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Sept. 23, 2016                                                                                                     Vol. 8

Virginia’s Voice

Next week is homecoming. I like to think it is important to us that we realize how much school is home.  We realize a partnership between parents and staff is critical for success. In addition, we know how much time we spend with students.  In fact, this is their school HOME.

Not only is it important for us to teach students academics, but it is critical we help form our future world citizens.  Students need knowledge, but they also need to learn to appreciate differences, respect law and order, and learn to collaborate and work well with others.  It is important that students realize the importance of doing their work responsibly and well.  They also need to learn how to respect the rights of others in the classroom so that things run smoothly without disruption.  This is what is necessary to become productive workers in the future.

So, next week when we celebrate homecoming, we are celebrating those who have graduated and are coming back to be reminded of the school HOME that helped foster learning with them, and to  unite and celebrate with  those now  being formed from Preschool through high school the Tracy Learning Center way.  We are proud of our TLC students and all that they accomplish, and we appreciate the support we receive from each family we serve.


Misc. Announcements


Picture Day


T-K Picture Day – Oct. 11, 2016 (no re-takes)



Parent Volunteers

Parents who plan on volunteering in the classrooms this year must give the office a new contract and make sure his/her TB Test has been done within the last 4 years and have given the results to the office along with a copy of your California Driver’s License and Volunteer’s Contract.

Volunteers can begin volunteering after Sept. 12, 2016. Please make these arrangements with your child’s teachers.



Homecoming Parade – Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Dismissal Times

MHS 12 noon

T-K and PCS 2pm

DCS 2:30pm

All participants line up at 3pm

Parade starts at 3:30pm


There will not be any study clubs on this day but Kids (Snack) Club will be open.


PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Sept. 26  – 30

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Sloppy Joes

Wed – Chicken or Cheese Enchiladas

Thurs – Chicken Corn Dogs

Fri. – No Meat Spaghetti







It is hard to believe that Autumn is upon us. This school year has been absolutely Fantastic so far and is just flying by.


Primary Charter


All parents of PCS students who “walk up” to get their child from PCS carline must stand in single file lines behind the painted classroom number of your PCS student to keep this pick up process functioning correctly.  Thank you for your cooperation! 


Initial Phase


This week in Initial Phase, students have been talking about their 5 senses.  We have experimented with taste, sight, hearing, smell, and touch.  What a fun week!


Don’t forget, next week is our homecoming parade.  Students are parents are encouraged to attend.  In addition, students can walk in the parade behind our Primary float.  If your student wants to walk, please be at 6th and central by 3:00.  The parade starts at 3:30.


Next week is also Spirit Week!  Students are encouraged to to dress up each day of the week!  Here is our schedule:


Monday: Crazy Socks

Tuesday: Animal Day

Wednesday: Clown Day (EARLY RELEASE 2:00)

Thursday: Twin Day

Friday: Black and Gold




Phase 1


What amazing and awesome presentations we had in Phase 1!  Students presented their posters and dolls and shared their culture with their class.  We learned so much from each other.  We discovered many differences and similarities.  Next week we will begin our unit on Native Americans.  We have been talking a lot about Fall and are excited about the change of seasons.  We have also been tracking the weather.  This week we ended our first AR Goal period.  Congratulations to all the students that met their goal!!!  Many students came so close! Look for information to come home about the AR Party! Next week is Spirit Week and the Homecoming Day Parade!  PCS students will be dismissed at 2:00pm.



All parents of PCS students who “walk up” to get their child from PCS carline must stand in single file lines behind the painted classroom number of your PCS student to keep this pick up process functioning correctly. Thank you for your cooperation! 


Phase Two

Wow!  What a great week!  Phase two students had a special visit from a Native American guest speaker!  Mr. Vallo shared with our students all about his life as a Native American.  Students learned Native American words, heard stories, songs, and saw many interesting Native American artifacts!  what a great addition to our Native American Unit!


Don’t forget Wednesday, September 28th is our homecoming parade!  PCS students will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.  No Study Club will be offered.



Discovery Charter


HOMECOMING:  DISMISSAL on Wednesday, September 28th, DCS at 2:30 PM (Parade will be held downtown at 3:30.  ALL PARTICIPANTS are asked to be downtown at 3:00 PM)

  • SPIRIT WEEK is the week of September 26th:
    • Monday, September 26 – Character Day (dress like your favorite character)
    • Tuesday, September 27 – 80’s Day (big hair, neon, big bows…..)
    • Wednesday, September 28 – Circus Day (to follow theme of parade – early release 2:30)
    • Thursday, September 29 – Twin Day (dress up like one or more friends/peers. Den Wear or DCS Spirit wear)
    • Friday, September 30 – Den Day (Den Colors….really colorful….headbands, sunglasses, bracelets, socks…..)
    • ***Students who do not feel comfortable dressing up, can wear spirit shirts or den colors and earn points for participating.


Spelling Bee:  We have announced Spelling Bee dates and have provided students with their Spelling Bee word lists.  If your child has not expressed interest, and you would like them to join the Spelling Bee, have them talk to their Language Arts teacher.  The Spelling Bee will be held at Tracy Learning Center on November 8th – the winner of the 4, 5, 6 division and the winner of the 7, 8, 9 division will move onto the County Spelling Bee.  If you would like more details, please contact………….. Ms. Rodieck or Mrs. Hawkins



Mrs. Beckner and the                 Ms. T and the                     Ms. Rodieck & Ms. Pelaez   Ms. Zaca and the




SUPPORT OUR MIXED BAG FUNDRASIER – Now is a great time to buy grocery store bags, shopping totes, travel essentials, overnight bags, and more.  Catalogs offer holiday supplies, kitchen supplies and more. Students may collect money with orders OR they can tell friends and family to support us online at (the ID number for the fundraiser is 455944).  Purchasers can add the seller they are supporting (your child’s name).  Online orders are shipped directly to the purchaser.


If you have questions, concerns, or if you want to discuss your child, please contact their teacher:

Mrs. Beckner: (math and academic pentathlon)

Mrs. Hawkins: (language arts (dance and movement with Coach C))

Coach Lopez: (PE)

Coach P: (PE)

Ms. Pelaez: (science, science Olympiad, (Spanish with Mr. Gomar))

Ms. Rodieck: (language arts, genius hour)

Ms. T: (math, leadership)

Coach Williams: (PE)

Ms. Zaca: (social studies, newspaper)





It is hard to believe that Autumn is upon us. This school year has been absolutely Fantastic so far and is just flying by.



Mrs. Stewart’s English 78 is determined to master the use of pronouns and the diagramming of all verbals.  In addition, they are listening to music of the World War II time period and looking at art done during the same time.  The book being read is a hard look at war and how difficult it is to be in the infantry.  In addition to all of this, the class is practicing for the PSAT which will be given in January and continuing their work on essay writing and discussions in class.


This week we have been spending some time understanding the background history of our new novel Soldier X, adding more words to our ever expanding vocabulary, furthering our skills in diagramming, and practicing correct usage of our verb tenses. We are excited to continue our research into the history of WW2 while also examining the literature of the time period and how the authors and artists were reacting to it.


Leadership: Can’t wait for the Homecoming Parade to display all of the hard work everyone has put into this years float!!


For the last week of this Art Rotation, the students completed their Egyptian Scarab Art.  They are beautiful!  For our last two days, we worked on a One Point Perspective Landscape.


Social Studies:

Mrs. Wallace’s classes wrapped up their main Holocaust unit of study this week. The specific focus for the next month continues to be WWII, mostly focusing on the battles that shaped the course of history.

While Mrs. Wallace is away on Personal Leave she is thrilled to have Mr. Saldate take her classes. Mr. Saldate is one of the high school Learning Directors as well as a WWII expert. Welcome Mr. S.!!!!




“On Wednesday, the members of DHSP’s California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) had an opportunity to hear from guest speaker, Ms. Macek, from the Women’s Center—Youth and Family Services for San Joaquin County. CJSF had previously organized a fundraiser to collect monetary donations for Serenity House, the women’s shelter here in Tracy. They raised $150 and were able to better understand directly from Ms. Macek the different ways their contribution and community service efforts would help the women and children served by this invaluable organization. We couldn’t be more proud of them!”



Algebra 2 is finishing up their unit on graphing and should be ready for a Congratulations to the Multiplication Challenge Winner and runner up.

David Martinez was the winner and Cameron Edwards was runner up.  The gentlemen showed great knowledge as well as sportsmanship.


SWO….is in full swing.  The students have had 3 due dates as of this writing:

1) definitions of the 3 words…cooperation, collaboration and competition

2) creative image that represents those three words

3) a typed paragraph explaining their image and how it represents the three terms


Students are given at least ONE HOUR every Wednesday during Math class. Please check with them to make sure they have met these deadlines.  Next Wednesday is a typed paragraph about themself….how good of a collaborator are they and what the student could do to improve in this area.


Mrs. Ulricksen will be returning on Monday, September 26th. I would like to thank the students and their parents for a great eight weeks.  Keep up the good work!  I will be checking up on you. Mrs. King



Spanish: We are now coming to the end of the Spanish class. We have covered many basic Spanish phrases such as greetings, the different ways of saying “How are you”, saying have fun in Spanish, wishing good luck to someone, how to say take care, well done, happy birthday, how to say welcome, how to say I’m sorry and excuse me, our family members in Spanish, basic objects that can be found in a classroom, and we are currently working on and finishing our translation project where the students must translate a Spanish poem or song from Spanish to English and recite it in class.

Washington D.C. 2017!!!




It’s not too late to sign up for the 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 contact Mrs. Wallace at for assistance.


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

Please feel free to contact any of your student’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns.

Math: Mrs. Dominguez

Math: Mrs. King

Language Arts: Ms. Langston

Language Arts: Mrs. Cerezo

Science: Mrs. Ramirez

Social Studies, 7/8 Learning Director: Mrs. Wallace


Enjoy your weekend.




Millennium High School Homecoming

Monday, September 26th – Friday, September 30th 


Spirit Week Days

Monday: Crazy Sock day/ Nest Color Day

Tuesday: Animal Print Day

Wednesday: Clown Day

Thursday: Conjoined Twin Day

Friday: Extreme Black and Gold Day


Homecoming Activities


*Homecoming Rally: Homecoming Court Reveal

*Dodgeball Tournament Game: Saker vs Kestrel


*Dodgeball Tournament Game: Amur vs Peregrine


Wednesday: Early Release 12:30pm

*Homecoming Parade 3:30pm Downtown Tracy. Parade route begins at 6th Street and

Central Ave.

*Tailgate and Powderpuff Game 6:00pm Cost: $5 for General Admission $3 for Students

with ID



*Dodgeball Tournament Game: Winner of Monday’s Game vs Winner of Tuesday’s




*Dodgeball Tournament Game: Staff vs Winning Nest

*Football Game 7:00pm at Kimball High School vs Riverbank High School

*Homecoming Dance following game at MHS Gym until 11pm Cost: Free for MHS

Student $10.00 for guest pass.




The PSAT will be held on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 7:30am. Signups for the PSAT will have begun. The test fee is $18.00 and is due when you sign up for the test in the counseling office.


Community Service Opportunities

Tracy Woman’s Club Bunch Bingo Game Day. When: September 24, 8:00am-4:00pm. Location: American Legion Hall 1960 N. Tracy Blvd. Volunteers needed to assist with event please wear black pants and a white top Call Patricia Munson to confirm you will be there 408-828-6106


Tracy Seniors Association Pancake Breakfast. When: September 24 7am-10am. Location: Tracy Applebees 8-10 students needed to serve- Serving attire required- black bottoms white top Students will be provided breakfast at event. Check in with Cindy.


Hearts of Harvest Foundation fundraising event at Dell’ Osso Farms. When: Saturday September 24th 6:30-9:30pm and Sunday clean-up 9:30am – 12:30pm. Location: 73 Stewart Road in Lathrop. Volunteers: 4 – 7 high school students to assist with serving dinner (from 6:30 – 9:30 pm) at our event – located at Dell’ Osso Family Farms / River Island Development offices