Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

April 12, 2019

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What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Tamanend Knows...

Congratulations to 8th Graders Ksneia Semenoykh. , Ryan Dobson, Yana Buelens, and Namarata Sureddy for winning Most Creative Video in the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Philly Region Video Contest. This group worked for three months on videoing and editing footage from ABB, Inc of Warminster. They competed against 24 other schools and was one of nine schools that were recognized as award winners. This contest gives students the opportunity to explore careers in manufacturing and see what manufacturing is all about. Thank you to all who watched and voted for the video in the viewer’s choice competition.

Reminder--PSSA Testing Dates--April 16, 17, 30 & May 2

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams will be administered on April 16, April 17, April 30, and May 2. This link to the Tamanend website has further information for your reference.

Reminder From Parent Council--Help Make Teacher Appreciation Week Special

Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated May 6th-10th. We plan to honor all Tamanend teachers and staff members on Monday, May 6th with the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.

If you would like to contribute a food or dessert item for the luncheon, kindly use the sign up genius form to note your donation. Parent volunteers are needed to assist with set-up, serving, and clean-up of the luncheon.

Parent Council will be surprising staff Tuesday thru Friday (May 7-10) with daily drawings for treats and goodies. We are collecting items for the daily drawings. Please drop off to the main office any item you would like to donate for this fun event (small gift cards, bagged candies, treats, coffees, teas, flowers). We ask that all donations be turned in by Friday, April 26th.

Thank you for helping to make Teacher Appreciation Week fun for the Tamanend staff!


The Diary of Anne Frank

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The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Educational Center presents The Diary of Anne Frank: A One-Act Adaptation of the original play. Join us May 15 at 7:00 PM at Tamanend for this special event. Free to the CB Community. Funded by an Innovative Learning Grant from CB Cares.

Tamanend Students Are Reading Olympians!

What a great time we had celebrating reading at the Reading Olympics competition Tuesday night! All five of our teams did an outstanding job! Thank to all of the Tamanend staff that came out to support our readers!

Athletic Department News


  • Good luck to all Spring teams as they begin their league seasons.
  • Congratulations to the 8th Grade Girls Soccer team for getting off to a great start with two wins in their first two games this week!
  • 7th Graders interested in playing football at Tamanend…you and your parents should plan to attend an informational meeting in Tamanend’s Cafeteria on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00. You will receive information about the football program, as well as details on voluntary workouts at the end of May/beginning of June and again in August. Tamanend’s coaches hope to see you there!


  • CB South Girls Volleyball open gyms are held Wednesdays in the Aux Gym from 7:00 to 9:00.
  • BOYS SOCCER: Parent/Player meeting on Tuesday April 16 at 6:00pm at CB South in the Forum Room. This is for any boy who will be in Grades 9-12 next school year wishing to try out for the team this fall.
  • CB South Boys Basketball open gyms will be held Mondays 6:30-8:00 and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30, beginning April 11.
  • All open gyms are weather dependent. Announcements will be made for cancellations.

This Week's Athletic Schedule

Monday, 4/15

  • 7th Grade Girls Soccer vs. Tohickon (Home)
  • 7th Grade Softball vs. Lenape (Home)
  • 7th Grade Baseball vs. Lenape (Home)
  • Girls lLcrosse vs. Tohickon (Home)
  • Boys Lacrosse @ Tohickon (Away)
  • Varsity Track @ Unami (Away)

Tuesday, 4/16

  • No games

Wednesday, 4/17

  • 7th Grade Softball vs. Holicong (Home)
  • 7th Grade Baseball vs. Holicong (Home)
  • JV Track @ Tohickon (Away)

Thursday, 4/18

  • No school for students

Friday, 4/19

  • No school

This Week's Teen Talk

What is Teen Talk? Each week, we will include a resource in our newsletter designed to promote conversations between parents and children regarding important issues related to teenagers. We hope that these resources serve to help parents and students navigate the excitement and challenges associated with the teenage years. In addition, we will highlight topics that we are discussing in Advisory and in presentations so that you may continue the conversation at home with your teen.

This Week's Teen Talk Topic: Promoting Reading for Pleasure

Click here for an article by Common Sense Media with tips for encouraging your teen to read for pleasure.

Congratulations, Jazz Band!

Congratulations to the Jazz Band for another successful outing this past Friday evening. The Jazz Band wrapped up their competition season at the Indian Valley Middle School Jazz Festival in the Souderton School district. The Jazz Band confidently played a spectacular performance and received their best marks to date from the judges being awarded with their third first-place superior rating of the season. The trombone section was awarded with the "outstanding trombone section" award for the night, and vibes soloist Joe S. was awarded with a medal for his spectacular improvisational solo. Great job Jazz Band! Now the Jazz Band will be gearing up for the Dorney Park Adjudication later in May. Good Luck!

Gold'n'Blues Performs with Accent

On Monday, April 8th, Gold’n’Blues was one of five vocal groups from local schools offered the opportunity to work with the professional jazz vocal group Accent. During the event at Council Rock South High School, each group performed and received feedback from Accent. Gold’n’Blues performed their a cappella jazz rendition of “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin and received some great constructive feedback to help take their performance to the next level.

Reminder--Join Us for the Central Bucks A Capella Festival--April 27 at Tamanend

The 10th Annual Central Bucks A Cappella Festival will be held at Tamanend on Saturday April 27th. Throughout the day, Chieftain Chorus students and members of other select choral ensembles throughout CB will have the opportunity to work with two amazing guest artists. The House Jacks will be back for the 6th time – their powerful brand of a cappella matches their reputation as a ‘rock band without instruments.’ You’ll love their high-energy performance from start to finish. Also visiting this year is the ‘Father of Contemporary A Cappella’ himself – Deke Sharon. As the music producer of all three Pitch Perfect movies, multiple seasons of the Sing Off, the touring acts Vocalosity and DCappella, and more, Deke brings his passion for a cappella to CB as a clinician and guest performer at the evening concert. If you are interested in attending the concert (7pm, 4/27 at Tamanend), please visit the CB A Cappella Festival Website for more information and the ticket link.

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Reminder--STEAM Saturdays

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Reminder--Support CB South's First Annual Color Run!

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Reminder--Please Consider Supporting the Tamanend Blood Drive--April 18

Please consider giving blood! Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Drive Details:
Site: Tamanend Middle School
Room Name: Cafeteria
Date: Thursday Apr 18, 2019
Time: 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Coordinator Name: Amanda Higgins
Click here to make an appointment or email ahiggins@cbsd.org

Reminder--Communicating Absences

You may report your child's absence in any of the following ways:

Upcoming Events at a Glance

Blood Drive--Thursday, April 18 2:00--7:00 PM

No School for Students--Thursday, April 18

Holiday--Friday, April 19

7th & 8th Grade PSSA Testing for English Language Arts--Tuesday, April 16 & Wednesday, April 17

7th & 8th Grade PSSA Testing for Math--Tuesday, April 30

8th Grade PSSA Testing for Science--Thursday, May 2

Reminder--Change to School District Calendar

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Tamanend Student Impresses Judges at Delaware Valley Science Fair

Congratulations to Klement Swartz who placed 3rd in Botany for 8th grade this past Wednesday at the Delaware Valley Science Fair, one of the premier STEM competitions in the Northeastern United States, representing the entire state of Delaware, the lower-half of New Jersey, and all of Southeastern Pennsylvania. With his placing, Klement also qualified for a nomination for the BroadCom MASTERS competition.

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Reminder--Order Your Copy of the Tamanend Yearbook!

Click here to order your copy of this year's Tamanend yearbook. The cost is $40.

Reminder--Relay for Life 2019 Update

Student registration for Relay for Life is now closed. Thank you for the strong response for a great Relay 2019!

Team captains are currently working on chaperone schedules. Each team must have at least two parents/guardians present at all times during the entire Relay event on Saturday, May 18. Students should coordinate times with their parents and team captain. Final chaperone schedules are due Tuesday, April 23.

Once chaperone schedules are complete, chaperones will need to register online. Please wait until all chaperone timeslots are finalized to register.

All chaperones must attend one of the informational chaperone meetings. Chaperones may attend on either April 23 or 24 at 7 pm at Tohickon.

Mrs. Higgins, Mrs. Corsino, Mrs. Mars

Reminder--Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) has been established in schools throughout Pennsylvania. SAP Programs provide schools with the means to identify, refer, and support students who are exhibiting behavioral, academic, or attendance issues that put them at risk. Tamanend has a team of dedicated school personnel who are trained to assist students, faculty and family members in identifying problems that impact the student’s ability to function in school. The team can also offer students and their families resources to assist them in alleviating these problems. For more information about the SAP Program, please click here. To complete a SAP referral form for a Tamanend student, please click here.

Reminder--The Next Meeting of the Tamanend Parent Book Club is May 13

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we will be reading Raising Kids to Thrive (2015) by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD. The book describes "the Lighthouse Parenting Strategy" in which parents balance unconditional love and high expectations with the goal of raising resilient and happy children. This book club will follow a "no-pressure" format in which the facilitator will present a summary of the chapter and open the floor for discussion. We will share resources and ideas with the goal of helping the entire Tamanend parent community navigate the challenges of raising adolescents.

Meetings are held at 6:30 in the Tamanend Library

Click here for further information, dates, and book information.

Please email Dr. Brian Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org if you are interested in participating.

Reminder--Help with Resources

If you are experiencing a financial hardship, please know that the staff members listed below can help you and your family. We can provide assistance with food, clothing, student fees, internet access, and other issues. Please don't hesitate to contact us:

Brian Caughie, Principal bcaughie@cbsd.org

Kyle Dudley, Assistant Principal kdudley@cbsd.org

Lauren Myrtetus, Certified School Nurse lmyrtetus@cbsd.org

Jeff Klein, Guidance Counselor jklein@cbsd.org

Mandy Cammann, Guidance Counselor mcammann@cbsd.org

Reminder--FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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Reminder--Grandfamilies Support Group

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Reminder--Housing Information

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Parent Positive Event--Don't Stall, Just Call

Join Us for Our Upcoming Parent Positive Event
April 25, 2019 | 7 pm
Lenape Middle School
featuring Mary Ciammetti, Founder of Don’t Stall, Just Call

Don’t Stall, Just Call is an alcohol poisoning education program for university, college, and high school students and their families. The program aims to educate parents and students of all ages about the effects of alcohol on the body and teaches how to recognize alcohol poisoning, get immediate help and understand medical amnesty. Both high school students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend with the prom season, senior week and college campus life right around the corner for so many students and parents.

Babysitting Available
Babysitting is available for children five and older and will be provided by CB High School National Honor Society and Key Club students. Drop-off for babysitting will begin at 6:30 pm and pick-up will immediately follow the program.

Registration is required for babysitting. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dont-stall-just-call-parent-positive-registration-59329295520

Nominate a Tamanend Student for April's Boomerang Award!

Nominations for the April Boomerang Asset are due by Monday, 4/29. The Asset for April is Asset #25: Reading for Pleasure: Young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends. Please submit your nomination through this link.
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Parent Council

Thursday, May 16th, 9am

1492 Stuckert Road

Warrington, PA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Please Consider Volunteering at Tamanend Middle School

We value and appreciate parent participation and involvement at Tamanend Middle School. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for parents. Please click on the link to the Sign Up Genius for a complete listing of volunteer opportunities. The access code is TMS

Reminder--Volunteer Required Paperwork

Pennsylvania law requires all persons having direct contact with school children to obtain background checks and clearances. If you are planning on being in a Central Bucks school during the 2018-2019 school year for any reason, you will need to go to Volunteer Required Paperwork, and complete what is needed to obtain your Photo Volunteer ID Card. You will need that ID Card and a photo ID to enter a CB school.

Reminder--Support Tamanend While You Shop

If you use the following vendors, please think about supporting TMS while you shop:

  • Giant Food Store has an A+ School Rewards program through their clip-less coupon card that gives money to the school you designate every time you shop. Use this link to select Tamanend as your A+ school after August 15th of the new school year.
  • Clip and send in Box Tops to the attention of NJHS.

Share Good News About Tamanend Students

Tamanend students accomplish amazing things and make a difference in our community. Share your story about the accomplishments and good work of a Tamanend student with Dr. Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org so that he may highlight this good news in an upcoming edition of Tamanend Connections.
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Ways to Stay Connected with Tamanend

Here is a list of ways Tamanend communicates with students, families, and the community:

  • Tamanend website: includes important information, resources, calendar of school events, and daily announcements
  • Calendar of school events (posted on our website)
  • Daily announcements (scrolling on TV screens during school day and posted on our website)
  • TV show (weekly, during Advisory period)
  • Email blasts from Tamanend administration regarding important news, new procedures, and reminders
  • Parent Portal: student information, grades, and attendance
  • Tamanend Connections newsletter: useful information, important reminders, and school highlights emailed weekly during school year and posted on Tamanend website
  • Twitter: @CBTamanendMS highlights of activities, events, and daily life at Tamanend
  • CBSD app: highlights of activities, events, and daily life in Central Bucks

Para nuestras familias hispanohablantes...

¡Bienvenidos a Tamanend! Yo soy Brian Caughie, Director de Tamanend Middle School. Soy hispanohablante. Pasé mucho de mi vida en España. Estoy aquí para apoyarles a todos los estudiantes y familias en Tamanend. Favor de llamarme or escribirme (en inglés o en español) si Ud. tiene cualquier duda o pregunta.

Correo electrónico: bcaughie@cbsd.org

Oficina: (267) 893-2900

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