Timber Wolf Times
News for TMS Families Week of October 18, 2021
Dear Trailside Families,
Dear Parents and Guardians,
With just two weeks left in the marking period, please check in with your children to make sure they are all caught up on assignments. This week we are focusing on Kindness, with a spirit week event. Please check out the flyer below.
In our efforts to increase parent communication between home and school, we have developed a pathway for parents and/or students to ask questions of our team. If you have questions regarding anything from learning to school process and practices, please click on the following form.
Thank you for your continued support of our commitment to provide a safe and caring learning environment for our students.
IMAPCK @ Trailside
The core attributes that we value at TMS are Inclusion, Motivation, Perseverance, Altruism, Compassion, & Kinship! We have a team of teachers dedicated to recognizing students for being AMAZING and demonstrating kindness. If you want to see more about TMS expectations, see the ROCK poster below!
All schools in Loudoun County have the PBIS program (Positive Behavior Intervention System). Since TMS opened, our PBIS program is call IMPACK. Each quarter, teachers select students who have been role models in the core attributes of IMPACK. Our First IMPACK award's ceremony will be on Wednesday, October 27th. Students who have been selected by their team of teachers will receive an invitation to include their family as well. We look forward to this special event and recognizing many of our students. This award will be given two more times this school year and then at the end of the year awards ceremony.
PTA Spirit Night Tuesday, October 19th @ Chipotle
lease support our school at our next Spirit Night at Chipotle, where 33% of online and pickup sales goes back to our PTA! This Tuesday, October 19, from 4-8pm at the Belmont Chase location. See the link to the flyer below.
Important Dates and Communication
The team at Victor O’Neill Studios would like to thank your school for a great picture day!
We are reaching out to inform you that student images are now online.
Please share the information and graphic below with your parents:
Any student who has not had a chance to order, it’s not too late!
Please visit: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000874409
use your student ID when prompted for the online code.
For questions regarding school pictures please email: email@example.com
Make up pictures for the yearbook and to order will be on Wednesday, October 27th.
Victor O'Neill Studios
When your child is absent from school, please report it using ParentVUE or by sending an email to TMSattendance@lcps.org. If able, your child can check Schoology for missed assignments and classwork.
10/22 6th grade dance 7:00-9:00 PM
10/26 Principal Coffee 9:30 AM
10/27 IMPACK Award Ceremony
10/28 Last day of the marking period.
10/29 No School, Teacher Professional Learning Day
11/1 No School, Teacher Work Day
11/2 No School, Holiday
11/3 Asynchronous School from home
11/4 No School, Holiday
11/5 Asynchronous School from home
Late Bell: 8:35 AM (students are tardy if arriving after the bell and will need to report to the main office for a tardy pass)
Dismissal: 3:23 PM
TMS Online Payment Portal
Easy access to TMS's Online Payment Portal - now that PE Uniforms, Sketchbooks, Class Fees, Instrument Rentals, etc... are posted. Parents can always check the site for updates regarding products posted.
Online School Payments (OSP) portal is a service provided to parents to facilitate payment for school fees for a variety of products and services.
6th Grade Dance!!!!
6th grade parents, the dance is coming up on October 22nd. Tickets are $10 each. No refunds. If you are paying by cash or check, please make sure your child brings the attached filled out form when paying for the ticket. We are selling tickets during 6th grade lunch on October 8th and 15th. Your child cannot attend the dance unless we have a permission form. If you are paying online via
https://tmspta.ptboard.com/formvw?store=2137&form=5, please fill out the form online at https://tmspta.ptboard.com/formvw?store=2137&form=6.
Please sign up to help with the dance, https://tmspta.ptboard.com/sgnvw?group=&signup=t5zZeTI3T5yaqn07Wpv_43N___6E8mhFT3___oPbHmRp
CALLING ALL ARTISTs, MUSICIANS, DANCERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, WRITERS,.....
Trailside Middle School participates in the National PTA Reflections Program and as parents and guardians, you’re in a great position to encourage your kids to reflect on the theme, create an original work and be recognized. The theme for the 2021 program is "I can change the world by ..." which is such a great theme! Adults can't help the students with entries, but they can ENCOURAGE and SUPPORT them. As a student, thinking about how they can change the world is such a worthy challenge. There are six categories available to choose from (and they can enter more than one) - dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. In an effort to provide an inclusive program, students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.
The PTA website has all of the rules for all of the categories posted here - https://tmspta.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=4270
Submissions are due 11/5 and instructions are on the Reflections page linked above. Gwen Meehan is the POC and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for supporting our students and their expression of ideas through the arts!!!
What’s up in the Library
It has been a whirlwind start to the school year in the library! Every English class from 6th-8th grade came through the library for a quick orientation on how to navigate and explore the library collection. The students joined the Library Schoology course and also participated in a QR code scavenger hunt to familiarize themselves with the library. The shortest time that the scavenger hunt was completed was 3 minutes and 14 seconds!
We will be highlighting a different genre every month and September’s Genre Spotlight was on Humor. Humor is much more than just Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants, we have many short humorous novels in our library for readers who like books that make them laugh.
This month we also featured Hispanic Heritage. This display features Hispanic/Latinx authors, or books about Hispanic culture and Hispanic Americans.
Beginning in 1982 the last week of September has been designated as Banned Books Week. Banned Books week is endorsed by the Library of Congress and sponsored by a coalition of organizations such as the American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, American Book Sellers Organization as well as many others. This year’s theme is Books Unite Us- Censorship Divides Us. The TMS library celebrated our freedom to read by featuring some books that are in our library that have been banned or challenged in school districts or public libraries around the country.
Our Makerspace is now up and running with only low tech activities at the time but we will be adding high tech activities such as 3D printing soon. Students are welcome to come enjoy the Makerspace area during Pack time or during resource with an ehall pass.
GREEN TEAM NEWS!!!
Green Team News:
The student Green Team met for the first time last week, what a great turn out we had! It is very exciting to see so many students wanting to help the environment. We look forward to hear the projects they plan.
For one future Green Team project, we are looking for clear 5 gallon water jugs. If you have an extra or would be willing to donate one, please let me know:
Mrs. Amy Santos
TechED 7th & 8th
Trailside Middle School
The application to apply for the Academies of Loudoun is open to all interested 8th grade students The admissions criteria for the Academies are:
Enrolled in Algebra I or above at the time of application
STEM Thinking Skills Assessment
Final grade of C or above in Math and Science courses in grades 6 and 7, and semester 1 of grade 8
The deadline to apply for the Academies of Loudoun is Friday, October 22 at noon. For more information about the admissions process, including parent information nights and a copy of their parent presentation, please go to the Academies admissions page at https://www.lcps.org/AcademiesAdmissions.
October is National Bullying Awareness Month and we will be having an Orange Out on October 21st to promote Bullying Awareness.
6th grade will have Bullying Presentations out of Resource on October 18th & 20th
7th Grade will have Bullying & Digital Citizenship Presentations out of Resource on October 13th & 15th
October 21st we will have our Orange Out to show that TMS is United Against Bullying! Students are encouraged to rock their orange to show their dedication to stand up against bullying.
The Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition - Middle and high school students have an opportunity to identify an issue in their communities and implement a solution as they contribute to the world around them.
In the past few years, we have seen projects delve deep based on things already being done in school as part of Project Based Learning and Personalized Learning methods. These provide the perfect place for students to make their project work public by explaining, displaying and presenting it to people beyond the classroom. This year, students will create a team video due March 3, 2022, and then the top 40 teams will present live to judges on March 24, 2022.Registration for the Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition is now open. You will find information about SULYC and the link for the application at: www.loudounyouth.org under Programs: Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition.
Student Council Officers Elected
- President - Calvin Balda
- Vice President - Bartu Mamur
- Treasurer - Madeline Moyer
- Secretary - Connor Leff
- Historian - Giovanni John