Coaches' Corner Numeracy Tip of the Week: Encourage children to play maths puzzles and games. Award winning mathematician, Sarah Flannery reported that her math achievement and enthusiasm came not from school but from the puzzles she was given to solve at home. Puzzles and games – anything with a dice really – will help kids enjoy maths, and develop number sense, which is critically important.
Posted 5 days ago
Looking for something to do with the kids next week?
Posted 7 days ago
Coaches' Corner Literacy Tip of the Week: Last Comic Standing Take time to read comic strips together. Share favorites from your own childhood and have your child put his favorites on the fridge. Read them aloud, and often -- repetition is a great way to build reading skills. Soon, he’ll love looking forward to the “Sunday funnies” each week. (www.scholastic.com)
Posted 11 days ago
Meriden has called a 2 hour delay, which means TEMS is on 2 hour delay today Feb 8, 2018. Please take time and extra precautions this morning.
Due to the impending weather TEMS is closed today. February 7, 2018
TEMS will be on a 2 hour delay today Feb 2nd 2018.
Parents, do you use www.CommonSenseMedia.org to check what your kids are using/watching? It is a great resource with lots of helpful tips and articles, like this one about YouTube.
Posted 19 days ago
"Coaches' Corner Numeracy Tip of the Week: Planning is a big part of helping your middle-schooler study for tests now that he or she is juggling work from multiple teachers. Be sure you both know when tests are scheduled, and plan enough study time before each. When there's a lot to study, help determine roughly how much time it will take to study for each test, then make a study calendar so your child doesn't have to study for multiple tests all in one night. Remind your child to take notes in class, organize them by subject, and review them at home each day. Help your child review material and study with easy techniques like simple questioning, asking to provide the missing word, and creating practice tests. The more processes the brain uses to handle information — such as writing, reading, speaking, and listening — the more likely the information will be retained. Repeating words, re-reading passages aloud, re-writing notes, or visualizing or drawing information all help the brain retain data. Remind your child that it usually takes a number of tries to remember something correctly. In math, doing practice problems is a great way to review for tests. Your child can ask the teacher for appropriate online practice resources. And remember that getting a good night's sleep is smarter than cramming. Recent studies show that students who sacrifice sleep to study are more likely to struggle on tests the next day."
Posted 19 days ago
TEMS is on a 2 hour delay today. Tuesday January 30th
Coaches' Corner Literacy Tip of the Week: Picture This! During your next outing or gathering, take action-packed photos, then have your child create captions to go with each picture. Assemble the pictures and captions in a picture book or album, and add speech and thought bubbles to create a personalized – and probably hysterical -- graphic novel. (www.scholastic.com)
Posted 26 days ago
Students setting up their film canister rockets. They were testing which combination of household products (ie. baking soda, vinegar, soda, etc) would create the greatest amount pressure in the container giving the "rocket" lift force.
Posted 31 days ago
Our 8th graders are testing different variables to see which combination creates the best film canister rockets in the Flight and Space PLTW class. Those little containers got some serious height!
Posted 31 days ago
"Coaches' Corner Numeracy Tip of the Week: No one is born with great organizational skills — they have to be learned and practiced. Being organized is a key to success in middle school, where most students first encounter multiple teachers and classrooms on a daily basis, and where some students are participating in extracurricular or after-school activities for the first time. Because time management skills are usually not explicitly taught in school, preteens and teens can benefit from parents helping with organizing assignments and managing time. Class information and assignments should be organized by subject in binders, notebooks, or folders. Teach your child how to use a calendar or personal planner to stay organized and schedule study times. Calendars or planners should include your child's non-academic commitments to help with time management. It's also a good idea to make sure your preteen or teen knows how to make a daily to-do list to prioritize tasks and manage time."
Posted 32 days ago
Due to the inclement weather, TEMS is closed today Wednesday January 17th. Stay safe everyone.
Posted 33 days ago
Did you know that TEMS has Kajeet wifi hotspots you can check out of the library? Forms are available from Mrs. Gray or Mrs. Lombardi in the library. http://www.kajeet.net/
Posted 34 days ago
Coaches' Corner Literacy Tip of the Week: : Have Fun with Words! Increasing your child’s exposure to vocabulary words improves his or her reading comprehension. Learn a new word of the day each day with your child. Play with words. Complete crossword puzzles together. Share a ‘Words with Friends’ or ‘Scrabble’ game on your smart phones. Showing your child that words can be fun, exciting, and playful will ultimately foster a hunger for vocabulary in your child, strengthening his or her reading comprehension!
Posted 40 days ago
Due the significant impact of today's storm, Meriden has cancelled school for tomorrow Friday, January 5th. Stay warm and safe everyone. See you all at TEMS on Monday.
Posted 46 days ago
Due to the impending storm TEMS will be closed tomorrow, January 4th. Please stay safe everyone.
"Coaches' Corner Numeracy Tip of the Week: During the middle school years, homework gets more intense and the time spent will probably be longer than during the elementary years, usually a total of 1 to 2 hours each school night. An important way to help is to make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit, distraction-free place to study that's stocked with supplies. Distraction-free means no phone, TV or websites other than homework-related resources. And be sure to check in from time to time to make sure that your child hasn't gotten distracted. Sit down with your child regularly to talk about class loads and make sure they're balanced. It's also a good idea to set a specific start time for homework each night. Helping preteens and teens establish a homework schedule sends a message that academics are a priority. Encourage your child to ask for help when it's needed. Most teachers are available for extra help before or after school, and also might be able to recommend other resources."
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"Coaches' Corner Numeracy Tip of the Week: After your child has completed an assignment, ask her to share what she believes was the most important idea: *What is the goal of the problem? *What did these problems have in common? *Where would I use this in “real life”? *Why do you think your teacher gave you this assignment? What did he or she want you to learn? *How is this assignment related to the homework you had yesterday? In what ways is it similar or different? *Now that you can solve these problems, what do you think you might be able to do next? The most important thing to convey to your children is not to give up. Mathematical concepts are intricate and take time to fully grasp. Encouragement and patience go a long way. Read a book with your child while she works on homework or finish a Sudoku or crossword puzzle with her at the table while she studies to keep her company—just being in the same room and working on your own mind-stimulating puzzles might make them more comfortable with difficult homework. If your child continues to struggle and you’re becoming concerned, speak with the teacher or another administrative specialist."
Posted 61 days ago