TLC Newsletter for the week of Jan 5th 2015….

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center


Jan. 9, 2015                                                                                                      No.20

Virginia Voice

We are most grateful for the donations we received in December.  Our budget is greatly stretched this year with the new requirement to supply needed materials for students that we used to ask students to bring to school.  Other increased costs have also been a burden on our budget this year.  We appreciate the support we receive from donations.  If any family is interested in donating money to support the schools in any amount, we are grateful.  We typically asked for a donation of $400 per student, but we would be pleased with any consideration.

Flu season is upon us and I know that many of our students and some staff have been quite ill.  We appreciate having parents request homework and missed work and coming in to pick it up at the end of the day.  When students are absent, it is difficult to catch up and get back on track.  Getting the work and having students do it at home helps.



Misc. Announcements


TLC’s Got Talent Show

Attention all students who completed and submitted an application to audition for the TLC’s Got Talent Show. The auditions for the talent show will be held next week. All forms have been returned to the students with completed forms informing them of the time, date and location of their audition. If you are going to be using amplified music please make sure to turn you music in to the MHS Counseling Department prior to your audition and or bring your music with you to your audition. Please audition in what you plan on performing in. If you have any questions in regards to the talent show please contact the MHS counseling department at 209-627-8299.



SAVE THE DATE TLC Crab Feed:  February 7, 2015

Come join us for the 9th Annual Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed – Saturday, February 7, 2015. All you can eat crab, pasta, salad, and bread. Dessert Auction. Stay for the raffle, live auction and lots of dancing.

Tickets are $45.00 each or reserve a table for $360. There will be an opportunity again this year to advertise your business on a placemat that will be placed at each table setting. Great exposure for your business. A business card size ad is $30.00. Larger ads are available, please contact Donna Baker for details.

If you would like to donate an item or volunteer for this awesome event please contact Donna Baker at (209) 832-1940 or

Thanks a bunch to all who make this event so incredible!!!!!!!!



It’s Crab Feed time again and we are looking for your help.  The Auction Committee is hoping to collect donations to help fund and fill our fantastic auction this year!!!!

We are asking each child to donate $5.00 or more to this event     or      we would be happy to accept your donation of a gift card or auction item!!!!

Please have your donations into the school by Friday January 30th so they can be counted and/or cataloged in time for the event….

If you have any questions please contact Kristina Brachna-Gonzalez or Jeanette Oliveri.  

Hope to see you on February 7th for this fun filled event!!!!

Thanks in advance for you commitment and support.
Calling all “BAKERS. PASTRY CHEFS, & CANDY MAKERS”, the dessert auction at the Crab Feed was so successful we are asking for donations again this year.

Please email Donna Baker at if you can kindly donate a baked good or sweet treat to be auctioned the night of our Crab Feed. Thanks a bunch!




Give Every Child A Chance

Tracy Learning Center has been approved as a new site for the strong and expanding tutoring/mentoring program Give Every Child a Chance!  They are bringing a homework assistance group tutoring program to our school for 7th through 12th graders.  The program is free for students who have a D or an F in any subject, an IEP, or a strong teacher recommendation. Math and Language Arts assistance will take place Monday-Thursday between 4:00-6:00pm in D-13, Mrs. Saldana’s room.  For more information about GECAC, please see their website:  For an application, please contact Ms. Moore at the MHS Counseling Office, or visit and click “One on One Tutoring Application”.  You may write in “Tracy Learning Center” as your site of choice.  Turn in applications to Ms. Moore at MHS Counseling.



Next School Holiday is Jan. 19, 2015 Martin Luther King’s Day


PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Jan. 12 – 16Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Taco Tuesday

Wed  – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Thurs. – Beef or Bean Tostada

Fri. –  Beef Hot Dog



Primary Charter  

Initial Phase had a seamless transition back from Winter Break!  We were very impressed with all the smiling faces and eagerness to get back into learning!  Next week we will celebrate the 100th day of school and each room has many fun and interesting activities planned.  We cannot wait!


It was a great first week back to school for Phase 1 students! They jumped right back into learning.  Many students started new books in Language Arts and are working hard toward their AR goal.  Students are enjoying the Math Challenges that Mrs. Stewart prepares for them.  It’s amazing to see their critical thinking skills.  The students talked about New Year Resolutions and setting personal goals.  In Science we are learning all about the seasons, types of weather, and weather instruments.  We have some great future meteorologists!!  Please make sure to send your student to school with a warm jacket.  Outside lunch and recess can be chilly!



Phase 2 students came back from break rested and ready to learn!  We are working on persuasive writing this week and talked about New Year’s Resolutions.  We have started science and our students are already excited about our future experiments.  We discussed the scientific method and see some future scientists in our classes!


We will soon be using agendas to communicate with parents.  Students will write in their daily behavior and important dates and announcements.  If a student gets on warning or yellow, their agenda must be signed and retuned the next day.  Students who stay on green do not need their agenda signed.  We will also still be using green folders to track behavior.  Please be on the lookout for our new agenda policy to start soon.



DCS 5th/6th




DCS Charter Chatter:


What a great first week back to school!!!


Star Student:

Congratulations to Julia Yanke for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of January 12th. Julia always works hard and is kind and helpful to all those around her. The teachers appreciate her willingness to lend a hand and help anyone who needs help.

Special Shout Out:

All the teachers wanted to give a shout out to a Special Star Student from each of the two Science Camps:

Stay at School Science Camp Star Student is Jonathan Gaines

Away Science Camp Star Student is James Camacho

Each showed great responsibility while having fun at camp.


Away Science Camp





All classrooms would really appreciate donations of Hand Wipes, Paper towels, and Kleenex. Thank youJ



PHSA 7th and 8th


Science is exploring the period table.


English has focused on reading Copper Sun this week and are about 80% of the way through it. Student comprehension is getting stronger. Students continue to work on grammar and writing daily, as well as take weekly quizzes.


Social Studies is studying Andrew Jackson’s Presidency, the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears.


Mrs. King’s algebra classes all took an assessment this week.  The three classes performed spectacularly.  They are ready to move on to more rigorous algebra.  Periods 1 and 2 are going into Solving Quadratics and Period 3 is entering Factoring Polynomials.


Mrs. Santiago’s class is working on conversions (per 0), properties (per. 2), and about to take a midterm Tomorrow on order of operations, expression and finding the area of a circle and trapezoid (per.3).


Leadership is planning a Valentine’s dance for February 13th. We will be selling tickets starting Feb. 1st. They will be $3.00. The dance will take place in the afternoon during the last hour and a half of school on that Friday.


Leadership will also be selling Valentine’s Day cards in PHSA. Those will be sold by Leadership during the week of Valentine’s Day.


Here are some upcoming dates parents should be aware of:


Saturday, February 7th: TLC Crab Feed.  It is the biggest fundraiser of the year.


Saturday, March 7th: Science Olympiad at UOP


Saturday, March 21st: Math Olympiad at the County Office of Ed.


Saturday,, May 2nd: Pentathlon at East Union HS in Manteca.






MHS Charter Chatter January 9, 2015

In January and February, Mrs. Stewart and the counseling staff will be meeting with all students for their annual counseling review.  Fast track classes and next year’s schedule will be planned.  Only 10th grade parents will be invited for an appointment.  Time is extremely limited and we encourage 10th grade parents to rearrange schedules as necessary to attend their scheduled time. Appointment letters will be mailed out when we return from the holiday break.


Our Spring senior interns will be starting their internships this week.  We are very proud of our students and how they conducted themselves with our local business partners.  We received excellent feedback regarding their interviewing skills and professional demeanor throughout the entire placement process.  Keep an eye out for our students at the following businesses and non-profit organizations throughout our community:


Armor Up – The Almost Everything Store Dental Fun Zone MoneyHungry, LLC
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Drysdale Properties Fagundes’ Garage New Smile Orthodontics
Boys and Girls Club (Lowell) Family Optometry of Tracy Reich’s Pharmacy
Boys and Girls Club (North) Great Beginnings Pre-School Skyview Aviation
Castro Martial Arts and Cardio Kickboxing Hawkins Thompson Child Development Center Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Physical Therapy
Chamber of Commerce In Shape Fit Sutter Tracy Community HospitalOB Dept
City of TracyDepartment of Engineering Services In-Shape Club Tracy Chiropractic
City of Tracy – Recreation Division Main Street Music Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists
Community Partnership for Families San Joaquin MHS Sports Management VCA Old River Veterinary Hospital
Custom Sounds Zumiez


The results from the PSAT have been returned to the students who participated in this test. If you or your student have any questions regarding the test please contact the counseling department.


College Info

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


             California Lutheran University

Jamie Chesbrough

Founders Scholarship $22,000 annually




         Seattle University

Jamie Chesbrough  

Bellarmine Scholarship $15,000 annually





College bound seniors: 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!


San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop (STUFA)  Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Alex G. Spanos Center at University of the Pacific
Services are FREE and include: One on one assistance filling out financial aid forms, Tax preparation assistance and Scholarship information. For more information please call (209) 946-7705 or email:


12th Annual Black College Expo

12th Annual Black College Expo to be held  from 9am-5pm at the Marriott Convention Center Downtown Oakland, California. For more information call: 877-427-4100 or visit our website at: