November 21, 2012
We have officially completed the first nine weeks of the school year. It is hard to believe how quickly this school year is passing. As we move into the second quarter, I would like for all of us to focus on being a team for our students. Here is a short list of strategies that can be used to promote the success of our students:
Use their agenda books to keep track of assignments, tests, and project due dates.
Read over your notes every night, even if you have no homework.
Don’t procrastinate! Plan your week wisely as we have discussed in the school wide STAE lessons.
Talk with your child every day about school, and ask them about homework and other assignments.
Use the teacher web pages as a tool to keep yourself informed.
Use the Parent Assistance Module (PAM) to monitor your child's grades.
Parents, please let your grade level administrator know if the teacher web pages and/or PAM are not updated weekly. We want to create a working partnership with you!
Students use iPads to participate in Kids Voting
Students participate in a mock election on November 1st.
iPads in the Classroom
Students in Ms. Whittaker's 8th grade Social Studies Class use iPads to research the Civil War.
Striving to Achieve Excellence
The STAE, Striving to Achieve Excellence, classes participated in Middle School STAE Day at UNC WilmingtonThursday, October 11, 2012. They spent the afternoon atUNCW participating in a pep rally, hearing about college lifefrom students, and touring campus. The students enjoyed
dinner in the cafeteria at the university. That night they gathered in Trask Coliseum to hear Magic Johnson speak withcollege students and other members of the community. The
show started with a step show by different campus organizations. Magic Johnson gave an inspiring message about the importance of education and self confidence. He walked the crowd the entire time and even pulled some students out of the audience. The students really enjoyed their day at UNCW and the opportunity to hear Magic Johnson.
Coach Adams is a new Physical Education teacher here at Trask. Mr. Adams was born in Washington DC on July 31 1987. He spent the first 17 years of his life just north of DC in Olney, MD. Mr. Adams first started his athletic career with baseball when he was 10. In high school he added football and wrestling. Wrestling became his passion as he became the conference champion and finished 3rd in Maryland. Mr. Adams went on to wrestle at UNC Pembroke. After 3 years of competing at UNCP, Mr. Adams transferred to UNCW and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Physical Education. During his time at UNCW he pursued a career in MMA obtaining 2 championship belts and training with elite fighters from all over the world. Mr. Adams is glad that he has made his way to Trask Middle. Outside of school he spends time coaching with the Port City Pirates youth wrestling club. He also spends time with his two pit bulls Bocephus and Coco. He loves food, music, being active and working with kids.
FBLA: Trask’s first chapter of FBLA is up and running with over forty students. FBLA is an
organization that focuses on preparing students for leadership roles locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally. Our advisors are Mr. Goins, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Washington-Skinner, and Miss Williams. We are looking forward to a great year.
Garden Club: A Garden Club has been planted at Trask Middle! The club is small but they have several activities and projects planned. The students will be introduced to worm farming and hydroponics. They will also be working on school wide projects like repairing planter boxes and landscaping the courtyard. If you are interested in joining or volunteering with the Garden Club they would love to grow with you! The club meets every Thursday after school in Mr. Drake’s room, O-14, until 5pm.
November’s Healthy Living TipHealthy Eating at Home:
Healthy, well-nourished kids are better prepared mentally and physically to take on the day. Good nutrition begins at home, so talk to your child about making healthy food and beverage choices and model those healthy behaviors yourself. Also look for creative and inexpensive ways to celebrate with your kids (e.g., special time together, family outings, purchase of a book or interactive toy) rather than using food as a reward.
Congratulations to the Football and
Softball teams for their great seasons!