Thursday, July 31, 2014

294/p1207367508_1326.jpgDistrict Family Registration Event
The Triad District will hold a district-wide family registration event at the Triad High School Monday, July 21st, Tuesday, July 22nd and Monday, July 28th. All students are required to register during family registration. Each year the registration process proves to be less challenging as families become more familiar with the process. Each year more parents come prepared with proofs of residency, health records, and payment for school fees. We appreciate the parents’ efforts in making the registration process run smoothly. Parents with children attending multiple schools in the district have shared their appreciation of being able to register all their children in one location.[Registration Page]

 Movie Night at
Tri-Township Park
and Free School Supplies

When can you pick up free school supplies? How about Friday, August 15, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Tri-Township Park. The Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a free night for your entire family. Along with free school supplies there will be free food, refreshments, entertainment and much more. Read more...

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 ]

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  The service may be accessed via links through our Parent Resources webpage or directly via . 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 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 Introduces 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 ]

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.. ]

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

Are you "Following Us"? 

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 ] [ ]

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 ]

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 ]

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.


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  ]

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.