TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter


A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying is a serious matter that cannot be taken lightly.  Continuous bullying behavior can often leave long-term effects such as loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression for those who are victims.  There are many ways to help eradicate bullying in a school setting. First and foremost is helping all students realize the importance of respect. Often it is helping students realize that things they say can be hurtful and why. Teachers need to be watchful and listen during recess and playtime. Students need to feel empowered to speak up ( not by tattling) but why calmly and strongly stating when something is bothering them.  Teachers can facilitate this and bring the concern to a resolution before it is out of hand.

Often at the end of the day when a child is riding home with a parent, the child can share things that may not have gone well with the day.  It is important to notice patterns. If a student continually talks about a student who is bothering him or her, the parent should contact the teacher to bring some resolution to the issue.  We have several of these kinds of meetings during the school year and they do help. We want to be known as a safe school. We want children to feel happy here and safe. Learning is best accomplished when schools provide a circle of safety for everyone. 

I applaud the student, Celina Lopez, who hung up posters on classroom doors suggesting ways we can help make others feel good.  They listed several ideas in a tear-off fringe at the end of the poster. Students are encouraged to take one and put it into action.  

The opposite of bullying is building up others.  We can all do that. 

Celina got the idea through applying for a scholarship through  The idea behind the flyer is that it takes five positive comments to cancel out a negative one in our minds.  The flyer includes positive messages that students can tear off and give to each other in order to promote a greater sense of belonging and appreciation at school.

Fall has…fallen.  When temps are in the low 80’s, the Fall weather is here.  To ring in the season, TLC is bringing back our Haunted High carnival.   We hope to see you Friday October 18th from 4:30 to 10:00pm to celebrate the season.  After a 3 year hiatus, Mr Snyder and our MHS students are excited to bring back ‘Haunted High’.  5:00 – 6:30 is the PG version and after 7:00pm things get REALLY SCARY.    For those who are not into the scary stuff, we will have games and treats that everyone can enjoy.   It is always nice to have students and parents on campus after academic hours – TLC is more than just a school – we hope to see you there!


big kid flyer


Hearing Van

The hearing van will be testing hearing the morning of October 17, 2019. Students who will be tested are  all K, 1st, 2nd, 5th,  8th and 10th grade students.

Next School Holiday

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

Personal Days for Next School Year 2019/2020

VERY IMPORTANT CHANGE for our upcoming 2019/2020 school year Beginning August 5, 2019, we are reducing personal/family days for students from 10 days down to 7 days. Allowing 7 days is still much higher than what the district schools allow and we feel 7 days is more beneficial for the school and for each students’ education.

Lunch Menu Week of Oct. 14 – 18

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Chili or Cheese Nachos

Wed – Teriyaki Meatballs

Thurs – Beef Lasagne

Fri – Beef or Veggie Burger   

See official rules here.



Scan your receipt on the Box Tops app for a chance to win 5,000 Bonus Box Tops for your school.

Sweepstakes begins 10/01/19 and ends 11/03/19.

entry, visit:

**If you have clipped box tops, please send them in by 10-25-19 to be counted in the first deadline.  



This week in TK we learned all about sink and float!

We started off the week learning about all what causes something to sink or float.  The students were able to see some items sink or float, such as a rock, pencil, feather, penny, and a paper clip.

Next the students were able to test which fruits sank or float.  Boy, were we surprised when the lemon floated and the blueberry sank.  Wow!

What a treat, the students tested which cookies sank or floated in milk.  Yummy!

The treats keep coming!  They tested which Halloween candies sank or floated.


Initial Phase

Our pie fundraiser (sent home on Monday) is running through next Thursday, October 17th. Orders will be due on the 17th. Pies will be available for pick up on Friday, October 25th from 3:00-5:00 next to the office. All proceeds will benefit our TLC preschool program.

We are collecting Box Tops For Education! It is now so easy to earn money for our school! Just download the APP, add our school and start scanning!

Next week we will be learning all about fire safety and will even have a presentation from a surprise visitor!

Phase One:

Please support our TLC preschool program by participating in our current pie fundraiser. Information and packets were sent home on Monday. This fundraiser will run until Thursday, October 17th. Pies will be delivered and ready for pick up on Friday, October 25th from 3:00-5:00 next to the front office.

Our school is also collecting Box Tops For Education. There is a flyer in today’s Green folders. No need to cut them out, just download the app, add our school and scan your box tops. This is a very easy way to help earn our school some money!

This week the Phase One students learned about our great state of California! The students learned about where California is located on a map and several state symbols. Ask your student to tell you something they learned about California.

Phase Two:

This week we continued our animal and life science unit.  Some of our classes have even dissected an owl pellet!  We have talked about producers and consumers and adaptations.  In art our classes made beautiful mandalas with tissue paper.  This project required a lot of focus and cutting.  They look amazing! Please make sure you are signing your child’s agenda and AR chart every Friday.  

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

October 7th-17th: Pie Fundraiser

October 18th: Haunted High in the gym, 5-6:30pm, $7

October 28th: DARE Celebration (for 3 classes who will have completed the program)

October 29th: ⅚ Fall/Halloween Dance 4-5pm (permission forms soon)

Our Top 5 Nest Point Earners for the week! Way to go Falcons!!!

Peregrine’s Top 5:

Kestrel’s Top 5:

Saker’s Top 5:

Amur’s Top 5:

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:.

Varsity: Our class was finishing up Unit 1 this week. Our test was Friday and the class will be finding the average on Monday. Our next unit is multiplying and dividing which we have begun activities to check for multiplication facts. Students will also fill in their own multiplication chart in class that they will use in class throughout the unit.

Scholastic: Our class is on the cusp of finishing Unit 2 and had a quiz Friday with review set for next week. Our unit test will be on Thursday.

Honors: Students have blossomed in unit 2 and loved working with the vocabulary for Algebra. They are almost ready for their first quiz of the unit. We have just finished factoring expressions and we will review for our quiz next week before moving into the next lesson.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:


We started this week with division. Students learned to divide multi-digit numbers by a single-digit divisor. Students reviewed multiplication facts by playing games like “Kaboom” and “Multiplication Squares”.  In the coming weeks, students will be working on multi-digit multiplication and division problems along with reviewing the multiplication/division facts.


This week students learned about multiplying decimals and checking the answer by estimating the product. Students also learned long-division along with solving multi-digit division problems. In the coming weeks, students will be learning to estimate the quotient for multi-digit problems. Students enjoyed playing Kahoot while reviewing the concepts of multiplying and dividing by powers of 10.


In this week, students learned to solve Absolute Value equations and Literal equations. Students reviewed solving multi-step equations by playing Kahoot. For creative learning day, student learned solving Literal equations by playing Connect 4. In the coming weeks, students will be learning to solve word problems involving algebraic expressions.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

This week we focused on writing the body paragraphs of an essay.  Scholastic and Honors are answering the question “What is Real Music?”  Varsity is writing their report for D.A.R.E.  Next week, we will work on other elements of their essays including revising and editing.  Below are some of our class generated notes and student work.

In Humanities, students will have a Unit test for Music in the near future.  To help them study for it, they will be working on a study guide both in class and as homework.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

We have begun our new novel unit and the learners are excited. They enjoy learning about the era, how people lived without daily showers, and new/archaic words. The author has fantastic command of verbs that drive the story. We will certainly take some of the tools from her writing box and place them in ours.

I am still grading essays.  Bear with me as quality feedback takes time.  Student effort is worth more than simply completing the rubric and assigning a grade. So far, I have been impressed with the natural gifts of the writers, and the overwhelming amount of polish and elbow grease previous teachers have poured into their education. I look forward to handing them back and starting the next set of essays.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

During the past week in social studies, students have been finishing their lessons on early civilizations and preparing for their second unit test on Friday, 10/11.

Honors finished their group project and gallery walk activity on ancient Sumer. Please see the pictures below of some of their fantastic posters! After they read all about their assigned topic, students had to work together to write a list of facts, draw pictures, and write how their topic relates to civilization.

Scholastic and Varsity students completed their digital brochures on Mesopotamia and they look fantastic! You are able to view your child’s brochure on Google Classroom (have them show you where they submitted the brochure and you are able to view the assignment there – let me know if you have issues). Here are a few printed brochures:

Students in all classes then participated in a fun and engaging lesson all about cuneiform. After a brief lecture about cuneiform, students created their own alphabet with different symbols and wrote a phrase about Mesopotamia using their alphabet. Then, using play-doh, students created clay tablets and etched their phrases into the tablet for other students to attempt to decipher. See pictures below of some students working on translating clay tablets!

We are starting our next unit on Monday, October 14th – we’re off to Ancient Egypt!

Scholastic students will no longer be using interactive notebooks and will be utilizing folders to organize their materials. Folders will be supplied to all students, but they may use their own if they wish.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! Students did shockingly well with making their very first simple circuit. This week the savvy scientists learned about D-cells, parts of an incandescent bulb, and what wires are for. Ask them to make you a circuit PLEASE, because I guarantee they’ll know. In fact, look at the picture below of a circuit that scientist Hayden Compton made. It was fantastic! On Thursday, students had a pop quiz on the principles of circuits. Lastly, many students had to retake the last test on Friday because there were issues with the Chromebooks, so hopefully, by next week the grades will be out and the answers reviewed.

Next week we will learn about conductors and insulators.

Last but not least, come one and come all to check out the DCS science blog site at: Read all about Mammatus Clouds (Cameron Jimenez), Top 14 Best Mods in Minecraft (Alex Castro), and Are There Aliens on Mars? (Madyson Humphrey). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • The Rube Goldberg competition tryouts are open for next week, October 14-17th. Inventors have been requested to sign their group up for a time slot. Only groups that signed up for a time slot will be allowed to compete.
  • Please don’t forget to check Google classroom regularly with your student.
    Hon/Scholastic code→ jp9wlua
    Varsity code→ 8d4s9b
  • I, Ms. Diaz, have also created my own class website . In addition to Google classroom, this site will also contain class information and is easily accessed, as a student login is not required. Both Google Classroom and the website will be updated, so check one or both to find out details about the class and what we’ve done on a daily basis.

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • Pie Fundraiser begins Oct 7th and ends Oct. 17th! Students should have brought home fundraiser packets! Pies will be distributed on the 25th.

Week 9 Top 5 Nest Earners!

Friday Homeroom Games Challenge:

Every Friday, one student from each homeroom participates in a game at Unity! Here is a look at last week’s game:

Wall Decorating Challenge for September:

September has come and gone and with it another round of wall decorating! September’s theme for our Discovery wall decorating was “Homecoming Heroes”. Students were assigned one wall to decorate according to the theme and connect it with the curriculum in their classroom. This month’s wall winners were Ms. Diaz’s wall and Ms. Dominguez’s wall (decorated by Mr. Harding and Mrs. Cerezo’s homerooms, respectively). Check out the video of students describing their wall and how it connects to their classrooms.

7/8 wall:

5/6 wall:

Language Arts with Ms. Greene

                We are moving right along and are now in the double digit count for our weeks. Time flies when you’re having fun!

This week in all classes the goal is to finish our book Fever 1793. Along with the book the students on Thursday and Friday will be presenting their research projects that focus on a specific epidemic. The students are also reviewing the elements of music for the pentathlon.

In Honors, they won for the most donations given for the CJSF McHenrey house donation drive and will receive a pizza party and free day on Friday! Great job class.

In Varsity, they have been working diligently to complete their projects and are setting a goal for the class to get a higher percentage on their test scores in the weeks to come.

Scholastic has also been working on the project and are working towards finishing the book before the other classes.

Reminder: Study vocabulary weekly!!

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

Each class finished reading Fever 1793 this week! This week has been a week of catching up and reviewing. We have worked toward completing some notes for Humanities Music Terms and practiced the key terms we learned on Quizlet!

Furthermore, all classes continued work on their final projects for our novel (to be presented on Friday) and continued with our diagramming and vocabulary practice.

Congrats to our three winners of this weeks Vocabulary Competition:

Jackie Chukwuma

Josh Zulueta

Stephen Garcia

Math with Mr. Dhillon

Varsity :- unit 2 completed and will start with unit 3 ( Introduction to Algebra and function.)

Scholastic :-  unit 2  completed and started with unit 3 (Parent Function and Transformation).

Honors :-  unit 3 completed  and will start with unit 4 (Congruent Triangles)

Science with Ms. Dominguez:

This week in 7/8 Science, we are exploring the links between obesity and cancer. As part of Academic Pentathlon’s curriculum, we have been discussing the various risk factors that exist for cancer, and how some are completely out of our control and others, we can exercise some control over in order to reduce our risk. Obesity, which includes an element of diet, is one of the risk factors that can be reduced by the types of nutrients and foods we put in our bodies.

Students are currently watching clips from a documentary called The Game Changers which features professional athletes that follow a plant-based diet, and tracks how this change in food choices has affected their overall health and athletic performance. As a class, we discuss the pro’s and con’s of this kind of diet with the students questioning how this can align with what we have always learned about having a balanced diet that features all of the food groups (food pyramid).

All classes (with some variation for varsity) will be getting a project assignment tomorrow. They will be asked to track their food choices for all of their meals and snacks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will discuss their food journals on Monday, and then discuss what kind of changes they would have to make in order to go either vegetarian or vegan, and if they think that would be a healthy choice for them.

Campus Beautification

The next Campus Beautification Day will take place on October 26th! Be sure that students who wish to attend/participate turn in their permission slips.

Art with Ms. Losen

This week in art…fifth & sixth are in pre-production for their very own short films. Students have split into groups to focus on sets/location scouting, props, lighting & sound, screenwriting, and advanced cinematography. 7/8 honors are midway through a unit on improvisation and 7/8 varsity are beginning a unit on storytelling and mixed media.

Physical Education:

With the “New School Year” well underway and the 1st Trimester of School already over, students are having a blast in PE playing Eclipse Ball, Disc Golf, Ultimate Kan-Jam! Please be on the lookout in “Aeries” for a “Skills Test” for 5/6 & a “Written Test” for 7/8 this Friday, as this is the 7th/8th Graders 2nd Test Grade for The Year!  Study Guides & Videos will be provided on our teacher website: for students to refer to as Study Guides HAVE BEEN/WILL BE also printed out and given for Coach Penirian, Coach Levand and Coach Williams!

Also, as a friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be bringing a warm clothes for PE, extra socks/shoes and still applying “Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and showering daily; Even though it is starting to get cold out as they still do sweat during the day even though they don’t think they do!!! LOL ;))

Millennium High School


Speech and Debate 

Our first speech and debate tournament of the year was last weekend at Bear Creek High School. 350 students competed from 15 schools across 3 counties, and our Millennium team members gave outstanding performances.

Our complete Falcon wins were:

Kyle Fisher, 6th, Congressional Debate

Giovanna Chukwuma, 5th, Original Advocacy (tied with A. Clepper)

A’Ni Clepper, 5th, Original Advocacy (tied with G. Chukwuma)

Alondra Camarena, 5th, Impromptu

Eli Galvez, 5th, Original Advocacy

Summer Simmons, 4th, Humorous Interpretation

Lilliana Zapien, 4th, Original Advocacy

Shika Acolatse, 4th, Program Oral Interpretation

Christian Silva, 3rd, Congressional Debate

Logan Malsack, 3rd, Impromptu

Ariana Billings, 3rd, Original Advocacy

Kyle Carlos, 2nd, Impromptu (tied with A. Souza)

Anton Souza, 2nd, Impromptu (tied with K. Carlos)

Lucy Lamanna, 2nd, Original Advocacy

Crysuel Cunana, 1st, Original Advocacy

Anton Souza and Lucy Lamanna, 1st, Parliamentary Debate

Nicole Engen, 1st, Big Questions Debate

Nicole Engen, 1st, National Extemporaneous

Our next tournament is October 12th at Mountain House High School — we are always looking for judges! Come see what we’re all about and enjoy free food, coffee, water, and entertainment!




Yearbook sales have opened! Yearbooks are $75. Now is the perfect time to order a 2019-20 yearbook for your student. We look forward to yearbook delivery day, May 15th. Orders are open through April 11th. Click HERE to go to our convenient online order center! Or you may go to and enter code 21362. Senior Dedication ads in the yearbook are available and can include photos alongside a personal message to your son or daughter. There are a limited number of pages available, so act quickly. The deadline to place an ad is 3/15/20. Credit cards accepted! If you have any questions, please direct them to


Interested in donating to the Athletics program?  Here are 2 great opportunities!  If you would like to help us purchase the padded flooring for the weight room we hope to have open by winter, you may donate here (We are just about $10,000 shy of FULL completion!!):

Weekly Schedule (Girls Volleyball, Cross Country and Football): 

Friday 10/11- Football (JV/V) at Big Valley Christian at 5 and 7:15pm

Girls Volleyball at Turlock Christian (played at Calvary Baptist) at 6/8pm

Saturday 10/12- Girls Varsity Volleyball at Stockton Classic

Sports Scores from 10/5-10/10/19:

Varsity Girls Volleyball:  Falcons , Brookside Christian

Cross Country:  In the 2nd league meet out at Legion Park, the girls team took 1st and the boys team took 2nd.  Carson Edwards finished 3rd overall and Arianna Billings finished 2nd overall for the girls.  

Meet The Coaches!

  This is my 10th year as Varsity Baseball Coach, and my 15th year as a member of the baseball coaching staff. I have been fortunate enough to coach teams that have won three league championships, in 2012, 2014 and 2019. Our teams have made eight playoff appearances in the last ten years. Our teams continue to play the game the Falcon way, with pride and excellence. 

For donations towards Millennium Athletics in general, you can go here:

Follow Millennium Athletics on Social Media:  

-Instagram- @Millennium_Athletics

-Twitter- @MHS_Falcons


We appreciate your continued support!  FALCON PRIDE!!

Upcoming Fundraisers for Athletics:

-Pancake Breakfast (Hosted by Girls Soccer) November 2, 2019

-Daddy Daughter Dance: December 14th, 2019

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020


All 1st quarter progress reports were mailed home this week. If you do not receive a copy in the mail, please contact 209.290-0511 to verify your correct address is on file in the Aeries system. There is also important inserts regarding yearbook orders and other specific information depending on your student’s grade level. Be on the lookout for it!

Spring College Early Start:  The process is starting!  Students interested and/or required to take a Delta College class this spring must attend an informational meeting on Thursday, October 17th during lunch.  12:15 in Room 101, 1:15 in Room 105.  Parents are welcome to attend, just make sure you check in at the Front Office!  This meeting will cover all the requirements and steps needed to register and take advantage of this great program, wherein students who earn an A or B in their college class will have their tuition reimbursed by TLC!

Make a Difference Week:  From October 21st to the 25th, our California Scholarship Federation chapter (CSF) will be hosting a Sabotage Coin Drive to benefit McHenry House.  Our four nests will compete with each other by placing change in one of the four jars to gain the highest score…pennies will add to a nest’s score, and silver change and bills will subtract from a nest’s score.  Whichever nest has the most points at the end of the week will receive a set amount of nest points!  It is a friendly competition for a great cause – all funds raised will go to McHenry House.  So Falcons, please start gathering your pennies!

Attention Seniors! This Monday, October 14th from 10am – 7pm, The Photographic Art Studio located at 44 W. 10th Street will be taking walkins (No appointment necessary) for the basic senior portrait sessions. Any seniors who have not taken or scheduled an appointment should take advantage of this opportunity.


In MHS Physics, we have been studying acceleration, velocity, displacement,  forces, and free-body diagrams. Although taken for granted, we all use Newton’s Three Laws of Motion everyday. Can remember them? Take a look …. and ask your physics students to explain.



Chemistry:  What do Charles, Boyle, Avogadro and Gay-Lussac all have in common?  GAS LAWS!!!  Students have just completed investigating the behavior of gases and how gases can be manipulated.  They have seen first hand how math is the language of science and the importance of controlled investigation.  Next up – ATOMS, ATOMS AND MORE ATOMS

Integrated Science students are applying what they have learned about metric measurement and data collection to the topic energy and related concepts

Environmental Science students were reminded of the importance of temperature regulation in living organisms when they observed the respiration of yeast at various temperatures. This observation led to an introduction to thermodynamics and understanding heat as a energy. Students learned to measure a calorie and used calorimeters to calculate the specific heat of various materials that are commonly used in the structures of homes.

Biology has been studying human impacts in ecosystems and creating a tri-fold vacation brochure to inspire tourists to visit particular biomes, whose advantages are researched and described.

 Forensic Science finished fingerprint analysis and is studying hair as evidence, particularly the morphology and structure of hair. Their assigned project is to create a Tik Tok video relating hair to forensics.