TMS Weekly Update 2021-2022

October 22nd, 2021

Making Way for Fall

What a busy week here at TMS. Our teachers have been able to challenge our students to do their best throughout the school day. At the same time, so many more students staying after school for activities like coding, theater, sports, student council, movie night, and so much more. The school is filled with energy!

TMS HALLOWEEN DRESS UP DAY FOR DONATION TO ADOPT-A-FAMILY

For a $1.00 donation towards our Adopt-a-Family program, TMS will have a Halloween dress-up day on Friday, October 29th.

Students will hand in their money during 1st period that morning.

The guidelines for the day are as follows:

- Costumes may not have parts that interfere with learning. No full-face Halloween masks or costumes that restrict movement or vision or prevent sitting at desks or are an obstruction in the hallways. (Your regular COVID mask must still be worn on these days).

- Costumes may not promote violence or have accessories or props that could be used as a weapon.

- Absolutely NO clown costumes will be allowed!

- Please do not bring food or candy into school on this day.

Thank you for following these guidelines, and we look forward to seeing fun, creative costumes!

Nature on Wheels a big success in 6th grade

Our friends from Nature's Classroom came down today and worked with all our sixth graders doing leadership, team building and science activities. Great job Ms. Andrews and the rest of the sixth grade team. Thank you to the PTO for their help to make this happen.

Adopt A Family (AAF) is coming

We are excited to pull together support for Tyngsborough families at the holidays. Any family or individual interested in putting together an AAF raffle basket- please drop off to central office or child's school by October 29, 2021. Our hope is any baskets received can be displayed at the upcoming Annual Holiday Marketplace on 11/7 at TES so that families can purchase tickets. Thank you again for your support.

Substitute Teachers Needed at Norris Road Campus

Day to Day Substitutes

We are looking for day-to-day substitutes. Our daily rates are:

Paraprofessionals - $70

Teacher - $80

If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contactchristopher.pollet@tyngsboroughps.org or jeffrey.ogden@tyngsboroughps.org

Eighth Grade Superstars

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News from the School Counselors

It’s been a great start to the new school year. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know our new 6th graders and they are adjusting well to middle school life.

We are excited to share our new counseling website with you. Our website provides students/families with mental health resources, information on applying to schools, work permit information and the community job board. We are currently working on updating our “student centered library” that will be featured soon!


Ms. Mallous

Teams 6.1, 7.1 & 8.2

melissa.mallous@tyngsboroughps.org

978-649-3115 Ext. 1113


Mrs. Van Gelder

Tems 6.2, 7.2 & 8.1

danielle.vangelder@tyngsboroughps.org

978-649-3115 Ext. 1125


  • Mrs. Van Gelder oversees the grade 8 applications to private schools. Students should personally hand the recommendation form to their teachers to be filled out. Please see our website for more information on private school applications. Email or call Mrs. Van Gelder if you have any questions.

  • Ms. Mallous oversees the technical school applications

*Important dates to remember for Greater Lowell Technical High School

  • 8th Grade Open House – January 5, 2022, 6:30PM- 8:30PM, (Snow Date – January 6th)

  • Applications Due for Consideration – February 1, 2022. Students apply online at https://www.gltech.org


William James College INTERFACE Referral Service

We are pleased to announce that the Tyngsborough Public Schools, in collaboration with the Town of Tyngsborough, has partnered with the William James INTERFACE Referral Service for the 2021-2022 school year. The William James INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health resource and referral helpline available to subscribing communities across Massachusetts to access outpatient mental health services.

When you contact William James, you will speak with a resource and referral counselor who will complete a confidential intake. Referral counselors will then use the information you provided to match you with providers in our community that accept your insurance as well as match your preferences for appointment times, specialties, and services. Please call the Interface Helpline at 1-888-244-6843 Monday-Friday between the hours of 9-5.


You can also visit their website at interface.williamjames.edu for more information!

Anti- Vaping Public Service Announcement

Many of our students feel very strongly about the concerns around vaping. They made the video below to help educate us all.

Looking for Fleece

Looking for fleece donations for a workshop our former Art teacher, Ms. Cassidy, is doing with the students at the Middle School. TMS is looking for 2 - 2 1/2 yard pieces of fleece to make blankets to benefit the community. In the past, we have made over 50 blankets and donated them to the homeless, Tyngsborough PD and FD. We are also hoping to donate some to the elderly and Adopt a Family program. Thanks in advance for any donations for this community service workshop project.

TMS Under The Stars

A great night for a movie on Thursday with our student council. Over 60 students, parents and chaperones enjoyed "Goosebumps" under the stars. Thanks to Mr. Holgate and Ms. Slattery for pulling it together with all the help from the rest of the staff here at TMS.
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Lightning Thief Info

High School Production of the Lightning Thief!


The show is on:

11/5 @ 7PM

11/6 @ 7PM

11/7 @ 2PM

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5277568


Test and Stay Consent

The Tyngsborough Public Schools will be participating in the Test and Stay program as offered by DESE this year.


The goal of “Test and Stay” is to allow asymptomatic students and staff to remain in school as safely as possible, while lessening the burden of school related quarantine on students, their families, teachers, and school administrators. Under the “Test and Stay” approach, students who come into contact during a school related event with an individual who tests positive will have the option of quarantine or “Test and Stay.” Those who participate in the TPS “Test and Stay” program do not need to quarantine with negative test results. The “Test and Stay” program is a daily nasal swab performed by the school nurse or other qualified healthcare professional for 5-7 days following exposure.


For your student to be eligible for this program, we must have signed consent on file before testing can occur. If we do not have a consent form on file, your student will need to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days. If you would like your student to participate in the “Test and Stay” program, please visit this link and fill in the consent form.


NOTE: The above consent form references pooled testing, symptomatic testing and Test and Stay. Please know that the Tyngsborough Public Schools will only be performing symptomatic testing for students who present with symptoms of COVID-19 during school hours (students should not come to school if they are feeling sick while at home) and testing related to the Test and Stay Program. We will not be participating in pooled testing.

Proof of Vaccination

Proof of Vaccination

As a reminder in an effort to better understand our current vaccination rate, and to assess how close we are to the 80% threshold we would like to give parents the option to provide proof of vaccination for your child. If your child has received the COVID-19 vaccination and you would like this information added to your child’s health record, please provide proof of vaccine through one of the following options:

  • Reply to (vaccination@tyngsboroughps.org) with an attached copy of vaccination card

  • Secure Health Office Fax (978) 649-9194

  • Photocopy your student’s proof of vaccination and send it into the school nurse in a sealed envelope addressed to the Health Office

While the school nurses have access to the Massachusetts State Immunization Registry which is a database that keeps confidential vaccination records in one place. Individuals choose to opt into this database which is typically offered by the primary care physician, or they may decline to have the information shared. As a result, our nurses do not always have the most updated information. Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Students need headphones

Please make sure your child brings their headphones to school. The school provided a pair but many have lost or broken them. Thanks for your help.

NEW TMS ATTENDANCE EMAIL


If your child will be Absent, Tardy or will need to be Dismissed during the school day, please call the school at 978-649-3115 and use prompt #1, or you may email tmsattendance@tyngsboroughps.org, our new attendance email address. Thank you!

Ski Club is coming! Here is how to sign up

The Ski & Snowboard club is back on the slopes in January. The program starts in January with trips to Pats Peak in Henniker, NH. For five Tuesdays,students can leave from the Norris Rd. Complex and ride on the coach bus to Pats. Students return to the Norris Rd. complex at 8PM. Just know that students cannot take equipment on the morning bus- equipment must be dropped off. The program can take the first 50 registrants ( that register at Pats Peak). That’s the limit to how many can fit on the coach bus. Masks required on the bus.


You can find out how to register HERE!.

Any more questions, please email Justin.maslanka@tyngsboroughps.org or kevin.redman@tyngsboroughps.org .

Vending Machine

Our vending machine that students can access after school only takes one dollar bills and change. Please have your child plan accordingly.

Water Bottles

Please have your child bring their own water bottle to fill up during the school day.
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Our Awesome Cross Country Team

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Athletic Update

Sports Sign-Up

The week of 10/25, there will be sign-up sheets available at lunch for students that are interested in playing basketball this winter. This will let us know how many students are interested in playing. Registration for winter sports will open in November. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Pitts in the Athletic Office. kelly.pitts@tyngsboroughps.org


Tyngsborough Tiger Pride 5K Trail Run/Walk

November 21, 2021

Please see the link below for details and to register for this fun event. All proceeds will directly benefit the students of Tyngsborough Public Schools.

https://tyngsborotigerpride.wordpress.com/

Holiday Marketplace

Tyngsboro Scholarship is looking for school seniors to volunteer at future events. Anyone interested, please contact Cathy at cathy.polin@tyngsboroughps.org


We are always looking for vendors for our Nov. 7th Holiday Marketplace! Please contact Rise at mitchell6260@msn.com


Come support TST at tonight’s football game! 50/50 Raffle to support THS Seniors!!

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Friends of Tyngsborough Theatre & NBPT Cornhole Presents Halloween Cornhole Tournament!

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Tyngsborough Sports Center @ 1pm


Scary amount of raffles! All Skill Levels Welcome! Costumes Encouraged! Fun for the whole Family!


You can register here: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Payment is NOT due at the time you register. Cash payment will be collected at the tournament.


Please urge all your family and friends to come out for this fun event!!! The beginner tournament is for ALL skill levels!!!!


Also a reminder that if anyone would like to donate items to either our raffle baskets or our silent auction, we would greatly appreciate it! All proceeds will go to the theatre program! Dot Balestrieri is coordinating those raffles for us and all items can be delivered directly to her. She is also happy to pick them up. Her phone number is 978-930-0599.

PTO Information

The PTO Annual Membership Drive is on now! We are a group of parents who fundraise to support educational enrichment at TES and TMS. If you would like to donate to support the PTO, please send cash or check (made out to Tyngsborough PTO) into school with your child. To learn more about the PTO find us on Facebook or our website: tyngsboroughpto.org.
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Upcoming Dates to Remember

October 2021

Friday, October 22 PINK OUT in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness

Friday October 29- Halloween dress-up day! Wear a Halloween Costume, no masks, no props that resemble weapons, and must be appropriate for school for a dollar donation for AAF.


November 2021

Tuesday, November 2- NO SCHOOL- Professional Development Day

Friday, November 5- Picture Retake Day

Thursday November 11- NO SCHOOL Veterans Day

Wednesday November 24- 10:55 Dismissal

Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26- No School (Thanksgiving Holiday)

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About TMS

Tyngsborough Middle School has 390 students from Grades 6-8. TMS is promotes the following core values: Perseverance, Originality, Independence, Respect, Collaboration, and Responsibility.