October-What it Means to Come Home

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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.


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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


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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From the Counseling Center

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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


download (7)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.

Image result for Choir clip artChoir Concert-Tuesday 10/15 at 7:00pm in the auditorium. No charge. Free-will donation accepted. Come join us right after your parent conferences!


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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.

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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
Business Lewis Nelson
Freshman Erynn Boatright
Freshman Adam LeBlanc
Industrial Tech Matthew Hays
Public Service Katie Weather
STEM Patrick Cox
STEM Laura Knowles

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: shawn_sotheran@isdschools.org


Off to a Great Start


Hello parents, guardians, and patrons of Truman High School. It’s hard to believe that we are already bidding farewell to Labor Day Weekend and about to begin our fourth week of school. We have had a very positive start to the school year and want to thank you for the opportunity to be with your students each day. You have sent us your best and it shows. Our students continue to rise to the expectations before them: academically, behaviorally, and relationaly.

As you may guess, one of the biggest changes for us this year has been our electronic device policy. Some adults and students were skeptical that a change could be made, and yet it is no surprise that our students have risen to the occasion and handled the change well. Students and staff report the following: students are more engaged in class, the traffic in the hallways moves more quickly, students seem to be interacting with themselves and adults more, there is less “drama,” amongst students, and-perhaps the most important-people seem happier. Suffice it say that overall, this change has had a positive impact on students and teachers in our building. Much like our culture of timeliness last year, when the expectation is communicated clearly, and the guidelines are followed consistently and respectfully, our students not only survive the change, but they thrive as a result. And if we can accomplish this with things like attendance, timeliness, and electronic devices, we know students can continue to meet academic expectations as well.

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Creating Community

Our theme this year is COMMUNITY. We invite you to join us in creating a sense of belonging and togetherness at Truman High School. As a faculty and staff we are committed to connecting with you and your students in ways that help everyone feel that Truman is home for them. There are several ways you can become a part of and help create community here at THS. It’s as easy as Join, Attend, Connect, and Check!

1. Join Truman Patriot Club

One way you can feel a part of the community is to join Truman Patriot Club our Booster Club and PTSA. We are striving for 100% teacher membership this year and encourage you and your family to join this vital organization that supports our students and teachers to make Truman a great place where people where want to be. Contact our front office or President Christy Burton, or Vice President of Membership Michele Clemons to join.

2. Attend events (Open House, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Games, Concerts, Plays, Truman Patriot Club Meetings, etc.)

Another way you can help create community is to come out and support our athletes, thespians, artists, musicians, etc. This Friday night is our first home football game and our Football Team, led by Coach Charlie Pugh has partnered with Liberty North, Lee Summit and William Chrisman to dedicate the first three home games to fighting childhood cancer. So, come out and support your students, our school, and help make a difference in the lives of children battling this disease.

3. Connect with us on Social Media and visit our website

Truman High School has an official Facebook Page and Twitter Account and we hope you will like, follow, and share us with your friends. Nearly every sport, club, organization has a twitter handle, as do teachers, coaches, etc. We encourage you to find those school and individual accounts to feel a connected member of our THS community. Click here for the school website. A few social media accounts are linked/listed below to get you started.


@Truman_Patriots-for sports updates

@THSPatriotsClub-for booster/PTSA/parent updates

@THSPatriots-for general school information and insights

@TrumanSTUCO1 – for your students to follow


Truman Patriots Club – https://www.facebook.com/THSPatriotsClub

Truman High School (official school page) – https://www.facebook.com/Truman-High-School-317325062156881/

4. Check Powerschool, Google Classroom, Reach out to teachers, and listen to robo-calls

If you haven’t already, please set up your Powerschool Account and Alerts so you can check in on progress your student is making. Your student may also have several teachers who use google classroom. Sign up to receive emails and alerts from that platform to know of upcoming due dates, assignments, homework, etc. Check your voicemail and email for those robo calls as they are our primary way of communicating timely information and reminders to all our families, and finally, and most importantly, reach out to your students’ teachers-even if only by email, and even if there isn’t a problem or issue. The more we can do to foster relationships of trust and support amongst one another, the better we can all be at helping your student succeed.

I look forward to all the promise and potential this year holds for us as well as partnering with you as we work together to help your students realize their place at Truman High School and their pathway to success beyond this place.


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Fri., Sept. 6th-First Home Football Game-Faculty Night and Fight Childhood Cancer Night

Week of 9/9-9/13/19-ISD Foundation Week

Weds. Sept. 11th-Patriot Day-Students decorate halls to commemorate 9/11

Thurs. Sept. 12th-JR CLASS MEETING 8:50am-9:30am in Auditorium for Class Ring Presentation

Thurs. Sept. 19th-Jr. Class Ring Order Night-4pm-6pm-Front Lobby

Fri. Sept. 27th-NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, Professional Development Day for teachers

Mon., Sept.-30th-Fri., Oct.4th-Homecoming Week! Game-10/4, Parade and Dance-10/5

Thurs. Oct. 4th-Senior Big Picture Day 8:50am

Tues. 10/8-Picture Re-Take Day

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


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From the Counseling Center

Please click here for website for up-to-date information about important deadlines, etc. as well as to reach out to your student’s counselor. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @Counseling_THS

A+ Assignments being made now for 19-20 SY-

Please have your students stop by the counseling center and see Mrs. Adams to sign up for A+ and receive a tutoring assignment for this school year.

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Truman 64

Is your student looking for a reading challenge? The TRUMAN 64 is a four-year program that requires participating students read 16 great books each year—some of which are already part of the curriculum—over the course of their time at Truman High School.  After selecting a book from our list, students will check in with one of the book’s sponsors (a teacher or administrator) to start a conversation about their choice.  The sponsor may provide a few questions to guide the student’s reading, but these will not require any written work. After the student has finished reading, they schedule a conference with the sponsor and, following the meeting, the sponsor will log the title in a spreadsheet that tracks the student’s progress. If the student reads 16 books from the list, they can earn a letter from Literacy Ambassors!


Literacy Ambassadors

The first Literacy Ambassadors meeting will be held on Tues., Sept. 10 in Mr. Gall’s room (212) after school.  Literacy Ambassadors supports and promotes literacy in the building and community at large through tutoring, service projects, and student engagement.  Participating students who complete the Truman 64 earn a club letter.  (Subsequent years of completion earn students bars.)  For more information, contact zac_gall@isdschools.org.


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Truman Patriot Football Takes on Childhood Cancer!

From Coach Charlie Pugh: As you may or may not know, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To bring awareness to and fight against childhood cancer; THS Football, LNHS, LHS, & WCHS are “dedicating” our games in September to the fight!
Our home schedule for September is:
9/6-vs. Liberty North
9/13-vs. Liberty
9/27-vs. William Chrisman
We would love for all of you to come out and support as we fight for a greater cause, TOGETHER!
There is an online donation platform that you can donate to through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation; https://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1871157   There will also be a “stand” at the game to donate as well as t-shirts for sale for $10.


The End is Just the Beginning


Finish Strong to Begin Again

It can’t really be time for the last newsletter! It seems like the first day of school was just last week! It’s incredible to think about the growth-physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, social-our students have experienced since August. They are not the same kids they were nine months ago and they will grow and be different nine months from now. I’m so proud of our students and the journey they have taken this year, each in their own unique way.


This time of year we hear the phrase “Finish Strong” frequently. And certainly, we want to finish strong in every way: in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, etc. But as we finish strong, tying up all the loose ends, putting a period on an academic year, or even an entire high school career, we simultaneously take on new challenges and adventures. One end just provides a beginning. We know that while successfully completing a grade, or graduating from high school is important, what is more important is what we do next. And while this year has been amazing-I can’t wait to see what our kids do next!



May 7th-Incoming Freshmen-Parent Night for sports next year-7pm Auditorium

May 8th Dracula Opening Night-7pm-Auditorium

May 17th-ENCORE Choir Musical Presentation

May 20th-Seniors-College and Career Fair at WCHS

May 22nd-Seniors-Legacy Walk in the morning AND Baccalaureate in the evening-7:00 pm St. Mark’s Catholic Church

May 23rd-Freshmen-Commitment to Graduation Ceremony

May 24th- Seniors-Graduation Practice, Senior Breakfast, Legacy Ceremony (All juniors attend-this is in the afternoon)

May 25th-Graduation 9:00 am-Students arrive by 7:30 am

AttendanceWe are VERY close to achieving our goal of 90% having 90% attendance this year. Currently, 88.10% of our students attend school 90% of the time. That’s an increase of 1 percent from last month and 4% from March! Whatever you are doing-it’s working! Please continue to emphasize the importance of attendance these next days and weeks. We may have fewer days, but they are increasingly important as students are reviewing for and taking finals, state assessments, and AP tests, completing final projects, making presentations, etc. Thanks for your help in scheduling appointment outside of school as much as possible. Your partnership and support is helping our school meet our goal.



Project Grad 2019 will be Saturday, May 25th 10:00 pm-4:30 am at the Blue Springs Field House. Load busses at Truman by 9:00pm. Breakfast by Chris Cakes will be provided  Sunday morning. Students should check school email for a flyer with more information Permission slips and guest forms are available in the main office. Tickets on sale May 7th, and 8th at lunch. May 10th-24th in the main office, and May 24th at the senior breakfast.

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*Parents, please have your students check their ISD email accounts weekly, especially seniors.

Also, a reminder that all course requests for next year have been finalized. Since the master schedule is built on these student requests and our building is staffed and teacher assignments are made on these requests, there will be no schedule changes at pick-up unless there is whole in a schedule, an error, or an issue regarding seniors and credits towards graduation.

Congrats to all our seniors awarded scholarships this year!





Attention parents who will have students enrolling as seniors for the 2019-2020 school year. It is required by the state of Missouri that your student receive the MCV immunization, this needs to be done before schedule pickup for the 19-20 school year. Please bring a copy of the immunization to the clinic, or you can email a copy to brittany_hughes@isdschools.org or fax a copy attention to Nurse Hughes 816-521-5604. Please contact Nurse Hughes with any questions or concerns at 816-521-5350 or by email.



Much to Celebrate

4th Quarter

It’s hard to believe that this is almost the last newsletter I will send out for the 18-19 school year. We have had a wonderful year with much to celebrate, but it’s not over yet. As you know, this year we have been focusing on building students’ self-efficacy and their ability to persevere through struggles. What better analogy than sports to make the point that we must play hard through the 4th quarter and finish strong?

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As in physical competitions, at this point in the year students, parents, and educators can become weary and fatigued. Others can become stressed with end of they year activities and assessments. But we must remember that the end is in sight; we are so close to finishing that nothing can get between us an our goals.


So we must persevere through the fatigue, not let ourselves become weary. We must practice self-care and remember to to find the joy in each moment, even if it is a trying moment. As adults, it’s important for us to be the steady, calm, reassuring center for our teens as we all steer together to the finish line.


To finish strong, avoid fatigue, and manage stress, there are some things we can help our students focus on: Get the proper amount of sleep each night. Attend school each day to keep from being overwhelmed with make-up work. Eat well. Set priorities and manage our time. Take some time to unplug and truly connect with family and friends, to relax and laugh. And finally, focus on the positive.


The next few days and weeks are busy ones, and they will most certainly fly by. Before we know it, graduation will be upon us. Take advantage of the time we have to focus on finishing well.

Important Dates Coming Up

Academic Letter Ceremony-Monday, April 8th at 7pm in the Auditorium

Marching Band departs for Washington DC-Tuesday, April 9th

SENIORS-Cap and Gown Assembly-Thursday, April 11th 8:45am-9:45am in the Auditorium. This is mandatory for all seniors-band seniors will have a separate meeting when they return.

National Honor Society Induction-Wednesday, April 17th-Auditorium

Senior Awards Assembly-Tuesday, April 23rd-7pm-Auditorium

Band Concert-Wednesday, May 1st-7pm-Auditorium

Academy Awards-Thursday, May 2nd at 6:00 PM-Hilton Garden Inn

Senior Prom-Saturday, Ma 4th at Arrowhead Auditorium

Your Feedback Requested:

Please click on THIS LINK to provide valuable feedback on our Academy Model. This survey is for students, parents, and teachers. We appreciate your time in completing.

Attendance We are VERY close to achieving our goal of 90% having 90% attendance this year. Currently, 87% of our students attend school 90%. Attendance rates below 90% are considered chronic absences and studies show students who attend school less than 90% of the time do not perform as well as those who do attend regularly. Students can miss up to 16 days for the entire school year and still have 90% attendance. Can you imagine if we missed 16 days of work? Please help us develop this skill in your student by making sure he/she is here each day, especially between now and the end of the year. There are so many things going on in class each day-final projects, papers, reviews, tests, etc. that your student will not want to miss.

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*Parents, please have your students check their ISD email accounts weekly, especially seniors. We have 70 seniors who have still not replied to a required email from the counseling center. Checking email is a life-skill and professional responsibility.


2019 EngineeringU Invite — Engineering U Summer Opportunities

High School Night (White border) — for AVILA University Theatre Night.

Hire KC will host its annual Hiring Fair on April 12, 2019, where 600-800 high school and college students will come to MCC’s Penn Valley campus to find summer jobs, internships, and opportunities from the region’s top employers. This year’s Hiring Fair will offer 2000+ jobs and over 400 paid internships to the young emerging professionals of our city, and we would love for you and your friends to join us.

Hire KC – 2019 Hiring Fair

April 12, 2019


Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley Campus

3201 SW Trafficway

We are asking students to individually register




Seniors: CPR Training is a GRADUATION REQUIREMENT. Please see Nurse Hughes if you have not yet completed this training.

Attention parents who will have students enrolling as seniors for the 2019-2020 school year. It is required by the state of Missouri that your student receive the MCV immunization, this needs to be done before schedule pickup for the 19-20 school year. Please bring a copy of the immunization to the clinic, or you can email a copy to brittany_hughes@isdschools.org or fax a copy attention to Nurse Hughes 816-521-5604. Please contact Nurse Hughes with any questions or concerns at 816-521-5350 or by email.

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THS Band named Honor Band in National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade!

And you don’t have to miss a minute of their performance! The Parade will be live streamed on ABC 7 News/WJLA’s Facebook page from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on April 13th.

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Don’t miss this production showing May 8th-10th at 7pm.

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Join us at Sermon Center Art show-Festival of Color

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 14

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Our 2019 French exchange was a successful endeavor! Thank you for encouraging your students to become cultured, world thinkers. They were a pleasure to travel with! Looking forward to the next group-junior and senior French students 2020-2021!
April 15 at 7pm in the band room is our National French honor society induction! Congrats to all new inductees!

Is it Spring Yet?

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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.


Attendance 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.

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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 TestsAll 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 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.

George Caleb Bingham Academy of the Arts–Attention parents! Get your students out of the house and earning college credit this summer!
Through March 15, the George Caleb Bingham Academy of the Arts is accepting requests for applications.  This ISD-sponsored program runs on the same calendar as summer school, but in addition to high-school credit, students receive three hours of college credit in their discipline—for FREE!  For five immersive weeks, GCB students study one of four subjects—Creative Media, Theatre, Visual Art, and Music—with award-winning faculty and visiting artists.  Field trips to the Starlight Theater, Des Moines Opera, Shakespeare in the Park, and New Theatre Restaurent enrich their experience—also at no cost to you!
Interested students should see their English teacher for a brochure, or e-mail molly_clemons@isdschools.org for a digital brochure and to request an application.  Applications are due April 1.


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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.


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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 NFLTruman 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  christine_adams@isdschools.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.

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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 SaturdayApril 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.


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.



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  


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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



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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.