Tamanend Connections

Tamanend Together!

December 4, 2020


Thank you to our Tamanend community for contributing so generously to the National Junior Honors Society's Diapers and Dollars drive. We collected diapers, baby wipes, and food for our pantry. In addition to the items we collected, we raised over $1244, that was donated to the CB Farmer's Market at Barclay Elementary School. Thank you to everyone who participated in this drive to support our community!


Tamanend Student Picture Days--Tuesday, December 8 (Hybrid 1 in school; 1:30--5:00 for 100% online students) and Friday, December 11 (Hybrid 2 in school; 1:30--5:00 for 100% online students). Or any time by appointment by calling 215-345-1851 or emailing candcphotostudios@verizon.net.

Tamanend Parent Book Club--Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30 PM (virtual, on Teams). Click here for more information.

Tamanend Parent Council--Thursday, December 17 at 9:00 AM (virtual, on Teams)

Tamanend Trivia Night--Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 PM (virtual, on Teams)

Early Dismissal--Wednesday, December 23

Winter Break--Thursday, December 24--Friday, January 1


Tamanend Players - Auditions for Frozen Jr. Open Until December 6th

Auditions for Frozen Jr. are open until Sunday December 6th! We can’t wait to see all the wonderful Tamanend talent! If you were not able to attend our interest meeting on November 23rd, you still have time to get involved - email cwilhem@cbsd.org or isanchez@cbsd.org for a link to join the Tamanend Players Canvas Course. Everything you need to audition can be found there!

Congratulations to District Boomerang Winner for October, 7th Grader Hannah Kauffman!

Congratulations to Tamanend 7th Grader Hannah Kauffman who was chosen as the middle school district Boomerang winner for the month of October. October's asset was Safety--young person feels safe at home, school, and in the community. Hannah is described by her teachers as someone who is diligent, someone who is happy to make lemonade out of lemons, and someone who is a model for other students. The safety restrictions due to COVID-19 have caused everyone to look at safety differently, but the following story about Hannah shows how she has shined during this difficult time. For band class, all students who play a woodwind or brass instruments need to "build" instrument specific PPE to play in class. In the same way that we are all wearing masks, students have been tasked with making "masks" for their instruments. Hannah came in with hers and not only was it constructed impeccably well, but she also took time to decorate and personalize it. When she showed the class her flute face shield and flute key jacket, they had various interests of hers that made the PPE truly "her own." Other students noticed and started to add decorate and personalize their PPE’s too. Not only is Hannah keeping everyone safe, but she showed her peers how being safe can be a super cool thing to do.

Congratulations, November Boomerang Winners and Nominees!

The Boomerang Youth Recognition Award is a district wide program which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by the chosen asset for each month of the school year.

For the month of November, the asset was achievement motivation—recognizing a young person who is motivated to do well in school. We had 26 nominations.

We would like to highlight our building winner, 9th grade student, Heather Traub:

Heather is described by many as organized, hard-working, and independent. When thinking about achievement, we think about good grades. Although Heather has great grades, she is truly an intrinsically motivated learner. She cares about doing well in school because she cares about learning. Heather keeps her assignments organized and even works ahead on assignments which are not due yet. She enjoys projects requiring research and is excited to share with her class, family, and friends what she has found. She likes playing learning games such as Kahoot and Quizzes to help her get prepare for exams and encourages her friends to join her. Heather consistently goes above and beyond on her work and is a great role model for her peers.

Congratulations to Heather and all the following nominees: David Dougherty, Reid Ermigiotti, Luke Fromal, Devon Collins, Makayla Garcia, Isabella Markowitz, Bianca Santos, Joshua Harper, Justin Margolit, Nicholas Martin, Rachel Dash, Evan Spadt, Sheilianys Mercado Gonzalez, Samantha Thomas, Anushka Saha, Brett Barrett, Vincent Daniel, Sophiya Iurchak, Emma Soltys, Jayani Yate, Chase Smith, Julianna Tropea, Hannah Lloyd, and Nathan Zeigler.

Reading Olympics

Reading Olympics is a celebration of reading that encourages participants to read an amazing variety of young adult literature. This year's reading list includes classics as well as some brand new titles - the expectation is that each participant will read AT LEAST 5 titles from the list.

Click here to access the 2020-21 Bucks County Reading list.

Due to COVID-19, the county-wide middle school Reading Olympics competition will be held VIRTUALLY in the spring (date TBA - typically late March or early April).

Our first Reading Olympics meeting will be held virtually on Teams on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. To register to join our team, please complete this Form by the end of the school day on Friday, December 11th. We will be using the REMIND text messaging system to keep in touch for meetings and other important reminders. Please text 81010 with the class code @23k49h to join our Reading Olympics Remind group.

Please go to your Library Canvas Course to access more information for Reading Olympics!

Reminder Regarding Travelling Outside of Pennsylvania

Effective at 12 a.m. on November 20, the secretary of health tightened requirements related to anyone who travels outside of the commonwealth. The order has been expanded to include travel to any location outside of Pennsylvania. In line with the procedures already contained within our approved health and safety plan, employees and students who travel will not be able to return to school or work in-person for a period of 14 days. As we approach the holidays, please be mindful of this if you are planning to travel, and when visiting with friends and family, especially those who may have traveled, please consider social distancing measures and other precautions. The district will not be modifying the approved health and safety plan to allow individuals to return without restriction by presenting a negative test result.

Our health and safety plan is working, and we are proud of our students, faculty, and staff for their hard work in practicing our procedures consistently. With that said, we need your help. As cases within our community and across the nation rise, we are reminded of the need to remain vigilant in our commitment to mitigating the spread of the virus. This includes staying home when you are sick, wearing face coverings appropriately and consistently, and practicing the personal hygiene and social distancing measures that health authorities recommend. Thank you for all that you are doing to keep one another safe and healthy.

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Reminder--Join the Wellness/Snack Break Social 10:35--10:55 Daily

Hello! Are you looking for a way to connect with other kids from school while you are learning from home in the virtual setting? Mrs. Cammann is hosting a Wellness/Snack Break Social time each day from 10:35-10:55 during the virtual and hybrid learning models. Students are invited to join in to share some conversation and be connected with students across all grades. On Wednesdays, we will have games and trivia during this time! You are welcome to participate daily or pop in occasionally - no pressure. Maybe you will even get to know some new faces! Just click the link below to take part, socialize, and participate, while using our Tamanend ROAR to respect and include each other in this group. Enjoy your snack and unwind with us at 10:35 any day. Hope to see you there! Click here to join the meeting

Reminder--Required Dental Exams for 7th Graders

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders by October 15, 2020. Any exam given since September 1, 2019 is acceptable. Please email your dental form to our certified school nurse, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976.

Reminder--Freshman Baby Pictures for 2020-2021 Yearbook

The Tamanend Middle School yearbook advisors opened a website to upload 9th Grade baby pictures for the 2020-2021 yearbook. We are inviting you to include a photo memento in your child’s yearbook that he or she will have as a special reminder in their last year at Tamanend. Submitting your child’s baby picture is a great way to honor your child in the yearbook at this special time in his or her life. The cost is $5. Here are the directions for uploading your photo:


  1. Be sure to SAVE THE PICTURE AS YOUR CHILD’S FIRST AND LAST NAME prior to uploading the picture! (We will unfortunately delete any baby pictures not saved correctly with a first and last name, as we do not want to mislabel a student’s picture in the yearbook with a wrong name)
  2. Please visit the website https://images.jostens.com/upload.jsp
  3. When asked to type a User ID, please type 415873954
  4. Click on “Choose File” and upload your picture
  5. Under “Contact Information” you will enter your student’s e-mail address, your student’s first name, and your student’s last name
  6. Under “Image Information” you will enter your student’s first name, your student’s last name, and you will choose grade 9.
  7. Agree to the Terms of Use by checking the box
  8. Finally, click Upload Chosen Image

Click here if you would like to learn more.

Reminder--Order Your Tamanend Yearbook

It’s a great time to order your child’s 2020-2021 Tamanend Yearbook! If you order online prior to January 31, 2021 the cost of the full-color, hardback yearbook is on sale for $35 (plus tax). This is also the deadline if you’d like to add any additional personalization to your child’s yearbook. The price of the yearbook will increase to $37.50 from February 1st-March 31st, and finally to $40 for any yearbooks ordered up until April 30th. Please click the link here to take you to Jostens online ordering page. No preorders will be accepted in school – all orders must be done through Jostens. If you have any questions, please email Kristen Gerth at kgerth@cbsd.org.

Reminder--Tamanend Student Picture Days

Tamanend Student Picture Days are scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th (for Hybrid 1 students) and Friday, December 11th (for Hybrid 2 students). 100% online students may come to Tamanend for their student pictures on Tuesday, December 8th from 1:30--5:00 or on Friday December 11th from 1:30--5:00. Additionally, parents/guardians of 100% online students can call C&C Studios at 215-345-1851 or email candcphotostudios@verizon.net to schedule their appointment. Once your appointment has been made, we will email you the paperwork (Picture Order Form and Covid-19 Consent Form) needed to be filled out brought in at the time of your appointment. Please note that parent(s)/guardian(s) of Hybrid students may also make an appointment to have their child's picture taken at the studio if they don't wish to wait until the in-person dates in December.

Should you wish to make an appointment for any other children that may attend high school or elementary school please feel free to do so. All scheduled appointments will be given ample time to provide the utmost customer service and the time allotted will be based on the number of students per family being photographed.

Please note that in-studio appointments will not be available for purchase online.

All questions will be answered directly by C&C Studios at 215-345-1851 or email candcphotostudios@verizon.net. For a copy of our Covid-19 Safety Protocol, please email us at the above email address and we send you one.

Picture order forms were distributed to Hybrid students. Order forms are now available in our Lobby for pick up and will also be available on our student picture days.

Reminder--Tamanend Parent Book Club

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we will be reading It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (2015) by Danah Boyd. The book describes how social media impacts teenagers and how they connect with the world around them. 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 and joys of raising adolescents. The first meeting will be held on December 9 at 6:30 via Teams. Click here to read more about the Parent Book Club. Click here to join the meeting.


Are you interested in global issues and news? Do you want to get involved in helping people in your community and around the globe? Join the Tamanend UNICEF Unite Club. This club was started this year and the purpose of this club is serve as a space to discuss global issues, engage students, help students use their voice to enforce positive change, make better thinkers and communicators, and much more. Students will have the opportunity to learn about child protection, education, water, sanitation and hygiene which may align with certain areas of study, allowing for a more insightful, understanding life outside of the classroom. The club will also provide students with an opportunity to gain leadership positions on campus. Through fundraising, awareness, and community service, we will be able to help the millions of children who need our help. Please fill out this interest form https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=j0gLqp78hUGl4zhCIN8jyiSa13bnl15Kgt4n4oFy81FURjJUTThYNlM2M0xTN0pWNFU5MzNWUE9OQy4u if you are interested in the club. Meetings will be once every two weeks virtually A date for our first meeting will be sent out to those interested soon! If you have any questions feel free to contact Kalidindi.H055@student.cbsd.org , EORINSKI@cbsd.org , or AHIGGINS@cbsd.org.

Reminder--Mock Trial Team for 9th Graders

Do you want to improve your speaking and analysis skills? Do you like exploring legal issues of everyday events? Or, just want to spend some time hanging out with Mr. Sterner and Mr. Heisey? We are pleased to offer the Mock Trial Club at Tamamend for any interested 9th graders. It’s a great way to learn about the legal profession and debate your way through an actual case as either a lawyer or a witness, as well as build your skills for future participation and competition at CB South. Please e-mail Mr. Heisey (jheisey@cbsd.org) or Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) if you are interested. Thank you!

Reminder--Tamanend Today Club

While we can’t currently run Tamanend Today, our live weekly TV show, we are still seeking interested students who enjoy broadcast media and video production. We have some ideas for production until we can go live again, and we would like your ideas for when we can go live. Until then, join us and be a part of producing meaningful, pre-recorded broadcasts and features. If media production is your thing, please reach out via e-mail to Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) or Mr. Landis (mdlandis@cbsd.org) to be part of our Tamanend Today Club! Thank you!

Reminder--Roaring Voices Review (Tamanend's Literary Magazine)

Do you like having an impactful voice through writing, art, and/or photography? Then please join us as part of Roaring Voices Review, Tamanend’s own literary magazine. Please let Mrs. Mancini (lmancini@cbsd.org) or Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) know if you are interested via e-mail, and we will alert you to our first meeting. Thank you!


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Communicating Absences

Teachers will be taking attendance every class period during hybrid learning. If your child is unable to participate in hybrid learning during all or part of the day due to illness or medical appointment, please report your child's absence in any of the following ways:

Please note for Hybrid students: If your child is participating online from home due to illness on a day he or she is scheduled to be in the building, please contact Attendance. Your child will receive Attendance credit for participating online that day if he/she is logging on to Teams calls and participating in classes.

Screening and Self-Reporting

One of the most important things everyone, students and staff, can do is stay home when they are sick. Families will monitor their child daily for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 before sending them to school each day. As always, any student who becomes ill while in school will visit the nurse. It is also critically important for every one to self-report if they have had known, direct exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, they may not return to school until the following three criteria are met:

  • isolation restrictions dictated by the Bucks County Department of Health are lifted, AND
  • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, OR if asymptomatic, 10 days since the date of their positive test, AND
  • once they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication

The individual will need to report directly to the health suite upon returning to school to be evaluated by the school nurse. A"flowchart," found below, has been prepared to help families determine when to send their child to school.

What to Do If Your Child Is Sick

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Reminder--Students Should Check Outlook Email Daily

A reminder that students should check their Outlook email daily for important reminders and information from teachers. This is another great way to stay connected.

Want To Learn the Latest About Hybrid Learning?

Click here to visit the Tamanend Hybrid Learning Quick Reference Guide.

Click here to read the 2020-2021 CB Return to School Guide.


Guidance Sparks

“The greatest gift parents can give their children is to help them discover their purpose and passion”, states Peter Benson a leading authority on childhood and adolescence and the author of Sparks. This can be an overwhelming challenge in today’s difficult world. Over the past 2 years, school counselors from all building levels in CBSD have developed a K-12 Guidance Plan. Brainstorming, stake-holder involvement, creative planning, goal setting and implementation continue to be part of this. The Plan includes what is currently part of our academic, social/emotional guidance curriculum and in this evolving process we will try to meet the variety of needs of our students and school community. We invite you to share in our continued learning on how to inspire passion and purpose. Articles, videos, and documents will be shared in your school newsletter on a regular basis. Look for the SPARKS picture like the one above. We hope you find this information beneficial to you and your family. We appreciate your time and involvement in the education of all our students.

For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at vbarrett@cbsd.org.

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Reminder--Tamanend Library is Here for All Your Reading Needs!

All students have full access to all books in the Tamanend Library and to SORA, our digital collection. If you would like to check out a book, please watch the following videos in your Library Canvas Course to see how to access both physical and digital books. Books will be delivered to classrooms for Hybrid students and Online students can pick their books up in the front lobby of Tamanend!

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Reminder--Introducing LanSchool Air

Thank you for your support and patience as we work together to help students continue their education from home during this extraordinary time. We wanted to tell you about one of the solutions we are offering teachers to help support virtual learning: LanSchool Air.

LanSchool Air helps teachers provide instruction and guidance to students outside of the traditional classroom. This solution includes features that:

  • Allow teachers to save time by pushing a website to all student devices instantly.
  • Offer instant messaging between the teacher and students, giving students the opportunity to digitally “raise their hand” to indicate they’ve finished their assignment or have a question.
  • Enable teachers to view students’ screens to ensure they’re staying on track.
  • Provide a way for teachers to set restrictions on the websites and apps students can visit during class time.

If you would like more information about LanSchool Air, please visit the website at Lanschoolair.com.

Thank you for all you are doing to keep your children safe and learning.

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Reminder--Technology Support

The Innovation and Technology Department has created this webpage to explain the many ways to access technology support.


Reminder--9th-12th Grade Student Technology Toolkit

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Free Flu Shots

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Reminder--Breakfast and Lunch Available for Free to All Students

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The Central Bucks School District and Aramark are committed to providing every student with the tools they need to succeed, including nutritious meals they can enjoy at no charge. No applications are needed! Breakfast bags will be available for daily grab and go pick up in the morning in the Cafeteria. Grab a breakfast bag and start your day off by fueling your body or hold onto it and enjoy at the designated snack period. Lunch will be available to grab and go at dismissal from the Cafeteria. On Tuesdays and on Fridays, students may take home Breakfast and Lunches for the three school days they are learning online from home. Parents can also pick up breakfast and lunch meals for students on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30-12:00 at one of three locations:

CB West Visitor Entrance

CB South Gymnasium Entrance

CB East Main Office Entrance

Reminder--Free & Reduced Lunch/Breakfast Application

Families can access the online application for Free & Reduced Meals by clicking here. The application must be submitted each year.


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, field trips, 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

Reminder--Coats for Our Kids

If you would like a free, new winter coat for your child, please email Jeff Klein jklein@cbsd.org or Brian Caughie bcaughie@cbsd.org and we will provide you with one through the program below.
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Reminder--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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TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 9am

This is an online event.

Parent Council is an open meeting where all parents are welcome to attend to learn more about Tamanend Middle School. Parent Council typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. There is no obligation to attend all Parent Councils and there are no elected positions. Parent Council is a forum for parents and school leaders to learn from and with each other, together. At this time, Parent Council meetings are being held virtually. Please click here to join the meeting through Teams.

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

Share Good News About Tamanend Students

Tamanend students 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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