TC Insider January 2021

REMOTE HOMEWORK CENTER

Extra help from a teacher M-Th 4pm-6pm

Tri-County is excited to announce the opening of the Tri-County Remote Homework Center (RHC). The official start date is Tuesday, December 8, which is the start of Trimester 2. This is an opportunity for students to work with teachers in core subject areas Monday through Thursday and receive one-on-one help. The RHC is open from 4:00pm to 6:00pm each day. Students must sign up through the TC Website under the “Academics” tab and can stay for as long as they want. Students can go to one, two, or all four days for targeted instruction or just to get their homework done. The schedule is:

Monday – Math
Tuesday – English & Science
Wednesday – English & History
Thursday – Science

Student Directions: Register on the RHC webpage, under the “Academics” tab on the TC website or click here, Open a new Google Meet on the evening of your meeting and use the nickname to join the teacher.

For more directions follow this link: https://www.tri-county.us/academics/ 

  • Jan 4th-8th and Jan 11th-15th: Spirit Week
  • Jan 6th, 2021:Parent Program Information Night Online
  • Jan 12th, 2021: Parent/Teacher Night
  • Jan 26, 2021:PSAT/NMSQT Test

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Michelle Tilden of Tri-County’s Early Education Program has been awarded the Graduate Student Leadership Award from Fitchburg State University

Tri-County’s Michelle Tilden, Early Education Teacher, has enjoyed working with a diverse group of learners for nearly thirty years. Since 2002, she has been teaching early education at Tri-County and helping her students train for employment in the human services field.

“Michelle’s enthusiasm for vocational learning makes her an asset to the Tri-County community. For almost two decades, she has shared her passion with our students and faculty, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds.” Stephen Dockray, Superintendent-Director.

Read full story: https://www.tri-county.us/tri-county-rvths-michelle-tilden-awarded-leadership-award/

Congratulations to Kimberly Zogalis for earning her 20 Year Cisco Networking Academy badge. Kim was one of the first Certified Networking Academy Instructors in Massachusetts and started the Academy here at Tri-County. Cisco is a worldwide leader in networking for the Internet specializing in switches, routers, telephones, teleconferencing, and cybersecurity. Our CIS Vocational Program students use the Cisco Networking Academy’s online IT and cybersecurity educational program to gain essential Internet technology skills for today’s digital economy. The Academy offers students online courses, tools, interactive labs, and resources to prepare them for exciting career opportunities in the IT industry. After graduation, students are fortunate to keep their Cisco accounts for job searches and networking opportunities.

Spanish 101 & 102 Registration Open

Bristol Community College is offering Tri-County students a chance to learn Spanish and earn three college credits per course. Spanish 101 & 102 will be offered starting January 2021. Date: TBD

If interested, parents and students should carefully read about the course and the requirements to register. To register, please fill out all applicable forms (Student/Parent Agreement, BBC Underage Request to Enroll, School Authorization Form, Student Registration Form) and return to Scott O’Brien, Head of Guidance by December 23rd, 2020.

Space is limited and placement will be determined by Tri-County administration once the class is at capacity. Once the class is filled, no late registrations will be accepted.

Do you have Tri-County Spirit? 

Join us for SPIRIT WEEK! Spirit Week will run the first two weeks of January (Jan 4-8 and Jan 11-15)

During your academic week, Monday will be Class Colors Day! (Freshman wear red, sophomores wear green, juniors wear yellow, and seniors wear blue) Proudly wear your colors take a selfie during your virtual class. Tuesday will be Show Off Your Pet Day! Take a selfie with your pet during virtual class.  Send your selfies clearly marked with your name and class to be counted.  Email them to ialuna@tri-county.us or send via itslearning message to Mrs. Ialuna.

During your shop week, you will decorate a section of the wall and donate brand new socks in all sizes for Medway House Homeless shelter.

Show us your SPIRIT and may the BEST CLASS WIN!!

Tri-County RVTHS Takes Extraordinary Steps for Fresh Air

Tri-County will be the areas first school to complete installation of an upgraded HVAC System that includes UV lights in ducts

 Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School’s facilities department and HVAC Contractors have recently finished upgrading and replacing the school’s central HVAC Systems, classroom and building VAV boxes, and unit heaters throughout the facility. New control valves and thermostats have been installed and tied into the new building control/management system to ensure the facility’s equipment’s proper operation.

This upgrade/replacement will improve building comfort by balancing the system and will address the building’s indoor air quality (IAQ) and will help maximize the system’s cubic feet per minute (CFM) output. The new energy management system allows the equipment to precisely control the flow of fresh air being brought into the building. The new units can bring in 100% outside air, which will enable us to dilute the indoor air with fresh air and dramatically increase overall IAQ. The new control system allows fresh air to be brought in hours before the building will be occupied for the day. Classrooms will see a minimum of six air exchanges per hour. The air will now be scrubbed by two filtration racks equipped with high-efficiency air filters (rated at MERV 13 and higher) with a total filter thickness of 14″ instead of the single rack 4″ filter equipped in the old system. Tri-County’s Facilities Department will be able to control the exhaust fans in the building and enable them to remove more air from the building and maintain a constant air exchange throughout the facility.

The next step in the process is to install UV Commercial lights in the HVAC ducts. This technology has been proven to be effective at destroying a wide variety of bacteria and many studies show a 99.9% effectiveness killing the COVID 19 virus as well as seasonal viruses including influenza. Dust, Dust mites, mold, and mildew can all be controlled through these systems. This in turn will help reduce common sneezing, wheezing, and other allergy related symptoms. 

“We are excited to put this technology in place to help mitigate the threat of airborne germs.” says Harry Takesian, Director of Facilities Management

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