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Powell wins TC National Geographic Bee

posted Feb 2, 2018, 11:18 AM by TC Administrator

Congratulations to Alexus Powell for winning the National Geographic Bee recently held at Tri-Center Middle School!

TC Blockheads advance to Global Innovations Award in Washington, D.C. June 18-20

posted Apr 26, 2017, 1:42 PM by TC Administrator

The First Lego League team, the TC Blockheads, have advanced on to the Global Innovations Award at the national level. They were one of 20 submissions from over 32,000 teams to be selected. They will participate and demonstrate their design in Washington, D.C. at the awards convention from June 18th-June 20th.

The team has developed a bat house with a watering system to provide housing for bats while helping combat a devastating disease called white-nose syndrome. This syndrome has killed over 6 million bats since 2006 and no cure has been found. The TC Blockheads bat house idea was innovative enough that they were recommended by the judges to seek a patent for their design.

The nomination for advancement onto nationals, is the highest honor attainable through the league. The Global Innovation Awards is a worldwide competition, with over 33 countries competing for the coveted spots in Washington, D.C. Awards will be given for the top three teams and they will be given scholarships to help advance their design within a business model. The TC Blockheads team consists of Alex Corrin, Cael Corrin, Karis Corrin, Kyla Corrin, Michael Denning, Brant Freeberg, Brecken Freeberg and Olivia Matson. They are coached by Chris and Shiloh Corrin.

Battle of the Books team finishes in 6th place

posted Apr 20, 2017, 8:26 AM by TC Administrator   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 8:42 AM ]

Congratulations to the Battle of the Books team. They competed in the final battle in Harlan yesterday. The team placed sixth out of the twenty teams that competed. Beauty and the Books consist of team members: Olivia Matson, Kyla Corrin, Karis Corrin, Annie Dahir, Emma Wulff, and Addison McAtee.

Karp shares WWII, Holocaust story with TC 8th grade students

posted Mar 21, 2017, 1:27 PM by TC Administrator

On March 16th, Bea Karp shared her own personal memories of World War II  and the Holocaust with the Tri-Center 8th graders. She explained the events leading to her family’s deportation to a work camp in France. Bea described the details she and her family encountered at the hands of the Nazis. Karp described the physical and mental struggles she experienced before, during, and after the war. When the presentation concluded, students had the opportunity to ask questions. Karp’s answers gave the students insight on what it meant to live in Europe during this historical time. Students left the presentation with several facts and a message of hope for the future. 

TC Beauty and the Books team advances April 19th competition

posted Mar 21, 2017, 1:11 PM by TC Administrator

Congratulations to  Battle of the Books group Beauty and the Books for qualifying to the final battle on April 19th. The team will compete against 19 other groups to for the BOB championship title. The group consists of Addison McAtee, Emma Wulff, Kyla Corrin, Olivia Matson, Karis Corrin, and Annie Dahir. Wish them luck as they prepare for April 19th! 

Corrin to compete in State National Geographic Bee

posted Mar 2, 2017, 1:09 PM by TC Administrator

Kyla Corrin, from Tri-Center Middle School has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee!

The Iowa State Bee will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017:

Iowa Geographic Bee
University of Northern Iowa, Maucker Union
March 31, 2017
9:00 am Start Time 
9:30 am Preliminary Rounds Begin
11:30 am Final Round Begins

Eligible state Bee competitors must be in grades four through eight, and must have participated in and won the competition at the school level that involved at least six students. 

One champion from each state and territory will advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship, which will be held May 14-18 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. Transportation and accommodations for the Washington, D.C. trip are provided for each state champion and one parent/guardian.

Congrats Kyla!

Spring Book Fair during Parent-Teacher Conferences February 22nd & 23rd

posted Feb 14, 2017, 1:52 PM by TC Administrator

Tri-Center Middle School is holding its annual spring book fair during parent-teacher conferences. There are several books to choose from ranging from early elementary to adult novels.  The book fair will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  All proceeds from the book fair go toward buying books for classrooms and both libraries.  Thank you in advance for your support and helping our kids continue their love of reading.

Middle School dance Friday, October 28th

posted Oct 17, 2016, 10:17 AM by TC Administrator

The High School Cheerleaders will be hosting a Middle School Halloween Dance (6th-8th grade) on Friday the 28th from 8:00-11:00 p.m. in the high school cafetorium.  There will be prizes given for the best couples costume, the scariest costume, and the most creative costume.  The cost of the dance is $5 per person.  

8th Grade Career Forum October 11th at IWCC

posted Sep 27, 2016, 7:43 AM by TC Administrator

8th grade students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend this event to listen and learn about future career trends and the impact of high school course of study related to postsecondary education options and various career pathways.  Mini breakout sessions hosted by local business and industry professionals are available based on student interest and potential career pathways.  Last year’s event included professionals such as: nurses, radiology technicians, attorneys, aviation pilots, robotics engineers, bankers, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians,, culinary chefs, hotel managers, computer programmers, IT technicians, radio and tv journalists and technicians, construction managers and operators, early child care providers, teachers, social workers, transportation and logistics managers, and more.

When: October 11th, 2016, Keynote begins at 6:00 p.m.   
Where: Fine Arts Center, Iowa Western Comm College

Keynote Speaker:  Adam Haeder, Assistant Operations Manager for Google’s $2.5 billion Council Bluffs Data Center

Registration for Event:  Registration online at

Advisory period a chance for students to receive help from teachers, peers

posted Aug 25, 2016, 10:38 AM by TC Administrator   [ updated Aug 25, 2016, 10:42 AM ]

Tri-Center is always looking for ways to ensure ALL students are at their very best.  This year, 6th-12th grade students have been assigned an advisor (a teacher) to go to during our Advisory period (from 10:27-10:55) in order to receive extra help and be part of a small, core group.  The 6th grade schedule is a bit different, to suit their needs.  This video was shown to students to explain what will happen during our Advisory time and why we are making this change for the better.

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