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Attention: Fall 4K Children and Parents from Renee Jensen
Reminder—Many parents have not sent back their child’s 4 Year Old Kindergarten enrollment forms. Please make sure you send back your child’s information so we can get them registered. We look forward to meeting our new little friends!
4 Year Old Kindergarten:If you are a parent of a child that will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2015, these are some important dates for you to remember:
· Enrollment: As soon as possible
· 4K Open House: Tuesday, September 1st, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
For enrollment information, please call the elementary office 335-6366 ext. 2910.
The 4 Year Old Kindergarten is a full day session and
will be split into two groups:
· Group 1 will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
· Group 2 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. I am looking forward to working with you and your child!
EC-4 Student Pictures- Wednesday , September 16, 2015 and Grades 5th -6th –remaining 4-k, will be on Thursday September 17, 2015
OPEN HOUSE! K-6th Grade
Aug. 26th, 2015
5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
**Please feel free to allow your child to bring their school supplies with
them! Then, your child will be ready for the first day of school on
September 1st. We look forward to seeing everyone!
7-12 Student Pictures- Wednesday, August 26 (2:45-6:30)
Student pictures for students in grades 7-12 will coincide with our Open House, beginning a bit earlier primarily for student-athletes who have practices. Online registration/ordering will be available in August. We are hoping for an outstanding turnout for this. *Please monitor the T-C High School and Middle School WebPages regarding this event.
7-12 Open House -Wednesday, August 26 (4:30-6:30)
Students will be able to pick up their schedules, visit their classroom teachers, and stop by their lockers. Additionally, orientations will be held in the lecture hall for incoming 7th grade students and parents (4:30-5:00), and for incoming 9th grade students and parents (5:15-5:45). *Please monitor the T-C High School and Middle School WebPages for updates regarding these events.
Tri-County Math League Champions
17 Years in a Row!
The Tri-County High School math team is the Central Wisconsin Math League champion for the 2014-15 school year. For the 17th year in a row, the Math League team finished in 1st place out of 17 schools for Division 4 school size.
On top of this achievement, this team made history by having the highest cumulative score for all 45 schools competing, regardless of school size. This is the second time in the last five years that Tri-County has achieved this award.
Tri-County also had numerous students receive individual awards in their test category.
After three years of participating in Math League competition with outstanding results, Matthew Nigh distinguished himself in the most difficult category, Advanced Math Topics. Matthew excelled as the overall top student, finishing 1st out of 262 students from all 45 schools competing.
In the Advanced Algebra category, Tri-County swept the top three positions for all Division 4 schools. Macy Klabunde placed 1st, Payton LaPorte 2nd and Ivy Klabunde 3rd. Macy Klabunde was also the top student over all schools, regardless of school size, finishing 1st out of 257 students competing.
In Geometry, Tri-County had another highlight performance with Brooke Hopkins finishing in 1st place over all Division 4 schools.
The Tri-Country High School Math League team is coached by Annette Carroll and John Mesyk.
Math League teams from all participating schools were honored at the 45th Annual Central Wisconsin Math League Awards Banquet on May 5th at the Dreyfus University Center of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The CWML is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Sentry Insurance, Travel Guard Insurance and Liberty Mutual Middle Market.
Front row (L to R): Ken Becher, Macy Klabunde, Brooke Hopkins Tyler Kramer, Katie Craig, Daniel Kaehn, Annette Carroll
Back row: Ivy Klabune, Quincy Pfaff, Matthew Nigh, Payton LaPorte, Andrea Boyd, John Mesyk
Missing are: Kayla Newby, Kevin Garlow, Jacob Kramer, Lucas Marinack, Jon Koepke, Zac Truehl.
Renee Jensen Wins Herb Kohl Award
On April 18, Renee Jensen, Tri-County 4K Teacher, and her family attended the Herb Kohl Award Ceremony in Oshkosh. Renee was nominated and then selected for the prestigious Herb Kohl Award in March. At the ceremony, Renee was honored with a certificate and a luncheon provided by former Senator Herb Kohl and the DPI Assistant State Superintendent of Education. Renee will also receive $3,000.00 to apply toward academic programs and educational supplies.
Congratulations Mrs. Jensen! We are so happy for you!
Shown in the photo from Left to Right, Nicholas Marti, 7-12 Principal, Anthony Marinack, District Administrator, Michelle Conley, parent and recipient of Monsanto Grant, John Conley, 6th Grade Student, Amiee Conley, 8th Grade Student in the Pre-Algebra Block Class, Dawn Byrum, Teacher of the Pre-Algebra Block Class, Doug Gray, Monsanto District Sales Manager, and Bob Conley, parent.
A Great BIG THANK YOU to Michelle Conley
Michelle Conley selected the 7-12 Block Math Classes as the primary recipients of her $2,500 Monsanto Grant that she was chosen to receive as part of a wonderful employee/spouse opportunity offered by Weekly Farms. We are so honored that she tabbed this very powerful program within our school as the beneficiary of this most generous grant.
The Math Block classes were added to the Math Course Offerings in 2013 when the 7-12 Math teachers saw a need to create a course for struggling math students in grades 7-12. This initiative has increased student success, student attitude, and student confidence in Math Classes. The courses are held over a two period time frame, which allows for partner work, group work, individual work, combined with a large technology component for enrichment and enhancement of the lessons that are delivered.
The money will be used to purchase additional technology to be used in the Block Classes, but will also prove to be great resources for students throughout our entire math program. It is definitely a gracious gift that will be appreciated by many students today, tomorrow, and in the future across several grade levels.
Tri-County awarded grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education
Tri-County Area School District has received a $10,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Tri-County Elementary School will use the money to purchase Chromebook laptop computers and subscriptions to MobyMax, a software program designed to increase engagement and achievement in math.
Prior to submitting the grant, educators in the district tried to find software students could use to help increase math achievement scores. After thorough research, administrators were encouraged by success stories from students who routinely used MobyMax, but realized that without adequate access to computers student use would be limited.
Using funds from the grant, the district purchased 42 Chromebooks and a three-year license to MobyMax. With the new laptops, the 5th and 6th grade students in the district have the opportunity to improve math skills and comprehension, while becoming more tech-savy.
“We believe the combination of the Chromebooks and MobyMax will help students find success in math, while gaining proficiency with computer-related skills,” said Korryn Brooks, 5th and 6th grade teacher at Tri-County Elementary School. “This proficiency will lead to students being more confident in their abilities and will promote interest in the mathematical field.”
This past spring, local farmers nominated the district for a chance to apply for the grant. School administrators then designed a math-based project for the grant application. Once all of the school district applications were submitted, a panel of math and science teachers reviewed each application and selected finalists. An advisory council, composed of farmer-leaders with an interest in agriculture and education, then selected the winning grant applications from a pool of finalists.
“Agriculture has become one of the most technologically advanced industries, so farmers are very aware of the need for superior math and science education, particularly in their own communities,” said Monsanto Customer Advocacy Lead Linda Arnold. “We are proud to partner with farmers to support the things that are most important to them—schools, youth, and their community.”
TASD celebrated receiving the grant on Nov. 19, during an all-school assembly. Nominating farmers, school representatives, and local Monsanto representative Steve Lefever attended the event.
Grow Rural Education encourages farmers to nominate a local public school district, which can then compete for a grant of up to $25,000. Since 2011, Grow Rural Education has invested more than $7 million to support math and science education in rural school districts across the country.
This program is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which partners with farmers to support education, service organizations and youth in rural America. Visit www.growruraleducation.com to see the full list of winners for this year. A sister program, America’s Farmers Grow Communities is currently in its enrollment period. To sign up, visit www.growcommunities.
Capitol ceremony celebrates 2014-15
Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition
MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers offered congratulations to Tri-County Elementary School for being among 173 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2014-15 school year. “These schools are examples of the success we need in all of our schools to close the achievement gap,” Evers said.
The schools were recognized during a special Oct. 13 ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison hosted by Deputy State Superintendent Mike Thompson. Pictured with Thompson, from left: Shawn Jepson, EC-6 Principal and Dianne George, 1st Grade Teacher. During the program, special recognition went to seven High-Achieving schools and 29 High-Progress Schools. Eight schools earned both High-Achieving and High-Progress honors. Three schools earned the award for a 10th consecutive year, while 10 schools earned the award for a fifth consecutive year.
“Tri-County Elementary has received 9 Title 1 School of Recognition Awards from the state of Wisconsin. Our state has been honoring Title 1 schools for the last 12 years. We are very proud of this accomplishment and thank the State for recognizing our hard work, rapport, and dedication to educating all children,” said, Shawn Jepson, EC-6 Principal.
Important Family Access Message
Skyward rolled out a new look and additional features for Family Access. The new look became permanent in July 2014. Some of the new features include:
- Ability to view one or all of your children on screen
- More Language selections through Google Translator in Family Access
- Improvements on the navigation bar
- Easier access to attendance information
- An updated calendar with the ability to color code items (attendance, Assignments, test, etc.)
- The ability to show only the current term
- Additional course information
- As before parents can change their log and password for easy access
Annual Notice Regarding Homeless Children
Homeless children and youth (twenty-one years of age and younger) are defined as:
* Children and youth who lack a fixed, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are:
* Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
* Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
* Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
If you are personally aware of or are acquainted with any children who may qualify according to the above criteria, the Tri-County Schools provides the following assurance to parents of homeless children:
* There shall be immediate enrollment and school participation, even if educational and medical records and proof of residency are not available.
* All educational opportunities and related opportunities for homeless students (preschool to age 21), including unaccompanied youth, shall be the same as for the general student population.
* Enrollment and transportation rights, including transportation to the school of origin shall be possible. “School of origin” is defined as the school the child attended when permanently housed or when last enrolled.
* Written explanation of why a homeless child is placed other than in a school of origin or school requested by the parent, with the right to appeal within the local dispute resolution process.
* Meaningful opportunities for parents to participate in the education of their children. These shall include: special notices of events, parent-teacher conferences, newsletters, and access to student records.
Please contact Anthony Marinack, homeless liaison for the Tri-County Area School District for additional information about homeless issues. Mr. Marinack can be reached at (715) 335-6366 Extension 1020.
2014-15 School Year Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Notification
As a result of recent federal legislation (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act –AHERA), each primary and secondary school in the nation is required to complete a stringent new inspection for asbestos and to develop a plan of management for all asbestos containing building materials. Tri-County Area School District has a goal to be in full compliance with this law and is following the spirit, as well as, the letter of the law. As a matter of policy, the Tri-County Area School District shall continue to maintain a safe and healthful environment for our community’s youth and employees.
In keeping with this legislation, all buildings (including portables and support buildings) owned or leased by the school district were inspected by EPA accredited inspectors and samples were analyzed by an independent laboratory. Based on the inspection, the district prepared and the state approved a comprehensive management plan for handling the asbestos located within its buildings safely and responsibly.
Furthermore, the Tri-County Area School District has completed its AHERA 3-Year Reinspection requirement each three years.
This inspection was completed in January 2013 by Badger Environmental Services.
The six-month periodic surveillance inspections were done on schedule.
Federal law requires a periodic walk-through (called “surveillance”) every six months of each area containing asbestos. Also the law requires for all buildings to be re-inspected three years after a management plan is in effect.
Short-term workers (outside contractors – i.e., telephone repair workers, electricians and exterminators) must be provided information regarding the location of asbestos in which they may come into contact. All short-term workers shall contact the lead maintenance person before commencing work to be given this information.
Public Notification of Nondiscrimination Policy — (Code #411) No person may be denied admission to any public school in this district or be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, extracurricular, pupil service, recreational, or other program or activity because of the person's sex, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability or handicap as required by S. 118.13 Wisconsin Statutes. This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race and national origin), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The district encourages informal resolution of complaints under this policy. A formal complaint resolution procedure is available, however, to address allegations of violations of the policy in the Tri-County Area School District.
Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to: Anthony Marinack, District Administrator, 409 S. West Street Plainfield, Wisconsin 54966. Spanish translation of this notice is available in offices.