to be done prior to tryouts:
• Register for child's desired sport via Family ID on the Tohickon Website under Athletics
• Hand in section 5 and 6 of the PIAA physical if your child did not play a fall sport. This needs to be dated after June 1, 2017. If they did play a fall sport, section 7 of the PIAA physical needs to be completed and handed in.
All physicals can be handed in to Mr. Costello in Room 122 or emailed directly to email@example.com. Physicals will not be accepted at tryouts; they need to be handed in at least three days before tryouts.
Please, don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Costello (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or concerns.
FROM THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT
SAP – Student Assistance Program
Tohickon recognizes students who are subject to a variety of pressures. The mission of our Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to identify students through a referral process and to intervene in an effort to promote achievement and academic success. We seek to promote healthy, safe and substance-free lifestyles by connecting these students and their families with appropriate school based or community resources. For more information, please visit the link on the Tohickon webpage under Guidance:
Online Census Verification is a feature available in Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Each year, the Central Bucks School District asks our families to fill out a census verification form. This year the form is online. This form ensures that student information is accurate and also provides our school nurse with important medical permissions for your child. If you have not already done so, please complete the census verification through the PARENT PORTAL as soon as possible.
For more information, including trouble shooting suggestions, please go to: http://www.cbsd.org/Page/26952
If you are unable to complete the online verification, please call the Tohickon Guidance office at 267-893-3310.
Haven’t set up your Parent Portal Account?
Go to www.cbsd.org
Click on “Parent Resources”
Click on “Parent Portal Information” in the left column
Select link “Need a Parent Portal Account”
Complete “Parent Portal Online Request Form”. Submit.
Do we have your E-Mail Address?
In an effort to communicate with all of our families in a fast, efficient manner, we are asking parents/guardians to enter their E-mail addresses through the parent portal. Having a contact E-mail address on file will allow us to mass E-mail all of our Tohickon families at once regarding urgent news and information. Not only will the information reach you faster than through the traditional mail service, but we will also save considerably on paper and postage costs.
How to add or update your E-Mail address?
Log on to the Parent Portal
Choose option to “Change Contact Info”
Enter E-Mail address in field and SAVE
Thank you for helping us improve our communication with our families!
Tohickon's Annual Winter Coat Drive will be held November 1st through December 21st. Please bring jackets or coats in any size and drop them off near the Library. Thank you!