The application process is underway, for 8th-grade students, for Henrico County Public Schools’ specialty centers housed at area high schools.
Areas of study include engineering, computer tech, arts & humanities, education, leadership, and more.
Parents/guardians play an important role in the application process, as do teachers who provide recommendations. Make sure your student is keeping up with deadlines to ensure a successful application process.
Eighth-graders will take the essay portion of their NWEA Writing Benchmark Tests through their English classes on Thurs., Dec. 7, and Fri., Dec. 8, with the multiple-choice assessment given before Winter Break. The essays will be used as part of the application of any students applying for HCPS Specialty Center admission next year. See the Winter Testing Letter for Parents. Contact your student’s English teacher with questions.
Warm thanks to all of the students and their families who joined us at our PTA-hosted, Barnes & Noble Book Fair, at the Libbie Mill Store, over the weekend! Plus, special appreciation to PTA Parent, Kate Gardner and her team for planning, organizing and manning the entire event.
You can continue to benefit TMS with book purchases by shopping online through Dec. 6, using Bookfair ID # 12444030. Please spread the word to family, friends and neighbors! Contact Kate Gardner with questions.
With our school renovations, our incoming and outgoing traffic patterns on Three Chopt Road have changed. This involves parking areas, as well as student drop-off and pick-up. See the following info under our “Resources” page for details.
Public schools countrywide celebrated “Red Ribbon Week” (Oct. 23 – 31) to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. Throughout the event, TMS Principal, Ann Greene, sent the following short videos to parents to share with their school-aged children. The videos highlight the dangers and destruction of drugs, including a list of questions families can use for family conversations about this critical topic.
As you view “Hidden In Plain Sight,” with your children, discuss the following questions:
- Do you know what our family’s rules are about the use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs not prescribed for you, and other drugs?
- Have you seen any of the things that were shown in the video?
- Have you seen or heard of other items that are used for drugs, but were not shown in the video?
“Prescription Painkillers Use & Abuse,” highlights the misuse and addiction of prescription drugs. As you view it with your children, consider these questions:
- Why is it dangerous to take medications that are not prescribed for you?
- How do you feel about someone your age using prescription drugs not prescribed to them or abusing those prescribed to them by a doctor?
- How easy do you think it is to become addicted to drugs? Do you believe people who try drugs plan to become addicted?
- What can be the consequences of using drugs and becoming addicted?
“Safe Pill Disposal” highlights the importance of safely disposing of prescription medications. Please watch this video and compare your disposal methods with what the experts recommend.
- Why is it important to dispose of medication we no longer need?
- Do we have any medication in the house that we should dispose of?
- How can we better secure the medications we have in the house?
“Treatment for Addiction” highlights the resources that are available for those who are struggling with substance abuse:
- Is it okay to ask for help? Why do you think it might be difficult for someone to ask for help?
- If a friend were using or abusing alcohol, marijuana, or prescription drugs not prescribed to them, what support might you point them towards?
- Let’s create a plan and identify people you could call if you were ever in the situation where you needed help.
In 1988, the National Family Partnership (NFP) sponsored the country’s first “Red Ribbon” celebration. Parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. Today, the red ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
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Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2018 – The REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding principal at a Henrico County school. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Eligible are principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.
To find out more and download a nomination form, go to tcfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/Awards/REB-Awards-for-Distinguished Educational-Leadership.
Who: The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a completed nomination form, downloaded from the foundation’s website, a one- to two-page typeset letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership. It can be accompanied by up to three one-page letters of support. Principals may not nominate themselves.
When: Nominations must be mailed or hand-delivered, and must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 8. Emailed or faxed nominations are not accepted.
Where: Please mail nominations to:
REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership
The Community Foundation
Attn: Stacey Keeley, Donor Engagement Officer
Boulders View Drive, Suite 110
Richmond, Va. 23225
For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of HCPS’ Department of Professional Learning and Leadership, at 804-652-3840. More information is also available at tcfrichmond.org.
Award recipients will be announced in March 2019.
During our tornado-related “shelter in place” in Henrico and surrounding county schools on Mon., Sept. 17, Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) provided parents with updates via text, e-mail, the HCPS website, and social media. In addition, TMS Principal Ann Greene sent out school-specific emails.
Learn more about HCPS procedures for sending and receiving messages during planned and emergency events, link here.
If you need to update your contact info, please contact TMS.
Patriot Parents can link to Schoology–our online assignment and document-sharing platform for all student classes. Find details about how to make that connection via laptop/desktop and smartphone. Also, learn how to set up email and/or text alerts when your child’s teachers post important messages.
Also, parents now view student grades in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
You can join the TMS PTA and donate to the “Patriot Pride Fund” online! This fund is the PTA’s sole fundraising initiative for the year, with 100% of your donations supporting our students and teachers throughout the year with educational and fun activities.
Amy Boyle, our 2018.19 PTA president, said,
“Our goal is to raise $10,000 this year. Although a lofty goal, if every family gives a little, we can do A LOT.”
- See the attached PTA Welcome Letter to learn more.
- PTA meetings are the best way to know what’s happening at school and to share ideas. Everyone’s welcome:
- September Meeting during “Back to School” Nights: PTA Meetings happen in the Library at 8:00 p.m. on both grade-level events: Tues., Sept. 18, & Tues., Sept. 25
- October meeting: Tues., Oct. 16, 7:00 in the Library
- Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/tuckahoemspta
- Read the TMS “Patriot Press” every Sunday night, with Principal Greene’s email message, for the latest-greatest school and PTA info.
9000 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, VA 23229
Phone (804) 673-3720 | Fax (804) 673-3731
School Hours: 8:35 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Half-day dismissal time: 12:10 p.m.