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Dr. Adamson and her 6th hour students

TCMS Among the 300 State Finalists in the National Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM Competition

Tri County Middle School, part of the Tri County Area Schools District in Howard City, MI, has been named one of 300 State Finalist in the 14th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition, receiving a $2,500 prize package.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is a national competition designed to empower students in grades 6-12 to leverage the power of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to create innovative solutions addressing critical issues in their local communities.  The competition empowers public middle and high school students to catalyze change by applying Problem-based Learning (PBL) principles, environmental stewardship, and entrepreneurship to address some of society’s most pressing challenges. 

Students in Dr. Christina Adamson’s 6th hour Computer class identified trash around the combined campus at Tri County Area Schools as an issue they could address.  The student’s idea was to modify a trash can with multiple sensors.  One would act as a switch to activate the next sensor and would be triggered when someone pushes the flap on the trash can.  The next sensor would be attached to a scale, and if there is a change in weight detected in the trash bag, then a third sensor would dispense a sticker (or ticket) to the person as a small prize.

Teachers and students at each of the State Finalist schools will now be asked to submit an activity plan, detailing how their proposed STEM solution will address the identified community issue.  State winners will be revealed in late January.  

  • 50 State winners will receive a Samsung Video Kit to assist in the development of their “STEM solution pitch video”, as well as $12K in Samsung technology.
  • 10 National Finalist Schools will participate in a live pitch event where they will present their project to a panel of judges.    

Joe Williams, Principal at Tri County Middle School said this about Dr. Adamson, “Dr. Adamson is a dynamic teacher that constantly strives to engage our students and create opportunities for them.  Tri County Middle School is grateful to have Dr. Adamson.” 

For more information on the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition visit samsung.com/us/solvefortomrrow/

TCAS Board Selects New Superintendent

On Monday, October 30th, the Tri County Area Schools Board of Education concluded their search for a new superintendent.  As you know, Superintendent Cumings will be leaving the district at the end of December 2023.  

We want to share with you that the TCAS Board of Education voted on Monday to offer Ryan Biller, MA, a contract for the TCAS Superintendency.  Mr. Biller is from the McBain Rural Agricultural School District.  The Board will be working with Mr. Biller on these negotiations, with an expected start date of January 1, 2024.

A time for our community to meet our new superintendent will be scheduled sometime after the first of the year.  Congratulations to Mr. Ryan Biller!


Upcoming Events

December 11
Board of Education Meeting
7:00 PM
Educational Service Center, 94 Cherry Street, Sand Lake, MI
Board of Education Meeting
Date: Dec 11
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Educational Service Center, 94 Cherry Street, Sand Lake, MI
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December 18
Early Release Day/PD
Early Release Day/PD
Date: Dec 18
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December 19
Early Release/Teacher Workday
Early Release/Teacher Workday
Date: Dec 19
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December 20
Early Release for Students & Staff
Early Release for Students & Staff
Date: Dec 20
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December 21 - January 2
No School - Christmas Break
No School - Christmas Break
Date: Dec 21 - Jan 2
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Why Tri County

Athletics/Clubs Over 60 Athletic Teams and Student Clubs
STEM Education Offering STEM classes as specials
Award Winning Arts Offering Opportunities in Music, Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Dual Enrollment Montcalm Community College, GRCC, GVSU and Ferris State University
Vocational & Specialized Programs in cooperation with Kent Intermediate School District, Newaygo County RESA, and Montcalm County Intermediate School District

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    Mission Educate. Encourage. Empower.
    Vision "Creating opportunities for the successful future of each student."