September 16, 2023

Greetings TVMS community,

Beginning on Wednesday, September 20th TVMS will have a new start time to better support the on-time arrival of school buses. The new school time will be 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM. In the morning, our doors will open at 8:15 AM.

If your child is a walker or car rider, it is important that your child arrives at school no later than 8:25 AM to allow for enough time to get into the building and to class prior to the 8:30 AM bell. If your child is a bus rider, new pick up times will be available soon. Families will be notified when it becomes available.

September 15th marked the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. Please read below for some local events to celebrate the month.

Have a wonderful weekend and Shana Tova to those who celebrate.

Mrs. Denise Young


Important Dates

Changes to School Start/ Dismissal Times

School start and dismissal time changes are effective Wednesday, September 20th. The new school time for TVMS is 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM.

Friday, September 15- Sunday, October 15- Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 19, PTSA Meeting 6:30-7:30 PM

Wednesday, September 20, PTSA Fundraiser- Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar

Monday, September 25, Schools and Offices Closed

Monday, October 2- Wednesday, October 4- Reading MAP testing during ELA classes

Monday, October 16- Fall Picture Day

About National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, México, the Caribbean & Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, México and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.

Local Events in Celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

Ms. Contreras our Hispanic Achievement Liaison has collected a few local events occurring in the area for those interested in joining during the celebration of the National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and music that make Latino Heritage so special. Whether you have Latino roots or simply appreciate the rich diversity of our community.


Friday, September 15, 2023 (11am-12pm)

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

1300 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Molina Family Latino Gallery Entrance, 1 East, National Museum of American History Museum

Join the National Museum of the American Latino in a one-hour tour of the ¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States exhibition. This tour will guide visitors through the exhibition, highlighting key objects and stories that tell major chapters in U.S. history from the Latino lens. The tour also allows visitors to understand the formation of the U.S. Latino community from pre-Columbian to present day. After the tour, participants are encouraged to explore the digital components of the gallery including our Somos Theatre, which features a 14-minute documentary style video that explores the Latino community identity answering key questions of who we are as Americans and who we are as Latinos? The General Motors Learning Lounge will be open and features activities and a reading area for further exploration. Free –No registration required.


Saturday, September 16, 2023

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

2:00pm – 6:00pm

Prince George’s Publick Playhouse

5445 Landover Road

Hyattsville, MD 20784

Kick off the month with us at our annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebración!

This free family-friendly event for all ages will be held at Prince George’s Publick Playhouse and will feature:

  • An art exhibition and public reception displaying the works of Puerto Rican artist Aflredo Ortiz.
  • The unveiling of the 2023 Hispanic Heritage Month poster by high school student artists in partnership with Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.
  • Music, Dancing, and
  • Light Refreshments


Sunday, September 17, 2023 (12:30-5:30pm)

Hispanic Festival @ Lane Manor Park -

Address: 7601 West Park Dr. & University Blvd Adelphi, MD 20783 (Next to the Duck Pond, near the University of Maryland) Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

(Music • Live Entertainment • Delicious Ethnic Food • Craft Vendors • Children’s Area • Teen Area • Displays • Exhibitors • Carnival Games • and much more!)

Ticket Price: FREE
Age: All

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation presents the annual Hispanic Festival. Enjoy a variety of activities and much more!

FREE shuttle rides are available from Langley-McCormick ES to the festival grounds and back, every 30 minutes starting at noon until 5:30pm.

G/T Seminars

G/T Seminars are open to all students at Thomas Viaduct Middle School. We have seminars such as African American History, Book Club, Debate, Math/Logic, Photography, Television Production, and Writer's Workshop. These seminars occur during the school day and you (the student) would be pulled out of one of your classes to attend the seminar. It is expected that you make up whatever you miss from that class as we do not want the seminar to negatively impact your learning. You must always inform your teacher that you have a seminar and it is the teacher's decision if you are able to miss class that day. If there is a quiz/test, you must stay in class. Students are responsible for making up any work they miss in class due to attending the GT seminar.

If you would like to join one of our GT Seminars, please fill out this Google form (using your HCPSS account, it will not work if you have your personal gmail open). Please reach out to Ms. Rice with any questions at

Black Student Achievement Program- College and Career Opportunities Night

The HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program invites you to attend the upcoming BSAP College and Career Opportunities Night on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at Long Reach High School. This College and Career Opportunities Night invites scholars in grades 8 - 12 countywide to network with working professionals, colleges, and universities, explore post-secondary opportunities, and learn more about HCPSS pathways. The evening will highlight a variety of colleges and universities as well as local businesses and organizations. To register, please complete the Registration Form linked here.

PTSA News- Meeting This upcoming Tuesday

The first PTSA meeting for the school year will be this Tuesday, September 19, 6:30-7:30 PM in the media center at TVMS.

Those wishing to join virtually may use the following Google Meet Link:

Video call link:

To become a supporting member, please sign up here.

The first restaurant fundraiser night will be Wednesday, September 20th at The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar. Mark your calendars!

For questions about the PTSA email


Family File

It is mandatory that all parents/ guardians verify and/ or update emergency information for each child each school year. Updating this information provides us with the most current emergency contact information, and also ensures that you are receiving important information and updates for HCPSS and TVMS. Log in to HCPSS Connect, select the More Options tab on the left and then select Family File in the center column.

Student Code of Conduct

You may view HCPSS Student Code of Conduct here.

School Meals

HCPSS no longer will use Nutrislice for school menus or MySchoolBucks for meal payments. LINQ Connect is a secure, online portal that allows families to view breakfast and lunch menus, make online meal payments, monitor their child’s account, schedule automatic recurring payments, set up low balance alerts, submit a Free and Reduced Meals program application, and more. Details and information are available online.

Cell Phone Expectations

Students are not permitted to use their personal technology devices (phones) during school time, including lunch, recess and hallway transitions. This is in accordance with the Board of Education Policy 8080. If a student is seen with their device they will be expected to put it away immediately. If chronic issues persist, disciplinary actions may be implemented in alignment with the HCPSS Code of Conduct.

To support this, please refrain from calling or texting your child during school hours. If you need to get a message to them or contact them, please call the Front Office at 410-313-8711

Outside Food Expectations

Food delivery services (i.e. Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc.) are not allowed. Delivery will be refused as we do not have the capability to process this during the school day. If a parent would like to bring their child's lunch to the school, we ask that you do so prior to the start of your child's lunch shift. Parents will need to leave the lunch with our Front Office staff.

FARMS Application Information

To apply for all the financial assistance benefits of Free and Reduced Meals, including free Evening and Summer School, free SAT/ACT test fees, free college application fees, etc., complete the quick FARMS application at:

School Supply List

School Calendar 2023-2024

View, download, print or subscribe to the HCPSS 2023-2024 calendar online. The calendar is subject to change; the online calendar reflects the most recent version. There will be no printed 2023-2024 calendars.