The Tohickon Golden Eagle
The 2015-2016 School Year Comes to an End
Dear Tohickon Families,
The month of May was Tohickon's busiest of the year! Relay for Life, Spring Concerts, International Food Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, Sixth Grade Student Orientation, Keystone Exams, the Memorial Day Parade and the Dorney Park Trip were some of the major events for the month. Once Memorial Day passes, the days always seem to move by quickly as the year comes to a close.
The end of the school year is rapidly approaching. School is set to end on June 15th, which will be an early dismissal for our students. There are a lot of activities between now and then that parents and students should be aware of. These include the seventh grade field trips to Philadelphia, the Talent Show, final exams in the World Language, Science and Math classes, Move Up Day for ninth graders, the Freshman Dance and Freshman Day.
The next newsletter, and first of the 2016-2017 school year, will be sent out at the beginning of August. New students' orientation and schedule pick-up day is scheduled to take place on August 18th between the hours of 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM, so please mark your calendars accordingly. All of the specifics of the event will be included in the August/September newsletter. There will be no newsletter during the month of July.
As this year comes to a close, the staff and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents and families for their constant support of our efforts at Tohickon. This is a special community with fantastic kids and families. The relationships that exist between the home, school and community are very special ones and are essential to the success and well-being of our students. We truly appreciate everything you do to support us and, especially, our students!
The summer of 2016 will begin in a few weeks. I am hopeful that you will find time to relax, reflect and enjoy special moments with your family. Mr. Dudley and I will be in the office all summer and available if you should have any questions about the upcoming school year. Please feel free to give us a call anytime at 267-893-3300. On behalf of the Tohickon staff, I want to wish you a safe and happy summer!
Kevin Marton, Principal
June Calendar of Events
There are several upcoming events that students and parents should be aware of in the month of June. They are as follows:
Team Discovery Field Trip to Philadelphia Zoo
World Language Final
Freshman Day at Camp America
Parent-Player Football Meeting 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Tohickon Auditorium
Boomerang Breakfast 7:15 - 8:00 AM in the Tohickon Library
Ninth Grade Move-Up Day
Anime Club 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Math Final Exams
Last Day of School
Early Dismissal at 10:45 AM
Relay for Life - A Huge Success!
Relay for Life is the cornerstone of the Community Service Program at Tohickon Middle School. Eighth and ninth grade students who have an opportunity to get involved understand the importance of volunteering for a cause that has an impact on so many people. Involvement in this type of program builds character and gives students an opportunity to practice good citizenship.
Tohickon Girls Attend Science Workshops at Delaware Valley College
On May 26th, several Tohickon girls attended STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Workshops at Delaware Valley University. This was a fantastic opportunity for young women interested in science.
Jaclyn Larkin, one of the coordinators, writes "Eighteen young women were selected to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) events at Delaware Valley University held exclusively for young women interested in science. The girls attended hands-on workshops and lectures hosted by female scientists, engineers, doctors, and economists. The event highlights of the day included using fruit flies in medical research, building model towers, studying how termites respond to environmental stimuli, and meeting a paramedic medical team where girls learned what it is like to work for a high-stress medical trauma team that included a visit from a medical helicopter! These workshops help motivate young women to pursue interests in STEM careers and introduce the ladies to future mentors."
Share Good News About Tohickon Students!
Tohickon students achieve amazing things and make a difference in school and in the community. Share your story about the accomplishments and good work of a Tohickon student with Mr. Marton at firstname.lastname@example.org so that he may highlight this good news in an upcoming edition of the Tohickon Golden Eagle online newsletter.
In the News
Matt C. wins first place at the PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science) Science Fair on May 16th, 2016. Congratulations to Matt!
This past month, Tohickon students were invited to volunteer at Groveland’s first ever Color Run. The student volunteers helped facilitate the event and even throw the colors at the runners. Thank you to all who participated. There is one more community service opportunity for Tohickon students before the end of the year. Groveland is looking for Tohickon students to help out at the sixth grade promotion celebration on June 14th from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Interested students should visit www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0D4AACAE2FA57-2016.
Message from the Athletic Department
As the spring sports season came to a close during the last week of May, the track and field team finished their season by participating in the league championship meet held each year right here at Tohickon. The boys won the league championship, while the girls brought home second place. Congrats to the track and field team as well as all of the other sports teams on a great spring season. As well, thank you to the coaches for their hard work.
In addition, the spring season ended with a bit of fun. At the Spring Recognition Assembly, members of the student body squared-off against the teachers in a fierce basketball game. Both teams played hard, and the final result was a 13-13 tie. Thank you to all of the students and teachers who participated. The assembly also included the presentation of Tohickon’s first ever Sportsmanship Awards. Spring coaches chose athletes who demonstrated sportsmanship, encouragement, and respect during their respective sports seasons. This spring’s winners included Olivia U., Mihika S., Nolan C., Jacob N., Thomas L., Brandon H., Sophia M., Danyele A., Samantha L., and Emma C.
Finally, it is time to start thinking about fall sports. Information for Tohickon’s fall sports will be sent home during the first weeks of June.
Sports Announcement: Player-Parent Football Meeting for 2016 Season: Wednesday, June 8th, @ 7:00 PM in the auditorium.
Summer School Information 2016
2016 Central Bucks Summer School remedial courses will only be available in an online format, through Educere, an online provider. There are no summer school courses available for initial or enrichment credit, with the exception of Health/PE. Students who wish to take Health/PE in summer school (for either remedial or initial credit) will attend a course taught by a CB instructor, held at Tohickon Middle School. Please follow the directions and links below to register for all summer school courses.
Location: Tohickon Middle School, 5051 Old Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18902
PE60 Summer PE/Health 60 hours ½ credit
July 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, and 21 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Course fee $245
PE30A Summer PE/Health 30 hours ¼ credit
July 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Course fee $125
PE30B Summer PE/Health 30 hours ¼ credit
July 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, and 21 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Course fee $125
You can register and pay for this course using www.MyPaymentsPlus.com. First, set up a free account, entering your student’s name (you will need his/her Student ID number). Then, log into your new account, select “Extended Learning Program,” select “Summer PE/Health,” and select the specific PE/Health class you want. Enter payment information to complete your registration.
REMEDIAL SUMMER SCHOOL COURSES
Students remediating courses in English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studie and World Language must register online at:
This link will provide you with a list of all available CB Summer School courses.
Students may register online from June 1 through June 24, 2016.
Courses must be completed by August 8, 2016.
Fee for 1.0 credit course: $195.00.
You may click on the name of the course to see a course description, and to add the course to your shopping cart for purchase.
When registering, you must enter the course number and the Tohickon School Code: X7T5FQBN
Tohickon students must also select Mr. Kyle Dudley as the primary contact person from the drop-down menu. This will provide Tohickon with students’ grades and progress information.
Once registered, students will receive a start-up email from Educere with log-in information and other instructions.
Please contact your child’s guidance counselor with any questions or concerns.
From the Nurse's Office
Because head injuries and concussions may impact your child’s ability to learn, please contact the school nurse and your child’s guidance counselor if your child is injured. Physician documentation to guide the transition back to school post-head injury is necessary. Please contact school staff so we can review the CBSD concussion protocol with you and your child prior to his/her returning to school.
Parents should provide a physician's note if students require crutches, wheelchairs, elevator keys, physical education excuses, or other accommodations while in school. Students should stop by the nurse’s office upon return to school. Please know that we want to support your child as he/she recuperates.
Important School Health Information for Students Transitioning to Tohickon
Welcome to the Tohickon School Community. There are many ways in which schools are similar, but I’d like to take this opportunity to share some important information that may help the transition to the 2016-17 school year.
Elementary school health records are transferred to Middle School, but I encourage parents of students with medical concerns to contact the certified school nurse at 267-893-3315 to answer any questions regarding the management of your child’s condition while attending Tohickon. Medical Action Plans will be given to your child by the elementary school nurse in late spring. I encourage you and your physician to complete and return these plans in September.
Pennsylvania law mandates that all seventh grade students need a dental exam. This exam can be dated any time after September 1, 2016 and is due by October 15, 2016. The form is available from your elementary school nurse or on the CBSD website. Please feel free to send the complete dental form to Tohickon prior to September.
Pennsylvania law mandates that all students have the following immunizations for seventh grade entry: TDAP and meningitis. If the parent portal does not reflect that your child is in compliance, please contact your physician and send an update to the elementary school nurse. During the summer please send immunization information to Tohickon specifically to the attention of the school nurse.
Because passes are needed for any student leaving the classroom, students who have chronic health conditions (migraine, asthma, severe allergy, IBS, etc.) are encouraged to ask the nursing staff for a permanent “gold nurses’ pass”. This pass ensures immediate access to the nursing staff. In most cases the pass is valid for the school year.
In order for our nursing staff to administer medication (over the counter or prescribed), a written physician order and parent signature is required. For your convenience the Medication Dispensing Form is available on the district website. Please consider contacting your physician over the summer for necessary orders.
Because our campus is so large and students are involved in after-school activities when nursing staff may not be available, I encourage you to consider the following information. State law and our school board policy permit students to carry emergency medications like inhalers and epinephrine on their person for emergency use with the following criteria:
The school nurse has the appropriately signed medication order
The physician documents: “student should be permitted to self-carry and self-administer for emergency”
The student passes a competency check
The transition to an earlier start time can be challenging to adolescents who take a daily medication and occasionally rush out of the house. It can also be challenging for busy parents. As a service to you and your child, with the appropriate medication order in our office, parents can leave a few doses of a daily med in the nurse’s office for “forgotten doses." Our nurse would call you to verify the medication dose was missed and then administer.
Please submit all PIAA sports physicals directly to the athletic department. This physical is not part of your child’s school health record.
In closing, please feel free to contact our nursing staff if they can be of help to you and your child. Communication between home and school helps promote a healthy, safe and secure learning environment for your child.