Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

June 14, 2019

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Have a Great Summer, Tamanend!

Summer is a time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. Best wishes to all of our Tamanend families for a wonderful summer. This is our last edition of Tamanend Connections for the school year. We will send a "Welcome Back" newsletter on Friday, August 2 with important details about next year. Our first regular newsletter for the 2019-2020 school year will be sent out on Friday, August 30. We look forward to seeing everyone in September, ready for a year filled with learning and growth!


Upcoming Events at a Glance

Report Cards Posted on Parent Portal--Tuesday, June 18

Welcome Back Informational Newsletter for 2019-2020--to be released Friday, August 2

Student Schedules Released on Parent Portal--Friday, August 23

Schedule Pick Up/7th Grade Open House--Monday, August 26*

*tentative date based on progress of HVAC renovation project; we will provide updates regarding this event throughout the summer

First Regular Newsletter for 2019-2020--to be released Friday, August 30

First Day of School for Students--Tuesday, September 3


Tamanend Talent Shines

On Thursday, June 13, Tamanend hosted it's annual talent show. The show consisted of twenty six student and teacher acts. Our student council officers did an awesome job serving as emcees. We are in awe of the talent that exists here at Tamanend.

Freshman Dance

Our Freshman class enjoyed an evening of dancing and fun on Friday, June 7. Thank you to the parent committee for all of your hard work. The students had a wonderful time and we appreciate your efforts!

Tamanend Will Be Even Cooler Next Year!

The Central Bucks School board recently approved major upgrades which will install air conditioning and upgrade lighting at Tamanend. We are very exciting about these upgrades to our school! The project will begin June 17, 2019 and is scheduled to conclude during the summer of 2020. At the conclusion of the project, Tamanend will be fully air conditioned. Once the construction project is underway, we will provide updates via the Tamanend website. Due to this construction project, much of our building will be inaccessible during the summer. However, our offices will be open Mondays through Thursdays during the summer months. We have tentatively scheduled schedule pickup and 7th Grade Open House for Monday, August 26. This date is subject to change based on progress on this construction project. We will provide families with updates on this schedule pick up/7th Grade Open House as soon as they become available.

Reminder--Summer Reading/One School, One Book

Starting this summer, we will be engaging the Tamanend community in a One School, One Book program. A committee of teachers, librarians, and administrators worked for a year to choose a book that would appeal to our entire school community. We are pleased to announce that we will be reading Posted by John David Anderson. We encourage all of next year’s Tamanend students to read this book over the summer. The book is widely available online and through Central Bucks book fairs. If you are aware of a student who might have difficulty purchasing this book due to a financial hardship, please email Kristi Holloway at kholloway@cbsd.org so that we may obtain a copy for the student. Click here to watch a short video of the author of Posted speaking about this book. We are planning a variety of activities throughout the 19-20 school year to engage all members of the Tamanend community in discussions related to this book.

Reminder--Summer Reading Information for Current 9th Graders Who Will be Attending CB South Next Year

This summer CB South will be implementing a new program that provides students with more CHOICES for reading. We hope to generate lots of enthusiasm for reading during the summer months!

Our goal is to have students reading on a regular basis because they choose to do so. We encourage students to choose books that interest them. When students are interested and engaged in a book, reading becomes a meaningful part of their lives.

We encourage you to be involved in conversations with your child about the book they choose. When family plays an active role in their child’s reading life, students can witness firsthand the role reading can play in their lives.

At CB South we will be instituting a school-wide Big Read in which students will be able to choose a summer reading title from an extensive list developed by our entire CB South faculty community. Each faculty member has chosen a book that they are excited to share and discuss with students. These books range from graphic novels, to YA fiction, to classical works, to non-fiction texts. Your child should spend some time looking through the list at the start of the summer, choose a book and read it, and be prepared in the fall to return for a special school-wide Big Read activity. Students will be meeting with the faculty member who corresponds with their chosen book for a lively exchange of ideas and reactions to the reading experience. For more information and the list of books, please visit the Central Bucks High School South’s website, so that you can be engaged in the selection process and perhaps even read a book alongside your student.

Thank you for being an important part of our reading community!

June's Featured Teacher--Mr. Nugent

Mr. Nugent has been a Music teacher for four years and has taught 1st through 12th grades. His favorite part of teaching is helping his students reach their goals. Outside of school Mr. Nugent’s hobbies include hiking, camping, and reading. Mr. Nugent’s favorite vacation spots are Maine and Utah. He plays an assortment of instruments which include the bass, violin, viola, cello and guitar (bass). If Mr. Nugent could learn a new instrument he would learn the French horn. He loves the Vietnamese food Pho and doesn’t have a favorite color as he enjoys all colors. Mr. Nugent believes a world without color is bland and boring. His favorite genres of music are classical and hip hop and his favorite concert he has attended is Ben Folds with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Nugent loves the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and his favorite musician is Leonard Bernstein.

Thank you for reading my “Featured Teacher” articles this school year, and a special thanks to Shannon Adams for being my amazing photographer!

--Submitted by Paige S., 8th Grade


Reminder--Student Emergency & Information Form on Parent Portal to Open August 5

Each year, the Central Bucks School District requires our families to fill out a Student Emergency & Information Form. This year the Parent Portal will open on August 5th to the complete the form, which takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:

  • Demographic Information
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration
  • Media Release Preferences

Before summer break, please check to make sure that you have your username and password. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please follow this link to request one. If you need help with your Parent Portal account, please contact your child’s school for assistance. Beginning August 5th, you may click here to be directed to your Parent Portal account to complete the Student Emergency & Information Form.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to update this important information!

Reminder--Laptop Information for Current 7th and 8th Graders

All students will be responsible for their laptops for the duration of the 3-year lease. All current 7th & 8th grade students will take their laptops home for the summer. Before the school year ends, please encourage your children to make sure their charger, laptop, and pen are working. All repairs are covered under our user agreement. Students should place a ticket to repair equipment before summer break.

Below is a list of Q & A’s to help explain the process:

  • What should my child take home on the last day of school?
    • All students need to take home their laptop, bag, charger, and pen. We do not have an option for students that want to leave the device at school.
  • What if my child is not returning to CBSD in 2019-20?
    • Any student who is not returning to Central Bucks next year will need to turn his or her laptop in on the last day of school.
  • What if the laptop breaks over the summer?
    • Students can drop the laptop off at Tamanend's Main Office Mondays through Thursdays, 9am-3pm for service.
  • Will my child receive a loaner device if it breaks over the summer?
    • No loaners will be given out over the summer. Students will receive an email when the device is repaired. Pick-up will be in the Main Office.
  • Do I have to do anything with the laptop over the summer?
    • Yes, laptops need to be turned on at least once during both July and August to receive necessary updates. This is very important so that the laptop will work on the first day of school. It is suggested to turn on the laptops on July 15th and August 15th if it is not being used regularly.
    • Please refer to our laptop agreement for guidelines. A reminder that leaving laptops in heat and near sand or water could damage the device beyond repair.
  • What does my child need for the first day of school?
    • Each student should be prepared for the first day of school with a fully-charged laptop, charger, pen and bag.
  • Is there a usage fee for the 2019-20 school year?
    • Families will be asked to pay a usage fee for the device of $50 per student per year. This fee will cover breaks, repairs and other services. This year, the payment process will begin on August 5th using My Payments Plus. More information will be sent out in July. Financial assistance with this fee is available for any family facing a financial need. Please contact Dr. Brian Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org after August 5th if you need assistance with this fee.
  • How do I learn more about the 1:1 Initiative?
    • This is our current FAQ. We will continue to update this throughout the summer. If there is a question that you do not see, please email us at techsupport@cbsd.org. This account is monitored weekly.


Athletic Department News


Congratulations to all Tamanend student-athletes and teams for their successes and accomplishments during the 2018-2019 school year!!


In order for students to participate in Fall sports (tryouts and/or practice), Family ID and PIAA physicals MUST be completed. Students who do not take care of all items are not permitted to play.

    • Registration on Family ID will open on July 1st for all of next school year’s 7th and 8th Grade students who are interested in playing a Fall sport for Tamanend.
    • PIAA physicals for the 2019-2020 school year must be dated after June 1, 2019 and submitted to Mr. Klein. Only sections 5 and 6 need to be completed and submitted. (All items in Sections 1-4 are addressed in Family ID.)


Family ID is currently open for CB South Fall sports registration.


Joe Ramos' Break the Silence Community Picnic--July 27

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Reminder--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, 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

Food and Meals During the Summer Months

Here is a list of some local organizations that provide food and meals during the summer months:

BCHG Doylestown Community Food Pantry

470 Old Dublin Pike

Doylestown, PA 18901

Tel: Maddie Burgess 215-345-4311 Ext. 101

Hours: 5:30pm - 8:00pm Wed (Line closes at 7:45 pm), 10:30am –1:30pm Thu (Line closes at 1:15 pm)

10:30am to 1:00pm Sun (Line closes at 12:45 pm)

Church of the Holy Nativity

749 Durham Road

Wrightstown, PA 18940

Tel: Nancy Stroh 215-598-3405

A place where a person in a food emergency can go for immediate help. No fee. Call for appointment.

Coordinating Council of Health and Welfare, Inc.

Emergency Food Cupboard

73 Downey Drive

Warminster, PA 18974

Tel: 215-672-9422

Hours: 9:30am - 11:30am Mon/Wed/Fri

Doylestown Area FISH

Box 196

Doylestown, PA 18901

Tel: 215-348-7172

24-Hour phone - by appointment only.

Fresh Connect Bucks County

through the Bucks County Opportunity Council

Every Friday in Bristol, PA -12:00 PM

Lower Bucks Campus of Bucks County

Community College

1304 Veteran’s Hwy., Bristol, PA 19007

Every Thursday in Ottsville, PA- 11:00 AM

Intersection of Rte 611 & 412

Ottsville, PA 18942

Living Hope Community Church

106 South Main Street – 2nd Floor

Dublin, PA 18917

Tel: 215-249-1133

Hours: Noon – 2:00pm Fri or call for appointment

Angel Food Host Site, call for more info.

New Britain Baptist Church-Food Larder

Route 202 and Tamanend Avenue, P.O. Box 5147

New Britain, PA 18901-0933

Tel: 215-345-9170

Hours: 9am -12pm and 1pm – 4pm Mon and Wed

YWCA of Bucks County

Aspen Grove Family Center Food Pantry – Apt L4-4

120 East Street Road

Warminster, PA 18974

Tel: 215-672-2974

Hours: 10am – 1pm Tue and Thu, 10am – 1pm Fridays by appointment only 10 AM – 1PM

Reminder--Housing Information

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Please Consider Volunteering at Tamanend Middle School

We value and appreciate parent participation and involvement at Tamanend Middle School. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for parents. Please click on the link to the Sign Up Genius for a complete listing of volunteer opportunities. The access code is TMS

Reminder--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.

Reminder--Support Tamanend While You Shop

If you use the following vendors, please think about supporting TMS while you shop:

  • 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.

Share Good News About Tamanend Students

Tamanend students accomplish amazing things and 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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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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