TLC Newsletter for the week of March 2nd 2015….

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Mar. 6, 2015                                                                                         Vol. 28 No.28

Virginia’s Voice

I experienced a few very exciting things this week I would like to share with you.  Our Kindergarten children created a little city by making the buildings that make up a city.  The teachers helped them arrange their city on a lovely block of green butcher paper arranged with roads and signs.  The children’s buildings were then placed on the city blocks.  The buildings were terrific and the detail was amazing.  To the parents who helped, Thanks!  BUT the amazing thing about touring the cities was the pride of the children.  Each one was so proud of their building and they all wanted me to know which one they made.  The buildings are displayed in the main hall.  It is not as nice as it was when it was on the city block, but it is definitely worth a tour!

Yesterday, an excited group of DCS students were lined up for their pre-dance snack after school.  There was an exciting hum as they waited for their nachos and cheese and other goodies.  After eating in the assigned rooms, they were well nourished for the dance.  Each student entered the gym receiving a glowing necklace for the neon dance.  The darkened gym and the loud music added to the excitement of the glowing dancing.  Students today noted how awesome the dance was!

We held our Kindergarten lottery this week as well.  It is always sad to know that we cannot accept all of the children who want to attend Primary.  We had 22 openings after siblings and staff children.  We had many more applicants than spots.  It is sad, but nice to know our schools are valued and parents want their children to attend them.

The high school students completed mid-term exams and are now on the final quarter of their school year.  The amazing thing about high school is how quickly the four years come to an end.  Report cards should be reaching home soon.  While at the present time there is no lottery needed for the high school, we received 141 applications for the new Freshmen class.  We are accepting only 9 more applications.

Misc. Announcements

 Stockton Thunder Game March 13, 2015

We have canceled the band performance and fund raiser event on this date.


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 Wed, March 11th, 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.

 Kate Spade Black and White Glasses

A very nice pair of Prescription black and white Kate Spade Adult glasses were found in our gym after the DCS Basketball game last week. Please come to office to retrieve them.

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  March 9 – March 13

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Chicken Taquito Tuesday

Wed  – Hot Dog or Chili Dog

Thurs. – Beef, Bean or Cheese Nachos

Fri. –  No Meat Spaghetti

Primary Charter

How are your See’s Candy sales coming along?!  All orders are due on Friday, March 13.  Candy will be ready to pick up the week of March 23.

This week in Initial Phase students brought in their assigned community building, built a town, and toured the other Kindegarten classroom’s towns.  We learned about each town’s name, population, crops, and even what makes our town famous!  To extend our learning, we visited the Stockton Children’s Museum to see many of the components of a community in real life.  The students enjoyed exploring real fire trucks, police cars, an ambulance,  a post office, a bank, and even a helicopter!

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Phase 1 students had another amazing week of learning.  In Social Studies, they continued their unit on Economics.  P8 learned about the importance of a farm and how products get from the farm to the table.  P1 learned more about goods and services and got to create their own business.  They made a plan, created an advertisement, and gave a presentation.  Awesome job! In Writer’s Workshop students are continuing to write poetry.  They are looking forward to creating a final poetry book.  P8 earned another Popcorn Party!  P1 is working towards earning their next Marble Party.  For many students, AR goals will be due soon.  Keep on reading!!!!  Please remind your student to check and make sure they have all their belongings at the end of the day.  Lost and Found is piling up!

Discovery Charter

DCS Charter Chatter:

Star Student:

Congratulations to Xitlali Reynoso for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of March 9th 2015. Xitlali always works hard and is kind and helpful to all those around him. The teachers appreciate her willingness to lend a hand and help especially with keeping the campus neat.

Parent Conferences are around the corner.

When:         Tuesday, March 24

Where:        M 1

Time:          5 -7

Conferences will be on a first come basis. No appointments will be accepted.

A note will be going home with your child this week.




Everyone was dancing at this past week’s DCS dance. Fun, Fun, Fun:


Social Studies:

Mrs. Wallace’s first two classes have their Wax Museum Boards ready for their upcoming Evening at the Wax Museum event on March 19th and 20th. Be looking for a notice to come home.

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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.

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Check out the students in Performance Exploration being taught chorography by fellow students!! Fun Stuff!!!

The performance will be in the gym Thursday morning during Unity at 7:50 AM. Family and friends are invited to watch the short performance if they would like. But don’t be late are you will miss it J

Have a great weekend!!!

PHSA 7th and 8th

Ms. Barrett: The students just finished a lab in which they were working on covalent and ionic bonding.

Mrs. U: The students are working on solving radical equations. Also, they are working on a project in which they have to plan out a budget for a trip.

Mrs. King: The students are currently working on the Substitution and Elimination Methods for solving multi-variable equations.

Mr. Warmerdam: The students are continuing their work on the Slave Trade and abolitionists.

Mrs. Sierra & Mrs. Saldana: Students will be completing Every Soul A Star this week and wrapping up the unit on Figurative Language. Next week they will begin reading a The Raft.

The SWO due date is quickly upon us. March 16th is when students will be expected to turn in their persuasive essays, present speeches, and submit their scrapbooks for review.

The Boys basketball team will be playing at Art Freiller March 11th at 4:00pm. If you are able to go out and show your support for PHSA Boys Basketball please do so.

All 8th graders that plan on attending Millennium next year will be taking their placement tests this Monday, March  9th.


What a great effort by all our Science Olympians this Saturday and the San Joaquin Regional Competition at UOP in Stockton.  With over 20 schools and 25 events, our PHSA tigers came of home with a handful of medals and placed in many other events.  For such a small team this is an amazing accomplishment.   It was a fun day for all we are most proud of how our students represented our school.  GO TIGERS!!

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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 March 6, 2015

College Early Start Program – Summer and Fall Enrollment for Delta

The counselors will be hosting a College Early Start meeting Monday, March 16th during lunch in room M-1. Any students interested in taking a class at Delta during the summer or Fall needs to attend this meeting. Parents of students who are interested in taking classes at Delta College for the Summer or Fall 2015 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.


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.


College Info

College bound seniors:  The priority deadline to apply for financial has passed. If you have no completed your FAFSA or Dream Act Application you are still eligible for federal financial Aid. Submit your application electronically as soon as possible.

Congratulations to Serena Cho on becoming one of the ten Seymour Memorial Awards finalist from our region. The California Scholarship Federation and the California Junior Scholarship Federation sponsor this award. Serena is receiving a $2,000 scholarship and will be considered for an additional $3,000 scholarship at an awards ceremony later this month.

Congratulations to the following students on their acceptance to the following Colleges and Universities:

San Diego State University

Jamie Chesbrough

Concordia College

Malik Charles

San Jose State University

Melissa Alcocer

Jessica Sierra Ornelas


California State University: Chico

Melissa Alcocer

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

SAT Practice Test at the Tracy Library

The Tracy Library will be hosting a SAT Practice Test on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Any student interested in taking this practice needs to sign up with the Tracy Library please call the libraries at 1-866-805- READ (toll-free). Space is limited.


Give Every Child A Chance – Tutoring on campus has begun

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!).