Cougars ROAR: TEMS Community News

Issue III: November 23, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Timothy Edwards Families-

We are officially past the first quarter of the school year. Thank you to families who attended the fall parent-teacher conferences. The relationship between home and school is one of the most important ones for us to foster.

On Monday, November 14th TEMS students celebrated World Kindness Day by sharing gratitudes and appreciation with each other. Many students sent cards to children at CCMC and to seniors at the South Windsor Senior Center. Students also recognized bus drivers and substitutes with cards in honor of their respective national recognition days this month.

Sixth grade students were able to observe lunar soil/rock samples as well as meteorites that Mrs. Roy was able to obtain on loan from NASA. Students really enjoyed being able to hold and see items from space. This was especially exciting as this event happened close to the time of the Artemis Rocket launch!

We are looking forward to many exciting events this December. The TEMS Chorus concert is scheduled for December 5th and the Orchestra concert will be held on December 12th. Also, consider joining the TEMS band at the Hartford Wolfpack game on December 9th where they will perform the National Anthem (tickets here, note- band members will be given a separate link).

As we head into the Thanksgiving break I know I certainly have a lot to be thankful for. I am honored to come to work at TEMS each day. It is a privilege to work alongside incredible teachers in a building full of gloriously unique middle school children. This community continues to impress me with our shared commitment to educating the whole child. I wish each of you the best as you enjoy the long weekend together. Thank you!!

Important Dates

Please click here to see a month-at-a-glance for December You can also reference the school event's calendar that can be found on the school's website.

Picture Day Retakes

As a reminder to students and families- picture day retakes are scheduled for November 29th.

Parent/ Guardian Information Event: Current Trends in Youth Substance Abuse

Please see the flyer below and consider joining us on December 1st for an important parent information event. Register using this link.
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School Counseling Information

On November 22nd, all Grade 7 students took part in “Career Day”. On this day, students engaged with 5 different career speaker presentations by outside professionals followed by a variety of other career based activities and assignments with their team teachers. This program aligns with School Counseling’s curriculum model under the “Career and Future Planning” domain. The other two domains covered by School Counselors are “Academic Advisement and Personal/Social Health”.

TEMS Parent- Teacher Organization

Our next PTO meeting is next Thursday, December 15th, at 6:00. We will be meeting in the TEMS Library Media Center. Come to discuss current happenings at TEMS. We will be joined by a our family engagement specialist, Ms. Katherine Mills.

Teaching and Learning: News from Our Instructional Coaching Team

Mrs. Alison Fetta and Mr. Kent Besocke are instructional coaches that support faculty and staff in providing instruction that meets the needs of our diverse learners at TEMS.

How can I motivate my child to embrace struggles and mistakes, especially with new learning?

As Frederick Douglass once stated, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” This reminds us that working through obstacles builds resilience. To help support your young learner at home, take a look at the following suggestions:

  • Encourage productive struggle.

  • Remind your child that setbacks are part of the learning process.

  • Model a mindset of curiosity and discovery.

  • Create a “not yet” mentality, especially when your child says “I can’t do it.”

  • Praise your child for problem-solving skills rather than just intelligence.

TETV Morning News

The daily TETV Morning News serve as our primary vehicle for communicating important information to students each day. This is where students can learn about upcoming events, tryouts, clubs and activities, and current events. In addition to playing during homeroom each day you can access the daily news on our school website.

TEMS Library Media Center

Eva Longo is the TEMS Library Media Specialist. She supports students in accessing electronic and print text resources. This month she is highlighting access to the TEMS library databases.

This brief video explains how your child can access and utilize all databases available to them, along with some other useful resources: Accessing and Utilizing District and TE Databases

Athletic News

The fall season has wrapped up and we have a lot to celebrate. The Timothy Edwards boys soccer team made it to the final game of the Capitol Region Athletic League (CRAL) against the Illing Rams. While they didn’t take home the championship, we are so proud of the season they had- finishing with a record of 11-2-1. The TEMS girls soccer team capped off a remarkable season with a big CRAL final win over Ellington with a score of 4-0. The girls cross country team celebrated a 5th place finish at the state championship meet.

We are excited to begin winter sports- registration closes today (11/23) for basketball and cheerleading. Tryouts for winter sports are all next week. This information will be shared on TETV News and on the TEMS Winter Athletics webpage.

Winter Matinees- Coming Soon

As we wind down our fall matinee sessions we are already beginning to plan our winter sessions. Be on the lookout for session descriptions and sign up information coming later in December. The session dates are listed below:

  • Mondays: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6

  • Wednesdays: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1

  • Thursdays: 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9

South Windsor Teen Center

We value our partnership with South Windsor Youth and Family Services. Please see the information about upcoming events and resources below.
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