Tyngsborough High School

June 10, 2022

What's Happening...

Congratulations to the Class of 2022! Graduation was a great night and we wish you all the best.


This week freshmen took part in the MCAS Biology exam. The annual Celebration of Excellence took place on Thursday for grades 9-11, where students were recognized for academic and other achievements. Click here for a slideshow listing awards recipients. Congratulations to all!


Senior Athletic Awards night was held on Thursday. Congratulations to the awards recipients and thank you for the last four years. Girls lacrosse and baseball won Central Massachusetts Athletic Director Association tournament championships. Congratulations!


Trimester exams will take place Monday, June 13th - Wednesday, June 15th. The final day of school is Thursday, June 16th and it is an early release day. This day will be a "move-up day" as students will follow their 2022-2023 Trimester 1 schedules. Student schedules will be emailed to them prior to Thursday. Any schedule changes should be made by contacting your child's school counselor.


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Important Dates

06/13 - 06/15: Trimester Exams

06/16: Last Day of School

08/30: First Day of School

Congratulations to the June Students of the Month!

Ashley Deschenes

Nadia Fina

Kyra Griffiths

Jenna Mitza


Click here for student profiles.

School Counseling

Summer College Planning Tips

Grade 11 students are encouraged to request letters of recommendation from two faculty members before leaving for the summer.

Steps for requesting letters of recommendation:


  1. Ask the faculty member in-person if they would be willing to write a recommendation letter for you.
  2. Once the faculty member agrees to write the recommendation, add them to your Naviance account.
  3. Make sure you have an updated resume of extra-curricular activities on your student Naviance account.


If you do not have too much to add to a resume, take advantage of opportunities this summer to get involved in community service, employment or try out a new hobby!


The summer is a great time for college tours. Use your Naviance accounts to research schools that you are interested in and schedule tours through the individual college websites to get visiting some campuses!


College Planning Parent Information

Helpful information for parents regarding the college application process can be found in the “School Counseling” section of the THS website under “College Planning” . Videos and helpful links are available to help students and families feel prepared and informed on the college application process: School Counseling website page


Help Wanted Job Board

Student Services maintains a job board website for students looking for a job. Click here to view. On this website, there is a link on how to obtain a youth employment work permit for Massachusetts and New Hampshire jobs.


Community Service Board

For students looking to help the community and/or earn service hours, the Student Services office created a “Tigers Volunteer” website. Summer opportunities available! The community service board is only accessible from students' TPS Google accounts, click here.

Athletics

Upcoming Weekend Events

06/10

Girls Lacrosse @ Cape Cod Academy 3:30 (MIAA Tournament)

06/11

Track and Field @ New England Championship Meet


Sports schedules:

All of the THS and TMS sports schedules can now be found on Arbiter Live. Please be sure to follow your athlete's team for notifications of updates to the schedule.

Illness update from the Health Office

Dear THS Parents/Guardians:

As we approach the end of the school year I wanted to send a friendly reminder of important information for the end of this school year and planning for next year.


STUDENT MEDICATION

Students with Epi-Pens or inhalers stored in the Health Office: If you would like your child’s EpiPen or inhaler returned to you for the summer, please contact me as soon as possible. Otherwise, any EpiPens or inhalers that are not expired will be kept for the next school year. Medication expiring over the summer will be sent home.

Students with other medication stored in the Health Office: Medication for scheduled daily administration or on an as needed basis must be picked up by the last day of school or it will be destroyed. Kindly contact me to make a plan for any remaining medication.


PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS

It is recommended that documentation of Physical Examination for all students be submitted following their annual Physical. Under the guidelines of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Education, it is the policy of the Tyngsborough Public School District that students are required to submit a current Physical Examination report to have on file in the nurse's office prior to entry into the 11th grade. Examinations must be dated within the previous twelve months to be considered current and must include a certificate of proof of immunization. Per state requirements, proof of Meningococcal conjugate vaccine, MenACWY (brand names Menveo or Menactra) must be on file for your child prior to entry in the 11th grade. The booster dose of MenACWY must be received on or after the students 16th birthday. (One or more doses of MenACWY vaccine are acceptable as long as one dose was received on or after 16 years of age.) Students who are not 16 when they enter Grade 11 will need to provide documentation of booster dose once they turn 16.


Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements for 2022-2023 can be located by clicking here.


Documentation of a current Physical Examination is also required prior to a student's participation in competitive athletics. Please do not submit Physicals to a coach. This documentation can be forwarded to the email, fax, or mailing address listed below during the summer or to the School Nurse when your child returns to school. Early submission is very helpful in avoiding delay in your child participating in try-outs and starting the season.


HEALTH CONCERNS

Required medical plans to manage your child’s care

(Please use the links below to print out appropriate form(s) for completion by your child’s medical provider. If your child’s physician’s office prefers their own form we will accept it, providing it has all the necessary information):

Has your child been prescribed an EpiPen/epinephrine auto injector?

If yes, we must have an Allergy and Anaphylaxis Plan completed and signed by their licensed medical provider and signed by a parent/guardian.

Has your child been prescribed an inhaler?

If yes, we must have an Asthma Action Plan completed and signed by their licensed medical provider and signed by a parent/guardian.

Has your child been diagnosed with a seizure disorder?

If yes, we must have a Seizure Action Plan completed and signed by their licensed medical provider and signed by a parent/guardian.

Has your child been diagnosed with diabetes?

Please contact me as soon as possible to discuss the plan for the school year. I can be reached during the summer by email: debbie.donohoe@tyngsboroughps.org. During the school year, contact the THS Health Office as soon as possible following diagnosis.

Will your child be required to take medication during the school day?

If yes, we must have a Student Medication Administration Order Form completed and signed by their licensed medical provider and signed by a parent/guardian. This form is required for all prescription and over-the-counter medications to be administered at school.

Other health concerns?

Please contact me as soon as possible to discuss any other health concerns. I will work with you to create an Individual Health Care Plan to meet the needs of your child.


MANDATED SCREENING

Screenings are conducted in Tyngsborough Public Schools annually in accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Regulations (refer to guidelines below). Screening tests are not diagnostic in nature. They are designed simply to indicate students who may need further attention in a specific area.

If a parent/guardian does not wish to have this screening done at school, they must send:

  1. A written request to exclude their child from participating in school screenings AND

  2. Written documentation from the family physician documenting their results of the screening.


Screenings are performed at THS throughout the school year as the student's schedule allows.

Postural – students will be screened for scoliosis during grade 9. Complete privacy is afforded the students during this examination. If your child is currently under the care of a physician for scoliosis, documentation for their health record is very beneficial.

Vision and Hearing Screening– will be conducted during grade 10.

Growth and Development – Height, Weight, Body Mass Index (BMI) and corresponding percentile will be calculated for students during grade 10.

Parents/legal guardians will be notified of any findings of the above screenings that necessitate medical follow-up.


Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment SBIRT- will be performed for all grade 9 students. The SBIRT protocol facilitates a one-on-one conversation between each student and a school nurse or counselor in an effort to prevent or at least delay the start of using harmful substances, such as alcohol and marijuana. SBIRT does not result in disciplinary action. This program focuses on reinforcing healthy decisions and addressing concerning behaviors around substance use with the goal of improving health, safety and success in school. We will use the CRAFFT II screening interview, which is the most used substance-use screening tool for adolescents in Massachusetts. The screenings are brief (5-10 minutes) and will be conducted in a confidential setting in private one-on-one sessions with one of the nurses or counselors trained in SBIRT screening. Students who are not using substances will have their healthy choices reinforced. The screener will provide brief feedback to any student who reports using substances or is determined to be at risk for future substance use. What your child tells the screener is confidential and will not be shared with any other person without prior written consent of the student, parent or guardian, except in cases of immediate medical emergency or when disclosure is otherwise required by state law. No written record of the results of this verbal screening is kept with information that identifies any individual student. Screening results will not be included in your child’s school record. You can view the CRAFFT tool and other SBIRT resources on the www.masbirt.org/schools website. As with any school-based screening, you have the option to opt your child out of this process. Additionally, students may also opt out of this process at any time. If you do not want your child to participate in this program or would like more information please contact TPS Head Nurse Michelle Riley by October 1, 2022, at michelle.riley@tyngsboroughps.org.


If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact me at debbie.donohoe@tyngsboroughps.org or when school is in session you may contact me via telephone at (978) 649-7571 (option 2). My HIPAA compliant fax number, which I will have access to over the summer, is (978) 649-1877.


Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. Have a safe and healthy summer.


Sincerely,


Debbie Donohoe BSN, RN, NCSN

36 Norris Road, Tyngsborough, MA 01879

debbie.donohoe@tyngsboroughps.org

Phone: (978) 649-7571 Option 2

Fax: (978) 649-1877

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