TLC Newsletter for the week of March 16th…

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Mar. 20, 2015                                                                                                           No.30

Virginia’s Voice

It is truly a good thing when parents have met with teachers and are still not satisfied with the result that they ask for an appointment to speak to me.  I appreciate the willingness to share the concern and to explain what has taken place.  It is a good time for me to mediate and help the teacher understand what he or she could be doing differently to rectify the situation in the future.

I believe that we have teachers who are on spectrum of experience here at TLC.  I also believe that starting out as a new teacher is a daunting task and I believe if I am seeing progress and growth, there is good reason to continue to help that teacher improve and grow into what excellence in teaching is here at TLC.

A good friend reminded me that the most important job of a director is to protect the vision and to be sure that over time the staff is reinforcing the cultural norms and vision for our schools.  In addition to promote personal growth directors need to have patience and use encouragement when that growth is evident.

We will always strive to provide excellence in education for our students and we will do all that we can do to support new teachers on their journey to excellence

Misc. Announcements


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.

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.

Funds Raised from Recent Pennies for Patients Event

Congratulations on all the hard work and success with our recent Pennies for Patients Fund Raiser which was managed by our MHS Leadership Class and  their teacher, Mrs. Grant (Powers).

PCS raised $323.08

DCS raised $69.80

MHS raised $233.54

Strong work! We are proud of you!

We are also very proud of our MHS Leadership students who along with their student body collected 586 pounds of food to donate to the Tracy Interfaith. We received a very nice thank you letter from the Director of Tracy Interfaith.

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  March 23 – March 27

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Chicken Taquito Tuesday

Wed  – Chicken Corn Dog

Thurs. – Bake Potato Bar

Fri. –  Beef or Cheese Enchilada

Primary Charter


Friday, March 27, 2015


Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our Egg hunt is coming up Friday, March 27, 2015 from 2:30-3:00.

We are still looking for suggested donations of one dozen solid colored plastic eggs filled with non-chocolate candy or small trinkets and scotch- taped shut.  If you are able to contribute we would like to have all the eggs turned in by Monday, March 23rd so that we will have enough time to sort and prepare the eggs for the hunt.

Thank you in advance for your support.


Primary Charter Staff

Discovery Charter

TDAP Vaccine

A required by California law (Health and Safety Code 120325 – 120375), parents need to provide proof of a Tdap vaccine. All students entering 7th – 12th grades in the coming school year must have proof of a Tdap booster shot. Documentation must state the shot was given on or after their 7th birthday. This means ALL current 6th – 11th graders must get up to date NOW.

It is important that you begin now, to ensure your child get their vaccination and to avoid appointment delays.

Getting them up to date now, will not only protect them against Pertussis but also ensure class placement and prevent exclusion from school this school in the coming year.

Remember to ask your physician about other vaccines your child may need, and bring your child’s yellow immunization card to the visit. Please return a copy of ALL up to date immunizations to school prior to the beginning of the next year school year.

DCS Charter Chatter:

Star Student:

Congratulations to Lyda Nadery for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of March 23rd 2015. Lyda 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.

                                                Spring Conferences

DCS Parent Conferences are around the corner. This spring we will be inviting parents to conference with whichever teachers they wish. All Academic CORE teachers will be available. Conferences will be on a first come basis, and last up to 10 minutes. Come early to sign up with whichever teachers you would care to conference. Names will be taken starting at 4:30. Your name will be called in the order that is on the sign in sheets.

No appointments will be accepted at this conference time.

When:                   Tuesday, March 24

            Where:                  M 2

            Time:                    5pm -7pm

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Mrs. Beckner              Math

Ms. Takeuchi              Math

Ms. Rodieck                Language Arts

Mrs. Delgado              Language Arts

Ms. Pelaez                  Science

Mrs. Wallace               Social Studies

A note went home with your child Last week.


Social Studies:

Social Studies Wax Museum was a huge hit!!!

Mrs. Wallace’s first two periods did a fantastic job with their Performances!!!!

What a fun way to learn about history!!!


Science Olympiad is Saturday the 28th Can’t wait to see how the kids do…..they have put in a lot of work for this Academic Competition!! Thank you Ms. Pelaez and all the Olympiad volunteer for your time and effort!!


Save the Date – Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – Poetry Fest

This year’s Poetry Fest will be the Evening of 4/15.  Come and hear some great original poetry from this year’s 5th and 6th grade students.  You can even share some of your own.  Refreshments will be provided.  If you would like to help out, please contact Ms. Rodieck at

Have a great Spring Break!!!

PHSA 7th and 8th

Mrs. U: In Mrs.U’s Algebra 1 class they are finishing up their unit on Quadratic Equations.

Mrs. King: In Mrs. Kings Pre-algebra class they are learning how to solve square roots.

Ms. Barrett: In Ms. Barrett’s Science class the students are preparing to take their unit test on Ionic and Covalent bonding.

Mr. Warmerdam: In Social Studies students are finishing up an Expansion of the United States poster project.

Mrs. Sierra & Mrs. Saldana: In English students are learning how use figurative language in their writing and they are beginning a Poetry unit.

PHSA would like to wish all of the students who participate in Math Olympiad good luck on their competition this Saturday, March 21st.

Parents please remember PHSA’s Parent-Teacher Conference night is Wednesday, March 25th. The first session will be from 4:30pm – 6:00pm. The second session will be from 7:00pm -8:00pm. If you have questions about your student’s grade or would just like to come and meet the teachers of PHSA we would love to have you.

All Washington D.C. trip participants – There will be a meeting in Mr. Warmerdam’s classroom, D-10, on Tuesday, March 24th at 4:10pm. If your child is going on the D.C. trip please be sure to attend this final meeting.

Congratulations to Coach Easterday and the boys basketball team for their victory over Art Freiler in the playoffs. They have had a tremendous season and we appreciate all of their hard work.


Senior Internships

Our Spring Seniors Interns are half way through their internships! Below are some of them actively working in our community. The Internship process for next year has started. This week our Juniors had their Mock Interviews and the Senior Internship Luncheon.

College Early Start Program – Summer and Fall Enrollment for Delta

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.**






Duke Summer Academy for High School Students 2015
Have fun and enjoy personal enrichment classes with academically-motivated students from around the world in Duke University’s Summer Academy for High School Students.  Students currently in grades 9 – 12 are eligible to apply. Programs include The Global Entrepreneur:  learn problem solving skills and learn about the needs, opportunities and complexities of the global market; The Global Healer:  learn about his class the most pressing health issues facing the world today and about different cultural perspectives on medicine; & The Global Leader:  learn leadership skills and learn about diplomacy and Model United Nations.

UCLA High School Summer Program

During the summer, UCLA offers high school students two ways to engage in a college experience that will challenge and inspire them. Your students can enroll in academic courses where they will study alongside UCLA students on our beautiful campus or online. They can also select one of our precollege Summer Institutes in art, politics, science, and more. Most of these Summer Institutes offer a residential plan that includes supervision, lodging, and meals. For more information call 310.825.4101 or email or visit


Sacramento State Summer Academies for High School Students

Sacramento State is offering weeklong academies this summer so high school students can explore exciting careers, make new friends and discover new interests. Here is the schedule of offerings for 2015:

Week 1: June 22 – 26:

Health Careers 101


Fire Academy

Get Bright With Biotech: The Biology of Glow

Intro to Engineering & Robotics

Civic Duty

Theater and Performing Arts

Week 2: July 13 – July 17:

Intermediate Engineering & Robotics


Fashion Academy

Law Enforcement

Multimedia Journalism

To see the complete schedule and to apply online, go to, or call to learn more at 916.278.6249.


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.

Cappex Online Event – Understanding Your Awards Letter

Register today to attend the FREE online event, Understanding Your Award Letter, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 5pm Central Time! Cappex invites students, parents/guardians, and counselors to attend this informational session that will break down the ins and outs of college award letters. Have your questions answered before making a final decision by May 1st – National Decision Day!

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

San Jose State University

Estefania Torres

Sacramento State University

Estefania Torres

University of the Pacific

Estefania Torres – Provost Scholarship $4,000 renewable annually

Sonoma State University

Estefania Torres

Fresno State University

Aaron Hart

UC Davis

Jen Pereira

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.