To the Tri-County Community,
I have a brief update to share on the December 13 arrest of a Tri-County student accused of making threats against the school. The dangerousness hearing that was scheduled for Thursday, December 22, has been postponed to Thursday, December 29. The student will continue to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing. Please expect another update via the SchoolMessenger program next week.
Unfortunately the events of last week overshadowed some wonderful student achievements. I do not want to begin winter holiday vacation without first telling you of the many exciting things happening around the school. Last week, 60 seniors who qualified for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship were recognized during a celebratory luncheon. Members of the Student Council continued a Tri-County tradition as they presented donated gifts to representatives from YOU, Inc. and The Santa Foundation. Winter sports are well underway, with all of our teams winning at least one of their first two games.
After a difficult few weeks at Tri-County, we look forward to the sense of rejuvenation that comes with a new year. On behalf of the entire Tri-County faculty and staff, I wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season.
Thank you for your support,
Important Updates on the Senior Project
Juniors & Senior Project
The research paper for the Senior Project is well under way and the first draft (typed) of the paper is due on January 11, 2017. Juniors will give a copy to their English teacher as well as a copy to their Related instructor on Jan. 11. This date is firm and penalties are assessed for late assignments. To find out more information on deadlines, as well as grading weights, please access page 5 of The Senior Project Manual located on the website.
Once again, please be aware that students who have missed deadlines or are struggling have been remanded to the Homework Center for assistance. An English teacher is allocated to the Center Tuesdays through Thursdays specifically to provide guidance with the Senior Project Paper. Our English Department goes to great lengths to support your child’s success. Please encourage your junior to take advantage of this extra help. Deadlines are firm and can be found on page 5 of the Senior Project Manual (located on the website).
Senior Project Presentations
Senior Project products are due back to Tri-County on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. This is the first day back from the Holiday Break. The due date is firm and a ten point deduction will be assessed for each late day.
The Senior Project Presentations will begin January 9 and run through May 4, 2017. Although all students will be given ample time to practice during Related class, not all teenagers are comfortable at public speaking. If this is the case with your senior, you can be of great assistance by just asking him/her to give you a “practice run”, or two. This will allow your child to become more comfortable with the material, thereby having to rely less on reading a script at the podium.
All parent/guardians will be receiving an invitation to their child’s Senior Project Presentation. This invitation indicates the actual presentation time. In some instances, your child may prefer that you do not attend as young people often feel that your presence may make them nervous, or distracted. PLEASE be sensitive to their request.
Presentations are recorded and uploaded to “The Cloud”. Uploads do not occur until the presentation week has ended. A video recording of your child’s presentation will become available on their ITs Learning account. Once it is posted, it is highly recommended that you download and save to a disc, stick, or hard drive as the account collapses upon graduation.
NOTE: In the event of a school cancellation due to snow, those students will be rescheduled to present on a future date. Parents will be alerted to the new date and time. In instances of late opening due to weather, students should arrive to school prepared to present regardless.
The second quarter is coming to a close on Friday, January 20, 2017. Letters of deficiency were sent home prior to the holiday break. Co-op students who are struggling with academics are in danger of losing their placement for no less than a term. If this is your child, please encourage him/her to connect with the teacher to bring up that grade. More often than not, it is simply a matter of making up an assignment(s) forgotten, or a test/quiz that he/she may have been absent on the day it was given. Our teachers go to great lengths for all of our students to help them be successful as well as responsible. Since Co-op students are not in school on B-week, it is imperative that they seek out the teacher and make the appropriate arrangements to get back on track. Students should prepare to stay with the teacher on their extra help day. Additionally, they should plan to attend the Homework Center where there is a teacher on duty for each subject daily and ready to help out no matter what the issue. After working so hard to get out on Co-op, it would be a shame to lose that real world experience as well as that well deserved paycheck!
TIME SHEETS! We are still missing some. Time on task must be input to attendance records. Failure to turn in the time sheet will render your child ineligible for Co-op third term. Please ask your child if they are missing time sheets. Your support is necessary for your child to remain out on Co-op.
An Update from Guidance
BCC Spanish Course
Bristol Community College will be offering Tri-County students a chance to earn three college credits. BCC will be offering an introduction to Spanish course, SPA-101. If interested, students and parents should carefully read about the course and requirements to gain access. Space is limited and placement will be determined by Tri-County administration if more students apply than there is space for. Please contact Scott O’Brien, Head of Guidance if you have questions. Registration paperwork is due to Mr. O’Brien no later than January 6, at 3 p.m.
Free or Reduced Lunch
Students on free or reduced lunch may qualify for reduced class dues. Please see your counselor for more information.
From the School Nurse’s Office
After 20 years serving the students and staff of Tri-County, our nurse Patti Beard is retiring. We will certainly miss her warm and compassionate care along with her wonderfully witty personality. Please join us in wishing Patti the best as she ventures into a well-deserved departure from the working world into one of rest, relaxation and pursuit of her interests outside of nursing!
Come January, there will be some new faces in the health room acclimating to our school routines, students and staff. Please welcome them to the Tri-County community and know that the safety and well-being of all will continue to be a top priority. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the health office at 508-528-5400 x 130.
The Tri-County Education Foundation
Members of the Tri-County community recently founded the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical Education Foundation to enrich and expand programs needed to meet the school district’s stated mission of excellence. Anyone interested in joining the foundation can contact Superintendent-Director Dockray at email@example.com.