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Academics

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.

Business Technology

Ms. Durfee

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.

GRADING:

Assessment (Daily Work Rubric): 20%
Classwork (Binder/Learning Journal): 25%
Homework: 10%
Project: 20%
Quiz (Keyboarding Lab): 15%
Trimester Project/Test: 10%

English

Mr. Curran
Ms. DePasquale
Mr. Hefele
Ms. Ialuna
Mr. Keaney
Mr. LaPlante
Ms. LaPlante
Ms. Maneri
Ms. Mullen

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
Assessment 45
HW 20
Senior Project 25
Trimester Summative Assessment 10

Trimester Three – Grade 11 Only
Assessment 45
HW 20
Senior Project 25
Trimester Summative Assessment 10

Homework Policy

• 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

Health & Physical Education

Health & Physical Education Policies:

General PE and Health Ed Guidelines

Contact a Faculty Member:

Mr. Allen
Ms. Caffrey
Mr. Hippert

Mathematics

Contact a Faculty Member

Mr. Cadoret
Ms. Halloway
Ms. Hertel
Ms. Jones
Mr. Pedersen
Mr. Robitaille
Ms. Rose
Ms. Shultz
Ms. Thornton

Math Open Reference Calculator

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:

*Homework
*Classwork
*Assessments
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

Homework Policy

– 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).

Music

Mr. Curran

“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.

Science

Contact a Faculty Member

Ms. Erwin
Ms. Kelly
Mr. Kowalczyk
Ms. Markham
Dr. Poteete
Ms. Sabasowitz
Ms. Sibilia
Our Mission

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.

Our Philosophy

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.

Science Laboratory Safety Contract

Social Studies

Mr. Alden
Ms. Foley
Mr. Lang
Ms. Martin
Ms Remmes
Mr. Young

Social Studies Grading Policy
Assessments 40%: This includes any formative or summative assessments.
Social Studies Skills 40%: In-class and outside project-based assignments
Participation 10%
Trimester Exam 10%

Bristol Community College Spanish Program

SPANISH 101 AND 102 WILL NOT BE HELD THIS FALL. WE WILL HOLD REGISTRATION FOR SPA 101 AND 102 STARTING IN DECEMBER 2021. THE FORMS BELOW ARE NOT UPDATED UNTIL THE NEW COURSE IS POSTED. PLEASE CONTACT GUIDANCE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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 September 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.

A Letter to Parents (PDF)

Student/Parent Agreement (PDF)

BCC Underage Request to Enroll Form (PDF)

School Authorization Form (PDF)

Student Registration Form (PDF)

Academic Courses

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).

CLICK HERE FOR ACADEMIC COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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