Two Rivers High School

Student and Family Newsletter - February 26, 2021

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Mr. Engh's Findings: Week 25

The ACT is a little over a week away. On that day, all juniors will come to the building to take the state assessment. They will be provided a breakfast before heading off into classrooms of 10 or less students to complete the assessment. We ask that freshmen and sophomore students stay home and log into their classes online that day. Seniors will be scheduled to come in to present their portfolios throughout the day.

TRHS values the ACT and we want students to perform their best. It helps our teachers identify any gaps within our curriculum and instruction, is used to help students enter college in the near future or beyond, and plays a major role in our school and district report cards which represent our community. Please encourage your student to eat a healthy dinner, get a good night's rest, and come to school for breakfast before taking the assessment.

I hope you are able to enjoy the weather this weekend!

Tim Engh


Calling all Seniors!


TRHS Scholarship is due THIS Monday March 1st by 3:30 pm. No late submissions will be accepted. Here is the link to that scholarship:

Seniors should also visit the TRHS Scholarship website often. There are many local scholarships available. The scholarship website is here:

Junior Parents!

Please take part in our ACT Care Packages for your student! If you would like to participate, please click on this link:

Submissions are due this coming Wednesday so we can have the packages prepped and ready to go.

Thank you Junior Parents!

TRHS Robotics is almost done preparing for competition!

NHS is collecting Essentials for Ethiopian Kids!

In 2011, the Edwards Family adopted a daughter from Ethiopia and it has been our goal to return with our whole family to visit her homeland. We are happy to say that we are headed to Ethiopia this coming March and we will be taking socks and underwear for around 80 kids who live at ESMA (Ebenezer Grace Serving Ministries of Africa), a children’s home in Awassa, Ethiopia.

TRHS National Honor Society is partnering with us to bring these essential clothing items to Africa! Here is how you can help:

*Donate socks or underwear in the any of the following sizes:

  • Toddler to Adult, boys/girls & men’s/women’s

*Donate money to NHS and they will shop for socks and underwear for us to take with us.

You may drop off your donations in your ACP or in the high school office

Thank you for partnering with our family as we reach out to help our Ethiopian friends!

Your kindness is deeply felt half way around the world! Jeremy, Leslie, Natalie, Metadel & Miriam Edwards

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What: Free Parent/Caregiver Wellness Workshops

Why: To empower, strengthen and transform parents and caregivers in their social, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being so they can better support and care for the ones they love.

How: Virtual Zoom Meetings

To Register, email

*Please register by Monday Feb. 1

When: Second Monday of every month starting Feb. 8, 2021

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Feb. 8 - Breathe for Beginnings

March 8 - Breathe for Presence

April 12 - Breathe for Communication

May 10 - Breathe for Collaboration

June 14 - Breathe for Harmony

Led by: Maren Slickman, Stephanie Korte

Two Rivers Public School District

Breathe for Change Yoga and Social-Emotional Learning Facilitators

Workshop Description:

This free hour long workshop will guide participants through a wellness experience like no other. Each workshop will be grounded in a theme of wellness and self-care. We will begin with a settling in activity, move through breath awareness, mindful movement, community connections, a focus activity, a creative expression activity and end with relaxation.

To Register, email

We hope you will join us!

Blue to Purple

Over the next couple of months, our building and grounds team is transitioning our window and door frames from blue to our school color Purple! Thank you for the steady hand!!
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TRHS Student Services News


Attention Juniors and Junior Parents:

In a little more than a week, Tuesday March 9th all Juniors (Purple Cohort, Gold Cohort, and E-learners) are to report to the high school by 7:45 am for State Testing. Testing begins promptly at 8 am. Please make every effort to be in school that day. If you can, please do not make any appointments that will pull your student out of school that day.

To help your students prepare for the ACT please visit:


ACT Tool Kits & Local Scholarship Opportunities

Junior Parents-

ACT Kits- Help us wish your student luck on the ACT!

Student Government is sponsoring a care package for your junior student to wish them luck on their ACT. Help us make those care packages a little more special by including a handwritten note from you. Please print this form to complete your well wishes. Notes can be put in an envelope and your student can drop it off in Student Services. Copies of the form can also be picked up in the Main Office.

Senior Parents-

There are many local scholarship opportunities for your students. Please visit the TRHS Scholarship page often. The website also provides students with state and national level scholarships as well. Many scholarships have upcoming deadlines of March-April, please be sure to have your students watch for deadlines.

TRHS Scholarship- The application for the Two Rivers High School scholarship is live. The application is due Monday March 1st, 2021 by no later than 3:30pm to Student Services. The TRHS Scholarship is a combination of local donors and the Educational Horizons. These partnerships have allowed us to give out scholarships to almost all of the applicants for the past 5 years. We strongly encourage any student who is considering post-secondary education to apply for this scholarship. Students can access the scholarship here, via their google account.

8 Tips for Parents to Help Your Child Prepare for High-Stakes Tests

As we get into late winter and early spring, we approach “testing season”. No matter what your personal feelings on high-stakes testing are, there is no escaping the reality that these assessments will be an important part of your child’s academic experience. Here are eight simple tips for parents to help your child perform his or her best on testing days.

1. Prioritize attendance and homework

Tests are ultimately intended to be a measure of how well students have learned the material being taught in class. With that in mind, the best piece of test-prep advice for parents is to help ensure that your child is fully engaged with his or her classwork throughout the year. Set aside dedicated homework time each night to make sure that your child is completing their assignments consistently. In addition, regular attendance is key. Make sure your child arrives at school on time and, of course, only allow your child to stay home when it’s truly necessary.

2. Communicate with your child’s teacher

Consistent communication with your child’s instructor can help you gain insight into your child’s progress. Make a point of meeting or talking with your child’s teacher regularly. Your child’s teacher is also a great resource for test-preparation activities or strategies you can use with your child at home. Plus, they can keep you up to date on group study sessions or other opportunities for additional review that your child may benefit from.

3. Talk to your child about test taking

Sometimes, the purpose and goals of testing are difficult for children to understand. Without that foundation, it’s easier for children to be intimidated by testing or simply feel unmotivated to put forth their best effort. Have open, ongoing conversations with your child to explain the benefits of testing, focusing on how it helps them, their teacher, and their school. Knowing the “why” behind testing can help instill a drive to succeed in your child.

4. Offer positive reinforcement

A little encouragement can go a long way in helping students walk into testing days feeling confident—which, in turn, can have a huge effect on their performance. Praise your child for the work that he or she does to prepare for testing, and share in his or her excitement when he or she has success with a new concept or skill. Similarly, when he or she is struggling with a topic, point out the progress that he or she has made and encourage him or her to continue working. Having already experienced success with the material that he or she will be tested on will help your child avoid test anxiety and perform to the best of his or her ability on testing day.

5. Support healthy habits

Sleep and nutrition can have a huge impact on your child’s ability to focus and retain information. One of the most helpful things that you can do as a parent is focus on supporting these basic needs. Well-rounded meals and a regular sleep schedule will help your child succeed in the classroom on a daily basis. On testing days, it’s especially important to make sure that your child gets a good night’s sleep, starts the day with a filling breakfast, and goes to school with a water bottle to help stay hydrated.

6. Give your child a study space

A comfortable, dedicated space for homework and studying can work wonders for your child’s productivity. Make sure that your child’s space is quiet, well lit, and stocked with the right materials.

7. Keep testing in perspective

Avoid putting too much emphasis on your child’s test scores—doing so can make your child feel pressure that will ultimately only affect his or her performance negatively. Simply encourage your child to be prepared and do their best!

8. Debrief after the test

Once the test is over, talk with your child about his or her results and how he or she felt about the test. By discussing his or her answers, thought processes, and feelings, you can gain further insight into what he or she is struggling with (and excelling at) and then help him or her better prepare next time. Talking about testing can also help your child process the experience and overcome any anxiety that he or she might have had.

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College Credit in High School

Early College Credit Program (ECCP) & Start College Now

Students at TRHS are able to take advantage of ECCP (4-year College Programs) and Start College Now (2-year College Programs) to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time. The cost of the college credit is covered cooperatively between our high school and the state of Wisconsin if the student earns a “C” or better in the course. Students can earn up to .25 high school credits per college credit earned.

The application deadline for the Fall 2021 Semester is March 1, 2021.

Applications are available in the student services office. If you would like to learn more about these programs, we encourage you to contact us and set up an appointment.

Courses that students have earned college credit for through ECCP and Start College Now, but not limited to, are:

  • Medical Terminology

  • Microbiology

  • Biomedics

  • Introduction to Philosophy

  • Native American Studies

  • Nursing Assistant

We highly encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity!

The deadline for the Spring 2021 Semester is October 1st.

TRHS also offers many Dual Credit classes. These classes are taught by the high school teachers and receive college credit. These classes are:

  • Graphic Arts and Design I

  • Metals I

  • Metals II

  • Photography II

  • Advanced Biology

  • Physics

  • Introduction to Hotel and Hospitality Management

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Honors English

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From the Desk of Officer Zipperer

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit. Men, women and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime, which occurs in every region of the world. The traffickers often use violence or fraudulent employment agencies and fake promises of education and job opportunities to trick and coerce their victims.

The Crime

The crime of human trafficking consists of three core elements: the act, the means, the purpose. Physical and sexual abuse, blackmail, emotional manipulation, and the removal of official documents are used by traffickers to control their victims. Exploitation can take place in a victim's home country, during migration or in a foreign country.

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Trafficking has Many Forms

Human trafficking has many forms. These include exploitation in the sex, entertainment and hospitality industries, and as domestic workers or in forced marriages. Victims are forced to work in factories, on construction sites or in the agricultural sector without pay or with an inadequate salary, living in fear of violence and often in inhumane conditions. Some victims are tricked or coerced into having their organs removed. Children are forced to serve as soldiers or to commit crimes for the benefit of the criminals.
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The Protocol regarding Human Trafficking

The Protocol was adopted by the United Nations in November 2000 as part of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

It is the first legally binding instrument with an internationally recognized definition of human trafficking. This definition provides a vital tool for the identification of victims, whether men, women or children, and for the detection of all forms of exploitation which constitute human trafficking. Countries that ratify this treaty must criminalize human trafficking and develop anti-trafficking laws in line with the Protocol’s legal provisions.

They must provide protection and assistance to victims of human trafficking and ensure that their rights are fully respected.

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From the Desk of Mr. Gallagher

I hope everyone had a great week. Nothing new to report this week regarding athletics at TRHS. Our spring sports season does not begin until April, due to the alternate fall season. Please check the Athletic Calendar for spring sports open gyms.