TLC Charter Chatter – Week 2

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC


August 17, 2018 Vo1 2

Meet the TLC Staff

George Hepner


Hello, my name is George Hepner. I am very happy to be starting my 18th year with the Tracy Learning Center as the Director of Facilities. I have seen many changes over the years, but I am truly excited about our new campus and buildings! Students, parents, and staff all deserve such a great site to call home.

I work closely with the TUSD, City of Tracy, contractors, and vendors that do business with the Tracy Learning Center. I deal with community members and work with our staff on the safety and welfare of our students. I also oversee the day to day maintenance crew who ensure our campus remains in great shape.

In addition, I work with our Executive Director Virginia Stewart on many matters here at the TLC.

You can contact me at and I look very forward to an awesome school year!!
Kathy Prescott


Hello everyone and welcome back to the start of another great school year! Week two is already behind us and everyone seems to have taken off running!

For those of you who may not know who I am, I’m Mrs. Prescott, the school counselor for Discovery Charter School, 5th-8th grade. This is my third year at Discovery and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this AMAZING Tracy Learning Center team! I offer many services and opportunities to the students of DCS. Some think of me as the person they can go to work out their problems or check on their grades, but I do so much more!

Every year I take on take on new roles and add to the ways I can help students, teachers, and parents. Mrs. Stewart and I spend our Monday mornings seeing students in our ROAR (now SOAR) meetings to Strengthen Restorative Justice at our campus. I also meet with class representatives regularly to get student feedback on how their homerooms are doing on a group level and find ways to make every class run smoothly. I do individual and small group counseling, peer conflict mediation, grade checks and mentoring, the list goes on. For 7th and 8th grade, I’m the primary advisor to our California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) chapter, with my co-advisor, Mrs. Cerezo. If you have questions about the community service requirements in 7th/8th, I’m your contact person. Please feel free to contact me for things big and small.

I tell the kids, in a nutshell, I’m a professional listener and problem solver. They have to do the work, but I’m here to help them along the way!

Kathy Prescott

School Counselor

Discovery Charter School

(209) 637-6440



Students requiring medications at school must bring their meds along with Physicians Medication Authorization Form to the office.

Lunches/drop offs

Please make sure anything dropped off in the office is clearly labeled along with any sweaters, coats and jackets.

Emergency Forms

Please make sure you have changed your student’s Emergency Information on Aeries and have printed a copy and turned it in to the office. This is very important and we have many students who have not turned them in. Instructions were sent home with report cards and resent home last week. Any questions please call Kay at (209) 290-0511.

Upcoming Picture Days

DCS (5th-8th Graders ONLY) Picture Day is Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

Pre-K, TK and all PCS Students Picture Day HAS BEEN CHANGED TO TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2018

Primary Dismissal

Reminder starting Monday, August 20, 2018 students that remain after 3:35 (or when carline is over) will wait in their assigned classroom. When picking up late students, parents must enter through the front office and will be charged a late fee of $10.00 per incident per child (payable to classroom teacher).

Lunch Menu – Week Aug. 20-24

Mon. – Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Nuggets

Wed- Cheese Ravioli

Thurs – Turkey or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Fri-Beef Hot Dog



Some helpful information about RED folders…
Students will come home with their RED folder every Monday. RED folders are to be returned to school every Friday. On Monday there will be a homework letter with concepts that your student is working on for the week. A big part of homework is daily reading. Please read with your child every day for 20 minutes and then fill out their reading log. Parent/student work is a good way for parents to work with their student on important concepts that they are working on at school. Additionally, there will be a homework tic tac toe sheet that has ideas of ways to help your child practice their sight words/ spelling words. If you have any further questions or need additional ideas on how to help your child at home email the teachers at:

Phase 1

Phase One is hard at work! We started doing centers this week and practiced transitions. The classes have started reading their AR books and are already taking quizzes! Keep up the hard work Phase One!

Phase 2

This week phase 2 students learned how to be a Bucket Filler! We discussed how complimenting others, offering help and being kind can fill someone’s bucket. We all love to have a full bucket! We also were inspired by Kid President and shared how we are all AWESOME!
All phase 2 students have both spelling and math homework. In addition, we ask that they please read for at least 20 minutes every night.

Primary Dismissal-Reminder starting Monday, August 20, 2018 students that remain after 3:35 (or when carline is over) will wait in their assigned classroom. When picking up late students, parents must enter through the front office and will be charged a late fee of $10.00 per incident per child (payable to classroom teacher).


Discovery ⅚

Dates to Remember

  • Picture Day: Monday, August 20th

Back to School Night

On behalf of the Discovery team, I would like to personally apologize for any confusion that took place on Wednesday evening. We work really hard as a staff to make sure things run smoothly and when it doesn’t, we reflect on it to make the necessary changes for the future.
Thank you to all the parents who attended. We appreciate any feedback you may have.
-Ms. Takeuchi (Ms. T)

Parent Feedback form link:

Teacher Contacts
(E-mails and additional resources used to

Ms. Christensen

Access Code: 3mftvl
I will be using this to post assignments and tools they need for writing/grammarGoogle Classroom

(LA/Humanities) Ms. Rodieck
Google Classroom

Access Code: 4c5xr8e
Here you will find Humanities resources
Class Website:

(LA/Humanities)Ms. Sabedra (SocialStudies)
Google Classroom
Access Code: hah2xt
Here you will be able to find articles received in class and Powerpoints reviewed

Ms. Takeuchi- Ms. T
Class Website:
This is a website I use to post Math class updates, pictures of events, SWO pictures for scrapbook and also Leadership news.

Ms. Theall
Class Website:

Mrs. Zuniga (Math)
I will be posted lecture notes and videos for resources here Class Website:
Google Classroom
Access Codes:
Varsity: n49dsua
Scholastic: ivlaf5z
Honors: cubapz6

Coach Easterday, Coach Penirian & Coach Williams (PE)
My Google Classroom is where parents will find each night’s assignment for both math and geographyClass Website:


How to Access and Use Google Classroom:

Your students (and you) should be able to access Google Classroom from anywhere using the URL – When they arrive they may chose to do one of the following:

To sign in for the first time:

Web browser

  • Click Student.
  • (Optional) Click See How Classroom Works for a guided tour of Classroom.

Mobile app

  • Touch .
  • Enter your Google Apps for Education account information and touch Sign in.
  • Select Student and specify if you would like to receive emails about new features in Classroom.
  • Touch Submit.
  • (Optional) Take a guided tour of Classroom or touch Skip to cancel it.


  • Picture Day is this coming Monday, August, 20! Make sure you look out for the picture form that your students should have brought home on Wednesday 8/15
  • CJSF Forms and Dues are due to Mrs. Prescott

Language Arts:

Students are working hard on their second essay of the school year! Each class is also delving deeper into the 1960’s and learning about the different genres of music that were prevalent at that time.


Students are enjoying their new math curriculum! Students in the Scholastic group are working on fractions, expressions, and integers.


Students are completing a project that revolves around the Periodic Table of Elements. They are learning about each element, its function, and atomic mass.

Social Studies:

Students just finished learning about social life in the 1950’s. They are not beginning to learn about Eisenhowerju;;pl and his Cold War.

DCS Year Book Info

Do you wish you had more pictures in the yearbook?

Have you ever wanted to create pages just about you and your friends?

This year you can!

Pre-order yearbooks at and you can create 4 pages all about your year that will be personalized to just your book.

Eight Grade Parents, please note that this is different than the Eight Grade Dedications we do in every yearbook.

Pre-order your yearbook on-line for $48.00 and you can create your own pages!


MHS Counseling News

College Night at San Joaquin Delta College-August 28, 2018

Modesto Junior College Night – August 29, 2018

Community Service and Aeries Presentations Next Week for 9th/10th Grade

The Counseling Department will be visiting 9th and 10th grade English classes next week to help students access their grades on Aeries, and to explain our community service requirements and procedures. Our Powerpoint presentation will be shared on the Counseling website. If parents need assistance creating an Aeries account, contact the Counseling Office at or (209) 627-8299.


Back to School Night – Thank You!!

Thank you to those of you who attended Back to School Night on Thursday 8/16! It was great to meet so many parents. Our partnership with you is key to our students’ success!

Labor Day (holiday) – Tuesday September 3, 2018

Please note Labor Day is a holiday, and students will not be in attendance.