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Trexler Middle School

Spring Picture Day

Thursday, March 23rd we will have Spring Pictures taken by Strawbridge. The background theme will be country meadows. There are a number of packages available on a pre-pay basis. You may send payment in the envelope attached to the Spring Pictures flyer or make your payment online at Strawbridge.net using the online code from the flyer.

Baseball Try-out Requirements

There will be a Concussion/MRSA meeting on March 20 at 6:00 pm in the library. Anyone trying out for baseball, who has not attended a meeting this school year, must attend to complete the necessary paperwork. Please make sure you have completed the athletic participation form, and have an up to date physical on file. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the athletic director, Mrs. Grunden.

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Congratulations to our Odyssey of the Mind team for placing 5th in the Regional Tournament this past Saturday. Their hard work and persistence paid off! Even though we do not move on, the students are anxious to get started for next year!!

March Caring Projects

The Encore teachers are coordinating a Caring Project with all grade level Enrichment classes with an Easter theme and time line. We will be seeking donations from students, staff and the community of the following items so we can put together Easter baskets for delivery to several local organizations.

Requested items include but are not limited to:

Baskets/buckets or brown paper bags as containers

Plastic eggs

Candy/gum

Hard candy/peppermints

Tissues

Socks

Lotion

Stuffed Animals

Hand Sanitizer

Tooth brushes/paste

Small card games

Hair brushes

Chap Stick

Toilet Paper

Soap bars

Deodorant

This information will be reviewed with all Enrichment classes beginning on March 13th. Donations will begin after and last until Friday, March 31st. All donations can be kept in the homeroom teachers’ classroom and collected at the end of each day by your assigned Encore teacher.

What are the basic social media rules for middle schoolers? (provided by Common Sense Media)

The reality is that most kids start developing online relationships around the age of 8, usually through virtual worlds such as Club Penguin. By age 10, they've progressed to multiplayer games and sharing their digital creations and homemade videos on sites such as YouTube. By age 13, millions of kids have created accounts on social-networking sites such as Facebook. Here are the essential safety and responsibility guidelines for middle schoolers:

  • Follow the rules. Many social sites have an age minimum of 13 for both legal and safety/privacy reasons. Encourage kids to stick with age-appropriate sites.

  • Tell your kids to think before they post. Remind them that everything can be seen by a vast, invisible audience (otherwise known as friends-of-friends-of-friends). Each family will have different rules, but, for middle school kids, it's a good idea for parents to have access to what their kids are doing online, at least at first, to be sure that what's being posted is appropriate. Parents can help keep kids from doing something they'll regret later.

  • Make sure kids set their privacy settings. Privacy settings aren't foolproof, but they can be helpful. Take the time to learn about default settings and how to change privacy settings on your kids' favorite sites, and teach your kids how to control their privacy.

  • Kindness counts. Lots of sites have anonymous applications such as "bathroom walls" or "honesty boxes" that allow users to tell their friends what they think of them. Rule of thumb: If your kids wouldn't say it to someone's face, they shouldn't post it.

    For information about how to help keep your child safe while online check out https://www.commonsensemedia.org/.

Looking Ahead

3/13 OCS AVID Night at JHS, 5:30PM

3/15-21 Benchmark Testing

3/20 Home Soccer (RHS) and Home Volleyball (TMS), 4:00PM

3/20 Rising 9th Grade Parent Meeting at RHS, 6:30PM

3/23 Spring Picture Day