TLC Charter Chatter for the week of Nov 3rd 2014

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center


Nov. 7, 2014                                                                                                             No.14

Virginia Stewart

It is days like today that bring great pride to our staff.  We look out on our students at the Falcon tailgate party as we rev up for tonight’s big game.  The excitement and smiles are infectious and I am pleased to share in these memories that make our school more than just a place you sit and learn “the basics”.  It is also nice to see students making the most of their education at the Tracy Learning Center.  We want to have a student body who desires more than just book work and uses their enthusiasm to enjoy their time here inside and outside the classroom.

The end of fall sports marks the change in the season and our thoughts begin to turn towards the holidays.  Mr Hepner said it best when reflecting on our former students who are serving in the military:  “All our freedom and the way of life we all enjoy is because of their sacrifice. There are many of our fellow students that are in all of the branches of the military and are all over the world representing us and fighting for our country. Please keep them all in our thoughts this veterans day, as they make us all proud!”.   Our campus is closed on Tuesday November 11th take the time to remember.  I hope everyone enjoys the time away and has a moment to reflect.

Misc. Announcements

Upcoming MHS Play

The school play, Arsenic and Old Lace will open on Friday, 11/14 at 7pm. Student ticket price is only $5.00 with General admission costing $7.00.  Come on out and support our amazing MHS actors as they perform this hilarious Dark Comedy about murder, old ladies and love!  Additional performances will be Saturday night, 11/15 at 7pm and a matinee showing on Sunday, 11/16 at 2pm.

Thank you for supporting the arts at Millennium High School!


Safety Concerns

We have genuine concern about our Primary Gate in the morning. We have our Primary PE Staff watching the gate making sure students do not leave until the beginning of Unity and at that time the gate is closed and latched. Students who are dropped off after the beginning of Unity run up to the closed gate and wait until someone opens the gate. Many times the person opening the gate end up propping the gate which creates a very unsafe and risky environment for our young students.  This gate must be shut and latched form the onset of Unity until dismissal time. We have ordered a new sign to remind parents and visitors to secure our gate and also will post a staff person at the gate until students are in class.




WOW!!!  Thank you to everyone who came out to participate for Big Cookie Thursday!  It was a huge success, more so than we ever expected!  Next week we will be back and fully stocked with more delicious cookies.  Our sincerest apologies if we ran out of cookies before you had a chance to get yours.  Please come back on Thursday, October 30th to buy more cookies from our PCS student council!


Jackets and Coats

Our lost and found is piling up and will be soon taken to the needy. It is so important for outer clothing to be labeled so that items can be returned to their rightful owners.


Easy Fundraiser

We have partnered with eCycle Group to run a Recycling Fundraiser! The program runs year-round, accumulating constant income for our efforts.  But we won’t get far without your support.  How can you help? Instead of throwing away empty original printer cartridges and used cell phones please send them to us.  We’ll take it from there.  You can drop off your original cartridges and cell phones with Connie in the office.


Thank you for your support!


Next Holiday is Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, Veteran’s day


Entire Thanksgiving Week Nov. 24-28 School Break


PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Nov. 10-14Mon. –   PizzaTues. –  No SchoolWed  – Chicken Patti Wednesday

Thurs. – Chicken Taquitos

Fri. –  Pigs in a blanket



Primary Charter  

*Primary parent-teacher conferences will be the week of November 17th.  Please let your child’s teacher know if you cannot come at your scheduled conference time.  Thank you!  We look forward to meeting with you!


In Initial Phase this week we have been busy assessing for report cards.  Wow! We are impressed.  We are also learning about our state and national symbols.  Ask your student about the symbols they have learned about so far!   Remember conferences are the week of November 17-21.  See you there!



Phase 1 had a great week! In Social Studies they learned all about what a democracy is and how voting works.  They watched their teachers campaign for their favorite book.  Then they voted on which book they wanted to hear as a read-aloud.  They even used official ballots.   Mrs. Stroup’s book in P8 won!!  Students also had a chance to visit the Wax Museum that the Discovery students created.  It was very interesting learning about different people from the past.  As Trimester 1 comes to a close, we realize how much our students have learned and have grown.  P1 is proud to have earned the Golden Shoe Award for last month.  We are very proud of our Phase 1 students.


Phase 2 classes had a great field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista this week!  The weather was perfect and the students were so excited to see a real-life mission.  They enjoyed seeing the gardens, plaza, looking for the famous Mission bells and exploring the grounds.  This field trip really makes the Missions come to life!  We are also still working on our group reports.  They are coming along very well!  Thank you to all of the parents who came with us on the field trip.  We appreciate you!



DCS 5th/6th




Congratulations to Omari  Arauz-Doucet for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of November 10th. Omari always works hard and is helpful to all those around him!!!


Science Enrichment:

Ms. Pelaez”s exploration class put on an AMAZING Science Fair this past week. You could see the effort the students put into their projects. Congratulations to Sydney Hatch for winning the science fair.


Social Studies:

The Wax Museums were a fantastic success!!! Thank you to all the parents and friends who came out to support the students in their evening performances.


Drama/Performance Enrichment:

The class put on a fun and entertaining performance for Unity on Tuesday. Mrs. Wallace was very proud of all their hard work.


Fund Raisers:

Thank you to all the parents and students that have been participating in the fund raisers for Science Camps.


We have one more coming home on Monday 11/10 – The Turkey Trot.  Students will need to get pledges or donations, and we will have the Turkey Trot the Friday before Thanksgiving Break.  Money will be due back Monday 12/1, the day we come back from Thanksgiving Break.  Then it is just two short weeks and we are off to Science Camps!


The 7/8 Lady Tigers played an exciting game at Monte Vista this week. Both teams entered the contest with a record of 2-0. The Lady Tigers led the whole way as they defeated Monte Vista 40-22. They improved their record to 3-0. They face North next Thursday at TLC and then they play at George Kelly next Friday. Both games start at4pm


PHSA 7th and 8th




The 7/8 Lady Tigers played an exciting game at Monte Vista this week. Both teams entered the contest with a record of 2-0. The Lady Tigers led the whole way as they defeated Monte Vista 40-22. They improved their record to 3-0. They face North next Thursday at TLC and then they play at George Kelly next Friday. Both games start at 4pm.




UC Santa Cruz and Santa Clara University Filed Trip for 10th and 11th grade students only.

Millennium High School students’ grades 11th & 10th will be visiting UC Santa Cruz and Santa Clara University on Thursday, November 20th from 7:00am to 4:30pm.  Only 50 students will be able to go on the trip, so please make sure that you turn this slip in as soon as possible. The suggested donation fee is $24.00.  Lunch is not included in the suggested donation. Students will be eating lunch at UC Santa Cruz. Any student attending the trip will need to bring a sack lunch or money for lunch in the dining hall.


College Info

College Early Start Program – Spring Enrollment for Delta

Parents of students who are interested in taking classes at Delta College for the Spring 2014 semester need to carefully read the important steps listed on the website at Please remember that students participating in the College Early Start program must follow dates and deadlines and receive prior approval to take college classes while attending high school.  TLC provides reimbursement for tuition for those who have prior approval to take specific classes with proof of payment and a successful course completion with a grade of “C” or better.  Textbooks and additional fees are not reimbursable.

Letter to Parents:

Check List:

Dates and Deadlines:


Free Practice SAT

The Tracy Public Library hosting a free practice SAT Test for 9th-12th graders on Saturday, November 15th from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Any students who would like to take the practice exam can sign up online, by phone, or in person. Space is limited to 40 students. Phone number 1-866-805-7323 or 209-937-8221


United States Air Force Academy Forum

Learn about the US Air Force Academy, Cadet life and the application process. Admissions staff and recent graduates will be available to answer your questions. Saturday, November 8th, 2014 9:00am – 12:00pm Boulder Station Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada. Check in will begin at 8:00am.


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

4 3 2 1

Maram Abed

Sabrina Latifi

Sahar Mojaddidi

Jamie Chesbrough

Jamie Chesbrough                                                        Prestigious President’s

Scholarship of $72,000   (divided over 4 years)


College bound seniors have been applying to colleges and universities. The deadline to apply to CSU and UC’s is fast approaching on November 30th.  Most colleges will be notifying applicants the status of their admission in early Spring by either mail or online via a student portal on the individual college web site.  We anticipate hearing about the acceptance letters.  All students accepted to a college or university should let the Counselors know as soon as they are notified.  Best of luck to all of those who applied!


Save the Date for December 11th at 6pm for MHS’ Financial Aid Information Night. Important topics will be covered such as the types of financial aid available for college and application deadlines will be discussed.


Senior Spring Internships

Spring semester interns have been busily selecting and preparing for their interviews for potential internships that will begin next semester. Students will begin interviewing next week and will continue to interview over the next few weeks. Once the interviews are complete parents will be notified of their students placement.


Open Lab for College Application Assistance

Every Tuesday and Thursday there is an open lab for students seeking help with the college applications and/or any other college related guidance.  The computer lab will be in the Counseling Office during lunch from 12:10pm – 12:50pm.


Counselors are still taking individual appointments with students to assist in guiding them through the college application process.
Save the Date…Thursday, December 11th at 6pm for MHS’ Financial Aid Information Night. Important topics will be covered such as the types of financial aid available for college and application deadlines will be discussed.


US Representative Jerry McNerney Will Host the Service Academy Night

The United States service academies offer a unique and esteemed educational opportunity for young men and women. Accepted students receive a free 4 year university education, room and board, medical and dental coverage and a stipend in exchange for a 5 year commitment upon graduation. If you are interested please attend the “Service Academy Night” on November 12th  from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Lincoln High School in Stockton.