The Nest

February 16, 2018

Ravioli Canned Food Drive

In partnership with the United Way, our school will be collecting cans of ravioli to assist our local CHEW program. The CHEW program assists children in our community by providing backpacks filled with child-friendly, easy to prepare meals over the weekend. The CHEW program provides food assistance to approximately 500 children on a weekly basis. Our Ravioli Canned Food Drive will start next week on February 19th and will run through February 23rd. If you would like more information about this program or the Ravioli Canned Food Drive, please contact our school social worker, Ms. Chadwick.

Lady Falcons Celebrate Basketball Championship and Conference Wins

Trexler's Lady Falcons cut down the net Saturday afternoon after becoming the 2018 Onslow County Schools Girls' Basketball Tournament Champions. The ladies competed on Saturday, February 10th in the semi-final and final games of the 2018 tournament. Tip-off started at 9am against New Bridge Middle School Bears. With a final score of 31-17, the Lady Falcons dominated the court. Just a few short hours later, the Lady Falcons competed against Jacksonville Commons Middle in the championship game. While the team started off slow, the Lady Falcons were able to come together to defeat the Lady Knights with a score of 33-22. In addition to winning the tournament, the Lady Falcons were also named the 2018 Conference Champions with an undefeated record of 8-0 during the regular season. Congratulations to the Lady Falcons for their hard work and dedication this season!
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Regional Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to Carrington Sydes and Caroline Cubas (not pictured) for placing 2nd in the Junior Technology category at the Region 2 Science and Engineering Fair held at UNCW on Saturday, February 10th. Their project STOP! Danger Zone! utilized motion sensors to alert bus riders to oncoming vehicles while at the bus stop. These students will be representing Region 2 at the NC Science and Engineering Fair on March 23rd & 24th at NC State University. At the state competition, Carrington and Caroline will be competing against winners from all nine regional science fairs held across North Carolina.

Lifelines: A Comprehensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for Teens

On Thursday, February 22nd at 6:00pm, Trexler will be hosting an optional 8th grade parent meeting to discuss the Lifelines curriculum that will be implemented with our current 8th grade students. Lifelines is a comprehensive program that educates school administrators, faculty and staff, parents and guardians, and students on the facts regarding the prevention of youth suicide.

The Lifelines program is designed to promote a caring, competent school community in which help-seeking behaviors are encouraged and modeled and suicidal behavior is recognized as an issue that cannot be kept secret. Lifelines seeks to increase the likelihood that school staff and students will know how to identify at-risk youth when they encounter them, provide an appropriate initial response, and obtain help, as well as be inclined to take such action. Additionally, troubled adolescents are aware of and have immediate access to helping resources and are encouraged to seek such help as an alternative to suicidal actions. Lifelines is included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

The Onslow County School System believes that it is very important that students receive the information that will be presented through the Lifelines program and the program is being implemented at each middle school in the eighth grade. At the same time, we realize that this is a very sensitive topic and some parents/guardians do not want their children to discuss youth suicide in a classroom setting. We encourage parents to attend this informational meeting to learn more about the program.

For more information on the Lifelines program, please visit the following URL or call the school to speak with your child's counselor:

Trexler Spelling Bee

Trexler Middle School held its annual spelling bee competition on Tuesday, February 13th. The competition took place in the media center and the atmosphere was "buzzing" with excitement.

Classroom winners included 6th graders: Ethan Petsch, Justice Kerr, and Jeremiah Pickett; 7th graders: Caleb Lovvorn, Tiffany Etchernacht, Malachi Abode-Iyamah, and William Futrelle; and 8th graders: Jacob Davis and Miranda Gonzalez.

After five intense rounds of competitive spelling, Tiffany Echternach took 1st place and William Futrelle took 2nd place. Both Tiffany and William will participate in the Onslow County Schools District Spelling Bee, which will take place on March 22nd at Northwoods Park Middle School at 7:00pm.

Box Tops for Education

Did you know that Box Tops for Education can benefit Trexler? Trexler AVID students have organized a school-wide collection to benefit the TMS AVID program. Box Tops can add up very quickly because they are available on several products. This is a great way to earn money for the school by simply cutting out the Box Tops on your grocery items and sending them to school with your student. Visit for more information and a list of all participating products. There will be an incentive for the homeroom that returns the most Box Tops. Trexler has raised $250 from our first Box Tops collection. Thank you for your support.

Laundry Pods Not Permitted

Trexler is experiencing an increase in students bringing laundry detergent pods to school. A bizarre new trend dubbed the “Tide Pod Challenge” is gaining popularity among teens and young adults on social media. The challenge involves individuals ingesting the small laundry detergent pods and posting videos of themselves chewing and gagging on the oozing product online. These laundry detergent packs contain ethanol, polymers, and hydrogen peroxide which can burn the mouth, digestive system and stomach. According to the Poison Control Center, ingestion of laundry detergent pods can lead to coughing, choking, difficulty breathing, coma, and possibly death.

Trexler would like to remind parents and students that these products have no place in the educational setting, and students that are found to possess such items may be subject to disciplinary action. As a safety precaution, please talk with your child about the dangers of this challenge.

If you or someone you know ingests a laundry pod, or any potentially toxic substance, call the national poison help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 for free, confidential, expert medical advice. Text "POISON" TO 797979 to save the poison control contact information in your smartphone.

All County Chorus

Trexler Middle School was well represented by several students (pictured below) at the 2018 All County Honors Chorus on February 9th and 10th. These singers joined voices with other students from around the county to present a concert on Saturday afternoon under the direction of Mrs. Sonja Williams. Ms. Andrews would like to thank the Trexler All County Honors Chorus members for their outstanding participation and performance. Additionally, Trexler would like to thank all parents and community members that attended the concert in support of our students.

Student names: (Left to Right)

Back row: Branden Adkinson, Landon Perry, Azel Solomon, MaKena Johnson, Cadence Williams

Middle row: Breanna Benavidez, Veronica Wright, Talia Northern, Natalie Butcher, Shayla Woods, Emma LaFlam, Lily Meracle, Hailey Brett

Seated: Lily McIntosh, Johnathan Knapp

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