News Archive

March 16th Update

March 16th, 2020

Update for Tri-Center Families:

Real Expected Timeline:

It’s safe to assume we will be following the Governor’s recommendation of 4 weeks of no school, and our first day back to school will be April 13th. We all know, though, that our world is constantly changing, so be prepared for that date to change. As in the past, we will provide families updates via our notification system.

Form via Email & Social Media:

We need to know approximately how many families need internet access and Grab and Go meals for their students. Western Iowa Wireless has volunteered to try to help with internet access and the school is offering Grab and Go meals to those in need (see next point below). We will be emailing out a form to all families who have supplied a valid email in our notification system and also posting it to our social media sites.

Grab and Go Meal Pick-up:

Tri-Center will offer Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunches free to all students, 18 and under. Depending on need and numbers, we may change our pick-up times and opt to deliver multiple days of meals at one time. If you live out of town and don’t have transportation to pick up food, contact your building principal so we can make the necessary arrangements to provide food to your students.

For this week, we will be distributing meals Monday-Friday at the following times and locations:

  • Persia: Fire Department 8:30-9:00 a.m.
  • Beebeetown: Twisted Tail Front Lot 9:00-9:30 a.m.
  • Minden: United Church of Christ--Fellowship Hall/Basement Doors 9:15-9:45 a.m.
  • Neola: St Patrick’s Hall 10:00-10:30 a.m.

Educational Materials:

The school buildings will be open until 7:00 p.m. tonight to pickup any learning materials your student forgot at school or wasn’t able to bring home. The buildings will also be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-2.

If teachers have additional items they would like to get to students which can’t be sent electronically, we will let you know how you can get those materials. We are currently working on a list of websites and resources for your child to access over this extended time away from school.

Online Links:

Teachers have communicated with students and sent different resources home that can be used during the next four weeks. Please refer to information sent home with students. Students in grades 5-12 should regularly check their email. The Resources area on the website has other links that may be needed.

Spring Sports :

The Iowa Girls and Boys Athletic Unions have cancelled all practices and competitions until April 13th.

If you have questions during the closure, please contact your building principals. They will be checking email and phone messages throughout the closing.

Post-Prom waivers

March 9th, 2020

TC Students and Parents,

Post-Prom will be held at the HUB in Council Bluffs this year. In order for TC students to be able to attend, each student and his/her parent(s) must sign an online waiver that can be accessed by going to or stopping by the HUB in CB. The address is 7 S 4th St, Council Bluffs. If you have previously been to the HUB, then your waiver is still valid. Any junior or senior planning on attending post-prom and any date MUST have this waiver signed in order to participate. Please do this as soon as possible.

Also, post-prom consent waivers will be located in the high school office for TC Students, their dates, and parents to sign. Please return these to the high school office by April 1st.

TC Jazz 2nd at Coffin Festival; AL performance March 7th

March 5th, 2020

On Friday, February 28th, the TC High School Jazz Band attended the Jim Coffin Jazz Festival in Woodward, IA. The jazz band played well and placed 2nd out of 11 2A bands! The band will travel to Abraham Lincoln this coming Saturday (March 7) for the Bluffs Jazz Band Festival. Our performance will be at 1:10pm, and we hope to see you there!

Acting Jazzy will be held March 28th

March 5th, 2020

On Friday, February 28th, the TC High School Jazz Band attended the Jim Coffin Jazz Festival in Woodward, IA. The jazz band played well and placed 2nd out of 11 2A bands! The band will travel to Abraham Lincoln this coming Saturday (March 7) for the Bluffs Jazz Band Festival. Our performance will be at 1:10pm, and we hope to see you there!

Jazz Band to perform at Jim Coffin Jazz Festival February 28th

February 24th, 2020

The Tri-Center Jazz Band will travel to Woodard, IA for the Jim Coffin Jazz Festival on Friday, Feb. 28th. Their performance is at 3:45pm with awards to follow at 5:50pm.

FFA Week

February 24th, 2020

Nine students compete in MathCounts Competition

February 18th, 2020

On Tuesday, February 11th, nine Tri-Center Middle School students competed in the MathCounts Competition at the Boys and Girls Club in Council Bluffs. This was the Southwest Iowa Regional Competition sponsored by the Iowa Engineering Society. Representing TC were Matt Eikenberry, Grace Denning, Lilly Heim, Lincoln Thomas, Cael Corrin, Carson Hill, Braden Meyer, Maggie Burress, and Johnathan Zacharias.

Winter Dance February 29th

February 18th, 2020


Saturday, Feb. 29 from 8-11 PM

Minden Community Club

$5.00 per person and Concessions available

Formal, semi-formal, or even nicer casual - students decide.

We just want everyone to come and have a fun night of dancing.

Jazz Bands perform well at Bauman District Jazz Festival

February 18th, 2020

The Tri-Center HS and Jr. High Jazz Bands traveled to Glenwood to participate in the Dick Bauman District Jazz Festival. The high school jazz band placed 3rd, and Justice Weers was named Outstanding Soloist for class 2A. The Jr. High jazz band performed for comments only and Simeon Weers was named Outstanding Soloists for class 1A/2A. Congrats to both bands on a great performance.

Students enjoy 5th Quarter Game Night

February 4th, 2020

Following the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Gold Out Game on Friday, January 24th, the Student Council hosted a 5th Quarter Game Night for high school students. For a free will donation to the American Cancer Society, students enjoyed snacks and games. While the students had much fun playing Werewolf and Mafia, they seemed to most enjoy the game of partner Hide-and-Seek to end the night.

TC Student Council raises over $700 through Gold Out Suits and Sneakers Game

February 4th, 2020

During Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week, thousands of coaches wore their sneakers to raise awareness of the fight against cancer and to inspire hope. This year’s National Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers focused on the #GoldTogether program to benefit childhood cancer research and support programs.

The Student Council teamed up with the American Cancer Society and sponsored Gold Out Suits and Sneakers Game on Friday, January 24. Both girls and boys coaches and players wore their sneakers to show support. With half-time pass-the-bucket collections, a split the pot raffle, and an online donation, the Student Council was able to donate $730 for the American Cancer Society.

Save the date: Tri-Center Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Annual Theme Luncheon is March 28th

January 30th, 2020

The Tri-Center Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Annual Theme Luncheon will be held March 28, 2020. The doors open at 10:00 a.m. for viewing of the decorated tables. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Entertainment by some of the Tri-Center Music Department to follow the lunch.

Cost to attend is $10.00 each. Lunch is by reservation only. Reservations can be made by calling:

Kathy Mark - 712-485-2423

Abbie Benning - 402-312-4502

Roger Hall - 712-485-2245

Heather Turner - 712-310-3214

If anyone is interested in hosting a table for the luncheon, please contact one of the individuals above prior to February 14th, 2020.

Book fair to be held during parent-teacher conferences February 19th and 20th

January 30th, 2020

Tri-Center Middle School is holding its annual spring book fair during parent-teacher conferences. There are several books to choose from ranging from early elementary to adult novels. The book fair will be open Wednesday, Feb. 19th from 8 am to 8 pm and Thursday, Feb. 20th from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. All proceeds from the book fair go toward buying books for classrooms and both libraries. Thank you in advance for your support and for helping our kids continue their love of reading.

ASTRA selling Valentine's carnations until February 13th

January 30th, 2020

ASTRA will be selling Valentine's Day carnations January 21 to February 13. We will deliver them on February 14. If interested , flowers can be purchased for $1.50 each from any ASTRA member or by contacting Mrs. Lilley at

Band updates; Bluffs Jazz Festival is March 7th, TC Winter Concert is March 12th

January 30th, 2020

*Tri-Center Band Information:*

Bluffs Jazz Festival has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 7th. More information will be coming soon.

The Tri-Center Band's Winter Concert has been moved from Thursday, March 5th to Thursday, March 12th.

District Large Group Speech results; State competition is February 8th

January 30th, 2020

Tri-Center traveled to Fremont-Mills on January 25th for District Large Group Speech. Earning Division 2 ratings were Emily Murley and Rian Dau (Group Improvisation), Rachel Morris and Jacob Schuett (Group Improvisation), and Emily Murley, Miranda Oberdorfer and Rian Dau (Musical Theatre)!

Earning Division 1 ratings and moving on to the State contest at Waukee on February 8th are Sarah Stowe and Annie Dahir (Group Improvisation), Sarah Stowe, Tori Dollen and Alyssa Ubben (Musical Theatre), and Brock Gross and Tucker Erwin (Short FIlm)! Congratulations to all our Group Speech team!

State Large Group Speech will take place at Waukee High School on Saturday, February 8th, 2020.

Jazz Band performance at LC February 1st

January 20th, 2020

On Saturday, February 1st, the Tri-Center HS Jazz Band will travel to Lewis Central Middle School to participate in the IHSMA State Jazz Band Festival. The band performs at 10:10am and would love to have a lot of Trojan fans in the audience!

Coaches vs. Cancer Gold Out January 24th; online fundraiser link

January 20th, 2020

The TC High School Student Council is teaming up with the American Cancer Society. This year’s National Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers program’s focus area is the #GoldTogether program to benefit childhood cancer research and support programs. This Friday, January 24, the basketball game against I-K-M Manning is a Gold Out Suits and Sneakers Game.

The Student Council will recognize cancer survivors and do a half-time pass-the-bucket collection and other fundraising elements during the night. Fans may also donate online before or after the game at Join the Trojans and the American Cancer Society to help fight cancer!

Preschool Screening/Child Find is March 13th

January 15th, 2020

Tri-Center will be having Preschool Screening/Child Find on Friday, March 13, 2020. If you have a child who is planning on attending Preschool in the fall of 2020, please call the Elementary office at 712-485-2271 to make an appointment. This would be for children who are three to five years old and live in the Tri-Center Community School District.

Upcoming Jazz Band Performances

January 15th, 2020

Tri-Center HS Jazz Band Performances:

On Saturday, January 18th, the Tri-Center HS Jazz Band will travel to Abraham Lincoln HS in Council Bluffs to participate in the Bluffs Jazz Festival. This is our first competition of the year, and we are excited to get the season started. Our performance is at 11:20am and we would love to see you there supporting your TC Trojan Jazz Band!

We will also participate in the WIC Jazz Festival on Wednesday, January 22nd at IKM HS in Manning, IA. Our performance is at 9:20am! We hope to see you there!

Middle School Dance January 11th

January 6th, 2020

T-C Post Prom is hosting a Middle School Winter Dance Saturday, January 11th from 7-10 PM at the Minden Community Club. The dance is for students in grades 5-8. Cost is $5 per person. Concessions will be available.

TC students participate in Elk's Hoop Shoot; Harders advance to next round

January 6th, 2020

Congratulations to the following students who represented Tri-Center in the annual Elk's Hoop Shoot competition on December 7th in Council Bluffs. Tri-Center students ages 8-12 participated in a free throw contest in PE class. The 8-9 year old division shoots from a special foul line 4 foot in front of the regulation line.

The students who made the most free throws out of 25 attempts advanced to the second round of shooting at Wilson Junior High in Council Bluffs.

Representing the 8-9 year olds were Haley Harder and Kaden Sonderland

Representing the 10-11 year olds were Caitlin Greiner and A.J. Harder.

Haley and A.J. won their division in Council Bluffs and will move on to the next round of shooting.