TLC Newsletter for the week of May 4th 2015……

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

May 8, 2015                                                                                                               No.35

Virginia’s Voice

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  I believe we are very fortunate to have the teachers we have at the Tracy Learning Center.  The job of teaching here is not an easy one.  To be successful at the Tracy Learning Center a teacher has to be very dedicated to students.  The teacher needs to be doing so much more than teachers at other schools.  Our teachers teach 205 days with no minimum days or release days.  They teach a longer day.  Teachers do not rely on textbooks, rather they develop curriculum through a wide variety of resources to fit the needs of the students they teach.  The teaching is expected to be well planned out and interactive in nature.  Our students expect that.  I tell people we have made students very critical of teachers who are not as effective.  In addition, our teachers do all of the recess supervision and our car line service as well as eating lunch with the students.

Teachers in other schools sometimes think we must be crazy to do so much in a school day.  The teachers who teach here disagree, while they admit it is longer and more intense than other schools, the reward of seeing the results in learning and behavior with the students is worth it.

I am very appreciative of the teaching staff here at the Tracy Learning Center and I am sure you agree with me.

Misc. Announcements

TOMORROW IS THE CAR SHOW AND COOK OFF!!!!  We hope to see our TLC families come out for a great afternoon or food and cars.  MHS Athletics has a great afternoon planned with music, AMAZING raffle prizes and fun for everyone.  A lot of students have shined up their cars for show so please come out and support us.  The event runs from 12pm-5pm so stop by.


PCS Spring Picture Day and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

All picture packets with payments and/or returned pictures should have been returned by now. If you have not returned these to the office please do so immediately.

Next Holiday

Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day

Additional Pre-K and T- K Information for our Upcoming School Year

Tracy Learning Center is still accepting applications for Transitional Kindergarten 5 years old and Pre-Kindergarten between the ages of 3-4.  We added a half day option for those who do not need an all-day program.  Applications can be picked up in the front office or at

PRE-SCHOOL ONLY – 8:30 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M. Full Day

½ Day 8:30 A.M. TO 11:30 A.M. OR 12:30 P.M TO 3:30 P.M.

Cost Per Year: $6500.00 August 3, 2015 through May 31, 2016 Full Day*

                           $3500.00 August 3, 2015 through May 31, 2016 Half Day

  • Tuition can be paid monthly at $650.00/Month Full Day*
  • Tuition can be paid monthly at $350.00/Month Half Day

$200.00 deposit upon enrollment non-refundable (applied towards tuition)


Transitional Kindergarten with Breakfast AND Snack Club 6:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.

Cost:  $0 for Academic Schedule

Cost : $200.00 for Breakfast and Snack Club

  • 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Breakfast and Snack Club is available for $200.00/Month, additional siblings add $50.00/child per month
  • Born between September2 and December 2
PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  May 11 – May 15

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Chicken Taquitoes

Wed  – Chicken Nugget Wednesday

Thurs. – Cheese Ravioli

Fri. –  Beef or Vegi Burger

Primary Charter

This week in Initial Phase students have been busy preparing for Mother’s Day and learning about Cinco De Mayo.  Many have prepared a special surprise for mom and are very excited to share their surprise with her. This month we are working on the monthly SWO (Student Wide Outcome) Productive Worker.  Student can earn daily tallies toward a SWO bracelet.  A Productive Worker is a student who does their part within the classroom team.  Examples of how students can earn a tally are; completing work within the specified time frame, working with a respectful inside voice, and assisting a student who needs help.  Of course, there are many different ways to earn a tally and we strive to help our students learn how to productively work within a team.  Student can earn daily tallies toward a SWO bracelet, are recognized daily, and are always very excited to earn a bracelet.

Phase 1 students had a fun filled learning week!  They loved being able to watch the caterpillars change and grow into beautiful butterflies.  They then got to watch the butterflies fly away as we released them into the world.  Good luck little butterflies!  The students are continuing to work on their research paper.  They are learning so many interesting facts and learning what a role model really is.  Next week both P1 and P8 students will be assessing in math to help teachers get an idea of where they might be placed next year.  Please make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep and has a healthy breakfast.  Happy Mother’s Day to our wonderful parents…enjoy your day!!!

Phase 2 students will be state testing the next two weeks.  P3 will test next week and P6 will test the following week.  Please do not make appointments before 1:00 those days…we will be testing during LA and math.  Please be on time and eat a good breakfast!

This week students in P3 finished their Mexican suns for art and started a new project.  It is amazing to see the creative projects that Mrs. Wiltse comes up with and the time our students take to make awesome art.  In Social Studies the students are continuing to work on their research about the gold rush.  They researched famous people and immigrants this week so be sure and ask them what interesting facts they found.  P6 students are writing research reports.  Some students are writing about animals while others are researching a famous person that they admire.  This week in P6, we also learned even more about the gold rush.  Students wrote out trivia questions and we had made a game out of it.  Can you believe the boys vs. girls gold rush trivia game ended in a tie?!  We had a great week in Phase 2!

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.

Star Student:

Congratulations to Hana Shaghasi for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of

May 11, 2015. Hana always works hard and is helpful to all those around her The teachers appreciate her willingness to lend a hand whenever one is needed.


Smarter Balanced State Testing

The first week of Smarter Balanced Computer Based Test in DCS is over.  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

PHSA would like to say thank you to all of the students and parents who participated in and came out to support Academic Pentathlon this past Saturday. We were very proud of our students and all that they accomplished. Academic Pentathlon is very important to us here at PHSA and we are confident that next year will be even better. That being said, we are hoping that all of our Seventh grade parents will encourage the students to be a part of Pentathlon again next year.

The end of the year is very quickly approaching. Wednesday night Mrs. King and Mrs. Sierra held an informational meeting for all of our 8th grade students that will be going on to high school next year. The meeting included information about the end of the year activities as well as the ceremony. If you were unable to attend that meeting please contact Mrs. King or Mrs. Sierra for additional information. Also, parents, please keep in mind, in order for your child to be a part of promotion and the end of the year activities they have to have passed all of their SWO’s. If you have questions regarding SWO please contact your child’s SWO teacher.

State testing will begin next Monday, May 11th and will continue through May 22nd. Please remember, if you have any appointments or vacations to schedule them after testing has been completed. We will need all of our students to be present and on time for the next two weeks until testing has been completed. We appreciate your cooperation.





MHS Charter Chatter May 8, 2015


Nest Winner Celebration


Our winning nests Sophomores and Juniors are celebrating with a carnival from 11am – 3pm on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Lunch will be served and these students will be dismissed at 3pm. Congratulations to these nests!



College Early Start Program – Summer 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 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


Sophomores and Juniors attended the field trip to the University of the Pacific for the WACAC College Fair and ITT Technical Institute on Monday, May 4th, 2015. Students toured both campuses and were given information about campus life, student services, and campus departments.

Congratulations for our Rotary Scholarship Winners! Thank you Rotary for your generosity!

mhs girls

Maram Abed     $2000            Alexa Basurto    $1000                        Isabela Pante     $500

Serena Cho       $1500        Jennifer Pereira $1000                    Jessica Ornelas  $1000

Community Service

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.

T & J Tutoring

T & J Tutoring is in need of tutors. They cover all subjects grades K-12 and are open form 4-8pm Monday through Friday. Please call 209-914-5800 for more information.

Junior Info

Attention all Juniors who are planning to take the June SAT or ACT. The final day of regular registration is Friday, May 8th, 2015. The paper late registration deadline is May 22, 2015 and the online and phone late registration date is May 27, 2015.

Senior Info

Reminder Seniors!!! Friday, May 15th is your Senior Breakfast. It will be held form 8:00am-10:00am at the Golden Corral in Tracy. This event is only for senior students.

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

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Stephanie Ramirez Miramontes

Cal Poly Pomona

Stephanie Ramirez Miramontes

CSU: San Diego

Matthew DeWitt

CSU: Stanislaus

Matthew DeWitt

Ashna Singh

Elizabeth Victoria

CSU: Sacramento

Ashna Singh

Elizabeth Victoria

CSU: San Francisco

Ashna Singh

CSU: San Jose

Elizabeth Victoria

UC: Merced

Elizabeth Victoria

UC: Santa Cruz

Elizabeth Victoria

University of the Pacific

Elizabeth Victoria

MHS Finals Schedule

Monday, May 18

8:05-10:05 Per 1 Review

10:05 – 11:50 Per 1 Final

11:50 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:55 Per 2 Review

2:00 – 3:55 Per 2 Final

Tuesday, May 19

8:05-10:05 Per 3 Review

10:05 – 11:50 Per 3 Final

11:50 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:55 Per 4 Review

2:00 – 3:55 Per 4 Final

Wednesday, May 20

8:05-10:05 Per 6 Review

10:05 – 11:50 Per 6 Final

11:50 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:55 Per 7 Review

2:00 – 3:55 Per 7 Final

Thursday, May 21

8:05 – 10:05 Per 8 Review

10:10 – 11:50 Per 8 Final

11:55 Early Release

Friday, May 22 – Friday, June 26

7:55 – 12:30 Fast Track