The TC Insider

September 22, 2017

To the Tri-County Community,

We are off on another school year adventure! It’s like starting two school years here at TC an “A” school year and a “B” school year. Forty-two seniors got off to a quick start this week with Cooperative Education working full-time at a number of different local companies. Many other seniors are in the process of getting approved for Co-op as well. Our freshmen have survived one exploratory cycle last week and begin their academics in earnest this week. We welcomed Mr. Silva, our new Asst. Principal, to TC a couple of weeks ago. Mr. Silva has blended right in getting to know the students and teachers.

All of our fall athletic programs have begun their season including our new Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Team. We wish Coach Martin well in their first season. Our clubs and activities are getting underway with many students taking advantage of the opportunity to participate. Fall is always a very busy time at TC with the next two weeks bringing our freshmen-junior Parent Orientation this week and our sophomore-senior Parent Orientation next week. We will be holding our annual Showcase Spectacular this year on Saturday, November 4th.  The Showcase Spectacular is an event for all people in our communities to visit Tri-County and see all the great career-focused programs we have to offer. We hope to see you and your family there.

Lastly, the 2017-18 school year will be a New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) self-study year as we will have our decennial accreditation visit next school year. The NEASC self-study will take up most of our early release days.

Thanks for your support,

Mr. Procaccini


Our Annual Showcase Spectacular is Fast Approaching:

Our annual Showcase Spectacular will be on Saturday, November 4th, from 10 AM to 1 PM. This is a great opportunity for your family and friends to learn more about the career-focused vocational technical education your child is receiving here at Tri-County. This free community event includes a variety of activities, interactive demonstrations, and food prepared by our Culinary Arts program. We hope you can join us and would appreciate your help in spreading the word!


From the Office of the Dean of Students:

Picture Retakes

Lifetouch will be in for picture retakes on Monday, October 16, for those students who did not have their pictures taken. School picture purchase is not required; however every student will have their picture taken for their student identification card at no charge. Photo package information can be picked up in the Dean of Students Office.

Absent/Tardy Calls

Being present and on time to school is of critical importance to student success. To that end, an automated message is transmitted to a student’s household after 6 PM if Tri-County is not contacted by the parent/guardian on a day when that student is absent or tardy. A student who incurs a tardy after 9:15 AM or an unexcused absence on Friday may not participate in any athletic event or co-curricular activity (ex. prom, dance) on that weekend.

Parking Regulations

Parking on school grounds is a privilege, not a right. Only seniors and juniors may apply for a parking permit in the Dean of Students Office. Without a parking permit issued by the Dean of Students, a student may not park any motorized vehicle on school grounds except when attending evening functions when Tri-County does not furnish bus transportation. Freshmen and sophomores may not park at Tri-County.

Handbook Forms

The student handbook is now electronic and can be accessed through the Tri-County website, Students and their parents/guardians must print and sign the handbook acknowledgement and Internet Acceptable Use Policy, and return these forms to the Dean of Students office ASAP. Copies are available in the Dean of Students Office if you are unable to print these pages.

From the Office of the Director of Cooperative Education:

The 2017–2018 Co-op Program is off and running. Many of our seniors experienced a productive summer working in trade related jobs that morphed into a co-op.

If you are curious as to what the qualifications are for a business to be co-op-able, check out the Cooperative Education Manual. It is available on the website located on the top tool bar in the “Career Programs” pull down. The manual contains a complete run down of rules, expectations, and qualifications for both the student and the employer/company/business.

Mrs. MacLeod is available in the morning prior to the 1^st period/homeroom bell, during lunches and after school to discuss eligibility, answer questions and assist with interviewing and acquiring a co-op job.

Its Learning for Co-op

Co-op students are populated into the “2017-18 Co-op Course” on Its Learning. All co-op students have access to this course once they secure their job. Students need to make a habit of checking in to this course during B week for new information, answers to questions and general reminders of expectations.

There is a co-op calendar available for print, as well as, the all-important Time Sheet. A copy of the Student Contract is also available as a “refresher” on expectations and obligations.

Co-op students are reminded that in order to receive weekly credit for hours worked; they must fill out their time sheet in its entirety prior to your supervisor signing it at the end of the week.  They need to indicate the types of jobs, chores and experiences that they were a part of before the supervisor signs it. The shop teachers receive a copy of those time sheets. It is very important for the instructors to be aware of the types of new and different experiences that your child encounters on the job.

All Co-op students must turn their time sheet into Mrs. Roberts in the front office when they arrive back to school on academic Monday. Mrs. Roberts inputs those hours so that your child is not considered absent or delinquent from school. Failure to do so may result in suspension from Co-op for the next shop week. An occasional reminder to your child is always a plus and greatly appreciated!

Time sheets are always available on Mrs. Robert’s desk, so when the Co-op student turns in the completed one, they will help themselves to a new one for next shop week.


Guidance Updates:

Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation for grades 10 & 12 will be held on Thursday, September 28th from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.  A SEPAC meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM.  Come and see what your child is doing on a day-to-day basis by following his/her daily academic schedule.

PSATs for Sophomores & Juniors

PSATs will be administered at Tri-County on Wednesday, October 11th.  The registration deadline is September 29. The cost of the PSAT is $20.00. Please bring a check or cash to the Guidance department.

SATs for Seniors

Attention College-bound seniors! The October 7th SAT is fast approaching. If you have not signed up, you can still do so with a late registration fee. The next SAT is scheduled for November 4th with a registration date of October 5th. The next available date after that is December 2nd, with a registration deadline of November 2nd. Go to to sign up. The cost is $46 or $60 with essay. Students on free or reduced lunch are eligible for a fee waiver.  Please see your counselor, Mr. Casey last names A-K, or Ms. Johannesen last names L-Z.

Tri-County College Fair

The Tri-County College Fair is scheduled for Thursday, October 12^th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Cafeteria.  Over 42 colleges and branches of the military are scheduled to attend. This is a great opportunity to meet with various colleges, get more information, and ask questions. If you have any questions please contact Mr. O’Brien for specific colleges in attendance.

Bristol Community College - Accuplacer Entrance Exam

Tri-County, in partnership with Bristol Community College, will be offering the Accuplacer, a college entrance exam here on campus November 14. This test helps gauge where a student is academically in order to accurately place them in the correct college course. We are offering the test on campus to sophomores and juniors on a limited seating basis. There are only 20 seats available at this time. Please see Ms. Johannesen in Guidance to sign up or inquire further. The deadline to sign up is October 6th.

Library Media Center Update:

The Library Media Center provides students access to physical and digital resources. For example: during exploratory, students have access to ebooks that help them explore careers in the shops they are in for the week. Personal Finance students will be interacting with some engaging online resources. Teachers will introduce articles that may be accessed in a reading level that most fits where the learner is at this point. You may find links to these resources at the Library Media Center portal that can be accessed through the drop down Academics menu on the Tri-County website.

Each year more print, audio, visual, and digital media resources are made available to students. At Parent Orientation, families were guided through some of the vast resources available through the Library Media Center for students to use in their academic and shop classes. Many resources are available to families through the LMC portal. Please feel free to reach out to Ariel Dagan, Library Media Specialist, at ( if you have any questions.


Medical Careers Update:

Congratulations to 7 Medical Careers sophomore students who raised $1,125.00, on behalf of the residents at Compass Memory Support at Cornerstone in Milford, in the Walk to End Alzheimer's®. The students initiated this act of kindness and compassion on their own accord.  To read more click here (http://


Culinary Arts Update:

Tri-County's student-run restaurant, Gerry's Place, opened its doors for the school year on Tuesday, September 12.

Gerry's Place is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays, half days, any day when school is not in session, and on days as announced.  Those interested in making reservations can call 508-528-5400. A complete restaurant menu and hours of operation are available here (


The Tri-County Education Foundation:

Members of the Tri-County community recently founded the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical Education Foundation to enrich and expand programs needed to meet the school district’s stated mission of excellence.  Click here ( if you'd like to donate to help our students to increase their opportunities for learning.


-Upcoming Events-

Parent Orientation

Grade 10 & 12

September 28 @6:30 PM



October 11


Tri-County College Fair

October 12 @ 6 PM


Student Picture Retakes

October 12 @ 6 PM


Showcase Spectacular

November 4 @ 10 AM


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