November 7, 2014 - Weekly Parent Bulletin

November 7, 2014

Student Academic Success

This week we had the great opportunity to recognize our students who made the Honor Roll for the first quarter. Trail Ridge Middle School had over 400 students who achieved at least a 3.0 GPA in the first quarter and these students received certificates. Our 4.0 group was 70 students strong and they received their certificates during the Late Start School Spirit Assembly on Wednesday. The students who received 3.5 and 3.0 certificates received theirs on Friday.

We are very proud of the students at TRMS!


Calling all Veterans

Trail Ridge Middle School will be recognizing local Veterans  this coming Tuesday, November 11th at 7:30 am.  We will have coffee and donuts for you in our Library after the slide show.


STEM Enrichment Registration

All 7th and 8th grade students will be open enrolling in STEM enrichment courses starting today. This is the presentation all students were given today during electives time. At 3:00pm today, Friday Nov. 7, this Google Form will be open for registration. Students will be placed in STEM enrichments on a first come, first serve basis. If you have questions please contact Kara Jostes,


Counselors Newsletter

How to help your child be successful at TRMS:

Last week we talked about how to read a report card and pointed out several important things for you and your child to look for.  Now that you have that information, here are some pointers for how you can use that information to support your child and to help him/her be successful at TRMS.

  • Talk with your child about him/her attendance at school – not only in absences, but in tardies to him/her classes.  Make sure they understand how important it is for them to be in their seat at the bell so they don’t miss important instructions or information.
  • Make sure you know how to contact all of your child’s teachers.  At TRMS, every teachers’ email is the same formula:  Last name _ First (no spaces)  Contact that teacher if your child is struggling in that class.  If they are really struggling, send the teacher a weekly email to check on their progress and to find out what you can do at home to support your child in that subject. 
  • Encourage your child to email his/her teachers if he/she has assignments that they don’t understand.  Teachers check their emails several times throughout the day and are more than happy to help students be more successful in their classes.
  • Encourage your child to take advantage of Home Work Club.  Teachers can send work with your child to complete either in the morning from 7:00 – 7:45 or in the afternoon from 2:50 – 4:00.  There is always someone there who can help them with assignments that they are struggling with.   
  • Notify the school if you are taking your child out of school for vacations or family emergencies.  In some cases, teachers can put together homework packets for your child to work on while they are gone.  This will help your child to not fall behind.
  • Ask your child to show you where the teachers post their assignments: teacher websites, Google Classroom, Infinite Campus, etc.  Once you see where the information is stored, you can help your student stay organized with their assignments and important dates.
  • Help your child use his/her planner to track classwork.  There are many apps that your child can download for free onto his/her iPad (myHomework and Schedule Planner.)  There are also two apps already on their iPad called Lists and Reminders.  If your child struggles with an electronic planner, buy them a paper and ink planner to use instead.  Check your child’s planner daily to see what they are doing and to help them stay on top of their assignments. 
  • Regularly ask your child to show you their grades in Infinite Campus.  This will give them a chance to shine for you, or to ask for the help that they need. 
  • Finally, contact the Counseling department for additional help if your child is struggling with relationships, study skills, or motivation.  We are always ready to help!


Digital Commons

Technology Tip of the Week

Are you confused by your child's tech/texting lingo? Check out this Digital Glossary to help you decode the message!

Coffee Talks - Past Agendas

Are you struggling with iPads? Do you feel like your child knows more than you do? Do you have questions about security, digital footprints, usage, etc? Do you just want to talk with other parents about iPad issues at home? Come join us at TRMS for our monthly coffee talk hosted by Kara Jostes, Our next meeting will be held on 12/02/14 from 5:30-6:30pm (no morning meeting this month).

The Muse Gallery is hosting a Art & Technology Exhibition from January 9 - February 28, 2015 and would like to feature TRMS students. See the video guidelines and entry form to register. Here is an example video to inspire!







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