Superintendent Update

Parent-Teacher Conferences Wednesday and Thursday; Book Fair in HS Library

posted Feb 20, 2017, 7:56 AM by TC Administrator

This is Superintendent Angie Huseman, and I wanted to take a minute to remind you about Parent-Teacher Conferences which will be taking place at Tri-Center this Wednesday and Thursday, February 22nd and 23rd from 4-8 p.m.  I urge you to come and visit with your child's teachers to find out all of the great things they have learned, as well as learn from your child's teacher(s) the ways you could be helping to support your child's learning. Additionally, the Book Fair will be going on next week in the HS Library, and no one wants to miss out on that!

School bus transportation reminder

posted Sep 19, 2016, 8:32 AM by TC Administrator

To Tri-Center parents whose kids ride the bus:  We have more and more kids that do not ride the same bus every morning/night. In order for us to keep track of where your child is going, we ask that you communicate with Mrs. Fischer in the Elementary (485-2271) and Mrs. Smith in the Middle School/High School office (485-2257) of any changes NO LESS THAN 2 HOURS before the end of the day.  (By 1:30 on a regular day, and by 11:30 on an early out day). We realize there will be times where something will come up at the last minute where you will need to call after that deadline; however, this should be the exception, rather than the rule.  Please communicate this expectation to your children, as well.  

Thank you for your help with this.  We have a lot of children riding busses, and we want to do everything we can to make sure every one of them gets home safely.  We cannot do that without your help.

Thanks,
Dr. Angie Huseman 
Superintendent

April Happenings

posted Apr 5, 2016, 6:08 AM by TC Administrator   [ updated Apr 5, 2016, 6:12 AM ]

Tri-Center families, it is hard to believe Easter is over and spring weather is in full force.  I hope you all get the time to enjoy the changing weather and scenery of the season.  Here are a few important dates to remember for April

April 1 - Preschool Screening Day – Please call for an appointment.
April 1 - No PK today
April 5 - PK to IWCC for Health Fair
April 7 - Jump Rope for Heart
April 7 - 6th Grade Orientation at 7:30
April 7 - 9th Grade Orientation at 6:30
April 8 - Kindergarten Roundup Day (If your child did not attend Tri-Center Preschool, please call us @ 485-2271 for information.)
April 15 - 1:30 Dismissal for In-Service
April 16 - Prom
April 20 - No PK today
April 18 - Spring Music Program Grades K-1  2:00 and 7:00 PM
April 27 - Secretary’s Day
April 28 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Gifford’s Farm
April 29 - No School – InService Day

Snow day make up.  
With spring weather upon us you may have already forgotten, Tri-Center had four days of school canceled due to inclement weather and road conditions.  Tri-Center students will be making up two of these four snow days.  The last day of school for students will now be a 1:30 dismissal on Thursday, May 26th.   

Contacting elected officials.  
You may have noticed in the headlines an increase to State Supplemental Aid (SSA) of 2.25% is waiting for the Governors approval.  The timing of this increase is over a year past the legal deadline for notification and woefully inadequate when compared to the rising cost of expenses and the increases in state revenues.  Please consider contacting your elected officials and encourage them to support funding for Iowa’s public schools.  

As the spring weather continues to increase encourage the instinct for some is to spend less time studying and more time outside.  Encourage your students to combine these things and press hard through the end of the school year.  Please email, call or stop by any of the school offices with questions you may have.  

Dr. Tony Weers, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Arrangements for Gage Williams; No school Tuesday, March 29th

posted Mar 25, 2016, 8:34 AM by TC Administrator

Tri-Center community, 

School will be cancelled Tuesday, March 29th, to accommodate funeral arrangements for the Williams family.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, 11:00 am, at Tri-Center High School.  Visitation will be Monday at Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Avoca.  Family will greet visitors from 3:00 to 8:00 pm.  Again, there will be no school Tuesday March 29th. 

Dr. Tony Weers, Ed.D. 
Superintendent 

Update on accident; grief resources

posted Mar 22, 2016, 11:29 AM by TC Administrator   [ updated Mar 22, 2016, 11:29 AM ]

Dear Parents,

Today we were deeply saddened to notify all students of the death of one of their own.  Gage Williams died last night in a car accident.  He was a freshman at Tri-Center Schools.  Our school family is holding his family close in thought at this most difficult time.  We are unaware of funeral arrangements at this time but will pass any information we receive along as it becomes available.

We notified the students about his death and answered any questions that they had as well.  We have additional Green Hills AEA staff on site in order to support students and district staff as needed.  We suggest you talk with your child about this loss and respond to any questions that arise.   Here are some tips for talking with your student:
  • Be honest
  • Be concise and avoid figurative language (i.e., Say “died” instead of “passed away”)
  • Be reassuring
  • Expect many emotions and normalize his or her feelings
  • Listen to them 
It is important to remember that grief reactions vary greatly among individuals.  To aid in the support of your child/children, attached are resources that address helping children of all ages understand death, as well as a recommended website that includes guidance regarding grief and support for children and youth.


Please do not hesitate to contact the schools with questions or concerns.  We are committed to assisting our school community during this time of loss and appreciate your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Tony Weers
Superintendent

Conferences Wednesday and Thursday February 17th-18th

posted Feb 15, 2016, 2:28 PM by TC Administrator

Hello Tri-Center families.  We would like to remind everyone about Parent-Teacher Conferences this week.  School will be dismissed at 1:30 on Wednesday and Thursday for conferences.  Conferences will be from 4:00-8:00 Wednesday and Thursday evening.  Middle School and High School conferences will be held in the middle school gym, with elementary conferences being held in teacher classrooms.  Please stop by the book fair either evening to check out some great deals on new reading material.  There will be no school Friday February 19th, or Monday the 22nd.  Please email, call, or stop by one of the school offices with any questions you may have.  

Tony

Dr. Tony Weers, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Financial Update: SBRC Decision

posted Dec 18, 2015, 1:31 PM by TC Administrator

Good evening everyone.  You may have noticed an announcement about the SBRC decision in the Nonpareil yesterday.  Tuesday afternoon the SBRC committee approved the Tri-Center Corrective Action Plan (CAP) along with our request for Modified Supplemental Amount (MSA) of $99,232 to make up for the negative unspent balance in FY 15.  Below is an explanation of what this means for Tri-Center:
 

  1. The decision grants spending authority to make up for our negative unspent balance from last year.  This is not cash...rather the authority to spend the money we spent last year.
  2. The reductions made last year were/are still necessary to bring spending back under the state required limits this school year.  At the conclusion of this school year, Tri-Center will have a positive unspent balance for the first time in three fiscal years.
  3. The decision increases our anticipated positive unspent balance at the conclusion of this school year and will help Tri-Center recover more quickly from the financial situation we have been navigating.
  4. It will be very important for Tri-Center to continue tracking General Fund balance, and more importantly spending authority as the district moves forward.
Student enrollment and modified allowable growth are factors we will continue to watch closely as we move forward with short and long-term financial planning.  Please email, call, or stop by with any questions you may have about this decision and what it means for us.  Thank you...
 
Tony
 
Dr. Tony Weers, Ed.D.
Superintendent

2015 Community Meeting presentation

posted Dec 8, 2015, 1:29 PM by TC Administrator   [ updated Dec 8, 2015, 1:33 PM ]

Tri-Center just concluded four Community Meetings in our communities.  The report linked below has Superintendent Tony Weers' presentation which contains useful information on the demographics, academic performance, and financial health of the district.

Minden Community Meeting

posted Dec 4, 2015, 8:54 AM by TC Administrator

The Minden Community Meeting will be held 
December 7th, 7:00 PM.

The fourth community meeting will be Monday evening, 7:00 at the Minden United Church of Christ.  Myself and at least one school board member will be there to present information on: enrollment trends, academic achievement, and the current financial position of the district.  If you were unable to attend one of the four community meetings and are interested in the information please email me at: tweers@tctrojans.org and I will set up a time to visit with you.  

Dr. Tony Weers, Ed.D.
Superintendent 
Tri-Center

October Happenings

posted Oct 2, 2015, 7:51 AM by TC Administrator

Hello Tri-Center.  I hope you are enjoying the fall season as much as we are.  It is always fun to see leaves change, feel weather get cooler, and prepare for winter.  Here are a few highlights we would like you to be aware of for October:

1-9         NWEA Testing Continued
1         Preschool to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch
1         5th Grade to Living History Farms
2         No Preschool
5-10         Fire Prevention Week
6         Parent Teacher Conferences—1:30 dismissal
7         Fall Fitness Day
7         Parent Teacher Conferences—1:30 dismissal
8         Regular School Day.  3:30 dismissal
8         Preschool to the Minden Fire Station
8         Kindergarten to Minden Fire Station
8         1st Grade to Smalls Fruit Farm in Mondamin
9         No School 
12         5th Grade Public Art Field Trip
12         Columbus Day
12-13 Hearing Tests
12-16 School Lunch Week
14         Grades 1-5 to the Neola Fire Station
15         Preschool to Arrowhead
19         Babysitting Class at 3:30
20         Painting Hope assembly—HS gym
21         No Preschool 
21         3rd Grade to Hitchcock Park
23         End of 1st Quarter – No School – InService
25-31 Red Ribbon Week
26         Babysitting Class at 3:30
31         Halloween  (change your clocks tonight)

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Parent-Teacher Conferences are going to be held Tuesday, October 6th and Wednesday, October 7th due to a scheduling conflict on October 8th.  School will be dismissed at 1:30 on the 6th and 7th, with conferences being held from 4:00 to 8:00 both nights.  Elementary conferences will be scheduled by classroom teachers; secondary conferences will be held in the cafetorium.  Thursday, October 8th will be a full day of school, and there will be no school Friday, October 9th.  

Community Meetings.  We will be holding community meetings again this year to share information on: enrollment trends, academic achievement, and the financial position of the district.  Myself and at least one school board member will be in each of the following meetings:

November 2nd, 7:00 PM Trinity Lutheran Church, Persia
November 5th, 7:00 PM St. Pat’s Hall, Neola
November 17th, 7:00 PM St. John’s Lutheran Church, Honey Creek
December 7th, 7:00 PM United Church of Christ, Minden

Please call, email, or stop by one of the school offices if you have questions or need further information.  

Tony

Dr. Tony Weers, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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