Academic Coordinator: Ms. Melissa Beckmann
The academic program offers a broadly based comprehensive education through a highly structured core curriculum. The emphasis of this component is on applications involving communication, mathematics, science, and social studies. Advanced Placement and College Preparatory instruction is included for those students who plan to further their education. Through a combination of ability and heterogeneous grouping, students are prepared to enter today’s job market and learn that education is a lifelong process, which is so important in today’s changing workplace.
STUDENT SUCCESS I CP: 1 trimester / 2 credits: This one trimester course is designed to help freshmen transition from a middle school setting, prepare for the increased academic rigor of high school, and meet the social and emotional challenges they may encounter over the ensuing four years. Students will build intrapersonal awareness of their thought processes, emotions, strengths, and hopes for the future, and practice self-management strategies.
STUDENT SUCCESS II CP: 1 trimester / 2 credits: Students will build upon the learned skill sets from freshman year to explore how to build positive, healthy relationships, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions. This one trimester course is designed to apply social & emotional skills to employability skills, the college application process, and ultimately preparing for independent living.
*All student success students will register for EduType keyboarding software and Naviance career and aptitude development software.
Assessment (Daily Work Rubric): 20%
Classwork (Binder/Learning Journal): 25%
Quiz (Keyboarding Lab): 15%
Trimester Project/Test: 10%
Department Grading Policy
All students except trimester two and trimester three juniors
• Assessments 70% (Trimester One 60%): May include tests, quizzes, projects, compositions, research papers and class work.
• Homework 20%
• Summer Reading 10%: (Trimester One only)
Trimester Two – Grade 11 Only
Senior Project 25
Trimester Summative Assessment 10
Trimester Three – Grade 11 Only
Senior Project 25
Trimester Summative Assessment 10
• Daily Homework Assignments: Students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time. Late work will be accepted only until the end of the week in which the assignment was due. Late work will receive 50% credit.
• Long Term Assignments (compositions, research papers, presentations, etc.): Students are to meet all assignment deadlines. If an assignment is submitted after the due date, the grade will be reduced by 10% for each school day the assignment is late.
• Homework Center: If a student is consistently missing homework and has low or failing grades, the teacher may assign the student to the Homework Center for additional help to improve his/her grades. In this situation, the student should plan on staying after school with the English teacher during his/ her after school day and attend the Homework Center on the assigned day(s).
Online textbook: www.pearsonrealize.com
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Tri-County Mathematics Department Calculator Use Policy
The use of a scientific calculator is a tool used to facilitate computations in math. A scientific calculator is recommended for use in specific math courses. Tri-County is under no obligation to provide calculators in the same manner that shops need not provide personal tools for the completion of shop-related work.
While MCAS is a focal point of 9th and 10th grade math curricula, it must be noted that there are specific non-calculator sections in the state-mandated test. Consequently, we require students to learn specific math skills in advance of learning the skills of using a scientific calculator. Calculator sections of MCAS will be dealt with in timely fashion during class instructions in advance of the state tests.
Tri-County will provide calculators for all students as needed on the state MCAS tests. Parents are strongly urged to purchase a scientific calculator for their child so that he/she will be familiar with his/her own type of calculator. It should also be noted that students on Individualized Education Plans who require a calculator during all sessions of MCAS would continue to be allowed the use of their own calculators during class instruction.
Mathematics Department Grading Policy
Term 1 = 34%
Term 2 = 33%
Term 3 = 33%
Each Term consists of:
Cumulative Assessment = 10%
*Please see each class syllabus for the percent breakdown
Senior students may be exempted from Term 3 Cumulative Assessment if the following requirements are met:
Y1 is 90% or better in the class
4 or less unexcused absences
Proficient or better on the MCAS test
– Daily Homework Assignments: Students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time.
– Homework Center: If a student is consistently missing homework and has low or failing grades, the teacher may assign the student to the Homework Center for additional help to improve his/her grades. In this situation, the student should plan on staying with the Mathematics teacher during his/her after school day and attend the Homework Center on the assigned day(s).
“Introduction to Music Appreciation and Theory” offers a fascinating, quick paced look at the history and development of music from Biblical times to the 21st century. Each musically historic period from the earliest cultures through the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic eras and the 20th and 21st centuries are presented. Woven into the study of each period are numerous musical examples, videos, DVD’s and discussions of history, art, architecture and what life was like. A wide variety of musical styles and concepts are presented throughout the year and students will recognize the gradual evolution of music from the earliest times to the present. When appropriate, art activities are used as well to help students express feelings or visual images that the music may evoke. Masterworks from numerous prominent composers are presented and students will learn about their lives and the influences that historical developments had on their music.
In addition, this course presents the fundamentals of Music Theory. It is the goal of this part of the course to have each student learn to read music. Notes on the staff, note values, rhythm and dynamics are just a few of the numerous important music concepts to be presented.
Finally, using their acquired Music Theory skills and the electronic piano keyboards available as part of the course, students will learn the fundamentals of piano performance and if interest dictates, composition. Students are also encouraged, on a volunteer-sign up basis, to share their talents and musical knowledge with their classmates through performance on the piano or their own instruments. They are also welcome to present and discuss favorite musical works to the class.
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The Science Department provides students with a comprehensive overview of selected branches of science, as well as scientific methodology, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving strategies. In addition to the basic tenets and skill sets of each discipline, we also strive to lay the foundation for a lifetime of appreciation and pursuit of scientific knowledge
We live in a world shaped by science and technology. A scientifically literate population is necessary to make decisions regarding the environment, natural resources, applications of technology, and a host of other issues that impact our planet and its citizens.
A graduate of Tri-County will possess the fundamental knowledge and awareness to be an informed participant in the global community. Beyond the pragmatic considerations, we also hope to instill in students an appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of our elegant universe.
To reach these objectives, we integrate the academic and practical aspects of science with a hands-on, investigative approach, aiding students’ application to a broader sense of scientific discovery outside of the classroom. We foster critical thinking skills by incorporating different learning strategies. Students are given the opportunity to grow academically and socially in collaborative as well as individual settings. In addition, we promote social awareness of global issues from a scientific perspective. Each day, we bring our enthusiasm for scientific discovery into the classroom so that our students may share our passion for the natural world.
Social Studies Grading Policy
Assessments 25%: This includes any formative or summativeassessments. Social Studies Department tests will count twice.
Projects 25%: In-class and outside project-based assignments
Homework 20%: All homework will be graded out of ten points.
Social Studies Skills 20%: This category includes all in-class activities, class participation, and notebooks.
Trimester Exam 10%
Bristol Community College offers Tri-County students a chance to earn three college credits per course.
Spanish 101 & 102 (101 offered based upon enrollment) will be offered starting January 2020: Date TBD.
All applicable forms need to be completed and returned to Scott O’Brien, Head of Guidance ASAP. The class is expected to be at capacity, once filled, no late registrations will be accepted.
Spanish 101 & 102 (offer based upon enrollment)
Bristol Community College will be offering Tri-County students a chance to earn three college credits. BCC will be offering Spanish 101 & 102 (offered based upon enrollment). If interested, students and parents should carefully read about the course and requirements to gain access. Space is limited and placement will be determined by Tri-County administration if more students apply then there is space for. Please contact Scott O’Brien, Head of Guidance if you have questions.
As required under Chapter 71b of the Massachusetts General Laws and Public Law 94-142, special services are available to students who meet eligibility requirements. A school official, teacher, parent or guardian, court officer, social worker, or family doctor may refer a student to the Wellness Committee. Students may also refer themselves for this support.
A student and/or parent should contact the Special Education Department to obtain further information or make a referral for evaluation. At the completion of the evaluation, the Special Education Team will meet to determine eligibility for special education services. This team may include an administrator, special education person, chairperson, guidance counselor, nurse, psychologist, teacher, parent and student.
In order for all students to achieve our expectations for student learning Tri-County prides itself on providing clear, concise and coordinated opportunities for success. To these ends Tri-County academic course options include full inclusion, co-taught as well as consult model classrooms.
For more information on our programs please make an appointment to speak with the Director of Special Education or plan to attend a SEPAC meeting or one of the various information sessions (calendar to be posted) that are planned and hosted throughout the school year by our Guidance Department.
Special Education Parent Advisory Councils (SEPACs) were established by state law in 1972. Language from Section 3 of Chapter 71B of the Massachusetts General Laws reads in part:
“…. The school committee of any city, town, or school district shall establish a parent advisory council on special education. Membership shall be offered to all parents of children with disabilities and other interested parties. The parent advisory council duties shall include but not be limited to: advising the school committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities; meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school committee’s special education programs. The parent advisory council shall establish by-laws regarding officers and operational procedures. In the course of its duties under this section, the parent advisory council shall receive assistance from the school committee without charge, upon reasonable notice, and subject to the availability of staff and resources. …”
Key components of operating an effective SEPAC include (but are not limited to):
Identifying Parties with Common Interests
Interacting with the Special Education Administrator
Interacting with the Superintendent and the School Committee
Interacting with school councils, PTOs and the community at large
Tri-County is pleased to announce that Kristin LaRose and Lisa Rounds have volunteered this year to serve as SEPAC Chair and Vice Chair respectively. SEPAC will host two informational meetings ahead of the Parent’s Night activities on September 26 and October 1. These will begin at 6:30 PM and be held in the school auditorium. We hope you are able to attend and sign on to be a member of SEPAC.
Special Education & Other Student Services Contacts
Robert Bruno, Special Education Teacher and Liaison
Julie Caffrey, Paraprofessional
Nicole Chiaramonte, Paraprofessional
Adriana Chosta, Special Education Teacher and Liaison
Donna Crawford, School Psychologist
Ashley Dodd, Special Education Teacher and Liaison
Patricia Flaherty, Secretary
Caralyn Good, Special Education Reading Teacher and Liaison
Laura Griffin, Special Education Teacher and Liaison and Team Facilitator
Mary Hughes, Special Education Teacher and Liaison
William LaPlant, Special Education Teacher and Liaison
John Martin, Director
Michael Martone, Special Education Teacher and Liaison
Anthony Mazzola, Team Chair
Donna McDonald, Special Education Teacher and Liaison
Jennifer Mogensen, Speech and Language Pathologist
Suzanne O’Shea, Special Education Teacher and Liaison
Tim Reynolds, Special Education Teacher and Liaison
Joseph Rice, Paraprofessional
Collin Spillane, Paraprofessional
Sarah Vega, Special Education Teacher and Liaison
The academic programs at Tri-County are aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in all core subject areas: English Language Arts (ELA), math science, and social studies. Course are available at the Advanced Placement, Honors, and College Preparatory levels and meet the individual needs of students who are considering attending a four or two-year institution of higher education. Tri-County also meets the needs of students who are on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).