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Weekly Update: December 8 – 14

Posted by TNCS on Dec 7, 2018

  • Monday, December 10 – Wednesday, December 12

    • Review Period
  • Thursday, December 13 – Tuesday, December 18

    • Exams


2nd Annual Battle of the Books 

Middle and Upper School students chose their teams this week to compete in the 2nd Annual Battle of the Books competition in second semester. Click the links to see what books they will be reading and a brief reader review and description of each book: Middle School list  Upper School list. In January, each Middle School team will partner with an Upper School team to compete together in answering questions about their books. Teams already have begun planning their strategies and reading books. Audio versions of all the books are available on the Learning Ally app. They may also choose to read the books independently. Parents, if you would like to get involved with your child’s reading, this is a great opportunity to read along with your child. Perhaps you can enjoy an audible book together during a car ride to relatives over the holiday break?  

Exam Period

Our exam period runs from Thursday, December 13 – Tuesday, December 18. Students taking exams received a paper copy of their individual exam schedules on Friday. Schedules were also emailed to parents and to students’ TNCS email addresses on Thursday. Grades 5-7 will not have exams and will have a normal schedule (with the exception of some math courses). Grades 8-12 will have exams and a special schedule. Click here for the following details: math exam for some 6-7 grade students, modified lunch options for 5-7 grades, and details on the schedule for 8-12 graders. 

Tech Tip of the Week

Exam time is fast approaching. Now is the time to for student to keep their laptop performing optimally. Click here and scroll to the bottom for tech tips for student during exams.

Jumprope vs. Portals

We hope that parents are getting used to navigating Jumprope, our gradebook application, and finding it to be a useful resource. Jumprope is the place to measure how your child is doing in school. Portals, however, remains your resource to see what your student is doing in school. You can view class summaries, which let you know what is happening in each class that week, as well as view homework/assignments, class announcements, and relevant links and files. We hope you find this to be a valuable resource and conversation starter with your child. Click here for a video tutorial on navigating to the class summaries. There is a link to the login pages for both Jumprope and Portals at the top of the school’s website.

Wreaths Across America

On Saturday, December 15th student volunteers will visit Arlington National Cemetery to help place wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers. This all-volunteer program is sponsored by Wreaths Across America with the goal of honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country. Because we only have so many seats on the bus, space is limited. Sign up soon!!! Click here for details. 


Recent College Acceptances

  • Alex, Juniata College

PSAT Test Scores

The PSAT/NMSQT was given to TNCS juniors in mid-October. It is designed to help prepare students for the SAT, college, and careers. The test scores for the PSAT will be released next week. The College & Career Counselor will be meeting with the juniors to explain the score report and identify the next steps for students to take to prepare for the SAT in May. Parents will receive the score reports along with an explanation of the test components and factors that may influence the students’ SAT score in May. 


Athletic Schedules

Daily schedules for each team can be found at Please create a FAN ACCOUNT for your child’s team so you can receive alerts of schedule changes.   


Pizza Mondays

Mondays are pizza days for lunch at TNCS, to benefit the athletic department. Slices of cheese and pepperoni pizza from Domino’s are available. Students place their order on sheets posted on campus. Pizza is $1.50/slice. Drinks are also available for $1.00. Both are billed to the student’s account. Cash is not accepted.

We are looking for parent volunteers to help serve pizza on Mondays from 11:45am – 1:15. Click here to sign up to help!

Jason’s Deli Lunch Options Tuesday – Thursday

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays students are able to purchase in advance lunches from Jason’s Deli. Orders are submitted online by noon the day before delivery. Click here for the order form, which can also be found via a link at the top of the school’s homepage.

Food Truck Fridays

Join us for our Food Truck Fridays! Upper School Lunch, 12:32 – 1:05; Middle School Lunch, 11:58  12:31.  

  • Friday, December 14 – No Food Truck due to Grade 8-12 Exam Schedule
    • Jason’s Deli will be available for Grades 5-7. Pre-order online by noon on Thursday, December 13.