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  • There will be a Cougar Community Service Club meeting today after school in room 223.  We will be organizing the Pennies for Patients drive and the Red Cross Blood Drive. Hope to see you there! 

  • Calling all students! Unveil your talents on stage! Be the star for a night! On Thursday, June 7th, the TE PTO will host its annual TE's Got Talent talent show. The show is open to all TE students. If you can sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument- whatever your talent- we want you. Audition forms are now located in the school's main office. 

  • We're back with another addition teachers college history. Today we feature a 6th grade teacher and a school counselor. First up is Mrs. Zalaski. Mrs. Z attended St Joseph’s college and was a  Member of the Student Government Association and was also Social Committee Chairperson. Mrs. Zalaski also served as an Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the Volleyball and Softball teams. Way to stay busy Mrs. Z. Next up is Mrs. Lakomy. Mrs Lakomy attended the University of New Hampshire where she earned a  Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. She also worked at the Student Information Center in the Activity building.  The beautiful campus, interesting classes and friendly people are what Mrs. Lakomy enjoyed about UNH. Go Wildcats!!! We will be back tomorrow with more.

  • Attention all students interested in trying out for Girls and Boys Track, Softball, or Baseball.  All online forms, physicians note, and $100.00 check are due by Friday March 9th in order to try out for a sport.  If you tryout and are not selected for this years team, your check will be returned.  For additional information please visit the TEMS Athletics page or see Mrs. Hall or Mrs. Custer during the day.  

  • The Outdoor Education Club will be going to the South Windsor Arena tomorrow, March 1st to go ice skating.  Please stop by the main office or see Mr. Wilkinson or Ms. Nelson for a form if you're interested.  Forms are due today.

  • Attention Baseball players...Now is the time to get prepared for the up and coming season.  If you are interested in a Spring Training Baseball Clinic, please see Mr. S in room 313 or Mr. Wilkinson in room 112. The clinic will take place on March 8th for 6th and 7th graders and March 9th for 8th graders. 

  • The TEMS Friends Club is starting its Spring session on Thursday, March 15.  The club will meet in room 371.  The TEMS Friends club is a social community service club. It provides an opportunity to become a mentor and friend for students throughout the TE community. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please pick up an application from Mrs. Silverman in room 301.
  • "The literary magazine Out of the Blue will meet after school on Monday March 5 in room 312.  Remember, this is a meeting that all members should try to attend.  Please see Ms. Olsen before Monday if you are unable to attend.  A shout out to Mrs. Roy for being the first teacher to submit this year!  Thank you!"

  • Attention all of Mrs. Gasta's students-  Please bring study materials or a silent reading book to class today.

  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Boneless Chicken Wings. In the Grill line you can have Hot Dog 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 28, 2018 at 10:28 AM
  
  • There will be a Cougar Community Service Club meeting Wednesday after school in room 223.  We will be organizing the Pennies for Patients drive and the Red Cross Blood Drive. Hope to  see you there! 
  • Calling all students! Unveil your talents on stage! Be the star for a night! On Thursday, June 7th, the TE PTO will host its annual TE's Got Talent talent show. The show is open to all TE students. If you can sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument- whatever your talent- we want you. Audition forms are now located in the school's main office. 
  • We're back with another addition teachers college history. Today we feature two seventh grade teachers. First up is Mrs. Wojicki. Mrs W attended UCONN where she was a member of the Irish Step Dancing Team. Mrs. W also worked for the UCONN Police department during college. Our next featured teacher is Mrs Olsen. Mrs. Olsen attended Western New England University. She was a member of the Class Council all for years. One of her favorite memories was her senior year when she was the host and emcee of Mr. WNEC.  Mr. WNEC was the school's male beauty pageant and also their biggest fundraiser. Isn't amazing how many different activities your teachers took part in? We will be back tomorrow with more.
  • Attention all students interested in trying out for Girls and Boys Track, Softball, or Baseball.  All online forms, physicians note, and $100.00 check are due by Friday March 9th in order to try out for a sport.  If you tryout and are not selected for this years team, your check will be returned.  For additional information please visit the TEMS Athletics page or see Mrs. Hall or Mrs. Custer during the day.  
  • The Outdoor Education Club will be going to the South Windsor Arena Thursday, March 1st to go ice skating.  Please stop by the main office or see Mr. Wilkinson or Ms. Nelson for a form if you're interested.  Forms are due tomorrow Wednesday, February 28th. 
  • Attention baseball players:  Now is the time to get prepared for the up and coming season.  If you are interested in a Spring Training Baseball Clinic, please see Mr. S in room 313 or Mr. Wilkinson in room 112. The clinic will take place on March 8th for 6th and 7th graders and March 9th for 8th graders. 
  • The TEMS Friends Club is starting its Spring session on Thursday, March 15.  The club will meet in room 371.  The TEMS Friends club is a social community service club. It provides an opportunity to become a mentor and friend for students throughout the TE community. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please pick up an application from Mrs. Silverman in room 301.   
  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have General Tso's Chicken. 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 27, 2018 at 3:57 PM
  
  • Last Friday, MathCounts wrapped up the final in-school gathering with the New England Math League competition.  81 students participated in the 35 question, 30 minute competition.  The top 5 scores from each grade will be forwarded and compared to students from local schools and then all of New England. 

The results for the 6th grade are as follows:  Scoring the highest is Ryan Duong with 31 correct, followed by Advaith Satish with 29 correct, Rishabh Mohapatra with a score of 26, and Aricka Boosa and Mihir Kulkarni tied for 5th scoring 25.  Scoring just one point back and tied for 7th were Parthiv Malipeddu and Iris Wen. 

7th Grader Yunfei Zheng became the first ever TE student to ace the competition, scoring a perfect 35 out of 35. Yunfei was followed by Sai Koppu and Jason Sigler tied for second with scores of 28.  Shristhi Chowdhury placed 4th with a score of 27 and Dhanya Chamawala and Shri Radhakrishnan tied for 5th with scores of 25. 

The 8th grade proved to be very competitive with the top 4 scores separated by 2 points.  Michael Ngo placed first with a score of 34.  Aryan Kalia and Jaideep Naik tied for second with scores of 33 and Pranav Ramesh placed a very close 4th with a score of 32. Kashyap Rao, and Dan Wang tied for 5th with scores of 28.  Dylian Erwin followed right behind with a score of 27.

  • Student score sheets and solution sheets will be given to math teachers for distribution by the end of the week.  Congratulations to all the MathCounts participants for your outstanding efforts and a great season of math.  But TE is not finished yet.  We will bring the Hartford area top MathCounts team of Michael, Aryan, Jaideep, and Yunfei; along with individual partiticpants,  Pranav and Tim to the State MathCounts competition in March.  Best of luck.  It should be very exciting. 
  • Calling all students! Unveil your talents on stage! Be the star for a night! On Thursday, June 7th, the TE PTO will host its annual TE's Got Talent talent show. The show is open to all TE students. If you can sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument- whatever your talent- we want you. Audition forms are now located in the school's main office. 
  • We're back with another addition teachers college history. Today we feature an eighth grade math teacher and our principal. Lets start with Mrs. Goldman. She attended Wheaton College where she Graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in Math with a Minor in Computer Science. During college she worked in the computer lab on campus and was a peer tutor/ Peer academic adviser. Next up is our Principal Mrs. Larson. She Attended Eastern CT State University for Undergrad work where she also played Intramural Softball and Intramural Floor Hockey for the Tasmanian Devils. Mrs. Larson was also a part of the “Future Teachers Club”. We will be back tomorrow with some more teacher college histories.
  • Attention all students interested in trying out for Girls and Boys Track, Softball, or Baseball.  All online forms, physicians note, and $100.00 check are due by Friday March 9th in order to try out for a sport.  If you tryout and are not selected for this years team, your check will be returned.  For additional information please visit the TEMS Athletics page or see Mrs. Hall or Mrs. Custer during the day.  
  • "The literary magazine Out of the Blue will meet after school today in Ms. Olsen's room.  Many thanks go out to Grace Rich on the Garnet team for her great submissions to the magazine so far!  We would love to have art, poetry, written, photography, and other submissions from all TE staff and students!  Remember, you could win a prize!

  • Attention baseball players...Now is the time to get prepared for the up and coming season.  If you are interested in a Spring Training Baseball Clinic, please see Mr. S in room 313 or Mr. Wilkinson in room 112. The clinic will take place on March 8th for 6th and 7th graders and March 9th for 8th graders. 

  • The Outdoor Education Club will be going to the South Windsor Arena Thursday, March 1st to go ice skating.  Please stop by the main office or see Mr. Wilkinson or Ms. Nelson for a form if you’re interested.  Forms are due Wednesday, February 28th. 

  • The TEMS Friends Club is starting its Spring session on Thursday, March 15.  The club will meet in room 371.  The TEMS Friends club is a social community service club. It provides an opportunity to become a mentor and friend for students throughout the TE community. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please pick up an application from Mrs. Silverman in room 301.   

  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Cheese Breadsticks. 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 26, 2018 at 11:49 AM
  
  • Guests- Good morning/Happy Friday- I am often amazed by the students at this school.  I've seen many of you excel academically, on the soccer field, basketball court, portraying lawyers in a mock trial, coming in early Friday mornings to work on really hard math problems, or coming together to help out a family in need.  These are just a few of many examples.  Last evening I attended a concert at SWHS.  It was so nice to see former TEMS students shine on the stage.  But, what I was especially impressed by was the performance of our very own Spotlight Show Choir.  Spotlight students, you danced and sang beautifully.  You were so poised on stage. You made TEMS proud!  Congratulations to all of you!!  Have a great day everyone, do the right thing, do your best and ALWAYS STRIVE FOR FIVE!!  
  • Joke of the Week.Hello TE, Its that time again!!!!! Where does Han Solo keep his cookies?? In a Jar-Jar!!!!!! 

  • Calling all students! Unveil your talents on stage! Be the star for a night! On Thursday, June 7th, the TE PTO will host its annual TE's Got Talent talent show. The show is open to all TE students. If you can sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument- whatever your talent- we want you. Audition forms are now located in the school's main office. 

  • We're back with another addition teachers college history. Today we feature an Associate Principal and an 8th grade teacher. We begin with Mr Clifton. Mr. Clifton attended UCONN and studied Journalism, graduating in 2001. He was a practice player for the UCONN women’s basketball team during the 1999-2000 season and the 1999 intramural 3-point shootout champion. He also worked for the recreation department. Who knew Mr Clifton had hoop skills? Next up is our 8th grade Social Studies teacher Mr. Lowd. Mr. Lowd Majored in English at UCONN. He served as the Vice President of the Living Learning Center, was a Nerf basketball competitor, and a member of the UCONN bike club. So many exciting activities they participated in!!!! We will be back Monday with some more exciting Teacher College Histories.
  • Attention all students interested in trying out for Girls and Boys Track, Softball, or Baseball.  All online forms, physicians note, and $100.00 check are due by Friday March 9th in order to try out for a sport.  If you tryout and are not selected for this years team, your check will be returned.  For additional information please visit the TEMS Athletics page or see Mrs. Hall or Mrs. Custer during the day.  

  • "The literary magazine Out of the Blue will meet after school on Monday February 26 in Ms. Olsen's room 312.  Please be sure to see Ms. Olsen beforehand if you cannot attend.  Also, we would like to give another shout out to Hannah Jacob on Scarlet for her great poetry submissions!  Good job Hannah!  We would love to have art, poetry, written, photography, and other submissions from all TE staff and students!  Remember, you could win a prize!"

  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Scrambled Eggs. In the Grill line you can have Crispy Fish 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 23, 2018 at 9:30 AM
  
  • "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
  
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