Teeland Middle School

October 2022

Letter from the Principal


Dear Teeland Families:

Fall is here and with that comes the darkness and icy roads. If your student is walking or riding a bike to school, please have them try to stay off the main roads, wear reflective clothing, walk bikes when crossing roads, and remove headphones and earbuds. We have had many concerned phone calls from drivers that are having trouble seeing students that are walking and riding bikes to school.

In an effort to reduce the amount of traffic on the Seward Meridian Parkway between 7:15-7:45 am., TMS is open for drop-off students at 6:45. When our buses are fully staffed, we will return to being open for students at 7:00 am. As I stated in a parent email this week, we know that safety is a concern with the increased traffic in our area. Mat-Su Career & Tech High School will be holding a community meeting on October 12, at 6:00 pm. The intention of the meeting is to discuss a plan to increase community involvement in communicating with our local assembly to move forward on the Seward Meridian Road expansion.

I would like to share with parents that we have seen an increase in school incidents involving vaping. Please talk with your student about the dangers of starting this kind of behavior, including obvious health concerns, and the fact that it is illegal for students to possess vapes and vaping paraphernalia. We are working with local law enforcement with our repeat offenders.

Under state law Sec. 11.76.105. section b:

(b) Possession of tobacco, an electronic smoking product, or a product

containing nicotine by a minor is a violation.

Students with repeated violations may be issued a ticket and fined up to $500.00. Students can anonymously report concerns to any staff member in an effort to increase safety for all our children.

The end of quarter one is in two weeks! If your student is needing extra support, we have Study Hall and Math Lab starting up the first week of October. Permission slips are in the office. Parents have access to student grades on ParentVue and students can show parents their Google Classrooms with all their assignments listed. Most assignments can be completed in classes if students are on task and using their time efficiently.

Parent/Teacher conferences will be scheduled on October 31st via zoom unless an in-person conference is specifically requested. More information will be sent out soon with sign-up times and zoom links. Please feel free to reach out to your student’s teachers at any time. Email is the best way to connect, and teachers are happy to answer questions or address concerns. I appreciate hearing from parents as we all work together in STRIVING towards excellence!

Jo Ann Hinds, Principal

Important Dates

  • October 3 - Guitar Club Begins
  • October 4 - Study Hall Begins
  • October 7 - Wear a Hat, Give a Hat, Sponsored by NJHS
  • October 11 - Picture Retakes
  • October 12 - Girls Who Code Begins
  • October 12 - Community Meeting @ CTHS Regarding Traffic
  • October 13 - Battle of the Books Begins
  • October 14 - Quarter 1 Ends
  • October 28 - Halloween Dance
  • October 31 - Parent Conferences, No School for Students
  • November 11 - PD Day, No School for Students
  • November 24 & 25 Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 6 - Holiday Choir Concert
  • December 13 - Holiday Band Concert

Upcoming Events at TMS

Check out the TMS calendar for upcoming events, including basketball games and locations HERE.

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Welcome our New School Safety Officer

TMS is pleased to introduce our families to Mr. Scott Stroble, our new SSO.

Mr. Strobel has recently retired from the military and we are excited to have him join us!

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Titan News Show!

Did you know that Teeland has a news show every week? Mr. Buchanan's Media Skills class shares all of the news, sports and most up to date events happening at Teeland Middle School! Check it out on our YouTube channel!

“Wear a Hat, Give a Hat” Day sponsored by NJHS

Friday, October 7th is “Wear a Hat, Give a Hat” Day sponsored by NJHS. Students may purchase a wristband in exchange for the privilege of wearing a dress code approved hat to school. Wristbands will be on sale for $1 before school and during lunch in the cafetorium on October 5 and 6. All proceeds benefit the Heavenly Hats Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that raises funds to give brand new hats to cancer patients of all ages nationwide.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books begins on October 13th.

B.O.B will meet every Thursday from 2:15-3:00 in room B111. Meetings will run through mid-February.

See Ms. Stern for more information.

Guitar Club

Learn to play the guitar!

The first meeting is Monday, Oct. 3 in Mr. Wessling’s room, B211. $15 fee to sign up.

Grab an application from the front office, or sign up online through “School Pay.” Guitar Club meets every Monday and is limited to 30 students.

Art Adventures - Halloween Crafts

Art Adventures with Mrs. Reid

Friday, 10/21 2:30 -4:00 pm

$10 material fee.

Pay on SchoolPay HERE.

Halloween Dance - October 28th

TMS Volleyball is hosting the 2022 Halloween Dance!

October 28th from 2:30 - 3:45 pm

Admission is $5.00

There will be concessions, games, and a costume contest!

School rules will be in effect for the entire dance.

Students must be picked up no later than 4:00 pm to attend the dance.

Congratulations TMS Cross Country Team!!

The Championship Meet was held on September 21st and both the boy's and girl's teams took second place! Way to go, Titans!

Study Hall with Mr. Childs and Math Lab with Mrs. Buness

Study Hall (Homework Club) begins on Tuesday, October 4th! Every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in room B205.

Math Lab also starts on Tuesday, October 4th, and will run every Tuesday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in B207.

Permission slips are in the office and there are no fees for these activities.

Girls Who Code

Learn to code in a fun and friendly environment with Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Buness.

Girls Who Code will be held on Wednesdays from 2:30 - 3:00 and begins on October 12th in room C209.

Student Drop Off

Parents, please remember when you drop off your students, you must use the drop off loop. Students should exit the vehicle on the curb of the sidewalk. Exiting on the traffic side is a safety hazard.

Slicing and Dicing in Home Economics!

Community Meeting @ CTHS

There will be a community meeting held at Carrer Tech High School on October 12, 2022, at 6:00 pm to discuss the traffic situation that has impacted families from Teeland, Fronteras, and CTHS.

Bus Passes

All bus passes must include the following information:

• Student’s name

• Parent and/or guardian’s name

• Parent and/or guardian’s contact phone number (in case of bus emergency)

• Approved bus stop location that the student will be dropped off

You may email Teeland at tms@matsuk12.us to request a bus pass.

Ms. Olson may be contacted at 907.352.7528 or at kimberly.olson@matsuk12.us.

*Bus passes must be received by 12:00 pm for same-day passes.

Go Guardian Parent App

The GoGuardian Parent is a mobile app designed to provide Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District parents/guardians insight on their student's online activity when on school-managed devices and accounts at home. Learn more by visiting www.matsuk12.us/tech

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Have you applied for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program?

We are asking all families to apply/renew their Free and Reduced Lunch applications.

Every application helps fund our school. Thank you!

Free and Reduced applications must be submitted and approved for families to qualify for a 50% reduction in athletic fees. You can access the application HERE.

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