TLC Newsletter for the week of January 26th 2015…

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Feb. 6, 2015                                                                                          Vol. 23 No.23

Virginia’s Voice

I personally enjoy this time of year when I act as a counselor and consult with each of our high school students to plan their next year of high school.  It is so impressive when I see transcripts with almost all A’s or a student who has gone from doing poorly to improving so dramatically the student is excelling in higher level courses.

Many of our Juniors are taking college classes already and are receiving A’s in college.  The students have their tuition reimbursed for each class they take.  Many will have a full year of college completed before leaving high school.  It is so fantastic for them and a pride for us.

It is very rewarding to see how seriously our students take school and want to do well.  Others take a while to learn that missing assignments or not doing SWOs actually hurts grades and may even cause a student to need to take a class a second time.

Parents who check AERIES regularly and discuss grades with their students usually have students who perform better.  If any parent has difficultly checking grades, contact the counseling office and the counselors will help you learn how to access grades.

Misc. Announcements

 

Illnesses

Just a reminder if your student is ill and unable to attend school please calls Kay Fagundes at (209)831-5240 or email kfagundes@tracylc.net . Students should not return to school until their symptoms subside and he/she is fever-free for at least 24 hrs. We have had so many sick children at school and the majority of these illnesses are highly contagious.

 

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

WE ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT!!!

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.

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 donna@donnabaker.com if you can kindly donate a baked good or sweet treat to be auctioned the night of our Crab Feed. Thanks a bunch!

 

Thanks a bunch.

Donna A. Baker Broker/Owner CRS ABR SFR CDPE
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!!!! At this time we have received very few donations. WE have made this a contest and the Classroom bringing in the highest percentage of donations will win an “Ice Cream Party”.

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.
 

Wonderful Crab Feed Raffles Prizes….

Wine Tasting

Wine displays

Hearst Castle Tickets

California Excursions

Spa package

doTERRA Essential Oils

Man Cave items

Gift Card Trees (of course)

55 gal drum BBQ Smoker

Nascar Tickets

Grand Prize……   a GO PRO and accessories !!!!!

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:  www.gecac.net.  For an application, please contact Ms. Moore at the MHS Counseling Office, or visit http://www.gecac.net/downloadsapplications.html 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 Feb. 16, 2015 President’s Day

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Feb. 2 – 6

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Taquito Tuesday

Wed  – Sloppy Joes

Thurs. – Grilled Cheese and Ramen

Fri. –  Spaghetti Friday

Primary Charter  

In Initial Phase this week students have discovered the groundhog.  We have predicted his forecast and are anxiously awaiting the ceremony on February 2nd.  It seems as though most of the students do not want Puxatony Phil to see his shadow so spring will arrive soon.  Also, the TLC annual Crab Feed is fast approaching.  Thank you to those of you who have donated to the wonderful event.  We hope to see you there!

The students in Phase 1 are getting into the swing of their new elective. P8 is learned a lot of fun new songs from Mrs. Watson and P1 is getting to do some fun art projects with Mrs. Wiltse.

This week for Science the students learned about rocks. They learned that there are 3 different types of rocks: sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous. They also learned about how rocks are formed and the rock cycle. Both classes were had the opportunity to design their own pet rock if they had one. P8 learned a fun song to help them remember the rock cycle. P1 did an experiment to see how rocks weather, by putting them in three different solutions.

P1 also had people from WOW on Wheels come to their classroom and let the students experiment with bubbles. They let the students use different tools to form bubbles. They had a BLAST!

In Writer’s Workshop, the students are using the writing process to complete their last writing assignment before they begin learning about poetry in two weeks. The students are writing a personal narrative and are doing a great job!

Phase 2 students had a great week!  We learned more about weather and climate, discussed extreme weather and got to do some fun hands-on science.  Some students completed their expository report on dinosaurs and other students worked on their final book project where they had to create a newspaper.  P3 had a special day for Mrs. Doss, who is going out on maternity leave.  Her students will miss her!  The phase 2 team welcomes Miss J, who will be taking Mrs. Doss’ place while she is out.

We are loving our new electives…ask you child to sing you one of the new songs they have learned or teach you a new art vocabulary word!

DCS 5th/6th

DCS Charter Chatter:

Star Student:

Congratulations to Katie Johnston for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of February 2, 2015. Katie 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. Katie shows wonderful leadership capabilities. She is a pleasure to have as a DCS student!!!

Special Thank You:

What a rare and amazing opportunity all the students had this week in science to use a Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope. This was made possible with the help of one of our parents…Thank you Mr. Sethi!!!

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Thank you to all who have donated tissues, paper towels, germ-X, and wipes. We could still use lots more J

Hope everyone has a great week!!!!!

PHSA 7th and 8th

The students in social studies are now setting out on the Oregon Trail and working at understanding the United States quest for the Manifest Destiny.  While those in Ms. Santiago’s math class are working on solving equations.  Mrs. Barrett’s science classes are working on isotopes, radioactive decay and the periodic table.  The English Language Arts students are finishing the reading of Copper Sun, a wonderful book that has the interest of our students and they are reviewing the rules for persuasive writing in order to do well on the SWO.

Mrs. King’s and Mrs. U’s classes have just completed factoring trinomial squares and are mastering the whole idea of factoring.

The behavior in the classes has also improved.  There are fewer oranges and less student finding themselves in Saturday School.

Meanwhile the Leadership class is getting ready for candy grams and the Valentine’s dance.

Information will be going home soon for students interested in joining our Pentathlon  competitive groups.  We love competing and expect to do well again this year.

Attention all 7th & 8th graders and their parents….

It is time for Pentathlon!  We will have an informational meeting

– Thursday, Feb 5th at

–  6:00 PM

–  in D-8

Pentathlon is open to all 7th & 8th graders.

If you cannot make the meeting and want information, feel free to e-mail Mrs. King at lking@tracylc.net

 

 

MHS

All TLC Schools

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  PLEASE JOIN US…

8th Grade Parent Information Night

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Millennium High School

7:00 PM – TLC Gymnasium

You will have an opportunity to learn about school culture at MHS and our academic programs available to your student. We hope to see you here!

 

MHS Charter Chatter January 30, 2015

Mrs. Stewart and the counseling staff have started to meet with students for their annual counseling review.  Fast track classes and next year’s schedule will be planned.  Parents of 10th grade students who are not able to attend the scheduled counseling review appointments will be mailed a copy of the learning plan for the 2013-2014 school year.  Make sure to check in with your student to find out what was discussed during the meeting.

College Info

College bound seniors: most colleges will be notifying applicants the status of their admission in early Spring by either mail or online via 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!

Congratulations! To the following students who have been accepted to the following Universities:

 

California State University: East Bay

Elias Ketema

  San Francisco State University

Sahar Osmany Mojaddidi

Loyola Marymount University: Los Angeles

Blain Dillard

Azusa Pacific University

Blain Dillard: Directors Scholarship – 4 Year Scholarship worth $46,000

Fresno Pacific University

Blain Dillard: President’s Scholarship – 4 Year Scholarship worth $44,000

Chapman University

Blain Dillard: President’s Scholarship – 4 Year Scholarship worth $60,000

Cal Lutheran University

Blain Dillard: Provost Scholarship – Annual Amount of $20,000

        Notre Dame De Namur University

                      Blain Dillard: Belmont Scholarship – 4 Year Scholarship worth $52,000

University of the Pacific

              Blain Dillard: President’s Scholarship – Annual Amount of $6,500

Senior Info

Seniors who need to apply for financial aid for college can get hands on help with the FAFSA (Free application for student aid) and have an opportunity to win a scholarship at our upcoming Cash for College Night on February 10th at West High School.  We encourage all students and/or parents to attend this interactive workshop.  Computers will be available but we encourage students to bring a laptop.  For other Cash for College nights in our area, visit www.calgrants.org for a list of workshops.

Other News

CSF Club – Our California Scholarship Federation (CSF) club has grown to 70 members this semester!  Congratulations to those of our students who are returning, and to our new freshman members for your outstanding grades!  CSF is an honors society devoted to community service and strong scholarship.  Members are accepted by application only at the beginning of each semester based on the previous semester’s grades.  For more information about this state-wide honors organization, please visit http://csf-cjsf.org/.

 

COSMOS- California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science

Want to spend a month on a college campus exploring topics in STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics? Application period is from January 20th – February 20th, 2015. Dates for the program are late June to Early- August. For more information please visit www.ucop.edu/cosmos

 

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:  www.gecac.net.  For an application, please contact Ms. Moore at the MHS Counseling Office, or visit http://www.gecac.net/downloadsapplications.html 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.

Give Every Child A Chance Volunteer Opportunity

Give Every Child A Chance is a tutoring/mentoring program that needs volunteer tutors!  If you are interested in tutoring 7th-12th grade students here at Tracy Learning Center for two community service hours a week (which can go toward a block letter!).