Welcome to TCMS

Principal Tahvia Shaw


Dear Parents and Friends of TCMS:

 I have so much wonderful news to share with you!

First and foremost, I cannot thank you enough for your efforts to support TCMS during this year’s Team Tornado.  As of October 1, we reached a total of $68,898 that will be used to enhance both the curricular program at TCMS, as well as making improvements to the grounds and facility (shade structures for the picnic area and retractable basketball goals for the gym).

As I explained in the last newsletter, public charter schools do not receive any of the 2 mils property tax dollars, and the lack of parity in capital funding forces TCMS and all other charter schools in Hillsborough county  to use monies set aside for operations to pay for rent and/or  mortgages.  By participating in and contributing to Team Tornado each year that your child attends TCMS, you are helping us to purchase the instructional materials and equipment that we need for our classrooms.

Thank you for putting the “Team” into “Team Tornado” this year.

Now, on to the second piece of exciting news!  If you don’t already know by now, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels, and we are so proud to be one of them!

This is the second Blue Ribbon award we have received.  The first one was in 2007.

TCMS is one of the 289 out of 337 schools that has been recognized as Exemplary High Performing Schools, which means that the school is among Florida’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performances are also at the highest levels.  The school is one of only 25 middle schools in the U.S., to receive the Blue Ribbon Award this year.

The Department will honor 287 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C. In its 32-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on just under 7,900 of America’s schools. “These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education—that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments,” Secretary Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”

I hope that you are as proud of our students, faculty and staff as I am.  We thank you for continuing to support your child in his or her path to academic success at TCMS.


Tahvia Shaw, M. Ed.


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