The Nest

March 9, 2018

PTO News

Trexler's PTO met on Monday, March 5th to discuss several upcoming events. The PTO is currently in need of volunteers to assist with girls' volleyball concessions on Wednesday, March 21st and Tuesday, March 27th. Volunteers are needed from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. A PTO sponsored dance is also scheduled for Thursday, March 22nd, and volunteers are needed from 1:15pm to 5:00pm to assist with concessions and supervision during the dance.

The 8th Grade Falcon Finale was also discussed during the PTO meeting. This semi-formal dance will be on Friday, May 18th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and is open to only 8th grade students at Trexler. The PTO works hard to transform our cafeteria into a stylish dance floor where students can celebrate the conclusion of middle school with their friends. Students will receive informational envelopes by Wednesday, March 14th, and the tickets will go on sale Friday, March 16th. The initial price will be $15 per person until Spring Break. After Spring Break, the price of tickets will increase. Pictures will also be available to purchase at the dance. All tickets are non-refundable, and students may not have ISS or OSS from Friday, March 16th through the day of the dance to be eligible to attend. Volunteers are needed to help setup, collect tickets, supervise, serve food, and clean-up.

*If you were unable to attend the meeting, have questions, or would like to volunteer please contact Trexler's PTO at trexlerpto@yahoo.com.

AVID Spotlight

As a National AVID Demonstration School, Trexler works diligently to prepare students for their post-secondary education and explore a variety of colleges and careers. As part of this, our 6th grade AVID students researched careers, which included information on the value and importance of these professions to society. Students also engaged in a range of collaborative discussions including one-on-one, small groups, and whole group to foster the skills of peer communication, collaboration, and leadership. These essential skills are not only key components in the work force, but they are also pivotal elements of the classroom. The unit culminated with career presentations, where students presented their findings to their peers and showcased their newfound knowledge.

Trexler was recognized at the Onslow Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 6th. During the Good News Spotlight, the district discussed Trexler's path to re-validation as a National Demonstration School. Nine years ago, Trexler Middle School was validated as one of 120 AVID National Demonstration schools by AVID Center because it exemplified a school-wide approach to AVID. Last fall, an AVID Center Team visited Trexler Middle School to determine whether it would retain its distinction for another three years. As part of the re-validation process, the team spent a day meeting with the school’s leadership team, visiting classrooms and interacting with students. Once again, the AVID Center was honored to re-validate Trexler Middle School as an AVID National Demonstration School through the Fall of 2020. As one of a select group of sites so honored throughout the U.S., Trexler is in an elite category among the approximately 5,600 AVID schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 countries and U.S. territories. The group praised the school’s leadership under the direction of Principal Lynn Jackson and AVID Co-Coordinators, Melisa Browning and Lacee Estes, for their high standards.

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Sports Updates

Trexler's Lady Falcons dominated the volleyball court against the Swansboro Lady Pirates on Tuesday, March 6th. The Lady Falcons were able to take the first sets, easily sweeping the match led by Emma LaFave with 19 points and a 9 point serving streak and Chloe Falcone with 15 points and a 7 point serving streak. The Lady Falcons played against the Jacksonville Commons Lady Knights on Thursday. The lady falcons lost the first two sets 25-19 and 25-12. In set three, the team made a strong surge but ultimately came up short 28-26. The next game is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14th at Dixon Middle School.

Our Falcon Soccer team played a cold and rainy game against the Swansboro Pirates on Tuesday, March 6th. While the Pirates were able to come up with the win, the Falcons never gave up. On Thursday, the Falcons squared off against the Jacksonville Commons Knights. During this game, the boys fell to the Knights, but the gave it their all until the end. The Falcons will travel to Dixon on Wednesday, March 14th for their next game.

Baseball tryouts will begin on Monday, March 26th. Students must meet eligibility criteria, have a current physical on file, and a current athletic participation to include insurance information and signatures in order to participate. Furthermore, 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, Trexler will hold a meeting at 6:00pm on Wednesday, March 21st. If this time is not convenient, please contact the athletic director, Mrs. Sharon Grunden at 910.324.4414 or Sharon.Grunden@onslow.k12.nc.us.

Brewster Games Aboard Camp Lejuene and Base Access

While Trexler hosts the Brewster Bulldogs at home this school year, Trexler athletes will travel to Camp Lejeune next school year for each sporting event played against Brewster. To better assist parents and begin preparations, Trexler would like to remind families that in order to access games aboard Camp Lejeune, parents that do not have a military identification card must meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act of 2005. The N.C. REAL ID is just like your traditional license or ID but has a gold star at the top. Driver licenses and IDs without a gold star are noted "Not for Federal Identification". To learn more about obtaining the N.C. Real ID click here.

Identification Cards or Driver’s Licenses from the below listed states/territories are valid until October 10, 2018, at which time they will no longer be accepted unless the state/territory complies with REAL ID Act:

Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, US Virgin Islands, and Washington


**ALL STATES NOT LISTED ABOVE MUST HAVE AN ENHANCED DRIVERS LICENSE OR STATE ISSUED IDENTIFICATION CARD. IF NOT, A SECOND FORM OF ID IS REQUIRED.**


To learn more about accessing Camp Lejeune, please click here.

Attention Rising Wildcat Freshman and Parents

Current eighth grade students slated to attend Richlands High School next year had the opportunity to tour the high school on Tuesday. School counselors and administration shared a presentation about the registration process, which is currently under way. All students slated to attend RHS next year have been provided a blue registration form, and students should indicate their course selections. These forms must be legible and signed by both the student and the parent. Registration materials are due to the homeroom teacher or Trexler counselor no later than Wednesday, March 21st.


RHS has a variety of special programs available to rising freshman. Applications need to be submitted with registration materials unless otherwise noted. Students interested in any of the programs listed below, should see Trexler's 8th grade counselor, Mrs. Taylor, for an application:

  • Engineering Academy
  • Journalism Staff (due March 13th)
  • Agriscience Academy
  • AVID (Only students that are NOT currently in AVID will need to complete an application)


If you have any questions about the RHS registration process, please contact Trexler's counselor Mrs. Anna Taylor or RHS 9th Grade Counselor, Mrs. Nicole Cox.

*Trexler has not been notified of any orientation events for other schools that Trexler students are districted to attend; however, this information will be provided as soon as it is received.

From the Counselor Desk - Anna Taylor & Deanna Ford

This month our 8th grade students are being led by Mrs. Taylor through a program called Lifelines®: A Comprehensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for Teens. According to the American Association of Suicidology, suicide ranked as the second leading cause of death for young people (ages 15-19 and 15-24). While suicides account for 1.6% of deaths in the U.S. annually (approx. 45,000), they comprised 17.6% of all deaths among 15-24-year-olds. If your student or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please seek help! Individuals can contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ to speak or chat with someone immediately. For resources in this area, individuals may consider contacting Trillium Health Resources at 1-877-685-2415 or by clicking here. For those in immediate need, Mobile Crisis is also available to families at 1-866-437-1821.

Spring Pictures

Spring pictures will be held on Thursday, March 22nd. Students were provided with a picture flyer this week; however, extra forms are available at the main office. Students should bring their completed form and money on picture day. Only students with their completed form and money will have their picture taken.
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Immunization Update

On Monday, March 12th, the Onslow County Health Department will be at Trexler from 10:30am to 12:30pm to complete the final vaccination clinic for the 2017-18 school year. Students that were registered with a consent form will receive their vaccines. Parents, please make every effort to ensure your child is present.