Welcome to Tri-County Jr./Sr. High School
What an exciting time of the year! Summer break has ended and school is now open for learning for the 2023/24 school year. The months of June and July seemed to go by so quickly for our students with summer workouts, county fairs, FFA state convention, summer jobs and marching band preparation. Although all these activities benefit our students during these last two months, it is so nice to have everyone back in the classrooms for the start of school. While the focus is getting everyone back in the swing of things in our building, I want to take the chance to again congratulate our recent graduating Class of 2023. These 53 students all earned their diplomas and are now taking that next step in their lives, whether it be in the workforce, higher education or military service. There is no doubt that this group left a lasting impression on our school and community both in and out of the classroom. I wish nothing but the best to these graduating seniors and welcome them back into our building as Tri-County alumni.
With a new school year, many new names and faces have been added to our building. We not only welcome a new 7th grade group, but we also have several students who have moved or transferred into our school. Our staff does a great job of always making our students feel welcome and part of the culture in our building. We also have several new individuals added to our staff that I am excited about observing in our classrooms. These new staff members include:
- Mrs. Natasha Demerly - Guidance Counselor
- Mrs. Victoria Coley - High School ELA
- Ms. Shawna Duncan - Jr/Sr High Business
- Mrs. Amber McClatchey - Jr High Science
- Mrs. Paige Bowman - Life Skills
These new staff members are a great addition to Tri-County and will dedicate themselves to building relationships and educating our students. I hope that each of you have a chance to communicate with these staff members before our parent-teacher conferences in October.
There are some new and exciting things happening this year in regard to classes being offered to our high school students. We will be now offering a teaching pathway for students that might be interested in choosing the education field at a higher level institute. I think this is a great start to growing our own group of teachers that may want to come back to our area to teach. Health careers is another area of study that we will be offering for the 2023/24 school year. Two of our school nurses will be introducing a group of students to the various opportunities that are available in this growing field. I am excited and thankful that we have the support of our school board to offer these two new pathways to our students.
For the most part, our schedule will remain the same for this school year. Our Purple Days will once again happen each Wednesday, with a delayed start of 9:05 AM for the first block. Bus routes will run at regular times for Red, Blue, and Purple Days. As a reminder for those students who are dropped off or drive to school, Red and Blue Days start at 8:10 AM. One of our goals for this year is to get students here on time for learning, so any encouragement from home to get your student(s) at the door on time will be appreciated.
Our entire staff is looking forward to once again having our students back in the building for another year of learning. If your student has any issues with their schedule, transportation, or any other issue please don’t hesitate to contact myself, Mr. McCracken, or Mr. Lebeau. If your student has any questions in regard to their schedule or graduation pathway, feel free to call and schedule a meeting with one of our advisors. The lines of communication between our staff, students and parents must be kept open in order to meet the academic and social/emotional needs of everyone involved. Thanks for all that you do in promoting education at Tri-County. I look forward to seeing/meeting each of you towards the beginning of the year at one of the many activities at the school. Remember to continue following the happenings in our building on the corporation's Facebook site.
Yours in education,