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Letter From the Principal

  • May 23, 2024


    Dear Trist Middle School Parent(s)/Guardian(s):


    As we complete the 2023-2024 school year, I just wanted to thank our parents and students for a great school year. This year did bring changes as Ms. Julie Abadie completed her first year as our Assistant Principal and Ms. Sharene Dali completed her first year as our Instructional Coach.

    To the parents/guardians of our 8th graders who will be moving on to Chalmette High, we have included the following in this mailout: your child’s final report card, changes in the dress code for the district, summer reading requirements for Chalmette High, the District End-of-Year Brochure, and 2023-2024 Trist yearbook order forms. If your child was eligible and not present for the 8th grade ceremony, we have also included any end-of-the-year awards, including the Taylor Awards. WE WANT TO WISH OUR 2023-2024 8TH GRADERS THE BEST OF LUCK AS THEY SOAR TO HIGH SCHOOL!

    To the parents/guardians of our 7th graders who are moving to 8th grade, we have included the following: your child’s final report card, changes in the dress code for the district, 2024-2025 supply list, summer reading requirements for Trist Middle, the District End-of-Year Brochure, and 2023-2024 Trist yearbook order forms. If your child was eligible and not present for the 4th 9 weeks awards, we have also included any end-of-the-year awards, including the Taylor Awards. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AS 8TH GRADERS IN AUGUST.

    As we wrap up the year of striving to “BE a LEGACY,” I think it is important for us to recap some of the great things that happened here at Trist from the 2023-2024 school year. You can find those celebrations on the back of this letter.  

    For the 2024-2025 school year, our district wants us to focus on “UNLOCKING POTENTIAL.” Please take this summer to spend quality time with your families, so that everyone is ready to start strong in August. We will welcome our students back Thursday, August 8, 2024, so in July, be on the lookout for our BACK-TO-SCHOOL PACKET with important information about our BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT and information about the start of the school year. In the meantime, please “FOLLOW” and “LIKE” our Facebook Page: N. P. Trist Middle School and visit our WEBSITE for information about our 2024-2025 school year.


    Have a wonderful summer!


    Kara Colburn, Principal  

    Julie Abadie, Assistant Principal 


  • 2023-2024 Celebrations

    • Sixty-Five members of the Jr. Beta Club competed in Louisiana Beta Convention in February. Trist was named GRAND CHAMPIONS in Robotics - a first for our school. The Robotics Team consists of 7th graders: Caden Bryan, Colton Bourgeois, Ramy Dali, Preston Senez, Wyatt Scully, and Bryce Watson. We also had two 6th graders place in Academics: Briley Blackwell (ELA) and Jack McMullin (Math). In June, these Betas will attend the National Convention in Savannah, Georgia.
    • We had 19 Trist students who placed in the Young Authors Contest at the district level with 8 placing first in their grade level category and competing at the state level. 1st Place Winners competing at the state level: 6th graders-Wyatt Cameron and Jackson Walter; 7th graders - Delaney White-Stein, Cayden Nata, Zachary Boehm, and Remy Meyers; 8th graders- Drew Walter and Amiah Apelacion. State winners: 6th graders - 2nd place - Drew Walther and 3rd place - Wyatt Cameron; 7th graders - 2nd place -Cayden Nata and Zachary Boehm; and 3rd place - Delaney White-Stein; 8th graders - 1st place - Jackson Walther.
    • The girls' volleyball team went undefeated and are the Metro League Champions. Our Lady Pirates’ softball team went undefeated and are BACK-TO-BACK Metro Champions outscoring their opponents 155-9 this season. The following athletes are Triple Champions: Emma Borden, Anabella DiGiovanni, Adrian Fayard, Taylor Fortuna, and Jasmyn Mancuso. They played all three sports and won all three championships.
    • The cheerleaders competed and/or placed in the following: 1st place in both the traditional and game day routines at Battle of the Bows; 1st in Traditional routine At Louisiana Regionals earning the regional championship and 3rd out of 14 teams for their GameDay routine, name “Charming Team” at Charming Showcase, 1st in Traditional an d2nd in GameDay Routines at Spirit Blast Nationals, earned a 2 bids to the National High School Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, Florida.
    • Our Twirlers competed in the National All Stars competition and placed first in Artillery.
    • Treasures Dance Team competed in the American All-Star State Competition placing 2nd in kick, 4th in Hip Hop, and 5th in Pom all in the Junior High Division II, as well as placing 5th in Kick Junior High Overall State. They competed in Battle of the Bows placing 1st in kick, 2nd in Hip Hop and 2nd in Pom. 
    • Twenty actors were cast in our Pirate Players production of Mean Girls Jr. In addition to seven students serving as the backstage crew. Both shows were worthy of standing ovations. We are lucky to have such talented students at Trist.
    • In March, our Concert Band attended LMEA Large Ensemble Competition and received a rating of Excellent on stage and Superior in Sight reading.  In addition to members of our Advanced Band, we had five students join us from our Beginner Band: Arabella Alphonso, Katherine Garza-Romero, Collin Lanier, Kay’dence Bartholomew, and Sophie Duque.  They were first-year musicians playing music made for second-year and third-year students. They definitely went above and beyond.
    • So proud of our National Academic Teams! The following students earned awards in Atlanta at the National Academic Games Tournament: Elementary Division-Micah Bastoe, Tyler Bauer, Devin Lindheim, and Jack McMullin. Team Awards-5th Place Presidents, 5th Place Propaganda; Individual Awards-Micah Bastoe-7th Place Propaganda, Jack McMullin-1st Place Propaganda, 4th Place Presidents; Middle Division-Kenneth Higginbotham, Jade Jamhour, Ian Sibal, Bryce Watson, and Remy Meyers-6th Place Presidents and 8th Place Onsets.
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