September 9, 2015

A Message from Principal Mallon:

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. September is always an exciting time for students with new classes, sports, and clubs and just being one year closer to graduation. Academic teachers, under the direction of the Academic Coordinator Melissa Beckmann, worked again this summer revising and writing units of instruction to align our curriculum with the common core. The curriculum writing project has now been extended to the vocational side of the house. Two vocational teachers led curriculum workshops under the direction of the Vocational Director, Mrs. Jean George. In the area of bullying prevention, we will be using evidence-based lessons from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) along with content-specific lessons in English, Technology, Health, U.S. History, and Related Instruction to deliver the required elements of the bullying curriculum. In addition, students will be participating in grade-level assemblies presented by Phil Fogelman from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  His presentation is entitled Breaking Barriers. The goals of Phil’s presentation are: (1) to explore the invisible barriers that stand in the way of positive social change in our schools and communities today; and (2) to identify steps that participants can take to help break down these barriers in their schools and communities, and in doing so, facilitate respect, fairness and equal opportunity for all people. The assemblies will be held on September 21 and September 28. Our Dean of Students, Chris Beaton will present to parents on Monday, September 29, from 7 to 8:30 in the auditorium. Tri-County’s Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, which is included in the Student Handbook posted on our webpage, was also mailed to all families in late August. 

Updated Information on Target

Tri-County received a check for $1,000 from Target and a check for $900 from Stop and Shop. The money was used to buy additional chrome books for student use. Signing up for one or all of these programs is an easy way to support the school. Please refer to the information below for more details on each program.
Target Take Charge of Education Program: When the Target RED card is used, Target donates up to 1% of the purchase to eligible K-12 Stop and Shop A+ Program: If you have a Stop and Shop card, you can log on and select Tri-County as your school. New this year with Stop and Shop—You do not need to re-register if you already linked your Stop & Shop card to our school. Your points start accumulating on September 15. Our School ID is 10259 for Stop and Shop. My sincere thanks to all of you for taking the time to register for these programs. Your collective help makes a difference!

Important Information for Students

The official first day of Co-op is September 21

Many of our seniors experienced a productive summer working in trade-related jobs that will now morph into Co-op. Students who secured a viable job over the summer and qualify for Co-op need to see Mrs. MacLeod, the Director of Cooperative Education, to discuss the possibility of that position being Co-op-able and initiate the appropriate paperwork in order to begin Co-op on September 21.  

Do not wait until the last minute. The Director of Cooperative Education is required to do several things prior to the student beginning the job. Waiting until the end of next week will hinder that process thereby keeping your student in shop for the week of the 21st. There are many State and Federal regulations that need to be met for a work opportunity to be considered for Co-op.                                            

For your information, The Cooperative Education Manual is available on
Tri-County’s website. The manual contains a complete rundown of rules, expectations, and qualifications for both the student and the employer/company/business.

Mrs. MacLeod is available in the morning prior to the 1st period/homeroom bell, during lunches and after school.

A message from Guidance to Grade 12 students

Welcome back seniors! Those of you planning on attending college after graduation should see your guidance counselor to ensure you are on the right track with making plans. Students whose last names begin with A-K should see Mr. O'Brien and students whose last names begin with L-Z should see Ms. Johannesen.

A message from Guidance to Grades 11 and 12

Sophomores and juniors are invited to take the PSATs as a practice SAT Wednesday, October 14, here at TC. Please see Ms. Johannesen for more information.

Other Tri-County News

Gerry’s Place opens on September 15!

Tri-County’s student-run restaurant, Gerry’s Place, will open for the school year on Tuesday, September 15. Check the school’s website for hours of operation and the restaurant menu.

Tri-County’s Garden passes 500-pound mark

Teachers and students at Tri-County donated more than 500 pounds of fresh produce from the school’s garden to two local food pantries this summer with more to come. Faculty members Al Cote, Jean George, Caralyn Good, Ellen Gould, Dympna Kane, Grace Maneri, Christine Moran, Lisa Oxford, Nancy Sibilia, Jeanne Terrell, and Lynn Wencus joined Culinary Arts Instructor and Garden Coordinator Nancy Haney in tending to the garden all summer. Student volunteers Damaris Carter, of Medway, Aimee Evers, of Franklin, Ashley O’Handley, of Plainville, and Chris Hughes, of Walpole, regularly visited the school to water the plants.

Cougar Store Hours of Operation

Students and parents are invited to pick up their Tri-County Cougar merchandise during school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The store will also be open during Parent Orientation Nights on September 24 or September 29. Merchandise includes hoodies, shorts, sweatpants, t-shirts, and pajama pants.

Upcoming Events and Programs

Picture Days
Grades 10 and 12: Thursday, September 10
Grades 9 and 11: Monday, September 14
John R. Elliott HERO Walk
Sunday, September 20
Tri-County's SADD chapter, or Students Against Destructive Decisions, is proudly teaming up with the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign to host a HERO Walk on Sunday, September 20, on the school's track. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. Students and their families are welcome to participate.
Click here to learn more or to sign up.

Substance Use Education and Prevention Group:
September 23 – October 28, 2015  (Freshmen and Sophomores only)

A six- week group facilitated by clinician Wanda Lipson, MSW LICSW, will begin September 23, 2015. The group will run immediately after school, at Arbour Counseling, across the street. Sessions will run Wednesdays from 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Proven clinical techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, will be used to help teens achieve their goals. Registration requires commitment to all six sessions. If interested, please contact Wanda Lipson directly at Arbour Counseling (508) 528-6037x140 no later than September 14 for registration procedures. Space is limited.  

Tri-County’s Open House and Showcase Spectacular
Saturday, October 3, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The 2015 Open House and Showcase Spectacular is going to be Tri-County's biggest event EVER! This is a great opportunity for members of the community to learn more about Tri-County while enjoying a day out with the family. The event will include food prepared by the Culinary Arts Program, face painting, door prizes, and many other fun activities. We'll tell you more about the activities and live demonstrations we'll be offering as October 3 approaches.

The Tee off For Tri-County
Friday, June 10, 2016
The annual Tee Off for Tri-County Golf Tournament Fundraiser will be held on Friday, June 10, 2016, at The Wentworth Hills Country Club in Plainville, MA. More information to follow on the school’s website.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 15

Sunday, September 20

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