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                                              A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC




April 13, 2018                                                                                                                         Vol 31

Virginia Stewart



Our new office number is (209) 290-0511


Welcome back from Spring Break. One student told me it felt he was gone as long as if it had been summer.  Well, I can understand our summers are shorter than other schools, but not quite that short.  What I did realize from the break is that time away is helpful. It does refresh us and it does give us a chance to appreciate what we have.  That is the case with us right now, we are excited to see the high school remodeling get underway and for their return to this campus next spring. We miss them on this campus.

We are also so grateful for the new buildings that we have and the great response we have gotten from students and staff about the new feel of being a school.  While I always believed that the facilities did not make a school, I do believe the facilities are now reflecting what a great school we are.

The end of the year comes quickly.  We will have state testing, and events that make the end go even faster.  High school has less than 35 days before FAST TRACK and graduation, and the rest of us have about 55 days to go until it is summer.  Oh my! But again, I know that one of the things that makes us as successful as we are, is the extra school days we give our students.  There is never a rush to get to the end of the expected curriculum, our students have less loss of learning time with a shorter summer and our curriculum really fits the amount of time we need to teach it.  The extra time and the extra hours make for better learning.


PEP (new name for our PTO,  PEP =Parents Empowering Parents Message


Our next PEP (Parents Empowering Parents) meeting will be on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 6:30pm – location is in P2, our Kindergarten Room




Coats/Outer Clothes

Please remember to label all of your child’s outerwear. We do not want a bunch of lost and found collected and we will not be holding lost clothing for very long





PCS/DCS Lunch Menu – Week Apr. 16-20

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. –  Chicken Taquitos

Wed- Beef Hot Dog

Thurs –Chicken Nuggets

Fri- Chicken or Vegi Wraps







This week on TK island. We learned how to be healthy islanders by following the food groups. They learned how to keep their bodies healthy, build strong muscles, and have lots of energy by eating protein, grains, diary, fruits, and vegetables. It was nice hearing all the the wonderful stories about their Spring break. They were just as excited to be back in class as their teachers were too!



Primary Charter

Phase One spent the week learning about butterflies and even got some caterpillars as class pets. We will watch the caterpillars grow and eventually become butterflies that we will release. P4 even learned about pollination. Some math groups are learning about measuring capacity.


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This week phase 2 students learned all about the scientific method! We’ve got some very curious scientists in 3rd and 4th grade! We discussed what a hypothesis is and how to collect data. We look forward to more science experiments this trimester. We also enjoyed a science presentation from the DCS students this week.







Welcome back!  We hope everyone enjoyed their time off for Spring Break.   We are back in full swing and heading towards the end of the school year. It will be here before you know it!

Teachers here at Discovery are at a loss for words….in an EXTREMELY good way!!


In just 13 school weeks (not counting Thanksgiving and Christmas break), which comes out to almost 4 months, our students at DCS raised $3,272.86 with their donated bags alone. The students brought in over 600 bags from home! Altogether, the whole school has raised $5019.20. Combined with the amount raised by the rest of the school and the money donated on our online Water for South Sudan Fundraiser page, we have raised a total of $5,745!!!!! Our plan was to raise $5000 by the last day of school, but our kiddos went above and beyond to hit our goal 4 months early and went over the amount we had set!! I am in awe of how our students went above and beyond our goal of $5000 by raising an extra $700.


In even better news, our school was recently contacted by the organization to congratulate the students for raising the $5000, and to also let them know that their money will go towards the co-sponsorship of a new Well. Our Well for the South Sudan community will be drilled by the end of May. If for any reason it does not, our Well will be the first to get drilled at the beginning of the next drilling season, which begins in December. Our school name will be placed on the Well as well and our students will be updated every step of the way. Our students are beyond excited to have their school name placed on the well and their fingers are tightly crossed that the drilling begins by May!


The DCS/DHSP teachers want to give a huge shout out to all our students for their donations and to all the parents who helped give support! We are speechless at how quickly we achieved our goal and cannot be any prouder of our students. They really are the best and some of the most dedicated students in our community.







Charter Chatter Week of 4/9/18-4/13-/18


Welcome back! Third trimester is underway and students are refreshed and ready to work after their two week Spring Break!


General Updates:


  • Academic Pentathlon is 4/21 — if your student is participating as a team member or an alternate you will be receiving a letter home this week letting you know all relevant information.
  • The deadline to sign up for the Washington D.C. trip (Spring Break 2019) at a discounted rate has been extended to April 30. Contact Ms. Sabedra ( with any questions about the trip or for details on how to sign up.
  • 8th grade activities are coming up! Be on the lookout for information coming soon
  • Trimester 3 Leadership is meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays in preparation for the rest of the school year. We have a lot of ideas and plans we are hoping to make happen to end this year. Starting with a Jog a Thon rally, if weather permits it.
  • 8th Grade Parent Meeting is coming in early May. Date is to be announced.
  • Jog-a-thon is Friday April 27



SAVE THE DATE!!! Relay For Life is on Saturday, April 28th and the students of our Discovery High School Prep CJSF club are sponsoring a team and booth again. It’s an all day family friendly event from 9am – 9pm, but feel free to stop by and join our “relay” team for any amount of time you’re available. Relay For Life is organized by volunteers to support the American Cancer Society. They work to raise money and awareness for cancer research and family and patient support services. To join our team or make a donation, you can go to the Relay For Life website and look up Discovery-CJSF, or just show up the day of the event and find our booth! It will be held in Tracy at West High School on Lowell Ave. We hope to see you there! (P.S. All students 7th grade and above will earn community service hours for attending. You can contact Mrs. Prescott at for more information.)


Language Arts:

Students are continuing their work learning about various African art! We are also reading Things Fall Apart and working hard to understand this very complex and rich culture.



Algebra is coming around the corner and beginning to wrap up the last few units in preparation for Algebra 2 or Geometry. Mrs. Dominguez is getting excited to see how this group of students does their Davis Test in May.

Geometry is exceeding all expectations this year in their knowledge of Algebra. This group is strong and as we wrap up this unit and finish the AP curriculum, we are hopeful to do well at our competition coming up.

Math 78 has completed this years curriculum map and has started working on Algebra readiness concepts.









MHS Counseling News


Class of 2018 Reminders

Save the Date for the upcoming Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 26th @ 10AM at the St. Bernard’s Holy Family Center located at 12100 W. Valpico Road.  Doors will open at 9:30am for seating and tickets are required for entry. All graduates will be given 8 tickets and detailed information regarding their rehearsal the day before and specifics on the morning of the ceremony. The tickets will be distributed to students at their Senior Breakfast on May 18, 2018 along with their cap and gown. There are no additional tickets available for request as seating is extremely limited.


TLC’s Comedy Central Fundraising Show

Join us for an evening of laughs at Tracy Learning Center on May 3, 2018, as some our funniest students will showcase their comedic talent. Students in grades 5-12 are welcome to participate. Interested students may pick up a participation form in the Tracy Learning Center Main Office or Millennium High School Counseling office. Forms are due by April 25, 2018. For further information please call (209) 627-8299 or email


The show will take place on Thursday May 3rd @ 5pm at the TLC Main Site Room P2. $5 per person for admission.


Community Service Opportunities

Please see for upcoming community service opportunities.



Flapjack Fundraiser – Volunteers needed – Great Community Service Opportunity

Tracy African American Association Flapjack Fundraiser

Date:  Saturday, April 14th

Time: 8:00-10:00 / Location: Applebee’s 3060 N. Naglee Rd. Tracy CA 95304

Volunteers should wear black pants and a white collared shirt.  Expect to help with busing tables, serving and wherever else you are needed.

Sign up at the Millennium High School Counseling Office or contact Patricia Jackson for more information at (510) 604-2255.



UC Berkeley Summer Experience

UC Berkeley’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions is pleased to announce our annual Berkeley Summer Experience and invites you to nominate your student! Berkeley Summer Experience is an intensive application workshop and information session that is intended to introduce prospective students to the UC application, the admissions process, as well as the UC Berkeley undergraduate experience.


Berkeley Summer Experience will host a residential program for both prospective Freshmen and Transfers on UC Berkeley’s campus on June 15th-17th.


Note: The Berkeley campus program is a residential program and is open to any rising high school junior or senior and California Community College student meeting the eligibility requirements. While the program is free of charge, transportation to the program is not covered and participants will have to provide their own transportation.


To be eligible for the program, each student must be a junior or senior in high school in Fall 2018 and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher; or a community-college transfer student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and 30 or more transferable semester units by the end of Spring 2018.


Students who are nominated by a counselor or a Community-Based Organization will have priority consideration when we are making selections. All nominated students must also fill out an application.


The application for both students and counselors will be available from April 1st- April 30th. Selected students will be notified in mid-May. If you have any questions, please contact us at


For more information on the application and nomination process, feel free to view our website.