TLC Charter Chatter

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                                          A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

April 8, 2016                                                                                                                                              No.31

Virginia Stewart

The final trimester is underway.  Our students in grades TK to 8 have eleven weeks of school left.  We all have a lot to do to finish the year well.  There will be state testing, projects, promotion for grade 8 and many other important events such as the Talent Show tonight, and festivities for the high school.  Yes, they only have until May 21 for graduation.  Then high school goes into FAST TRACK mode.

Schools are busy places and sometimes we are so busy we forget to say thank you for all the things many of you do to support our schools by volunteering time and talents to help us.  We also appreciate your support in the community when you let others know how very exciting things are in our schools.

Recently, as I have begun interviewing for teachers for new positions we have open for next year, I am delighted to realize that some of those we are interviewing are “returning students” who have graduated from Millennium and now want to begin teaching.  What better compliment could we receive than to know we have graduates who understand our system and want to be a part of it.


Misc. Announcements


PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Apr. 11 -15

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Corn Dog

Wed  – Pasta and Beef Marinara

Thurs. – Grilled Ham and Cheese

Fri. – BBQ Beef Hamburger







Welcome back to school! We hope you all had a wonderful spring break. All of the students came back refreshed and eager to learn. Before we left for break, the students were learning about the butterfly lifecycle. They were all looking forward to seeing our butterflies when they returned! We had six butterflies that were released to live in nature. It was so much fun watching them grow and change.


Please remember to send a water bottle to school every day with your child, especially as the weather is getting warmer.



Primary Charter


Phase One

Welcome back Phase One!  I hope everyone had a terrific break and is ready learn! Remember the Jog-a-thon is coming up.  We can’t wait to see our runners in action!



Phase Two

Welcome back, we hope your break was fun and relaxing!  AR goals were due Friday.  The next goal period will be from April 11th through May 13th. We are very proud of how much time our students dedicate to reading and meeting their goals. Keep it up!


State testing is quickly approaching.  Testing for third and fourth graders will take place during the weeks of May 16th and 23rd.  Please do not schedule appointments during testing.  We will be testing all day. More info to follow.





Discovery Charter


TDAP Vaccine

Just a reminder it is the law that all incoming 7th graders provide proof of receiving his/her TDAP Vaccine. Please get a jump on this and take your 6th grader in ASAP for this mandatory vaccine.


 WELCOME BACK!!: We certainly missed all of our students during our break.  Although it is nice to take time off, it is nicer to be back at school.  We are very happy with our students this week, they came back ready to work.  Please check your child’s agendas to understand your child’s homework.  Every two weeks their grades are posted in their agenda (next Tuesday will be a grade check), ask them about their den points, and ask how their day went.  It is important that your child is keeping you updated on their days.


MATH OLYMPIAD: Math Olympiad will be held this Saturday, April 9th.  Our students have been working hard to represent our school well.  Good Luck Math Olympians!!


THE JUNGLE BOOK MOVIE: The Jungle Book movie will be released on Friday, April 15th.  We hope to attend the morning show of The Jungle Book.  We have reserved the theater for an 8:45 AM showing, we will take a city bus, and we will have a snack.  We are asking for a donation of $15.00 per person.  If we do not receive enough donations, we will have to cancel the trip.


SCHOOL CARNIVAL: Our school carnival is coming back…..get ready for EXCITING TEACHER AUCTIONS, games, great food, and tons of fun!!!! Please schedule this on your calendar APRIL 30th……WHOOOT WHOOOT!!!!!


SCIENCE OLYMPIAD:  CONGRATULATIONS Ms. Pelaez and the Science Olympiad team.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to the parents and coaches who spent numerous hours teaching students much needed concepts.  Words cannot begin to thank you enough for what you did.  The outcome was tremendous.  Out of 53 teams, DCS’s Gold Team finished 13th while Garnet finished 22nd overall.

WASHINGTON DC TRIP 2017 – for 6th grade students entering 7th in the 2016-17 school year. We have several students signed up and ready to go.  The last day to sign up for the field trip is April 29th.  Please see Mrs. Wallace or Mrs. Hawkins if you are interested.



AMAZINGLY DISTINGUISED TOP 5 Point Earners from each Tiger Den are………In yellow is our top point earner!

Billal Razaqi 570 Amrita Kaler 535 Emma Escobar 475 Angelina Sanchez 585
Daskani Smith 525 Ashleigh Garcia 480 Mustafa Chaudhry 415 Shakeeba Sajda 440
Bianca Villaflor 425 Crystal Conner 475 Josiah Kilian 360 Zachary Leal 410
Sydney Skaggs 425 Aldric Alvis 460 Mia Escobar 355 Riley Vatran 360
Kimani Thomas 405 Itzel Heredia 410 Emily Barrios 355 Juliana Sanchez 360



Den Point Announcements: Any student who receives -30 points or more are asked to serve lunch detention.  As of May 1st, any 6th grade student who receives -30 points or more will serve detention in Saturday School.

UPCOMING DATES: (Poetry dates may change….if any changes are made parents will be notified)

Pentathlon will be held on May 7th

Mrs. Hawkins’ LA classes are planning their Evening of Poetry on Friday, June 10th.

Ms. Rodieck’s LA classes are planning their Poetry Fest on Tuesday, June 14th






                      DHSP Charter Chatter:


Mrs. Stewart’s English 78 class is now into the final trimester.  There are several goals for this trimester:

We will complete the reading of Jungle Book. Students are producing their version of The Pearl as a movie.  The students have studied several pieces of literature from India.  They are expected to master 420 vocabulary words, which they have been given over the course of the year.  In addition, they continue diagramming from both literature and non fiction. The final read will be Shakespeare’s Othello.  Finally students will be working on public speaking as well as writing.  There will be many assignments attached to a selected speech that will be assigned to each student.  The year will culminate with a parent night of demonstrations and portfolio assessment.  Lots to do, and only twelve weeks left!!!


Ms. Langston’s class is off to a very productive start with our new (and last!) trimester. This month, we will be learning new vocabulary from the NY Times; learning strategies to construct a strong essay; starting new books (The Jungle Book 2 and The Gathering Blue); conjugating regular and irregular verbs; and brushing up on our diagramming. We have a lot to look forward to this trimester!



This week Mrs. Ramirez’s class has been reviewing author’s purpose in all 3 periods. Every text is written with a purpose, either to entertain, inform or persuade. Kids will form groups of 3, create a poster with magazine cut-outs for each purpose and present. Kids came back from spring break energized and ready to learn!


Social Studies:

Mrs. Wallace’s Social Studies classes are taking a month long look into India.


Academic Competitions :We are looking forward to the Pentathlon on May 7th. Teams were announced on Monday April 4th. Everyone is ver excited!!


Art just started our first project. It is an optical illusion.


In Mrs. U.’s Intro to Algebra students are learning about graphing lines and slope.


In Algebra 1 the focus is on learning all the ways to solve quadratics. Currently working on completing the square.


With Algebra 2 students are excited to finally be seeing the logarithms they have been anticipating all year.



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

Don’t miss out on this Fantastic Trip………




It’s time to start planning for next years DC trip. Students will visit the Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum. What an opportunity to see our nations capital with classmates. It’s exciting to see how many students have already signed up for this great opportunity. Please email Mrs. Wallace at for any questions or concerns.


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

Have a Fantastic Weekend!!!







Charter Chatter April 8, 2016


College Early Start Program – Summer and Fall Enrollment for Delta

The counselors will be hosting a College Early Start meeting Monday, March 16th during lunch in room M-1. Any students interested in taking a class at Delta during the summer or Fall needs to attend this meeting. 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.



NYU Precollege Summer Program for High School Students

With NYU Precollege, rising juniors and seniors can apply to take college-level courses for credit and experience life as an NYU student. Credit-bearing courses are available in more than 30 subjects to fit every interest and academic need. Precollege hosts social events and activities to create a sense of community and help students get to know one another while exploring the city around them. Experience life in New York. Apply for scholarships by April 1 at NYU.EDU/PRECOLLEGE This summer program runs from July 5-August 16, 2016.


Experience America 2016 Summer Programs

We are proud to offer exciting and fresh summer camps in three different cities. We will be offering the Game Experience and Entrepreneurship programs in Seattle, Washington at the University of Washington. The Fashion Design program where students will attend class at FIDM and stay at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Lastly, we will be taking an adventurous group of students to Tokyo and Nagoya on the Experience Japan program.


Upcoming Events:

TLC’s Got Talent Show:  Will be held at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts on Friday, April 8th at 6:30pm. The proceeds from this event benefit the Class of 2016. Come support our student from all TLC schools in this great showcase of talent. Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase in the TLC front office, the Grand Theatre Box Office and online at


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.


SCHOLARSHIPS: There are many local scholarships available at this time for our college bound seniors. Visit the MHS Counseling website and select the Scholarships page at for detailed information on where to obtain an application and how to apply for various scholarships.


College bound seniors: most colleges will be notifying applicants the status of their admission in early Spring by either mail or online via a student portal on the individual college web site.  We anticipate hearing about the acceptance letters.  All students accepted to a college or university should let the Counselors know as soon as they are notified.


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



Sheila Ho

Priyana Patel

Amy Wise





UC Davis

Sheila Ho

Amy Wise



UC San Diego

Sheila Ho

Joseph Sales

Deanna Fong

Amy Wise



UC Riverside

Sheila Ho






UC Merced

Sheila Ho



 UC Berkeley

Amy Wise



William Jessup University

Jayda Jenkins




 Florida Memorial University

Jayda Jenkins



Harris-Stowe State University

Jayda Jenkins




 Hawaii Pacific University

Deanna Fong




 San Francisco State University

Deanna Fong



Biola University

Deanna Fong



Long Beach State University

Deanna Fong



UC Irvine

Deanna Fong

Amy Wise



Fresno State University

Ashley Hart




UC Santa Cruz

Cynthia Hurtado




Langston University

Ashley Hart



Lawrence Technological University

Bryan Walther




University of La Verne

Solomon Daniel

Pacific University

Solomon Daniel




Whittier College

Solomon Daniel




Pacific Lutheran University

Solomon Daniel



Concordia University

Solomon Daniel



University of Redlands

Solomon Daniel



Linfield College

Solomon Daniel



Willamette University

Solomon Daniel


Boston University

Amy Wise



University of the Pacific

Amy Wise




Community Service

Community Service: This is a reminder to all students to turn in any completed community service forms they have. All forms must be submitted to the counseling office so they can be uploaded to Aeries. Important deadlines regarding community service are:

  1. April 4th to be considered for the Community Service Block Letter sponsored by the Breakfast Lions Club of Tracy. For more details or to check on your progress towards your Block Letter please contact Ms. A in the Counseling Office.
  2. May 6th – Deadline for seniors to submit their hours towards Graduation!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
  3. June 24th – Deadline for 9th -11th to submit hours towards the 2015-2016 School Year


Organization When Where Duties
Tracy Little League Challenge League Saturday thru May   Help out 4 baseball team of students with special needs. Help coaches with practices and games

For more information please see

Ms. A or contact Keri Dowell

Boy and Girls Club Basketball Challenge League March 3rd to May 12th


Games are Thursdays

5pm to 6pm except for spring break –no game.


753 west Lowell Ave at the club We are looking for 3 or 4 volunteers under 18 years old to assist our younger players ages 8 to 12.


 We are looking for volunteers that are self-motivated and will be willing to share smiles and high fives.


We need volunteers who can arrive weekly and be consistent as the kids look forward to seeing them, this is a special time for our youth to shine.


Our league is made for our youth to have fun; we have been serving youth with disabilities for over 15 yearsJ

  Saturday, March 19 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (TENTATIVE) Guadalupe Center (126 West 1st Street, Tracy…2 blocks into residential area by McDonald Park, intersection of 1st and Central) 4 volunteers needed to set-up, serve food, and tear down tables and chairs for the officer installation dance.

Contact: Danette Poole at 209-815-0476 (text) or