This past school year, Tri-City United’s theme was “Every Student Every Day” and even though school districts will typically have a different theme or focus phrase each year; there are just some that serve as vital foundations. That is the case with “Every Student Every Day.”

This upcoming 2017-2018 school year will continue with this focus through the implementation of empowering learners, planning and start of AVID – Advancement via Individual Determination, addition of girls’ swimming as a sport along with robotics and weightlifting as official activities, Positive Coaching Alliance training and implementation, and preparation of Career Academies.

Empowering Learners

The Empowering Learners plan began last year with our expansion of technology equipment throughout all grade levels and start of our 1-to-1 Chromebooks with ninth-graders and now expanding to both ninth- and 10th- grade students.

Our TCU educators know that empowering learners takes much more than technology and they’ve been “all in” on learning, collaborating, and creating this type of teaching and learning environment. This is happening through personalized learning with students, flexible seating, project-based instruction, hands on creations and demonstrating what you’ve learned, and matching interventions and enrichments with students’ differing needs.


AVID provides training in high level teaching and learning strategies, ongoing support for students, and tools for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading skills. AVID benefits students school-wide along with an elective course for selected students to deepen their skills, confidence, and preparation for career and college (of any level) readiness. It’s an “all in” approach to support all students and to strengthen our teachers’ instruction.

AVID implementation will start with our TCU High School, grades seven and eight at both TCU Le Center and TCU Montgomery, and expand across all grade levels over time.

Career Academies

Tri-City United is in a partnership with South Central College, Le Sueur-Henderson, St. Peter, and St. James School Districts, and other regional work-based organizations to create Career Academies funded through a Greater Twin Cities United Way grant. The planning will begin with academies in Agriculture/Manufacturing, Health Services, and Information Technology.

As these academies are created and implemented, businesses throughout our TCU communities and region will have the opportunity to partner or join “all in” with internships, mentorship, and the development of our future workforce.

Come and Get to Know Us

We invite all Tri-City United School District community members to come and visit our schools, attend our students’ many activities and events, and be actively involved in our schools in whatever way fits your time and interests. You can also stay up to date and learn more about TCU through our Titan Times Newsletters and mailings, website, Tri-City United Facebook and Twitter sites, local newspapers, and KCHK radio shows.

Together we are “all in” at Tri-City United and proud to serve our Students, Families, and Communities.

Student and Parent Open House Schedules

Tuesday, August 29, 2017: 4-7 p.m. Open House for TCU Le Center and TCU Montgomery Grades 5-8

Wednesday, August 30, 2017: 4-6:30 p.m. Open House for All Three TCU K-4 Elementary Schools

Open House for Tri-City United High School (grades 9-12)

6 p.m. Students and parents/guardians in grades 9 and 11

7:30 p.m. Students and parents/guardians in grades 10 and 12(please note these grade level groupings are different than past years)

Teri Preisler

Superintendent of Tri-City United School District


Lori Nickel is the publisher and editor of the Lonsdale News-Review. Reach her at 507-744-2551.

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