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.
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!
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!)
ACT ASPIRE TESTING (9th/10th Grade)
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.
Graduation Ceremony Plan 2021
If you have any questions, please contact the high school office.
TRHS Student Services News
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
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:
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
Abandonment of friends and social groups
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.
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: