Thoreau Matters 1/20/2023

Thoreau Matters

January 20, 2023

Dear Thoreau Families,

It is hard to believe, but the second quarter will end on January 25 with an early dismissal at 12:15 PM. The 26th and 27th are student holidays to provide time for professional development and planning for our staff. As was referenced earlier today in the eNotify you received, students should log in to StudentVue over the long weekend (Saturday, January 28 or Sunday, January 29) to check their schedule before returning to school on Monday so they know where to report for 2nd period.

SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue Gradebook and Report Card Modules will be unavailable Wednesday, Jan 25, at 4 PM until Monday, Feb 6,  at 6 AM in order for teachers to finalize second quarter grades. A copy of your child’s report card will be mailed home the first week of February and on Saturday, February 4, report cards will be visible in SIS StudentVue and ParentVue.

We are in the midst of the academic advising season as we plan for next year. We have been hosting counselors from our feeder high schools to speak to our 8th graders to discuss course options for next year and students have had excellent behavior and participation. Stay tuned for more information about rising 8th grade academic advising and course registration information, as well as our rising 7th grade activity fairs, curriculum night and family open house! Thoreau’s Student Services team is committed to helping each child during these exciting transitions and I know you will join me in thanking them for their care and dedication!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Teresa Khuluki


Cross Town Hoops

Cross Town Hoops will be taking place on Wednesday, March 15th, at Marshall High School at 6PM! This annual tradition allows Thoreau MS and Kilmer MS to go head-to-head in a four-game basketball tournament.

There will be a Cross Town Hoops interest meeting taking place during after-school on Monday, January 23rd during 1st session (2:25pm-3:20pm). For any student interested in trying out, please attend the meeting where you will learn more information about the tryouts and the practice schedule. This meeting is only for students, not parents.

As a reminder, the Cross Town teams for both the boys and girls 7th and 8th grade teams are very competitive and not all students who attend the tryouts will make the teams. The coaches try to treat the Cross Town teams like high school teams, where students will make the teams based on their talent, attitude and dedication to the team. Parents, please remember that just because you may be interested in having your child play, does not automatically mean they will make the team.

We know this will be an amazing community event and we look forward to sharing more details about tickets in the future.

Important Dates

January 25th - Two hour early release

January 26th & 27th - SCHOOL CLOSED (Staff Development Days)

8th grade parents:

Students will be going to Finance Park in February with their Civics teachers! Wombats will be going on February 6th, Falcons will be going on February 7th, Turtles will be going on February 8th, and Hawks will be going on February 9th. We will need lots of volunteers for this, contact your students' Civics teacher if you are interested in volunteering!

Curriculum Night and Advising

For your planning purposes, please make note of the following registration events in preparation for the 2023-2024 school year:

Rising 9th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information: Upcoming Curriculum Events

Marshall High School Curriculum Night

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Snow date February 9, 2023

General Session: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Special Education Services Presentation: 5:30 PM

Throughout the months of January and February Thoreau counselors will meet with 8th grade students for 1-1 academic advising sessions to ensure they are registered for the 2023-2024 school year. 

Rising 8th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Thoreau counselors will conduct course presentations in mid-February and will continue to work with students and families through mid-March to complete this process.

Rising 7th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Thoreau Activity Fairs for Rising 7th Grade Students

Thursday, February 2nd and Friday, February 3rd  

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Students are transported to Thoreau MS from feeder elementary schools for this event

Thoreau Curriculum Night & Family Open House

Thursday, February 2, 2023 @ Thoreau MS

Snow date: Thursday, February 9, 2023

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Detailed invitation is available on our web site

Thoreau After-School Program

After-School has been amazing for our staff & students! Students & staff are coming up with some really creative clubs so far this year. After-School clubs & late buses occur on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between the hours of 2:25pm - 4:45pm.

After-School Schoology Folder: Students should check this folder weekly as this is where the weekly After-School clubs schedule will be posted as well as important announcements:

Schoology > Courses > All School Courses > After-School Program Folder




Email Ms. Colleen Taylor at or call 703.846.8089.



Order your yearbook today! You can order at for $40. Hurry-the price goes up to $45 in February!

Are your kids doing great things in the community? Are they helping others and making the world a better place in some way? Please share your photos! Code: eagles

We need Yearbook Photos!  We are working on Thoreau’s 2022-23 Yearbook and we are excited to announce we will be using YOUR photos to do that! Follow the directions below to send in your photos.

What sports does your Thoreau student play?  How do I do this?   To send in photos through Mobile phone

Step 1: Download YearbookSnap from the app store (orange icon)

Step 2: Type in the school name (enter school name here)

Step 3: Enter school code (school code is anything you want it to be)

Step 4: Hit enter

Step 5: Click the orange arrow after the school name to select photos from your camera roll

Step 6: Choose yearbook special requests

Step 7: Pick up to 5 photos to send and then on the bottom right hit the box with the arrow pointing up

Step 8: Click on the photo to enter a note (students names in picture, Grade, etc.)

Step 9: Click upload

Step 10 : Enter in your first and last name and email and submit photos!  

To send in photos that are on your computer

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Enter in the school name (put school name here)

Step 3: Click shop the store

Step 4: Click on Community upload Submit photos for your school yearbook-center near top

Step 5: Enter school code and click enter

Step 6: Upload your photos and make notes on each one (students in picture etc)

Step 7: Enter your first and last name and email

Step 8: Click that you certify

Step 9: Submit Photos!

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions contact Ms. Rumberger at


Lost and Found

At the end of every month, we will begin donating lost and found items that are not claimed within a months time. Please make sure your child claims their items located in the school cafeteria. 


PTA News

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It's Time to "BEE" Amazing!

The Thoreau Spelling Bee is coming soon!

All students are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Prizes for all!

When:  Wednesday, February 15 from 6:30-9:00 pm. 

Where:  Eagle Hall, Thoreau MS

Register today!! Sign up today!

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