TLC Charter Chatter

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                                        A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

 

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Oct. 20, 2017                                                                                                                              Vol 11

Virginia Stewart

 

School Communication

When it comes to school communications, parents today want more information from their children’s teachers and schools, but they also want that information to be timely, targeted, and personalized to their children or their interest areas.

The latest data from Speak Up Research Project gives insights on school-to-home communications. In “Text, Twitter, Email, Call—What Do Parents Say About School Communications?” Dr. Julie Evans, chief executive officer of Project Tomorrow, shared these insights from parents, educators, and administrators, and discussed takeaways from the research.

Currently: How Most Parents Receive Information

Schools and districts have many external audiences for communications, their primary audience being parents of school-age children. However, those thinking ahead for their children, as well as other guardians of children, want to know important information, too. Parents of children too young to attend school now and grandparents are also top audiences. Regarding how that information is obtained, about 1/3 of parents surveyed say word of mouth is the primary way they get information about their child’s school, which may not be the most effective way to ensure accurate information in conveyed

What: Types of Information Parents Would Like to Know More About

Parents want more information about their child’s education. They had four top areas which they wanted to know more about:

  • Recommendations about apps to use at home to support learning
  • Types of technology or workplace skills their child is learning
  • What type of technology they should have at home to support learning
  • How to work with teachers to improve learning opportunities.

68 percent of district communication officers were already providing information about the last point. Two of the top priorities for school or district communications professionals were increasing stakeholder engagement and increasing parental knowledge about school and district programs and policies.

AT THE TRACY LEARNING CENTER

It is important to note that we send out electronically our newsletter that summarizes each school in the Tracy Learning Center.  It is not read by most parents, but we encourage you to be sure it is e-mailed to you.

Teachers are more than willing to respond to e-mail anytime you write to them.

Our website is currently being redesigned for greater information and ease, and we will let you know when that project is completed.

Teachers send more notes by way of students frequently, but many might be lost in backpacks.  Primary students have a system with red and green folders to better communicate with parents.

Please let us know if you have a suggestion for better communication from us.

 

 

 

Misc. Announcements

 

Production

Pleased to Announce: Choir and Drama Students will be presenting their first

Discovery Performance Showcase on November 6, 2017

At Kimball Auditorium in two sections;

Mr. Dougherty will offer his choir performance from 6:30-7:15 or 7:30

A short intermission will follow

Ms. Dane’s Drama classes will perform from 7:30 or 7:45 – 8:30

Singing, Dancing, Poetry, Reader’s Theater and Video will show what students have been working on during the trimester.  Tickets are free to family and friends.

 

Special performances include; dances, piano, trumpet, ukelele, American Sign Language, My Shot from Hamilton, You’re Welcome from Moana, Lightning Larry and Monkey’s Paw reader’s theater plays and examples of video taped classroom performances.

 

 

 

 

Next Holiday

Veteran’s Day Friday Nov. 10, 2017

 

Board Member Opening

The Tracy Learning Center is now accepting applications for a TLC board member.  All interested applicants please send a letter of interest and a resume to 51 E. Beverly Place Tracy, CA 95376- ATTN: Human Resources.  Board meets once a month.

 

South Sudan Donations

This year students at Discovery are working on learning the importance of recycling and the value of using water responsibly while fundraising for the Water for South Sudan organization. The Water for South Sudan organization aims to provides clean, accessible water to peaceful communities in South Sudan by building wells. Discovery is fundraising for this cause through buying waters on campus, recycling bottles, and participating in coin-collecting challenges. Student Recycling Teams are also helping to collect and organize all of the recycling on campus as well as working towards promoting positive recycling behaviors. Our goal is to raise five thousand dollars by next April, as well as to encourage a recycling culture among our students. By reaching our goal, we will be entered into a drawing to win a visit from Salva Dut (from this year’s Pentathlon book, A Long Walk to Water), as well as helping to provide hundreds of people in South Sudan with clean water.

 

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Oct. 23-27

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Choy Mein

Wed – Beef Lasagna

Thurs – Chili or Cheese Nachos

Fri. – Chicken Alfredo Casserole

 

Hey TLC Family!!! Come out to Buffalo Wild Wings next Wednesday between 4 and 10pm for Eat Wings, Raise Funds as we get ready to kick-off the Winter Sports season AND prepare for Fall teams heading into the post season!

All you Future Falcons can come get your picture taken w/Freddy the Falcon between 5 and 6pm that evening! Show your server this ticket and 10% of your bill will be donated back to MHS Athletics!

Do you frequently dine at BWW?? Here’s another opportunity to raise funds for MHS Athletics! Show them the Home Team Advantage card below on ANY day between now and 11/30/17, and we receive 10%!

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TK

 

This week on TK island the little fishies were learning all about the letter P and the Pumpkin Life Cycle.

As part of learning all about pumpkins we were able to venture off the island and explore the Pumpkin Patch. They had so much fun riding a hay ride, climbing a hay mountain, sliding down the super slide, playing in a box of kernels, and watching a pig race.

Our pig, Feona, won the race with a galloping race to the finish line.  Our field trip was absolutely perfect!

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Primary Charter

 

Time is flying by! We are getting closer and closer to the end of the first trimester! We have a lot of activities coming up and important dates to remember. Here are a few things to keep in mind…

 

Red Ribbon Week is next week! Check out each classroom’s banner by the Primary playground! Our slogan this year is: Better Choices = Best Results. Don’t forget to wear red on Friday!

 

Candy grams will be sold the week of October 23rd – 27th for .50 cents each!

 

Be on the lookout for important Halloween day information!

 

No school on Friday, November 10th for Veteran’s Day!

 

Parent-Teacher conference week is November 13th – 15th there will be more information and sign ups coming home soon!

 

The end of trimester on is November 17th and Thanksgiving break is the week of November 20th!

 

Phase one students continued to work on maps this week.  We focused on learning all about urban, suburban, and rural communities!  Our students completed different projects that summed up their learning.  Ask your student all about it!

Read-a-thon pledges and reading logs were due today!  You are still able to turn in your student’s envelope next week.  Read-a-thon awards will be given Friday, October 27th during unity.

Phase 2 permission slips were due today. Chaperones will be notified soon.  Please note that if you were selected as a chaperon, we ask that you pay the $30 to attend the field trip.  This week we continued our unit on biomes and habitats.  We are excited to see all the animals and adaptations we’ve been learning about when we visit the zoo next month!

 

 

 

DCS and DHSP PE

 

 

 

Discovery

 

After an exciting homecoming week, it is back to the regular schedule.  This first trimester is quickly coming to an end. Please continue to regularly check your student’s agenda to make note of important due dates, test dates and current grades.

 

Our drama and choir teachers, Ms. Dane and Mr. Daugherty, are holding a performance on Monday, November 6 at Kimball High School Auditorium. The Choir will perform at 6:30, there will be a short intermission, and then Drama will perform at 7:30.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Please, if you need to come on campus in the morning, be sure that you are going through the office.  No one but students and staff are allowed to come through the east gate in the morning. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

 

 

DHSP

 

Language Arts:

Big developments in reading! In Language Arts, we have completed our pentathlon book, Long Walk to Water. Students should expect to receive a comprehensive test on the novel as well as a project to demonstrate what they have learned in and from the book. We will be starting our next novel shortly. Students should also expect to receive their next rotation for book club books next week.

 

Math

Mrs. Dominguez Geometry class is cruising through this intense high school curriculum and are constantly impressing me. This week we took the high school midterm and I anticipate those score to be impressive. Algebra 1  got a slow start, but as we pick up the pace, students are being challenged and rising to the occasion. Math 78 is going to Unit 4 test next week and their enthusiasm to learn is incredible. This is by far the best grade level class I’ve had at DHSP. They are brilliant and when challenged they shine.

 

Leadership took a few days off and are ready to kick into the fall and winter spirit. We plan to start with a candy gram fundraiser coming soon as well as a 7/8 dance that we cannot wait to advertise.

 

P.E.

Happy 11th Week of School!!! Please be on the look out next week as students will be given a “News Letter” home from the DCS/DHSP PE Department regarding the “Red Ribbon” activities that we will be doing in PE during Red Ribbon Week October 30th – November 3rd.

 

 

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Community Service Fair

All MHS students attended our Community Service Fair on Thursday, October 19th.  They got the chance to meet representatives from 14 local non-profit organizations.  Students had the opportunity to ask questions and sign up to help with upcoming events.  We are so grateful to be connected with our community partners, and that our students are able to give back and learn about themselves and their community through volunteering.  For any questions regarding community service requirements or processes, please contact the Counseling Department, or visit our website at:  https://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/community-service.html

 

 

College Early Start – Begin the process to take a college class this Spring!

On Thursday, October 5th there was an informational meeting for students who are interested in starting the process for taking Spring 2018 Delta College classes while in high school. Students and parents may visit our website for more information on how to participate in the program at: https://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/college-early-start.html

 

Forms are available in the Counseling Office as well.  Students new to the program are encouraged to apply ASAP!  There are many steps to the process, and CES Forms are due to the Counseling Office by Monday, November 6th.

 

***Please note:  The Saturday, October 28th assessment has to be rescheduled due to a power outage scheduled in the area on that day.  All students will be informed of the new date next week.***

 

 

 

 

Upcoming College Field Trip – San Jose State University and Santa Clara University

Attention Juniors and Seniors!  We are taking a field trip to SJSU and Santa Clara University on Tuesday, November 7th.  Permission slips are available in the Counseling Office.  The fee is $20.

 

Coin Drive Fundraiser for McHenry House

Next week, our CSF club is hosting a coin drive fundraiser for McHenry House.  This is a nest competition!  Students can earn points for their nest by bringing pennies, and can sabotage other nests with silver coins and dollars.  The drive will last Monday 10/23 to Friday 10/27 for Make a Difference Week.

 

 

Upcoming Community Service Opportunities

 

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Make a Difference Day – Arbor Day

WHEN:  Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 9:00am

WHERE:  Lincoln Park, Tracy, CA (East St. & Eaton Ave.)

Volunteers are needed to help plant trees AND paint fire hydrants all over Tracy.  Please bring shovels, gloves, and a water bottle.

 

 

For additional community service events this month, please see our website at:  https://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/community-service.html

 

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TLC Charter Chatter

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Oct. 13, 2017                                                                                                                                Vol 10

Virginia Stewart

 

Homecoming Reflections

This past week, we celebrated homecoming.  What makes the Tracy Learning Center homecoming so unique is the inclusion of all of our students from preschool to seniors in high school.  It is a wonderful sight to see all of our classes and teachers preparing for the parade and other events.

The parade is a unifying event as the little ones begin the parade with all of their enthusiasm and pride and as the parade progresses the crowd is in awe of the band and color guard who perform at a high level of excellence.  The parade began with a sign that said, “Please be advised, TLC is under construction.”  Originally that sign was made to let the public know why we did not have the usual large floats.  Instead we limited exhibits to pull wagons and walking exhibits.  Again, a drawback turned into an advantage, we had more participation in the parade than usual with so many able to walk.

The powder puff game this year, due to construction, had to be played at Kimball’s football field.  It was the best powder puff game of all time.  The lady players deserve to show off their skills on a regulation field and the men cheerleaders had a venue to show off their skills as well.  It is interesting how something that seemed to be a limitation ( no access to our usual practice field) became a great opportunity.

Yes, we are under construction.  Our primary and middle school is presently being built.  It is scheduled to be completed sometime in February.  Then the remaining buildings will be rebuilt for the high school.  The true homecoming will be when we are all once again reunited when Millennium High School returns to the TLC site. The high school is doing well over at the alternate site, but the rest of the students are missing their presence. The homecoming events reminded us we are a wonderful preschool to high school senior continuous program. It is something that makes all of us proud.

 

 

 

Misc. Announcements

 

 

 

Board Member Opening

The Tracy Learning Center is now accepting applications for a TLC board member.  All interested applicants please send a letter of interest and a resume to 51 E. Beverly Place Tracy, CA 95376- ATTN: Human Resources.  Board meets once a month.

 

South Sudan Donations

This year students at Discovery are working on learning the importance of recycling and the value of using water responsibly while fundraising for the Water for South Sudan organization. The Water for South Sudan organization aims to provides clean, accessible water to peaceful communities in South Sudan by building wells. Discovery is fundraising for this cause through buying waters on campus, recycling bottles, and participating in coin-collecting challenges. Student Recycling Teams are also helping to collect and organize all of the recycling on campus as well as working towards promoting positive recycling behaviors. Our goal is to raise five thousand dollars by next April, as well as to encourage a recycling culture among our students. By reaching our goal, we will be entered into a drawing to win a visit from Salva Dut (from this year’s Pentathlon book, A Long Walk to Water), as well as helping to provide hundreds of people in South Sudan with clean water.

 

 

Mixed Bags Fundraiser

Mixed Bags have extended our period for online fundraising through the end of December. That means you can make your holiday purchases through Mixed Bags and 40% of the sale will go directly toward helping our DCS students have the experience of an outdoor education. Here is a link to my website from which you can access the shop:

http://pelaezscience.weebly.com/fundraising.html

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Oct. 16

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Beef and Broccoli Ramen

Wed – Chicken Corn Dog

Thurs – Teriyaki Meatball and White Rice

Fri. – Chicken Pot Pie

 

 

 

 

Pre K

 

This week on TK Island the little fishies made ships like Christopher Columbus did when he made the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.  They set sail to see if their ships will float.  Some were able to float and some sank. They loved making their ships out of paste, cups, straws, and paper. They sailed across the island to explore the letter E. They observed with their eyes eight enormous elephants eating eggplants with an excited electric eel and an elegant eagle in an Evergreen.

 

Primary Charter

 

WOW! What an exciting week in P6! On Monday, our class had a marble party that included a surprise visit from firefighters! They talked to the boys and girls about fire safety and then we got to go outside and see their fire truck! The firemen even let the students try out the fire hose!! We are so thankful for this special visit; the students loved it! Here is what some of our students had to say about their surprise:

“It was really fun and cool squirting the big hose!” –Hugo

“I learned that I should shut my door if there is a fire by my room.” –Adrian

“The big fire truck was awesome!” –Noble

“The firemen were really nice and funny and cool.” –Hashmeet

 

Phase One

What a fun week!  Phase one students did a great job dressing up every day for homecoming spirit week!  Our students had so much fun and had a great time walking in the homecoming parade!  Thank you to all that donated materials and money to make our homecoming wagon! We appreciate your support!

Remember, the Read-a-thon ends today, October 13th.  Please record and add up student’s minute in their reading log and turn it in with their money by Friday, October 20th.

Have a great weekend!

Our Phase 2 students loved walking in the parade with their flower hats!  We loved all the TLC spirit we saw this week and are proud of our Future Falcons!  The Phase 2 field trip permission slips went home today in the green folders.  We are going to the Oakland Zoo on Wednesday, November 1st.  Permission slips are due on Friday, October 20th, this includes parent chaperone forms.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

DCS and DHSP PE

 

 

 

Discovery

 

Discovery Charter School

 

Homecoming week has been wonderful this year!  Our annual parade was a huge success this year even if we did not have floats.  Our students proved that they could make a parade out of just about anything! Thank you to all of the parents who showed up at the parade and those who helped with supplies and their time.  Ms. T and Mrs. Dominguez did a great job with our students making our parade “float.”

 

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It is hard to believe, but we are a month away from the end of trimester 1.  Please remember to check your student’s agendas for important information and to help them keep up with their school work.

 

DHSP

 

Charter Chatter Week of 10/9-10/13

 

This week is Homecoming Week and has been a major success! Students dressed up each day to earn points for their dens and to show their school pride. The Homecoming Parade, which encompasses all of the wonderful TLC schools was Wednesday October 11, and it attracted a large crowd. Each school showcased their own holiday with spirited clothes, music, and imaginative make-shift floats. Below are a few pictures from the event.

 

 

 

Language Arts:

Students are continuing their work on our first novel of the year, A Long Walk to Water, and are reviewing the eclectic art and music of Africa.

 

Math:

All students are working on their first SWO of the year! They are making excellent progress.

 

Social Studies:

The Recycling Club is continuing to collect bottles and recycling in their endeavor to support the Water for South Sudan foundation. They are collecting tons of discarded bottles around campus and are being more cognizant about their own water usage.

Pictured Below: Some of Recycling team members

 

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MHS

 

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College Early Start – Begin the process to take a college class this Spring!

On Thursday, October 5th there was an informational meeting for students who are interested in starting the process for taking Spring 2018 Delta College classes while in high school. Students and parents may visit our website for more information on how to participate in the program at: https://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/college-early-start.html

 

Forms are available in the Counseling Office as well.  Students new to the program are encouraged to apply ASAP!  There are many steps to the process, and CES Forms are due to the Counseling Office by Monday, November 6th.

 

***Please note:  There is an assessment available to Millennium students on Saturday, October 28th at 8:30am at the Delta Mountain House campus.  Bring your Delta ID number and sign up at the Counseling Office.***

 

 

PSAT on Saturday!

PSAT (Premilinary SAT) testing for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students is taking place on Saturday, October 14th from 7:30am to 12:00pm.  Students must arrive on time and check in through the front office.  They may bring an approved calculator.

 

 

 

Upcoming College Field Trip – San Jose State University and Santa Clara University

Attention Juniors and Seniors!  We are taking a field trip to SJSU and Santa Clara University on Tuesday, November 7th.  Permission slips are available in the Counseling Office.  The fee is $20.

 

 

Community Service Fair Next Week

MHS’s Community Service Fair is taking place next Thursday from 9:15am-11:15am in the covered lunch area.  Nonprofits from the Tracy community will be there to meet with students and share information about upcoming events for which they need volunteers.  All MHS students will attend the fair in shifts, and may sign up for events and ask questions of the non-profit representatives.

 

 

Upcoming Community Service Opportunities

 

 

Sign up at the Counseling Office!

 

History Day at the Museum

WHEN:  Saturday, October 21, 9:00am – 2:30pm

WHERE:  Tracy Historical Museum (1141 Adam Street)

Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up and other duties.  Please visit the Counseling Office to sign up.

 

Animal Rescue of Tracy’s BARKtober Fest

WHEN:  Saturday, October 21 9:00am-3:30pm

WHERE:  Lincoln Park (By Tracy Library, East and Eaton Ave.)

Volunteers needed for set-up, clean-up, walking, face painting, Kid Zone activities, assisting with entertainment and contests, and working with animals.  Volunteers must fill out an application online: www.animalrescuetracy.org

 

 

For additional community service events this month, please see our website at:  https://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/community-service.html

 

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Oct. 6, 2017                                                                                                                                 Vol 9

Virginia Stewart

 

It is important to provide the best conditions for our students while they study or work on home work. Here is an interesting read about just that.

 

Multitasking Harms Recall—Music, Not So Much

A new study confirms that multitasking negatively impacts studying. Listening to music, on the other hand, may have little effect.

By Youki Terada

October 3, 2017

 

 

new study confirms what many teachers would already have bet money on: Multitasking while studying significantly reduces students’ ability to recall information. Performing a second cognitive task while studying reduced students’ ability to remember a list of words by 33 percent compared to a control group. Listening to music, though, had only a very modest negative effect.

The report, published in the journal Psychological Science, examined how distractions and multitasking affect students’ ability to recall words. Researchers at UCLA’s Memory and Lifespan Cognition Lab asked 192 college students to memorize 120 words divided into six sets of 20. To test whether they could prioritize important information, each word was paired with a number from 1 to 10, representing how many points would be earned if the word was correctly recalled—a word paired with the number 10 would be worth 10 points.

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Students were randomly assigned to one of four groups:

  • In group 1, students had no distractions.
  • In group 2, students multitasked: While viewing the word lists, they listened to an audio recording of a voice reciting numbers. If they heard three consecutive odd numbers, they were to press a button.
  • In group 3, students listened to familiar pop songs.
  • In group 4, students listened to unfamiliar pop songs.

The students who were verbally distracted, group 2, performed the poorest, recalling only 5.2 words per set of 20. The undistracted students recalled an average of 7.8 words, and students who listened to familiar and unfamiliar pop songs displayed similar rates of recall, at 7 and 7.4 words, respectively.

In all groups, students were five times more likely to recall a 10-point word than a 1-point word, demonstrating that they could prioritize important information even with distractions. And students in all groups remembered more words by the sixth round than they had in the first.

“Distractions are often unavoidable,” according to the study’s authors, led by Catherine Middlebrooks. But students “frequently partake in distracting activities that lead to poorer comprehension of and memory for to-be-learned information.”

Interestingly, the UCLA study found that listening to music may not be as harmful as prior research had suggested. Although students who listened to music recalled slightly fewer words than ones who didn’t, they were almost equally able to recall high-priority words. “Participants compensated for limitations owing to divided attention by devoting their remaining resources to the most important items, providing further evidence that factors that worsen memory do not, necessarily, similarly affect study strategizing,” explain Middlebrooks and her colleagues.

The takeaway: While pop songs may have little impact on students’ ability to focus, other distractions—loud conversations or an always-on television—can severely impair their ability to study effectively.

 

 

 

 

 

Misc. Announcements

 

Picture Re-take Day – Tuesday, October 10, 2017 for all 3 Sites

Flyers will be sent home on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. All students who were absent or not yet enrolled on previous picture day must have their pictures taken on this re-take day. Those students who were not satisfied with their previous pictures must bring in their entire picture packet to return them and pictures will be re-taken.

 

 

MHS Home Coming Parade – Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at 3pm (staging at 2pm)

Early Dismissal Times

PCS – 1pm

DCS/DHSP – 1:30pm

MHS – 12:18pm (directly following 4th period)

 

 

Board Member Opening

The Tracy Learning Center is now accepting applications for a TLC board member.  All interested applicants please send a letter of interest and a resume to 51 E. Beverly Place Tracy, CA 95376- ATTN: Human Resources.  Board meets once a month.

 

South Sudan Donations

This year students at Discovery are working on learning the importance of recycling and the value of using water responsibly while fundraising for the Water for South Sudan organization. The Water for South Sudan organization aims to provides clean, accessible water to peaceful communities in South Sudan by building wells. Discovery is fundraising for this cause through buying waters on campus, recycling bottles, and participating in coin-collecting challenges. Student Recycling Teams are also helping to collect and organize all of the recycling on campus as well as working towards promoting positive recycling behaviors. Our goal is to raise five thousand dollars by next April, as well as to encourage a recycling culture among our students. By reaching our goal, we will be entered into a drawing to win a visit from Salva Dut (from this year’s Pentathlon book, A Long Walk to Water), as well as helping to provide hundreds of people in South Sudan with clean water.

 

 

Mixed Bags Fundraiser

Mixed Bags have extended our period for online fundraising through the end of December. That means you can make your holiday purchases through Mixed Bags and 40% of the sale will go directly toward helping our DCS students have the experience of an outdoor education. Here is a link to my website from which you can access the shop:

http://pelaezscience.weebly.com/fundraising.html

Thank you in advance for your support.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

We appreciate your participation and support in this year’s annual MHS golf tournament

We had a great time and saw some great play from this years contestants.

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PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Oct. 9

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Fried Rice

Wed – Mashed Potato Casserole

Thurs – BLT or Turkey Sandwich

Fri. – Pigs (Hot Dog) in a Blanket

 

 

TK

 

This week on TK island we have traveled through the city, state, and world by using maps. They have learned how to use a compass rose to travel north, east, south, and west through the island. The little fishies have been working hard on their costumes for the parade and are excited to march through the town using their new found knowledge of maps and directions to help navigate through the town.

 

Primary Charter

 

Initial Phase:

Homecoming is next week! We are so excited to participate in the homecoming parade on WEDNESDAY! We will have an early release on WEDNESDAY (parade day) and all PCS students will be released at 1:00. P6 Students will make bunny ear hats and bunny nose/whiskers to wear for the parade! Students must have turned in the permission slip to participate in the parade. Don’t forget that we have special dress up days for homecoming spirit week. The days are as follows:

 

Monday: Favorite holiday- students can dress showing their favorite holiday. NO HALLOWEEN COSTUMES.

 

Tuesday: Veteran’s Day- students can wear red, white, blue, or camouflage.

 

Wednesday: Easter Day (PCS homecoming theme)- students can wear an Easter shirt, spring colors, or something that they would wear on Easter.

 

Thursday:  Valentine’s Day- students can wear pink, red, or hearts.

 

Friday: Black & Gold Day- students can wear any MHS clothing or black/gold in support of MHS.

 

 

Phase One

Students had fun learning this week!  We continued to study maps and learned about different community maps!    Students practiced reading maps and some even created their own maps!  Give your child the opportunity at home to practice giving directions and identifying different street names!

Remember, the Read-a-thon began Monday, October 2nd, and ends Friday, October 16th.  Encourage your child to participate and read!

Next week is homecoming spirit week.  Monday is dress as your Favorite Holiday (NO Halloween costumes).  Tuesday is Veteran’s Day (Camo, red, white, or blue).  Wednesday is Spring/Easter Day (Spring colors, Easter).  Thursday is Valentine’s Day (Red, pink, hearts).  And Friday  wear black and gold day in support of MHS Falcons.

Tuesday, October 10th is picture make-up day!

Wednesday, October 11th is our Homecoming parade.  Students will be dismissed early, at 1:00 pm.  Please arrive to the roundabout on the corner of Central and 6th street at 2:30.  The parade will start at 3:00 pm.  Please make sure you return your student’s permission slip to walk in the parade.

Have a great weekend!

 

Phase 2:

We are excited about the parade next week!  Third and fourth graders will be making flower hats to wear for the parade.

This week we started our units on habitats and biomes.  Our students are really enjoying life science this trimester and we will send out information about our upcoming field trip!

4th grade leadership students have been selected for October.  They have a “spooktacular” project coming up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCS and DHSP PE

 

 

 

Discovery

 

Discovery Charter School

 

Fall is here!   With that comes homecoming next week.   This is an exciting time for all of The Tracy Learning Center and there is so much going on.

Spirit week is October 9-October 13.  Our annual parade, though smaller in scope than in the past, will be Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  We will be having spirit week.  The themes are as follows:

Monday, October 9- Sports Day

Tuesday, October 10- Disney Day:

Wednesday, October 11- Homecoming theme Kwansa

Thursday, October 12- Neon Day

Friday, October 13- Den Day

We have been busy this past week with an exciting version of DSC’s Name That Tune:

Mr. Daugherty showing off his vocal skills during Name That Tune.

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This week’s top five:

 

 

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Important reminders: Read-a-Thon continues through Friday, October 13, 2017

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Please remember our fundraiser; we are collecting Water for Sudan.  Please send any   donations to your student’s homeroom teacher.

Please remember to check your student’s agenda for important due dates and assignments.

 

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Homecoming week is NEXT week! Remind your students to dress in the themed attire each day.

 

Monday- SPORTS

Tuesday- DISNEY

Wednesday- KWANZA

Thursday- NEON

Friday- DEN COLORS

 

Language Arts:

 

This week students are reviewing skills and knowledge they have learned over the course of the year and practicing new skills. Each week, students receive new vocabulary words, a new essay prompt (this week’s is about irony), new articles to discuss, and new opportunities to practice both new and old skills. In addition to attaining mastery in these areas, students are also wrapping up their first book club rotation through projects. They will receive their next book in the following week.

 

Math:

 

Math Olympiad is well under way! Students are enjoying the challenge!

 

Social Studies:

 

Recycling team is working daily to pick up all empty water bottles. They are doing a fantastic job earning money for Water for South Sudan as well as keeping our school campus pristine.

 

*Note about car line: Car line is moving much faster these days and for that we thank you. However, teachers are seeing a lot of students being dropped off along the street and not using the crosswalk to enter campus. Please remind your students to walk down to the crosswalk and cross safely. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

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College Early Start – Begin the process to take a college class this Spring!

On Thursday, October 5th there was an informational meeting for students who are interested in starting the process for taking Spring 2018 Delta College classes while in high school. Students and parents may visit our website for more information on how to participate in the program at: https://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/college-early-start.html

 

Forms are available in the Counseling Office as well.  Students new to the program are encouraged to apply ASAP!  There are many steps to the process, and CES Forms are due to the Counseling Office by Monday, November 6th.

 

***Please note:  There is an assessment available to Millennium students on Saturday, October 28th at 8:30am at the Delta Mountain House campus.  Bring your Delta ID number and sign up at the Counseling Office.***

 

 

PSAT Testing Info

PSAT (Premilinary SAT) testing for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be next Saturday, October 14th from 7:30am to 12:00pm.  Taking signups now!!!! The cost is $18.00. Student will also be given a practice student guide/test. Space is limited, but we currently have about 20 spots left – therefore it is important that your student sign up as soon as possible.

 

Kaplan will be offering the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online: PSAT Prep Live. Lessons begin September 23 and continue through October 8.  Get free prep at: www.kaptest.com/psatpreplive

 

 

September Attendance Challenge Results

175 of our Millennium students had perfect attendance in the month of September!  We held a drawing and awarded four students a “cut in front of the lunch line pass”:  Sergio Ramirez, Maria Diaz, Sara De La Torre and Anthony Rhead.  Luis Rodriguez won our grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card.  Congratulations to our winners!  Daily, timely attendance is crucial – it is truly step one to academic success.

 

 

HOMECOMING WEEK is next week!!!  October 9th-13th

Please see the Homecoming Week schedule below.

***Please note that MHS students are dismissed early on Wednesday, 10/11 at 12:18.***


Monday
– Nest Color Day- wear the color of your nest

9:45- 10:20- Rally on the Basketball courts. Will reveal the Royalty Winners

12:25- Dodgeball-Peregrine vs. Saker

 

Tuesday– Veteran’s Day- wear red, white, blue, camo (any combo of!)

Picture Make- Up day

12:25- Dodgeball- Kestrel vs. Amur

 

Wednesday– Parade theme day

12:18- Students dimissed

2:00 Parade staging at Central and 6th

3:00- Parade starts

5:45- PowderPuff Game at Kimball High

 

Thursday– Valentine’s Day- wear pink, red, purple, and/ or hearts

A day to breathe!

12:25- Dodgeball- Mon. Winner vs. Tues. Winner

 

Friday- Extreme Black and Gold

12:25- Dodgeball- Thursday winner vs. Teachers

6:30- Homecoming Football game- at West

9:30- 11:00- Homecoming Dance (immediately following the football game)

 

 

Community Service Opportunity This Weekend!!

 

Chest of Hope Love 5K Run/Walk

TOMORROW, Saturday October 7, 7:00am-12:00pm

Location: Lincoln Park (East & Eaton Ave.)

8 Volunteers Needed for face painting, handing out medals, working at stations, and other tasks.

Contact: Jessica Krabkin at (209) 681-1093 or jessicakrabkin@gmail.com

 

For many additional community service events this month, please see our website at:  https://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/community-service.html

 

 

Tracy Police Explorer Program

Attention high school students aged 14-18 who are interested in law enforcement!!  The Tracy Police Explorer Program is designed to give students a working knowledge of police functions within the community, as well as being of service to the police department.  This is a highly recommended program for students who are interested in law enforcement.  Please see the Counselors for more information, including and application.

 

 

TLC Charter Chatter

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Sept. 29, 2017                                                                                                Vol 8

Virginia Stewart

 

We appreciate the support we have received from parents with our new system for discipline.  The whole point behind Restorative Justice is to help students realize that their behavior has an effect on the entire class.  When a student is disruptive, it affects the learning environment and takes times away from instruction.

 

The weekly meetings we have had with students at the Discovery level have made a difference in the behavior of the students.  Students are more aware of their behavior, what they need to do to change, and why the change is necessary.

 

All classes in our schools are using this call for justice and the restoration of justice by changing the behavior that is causing a disruption in learning and it is working.  Thank you for your support of the system we are using.

 

 

Misc. Announcements

 

Picture Re-take Day – Tuesday, October 10, 2017 for all 3 Sites

Flyers will be sent home on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. All students who were absent or not yet enrolled on previous picture day must have their pictures taken on this re-take day. Those students who were not satisfied with their previous pictures must bring in their entire picture packet to return them and pictures will be re-taken.

 

 

MHS Home Coming Parade – Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at 3pm (staging at 2pm)

Early Dismissal Times

PCS – 1pm

DCS/DHSP – 1:30pm

MHS – 12:18pm (directly following 4th period)

 

 

Board Member Opening

The Tracy Learning Center is now accepting applications for a TLC board member.  All interested applicants please send a letter of interest and a resume to 51 E. Beverly Place Tracy, CA 95376- ATTN: Human Resources.  Board meets once a month.

 

South Sudan Donations

This year students at Discovery are working on learning the importance of recycling and the value of using water responsibly while fundraising for the Water for South Sudan organization. The Water for South Sudan organization aims to provides clean, accessible water to peaceful communities in South Sudan by building wells. Discovery is fundraising for this cause through buying waters on campus, recycling bottles, and participating in coin-collecting challenges. Student Recycling Teams are also helping to collect and organize all of the recycling on campus as well as working towards promoting positive recycling behaviors. Our goal is to raise five thousand dollars by next April, as well as to encourage a recycling culture among our students. By reaching our goal, we will be entered into a drawing to win a visit from Salva Dut (from this year’s Pentathlon book, A Long Walk to Water), as well as helping to provide hundreds of people in South Sudan with clean water.

 

 

Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser

Discovery is having a Drive-Up Texas Roadhouse fundraiser next Friday, October 6th from 5-7pm in the TLC Carline. Each meal is $12 and we are doing pre-orders only, so please respond by Monday, October 2nd at 8am.

 

Meals consist of your choice of:

Chicken or Pulled Pork

with coleslaw, corn, and bread

 

Mixed Bags Fundraiser

Mixed Bags have extended our period for online fundraising through the end of December. That means you can make your holiday purchases through Mixed Bags and 40% of the sale will go directly toward helping our DCS students have the experience of an outdoor education. Here is a link to my website from which you can access the shop:

http://pelaezscience.weebly.com/fundraising.html

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Oct. 2

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Beef and Bean Tortilla Casserole

Wed – Grilled Mac and Cheese

Thurs – Chicken Patty Sandwich

Fri. – Chicken Noodle Casserole

 

 

 

 

Pre K

 

This week on TK island the little fishies have ventured out and swam across the United States learning about important U.S. Symbols, like the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Washington Monument, and the Liberty Bell.  They had a grand old time learning different songs that represent our country and marching in a parade waving their US flags so proudly. This land is made for you and me!

 

 

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This week on TK island the little fishes have ventured out and swam across the United States learning about important U.S. Symbols, like the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Washington Monument, and the Liberty Bell.  They had a grand old time learning different songs that represent our country and marching in a parade waving their US flags so proudly. This land is made for you and me!

 

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Primary Charter

 

Initial Phase:

Ask your student to tell you what they learned about in science this week! We have been learning about the five senses. We even did an apple tasting where we used our five senses to describe what an apple smells like, tastes like, feels like, looks like, and sounds like! Students used their five senses to explore our garden too! Have your child tell you about their experiences learning about and using their five senses this week!

 

 

Phase 2:

Wow!! Our 4th grade leadership students would like to THANK everyone for their generous supply donations.  They collected and sorted the supplies on Friday afternoon and were so excited to see how much we got!  We will be mailing them to the Houston Independent School District next week.

 

Don’t forget: Wednesday, October 11th will be an early release day for our homecoming parade! All PCS students will be released at 1:00 that day!

 

 

 

 

 

Discovery

 

Things are beginning to get busy at Discovery.  All classes are in full swing with projects with the SWO cover pages being due and the entire school is getting ready for Homecoming.

 

Dates and events to remember:

Texas Roadhouse Meals to go.  Orders are due by Friday, September 29.  Dinner can be picked up in the TLC carline on Friday, October 6th  between 5 and 7pm.

Homecoming: Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The 5/6 theme is Kwanza.    If you would like to volunteer your time or supplies, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

 

The week of Homecoming is also sprit week. The themes are as follows:

Monday, October 9- Sports Day

Tuesday, October 10- Disney Day

Wednesday, October 11-Homecoming

Thursday, October 12-Neon Day

Friday, October 13- Den Color Day

 

Students received paper work for TLC’S Read Across America Read-A-Thon. This begins on Monday, October 2 through Friday, October 13.  Every student who reads will be awarded Den points and there is a Grand Prize for the top reader and fund raiser. Please contact your child’s Language Arts teacher for more information.

 

Picture Make-Up day is Tuesday, October 10th

 

This is a busy time of year. Please check your student’s agenda daily for more information on coming events, and so that assignments and/or important due dates are not missed due to the amount of activity this time of year brings.

 

 

DHSP

 

Language Arts:

 

This week in Language Arts, we are completing our first rotation of our 3-book book club series. Students will be meeting in groups to discuss what they read, and they will be choosing a project to go with it as well. We are also continuing our study of African culture, music, and history. Every week, students are improving their writing skills with the weekly essay and expanding their vocabulary with new words every week. Ask your student about their essay topics each week! We are learning new things about our world from the topics and new writing strategies weekly.

 

Don’t forget:

  • Our Spelling Bee is coming up!
  • Read a Thon begins next Monday October 2! Raffle tickets will be given to students for each 60 minutes read.

CJSF:

 

Last week, the students of the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) tallied up the donations brought in for the East of Eden Animal Rescue donation drive and counted a total of 469 items! In just a week’s time, that’s AMAZING! Each den competed with one another to collect the most items for this wonderful organization and we are so proud of the results! Good work students!

 

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MHS

We had a great attendance at our annual Financial Aid Information night for parents and students.  While most of the information is mostly relevant to parents of 12th graders, it’s never too early to start planning and saving for college expenses for your child. In fact, the earlier you start planning, the better! Some helpful websites to visit to explore careers, colleges, and how to finance your child’s college education at:

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/ and https://www.raise.me/parents?utm_source=index

Thank you to all of those who attended.  This upcoming week, Counselors will be visiting senior classes to present on important dates and deadlines for the Class of 2018.  The college application process and post high school plans will be discussed.

 

 

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College Early Start starting soon!

This Thursday, October 5th there will be an information meeting for students who are interested in starting the process for taking Spring 2018 Delta College classes while in high school. The meeting will be during lunch in room A2. Parents will be able to visit our website for more information on how to participate in the program at: https://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/college-early-start.html

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Community Service Opportunities this weekend!

YAC – Youth Advisory Council is conducting a park clean up Saturday September 30th from 9am – 12pm at Hoyt Park. Students can show up to help and ask for Yuvleen Kaur (11th grade MHS Student)

 

T n J Tutoring is having a community event this Saturday September 30th from 10am – 12pm. There will be lots of giveaways for the community in need such as food, blankets, clothing, etc. Need volunteers to help with the event (Set up, clean up, and promoting to the public. Stop by 320 W. 11th Street Tracy, CA 95376 and check in with Jacqueline Thomas or call/email thomasj002@att.net 209.914.5800 for more details.

 

 

PSAT Testing Info

PSAT (Premilinary SAT) testing for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be on Saturday October 14th from 7:30am to 12:00pm.  Taking signups now!!!! The cost is $18.00. Student will also be given a practice student guide/test. Space is limited, but we currently have about 20 spots left – therefore it is important that your student sign up as soon as possible.

 

Kaplan will be offering the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online: PSAT Prep Live. Lessons begin September 23 and continue through October 8.

 

The PSAT opens doors to scholarships and provides a chance to practice for the SAT and ACT. Help your students improve their scores and get ahead with our highly-rated teachers!

 

Kaplan will once again bring you PSAT Prep Live, the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online. Sign up now and gain instant access to quizzes and practice tests for the PSAT. Then join us beginning September 23 for live lessons. Get free prep at www.kaptest.com/psatpreplive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TLC Charter Chatter

      Charter Chatter

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Sept. 22, 2017                                                                                                                           Vol 7

Virginia Stewart

 

Recently, I was explaining to the students why we have the enrichment courses we offer at both Primary and Discovery.   I thought it would be a great thing to share with you as well.

 

Primary:

Spanish is taught as an enrichment. If you consider that this enrichment begins in TK and continues into Discovery, we should have students fluently speaking a second language by the time they enter high school.

Art is offered to all students in grades TK to 4.  Art is a great way for young children to express ideas and to begin the writing process by understanding the visual stories they can tell. Later those who express ideas in art, can better translate that into great written messages.  Art also entails helping students recognize the work of great art masters of the past.

Music is offered to all students in grades TK to 4.  Students learn about notes and rests, and learn the language of music.  They sing and express with actions a variety of song types.

Physical Education is introduced in TK and continues through grade 4 helping children develop motor skills and games.

­While PE is taught each day, the other enrichment areas are on a three day rotation.

 

Discovery

Spanish is taught every day for 24 minutes in conjunction with 24 minutes for workroom.  In time, students will build on the language and skills taught in Primary.

Music is taught for a trimester (14 weeks). The students are able to continue the work done in Primary to encourage singing, understanding of notes and musical composition.  This enhances the study of fine arts for pentathlon.

Drama is taught for a trimester.  Students are acquainted with cold reading, theater and drama techniques.  In the process, students should have greater skills for presenting research and other work on SWOs.

Technology is taught for a trimester.  Students learn typing stories and research.  They learn about sources on the Internet and other aspects of presenting information.  This is essential for high school and middle school successful project work.

Physical Education is every day as a skill development and sportsmanship opportunity.  A variety of games are taught throughout the year.

 

In addition, students in grades 5 through 8 are excused from class time to participate in instrumental band as an additional opportunity.

We believe we offer our students an enriched learning opportunity that goes beyond the basic core subjects.  We know it prepares a more well-rounded student and makes learning even more exciting.

 

 

 

Misc. Announcements

 

 

MHS Home Coming Parade – Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at 3pm (staging at 2pm)

Early Dismissal Times

PCS – 1pm

DCS/DHSP – 1:30pm

MHS – 12:18pm (directly following 4th period)

 

 

Board Member Opening

The Tracy Learning Center is now accepting applications for a TLC board member.  All interested applicants please send a letter of interest and a resume to 51 E. Beverly Place Tracy, CA 95376- ATTN: Human Resources.  Board meets once a month.

 

We are looking for donations of new books, toys, gift cards, tickets, limo rides, ride in a fire truck/police car, dinner or ice cream with a fireman or police officer, etc.  We will provide a tax id for write offs on taxes for donations.  These will become prizes for our students participating in the read-a-thon fundraiser. Stop by the front office or call 209-831-5240.  Thank you for your support!

 

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Sept. 25

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Alfredo

Wed – Chicken Corn Dog

Thurs – Mac and Cheese

Fri. – BBQ Hot Dogs

 

 

 

 

Pre K

 

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This week on TK Island the little fishies took a T-T-Train from the TK island to the Town of T.  They saw all kind of T things like a tiger, turtle, truck, table, tree, tomato, and teeth. They had a terrific time traveling through the town learning all about the letter T and what it sounds like. This week In Science, they are learning about the 4 seasons-what each season looks like, feels like, and what kind of activities they might do in that season.  In math, the students are still exploring numbers 1-5 and are becoming experts everyday by learning tallies, ten frames, number lines, and different objects that represent the number 5.

 

 

Primary Charter

 

Reminder: The mornings are getting chilly! Please send your student with a jacket that is LABELED with your child’s name!

 

Initial Phase

 

Did you know that five and six year old need 10-13 hours of sleep every day? Getting a good nights sleep and a having healthy breakfast every day is crucial. Studies show that students are more successful when they have a restful nights sleep and have a good breakfast. Some ideas for breakfast are: yogurt and granola, healthy cereal with fruit and milk, breakfast burritos, waffle and fruit, pancakes and eggs.

 

Phase One

This week, students learned all about United States symbols, landmarks, and monuments.  Students created different symbols such as the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, and the Eagle. Ask your student what they learned this week!

 

Phase Two

Our 4th grade leadership students are very excited to announce that we are collecting school supplies for schools in Texas that were affected by the recent hurricanes.  All classrooms will be collecting supplies and cash donations until Friday, September 29th.  Let’s help our fellow students start their school year off right!

All PCS parents:  Please look in your green folder for your Read-a-thon packet with information.  Please start looking for sponsors this week. 

Have a great weekend!

 

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DCS and DHSP PE

 

 

 

Discovery

5/6 DISCOVERY School/Home Connection- DCS Conversation Starters: -How many positives and negatives did your child get this week? -Ask your child how their first midterm in DCS went. They took one in Science on Thursday. -How is the Water for South Sudan Project going in your homeroom? -How did your test go in Social Studies on the 3 countries in Africa?

Important Announcements for Upcoming Events:

-Our Pre-Order Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser is happening October 6th in our TLC Carline.

Pre-Order forms are due to Ms. T (ttakeuchi@tracylc.net) by Friday, September 29th -TLC’s Homecoming Parade is Wednesday, October 11th and this is an EARLY RELEASE day! DCS students get out of school at 1:30 PM, so please plan accordingly. Parade starts at 3:00 in downtown Tracy.

This Week’s Highlights:                                                                              

1st Place: Siberian 103,000 pts 2nd Place: Bengal

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3rd Place: Malayan

91,000 pts

4th Place: Sumatran

88,000 pts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DHSP

 

Charter Chatter Week of 9/18-9/22

 

This week’s’ Top Den Earners: Congrats winners and thank you for all of your hard work!

 

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Leadership:

 

Parent Volunteers needed for Homecoming Float Building!!

If you would like to help please contact Mrs. Dominguez or Ms. T. Construction will happen on 10/11. We are looking for parents to help with prep work 10/2 and 10/9 from 4-6pm. We are also looking for parents to help sew costumes, make accessories, or donate supplies. Any help is greatly appreciated.

 

ttakeuchi@tracylc.net  ddominguez@tracylc.net

 

Social Studies: Ms. Sabedra

 

Ms. Sabedra and her team of recyclers are working hard to collect water bottles around campus in an effort to raise money to meet the protagonist of our Pentathlon novel, A Long Walk to Water. Keep collecting!

 

Language Arts:

 

Students are making a lot of progress in our first novel! They are excited to have the opportunity to connect what they are learning and reading about in Language Arts to their studies in Social Studies.

 

 

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MHS

 

Midterms are now behind us as we continue to stay focused for the remainder of the semester. Progress reports with the 1st quarter grades will be mailed by the end of next week. If you do not receive your child’s report card, contact Millennium’s front office at 209.832.6777 to verify we have your correct mailing address on file.

 

With September being Attendance Awareness month, Millennium high will be offering a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.  All students with perfect attendance (No tardies or absences) will be automatically entered into the drawing.  Please join us in spreading the word about how poor attendance effects academics in a negative way.  Parents are able to check their student’s attendance in Aeries.

 

Our field trip to the 13th Annual Construction Trades Fair and Delta College was an exciting hands on and interactive display of apprenticeship opportunities and certificate programs for our students. Our next field trip will be on November 7th to San Jose State University and Santa Clara University. Permission slips will be available next month.

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College Info

PSAT (Premilinary SAT) testing for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be on Saturday October 14th from 7:30am to 12:00pm.  Taking signups now!!!! The cost is $18.00. Student will also be given a practice student guide/test. Space is limited, therefore it is important that your student sign up as soon as possible.

 

Kaplan will be offering the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online: PSAT Prep Live. Lessons begin September 23 and continue through October 8.

 

The PSAT opens doors to scholarships and provides a chance to practice for the SAT and ACT. Help your students improve their scores and get ahead with our highly-rated teachers!

 

Kaplan will once again bring you PSAT Prep Live, the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online. Sign up now and gain instant access to quizzes and practice tests for the PSAT. Then join us beginning September 23 for live lessons. Get free prep at www.kaptest.com/psatpreplive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class of 2018 Senior Info

 

 

MHS’ FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

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FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

 

Wednesday, September 27th

6:00pm

MHS (Corral Hollow Campus) ROOM A1

 

Please join us in learning about:

 

ü  What is Financial Aid?

ü  Cost of college tuition and fees

ü  Dates and Deadlines

Questions? Contact Counseling Office 209.627.8299

 

 

College Info

PSAT (Premilinary SAT) testing for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be on Saturday October 14th from 7:30am to 12:00pm.  Taking signups now!!!! The cost is $18.00. Student will also be given a practice student guide/test. Space is limited, therefore it is important that your student sign up as soon as possible.

 

Kaplan will be offering the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online: PSAT Prep Live. Lessons begin September 23 and continue through October 8.

 

The PSAT opens doors to scholarships and provides a chance to practice for the SAT and ACT. Help your students improve their scores and get ahead with our highly-rated teachers!

 

Kaplan will once again bring you PSAT Prep Live, the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online. Sign up now and gain instant access to quizzes and practice tests for the PSAT. Then join us beginning September 23 for live lessons. Get free prep at www.kaptest.com/psatpreplive

 

 

 

 

TLC Charter Chatter

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Sept. 15, 2017                                                                                                Vol.6

Virginia Stewart

 

In the front office, we have a picture of an artist version of our renovation project.  It shows the administration building, the gym, and in the background is our two story Primary and Discovery schools.  It does not show what the main part of Clover buildings will look like when they are changed into the new place for our high school, but it is good view of things to come.

 

What is important to know is that the project is slated for $30,350,000.  Unfortunately the cost of construction is so high the cost does not include the new gym.  That would be an additional $4,000,000.  The money for the project is coming from several sources: we obtained about $9,000,000 in charter facility funding and energy conservation money, Measure S earmarked $2,000,000 for the charter school renovation, and Measure B is expected to contribute about $23,000,000 to the project.  Needless to say, the Measure B bonds was for many other schools other than ours.  It was a bond for $82,000,000 and we are grateful for the money that has been allocated to us.

 

We are also grateful to the parents, staff, and students, who are working well as we deal with noise, street changes, and dust and dirt as the construction continues.  We believe the construction crew is excellent and works very efficiently.  It is exciting to see buildings start to take shape.  The two story building is expected to be ready for move in during the month of February.

 

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Misc. Announcements

 

VERY IMPORTANT!

 

Beverly Construction Update

Monday and Tuesday Mae will be closed between Carlton and Beverly for construction. Carline will have to detour to east and come back down Beverly

 

 

 

Sad News

We have very sad news. Marcitas Als, our crossing guard, passed away on Sept. 8, 2017 after losing a hard-fought battle with Cancer. Her service was today, Sept.15, 2017 at the Community Church at 10am. Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts prayers during this very difficult time.

We now have a new replacement crossing guard who is a very pleasant gentleman named  Mr. Larry.  Please introduce yourself and welcome Mr. Larry to his new site. He is very happy to be here and safety is his utmost concern. .

 

MHS Home Coming Parade – Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at 3pm (staging at 2pm)

Early Dismissal Times

PCS – 1pm

DCS/DHSP – 1:30pm

MHS – 12:18pm (directly following 4th period)

 

 

Board Member Opening

The Tracy Learning Center is now accepting applications for a TLC board member.  All interested applicants please send a letter of interest and a resume to 51 E. Beverly Place Tracy, CA 95376- ATTN: Human Resources.  Board meets once a month.

 

Car Line Safety

 

Dear Parents,

 

“Car Line” is still causing everyone an inconvenience this year, as this week was worst than most! It is the 6th week of school and it has already been addressed at “Back to School Night,” that parents need to go get in “Car Line and go “South on Mae”…”STOP” at the that stop sign (that was recently put back up because of construction and follow the traffic laws) and then proceed “West” on Beverly. This being a TWO WAY Stop, instead of a Four way Stop makes it extremely difficult, as your fellow teachers and staff can only do so much to prevent a tragic event from happening!!!

 

Please take this as a friendly reminder and a HUGE “Thank You” to all parents that are still following ALL traffic laws to keep everyone safe. Concerns will once again be addressed with the Tracy Police Department as well!

 

Also, “Thank You” to the parents that reached out to The Tracy Learning Center. We here are hoping to solve this problem with “Car Line” soon with everyone’s help and cooperation!

 

Mr. Williams

 

Annual Golf Tournament

 

 

One more week until our 3rd Annual Millennium Athletics Golf Tournament! We still have room for players and sponsors! If you don’t play, or own a business but would like to contribute you can sponsor as well. We are asking $350 to sponsor a hole, $100 to sponsor a cart, $500 to enter a foursome to play or $150 for an individual.

This is a tournament you don’t want to miss. We have some fun games and an amazing raffle table. Some of our raffle prizes include a sliding glass door with installation from our sponsor Custom Exteriors, $200 visa gift card from our sponsor Associated Compressor and Equipment, a brand-new putter (value of $180), and that is just to name a few of the top items! Please contact me if you would like to join the fun at kvigil@tracylc.net.

 

In addition to the sponsors mentioned above who sponsored a hole and made a donation, we also have the following companies that have sponsored a hole, cart or made a donation:

 

Joleen Linasan

Angie Keys

 

 

Falcon Voice

 

Millennium is in search of “The Voice of the Falcons”! If you’re interested in being an announcer at the JV and V home football games this season, please contact Miss Balsamo at sbalsamo@tracylc.net as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Stevi Balsamo
Physical Education/Athletic Director
Millennium High School
http://www.MHSFalcons.com
Facebook.com/BalsamoPE
Instagram: @Millennium_Athletics
Twitter: @MHS_Falcons

 

 

 

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Sept. 18

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Beef Fajita

Wed – Garlic Fusilli Chicken

Thurs – Chicken or Cheese Quesadilla

Fri. – BBQ Beef or Vegi Burger

 

 

 

 

Pre K

 

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T K

 

This week on TK Island the little fishies have learned about the different types of weather and how it affects us. They are becoming little meteorologists on TK island. They have learned the importance of what to wear or do in a weather emergency, like wearing sunscreen when you are outdoors and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. In language arts, we have learned all about the letter A-what it looks like, sounds like, and words that begin with that letter. In math, the students are still exploring numbers 1-5 and are becoming experts everyday.

 

 

Primary Charter

 

Primary Charter’s

2nd Annual Read-a-Thon

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October 2-13, 2017

We are currently seeking sponsors among our TLC family.  Funds received will go towards incentives and prizes for the read-a-thon participants.  If you are interested in helping, please email Beth Christensen or Maria Espinoza (bchristensen@tracylc.net and mespinoza@tracylc.net)

Thank you for your support

 

Initial Phase

What have you learned in Science this week?

“There are four seasons.” –Greyson

“In Winter the weather is very cold outside.” –Troy

“The leaves fall off the trees and change color in Fall.” –Imhotep

“The seasons are Winter, Summer, Spring, and Fall.” -Daniela

 

REMINDER: Please do not drop your child off before 8:00.  Students are not being supervised until 8:00.

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Phase 1

This continued to be a busy learning week for Phase One!  In Social Studies, students learned all about California symbols and landmarks.  Some even went on a virtual field trip to The Museum of California Symbols!  They sang the California song, “I Love You, California!” and created different symbols such as the California Flag, California Poppy flower, Redwood Forest, San Francisco Bridge, and others.   Did you know that the largest tree in the world is in California?  Yes! It is a giant sequoia called the General Sherman located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County.  Ask your student what they learned!

We are looking for donations for our Homecoming parade.  Please look in your red folders on Monday for more information.

We are also looking for sponsors for our 2nd Annual Read-a-thon.  Please look in your green folders for more information.

Thank you for your continued support!

Phase 2

Our 4th grade leadership students have been selected for the month of September.  Last week we worked on campus beautification and picked up garbage all along the front of our school.  They did a great job!  Our leadership students also thought of a very special donation project…details will come soon!

We are learning about different animal groups and adaptations this week.  Did you know not all birds can fly?  And a bat is a mammal, not a bird!  In music, Mrs. Watson brought in different types of drums and our phase 2 students had an awesome drum circle!

 

 

 

 

DCS and DHSP PE

 

 

 

Discovery

Discovery Charter School

Another great week for Discovery Students!  We began the week by learning about a historical event in Chile in a presentation by Ms. Rapoza, followed by a Chilean feast.  Thank you to all who provided the food; it was a great experience for the students and staff.  We are wrapping up our first spirit week of the year with Football Friday and our first Staff vs. DCS Students Flag Football game.  Look for pictures next week.

Reminders: we still have our Mixed Bags fund raiser for Science Camp.  All orders are due on September 22.  These make great gifts!

Please be sure to check your child’s agenda.  There is specific information in there, including grades.  Students should be writing down due dates and homework.

Top 5 Den Point Winners from Malayans and Bengals

 

 

 

 

 

DHSP

 

Dear Parents,

 

“Car Line” is still causing everyone an inconvenience this year, as this week was worst than most! It is the 6th week of school and it has already been addressed at “Back to School Night,” that parents need to go get in “Car Line and go “South on Mae”…”STOP” at the that stop sign (that was recently put back up because of construction and follow the traffic laws) and then proceed “West” on Beverly. This being a TWO WAY Stop, instead of a Four way Stop makes it extremely difficult, as your fellow teachers and staff can only do so much to prevent a tragic event from happening!!!

 

Please take this as a friendly reminder and a HUGE “Thank You” to all parents that are still following ALL traffic laws to keep everyone safe. Concerns will once again be addressed with the Tracy Police Department as well!

 

Also, “Thank You” to the parents that reached out to The Tracy Learning Center. We here are hoping to solve this problem with “Car Line” soon with everyone’s help and cooperation!

 

Mr. Williams

 

Language Arts:

 

Students in all language arts classes continued their work with diagramming and grammar this week. In our weekly essays students are learning to express themselves clearly and cogently. Their writing is already improving! Classes also spent time reviewing the regions of Africa and music of Africa. All classes are continuing our novel, A Long Walk to Water, and working diligently to unravel and understand the complex Sudanese culture.

 

DHSP General:

 

All of DHSP has been participating in a Spirit Week this week! The students are dressing up and showing their support for their dens and for the theme of the day. Spirit week will come to a close Friday with a rally and a Student vs. Staff football game! Pictures to come.

 

 

MHS

 

Charter Chatter September 15, 2017

 

MHS

 

We have reached our halfway mark in our semester with 1st quarter midterms this upcoming week! It will be an early release day on Wednesday, September 20th, Thursday September 21st and

Friday September 22nd.  The midterm testing time schedule is 8:15am – 12:30pm. Please make note of this schedule time change in order to make any necessary transportation accommodations for your student.

 

Community Service

Southside Community Organization – 16th of September Celebration Event at Lincoln Park. Volunteers needed to help with set up, kid zone areas, food booths, face painting, games, and more! Times are as early as 7am and event ends at 8pm Contact Danette Poole by texting to 209.815.0475 or email dpoole@newpennfinancial.com to sign up or for more details.

 

College Info

PSAT (Premilinary SAT) testing for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be on Saturday October 14th from 7:30am to 12:00pm.  Taking signups now!!!! The cost is $18.00. Student will also be given a practice student guide/test. Space is limited, therefore it is important that your student sign up as soon as possible.

 

Kaplan will be offering the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online: PSAT Prep Live. Lessons begin September 23 and continue through October 8.

 

The PSAT opens doors to scholarships and provides a chance to practice for the SAT and ACT. Help your students improve their scores and get ahead with our highly-rated teachers!

 

Kaplan will once again bring you PSAT Prep Live, the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online. Sign up now and gain instant access to quizzes and practice tests for the PSAT. Then join us beginning September 23 for live lessons. Get free prep at www.kaptest.com/psatpreplive

 

Class of 2018 Senior Info

 

 

MHS’ FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

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FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

 

Wednesday, September 27th

6:00pm

MHS (Corral Hollow Campus) ROOM A1

 

Please join us in learning about:

 

  • What is Financial Aid?
  • Cost of college tuition and fees
  • Dates and Deadlines

Questions? Contact Counseling Office 209.627.8299

 

 

 

TLC Charter Chatter

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

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Sept. 8, 2017 Vol.5

Virginia’s Voice

Charter schools are public schools. They are free for all students. They do not have boundaries but they do have to hold lotteries based on preferences. The Tracy Learning Center is comprised of three charter schools: Primary (TK-4), Discovery ( 5-8) and Millennium (9-12). While each school is unique, we hold the same mission and values. We are student centered, we provide quality education that is enriched with extras at all levels and schools, and we are determined to help every student succeed. We utilized technology, projects, and interactive group activities but most of all we provide quality instructors who work diligently to plan their instruction around a defined rigorous curriculum.

Unfortunately, we are a popular choice. There are over 700 students on our waiting lists. We sincerely wish we could take all of the students who want to be here, but we have a limit and we are filled at every level. We have an enrollment of 1300 students. Even with construction we cannot expand that number. We appreciate the patience some students and parents have as they wait for a chance to be enrolled. Some students wait from Kindergarten to ninth grade. We do add students at 5th grade ( 30 more can be added) and 9th grade ( 60 more can be added) and that is the best time to be enrolled if a student does not make TK or Kindergarten lotteries.

Board Member Opening

The Tracy Learning Center is now accepting applications for a TLC board member. All interested applicants please send a letter of interest and a resume to 51 E. Beverly Place Tracy, CA 95376- ATTN: Human Resources. Board meets once a month.

Car line Safety

We are very concerned for the students that are continuing to be dropped off near our construction area. Students are getting out of their cars and walking where there aren’t any sidewalks. This is very dangerous and is a huge risk for your child. Please do not drop off your child or allow your child to walk anywhere near the construction site.

We have had several calls this week about students being dropped off and running across the street. This is so dangerous and we are very worried a child could be hit by a car. Please make your child’s safety your priority! Never ever allow or ask your child to run across the street!

Annual Golf Tournament

Good morning and Happy Friday!

I’m excited for this year’s tournament and the changes that we have made. We will be hosting the 3rd Annual Millennium Athletics Golf Tournament at Dublin Ranch on Sunday September 24th! This tournament will be a 4 man scramble with a two drive minimum. Shotgun will be at 9 am so my Raider fans can get home in time for kick off at 5:30! 49ERS play that Thursday and the Cowboys play Monday so let’s play some golf for a good cause!

If you plan to play, please register no later than September 1st. I have to give my final head count by the 8th. If you could also do me a favor and tell all of your golf buddies about this tournament we’d greatly appreciate it. We have attached the flyer as well as the registration form so you can spread the word whether it is email or social media.

On behalf of Millennium Athletics, we thank you for your continued support!!

Falcon Voice

Millennium is in search of “The Voice of the Falcons”! If you’re interested in being an announcer at the JV and V home football games this season, please contact Miss Balsamo at sbalsamo@tracylc.net as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Stevi Balsamo
Physical Education/Athletic Director
Millennium High School
http://www.MHSFalcons.com
Facebook.com/BalsamoPE
Instagram: @Millennium_Athletics
Twitter: @MHS_Falcons

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Sept. 11

Mon. – Pizza

Tues. – Beef or Bean Tostadas

Wed – No meat Spaghetti

Thurs – Chicken Nuggets

Fri. – BBQ Hot Dog

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This week on TK Island the little fishies have learned how to explore the Island by using their 5 senses. They have learned the importance of each sense and how we use them to explore things around us. In language arts, we have learned all about the letter C-what it looks like, sounds like, and words that begin with that letter. In math, the students are becoming experts at recognizing and writing their numbers to 5. It has been a very busy week on TK Island!

Primary Charter

Initial Phase

Having a healthy classroom is important to us in P-6! We have had many students out sick this week. We want everyone to stay healthy! Please do not send your student to school if they are not feeling well. Additionally, students must be fever free (no fever reducing medications) for at least 24 hours before they return to school. This will help ensure that we are not spreading germs and keeping our classroom healthy! We have taught students of ways to make sure that they aren’t spreading germs; here are some strategies they know:

“Cough and sneeze in your elbow.” – Alayah

“Use hand sanitizer after you blow your nose.” – Daniela

“Don’t put your hands in your mouth or eyes or nose.” – Gabriel

Phase 2

Our 4th grade students will be starting their monthly leadership duties next week. Every month each phase 2 class picks three 4th grade students who will join leadership for the whole month. These students do special projects around our campus such as campus beautification and other community building projects.

DCS and DHSP PE

Next Friday, September 15th, at lunch (11:45) we will be having our annual “Staff vs. DCS (6-8th grade) Students Football Game.” We will be having a double lunch that day and should be tons of FUN!!! The game will be 7 on 7 with Flags. Sadly, the NFL did not have a grant to apply for again this year, however to kick off the “Football Season” for the NFL, college and our high school football team, we will still have our annual “Football Friday.”

Discovery

This short week went by really quickly! Students have been very busy and it is beginning to feel a bit like fall. Next week we have Football Week to celebrate the first high school game of the season; we also will have our first spirit week put together by our new Leadership team.

Students are encouraged to dress for spirit days. They are as follows:

Monday- Pajama day (please only hard soled slippers)

Tuesday- Twin Day

Wednesday- Wacky Wednesday (mismatched day, funny hair, etc.)

Thursday- Den Day (Wear your den shirts/colors

Friday- Football attire (Wear a jersey or t-shirt with your favorite team.)

Monday, 9/11/2017 is our Chilean guest and food event. If students are bringing food, please have it in the office no later than 10am.

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Language Arts:

This week students are conducting a major review of topics they have been learning throughout the trimester, including A Long Walk to Water, African music and geography, verb tenses, grammar and diagramming, revising an old essay, all vocabulary words so far, and reading comprehension. Though the week is short, students will be very busy!

A reminder: Students have their book club deadlines approaching!

Ms. Langston’s students (all): September 25, the book must be finished!

Mrs. Cerezo’s: Honors and Scholastic due September 11 and Varsity September 26

Book club projects will be soon to follow!

Leadership:

7/8 Spirit Week NEXT WEEK!!!

9/11 PJ Day

9/12 Twin Day

9/13 Wacky Wednesday (mismatch, crazy hair, )

9/14 Den Color Day

9/15 Football Day (Staff Student Football Game) Rally in the morning!!

CJSF Update:

Next week, September 11-15th, the students of the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) will kick off their first community service donation drive for East of Eden Animal Rescue. Flyers with more information and donation ideas will go home Friday. The den with the most donations will be awarded a special treat, proved by CJSF. So, if you can, support these adoptable pets in need with your donation items and support your den at the same time!

MHS

September is Attendance Awareness Month!

Good attendance is an important key to academic success. For every day missed, students can potentially fall farther behind in school. Please review the attendance policy at: http://tlchome.weebly.com/school-handbooks.html

Speech and Debate Judges Needed!! Our Millennium Speech and Debate team continues to grow and thrive. This year, we have a 56-person team, and new members are still being added! We are so excited to travel to tournaments and to spread the TLC name even farther and wider this year than ever before. By the end of last season, we were ranked 8th in our district, out of 26 schools — in just three years, we’ve cracked the top ten…and we want more!

In order to register as many students as we have this year for our tournaments, and thus continue to win, we are required to provide volunteer judges at the tournaments we attend. No experience is necessary to judge! Teachers make great judges, and so do parents, scoutmasters, pastors, and anyone with a stake in student success. Our next tournament is 9/16 at Lodi High School. We have 38 students competing in 51 events. That means that we need 5-10 judges to volunteer at this tournament to “cover” our registration.

FUTURE TOURNAMENT DATES 10/14 – Enochs High School, Modesto, 11/4 – Mountain House High School, Mountain House* 12/2 – Buhach Colony High School, Buhach Colony 1/20 – Bear Creek High School, Stockton 2/23 (PM) – 2/24 – Turlock High School, Turlock 3/9 (PM) – 3/10 – Enochs High School, Modesto If interested or for more information, contact Ms. Beth Lamanna at blamanna@tracylc.net

Upcoming field trip:
The 13th Annual Construction Trades Career Fair and Delta College Campus Tour is fast approaching! Student will have the opportunity to learn about many of the apprenticeships and trades in our area such as welding, electrical, construction management, roofing, and more. This hands on educational tour is an interactive and fun way for students to experience firsthand the variety of trades and benefits of skilled workers in the 21st Century.

The event takes place on Friday, September 15th from 9am – 4pm. This field trip is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Cost for bus transportation is $20 – a complimentary light lunch will be provided at the trade fair. Permission slips are available from the main office and the counseling department.

Community Service UPCOMING OPPORTUNITY!!! Sunday, September 10 – 9/11 fundraiser – 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Location: Nirvaana (1005 E. Pescadero Ave, Suite 101, Tracy – outlet mall) 2-4 Volunteers needed to clean facility before the event, set up tables and chairs, greet and seat guests, and tear down for Tracy Fire Department and Tracy Police Department 9/11 fundraising event. Contact: Jass Sangha 209-740-6020 or sanghajass23@gmail.com

College Info

PSAT (Premilinary SAT) testing for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be on Saturday October 14th from 7:30am to 12:00pm. Taking signups now!!!! The cost is $18.00. Student will also be given a practice student guide/test. Space is limited, therefore it is important that your student sign up as soon as possible.
Kaplan will be offering the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online: PSAT Prep Live. Lessons begin September 23 and continue through October 8. The PSAT opens doors to scholarships and provides a chance to practice for the SAT and ACT. Help your students improve their scores and get ahead with our highly-rated teachers! Kaplan will once again bring you PSAT Prep Live, the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online. Sign up now and gain instant access to quizzes and practice tests for the PSAT. Then join us beginning September 23 for live lessons.

Get free prep at http://www.kaptest.com/psatpreplive

Class of 2018 Senior Info
Senior information packets were mailed out last week. Important information regarding graduation, senior portraits, dates and deadlines were enclosed. Updated information will also be available on our website https://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/ Parent that would like to be added to our senior newsletter email list can email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net or tschaffran@tracylc.net

***We are awaiting a confirmed graduation date from our facility request. Currently, a tentative date is scheduled for either Friday May 25th or Saturday May 26th. Once again, all graduates will be given 8 tickets for entry. Additional ticket requests will not be available due to facility capacity. The location of graduation will be at: Holy Family Center at 12100 W. Valpico Road Tracy, CA 95377

TLC Charter Chatter

      Charter Chatter

                                          A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

 

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Sept. 1, 2017                                                                                         Vol.4

Virginia Stewart

 

We have completed our first month of school.  We are very pleased with the start of the year.  We appreciate parent patience as we deal with construction and road work at the same time.  All of you are doing well.  We have noticed that construction removed the stop sign at the corner of Beverly and Mae, however that is an important stop which should be returned to the corner soon!

 

Some special things that have happened so far this year:

  • Preschool parents met for a work day last Saturday and beautified the outdoor area.
  • Preschool was voted Best in Tracy
  • TK is off to a fantastic, mature beginning.
  • Kindergarten students look like they have been here for months!
  • Primary students in Phase One and Two are demonstrating great writing and math skills. They continue to have opportunities to be enriched in music, art, and PE and this year we have added Spanish.
  • Discovery students are enjoying studying the music and geography of Africa
  • For the second year, DCS has the advantage of a counselor
  • Discovery students have the new opportunity to learn from our array of enrichment teachers

(music, drama, and technology) and are involved in learning Spanish every day.

  • Picture day was a success
  • Our first fire drill of the year was amazingly successful.
  • MHS is enjoying their new temporary site and had a successful club rush week, first rally, and are beginning their band and athletic events.
  • MHS was awarded a Bronze Medal by US News and World Report for their outstanding results in 2014.

We look forward to new exciting benchmarks of excellence each month.  Thank you for your continued support of our schools.

 

 

Misc. Announcements

 

Board Member Opening

The Tracy Learning Center is now accepting applications for a TLC board member.  All interested applicants please send a letter of interest and a resume to 51 E. Beverly Place Tracy, CA 95376- ATTN: Human Resources.  Board meets once a month.

 

Next Holiday – Monday, Sept. 4 Labor day

 

Pre-K and TK Picture Day is Tuesday, Sept. 5th

Order Forms coming home soon

 

Car line Safety

We are very concerned for the students that are continuing to be dropped off near our construction area. Students are getting out of their cars and walking where there aren’t any sidewalks. This is very dangerous and is a huge risk for your child. Please do not drop off your child or allow your child to walk anywhere near the construction site.

 

We have had several calls this week about students being dropped off and running across the street. This is so dangerous and we are very worried a child could be hit by a car. Please make your child’s safety your priority! Never ever allow or ask your child to run across the street!

 

 

Annual Golf Tournament

Good morning and Happy Friday!

I’m excited for this year’s tournament and the changes that we have made. We will be hosting the 3rd Annual Millennium Athletics Golf Tournament at Dublin Ranch on Sunday September 24th! This tournament will be a 4 man scramble with a two drive minimum. Shotgun will be at 9 am so my Raider fans can get home in time for kick off at 5:30! 49ERS play that Thursday and the Cowboys play Monday so let’s play some golf for a good cause!

If you plan to play, please register no later than September 1st. I have to give my final head count by the 8th. If you could also do me a favor and tell all of your golf buddies about this tournament we’d greatly appreciate it. We have attached the flyer as well as the registration form so you can spread the word whether it is email or social media.

On behalf of Millennium Athletics, we thank you for your continued support!!

Hope to see you soon!

Coach KV

kvigil@tracylc.net

Need a tax write off?? We are still looking for players, sponsors and donations! If you don’t play golf but would like to help the cause we are in need of good raffle prizes! Contact Coach KV kvigil@tracylc.netfor more information.

Millennium Athletics would like to thank the following businesses for sponsoring our golf tournament:

 

Falcon Voice

 

Millennium is in search of “The Voice of the Falcons”! If you’re interested in being an announcer at the JV and V home football games this season, please contact Miss Balsamo at sbalsamo@tracylc.net as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Stevi Balsamo
Physical Education/Athletic Director
Millennium High School
http://www.MHSFalcons.com
Facebook.com/BalsamoPE
Instagram: @Millennium_Athletics
Twitter: @MHS_Falcons

 

 

 

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Sept. 4

Mon. –  Holiday

Tues. – Pizza

Wed – Sloppy Joes

Thurs – Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Fri. – BBQ Beef or Vegi Hamburger

 

 

 

 

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Primary Charter

 

Initial Phase

What we love about kindergarten so far….

 

“Recess! I like playing and running with my new friends.” –Adrian

 

“Meeting all my new teachers!” –Jesse

 

“I like learning new things!” –Yaretzy

 

“Art is fun because we can color and draw!” –Bea

 

“PE is my favorite because we get to play exercise games!” –Briya

 

Phase 1

This week our first AR goal period for the year began.  Students were given their reading levels and goals.  This AR goal period ends Friday, October 6th. Encourage your student to read 20 minutes every night! At the end of this AR period, students that meet their goals will be recognized and and be able to participate in their classroom’s AR party! Thursday we had our first fire drill of the year! We will continue to practice throughout the year. Remember, there is no school on Monday. Enjoy your three day weekend!

 

Phase 2

Did you know all of our phase 2 students are reading books about animals?  Our language arts curriculum is always tied to our science and social studies standards.  This trimester in science we are learning about animal groups, habitats and biomes.  Our writing assignments also relate to our books and follow state writing standards.  We also align our field trips and group projects to science.  Primary students are very lucky that they get exposed to so many different subjects during our day!

 

DCS and DHSP PE

With the new school year underway, students are having a blast in PE playing Speedball, Ultimate Kanjam and Soft Tennis! Please be on the lookout in “Aeries” for a “Skills Test” for 5/6 & a “Written Test” for 7/8 next Friday. Study Guides & Videos will be provided on our teacher website: www.discoverype.weebly.com/ for students to refer to as Study Guides WILL BE also printed out and given for Coach Penirian, Coach Easterday and Coach Williams! Friday, September 15th, will be “Football Friday” to kickoff the new football season!!! Also, as a friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be applying

 

“Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and showering daily; as their bodies have already begun puberty even though there may be no signs of it showing physically!

 

 

Discovery

 

Discovery Girls Basketball Try-Outs
6th, 7th, and 8th grade Girls Basketball tryouts are on Wednesday, September 6th (from 4-4:45pm) and Thursday, September 7th (from 4-5:30pm). Try-out forms should be turned into Coach Easterday by Tuesday, September 5th. Students should attend both days of tryouts. Good luck to everyone trying out!!

 

The weeks are flying by. Students are busy with projects and assignments and learning new things in all of their classes.  Students are busy with vocal exercises in Drama, and they are working on new songs in Choir.  Technology is busy working with Chrome books and core subjects such as Math, Science,and Language Arts are busy with new assignments and projects.  Spanish continues to perfect their song “Luchin” for their special performance on Monday, September 11th.  On that day, students will enjoy a guest speaker and special Chilean food.  Please see the hand out that went home with your student this week.  For this event, all food needs to be dropped off no later than 10 am.    If you have any questions, you may email Ms. Rapoza at jrapoza@tracylc.net or Mrs. Ernst at eernst@tracylc.net.  Please be on the lookout for additional information on this special event. Discovery Charter School.

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Additional reminders:

Science Camp fund raiser:  Orders due by September 22 to Ms. Pelaez.

Picture Retakes:  Tuesday, October 10

 

 

 

 

DHSP

 

Charter Chatter for the Week of August 28, 2017

 

General 7 / 8 News:

 

7/8 Leadership is underway and moving fast planning our first event. Students are excited and their visions are big. I love the enthusiasm and talent in this first trimester group!

 

CJSF had their first official meeting this week! Members are looking forward to beginning their first community outreach project in the coming weeks.

 

Language Arts:

 

This week in Language Arts classes are continuing their study of Africa regions and music. Students are enthusiastic about learning a new culture and look forward to demonstrating their skill as the year progresses. Both classes are making headway in our novel A Long Walk to Water and are enjoying vigorous discussion about the notion of water conservation and war in poverty-stricken areas.

 

 

MHS

 

We just finished our fourth week of school at Millennium and have adjusted well to our “new” surroundings. Just a reminder to families that drivers should not be stopping on Corral Hollow to drop off or pick up students or obstructing the exit. Also, students need to wear helmets if they ride bikes to school.  Police officers will be ticketing those who do not wear safety helmets.

 

Our homework support room is up and running! Homework support is available after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:15pm – 5pm in Mrs. Griffin’s room D2.  It’s a great opportunity for students to work on or received additional help with their homework, or even earn community service hours for tutoring others in need. There is no cost to attend this free resource for homework support.

 

Upcoming field trip:

The 13th Annual Construction Trades Career Fair and Delta College Campus Tour is fast approaching! Student will have the opportunity to learn about many of the apprenticeships and trades in our area such as welding, electrical, construction management, roofing, and more. This hands on educational tour is an interactive and fun way for students to experience firsthand the variety of trades and benefits of skilled workers in the 21st Century. The event takes place on Friday, September 15th from 9am – 4pm. This field trip is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Cost for bus transportation is $20 – a complimentary light lunch will be provided at the trade fair. Permission slips are available from the main office, the counseling department, or click here:

 

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Community Service

 

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITY!!! Sunday, September 10 – 9/11 fundraiser – 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location: Nirvaana (1005 E. Pescadero Ave, Suite 101, Tracy – outlet mall)

2-4 Volunteers needed to clean facility before the event, set up tables and chairs, greet and seat guests, and tear down for Tracy Fire Department and Tracy Police Department 9/11 fundraising event.

Contact: Jass Sangha 209-740-6020 or sanghajass23@gmail.com

 

College Info

SAVE THE DATE: PSAT (Premilinary SAT) testing for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be on Saturday October 14th from 7:30am to 12:00pm.  As soon as materials arrive, we’ll begin taking registration and signups for the test. The cost is $18.00.  Space is limited, therefore it is important that your student sign up when announcements are made.

 

Class of 2018 Senior Info

Senior information packets were mailed out this week. Important information regarding graduation, senior portraits, dates and deadlines were enclosed. Updated information will also be available on our website https://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/  Parent that would like to be added to our senior newsletter email list can email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net or tschaffran@tracylc.net

 

***We are awaiting a confirmed graduation date from our facility request. Currently, a tentative date is scheduled for either Friday May 25th or Saturday May 26th. Once again, all graduates will be given 8 tickets for entry. Additional ticket requests will not be available due to facility capacity. The location of graduation will be at: Holy Family Center at 12100 W. Valpico Road Tracy, CA 95377

 

 

 

TLC Charter Chatter

Charter Chatter

                                     A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

 

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August 25, 2017                                                                                                                         Vol.3

Virginia Stewart

Number of charter schools, students in U.S. rises

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of children attending charter schools in the United States hit a record of about 6 percent of all students in public schools, according to a federal education report released on Tuesday.

Charter schools are publicly funded schools operated separately from local school districts. They are usually independently run but can also be managed by for-profit companies or nonprofit organizations running multiple schools.

About 3 million students were enrolled in charter schools in the 2015-2016 school year, up from roughly 1.8 million students five years prior, according to the report by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

They represented 6 percent of the total in 2015-2016, up from 3.6 percent.

Of more than 90,000 public elementary and secondary schools, charter schools made up nearly 8 percent, an increase from 5.9 percent five years earlier, the report said.

The three most populous states – California, Texas and Florida – have the highest number of charter schools. In Arizona, among the most pro-charter states, charter schools make up about 25 percent of all K-12 public schools.

Six states do not allow charter schools.

As charter schools and the number of students attending them grow, bonds used to finance the schools is also a growing segment of the municipal bond market.

About us

 

Our charter schools have started their 17th year.  The high school and Primary school were begun after Discovery was three years old.  We began our TK and preschool program three years ago.  Tracy Learning Center is home to 1300 students – preschool to twelfth grade.

We are very pleased with our progress and accomplishments.  This year we are especially pleased that our buildings and grounds are being remodeled to make the outside as excellent as the educational opportunities that are available to our students inside our classrooms.

 

Misc. Announcements

 

Board Member Opening

The Tracy Learning Center is now accepting applications for a TLC board member.  All interested applicants please send a letter of interest and a resume to 51 E. Beverly Place Tracy, CA 95376- ATTN: Human Resources.  Board meets once a month.

 

Next Holiday – Monday, Sept. 4 Labor day

 

PCS, DCS and DHSP Picture Day is Wednesday, August 30th

Picture Order Forms will be sent home today

 

Pre-K and TK Picture Day is Tuesday, Sept. 5th

Order Forms coming home soon

 

 

Discovery Pep Squad Try-Outs

 

6th, 7th, and 8th grade Pep Squad tryouts are Monday and Tuesday (8/28 and 8/29) from 4:15-5:30pm. Try-out forms should be turned in with a parent signature. Come prepared with your own dance choreography and music (3 minutes max). Good luck to whoever is trying out!!

 

MHS Sports

 

Fall Sports kick-off this Friday as the Millennium Falcons JV and V football teams take on Ripon Christian at 5 and 7:30pm at West High!  Admission is $7 adults/$5 students.  Come out and support your teams!!

 

Volleyball kicks off next week… Stay tuned to the MHS Athletics Social Media for details!

 

 

 

 

Car line Safety

We are very concerned for the students that are continuing to be dropped off near our construction area. Students are getting out of their cars and walking where there aren’t any sidewalks. This is very dangerous and is a huge risk for your child. Please do not drop off your child or allow your child to walk anywhere near the construction site.

 

 

Annual Golf Tournament

Good morning and Happy Friday!

I’m excited for this year’s tournament and the changes that we have made. We will be hosting the 3rd Annual Millennium Athletics Golf Tournament at Dublin Ranch on Sunday September 24th! This tournament will be a 4 man scramble with a two drive minimum. Shotgun will be at 9 am so my Raider fans can get home in time for kick off at 5:30! 49ERS play that Thursday and the Cowboys play Monday so let’s play some golf for a good cause!

If you plan to play, please register no later than September 1st. I have to give my final head count by the 8th. If you could also do me a favor and tell all of your golf buddies about this tournament we’d greatly appreciate it. We have attached the flyer as well as the registration form so you can spread the word whether it is email or social media.

On behalf of Millennium Athletics, we thank you for your continued support!!

Hope to see you soon!

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Coach KV

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Falcon Voice

 

Millennium is in search of “The Voice of the Falcons”! If you’re interested in being an announcer at the JV and V home football games this season, please contact Miss Balsamo at sbalsamo@tracylc.net as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Stevi Balsamo
Physical Education/Athletic Director
Millennium High School
http://www.MHSFalcons.com
Facebook.com/BalsamoPE
Instagram: @Millennium_Athletics
Twitter: @MHS_Falcons

 

 

 

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week August 28

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Mexican Chicken and Rice

Wed – Chicken Parmesan

Thurs – Beef and Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Fri. – Beef Hot Dog

 

 

Pre K

 

Best in Tracy!  2017

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T K

 

This week on TK island we had an amazing time incorporating our new electives. The little fishies enjoy learning about Spanish, Music, Art, and PE. Another important part of our busy day is doing circle time. This is a time to discuss things that we like or dislike and how we are feeling and most importantly how to handle situations with our words.

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Primary Charter

 

P-6 loves the author Robert Munsch.  We would love to encourage you to explore www.robertmunsch.com and listen to the stories we’ve experience!  These stories would be great to use toward your nightly reading routine.  We’d also like to offer some helpful tips for choosing books to help your little one develop a love of reading:

 

  • Choose books that explore kid interests, offer new experiences, and exposure to different genres of writing.
  • Read stories that let your child see how characters behave toward others.
  • Select books about real topics (volcanos, dinosaurs, cats) with lots of colorful photographs or illustrations that help kindergartners build knowledge about the world and expose them to new vocabulary.
  • Find series, such as If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, as they offer opportunities to compare stories for similarities and differences.

 

Happy Reading!

Phase 1

What a busy week!   In social studies, we continued our unit on citizenship.  We learned why it is important to be a good citizen and learned many different strategies students can apply.   Students had so much fun during Friday Minute-to-Win it Unity!  In order for students to be able to participate they must wear Spirit.   Please encourage your student to wear spirit on Fridays!   Congratulations to our SWO students of the month of August and to the classrooms that won the Golden Lunch Box and the Golden Broom!  Way to go!

Please remember that Wednesday, August 30th is Picture day!

Phase 2

Chlorophyll and photosynthesis…these are two new words that our phase 2 students learned in science this week.  We’ve enjoyed learning about plants, life cycles  and are now learning about animals.  We are also working on place value and rounding.  Did you know you can teach your child about rounding at the grocery store?  Add up the items in your cart by rounding the prices and use mental math.  There are so many ways to use rounding in real life!

 

 

 

Discovery

 

Discovery Charter School

 

Routines are being set and the year is in full swing!  Last Friday was our first rally and the students really enjoyed themselves, and wow they were loud and full of Tiger Pride!

Reminders:

Please check your child’s agendas for homework and important dates.

Picture day is Wednesday, August 30th.

Science Camp fundraiser from Mixed Bags.

If you would like to reach any of us, we would love to hear from you.

 

English and Humanities                              

Ms.Rodieck lrodieck@tracylc.net                              Electives

Mrs. Ernst eernst@tracylc.net                        Ms. Dane mdane@mdane@tracylc.net

Social Studies                                                             Mr. Root croot@tracylc.net

Ms. Zaca szaca@tracylc.net                                       Mr.Dougherty sdougherty@tracylc.net

Science                                                                        Spanish

Ms. Pelaez lpelaez@tracylc.net                                  Ms. Rapoza jrapoza@tracylc.net

Math                                                                           PE

Ms. Takeuchi ttakeuchi@tracylc.net                          Coach Penirian mpenirian@tracylc.net

Mrs. Zuniga mzuniga@tracylc.net                             Coach Easterday deasterday@tracylc.net

Coach Woods dwood@tracylc.net

 

 

Discovery Pep Squad Try-Outs

 

6th, 7th, and 8th grade Pep Squad tryouts are Monday and Tuesday (8/28 and 8/29) from 4:15-5:30pm. Try-out forms should be turned in with a parent signature. Come prepared with your own dance choreography and music (3 minutes max). Good luck to whoever is trying out!!

 

 

 

DHSP

 

Note to Parents: We are working hard to ensure that carline moves swiftly and successfully both in the morning and afternoon and over the last three weeks have seen major improvements in how quickly carline is moving. In an attempt to improve even further, please remember to wait in line for the car in front of you to move forward (not creating another lane to exit), and be sure the be paying attention at all times both for the sake of safety and to facilitate the flow of carline.

 

*As a reminder, parents should pull all the way through the carline loop and students should exit swiftly. Please refrain from using your phone and/or stopping to talk to teachers who are working to open car doors. Thank you for your cooperation!

 

DHSP Leadership is officially in full swing and planning our first event

 

Geometry (Honors Pink) has just taken their Pre Unit Exam and students are excited to jump the first unit of Geometry curriculum. This vigorous high school course has students challenged and eager to learn. Algebra 1 (Scholastic Green) has so many bright students and as we continue to dive into more Algebra, it is evident that this group is excited to learn. Math 78 (Varsity Gray) has done nothing but surprise myself and Mrs. Sian with their dedication and commitment to learning. This group of 7th and 8th graders feed off of each others energy in mathematics. They was to be the best and their participation is amazing. I am so please with my groups so far as they are all jumping back into the swing of school with full force.

 

Here are a few pictures from our Math Olympiad Competitions in Geometry. Students cannot wait for the county competition.

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7 / 8 Language Arts:

 

This week in Language Arts students are continuing their study in the music and geography of Africa. They are improving their writing skills every week through weekly essay assignments, grammar lessons, and timed writing.

 

A few reminders:

  • Students receive an essay every week; they must have a hard copy of the essay before they come to class;
  • Every Friday students are tested on the concepts they have learned over the course of the week, which includes weekly vocabulary and words from the weeks before
  • At DHSP we are having homeroom competitions! Whichever homeroom brings in the most items (clorox wipes, tissues, paper towels, hand sanitizers, and other items like this used for the class every day) will receive a donut party! Please consider donating (or “donut-ing”) some items to help your student’s homeroom win!

 

 

 

MHS

 

 

MHS Sports

 

Fall Sports kick-off this Friday as the Millennium Falcons JV and V football teams take on Ripon Christian at 5 and 7:30pm at West High!  Admission is $7 adults/$5 students.  Come out and support your teams!!

 

Volleyball kicks off next week… Stay tuned to the MHS Athletics Social Media for details!

 

MHS

 

It was an activity filled week of clubs, spirit, and a kick off rally to our Fall sports.  Our first Football home game is this Friday, August 25th at West High.  For more information about our sport programs, please visit: http://mhsfalcons.olinesports.com/coaches.php

 

Community Service

Hours for community service for all students is updated in Aeries. Please visit the website at http://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/community-service.html to get more information about our Community Service requirement and updated listings of opportunities.

 

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITY!!! Sunday, September 10 – 9/11 fundraiser – 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location: Nirvaana (1005 E. Pescadero Ave, Suite 101, Tracy – outlet mall)

2-4 Volunteers needed to clean facility before the event, set up tables and chairs, greet and seat guests, and tear down for Tracy Fire Department and Tracy Police Department 9/11 fundraising event.

Contact: Jass Sangha 209-740-6020 or sanghajass23@gmail.com

 

College Info

College Classes started this week of August 21st.   Students who registered for a Delta college class that was not previously approved on their College Early Start form must complete a change of course form with the Counseling Office. Important reminder about our new reimbursement policy – Students must earn a grade of “A” or “B” for tuition reimbursement.

For students and parents interested in learning more about our College Early Start program, please visit: http://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/college-early-start.html

An information session for students will be conducted in October for Spring classes.

 

PSAT SAVE THE DATE: PSAT (Premilinary SAT) testing for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be on Saturday October 14th from 7:30am to 12:00pm.  As soon as materials arrive around mid September, we’ll begin taking registration and sign ups for the test. The cost is $18.00.  Space is limited, therefore it is important that your student sign up when announcements are made.

 

Senior Info

Coming soon!!! Senior information packets with important information regarding graduation, senior portraits, dates and deadlines will be mailed the last week of August.  Information will also be available on our website at www.tracylc.net on the Counseling/Guidance webpage.