The Tohickon Golden Eagle
MARCH BEGINS WITH THE SPRING MUSICAL
Dear Tohickon Families,
Spring is around the corner as we are quickly moving through marking period 3. The month of March is a big planning month as we begin to look forward to the 2020-2021 School Year. The highlight of the month is our Spring Musical. This year the featured production is “Beauty and The Beast Jr.” The performances will take place on March 5, 6, 7 beginning at 7:00 PM in the Tohickon Auditorium. There will also be a matinee presentation on Saturday, March 7, beginning at 2:30 PM. Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance or online at brownpapertickets.org (search Tohickon).
The planning process for the musical begins a year in advance, when the performance is chosen. During the month of November, rehearsals take place and the cast is selected. Once that occurs, there is a rigorous practice schedule every day after school. As the musical approaches, there are some practices held on Saturdays. The students and staff involved in this process are extremely devoted to putting together the best performance possible. Additionally, it is a great experience for our students as they work together and learn the importance of teamwork. We are very thankful for the efforts that all parties put into this process, especially Mr. Dengler (Director), Ms. Robyn Watson (Asst. Director), Mrs. Welch (Production Manager), Mr. Good (Set Construction) and our parent volunteers. Good luck to all!
The remaining weeks of March will involve final preparations for the Ninth Grade Washington, DC Trip in April. We will also be making initial preparations for the PSSA Testing period which is scheduled for 7th and 8th grade students on April 21, 22, 23, 28 and 30. If you have any questions, please contact the main office at (267)893-3300. If you are interested in seeing a great performance, please come out to see our musical later this week. I hope all of our families have a wonderful month!!!
There are upcoming events of which students and parents should be aware of. The events for the month of March are as follows:
- Science Olympiad at Neumann University
March 5 ,6, 7
- Spring Musical beginning at 7:00 PM. A special matinee performance on March 7 at 2:30 PM.
- Festival of World Languages Field Trip
- Tohickon Parent Council beginning at 9:00 AM in Library
- Red Cross Blood Drive - 2:30 until 8:00 PM in Tohickon Cafeteria
TOHICKON CONTINUES TO BUILD ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH PENN ENGINEERING
Tohickon Middle School has continued to strengthen its partnership with Penn Engineering. The partnership consists of two parts, an engineering (technology education) component and a career development piece.
Mr. Bruce Good, our Technology Education Teacher, has continued to foster the developing relationship with the company. Most recently, several 9th Grade Technology Education students visited the Penn Engineering facility. A former Tohickon student, who is now an engineer at the facility, led the tour for our students. It was amazing to see how things can come full circle.
Mr. Scott Felton and Mrs. Susan Fugate met with Penn's executives at the end of February to plan a career awareness experience for the entire 9th Grade. The purpose of this experience is to orientate students to what a company is and how its different departments play an important role. We will be planning a field trip for all ninth grade students during the month of April.
We are very excited about this partnership! We feel it can provide our students a realistic, applicable experience, that may help some with career decisions moving forward.
TOHICKON STUDENTS SHINE AT MATH COUNTS COMPETITION
On Saturday, February 8th a team of Tohickon students competed at the Bucks County Chapter Mathcouts competition at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. Mathcounts is a national middle school competition program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades are eligible to participate in the competition. Our team worked very hard over the past five months preparing for the competition by successfully solving challenging and rigorous math problems under the guidance of their coach, Mrs. Bellavance. Tohickon’s team finished in fourth place out of twelve teams in Bucks County, which is their highest placement in the past seven years! We also had one student finish in the top 10 of individual scorers and compete in the Countdown Round, and another student finish in the top 20 of individual scorers. Congratulations to Susanna D., James W., Prithvi K., Quinn B. and Zachary P. for a job well done representing Tohickon Middle School.
For more information about the Mathcounts competition series visit www.mathcounts.org.
TEAM ODYSSEY BAKE SALE
Team Odyssey will be doing a bake sale to support the ASPCA on Thursday, March 5th immediately after school by the bus doors. All baked goods will be $1. The sale will then continue at the 8th grade boys basketball game in gym until 4:00 PM. Volunteers are needed to bake items for the sale and work the sale. All baked donations need to be individually wrapped for sale. Please email Mrs. Bellavance at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Please consider supporting our team fundraiser by sending in money for your son or daughter to purchase baked goods at dismissal on Thursday, March 5th. Thank you for your support!
LIBRARY LUNCH AND LEARN
Mrs. Fox has created a program called Library Lunch and Learn. Several times per year, during the lunch periods, students are given an option (first come, first serve) to spend their lunch in the library listening to a professional from our community share what they do. During the month of March, we are very fortunate to have William Daly (Horsham Police Chief), Officer Kevin Pope (former SWAT Team and Tohickon Student) and Kate Ryan (K9 Officer) and her dog Gallant. This will take place on Wednesday, March 11.
PSSA TESTING BEGINS ON APRIL 21
PSSA testing dates are as follows:
8th Grade -
English Language Arts – April 21, 22 and 23
Math – April 28
Science – April 30
English Language Arts – April 21, 22 and 23
Math – April 28
Please make every effort to schedule appointments and vacations around these dates. Parents can help their students perform well by encouraging students to take these tests seriously and seeing that students get plenty of rest during testing weeks.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB OFFERINGS AT TOHICKON
In order for clubs to run, a teacher must be willing to sponsor the club after school and there must be a reasonable level of student interest. For these reasons, Tohickon clubs may be different from year to year. Throughout the year, Tohickon expects to be running the following clubs:
- Art Club - Sponsored by Mrs. Thompson (email@example.com)
- Dance Club - Sponsored by Mrs. Heath (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Debate Club - Sponsored by Mrs. Showaker (email@example.com)
- Diversity Club - Sponsored by Mrs. Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Environmental Club - Sponsored by Mrs. Showaker (email@example.com)
- Fitness Club - Sponsored by Ms. Dobrowolski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Garden Club - Sponsored by Mr. Neely (email@example.com)
- Magic: The Gathering Club - Sponsored by Mr. Geller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Math Club and Math Counts Team - Sponsored by Mrs. Bellavance and Mrs. Rissing (email@example.com)
- Morning Math Help Club - Sponsored by Mrs. Bellavance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Music Enrichment for Strings (MES) - Sponsored by Mrs. Pak (email@example.com)
- NOVA - Community Service Club - Sponsored by Mrs. Furfari (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Running Club - Sponsored by Ms. Meadows (email@example.com)
- Sewing Club - Sponsored by Mrs. Furfari (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are interested in joining one of the clubs at Tohickon or have any questions, please see the club's sponsor in order to sign up.
MESSAGE FROM THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
Welcome to Tohickon Athletics! Students that are interested in participating in sports must visit the Tohickon Athletics Webpage to find directions on how to register. Spring sports registration is now open! Students cannot participate until the physical is complete and uploaded to FamilyID.
All 9th grade sports will be held at the high schools. Students can register for 9th grade sports by visiting the athletics website of the high school they will be attending:
Any questions about 7th or 8th grade sports can be directed to the Tohickon Athletic Director, Ken Hall. email@example.com Questions about 9th grade sports can be directed to the high school Athletic Directors.
TOHICKON ONLINE STORE
If you're interested in ordering official Tohickon MS gear, there is an online store for the 2019-2020 school year! The apparel isn't just for athletics - anyone can order Tohickon gear from this site! To shop, click here!
2019-2020 LEADERS OF TOHICKON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Throughout the year, feel free to contact these team members, should you have any questions that pertain to their area of specialization. The team, subject area and specialized leaders are as follows:
2019-2020 Teams and Team Leaders
- Team Infinity 7A (Grade 7) - Mrs. Kelli McMahon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Team Summit 7B (Grade 7) - Mrs. Jennifer Reese (email@example.com)
- Team Odyssey 8A (Grade 8) - Mrs. Andrea Bellavance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Team Expedition 8B (Grade 8) - Mr. Zachary Sibel (email@example.com)
- Freshman Team - Mr. Michael Weir (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Ms. Alison Lewis (email@example.com)
2019-2020 Subject Area Coordinators
- English - Mrs. Amy Fry-Daly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Math - Mrs. Andrea Bellavance (email@example.com)
- Science - Mr. Jarred Levenson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Social Studies - Mrs. Taylor Girardi (email@example.com)
- Special Education Facilitator - Mrs. Kelly Zagwoski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2019-2020 Specialized Area Leaders
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE
The health office has recently seen an increase of cold-related symptoms, and this is not uncommon with the warm winter season. With the recent concern of the Coronavirus, remind your children that the best way to avoid germs is to wash their hands often with soap and water. Please give medication at home, before school, as the nurse’s office does not have cold medication to administer to students. Children who have a fever above 100.3 degrees should remain home until fever free without medication. Also, we encourage students to carry water bottles to remain hydrated throughout the school day.
Important Information for Incoming 7th Graders
All incoming 7th grade students are required to have a Pennsylvania State Mandated dental exam. Dental exams are acceptable with any date after 9/1/2019. Please complete and return the dental exam form prior to the start of the new school year. Also, 7th grade students need to have the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations prior to the start of the new school year. Please keep this in mind as your child has their yearly physical completed. Feel free to contact the health office at 267-893-3315 with any questions or health concerns you have for your child. Here’s to a calm end to winter!
HOW TO GET INFORMATION AT TOHICKON MIDDLE SCHOOL
We pride ourselves on communication at Tohickon! There are a number of ways we communicate with our parents. They are as follows:
Monthly Newsletter - The newsletter typically comes out via email on the first of each month, running from August through June. The newsletter is designed to be informational and substantive. There is always a chronology of upcoming events listed. All present and past Tohickon newsletters can be found on the Tohickon website.
School Website - The Tohickon website is a great place to find important information. The most recent newsletter and daily announcement links are always located on the front page. All information pertinent to parents and students can be found in the "Parent/Student" section of the website.
E-Mail Blasts - Email blasts at Tohickon are used when an important message needs to be sent to parents quickly. PLEASE do not delete these messages, as they are most likely very important.
Twitter - Messages and pictures are sent to the community frequently to highlight unique events happening in school. Follow us on Twitter @CBTohickonMS
Parent Council Meetings - These are great opportunities to hear what is going on and to provide feedback to Mr. Marton and Mr. Murtha. The Tohickon Administration values your opinion and wants to hear your thoughts on given topics. Parent Council Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, and meeting dates are as follows: September 19th, October 17th, November 21st, January 16th, February 20th, March 19th, April 16th, May (Teacher Appreciation Activities). All meetings are held in the Tohickon Library. The meetings begin promptly at 9:00 AM and usually conclude between 10:00 and 10:30 AM. There is no meeting in December or June and the May meeting is traditionally reserved for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.
Teacher Websites/Canvas - All teachers are expected to maintain an updated school website/ Canvas homepage. These sites are useful for finding out what is going on in class, tracking assignments, etc.
Parent Portal - All grading and assignment information can be accessed using the Parent Portal. If you are having any trouble accessing your child's information, please contact the guidance department at 267-893-3310.
Students are expected to be in school daily, unless they have an excused absence (i.e. illness). If your child will not be able to attend school, parents need to email email@example.com. Email is strongly preferred but if you are unable to email the school, please call the school attendance line at 267-893-3305. PLEASE DO NOT SEND WRITTEN NOTES UNLESS IT IS FROM A PHYSICIAN. Students must be in school before 10:30 AM in order to get credit for the day.
Students will not be allowed to participate in any after-school activities if they are not here before 10:30 AM and/or they do not complete a half a day of school. If a student needs to leave before 2:30 PM, they should bring a note to the front office in the morning. Once a note is provided, they will be given a yellow pass, which allows them to leave their class at the designated time.
HOW CAN I REACH MY CHILD DURING THE SCHOOL DAY?
PROGRAM PLANNING INFORMATON
PROGRAM PLANNING INFORMATION - For more information go to the Tohickon guidance website https://www.cbsd.org/Page/848
9th to 10th grade Course Verification Sheets9th grade students will receive verification sheets of their 10th grade course selections on March 20. Parents are asked to review the course selections with their child. Requests for changes and/or questions should be noted on the verification form. Signed verification forms should be returned to Advisory teachers by March 26. NO CHANGES will be made after March 26.
HOW TO MAKE CHANGES TO STUDENT INFORMATION
Please note the following procedures for submitting address changes and/or changes to mailing addresses, guardian(s) or other household information. This information is also available on the Central Bucks School District Website - www.cbsd.org.
All student address changes within Central Bucks must be validated at the Central Registration office by appointment only. We cannot make changes at the middle school.
Any changes to the current information we have on file can be changed through the Parent Portal.
Student Change of Address Procedures:
- Download the Change of Student Address Within Central Bucks form or obtain the form from the school your student currently attends.
- Call (267-893-2111) or email (CentralRegistration@cbsd.org) Central Registration for an appointment.
- Complete the form and bring it to your scheduled appointment along with the following REQUIRED documentation:
- Property Deed/Agreement of Sale (follow up with deed) OR Current Lease Agreement
AND one of the following:
- current utility bill
- current tax bill/receipt
- current bank statement.
Your student’s records will be updated to reflect the new address upon receipt of the required documentation.
Change in Household Membership:
All student household membership additions, deletions or changes must be documented on the Household Membership Change form. This would include the following:
- Parent/Guardian changes
- Sibling changes
- Mailing changes.
Student Household Membership Change Procedures
Download the Household Membership Change form or obtain the form from the school your student currently attends. Complete the form and return to your student’s school or mail it to the address below:
Central Bucks School District
Educational Services Center
16 Welden Drive
Doylestown, PA 18901
If you have any questions, please call Central Registration (267-893-2111) or email your questions to CentralRegistration@cbsd.org
CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)
CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.
CHIP is brought to you by leading health insurance companies. You'll have a choice of major insurance companies with networks of physicians, specialists, and care facilities near you. Your kids may even be able to keep visiting the same doctors they see today.
Click here to find out more information & to apply!
HOW TO SUPPORT TOHICKON
Just by doing your routine shopping, you can help Tohickon in our efforts to raise money for special programs and various items to support our school and students. Tohickon has registered in fundraising programs sponsored by Giant Market, eScrip.com, and Amazon.com. We also collect Boxtops for Education, and recycle paper and clothing. Check out the details below. It is easy to do and a wonderful way to support our school! Thank you, in advance, for your participation in these programs!
GIANT A+ School Rewards Program (Began on September 6th, 2019)
Tohickon Middle School has the opportunity to earn cash through Giant A+ School Rewards Program. All you have to do is: Log on to giantfoodstores.com/aplus to register online OR dial 1-888-448-4642 to register your card over the phone. After you register your card, each shopping trip at Giant using your BONUSCARD earns CASH for our school! Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Giant website. Attending to this simple process makes a HUGE difference to our school. We need your support. Please be sure to register your card to benefit Tohickon Middle School using ID #05868. Thanks to our Tohickon families, we raised $6,000 from this school rewards program last year.
Just register online at www.escrip.com. Tohickon’s Group ID # is 150239570. You can split your donation among several different schools or organizations, so if you’re already registered with another group, consider adding Tohickon! While you’re logged onto the www.escrip.com site, you may want to consider registering your debit and/or credit card so that Tohickon will benefit from purchases made with those cards at retailers like Office Max, Eddie Bauer, Barnes and Noble, and Payless Shoes. Choose “my escript” from the menu at the top of the screen, log in with your password, go to “Account Administration,” and select “Credit and Debit Cards.” Be sure to check out the complete list of participating merchants and contribution rates.