Tohickon Middle School

The Digital View

A Winning Hand is Alcohol-Free

CB Cares Educational Foundation received a grant from the PA Liquor Control Board to create and communicate a message about "Zero" tolerance for underage drinking in our community. In response to this, they asked middle school students to create a poster showing that a "A Winning Hand is Alcohol-Free," Central Bucks Plays It Straight!

Seven Tohickon students put their artistic talents to the test by creating a poster for the contest. Thank you to Julia Feingold, Jessica Miller, Alison Kelly, Ryan Carbone, Dianna Klyuchnik, Kalen Smith and Amanda Young for doing such a fabulous job in designing a "Winning Hand" for Tohickon. All six posters were well planned and executed but we could only choose one to represent Tohickon. After much deliberation, Julia Feingold’s poster was chosen to represent Tohickon. Congratulations Julia! Julia’s poster will be featured in a CB Cares message campaign throughout the community. Tohickon Middle School is proud of all seven participants.

Boomerang youth award

CB Cares has been involved in promoting 40 Developmental Assets in our local schools through programs and training, with the goal of fostering positive behaviors and values in our community’s youth. This youth recognition award was created to recognize students in the Central Bucks School District for living by one of the 40 Assets, designated monthly. The 40 Developmental Assets are positive experiences, behaviors, and personal qualities that all youth need to possess, in order to be responsible, caring, and strong in the face of peer pressures and other life challenges.

February’s Asset: #22 School Engagement. Young person is actively engaged in educational activities inside and/or outside of school. They take learning a step further and by their actions and enthusiasm serve as a role model to others.

Congratulations to J.R. Eisold! He was chosen as Tohickon’s representative for CB Cares February’s asset. He was also chosen as the Central Bucks School District recipient. Way to go J.R.!

Thoroughly modern millie, jr.

Congratulations to the students and staff who took part in our school musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. this past weekend. Based on the 1967 film of the same name, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. tells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim in 1922, when women were just entering the workforce. Millie soon begins to take delight in the flapper lifestyle, but problems arise when she checks into a hotel owned by Mrs. Meers, the leader of a white slavery ring in China. Mrs. Meers, an actress turned evil kidnaps pretty unsuspecting orphan girls and ships them to the Orient. Despite all of the twists and turns, it all turns out in the end with Millie marrying for love, rather than money!

Special thanks go out to Mrs. O’Donnell (Stage Director), Mr. Stellino (Musical Director), Mrs. Pustay (Producer), Ms. Jones (Costumes), Mrs. Welch (Stage Crew) and Mr. Senavaitis (Sound and Lighting) for all of their hard work and effort in bringing Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. to the stage of Tohickon Middle School.

News from the guidance office

PROGRAM PLANNING for next year is underway!

VERIFICATION SHEETS – Verification sheets of teacher recommendations and student requests for next year will be sent home. Please refer to the Program of Studies Guides available online ( under Parent or Student Resources) for clarification of course requirements. Parents are asked to review the course selections with their child. Requests for changes and/or questions should be noted on the verification form.

Parents/guardians will need to sign the verification form and send it in to their child’s homeroom teacher as follows:

7th Grade -- Completed

8th Grade -- Verification sheets sent home March 20th

Signed sheets returned by March 27th

9th Grade -- Verification sheets sent home March 13th

Signed sheets returned by March 20th

8th Grade students entered their 9th grade elective choices in the computer. Requests for changes to 9th grade electives must be submitted by March 27th. Every effort is made to ensure that students receive their first or second choice. Changes can not be guaranteed and requests will be placed on a waiting list and honored only if an opening becomes available.

9th Grade students will be meeting individually with their counselors throughout February to review the course selections they made through the Portal System. At that time counselors will ensure that the correct courses were selected and students will have the opportunity to request changes to their selections. No changes to elective choices will be made after March 20th.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These selections will determine course offerings and staffing for next year and, therefore, will be considered FINAL. Changes will be made only due to failure of courses or failure to meet prerequisites.

**Course Failure/Summer School Placement**

A reminder to 8th grade parents: According to School Board Policy #215, “Students shall be promoted from grade 8 to grade 9 if they have passed all of the one-credit courses.” Students in eighth grade who fail any one-credit course must repeat the course(s) during the summer. Students failing Spanish 1 and some math courses MAY be able to repeat the class in their ninth grade year.

PSSA testing

PSSA testing dates are as follows:

8th Grade -

Reading & Math – April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18

Science – April 23 & 24

7th Grade

Reading & Math – April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18

Please make every effort to schedule appointments and vacations around these dates. Parents can help their students perform well by encouraging students to take these tests seriously and seeing that students get plenty of rest during testing weeks.

Board Briefs for March 12, 2013

At the March 12, 2013 School Board Meeting, the Central Bucks School District School Board:

1. Heard the Holicong Select String Ensemble performance before the school board meeting.

2. Heard the Superintendent’s State of the District presentation and the I.U. Board Committee Report.

3. Approved School Board Minutes.

4. Approved the Aramark Contract extension and the Water Tank Hydrostatic Coating Contract for Gayman Elementary School.

5. Approved School Board Policy 806 – Child Student Abuse.

6. Approved various personnel items, student trips, and staff workshops.

7. Received a Sabbatical Leave of Absence and the Board Calendar as information items.