The Tohickon Golden Eagle

March 2015

Tohickon Welcomes New Teachers!

Dear Tohickon Families,


The Tohickon administration is proud to announce the hiring of three new teachers: Ms. Moira Calhoun, Mr. Nathan Harris and Ms. Victoria Kennedy,


Ms. Moira Calhoun was hired to replace Nichole Taylor, an eighth grade learning support teacher, who has taken a sabbatical leave for the second semester. Ms. Calhoun grew up and attended schools in the Central Bucks and Montgomery County areas. Ms. Calhoun graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in December with dual certification in Early Childhood and Special Education. This is Ms. Calhoun's first teaching position within the district.


Mr. Nathan Harris was hired as Ms. Konek's replacement, currently as a seventh grade English teacher. Mr. Harris lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University and graduated in December of 2014. Mr. Harris enjoys reading, writing, hiking, baseball, football, basketball, spending time with friends and family, especially with his five younger siblings. Mr. Harris was a member of the 2013 NCBA National Champion Penn State Club Baseball team.


Ms. Victoria Kennedy was hired to replace Mrs. Wittmer, who served as an eighth and ninth grade learning support teacher. Prior to coming to Tohickon, Ms. Kennedy taught ninth grade learning support at Lenape Middle School. Ms. Kennedy graduated from Bloomsburg University and resides in Upper Bucks County with her parents and two brothers.


Please join us in welcoming Tohickon's newest staff members!


Sincerely,


Mr. Kevin Marton, Principal

March at a Glance

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. The two main events in March are Sixth Grade Orientation and the Spring Musical, which will take place during the first two weeks. For your planning purposes, all events are listed chronologically below.


March 3, 2015

Sixth Grade Orientation will begin at 7:00 PM. Parents will have an opportunity to visit Subject Area Coordinators and Specialists from 7:00 to 7:25 PM. The presentation will begin in the auditorium at 7:30 PM. THIS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 9TH DUE TO WEATHER.


March 12-14, 2015

The Tohickon Spring Musical, "Once Upon a Mattress G2K" will begin at 7:00 PM on the 12th, 13th and 14th. There will be an additional performance on Saturday, March 14th at 2:30 PM.


March 13, 2015

The Tohickon Math Department holds its annual "Pi Day." Tastykake Pies are purchased for $1.50 and profits are donated to the Ronald McDonald House.


March 19, 2015

The Parent Council Meeting will begin at 9:00 AM in the Tohickon Library.


March 20, 2015

This is a half day for students. Students will be dismissed at 10:45 AM.


March 26, 2015

Tohickon will hold its annual "Go for the Greens Day."

Dodgeball, Dodgeball, Dodgeball!

It was all about dodgeball during the evening of Friday, February 27th at Tohickon Middle School. Thirty-five teams participated in the First Annual Tohickon Dodgeball Tournament. The gymnasium was packed with students and parents and excitement was in the air. The tournament lasted from 6:30 until 9 PM when the winning teams were crowned. The money raised from the tournament will go to support the musical and Tohickon’s Student Council.

The Tohickon Spring Musical - "Once Upon a Mattress Jr" - March 12th, 13th and 14th

The Tohickon Players proudly present this year’s musical, “Once Upon a Mattress G2K.” This comedy is loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea” where the Minstrel and Jester humorously narrate the “true” story of this fairytale favorite. In this musical, an overprotective queen finds every princess unsuitable as a bride for her son, Prince Dauntless, and devises impossible tests for the princesses to pass. Come be entertained as we meet a spunky Princess Winnifred, a character you are not soon to forget!


Performances will be March 12th, 13th, and 14th at 7:00 PM with an additional performance on Saturday, March 14th at 2:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased through this link http://tohickonmusical.brownpapertickets.com or at the door on a first come first serve basis.

Community Service - Relay for Life Update

Support for the American Cancer Society continues this month at Tohickon. Eighth and ninth grade students have picked teams, registered for the event, and have begun their fundraising. Our first “bank day” to turn in donations is Tuesday, March 10th in computer lab 113. Team captains should turn in their donations as soon as they get off the bus. The preferred method of donation is checks made payable to the American Cancer Society.


Our seventh grade students have begun their drive to collect items for Hope Lodge, too. This home away from home for cancer patients receiving outpatient care in Philadelphia is thankful for our donations each year. The drive was kicked off on February 26th, through a T5 assembly under February’s theme for seventh grade, “Pay It Forward.” Each seventh grade team was given a list of items to bring in, as requested by Hope Lodge. The requested items include: HE laundry detergent, toilet paper, disposable cups, white washcloths, bleach, dryer sheets, and paper towels. The Hope Lodge drive will end Friday, March 6th; if you would like to make a donation, please make sure it is dropped off by that date.

Math Counts at Tohickon

Tohickon’s Math Club is part of the National Math Club, formerly known as the MATHCOUNTS Club Program. The goal of Math Club is to build confidence in students of all skill levels by giving them the opportunity to engage in unique math activities in a relaxed social setting. Tohickon’s Math Club meets twice a month, on Tuesdays and is open to all seventh and eighth grade students. Currently, the club has sixteen members and is led by Mrs. Bellavance and Ms. Krawczun.


In February, the Tohickon Math Club was recognized by the National Math Club as a Silver Level Status club. Silver Level Status recognizes and rewards clubs with a high level of participation. A Silver Level Status club must have at least five meetings with a minimum of twelve students in attendance at each meeting. The Math Club is in its second year at Tohickon and is gaining popularity with each year. The Math Club is always looking for new members so please feel free to come to a meeting and check it out. The students are very excited and proud to be honored with Silver Level Status and will be working toward attaining Gold Level Status by the end of the school year.


Tohickon’s Math Club is recognized as a Silver Level Club on the National Math Club website: http://www.mathcounts.org/programs/math-club/14-15-silver-and-gold-clubs


For more information about the National Math Club please visit: http://www.mathcounts.org/programs/math-club

Bucks County District Attorney speaks to Ninth Grade at Tohickon

On February 25, 2015, Matt Weintraub, a district attorney for Bucks County, spoke to ninth grade students about the dangers of social media. Mr. Weintraub provided several examples where students across the county were prosecuted for using social media in an inappropriate manner. The purpose of the assembly was to inform students and to develop an awareness of the negative impacts that social media can have if used improperly.

Tohickon Recognizes its Winter Sports Athletes

At the end of the second marking period, Tohickon held its Winter Recognition Assembly. The entire school was present in the gym in order to recognize various winter athletes from both Tohickon and the high schools, Boomerang award recipients, Soaring Eagle recipients, the band, and the students performing in the spring musical. The band led the crowd in various songs along with the cheerleaders leading the crowd in excitement. Our musical students performed a song from their upcoming play, Once Upon a Mattress. A new feature to our recognition assemblies was the addition of student-teacher Jeopardy. Mr. Pustay acted as the show’s host and each grade level competed in three rounds of how well they know Tohickon. In the end, seventh grade came out on top with a comeback win led by Mr. Bartosiewicz. The next recognition assembly will take place this spring in order to recognize the accomplishments of our students and spring athletes.

IRON CHEF CONTEST

Tohickon is once again sponsoring an Iron Chef contest to benefit Relay for Life. This year’s category will be desserts! All students are welcome to participate in teams of two to four students and /or students and one teacher, so start looking for those great secret family recipes! Information, rules and registration sheets can be found across from the FCS rooms. Dates for the contest are March 3rd, 5th, 10th, 17th, 24 and 31st! First place winners will receive a custom embroidered apron as well as their name added to the Iron Chef trophy which hangs in the school’s trophy case, second place winner receive a copy of Tohickon’s world famous cookbook.

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“Congratulations to the students who were selected to participate in the 2015 Central Bucks District Honors Band!

From left to right:

Ann S. (trumpet), Michelle S. (tuba), Matt R. (flute), Natalie B. (flute), Allison M. (oboe), Conor L. (mallets), Isabella L. (flute), Max S. (bari saxophone), Hallie W. (clarinet), Kevin D. (trombone), Joey M. (alto saxophone), Drew I. (trumpet), Anthony O. (percussion), and Tyler S. (tenor saxophone).”

Tohickon Students and The Youth Wildlife Art Contest

The Pennsylvania Game Commission hopes to promote wildlife art among young artists, recognize the talents of these young artists and enhance their knowledge of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and our state's endangered and threatened species. Gabrielle M., Trevor M., Spencer M., Tahlia S., Vanessa M., Megan D., Paige J., Jorden B., Fritz M., Mackenzie A., Chelsea P. and Jordan T. have all entered the contest. Please wish these students good luck as they enter the First Annual Youth Wildlife Contest.

Parent Council Meeting Reminder

The next Parent Council Meeting will take place on March 19, 2015. Mr. Marton and Mr. Dudley will be presenting the results of the eighth grade bullying survey. Additionally, the Tohickon English Department is scheduled to provide an overview of the middle school English program and sequence.

Sixth Grade Orientation

Middle School Orientation for parents of sixth graders will be held on Monday, March 9th at 7:00 PM at Tohickon Middle School. Plan to attend and learn everything you ever wanted to know about middle level education and more. If you have any questions, please call 267-893-3310.

Tohickon Students help Newborns at CHOP

Volunteer students at Tohickon will be making heart pillows for the NICU at CHOP. The NICU wants to provide 2 - 9” hearts made out of fabric to each family that has a child in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit. The purpose of the heart is to offer positive sensory input to the baby that smells like Mommy, this will help to provide the babies with smells of the mother while she’s not at the bedside. At this time there is a need for over 200 pillows. We are looking for donations of at least ½ yard remnants or more of soft cotton fabric or flannel fabrics. All donations can be dropped off at the main office.

Wellness Update

The Wellness Committee’s next meeting will be on Thursday, March 3rd. Soon it will be time to begin planning for the garden again, we have enlisted the help of some students from Delaware Valley College, for their expertise and ideas. The Del Val students will also allow us to tour their facilities to learn what we can, in order to improve our own garden. More information will be provided when that date comes closer, but it will be scheduled for some time in the middle of April.


Students from Delaware Valley College have also volunteered to help us with our landscaping and maintenance of the outdoor classroom, trails and observation deck. Others have also demonstrated interest in working with Tohickon students through a Science Club. We will gather some ideas from our Science Department and will provide more information in the near future.


February was “Heart Healthy Month.” Students were provided with information on how to maintain a healthy heart, through posters put up by our student ambassadors. Each student and teacher was also provided with a dark chocolate Hershey’s Kiss, to wrap up the theme, on Friday. The theme for March will be “Go for the Greens,” to promote eating healthy salads.


Finally, please remember that EVERY WEDNESDAY IS PRETZEL DAY. Whole wheat pretzels are sold at dismissal, for only $0.75 each and all proceeds benefit the Wellness Committee’s efforts.

From the Nurse's Office

Scoliosis Screening

The Pennsylvania school law requires scoliosis screening for students in grade seven. At Tohickon, the screening will take place on March 11th. The purpose of the screening program is to detect possible curvature of the spine. If the conditions are detected early and treated appropriately, progressive spinal deformity may be prevented.


The screening procedure is very simple and quick. Certified School Nurses will check your child’s back by observing it while the student stands and bends forward. Parents will be informed following the screening if there is any reason to have your child examined further by your child’s health care provider.


Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this screening procedure. If you prefer to have your child excluded from the screening, please make that request to me in writing by March 9th.


Becoming Ill During the School Day

If a student becomes ill during the school day, the decision to excuse the student for the day is at the discretion of the school nurse. As a trained medical professional, this is one of the school nurse's responsibilities. Students should not be calling or texting parents/guardians to pick them up. If a student becomes ill, they must see the school nurse prior to being excused for the day. If this procedure is not followed, the student risks the possibility of an unlawful absence.


Colleen Fox, Certified School Nurse, cfox@cbsd.org or 267-893-3315.

General Information

How to Make Changes to Student Information


Please note the following procedures for submitting address changes and/or changes to mailing addresses, guardian(s) or other household information. This information is also available on the Central Bucks School District Website - www.cbsd.org.


Any changes to the current information we have on file (you can view the census information through the Parent Portal) should also be noted on the Census Verification form that your child brought home the first week of school.


Change of Address


All student address changes within Central Bucks must be validated at the Central Registration office by appointment only. We can not make changes at the middle school.


Student Change of Address Procedures:

Download the Change of Student Address Within Central Bucks form or obtain the form from the school your student currently attends.


Call or email Central Registration for an appointment. Central Registration 267-893-2111. CentralRegistration@cbsd.org


Complete the form and bring it to your scheduled appointment along with the following REQUIRED documentation: Property Deed/Agreement of Sale (follow up with deed) OR Current Lease Agreement AND one of the following: current utility bill, current tax bill/receipt, current bank statement. Your student’s records will be updated to reflect the new address upon receipt of the required documentation.


Change in Household Membership


All student household membership additions, deletions or changes must be documented on the Household Membership Change form. This would include the following: Parent/Guardian changes, Sibling changes and Mailing changes.


Student Household Membership Change Procedures


Download the Household Membership Change form or obtain the form from the school your student currently attends. Complete the form and return to your student’s school or mail it to the address below:


Central Bucks School District

Educational Services Center

Central Registration

16 Welden Drive

Doylestown, PA 18901


If you have any questions, please call Central Registration (267-893-2111)
or email your questions to CentralRegistration@cbsd.org

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