by Merry Dudley
The new school year is just around the corner. Since our traditional Open House plans have not yet been approved, I’ve created a list of things that families can do right now to make sure they are ready for that first week of school. All you need is your Skyward login—and if you don’t have that, just call the High School Office at (715) 824-5521, ext. 2. The office is staffed Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tips for Completing Online Registration
There are four forms that we need from each student, plus the 2021-22 Parking Permit form. We have combined everything together under Online Registration in Skyward Family Access. The good thing is that if your student is a sophomore, junior, or senior, your answers from last year have been populated into the form, which will make the whole process run even more quickly. If your student is a freshman this year, you’ll need to fill out all areas since our forms do not cross over from middle school to high school.
To begin, click on Online Registration and choose your student.
1a. Student Information. Please make sure everything looks correct under General Information. Under Technology at Home, please answer the five questions. If there are already answers there, please verify they are still correct. If something that is grayed out needs to be changed, please make a note to email or call the High School Office to fix. Once you are done, click on “Complete Step 1a Only” at the bottom of the page.
1b. Family Address. Please verify this information. You will not be able to make changes here, so if something is wrong, please email or call the High School Office. If your mailing address is the same as your address, then it is OK for the Mailing Address section to be blank. When you have verified the info, click on “Complete Step 1b Only” at the bottom of the page.
1c. Family Information. Here you can change telephone numbers and your home email. Once everything looks correct, click on “Complete Step 1c Only.”
1d. Emergency Contacts. Commonly, most of the information will be grayed out, but if not, please update the contact information for this student’s emergency contacts. You can also use the Delete This Emergency Contact link to remove someone from this student’s information. Use the Pick Up dropbox to give a person the right to pick up the student from school. When you are done, click on “Complete Step 1d Only.”
Paying Fees Through Skyward
Let’s say your student wants to be in Wrestling and you want to purchase a Yearbook. Go to Skyward Family Access and click on the Fee Management tab on the left side of the screen.
Find your student and click “Add a Fee.” You will see some general fees at the bottom of the page (Parking Fee and Yearbook) but no sports fees.
To add the Yearbook fee, click “Add” on the Yearbook line. But to find Wrestling, we have to do a bit more clicking.
Choose “Display Fees,” then click on “Display Unenrolled Activity Fees.” Now you should see all of the sports fees.
Scroll down to “Wrestling” and click “Add.” When you are finished adding fees, click on “Back.” Now you should see the fees assigned by the office (Student Fee and Chromebook Insurance), plus Yearbook and Wrestling.
If you want to pay through Skyward, click on “Make a Payment.” (If this is your first time doing online payments, you will have to create an initial login. After that, it will be a seamless transition from the informational part of Skyward to the fee management system.)
The system will then take you to the payment screen. Choose the fees you want to pay by clicking on “Add to Cart” next to each fee you want to pay for.
Remember, there is a $2 service charge per transaction, so it will be cheaper if you pay for everything at once rather than paying for each fee one at a time.
At press time, the district had not finalized plans for Open House. If you prefer to pay your fees with a check, the High School Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the summer, so feel free to stop by to drop off a check during those times and avoid a possible line!
Remember that Athletic Fees and Lunch Money must be paid with separate checks, but all other fees (Student Fee, Chromebook Insurance, Parking Fee, Yearbook, Art Classes) can be combined.
We do accept cash, but we recommend paying by check or online so it is very easy to track payments. Checks can be made out to TRSD.
A Word About Student Fees
The office gets a lot of questions about Student Fees and how they are used. This annual fee is used by the Tomorrow River School District to provide extra services to our students. First, $10 of the $25 fee goes to the class fund so there is money for events like Junior Prom, Senior Breakfast, and Senior Trip. (Any money left over in a class fund goes into an account after graduation so that class can use the money for reunions.)
Second, $7 goes to the District so students don’t have to pay admission for home sporting events (until playoffs), among other costs.
Third, $5 goes to the Activity Fees account to pay for such things as assemblies, speakers, and testing supplies and fees.
Finally, $3 goes to Student Council to finance all of the fun Homecoming Week events plus the dance, Spirit Week, Winter Formal, the Rose Sale, root beer floats, and more.
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