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Dr. Winslow's Fourth Quarter Letter to Parents

posted Jul 17, 2017, 10:57 PM by Adam Geisen   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 7:38 PM ]
Triad High School 
4th Quarter 2016-2017 Newsletter

As we come to the end of the 2016-2017 school year, August 2017 is just around the corner. It has been a great year and I am proud of our students at THS. Triad High School is an excellent school and my thanks go to you as parents for encouraging your students to do their best. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 16th, 2017. Please be aware of changes that will be taking place this coming year as noted below. The primary method of communicating with parents is via email, so it is critical that the district has your most current email address. If you have questions or need to update your email address, do not hesitate to contact us in the high school office.

Report Cards: Parents and students are able to check their 2nd semester grades via the “report cards” tab in PlusPortals. Report cards will be mailed home only to parents who do not have an email registered with the school. Once in the system, parents should click the “more” button to expand the view to multiple tabs that are listed at the top. Within the “report cards” tab (3rd tab from the left), parents will be able to see multiple columns for grades labelled: 1st (1st quarter grade), through SM2 (2nd semester grade). Other items on the top of the report card tab are the cumulative grade point average (GPA) labelled as, adjusted GPA (weighted), simple GPA (un-weighted), and cumulative credits earned. Students must have 21 credits to graduate from Triad High School. Semester grades are the only grades found on the high school transcript.

District Registration: Registration is a very important event for students, parents and staff at Triad Schools. Each year the District uses registration enrollments as a key source of information to make decisions about staffing, programs, in addition to providing families with up-to-date information and schedules prior to the start of the new school year. This year, Triad will continue with the process of online registration for returning students who plan to register for the 2017-18 school year.

In June, parents/guardians of returning students will receive a letter, to the home address registered in the 2016-17 school year, with information to complete the online process. We encourage parents to complete this process as early as possible as we make preparations for the 2017-18 school year. During July, parents can expect to receive electronic reminders (email, text messages and automated voice calls) from the district to complete the registration process for returning students.

The data submitted by families through the online form system will be reviewed, refined, and formatted to be uploaded into each building's student information system to provide accurate and updated student data. We are hopeful that, as we refine this process, it will assist the district in savings of time, money, and resources.

If high school parents are unable to proceed through online registration for their high school students, please reserve July 27th from 1pm to 8pm to complete your registration in the high school office. This date will be set aside for new student registration and parents who need to verify their residency for registration purposes. Staff will be available to process parents through the online registration process using Chromebooks available in the office. Once parents have registered their students, an email will be sent in early August that includes your child’s high school class schedule, which also includes their academic locker location and combination. Up to date registration information may be found on Triad’s District Website at the following this link.

Open Hallways/School Supplies: Students will be have access to their academic locker on August 8th from 4pm-8pm. Feel free to have your child test out their locker combination and place necessary school supplies in their lockers before the first day of school. The high school does not send out a school supply list that students are required to purchase before the first day of school. Teachers will let your child know what materials they will need for each class during the first week of school. A good starting point is to have loose-leaf paper, binders, folders, pencils, and pens that will help with the initial days of school. It is also suggested that students purchase some type of agenda that they may use to keep track of their assignments. The school will not be providing agendas to students. If students are unable to come in during the Open Hallways event, they may access their lockers during summer office hours of 7:30am-2:30pm, Monday through Friday.

.Student Pictures: High school students will be required to come in to take their yearbook/ID photo on one of the following dates: July 27: 1pm-8pm, or August 8: 4pm-8pm. It is encouraged that Juniors and Seniors take their pictures between 1:00-4:30pm on July 27 and that Freshman and Sophomores take their pictures between 4:30-8pm on July 27th. If students are not able to make July 27, any high school student may come on August 8th to have their picture taken. However, to avoid long lines, plan to have pictures taken on July 27th. Middle school students will not have their pictures taken at the high school during these times. Senior photographs for the yearbook may be taken on July 27 or August 8. More information about senior pictures and order forms will be sent out at a later date.

2016-2017 THS Yearbook: If your child ordered a 2016-2017 THS yearbook, they may pick it up on August 8th between 4-8pm in the cafeteria. Yearbooks not picked up on this date may be picked up from Ms. Amen in room 133 after the beginning of school.

Parking Permits: Students will be permitted to drive to school without a parking permit during the first two weeks of school. During these first two weeks, students will be asked to complete necessary paperwork and payment in the high school office. Students will be required to have their parking permit by September 1st. Please note that parking permits have increased to $75 for the coming year.

Required Vaccinations for Seniors: Below are the new STATE OF ILLINOIS VACCINE REQUIREMENTS 2017-2018 for grade 6 and grade 12 students:
  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (protects against bacterial meningitis, a rapidly progressive and life- threatening disease): 
    • 6th graders: ONE dose of MCV4 on or after the 11th birthday
    • 12th graders: TWO doses of MCV4 with the second dose given on or after the 16th b-day or ONE dose on or after the 16th b-day.
You will need to contact your primary care physician this summer so that your child has received TWO doses of MCV4 on or after their 16th birthday. Please ask your physician to provide the school nurse with the necessary paperwork verifying that your child has received the vaccine. If a senior has not received their vaccine before 10/31/17, they will be excluded from attending school.


Graduated Seniors: All seniors prior to graduation requested final transcripts to be sent to certain universities, colleges, etc. These will be mailed out the second week of June. Pictures taken at graduation by Voegele will be mailed to students at the address they gave with their order. Remember to pick up your 2016-2017 THS Yearbook before you leave for college on August 8 in the cafeteria between 4-8pm.

Summer School: The High School runs a summer school program for Drivers Education, remedial Algebra, and remedial English. Though Drivers Education is almost full, there are still spots for students to re-gain credits in Algebra, and English. The program will start on May 25th and runs until June 22nd with a make-up day of June 23rd. Please call the guidance office for more information or access the following link for more information.

Triad Athletic Sports Camps: The Triad Athletic Sports Camps will be in full swing and run throughout the summer for Grades K-12. As each camp has different date and age restrictions, please refer to the summer camp brochure found on the Triad High School Website and register through this link. If parents register through the online link, payment may be brought to the high school office. Please note that students may also register and pay during the first day of camp.

.Guidance Office Summer Hours: The Guidance Office will be open from 7:30 -2:30 p.m. daily through June 16th. It will also be open July 26th (7:30-2:30) and July 27th (12 -7:00) and then will resume regular office hours on August 1st.

High School Office Summer Hours: The High School Office will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. daily between May 24th through June 30th. and July 24th through August 11th. The High School Office will be closed July 3rd through July 21st.

Incoming Freshmen will need a new physical which will also cover them for sports. Triad High School will be hosting a Freshmen Kickoff Day on August 8th from 8:00 a.m. – Noon. The Link Crew freshman transition program is designed to both welcome and support freshmen by assigning them a junior or senior Link Leader as a mentor during this first year. More specific information concerning this day will be sent home via email and phone. If you have questions please contact the high school office.

Incoming Freshmen: Students taking Algebra I and Honors Geometry next year will need to purchase a TI-84 graphing calculator for class. The price of a TI-84 is about $120, but this calculator will last your student for his/her entire four years at THS. If you are interested, a TI-84 can be found economically using the following methods:
  1. Ebay/Craigslist (as of mid-May, a TI-84 cost about $55 on Ebay). 
  2. Supply stores usually run specials the first few weeks of school (Target and Office Max specifically).
  3. For those who need financial assistance, the THS Math Department has a calculator rental program where a student may rent a calculator for $25 per year. The Math Department only has a limited number of calculators to rent, so please use this method only if your family really needs assistance.
There are many types of TI-84 calculators on the market (TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Silver, TI-84 Color). The Math Department has no specific model recommendations, so feel free to save some money with the cheaper models. Purchasing a TI-83 is NOT recommended, unless a student has one that an older sibling could pass down to them. Students taking Plane Geometry next year can still use a scientific calculator for that class and do not need to purchase a graphing calculator yet.

2017-2018 Triad District Calendar: The district calendar can be accessed by the following link. Please note the following important dates
  • New Student District Registration Dates, Student yearbook/ID Pictures – July 27th 1-8pm
  • Marching Band Camp Starts – July 31st.
  • Football Practice Starts – August 7th 
  • Freshman Orientation/Link Crew – August 8th 8am-Noon
  • Open Hallways/Pick-up 16-17 THS Yearbook – August 8th 4pm – 8pm
  • Student yearbook/ID Pictures - August 8th 4pm-8pm 
  • Fall Sports Practice Starts – August 9th
  • First Day of Pupil Attendance – August 16th (Full Day)
  • Open House Date –August 24th 6pm – 8pm
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences – Thursday, October 26th (Noon to 7:45pm) and Tuesday, February 15th (Noon to 7:45pm)
We are looking forward to a great 2017-2018 school year! Have a safe and enjoyable summer. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Thank You.

Dr. Rodney Winslow 
THS Principal

Awards of Excellence

.Each month, teachers in each respective department of at THS nominate a student who demonstrates excellent character, achievement, and attitude within their discipline. They each receive a plaque and have had their group pictures displayed in the office hallway. Support for this honor is provided by Alfonzo’s Pizzeria in Troy and Dave’s Trophies in Highland. Congratulations go to these individuals for their hard work throughout the 2015-2016 school year!

1st Semester Award Winners







Chyann Taylor

Jessica Gehner

Miranda Bruss

Daniel Phegley

Social Studies

Jenny Clifton

Maddie Ulkus

Natalie Jones

Mackenzie Counts


Devin Towns

Katie France

Peyton Fandrey

Caira Trover

Family & Consumer Science

Krista Cochran

Mack Durso

Monica Jenkins

McKenzie Lindow


Xavier Skees

Megan Kulage

Sarah Harding

Lydia Braun

Student Services

Hanna Collins

Brianna Merchant

Devante Johnson

Madilyn Seeber


Austin Green

Josh Fraley

Tyler Winkles

Jacob Simpson


Peyton Schuessel

Stacee Durell

Alli Marlinghaus

Mackenzie Wiegers

Physical Education/Drivers Education/Health

Saahil Regmi

Megan Periandri

Lily Kolesa

Morgan Taylor

Technology Education

Zach Gili

Curtis Lynn

Dane Roach

Alex Doll

Visual Arts

Zane Mathews

Joelle Massie

Ariana Perez

Elaine Fitzgerald

Foreign Language

Natalie Jones

Taylor Cleveland

Sophie Compton

Abigail Meseke

2nd Semester Award Winners







Shelby Bradshaw

Abby McPherson

Chloe Watkins

Alex Housewright

Social Studies

Kole Lowry

Sean Froidcoeur

John McGee

Kyle Maedge


Kaitlyn Nance

Zeda Bartlett-Duhr

Emma Reese

Noah Martin

Family & Consumer Science

Sawyer Lawson

Taylor Derby

Bailey Forneris

Connor Vosholler


Kailey Daniel

Madeline Coffey

Katie Chase

Holly Dees

Student Services

Ted Tiernan

Daniel Stone

L’Oreal Boyd-Harper

Rachel Murphy


Courtney Brown

Joey Mesenbrink

Luke Epplin

Nate Funk


Dylan Haeffner

Abby Herschbach

Alec Froidcoeur

Travis Heilman

Physical Education/Drivers Education/Health

Richard Hutchinson

Jacob Barkus

Abby Arbas

Drew Herter

Technology Education

Eddie Sparks

Eric Yates

Tyler Young

Connor Braasch

Visual Arts

Trisha Ross

Rachel Dods

Kara Todt

Reilly Tracy

Foreign Language

Abigail Wilson

Katlyn Rarick

Clare Alexander

Brooke Renspurger