TMS Glossary and Terms:
Academic Coaching-- is provided by each student’s advisor. All students in TMS have an academic coach that meets with them to discuss their grades, academics, and behavioral choices. The goal of this program is to enhance the advisor/student relationship and to increase student achievement.
Academic Contract– The purpose of an academic contract is to inform parents that their student is in danger is failing for the school year. It also helps the team develop an academic plan for success. This contract is between the student, his/her family and the Titusville Middle School faculty and staff.
Academic Support Periods (ASP) – is a graded, structured period for the students. ASP has changed in its format and will be handled differently from the previous school years. ASP is NOT a study hall and will only be available to students in the 6th and 7th grade. ASP will remain a common period for 6th grade and a common period for 7th grade. This allows the students and the teachers to provide remediation and enrichment during this teaching period to the students. Students are guided to work on missed assignments, complete lon term assignments, and to receive tutoring during the school day.
Activity Period– The TMS Activity Period Program was originally designed as an extension of the Exploratory Program. The purpose is to engage the students in leisure activities on a monthly basis. These activities also allow for the students to explore various activities that may last a lifetime.
Advisory– Each day, at the Middle School, there is time set aside for a program called “Advisory”. All students, in grades 6 through 8, participate in a twenty minute class where the focus isn’t mathematics, science, or even English. This time is focused on teaching students how to succeed and achieve in the world. Each teacher is assigned a group of students to work with and together they explore a range of topics from tolerance to study skills. There are monthly themes which serve to guide the teachers in their planning, and each teacher tailors the activities to fit with their group of students. Activities can range from get to know you games to conflict resolution skills, from career planning to study skills. It is our belief, that time at the Middle School should be used for each student to explore new things and getting to know new people. The advisory program is just one way we are accomplishing this goal.
Agendas– The TMS Agenda Program is designed to assist all students with their organizational skills. Each student is provided with an agenda at the beginning of the school year. Appropriate agenda use is taught and mandated by all teachers. Daily and long term assignments are written into the agenda by the students. A similar agenda board is displayed in each classroom and completed by the teacher at the beginning of each week. Time is provided for the students to write down their assignments in each class. The agenda also contains the student hall pass. This pass is required for all students to leave the classroom. All students should carry their agenda to each class and at all times during the school day.
Alternative Education– The Titusville Area School District’s Alternative Education Programs are based on the philosophy that all children can learn, grow, and have the potential to succeed. While some students have little or no trouble learning and growing in school, other children may experience difficulties, which make learning and personal adjustment hard for them. Our program’s goal is to help children who experience such difficulties develop the skills necessary for greater success at home, in the community, and ultimately, in the traditional school. The program takes great pride in providing an alternative school experience, which fosters emotional, social, as well as academic growth. The purpose of the program is to identify skill deficits, remediate, and return the student to the traditional school as soon as possible.
Appointments– All students must have an excuse signed by their guardian in order to leave school for an appointment. This excuse should be presented at the start of the school day to their first period teacher. Then the student should keep the excuse to present to their teacher at the time of their appointment. If the guardian forgets to write an excuse, one should be presented to the office upon request of the student.
Attendance–Regular attendance and promptness are vital to student success. Frequent absences result in poor achievement, even if a student is conscientious about making up work. There is no way to make up a class lecture or class discussion and interactions with the teacher and classmates. All students may be legally absent from school due to sickness or for "urgent reasons" such as when the bus cannot run on their particular road, or death in the family. Most absences for other reasons are considered unexcused, and any unexcused absence may be subject to discipline. The office will collect class assignments to send home after a student has missed three or more days. Upon their return, students are responsible to check with all their teacher’s to receive any other missing class assignments, even if the office sent home assignments.
Bands in the Round– is a cooperative concert involving the TMS 6thGrade Band as well as the 7th& 8thGrade Band, and a visiting middle school band from a neighboring school district. Each band performs selections individually and the combined bands perform several selections under the direction of a guest conductor. Bands in the Round is usually held in late February/early May.
Blackboard– All students who are enrolled in theTitusvilleMiddle Schoolshall receive access to an online learning program called Blackboard. This website will contain information from their classes as well as online assignments. The website can be accessed through the TASD homepage,http://www.gorockets.org/or through http://www.blendedschools.net/. If a student can not access this information from home, opportunities will be made available through school. If this is a problem, please contact the TMS office.
Box Tops–Shopping for groceries can turn into easy cash for your school! Just look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products like Cheerios®, Hamburger Helper®and Kleenex®, in almost every aisle of the store. All you need to do is clip and send them to the student’s advisor. Each Box Top collected will earn 10¢ for your school.
Bullying– means an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical cat of series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting and/or outside a school setting, that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the following: substantial interference with a student’s education, creation of a threatening environment, and/or substantive disruption of the orderly operations of the school. Bullying is not permitted and all students who have experienced any form of bullying are encouraged to promptly report such incidents to the building principal, guidance counselor, and/or teacher.
If your child is being bullied the most important thing to do is to NOT ignore it. Please notify the school as soon as possible so that we can address the issue. Ignoring the issue will not make it go away. Our mission at TMS is to help all students deal with the pressures of growing up. Being bullied is not an issue that any child should have to deal with alone. The school will do everything possible to help the situation and to stop all harassment in any form. If needed, we will even involve the police to stop any form of harassment from occurring at TMS.
If you suspect bullying is happening please call the following numbers:
Mr. McGaughey: 827-0534 Mrs. McCord: 827-2715 ext. 2430
Mrs. Martin: 827-2715-ext. 2431
Bus Expectations–All students who ride a bus to school must also ride the transfer buses from the high school to the middle school. No bus passes are given to students. All arrangements must be made with the transportation coordinator Mike Hlad at 827-2715 extension 3460 prior to the bus leaving school. The drop off and pick up areas must be consistent and will not change due to daily changes in a students’ situation. Transportation issues should be presented to Mr. Hlad as they surface.
- GUIDELINES for PARENTS
Students must be ON TIME at DESIGNATED BUS STOPS.
Students must stay off the roadway at all times while waiting for the bus.
Students MUST CROSS IN FRONT of the bus when crossing the road or highway.
Students must wait until the bus has come to a complete stop and red lights are flashing before attempting to enter or leave the bus.
Students and parents will be held responsible for vandalism done to the busses.
Students will not be permitted to eat or drink on the bus.
Possession or use of tobacco products and/or drugs while on the bus is prohibited and will result in state mandated fines.
State law prohibits transportation of animals on the bus.
Special items and projects should be transported by parents to school rather than on the bus due to space and safety consideration.
If a child chases after a bus, the privilege of riding the bus will be revoked for one (1) day. The second offense will remove the child for three (3) days.
BUS RULES for STUDENTS
- Students will follow directions given by the bus driver the FIRST TIME.
- Students will stay in their assigned seats and keep hands, feet and objects to themselves.
- Students will speak in a normal tone of voice and use proper language at all times.
- Students will observe all safety rules and school policies while waiting for, boarding, riding and exiting from bus.
- Students will not be permitted to eat or drink on the bus.
- Students will be responsible for keeping their bus clean and damage free.
- When riding the bus to and from school, you are the responsibility of the school district. It is the driver's responsibility to assign seats and demand appropriate behavior for safety reasons. Students are not permitted to eat or drink while on the bus.
- Dependent upon the severity and frequency of the incidents, students may be assigned either after-school detention, Saturday detention or suspended from the bus and/or school for a three, five or ten day period. Removal from participation in a club/activity or team sport may also be made at the discretion of school officials. A parent conference with the principal and/or superintendent will be required.
Career Education– This program provides students with opportunities to acquire information about a wide range of careers and work skills. Through assessments, class presentation and research, students will become more knowledgeable about the world of work and how it relates to their individual interests and abilities
Case Managers– Each student referred to the Student Assistance Program is assigned a case manager who checks in regularly with them as ongoing support.
Cell Phones– Cell phones are not permitted in school. They are to be shut off as soon as the student arrives in school and secured in the student’s lockers. If a student in caught using their phone during school hours, the phone will be taken and stored in the office until a parent can pick it up.
Chess Tournament– is coordinated through the TMS Gifted Program, but is open to the entire building. Each team selects three winners to move on to the next round of competition. At the TMS Chess Tournament a building chess champion is found and that student represents our district at the next level of competition.
Coal Town Day– Annually, 6thgrade students participate in a cross curricular unit entitled “Coal Town”. This unit culminates with a day of activities where students get to explore many different aspects of life during the “coal” era of the early 1900’s.
Commons area– refers to the large meeting area in each of the grade level houses. These areas are used for large group meetings and activities for each grade level.
Conferences– You can schedule a parent conference in any of the following ways: By phone- call the school counseling office at 827-0524 and ask for a school conference. Call 827-2715 extension 2400 and ask to speak directly to the teacher. By email- email the teacher directly or the school counseling office email@example.com@gorockets.org
Connect Ed.– Through a pre-recorded message, students and parents are notified about school delays, cancellations and events.
Detention– will be renamed “Retraining” and will be issued to a student for a policy violation. Retraining will last for one hour from 3:15 PM until 4:15 PM, Monday through Thursday.
District Assessments– All of our students at TMS will take district assessments throughout the school year. These assessments are used by the teachers to help remediate all of the students and to help them achieve proficiency on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and to improve their overall academic success. These scores are also used by our tutors, teachers, and interventionists to allow for targeted remediation and enrichment throughout the school day.
Dress Code– All students are expected to be modest in their dress at TMS. All clothes worn at school should be of good taste, without holes that reveal, and should not expose the student. A comprehensive policy description is on page 11 of the student handbook. The overall rule of being modest is the best reminder for all students. If the students violate the policy they will not be permitted to join any classes or other students until they are within the dress code.
Drop off and Dismissal– During the morning, all drop offs are expected to occur in the north side loop or in the parking lot. No students should be dropped off on the street. After school, all students are expected to walk across the street to the parking lot for pick up.
8thGrade Celebration– Each fall, 8thgrade students and their advisors participate in an afternoon of teambuilding activities. These activities are designed to build cohesiveness amongst the students and their faculty advisor.
8thGrade Transition– is designed help the exiting 8thgrade students become comfortable with their move toTitusvilleHigh School. This program includes Move Up Day activities facilitated by the THS Peer Helpers. All activities done during this day are set to increase student engagement to the high school. An additional parent/student night is available during the summer to allow the students to travel in the building and follow their upcoming new schedule.
Endeavor– is the name of the Titusville Middle School yearbook. Yearbook is a class available for those students in eighth grade. The students enrolled in this class will help to create, advertise, and sell the yearbook.
Failing-- If your child is failing it is extremely important that you contact the school. You can start with contacting the teachers, but it is a good idea to follow that call with a call to your child’s school counselor.
Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)is a dynamic and effective national non-profit student organization that helps young men and women become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities. Every student taking a Family and Consumer Sciences class becomes an affiliated member of the TMS FCCLA Chapter. Student involvement is at the heart of FCCLA. Students plan, carry out and evaluate projects and activities themselves. Through FCCLA projects, students sort out thoughts, analyze situations, set goals, interact with others, apply classroom knowledge and become strong and effective leaders.
Fitness Center– it provides a great place for students and faculty to utilize weight machines, free weights, and aerobic equipment and dance videos. Use of the weights offers participants one type of strength training, specifically resistance training. It is the job of the instructor to oversee the program, assuring each person uses the equipment properly incorporating the proper techniques of lifting and/or proper form during any and all exercise. This program is structured to instill lifetime fitness activities as a core commitment. Participants can complete the wellness room’s series of weight training (for your arms, shoulders, abdomen, chest, back and legs) within a 20 to 30 minute period.
Gifted Program– provides students with a variety of programming needs. Students can be accelerated when their academic needs indicate they have achieved above grade level results. A pull-out enrichment program provides many activities that link to regular curriculum and individual student interests while challenging students to use high level critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our push-in program allows the gifted education teacher and the regular education teachers to work together to bring enrichment and higher level thinking skills to all of our middle schools students
Gold Cards– When a student is “caught” doing something good, they might receive aGold Cardfrom a teacher or administrator. Cards can be accumulated for rewards. What type of student behaviors would be appropriate for use of the Gold Card? Any type of behavior that a faculty member may feel is above and beyond normal classroom expectancies. This can include showing responsibility in correcting another student’s behavior or exhibiting a positive reaction to discipline. Gold cards are then drawn and students are awarded prizes for the prize winning behavior.
Health Fair– is a collaborative effort between the Titusville Area School District and the Titusville Area Hospital. The Health Fair is a daylong event where TMS students learn about pertinent health issues. Health related agencies from around the state of Pennsylvaniause hands-on activities to deliver health lessons to our students.
Homework Help-- is a program designed to give students an opportunity to receive additional tutoring, academic coaching, and organizational assistance during Academic Support Periods or after school. Requests for help are received through the Guidance Office and may come from students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and/or teaching support staff. Students may receive one-on-one assistance from the program coordinator, a Peer Tutor, high school tutor, or college volunteer tutor. The After School Homework Help Program provides all students with a quiet place to work after school. After School Homework Help is available in the Middle School library Monday through Thursday from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm. The program is supervised by adult staff that provides tutoring along with Peer Tutors, High School and University of Pittsburgh at Titusville volunteers. Peer tutors are 7thand 8thgrade students in good academic standing who volunteer to assist other students with homework in a variety of subjects. All tutors are trained and supervised through the Guidance Office. Homework Help begins in October and continues through the end of the school year. Students may attend whenever they are available to stay after school; however, we encourage parents to emphasize the importance of using After School Homework Help whenever their child needs help with their school work.
Homework– Homework is considered independent practice of material already taught in class. It is important for learners to practice concepts that were taught in class. This helps to cement concepts into long term memory.
All homework should be started during class in order to help clear up confusion and answer questions. Then homework should be completed at home. It is important for parents talk to their student about any homework they may have. Finally, homework should be collected and graded the next day.
If your student is absent – Please call our School Counseling Office 827-2715 extension 82425 and ask for the homework if the absence will be more than 3 days. Our staff will gather the work and have it ready for you to pick up by the end of the school day.
Homework Hoopla– is a program to reward outstanding academic achievement and effort. Students who have turned in all homework assignments for the grading period are eligible for a grand reward. At the “Hoopla” eligible students may enjoy a special food treat, activities and games and the thanks of their appreciative teachers for doing their work.
Hours– All students should be in school by 7:45 AM at the latest. The tardy bell rings at 7:55 AM, but a 10 minute buffer ensures that your child will not be tardy for school. Bus students are then excused at 3:07 PM followed at 3:11 PM by students who walk. If you wish to pick up your student, they can be picked up in the Middle School parking lot after dismissal.
Houses– refer to the grade level areas. Each grade level has a house for their classes. Every effort is made to not mix grade levels and provide all core area instruction to occur in the student’s house.
In School Suspension (ISS)– is a consequence for students who violate school policy. This is only assigned to students who do serious policy violations and the students remain in the administration office for the entire time period. No other peer interactions occur during this time.
Internet– At school, student access to and use of the Internet will be under teacher direction and will be monitored as any other classroom activity. The Titusville Area School District, however, cannot prevent the possibility that some users may access material that is not consistent with its educational mission, goals and policies. When using the district's access to the Internet, users are expected to abide by the policies established by the district which include generally accepted rules of Internet etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
using the Internet to research assigned classroom projects
respecting and upholding copyright laws and other applicable laws or regulations
respecting the rights and privacy of others by not accessing private files
following all regulations posted in the computer lab or other rooms where computers are in use
following the directions of the adult in charge of the computer lab or other rooms where computers are in use
misrepresenting themselves or others on the Internet
giving out personal information on the Internet
attempting to disable or circumvent the internet filtering system is prohibited
Launch Pad– another team of faculty and staff in the building. This team consists of the building secretaries and support staff in the building.
Library– The library at Titusville Middle School contains over 14,000 print resources. The loft of the library houses a 25-station computer lab with an additional five computers downstairs. Students use the electronic card catalog to locate and check out books. The library is open before and after school. Students can also visit the library during class if approved by their teacher, between classes, or during academic support period.
Here are some frequently asked questions concerning TMS Library policies:
How many books can I check out at one time? A student can check out up to 2 books at one time.
How long can I check out a book? A student can check a book out for 2 weeks.
What if I’m not done with a book and it is due back, can I renew the book? A book can be renewed one time for another 2 week period.
What if I don’t turn my book in on time? Students are given a 5-day grace period after their book is due. If they turn it in during that grace period, they will not be charged a fine. If they turn it in after that time, they will be charged a fine.
How much is the fine? The fine is $.05 per day that the book is overdue. The maximum that will be charged is $2.00.
How do I know when the book is due? The due date is stamped on the first page of the book.
What if I lost a book? The student will need to pay for the price of the book.
What if I return a book and it is damaged? We will try to fix the book as best we can, but if we need to send it out to be fixed or if it needs replaced, the student will be responsible for the cost.
Lunch Program–The school lunch program has enabled the students to use a number to access their account. All students can deposit money into their account and debit from it during lunch. It is recommended that all students bring checks to deposit. This avoids having students carrying money to school.
Students who qualify for free or reduced lunches need to complete the necessary paperwork at the beginning of each school year. This information in kept confidential. To find out more about this program, contact Mr. Michael Hlad at ext. 3460.
Make-up Work--If your child is behind in their work, you can have them talk directly with their teachers or you can call our school counseling office at 827-0524.
Math Club– 8thgraders can participate in this club that uses mathto participate in a Fantasy Football League, Stock Market Challenge, scavenger hunt, Equations game, Jeopardy, math contests, and much more.
Medications–Students are NOT PERMITTED to self-medicate while in school. All medications must be dispensed through the nurse’s office. Parents are responsible for bringing the medication to the nurse as medication is not to be sent to school with students. Students bringing medication to school is a violation of the Drug and Alcohol Policy. Proper consent forms and prescription must accompany any medication. Medications must be in properly labeled prescription bottle. The label must include the correct student name, correct name of medication, correct dosage of medication, and the correct time medication is to be given. Ask the pharmacist to give you a separate bottle for at school, if the student also must take the medication at home.
Medieval Faire– is usually held the first Friday in February; the Medieval Faire is the culminating activity to students’ medieval unit in their social studies classes. Leading up to the Faire, advisories are renamed as guilds and students work to produce a product to be sold on the day of the Faire. A few products are knight’s helmets, puppets, and root beer. Aside from the sale of goods, Faire activities include fencing demonstrations, medieval learning stations, the movie “A Knight’s Tale” and a tournament. All faculty members and most students, dress in medieval costume for the day, and lunch is a delight of chicken drumsticks with the added ambiance of bagpipe music.
Middle School–Titusville Middle School is a unique collaborative environment that focuses on allowing each and every child to learn, grow and succeed. This is accomplished by our faculty and staff understanding the unique age group at the middle school level and making learning appropriate for these students. All of our grades are separated into smaller groups or teams. This allows the students to receive greater attention and feel more at home. All efforts are made to connect with the students and to help them engage in the middle school experience.
Mid Point– is the name of the Titusville Middle School Newsletter. This newsletter is generated monthly and sent home with the students for their family. Important school and student information is contained in this informative document.
Mission Control - team in the Titusville Middle School. This team consists of the building administrators, school counselors, nurse, school resource officer, and school psychologist.
Move-over Day– this happens during advisory and consists of students in grades six and seven move up to the next grade to experience a snap shot of their expectations and what the next year will contain. Additionally, during this time the students meet their new teachers and begin the transition to the next grade. The eighth grade students return to their original sixth grade advisories to talk about their experience at the Middle School. Students complete a survey and that information is used to focus programming.
In TMS 6, 7, and 8 grade bands present three public concerts during the school year. These concerts are an extension of Band Class and attendance by band students is required. Concerts are held in December, late winter (Bands in the Round), and in May. Additionally, students in both Chorus 7/8 and Chorus 6 have two mandatory concerts to perform for the public each school year. The students showcase the songs that they have learned in class. The Winter Concert is usually held in December. The Spring Concert is usually held in May.
Junior District Band is open to any 7thand 8thgrade instrumentalist. This two day band festival is held at a host school with up to 20 area schools participating. Each school sends its best instrumental students who work with a guest conductor to perform a public concert.
Junior District Chorus is a two day choral festival is held at a host school in the area with up to 20 area schools part. Each school sends its best chorus students who work with a guest conductor to perform a public concert.
The TMS Musical production occurs in the spring. All students are invited to participate in this event.
News to Note-- is a positive reinforcement program in which teachers are encouraged to write positive notes to parents about their students. These messages are mailed home to the family.
Nurse–Medical services are coordinated by school nurses. Nurses supervise school related health matters, accidents and emergencies. The school nurses monitor immunization and health records and gather emergency information. They schedule and assist with student health exams, dental exams, vision screenings, hearing screenings and body mass index screenings. A student must have a pass from a teacher in order to go to the nurse's office. No student may leave the building or contact a parent due to illness without the nurse or office approval.
Out of School Suspension (OSS)– is a consequence for students who violate school policy. This is only assigned to students who do serious policy violations. Students inOSSare removed from school and are not permitted to return to school grounds during the consequence.
PE4life– inspires active, healthy living by advancing the development of quality, daily physical education programs. The TMS PE4life program is available for all students, not just the athletically gifted. It provides a wide variety of sports and fitness activities with the integration of technology usage. Students in our PE4life program are assessed on their progress toward physical fitness.
Peer Tutors-- Recruits 7thand 8thgrade students to serve as peer helpers with the Homework Help Program. Students may become a Peer Tutor if they are in good academic standing and receive a referral from a teacher, guidance counselor, or administrator. Peer Tutors are supervised and trained through the Guidance Office and are called upon to assist other students during Academic Support Periods and/or the After School Homework Help program. Peer Tutors also serve as peer mentors and take part in projects which promote literacy.
PMSA– is an abbreviation for the Pennsylvania Middle School Association. Many teachers and administrators at TMS are active members of this state organization.
Power Parent– Power Parent is a wonderful way of keeping track of your child’s grades and attendance. Power Parent can be accessed directly from the district website (http://www.gorockets.org/). Half way down the page on the right is the link. Your user name and password was given to you with your child’s first day packet. If you can not find it simply call our school counseling office at 827-0524
PowerSchool– is the name of the data system used by theTitusvilleAreaSchool District. Inside thePowerSchoolprogram is an application for parents, Power Parent is the Internet connection for parents to view their student’s grades, attendance, upcoming assignments and the portal to communicate electronically with the Titusville Middle School.
PSSAs–All school districts are mandated by law to participate in the reading, mathematics, writing and science assessment each year. As part of each assessment in reading, mathematics and science, students are asked to respond to multiple-choice questions. They are also asked to respond in writing to items about reading passages and to explain in writing how they determined the answers to mathematical problems. Such performance assessment items focus on students' understanding and problem solving skills. The writing assessment requires students to respond to topics in different types of writing; narrative/imaginative, persuasive, or informational. These different assessment tools serve to measure performance and help districts to develop curriculum or plan academic programs. Students in 6thand 7thgrade will take the PSSA reading and math tests, while all 8thgrade students will take all four assessments.
PSSA LEVELS OF PERFORMANCE
Student assessment results for the PSSA are reported based on four performance levels. The four levels of performance are: advanced, proficient, basic and below basic.
Students who do not attain results at the proficient level in reading, mathematics, writing and science will be expected to take PSSA tutoring sessions.
Scores are reported annually and a written assessment of the students scores will be handed to each parent/guardian.
PSSA Tutoring– is offered to all students that are Basic and/or Below Basic inReadingand Math. The assessments used to determine the student’s level of performance include the PSSA and the TMS fall, winter, and spring assessments. Tutoring occurs before, during and after school.
PTG (Parent Teacher Group)– The Titusville Middle School Parent Teacher Group, known as the PTG, is an organization developed to supportTitusvilleMiddle Schoolstudents. This support has been in the form of parents, grandparents, family members, past parents, and teachers all working collaboratively to support our school and its students. Support can be donated in many ways including; volunteering time to: assist teachers and specialists, welcome new families, support the School’s educational and co-curricular activities through fundraising. PTG meetings are held monthly during each school year and anyone who is a parent, past parent or faculty member may participate as a voting member. The monthly meetings are typically scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month and held in the Middle School Office Conference Room. Check the calendar for exact dates and times.
Publications– is a elective class which allows 8thgrade students to try their hand a journalism. Annually students write, edit, print, and distribute four editions of the school newspaper.
Reading Is Fundamental (RiF)– is a Federally Funded program that provides school districts monies to purchase books for students. The goals of Reading Is Fundamental are to get books into the hands of children and to develop a love of reading within the family and community. Each year, a committee of parents order books for children in grades K4-6. Each student is then allowed to choose 3 free books throughout the year (October, December and February). During these distribution times there are also various activities that promote reading as well. Guest readers adopt an author month, and buddy reading are just a few of theRIFcelebrations that have been done in the past.
Retraining–is issued to a students how have not mastered the desired school behaviors. Retraining will last for one hour from 3:15 PM until 4:15 PM, Monday through Thursday.
Rotary Student of the Month– is a program between the Titusville Rotary Club and TMS faculty and staff. Monthly, one student is selected and honored at a luncheon. The students who are chosen exemplify excellence in academics and character.
School Cancellations Procedure– School cancellations will be made over the local radio, local TV stations, and on our gorockets.org website. Additionally, information will be communicated home through the Connect Ed. system. Parents can sign up for emails and phone calls from this system.
School Counseling Curriculum– is to promote personal, social, and academic development by helping students to learn skills, behaviors, and attitudes necessary for problem solving and decision making at a developmentally appropriate level. TMS school counselors facilitate this through classroom presentations, team meetings, and group or individual interactions with students.
School Counseling Office– All students are encouraged to use guidance services by visiting the guidance office. School counselors assist students with academic achievement, social skills, career education, and any issue that is a barrier for the student’s academic success. Any student may ask to see a counselor. Students must have their hall pass signed before reporting to the guidance office. Additionally, school counselors will also make classroom presentations on various topics including study skills, learning styles, career exploration, conflict resolution, tolerance, and communication skills.
School-wide Positive Behavior Supports–provides a positive focus to encourage desirable student behaviors. A set of universal expectations for behavior are established for all students in all locations of the school. These expectations generally promote core values such as respect, responsibility, and safety. Interventions and strategies are implemented to teach and reinforce these expectations. These include:
- Periodic direct instruction in specific student behaviors that demonstrate respect, responsibility, and safety in various locations in the school.
- Positive adult/teacher attention and other kinds of reinforcement to students for demonstrating positive behaviors, especially specific behavior expectations.
- Predictable consequences for behavior infractions that are delivered consistently by all staff in a professional manner throughout the entire school.
Sickness–If your child is ill and will not be attending school, please call 827-2715 extension 82400 and inform our attendance secretary. If you do not call, we will call with our automated system and remind you to call into the school.
6thgrade transition program- This program attempts to make the incoming 6th grade students comfortable with the Titusville Middle School. This program includes a Move Up Video created by our 8th grade Video Production students and faculty, principal and school counselor meetings at the 5th grader’s home school, a day of activities at TMS in the spring, a parent and student evening during the summer, and a full day Summer Academy Program for the students.
Spelling Bee– This is coordinated through the TMS Gifted Program, but is open to the entire building. Each Language Arts class selects three winners to move on to the next round of competition. At the Annual Spelling Bee a building spelling champion is found and featured on the local news station.
Spring Sports- the following activities occur in the spring each year:
TMS Track is an extra curricular activity for boys and girls in 7th & 8th grade.
TMS Girls' Volleyball is an extra curricular activity for girls in 7th & 8th grade.
SSR– Silent Sustained Reading is a form of school-based recreational reading, orfree voluntary reading, where students read silently in a designated time period every day in school. An underlying assumption of SSR is that students learn to read by reading constantly. Successful models of SSR typically allow students to select their own books and require neither testing for comprehension nor book reports.
Stand Tall– is a program to give students a supportive peer group, to keep them drug and alcohol free. It has been running for several years now, both in the High School and the Middle School. Teachers, faculty, administration, parents, community members and most importantly, the students themselves have found this program to be an effective tool in their fight against peer pressure. It is easy to get involved in Stand Tall! Students just need to sign the Stand Tall pledge card and agree to stay drug and alcohol free. We know this is difficult, so the Stand Tall students will work with TMS faculty to create fun activities that keep them away from negative peer pressure.
Strategy Gaming– is an after school club held on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 4:15 during the winter months. Computer games that require thought, concentration and strategy are played. Games currently include Civilization II, Stronghold and Shogun: Total War. Student grades are checked each session and students who are not progressing academically are barred from participating until their grades have improved. Any 7th or 8th grade student can participate.
Student Council– is an organization that seeks to increase school spirit, encourage student participation, and promote volunteerism. It is a group that sponsors school events, supports the community, and creates a school environment where all students are valued and each and every student is appreciated. Through each activity, the ideas of cooperation and teamwork are addressed. Student Council represents what it means to be a Middle School.
Student of the Month– Monthly, each team selects students who have demonstrated qualities and characteristics which set them apart from their peers. These characteristics can be in the area of academics as well as social skills. These students’ accomplishments are recognized in different ways depending upon the team and grade level.
Study Island– TheStudyIslandis specifically designed to help students master the content specified on the PSSA tests.StudyIslandenables students to improve on their performance in all skill areas tested on the PSSA. Programs are available for 2nd through 8th grade, as well as high school Math,Reading, Writing, and Science. This program is used in both reading and math tutorial classes.
Summer Academy– is a program designed to assist the incoming 6th grade students' transition to TMS. Sixth grade teachers as well as the administration and school counselors work with the students opening their lockers, making new friends, learning about the building and practicing their new schedules.
Tardy to School– All students should be in school by 7:45 AM at the latest. The tardy bell rings at 7:55 AM, but a 10 minute buffer ensures that your child will not be tardy for school.
Tardy to Class– All students are expected to be on time for school and class. This is an expectation that employers will expect from their employees. Each student should arrive at TMS by at least 7:45 AM daily. The morning bell begins at 8:00 AM. Each student will also have three minutes to get from class to class. Quarterly, students who have more than five tardy incidents in the nine weeks will receive a retraining. Additional tardy incidents during that nine weeks will result in an additional retraining for each tardy incident.
Team Facilitator– is one teacher, from each team of teachers, which serves as the leader, communicator, and spokesperson for their team. These individuals meet at least monthly with administration and they serve as the facilitators and communicators for improvement in the building.
Team Time– The following times all of the teachers are available to meet with parents or return phone messages:
— 6th Grade Team Plan Time—8:07 AM – 8:48 AM
— 7th Grade Team Plan Time—2:21 PM - 3:07 PM
— 8th Grade Team Plan Time—10:48 AM – 11:30 AM
— VOYAGER Team Plan Time—12:51 PM—1:33 PM
Trip Requests– All trip requests are given out and collected in the main office. It is important that the form is obtained, filled out, and returned to the main office as soon as possible. Once the form is approved it will be given back to your child and they will take it around to all of their teachers.
Truancy Elimination Plan (TEP)– is a program put in place to increase student attendance at TMS. This program notifies parents when their student has one, two and three illegal/unexcused absences. On the third illegal/unexcused absence, a certified warning letter is sent to the family. A Truancy Elimination Parent meeting is also formed to attempt to avoid the family receiving truancy charges being placed at the local office of the District Magistrate. The total emphasis of the program is to increase parent and school efforts to cooperate and increase student attendance.
Video Production– Students learn about video production techniques and digital editing. Students will create morning announcements, interviews and other school related production such as the spelling bee, 5thgrade transition video and the Voyager Fest video.
Visitors– Upon entering the building, all visitors must sign in at the main office. Additionally, each visitor must obtain a visitor’s pass in order to walk around the building.
VOYAGER– a team of teachers who work with the entire Titusville Middle School building. This team consists of the Unified Arts Teachers, such as World Languages, Family Consumer Science, Library Science, Physical Education, Art Education, Technology Education, Music Education, Gifted Education, and Business Education.
Voyager Fest– occurs annually and is organized by the members of Team Voyager. Voyager Fest creates an evening for families, that showcases what students are learning and creating in their Voyager classes.
Watershed Days– is a program for 7th grade students. The students participate in an exciting educational day where students learn about the Oil Creek watershed and the creatures and physical features that make it up. Local university students and various volunteers work cooperatively with our faculty to make this event happen. Events include: fly fishing, creek stomping, the use of digital microscopes, and various environmental activities.
Website– is a tool for communication between parents and the school. This website is maintained by several TMS staff member, who work to update information and post announcements.
Wellness Policy– Proper nutrition during the school years is vitally important for helping children grow strong, succeed in school and establish healthy habits for a lifetime. Therefore Congress recognized that schools play a critical role in promoting student health, preventing childhood obesity and combating problems associated with poor nutrition and physical inactivity. To formalize and encourage this role, Congress passed The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.
The law states that schools must create a local wellness policy which includes:
- Goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities to promote student wellness.
- Nutrition guidelines for all foods available on each school campus.
Additionally, specific guidelines have been created which detail what foods can be used for school celebrations as well as school/community fund raisers. For more information on these policies, please contact Michael Hlad at ext. 3460.
Wilderness Quest– is a program that theTitusville Area School District has offered for more than thirty years. Annually, sixth graders travel to Wesley Woods and participate in a four day camp, which focuses on providing outdoor learning experiences for students. Classroom teachers have created lessons which focus on the environment and then use this experience to make learning hands on. Each class has different needs; and so the final program design depends on the cooperative planning by classroom teachers, students, and staff. Some of the most popular areas of study include forestry, ecology, astronomy, hunter safety, orienteering, riflery, archery and animal identification. This method of teaching and learning offers many more opportunities for students to become directly involved in their studies. Wilderness Quest offers students the chance to fully experience their learning in a new and unique way.
TMS Boys' Basketball is an extra curricular activity for boys 7th & 8th grade. The team participates in the winter each school year.
TMS Winter Cheerleading is an extra curricular activity for 7th and 8th grade students. The team participates in the winter each school year.
TMS Wrestling is an extra curricular activity for 7thand 8thgrade students. This team participates during the Winter sports season each school year.