Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

December 21, 2018

Thank You for Reading Our Newsletter!

Please note that any item beginning with "Reminder" appeared in the previous newsletter. You can reference current and past editions of this newsletter under "School Links" on our website.
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Happy Holidays from Tamanend!

At Tamanend we are grateful for the spirit of giving during the holiday season and throughout the year. We are fortunate to have staff, students, parents, and a community committed to service and generosity. Pictured above and to the right: With the help of Bucks County Children and Youth, our 9th grade Resources each "adopted" a child for the holidays. Tamanend was able to help 10 local children with their holiday wishes this year through this project alone! Pictured below: Students from our Community Service Club and students from our performing groups entertained and served dinner to residents from Neshaminy Manor on Thursday night.

Join us at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bucks County Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit

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Any student interested in attending the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit on January 20 from 4:00 -7:30 PM at William Tennent High School should see Dr. Caughie to sign up.

LEGOs and laptops

Students in Ms. Roth's 8th Grade English classes used LEGOs and laptops to process and build connections among elements of the play 12 Angry Men.

Reminder--Communicating Absences

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

Reminder--Central Bucks South Curriculum Fair (for 9th Graders)--January 10

The 2019 Central Bucks High School South Curriculum Fair for all current 9th grade students from Unami Middle School and Tamanend Middle School is scheduled for Thursday, January 10, 2019. Our program will begin at 6:30 PM in the South Auditorium.

The initial portion of the evening will feature a presentation by the Administrative and Guidance Teams regarding graduation requirements, block scheduling, and course planning options. Then, we will move into other areas of the school, where students and parents will have the opportunity to speak with teachers from each of the academic and elective departments, as well as representatives from the Guidance Department, Special Education Department, and Middle Bucks Institute of Technology.

We welcome and encourage all ninth graders and their parents to attend the Curriculum Fair on Thursday, January 10th beginning at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium.

Upcoming Events at a Glance

Early Dismissal--Friday 12/21

Winter Break--Monday 12/24 to Tuesday 1/1

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Kick-Off Assembly--Friday 1/4 (during school day)

Curriculum Fair at CB South (for 9th Graders & their Parents)--Thursday 1/10 at 6:30 PM

Reminder--Tamanend's STEM Club is in Need of K'Nex

The Tamanend STEM Club will be competing in the Bucks County K’Nex STEM Competition and we are in need of more K’Nex. If you have any old K’Nex taking up precious garage or basement space and are no longer being used in your household, consider donating them to this worthy cause. No donation is too small, we will take them all!

You may send K’Nex in with your student or drop them off to the main office. We appreciate any and all donations.

Thank you!

Tamanend STEM Club

Creative Writing

Students in Mrs. Jones' 9th Grade English classes have been engaging in creative writing, getting inspiration from children's stories and various brainstorming stations.

Athletic Department News

HIGHLIGHTS: Good luck to the wrestling team as they begin their league season!


  • If you are interested in participating in 7th/8th grade BOYS BASKETBALL, there are several specific items (PIAA physical, Family ID, and concussion testing) that need to be completed prior to the start of tryouts. Those items are outlined and explained on the Tamanend Athletics web page, which can be found HERE, and were explained at the organizational meeting.
  • If you played a Fall sport, your physical is already on file. Therefore you only need to submit Section 7/Recertification of the PIAA physical.
  • If you did not play a Fall sport, you must submit Sections 5 & 6 of the PIAA physical.


  • There will be an interest meeting for all 8th grade Tamanend boys interested in playing football at CB South on Wednesday, January 16th at 6:30 in the Forum room at CB South. Parents and students should plan to attend.

CB South Ice Hockey News

Come out and support current and former Tamanend Tigers participating in the CB South Ice Hockey program!

Congratulations to the Varsity team for their 4-2 victory over CB East on Wednesday night!

JV Game

  • Friday 12/21

  • JV vs Pennridge

  • 9:00pm @ Revolution Ice Garden

  • All JV & All Swing will dress

Alumni Game

  • Friday 12/21

  • 7:45pm @ Revolution Ice Garden

  • Come see CB South Alumni take the ice!!!

Nuevos amigos en la clase de español

Mrs. Frymoyer’s class joined Mrs. Corsino’s Spanish class last week. During this time, students were immersed in the language, made cheese quesadillas, and learned some dance moves. It was a great time for everyone!

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December's Featured Teacher--Mr. Eisold

Hello Tamanend! This month’s Feature Teacher is….Mr. Eisold! Mr. Eisold has been a teacher at Tamanend for 25 years! His favorite part of being a teacher is when his students understand and yell “Ah Ha!” Mr. Eisold has taught 7th, 8th, and 9th grade! Outside of school Mr. Eisold is a soccer coach, he coaches his son as well coaching for CB East! Mr. Eisold's favorite vacation spot is St. Thomas! Mr. Eisold received his Masters degree from Beaver College (Arcadia University). If you love chili and burgers cooked on the grill, you and Mr. Eisold have the same taste in food! 80s music is Mr. Eisold’s jam! “It all started with a big bang!” The TV show the Big Bang Theory is Mr. Esoild’s favorite show. Mr. Eisold enjoys reading Steven King novels. When Mr. Eisold retires, he can see himself on the beach! Well that’s it for this month’s feature teacher!

--Submitted by Paige S.

Grade 8

Reminder--Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) has been established in schools throughout Pennsylvania. SAP Programs provide schools with the means to identify, refer, and support students who are exhibiting behavioral, academic, or attendance issues that put them at risk. Tamanend has a team of dedicated school personnel who are trained to assist students, faculty and family members in identifying problems that impact the student’s ability to function in school. The team can also offer students and their families resources to assist them in alleviating these problems. For more information about the SAP Program, please click here. To complete a SAP referral form for a Tamanend student, please click here.

Update--The Next Meeting of the Tamanend Parent Book Club is February 5

Please note that the next meeting of Tamanend Parent Book Club will be held on Tuesday, February 5. The January 10 meeting will be cancelled due to the 9th Grade Curriculum Fair.

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we will be reading Raising Kids to Thrive (2015) by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD. The book describes "the Lighthouse Parenting Strategy" in which parents balance unconditional love and high expectations with the goal of raising resilient and happy children. This book club will follow a "no-pressure" format in which the facilitator will present a summary of the chapter and open the floor for discussion. We will share resources and ideas with the goal of helping the entire Tamanend parent community navigate the challenges of raising adolescents.

Meetings are held at 6:30 in the Tamanend Library

Click here for further information, dates, and book information.

Please email Dr. Brian Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org if you are interested in participating.

Reminder--9th Grade Baby Photos for Yearbook

Dear 9th Grade Parents:

The Tamanend Middle School yearbook advisors will be collecting 9th grade baby pictures for the 2018-2019 yearbook. We are inviting you to include a photo memento in your child’s yearbook that he or she will have as a special reminder in their last year at Tamanend. Submitting your child’s baby picture is a great way to honor them in the yearbook at this special time in his or her life. The cost is $5. If you would like to participate in this milestone experience, please make sure that you follow the steps to upload your photo, fill out the bottom portion of the flyer at this link, and submit order form and payment by Friday January 11, 2019 to Mrs. Gerth in room 231.

**We will NOT be accepting photos that need to be uploaded. All uploading must be done on your own to the site mentioned below. The due date for this optional 9th grade yearbook opportunity is Friday January 11, 2019.

Reminder--Early-Bird Online Discount for Tamanend Yearbook

From now until December 31, 2018 the price of the Tamanend yearbook is $35. After December 31, the price will be $40. To take advantage of these early-bird online yearbook specials, click here.

Reminder--Community Connections at Tamanend--January 30

Dear Tamanend Middle School Families,

Please join me in the Tamanend library on Wednesday, January 30 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. for “Community Connections,” one of a series of parent meetings scheduled to take place in each of our schools.

These meetings are designed to encourage frank conversations about our shared vision for the future of our schools. I hope you can find time to attend; I look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas.

A video introduction can be seen on the website homepage at www.cbsd.org/communityconnections.

I hope to see you on January 30!

Stay Well,

John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Central Bucks School District

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

Reminder--FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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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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