Teeland Middle School

November 2021

Letter from the Principal


Dear Teeland Families:

As the weather cools some of our students move towards more indoor activities. Thank you for keeping your students involved! We currently have Basketball, Archery, Robotics, Cheer, Dungeons & Dragons Club, Battle of the Books, NJHS, Study-Hall, and Art Adventures happening in our after-school programs. The benefits of involving students in extra-curricular activities are many, including, building relational skills, teamwork, improved brain function, developing time management skills, and increasing students’ connectivity to their school. Students that feel more connected to their school, are proven to be more academically successful.

Another great indoor, at-home activity is reading! Each night students should be taking the time to read. Below are a few tips to encourage your middle school student to make time for reading:

1. Let your child choses what to read.

2. Talk about what your child is reading.

3. Listen to books on tape in the car.

4. Ensure that children have a good reading space.

5. Role model taking time to read.

We have an excellent library here at TMS and free books available outside our entrances when school is not open.

One of our main concerns this year is working with families that have had to miss school due to illness. If your student has been ill or has had to stay home due to a family illness, please reach out to our school nurse and school counselors. We will develop a plan to support your student as they navigate how to keep up with their classes. We do not want students to feel like they cannot catch back up after being absent.

For all families, we encourage frequently checking ParentVue with your student. Hopefully, you had the opportunity to also connect with teachers during Parent/Teacher Conferences.

The staff at TMS continues to be grateful for your children! Thank you for giving us the privilege of working with them!

Mrs. Hinds, Principal

Important Dates

  • November 3 - Science Olympiad Begins
  • November 11 - (Veterans Day) PD Day, No School For Students
  • November 15 - 6th Grade Basketball Begins
  • November 25 -26 Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 30 - Chess Club Begins
  • December 6 - NJHS Induction
  • December 7 - Choir & Percussion Concert
  • December 9 - Band Concert
  • December 16 - Semester 1 Ends
  • December 17 - Teacher Work Day, No School For Students
  • December 20 - December 31 Winter Vacation
  • January 3 - Semester 2 Begins
  • January 3 - Volleyball Begins 7th & 8th Grade
  • January 4 - JNYO Begins
  • January 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School
Teeland Middle School Master Calendar

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

Angel Tree


Teeland will be hosting the Angel Tree again this year! The Angel Tree is a program that assists Teeland families in need during the Christmas season by providing new clothing, snacks, and toys as gifts for their children. If you would like to assist in purchasing gifts for the families, there will be an Angel Tree in the front office after Nov. 19th. Please grab an angel and return it by Friday, December 10th unwrapped. Thank you Teeland community for helping make these families' Christmases wonderful!

Mrs. vonEhr

November Art Adventures

Art Adventures with Mrs. Reid!

Acrylic Painting on Canvas (Winter Scene)

Friday, November 19th, 2:20 - 4:00 pm. There is a $10 material fee available on SchooPay. Permission slips are in the office.

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad begins November 3rd. This club is limited to 30 students and the cost is $60.00. Pay online at HERE.

Chess Club

Chess club signups are underway. 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. Students can leave before 3:45 to accommodate elementary pick up times.

6th Grade Basketball

6th-grade Basketball starts November 15th and ends December 15th practice will be from 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm. All players must be picked up from practice by 4:00 pm. Students need to have a physical and be signed up in Planet HS BEFORE the first day of practice. Payments are made in the office or on SchoolPay. Students can talk to Mrs. Zahrt or (boys coach?) if there are any questions.

Basketball & Cheer!

A HUGE shout out to your Teeland Cheer Team!!! They won their division during their competition on Saturday, 10/23! Way to go, Titans!

National Junior Honor Society

NJHS Sponsored Red Ribbon Week at TMS! This year’s theme is “Drug Free Looks Like Me.” NJHS members were involved in two activities; Dress up days and the sale of Boo Bags at lunch. All funds raised will go toward the NJHS year-long project, Battle Dawgs. Battle Dawgs is an organization that provides summer and winter camps for veterans suffering from PTSD or traumatic brain injury. The cost of the camps is several thousand dollars; we are hoping to raise at least half required to send one veteran to a camp. Our group chose this project because of the many students here at TMS that come from military families, and to support our military community.

Home Economics is in Search of...

Home-Ec is looking for donations! We are looking for Christmas wrapping paper rolls for a class project. We also need leftover ribbon or fabric. Drop off in the office at any time.

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.

Veterans Day

November 11th is Veteran's Day. 7th & 8th graders have been busy working on projects in the Social Studies classes. Their work is on display in the up staies B-Wing hall.

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.

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