Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September Board Meeting Donation

During their regular monthly Triad District Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 22nd,
 the Marine PTO  presented their donation of 40+ Samsung Chromebooks to Marine Elementary over the past several years.

The funds for this purchase were raised through various fundraiser over the course of several years.  The Marine PTO Chromebook program allows student to purchase devices at the end of each school year. A reminder that all  Triad Board meeting agendas and meeting mintues are made available online for public review.

TMS Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedure Changes

Beginning Tuesday, September 16th, minor changes will be implemented at TMS in the morning and afternoon to ensure driver and student safety concerns are addressed.  In the morning, cars dropping off students must enter and exit using the main school entrance by the school marquee.  From 7:05 to 7:37, cars dropping off students must use the main entrance/exit. Drivers should use the circle drive and will drop off as close to the front doors as possible as has been current practice.  In order to minimize traffic back-up on Route 40, parents are reminded to have their students exit their cars safely but quickly.  If students are dropped off in a timely manner at the front doors, traffic should flow smoothly and back-up time should be kept to a minimum.  Read More... 


Click here to view the [ TMS AM Drop-Off Map ]  [ TMS PM Pick-Up Map ]

Are you "Following Us" or have you "Liked Us"? 

Please use the scroll bar on the left to view the social media updates that we are providing throughout each day. We encourage you to take the opportunity to "follow us" @TriadNews on Twitter and "Like us" on our Facebook group page (Facebook.com/tcusd2) and follow us on your personal news feed.

Triad Community Schools realizes that part of 21st century learning is adapting to the changing methods of communication.  The importance of teachers, students and parents engaging, collaborating, learning, and sharing in these digital environments is a part of 21st century learning. 

To strengthen the home/school connection and a successful learning partnership with parents, students, and staff members, Triad has created several official social media accounts.  This kind of communication and collaboration can have a huge impact on learning. We encourage parents to view, continue to follow and provide feedback with these accounts. 

[ Twitter - @TriadNews ] [ Facebook.com/tcusd2 ]

Triad Purchases an Activity Bus

A new set of wheels will join the Triad transportation department’s fleet of 35 buses this year.  The activity bus was purchased to transport students to and from various field trips and sporting activities.  The 14 passenger bus will assist in supporting team sports that require fewer varsity participants such as golf and tennis.

THS Staff make an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge... 

At the conclusion of the 1st Day of the 2014-15 School Year the THS staff set a standard for the year with an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to the Triad Central Office and Triad Middle School. According to Time Magazine "The extremely viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has led to record donations to the ALS Association, raising some $15.6 million in contributions to the group and and its national affiliates since July 29 - compared with less than $50,000 in the same period last year."  Stay tune to the outcome of this local challenge....                                                              

                                                                                Wasting no time, the Triad Central Office staff quickly respond to the THS challenge and in turn challenge the officers from the three personnel associations (TEA, ESP and CMU).  Help encourge our friends by clicking "LIKE" on our facebook video post.


Student Registration Information    

Triad School District student registration was held on July 21st, 22rd and 28th, at Triad High School. Families of new students as well as returning students may still register before the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Please contact the secretary at the building your student will attend to make an appointment to register.

  • C. A. Henning Elementary-667-5401 
  • Silver Creek Elementary-667-5403 
  • Marine Elementary-667-5404 
  • St. Jacob Elementary-644-2541 
  • Triad Middle School-644-5511 
  • Triad High School-667-5409 

All families must bring the required residency documents to complete registration.  Families of returning students should bring the data base form(s) that are mailed to you in early July. The registration process will include the following:

• Show proof of residency for all new and returning students
• Verify student information and student (s) file is complete with Certified Birth Certificate
• Furnish necessary physical and dental exams depending on grade level
• Purchase lunch tickets/obtain information about free/reduced lunch program
• Verify bus transportation arrangements
• Pay all school fees

1/p289636676_1275.jpg 2014-2015 School Calendar
The Triad Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 School Calendar as part of their regular meeting on March 24, 2014. Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education annually approves a calendar that informs the public of anticipated school holidays, closings, dismissal times and quarter grading periods. The District is also required to submit this information for approval to the Illinois State Board of Education.  The 2014-2015 School Calendar identifies seven emergency make-up days (One day in Febuary, one in April and five after May 22nd).  [ Download 2014-15 Calendar ]



District provides before and after school service

Triad is pleased to offer safe, high quality, before and after school programming for K-5 children enrolled in Triad Community Unit School District #2 buildings. The "Beyond the Bell" program  provides extended-day care in each of our elementary schools that successfully connects the educational school day with those additional hours that children may need to stay at school. Each building offers the ideal combination of quiet time, homework time, play time and fun. For More Details  ]  

[ To Register and Pay Fees ]

Online Cafeteria Accounts 

The Triad District is now offering parents the ability to manage their child's meal account balances through an online management service called PayForIt.net.  The service may be accessed via links through our Parent Resources webpage or directly via www.payforit.net . This service benefits students, parents and the school cafeteria.  Management of your child's account through this online service will ensure that they never have to worry about carrying cash for lunch purchases and having the money with them at the start of lunch service.  Using the PayForIt.net service, parents can log in at any time to make a deposit to their child's account, view their child's account balance, set up recurring deposits to their child's account, set up e-mail notifications when their child's account falls below a certain dollar amount, or request a report showing what the child has purchased on their account. [Triad Food Service]

Stay Connected with us...

In our continued effort to improve communications between school and parents, Triad Community Schools has contracted with SchoolMessenger, a leading provider of notification services for parental outreach, emergency broadcasts, student attendance alerts and other communications for education. The SchoolMessenger system enables school personnel to notify all households and parents by phone within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal or school cancelation.  The service may also be used from time-to-time to inform parents with general announcements and reminders of upcoming school events such as parent meetings, building events and student activities. The service also incorporates other communication systems such email, SMS text messaging, and social media links. It is our hope that this service will continue to extend the Triad district’s existing community outreach efforts and emergency procedures.

The process is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete. Simply text any one of the following words to the number 68453: "subscribe", "optin", "yes"  You’ll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message: You are registered to receive aprox 3 msgs/mo. You’ll want to repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers that you wish to include.

In addition to performing the opt-in process above you’ll want to insure that the district has your wireless number(s) in our student information database. If you haven’t already provided that information to your school please contact them and provide them with that information.

District "Virtual Backpack"

Triad CUSD#2 continues to work toward a paperless direction for many of its home-school communications.  We have recently launched this “Virtual Backpack” webpage to assist parents obtaining information to community resources, services and information in our area.  The categories on this page will assist you in locating district approved informational flyers, notices and registration forms released by area non-profit organizations, intergovernmental agencies and business partners. 

Parents and Guardians are able to access information on activities in the surrounding communities from Family Movie Events in the Park to Athletic camps and activities by clicking on the Parent Resources link in the navigation column. Girl Scout and Boy Scout information can also be found on this link as well as YMCA information.  Vistors are also given the opportunity to subscribe to this page, which will notify the subscribers of new information posted  to the page!  Everything posted to the Parent Resource page has been approved by the Triad Central Office.

Illinois Learning Standards

More and more information is now being published concerning the movement of Illinois schools across the state, including our district, in the implementation of the New Illinois Learning Standards. The newly adopted Illinois learning standards for ELA, Math and Science outline the skills and content our students must master at each grade level to continue on the path to college and career readiness. These standards include the Common Core Standards for ELA and math and the Next Generation Science Standards along with the existing Illinois learning standards for other content areas (social science, PE, etc.). Illinois is among 44 other states who have adopted the common core state standards for ELA and Math.  [ Read More ]

Standards Based Report Card

The Triad School District is now using a Standards-Based Report Card (SBRC) at the elementary level. This is an exciting step for our schools as we work towards ensuring that all students are successful at meeting grade-level standards.  [ Read More.. ]

Community Engagement
On March 31st, the Triad Board of Education held their 1st Annual Community Engagement Meeting. The intent of the special meeting was to build partnerships with community members and constituents of the district in an effort to create an ongoing, collaborative process during which the school district engages with the public to build understanding, trust, and active involvement in the educational services in our district. This special board meeting allowed community members to collaborate and share insights with the Triad Board of education. The group discussion was facilitated by Dr. Robert Daiber and included topics such as cost containment, achievement, attendance, professional development, technology, and communication. To further develop the group discussion, Triad District Administrators provided an overview of the school district and participants completed a survey prior to the meeting. [ Presentation ] [ Survey ]


Illinois School Report Card Released
As part of the Federal "No Child Left Behind" Legislation, Illinois public schools are required to provide state test results to parents and others upon request. These "report cards" include summary information about each school within the Triad Community Unit District and provide parents with the level of students' performance of each grade on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (Grades 3-8) and Prairie State Achievement Exam (Grade 11). Information about the students' performance shows what percentage of each school's students is meeting the Illinois Learning Standards in reading and mathematics.  [ Read More of this Article  ]

Educators' Choice Award
This year is the fourth year for a professional teaching award for certified staff, called the “Educators’ Choice Award”.  This award recognizes tenured staff members in Triad Schools who, by their continued efforts for students and toward excellence in the profession, has demonstrated outstanding ability as an educator.  Specifically, the educator has demonstrated distinction in the five criteria of Leadership, Innovation, Communication, Curricular Knowledge, and Professional Growth.  This year’s recipients of the Educators’ Choice Award are Kelli Barbour, Aaron Cole, and Sarah Knobloch.  Read More... 

Frey, Van Hoose Honored As Outstanding Teachers

Two teachers in the Triad School District were honored during as awards banquet on May 14 as Outstanding Teachers by the Illinois Education Association Region 5.

Recognized with awards were Triad Middle School Teacher Tammy Frey and Silver Creek Elementary Teacher Amy Van Hoose.  Read More... (Article contributed by Steve Rensberry, Editor, Times-Tribune)

Mrs. Tammy Frey
Triad Middles School 
  Mrs. Amy Van Hoose
Silver Creek Elementary