I think it’s fairly safe to say that Old Man Winter has over-stayed his welcome and we are all ready to usher in springtime. I am so very sorry that my newsletter, like many days of school this semester, has been missing! After a re-imaging of my computer and issues with WordPress, we are now, much like this semester, full-steam ahead.
If you have read my newsletters up to this point, you know that our focus as a staff this year has been to help students develop their sense of self-efficacy, to build their resilience. This image reminds me of resiliency as well. It is much like our students and children. There is a seed, a promise within each of them, just waiting to bloom. As parents and educators, we ensure conditions are optimum for that seed to grow and blossom. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, difficult times come-frigid temperatures, droughts, pests, etc., and our little seeds seem vulnerable and perhaps beyond our reach. But we endure: coaching, helping, supporting, using all our resources to help that seed to push on through the dirt and soil to realize the sun and warmth. Some seeds need a little more time, a little more help, but they end up powering through and reaching the light. . And so it is with our students. Some of our students, many underclassmen, are still in the soil, getting all that nurturing. Others, like our seniors, are about to reach the full bloom of their high school season. What a privilege it is to partner with you and tend the garden of children to reach their full beauty and potential.
In closing, and considering the idea of using resources to help all our students succeed, I would point your attention to the InTouch Independence Community Resource Fair presented by our Public Service Academy on Tuesday night of Parent-Teacher Conferences, April 19th. This is an amazing student-led event for all families to connect with and access a number of community resources.
As you may imagine, flu and inclimate weather have had a negative impact on attendance. Our goal this year is that 89% of our students are here at school 90% of the time. Right now, 85% of our students are reaching that attendance goal. Please work with us to help your student be at school each and everyday from now until the last day of school so we can reach our goal.
AP TESTING-Students taking AP tests this year – AP order forms have been emailed to all students. Order forms must be completed by Wednesday, March 13th. Payment for AP tests can be made starting March 18th. All payments should be made to Angela Farmer, in the Truman High School main office. Payment can be made via check, money order, or cash. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Truman High School. Credit and debit card payments will NOT be accepted for AP Tests. All payments are due by April 5, 2019 at 2:30 pm.
ACT TESTING: Many current sophomores and juniors need to take the ACT to get required scores to receive college credit in many dual credit classes. Some may have signed up to take the ACT on Extreme Test Day on April 2nd. However, if they have not, they are encouraged to take the test on April 13th, June 9th, or July 14th. Likewise, many college-bound seniors are encouraged to take the test once more for placement in freshmen classes in college. The deadline for late registration for the April 13th test is March 25th and penalty fee will apply.
COURSE REQUEST VERIFICATION-Please be sure to see your student’s PAT teacher during Parent-Teacher Conferences to check on the courses they have requested for next year and make any necessary changes.
From MCC – Metropolitan Community College-Blue River is the prefect place to meet your needs regardless of your path. Whether you just need a few classes in high school as either dual credit or Early College (formerly Trailblazers Academy), training for a career, or plan to transfer to a 4-year institution, we are a great place to start. Come see what we can do for you! We will have a presentation during parent/teacher conferences at Truman High School on Monday, March 18th – exact time and room location to be announced.
Seniors – scholarship season is coming to a close soon, but there is still time to fill out a few more applications and earn some extra money for college. Many times, the scholarships with later due dates do not get awarded because students stop completing applications. Don’t miss out!! Check our THS Counseling Scholarship Page for available opportunities: http://sites.isdschools.org/truman_counseling/scholarships
SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES & EXPERIENCES
Summer Leadership Opportunity from MU – The Honors College at the University of Missouri (Columbia) is now accepting applications from high school students, of all levels, for its Summer 2019 Cherng Global Leadership Academy (CGLA). The program runs from June 16 through June 25, 2019. Participants will explore what it means for them personally to be a leader and will be led through a series of activities, programs, workshops, and projects that will enhance their leadership traits and build their skills, while connecting them into a broad leadership network across numerous fields — from business to government, agriculture to education. Cost to attend the CGLA is $400 and includes room, all meals, leadership activities, and study materials. Need-based scholarships are available for a limited number of participants. For more information and to apply, interested students and parents should visit the following page: https://honors.missouri.edu/cherng-global-leadership-academy/.
Summer Nurse Academy 2019 – KUMed is accepting applications for an intensive summer nursing internship for high school juniors and seniors. Nurse Academy 2019: Thursday, July 25th and Friday, July 26th, 2019. Applications due Friday, April 1, 2019. http://www.kumc.edu/nurse-academy.html
Duke Summer Sessions – At Duke Summer Session, we are determined not only to inform you about it, but to transform you into one who envisions, shapes, and delivers the incredible possibilities of tomorrow. It is for this reason that we are thrilled to offer the following life-changing programs this summer:
- Summer College – Take a credit-bearing Duke University course during this four-week program and experience the life of a Duke student.
- Summer Academy – Choose from any of our transformative three-week certificate courses and become a leader in an ever-changing tomorrow.
- Accelerated STEM Academy – Experience the life of an elite researcher by touring Duke’s premier research facilities, participating in a variety of hands-on labs, and engaging with Duke faculty members during this one-week program.
- Apply online today on each program’s homepage, as spots fill quickly!
CAMP CARDIAC-As a reminder, scholarship and standard applications are currently open for CampCardiac Kansas City 2019! Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro, run by medical students in over 30 cities nationwide, are 1-week summer day camps for high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine. Students may learn more and apply by visiting http://www.campcardiac.org. In addition, you may download a PDF flyer by clicking here.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
March 12th-Band Concert-7pm
March 18th and 19th-Parent Teacher Conferences. March 18th 4pm-8pm, March 19th 3:30-7:00pm. Please be sure to visit with your student’s PAT teacher during conferences to verify their course requests for the 19-20 school year.
March 20th-Orchestra Concert
April 2nd-EXTREME TEST DAY-Please check your email and/or that of your student for more details about this day. Stay tuned for robo-calls and emails as well. All freshmen are on a college visit. All sophomore and juniors are taking Work Keys unless they have signed up for and paid to take the ACT. Most seniors will be on job shadows or college visits unless they need to test or are working on credits for graduation.
April 6th&7th-RELAY FOR LIFE! Support your students as they put teams together to raise funds and awareness for American Cancer Society. There are moving and fun events like luminaria walk, guest speaker, survivor dinner, and all the booths and activities kids put on. It’s a great event, so show your support by coming up and participating.
April 8th-Academic Letter Ceremony 7pm Truman High School Auditorium-Again, please watch the mail for your invitation. Your student has also received an important email regarding this event.
April 11th- SENIOR CAP & GOWN DELIVERY and SENIOR MEETING-Students will receive their cap and gown if all obligations have been cleared, including negative cafeteria balances. They will receive important information about senior activities including graduation, graduation practice, baccalaureate, legacy walk, and legacy ceremony.
April 23rd- Senior Awards Night by invitation,7:00 PM.
Girl’s Basketball secure District Championship on Coach Cassity’s 400th career win!
DEBATE AND COMP DRAMA National Qualifiers-March 8-9, our forensics team competed at the national qualifier tournament at Park Hill South High School. Novice Paige Gonzales made it to Semifinals in Original Oratory. We finished Saturday with two National Qualifiers: John Crump III in International Extemp and Hadley Brillhart and Gabbie Petentler in Duo Interpretation. We’ll be going to Dallas in June!
Also from NFL–Truman is hosting the Great Communicator Debates” on April 5 & 6. These are debates designed for the citizen-judge–no debate jargon to worry about! Please contact Ms. Adams if you would like to volunteer to judge firstname.lastname@example.org”
INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL MUSIC Contests were also this past weekend and both groups had all 1s and 2s on solos and ensembles with many students advancing on to state competition.
CONGRATS TO ALL WINTER SPORTS- Wrestling saw two state competitors and placers, Boy’s Basketball advanced in Districts, and Girl’s secured a District Championship. Congrats to all winter sports on a great season and good luck to all Spring Sports which kick off 3/18.
So you say you need a mattress?
Do you need to replace a bed in your home? Now is the time! The Truman High School Band Program is hosting a one day Mattress Sale at Truman High School on Saturday, April 6th from 10AM-5PM. There will be about 30 name brand models to choose from. Simmons Beautyrest, Southerland, and IntelliBED are just a few of the brands offered! All beds are new, made to order, available in all sizes, and come with factory warranties! There will also be pillows, sheets, mattress protectors, frames and even adjustable beds available as well! Best of all, prices are less than retail stores! Financing options are available. Mention this announcement and get free delivery with any bed purchase! All purchases benefit our students! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ4NpXCI_iU
That’s it for now, but that is a lot of information. It comes fast and furious this time of year. I look forward to seeing each of you at Parent Conferences next week.