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Oct.12, 2018                                                                                                                                Vol 10

Virginia Stewart

 

What is Restorative Justice?

Over the years we have evolved to a system of discipline that places a great emphasis on responsible behavior on the part of the student.  Restorative Justice looks at what has happened and the consequence it had on others and then looks for a way for the student to return justice to the classroom or to the person offended.

We began this process last school year and we are seeing good results with it.  Students are made more aware of what they have done.  Students have been asked to apologize, repair damage, do something to fix a situation in the classroom etc.  This focuses on what was done, not on a punishment.

Of course, there are major offenses that have punishments attached to them that will not be eliminated, but for the most part, the most important thing is for students to see their own behavior and how it affects others.

Consider talking when the teacher is teaching.  The student may say, “Well it does not bother me.  I have a good grade in that class.” The response is, “Yes, but those around you may not have the same grade or understanding and you are hurting their chances of success.”

Each week, in 5th through 8th grade, the SOAR panel meets with students who have 20 or more negative points.  The reasons for the negatives are discussed and ideas are shared for how to remedy the problem.  The panels then make a video of the salient behavior issues to share with the entire student body so that they can talk about ways to prevent those problems.  The panel sets goals as challenges such as, “Let’s have only 6 students with negative 20 next week.”

I am pleased with the shift to Restorative Justice because I believe we have raised the consciousness of our student body at all levels.

 

 

 

Important News

New Board Member Position Opening

If you are interested in interviewing for a position as a member of the TLC Board of directors, please submit a resume and a letter of interest to the front office at the Beverly site.   The Board is seeking one member for its nine-member board.  The terms for this position are unlimited.  The Board meets once a month on the second Monday of the month.

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Next School Holiday is Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

 

Thanksgiving Week Holidays…  Monday – Friday, Nov. 19 – 23

 

Car-line Issues

Very Risky Driving at morning drop off and afternoon pick up

We continue to have some very unsafe drop offs of students with parents stopping illegally, holding up traffic and letting children run across the street with the risk of oncoming traffic. Please, we beg you – Slow down and protect your child from injury or worse by safely pulling over and encouraging your child to only cross in the cross walks when safe to cross.

 

Big BIG thanks to all the parents staff and students that came out for tonight’s ‘Movie Night’!  It was great see parents, students and staff enjoying some time out of class to kick back and watch ‘Coco’.   More to come….

**Next Parents 4 TLC Meeting is October 15th @ 6:30 pm in P2**

 

 

Lunch Menu – Week Oct.15-19

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Nuggets

Wed- Cheese Ravioli

Thurs – Chicken Noodle Soup

Fri – Beef or Vegi Burger

 

 

PCS

Initial

Our first week of the Read-A-Thon is complete, but there is still one more week to go! Students are asked to read as much as possible and collect donations. PCS has a goal of $10,000 and the classroom that brings in the most money will win a class party. If you haven’t done so, please go online and set up your child’s account and share with family and friends to collect donations! Don’t forget to log all reading sessions online on your student’s account. Reading to your student for 20 minutes of nightly reading counts for their minutes logged. There are SO many prizes to be won and a fun award ceremony at the end of the month. All we have to do is READ to earn money for our school!

Phase One

 

This week Phase One started a new unit in Writer’s Workshop. We discussed the difference between a fact and an opinion. Some of the groups started their own opinion paragraph. We will continue this unit for the next 4 weeks.

 

The Read-A-Thon is off to a great start! Our school’s goal is to raise $10,000 and we have been averaging $1,000 a day. We are also having a friendly competition between the classes, with the winning class getting a fun class party. Help your student’s class win, by registering our child and pledging money. Spread the word to your family members.

 

Phase 2 students are learning all about California and Native American tribes.  Did you know that there were tribes in all 4 regions of California?  They even lived in the desert!  We will soon begin a research project about specific tribes and will begin our unit on the California Missions.

Our students are so excited about the Read-a-Thon!  It will continue through next week, please make sure you activate your child’s online Read-a-Thon account and share it with family and friends.  Our goal is to raise $10,000!  We are halfway there!
The 4th grade Leadership students will be selling candy grams next week.  Small candy grams are 50 cents, large candies will be $1.00.  All proceeds will be donated to the Tracy Animal Shelter.

 

DCS

Discovery 5/6

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DCS Survival Tip: Science Camp Q & A

When is Science Camp?
Monday, October 29th to Friday, November 2nd.  Students who attend camp will come to school at 7:30 and check in with Ms. T.  All students will receive special luggage tags made out by the Outdoor Education Science Camp Staff for their belongings.  Ms. T will also be collecting medication upon check-in. Returning time to campus on Friday may vary. We will be hitting Bay Area traffic, but I will keep Ms. Kay updated when we leave and when we hit the Pleasanton/Livermore area so she will know our ETA.

 

Can my child bring a backpack?
A small string backpack would be best, rather than a large backpack they typically bring to school.  We will be taking county school buses (the traditional yellow bus) and there is not a lot of room for extra belongings. Also, on hikes and excursions, the kids may use the small backpack to carry their water bottle and a disposable camera with them.

 

Can my child bring their electronic devices?
Please do not allow children to bring cell phones or electronics to camp. There is also no reception for cell phones once at camp.  Camp has a landline available, if there is an emergency. Please send disposable cameras (at least 2, because unlike phones, they go really fast when kids can’t see what they took pictures of and can’t erase digitally) with students if they would like to take pictures of their adventures.  You may also have to teach your child how to use a disposable camera before departure.

 

How can I see how/what my child is doing at Science Camp?
I will have my camera with me so I will post pictures and general updates any time I can get reception.  You can go to my website to find updates during camp week!
https://dcsmathwithmst.weebly.com/science-camp

 

What to pack clothes in?
Please remember that although it is important to be prepared, all students are responsible for carrying their belongings to their cabins from the drop off location.  The bus does not do cabin to cabin drop off with their luggage because the busses cannot fit down all the trails.  A duffle bag is the best piece of luggage to invest in for this trip, because a wheeled suitcase does well on solid ground, but not as well in muddy dirt trails and gravel.

 

Do I need to send bedding?
Cabins have twin mattresses, but students will be responsible for packing a sleeping bag and pillow.  It is also a good idea to teach your child how to roll up their sleeping bags themselves, because it probably won’t come back in the same neat roll you sent them to camp with Monday morning.  Personally, I find it helpful that sleeping bags and pillow go into a bag of some sort so that students are not holding multiple things on their walk to their cabins.  If you send sleeping bags and a pillow in a garbage bag, send an extra one for the return trip, because the bags tend to tear.

A Glance into 5/6 Classrooms

Technology with Ms. Ferguson:
Both 5/6 Technology/STEM classes are currently working on a partner project that expands their knowledge on the difference between an invention and an innovation.

 

 

Music with Mr. Dougherty:

Please save the date for the Trimester 1 concert that will be held here on TLC (51 E. Beverly Place), November 7th from 6:30-7:30.  Students participating in this performance are Ms. Sabedra’s Homeroom, Ms. T’s Homeroom and Ms. Christensen’s Homeroom.

 

 

Language Arts with Ms. Christensen:
This week in L.A. we finished our novel The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano.  Next week we will be preparing for our final and working on a project for the book.  In writing, we cooperatively wrote a summary as a group and learned about the different types of persuasive writing. For grammar, the students are learning to diagram a compound subject and predicate and showing their knowledge of helping and linking verbs with a project.  We began our elements of art stations in Humanities.  The students are learning about different art techniques and practicing them in small groups.

 

Anyone still wanting to submit a scholastic book order can do so by the end of this weekend, I will submit the order Sunday evening.  If you are unable to order at this time, you can submit an order online at any time.  My classroom code is H8KBZ, this year students can choose a free book with a $25 order.

 

 

Math with Mrs. Zuniga:
Varsity: In our class, students are beginning to add fractions with like denominators. Students are also learning how to find the greatest common factor and the least common multiple. We are looking forward to using least common multiple to begin adding unlike denominator fractions.

 

Scholastic: In our class, the students are finishing dividing fractions. We will begin reviewing for our fractions test next Friday. I have informed students that after fractions we will begin decimals and they are very excited.

 

Honors: Our class has finished their Unit One Test. We will now begin reviewing for our Unit Two Test next Thursday which will include discounts, tax, mark ups, and tips. Parents make sure you are asking your students to find the discount amount or tip/tax when you are out eating or shopping. The students love that they can relate their math to real-life.

 

 

Geography with Ms. T & Mrs. Zuniga:
All classes have been working really hard learning the US states! So far we visited the heart of the US- Washington D.C. and then moved into the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  As we visit each state, we also learn about top colleges there to prepare for our Career & College SWO that will start in January (after we return from winter break).

Some of our favorites have been Virginia Tech, Duke and John Hopkins!

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Science with Mrs. Theall:
Last week we were working on experiments. It was a fun experience for all of us. Some of the experiments were making slime, rainbow color experiment with skittles and balloon blow up with a chemical reaction.

 

 

 

Math with Ms. T:
Varsity: We dove into fractions this week- we’ve mastered comparing fractions and finding equivalent fractions.  We also made our way into adding and subtracting fractions with common denominators this week.  Please look in your child’s math notebook to see what we have done and where we are headed next week. It’s a black composition notebook with rainbow colored duct tape on the binding.

Scholastic: We wrapped up Unit 1 (whole number review and fractions) and are moving on into Unit 2 (all things decimals and percentages) – most kids felt like decimals were a breath of fresh air after our intense unit of fractions! We will be moving quickly through add, subtract and multiplying decimals and will start dividing decimals.  We will practice unit rate as a class and it would be great real world practice for students to calculate unit rate while your family is out shopping!

Honors: Our class started Unit 4, which is Exponents. We dipped our feet into Algebra with evaluating expressions, combing like terms and work with squares and cubes. We had a practice drill with 1 to 20 squared and 1 to 5 cubed – whole class against Ms. T for speed and accuracy – stay tuned for who the fastest person in our class is!

 

Langauge Arts with Ms. Rodieck:
All Language Arts classes will be reviewing our first novel and we will be doing final projects and have a final exam the week of October 15th.

 

 

7th/8th

Important Dates:

  • SWO number 1 is due November 5, 2018 (all students received this information in their language arts classes)
  • CJSF Meeting next Friday 10/19
  • Trimester 1 ends 11/ 9
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: 11/13-11/15– Information to come!

 

Language Arts-Cerezo

This week students are continuing to analyze our first class novel, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. Students are looking in the novel to discover the authors use of figurative language and symbols to drive the plot of the book.

-Students are working on a final project for the novel, due 10/19

-Students will take a written final for the novel on 10/12

-Book club books are due 10/12

 

Language Arts-Ernst

This weeks students are working on their final projects for the novel The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. We will be having the unit final on Friday October 12th. Our next book will be the play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare. This will be a challenging read and may require studying at home and over the weekends

 

Social Studies-Zaca

This week students dived into the life of President Lyndon B. Johnson and discussed the programs created to help the American people as a whole: His Great Society. President Johnson grew up in extreme poverty and personally understood the challenges those who lived in poverty faced. Students spent time in class discussing how one’s life experiences as a child can shape your perception on life.

 

Math-King

Still would love to have donations of tissues!!

Varsity continues working on Solving Equations with Variables.

Honors just completed the Unit 2 test and the Geometry Midterm.  This is the same midterm all geometry classes take at DCS and MHS

Scholastic will take their Unit 1 test on 10/12 and them move on to Solving Equations

 

Physical Education:

Students are finishing the “Final Rotation” of the “First Trimester” playing Rookie Rugby in Coach Williams Class, Lacrosse in Coach Penirian’s Class and Soccer in Coach Easterday’s Class!

Please be on the lookout in “Aeries” for “Grade Updates” as Coach Penirian, Coach Easterday and Coach Williams’ classes just took their second written test this past Friday, October 5th for 7th/8th. Please remind students to study, complete & turn in their “Study Guides” that are given by us teachers to help them achieve the best possible grade on their test!!!

Also, as a friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be applying
“Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and showering daily; as their bodies have already begun puberty even though there may be no signs of it showing physically as it’s October but it feels like Spring! LOL

Thank You!!!

 

Science:

This week for 7-8 science, we are exploring optics and optical illusions as part of Academic Pentathlon. Students carried out presentations last week on an optical illusion of their choice, and this week, we are playing brain games to see how the brain interprets what the eye takes in.

 

Verbal Expressions:

Ms. Dane’s Verbal Expressions classes have been busy with Mock Trial, Reader’s Theater, Mask Making and Video Production.
3rd period , 7 -8 Honors has been trying the case of : “The People V. Miller”  where the school bully, Jesse Miller is accused of writing a life threatening note to newly arrived, scholarship student, Sam Landon.  Prosecution and Defense have been questioning witnesses, preparing opening and closing statements and learning about objections.  Our case comes to trial next week and we shall see who might prove their case…’beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

Lightning Larry and his gift of a good heart to some bad outlaws has been the focus of Period 4 7 -8  Varsity class and they completed a fantastic set of masks showing research and creativity.
Period 7 5-6 Varsity showed their acting skills with Spiderella and the Bremmentown Rappers -the groups had several ‘break-out’ stars on this project – enthusiasm and a positive energy made these performances a real pleasure to watch.
Video Team from the 8th period 7 8 Varsity is growing weekly. – with the help and encouragement from Mr. Snell last year to our growing team working with Ms. Prescott and Ms. Dane we are producing the Soar Videos and will be working on Interviewing and I Movie during the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

MHS

 

Did you miss this morning’s announcements?

If your student missed the morning announcements at Unity, please check the Millennium High School homepage located on our Tracy Learning Center Website at http://www.tracylearningcenter.com/school/millennium/  go to Quick Links and click on Unity Announcements, please see example below.

 

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Delta College Early Start Program – Spring Semester 2019

The process has begun for students interested in taking a class at Delta College this spring, and there are many steps to complete in the next week!  Step One is to apply online at www.deltacollege.edu.  Several days after applying, students must log in to retrieve their Delta ID #.  Once they have their Delta ID #, they may sign up in the Counseling Office to take the Assessment – it will be Saturday, October 20th at 9:00am at the Delta Mountain House campus.  After taking the Assessment, students should bring their scores to the MHS Counseling Office and we will assist students in selecting which class to take.  College Early Start forms are due to the MHS Counseling Office for approval on November 5th.  For further details, please see the following College Early Start Webpage link: http://www.tracylearningcenter.com/counseling/college-and-carrer-planning/ .  Please contact the Counseling Office at (209)627-8299 or MHSCounseling@tracylc.net with questions!

 

 

CSU Application Workshop

October and November are busy months for all students wanting to apply to a four year college and/or to take Spring classes at Delta College. We held two separate application workshops and we filled the room with interested students.

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Millennium High School – Fieldtrip to UC Merced and Cal State University Fresno

Attention all Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. MHS students will be visiting and taking a campus tour at UC Merced and CSU Fresno on Friday November 9, 2018. Space is limited to 42 students, all those interested may pick up a permission slip in the MHS Counseling Office and must return permission slips promptly to secure a seat. Please note: fieldtrip fee is $25.00. For additional questions, please contact the Millennium High School Office at (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

 

Arbor Day & Tracy United To Make A Difference Day – October 27, 2018– Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to plant 150 trees within the Tracy Community, this is a great opportunity to help beautify the community and gain community service hours, if interested please contact the MHS Counseling Office at (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net. You may also contact the Tracy Parks and Recreation Department directly (contact information below).

 

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Oct. 5, 2018                                                                                                                               Vol 9

Virginia Stewart

 

Even with all the construction and temporary facilities, TLC kept up the school spirit with a fantastic homecoming parade.  It was wonderful to see all the schools come together.  I am so proud of your efforts and seeing the smiles on our student’s faces was a real treat.  We hope to see everyone out at the MHS football game this Saturday at the West High Football stadium.  JV starts at 5pm and Varsity kickoff is at 7pm.  Go Falcons!!!!!

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New Board Member Position Opening

If you are interested in interviewing for a position as a member of the TLC Board of directors, please submit a resume and a letter of interest to the front office at the Beverly site.   The Board is seeking one member for its nine-member board.  The terms for this position are unlimited.  The Board meets once a month on the second Monday of the month.

 

 

Upcoming Picture Days

 

All re-takes are on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

If re-doing pictures, please make sure your student returns their picture packet that you were unhappy with on picture day.

 

Car-line Issues

Very Risky Driving at morning drop off and afternoon pick up

We continue to have some very unsafe drop offs of students with parents stopping illegally, holding up traffic and letting children run across the street with the risk of oncoming traffic. Please, we beg you – Slow down and protect your child from injury or worse by safely pulling over and encouraging your child to only cross in the cross walks when safe to cross.

 

Next Parents Club Meeting

 

Monday, October 15 at 6:30pm in P2

Parents 4 TLC would like to thank all the families and teachers that participated in our Box Tops Contest.  There were 3,740 valid Box Tops for Education submitted which earns the school $307.40!!!  P3 was the winning class with 939 submitted Box Tops, and they have opted for a Pizza Party ~ way to go you guys!!!  P2 came in 2nd with 503, followed by P8 with 331 and rounding out the top 4 was TK with 315!!!!  We will be holding another contest before school is out so keep saving and clipping, and keep your eyes out for the announcement for the next contest!!

Don’t forget next Friday, October 12th is our Family Movie Night at the current Millennium High School campus (1904 Corral Hollow Road), doors will open at 6:00 pm with the movie, Coco, to start at 6:30.  We will have popcorn and other concessions for sale, and this time we will be holding raffles!!!  You still have time to turn in donations for your child’s class raffle bucket, don’t forget, Mrs. Stewart will be announcing the winning class next week, so let’s make those baskets amazing!  The winning class is getting popcorn and a movie in class!!  There is also going to be a 50/50 raffle.

Thank you again for all the Box Tops and see you under the tent next Friday!!!

Parents 4 TLC

**Next Parents 4 TLC Meeting is October 15th @ 6:30 pm in P2**

 

 

 

Lunch Menu – Week Oct. 8 – 12

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Chimichanga

Wed- Beef or Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Thurs – Mac and Cheese

Fri – Beef or Vegi Burger

 

 

PCS

Initial Phase

Next Friday, October 12th is our TLC Family Movie Night! Entry is free and there will be concessions (hot dogs, nachos, etc.) for sale. There will be a 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets. We are still in need of donations for our P2 reading corner raffle basket. We are having a contest and the classroom with the best basket wins a popcorn movie party! Books, book lights, bean bag chairs, stuffed animals are all items that would be perfect for our basket! Thank you to everyone who has donated to our basket so far. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Phase One

 

We had a FUN week in Phase One.! It was Homecoming for MHS and we always love participating by dressing up each day and walking in the parade. If you have a chance, try to make it to the MHS Homecoming football game tomorrow night at West High. JV is at 5:00 and Varsity is at 7:30. Come out to support our MHS Falcons!

 

This week all of the Phase One classes had their FIRST AR party of the year! Congratulations to all the students who made it! On Monday, your child will receive their new reading level and AR goal in their Red folders. AR goals will be due Friday, November 9th. Good luck and start reading!

 

Phase 2 students really showed their spirit during Homecoming week!  We also stayed busy with state reports and learning more about California. Please make sure you sign your child’s agenda every week!
Also…the PCS Read-A-Thon starts on Monday! Information will be sent home in Monday folders.

 

 

 

 

 

DCS

 

Discovery 5/6

Important Upcoming Dates:
Tuesday, October 9th: Picture Re-Takes
Friday, October 12th: Science Camp $350 is due

DCS Survival Tip:

Does your child have their own desk or workspace in an area of your home that is conducive to focused studying?  Studying for quizzes and tests is a skill that is built over time and comes with school experience. We continually tell our students that it is better to study a little bit every day because it helps with their long-term retention, compared to studying for a longer period of time (last minute cramming) in a single day. It is also important that they spiral back their review to go over what was previously taught as a refresher.

Ideas of how parents can help at home:
• Your student can practice active learning while studying at home by highlighting key themes in their notes, using Post-its to mark important passages/clarify challenging concepts, making study flashcards, and/or mind mapping unit concepts.
• We have noticed that some students focus better in the morning, others afternoon and at night. Help your child find the times that his/her focused efforts will be most effective.
• Sometimes we just have to memorize things like basic math facts or spelling words. Using a song or mnemonic device to aid the memory works wonders.
•Encouraging students to be lifelong learner by searching up Youtube videos can be a handy resource for this age group.  They can pause, rewind and search up multiple versions of the same concept explained twenty different ways at the touch of a couple buttons.  This is a great tool when students need additional clarification, especially with abstract concepts.

 

Homecoming:

DCS students brought the spirit this week!  We had tons of students come with full on 60’s outfits and lots of undercover secret agents!

 

 

Unfortunately, we had some challenges with our float this year and the 5 foot dome came apart and caved in during the parade…BUT we were beyond impressed watching how our students jump to action to make sure it did not crumble completely. Students immediately grabbed each side and held on!  They kept on smiling and waving to parents and friends who were in the crowd watching. 


To us, that is the definition of family; that is what people do in a striving community. They come together without questioning and help each other to ensure success for all. They don’t look at how it’s going to benefit just themselves, they look at how it benefits the bigger picture, the bigger goal. If something doesn’t work out, we band together to find a solution!  Our kids really demonstrated what the DCS community looks like.

 


We are so proud of our students because time and time again they show us, and everyone around them, what a TLC student sounds like, acts like, and looks like. 

Thank you again,
Ms. T & Ms. Zaca
DCS Leadership Teachers

Staff VS. Students Soccer Game at Lunch:

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A Glance into DCS Classrooms:

Social Studies with Ms. Sabedra
This week, in Social Studies, we started our Personal Awareness SWO, which will be due on November 5th  Students were sent home with a letter to parents on Tuesday with rubrics and more information detailing the project. It’s purple so it should be easy to find in their backpacks!

 

Language Arts/Humanities with Ms. Christensen
This week in L.A. we worked on diagramming and verbs.  Some of the groups are creating PPT or videos which teach about verbs.  Students are also continuing to work on summaries at home.   In humanities, we are learning about different types of art throughout history.   We are also learning about many famous artists and some new ones.  Students received books this week for the reading club.

 

Language Arts/Humanities with Ms. Rodieck
In Ms. Rodieck’s Humanities classes we are currently doing a very brief History of Western Art that involves watching a video at https://smarthistory.org/tag/art-1010/ and writing notes about the art period.  Then we look at some art and sort it into different art periods.  We check the work and then glue them into our notebooks.  Ask about what your son or daughter has learned about Ancient Mesopotamian or Egyptian Art and Greek or Roman Art.

In Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts Classes We finished up reading our first book club books this week and book reports were assigned on Friday to be due next Friday (or in two weeks for Honors).  If you have questions, check out my website at https://rodieckla.weebly.com/ – the assignments for the different classes will be posted over the weekend.  The assignments will also be put on Google Classroom.

 

All 5/6 Langauge Arts classes should be finishing up our first book of the year The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano next week.  The following week we will be doing a final project or writing assignment and taking a ‘final’ test about the book.

 

Math with Mrs. Zuniga
Varsity: The students have been so excited to start fractions this week. Students are learning how to compare fractions using cross-multiplication. They are also learning to create equivalent fractions.

Scholastic: Our class began dividing fractions on Monday. They are learning the reason why the second fraction is flipped and not the first. They know that division is the inverse of multiplication. They will be taking their dividing fraction quiz next Thursday.

 

Honors: Our class is completing the Unit One Test tomorrow (Friday). The students have been reviewing percents for the past week and are ready to be done with Unit One. Next week, students will continue discount, tax, and markup. They cannot wait to practice the concepts at home and out shopping with parents.

 

 

 

7th/8th

Science – Ms. Dominguez:

This week in 7-8 Science, we are onto the second Academic Pentathlon unit on “Optics.” Students are working on an “Optics Exploration” project, in which they are exploring how light plays a role in optical phenomenons and illusions such as auroras (Northern Lights), light from the moon, rainbows, and funhouse mirrors. Students will share their findings during in-class presentations at the end of the week.

Math- Mrs. King

The season of colds and flu is upon us. PLEASE send in donations of tissues, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.  Thank you!

 

Language Arts- Mrs. Cerezo

All classes finished reading The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano this week! In each class we discussed the importance of the novel, their thoughts, and how the novel connects to what we have already learned about the 60’s.

 

Students in all classes must finish their at-home book club books by October 12th (project to follow).

 

The first trimester SWO is also being assigned this week (Friday), so please ask your students about the requirements for this first SWO project.

 

Language Arts–Mrs. Ernst

This week in Mrs. Ernst’s Language Arts class, students are continuing to read the novel The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano.  We are expected to finish by this Friday or at the latest early next week.  Our next class book is the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

 

Please make sure students study their vocabulary nightly- this will help students raise their quiz grades significantly.

 

 

MHS

 

Millennium High School – Homecoming Parade

Millennium High School’s homecoming parade took place yesterday in downtown Tracy. Tracy Learning Center’s grades TK – 12 showed their homecoming spirit with colorful floats and costumes, this year’s theme: “The 1960’s A Transformational Decade.”

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Millennium High School – Homecoming Weekend

Saturday (October 6th) we have a Tailgate in the MHS parking lot from 4pm to 5pm. There is no cost for admission. We will have hot dogs, music, face painting and poster making stations to create a huge spirit section for the game.

Homecoming Game at West High School. Saturday night (October 6th) JV starts at 5:00pm and Varsity at 7:00pm. Usual admission fees apply.

Homecoming Dance under the tent at the MHS campus Saturday (Oct. 6th) after the game ends. No students will be admitted before the game has ended. The dance is free.

 

 

PSAT Testing –Sign up today!

The PSAT will be held on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 7:30am-11:30am. Sign-ups for the PSAT are still available. The test fee is $18.00 and is due when you sign up for the test in the Millennium High School Counseling Office (Room A-2). For questions, please call the Millennium High School Counseling Office at (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

 

 

 

Did you miss this morning’s announcements?

If your student missed the morning announcements at Unity, please check the Millennium High School homepage located on our Tracy Learning Center Website at http://www.tracylearningcenter.com/school/millennium/  go to Quick Links and click on Unity Announcements, please see example below.

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TLC Charter Chatter

Virginia’s Voice:

Kids’ Brainpower Tied to Exercise, Sleep and Limited Screen Time

At least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, nine to 11 hours of sleep a night, and no more than two hours a day of recreational screen time were tied to higher test scores and achievement in schools.

Meet our Staff

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Hello! My name is Tawn Schaffran and I am the Lead Guidance Counselor at Millennium High School. I just completed my 10th school year with the Tracy Learning Center family. In 2008, I began as a full-time Counseling Assistant. After two months, I was inspired by my colleagues and saw the value of a higher education and began attending graduate school to earn a Master’s in Educational Counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. I always knew I wanted a career where I could motivate youth and encourage them to find their full potential. My passion for working with young adults have led to various roles both on the school campus and in the community of Tracy. In addition to helping students manuever their way through the windy roads of academic, career, and personal/social needs, I coordinate our Internship Program for all seniors and teach four classes one day a week focusing on the 21st Century workplace skills. I love how each school day is unpredictable and I often wish it wouldn’t go by so quickly.

My husband John and I have been married for 24 years and we have a 13 year old daughter who is just beginning her high school years. When I’m not spending time with my family and friends, you can find me happily pursuing my hobbies which include reading, running, traveling, and cooking.

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Greetings! My name is Lauren Moore and I am a High School Counselor at Millennium. This is my 5th year as a member of the TLC family, and I truly enjoy working with our students and families, and assisting them through academic and personal challenges and triumphs alongside my amazing colleagues. I wear many hats in my job as a Counselor, including Scholarship Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, CSF Adviser, and College Bound Club Adviser. I also serve students through coordinating school-wide events with my department, classroom guidance, and one-on-one advising. I have a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Counseling with an emphasis in School Counseling, and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Before becoming a counselor, I was a peer adviser, group tutor, and teacher – education is a passion of mine and I strive to help my students be the best they can be as they navigate high school, and work toward their goals for what comes after. I have been married for just over a year to Scott, who is a science teacher and beekeeper, and believe it or not, we have thousands of pets…bees! In my free time, I enjoy hiking and being outdoors, yoga, dance and crafts of all kinds. Please feel free to reach out through email at Lmoore@tracylc.net if I can be of assistance to you and your student. Thank you!

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My name is Warren Snell and I am the Director of Technology at TLC. I have had the pleasure of working at TLC school for 13 years. During that time I have worn many hats. Along with my Masters in Education Technology, I am credentialed to teach in Primary and Discovery as well as Math at the high school. While I have taught elsewhere, it is the unique opportunities that have made TLC my home for so long. Over the years we had visitors from around the world visit as we led the way in the use of Project based learning, Chromebooks in the classroom and small group instruction. It is that type of freedom and innovation that have led to such success within our school. I relish to be a part of what the next 13 years hold for our students.

Important News and Announcments

Another successful golf tournament in the books! We raised over $11,000 for athletics, which helps cover the costs of field rentals, officials, and equipment maintenance, among the various expenses throughout the year. Thank you to our sponsors and participants for all your support and contributions! Next year we hope to make it even better. The players have spoken and next years tournament will likely be held at either the Tracy Country Club or Manteca Park Golf Course on Sunday September 22nd, 2019!

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First place team earned trophies and a foursome for Dublin Ranch! Our last place team earned binoculars to help find their ball, while longest drive and closest to the pin won $100 gift cards for the pro shop.

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Thank you to the following for sponsoring a golf cart: Lauren Ibarra Fitness, Leisa Mendez, Del Monuel, Anchor Transfer, Dr. Baldini of Sacramento State, and Taylor Farms!

Parents 4 TLC

Thank you to all the parents that came out to our September Parents 4 TLC meeting. It was great to see some new faces and meet some new incoming parents. We are excited to see our group growing, so thank you!

We had a very productive meeting! We discussed Wacky Wallet Wednesday, Box Tops and our upcoming Movie Night!!
Wacky Wallet was very successful and a great time! It was nice to get out the locations and meet new parents for coffee and lunch, and after school picked up the kids for pizza and gelato while running into old friends and making new ones!! Can’t wait for the next one in February. We will keep you posted of the date and locations as the time gets closer. If there is a restaurant that you think we HAVE to go to, let us know!!
Now for the fun stuff, the TOTALS!!! Barista’s had $500 in sales that our flyers accompanied, 20% of that is $100 earned for the school! Mountain Mike’s had $784.10 that our flyers accompanied, earning the school $156.82!! The Upper Room had approximately $500 in sales accompanied by our flyers, earning the school $100. Aldo’s Gelato had an amazing $691.07 that our flyers accompanied, earning $138.21, BUT Mike, owner of Aldo’s has sweetened the donation and added $25 earning the school a total of $163.21. Total earned was $520.03!!! Not bad for our first one, thank you everyone who supported!
Box Tops Contest ends today!! We will be collecting and counting all the Box Tops next week (only valid Box Tops will count) and the winner will be announced shortly after that!! If you still have Box Tops that you haven’t submitted, don’t worry! We will be holding one more contest before the end of the year. Last contest we earned $369.50 for the school. It is our goal to hit $1,000 this year, and with all of your help we know we can do it! Those who volunteered to help clip and count, we will be in touch soon!!
Friday, October 12th is our next Outdoor Family Movie Night and we will be showing Coco! Doors will open at 6 pm, movie will start at 6:30. Current high school address 1904 Corrall Hollow Road. Concessions will be available for purchase, hot dogs, nachos with chili this time by request, soda, water and, of course, HOT popcorn. We will be raffling off some great baskets provided by all the Primary classrooms, as well as a 50/50 raffle! So make sure to bring your small bills!! There will be a limited section for people needing/wanting to bring chairs to sit in, otherwise please make sure to bring a blanket to sit on. They might have the windmills turned on 😉 so be sure to bring a jacket or blanket to keep warm.
Just a reminder, Parents 4 TLC collects and donates ALL items left in Lost & Found monthly. Please make sure you are labeling your child’s jacket!!

Don’t forget about the passive ways you can fundraise for the school:

www.smile.amazon.com and select Tracy Learning Center (not available on mobile devices)

www.officedepot.com will donate 5% of purchases (must specify Primary, Discovery or Millennium after each purchase)

Our next meeting is Monday, October 15th at 6:30 in P2.

CARLINE

Dear Parents,
“Car Line” is still causing everyone an inconvenience this year, as this week was worst than most for 2018! It is the 8th week of school and it has already been parents need to go get in “Car Line and go “South on Mae” to drop off their students!!! This being a TWO WAY Stop, instead of a Four way Stop makes it extremely difficult, as your fellow teachers…Staff & Our Beloved Crossing Guards can only do so much to prevent a tragic event from happening!!!
Please take this as a friendly reminder and a HUGE “Thank You” to all parents that are still following ALL traffic laws to keep everyone safe. Concerns will once again be addressed with the Tracy Police Department as well!
Also, “Thank You” to the parents that reached out to The Tracy Learning Center. We here are hoping to solve this problem with “Car Line” soon with everyone’s help and cooperation!
Also, as a friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be applying
“Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and
showering daily; as their bodies have already begun puberty even though there may be no signs of it showing physically…Especially with this hot weather this week!

New Board Member Position Opening

If you are interested in interviewing for a position as a member of the TLC Board of directors, please submit a resume and a letter of interest to the front office at the Beverly site. The Board is seeking one member for its nine-member board. The terms for this position are unlimited. The Board meets once a month on the second Monday of the month.

Reminders:

Homecoming 2018 “60s” Theme

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 Parade Day

Dismissal times – PCS 1pm

DCS 1:30pm

MHS 12:30pm (Mid-terms)

Staging Corner of Central and 6th St. @ 2pm

Parade begins at 3pm

Hearing Van

Upcoming Picture Days

All re-takes are on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Very Risky Driving at morning drop off and afternoon pick up

We continue to have some very unsafe drop offs of students with parents stopping illegally, holding up traffic and letting children run across the street with the risk of oncoming traffic. Please, we beg you – Slow down and protect your child from injury or worse by safely pulling over and encouraging your child to only cross in the cross walks when safe to cross.

Next Parents Club Meeting

Monday, October 15 at 6:30pm in P2

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We are all getting very excited for homecoming week.
Inital Phase
The theme this year is the 1960’s and Primary is doing “The Man on the Moon” — more specifically Kindergarten will be doing “stars.” Parade day is Wednesday, October 3rd and will take place in downtown Tracy at 3:00.
Additionally, we will have a 1:00 dismissal this day.
All students are welcome to walk in the parade AS LONG AS the have returned the permission slip ahead of time.
As part of our homecoming celebration we will have a spirit week next week where students have a different dress up theme each day.
Monday: Camo Day, Tuesday: Blue & Gold Day, Wednesday: Space Day, Thursday: Tie-Dye Day, Friday: Black & Gold Day

Phase One

Our first AR goal period has come to an end! Congratulations to all the students that met their goal and get to go to their classroom’s AR party next week. All students in AR will retake the Star Reading Test next week and receive a new reading level. Our next AR goal is due November 9th.

We will be wrapping up our Native American unit next week. So far they have learned about 3 different regions of Native Americans. They have discussed the types of homes they live in, the food they eat and made several crafts.

October is a busy month! One thing that is happening is the TLC Family Movie night. Each class is creating a gift basket and they will be raffled off at the movie night. P3’s theme is Family Game Night, P4’s theme is BBQ Picnic and P5’s theme is Coffee Time. If you have any item to donate that would be great!

This week Phase 2 students continued their study of the 50 states. We also learned about the 4 regions of California. Did you know our own Centra Valley produces 99% of the country’s almonds?! We are also always hard at work on projects…here are pictures of some of the work from Phase 2 students.

Don’t forget that Wednesday is an early release day and our Homecoming parade! There will be NO after school homework support that day.

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Important Dates:

Monday, October 1st: Science Camp Forms Due

Wednesday, October 3rd: Early Release Day at 1:30 for Homecoming Parade
Tuesday, October 9th: Picture Re-Takes

Friday, October 12th: $350 Payment for Science Camp due to Ms. Connie or Ms. Ramirez in the front office (checks made payable to Tracy Learning Center- we also accept cash and credit card payments)
DCS Survival Tip:

We understand that no one is born with great organizational skills — these skills have to be learned and repeatedly practiced over time. Being organized is key to being successful in Discovery! We want to thank parents who have put in place systems to help their children stay organized. We have noticed that having a folder system for each class is a popular one that is working for a majority of the kids. Binders are nice, but can become bulky and heavy over time, especially if not cleaned out on a regular basis.

Once home, it is important that kids know how to create a daily after school to-do list to help them prioritize tasks/assignments and manage their time effectively.

“Being organized helps me to find homework faster so I don’t waste time. Last year, I only had two folders and it got very cluttered, so this year I have a folder for each subject. I put my folders in order of my classes so I only have to pull out what I need” – Jayme A. (6th Grade)

 

“My filing system works for me because I don’t lose important papers. I keep all of the stuff that is not due in the back and anything I need to do that day or for homework that night, I keep in front. My tip is to clean out your backpack every week to keep it as light as possible” – Malakai (5th Grade)

Science Camp Update:

We just wanted to clear the air because some parts have heard a rumor that we were canceling Science Camp due to low numbers to attend- we are NOT canceling Science Camp. Staff were making phone calls to parents of students who have not submitted a packet because we needed to submit out final head count. We also needed to show the County we had numbers to fill a majority of the spots in our reservation so we didn’t have to share the site with another school.

-Mrs. Theall, Ms. Sabedra, Ms. T and Coach Balsamo (from MHS) will be the staff attending Science Camp -with the kids. We will also be bringing with us 20 MHS students to act as camp cabin counselors.

-Remaining teachers will stay at school to host a week of Stay Camp here at our TLC school site for students not attending away camp at Joan’s Gulch.

A Glance into Classrooms:

Social Studies: Ms. Sabedra
5/6 students turned in their notebook covers and they look amazing! Most students chose to create a ‘Space Race’ themed cover, but there were many other great topics, like Women’s Rights, Integration/Segregation, Communism, & Presidents of the 60’s, chosen as well.

 

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Math: Mrs. Zuniga

Varsity: Our class has begun talking about time and elapsed time. The students have learned 3 types of elapsed time problems. They are learning how to tell how long an event lasted, when an event started, and lastly when an event ended. The students have been doing well with all our concepts so far, but are ready and excited to begin learning about fractions next week.

Scholastic: Our class is finishing off multiplying fractions this week and will be taking another quiz on Friday to show their mastery of the concept. Students have learned different strategies to solve fraction operations and are loving that they are learning new ways to solve these problems. Our class is very excited to begin dividing fractions starting Monday and can’t wait to finish off the fraction portion of Unit One.

Honors: Honors class has finished all operations of decimals as well as converting decimals to fractions. We began discussing percents and their relationships to decimals and fractions. Our class began discussing how percents relate to the real-world. Students will begin learning about interest on Monday. We cannot wait to discuss interest and real-world application of percents.

 

Music: Mr. Dougherty
Fifth and six grade discovery students are outside composing their street busking routines for Mr. Dougherty’s music class. The ensembles are made up of groups using found objects, such as buckets and cardboard boxes, body percussion, boom whackers, and voice.

 

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Varsity: A fun way to learn speed and fluency of math facts is to play games. Our class really enjoys playing Math War. We are working very hard to gain speed and accuracy of our Math Facts to make Math feel more enjoyable and successful.

Scholastic: We are wrapping up Unit One on Fractions and we will be taking our first Unit test on Tuesday, October 2nd. This test will consist of Finding LCM and GCF with Factor Trees, Add/Subtract Fractions with common and unlike denominators and operations of multiplying and dividing with fraction.

Honors: We wrapped up Units 1 and 2 with back to back Unit Tests. Our class averages were strong with 86% for Unit 1 and 80.7% for Unit 2. Our class is on their way to Unit 3 and were introduced to Integers on Tuesday.

CARLINE

Dear Parents,
“Car Line” is still causing everyone an inconvenience this year, as this week was worst than most for 2018! It is the 8th week of school and it has already been parents need to go get in “Car Line and go “South on Mae” to drop off their students!!! This being a TWO WAY Stop, instead of a Four way Stop makes it extremely difficult, as your fellow teachers…Staff & Our Beloved Crossing Guards can only do so much to prevent a tragic event from happening!!!
Please take this as a friendly reminder and a HUGE “Thank You” to all parents that are still following ALL traffic laws to keep everyone safe. Concerns will once again be addressed with the Tracy Police Department as well!
Also, “Thank You” to the parents that reached out to The Tracy Learning Center. We here are hoping to solve this problem with “Car Line” soon with everyone’s help and cooperation!
Also, as a friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be applying
“Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and
showering daily; as their bodies have already begun puberty even though there may be no signs of it showing physically…Especially with this hot weather this week!

-Homecoming is NEXT WEEK! 10/1-10/5

-The parade will take place on Wednesday 10/3 at 3pm

– Students are bringing home flyers with detailed information about the parade! Please look out for this information!

CJSF:

-Shout out to Ms. Dominguez’s homeroom for winning the CSJF Animal Shelter donation! This week those students were rewarded with an ice cream party!

Language Arts:

Mrs. Cerezo’s Language Arts classes are focusing on figurative language this week. Students are learning various types such as, simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole. They are then connecting these ideas to the novel we are reading, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano.

Please remember to check your student’s agenda for their Language Arts grade. Students write in their updated grade each week.

In Mrs. Ernst’s Language Arts class we are continuing with our novel The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, as well as working on writing, grammar and the concept of Art from the 1960’s in Humanities.
Just a reminder- all of the students in this class have homework every week. They receive new vocabulary words every Monday, as well as receiving an essay prompt weekly. If you student says they do not have any homework, please ask them if they have completed these tasks and know what their vocabulary words mean.

Math:

Mrs. King’s classes:

Varsity has completed their first unit. Their unit final was Thursday, September 27th. For the past two weeks they have been participating in Math Olympiad problem solving as a group. I am impressed with how well they have been working together to solve these problems.

Honors has completed their first unit and is now involved in “real geometry”, a chapter called Reasoning and Proof. We have dabbled in constructions, using protractors and compasses to create geometrical figures.

Scholastic is plugging away mastering the intro skills needed for Algebra success. We are progressing into some difficult, but necessary concepts for Algebra success. Scholastic has also been involved in Math Olympiad problem solving. I was impressed with some of their dogged determination to find the solutions.

Science:

In ⅞ Science, we are wrapping up the first academic pentathlon unit on light with a discussion of “Color” as a part of the visible light spectrum. Next up is the second unit of Optics!

Social Studies:

Students worked extra hard this week in Social Studies getting ready for their Unit 1 Test. They continued their game of Heads Up: Falcon Edition with the 8th Grade Nests taking the lead in their classrooms. Mr. Liew’s Homeroom participated in a Buzzer Game to showcase all that they have learned this unit. Congratulations to the Amur students in that class that smoked all the other Nests!

MHS Counseling News

 

Millennium High School – Homecoming Week

Millennium’s Homecoming Rally (Tuesday October 2nd at 10:15am).

Powderpuff will also take place on Tuesday night (October 2nd). The game begins at 7:15pm at Tracy High School. The cost for admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Concessions will be sold.

Homecoming Parade (Wednesday October 3rd). The parade begins at 3:00pm in downtown Tracy.

Saturday (October 6th) we have a Tailgate in the MHS parking lot from 4pm to 5pm. There is no cost for admission. We will have hot dogs, music, face painting and poster making stations to create a huge spirit section for the game.

Homecoming Game at West High School. Saturday night (October 6th) JV starts at 5:00pm and Varsity at 7:00pm. Usual admission fees apply.

Homecoming Dance under the tent at the MHS campus Saturday (Oct. 6th) after the game ends. No students will be admitted before the game has ended. The dance is free.

 

Millennium High School – Midterms Schedule

Midterms are taking place next week, Wednesday 10/3 through Friday 10/5. Please see the schedule below to see when your student is to be present at school depending on what classes they are currently enrolled in.

Wednesday October 3

8:15-10:15am: English

10:30-12:30pm: Science

Thursday October 4

8:15-10:15am: Math

10:30-12:30: Spanish

Friday October 5

8:15-10:15am: Social Studies

10:30-12:30: Life Skills/Makeup Tests

 

Calling All Non-Profit Organizations!

Millennium High School will be hosting its 11th Annual Community Service Fair on October 26, 2018. Students are given an opportunity to network and establish community service contacts with local non-profit organizations. Past organizations that have participated in our community service fair include Boys and Girls Club, Grand Theatre for the Arts, Give Every Child a Chance, and Tracy Chamber of Commerce. If you know of a non-profit organization that would like to participate please contact Mr. Gomar in the MHS Counseling Office at (209) 627-8299 or email mgomar@tracylc.net

Millennium High School Senior Presentation – Class of 2019

MHS counselors visited with the Senior Class of 2019 for an informative update on all subjects related to graduation and their Senior year. For the full presentation, please see the following link:

http://www.tracylearningcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Senior-Presentation-Part-1-2018-19-15.pdf

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MHS Interact Club reads to TK students

In support of Education and Literacy month, Millennium Interact Club student leaders visited the TLC T-K classroom for a read-in session! It was a small, but mighty group of listeners to end the day.

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Saturday Tours at the UC Santa Cruz Campus this Fall!

 

 

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UCSC Admissions will host annual Saturday Tours on October 20 and November 10, 2018. These student-led campus tours provide prospective students with a general introduction to academic and campus opportunities. An Admissions presentation covering freshman and transfer admissions will be followed by a student panel and an all-walking campus tour.On the tours, students and families come see the beautiful campus and learn more about the exceptional academic experience and co-curricular opportunities that UC Santa Cruz offers! For students who cannot visit the campus this fall, we offer an online virtual tour featuring the voices of our outstanding student tour guides, and offered in five languages.Session times are available at 10:00 a.m, 12:00 p.m, and 2:00 p.m. Please let your students know that reservations for all campus tours must be made in advance online.

For questions about Saturday Tours or the virtual tour, please contact our Campus Tours Office at visits@ucsc.edu or 831.459.4118.

 

Millennium High School Cross Country

Here are some pictures from the MHS Cross Country Teams and their league meet Thursday September 27th at ROP.

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Celebrating great sportsmanship between teams.

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Millennium High School Cross Country Varsity Girl’s and Varsity Boy’s getting first place in their first league meet of the season.

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TLC Charter Chatter

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

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Sept. 21, 2018                                                                                                                     Vol 7

Virginia Stewart

 

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Hello, I am Lisa Van Scoy I am the Preschool Program Director, I started here three years ago as the Toddler Teacher and was asked to lead the program a short time later. Leading our amazing preschool teaching team has been a huge privilege and we have accomplished a lot! In our time together, we’ve expanded the program to provide for even more students, received our first ever quality rating, and secured a spot as a Best of Tracy, preschool.

If you ever visit our Grant Line campus you will most likely see me bouncing between our two preschool classrooms or singing and dancing with a group of our youngest learners!

 

 

sdsdHi! My name is Sheree Parker and I am one of the TK teachers. The TK team has made the transition to lead teacher an easy one as they are a great, supportive team. I have been working at TLC for 5 years, mostly in kindergarten. I have learned so much since I have been working here and I know I have gained so much knowledge and tools to help me be successful. There are so many opportunities at TLC to help like I am the Cross Country Coach at Millennium for the past 3 years. I am able to use my knowledge and love for track and field to help the student-athletes to reach their full potential. Outside of TLC, I am the director of a youth track club called God Speed.  I am a mother of 3 sons, of which 2 are in high school and one is grown with 2 kids of his own.  It has been a long journey, but finally, I have completed all my requirements to obtain my teaching credential and Masters Degree in Education.

 

 

 

 

Important Info

New Board Member Position Opening

If you are interested in interviewing for a position as a member of the TLC Board of directors, please submit a resume and a letter of interest to the front office at the Beverly site.   The Board is seeking one member for its nine-member board.  The terms for this position are unlimited.  The Board meets once a month on the second Monday of the month.

 

Reminders:

 

Homecoming 2018 “60s” Theme

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 Parade Day

Dismissal times –   PCS 1pm

DCS 1:30pm

Staging Corner of Central and 6th St.  @ 2pm

Parade begins at 3pm

 

Hearing Van

We will have our yearly Hearing Van Visit on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. All Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th and 10th Graders will have their hearing tested.

 

 

Upcoming Picture Days

 

All re-takes are on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

 

Lunch Menu – Week Sept. 24 – 28

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Taquitos

Wed- Beef or Cheese Enchiladas

Thurs – Baked Potato Bar

Fri – Beef Hotdog

 

 

PCS

P2 is going to have many fun and exciting events with the change of the season. Homecoming is an event that the whole school looks forward to each year. The theme this year is the 1960’s and Primary is doing “The Man on the Moon” — more specifically Kindergarten will be doing “stars.” Parade day is Wednesday, October 3rd and will take place in downtown Tracy at 3:00. Additionally, we will have a 1:00 dismissal this day. Another fun event will be our TLC Family Movie Night on October 12th. The movie, Coco, will begin at 7:00 AND there will be a 50/50 raffle, raffle baskets, and concessions for purchase. Our classroom is putting together a raffle basket and are asking for donations. The theme of our P2 basket is READING CORNER. See fliers for more information.

Phase One

This week Phase One continued writing paragraphs in Writer’s Workshop and learning about Native Americans in Social Studies.

AR GOALS: By now you might have heard your student mention something about an AR goal. Students that are in AR were given a goal several weeks ago based on their reading level. They then have to read books in their reading level and take quizzes on them to receive points towards their goal. Quizzes can only be taken at school and after a student has read their book 3 times (once for a chapter book).  We are now approaching the end of our first AR goal period, in fact there is ONE week left to meet AR goals. Each class will have their own AR party for those students that reach their AR goal the following week.

 

Phase 2 students are hard at work on their geography unit in Social Studies.  P8 competed their state reports, P7 and P6 finished their “Me on the Map” projects.  While all three classes follow the same curriculum, the pace of our lesson and projects varies from class to class.  P7 is currently working on state reports and P6 is creating a US map puzzle.  Next week we will all focus on our great state of California!  This is a great time to discuss the different places you have been in our state.  We will learn about the symbols, regions, landmarks and different landforms of our great Golden State!

 

 

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Important Upcoming Dates:

Friday, September 28th: Scrapbook Cover Page Due to homeroom teachers

Monday, October 1st– Science Camp Packet of Forms Due

Wednesday, October 3rd– DCS Early Dismissal 1:30 PM and TLC Homecoming Parade in downtown Tracy starts at 3:00

Friday, October 12thScience Camp fee of $350 due- payable by checks made out to TLC, cash or credit card

 

A Sneak Peek into Classrooms

Technology- Ms. Ferguson: In Honors the students are being introduced to Google Docs and creating a to go menu for a restaurant that they created!

In Varsity the students are applying their Google Slides skills to create a presentation about their favorite activity!

 

Language Arts- Ms. Christensen: This week in Language Arts Honors continued work on diagramming a sentence for subject and predicate and Scholastic began learning to diagram a sentence for subject and predicate.  Varsity is working on different types of verbs (auxiliary, linking, and helping).  All groups worked on creating a plot map for a chapter we read this week in L.A.

 

In Humanities we reviewed all areas of our music unit and took the final.

 

Physical Education: With the new school year underway, students are having a blast in PE playing Rookie Rugby, Lacrosse and Soccer! Please be on the lookout in “Aeries” for “Grade Updates” each week as Coach Penirian, Coach Easterday and Coach Williams’ classes just took their first test this past Friday, September 14th.

Also, as a friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be applying

 

“Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and showering daily; as their bodies have already begun puberty even though there may be no signs of it showing physically!

 

Thank You!!!

-DCS PE Staff

 

Geography- Ms. T & Mrs. Zuniga: Students had many questions about the White House, so all classes decided to further our curiosity by watching a tour of the White House, led by First Lady, Mrs. Kennedy from the 1960’s.  We then explored what the White House looked like in modern times and compared the decades of transformation.  This led us into a discussion about the 50 states and where they are located. We both are so excited with where our classes have taken us and we decided that exploring all of the 50 states/capitals together will vastly expand our knowledge.

 

Social Studies- Ms. Sabedra: This week in 5/6 social studies students have been working on creating notebook covers about what we’ve learned so far this year. I’m seeing so many students show amazing creativity and impressive art skills. They’re looking great and I can’t wait to see the finished products!

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7th/8th

General Updates:

  • For any 7/8 grade students interested in attending our Washington D.C. trip planned for Spring Break 2019: There is an informational meeting on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 5:30-6:00 in Ms. Sabedra’s room (D-8).
  • Homecoming is coming up! Homecoming Week begins October 1st!

 

CJSF:

WOW!!!! What a grand success DCS had with our Donation Drive for the Tracy Animal shelter! This was also CJSF’s biggest donation drive to date! We are so grateful and proud of the kids and their families who worked together to make this happen. The Tracy Animal Shelter is going to be blown away by our delivery. With my office now back to normal, but my van stuffed and ready to go, I can’t wait to see what we accomplish and give back to our community next!

~ Mrs. Prescott, DCS Counselor and CJSF Adviser

 

(Below are some pictures of our CJSF students, as well as all of the donated items!)

 

 

 

Social Studies:

This week, students took a trip back to the 1700’s and learned all about our early American history! We started off the week by discussing how the Great Awakening gave the colonists the desire to question the King’s authority and the courage needed to stand up to the Monarchy to fight for their rights. Students compared and contrasted the lifestyle of the colonists with those living in England and how those differences led to the colonists need for independence. Monday through Wednesday our Scholastic and Honors students reviewed their vocabulary for the 60’s the first ten minutes of class by playing “Heads Up: Falcon’s Edition” and the Kestrel Students in Ms. Dominguez homeroom are on a 3-day winning streak! Students did receive a study guide for the upcoming Unit 1 Test that will be on Friday, September 28th. Good luck to all the students and GO NINERS!

PE:

With the new school year underway, students are having a blast in PE playing Rookie Rugby, Lacrosse and Soccer! Please be on the lookout in “Aeries” for “Grade Updates” each week as Coach Penirian, Coach Easterday and Coach Williams’ classes just took their first test this past Friday, September 14th.

Also, as a friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be applying
“Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and showering daily; as their bodies have already begun puberty even though there may be no signs of it showing physically!

 

Language Arts:

In Mrs. Cerezo’s Language Arts classes the students are testing their knowledge of the periods of art that we have begun to study. Each student has prepared a mini-presentation or a “broadcast” that demonstrates their understanding of their assigned period of art. Students have been very creative in their work!

 

Students are also preparing for their third debate of the year. This one poses the question, “Should football be played in high school?” We are eager to see where this debate takes us and how our debate skills have improved since the start of the year.

 

Also, parents please check your students agendas each week for their Language Arts grade. Students are given their updated grade weekly on their nest card and are asked to record it in their agenda as well.

 

Math:

Pictured Below: Mrs. King’s Scholastic class demonstrates their understanding of expressions by creating expressions that are equal to the numbers on a clock.

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Science:

Seventh and eighth grade science have started working on the first Academic Pentathlon unit. Students are wrapping up Part 1 of our unit on Light, and very excited to make their way through the following unit on Optics to get to the very popular subject of lasers. Parents, please note that the three Academic Pentathlon units are very notes-intensive. Students will have little to no homework during this time, and mostly be working on maintaining their science notebook.

 

 

MHS

MHS Counseling News

Calling All Non-Profit Organizations!

Millennium High School will be hosting its 11th Annual Community Service Fair on October 26, 2018. Students are given an opportunity to network and establish community service contacts with local non-profit organizations. Past organizations that have participated in our community service fair include Boys and Girls Club, Grand Theatre for the Arts, Give Every Child a Chance, and Tracy Chamber of Commerce. If you know of a non-profit organization that would like to participate please contact Mr. Gomar in the MHS Counseling Office at (209) 627-8299 or email mgomar@tracylc.net

 

 

Fieldtrip to 14th Annual Construction Trades Fair & Amazon Fulfillment Center

Millennium High School student’s grades 11th & 12th visited the 14th Annual Construction Trades Fair in Stockton and the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Tracy on Friday September 14, 2018. The students were able to participate in demonstrations at the construction fair and got a behind the scenes look at the Amazon Fulfillment Center.

 

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Saturday Tours at the UC Santa Cruz Campus this Fall!

 

 

UCSC Admissions will host annual Saturday Tours on October 20 and November 10, 2018.

These student-led campus tours provide prospective students with a general introduction to academic and campus opportunities. An Admissions presentation covering freshman and transfer admissions will be followed by a student panel and an all-walking campus tour.

On the tours, students and families come see the beautiful campus and learn more about the exceptional academic experience and co-curricular opportunities that UC Santa Cruz offers! For students who cannot visit the campus this fall, we offer an online virtual tour featuring the voices of our outstanding student tour guides, and offered in five languages.

Session times are available at 10:00 a.m, 12:00 p.m, and 2:00 p.m. Please let your students know that reservations for all campus tours must be made in advance online.

For questions about Saturday Tours or the virtual tour, please contact our Campus Tours Office at visits@ucsc.edu or 831.459.4118.

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PSAT Testing –Sign up today!

The PSAT will be held on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 7:30am-11:30am. Sign-ups for the PSAT have begun. The test fee is $18.00 and is due when you sign up for the test in the Millennium High School Counseling Office (Room A-2). For questions, please call the Millennium High School Counseling Office at (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

 

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TLC Charter Chatter

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

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Virginia Stewart

 

More introductions from some of our awesome leaders….

 

 

IMG_2646 (1)My name is Ms. Takeuchi (Ms. T) and during my time here at TLC I have had the privilege of teaching in K/1 and 4th Grade at PCS and for the last 8 years, I have made a home in Discovery. I am a full time teacher and I also am the Learning Director for 5/6, Department Math Chair for 5th-8th and am the DCS 5/6 Leadership teacher. I hold a CA teaching credential, have my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership & Administration and will be finishing up my CA Administrative Credential in April.

One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to watch our kids transition, progress and gain confidence throughout their time in DCS. Entering 5th grade is always a new challenge for kids but we teach grit and push them to expand and stretch their learning capabilities. We take our students to new heights and we teach them to soar on their own by the time they leave us.

I look forward to working closely with you to build a strong home/school connection in order to ensure your child’s year in Discovery is successful!
Please feel free to contact me at any time
ttakeuchi@tracylc.net

 

 

hjgHello, my name is Dan Saldate. I am the Director of Millennium High School and have been with the Tracy Learning Center for 16 years. I was one of the original teachers hired to open the high school and have been honored to be a part of its growth, development and success over the years. I began as a Social Studies teacher and was promoted to Director 13 years ago. I am thrilled that I still get to be in a classroom teaching in addition to my administrative responsibilities. I hold two bachelors degrees in Social Studies and  History as well as a Masters degree in Education Administrative Services. I have been married for 13 years to my wife Aryel who is also a teacher at MHS. We have two sons who attend Discovery.

 

 

 

 

kjMy name is Elizabeth Ernst and the have worked at the Tracy Learning Center since 2006. I have taught English to grades 5-12. I received my bachelors degree from Humphrey’s College in Stockton  and my masters in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.  In my spare time I love to travel, read, and do anything outdoors.

 

 

 

 

jhgHi! My name is Tywania Griffin and I am one of the High School Leaders at MHS. I moved to California from Delaware in June 2007 and I came to Millennium High School in 2013 as a math teacher. I teach multiple math classes as well as computer programming. I enjoy being involved in the many different experiences that our school has to offer; from teaching to coaching and even DJing school dances. I am very happy to be a part of the TLC family and I am very excited about being a leader at the high school.

 

 

IMPORTANT NEWS

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Tracy Learning Center Preschool & PCS Cruise Fundraiser

 

All proceeds will go towards our preschool expansion and ongoing debt.

Each raffle ticket is sold for $100.00. The student who sells the most raffle tickets will receive a free Chromebook.

The grand prize is a 5 night cruise for 4 on Princess Cruise Lines. The winner will be announced on September 17, 2018 on Tracy Learning Center Preschool’s Facebook Live.

All raffle ticket stubs (the part where they write their name) should be turned in with money on September 14th, 2018.

Checks can be made payable to Tracy Learning Center

Additional tickets may be requested by emailing Alejandra Garcia (agarcia@tracylc.net)

 

Cruise destinations: (Dates Vary)

 

5 Days Cabo San Lucas Getaway

Port: Los Angeles

 

5 Days West Coast Getaway with San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico

Port: San Francisco

 

 

New Board Member Position Opening

If you are interested in interviewing for a position as a member of the TLC Board of directors, please submit a resume and a letter of interest to the front office at the Beverly site.   The Board is seeking one member for its nine-member board.  The terms for this position are unlimited.  The Board meets once a month on the second Monday of the month.

 

 

Reminders:

 

Hearing Van

We will have our yearly Hearing Van Visit on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. All Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th and 10th Graders will have their hearing tested.

 

 

Upcoming Picture Days

 

All re-takes are on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

 

Next Parents Club Meeting

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at 6:30pm in P2

 

Wacky Wallet Flyer

 

Parents 4 TLC is very excited to announce our first Wacky Wallet Wednesday!!!

 

Join Parents 4 TLC at FOUR select locations for coffee, lunch, dinner and/or dessert and a portion of your purchase will come back to the school!!

 

The participating locations are Barista’s, The Upper Room, Mountain Mike’s (Schulte Location; Pick up or Dine-In ONLY), and Aldo’s!!!

 

Barista’s is giving back all day from 5 am until they close at 6 pm, The Upper Room from 11 am to 9 pm,  Aldo’s from 11 am to 10 pm, and Mountain Mike’s on Schulte is giving back for every order after 2 pm for all Dine-In or Pick-Up Orders.  

 

All you have to do is present a copy of this flyer for your purchase to count!!  We will have stacks of the flyers at each location in case you forget yours, and make sure to tell your friends and family!!  Participants do NOT have to have a student attending TLC for their purchases to count!!!

See you all next Wednesday!!

Parents 4 TLC

 

 

Lunch Menu – Week Sept. 17 – 21

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Nuggets and Mashed Potatoes

Wed- Cheese Ravioli

Thurs – Beef and Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Fri – Beef or Vegi Burger

 

 

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This week, we studied the four seasons. We created a Seasons Book, which highlighted each of the seasons: for Winter, we pasted snowball cotton balls to icy, dormant trees; for Spring, we finger-painted bright, beautiful blossoms to the trees; for Summer, we used scraps of green paper to awaken the branches, and for Autumn, yellow, red and brown sticker leaves went aflutter! We also sorted photos of clothing items, food and weather to match their proper season. Plus, we watched some season-themed videos!

Initial Phase

What is a marble party? A marble party is a reward that the class earns by working together as a team. The teachers set a goal for the amount of marbles the class needs to earn in order to have a marble party. So far we have increased our goal 3 times this year—we have a really awesome class! Our latest goal to earn a party is 40 marbles. The class earns marbles by EVERYONE following classroom rules and procedures. Having a straight & quiet line, working quietly, following directions, and having good transitions are a few examples of how the class can earn marbles.

Phase One

Phase One is enjoying learning about Native Americans! This week they focused on Native Americans from the Northwest Coast. They learned about where they lived, food they ate, and what their homes were like. The students also made a fun totem pole craft. We will learn about a new group next week.

 

Phase One Snack:

We believe that a healthy snack helps students stay alert and energetic for learning. It also helps us focus on the benefits of healthy choices and healthy eating. We ask each student to take a turn providing a healthy snack for our classroom. Students will be assigned a day to bring snack. This schedule will go home in the green folder as well as in the weekly newsletter. Please bring in 44 pre-packaged snacks, NO DRINKS. We are asking that students bring in a labeled water bottle daily.

  • Examples of healthy snacks: pretzels, fruit cups, applesauce, fresh fruit, granola bars, breakfast bars, trail mix, popcorn, goldfish crackers, etc.
  • Snack should be individually wrapped. You may decide to buy bulk and bag up 44 individual snacks if you would like.
  • Please DO NOT send: cookies, chips, donuts, cupcakes, chocolate, Rice Krispy treats, fruit snacks or other high sugar treats. We will not be able to hand out these items as a snack.

Phase 2

Does your phase 2 student know how to tell time to the minute and count money?  These are ongoing concepts that can easily be practiced at home.  We would also like them to be able to figure elapsed time, meaning how much time has passed.  Randomly quiz your child on the time and see how they do!

Phase 2 AR goals are due on Friday the 21st.  Students who meet their goal will get a special treat the following Monday!  Please make sure you are checking on your child’s weekly AR progress by signing their chart that comes home on Friday.

 

 

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7th/8th

General Reminders:

 

  • For any 7/8 grade students interested in attending our Washington D.C. trip planned for Spring Break 2019: There is an informational meeting on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 5:30-6:00 in Ms. Sabedra’s room (D-8).
  • Homecoming is the first week of October

Language Arts:

Students worked in stations this week for their first art unit! They learned all about different variations of shading, art history, and famous artists. (Pictured Below: Students working on a station for art)

 

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Social Studies:

Students are learning about the Berlin Wall this week!

 

Math:

Students are learning about angle bisectors and linear equations.

 

 

MHS

MHS Counseling News

 

PSAT Testing –Sign up today!

The PSAT will be held on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 7:30am-11:30am. Sign-ups for the PSAT have begun. The test fee is $18.00 and is due when you sign up for the test in the Millennium High School Counseling Office (Room A-2). For questions, please call the Millennium High School Counseling Office at (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

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TLC Charter Chatter

      Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

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Sept. 7, 2018                                                                                                                               Vol 5

Virginia Stewart

 

I am very proud to introduce more of our TLC Staff.

 

 

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Hello! My name is Alejandra Garcia and I am the Grant Line campus office receptionist and have been with the TK/Pre-k program since the start in 2015. From taking payments to calling home I help transitional kindergarten and preschool run smoothly. My latest endeavors are coordinating the cruise raffle and enrolling our newest students in preschool. If you call or come by the Grant Line Campus, I am here to answer any of your questions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angie Keys

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Hello, my name is Angie and I am currently the secretary of Millennium High School.  I am currently enjoying my fifth year at Tracy Learning Center.  I am bilingual in Spanish and enjoy helping both parents and students.

 

 

 

kjkkkkMy name is Michele Beringer and I am the Director of Admissions and Records.  I am working on my 17th year at the Tracy Learning Center and I am proud to say I was a part of the amazing growth from 150 students to the current enrollment of almost 1,300 students.  I started as a learning guide in the workroom, then to office manager, and to my current role in admissions.  I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration which is helpful as I am responsible for the state and federal reports that need to be submitted each year.  I also manage the student information system, Aeries, which is how all parents can update information and grades 5-12 can monitor their student’s grades.  Our infamous waiting lists are also under my care, they grow on a daily basis.  Please feel free to contact me at mberinger@tracylc.net if you have any questions regarding Aeries or our waiting lists for admission.  At this time, I am located at Millennium High School on North Corral Hollow Road until the renovations at the East Beverly Site are complete.

 

 

 

 

 

Important Info:

 

Tracy Learning Center Preschool & PCS Cruise Fundraiser

 

All proceeds will go towards our preschool expansion and ongoing debt.

Each raffle ticket is sold for $100.00. The student who sells the most raffle tickets will receive a free Chromebook.

The grand prize is a 5 night cruise for 4 on Princess Cruise Lines. The winner will be announced on September 17, 2018 on Tracy Learning Center Preschool’s Facebook Live.

All raffle ticket stubs (the part where they write their name) should be turned in with money on September 14th, 2018.

Checks can be made payable to Tracy Learning Center

Additional tickets may be requested by emailing Alejandra Garcia (agarcia@tracylc.net)

 

Cruise destinations: (Dates Vary)

 

5 Days Cabo San Lucas Getaway

Port: Los Angeles

 

5 Days West Coast Getaway with San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico

Port: San Francisco

 

 

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New Board Member Position Opening

If you are interested in interviewing for a position as a member of the TLC Board of directors, please submit a resume and a letter of interest to the front office at the Beverly site.   The Board is seeking one member for its nine-member board.  The terms for this position are unlimited.  The Board meets once a month on the second Monday of the month.

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Reminders:

 

Hearing Van

We will have our yearly Hearing Van Visit on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. All Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th and 10th Graders will have their hearing tested.

 

 

Upcoming Picture Days

 

All re-takes are on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

 

Next Parents Club Meeting

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at 6:30pm in P2

 

 

 

Lunch Menu – Week Sept. 10 – 14

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. –  Chicken Corn Dog

Wed- Beef or Vegi Lasagna

Thurs – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Fri-Beef Hot Dog

 

 

 

PCS

 

TK

This week, we studied the weather. We participated in a weather-themed relay and graphed weather-related images! We also drew pictures of the weather each day in our very own weather mini-book. We used our whole bodies in response to weather movement cards: we drifted slowly like snowflakes, whirled like tornadoes and made our bodies electric like lightening! We also participated in a game of Lightning Strike, and watched a video about lightning and thunder.

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All about our homework tic-tac-toe….

What is the homework tic-tac-toe sheet that I see in my student’s folder? At the beginning of each month we will send home a homework tic-tac-toe sheet. The purpose of this is to provide parents with ideas of fun, hands on ways to help their student practice their weekly sight words and/or spelling words. Homework is completely optional; however, if your student does complete work send it to school in their red folder on Friday. Students earn classroom nickels for their bank for completed work. Save the monthly tic-tac-toe sheet for the entire month and try different activities each week.  Don’t forget to include twenty minutes of reading into your daily routine!

 

 

Phase 1

What is AR? You might hear your child talk about this and not know what it means. Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading program that they will use in Phase One and Phase Two. Each student is assessed and then assigned a reading level. Once they receive a reading level they are free to read books in that level. Not all books are AR so make sure they are! Download the app Book Scanner and it will let you know the book level and quiz number. After your child has read their book 3 times (1 time for chapter books) they will then come to school and take a quiz on one of their classroom iPads or Chrome Books. The students receive points based on how well they do on the quiz. Each student is given a goal and has six weeks to reach that goal in order to go to their classroom AR party. There are currently two weeks left in our first AR goal period. Keep on reading Phase One!

Phase One has started a new unit in Social Studies on Native Americans. For the next four weeks we will focus on a different region of Native Americans. Ask your child what they have already learned about Native Americans so far.

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Phase 2 students are continuing our study of maps and geography.  We also had our first student store last week!  We have found that our students always need practice with counting money.  This is an easy skill to practice at home…give them some coins and let them count!  We also work on adding up the items we’d like to purchase and subtracting from our total amount.  These are very important skills that come in very handy, and not just at student store!  You can also discuss how you can make the same amount of money using different combinations of coins and how to make change.

P6 enjoyed their first trip to the library and P7 will go next week.  Please make sure your child has their library card!  P8 will go to the library on September 27th.

 

 

 

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Discovery 5/6

Recently, I have had questions by 5th grade parents asking what our different class names mean and how we group students.  We believe it is important that all of Discovery students leave us not only having strong academic skills, but with grit and a personal sense of lifelong learning. Our curriculum and pacing in all courses is implemented so that every students will feel constantly challenged and pushed, however, they should not feel overly frustrated. Their successes are earned through hard work and will be praised and celebrated.

We do group our student by Math ability because we offer multiple levels of math to fit each child’s needs.  We understand not all kids in Math are of the same ability in Language Arts, however, our Language Arts teachers do an excellent job differentiating instruction within their groups to reach students. Incoming students already seem overwhelmed by the changes in middle school, so moving as one cohort from class to class offers a needed sense of comfort and routine to our kids. Keep in mind that our students see 7 teachers a day and transition to 9 different courses.  We also have reduced our class sizes this year in each level so each teacher can help students on a more personal level.

Discovery Class Names:

Varsity: We focus on filling in any and all student knowledge gaps so that our students in this level can build a strong foundational skill set.

Scholastic: This is our grade level group, which is more advanced than what other middle schools are offering students of the same age. Students in this course will be guided through a steady paced course in Introduction to Algebra.

Honors: This is our advanced level group that takes a full course of Algebra 1. This is a mandatory two year course because of the complexity and fast pace.

 

7th/8th

General:

-Please make sure you have completed the Emergency Form for your students, if you have not turn them in as soon as possible

-Homecoming is just a few weeks away!

 

CJSF:

Next week, from September 10-17th, the students of the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) will kick off their first community service donation drive for the Tracy Animal Shelter! Flyers with more information and donation ideas will go home Friday. The Tracy Animal Shelter has opened their doors for many of our students to be able to come and do community service with them. This is just one more way our students and school can show their support for one of our local organizations in need. The 7/8 and 5/6 homerooms with the most donations will be awarded a special treat, proved by CJSF!

 

Language Arts:

This week in Language Arts students have continued their study of Art Genres, as well as continued to read The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. Students are enjoying how seamlessly Pentathlon is incorporated into our curriculum!

 

Social Studies:

This week the students are rating President Kennedy’s foreign policy issues during the 1960s. Students read about each major foreign policy event/action, then gave his role/decision a letter grade (A-F) and explained why.

 

 

 

MHS

 

MHS Counseling News

 

Fieldtrip to 14th Annual Construction Trades Fair & Amazon Fulfillment Center

26 students from 12th and 11th grade students will be taking a fieldtrip to the 14th Annual Construction Trades Fair in Stockton and Amazon Fulfillment Center in Tracy. The fieldtrip will take place on Friday September 14, 2018. Permission slips and payment must be returned promptly to the Millennium High School Counseling Office to ensure a seat on the bus.

Spaces are still available for fieldtrip- Please pick up a permission slip in the MHS Counseling Office Room A-2. Please call or email the Millennium High School Counseling Office for further information: (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

Class of 2019 Senior Information Packets

Class of 2019 senior information packets were mailed home this week. Students and parents, mark your calendars with information regarding important dates, deadlines, and things to do to prepare for the rest of the school year.

 

PSAT Testing –Sign up today!

The PSAT will be held on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 7:30am-11:30am. Sign-ups for the PSAT have begun. The test fee is $18.00 and is due when you sign up for the test in the Millennium High School Counseling Office (Room A-2). For questions, please call the Millennium High School Counseling Office at (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

Tutors Needed (Paid Positions are Available)

Millennium High School is looking for potential tutors in all academic areas. Tutors are needed for after school tutoring and paid tutoring positions are also available.  If interested, please contact the Millennium High School Counseling Office at (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

Do you need a Job? Tutors Needed for Fall and Spring Semesters

T & J Educational Tutoring is looking for tutors for Math, English, Science, Reading, and History. This tutoring job pays $11.00 per hour. Applicants must be a Junior or Senior and must pass an assessment to be eligible for employment. Working hours are available from Monday – Thursday 3:30pm-7:00pm. Please contact Terry or Jackie Thomas for more information at T & J Educational Tutoring 320 W 11th Street, (209) 914-5800.

 

Great Community Service Opportunity

Kids in a Box (Fundraiser & Campout at St. Bernard’s Church) Friday September 21st, 2018 4:00pm. Help raise funds for McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter. Register now to participate, please call (209) 835-2328/www.mchenryhousetracy.org

 

Great Community Service Opportunity

Tracy Rampage Youth Football is looking for volunteers to help this football season. Students can help with the Snack Bar, and Set-up/Clean-up. First home game begins September 9th, spaces are limited so sign up today. Sign up at http://signupschedule.com/rampagestudents  / email questions to: info@tracyrampage.com

 

Great Community Service Opportunity

Harvest Party at Southwinds Church. Sunday October 21, 2018 at 2:00pm-6:00pm. Volunteers needed to help set-up and clean from 1:00pm-6:30pm. Duties also include running carnival game booths and inflatables. Volunteers will be provided with food and water. Southwinds Church 13400 W. Middle Road Tracy CA 95304. To sign-up please visit the Millennium High School- Counseling Office. For further information, please call the Millennium High School Counseling Office at (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

TLC Charter Chatter

     Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

 

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September 3, 2018                                                                                                                    Vol 5

Meet out Staff……

 

xcHello!  My name is Carolyn Woods.  I have been a part of this amazing organization since Primary Charter began way back in 2004!  I started as a Kindergarten teacher and went on to teach grades K-4 for over 13 years at TLC.  Last year I made the transition to Director of Human Resources, so now you can find me in the front office, not a classroom!  I work closely with Mrs. Stewart lending support to our staff.  I have a multiple subject teaching credential as well as an administrative credential.  One of my many jobs now is to recruit and hire substitute teachers, so if you know anyone interested in subbing, send them my way!!!

 

 

 

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Hello my name is Barbra Ramirez and I am the Finance and Human Resource Assistant. I have been working at the Tracy Learning Center for two years and was a substitute teacher on all three campuses previous to becoming a permanent member of the Tracy Learning Center staff. I work with both Carolyn and Connie and you may from time to time you may see me assisting Mrs. Kay in the front. If you ever need to make a payment, have inquiries on donation letters, etc. we are the office to swing by. Miss Connie or myself will happily assist you and answer any questions you have.

 

 

 

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Hello! My name is Connie Linarez.  I have been working at Tracy Learning Center for 11 years.  I started as a substitute then worked my way to a Human Resource Assistant, Office Managers Assistant and now I have the privileged of working next to Mrs. Stewart as the Director of Finance.  I have worn many hats during the last 11 years and so far my favorite experience was assisting in the development of our Pre-School which was voted Best of Tracy in 2017!

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT NEWS:

Tracy Learning Center Preschool & PCS Cruise Fundraiser

All proceeds will go towards our preschool expansion and ongoing debt.

Each raffle ticket is sold for $100.00. The student who sells the most raffle tickets will receive a free Chromebook.

The grand prize is a 5 night cruise for 4 on Princess Cruise Lines. The winner will be announced on September 17, 2018 on Tracy Learning Center Preschool’s Facebook Live.

All raffle ticket stubs (the part where they write their name) should be turned in with money on September 14th, 2018.

Checks can be made payable to Tracy Learning Center

Additional tickets may be requested by emailing Alejandra Garcia (agarcia@tracylc.net)

Cruise destinations: (Dates Vary)

5 Days Cabo San Lucas Getaway

Port: Los Angeles

 

5 Days West Coast Getaway with San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico

Port: San Francisco

 

If you have any question please contact us @ (209) 229-1575

 

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New Board Member Position Opening

If you are interested in interviewing for a position as a member of the TLC Board of directors, please submit a resume and a letter of interest to the front office at the Beverly site.   The Board is seeking one member for its nine-member board.  The terms for this position are unlimited.  The Board meets once a month on the second Monday of the month.

 

 

Reminders:

 

Hearing Van

We will have our yearly Hearing Van Visit on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. All Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th and 10th Graders will have their hearing tested.

 

 

Upcoming Picture Days

Pre-K, TK and all PCS Students Picture Day is TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2018.  See Picture flyers.

 

All re-takes are on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

 

Next Parents Club Meeting

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at 6:30pm in P2

 

 

Lunch Menu – Week Sept. 3 – 7

Mon. –  Holiday

Tues. –  Nachos

Wed- No meat spaghetti

Thurs – Chicken Teriyaki and Rice

Fri-Beef or Vegi Burger

 

PCS

 

TK

This week, we practiced exploring our five senses! We explored our sense of taste as we sampled a variety of sweet, salty, bitter and sour foods. Plus, we kept our listening ears alert as we rattled sound cups with Mrs. Van Lehn! We used our sense of touch to investigate a variety of mystery items, and smelled sweet and citrus scents as we got our olfactory system engaged. We also trained our eyes to look at things in a whole new way; vibrant colors were admired and tiny details were noted with precision. It was a week of fun-filled exploration in TK!

 

 

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All about crossing out smiley faces…

What does it mean when a student has to cross out a smiley face? Crossing out a smiley face means that a student needed a reminder of a rule that they already know. Crossing out a smiley face doesn’t mean that a student had a bad day. However, if a student crosses out three smiley faces in a day that will result in a yellow day. Crossing out smiley faces is a way for students to learn how to regulate and control their own behavior. While crossing out a smiley face here and there isn’t a big deal, crossing out one to two smiley faces each day in a week is not good. Look over your student’s behavior log and have a conversation with them about their behavior each week.

 

 

Phase One

Phase One has been hard at work! They continued learning about the government and elections. In Writer’s Workshop, they started writing super sentences by adding details. They are amazing writers!

Which folder is which? Red folders will be given to the students at the beginning of the week and contain Parent-Student Work. This work does not have to be turned in; it is just concepts to practice with your student. Red folders are due on Fridays. Green folders contain all the week’s work. It also has important notes, lunch and snack menus  and your student’s behavior chart. This folder is due on Mondays.

Phase 2

Some of our hard-working Phase 2 students were awarded with SWO certificates this morning.  At the end of every month we recognize Polite Citizens, Productive Workers, Proud Individuals, and Positive Cooperators.  We are proud of their hard work!

Please make sure you are reviewing and signing your child’s agenda every week.  This is a great way to have a conversation about what they learned that week.  Also, please ask your child about how they are making progress toward meeting their AR goal.  We are halfway done with our 6 week goal period!

P6 will be walking to the library on Thursday, September 6.  P7 will go the 13th, P8 will go on the 20th.  Make sure you return those library permission slips and get a library card!

Don’t forget, picture day is on Tuesday!

 

 

DCS

 

5th/6th

Discovery 5/6:

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Science Camp Packet Forms are due Tuesday, September 4th to Mrs. Theall (vtheall@tracylc.net) àScience Camp payment of $350 are due by October 12th.
  • Congratulations to the new leaders of Discovery! Our first 5/6 Leadership Meeting starts on Friday, September 7th at 6:45 AM in Ms. T’s room.

This Week in DCS:

-Students received an updated grade sticker inside their agendas.  Please ask them to tell you about their grades and goals they have for each class.

-All of 5/6 went out today to have their first nest challenge of the year. All 4 nests played a game of capture the flag, but the Kestrels managed to win by collecting all 4 footballs out of their opponent’s territory.

DCS Survival Tip #2:

Aeries is what 5th – 12th grade uses to input all course assignments and grades. Teachers update Aeries throughout the week and it is a great resource to keep track of how your child is doing in their classes and if they are turning in all of their assignments on time.

A red box in Aeries represents a missing assignment- This means your child was either absent the day it was due or they did not turn in an assignment on the date it was due.

Aeries Website: https://sisweb.tusd.net/ParentPortal/LoginParent.aspx?page=default.aspx

 

7th/8th

Language Arts:

This week students finished their first unit of Music for the year. Each class took their first unit final! We begin our first unit of Art next week!

 

Social Studies:

This week students discussed the effects of the Berlin Crisis and why Nikita Khrushchev decided to build the Berlin Wall: why would East Berliners want to move to West Berlin? How was this embarrassing for the Soviets? Students also learned about how close the world got to almost entering a third world war due to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

 

Science:

Students are learning about “half-life” and how it applies to the elements of the Periodic Table.

 

CONGRATS TO THIS WEEKS NEST EARNERS: (Pictured below: Top Earners from, Top Left Saker, Top Right Kestrel,  Bottom Left Amur, Bottom Right Peregrine)

 

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MHS

 

MHS Counseling News

 

Everyday Counts Attendance Challenge Begins in September

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Cada Dia Cuenta Concurso de Asistencia comienza en Septiembre 

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For registration and directions, visit: http://admissions.yale.edu/events

 

 

Fieldtrip to 14th Annual Construction Trades Fair & Amazon Fulfillment Center

26 students from 12th and 11th grade students will be taking a fieldtrip to the 14th Annual Construction Trades Fair in Stockton and Amazon Fulfillment Center in Tracy. The fieldtrip will take place on Friday September 14, 2018. Permission slips and payment must be returned promptly to the Millennium High School Counseling Office to ensure a seat on the bus. Please call or email the Millennium High School Counseling Office for further information: (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

 

Class of 2019 Senior Information Packets

Class of 2019 senior information packets were mailed home this week. Students and parents, mark your calendars with information regarding important dates, deadlines, and things to do to prepare for the rest of the school year.

 

PSAT Testing

The PSAT will be held on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 7:30am-11:30am. Sign-ups for the PSAT have begun. The test fee is $18.00 and is due when you sign up for the test in the Millennium High School counseling office (Room A-2). For questions, please call the Millennium High School Counseling Office at (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

 

Happy Monday – Mark your calendars for September:

Parents-4-TLC:

Thank you to all the parents that came out to our first meeting of the 2018/19 school year. 

Next Parents 4 TLC 2018/19 School Year Meeting:

Wednesday September 19th, 2018

What is Parents-4-TLC you ask?  Great question! We are a group of parents interested and committed to giving back to the school, and fortifying the foundation of community the school instills in all of our kids.  

First, we discussed how successful last year’s first movie night was!!  We raised over $500, and for that being our first official event, we were/still are thrilled!  We will be hosting our second Family Movie Night, Friday, October 12th under the tent at the current Millennium High School location (IGCG campus, 1904 Corral Hollow), and movie is to be determined, but we will keep you posted on that. Admission will be free, and we will have concessions for sale.

Next up, we talked about the upcoming fundraiser Wacky Wallet Wednesday, September 20th and it is an easy way to give back to the school.  That day, when you dine out a select business (or businesses) will donate a portion of sales back to the school as long as a flyer is presented at the time of purchase.  There will be a few options that day, and one of them will be COFFEE!!   We are looking to hopefully (everyone cross their fingers) have options throughout the day, as well as dessert.  We will be sending information home as soon as everything is finalized, but put that date in your calendars!!!  There will be a few more Wacky Wallet Wednesday’s throughout the year if you can’t make this one.

Lastly, we talked about Box Tops.  National Box Tops For Education week is coming up September 17 -23, and we will be holding a contest for the class that turns in the most Box Tops again.  Last time we got over 5,000 Box Tops, and starting August 31st participating products will have double Box Tops and bonus Box Tops.!!  We will be sending sheets home to make collection easier.  The winning class will receive a party of their choosing, hosted by Parents-4-TLC.  We will be holding another contest towards the end of the year, so don’t stop clipping after September.  Also, please make sure to check expiration dates!

Don’t forget about the passive ways you can fundraise for the school:

www.smile.amazon.com and select Tracy Learning Center (not available on mobile devices)

www.officedepot.com will donate 5% of purchases (must specify Primary, Discovery or Millennium after each purchase)

Movie Night

October 12, 2018

Box Tops For Education

National Box Tops Week is Sept. 17th – 23rd

Wacky Wallet Wednesday (dine-out and the earn money for the school)

September 20, 2018

Next Parents 4 TLC 2018/19 School Year Meeting:

Wednesday September 19th, 2018

If you are interested in joining Parents-4-TLC, our next meeting is Sept 17th at 6:30 pm in P2.  There will also be a paper sent home in your student’s folder.

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Millennium Cheer Camp is coming soon!

Millennium Cheer is hosting our annual football cheer camp. This includes learning cheers and chants. Performing at sideline and on the field for for half time. Participants will receive a t shirt, hair bow and a set of poms.
This camp will take place at the TLC campus field and we will meet near the office gate.

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TLC Charter Chatter

      Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

 

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Meet our Staff!

 

IMG_0332My name is Mrs. Estes and I am happy to be entering my 13th year of teaching at the Tracy Learning Center. I have taught second through sixth grades and I am currently the learning director for phase 2. I hold a multiple subject teaching credential in addition to a masters degree in teaching and an administrative credential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

camMy name is Mrs. Campbell and I am a Kindergarten teacher at the Tracy Learning Center.  In my 11 years at the Tracy Learning Center I have worn many hats and taught grades K-3. Currently I am the learning director for PreK-K. I hold a multiple subject credential in teaching in addition to a masters degree In teaching and an administrative credential.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0716Hello, my name is Kayla Stroup. I am so excited to be entering my 8th year of teaching here at PCS. I have worked in kindergarten through third grade. For the last 5 years I have been in Phase One with our First and Second graders. I am also the Phase One Learning Director.

 

Reminders:

 

Medications

Students requiring medications at school must bring their meds along with Physicians Medication Authorization Form to the office.

 

Lunches/drop offs

Please make sure anything dropped off in the office is clearly labeled along with any sweaters, coats and jackets.

 

Emergency Forms

Please make sure you have changed your student’s Emergency Information on Aeries and have printed a copy and turned it in to the office. This is very important and we have many students who have not turned them in. Instructions were sent home with report cards and resent home last week. Any questions please call Kay at (209) 290-0511.

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Holiday

Mon., Sept. 3, 2018 – Labor Day is a school Holiday

 

Upcoming Picture Days

 

 

Pre-K, TK and all PCS Students Picture Day HAS BEEN CHANGED TO TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2018. Picture flyers coming home soon.

 

Next Parents Club Meeting

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at 6:30pm in P2

 

 

 

Primary Dismissal

Reminder starting Monday, August 20, 2018 students that remain after 3:35 (or when carline is over) will wait in their assigned classroom.  When picking up late students, parents must enter through the front office and will be charged a late fee of $10.00 per incident per child (payable to classroom teacher).

 

 

 

Lunch Menu – Week Aug. 27-31

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. –  Chicken Taquitos

Wed- Ground Beef and Gravy

Thurs – Chicken Wrap

Fri-Beef or Vegi Burger

 

 

PCS

 

Primary Dismissal-Reminder starting Monday, August 20, 2018 students that remain after 3:35 (or when carline is over) will wait in their assigned classroom.  When picking up late students, parents must enter through the front office and will be charged a late fee of $10.00 per incident per child (payable to classroom teacher).

 

Kinder

What are SWOs? SWO stands for School Wide Outcome. We have 4 SWOs: Polite Citizen, Proud Individual, Productive Worker, and Positive Cooperator. In P2 students can earn their way into our “excellence box” for demonstrating one of our SWOs. Each time a student is in the excellence box they earn a dot towards a SWO bracelet. Student’s must earn 5 dots by getting in the excellence box 5 times in order to get a SWO bracelet. At the end of the month Primary will have a special awards ceremony where three students from P2 will be presented with a SWO certificate for consistently demonstrating one of our SWOs for the entire month.

 

Phase One

This week was the first week that Phase One had homework and they did great! Students will continue to receive their Red folders on Mondays with a Parent-Student work page. These pages will consist of the following: sight words, spelling words and even the grammar concept your child is working on. Please review the work with your child to help them be better prepared for their quizzes on Friday.

P3 and P4 learned about The Three Branches of Government while P5 learned about voting. We will continue this unit next week. In Writers Workshop all three classes learned about what a sentence needs to be complete and made a fun Sentence Buddy to help them remember.

 

 

Phase Two

This week phase 2 students learned all about maps.  We discussed the compass rose, explored different types of maps and why we use maps.  This is a great thing to do at home too!  Our students loved looking at the maps and finding familiar landmarks.

Phase 2 students will begin our monthly walking trips to the library in September.  Permission slips will come home soon.

 

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DCS

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPEECH AND DEBATE PARENT INFORMATION MEETING on August 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm, Beverly Campus, D-4.

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7th/8th

General:

-CJSF has their first meeting Friday during 8th period! Don’t forget to bring your dues

-Leadership students for Trimester One will be announced shortly

-Homecoming week is coming soon!

 

Language Arts:

Students have begun their first trimester novel, “The Evolution of Evelyn Serrano.” This novel focuses on revolution, change, and inequality in New York during the 1960’s.

All classes have also completed their Unit One of Music and can expect a final on that unit next Wednesday (29th).

 

Social Studies:

This week in social studies the students finally started the 60s! After two weeks of learning about the events and policies leading up to the 60s that helped shape and define a generation, students will embark on the journey of JFK and his rise to presidency. On Monday, students will take a midterm covering everything they have learned since the second week of school.

 

Science

Students are continuing their progress with the Periodic Table of Elements.

 

Math:

This week my classes have been reviewing the material covered on the quizzes/tests we took last week.

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPEECH AND DEBATE PARENT INFORMATION MEETING on August 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm, Beverly Campus, D-4.

 

Would you like your child to get a jump start on communication skills that will earn them scholarships, awards, and opportunities to travel the state and country?

DCS has started a Speech and Debate team! Attend our August 27th meeting with your students to learn more! Practices have already started and we welcome new members – students can join us Mondays and Wednesdays during both lunches!

 

Join us for a Parent Information Meeting on August 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Tracy Learning Center Main Campus, Room D-4.

 

Questions? Contact our Coach!

Beth Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net

 

 

 

MHS

 

MHS Counseling News

 

Labor Day (holiday) – Monday September 3, 2018

Please note Labor Day is a holiday, and students will not be in attendance.

 

CSF Applications Due

CSF applications will be due on Wednesday August 29, 2018. Please make sure to turn them into the Millennium High School Counseling Office as soon as possible.

 

Aeries Emergency Contact Information (for Parents & Guardians)

Please make sure to complete emergency contact information in Aeries and return required forms to the Millennium High School Main Office.

 

9th/10th Grade Presentations

The Counseling Department visited 9th and 10th grade English classes this week to describe our 200 hour community service requirement, and resources to find opportunities.  Please contact the Counseling Department with any questions about Community Service. MHS Counseling Office (209) 627-8299 / email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

 

 

 

TLC Charter Chatter – Week 2

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

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August 17, 2018 Vo1 2

Meet the TLC Staff

George Hepner

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Hello, my name is George Hepner. I am very happy to be starting my 18th year with the Tracy Learning Center as the Director of Facilities. I have seen many changes over the years, but I am truly excited about our new campus and buildings! Students, parents, and staff all deserve such a great site to call home.

I work closely with the TUSD, City of Tracy, contractors, and vendors that do business with the Tracy Learning Center. I deal with community members and work with our staff on the safety and welfare of our students. I also oversee the day to day maintenance crew who ensure our campus remains in great shape.

In addition, I work with our Executive Director Virginia Stewart on many matters here at the TLC.

You can contact me at ghepner@tracylc.net and I look very forward to an awesome school year!!
Kathy Prescott

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Hello everyone and welcome back to the start of another great school year! Week two is already behind us and everyone seems to have taken off running!

For those of you who may not know who I am, I’m Mrs. Prescott, the school counselor for Discovery Charter School, 5th-8th grade. This is my third year at Discovery and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this AMAZING Tracy Learning Center team! I offer many services and opportunities to the students of DCS. Some think of me as the person they can go to work out their problems or check on their grades, but I do so much more!

Every year I take on take on new roles and add to the ways I can help students, teachers, and parents. Mrs. Stewart and I spend our Monday mornings seeing students in our ROAR (now SOAR) meetings to Strengthen Restorative Justice at our campus. I also meet with class representatives regularly to get student feedback on how their homerooms are doing on a group level and find ways to make every class run smoothly. I do individual and small group counseling, peer conflict mediation, grade checks and mentoring, the list goes on. For 7th and 8th grade, I’m the primary advisor to our California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) chapter, with my co-advisor, Mrs. Cerezo. If you have questions about the community service requirements in 7th/8th, I’m your contact person. Please feel free to contact me for things big and small.

I tell the kids, in a nutshell, I’m a professional listener and problem solver. They have to do the work, but I’m here to help them along the way!

Kathy Prescott

School Counselor

Discovery Charter School

kprescott@tracylc.net

(209) 637-6440

Reminders:

Medications

Students requiring medications at school must bring their meds along with Physicians Medication Authorization Form to the office.

Lunches/drop offs

Please make sure anything dropped off in the office is clearly labeled along with any sweaters, coats and jackets.

Emergency Forms

Please make sure you have changed your student’s Emergency Information on Aeries and have printed a copy and turned it in to the office. This is very important and we have many students who have not turned them in. Instructions were sent home with report cards and resent home last week. Any questions please call Kay at (209) 290-0511.

Upcoming Picture Days

DCS (5th-8th Graders ONLY) Picture Day is Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

Pre-K, TK and all PCS Students Picture Day HAS BEEN CHANGED TO TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2018

Primary Dismissal

Reminder starting Monday, August 20, 2018 students that remain after 3:35 (or when carline is over) will wait in their assigned classroom. When picking up late students, parents must enter through the front office and will be charged a late fee of $10.00 per incident per child (payable to classroom teacher).

Lunch Menu – Week Aug. 20-24

Mon. – Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Nuggets

Wed- Cheese Ravioli

Thurs – Turkey or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Fri-Beef Hot Dog

PCS

Kindergarten

Some helpful information about RED folders…
Students will come home with their RED folder every Monday. RED folders are to be returned to school every Friday. On Monday there will be a homework letter with concepts that your student is working on for the week. A big part of homework is daily reading. Please read with your child every day for 20 minutes and then fill out their reading log. Parent/student work is a good way for parents to work with their student on important concepts that they are working on at school. Additionally, there will be a homework tic tac toe sheet that has ideas of ways to help your child practice their sight words/ spelling words. If you have any further questions or need additional ideas on how to help your child at home email the teachers at: p2@tracylc.net.

Phase 1

Phase One is hard at work! We started doing centers this week and practiced transitions. The classes have started reading their AR books and are already taking quizzes! Keep up the hard work Phase One!

Phase 2

This week phase 2 students learned how to be a Bucket Filler! We discussed how complimenting others, offering help and being kind can fill someone’s bucket. We all love to have a full bucket! We also were inspired by Kid President and shared how we are all AWESOME!
All phase 2 students have both spelling and math homework. In addition, we ask that they please read for at least 20 minutes every night.

Primary Dismissal-Reminder starting Monday, August 20, 2018 students that remain after 3:35 (or when carline is over) will wait in their assigned classroom. When picking up late students, parents must enter through the front office and will be charged a late fee of $10.00 per incident per child (payable to classroom teacher).

DCS

Discovery ⅚

Dates to Remember

  • Picture Day: Monday, August 20th

Back to School Night

On behalf of the Discovery team, I would like to personally apologize for any confusion that took place on Wednesday evening. We work really hard as a staff to make sure things run smoothly and when it doesn’t, we reflect on it to make the necessary changes for the future.
Thank you to all the parents who attended. We appreciate any feedback you may have.
-Ms. Takeuchi (Ms. T)

Parent Feedback form link: https://goo.gl/forms/i4qycyznZQTQ1wQm2

Teacher Contacts
(E-mails and additional resources used to
communicate)

Ms. Christensen bchristensen@tracylc.net

Access Code: 3mftvl
I will be using this to post assignments and tools they need for writing/grammarGoogle Classroom

(LA/Humanities) Ms. Rodieck lrodieck@tracylc.net
Google Classroom

Access Code: 4c5xr8e
Here you will find Humanities resources
Class Website:
rodieckla.weebly.com

(LA/Humanities)Ms. Sabedra (SocialStudies) asabedra@tracylc.net
Google Classroom
Access Code: hah2xt
Here you will be able to find articles received in class and Powerpoints reviewed

Ms. Takeuchi- Ms. T ttakeuchi@tracylc.net
(Math/Leadership)
Class Website:
https://dcsmathwithmst.weebly.com
This is a website I use to post Math class updates, pictures of events, SWO pictures for scrapbook and also Leadership news.

Ms. Theall vtheall@tracylc.net
(Science)
Class Website:
https://vtheall.weebly.com

Mrs. Zuniga mzuniga@tracylc.net (Math)
I will be posted lecture notes and videos for resources here Class Website:
mathind3.weebly.com
Google Classroom
Access Codes:
Varsity: n49dsua
Scholastic: ivlaf5z
Honors: cubapz6

Coach Easterday, Coach Penirian & Coach Williams (PE)
deasterday@tracylc.net
mpenirian@tracylc.net
dwilliams@tracylc.net
My Google Classroom is where parents will find each night’s assignment for both math and geographyClass Website:
www.discoverype.weebly.com/

Instagram:
discovery_athletics

How to Access and Use Google Classroom:

Your students (and you) should be able to access Google Classroom from anywhere using the URL – http://classroom.google.com. When they arrive they may chose to do one of the following:

To sign in for the first time:

Web browser

  • Click Student.
  • (Optional) Click See How Classroom Works for a guided tour of Classroom.

Mobile app

  • Touch .
  • Enter your Google Apps for Education account information and touch Sign in.
  • Select Student and specify if you would like to receive emails about new features in Classroom.
  • Touch Submit.
  • (Optional) Take a guided tour of Classroom or touch Skip to cancel it.

7th/8th

  • Picture Day is this coming Monday, August, 20! Make sure you look out for the picture form that your students should have brought home on Wednesday 8/15
  • CJSF Forms and Dues are due to Mrs. Prescott

Language Arts:

Students are working hard on their second essay of the school year! Each class is also delving deeper into the 1960’s and learning about the different genres of music that were prevalent at that time.

Math:

Students are enjoying their new math curriculum! Students in the Scholastic group are working on fractions, expressions, and integers.

Science:

Students are completing a project that revolves around the Periodic Table of Elements. They are learning about each element, its function, and atomic mass.

Social Studies:

Students just finished learning about social life in the 1950’s. They are not beginning to learn about Eisenhowerju;;pl and his Cold War.

DCS Year Book Info

Do you wish you had more pictures in the yearbook?

Have you ever wanted to create pages just about you and your friends?

This year you can!

Pre-order yearbooks at https://dcsyearbook.picaboo.com and you can create 4 pages all about your year that will be personalized to just your book.

Eight Grade Parents, please note that this is different than the Eight Grade Dedications we do in every yearbook.

Pre-order your yearbook on-line for $48.00 and you can create your own pages!

MHS

MHS Counseling News

College Night at San Joaquin Delta College-August 28, 2018

Modesto Junior College Night – August 29, 2018

Community Service and Aeries Presentations Next Week for 9th/10th Grade

The Counseling Department will be visiting 9th and 10th grade English classes next week to help students access their grades on Aeries, and to explain our community service requirements and procedures. Our Powerpoint presentation will be shared on the Counseling website. If parents need assistance creating an Aeries account, contact the Counseling Office at MHSCounseling@tracylc.net or (209) 627-8299.

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Back to School Night – Thank You!!

Thank you to those of you who attended Back to School Night on Thursday 8/16! It was great to meet so many parents. Our partnership with you is key to our students’ success!

Labor Day (holiday) – Tuesday September 3, 2018

Please note Labor Day is a holiday, and students will not be in attendance.