At the same time that we can’t believe the first quarter of the school year is almost over, we also are so happy that autumn has finally arrived. With fall comes a celebrated holiday in the world of schools-Homecoming! This has been Homecoming Week and it’s been great. We are looking forward to a spirit-filled assembly and game Friday, a pride-filled parade Saturday morning, and a magical dance Saturday night. But while Homecoming elicits excitement around all of these events, what is at the core of this special time? I would offer that it is the sense of community. It’s a sense of belonging & warmth that brings alumnae back to visit a place they called home for four years. It’s the the positive relationships and connections amongst students, staff, and parents that motivate people to want to return. It’s the memories students and staff create as they work, learn, serve, laugh, and play together over the course of four-years. As we work hard each day to help students build their futures, we are also building a community of people who will one day look back with fondness and gratitude at a special and unique time in their lives. We are grateful you allow us to work with your most precious gifts, your children, so that one day, they too will come home to celebrate with us.
So, please continue reading below the important announcements, reminders, and information that helps our community connect.
Thurs. Oct. 3rd-Senior Big Picture Day 8:50am
Tues. 10/8-Picture Re-Take Day This date is being rescheduled to 10/14 or 10/21. Stay tuned.
Fri. Oct. 4th– Pep Assembly-last hour of school. Football game at 7pm.
Sat. Oct. 5th-9am: Parade (line-up at 8am). Dance: 7pm-10pm, Small Gym
Weds 10/9 and Thurs. 10/10-Senior Photo Re-take. By Appt. Only. Prestige/Lifetouch will send out information
Fri. Oct. 11th-End of 1st Quarter
Mon. Oct. 14th & Tues. Oct. 15th-Parent-Teacher Conferences, Choir Concert Tues. 10/15
Fri. Oct. 18th-NO SCHOOL STUDENTS OR TEACHERS
Tues. Nov. 5th-NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, Professional Development for teachers.
Mon. Nov. 11th-Veteran’s Day and Assembly
Tues. Nov. 12th-Freshman Academy Career Fair & FAFSA Night
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WHEN: Tuesday, Oct 22 – 8:30am – 11:30am and 5pm-7pm
WHERE: Kansas City Convention Center
301 W 13th St
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Mrs. Adams, our A+ Coordinator presented A+ to all Freshmen through Freshmen Academy. Each student received a Letter of Intent, which indicates their intent to participate in this program that provides two free years of college/post-secondary training to Missouri graduates. Please ask your student for this handout and review it with them. Have questions about the program? Mrs. Adams will also be sharing information at Parent Teacher Conferences
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As part of our effort to create a community at Truman High School, we invite you to attend Parent Camp! In addition to visiting with your student’s teachers, we are offering a variety of resources and opportunities to our families. We hope you are able to join us and connect with one of the mini-workshops below. More details will come via robo-call and email closer to the date. Mini Workshop Topics Include:
Hispanic Parent Meeting; SOS Trusted Adult Training; A+, FAFSA, & College Financial Planning; Vaping; Academies of the ISD; Powerschool & Google Classroom: Getting Connected, NCAA Clearinghouse, AP & Dual Credit Classes, New to Truman Parents.
Choir Concert-Tuesday 10/15 at 7:00pm in the auditorium. No charge. Free-will donation accepted. Come join us right after your parent conferences!
The library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday until 3:15 for students to work. We have many of the different computer software programs they would need to complete work. We also have Photoshop if they want to do any photo editing after or before school.
We have a wonderful program called Learning Express Library. Your student can have extra practice with ACT testing, ASVAB, Postal Worker Exam, CNA, Nursing School Entrance Exam, Practice for AP exam, help writing a college admissions essay and many more learning opportunities. If your student is interested please email me and we will have your student set up an account so they can work on it at home on the computer.
Soon we’ll be kicking off our Gateway Selector Award. We will be having a doughnut party in the library before school to start reading the 25 books to narrow down to the Top 25 books to be voted on next year.
Our students in the Finance Capstone at Blue Ridge Bank & Trust will be promoting the bank at the parade this Saturday. Their mission is to promote the Blue Ridge Bank by creating awareness & encouraging them to open accounts. They will focus on the interest bearing checking account and the student checking account. Every person who is interested in a new account will receive a $20.00 coupon which will be credited at the time of account opening.
The character trait for the month of October is integrity. Integrity is simply defined as doing the right thing, even if it is hard or inconvenient-even if no one is looking. Integrity is a vital part of society and our PRIDE matrix here at Truman so we ask our kids to demonstrate integrity on a regular basis by modeling academic integrity, encouraging their peers to do the right thing, and being accountable. At school this could look like taking ownership over their own education, being a good role model for their peers, and leaving an area better than they found it. Our academies elected a student or two from each academy who had demonstrated integrity above and beyond what we would usually expect. Out of these students one will be the October Character of the Month. As you go about the month, we would ask that you try to notice and recognize your student for showing integrity. Congratulations to our winners below!
|Academy Winners for Integrity|
|Arts and Ed||Mark Williams|
|Industrial Tech||Matthew Hays|
|Public Service||Katie Weather|
Important Info About Extreme Test Day-February 25th.
February 25th is Extreme Test Day at Truman High School. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the opportunity to take one of two tests: the ACT or the Work Keys. Information about the ACT can be found here: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/help.html. And information about the Work Keys can be found here: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workkeys-for-job-seekers/assessments.html. All Freshmen will be on a college visit.
The first option – the ACT is a test required by most four-year colleges. The cost is $43.50 and must be paid by the student – no fee waivers can be used. This cost is cheaper than the cost of the test on national test dates. Payment can be made online through MySchoolBucks here:https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain.action. Students who would like to take a dual credit class next year need a qualifying ACT score prior to enrollment.
The second option – the Work Keys is a test of workplace readiness. It is free to students. Students who do not choose to take the ACT will take the Work Keys test instead.
Seniors who are on track for graduation are not required to test. Instead, they can choose to complete a college visit or job shadow at their own arrangement. They will be marked excused if they choose one of these options.
Sophomore, junior, and senior students received a Google Form to fill out in PAT time on Thursday to make their choice between the two tests. Please meet with your student to discuss if the ACT or Work Keys test is best for them on Extreme Test Day this spring. Please email Mr. Sotheran with any questions at: email@example.com