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Trivium Academy Weekly Newsletter-Week of Sept 16th

Continue reading to the end for all of the latest updates! You can now find past newsletters on the Trivium website! https://triviumacademytx.com/knightly-news
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Matthew Morgan-8th Grade Math/Algebra I

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College: University of North Texas – BS Mathematics

Teaching History: I worked for Grand Prairie ISD for five years before moving to Trivium. These last few weeks been simultaneously the best I have felt and the hardest I have worked. Trivium is completely different from what I have learned to expect in district schools!

Family: I have a wonderful fiancé Alex and 3 fuzzy cat children.

Interests/Hobbies Outside of School: Reading and video games. I consume sci-fi and fantasy novels like a hungry dog consumes bacon sandwiches. I don’t get a chance to play many games during the school year though.

Maheshwari Solapurkar-8th/9th Grade English

College: Rugers University

Teaching History: 9th, 10th, 11th, and Creative Writing

Family: My husband is my best friend. I have a daughter who goes to Kinder here. My twin boys are three. I have an older sister and younger brother; sooooooo I have middle child syndrome!

Interests/Hobbies Outside of School: I love to eat tacos! I also enjoy cooking and spending time outdoors with my family.

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Have you heard? Trivium students now have access to TexQuest which provides 24/7 online access to a suite of research databases appropriate for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. We also have a new Birthday Book Program!


The two TexQuest databases that are being introduced to students are Britannica School and Gale Resources. Britannica School is an elementary, middle and high school online encyclopedia. It provides articles, video clips and pictures and students can adjust the reading level based on their needs. Students can also have the information read aloud to them, double click on any word to see the definition or have the word pronounced. They can also access the citation for the article. Gale Resources is a collection of several different databases. For elementary/middle school kids Kid Infobits provides information on animals, plants, music, science and sports and National Geographic Kids provides access to books, articles, videos and pictures related to science. Gale In Context is a middle and high school resource that provides access to peer-reviewed, scholarly articles for all disciplines. Middle and high school students can also access other Gale Resources like ebooks, magazines, news articles and so much more!


In addition to Britannica School and Gale Resources Texquest also provides access to:

Proquest -- articles and websites appropriate for grades K-8

Learn360 -- multimedia resources

EBSCO ebooks and college and career readiness resources

Teaching Books -- book and author resources for K-12


These resources can be accessed by going to Trivium’s homepage: https://triviumacademytx.com -- Parent Information -- Helpful Links -- Library Resources or https://triviumacademytx.com/helpful-links and then clicking on Library Resources.


The Birthday Book Program is for students in K-6 that provides families with the option to purchase a book for our library as a way of celebrating their child’s birthday at school. The books are high quality books with special bindings appropriate for library use and you have the option of selecting a name plate to go in the front of the book describing the event the book is honoring. The birthday child will be able to be the first person to check out the book and once it is returned to the library it will be placed on the shelf for others to enjoy. Although the title of this program is the Birthday Book Program it really can be used to celebrate any special event in your child’s life. Just let me know that it is for a different occasion! This is the link https://www.btsb.com/sosl/triviumacademy


If you have a student in grades K-6 please be sure that you have joined the elementary specials Bloomz page. The access code is KHSZWQ and this will allow you to receive other important information and weekly updates not just about the library, but from all elementary specials teachers.

Dot Day September 15th!

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Trivium is participating in International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.


The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

North Texas Giving Day

Schedule your gift today! You can schedule your gift to Trivium now through September 18 OR donate on North Texas Giving Day, September 19, by visiting https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/trivium-academy. We have had wonderful success with NTGD in the past, and we believe that happens because we have amazing parents!


View the video below from some of our students and their perspective on what it means to them to be a Trivium Knight!

Learning at Trivium #buildingthinkers

Theater Department Fundraiser-Community Garage Sale

Please reserve a spot and help the Trivium Thespians to attend a convention this Fall. Rent a space and bring your own items to sell. (Sorry, item donations will not be taken.) We provide the advertising and prime location. YOU make the sales and keep the income! For those coming to purchase, please remember to bring cash because not every vendor can take credit card. Share with friends and family please! See the link below for more details.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. At Trivium Academy, we will be celebrating through learning experiences school wide! The first step to respecting each other is understanding each other. Embracing and celebrating diversity sets an example of tolerance and respect for differences. Students at Trivium will learn about the culture, history, and contributions from influential Hispanic and Latino people. Senora Herron has already provided a beautiful celebratory display for all students to enjoy as the come upstairs. We can’t wait for you to see on Bloomz all of the fun activities that your child will get to participate in at Trivium Academy this month.
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#buildingthinkers

Check out the awesome mapping activity from Ms. Rios’s class. She could have easily passed out a mapping worksheet, but Trivium teachers think outside the box, and the students are engaged! That’s how learning sticks.

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September Lunch Menu

Lunch orders will be due for the following week every WEDNESDAY at 9am

Elementary Online Food Service (K-6)

Lunch orders will be due for the following week every WEDNESDAY at 9am

Secondary Online Food Service (7-9)

Lunch orders will be due for the following week every WEDNESDAY at 9am

PIE Updates

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Michael Massey - Watch Dogs Volunteer

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Michael has been married for 20 years this month to his wife, Amber Massey, PIE Committee Chair for Lunch Bunch. His daughter is an Original Knight, Gillian Massey, in 3rd grade with Mrs. Rodriguez and Mrs. Gordon. He has lived in Carrollton for 21 years. He works in the oil and gas industry and volunteers at his church as the Operations Overseer. He enjoys golfing. Mostly, he lives time with his family!

As a Watch Dog volunteer, Mike says, “I love playing in the gym with Coach Zea and the kids!” Michael would love to invite all Dads, Stepdads, Granddads and Uncles to come help with the “homey-dos” at the school while participating with your own child’s activities. Bring your own tools if possible and check in at the front desk for the jobs needed that day (completed background check required)! Sign-ups in the PIE Group coming soon to Bloomz!

About WATCH D.O.G.S.

WATCH D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. In 1998, the very first WATCH D.O.G.S. program launched at Gene George Elementary in Springdale, AR. Today, more than 6,450 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program. Click the link below for more information!

Background Check

If you have completed your volunteer background check, please join the PIE Bloomz Group using code S22RSA. Approval to the group can take up to two weeks. Only those with approved background checks will be added to this closed group. All signups for volunteer activities and field trip chaperoning will be posted here! As a reminder, the background check deadline for currently enrolled families is 10/4/19.
Background Check Link!

Volunteers must re-do the background check each year.

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Trivium Academy (Portico Foundation) every time you shop, at no cost to you.


Go to http://smile.amazon.com and when prompted to select a charity enter Portico Education Foundation. Make sure to select the organization in Carrollton!


Bookmark this page for all of your Amazon purchases!

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