TKMS Parent News

April 16, 2021

Parent and Student Reminders:

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.


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:

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.

Reading Month Power Class Winners!

Each of the winning power classes received donuts from Sprinkles. Congratulations!

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.

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).

Attention 7th grade parents! *Important Scheduling information below.

Attention seventh-grade parents:

Now that Spring has arrived, we are beginning our planning and scheduling process for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students who are approaching their eighth-grade year have some class scheduling decisions to make now; these decisions will affect your student both next year and in high school.

Decision 1 - World Language: As a high school graduation requirement, students must complete either two years of a world language or one year of a world language supplemented with four visual and performing arts credits. TKMS offers Spanish I and French I to allow more flexibility in your child’s high school schedule. If your child is a band and/or choir student, click here as students who opt to take a world language and band and/or choir will have a scheduling conflict.

Decision 2 - Health: Health is a high school graduation requirement that is offered at TKMS. Eighth-grade students are automatically enrolled in health class. However, if your child has a scheduling conflict because of band/choir/world language class, there are other times that your child can fulfill that credit: high school, during the summer (independently online), or by attempting to test out.

On April 22nd, I will be meeting with students during math classes to discuss these scheduling options. During this time, students will complete a form to choose which world language they plan to take and when they plan to take that. Please talk to your student in advance of that meeting to help them make these decisions. I will send a follow up email to parents with what their student chose.

If you have questions, please contact the Middle School Student Services Office at 269-795-5475 or email TKMS Counselor, Steve Guikema, at

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 (April 12-16)

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. Thaler!

He has an uplifting spirit and always helps when you need it! Mr. Thaler is such a nice person that makes learning math fun. He is such a funny guy and students love to be in his class!

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

Staff Member of the Week (April 19-23)

We are very excited to announce our next Staff Member of the Week nomination! Remember, these are always submitted by our students! Congratulations to our amazing librarians Mrs. Neff and Mrs. Knowles!

They are such amazing, nice people! Mrs. Neff and Mrs. Knowles work so hard to keep it possible for us to get library books in a safe way even in this crazy year! They are always so kind and willing to help and even hang out at lunches!

Thank you Mrs. Neff and Mrs. Knowles 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.