The Gifts We Give

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Is anyone else looking at the calendar and wondering how it came be December already? The time just seems to fly by and before we know it, we will be ringing in 2019! While many are counting down the days to Dec. 25th, others are counting down the days to final exams, presentations, & projects. We’ve had a tremendous semester and I’m confident it will wrap up with many successes. I hope in the coming days and weeks of hustle and bustle that you and your students are able to find some time to slow down and share some special moments that you will hold dear when they have left their nest. Sometimes, presence can be the greatest present of all!

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If you have been reading this newsletter each month, then you know one of our goals this year is to help students build their sense of self-efficacy, their belief that they are in control of their success. Developing a sense of resiliency is essential in building self-efficacy because resiliency is what helps us bounce back from difficulties-be they physical, academic, personal, etc. Some of us parents, myself included, can be tempted to swoop in and “fix” things for our students, which prevents them from developing this all-important characteristic. Similarly, when we help them choose a path that “easy,” we withhold from them the discovery of their ability to “bounce back.”

Mr. Dee Hurt, one of our counselors, offers these seven concepts below to parents and educators alike as ways we can help give our students the gift of resiliency. These seven concepts are from Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings  by Kenneth Ginsburg

The 7 Cs: The Essential Building Blocks of Resilience

Competence: When we notice what young people are doing right and give them opportunities to develop important skills, they feel competent. We undermine competence when we don’t allow young people to recover themselves after a fall.

Confidence: Young people need confidence to be able to navigate the world, think outside the box, and recover from challenges.

Connection: Connections with other people, schools, and communities offer young people the security that allows them to stand on their own and develop creative solutions.    

Character: Young people need a clear sense of right and wrong and a commitment to integrity.

Contribution: Young people who contribute to the well-being of others will receive gratitude rather than condemnation. They will learn that contributing feels good and may therefore more easily turn to others, and do so without shame.

Coping: Young people who possess a variety of healthy coping strategies will be less likely to turn to dangerous quick fixes when stressed.

Control: Young people who understand privileges and respect are earned through demonstrated responsibility will learn to make wise choices and feel a sense of control.

Attendance – 90% at 90%  Attendance

Currently, 88% of our students have 90% attendance. That is tremendous! Thanks for your help in making sure your student is at school each day, on time, all day. We have 15 days left before break and we hope to see all students present and on-time each one of those days. These last days and weeks of the semester are so very important as teachers conclude units of study, conduct reviews for final exams, and hold the last projects and presentations. Our attendance goal for the year is 89% at 90% if we keep this momentum up, we can meet our goal.

Finals Schedule:  Finals

Monday Dec. 17th through Friday Dec. 21st. Monday-Thurs. will be BLOCK Schedules, Friday will be an ALL schedule

Monday 12/17-Finals Blocks 3 and 7.

Tuesday 12/18-Finals Blocks 4 and 8.

Wednesday 12/19-Finals Blocks 1 and 5.

Thursday 12/20-Finals Blocks 2 and 6.

Friday 12/21-Make-ups and final classroom activities.

Holiday musicIt’s Concert Season!

Orchestra Concert-Mon. 12/3 at 6:00 pm

Band Concert-Weds. 12/5 at 7:00 pm

Choir Concert-Mon. 12/17 at 7:00 pm

Once again our Concert Choir has made it to the Top 4 Finalists for the 99.7 Christmas Choir Competition! Hear them and the other three choirs perform this Sunday, Dec. 9th at 1pm at Independence Center. The winner of the $5,000 grand prize is announced at the conclusion of the performance.

CHEER TEAM TAKES STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

CONGRATS!!!!

Some other items worth cheering about…

Our winter sports are off and running with many tournaments and duals going on. Checkout all the updates HERE

Congrats to Jacob Presler for making All State Honorable Mention Band, 2nd chair Euphonium and to Nick Stabile for making All State Band 6th Chair Tuba. These two young men competed alongside 1200 students for this honor.

Once again Truman High School hosted a successful Independence Winter Classic Debate and Forensics Tournament this past weekend. Some stats:  34: schools from Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska attended. 80: rooms used for competition. 500: parents, alums, Rotarians, and community members who came to judge. 596:  individual students we hosted. 717: competitive entries that were scheduled, performed, judged, and tabulated.

Special Olympics Basketball has started. First tournament is January 5 in Belton and February 23 in Joplin. Keep an eye out for our annual Truman vs. Chrisman rivalry game.

College and Career

Upcoming ACT Dates: December 8th, Feb. 9th, April 13th, June 8th, July 13th. For registration deadlines for these dates, click HERE

Herndon Career Center for 2019-2010 school year: If your student is interested in attending Herndon next year, he/she must complete the application HERE  The link can also be found HERE

Summit Tech Academy: There will be a Field Trip to STA on this Friday, Dec. 7th. Permission notes are required. For more information on STA  click HERE

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The KC Scholars scholarship application opens on January 1 and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. 

• Traditional Scholarship – For current 11th graders – at least 250 selected to receive up to a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to 5 years.
• College Savings Account/Match – For current 9th graders – up to 500 students selected to receive $50 in a 529 college savings account and at least 50 students selected to receive up to $7,000 of match and incentive funds.
• Adult Learner Scholarship – For adults with some college but no degree – and starting in 2019, adults who have an associate degree and will return to complete a bachelor’s degree – up to 200 selected to receive up to a $5,000 scholarship renewable for up to 5 years
For more information and eligibility requirements, visit kcscholars.org.
You can also follow KC Scholars on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – @KCScholars

Image result for SMART Girls Conference KCMO boys and girls clubFor the Ladies!Ladies ages 12-18: SMART Girls Conference 2018: HERstory (Dec. 7th 5:30pm) Hosted by Independence Boys & Girls Club (315 S. Leslie Ave. Independence, MO). Free food & goody bags! Shay Moore from Hot 103 Jamz is the keynote speaker. Free & open to the public. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smart-girls-conference-2018-herstory-tickets-52090717739

Mark Your Calendars:

Dec. 4th-Dodgeball Fundraiser

Dec. 6th and 7th-Market Day during lunch

Dec. 17th-Choir Concert-7:00 pm-Auditorium

12/21-Last Day before Winter Break AND PACK THE HOUSE GAME AND DANCE

Jan. 3rd-Students report back. ALL Day schedule

Jan. 18th-Teacher PD Day-No School

Jan. 21st-MLK, Jr. Holiday-No school  

Jan. 24th- ACADEMY JAMBOREE

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Key Club is collecting gently used and new shoes. We are in a competition against William Chrisman and Van Horn to see who can bring in the most. These shoes will help the Missouri Chapter to Stop Human Trafficking win $1000 to support victims and survivors. So, clean out those closets and bring your shoes to room 218!

Library Media Center

Did you know….

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A BIG Thank you to Patriot Club for providing a pizza party for all the Gateway Selector Readers! We had over 25 kids involved! Keep up the reading!

Reading or Tech questions please email jennifer_epperson@isdschools.org

Finally, we need your help!

We have a bit of a laundry list of items we could use your help with:

  1. Please help ensure our students are arriving to school on time each day.
  2. Please remind all students, but especially seniors, to check their ISD emails each day, or at the very least, once a week. Invitations to field trips, special experiences, important reminders and deadlines all come via student email.
  3. Parents of seniors, please remind students to check their names in the counseling center for graduation diplomas and program. About half of our senior class still hasn’t done this.

 

 

 

In Season

Much to be thankful for

No sooner have we finally finished the last of the Halloween candy, many of us begin planning for the holidays. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays, but it often gets brushed aside as a mere dress-rehearsal for Dec. 25th. However, we must be careful not to overlook a season where we get to count our many blessings and seize the opportunity to practice and teach our children an……

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To be certain, I am grateful for my family-husband, children, parents, etc. But I am also thankful for privilege to spend my days with the greatest of your blessings-your children. I am grateful to work with a staff who is committed to our students and one another. I am appreciative of a community that values education. I am grateful for all the Proud Patriot Moments our students, coaches, and sponsors have given us this fall-District Championship in Softball, 1st place in Regionals for our Cheerleading Team, and many personal bests, honors, and achievements in other sports and activities. The list goes on and on. And, I suppose one thing I am also grateful for is that all the political ads will soon be over:) Seriously, I do hope that in the coming weeks, you and your family are able to take some time to recall the many reasons you have to celebrate a season of thanks. And I truly hope that being a part of the Truman High School family is on your list somewhere.

A Special Invitation for our Veterans:

We invite all veterans to join us at our Veteran’s Day Assembly this Friday, Nov. 9th. Veteran’s may arrive at 1pm. The assembly will be begin at approx. 1:30 and conclude at 2:23. There will be a reception for veterans immediately after the assembly. Please RSVP by calling our front office at 816-521-5350 by Wednesday if you have a veteran joining us so we make sure we are prepared. This assembly is student-planned and led by our JROTC students in our Public Service Academy

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McCoy Medal Awards-Weds. Nov. 7th

Wednesday evening at William Chrisman High School we will honor our McCoy Medal recipients from all three high schools. The ceremony begins at 7pm.

 

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To get your ticket to our annual Truman Patriot Club Dinner and Auction Thursday Nov. 8th at 6:30 in our Band Room. Tickets of $15 must be purchased by Wednesday Nov. 7th.  It’s a fun evening of great food catered by Salvatore’s restaurant combined with wonderful auction items. Sports enthusiasts-plenty of signed, framed items to add to your collection. Several baskets and other items from lawn care to sports tickets to jewelry. Many start their holiday shopping at this event! We look forward to seeing you.

Connecting with our Counseling Center

College and CareerFAFSA NIGHT-Thurs. Nov. 8th 5:00-7:30 pm

Join our counselors and admission counselors from MCC to help you and your student complete this important process to access government grants, loans, and work study opportunities. Finish this task and then join us in the Band Room for the TPC Dinner and Auction.

Summit Technology Academy Open House

November 15th from 6-7:30 PM for interested students and parents. They will also be at Truman during PAT on this same date to visit with interested students.

NEXT ACT DATE-Sat. Dec. 8th. Registration deadline Nov. 2nd. Late registration deadline Nov. 19th

 

Presenting….Cinderella

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PLAYBILL: Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein will be presented Nov 15, 16, and 17 at 7:00 pm, and Nov. 18 at 2:00 pm.  This family-friendly classic tells the story of the cinder-covered girl with the heart of gold.  With the help of a fairy godmother and glass slipper, she wins the hand of the prince.  The musical includes “My Own Little Corner,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful,” and “Impossible.”  Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door. Seating is General Admission.  Call 816-521-5350 for tickets or e-mail at ron_meyer@isdschools.org.

New Tradition-Josten’s Ring Ceremony for Juniors and their parents

On Monday Nov. 19th, parents and students can participate in a special ceremony to present their juniors with their class rings.

Negative Cafeteria Balances

Please help make sure your student’s cafeteria balance is is paid in full. Going forward, students with negative cafeteria balances will not be permitted to purchase tickets to dances or to purchase parking passes until balances are paid. Please keep in mind that all negative balances must be paid in order to receive diplomas, etc. Families who are in need of assistance should complete a new Free/Reduced Lunch Application as this must be done each school year.

Of Note…

National Art Honor Society inducted 15 new members Friday, October 26th in a ceremony in the lecture hall. This sizable, energetic group has already participated in the Homecoming parade, and the Trunk or Treat, and is making plans for a big fundraiser in the spring.

Special Olympics had a great outing at their first bowling tournament last weekend bringing home lots of hardware!

Our Cheerleading Team made school history taking 1st place at Regional Competition this past Saturday.

Important Dates

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Weds. Nov 21st-Fri. Nov. 23rd-Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 17th-Dec. 21st-Finals Week

Dec. 24th-Jan. 2nd-Christmas Break

Jan 3rd-1st day 2nd semester

 

Remember Trumancitizenship is the chance to make a difference to the place you belong. Have a wonderful season of thanks.

The Hustle & Bustle of October

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WOW! I glanced at my calendar a few days back to realize that October is PACKED with important and exciting events at Truman. Fall is my favorite time of year, but I can’t believe it is already upon us. I realized I better get busy and submit another post!

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Last post I mentioned the concept of self-efficacy as a focus for us this year. I encourage you to to ask your student if they know what self-efficacy is. Each month students explore this concept during PAT in hopes that we can help build resilience in our students so they can persevere through challenges. Part of the discussion around self-efficacy is the notion of grit. As educators we are looking for opportunities to help students develop their grit quotient. Similarly, we also explore the ideas of a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset, as seen in the image below. I challenge parents and students alike to truly consider their mindsets and be convicted to adapt them as necessary. So many students have a fixed mindset which can lead to simply shutting down and/or giving up. They see other students as just being talented or that “school is easy for them.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Those students for whom school looks are likely to have a growth mindset which fuels their belief in their ability to work hard and learn through a struggle, which results in success.

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Finally, we encourage you to join us in helping our students develop a growth mindset, to unlock their grit, to realize their sense of self-efficacy. These are foundational to students being able to make it through a challenging class, overcome a difficult task in athletics, master a demanding musical piece, etc. You can do this by praising your student’s process (hard work, commitment, perseverance) not just their product (an “A,” a win, an award). It’s as easy as simply changing our language and what we communicate to our kids. Grades are temporary. Students won’t get grades in life. But they will have to overcome obstacles and difficult circumstances of various kinds for the rest of their lives so let’s help them build their capacity to do just that.

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October 4th-Senior Big Picture during PAT

Oct 9th-Picture Retakes, Sr. Pictures

Oct. 12th-End of 1st qtr.

Oct. 15th-16th-Parent Teacher Confs. &  HOCO Week

Monday 10/15-4:00 pm-8:00 pm

Tuesday 10/16-3:30 pm-7:00 pm

Oct. 18th-EVEN Day w/modified schedule for Assembly at end of the day

Oct. 19th-No School, HOCO Game 7:00 pm

Oct. 20th-ISD Kids Fun Run (7:30 registration 8:00 start). ISD Parade (9:00 am) followed by Truman Community Open House (10:30-Noon). HOCO Dance (7 pm-10 pm)

Oct. 22nd-PD Day-No school for students

11/1-Josten’s Senior Class Mtg. during PAT. Students will receive information on cap and gown orders as well as other graduation products.

Connecting with the Counseling Center

College and Career

Oct. 26thHerndon Career Center will be here to talk to interested sophomores and juniors about their various programs. Students will receive an email inviting them to sign up for the presentation.

FAFSA NIGHT!Nov. 8th 5pm-7pm Truman High School Library. Students and parents are invited to come in anytime in the 2 hours to complete their FAFSA paperwork with help from a financial aid representative. Parents need to bring a copy of their 2017 taxes to complete the FAFSA application.

MCC Apply DayAlso Nov. 8th-MCC will be at Truman during PAT time on Nov. 8th for application day. Anyone interested in attending simply needs to email Mr. Hurt or stop by the counseling center and sign up.

Summit Tech Academy will be here on Nov 15th. Interested sophomores and juniors need to check their email to RSVP for the presentation.

ACT on Oct. 27th-Still time to register for this test date, but a late fee will be applied. Late registration deadline is Oct. 14th.

SchoolNurse From the Health Clinic

FLU immunization clinic for students will be October 24. There will be no paper form this year. Parents can complete the consent online and that link will be sent out 2 weeks prior to clinic date. If you have questions please contact the Health Clinic. Here is the link

All the world’s a stage…   Cinderella

PLAYBILL: Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein will be presented Nov 15, 16, and 17 at 7:00 pm, and Nov. 18 at 2:00 pm.  This family-friendly classic tells the story of the cinder-covered girl with the heart of gold.  With the help of a fairy godmother and glass slipper, she wins the hand of the prince.  The musical includes “My Own Little Corner,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful,” and “Impossible.”  Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door.

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Our Fall Choir concert is Thursday Oct 25 at 7 pm in the THS auditorium.
All State Choir auditions are Oct 27 from 2-4 pm at Oak Park HS.

Clubs

FrenchFlagIt’s a French Exchange year and we have a group of French guests arriving October 11! Please help us give them a warm welcome!

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Special Olympics is starting out the year with Bowling. Our first tournament will be November 3rd. Keep an eye out next semester for our rivalry basketball game against William Chrisman.

 

Homecoming 2018

Homecoming Week Monday 10/15-Saturday 10/20

Mon. 10/15-Parent Teacher Confs.  4pm-8pm

Tues. 10/16-Parent Teacher Confs. 3:30pm-7pm

Thurs. 10/18-Pep Assembly

Fri. 10/19-NO SCHOOL Football Game at 7pm

Sat. 10/20– Parade on the Independence Square at 9am, line-up begins at 8am, no earlier. PLEASE NOTE:The parade route will be slightly different this year. Best spots will be along Maple between Osage and Main, Main between Maple and Kansas.

Community Open House at Truman-10:30-Noon

Dance-7 pm – 10 pm PLEASE NOTEStudents wishing to purchase a ticket to Homecoming must have 90% and have all obligations cleared, including negative cafeteria balances. All students must show their student id to enter the dance. Students wishing to bring a guest from another school must complete and submit all paperwork by the deadline. The dance is in the small gym and no high heels can be worn on the gym floor. Finally, please help us by always having your student picked up within 15 minutes of the end of an event.

The Power of a Positive Start

Greetings parents and patrons! What an amazing, positive, exciting start to the school year we have enjoyed! There is nothing like a fresh start to a new school year. It was thrilling to see the hallways and our new spaces fill up with smiling, happy teenagers who were eager to greet friends, teachers, and get their year started. We are now 21 days in and time seems to be flying by. It’s hard to believe that in just a few days we will be selling Homecoming Tickets! So I wanted to be sure to get some important information to you.

Before I do that, I wanted to share that we are focused this year on many things (all the usual, but important topics): improving achievement and literacy, increasing attendance, decreasing drop-out rate. But one area of note that has our attention is helping students  build a sense of self-efficacy. We want students to have a belief that they can persevere through something difficult and be successful, that they are in control of their abilities. In our culture of immediate gratification, it is human nature to want things to be easy and quick. But we all know that the best things in life come with much hard work and struggle and the best thing we do for our students is to support them through it, rather than save them from it, because that’s where the learning and growth is-in the struggle. Carol Dweck, author of Mindset says it best below….6cc83fe087fa1dbc82af17752a442e88--carol-dweck-quotes-grit-quotes

OUR THEME-#wearetruman

Our goal with this theme is to create a sense of pride and unity as we work as one to achieve our goals. Of course this theme applies to parents as well! You are an important part of that “we” and we are privileged that you send your children to us each day. So, please include this hashtag on your posts, tweets, snaps, etc. and follow this hashtag as well to stay connected to all things Truman. Also, consider joining Truman Patriot’s Club, our PTA/Booster club to support our students. There are many ways to get involved. Christy Burton is the President and is happy to answer any questions you may have

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 Important Dates

Friday Sept. 28th- No school for students due to Staff Development. AND Oct. 27th ACT REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Juniors-Josten’s ring orders due this week! We will be adding a special event this year called a Ring Ceremony for students and parents. It will be in Nov. more details coming soon.

SENIORS ONLY

10/4-Sr. Big Picture during PAT. If weather permits, picture will be in the football stands, please we dress to be outside.

10/9-Sr. Pictures for the yearbook

11/1-Josten’s Senior. Class Mtg. during PAT. Students will receive information on cap and gown orders as well as other graduation products.

College and CareerConnecting with the Counseling Center

WEBSITE: Lots of important information can be found here, including information on scholarships sitehttp://sites.isdschools.org/truman_counseling/scholarships

TWITTER: Follow @counseling_THS for timely announcements about college and career opportunities like application deadlines, and announcements like this:

“Herndon Career Center will be here on Oct 19th at 8:30 to talk to interested sophomores and juniors about their various programs. Students will receive an email inviting them to sign up for the presentation.”

 

German FlagGERMAN CLUB: If anyone is interested in going to Europe with Frau Gipfert in 2020 please come to an informational meeting in the library at 7pm. Tuesday Sept. 18th. If you have questions or cannot attend, please email Frau at stephanie_gipfert@isdschools.org.

FrenchFlagIt’s a French Exchange year and we have a group of French guests arriving October 11! Please help us give them a warm welcome! Any host families are expected to attend the host meeting at 6:30pm September 26 in the lecture hall!

Cinderella

PLAYBILL: Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein will be presented Nov 15, 16, and 17 at 7:00 pm, and Nov. 18 at 2:00 pm.  This family-friendly classic tells the story of the cinder-covered girl with the heart of gold.  With the help of a fairy godmother and glass slipper, she wins the hand of the prince.  The musical includes “My Own Little Corner,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful,” and “Impossible.”  Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door.

SchoolNurse              From our Health Clinic                 Vaccine

FLU immunization clinic for students will be October 24. There will be no paper form this year. Parents can complete the consent online and that link will be sent out 2 weeks prior to clinic date. If you have questions please contact the Health Clinic.

HOMECOMING 2018-PARIS IN THE RAIN

Paris in the Rain

Homecoming Week Monday 10/15-Saturday 10/20

Mon. 10/15-Parent Teacher Confs.  4pm-8pm

Tues. 10/16-Parent Teacher Confs. 3:30pm-7pm

Thurs. 10/18-Pep Assembly

Fri. 10/19-NO school Football Game at 7pm

Sat. 10/20Parade on the Independence Square at 9am, line-up begins at 8am, no earlier. PLEASE NOTE: The parade route will be slightly different this year. Best spots will be along Maple between Osage and Main, Main between Maple and Kansas.

Community Open House at Truman-10:30-Noon

Dance-Paris in the Rain-7pm – 10 pm PLEASE NOTE: Students wishing to purchase a ticket to Homecoming must have 90% and have all obligations cleared, including negative cafeteria balances. All students must show their student id to enter the dance. Students wishing to bring a guest from another school must complete and submit all paperwork by the deadline. Finally, please help us by always having your student picked up within 15 minutes of the end of an event.

FINAL THOUGHTS

We are charged with preparing students to be successful in life beyond high school. Many of the items below are college and career readiness skills and students will encounter these kind of expectations on campus and in the workplace. We ask your partnership in creating……

A culture of timeliness: we want to help students develop this life-long skill. You can partner with us by helping ensure students are arriving to school each day on time.

A culture of safety: we are asking students to please wear their ID badges daily. Students who enter the building late each morning must have their IDs. If they do not have an ID, one will be printed for them at their expense and charged to their student account. Please help them get in the habit of wearing their ID.

A culture of professionalism: all students should wear shirts that cover their midsection-no bare tummies. Strapless, backless, and tube-tops are also prohibited as well as hats, hoods, and head-coverings. Pants should be worn at the waist. Please help us by encouraging your child to make wise choices about school attire, much like a job.

A culture of engagement and respect: We ask that all students keep one earbud out while in school to facilitate communication. We ask that they keep cellphones in their backpacks during class time. Finally, we expect all students to have respectful interactions with all adults in the building.

As always, I want to reiterate that you have amazing kids, we having a caring and talented staff and together, we accomplish tremendous things every hour of every day. It is a humbling privilege to be a part of #wearetruman.

And as I say at the end of announcements each day-“Remember, you can never have a really bad day if you have shown kindness at least once.”