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Monday, October 23, 2023

TMS Families,

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather our area experienced over the weekend. Please don’t forget that today’s the day for the Bobby’s Caramel Apple Delivery. All students should plan on taking their apples home this afternoon. If your child sold more apples than they can safely transport home on the bus, please make arrangements to pick him/her up from school today. All apples will need to be picked up in a timely manner after school, unless a prior arrangement was made with Ms. Maedge. Thanks again to all who made our apple fundraiser so successful!

We enjoyed seeing our 1st Quarter “Zero Hero” recipients enjoy donuts, ice cream, and shaved ice treats on Friday while hanging out with friends in the cafeteria and courtyard on Friday. We’re a week into the second quarter now, and we’re hoping that students will continue to strive to come to school each day, get to their classes on time, wear their school-issued IDs, do their homework, and stay out of trouble, so that they can earn the Zero Hero celebration for the second quarter. We had well over 700 students earn this reward during the first quarter! Congrats to all!

This week is Red Ribbon Week at TMS. All students are encouraged to “Just Say No” to Drugs and Alcohol, and we are looking forward to seeing students and staff participate in the various dress up days:

  • Monday, Oct. 23rd - Red Ribbon Week - Red Day - “Proud to be drug free!”

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24th - Red Ribbon Week - Twin Day - “Friends don’t let friends do drugs!”

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25th - Red Ribbon Week - Beach Day - “Lei off drugs!”

Finally, congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade math teams for their 1st place finishes at the math competition at Belleville West High School over the weekend. Way to go, TMS Mathletes! We are proud of you!

Last Call Parent Teacher Conferences: We hope to see you later this week for parent-teacher conferences! The link to sign up for conferences is still live. Our parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled for either October 26th (12:00-7:30pm) or October 27th (8:00am-3:30pm). If you would like to meet with a teacher or team of teachers, please use this link to schedule an appointment today! 

Fine Arts

  • Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) holds auditions every year in October for the ILMEA District 6 Honor Band, Honor Jazz Band, Honor Choir, and Honor Orchestra.

    • 11 TMS chorus students auditioned and were selected for the ILMEA All-district choirs.  They will get to perform along with others chosen as some of the best mIddle school singers in Southern Illinois on November 18th at Belleville West High School. All-District Choir members from TMS are: Ellie Eichenseer, Piper Harms, Greyson Hoyt, Landon Hoyt, Kendall Kitchen, Gracey Lovett, Brinley Presson, Cece Swisher, Saya Walker, Harper Wiedau, and Josie Wyatt.

    • The students that auditioned and were selected for District 6 - Jr. Band are 8th grader - Autumn Druessel playing trumpet, 8th grader - Darren Henry playing tuba, and 8th grader Marshall Keck playing clarinet.   

    • The students selected for District 6 - Jr. Jazz 1 are 8th grader Austin Walden playing tenor saxophone and 8th grader Ava Wilkinson playing trombone.  

    • The students selected for District 6 - Jr. Jazz 2 are 8th grader Coleman Conway playing drum set, 8th grader Rylan Sherwood playing trombone, 7th grader Piper Harms playing trombone, and 7th grader Amelia Reding playing trombone.

    • We also had one student selected for District 6 - Jr. Orchestra, 6th grader Charlotte Loemker playing the violin.

  • A special congratulations to Mr. Carter, Mrs. Gravois, and all of our talented musicians!

  • Our 7th and 8th grade band will be performing their annual Fall concert tomorrow night at 7pm in the TMS Gymnasium. We look forward to seeing several of you there!

TMS Pictures: October Photo Album - September Photo Album

Scholastic Book Fair: Please be reminded that our Fall Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner. Students may shop at the book fair during their normal library times the week of October 30th. We could still use some parent volunteers if you are able and willing to assist our library team with the book fair.

Yearbooks: Check out the Josten’s Yearbook link to order your yearbook. If any families have any back to school pictures or if their child is playing in any TMS sports that they have action shots from, please send pictures to

Important Dates/Reminders: 

  • A dental exam is due by May 15th of the current school year. (Dental Exam Form)

  • Checkout the Triad District Virtual Backpack for other flyers regarding events in our community.

  • Oct. 23 - Red Ribbon Week - Red Day - “Proud to be drug free!”

  • Oct. 23 - Bobby’s Caramel Apple Fundraiser Delivery Date - Be prepared to take home / pick up.

  • Oct. 23 - 2:00 - Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) - Cafeteria (Loehr & Zawada)

  • Oct. 23 - 4:00 - Girls Basketball at Home

  • Oct. 24 - Red Ribbon Week - Twin Day - “Friends don’t let friends do drugs!”

  • Oct. 24 - 2:00 - Student Council Meeting (Gratitude Committee) - Room 711 (Deiters) 

  • Oct. 24 - 7:00 - TMS Band Concert - Triad Middle School Gymnasium

  • Oct. 25 - Red Ribbon Week - Beach Day - “Lei off drugs!”

  • Oct. 25 - Fall Assembly

  • Oct. 25 - TBA - 1st Quarter Report Cards Available in Skyward Portfolio

  • Oct. 25 - 2:00 - Dungeons and Dragons Club - Room 704 (Inda)

  • Oct. 25 - 2:00 - Pride Club - Room 705 (Lazarz)

  • Oct. 25 - 4:00 - Girls Basketball at Home

  • Oct. 26 - No School - Parent-Teacher Conferences 12:00-7:30PM

  • Oct. 27 - No School - Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00AM-3:30PM 

  • Oct. 30 - 4:00 - Girls Basketball at Home

  • Oct. 31 - 4:00 - Girls Basketball at Home

  • Oct. 31-Nov. 7 - Fall Scholastic Book Fair

  • Nov. 1 - 2:00 - Dungeons and Dragons Club - Room 704 (Inda)

  • Nov. 1 - 2:00 - Pride Club - Room 705 (Lazarz)

  • Nov. 1 - Student Council Meeting (Whole Group) - Room 711 (Deiters)

Have a great week!

Go Crusaders,

Matt Noyes, Ed.D.

TMS Principal