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Four retirees recognized at reception; Larsen acknowledged for 25 years of service

posted by TC Administrator

Tri-Center staff members Roger Larsen, Kim Esser, Kevin Matulka, Cheryl Schwery and Diane White were honored for their service to Tri-Center Schools on Thursday afternoon, May 25th.

Roger Larsen was acknowledged for 25 years of service to Tri-Center Schools.  

Esser, Matulka, Schwery, and White are retiring at the end of this school year. Congratulations to all and best of luck to Kim, Kevin, Cheryl and Diane!  Thank you for your commitment to Tri-Center!







Elliott recognized by Secretary of State Paul D. Pate

posted by TC Administrator

Neola - Dan Elliott was recognized today by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate for organizing Tri-Center High School's participation in the statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll for the 2016 general election.  9th-12th grade students voted on the their choice of the 2016 general election Candidates.  The results were then totaled with results from other Iowa schools and reported on Secretary of State Paul D. Pate's website: https://sos.iow.gov/youth/poll/results.aspx

Dan Elliott stepped up and registered to include our student's voices in the statewide straw poll and as a result of their efforts, students received a unique civic education experience.

Because of the leadership from Iowa teachers like Dan the Iowa Youth Straw Poll was nationally recognized this year, winning the National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from the National Parent Student Mock Election. In addition, the social media aspect, #IAparticipate, was a national top 5 finalist for a Government Social Media Award.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate sent Dan a congratulatory certificate for their part in making the Iowa Youth Straw Poll nationally recognized.

"My thanks to all of the teachers and school administrators who helped make the Iowa Youth Straw Polls a huge success," said Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State. "More than 250 schools and 56,000 students participated statewide. We could not have done this without the efforts of the teachers. The Youth Straw Poll was a fun, hands-on learning experience for students across the state that hopefully will encourage them to become engaged in civics in their community."

The Iowa Youth Straw Polls were the culmination of Caucus 101 and Elections 101. Those are free, online, social studies curricula developed by Secretary Pate and written by Iowa teachers for Iowa students.  They are available for anyone to use at Elections101.org.

Elliott recognized by Secretary of State Paul D. Pate

posted by TC Administrator

Neola - Dan Elliott was recognized today by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate for organizing Tri-Center High School's participation in the statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll for the 2016 general election.  9th-12th grade students voted on the their choice of the 2016 general election Candidates.  The results were then totaled with results from other Iowa schools and reported on Secretary of State Paul D. Pate's website: https://sos.iow.gov/youth/poll/results.aspx

Dan Elliott stepped up and registered to include our student's voices in the statewide straw poll and as a result of their efforts, students received a unique civic education experience.

Because of the leadership from Iowa teachers like Dan the Iowa Youth Straw Poll was nationally recognized this year, winning the National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from the National Parent Student Mock Election. In addition, the social media aspect, #IAparticipate, was a national top 5 finalist for a Government Social Media Award.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate sent Dan a congratulatory certificate for their part in making the Iowa Youth Straw Poll nationally recognized.

"My thanks to all of the teachers and school administrators who helped make the Iowa Youth Straw Polls a huge success," said Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State. "More than 250 schools and 56,000 students participated statewide. We could not have done this without the efforts of the teachers. The Youth Straw Poll was a fun, hands-on learning experience for students across the state that hopefully will encourage them to become engaged in civics in their community."

The Iowa Youth Straw Polls were the culmination of Caucus 101 and Elections 101. Those are free, online, social studies curricula developed by Secretary Pate and written by Iowa teachers for Iowa students.  They are available for anyone to use at Elections101.org.

Tri-Center Jump Rope for Heart raises $28,643.67 since 2012

posted May 22, 2017, 10:14 AM by TC Administrator

Tri-Center Elementary participates in Jump Rope for Heart annually.  Since 2012, Tri-Center has raised $28,643.67!  Thanks to Mrs. Becky Thomas for her efforts in organizing this event each year! 

2012-132013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 5 Year Total Lives Saved 
 $3,480.85 $5,972.00 $5,090.45 $7,418.37 $6,682.00 $28,643.67 573

Little Trojan Basketball Camp to be held July 12-14

posted May 22, 2017, 7:50 AM by TC Administrator   [ updated May 22, 2017, 7:50 AM ]

Little Trojan Basketball Camp for boys and girls entering grades K-2 will be held July 12-14 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  See below for more information and the registration form.

TC Athletic Booster Club Golf Tournament June 3rd

posted May 19, 2017, 10:27 AM by TC Administrator

Tri-Center Athletic Booster Club Annual Golf Tournament will be held June 3rd.  See the flyer below for details.

Find Summer Meals for Kids & Teens in the area

posted May 19, 2017, 9:55 AM by TC Administrator

United States Department of Agriculture Summer Meals for Kids & Teens being served in the local area. 

To find a nearby site: 

Call 1-866-348-6479 
Open to all children 18 and younger NO Enrollment, NO Cost! 
 
www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

Transitional Kindergarten, 3 year old Preschool and the Before/After Care FAQ

posted May 19, 2017, 9:07 AM by TC Administrator

Frequently Asked Questions:  


I have taken several calls and a number of emails from people interested in the Transitional Kindergarten, the 3 year old Preschool and the Before/After Care.  While I am compiling this document to help families with their decisions, if you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call (485-2257) or email me (ahuseman@tctrojans.org).  The deadline is nearing, and I want to give you the best information I can.  


Thanks.  Angie Huseman, Superintendent


Will there be enough interest to offer all of these programs?


I will not be able to answer that question until we know numbers.  So, if you are waiting to send in your child’s paperwork until you know for sure, you need to send it in now as the Board and I will have to make decisions on whether or not to offer based on the applications we have in by the 23rd.  At that time, we will look at the numbers and determine what programs, if any, we will offer for the 2017-18 school year.  


TC’s possible PK 3 program


Why is the 3 year old PK program so much more expensive than the 4 year old program?


The school receives funding for 4 year olds in our Preschool program, but we will not receive funding for 3 year olds. Because of this, we need to set a price which we feel will offset our costs.


Will there be as many days off as the 4 year old preschool program had this year?


There will be days off as teachers are expected to have additional Professional Development days.  


Will we have to pay for scheduled days off / snow days / Holiday breaks?


If there are days off during the week, there will be adjusted pricing.  Additionally, if this program has enough interest to run, along with a Before/After Care, there will be day care available on the days when there is no preschool.


Will there be any economic assistance for the cost of the 3 year old preschool?  


At this point, no.  However, if we have enough people interested in the daycare portion of the program, there MIGHT be some assistance for the daycare portion through DHS.  Though at this point, it is impossible for me to give a real good answer.


Will they get a nap in the afternoon?  


Yes


Are they able to take the bus to & from if they are with older siblings?


3 year olds CAN ride the bus.  Having said that, if I was the parent of a 3 year old whom I was putting on the bus, I would feel better knowing that an older student would be available to keep an extra eye on the youngster.


Will there be a registration fee?


No.  Your registration fee is your first week’s cost.


Will there be an option to pay all fees up front at once?  If so, will a discount be offered?


At this point, we will not have that option.  If we are able to do that once the session would get underway, we will offer it at that point.


Will lunch and milk fees be the same amount as the rest of the school?


Yes.


Will the snack be provided by the school?


Yes.  


Will 3 year olds need to go through the PK screening?


No.


If a child is currently potty training, and for some reason does not finish successfully before school begins, will they be able to be pulled from the program and refunded?                                        


Many young children will have an occasional toileting accident; we do not expect perfection in this area. If this becomes a daily issue, the teacher and the parent will discuss what is best for the child.


If a child struggles or is unable to stay in the program, can they be pulled from the program without having to pay tuition or fees after being pulled?


Again, the teacher and parent will work together to make the best decision for the student.  If those interventions are unsuccessful, yes, a student can exit the program.  We want every student to be successful and will work to that end.


Hoffman awarded Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher award

posted May 18, 2017, 1:32 PM by TC Administrator

Tri-Center Elementary Resource Teacher Mrs. Machenzie Hoffman has been awarded the 2017 Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher award.  Hoffman, a member of the Tri-Center staff for the past six years, was recognized and awarded $10,000 for the achievement.  

For the past ten years, KMA and the Green Hills Area Education Agency have presented this award to two instructors within a 40-mile radius of Emerson--Lakin's hometown. One winner each in the elementary and secondary categories will receive $12,500--$10,000 for the teacher, the other $2,500 goes to the school district.

Congratulations Mrs. Hoffman!

Application and information on potential 3 Year Old Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Before/After Care

posted May 17, 2017, 8:14 AM by TC Administrator   [ updated May 19, 2017, 9:10 AM ]

Hello, Tri-Center Families!

In order to meet the needs of our families, Tri-Center would like to offer a couple of new opportunities for the 2017-18 School year.  I previously surveyed our families, and it appeared as though an extremely large number of families were interested in Before/After School Care for their children, as well, as a fairly large number of families that would be interested in 3 year old Preschool.  Additionally, I have heard from several families that would have interest in a Transitional Kindergarten program for their child.  

These are all large undertakings for Tri-Center, and in an effort to make the best decisions regarding the feasibility of these programs, it is time for me to ask those of you who are interested in any of these programs to make a commitment.

Starting something new is always difficult; we need to have enough families that want the programs so we can offer them, and we cannot have so many children wanting to come that we would not have space or ability to appropriately staff. Therefore, we are asking for a year-long commitment.

If you are interested, I am asking for you to complete the attached application for each of your children, and I would like for you to pay the first week’s cost for whatever program you would be choosing.  This will help me to know if we will have enough people to run the programs without losing money, as well as saving your child a “spot” if we have more students than we can handle.  Therefore, I would like your response by May 23rd if at all possible.

I have attached informational sheets on each program, but when you have questions, please give me a call (485-2257) or email me ahuseman@tctrojans.org.  

We need to make decisions regarding these programs quickly, so your quick completion of the application and 1st week’s check is vital. *If you send a check for a program we do not end up being able to have, your check will be returned.  



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