TLC Charter Chatter

Charter Chatter


                                      A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

Feb. 10, 2017                                                                                                                                   Vol.25

Virginia Stewart

This week is National School Counseling week.  Here at The Tracy Learning Center, we have two counselors for the high school and one for Discovery.  The main focus for counseling is academic but they do so much more.  They are  a great listening ear for students having difficulties with friends or others at school, they are a great link for parents who want to know about things related to their student and school. We are very fortunate to have three counselors working with us.  

High school counselors help with scholarship applications, community service, SWOs, and applications for college as well as guiding the internship process and helping student register for college classes.  They are busy.

The counselor at the Discovery level is busy with setting goals for behavior or academics for students having difficulty particularly in grades 7 and 8.  That counselor works with parents and teachers for make plans that will help students improve.  This is our first year with a middle school counselor and we are pleased we made that decision.  

I might add that the primary teachers do a great job working with students who need extra support and plans for improvement.  They have the opportunity to work in a self-contained classroom and I am always impressed with the behavior plans they come up with to help a student feel good and improve.  

Misc. Announcements

Next School Holiday

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017



6th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show Auditions

Audition Forms are available now through January 26th. Auditions will be held the week of January 30 beginning at 4PM. Pick up your form in the Counseling Office, Front Office or from your homeroom teacher. Show Date & Location: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

We look forward to seeing all of our talented students!

**Proceeds from the show benefit the class of 2017**



Annual Jog-A-Thon

The jog-a-thon is going school wide this year! With that said, I am in need of more sponsors. If you are a business owner and would like to advertise your company on our race day shirts, please contact me at I will get you more information on how you can become a proud sponsor of this great fundraiser! Thank you in advance for your support!


Box Top Contest

Box Top contest, please bring in your Box Tops for education. The school receives 10 cent per each valid box top, they add up quickly!

Please send them in now through February 17ththe classroom who brings in the largest number of Box Tops will receive a special treat.

Please continue to send them in after this date as well, we will have one more collection before the end of the school year.

Thank you.



WOW!!!!!!! What an amazing party and community building event.

The 11th Annual Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed was AWESOME!

How can Tom and I possibly thank all the amazing volunteers that helped make this event spectacular.

I do need to give a shout out to my committee and some special folks.


Tiffany Alexander, Lisa Keogh, Carrie Hall, Suzy Davis, Kara Ardenyi, Lise Houser and Relda Franke – ladies thanks a bunch. I appreciate YOU!

Ms. Holmes you are always  my rock in getting the Millennium students to shine.

Mrs. Grant you rock for getting my teacher volunteers to bartend, and to sell bar and raffle tickets.

Ms. Kay and Ms. Angie who for a month took care of accepting ticket orders and donations.

Mr. Hepner for getting one of the largest silent auction items…. GO TNT!

Mr. Woods for organizing the football team to help set up and break down. You saved Tom’s knees this year. Smooches!

All the parents, students, teachers, family members and friends that supported the event and made it successful.

Mrs. Stewart thanks a bunch for giving us the opportunity to chair this event and “run with it!”


Please please forgive me if I have not mentioned you… just know that without you… this event would not be successful.


Finally, I know that numbers are still being calculated… I know that we made over $10,000…..


Please mark your calendar for February 3, 2018 – our 12th Annual Tracy Learning Crab Feed.


Thanks a bunch and oodles of hugs, – Donna and Tom Baker




PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week 2/13 – 2/17

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Beef or Bean Tacos

Wed – Beef Hot Dogs

Thurs –Chicken Nuggets and Mashed Potatoes

Fri. – Cheese Ravioli


Pre K




This week in science our students explored habitats. Last week they learned about some special animals, and this week they applied what they learned to see how those animals survived in their individual habitats. Our class learned the characteristics of each habitat, about camouflage, other animals in the specific environments, and how the living things within a habitat depend on one another to survive. We specifically investigated freshwater habitats, the rain forest, the ocean, the desert, and the arctic. In the pictures below, students were doing a project about the four levels of the rainforest.  After ‘acting out’ the levels (becoming plants and animals in ascending height for each level), the students were experts in placing the animals in the proper levels of the rain forest. It was exciting to see peers collaborating and helping one another as they completed this project.



Primary Charter

Initial Phase

This week in Initial Phase, students have been busy talking about what sinks and what floats.  We predicted, developed hypothesis, tested, observed, and then wrote about what we saw and whether it mirrored our hypothesis.  Students had a lot of fun learning about various objects such as; valentine candy, gold rings, rubber ducks, ice, and toys.  We even experimented with 7UP!  So much fun.  As your student about it.


Phase 1


Phase 1 students are getting pretty used to this wintery weather.  It has given us a chance to talk about all kinds of weather including how powerful it can be to destroy property, nature, and roads.  Hopefully we will be able to resume regular outside play soon.  Please be sure to send your student with appropriate clothing and shoes for this weather.  In Writer’s Workshop we are so proud of the writing our students are demonstrating.  We are seeing more and more independent writers emerging.  It is a direct correlation to the increased reading we have noticed!  Next week we will continue to explore narrative writing.  In Social Studies, the students have learned about the great achievements that Black Americans have made to our society. But even more so, they learned that the characters of these people are what make them great.  Students are busy with very exciting literature in Language Arts and tackling more grammar and phonics concepts.  In Math we are learning about all types of measurement including time, money, length, height, and graphs.  Look for information to come home soon regarding our next field trip.  If you would like to be a volunteer, please make sure that you check with the office to see if you have cleared everything needed.  Thank you so much to all the parents that have donated much needed supplies to our classrooms.  Have a great weekend!

Phase Two


Next week, students will continue their study on energy.  Students are fascinated to learn about the different types of energy!  We have many fun activities planned.  Students are looking forward to the fun hands on activities involving energy.  Also, Student leadership has been busy helping prepare for our next fundraiser!  We can’t wait to tell you all about it!


Mark your calendars! There is no school on Monday, February 20th, in honor of Presidents’ Day!  School will resume Tuesday, February 21st.


Have a great weekend!



Discovery Charter









Discover High School Prep

Charter Chatter:

Top Den earners for each Den:






Monday/Wednesday, February 13/15……….Costume and props           check Not turned in. picture only

15 points (classwork) p. 82 in Agenda


Wednesday, March 1 ………Costume and props turned into class

25 points (project) p.84 in Agenda


March 7, 8, 9 Daytime Presentations in the gym

75 points (tests/quizzes) pg. 84 in Agenda


Evening performance Thursday, March 9th in the courtyard outside             DHSP (Den Points) p. 84 in Agenda



Language Arts:

In English 78, we are half way done with the book we                                     are reading.  We are finishing up the first draft of our                                           first research paper and we are becoming quite the                                    experts in diagramming very complex sentences.

New to the class is our news reports once a week and debating        topics in small groups.  We want to become good at speech and debate.  Our essay writing is improving as we continue to write at   least one essay a week.  Since we are doing research, writing is a    twenty five minute write once a week in class.  Mrs. Stewart is         quite impressed with the work we are doing.


In Mrs. Zo’s class we are working hard on completing our first draft      of the SWO. Students are becoming well-versed in their topics and           are learning how to paraphrase and summarize research in their own      words. Their writing is truly benefiting from this practice. I look          forward to seeing the results of their hard work!

In Ms. Langston’s class this week we have been learning how to    write citations in MLA format. Students will use this new skill as they continue to write their SWOs. The next deadline for SWO is         coming up! On February 17, students must turn in their first draft      of their essays.


In Academic Pentathlon students created games based on the science packet. Very creative and fun!!



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. Ulricksen

Language Arts: Ms. Langston

Language Arts: Mrs. Cerezo

Science: Mr. Jorgensen

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


Enjoy your three day Weekend!




Charter Chatter February 10, 2017

January through March, Mrs. Stewart and the counseling staff will be meeting with all students for their annual counseling review. During this meeting fast track classes and next year’s schedule will be planned.  Only 10th grade parents will be invited for an appointment.  Time is extremely limited and we encourage 10th grade parents to rearrange schedules as necessary to attend their scheduled time. Appointment letters were mailed with the first semester report cards.


COSMOS- California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science

Want to spend a month on a college campus exploring topics in STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics? Application period is from January 17th – February 17th, 2017. Dates for the program are July 9-August 5, 2017 *UC Irvine ends on August 4, 2017* For more information please visit

Guiding Outstanding Learners to Discover (GOLD) – July 23 –  August 4, 2017


Click here for more information.


College Info

College bound seniors: most colleges will be notifying applicants the status of their admission in early Spring by either mail or online via the student portal on each individual college’s 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.  Best of luck to all of those who applied!


Community Service Opportunities

Snack Club Program at TK Site and TK – Mon-Friday 3:30pm-4:30pm or until 6:30pm at the Tracy Learning Center TK Site (238 West Grant Line Rd). High school students are needed to help with snack club program Contact: Mrs. Tyler


Snack Club Program at TLC Mon-Friday 3:30pm- 6:30pm at the Tracy Learning Center. High school students are needed to help with snack club program. Please see Ms. A in the counseling office for an application.