Tolland Middle School
1 Falcon Way
Tolland, CT 06084
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Late Start: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Early Dismissal: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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Congratulations to the 2013-14 Sports Teams
All after school activities have been cancelled. There will be no late bus.
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.
- Bring a note from home giving permission to stay for a game. Send it to the office during homeroom.
- Students may not call home during the day to receive permission.
- Student names will be put on a list of students allowed to attend the game.
- Students attending games may only be in the gym or in the hallway outside the gym. They may not roam around the building.
- 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.
- Cell phones may not be used in the gym. Calls may be made before or after the game from the gym lobby.
- No food or drinks are allowed inside the gym - snacks may be eaten in the lobby outside the gym.
- 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.
- Someone should be here to pick up the student by 5:00 p.m.
- Students must have a ride home; the late bus may not be used!
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.
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.
Homework Club is cancelled today.
Tomorrow is an early dismissal day for the Thanksgiving break. TMS dismisses at 12:30 p.m.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Winter Sports: Any 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Homework Club will start on Monday, 9/16. Permission slips will be coming home to students who have expressed an interest.
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.
Boys soccer practice is cancelled today.
Congratulations to the following boys who have made the boys' soccer team:
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:
Congratulations to the following students who have made the cross country team:
||Louis(Trey) Gonzalez III
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.
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.
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 Misiura, Jenna 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.