WARRIOR WEEKLY October 26-30
Dear TMA Families,
Q2 starts November 5
As we know, Q1 ends Friday, October 30. Remote learning has pushed innovation from our team and students. For many, it has been a bright spot for many of our learners during this health crisis. 

For the end of the quarter, please note all work should be submitted by October 30 to be accounted for in Q1. Teachers will not accept work after October 30. We will continue to assess with you how we can provide opportunities for students who have yet to demonstrate proficiency for our courses in this remote space but do not want to overload them with the prospects of “catching up” by completing outdated assignments.

Calendar Adjustments
To help us get ready for the 2nd quarter, we adjusted the schedule in two ways in the first week of November.

  • Canceling all classes for students on Monday, November 2, and 

  • Asynchronous for November 4. (November 3 is a DC Holiday Election Day). 

This means students will have a break from our screens and assignments. Each will return to classes on Thursday, November 5. We can't wait to hear about our senior first voting experience and how each took some time to rest.

Quote of the Week: 
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.” 
~Malala Yousafzai 
What’s Ahead:

  • October 26th: State Board of Education Candidate Forum @ 6:30
  • October 27th: Law Firm Tutoring--11th Grade
  • October 28th: College Essay Workshop--1:00-4:00pm
  • October 30th: End of 1st Quarter 
  • November 2nd: Beginning of 2nd Quarter
  • November 3rd: No School: Election Day--Please Vote!!!
  • November 6th: Law Day--9th Grade
  • November 10th: Junior College Night--6:00-7:30pm
  • November 13th: Howard Law Day--10th Grade
  • November 17th: Law Firm Tutoring--11th Grade

Please notify your student’s teachers, advisor and rshort@tmapchs.org when your student is going to miss any synchronous classes.
Class Announcements

Click on your grade level to see assignments and announcements from your Dean and teachers:

End of 1st Quarter

Our 1st quarter ends on Friday, October 30th. To provide teachers with time for professional development and planning, we are making Monday, November 2nd and Wednesday, November 4th asynchronous days for students--November 3rd is Election Day and there is no school. This means that students will not log into Zoom for classes on these days. Students can use these days in any of the following ways:

  • Study content that was assigned to them during quarter one. 
  • Get ahead in ELA by reading ahead in the novel for class. 
  • Get organized (binders, Google Drive, etc.).
  • Take a wellness day to relax and prepare for quarter two. 

This is not a day for students to complete make-up work for quarter one, as teachers will not be accepting quarter one make-up work after Friday, October 30th. Please encourage your child to complete all make-up work prior to October 30th. 

With this in mind, from Monday, November 2nd through Wednesday, November 4th, TMA teachers will be offline. We are using these days as PD and wellness days for our faculty and staff. If you or your child have questions for a teacher on these days, they will be able to respond to you on Thursday, November 5th. 
Community Service Opportunities

All Warriors should be working to earn 100 hours of community service by the end of their senior year. Volunteer hours must be completed at either a 501c3 non-profit organization or government agency. Students may not receive any pay for volunteer hours. We have broken it down to make it manageable. We suggest the following:

  • By May 15th of 9th grade, students must have completed 20 hours 
  • By May 15th of 10th grade, students must have completed 40 hours 
  • By May 15th of 11th grade, students must have completed 70 hours

Students must complete one hundred (100) hours by May 15 of their graduation year

Below you will find some virtual approved community service opportunities.

Please contact Ms. Ames, zames@tmapchs.org, if you need additional assistance or have questions about community service. 
College & Counseling Updates

This week there will be a heavy emphasis on finalizing your college lists and space for you to review and continue editing your personal statements. We are currently 6 days away from November 1!
If you missed the Young, Gifted, and Black: A conversation with Historically Black Colleges & Universities session last week Wednesday, you can view it on this PAGE and go to slide #8. 
This week's quick check list:

  • Families: Please continue to complete your FAFSA! I am hoping to have EVERY TMA STUDENT COMPLETE THE FAFSA BY OCT. 31! Let's get this money folks!! Please remember you are doing the 2021-2022 school year!  As of Friday, 16 October,18 students completed FAFSA. 

  • College Applications: We have started completing college applications and will be continuing to do so this week and the following weeks. Please ensure that your students are completing their college applications and putting the colleges and transcript requests in naviance student.

  • Scholarships: We currently have 13 scholarships available for students to apply for! Please click on this LINK to see the list of available scholarships. More details will be in the announcements section of CANVAS.

  • Please see the attached flyer for COLLEGE ACCESS DC! A partnership with local public, charter, and private schools in DC to bring college access to ALL District students. Please sign up and share with your friends & families.
Technology & Online Resources

Creating a Parent TMA Canvas Account
TMA parents and guardians can now create Canvas accounts to view their child’s courses in Canvas. If you’re interested in creating a parent account, watch this video. You will need access to your child’s TMA email address and Canvas password to create your account. Reach out to Ms. Mays (mmays@tmapchs.org) and Ms. Culbreath (eculbreath@tmapchs.org) if you have any questions.
Programs Updates

After school programming is LIVE! To view our club & athletic offerings, follow this link. To sign your student up for a club, have them fill out this form!

If you are interested in enrolling your student in Homework Help, email Ms. Schwarz at cschwarz@tmapchs.org. If you want to sign your student up for the Mentor Program, email Ms. Jean at pjean@tmapchs.org

Please take some time to download, copy, fill out, and email this form to Christina Schwarz (cschwarz@tmapchs.org) if your student participates in after school programs at TMA. This form allows your student to participate in focus groups that help shape and guide our programming for the school year. We will also be sending this form out through your student’s club or athletic advisor.
Resources and Support Information

General Resources
If your family needs any resources (like food, clothing, school supplies, etc.) or support during this time of distance learning, please reach out to Ms. Moore at nmoore@tmapchs.org.

Kids Ride Free Cards
Parents, please pick up your student’s Kids Ride Free Card this Monday-Wednesday between 9 am-3:30 pm.

Free Meals for DC Students
DC Public Schools are now offering no-cost meals to all DC youth ages 18 and under at 47 schools across Washington, DC. This program began on September 24. During this period, youth are not required to be enrolled in DC Public Schools to receive meals. Youth or parents/guardians on their behalf may receive up to 3 breakfast and 3 lunch meals daily. The meal sites will operate through December 31, 2020. DCPS meal sites can be found here.
Also, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is currently offering free grab-and-go afternoon meals for DC youth 18 and younger at ten sites. These meals are available for any child that visits a site. DPR meal sites can be found here.
Internet Resources

If you received an email regarding free Internet services from the District of Columbia. You should receive a text message, phone call, and/or email from the DC Government soon asking if you want to opt-in to free Internet from DC—please respond “yes” (even if you have enrolled in Comcast via Thurgood Marshall Academy). The attached flyer provides additional details regarding the Internet Services Program: DC Government Free Internet.

In general, if you have technology needs reach out to Mr. Schlossman, dschlossman@tmapchs.org
Behavioral Health Supports for Parents: 

Families if you require tools, resources, and consultation to support your own mental well-being as well as that of your family members, the Department of Behavioral Health has developed coping tools for families. Please view this list of tools and the flyer for Wellness Wednesdays with families. If you have questions contact Audrey Williams at awilliams@dcpcsb.org.
Faculty & Staff Directory:

If you need to contact a TMA Faculty or Staff member, you can find their email address listed HERE: Faculty & Staff Directory  
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