Tri-County’s most “Spectacular” event is approaching!

The second annual Showcase Spectacular is on Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a great opportunity for your family and friends to learn more about the vocational technical education your child is receiving here at Tri-County. This free community event includes a variety of activities, interactive demonstrations, and food prepared by our Culinary Arts program. We hope you can join us and would appreciate your help in spreading the word!

Guidance Updates

Parent Orientation Nights

Parent Orientation Night for grades 9 and 11 will be held tomorrow (Thursday) from 7 to 9 p.m.

Parent Orientation Night for grades 10 and 12 will be held on Tuesday, September 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. A Student Portal Presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. on both nights.

College Fair at Tri-County

Tri-County will host a College Fair on Thursday, October 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. All grades are encouraged to attend as it is never too early to begin planning for the future!

Registration opens tomorrow for the PSAT

The PSATs will be held on Wednesday, November 2, at 8 a.m., at Tri-County. Grade 10 students can take the test, but grade 11 students are all strongly encouraged to sing up. The registration time frame is from September 22 through October 12. Students should see Grade 11 and 12 School Counselor David Casey before school, during lunch, or after school to pay and sign up. Registration will also be available during Parent Orientation on Thursday evening. The cost is $15 and students who receive Free or Reduced Lunch may qualify to receive a fee waiver.

Updates from the Dean of Students

Homecoming Dance

The homecoming dance will be held on Friday, October 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and will be on sale from Monday, October 11, thru Friday, October 14, in the school store during lunch. Pizza and drinks are included in the ticket price. Students who wish to bring guests from other schools must pick up a guest permission form from the Dean of Students Office. Forms must be returned by October 11.

Picture Retakes

Lifetouch will be in for picture retakes on Monday, October 17, for those students who did not have their pictures taken. School picture purchase is not required; however every student will have their picture taken for their student identification card at no charge. Photo package information can be picked up in the Dean of Students Office. 

Absent/Tardy Calls

Being present and on time to school is of critical importance to student success. To that end, an automated message is transmitted to a student’s household after 6 p.m. if Tri-County is not contacted by the parent/guardian on a day when that student is absent or tardy. A student who incurs a tardy after 9:15 a.m. or an unexcused absence on Friday may not participate in any athletic event or co-curricular activity (ex. prom, dance) on that weekend.
Parking Regulations
Parking on school grounds is a privilege, not a right. Only seniors and juniors may apply for a parking permit in the Dean of Students Office. Without a parking permit issued by the Dean of Students, a student may not park any motorized vehicle on school grounds except when attending evening functions when Tri-County does not furnish bus transportation. Freshmen and sophomores may not park at Tri-County.
Handbook Forms

The student handbook is now electronic and can be accessed through the Tri-County website, Students and their parents/guardians must print and sign the handbook acknowledgement and Internet Acceptable Use Policy, and return these forms to the Dean of Students office ASAP. Copies are available in the Dean of Students Office if you are unable to print these pages.   

Student Services Updates
October is NATIONAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. The following activities are planned at Tri-County:

Hidden In Plain Sight.
Tuesday, October 18, at 7 p.m. 

This is an interactive and educational display for PARENTS AND THOSE OVER THE AGE OF 21. A mock “teenage bedroom” is displayed, to raise awareness about items of concern, and to present strategies for discussing substance abuse with high school children. Follow-up discussion with Freya Messias, School Adjustment Counselor, Annette Andersen, CVS Pharmacist, and Wanda Lipson, Social Worker from Arbour Counseling.

Four Legs to Stand On
Thursday, October 27, at 7 p.m.

Coaast, an organization committed to helping recognize addiction and its impact, presents a therapeutic theatrical production inspired by community narratives of South Kingston, RI. 

Opiate Education/Awareness

Annette Andersen, CVS Pharmacist, will visit Health classes, to raise student awareness regarding the current opiate crisis.

Stay tuned for information regarding the following presentation:

Dr. Kevin Hill, author of Marijuana: The World’s Most Popular Weed, will present to students on “Marijuana and the Adolescent Brain”.  

An Update from the Library and Media Center

Ready to Play?
Freshmen students will be participating in an online gamified experience for their activities as related to the 21st Century learning standards. Students will be able to gain XP (experience points) or loose HP (health points) for their avatar in their respected groups for the challenges that they complete in our player story. Parents will have a chance to join the fun and to provide students gold points for certain things students might do while at home. This week students were given their codes and will get familiar with the gaming environment with a goal of becoming Masters in Information Literacy.

The Senior Section

Senior Photo Sessions

Lifetouch will be at Tri-County on Tuesday, October 18, and Friday, October 28, from 2:15 to 8 p.m. for senior pictures. More information is available in the Dean of Students Office.

ItsLearning for Co-op     

Co-op students will notice a new course on their ItsLearning home page entitled “Co-op 2016-17”. All Co-op students are populated into this course once they secure their job. Students need to make a habit of checking in to this course during B-week for new information, answers to questions and general reminders of expectations. There is a Co-op calendar available for print, as well as the all-important time sheet.

Co-op students are reminded that in order to receive weekly credit for hours worked, they must fill out their time sheet in its entirety prior to their supervisor signing it at the end of the week. They need to indicate the types of jobs, chores and experiences that they were a part of before the supervisor signs it. The shop teachers receive a copy of those time sheets. It is very important for the instructors to be aware of the new and different experiences that your child encounters on the job.

All Co-op students must turn their time sheet into Mrs. Roberts in the front office when they arrive back to school on Monday. Mrs. Roberts inputs those hours so that your child is not considered absent or delinquent from school. Failure to do so may result in suspension from Co-op for the next shop week. An occasional reminder to your child is always a plus and greatly appreciated!

Time sheets are always available on Mrs. Robert’s desk, so when the Co-op student turns in the completed one, they will help themselves to a new one for next shop week.

Upcoming Events

Grade 9 & 11 Parent Orientation
Thursday, September 22

 Grade 10 and 12 Parent Orientation 
Tuesday, September 27

Saturday, October 1

About The TC Insider

The TC Insider is a biweekly newsletter for the families of Tri-County students.

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Franklin, MA 02038

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