Charter Chatter for the week of May 25th

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

May 29, 2015                                                                                        Vol. 38 No.38

Virginia Stewart

Virginia’s Voice

As the rest of the schools in Tracy go on Summer break, we continue with four more weeks of school.  The High School has the opportunity to take a complete course for ten credits while in FAST TRACK.  Our Primary and Discovery students continue to learn and finish the curriculum we have planned for them.  It is an incredible opportunity.  We are never rushed to finish the curriculum; we are able to continue at the pace we have set all year.  Students have a firmer grasp on what has been taught and will have a shorter summer to “forget” what they learned.   There is significant research to support longer school years and longer school days.  It is definitely a great way to improve student learning.

The longer year and the longer school day coupled with multiage in our Primary and Discovery School gives students the extra benefit of working with the same teachers for two years. (most of the time, unless we change staff) This is another way that learning improves.  Teachers do not need to take time to assess what students can do if they have already been teaching them.

We believe the success for student learning at the Tracy Learning Center stems from our extended days and years, our multiage approach in younger grades, and our commitment to helping every student succeed by differentiating instruction to meet individual needs.

Thank you for your commitment to our schools.

Misc. Announcements


Craft Faire

Next week Millennium High will be showcasing and selling a wide assortment of woodcraft items in our school gym.
Please make it a point and stop by to see our talented students projects on display from 1:00 to 4:30 each day starting on Wednesday, June 3rd. The fair will continue through the week and end on Friday June 5th.
Everything will be for sale! And by Friday all items MUST be sold!  Mark your calendars and stop on by.

Thank you! – Mr. Snyder.

Last Day of School is Friday, June 26

Our last day of school this year is Friday, June 26, 2015. Dismissal times will be:

PCS –   12:00 noon

DCS –  11:30 am

MHS – 12:30 pm

Lunch will NOT be served this day.

Dismissal times are staggered to help with car-line traffic.



Additional  T- K Information for our Upcoming School Year

Tracy Learning Center is still accepting applications for Transitional Kindergarten 5 years old.  Applications can be picked up in the front office or at

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  June 1 – June 5

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Chicken Taquitos

Wed  – Chicken Patty Wednesday

Thurs. – No meat Spaghetti

Fri. –  Beef Hot Dog

Primary Charter

In Initial Phase this week students have amazed the teachers with how focused and energized they still are.  They come to school every day motivated and ready to do their best.  With only 20 school day left, we have been talking a lot about being first graders.  They are both nervous and excited, however the teacher know that they are going to do very well.

As the weather gets warmer, days get longer, and neighbor children are out of school, remember the extra five weeks our students receive of quality instruction is what sets our us apart.  We can do this!

Phase One is finally back to their normal schedule. The students did
an amazing job on their assessments the last two weeks and the
teachers are so proud of them! They are continuing to learn every day
and enjoying every bit of it. In science, the students learned about
the scientific method and conducting experiments. In P1 they conducted
an experiment on whether an orange would float or sink with or without
its peel. In P8 their experiment was on the affect soda has on the
enamel of your teeth by leaving an egg in a jar of soda overnight. Ask
your student what happened with their experiment.

Congratulations to the following students for being chosen as this
month’s Productive Worker SWO winners: from P1 – Ethan Knaus and Evee
Snell and from P8 – Ashlan Brantley and Rihana Shokoor.

Reminder parents: the field trip forms were due today, so if you have
not turned them in by now please do so ASAP. The field trip is
Tuesday, June 9th and we are going to the California Academy of
Sciences in San Francisco.

Phase 2 students are back to work after state testing! This week students in P3 have been writing and practicing their scripts for their gold rush presentation in social studies.  They are so creative and the students are doing a great job.  In art this week they made a monoprint of a cityscape that turned out really cool and have begun a paper sculpture project that promises to be very unique.   P6 students decided what businesses and activities we would like to have in our first annual “Gold Rush Town!”  They have some very creative ideas and we can’t wait to see what both classes come up with for their final presentations in a few weeks!

Please remember that even during the hot weather, students still need to wear appropriate footwear for PE.  They cannot wear flip flops.  Shoes must be close-toed with a back.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Discovery Charter

Yearbook Orders: We are still taking yearbook orders.  The books will be arriving that last week of school.  Unfortunately we are no longer able to add any more dedication pages (the final editing had to be completed several weeks ago).

You can place you order with Kay in the front office.

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 Sydney Hatch for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of June 1st, 2015. Sydney always works hard and is helpful and kind to all those around her. The teachers appreciate her willingness to lend a hand whenever one is needed.


Social Studies:

Period 6 and 7 are performed their Wax Museum Project on Thursday, May 28 5:30 – 6:15 and Friday, May 29 5:30 – 6:15. A huge thank you to everyone who was able to attend.

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Incoming 5th grade parent meeting is scheduled for

Wednesday, June 17th in M1 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.

6th graders going to 7th grade meeting is scheduled for

Monday, June 15th in the Gym from 5pm – 6:30pm.

Please send any donations for the end of the year Field Day

To either Ms. Pelaez, or Ms. Takeuchi anytime between now and the last day of school.

Have a great weekend !!!

PHSA 7th and 8th

PHSA has only 5 weeks left until the end of the year! Parents, this is the time when you should be checking with your students and keeping up with Aeries to ensure that they are not missing assignments or falling behind, especially if you have an 8th grader.

Yearbook Orders: We are still taking yearbook orders.  The books will be arriving that last week of school.  Unfortunately we are no longer able to add any more dedication pages (the final editing had to be completed several weeks ago).

You can place you order with Kay in the front office.

Promotion is just around the corner. Mrs. King will be passing out documentation for the 8th graders and gowns this week. Additionally, documentation was sent home last week requesting parent volunteers for the 7th grade activities that will take place, here at PHSA, on June 25th. All volunteer forms and the $5 donation should be returned to Mrs. Saldana as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your support with this.

Mrs. Saldaña



Report Cards

Spring semester report cards were mailed out this week.  If you did not receive one for your student, please contact the office to verify your mailing address.  Grades are also available on Aeries.

Class of 2015

We are proud to showcase some of the colleges and universities that our 2015 graduates will be part of:

Bethany College- Football Scholarship (2) University of Arizona
Chico State UC Davis
Cinta Aveda Institute UC Irvine
CSU Long Beach UC Merced
CSU Stanislaus UC Riverside
Le Cordon Bleu UC Santa Barbara
Loyola Marymount University UC Santa Cruz
Seattle University University of Hawaii: Manoa
Seattle Pacific University University of the Pacific
Sacramento State University of Washington
San Diego State Wells College
San Francisco State Whittier College- Football Scholarship
San Jose State William Jessup University
Sierra Nevada College: Lake Tahoe US Air Force
US Marine Corps National Guard

Fast Track

Fast Track began Friday, May 22nd and will run until Friday, June 26th. We will continue to begin each morning with Unity at 7:55am with classes ending at 12:30pm.   Just a friendly reminder that daily on time attendance is crucial during Fast Track.

***Attendance Policy reminder: Due to the accelerated nature of classes, each day that is missed is equal to one entire week of school.  The maximum number of days allowed for absence during Fast Track is two days before resulting in a failing grade for the class.  Also, four tardies equal one day of absence. Any combination of tardies or absences of more than 2 days will result in an automatic failing grade regardless of the reason.  For this reason, please make sure your student comes to school daily and on time. We appreciate your support in promoting the importance of attendance and punctuality with your child.


Delta College Info

The application and registration process to apply for Fall 2015 Delta College classes has began. Students who are required or interested in enrolling in classes for the Fall must begin the application process immediately. Please remember that for students to be approved to enroll in college classes while in high school, students must successfully meet deadlines, follow instructions for applying, and have a good current academic record of 3.0 or better.  For more information, parents can visit the Counseling/Guidance home page of the and click on College Early Start link on the left side of the screen.

Students seeking tuition reimbursement from Spring semester classes should be turning in their reimbursement request form with proof of grade and payment for Delta College classes attended.  Forms can be downloaded from the Counseling website at

Community Service

Fast Track is also a great time for students to complete community service hours. The deadline to turn hours in for the 2014-2015 school year is the last day of Fast Track, Friday, June 26th.  Any hours volunteered after Fast Track will need to be turned in when the regular school year resumes


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.

Tracy Branch Library academic programs taking place this summer