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October Newsletter

posted Oct 2, 2019, 10:14 AM by Gail Marine

Here is the October Newsletter. I am also attaching it as a PDF for those who want to print a copy at home. Thank you for your support. 

Principal’s Message:

Average Daily Attendance for September: 95%

Our school wide fundraiser ends Oct. 4th. If your child forgot to bring it in we will be excepting the paper forms on Monday.  If you did not order you can go to and use the Fundraiser ID# 374481 when you shop. You can ship it right to school to be picked up on October 21st.

Tiger-Take-out is our school food/clothing pantry for students in need. It is open for the school year. Each Friday the students select items to take home for the weekend. If you would like to help with donations to the program these are the types of items we need: toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, feminine products as well as soups, oatmeal, pop tarts, cereal, Jell-O, cheese and cracker premade packets, fruit cups, to name but a few. Please note we cannot accept damaged, opened, or expired items.

We are halfway through the first trimester and students are settling into the school routine. We have picture retakes on Oct. 17th if you need a new order form please have your child come to the office to pick one up.  

It is so great to have a full-time nurse at Tripp, this is the first time we have had a nurse at the school every day. What a difference it makes for the students to have that support person here to help them with their medical needs. We will begin a “Nursing Notes” in the newsletter to help you stay informed of what is happening in the nurse’s office. Please welcome Michelle Lenfest when you come into the office.

Nursing Notes


Now that school is in full swing, here a few friendly reminders.  The beginning of cold and flu season is upon us. Please keep your child home for vomiting, diarrhea and/or fever.  Your child must have a temperature below 99.6 for 24 hours before he/she may return to school. 

Please send in any updated immunization forms.  All students must be immunized with one dose of meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) and Tdap when entering 7th grade. 

If you would like you child to receive medications at school, a medication form needs to be filled out. One can be sent home with your student.  Any student that needs to carry his/her inhaler needs to also have a form filled out.

Lastly, Brighter Maine Smiles will be here on October 23, 24 for dental cleanings.  We have received many forms but if your child needs this service please get your form into the office.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.  Thank you.


Michelle Lenfest RN/BSN

Important dates for October

October 10 – half day for students/ PM teacher In-service

October 11- Teacher In-Service Day

October 14 – NO School – Indigenous People Day

October 17 – Picture Retake Day

October 21 – Pick up Pizza Kit orders

November 7 – Parent / Teacher Conferences


Tripp Athletics

The fall athletic season has reached its mid-way point at Tripp Middle School. We are very proud of the efforts on and off the field that our athletes are showing. Great Job!!

Reminder for athletes and parents, the first grade check for academic eligibility of the year happens on September 30th. Athletic eligibility grade reviews will occur on the 10th of each month for the remainder of the school year, so keep working hard.

            The winter sports season is rapidly approaching and the Tripp Athletic Department needs a 7th Grade Girls basketball coach. If you are interested in applying or would like more information about either position please contact the Athletic Director, Mark Thibodeau.


Highlight from Content Area – Social Studies


As Tripp welcomes our newest Tigers as 7th graders, we also welcome two new staff members to the social studies department. Mrs. McNear has settled in as Tripp’s new social studies teacher in the Siberian wing and Mr. Goozey in the Bengal wing. Mrs. McNear and Mr. Goozey are great additions to our team, and both are planning to attend a Social Studies Standards Revision workshop in Farmington later this month. When you see them, please give them a warm Tripp Tiger welcome!

Over the two years, your daughter or son is here at Tripp; they will be studying the human geography and the physical geography of both Western and Eastern Hemispheres. Current events will also be a significant focus of their studies. Our students will learn about the world around them and stay current on how the world around them is evolving every day. One of the teaching tools we use is an electronic textbook. The e-textbook can be accessed at The e-textbook is accessible at school as well as at home on your computer or tablet. Your daughter or son have the log in information.

 For the past eight years, Tripp Middle School has honored our Veterans with a half-day scheduled program involving our students, Veterans from Legion Post 111, Veterans from our community and Veterans who are relatives of our students. This half-day has become an important day of educating our student body about the meaning of Veterans Day as well as the sacrifices Veterans have made for our country. Tripp Middle School’s Veteran Day celebration will be on Thursday, November 7th.

MLTI Laptop Insurance

posted Sep 19, 2019, 4:49 AM by Gail Marine

Each year all 7th graders and new 8th graders need to attend a meeting to learn the expectations for laptop use and the insurance the district provided for you to purchase. All laptops that go home must have the insurance. The PowerPoint that was shared with families at the meeting is attached for those who could not attend. The insurance form is also attached. 

Truancy vs Chronically Absent

posted Sep 19, 2019, 4:43 AM by Gail Marine

This year our focus is to decrease our chronically absent from 15.13% to 10%. In the August newsletter, I send home an informational sheet comparing the two types of absents. During the Open House, I also shared a PowerPoint with more detailed information. I am attaching the PowerPoint for those families that could not attend. 

September Newsletter

posted Sep 6, 2019, 9:56 AM by Gail Marine

This is our September Newsletter it went home with your child on Sept. 5th. I am attaching a PDF copy if you would like to print it out. Thank you for your continued support. 

Welcome! Our first week of school went really well. The seventh graders have adjusted very quickly to the middle school schedule. Each month I will be sending home a newsletter with updates on curriculum and important dates.

The students are all given an agenda book on the first day of school. Please review the handbook with your student and complete the form on page 26. Return signed forms to your child’s advisor. As you read the handbook please note some of these topics:

·      Every student is expected to read 30 minutes daily outside of school.

·      Attendance is very important at Tripp. Please make sure your child is in attendance every day there is school. If they are absent from school, please call the school in the morning.

            Every year 7th graders and new 8th graders and their parents are required to attend a Technology meeting. This year the meeting will be held on the same date as the Open House. We felt this would help families with busy schedules be able to attend. The required meeting is September 18th from 5:30 – 6:00. The Open House will follow immediately after the technology meeting and will begin in the gym.

            Friends of Tripp will be looking for both 7th and 8th grade parents to help out with fundraising this school year.  Monies will fund activities such as  the 8th grade dance and end of the year field trip for 8th grade students as well as other activities for both 7th & 8th graders. Our first meeting will be held on September 11th @ 6:30 pm in the Media Center at Tripp.  We will be exploring ideas for fundraising this school year.  Ms. Learned will be spearheading this group.  Please come and join her to get ideas rolling for making the most of our fundraising efforts to celebrate our students!

Important dates for September

·      September 6th – Picture Day (we will have make-ups on October 17th

·      September 11 – Friends of Tripp

·      September 18 – Half Day for Students

·      September 18 - Technology Meeting in the gym for all 7th grade and new 8th grade students and families.

·      September 18th – Open House begins with an informational meeting in the gym. Please arrive promptly at 6pm to hear all of the important information to make this year a successful year.

·      September 27 – Grades close for Progress Reports

Tripp Athletics

Fall sports are in full swing! Here are a few reminders for all athletes participating in fall sports:

    Be prepared for sudden changes in weather

    Bring water bottles, shorts/t-shirts and sweatshirts.

    Stay well hydrated.

    Always try your hardest.

    Be a role model and always exhibit good sportsmanship.


            Field Hockey and soccer start on September 5th. Practices are held every school day from 2:30 - 4:30 for all teams with the exception of the 8th grade Boys’ Soccer and Football. 8th Boys soccer will practice from 4:00-5:30 and Football practice will start at 5:00. Student/Athletes are able to take the late bus home, if they are a resident of Leeds or Greene (bus route is on the Tripp Athletics Website.) Student/Athletes may also be picked up at the school at that time. Please be prompt in picking up your student/athlete!

            Lockers are available for all student/athletes. Please encourage your student/athlete to lock his or her personal belongings during practices and games to prevent the loss of valuables.

            Check the Tripp website for game changes/cancellations due to weather. You can call the school after 1:00 P.M. on game days to check on game cancellations.

**We still have an opening for a Cross Country Running Coach. If you are interested in this position please contact Mark Thibodeau ASAP.


Highlight from A Content Area – Each month there will be a different content area highlighted.

     October – Social Studies

February – Special Ed

November – ELA 7th grade

March – Lit Lab

December - UA Teachers

April –grade 8th ELA

January – Math

May - Science

Students of the Month - Each month the teachers on each team choose a seventh-grade student and an eighth-grade student who have shown strength in the following areas: good academic standing, self-motivation, respect for others, acceptance of responsibility, and performance of random acts of kindness. These students are then recognized at the monthly student recognition assembly.


Tiger Traits Rewards - These rewards are given to students by staff members at Tripp when they see students demonstrating respect, safety, and responsibility. The student receives a ticket, and then the ticket goes into the team container in the main lobby. During our student recognition assembly, five (5) tickets are drawn from each container, and the students whose names are drawn receive a $5.00 gift card to one of a variety of local businesses.


School Lunch Program - The school lunch program prices at Tripp are: Breakfast $1.75, Lunch $3.00 Free and reduced lunch students do get free breakfast.


Box Tops for Education - Clip and send in your box tops. We are collecting them in the office.


Maine State Student Book Awards (MSBA) - The MSBA is given annually to the book selected by Maine students as their favorite book of the year. Tripp Middle School students can participate in the statewide vote if they read at least four books on the list. These students are also invited to an ice cream social in the Media Center, where our top readers from each class are recognized. Current and past MSBA books can be found at

Suggested School Supply List

posted Aug 7, 2019, 6:35 AM by Gail Marine

We are very excited about the upcoming school year. We want our students to experience great success while at Tripp. A key element to success is organization. School supplies assist in keeping students organized. The following list of school and supplies are recommended but not required for your child’s success next year.

Sticky notes – a generic brand is great!

Two 1” binders

Two 2” binders

Two Packages of 8 Tabbed Dividers

Pencils, Pencils, Pencils

Blue or Black Pens

Colored Pencils


Calculator (Not Scientific)

Lined Notebook Paper

Headphones/ Earbuds


Enjoy your summer and remember to continue reading throughout the summer. In addition, keep your math skills sharp by playing games that require adding, subtracting and multiplying. 

Trimester 3 Honor Roll 2018-19

posted Jun 19, 2019, 10:33 AM by Gail Marine

The trimester 3 honor roll list is attached to this message. Some names are not included due to parent request of no name in the media. 

Trimester Three Progress Reports

posted Apr 24, 2019, 7:10 AM by Gail Marine

Our mid-trimester Progress Reports are scheduled to be sent home next week. We are changing this date to accommodate the snow days. Our new dates for Progress Reports are that grades will close May 10th and Progress Reports will go home May 15th. This will reflect the true middle of the trimester. Thank you for your support. 

2018-19 Trimester Two Honor Roll

posted Apr 8, 2019, 5:04 AM by Gail Marine

The trimester honor roll list is attached to this message. All honor roll students participated in an ice cream social sponsored by Horace Mann. Some names are not included due to parent request of no name in the media. 

Tripp News

posted Jan 19, 2019, 5:52 AM by Gail Marine

Student news will begin this month with an introductory video. Click on the link to view the video. Thank you for your support. 

Paint Night

posted Jan 2, 2019, 7:52 AM by Gail Marine

Friends of Tripp are hosting a Paint NIght with Gypsy Canvas. Come support the Friends of Tripp and have a wonderful family night painting this piece of art! Tickets are $25.00 each and need to be purchased in advance. Check out the Tripp Middle SChool Facebook page or contact Mary Learned at TMS. ( for more information or purchase a seat at the Tripp Middle School Office. There will be snacks for sale. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. 

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