Principal's Message October 8, 2020

TGIF…Twin Groves it’s Friday!  I hope everyone has a wonderul three day weekend!

Upcoming dates
There is no school on Monday, October 12th due to Columbus Day.
There is no school on Tuesday, October 13th due to a State Approved Remote Learning Planning Day.


8th Grade Graduation Date
8th Grade Graduation is scheduled for June 1st. At this time, we do not know what the actual graduation will look like. As we have more information, it will be communicated through the Principal’s Message.
Please click HERE to access information regarding graduation.



What’s Happening at TG?
PE: The students will continue with the schedule of fitness days on Tuesday and Thursday.  Activity days will be Monday, Wednesday and a choice day on Friday.  We want to get the students outside as much as possible while weather permitting.  Most students have picked up their blue PE supply bag. If you have not picked yours up, please contact the main office and schedule a pick up time.  There are a few pieces of equipment that the students will use remotely, as well as when we get back to in-person.  The students have had a great attitude during remote learning and are doing a great job.

Health: Sixth grade students have been learning about decision making, creating online bully free comics and building their resiliency skills.  They also are learning about basic first aid and the skills to treat someone if they become injured or ill.  Such first aid topics include EDITH floor plans, hypothermia, shock, seizure, frostbite, choking, burns, fracture, and more.  In seventh grade we have been working on what the health triangle is and why it is important to keep all sides of the triangle healthy.  In addition, the seventh graders have been learning about self esteem and grit.  The eighth graders have started off the school year learning about nutrients and proper nutrition.  They have even created a food and fitness plan for a client of their choice.

Art: We just finished our first projects and I was thrilled with the results!  All grades are working with the watercolor supplies they received in their kits.  If you have not picked up your art supply kits, please do so asap!  6th graders will be learning about the color wheel, how to create colors and how they relate to each other.  They will also learn how to mix tints & shades.  7th graders will be creating a landscape using knowledge of opacity, texture, detail, and layering to create depth.  8th graders will be learning about typography, typefaces, fonts, and layout & composition in order to paint a favorite quote.  

Music: This month students have been working on getting to know the musical staff by using several software programs related to music theory. We finished the rhythm unit which helped to prepare us for melody. If you have instruments at home, hopefully, you may begin to hear them practicing on them. Next week, we will continue working on melody and composition in our Breezin Thru program. We have also been doing some listening to different pieces and working on our “analyzing and describing skills” using musical terminology.

The Art of Science and Living: This month in TASOL has been busy. The 7th and 8th grade students have been focused on making informed decisions using nutrition labels and facts. Students looked at a variety of labels and identified healthy choices.  Starting next week, students will start learning new cooking techniques and familiarizing themselves with different utensils and cooking tools. They will also complete a mini unit on consumerism. Students will look at how to make purchases using informative decision making procedures. Sixth grade has been working on a career unit. They looked at different career clusters and how their own interests and abilities could fit into different careers paths. This week they completed their own resumes. They will start their sewing projects next week which consists of a pillow with detail using three different stitches.  



Return to School Information
Please be on the lookout for information regarding the return to school plan for the students returning in person. Information will be communicated in the Principal’s Message starting on 10/16.



Family Educator Conference Survey
Please click on THIS link to take the Middle School Family Educator Conference survey. The survey will close on October 23rd.



Picture Day Retake AND Make Up Day - Saturday October 17th from 10AM-1PM
Picture Retake Day is coming! Please mark your calendars for Picture Retake Day on Saturday, October 17th from 10AM-1PM
Pictures will be done outside this year in the main parking lot. An attached map is provided for you to see how this will work.

If your student had their photo taken, please be sure you’ve already viewed your image online at You may now pick your yearbook/composite photo, so be sure to do so before it's automatically selected for you. Please note that retake photos are not for new IDs, and because you’re now able to view your images, prints will no longer be replaced once they are ordered. All new images from make-up/retake day will be posted online to view and order within a week after your photo day at
Please contact VIP with any additional questions at [email protected]

-Drop students off so they may proceed to the student check-in area, waiting in a socially distanced line as necessary (students will wear masks except when being photographed & will maintain 6ft social distance when waiting in line)
-After checking in, students will move to one of the photography tents to have their picture taken (photographers will be masked and maintaining social distance)
-Parents may park while waiting, but remain in cars to prevent crowding and ensure appropriate social distancing
-When photography is finished, students will exit the tents and find parents
Follow the traffic pattern in the parking lot as indicated by the pink arrows on the attached map



Health Forms- PLEASE READ
Please know that students who do not have the necessary health forms on file will be excluded from school on October 15th.  Please see the information below for specific details and health form deadlines.
Health form requirements vary by grade level and for new/returning students. New to District 96 (all grade levels)? See MORE INFO regarding grade-level specific health form requirements. 
All students entering Grade 6 must have their CERTIFICATE OF CHILD HEALTH EXAMINATION/IMMUNIZATION FORM (signed by the physician) on file in the school office by October 15, 2020. 



Language Arts Materials Pick Up (Please read carefully as this is NOT for students in 8th Grade Advanced Language Arts)
Between Wednesday, October 14th and Friday, October 16th, Twin Groves will be holding a materials pick up for all three grades.

These books are required for the Language Arts class.

All sixth grade students in Language Arts  and Language Arts Advanced will be picking up a title for book clubs. 
These classes include:
Mrs. Engel period 2
Mrs. Engel period 3
Mrs. Engel period 7
Mrs. Engel period 8
Mrs. Huberty period 2
Mrs. Huberty period 3
Mrs. Huberty period 7 
Mrs. Huberty perio 8
Ms. Sabin period 2

All seventh grade students in Language Arts and Language Arts Advanced will be picking up a title for book clubs. 
These classes include:
Mrs. Savich period 1
Mrs. Savich period 2
Mrs. Savich period 7
Mrs. Savich period 8 
Mr. Siemsen period 1
Mr. Siemsen period 2
Mr. Siemsen period 7
Mr. Siemsen period 8
Mr. Kile period 7

All eighth grade students in Language Arts will be picking up The Giver.
These classes include:

Mrs. Bildstein period 2
Mrs. Bildstein period 4
Mr. Weiland period 1
Mr. Weiland period 5
Mrs. Tomer/Brucato period 2

Students in 8th Grade Advanced Language Arts will receive notice of a pick up at a later date. 

Each book will be checked out to a specific student and will be labeled with a post it note with their name.

Wednesday 10/14 - 7:00am-4:00pm
Thursday 10/15 - 7:00am-7:00pm
Friday 10/16 - 7:00am-4:00pm

Please come to the MAIN ENTRANCE at Twin Groves for book pick up.
Tables will be set up near the front doors of the main entrance by the office.
Please wear a mask.
Students do not need to be present to pick up the books.



Online Book Fair
Please click THIS LINK to access the Online Scholastic Book Fair. The Book Fair opens on October 5th. The Book Fair will run through October 18th.




Daily Announcements
Please see Twin Groves website for up to date school announcements. The announcements let you know what exciting activities and clubs are going on at Twin Groves. Please click HERE to access the Daily Announcements.