The Nest

October 27, 2017

Costumes are not permitted on Halloween.

Student Laptop Information

The Onslow County School System has been battling an extremely sophisticated virus attack on staff computers. Now we are seeing infections on student computers. As a result, we are taking the following action to prevent the infection from potentially spreading to any home networks. Effective immediately, student computers will not be able to connect to any wireless network other than the OCS network. Until further notice, and for your protection, do not connect student computers to your home network through either a wi-fi connection, or directly with a network cable.

Further communication will be distributed as it becomes available.

End of Grading Period

Tuesday marks the end of the first grading period, and student report cards will be issued on Tuesday, November 7th. With the closing of the grading period, it a good time for parents and students reflect on the successes and struggles of the beginning of the year. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child's performance, please call the school to schedule a conference.

Trexler also offers a free after school tutoring program for all students. Each week, teachers in all core content areas will stay after school one day from 2:15pm - 3:00pm to provide additional support in the areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Tutoring is held every week through May 17th, but our school will be unable to hold tutoring on the weeks of November 20th, December 18th, January 3rd, and January 24th. The purpose of after school tutoring is to provide supplemental instruction and support in the core content area. All students are welcome to attend; however, prior parental permission is required. Parents may email the core teacher directly or fill out a tutoring form that is available at the school. All students need to have a ride available at 3:00pm, and everyone will be picked up in the front of the school.

The schedule for tutoring is:
Monday: 6th Grade Science & Social Studies, 7th Grade Science, and 8th Grade ELA
Tuesday: 6th Grade ELA, 7th ELA, 8th Grade Math and Math 1
Wednesday: 6th Grade Math, 7th Grade Math, and 8th Grade Science
Thursday: 7th Grade Social Studies and 8th Grade Social Studies

PTO Sponsored Dance

On Thursday, November 2nd, Trexler's PTO will host a school dance immediately after school. The cost of admission is $6.00 and concessions will be available. Parents may arrive early, but all rides should be at the school by 4:30 pm. As a reminder, the Onslow County School District has implemented new requirements for Middle Schools to ensure that student lunch accounts are paid in full. Therefore, students will need to be current on all accounts and school fees to attend school dances. Furthermore, students that have served ISS or OSS since September 29th are ineligible to attend the dance.

Benchmark Testing

With the end of the first grading period nearing, Trexler participated in several district developed benchmark assessments. All students were assessed in Language Arts and Mathematics, and eighth grade students also participated in a science benchmark. While these assessments do not count towards a student’s grade, the teachers are able to use the results from these formative assessments to help guide instruction. Teachers are busy analyzing the data provided from these tests to focus on areas of student need. If you would like information regarding your child’s performance on the benchmark, please speak with his or her teacher.

Sports Updates

The Trexler football team has had a busy week. The team traveled to Hunters Creek Middle on Saturday and Southwest Middle on Wednesday. While the team was not victorious, they have shown tremendous effort and dedication this season. The football team will host their final game of the season against Brewster Middle School on Tuesday the 31st. Game time is at 6:00pm. Please join us at the game to show your school pride.

Wrestling tryouts begin on Monday after school until 4:30. Students must have a current physical on file and a current athletic participation form with insurance information and signatures in order to be eligible to participate. Additionally, parents must have attended a MRSA and concussion training prior to participation in tryouts. If you have not attended a meeting for this school year, please contact the athletic director, Mrs. Sharon Grunden at 910.324.4414 or Sharon.Grunden@onslow.k12.nc.us.

Onslow Education Jeep Giveaway

Onslow County Schools is participating in a raffle fundraiser for a 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Tickets for the raffle are $20, and they may be purchased at Trexler's front office between now and May 4th. Money raised at our school directly benefits Trexler Middle School. A reverse drawing will be held on May 19th, and the one lucky winner will leave with a 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
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Exceptional Children Update

The Onslow Commission for Persons with Disabilities and the Down Syndrome Network for Onslow and Carteret Counties are teaming up with The Exceptional Children's Assistance Center to offer a free interactive workshop to learn how parents can be sure they understand their child's Individualized Education Plan. For more information, please see the flyer below:
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AVID Spotlight

The AVID students had a special day on Friday, October 20th with Stacy Azzam. She is a Technical Production Trainer with Smithfield Foods. The students were able to learn how important farming is to the world and to our county, and they also learned about the various different careers that are available farming industry. Ms. Azzam was once homeless and began washing hogs, and she is now very successful in her career. This truly shows students how hard work and dedication can lead to a successful future. Additionally, the students learned the importance of never giving up on a dream.

Don't Forget Your Boxtops

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 btfe.com for more information and a list of all participating products. There will be an incentive for the homeroom that returns the most Box Tops. Thank you for your support.

The Scholastic Book Fair is Here!

The book fair arrived this week to Trexler's Media Center where students have been visiting daily. You're invited to browse the selection and make purchases during school hours next week. The last day to make a purchase will be Monday, November 6. For an extended selection of titles, please visit our online fair by clicking http://www.scholastic.com/bf/trexlermiddle until November 9.