TLC Charter Chatter

News, Information, and Updates for Primary, Discovery, and Millennium Charter Schools

A Message from our CEO, Carolyn Woods

Dear Parents, guardians, staff, and students,

As we begin to embark on our second month of school, I would like to share some statistics with you regarding COVID-19 at TLC and update you on the CDC and CDPH guidelines for K-12 schools.

During the month of August, we had very few reported positive COVID-19 cases among students (13 school-wide) and zero cases among staff members. Statistically, among students, that case rate is 0.01 percent. When we were notified of a positive case, we followed the guidelines in place at the time, which included filling out a case report and sending it to the California Department of Public Health, who would then make the determination if any contact tracing was necessary. Students who tested positive were notified of the quarantine requirements and were told when they could return to school. We continued to follow all other safety requirements, such as masking indoors, sanitizing classrooms and keeping distance when feasible. For each case, we were in close contact with the public health nurse at the CDPH.

Although we feel very confident in our procedures and safety measures in place, a new month brings new updates to the CDC and CDPH guidelines for K-12 school settings. Moving forward, we will adhere to the following recommendations:

  • when we are notified of a positive COVID-19 case among students or staff, we will continue to fill out the case report and send it to the CDPH
  • we will notify families when a student has been exposed via phone call and/or email
  • if a potential exposure occurs on campus, we will follow the recommended guidelines and notify students who were determined to be close contacts of the positive staff member or student of the “modified quarantine” requirements as stated in the K-12 School Guidance, which were updated by the CDPH on September 1, 2021
  • if a cluster or multiple cases occur, we will take the necessary precautions, which may include closing a classroom, isolating a homeroom, or closing a school for a period of quarantine

You may read the updated CDPH guidelines in full at the following link:

There is also a FAQ page with great information for K-12 schools, you may find it here:

Thank you for your cooperation and continued support as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times.


Carolyn Woods

Misc. News and Announcements


Annual Data Confirmation in Aeries

Please sign into Aeries and complete the Data Confirmation process. This must be completed by August 31, 2021 or your Aeries account will be locked until the process is complete. It is VERY important that you print the emergency card, sign it, and return it to the office by September 1, 2021. If you need the information to create a new account please call the office, 209-290-0511, and that information will be shared with you.

To access AERIES for your student’s information and view report cards please use:

If you do not have an account set up, you can contact the office at 209-290-0511 to request the necessary information. If you use the AERIES App on your phone you may need to rest the information.

This months lunch Calendar:

Tuesday 9/7/21 we will be having Beef Enchiladas, Spanish

rice, peas, and banana pudding. There will be no pizza on Tuesday.



Primary Charter School



All PCS students will be released at 11:30. Lunch WILL NOT be served this day (send snack and water ONLY)

NO SCHOOL September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day


All PCS students will be released at 12:00. Lunch WILL NOT be served this day (send snack and water ONLY)

HOMECOMING PARADE: September 17, 2021

Come and watch our Tracy Learning Center HOMECOMING Parade! We encourage all families to line the streets of Tracy and support our school! The parade starts at 1:30 on the corner of 6th and Central and runs down Central to 10th street. We hope to see you there!


Please enter the PCS carline BEFORE 8:15 to ensure your child is not tardy. Students will never be marked tardy due to the carline running late. If staff is no longer present, that means the carline is over and parents will have to walk their child to the office for a tardy slip.


Discovery Charter School

**Attention All Parents**


SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

All DCS students will be released at 12:30.


HOMECOMING PARADE: September 17, 2021

Come and watch our Tracy Learning Center HOMECOMING Parade! We encourage all families to line the streets of Tracy and support our school! The parade starts at 1:30 on the corner of 6th and Central and runs down Central to 10th street. We hope to see you there!


School Improvement Committee (SIC) Meeting

We are postponing our first SIC meeting until September 28th. We’ll have more updated and helpful information by then to share with everyone. It will be held via Zoom starting at 4:30 PM and is open to all parents and students wishing to attend. (Link will be shared closer to the date.)



If you missed out on buying a yearbook last year and still want one, the publisher sent some extras so there is a limited supply available in the office $40 each, first come, first serve until they are gone (or the end of August).

Information about this year’s yearbook will start in January 2022.


7th/8th – Top 5 Nest Point earners from Week 3





5th/6th – Top 5 Nest Point earners from Week 3





⅚ Social Studies with Mr. Bird:

Before starting our next unit on Early Humans and the Stone Age, students spent two days understanding how social scientists interpret the past. After reading about archaeologists, geographers, and historians, students participated in a cave simulation activity using flashlights to roam around the room with their partners analyzing various paintings and artifacts. The pictures below are of this activity:

After our lesson on investigating the past, students started their next unit: Early Humans and the Stone Age. For the first lesson, they will focus on our essential question: What capabilities helped early hominins survive? We first discussed their favorite superheroes and their capabilities that are beyond our own. This conversation helped us think about early hominins and how each group developed capabilities that gave them survival advantages over earlier hominin groups.

Friday’s homework assignment was given to students this week (depending on the period they received it Wednesday or Thursday) and examines the hominin group homo habilis, or Handy Man. The reading passage is posted to Google Classroom (class code ymxobbo) and I posted links to a video that shows students how to complete the assignment. Email me with questions! The homework is due Tuesday.

This coming week, students will analyze the remaining hominin groups we are focusing on before we complete a processing assignment in which students will create a poster on a specific hominin group.

D.A.R.E. lesson #4 is due on Tuesday. Please be sure to look over and sign the lesson once they have completed it. The information to answer questions is on the backside of the lesson.

The next D.A.R.E. donation day is next Friday, September 10. Students need to be sure they are tracking their donation points and have me sign it for them.

⅞ Social Studies with Ms. Zaca:

Students started and finished the week off by learning about the good AND bad emperors of Rome! From Caligula, to Nero, to Trajan, students were introduced to these rulers, their impact on Rome, and the qualities that they shared with each other and were special to their own. Students also answered the exit ticket this week on whether or not the qualities they had were shared by current leaders of the world.

Please make sure that your child has added themselves to the google classroom for social studies! Announcements for class are made on here, in addition to tutorial videos for their homework assignments, the calendar of events, and any notes taken during class are uploaded onto the website. Please have your child email me if they have not signed up yet so that they can receive the classroom code from me (if they do not have it in their agendas).

Upcoming Dates:

HW #6 Due September 10th

HW #7 Due September 15th

Rise of Christianity Quiz September 15th

HW #4 Unit 1 Study Guide due Monday, September 27th

HW #3 Page 4 Cover Page due Wednesday, September 29th

Unit 1 Test Wednesday, September 29th

Calendar of Events

⅚ Science with Mrs. Bharadwaj:

⅞ Science with Ms. Dominguez:

DATES TENTATIVE Schedule for Week 6

(Dates are subject to change based on the pace of each class)

  1. Documentary – “Blackfish”
    1. Students will be watching parts of the documentary “Blackfish”
    2. In order to watch this film, students will need to turn in a PERMISSION SLIP
      1. This form was passed out to all classed on Wednesday 9/1/2021
  1. Documentary – “Blackfish” Continued
    1. Students will be watching parts of the documentary “Blackfish”
    2. In order to watch this film, students will need to turn in a PERMISSION SLIP
      1. This form was passed out to all classed on Wednesday 9/1/2021


  1. Project – Student Proposals
    1. Students will use the information they learned in the documentary to create a proposal for whale conservation
    2. Students will use notes and resources posted to Google Classroom to complete this project with ONE partner that is seated next to them
    3. Students will be presenting their proposals to the class using a Google Slides Presentation
  1. Project – Student Proposals
    1. Continuing their work from Thursday
      1. Proposals will be due by the end of class on Monday 9/6/2021
      2. Presentations will begin Tuesday 9/7/2021

Math with Mrs. Zuniga:

Zuniga Homeroom: We have started our multiplication lessons with 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit. After enough practice for all students we will move on to multiplication of 2 digit by 2 digits.

Ferguson Homeroom: Students did well overall with their fraction quiz getting a B+ class average. Our next concept to learn is decimals and their relationship to fractions before starting adding and subtracting.

Soto Homeroom: We have been practicing operations of fractions minus division. Our plan is to keep practicing this week to ensure all students have an understanding of the concept before moving on to division of fractions next week.

Williams Homeroom: We took our fraction and integer quiz last Friday however did not do so well. We will continue to review and work on integers and fractions so students have a better understanding and basic foundation of pre-algebra in order to succeed in the future lessons.

Math with Mrs. Rapp:

Pre-Algebra (Pink, Yellow, & Green): This last week we reviewed concepts that we have been working on and moved on with Adding & Subtracting Fractions. Each class is moving at a slightly different pace and I am pleased with the progress each class has made. This coming week we will be working on Multiplying & Dividing Fractions followed by a quiz.

Algebra(Red): We have completed Unit 1 with a 90% average as a class. This group is ready to pick up the pace and on Tuesday that is exactly what we will be doing. We are starting Unit 2: Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities

Language Arts with Ms. Rodieck:

All Homerooms: The Friday Asynchronous assignment was a review of the writing process – drafting, revising, and editing – using just one sentence. Week Six Writing Wednesday will be procedures on typing and submitting a written assignment. It will be the first final writing assignment grade in the grade books.

Zuniga’s HR reviewed capitalizing proper nouns and had our second quiz of the year. Overall, students did better on the second quiz as they are adjusting to the routines. We will continue to read Love That Dog.

Rodieck’s, Nijjar’s, and Ferguson’s HRs continued to read A Long Walk to Water and learned about some of the differences between African groups. These classes also had their second quiz of the year and overall scores were better. We will continue to read our novel and do some close reading of non-fiction articles.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding:

Language Arts with Mrs. Soto:

9/6 Labor Day
9/7 Warm Up

Grammar Jeopardy


9/8 Read

Reading comp

9/9 Essay Peer Review


9/10 Read


Students were assigned an argumentative essay that will be due on 9/10 based on whether or not they believe schools should offer tap or bottled water only.

Discovery 5-8th Physical Education Department:

This information is for all 3 Physical Education Teachers: Coach Levand, Coach Penirian, and Coach Williams.

As we finished up week #1 of our units, we will be utilizing the skills taught and furthering their development in having students practice these skills in lead-up games. Below are the skills taught for this week:

Coach Levand –

⅞- Soft Tennis – striking (forehand and backhand) with a tennis racquet, and serving.

⅚ – Eclipse Ball – striking (forehand and backhand) with a tennis racquet, and serving.

We started playing lead up games this week using the skills learned from the first week. Next week we will be taking a break from tennis and eclipse ball and focusing on getting ready for the staff – student football game on Friday.

Coach Penirian-

⅞- Speedball- 5 different passes (chest pass, overhead, throw-ins, one arm pass, and soccer pass), correct location where to kick a soccer ball (long vs short as well as passing), trapping, air and foot dribbling.

⅚- Soccer – passing/teamwork, throw-ins, correct location where to kick a soccer ball for short and long kick, trapping, and foot dribbling.

Coach Williams-

⅞ – Ultimate Kanjam – different ways of catching a frisbee, backhand throw, and terms.

⅚- Ultimate Frisbee- different ways of catching a frisbee, backhand throw, and terms.

Important due dates:

Football Friday ( Staff vs Student Flag football game)- Friday, September 10th

As a reminder students should be bringing their PE clothes home every Friday, washing them over the weekend, and bringing back for class on Monday. Lastly, please remind your student to bring a separate water bottle for PE, as they do not have access to drinking fountains this year.

Life Management with Ms. Ferguson:

Over the last few weeks the students have learned about measuring, baking, and the history of microwaves and how they work. This week each class made the same recipe twice, one went into the oven and the other was put in the microwave. They were able to taste the difference and see the difference in how their food was made both ways! Here are a few photos, they made pull apart cinnamon bread:

Art (Creative Expression) with Mrs. Aldrich:

Students finished their mixed media art that included collage, painting, drawing, found objects, and more! They also moved on to Surrealism and began creating odd, dreamlike pieces.

PS: Please give students old magazines (preferably ones with plenty of pictures) to school for future projects!

Millennium High School

Important Upcoming Dates:

9/10: Asynchronous Day (students attend class from home using Google Classroom)

9/17: Homecoming Parade Downtown (Central to 10th St.) at 1:30. This is a 11:30 release day for all MHS students. The parade is free to attend!

LUNCH: Ordering lunch is slightly different this year. All students should have a lunch account to pay for lunches. To register, go to and create an account. You must choose/type in your specific school (Millennium High School) and you will need your student school I.D. number. If you have any difficulties creating an account online, money can still be added to your account by either cash, check, or debit card. You can drop off payment in the lunch dropbox that is located in the main office. We are still in the process of adding new students to our mealtime system and hope to have it completed next week.

Lunch is ordered the day before it is delivered to class. All students should order their lunch during 3rd period/HUB time. The Google Classroom code is SEUNSOU. Applications for Free & Reduced meals must be completed and turned in every year. You can apply on the website.

Asynchronous Days: We have 4 asynchronous days scheduled throughout the year. During these days, all students will stay home and attend school through distance learning. Students are required to submit attendance on these days and will be marked absent if not submitted. The dates are:

September 10th

November 5th

February 4th

April 29th