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  • "The TE literary magazine Out of the Blue is thrilled with the submissions we have received so far.  Many thanks go out to students such as Mae Perkins and Valli Pendyala.  Thank you for your great work!  All TE students and staff, please consider submitting your drawings, poems, short stories, photography, comic strips, etc.  You might even win a prize!" Thank you!
  • Mrs. Stetson's hard working Science Olympiad groups will not meet on Thursday. See you Monday.
  • We're back with another addition teachers college history. Today we feature two more teachers. We start with Mrs. Zurkowski. Mrs. Z attended UCONN and graduated in 1984. Mrs. Z played center field and catcher for the UCONN Softball team.  She even served as the team captain in her senior year. Our second teacher to highlight today is Mrs. Hurley. Mrs Hurley attended St. Michael's College in Vermont and studied English and Elementary education. She spent a semester abroad studying in England. Come back tomorrow for some more college histories. 
  • There will be a Cougar Community Service Club meeting Wednesday after school in room 223.

  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Cherry Blossom Chicken. In the Grill line you can have Chicken Tenders and in the On the Go line you can have your choice of deli sandwiches. Have a great day, do your best, and remember to always strive for 5!
Posted by dmatchett  On Feb 22, 2018 at 1:25 PM
  
  • "The TE literary magazine Out of the Blue is thrilled with the submissions we have received so far.  Many thanks go out to students such as Mae Perkins and Valli Pendyala.  Thank you for your great work!  All TE students and staff, please consider submitting your drawings, poems, short stories, photography, comic strips, etc.  You might even win a prize!" Thank you!

  • Did you ever wonder where your teachers went to college? Ever wonder what they did while they were there? Well for the rest of the month we will be featuring a few teachers college histories each morning. Today we begin with two of our teaching staff. Did you know that Mrs. Custer went to UCONN, and played on the Field Hockey team. She was actually the captain at one point and was even inducted into the Field Hockey Hall of fame. Way to go Mrs. Custer! Our next teacher is Mrs. Edwards. Mrs. Edwards attended school at St. Cloud State University, in St Cloud, MN. She participated in Division II co-ed  Cheerleading and was the captain of her Cheerleading squad for three years. Now these lovely ladies have come to TE with their talents. We look forward to highlighting more teachers tomorrow.

  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Cheese Quesadilla. In the Grill line you can have Italian Meatball Sub and in the On the Go line you can have your choice of deli sandwiches. Have a great day, do your best, and remember to always strive for 5!
Posted by dmatchett  On Feb 20, 2018 at 8:45 AM
  
  • Hello TE, Welcome to a Valentines addition to the joke of the week!!!! Do Skunks really celebrate valentines day? They Do!! But There Really Scent-emental About it But They Strongly Ador It!!!!!!!
  • Attention any 8th grade students interested in auditioning for the South Windsor High School Show Choir, Choral Spectrum:  On-line information and registration are now available.  See Mrs. Gasta as soon as possible for the Google Classroom Code.

  • Attention Baseball Players - there will be a mandatory, informational baseball meeting on Tuesday, February 20th for those interested in trying out for the Timothy Edwards Middle School Baseball Team.  The meeting will take place in room 313 immediately after school and end at 3:30.  Plan on getting picked up at 3:30PM. Please pick up a permission form in room 313. 
  • Mrs. Longdin's Science Olympiad meeting is cancelled for today after school.  Please go home on your regularly scheduled bus.  We will resume with meetings next week!
  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Pasta with Meatballs. In the Grill line you can have Chicken Nuggets and in the On the Go line you can have your choice of deli sandwiches. Have a great day, do your best, and remember to always strive for 5!
Posted by dmatchett  On Feb 14, 2018 at 10:40 AM
  
  • Grade 7 and Grade 8 Generation Leadership students, you will have a presentation today and you will receive a pass from your homeroom teacher. Grade 7 students will have their presentation from 8:10am – 9:30am Grade 8 students will have their presentation from 1:00pm – 2:40pm The program will take place in Alt. 6.
  • Attention Baseball Players - there will be a mandatory, informational baseball meeting on Tuesday, February 20th for those interested in trying out for the Timothy Edwards Middle School Baseball Team.  The meeting will take place in room 313 immediately after school and end at 3:30.  Plan on getting picked up at 3:30PM. Please pick up a permission form in room 313. 
  • Attention any 8th grade students interested in auditioning for the South Windsor High School Show Choir, Choral Spectrum:  On-line information and registration are now available.  See Mrs. Gasta as soon as possible for the Google Classroom Code.

  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Boneless Chicken Wing. In the Grill line you can have BBQ Chicken Sandwich and in the On the Go line you can have your choice of deli sandwiches. Have a great day, do your best, and remember to always strive for 5!

 

Posted by dmatchett  On Feb 13, 2018 at 2:36 PM
  
  • The Lady Cougars played their game this season last Friday falling to the Illing Rams, 26-22.  The Lady Cougars were led by Lexie Wheeler with a game high 12 points.  Maria Galley added seven, while Anna Matus hit a three pointer to round out the scoring.  It was the last game for the 8th graders as well.  Coach Chandler would like to thank the two captains, Lexie and Maria as well as the remaining 8th graders, Bridget Doherty, Carly Pitruzzello, Ella Suppicich, Haydin Courtois, and Anna Kim for their hard work and dedication throughout the season.  The Lady Cougars finished their season 5 and 7, with wins against Ellington, Tolland (twice) and JFK (twice).  Great job ladies.

  • We have our TEMS shirts, caps and winter hats.  To make the look complete we need TEMS Socks!  Yes, that's right SOCKS!!  Order your TEMS socks today.  You can order grey and purple or white and purple.  Socks are of great quality and complete with our cougar emblem.  Socks are $12.00 a pair, order forms are in the main office. 

  • Grade 6 Ambassadors, you have a meeting today in the upper section of the school library.  Please bring your lunch to the meeting.  Your homeroom teacher has a pass for you for this meeting.

  • Attention Baseball Players – there will be a mandatory, informational baseball meeting on Tuesday, February 20th for those interested in trying out for the Timothy Edwards Middle School Baseball Team.  The meeting will take place in room 313 immediately after school and end at 3:30.  Plan on getting picked up at 3:30 PM. Please pick up a permission form in room 313. 
  • Attention any 8th grade students interested in auditioning for the South Windsor High School Show Choir, Choral Spectrum:  On-line information and registration are now available.  See Mrs. Gasta as soon as possible for the Google Classroom Code.

  • Good morning. My name is Olivia  and I'm reporting for Sage Team student Kayla Cyr who chose to recognize Rosa Parks as her honorary pick for Black History month.

Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama and she became a civil rights activist who is best known for her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. 

She attended the Montgomery Industrial School for Girls and then Alabama State Teacher's College in order to try and get her high school diploma. Unfortunately, Rosa's education was cut short when her mother became very ill. Rosa left school to care for her mother. A few years later, Rosa met her husband, Raymond Parks, a successful barber. 

Rosa worked part time jobs and went back to school, finally earning her high school diploma. During this time, the city of Montgomery was segregated. This meant that things were different for white people and black people. They had different schools, different churches, different stores, different elevators, and even different drinking fountains. Places often had signs saying: "For Colored Only" or "For Whites Only". When Rosa would ride the bus to work, she would have to sit in the back in the seats marked "for colored". Sometimes she would have to stand even if there were seats open up front. 

Growing up, Rosa had lived with racism in the south. She was scared of the members of the KKK who had burned down black school houses and churches. She also saw a black man get beaten by a white bus driver for getting in his way. Rosa and her husband Raymond wanted to do something about it. They joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 

On December 1, 1955, Rosa made her famous stand (while sitting) on the bus. Rosa had settled in her seat on the bus after a hard day's work. All the seats on the bus had filled up when a white man boarded. The bus driver told Rosa and some other African-Americans to stand up. Rosa refused. The bus driver said he would call the police. Rosa didn't move and was arrested and charged with breaking a segregation law. She refused to pay her fine of $10, however, saying that she was not guilty and that the law was illegal. She appealed to a higher court. That night a number of African-American leaders got together and decided to boycott the city buses. This meant that African-Americans would no longer ride the buses. One of these leaders was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

It wasn't easy for people to boycott the buses as many African-Americans didn't have cars. They had to walk to work or get a ride in a carpool. Many people couldn't go into town to buy things. However, they stuck together in order to make a statement. The boycott continued for 381 days! Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the segregation laws in Alabama were unconstitutional. 

Just because the laws were changed, things didn't get any easier for Rosa. She received many threats and feared for her life. Many of the civil rights leader's houses were bombed, including the home of Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1957, Rosa and Raymond moved to Detroit, Michigan where she continued to attend civil rights meetings. She died on October 24, 2005 but she was a symbol to many African-Americans of the fight for equal rights and is still a symbol of freedom and equality to many today. Rosa Parks was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Orange Glazed Chicken. In the Grill line you can have Meatball Sub and in the On the Go line you can have your choice of deli sandwiches. Have a great day, do your best, and remember to always strive for 5!

 

 

Posted by dmatchett  On Feb 12, 2018 at 2:44 PM
  
  • Good Morning, I am Rachael Richard, I am a student on Sage team and my honorary pick to recognize for black history month is Eartha Kitt. I chose her because she inspired me.

Starting from a simple life in poverty, she battled her way through life to a great life as a actress, dancer, and singer. She was born on January, 17, 1927, in South Carolina. She was given away by her mother at the age of nine and went to live in Harlem. Quitting high school at age 15, she went to work in a factory in Brooklyn. However, she didn’t have a home. She lived in her friend’s homes and in the subways.

Though, by the 1950’s, she had finally sung and danced her way out of poverty. Now in the spotlight, she performed with Katherine Dunham on a European tour, and also performed solos at a Paris Nightclub. She became the talk of the continent. Orson Welles started calling her, “The most exciting girl in the world.” She also spoke out on hardships and issues. Finally, she took over the final season of the TV series Batman, replacing Julie Newmar. Sadly, on Christmas Day in 2008, she died of colon cancer in her own home in Weston, Connecticut.

As you can see, despite her great deal of hardships, she battled into the spotlight became the talk of the continent and the most exciting person in the world. Please join me in keeping Eartha Kitt’s memory alive today.  

  • We have our TEMS shirts, caps and winter hats.  To make the look complete we need TEMS Socks!  Yes, that's right SOCKS!!  Order your TEMS socks today.  You can order grey and purple or white and purple.  Socks are of great quality and complete with our cougar emblem.  Socks are $12.00 a pair, order forms are in the main office. 
  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have French Toast Sticks. In the Grill line you can have Mozzarella Sticks and in the On the Go line you can have your choice of deli sandwiches. Have a great day, do your best, and remember to always strive for 5!

 

Posted by dmatchett  On Feb 06, 2018 at 12:28 PM
  
  • Many of you may be wondering who Alice Walker is. Alice Walker is a Pulitzer prize-winning, African-American novelist and poet most famous for authoring “The Color Purple.”She was the first African American to ever win a Pulitzer Prize.

Alice Walker was born to sharecropper parents in Eatonton, Georgia, in 1944. Alice Malsenior Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. The youngest daughter of sharecroppers, she grew up poor, with her mother working as a maid to help support the family's eight children.When Alice walker was eight years old, she was shot in the right eye with a BB pellet while playing with two of her brothers.There was a whitish scar tissue formed in her damaged eye, and she became self-conscious and blind on her right eye. But this didn’t slow her down; living in the racially divided South, Walker showcased a bright mind at her segregated schools, graduating from high school as class valedictorian. She continued her education at Wellesley College and went on to work as a social worker, teacher and lecturer, and took part in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi for equality for African Americans. She also won an American Book Award. She and her husband, Melvyn Leventhal, were the first legally interracial married couple in Mississippi.The two had one daughter, Rebecca, before divorcing in 1976.

Alice Walker is one of the most admired African-American writers working today.  Alice Walker has influenced Jean Toomer, (a black poet from Chicago) Bessie Head, (writer from South Africa) and Flannery O'Connor (a white writer from Georgia. 

In 1985, Walker's story made it to the big screen: Steven Spielberg directed The Color Purple, which starred Whoopi Goldberg as Celie, as well as Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. The following year, she delivered her first children's book, Langston Hughes: American Poet. Walker also emerged as a prominent voice in the black feminist movement. According to Walker's website, her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages and sold more than 15 million copies. Walker has been honored with the O. Henry Award and the Mahmoud Darwish Literary Prize for Fiction. Additionally, she was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2006 and received the Lennon Ono Peace Award in 2010.Alice Walker is a Great African American.

  • The literary magazine Out of the Blue will meet immediately after school today in room 312 in the Garnet hallway" again, the literary magazine will meet this afternoon.
  • We have our TEMS shirts, caps and winter hats.  To make the look complete we need TEMS Socks!  Yes, that's right SOCKS!!  Order your TEMS socks today.  You can order grey and purple or white and purple.  Socks are of great quality and complete with our cougar emblem.  Socks are $12.00 a pair, order forms are in the main office. 
  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Sweet and Sour Chicken. In the Grill line you can have Crispy Chicken Nuggets and in the On the Go line you can have your choice of deli sandwiches. Have a great day, do your best, and remember to always strive for 5!

 

Posted by dmatchett  On Feb 05, 2018 at 9:22 AM
  
  • Joke of the Week - Hello TE, Its that time again!!! Why do Bad Geography kids drown? There below C-Level!!!!!!!
  • Good morning. I am Lindsey Alemany. And I am Alex Suchecka. And we are students from the Sage Team. As you know it is Black History Month, so we decided to choose Oprah Winfrey as our honorary pick.  We selected Oprah Winfrey because she is an amazing woman and she inspires people all around the world.

Oprah Winfrey is an American media owner, talk show host, actress, producer, and contributor. She was born in Mississippi on January 29th, 1954. 

Winfrey said her father saved her life. He was very strict and provided her with guidance, structure, rules, and books. He required his daughter to complete weekly book reports, and she went without dinner until she learned five new vocabulary words each day.

Winfrey became an excellent student, participating as well in the drama club, debate club, and student council. In an Elks Club speaking contest, she won a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. The following year she was invited to a White House Conference on Youth. 

Oprah also became the world's first female black billionaire and the richest self-made American woman. Did you know that Oprah had a net worth over $2 billion in 2013! She was crowned Miss Black Tennessee while in college and began co-anchoring the evening news when she was nineteen. Oprah has always struggled with her weight, so in 2015 she made $300 million on her Weight Watchers investment. Oprah launched “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1986 as a nationally controlled program. The show grossed $125 million in the first year. In 2009, she announced that she would be ending her program when her contract with ABC ended, in 2011.  In January of 2018, she became the first African-American woman to be honored with the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille award. Oprah states “So I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon”,. Oprah Winfrey is such an inspiring, kind-hearted woman and we would love to recognize her today

  • Break out your neon and join your friends tonight at the Neon Dance. Tickets will be on sale for $7.00 dollars today and 10 dollars at the door. So get on all your safety orange vests, your neon yellow jumpsuits, and your ridiculously pink skirts and come on out to support a great cause and have a great time tonight.

  • "The literary magazine Out of the Blue will meet in Ms. Olsen's room, 312, in the Garnet hallway, on Monday February 5.  Club members - Please see Ms. Olsen before Monday if you cannot attend.  And to all TE staff and students, please pay attention next week to hear about how you can submit!"
  • Good morning TEMS We have our TEMS shirts, caps and winter hats.  To make the look complete we need TEMS Socks!  Yes, that's right SOCKS!!  Order your TEMS socks today.  You can order grey and purple or white and purple.  Socks are of great quality and complete with our cougar emblem.  Socks are $12.00 a pair, order forms are in the main office. 
  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Buffalo Popcorn Chicken. In the Grill line you can have Crispy Chicken Club and in the On the Go line you can have your choice of deli sandwiches. Have a great day, do your best, and remember to always strive for 5!

 

 

Posted by dmatchett  On Feb 02, 2018 at 11:35 AM
  
  • Hi, I am India Patel and I am a student from the Sage Team. My honorary pick for Black History Month is Louis Armstrong.

I selected him because he is so inspiring. Despite his difficult childhood, he used his talents to make something of himself. Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 4, 1901. As a youngster, he did not have an easy life. His parents separated when he was five and he lived with his sister, mother, and grandmother in a rundown area of New Orleans known as "the Battlefield" because of the gambling, drunkenness, fighting, and shooting that frequently occurred there.

In his later teens and early twenties, Armstrong organized a band in Chicago and began to record one of the greatest series in the history of jazz. These Hot Five  and Hot Seven  recordings show his skill and experimentation with the trumpet. During these years, Armstrong was working with big bands in Chicago clubs and theaters. His vocals, featured on most records after 1925, are an extension of his trumpet playing and are delivered in a unique throaty style. He was also the inventor of scat singing (the random use of nonsense syllables), which originated after he dropped his sheet music while recording a song and could not remember the lyrics!

By 1929, Armstrong was in New York City leading a nightclub band. Appearing in the theatrical revue Hot Chocolates, he sang "Ain't Misbehavin'," his first popular song hit. The public had come to think of Louis Armstrong as a light, often comic performer in his later years. But there were still occasions when he produced well-crafted, brilliant music. He died in New York City on July 6, 1971, at the age of 70.

Louis Armstrong is still remembered today for his talents as a trumpet player, singer, and his Number 1 hits:  Hello Dolly & What A Wonderful  World.  Please join me today in keeping his memory alive.

  • Break out your neon and join your friends this Friday at the Neon Dance. Tickets will be on sale for $7.00 in the front lobby before school this week. Don’t miss it- dancing, snacks, and time with your friends!
  • This is a reminder that there will not be a regular meeting for MathCounts tomorrow. Only the 8 students going to the Chapter competition on Saturday will meet tomorrow.  We will meet at 7:15 in Mrs. Goldman's room, room 354.  Our next regular MathCounts meeting will be a week from Friday, February 9th.  The New England math league competition will be Friday, February, 26th.  
  • There will be a very brief Yearbook meeting on today right after school to take our Yearbook picture. 

  • "The literary magazine Out of the Blue will meet in Ms. Olsen's room, 312, in the Garnet hallway, on Monday February 5.  Club members - Please see Ms. Olsen before Monday if you cannot attend.  And to all TE staff and students, please pay attention next week to hear about how you can submit!"

  • Good morning TEMS We have our TEMS shirts, caps and winter hats.  To make the look complete we need TEMS Socks!  Yes, that’s right SOCKS!!  Order your TEMS socks today.  You can order grey and purple or white and purple.  Socks are of great quality and complete with our cougar emblem.  Socks are $12.00 a pair, order forms are in the main office. 

  • Any 7th graders who are interested in participating in a group to learn more about Cheney Tech and Technical High Schools must fill out a permission slip and return it to guidance this week.

  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Chicken Fajitas. In the Grill line you can have Philly Cheese Steak and in the On the Go line you can have your choice of deli sandwiches. Have a great day, do your best, and remember to always strive for 5!
Posted by dmatchett  On Feb 01, 2018 at 10:17 AM
  
 
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