TGMS Weekly News

Weekly news and events from Toll Gate Middle School!

Weekly Updates for December 11, 2017

Ron Derry presents a Leadership Program for TGMS students

Ron Derry’s Afterschool Leadership group will meet Tuesday, December 12, from 3:30- 4:15. This presentation will be “Challenging Activities with Talking Calculators”. Students must be picked up by 4:15 pm.

NOTE FROM the PTO

Labels for Education program is coming to a close. Please send your Campbell’s Labels for Education to school asap, the deadline for the PTO to process these is 12/20/17. Thank you for your support of this program!

Save the Date: College and Career Family Night

5th-8th Grade College and Career Family Night

Wednesday, January 24 @ Ridgeview STEM Junior High

5pm:  Pizza Available

6-8pm:  Presentations

RSVP: College and Career Family Night RSVP

Band and Orchestra Concerts Coming soon:

6th gr. Orchestra students will perform in a concert December 13, 7:00pm in the PAC at Pickerington PHSN.

 

6th gr. Band students will perform in a concert December 19, 7:00 pm in the PAC at Pickerington PHSN.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 13           Orchestra Concert – 7 pm, PHSN, PAC

Dec. 14           PTO meeting 7 pm

Dec. 19           Band Concert – 7 pm, PHSN, PAC

Dec. 21           End of 2nd grading period

Jan. 8             Record keeping day – No School

Jan. 9           Classes resume

HOLIDAY BREAK – DEC. 22 through January 8, 2018

Weekly Updates for December 4, 2017

Holiday Happenings

Thank you for the many cans of food donated throughout our food drive! Because of our donations, many families will enjoy a hot meal for the holiday season.

 

Toll Gate Middle School will once again be participating in projects that give back to the community. Classrooms will be raising money through various activities in order to help Pickerington families during the holiday season. December 7 – 13 we will have a candy cane sale at school to help with the projects. Candy canes are 50 cents each. Look for more details coming from your child’s teacher.

 

Thank you for your support of our service projects. In the midst of what is always a very hectic season, pausing for just a moment to discuss a simple act of charity can add significant meaning to your family’s holiday, as well as throughout the rest of the year.

Lost and not yet found?

Please be sure to have your student check the “Lost and Found” – all items leftover will be donated over break.

Ron Derry presents a Leadership Program for TGMS students

Ron Derry’s Afterschool Leadership group will meet Tuesday, December 12, from 3:30- 4:15. This presentation will be “Challenging Activities with Talking Calculators”. Student must be picked up by 4:15 pm.

 

Reminders and Upcoming Events

Dec. 6   2 hr. Late Start – professional       development

Dec. 7-13   Candy Cane sale -50 cents each

Dec. 12   Ron Derry Leadership Group 3:30 – 4:15

Dec. 14   PTO meeting 7 pm

Dec. 21   End of 2nd grading period

 Jan. 8   Record keeping day – No School

 Jan. 9   Classes resume

HOLIDAY BREAK – DEC. 22 through January 8, 2018

Weekly Updates for Nov. 8, 2017

Reminder

PTO Meeting – Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 pm

PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS – Please join us for lunch!

Throughout the year, starting in November, Toll Gate Middle School will host Parent/Grandparent luncheons. Each classroom will have a special 30-minute program prior to your child’s scheduled lunch. Your child will bring home your invitation with all of the pertinent information. We look forward to having you join us soon.

Nov. 28, 2017

10:30  Roush/Jones

10:45  Lewis/Drummond

11:15  Ramsdale/Davies

Nov. 30, 2017

10:30  Kemmerer/Rohr

11:00  Mansfield/Overfield/Orzechowski

11:45  Roop/Wan

Feb. 27, 2018

11:30  Watkins/Hall/Siders

12:00  Goldsberry/Burns

Feb. 28, 2018

11:45  Vargo/Murphy/McDonald

12:15  Bentley/Muck/Schleichert

TGMS Food Drive - Nov. 6 - 21, 2017

TGMS will again participate in a challenge with the “team up North” – we will be running a food drive for the Ohio State/Michigan game!     Show your support for your favorite team by placing your donations in the designated boxes – all items will be donated to the Pickerington Food Pantry.

Ron Derry Leadership Program - Nov. 13 and Dec. 12, 3:30 - 4:10pm

Mr. Derry will share his message of perseverance in the face of adversity and commitment to hard work with our students in two afterschool presentations. More information is available in the office

Weekly Updates October 30, 2017

Family Fun Night Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:00 pm

Toll Gate Middle School will be holding its annual Family Fun Night this Thursday, November 2, from 7:00 to 8:30pm. On that evening, middle school students and their parents are invited to join us for a night full of fun activities organized by our Toll Gate Middle School staff. There are a number of games and activities planned for the enjoyment of our Toll Gate Middle School students and their families. In addition, there will be a raffle of various “theme” baskets. Baskets are arranged with donations from our staff, students, and family, as well as local businesses. Cost is $5.00 per family but with a donation of cookies, the fee is $3.00!

Outdoor Education Camp is Coming!

Please be sure that your student’s paperwork and fees are in for Outdoor Ed. Final payment is now due. Camp will be from Monday, Nov. 13 – Wednesday, Nov. 15. Please contact the main office if you have questions.

Pickerington Antique and Craft Show

Make plans to attend the Annual Pickerington Antique and Craft show at Pickerington High School Central, Saturday, November 4. The show offers great shopping in the Fieldhouse & Gymnasium as well as a full lunch menu to sit down & visit with friends & a bake sale.

Admission to the event is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors, and children 12 and under, are free. Parking is free.

Reminders

November 1    Wednesday  2 hr. late start

November 2    Thursday Family Fun Night 7 pm

November 6-21    Food Drive for the Pickerington Food Pantry

November 7    Tuesday  NO SCHOOL – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

November 13 – 15    Outdoor Ed. Camp for 6th graders

November 13    Monday     Ron Derry – Leadership Presentation   3:30 pm – students must be picked up by 4:15

NOTE:   School Fees are now due – payment may be made through the Parent Portal or sent to the Main Office.

Weekly Updates for October 9, 2017

Reminders

October 12 End of 1st grading period

October 13 No School – Professional Development

October 16 No School K- 8 Parent conferences

Lost and Not Yet Found

Lost and found will be located on tables outside of the main office – please stop by and take a look while you are visiting for parent conferences.

Outdoor Education Camp Reminders for Sixth Grade Students

Our students will be attending camp Monday, November 13–Wednesday, November 15, 2017 .

A fee of $195  is required for your child to attend Outdoor Education. All forms and fees are due by Tuesday, October 24, 2017. This firm date is necessary for planning purposes.

We look forward to this experience for our 6th grade students. If your child is not attending camp, parents must complete a non-participation form with your signature and return it to the office as soon as possible. All students not attending camp are required to attend school.

Fall Testing Dates

Our fifth grade students will be taking the OLSAT Tuesday, October 17 and the Stanford tests Oct. 19, 20, 24 and 25. Testing will take place in the mornings. If possible, please avoid making appointments on those dates.

Weekly Updates for October 2, 2017

TGMS is a National Blue Ribbon School

The U.S. Department of Education recognized Toll Gate Middle School as a  2017 National Blue Ribbon School.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Our school is one of only 340 in the country to receive this distinctive honor!   We are so proud of our staff and students, congratulations to all!!

Reminders
  • The D.A.R.E. program continues Monday, Oct. 2-6, 7:45 – 8:30 am in the Aux. gym
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2 – hr. Late Start – classes begin at 10:40
  • Thursday, Oct. 5, PTO Meeting, at 7:00 pm
Coffee With The Counselor

Join Mrs. Saksa, Friday, October 6 at 9:30 am for coffee and conversation about topics of interest to middle school parents. Enjoy coffee, tea and light refreshments while we discuss counseling programs, teacher conferences and “How’s it going?” Please RSVP to Mrs. Saksa at 614-834-6400.

Outdoor Education Camp Reminders for Sixth Grade Students

Our students will be attending camp Monday, November 13–Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

A fee of $195 is required for your child to attend Outdoor Education. You may pay in full or in two installments. The first installment for ODE camp is due on September 25. All forms and fees are due by Tuesday, October 24, 2017.   This is a firm date that is necessary for planning purposes.

PTO NEWS

There will be a PTO meeting Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 pm in the media center.

Box Top Competition kicks of Monday, October 2 – look for more information to come out soon.

Fall Testing Dates

Our fifth grade students will be taking the OLSAT Tuesday, October 17 and the Stanford tests Oct. 19, 20, 24 and 25. Testing will take place in the mornings. If possible, please avoid making appointments on those dates.

Parent/Teacher Conferences coming soon

Please be sure to return your conference request forms at your earliest convenience to your student’s homeroom teacher. Conferences will take place Monday, Oct. 16 from 11 – 7:00pm and Thursday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 24 from 4:15 – 7:45pm.

Weekly Reminders Sept. 21, 2017

Reminders
  • The D.A.R.E. program begins Monday, September 25, 7:45 – 8:30 am in the Aux. gym
  • Bring your best smile for picture retakes – Tuesday, September 26
A Note to Parents

Battelle For Kids, an organization that designs professional development programs for schools, will be at Toll Gate Middle School and various schools throughout the district on Wednesday, September 27 to photograph students in all settings for their publications. We do not expect this to cause any interruptions to the student day.

Outdoor Education Camp Reminders for Sixth Grade Students

Our students will be attending camp Monday, November 13–Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

fee of $195 is required for your child to attend Outdoor Education. You may pay in full or in two installments. The first installment for ODE camp is due on September 25. All forms and fees are due by Tuesday, October 24, 2017.   This is a firm date that is necessary for planning purposes.

Weekly Updates for Sept. 11, 2017

Final deadline to purchase Chromebook insurance

The final deadline to purchase student device insurance for Chromebooks will be Friday, Sept. 15. The cost of this insurance is $35. This fee is included with your student school fees and can be paid through the Parent Portal or sent with your student.

Watch D.O.G.S. Dads Are Coming to TGMS

You are invited to join us for the 1st meeting of WATCH D.O.G.S. DADS

(Dads of Great Students)

Saturday, September 16

9:00 am

Join us to learn more about how you can be a positive role model in your child’s school.

Notice to Parents

Due to technical issues with printing the Emergency Medical Authorization forms from the database we will be sending home hard copies for parents to complete and return.  Our Health Office personnel are able to view student information online but not print.  These copies are used in case of internet access being unavailable or need to evacuate the building. Thank you for you assistance.

Don’t forget the Fall Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser!

This fun walk will serve as our Fall Fundraiser and will take place on the school grounds, Friday, October 6. There will be lots of GREAT prizes your child will want to earn and use! Sponsor money is due by Friday, Sept. 15th.

School Counseling Services

Hello! My name is Kelli Saksa and I am your child’s school counselor at TGMS. I work with all students and staff at TGMS.

Students:

Monthly Guidance Lessons – I meet with each class for monthly classroom guidance lessons.  Some topics are goal-setting, positive mindset, test-taking strategies, and many more.

#hottopics – This is a “get what you need” service that will be offered at two different times on 2-hour delay days.  Students will be made aware of the hot topic of the month and can choose to come.  Topics may include – friendships, changing families, loss, organization, anxiety, etc.  Students will be choosing topics based on what they need.

Open Lunch – I have Open Lunch once a month where any student can choose to eat with me.  It’s a casual way for me to see what’s happening around the building.  Dates are announced and posted outside of my door for students to see.

Help Tickets – Students complete “help tickets” if they would like to talk to me about a problem they are having.  These are available outside of my door, in classrooms and on Google Classroom.

Parents:

Coffee with A Counselor

I invite you to “Coffee with a Counselor”.  This is where we have coffee and conversation about how the school year is progressing, how our kids are transitioning and a chance to talk to other parents. This is during the school day, however, we put notes we have discussed on our webpage. Dates will be announced.

Resources

I want to be a resource for you.  If there is anything you need, please don’t hesitate to ask.  If I don’t know the answer, I will find someone who does! Email is usually the best way to get a hold of me, however, feel free to call as well.

Thanks for sharing your kids with me!

Kelli Saksa, TGMS School Counselor, Kelli_Saksa@plsd.us

Weekly Updates August 28, 2017

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Updates can be found on the PLSD website at www.pickerington.k12.oh.us  Select “Our Schools” under the purple banner, choose Toll Gate Middle School, then “our school” and TGMS Weekly News.

IMPORTANT: REQUIRED STUDENT FORMS

REQUIRED STUDENT FORMS must be completed online – PLSD has launched an online system for all back-to-school forms. All families must complete three forms ASAP: the emergency medical forms, the family information verification form, and the handbook acknowledgement. Complete directions can be found on the PLSD Website under Back to School information.   Hard copies of the directions are available in the school office.

OUTDOOR EDUCATION MEETING FOR PARENTS OF 6TH GRADERS

On Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7:00 p.m., there will be an informational meeting for parents of all sixth grade students who will be attending Outdoor Education Camp from November 13-15. Representatives from Heartland Outdoor School as well as the TGMS coordinators, Mrs. Tinsley and Mrs. Leasor will make a presentation and answer questions about the camp experience.  We ask all sixth grade parents to attend this important meeting.

WATCH D.O.G.S. DADS

is a one-of-a-kind, school-based father involvement program that works to support education and safety. WATCH D.O.G.S. Dads (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering. Who are Watch DOGS? Fathers, grandfathers, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities.

Join us for as we kick-off our program Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 9:00am at Toll Gate Middle School, (DADS & Father figures only for this meeting please).

Upcoming events

Sept. 1    No School for students,

Professional Development

Sept. 4    No School – Labor Day

Sept. 6    2 hr. late start

Sept. 6    Outdoor Education Parent Mtg. 7:00 pm

Sept. 7    PTO meeting – 7:00 pm