TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter


Nov. 1, 2019

Virginia Stewart                                            

The day after Halloween reflections

It was so wonderful to see our little ones dancing and showing off their costumes to their parents in our Phase Level Unity shows.

Then at 11:00 our preschool students had the time of their life visiting the TRUNKS of families for their own special trick or treat.  All of the parents in the parking lot displayed creative and musical trunk decorations that made the trick or treating so very special for our babies.

It was also great to see our middle school students being so proud to usher our little ones upstairs to the big kids’ rooms for a special classroom visit for trick or treat.  (It is very special to visit up there!)

Nice to see teachers from each room dressed up in a theme as well.  It was certainly a festive occasion.  Most of all, it was parents celebrating a special day at school with their child.  It is so good to have those kinds of days.

That was also true this week when parents gathered to celebrate the end of a ten-week DARE course with Officer Abs.  Once again, it was parents joining with city officials, teachers, and TLC Board members to help reinforce how important it is not do drugs or alcohol.

When families and schools join together, things are better than ever! Thank you.




Next School Holiday

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

Nov. 25 – Nov. 29 Holiday Week – Thanksgiving



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 Nov. 4, 2019 – Nov. 8, 2019

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Mac and Cheese

Wed – Beef Sloppy Joe

Thurs – Chicken Nuggets

Fri – Beef Hot Dog



Good news! There is now a “Give Credit” function within the app. If you are not seeing this function, make sure you have the most updated version of the app installed.

The “credit” button (star icon) shows after you take the first image. A blank field appears that allows up to 50 characters to be typed. Type in your student’s classroom number to give credit.  This field may auto-fill after the first entry; make sure to update it if necessary (such as if someone is supporting more than 1 child at the same school, etc.).



Preschool: 1st Annual Trunk or Treat

We are so impressed with out TLC families and students!  Our first ever Trunk or Treat surpassed all of our expectations!  Thank you for all of your hard work and CREATIVE decor!  We truly have the best parents!  



Just in time for the holidays!  Be sure to join us on our Facebook page for our online book fair here: 

The book fair will be open for 24 hours, so if you cannot be present on Monday night at 8pm you can still view everything the following day and place an order. If you would like to just order directly from the website, you can do so starting today here: 




 Initial Phase

We want to thank all of the P2 families that donated supplies to our class this week! We are so incredibly thankful for your willingness to donate and help enrich our students learning experiences at school. We have lots of fun activities planned!

On Halloween, students can come to school wearing their costumes WITH regular clothes underneath. Parents are welcome for our annual Halloween parade and performance. The parade will begin at 8:30. Students will march around the main building and end at the playground for their performance that they have been working so hard to learn at PE. After this we will be heading inside so that the next grade level can do their parade. Students will participate in other fun Halloween activities throughout the day!




Phase One:

This week was such a fun week! It was Red Ribbon Week and each day was a fun dress-up day and the students had a blast dressing up. The classrooms discussed what good choices they can make to prepare for success. We also had our annual Halloween parade and the students did an amazing job learning their dance and performing it. We are so proud of all the students!

Trimester One is coming to an end very soon. The students will be reviewing concepts that they have learned during the first trimester of school. The teachers will be sending home a signup sheet for parent-teacher conferences in red folders. These will be due NEXT Friday. Time slots are on a first come first serve basis; we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.

Next week is the LAST week to meet AR goals! Make sure your student is reading books and taking quizzes.



Phase Two:

This week our phase 2 students showed their spirit with our Red Ribbon week dress-up days!  We talked about making good choices in life and how to prepare for success.  Thank you to all the parents who came out for the Halloween parade and spooky dance performance!  Aren’t our PE teachers amazing?  They did such a great job of teaching all our students the Thriller dance in PE.

Phase 2 AR goals were due on November 1st and new goals will be assigned next week.  We will also send home parent-teacher conference sign up sheets.  Please return these ASAP to ensure you get your preferred time slot.  Thank you!






Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

November 6th: Music Concert for Mr. Dougherty’s Tri 1 students

November 11th: Veteran’s Day – No School!!!

November 12-15th: Teacher/Parent Conferences (you should have already received something from your child’s homeroom teacher with your date and time.)

⅚ Discovery Top 5 Nest Point Earners:

Falcon Pride!!!





Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

Varsity: We have moved into our division portion of unit 2. Students are beginning to remember the steps of division and have used manipulatives to gain a conceptual understanding of the concept.

Scholastic: Our class has finished the first quiz of Unit 3 and will be moving into solving equations next. The students are gaining the knowledge that will prepare them for Pre-Algebra.

Honors: Students finished the operations of scientific notation. It was a great review to check if the students remembered how to put their numbers in scientific notation. Our next concept is polynomials before the end of Unit 2.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

Monday and Tuesday we reviewed for the final, including playing games.  It gave us an opportunity to learn how to review our notebooks for quizzes and tests.  We had our Language Arts Final on Wednesday. Thursday was the Great Candy Debate.  Students first, took a side and orally shared their reasons.  They then wrote an essay that needed to include facts to support their opinions. Of course we had to do some research by actually eating Skittles and M&M’s.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

We had an amazing Halloween week! Our essays are in and the final has been graded. We can reflect on how this trimester progressed, and plan for a better second tri. We’re going to continue our novel unit, and begin projects once we’ve officially crossed the trimester threshold. We will reflect and refocus before we move forward.

Our D.A.R.E. essay winner was amazing. I am proud of all of our participants, especially proud of those who could attend the celebration and complete the class.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

This week in social studies, students completed their first quiz on Ancient Egypt focusing on the pharaohs they’ve studied and vocabulary terms. On Friday, we took a break from Egypt to learn about Diwali, the popular Hindu festival of lights. After learning about the holiday, students were able to color a rangoli or diya design for Diwali.

This week, students participated in a pyramid challenge in small groups after learning about the pyramids. They worked together to brainstorm how they are going to work together to build the tallest pyramid in the class. They used toothpicks and marshmallows to put together their pyramids – the tallest one was 16″!! Please see pictures below of students having fun with this activity.

Students in all classes will continue learning about ancient Egypt for the remainder of this trimester. The next lesson focuses on the daily life in ancient Egypt. They started their lesson with a group discussion about social structure and created a social pyramid for our school. Students will be working in groups again to act out scenarios as different classes in ancient Egypt’s social structure. Students will be able to bring props, costumes, and food next week for their act-it-out, but it is not required.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week students burned the midnight oil, I’m sure, because they had their Trimester 1 final on Thursday. The final covered “Science and Data”, “Forces, Motion and Energy”, and “Magnets and Electricity”. Aside from the final, students found out how mixtures and solutions are different, what parts make up a solution, and thought of examples of mixtures and solutions. They also took open notes quizzes on the material that they learned, really pushing their brains to the max. Friday was a designated SWO work day as the acrostic poem was due. It was a busy week indeed, so do give your great little scientist a hug and perhaps a nice treat (or two?).

Next week we will be doing our first mixtures and solutions experiments.

Last but not least, come one and come all to check out the DCS science blog site at: Read all about The First Ever Track Meet (Ava Moschetti), Peculiar Animals (Madison Harrison), Favorite SCPs (Harold Ferea). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • The next SWO (family tree) is due Nov. 8th
  • Please don’t forget to check Google classroom and/or the science class website regularly with your student
    Google Classroom Hon/Scholastic code→ jp9wlua
    Google Classroom Varsity code→ 8d4s9b
    Science class website: 

Mission to Mars:

  • Next payment is due Monday, Nov. 4th. Your balance needs to be $900 or less to stay on time with the payment schedule.
  • Next parent meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 6pm, D9 DCS building

Rube Goldberg:

  • Teams have been registered and training is Tuesdays/Thursdays (4-5pm, picked up by 5:15)
  • This starts next week, Nov. 5 & 7. You MUST attend either the 5th or 7th. Thereafter, attendance is not mandatory, however this is designated time to work with your group and train.

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!




Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • No School November 11th
  • Parent Teacher Conferences begin November 12th in the DCS Hallway
  • Tri 1 Music Concert is Nov. 6th

Week 10 Top 5 Nest Earners!

DCS Spirit Wear:

Our Discovery Spirit Wear is on sale once again! Students have the option of buying a variety of spirit wear and may choose colors specific to their Nest Color. The store is open from Monday, October 28th, to Monday, November 4th. Fliers were also sent home this week to all Discovery students. Please click on the link below to purchase your spirit wear and for more information.





Congratulations to team TYSL who won our Discovery intramural sports!! They beat out Team Barcelona during penalty kicks after both teams had scored one point each during the game. Their trophy will be placed proudly in our soon-to-come Discovery trophy case upstairs! Congratulations to these boys and all our students that participated! Stay tuned for next month when we begin basketball!!

October/November Wall Decorations:



Campus Beautification:

This past Saturday, students came to campus to participate in our 2nd campus beautification. Due to a change of plans, students spent time pulling weeds out that have grown around our discovery fence by our eating area. Students worked hard and diligently to pull out those stubborn weeds!! Thank you to all that helped!



Halloween Dance:

This week, leadership hosted not one, but TWO dances!! 5/6 had their dance on Tuesday and 7/8 had theirs on Wednesday. Thank you to all the parents who donated food to both dances; it was greatly appreciated! Check out the pictures below to see what decorations our students created.

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Halloween PCS Trick or Treating:

Below are pictures from this years PCS trick or treating in the DCS hallway!


The 6th Grade Girls basketball team defeated Art Freiler with the score 23-9. The girls improve to 3-0 on the season. They will play North @ The Boys and Girls Club gym on Tuesday, November 5th at 3:30pm.


The 7th/8th Grade Girls basketball team defeated Art Freiler with the score 32-2. The girls improve to 2-1 on the season. They will play Monte Vista @ The Boys and Girls Club gym on Wednesday, November 6th at 5pm.  


A Note from Mrs. Cerezo:

In 7th and 8th we have decided to make some changes to our weekly Charter Chatter! In an attempt to be more efficient and to get the most relevant and important information disseminated to all, we have decided to feature a content area/class each week! We will follow this same pattern each week, beginning with this week. This week we are featuring Science and Social Studies in 7th/8th.

Social Studies

For the last several weeks, 7/8 has been learning about Islam and the Islamic empire. Students researched the geography of the Arabian peninsula and its surrounding areas and using their newly found information, explained how the desert life shaped Arab life and influenced their trade. Students also had to locate key places important to the Islamic Empire on a map in their social studies notebooks.

Students learned about the early life of Muhammad and the four rulers, or Caliphs, that led the empire after his death. They discussed the separation of the religion into two major branches, and how the values important in their religion were Bedouin ideals well before Islam was founded. After learned about each of the caliphs, students created paper “Instagram” accounts for the first four Caliphs and of the Ummayads and Córdoba.

Throughout the unit, students participated in warm up a activities such as heads up to help refine their vocabulary skills for the Islam unit. Next week, students have a final on the Islam unit: students are either taking a traditional unit final or creating a Crash Course video on Islam. Check out John Green’s crash course videos on YouTube to gain an idea of their videos will look like!


Science with Ms. Dominguez

As we get closer to wrapping up our first trimester at DCS, 7-8 Science has continued to explore the causes and risk factors of cancer as part of the 2019-2020 Academic Pentathlon curriculum. In order to understand the causes and risk factors associated with cancer, we have taken a closer look at one cause and one risk factor through the use of clips from documentaries and one project.

The risk factor that we chose to explore was “Obesity”. Through our notes from Academic Pentathlon, students learned how much of the population here in the United States is affected by obesity, and how obesity alone can increase an individual’s risk for roughly 13 types of cancer, with some of those types of cancer affecting more women than men. After learning this information, we explored as a class how we can reduce this risk through our food choices. Students were assigned over the course of two weeks to keep a food journal. For three days during one week they tracked all the food choices they make on a regular basis without considering the nutritional value of the food or buying any new types of foods from the store. Students returned to class with their food diaries, and we discussed the various items they had noted.

Next, we watched clips from a new documentary on the benefits of a plant based diet as experienced by professional athletes that hold world records in various events and sports. The students were shocked to find that the strongest man (He holds the record for the most weight carried by a human at 1200 pounds) was completely vegan. They learned about how the idea that a real athlete needs meat to perform at their peak might be mostly based on marketing.

After watching the documentary clips, students were challenged to find ways they could adjust their own diets in order to test if adding more fruits or veggies and reducing processed foods would provide the same benefits as the completely plant based diets in the documentary. Some students chose to cut out certain food groups or food items altogether (meat, bread, sugars, carbs), and some chose to try a new diet such as paleo, vegetarian, or pescaterian. They had to use the same food diary to track their food choices for another three days.

During those three days, the response of the students to their diet were fascinating and extremely entertaining. Some noted their failure to stick to their diet within the first day. Some were shocked with how much “bad food” they had been eating before changing their diet. Some even reported having more energy throughout the day, and most interestingly, doing better during PE with better times on running the mile.

Next we will be taking a closer look at the role of Genetics in cancer with projects on our own family trees and how traits are passed down from one generation to another, and a research project on selective breeding.

Millennium High School

Congratulations to our top nest point earners this week!

We celebrated these students Wednesday morning at Unity.  Their reward was their choice of t-shirt, bucket hat, water bottle, or fanny pack from the student store!  Two of our lucky winners are pictured below.

Scott Malsack, Saker (9th), 575 points; and Natalia Chavez, Kestrel (12th), 360 points; Not pictured: Vivian Luera, Amur (10th), 445 points; and Xitlali Reynoso, Peregrine (11th), 330 points. Vivi and Xitlali were not in attendance due to taking their PSAT — great hustle, ladies!


Band and Guard

Saturday was an exciting competition day for our marching band.

Overall, the band took an outstanding 1st place for our show!

Colorguard took 2nd place.

Percussion took 2nd place.

Woodwinds took 1st place. (we compete in division 2A but the woodwinds are scoring so much higher than everyone that they are scoring in the 6A division range!)

Brass took 1st place.

Ximena Garcia, our drum major, had an especially great personal night as well. Drum majors are scored across all divisions. Out of ALL the bands that attended (divisions 1A-6A) Ximena was awarded 1st place drum major!

We are so proud of Ximena and all the members of band and guard. Congratulations to Mr. Zepeda and the amazing Falcon marching band and colorguard!

Speech and Debate 

Back row: Christian Silva, A’Ni Clepper, Grace Bhatia, Scott Malsack, Danica Knowlden, Arianna Billings, Lucy Lamanna; Front row: Anton Souza, Anahi Rodriguez, Shika Acolatse, Logan Malsack, Lilliana Zapien

12 members of our Speech and Debate team competed at a prestigious collegiate invitational at University of the Pacific last weekend. There were over 1,000 competitors from three states on the UOP campus, and the tournament was both Saturday and Sunday. Congratulations to the following students on their top 20 placements in their events:

  • Arianna Billings, 20th, Novice Oratory
  • Lilliana Zapien, 14th, Novice Oratory
  • Lucy Lamanna, 13th, Novice Oratory
  • Danica Knowlden, 8th, Novice Dramatic Interpretation
  • Anton Souza, 13th overall, and 5th in his semi-finals round!, Novice Impromptu


Students enrolled in Spanish 1 with Mrs. Amador recently took their unit test and the majority passed with very good grades. They continue developing conversational and grammar skills through games, songs, Quizlet flashcards, and worksheet exercises.You may want to ask your child to sing to you one of our most recently learned songs “¿Cómo soy yo? Y tú, ¿cómo eres?” or “Mambo mambo, ¿qué te gusta hacer?” These songs reinforce difficult grammar concepts such as verb conjugations and using adjectives to describe people and objects. One of their favorite games is Quizlet.Live, where they work in small groups and compete against other teams to identify Spanish vocabulary and verb conjugations. They will be working in creating a skit that they will present in front of their peers to apply and demonstrate their learning in a real life situation.

Spanish 2 students are in the process of completing a cultural research project on the country of Costa Rica during our unit related to traveling. They are thinking critically to answer go into detail about that country and to better understand the people. In doing so they had to write a short reflection to answer one of the essential questions for this unit, “Why is it important to learn about other people’s culture and traditions?”  Please ask your child in Mrs. Amador’s Spanish 2 to show you their beautiful work. They had to research, add pictures, and answer questions in Spanish in order to practice their Spanish vocabulary and grammar skills in the process. They will be presenting their work in front of the class next week.

Spanish 3 students just finished working on their 1st project assigned in this unit. They had to create a script and use the imperatives and superlatives while explaining how to make flour tortillas to an audience as you would on a cooking show. Most students have presented in front of the class already. This was a creative expression artifact and students have showcased their unique artistic skills and point of view, plus their technical abilities in their presentations. Of course, they also showed their confidence and fluency in the Spanish language as they presented to their peers while being evaluated and sharing their “Wows & Wonders” with each other, after each presentation. Below is Ms. Katie Estrada looking so professional while presenting to her peers.


Spanish with Sra. De La Torre

Spanish I 

We just started our new unit this week. In this new unit students learn to talk about daily schedules and time.  Students are learning numbers up to 100, which they are supposed to use with time. They are also learning to conjugate the verb “tener” to say which classes they have or what they have to do throughout the day. Students are also learning about “Día de los Muertos.” The students are watching the movie “Coco” for them to better understand the traditions of this Hispanic celebration.

Spanish II

We have been reading the novel “Casi se muere” in Spanish II.  This novel tells the adventures of Ana, who is traveling to Chile.  As we read, the students are learning new vocabulary, new grammar, and the culture and geography of Chile. The students are doing a great job at reading and translating every chapter as a class.  Every two chapters, the students are required to present a complete summary of one of the two chapters.  The students do this by memory.  First, they illustrate every sentence of their summary, and this is all what they use for their presentations.  The illustrations help them remember what they are supposed to say next.  They just finished presenting their summary this week, and they all did an amazing job!

Spanish III

We are currently covering past tense in Spanish III.  Students are learning how to use preterite tense to talk about completed actions in the past.  They are learning how to use imperfect tense to talk about what they used to do or what they were doing in the past. This week, I had students write about their childhood memories, in which they were required to use imperfect tense to talk about what they used to do when they were little. They made a PowerPoint presentation with pictures. They all did an excellent job at presenting these to the class!


ASL Level 3 using their newly acquired storytelling skills to interpret a video presentation in groups. They had a great time and we shared many laughs. Deaf Studies Professors from CSU Sacramento were very impressed with our students.

ASL Level 2 class focusing on facial expressions and use of classifiers to portray a story. Kyle Carlos, Taylor Norwood, Cat Diaz, and Tommy Duncan using amazing facial expressions to portray about two friends discussing their obsession with Chipotle.

ASL level 1 had an amazing project due this week. They’re main focus was on family discussion signs. The project was to rank their family for oldest to youngest. Project was video recorded and students had good times.

More pictures from the week.


Yearbooks are on sale now! 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. You may also pay by cash, check, or card in the front office or by contacting Miss Lamanna,

Senior Dedication ads in the yearbook are available and can include photos alongside a personal message to your son, daughter, or teammate. 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


Left to right: Taylor Gonser, Emma Sales, and Alondra Camarena


Hi, my name is Emma Sales, and I am a senior here at Millennium. Taylor, Alondra, and I have created this feature for parents and students to be able to meet other students and learn about their culture and history. We will soon be adding a tab on the Falcon website as well. Every 1-2 weeks we will interview a student and share their story in the Charter Chatter and our Twitter Page, @falconculture.

A little about me: I am Filipino American and my family immigrated from the Philippines to California and Hawai’i. I wasn’t always proud of my heritage because I had never seen my culture in movies or media, but I am going into the film industry hoping to change that. One of my favorite things to do is make Lumpia with my family because although it is a lot of work, we have fun bonding over dinner table. I am incredibly grateful for the challenges and sacrifices my family has overcome because I wouldn’t have any of the opportunities I have today without them.


Hello! My name is Alondra Camarena and I am a senior at Millennium High School.  I have been a part of Tracy Learning Center since kindergarten and can truly say it is my home away from home.  A little bit about my background, I am a proud Mexican-American womxn; while I was born and raised in the United States, my parents immigrated from Mexico to America to strive for a better life.  I grew up speaking Spanish and eventually learned English by the time kindergarten came around.  Being raised in a Mexican household has taught me valuable life lessons about the importance of family and appreciating what you have.  One of my favorite activities to do with my family is barbequing or “carne asadas” (as we like to call it) and enjoy each others company by sharing stories and having good laughs.  My parents sacrificed so much to make sure I am where I am today, and I will always be thankful for the love they have given me and I hope to share that love throughout our school.


Hello, my name is Taylor Gonser and I am also a senior at Millennium! I am mostly European and I have close family that lives in Denmark. Even though it is rare, I love visiting with these family members because I get to learn more about my family history and Danish culture. I also have Mexican family whom I visit quite often. My favorite thing to do with my family is to celebrate the holidays with everyone and make traditional food dishes. In everything I do, I strive to represent my culture well.


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): 

11/2- Football @ Stone Ridge Christian (7pm kick-off, played at Castle Field in Atwater)

Sports Scores from 10/25/19:

XC:  League Championship: Lady Falcons took 1st place for the CCAA!

Meet The Coaches!

  About me:  I moved to Los Angeles to attend the greatest institution of higher learning in the world, the University of Southern California.  After college, I began teaching in Compton, California, where I validated my passion for educating students and coaching. From 1998 to 2001, I coached RB’s and LB’s at San Gabriel High School. From 1998 to 2003, I coached Boys and Girls Soccer in Compton, California.  I have been coaching football at Millennium High School since 2008 and became the head coach in 2014.  Ladies and gentlemen, Coach LaVale Woods… avid Giants fan  😉 

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



Spring College Early Start:  Our deadline for College Early Start forms is Monday, November 4th at 4:15pm.  Students who do not complete all steps before then, OR do not submit their forms by 11/4, will not be permitted to take a Delta class this spring.  Please see our website for more details:

The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) was administered in the Gym on Wednesday, October 30th.  We had over 100 students take the test!  When we receive results, we will hold a results interpretation workshop for students.

Millennium High School 12th Annual Community Service Fair

Millennium High School hosted its 12th Annual Community Service Fair on Friday November 1, 2019. MHS students had the opportunity to network with local non-profit organizations in hopes of finding a community service source to fulfill their community service requirement.  Millennium High School would like to thank all of the wonderful organizations that came to support our students!