Fourth Quarter Parent Letter

Fourth Quarter Letter to Parents
Posted on 06/15/2018
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4th Quarter 2017-2018 Newsletter

As we come to the end of the 2017-2018 school year, August 2018 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 Thursday, August 16th, 2018.  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 for returning students who plan to register for the 2018-19 school year.  
 
In June, parents/guardians of returning students will receive a letter, to the home address registered in the 2017-18 school year, with information to complete the online process. We encourage parents to complete this process as early as possible as we make preparations for the 2018-19 school year. During July, parents can expect to receive electronic reminders (email, text messages and automated voice calls) from the district to complete the registration process for returning students. 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.  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.  

If parents/guardians want to pay for fees in person, they may do this at any time while the high school office is open from 7:30-2:30 starting on August 6th.  The high school office will also be open on August 6th, 7th, 8th from 4-8pm for student ID pictures/open hallways.  Parking passes, activity/extra-curricular passes may also be purchased during this time. New student registration will take place at our Central Office over the summer between 8:00-4:00pm. Parents/guardians of new students are encouraged to contact the Central Office at 667-5400 to answer any questions they have.  

Student Pictures: High school students will be required to come in to take their yearbook/ID photo on one of the following dates: August 6th: 4pm-8pm (Freshman and Sophomores), August 7th: 4pm-8pm (Juniors and Seniors), August 8th: 4pm-8pm (Any HS grade level).   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 August 7th  or August 8.  More information about senior pictures and order forms will be sent out at a later date. 

Open Hallways/School Supplies: Students will be have access to their academic locker on August 6th, 7th, and 8th 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.  If students are unable to come in during the Open Hallways event, they may access their lockers during summer office hours of 7:30am-2:30pm, Monday through Friday, starting on August 6th.   

2017-2018 THS Yearbook: If your child ordered a 2017-2018 THS yearbook, they may pick it up on August 8th 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. As stated above, parking permits may be purchased in the high school office starting on August 6th during normal summer office hours and the open hallway events. Students will be required to have their parking permit by September 4th. 

Required Vaccinations for Seniors: Below are the new STATE OF ILLINOIS VACCINE REQUIREMENTS 2018-2019 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 9/15/18, they will be excluded from attending school.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING DATES and SCHEDULES:

Graduated 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. Pictures taken at graduation by Voegele will be mailed to students at the address they gave with their order. Remember to pick up your 2017-2018 THS Yearbook before you leave for college on August 8 in the cafeteria between 4-8pm.

Summer School: The High School runs a summer school program for Drivers Education, remedial Geometry, and remedial English. Though Drivers Education is almost full, there are still spots for students to re-gain credits in Geometry, and English.  The program will start on May 29th and runs until June 25th  with a make-up day of June 26th. 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 and register through this link. If parents register through the online link, payment may be brought to the high school office.  Please note that students may also register and pay during the first day of camp. 

Guidance Office Summer Hours: The Guidance Office will be open from 7:30 -2:30 p.m. daily through June 13th.  Guidance will also be open June 20th - June 28th. It will also be open July 25th (7:30-2:30) and July 26th (12 -7:00) 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 24 through June 28th. and July 30th through August 13th. The High School Office will be closed June 29th through July 27th. 

Incoming Freshmen - PHYSICALS
All incoming ninth grade students must have a physical with up-to-date immunizations on the required State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam form.  Physicals completed on a summer camp form, IHSA sports physical form or any other physician’s office form will not be acceptable.
A 9th grade physical will suffice as a sports physical for the year but you should make additional copies for yourself,  the coach and for the nurse at registration.  Call to schedule your appointment early in the summer as they book quickly.  Physical exams are due September  15, or 30 days from enrollment if new to the district.  Failure to submit the Physical Exam will results in exclusion from school.

Incoming Freshmen - Kick Off Day
Triad High School will be hosting a Freshmen Kickoff Day on August 7th from 8:00 a.m. – 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 - Calculators
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.   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.  

2018-2019 Triad District Calendar:  The district calendar can be accessed by the following link.  Please note the following important dates:
  • Marching Band Camp Starts – July 30th
  • Open Hallway/Student yearbook/ID Pictures - August 6, 7, 8   4pm-8pm
    • Junior-Senior on August 6th
    • Freshman-Sophomore on August 7th
    • Any HS Grade Level on August 8th
  • Football Practice Starts – August 6th 
  • Freshman Orientation/Link Crew – August 7th  8am-Noon
  • Fall Sports (B/G Cross-Country, B Soccer, G Tennis, G Volleyball) Practice Starts – August 8th 
  • First Day of Pupil Attendance –  August 16th   (Full Day) 
  • THS Open House Date –August 23rd  6pm – 8pm 
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences – Thursday, October 25th (Noon to 7:45pm)
We are looking forward to a great 2018-2019 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
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