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   Apr 28 2014 at 02:30 PM
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Tolland Middle School
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Tolland, CT 06084
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4-11-14
Please click the link for notification about the ongoing Honeywell project.

4-10-14
The PowerSchool Parent Portal has been closed while teachers finalize grades.  

Today's baseball and softball games are cancelled due to the condition of the fields.  Both teams will have practice instead.

The proposed School Calendar was presented to the Board of Education on April 9, 2014 for a second reading.  The Board will be voting on the calendar at the next special meeting of the Board of Education on April 30, 2014.     

The calendar has 183 school days with the first day of school being August 27, 2014.  Eight additional Professional Development half-days have been added to the school calendar bringing the total to eleven half-day sessions falling on September 10,  September 24, October 29, January 14,  January 28, February 25, March 11,  March 25, April 29, May 13,  and May 27.  The tentative last day of school falls on Monday, June 15, 2015.

If you would like to comment on the proposed calendar, please email superintendent@tolland.k12.ct.us.

4-1-14
Grade 8 students who are trying out for baseball may meet Coach Euliano at the Tolland High School baseball field, behind the 3rd base dugout from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. tonight.  Bring your hats and gloves.


3-31-14
Students in period 7A who were scheduled to go on their ROPE All Day Field Trip tomorrow will go on Wednesday, April 2nd.

There is no Art Club today, there is no Student Council today.  Service Corps will not meet tomorrow.
Baseball tryouts are cancelled today and tomorrow.  Grade 8 students will try out on Wednesday, 4/2, from 2:30 - 4:30.  Grades 6 & 7 will try out on Thursday, 4/3, from 2:30 - 4:30.

 3-27-14
Sports tryouts will be held starting on Monday, March 31st.  All students should bring a water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather.  Baseball and softball participants should bring both cleats and sneakers so they are ready for either indoor or outdoor tryouts. 
Tryouts will be held on the following schedules:
Track:
Monday, March 31, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Grade 8 only
Tuesday, April 1, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Grades 6 - 8
Wednesday, April 2, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Grades 6 - 8.  Parent meeting follows at 4:30 p.m. in the gym.

Baseball (edited 3/31/14):
Students will need a hat, glove, cup, bat if they have one.  Catchers should bring their equipment.
Monday, March 31, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Grade 8 only
Tuesday, April 1, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Grades 6 & 7
Wednesday, April 2, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Grade 8 only
Thursday, April 3, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Grades 6 & 7

Softball:
Monday, March 31, 2:30 - 4:40 p.m. - Grade 6 only
Tuesday, April 1, 2:30 - 4:40 p.m. - Grade 7 only
Wednesday, April 2, 2:30 - 4:40 p.m. - Grade 8 only
Thursday and Friday, April 3 & 4, 2:30 - 4:40 Players who make the first cut

3-25-14
Attn: Grade 7 students who are attending the November Washington, DC trip - your 2nd payment of $200.00 is due on Friday, March 28, 2014.  All checks should be made payable to TMS SAA. 
Any student who ordered Butter Braids, the orders will be in on April 3rd from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  All orders must be picked up at this time as they come in frozen and we do not have freezer space.  Any questions, please call Mrs. Misiura at 860-870-6860, ext. 101.

3-21-14
Hot off the presses!  Check out the third quarter edition of the Falcon News!  It's full of information about what's going on at TMS!


Please click the link to access the P

roposed 2014/2015 School Calendar.

The proposed School Calendar was presented to the Board of Education on March 19, 2014 for a first reading.  The Board will be voting on the calendar at the next regular meeting of the Board of Education on April 9, 2014. 

If you would like to comment on the proposed calendar, please email superintendent@tolland.k12.ct.us

The fourth and final Space Assessment and Utilization Workshop will be held on Thursday, March 27, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Tolland High School Library.  Please click here for more information.


3-20-14
Dr. Willett's Principal's Advisory Groups will meet tomorrow during lunch waves.  
Students who wish to meet with him should bring a bag lunch and join him at the designated location during their lunch waves.

Spring sports tryouts will take place on Monday, March 31st.  Location will be determined by the weather.

3-17-14
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 11th Annual Hoops Challenge Game a success:  TMS PTO, the boys' and girls' basketball teams and cheerleaders, the TMS Dream Team and staff cheerleaders, Pep Band and the students and families who came to enjoy a fun filled evening.  While the students retained the Falcon Cup with their 48-42 victory, the staff are happy that they survived the evening.  We look forward to a rematch next year.
The Hoops Challenge event marked the beginning of a Change War to benefit the PTO:                                                                             
1, 2, 3, 4  We Declare a Change War!
What:  A School Wide Change War to support TMS PTO 
Teams: 6th Grade vs. 7th Grade vs. 8th Grade
When: March 14th-March 20th
How does it work:The change war will kick-off at the Hoops Challenge on Friday 3/14.  Change containers (1 for each grade) will be set up in the cafeteria during lunch periods. Place spare change in the container for your grade. At the end of the week the grade that collected the most money wins! Coins collected will be ADDED but any paper money put in the containers will be SUBTRACTED from the total. For example, a penny is worth 1 point, a nickel is worth 5 points, and a quarter is worth 25 points BUT a dollar would take away 100 points. So, there are two ways to help your team: adding coins to your team’s container OR adding a dollar to another grade’s container.      
What do you win:The grade with the highest total gets a ‘Pajama Day.’
                                  
The state has delayed the start of SBAC testing until next week.

3-12-14
Attn: Grade 7 student who have signed up for the Washington, DC trip in November.
If you are participating in the Butter Braid fundraiser, all orders and money are due on Tuesday, March 18th.  No Cash - Checks should be made out TMS SAA. 

3-7-14
Next Friday, March 14th, the TMS PTO presents the 11th annual Hoops Challenge Basketball Game between the TMS Staff Dream Team and the TMS Boys' and Girls' Basketball Teams.  The students currently hold the coveted Falcon Cup.  The staff are determined to take it back!  
Tickets are $5.00 in advance, $7.00 at the door.  To order tickets, please print the form and send it to the main office.  Tickets will be distributed to the students the day after the form and payment are received.  Checks should be made payable to TMS PTO.
To raise the excitement for Hoops Challenge, we will have a Spirit Week next week. Students may follow the following themes each day:

 

Monday – Decades Day
Tuesday – Sports Day
Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday
Thursday – Multiples Day
Friday – Spirit Day -   wear your blue and gold!

3-6-14
The TMS staff and students extend a huge "THANK YOU!!" to the 50+ parents, community members, volunteers, and businessmen and women who took time from their busy schedules to participate in yesterday's Career Day. The day was a tremendous success because of you.  Student feedback forms included comments like these:
"All of these people worked hard and they love what they are doing."
Career Day and school "both teach you to keep your options open to different things."
"I need to do well in school to get a job I want."
"It was the best day of school."
"I would like to go to more than three people and hear about their career." 

Thank you again for making Career Day such a success for our students.

The "Green Team" at TIS is cancelled this afternoon.

3-5-14
This is a reminder that due to Career Day today, Breakfast with the Principal has been moved to Wednesday, March 12, from 9:00 -10:00 a.m.  

2-27-14
Games Club is cancelled this afternoon.

Rachel's Challenge will be presented to all parents and interested community members this evening at 7:00 p.m., in the TMS auditorium.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  This is an early dismissal day; TMS dismisses at 12:30 p.m.  All parents should have received conference forms.  If you would like to schedule a conference, please contact your child's team leader.

2-24-14
Dear Parents and Members of the Community,
We are pleased to announce that Career Day is back at Tolland Middle School! On March 5, 2014, we will be hosting representatives from many career areas in our cafeteria from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Our goal is for students in grades 6 – 8 to explore the many opportunities available to them, with an emphasis on finding careers that match their interests.  We are seeking people willing to share their career experiences. No formal presentation is necessary, it is a fair style event with students stopping at tables to ask questions. Please feel free to bring any type of display, but it is not required. We will provide lunch and all the tea, coffee, or water you can drink. Please consider spending the morning with us at TMS.

We are very excited to be able to offer such an event to our students. We value exploration as a means to investigate the many opportunities available and also as a means to connect the 
importance of success in school to success in careers. Please feel free to contact us at 870-6864 or email JBouley@tolland.k12.ct.us if you have any questions.

REMINDER - TMS is proud to present Rachel's Challenge, Thursday, February 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  All parents, high school students and interested community members are invited.  
Rachel's Challenge 

is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion.  Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. Shortly before her death she wrote,

"I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go."

This is the message that resonates through Rachel’s Challenge:  to create a chain reaction of kindness.  

Tolland Middle School students will see an age appropriate presentation during the school day.  High school age students, parents and community members are welcome at the evening event.

2-20-14 The TMS Service Corps meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 24 has been postponed until Tuesday, March 4.

2-19-14 - Due to the weather this afternoon, all after school activities are cancelled. Students will go home on their regular buses.

2-19-14
Due to the weather last week, the deadline for the 1st deposit for the Washington, DC trip in November has been extended until Thursday, Feb. 20th.  All deposits and permission slips must be in by the end of the school day.

2-12-14
In anticipation of inclement weather during the next couple of days, the following events are postponed until Friday, February 21:
Hoops for Heart - please contact Hannah Thibodeau (hthibodeau@tolland.k12.ct.us) if you can help during the event, or can provide water/snacks.
"It's All About Chocolate" Staff Appreciation Event - please click the link for more information.

Most events are cancelled this afternoon so staff can attend training for the SBAC tests. The TMS Academy is the only after school activity that is running.

2-11-14
Any Grade 7 student who is interested in attending the Washington, DC trip in November must have their first payment and permission slip in by Friday, Feb. 14th.
Paperwork is in the front office or on-line.

Hoops 4 Heart will be held on Friday, February 14, unless there is a delay or snow day on that day. If so, the new date would be Friday, February 21.  We need snack donations and parent volunteers. Please contact Hannah Thibodeau at hthibodeau@tolland.k12.ct.us if you are able to help.

2-5-14
RACHEL'S CHALLENGE has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 27.  Students will attend an age appropriate presentations during the school day.  A presentation for parents and high school students will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  
Rachel's Challenge is a program providing a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. Rachel Scott, the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999, left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. Shortly before her death she wrote,

 "I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, 
then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far 
a little kindness can go."

This is the message that resonates through Rachel’s Challenge: to start a chain reaction of kindness.


Save the date!  On Friday, March 14, the TMS Boys' and Girls' Interscholastic Basketball Teams will defend their title against the TMS Dream Team in the annual Hoops Challenge Basketball Game.  The PTO is in need of volunteers for many small jobs.  If you can help, please complete the form available through the link and return it to the main office.


2-4-14
TOLLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION 2014-15 BUDGET WORKSHOP #4
 
PLEASE JOIN US!

Your input is welcome and encouraged!
 
The Board of Education budget workshops continue Wednesday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Tolland High School Library.

SNOW DATE: Thursday, February 6th, 7:00 p.m., Tolland High School Library

 At our January 29th workshop, we broke out into focus groups based on the following areas: Kindergarten, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and Facilities. The Superintendent presented his budget recommendations based on level services. This continues to be a work in progress.We continue to work with the Town Council and look for a broader perspective that focuses on Tolland as a community, recognizes the needs of our schools, and focuses on cost savings and improvements looking forward in regard to a 3-year plan.
All ideas and suggestions are always welcome during this process. NOTE: For a review of our previous workshops, use this link (www.tolland.k12.ct.us) and click on the slide presentation and notes.
We are looking for the community to partner with us in this critically important work and process.

If you have any questions regarding these workshops, please contact the Superintendent’s office at 860-870-6850 or the Board via email at: boardofeducation@tolland.k12.ct.us.

We look forward to your continued input!

1-31-14
The Powerschool Parent Portal has been disabled while teachers finalize Quarter 2 grades.  It will re-open next week.

1-29-14
Any Grade 7 student who was unable to attend the informational meeting regarding the Grade 8 Washington, DC trip in November can pick up paperwork in the front office.
All information is on-line also under the Washington DC Quick Link.

1-27-14
All Tolland residents are invited to Budget Workshop #3 on Wednesday, January 29, 7:00 p.m. in the Tolland High School Library:

TOLLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION 2014-15 BUDGET WORKSHOP #3
Please join us!
Your input is welcome and encouraged!
The Board of Education budget workshops continue Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Tolland High School Library.
At our January 22nd workshop, we evaluated our budget in more detail, reviewed what was discussed at our previous workshop, and then broke out into small groups, but this time to discuss potential cost savings ideas. At our next workshop, we will continue toward developing a three-year plan to meet our districts needs. All ideas and suggestions are always welcome during this process.
NOTE: For a review of our first and second workshops, see this link (www.tolland.k12.ct.us) and click on “Budget Workshop #1 or #2 slide presentation and notes”.
We are looking for the community to partner with us in this critically important work and process.
Upcoming budget workshops to be held at the THS Library are scheduled for:
January 29th at 7:00 p.m.
February 5th at 7:00 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding these workshops, please contact the Superintendent’s office at 860-870-6850, or the Board via email at: boardofeducation@tolland.k12.ct.us
We look forward to your continued input!

NOTE: CHILD CARE WILL BE AVAILABLE

Please report to the Main Office to sign in your child.  High school-age students will be donating their time to care for the children that attend. The children will be supervised 
in the Child Development Room where toys and activities will be available for use.
Children must be picked up by 10:00 p.m.
Contact: Karen Moran at: kmoran@tolland.k12.ct.us or 860-559-3066 with questions.

1-22-14
Today's basketball game against Mansfield Middle School has been postponed.

1-21-14
TMS will have an early dismissal today - school will be closing at 12:30 p.m.  No after school activities will be held. The Rachel's Challenge program will be rescheduled.

All Tolland residents are invited to Budget Workshop #2, on Wednesday, January 22, 7:30 p.m., in Tolland High School Library.  Please click the link for more information.

1-21-14
Today's basketball game against Mansfield Middle School will be postponed until Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

1-17-14
Hot off the presses - but that's an expression that doesn't work anymore....
Click the link to see the latest edition of the TMS Falcon News.  Find out what's going on in the grades, see pictures of our students at work, and read the invitation to parents from Dr. Willett for Rachel's Challenge on January 21, at 7:00 p.m., and Internet Safety on January 30, at 7:00 p.m.

1-14-14
Tonight's PTO Meeting (7:30 p.m.) will be preceded by Pizza with the Principal beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the library.  All parents are invited to discuss TMS, budget, the School Facilities Utilization Study, etc.

Reminder - tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15, is an early dismissal day for teacher in-service.  TMS dismisses at 12:30 p.m.  No breakfast or lunch is served.

Student Government will host a "Hip Hop Dodge Games Night" on Friday, January 31, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  This event is for 6th graders only.  Tickets are $5.00 may be purchased at lunch when the permission slip is presented.

1-10-14
Please join us!

This month, TMS will proudly host two important presentations, each to the students during the day, and parents during the evening.  We hope you can take the time to attend, and please spread the word.  ALL parents are invited, no matter the age of their children.  The presentations are also appropriate for high school students who are also invited.

Tuesday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium
Rachel's Challenge

 

This program is centered around the writings and life of Rachel Scott, the first student to lose her life at Columbine High School in 1999.  Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, determined not to allow her death to be in vain, helped create the program around her journals, as her legacy.  Rachel's Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. Shortly before her death she wrote,

 "I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion,
then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far
a little kindness can go."

This is the message that resonates through Rachel’s Challenge: to start a chain reaction of kindness.

Thursday, January 30,  7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium
Internet Safety

This program is run by Scott Driscoll, a law enforcement officer, educator and parent whose mission is “to help families learn about being safe while using the Internet and other technology. The Internet can be a fun and educational place, but if not used properly or with safety in mind, it can lead to some very serious and dangerous situations. Through our presentations, interview, books and online information, we are committed to teaching everyone how to make smart choices while using the Internet and today’s technology.”

Middle school age students on-line are “brave” and think nothing of sharing all their personal information on-line with complete strangers. Instant messaging is “cool” if you have lots of “buddies”. Social networking sites are a rite of passage for this age. The more “cool” stuff on their sites and more information about themselves, the better the site looks. Is this safe? What does this tell the world about our children? The following topics are covered during this presentation:
Chat Rooms
Social Networking
Cyber Bullying
Dangers That Strangers Do On-Line
Texting Concerns
Sexting

Students will receive age appropriate presentations during the school day.  The evening presentations for parents may be more intense.  Parents of high school age students are welcome to bring their high schoolers.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr. Willett at TMS.


1-7-14
The Washington, DC trip advisors sent a letter home on Monday regarding the Grade 8 Washington trip for 2014.  This meeting is for Grade 7 students and their parents.  If you did not receive the letter, please go to the Washington DC link to get the information.  If you have any questions, please call Debbie Misiura on ext. 101.

1-3-14

This spring, TMS will present Alice in Wonderland.  An Informational Meeting will be held on Monday, January 6, from 2:30 - 4:15 p.m.  Auditions will be held on Wednesday, January 8, and Friday, January 10, from 2:30 – 4:15 p.m.  Auditions for larger parts will be held on Monday, January 13, from 2:30 – 4:15 p.m.    Please click the link for more information.

1-2-14
Happy New Year!  
Tolland Public Schools have early dismissal today.  TMS dismisses at 12:30 p.m.  No breakfast or lunch is served.  There are no after school or evening activities.

12-17-13
Tolland Public Schools have early dismissal today.  TMS dismisses at 12:30 p.m.  No breakfast or lunch is served.
The concert scheduled for this evening has been postponed until Thursday, December 19, at 7:00 p.m.
The cookie workshop that was scheduled for this afternoon has been postponed until tomorrow, Wednesday, December 18, from 2:30 - 4:15 p.m. in room 16.

12-16-13 - The TMS Basketball game against Kennedy Middle School on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 has been cancelled and rescheduled to January 10, 2014. 

Today representatives from KIDSAFE picked up the gifts donated by our TMS community. Once again they were overwhelmed by the generosity of TMS!

Thank you to the homerooms and staff who sponsored children on the KIDSAFE list, to Student Council for covering the last few names on the list, to the parents who drove to do shopping, and volunteers who wrapped the gifts.  You make TMS a very special place.

 



12-13-13
Congratulations to all TMS students who have made the Honor Roll for Quarter 1.  Please click the link to view their names.  High Honor students have all A's; Honor Roll students have A's and B's.  

12-12-13

Congratulations to the 2013-14 Sports Teams

 

 Boys Basketball

Matthew Byam
Brian Clokey
Jake DeMartino
Aiden Devaney
Brian Geitner
Ryan Greenberg
Brett Grospitch
Andrew Kohl
John Murphy
Ryan Peterson
Dan Salem
Jaron Stake
Cole Suchecki
Camden Trice 

Girls Basketball

Madison Clark
Olivia Cronin
Sierra DeCarli
Megan Enman
Annie Geitner
Lauren Janton
Reagan Kerecz
Kelsey Leach
Jessica LeBel
Amy Lumia
Lindsey Papa
Madison Peasley
Alix Perry
Lacey Ryan
Kacie Shea
Sophia Webster

 

Cheerleaders 

Taylor Allen
Kayla Baer
Alyssa Carneiro
Melissa Carter
Alana Cormier
Mhari Edinger
Ashley Harger
Katie Kennedy
Taylor Lee
Kayla Mitchell
Kelly Mjos
Caroline Moore
Madison O’Connell
Arden Ricciardone
Gillian Silvay
Kara Singleton
Grace Toliano
Jenna Zaleski

 

12-10-13

All after school activities have been cancelled.  There will be no late bus.

12-9-13

The TMS basketball schedule is posted on the school website www.tms.tolland.k12.ct.us, under the Sports link.  Check out the schedule and make plans to attend before the day of the game.  Basketball games begin around 3:45, and end between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. In order to attend a basketball game the following guidelines must be followed.

  1. Bring a note from home giving permission to stay for a game.  Send it to the office during homeroom.
  2. Students may not call home during the day to receive permission.
  3. Student names will be put on a list of students allowed to attend the game.
  4. Students attending games may only be in the gym or in the hallway outside the gym.  They may not roam around the building.
  5. If a student is staying to attend the game he/she may not leave school grounds between 
  6. dismissal time and the end of the game, unless his/her ride comes to pick them up or a parent accompanies them back into the school.
  7. Cell phones may not be used  in the gym.  Calls may be made before or after the game from the gym lobby.  
  8. No food or drinks are allowed inside the gym - snacks may be eaten in the lobby outside the gym.
  9. Once students are in the gym they may not freely roam in and out. They can get up to go to the lobby when a time out has been called, or it is halftime.
  10. Someone should be here to pick up the student by 5:00 p.m.
  11. Students must have a ride home; the late bus may not be used!

12-6-13
Any student who wishes to try out for the Spring Musical of Alice in Wonderland should pick up an audition packet in the front office or from Ms. Titus or Mrs. Stewart. An informational meeting will be held on January 6, 2014 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.


12-5-13
REMINDER!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
TMS has a FULL DAY of school
TIS and Birch Grove dismiss at 12:20 for Parent Teacher Conferences
THS has a full day of school.

Friday, December 13, 2013
TMS, TIS, and Birch Grove have NO SCHOOL for Parent Teacher Conferences
THS has a full day of school.

11-26-13
Homework Club is cancelled today.

Tomorrow is an early dismissal day for the Thanksgiving break.  TMS dismisses at 12:30 p.m.

11-21-13
Model UN
Tolland Middle School's award winning Model UN program is back for another year.  Last year, two TMS students won awards for their performance at the Model UN conference. Students who are interested in other global communities, role playing and debating important issues may be interested in this event.  Students should sign up in the main office by Monday, December 2, and take an information sheet..  The fee is $30, and involves participation in a full-day Model UN conference on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Reminder to 8th graders – if you are interested in attending an alternative high school, there are applications and information on all schools available in the guidance department.  Please see Mrs. Miller with any questions or if you need assistance with the application process.

Dates to remember:

December 9 – Rockville Agricultural Education – Applications are due

December 12 – Applications for Cheney/Windham Tech are due

January 30 – Applications for EASTCONN ACT are due



11-19-13
Basketball tryouts for 8th grade boys and girls will be held on Monday, 12/2 from 2:45 -4:30 p.m.
Tryouts for 6th and 7th grade boys and girls will be held on Tuesday, 12/3, from 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

This is a reminder that TMS Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, December 13th only.   The early dismissal day on December 12th has been eliminated for TMS.

11-8-13
Attn: Grade 8 students attending the Washington, DC trip: All students must be at TMS on Tuesday by 6:40 a.m. You should know what bus you are on since the information was posted today.  Please put your luggage on your bus and come into the gym to meet up with your chaperone.  Please have everything you will need for the day in a backpack/small bag.  Have warm clothes on the bus for touring at night.  You will not be able to access your luggage until we check into the hotel at night.  Please watch the weather.  We are outside a good part of the trip during the day and at night.  Plan for the day by checking your itinerary and comparing it to the weather for Washington for the week.  You can not bring any milk products on the bus.  Any drink items must be a screw cap.  No energy drinks are allowed at any time during the trip.  No blue jeans for Arlington.  Please bring extra shoes in case of wet weather. You will need money for the way down for lunch and money for dinner on the way home.  A small amount of extra spending money is encouraged for souvenirs ($40.00-$50.00).  Rest this weekend and be ready for a really great and educational trip. 

11-7-13
Quarter one grades have been finalized.  You may view your child's grades by accessing the PowerSchool Parent Portal:  http://tollandschools.powerschool.com/public.  If you have misplaced the login information that was sent home at the beginning of the year, please contact the office.

11-6-13

Thank you to the “Guerilla Gardner(s)” who cleaned out the island behind our TMS sign!  The removal of all the bittersweet, saplings and weeds was noticed by many people.  We would love to thank you in person, but if you wish to remain anonymous, please accept our thanks here.  We appreciate all you do!

11-5-13
Service Corps is cancelled this afternoon.

Breakfast with the Principal will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 7, at 9:00 a.m.  All parents and interested community members are invited to meet with Dr. Willett for conversation, coffee and donuts.

All community members are invited to the second of three community workshops on Space Utilization and Assessment in Tolland Public Schools, to be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., in the TMS cafeteria.  Please download the invitation from the link for more information.

10-30-13
Check out what's happening at TMS in this year's first edition of Falcon News!  Falcon News is compiled by the Falcon News Club, using desktop publishing programs.  If your child is interested in joining this club, please have them see Mrs. Rosenzweig, the club advisor, in room 103.

10-28-13

Lifetouch Retake / Absentee Day

Tuesday, November 26th

Who Should Go on Absentee/Retake Day:
Any student not satisfied with original portrait - return your complete package to the photographer on retake day.

  • Any student who was absent on the original day whether you are purchasing a package or not.  Order forms are available in the school office approximately one week prior to retake day.
  • Any student who did not purchase on the original day and would like to purchase a package.  Order forms are available in the school office approximately one week prior to retake day.
If you have any questions please call Livetouch at 203-735-5933, or email cmorrow@lifetouch.com.

Winter Sports:  ‚ÄčAny student wishing to try out for basketball or cheerleading must have the permission form and physical submitted to the nurse by Friday, November 1, 2013.

The PTO Otis Spunkmeyer cookie/soup/pizza fundraiser items may be picked up on Monday, November 4, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

10-21-13
Homework Club and TMS News & Media Club are cancelled this afternoon.

On Friday, October 25th, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., the Student Council will host a dance for 7th and 8th graders.  Tickets are $5.00 and are available at the door.  Costumes are permitted, but no masks are allowed.  Rides should be here promptly at 9:00.

Please remember that Wednesday, October 23rd is an early dismissal day for teacher in-service.  TMS dismisses at 12:30 p.m.  No breakfast is available, and no lunch is served.

10-17-13
There is a meeting this evening at 6:30pm in the Lecture Hall for the parents and students who have already been accepted to participate in the June 2014 Science trip to Florida.  The meeting should last about 30 minutes.

10-11-13
Next week, all students with SOAR status will receive breakfast during an extended homeroom courtesy of Pinnacle Foods.  Grade 6 will have breakfast on Wednesday, Grade 7 on Thursday, and Grade 8 on Friday.  We extend our thanks to Pinnacle Foods!

October 11, 2013 - TMS has been selected to lay the wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.  Four students will be chosen to participate.  If you are interested in laying the wreath, please submit an essay according to the guidelines available through the link.

10-7-13
Today's cross country and soccer meets have been postponed. (12:11 p.m.).  TMS Cross Country will have their meet with Suffield tomorrow.  The boys and girls' soccer game will be rescheduled to Thursday, October 24, 2013.

10-4-13
On Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - We will have a meeting for parents and students of those attending the November, Washington, DC trip.  Please plan to attend as important information will be addressed and luggage tags will be distributed. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

On September 12, 2013, the Board of Education revised the school year calendar to eliminate the December 12th early dismissal for TMS.  Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013.

The Yearbook needs student participation!  
1.  We need art for the front and back covers.  Black and white only.  Design sheets are available outside Mrs. R's room, or from Ms. Ballard.  Cover designs are due by November 1st.  Intro art for grades 6, 7, and 8 clubs, sports and baby pictures are due by November 15th.  Students going to Washington, D.C., please turn your designs in earlier.  
2.  We need your baby pictures.  Pictures of you from birth to age 4.  One picture only please.  Put your name and homeroom teacher's name on the back.  Put the picture in an envelope or plastic bag and bring it to Mrs. R. in Room 102.  All pictures are due by November 8th.

10-4-13

The Board of Education has revised the school year calendar.  TMS will now have a full day of school on December 12th (Parent Teacher Conferences – K-5).  You may access the full year’s calendar by clicking on the link.  TMS Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013.


10-3-13
Lifetouch picture day is TODAY, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Additional order forms are available in the main office, or you can order online at http://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/pictureDayID/EJ803909Q0.  You will need the TMS Picture Day ID:  EJ803909Q0.

10-2-13 - Boy's Soccer practice is cancelled today - 1:50pm

9-23-13
Lifetouch Picture Day is Thursday, October 3rd.  The picture schedule starts at 8:07 and is completed by 11:30 a.m.  Students should have given their parents the order form last Friday.  If you did not receive one, please check your child's backpack, or pick up one in the main office.  Families who need additional order forms may get them in the main office.

Our 6th Grade Open House is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium.

9-18-13
Today is an early dismissal day for teacher in-service.  TMS dismisses at 12:30 p.m.

CMT results have arrived and will be mailed to parents by the end of the week.

The PowerSchool Parent Portal will re-open tomorrow morning.

9-17-13
Clubs are beginning!  Start days are below.
Games Club - Thursday, 9/19, Informational Meeting until 3:15, normally 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., Room 118
Falcon News Club - Monday, 9/23, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., Room 103
Student Council - Monday, 9/23, 2:30 - 3:15 p.m., Room 101
Yearbook Club - Tuesday, 9/24, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., Room 103
Beginning Jazz Band - Tuesday, 9/24, 2:30 - 4:00, Band Room
Thursday Jazz Band - Thursday, 9/26, 2:30 - 4:00, Band Room
Student Government - Monday, 9/30, 2:30 - 3:30, Room 213

Please see the Clubs & Sports page for more information.
We have a new club!  The Shakespeare Club is looking for members.  Please click the link for more information.

9-13-13
Homework Club will start on Monday, 9/16.  Permission slips will be coming home to students who have expressed an interest.

9-9-13
The Parent Portal has been closed, and will remain so until 9/18/13 for updating and grade book preparation for the new Grading System.  For more information on the new TMS Grading Policy, please click the link.

9-6-13
Boys soccer practice is cancelled today.  
Congratulations to the following boys who have made the boys' soccer team:

Michael Angers
Ryan Angers
Luke Bowden
Ryan Cyr
Aidan Devaney
Thomas Dineen
Eleftherios Fotos
Colton Freeman
Ryan Greenberg
James Heaney
Andrew Kohl
Jared LaRocca
Robert Lotreck
William Person
Daniel Piazza
Gavin Rublewski
Zachary Silvay
Jaron Stake
Dominic Tantillo
Michael Wolff
Nicholas Yamarik
Chase Young
Gage Young
Jacob Younge


9-5-13
The TMS Late Bus will start on Monday, September 9th.  Students who need to take the late bus home must sign up in the office prior to noon.  The bus company then determines the most expeditious way to get the students home.  Students may only stay after school with a staff member, or when participating in a TMS activity.

Congratulations to the following students who have made the girls' soccer team:

Marissa Airoldi
Olivia Cayward
Madison Clark
Olivia Cronin
Sierra DeCarli
Rachel Ellis
Alison Enman
Megan Gorman
Sarah Gorman
Phoenix Grover
Lauren Janton
Alison Mlodzinski
Madison Peasley
Alix Perry
Abby Popovitch
Hannah Storozuk
Morghan Wallert

Congratulations to the following students who have made the cross country team:

Kaitlyn Bedard Nolan Alexander
Sierra Bowman Jason Anderson
Alyssa Buongiorno Caeden Bailey
Julia Clark Trevor Boutot
Teagan Connelly Casey Bowden
Fiona Crowley Tyler Broderick
Camryn Florence Gannon DeGumbia
Meghan Gifford Samuel Dionne
Emma Giguere Kevin Dooley
Jennifer Graham Kyle Ferguson
Skylar Hodgkinson Louis(Trey) Gonzalez III
Natalie Hurlbut Cameron Graham
Kenna Hurtuk John Griffin
Riley Korengel David Hatch
Jessica LeBel Keegan Jalbert
Danielle LeBlanc Noah Johnson
Lauren LoVoi Franklin Kuhn
Amy Lumia Ian Lyon
Olivia McCarthy Nathan Paolangeli
Bryanna McNamee Cameron Parent
Marissa Paolangeli Logan Parent
Kacie Shea Richard Perryman
Kyleigh Sisk Kyle Pfeffer
Alison Soucy Hayden Rublewski
Alec Sauter
Brandon Stake
Stephen Sutton
Jake Tellers



9-4-13
Attn: Grade 8 students who are attending the Washington trip:
Paperwork was handed out on Friday, August 30th - If you did not receive a packet, please stop by the office.  The paperwork is due on Friday, Sept. 13th.
Any student who is participating in the summer fundraising must have all orders and money in on Thursday, Sept. 5th.

9-3-13
Cross country and soccer tryouts will be held this afternoon from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The cross country coaches will hold a brief parent meeting in the gym following tryouts.

8-30-13

TMS is off to a great start to the new year!  The building has been filled with smiles as students and teachers greet old friends, students, and classmates.  We are all excited about the educational journey we are undertaking.

Each summer, many people work tirelessly to clean and improve our building to enhance the TMS experience.  This year we have many people who deserve recognition for their hard work.  We extend our thanks to the following:

  • Our custodians and maintenance staff who have painted, buffed and polished for weeks.
  • Emily MisiuraJenna Lovett, Lynn and Olivia Cayward who helped create bulletin boards, counted agendas and stapled packets.
  • Girl Scouts Gena Duff and Sarah Swanson who are transforming the cafeteria courtyard with the help of their parents, siblings and friends. 
  • Our PTO who provided funds for new plantings along the front entrance way.
  • Mrs. Mary Anne Hoke and Mrs. Lydia Feller who started maintaining our front entrance garden last year, and continue to work to improve the area that greets all our visitors.  
  • Linda Smyth of Colonial Gardens for her extreme generosity in creating the beds that surround our front entrance.  When Mrs. Hoke and Mrs. Feller asked for help picking out plants, Mrs. Smith drew up the plans, sent her backhoe to excavate the site, then brought her staff to edge and plant beds.  We thank her SO MUCH  for making TMS beautiful.
  •  All the spouses, children, and friends of TMS staff who gave up time on beautiful summer days to help make our school a welcoming place.

Thank you all - we couldn't do it without you!

Sports tryouts will begin on Tuesday, September 3, from 2:40 - 4:30 p.m.  Students' paperwork must be on file in the nurses' office in order to participate.  Cross Country coaches will hold a parent meeting at the end of tryouts on Tuesday.  Coaches' contact information is available under the Sports link at the top of this page.

8-7-13
The 2013-14 bus routes are available by clicking on the link.
Please see the links below for supply lists and summer reading information.  We still have a few copies of Wonder available for purchase ($9.00).
Student schedules will be mailed home the week before school starts.  

6-26-13
Any student who has signed up for the November 2013 Washington, DC trip who would like to participate in the summer fundraising may obtain an order from in the office over the summer. Summer hours are 8:00 - 1:00 p.m.  The order forms are also available through the Washington, DC Trip link above so you can print them.  Enjoy the summer!

6-24-13
Happy summer!  We wish all of our 8th graders success at the high school, and a restful summer for all.

This summer all TMS students are requested to read the book Wonder, by R. J. Palacio as part of their summer literacy activities.  A few copies of the book are available for purchase ($9.00) in the TMS office.  Summer office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday.  Please stop by if you would like to purchase a copy.

The following documents have been distributed to students.  They are available by clicking the link if you have need of additional copies.

Grade 6 Informational Letter, Supply List & Reading Assignment

Grade 7 Informational Letter, Supply List & Reading Assignment

Grade 8 Informational Letter, Supply List & Reading Assignment

Transportation Request Form

Additionally, the Guidance Department is making available the following documents.  Please download and return them to Guidance if they pertain to your child and they have not been completed.
Form for students moving out of town
Form for students attending an alternate school
Grade 7 Elective Booklet & Course Selection Form
Grade 8 Elective Booklet & Course Selection Form


Students wishing to participate in fall sports at TMS should be aware of the paperwork submission deadlines listed below.  Sports are run on a "Pay to Participate" basis.  The fee for the 2013-14 school year will be $150.  Financial assistance may be available. Please contact Dr. Willett if your family is in need.

SEASON

SPORT

DEADLINE

FALL

Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Cross Country

The day after Labor Day


Sixth grade parents met with our 6th grade guidance counselor, Mrs. Bouley and Dr. Willett at the beginning of June.  Please click this link for the Powerpoint presentation. The Welcome to TMS brochure can be downloaded as well.

Finally, this is a reminder that 8th graders going to Washington, D.C. in the fall may participate in a Lyman's Orchard fundraiser to defray the cost of the trip.  Order forms are due on September 5th.