Friday, May 27, 2016


Our address is changing...
Starting June 1, 2016, all district faculty and staff contact email address will change as our staff transition to Google App's for Education!  User names for the new email accounts will follow the same format that has been used in the past,  firstname.lastname
@tcusd2.org. The new @tcusd2.org domain will replace the former @triadunit2.org domain for all email messaging.  Parents and Guardians should update their contact lists to include the new email addresses for the coming school year.  Visitors can view the updated directory at this link: https://goo.gl/V1vZPh


13th Annual Triad Foundation
Golf Scramble


The Triad Schools Foundation will host its annual golf scramble at Oakbrook Golf Club on Saturday, June 4th with an 8:00 AM shot gun start.  Registration will begin at 7:00am. Since 2004, when the Triad Schools Foundation was formed, the golf scramble has been the Foundation’s largest fundraising opportunity.  In fact, the “Triad Knight Pride” signs and individual charitable donations are the only other ways the Triad Schools Foundation has raised funds.  All funds raised are for charitable or educational purposes as defined by the United States Internal Revenue Code as a 501 (c) (3) activity. Whether you choose to be a sponsor (Online sponsor form: bit.ly/TriadGolfSponsor16) or a golfer (Register online: bit.ly/TriadGolf16), our goal is to provide a fun day of golf, food, prizes and camaraderie among friends.  Thank you for reviewing the attached brochure and considering participation in the Triad Schools Foundation Annual Golf Scramble. For more information, please contact Leigh.Lewis@tcusd2.org or Register online at bit.ly/TriadGolf16  [Click here to view flyer].


Triad School Board Approves
2016-2017 Calendar

The Triad Board of Education approved the 2016-2017 School Calendar as part of their regular meeting on February 22, 2016. 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. Parents may view the 2016-2017 School Calendar here.    

The last day of student attendacnce for the 2015-16 school year will be Tuesday, May 24th.  Student will be dismissed on half-day building schedules. Beyond the Bell services well be offered from 11:40-6pm on the 24th. Student will need to bring a lunch.


Community Engagement
On February 29th, the Triad Board of Education held its 2nd Community Engagement Meeting. The intent of the meeting was to build partnerships with community members and constituents of the district in an effort to create an ongoing, collaborative process. Another goal of the meeting was to provide information about the district to the public and to build understanding, trust, and active involvement in the educational services of our district. This special board meeting allowed community members to collaborate and share insights with the Triad Board of Education in the areas of Funding, Curriculum, Instruction, Community Relations, Facilities, and Personnel. The Board will use data gathered from the meeting to help set its annual priorities for the district.  You can view the “State of the District” Power point that was presented at the community engagement meeting by clicking here [ Presentation


PARCC Assessment

It's time for third through eighth-graders and some high school students to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. Our District assessment window will begin on March 16 and continue through April 29, with each building and grade level assigned a specific schedule for Math and English-Language Arts sessions.  Recently, State Superintendent, Tony Smith, released a letter to parents announcing the begining of the Illinois assessment period and stated... "This is the second year Illinois has participated in the PARCC assessment. The 2016 exam has a simpler format to improve the testing process while still providing reliable information about student achievement. This year's results will allow you to see how your child is growing in his or her knowledge and understanding of the state's learning standards"

[Read  State Superintendent,  Tony Smith Parent Letter ]  


District Procedures for Inclement Weather Conditions

From time to time, inclement weather conditions or equipment malfunctions can interfere with the school schedule.  It is not unusual for Triad schools to close due to inclement weather based on the fact that the majority of our students are transported on buses.  Even smaller amounts of snow when combined with high winds pose real problems in terms of drifting in the rural areas of Marine, St. Jacob, and Troy. [Read More]


Elbe Selected as Grant Recipient

We are proud to announce Katy Elbe, PE teacher at C. A. Henning,  was selected as a 2016 SHAPE America JRFH/HFH Grant recipient.  As a 2016 grant recipient, she will receive a  professional development stipend to attend the 2016 SHAPE America National Convention in Minneapolis, MN this spring. Katy will also receive gift certificates to purchase heart rate monitors, which  will enhance the school’s physical education program. We appreciate her passion and commitment to physical education and the Jump Rope For Heart program.


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.


Coming Soon....St. Jacob Elementary Marquee

St. Jacob Elementary School is in the final stages of completing their school marquee project. The sign has been delivered, and currently, the school is in the beginning stages of the installation process. Once again, the staff and students would like to thank the St. Jacob BBQ Society for the generous donation that covered the costs of purchasing the signAn outdoor sign is another form of communication that can help reduce the need for printed paper products to be sent home with students. Flyers are often used to inform parents of events, schedules, and upcoming community activities.


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Illinois School Report Card Released  
October signals Report Card time at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) including the Triad District. The rollout this 2015-2016 school year will follow a slightly different process than in years past due to our transition to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test according to  State Superintendent Tony Smith, Ph. D. 
[Read More of this Article]


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 ]


National School Lunch Applications

Now you can apply for free or reduced schoolmeals online! The process is quick easy and in a few short steps you'll be done! Since the information you're providing is electronic we'll be able to review your application faster than ever before. The online application is very similar to the paper application we have used in the past. Both contain all of the details required by the USDA. The quick and simple step-by-step wizard will walk you through the process, resulting in a complete application that is ready for us to qualify! [ Click Here to Apply]


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]


 

 

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 ]


Vision 20/20 shapes a vision for public education in Illinois to guide educators, legislators, labor, businesses, parents, and community members as we work together toward the common goal of fulfilling the promise for excellence in education for all Illinois children.


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.. ]