Friday, April 17, 2015

The Madison County Highway Department will be closing Staunton Road between Hazel Street and Taylor Lake Drive beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 continuing through late June.  With all traffic being diverted from this area in the Pin Oak Township, this closure will impact students who use our district transportation services.  We are anticipating that alternative routes may cause pickup & drop-off times to change up to 10-15 minutes for some students.  Students impacted by the road closure will be provided with a parent letter from their bus driver.


PARCC Assessment Begins

It’s time for our third- through eighth-graders and some high school students to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. Our first assessment window is from March 5 through April 1.  As State Superintendent, Chris Koch, states in his letter found here: http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/parcc/parcc-supt-letter-0315.pdf “This test represents a significant shift, and the culmination of five years of statewide work, beginning with the adoption of the new Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics in 2010. This is not the test we took in school. It’s not even similar to the test Illinois students took last year (with the ISAT and PSAE). It is more engaging, interactive and meaningful ... It calls for critical thinking, problem-solving and the ability to synthesize information from various sources and provide evidence and reasoning when making an argument or solving a math equation. It measures writing skills at each grade level.”  Additional PARCC resources for parents can be found at http://www.parcconline.org/for-parents  At Triad, we recognize that state testing only demonstrates one piece of information about a student’s school progress, a student’s attendance and individual and collaborative classroom work  contribute to our students’ academic growth. 


1/p289636676_1275.jpg 2015-2016 School Calendar
The Triad Board of Education approved the 2015-2016 School Calendar as part of their regular meeting on February 23, 2015. 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 2015-2016 School Calendar also identifies seven emergency make-up days.
  [ Download 2015-16 Calendar ]


District Superintendent Message

#Did you know (#DYK) that everyday there is a great story to be told that involves Triad District 2 students.  Even during the cold winter months, our students don’t slow down.  On Thursday, February 19th, parents packed the THS gymnasium to watch their children perform during a district-wide Fine Arts Festival.  The district’s band, music and art instructors were pleased with the turn-out and the exceptional performances from their students. Not only were our fine arts programs busy this winter, but also our extra-curricular teams and clubs were competing against some of the toughest competition in the state as the winter season came to a close.  If you follow @TriadNews on Twitter, it is easy to stay up-to-date on the activities and accomplishments of our students.

Open our infographic to find out what you might not know about Triad District 2.  Page one of this infographic illustrates interesting facts about the district and emphasizes the wide range of instructional and extra-curricular programs offered at Triad.  Page two gives detailed information regarding the Budget Deficit Reduction Plan which was approved by the Board of Education at the February meeting.  Without additional revenue, this plan will go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.  It is our goal to strengthen our communication and  learning partnerships with parents, students, and staff members.  Help us reach our goal by staying informed and involved, which are key factors to the district’s continued success.

Winter Message On Monday, January 26th, the Triad Board of Education held its regular scheduled monthly meeting.  Even though there was a short list of action items for the Board to consider Monday evening, the meeting was well attended by parents, administrators, employees and students – all with a vested interest in the success of the Triad District.  Those in attendance were most interested to hear the Budget Deficit Reduction Advisory Committee’s recommendation to the Board of Education to cut approximately $1 million dollars from Triad’s budget in 2015-2016.  The committee’s work is the first step in a multi-step process if the district doesn’t receive additional revenue. [Read More...


The Triad CUSD will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the third statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From January 12 through March 13, teachers, students, and parents will be asked to take a 20-minute  research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation. [Read More...]


Lewis Named to Coaches Hall of Fame!

Congratulations to Triad High School teacher Bruce Lewis for his rescent induction into the Illinois Coaches Association Softball Hall of Fame!  Lewis coached Girl's Softball at Triad for 19 years with a career record of 347 wins and 173 losses.  Lewis also won three Regional Titles during his career.  Lewis joins the ranks with another Triad coach, Rich Mason, a Triad boy's basketball coach.


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 ]


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 ]


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 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 ]


 

 

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  ]