Trojan Update

Happy St. Patricks Day

Home Of The Trojans

Board Members

Board President..................Matthew Steinke

Board Vice President...............Chad McKain

Board Member................................Ryan Hull

Board Member....................Travis Molyneux

Board Member...................Heather Schmidt


Superintendent...................Chad Straight

Principal...............................Jennifer Berg

Activities Director..........Scott Edmundson

Business Manager................Stacey Kolars

Board Secretary......................Shelly Koehn

Fun Facts

Did you know.... The color of St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue.

Senior Spotlight

Mikayla Hoover

What is your full name?

Mikayla Dawn Hoover

Who are your parents?

Mike and Lori Hoover

When is your birthday?

August 12th

When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?

Olympic gymnast

What do you want to be now when you grow up?

A forensic scientist

What extra-curricular activities have you been involved in? (list # of years)

Cheerleading 4 years, volleyball 2 years, speech and drama 4 years, band 4 years, NHS 2 years

What are your plans after high school?

Go to Simpson and study chemistry

What teacher has made the most impact of your high school life?

Mrs. Krumm, her classes are what made me want to study chemistry

What is your favorite food?

French fries

What is your favorite thing to do outside of school?


What is your favorite Pro Sports team?


Hawkeye, Cyclone, or Panther?


Brayden Monroe

*What is your full name?

Brayden William Monroe

*Who are your parents?

Christine Rucker and Paul Monroe

*When is your birthday?

June 20, 2002

*What was your favorite birthday and why?

I really don’t have a favorite it is hard to choose. I think they were all great.

*When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be two things. I wanted to be an NFL running back and to ride Motocross.

*What do you want to be now when you grow up?

I want to be a Wildlife Biologist.

*What extra-curricular activities have you been involved in? (list # of years)

4 Football, 4 Basketball, 4 Track, 5 Baseball, 3 Play, 4 Speech.

*What are your plans after high school?

I plan to go to ISU and major in animal ecology.

*What teacher has made the most impact of your high school life?

I have many teachers that have but the biggest would have to be PK (Penny Krumm). She really made me like science and she was a school mom and always there if you needed anything from her.

*What is your favorite food?


*What is your favorite thing to do outside of school?

Excluding Sports it would have to be fishing or playing with my dogs.

*What are your plans after Graduation?

I plan to get ready for ISU.

*What is your favorite Pro Sports team?


*Hawkeye, Cyclone, or Panther?


Prom 2020

Prom this year will be held on April 4th. The Juniors are offering pre-sale tickets for $4.00 they can be picked up in the high school office. Pre-sale tickets need to be returned to the High School Office by March 27th. Tickets will be offered at the door before Grand March as well for $5.00.

Grand March will begin at 6pm, with pictures to follow. If you have any questions contact Mrs.Heady at

Staff Spotlight

Mr. Hrasky

  • Do you coach a sport? Which one and why did they choose that sport?
    I coach Speech and Drama. I didn’t choose Speech and Drama. Speech and Drama chose me.
  • What is your role at TC?
    High School Language Arts teacher and Speech and Drama Director.
  • When did you decide you wanted to become a teacher?
    When I realized that above anything else, I wanted money and fame!
  • What do you like to do outside of school (hobbies)?
    Read, cook, eat and avoid teenagers.
  • Favorite movie?
    The Godfather
  • Hawkeye or Cyclone or UNI
    No, thank you!
  • Were you in FFA or 4-H growing up?
    No, we don’t grow stuff in Massachusetts.
  • If you could have 3 wishes what would they be?
    1. Good health 2. Wisdom 3. Not to be so handsome, smart and’s a lot of pressure!
  • Favorite TV show?
    Boston Red Sox Games!
  • What is your favorite color?
    Blue. No Yellow.
  • Favorite food?
  • One thing you can't live without?
  • Where did you go to High School?
    Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA
  • What’s your favorite book?
    “To Kill a Mockingbird and Zombies”
  • What is your favorite sport to play or watch?
    Football to watch and golf to play.
  • How big is your family?
    I don’t know, I guess we’re all about average sized...I am pretty tall.
  • Where is your dream vacation? Or One place you would love to travel to?
  • I want to go to Egypt to see the Pyramids.

Mrs. Thomas

*What is your role at TC?

Elementary Associate and Web Master

*When did you decide you wanted to work with kids?

In high school I was in a mentoring program through my school and that is when I decided I wanted to work with kids

*What do you like to do outside of school (hobbies)?

I like to do cross stitch, crochet and cook.

*Favorite movie?

Dances with Wolves and Glory

*Hawkeye or Cyclone or UNI?

Wyoming Cowboys (where I went to college), but here I root for Hawkeyes

*If you could have 3 wishes what would they be?

That my kids remain healthy, having the means to help my kids go through any college they choose and I would wish to be able to speak/understand any language.

*Favorite TV show?

Mostly crime dramas and docu-series

*What is your favorite color?

Blue and green

*Favorite food?

Anything pasta

*One thing you can't live without?

My family.

*Where did you go to High School?

Cody High School, Wyoming

*What’s your favorite book?

Anything crime drama or historical fiction

*What is your favorite sport to play or watch?

I enjoy playing volleyball and watching baseball.

*How big is your family?

My husband, Matt, two kids Haley and Carter, my dog Sadie and cat Freddie.

*Where is your dream vacation? Or One place you would love to travel to?

I would love to visit Europe in particular Italy and Greece.

Mr. Follman

Do you coach a sport ? Which one and why did they choose that sport?

Assistant Varsity Football, Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball, Head Jr, High Boys Basketball. I love coaching and teaching fundamentals to these student athletes and because I have a passion for these sports is why I like coaching these sports. I also enjoy the kids that I coach because I like to see them achieve their goals either as a team or personal goals. And not only I feel we coach the certain sport but also in the real world or life lessons to hopefully help them through life as well.

What is your role at TC?

Associate grades 7-12

When did you decide you wanted to become a teacher?

I enjoy being a associate for the fact you see kids every day and help them out in anyway possible, And also like to try to push them the there full potential to get their homework done and achieve good grades.

What do you like to do outside of school (hobbies)?

In my free time I spend time with my daughter Kynsley, family and friends, taking small road trips. Love watching sports and also umpiring high school softball.

Favorite movie?

All the John Carpenter’s Halloween Michael Myers movies.

Hawkeye or Cyclone or UNI?


Favorite TV show?


What is your favorite color?


Favorite food?


One thing you can't live without?

My daughter, and the rest of my family.

Where did you go to High School?

Sigourney Jr./ Sr, High School

What’s your favorite book?

The Outsiders

What is your favorite sport to play or watch?


How big is your family?

Well just my daughter and I. My mother is still alive I have 2 siblings, an older brother and sister, with 2 nieces and 1 nephew along with my brother in-law.

Where is your dream vacation? Or One place you would love to travel to?

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Flat Stanley Adventures!!!

Submitted By: Mrs. Zebuhr

The First graders have been learning about Maps and “The World Around Us” in Social Studies and Reading. To have a more authentic learning experiences, the students sent out Flat Kids (based off of the book Flat Stanley) to someone they knew, to spend a couple weeks visiting. They were asked to tell us where they were (City/ State), and share a few things that their Flat Kid got to experience while they were visiting. We received so many wonderful pictures of some pretty amazing things. These people could be near us, or anywhere in the world. I was blown away by the positive response!
This project required the students to decide who they wanted to send their Flat Kid to, color/decorate their Flat Kid boy/girl, write in the letter explaining what to do, address the envelope, and finally take it to the Post Office to get it sent off. The students has been receiving pictures, letters, videos, postcards, etc. at school for them to open and share with their class. We have been tracking where these locations are on on the map so the students can see where the Flat Kids started and where they have gone. This has been a wonderful experience for the students! They have taken the initiative to find these states/ cities on the map, have been looking forward to receiving mail at school and have really been working on their presenting skills when its their turn to present their pictures/ letters. I am so proud of the students and support these friends and families have shown to make this project a success!

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Junior High Basketball

Submitted by: Coach Follman

The Jr. High Boys ended their season with a 4-5 record this year. The season went really well, the team consisted of three seventh graders and six eighth graders. The teams we played were a little bigger then our team but our boys played well against every team and continued to play as a team through the whole season. As the season went on I saw improvement with every single player. They were a great group of boys and I really enjoyed coaching them.

Here’s some total points for the season from each player.

Cael Moore 158 points

Cole McKay 65 points

Levi Molyneux 59 points

Luke Moore 18 points

Xzavior Patterson 9 points

Daniel Gillam 6 points

Garrett VerSteegh 2 points

Nathan Daughenbaugh 0 points

Ian Williams 0 points

High School Basketball Comes To An End

Submitted By: Coach Springer

This season was a rollercoaster ride for our boys basketball team! Our team finished the season with unfortunately no wins in varsity competition but showed many signs of improvement throughout the season. Our JV team won a couple of games season on a positive note and worked hard every single second they were playing.

We finished the season with 14 kids out which was a larger number than last season. I hope that we can continue to have more athletes come out for basketball and build our program. A big thank you to our seniors that will be graduating in the spring: Brayden Monroe, Tegon Fogle, Jackson Phillips, Jakoby Williams, and Seth Vance! Our returning players for next season will be: Max Phillips, Dayton Pace, Kobe Riffel, David Gilliam, Cayle Kitzman, Jeremiah Seaton, Damon Dowd, Zander Elwood, and Dayton Orr-Meyer!

Ms. Berg

Dear Tri-County Students and Families:

I cannot believe we are over half-way through the school year. We have several positives happenings I would like to highlight:

  • the ball building has been in use which is a wonderful asset to our youth

  • 5th and 6th graders had a successful day at Biztown in Des Moines

  • PK-3rd received burn instruction and fire prevention through the University of Iowa Burn Unit

  • Dr. Seuss Week was celebrated in the elementary with the secondary students being invited to participate

  • Winter Sports ended with growth shown amongst all athletes

  • Blank Park Zoo is presenting to all the elementary in March

The ISASP testing window will be from April 13th-17th and make-up testing will be from April 20th-24th. The SIAC committee will be assisting in providing snacks and water for all students testing in grades 3rd-11th. These new assessments replaced the Iowa Assessments. They are not timed and all students will have tests administered electronically. Students are allocated breaks between subject matters. All students in grades 3rd-11th will be tested in ELA (English Language Arts) and Mathematics. Grades 5, 8, and 10th will be tested in the area of Science also. Students who improve their score or are at or above benchmark will receive an incentive. Options for the secondary include .5 half a personal day (with parental permission), come thirty minutes late and leave thirty minutes early, and in the elementary: a free choice fun day with treats.

Important March Dates to Remember

  • March 4th: 2:00 p.m. Early dismissal Professional Development

  • March 6th: End of Q3

  • March 9th: No School: Professional Development

  • March 17th: March Birthday Lunches

  • March 18th: PK-2nd VIP Day, Early dismissal at 2:00 p.m. Professional Development

  • March 24th: June Birthday Lunches

  • March 26th: Blank Park Zoo visits Tri-County

  • April 1st: Preschool Registration Parent Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Mrs. Fisher’s room

  • April 1st: Kindergarten Round-up Parent Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Mrs. Seaton’s room

  • April 2nd and April 3rd: Kindergarten Round-up Days

Thank you for your continued support in education,

~Ms. Berg

(641)634-2632 Ext. #141