TLC Newsletter for the week of Feb 16th 2015….

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Feb. 20, 2015                                                                                           No.26

Virginia’s Voice

We are quickly nearing the end of February.  It is very important that PHSA students know they must apply for Millennium to be accepted.  We are anticipating a waiting list.  It is important that those who wish to stay have an application on file by the end of February.

Next week is Mid terms for the high school.  A third quarter SWO is also due for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors.  We will be on mid term schedule next week.  This will result in early dismissal on Friday for high school.

I am very proud of the work our Primary students are doing.  We have had a greater emphasis on science this year and the students are responding well.  I am very pleased with the curriculum and the outcomes we are experiencing.

DCS students are doing a super good job on their SWOs.  They are learning a great deal about the use of technology and are showing great work as collaborative workers.

Misc. Announcements

BEST CRAB FEED EVER!!!! Our 9th Annual Crab Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed raised $10,200. What an amazing evening of great food, drinks, dessert, raffles and dancing.

I am always amazed on how our school shines through this event. Our amazing student servers and volunteers. To see our fine young adults take care of our guests was awesome.

These high school students truly make this an amazing event. Kudos are still flowing for how well the servers took care of their guests. So many people help in this event.

My gosh without our amazing committee, teachers, parents, students, generous companies and individuals, this event could not be possible.

Our thank you boards will be posted shortly. Please take a moment to thank these individuals if you see them and of course support the companies listed.



Just a reminder if your student is ill and unable to attend school please calls Kay Fagundes at (209)831-5240 or email . 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.

 Upcoming Book Faire

Our Spring Scholastic Book Faire will be held in our gym on Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 13th. Please watch for Flyers with lists of all the wonderful books that will be available in your child’s Friday Folders!

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Day Picture Day will be on Friday, March 27th. Picture Information will be coming home approximately 2 weeks prior to this date.

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Feb. 23 – 27

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Taquito Tuesday

Wed  – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Thurs. – Chicken Dinner

Fri. –  Spaghetti Friday

Primary Charter  

This week in Initial Phase students have been busy concluding their study of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  Ask your student what they know!  In addition, students learned about Chinese New Year and many even made lanterns.  Furthermore, students have an upcoming Trimester 2 project.  Each student is assigned a different community building to construct.  Shoe boxes, recycled items, and other fun materials will help make this project a success.  Contact your student’s teacher if you have questions regarding this project.  Finally, we have a field trip coming up.  Students will travel to the Children’s Museum in Stockton.  This will be a great opportunity to explore many of the buildings found within every community.  Be sure to get your permission slips turned in.  Have a great weekend.

What an amazing week Phase 1 had!  In Math P1 students learned all about measurement with standard and nonstandard units.  Did you know you can measure something with a paperclip or even a marshmallow! Both classes are enjoying the unit on poetry.  This week they wrote haiku, acrostic, and diamante poems.  What wonderful poets we have.  We also learned all about President’s Day and celebrated Black History Month by learning about important and famous African Americans who made valuable contributions to our nation’s history.  It was a short week, but still full of learning!

Phase 2 students learned all about electricity and magnetism this week.  Students learned about what types of material are magnetic and got to test the magnetism of items in the classroom.  P6 even made a human circuit and created electricity, just by holding hands!  We are still working on our poetry unit and most groups will continue this into next week.  Some groups are learning about famous inventors and we are learning how much technology has changed in the last 100 years!  P3 made totem poles with Mrs. Wiltse this week and they look great!

Please remember that green folders must be signed and returned every Monday.  Agendas must be signed the day that a student gets on the warning board.  Thank you for helping us teach our students how to be responsible and organized!

DCS 5th/6th

Star Student:

Congratulations to Crystal Chavez for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of February 16, 2015. Crystal 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.

Social Studies:

Mrs. Wallace’s first two classes are busy getting ready for the next Wax Museum. All the monologues are memorized and the students are finishing up their presentation boards and working on their acting skills for the upcoming performances.

The class discussions have been absolutely fantastic in social studies this week!!!


Science Olympiad is just around the corner. (March 28th) Ms. Pelaez and all the parent coaches are looking forward to a great competition this year.


Mrs. Beckner and Ms. T. are busy recruiting teams for this year’s competition. May will be here sooner than we think J

It is such a pleasure to see so much student interest in this year’s academic competitions. Some of the teams had their first meeting this week after school!!

Language Arts:

Mrs. Delgado’s classes continue working on character analysis, along with spelling and writing. Everyone is working hard to reach their AR goals.

In Ms. Rodieck’s classes they continue talking about text structures, diagramming, and reading Dark Water Rising in preparation

for academic pentathlon.

Annual Read Across America Read A Thon

It’s time for our annual Spring Fundraiser.

Students will collect pledges for the number of minutes they can read during Enrichment class (Up to one hour) on Monday, March 2, 2015. Flat donations are also welcome. For every $5.00 collected, students will receive a raffle ticket for a drawing toward a prize!!!!

Have a great weekend!!!

PHSA 7th and 8th

Special Thanks to Mrs. King who is spending time assisting all of the teachers in PHSA with tips for better classroom management and instructional strategies.  It is great to have a master teacher who is free to observe in the classrooms and to impart her vast experience to new teachers prior to retiring.  We are all very grateful.





MHS Mid-Terms Schedule 2015


Mon. Feb 23 – Regular Schedule Day

Tuesday Fen 24th

8:05 – 10:05      (Per. 1 Review)

10:05-11:50       (Per 1 Final)

LUNCH            (11:50-1:00)

1:00 – 1:55        (Per. 2 Review)

2:00 – 3:55        (Per. 2 Final)

Wednesday Feb 25th

8:05 – 10:05    (Per. 3 Review)

10:10 –11:50   (Per. 3 Final)

LUNCH          (11:50-1:00)

1:00 – 1:55      (Per.4 Review)

2:00 – 3:55      (Per.4 Final)

Thursday Feb 26th

8:05 – 10:05    (Per. 6 Review)

10:10 –11:50   (Per. 6 Final)

LUNCH          (11:50-1:00)

1:00 – 1:55      (Per.7 Review)

2:00 – 3:55      (Per.7 Final)

Friday Feb 27th (Grade Window Opens)

8:05 – 9:55      (Per.8 Review)

10:00 – 11:55  (Per. 8 Final)


Grade Window closes on Tuesday March 3rd


All TLC Schools

Khol’s Cares Scholarship Program

Go to to nominate a young volunteer ages 6-18 (and not be a high school graduate), who has made a difference in your community. Top winners each receive $10,000 towards higher education. Nominators must be 21 or older.


MHS Charter Chatter February 20, 2015

Attention current sophomores and Juniors: Join Decision Medicine this summer and explore the exciting world of medicine. Decision Medicine is a 2 week program that introduces students to the field of Medicine through personal mentoring opportunities and site visits with behind-the-scenes access to some of our regional hospitals, clinics and public health centers. Participants are challenged with real world decisions as they explore the many facets of a career as a physician. The program is limited to a small group of 24 participants each year for maximum impact. Throughout the program they will work in various team configurations, including a one-on-one mentoring opportunity with a local physician in their personal practice. This is a highly competitive free program. For more information please visit

Pratt Institute – Any juniors or sophomores who are interested in art, design, fashion design, film, photography, writing, or architecture programs, may be interested in Pratt Institute’s residential summer precollege program. The program meets July 6- 31. (Students must be at least 16 to participate by the summer). The precollege program immerses students in an intensive studio experience, where they develop their drawing and painting skills, are introduced to the major of their choice (interior design, industrial design, fashion, etc.) and create a comprehensive art or writing portfolio in preparation for their college admissions application.  They earn four college credits that are accepted by Pratt Institute and most art and design colleges and universities with art programs. Applicants to Pratt who participated in the precollege program are given special consideration. Application deadline is April 1, 2015. Please visit  for more information.

Attention Junior Girls! The Distinguished Young Woman program (formerly Junior Miss) is now accepting applications for the 2015 program, which is scheduled to be held in the John Kimball High School on April 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The young ladies must be a junior in high school this year, graduating in 2016 to be eligible.  A minimum 3.0 GPA is recommended. Participants must be a student in Tracy Unified School District or live in the Tracy area. The parents/participants orientation will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6:30pm at California Advantage Real Estate Located at 17 E. 6th St. in Tracy. This is the final opportunity to turn in applications to be in the program. Parents are expected to be at this orientation for information about the program and the expectations of their daughter. Any participant has the potential win up to $2,500.00 in local scholarships and then they will have the opportunity to advance to the State program and win up to an additional $20,000.00 in scholarships.

ZAPS Test Prep Seminars – Juniors planning to take the SAT test this Spring should consider attending the next SAT Prep classes being offered at Millennium through ZAPS Learning Company.  There is a two day SAT Prep seminar on Wednesday, February 25th and Thursday, February 26th from 3:00pm – 5:30pm.  Cost is $99.

College Info

College bound seniors:  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: Sacramento

Sahar Mojadiddi

California State University: Stanislaus

Melissa Alcocer

 California State University: Chico

Melissa Alcocer

 California State University: East Bay

Melissa Alcocer

California State University: San Jose

Melissa Alcocer

University of the Pacific

Azareli Reynoso


Senior Info

SCHOLARSHIPS: There are many local scholarships available at this time for our college bound seniors. Visit the homepage of the MHS Counseling and select Financial Aid/ Scholarships page at  or click on–scholarships.html for detailed information on where to obtain an application and how to apply for various scholarships.


Other News

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


Give Every Child A Chance – Tutoring will begin Thursday, February 26th

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.

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!).