TMS 8th Grade End of Year Info

May 20, 2022

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Dear 8th Grade Parents,


This is the final letter regarding end-of-the-year events for the Class of 2022.


8TH GRADE PICNIC/DANCE PARTY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

On Wednesday, June 1st from 12:40-2:45 p.m. we are still in need of parent volunteers to help with this event. Please click here for the SignUpGenius to sign up to volunteer.

This event will be outside, weather permitting, or inside of TMS should the weather not cooperate. A photo booth will be provided by Something Blue Photography and cell phones will not be allowed at this event.


GRADUATION PRACTICE:

This will be held on the morning of Wednesday, June 1st. This rehearsal is mandatory for all students attending the graduation ceremony.


GRADUATION CEREMONY:

Wednesday, June 1st at 7 p.m. in the Buffalo Grove High School Football Stadium.

**DOORS OPEN AT 6:20 p.m. - NO TICKETS ARE NEEDED!

If the weather does not cooperate the ceremony will be moved indoors at BGHS.

Both the gym and football stadium have ample seating for our 340 graduates and their family members. All children 17 and under must be with an adult. This event will not be recorded or Live-Streamed.


GRADUATION GUEST SEATING & HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY:

The ceremony will open seating (no tickets needed) and both the indoor venue and football field are wheelchair accessible. Both locations will have areas for handicap seating.


GRADUATION CEREMONY ARRIVAL TIMES:

The graduation ceremony will start at exactly 7:00 p.m. Plan accordingly!

Graduates must arrive no later than 6:15 p.m.

  • Outdoor Ceremony - Graduate report to the tennis courts.

  • Indoor Ceremony - Graduates report to the BGHS field house.

Family Members/Guests: The football stadium or gym doors will open for guests at 6:20 p.m.


GRADUATION GOWNS:

Gown distribution is scheduled for **THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY on Monday, May 23rd.


GRADUATION ATTIRE:

Students should be dressed in appropriate school attire including shoes that will be comfortable and safe on the astroturf football field. Please note that for safety reasons high-heeled shoes should not be worn by graduates or guests on the astroturf or in the football stands.


GRADUATION MATERIALS - DIPLOMAS, RIBBONS, CORDS & AWARDS:

  • Diplomas, ribbons, and academic awards will be distributed during the graduation ceremony.

  • The eighth-grade academic awards will be given to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and higher.

  • Cords will be distributed on Wednesday, June 1st at the end of the school day.


GRADUATION CEREMONY PARKING: The parking lots at BGHS will be accessible for TMS graduation guests.


POST-CEREMONY INSTRUCTIONS:

**PLEASE CREATE A PLAN to reunite with your graduate outside of the football stadium (or school) after the ceremony. Students will exit the stadium (or gym) following the ceremony.


GRADUATION EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHER:

Many thanks to the TMS PTA for their assistance in funding Something Blue Photography for our graduation picnic/dance party event as well as our graduation ceremony. Families can select to download photographs from the Something Blue Photography site following both events.


8TH GRADE YEARBOOKS:

Yearbooks will be distributed on Wednesday, June 1st. The PTA is selling a limited number of yearbooks for those students who did not order yearbooks yet. Click here to be placed on the PTA Yearbook waitlist. (The 7th & 6th grade yearbooks will be distributed at the end of the school day on June 3rd.)


8TH GRADE CHROMEBOOK & MATERIALS COLLECTION:

Student Chromebooks will be collected on Thursday, May 25th.


GREAT AMERICA TRIP:

Thursday, May 26th **PLEASE PLAN FOR YOUR CHILD TO BE PICKED UP AT 6 PM AT TMS.


LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR 8TH GRADERS IS JUNE 1st:

The last day of school for all of our 8th-grade students will be June 1st.


If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us. We are committed to honoring your child's achievements and look forward to celebrating this milestone with our students and all of you.


Thank you,

Lori, Nick, & Greg

ACTION ITEM: Returning the 8th Grade Chromebook, Charger, & Case

Tuesday, May 24th will be the last day to use your Chromebook.


  • Please bring your chromebook, charger cord, and case to TMS to be turned in on Wedneday, May 25th.
  • If you do not have your charger cord, please bring a check made payable to Thomas Middle School or cash for $30 to cover the replacement cost of a charger cord.

GREAT AMERICA Information (From 4/21/22)

Dear Parents and Guardians,


The Great America 8th grade field trip is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2022. If your child has a season pass, is planning to purchase lunch at Great America, or brings lunch from home, please be sure that your child comes to school with all of the necessary items.


On the day of the field trip, students should arrive at school at the regular time of 7:40 AM and will leave for the trip at approximately 9:00 AM. The buses will then leave Great America at 5 PM and return to Thomas Middle School at approximately 6 PM. Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at Thomas Middle School upon arrival of the buses at 6 PM. Since this is a school-sanctioned activity, students are not allowed to travel to and from the park independently.


Please note that students may be denied participation in this field trip should there be a concern with academic work completion or inappropriate behavior. We have been alerting the students about the participation criteria and encouraging students to check PowerSchool and maintain appropriate behavior. Students are expected to demonstrate responsible academic behavior throughout the end of the school year. If students have not met the criteria to attend Great America, parents will be contacted.

Criteria for participation in Great America and the Picnic Dance Party:

  • All school work obligations have been completed and turned in.
  • Behavior is acceptable and no more than two major detentions and no suspensions (either in school or out of school) are issued during the fourth quarter.
  • All school financial obligations are met; library books, textbooks, Chromebook, Chromebook charger, and the Chromebook case have been returned,


Six Flags Dress Code:

1) Shirts (no bikini tops allowed) and shoes must be worn at all times.

2) Clothing with obscene or offensive words, sayings, or depictions is strictly prohibited, and Six Flags management reserves the right to deem such clothing inappropriate.

This is a school-sponsored event. Students are subject to all school rules throughout the day as well as the Great America rules. If any of these criteria are not met, parents will be contacted and the student will need to be picked up. This information has been explained to all the 8th graders so that they are aware that this field trip is a privilege to be earned.

We are looking forward to a fantastic day at Great America!


Thank you,

Lori Naumowicz , Greg Keadle and Nick Filipowski

TMS School Administrators

8th Grade Lunch Balance Information - May 2022

Monday, May 9, 2022


Dear 8th Grade Families,


At the end of 8th grade you are asked to make a decision on what to do with your graduating student’s remaining lunch balance. The options are as follows:


  1. Have the remaining balance transferred to a younger sibling’s account.

  2. Donate to District 25’s Bernice Gliege Angel Fund*.

  3. Request a check to be mailed to your home with the remaining balance.


*The Bernice Gliege Angel Fund was created to support children in need in AHSD 25. The Fund provides for field trips, materials, food supplies, lessons, and other needs identified by staff that will benefit the children served in AHSD 25.*


In order to choose one of the options listed above, please complete the form linked below no later than Friday, May 20, 2022. If you do not fill out the linked form, the remaining balance in your student’s account will automatically be donated to the Bernice Gliege Angel Fund.

Please call our Department of Food Services at (847) 758-4883 with any questions or concerns.


CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE FORM.


The Student ID for <<First Name>> <<Last Name>> is: <<Student ID>>


*note- If received by May 20, 2022 checks will be mailed by the end of June.

Thank you,

AHSD 25 Department of Food & Nutrition Services

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ACTION ITEM: CREATE A BACKUP USING GOOGLE TAKEOUT

Click here to download these instructions.


Google Takeout exports your data from your Google account to a zip file that can be stored on

your computer, external hard drive or USB Flash Drive.


This should be done at home, not at school, ideally on Monday, May 23rd or Tuesday, May 24th. Must be completed by June 15th.


To create a backup using Google Takeout, follow these steps:

1. Go to http://www.google.com/takeout

2. Sign in using your District 25 account information.

3. Select data to include by choosing the Google products to include in your archive and configure the settings for each product. You can click the deselect all button first to remove all the other items.


Most users will just choose Drive to archive. This archive will only be accessible to you.


4. Click NEXT STEP

5. Leave the file type and delivery method to the defaults

6. Click CREATE ARCHIVE (usually the defaults should be fine)


7. After it is done processing, you will receive an email with directions to download.


NOTE: Takeout will not include items from ‘Shared with me’ or from shared drives


If you have technology questions on either of these tasks, please reach out to thomastech@sd25.org.

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