TLC Newsletter for the week of April 20th….

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Apr. 24, 2015                                                                                                                 No.32

Virginia’s Voice

Thank you to all the parents who emailed and called with questions about our Transitional Kindergarten program.  We are as excited as you are and continue to work through the details and logistics.  Once information is available, we will pass it along.  Currently, we are preparing our Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten applications and these should be available in the office on May 1, 2015. Specifics on sites and staffing are still in the early stages and we must work along with the California Department of Education to ensure all the criteria are met.  For more information on that process and requirements please visit their site:   http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/kinderfaq.asp

Misc. Announcements

CarShow+cookoffFinal

The sun is out and it is time to shine up the cars and break out the BBQ.  TLC’s 2nd annual Rib and Chili Cook Off and Car Show will be Saturday May 9th.  More info to follow but if you are interested in competing in the cook off please email Coach ‘B’ at: sbalsamo@tracylc.net

For information and entry form to the car show and corral please go to : tracylc.net/carshow.   Sign up NOW!  Spaces still available.

It will be a great day of cars, music, vendors, food and fun!!  Come out and support MHS Athletics.

liki

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.

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

Parents, please send all packets back to your student’s teacher by next Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. Send either the packets with the returned pictures or the packet with payment for pictures purchased. Thank you!

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Apr. 27 – May 1

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Beef or Cheese Lasagna

Wed  – Chicken Taquitoes

Thurs. – Beef or Cheese Nachoes

Fri. –  Beef or Vegi Burger

Primary Charter

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

Parents, please send all packets back to your student’s teacher by next Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. Send either the packets with the returned pictures or the packet with payment for pictures purchased. Thank you!

Attention Primary!  Yearbook order forms are being sent home today in the green folders.  This is your one and only time to order a PCS yearbook this year!  Orders and money are due on Friday, May 1st.

Phase 1 students enjoyed a happy learning week!  They have been so excited watching the caterpillars grow bigger every day!  Some have already attached themselves to the top of the container preparing to make their chrysalises.  The Ladybug larvae are also getting bigger and are ready to become pupas.  Phase 1 students also learned all about Earth Day.  They know how important it is to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Many students have switched groups in this 3rdtrimester and are adjusting well.  We are so proud of the work they have accomplished both academically and behaviorally.  They have earned many SWO bracelets! Keep up the great work!!

Phase 2 students are very excited about our gold rush unit.  This week we learned about different types of people who were a part of the gold rush…did you know some of the storeowners made more money than the miners?!  In music this week, P6 learned all about the different types of instruments and P3 is creating self portraits in art.

Please note that 3rd and 4th grade students will have state testing in May.  P3 will test the week of May 11 and P6 will test the week of May 18.  Please do not schedule morning appointments during these days, as we will be testing in the morning.  Thank you!

Discovery Charter

 

YEARBOOK TIME!!

 

The time has come to order your DCS-PHSA yearbook.  Order forms are available in the front office and will be going out to the homerooms next.  The form can also be downloaded in the link below.  Simply complete the form and bring it in with a check or credit/debit card to the front office.  Hardcover yearbooks are just $35 this year with dedication pages available for an addition $15.  Don’t miss out on your chance to capture the memories.

Yearbook Order Form (PDF)

TDAP Vaccine

A required by California law (Health and Safety Code 120325 – 120375), parents need to provide proof of a Tdap vaccine. All students entering 7th – 12th grades in the coming school year must have proof of a Tdap booster shot. Documentation must state the shot was given on or after their 7th birthday. This means ALL current 6th – 11th graders must get up to date NOW.

It is important that you begin now, to ensure your child get their vaccination and to avoid appointment delays.

Getting them up to date now, will not only protect them against Pertussis but also ensure class placement and prevent exclusion from school this school in the coming year.

Remember to ask your physician about other vaccines your child may need, and bring your child’s yellow immunization card to the visit. Please return a copy of ALL up to date immunizations to school prior to the beginning of the next year school year.

Star Student:

Congratulations to Trenton Hellman for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of April 27th, 2015. Trenton always works hard and is helpful to all those around him. The teachers appreciate his willingness to lend a hand whenever one is needed.

 

Social Studies:

Period 6 and 7 are full speed ahead into their Wax Museum Project. They were super excited about having a voice in the creation of two of the Rubrics that will be used in grading this project. The performances will be at the end of May. Look for details to be coming home soon.

Smarter Balanced State Testing

In the beginning of May, we start administering the Smarter Balanced Computer Based Test in DCS.  Below is a breakdown of the testing schedule for each subject area. It is very important that students attend their full school day, as we are testing during core classes, not just in the morning.

Since we are running multiple computer tests at one time, we are asking that your child turn off their electronic devices completely during the school day to save bandwidth.  We want to avoid as many technical issues as possible with our internet. Please help make sure your child brings a book (no e-books) to school each day on testing days.

If you have any further questions or concerns for a specific content area, please e-mail the teacher of that subject.

We hope to work together to make this a successful testing experience for everyone.

Testing Schedule:

PE Monday, May 4th to Friday, May 8th
(please make sure students have appropriate PE clothes for class each day)
MATH Monday, May 4th Tuesday, May 5th Wednesday, May 6th
LA Monday, May 11th Tuesday, May 12th Wednesday, May 13th
SCIENCE Friday, May 22th
*Math Placement Test Thursday, May 14th
*All students in DCS will take a Math Placement Test to see which skills and concepts they have mastered and which level they will be placed in for the 2015-2016 school year.

PHSA 7th and 8th

 

YEARBOOK TIME!!

 

The time has come to order your DCS-PHSA yearbook.  Order forms are available in the front office and will be going out to the homerooms next.  The form can also be downloaded in the link below.  Simply complete the form and bring it in with a check or credit/debit card to the front office.  Hardcover yearbooks are just $35 this year with dedication pages available for an addition $15.  Don’t miss out on your chance to capture the memories.

Yearbook Order Form (PDF)

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

Parents, please send all packets back to your student’s teacher by next Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. Send either the packets with the returned pictures or the packet with payment for pictures purchased. Thank you!

Mr. Warmerdam: Mr Warmerdam’s class is studying the events leading up to and causing the civil war.

Washington D.C. pictures came in today. If your child attended the Washington D.C. trip over spring break please make sure they take a picture home. If you have further questions about this feel free to contact Mr. Warmerdam.

Ms. Barrett: Ms. Barrett’s class is learning how to balance chemical and physical equations.

Mrs King: Mrs. King’s Algebra class is learning about how to solve and graph slopes.

Mrs. Sierra & Mrs. Saldana: In English students are half way through their new book, The RAFT and they are learning how to analyze poetry.

The Trimester 3 SWO will be introduced Monday, April 27th. This will be the last SWO of the year. Parents please keep in mind, 8th graders who do not pass their SWO’s will not be able to participate in the end of the year activities.

Academic Pentathlon is right around the corner and we are very excited. Students have been spending a lot of time preparing for Academic Pentathlon on May 2nd and we are expecting them to do very well at the competition.

MHS

MHS Charter Chatter April 22, 2015

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College Early Start Program – Summer and Fall Enrollment for Delta

Parents of students who are interested in taking classes at Delta College for the Summer semester need to carefully read the important steps listed on the website at http://tracylc.net/college-early-start.html Please remember that students participating in the College Early Start program must follow dates and deadlines and receive prior approval to take college classes while attending high school.  TLC provides reimbursement for tuition for those who have prior approval to take specific classes with proof of payment and a successful course completion with a grade of “C” or better.  **Textbooks and additional fees are not reimbursable.**

WACAC College Fair and ITT Tech Field Trip

Attention students’ grades 10th and 11th. You will have the opportunity to be visiting the University of the Pacific for the WACAC College Fair and ITT Technical Institute on Monday, May 4th, 2015.  The cost of the field trip is $18.00.  Students will be eating lunch at UOP. Please make sure your student brings at least $10.00 to purchase food or a bag lunch of their own. IMPORTANT REMINDER: If your student is participating in any extracurricular activities such as sports, please make sure that the field trip schedule does not conflict with it. Current grades and attendance records will be reviewed before registering for this field trip. Students must maintain passing grades of C or better in all their classes, have no referrals and have good attendance in order to attend this field trip. Students will be given tours of both campuses and will gain valuable information about campus life, student services, and campus departments as well as visit the WACAC College fair where multiple college campuses will be represented.

San Joaquin Delta College – Will host an AB 540 Awareness Seminar at the South Campus in Maountain House on Tuesday, April 28th from 5:30pm-8:00pm in room 408. The program will include AB 540 Overview, CA Dream Act Application Overview and resources for Undocumented Students. All are welcomed. No RSVP required. For more information please call 209-954-5151 ext. 6144 or email outreach@deltacollege.edu

 

Community Service

Attention students!! Please check your community service hours to ensure all hours have been entered. Remember to make your own copy of your community service hours prior to turning them in. Please note that at a glance, the number that appears is the percentage toward completion and NOT the number of hours recorded.  To view the hours turned in, you must click on the underlined description. Please be aware of the following deadlines for community service hours. Seniors Hours are due next Friday, May 1st by 2:00pm; 9th-11th Grade Hours are due June 26th, 2015 by 12:30pm (last day of fast track)

Grand Foundation Opportunity– The Grand Foundation is a non-profit partner of the Grand Theatre has an ongoing community service opportunity that needs to be filled immediately. Job duties include typing accuracy for data entry, research to collect data from the Internet, telephone and other miscellaneous office work. Students who are interested in marketing, promoting, advertising and communication through social media are ideal. Time needed is a minimum of 4 hours per week but not to exceed 8 hours per week. Please contact Ms. Arganbright in the counseling office for more information.

Tracy Historical Museum Tracy Press Photo Project The Tracy Historical Museum has an ongoing community service opportunity. This project is ideal for any student who is interested in photography, digital artwork, computers and tech. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and must be able to commit to volunteering on an ongoing basis. The project will included converting negative film into digital files, cataloging the photos, color correcting and digitally editing photos in photoshop. No experience necessary. All volunteers will be taught how to use the equipment and programs. If interested please contact Ms. Arganbright in the counseling office or stop by the Tracy Historical Museum on Saturday.

Snack Club is in need of volunteers in the afternoon. If you are interested please see Cindy in the kitchen or go to the counseling office for a snack club volunteer form.

College Info

College bound seniors:  The priority deadline to apply for financial has passed. If you have no completed your FAFSA or Dream Act Application you are still eligible for federal financial Aid. Submit your application electronically as soon as possible.

Congratulations to the following students on their acceptance to the following Colleges and Universities:

California State University: Sonoma

Alexa Basurto

Le Cordon Bleu

Karla Campos

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.

TLC Communication Scholarship now available…A scholarship doesn’t get more local than a TLC one!

Seniors with a 2.5 G.P.A. or higher and planning to attend a 2 year, vocational/trade school, or 4 year university can apply. Typed essay required (500-850 words). For more information please visit the counseling office or email Ms. Moore at lmoore@tracylc.net. Deadline to apply is May 1st.

Senior Info

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TLC Newsletter for the week of April 13th…

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Apr. 17, 2015                                                                                                   No.31

Virginia’s Voice

IMG_1287   We are pleased to announce that our Primary Charter is expanding. We will be adding a Transitional Kindergarten.  This program is a state mandate for all schools offering kindergarten. It is designed for children who miss the new deadline for entering kindergarten. It acknowledges these children need more than preschool but cannot go to kindergarten. True to the TLC vision, we will address student levels and teach whatever curriculum the children are ready to learn. We will have grouping for instruction and will offer a full day program. Since it is state mandated, we will be reimbursed by the state so the cost for our Transitional Kindergarten will be free.  After school hours and preschool hours will have a charge. The program will run for 180 days beginning in August and ending the end of May. We will follow the TLC calendar. We will also make Transitional Kindergarten children a priority for kindergarten lottery the following year. Although, we cannot promise all will get into Primary. It makes the chances better. The lottery enrollment will first offer staff member’s kids, siblings, and  then it will be Transitional Kindergarten students. We are excited to begin this program.  We will accept applications during the month of May.  We are accepting 35 children.

AND that’s not all.  We will also open a preschool program for children ages 3 and 4.  This program will use our multiage philosophy and will be a five day a week, full day program.  Children will follow the TLC calendar. The children in this program will have priority for the Transitional kindergarten the next year. We will accept 44 children for this program.  Applications will be accepted in May. This program will have a fee.  Our fee will be competitive with other surrounding preschool programs.  After school and preschool care options are also available.
Please let your friends know about our exciting programs!!

Misc. Announcements

CarShow+cookoffFinal

The sun is out and it is time to shine up the cars and break out the BBQ.  TLC’s 2nd annual Rib and Chili Cook Off and Car Show will be Saturday May 9th.  More info to follow but if you are interested in competing in the cook off please email Coach ‘B’ at: sbalsamo@tracylc.net

For information and entry form to the car show and corral please go to : tracylc.net/carshow

It will be a great day of cars, music, vendors, food and fun!!  Come out and support MHS Athletics.

liki

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.

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

Parents, please send all packets back to your student’s teacher by next Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. Send either the packets with the returned pictures or the packet with payment for pictures purchased. Thank you!

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Apr. 20 – Apr. 24

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Chicken Nuggets

Wed  – Chicken Corn Dog

Thurs. – Grilled Cheese

Fri. –  BBQ Beef or Vegi Burger

Primary Charter

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

Parents, please send all packets back to your student’s teacher by next Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. Send either the packets with the returned pictures or the packet with payment for pictures purchased. Thank you!

Attention Primary!  Yearbook order forms are being sent home today in the green folders.  This is your one and only time to order a PCS yearbook this year!  Orders and money are due on Friday, May 1st.

Phase One
The first week back from spring break was great! The students were all so well behaved and seemed to have gotten taller too! The teachers sure did miss them over the two week break!!
In Language Arts, they are starting to read new books and the students are very excited! In math the student are becoming excellent mathematicians because they are mastering their math facts, learning all about measurement and even multiplication. For Writers Workshop, the student started doing research on someone famous that they look up to as a role model. Jackie Robinson, Walt Disney and Milton Hershey are all examples of some of the people the students are researching. They will continue to research their role model and eventually write a biography about that person. In science this week, the students learned all about life cycles. They learned the life cycle of a frog, chicken and butterfly. Ask your child if they can name the stages for each of those life cycles. In both classrooms, the students also received their own caterpillars that they will be able to watch grow into butterflies and then release. P8 even named their caterpillars!

Phase 2 students had a great first week back.  They are excited to learn all about the California gold rush and are already becoming experts on this important piece of California history!  In math, most groups are working on fractions or measurement and geometry.  We are heading into our final math units and state testing will be here soon!  Please have your child practice math skills at home using the websites IXL or Wowzers.

Discovery Charter

 

YEARBOOK TIME!!

 

The time has come to order your DCS-PHSA yearbook.  Order forms are available in the front office and will be going out to the homerooms next.  The form can also be downloaded in the link below.  Simply complete the form and bring it in with a check or credit/debit card to the front office.  Hardcover yearbooks are just $35 this year with dedication pages available for an addition $15.  Don’t miss out on your chance to capture the memories.

Yearbook Order Form (PDF)

TDAP Vaccine

A required by California law (Health and Safety Code 120325 – 120375), parents need to provide proof of a Tdap vaccine. All students entering 7th – 12th grades in the coming school year must have proof of a Tdap booster shot. Documentation must state the shot was given on or after their 7th birthday. This means ALL current 6th – 11th graders must get up to date NOW.

It is important that you begin now, to ensure your child get their vaccination and to avoid appointment delays.

Getting them up to date now, will not only protect them against Pertussis but also ensure class placement and prevent exclusion from school this school in the coming year.

Remember to ask your physician about other vaccines your child may need, and bring your child’s yellow immunization card to the visit. Please return a copy of ALL up to date immunizations to school prior to the beginning of the next year school year.

DCS 5/6 Physical Education 

On Monday, April 20th, the 5/6 students will be getting permission slips for the family life unit in Physical Education. The unit will start on May 18th and last about a week. Each student will need to turn in a permission slip in order to participate in the unit. The curriculum binder will be placed in the front office starting next week, so that parents can have the opportunity to view what will be taught in class. More information will be given to the students next week.

 

DCS Charter Chatter:

Star Student:

Congratulations to Aaliyah Jenkins for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of April 20th, 2015. Aaliyah 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:

Period 6 and 7 are excited about their Wax Museum Project. They will perform in May. Look for details to be coming home soon.

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Poetry Fest

This year’s Poetry Fest was fun for all who came!! Ms. Rodieck is already planning for next year’s event….

 

Enjoy your week !!

PHSA 7th and 8th

 

YEARBOOK TIME!!

 

The time has come to order your DCS-PHSA yearbook.  Order forms are available in the front office and will be going out to the homerooms next.  The form can also be downloaded in the link below.  Simply complete the form and bring it in with a check or credit/debit card to the front office.  Hardcover yearbooks are just $35 this year with dedication pages available for an addition $15.  Don’t miss out on your chance to capture the memories.

Yearbook Order Form (PDF)

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

Parents, please send all packets back to your student’s teacher by next Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. Send either the packets with the returned pictures or the packet with payment for pictures purchased. Thank you!

PHSA has had a great week back to school. Our students are beginning their 3rd Trimester and finishing up their IP SWO’s. We would like to congratulate all of our students for their hard work and dedication towards completion of this year long SWO. We know it was not an easy task but all of our students did an excellent job.  PHSA will be beginning the final SWO of the year on April 30th.

Over spring break Mr. Warmerdam took a group of PHSA students to Washington D.C. All of the students had a wonderful time and came back to school telling stories of all the fun they had and everything they learned while they were there. A big Thank You to Mr. Warmerdam and all of the parents who had a part in making this trip a success!

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PHSA is continuing practice for Academic Pentathlon. We encourage parents of students who are a part of the Pentathlon team to remind your students to study and go over the packets they have been given. The competition will take place on May 2nd.

Attention parents, please remember, if your child is struggling in Math or English there is tutoring available after school through Give Every Child A Chance. If this is something you are interested in you can contact one of the PHSA teachers and ask for a Tutoring Request Form. Tutoring takes place in room D-13, Mrs. Saldana’s room.

 

MHS

MHS Charter Chatter April 17, 2015

Congratulations to Sheila Ho and Joyce Zamarano for the acceptance into the Decision Medicine program being hosted at the University of the Pacific this summer. This is a very competitive free program that only accepts 24 students in the entire San Joaquin county for a 2 week experience in the medical field.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY For Student or Parent Driver!  Seeking a high school junior, senior or a parent to drive a student to TLC each morning from the South Tracy Boulevard and Valpico/Linne Road area of Tracy.  Student applicants must have a record of good attendance and arriving to school on time.  This is a paid position.  For more details, please contact Ms. Moore at lmoore@tracylc.net or (209) 627-8299.

 

College Early Start Program – Summer and Fall Enrollment for Delta

Parents of students who are interested in taking classes at Delta College for the Summer or Fall 2015 semester need to carefully read the important steps listed on the website at http://tracylc.net/college-early-start.html Please remember that students participating in the College Early Start program must follow dates and deadlines and receive prior approval to take college classes while attending high school.  TLC provides reimbursement for tuition for those who have prior approval to take specific classes with proof of payment and a successful course completion with a grade of “C” or better.  **Textbooks and additional fees are not reimbursable.**

 

Community Service

Attention students!! Please check your community service hours to ensure all hours have been entered. Remember to make your own copy of your community service hours prior to turning them in. Please note that at a glance, the number that appears is the percentage toward completion and NOT the number of hours recorded.  To view the hours turned in, you must click on the underlined description. Please be aware of the following deadlines for community service hours. Seniors Hours are due May 1st by 2:00pm; 9th-11th Grade Hours are due June 26th, 2015 by 12:30pm (last day of fast track)

Snack Club is in need of volunteers in the afternoon. If you are interested please see Cindy in the kitchen or go to the counseling office for a snack club volunteer form.

If you need community service hours please stop by the counseling office to see the most updated list of volunteer opportunities or to sign up for an opportunity.

College Info

College bound seniors:  The priority deadline to apply for financial has passed. If you have no completed your FAFSA or Dream Act Application you are still eligible for federal financial Aid. Submit your application electronically as soon as possible.

Congratulations to the following students on their acceptance to the following Colleges and Universities:

Sacramento State University

Annalisa Repetto

University of the Pacific

Stephanie Ramirez Miramontes

Long Beach State University

Matthew Raniel Adrineda

California State University: Chico

Stephanie Ramirez Miramontes

San Francisco State University

Sahar Mojaddidi

UC Merced

Garett Roe

 

CSU: Monterey Bay

Summer Escobar

 

Menlo College

Sahar Mojaddidi

California State University: Sonoma

Jennifer Pereira

Summer Escobar

Seattle Pacific University

Jennifer Pereira

University of California: Davis

Stephanie Ramirez Miramontes

  University of San Francisco

Stephanie Ramirez Miramontes

Santa Clara University

Stephanie Ramirez Miramontes

California State University: Fullerton

Matthew Raniel Adrineda

Fresno State University

Annalisa Repetto

The University of Arizona

Annalisa Repetto

California State University: San Jose

Matthew Raniel Adrineda

 

 

Senior Info

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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.

TLC Communication Scholarship now available…A scholarship doesn’t get more local than a TLC one!

Seniors with a 2.5 G.P.A. or higher and planning to attend a 2 year, vocational/trade school, or 4 year university can apply.  Typed essay required (500-850 words). For more information please visit the counseling office or email Ms. Moore at lmoore@tracylc.net. Deadline to apply is May 1st.

Events/Opportunities

Attention all college bound Juniors!!!!San Francisco National College Fair – Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Cow Palace Arena in Daily City, CA. Parking at the Cow Palace is $15.00 CASH ONLY.   However, attendees of the event may present their paid parking ticket to the Box Office (which is located in the Box Office Ticket Lobby – the first area you will enter when coming into the Arena) where they can receive a $5.00 refund on their parking fee. Visit www.nacacnet.org/ncfstudent to register for the fair.