Two Rivers High School

Student and Family Newsletter - April 16, 2021

TRHS Mission: The Two Rivers High School community will ensure students become respectful, responsible, and resilient learners empowered for the diverse experiences of life.

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Mr. Engh's Findings: Week 31

We had another great week at TRHS. The hallways are busy all day, but now after school with spring sports alive and well, the hallways are alive. If you were here after 3:30pm, you'd see our students training in the hallways and outside. The green grass is finally seeing some action.


This Week is 9th/10th Grade Aspire Testing - this is the state mandated test. All students are required to take this test and we will be doing it on Tuesday April 20th. Juniors and Seniors will not be in the building on this day but will be learning from home. As we did with the ACT, we will have a breakfast for 9th/10th grade to start off the day.


Please encourage your students to get a great night's sleep and come a little early for breakfast. Once testing is complete, which will be around 2:30 pm, students are free to leave for the day.


Looks like we have some great weather for Turkey hunting this weekend. I hope you get a chance to enjoy it!


Tim Engh

TRHS Principal

TRHS eSports Scholarship Signing

Solo and Ensemble State Qualifiers!

The final results are in. If you see these students please congratulate them. They are all advancing to State Solo and Ensemble!


Natalie Edwards - classical solo

Ethan Stokes-classical solo

Ethan Stokes- theater solo

Colin Dombrowski- classical solo

Colin Dombrowski - theater solo

Kiersten Moeser - classical solo

Claire Becker - classical solo

Anna Gallagher -classical solo

Anna Gallager - theater solo

Christina Lor- classical solo

Alice Ehle - theater solo

Camara Debauche and Alondra Guzman - duet

Trinity Metz - virtual trio (she recorded all three parts!)

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ACT ASPIRE TESTING (9th/10th Grade)

On Tuesday April 20th, all 9th and 10th Grade will be taking the ACT Aspire throughout the day.


Juniors and Seniors will be working from home on this day and will not be in the building.


We are asking all eLearners to attend in person on that day or contact student services if they are not comfortable coming in the building.

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Graduation Ceremony Plan 2021

Below is the current plan for TRHS Graduation for the Class of 2021. Taking away some of the positives from last year, we will continue with senior banners on Washington St. and a caravan/parade from the Lighthouse Inn to the high school. The ceremony will take place on Saturday June 12th with a tentative start time of 1pm on the football field. As we've experienced over the last year, things may change. The one thing that will not change is the date and location. As we get closer to graduation, if there are any changes, everyone will be notified in a timely manner.


If you have any questions, please contact the high school office.

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TRHS Student Services News

EARTH DAY!

Thursday, April 22nd will be Earth Day. It is a day meant to increase our awareness of environmental problems and to bring families and communities together to clean up litter, plant trees, or reflect on the beauty of our planet. Caring for nature, plants and land is essential for our own health and the individual responsibility that lies within us of taking care of our planet.


It will be the 51st anniversary of Earth Day this year. It was first celebrated April 22nd, 1970 to deal with issues of toxic drinking water, air pollution and effects of pesticides. On this date a demonstration was held and 20 million Americas came out and protested together.


This led to creating the Environmental Protection Agency and then eventually the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.


Here are some things your family can do together to celebrate and understand Earth Day.

  • Go to a local park and pick up trash together. This could be done in your own yard or neighborhood as well. This is a way to model the importance of keeping our environment clean.

  • Recycle-help your children in sorting products to recycle regularly discussing the importance of not filling our landfills with products that can be harmful.

  • Show how we can reuse items, such as donating furniture, books and clothes. It shows the importance of not just throwing away items when done with them, but giving to others who may need them.

  • Reuse items to create less garbage. For example, use refillable cups, clean and reuse plastic bags, and choose paper or reusable bags when shopping.

  • Plant a tree. The whole family can be involved by working together to pick the type of tree, find a spot in your yard and the planting of it.

  • Go on a walk or bike ride to enjoy nature, get fresh air, and be physically active.

  • Unplug, challenge your household to keep your electricity usage low for Earth Day.


"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -- Native American Proverb





https://www.almanac.com/content/earth-day-date-activities-history

https://vocal.media/families/earth-day-2021


Teen Nights!

Events for April

TR Parks & Recreation: Cosmic Dodgeball

Friday, April 16 7:00-9:00 PM | 5th-12th Grades | $2

Not your average dodgeball: a cosmic light show, great music, and glow-in-the-dark balls! Wear light colors for maximum glow. Concessions available. Register at trrec.activityreg.com.


Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum: Printing Activity

Friday, April 23 7:00-9:00 PM | 9th-12th Grades | FREE

More details soon!


Lester Public Library: Dr. Who Kahoot! Trivia Night

Friday, April 30 7:00 PM | 5th Grade & Up | FREE

More details soon!

TR Raider Library Media Center

From Officer Zipperer

Mental Health and Teens: Watch for Danger Signs

Adolescence isn’t an easy time for parents, either. As children move through the various tumultuous transitions that accompany adolescence — physical, emotional, hormonal, sexual, social, intellectual — the pressures and problems they encounter can all too easily seem overwhelming. For many teenagers, these and other pressures can lead to one or more of a variety of mental health disorders; all are matters of concern, and some are life-threatening.


Key Tips for Parents:

  • Keep communication constant, open, and honest: Your children should not only know that they can talk to you about anything, you have to be committed to broaching topics of concern and do so openly. Talk about your own experiences and fears when you were an adolescent. Let them know that they are not alone; nor are their anxieties unique.

  • Understand that mental health disorders are treatable: Arm yourself with information about the most common mental health disorders among adolescents; speak with your child’s pediatrician, your local health department, your religious leader, and your child’s school representatives about what sorts of information are available from them.

  • Be attentive to your teen’s behavior: Adolescence is, indeed, a time of transition and change, but severe, dramatic, or abrupt changes in behavior can be strong indicators of serious mental health issues.

Mental Health “Red Flags” Parents Should Be Alert For:

  • Excessive sleeping, beyond usual teenage fatigue, which could indicate depression or substance abuse; difficulty in sleeping, insomnia, and other sleep disorders

  • Loss of self-esteem

  • Abandonment or loss of interest in favorite pastimes

  • Unexpected and dramatic decline in academic performance

  • Weight loss and loss of appetite, which could indicate an eating disorder

  • Personality shifts and changes, such as aggressiveness and excess anger that are sharply out of character and could indicate psychological, drug, or sexual problems

Key Mental Health Issues:

Depression

While all of us are subject to “the blues,” clinical depression is a serious medical condition requiring immediate treatment. Watch for:

  • Changes in sleep patterns

  • Unexpected weeping or excessive moodiness

  • Eating habits that result in noticeable weight loss or gain

  • Expressions of hopelessness or worthlessness

  • Paranoia and excessive secrecy

  • Self-mutilation, or mention of hurting himself or herself

  • Obsessive body-image concerns

  • Excessive isolation

  • Abandonment of friends and social groups

Eating disorders

Body image concerns can become obsessions, resulting in startling weight loss, severely affecting the adolescent’s health:

  • Anorexia: Avoidance of food and noticeable changes in eating habits should trigger concern.

  • Bulimia: Purging (forced vomiting) after eating — be alert for both dramatic weight loss without changes in eating habits (which could, of course, indicate other health issues that require a doctor’s attention) and also for immediate trips to the bathroom or other private spot after a meal.

Drug abuse

In addition to peer pressure, mental health issues can lead adolescents not just to experiment with alcohol and drugs, but also to use substances for “self-medication.” And in addition to being aware of the behavioral and physical signs of alcohol and drug abuse — drug and alcohol paraphernalia or evidence, hangovers, slurred speech, etc. — parents should also:

  • Be alert for prescription drug misuse and abuse: According to the AAP, prescription drug misuse by adolescents is second only to marijuana and alcohol misuse. The most commonly abused prescription drugs include Vicodin and Xanax.

  • Know that over-the-counter-medications can be abused as well: Teenagers also frequently abuse OTC cough and cold medications.

Concern about your adolescent’s mental health should first be addressed with your child — fostering open communication goes a long way toward fostering sound adolescent mental health habits.

If your concerns are serious, discuss them with your pediatrician. Because so many mental health issues display physical manifestations — weight loss being the most dramatic but not the only one — your pediatrician can offer both initial medical assessment and also refer you to appropriate mental health organizations and professionals for counseling and treatment if called for.

Additional Information from HealthyChildren.org:


Source: healthychildren.org

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