TSHS Cougar News
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A Message from Ms. Pearl
Welcome students and families. We are off to a great start and students are acclimating to the daily routines of school. We are asking students to make sure they show their Cougar Pride by being Prepared, Respectful, Involved, Diligent and Eco-Friendly.
We need students to monitor their transition time between classes. Students, you only have 4 minutes between classes before you are marked tardy. We have implemented our tardy policy, in which continued tardies to class will result in student consequences.
This is a reminder that you are not allowed to enter a classroom with backpacks or large bags. Students, you must use their locker. If you have a locker issue, please be sure to use the QR code, which is posted in numerous locations throughout the building.
Dress Code Policy
This year, the dress code policy has been updated. The intention of the dress code was to allow for students to be responsible for their attire and grooming, however some of our females have worn crop tops, excessively short, just barely covering undergarments. Please refer the dress code policy, in this years' Code of Conduct, and wear items appropriate and suitable for the school setting.
Submit all attendance notes via email or in-person to Ms. Mallum within three days of the absence. There is an attendance box located outside of the attendance office window for your convenience. Ms. Mallum is unable to accept attendance emails or phone calls from students. The school day starts at 7:30am, however late arriving students must check in with the attendance office, after 7:45am. This is still an unexcused tardy, unless the student has a note from a parent, guardian or physician.
Only a parent/legal guardian may sign a student out for early dismissal. The cutoff time for early dismissal is 2:00 PM. Please send all attendance correspondence either directly from your email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call TSHS at 301-753-1756 if you have questions. All information concerning the county’s policies on absences is found on pg. 6 of the CCBOE Parent/Student Handbook
All students at Thomas Stone High School are receiving free breakfast and lunch this school year. However, students can receive additional benefits from the Free and Reduced Meal application, such as fee waivers for ACT, SAT, and College Application fees. Upperclassman will need to complete a Free and Reduced Melas Application online, to receive these benefits. The online application can be found on the CCBOE homepage. https://www.myschoolapps.com/
PTSO Applications were sent home during the first week of school. If you did not receive one, feel free to stop by or call the main office to retrieve one. Applications are also available during all scheduled meetings. Please complete the application form and return, with payment of $10, to the main office. The next meeting will be held October 17th, 5:30 - 6:00pm.
Underclass Picture Day
School portraits, for grades 9 - 11, was held on Tuesday, Sept 18th and 19th during the school day. If your child missed "Picture Day", we ask that your child take their pictures on November, 13th, "Picture Re-Take Day". Pictures are used for the school yearbook and Student ID's. Please save the date and mark your calendars. Portrait package information will be available closer to the day. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. McClelland, our Yearbook Advisor, by email at email@example.com.
Today, the American College Application Campaign is kicking off its #WhyApply Campaign. At Stone we continually show our support by posting college information, talking about our college experiences, wearing our college gear and sharing why we believe students should apply to college and/or why we applied to college.
Charles County Fair
Please join us in congratulating our art students from Thomas Stone HS who were chosen to display their artwork at the Charles County Fair this year. We had outstanding entries and out of a possible 24 prizes, our artists won 7! We are always excited to share our students’ talents with the community.
Students, please note that devices need regular updating to ensure that all software continues to work and to receive the latest security patches from Microsoft. Please check for Windows updates every Tuesday evening (or as soon after as possible). This can prevent many problems, especially during testing sessions.
For new and incoming 9th grade students, you should have received your laptop during the second week of school. If you have not received your laptop as of yet, or you have any issues with your laptop, please submit a ticket to Mr. Richardson by clicking the link provided https://askccps.ccboe.com/open.php. If your student will be leaving TSHS, you will need to return your CCPS issued laptop and charger prior to being withdrawn.
Dates to Remember
September 22 - Homecoming Game vs Leonardtown High School, Kickoff 7pm
September 22 - Kickoff of the #WHYAPPLY Initiative of the American Application Campaign
September 23 - First day of Autumn
September 23 - Thomas Stone's Homecoming Dance
September 25 - Yom Kippur
September 27 - Two-hour Early Dismissal for Students
October 2 - Interim Reports posted
October 3 - College Fair, North Point HS, 6-8pm
October 7 - SAT
October 9 - Columbus Day
October 9 - Indigenous Peoples Day
October 18 - CCPS Unity Day (wear orange)