TLC Newsletter for the week of Sept 22nd 2014..

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

 

Sept. 26, 2014                                                                                            No.8

Virginia Stewart

 

Virginia’s Voice

A new report released today by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools looks at next generation learning models in schools – those using time, talent, and technology in innovative ways. Specifically, the report evaluates current practices at four innovative schools and makes recommendations for policymakers to better support this type of personalized learning to help increase student achievement.

Breakthroughs in Time, Talent, and Technology: Next Generation Learning Models in Public Charter Schools, authored by Shonaka Ellison and Gillian Locke of Public Impact, explains three core aspects of next generation learning:

  • Time, structuring the day around a pace more suited to the students they serve rather than a strict bell schedule;
  • Talent, hiring and cultivating teachers around their particular expertise, exploring innovative tutoring models, and utilizing master teachers; and
  • Technology, incorporating digital self-paced learning with multiple ways for students to receive and understand new content.

As the report states, “The term ‘next generation’ connotes for many the idea of “technology enabled,” or using technology to enhance a certain product or process. But next-generation models move beyond technological innovation. These models’ core goal is to truly personalize learning so that each student can reach his or her potential. To do this, next generation models must use time and talent—in addition to technology—in ways that differ significantly from the traditional school model.”

We work very hard to incorporate the three core aspects at the Tracy Learning Center and provide students with time needed to learn in a day diversified for learning a variety of things.  We hire the best teachers we can attract and we incorporate technology in all aspects of the curriculum.

 

 

Misc. Announcements

 

Drop Off and Pick Ups

We have recently had several complaints of unsafe drivers. A student was almost hit while crossing with the crossing guard due to people not slowing down or watching for pedestrians. PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND WATCH FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS CROSSING THE STREET. It is imperative for the safety of “our” children for drivers to drive safe so please SLOW DOWN!

 

Home Coming Parade Day Release Times

We will be releasing students early for the parade on Friday, Oct. 4, 2014:

PCS – 2:30pm

DCS, PHSA – 3:00pm

and MHS – 12:05pm (This is a correction!)

Parade begins at 4pm. Students attending must be supervised by his or her parent.

 

Hearing Van

The hearing van will be here on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 to test K, 1, 2, 5, 8,and 9th grade students.

 

Picture Re-takes

Picture re-takes for all students is October 15, 2015, Order forms will be available. Please bring your order forms will be available. Send in your child’s previous pictures if you were dissatisfied on picture day.

The hearing van

 

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Sept. 29-24

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Beef Pigs in a Blanket

Wed  – Chicken Patty Sandwich

Thurs. – Beef or Bean Nachos

Fri. –  Beef Hot Dog

 

 

Primary Charter  

In Initial Phase, we said good-bye to summer and hello to fall.  We are wrapping up our unit on seasons and ready to move on.  Students showed what they learned through writing, projects, and even during math activities. What a fun way to welcome the new season!

Reminder: As the weather grows cooler, students will have more and more items to keep track of.  Be sure to label all articles of clothing to ensure a safe return.  

 

What a “sweet” week Phase 1 had!!  We learned all about Fall in Science and P1 even got to taste test apples!  Red was the favorite over green. P8 learned all about Johnny Appleseed and made some really cute hats.  We have begun writing friendly letters in Writer’s Workshop.  We will exchange letters next week and then write back to each other.  What fun it will be to have pen pals!  We are looking forward to Spirit Week next week….don’t forget to wear your PJ’s on Monday!!

 

Phase 2 is excited for Spirit Week next week!  P6 started making Lion King masks for our Primary float.  Every PCS student is welcome to walk in the parade next Friday.  Each class will pick a few students who get to ride on the float.  This week P6 started opinion writing and P3 worked on expository writing.  We are learning about Native Americans in social studies including what they ate, wore, and how they lived.

 

Primary Dress up Days for Spirit Week:

Monday:  Pajama Day

Tuesday:  Twin Day

Wednesday:  Sports Day

Thursday:  Awkward Day (mismatched clothes, crazy hair)

Friday: Disney Day or Primary shirts/blue and gold

 

 DCS 5th/6th

5th/6th

Star Student:

Congratulations to Alan Chavez for receiving the Star Student award this week! We appreciate Alan for always treating classmates and teachers in a respectful manner. Alan comes to class prepared with supplies and a mind that is open to whatever learning each lesson may hold for him. Alan was especially successful in Math this week. Way to go!

 

Homecoming Parade:

The parade is scheduled for Friday, October 3rd. Please note that our students will be released from school at 3:00 PM this day. If you are interested in volunteering for this event please contact Ms. T (ttakeuchi@tracylc.net).

 

Science Olympiad:

Our first Science Olympiad meeting of the year will be Thursday, October 2 in room D5 from 4:30-5:30. Information and applications for Science Olympiad will be distributed at this meeting. Students who are unable to attend the meeting may pick up an application form from Ms. Pelaez on Friday, October 3rd.

 

SWO:

Students have begun working on the Personal Awareness SWO project and scrapbook. Scrapbook pages for this SWO may be submitted to Ms. Pelaez any time before the October 17th due date.

 

Organization:

Student back packs are starting to look heavy as they fill with work. Please ask your child to sort through his or her bag to lighten the load and keep current work easily accessible

PHSA 7th and 8th

This week the leadership class discussed what they could for their homecoming float.  Ms. Powers suggested picking a song to create the float.  Mr. Warmerdam split the group up into three groups sot they could brainstorm idea based on FROZEN.

On Friday, September 19, the students voted on the best idea.  Then we started building the float.  We are making great progress.  Everyone in leadership is working and using their talents to make the float a good one.  This is our first team project.

 

Mrs. Stewart and Ms. Kay are concerned with the behavior of some students in Mr. Gardea’s homeroom.  This class has about seven students who are constant disrupters and we have seen little or no change in the behavior even after discipline.  These students were all warned today about their behavior and know that they will be suspended if behavior does not consistently improve.  It is not acceptable for a class to be unruly or disruptive and rude to a teacher.  Mr. Gardea is new and is working very hard to set up routines with his classes but he cannot do this when there are constant disruptive students.  We are very pleased with the many in the class who are trying and are doing well.  We will not let a few ruin things.

 

MHS

The quarter is almost over next week promises to be one of the busiest weeks of the year. We have mid terms in all classes which will change the schedule a great deal, homecoming activities including the Powder Puff game on Wednesday evening, the homecoming dance on Friday night, the homecoming parade through downtown on beginningFriday at 3:30 and the Homecoming game at Tracy High on Saturday night. There are spirit dress up days next week and a rally on Thursday. We have homecoming court nominees to crown and to top it off all SWO projects for quarter one are due next week! The SWO will be turned in during the class period as it occurs on the Mid Term schedule. I want to provide all parents with the schedule for mid term testing. It is true that some Seniors and Juniors have been excused from days when they do not have a class period that is testing. The schedule is as follows:

Monday September 29th

8:05 – 10:05      (Per. 1 Review)

10:05-11:50       (Per 1 Mid-Term)

LUNCH            (11:50-1:00)

1:00 – 1:55        (Per. 2 Review)

2:00 – 3:55        (Per. 2 Mid-Term)

 

Tuesday September 30th

 

8:05 – 10:05    (Per. 3 Review)

10:10 –11:50   (Per. 3 Mid-Term)

LUNCH          (11:50-1:00)

1:00 – 1:55      (Per.4 Review)

2:00 – 3:55      (Per.4 Mid-Term)

 

Wednesday October 1st

 

8:05 – 10:05    (Per. 6 Review)

10:10 –11:50   (Per. 6 Mid-Term)

LUNCH          (11:50-1:00)

1:00 – 1:55      (Per.7 Review)

2:00 – 3:55      (Per.7 Mid-Term)

Powder Puff Game 6:00 pm

 

Thursday October 2nd

 

8:05 – 9:55     (Per.8 Review)

10:00 – 11:55 (Per. 8 Mid-Term)

Lunch              (12:00 -12:50)

12:55-1:55       (Period 1)

1:55-2:55         (Period 2)

2:55-3:55         (Period 3)

 

Friday October 3rd

8:05-9:05         (Period 4)

9:05-10:05       (Period 6)

10:05-11:05     (Period 7)

11:05-12:05     (Period 8)

EARLY RELEASE – Homecoming Float Builds 8am-4pm/Parade at 4:30

 

As I said a very busy week next week but also a very spirited and exciting one! We as a staff look forward to seeing you at the various events and are focused on preparing the students to do their best on their mid terms.

Mr. Saldate

 

This week we had two speakers in the Junior Career Education class. Millennium High School would like to thank our speakers Alyssa Mupo, the Hire Me First Coordinator in Tracy and Johana Orellana from California State University Stanislaus.

 

Community Service

The counseling office has many community service opportunities this weekend. If you have not already completed your required hours for your 1st quarter SWO, stop by the counseling office or visit the website and sign up today! Remember it’s never too early to start fulfilling next quarter’s hours. Please keep in mind community service hours are updated by Fridays.

 

Coming Soon! 7th annual Community Service Fair

Over 20 non-profit organizations will be present to allow students to opportunity to sign up for volunteer opportunity. All students will have the opportunity to meet representative from these organizations and learn about the volunteer needs through out the community.

 

Student Tutors Community Service Volunteers

Student tutors are needed to assist with Homework Support. Any students interested in volunteering please pick up an application from Mrs. Saldate or the Counseling Office.

 

Home Football Games Volunteers

Mr. Hepner needs help after the football games to pick up trash and clean up the event. Anyone interested in assisting him at the Homecoming game can contact him for their duties. Anyone interested in assisting at future games can ask him for more information.

 

6th Grade Science Camp Volunteers needed!!!

Any Junior or Senior interested in being a science camp counselor can attend pick up an application in the Counseling Office. Applications are due October 9th

College Info

PSAT Sign Ups Now Open!!!!

The PSAT will take place on Saturday, October 18th, from 7:30am to 11:30am in rooms M-1 and M-2. The cost is only $15.00. Space is limited. There are only a few spots left.  Registration will be taken in the Counseling Office. Please bring payment when you register open to 9th, 10th and 11th grades.

Khan Academy SAT Test Prep

CollegeBoard has a new partnership with Khan Academy!  Students can download a real, full-length SAT practice test, watch Sal work through real SAT problems, and get even more practice using our interactive exercises, which feature tons of previously-unreleased problems from real SATs grouped by topic and difficulty level. If you’re taking the SAT in 2016 or later, we have even more exciting news for you. By spring 2015, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art learning tools–exercises, software diagnostics and videos–designed by Khan Academy and College Board specifically for the redesigned SAT. Stay tuned! Visit https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat for more information.

Tracy Unified School District College Fair

The Tracy Unified School District College fair will be held Monday, September 29th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at West High School. Breakout Sessions will include UC Admissions, West Point- Military Academics, CSU Admissions, Personal Statement, and NCAA Athletic Recruiting Education. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. For contact information: 209-830-3370×3007 or ltomlin@tusd.net

Other News

Everyday Counts

Next week marks the end of the month and the end of the Everyday Counts competition. All students who had perfect attendance during the month of September will be entered into the drawing for some great prizes. This event was sponsored by University of the Pacific.

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TLC Charter Chatter for the week of September 15th

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Sept. 19, 2014                                                                                              No.7

Virginia Stewart

It is very important that there is good communication between the school and the home.  We appreciate hearing from parents about good things we are doing as well as things we could improve.  While this year has had a few bumpy parts, I am pleased with the progress we are making.  The greatest challenge we have faced this year is the number of new teachers we have this year.  It is not easy to be a new teacher in any school setting, but working at a school like the ones we have is really a challenge.  Both students and parents expect high caliber teaching from day one.  I am pleased with the new teachers we have hired and have made adjustments when I thought it was needed, but I am also patient.  I know it takes a while to make an outstanding teacher. This does not happen overnight.

What we need from parents is support when a student complains about a teacher or a class.  Often it is the teacher dealing with students who are testing boundaries and are not acting as they would in any other class.  Right now, we are dealing with some of that in PHSA.  I believe we have selected a good teacher to replace Mrs. Hawkins and I am embarrassed as to how some of the students are acting towards this new teacher.   There are other situations that will improve with time if we all work together.

Thank you for your support as we help new teachers adjust to our way of doing things.

Misc. Announcements

 

Drop Off and Pick Ups

We have recently had several complaints of unsafe drivers. A student was almost hit while crossing with the crossing guard due to people not slowing down or watching for pedestrians. PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND WATCH FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS CROSSING THE STREET. It is imperative for the safety of “our” children for drivers to drive safe so please SLOW DOWN!

 

Home Coming Parade Day Release Times

We will be releasing students early for the parade on Friday, Oct. 4, 2014:

PCS – 2:30pm

DCS, PHSA and MHS – 3:00pm

Parade begins at 4pm. Students attending must be supervised by his or her parent.

Hearing Van

The hearing van will be here on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 to test K, 1, 2, 5, 8,and 9th grade students.

Picture Re-takes

Picture re-takes for all students is October 15, 2015, Order forms will be available. Please bring your order forms will be available. Send in your child’s previous pictures if you were dissatisfied on picture day.

The hearing van

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Sept. 22-26

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. – Grilled Cheese

Wed  – Beef or Bean Burrito

Thurs. – Beef Lasagne

Fri. –  Hamburger

Primary Charter  

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Mixed Bags fundraiser!  Orders are due Monday.  Please make sure checks are made out to TLC and we do not have to collect sales tax.

In Initial Phase, we are gearing up to experience our first ever homecoming parade on October 3rd!  Our theme this year is Lion King the musical.  Primary will make a float and students and parents are encouraged to come support our school in down town Tracy. Along with homecoming, our students will experience Spirit Week.  Look for information to come home soon about fun themed dress up days as well as our parade.

This week the students in Phase One have been learning all about friendly letters and how to write them. Next week they will be receiving pen pals and writing a letter to them. They will then respond to their pen pal after. In science, the students learned about the three states of matter; solid, liquid and gas. They did many activities and experiments showing the three different states and how they can even change from one state to another state. Their favorite one was the Fizzy Purple Cow (a root beer float with grape soda). In language arts, they are continuing to learn about parts of speech and excelling with the AR program. The students are doing amazing and the teachers are so excited about all that they are learning!

Phase 2 students have been productive workers this week!  Several students in both P6 and P3 have earned SWO bracelets and are working on earning their rainbow bracelet.  Great job! This week P3 finished their map projects in social studies.  P6 started learning about Native American homes.  Ask your child what type of home a nomadic Native American lived in!  We are also very busy in Writer’s Workshop.  P3 worked on opinion writing this week and P6 finished up narrative writing.

 

DCS 5th/6th

Star Student:

Congratulations to Rayyan Saiyed for receiving the Star Student award this week! We appreciate Rayyan for demonstrating dedication to learning by asking questions that lead to interesting class discussion. Rayyan tracks grades closely so as never to fall behind. Rayyan has the skills of a successful student.

Science Olympiad:

Our first Science Olympiad meeting of the year will be Thursday, October 2 in room D5 from 4:30-5:30. Information and applications for Science Olympiad will be distributed at this meeting. Students who are unable to attend the meeting may pick up an application form from Ms. Pelaez on Friday, October 3rd.

Homecoming Parade:

The parade is scheduled for Friday, October 3rd. Our DCS float will be a Willy Wonka theme this year. We will need parent volunteers to help assemble the float the morning of the parade. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Ms. T (ttakeuchi@tracylc.net).

Exploration:

This was our final week for the first rotation of Exploration. On Monday students will begin their second of six Explorations. By offering students a chance to rotate we hope they will discover new interests outside of the standard classroom curriculum.

SWO:

Scrapbook cover pages were due on Friday to Ms. Pelaez. We will begin working on the Personal Awareness SWO next week. Directions for this portion of the scrapbook will be given by Ms. Pelaez to all students on Monday along with a copy of the rubric. Students will soon begin working on a personal awareness project in Ms. Wallace’s class as well. Both portions of the Personal Awareness SWO are due by October 17th.

Soles4Souls

Thank you for your shoe donations. DCS managed to fill three barrels of shoes to donate to the charity. Way to go!

 

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PHSA 7th and 8th

Please check student agendas for grades and check the calendar for behavior.  Green is what we are expecting.  Oranges indicate poor behavior in class.  Several oranges will result in suspension.

The students in leadership are working on their float ideas.  The shoe drive was very successful.  Thank you for your support.

Language Arts teachers have begun the expectation to read at least one book per month. Students should have a book with them at all times to read if they have extra time in class.

Mr. Warmerdam is very pleased with the progress his students are making in social studies.  He was impressed with all they accomplished this week in their work with the Bill of Rights.

 

MHS

Busy, Busy, Busy…that has been the theme in the High School this week. So much is going on and so much is fast approaching. We have had a great week of spirit as our first Home Football game approaches tomorrow night at Tracy High. The game begins at 7:00 pm and the students are very excited. We are also very proud of our soccer, volleyball and cross country teams as they continue their impressive seasons. We have so many preparations underway for homecoming. Floats are being built, Powder Puff football and cheer begin practicing today. The annual Haunted High is beginning to get organized and we had a great Field Trip today to a few trade colleges. Of course, the most important thing is what we are doing in the class rooms. The first quarter mid terms are fast approaching and students should be focusing in and getting ready to ace these tests. Studying should be a big part of a students life over the next two weeks. Quarter grades really serve as a progress report for students in their classes. For freshman, this is the first opportunity to experience a major test like a final or midterm and for them to get used to the routine of the week and the preparation that is required to do really well. Falcon Pride!

Mr. Saldate

 

 

Charter Chatter September 19, 2014

This week we had three speakers in the Junior Career Education class. Millennium High School would like to thank our speakers Judy Beitz from San Joaquin County Work Net, Nancy McDonald from FIDM (Fashion Institute and Design Merchandise), and Daniel Garcia from Hope International University.

Today students had the opportunity to attend the Career Trades Fair and San Joaquin Delta College Main Campus in Stockton. Our students had hands on experience in different trades and skills at the career fair. They also toured multiple departments of Delta College for a more in-depth look at the college and what it has to offer.

Community Service

The counseling office has many community service opportunities this weekend. If you have not already completed your required hours for your 1st quarter SWO, stop by the counseling office or visit the website and sign up today! Please keep in mind community service hours are updated by Fridays. The last Friday before the end of the quarter is one week from today. That is the last day hours will be updated prior to the SWO due date.  Please do not come into the counseling office the week of the 29th asking for your hours to be inputted.

 

Student Tutors Community Service Volunteers

Student tutors are needed to assist with Homework Support. Any students interested in volunteering please pick up an application from Mrs. Saldate or the Counseling Office.

Home Football Games Volunteers

Mr. Hepner needs help after the football games to pick up trash and clean up the event. Anyone interested in assisting him at Saturday’s game can find him after the game for their duties. Anyone interested in assisting at  future games can ask him for more information.

MHS Students visit the San Joaquin County Job Fair:

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6th Grade Science Camp Volunteers needed!!!

Any Junior or Senior interested in being a science camp counselor can attend pick up an application in the Counseling Office. Applications are due October 9th

College Info

PSAT Sign Ups Now Open!!!!

The PSAT will take place on Saturday, October 18th, from 7:30am to 11:30am in rooms M-1 and M-2. The cost is only $15.00. Space is limited so sign up early. Please keep in mind that students from any high school can sign up for the PSAT at MHS. Registration will be taken in the Counseling Office. Please bring payment when you register open to 9th, 10th and 11th grades.

CAPPEX Diversity + College Access Fair October 1, 2014

The CAPPEX Diversity and College Fair is a virtual, free event for students to connect with colleges, chat with admissions counselors, get all their questions answered, and learn about campus life from current college students. Students also have a chance at winning a $1,000 scholarship just for attending. Registration for the event is FREE for students, and can be completed at this link: http://www.cappex.com/fair

Khan Academy SAT Test Prep

CollegeBoard has a new partnership with Khan Academy!  Students can download a real, full-length SAT practice test, watch Sal work through real SAT problems, and get even more practice using our interactive exercises, which feature tons of previously-unreleased problems from real SATs grouped by topic and difficulty level. If you’re taking the SAT in 2016 or later, we have even more exciting news for you. By spring 2015, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art learning tools–exercises, software diagnostics and videos–designed by Khan Academy and College Board specifically for the redesigned SAT. Stay tuned! Visit https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat for more information.

“The Official SAT Question of the Day” App

With the free Official SAT Question of the Day app, you can get ready for the SAT whenever and wherever you want. Download the app on your iOS or Android device to access the last 30 days’ worth of official SAT questions, take advantage of hints and answer explanations to help improve your performance, filter questions to focus on specific subject areas, track your progress, and see how it compares to others, access questions in off-line mode, keep up to date on upcoming SAT dates and registration deadlines. Remember: A little practice goes a long way. Download the app, and start practicing today! Also, available via Twitter @SATQuestion.

Tracy Unified School District College Fair

The Tracy Unified School District College fair will be held Monday, September 29th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at West High School. Breakout Sessions will include UC Admissions, West Point- Military Academics, CSU Admissions, Personal Statement, and NCAA Athletic Recruiting Education. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. For contact information: 209-830-3370×3007 or ltomlin@tusd.net

Click below to see how you can choose a student for the Spirit Award:

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 2014

Other News

Firefighter Career Expos

In keeping with their mission to recruit, retain and promote more women to the Fire Service, the California Fire Fighter Joint apprenticeship Committee and its Commission to Recruit Women for the Fire Service encourage interested middle school and high school students to attend an expo in September. Dates and locations are as followed:

Saturday, September 20th from 10am-1pm at 526 Commerce Way Livermore, CA 94551

 

TLC Charter Chatter for the week of September 8th, 2014

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Sept. 12, 2014                                                                             No.6

Virginia Stewart

Virginia’s Voice

I read an article recently that I felt was a great indicator of successful teachers.  It was addressed to parents and noted that as good as a school may be, it comes down to the teacher.  A child’s education is determined by the commitment and ability of the teacher in the classroom.  I honestly feel that the Tracy Learning Center strives to hire and maintain great teachers.

The article noted four ways to spot a great teacher.  It said that parents should seek out educators who:

Have active intellectual lives outside their classrooms.  Teachers with large vocabularies are better at their jobs because this trait is associated with being intelligent, well read and curious.  The best teachers often love to travel, have fascinating hobbies, or speak passionately about their favorite philosopher or poet.

Believe intelligence is achievable, not inborn.  Effective educators reject the idea that smarts are something that only some students have.  They expect all children to perform at high levels, even those who are unruly, learning disabled or struggling with English.  These teachers help students learn something new every day.  Good teachers spend time going into depth rather than time teaching the same things the same way.

They are data driven.  Effective teachers assess students at the start of units to find out strengths and weaknesses, then quiz students again when units end to determine whether concepts and skills have been learned.  Teachers learn from the assessment and change plans according to student needs.

They ask great questions.  They go beyond to obvious and ask the whys and hows of simple questions.  They ask about connections to previous learning and they connect things for students by asking them to reflect and consider possibilities.

Parents and teachers can work together by supporting one another with these four great aspects.  Good schools need effective teachers and parents working together.

Misc. Announcements

 

 

Your feedback is important to us…

TLC is looking for your input.  We have posted a survey for and are hoping you will take a moment to answer a few questions.  If you include your email in the final question, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card in appreciation of your time.

*TLC Parent Survey*

 

Drop Off and Pick Ups

We have recently had several complaints of unsafe drivers. A student was almost hit while crossing with the crossing guard due to people not slowing down or watching for pedestrians. PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND WATCH FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS CROSSING THE STREET. It is imperative for the safety of “our” children for drivers to drive safe so please SLOW DOWN!

 

 

 

 

EScrip and Target Red Card Benefits

Thanks to parents, teachers and other supporters in our Community, our school has benefitted from the Target Take Charge of Education Program. Just this week Target awarded our school a check for $877.01. To learn more about this program and how to engage additional support visit Target.com/TCOE

We appreciate the efforts of our parent, Jeanette Oliveri, who facilitates this ongoing fundraiser.

 

THE 2014 ATTENDANCE CHALLENGE

School is your first and most important job. Attend every day so that you can learn what you need to achieve your goals.

This September, University of the Pacific and our community partners are celebrating Attendance Awareness Month with the Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge. Here’s how it works:

We challenge you to build a habit of good attendance by coming to school on time every day, starting with the month of September. Students who have perfect attendance for the whole month will be entered into a drawing for prizes including Kindle E-readers, gift cards, tickets to Pacific athletic events and more. If you win, your school will be notified by October 10.

We hope you’ll participate by coming to school every day because Every Day Counts! Our counseling department will keep record of all students who have perfect attendance and submit them for this exciting and rewarding challenge.

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Sept. 15-19

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Sandwich

Wed  Hard Shell Beef Tacos

Thurs. – Cheese Ravioli

Fri. –  Hamburger

Primary Charter  

 

In Initial phase, we have enjoyed learning about weather, seasons, and climate this week.  Students have been busy showing their knowledge through writing, illustrating, and projects.  Next, we will focus on fall and how the weather changes.  We are excited to welcome fall and the cooler weather.  In addition, each class is working hard to learn sight words, letters, letter sounds, building strong number sense, and how to be a productive worker. Students in Initial phase come to school eager and ready each and every day to learn, grow, and play!  What an amazing group of students!

Phase 1 students continue to be thrilled about learning!  Science was really exciting this week.  The students learned all about sound, pitch, volume, and vibration. They know that sound can travel through air, water, and solids. They even got to make their own guitar!  In Writer’s Workshop students are finishing up their opinion writing.  Next week we will begin writing friendly letters.  Keep up those awesome AR scores and Rowely Math scores!! Thank you to those students that have graciously donated shoes for our “Soles for Souls” shoe drive. Progress Reports will be going home within the next couple of weeks.  Be sure to look for those in your student’s folders.  Enjoy Family Movie Night and have a great weekend!

Phase 2 is finishing up our geography unit.  We are almost finished with our map project and then we will be learning about Native Californians.  Every day in class our students use their supplies and binders and we are impressed with how organized they are!  We also have been giving out a lot of productive worker SWOs!

Reminder:  The Mixed Bag fundraiser ends on Friday, September 22nd.  We do not have to collect sales tax on the items sold, just collect the amount listed in the catalog.  Items will arrive about 2-3 weeks after the 22nd.  Please make checks out to Tracy Learning Center.  Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who donated shoes for “Soles for Souls.”  The MHS leadership students were excited to get our donations!

 

 

 

DCS 5th/6th

Star Student:

Congratulations to Alyssa Garza for receiving the Star Student award this week! We appreciate Alyssa for the way she respects the learning environment by working quietly so others can think. Alyssa keeps her work organized and is always on task in class. She is an excellent role model!

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All Green August:

Students who maintained an all green agenda in August were entered into a raffle for prizes. We had our drawing on Monday. Congratulations to our five winning students!

Drama/Music Exploration:

The students in the current Drama/Music exploration will be performing their well-rehearsed song for all of 5th and 6th grade during morning unity next Wednesday, September 17th. Parents are invited to enjoy the short performance.

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Science Camp:

During Wednesday’s Science Camp meeting registration forms were distributed to families in attendance. Registration forms were also made available the following day at school for students of families who were unable to attend the meeting. Completed registration forms are due no later than November 7th. Additional information and downloadable forms and camp menus are available on the website of Ms. Pelaez under the Science Camp tab. Questions? Contact Ms. Pelaez (lpelaez@tracylc.net)

Soles4Souls:

TLC is sponsored a shoe collection for the charity Soles4Souls. Ms. T is collected donations for 5th and 6th grade. Thank you to all who participated.

PHSA 7th and 8th

PHSA

The leaders for Student Leadership have been named.  We will report on their progress and activities in this section in the future.  Congratulations to these students:

  1. Kendall Harrington
  2. Zaid Mamsa
  3. Armina Moshiri
  4. Veronica Knowlden
  5. Michael Morri
  6. Camille Cifra
  7. Lauren Gandall
  8. Marissa Magana
  9. Isaiah Woods
  10. Manal  Siddiqui
  11. Nicole Young
  12. Nikole Morales
  13. Alyssa Barba
  14. Jasjot Kaur
  15. Emiliano Olmos
  16. Noah Morales
  17. Pooja Adapa
  18. Megan Chambers
  19. Gessica Oliveri
  20. Christine Santos
  21. Emma Sales
  22. Tariq Gaba
  23. Emiliano Olmos
  24. Noah Morales
  25. Pooja Adapa

The new leadership team is planning lunch time activities such as relay races, tug of war, and other fun things to do.  They are beginning to plan their float for homecoming.  The theme for PHSA is “Frozen” They are hoping for teachers and students to dress as characters from the movie.  Mrs. Barrett is a favorite choice for Elsa!

The leadership team is encouraging students to bring in old shoes to help with the united shoe drive.  The high school is doing a great job collecting old shoes.  Please help PHSA have a sizeable donation.

Leadership also recognized the importance of being good role models in class and at Unity as well as offering to help other students in class.

We have hired a new math teacher for the PHSA team.  We would like to thank Mrs. Sky for the great work she did filling in while we completed our search for a math teacher.  We are proud to present Mr. Javier Gardea as our new teacher.  We are very excited.  He has background in math, science, native American Culture, and music.

The students have settled into a good routine and are now involved in completing the second SWO project.  There will be teacher assistance and help in class.  All students are expected to complete the SWO on time and well.

The PHSA Science Olympiad Team is beginning to form.  If you are interested in being part of this amazing competition, please see Mrs. King for an application.  We are looking for energetic, dedicated team members who are will to do their best to support their team.  The main event is March 7th at the University of the Pacific.  Hurry, there are a limited numbers of spots and they are filling fast.  Applications are due by September 19th.

 

 

MHS

Another week in the books at MHS! We had a successful spirit bus to our first away football game of the season. The students had a great time, were well behaved and very spirited. They represented MHS well at the game. The students are fast approaching the end of the first quarter. Now is the time to ensure assignments are being completed and turned in on time; that the first portion of the SWO projects are being completed and ready for submission and that studying is being done as midterms will be taking place.

We had CELDT testing this week for our English Language Learner Students and we anticipate that many of them will pass this exam and become re-designated as emerging fluent English students.

This is such a busy time of year with homecoming fast approaching, preparations being made for our annual Haunted High event and athletics in full swing. The successful students learn to strike a balance between all of these opportunities while making performance in classes their priority. The staff continues to be impressed with the level of behavior of the student body in general. We look forward to all our fall events just like the students but try to keep them focused on what is important and that is getting off to a solid academic start to the year.

Mr. Saldate

This week we had three speakers in the Junior Career Education class. Millennium High School would like to thank our speakers Nancy McDonald from FIDM (Fashion Institute and Design Merchandise), and John Amador.

If you or anyone you know has an interesting job and would be willing to be a speaker for the class please contact Ms. A in the counseling office at 209-627-8299 or at sarganbright@tracylc.net.

Community Service Block M Program

The Tracy Breakfast Lions Club has agreed to sponsor the community service Block M program and it is making its debut on the MHS campus this year. This program is a great opportunity for those students who go above and beyond in the community and who would like another opportunity to earn a Block Letter. To qualify for the program the graduation requirement of 200 hours must be completed. This program is in addition to not in conjunction with our graduation requirement. Anyone interested in the program can visit the counseling office or clink the link below for more information. http://tracylc.net/community-service.html

Snack Club Community Service Opportunity

There is currently a great opportunity after school to earn some community service hours. Volunteers are needed from 4pm to 6pm daily. Anyone interested in volunteering for the After School Snack Club will need to stop by the counseling office for an On Campus Volunteer Application.

Student Tutors Community Service Volunteers

Student tutors are needed to assist with Homework Support. Any students interested in volunteering please pick up an application from Mrs. Saldate or the Counseling Office.

 

 
College Info

PSAT Sign Ups Now Open!!!!

The PSAT will take place on Saturday, October 18th, from 7:30am to 11:30am in rooms M-1 and M-2. The cost is only $15.00. Space is limited so sign up early. Please keep in mind that students from any high school can sign up for the PSAT at MHS. Registration will be taken in the Counseling Office. Please bring payment when you register open to 9th, 10th and 11th grades.

CAPPEX Diversity + College Access Fair

The CAPPEX Diversity and College Fair is a virtual, free event for students to connect with colleges, chat with admissions counselors, get all their questions answered, and learn about campus life from current college students. Students also have a chance at winning a $1,000 scholarship just for attending. Registration for the event is FREE for students, and can be completed at this link: http://www.cappex.com/fair

Khan Academy SAT Test Prep

CollegeBoard has a new partnership with Khan Academy!  Students can download a real, full-length SAT practice test, watch Sal work through real SAT problems, and get even more practice using our interactive exercises, which feature tons of previously-unreleased problems from real SATs grouped by topic and difficulty level. If you’re taking the SAT in 2016 or later, we have even more exciting news for you. By spring 2015, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art learning tools–exercises, software diagnostics and videos–designed by Khan Academy and College Board specifically for the redesigned SAT. Stay tuned! Visit https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat for more information.

“The Official SAT Question of the Day” App

With the free Official SAT Question of the Day app, you can get ready for the SAT whenever and wherever you want. Download the app on your iOS or Android device to access the last 30 days’ worth of official SAT questions, take advantage of hints and answer explanations to help improve your performance, filter questions to focus on specific subject areas, track your progress, and see how it compares to others, access questions in off-line mode, keep up to date on upcoming SAT dates and registration deadlines. Remember: A little practice goes a long way. Download the app, and start practicing today! Also, available via Twitter @SATQuestion.

Tracy Unified School District College Fair

The Tracy Unified School District College fair will be held Monday, September 29th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at West High School. Breakout Sessions will include UC Admissions, West Point- Military Academics, CSU Admissions, Personal Statement, and NCAA Athletic Recruiting Education. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. For contact information: 209-830-3370×3007 or ltomlin@tusd.net

Scholarship Opportunity with FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise)

Any junior or senior who is interested in leadership, fashion, and scholarship opportunities, please contact the Counseling Office.  A representative from FIDM would like to assist the students of Millennium in acquiring $6,000+ in scholarship.  Last year, 3 co-presidents of Fashion Club at Sierra HS in Manteca all received $6,000 each minimum in scholarship funding.

From a Parent

Dear Parents,

I need help taking my child to school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and a ride home after band practice on Tuesday afternoons at 5pm. We live in the Lourence Ranch community off of 11th St.  and Crossroads. If you can help please call me at 209-597-3666.

Thank you very much,

Albert Garcia

 

The TLC Newsletter for the week of September 1st 2014

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

 

Sept. 5, 2014                                                                                               No.5

Virginia Stewart

 

Virginia’s Voice

 

Between 2010 and 2013, 15 of 16 independent studies found that students attending public charter schools do better academically than their traditional public school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that public charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional public schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that public charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood. 

 

We know here at Tracy Learning Center, students perform better than surrounding schools.  We are proud of our accomplishments with students at all levels of the learning spectrum.  We personalize learning by grouping students so that they are working at the appropriate level of instruction for success.  This means that students are able to progress because they are learning what they need to know to proceed. 

 

Our classrooms are interactive and student centered.  Students are expected to participate and be a part of the learning process.  When students are involved learning improves as well.

 

 

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Misc. Announcements

 Your feedback is important to us…

TLC is looking for your input.  We have posted a survey for and are hoping you will take a moment to answer a few questions.  If you include your email in the final question, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card in appreciation of your time.

*TLC Parent Survey*

 

 

EScrip and Target Red Card Benefits

Thanks to parents, teachers and other supporters in our Community, our school has benefitted from the Target Take Charge of Education Program. Just this week Target awarded our school a check for $877.01. To learn more about this program and how to engage additional support visit Target.com/TCOE

We appreciate the efforts of our parent, Jeanette Oliveri, who facilitates this ongoing fundraiser.

 

 

THE 2014 ATTENDANCE CHALLENGE

 

School is your first and most important job. Attend every day so that you can learn what you need to achieve your goals.

 

This September, University of the Pacific and our community partners are celebrating Attendance Awareness Month with the Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge. Here’s how it works:

We challenge you to build a habit of good attendance by coming to school on time every day, starting with the month of September. Students who have perfect attendance for the whole month will be entered into a drawing for prizes including Kindle E-readers, gift cards, tickets to Pacific athletic events and more. If you win, your school will be notified by October 10.

 

We hope you’ll participate by coming to school every day because Every Day Counts! Our counseling department will keep record of all students who have perfect attendance and submit them for this exciting and rewarding challenge.

 

 

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Sept. 8-12

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Corn Dog

Wed  Chicken Taquitos

Thurs. – Beef Meatball Sandwich

Fri. –  Hamburger

 

 

Primary Charter  

 

Attention all Primary parents:

We have started the Mixed Bags Designs Fundraiser! Your child brought home a catalog and information sheet today in their green folder.  The fundraiser will run from today until Sept. 22nd.  Thank you for supporting PCS!

 

This week in Initial Phase students participated, for the first time, in Minute To Win It at Unity!  This was a fun and exhilarating way to start our day.  We cannot wait for next week so we can do it again! 

Our new SWO this month is Productive Worker.  Many students are well on their way to earning their purple bracelet.  We work hard everyday helping students learn what a productive worker looks like, sounds like, and acts like.  Ask your student if they have been caught being a productive worker!  

 

This week was a special week in Primary! We had our first “Minute to Win it” of the year and our Student Council elections. For minute to win it, the students had to pull all the tissues out of the tissue box the fastest. They had a blast and look forward to next week’s “Minute to Win it!” On Tuesday, all the students that were running for student council had their posters hung up in the lunch area, for all of the school to see. On Wednesday, the students were given the chance vote for those that were running. The students chosen were announced at unity today. Congratulations to all the students chosen!

The students in Phase one have been working really hard and learning a lot! In Language Arts, they are learning about parts of speech and story element.s In Math, they are learning about place value, expanded form and written form. They are even learning how to tell time! For Science this week, they learned about gravity and did several experiments and activities on what gravity is and how it affects us on earth.  Next week the students will be learning about vibrations and each student will need a shoe box for an experiment, so please bring those in by Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

 

What a great week for Phase 2!  We voted for our student council representative and admired their hard work on their campaign posters.  We know we will have an amazing student council this year!  This week also brought the return of Minute to Win It Wednesdays.  All classes got to participate in a fun game and cheer each other on.  We also learned about San Joaquin county this week.  We are looking forward to learning more about California in the coming weeks. 

Reminder to all parents: Please remember that no parents should be coming through the front gate in the morning unless you are dropping off snack.  It is for the safety of our students and we appreciate your cooperation.  If you’d like to stay and watch Unity, please enter through the front gate when the students are lined up.  Thank you!

 

DCS 5th/6th

 

 

Star Student:

Congratulations to Lilly McMahon for receiving the Star Student award this week! We appreciate Lilly for her positive attitude and friendly spirit. Lilly always gives her best effort and demonstrates true respect for others. Lilly has been an excellent role model for our fifth grade students.

 

Science Camp:

Our next Science Camp meeting is on Wednesday, September 10th. This meeting serves the purpose of clarifying requirements for registration, distributing forms, and discussing the option to stay at school. Registration forms will be available the following day at school for any families who are unable to attend the meeting.

 

New DCS Spirit Wear:

 2014-2015 DCS T-shirts are now available for purchase at a price of $15.  They are available in sizes Youth Large through Adult Large. Shirts are a 50/50 cotton blend heather gray with screen print graphic on the front. To purchase a shirt have your child submit an order form to Ms. T.

 

Fundraising:

 Ms. Rodieck is looking for creative fundraising ideas. Effective fundraising can help us provide supplies for academic enrichment and funds for activities like field trips and dances. If you have an idea to share please e-mail Ms. Rodieck (lrodieck@tracylc.net)

 

 

 

 

 

PHSA 7th and 8th

 

 

PHSA has completed the nominations and acceptance of the leadership student team for this year.  The students had criteria for acceptance which included grades and behavior based on oranges in the agenda.  Mr. Warmerdam is the advisor and he plans to have our students take a significant role in PHSA this year.  PHSA will be teaming up with MHS for the shoe drive.  They will be planning the float for homecoming and they are considering dates for the first dance. 

 

The students have completed the first month of school and the tallies are in for oranges and greens for the month. Most students managed to have a successful green month.  These students will be included in a raffle for gift cards soon.

Math placement is always in need of fine tuning  After a month of learning the strengths of our students we are fine tuning the two high groups.  Mrs. King has sent a letter to parents and students involved in a refinement of the high math groups.  Both groups will remain high groups, one group will move at a faster pace.  This has affected Language Arts as well.  The two high language arts groups are using the same books and curriculum, so the switch from one teacher to another to accommodate math is not a change in level or curriculum, just the teacher.  Thank  you for your understanding and support of this change.

 

 

 

MHS

 

It has been a busy week at Millennium as our Athletic programs have begun. The MHS boys soccer team got off to a great start beating West High 3-0 in their opener. Today our football team leaves for their first game of the season and will be followed by a spirit bus of Falcon fans that are making the road trip to cheer them on against their first opponents. We have also had a great opportunity presented by our Band Director Mr. Zepeda to create the first drum line, color guard and drum major positions at MHS. There is no previous experience required for these spots in the band so anyone interested should see Mr. Zepeda for more details. In Mr. Saldate’s Government classes Seniors were presented with an opportunity to earn $165 by working at the voting polls in November. Sign up sheets are available until September 17 and then I have to fax them to Sacramento. Anyone who signs up is guaranteed a spot at a polling place near their place of residence. As the year progresses we are getting much closer to the midterm exams and the end of the first quarter. Students should be studying and making sure they are completing all assignments for the best possible grade in all their classes. Homecoming is just around the corner and there are also many community service opportunities available right now at the counseling office. It has been a great start to our year and we are so excited about what the rest of the year will hold. 

Mr. Saldate 

 

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This week we the Junior Career Education class went over the results of the ASVAB test and had Sergeant Alcantar from the National Guard as a speaker in class. Millennium High School would like to thank both our speaker and other military representatives present for the ASVAB evaluation for taking the time to visit our school. If you or anyone you know has an interesting job and would be willing to be a speaker for the class please contact Ms. A in the counseling office at 209-627-8299 or at sarganbright@tracylc.net.

 

Community Service Block M Program

The Tracy Breakfast Lions Club has agreed to sponsor the community service Block M program and it is making its debut on the MHS campus this year. This program is a great opportunity for those students who go above and beyond in the community and who would like another opportunity to earn a Block Letter. To qualify for the program the graduation requirement of 200 hours must be completed. This program is in addition to not in conjunction with our graduation requirement. Anyone interested in the program can visit the counseling office or clink the link below for more information. http://tracylc.net/community-service.html

 

Snack Club Community Service Opportunity

There is currently a great opportunity after school to earn some community service hours. Volunteers are needed from 4pm to 6pm daily. Anyone interested in volunteering for the After School Snack Club will need to stop by the counseling office for an On Campus Volunteer Application.

 

Student Tutors Community Service Volunteers

Student tutors are needed to assist with Homework Support. Any students interested in volunteering please pick up an application from Mrs. Saldate or the Counseling Office.

 

College Info

Last week to register!!! September 10th and 11th – 3:00pm – 5:30pm

SAT/PSAT Prep classes through the ZAPS Learning Company will be back by popular demand. Signups are now available at www.zaps.com  – Cost is $99 for the two day preparation workshop which includes test prep materials.  This workshop is ideal for the senior student to help prepare one last time before the upcoming October 11th SAT test date or students working to prep for the PSAT.

 

PSAT Sign Ups Now Open!!!!

The PSAT will take place on Saturday, October 18th, from 7:30am to 11:30am in rooms M-1 and M-2. The cost is only $15.00. Space is limited so sign up early. Please keep in mind that students from any high school can sign up for the PSAT at MHS. Registration will be taken in the Counseling Office. Please bring payment when you register open to 9th, 10th and 11th grades.

 

Scholarship Opportunity with FIDM

Any junior or senior who is interested in leadership, fashion, and scholarship opportunities, please contact the Counseling Office.  A representative from FIDM would like to assist the students of Millennium in acquiring $6,000+ in scholarship.  Last year, 3 co-presidents of Fashion Club at Sierra HS in Manteca all received $6,000 each minimum in scholarship funding.