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A Message from Virginia                                                                     Jan. 24, 2020

The Power of Positive Attention

How to use it (instead of negative attention) to change behavior

Katherine Martinelli

When kids are misbehaving, it is natural for parents and educators to want to correct them, pointing out — sometimes not too calmly — what they are doing wrong. Though this may seem like common sense, it can actually backfire.

Experts have found that giving kids positive rather than negative attention is much more effective in changing behavior. Research shows that praise for behavior you want to encourage gets more results than calling out things you want them to stop doing.

So what do we mean by positive attention? And how is focusing on the positive, instead of the negative, different from “looking the other way” and letting kids off the hook when they misbehave?

What is positive attention?

It’s easy to respond harshly when kids are doing something they’re not supposed to and not react at all when they’re doing what we expect of them. Positive attention requires a lens shift in which we call out kids for good behavior and ignore (at least in the moment) the not-so-good.

The idea is that for children, parental attention is so powerful that whatever behavior we pay attention to will increase, even if we’re telling them to stop.

Essentially, rather than chiding them for what they’re doing wrong we want to catch kids doing right. It’s a simple shift, but one that goes against centuries of parenting norms and takes some practice before it becomes second nature.

How to implement positive attention

So what does this look like in practice? Positive attention can take many forms, including verbal praise, hugs, kisses, high fives or rewards. It may look different for a three-year-old than it does for a teen, but the basic idea is the same.

The key, explains Lindsay Gerber, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, is being as descriptive and specific as possible in your praise so that children know exactly what behavior they should replicate. Experts sometimes call this giving “labeled praise.”

Instead of saying “great job!” or “I love how you’re doing that,” try to spell out exactly what they are doing well. For example, you could say “I love how you are sharing your crayons with your sibling” or “it’s awesome that you finished your homework before asking to use your tablet.” No matter their age, letting kids know that you appreciate their behavior will make them feel good, and when they know exactly what they are being praised for they will be more likely to do it again in the future.

But what about bad behavior?

This is the part that may be the most challenging. If a child is behaving in a way that is unsafe for themselves or others, then, of course, an adult should intervene. Otherwise, do your best to ignore the behavior then provide positive attention when they stop. Child behavior experts call this “active ignoring.” By withdrawing your attention, you are sending the message that acting out is not the way for them to get what they want. You reinforce this message when, as soon as you see them calming themselves down or obeying an instruction, you do give them your attention.

Just because you are ignoring a behavior in the moment doesn’t mean that you don’t ever address it or that you are pandering to your child; quite the opposite. “When you’re seeing a behavior that you want to decrease, that’s really not the time to interact with the kid,” says Dr. Gerber. “That’s a time to take a deep breath, notice it, maybe gently try to redirect them to something else or actively ignore it.”

Redirecting them can be anything from asking if they want a snack to pointing out something fun coming up on the family calendar. Later, when things have calmed down, you can circle back around to talk about it.



Personal Days for this School Year 2019/2020

VERY IMPORTANT Information for our current 2019/2020 school year beginning August 5, 2019, we have reduced 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.




Tickets to the February 1, 2020 Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed are on sale now!

Tickets are $55.00 per person, or a table of eight is $440.00. Table reservations include pre-assigned seating and your name or company name prominently displayed on your table.

The doors of the Portuguese Hall will open at 6:00 p.m. for a no-host cocktail hour. Your delicious crab dinner served with salad, pasta and bread will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Through so much generosity we have amazing raffle baskets and silent auction items.  Then put on your dancing shoes and hit the dance floor until 12:00 a.m.


Please let me know if you can kindly donate to our DESSERT AUCTION.



Donna Baker (209) 321-9157 via text or


Please let me know if you would like to volunteer for this awesome event. We are also looking for a new committee chair that would like to shadow Tom and Donna through all aspects of this community building event. Their daughter Ally will be graduating this year whereby they will kindly step down.







Lunch Menu Week of JAN. 27 – 31, 2020

Mon – Pizza

Tues – No meat spaghetti

Wed – Chicken Strips

Thurs – Orange Chicken

Fri -Grilled Cheese Sandwich




Don’t forget to click the STAR after scanning and enter your student’s classroom number for credit.



NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:



TLC Preschool: Art Show and Silent Auction!

TLC preschool will have its annual art show on February 21, 2020 6:30-8:00. More details to come home soon!

Our students are learning all about primary and secondary colors.  Our teachers have been busy teaching students how to paint with primary colors and how to mix them to make secondary colors. Students will use this new knowledge to recreate art just as Eric Carle did in some of our favorite books!  




Initial Phase

Today kicks off our Read-A-Thon! It will run through January 31st! This is a great fundraiser for our school and it is so easy to track minutes! Please see the information sheet in green folders for additional information on how to log your students reading minutes!

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, Valentine cards are already out in stores! Students will be able to bring in 66 valentines with the “to” section left blank. A treat can be included with the valentine card. If you have any questions about this please email

This week in TK, we learned all about Martin Luther King Jr.

First, we learned all about how Martin Luther King grew up.  Did you know he skipped two years of high school and started college early??

Then, we learned how he told everyone that we should all be treated equally.  The students were able to make hats sharing what their dreams are for the future.  Such great ideas!

Lastly, we looked at a brown and white egg and asked what the differences were.  Once we cracked the eggs, we could see that we may look different on the outside but are the same on the inside.  They enjoyed seeing those eggs crack!

 Phase One:

Phase 1 students are super excited about the Read-A-Thon! It started today and will go through January 31st.  We were lucky to have had the Falcon “Cheer Readers” (Cheerleaders) come read to our students this morning and we have already logged minutes!! This will surely help our students reach their AR goals while helping to raise money for our school.  Check your student’s green folder for more information.  

This week phase 1 students learned about Martin Luther King Jr. Many of our SWOs mirror what he believed in.  We are proud to be teaching our students important character traits alongside our curriculum.

Thank you to all those students who brought in recyclables to help our Phase 2 students with their next project: a new equipment container.

Have a great weekend and remember – READ, READ, READ!

Phase Two:   

The Primary Read-a-Thon starts today!! It will run from January 24-January 31.  Please see your child’s log-in page in their green folder today.  This is a great fundraiser for our school!

Back in October, our 4th grade leadership students worked VERY hard to sell candy grams.  They decided to use the money to purchase new playground and field equipment for the whole school!  On Friday we were able to finally enjoy all of our new jump ropes, scoops, frisbees, soccer balls, dodge balls and 4 square balls!  This month our leadership students are collecting recyclables to earn money for a new equipment cart.  We are so glad to see that our students love to give back to our school community!

Primary Parents:  This will be the last chance to order spirit wear this school year!  Please go to to place your order by January 31.  Orders will arrive by the end of February.  





Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

February 17: NO SCHOOL – Presidents’ Day

An update from PE:

Students are Enjoying “Week 3” of their “Third Rotation” of the learning and playing different types of “Fitness/Nutritional Activities” for the “Nutritional Unit“ in PE and the major components of why Fitness and Nutrition go hand in hand.

Coach Williams’ Class this week is introducing  “Olympic Handball ,” Coach P.’s Class “Soft Tennis” and Coach Levand’s Class “Speedball!” It is our goal here at DCS to teach our PE Students that being flexible due to the weather and still being able to learn and participate in fun new things is never an issue!!!!

Also, as a quick friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be bring warm clothing such as sweatpants, sweatshirts and an extra pair of socks are important. Please let your students know that they should still be applying “Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and showering daily; as their bodies have already begun puberty even though there may be no signs of it showing physically!!!!

Thank You!!! 🙂

Your Dedicated DCS Falcon PE Staff

Mrs. Zuniga’s Math:

Varsity: Our class took our decimal unit test Friday. We begin moving into prime numbers and start looking at concepts of fractions. This will include LCM and GCF, which means students need to know their multiplication tables at this point to have an easier time with these concepts.

Scholastic: Our class completed Unit 4 and are now beginning to look at our fraction unit. We are starting with prime, composite and divisibility rules. The students will also be creating a fraction kit within the next week to use as a hands on and visual manipulative for fractions.

Honors: Our class is getting close to ending our current unit. Students are practicing solving and graphing inequalities.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity: This week students spent time learning about greatest common factor (GCF) and explored different strategies to do the same. In the coming weeks, students will be taking the quiz and will be learning about least common multiple (LCM).

Scholastic: In this week, students learned to add, subtract and multiply integers. In the coming weeks, students will be completing the unit by learning about dividing integers and reviewing the concepts.

Honors:  In this week, students learned about finding slope, y-intercept, and slope-intercept form for the given linear equations, and plotted the linear equations on a graph. In the coming weeks, students will be taking a quiz for Unit-4 and will further learn to solve linear equations.

All my students started working on part-2 of the SWO Lifelong Learner project. The students are encouraged to do research at home and complete the graphic organizer by January 31st.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities:

Scholastic and Honors finished Fever 1793 – we survived the epidemic.  Now we are taking the Final and completing the Newspaper Project.

Our next book will be Frankenstein.  This was the High School Novel for the theme of Health and Wellness.  We will not be reading Mary Shelly’s version, instead an illustrated classic version.  Parts of the Mary Shelly version will be read to the class (parts that are not in the version we are reading).

Varsity is continuing to read Fever 1793.  We are going a bit slower since we are doing stations three days a week.  In our small groups we are reading short articles or stories at our reading level and focusing on Comprehension Skills.  We are also spending more time in class learning how to answer essay test questions.  Ask your son or daughter what is means to “Go APE over Essay Questions.”  

Language Arts with Mr. Harding:

We have survived the Fever, and we are now ready to tackle end-of-novel tasks. We have an exam, and an essay, but we also have a Movie poster Project! Please check Google Classroom for updates!

“Compositions are the blending of unequal things.” Our goal as a class is to learn how to blend and create meaning. It is composition time.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy:

This week we started off with a quiz about Ancient Greece on Tuesday.  Students were quizzed on the four different types of government that were practiced.  Continuing on with Ancient Greece, Students are learning about the two major City-States, Athens and Sparta.  Next Week Students should expect a quiz towards the end. Below is a class reviewing what life was like if you lived in Athens around 400 B.C.E.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week, we learned about the constellations Leo, Lyra, Pisces and Scorpius. We also had group practice quizzes on the constellations of Cygnus, Gemini, Canis Major, Aquarius, Aquila and Aries. Our Moon Project continues, and so far we have tracked the moon for 19 days, observing how it changes over time. We also created our own constellations and wrote a myth pertaining to it. Next week, we will start working on the Moon Project lab report and go over the theories about the solar system held by famous Greek scientists.

Last but not least, come one and come all to check out the DCS science blog site at: Read all about the Top 5 Fastest Dinosaurs (RJ Thomas) and how Spongebob is a Cannibal (Vanesa Madera). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely interesting announcements

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Constellations Quiz Pt. 1—> Jan 28th
  • Constellations Quiz Pt. 2—> Feb 4th
  • Solar Systems Test—> Feb 12th
  • Moon Project Reports due—> Feb 14th
  • 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:

  • The next payment is due Feb. 4th. Your balance needs to be paid in FULL. Please check your account to stay up to date.
  • Please check your email and let me know if you would like to take a bus with us from TLC to SFO. If we have enough of an interest, I can arrange bus transportation.

Rube Goldberg:

  • Drop-in practices M-Th 4-5pm

Science Olympiad

  • Parent permission forms and list of events have been handed out. Permission forms and top 5 choices of events are due Monday, Jan. 27th

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!




Discovery Middle School 7th-8th

Nest Certificate Winners for Week 21:

Winner of Amazon Giftcard in Nest Certificate Drawing (Dec):

A Note from Mrs. Cerezo:

Notice to Parents of students in the Varsity 2 class:

A letter has been sent home this week to inform you that starting Week 22, students in this class will begin to be reintroduced to having homework (this may look like: reviewing notes, making flashcards for terminology, annotating their notes, finishing up an assignment not completed in class, etc). Students will be expected to record their homework in their agenda, complete it at home, and it may be checked for a grade in each class. Please be on the lookout for this letter as it explains in detail the methodology behind reintroducing homework to this class in hopes that it will help to increase their sense of accountability and performance in class. Please feel free to contact me at with any comments or concerns. Thank you.

School Improvement Committee Invitation!

The School Improvement Committee is a new aspect of our DCS team this year. This Committee is comprised of students, staff members, the DCS Team Leads, parents, Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Stewart, and a TLC Boardmember (Mr. Murray). We meet roughly once a month to discuss the DCS Action Plan and the overall progress of our school. We would love to welcome new members! If you are at all interested in joining or attending a meeting to find out more about DCS then please contact myself, for more information. 

Technology with Ms. Ferguson:


Trimester two of technology is well underway! Over the last couple of weeks, the students have finished up the units on internet safety/cyberbullying and have also made their way through a unit on finding reliable sources of information online and how to look out for inaccurate information or “fake news” as well as how to use keywords to find the information that they are looking for.  The students built a newsletter and researched a news source that they had an interest in.

This week the students are working on a Google Docs Challenge where they are given a set of instructions to follow and if all instructions are followed correctly will build a Google Doc using many of the skills that they have already learned.  This may be challenging for some students because there are a few new skills in the instructions and some students may have difficulty remembering some of the skills required of them.

Next week the class will be moving on to inventions and begin a project where they will be developing their own app.

Physical Education:

Students are Enjoying “Week 3” of their “Third Rotation” of the learning and playing different types of “Fitness/Nutritional Activities” for the “Nutritional Unit“ in PE and the major components of why Fitness and Nutrition go hand in hand.

Coach Williams’ Class this week is introducing  “Olympic Handball ,” Coach P.’s Class “Soft Tennis” and Coach Levand’s Class “Speedball!” It is our goal here at DCS to teach our PE Students that being flexible due to the weather and still being able to learn and participate in fun new things is never an issue!!!!

Also, as a quick friendly reminder, please remind students that they should bring warm clothing such as sweatpants, sweatshirts and an extra pair of socks are important. Please let your students know that they still should be applying “Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and showering daily; as their bodies have already begun puberty even though there may be no signs of it showing physically!!!!

Thank You!!! 🙂

Your Dedicated DCS Falcon PE Staff

Ms. Polo Spanish Jan-Feb 2020

Lectura Readings D: Dado and E: Elote Read aloud in class. Students are responsible for the 37 vocabulary words we highlighted from those readings. They must know them in Spanish and in English.

This will become 1st oral test, either D or E. We will do Alphabet worksheet with 30 vocabulary words. Some are new, many are not. They are responsible for all 30 alfabetos and all 30 palabras (words) as vocabulario. That will be oral test #2 for unit 4. Also all the days of the week and months of the year are part of this month’s unit. 7 days of the week, 2 have accents, none are capitalized in Spanish. Months of the year, none are capitalized and none have accents. Also students will be able to write their birthday in Spanish, day, date, month, and year in a complete sentence. And number 0-31 will be reviewed as it will be needed when going over the calendar this unit. We will then move on to F and G lectura readings and pull vocabulary from those 2 readings for Unit 5. One of those will be chosen by each child to be read aloud and 1st oral test for unit 5.

Music Exploration with Mr. Dougherty:

DCS music classes have been busy working on a “Music, Media, and Technology” unit. In this unit, students created for news headlines and used iPads to compose underscore music. Students read these headlines with the music they composed playing in the background to create their own newscast. Below is a sampling of the project.

The end of the trimester concert will be on March 4 (Wednesday). The performance will take place in the gym during the school day. Stay tuned for more information.





Millennium High School


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

Speech and Debate

This weekend, our team attended one of the most competitive collegiate invitationals of the year, James Logan MLK Invitational in Union City. There were 113 schools from nine states in attendance, comprising 1,578 entries.

All of the nine students who attended finished in the top 30 of their events. Lucy Lamanna advanced to Quarter-Finals (top 24) and Semi-Finals (top 12) before being eliminated in the Semi-Final round. A picture of her with her Semi-Finalist trophy is attached. We are so proud of our students for setting a new team record in attendance and rankings at this prestigious event!

Last Saturday, 1/11, our students competed in regular league tournament in Buhach Colony, where they competed against 20 schools across 250 entries. Here are our students who finished in the top ten from our league tournament.

Lilliana Zapien, 9th, Varsity Original Advocacy

Danica Knowlden, 8th, Dramatic Interpretation

Kyle Fisher, 8th, Varsity Original Advocacy

Arianna Billings, 7th, Varsity Original Advocacy

A Ni Clepper, 7th,  Varsity Original Advocacy

Giovanna Chukwuma, 4th, Novice Congressional Debate

Shika Acolatse, 4th, Varsity Original Prose and Poetry

Lucy Lamanna, 4th, Varsity Original Advocacy

Logan Malsack, 3rd, Novice Impromptu

Shika Acolatse, 3rd, Varsity Impromptu

Crysuel Cunanan, 3rd,  Varsity Original Advocacy

Crysuel Cunanan and Eli Galvez, 2nd, Parliamentary Debate

Lucy Lamanna and Logan Malsack, 2nd, Parliamentary Debate

Nicole Engen, 2nd, Varsity National Extemporaneous

Nicole Engen, 2nd, Varsity Impromptu

Nicole Engen, 1st, Varsity Big Questions Debate

Falcon Culture Project

Shika Acolatse

This is Shika, a Ghanaian, second generation student at Millennium. She grew up in various places, ranging from Nebraska to the Bay Area with yearly summer trips to Ghana. Shika treasures her trips to Ghana because she feels as if Ghana is a completely different world. She quotes, “The camaraderie made everyday feel warm and inviting.” One of her favorite traditions goes back to when she went to school in Ghana: the “Our Day” ceremony. On the last day of school, the students wouldn’t have to wear uniforms, and would perform dances, play games, and eat food. Shika grew up eating traditional Ghanian dishes, including jollof rice (mixed with vegetables and meat) and kenkey (pounded cassava eaten with tomato stew or a spicy salsa called shito). Her favorite food is fried plantains, in which she adds, “they are best when they are super ripe!” Shika overcame her parents’ expectation of obtaining a traditional career and plans to pursue her passion in writing and filmmaking. With her drive and hard working personality, we know she can accomplish her biggest aspirations.

This Week in Science…

Students in Integrated Science are studying Astronomy and Cosmology. They learned to measure distances of stars using parallax, they modeled the Big Bang, and they learned about

Students in Environmental Science are learning petroleum chemistry. Petroleum is a mixture of substances that can be separated and manipulated for many different purposes, but it is a finite resource with huge environmental impacts.

Students in Chemistry are learning about chemical bonding and the different properties of ionic and covalent compounds.

Biology has recently delved into the magic of the cell cycle. Why do cells divide? How do they know when to stop dividing?  If they don’t ever stop dividing, what happens ? (hint: cancer. not good)  We also studied how sperm and egg are created in the process called meiosis.

Forensic Science has busied itself in a study of illicit pharmaceuticals, which are of enormous importance to forensics labs. On a creative day, we held a pro vs con debate as to whether specific types of drug felons should be resentenced, or not, according to the guidelines of the new law called AUMA, or 2016’s Prop 64.


Interested in donating to the Athletics program to help complete furnishing of the weightroom and equipment purchases:

Weekly Schedule (Girls & Boys Soccer, Girls & Boys Basketball): 

Monday 1/27:  JV Boys Soccer @ Laguna Creek, 4:30pm

Tuesday 1/28:  Basketball vs Turlock Christian (5pm/6:30/8pm), Played at West High

Varsity Boys Soccer @ Big Valley Christian, 5pm

Wednesday 1/29:  Varsity Boys Soccer @ Venture Academy, 3pm

Thursday 1/30:  Girls/Boys Varsity Soccer @ Stone Ridge Christian, (3pm/5pm), Played at Castle Field in Atwater

Boys Basketball @ Brookside Christian, (5:30/7pm)

Saturday 2/1:  Varsity Boys Basketball @ Elliot Christian, 8pm, Played at Lodi High

Sports Scores:

Girls Basketball: Falcons 47, Stone Ridge Christian 30

Falcons 43, Linden 40

Girls Soccer:  Falcons 0, Holt Academy 3

Falcons 6, Hughes Academy 0

Varsity Boys Soccer:  Falcons 2, Elliot Christian 1 (FFW)

JV Boys Soccer:  Falcons 3, River City 5

Varsity Boys Basketball:  Falcons 50, Stone Ridge Christian 34

JV Boys Basketball:  Falcons 67, Stone Ridge Christian 22

Meet the Coaches!

 Hi! I am Cleshonda Cook,  aka Coach Cleo.  I’m excited to be part of the coaching staff at Millennium High School. I ran track and cross country all 4 years of high school and 1st year at DeAnza College. I competed in the 1600, 800, 4×100 and long jump. I was no superstar! But I definitely held my own :-).  No one could out work me! I love the individuality yet team aspect of the sport. My passion for coaching comes simply from cheering on my two athlete children (club track brats), being a volunteer parent and coach. I LOVE motivating, and stretching athletes. I am tough, but I don’t ever expect anything that I am not willing to give. You CAN do ANYTHING you put your mind to. That is my motto. I am honored to assist running this blossoming program at MHS, and I am honored to coach your athletes. We ALL have potential and we can realize it together. Let’s GO Falcons.



NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:

Interested in a coaching position not currently posted?  Submit your coaching resume/application here for consideration in future openings:

Follow Millennium Athletics on Social Media:  

-Instagram- @Millennium_Athletics

-Twitter- @MHS_Falcons


We appreciate your continued support!  FALCON PRIDE!!



Upcoming Fundraisers for Athletics:

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020




College Board Opportunity Scholarship Presentations

College Board Ambassadors Alondra Camarena (12th Grade) and Tyler Gore (12th Grade) visited Career Education classes last week to share College Board Opportunity Scholarships!  These are wonderful opportunities for our junior and senior students to be eligible for scholarships by completing steps that are helpful (and in some cases required!) along their journey toward college.  For more information, please visit this link:

9th Grade Presentations

Ms. Moore did presentations for 9th grade Life Skills classes this week regarding community service updates, Fast Track, graduation requirements, and A-G requirements.  Students had wonderful questions!  It is great to know that students are thinking about their futures within and beyond high school!

Hire Me First Breakfast

If you know of a business (Profit or Non Profit) who may be interested in offering an unpaid internship experience for the 2020-2021 school year, we encourage you to attend the upcoming Hire Me First breakfast event to learn more about participating in preparing our youth for the future workforce!

9th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show – February 13, 2020 – TICKETS ON SALE NOW! $9.00 General Admission. Purchase your tickets from from the MHS Counseling Office, or the TLC Main Office.


Millennium High School – Community Service Opportunity-Thursday February 6, 2020

Central School Parent Group is hosting a Valentines Craft Night and is in need of volunteers to help manage craft tables and assist as needed. The event time is 4:30pm-6:30pm. If interested in volunteering please visit the Millennium High School Counseling Office to sign-up.