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High School 485-2257 Middle School 485-2211 www.tri-center.k12.ia.us Elementary 485-2271
Superintendent’s News and Comments
…Brett Nanninga Tri-Center Community Schools Belief Statements
The Annual Progress Report for 2011-2012 may be found on the Tri-Center website at www.tri-center.k12.ia.us.
All students can learn and succeed, although in different ways and at an individual pace. Learning should take place in real-life contexts and should reflect the interrelated nature of subject areas. Using resources in the community can help students to understand how present learning is connected to future work experiences. Learning should be approached as a life-long, continual process. In order to function in a global society, students need to understand individual and cultural diversities. It is the responsibility of everyone associated with the school to develop a climate that fosters positive self-concepts and self-esteem. Learning occurs best in a safe, clean, attractive, and comfortable, non-threatening environment. Students learn best when their unique personal, social, and academic needs are met by caring teachers and administrators. Excellence will be achieved by hiring, nurturing, and retaining innovative teachers who are leaders in their field.
Tri-Center Community Schools
Committed to Maximizing Student Potential
Tri-Center Community Schools District Goals Align Curriculum (Pre-K through 12) Promote Community Involvement Refine Classroom Instruction Improve Student Achievement Strengthen Life Skills
Learning occurs best when students are involved in a variety of academic and extra-curricular activities. Self-discipline, personal responsibility, respect, and a commitment to a strong work ethic will be encouraged, expected and exemplified. Family and community support enhances the learning process. Functional families are an integral part of student achievement.
Tri-Center Community Schools Student Achievement Goals Students who graduate Community Schools will: 1. Respect self and others 2. Communicate effectively 3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle 4. Use resources effectively 5. Problem-solve 6. Be life-long learners 7. Demonstrate responsibility 8. Live and work cooperatively 9. Set and implement realistic goals 10. Meet Tri-Center academic standards/requirements Encouragement . . . Opportunity Knocks It is a proven fact that people (children and adults) need affirmation and encouragement in life. Opportunities usually abound for us to compliment or positively reinforce someone—we don’t have to look real hard for those instances and they usually cost us nothing more than a little time. from Tri-Center
Unfortunately, we tend to notice more things that are wrong and end up applying unnecessary energy or drama that often results in making matters worse. We must take time to tell our kids, other kids, and those that influence the lives of all kids (teachers, coaches/sponsors, support staff, and administrators) that they are doing a fine job and need to keep making a difference. This far-from-perfect world is very adept at promoting the negative or tragic issues in society. We must remember that it is part of our responsibility to recognize what is right and good, and apply some of our energy toward making more of the same happen. Watch for the opportunity to affirm or show gratitude, and then watch the results of your encouragement. We could all benefit from more acts and words of kindness. “The most important profession in the world is parenting. The second is teaching, and everyone is a teacher to someone.” --John Wooden
From the Principal’s Desk … Angie Huseman
October 19th: End of 1st Quarter. Power School Remember, you can check your child’s grade at anytime through the Power School System. All you need is Internet access. If you do not have Internet access, call me, and we can figure out a way for you to stay as informed about your child’s academic performance as possible. If you see something on Power School that you do not feel makes sense, make sure you contact the teacher. It is vital for your child’s progress in school to be involved in his/her daily activities. Let your child know what your expectations are for him/her, and talk frequently about what is going on in school.
As with everything that happens at the high school, if you have any questions that I can answer, please call 485-2257. New Parent Log-Ins, Apps and Alert Numbers A few changes have been made in the PowerSchool system of which you may or may not already be aware. First, parents will need to create a new account with their own chosen user name and password. You will need to enter the Parent username and information listed following this paragraph into the Parent Log-in site to accomplish this. You can access this location by going to the Tri-Center website: www.tri-center.k12.ia.us. Once you are in our website, click on the Power School Student link located on the left hand column. Then, click on the red Apple Power School logo at the top of the page. You will see near the bottom of that page. Click on "Create Account". Complete the information on the form, selecting your own user name and password; this will become your username and password for all of your children. At the bottom of the form, you will type in the name(s) of your child(ren). You will need to use your old parent log-in information for the Access Ids and Access Passwords for your student(s). If you have more than one student, you will be getting this same letter for each of your children, but you should enter all of your children on this same page when you first create your account. THE SYSTEM IS CASE SENSITIVE, SO IF THERE ARE CAPITAL LETTERS, USE CAPITAL LETTERS. This will enable you to have one log in for all of your children. Hit enter when all of the fields are full. Also, you now have access to the free PowerSchool apps on iPhones and iPads. You just need to search for PowerSchool, install the free app and put your newly created user name and password in once. Second, YOU NOW HAVE THE ABILITY TO SET UP AND CONTROL YOUR OWN ACCESS TO THE DISTRICT WIDE ALERT SYSTEM. We have a new notification system that allows parents to update any and all contact information at any time by simply logging into their parent account and clicking on Power Announcement in the side bar. Once you have clicked on Power Announcement, you should click on EXPAND ALL. Now you have the power to tell
us if you want to be notified by text, email, phone or any combination. You can add a lot of numbers or just one. That is up to you. We do need to have at least one number so we can reach you in case of emergency. This information was given to you all at registration, and it was sent home with your child during the week of September 24th. If you need additional help, please do not hesitate to call any of the building secretaries or principals. The help you will need is close at hand. About Sportsmanship… The following was something I found in a legal alert that I believe is appropriate to include at the beginning of the new school year. I hope you will take a few minutes and read this over. I expect all the Tri-Center students to display good sportsmanship and class at all of our many events. This is a much easier job when parents provide them with good role models. PARENT SPORTSMANSHIP PLEDGE 1. I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating support for all athletes, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or athletic event. 2. I will place the emotional and physical wellbeing of children ahead of any personal desire to win. 3. I will support coaches and officials working with my child to provide a positive, enjoyable experience for all. 4. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of athletes. 5. I will treat other players, parents, coaches, fans and officials with respect and refrain from verbal digs. 6. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence. 7. I will respect the coaches and officials and their authority during games and will not question, discuss, or confront coaches at a game site. 8. If I have concerns to discuss, I will take time to speak with the coach at an agreed upon time and place.
9. I will do my best to ensure that the sport is enjoyable for my child and remember that the game is for the athletes and not the adults. The Girls’ and Boys’ Athletic Unions, and the Music and Speech Unions have gotten together to establish guidelines for conduct at all sanctioned high school events. I have shared these with the students, and they will apply to all spectators: Conduct Counts The following behaviors will result in ejection: 1. Disrespectful conduct, including profanity, obscene gestures or comments, offensive remarks of a sexual nature, or other actions that demean individuals or the event. 2. Throwing articles onto the contest area. 3. Entering the contest area in protest or celebration. 4. Physical confrontation involving contest officials, coaches/directors, contestants or spectators. 5. Spectator interference with the event. These behaviors may result in a warning or an ejection: 6. Jumping up and down on bleachers. 7. Use of artificial noisemakers, signs or banners. 8. Chants or cheers directed at opponents.
October and November are very busy months in the counseling department. The students are busy with several different activities and we will begin all our standardized testing for the year. Seniors: Letters have gone out to all parents of seniors in hopes of setting up meeting times to review your son/daughters credits, graduation plans, scholarship procedures, college visits, and the college application process. Please set up a time to meet and review those plans. There will be a John Baylor Test Prep this month for seniors taking the October 27th test. We will be meeting 12 times before the test date. Seniors should be wrapping up ACT testing by December unless a college requires a later test date. Mark your calendars Senior parents!! There will be a Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 at the Underwood High School. A representative from the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) will be there to give the presentation and answer questions about the financial aid process. Juniors: The Juniors will be attending the Iowa Western Career Day on Tuesday, October 16th . We will leave school at 8:00 am and return about 12:30ish. Students will have the opportunity to attend one session on a chosen career cluster. It is a great opportunity to visit with people that have hands-on experience in specific career areas. There will be a John Baylor Test Prep offered to juniors before the February test date. It would be a great idea to have your junior son/daughter take the December test for the first time, do the prep and take the February 9th test.
I know I expect this year to be a great one. I, for one, will be greatly surprised if it isn’t. We have great kids at Tri-Center. We all want the best for them. Remember the doors and phone lines are always open if you have ideas to make the experience for students here even better. We are good, but we can and will continue to get better.
There will be 23 juniors taking the PSAT/NMSQT on October 17th. This test is a preliminary SAT test and it is the only opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. This is not an automatic scholarship program but they must take the test to qualify. This is also great practice for the ACT test. Sophomores: The sophomores will be taking the PLAN test on November 1st here at Tri-Center. This is a standardized test that the sophomores take yearly to look at growth in the areas of English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. It is ACT endorsed and students will receive an estimated ACT Assessment Composite score. This will give them an estimation of how they may do when taking the ACT test. Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen will be taking the Iowa Tests of Educational Development the week of November 12th. Please encourage your son/daughter to do their best, it is a great measurement tool for the student, parent and the school.
Yearbook News and Information . …..Sarah Elliott
2012-2013 Publications Staff Members: Seniors: CyaNet Co-Editor Jensen McElmeel, Yearbook Editor Meredith Raine, and CyaNet CoEditor Justine Sturtz; Juniors: Yearbook CoAssistant Editor Elise Christenson, Lia Grover, Dakota Horn, Yearbook Co-Assistant Editor Sam Raine, and CyaNet Assistant Editor Christian Severn; and Sophomores: Zach Denning, Brandon Jensen, Brooke Pigman, and Megan Ryan. 2012 YEARBOOKS! The 2012 Trojan Yearbooks are NOT in yet. We should finish the last few spreads and proofs within a few weeks and submit them, so they should get it around the end of October. We appreciate your patience with both the Publications staff doing proofs and the publisher (Walsworth Publishing) printing it. We will have a handful of extras which may be purchased for $50 each while supplies last. At the time see or call Adviser Mrs. Sarah Elliott at the high school at 4852257, ext. 100. 2013 YEARBOOK SALES!!! The 2013 Trojan Yearbook sales will begin once the 2012 Trojan is in, and we will also be doing 0n-line sales this year. Some specials and discounts will be offered to those purchasing their books at events throughout the year and at conferences in the spring. BUY EARLY AND SAVE! SENIOR PICTURES: Seniors and senior parents, pictures are due to the yearbook by Wednesday, December 19, 2012. These may be in color or black and white, but they should be wallet-sized, and head and shoulder shots work or look best. Don’t assume your photographer will send them in to us. If the photo is not received by December 19, it may be difficult to include it. GET PICTURES IN EARLY TO BE SAFE!
National Honor Society Information: The National Honor Society calendars should have been delivered by now. If you purchased an ad but did not receive a calendar, please call the high school at 712-485-2257 and we will be sure that one is delivered to your business promptly. Thank you for contributing to the National Honor Society Organization. Our yearly Blood Drive will be held here at Tri-Center on February 28th, 2013 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Please mark your calendar!
Picture retakes are scheduled for Thursday, October 18th in the elementary.
PARENT AND PERSONAL ADS: Support the yearbook and honor your son/daughter, grandson/daughter, sibling, friend, or others at the same time. Parent and personal ads are $30 and include the honored person’s name, a small photo, and a message limited to 20 words. Senior parents can expect to receive a letter in December or early next semester. Parent and personal ads can be purchased from Publications Adviser Sarah Elliott or Yearbook Editor Meredith Raine at 485-2257, ext. 100. PICTURES ARE ACCEPTED: The publications staff is in need of and will accept pictures for possible use in the yearbook and/or the CyaNet Site (tri-centerspirit.com). Pictures can be submitted by email (selliott@tri-center,k12.ia.us) or brought in to be scanned and returned ASAP. The staff is currently in need of Homecoming, fall sports, and candid pictures for all grades. AD CAMPAIGN: We will be starting our ad campaign soon. If you are or know of a business owner who may want to advertise, contact Adviser Sarah Elliott at 485-2257, ext. 100. Advertisers not only help fund a yearbook of which the district and surrounding communities can be proud, but have the opportunity to support an educational program that teaches students valuable skills in writing, design, photography, computer use, and business.
Tri-Center Middle School
…Brian Wedemeyer, Principal
Things seem to be going smoothly with the 8:15 AM start and the homeroom being moved to the end of the day. The change was made so students would miss less school time when going to away games, it also allowed us to give 7th and 8th grade students a recess and allows us to let the HS students leave at 3:15PM and reduce the amount of congestion when the buses are leaving at 3:30 PM. The Iowa Test of Basic Skills will be given the week of November 12-16th. We will only test in the areas of Math, Science and Reading this year. Please encourage your students to do their best on these exams, the results will be included in several documents and will ultimately be used as one of the gauges of how well Tri-Center is doing in educating the youth of our school district. NWEA Fall tests are completed and results will be sent home with your 4th quarter report card after the Spring tests are completed. If you would like to know how your student did on the Fall tests you can contact the MS office. Winter posters and pocket calendars will be in shortly you can pick those up in any school office. All athletic calendars are available at www.westerniowaconference.org Developing a reading habit, tips from a school librarian: 1. Leave lots of reading material, books, magazines, newspapers, even comic books all around the house. If they’re lying there, he’ll pick them up. 2. Stop at the library when you are out and about. Once inside, steer him towards sections he might like. 3. Discuss the books I’m reading. That will give him a chance to talk about what he has read that day and give us a reading habit to share.
1-8 – NWEA testing 3rd – 5th Grades 1 – Babysitting Class 3:30 3 – PK to Neola Fire Station 4 – 5th Grade to Living History Farms 4 - PK Field Trip to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch 5 – No School –Teacher InService 8 - BabySitting Class 3:30 9 – Neola Fire Station Trips Grades 1-5 9 – PK & Kdg Dental Screening 10-12 – Dental Screening 1st-12th Grades 12 - Kdg to Minden Fire Station 15 -16 – Hearing Tests 15-19 – Nat’l School Lunch Week 15 – BabySitting Class 3:30 19 – No Preschool today 19 – 1:30 Dismissal – End of 1st Quarter 23-31 – Red Ribbon Week 24 – 3rd Grade to Hitchcock Park 31 – Halloween
Elementary Art News
First graders have printed leaves, then decorated a frame with patterns to put around them. We will also be looking at radial symmetry as we draw spider webs and make 3-D spiders this month! Second grade students are using lines to draw trees. We have also discussed positive and negative space as we draw the branches that touch each other. The students will paint the trees, then use watercolor to paint the negative spaces like a stained glass window. Third graders are looking at the work of Georgia O’Keefe to draw a floral or abstract composition, then painting it with water based pastels to show contrast. We will use black glue to outline when we are done. Fourth grade students are using liquid watercolors in a spray bottle to create a composition with leaves. We will use doodles with line, shape, and pattern to decorate the negative spaces in ultra fine sharpie. Fifth graders just finished their Public Art Tour, so we will be discussing the highlights from the trip and they will also be writing in language arts about their favorite pieces. We will be working on two projects at once: first we will prepare a printing plate with sticky foam for a printmaking project inspired by Andy Warhol, then we will begin creating our pantyhose sculptures. As we apply the latex coating on the sculptures, students will be able to work on their printing plates during drying time. Please feel free to stop by the art room to visit any time! You are welcome to watch, participate, or volunteer to work! This is a fun learning environment to experience! I (Mrs. Lyons) am at Tri-Center on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday afternoons.
We will once again participate in the Art to Remember Fundraiser for elementary students this year. The students will make an original piece of artwork that will be made into a magnet. Magnets will be sent home at the end of October. Parents will have a choice to buy the magnet, order additional items, or return the magnet. These items make great Christmas gift ideas. All proceeds from this fundraiser are used to benefit elementary art students. Kindergarten kids are using their cutting and gluing skills to make jack-o-lanterns that we will dress up in a costume for Halloween!
Elementary Yearbook . . . Becky Thomas T-C Music Boosters Tailgate!
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School Nurse Notes ….Jennifer McGee
October is National Fire Prevention Month October is another reminder to check smoke alarms and review escape plans at home. Each year more than 3,500 Americans die in fires. One of the leading causes of residential fire deaths (93%) and injuries for children under age 10 is “playing with a heat source” which includes lighters and matches. At home, children usually play with fire in bedrooms, in closets and under beds. These are “secret” places where there are a lot of things that catch fire easily. We must teach our children at an early age about the dangers of fireplay in an effort to prevent child injuries, fire deaths and firesetting behavior in the future. If curious children with a history of fire setting are not given proper guidance and supervision, they often will repeat the behavior. What begins as a natural exploration will then lead to tragedy. One of the most important factors in surviving a residential fire is the presence of a working smoke alarm, which reduces the chance of fire-related death by 50%. Also plan and practice an escape route with your children to be used in the event of a fire. www.FireSafety.gov is a great website for educational purposes and to order fun gadgets!
T-C Dollars For Scholars . . . .Kathy Mark, Secretary
T-C Dollars for Scholars will host a Christmas Tour of Homes again this year. The tour will be December 9, 2012. More information to come next month. If anyone would like to have their home on the tour, please contact Abbie Benning. T-C Dollars for Scholars will host their 16th Annual Spring Luncheon on March 23, 2013. Everyone should be thinking of a theme for their table!! Election of officers was held. They are as follows: President – Randy Mark Vice President – Pastor Dean Sparr Secretary – Kathy Mark Treasurer – Roger Hall
Help support the Ronald McDonald House!
The Tri-Center Elementary Student Council will be assisting the Tri-Center Middle School with collecting aluminum pop tabs during the 2012-13 school year. Students are encouraged to collect and bring “clean” pop tabs to the elementary school office. Student volunteers will then count them and turn them into the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House recycles the tabs and uses the proceeds to assist families who have a child receiving treatment at our local health care facilities. Why pop tabs and not the entire can? Because pop tabs are smaller and easier to store. The tabs are also paint free and pure aluminum, which increases their value and profit when recycled. So pull your tabs for the Ronald McDonald House , but be sure to recycle the cans.
Tri-Center Elementary also continues to collect Box Tops for Education, Campbell Soup Labels and Land O Lakes Milk, Orange Juice and Chocolate Milk carton tops. Please continue to send these to school; we appreciate your help and support of the elementary.
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