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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.

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