Dear Tukes Valley Families,
I hope this finds you enjoying this beautiful August weather that we have been having. I also hope that your family has had some time to relax and spend time together this summer. I know that for my family this time of year always brings mixed emotions in that our kids are looking forward to seeing their friends again, but not necessarily excited about getting back to the “daily grind” of school. It is always my hope that our students at Tukes Valley Middle School are looking forward to returning to school to see their friends and our staff.
Our staff is busy getting ready for the year. Our custodial crew has worked extremely hard this summer to prepare our facilities for our students and staff. Please thank them when you have the opportunity. Our office staff has been busy preparing student schedules, enrolling new students, and updating processes and procedures. Our teachers are preparing their classrooms and lessons and activities for our students.
As we prepare for the return of our students there are some topics that I want to be sure to bring to your attention.
We would like to invite you and your student to our Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, August 29th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Students will be able to pick up a hard copy of their schedule, find their classrooms, and meet their teachers. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
At Tukes Valley Middle School we believe in creating and sustaining an environment in which ALL learners can be successful. That being said, I am a big believer in “focus on what you can control.” One variable that is often outside of our control as a school is whether or not a student attends school on a regular basis. One of our areas of emphasis this year will be on student attendance. As a school we are committed to providing learning experiences that are engaging, rigorous, and relevant to the lives and learning of our students. When a student misses school, the instruction, conversations, and activities that occurred during class can not easily be replicated, although the “content” can be made up. Our goal is that 100% of our students will attend school at least 90% of the time. Student attendance will be a major focus for our school this year.
Dress Code Reminders
At Tukes Valley Middle School we strive to ensure that we have a learning environment that allows for all students to be successful. Our dress code policy is an attempt to maintain a level of academic focus. Dress codes are never easy to enforce with 100% consistency, but we do our best. Please be sure to review the “no bare zone” information that is included at the end of this letter. The “no bare zone” includes holes in clothing. For example, holes in jeans that expose skin or undergarments above mid-thigh are not allowed. Students may wear tights or leggings under jeans to solve this. Also, this rule applies to the “sagging” of pants/shorts that may also expose undergarments. As a father of three teenage children, I do understand the tug-of-war that exists between current fashions and school dress codes. I have been accused of “being the principal” at home on a few occasions! However, I do feel strongly that we have to have a standard of what is acceptable at school and we will do our best to be consistent with enforcement. Dress code concerns will be handled delicately and will not seek to single out or otherwise embarrass a student. The full dress code expectations can be found in our student handbook on the Tukes Valley website.
Timely and clear communication between families and the school is vital for our students’ success. At Tukes Valley we are committed to continually improving our communication with families. One question that comes up often is, “what method of communication is best for our families?” The answer is, there isn’t just one! Here is a list of ways that our office will communicate with our families:
- Our school website: http://tvm.battlegroundps.org/
- Email & Phone Calls through Skyward and Blackboard Connect
- TVM Facebook page-Tukes Valley Middle School
- Twitter – @TukesValleyMS
One important way that you can help us to keep in contact with you is to make sure that your email and phone numbers are correct in Skyward. If you need assistance please contact our main office!
We look forward to seeing our students again very soon! Please know that you can contact our office with any questions. Enjoy the rest of the summer!