TKMS Parent News

November 12, 2021

TKMS Parent Reminders:

COVID Cases and Testing - If your student has had a positive COVID test since our closure on Tuesday please email Kelli Wegner immediately.

Per Barry-Eaton County Health Department:

If someone is being tested within your home, students need to stay home until negative COVID test results are available. Unvaccinated students are required to quarantine (isolated from the COVID positive person). Vaccinated students may return to school and monitor symptoms.

Please notify us if someone is being tested within the home including the TKMS student.

Remote Learning Work - Paper copies of assignments must be submitted on Monday if work was not submitted online.

Attendance - Please contact Rachel Sherk, Attendance Secretary, with any information regarding student absences.

Rachel Sherk -

(269) 795-5469

Morning Drop Off - Please do not enter the bus loop until 7:25am. Thank you!

7th grade Computers - Students Projects

Take a look at the awesome projects students have been working on in Mrs. Evans' class 7th grade Computer class.

Our students are so talented!

Do you know about OK2SAY?

OK2SAY is a confidential reporting system encouraging anyone (students, teachers, parents, etc.) who has information about a student safety threat to submit a tip by text message, mobile app, email, phone, or on the OK2SAY website ( Early intervention and prevention through awareness and education is OK2SAY's focus. For more information, please visit the website.



Hearing and vision screenings with the Barry-Eaton County Health Department will take place on Monday, November 15.


In order to proactively address issues such as depression and other mental health issues with our students we have invited Liz Lenz from Barry County Community Mental Health and Substances Abuse Services to present the Signs of Suicide Program. Along with our Middle School Counselor, Mrs. Hardy and Social Worker, Mrs. Klein, we will be presenting the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program in all 7th grade ELA classes on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021. Please review the letter below with detailed information regarding the program.

SOS Parent Letter 2021

Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force

As we have done for many years, the Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force in conjunction with Barry County Community Mental Health Authority and Substance Abuse Services will be sending representatives to speak to the 7th grade social studies classes on four different Tuesdays and covering the following topics. We have found this to be informative and helpful for students. Not only will they be informed about the affects, dangers, and challenges of these items, students will also have the opportunity to ask questions about these items. If you have any questions, please let me know.

November 9th - Nicotine/Vaping

November 16th - Cannabis

November 23rd - Prescription Medications/Opioids

November 30th - Alcohol

If you have questions or concerns regarding your student's participation please reach out to your student's social studies teacher directly.

Sam Wilkinson

Damon Cove

Boater Safety

Boater Safety is a program brought to us by the Barry County Sheriff's Department. Due to COVID, we are finally able to bring this program back to all three grade levels of students.

Our 7th grade Students will receive this information now, 6th grade in February and 8th grade in March. This is a week long program followed by a quiz at the end to obtain your certification.

Please see the presentation schedule below:

November 29- ELA classes

November 30- Math Classes

December 1- Social Studies Classes

December 2 - Social Studies Classes

December 3- Science Classes

The Thornapple Kellogg Middle School Choir Proudly Presents

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Wednesday, November 17 & Thursday, November 18

7:00 pm at the HS Auditorium

Tickets are not required but Donations are appreciated

Staff Member of the Week

We are very excited to announce our next Staff Member of the Week nomination! Remember, these are always submitted by students! Congratulations to Mrs. Skiba!

Mrs. Skiba is described as a kind and funny teacher! Students love being in her class and she makes math fun!

Thank you Mrs. Skiba for being an amazing part of our TKMS family!

Various Illnesses

Due to the increasing amount of Hand, Foot and Mouth within our district we are asking students to sanitize their hands upon entering classrooms. Students are also encouraged to sanitize their desk area as well. We also have other illnesses going around as well. We will continue to use these sanitizing methods until further notice.

Thornapple Kellogg Virtual School (6th - 12th grade) Second Semester 2021-2022 Registration

Registration will be open for the Thornapple Kellogg Virtual School (6th - 12th grade) Second Semester 2021-2022 from Monday, November 8 - Wednesday, November 17. If your student is interested in continuing virtual learning or switching to virtual learning please email Tony Bush,

Students will be learning using Edgenuity Courseware. Each TKVS student will be assigned a certified TK teacher who will assist by monitoring student progress and attendance, and offering support when needed. New and current students may be denied the option of virtual learning if they have had past learning struggles. Students will need to commit to at least one full semester of TKVS once they decide to enroll. Upon approval to learn virtually the student's parents or guardian will be sent a TKVS Learning Contract form to complete in PowerSchool.

Student Services News

Mental Health Student Group is a club that welcomes any student who has a desire to lift up others and make them feel welcome at TKMS daily. Empathy, compassion, understanding, positivity, and good vibes are what this group is all about! If your son or daughter would like to participate in this group, we will be meeting after school Monday, November 22, from 2:30-3:15 p.m. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Hardy @

Mental Health Services Available in Barry County

Please click HERE to see resources that are available here in Barry County.

MTSS November POWER Lessons

Each month we will focus on a different part of our TK STRONG! November we will do lessons each Friday in POWER around Respect. There will be lessons on being respectful based on our TKMS Matrix and how that should look around the school. We will also include some social/emotional learning and also Digital Citizenship lessons related to being respectful!

Media Center Information

Nonfiction November:

This month we'd like to hear about your favorite nonfiction title. For an extra challenge, use Destiny Discover to find a new favorite. Do you want to learn more about your favorite animal or a historical event? What about a sports team or historical figure? Use complete sentences to tell us why you love it and if you'd recommend it to a fellow student.
Complete this form by the end of the month to be entered in the drawing for a great treat!

Classmates Care

Established by students who care for students in need

Classmates Care®, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, established by Thornapple-Kellogg students, has collected outdoor winter clothing for students in financial need. We have new/gently used coats and snow pants in various sizes, along with hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, and boots. We are excited to distribute them to students in financial need upon request on a “first come, first served” basis as long as supplies last. If interested, please contact your Student Services Secretary, Jamie Sytsma at (269) 795-3349 ext.5476 by Friday, December 3rd.

Assistance Form

Many times throughout the school year local agencies contact us offering assistance to families in need. This can include weekly food bags, holiday meal baskets, financial assistance/gift cards for the holidays, and other creative ideas that present themselves throughout the school year.

If you are interested, please click HERE, complete the form and drop it off to the Middle School office. We will also have hard copies available for you to complete during registration.


Click HERE for all TK Sports Schedules.

Upcoming Events

November 17 and 18

TKMS Musical: Aladdin, Jr. 7 pm TKHS Auditorium

November 24-26

No School: Thanksgiving Break

December 2

Activity Night 2:30-4 pm

December 6

6th grade Band Concert 7 pm TKHS Auditorium

December 8

7th and 8th grade Band Concert 7 pm TKHS Auditorium

December 17

1/2 Day - Last day of Quarter 2 Students and Staff released at 10:41 am

December 20-December 31

No School: Winter Break

January 3

1st day of 2nd semester/3rd quarter