TLC Charter Chatter – Happy Holidays!!

      Charter Chatter

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                                        A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

Dec.16, 2016                                                                                                                                           Vol.19

Virginia’s Voice

 

The staff at Tracy Learning Center wishes you and your family a happy holiday season and a very good new year.  As all of us reflect on the year, we all come up with things we wished we had done better.  That is the heart of new year resolutions.  It is important to be realistic, to look at what we are doing and to make changes.  Growth is an important part of life.  We, at TLC, continually look at how we can improve and work to make changes that will make things better.  Schools that never change, never improve.  We appreciate your support of our school and our programs and we value you and your children.

 

Speaking of improving, I attended the Band concert on Wednesday and found myself wishing for more.  It was excellent. I am amazed at how quickly the bands have improved and developed. Mr. Zepeda is to be commended for the bands he has formed and the level of excellence each level has achieved.  Bravo!

 

On Thursday, we will hear our first singing concert of Primary children in our gym.  We have moved from little classroom performances to a full primary program.  It took investing in risers to make this happen, but again, we needed to allow a good program to have the venue it deserved.

 

 

 

 

Misc. Announcements

 

Annual Jog-A-Thon

The jog-a-thon is going school wide this year! With that said, I am in need of more sponsors. If you are a business owner and would like to advertise your company on our race day shirts, please contact me at kvigil@tracylc.net. I will get you more information on how you can become a proud sponsor of this great fundraiser! Thank you in advance for your support!

 

 

 

Crab Feed

SAVE THE DATE:  February 4, 2017 11TH Annual Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed

What an awesome event for our school! Crab,  pasta,  salad,  bread,  dessert,  raffles, dancing and so much more.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with our Raffle Committee. If you are creative WE NEED YOU!

Please contact Donna Baker at (209) 321-9157 or email donna@donnabaker.com.

 

As chairperson of this event it’s always important to recognize ROCK STARS!! Tiffany Alexander who runs our raffle committee has already been working hard since August on our amazing donations. We already, have our donation for Disneyland tickets!

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Break

Dec. 19 – Jan. 2, 2017 – Students and Staff return to school on TUESDAY – Jan. 3, 2017

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Jan. 2-6

Mon. –  Holiday

Tues. – Pizza

Wed – Chicken Patty Sandwich

Thurs – Nachos

Fri. – Chicken Quesadilla

 

Pre K

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OUR TLC FAMILIES!!!

 

T K

 

TK parents and students are amazing! You all managed to keep a big secret and surprise Mrs. Brown with a surprise baby shower! She had no idea and is so appreciative of your thoughtfulness! Thank you for your kindness and generosity. We will keep you all posted when the baby arrives. We would like to extend a big thank you to Briya’s and Alyssa’s families for baking for this event!

 

Thank you to all of the families that attended our holiday performance. The students had so much fun learning their songs and dances. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday vacation. We are excited to see you back in the new year!

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Primary Charter

 

Morning Tardies

We have had many late PCS students this year. Students are tardy once the Unity Bell has rung (8:13am). If your student arrives at this time or later he/she must come into the office for a tardy note. If a student receives a 4th or 5th tardy in a trimester he/she will sit in the office for lunch detention and any further tardies may result in suspension days.  It is important to get our students in the habit of arriving on time and parents are the key to this success.

 

Neighbors Driveways/Complaints

We have had several recent complaints about our TLC drivers who block our neighbors driveways.  These neighbors are very upset when they are unable to pull in or out of their own driveways. Please be respectful and cautious of how you drive and park.

 

Initial Phase

 

WOW! There are no words that can describe the level of pride we felt at our musical performance last night! The students practiced very hard for a few weeks and it showed! In one 10 minute program we saw stellar examples of all of our SWOs at once! Student shined as positive cooperators, proud individuals, polite citizens, and productive workers! Have a safe and happy break. Enjoy your families and the time you spend together making memories.

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Phase 1

Phase 1 students had a busy and exciting week full of fun and learning! This morning we had special visitors from the North Pole!  How lucky we were to see them.  Sadly we said goodbye to our elves…until next Christmas.  In math we learned how many cool geometric holiday pictures can be made.  In Writer’s Workshop we finished up our letters and got them off to Santa in time!  Phew!!  We are right in the middle of our AR goals.  Please have your students continue to read over the break so they can jump right back into it.  Please have a safe and happy holiday and a wonderful new year.  School resumes on Tuesday, January 3rd.  Enjoy your break!

Phase Two

Ho!  Ho! Ho! Phase two students had a fun and busy week!  This week students learned about holiday traditions around the world.  Thank you to all parents that volunteered and shared your family traditions with us!  Our students did an outstanding job during our first PCS Winter Concert!  Thank you to all that attended and helped make this event possible!  On Friday PCS had a special surprise visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!  Our students received special gifts like candy canes or silver bells!  Make sure you ask your student all about their special week!

 

Winter Break is Monday, December 19th , through Monday, January 2nd .  School resumes on Tuesday, January 3rd.

 

Friday, January 6th is Centenarian Day!  Show your school spirit by dressing like you’re 100 years old!

 

Happy Holidays!  Have a safe and wonderful winter break!

 

Discovery Charter

 

 

Physical Education Department:

At the end of January, all Physical Education/Health classes will be covering the Family Life unit in which students will receive instruction on Family Life/Human Development, Disease Prevention, and Sexual Abuse/Sexual Harassment.  The unit of instruction has a tentative start date of January 23-27, 2017.  Curriculum will be available in the front office to view and on the permission slip is a link for the video that is shown. Permission slips were sent home Friday, December 16th, and please return signed ASAP after break!!!

Please contact PE Department for any questions:

Coach Lopez- blopez@tracylc.net

Coach Penirian- mpenirian@tracylc.net

Coach Williams- dwilliams@tracylc.net

 

Happy Holidays to our awesome parents and guardians.  Your support, your care, and your warm hearts make our lives at Tracy Learning Center extra special.  Wishing you joy and peace during this holiday season, and throughout the year.  May you have the best holiday season ever!

 

THIS WEEK IN DCS:

 

We decorated our halls with the theme of Winter Wonderland. 

 

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We would like to answer your questions, concerns, or discuss your child….

Mrs. Beckner: sbeckner@tracylc.net (math and academic pentathlon)

Mrs. Hawkins: shawkins@tracylc.net (language arts (dance and movement with Coach C))

Coach Lopez: blopez@tracylc.net (PE)

Coach P: mpenirian@tracylc.net (PE)

Ms. Pelaez: lpelaez@tracylc.net (science, science Olympiad, (Spanish with Mr. Gomar))

Ms. Rodieck: lrodieck@tracylc.net (language arts, genius hour)

Ms. T: ttakeuchi@tracylc.net (math, leadership)

Coach Williams: dwilliams@tracylc.net (PE)

Ms. Zaca: szaca@tracylc.net (social studies, newspaper)

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

December 19 – January 2 – Winter Break

January 3 – Return to School

January 9 – 13 – Science Camp or Stay Camp (for students not attending Science Camp)

January 16 – School Holiday (Martin Luther King Day)

 

 

                    

 

Discover High School Prep

Charter Chatter:

 

The last week before break has been very full. Everyone certainly  deserves a couple of weeks off to rest and play.

 

The week started with the Den winners for the previous week being recognized for their achievements;

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Social Studies:

Mrs. Wallace’s Social Studies 2B did a holocaust simulation this week. The purpose was to gain a sense of empathy for those who were alive and in hiding during WWII. Students wrote reflections about the simulation and shared with the class.

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Band had their Fantastic winter concert. The kids performed great under the direction of Mr. Zepeda.

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FAMILY LIFE PARENT/GUARDIAN PERMISSION SLIP

DCS PE/Health

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

At the end of January, all Physical Education/Health classes will be covering the Family Life unit in which students will receive instruction on Family Life/Human Development, Disease Prevention, and Sexual Abuse/Sexual Harassment.  The unit of instruction has a tentative start date of January 23-27, 2017.

Our 5/6, and 7/8 classes will be separated by gender during instruction regarding puberty, human development, disease prevention, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment. You are invited and encouraged to review all of the materials used.  The curriculum will be available for your viewing in a grade specific binder. These binders will be located in the front office starting on January 3rd, 2017. If you would to preview some of the material we will cover please visit https://filmideas.com/digital-previews.php, and click on My changing life: Transitioning to Middle School Series.

 

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If you do not want your student to have his/her photo published please notify Mrs. Wallace at dwallace@tracylc.net

Please feel free to contact any of your student’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns.

Math: Mrs. Dominguez ddominguez@tracylc.net

Math: Mrs. King   lking@tracylc.net

Language Arts: Ms. Langston alangston@tracylc.net

Language Arts: Mrs. Cerezo acerezo@tracylc.net

Science: Mrs. Ramirez aramirez@tracylc.net

Social Studies, 7/8 Learning Director: Mrs. Wallace dwallace@tracylc.net

 

Enjoy your Holiday!!

 

 

 

 

 

MHS Charter Chatter

 

Report cards were mailed home this week. There is important information included with the reports cards, so please be on the lookout for them.  If you do not receive a report card, please contact the main office to verify your mailing address.

 

In January through March, Mrs. Stewart and the counseling staff will be meeting with all students for their annual counseling review. During this meeting 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 were mailed with the first semester report cards.

 

PSAT

Paper results from the PSAT have arrived and the counseling office will host a meeting to explain and interpret your student’s results the first week we return in January. If you or your student has any questions regarding the test please contact the counseling department.

 

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 the student portal on each individual college’s 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 on their college acceptance

 

  4   Grand Canyon University Madison Faulk

 

     3    Cal State East Bay Chloe Miller

 

     2   University of Norther Colorado Collin Harrington

 

1   Northern Arizona University Mae Sandhu $16,000 Scholarship

 

Community Service Opportunities

Snack Club Program at TK Site – Mon-Friday 3:30pm-4:30pm at the Tracy Learning Center TK Site (238 West Grant Line Rd). High school students are needed to help with snack club program Contact: Mrs. Tyler styler@tracylc.net

 

Gift Wrapping with VBR – Gift wrappers are needed any time this week before 530pm at VBR. Anyone who would like to volunteer is welcome to show up.

 

Environmental Alternatives (Foster Care) is in need of volunteers this Saturday, December 17! Winter Wonderland is a party that Environmental Alternatives is hosting at St. Paul’s (1635 Chester Dr, Tracy, CA 95376) for our foster families. Volunteers are needed to assist at the party with food, crafts, general assistance to social workers. The party is 2:00pm-7:00pm. Volunteers should be at least 12 years old and assisted by a parent. Volunteers 16 years old and over can come for community service hours. This is a great way to give back to our community and meet the foster families that help our kids. Contact (209) 839-8021 to register

 

Suretec Adopt-A-Family is looking for volunteers to help deliver food and gifts to over 400 families with more than 1.100 children in need, this Saturday, December 17, beginning at 10:00 AM (from two warehouses – Livermore and Tracy). The Tracy warehouse is located at the Northgate Village Outlets at 1005 E. Pescadero Ave., Suite 201. Contact Cheryl Sanders at (209) 830-3700 ext. 214 to volunteer.

 

Moose Lodge Children’s Christmas Party – Sunday, December 18 3:00 pm Moose Lodge (35 East 6th Street, Tracy) – ring doorbell to enter facility. Similar to the Children’s Halloween Party, 8-10 volunteers are needed to help decorate and assist children with various activities. Please dress festively! Contact: Danette Poole at 209-815-0476 (text) or email dpoole@newpennfinancial.com

 

SSCO Posadas Wed, Dec 21 6pm–9pm, Thurs, Dec. 22 6pm–9pm, Friday, Dec 23 6 pm–9 pm Guadalupe Center (126 West 1st Street, Tracy) 3 volunteers each evening are needed to pass out snacks, make hot chocolate, clean-up, sweep floor, and assist with the piñatas please arrive in black and white server attire Contacts: Anita McManus at  209-814- 6580 or anitalou8@yahoo.com

 

Animal Rescue of Tracy Thursday, December 22nd through Saturday, December 24th  West Valley Mall, Tracy volunteers to gift wrap presents at the West Valley Mall, Tracy. Sign-up sheets are at the Animal Rescue site in the mall near JCPenney in the alcove area

Interested volunteers are asked to visit the website and complete an application; if under the age of 18, please select “junior” or youth application. ebsite: animalrescuetracy.org or contact Sammi at psychosassa@yahoo.com Gift wrapping supplies needed: tape, boxes, bows, ribbon, labels, tissue (the Mall provides unlimited wrapping paper) …and bring scissors!

 

 

 

 

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TLC Charter Chatter

      Charter Chatter

                                          A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

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Dec. 9, 2016                                                                                                                                          Vol.18

Virginia’s Voice

 

 

This month is filled with many activities.  The band placed second in the Light Parade last week.  They were awesome.  The band also has a concert next week at Kimball.  Mrs. Watson’s singers are taking the stage in our gym in very special risers that were purchased in support of her program.  Mr. Snyder’s fall Drama production is underway with a packed house for the preview night and will be produced both tonight and tomorrow night.

 

The high school ended first semester today and will begin the next semester on Monday.  Time really flies around here.

 

Many families have made donations to support our schools.  It is a tax deduction since we are a non-profit and it is appreciated.  We are putting all donated money and a percentage of every fundraiser into our account called: Field of Dreams….which will be our own football field that will be completed as soon as the remolding is completed in two years.  If you wish to help, we are thankful.

 

 

Misc. Announcements

 

Father – Daughter Dance

 

What an awesome turn out at the Daddy Daughter Dance! We had over 230
people attend! MHS leadership did a phenomenal job decorating the gym
and transforming it into a wonderful candy land. All the dads cleaned
up nicely and escorted their beautiful little princesses and danced
the night away. Thank you Taylor Farms for providing us with all the
delicious food. Photography club did an awesome job capturing the
night and will be emailing photos out shortly. For more candid photos
check out Coach KV’s facebook https://www.facebook.com/mskvpehealth. A
huge Thank you to staff and students that helped make this event one
to remember. I look forward to this new tradition for our Daddy’s and
their daughters! No worries Mommy, your dance will be coming in March!
Congratulations to little Miss Avery Haines for winning the raffle
prize!! She won dinner at Applebee’s, movie passes, falcon t-shirts
for her and daddy, candy land, and candy!

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Band Performance

 

For anyone interested in joining us for our Winter Band Concert we would love to see you there. If you would be interested in helping out for the night it would be much appreciated as well. Please let me know. The concert will run about an hour. Hope you can join us.

 

The following groups will be performing:

6th Grade Band

7th – 8th Grade Band

High School Beginning Band 9th-12th

High School Advanced Band 9th-12th

 

It will be at the Kimball High Theater. Doors will open @ 6:40pm and the concert will begin at 7:00pm. It is next Wednesday 12/14. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students/family 11-17yrs, Free 10 yrs or younger.

 

Thank you,

 

Roland M. Zepeda

Music Director

 

Crab Feed

SAVE THE DATE:  February 4, 2017 11TH Annual Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed

What an awesome event for our school! Crab, pasta, salad, bread, dessert, raffles, dancing and so much more.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with our Raffle Committee. If you are creative WE NEED YOU!

Please contact Donna Baker at (209) 321-9157 or email donna@donnabaker.com.

 

As chairperson of this event it’s always important to recognize ROCK STARS!! Tiffany Alexander who runs our raffle committee has already been working hard since August on our amazing donations. We already, have our donation for Disneyland tickets!

 

 Winter Break

Dec. 19 – Jan. 2, 2017 – Students and Staff return to school on TUESDAY – Jan. 3, 2017

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Dec. 12 – 16

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Orange Chicken

Wed – Cheese Ravioli

Thurs – Chicken Enchiladas

Fri. – Chicken Wrap

 

Pre K

 

Starting in December we are implementing a language immersion program. All of our students will have the opportunity to learn Spanish by participating in our immersive afternoon program. Five days a week children will take part in typical classroom activities with 5 hours of instruction in Spanish daily. Since children are hardwired to learn language we will continue to deliver our program as usual but in the afternoon we will be hablando en español!

 

Our Preschool program is expanding! For the 2017-18 school year we will be adding a half-day preschool program and welcoming 40 new children to our learning family. If you are interested in half-day preschool please contact Alejandra Garcia (209) 229-1575 to schedule and informational tour!

 

T K

 

TK students have the holiday spirit!  They have been busy getting ready for their holiday performance, exploring holidays around the world, and each day have rushed into the classroom to find our scout elf, Tiny.  Tiny is an elf from the North Pole who visits our class every day and reports back to the North Pole about all the good choices our students are making.  He was so impressed with TK this week that they earned a Polar Express party on Friday!  Students loved wearing their pajamas to school, tasting homemade hot chocolate, and watching the Polar Express on their fun Friday.  Only one more week of studying before our winter break and the students are working hard!  Keep up the great work, TK!

 

Primary Charter

 

Morning Tardies

We have had many late PCS students this year. Students are tardy once the Unity Bell has rung (8:13am). If your student arrives at this time or later he/she must come into the office for a tardy note. If a student receives a 4th or 5th tardy in a trimester he/she will sit in the office for lunch detention and any further tardies may result in suspension days.  It is important to get our students in the habit of arriving on time and parents are the key to this success.

 

Neighbors Driveways/Complaints

We have had several recent complaints about our TLC drivers who block our neighbors driveways.  These neighbors are very upset when they are unable to pull in or out of their own driveways. Please be respectful and cautious of how you drive and park.

 

Music Notes

 

The Primary Winter Music Program is Thursday, December 15, at 6:30 pm, in the TLC gym. This performance is for all K – 4 students. Please have students report to their regular classrooms by 6:10 pm. They will stay in their classrooms, with their teachers until it is their turn to perform. Their teachers will walk them to and from the gym. There are three groups performing. Kindergarten (P6) will perform first, then Phase 1 students (P2, P5 & P7), and the final group will be Phase 2 (P1, P3 & P8).  The students must be dropped off and picked up from their classrooms. The performing students will only be in the gym while they are performing.  If you need to leave early, please meet your child in their classroom after they perform. We will not dismiss students from the gym.  Please have the students dress nicely, in holiday attire, if possible.  Holiday hats and headbands are ok, if they are small and low to the head.  The head gear MUST NOT move, play music or have flashing lights. The students have been working very hard!  They are very excited to perform for you.  I am very proud of all of them!  See you next week.

Musically,

Mrs. Watson

 

Primary Music Director

 

Primary students are practicing hard for their Winter Performance next week.  Please save the date – Thursday, December 15th at 6:30pm in the gym.  Please send in gently used books for our PCS book drive.  The drive ends December 14th.  Please check your students’ folder for other information and important events.

 

Initial Phase

This week in Initial Phase we concluded our Polar bear research.  Student learned that Polar bears are mammals, polar bears can swim, and polar bears have cubs!  Look for your students Polar Bear report in their Green folder to learn even more Polar bear facts!

 

Phase One

What a fun filled and exciting week Phase 1 students had!  We heard amazing things about the Father/Daughter Dance last weekend!  Everyone had a wonderful time.  In Social Studies, your students are learning so much about holidays around the world and tasting new and interesting treats.  They have learned different names for Santa Claus, learned about different customs and traditions, and learned some new words in different languages.  Phase 1 students are also very busy learning how to write friendly letters.  Many are writing to Santa and to other students on campus.

 

Phase Two

Phase 2 students are enjoying the science experiments we’ve been doing in class.  We are learning about the scientific method and how scientists make observations and predictions.  We are glad to see that our students are starting to think like scientists and are able to make a hypothesis based on prior knowledge.

Next week, all phase 2 classes will have homework due on Thursday and spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension tests will also be on Thursday.  Thank you!

 

 

Discovery Charter

 

We have one week until winter break.  We plan to stay with our regular schedule for the week.  Make sure your child is completing homework and preparing for their tests.

 

This week, students worked on their SWO project.  They worked cooperatively as they planned activities and presented those activities.  Scrapbooks are due on Monday 12/12

 

 

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Each Monday – we congratulate the top 5 den winners (students who earn the “top 5” points in their den).

 

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PLEASE REVIEW YOUR CHILD’S AGENDA.  THEIR AGENDA HOLDS DATES, HOMEWORK, PROJECTS, and other valuable information. They will receive a grade sticker in their agenda next week.

If you have questions, concerns, or if you want to discuss your child, please contact their teacher:

Mrs. Beckner: sbeckner@tracylc.net (math and academic pentathlon)

Mrs. Hawkins: shawkins@tracylc.net (language arts (dance and movement with Coach C))

Coach Lopez: blopez@tracylc.net (PE)

Coach P: mpenirian@tracylc.net (PE)

Ms. Pelaez: lpelaez@tracylc.net (science, science Olympiad, (Spanish with Mr. Gomar))

Ms. Rodieck: lrodieck@tracylc.net (language arts, genius hour)

Ms. T: ttakeuchi@tracylc.net (math, leadership)

Coach Williams: dwilliams@tracylc.net (PE)

Ms. Zaca: szaca@tracylc.net (social studies, newspaper)

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

December 14th – From 5:00 – 6:00 in room M1, Ms. Pelaez will review “how to pack for Science Camp.” More information to come soon.  If you have questions, contact Ms. Pelaez at lpelaez@tracylc.net

December 14th WINTER CONCERT – Join Mr. Zepeda and his band – grades 6 – 12 at Kimball High School for an evening of magic.  The concert begins at 7:00 PM.

December 19 – January 2 – Winter Break

January 3 – Return to School

January 9 – 13 – Science Camp or Stay Camp (for students not attending Science Camp)

January 16 – School Holiday (Martin Luther King Day)

 

 

 

 

 

 

DHSP

 

 

Discovery High School Prep

Charter Chatter December 9, 2016:

 

What a busy week at DHSP this week.

 

Check out the pride of our top DEN earners:

 

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Malayan was the overall Trimester DEN point earners and were rewarded with an afternoon of bowling on Wednesday:

   

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One of our Malayan’s even represented DHSP at the county Spelling Bee Wednesday evening. Great job Kyle Carlos!!

               

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Leadership:

This week we will be having three spirit days, please join in the fun:

 

Monday is Flannel Day

Wednesday is Santa Hat/Antler Day

Friday is Ugly Sweater Day 

 

 

 

 

Language Arts:

English 78 is busy with only two weeks before vacation.  There are eight groups working on a media presentation regarding many aspects of literature, music, art and the books we have read regarding World War II.  It is a challenging assignment.  The students have also begun to use a more advanced rubric for writing.

 

 

Academic Pentathlon is getting serious about their practices. One of our students, Ashneel Reddy, created an interactive study “game” for WWII that the class is thoroughly enjoying.

 

 

SWO:

Trimester Two SWO will be introduced in the Language Arts classes on January 9, 2017.

Community service hours for Trimester Two have already begun. Make certain to get your forms signed and turned into Mrs. Dominguez as soon as you reach 10 hours. Remember Community Service counts towards 1/2 of your SWO grade each Trimester. Forms are available from Mrs. Dominguez in D13. You can pick one up during exploration, lunch, before or after school.

 

 

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 Washington D.C. 2017!!!

 

 

It’s not too late to sign up for the DC trip. Students will visit the Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum. What an opportunity to see our nations capital with classmates. It’s exciting to see how many students have already signed up for this great opportunity. Please contact Mrs. Wallace at dwallace@tracylc.net for assistance.

 

If you do not want your student to have his/her photo published please notify Mrs. Wallace at dwallace@tracylc.net

Please feel free to contact any of your student’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns.

Math: Mrs. Dominguez ddominguez@tracylc.net

Math: Mrs. Ulricksen rulricksen@tracylc.net

Language Arts: Ms. Langston alangston@tracylc.net

Language Arts: Mrs. Cerezo acerezo@tracylc.net

Science: Mrs. Ramirez aramirez@tracylc.net

Social Studies, DHSP Learning Director: Mrs. Wallace dwallace@tracylc.net

 

 

                     

MHS

Charter Chatter December 9, 2016

 

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

 

The Spring semester begins this Monday, December 12th.

 

Senior Internship

Our Spring senior interns will be starting their internships when we return from winter break in January.  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:

 

2017 Spring Internship Placements
Allure Salon Hector John Cosmetics Sutter Tracy Community Benefit
Astoria Gardens In Shape Sport Club Sutter Tracy Community Hospital
Boys and Girls Club

(Lowell Site)

In Shape Fit Sutter Tracy Community Hospital

(Ob/Gyn Department)

Boys and Girls Club

(North School Site)

Lawrence Livermore National Lab Sweet Arts Bakery
Boys and Girls Club

(Southwest Park)

City of Tracy Crime Analyst TLC IT Department
City of Tracy Department of Engineering Services Main Street Music TLC Maintenance Department
CPFSJ MHS Sports Management TLC Technical Construction
Custom Sounds MHS Theater Department TLC T-K
Delta College Athletic

Training Room

My Best Friend’s Closet Tracy Chiropractic
ETA (Elite Training Academy) New Smile Orthodontics Tracy Press
Flower Pavilion Premier Auto Services Uneed2
Grand Theatre Center for the Arts Reich’s Pharmacy VCA Old River Animal Hospital
Hawkins Thompson

Child Development Center

Renaissance Property Management Versaille Salon
Stephen M. Tsang, M.d., Inc.  

 

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 the student portal on each individual college’s 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!

 

Community Service Opportunities

Snack Club Program at TK Site – Mon-Friday 3:30pm-4:30pm at the Tracy Learning Center TK Site (238 West Grant Line Rd). High school students are needed to help with snack club program Contact: Mrs. Tyler styler@tracylc.net

 

Moose GALA dinner (fancy Christmas party) – Friday, December 9  5:30 p.m. – until ? (serving begins at 6 p.m.) Moose Lodge (35 East 6th Street, Tracy) – ring doorbell to enter facility 2 dish washers and 6 servers are needed – black and white server attire Contact: Alex Zamora 209-815-6408 or azamora@pacbell.net  MUST contact Alex Zamora for scheduling

 

Moose Lodge Children’s Christmas Party – Sunday, December 18 3:00 pm Moose Lodge (35 East 6th Street, Tracy) – ring doorbell to enter facility. Similar to the Children’s Halloween Party, 8-10 volunteers are needed to help decorate and assist children with various activities. Please dress festively! Contact: Danette Poole at 209-815-0476 (text) or email dpoole@newpennfinancial.com

 

 

Inbox – wsnell@tracylc.net – Tracy Learning Center Mail

Charter Chatter

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A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

Dec. 2, 2016                                                                                                                                            Vol.17

Virginia Stewart

Many of you may be considering the high school you wish your student to attend.  This is an important decision.  We would like you to take into consideration Millennium High School.  Millennium is part of the Tracy Learning Center.  The Tracy Learning Center was started in 2001 and now consists of students in three charter schools.  We have a Pre-school, Primary (grades TK to 4th), Discovery (grades 5 to 8) and our high school.

Millennium High School is a comprehensive high school.  We focus on having students ready for college or vocational training.  Amazing as it may sound 85% of our graduates go on to attend college.  We offer a full complement of sports, drama, band, and rigorous academic classes.  We have chosen not to use the traditional routes of AP or IB classes; instead we allow our students the chance to enroll directly into college classes which are guaranteed transferable to UC or CSU schools.  Many students graduate with more than 15 college credits.

We are very excited to have our very first Father Daughter Dance tomorrow evening. Coach KV and her helpers have been working hard to make this event a success. We are sure this evening will be most enjoyable and a tradition we can carry on for many years to come.

 

 

Misc. Announcements


Crab Feed

SAVE THE DATE:  February 4, 2017 11TH Annual Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed

What an awesome event for our school! Crab, pasta, salad, bread, dessert, raffles, dancing and so much more.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with our Raffle Committee. If you are creative WE NEED YOU!

Please contact Donna Baker at (209) 321-9157 or email donna@donnabaker.com.

 

As chairperson of this event it’s always important to recognize ROCK STARS!! Tiffany Alexander who runs our raffle committee has already been working hard since August on our amazing donations. We already, have our donation for Disneyland tickets!

  

Winter Break

Dec. 19 – Jan. 2, 2017 – Students and Staff return to school on TUESDAY – Jan. 3, 2017

 

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Dec. 5 – 9

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. –Beef Hot Dog

Wed – No Meat Spaghetti

Thurs – Beef Soft Taco

Fri. – Chicken Patty Sandwich

 

Pre K

We are making additions to our art studio this month as our preschool students spend December exploring the arts. Our month of creative exploration will begin with a visit from an illustrator who is sharing her artwork and passion with us through a hands on demonstration and bringing pieces of her art to display to our class.

 

Starting in December we are implementing a language immersion program. All of our students will have the opportunity to learn Spanish by participating in our immersive afternoon program. Five days a week children will take part in typical classroom activities with 5 hours of instruction in Spanish daily. Since children are hardwired to learn language we will continue to deliver our program as usual but in the afternoon we will be hablando en español!

 

Our Preschool program is expanding! For the 2017-18 school year we will be adding a half-day preschool program and welcoming 40 new children to our learning family. If you are interested in half-day preschool please contact Alejandra Garcia (209) 229-1575 to schedule and informational tour!

 

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T K

This week in TK we celebrated our November birthdays with our final class birthday party! All of our students are now 5 years old! We can already see how much they have matured and grown since the beginning of the year. We implemented a new reward system this week so that students can earn ‘Fun Friday’. We are proud of how hard they are working toward this special goal.

Invitations went home this week for our Holiday Performance. It will be held in the TK classroom on Friday, December 16th at 8:45am. Light refreshments will be served. Lyrics for the songs students are performing were attached to the invitation. Please practice at home. We hope to see you all there!

 

Primary Charter

Morning Tardies

We have had many late PCS students this year. Students are tardy once the Unity Bell has rung (8:13am). If your student arrives at this time or later he/she must come into the office for a tardy note. If a student receives a 4th or 5th tardy in a trimester he/she will sit in the office for lunch detention and any further tardies may result in suspension days.  It is important to get our students in the habit of arriving on time and parents are the key to this success.

 

Neighbors Driveways/Complaints

We have had several recent complaints about our TLC drivers who block our neighbors driveways.  These neighbors are very upset when they are unable to pull in or out of their own driveways. Please be respectful and cautious of how you drive and park.

 

MUSIC NOTES

Save the date!    Primary Music Winter Program 

Thursday, December 15, at 6:30 pm, in the TLC gym

All K-4 students will be performing holiday songs with Mrs. Watson.

I have posted the songs on our webpage so if your student wants to practice at home go to:

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The students and I are looking forward to this exciting evening performance!!

More information to follow, as the event nears.

For now, please mark your calendars!

 

Musically,

Mrs. Watson

Primary Music Director

 

 

Initial Phase

This week in Initial Phase students started their first STEM challenge!  Students were placed in Science groups and asked to Plan, Create, Test, and Ask to complete a given challenge.  The challenges were: building a parachute, building a house that does not leak, and build a raft that will float with a given amount of weight.  We are excited to help them become cooperative collaborators to meet a challenge.  Students were so excited to test their plan and we were very excited to watch their progress.  Here are some pictures of us working on our challenges:

 

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Phase One

Phase 1 students had a terrific first week back from break!  They were pleasantly surprised to find their Elf in their classroom waiting for them.  Each day they will need to find the new hiding place where their Elf is watching them from. What a great turnout we had of students wearing their “Ugly” sweaters.  What a fun way to begin the holiday season.  Over the next few weeks, Phase 1 students will be doing many winter and holiday crafts.  They will also be completing their passport project from their trip around the world to learn about different holiday and cultural traditions. In Writer’s Workshop, students are learning how to write letters.  They are very excited to write letters to Santa. In Math we are learning about Geometry.  Shapes can be fun! New AR Goals have begun.  Continue to read daily and practice math facts.  Make sure to check your student’s folder weekly for important information.

 

 

Phase Two

Phase Two students had a great first week back from Thanksgiving break!  Students were focused and ready to learn.  This week we began our science unit.  We started by learning all about the scientific method.  We will continue our unit next week!

Students did a great job showing their school spirit by wearing their ugly sweaters on Friday!  This was a fun way to end our week!

 

Remember, tomorrow is our first Daddy Daughter Dance!  Hope to see you there!  Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Discovery Charter

 

 

WE came back from break, like we never left.  Students came to school motivated to learn!!

Each morning we begin unity with the Pledge of Allegiance:

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 This weeks Top 5 are shown below:dcs2

 

 

Each Monday – we congratulate the top 5 den winners (students who earn the “top 5” points in their den).

 

 

 

We also hold raffles……this week, Ms. Zaca and Ms. T donated a “treasure chest” filled with goodies, along with a free “hair and make-up” by Elizabeth – for the Daddy/Daughter Dance.  Congratulations Cynthia for winning the treaure, and thank you Elizabeth for offering your services to our girls before their big night!

 

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PLEASE REVIEW YOUR CHILD’S AGENDA.  THEIR AGENDA HOLDS DATES, HOMEWORK, PROJECTS, and other valuable information. They will receive a grade sticker in their agenda next week.

If you have questions, concerns, or if you want to discuss your child, please contact their teacher:

Mrs. Beckner: sbeckner@tracylc.net (math and academic pentathlon)

Mrs. Hawkins: shawkins@tracylc.net (language arts (dance and movement with Coach C))

Coach Lopez: blopez@tracylc.net (PE)

Coach P: mpenirian@tracylc.net (PE)

Ms. Pelaez: lpelaez@tracylc.net (science, science Olympiad, (Spanish with Mr. Gomar))

Ms. Rodieck: lrodieck@tracylc.net (language arts, genius hour)

Ms. T: ttakeuchi@tracylc.net (math, leadership)

Coach Williams: dwilliams@tracylc.net (PE)

Ms. Zaca: szaca@tracylc.net (social studies, newspaper)

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

December 14th – From 5:00 – 6:00 in room M1, Ms. Pelaez will review “how to pack for Science Camp.” More information to come soon.  If you have questions, contact Ms. Pelaez at lpelaez@tracylc.net

December 14th WINTER CONCERT – Join Mr. Zepeda and his band – grades 6 – 12 at Kimball High School for an evening of magic.  The concert begins at 7:00 PM.

December 19 – January 2 – Winter Break

January 3 – Return to School

January 9 – 13 – Science Camp or Stay Camp (for students not attending Science Camp)

January 16 – School Holiday (Martin Luther King Day)

 

 

 

 

DHSP

 

Discover High School Prep

Charter Chatter:

 

What a great first week back from Thanksgiving!! Everyone came back rested and ready to work!!

 

Language Arts:

This week students have been continuing to grow in their academic writing. They are working very hard to learn how to research and write for persuasive essays using MLA format as well. Students are using evidence from their primary sources and incorporating them into their essays to support their opinions. These skills are advanced for this stage of learning, and they will carry these skills with them into high school and into college. Well done, students of D-12!

 

The next two weeks we are working very hard on our first Writers Workshop! Students are learning the various components of a standard essays and how to support their opinions with evidence. They are doing wonderfully!

 

English 78 is very busy with a project related to the literature, art, music and poetry we have studied first semester.  The students are working on their own study guides for each area of the curriculum.  We have also begun the diagramming of clauses.  Finally for the month of December, we are working in study groups which are also the project groups.  The students are given the last forty minutes of class each day for their work.

 

 

 

Social Studies:

Students are fully engulfed into the Wax Museum process. This year will be the third and final performance for many of Mrs. Wallace’s 8th students. She is looking forward to some fantastic historical recreations from all of her students!!

 

SWO:

Trimester Two SWO will be introduced in the Language Arts classes soon.

Community service hours for Trimester Two have already begun. Make certain to get your forms signed and turned into Mrs. Dominguez as soon as you reach 10 hours. Remember Community Service counts towards 1/2 of your SWO grade each Trimester

 

 

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Washington D.C. 2017!!!

 

 

It’s not too late to sign up for the DC trip. Students will visit the Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum. What an opportunity to see our nations capital with classmates. It’s exciting to see how many students have already signed up for this great opportunity. Please contact Mrs. Wallace at dwallace@tracylc.net for assistance.

 

If you do not want your student to have his/her photo published please notify Mrs. Wallace at dwallace@tracylc.net

Please feel free to contact any of your student’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns.

Math: Mrs. Dominguez ddominguez@tracylc.net

Math: Mrs. Ulricksen rulricksen@tracylc.net

Language Arts: Ms. Langston alangston@tracylc.net

Language Arts: Mrs. Cerezo acerezo@tracylc.net

Science: Mrs. Ramirez aramirez@tracylc.net

Social Studies, DHSP Learning Director: Mrs. Wallace dwallace@tracylc.net

 

                     

MHS

Charter Chatter December 2, 2016

 

Fall 2016 Finals Schedule – Please note the adjustment to your student’s schedule.

 

Wednesday Dec 7                 ENGLISH                                                SOCIAL STUDIES

 

TEST ROOM and PROCTOR (s)

This is where students should go to test

8-10

 

10-10:30

Break

10:30-12:30

 

M1

Reyes/Mrs. S

ENGLISH 4 –  Saldate/Reyes

Period 1 and 2

  WORLD HISTORY – Mr. Singh

Period 3

M2

Mr. S /Singh

ENGLISH 2 – Mrs. Saldate

Period 5

  GOV & ECON– Saldate/Singh

Period 1 and 2

M3

Muscarello

ENGLISH 2 – Mrs. Saldate

Period 7

  WORLD HISTORY – Mr. Singh

Period 8

M4

Snyder

ENGLISH 3 – Mrs. Saldate

Period 8

  OPEN
M5

Tariku

ENGLISH 3 – Ms. Lamanna

Period 4

  GEOGRAPHY – Mr. Shotwell

Period 2

M6

Griffin

ENGLISH 3 – Ms. Lamanna

Period 6

  GEOGRAPHY – Mr. Shotwell

Period 1

M7

Woods

ENGLISH 3 – Ms. Lamanna

Period 2

  GEOGRAPHY – Mr. Shotwell

Period 5

M8

Shotwell

ENGLISH 1 – Mrs. Ernst

Period 3

  GEOGRAPHY – Mr. Shotwell

Period 8

M9

Lamanna

ENGLISH 2 – Ms. Lamanna

Period 3

  U.S. HISTORY – Mr. Shotwell

Period 3

M10

Ernst

ENGLISH 1 – Mrs. Ernst

Period 2

  GEOGRAPHY – Mr. Saldate

Period 6

M11

Dominguez

OPEN   Open
M12

Holmes

ENGLISH 1 – Mrs. Ernst

Period 6

  Open
M13

Young

ENGLISH 3 – Ms. Lamanna

Period 8

  WORLD HISTORY – Mr. Singh

Period 7

M14

Bengson

ENGLISH 1 – Mrs. Ernst

Period 7

  U.S. HISTORY – Mr. Shotwell

Period 7

M15

Brown

ENGLISH 2 – Mrs. Ernst

Period 1

  Open
M16

De La Torre

 ENGLISH 2 – Mrs. Ernst

Period 8

  Open

 

 

 

Thursday Dec 8                            MATH                                                     SCIENCE

 

TEST ROOM and PROCTOR (s)

This is where students should go to test

8-10

 

10-10:30

Break

10:30-12:30

 

M1

Reyes/Mrs. S

PRE CALCULUS – Mrs. Bengson

Periods 3, 6, and 8

  FORENSIC SCIENCE

Ms. Dominguez Periods 2 & 3

M2

Mr. S/Singh

INTRO TO ALG – Mrs. Aleman

Periods 4,6,7,and 8

  FORENSIC SCIENCE

Ms. Dominguez Periods 6 & 7

M3

Muscarello

CONCEPTUAL MATH

MR. Muscarello

Period 8

  CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS

Ms. Holmes – Period 8

M4

Snyder

ALGEBRA 1 – Mrs. Aleman

Period 1

  ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Ms. Holmes – Period 3

M5

Tariku

ALGEBRA 2 – Mr. Tariku

Period 6

  EARTH SCIENCE

Ms. Dominguez – Period 4

M6

Griffin

CALCULUS – Mrs. Griffin

Periods 3 and 4

  BIOLOGY

Mr. Copass – Period 2

M7

Woods

ALGEBRA 2 – Mrs. Bengson

Period 1

  BIOLOGY

Mr. Copass – Period 3

M8

Shotwell

ALGEBRA 1

Mr. Muscarello Period 3

Mr. Tariku Period 8

  BIOLOGY

Mr. Copass – Period 6

M9

Lamanna

FINANCE MATH

Mr. Snell – Period 3

  CHEMISTRY

Mr. Asfir – Period 5

M10

Ernst

ALGEBRA 2

Mrs. Bengson – Period 4

Mr. Tariku – Period 2

  CHEMISTRY

Mr. Asfir – Period 6

M11

Dominguez

GEOMETRY

Mr. Muscarello  Periods 4 & 8

  CHEMISTRY

Mr. Asfir – Period 1

M12

Holmes

CONCEPTUAL MATH

Ms. Holmes – Period 2

  CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS

Ms. Holmes – Period 1

M13

Young

ALGEBRA 2

Mr. Tariku – Period 3

  BIOLOGY

Mr. Copass – Period 1

M14

Bengson

GEOMETRY

Mr. Muscarello – Period 1

  BIOLOGY

Mr. Copass – Period 7

M15

Brown

GEOMETRY

Mr. Muscarello – Period 6

  CHEMISTRY

Mr. Asfir – Period 8

M16

De La Torre

ALGEBRA 1

Mrs. Aleman – Period 2

  BIOLOGY

Mr. Copass – Period 4

Friday Dec 9                  LANGUAGES                                LIFE SKILLS/MAKE UP TESTS

 

TEST ROOM and PROCTOR (s)

This is where students should go to test

8-10

 

10-10:30

Break

10:30-12:30

 

M1

Reyes/Mrs. S

LIFE SKILLS

Mrs. Saldate – Period 6

  MAKE UP TESTS – STUDENTS WILL REPORT TO THEIR OWN TEACHER FOR ANY TEST THEY HAVE MISSED
M2

Mr.S

Singh

LIFE SKILLS

        Mrs. Grant – Period 2

  STAFF SHOULD GRADE FINALS AND PREP FOR THE BEGINNING OF SEMESTER 2 THE FOLLOWING MONDAY
M3

Muscarello

LIFE SKILLS

Mrs. Grant – Period 3

 
M4

Snyder

OPEN    
M5

Tariku

LIFE SKILLS

Mrs. Grant Period 4

   
M6

Griffin

OPEN    
M7

Woods

LIFE SKILLS
Mr. Woods – Period 1
   
M8

Shotwell

OPEN    
M9

Lamanna

OPEN    
M10

Ernst

OPEN    
M11

Dominguez

OPEN    
M12

Holmes

OPEN    
M13

Young

OPEN    
M14

Bengson

OPEN    
M15

Brown

LIFE SKILLS

Ms. Fields-Brown – Period 8

   
M16

De La Torre

OPEN    

 

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 the student portal on each individual college’s 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!

 

Sow a Seed Foundation – Boys to Men Youth Development Conference

Sow A Seed Community Foundation welcomes our esteemed Keynote, Mr. Keena Turner, to the 2016 Boys-to-Men Youth Development Conference. The purpose of Boys-to-Men is to allow successful men, many who have overcome obstacles on their way to success, to address issues of concern for young men in a safe, gender specific environment. This year’s theme, “Hope and Achieve: Against the Odds” is designed enhance the resiliency of our young men by giving the insight on how to enhance their personal strengths and maximize opportunities for personal growth. The conference format includes a keynote and guest speakers, several workshops, catered lunch from Texas Roadhouse, souvenirs, and edutainment. Sample workshop topics include: overcoming life challenges, issues of masculinity, healthy relationships, self-image, leadership, goal attainment, and more. Registration will close on December 2nd!

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 Community Service Opportunities

Snack Club Program at TK Site – Mon-Friday 3:30pm-4:30pm at the Tracy Learning Center TK Site (238 West Grant Line Rd). High school students are needed to help with snack club program Contact: Mrs. Tyler styler@tracylc.net

 

Tracy Little League – Sunday, December 4 from 10am-2pm (10476 W Linne Road Tracy 95377) Students are needed to help go through and inventory the baseball equipment. This event will take place outside so please dress appropriately. Volunteers meet at the Country Market Store to walk to the storage container. Contact: Kerry Dowell keri_dowell@yahoo.com

 

Moose GALA dinner (fancy Christmas party) – Friday, December 9  5:30 p.m. – until ? (serving begins at 6 p.m.) Moose Lodge (35 East 6th Street, Tracy) – ring doorbell to enter facility 2 dish washers and 6 servers are needed – black and white server attire Contact: Alex Zamora 209-815-6408 or azamora@pacbell.net  MUST contact Alex Zamora for scheduling