Tohickon Middle School
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can you dig it?
Our building Wellness Council has been working for the past three years to establish an outdoor classroom and organic garden. To date, we have completed our outdoor classroom area and we are now ready to tackle the garden.
We have three goals for our organic garden.
1. Our students will learn how to start and maintain an organic garden.
2. The garden will provide our students with an opportunity to learn about gardening, a lifelong hobby.
3. The garden will provide fresh produce to supplement our FCS curriculum and provide fresh produce for our local soup kitchen.
To date, we have planted tomatoes, potatoes, beets, lettuce, corn, squash, peas, and a variety of herbs! The lettuce, peas and potatoes are coming in nicely.
We also introduced a number of ladybugs into the garden to keep the number of pests down. Garden ladybugs can be used for controlling pests in your garden. They are the most popular and widely used beneficial insects for commercial and home use. Ladybugs are capable of consuming up to 50 to 60 aphids per day but will also eat a variety of other insects and larvae including scales, mealy bugs, leaf hoppers, mites, and various types of soft-bodied insects. Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, are a very beneficial group of insects. Ladybugs are natural enemies of many insect pests and it has been shown that a single ladybug may consume as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. WOW!
With summer fast approaching we need people to help tend the garden. We have an irrigation system so it will not require watering. It may need to be weeded and the vegetables may need to be harvested. If your family would like to tend the garden for one week this summer please check out www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E084DA5AA2AAB9-canyou
to register. The office staff works throughout the summer, Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM if you have any questions or need assistance in tending the garden. The office phone is 267-893-3300.
Our first planting
Peas were the first seeds planted in March
Latin name: Casadia Pisum sativum
We introduced ladybugs to our garden to keep the pests at bay!
Natural pest Control
Introducing ladybugs into your garden is a great way to control unwanted insects
Students helping to fill our raised beds with rich garden soil
"lettuce" be healthy!
Our first lettuce crop is coming up nicely
Beautiful lettuce ready for harvest!
Dr. Wychock explaining the purpose of releasing ladybugs into our garden
We have an irrigation system in place but we chose to water in our seeds
Boomerang Youth Award
CB Cares has been involved in promoting 40 Developmental Assets in our local schools through programs and training, with the goal of fostering positive behaviors and values in our community’s youth. This youth recognition award was created to recognize students in the Central Bucks School District for living by one of the 40 Assets, designated monthly. The 40 Developmental Assets are positive experiences, behaviors, and personal qualities that all youth need to possess, in order to be responsible, caring, and strong in the face of peer pressures and other life challenges.
April: #25 Reading for Pleasure. Young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends.
Congratulations to Brynn Parkin, Hailie Higgins, Jennifer Martyn, Sarah Betancourt, Cameron Wagner, Giuseppe Mosher, Erik Metz, Partrick Morgan, Amanda Young, Karalyn Brady, Jennifer Luo, Bryce Cunningham, Moises Ramirez, Fritz Maloney, Cheyanne Berry, Hannah Regenhard, Maura Kelleher, Lauren Cassini, Jonathan Eberle, Coleton Bryan, Chris Cassini, Jordan Kelley, Matt Anderson, Michael Love, and Damian Refice for their nomination! Tohickon Middle school is very proud of you!
Relay for life
Despite the drizzle, Relay for Life 2013 went off without a hitch! Thank you to everyone who contributed to its amazing success this year. Tohickon Middle School raised $107,000 of the $223,000 that was raised as a district.
The success of Relay depends on the Tohickon staff along with their family members and friends who have taken care of the same Relay job, big or small, year after year. We are confident that no other building in the country would be able to pull off what we do here, and we are thankful for your support. Thank you, especially, to Mr. Senavaitis and his time, talent and dedication to Relay!
Congratulations to Mrs. Kolman’s Taco Wagon with a profit of $3,660! Way to go! They were knee deep in salsa, sour cream and taco shells!
Survivors and their caregivers open Relay with the first lap!
Dr. Green's First Relay
Mrs. Kolman's Taco wagon
Mrs. Kolman's famous Taco Wagon made $3600 for Relay!
dairy and berry!
The Tohickon Wellness Council designated April as Fruit Month here at Tohickon. Students and staff were encouraged "TO STRIVE FOR 5" when it comes to fruits and vegetables! To help everyone reach their goal, we offered strawberries and blueberries atop vanilla ice cream at all lunches on April 26. "Thank you" to all of the moms and dads who volunteered to help scoop and serve the berries at all lunches.
We would also like to thank GIANT and WEGMANS Markets for their donation to April’s health initiative here at Tohickon! As you can see from the photos, everyone enjoyed this healthy dessert!
Mother's day surprise
Students in Central Bucks had the opportunity to put into words why they believe they have the greatest mom of all. The Third Annual Mother’s Day Essay Contest for elementary, middle school, and high school students is in conjunction with the CBCEF Celebrity Chef & Waiter Gala. Students were encouraged to write essays of 250 words or less about "Why My Mother Deserves the Celebrity Treatment."
The lucky mother and a guest of each winning author received tickets to the Celebrity Chef & Waiter Gala. We are pleased to say that our very own Rebecca Lake and Mateo Michelotto took first place! Congratulations to both Rebecca and Mateo! Tohickon is very proud of your efforts!