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Tolland Middle School
1 Falcon Way
Tolland, CT 06084
Fax: 860-870-5737
Daily Schedule:
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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Tolland Public Schools Budget Meetings
All community members are invited.  Meetings will be held in
Tolland High School library, and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Reminder to all band and chorus members - the Six Flags Adjudication Festival permission slip is due tomorrow, Friday, March 6.  Please see Mrs. Stewart or Ms. Titus with questions.

REMINDER:  This evening at 6:30 p.m., Tolland High School will host a student-parent Orientation and Course Fair for all 8th graders and their parents.  

Attn: Grade 7 students who are participating in the Washington, DC Butter Braid Fundraiser - All orders and money are due on Friday, February 27, 2015.  We do not accept CASH and all checks should be made payable to TMS SAA.  Any questions, please feel free to call Mrs. Misiura on ext. 101.  Thank you.

Start planning!  Next week is Spirit Week leading up to the Hoops Challenge basketball game.  Please click the link to see how you can show pride in the TMS community.  

Tickets to the Hoops Challenge game are $5.00 in advance or $7.00 at the door. Order forms will be sent home with students tomorrow, or click the link to find a copy.

If you are interested in helping the PTO with this fundraiser, please return the volunteer form

This is a reminder that there is no school on Monday and Tuesday, February 16 and 17, for Mid-Winter Break.

SPRING SPORTS REGISTRATION!  It’s time to register for spring sports (baseball, softball and track.  Interested students must be registered on, and have a current physical on file in the nurses’ office prior to March 2, 2015.  The website is blocked after that date.  Students may stop by the nurses’ office to check to see if their physical is up to date.  

SAVE THE DATE!    The annual Hoops Challenge Basketball Game between the TMS staff Dream Team and the TMS boys' and girls' basketball teams will take place on Friday, March 6.  Volunteers are needed to help make this PTO event a success. Please click the link to access the volunteer form.

The PTO Munson's Chocolate Fundraiser is underway.  Orders are due February 25. Please click the links for the flyer and order form.  Thank you for supporting our PTO.
Did you know the PTO has a Facebook page?  Follow them for updates on PTO activities!

Grade 7 Students and Parents/Guardians - If you were unable to make the informational meeting regarding the November, Washington, DC trip, there is paperwork in the main office and on-line under the Washington, DC link.
First deposit and permission slip is due on Friday, February 20th.  If you have any questions, please call Debbie Misiura on ext. 101.


As part of our PBIS program, on Friday, February 13, representatives of The Faces of Homelessness Organization will meet with each grade separately during their respective UA block. (

Faces of Homelessness is a public education program that works to promote advocacy, understanding, and service regarding homelessness in Connecticut.  The grade-level assemblies will begin in the auditorium where a broad description/helicopter perspective on homelessness in CT will be shared.  Three different speakers (who are currently homeless or have recently been homeless) will share their personal stories.  Along with their UA teachers, students will then break up into three smaller groups (with one of the speakers) for questions/answers and “next steps.”  

Dovetailing with this presentation, TMS will be collecting items for the Windham No Freeze Project.  Please click the link for more information.

The THS Orientation and Course Fair for 8th grade students and their parents has been rescheduled to Monday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m.  

Quarter 2 ends today.  The PowerSchool Parent Portal will be closed at 3:00 p.m. so teachers can finalize grades.  It will reopen on Monday, February 9.

On January 20, students who qualified for the TMS Geography Bee stood before their peers and answered questions about geography facts.  Congratulations to all the participants, and especially 7th grader Eric Hohenthal who was the winner of the Bee, and will go on to compete in the State of Connecticut Geography Bee.  Please click the link for more information about the Geography Bee.

All Tolland schools have early dismissal today.  TMS dismisses at 12:30 p.m.  There will be no school tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27.

The ROPE All Day Challenge scheduled for Thursday, January 29 has been cancelled.

The Tolland High School Orientation and Activity Fair scheduled for Wednesday, January 28 has been rescheduled for Monday, February 2.

Any student who has been scheduled for a reassessment for the beginning of this week should to plan to stay to complete that reassessment on the first full day of school when we return, unless that day is Friday.

Congratulations to our TMS science teachers!  On January 31, 2015, at the Connecticut River Salmon Association (CRSA) annual dinner, Tolland Middle School will receive an award that recognizes our commitment to the Salmon-in-Schools Program.  We are currently participating in our 15th year with the program which involves raising salmon eggs in the classroom for stocking Connecticut’s rivers in May.

Today is an early dismissal day for teacher in-service.  TMS dismisses at 12:30 p.m.
The next scheduled early dismissal day is Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Please mark your calendars for our COMMUNITY BUDGET WORKSHOPS
@ the Tolland High School Library @ 7:30 PM

January 15
January 20
January 21
What is a Community Budget Workshop?  A Community Budget Workshop is where I (the Superintendent), the School Administration, and the BOE welcomes and encourages citizen input as it continues through the process of developing the education budget for the 2015-16 school year.  During these workshops, discussions will include: goals, priorities, and opportunities for cost savings as it pertains to the budget details. Additional information may be requested as needed. This is an opportunity to impact the Superintendent’s Budget Request. Please mark these dates on your calendar, and please come out!
After completing the budget workshops, deliberating, and making modifications as needed, the Board of Education adopts a budget at the regularly scheduled meeting on February 11, 2015 which will then become part of the Town Manager’s community conversation on February 18, 2015 at the Fire Training Center at 7:00 pm.

Any questions regarding these workshops? Please contact the Superintendent’s office at 860-870-6850 extension 1.

All community members are welcome at the annual budget discussions/presentations.  Please click the link for the schedule.  All meetings will take place in the Tolland High School Library beginning at 7:30 p.m.

All community members are invited to Breakfast with the Superintendent on January 21 at 9:00 a.m. at the BOE.  Please click the link for more information.
All community members are also invited to a reception for Superintendent Willett on January 29, at 6:00 p.m. at THS.  More information is available by clicking this link.

This morning our students participated in grade specific PBIS lessons.  Topics included caring for others, bullying, conflict resolution and leadership.  We hope they will share what was discussed with you.

Service Corps is cancelled today. (1:45 p.m.)

Please click the link to see a message from Tolland Food Services regarding the cancellation of our lunch program.

January will be a busy month at TMS.  Please be aware of the following events:
There is no Breakfast with the Principal this month.
Tuesday, January 13, 6:30 p.m.- Pizza with Principal Dan Uriano followed by the PTO Meeting
Wednesday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast with Superintendent Willett - BOE
Thursday, January 29, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception for Superintendent Willett at THS 

Dr. Willett has transitioned to his new position as Superintendent of Tolland Public Schools.  In January TMS will welcome a new Principal, Mr. Daniel Uriano.  Please click the link to read a letter from Dr. Willett introducing him.

The generosity of the TMS community is very evident at this time of year.  On Monday, representatives from KIDSAFE of Vernon picked up gifts donated for their clients.  Last month Student Government was able to donate 14 boxes of food to the Tolland Food Pantry.  Thank you for your continued generosity.


Dear 6th Grade Community,
The Student Government would like to thank you for successfully donating 14 full boxes of Thanksgiving items to the Senior Center for the families in need.  The Tolland community thanks you for all your generosity.
Thanks again,
6th Grade Student Government
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car      pantry

Basketball season starts today!  

The TMS Basketball schedule is posted on the school website, 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. Cell phones may not be used in the gym.  Calls may be made before or after the game from the gym lobby.
  7. No food or drinks are allowed inside the gym – snacks may be eaten in the lobby outside the gym
  8. 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.
  9. Someone should be here to pick the student up by five o’clock.
  10. Students must have a ride home, late buses may not be used!


Tolland Public Schools will dismiss earlier than planned.  TMS will be dismissing at 10:45 a.m. 
Enjoy the Thanksgiving break with your families.

Sports tryouts will begin on Monday, 12/1/14, according to the following schedule.  Please see the Sports link for more information.

Monday, 12/1:  
Girls' basketball - grade 8 only - 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.
Boys' basketball - grades 6 & 7 only - 4:00  - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 12/2
Boys' basketball - Grade 8 - 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.
Girls' basketball - grades 6 & 7 - 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Cheerleading - 2:40 - 4:10 p.m.

Wednesday, 12/3
Boys' and girls' basketball - grades 6, 7 & 8 callbacks - 2:40 - 4:10 p.m.
Cheerleading - 2:40 - 4:10 p.m.

Jazz Band is cancelled for today, Tuesday, November 18th.
Washington, DC Trip Lyman Orchard Fundraiser Pickup:  Thursday, November 20, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., in the cafeteria.

PTO Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie & Soup Fundraiser Pickup:  Friday, November 21, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., in the cafeteria.

Items for both fundraisers are frozen.  They must be picked up during these times as we do not have freezer space for storage.

Students on the Washington, DC trip should return this evening around 9:30 p.m.

Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, November 18.  Students who did not have their pictures taken and wish to order pictures may pick up order forms in the office.  Families who want retakes should return the entire picture package to the photographer.  Group pictures of clubs will be taken that morning as well.  Students are responsible for knowing what time their group should report to the auditorium.

The PowerSchool Parent Portal is now open so families may check first quarter grades.

Grade 8 students going to Washington, DC on Tuesday-Students will know what bus they are on and who their chaperone will be today. No changes can be made at this time as we are locked in with the tour company. They must be at the school between 6:30-6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11th - We leave at 7:00 a.m. sharp! When arriving at the school, put your luggage on the bus (they will be parked in front of the school) and immediately go into the gym to meet with your chaperone. If you have any medications, please make sure they are labeled with your name and give those to your chaperone. Please watch the weather and check the itinerary (on-line if you need another copy).  Plan accordingly for cold weather and rain.  Students are allowed to bring a small backpack/bag on the bus and should do so.  They may bring drinks and snacks.  No milk products or gum on the bus.  We are looking forward to a fun and educational experience with the students. We will be returning Friday, Nov. 14th and will encourage your student to give you a return time to the school so that you may be there to meet them!

Check out this year's first edition of Falcon News!  It's full of pictures of activities, team and other information.  This student compiled newsletter is assembled by the Falcon News Club.  If your child is interested in joining, there is still room!  The club meets Mondays in Mrs. R.'s room 103, from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

The Parent Portal is closed while teachers finalize Quarter 1 grades.  It will reopen on Thursday, 11/6.


High School Options is a program run by our Guidance Department that explains the various school choices available.  All 7th graders attended a presentation this morning.  Any 8th grader who is interested in attending specific schools visited with school representatives.  The brochure that all 7th graders receive is available by clicking this link.

The early dismissal day for Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for TMS on Thursday, November 6 has been canceled.  TMS will have a full day of conferences on Friday, November 7.  (TIS and BG still have the early dismissal day on 11/6.)

Boys soccer practice is canceled today (12:30 p.m.)

Lifetouch Picture Retake Day has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 18, from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.  If your child did not have his or her picture taken and you want to order pictures, the forms will be available the week prior to Retake Day.  If you do not like the pictures you ordered, your child should return the entire packet to the photographer that day.

The soccer games scheduled for 10/22 have been moved to 10/23.

The PTO will have its monthly meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, 10/21, at 7:30 p.m. in the school library.  All parents and interested community members are invited.

Cross Country Practice is cancelled today. (1:59 p.m.)
Girl's Soccer practice has been cancelled for today. (12:59.p.m.)

Boy's Soccer practice has been cancelled for today. The team should meet in the gym tomorrow at 2:40pm. (12:27pm)


TMS has time on the Community Voice Channel (Channel 95)!  The program is called TMS Principal Point, and has updates on TMS happenings and student and staff interviews.  Reruns of the September show will run at the following times:

October 13 – 8:30 p.m.

October 20 – 12:30 p.m.

October 28 – 1:30 p.m.

The new October episode will air on Sunday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Reminder:  There is no school on Monday (Columbus Day) and Tuesday (Teacher In-Service).

The TMS Pumpkin Festival will be held on Friday, October 17, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Costume parade, pumpkin carving contest, games and more!  Admission is free, but games, snacks, and tape for duct taping Mr. Schneider to the wall cost $1.00.  Tickets will be sold in homeroom next week - 13 for $10.00, so purchase them early and avoid the lines.  This is a fun time for the entire family!

Please be aware of our new School Closing Information.  Click the link to view the letter from Dr. McDowell.

Attn: Parents and students who are attending the Washington, DC trip in November. Please refer to the Washington Link to see information if you were unable to attend our meeting last night.

This morning our students participated in a Community Block focused on TMS.  Some continued the improvements to our campus done over the summer by cleaning classrooms, washing windows, removing litter and trash from the grounds and leaves from the courtyards.  Other students wrote thank you letters or letters of appreciation for people who were involved in the summer improvements, the Community Volunteer Day on August 23, or who help us all daily.  
Ask your child how they participated, and what they noticed about their surroundings after many hands work together. 

10-1-14 - Cross Country practice has been cancelled for today. (1:30pm)

Attention 8th graders attending the Washington DC trip: There will be meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, Oct. 7th at 6:30pm in the auditorium.  Our tour director will be there to review the itinerary, answer any last minute questions and hand out luggage tags.  Please plan to attend.

Attention 8th graders!  The Yearbook wants your baby picture.  Choose one picture age 0-4 and bring it in for the baby picture section of the book.  Bring it in a baggie or envelope labeled with your name and homeroom, and give it to your homeroom teacher.  Pictures will be returned once they are scanned.  Don't be left out!

Tomorrow is Lifetouch picture day!  All students will have their picture taken.  If you would like to order pictures, the order forms are available in the main office, or go to  You will need our Picture Day ID:  EJ494909Q0.  

Boy's soccer practice has been cancelled for today (1:00pm).  The next practice will be Thursday and the boys should meet in the gym after school.

Art Club is cancelled today and tomorrow (9-29 and 9-30).

This year's first Breakfast with the Principal will be held Wednesday, October 1, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Join Principal Willett for conversation, coffee and donuts.

Games Club is cancelled today.  

Congratulations Dr. Walter Willett
Tolland Public Schools New Superintendent

The PTO is holding a Dinner and Dessert fundraiser offering frozen soups and desserts for sale. The order packet is available by clicking the link.

The first Breakfast with the Principal will be held on Wednesday, October 1, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Join Principal Willett for conversation, coffee and donuts.

Lifetouch Picture Day is Thursday, October 2.  Order forms were distributed to students last Friday.  Additional forms are available in the office.  If you prefer, you can order pictures online at  You will need our school's Picture Day ID:  EJ494909Q0.

Attention Grade 8 students who have signed up for the November, Washington, DC trip:
All paperwork and final payments are due on Friday, Sept. 19th by 3:30pm.  Any questions, please call Debbie Misiura X101. 

All parents and interested community members are invited to the first PTO meeting this evening, Tuesday, 9/9 at 7:30 p.m. in the TMS library.  Come help us plan our year!

As you may know, TMS has implemented the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program.  Today we held its first PBIS lesson in an extended homeroom period.  We encourage families to talk about the lessons learned, what SOAR values are, and how those values create a more positive community. 

Attention Grade 8 students who have signed up for the November, Washington, DC trip:
Packets of information were handed out on Friday, August 29th.  If you did not get a packet, please stop by the front office for one.  Any student who did fund raising over the summer must have their orders and money in by Friday, September 5th.  All paperwork and final payments are due on Friday, September 12th.  

Sports tryouts start today, running from 2:30 - 4:10 p.m.  Students may take the late bus home if needed, but must sign up in the main office by noon if they plan to do so.
Girls soccer tryouts will be today, tomorrow and Friday.
Cross country tryouts will be today, tomorrow and Friday.
Boys soccer tryouts will be today and MONDAY, September 8th.

School starts tomorrow!  Lay out your clothes, get a good night's sleep, have breakfast, and get ready to meet your new teachers!  Our staff is excited to meet you and show you all the changes at TMS!

Sixth grade students, there will be many staff members in the hall directing everyone to where they need to go.  All 6th grade homerooms are upstairs, so head up and more staff will help you there.

Parents, please be aware of the changes in our parking area.  Please click here for a map of the designated traffic pattern. 

Please see the ORANGE lines and arrows. These represent the traffic pattern at TMS for all student Pick-up and Drop-off.

Please also note: Please enter and exit the building by the main entrance only. Our parking, bus, drop off and pick up zones have changed. Please do not enter the areas with signs that state "Buses Only." This includes the front drive, closest to the school building. The front drive is reserved for Buses Only; it is an Emergency Lane and is off limits at all times. The first lot on the left as you come up the school driveway (shown above) is the designated Pick-up, and Drop-off area, please follow the signs and help us keep the parking lot safe for everyone.

Schedules were mailed home on Wednesday.  If you have misplaced Supply Lists please scroll down to the June 23rd posting of the end of the year packets.

Some parents have asked for the Welcome to Tolland Middle School brochure that was distributed at the incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation.  Please click the link to download it.

This is a reminder that anyone playing a fall sport at Tolland Middle School must register on line at or by going the athletics page on the Tolland Middle School website and clicking on "Athletic Participation Registration and Forms."  Additionally, all updated physical forms must be turned in to the TMS nurse.  The deadline to register for fall sports and to turn in necessary medical documents to the nurse is Tuesday, September 2nd.

Tryouts for cross country and soccer begin Wednesday, September 3rd.  

Anyone with questions regarding the registration process can email Athletic Director Patrick Cox at

The Parent Portal is closed until schedules are finalized.  
Report cards are being mailed home.

Some have asked, so here are copies of Principal Willett's and Assistant Principal Spangle's promotion speeches.

The Parent Portal is now open so families can view grades.

The main office has summer hours of 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

On Thursday, June 19, students were given packets containing an informational letter from the principal, summer reading assignments and a general supply list for next year.  They are also available through the links below.  The district's Transportation Request form is also available below.

Grade 6 Packet

Grade 7 Packet

Grade 8 Packet

Transportation Request Form

Have a wonderful summer!


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.  
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.