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Freshmen First: Firing Up for High School

By Aaron Schnoebelen

Tri City Prep held their annual Freshmen First semester from August 4th through August 27th.  Freshmen First is a three-week school session that is used to teach new students the way things work at Tri-City Prep, and to place them in classes. The students take four classes: math, science, english, and music appreciation.

The overall exposure to Freshmen First is a good refresher for how school works after a long summer break. It is also used to help freshmen get used to a new school that is different from most public schools.

Gus Longacre said that she liked getting to know other people and that she was nervous about the first day but adjusted quickly.  She also said that she wanted to learn more about electives before she signed up for them.

Eva Frohna commented that her favorite class was English, a popular subject for many freshmen. Frohna thought Freshmen First was a good start to a new school year, but she disliked having math twice a day.

Many freshmen enjoyed freshmen first and are looking forward to having a solid year because of the head start they got in the first three weeks.


BBQ Dance Blast-Off for 2012-13 School Year

By Natalie Krafft

The first dance of the year was a blast of neon colors and tons of fun! At the BBQ on August 23rd, students’ colorful clothing lit up the dance floor all night long. This first dance, graciously hosted Photo credit: Taylor Whittemoreby the Student Council, was a success.

The dance lasted from six to nine p.m. in the auditorium. Student Council provided hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, chips, soda, and water bottles to satisfy any cravings students had.

Equipped with five dollars (and for some, a date) people began filing in at around six o’clock, and some even showed up early to make sure they got food.

Mr. Burgess was also willing to get shot by paint-balls at the beginning. What better way to start this dance off than by having a teacher get shot by paint-balls?

“The best part of the dance was being able to hang out with friends,” says Megan Bucklein, a freshman. “I also liked how they had the black light going all night.”

Bucklein says that the Student Council did a great job for their first dance. On a scale of 1 to ten, Bucklein rated them at an eight, so great job Student Council!

September 4th, 2012

By Mr. Edward Marman

Though the year has just got under way, there are many things that come up quickly that different grade levels should be keeping in mind.

Juniors and Seniors:  Check the school calendar on our website. I’ll post information about college fairs and college recruiters. We’ve already got a few lined up during September and October.


SAT or ACT or Both?  First, if you haven’t taken either one yet and you are considering going to college next fall, get signed up for these exams. If possible, I encourage students to try both. Many times students will perform better on one than the other and colleges will generally accept either one and will use whichever one makes you look like a stronger candidate.

If you took an ACT or SAT last spring, it’s still not a bad idea to take it again. Frequently students will do better on a second testing so it’s worth a shot. However, taking each test more than twice doesn’t usually yield stronger results so I recommend saving your money if you’ve already tested twice.

Sign up links for SAT and ACT are on the school website’s calendar and all test dates and registration deadlines for the year are posted. I also have practice tests and books which can be checked out in my office. If you have any questions, please come see me.


Taking the PSAT exam is strongly encouraged for all juniors. This is an excellent way to find out what to expect on the SAT in terms of length, difficulty, and format. You also get to keep your exam booklet for studying for the SAT. The score report you receive in December will give a complete breakdown of every question on the exam. This test is also the ONLY WAY to put you in the running for the National Merit Scholar competition. The exam is only given once each year. We will be giving it here on Wednesday, October 17th, from 7:30 – 12:00 noon. Cost is $18 and you can sign up with Mrs. Kenner in the front office beginning on Monday, September 17th.


Read PSAT information above. We should have room for 10-20 sophomores to take the PSAT. For you, it’s just good practice for taking the PSAT as a junior(when it ‘counts’) as well practice for the SAT.


It is vital that you get off to a good start academically. GRADES MATTER!  I’ve worked with dozens and dozens of students over the years who have done a great job during 11th and 12th grades, but are kicking themselves for having a bad freshman year. If you want to have a strong GPA when you graduate, it starts by having a stong freshman year. If you are having trouble, talk to your teacher, ask questions, get tutoring. Don’t let things slide.