TLC Newsletter for the week of January 26th 2015…

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Feb. 6, 2015                                                                                          Vol. 23 No.23

Virginia’s Voice

I personally enjoy this time of year when I act as a counselor and consult with each of our high school students to plan their next year of high school.  It is so impressive when I see transcripts with almost all A’s or a student who has gone from doing poorly to improving so dramatically the student is excelling in higher level courses.

Many of our Juniors are taking college classes already and are receiving A’s in college.  The students have their tuition reimbursed for each class they take.  Many will have a full year of college completed before leaving high school.  It is so fantastic for them and a pride for us.

It is very rewarding to see how seriously our students take school and want to do well.  Others take a while to learn that missing assignments or not doing SWOs actually hurts grades and may even cause a student to need to take a class a second time.

Parents who check AERIES regularly and discuss grades with their students usually have students who perform better.  If any parent has difficultly checking grades, contact the counseling office and the counselors will help you learn how to access grades.

Misc. Announcements

 

Illnesses

Just a reminder if your student is ill and unable to attend school please calls Kay Fagundes at (209)831-5240 or email kfagundes@tracylc.net . Students should not return to school until their symptoms subside and he/she is fever-free for at least 24 hrs. We have had so many sick children at school and the majority of these illnesses are highly contagious.

 

TLC’s Got Talent Show

Attention all students who completed and submitted an application to audition for the TLC’s Got Talent Show. The auditions for the talent show will be held next week. All forms have been returned to the students with completed forms informing them of the time, date and location of their audition. If you are going to be using amplified music please make sure to turn you music in to the MHS Counseling Department prior to your audition and or bring your music with you to your audition. Please audition in what you plan on performing in. If you have any questions in regards to the talent show please contact the MHS counseling department at 209-627-8299..

 

SAVE THE DATE TLC Crab Feed:  February 7, 2015

WE ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT!!!

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.

Calling all “BAKERS. PASTRY CHEFS, & CANDY MAKERS”, the dessert auction at the Crab Feed was so successful we are asking for donations again this year.

Please email Donna Baker at donna@donnabaker.com if you can kindly donate a baked good or sweet treat to be auctioned the night of our Crab Feed. Thanks a bunch!

 

Thanks a bunch.

Donna A. Baker Broker/Owner CRS ABR SFR CDPE
We are asking each child to donate $5.00 or more to this event     or      we would be happy to accept your donation of a gift card or auction item!!!! At this time we have received very few donations. WE have made this a contest and the Classroom bringing in the highest percentage of donations will win an “Ice Cream Party”.

Please have your donations into the school by Friday January 30th so they can be counted and/or cataloged in time for the event….

If you have any questions please contact Kristina Brachna-Gonzalez or Jeanette Oliveri.  

Hope to see you on February 7th for this fun filled event!!!!

Thanks in advance for you commitment and support.
 

Wonderful Crab Feed Raffles Prizes….

Wine Tasting

Wine displays

Hearst Castle Tickets

California Excursions

Spa package

doTERRA Essential Oils

Man Cave items

Gift Card Trees (of course)

55 gal drum BBQ Smoker

Nascar Tickets

Grand Prize……   a GO PRO and accessories !!!!!

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.

Next School Holiday is Feb. 16, 2015 President’s Day

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Feb. 2 – 6

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Taquito Tuesday

Wed  – Sloppy Joes

Thurs. – Grilled Cheese and Ramen

Fri. –  Spaghetti Friday

Primary Charter  

In Initial Phase this week students have discovered the groundhog.  We have predicted his forecast and are anxiously awaiting the ceremony on February 2nd.  It seems as though most of the students do not want Puxatony Phil to see his shadow so spring will arrive soon.  Also, the TLC annual Crab Feed is fast approaching.  Thank you to those of you who have donated to the wonderful event.  We hope to see you there!

The students in Phase 1 are getting into the swing of their new elective. P8 is learned a lot of fun new songs from Mrs. Watson and P1 is getting to do some fun art projects with Mrs. Wiltse.

This week for Science the students learned about rocks. They learned that there are 3 different types of rocks: sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous. They also learned about how rocks are formed and the rock cycle. Both classes were had the opportunity to design their own pet rock if they had one. P8 learned a fun song to help them remember the rock cycle. P1 did an experiment to see how rocks weather, by putting them in three different solutions.

P1 also had people from WOW on Wheels come to their classroom and let the students experiment with bubbles. They let the students use different tools to form bubbles. They had a BLAST!

In Writer’s Workshop, the students are using the writing process to complete their last writing assignment before they begin learning about poetry in two weeks. The students are writing a personal narrative and are doing a great job!

Phase 2 students had a great week!  We learned more about weather and climate, discussed extreme weather and got to do some fun hands-on science.  Some students completed their expository report on dinosaurs and other students worked on their final book project where they had to create a newspaper.  P3 had a special day for Mrs. Doss, who is going out on maternity leave.  Her students will miss her!  The phase 2 team welcomes Miss J, who will be taking Mrs. Doss’ place while she is out.

We are loving our new electives…ask you child to sing you one of the new songs they have learned or teach you a new art vocabulary word!

DCS 5th/6th

DCS Charter Chatter:

Star Student:

Congratulations to Katie Johnston for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of February 2, 2015. Katie always works hard and is kind and helpful to all those around her. The teachers appreciate her willingness to lend a hand and help anyone who needs help. Katie shows wonderful leadership capabilities. She is a pleasure to have as a DCS student!!!

Special Thank You:

What a rare and amazing opportunity all the students had this week in science to use a Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope. This was made possible with the help of one of our parents…Thank you Mr. Sethi!!!

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Thank you to all who have donated tissues, paper towels, germ-X, and wipes. We could still use lots more J

Hope everyone has a great week!!!!!

PHSA 7th and 8th

The students in social studies are now setting out on the Oregon Trail and working at understanding the United States quest for the Manifest Destiny.  While those in Ms. Santiago’s math class are working on solving equations.  Mrs. Barrett’s science classes are working on isotopes, radioactive decay and the periodic table.  The English Language Arts students are finishing the reading of Copper Sun, a wonderful book that has the interest of our students and they are reviewing the rules for persuasive writing in order to do well on the SWO.

Mrs. King’s and Mrs. U’s classes have just completed factoring trinomial squares and are mastering the whole idea of factoring.

The behavior in the classes has also improved.  There are fewer oranges and less student finding themselves in Saturday School.

Meanwhile the Leadership class is getting ready for candy grams and the Valentine’s dance.

Information will be going home soon for students interested in joining our Pentathlon  competitive groups.  We love competing and expect to do well again this year.

Attention all 7th & 8th graders and their parents….

It is time for Pentathlon!  We will have an informational meeting

– Thursday, Feb 5th at

–  6:00 PM

–  in D-8

Pentathlon is open to all 7th & 8th graders.

If you cannot make the meeting and want information, feel free to e-mail Mrs. King at lking@tracylc.net

 

 

MHS

All TLC Schools

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  PLEASE JOIN US…

8th Grade Parent Information Night

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Millennium High School

7:00 PM – TLC Gymnasium

You will have an opportunity to learn about school culture at MHS and our academic programs available to your student. We hope to see you here!

 

MHS Charter Chatter January 30, 2015

Mrs. Stewart and the counseling staff have started to meet with students for their annual counseling review.  Fast track classes and next year’s schedule will be planned.  Parents of 10th grade students who are not able to attend the scheduled counseling review appointments will be mailed a copy of the learning plan for the 2013-2014 school year.  Make sure to check in with your student to find out what was discussed during the meeting.

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!

Congratulations! To the following students who have been accepted to the following Universities:

 

California State University: East Bay

Elias Ketema

  San Francisco State University

Sahar Osmany Mojaddidi

Loyola Marymount University: Los Angeles

Blain Dillard

Azusa Pacific University

Blain Dillard: Directors Scholarship – 4 Year Scholarship worth $46,000

Fresno Pacific University

Blain Dillard: President’s Scholarship – 4 Year Scholarship worth $44,000

Chapman University

Blain Dillard: President’s Scholarship – 4 Year Scholarship worth $60,000

Cal Lutheran University

Blain Dillard: Provost Scholarship – Annual Amount of $20,000

        Notre Dame De Namur University

                      Blain Dillard: Belmont Scholarship – 4 Year Scholarship worth $52,000

University of the Pacific

              Blain Dillard: President’s Scholarship – Annual Amount of $6,500

Senior Info

Seniors who need to apply for financial aid for college can get hands on help with the FAFSA (Free application for student aid) and have an opportunity to win a scholarship at our upcoming Cash for College Night on February 10th at West High School.  We encourage all students and/or parents to attend this interactive workshop.  Computers will be available but we encourage students to bring a laptop.  For other Cash for College nights in our area, visit www.calgrants.org for a list of workshops.

Other News

CSF Club – Our California Scholarship Federation (CSF) club has grown to 70 members this semester!  Congratulations to those of our students who are returning, and to our new freshman members for your outstanding grades!  CSF is an honors society devoted to community service and strong scholarship.  Members are accepted by application only at the beginning of each semester based on the previous semester’s grades.  For more information about this state-wide honors organization, please visit http://csf-cjsf.org/.

 

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

 

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!).

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TLC Newsletter for the week of January 19th 2015…

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Jan. 23, 2015                                                                                        Vol. 22 No.22

Virginia Stewart

SWOs, Dances, Science Fairs and College presenters; with so much going on at TLC it can be hard to see it all!  .  2015 has seen a strong start and even I am amazed at how far all our students have progressed.  When I walk into a class the first word that often comes to mind is “enthusiasm”.  This is something that TLC wants to nurture and encourage. If our students have the love of learning and enjoy the taste of success they can overcome even the toughest challenges.Our teacher meetings are often filled with the same thoughts and enthusiast students make our job so much fun.

I look forward to seeing you all at the TLC Crab Feed.  We all work so hard (parents and teachers) to make sure our children are prepared for life after school, it is great to have a chance to get together and celebrate!

Misc. Announcements

 

Illnesses

Just a reminder if your student is ill and unable to attend school please calls Kay Fagundes at (209)831-5240 or email kfagundes@tracylc.net . Students should not return to school until their symptoms subside and he/she is fever-free for at least 24 hrs. We have had so many sick children at school and the majority of these illnesses are highly contagious.

 

TLC’s Got Talent Show

Attention all students who completed and submitted an application to audition for the TLC’s Got Talent Show. The auditions for the talent show will be held next week. All forms have been returned to the students with completed forms informing them of the time, date and location of their audition. If you are going to be using amplified music please make sure to turn you music in to the MHS Counseling Department prior to your audition and or bring your music with you to your audition. Please audition in what you plan on performing in. If you have any questions in regards to the talent show please contact the MHS counseling department at 209-627-8299..

 

SAVE THE DATE TLC Crab Feed:  February 7, 2015

WE ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT!!!

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.

Calling all “BAKERS. PASTRY CHEFS, & CANDY MAKERS”, the dessert auction at the Crab Feed was so successful we are asking for donations again this year.

Please email Donna Baker at donna@donnabaker.com if you can kindly donate a baked good or sweet treat to be auctioned the night of our Crab Feed. Thanks a bunch!

Thanks a bunch.

Donna A. Baker Broker/Owner CRS ABR SFR CDPE
We are asking each child to donate $5.00 or more to this event     or      we would be happy to accept your donation of a gift card or auction item!!!! At this time we have received very few donations. WE have made this a contest and the Classroom bringing in the highest percentage of donations will win an “Ice Cream Party”.

Please have your donations into the school by Friday January 30th so they can be counted and/or cataloged in time for the event….

If you have any questions please contact Kristina Brachna-Gonzalez or Jeanette Oliveri.  

Hope to see you on February 7th for this fun filled event!!!!

Thanks in advance for you commitment and support.
 

Wonderful Crab Feed Raffles Prizes….

Wine Tasting

Wine displays

Hearst Castle Tickets

California Excursions

Spa package

doTERRA Essential Oils

Man Cave items

Gift Card Trees (of course)

55 gal drum BBQ Smoker

Nascar Tickets

Grand Prize……   a GO PRO and accessories !!!!!

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.

Next School Holiday is Feb. 16, 2015 President’s Day

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Jan. 26 – 30

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Taco Tuesday

Wed  – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Thurs. – Beef Enchiladas

Fri. –  Chicken Corndogs

Primary Charter  

This week in Initial Phase students and teachers reflected on their visit with Mrs. Stewart.  We all enjoyed talking with Mrs. Stewart and demonstrating to her what we have learned and are currently learning.
When you enter a Primary classroom, the walls are filled with colorful posters, decorations, and educational material.  Teachers spend a lot of time planning and strategically placing “decorations” for a real purpose.
Our rooms are an important academic resource for our students.  As students work, teachers can see students’ eyes scan the room for answers. We do this on purpose.  As students scan the room, they are learning at an early age to
take control of their learning.  Students learn how to locate information to assist in the task at hand through the support materials found within the classroom.  This is a life long skill that will translate into every aspect of their lives.
As concepts change, rooms change.  The next time you are in a Primary room, take a picture walk around the room.  It is a great way to see what your student is learning.

What a great week Phase 1 students had!  In Science they learned all about soil and why it is important.  They know that soil comes in many different layers.  P1 students got to re-create those layers using cookies, pudding, and sprinkles! P8 students got to explore soil with their senses and then complete a project!  In Writer’s Workshop, students are continuing to explore narrative writing.  What awesome authors we have!  We are also seeing some amazing critical thinking skills happening in Math.  Great Job! Both classes have enjoyed their new elective.  How lucky for us to continue to have music and art available at our school.

Phase 2 students got a visit from Mrs. Stewart last week.  We got to show off everything we’ve learned so far this year.  She was very impressed with the things we are doing in math and science.  Out students were so enthusiastic to share what we’re doing in class.

This week phase 2 learned all about weather and climate in science.  Take some time to discuss the weather and temperature with your child.  We are starting to notice weather patterns and becoming aware of just how much weather affects us every day!  Phase 2 students switched electives this week and they are very eager to learn new songs with Mrs. Watson and create beautiful works of art with Mrs. Wiltse!

Thank you for cooperating with our new agenda policy.  A reminder that when students get on warning or yellow they must take their agenda home that day and get it signed.  Our green folder policy has not changed…they need to be signed and returned every Monday.  Students who don’t return folders or have unsigned agendas will result in lost privileges.  So far, everyone is doing an excellent job of being responsible agenda owners!

 

DCS 5th/6th

 

5th/6th

Star Student:

Congratulations to William Macgregor for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of January 26th. William always works hard and is kind and helpful to all those around him. The teachers appreciate his willingness to lend a hand, especially with technology, and help anyone who needs help.

Exploration News:

The Exploration Science Fair was held in room D 5 & D 4 on Wednesday, January 21st from 10 – 10:30. Here are some examples of the hard work the kids put into their projects:

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Future Scientists of the World!!!!!!

Performance News:

The Drama/Performance Exploration class shared their 60s Dance Party performance at Unity on Thursday, January 22nd.

The kids put in hours of practice to learn The Twist, The Swim, and The Hitchhike for their performance:

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Check out our dancers!!!!!

Hope everyone has a great week!!!!!

PHSA 7th and 8th

Elective have changed this week so ask your student about their new exploratory class!

We are moving forward with the SWO project.  PHSA teachers have been very impressed with the great work student have put in on their essays so far.  Keep up the good work tigers!!!!!

Attention 8th Graders: Mark your calendars for the MHS information night, Wedensday February 11th at 7pm.  See below for more info.

 

 

MHS

All TLC Schools

  PLEASE JOIN US…

8th Grade Parent Information Night

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Millennium High School

7:00 PM – TLC Gymnasium

You will have an opportunity to learn about school culture at MHS and our academic programs available to your student. We hope to see you here!

 

MHS Charter Chatter January 23, 2015

Mrs. Stewart and the counseling staff have started to meet with 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. Letters detailing the scheduled 10th grade appointment times should have been received earlier in the month.  Time is extremely limited and we encourage 10th grade parents to rearrange schedules as necessary to attend their scheduled time.

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

Senior Info

Seniors who need to apply for financial aid for college can get hands on help with the FAFSA (Free application for student aid) and have an opportunity to win a scholarship at our upcoming Cash for College Night on February 10th at West High School.  We encourage all students and/or parents to attend this interactive workshop.  Computers will be available but we encourage students to bring a laptop.  For other Cash for College nights in our area, visit www.calgrants.org for a list of workshops.

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. The basic yearbook photo is free.

 

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!).

 

Winter Formal

Millennium will be hosting their annual Winter Formal on Friday, February 6th in the MHS gym. Tickets are on sale during lunch through Friday, January 30th. Tickets for individuals are $15 and couples are $25. Guest passes can be picked up at the ticket sales table in the gym. The suggested attire for this even is semi-formal.

Teens for Jeans- Community Jean Drive

Millennium has chosen a New Year’s resolution of helping others. Our first community service project is Teens for Jeans, which donates lightly used jeans tom homeless teens in our area. Our collection effort will continue through February 12th. Please send the jeans to school with your student or bring them in to the office.

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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.

TLC Newsletter for the week of January 12th 2015…..

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

 

Jan. 16, 2015                                                                                        Vol. 21 No.21

Virginia’s Voice

I had a wonderful week visiting all of our Primary Classrooms.  I observed the teachers, talked to the children and “Walked the walls” of the room.  I am so impressed with the amount of information the students are processing and the pride they have in what they are learning.  I also told the teachers and the students that viewing what is on the walls of the room is similar to surfing the Internet….. there is so much to learn just reading what is on display.

It is a wonderful feeling to be a director of a school filled with committed teacher and fantastic, enthusiastic learners.

 

 

Misc. Announcements

 

TLC’s Got Talent Show

Attention all students who completed and submitted an application to audition for the TLC’s Got Talent Show. The auditions for the talent show will be held next week. All forms have been returned to the students with completed forms informing them of the time, date and location of their audition. If you are going to be using amplified music please make sure to turn you music in to the MHS Counseling Department prior to your audition and or bring your music with you to your audition. Please audition in what you plan on performing in. If you have any questions in regards to the talent show please contact the MHS counseling department at 209-627-8299..

 

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!!!!!!!!

ATTENTION ALL TLC PARENTS…

It’s Crab Feed time again and we are looking for your help.  The Auction Committee is hoping to collect donations to help fund and fill our fantastic auction this year!!!!

We are asking each child to donate $5.00 or more to this event     or      we would be happy to accept your donation of a gift card or auction item!!!!

Please have your donations into the school by Friday January 30th so they can be counted and/or cataloged in time for the event….

If you have any questions please contact Kristina Brachna-Gonzalez or Jeanette Oliveri.  

Hope to see you on February 7th for this fun filled event!!!!

Thanks in advance for you commitment and support.
Calling all “BAKERS. PASTRY CHEFS, & CANDY MAKERS”, the dessert auction at the Crab Feed was so successful we are asking for donations again this year.

Please email Donna Baker at donna@donnabaker.com if you can kindly donate a baked good or sweet treat to be auctioned the night of our Crab Feed. Thanks a bunch!

 

Wonderful Crab Feed Raffles Prizes….

 (so far..)

 

Wine Tasting

Wine displays

Hearst Castle Tickets

California Excursions

Spa package

doTERRA Essential Oils

Man Cave items

Gift Card Trees (of course)

55 gal drum BBQ Smoker

Nascar Tickets

 

Grand Prize……   a GO PRO and accessories !!!!!

 

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT ……

 

More to come —- Stay tuned !!!

 

 

 

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.

 

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DISCOVERY CHARTER SCHOOL

 

We received our first check of the year for BOX TOPS of $642.40!  Thank you Mrs. Skaggs for making this possible.  Please continue to bring in box tops as this is a great and easy way to make money for our school.

 

 

 

Next School Holiday is Jan. 19, 2015 Martin Luther King’s Day

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Jan. 19 – 23Mon. –   HolidayTues. –  Taco Tuesday

Wed  – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Thurs. – Beef or Bean Burrito

Fri. –  Hamburger

 

 

Primary Charter  

This week in Initial Phase we learned a lot about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Take some time this weekend and ask you student what their dream may be.  We heard some well thought out and heartfelt ideas.  It is wonderful to see that we have so many kind, thoughtful, and caring little learners.

 

The 100th day of school was this week and the students in P1 had so much fun counting to the number 100. The day started off by participating in a friendly competition with the rest of the school, led by Coach Caldwell and Coach KV. Selected students had to do push-ups for 100 seconds, toss a ball to a partner 100 times and volley a balloon for 100 seconds without it touching the ground. They had a blast cheering on their classmates! The students in P1 counted in their 100 items they brought in while the students in P8 made hats that said “I am 100 days smarter”. Both classes enjoyed a snack filled with 100 items.

For science, both classes learned all about fossils. They learned that fossils are formed from plants or animals that lived long ago, in a past geological age like dinosaurs. They learned that we can find their remains in soil and can put them together to form their skeletons. The students learned that when a dinosaur dies the bones are not in order so they have to be put them back together.

In Language Arts, the students are continuing to learn about all parts of speech, types of sentences, similes, quotation marks, commas and apostrophes. In Math, the students are learning about fractions, telling time, places value beyond the decimal and how to add with decimals. In Writers Workshop, the students are writing personal narratives.

This was the last week with our current elective teacher and starting on Tuesday, January 20th they will switch. P1 will now have art with Mrs. Wiltse and P8 will have music with Mrs. Watson. The students are very sad to say goodbye to their elective teacher but very excited for a change and to start a new elective!

 

 

Phase 2 learned all about the scientific method this week.  We performed experiments and tested hypotheses throughout the week.  Some students are already thinking about what they want to do for the science fair!

Phase 2 has started using agendas to track daily behavior.  Students will fill out their agenda every day.  If they got on warning or yellow, they will write why and need to take the agenda home and get it signed.  Students who stay on green do NOT have to get their agenda signed every night, just at the end of the week.  We will also use agendas to write down important dates or information.  Green folder policy will stay the same.  Please make sure to continue to sign and return the green folders.  Please let us know if you have questions!

Electives will switch on Tuesday.  P3 will have art with Mrs. Wiltse and P6 will have music with Mrs. Watson.

 

 

DCS 5th/6th

 

Star Student:

Congratulations to Alfonzo Ybarra for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of January 19th. Alfonso always works hard and is kind and helpful to all those around him. The teachers appreciate his willingness to lend a hand and help anyone who needs help. Alfonso shows wonderful leadership capabilities.

 

Special Shout Out:

We want to give a special Thank You to all the parents and friends that helped support us in our fund raising drive for Science Camp.  We made $260 from Dell’Osso Farms; $3.00 at Eagal Lakes; and $663.82 from the Turkey Trot.  We also made over $3000.00 from the County Office Raffle – hopefully one of our parents wins the money in April.  All this money supplemented what the parents paid for Away Camp and supported Stay Camp.  Thank you again to all the help received from such great parents!

 

Exploration News:

The Exploration Science Fair will be help in room D 5 on Wednesday, January 21st from 10 – 10:30.

The Drama/Performance Exploration class will be sharing their 60s Dance Party performance at Unity on Thursday, January 22nd at 8 AM.

If they would like, parents are invited to attend either event J

 

The weather has been very cold lately, please remind your student to dress accordingly. Been seeing some shivering 5th and 6th graders in the morning.

 

Hope everyone has a great week!!!!!

 

 

 

 

PHSA 7th and 8th

Mrs. Santiago – Mrs. Santiago’s pre-algebra class has been learning Geometry

Mrs. King – Mrs. King’s Algebra class is working on Factoring Polynomials
Mr. Warmerdam – Social Studies has been working on Election Day Posters: Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay
Ms. Barrett – In Science students have been working on the Periodic Table of Elements and Radioactive Elements
Mrs. Saldana & Mrs. Sierra – In English we are finishing up Copper Sun and working on learning how to write Response to Literature Essays for Copper Sun
We are also working on putting a team together for Academic Pentathlon.

 

 

 

MHS

MHS Charter Chatter January 16, 2015

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.

 

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

 

 

TLC Newsletter for the week of Jan 5th 2015….

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

 

Jan. 9, 2015                                                                                                      No.20

Virginia Voice

We are most grateful for the donations we received in December.  Our budget is greatly stretched this year with the new requirement to supply needed materials for students that we used to ask students to bring to school.  Other increased costs have also been a burden on our budget this year.  We appreciate the support we receive from donations.  If any family is interested in donating money to support the schools in any amount, we are grateful.  We typically asked for a donation of $400 per student, but we would be pleased with any consideration.

Flu season is upon us and I know that many of our students and some staff have been quite ill.  We appreciate having parents request homework and missed work and coming in to pick it up at the end of the day.  When students are absent, it is difficult to catch up and get back on track.  Getting the work and having students do it at home helps.

 

 

Misc. Announcements

 

TLC’s Got Talent Show

Attention all students who completed and submitted an application to audition for the TLC’s Got Talent Show. The auditions for the talent show will be held next week. All forms have been returned to the students with completed forms informing them of the time, date and location of their audition. If you are going to be using amplified music please make sure to turn you music in to the MHS Counseling Department prior to your audition and or bring your music with you to your audition. Please audition in what you plan on performing in. If you have any questions in regards to the talent show please contact the MHS counseling department at 209-627-8299.

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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!!!!!!!!

 

ATTENTION ALL TLC PARENTS…

It’s Crab Feed time again and we are looking for your help.  The Auction Committee is hoping to collect donations to help fund and fill our fantastic auction this year!!!!

We are asking each child to donate $5.00 or more to this event     or      we would be happy to accept your donation of a gift card or auction item!!!!

Please have your donations into the school by Friday January 30th so they can be counted and/or cataloged in time for the event….

If you have any questions please contact Kristina Brachna-Gonzalez or Jeanette Oliveri.  

Hope to see you on February 7th for this fun filled event!!!!

Thanks in advance for you commitment and support.
Calling all “BAKERS. PASTRY CHEFS, & CANDY MAKERS”, the dessert auction at the Crab Feed was so successful we are asking for donations again this year.

Please email Donna Baker at donna@donnabaker.com if you can kindly donate a baked good or sweet treat to be auctioned the night of our Crab Feed. Thanks a bunch!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Next School Holiday is Jan. 19, 2015 Martin Luther King’s Day

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Jan. 12 – 16Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Taco Tuesday

Wed  – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Thurs. – Beef or Bean Tostada

Fri. –  Beef Hot Dog

 

 

Primary Charter  

Initial Phase had a seamless transition back from Winter Break!  We were very impressed with all the smiling faces and eagerness to get back into learning!  Next week we will celebrate the 100th day of school and each room has many fun and interesting activities planned.  We cannot wait!

 

It was a great first week back to school for Phase 1 students! They jumped right back into learning.  Many students started new books in Language Arts and are working hard toward their AR goal.  Students are enjoying the Math Challenges that Mrs. Stewart prepares for them.  It’s amazing to see their critical thinking skills.  The students talked about New Year Resolutions and setting personal goals.  In Science we are learning all about the seasons, types of weather, and weather instruments.  We have some great future meteorologists!!  Please make sure to send your student to school with a warm jacket.  Outside lunch and recess can be chilly!

 

 

Phase 2 students came back from break rested and ready to learn!  We are working on persuasive writing this week and talked about New Year’s Resolutions.  We have started science and our students are already excited about our future experiments.  We discussed the scientific method and see some future scientists in our classes!

 

We will soon be using agendas to communicate with parents.  Students will write in their daily behavior and important dates and announcements.  If a student gets on warning or yellow, their agenda must be signed and retuned the next day.  Students who stay on green do not need their agenda signed.  We will also still be using green folders to track behavior.  Please be on the lookout for our new agenda policy to start soon.

 

 

DCS 5th/6th

 

5th/6th

 

DCS Charter Chatter:

 

What a great first week back to school!!!

 

Star Student:

Congratulations to Julia Yanke for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of January 12th. Julia always works hard and is kind and helpful to all those around her. The teachers appreciate her willingness to lend a hand and help anyone who needs help.

Special Shout Out:

All the teachers wanted to give a shout out to a Special Star Student from each of the two Science Camps:

Stay at School Science Camp Star Student is Jonathan Gaines

Away Science Camp Star Student is James Camacho

Each showed great responsibility while having fun at camp.

 

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All classrooms would really appreciate donations of Hand Wipes, Paper towels, and Kleenex. Thank youJ

 

 

PHSA 7th and 8th

 

Science is exploring the period table.

 

English has focused on reading Copper Sun this week and are about 80% of the way through it. Student comprehension is getting stronger. Students continue to work on grammar and writing daily, as well as take weekly quizzes.

 

Social Studies is studying Andrew Jackson’s Presidency, the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears.

 

Mrs. King’s algebra classes all took an assessment this week.  The three classes performed spectacularly.  They are ready to move on to more rigorous algebra.  Periods 1 and 2 are going into Solving Quadratics and Period 3 is entering Factoring Polynomials.

 

Mrs. Santiago’s class is working on conversions (per 0), properties (per. 2), and about to take a midterm Tomorrow on order of operations, expression and finding the area of a circle and trapezoid (per.3).

 

Leadership is planning a Valentine’s dance for February 13th. We will be selling tickets starting Feb. 1st. They will be $3.00. The dance will take place in the afternoon during the last hour and a half of school on that Friday.

 

Leadership will also be selling Valentine’s Day cards in PHSA. Those will be sold by Leadership during the week of Valentine’s Day.

 

Here are some upcoming dates parents should be aware of:

 

Saturday, February 7th: TLC Crab Feed.  It is the biggest fundraiser of the year.

 

Saturday, March 7th: Science Olympiad at UOP

 

Saturday, March 21st: Math Olympiad at the County Office of Ed.

 

Saturday,, May 2nd: Pentathlon at East Union HS in Manteca.

 

 

 

 

MHS

MHS Charter Chatter January 9, 2015

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.

 

Our Spring senior interns will be starting their internships this week.  We are very proud of our students and how they conducted themselves with our local business partners.  We received excellent feedback regarding their interviewing skills and professional demeanor throughout the entire placement process.  Keep an eye out for our students at the following businesses and non-profit organizations throughout our community:

 

Armor Up – The Almost Everything Store Dental Fun Zone MoneyHungry, LLC
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Drysdale Properties Fagundes’ Garage New Smile Orthodontics
Boys and Girls Club (Lowell) Family Optometry of Tracy Reich’s Pharmacy
Boys and Girls Club (North) Great Beginnings Pre-School Skyview Aviation
Castro Martial Arts and Cardio Kickboxing Hawkins Thompson Child Development Center Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Physical Therapy
Chamber of Commerce In Shape Fit Sutter Tracy Community HospitalOB Dept
City of TracyDepartment of Engineering Services In-Shape Club Tracy Chiropractic
City of Tracy – Recreation Division Main Street Music Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists
Community Partnership for Families San Joaquin MHS Sports Management VCA Old River Veterinary Hospital
Custom Sounds Zumiez

 

The results from the PSAT have been returned to the students who participated in this test. If you or your student have any questions regarding the test please contact the counseling department.

 

College Info

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

 

             California Lutheran University

Jamie Chesbrough

Founders Scholarship $22,000 annually

 

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         Seattle University

Jamie Chesbrough  

Bellarmine Scholarship $15,000 annually

 

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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