September 10, 2018
Ron Franklin, Trenton High School Principal
I would like to use this week’s Bulldog Bark as two-fold mission. I would like to highlight some new elements that are present in the high school Pride Time period this year. I would also use this platform as an opportunity to inform and invite the community to join with the Trenton High School student body in celebrating this year’s homecoming festivities.
This year we moved the 26 minute Pride time class from the last period to the first period of the day. This move was done to create a more productive and academic-based time period that allows for better mentoring opportunities for all stakeholders. The move to the beginning creates a more tradition homeroom format that allows the day to begin in a mentoring period. Pride Time is a non-graded opportunity that allows for small group mentoring. The structure allows for more consistent mentoring activities in a small group environment that is not tied to academic grade. One of these mentoring activities is currently underway and will run throughout the school year. THS Pride Times have created small literature circles and are working through an American Classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.
Literature circle take place one day a week in each Pride. Literature circles are small groups of students gathered together to discuss a piece a literature in depth. The discussion is guided by student responses to what they have read. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books. The classic piece of literature that THS Prides are reading presents students with problems, situations, and decisions that are still relevant today. They will use these mentoring groups to help better understand and cope with the societal problems and social pressures that students face. By using the adventures of fictional Missouri characters to stimulate the conversation.
This is homecoming week at THS and we will be celebrating throughout the week. The THS Student Council picked the theme “Around the World” and the High school hall ways have been converted into a tourism guide for Hawaii, France, Egypt and Australia. The students have worked hard to decorate the building with “Homecoming Spirit” in mind.
I would like to invite the community to CF Russell stadium for the Homecoming Pep Rally on Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 pm. The THS cheerleaders will perform, fall teams will introduced, and the homecoming court will be presented and a new coronation of the king and queen will take place. This year’s Homecoming Court consists of freshmen Shay Westerhoff and Trager Leeper, sophomores Chloe Harris and Beau Ireland, juniors Kendall Crowley and Jerrick Stotts with senior queen candidates E’L Neal, Karissa Brock, and Teresa Yoder along with king candidates Nick Wattenbarger, Jaden Whitney and Carson Radcliff.
The Homecoming Parade is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 14th. Community involvement in and along the parade route is encouraged. Any organization or sports group that would like to participate in the parade can contact Brenda Thorne at the high school to be include in the line-up. The parade will be lining up beginning at 1:15 in the THS parking lot and will be led by the THS Golden Bulldog Marching Band.
On Friday night at CF Russell stadium the Trenton Bulldogs will host the Putnam County Midgets in the Homecoming Football game. The week will conclude with a Student Council sponsored Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 15th in the THS Commons from 8:00 to 10:30.
As the high school principal I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the homecoming activities this week so you may enjoy with me the effort our students put forth in representing themselves, the school and the community of Trenton.