Teeland Middle School

September 2021

Letter from the Principal

Dear Teeland Families:

It is wonderful to be back at school with your students again! TMS staff are working hard to build personal connections and make sure that your students are getting the academic courses and supports that they need. We are finishing up MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing this week, and our math teachers will soon be doing diagnostic math testing with the new math curriculum. Our new Spanish and Home Ec. programs are off to a great start, and our preschool students started school last week. We have a lot to be thankful for as we continue to navigate this challenging time.

One of my priorities, as an administrator, is to communicate accurate information to our school community. TMS has had 27 positive COVID-19 cases reported to our school nurse since the school year began. We are currently operating in the “Medium” Risk zone. Our students and staff are required to wear masks until our active cases are reduced. We also have many students out of school for health-related concerns that may, or may not be, related to COVID-19. Yesterday approximately 25% of our students were absent. Thank you for your continued support as we follow district guidelines and work to keep school open.

TMS is currently the largest in-person middle school in the district. We have 797 students currently enrolled. Our hallways feel very different than last year when we had 650 students in school and 100 students in our At-Home Learning Program. Our students are doing a great job adjusting to this change and many students are successfully transitioning back after being home schooled last year. Children are amazingly adaptable! When parents and school staff work together, our kids will succeed.

As we move forward our staff will be using the data gathered from the assessments previously mentioned, to make sure that your student is correctly placed. This means that your student may have a schedule change. If this is the case, your student’s counselor will reach out to you to let you know the recommended changes. Feel free to call me directly with any questions or concerns.

Tomorrow is the first Cross-Country Meet of the season. It will be held at Redington Jr/Sr High, at 3:00. Please join us in cheering on our team as they STRIVE to do their best!

Important Dates

  • September 6 - Holiday, Labor Day
  • September 23 - Basketball Begins
  • September 27 - Picture Retakes
  • October 1 - PD Day, No School For Students
  • October 4 - Guitar Club Begins
  • October 15 - Quarter 1 Ends

Student Drop Off

Parents, please remember when you drop off your students, you must use the drop off loop. Students should exit the vehicle on the curb of the sidewalk. Exiting on the traffic side is a safety hazard.

Cross Country Meets!

September 2 @ Redington Jr./Sr. High School

September 9 @ Colony High

September 15 @ Colony High


Championship Meet September 22 @ Redington Jr./Sr. High School

7th & 8th Grade Basketball

7th and 8th-grade Basketball begins on September 23rd. Students need to have a physical and be signed up in Planet HS BEFORE the first day of practice. Payments are made in the office or on SchoolPay. Students can talk to Mr. Kroon or Mr. Shea if there are any questions.”

Guitar Club

Learn to play the guitar!

The first meeting is Monday, Oct. 4 in Mr. Wessling’s room, B211. $15 fee to sign up.

Grab an application from the front office, or sign up online through “School Pay.” Guitar Club meets every Monday and is limited to 30 students.

SchoolPay

SchoolPay is integrated with ParentVUE. Here’s how it works:


  1. Login to your ParentVUE account and select "Fee" on the left side menu.
  2. Click on the "Pay Fees" button at the top of the page.
  3. You will be redirected to the SchoolPay website where you can select your items and pay fees electronically with a credit/debit card or electronic check.

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.

School Breakfast and Lunches are Free!

Nutrition Services will provide FREE breakfast and lunch at school for all students for the 2021-2022 school year! *This does not include ala carte items.


We are asking all families to apply/renew their Free and Reduced Lunch applications.

Every application helps fund our school. Thank you!


Free and Reduced applications must be submitted and approved for families to qualify for a 50% reduction in athletic fees. You can access the application HERE.

Home Economics is Looking for Canning Jars

If you have canning jars with lids that you would like to donate, please send them to Mrs. Johnson in room B100. Thank you!

TMS Preschool Program

Teeland Middle School now offers services to children

ages 3-5 years of age. The program provides early

education to children with educational and physical needs.


Does your child struggle with any of the following:


● Speech and language development

● Pre-academic skills (colors, shapes, matching, sorting, size

order, beginning counting, etc.)

● Gross and fine motor skills (independent sitting, walking,

running, grasping, drawing, etc.)

● Vision

● Hearing

● Social/Emotional development


Does your child qualify?


Your child will be required to attend Childfind, which is a team that

screens children. Anyone living within the MSBSD who has a

concern about his or her child’s development is urged to take

advantage of this service.

School Year 2021-2022 Dates: Held at District Office

September 13, November 1, January 10, February 14, March 21, April 11.


You must fill out the Childfind form to request a Childfind screening

https://www.matsuk12.us//cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=1391

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COVID Information from Nurse Klatt

Information about testing, positive or pending tests, and what to do if you need to quarantine.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic.


To learn more about the program or to become a partner visit www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

If you have questions about any of the materials below please contact broadbandbenefit@fcc.gov.