Teeland Middle School

March 2022

Letter from the Principal


Dear Teeland Families,

The end of Quarter 3 is nearing quickly. We have 9 weeks and 3 days left in this tumultuous school year! With the pandemic issues and weather related concerns, our students have had quite a few interruptions in their academic year during what we had hoped to be an improvement over last year. More interruptions are to come in the nine weeks after Spring Break as we will be administering school-wide testing for our Alaska STAR assessment at the beginning of April, and MAP, (Measures of Academic Progress) around the middle of April. We will implement a block schedule for the two weeks of these testing times to try and get through the assessments in as few days as possible. It is important that your student be present for these tests and give their absolute best effort.

Our teachers have been reaching out to families over the last two weeks to offer support and information to parents regarding their student’s grades. If your student is struggling, please connect with their teachers through email and take advantage of our support opportunities in the fourth quarter:

1. After school Study Hall, 2:30-3:30, every Tuesday and Thursday. The office has permission slips.

2. Lunch Study Hall is available Monday-Thursday for both A and B lunches.

3. Math lab is available on Wednesdays during 7th period and after school until 3:30. There are permission slips available in the front office.

Contact your student’s school counselor to plan for success if needed.

As mentioned in previous newsletters, TMS will be again opting for an 8th Advancement Celebration instead of the traditional 8th Grade Promotion. Our eighth grade students voted to have a Celebration Assembly and BBQ. Parents wanting to view the assembly will either have a live link available, or access to the recorded event. This is a student centered assembly and picnic for eighth grade students to spend time with their peers before moving on to their respective high schools. We will send more information about options for viewing in May.

Enjoy spending time with your families over Spring Break, March 4th- March 13th. Please reach out to us if you have any questions, 907-352-7500.

Mrs. Hinds

TMS, Principal

Important Dates

  • March 3 - Quarter 3 Ends
  • March 4 - Teacher Work Day, No School for Students
  • March 7 - 11 Spring Break
  • March 22 - Washington D.C. Travel Opportunity Meeting
  • March 25 - Art Adventures, Resin Art
  • April 4 - Track and Field Begins
Teeland Middle School Master Calendar

Stay up to date with all of the events happening at TMS!

Spring Break is Coming!

March 4th is a Teacher Work Day - No School for Students.

Spring Break is March 7 - 11. Students return to school on Monday, March 14th.

Have a fantastic vacation!

Congratualtions to Teeland's JNYO Team!

TMS took 3rd place in the Matsu for JNYO on 2/12/22!

1st for boys and girls Alaska High Kick

1st for boys Eskimo Stick Pull

1st for girls Scissor Broad Jump

1st & 2nd for girls One Foot High Kick

3rd for boys One Foot High Kick

Way to go, Titans!

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After School Study Hall with Mr. Childs

Study Hall is offered at TMS after school on Tuesday and Thursday each week from 2:30 - 3:30 pm.

Meet in Mr. Childs' room, B205. Permission slips are in the office.

Study Hall is also offered during lunches.

A lunch meets in Mr. Hardman's room, C101.

B lunch meets in Mrs. Mobley's room, C208.

After School Math Lab

TMS is now offering a free after school math lab for students every Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm.

Students will meet in Mrs. Buness' room, C207. Permission slips are in the office. Students MUST have a ride home to participate.

Chess Club

The Titan Chess Club continues to do weekly challenges to determine our top ten grandmasters.

There will be no Chess Club after school on Tuesday, March 15.

Chess club will officially end on Tuesday, March 29.

The top ten chess students will be invited to continue to play on Tuesdays in Mr. Murray's classroom in preparation for the Middle School Chess Tournament on Saturday, April 16.

Boys Volleyball Club

Boys Volleyball is back! Starting February 28 - April 1st. Practices will be Monday - Friday from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. The club fee is $15.00 and may be paid on SchoolPay. A physical is required to participate.

Teeland is Hiring!

Teeland is currently looking for a lunch monitor to join our team! Our monitors work 2 hours a day from 10:15 - 12:15 pm. This is a great way to become involved with your child's school and get your foot in the door working for the Mat-Su School District! Apply Here.

TMS Wrestling

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A huge shout out to all our wrestlers for working hard and representing Teeland well this weekend in Fairbanks! We have 5 students that placed in the top 8 in the state of their weight class: Keegan Ward, Isaiah Schultz, Nicholas Floresta, Justus Payne, Trayvon Lott.

Congratulations, Titans!

TMS Washington D.C. Travel Opportunity!

TMS Washington D.C. Travel Opportunity!

Mr. David Childs 8th Grade U.S. History and 6th Grade Western Hemisphere Teacher

Teeland Middle School would like to invite you on a once in a lifetime trip to our nation’s capital, Colonial Williamsburg, Gettysburg Battlefield and much more! Students will experience up-close the authentic history of our nation by touring these important landmarks that continue to shape our United States today. From Arlington National Cemetery to the Vietnam Memorial; Monticello to Mount Vernon, students gain a deeper understanding of patriotism and the sacrifice that comes with our nation’s freedom. This is a trip every American should experience.

Parents and Guardians of current 6th and 7th grade students at Teeland Middle School are invited to attend an informational meeting regarding the TMS Bi-Annual Washington D.C. educational trip taking place in the Spring of 2023. Mr. Childs has been leading students on this adventure since 2005 and is a very dedicated and experienced guide.

Come learn about this wonderful learning opportunity in the TMS library on March 22nd @ 7:00 p.m.!

Contact Mr. Childs with any questions.


TMS Students Thrive at the District Declamation Event!

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Three TMS students participated in the poetry event for Spanish 1at the District's Declamation event on 2/5/22.

We are very proud to announce that three of our students placed in the event!

Daisy Vanblarcom - 3rd place

Madison Mead-Heasley - 4th place

Chantellace Vessey - 5th place

March 25th Art Adventures

Art Adventures with Mrs. Reid!

Resin Art

Friday, March 25th, 2:20 - 4:00 pm. There is a $10 material fee available on SchooPay. Permission slips are in the office.

VOLLEYBALL - 6th Grade

6th Grade Volleyball began Febraury 28th. Practices will be after school M - F from 2:30 - 3:45 pm. Students MUST be picked up by 4:00 pm.

Signup on PlanetHS and payments may be made in the office or on SchoolPay.

Speech and Debate Club

Welcome to the Speech and Debate Club!

This club will help students learn how to speak and clarify thoughts, conduct thorough research, and articulate ideas with conviction and confidence.

Join Mrs. Porcello after school on Wednesday from 2:20 - 3:45 pm in room C108.

Permission slips are in the office. Students must be picked up by 4 pm to attend this club.

TMS First Lego Leauge Robotics Win at State!

Congratulations to the TMS Robotics team! The Robolutions won the Robot Design Award and are going to Juneau to participate in the Global Innovation Award!

Galaxy Storm won the Innovation Project Award! Way to go, Titans! We are so proud of you!

Safety and Security


As many of you are aware, this time of the year our parking lots are extremely slippery. There has been a reported number of vehicles speeding through the parking lots prior to and after dropping their students off. Please remember the posted speed limit in the parking lots is 5 mph.

Thank you,

Mr. Butler

Safety and Security Coordinator


COVID Information from Nurse Klatt

Information about testing, positive or pending tests, and what to do if you need to quarantine.

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