Here is some of what's going on right now in the TSMS community.
- ARTS GRANTS!
TSMS is the recipient of TWO different mid-year grants that are adding even more arts to our regular schoolday: the Arts Continuum Grant has brought a funded partnership with 3rd Street Music School to pilot Rock Band with our 6th graders four days per week and the Shubert Foundation Grant has brought teaching artists to pilot Theater classes in all three grades. We are hoping to continue and expand both of these programs next year, in addition to our Visual Arts and Dance classes.
- We have just been named winner of the 2014 Blackboard Award for OUTSTANDING MIDDLE SCHOOL!
TSMS was the only stand-alone middle school to receive an Outstanding this year. Read our profile here and about the Blackboard Awards themselves here. Big congrats to the whole community.
- TSMS on NPR! Our 8th Grade Novelists on All Things Considered
Amy and Ilan's challenging their students to write a whole novel in one month caught the attention of Beth Fertig, WNYC's Contributing Editor for Education. She came to TSMS to get the story and interview students. Read and listen to it here!
- Logging into JumpRope: THE MOVIE!
If you are struggling with how to log into our online assessment platform, this movie will walk you through it.
(If you're having trouble seeing it, here's a link to one that works on your mobile phone: JumpRope Mobile Movie!)
- TSMS Reads!
With these 1-minute self-made video recommendations students once again help each other answer the question, What should I read next? (More videos coming.)
- ON THE RADIO: Turn On and Tune In.
A group of our seventh graders worked to research, prepare, and record their own radio broadcast for 'The Middle School Radio Roadshow' on WPKN (89.5FM; WPKN.org). The show has been uploaded and accessible at youthradioct.org.
Middle School serves a diverse community of 380 students in grades six
through eight in NYC's lower east side. TSMS is a community with high
learning standards dedicated to fostering ethical, caring,
self-reflecting and critical thinkers.
Founded in 2001 by a
grassroots coalition of neighborhood parents and local educators, TSMS
has grown into an award-winning NYC public school. Most recently, TSMS
was named a Rising Star Middle School in the annual Blackboard Awards.
TSMS is at its core a self-reflective community of students, parents,
What sets Tompkins Square Middle School
apart? The diversity of its student body. The intelligence,
warmth, and commitment of its staff. The interdisciplinary,
hands-on, tech-savvy nature of its curriculum. The individualized
attention that challenges and supports students at their own
level. The community feel, strengthened by pervasive small-group
Advisory sessions. Plus, the field trips and project simulations
occurring throughout the year, culminating in an overnight trip for each
TSMS is a member of NYC's Community
School District One.