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.
Termerion McCrary Lakes