Important Information for the DC Trip 2019
Departure Time – The bus will LEAVE at 6:30 on Friday, May 24th! Be at the high school entrance at 6:15. We will not wait for late students.
Lunch – You will need to bring your own lunch/snacks. If you bring coolers or lunch boxes, you will have to carry them throughout the tour. We recommend bringing a bagged lunch. Then, you can throw the bag away when you are done.
Dinner – You will eat at the Golden Corral (Fredrick, Maryland) – an all you can eat buffet – for dinner. It is already paid for so you will not need to bring any money.
Souvenirs – There will be street vendors at various locations. Bring money if you WANT to buy something. Please do not bring a lot of money.
- Wear comfortable shoes – You will be walking A LOT!
- Be prepared for the weather – Have rain gear or non-aerosol sunscreen if necessary
- Follow all dress code rules- All students will be wearing the DC shirt provided on the day of the trip.
Cell Phones – Cell phones are not permitted to be on at any time during school hours. (8:00am -3:15pm) If a parent needs to get a hold of you, they will need to call the school (684-4240) and the office will contact us. If you need to contact your parents, see your chaperone and they will contact them for you.
Return – We will return to the middle school at approximately 9:30-10:00 pm. We will have your student contact parents when we pass the 17th Street Exit in Altoona.
Middle School Awards Assembly
The MS awards assembly will be held on May 23rd from 1:00-2:55. Specific parents will be notified if their student is receiving a major award. Other awards will be given to winners of academic contests, students with no discipline referrals to the office, and students who earned a 95% average in every core subject for the first three quarters. If you plan to attend, please remember to allot time to go through the screening procedure in the HS office and to bring your driver’s license. The MS office secretary will not have a complete list of award recipients; please ask your child and use Sapphire if you would like to know whether your child will receive an award.
Please be advised that Tyrone Area High School graduation will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. This will be the last day for seniors only. Seniors will make up the April 8, 2019 power outage day on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
The last day for all other students grades PK through 11 will be Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Dismissal for grades KG -11 will start at 10:55 a.m. Preschool will operate on a normal schedule. Daycare will be open.
Recently we have discovered that the “Juul” e-cigarette trend has reached our middle school. While Juul is a brand name, it is also a different kind of e-cigarette that always has nicotine (unlike some vaping devices which are flavored water vapor only). In fact, it has twice as much nicotine as regular e-cigarettes. Nicotine is extremely addictive, especially for pre-teens and teens. The Juul pods are meant to last about 200 puffs, but young people are consuming them very quickly – and each pod has the nicotine equivalent to a pack of cigarettes.
The Juul devices themselves resemble USB sticks and are USB charged. The pods that contain the nicotine are about 1 inch by 1 inch; therefore they are very hideable. They also produce little smoke, which can be blown up a sweatshirt sleeve.
Please access the three information fact sheets to be aware of what these products are and to be able to educate your child about the dangers. Many young users do not know there is nicotine in them, or how much, and don’t think they are a problem because there is no tar and less smoke than cigarettes. You can also watch a PBS NEWSHOUR video at https://video.edweek.org/detail/video/5810863294001/vaping-in-schools:-'juuling'-is-popular-among-teens-despite-health-risks?autoStart=true
Just a reminder: Because of allergies and concerns about unhealthy food, please do not send store-bought or homemade food in with your child for his/her birthday or any other occasion.
Each year, TAMS students receive a date book – what we call a “school planner.” At the start of this year, we went through lessons about how to effectively use a planner to manage assignments, improve time management, and stay organized. Keeping track of due dates and activities is only part of the planning process. Breaking down assignments to manageable tasks, spreading out projects, blocking off time to study (not just completing an assignment), and checking off assignments that have been turned in are all ways to use a planner to plan for success! We know that effective use of a planner is a key to success in school. We are working with students to build this life-long routine. If you haven’t seen your child’s planner yet, please ask him/her to show it to you and talk about how he/she is using it. Thank you for helping us encourage this very important habit!