Tappan Thursday Thing--March 5, 2020

In This Week’s Issue

  • Coming Up Soon

  • Tappan Receives State Recognition 

  • 2nd Annual Tappan Book Drive March 2-13

  • Spring Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

  • Athletics and Clubs Updates

  • Community Rowing Resources for Middle School Students

  • 8th Grade DC Trip Spring Meeting May 4

  • Incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation

  • Background Checks for Tappan Volunteers

  • About the Thursday Thing

COMING UP SOON

March 

2-13

Tappan Book Drive-- See Post Below

 

4

Chorale Cavalcade West, 7:30pm, Pioneer High School

 

9

Tappan PTSO Meeting, 6pm, Tappan Media Center

 

10

Election Day- NO SCHOOL

 

11

6th Grade Parent Orientation Night, 6pm

 

30

Spring Break Starts March 30-April 3- NO SCHOOL

April

6

Classes Resume

 

10

No School for Students and Staff

 

13

Tappan PTSO Meeting, 6pm, Tappan Media Center

 

17

Tappan Fun Night 6pm

May 

4

8th Grade DC Trip Spring Meeting 6:30-7:30


TAPPAN MIDDLE SCHOOL RECOGNIZED AS A TOP PERFORMING SCHOOL

Tappan received an A grade on the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s new Michigan Context and Performance (CAP) Report Card for public elementary and middle schools. This means Tappan Middle School has been identified as one of the top-performing public schools in the state!


SECOND ANNUAL TAPPAN BOOK DRIVE

Tappan will be hosting its 2nd Annual Book Drive beginning Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 13th. 

We are collecting books from all genres, age groups, and reading levels, including chapter and picture books for younger children. 

Please bring your donations to your student’s advisory class for a daily count.  Books will be stored in the Media Center and will be donated to a local Community Center for families to enjoy for years to come. Now is the time to clear your bookshelves and make some room for new books to enjoy! Last year, Tappan Trojans donated more than 1,300 books.  Let’s see if we can break that record this year!

This year’s winning advisory will be treated to ice cream.


SPRING PARENT-STUDENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES MARCH 18

Spring Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences at Tappan will be held Wednesday, March 18th, from 4-7p.. Conferences with core content teachers are teamed, which means teachers have the same students and will be available to meet with students/parents all at once. Elective teachers are not teamed. However, they will be available and can also attend teamed meetings, if needed. Walk-in times are 4-5:30p. During this time, parents can meet with teams/teachers on a first-come, first-serve basis. From 5:30-6:45p, teams will schedule meetings with parents/students. 


ATHLETICS AND CLUB UPDATES

Season 4 sports are underway, with practice today for our Volleyball and Swimming teams. You can view the full season schedule here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11PosxBCNKxKqcQ3Xq5lwENRqc2mGvxMuWKAohF1KOI4/edit?usp=sharing

Rosters for our Season 4 teams are now closed. Season 5 begins Monday, April 20th and includes Baseball (7th/8th Grade only), Softball (7th/8th Grade only), Track, and 6th Grade Tennis. You can sign up your student for a Season 5 sport here: https://forms.gle/GuW414Yrvvg6Hyyj7

We are looking for volunteers to help during Track season during practices and Meets. If you are available after school to help with practices (3:15-4:30) or Meets (generally 5:00-8:00) please email Mr. Etz: etz@a2schools.org

Thank you for your support of our program!


COMMUNITY ROWING RESOURCE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

The Washtenaw Rowing Center and AAPS are partnering to provide rowing opportunities for middle school students. Please see the flier attached to this email for more information.


8TH GRADE DC TRIP SPRING MEETING MAY 4

Attention All Washington DC Trip 8th Graders and Parents!  We are having our final Spring trip meeting to cover the final details of the DC trip.  We will cover the trip student expectations, medication procedures, bus assignments, packing lists and review the trip itinerary.  This meeting is mandatory and should be attended by students and parents! Hope to see you there!  

Monday, May 4, 6:30-7:30 in the Tappan Auditorium.

 


INCOMING 6TH GRADE PARENT ORIENTATION NIGHT

If you are an incoming 6th-grade family for fall 2020, please save the date for March 11th, 6-7:30 pm.   This night is designed for parents of our incoming 6th-grade students. The parent orientation program will begin in Tappan’s auditorium. During the parent orientation, we will provide parents with an overview of our middle school program and will answer any questions that you may have. At the orientation, you will learn about the 6th-grade curriculum, classroom expectations, co-curricular opportunities for students and participate in self-led building tours (optional). I am confident that our parent orientation night will provide you with important information about Tappan. Our orientation will also demonstrate our school’s commitment to our middle school students and families. We hope to see you there! 


BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR TAPPAN VOLUNTEERS

The AAPS district is requesting that parent volunteers and chaperones who are assisting with school events like field trips and Fun Nights go through a background check prior to participating. 

If you are planning on volunteering, please complete the form a week prior to the event and provide it to the office for Mrs. Mills to conduct a  background check . Volunteers may also pick up the form in the 1st floor office and return it once completed along with a copy of their driver's license. 

Volunteers need to submit a copy of their driver's license, and indicate at the top of the form what they wish to volunteer for (ie, fieldtrip, fun night, etc). Below is the link to the form. You can also find a pdf attached to this email.

Background check for volunteers


ABOUT THE THURSDAY THING

The weekly Thursday Thing is how the Tappan principal, teachers, and the Tappan Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) communicate important information to the Tappan community.  Please contact Thursday Thing editor, Kellie Carbone at tappanpto@gmail.com with submissions or questions.  Deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on the Tuesday before the Thursday Thing is sent.  The Thursday Thing is not sent during school holidays.


Attachments:

AAPS Criminal Check for Volunteers.pdf 

WRC MS Poster.pdf