Working Together; Learning for Life
Tri-County Public School is a small, PreK-12 school located in the northwest Minnesota town of Karlstad and includes the communities of Halma, Lake Bronson, Karlstad, and Strandquist. With a student body of approximately 200 students, every student enjoys a personalized one-on-one education, small student-to-teacher ratios, a large selection of electives, college-credit classes, and the ability to participate in almost every available activity. We strive to enhance each student to their fullest potential!
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Parents & Guardians
PARENTS/GUARDIANS: In the event of student absence, please contact the school as soon as possible to let us know. Please call 436-2374 as there is now a voicemail system you can leave a message with.
Bus/Activity Drivers Wanted
Tri-County School is always looking for reliable individuals who are interested in driving bus either for regular routes, subbing on routes, or extra curricular activities (Type III vehicle). Tri-County School pays competitive driving rates. If interested, please fill out an application and return it to the District Office. If you would like more information, please contact the District Office at 218-436-2261. Tri-County School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Tri-County is 1 of the Top 500 Schools in America!
TCS works very hard to provide a quality experience for our students and it is genuinely an honor to be recognized for the hard work of our student, faculty, staff, and families. To read more about the recognition and the processed used to select the 500 best schools in America, go to http://www.newsweek.com/high-schools/beating-odds-2016.
Honor Choir Acceptance
Congratulations, to Jaxon Klegstad who was recently accepted into the American Choral Director’s Association of Minnesota State 4-5-6 grade Boys Honor Choir. Each academic year, six special honor choir projects are organized to provide enriched singing opportunities for students in these grade levels: State 4-5-6 Boys and Girls; State 7-8 TTB and SSA; and State 9-10 SSAA and SATB. Over 2400 students audition each year for placement into the honor choir program with over 800 selected. Jaxon Klegstad, a 6th grade student from Tri-County, was one of the 115 accepted into the 2017 State 4-5-6 Boys Honor Choir.
Accepted students from both the Girls Honor Choir and the Boys Honor Choir work on their own and with their respective school choir director(s) to prepare and memorize six songs for an all-day festival concert on May 6, 2017. The performance will be held at St. Andrew’s Church in Mahtomedi, MN. Jaxon’s music teacher is, Sara Carpenter.
The director for the Boys 4-5-6 Honor Choir is, Ruth E. Dwyer. Ruth E. Dwyer is internationally recognized as a treble youth and children’s choir specialist and Kodály educator. Mrs. Dwyer has been the guest conductor for the OAKE National Children’s Choir, numerous All-State and Honor Choirs, and the National Children’s Choir at Lincoln Center and for MidAmerica Productions Carnegie Hall Children and Youth Choral Festival.
Instrumental Ensemble Excels!
Instrumental Ensemble Students do well at contest! Twelve Tri-County Band members traveled to Stephen for Instrumental Ensemble contests on Tuesday, March 21st. The Clarinet quartet (Brita Swenson, Kylie Shetler, Emma Wollin, and Hailley Anderson), trumpet quartet (McKenzee Berg, Morgan Lindgren, Keaton Klegstad, and Trevor Johnson), and the trombone/baritone quartet (Naomi Budziszewski, Zach Undeberg, Abby Kautzman, and Courtnie Foss) all earned superior ratings. Their efforts will help improve the abilities of the entire band and help develop future leaders who will continue to strive for excellence in the band program. All these students worked hard and played their best and they represented Tri-County very well.
Tri-County Illness Policy
Please remember that if your child has vomited, the 24 hour rule is in place. No returning to school until 24 hours without either of those. We also implement the 24 hour fever free rule, without the aid of fever reducers.
MCA Test Schedule
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are tests required for all children attending public school in the state of Minnesota. We will be testing students in grades 3-11 in the areas of reading, math, and science.
Please check this test calendar. Mark the dates on your calendar, and please refrain from scheduling absences during your child's testing period. Please make sure students have a restful night of sleep on the day prior to the test session.
If you have any questions, contact Mr. Amb at 218-436-2374.
The 2016-17 Academic Testing calendar has been posted.
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Knowledge Bowl News
Tri-County students: Adam Thompson(Senior), Sarah Budziszewski (Junior), Ellia Bass (Sophomore), Alayna Peterson (Sophomore), and Madi Larson (Sophomore), earned a 4th place finish at the Regional meet and qualified to participate in the State competition in Brainerd in April! The team has placed consistently in the top six, including a first place finish at the beginning meet this season. Brad Thompson is the coach for both the junior high and senior high knowledge bowl teams. Knowledge Bowl is a series of interdisciplinary academic competitions designed for students in grades 7-12. During the competition, teams of students compete in written and oral rounds by “buzzing in” and answering questions (similar to “Jeopardy”).
The questions relate to all areas of learning that are typical of secondary educational programs. In order to advance as far as the team did, they first had to qualify for the Region tournament, for which they earned 3rd place at sub-regionals. Next, was the challenge of earning one of the top 4 spots, which were qualifiers to advance to the state tournament. The team started in 5th place and moved up to 4th place and then settled into 6th place before the final round of questions. They made one final push and moved up to 4th again, passing the 5th place team by 2.5 points, earning 106 points. Qualifying for the tournament has been just out of the team’s grasp for several years. In the previous three years, the team has just missed qualifying. One of those years, they missed by just one half of a point. This team had high expectations, as a few of the team had earned a perfect 1st place season (1st place in every meet) during their junior high season.
To earn this spot, the team had to beat teams such as Roseau, Warroad, Lake of the Woods, Thief River Falls, Fertile-Beltrami, Ada-Borup, Crookston, Kittson Central, and Fosston. Tri-County was, by far, the smallest school competing in the Regional competition.Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, the team will not participate in the State competition, but they are still very proud of their incredible accomplishments this year. The 5th place team, Warroad, will go in place of Tri-County.
Tri-County Choir Excels!
Tri-County Choir excels at Choir Contests! The Tri-County High School Choir, which consists of students in grades 7-12, participated at the MSHSL (Minnesota State High School League) Large Group Choir Contests on March 13, at Hallock. There they performed two SATB pieces: “Loch Lomond” arranged by Jonathan Quick - an a capella Category 2 piece; and “Set Down Servant” a spiritual arranged by Robert Shaw.
Choirs can choose which category of difficulty in which they would like to perform, ranging from category 1 (which is the most difficult) to category 3 (the least difficult). There are three judges that critique the choir on the following categories: Tone Quality, Intonation, Rhythm, Balance/Blend, Technique, Interpretation/Musicianship, Diction, and Other Performance Factors. The most you can earn for each category is 5 points, with a total of 40 being a perfect score. The Tri-County High School Choir earned the following scores: 36, 37, and 38. In order to earn a Superior Rating and receive a trophy, two out of three of the judges scores need to be above 35 points, which Tri-County’s scores exceeded. Some of the comments they received from the judges were : “Superb tone!”; “Nice rich sound!”; “What a wonderful performance!”; “You’re attention to the director was awesome!”; “Rhythm was great!”; “Nice vowels”; “Excellent dynamic contrast!”; “You told a great story with each piece, BRAVO!”; “You look like you enjoy singing”; “Good selection of literature”.
The Tri-County High School represented the Tri-County School very well, and should be extremely proud of how well they performed