Welcome to TRUCE Learning Center!
"Teaching Success, One Student at a Time"
The Real Understanding of Completing an Education
The purpose of TRUCE Learning Center is to povide an educational environment for students who violate certain standards of conduct. TRUCE provides a combination of academics and behavioral intervention strategies to meet the needs of at-risk students.
TRUCE Welcomes New Staff Member
TRUCE Learning Center would like to welcome Brenda Kipp to our staff. Mrs. Kipp is a lifelong resident of River Oaks and graduated from Castleberry High School in 1976. She attended Tarrant County Community College and the University of North Texas in Denton. She has been married her high school sweetheart, Clyde Kipp for 32 years and has four children who also graduated from Castleberry.
Mrs. Kipp began working at Castleberry Elementary 14 years ago. She spends her extra time working with Corina Drive Baptist Church, gardening, reading, and caring for her dogs and goldfish.
Transportation for TRUCE Students
Transportation is provided for TRUCE Learning Center students each day they attend TRUCE. Students must ride the bus to and from school each day. The bus will run from approximately 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM in the morning. In the afternoon, the bus will run from approximately 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Times will vary depending on the number and location of pick-ups and drop-offs.
Meals for TRUCE Students
Breakfast and lunch will be offered to TRUCE students. Any monies exceeding meal money is not allowed and will be taken up to be collected by only the parent.
Breakfast Prices - $1.00 or $.30 reduced
Lunch Prices - $2.25 or $.40 reduced
Put down the mouse and step away from the computer . . . and no one will get hurt!
The Internet and mobile technology are very powerful. But if misused, they can also be dangerous to yourself and others. Most of the time we make sure that people are old enough and pass special tests before they drive cars, operate heavy machinery or otherwise use potentially powerful technology. This is for their safety and the safety of others.
But the Internet is different. It’s kids who show the adults how to use it. And kids who learn quickly how to abuse it as well. Unfortunately, the abuses are limited only by their limitless imaginations and tech skills.
Kids use the internet the way adults used the phone when we were young. They "talk" using text-messaging and instant messaging, often at the same time they are chatting on the phone with the same people. It may be hard for parents to conceive of the ways our kids use technologies as part of their everyday lives.
I was talking to some middle school students recently, and asked them how they would feel if they didn’t have the Internet anymore. They told me that the Internet is their "life!" It’s how they learn, how they communicate, how they socialize and how they share information.
But the casual nature of the way they use the technology leads to abuse and mistakes. The typed word doesn’t clarify tone. It doesn’t, without more (like an emoticon :oP or an acronym like "jk" which is the short form of "just kidding"), convey the kind of information we obtain when we hear the person’s voice or watch their body-language or eye-contact. We make judgments based on how the words appear to us. And those judgments are often wrong. They are often taken out of context and misunderstood.
That results in hurt feelings, anger, frustration and feeling threatened. And when people, especially kids, act out of anger, frustration of fear things get out-of-hand quickly. Like drinking and driving, emotions and the internet should never be mixed. Emotions create a situation where we click before thinking. We don’t think about how the person on the other end may misunderstand our message or our intentions. We don’t think at all.
The best way to counter this problem is by teaching our children (and ourselves) to Take 5! – put down the mouse and step away from the computer. By not reacting and taking the time to calm down, we can avoid becoming a cyberbullying ourselves. What can we do for 5 minutes to help us calm down? Kids have suggested: throwing a baseball or shooting hoops, baking cookies, reading, napping, taking a walk or a run, watching TV, talking to a friend and hugging a stuffed animal.