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Three Rivers High School

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

Three Rivers High School is pleased to announce that we are the recipient of the prestigious “U.S. News and World Reports Best High School – Bronze Award” (Spring 2017).  Three Rivers High School’s outstanding academic programs, award-winning visual and performing arts programs and extracurricular and athletic opportunities are unparalleled throughout the region. Three Rivers High School offers an educational setting that cultivates student talents, develops student potential and guides students through high school. Academics are focused on success for students of all abilities, and our goal is to ensure that every student is college and career ready upon graduation.   TRHS is pleased to offer many Advanced Placement courses, a well-defined Honors curriculum, Early Middle College — a five year high school path that leads to an Associate Degree, Advanced Art and Music courses, a multitude of Michigan Virtual University online core and elective classes, and Career Technical Education programs including Automotive Technology, Computer Information Technology, Computer Aided Design, Marketing, Medical Occupations, Agri-science and Welding.

I am confident your student will enjoy his/her time at Three Rivers High School and look forward to working with you to ensure your student’s success.  I welcome the opportunity to meet you and talk about the many enriching experiences Three Rivers High School offers our students.

Carrie BalkSincerely,

Carrie A. Balk, Principal
Three Rivers High School

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Freshman FAQ and Welcome Letter

Dear TRHS Class of 2021,

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the incoming Three Rivers High School Class of 2021! Though summer is underway and you are enjoying much deserved time off, I want to connect with you and ensure the lines of communication are open should you have questions about your transition to high school.  Please review the frequently asked questions (and answers!) below.  It is my goal that your transition to high school is as comfortable is possible!  

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Freshman Orientation? Freshman Orientation is scheduled for August 22.  You should’ve already received a “Save the Date” postcard in the mail.  More information on Freshman Orientation will arrive later this summer.  In the meantime, add this event to your calendar so you don’t miss it!

When will I get my class schedule?  Class schedules will be handed out at Freshman Orientation.  If you’re unable to attend orientation, please stop in AFTER that date to pick up your class schedule and packet of information.

I need to make a change to my class schedule.  When should I do this?  Who should I contact?  It is very important that you start the school year with a schedule that meets your needs.  If you need a schedule change, please contact the guidance office NO LATER THAN Friday, August 25.  Please email Mrs. Wright Newman or Mrs. Julie Howe with your specific need.

Is the high school open during the summer?  The high school will reopen on August 15 from 7:00am – 3:30pm.   In the meantime, if you have questions or need assistance, please email me.  I check my email frequently and look forward to answering any questions you may have.  I am also available to meet with you in person if you prefer.  While the building is “closed”during the month of July, I’m still working and more than willing to meet up with you at your convenience.

When is the first day of school?  The first day of school is Tuesday, September 5 (half day).

I would like to tour the building.  When is a good time to do this?   A guided tour will be provided during Freshman Orientation.  However, if you’d prefer to tour the building on your own, stop in any weekday from August 23-31.  Bring your class schedule with you so you can find each of your classes.  And, be sure to stop by the main office to meet our staff and allow us the opportunity to answer any questions you may have.

I know I will need support in high school (socially and/or academically).  Can you help me?  YES!  The staff at Three Rivers High School is a caring bunch!  Let me know what your specific need is and I will connect you with the appropriate person.

What is the ONE thing I can do to ensure my success at Three Rivers High School?   No matter what your academic level is, the ONE thing you can do to ensure your success at TRHS is BE at school EVERY day.  Students who have fewer than five absences each school year are far more likely to succeed academically.  #Strive4Five

What school supplies will I need?  While some teachers may require specific supplies, we suggest the following as necessary items for the start of the school year:

  • (6) two-pocket folders
  • (6) multi-subject notebooks
  • pens
  • #2 pencils

I’d like to add money to my lunch account before the year begins.  How do I do this?  Use the Send Money to School website to create an account and add money as needed.  You can also bring cash or check to the cafeteria staff who can add the money to your account.

I think I qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch?  Can I fill out an application online?  Yes!  Please visit Lunchapp.com to access an application.  Remember, you have to fill this out at the start of each new school year.

What’s my school email address and password?  Will I need it?  The majority of the communication from the high school arrives in the form of an email.  Students, you need to know your school email address and password.  Access this account frequently!  If you don’t know your school email address or password, please let me know.

I would like to try out for a fall sport?  Where can I get information on fall sports?  Visit the TR Athletics website.  Our new athletic director, Mr. Matt Stofer, has done a great job updating the site for the fall season.  Remember, you have to have a physical before you can practice.  The forms are available on the website.

How can I learn more about TRHS?  Visit our website! It has been updated for the 2017-2018 school year.  Check out the Program of Studies, principal’s blog, staff directory, College Planning Handbook and more!  You can also follow us on Twitter @ThreeRiversHS or on Facebook at Three Rivers Community Schools.

I am confident you will enjoy your time at Three Rivers High School and look forward to working with you to ensure your success.  I hope this email finds you well and answers questions you may have as we draw closer to the 2017-2018 school year.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!  See you soon!

Carrie A. Balk
HS Principal

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