The Nest

January 13, 2017

No School Monday

On Monday, January 16, schools will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We hope everyone will enjoy some extra time with family and friends. We will see you bright and early on Tuesday morning!

2017 Middle School All County Orchestra

Auditions for the 2017 Middle School All County Orchestra were held on Wednesday, January 11. Congratulations go out to Cierra Houtz (violin) and Azel Solomon (bass) for being selected for the group. Orchestra players from all middle schools in Onslow County are eligible to audition (6th through 8th grade). Cierra and Azel will participate in three rehearsals and the concert on February 4 at Jacksonville High School auditorium beginning at 3:30PM. Admission is free.

Important Dates

Those dates include:

1/16 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr Day

1/17-18 - CTE End of Semester Testing

1/17 - Home Basketball v. Northwoods Park Middle, 4:00PM

1/19 - PTO Sponsored School Dance, 2:30-4:30PM

1/20 - Last day of grading period

1/23-24 - Teacher Workdays (No school for students)

1/25-31 - Mid-Year District Benchmarks

1/30 - PTO Meeting, 6:00 PM

1/30 - Open House with Report Card pick-up, 6:30-7:30

1/30 - Optional Lifeliners Session (8th grade parents who did not attend 1/9), 6:45-7:15

1/31 - Report Cards go out

2/8 - FCA Meeting

2/13 - Boys Soccer and Volleyball Tryouts begin - All Athletic physicals and paperwork must be on file in order to try out.

2/14 - Interim Reports

February 16 - Early Release Professional Development Day

February 17 - Teacher Workday

Additional dates can be found on the Onslow County Schools website on the 9-weeks calendar.

Lifelines: A Comprehensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for Teens

On Monday, January 30th at 6:45pm, 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, school-wide 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:

There's an App for That!

The school district rolled its mobile application in April 2016. This app simplifies and personalizes information that OCS parents, staff and community members can access on-the-go.

The app is part of SchoolMessenger, the school’s web host provider. It is available for download, and is free, at the App Store and at Google Play. The app pulls information from the district website, school sites and social media feeds in order to keep information current. Users have the ability to customize the app so they only see information for the schools they are interested in. Through the app parents will also be able to access the Parent Portal, Student Portal, and alerts.

This is just one more way parents can stay up to date with news from their child’s school including the school menu, upcoming events and other information, and it can be downloaded free. The app aggregates messages and calendar dates from the district as well as selected schools, so parents can now access both system and school information in one place. Our parents with students in multiple schools can get the latest news from all locations in a single app.

Magnet School Application Process

While we would love to have everyone continue to attend Trexler, here is an opportunity that some families may wish to consider. New Bridge Middle School Magnet School Applications Available:

Click Here to view the Magnet School Applications

The Division of Academic Innovation of Onslow County Schools announces the availability of magnet school applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Onslow County currently offers three magnet school opportunities: Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School, Northwoods Elementary Magnet School, and New Bridge Middle Magnet School. Current 6th and 7th grade Trexler students are eligible to apply for New Bridge Middle School. Interested applicants are welcome to attend an informational Open House at New Bridge Middle School on Monday, February 13, 2017 from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

New Bridge Middle Magnet School of Math, Science and Technology opened in 1998. The school utilizes science and technology to focus instruction. The North Carolina Standard Course of Study remains the guide for teachers, but in planning and carrying out lessons, students are asked to think like a scientist and use technology tools to make discoveries.

New Bridge Middle School is a public school that is a part of the Onslow County School System, and there is no additional cost to attend. Prospective students must apply for admission to a magnet school. Applications are available online from Monday, December 5, 2016 – Tuesday, February 28, 2017. During the week of January 9, 2017, information about the application process is being sent home with each pre-k through 7th grade students in Onslow County. Applications are also available at the Onslow County Schools Central Office, at each elementary and middle school, and on this website by clicking “Magnet School Information.” A lottery is used to select students randomly for the limited spaces. The lottery selection process will be conducted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Jacksonville High School’s Cafeteria at 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

Applications must be submitted electronically, hand delivered to the Onslow County Schools Central Office by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, or postmarked by Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Interested students and parents do not return the application to Trexler Middle School. The application is available as an online form at (click on Magnet School Information). No faxes or emails will be accepted.

For more information about the Magnet Schools and to view the application timeline, CLICK HERE.

News for our Military Families

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2016-17 Yearbook

Who doesn't enjoy looking back through old yearbooks as we age and grow up to remember all the times when or all the friends along the way??!! Be sure to preserve your memories by purchasing a Falcon yearbook. Yearbooks will be on sale until February 16th for $35. To purchase a yearbook, simply complete an order form and submit with cash or check (made payable to Trexler) to the front office. Yearbook order forms are located at the front office, on Trexler’s website, or you can click here to retrieve the form.

One cute and fun part of the yearbook is Student Superlatives! As follows is a list of superlative categories brainstormed by the Yearbook Staff. The student body will vote on nominations for each category at the end of January.

8th Grade Superlatives

Future Prom King and Queen

Hollywood Bound

Most Creative

Best Hair

Future Olympiads

World Travelers

Best School Spirit

Tech Savvy

7th Grade Superlatives

Best Smiles

Class Comedians

Future Musicians

Creative Writers

6th Grade Superlatives

Future Inventors

Friendliest Falcons

Most likely to Earn a Scholarship

Best Dressed