Saturday, November 1, 2014

Highlights of the 2014-15 Triad District Budget

On September 22nd, the Triad Board of Education approved the 2014-15 budget. Across all operating funds, total revenue is budgeted at $25.7 million while total expenditures are budgeted at $28 million.

Overall, the Triad District is projecting a budget deficit of approximately $2.3 million for the 2014-15 school year. Total Expenditures in the Education Fund are budgeted at $23.1 million. This includes $18.2 million for employee salaries and benefits, or approximately 85% of the Education Fund budget.   The District will spend roughly $7600 per student for the 2014-15 school-an amount that is much lower than other area districts   [ Read more... ]


The old adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words", refers to the idea that a picture can tell a story. We have hundreds of stories to share about our classrooms, students, building activities and events.  To help share our stories, we have constructed a photo slide show that will be continually updated.  Come back often and take the time to view our story and proudly share with others.  We have amazing schools, staff and students and hope these moments capture some additional stories you may not have heard about. [Slide Show]


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 ]


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 ]


2014 Emerson Excellence In Teaching

Triad CUSD#2 is pleased to announced the district nomination of Mrs.Sarah Phelps for the 2014 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. Mrs.Phelps has been a 4th Grade teacher at Henning Elementary for the past six years. Mrs. Phelps demonstrates great drive, compassion, and commitment for the students in her class as well as many other district programs. [ Read More ]


 Triad High School Students Win the
 Jim Butler STL Teen Driving Pledge Contest!

Triad High School students have something exciting to celebrate. They are the recipients of the Jim Butler Auto Group $10,000 pledge drive! Students from the high school ALPHA club accepted the award at Fox 2 Studios on Wednesday morning during the 9am news broadcast. Every year, Triad students collectively promote the awareness of safe driving practices.  This year, the high school held their teen safety driving campaign during the week of 9/22-9/26.  Read More...

 

 


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 ]


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.


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.. ]


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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  ]