Saturday, July 7, 2018



Tri-Cities family,
What an exciting year!  We celebrated the Class of 2018 in grand style and are gearing up for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Here are a few highlights from the 2017 - 2018 school year:
  • Tri-Cities was removed from the state's chronically failing schools list.  We have a steep journey ahead to continue improving our school but know we're moving in the right direction. 
  • The Class of 2018 earned an impressive 10.5 million dollars in scholarships!
  • We met our S.M.A.R.T. goals by improving test scores in American literature, algebra I, and physical science.
  • Tri-Cities was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement to add an additional counselor to support junior and seniors in need of additional support.
  • School culture continues to improve by leaps and bounds!  Our state climate star rating improved from 3 to 4 – a direct indication of staff, student, and parent perception of the school’s climate.
While we are excited about our progress, we will continue our pursuit of excellence in everything that we do!  My big bold dream is for our school to achieve 90% mastery in all tested subjects, 90% admission to postsecondary schools, military, or skilled careers, and 90% on track for graduation by passing all content courses on the first attempt.  We will defy every stereotype in pursuit of our bold dream; affectionately known as 903 (90 cubed). We need your help to make this five-year vision a reality.  During the 2018 – 19 school year, we will focus on intense academic preparation by focusing on academic habits of mind and high quality, rigorous instruction.  You can support our vision by committing to the following actions:
  • Complete our school vision survey.  Your input is critical to the development of our long-term goals.
  • All students must report to school ready to learn with a fully charged learning device, charger, 3-inch binder, 8 dividers, notebook paper, pens/pencils, and an academic agenda (calendar).  Our teachers will emphasize organization and focused note taking in all classes.  See our website for the full school supply list.  Encourage your student to purchase a locker ($10 fee) to secure belongings and assist with organization.
  • Ensure students report to school in proper attire.  Remember spa shoes (slides), tight fitting clothing, shorts or skirts higher than the longest fingertip, halter tops (exposed midriffs), and jeans with rips or tears above the longest fingertip are a dress code violation.  Review the dress code policy on the school’s website. 
  • Student schedules will be available in the Home Access Center by Friday, August 3.  Please note hard copies of schedules will not be provided.  Review your student’s schedule and discuss the importance of doing their very best this school year.  Sit down and set goals for the school year and review student progress frequently.  Visit our parent center on August 3 to receive assistance with Home Access Center.
  • Plan to attend our monthly parent conferences.  All administrators, counselors, teachers, and support staff are in attendance.  No appointment is necessary.  This is a great time to review student grades and pose questions about behavior, academic progress, attendance, and postsecondary opportunities.  The first Tuesday parent conference event is Tuesday, August 28 from 3:50 pm - 5:00 pm in the commons (cafeteria).
  • Tri-Cities students receive free breakfast and lunch daily.  Encourage your student to eat a nutritious meal in our cafeteria daily.  See lunch menus here.
  • Check school bus routes here.  Enter your address to determine bus stop times and pickup locations.
  • The first day of school is Monday, August 6; students must report to their homeroom (1A teacher) by 8:15 am.  A list of homeroom teachers will be posted in the commons and gym lobby.
Enjoy the remainder of your summer and I look forward to meeting 9th graders and other new students during our Open House event August 3 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  The first day of school is Monday, August 6; students will report to their homeroom (1A teacher) by 8:15 am.  A list of homeroom teachers will be posted in the commons and gym lobby.

Download our app (Tri-Cities High School), follow us on Twitter (TriCitiesFCS), and check our website (www.tricitieshigh.org) to stay connected.    Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s education.  We are on a mission to produce extraordinary outcomes for all students.

Warmly,

Termerion McCrary Lakes
Proud Principal

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Debbie Allen Dance Academy Summer Intensive @ Tri-Cities

June 30, 2018

Tri-Cities family,

Tri-Cities High School was honored to host the Debbie Allen Dance Academy Summer Intensive for the second consecutive year. East Point Mayor, Deana Holiday-Ingraham, presented Mrs. Debbie Allen with a very moving and well deserved proclamation. Today is officially Debbie Allen day in East Point!

Dancers from all over the nation auditioned to participate in this very rigorous program designed to inspire and prepare dancers aged 4 - 18. Five Tri-Cities students received scholarships to participate and proudly represented our school during the culminating show. Kudos to Ashleigh Hartnett, Alana Paschal, Atallah Camara, James Carter, and Destiny Thompson on a job well done! I hope you enjoy a few snapshots from the show!

Termerion Lakes, Proud Principal










Monday, April 23, 2018

Testing Schedule and Magnet Relocation Plan





Team Tri-Cities,
 


The testing season is upon us!  This very busy time of year requires an all hands on deck approach to ensure our students, magnet included, have a seamless, distraction free testing environment.  This year we piloted testing in the magnet building, E-hall, and the media center.  Testing in these areas allows us to isolate our testers as much as possible while non-testing students on halls J - M and the main building continue to move to classes.  While there were a few kinks to work through, this year's testing plan is a marked improvement over the previous school year.   As a result of testing, band, chorus, orchestra, and dance students were relocated to the following areas through May 4.


  • Mrs. Christian's chorus classes are relocated to the original chorus room in the main building.

  • Mr. Rowland and Mr. Johnson's band classes relocated to the theater stage.  Instruments are secured in the adjoining classroom.


  • Dance classes relocated to the original dance studio in the main building.





On Monday, April 16, I met with Mr. Rowland, Mrs. Christian, Mr. Johnson, and Dr. Mingo to ensure the team had all resources needed to move forward with practice and rehearsals.  Band teachers expressed concern about instrument storage, therefore, the adjoining stage classroom was rekeyed to ensure instruments and supplies remain secure.   Rehearsals for Jamboree, Jazz ala Mode, Gospel Concert, and other spring concerts were not impacted by this move.  While Mr. Rowland and Mr. Johnson elected not to participate in the May 4th and May 12th Jamborees this school year, the band program has first priority of the theater stage - before and after school - during the testing window.  Please note the May 12th Jamboree conflicts with our senior Visions ceremony.  Band, dance, orchestra, and chorus classes will relocate to the magnet building May 7.  Makeup testing for absent students will occur May 3rd and 4th.


The Georgia Milestones end of course assessments count for 20% of the final grade in physical science, biology, economics, U. S. History, algebra I, geometry, American literature, and 9th grade literature courses.  We believe this relocation schedule is necessary to ensure our scholars test in a distraction free environment.  Please contact me at lakest@fultonschools.org should you wish to donate snacks, juices, water, or well wishes for our testers.


Testing Schedule







Sincerely,


Termerion McCrary Lakes
Proud Principal