TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter


A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

February 15, 2019 Vol 25

California School Parent Survey, 2018-2019

TLC needs your help! We have launched an online survey to learn more about your opinions of PCS, DCS, and MHS. This survey is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about your child’s school.

Your participation is voluntary. It is also very important. The information you provide will help guide school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, and improve student achievement.

· This is an anonymous survey. It is designed so that no one can be identified from the data. You do not have to respond to any questions that you feel could be used to identify you. Simply skip any such questions.

· All questions apply to this school only.

· The results are for the use of TLC. The California Department of Education and WestEd will preserve data confidentiality and refer any data requests to the Tracy Learning Center.


If you have more than one child at this school, you will only need to complete one survey.

Access the survey using the following URL’s:



Discovery Charter

Millennium Charter

Primary Charter


February is the time to apply for all incoming Transitional Kindergartners (TK) and Kindergartners for the 2019-2020 school year. All TK students must have a birthday between September 2, 2014 and December 2, 2014 to apply and all Kindergartners that apply must be 5 before September 2, 2019. All applications must be turned in from February 1 thru February 28, 2019 to be included in the lottery. Current students’ siblings must also apply.

Next Holiday

Monday, Feb. 18 2019 is a school holiday.

Lunch Menu for this week…. YUM!

Lunch Menu – Week Feb. 18 – Feb. 22


Mon. – Holiday

Tues- Pizza

Wed- Nachos

Thurs – Taquitos

Fri –Beef Hamburger


This week, TK learned about two very important presidents in our history: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

We learned that George Washington was the very first president of the United States. The Father of our Country can be observed on both the dollar bill and on the quarter. The Washington Monument was constructed in his honor.

We also learned that Abraham Lincoln was our 16th president, and significant for his role in the Civil War. Honest Abe can be observed on the penny and on the five dollar bill.

The students and teachers in TK also began a new competition this week; we are working to memorize all 45 presidents, in order, with the help of a 45 presidents song. The winner will earn 45 cents to spend in the Student Store and will earn the coveted Gold Mickey Necklace! We are all working VERY hard!

Initial Phase

We have a lot going on throughout the rest of the month! Valentine’s Day is on Thursday! Students can bring in valentine cards/goodies. We ask that you send 66 of the same valentine with the “to” section left blank. We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day by doing fun valentine themed centers such as valentine bingo, candy heart graphing, valentine STEM challenges, and passing out valentines.

We are still in need of Brach’s individually boxed conversation hearts. We will be using the candy to do a graphing activity. We want each student to have their own box. All donations are very appreciated!


Phase One

This students in Phase One have continued writing personal narratives and they are doing a wonderful job! In Science we continued learning about space. This week the classes learned more about the moon and introduced the Sun. The classes learned about how the Sun creates shadows and a did an experiment using flashlights. Ask your student about this! Don’t forget to continue helping your child with their nightly moon observations.

Phase One also celebrated Valentine’s Day on Thursday and the fun lasted all day! Students decorated bags, passed out their treats, did a fun Valentine’s Day experiment, sorted and graphed Conversation Hearts and made a Valentine’s Day craft.

AR goals were due today! The classrooms will all have their AR party for those students who met their goal next week.

Phase Two:

This week our 3rd and 4th graders learned about forces and motion. We discussed Newton’s Laws of Motion and learned new vocabulary words such as friction and gravity. Did you know YouTube Kids has some great videos on Newton’s Laws of Motion? They are simple, kid-friendly and age appropriate. Check them out!

Our 4th grade leadership students are working on a “Valentines for Veterans” project. PCS students are working on creating special cards for local veterans to be delivered next week.

Reminder that Phase 2 AR goals are due on February 15th. Students who meet their AR goals will get a special treat!

Here is a peek at some our our Phase 2 hallway projects!








Discovery Middle School 5/6

⅚ Upcoming Dates to Know:

Friday, Feb. 15th: Ms. T and Mrs. Zuniga mailed out all college personal statements for students. We can’t wait to hear back from them!
Monday, Feb. 18th: No School in observance of President’s Day

Friday, March 1st: Lifelong Learner Career SWO: All students should have 4 of the 4 required research components completed. There were 8 choices to select from on the guidelines paper.

Social Studies Update:
On Tuesday, March 19th, DCS will welcome Mr. Ricotta who will be joining our team as our new and permanent Social Studies teacher in ⅚.


A Glance into ⅚ Classrooms:


Science with Ms. Diaz: Dear TLC parents and guardians, 5/6th grade science now has its very own science blog website. Come check it out to read the great blog posts covering various scientific topics that students have written for your learning and enjoyment. Get ready to be entertained and amazed!


LA with Ms.Christensen
This week in LA the students learned about theme in stories. They brainstormed what themes were in our current novel. We also completed our novel. In writing, students started working on their own mystery story. We also did an overview of four different types of poetry and focused in on lyrical poetry. In Humanities, the students learned about the members in the Beatles music group and created an infographic about their group’s member.


Choir with Mr. Dougherty

Mr Dougherty’s music classes are gearing up for their end of trimester concert. The concert will take place in our gym. It will start at 630pm. Admission is free. Be sure to come out to show your support.


Math with Mrs. Zuniga:

Varsity: Our class is practicing operations of decimals. Practicing at home is crucial, students use decimals in their everyday lives. Money is a great way to help your child practice operations of decimals. Students will had a quiz today (Friday) on adding subtracting and multiplying decimals.

Scholastic: Unit 2 is under our belt and integers is now our focus. Students put their knowledge to the test this week with integer war. This game can be played at home parents, all you need is a deck of playing cards and your child. There was a quiz today (Friday) on operations of integers.

Honors: Multistep equations has been our focus for the past week. Our class needs to grasp the concept to help them understand our concept of substitution that begins next week. There was also a quiz today (Friday) on equations and expressions.



Speech and Debate Shout Outs:

Ms. Pelaez and Ms. T joined in on the Speech and Debate fun this past Saturday and did some judging. We both are so proud of all of our TLC kids 5th-MHS! We do want to give a special congrats to our very own ⅚ students who placed this weekend- you guys rock!

Sydney Saylors, 8th, Novice Impromptu

Kaeden Springer, 4th, Novice Expository

Chelby Johnson, 3rd, Novice Impromptu

Patrick Bouckaert, 5th, Novice Expository


DCS 7- 8



⅞ Upcoming Dates to Know:

February 18 (Monday) there is no school.

February 28 community service hours and Final Drafts for SWO are due to Language Arts Teachers

Language Arts:

With Mrs. Cerezo:

This week each class began work with a brand new resource, NoRedInk. This is a great tool for students to use both at home and in class. It helps students to strengthen their grammar and language skills. It is great practice!


Students also turned in their first draft of their SWO projects. Remember, if students score a 70/100 or above they do not need to complete a second draft. However, if they score less than 70 they will need to complete a second draft.


Final drafts are due Feb. 28th along with ALL (20) community service hours.


Classes plan to finish up our second play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead this week or early next week.


Language Arts with Mrs. Ernst

Happy February,
Please remember: we will have a normal school day on Monday, February 11, 2019 and we will celebrate Presidents Day on Monday, February 18, 2019


With Mr. Singh

All classes took the Davis Test for the second time this week.


Science with Ms. Dominguez:

This week, 7/8 Science started the Plant Life unit which involves a “Plant Growth and Development” lab. During this lab, students will be responsible for tracking the growth of a plant from seed to sprout, and then eventually, we will be attempting to transplant the project plants to bigger containers. Students have been incredibly enthusiastic about this project, and I am so excited to see them care for their plants over the course of the year.

5/6 Science Olympiad will be on March 9th.

7/8 Science Olympiad will be on March 2nd.

Social Studies with Ms. Zaca

After completing their American Revolution Vocabulary test on Monday, students began reading about the Articles of Confederation. Despite the enthusiasm of the colonists in finally getting their own country, their first form of government failed as the founding fathers realized that a strong central government was needed if they wanted their country to be successful. Students read a quick overview of the success and failures of the Articles and held a discussion after analyzing video clips that went into more depth.

Verbal Expression with Ms. Dane

After completing their American Revolution Vocabulary test on Monday, students began reading about the Articles of Confederation. Despite the enthusiasm of the colonists in finally getting their own country, their first form of government failed as the founding fathers realized that a strong central government was needed if they wanted their country to be successful. Students read a quick overview of the success and failures of the Articles and held a discussion after analyzing video clips that went into more depth.

Technology with Ms. Ferguson

Technology is being introduced to engineering and coding.

Choir with Mr. Dougherty

Mr Dougherty’s music classes are gearing up for their end of trimester concert. The concert will take place in our gym. It will start at 630pm. Admission is free. Be sure to come out to show your support.

Physical Education:

The DCS Students are really enjoying our New “Drumfit Unit” in PE!!!!!



Millennium High School


On Tuesday 2/12, Lady Falcons Soccer heads out to Mariposa for the 1st round of Division VI playoffs! Game begins at 5pm: 5074 Old Highway North, Mariposa, CA

Also on February 12th, Falcons Soccer (boys) will kick-off at 6pm for their DVI home match-up vs Mariposa. Their game will be played at West High. Admission is $6 adults, $4 students. Come out and support!!


Lady Falcons Basketball joins the 1st round games on February 12th. Their brackets will be released this Saturday at around 4pm… Stay tuned!

8th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show – February 20, 2019 – Tickets on sale now!

Tickets to the TLC’s Got Talent Show are now on sale, please see the following link to purchase tickets:



Decision Medicine

Join Decision Medicine this summer and explore the exciting world of medicine. Our program is designed to introduce you to a possible career path that you may have thought was unavailable to you. Applicants must be 16 years old by the start of the program (July 15, 2019). Apply online February 1, 2019 – March 1, 2019.


· Stanford Summer Arts Institute students in grades 8–11 come together for a three-week intensive interdisciplinary arts program offering academically rigorous, hands-on courses in art, visual design, and music.

· Stanford Summer Humanities Institute students in grades 10 and 11 explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by distinguished Stanford professors during this three-week residential program.

· Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes allows students in grades 8–11 to engage in single-subject intensive study selected from a wide range of disciplines, and benefit from small class size and academically themed residences.

· Stanford AI4ALL invites young women in grade 9 to apply to this three-week residential summer program. Participants learn about topics in AI, partake in ongoing research at Stanford, and receive mentorship from professors, graduate students, and industry professionals.

· Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) students participate in a highly-selective program centered around lectures, guided research, and group problem solving in advanced math topics. This four-week program is intended for an elite group of talented students in grades 10 and 11.

· Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math and Physics offers 13 courses throughout the year, including a summer term for high school students, grades 9–12. Students earn Stanford University Continuing Studies credit.

Learn more about Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies programs here:


T&J Educational Supplies and Tutoring Club

Offers FREE Tutoring During Black History Month


Reading • Math • Algebra I&2 • Geometry

320 W. 11th Street, Tracy, CA

Every Monday thru Thursday in February

3:30 – 6:30 PM

Meet Terry and Jackie Thomas!

Parking in rear!






San Joaquin Delta College – Delta Dream Conference

Delta Dream Conference Save the Date 8:30am-2:00pm. Saturday, February 23, 2019 at San Joaquin Delta College Tillie Lewis Theatre

5151 Pacific Avenue Stockton, CA 95207

Reserve your free spot at

Join us at SJDC to learn more, please see the following link for event flyer:















Delta College Cash 4 College Event

The Delta College Financial Aid, Scholarships & Veterans Services Department is excited to announce our annual Cash 4 College Workshop on Wednesday, February 27th from 12pm to 6pm!


Students and their parents can drop-in anytime between 12:00pm – 6:00pm. We will have our entire Financial Aid Staff on site to guide students through completing their 2019-2020 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, and answer any questions they may have regarding financial aid. We will also have free food and prizes!! Please help spread the word to students regarding this wonderful opportunity to complete their financial aid application by March 2nd. The event will be in the Eservices Lab on the first floor of the DeRicco Building.

Please see the following link for event flyer:




























Youth Advisory Commission (YAC) in currently Accepting Applications

The City of Tracy is currently accepting applications from teens and adults interested in serving on the Youth Advisory Commission (YAC). The Commission operates in an advisory capacity to the Recreation Division – Youth & Teen Services staff, the Parks and Community Services Commission, the City Council and other community groups on matters relating to youth in Tracy.


Members of YAC recommend and assist in the planning and implementation of youth programs and events and host forums on health, safety and recreation. Adult Commissioners will work with teens from all Tracy high schools, as well as City leaders and staff, to implement programs that positively impact the youth of our community. Adult Commissioners will also mentor the teens as they work with them on subcommittees and special projects. Both adult and teen commissioners attend monthly and scheduled meetings.


Youth Advisory Commission meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at Tracy City Hall, Room 203.


Teens between the ages of 14 to 18 and attending high school in Tracy, as well as adults that live in Tracy, are welcome to apply. Applications may be obtained at the Tracy City Hall, located at 333 Civic Center Plaza, or by visiting and clicking on the Elected Officials & Policy link.


The YAC application deadline is Friday, May 3, 2019.