TLC Newsletter for the week of Feb 16th 2015….

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Feb. 20, 2015                                                                                           No.26

Virginia’s Voice

We are quickly nearing the end of February.  It is very important that PHSA students know they must apply for Millennium to be accepted.  We are anticipating a waiting list.  It is important that those who wish to stay have an application on file by the end of February.

Next week is Mid terms for the high school.  A third quarter SWO is also due for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors.  We will be on mid term schedule next week.  This will result in early dismissal on Friday for high school.

I am very proud of the work our Primary students are doing.  We have had a greater emphasis on science this year and the students are responding well.  I am very pleased with the curriculum and the outcomes we are experiencing.

DCS students are doing a super good job on their SWOs.  They are learning a great deal about the use of technology and are showing great work as collaborative workers.

Misc. Announcements

BEST CRAB FEED EVER!!!! Our 9th Annual Crab Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed raised $10,200. What an amazing evening of great food, drinks, dessert, raffles and dancing.

I am always amazed on how our school shines through this event. Our amazing student servers and volunteers. To see our fine young adults take care of our guests was awesome.

These high school students truly make this an amazing event. Kudos are still flowing for how well the servers took care of their guests. So many people help in this event.

My gosh without our amazing committee, teachers, parents, students, generous companies and individuals, this event could not be possible.

Our thank you boards will be posted shortly. Please take a moment to thank these individuals if you see them and of course support the companies listed.

MARK YOU CALENDAR FOR OUR 10TH ANNUAL TRACY LEARNING CRAB FEED ON FEBRUARY 6, 2016.

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.

 Upcoming Book Faire

Our Spring Scholastic Book Faire will be held in our gym on Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 13th. Please watch for Flyers with lists of all the wonderful books that will be available in your child’s Friday Folders!

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Day Picture Day will be on Friday, March 27th. Picture Information will be coming home approximately 2 weeks prior to this date.

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Feb. 23 – 27

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Taquito Tuesday

Wed  – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Thurs. – Chicken Dinner

Fri. –  Spaghetti Friday

Primary Charter  

This week in Initial Phase students have been busy concluding their study of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  Ask your student what they know!  In addition, students learned about Chinese New Year and many even made lanterns.  Furthermore, students have an upcoming Trimester 2 project.  Each student is assigned a different community building to construct.  Shoe boxes, recycled items, and other fun materials will help make this project a success.  Contact your student’s teacher if you have questions regarding this project.  Finally, we have a field trip coming up.  Students will travel to the Children’s Museum in Stockton.  This will be a great opportunity to explore many of the buildings found within every community.  Be sure to get your permission slips turned in.  Have a great weekend.

What an amazing week Phase 1 had!  In Math P1 students learned all about measurement with standard and nonstandard units.  Did you know you can measure something with a paperclip or even a marshmallow! Both classes are enjoying the unit on poetry.  This week they wrote haiku, acrostic, and diamante poems.  What wonderful poets we have.  We also learned all about President’s Day and celebrated Black History Month by learning about important and famous African Americans who made valuable contributions to our nation’s history.  It was a short week, but still full of learning!

Phase 2 students learned all about electricity and magnetism this week.  Students learned about what types of material are magnetic and got to test the magnetism of items in the classroom.  P6 even made a human circuit and created electricity, just by holding hands!  We are still working on our poetry unit and most groups will continue this into next week.  Some groups are learning about famous inventors and we are learning how much technology has changed in the last 100 years!  P3 made totem poles with Mrs. Wiltse this week and they look great!

Please remember that green folders must be signed and returned every Monday.  Agendas must be signed the day that a student gets on the warning board.  Thank you for helping us teach our students how to be responsible and organized!

DCS 5th/6th

Star Student:

Congratulations to Crystal Chavez for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of February 16, 2015. Crystal 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.

Social Studies:

Mrs. Wallace’s first two classes are busy getting ready for the next Wax Museum. All the monologues are memorized and the students are finishing up their presentation boards and working on their acting skills for the upcoming performances.

The class discussions have been absolutely fantastic in social studies this week!!!

Science:

Science Olympiad is just around the corner. (March 28th) Ms. Pelaez and all the parent coaches are looking forward to a great competition this year.

Pentathlon:

Mrs. Beckner and Ms. T. are busy recruiting teams for this year’s competition. May will be here sooner than we think J

It is such a pleasure to see so much student interest in this year’s academic competitions. Some of the teams had their first meeting this week after school!!

Language Arts:

Mrs. Delgado’s classes continue working on character analysis, along with spelling and writing. Everyone is working hard to reach their AR goals.

In Ms. Rodieck’s classes they continue talking about text structures, diagramming, and reading Dark Water Rising in preparation

for academic pentathlon.

Annual Read Across America Read A Thon

It’s time for our annual Spring Fundraiser.

Students will collect pledges for the number of minutes they can read during Enrichment class (Up to one hour) on Monday, March 2, 2015. Flat donations are also welcome. For every $5.00 collected, students will receive a raffle ticket for a drawing toward a prize!!!!

Have a great weekend!!!

PHSA 7th and 8th

Special Thanks to Mrs. King who is spending time assisting all of the teachers in PHSA with tips for better classroom management and instructional strategies.  It is great to have a master teacher who is free to observe in the classrooms and to impart her vast experience to new teachers prior to retiring.  We are all very grateful.

 

 

MHS

 

MHS Mid-Terms Schedule 2015

February

Mon. Feb 23 – Regular Schedule Day

Tuesday Fen 24th

8:05 – 10:05      (Per. 1 Review)

10:05-11:50       (Per 1 Final)

LUNCH            (11:50-1:00)

1:00 – 1:55        (Per. 2 Review)

2:00 – 3:55        (Per. 2 Final)

Wednesday Feb 25th

8:05 – 10:05    (Per. 3 Review)

10:10 –11:50   (Per. 3 Final)

LUNCH          (11:50-1:00)

1:00 – 1:55      (Per.4 Review)

2:00 – 3:55      (Per.4 Final)

Thursday Feb 26th

8:05 – 10:05    (Per. 6 Review)

10:10 –11:50   (Per. 6 Final)

LUNCH          (11:50-1:00)

1:00 – 1:55      (Per.7 Review)

2:00 – 3:55      (Per.7 Final)

Friday Feb 27th (Grade Window Opens)

8:05 – 9:55      (Per.8 Review)

10:00 – 11:55  (Per. 8 Final)

EARLY RELEASE

Grade Window closes on Tuesday March 3rd

 

All TLC Schools

Khol’s Cares Scholarship Program

Go to Kholskids.com to nominate a young volunteer ages 6-18 (and not be a high school graduate), who has made a difference in your community. Top winners each receive $10,000 towards higher education. Nominators must be 21 or older.

kohls

MHS Charter Chatter February 20, 2015

Attention current sophomores and Juniors: Join Decision Medicine this summer and explore the exciting world of medicine. Decision Medicine is a 2 week program that introduces students to the field of Medicine through personal mentoring opportunities and site visits with behind-the-scenes access to some of our regional hospitals, clinics and public health centers. Participants are challenged with real world decisions as they explore the many facets of a career as a physician. The program is limited to a small group of 24 participants each year for maximum impact. Throughout the program they will work in various team configurations, including a one-on-one mentoring opportunity with a local physician in their personal practice. This is a highly competitive free program. For more information please visit http://www.decisionmedicine.com/

Pratt Institute – Any juniors or sophomores who are interested in art, design, fashion design, film, photography, writing, or architecture programs, may be interested in Pratt Institute’s residential summer precollege program. The program meets July 6- 31. (Students must be at least 16 to participate by the summer). The precollege program immerses students in an intensive studio experience, where they develop their drawing and painting skills, are introduced to the major of their choice (interior design, industrial design, fashion, etc.) and create a comprehensive art or writing portfolio in preparation for their college admissions application.  They earn four college credits that are accepted by Pratt Institute and most art and design colleges and universities with art programs. Applicants to Pratt who participated in the precollege program are given special consideration. Application deadline is April 1, 2015. Please visit http://clicks.gotoextinguisher.com/trkr/?c=1756&g=5706&p=c09a2c435c404673dc096e80ef5286e1&u=bc9d8e95832fc85887edcc1733292e9c&q=&t=1  for more information.

Attention Junior Girls! The Distinguished Young Woman program (formerly Junior Miss) is now accepting applications for the 2015 program, which is scheduled to be held in the John Kimball High School on April 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The young ladies must be a junior in high school this year, graduating in 2016 to be eligible.  A minimum 3.0 GPA is recommended. Participants must be a student in Tracy Unified School District or live in the Tracy area. The parents/participants orientation will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6:30pm at California Advantage Real Estate Located at 17 E. 6th St. in Tracy. This is the final opportunity to turn in applications to be in the program. Parents are expected to be at this orientation for information about the program and the expectations of their daughter. Any participant has the potential win up to $2,500.00 in local scholarships and then they will have the opportunity to advance to the State program and win up to an additional $20,000.00 in scholarships.

ZAPS Test Prep Seminars – Juniors planning to take the SAT test this Spring should consider attending the next SAT Prep classes being offered at Millennium through ZAPS Learning Company.  There is a two day SAT Prep seminar on Wednesday, February 25th and Thursday, February 26th from 3:00pm – 5:30pm.  Cost is $99.

College Info

College bound seniors:  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: Sacramento

Sahar Mojadiddi

California State University: Stanislaus

Melissa Alcocer

 California State University: Chico

Melissa Alcocer

 California State University: East Bay

Melissa Alcocer

California State University: San Jose

Melissa Alcocer

University of the Pacific

Azareli Reynoso

 

Senior Info

SCHOLARSHIPS: There are many local scholarships available at this time for our college bound seniors. Visit the homepage of the MHS Counseling and select Financial Aid/ Scholarships page at www.tracylc.net  or click on http://tracylc.net/financial-aid–scholarships.html for detailed information on where to obtain an application and how to apply for various scholarships.

 

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

 

Give Every Child A Chance – Tutoring will begin Thursday, February 26th

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 February 9th 2015….

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Feb. 13, 2015                                                                                               No.25
Virginia’s Voice

Did you know that February is our open enrollment month?  We accept applications for Kindergarten, and high school since these are the two grades that have significant openings.  We have the room to take 66 Kindergarten students for next school year and we accept 140 students for our Freshmen class.  Many of the Freshmen have been at DCS and want to continue with us for high school, but it is also a time to accept new students who have been waiting to get into Tracy Learning Center and others interested in our high school.  Kindergarten usually has a public lottery since we receive many more applications than space.  Please remind parents or friends about the importance of getting applications in to the office before the end of February.

Thank you to Donna Baker and the Crab Feed Committee for a sold out and wonderful Crab Feed experience.

Did you also know that research shows exercise improves student’s abilities to focus on tasks, and block out distractions?  After exercise, pupils are more awake and engaged in learning.  Both free play and structured exercise activities provide many benefits including interpersonal skills critical to social and emotional development.  Exercise, sports, or physical activity is essential for academics as well as health.

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.

All TLC Schools

Attention All Talent Show Participants

Please remember to attend your scheduled rehearsal date next week. If you have any questions please contact the MHS Counseling Department at 209-627-8299.

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

TLC talent

MHS Academic Decathlon Congratulations

Millennium High competed in the 34th Annual Academic Decathlon last Saturday, and it’s 32 member team brought home a school record 7 medals! The team also finished in 6th place overall and improved their total score by nearly 6,000 pts compared to last year.

We would like to recognize the following team members for bringing home medals in this year’s competition.

11th grader Joseph Gudino – SILVER medal in Varsity Art

10th grader Ian Balogh – GOLD medal in Scholastic Language and Literature

11th grader Amanda Garcia – BRONZE medal in Scholastic Language and Literature

10th grader Ian Balogh – SILVER medal in Scholastic Social Studies

11th grader Amy Wise – SILVER medal in Honors Speech

11th grader Darius Lovelace – SILVER medal in Varsity Speech

11th grader Spencer Skaggs – GOLD medal in Varsity Social Studies

Additionally, the entire team is proud to congratulate Jaime Chesbrough for winning a $20,000 scholarship to attend UOP! This is a $5000 per year renewable scholarship that was greatly deserved!

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Feb. 16 – 20

Mon. –   Holiday

Tues. –  Pizza

Wed  – Baked Potato Bar

Thurs. – Chicken Nuggets

Fri. –  Spaghetti Friday

Primary Charter  

This week in Initial Phase students were busy getting learning all about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln!  Students loved learning that Abraham Lincoln is on the penny and five dollar bill and that George Washinton is on the quarter and the five dollar bill.  Some of us even took virtual tours to the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

Thank you to those who attended and or supported our crab feed.  This is our largest fund raiser of the year and the money goes directly to our school. Have a safe and happy Valentines Day!  Don’t forget, no school on Monday, February 16, 2014.

This week the students in Phase One began poetry. The students have started to learn about different types of poems like acrostic and haiku. Next week they will continue to write more poems like diamante. They are having a blast writing poems and they are absolutely amazing! The teachers can’t wait to see what other poems they will write in the upcoming weeks.

For Social Studies this week they started to learn about economics. P1 learned all about the assembly line, food to table and production. P8 learned about businesses and were able to create a business in groups, complete with an advertisement poster. We will continue our economics unit in two weeks.

Both P1 and P8 had a small Valentine’s Day party where they got a special Valentine’s Day snack, decorated their bags for their Valentines and got to hand out all of their Valentines they brought in for the class. They also received their candy grams that were for sale through our very own Primary Charter Student Council. The students had a blast and really enjoyed handing out their Valentines to their friends.

Phase 2 students had a great time learning about rocks this week in science.  We have even had some students on the lookout for the three different types of rocks all around them, even on the playground and at home! We are starting a short unit on poetry, just in time for Valentine’s Day.  We are already proud of what our students remember from their previous poetry units.  Their creativity is impressive.  Thank you to everyone who brought in Valentine’s treats.  Have a great 3 day weekend!

DCS 5th/6th

Star Student:

Congratulations to Paige Faaborg for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of February 16, 2015. Paige 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.

Social Studies:

Mrs. Wallace’s first two classes are busy getting ready for the next Wax Museum. All the monologues are memorized and the students are working on their acting skills.

The other four classes presented some really cool skits and project boards based on their research of various historical figures. Mrs. Wallace feels very fortunate to be a part of students really enjoying history.

Period 7 had an awesome Socratic Discussion about the Roman Empire the other day!!!

Science:

Students are getting ready for the Science Olympiad. Ms. Pelaez is looking forward to a great competition this year. There is always so much activity in the science room. Lots of labs and fun science stuff happening!!

Pentathlon:

Mrs. Beckner and Ms. T. are busy recruiting teams for this year’s competition. May will be here sooner than we think J

It is such a pleasure to see so much student interest in this year’s academic competitions.

Language Arts:

Mrs. Delgado’s classes have been working on character analysis, along with spelling and writing. Everyone is working hard to reach their AR goals.

In Ms. Rodieck’s classes they are talking about text structures, diagraming, and reading Dark Water Rising in preparation for academic pentathlon.

Have a great weekend!!!

PHSA 7th and 8th

Mrs. King’s Classes are currently working on Factoring by grouping

Mr. Warmerdam – Mexican – American War and the Texas Revolution

Mrs. Santiago – Distributive Property

Ms. Barrett – Just completed unit quiz on Radioactivity

Mrs. Sierra & Mrs. Saldana – The students are learning about Astronomy to go along with Every Soul A Star. Additionally, they are working on identifying literary devices and analyzing quotations in preparation for Academic Pentathlon.

Academic Pentathlon: The students have begun preparing for Pentathlon during lunch. Math, Science, Social Studies, and English preparation will occur each week during lunch time from now until the end of April.

PHSA boys basketball game tonight against Art Freiler

Science Olympiad: Our last parent/student meeting before the competition will be held on Tuesday March 3rd in Mrs. King’s room at 6pm.  We will be passing outevent times, directions and t-shirts.  Prior to that, we will still have two more open classroom times on Feb 19th and March 5th.

MHS

MHS Charter Chatter February 13, 2015

Community Service: Please remind all students to turn in any completed community service forms they have. All forms must be submitted to the counseling office so they can be uploaded to Aeries. Important deadlines regarding community service are:

  1. April 1st – to be considered for the Community Service Block Letter sponsored by the Breakfast Lions Club of Tracy. For more details or to check on your progress towards your Block Letter please contact Ms. A in the Counseling Office.
  2. May 1st – Deadline for seniors to submit their hours towards Graduation!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
  3. June 26th – Deadline for 9th -11th to submit hours towards the 2014-2015 School Year

Pratt Institute – Any juniors or sophomores who are interested in art, design, fashion design, film, photography, writing, or architecture programs, may be interested in Pratt Institute’s residential summer precollege program. The program meets July 6- 31. (Students must be at least 16 to participate by the summer). The precollege program immerses students in an intensive studio experience, where they develop their drawing and painting skills, are introduced to the major of their choice (interior design, industrial design, fashion, etc.) and create a comprehensive art or writing portfolio in preparation for their college admissions application.  They earn four college credits that are accepted by Pratt Institute and most art and design colleges and universities with art programs. Applicants to Pratt who participated in the precollege program are given special consideration. Application deadline is April 1, 2015. Please visit http://clicks.gotoextinguisher.com/trkr/?c=1756&g=5706&p=c09a2c435c404673dc096e80ef5286e1&u=bc9d8e95832fc85887edcc1733292e9c&q=&t=1  for more information.

Attention Junior Girls! The Distinguished Young Woman program (formerly Junior Miss) is now accepting applications for the 2015 program, which is scheduled to be held in the John Kimball High School on April 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The young ladies must be a junior in high school this year, graduating in 2016 to be eligible.  A minimum 3.0 GPA is recommended. Participants must be a student in Tracy Unified School District or live in the Tracy area. The parents/participants orientation will be held on February 16, 2015, 6:30pm at California Advantage Real Estate Located at 17 E. 6TH STREET in Tracy. This is the final opportunity to turn in  applications to be in the program. Parents are expected to be at this orientation for information about the program and the expectations of their daughter. Any participant has the potential win up to $2,500.00 in local scholarships and then they will have the opportunity to advance to the State program and win up to an additional $20,000.00 in scholarships.

Attention current sophomores and Juniors: Join Decision Medicine this summer and explore the exciting world of medicine. Decision Medicine is a 2 week program that introduces students to the field of Medicine through personal mentoring opportunities and site visits with behind-the-scenes access to some of our regional hospitals, clinics and public health centers. Participants are challenged with real world decisions as they explore the many facets of a career as a physician. The program is limited to a small group of 24 participants each year for maximum impact. Throughout the program they will work in various team configurations, including a one-on-one mentoring opportunity with a local physician in their personal practice. This is a highly competitive free program. For more information please visit http://www.decisionmedicine.com/

Interact Club’s Purple Pinky Project – Let’s help our MHS Interact Club help eradicate Polio worldwide. Interact will be taking donations of $0.50 to help end Polio. Children who receive the polio vaccine have their pinky finger temporarily died purple to show they were vaccinated. This $0.50 donation will allow students to symbolically mark their pinky on a canvas representing the project and the child who will receive a vaccination.

ZAPS Test Prep Seminars – Juniors planning to take the SAT test this Spring should consider attending the next SAT Prep classes being offered at Millennium through ZAPS Learning Company.  There is a two day SAT Prep seminar on Wednesday, February 25th and Thursday, February 26th from 3:00pm – 5:30pm.  Cost is $99.

zaps

College Info

College bound seniors:  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:

Holy Names University

Garett Roe

Scholarship $13,000 per year for up to 4 years

 

Senior Info

SCHOLARSHIPS: There are many local scholarships available at this time for our college bound seniors. Visit the homepage of the MHS Counseling and select Financial Aid/ Scholarships page at www.tracylc.net  or click on http://tracylc.net/financial-aid–scholarships.html for detailed information on where to obtain an application and how to apply for various scholarships.

Upcoming Events:

TLC’s Got Talent Show:  Will be held at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts 6:30pm. The proceeds from this event benefit the Class of 2015. Come support our student from all TLC schools in this great showcase of talent. Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase in the TLC front office, the Grand Theatre Box Office and online at www.atthegrand.org

 

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

 

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!).

TLC Newsletter for the week of February 2nd 2015…..

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Feb. 6, 2015                                                                                          Vol. 24 No.24

Virginia Stewart

Thank you to each of our parents who read the Chatter, keep informed, watch the grades of their students and e-mail us when there are concerns.  The involvement of our parents is a key ingredient to the success of our schools.  We know that there are always things we can improve and we strive to do better each day.  When parents complain about classes or grading etc there is usually something we need to pay attention to and improve.  We work to do that.  Unfortunately, all things cannot be fixed immediately.  Please know, however, we take all concerns to heart and learn from your feedback.

The newsletter is on the eve of the famous Crab Feed.  Thank you to each of you who have purchased tickets and who have volunteered to work.  This is our most important fundraiser of the year and we not only count on the profit from it but the good will and good times people have who attend.\

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.

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. 9 – 13

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Taquito Tuesday

Wed  – Tex Mex Casserole

Thurs. – Nachos

Fri. –  Spaghetti Friday

Primary Charter  

DCS 5th/6th

This week in Initial Phase we predicted, graphed, and enjoyed watching Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow.  Students learned many facts about the groundhog such as hibernation habits as well as how a shadow is formed.  Although most of the students were disappointed that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and winter will continue, they enjoyed seeing him in action.

Thank you to all the families who donated to our TLC Crab Feed.  We hope to see you there!

How exciting….both Phase 1 classes earned their class party this week.  That means students are following classroom rules and earning SWOs.  Good Job!!  Students had fun in Science this week learning about plants, their life cycles, and photosynthesis.  Some groups started new AR goals this week, while others just finished.  There is certainly a lot of reading going on in Phase 1. Students also finished up their unit on narrative writing and are now moving on to poetry….just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Look for information to come home soon regarding classroom celebrations for Valentine’s Day.   The students know that Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, saw his shadow, meaning there are 6 more weeks of winter.  Please remember to send your student to school with appropriate attire.

Phase 2 students are enjoying science this trimester.  Students learned more about weather and climate and we are moving on to learn all about rocks!  Start thinking about a science fair project!  This will be an at-home project and will be due toward the end of March.  If students are doing a project that involves long-term data (such as plant growth or weather) it would be a good idea to start planning your project soon!  Look for information to come home in the next few weeks.  Also, please remember that students should be reading every night.  Please do not wait until AR goals are due to try to do all your reading!  Students are given a goal to reach in a six week period and should try to plan and pace their points over the course of the six weeks.  We are proud of all the progress and growth we are seeing in reading levels! 

DCS Charter Chatter:

Star Student:
Congratulations to Cali Castanon for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of February 9, 2015. Cali 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.

Social Studies:
Mrs. Wallace’s first two classes are busy getting ready for the next Wax Museum. All the monologues are memorized and the students are working on their acting skills.
The other four classes presented some really cool skits and project boards based on their research of various historical figures. Mrs. Wallace feels very fortunate to be a part of students really enjoying history.

Science:
Students are getting ready for the Science Olympiad. Ms. Pelaez is looking forward to a great competition this year.

Pentathlon:
Mrs. Beckner and Ms. T. are busy recruiting teams for this years competition. May will be here sooner than we think

Have a great weekend!!!

PHSA 7th and 8th

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!

 

SWO UPDATES

The current SWO is underway.  Students should have completed one rough draft and should be making the changes and working toward perfecting the essay.  There will be some form of editing before the students will craft their final draft.  This SWO is due Monday, March 16th. The scrapbook should contain the approved topic slip, the pages of research, their final essay and copies of their speech note cards.  Speeches will be given the week of March 16th.

April 13th is the due date for Trimester 1 SWO that was not passed as well as the Trimester 2 SWO if it should not be passed.

The yearlong SWO is due Friday, April 17th.  How are those logs, pictures and videos coming along?
Mrs. Santiago – Working on solving expressions

Mr. Warmerdam – Working on the Oregon Trail and Mexican-American War

Mrs. King – Working on Factoring Quadratics

Ms. – Barrett – Working on the Periodic Table and Radioactive Decay

Mrs. Sierra & Mrs. Saldana – We just started reading Every Soul A Star and we are working on identifying and analyzing figurative language, the elements of a story, and compound sentences. 

Academic Pentathlon meeting on Thursday went well, there was a great turnout. If there are any parents who did not get to attend the meeting but would like to get some information on Pentathlon please contact Mrs. King. 

The 7/8 boys basketball team played a great game on Wednesday against George Kelly. They did not win but their hard work and effort was apparent and we know they are going to continue to get better and perfect their skills on the court. 

 

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!

 TLC talent

Attention All Talent Show Participants

Please remember to attend your scheduled rehearsal date next week. If you have any questions please contact the MHS Counseling Department at 209-627-8299.

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.

It is open enrollment month for TLC.  Next Thursday, February 7th will be our Parent Information Night for parents interested in learning about Millennium High’s school culture and academic programs.  7:00pm – 8:00pm in the TLC Gymnasium.

Community Service: Please remind all students to turn in any completed community service forms they have. All forms must be submitted to the counseling office so they can be uploaded to Aeries. Important deadlines regarding community service are:

  1. April 1st – to be considered for the Community Service Block Letter sponsored by the Breakfast Lions Club of Tracy. For more details or to check on your progress towards your Block Letter please contact Ms. A in the Counseling Office.
  2. May 1st – Deadline for seniors to submit their hours towards Graduation!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
  3. June 26th – Deadline for 9th -11th to submit hours towards the 2014-2015 School Year

Juniors planning to take the SAT test this Spring should consider attending the next SAT Prep classes being offered at Millennium through ZAPS Learning Company.  There is a two day SAT Prep seminar on Wednesday, February 25th and Thursday, February 26th from 3:00pm – 5:30pm.  Cost is $99.

Senior Info

CASH FOR COLLEGE NIGHT!!! 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.

SCHOLARSHIPS: There are many local scholarships available at this time for our college bound seniors. Visit the homepage of the MHS Counseling and select Financial Aid/ Scholarships page at www.tracylc.net  or click on http://tracylc.net/financial-aid–scholarships.html for detailed information on where to obtain an application and how to apply for various scholarships.

 

Senior Dedication Page

Want to have a special page in the Yearbook dedicated to your Senior!?! Purchase a Senior Dedication Page! Pages will include a special message and pictures (provided by purchaser). Make your Senior a part of Millennium History! Purchase a Quarter Page for $30. All purchase must be made by February 13, 2015. Payments must be submitted to Mrs. Linarez in the front office. Submit your dedication by email to the yearbook advisor Mr. Young (myoung@tracylc.net). Questions about dedications should also be direct to Mr. Young.  Include the name of the student in the email. Photographs must be in .jpg format and of decent resolution to ensure success. Formats other than .jpg may not upload correctly into our yearbook software. Photographs of low quality may distort or blur. Your message may contain up to 200 characters including spaces.

Upcoming Events:

TLC’s Got Talent Show:  Will be held at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts 6:30pm. The proceeds from this event benefit the Class of 2015. Come support our student from all TLC schools in this great showcase of talent. Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase in the TLC front office, the Grand Theatre Box Office and online at www.atthegrand.org

 

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

 zaps

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!).