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2016 Summer Newsletter

posted Jun 2, 2016, 3:54 PM by Adam Geisen   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 3:55 PM ]
As we come to the end of the 2015-2016 school year, August 2016 is just around the corner. It has been a great year and I am proud of our students at THS. Triad High School is an excellent school and my thanks go to you as parents for encouraging your students to do their best. The first day of school is Tuesday, August 16th, 2016. Please be aware of changes that will be taking place this coming year as noted below. The primary method of communicating with parents is via email, so it is critical that the district has your most current email address. If you have questions or need to update your email address, do not hesitate to contact us in the high school office.

Report Cards: Parents and students are able to check their 2nd semester grades via the “report cards” tab in PlusPortals. Report cards will be mailed home only to parents who do not have an email registered with the school. Once in the system, parents should click the “more” button to expand the view to multiple tabs that are listed at the top. Within the “report cards” tab (3rd tab from the left), parents will be able to see multiple columns for grades labelled: 1st (1st quarter grade), through SM2 (2nd semester grade). Other items on the top of the report card tab are the cumulative grade point average (GPA) labelled as, adjusted GPA (weighted), simple GPA (un-weighted), and cumulative credits earned. Students must have 21 credits to graduate from Triad High School. Semester grades are the only grades found on the high school transcript.

District Registration: Registration is a very important event for students, parents and staff at Triad Schools. Each year the District uses registration enrollments as a key source of information to make decisions about staffing, programs, in addition to providing families with up-to-date information and schedules prior to the start of the new school year. This year, Triad will continue with the process of online registration.

In June, parents/guardians will start to receive electronic communications (email, text messages and automated voice calls) from the District to begin the process to register students and complete start-of-year paperwork for the 2016-17 school year using a secure online form or through their PlusPortals login associated with their students. Parents/guardians will continue to provide information to certify residency, update student demographic data, review parent contact information, document medical issues, acknowledge participation in state and federal programs, and grant permission for District board policies.

The data submitted by families through the online form system will be reviewed, refined, and formatted to be uploaded into each building's student information system to provide accurate and updated student data. We are hopeful that, as we refine this process, it will assist the district in savings of time, money, and resources.

If high school parents are unable to proceed through online registration for their high school students, please reserve July 28th from 1pm to 8pm to complete your registration in the cafeteria. This date will be set aside for new student registration and parents who need to verify their residency for registration purposes. Staff will be available to process parents through the online registration process using chromebooks available in the cafeteria. . Once parents have registered their students, an email will be sent in early August that includes your child’s high school class schedule which also includes their academic locker location and combination.

Open Hallways/School Supplies: Students will be have access to their academic locker on August 9th from 4pm-8pm. Feel free to have your child test out their locker combination and place necessary school supplies in their lockers before the first day of school. The high school does not send out a school supply list that students are required to purchase before the first day of school. Teachers will let your child know what materials they will need for each class during the first week of school. A good starting point is to have loose-leaf paper, binders, folders, pencils, and pens that will help with the initial days of school. It is also suggested that students purchase some type of agenda that they may use to keep track of their assignments. The school will not be providing agendas to students.

Student Pictures: High school students will be required to come in to take their yearbook/ID photo on one of the following dates: July 28: 1pm-8pm, or August 9: 4pm-8pm. It is encouraged that Juniors and Seniors take their pictures between 1-4:30pm on July 28 and that Freshman and Sophomores take their pictures between 4:30-8pm on July 28th. If students are not able to make July 28, any high school student may come on August 9th to have their picture taken. Middle school students will not have their pictures taken at the high school during these times. Senior photographs for the yearbook may be taken on July 28 or August 9. More information about senior pictures and order forms will be sent out at a later date.

2015-2016 THS Yearbook: If your child ordered a 2015-2016 THS yearbook, they may pick it up on August 9th between 4-8pm in the cafeteria. Yearbooks not picked up on this date may be picked up from Ms. Amen in room 133 after the beginning of school.

Parking Permits: Students will be permitted to drive to school without a parking permit during the first two weeks of school. During these first two weeks, students will be asked to complete necessary paperwork and payment in the high school office. Students will be required to have their parking permit by August 31st.

Required Vaccinations for Seniors: Below are the new STATE OF ILLINOIS VACCINE REQUIREMENTS 2015-2016 for grade 6 and grade 12 students:
  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (protects against bacterial meningitis, a rapidly progressive and life-threatening disease):
  • 6th graders: ONE dose of MCV4 on or after the 11th birthday
  • 12th graders: TWO doses of MCV4 with the second dose given on or after the 16th b-day or ONE dose on or after the 16th b-day.
You will need to contact your primary care physician this summer so that your child has received TWO doses of MCV4 on or after their 16th birthday. Please ask your physician to provide the school nurse with the necessary paperwork verifying that your child has received the vaccine. If a senior has not received their vaccine before 10/31/16, they will be excluded from attending school.

Summer School: The High School runs a summer school program for Drivers Education, remedial Algebra, Geometry, and remedial English. Though Drivers Education is full, there are still spots for students to re-gain credits in Algebra, Geometry, and English. The program will start on May 27th and runs until June 24th with a make-up day of June 27th. Please call the guidance office for more information or access the following link for more information.

Triad Athletic Sports Camps: The Triad Athletic Sports Camps will be in full swing and run throughout the summer for Grades K-12. As each camp has different date and age restrictions, please refer to the summer camp brochure found on the Triad High School Website through this link.

Guidance Office Summer Hours: The Guidance Office will be open from 7:30 -2:30 p.m. daily through June 15th. It will also be open July 27th (7:30-2:30) and July 28th (1:00 -8:00) and then will resume regular office hours on August 1st.

High School Office Summer Hours: The High School Office will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. daily between May 31st through July 1st. and July 25th through August 12th. The High School Office will be closed July 4th through July 22nd.

Seniors: All seniors prior to graduation requested final transcripts to be sent to certain universities, colleges, etc. These will be mailed out the second week of June.

Seniors: Pictures taken at graduation by Voegele will be mailed to students at the address they gave with their order. Remember to pick up your 2015-2016 THS Yearbook before you leave for college on August 9 in the cafeteria between 4-8pm.

Incoming Freshmen: You will need a new physical which will also cover them for sports. Triad High School will be hosting a Freshmen Kickoff Day on August 9th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The Link Crew freshman transition program is designed to both welcome and support freshmen by assigning them a junior or senior Link Leader as a mentor during this first year. More specific information concerning this day will be sent home via email and phone. If you have questions please contact the high school office.

Incoming Freshmen: Students taking Algebra I and Honors Geometry next year will need to purchase a TI-84 graphing calculator for class. The price of a TI-84 is about $120, but this calculator will last your student for his/her entire four years at THS. If you are interested, a TI-84 can be found economically using the following methods:
  1. Ebay/Craigslist (as of mid-May, a TI-84 cost about $55 on Ebay).
  2. Supply stores usually run specials the first few weeks of school (Target and Office Max specifically).
  3. For those who need financial assistance, the THS Math Department has a calculator rental program where a student may rent a calculator for $25 per year. The Math Department only has a limited number of calculators to rent, so please use this method only if your family really needs assistance.
There are many types of TI-84 calculators on the market (TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Silver, TI-84 Color). The Math Department has no specific model recommendations, so feel free to save some money with the cheaper models. Purchasing a TI-83 is NOT recommended, unless a student has one that an older sibling could pass down to them. Students taking Plane Geometry next year can still use a scientific calculator for that class and do not need to purchase a graphing calculator yet.

Parents of Triad Athletes: Triad will be hosting its annual Sports Parents Informational meeting on Thursday August 4, 2016 beginning at 6pm at Triad High School. This meeting is for all parents of Triad HS athletes and will cover basic information that parents need to know about tryouts, physicals, insurance, sports fees, and other topics as well. The Triad Athletic Booster Club (TABC) will sell pizza and sodas/water that evening in conjunction with the meeting. Plan on attending this important meeting and help support the TABC.

2016-2017 Triad District Calendar: The district calendar can be accessed by the following link. Please note the following important dates:
  • New Student District Registration Dates, Student yearbook/ID Pictures – July 28th 1-8pm
  • Marching Band Camp Starts – August 1st
  • Sports Parents Informational Meeting – August 4th 6pm-8pm
  • Football Practice Starts – August 8th 
  • Freshman Orientation/Link Crew – August 9th 8am-Noon
  • Open Hallways/Pick-up 15-16 THS Yearbook – August 9th 4pm – 8pm
  • Student yearbook/ID Pictures - August 9th 4pm-8pm
  • Fall Sports Practice Starts – August 10th 
  • First Day of Pupil Attendance – August 16th (Full Day) 
  • Open House Date –August 25th 6pm – 8pm
  • Guidance Presentation: ACT/College Application Info – September 8th 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences – Monday, November 9th (Noon to 7:45pm) & Tuesday, February 16th (Noon to 7:45pm)
We are looking forward to a great 2016-2017 school year! Have a safe and enjoyable summer. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Thank You. 

Dr. Rodney Winslow
THS Principal