TMS Tiger Times

December Newsletter 2018

Calendar of Events

12/3 - Sports Assembly in HS Gym 2:30-3:15

12/12 - Early Release @ 12:21

12/12 - School Board Meeting - 7 pm

12/19 - PAC Meeting - ES Commons - 6 pm

12/20 - 6th grade camp registration pages DUE

12/20 - Early Release @ 12:21

12/21 - 1/2 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Sports Schedules

8th Grade Boys Basketball Schedule

7th Grade Boys Basketball Schedule

C Team Boys Basketball Schedule

Highly Capable Program Referrals

2018-19 referrals for Highly Capable are open. We will conduct a Highly Capable screening test in the Spring. Results for last years candidates have been placed in the mail and should be received any time. This year we are making adjustments to our Highly Capable program service delivery. We have identified one teacher from each building to attend trainings, provide support, and help facilitate services for our Highly Capable students. Please complete the Highly Capable Referral Form to refer your student for Highly Capable program.

Attention 6th Grade Parents

6th Grade Camp information books were handed out at conferences, if you did not receive one or have misplaced your, please contact your homeroom teacher. All registration pages need to be turned into your student's Homeroom teacher by December 20th.

Thank you, from the 6th grade team!

From Principal Krieg...

I wanted to take some time to address one topic of concern, that seems to continue to be an issue arising at school. Bullying is a serious topic and one that we at school take very seriously. One thing we often deal with at school is understanding the true definition of what entails bullying, as the law has very specific criteria. Although I want to be clear, that we will address all concerning behavior, how they are addressed and what consequences are applied will be determined based on if they fit the criteria for bullying/harassment or another area of discipline. Our district policy defines bullying as:

Harassment, intimidation or bullying means any intentionally written message or image (including those that are electronically transmitted) verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act: Physically harms a person or damages the person's property. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education or a person's job. Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Often times some behaviors we are dealing with at the middle school can be better described as mean, rude, or disrespectful behavior, and does not meet the criteria for bullying. Again, I want to reiterate that all of these behaviors are discouraged and address when reported, however the consequences or follow up will be dependent on the level of offense as well as other factors.

The counselor and I will be having conversations with students to help them identify bullying, as well as, different avenues for reporting. One option for reporting if a student isn't comfortable reporting in person is to utilize the SafeSchools website or application, this is a completely anonymous reporting system. The link to the SafeSchools website and mobile App is below.