Terrace Middle School Newsletter

November 2017 • Volume Two, Edition 3

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November Dates to Remember

Happy November to all of our TMS students and their families. Please make note of the following days that school will NOT be in session in November:

  • Friday, November 10 - Veterans Day
  • Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24, 2017 - Thanksgiving Break
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DC Club Parent Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 6:30pm

Room 11

The December DC Club meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, December 6th. As always, please contact the club's advisors for additional questions:

M. Forsyth - mforsyth@lakeport.k12.ca.us

J. Montgomery - jmontgomery@lakeport.k12.ca.us

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(Annoying) Robo Calls

We. Are. Sorry. For. The. Strange. Calls. You. Have. Been. Receiving.

Actually, in all seriousness, we are apologetic for inundating you with repeated information in the form of phone calls, emails, and text messages. We'd like to share with you that the manner in which you receive communication from the school is completely determined by you. To change how you receive communication from the school, please click the following link - https://lakeportusd.asp.aeries.net/ - and follow these outlined steps:

1) Log into the Parent/Student Portal using your email address. If you don't remember your password, click "Forgot Password," then check your email and enter the code you're given. Only YOU can reset your password. The LUSD schools cannot.

2) Choose the Communications tab, the second tab at the top-left of the page.

3) When you are brought to the next page, choose the round icon at the top left - it will display the initials of your first and last name; for example, Todd Smith would read TS.

4) When you click on this circle, you will be taken to yet another page. On this page, choose Notifications.

5) You've finally arrived at the place to make changes to how you receive communication from the school!

  • If you ONLY want to receive texts, uncheck all boxes EXCEPT for the SMS option.
  • If you want only emails, uncheck all boxes EXCEPT for the email option.
  • If you don't want any robo calls, uncheck the call options.

As always, please feel welcome to call the school for assistance. Our office hours are 7:30 am to 4:15 pm and we are happy to be of assistance.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Clear Lake High School Sober Grad Committee is hosting this year's Talent Show in the MAC on Wednesday, November 15th beginning at 6 pm. Although only a handful of the TMS students who auditioned for the November show made the list of performances, the Sober Grad Committee would like to help coordinate a second Talent Show on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Please stay tuned for information about auditions for the winter show.
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Attendance and Absenteeism

Every absence - excused or unexcused - is a lost learning opportunity that can have a significant impact on a student's success in school...and in life. A student who misses 10 percent or more of their school days - 18 or more days in a school year - is considered chronically absent. Chronically absent students are more likely to fall behind in reading and math, and are less likely to graduate from high school.

While we strongly believe that students should be in attendance every day that school is in session, our school nurses recommend that students are not sent to school under the following circumstances: active vomiting/diarrhea; running a fever; active head lice; and the presence of a contagious disease. PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER THE IMPORTANCE OF BASIC HAND-WASHING.

Finally, please understand that teachers are amenable to homework requests, but only after a student has been absent for three days. Compiling necessary materials, and making copies of assignments is extremely time consuming and, unfortunately, these requested materials are often times never retrieved from the office.

November PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 28th, 7pm

TMS Library (formerly Room 202 at the Upper Campus)

Yearbook Presales

The TMS Leadership Class is already hard at work meeting deadlines for the 2017-18 Yearbook. Pre-ordered Yearbooks are $35, and they go up to $40 for day-of sales. Just click on the website below, and enter our school code: 16476.
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Local County Offices of Education Offer "Be A Teacher" Intern Program

Do you have a Bachelor's Degree and have an interest in becoming a teacher? The Mendocino and Lake County Offices of Education have joined forces to be able to offer the "Be A Teacher" Intern Program. Please make note of the dates of upcoming informational sessions where potential candidates can learn more.

  • Thursday, November 2nd from 4-6 at MCOE in Ukiah
  • Thursday, November 9 from 10-12 at MCOE in Ukiah
  • Monday, November 13 from 4-6 at Fort Bragg High School in Fort Bragg
  • Tuesday, November 14th from 4-6 at LCOE in Lakeport
  • Wednesday, November 15th from 10-12 at LCOE in Lakeport

Interested individuals can register for an Informational Session online by contacting Jamie Buckner-Bridges via phone at (707) 467-5117, or via email at jbb@mcoe.us.

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November and December Student of the Month Assemblies Combined (12/8/17)

As a result of one full week of vacation in November, and only three weeks of school in December, we have elected to combine the November and December Student of the Month Assemblies into one assembly on Friday, December 8th. There will be two students of the month from each 4/5/6 classroom, and two male and two female students in grades 7/8 who will be honored at this combined assembly. Please mark your calendars now for this date. Thank you!

Nerd Cave Visits TMS

The owners of Lakeport's Nerd Cave, Tony and Jeremy, will be on the TMS campus during all three lunch periods on Friday, November 9th to play games with students and share their love for all things nerdy that don't have to be plugged in. Beginning Monday, October 30th, The Nerd Cave is located on Third Street, across from the Lakeport Museum, and is open seven days a week from 12:30 to 8 pm. Come and check them out!