TLC Newsletter for the week of Dec 15th 2014

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

 

Dec. 19, 2014                                                                                        Vol. 19 No.19

Virginia Stewart

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Thank you for your continued commitment and support of our schools.  We never take your enrollment of your students in our schools for granted.  We understand that you have selected us as the best educational option for your child and we do not take that selection for granted.  We value your presence in our schools and we are committed to providing an educational program second to none.

 

We are happy finals and first semester is over for high school, we enjoyed watching the 5th and 6th graders who stayed at home for school science camp….they had a wonderful time.  We know that the students who were at away science camp had a lot of rain but also had a wonderful time.  We enjoyed seeing our little ones learning songs for the holidays and writing about the elf.  The band for 7th and 8th and the high school band performed extremely well at their winter concert.  All of these things make us proud and willing to continue to work hard for the success of all of our students.

 

Thank you for believing in us.  We wish you a joyful and great winter break.

 

 

 

 

Misc. Announcements

 

TLC’s Got Talent Show

will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy, CA. All students who are interested in participating need to complete the audition form located on the main page of the tracylc.netwebsite. All forms are due no later than Monday, January 5th, 2015. Auditions will take place during the week of January 12th, 2015. All students who complete and turn in an audition form should be on the lookout for their audition date and time the week that school resumes.

 

SAVE THE DATE TLC Crab Feed:  February 7, 2015

Come join us for the 9th Annual Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed – Saturday, February 7, 2015. All you can eat crab, pasta, salad, and bread. Dessert Auction. Stay for the raffle, live auction and lots of dancing.

Tickets are $45.00 each or reserve a table for $360. There will be an opportunity again this year to advertise your business on a placemat that will be placed at each table setting. Great exposure for your business. A business card size ad is $30.00. Larger ads are available, please contact Donna Baker for details.

If you would like to donate an item or volunteer for this awesome event please contact Donna Baker at (209) 832-1940 or donna@donnabaker.com.

Thanks a bunch to all who make this event so incredible!!!!!!!!

 

Give Every Child A Chance

Tracy Learning Center has been approved as a new site for the strong and expanding tutoring/mentoring program Give Every Child a Chance!  They are bringing a homework assistance group tutoring program to our school for 7th through 12th graders.  The program is free for students who have a D or an F in any subject, an IEP, or a strong teacher recommendation. Math and Language Arts assistance will take place Monday-Thursday between 4:00-6:00pm in D-13, Mrs. Saldana’s room.  For more information about GECAC, please see their website:  www.gecac.net.  For an application, please contact Ms. Moore at the MHS Counseling Office, or visit http://www.gecac.net/downloadsapplications.html and click “One on One Tutoring Application”.  You may write in “Tracy Learning Center” as your site of choice.  Turn in applications to Ms. Moore at MHS Counseling.

 

 

Winter Break begins Mon. Dec. 22, 2014 and all students return to school on Mon. Jan. 5, 2015

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Jan. 5 – 9

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Beef Taco

Wed  – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Thurs. – Beef or Bean Nachos

Fri. –  Chicken Quesadilla

 

 

Primary Charter  

This week in Initial Phase we enjoyed our last week before break.  The students worked very hard to learn special winter songs taught by the talented Mrs. Watson.  Everyone who performed did an amazing job!  Each class also recognized their Polite Citizens for the month of December.  Friday was a fun day for everyone and we are ready for our winter break!  Thank you for a great 2014 and we will see everyone back in January.

Phase One

This week the students in Phase One continued to learn about holiday traditions around the world. Over the last two weeks they have learned about several different countries’ holiday traditions including Mexico, Germany, Israel, Australia and USA.

In Language Arts, the students read the book The Polar Express and did many activities and crafts relating to the story. They also wrote about how to decorate a Christmas tree and how to make hot chocolate in writer’s workshop. In math the students did some fun holiday math activities and crafts as well. Both classes also got to watch the movie Polar Express and were able to compare and contrast the book and movie. They even wore their pajamas and enjoyed some hot chocolate while they watched the movie.

Each class also had their own holiday performance for the parents to come and watch. P1 has been learning holiday songs with Mrs. Watson during elective. P8 learned some holiday songs during Social Studies as they learned about holiday traditions around the world. Thank you to all the parents and family members that took the time out of their day to come and watch the students in Phase One perform their holiday songs. The students were very proud of the songs they learned.

Phase 2

This week phase 2 students worked hard and showed that they are ready for the break!  P3 got to show off their awesome winter songs that they learned with Mrs. Watson.  They sounded great!  P6 finished a special snowman project and made snowflakes in art.  We learned more about winter holidays and traditions and P6 got to watch The Nutcracker and compare it to the live performance we saw last week.  We also wrote creative winter stories and some groups took their final unit test in math.  Thank you to everyone who brought in treats on Friday.  The teachers and students appreciate it…thank you for helping us have a very special last school day of 2014!  Have a great break!

 

DCS 5th/6th

 

5th/6th

Our DCS students had a wonderful and educational experience at Science Camp and came back happy but exhausted. We also heard our MHS Student Camp Counselors did a fabulous job. Mrs. Pelaez and her co-teachers did a great job leading our students and  were so proud of our DCS students

 

Our “Stay” Camp students also had a great week full of amazing experiments, lessons and games. They finished the week off with a really fun sleepover and left Friday morning ready for a nice long nap. All of our 5th/6th grade students are so fortunate to have such dynamic and energetic teachers!

 

 

 

PHSA 7th and 8th

 

In social studies the students just finished up a unit on Slavery which coincides with the novel that is being read in ELA.

English Language Arts  just finished a creative writing unit in which the students had to write several narratives.  Currently, ELA is  working on the Jane Schaffer writing method which is a method that focuses on writing evidence based Response to Literature essays.  Writing is a critical part of learning for students in middle school since high school assignments often require essay writing.

7/8 Science is beginning a new unit focused on the Periodic Table of Elements.

Math is currently working on converting decimals to percentages and the associative and commutative properties. Algebra students are doing well and progressing nicely.

The 7/8 girls basketball team got 2nd place in the championship game. We are very proud of the effort the girls made this year.  Way to go!

 

 

 

MHS

MHS Charter Chatter December 19, 2014

The Spring semester started this week and report cards were mailed out.  We encourage parents to continue to check Aeries on a regular basis to be a part of your student’s academic success.  Some other helpful actions that parents can take to help their student is ask to see agendas, double check for homework completion, be in communication with teachers, and set aside designated time for studying and homework.

 

New resolutions go hand in hand with the upcoming New Year.  For many, the Spring semester can be a fresh start as well.

 

PSAT results are in. Students will be receiving their results and test booklets at an informational meeting that will be held the week that school resumes.

 

In January and February, Mrs. Stewart and the counseling staff will be meeting with all students for their annual counseling review.  Fast track classes and next year’s schedule will be planned.  Only 10th grade parents will be invited for an appointment.  Time is extremely limited and we encourage 10th grade parents to rearrange schedules as necessary to attend their scheduled time. Appointment letters will be mailed out when we return from the holiday break.

 

College Info

Congratulations! to the following students who have received early admissions to the following schools:

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College bound seniors: most colleges will be notifying applicants the status of their admission in early Spring by either mail or online via a student portal on the individual college web site.  We anticipate hearing about the acceptance letters.  All students accepted to a college or university should let the Counselors know as soon as they are notified.  Best of luck to all of those who applied!

 

San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop (STUFA)  Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Alex G. Spanos Center at University of the Pacific
Services are FREE and include: One on one assistance filling out financial aid forms, Tax preparation assistance and Scholarship information. For more information please call (209) 946-7705 or email: iruiz@pacific.edu

 

12th Annual Black College Expo

12th Annual Black College Expo to be held  from 9am-5pm at the Marriott Convention Center Downtown Oakland, California. For more information call: 877-427-4100 or visit our website at: www.theblackcollegeexpo.org

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Special Edition: TLC 9th Annual Crab Feed is coming Feb 7th!!!

SAVE THE DATE:  February 7, 2015

Come join us for the 9th Annual Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed – Saturday, February 7, 2015. All you can eat crab, pasta, salad, and bread. Dessert Auction. Stay for the raffle, live auction and lots of dancing.

Tickets are $45.00 each or reserve a table for $360. There will be an opportunity again this year to advertise your business on a placemat that will be placed at each table setting. Great exposure for your business. A business card size ad is $30.00. Larger ads are available, please contact Donna Baker for details.

If you would like to donate an item or volunteer for this awesome event please contact Donna Baker at(209) 832-1940 or donna@donnabaker.com.

Thanks a bunch to all who make this event so incredible!!!!!!!!

TLC Newsletter for the week of December 8th…

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Dec. 12, 2014                                                                                                               No.18

Virginia Stewart

Gone are the days when all classrooms are quiet.  Productive student talk is an essential part of learning.  Talking, when focused usually is a good indicator of thinking.  Sometimes the talking goes astray and it is the teacher who needs to facilitate a change.  Teachers do know that talking facilitates reading the writing development.  Those who are able to express their thinking verbally usually do a good job writing essays as well.

There are some good conversational moves we can all make to help foster productive thinking and talking.  These moves include asking:

  • Can you tell me more about that
  • Would you say that again, it interests me and I was only half listening
  • Can you give me another example so I can understand
  • I wonder what others think about that
  • Take your time explaining, I can see you still want to say more about this
  • Why do you think that
  • Where could we find more information about that
  • I can say what you said and you can let me know if I heard it correctly
  • That is a great question; do you want to learn about it with me?

I always think of these as great car conversation starters when students are talking about things in their day or activities that can and do lead to other ideas.  Listening to the news together and commenting is another great way to extend thinking.  Talking is an important part of learning.

Misc. Announcements

Jackets and Coats

Our lost and found is piling up and will be soon taken to the needy. It is so important for outer clothing to be labeled so that items can be returned to their rightful owners.

Easy Fundraiser

We have partnered with eCycle Group to run a Recycling Fundraiser! The program runs year-round, accumulating constant income for our efforts.  But we won’t get far without your support.  How can you help? Instead of throwing away empty original printer cartridges and used cell phones please send them to us.  We’ll take it from there.  You can drop off your original cartridges and cell phones with Connie in the office.

Thank you for your support!

Give Every Child A Chance

Tracy Learning Center has been approved as a new site for the strong and expanding tutoring/mentoring program Give Every Child a Chance!  They are bringing a homework assistance group tutoring program to our school for 7th through 12th graders.  The program is free for students who have a D or an F in any subject, an IEP, or a strong teacher recommendation. Math and Language Arts assistance will take place Monday-Thursday between 4:00-6:00pm in D-13, Mrs. Saldana’s room.  For more information about GECAC, please see their website:  www.gecac.net.  For an application, please contact Ms. Moore at the MHS Counseling Office, or visit http://www.gecac.net/downloadsapplications.html and click “One on One Tutoring Application”.  You may write in “Tracy Learning Center” as your site of choice.  Turn in applications to Ms. Moore at MHS Counseling.

 

Winter Concert presented by the Tracy Learning Center Musicians

We are looking very forward to our first Winter Production conducted by our music teacher, Mr. Zepeda. These talented musicians are our very own PHSA  Band and MHS Advanced Band Students. This should be a wonderful and very entertaining event.

Where – Kimball High School Theater 

When –  Tues, December 16, 2014 at 7pm 

Cost –    Adults-$5

             Children/Students-$3

 

Winter Break begins Mon. Dec. 22, 2014 and all students return to school on Mon. Jan. 5, 2015

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Dec. 15 – 19Mon. –   PizzaTues. –  Chicken Taquitos

Wed  – Grilled Cheese

Thurs. – Cheese Ravioli

Fri. –  Open Face Turkey Sandwich

 

Primary Charter  

 

Primary Musical Performances by selected Primary Classes!!

Friday, December 19th

 

The following classes will be performing in their rooms at these times only (these are their regular music elective times):

10:30   P3

12:30  P5

1:00   P7

2:00  P1

Dear Parents:

The students and I would love to have you join us during one of these exciting times! The students are working hard learning holiday songs.

Holiday hats will be allowed, provided they do not block other students.  Santa and elf hats would be appropriate.  Reindeer headbands and flashing hats may be too distracting.

We are looking forward to sharing some holiday cheer with you!

Mrs. Watson,

TLC Primary Music Teacher

 

Phase 1 Students had another wonderful week of learning.  The weather kept us cooped up and a little anxious, but we made through the week, especially with our elves, Luke and Peppermint, keeping an eye on us! The students had fun learning all about holidays and traditions all around the world.  P1 students made Kwanzaa mats, Hanukkah menorahs, and tasted tamales! P8 students made a suitcase and passport for their travels.  Mrs. Thompson taught about Hanukkah and the traditions. They traveled to Mexico and learned about their traditions and made poinsettias and traveled to Russia and learned about their traditions and made a Nutcracker.  We are so proud to welcome many new students to the AR program.  We have great readers in Phase 1. 

Phase 2 students had a very productive week.  We are learning about holiday traditions around the world and even got to taste some different foods from other countries.  We learned about Hanukkah and other winter holidays.  Phase 2 students are also working on winter narratives and we have some very creative writers!  Please remember that we have lunch, recess, and PE outside so dress accordingly for the weather!

 

In Initial Phase this week students have been intrigued with all of this rainy and windy weather.  We have been busy discussing how to read a forecast to help us plan our day, travel, and what we wear.  Students are enjoying predicting the forecast as well.  Reminder, label all clothing, gloves, and hats that you send to school with your student.

 

Phase 1 Students had another wonderful week of learning.  The weather kept us cooped up and a little anxious, but we made through the week, especially with our elves, Luke and Peppermint, keeping an eye on us! The students had fun learning all about holidays and traditions all around the world.  P1 students made Kwanzaa mats, Hanukkah menorahs, and tasted tamales! P8 students made a suitcase and passport for their travels.  Mrs. Thompson taught about Hanukkah and the traditions. They traveled to Mexico and learned about their traditions and made poinsettias and traveled to Russia and learned about their traditions and made a Nutcracker.  We are so proud to welcome many new students to the AR program.  We have great readers in Phase 1.

 

Phase 2 students had a very productive week.  We are learning about holiday traditions around the world and even got to taste some different foods from other countries.  We learned about Hanukkah and other winter holidays.  Phase 2 students are also working on winter narratives and we have some very creative writers!  Please remember that we have lunch, recess, and PE outside so dress accordingly for the weather!

 

 
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Star Student:
Congratulations to Grace Bhatia for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of December 15th. Grace always works hard and is kind and helpful to all those around her.

Science News:
Teams continue working hard to get ready for the Science Olympiad.

Social Studies:
All classes had their Colonial America Final this week. Overall the scores were pretty good!!
Mrs. Wallace’s 0 and 1st periods have begun their Wax Museum project.

The new Trimester is off and running. Can’t believe it is almost 2015!!

The students have done a great job with all the rainy days this week. DCS Rocks!!!

 

PHSA 7th and 8th

 

Mrs. King is very pleased with the progress her math students are making.  She also wishes everyone a happy holiday break.  She is suggesting a few small gifts for stockings as well: expo markers for white boards, pencils, erasers, and maybe even binder paper.

 

Mrs. Santiago is pleased to see the improvement in grades in her math classes and is encouraged with the student participation in class as well.

 

Oranges are going down.  Fewer students are receiving oranges in agendas for talking or disrupting instruction.  There is a greater focus in class.  All students are remembering their agendas.

 

Mrs. Saldana and Mrs. Sierra are appreciating the improvement in student writing and they are pleased that the students are enjoying the new novel: Copper Sun.  While the book discusses mature topics, they are pleased with the mature response of the students.

 

MHS

Finals are over and grades will be posted soon. Report cards will be mailed out next week. There may be some important information included with the reports cards, so please be on the lookout for them.  If you do not receive a report card by the end next week, please contact the main office to verify your mailing address.

The beginning of the Spring semester begins this Monday, December 15th.

 

Thank you to parents and students who participated in donating canned food, non-perishable items, and toys for Brighter Christmas.  We are proud of those who can help make this holiday season a much merrier one!

 

In January and February, Mrs. Stewart and the counseling staff will be meeting with all students for their annual counseling review.  Fast track classes and next year’s schedule will be planned.  Only 10th grade parents will be invited for an appointment.  Time is extremely limited and we encourage 10th grade parents to rearrange schedules as necessary to attend their scheduled time. Appointment letters will be mailed out when we return from the holiday break.

 

College Info

College bound seniors: most colleges will be notifying applicants the status of their admission in early Spring by either mail or online via a student portal on the individual college web site.  We anticipate hearing about the acceptance letters.  All students accepted to a college or university should let the Counselors know as soon as they are notified.  Best of luck to all of those who applied!

 

San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop (STUFA)  Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Alex G. Spanos Center at University of the Pacific
Services are FREE and include: One on one assistance filling out financial aid forms, Tax preparation assistance and Scholarship information. For more information please call (209) 946-7705 or email: iruiz@pacific.edu

 

12th Annual Black College Expo

12th Annual Black College Expo to be held  from 9am-5pm at the Marriott Convention Center Downtown Oakland, California. For more information call: 877-427-4100 or visit our website at: www.theblackcollegeexpo.org

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Senior Info

Spring Semester Interns!!!! All interviews are finished and our Spring Interns have been placed! A list of the participating businesses will be posted soon.  Please be aware that the internship begins for students when we return to school the week of January 5th.  The first internship class is on Wed, January 7th from 12:10pm until 12:50pm. Since this class only meets once a week, attendance is crucial to the success of your student’s internship. Please make sure to plan any appointments around this class.

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Attention Seniors!! If you have not already taken your Senior Picture at the Photographic Art Studio please do so as soon as possible. This is one more item to check off on your to do list for graduation. Please call 209-830-8830 to set up your appointment.

 

MHS Financial Aid Information Night! Thursday, December 18th at 6pm in room M-2 is MHS’ Financial Aid Information Night. Important topics will be covered such as the types of financial aid available for college and application deadlines will be discussed. Reminder postcards will be mailed soon.

 

Other News

Give Every Child A Chance

Tracy Learning Center has been approved as a new site for the strong and expanding tutoring/mentoring program Give Every Child a Chance!  They are bringing a homework assistance group tutoring program to our school for 7th through 12th graders.  The program is free for students who have a D or an F in any subject, an IEP, or a strong teacher recommendation.  Math and Language Arts assistance will take place Monday-Thursday between 4:00-6:00pm in D-13, Mrs. Saldana’s room.  For more information about GECAC, please see their website:  www.gecac.net.  For an application, please contact Ms. Moore at the MHS Counseling Office, or visit http://www.gecac.net/downloadsapplications.html and click “One on One Tutoring Application”.  You may write in “Tracy Learning Center” as your site of choice.  Turn in applications to Ms. Moore at MHS Counseling.

 

Give Every Child A Chance Volunteer Opportunity

Give Every Child A Chance is a tutoring/mentoring program that needs volunteer tutors!  If you are interested in tutoring 7th-12th grade students here at Tracy Learning Center for two community service hours a week (which can go toward a block letter!), please attend an informational meeting Thursday, December 18 at 12:15 in M-1. Listen at Unity for any additional details.

 

COSMOS- California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science

Want to spend a month on a college campus exploring topics in STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics? Application period is from January 20th – February 20th, 2015. Dates for the program are late June to Early- August. For more information please visit www.ucop.edu/cosmos

 

San Joaquin Delta College Engineering Departments 28th Annual Engineering and Technology Day

The 28th Annual Engineering and Technology Day at Delta College will take place on Friday, February 6th, 2015from 8:30am-3:00pm. The day’s activities will include Drafting Contest, Eggs Launcher Design and Competition, a robotics/electronics demonstration and a Career Orientation Seminar and an Awards Ceremony. For more information please visit the counseling office or 209-954-5285.

 

Sow A Seed Community Foundation’s annual Boys-to-Men Conference is back!

The conference, which is entitled “Born to Win: Know Yourself. Know your worth. Live your best!” is sponsored by Sow A Seed Community Foundation and co-sponsored by Kimball High School.  The primary goal of the event is to help young men identity some tools and resources that will help them achieve success in all areas of their life.  They will also learn career options and ways to avoid common social pit falls that lead to peer-pressure, poor academic achievement and/or unhealthy relationships and affiliations. Registrations can be faxed to 209-740-4047 or you may register online at www.sowaseedcf.org . For More Information or questions please contact 209-229-4559.

 

 

 

TLC Weekly Newsletter for the week of December 1st 2014

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

 

Dec. 5, 2014                                                                                                           No.17

Virginia’s Voice The first half of the school year is quickly coming to an end.  There were several expenses this year that added to the cost of our budget.  The recent rules regarding not requiring initial school supplies, and only asking for suggested donations for field trips has greatly reduced the money we receive from parents either in kind with school supplies, or reimbursement for field trips.  This has caused our budgets to be overspent for the first half of the year.  If any of you would like to make a donation to us as a non-profit organization, we would gladly receive it and send you a receipt for your taxes.  We have always suggested a $400 per year donation to help support our budgets, but rarely receive that amount from most of our parents.  Your donations to our schools will be greatly  appreciated.  Thank you for considering a donation.

 

Misc. Announcements

Christmas Toy Drive Sponsored by MHS Student Body and Low Creations Car Club

Help TLC give back to our community!

When – Sat, Dec. 6, 2014 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where – West Valley Mall Target Parking Lot

Please bring unwrapped toys, all donations welcome!

All proceeds go to the Brighter Christmas!

Monetary donation along with unwrapped toys can be dropped in the front office anytime between Dec. 1 and 5th. We will be having a raffle so business contributions, gift cards or services would be awesome for Raffel Prizes.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

 

Dismissal Car Line

Please do not block the parking lot entrances during dismissal time. Staff and visitors need to be able to enter our front parking lot and high school parking lots at this time and many times it is completely blocked not allowing cars to enter.

 

RETURN OF BIG COOKIE THURSDAY!!!

 

WOW!!!  Thank you to everyone who came out to participate for Big Cookie Thursday!  It was a huge success, more so than we ever expected!  Next week we will be back and fully stocked with more delicious cookies.  Our sincerest apologies if we ran out of cookies before you had a chance to get yours.  Please come back on Thursday, October 30th to buy more cookies from our PCS student council!

 

Jackets and Coats

Our lost and found is piling up and will be soon taken to the needy. It is so important for outer clothing to be labeled so that items can be returned to their rightful owners.

 

Easy Fundraiser

We have partnered with eCycle Group to run a Recycling Fundraiser! The program runs year-round, accumulating constant income for our efforts.  But we won’t get far without your support.  How can you help? Instead of throwing away empty original printer cartridges and used cell phones please send them to us.  We’ll take it from there.  You can drop off your original cartridges and cell phones with Connie in the office.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Big Cookie Thursday  has been a huge success!  In the coming months, we are planning to hold this event ONCE A MONTH only!  Mark your calendars, the next sale day will be:

 

Thursday, December 11, 2014 

Student Council members will be selling big chocolate chip cookies during carline on Thursdays for 50 cents each.  There will be two locations to buy cookies: one for walk-ups and one at ‘cone 5’ for families driving through carline.  Please try to bring exact change or small bills to help speed up our selling process.

Thank you for supporting our school! 

 

Winter Break begins Mon. Dec. 22, 2014 and all students return to school on Mon. Jan. 5, 2015

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Dec. 8 – 12Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Chicken Taquitos

Wed  – Chicken Nuggets

Thurs. – No Meat Spaghetti

Fri. –  Corn Dog

 

Primary Charter  

Thank you to everyone who participated in the See’s candy fundraiser!  It was a big success!  Orders should be here next week.

 

In Initial Phase this week we have been busy track and graphing weather, reading, learning math facts, and many other fun and interesting things.  We are also talking about the importance of using the weather forecast to plan our day.  Furthermore, remember to label all clothing items to ensure a safe return.

This week in Phase 1, the students were very excited to be back from our week off. The students were so excited to return and find a friend from Santa Claus in the North Pole. It was their Scout Elf. Scout Elves are sent from Santa and report back to him every night while the students are at home sleeping and they return before the next day of school. Each class read the book and then named their Elf. P1 named their Elf Luke and P8 named their Elf Peppermint. Every morning, the students have been so excited to search for their Scout Elf and what he has gotten into.

In Language Arts and Math, the students are working so hard in their centers. They are learning a lot and making improvements every day. The students are amazed at how much they have improved in just the first trimester. They are very excited to continue to teach the students and to see all that they will accomplish in trimester two.

Phase 2 students came back from their week off, ready to learn and start the new trimester!  We are learning about holidays around the world and different cultural traditions.  We also welcomed our classroom elves and are working on winter narrative writing.  This is a good time to ask your child if they need some new supplies for their binders…pencils, erasers, etc.

ALL PCS STUDENTS:

A reminder that with rainy days classrooms open at 7:45- if a student is dropped off prior to 7:45, it is the parent’s responsibility to supervise them outside of the school gates.  For afternoon rainy days drive through carline will remain the same. If parents choose to walk up must they wait along the fence in the classroom’s designated line-up area A teacher will be there to communicate to the classroom who to send out. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

DCS 5th/6th

Star Student:

Congratulations to Mikey Martinez for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of December 8th. Mikey always works hard and is kind and helpful to all those around him. He is a huge help to his teachers and they all appreciate it very much!!!

 

Science News:

Teams continue working hard to get ready for the Science Olympiad.

Away Science Camp: A non-mandatory meeting for what to pack for camp will be held on Monday, December 8th in room M1 from 5 – 6.

 

Social Studies:

Mrs. Wallace’s classes are in the final two weeks of Early Colonial America. Next up is The Colonial Rebellion against British Rule.

 

Fundraiser Money

We are still collecting any monies from The Turkey Trot fundraiser. Please turn your donations into your homeroom teacher as soon as possible.

 

Everyone seems to have enjoyed having a week off from school, they came back rested and ready to work.

 

The students have done a great job with all the rainy days this week. DCS Rocks!!!

 

PHSA 7th and 8th

A letter went home to all parents of students who did not pass the first SWO.  The students have until Monday, April 13 to resubmit in order to qualify for promotion.  Please encourage your student to resubmit sooner than later.

Only one student served Saturday School for the first two week period.  Remember that four oranges in a two week period qualifies  a student for Saturday School. We are appreciative of the students who have learned that staying focused in class makes all of us more productive.  Teachers see a significant change in behavior due to the penalty for oranges.

 


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High School finals are this upcoming week. Please note the schedule below.  Monday is a regularly scheduled day and Friday is an early release day at 12:00pm.   All week students were given study guides in many of their classes.  Encourage them to continue to study this weekend and throughout next week.  Report cards will be mailed the following week.  Also, in January and February, Mrs. Stewart and the counseling staff will be meeting with all students for their annual counseling review.  Fast track classes and next year’s schedule will be planned.  Only 10th grade parents will be invited for an appointment.  Time is extremely limited and we encourage 10th grade parents to rearrange schedules as necessary to attend their scheduled time. Appointment letters will be mailed out when we return from the holiday break.

 

Tuesday Wednesday
8:05am-9:30am – Period 1 Review9:30am – 11:50am – Period 1 Final

11:50am – 1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm – 1:55pm – Period 2 Review

2:00pm – 3:55pm – Period 2 Final

8:05am-9:30am – Period 3 Review9:30am – 11:50am – Period 3 Final

11:50am – 1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm – 1:55pm – Period 4 Review

2:00pm – 3:55pm – Period 4 Final

 

Thursday Friday
8:05am-9:30am – Period 6 Review9:30am – 11:50am – Period 6 Final

11:50am – 1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm – 1:55pm – Period 7 Review

2:00pm – 3:55pm – Period 7 Final

8:05am-9:30am – Period 8 Review9:30am – 11:50am – Period 8 Final

 

Early Release at 12:00pm.

 

San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop (STUFA)  Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Alex G. Spanos Center at University of the Pacific
Services are FREE and include: One on one assistance filling out financial aid forms, Tax preparation assistance and Scholarship information. For more information please call (209) 946-7705 or email: iruiz@pacific.edu

 

Senior Info

Congratulations! to the following students who have received early admissions to the following schools:

Saint Mary’s College of California

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Jamie Chesbrough

Febres Cordero Scholarship $18,000

Renewable for all four years

CSU: Bakersfield

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Stephanie Ramirez Miramontes

College bound seniors have been applying to colleges and universities. Most colleges will be notifying applicants the status of their admission in early Spring by either mail or online via a student portal on the individual college web site.  We anticipate hearing about the acceptance letters.  All students accepted to a college or university should let the Counselors know as soon as they are notified.  Best of luck to all of those who applied!

 

Attention Seniors!! If you have not already taken your Senior Picture at the Photographic Art Studio please do so as soon as possible. This is one more item to check off on your to do list for graduation. Please call 209-830-8830 to set up your appointment.

 

MHS Financial Aid Information Night! Thursday, December 18th at 6pm in room M-2 is MHS’ Financial Aid Information Night. Important topics will be covered such as the types of financial aid available for college and application deadlines will be discussed. Reminder postcards will be mailed soon.

 

Senior Spring Internships

Spring semester interns have been busily selecting and preparing for their interviews for potential internships that will begin next semester. Once the interviews are complete parents will be notified of their student’s placement.

 

Other News

COSMOS- California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science

Want to spend a month on a college campus exploring topics in STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics? Application period is from January 20th – February 20th, 2015. Dates for the program are late June to Early- August. For more information please visit www.ucop.edu/cosmos

 

San Joaquin Delta College Engineering Departments 28th Annual Engineering and Technology Day

The 28th Annual Engineering and Technology Day at Delta College will take place on Friday, February 6th, 2015from 8:30am-3:00pm. The day’s activities will include Drafting Contest, Eggs Launcher Design and Competition, a robotics/electrions demonstration and a Career Orientation Seminar and an Awards Ceremony. For more information please visit the counseling office or 209-954-5285.

 

Sow A Seed Community Foundation’s annual Boys-to-Men Conference is back!

The conference, which is entitled “Born to Win: Know Yourself. Know your worth. Live your best!” is sponsored by Sow A Seed Community Foundation and co-sponsored by Kimball High School.  The primary goal of the event is to help young men identity some tools and resources that will help them achieve success in all areas of their life.  They will also learn career options and ways to avoid common social pit falls that lead to peer-pressure, poor academic achievement and/or unhealthy relationships and affiliations. Registrations can be faxed to 209-740-4047 or you may register online at www.sowaseedcf.org . For More Information or questions please contact 209-229-4559.