Tamanend Connections

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March 4, 2013

Anything Goes

Over 130 students are involved in this year's musical... Anything Goes. Tickets are available at the door for our evening shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and our matinee on Saturday which starts at 2 p.m. Of the many reasons why Anything Goes is outstanding, two points of pride are that the entire cast tap dances and our student pit band plays all of the music live. We are very proud of our students, teachers, and parents who pulled together to make this year's musical one that no one should miss!

Celebrate National School Breakfast Week!

All this week, Aramark is offering a $1 Breakfast Meal Deal to celebrate National School Breakfast Week. That means... instead of rushing breakfast at home (as you see Mr. Heisey doing), you could enjoy a delicious breakfast sandwich, fruit or fruit juice, potatoes, and milk... all for one dollar! For more information about Aramark's middle and high school breakfast program, visit the Aramark web page.

Bucks County World Languages Tournament

Last week many Central Bucks students participated in the Bucks County World Languages Tournament at William Tennent High School in the Centennial School District. This is an annual event where each school in Bucks County sends one team of 4-6 members per language to compete against other schools in Bucks County. The students are awarded a red, white or blue ribbon depending on how many points they earned during the rounds. With approximately 400 Bucks County students at the Tournament, we are proud of our Tamanend students who earned a Red Ribbon in Spanish and a Blue Ribbon in French. Thank you to all participants for your hard earned top ribbons; and thank you to all of our World Language teachers who make their classrooms a challenging and enjoyable learning experience every day!

6th Grade Parent Orientation

On March 5, parents of 6th graders who will attend Tamanend next year are encouraged to attend the Parent Orientation starting at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. We thank the many students and staff who collectively create a very warm welcome to our new parents.

Interim Progress Reports - March 13th

IPRs will be available on the Parent Portal on March 13th, but don't wait until then to check your student's progress. Anytime is a great time to sit with your middle schooler and see how things are going on the Parent Portal. Ask your student questions if you have them. If you still have questions or concerns, please contact your student's teacher(s) or counselor asap.

March Boomerang Asset: Integrity

Do you know a TMS student who acts on his/her convictions and stands up for his/her beliefs? Please take a moment to nominate that student for Boomerang Recognition for the month of March. Here is our online nomination form: http://www.quia.com/sv/586058.html. Nominations are due March 22nd and our March Boomerang Brunch is March 26th.

Help Tamanend While You Shop or Recycle

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

  • Use this link to connect to Amazon to shop and Tamanend can earn as much as 15% of what you purchase!
  • Giant Food Store has an A+ School Rewards program through their clip-less coupon card. Register your card and TMS will receive a percentage of your spendings.
  • If you shop at Target and have a Target Red Card, you can register your card for Target'sTake Charge of Education program so that Tamanend receives a percentage of your spending.
  • Clip and send in Box Tops to the attention of NJHS; or, shop at the Box Top Market Place where you will find vendors such as Best Buy, KMart, Justice and more.
  • If you like to shop online, check out the eScrip Online Mall. When you sign up for an account, selecting Tamanend earns money for our school.
  • When you recycle your paper using our Abitibi bin located at the back of our Main Parking Lot, you have not only helped the environment, you help TMS, too.

Got R o A R?

PSSA Testing Days

The PSSA testing dates for TMS 7th and 8th Graders are as follows. Please avoid making any appointments or trips for your students during these times... Thank you.

7th Graders:

  • Math and Reading: April 9-12, April 15 & 16

8th Graders:

  • Writing: March 12-15
  • Math and Reading: April 9-12, April 15 & 16
  • Science: April 23 & 24

CBSD Board Briefs

At the February 26, 2013 School Board Meeting, the Central Bucks School District School Board:

1. Heard the Jazz West performance before the school board meeting.

2. Heard the Academic Spotlight about the Naviance Report from Michael Curtis, Counselor at CB West, and Taryn Barrett, Counselor at CB South.

3. Heard the Superintendent’s Report and Curriculum, Finance, Human Resources, and MBIT Committee Reports.

4. Approved School Board Minutes.

5. Approved Treasurer’s Report.

6. Approved contract with Public Financial Management (PFM) for Financial Advisor Services as the District looks to restructure its debt.

7. Tabled School Board Policy 806 – Child Student Abuse so that proposed policy can be posted on-line and discussed at appropriate committee meetings.

8. Approved various personnel items, student trips, and staff workshops.

9. Received the Semi-Annual Rating of Elementary and Secondary Temporary Professional Employees

Highlighted in a Previous Tamanend Connections:

  • Freshman Dance Planning Meeting: ALL TMS parents are encouraged to come out and participate in this Tamanend Tradition. We will magically turn our school entrance, cafeteria, and gym into a themed ballroom for a Freshman Dance that our 9th Graders will never forget... well, it isn't really magic that does it. It is the dedication of our TMS parents! 7th, 8th and 9th grade parents are needed. Please plan to attend on April 18th at 7 p.m.
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon: We appreciate Mrs. Christine Pataki for coordinating the TMS Staff Appreciation Luncheon this year which will be on May 7th. To volunteer, please email Mrs. Pataki at flojo1213@comcast.net.
  • Relay for Life: 8th and 9th graders across the district are encouraged to participate in the CBSD Relay for Life hosted at Tohickon Middle School on May 18. Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information.
  • ARAMARK is sponsoring a student poster contest for National Nutrition month. Judging will occur at the elementary, middle and high school levels and there will be gift certificates to those students who are awarded.
  • In order to promote more students eating breakfast before school, Tamanend now has a breakfast cart. Students can purchase breakfast items from 7:10 a.m. until 7:27 a.m. NEW LOCATION FOR THE CART: Outside the Auditorium by the back of Mr. Sanchez's room so that students may buy breakfast as they arrive to school. Students will be able to use their IDs to swipe their account number, or they can enter it manually. Students will be allowed to eat breakfast in their homerooms. For more information about the selection and prices, click here.
  • 2013-2014 CBSD Calendar
  • Tamanend is helping to Save Kids Castle! Click here to donate your time, talent or money. To learn more about this worthwhile community service project, you can follow it on Twitter @SaveKidsCastle.
  • We need parents, students and staff for our Wellness Committee. If you are interested in helping with a fitness program after school, starting a vegetable garden in our courtyard, or have some other ideas to help our students and staff "go green" and stay fit, please contact Mrs. Mary McDonald, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus and Ms. Brenda Scheffey about becoming involved in our Wellness Committee.
  • Students currently taking an Algebra course will take the PA Keystone Exam in Algebra this year, unless they took the Algebra Keystone two years ago and were proficient. The following is a link with more information about the PA Keystone Exams: http://www.cbsd.org/curriculum/assessment/Pages/PA-Keystone-Exams.aspx.
  • If you have a Twitter account, now you can get "Tiger Tweets" by following us @CBTamanendMS where we will proudly share good news and accomplishments of our students and staff.
  • Please read and share with others our "TMS Points of Pride."

  • Please volunteer to help make this year at TMS great!

  • Please click on this link to learn about changes to how students purchase lunches and how they are charged .

  • Click here to register to receive CBSD text alerts.

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