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Tolland Middle School

1 Falcon Way
Tolland, CT 06084
Fax: 860-870-5737

Principal:  Daniel Uriano 

Assistant Principal:  J. Anthony Spangle

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Happy Summer!  
Students were given a packet containing the summer reading assignments and supply lists on the last day of school. They also received the Transportation Request Form, which must be submitted if they are to take the bus to a location other than home.   If they misplaced their copy, please click the appropriate link below.

Grade 6 Summer Reading & Supply List

Grade 7 Summer Reading & Supply List

Grade 8 Summer Reading & Supply List

Transportation Request Form

A message from the PTO Executive Board:

To: TMS Students and Families,

From: TMS PTO Executive Committee

As we wind down the school year and our two year term, we would like to take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments and gifts we were able to provide TMS students and Teachers.  These gifts would not have been possible without you supporting the various PTO fundraisers, signing up for company match donation programs or “UNFundraiser” donations.   

 Here are just a few gifts your generous donations provided to our students:

·         3-D Printer – This was a student lead activity where the PTO donated funds to create a 3-D printer for all students to use.  This is just a start in the “Maker Space”

·         2 carts of Chrome books

·         6th Grade Assembly – Percy and the Lightning Thief production was brought to TMS for all 6th graders to enjoy

·         New books for Library

·         Student Magazine to support Reading Program

·         Student & Lunch Assistance

·         Teacher Reimbursement for Classroom Supplies not covered by budget

·         Sponsored the FUN RUN fundraiser to support the purchase of new gym equipment.

·         Core Curriculum Gifts to Math, Science and World Languages programs

·         SBAC Snack for students on the day of testing

·         Dances for our students

 Again, these gifts would not have been possible without your support.  Have a great summer.  Thank you again, Jackie Kolb, Barbara Busch, Cheryl Nicholas, & Pam Petoskey

(Term 2014-2016)


Attn: Gr 7 students attending the Washington, DC trip in November - The summer fundraiser form for the Lyman Pies and Cookie dough is available in the front office and on the DC link.  Any questions, please call Debbie Misiura, ext. 101.

Help and donations are needed for the 8th grade dance on Friday, June 10.  Please click the link for needed items and the volunteer link.  

The deadline for registration for this year's TMS Paint Run/Walk has been extended to Friday, May 27!  Get your registration form in now!  If you would rather just make a donation, you can make an online donation by clicking this link.

5-17-16 - Attn: 7th graders attending the Washington, DC trip in November - The 3rd deposit of $200.00 is due on Friday, May 20th by 3:00pm.  If you wish to purchase the trip insurance, please fill out the form that was mailed to you or print a copy off the Washington DC link and submit payment of $37.50.  All checks should be made payable to TMS SAA.  Thank you.
5-17-16 - Baseball practice has been cancelled for today.

 5-2-16 - The Baseball and Softball games that were scheduled for today have been postponed.  There will be no Baseball practice. (12:00pm)

 4-26-16 Track practice is cancelled today due the weather. (1:00pm)

4-26-16 Wednesday, April 27th is an early release day - there will be no practice for sports.

The Baseball and Softball game scheduled for today has been postponed and will be rescheduled on Tuesday, May 3rd. (12:04pm)  The Softball team will have practice today in the gym.
Track is also cancelled today.

Tolland High School cheerleading tryouts will be held on May 9-11 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., at Tolland High School.  Any 8th grader interested in trying out must register online and have up to date medical forms turned in to the Tolland High School nurse by April 25, 2016.

The Powerschool Parent Portal is open so parents can check Q3 grades.  

Track & Field is cancelled this afternoon.

Track & Field practice is cancelled this afternoon.  

Baseball and softball will have practice/tryouts in the gym from 2:45-4:15.

All after school and evening activities have been cancelled for today, Monday, April 4, 2016.

The ROPE Graduation schedule for this morning has been rescheduled to tomorrow morning, Tuesday, April 5, at 8:00 a.m.

Baseball tryouts continue this afternoon from 2:45-4:15 p.m.  The coach will be making final cuts today.  There will be no practice tomorrow.

There are no baseball or track tryouts this afternoon.  Tryouts will continue tomorrow, Thursday, March 31, from 2:45- 4:15 p.m. for baseball, softball and track.

3-28-16 - Baseball Tryouts have been cancelled for today. (9:30am)
Tryouts will begin on Tuesday, March 29th.  All students should report to the gym for attendance check-in.

Attn: Gr 7 students attending the Washington, DC trip in November-
The 2nd deposit of $200.00 is due on March 25th.  This is Good Friday and we have no school.  Payments can come in on Thursday, March 24th or Monday, March 28th.  Also, for those students who have participated in the Butter Braid fundraiser - your orders will be ready for pick up on Thursday, March 24th from 4:00-5:00pm in the Cafe.  All orders must be picked up at that time as we have no freezer space and there is no school on Friday.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call Debbie Misiura, ext 101.

Pizza with the Principal is cancelled this evening.  
The PTO meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the library.  All parents are welcome.

Tomorrow we hold Career Day at TMS.  This bi-annual event is the culmination of months of hard work by our Guidance Department.  More than 80 parents and community members will come to TMS to share their careers with our students. Students will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from Construction Technology, Information Technology, Health and Bioscience, Government and Human Services, Arts and Media, Business and Finance, Volunteers and more.  The students and staff of TMS recognize the sacrifices made by these presenters as they give up a day of work to spend time with us, and we truly appreciate it.  
The day is very exciting for our students as they get a new perspective about how what they learn can be used in real life; sometimes the connection to the path they will follow is made.  Ask your child to share what careers they explored and how they feel about what path they might like to follow.

This is a reminder to all 7th grade students interested in the November Washington, D.C. trip that the permission slip and deposit are due tomorrow, Friday, February 26, by 3:30 p.m.  Any student whose money and permission slip is received after that time, will have their name placed on a waiting list.

Community Support:  TMS has received a check from Target’s Take Charge of Education program in the amount of $395.00, and one from Amazon Smile in the amount of $37.01.  Thank you for choosing Tolland Middle School as the recipient of these merchants’ programs.  For more information about these and other community support programs please see the Fundraising & Community Support link on the right of this page.

Tolland Education Foundation invites you to a Zumbathon fundraiser on Saturday, March 12, to dance away your winter blues while supporting innovation in education in Tolland schools.
Their Zumbathon, featuring instructors Kathy Gorsky and Chelsea Vozzolo, will take place at Tolland Middle School, One Falcon Way, Tolland from 2:00 - 3:30 PM. Registration and raffle preview begins at 1:30 PM.
Suggested donation is $10 per person.
For more information and to reserve your spot please go to
Walk-ins are also welcome!
Tolland Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) a non-profit charitable
organization run by an all-volunteer board of directors. The purpose of the
foundation is to raise funds and award grants to provide students with
innovative learning opportunities that are beyond the conventional resources
or our public schools.
Over 3,000 students throughout the Tolland Public School System benefit from the enhancement of their educational experience through support and
resources provided by TEF.


This just in!  
The Cidermill Road Race Committee is holding a contest to have a Tolland school child design the T-shirt for the 16th Cidermill Road Race.  Please click the link for the Cidermill Road Race T-Shirt Contest rules.  The deadline to submit a design is April 1, 2016.  

In anticipation of the Hoops Challenge game on Friday, February 26, TMS will hold a Spirit Week!  We would love to have everyone participate in the fun!

Spirit weej
Tickets to the Hoops Challenge game are available for $5.00 in advance, $7.00 at the door.  Volunteer help is also needed for some small jobs the night of the event. Please click the link for forms to purchase tickets or to volunteer.

The 7th and 8th grade band and chorus will participate in the Performing Arts Consultants Adjudication Festival on Friday, June 3, 2016.  Please click the link for more information and the permission slip.

The following upcoming dates were listed incorrectly in this week's Digital Backpack.  Breakfast with the Principal will be held on Wednesday, March 2 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Pizza with the Principal – Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m. – topic of conversation – SOAR Reports.
PTO Meeting – Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.
Come share your thoughts about TMS, budget, teenagers, or whatever is on your mind.

The February PTO meeting has been cancelled.  The next PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 8, preceded by Pizza with the Principal at 6:30 p.m.  All parents are welcome!


This evening's dance has been cancelled.  

Happy February!  
Quarter 2 grades have been finalized and the PowerSchool Parent Portal is now open.

On Wednesday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m., there will be an informational meeting about the November 2016 Washington, D.C. trip for our 8th graders.  This year's 7th graders and their parents are invited.  Please click the link for more information.  

Save the date!  The annual Hoops Challenge basketball game between the TMS Staff Dream Team and the interscholastic boys' and girls'  basketball teams will take place on Friday, February 26.  This is a fun event for the whole family.  Proceeds benefit the PTO.  Thank you for your support!
Today is an early release day for teacher in-service.  TMS dismisses at 12:35 p.m.
The next early release day is Wednesday, February 24.

Yearbook order forms are available in the main office, or by clicking the link.  The deadline for ordering is March 4, 2016.  No extras will be ordered, so order now to save these precious memories.

Mrs. Fleming's Academic Practice Club is cancelled this afternoon.

Attn: Grade 7 Students and Parents
Letters were mailed out regarding the informational meeting for the Washington, DC trip for grade 8 students this week.  Some of the envelopes did not have the letter in them.  The meeting will be on Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30pm in the auditorium.  The meeting is for parents and students.  
For a copy of the letter please see the Washington Trip link.  Thank you.

The Board of Education approved a lunch price increase to assist Food & Nutrition Services in managing rising food and operational costs. This change will take effect on February 1, 2016.  The increase is .25 to elementary and .15 to secondary schools. Milk will remain the same.
The new prices are listed below.
Elementary                             $2.65
Middle School                        $2.85                Deli Lunch $3.00
High School                           $3.00                Deli Lunch $3.25
Milk (no change)                                           $ .60

All activities at Tolland Middle School have been cancelled this afternoon.  All students will be taking their regular buses home.  (1:12pm)

The TMS E meeting has been postponed until tomorrow afternoon.

The PTO meeting has been postponed until Tuesday, January 19.
Happy New Year!
Quarter 2 ends on January 22.  Parents may view current grades through the PowerSchool Parent Portal until the 22nd.  At that time the Portal will be closed so teachers can finalize grades.  It will reopen by Thursday, January 28.

Basketball season is in full swing.  This is a reminder that students wishing to attend games must bring a note from home giving them permission to stay.  Students should make plans in advance as they are not permitted to call home during the school day to obtain permission.

Tolland Public Schools is participating in PJ for the Kids Day today, to benefit Connecticut Childrens' Medical Center.  Students and staff are donating in support of the children who must wear pajamas every day as they battle cancer and other serious illnesses.  This event kicks off our TMS Winter Kick Off events leading up to the winter break. Each day has a theme as shown below, and we encourage everyone to get in the spirit!  Donations will not be collected except for PJ Day.  
Spirit Week

Barnes & NoblePlease remember the PTO Barnes & Noble Book Fair next week.  by visiting the Buckland Hills store on Sunday, December 13, between 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., you can participat in an Ozobot Demonstration, LittleBits Circuitry Station or a Collaborative Coloring Station.  When you use the Book Fair ID 11745189, TMS PTO receives a portion of the sale.  The code can be used at the store or online from December 13 - 18.  If you would prefer to take a coupon to present to the cashier, please click the link and print the coupon.  Thank you for your support.


The first basketball game of the season is tomorrow!  The TMS Basketball schedule is posted around the school and 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 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.
  6. No food or drinks are allowed inside the gym – snacks may be eaten in the lobby outside the gym
  7. 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.
  8. Someone should be here to pick the student up by five o’clock.
  9. Students must have a ride home, late buses may not be used!

Lifetouch Picture Retake Day is tomorrow!  Students who are having retakes done should return the package to the photographer.  Students who were absent on Picture Day should have their pictures taken for the Yearbook.

The PTO will host a Barnes & Noble Book Fair on Sunday, December 13 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Stop by for a demonstration of Ozobots, LittleBits Circuitry, or just browse the shelves for an interesting book!  The Café has desserts and beverages if you just want to relax.  Use the Book Fair ID 11745189 and a portion of your purchase goes to the PTO.  Thank you for your support!

The Parent Portal is now open so parents may view their child's grades.  Remember to set up your new Single Login Account so you can link all your children to one login.  Directions are above.

The PTO will provide a Staff Appreciation Event on November 18.  Donations and help are needed.  Please click the link for more information.

The PowerSchool Parent Portal has been closed while teachers finalize Quarter 1 grades.  It will re-open next Thursday, November 12.  Please remember that parents will need to create a unique account through which they will be able to view all their children's grades.  If you need assistance, please contact the main office.

10-30-15 - Boys and Girls soccer teams will play each other after school on Monday, November 2, 2015.  The boy's team should bring their uniforms - clean! 

10-28-15 - Cross Country practice has been cancelled for today. (1:39pm)

This just in!  TMS has an Instagram account.  Follow us at TollandMS

Today was Lifetouch Picture Day.  The photographers commended our students for their consideration as they waited to have their pictures taken.
If you forgot to send in your order form, you may order pictures for the next 48 hours by going to mylifetouch.com and placing your order.  Our Picture Day ID is EJ495909Q0.
After 48 hours you may mail the order envelope with an additional $7.50 s/h fee to Lifetouch, 698 Derby Ave., Seymour, CT 06483.  The pictures will be mailed directly to your home address.

10-21-15 - Boy's Soccer practice is cancelled for today. (11:45a.m.)

The TMS Yearbooks is looking for submissions of art work for this year's yearbook.
Any grade 8 student can submit art for the following categories: Front cover, Back cover, 6th, 7th and 8th grade intro pages, sport page, club page and the baby picture page.  All artwork must be in black and white designs only.  You can obtain a sheet for your artwork from Ms. Ballard and they are due Nov. 6th.


The TMS Yearbook wants 8th graders’ baby pictures (ages between 0 – 4)!  Pictures should have the student’s name and homeroom on the back.  They will be scanned and returned.  All baby pictures must be in by November 6.

The PTO Dinner and Dessert fundraiser with Panera soups and Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough is due.  Please submit all orders and money to the office.
Thank you for your support!



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Tolland Middle School
Picture Day: Thursday, October 22 
Picture Day ID: EJ495909Q0

Picture Day is Thursday, October 22. 

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10-9-15 Attn: Grade 8 students/parents who did not make the Washington meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6th - please see the Washington, DC link for important information.

10-2-15 Girls Soccer practice has been cancelled for today.  (12:25pm)

Attn: Grade 8 Students attending the Washington, DC trip in November.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6th, there will be an important meeting for students and parents at 6:30pm in the Auditorium. Our tour director, advisors and Administration will be there to review the trip's itinerary, packing tips, and the rules for the trip.  Please plan on attending.  Thank you

As we begin the second month of school, we would like to remind parents that they have access to their child's grades at all times.  There is a new login procedure for the PowerSchool Parent Portal this year which allows parents to view all their students' information through one login.  In order to do this, parents must set up their unique account in PowerSchool.  Directions for this procedure along with access IDs were included with your child's schedule in August.  Directions are also posted above.  If you need a copy of your child's access IDs please contact the main office.

Today's cross country meet and GIRLS soccer game have been postponed.
The BOYS soccer game at TMS will be played as scheduled.

Soccer Practice for the Boys Team has been cancelled today.

Mr. Uriano is looking for suggestions for music to play as the students enter school each morning.  Please click the link for Morning Music Suggestions under Quick Links to access the form and give him ideas.  All suggestions must be school appropriate.

All Sports have been cancelled at TMS.  Students should go home after school.

Attn: Grade 8 students who have signed up for the Washington trip have received their final packet of information on Friday, Sept. 4th.  Please have any fundraising orders and money in by Wednesday, Sept. 9th.  Final payments are due Friday, Sept. 18th with all the forms.  If you need any of the forms, they can be found on the the Washington DC link.

Due to the extreme heat and humidity, sports try outs have been postponed until tomorrow, Wednesday, 9/9.  Only students who have been cleared by the nurses' office may try out.  Students who need the late bus should sign up in the main office prior to noon.

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year.  We hope you have had a restful, enjoyable summer.  Enjoy these last few days.

Schedules will be mailed home today.  There has been an update to the Parent Portal in PowerSchool, requiring a new login procedure that will allow parents to link all their children to a single account.  Details for that procedure will be mailed at the beginning of next week.

A clarification of the 7th grade supply list:  Students will need only one 2" binder (not 2.5") in which they will keep their math, science and social studies paperwork.

A note about TEAMs at TMS. As you probably know, we are very fortunate to have a “TEAM” structure at Tolland Middle School. Each team has a math, science, social studies and special education teacher, and two language arts teachers.  Team color designations are to provide a smaller "school within a school" organizational structure.  Our teams are as follows.

Team 6 Blue Team 6 Gold
Mrs. Campbell Mrs. Fleming
Mrs. Cassidy Mrs. Hart
Mrs. Cayward Mrs. Leone
Mrs. Krantz Ms. Moebus
Mrs. Markow Mrs. Olander
Ms. VanOstrand Mrs. Sleeman
Team 7 Blue Team 7 Gold
Mrs. Gedansky Mrs. Churchill
Mrs. Hadyka Mrs. Connelly
Mrs. Kraus Mrs. Desy
Ms. Kukucka Mr. Fay
Ms. Reynolds Mrs. Mawaka
Ms. Vignone Ms. Wilson
Team 8 Blue Team 8 Gold
Mrs. Blore Mrs. Bellman
Mrs. DeGuire Mr. Chassanoff
Mrs. Erikson Mrs. Hill
Mrs. Foster Mrs. Petsa
Mrs. Nichols Mrs. Vose
Mrs. Tew TBD LA

Happy Summer!  
On the last day of school, students were given packets containing athletic information, supply lists for next year and summer reading assignments.  The packets are also available here:

Incoming Grade 6 Packet

Incoming Grade 7 Packet

Incoming Grade 8 Packet

Tolland High School Freshman Honors English Reading Assignment


Due to the inclement weather, the 8th Grade Orientation & Course Fair that was scheduled for tonight will be postponed.....again.  Could you please email your evening availability for the February 5, 9, 10, 11, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 26?  We cannot schedule for the Feb. 12 as that is our 2nd semester Open House and Feb. 16 and 17 are vacation days.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.