We are happy to have another group of Millennium students returning for on-campus, in-person classes beginning Tuesday, January 19th (Monday is a holiday). Below are the safety requirements we have to protect our students and staff. Please take a moment to review them so you are ready for next week.
Most importantly, MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES. If your mask breaks, let a teacher know because we have a lot of disposable masks for you to use. Thank you
Millennium High School
Everything you need to know about going back to MHS in these adventurous times is below. If you have a more specific question, feel free to email us at: email@example.com
0 Period: Back gate will be open from 7:15 – 7:30
1st Period: Back gate will be open from 8:00 – 8:30
For students who are tardy and all other arrival times, students will need to check in through the front gate located next to M-1. We will be performing temperature checks for all students on a daily basis so we ask that you arrive early in each window to help facilitate this process; we thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Due to our later start time, our last class period now ends at 4:30. All students will exit through the M-1 gate located in the front of the school. Please do not use the front drive through to pick-up your student. We will use the back gate for all vehicle pick-ups/drop-offs.
Back Gate Arrival/Temp. Check
We will be using the back gate for morning arrival. This is the gate located off of Holly Dr. If dropping off a student, you may use this area as a drive through. A walk up path will be identified with cones.
Several teachers will be outside taking temperature checks.
We ask that you keep students with fevers, colds, etc. at home.
Students showing a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be sent home.
Once temperatures are verified, students will be sent to line-up just outside their first class of the day.
Six Foot Rule
All staff and students are expected to maintain a minimum of six feet of distance at all times when possible.
Masks will be worn both inside and outside of class by everybody. Doors will be kept open to improve circulation and to limit touching of door handles.
With a proper doctors note, the use of face shields are permitted.
We will have extra cloth masks available for unexpected situations.
Students will not be permitted to enter campus without a mask on.
Social Distancing Markers
Social distancing markers will be placed outside of each classroom so that students know where to line-up in between classes.
Directional arrows will be in place to keep the flow of traffic moving in one direction and away from students who might be standing in line.
Students will have assigned seats in every class. These spaces will be sprayed or wiped with disinfected between class periods. If possible, incoming students will be seated in chairs unused during the previous class period.
Lunches may be brought to school.
Our food services are making lunch for students but you will have to pre-pay through school lunch accounts with on- line payment. No cash will be exchanged for individual lunches. Students who are purchasing lunch at school will order them electronically during 1st or 2nd period.
Lunches will be delivered to students in their 3rd period classes.
Backpacks are permitted.
We ask that you keep the material you bring to school limited to essentials such as pencils, pens, a binder, and some paper.
Students are allowed to bring their own laptop or chromebook for use in class when needed. The school is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen property. If you borrowed a Chromebook, it must come back to school on the first day.
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, the safety and well-being of our children, families, and staff remains our highest priority.
For that reason, we wanted to share with you that an individual in our school community tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently under a doctor’s care. This individual was last on campus on Monday, January 11, 2021. We wish this individual a speedy recovery.
We have consulted with San Joaquin County Public Health Services and out of an abundance of caution, we will be closing Discovery Charter School, grades 5th – 8thso that these students and staff can self-quarantine to monitor for symptoms. Any DCS siblings can continue to attend campus classes. During this time, we will conduct a deep cleaning by our custodial service. We anticipate this 5th through 8th grade DCS Students and their staff will return on Monday, January 25, 2021. If your child is presenting symptoms, we would encourage you to contact your physician and if your child is tested please make us aware so we can make the most informed decisions for our school. All of our DCS Students will need to go online through Jan. 22, 2021, for virtual learning.
We have been taking and will continue to take the following precautions:
Staff members wear facial coverings while caring for children
Temperatures are taken of all students and staff and any elevated temp over 100.4 prevents this individual from entering school grounds
Students/Staff with COVID symptoms are sent home immediately
Continuous Cleaning and disinfecting all areas along with lunch tables thoroughly disinfected between lunch groups
Seating areas are socially distanced
Focus on handwashing and disinfecting throughout the day
Bathrooms are continuously monitored with only two students allowed in at a time
Repeated disinfecting/cleaning on “high touch” areas throughout the day (including desks, doors, public spaces, and bathroom fixtures)
Thank you for your understanding and partnership as we navigate these uncharted waters and support one another through these uncertain times. We profoundly regret any anxiety this causes you and your family. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you on any additional developments.
Attention Parents/Guardians of Millennium’s Incoming Freshman Class of 2025!
Please join us for our virtual Parent Information Night regarding incoming 9th-grade students! Students are encouraged to attend as well. We look forward to sharing information about Millennium High School and important next steps for the students who will be joining us in the Fall of 2021.
Reminder – No school Monday, January 18th as we observe Martin Luther King Day.
Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning
While the Tracy Learning Center now has about 50% of our students back on campus for in person instruction, we are aware there are those who continue to learn at home. Here is a great article for the start of the new half of the year and what you can do to keep your student involved in remote learning .
Tips for coping with the challenges of virtual school
At this point, many kids have been doing remote or hybrid learning for the better part of a year. As parents, it’s easy to feel like we should have this down by now. But if your child is refusing to log into online classes or blowing up over constant schedule changes, you’re not alone. Lots of kids are struggling to feel invested in school.
Still, with classes resuming in the new year, families have an opportunity to start fresh. With a few new strategies in your back pocket, you can help your child get the most out of a difficult experience — and keep conflict at home to a minimum.
Get to the root of the issue
Even if your child is making their negative feelings quite clear — say, by running into the other room and slamming the door when it’s time for online class — the causes may not be obvious.
“There are lots of reasons why kids might not be engaged with school,” says Daryaneh Badaly, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist at the Child Mind Institute. For instance, some kids might be struggling because they’re being asked to do more remote work than they’re able to handle. Others might have attention issues that are exacerbated in online school, or they might be experiencing anxiety that’s holding them back.
The best way to start sorting out the possible source of the problem is simple: talk to your child. “The person who knows the most — and who might not know how to say it — is the child,” Dr. Badaly says. Here are her tips for having a productive conversation about this tricky topic:
Pick the right moment. “Don’t talk to the child when things are really bad,” says Dr. Badaly. “If they’re throwing a tantrum and saying, ‘I’m not going to do this,’ that’s not the right time to talk. Give them the time to cool down and feel a little bit better, and then come back to it.”
Validate their experience. Letting kids know they’re not alone can help them confide in you about what they’re going through. You might share some of your own challenges with remote work, or model language they can use to articulate the problem: “I’ve missed my coworkers so much these last few months. It was easier for me to focus when I worked with other people.”
Ask open-ended questions. “They give the child more space to say what they want to say, rather than focusing the conversation for them,” Dr. Badaly says. For instance, you might ask: What would you like to get out of the rest of the school year? What do you think would make school feel more interesting to you?
Dr. Badaly notes that it’s important to frame the issue as something that’s going wrong for your child, rather than something that’s wrong with your child. The goal is to emphasize that you and your child are on the same team, and that you’re there to help them — not to blame them.
And if your child does seem to be dealing with a mental health challenge like anxiety or depression, this conversation can clue you in that getting professional support from a pediatrician, therapist, or school counselor might be helpful.
Of course we want our kids to care about school. But right now, that kind of internal motivation might be unrealistic — and that’s okay! Letting go of the idea that your child should want to engage with school can actually make it easier to keep them involved.
While your goal might be for your child to do their schoolwork, they might have a different goal altogether. Maybe they want to earn more screen time or pick what’s for dinner — or just get you to quit bugging them about schoolwork. Figure out what your child really wants, then make a contract to match. For example, you could agree that for each online class they participate in, they’ll earn points toward a reward. “Yes, it’s wonderful to be educated,” says Dr. Badaly. “But sometimes it’s fine for a kid to just say: ‘This is eventually going to get me that PlayStation. So I’m going to do it.’”
This approach is better for kids who are simply fed up and acting out, rather than those dealing with more persistent mental health or learning challenges. However, Dr. Badaly notes that this kind of incentive can also help kids cope with milder cases of anxiety and depression. The extra motivation can create a positive feedback loop: once kids get into class, the social engagement and sense of accomplishment can boost their mood, which makes them feel more motivated to do it again tomorrow.
Collaborate with teachers
In some cases, a little more communication with your child’s teachers can go a long way toward improving engagement.
One common scenario right now is that some kids just aren’t keeping up with the amount of work that’s expected. “The burden placed on the child might be too much, or the family might misunderstand what the teacher’s expectations really are,” Dr. Badaly notes.
Try checking in with the teacher about their expectations and whether it’s possible to adjust them. For instance, if your child struggles to complete a worksheet of ten math problems, their teacher might give them permission to complete just two or three. That way, the teacher still gets a sense of the child’s progress, while the child gets a more achievable goal.
Talking to the teacher is also crucial if anxiety, depression, or another mental health challenge might be interfering with your child’s school experience. Fill the teacher in and let them know what they can do to help. For instance, you might ask a teacher to actively praise a child who’s dealing with low self-esteem, or you could ask for permission to keep your child’s camera off if they experience social anxiety. Small adjustments like these can make school feel more manageable for kids who are struggling.
Adjust your expectations
There’s a lot of talk right now about this school year as “lost,” but Dr. Badaly encourages parents to be a bit more optimistic. “It’s a difficult year, it’s a year where students might need a lot of help,” she says, “but it’s not a completely lost year.”
The key to reframing this school year in a more positive light — and helping your kids stay motivated along the way — is setting realistic goals. Dr. Badaly recommends picking a few top priorities that are most essential for your child this year, like building math skills and reading more independently. “Work toward those core components,” she says. “And the rest? If you can get there, awesome. If you can’t, maybe acknowledge that the situation is just really tough on everyone.”
By focusing on a couple of important things and easing up on the rest, you’ll decrease pressure on yourself and your child. The idea is to help kids get the positive experience of achieving a smaller goal (like finishing a book on their own) instead of feeling overwhelmed by the idea of finishing a book and acing a science test and writing a social studies paper. Even small wins can interrupt bigger patterns of feeling discouraged and unmotivated, and they can help kids build up to more ambitious goals over time.
Lowering your expectations might feel counterintuitive, but Dr. Badaly notes that many kids thrive when they don’t feel as much pressure from parents. She recently worked with a child who had a hard time engaging in remote learning in the kitchen, with her parents nearby. “The parents would check in in a friendly way,” Dr. Badaly says, “but to the child, it didn’t seem friendly. It seemed like they had huge expectations.” By simply moving her work set-up to the basement, away from her parents, the child had a much easier time focusing.
Give yourself a break
It’s natural to feel overwhelmed by managing kids’ schoolwork on top of all the other burdens of daily life during a pandemic. And the truth is that there’s no easy fix for many of the challenges that families are facing.
That’s why it’s so important to cut yourself plenty of slack. “You probably cannot be a full-time worker and a full-time teacher who is also an amazing parent,” notes Dr. Badaly.” It’s too many things all at the same time.” Instead of getting caught up in all the things you can’t do, try to reward yourself for the things you are managing to do. Remember that essentials like feeding everyone or keeping your job are huge accomplishments right now, whether or not your child finishes their math homework.
What’s more, giving yourself a break sets a good example for your kids. When you take time to rest and relax, you show them that work isn’t everything, and that it’s okay to be less than perfect. “Have some fun time with your child to keep that positive relationship,” Dr. Badaly says. Even if that’s all you and your child get done that day, it’s still time well spent.
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We hope you had a safe and relaxing Winter Break! Please visit our website for updates on each of your students classes (5/6 and 7/8 class tabs), and information on the upcoming DCS Read a Thon (Counseling Corner).
Delta College Early Start Fall 2020 Scholarship Requests Due 2/4
If you took a Delta College class in the fall and earned a B or higher in one or more classes, you are eligible for a $100 scholarship per each of those classes! To apply for the scholarship, complete this form, including a PDF/screenshot of proof of your grade from your MyDelta > Course History: https://forms.gle/11daqaL3k6EkkpBYAYour form must be completed by February 4th to receive your scholarship. (Please note that we have revised the requirement to include not just B+’s and higher, but grades of B as well.)
Delta College Spring 2021 Online Classes Start January 11th!
MHS is now accepting requests for students who would like to return to campus for classes.
Hello MHS families. As we begin 2021 we would like to offer MHS families the opportunity to return to our classrooms in a safe and controlled environment. We still have room in classes for students to attend in person until we reach 50% capacity.
(State Guidelines – https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/documents/strongertogether.pdf )
For those students who remain online, we will continue to offer distance learning at the same time as in-person classrooms via live stream over the internet.
We now need to know exactly who is returning to campus so please make sure you:
1. SIGN IN TO YOUR STUDENT (@TRACYLC.NET) ACCOUNT
2. COMPLETE THE FORM AND SUBMIT
Attention Parents/Guardians of Millennium’s Incoming Freshman Class of 2025!
Please join us for our virtual Parent Information Night regarding incoming 9th grade students! Students are encouraged to attend as well. We look forward to sharing information about Millennium High School and important next steps for the students who will be joining us in the Fall of 2021.
Please understand that whichever option you choose, students cannot go back and forth between on-campus and distance learning. We are required by the state to record your student as an on-campus or distance learning student and accurately record attendance as such. If an on-campus student is taking a personal day or is out sick they need to take that day off.
We hope all TLC families had a nice break and we wish you a happy and healthy New Year. TLC will continue to be open for those students who wish to participate in on-campus learning. With an increase in the number of families wishing to return to classroom instruction, we will be staggering the new returning students.
See below for the process of returning to campus beginning Monday, January 4th (Distance learners log in Monday, January 4th for all schools).
On Monday, January 4th for all on-campus students and returning PCS students who have been approved to return to campus. You’ll come to campus and follow our campus safety processes. So if you were on campus before the break, come back just as you did prior to break. For NEW PCS students returning, you also begin on Monday, January 4th.
DCS students that wish to return to campus on January 11 have until December 30th to email Mrs. Beringer (firstname.lastname@example.org). If your DCS student was already attending classes in person, they come to campus as normal on Monday, January 4th.
MHS students who were already attending in-person classes will begin Monday, January 4th. Those who would like to begin attending in-person classes must email Mrs. Beringer (email@example.com ) and she will set this up and provide you a start date.
Online Learners in ALL Grades: Online learning for students who choose to stay on distance learning will begin via Google Classrooms on Monday, January 4th.
We are staggering the returning students to ensure our staff has the necessary safety measures in place to keep our staff and students safe. This makes it easier for us to make adjustments to cleaning, lunch procedures, and air filtration and sanitation.
Also, if you traveled or attended a large gathering outside their home that they will need to attend distance learning until they have been quarantined for 10 days from the event date or the date they returned home from travel. Please email Kay (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Angie (email@example.com) with the date they will return to campus if this is the case.