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Traughber Family Update--final message for 2021!

Hello Panther Families!

A few notes to share as we wrap up the first semester this Wednesday!

First—we made it! Your student(s), and your families, have worked with us to keep our school open every day. The transition has been met with challenges from quarantines, to testing, to managing in-person relationships and device use, and changing academic workloads, but here we are! Working together we learn, we adjust, and we grow! On behalf of the Traughber staff, we wish your families a safe holiday break and a Happy New Year!

Second—In preparation for the break, ask your student to check our lost/found area for missing jackets, sweatshirts, and water bottles before Wednesday; make sure they have checked out a book or two from our LRC to read over break (they will prefer their phones and controllers, but they know reading is good for them!); ask them to bring home gym clothes and other things from their lockers.

Third—I am copying the message from our SD308 administration in conjunction with the Oswego Police Department on the posting and sharing of threatening messages that are illegal and upset the safe operation of our school. If your student uses social media they need your support to manage its use and understand the consequences of their actions. Technology is both a blessing and a curse and our students need support from caring adults to manage its use. Here is part of the message that can be found in full on the SD308 website:

Students are encouraged to share information about a threatening message they may have seen with a trusted adult who can report it to the appropriate authorities. Students should not share this information on social media platforms perpetuating fear. See something, say something, but don’t share it on social media!

School district and law enforcement officials strongly encourage parents to take time to reiterate to students the seriousness of their behavior on social media. The school district will be monitoring, investigating, and holding individuals responsible for their actions. School safety is the district’s highest priority, and both police and the school district will not tolerate any threat or any spread of fear by forwarding threatening messages.

Fourth—An end-of-year celebration! With your support, our school led the district in our district food drive, collected over 300+ toys, 10 bikes, and a monetary donation for families in need, and also is making a sizable donation to a charity supporting childhood cancer. What a truly caring school community! Also, as our winter sports season wraps up—CONGRATULATIONS to our Traughber athletes! Our wrestling team just finished its SIXTH straight undefeated season!! Both the 8th and 7th grade boys basketball teams led the district with the best records and all were cheered on by our outstanding cheer and poms teams! Finally, hundreds of students have participated in intramurals, clubs, and activities here at Traughber. Don’t forget to check out our announcements and activity tab located on our Traughber website to see upcoming opportunities for your student to be involved!

Finally—Student Council is sponsoring 3 more spirit days this week—Monday is pajama day, Tuesday is "dress-up" day, and Wednesday is ugly holiday sweater day. Encourage your student to participate as we end the year!

Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you to support your student!

Mrs. Renier, Mr. Ferko, and Mr. Spranger

Always reach out to us with your questions and concerns!

School resumes on Monday, January 10, 2022