Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

March 29, 2019

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At Tamanend, Jazz is Music To Our Ears!

This past Friday evening the Jazz Band took the stage at the Tohickon Jazz Band Festival and had, yet again, an impressive outing. Besides being awarded with a first place Superior Rating, the Band was also commended for having “so many great soloists and for having a strong ensemble sound with good control and dynamics.” At the awards presentation at the end of the evening, we had two sections that stood out to the judges compared to the other bands who performed throughout the evening. These included the Flute and Trumpet sections. We also had two soloists who made an impression on the judges: Leah Marucci was awarded an individual award for her improvisational solo on Electric Guitar and Jerry Zhou was awarded one of the festival’s Over-all outstanding soloist awards for his tenor sax solo. Great Job Leah and Jerry, and to the entire Jazz Band.

And on Monday, the Jazz Band took the stage at Holicong Middle School for the Central Bucks Jazz Band Festival. It was an awesome showcase for the district and Tamanend had their best performance to date. Some of the highlights of the awards ceremony included a “judge stumping.” The judges couldn’t pick which section performed better in our ensemble, so they awarded BOTH the Trumpet and Trombone sections with a Dual-Titled Section Trophy. Congratulations also goes out to Matt M. and Claire C. for their solo work on drum set and flute, respectively. Awesome Job Jazz Band!

The Jazz Band will next be featured in Tamanend Jazz Festival on Friday Night, March 29th. The festival is open to the public and will feature the Tamanend Jazz Band and Symphonic Swing Ensemble. There is a $5 admission fee for adults, but all children and students enter for free. Come see 7 great local middle school bands compete at this fun outing. The festival begins at 7:00 in Tamanend’s auditorium We hope to see you there.

Please Consider Supporting the Tamanend Blood Drive--April 18

Please consider giving blood! Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Drive Details:
Site: Tamanend Middle School
Room Name: Cafeteria
Date: Thursday Apr 18, 2019
Time: 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Coordinator Name: Amanda Higgins
Click here to make an appointment or email ahiggins@cbsd.org

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Mania Musical de Marzo

March Madness is everywhere, including the Spanish classes at Tamanend! For the last few weeks, Spanish students listened to and voted on their favorite songs in class in a bracket format during Mania Musical de Marzo (Musical March Madness). All the students came together during Advisory on Tuesday for the championship round between Un Año (by Sabastián Yatra and Reik) and Loca (by Álvaro Soler). And the winner is…LOCA! It was the overwhelming favorite for this year’s Mania Musical!

PSSA Testing Dates--April 16, 17, 30 & May 2

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams will be administered on April 16, April 17, April 30, and May 2. This link to the Tamanend website has further information for your reference.

This Week's Teen Talk

What is Teen Talk? Each week, we will include a resource in our newsletter designed to promote conversations between parents and children regarding important issues related to teenagers. We hope that these resources serve to help parents and students navigate the excitement and challenges associated with the teenage years. In addition, we will highlight topics that we are discussing in Advisory and in presentations so that you may continue the conversation at home with your teen.

This Week's Teen Talk Topic: Tips for Helping Teens Deal with Anxiety

The Nemours Foundation offers these five tips to help teens deal with anxiety.

What We're Talking About at Tamanend:

On Friday, March 29, Mr. David Tuck will return to Tamanend to speak to our 9th Graders about his experiences as a prisoner in various Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz.

Congratulations to our Tamanend Winners in the CB Cares PSA Contest!

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Join Us for the Central Bucks A Capella Festival--April 27 at Tamanend

The 10th Annual Central Bucks A Cappella Festival will be held at Tamanend on Saturday April 27th. Throughout the day, Chieftain Chorus students and members of other select choral ensembles throughout CB will have the opportunity to work with two amazing guest artists. The House Jacks will be back for the 6th time – their powerful brand of a cappella matches their reputation as a ‘rock band without instruments.’ You’ll love their high-energy performance from start to finish. Also visiting this year is the ‘Father of Contemporary A Cappella’ himself – Deke Sharon. As the music producer of all three Pitch Perfect movies, multiple seasons of the Sing Off, the touring acts Vocalosity and DCappella, and more, Deke brings his passion for a cappella to CB as a clinician and guest performer at the evening concert. If you are interested in attending the concert (7pm, 4/27 at Tamanend), please visit the CB A Cappella Festival Website for more information and the ticket link.

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Reminder--Support CB South's First Annual Color Run!

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Reminder--Support the CB District Art Show!

The Art Department is selling this year’s District Art Show shirt! We accept cash, check, or MyPaymentsPlus to make ordering more convenient. If paying by check, please make payable to Central Bucks Art Scholarship Fund. Order forms may be submitted to any Art teacher by April 1.

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Reminder--Communicating Absences

You may report your child's absence in any of the following ways:

Upcoming Events at a Glance

Tamanend Jazz Festival--Friday, March 29 at 7:00 PM

Gold n Blues Performs National Anthem at Phillies Game--Saturday, March 30

Tamanend Parent Book Club--Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 PM

Blood Drive--Thursday, April 18 2:00--7:00 PM

7th & 8th Grade PSSA Testing for English Language Arts--Tuesday, April 16 & Wednesday, April 17

7th & 8th Grade PSSA Testing for Math--Tuesday, April 30

8th Grade PSSA Testing for Science--Thursday, May 2

Reminder--Change to School District Calendar

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Athletic Department News


  • CB South Girls Volleyball open gyms are held Wednesdays in the Aux Gym from 7:00 to 9:00.
  • CB South Boys Basketball open gyms will be held Mondays 6:30-8:00 and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30, beginning April 8.
  • All open gyms are weather dependent. Announcements will be made for cancellations.

In an effort to educate parents and athletes about athletic scholarships and the college recruiting process, Dynamite Sports will be conducting an hour-long seminar entitled “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., in the CB South Auditorium.

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Reminder--Order Your Copy of the Tamanend Yearbook!

Click here to order your copy of this year's Tamanend yearbook. The cost is $40.

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Congratulations, Emma!

Congratulations to 7th grade Emma Deeken for winning first place in the 7th/8th grade division of the 2018 PA Renaissance Faire School Days Creative Writing Contest! Emma will receive an invitation to a picnic for contest winners held during the 2019 Renaissance Faire season. Emma’s winning story, “A Lost Memory Awakens Once Again,” can be found in this month’s edition of the Roaring Voices Review (see link above). Congratulations, Emma!

Reminder--Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) has been established in schools throughout Pennsylvania. SAP Programs provide schools with the means to identify, refer, and support students who are exhibiting behavioral, academic, or attendance issues that put them at risk. Tamanend has a team of dedicated school personnel who are trained to assist students, faculty and family members in identifying problems that impact the student’s ability to function in school. The team can also offer students and their families resources to assist them in alleviating these problems. For more information about the SAP Program, please click here. To complete a SAP referral form for a Tamanend student, please click here.

Reminder--The Next Meeting of the Tamanend Parent Book Club is April 3

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we will be reading Raising Kids to Thrive (2015) by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD. The book describes "the Lighthouse Parenting Strategy" in which parents balance unconditional love and high expectations with the goal of raising resilient and happy children. This book club will follow a "no-pressure" format in which the facilitator will present a summary of the chapter and open the floor for discussion. We will share resources and ideas with the goal of helping the entire Tamanend parent community navigate the challenges of raising adolescents.

Meetings are held at 6:30 in the Tamanend Library

Click here for further information, dates, and book information.

Please email Dr. Brian Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org if you are interested in participating.

Reminder--Help with Resources

If you are experiencing a financial hardship, please know that the staff members listed below can help you and your family. We can provide assistance with food, clothing, student fees, internet access, and other issues. Please don't hesitate to contact us:

Brian Caughie, Principal bcaughie@cbsd.org

Kyle Dudley, Assistant Principal kdudley@cbsd.org

Lauren Myrtetus, Certified School Nurse lmyrtetus@cbsd.org

Jeff Klein, Guidance Counselor jklein@cbsd.org

Mandy Cammann, Guidance Counselor mcammann@cbsd.org

FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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Reminder--Grandfamilies Support Group

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Reminder--Housing Information

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Parent Positive Event--Don't Stall, Just Call

Join Us for Our Upcoming Parent Positive Event
April 25, 2019 | 7 pm
Lenape Middle School
featuring Mary Ciammetti, Founder of Don’t Stall, Just Call

Don’t Stall, Just Call is an alcohol poisoning education program for university, college, and high school students and their families. The program aims to educate parents and students of all ages about the effects of alcohol on the body and teaches how to recognize alcohol poisoning, get immediate help and understand medical amnesty. Both high school students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend with the prom season, senior week and college campus life right around the corner for so many students and parents.

Babysitting Available
Babysitting is available for children five and older and will be provided by CB High School National Honor Society and Key Club students. Drop-off for babysitting will begin at 6:30 pm and pick-up will immediately follow the program.

Registration is required for babysitting. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dont-stall-just-call-parent-positive-registration-59329295520

CB Cares All Stars Take on Harlem Wizards--April 6th

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Parent Council

Thursday, May 16th, 9am

1492 Stuckert Road

Warrington, PA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Please Consider Volunteering at Tamanend Middle School

We value and appreciate parent participation and involvement at Tamanend Middle School. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for parents. Please click on the link to the Sign Up Genius for a complete listing of volunteer opportunities. The access code is TMS

Reminder--Volunteer Required Paperwork

Pennsylvania law requires all persons having direct contact with school children to obtain background checks and clearances. If you are planning on being in a Central Bucks school during the 2018-2019 school year for any reason, you will need to go to Volunteer Required Paperwork, and complete what is needed to obtain your Photo Volunteer ID Card. You will need that ID Card and a photo ID to enter a CB school.

Reminder--Support Tamanend While You Shop

If you use the following vendors, please think about supporting TMS while you shop:

  • Giant Food Store has an A+ School Rewards program through their clip-less coupon card that gives money to the school you designate every time you shop. Use this link to select Tamanend as your A+ school after August 15th of the new school year.
  • Clip and send in Box Tops to the attention of NJHS.

Share Good News About Tamanend Students

Tamanend students accomplish amazing things and make a difference in our community. Share your story about the accomplishments and good work of a Tamanend student with Dr. Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org so that he may highlight this good news in an upcoming edition of Tamanend Connections.
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Ways to Stay Connected with Tamanend

Here is a list of ways Tamanend communicates with students, families, and the community:

  • Tamanend website: includes important information, resources, calendar of school events, and daily announcements
  • Calendar of school events (posted on our website)
  • Daily announcements (scrolling on TV screens during school day and posted on our website)
  • TV show (weekly, during Advisory period)
  • Email blasts from Tamanend administration regarding important news, new procedures, and reminders
  • Parent Portal: student information, grades, and attendance
  • Tamanend Connections newsletter: useful information, important reminders, and school highlights emailed weekly during school year and posted on Tamanend website
  • Twitter: @CBTamanendMS highlights of activities, events, and daily life at Tamanend
  • CBSD app: highlights of activities, events, and daily life in Central Bucks

Para nuestras familias hispanohablantes...

¡Bienvenidos a Tamanend! Yo soy Brian Caughie, Director de Tamanend Middle School. Soy hispanohablante. Pasé mucho de mi vida en España. Estoy aquí para apoyarles a todos los estudiantes y familias en Tamanend. Favor de llamarme or escribirme (en inglés o en español) si Ud. tiene cualquier duda o pregunta.

Correo electrónico: bcaughie@cbsd.org

Oficina: (267) 893-2900

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