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April 3--Please note: CBSD is CLOSED on Friday, April 3. More information at CBSD.ORG

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First Day of Phase Two of Distance Learning is Monday, April 6

Students and teachers will begin engaging in new learning as part of Phase 2 of Distance Learning on Monday, April 6. We appreciate your patience, support, and kindness as we work together as a school community to continue to connect, learn, and grow in new ways during this challenging time. It is very important to review the Phase 2 Distance Learning Guide for Families with your child found at this link. Here is a summary:

    • Phase 2 of Distance Learning Plan: Central Bucks School District recently announced details for Phase 2 of the Distance Learning Plan. The biggest shift in Phase 2 of Distance Learning is the introduction of new content. In a distance learning environment, it is critical for teachers to check in with their students. Instruction will be conducted in two primary ways:
      • Asynchronous - This is when students can access their learning and interact with assignments at any time and would receive feedback from their teacher at another time. Asynchronous instruction, in the form of assigned readings, independent practice, and self-paced lessons will take place each day.
      • Synchronous - This is when students can access their learning and interact with assignments at a specific time and receive real-time feedback. Synchronous instruction, in the form of direct instruction – live or pre-recorded, will also take place daily.
      • Teachers will perform regular check-ins and reach out to students as necessary to provide feedback on student learning.

Show Your Love for Tamanend on Monday, April 6

Show your love for Tamanend on Monday, April 6 by finishing the statement on the sign found at this link (I love Tamanend because...) and taking a picture of yourself with it on your laptop. Email your photos to Mrs. ORINSKI eorinski@cbsd.org or Ms. VITACCO mvitacco@cbsd.org

Distance Learning Resources and Reminders

Tamanend's Distance Learning Resources page

A reminder that you can find Tamanend's Distance Learning Resources page here. This page includes links to each teacher's distance learning page, the Phase Two class schedule, etiquette for online Teams meetings, and more. It also has a link to our Nurse's distance learning page, our Librarian's distance learning page, and our Guidance counselors' distance learning page.

See Many Highlights from our Distance Learning Program During the Week on Twitter

You can also follow us on Twitter for distance learning highlights @CBTamanendMS.

Grab & Go Free Lunch Program

During the district-wide closure associated with COVID-19, the Central Bucks School District has put the following procedures into place in order to provide lunch to those students enrolled in the Free & Reduced Lunch Program on regular school days. Lunch is available for pickup between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for Tamanend students at CB South High School (Mondays and Thursdays) and at Barclay Elementary School (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays).

The following procedures are important to note:

  • The student(s) enrolled in the Free & Reduced Lunch Program must be present at pickup.
  • Alternative meal options will be available for those students with allergies, as necessary.

Assistance with Resources

If your family needs assistance with resources during this difficult time, please contact one of the following staff members. We have been working hard to develop a network of resource providers to help with any need:

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



School is closed until further notice.

All after school and weekend activities are cancelled until further notice.



  • All Spring sports in Central Bucks have been postponed until at least April 14th. A reevaluation will be held as that date gets closer. Updates will be included in future newsletters as information becomes available.
  • Please see below for information about home workouts through Nike Training Club.
  • Please see below for the latest press release from PIAA.


  • Please see the flier below for information on CB South Boys soccer summer camp.
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March's Featured Teacher is Ms. Scheffey

This month’s feature teacher is Ms. Scheffey. She has been teaching Health and Physical Education for 27 years and has taught grades 7 thru 12. After attending Penn State for her undergraduate, she attended Lehigh University for her Principal Certification. Ms. Scheffey started her career teaching at New Hope Solebury School District (K-12). Ms. Scheffey’s favorite part about being a teacher is getting to watch her students experience and celebrate success--whether its by completing a perfect pushup or scoring a touchdown. Ms. Scheffey also runs the Friends group at Tamanend. These students always bring a smile to her face by daily interactions, stories, and kindness. Some of Ms. Scheffey’s hobbies outside of school are working and making improvements to her house either by tiling the floors and walls, putting up walls in her basement, installing a walkway outside and installing ceiling fans. A few of Ms. Scheffey’s favorite vacation spots include Cancun and Florida in the winter. A couple of Ms. Scheffey’s favorite foods are stir fry, pad thai, and sushi. Ms. Scheffey’s favorite color is blue and she enjoys a large variety of music including relaxing music, workout music and some oldies. Ms. Scheffey enjoys watching the Philadelphia Eagles, Penn State Football, USA women’s soccer (which are also her favorite sports teams), HGTV and DIY. She played soccer and basketball for most of her life through high school and college but right now her favorite sport is pickleball. A few of Ms. Scheffey’s favorite book series are by James Patterson and Brene Brown. When Ms. Scheffey retires she hopes to see herself at the beach and around water full time.

Submitted by Paige Smithkors

Tamanned Hosts First Virtual Coffeehouse

Almost 80 Tamanend community members enjoyed the Tamanend Corona Cabaret Thursday evening. Hosted on Microsoft Teams, Tamanend students performed from their homes to roaring applause from their virtual audience. It was great to see students, teachers, administrators, friends, and family spending some quality time “Tamanend Together.” Stay tuned for a date announcement for the next Cabaret – it will be a regular event! Calling all Tamanend teachers – we want to hear some of your performances at the next one!

Reminder--Help Tamanend Yearbook Document Our Experiences During this Unprecedented Time

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to pass the time? Please consider taking some pictures for yearbook! The Tamanend yearbook needs your help in documenting this unprecedented time. What kind of pictures are we looking for? Pictures of how you are choosing to pass the time! Perhaps it is a picture of you reading inside, Face Timing with friends, searching the items at the grocery store, or practicing social distancing out in nature. Please send your pictures to gconnell@cbsd.org with the subject line #yearbook

To CB South Athletes and Parents of CB South Athletes—Tamanend yearbook is looking for team pictures and candid photos of South sports teams. Please send your pictures to gconnell@cbsd.org with the subject line #yearbook

Reminder--Tamanend Yearbook

It’s a great time to order your child’s 2019-2020 Tamanend Yearbook! If you order online prior to January 31, 2020 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 Students Launch Warwick Memorial Park Bricks Project

Two Tamanend 8th Graders, Julianna Smith and Andela Dozier, from Girl Scouts Troop 21638 have come up with the idea to build a walkway up to the flagpole at Warwick Memorial Park. They are asking people to purchase a brick because they feel that on the walkway, people should be able to show their support to the veterans at this memorial park. The girls are building this walkway for their Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout cadet can achieve. It gives the girls a chance to show that they are leaders who are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community. To purchase a brick or get more information go to https://wmpbricks.wixsite.com/wmpbricks.

Reminder--Parent Volunteers Needed for Freshman Dance Preparations

We are currently looking for parents who would be interested in helping to setup and prepare for the Freshman Dance, scheduled for June 5th. Parents of students in any grade level are welcome to attend. Please click here to for additional information.

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Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Reminder--Help is Down the Hall

The Tamanend Student Assistance Program (SAP) Team is a group of trained faculty members who can connect students with appropriate help and resources if they show signs of struggling with mental health concerns or alcohol/substance use. If you notice concerns such as major changes in behavior or mood, drop in achievement, or use of drugs or alcohol, then you may consider a SAP referral. When the team receives a referral, we gather more information to determine if there is a need for intervention and further assessment. The information is confidential, and the process is for the purpose of offering help. Anyone can refer a student about whom they are concerned. Referrals can be made at this referral link or by contacting a SAP team member:

Mrs. Barlow, Mrs. Cammann, Sra. Corsino, Mr. Dudley, Mr. Heisey,

Mr. Klein, Mrs. Myrtetus, Ms. Scheffey, & Mrs. Szagola


Communicating Absences

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


Visit Our Nurse's Office Distance Learning Page!

Central Bucks School District is closely monitoring the CDC’s recommendations as well as those from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Bucks County Health Department. You may review the latest recommendations from the CDC on their website at www.cdc.gov. At this time, the best advice is to practice the same common-sense preventative measures that are recommended every cold and flu season, including proper hand washing and staying home when sick.

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Distance Learning Technical Support

  • Logging in to Laptops: Students will use their FULL CB email address: (lastname.firstinitial###@student.cbsd.org) & password to log into the laptop. Your classroom teacher can help you with the log-in information. You can also email our support team.

  • Updating Devices: To allow your computer to be completely up to date after the handout, CBSD will be sending updates to the computers that could cause a random restart. Please make sure to have autosave turned on by creating new documents through Office 365 on the web so you do not lose work.

  • Device Having Issues: Restarting your computer will solve many computer issues. Please restart twice before reaching out for tech support. Click here to submit a Help Ticket.

  • Broken Hardware: We will attempt to have frequent drive through hardware support for our staff and students. In the event that device peripherals (pens, chargers, batteries, etc.) stop working or need replacement, families and staff do not need to purchase them through MyPaymentsPlus at this time. These devices can be bought directly from Amazon or a retailer of your choosing. A list of supplies can be found here: https://www.cbsd.org/Page/5150



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--Internet Essentials from Comcast is Now Free For Two Months For New Customers

Click here to find out more about low-cost internet from Comcast Essentials. In response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service.

FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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Reminder--Workshops for Issues Impacting Children

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Food Pantry in Warrington

Warrington Fellowship Church offers a food pantry Thursdays from 6:00--7:00 PM. Please call 215.200.0733.

Housing Information

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Are You Interested in Volunteering at Tamanend?

Please click here to sign up as a parent volunteer at Tamanend. The survey access code is TMS.

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.

Support Tamanend While You Shop

Please consider supporting TMS while you shop:

Giant Food Stores

  • 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.

Box Tops for Education

You can now simply scan your receipts to participate in the Box Tops 4 Education program to support Tamanend Middle School. Click on the link below to learn more:


You may also submit your receipts directly to Mrs. Consoletti in the Guidance Office and we will scan them for you. Thank you for your support of our school.

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.

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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How Did We Do This Week?

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