TLC Newsletter for the week of March 23rd 2015…

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Mar. 23, 2015                                                                                                           No.31

Virginia’s Voice

Happy and safe spring break to all our TLC family!!

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

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.


Primary Charter

Primary Charter, Tracy Learning Center, is currently planning our 1st annual Jog-A-Thon to raise funds for our education program. We would like to raise funds to help us with supplies, educational tools, technology and field trips. We are currently seeking sponsorships for our event t-shirts. We would like to supply a t-shirt to each participant that will display their “race day bib,” keeping track of how many laps they complete on the front. On the back of the shirt each of our proud sponsor’s logos will be printed!

On behalf of Primary Charter, we would like to invite your company to help promote our youth’s healthy, active lifestyles by being a proud sponsor of this event. We are asking for a $200 donation to help us purchase our shirts and sponsor our 1stannual Jog-A-Thon. If you are interested in being a sponsor please contact me at or call me at 209-831-5240.

Our egg hunt was so much fun!  Thank you to Kindergarten parents for helping to ensure that our hunt was a success.  All students in Initial Phase were aloud to find 18 eggs!  That is amazing!  Over break, be sure to rest, relax, and have fun.  Remember to read and practice math facts each day to help us with a productive transition on April 13th
Phase 1 students got through the final stretch and made it to Spring Break!!  There was a lot of assessing and reviewing this past week and we are amazed at how much our students know and what they have accomplished!  Thank you to all those parents who were able to attend the Parent-Student Conferences. It is always a rewarding experience to be able to share with the parents what their student is capable of.  P1 students got creative with spring writing prompts and made a caterpillar project out of their writings.  The Vocabulary Challenge was exciting and we had 6 deserving winners.  P8 students had fun writing about what they are going to do on spring break.  They also created many amazing spring crafts. Both classes had a blast at the Easter Egg Hunt.  Thank you for all the egg donations!  Have a safe, relaxing spring break!!! 
Phase 2 students truly impressed everyone with their science fair projects!  We have some very creative and innovative scientists.  It was a perfect wrap-up to our trimester of science.  Thank you to all the parents who attended conferences this week…the relationship between parents and teachers is vital and our conferences are very valuable.  Please note that some students have binders that are in bad shape…consider purchasing a new binder for your child so that they can start trimester 3 organized and ready! Have a fantastic two weeks off!

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 Carrie Weiss for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of April 10th, 2015. Carrie 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 classes have begun their journey into the American Revolution.

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 volunteers 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.


MHS Charter Chatter March 27, 2015

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.**

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 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.


Community Service

Attention students!! Please check your community service hours to ensure all hours have been entered. Remember to make your own copy of your community service hours prior to turning them in. Please be aware of the following deadlines for community service hours.

Seniors Hours are due May 1st by 2:00pm

Community Service Block Letter Hours are due Monday April 13th by 2:00pm

9th-11th Grade Hours are due June 26th, 2015 by 12:30pm (last day of fast track)

Snack Club is in need of volunteers in the afternoon. If you are interested please see Cindy in the kitchen or go to the counseling office for a snack club volunteer form.

If you need community service hours please stop by the counseling office to see the most updated list of volunteer opportunities or to sign up for an opportunity.

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

Matthew Leal

Renee Cifra

Elias Ketema

Sacramento State University

Renee Cifra

Isabela Pante

Sabrina Latifi

Elias Ketema

Briana Vargas

Alexa Basurto

University of the Pacific

Erin McKague – Provost Scholarship $4,000 renewable annually

Renee Cifra – President’s Scholarship $6,500 renewable annually

Long Beach State University

Erin McKague

San Diego State University

Renee Cifra

California State University: Chico

Renee Cifra

San Francisco State University

Renee Cifra

Sabrina Latifi

CSU: Los Angeles

Elias Ketema


CSU: East Bay

Elias Ketema

Sabrina Latifi


Northeastern University

Renee Cifra

UC Santa Barbara

Erin McKague

UC Santa Cruz

Erin Mc Kague

UC Irvine

Jen Pereira


UC Merced

Isabela Pante


CSU: Monterey Bay

Jessica Sierra Ornelas



Wells College

Perrillen Zuniga

Deans Award – $15,000 scholarship per year

Colorado State University

Sahar Mojaddidi

Hawai’I Pacific University

Briana Vargas

University of Hawaii – Hilo

Briana Vargas

Sierra Nevada College

Rheagan Higbe

Academy of Art University

Rheagan Higbe

St. Johns University

Elias Ketema





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

Attention all college bound Juniors!!!!San Francisco National College Fair – Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Cow Palace Arena in Daily City, CA. Parking at the Cow Palace is $15.00 CASH ONLY.   However, attendees of the event may present their paid parking ticket to the Box Office (which is located in the Box Office Ticket Lobby – the first area you will enter when coming into the Arena) where they can receive a $5.00 refund on their parking fee. Visit to register for the fair.