TLC Charter Chatter

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Oct. 9, 2015                                                                                                     No.10

Virginia’s Voice

As you may know, new laws prohibit schools from asking parents to provide needed classroom supplies for their child.  We can no longer give a list of supplies needed for the classroom.  We provide all the needed things: binders, notebooks, glue sticks, crayons, pens, pencils, and other such things.  It has benefits; at least all of the children have the same size notebook, the same type of glue etc.  The drawback is that it takes away from our budget for things like field trips, technology, software, and science supplies.

We have always asked for a donation of $400 per family to help support our budget.  It is something some families do very well each year.  We are asking that you consider a donation.  The amount is up to you.  $400 is our request, but any amount is appreciated.

I will post in the Chatter the amount we have raised from donations each month.  In the month of September we received $5,400.  Let’s see what we can raise in October.

Thank you for your support of our schools and the programs we provide.

Misc. Announcements
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The Millennium Athletic’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament was a huge success this past Sunday at Old River! We had 118 golfers, all 18 holes sponsored plus the putting contest hole sponsored and a ton of great raffle prizes donated.
Ken Pizl, Riley Pizl, Travis  Riggs, and Chris Elbert took first place and Angelo Ornales, Aion Ofreneo, James Albright, and Ron Staden took 2nd place. Justin Shotwell won the longest drive contest and Cameron Cavaco won closest to the hole. Cody Grant and Scott Weiss won the putting contest with getting it in the hole!
On behalf of Millennium Athletics we want to thank all the people who donated raffle prizes and the following companies for making this tournament possible by sponsoring a hole: Calco Fence Inc, JH Simpson, At Home Real Estate Group, Home Buyers Realty, Les Schwab, Mr. Rooter, B&R Landscaping, TNT Fireworks, Gary’s Flooring, Trosien Orthodontics, Administrative Resource Inc, Der Manouel Insurance & Financial Services, D&M Embroidery, ACE Associated Compressor Equipment, Nana & Papa TU, Academy Mortgage Company, Anchor Transfer Service Inc, and Taylor Farms!
The tournament raised about $7,500 and will help our athletics program purchase uniforms and equipment, facility rentals, tournament fees, and transportation. We will make this an annual event and plan to have our 2nd Annual Golf Tournament on October 2nd, 2016.

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Students listed below have been named as TLC finalists for the Anti-Bullying posters.  Posters are on display at the mall and will be there until October 24th.  Please take time to visit the mall and view the posters.  Students did a fantastic job! Congratulations finalists. Winners will be announced sometime in November.

Student Grade Teacher School
Harlie Moffet 1 Ms. Watson TLC
Katelyn Hellman 2 Ms. Lins TLC
Jayme Aguon 3 Mrs. Woods TLC
Breanna Tyler 4 Mrs. Estes TLC
Giovanna Chukwuma 5 Mrs. Hawkins TLC
Karina Linarez 5 Mrs. Hawkins TLC
Ashleigh Garcia 6 Ms. Takeuchi TLC
Anikha Kemshetti 6 Ms. Takeuchi TLC
Loren Pante 6 Ms. Takeuchi TLC


Picture Re-Take Day

Picture Re-takes for all students is Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Lifetouch will be sending flyers home soon. If you were dissatisfied with your previous pictures of your student from August, please send the entire envelope in on re-take Day.

Next Holiday – Nov. 11, 2015

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Oct. 12 – Oct. 16

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Chicken Taquito Tuesday

Wed  –  Chicken Patty Wednesday

Thurs. – Beef or Bean Tacos

Fri. –  Grilled Ham and Cheese or Cheese / Top Ramen


This week in TK our students have been busy!  In Social Studies, students began learning about US symbols.  They know the Pledge of Allegiance and they learned about the United States flag, the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Liberty Bell.

In PE students are learning about respect and responsibility.  They are learning how to be respectful of personal space and how to be responsible with equipment.  These are good lessons for the students not only in PE, but in all aspects of life.  We have had many students earn polite citizen SWO prizes this week!

Primary Charter

Thank you to everyone who donated coins to the American Red Cross.  This week our 4th grade leadership students began counting the money and they have quite a big job ahead of them!  We will have a final total soon!

In Initial Phase, students are getting ready for our first field trip to the pumpkin patch by leaning all about the Life Cycle Of a Pumpkin! We have explored how a pumpkin starts and all the transformations it goes through to become an adult pumpkin.  We are excited to see all the pumpkins at the farm and we even get to bring one home! Be sure to sign and return your students permission slip today.

Reminder, our students put in a full 3 hours of learning before lunch.  Please give your student a healthy, nutritious breakfast full of protein to ensure they get the most out of the curriculum.  Some easy on the go meals can be found here:

We are so proud of the generous contributions from our Phase 1 Students!  The penny drive benefiting the fire victims was a big success.  It really tied in with our Social Studies unit this week, where we learned all about wonderful contributions from historical figures from our past.  They demonstrated how they can “Be the Change” just like famous people from our past. We talked about Henry Ford, Jackie Robinson, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, Neil Armstrong, Abraham Lincoln, and many more.  Congratulations to the students that attended our first AR party for reaching their goal!!  Way to go!!!  Please encourage your students to read, read, read.  We know fluent readers become skilled writers and speakers and that fluency has a direct affect on the success of other academic areas.

Phase 2 students are learning all about habitats, biomes, and ecosystems.  We are able to connect what we’ve learned about the different animal groups and how animals adapt to their environment.  They are seeing the differences and relationships between all the amazing living things around us!  This is a great topic of discussion when you are on a family trip…discuss how climate, plants, and animals are different, depending on their environment.

We have quite a few 4th graders who are participating in the 5/6 spelling bee!  We are proud of their dedication and will send home more information as we get it.  Keep studying!



Discovery Charter 

DCS NEWSPAPER: Thanks to Ms. Zaca’s Exploration Class “School News,” we are excited to announce our own school newspaper, “Discovery Charter News.” Take time to experience this excellent read:

CONGRATULATIONS ARTISTS!!: Students listed below have been named as TLC finalists for the Anti-Bullying posters.  Posters are on display at the mall and will be there until October 24th.  Please take time to visit the mall and view the posters.  Students did a fantastic job! Congratulations finalists. Winners will be announced sometime in November.

Student Grade Teacher School
Harlie Moffet 1 Ms. Watson TLC
Katelyn Hellman 2 Ms. Lins TLC
Jayme Aguon 3 Mrs. Woods TLC
Breanna Tyler 4 Mrs. Estes TLC
Giovanna Chukwuma 5 Mrs. Hawkins TLC
Karina Linarez 5 Mrs. Hawkins TLC
Ashleigh Garcia 6 Ms. Takeuchi TLC
Anikha Kemshetti 6 Ms. Takeuchi TLC
Loren Pante 6 Ms. Takeuchi TLC


HOMECOMING WEEK: Is coming soon. Our homecoming week begins with spirit days.  Students must dress appropriately for school.  Days are:

10/19 – Pajama Day (no slippers, blanket, or toys)

10/20 – Crazy Hair Mismatch Day

10/21 – Look-A-Like Day (Twin, triplet, etc.)

10/22 – Sports Day (n helmets or pads)

10/23 – Superhero Day

HOMECOMING PARADE: In downtown Tracy on Wednesday 10/21. DCS will be dismissed at 2:30 pm.  The parade will begin at 3:30 pm sharp! We hope you will join us.  The parade will be filled with music from our school band, floats at every grade level, horses, the homecoming court, and more!

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD MEETING: A second Science Olympiad meeting will be held on October 26 in M1 at 5 to 6. Childcare will be provided.  If your child is interested in Science Olympiad, please attend the meeting or email Ms. Pelaez:

SPELLING BEE: We had our SIXTH Spelling Bee meeting on Thursday. Our school Spelling Bee will be held on November 13th.  Contestants will be part of a verbal spelling challenge. One student from grades 4-6 will be invited to the county Spelling Bee, and one student from grades 7-9 will be invited as well.  Students participating in the Spelling Bee will receive additional information.  If you have questions, please email or

GRADES: Grades will be updated in your child’s agenda on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.  Be sure to look for updates every other Wednesday in your child’s agenda or review the school’s website daily for your child’s grades.

EXPLORATION: We started our new EXPLORATION classes this week.  Ask your child what they are doing in their class.

DCS Glow in the Dark Dance: SAVE THE DATE!! DCS Leadership will hold a GLOW IN THE DARK DANCE on Friday 10/30. More details to come soon!

DCS teachers welcome parent communication, please contact us if you have questions, concerns, or ideas!

Ms. Rodieck –; Ms. Pelaez –; Mrs. Beckner –

Mrs. Hawkins –; Ms. Zaca –; Ms. Takeuchi –

Coach Easterday –  Coach Penirian –  Coach Lopez –

Science students work on their electricity and magnetism unit


Students research using computers – bring characters to life through reading – work together to learn






DHSP Charter Chatter:

Week 10 is already in the record book!! It is difficult to believe that we are beginning week 11 of the school year. It seems to be flying by.

Students continue to focus on learning. It is wonderful to see.



Mrs. Stewart’s Engish78 Class has completed the reading of Lord of the Flies.  The students are now working on a group project that includes the evolution of evil in the story, in World War II, and in the world today with a specifically assigned topic.  It is a very challenging project, but Mrs. Stewart feels the students are up to the challenge and will do an outstanding job.  The project will be explained by way of a oral presentation with a power point.  All students in the group must participate.


The students completed a DNA Extraction Lab in Mr. Compton’s room this week. They also finished up their current unit and are getting ready to start The Cell.

Social Studies:

Lots of excitement in all classes this week as they discussed which projects they will be choosing from for their Trimester Two and Three final presentations. They will be bringing home more details as we get closer to the end of Trimester One. At the moment their choices include:

Ancient Inventors Tank (loosely bases on Shark Tank)

Wax Museum

Historical Character or Time Presentation

Historical Reenactment

Historical Interview.


Mrs. Dominguez

Geometry is in unit 3 already, and we are loving it. Some of this is review for the 8th graders, so there is a lot of cooperating and collaborating happening. SWO is everywhere

Algebra is finishing up our current unit and will be preparing for the unit exam. There have been some challenges with the level of curriculum, but we are overcoming it with confidence.

Pre Algebra is finishing up the unit as well and students are doing great. We have been practicing out integers with a variety of activities channels their inner competitor.


All second round Explorations are underway!



Mrs. Wallace is thrilled with the Dramatic Reading that her Performance class has done thus far. They will begin work on a dance routine Monday.


The NEW Art Exploration has been great. Seeing the students creativity come out has been amazing. There is so much we can do that we are not sure how we will fit it all into the next six weeks. Excited for the exhibit to happen with this great group of artists.




Mrs. Saldana has formed student committees to work on various aspects of the Homecoming Float. Everyone is super excited.

If you are willing to help with any part of the Homecoming Float construction please contact Mrs. Saldana at as soon as possible.


Thank you for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated.

If you do not want your student to have his/her photo published please notify Mrs. Wallace at

DHSP teachers welcome parent communication, please contact us if you have questions, concerns, or ideas!

Mrs. U. at   Mrs. Dominguez at

Mrs. Saldana at Mrs. Sierra at  Mr. Compton at  Mrs. Wallace at

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!!!


Charter Chatter October 9, 2015

Midterms are over and it’s time to refocus on the 2nd half of the semester.  Progress report cards were mailed out yesterday.  Please be on the lookout for them.  If you do not receive them in the mail by next week, contact the main office to verify that we have the correct mailing address on file.  As a reminder, we offer a free homework support room on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in room M2 from 4pm – 4:45pm.


Homecoming Week

Monday. October 19- Saturday, October 24

Wednesday, October 21 – Parade – Downtown Tracy @ 4:30pm & Powder Puff Game & Tailgate

Friday, October 23 – Homecoming Dance – MHS GYM 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, October 24 – Homecoming Game


Community Service

We held our 8th Annual Community Service fair this week.  It was a success! All MHS students were able to connect with over 24 local non-profit organizations throughout the community.  They learned about current volunteer needs, services, and resources.  Students signed up to volunteer for current and future opportunities.  Ask your student what he or she learned and what organizations they had a chance to meet.

There are a lot of community service opportunities this weekend. Please click here to view all of the opportunities.

Mountain House Flag Football: Saturday, October 10th from 8:00am-2:00pm (shorter shifts are available). Location: Mountain House at Bethany Park (corner of Legacy and Communidad) or Bethany School (corner of Heritage and Communidad) Responsibilities include: filming games and/or selling concessions at the snack table. Volunteers need to be at least 13 years old. Contact: Andy Su

Animal Rescue of Tracy‘s BARKtoberfest: Saturday, October 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Set-up: 8am-10am Event :10am – 3pm Clean-up: 3pm– 4pm at Dr. Powers Park (900 W. Lowell Ave.) Volunteers tasks: set-up decorations around park and picnic structure, set-up backdrop for photobooth, run face painting booth, work water and soda booth, assist ART, clean- up

Contact: 209-642-4324 or email

**Interested volunteers are asked to visit the website and complete an application; if under the age of 18, please select “junior” or youth application. Website:



Fresno State University and UC Merced Filed Trip for 10th – 12th grade students only.

Millennium High School students’ grades 10th – 12th will be visiting Fresno State University and UC Merced on Monday, October 19th from 7:00am to 4:30pm.  Students will be eating lunch at Fresno State. Any student attending the trip will need to bring a sack lunch or money for lunch in the dining hall. The cost of this field trip is $23.00



The second senior news letter went out on Friday 25th. Click here to view the newest senior news letter. If you are not signed up for the news letter and would like to be please click the link below and submit the form. Click Here