TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter


A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

February 23 2019 Vol 26

















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.




Lunch Menu for this week…. YUM!

Lunch Menu – Week Feb. 25 – Mar. 1

Mon. – Pizza

Tues- Chicken Quesadilla

Wed- Chicken Nuggets

Thurs – Beef Enchiladas

Fri –Beef Hot Dogs





Parents 4 TLC had quite the busy week this week and we would like to thank all the parents and staff that participated and continue to support these activities and our group.

Parents 4 TLC would like to personally thank all the families, friends and staff that participated in this month’s Wacky Wallet Wednesday! We haven’t received the totals just yet, but we’ve spoken to each location and they said they had a lot of Wacky Wallet participants! As soon as we have the totals we will update everyone! Our next Wacky Wallet Wednesday is March 20th, so mark your calendars! If there are any restaurants that you would like to see, please let us know.

We also collected the Box Tops from the classes – and WOW!! They will be counted Monday and we will let the all classes know. We thank you so much! We will also be sure to announce that in the next Charter Chatter.

There won’t be any more Box Tops contests this school year, but keep clipping and saving those Box Tops for September’s National Box Tops Week!

Save the date – Friday, June 14th is our next Family Movie Night in the gym (movie to be determined)! Concessions will be available for purchase. We will be raffling off some great baskets again, as well as a 50/50 raffle!

Just a reminder, Parents 4 TLC collects and donates ALL items left in Lost & Found monthly.

Don’t forget about the passive ways you can fundraise for the school: and select Tracy Learning Center (now available on mobile devices) will donate 5% of purchases (must specify Primary, Discovery or Millennium after each purchase)

Our next meeting is Monday, March 18th at 6:30 in P2, hope to see you there!




Thank you to all those that came out to the Mother Son Masquerade Ball! Pictures will be sent home in next week’s Friday folders.


This week, our TK students learned all about scientists and the tools that they use. First, TK was joined by a special visitor, Sam the Scientist, who taught the children that scientists work hard to study the world around them. They are smart, curious individuals who ask a lot of questions – much like our very own TK students!

We rehearsed some of the same skills that scientists use by making observations, generating different hypotheses, and by testing and experimenting all week long, with the use of magnets, a scale, a set of magnifying glasses, various measurement tools, plus ramps and balls. We made many unique discoveries about the world around us!

Initial Phase

Ask your student: how many days are there in a week? How many months are there in a year?

We are so excited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday next week! We will be reading some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books throughout the week. On Friday we will have a pajama day to celebrate! Students can wear their pajamas to school. Please be sure to wear regular tennis shoes- no slippers. Teachers have planned so many fun activities for Friday! Since we will be having fun Seuss themed centers on Friday we will be doing all sight word and spelling tests on THURSDAY. We can’t wait to share pictures on our classroom instagram of all the fun we will be having next week!

Phase One

The Phase One classes had their AR parties this week for those students who met their AR goals. Our next AR goal period started on Monday and these goals are due March 29th. Make sure your child is reading for 20 minutes every night at home. Did you know that the books they read at home, they can take quizzes on, as long as they are AR? So make sure you check their books!

Second trimester is coming to a close and it is almost conference time. In your child’s red folder this Monday there will be a sign up sheet for conferences. We ask that you select your top three times and we will try our best to accommodate everyone. We also ask that you sign up with either your child’s LA or math teacher.

Next Friday our school will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday by wearing pajamas. There is a note with more details in your child’s green folder today.

Phase Two:

Did you know our students have an amazing art teacher named Ms. L? She is currently teaching our 3rd and 4th graders about the art of Salvador Dali. This year they’ve learned about many different styles of artwork and different artists. Thank you to everyone who donated magazines for this upcoming project! Here is a peek at some of our phase 2 artwork.

Discovery Middle School 5/6

⅚ Upcoming Dates to Know:

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.


March 9th. 5/6 Science Olympiad

A Glance into ⅚ Classrooms:

Social Studies Update:
On Tuesday, Feb 19th, DCS welcomed Mr. Ricotta who joined our team as our new and permanent Social Studies teacher in ⅚. Mr. Ricotta has 10 years of teaching experience and has wowed the kids already with not only his Social Studies knowledge, but his ability to speak fluent Korean. If you need to contact Mr. Ricotta, his e-mail address is:

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
Last 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.
This week, we were preparing for our final exam. The students loved playing Quizlet live. Humanities we finished posters on members of the Beatles. In writing, we worked on our mystery story and peer edited.



Choir with Mr. Dougherty

Mr Dougherty’s music classes are gearing up for their end of trimester concert- only students who are currently in Choir for trimester 2 will be participating. The concert will take place in our TLC gym on Wednesday, Feb.27th. The show will start at 630pm. Admission is free. Be sure to come out to show your support.



LA/Humanities with Ms. Rodieck:

Scholastic and Honors took their final for Freedom Riders and finished up writing an alternate ending to the book. They will begin reading their next book Shooting the Moon. This book delves into military life and Vietnam. Scholastic will be turning in their Book Club Book Trailers. Check them out on

Varsity is continuing to read Freedom Riders and will have their final in the next few weeks. They learned about Presidents of the 60’s and wrote an essay about them.

All three classes will have a unit test about music from the early 60’s and will go back to art with a focus on Pop Art.

Ms. Rodieck’s Scholastic class will be performing at the Choir Concert Wednesday, February 27th. Come check it out.



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 28 (Thursday) 2nd Trimester SWO Final Draft is due

February 28 community service hours

March 6 This is the last day of the 2nd Trimester

March 2nd.7/8 Science Olympiad



Language Arts:

With Mrs. Cerezo:

This was a quick week, but as per usual, we managed to learn a lot of great new ideas! Each class finished reading our last play for the year, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Classes have been challenged to channel the inner thoughts and ideas of iconic Ros and Guil to analyze the play and determine its larger meaning.

Classes also continued to work on their language and mechanics skills by using our new online program, NoRedInk. This is an interactive program that allows students to hone their mechanical and technical language skills. Students are enjoying the challenge.

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

Language Arts with Mrs. Ernst

Please remember that 2nd trimester SWO is due on Thursday February 28th. Late papers will not be accepted!

However, SWOs that are not completed will need to be made up and they do count as a letter grade.

8th grade students need to remember that not completing all of the SWO’s will result in the loss of the ability to participate in all promotion activities, such as Promotion, Cosmic Bowling, and Great America.


With Mr. Singh

Varsity- Doing review of unit -6-1 to 6-5 for unit test.
Honors- Started unit-7, Completed 7-1 Rigid motion in a plane, 7-2 reflections, 7-3 rotation, 7-4 translation and vectors, doing Glide reflections and compositions.
Scholastic- Completed unit-5. Now doing review of unit-5

Science with Ms. Dominguez:

5/6 Science Olympiad will be on March 9th.
7/8 Science Olympiad will be on March 2nd.

Social Studies with Ms. Zaca

Students were introduced to the constitution and the three parts it it broken into: the Preamble, the Articles, and the Bill of Rights. They began to read the preamble and will memorize it in the following weeks.

Technology with Ms. Ferguson

This week technology is finishing their lesson on Engineering and taking an engineering vocabulary quiz!

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.



Millennium High School

8th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show – Thank you

On behalf of the Tracy Learning Center, we would like to thank all of the participants and their families, and thank you to all those that came to the show in support of our talented students!

If you want to showcase your talent, we encourage everyone to try out next year.

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.

Summer Delta College Early Start

There is a College Early Start Meeting for students on Monday, February 25th at 12:15 in Mr. Hunt and Mr. Singh’s room 204. If students are interested in taking summer classes at Delta College, they must attend this meeting! There will be an application workshop on Friday 3/1 at 12:00 in Room 204 so students can complete the next step in this process with help. Students should bring their SSN! Seniors applying/reapplying to Delta should also attend the application workshop and must sign up in the Counseling Office.

FAFSA Workshop

The Counseling Office hosted a drop-in FAFSA workshop on Thursday and assisted nine 12th grade students’ families in submitting their FAFSA before the upcoming March 2nd deadline. Completing this free online application on time during senior year is so important in order to be considered for college financial aid including grants, scholarships, work study and loans.