Monday June 18th Promotion Ceremony 8-1 9 am 8-2 10:30 am
Parents, tomorrow 9-10 am is our Student of the Month breakfast for April-June. Invitations were sent home to families in the mail. Can't wait to celebrate!
Posted 6 days ago
Families don't forget that you can purchase items to go towards 6th grade. If you don't have an incoming 6th grader but still want to make a purchase put "student" "scholarship" in the name fields. Purchases from the spring catalog can be made through the end of July.
Posted 6 days ago
Coaches' Corner Literacy Tip of the Week: The votes have been counted and the 2018 Nutmeg Book Awards are in! The following titles have won this year's prestigious awards, voted on by young readers. Be sure to check them out!
Posted 26 days ago
Thomas Edison Middle School Friends and Family. Our incoming 6th graders are starting their first fundraiser today. You can now help us raise funds for a great cause. Thomas Edison Middle School is hosting a fundraiser with Mixed Bag Designs, who sells a curated collection of products across home, garden, office, travel, organization, and more. Every order counts and we can raise up to 40% of the proceeds from all online sales. If you don't have a specific incoming 6th grade student to support simply use "Student" "Scholarship" for first and last name when checking out. http://www.mixedbagdesigns.com/thomas-edison-middle-school
Posted 28 days ago
We crushed it!! First place...outstanding contribution! 🏆🥇
Posted 30 days ago
We’re here with our Crush No More team ready to crush the competition! Come check us out if you’re looking for something fun & free to do today. Awards ceremony starts at 2:15. 🥣
Posted 30 days ago
Wish us luck! A group of our 8th grade students will be competing tomorrow at the Skills 21 Expo fest at the Oakdale in Wallingford from 9am-3pm. Check out the website they made as part of the project or come stop by and show your support. https://sites.google.com/aces.org/crushnomore/ #crushnomore #cereal #skills21 #expofest #theyworkedreallyhard #showthemsomelove #whydidntithinkofthat
Posted 31 days ago
Sports, Magic, Diving, Oh My! That’s what 18 TEMS students took part in yesterday at Central Connecticut State University. The Mathematics Department at CCSU hosted Campy-on-Campus for middle school students across the state. Students attended morning and afternoon workshop sessions to learn about exciting topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This year’s topics included: Learning Simple Probability and Statistics Examples with MS Excel, The Mathematics of Submarines,Graph Coloring, Learning How to Use Math to Become a Magician, STEM for the Win! Sports, Ciphers, and Space with TI-Nspire Technology, and Exploring Planets of the Sun. We had an awesome day & one of us even took home a brand new graphing calculator as a prize!
Posted 32 days ago
Coaches' Corner Numeracy Tip of the Week: Encourage a “growth mindset.” Let students know that they have unlimited math potential and that being good at math is all about working hard. When children have a growth mindset, they do well with challenges and do better in school overall. When children have a fixed mindset and they encounter difficult work, they often conclude that they are not “a math person.” One way in which parents encourage a fixed mindset is by telling their children they are “smart” when they do something well. That seems like a nice thing to do, but it sets children up for difficulties later, as when kids fail at something they will inevitably conclude that they aren’t smart after all. Instead use growth praise such as “it is great that you have learned that”, “I really like your thinking about that”. When they tell you something is hard for them, or they have made a mistake, tell them: “That’s wonderful, your brain is growing!” Check out Jo Boaler's TED Talk on "How you can be good at math, and other surprising facts about learning" here:
Posted 32 days ago
Our Expo kids from crushnomore have a message to share: it's time for the grand unveiling of our prototype! 2 Biodegradable air bubbles surround a biodegradable zip seal bag creating between 8-9 times fewer crumbs than traditional cereal packaging. We can’t wait to share this with the judges at Expo Fest! #crushnomore #cereal #cerealpackaging #biodegradable #reducingwaste #expofest #middleschoolchallenge #frostedminiwheats #acloserlook #kelloggs #kelloggscereal
Posted 35 days ago
Go Expo Kids! This group of 8th graders has worked very hard since November on this project. We are so very proud of them.
Posted 39 days ago
The last 3 days will be early dismissal days. Students will be dismissed at 12:45 on June 15th, 18th and 19th.
Posted 40 days ago
Coaches' Corner Literacy Tip of the Week: Literacy on Vacation! As we gear up for the end of school, it becomes clear that our students are ready for a break in the intensive learning they have done all year. While a break is certainly well-deserved, we need to keep in mind that the summer slump is real! Students who do not engage in reading and writing over the summer lose critical gains made during the school year. Pack a book in your suitcase for some time away, visit the local library for summer events, and make reading a priority for at least thirty minutes per day before electronics!
Posted 40 days ago
Students reminder the book fair is going on all week this week in the back of the media center. Come check it out!
Posted 42 days ago
Coaches' Corner Numeracy Tip of the Week: The upcoming SBA assessment will be taking place from May 7th - May 18th at TEMS. We would like to enlist your help in preparing your child for the assessment each day. Please encourage your child to: • Eat a good breakfast and be rested for the assessment days • Try their best on each question and try not to rush • Have a positive attitude • Be on time & present • Remind them that they will get assessment “breaks” that are integrated into the schedule • Bring in a fully charged laptop • Have pencils, earbuds and an independent reading book ready for the assessment each day • Show your work & annotate • Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish
Posted 47 days ago
Coaches' Corner Literacy Tip of the Week: What should I read next? Many of today's hot adolescent reads are written in series or trilogies. While these series are terrific at captivating the interest of our adolescent readers, sometimes they tend to get 'stuck' in a particular series and have a hard time branching out to try something different once they have read all of the books in that series. If your child is stuck in a rut, pull up this website: www.whatshouldireadnext.com. Once your child types in a title, author or series, it will give recommendations for books with similar themes and styles. For example, if you child has blown through all the Wimpy kids, it will suggest titles from James Patterson that share a sense of humor and illustrations as well. Encouraging your child to sample other authors and titles will expose them to a larger range of vocabulary and plot lines, which will only strengthen their reading comprehension skills! COMMENT WITH WHAT YOUR CHILD IS READING BELOW--this is a great way to get ideas of what your child could read next.
Posted 54 days ago
TEMS 8th Grade DC trip (part 1) What a wonderful experience! Here are some pictures of the kids having a great time.
Coaches' Corner Numeracy Tip of the Week: Encourage number sense. What separates high & low achievers is number sense – having an idea of the size of numbers and being able to separate and combine numbers flexibly. For example, when working out 29 + 56, if you take one from the 56 and make it 30 + 55, it is much easier to work out. The flexibility to work with numbers in this way is what is called number sense & it's very important. SHARE AN EXPERIENCE YOU USED TO PRACTICE NUMBER SENSE WITH YOUR CHILD RECENTLY.