A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC
Oct. 27, 2016 Vol.13
We are now beginning the rainy season; I call it the season that makes our campus look the worst. It is also a time when it is important to leave early from home to be sure to arrive to school on time. More accidents happen in the rain and people seem to rush more then as well. Many thanks to all of you who have followed the guidelines for drop off and pick up, it does make a difference.
It is near the end of the first trimester for our Primary and Discovery students. Parent conference information will be going out soon. At the same time, as hard as it is to believe, we have sent out the applications for our eighth graders who wish to attend Millennium High School. The students have heard from the counselors, a teacher, and some students about the benefits of attending MHS, there is also a parent meeting for information next week as well.
SAVE THE DATE: February 4, 2017 11TH Annual Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed
What an awesome event for our school! Crab, pasta, salad, bread, dessert, raffles, dancing and so much more.
We are looking for volunteers to assist with our Raffle Committee. If you are creative WE NEED YOU!
Please contact Donna Baker at (209) 321-9157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIG THANKS TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AND ATTENDEES THAT CAME OUT THE OUR ‘HAUNTED HIGH’ . WE HAD A LOT OF FUN (AND FRIGHTS) AND IT WAS A GREAT FUNDRAISER FOR OUR SCHOOL.
Next School Holiday – Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Week Nov. 21-25 are school holidays
|PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Oct. 31 – Nov. 4
Mon. – Pizza
Tues. – BLT or Tuna Sandwiches
Wed – Teriyaki Chicken Bowls
Thurs – Baked Potato Bar
Fri. – Beef Chili or Cheese Nachos
Initial Phase this week, we have been talking about the life cycle of a pumpkin. We have read about it, wrote about it, made diagrams, and even watched what happens when a pumpkin decays.
As the days get cooler, many students are coming to school and are cold. Please help your student dress for the chilly mornings by layering with a sweatshirt or light jacket. Remember, to label everything so we can help make sure
everything gets returned. Finally, don’t forget to send your student to school in their costume with clothes on underneath and come watch our Halloween parade on Monday at 9:00. We hope to see you there!
This week Phase 1 students celebrated Red Ribbon Week by making a pledge to be more respectful. Then they wrote their names on red ribbons and tied them on our fence as a way to honor their promise. Many students still had on their red bracelets by Friday. How nice it was to see so many students wearing red to represent their pledge to be respectful! In Science, students learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin and created other fall crafts. Students even got to try roasted pumpkin seeds! We are so proud of how many students are on target to make their AR goal! Great Job!! Students did some reviewing and assessing this week as teachers got ready to record their final trimester grades. Conferences are coming up soon. Look for information to come home in the green folders. Don’t forget next week is the Halloween Parade and the Phase 1 Harvest Festival.
Phase 2 students are excited about our upcoming field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista. All chaperones have been selected and we ask that chaperones please pay the $30.00 donation fee and make sure you are cleared in the office to volunteer. Please make sure that students are chaperones arrive to school on time Thursday, as we are leaving right on schedule!
Please remember the guidelines for Halloween costumes…no weapons or excessively scary costumes. We will see you at our Halloween parade on Monday at 9:00!
Every morning…..students hear announcements, key facts, and watch peer entertainment. Each morning we start our day with consistency, togetherness, and positive information. Ask your child what they heard, watched, or said at unity.
On Friday, October 21st, Ms. Rodieck’s Genius Hour students showed off their knowledge through presentations…..they were amazing!!!!
Students use their knowledge of A “Great Panda” presentation helped learning to make stress balls, and science to show how friction can slow the audience captive to become stress free down the movement of a car.
Every-other-Friday, community members share their occupations with our 5/6 students. We have had a variety of presentations to include community service officers, a veterinarian, the Mayor of Tracy, and business associates. The presentations teach our students what type of jobs are out there, and what it takes to get into various occupations. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Ms. Pelaez at email@example.com or Mrs. Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCIENCE CAMP will be here before you know it. Ms. Pelaez held a Science Camp meeting on Thursday. r She reviewed the Science Camp packet, and other important details about camp. Please contact Ms. Pelaez with questions: email@example.com. The cost to attend camp is $350.00 per student. Students will attend camp the week of January 9th. (grades 5/6)
NEWSPAPER (EXPLORATION) : If you would like to read the latest edition to Ms. Zaca’s newspaper class, go to:
Spelling Bee: Students in 4th through 6th grade will be given time on Friday’s to study with Ms. Rodieck and Mrs. Hawkins. Any students interested in competing in the Bee, will be invited during lunch (5/6) and at 2:00 (4th). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Hawkins email@example.com
MONDAY AT UNITY – OUR TOP 5 DEN WINNERS…….
Ms. T and Coach Williams Mrs. Beckner and the Ms. Zaca and the Ms. Rodieck and Ms. Pelaez
SIBERIAN TIGERS (3rd) MALAYAN TIGERS (4th) BENGAL TIGERS (2nd) SUMATRAN TIGERS (1st)
Sumatran’s cheer …… they are in first place for the week!!! GREAT JOBS!
Discover High School Prep
Time to think about high school:
The high school counselors talked to each class about the requirements for graduation from high school as the 8th graders begin thinking about their choice for next year. The enrollment period for Millennium this year will be the month of November. Mrs, Beringer sent information home to each 8th grader and they have until November 30 to return the MHS application to hold their priority.
Top Den Earners for the Week
Ashleigh Garcia 730 points
Sukhmani Dhadiala 620 points
Crystal Conner 370 points
Julie Kleim 350 points
Marshall Conner 345 points
Sydney Skaggs 500
Emily Ramirez 440
Shyanne Viniskey 390
Sasha Lang 325
Gabriella Virgen 325
Kaleena Orlanes 460
Madeline Murry 390
Alaiina Pelican 365
Julia Yanke 365
Joii Ziller 355
Jeremy Adams 380
Manreet Atwal 295
Grace Bhatia 285
Kailey Galli 250
AAliyah Jenkins 250
Mrs. Stewart’s English 78 has completed the first twelve weeks. The student reflection indicates the following: they loved our debate on the candidates and felt they learned a great deal about the candidates and debating skills. They are enjoying Soldier X because it is a mature book that truly explains the feelings soldiers have in war. They realize the PSAT scores are going up because they reflect what we have learned n grammar and writing. They have seen a great increase in writing scores because of the amount of writing we do in class. Many realize the power of increasing vocabulary for reading, writing and speaking. Finally, they appreciate but, not all like it, the use of syntax charts before diagramming sentences and the annotation we have learned to do for reading. It is the consensus that the class is very challenging and demands much from the student but it i appreciated. They like the challenge. They all agree we waste time with transition when some in the class talk, otherwise they are pleased.
Mrs. Stewart is also pleased with the progress the class is making. She finds the class very exciting and rewarding as well.
This week in Ms. Langston’s Language Arts, we are honing our persuasive essay writing skills, advancing in diagramming, introducing perfect tense, and adding to our growing vocabulary.
In Ms. Langston’s classes this week the students are reflective as the first trimester starts winding down. They will be writing a letter reflecting on their progress thus far, what they hope to improve and how, and how they plan to continue the strategies that have proven successful. (Encourage your student to share with you!)
Intro to Algebra is preparing for their parts and wholes unit exam on Monday!
Algebra 2 is getting close to finishing their unit on Matrices.
Algebra 1 is getting through graphing slowly but surely.
Have eyes and ears out for our MATHCOUNTS competition. We will be choosing a team soon! The competition will be in February!
Mr. Saldante was able to finish up the unit on WWII while he was subbing for Mrs. Wallace. The students enjoyed having a high school teacher for a month, but seemed quite happy to have Mrs. Wallace back.
We have started our presentation projects, where each student needs to research a Spanish song or poem, then recite it in Spanish in class, and then translate/recite it in English.
Candy Grams are on sale, $1 and will be delay
Fall Dance has been canceled, students can get their refund from Mrs. Dominguez or they can keep in as a deposit for our Winter Dance, date to be announced.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
If you do not want your student to have his/her photo published please notify Mrs. Wallace at email@example.com
Please feel free to contact any of your student’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns.
Math: Mrs. Dominguez firstname.lastname@example.org
Math: Mrs. King email@example.com
Language Arts: Ms. Langston firstname.lastname@example.org
Language Arts: Mrs. Cerezo email@example.com
Science: Mrs. Ramirez firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Studies, DHSP Learning Director: Mrs. Wallace email@example.com
Enjoy your weekend.
Charter Chatter October 28, 2016
College Early Start
The application and registration process to apply for Spring 2017 Delta College classes has begun. Students who are required or interested in enrolling in classes for the Spring 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 page of the www.tracylc.net and click on College Early Start link. College Early Start forms are due Thursday, November 10th.
Students seeking tuition reimbursement from Fall semester classes should be turning in their reimbursement request form with proof of grade and payment for Delta College classes attended
San Francisco State University and FIDM Field Trip – This Field Trip is now full!!
Millennium High School students will be visiting San Francisco State University and FIDMs SF campus on Tuesday, November 15th from 7:15am to 4:30pm. The bus and the waitlist for this field trip are full.
Community Service Opportunities
Tracy First Presbyterian Church Community Garden Fall Cleanup Work Party Saturday, October 29 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Community Garden (corner of Mt. Diablo and 3rd Street, Tracy – just off MacArthur) 6+ Volunteers needed for weeding and general cleanup. Water is available; please bring gardening gloves (spare pairs of gloves will be available, too!) ….walk-ins are welcome Contact: Roger Winkler at 209-833-0937 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Toyota’s Trunk or Treat Monday, October 31 2:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tracy Toyota (2895 N. Naglee Rd, Tracy – front lot) Volunteers are needed: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. assist with decorations 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pass out candy to trick or treaters Help children with simple games like bean bag toss, Pass out prizes in exchange for game tickets Contact: Sharon Kawaguchi 925-413-6413 or Sharon.email@example.com
Halloween – Monday, October 31, 2016
Just a reminder MHS Students are not allowed to dress up or wear costumes/accessories