Teeland Middle School

October 2021

Letter from the Principal

10-1-21


Dear Teeland Families:


Our students have two more weeks until the end of the quarter and this year is moving fast! Many students have had to be at home due to personal illness, or illness in their families, and this has had a big impact on attendance. We will work with families individually to do our best to support our students that have had to be out due to health concerns. Please contact our school nurse, or the counselors, if this is the case with your student(s). TMS will team up with families to develop a plan for success for each student. We also have lunch support Monday-Thursday, and after-school study hall Tuesdays and Thursdays, to help students catch up on schoolwork.


Our case numbers dropped dramatically when we were in the Yellow Zone. As a result, the district’s Health Advisory Team, moved TMS back to the Green Zone last week. This means that currently staff and students are recommended, but not required, to wear masks in school. Many parents have asked me if the “back and forth” on mask wearing will continue all year. The answer is that unless the School District changes their stance and mandates mask wearing, we will more than likely continue to move between zones. With our current district plan, schools will continue to be dependent on case numbers to determine what mitigation measures are in place.


We need support from our families with the massive amount of phone calls to the front office and early pick-ups. We are asking that families make transportation arrangements prior to starting the day at school. If you need to contact the school to change arrangements, please call before1:00pm. After 1:00pm, we cannot guarantee that your student will get the message about a change in busing or pick-up plans. We realize that the bus driver shortages have created transportation issues, and we understand that students will need to leave for various reasons, but we do not have the capacity to handle the large volume of calls and pick-ups happening before the official end of the school day. Please keep your student(s) in school until 2:15 rather than pulling them out a few minutes early.


Parent/Teacher conferences will be scheduled October 28th via zoom, unless an in-person conference is specifically requested. More information will be sent out soon with sign up times and zoom links. Please feel free to reach out to your student’s teachers at any time. Email is the best way to connect, and teachers are happy to answer questions or address concerns. I appreciate hearing from parents as we all work together in STRIVING towards excellence!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Hinds, Principal

907-352-7507

Transportation Information

Parents: The office is overwhelmed with the amount of calls regarding student transportation arrangements. Please make calls to the office, regarding pick-ups or bus riding, prior to 1:00 pm in the afternoon. We cannot guarantee that messages will be delivered to your student after that time in the day.


Bus passes may be emailed to tms@matsuk12.us.


Information regarding bus cancellations is located HERE.

Important Dates

  • October 1 - PD Day, No School For Students
  • October 4 - Guitar Club Begins
  • October 4 - Archery Club Begins
  • October 5 - Robotics Club Begins
  • October 14 - Battle of the Books Begins
  • October 15 - Quarter 1 Ends
  • October 22 - Art Adventures, Halloween Crafts
  • October 28 - Parent Conferences, No School For Students
  • October 29 - PD Day, No School For Students
  • November 11 - PD Day, No School For Students
  • November 15 - 6th Grade Basketball Begins
  • November 25 -26 Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 30 - Chess Club Begins
  • December 7 - Choir & Percussion Concert
  • December 9 - Band Concert
  • December 16 - Semester 1 Ends
  • December 17 - Teacher Work Day, No School For Students
Teeland Middle School Master Calendar

Stay up to date with all of the events happening at TMS!

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Current Free/Reduced Lunch applications expire at the end of this month. Although we have free lunch for all students, we are asking families to complete the F/R Lunch applications. Each application helps with funding for our school. All students who qualify for Migrant Education automatically qualify for F/R lunch.

Staff vs. Student Soccer Game!

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.

Archery Club

Archery is Back! Monday - Friday, 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Coach Netzley. A sports physical is required. Sign up on PlanetHS and pay through SchoolPay. The fee is $15.00.

Battle of the Books

The first Battle of the Books meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 2:25-3:00 in B111. Students can get permission slips from the front office. There is no fee for B.O.B!

October Art Adventures

Art Adventures with Mrs. Reid!

Friday, October 22nd, 2:20 - 4:00 pm. There is a $10 material fee available on SchooPay. Permission slips are in the office.

First Lego Leauge Robotics

First Lego League is a competitive robotic competition for committed students who would like the opportunity to gain lifelong skills in robotics, problem solving, teamwork, and more! Teams will meet on Tuesdays from 2:15 - 3:45. The fee is $60 and may be paid in the office or on SchoolPay. This club is limited to 30 students.

Chess Club

Chess Club starts on November 30th. Practices will be held on Tuesdays. The fee is $15.00 and can be paid in the office or on SchoolPay. This club is limited to 30 students. See Mr. Murray for more details.

Free Little Library

TMS has a Free Little Library in two different locations. One Free Library is outside the library doors inside the building, and the other location is outside the main entrance. Students are welcome to take a book from either of those library bins at any time. The books are free! If students would like to leave a book in the bin to donate, that would be great!

Any families that have age-appropriate books that they are wanting to donate for the bins, please leave the books at the front desk. Reading is highly encouraged at TMS and we want students to have books available to take home any time!

Congratulations to the TMS Cross Country Team!

What a great season! Girls took 1st place in the Championship Meet and Boy took 3rd! Way to go Titans! A big thank you to coaches Knopp, Buchanan, and Zahrt!
What a great season! TMS girls took 1st place in the Championship Meet and the boys took 3rd! Way to go, Titans! A big thank you to coaches Knopp, Buchanan, and Zahrt!

National Junior Honor Society

Congratulations to our new NJHS officers:


President: Calvin Tucker

Vice President: Madison Mead

Secretary: Ryan Wood

Record Keeper: LeeAnn Elliott

Historian: Paige Midgett

Home Economics is in Search of...

Gently used LIFE board games that you no longer use. We would love to have them in the Home Ec room. We are also looking for felt squares or yards of fabric you are not using for our sewing units. Thank you so much! ~Mrs. Johnson

Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is filling up fast! If your student is missing items, please have them check for them in the Cafetorium.

Student Drop Off

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

Lunch Monitor Needed

Teeland is currently looking for a lunch monitor to join our team! Our monitors work 2 hours a day from 10:15 - 12:15 pm. This is a great way to become involved with your child's school and get your foot in the door working for the Mat-Su School District!

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.

COVID Information from Nurse Klatt

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

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.
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