A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC
April 15, 2016 No.32
As the Director, one of the things I love best about my job is continuing to teach students. As many of you know, I teach an advanced 5/6 math class, an advanced 7/8 English class and I read once a week to our wonderful Kindergartners. Each class has brought me new insights, creative ideas for teaching and a way to model to our teachers ways that I find successful as a teacher. I believe it also keeps me very aware of the needs of our students.
That being said, I would like to brag about three great things that happened this week. The WASC committee came to visit or high school for a mid-cycle review to see how well they were doing. The review was very favorable and the committee was very impressed with many aspects of our high school program. Such things as student respect, after school sports and the band, college class opportunities, internship were just a few of what they had to say.
The second best thing was that the 5/6 graders had two teams at the County Math Tournament last Saturday. They competed with twenty four other teams around the county. Discovery’s two teams placed first and third in the tournament. We were all very proud. The team was supported by staff and parents who attended and supported the tournament and made it a very special day.
Finally, thanks to great coordination on the part of Mrs. Hawkins and great contributions from our parents, our 5/6 and 7/8 students had the opportunity to experience public transportation and the chance to see the new movie version of The Jungle Book. That is the book we have been reading for quite some time and is the book earmarked for the Academic Competition for grades 6, 7 and 8. Again thanks to the parents who volunteered to help monitor the trip for 5/6.
The MHS Speech and Debate team is hosting a symposium on public speaking, April 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The kids on the team put this event together themselves because they wanted to share the joy they experienced in their first season of competitive speech and debate, and I’m very proud of their vision and effort. We have such terrific students.
This is a wonderful opportunity for newbies and veterans of the speech world alike to network and learn firsthand from professionals the benefits of speech and debate to their future. Guest speakers are from Livermore Labs, Toastmasters, and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office. Topics covered will be perceptions of speech and debate; stumbling blocks to success in public speaking; and how public speaking prepares students for college and careers. Please see flyer below.
Peter Pan Presentation
Our school musical Peter Pan is just around the corner! Opening night will be on Thursday, April 21st starting at 7pm. Additional shows will be following on April 22nd and 23rd at 7pm, with matinee shows on the 23rd and 24th at 2pm. Come on out and show your support by watching this fantastic classic put on by your fellow classmates. Tickets are available for pre-sale through the front office, or by seeing Mr. Snyder directly. Ticket prices are $10.00 for general admission and $8.00 for the discounted rate. See you all at the show!
We will also have tickets for sale available in the school office.
TLC will be hosting a fantastic fun-filled day to kick of Spring. TLC Family Fun Day is an opportunity to our families to come together and spend some time away from the classrooms and car lines. TLC is more than education and we want to continue to foster the community our Preschool through College program provides. We hope to see everyone on Saturday April 30th for an afternoon of games, food and friendly competition. We have something for all ages. More details to come……
|PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Apr. 18 -22
Mon. – Pizza
Tues. – Meatballs and Rice
Wed – Chicken Enchiladas
Thurs. – Cheese Raviolis
Fri. – Sloppy Joes
ATTENTION ALL PCS PARENTS! All Primary classrooms will be auctioning off a “Parent’s Night Out” at the TLC Family Fun Day carnival. Specific dates and times are yet to be determined, however, the winning bidder wins an evening full of fun games, activities, and food with the teachers. . . for an entire evening!! Parents, you can go out to dinner, go to a movie, go shopping. . WITHOUT CHILDREN!!!! Bidding will start at $50.
This week we have been busy learning about plant needs, plant parts, and all about frogs. Plants and frogs are very busy in spring and many changes can be seen. We have planted seeds and documented the changes in our science journal, we have learned about plant parts, plant needs, and we have also learned that frogs are amphibians, carnivores, and are cold-blooded. Ask your student all about plants and frogs and you will be amazed at what they can tell you!
Be sure to check green folders this week, as there is important information about our carnival, teacher auctions, and Jog-a-Thon! We are so excited about these upcoming events and we hope that you will be as excited as we are!
Phase 1 students had an awesome field trip to the WOW museum on Tuesday!! They learned a lot about traits in the science lab and got to explore many interesting science activities. It was a fun and exciting experience. In Writer’s Workshop, students are having fun writing letters to each other, asking for and giving advice. Some students are continuing to perfect their paragraphs. In Science, we they learned all about the life cycle of a butterfly. We have caterpillars in our classroom and are observing and recording the changes daily. Soon we will have butterflies. The students are so excited to see the complete metamorphosis! Make sure to check green folders for all the fun and exciting things coming up at TLC.
We are excited about our upcoming field trip to the Tech Museum in San Jose! Our students will participate in an engineering lab all about roller coasters. They are very excited! Please note, we may be late for carline on this day (Monday, May 2nd), so we are asking all phase two parents to please consider parking and walking up to pick up your children. We do not want to hold up carline. Permission slips were due today. Please consider making a donation to help fund this field trip.
Make sure to check green folders for all the fun and exciting things coming up at TLC.
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.
The Jungle Book Movie: WOW!!!! What a great movie. It fit so well with our curriculum. This year we have been reading The Jungle Books in our classes. It is a classic, and tells so much about jungle laws, the history of India, and the history of animals and man. In class next week, we will ask students to compare the movie to the book. Thank you for supporting the students through your generous donations.
MATH OLYMPIAD: Last Saturday, April 9th our students took FIRST PLACE and THIRD PLACE. Students took the challenge of Math Olympiad very seriously. They worked hard during school and after school to make the team. We are very proud of them!
GROUP HUG…..What a team!
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!!!!!
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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO A FANTASTIC WEEK POINT EARNERS!!! We are soooooo proud of you.
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: (if any dates changes are made parents will be notified)
May 7 – Pentathlon
May 9 – 12 State Test (computer test for grade 5 and 6 LA and MATH)
May 13 – Jog-a-thon
May 31 – State Test (paper test for grade 5 SCIENCE)
June 10th Mrs. Hawkins’ LA classes are planning their Evening of Poetry
June 14th Ms. Rodieck’s LA classes are planning their Poetry Fest
DHSP Charter Chatter:
We can’t wait we will see the results of PSAT on April 22
Meanwhile we are also excited we have just about finished Jungle Book 2. It has been a long read!
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 very excited!!
Art just started our first project. It is an optical illusion.
Intro to Alg: We are still in the midst of graphing linear equations and just tested on slope!
Algebra 1: We just quizzed on 3 ways to solve quadratic equations. Next, comes solving using the quadratic equation. We will have learned 5 ways to solve quadratic equations by the end of this unit.
Algebra 2: We are learning about natural logarithms and base e. We are still solving all kinds of logarithmic equations. We have one more section in this unit before a our Unit 9 Test.
Art: We just started a new project on Wednesday. We are getting some great work. Pictures to come.
8th Grade Dedication Pages are on sale until April 22nd.
$20 for a 1/4 page and $30 for a 1/2 page.
Please contact Mrs. Dominguez for more information, email@example.com
Yearbooks are on sale until April 29th, $45
We are looking forward to our Field Trip on Monday to see the Jungle Book!!
If you do not want your student to have his/her photo published please notify Mrs. Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for any questions or concerns.
DHSP teachers welcome parent communication, please contact us if you have questions, concerns, or ideas!
Mrs. U. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Dominguez at email@example.com
Have a Fantastic Weekend!!!
Charter Chatter April 15, 2016
Thank you to all of our great and talented performers from this year’s talent show. The show would not have been a success with your hard work. We would also like to thank all of the parents for allowing their children to participate in this year’s event. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who came and supported this school wide event. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Class of 2016. Here’s to another great show next year!
Talent Show Participants
|Angie Aguilar Grade 12
Brandon Alexander Grade 11
Kaelan Babon Grade 10
Helen Barrios Grade 9
Madelyn Beckner Grade 9
Allison Brown Grade 4
Emma Brown Grade 7
Sierra Brown Grade 11
Daniel Camarena Grade 10
Samantha Carmona Grade 11
Gabriel Campos Grade 11
Aileen Ceja Grade 8
Justin Chen Grade 10
Devon Christian Grade 11
Janelle Clayton Grade 4
Crystal Connor Grade 6
Ms. Dominguez DHSP Teacher
Andrea Fernandez Ramirez Grade 10
Ian Galvez Grade 9
Ashleigh Garcia Grade 6
Marielle Garcia Grade 10
|Taylor Gonser Grade 8
Maria Gutierrez Grade 12
Cassidy Hall Grade 7
Daniel Harrison Grade 10
Jacqueline Hurtado Grade 10
Gianna Jackson Grade 8
Sydney Jessen Grade 9
Ava Kahoalii Grade 2
Sarah Keogh Grade 8
Anikha Kemshetti Grade 6
Christopher Kim Grade 10
Jalen King Grade 10
Ashley Lima Grade 10
Mrs. Lins Primary Teacher
Jaeden Mah Bishop Grade 10
Jose Martinez Grade 11
Leslie Montoya Grade 12
Greta Natarajan Grade 5
Ariel Nunez Grade 5
Nathaniel Nunez Grade 11
Loren Pante Grade 6
|Joseph Piazza Grade 9
Sofia Ramirez Grade 9
Dominic Ramos Grade 2
Simrit Randhawa Grade 6
Hannah Reyes Grade 7
Evangelina Rodriguez Grade 8
Emma Sales Grade 8
Diego Sanchez Grade 12
Adrian Santillan Andrino Grade 11
Joshua Satoh Grade 10
Richard Smith Grade 9
Heidi Solis Grade 10
Alexander Suguitan Grade 11
Silvana Vieira Grade 5
Francisco Villalpando Gonzalez Grade 11
Saul Virgen Grade 10
Amanda Weksler Grade 9
Elijah Williams Grade 11
Desiree Wilson Grade 11
Joyce Zamorano Grade 11
Annabell Zepeda Grade 10
Special recognition to the following people who helped make this event a huge success:
Students John Amador and Diego Sanchez – Masters of Ceremony
Students Tatianna Barney, Amanda Garcia, Kelly Lee, Gianna Oliveri, Cynthia Hurtado and Virginia Xuereb – Back Stage Assistance
Students Nathan Watson and Hunter Matos – Lighting Assistance
Student Anand Kumar – Technical Support
Mr. Roland Zepeda – MHS/DHSP Director of Music
Tracy Grand Theatre Center for the Arts Staff
MHS Supervising Staff
Talent Show Coordinating Team- Mrs. Tawn Schaffran, Ms. Lauren Moore,
Ms. Stephanie Arganbright and Mr. George Hepner
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 or Fall 2015 semester need to carefully read the important steps listed on the website at http://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/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.
There is a FREE UC Berkeley one-day application workshop and information session this summer. It is a great opportunity to get more information about UC Berkeley and get a head start on your UC application. Note that the Personal Statement process is changing this year! Applications for this free one-day program are due April 30th. The program takes place in Berkeley on Saturday, June 25, or in Fresno on Sunday, June 26. Students must be current sophomores or juniors with a 3.5 unweighted GPA or higher. For more information and to apply to the program, visit this link: http://admissions.berkeley.edu/BerkeleySummerExperience
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.
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 http://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/scholarships.html 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.
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:
- 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.
- May 6th – Deadline for seniors to submit their hours towards Graduation!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
- June 24th – Deadline for 9th -11th to submit hours towards the 2015-2016 School Year
|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 years.
|Tracy Hispanic Business Group Annual Awards Dinner||Saturday, April 30 –
Set-up: 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.
Serving: 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m
|Tracy Community Center (950 East Street, Tracy)||15 Volunteers needed to assist the caterer as servers in the evening. Black and white server attire required; long hair to be pulled back.
An orientation will be held the week prior to the event, but a date is not yet confirmed.
|Moose Mother’s Day Brunch||Sunday, May 8th 9:30am – 12:30pm
|Moose Lodge (35 East 6th Street, Tracy) – ring doorbell to enter facility||2 dish washers and 4 servers are needed – black and white server attire
Volunteers MUST contact Alex Zamora for scheduling
|Relay For Life||Saturday, May 14
Set-up: Friday from 4pm – 7pm
Saturday morning from 6am– 9am
Saturday, 10am– 11pm
Tear-down and clean-up: Saturday 11pm until finished
|Merrill F. West High School, quad area (1775 W. Lowell Ave., Tracy)
|Volunteers are needed to set-up and tear-down, staff the information booth, assist in the Accounting room, help in Kids Camp, staff the luminaria bag booth (sell luminaria bags, fill bags with sand, and set-up luminaria display), assist in the Survivor tent, run games and other activities, assist other committees as needed.
Contact: Kim Thomassen, Volunteer and Youth Engagement Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Give Every Child A Chance||Month of July||TBD||Summer Camp
For more information please contact Lilianna 209-825-7003