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A Message from Virginia                                                                 Feb.7, 2020

How to raise a reader

Katie Mills Giorgio




As your kids grow up, the homework demands increase. Middle school and high school activities keep them extra busy, too. It’s been years since they were small enough to sit in your lap and read, and re-read, their favorite picture book.

But just because they are busy and bigger doesn’t mean your kids have to stop reading for pleasure. If you’ve found your kids complaining about picking up a book, read on for some tips to foster their love of reading beyond what’s required in Language Arts class.

  1. Set an example

Like so many facets of parenting, you need to model the behavior you are hoping to see. The other day I was adding a book to my Goodreads “want to read” list and my daughter happened to glance over my shoulder. “739 books you want to read,” she gasped. It’s true. My list is ever-growing, and it feels like I might not ever make a dent. But my kids see me adding books to it, checking out a fresh stack to read from the library, and starting every day reading a couple of poems. If you want your kids to read, they should see you reading, too. When you make time in your busy day to pick up a book, your kids will see that making time to read is an important part of a life.

  1. Remember they don’t have to hold the book

Screens seem to be the root of all arguments here in our house. But screen time doesn’t have to be all bad. If your child loves picking up the iPad or Kindle, load some e-books for them to read and allow them extra screen time privileges if they spend it reading.

You could also let them listen to a book. Audiobooks nearly doubled the amount of reading in our house. We turn up an audiobook every time we are in our vehicle, whether we are commuting 15 minutes to school or hitting the highway on a road trip. Audiobooks at lights-out may settle some children in for the night. The talented narrators for the audio version of books may also be a way to tempt your children into trying a new book.

  1. Surround them with books

Make sure your kids have access to books. “Spend time and money at the bookstore and library,” says mom, writer, and former elementary teacher and literacy trainer Melissa Taylor. “Think of creative ways to infuse books into your child’s life. Perhaps you create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your house. Or perhaps they need a bookshelf in their bedroom if they don’t have one already.

  1. Add an incentive

Taylor suggests starting your own parent-child book club to combine a love of reading with the desires of children to be social creatures. Many local libraries offer reading programs or activities (even for tweens and teens) that offer rewards and incentives for logging reading time outside of schoolwork. My daughter got especially excited about a local program that invites kids to read to shelter dogs.

  1. Read together

The night before my son started high school, I asked if we could just read some of our favorite picture books together and much to my delight he agreed. I’ve made a point to keep reading aloud with my kids as they get older. They’ve really enjoyed the special one-on-one time they get when we read through the Harry Potter books together — they even get to see me cry — or picture books that they adored when they were younger. Just because kids become independent readers doesn’t mean they stop loving being read to. They might not come toddling up to you carrying a book and they might not be up for it every night of the week but reading together at bedtime can still be very good bonding time. Taylor agrees. “I often see kids getting so hooked by these bedtime choices that they’ll take the book and read it on their own during the day,” she says.

  1. Make a match

Nicole Kronzer, a teacher and author whose debut book Unscripted comes out this April, created a book matchmaking activity for her high school students called “ Going on a Date with a Book!” She has students pick which one of Nancy Pearl’s “Four Doors into Reading” they most identify with: Story, Character, Setting, or Language. From there, she asks students a few more questions about genre and the last book they remember reading that they loved, before matching them with a book that wasn’t on their radar but connects to their interests.

“English teachers tend to be Language and Character people, so we pick those books for whole class reads,” says Kronzer. “If you’re a Story or Setting person, you may have never read a book in English class that you love. Those kids, unless they’re being supported in choosing books outside the classroom, are more likely to identify as non-readers by the time they hit high school.” Finding the right match in a book to read for pleasure, she says, can make all the difference.

  1. Ask for help

Parents who are readers, of course, will have the easiest time picking out books to suggest to their kiddos, but even if they aren’t, independent booksellers and children’s librarians are match-making machines. “I read and write YA and haven’t spent as much time reading middle grade,” says Kronzer. “So, when my eldest daughter reached that age, I went to Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis and said, ‘My kid likes series, fantasy worlds where a lot of action happens, and girl power. Whaddya have for me?’ The bookseller flew around, pointing out two dozen suggestions.”

She suggests parents have their child make a list of their top five favorite books of all time and try to see what they have in common. “I think it can be really powerful to bring your child and have them talk to the bookseller or librarian themselves,” she adds. This can help foster an understanding that they can count on industry professionals to help point them in the right direction of their next read as they grow.

  1. Let them choose

When it’s time for my daughter to kick back and relax, she turns time and again to her shelf full of graphic novels, all of which she’s read through at least four times. They aren’t books I’d pick up and read, but I’m not doing the reading. She got in touch with her love of reading through them. “Graphic novels are actual novels!” emphasizes Kronzer. “I have had many parents ask me what they should give their child if they’re trying to push them away from graphic novels to ‘real’ books. Or if they should put limits on how many times their kid reads the same book over and over. These are urges felt by parents out of love, but I’m telling you, if your kid is reading, rock on.”

“Let them choose,” she continues. “It’s not that there’s never a time to push someone to consider something new, but books should not be treated like vegetables. Keeping independent reading fun and making it something they feel smart and savvy about is key to developing life-long readers.”



TK / Kindergarten Enrollment 2020/2021SchoolYear

Application for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten 2020-2021

Must apply between February 2, 2020 thru February 28, 2020 between 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All applications MUST be turned in at 51 E. Beverly Place.  No applications will be accepted at the Preschool location. Current student siblings must also apply.

Applications after February 28, 2020 at 4:00 PM will be placed on the waiting list AFTER the lottery process.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Students born from September 2, 2015 to December 2, 2015

Kindergarten (K)

Students born from December 3, 2014 to September 1, 2015


A lottery for both Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten will be on March 2, 2020 at 9:00 am in the Tracy Learning Center Gym at 51 E. Beverly Place.

Priority for Enrollment

  1. Board Members/Staff
  2. Siblings of Current Students
  3. Students that live in the TUSD boundaries
  4. All other students

Enrollment Numbers

Primary charter school will have 33 openings for Transitional Kindergarten and 30 openings for Kindergarten.  These openings will be filled using the above priorities using a lottery to fill any openings after the siblings have applied.  If we receive more sibling applications than open spots, the lottery will begin with the siblings, then all other students for the waiting list.



Next School Holiday

Monday, Feb. 17, 2020



Personal/Family Days for Current and Future School Years


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.




Donation Letters


Donation letters have been sent out for the 2019 tax season. Please be sure when making donations you specify the person making the donation as well as the student the donation is being made for. If you have not received your letter, please email Barbra Ramirez at Many letters are ready but there is no address to send them to. Thank you so much for your time and patience.


Lunch Menu Week of Feb. 10 – 14

Mon – Pizza

Tues – BLT Sandwich

Wed – Chicken Taquitos

Thurs – Beef Lasagna

Fri – Chicken Patty 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:




Primary Read-a-Thon final total!  We raised $10,645! Thank you to everyone who donated.  We are so proud of all the minutes that were read last week too!  Congratulations to the winning class…P2! They enjoyed a donut party on Friday.  Thank you again! 



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 Presidents and US Symbols.

First, we learned all about some of the US Symbols that we have.  The students created a quilt showing some of the symbols.

Then we learned about Abraham Lincoln.  He has so many items dedicated to him…. The penny, the $5 bill and the Lincoln Memorial.

Next we learned about George Washington.  He was our first president and is on our $1 bill and quarter.

Lastly, we completed a flip book about our US Symbols and our Presidents.  We learned so much!



Phase One:

Thank you to all the students that have already returned the Grandparent Interview Form. You still have time to complete it and return it by Monday February 10th.  This week in Social Studies, students had fun creating their own timelines and recognizing important events in their lives. We look forward to the presentations next week!

Please check Green Folders for information about Valentine’s Day as well as other reminders. Also, please note that testing next week will happen on Thursday, February 13th rather than Friday, the 14th.  

The Read-A-Thon is officially over and we did amazing!!  But the reading does not stop! Please encourage your student to read daily…AR Goals are due next Friday, February 14th. 


Phase Two:   

Next week is the phase 2 Spanish spelling bee!  We are proud of everyone who competed at the classroom level this week.  Representatives from each phase 2 class were selected to compete next week.  Great job to everyone who studied hard and tried their best!

This week our 3rd and 4th grade students learned about economics, goods, and even taxes!  This is a great thing to discuss at home or when you’re shopping. 

We are also working our fractions unit in math…this is a huge part of phase 2 math.  Do you want to help your child at home? Go on Brainpop, Math Antics, IXL, or youtube! These are all great resources to help your child. 


Primary School Improvement Committee!  (SIC) There will be a meeting on Thursday, February 13th at 3:45 in room P8.  If you are not part of the SIC and would like to join, you are more than welcome to attend. 


Discovery Middle School 5-6


Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

February 13: 5/6 Valentine’s Day Dance 3:30-4:30, permission forms were sent home this week 

Attention all DCS Parents: 2019-2020 Parent Survey (SURVEY UPDATED)

Attached you will find a Google Form Survey that we are hoping our DCS parents/guardians will fill out. As a team we are always looking for ways to improve our practices and assist our students. We have developed a survey to check in with you all to determine how we are doing and what areas can be improved. If you have a moment, please complete the short survey. If you have any additional questions or comments feel free to email Ashley Cerezo (78) or Kathy Prescott (56)




February 17: NO SCHOOL – Presidents’ Day

Our second and final D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony happened this week on Wednesday and what an AMAZING turn out we had!!! Several students received medals for Community Service, being Role Models, Leaders in their classes, and Essay Writing. Other students performed original songs they came up with related to what they learned in the 10 week program. Thank you, Officer Abercrombie, for coming to our school this year and teaching our students about making healthy, safe, character-building life choices!



Top 5 Nest Point Earners:










Varsity: Students took the Unit-3 test this week and started with the next unit which is about fractions. The students enjoyed making their own fraction kit. In the coming weeks, students will be learning more about fractions and the different mathematical operations associated with fractions.


Scholastic: This week, students took the Unit-4 test and started with the unit about fractions. In the coming weeks, students will be learning more about adding and subtracting fractions.


Honors:  Students learned about finding the linear equations using the point-slope method, graphs, slope-formula, and by looking for parallel and perpendicular lines. Students reviewed for the quiz by actively participating in the “Linear Equation Carousel Activity” and solved the “Equation Maze”. In the coming weeks, students will be learning to solve the word problems by using slope formula and linear equations in slope-intercept form. 


Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities:

We have started reading Frankenstein in Scholastic and Honors.  Varsity will start next week.

Varsity is also continuing to read articles and work on answering questions using APE.  This will help them all through their life as it teaches them to answer the questions and back it with proof and evidence.  

While reading Frankenstein, we will all be reading different articles about the Health and Wellness of the Earth that will culminate in a magazine project (in April).  I firmly believe we need to think about the Health and Wellness of our planet and start thinking of ideas to improve it from a local to a global perspective.  


Even though it has been cold in the mornings, it warms up enough during the day for pollens to be popping.  At the same time, we are out of Kleenex in D1 and would really appreciate tissue donations for next points.  


Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy:


This week in class we took time away from instruction to build catapults utilizing few supplies and a lot of creativity. All of the students’ catapults were unique. I don’t think we had two catapults that looked the same. On Wednesday we went to the soccer field to see how far our catapults could actually go. The farthest catapult tested the limits and went 10 yards! Thursday and Friday, students are continuing classes by getting into the Golden Age of Athens starting with Pericles.

Science with Ms. Diaz: 


Greetings scientists! This week, we had our final constellations quiz and graded the ones from last week. Grades should be posted soon. We continued to track the changes in the moon and created the hypotheses, materials and methods pages for our reports. We started studying as a class for the Solar Systems test on the 12th. We had 6 stations of review activities and attempted to do the activity both with and without notes. Next week, we will finish up and submit our moon reports. Last but not least, the top students from each class (Trimester 1, based on academics and citizenship) were given one of their rewards this week. Students were escorted to MHS to attend and participate in a forensic science class. They were able to learn about a specific poison or toxin, conduct research about it, and then write either a short poem about it or a story about a famous time in history where their particular poison or toxin was involved. See these great students in action below:



The top trimester 1 students from each class were:

Honors 2—> Hayden Compton, Cameron Jimenez, Sophie McCrary, Chloe Pham, Nayomi Shih

Honors 1—> Luke Alger, Ashlan Brantley, Alex Castro, Madison Harrison, Harjap Randhawa, Adhitya Sriram

Scholastic 2—> Benny Aguilar, Deangelo Franco Ortiz, Dario Kristo, Isabella Posadas, Taylor Sansaver

Scholastic 1—> Avery Haines, Leo Kristo, Adara Manzo, Mikayah Moore, Kaitlynn Nguyen, Hazel Zuniga

Varsity 1—> Angel Wood, Kate Valencia, Saniyah Johnson, Gavin Sandoval, Daniel Webster, Edgar Leal Martinez 

Varsity 2—> Luz Fonseca, Stacy Alcaraz Aguirre, Fernando Casillas, Dylan Flores, Jose Reyes, Alondra Rivas


Last but not least, come one and come all to check out the DCS science blog site at: Read all about the Unbasic Myths About Life (Dominic Ramos), What is a Solar Eclipse Really? (Christina Portocarrero) and Blackholes (Adamary Lopez). Prepare to be SCIENCED!


Awesomely Interesting Announcements

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • 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:


  • Your balance needs to be paid in FULL. Please check your account to stay up to date.


Rube Goldberg:

  • Due to busy schedules both for the teams and myself, I have decided, in order to put our best foot forward for the competition, to compete next year instead, for the 2021 competition. All students who were supposed to compete this year will represent DCS next year. We will begin preparing for the competition at the beginning of the school year and I would like to participate in the national competition, where we compete at a designated venue. 

Science Olympiad

  • Drop-in practices M, W, Th 4-5pm—> MUST attend 2 practices a week
  • NO PRACTICE Thursday Feb. 13th
  • Competition March 14, 2020. McNair High school ~7am-4pm

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!



Discovery Middle School 7th-8th


  • National School Choice Week!


week was National School Choice Week! Please watch the following video to celebrate with us!

  • TLC’s Got Talent February 13th!



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. 





Attention 7th and 8th grade parents! Ms. Zaca will be hosting a parent information night for any families interested in partaking in the 2021 Washington D.C. trip. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 5th, 5:30 PM in room D10. Students should have received an informational packet from their homeroom teachers on Friday.


See you all soon!


Attention all DCS Parents: 2019-2020 Parent Survey (SURVEY UPDATED)

Attached you will find a Google Form Survey that we are hoping our DCS parents/guardians will fill out. As a team we are always looking for ways to improve our practices and assist our students. We have developed a survey to check in with you all to determine how we are doing and what areas can be improved. If you have a moment, please complete the short survey. If you have any additional questions or comments feel free to email Ashley Cerezo (78) or Kathy Prescott (56)


MathCounts Competition:

Last weekend our DCS students competed in the count MathCounts Competition in Stockton.



Math with Mr. Dhillon:

Varsity :– Currently doing unit 5 Fraction Basics ( prime, composite and divisibility rules, prime factorization, GCF and simplify Fraction. Converting mixed number to fraction and fraction to mixed numbers ) finished with quiz 3 and now will be doing study guide and then review and unit test .and then we will have finals  for trimester 2

 and then unit 6 Multiplication and Division with Fractions ( Integers , graphing and function.)  


Scholastic :– Currently doing unit 5 Systems of Equations and Inequalities ( solving the system of equation by graphing, substitution and elimination. And linear inequalities  and word problems of linear inequalities ) and unit 6 Exponents and Exponential Function


Honors :– Currently doing unit 7 Quadrilaterals ( interior and exterior angles of triangles, parallelogram, rhombus, rectangle , square, trapezoids and kite) and completed 5 activities on the unit and will be doing 10 more activities on the unit. Then will be starting with unit 8 Trigonometry.


Mrs. Rapp’s Math Classes

In Varsity, we finished Unit 4 Integers, Graphing, and Functions with a 73% average. Lower than we hoped for, but after some additional assessments we have moved forward to Unit 5. This unit is all about Fraction Basics. Learning the divisibility rules, how to prime factor, find the greatest common factor, and least common multiple to prepare us for all things fractions. Currently, we are working with a fraction kit and exploring how to make one whole with a variety of smaller fractions. We will be unit testing by February 21st. With a Spring Final to follow shortly after. 

**Reminder: varsity students are not getting homework several times a week


In Scholastic/Algebra 1, we finished Unit 4 with an 80% average. Unit 5 is Solving Systems of Equations and Inequalities. This unit we are really diving into solving systems by methods: graphing, substitution, and elimination. This unit has been fun so far as we have been able to incorporate a lot of activities and reviews. We will wrap this unit up with a unit test on February 19th or 20th. This class had three students compete last weekend at the Annual Math Counts Competition alongside other 7/8th grade students. Although we did not place, they had fun and got to experience something new. I am so proud of their efforts and dedication. 


In Honors/Geometry, we finished Unit 6 with a 89% class average. This unit was challenging as we did similar triangle proofs, but overall we did very well having the second highest average of the geometry classes in 7-12th grade. Unit 7 is all about Polygons and Quadrilaterals. Presenting new challenges as students are finding that parallelogram proofs are a step up from triangle proofs. We will be unit testing on February 19th or 20th. Goal for this unit test is going to be to beat the last average, so 90% or higher.



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



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): 


Saturday 2/8:  MOTHER-SON DANCE:  6-9pm on campus  🙂 You may buy tickets at the door!

Tuesday 2/11:  Girls Soccer @ Venture Academy, 3pm

Boys Soccer vs Venture Academy, 6:30pm, Played at Kimball High, SENIOR NIGHT

Thursday 2/13:  Basketball vs Venture Academy, (5pm/6:30/8pm), Played at Tracy High, SENIOR NIGHT


**Playoff Brackets will be announced at the weekend of 2/14-2/15, and on Millennium Athletics social media!

Sports Scores:


Girls Basketball: Falcons 36, Stone Ridge Christian 33

Falcons 34, Big Valley Christian 32

Girls Soccer:  Falcons 1, Delta Charter 0

Falcons 5, Able Charter 0

Varsity Boys Soccer:  N/A

Varsity Boys Basketball:  Falcons 59, Elliot Christian 39

Falcons 44, Stone Ridge Christian 37

Falcons 56, Big Valley Christian 66

JV Boys Basketball:  Falcons 48, Stone Ridge Christian 42

Falcons 58, Big Valley Christian 51


Meet the Coaches!


  I joined Millennium High School as head coach of the softball program in Spring 2020, bringing with me 25 years of youth coaching experience. Helping develop youth has been a passion of mine for many years. For me, it is important to give back to my community and be a positive role model. Youth athletics is more than a game, it is about teaching life lessons such as the value of hard work and perseverance, as well as helping young athletes develop technical skills with great fundamentals, professional character and personal maturity. I began coaching youth sports in 1995 with Tracy Express Softball and Babe Ruth Baseball. Since then, I have also coached at Boys & Girls Club, Louis Bohn Elementary School, Clover Middle School, Millennium High School Boys Basketball and as assistant coach at Millennium High School Softball. My softball background includes managing and coaching girls’ travel ball teams Tracy Titans and Tri-County Smash, and founding and operating my own organization Tracy Yokuts Fastpitch. I am also owner and operator of Moore Quality Pest Control, based in Tracy since 2008. Millennium High School holds a special place in my heart, as all but one of my six children have graduated from the school, so I am honored to serve Millennium families.


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 

-Baseball, Softball, Boys Volleyball:  eTeam Email fundraiser (ongoing)




Millennium High School – 9th Grade Parent Information Night

A huge THANK YOU to the parents and students who attended our Parent information night for up and coming Millennium High School 9th graders. We had a great turnout and look forward to your future falcons for the 2020-2021 school year. 


Handouts of the presentation are available here:





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.