The TC Insider

March 23, 2017

To the Tri-County Community,

With the break between winter and spring sports it allows us to move some of our other extracurricular activities and events into the spotlight. The Robotics team recorded an eighth place finish at the WPI Steamworks competition. Team TriForce moved from 29th place on Friday morning to 20th place Friday night but through hard work and strategic partnerships leapfrogged several teams to wind up 8^th at the end of the competition on Saturday. They were also awarded the Judges Trophy for their teamwork and determination. The team will compete twice in Maine next weekend and a solid finish next week could find them in the New England Regional Competition at the University of New Hampshire the following week. We wish them luck and will report on their success in later editions of the TC Insider.

State Representative Jeff Roy of Franklin and Medway welcomed our Early Education and Care students visited the statehouse this past Monday and attended a subcommittee meeting debating how to improve education to preschoolers in the Commonwealth. All of us here at TC thank Representative Roy for his continued support to our programs.

We are busy processing our applications from area eighth graders for next year. Our guidance staff has completed 80% of their student interviews at local middle schools and scheduled our placement exam for April 1, 2017.  All applicants have been personally invited to attend the exam.

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of Zoe McMorran, a tenth grader in our Culinary Arts department. Zoe was diagnosed with a rare type of brain tumor years ago before coming to TC. She was a light and an inspiration as she came to TC each day ready to do her best. Her constant smile and caring attitude brightened the day for many of our students, teachers, administrators, and guests at our restaurant Gerry’s Place. We will all join her family in celebrating her life and mourning her passing.

Services for Zoe are as follows:

Visiting Hours: Friday, March 24 4pm – 8pm

Mass: Saturday, March 25 at 11am

Both will be held at the Sacred Heart Church, 58 Church Street, North Attleboro

Thanks for your support,

Mr. Procaccini

 

An Update from The Dean of Students:

Freshman Sophomore Semi-formal Dance

Tickets are now on sale for the Freshman-Sophomore Semi-Formal. Buy your ticket, pay your class dues, and pick up a guest permission form for non-Tri-County students in the Dean's Office before school, during lunch or after school. The event will be held in the cafeteria on Friday evening March 24. Tickets are $13, and must be purchased by Friday, March 17th. Semi-formal attire is required - collared shirts for boys, no jeans and no sneakers. Students will not be admitted without a ticket.  Students attending the dance must arrive prior to 7:30 and those who wish to leave early before 9:30 must have a parent enter the building to pick them up.

 

Drama Presentation

On April 8, the TC Drama club will be performing Murder-Mystery comedies: Remains To Be Seen by Lee Mueller; A Murdered Mystery by Karl Garner; and Creative Differences by our Very Own Seniors. The shows start at 7pm.  Tickets are available at the door and are $5 for the public (TC students and staff are free) and there will be an intermission with refreshments.  The plays are a bit more PG-13 than some of our previous offerings, but the horror-humor is all in good fun!  The students absolutely love a large audience, so we hope to see you on the 8th.

 

Driver Training Classes

AAA is going to run Driver Training Classes at Tri-County over April Vacation.  The classes will be held Tuesday, April 18- 27, from 8:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.  Log on to for more information.

 

From the Office of the Director of Cooperative Education:

Senior Project

Congratulations to Auto Collision, Auto Tech, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Dental, Early Education, Engineering, HVAC, Legal & Protective, Medical and Plumbing. These trade programs have presented their Senior Projects with great success! Students who have yet to present their Project have been encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Judges Rubrics (pgs. 17 & 18 of the Senior Project Manual, online). It is exceedingly helpful for a successful presentation to understand what the Judges are looking for and how they are being assessed. Please direct your senior to take advantage of this valuable information. How about reviewing it together? Mailed invitations indicate the correct Presentation time.

 

Juniors and Senior Project

The final draft of the Senior Project Paper was due on March 2, no exceptions. Please be aware that any student who has struggled, or experienced difficulties with this assignment was remanded to the Homework Center. Help has been and continues to be available every step of the way. NOTE: Students will lose the ability to participate in sports, clubs, and activities until the paper is successfully completed and passed in.  NOTE: Juniors who do not pass in the completed paper on time render themselves ineligible for Co-op consideration until 2nd term of Senior Year.

 

Co-operative Education

Please remember, Co-op students who are returning to Tri-County to present their Senior Project have been rescheduled to the morning so that they may go back out to work after their Presentation. However, if the employer has given the student the day off, they will remain here in school, in shop until the end of the day. Any co-op student who leaves Tri-County prior to the end of the school day and is not going to their Co-op job will be marked Dismissed (unexcused).

 

Co-op

Seniors are still being placed out on Co-op as the opportunities arise. Even though there are only a few Co-op weeks left in the school year, these jobs will take you through the summer and for some become careers after graduation. For others, these may be jobs that will take you back during your college breaks.  Either way, it's summer employment, a great resume builder and money.

 

Time Sheets

If you owe some bring them in, do not wait or the computer will process you as absent.  Students who are out on Co-op are reminded that they have made a commitment to that employer when the Co-op agreement was signed by all parties. Under no circumstances should anyone quit, or submit a resignation without consulting with Mrs. MacLeod.    Students must understand there is a right and wrong way to leave a job.  If safety is an issue, she needs to be contacted immediately.

 

Guidance Updates:

Scholarship Announcements

Any North Attleboro Senior who is interested in a Communications Related Major, please see Mr. Casey in the Guidance office as soon as possible.  Also, please take advantage of coming down to Guidance as much as possible to find out about the many scholarship opportunities that we have to offer here.

 

Juniors

College Board has just announced an August test date available for the first time. For any juniors planning to attend college this is an additional opportunity to take the SATs when schedules are a bit lighter due to summer vacation.

 

Grade 8 Parent Orientation/Placement Test

The Grade 8 Parent Orientation/Student Placement Test will be held on Saturday, April 1 at Tri-County.  There will be a pancake breakfast to be held at 7:30 AM and registration will begin at 7:45 AM.  Student testing will begin at 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM.  Workshops and tours for parents will begin at 9:00 AM.

 

Attention Parents/Guardians of Seniors:

As the students in the 2017 class look towards graduation, thoughts turn to creating a lasting memory of their time in high school.  Send a congratulatory message to your son or daughter that will be remembered each time he/she looks through the yearbook.  To purchase and ad or statement, please go to http://www.tri-county.us/2017.  The deadline is April 1st.  If you have any questions, please contact Luci Anne Jones at 508.528.5400 or jonesl@tri-county.us.

 

A Message from the Science Department:

The 3rd quarter of the 2016-2017 school year will close on April 7th.  Any and all student makeup work for Quarter 3 must be turned in by this date for credit. In the next couple of weeks, Honors Anatomy and Physiology classes will be learning about the skeletal system.  Biology I CP students will be learning about the Cell Cycle, and Biology II CP classes will be learning about energy flow in ecosystems.  Congratulations to all students on their hard work so far this school year!  Please contact Miss Sabasowitz at 508-528-5400 x232 or Sabasowitz@tri-county.us (mailto:Sabasowitz@tri-county.us) should you have any questions or concerns regarding the progress of your student.

 

Cosmetology:

The Tri-County Regional Cosmetology Program will host its third annual Cut-A-Thon on Thursday, April 13th. The public is welcome to come into the Cosmetology Shop from 2:15 PM to 7:15 PM for a $10 haircut or style for adults and a $5 haircut or style for students.  We have 3 baskets we are raffling off. Two of the baskets have over $150.00 retail value in each. One has been donated by Hairlines in Shrewsbury. They are a distributor for Paul Mitchell. The other has been donated by Shear Illusions Hair Salon in Westwood. They have employed some of our students for Co-Op over the years. The third basket has been donated by Summer Scoops in Plainville. 100% of the money raised from the Cut-A-Thon and the baskets will go to The Claudia Adams Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. A local runner and her team are running in The Boston Marathon for Team Dana Faber. Raffle tickets are available now. Come see the beautiful baskets in Cosmetology!

 

Athletics:

Two Tri-County Seniors, Kate Loonie (Basketball) and Joe Townsend (Wrestling) have once again been voted as Mayflower League MVP's for the 2nd consecutive year.  Congratulations to Kate and Joe!

Seniors Joe Townsend and Tom Carlucci have had quite a wrestling career her at Tri-County.  Here are some highlights.

Joe Townsend has been on the wrestling team for 4 years. He has wrestled varsity for 3 years, accumulating 92 varsity wins in that time. He has not been pinned all season, and has only been pinned one time in his last 85 matches. His strongest attributes are his determination, “coachability”/excellent listening skills, stubbornness (“Never Give Up” attitude), and endurance/ability to push the pace of each match.  To see all of the 2017 Wrestling Highlights go to: http://bit.ly/2nhkxD4.

2016-2017 Team Captain

2016 May Flower League MVP

2016-2017 Regular Season Record= 27-2

2016-2017 Overall Record= 39-8

2x Agawam Holiday Invitational Champion

2x Cohasset Tournament Champion

2017 Cape Cod Invitational Champion

2017 Division 3 State Champion

2017: 5th @ All States Tournament

Won 2 matches at New England Championships (defeating Vermont # 3 and the Maine State Champion)

Tom Carlucci Career Wrestling Information

4 time Mayflower League All Star

2015 Division 3 Sectional Champion

2015 Agawam Tournament Champion

2015 3^rd in Division 3 States

2016 Cohasset Tournament Champion

2016 State Vocational Champion

Career Record: 106-34

Tri-County 100 wins club

2x Team Captain

 

Skills USA Update:

Gold and silver medalists who won the SkillsUSA District Competition will attend the SkillsUSA Massachusetts State Leadership and Skills Conference Championships on April 26th through April 28th in Marlborough.

 

A Message from the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA):

Over the past several years, a host of educational experts and independent researchers have cited career and technical education as an effective way to help rebuild the nation’s economy.  Top elected officials from both political parties in Massachusetts have widely praised the success of high-quality career and technical education developed under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 74.  This bipartisan group of office holders – as well as top state education officials – has called for an expansion of such programming across the Commonwealth.

 

The Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA), the group representing high-quality Chapter 74 programming in the Commonwealth, supports the goal of expanding student access to career and technical education.  At the same time, MAVA is deeply concerned with any attempts to water down or undermine the rigorous Chapter 74 standards that have led to our success.  We want everyone, including state policymakers, to understand why it is critically important to safeguard these high standards.

 

The read the position paper, Safeguarding Quality Chapter 75 Standards in MA (http://bit.ly/2mYOvt1) , adopted by unanimous vote of the MAVA Board of Directors on March 9, 2017, which represents our unified position on the issue of maintaining high-quality Chapter 74 standards in Massachusetts.  The paper was drafted by Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, a highly respected veteran educator who has served as president of both MAVA and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS).

 

If you have any questions about the position paper or wish to share your thoughts on this subject, please feel free to e-mail me at dferreira@gnbvt.edu (mailto:dferreira@gnbvt.edu).

Very truly,

David J. Ferreira

Executive Director

 

Save the Date:

Tri-County will host its annual Tee Off for Tri-County Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Friday, June 9th, at the Wentworth Hills Country Club in Plainville. The event benefits student activities. The event will begin at 12:30 PM. To learn more or to learn about registration and sponsorship opportunities, please click here (http://www.tri-county.us/golftournament).

 

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. Anyone interested in joining the foundation can contact Superintendent-Director Dockray at

dockray@tri-county.us.

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-Upcoming Events-

Freshman/Sophomore

Semi-Formal

March 24 from 7-10 PM

 

Gown Swap

March 29

 

2nd Robotics Competition

March 30, 31 & April 1 in Lewiston, ME

 

Spring Blood Drive

March 31

 

Grade 8 Parent Orientation/Student Placement Test

April 1

 

Math Meet

April 6

 

End of Quarter

April 7

 

Drama Club Murder-Mystery Comedy Performances

April 8

 

Cut-A-Thon

April 13

 

AAA Driver Training Class

April 18 & 27

 

Skills USA State Conference

April 27 - 29

 

Tri-County Golf Tournament

June 9

 

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