The TC Insider

April 12, 2017

To the Tri-County Community,

It seems as though Spring is taking its time getting here as we hide from all the rain. Our Spring sports teams share the gym and hallways for practice, sneaking outside whenever possible to get some work on their actual facilities when the sun manages to sneak through. We know eventually Spring will arrive and the fields will dry out and we will be on our inevitable march towards the prom, graduation and the end of another year.

Congratulations to our Robotics team!  They managed to get to the finals for a second straight time in as many competitions. The past competition was in Maine. The team finished a fraction away from competing in the New England finals. We want to thank Mr. Garland, Mr. Rhodes, and Mr. Robin for taking an inexperienced team against stiff competition and achieving more than anyone thought they could. Special thanks to Bill Galligan, a senior in our Auto Tech program for his leadership this year. We look forward to next year as many of the competitors are underclassmen with bright futures.

Last week we completed our ELA MCAS for the year.  Next month brings Math and Science in June. On Saturday, April 1, we held our 8th grade placement exam for incoming Freshmen with over 260 students and their parents joining us for breakfast, seminars, and the exam. We will be holding make up exams in May. We are currently in the process of working through over 350 applications for next year and look to send out our first wave of acceptance letters the first of May.\

Thanks for your support,

Mr. Procaccini


An Update from The Dean of Students:

Junior/Senior Prom

The Junior/Senior Prom will take place on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 6:30 PM until 11:00 PM at Rafael’s in Walpole.  Tickets are $70.00 a person and will go on sale from April 10-April 28 in the Dean of Student’s office.  Guest permission forms can also be picked up in the Dean of Students office and must be returned by Monday, May 1. If you are providing transportation, please understand that you child must be picked up immediately at the conclusion of the prom.  Rafael’s locks the doors at 11:15.  Students will not be allowed to leave the prom prior to 10:00 without parental permission.

Senior Obligations

Graduation is just around the corner.  With this in mind, it is time to consider Senior obligations.  Aside from earning passing grades, Seniors must also have returned all school books, paid their class fees for all four years, made up any attendance time, paid their cafeteria balances and returned their gym locks. These obligations must be met prior to Friday, June 2.  Failure to meet any of these obligations will result in the student not receiving their cap and gown and risking their privilege of participation in commencement exercises.

Any Tri-County student who is planning on attending the Junior/Senior Prom must have their fees of $75/year paid.

Attendance and Physical Education Make-Up

Students who have not met attendance requirements will have an opportunity to make up attendance violations through community service, staying for extra help with a teacher, attending the Homework Center, attending extended detention or other activities approved by the Dean of Students. Students who are failing PE should attend after-school make-up with their PE teachers.  Those students who fail to take advantage of these make-up opportunities will be required to attend Attendance/PE class.  The fee for the class will be $100.

Student Fees

Student Fees may be paid in cash or with a check made payable to Tri-County RVTHS at the Dean of Students office before school, during lunch and after school.  It can also be mailed to the Dean of Student office.

Late Buses

Late buses are for students who stay after school for extra help, or other school-related activities.  Students must obtain bus passes for either the 3:15 or the 4:15 late buses.  Students who visit Ben Franklin Plaza or return to school to ride the late bus will not be permitted to board.

Lost and Found

There are many Winter coats, sweatshirts and hats/caps in the lost and found.  Please have your student check in at the Dean of Students office to see if any of the articles of clothing are theirs. At the end of the month the clothing will be donated to a local charity.

Dress Code

As the weather gets warmer students are reminded that all tops must cover the entire torso and be appropriate for the classroom and shop. Strapless tops are not allowed. Students may wear sleeveless attire, but only if the arm openings have a regular cut and do not easily expose any part of the torso. Students may wear shorts during academic week, provided they are mid-thigh length, and are not “cut-offs”, gym shorts, swim trunks, or spandex. Torn or ripped clothing may not be worn. Students should wear appropriate clothing to school.

From the Office of the Director of Cooperative Education:

Senior Project Fair

Mark your calendars for Monday, May 15th for our Twelfth Annual Senior Project Fair. The top three Products in each of our shop programs will be on display for the general public’s viewing pleasure. This is a fun event for the entire family. Awards will be presented to the top three over all along with the Student Choice Award. Save the date and prepare to be amazed!


Seniors are still being placed on Co-Op jobs even as their school year comes to an end. This is a great opportunity to secure that Summer job before the college kids scoop them up. For those Seniors who will remain in their trade areas and begin their professional careers, Co-Op, even at this late date, allows them to make that professional connection and secure their first post-graduation job. Why wait?  For those considering taking a gap year, they can get that full time job squared away now!

Junior Co-Op

“Exemplary Juniors” may be considered for Co-Op anytime during the fourth term. What makes an Exemplary Junior?  Good grades in all academics, very good shop grades, no attendance violations, good discipline and recommendations from all trade instructors.  Businesses have started the interview process for securing their Co-Op student.  It is assumed that the student will work over the Summer following a schedule which is mutually agreeable between the employer and the student’s family vacation plans.  At Summer’s end, if both parties feel that the placement was a good fit, it will roll into Senior Co-Op the first full B week in September. This is great job security with no waiting when school starts.

Junior and Senior Project

The Senior Project Paper has been collected, corrected and recorded.  For those Juniors who scored poorly (below a 65), letters will be going home alerting parent/guardians that their child is in very serious danger of failing. Students who have struggled with the process and deadlines have been remanded to the Homework Center all along. There is an English teacher there daily to assist and advise.  Our teachers go to great lengths to help your child be successful.  Please be aware that students who fail to produce a paper that meets the minimum standard render themselves ineligible to participate in any sports, extra curricula activities, (inclusive of all clubs), as well as Co-op.

Guidance Updates:


Any Senior interested in pursuing an Environmental Science Major or related field, please see Mr. Casey in Guidance for the Scholarship Form.

Students should be frequenting the Guidance office before school, during lunch, and after school on a regular basis to pick up Scholarship forms that are sent to Guidance on a Regular Basis.


The Guidance Department would like to welcome Jennifer Sullivan who is the long-term substitute filling in for Kristian Johannesen.  Her student assignment is grades 11 & 12, last name starting with L through Z.  She can be reached via email at ( or on ext. 155.

A Message from Mr. Garland from the Robotics Club:

"I couldn't ask for a better set of fellow coaches Mr. Robin and Mr. Rhodes, fantastic mentors, and of course, great students. We didn't make it to NE Championships this year but we couldn't have done much better. We won the Judges award at WPI and the Rockwell Automation's Innovation in Control Award at Maine, both of which are very prestigious awards. We made it to the quarterfinals at both District events, one as an Alliance Captain and the other as an Alliance selection. We had a solid robot. Thank you Tri-County, for supporting our team."


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!

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.

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 (

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


-Upcoming Events-

Cut-A-Thon - April 13

AAA Driver Training Class - April 18 & 27

Skills USA State Conference - April 27 - 29

Junior/Senior Prom - May 5

Senior Project Fair - May 15

Tri-County Golf Tournament - June 9


-About The TC Insider-

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