TKMS Parent News

April 23, 2021

Instructional Survey from Central Office

In anticipation of the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, Thornapple Kellogg would like input from our school community regarding which instructional platform they would prefer their child(ren) to participate in. This survey will be useful in our planning for next year. Please complete this survey by Friday, April 30, 2021. Please follow this link to complete the survey. Thank you.

Parent and Student Reminders:

Any student who is quarantined during M-STEP, MAP or PSAT will have the opportunity to make up these assessments at a later date.


New (as of April 5) Close Contact Guidelines per Barry-Eaton County Health Department:


  • Close contacts are considered someone within 6 feet of the COVID Positive person for 15 minutes or longer.
  • Close contacts are required to quarantine for 14 days instead of 10 days.



COVID-19 Reminders:

Per the COVID form signed at the beginning of the school year or upon enrollment students may not attend school if they have the one or more of the following:


  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline).
  • Sore throat
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.
  • In the past 14 days has your child had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19?


If a member of your household is being tested for COVID, please remember to keep your student home while awaiting the test results.


Attendance:

Please remember to contact the attendance office to report any student absences. Phone calls can be made after hours as well. Phone: 269-795-3349 Email: dkenyon@tkschools.org


Student Reminders:

  • Clean all fabric masks.
  • Wash all backpacks
  • Clean out backpacks (We had backpack clean outs before Spring Break but...maybe more can be thrown out.)
  • Charge computers daily!
  • Bring computers to school each day!



Please click HERE for Family Emergency Resources.

Order your TKMS Yearbook NOW!

Click HERE for the Yearbook order form. Printed forms can be found on the table outside of the main office.


Place your order in the Middle School Office today for a soft bound in color yearbook for the 2020-2021 School Year.


Yearbooks will be available during Registration in August of 2021.


$22 per book if ordered by April 30.

$25 if ordered after May 3-May 28.


No orders will be accepted after May 28 at the end of the school day (2:20 pm).

Poetry Contest

It's April already! Poetry is in the air. Participate in April’s ‘read poetry’ challenge. We have a collection of poetry books-click here that are calling your name or you may have some at home.


1. Read some poetry.


2. Fill out this form-link here. Please use complete sentences. Submit to be entered into a monthly drawing which will be held at the end of the month.


“Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing.”

--James Tate


Please see Mrs. Neff or Mrs. Knowles with questions.

Testing Calendar for TKMS

Although the question of state testing is still being determined, we have put together our Spring Testing schedule for the Middle School. Please pay close attention to the schedules below as they do include PSAT 8, MAP testing and M-STEP. If any tests are cancelled, for some reason, we will let you know.


Please let us know if you have any questions.


Middle School Spring Testing Schedule 2021 (In Seat Students)


TKVS 6th grade Spring Testing Schedule 2021


TKVS 7th grade Spring Testing Schedule 2021


TKVS 8th grade Spring Testing Schedule 2021

***Important Schools of Choice Information ***

Thornapple Kellogg's School of Choice window will be April 12 - May 14, 2021. In order to help with our planning for the number of application openings to post, we are asking for your assistance. If your family is currently a School of Choice family and has an upcoming Young 5 or Kindergarten student (or other unenrolled grade level sibling) who needs to apply for School of Choice, please contact the administration office with your child's information, 269-795-5522. The student will still need to apply during the window, but sharing your information will be helpful in the planning.


Reminder: If you have recently moved out of the TK school boundaries or are a current SOC family with another child wishing to enroll with TK, please make sure that you apply for Schools of Choice prior to May 14, 2021. The applications may be found on our website or at our administration office. If the deadline is missed, your child might not be able to attend TK schools. If you have any questions,

please call 269-795-5522.

Staff Member of the Week

We are very excited to announce our next Staff Member of the Week nomination! Remember, these are always submitted by our students! Congratulations to Mr. Williamson!


He is described as very nice, relaxed, helpful and cool! Mr. Williamson is always fair to all students and an encouraging teacher. He is super likable and students love to be in his class. Mr. Williamson is just AWESOME!


Thank you Mr. Williamson for being an amazing part of our TKMS family!

8th grade Virtual Parents

Please click HERE for important information regarding Spring Testing. There is a form we need to have completed, by parents, as soon as possible.

TKMS Virtual Testing Summary

Please click HERE for a summary of TKVS Testing information.

Summer Programs

High School and Middle School AI + Social Good Programs by Stanford PhD Students

Inspirit AI offers live online (25 hours) enrichment programs that expose high school students (Grades 9-12) and middle school students (Grades 5-8) to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts and the opportunity to build socially impactful projects in areas including art, journalism, education, and more. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1. Students of all backgrounds may apply here for our high school program and apply here for our middle school programs by April 30th. For detailed course information, check out our high school website and brochure or our middle school website and flyers. Please contact Aidan Goltra at arg2198@columbia.edu with any questions.

TK Football Lifting Program

TK Football will begin its Spring lifting program next week. Please read the information below for details:


Who? TK football players in grades 6-8 NOT in a spring sport.


When? Meet at the TKMS Fitness Center

2:30-4 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays


Coaches? Zack Burrill and Craig Stolsonburg will be overseeing the lifting program


Questions? Contact Jeff Dock- jdock@tkschools.org

TK Athletic Boosters Golf Outing!

Here is the information for the 2021 TK Athletic Boosters Golf Outing! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 22nd. The TKAB will take over the Yankee Springs Golf Course and Blue Wagyu Restaurant for a fun day of golf and friendship!


New this year, digital sign-up and online payment!! - https://bit.ly/3avXb4U


Become a golf outing sponsor!!! There are plenty of options to help support the TKAB and the TK Trojan student-athletes they serve! Sign-up here!! - https://bit.ly/3nbFHjx


TK Athletic Boosters event proceeds support TK Athletics with the purchase of athletic uniforms and additional equipment for TK Athletic programs.


We look forward to a great day at Yankee Springs Golf Course. If you have any questions, contact asmith@tkschools.org


Thank you for your support of TK Athletics!!