TLC Newsletter for the week of April 20th….

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Apr. 24, 2015                                                                                                                 No.32

Virginia’s Voice

Thank you to all the parents who emailed and called with questions about our Transitional Kindergarten program.  We are as excited as you are and continue to work through the details and logistics.  Once information is available, we will pass it along.  Currently, we are preparing our Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten applications and these should be available in the office on May 1, 2015. Specifics on sites and staffing are still in the early stages and we must work along with the California Department of Education to ensure all the criteria are met.  For more information on that process and requirements please visit their site:   http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/kinderfaq.asp

Misc. Announcements

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The sun is out and it is time to shine up the cars and break out the BBQ.  TLC’s 2nd annual Rib and Chili Cook Off and Car Show will be Saturday May 9th.  More info to follow but if you are interested in competing in the cook off please email Coach ‘B’ at: sbalsamo@tracylc.net

For information and entry form to the car show and corral please go to : tracylc.net/carshow.   Sign up NOW!  Spaces still available.

It will be a great day of cars, music, vendors, food and fun!!  Come out and support MHS Athletics.

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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.

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

Parents, please send all packets back to your student’s teacher by next Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. Send either the packets with the returned pictures or the packet with payment for pictures purchased. Thank you!

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Apr. 27 – May 1

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Beef or Cheese Lasagna

Wed  – Chicken Taquitoes

Thurs. – Beef or Cheese Nachoes

Fri. –  Beef or Vegi Burger

Primary Charter

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

Parents, please send all packets back to your student’s teacher by next Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. Send either the packets with the returned pictures or the packet with payment for pictures purchased. Thank you!

Attention Primary!  Yearbook order forms are being sent home today in the green folders.  This is your one and only time to order a PCS yearbook this year!  Orders and money are due on Friday, May 1st.

Phase 1 students enjoyed a happy learning week!  They have been so excited watching the caterpillars grow bigger every day!  Some have already attached themselves to the top of the container preparing to make their chrysalises.  The Ladybug larvae are also getting bigger and are ready to become pupas.  Phase 1 students also learned all about Earth Day.  They know how important it is to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Many students have switched groups in this 3rdtrimester and are adjusting well.  We are so proud of the work they have accomplished both academically and behaviorally.  They have earned many SWO bracelets! Keep up the great work!!

Phase 2 students are very excited about our gold rush unit.  This week we learned about different types of people who were a part of the gold rush…did you know some of the storeowners made more money than the miners?!  In music this week, P6 learned all about the different types of instruments and P3 is creating self portraits in art.

Please note that 3rd and 4th grade students will have state testing in May.  P3 will test the week of May 11 and P6 will test the week of May 18.  Please do not schedule morning appointments during these days, as we will be testing in the morning.  Thank you!

Discovery Charter

 

YEARBOOK TIME!!

 

The time has come to order your DCS-PHSA yearbook.  Order forms are available in the front office and will be going out to the homerooms next.  The form can also be downloaded in the link below.  Simply complete the form and bring it in with a check or credit/debit card to the front office.  Hardcover yearbooks are just $35 this year with dedication pages available for an addition $15.  Don’t miss out on your chance to capture the memories.

Yearbook Order Form (PDF)

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.

Star Student:

Congratulations to Trenton Hellman for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of April 27th, 2015. Trenton always works hard and is helpful to all those around him. The teachers appreciate his willingness to lend a hand whenever one is needed.

 

Social Studies:

Period 6 and 7 are full speed ahead into their Wax Museum Project. They were super excited about having a voice in the creation of two of the Rubrics that will be used in grading this project. The performances will be at the end of May. Look for details to be coming home soon.

Smarter Balanced State Testing

In the beginning of May, we start administering the Smarter Balanced Computer Based Test in DCS.  Below is a breakdown of the testing schedule for each subject area. It is very important that students attend their full school day, as we are testing during core classes, not just in the morning.

Since we are running multiple computer tests at one time, we are asking that your child turn off their electronic devices completely during the school day to save bandwidth.  We want to avoid as many technical issues as possible with our internet. Please help make sure your child brings a book (no e-books) to school each day on testing days.

If you have any further questions or concerns for a specific content area, please e-mail the teacher of that subject.

We hope to work together to make this a successful testing experience for everyone.

Testing Schedule:

PE Monday, May 4th to Friday, May 8th
(please make sure students have appropriate PE clothes for class each day)
MATH Monday, May 4th Tuesday, May 5th Wednesday, May 6th
LA Monday, May 11th Tuesday, May 12th Wednesday, May 13th
SCIENCE Friday, May 22th
*Math Placement Test Thursday, May 14th
*All students in DCS will take a Math Placement Test to see which skills and concepts they have mastered and which level they will be placed in for the 2015-2016 school year.

PHSA 7th and 8th

 

YEARBOOK TIME!!

 

The time has come to order your DCS-PHSA yearbook.  Order forms are available in the front office and will be going out to the homerooms next.  The form can also be downloaded in the link below.  Simply complete the form and bring it in with a check or credit/debit card to the front office.  Hardcover yearbooks are just $35 this year with dedication pages available for an addition $15.  Don’t miss out on your chance to capture the memories.

Yearbook Order Form (PDF)

PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

Parents, please send all packets back to your student’s teacher by next Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. Send either the packets with the returned pictures or the packet with payment for pictures purchased. Thank you!

Mr. Warmerdam: Mr Warmerdam’s class is studying the events leading up to and causing the civil war.

Washington D.C. pictures came in today. If your child attended the Washington D.C. trip over spring break please make sure they take a picture home. If you have further questions about this feel free to contact Mr. Warmerdam.

Ms. Barrett: Ms. Barrett’s class is learning how to balance chemical and physical equations.

Mrs King: Mrs. King’s Algebra class is learning about how to solve and graph slopes.

Mrs. Sierra & Mrs. Saldana: In English students are half way through their new book, The RAFT and they are learning how to analyze poetry.

The Trimester 3 SWO will be introduced Monday, April 27th. This will be the last SWO of the year. Parents please keep in mind, 8th graders who do not pass their SWO’s will not be able to participate in the end of the year activities.

Academic Pentathlon is right around the corner and we are very excited. Students have been spending a lot of time preparing for Academic Pentathlon on May 2nd and we are expecting them to do very well at the competition.

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MHS Charter Chatter April 22, 2015

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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 semester need to carefully read the important steps listed on the website at http://tracylc.net/college-early-start.html 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.**

WACAC College Fair and ITT Tech Field Trip

Attention students’ grades 10th and 11th. You will have the opportunity to be visiting the University of the Pacific for the WACAC College Fair and ITT Technical Institute on Monday, May 4th, 2015.  The cost of the field trip is $18.00.  Students will be eating lunch at UOP. Please make sure your student brings at least $10.00 to purchase food or a bag lunch of their own. IMPORTANT REMINDER: If your student is participating in any extracurricular activities such as sports, please make sure that the field trip schedule does not conflict with it. Current grades and attendance records will be reviewed before registering for this field trip. Students must maintain passing grades of C or better in all their classes, have no referrals and have good attendance in order to attend this field trip. Students will be given tours of both campuses and will gain valuable information about campus life, student services, and campus departments as well as visit the WACAC College fair where multiple college campuses will be represented.

San Joaquin Delta College – Will host an AB 540 Awareness Seminar at the South Campus in Maountain House on Tuesday, April 28th from 5:30pm-8:00pm in room 408. The program will include AB 540 Overview, CA Dream Act Application Overview and resources for Undocumented Students. All are welcomed. No RSVP required. For more information please call 209-954-5151 ext. 6144 or email outreach@deltacollege.edu

 

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 note that at a glance, the number that appears is the percentage toward completion and NOT the number of hours recorded.  To view the hours turned in, you must click on the underlined description. Please be aware of the following deadlines for community service hours. Seniors Hours are due next Friday, May 1st by 2:00pm; 9th-11th Grade Hours are due June 26th, 2015 by 12:30pm (last day of fast track)

Grand Foundation Opportunity– The Grand Foundation is a non-profit partner of the Grand Theatre has an ongoing community service opportunity that needs to be filled immediately. Job duties include typing accuracy for data entry, research to collect data from the Internet, telephone and other miscellaneous office work. Students who are interested in marketing, promoting, advertising and communication through social media are ideal. Time needed is a minimum of 4 hours per week but not to exceed 8 hours per week. Please contact Ms. Arganbright in the counseling office for more information.

Tracy Historical Museum Tracy Press Photo Project The Tracy Historical Museum has an ongoing community service opportunity. This project is ideal for any student who is interested in photography, digital artwork, computers and tech. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and must be able to commit to volunteering on an ongoing basis. The project will included converting negative film into digital files, cataloging the photos, color correcting and digitally editing photos in photoshop. No experience necessary. All volunteers will be taught how to use the equipment and programs. If interested please contact Ms. Arganbright in the counseling office or stop by the Tracy Historical Museum on Saturday.

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.

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

California State University: Sonoma

Alexa Basurto

Le Cordon Bleu

Karla Campos

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 www.tracylc.net  or click on http://tracylc.net/financial-aid–scholarships.html for detailed information on where to obtain an application and how to apply for various scholarships.

TLC Communication Scholarship now available…A scholarship doesn’t get more local than a TLC one!

Seniors with a 2.5 G.P.A. or higher and planning to attend a 2 year, vocational/trade school, or 4 year university can apply. Typed essay required (500-850 words). For more information please visit the counseling office or email Ms. Moore at lmoore@tracylc.net. Deadline to apply is May 1st.

Senior Info

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