Welcome to Monday Mail!
From the Principal
Greetings,

Attendance and active participation are two important factors to being successful in school. Beginning today, our teachers will have an improved process in order to provide better feedback to the parents of digital learners regarding their student's participation in the daily live (synchronous) instructional time. More information is located below. We hope this improved process is helpful in providing pertinent information to parents.

Wednesday and Thursday of this week are Early Release day for conferences. Students will be released at 1:20pm each day. Please see the schedule below and plan accordingly. Conferences should already be scheduled, however, feel free to request one by contacting your child's homeroom teacher. Remember, not all middle school students have conferences during early release, however, all middle school parents who want a conference certainly can request one. Thanks.
Important Message Regarding Digital Learning Attendance
As we transition into the second nine weeks of the school year, Trickum is updating its attendance procedures for digital learners.

Starting Monday, October 19, teachers will take attendance for digital learners who are online during live instruction. Digital learners who are not present during live instruction will be marked with the code “NPD“ which stands for “Not Present Digitally.” Students who are present during live instruction will continue to be marked present digitally with the “DL“ in their teacher’s gradebook.  

The new process is more aligned to our normal attendance procedures and the expectations of in-person students. More importantly, it will help families to better support their students as they can clearly see that their student was online during class and interacting with their teacher and classmates, not just logging on to the computer at some point during the day. This information will help families as they partner with the school to maximize their child(ren)’s school experience.  

If you have any questions about this new process for capturing attendance, please contact your child(ren)'s grade level office.  
Important Information about 2nd Semester
Beginning October 28th, Gwinnett parents and guardians will make a decision about how their children will learn during second semester, which begins January 6th. Like this semester, families may select either in-person instruction at school or digital learning at home. As students and families are familiar with these two options and what they entail, the decisions families make will be for the entire semester.

The Spring Instructional Preference Questionnaire will be available in your Parent Portal account October 28th through 11:59 p.m. on November 15th.

If you do not have a parent portal account, please click here to access the sign up form. Please email Drew Schoen with any questions regarding Parent Portal by clicking here.
Gwinnett Great Days of Service
Trickum will be collecting nonperishable items to help with Gwinnett Great Days of Service.

Donations will benefit individuals and families who have been impacted by the coronavirus. Together we make a difference in the lives of others in our community.

We will continue to collect items Monday, October 19th through Thursday, October 22nd. All items will be picked up for donation on Friday, October 23rd.

Students will need to drop off any donations to their grade level offices.

Requested Items: Canned Proteins, Tuna, Ham, Ravioli, Canned Soups & Fruits, Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Personal Care Items - Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Deodorant, Soap, Toilet Paper, Laundry Detergent Pods, Hand Sanitizer, and Disinfectant Wipes.

Click here to read more about this great cause
PARENTS: Please make sure to frequently check the GCPS website for all updates regarding digital and in-person learning. You can also visit the Trickum website for information and updates at www.trickum.org.

**Also, please stay up-to-date with your child's progress through the Parent Portal. Please reach out to individual teachers if you have questions regarding your child's performance.**

Student hours are:
9:00 AM - 4:05 PM

Thank you to those of you who have submitted positive feedback for teachers or staff members! This link will be continually monitored, so feel free to drop a kudos in whenever you see or hear about your child's teacher or another staff member doing something great. We'll be sure to let them know and help brighten their day!
Click on the link below to leave positive feedback!

Interested in the 6th Grade Drama Club?
Attention All 6th Graders!
 
Do you like to act? Do you like to have fun? Do you want people to pay attention to YOU?
 
Apply to be in our 6th Grade Drama Club!

Drama Club will meet after school, IN PERSON AT TRICKUM, every Wednesday in November, December, and January from 4:30-6pm. 
 
We will put on a Drama Club Performance via Zoom during the first week of February.
Space is limited to 16 sixth grade participants.
 
To be considered for 6th Grade Drama Club, click here to email Mr. Wells to receive an application.
Note from our Media Center -
Days, Times, and Location of Book Pick-Up for our Digital Learners:
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In order to better serve you and give you more flexibility with the number of days and hours available to pick-up and return books, we will no longer be having book pick-up outside on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will now have book pick-up and returns everyday Monday - Friday from 10:00 - 2:00 at the front desk. Please have your STUDENT ID card to pick-up your books.
 
***IMPORTANT: Please do not come before 10:00 or after 2:00 to pick-up or return books due to the school buses arriving and space needed. THANK YOU! 
 
HAPPY READING! 
8th Grade Parents: Celebrate your Trickum 8th grader with a recognition ad in this year's yearbook!



Yearbook for 2020-2021

Since the copies are limited and school schedules continue to change, we ask that you please order your yearbook online this school year.


Time to send in your pics to the yearbook staff! Click here to upload your images.
When uploading your images, please use ID code: 415464640
Does your student need a device or a hotspot?
For families in need, we have a limited number of Chromebooks for checkout available to assist students during digital learning.

** HOTSPOTS AVAILABLE**

If you are experiencing issues with the internet in your home or if problems arise in the future, please contact Kelly Gresham. We have hotspots available for distribution.

You can contact Kelly Gresham at kelly.gresham@gcpsk12.org.
Interested in Trickum Robotics?
Trickum Robotworks would like to invite students from 7th & 8th grades to join our virtual robotics competition season for VEX/BEST this year. Let us know if you are interested in participating by using the link below:


Students from 6th & 7th grades interested in FLL Robotics, please be on the lookout for more information from Mr. Lucy!
Trickum Spirit Wear
Interested in purchasing Trickum Spirit Wear?

Please visit the online store today!! A portion of the proceeds goes to Trickum's PTSA.

Are you a PTSA supporter?

We are all in this together!

While our school year may look different, we are still here to support our students, families, and our teachers and staff at Trickum Middle School! We still need you!

We encourage you to support Trickum by becoming a PTSA member. This year PTSA is offering three levels of membership. Basic Level ($10) includes a single membership. Tiger Level ($30) includes two memberships and two car magnets. Top Tiger Level ($50) includes two memberships, two car magnets and a Trickum spirit wear t-shirt. You may join PTSA anytime via MyPaymentsPlus.com. Please consider joining at any level. You can also send our Executive Board ideas for programs, activities, or support for both our students and parents. Click here to email our PTSA!

Trickum Spirit Wear is available via an online store . A portion of the proceeds go to the Trickum PTSA, so do not forget to stock your closet.
Do you have a PASSION for the Arts?
Whether you’re obsessed with street dance or play an instrument, love recording or illustrate graphic novels, dream of art installations or write your own music, there’s a new school opening where you can pursue your artistic vision, explore your creativity, and learn from industry professionals. 
Whatever your creative passion...
You can explore it at SOTA— the School of the Arts @ Central Gwinnett High School!

Applications are available today!



UPDATED: GCPS Lunch Service Information

GCPS will provide meals free of charge to students and children 18 and younger through December 31st.

Students Attending School In-Person

Those attending school in-person will receive meals free-of-charge during their scheduled meal times.

Curbside Pick-up for Digital Learners

Digital learners may pick up meals through the curbside pick-up at each school. Trickum's curbside pick-up time is Monday - Friday from 11:45 AM through 12:45 PM. Each day's pick-up includes both breakfast and lunch. Individuals will NOT be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals. Trickum's curbside-pickup will be the same as it was for material pick-up. You will enter the lower parking lot at the traffic light and then drive on the gravel driveway around the back of the school to the outdoor theater.

**Gwinnett County Public Schools encourages families who are eligible for the Free Or Reduced Meal Program to complete the annual application to ensure meal benefits continue when the grant waiver expires. Please click HERE.**
Ice Cream Sales have begun!
Ice Cream is here! We have Hershey’s Ice Cream again this year. Sales are in the cafeteria, and all ice cream is $1.00. Exact change is appreciated.
Orientation Agreement Forms and school contributions must be completed via MyPaymentsPlus.com. All returning students (this includes students who attended Trickum this past year as well as upcoming students from one of our four feeder elementary schools) may simply go to MyPaymentsPlus.com and login to complete the process. Those without an account will need to create one by going to MyPaymentsPlus.com; click on “Register” for a FREE account.

**It is important to sign up for MyPaymentsPlus to ensure all orientation forms are completed each school year, and you do not want to miss out on any school contributions that can be paid for on the site! ** If you have not already, PLEASE make sure you complete all of the forms in MyPaymentsPlus regardless of your child's current learning environment.**
Updated TMS Parent's Guide to Digital and In-Person Learning
The Parent's Guide to Digital and In-Person Learning has been UPDATED on our Trickum website under Tiger News. Please make sure to keep this document handy as it contains all of the important information you will need as we navigate through this school year.

Please notice the change in the schedule for Fridays for ALL grade levels.

Remember, we are all in this together!


All students returning for in-person learning are strongly advised to bring a device with them to school each day as teachers will continue to utilize a digital learning platform to serve all of their students, and in-person students using their own devices will minimize sharing and reduce any potential spread of germs.

Car Riders 2020-2021
Please click below for an important update to our car rider procedures for the 2020-2021 school year.


Morning Car Rider Hours: 8:50-9:20
Afternoon Dismissal will begin at 4:05

As a reminder: There is to be NO student drop off or pick up along Nantucket Drive.
Have you signed up for Parent Portal?

Parent Portal is always important but especially as we begin this school year in a digital format. If you have not already signed up for Parent Portal, please contact Drew Schoen at drew.schoen@gcpsk12.org to complete the sign-up process. The Parent Portal allows parents to monitor student progress throughout the year. No more waiting for report cards to get an update on grades; you may simply check the Parent Portal at your convenience. Other features allow you to view attendance, lunch account balances, checked out and overdue books, and emergency contact information.

Parent Portal & Student Portal Updates
Parents who already have an active parent portal account:

The new Parent Portal is now available for parents that have an active parent portal account. A link to resources including the new parent portal flyers, as well as the registration form are available on the GCPS website.


Student Portal Update:

A new link for StudentVUE is available on the student portal. This will replace the GRADES tab that students previously used to view their schedule. 


**Students can now get their grades, schedules, and more from an easy to use app for StudentVUE!**

Student App for eCLASS Course Pages

eCLASS on the Go!

This is another useful App for students!! Please click below to find out more about the Student App!!

Supply Lists
Supply lists are available on our website on the Registration page.
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The community continues their support of our schools, students, and staff through generous grants.

Always keep up with what's going on at TMS!

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