Millennium Electives are beginning next week! MHS students – add your class codes

MHS Electives begin next week!

Millennium High School is bringing back all elective classes two days a week to start the second quarter. Starting Tuesday, October 6th, Millennium students will be required to attend all classes on their schedule every Tuesday and Thursday while we are in distance learning. Google classroom codes for all classes including electives can be found here: MHS Class Schedule for Distance Learning

While we are in distance learning, elective classes will continue every Tuesday and Thursday until the end of the semester. At the end of the semester, students will be earning a grade and credit for all elective classes like they normally would. 
Unless there has been an error, we will not be changing or switching electives on student schedules… Please do not ask our counselors for schedule changes unless it is important. Distance learning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will continue without elective classes until the end of the semester. 
If you are not sure what your full schedule is, you can find it in Aeries. 

PCS School Improvement Meeting is TONIGHT / MHS College Early Start TOMORROW

PCS School Improvement Meeting today at 3pm via Zoom
Meeting ID: 889 6840 3745
Passcode: 383453
All parents are invited to attend.
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MHS College Early Start Meeting:

Have a great weekend!!
Spring College Early Start Meeting:  Tuesday 9/29 at 11:30am

Students and parents are invited to join our upcoming informational Zoom meeting about the Delta College Early Start Program for Spring Semester.  This program is an amazing opportunity to take tuition-free Delta College classes while in high school.  If a student earns a B+ or higher in a college class, Millennium High School will award that student with a $100 scholarship!

There are multiple steps a student must take to qualify for the program, but interested students should make sure they are earning A’s and B’s in their high school classes, have time in their schedule for an online college class this spring, and follow all outlined steps carefully and on time.  Much more information will be shared at our meeting, which will be recorded for later viewing for those who cannot attend.  All the required paperwork will also be released following the meeting.

Zoom Link:  https://tracylc-net.zoom.us/j/89740250444
Tuesday 9/29 at 11:30am

TLC Charter Chatter Sept 28th, 2020

TLC Charter Chatter

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A Message from the Director –

I wanted to send a quick update on the progress of our plan to offer in-person and distance learning for PCS students.  We have received a response from almost every student.  Thank you.  It is now our job to look at the numbers and determine how this will actually look if and when our application to the SJC Health Department is approved.

A lot of factors go into this process as we look at teachers and student grade levels.  Once we have our system in place we will be notifying everyone to ensure we keep you in the decision-making process.

Thank you to all our PCS parents.



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Thank you to all our wonderful parents who responded to our questionnaire.   Your input is appreciated and we will be passing along more information as we get it.  Stay tuned to the Charter Chatter as well as your student’s classrooms.  🙂



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Parents/Guardians/Students!
Please visit our DCS website! This week is packed with a lot of fun information. When you visit you will find Leaderships’ Falcon of the Week video and information on the Unity Challenge, as well as an update on our Fantasy Football competition (each of these can be found under the Leadership Tab/button). You will also find our usual class updates under 5/6 and 7/8 classes respectively. On our Announcements page you will find information about this weeks’ upcoming School Improvement Committee meeting. Mrs. Prescott has added some very interesting information about the difference between a Growth and a Fixed mindset! This is particularly useful during this very strange time we are in. Finally, don’t forget to visit the DC Trip button (on our home page) for information about the 2021 DC Trip.

 

MHS

 

Video Unity for this week:

 

 

Counseling News –

Spring College Early Start Meeting:  Tuesday 9/29 at 11:30am

Students and parents are invited to join our upcoming informational Zoom meeting about the Delta College Early Start Program for Spring Semester.  This program is an amazing opportunity to take tuition-free Delta College classes while in high school.  If a student earns a B+ or higher in a college class, Millennium High School will award that student with a $100 scholarship!

There are multiple steps a student must take to qualify for the program, but interested students should make sure they are earning A’s and B’s in their high school classes, have time in their schedule for an online college class this spring, and follow all outlined steps carefully and on time.  Much more information will be shared at our meeting, which will be recorded for later viewing for those who cannot attend.  All the required paperwork will also be released following the meeting.

Zoom Link:  https://tracylc-net.zoom.us/j/89740250444
Tuesday 9/29 at 11:30am

**Delta College Early Start Summer 2020: Reimbursement Requests DUE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30** If your student took a Delta College class in Summer 2020 and earned an A or B, now is the time to request tuition reimbursement from Tracy Learning Center! Our reimbursement process is now completely online. Submit your reimbursement form today if you have not already – they are due on Wednesday 9/30! 🙂 We will not honor late reimbursement requests. – Delta CES Reimbursement Form: https://forms.gle/7fa5ZEWdH4BiCCRE7 – Video explaining how to complete the form correctly: https://www.loom.com/share/49014223e2cd4c63a0ddd938df245200 
 
 
Stay Tuned:  Delta College Early Start Spring
Millennium High School students have the opportunity to take a Delta College class online this spring if they are earning A’s and B’s in their high school classes, if their schedule allows, and if they show maturity and independence by attending our informational meeting and completing all required steps on time.  Please stay tuned!  Our informational Zoom meeting about the program will be scheduled in the next couple of weeks and will be shared in the Charter Chatter and in the students’ schoolwide Google Classroom.
 
News from Sow A Seed Community Foundation

 

 

 


TLC Charter Chatter – Monday Sept 21st, 2020

TLC Charter Chatter

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A Message from the Director –

Thank you to all the parents and staff who attended the meeting regarding the waiver to open Primary.  Thank you for all the feedback you gave in the survey this week as well.  We are now in the process of requesting a waiver.  The waiver process takes at least two weeks.  We are looking at a possible reopening around October 1 to the 5th.  

Now that we have the survey data which appears to have half wishing to return and half wishing to remain virtual, we need to know who the students are.  We are trying to keep the students with at least one of the teachers in their assigned classrooms.  (Remember our Primary students are in a room with three teachers, who work with all of the students).  We cannot make those decisions, however until we know who will be coming back in person and who will not.

Thank you for your attention to this.  If you have questions our presentation did not answer, you may call the school and ask to speak to me.

I am excited at the thought of returning to school.  I am also glad that it appears that we can accommodate all of our parents with an either-or choice… this choice is available until all schools are open and all students are back. Our charter does not allow us to be a virtual school for students once we are all back in session.  But for now, this is a great way to start back.



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We have had almost 300 responses to our PCS in-person learning option.  Thank you for your feedback, it is invaluable as we look at every aspect of reopening our doors to students.

Our application has been submitted and we will be working with the County Health Department over the next 2 weeks to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure safety.

Obviously, this is a very fluid time and things change from week to week but we will continue to work with all parties involved and make sure everything is communicated to you.

The next step is getting concrete information about which students would like to return to campus if permitted*.

Please complete the following form.  You must complete 1 form for each student.  We need to know who will remain online vs who will be on campus.

 

PCS In-class/Distance Learning Sign Up

 

*Contingent on County Health Department approval.

 

 



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Parents/Guardians and Students!

We hope you have been enjoying our new DCS website! This week you will find our usual class updates for 5/6 and 7/8 under the tabs labeled for each school. You will also find our 78Unity Challenge video and Falcon of the Week video under the Leadership tab and helpful information about anxiety and depression provided by Mrs. Prescott in our Counseling Corner tab! Don’t forget teachers are providing open office hours throughout the week that students can attend to get additional help! You will find that schedule for both 5/6 and 7/8 under the Announcements tab. Visit here: www.dcsfalcon.weebly.com

 

MHS

 

Video Unity for this week:

 

 

Counseling News –

 

**Delta College Early Start Summer 2020: Reimbursement Requests DUE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30** If your student took a Delta College class in Summer 2020 and earned an A or B, now is the time to request tuition reimbursement from Tracy Learning Center! Our reimbursement process is now completely online. Submit your reimbursement form today if you have not already – they are due on Wednesday 9/30! 🙂 We will not honor late reimbursement requests. – Delta CES Reimbursement Form: https://forms.gle/7fa5ZEWdH4BiCCRE7 – Video explaining how to complete the form correctly: https://www.loom.com/share/49014223e2cd4c63a0ddd938df245200 
 
 
Stay Tuned:  Delta College Early Start Spring
Millennium High School students have the opportunity to take a Delta College class online this spring if they are earning A’s and B’s in their high school classes, if their schedule allows, and if they show maturity and independence by attending our informational meeting and completing all required steps on time.  Please stay tuned!  Our informational Zoom meeting about the program will be scheduled in the next couple of weeks and will be shared in the Charter Chatter and in the students’ schoolwide Google Classroom.
 
News from Sow A Seed Community Foundation

 

 

 


For those who missed the PCS Zoom Reopening Meeting…….

Primary Hybrid Plan Meeting

We want to thank all the parents and staff who attended last night’s PCS Reopening Zoom Meeting.  Our goal was to inform you all about the process and plan to reopen our K-4 Primary school under the strict guidance of the San Joaquin County Office of Public Health.

We hope we answered many of your questions and concerns.  We understand these are difficult times and a decision like this is not taken lightly.  Our main focus will always be the safety of our students and we have been watching carefully as other schools across the state have opened their doors to reduced class sizes.

Below you will find the Slideshow and Zoom recording.  This coming week, we will be sending out additional information and surveys so that we may continue to use your feedback in developing a plan.  Thank you TLC families.  Stay safe out there.

TLC Primary Reopening Meeting – September 18th – Zoom and Slideshow

Primary Hybrid Plan Survey – We need your feedback PCS

Hello PCS families. As other schools return to campus with a San Joaquin County Health approved hybrid teaching model, PCS K-4th grade will also be applying for the on-campus approval to begin part-time, in-class instruction beginning Thursday, October 1st. At this time, the County is only considering primary grades to return to in-person instruction.

If the SJ County Health office grants us the waiver to return to campus, we would like to move our Primary school to Plan 2 (https://tlccharterchatter.com/2020/07/06/tlc-planned-reopening-august-3rd/), or the Hybrid model, that was approved by our board.

This would mean Group A would attend school Monday and Tuesday on campus and Group B would be on campus Thursday and Friday. These groups were assigned in the Spring. On the other days, students would be at home with distance learning.

We need your feedback. We are asking all Primary parents to let us know if your student would be attending the hybrid model with part-time, in-class instruction with all the required safety measures and guidelines in place.

We will be holding a Zoom meeting on Friday, September 18th from 4-5pm PST (it will also be posted on our website after) to explain the process.

PCS Hybrid Learning Informational Meeting:

https://tracylc-net.zoom.us/j/81358223257?pwd=UUJBei8zQXBJYUhTSW8yczB2T3plQT09

Please take a moment to fill out the form and provide any questions or feedback. Will use this to guide our zoom announcement. We are asking for feedback now and not during the zoom meeting to help the process.

https://forms.gle/bdkptSycNNrwEwtr9

TLC Charter Chatter – September 14th 2020

A Message from the Director –

The students and staff have settled into some good routines with distance learning and are doing well. Those with missing assignments or with other issues are being identified and we are doing all that we can to ensure the student success.
At times it is important to consider what structures are in place at home to help ensure student success. Many tines in our meetings with parents and staff to brainstorm ways to help, we come up with simple, doable suggestions. Here are a few:

  • Limit phone accessibility during Zoom classes.
  • Have a consistent space with a table for students to work and Zoom
  • Have all supplies the students needs in a container at the work space
  • Have a white board to write assignments down and when they are due
    • The white board makes it public for you to see as well and to help remind students of upcoming deadlines
  • After class times, set up free times and homework or study times that are not interrupted
  • Ask the student what they are learning and what is something going well and something that may need assistance
  • Email the teacher if you are concerned – don’t wait
  • Check Aeries regularly to see grades and to check to see if there is missing work ( red boxes in Aeries indicate missing work)
  • Celebrate successes and give praise for the work your student is doing


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We need to give a HUGE thank you to all our parents fof assisting in our classes. We understand how difficult it can be when distance learning but we do appreciate your support.

We hope our county continues to move in the right direction and we can soon be back on campus safely.



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Parents, Guardians, and Students!
Please visit our DCS website (www.dcsfalcon.weebly.com) to find this weeks’ updates! This week you will find a new post about our new DCS staff office hours (and the schedule), information about a new Art Club that Ms. Losen is offering to DCS students, and our regular class updates (in the 5/6 and 7/8 tabs respectively). You will also find information about Leaderships new venture – Fantasy Football and a slough of helpful contact numbers and resources for mental wellness on our Counseling Corner tab. Enjoy!



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TLC Charter Chatter – Week of Sept 7th 2020

TLC Charter Chatter – Week of Sept 7th 2020

 

A Message from our Director

 

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe Labor day weekend.  The following is a great article that can help with Distance Learning.  I hope you found it as helpful and informative as I did.

 

8 Ways to Reduce Digital Distractions During Remote Learning & Homework

September 2, 2020 By Smart Social Leave a Comment

8 Ways to Reduce Digital Distractions During Online Classes and Homework Time

Staying productive to reduce digital distractions during online classes and homework time can pose a challenge to students. This is especially true now as many families have students who must complete some or all of their education online, and from home, during the pandemic.

Keep reading to learn tips from eight experts to help your student manage remote learning and homework time without letting social media, games, and apps get in the way.

1. Set up a designated school space in your home

I suggest setting up a homework/homeschool space in your home. Things to keep in mind:

  • Try to choose a quiet space in a less busy part of the house, an environment that will naturally minimize distractions. It’s important to choose this area and stick with it
  • Choose functional furniture and stock up on supplies. We suggest avoiding couches or lap desks and instead opt for a traditional desk or a small table and chair. Consider adding a soft cushion on the chair — when kids feel uncomfortable, they’re more prone to stirring and squirming, leading to distraction and disorganization. With regard to supplies, be sure to stock up on pens, pencils, and markers. We also suggest including a timer on your supplies list, which you can use to give your child a brain break for intervals of uninterrupted work
  • Reserve space for a calendar and to-do list. Important, visible anchors like these will make your child’s in-house homeschool/homework space an area that encourages building on small tasks to reach larger goals

2. Have everyone in your family sign a screen time agreement to help reduce digital distractions

Parents ask me all the time how to know if their child is paying attention to their online class and doing their online assignment- or if they’re actually playing Fortnite or scrolling through TikTok. Unless you’re always in the same room as your child, it can be difficult to know exactly what your student is up to online. I always recommend having everyone in your family sign a smartphone and social media agreement and keeping the dialogue open about digital expectations and consequences.

The agreement can serve as an icebreaker for parents to cover key safety issues like screen time limits, sexting, cyberbullying, and more. It gives kids a glance at their own responsibilities as internet users and reminds them that using social media in a negative way or when they’re not supposed to can lead to consequences. Make sure the agreement is kept somewhere visible, like on the fridge or on their desk. Regularly referring back to the agreement will remind students of the commitments they made while they are taking remote classes or doing their online homework.

3. Help your students keep their senses activated

Parents need to recognize that many children cannot concentrate for long periods of time in an online class learning setting. So, distractions are not necessarily all bad. They may give a student a needed breathing space to refocus and settle their minds before they re-engage.

  • Offer food to students that they can snack on between classes or while online learning (if the teacher allows). This helps them concentrate more effectively and adds comfort to the experience
  • Give students fidget toys to keep their hands busy while they are learning online. This will allow them to get some of their excess energy out
  • Let them access online in different physical positions: a chair, a bed, standing, a countertop. Switch up where they learn and see which setting is best for concentration
  • Let students do something constructive if they are going to be distracted. That is one reason I wrote a word play book. A riddle book or joke book works too
  • Provide students with paper and amazing colored pencils or unique crayons or cray-pas and let them doodle while learning online

The key is to keep their senses activated and to enable them to use distractions constructively.

4. Allow teens to take scheduled social media breaks to communicate with friends

Doing as much homework off the computer as possible will help minimize distractions and prevent burnout from too much screen time. For assignments that do have to be completed online, parents should recognize that it may be impossible for students to completely resist checking their social media or playing a quick game. Here, the flexible schedules of remote learning can actually be a benefit.

Parents should encourage their child to take short, regular breaks where they are allowed to do whatever they’d like on the computer as long as they then get back to work once they are done. Something like 25 minutes of studying followed by 5-10 minutes of TikTok is perfectly reasonable for teens, and may get better results out of your child than attempting to ban social media entirely.

During Zoom classes, when students really need to be dedicating their full attention, then parents can be stricter about forbidding social media. Confiscating phones during class time is probably a good idea, and in extreme cases, parents may want to discuss disabling apps for younger students.

In every case, parents should keep in mind that many students are stressed and missing their classmates, so a little more leeway regarding student’s attempts to digitally keep in touch with their friends is perfectly reasonable.

5. Create new study habits to embrace a new normal during remote learning

Use these tips to minimize distractions, maintain focus, and create new study habits to make the most of digital learning during the pandemic.

  • Turn off unnecessary alerts: Getting incoming notifications and alerts can derail a student’s ability to concentrate. Make sure computer and phone apps, such as social media, weather, package delivery, and email, are set to be silent during class and study times
  • Keep reminders handy: Get your student in the habit of writing down one to three goals or tasks they need to accomplish each day on a sticky note. Keeping these goals as a note on their computer or nearby can be an easy way to refocus when distractions arise
  • Use a study partner: If your student would enjoy social interaction with another good student, having a dedicated partner may help them achieve more. Consider putting a time limit on their communication to make sure the lessons get completed
  • Consider getting a tutor: At some point, your student is likely to have trouble with a subject. Make sure you communicate the importance of asking for help. If a teacher can’t spend enough time with your child, consider hiring an online or in-person tutor, such as an older student
  • Match tasks with energy: If your student finds it difficult to concentrate on studies during a particular time of day, encourage them to work at a different time. For instance, if they have more focus at night, consider allowing them to study later
  • Use study blocks: It can be challenging for young people to maintain focus for long periods. Consider setting a timer for study blocks, such as 30 minutes, and then a 10-minute break. This structure gives students a quick reward for putting in some hard work

6. Create structure with a daily plan

One approach to help students focus and to reduce digital distractions is parents helping their kids create structure at home. You do this by creating a plan for the following day at the end of every day. What assignments need to get accomplished? What order do they want to do them in? And by what time do they want to have them done?

For many students, learning remotely gives them the freedom to do their work when, and how they want. Schools not only provide social interaction, but structure to their life. By creating an at-home structure for school, remote students can be more productive by knowing what they need to do and by what time they would like to be done with it. This allows time for breaks, lunch, relaxing, etc.

7. Gradually build up restricted device time to reduce digital distractions

All students will eventually need the self-discipline to manage this issue themselves, but I have some suggestions for parents who are starting from scratch with kids who have never had any kind of device restrictions before.

Our first tip is to slightly limit something outside of school work. For example, a parent of one of my students started by limiting their kids to one hour of video games per day. This was a big adjustment for this student, but eventually, they came to really value this one hour.

Once the student is familiar with the idea of being restricted, apply the same tactic to another device. Our suggestion is to first deny access to their phone for a certain time in the evening, maybe during dinner. Reinforce that it is not permanent and make sure to give the device back on time in order to build trust.

From there, either increase the time period, add an additional hour somewhere in the day, and move into homework time if it’s going well. We suggest establishing a set time for homework and limiting phone access during that time.

This process can continue to scale as needed, but the trick is not to go too far in the beginning. Parents and teachers need to make it doable for students just starting out and then build up trust and consistency, so it simply becomes part of the routine.

8. Help your student understand the importance of the schoolwork and homework

As a certified elementary teacher and tutor, Zoie Hoffman has dedicated herself to spending time helping individual students reach their educational goals.

Hoffman says to have a mindset shift about what homework and school work is all about. Some kids think that homework is something they have to get through because their parents and teachers say so. Parents can help by placing the responsibility for getting those things done with their kids and help them understand why they need to do it.

Have discussions with your child about why homework is important. Here are some talking points:

  • Homework allows students to move towards mastery
  • The more they practice, the more results they’ll see in what they can do academically
  • Routinely doing homework will help increase grades and help students better reach their goals

Conclusion

Parents should also show students how to reduce digital distractions when they are working or concentrating on a task. For example, put your phone away when you sit down to write work emails, pay the bills, or make a grocery list. If your child sees you without your phone during those times, it will speak louder than you simply telling them. Model what you want your child to do.

 

 



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DCS

 

Parents, Guardians, and Students! Please visit our new DCS specific website at www.dcsfalcon.weebly.com for information regarding Discovery!
This week you will find our 5/6 and 7/8 class reviews and updates, a post on the benefits of Mindfulness in our Counseling Corner. Finally, you can access ALL of our Leadership updates, such as the Falcon of the Week and information about our FIRST virtual Nest Challenge that takes place this Tuesday! Have a great week!

 



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TLC Charter Chatter – Week of Aug 31st

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A Message from the Director – 

The good news of the week seems to be that it is possible to get off the state-county watch list and reach 14 days of consecutive no new cases of COVID.  San Diego County has reached that target.  The San Diego Schools are taking it slowly and not reopening right away, but it seems to be in sight.  Our county is still on the watch list, but I am certain with continued mask-wearing, hand washing, and social distancing we can get back on track before much longer.

Meanwhile, the state is considering ways that EL and special education students can come back to school in person in small groups of no more than 14.  I will be exploring things we could do with that permission.  Some of our special needs students could benefit from in-person tutoring and some of our EL students are already coming to school one at a time for EL testing.

So the moral of this is that things are starting to happen.  Meanwhile, I am convinced that the Tracy Learning Center schools are doing a great job with distance learning.  We have mastered the idea of synchronous online learning and are doing much more than many of the schools around us.  I believe that is the case because our staff is very dedicated to student success and they truly care about their students.  As the leader. I am very pleased with the staff’s continued effort.

Finally, I am also very pleased with the support we have from you as parents.  Distance learning does require a community effort.  It requires parental support as well as student and teacher support for lasting effectiveness.  Thank you so much for supporting your student’s learning.



Your Feedback is always appreciated.  We wanted to share the results of our last parent survey with you all.   Thank you to everyone that tool the time to fill out the survey, this information has been past on to our TLC Board to help us continually improve our Distance Learning and plan for the future.  We will be sending out more surveys next week for staff and students.  This is an important process and helps ensure everyone has a chance to contribute in our educational program

TLC July Distance Learning – Parent Survey



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DCS

 

Parents, guardians, and students! We would like to introduce you to our DCS website! Welcome! When you visit this site you will find our school announcements, need to know information, a look inside each of our 5/6 and 7/8 classes (each have their own page), our Leadership department (along with Leaderships weekly videos and Falcon of the week!), Mrs. Prescott’s Counseling section, and finally all of our staff’s contact information. We hope to use this website to further connect with you and your students and to keep you up to date with everything happening at DCS. The website will be updated weekly. Enjoy!

 

Discovery Charter Chatter (1)

 

Discovery Charter Chatter

 

DCS Leader Announcement Board:

 

 

Please Join us!

Discovery is looking for parents to become members of our School Improvement Committee for the 2020-21 school year. Committee members will join the Discovery Leads as we discuss our schools individual Action Plan. Our Action Plan discusses DCS’s actionable steps toward whole school improvement. We are looking for members to join our team and help us to continue to improve our school!

If you are interested in joining or for more information please email Ashley Cerezo acerezo@tracylc.net or Kathy Prescott at kprescott@tracylc.net

 

The SIC committee meets monthly! Our next meeting will be on September 29th a 4pm

Ms. Zaca’s Leadership Corner:

Welcome! Applications were sent out last Sunday and were due to Ms. Zaca by Friday, August 21st. Students who were accepted to leadership were contacted by Ms. Zaca on Saturday, August 22nd. As of right now, Leadership will be meeting once a week, from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm on google classroom every Tuesday. Students who were accepted into Leadership have been given the google classroom code and class info in their emails. Just a friendly reminder, Leadership is an elective in Discovery and not a graded class. Questions about leadership, please email Ms. Zaca at szaca@tracylc.net.

For our first Leadership event, we are having a raffle event with all 5th-8th grade students. Check out our weekly announcements videos to see what our raffle event is! The winning prize is a $25 Visa gift card! Good luck to all students!

Week 3 DCS Announcements

https://youtu.be/O1O6EolhL9o

Also, check out our Falcons of the Week! These students went above and beyond during our third week of school and the teachers could not be any more proud! Congratulations!

#3 Falcons of the Week

Mrs. Prescott’s Counseling Corner:

Hi everyone! Remember, I started a Google Classroom for counseling information and services: Discovery Counseling Corner. I’m offering drop-in counseling via Zoom every Monday and Friday from 1-2pm. The link is in my Google Classroom, code: qxe5cac. If there are students in the waiting room, sessions will be limited to 10 minutes and a one-on-one follow up appointment will be scheduled. To schedule time with me outside of these hours, please feel free to contact her via email at any time: kprescott@tracylc.net.

Last week, I shared a video about teens and digital drama. Who hasn’t heard about or experienced that?!? I know that while we’re all spending more time at home and not able to connect with our friends at school or in person, social media, texting, and other online activities are how we’re interacting with each other. What are you doing to make sure things stay positive? What are you doing when things turn negative or hurtful? How do you know how to walk away or tell an adult when someone has gone too far? Be sure to check out the video and share what you think. And check back on Monday for my newest topic!

***8th graders: Are you interested in joining the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF)? Remember, the application can be found as a Form in my Google Classroom. All applications are due by Monday, August 31th, no later than 11:59pm! Our 1st meeting will be Wednesday, September 2nd, at 1pm. I’m looking forward to seeing what projects we come up with together.***

Study Club is Now Open

Need some help with homework or help with navigating your on-line classes, Study Club is now open on-line Monday – Thursday from 1-2 pm. It is set up through a Google Classroom – class code i4qa3ga. Click on the Meet link in the banner box to get help. Periodically, how-to videos and links will be posted to help you with Distance Learning.

A peek into our Virtual Learning Classes

 

5th/6th Grade Classes:

 

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Ms. Ferguson:

This week in Social Studies the students finished learning about the different Native American Regional groups. A fry bread recipe from one of the Native American tribes was posted in Google Classroom, please look under the “stream” section if you and your student are interested in making it! We would love to know how they turned out, feel free to share pictures with us!

The students also made digital totem poles this week! Here is an example of one of the totem poles:

Next week we will prepare for the unit test with a project and review games. The unit test will be on Thursday of next week, September 3rd.

If your child needs to locate the readings for this week and last to study they can find them in Google Classroom under the “Classwork” tab in the “Native Americans” section!

 

Science with Ms. Diaz and Mr. Dougherty

Greetings Scientists! What an exciting month in the lab!

This week: we took our first science test, covering the Scientific Method, sound, ways to earn (+) and (-) points and class expectations. This week has been the most interesting so far because 1) we did our first hands-on, making “singing straws” to HEAR the sound of science in action. Since we have the privilege of Mr. Dougherty’s expertise, we learned about the science in music. But the best part? Wait for it….wait for it…2) we learned that something as simple as figuring out “how to make your own instruments” has a real world application by watching the Landfill Harmonic. This talented group of students from Paraguya have the desire to play music, but due to circumstances, do not have the resources to buy nice instruments. Therefore, as a community, they collaborated with each other to take items from the local landfill to make instruments. That’s an awesome “design, science, engineering, music and environmental conservation” collaboration if I don’t say so myself (but I do).

Next week: we write-up our first lab report on the “singing straws” activity and then have the weekly quiz on Friday.

Exciting news: congratulations to our fellow 6th grade scientist, Nayomi Shih, who has been made an honorary member of the Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory, led by Prof Andreas Heuer, at Lund University in Sweden. Click this link to see her profile: https://behavioural-neuroscience.com/team.html

Mission to Mars: The trip, rescheduled to November, is still a go, I repeat, is still a go. Over and out. If you have any questions please feel free to email me cdiaz@tracy.lc.net

Math with Mrs. Zuniga

Varsity: We learned about multiplying 2 x 2 digit numbers this week. The students also spent a class day learning how to submit their work through google forms and slides on our googleclassroom. We will be practicing multiplying much more next week and looking at 3 x 2 digit multiplication. Parents, please make sure students are practicing their multiplication facts at home as well!

Scholastic: We spent the week reviewing for our unit test. Our next unit will focus on all things decimals! This will start on Monday with an introduction to decimals before we dive into the four operations.

Honors: The students finished their second quiz of unit 1 this week. Next week we will move onto exponents!

Math with Mrs. Nijjar

All of my students took the Davis Test this week.

Varsity: Students this week learned about multiplying whole numbers using an area model and took the quiz for the same. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about different strategies to divide whole numbers.

Scholastic: Students this week learned about properties of addition and multiplication, and took the quiz for the same. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about place value and rounding whole numbers.

Honors: Students in this week learned about integer exponents and the laws associated with exponents. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about PEMDAS and solving algebraic equations.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

This year’s Pentathlon topic is the Cold War. It has been somewhat refreshing to go back into history and see our greatest fears still not realized. As we read about the organizations and the individual spies that changed and maintained the balance of superpowers, we are learning how fear is generated and how it affects people.

This week, we studied Cold War era propaganda from both superpowers and noticed themes. We may have a project in the near future where the students must create propaganda to promote an agenda.

Language Arts with Ms. Rodieck

During Week 4 Scholastic and Honors started Sentence Diagramming!! This is a way to practice the parts of speech and learn how words can be used in a sentence. It will improve sentence structure and overall writing. We did not have a weekly quiz this week, instead it will be at the end of each Chapter in our Novel.

Next week all groups will continue to learn about Spies. We will be learning about the FBI units that were first involved in spy hunting. And we will learn about breaking early encryption codes.

Varsity will be split into smaller groups and we will be doing small group reading instruction on Ms. Murzi’s days to help the students with their decoding and fluency skills, in addition to comprehension. On the other days, we will continue to learn about Spies and work on our writing skills.

7th/8th Grade Classes:

 

 

Science with Ms. Dominguez and Coach Williams:

During Week 4, 7th and 8th grade Science started the unit “What is Motion?”, and we began this unit with some math. During this first week of our new unit, students learned how to calculate for speed, velocity and acceleration. While the inclusion of math in science was a shock at first, I was very impressed to see how students asked questions and tackled the practice problems until they started to see and understand the consistent use of the speed formula in calculating for, not only, speed; but also velocity and acceleration.

Friday, we also started our egg drop challenge! This challenge involves two goals: the first is that the egg is prevented from breaking when it’s dropped onto the ground, and the second is to slow down the speed of the egg’s fall. But there’s a catch! There’s a limited list of supplies that students are allowed to use to create their egg drop “devices”, and they have an imaginary budget of $100 (each item on the list comes with a price tag). I’m so excited to see what everyone comes up with, and can’t wait to share their egg drop videos in class!

Social Studies with Ms. Zaca and Coach Penirian:

Welcome to Jeopardy!

Now entering the Official Kitchen Studio, are our hosts Ms. Zaca and Coach Penirian!

Week 4 is officially in the books! Students finished the week off by participating in our Jeopardy game on zoom. The game was our second review game of the week (the first being on Monday with Kahoots!) to help the students prepare for their Unit Test. Students on Thursday were asked to put their knowledge of the Declaration to the test. On Friday, students began Unit 2, the Constitution. This unit will cover all aspects of our Constitution in terms of the different branches in power, learn about our first constitution, the division of power between the federal government and states, and our bill of rights. Clientmoji

Congratulations to our student groups who won our Jeopardy game:

Scholastic: Chelby, RJ, Jillian, and Andre.

Honors: Justin, Emily, Ashlan, Isaiah.

Varsity: MichaelAngelo, Ismael, Osvaldo, Aiden, and Angelee.

Math with Mrs. Linarez and Ms. Losen

This week all students played Gimkit and I am happy to announce each class earned over $1,000,000! They all worked together to make this possible and each student had great practice while having fun. The UC Davis was also administered this week. Four honors students received perfect scores on their Unit One test!

What to look forward to next week!

Varsity 2 – We will be starting our next unit, Decimals. We will be focusing on the place value of decimals, rounding decimals, and comparing & ordering of decimals.

Scholastic 2 – We will be learning about scientific notation and operations with scientific notation. Hopefully by the end of the week we can take our Unit 1 test.

Honors 2 – We will be focusing on Linear Functions. Students will be able to write an equation in slope-intercept form, then graph the line. By the end of the week students should be able to write a linear equation given two points or one point and slope.

Math with Mr. Dhillon and Coach Levand

*All students will be taking the first UC Davis test next week.

Varsity: We completed lesson 2 ( Variables and Algebraic expression ) and we will have quiz 1 on Tuesday . We will be starting with lesson 3. We are practicing basic concepts of math on IXL everyday .

Scholastic: we have completed lesson 7 Combining Like Terms and lesson 8 Simplifying Expressions (Distribute/Combine).. And lesson 9 and will haveQuiz 3 and will start it lesson 10

Honors: we are doing the review of unit 1 and then take the test for unit 1 on Tuesday

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

This week in Language Arts all classes completed and turned in their second round of introduction paragraphs. We discussed what went well and which areas needed more improvement. All also continued their work with reading comprehension by reading from our class novel Spies and reading academic articles (PSAT/Newsela).

Using Whiteboard.fi (as picture below) students were able to draw their own diagrams and post their results to their digital journal. This was a fantastic way to practice sentence structure for the whole class to see and participate in.

 

 

 

We had our second test on Friday and will continue to develop our writing skills! We will soon move on to studying body paragraphs!

Language Arts with Ms. Greene and Mrs. Polo

This week in Language Arts we focused highly on reading comprehension and understanding the key concepts of our book Spies. We practiced through writing summaries, stopping for understanding and reading EVERYDAY so the book is fresh in our minds.

Along with the focus on the book, we have also finished writing the second introduction paragraph and will swiftly be moving to writing body paragraphs in the coming weeks. Our first timed write went very well, this was done in class last week.

Look forward to some interesting videos on the Cold War!

 



MHS

MHS Back to School Night (Virtual Edition)

We will miss seeing all our students and parents but we still want to share some important information from all our MHS academic departments.  Please take some time to watch the following videos and feel free to email us with any questions or concerns.  Go Falcons!

 


Good Morning Falcons!  Here are your unity announcements for the Week of Aug 31st

 

 


 

MHS Counseling News

 

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MHS Counseling News –

FALL DELTA COLLEGE EARLY START STUDENTS
Many of our Fall College Early Start students’ online Delta classes begin Monday 8/24!  If this applies to you (CES Forms were due and students registered in mid-June), make sure you log in and verify that you are enrolled in the class and check your start date.  Some students start Monday 8/24, others start Monday 9/28.  Students who start 8/24 should log into their Delta Email and Canvas accounts as soon as possible so they are ready to start their college class.  *Please note that all Fall Delta College classes will be conducted fully online.*

How to Log In To Canvas:  https://deltacollege.edu/academics/online-regional-education/students-how-login-canvas
Access Delta Student Email:  https://deltacollege.edu/student-services/delta-email

STAY TUNED RE: SPRING DELTA COLLEGE EARLY START
The next opportunity for students to take an online Delta College class is Spring 2021, beginning in January!  The process will begin with an informational Zoom meeting in late September which will be announced on the Charter Chatter and the school-wide MHS Info Google Classroom.  If your student is interested, make sure they are maintaining A’s and B’s in their high school classes and watch for announcements and deadlines.  For more information, please visit:  http://www.tracylearningcenter.com/counseling/college-and-carrer-planning/

CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATION (CSF) FALL APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY 8/28CSF is an honors society that recognizes outstanding academic achievement and encourages paying it forward by serving one’s community.  High school students must reapply each semester to maintain their membership in the club, and membership is based on the previous semester’s report card grades.  Students with mostly A’s in rigorous classes may qualify based on a point system outlined by the CSF State Office.  Online applications to join Millennium’s CSF Chapter are due Friday, August 28th.  Current 10th -12th graders may apply here: https://forms.gle/qV9mpUsmCEhHJ3Qu6Current 9th graders can qualify this Fall semester only if they were CJSF Honors Members in the 8th grade, and may apply here:  https://forms.gle/xmi91D7Lx5ipaF1f8  Otherwise, 9th graders are encouraged to apply during Spring Semester.

MHS COUNSELING OFFICE HOURSMHS Counselors are holding office hours four times a week through Zoom.  Students are encouraged to join our link when they have questions, concerns, or just to say hello to their Counselors.  A waiting room is enabled to ensure confidentiality.  Your student can find our schedule and Zoom link on the Schoolwide MHS Info Google Classroom page, GC Code:  iebvajt  Additionally, students are encouraged to reach out to us by emailing MHSCounseling@tracylc.net at any time during school hours to ask questions or make appointments to meet with us virtually.

WEEKLY WELLNESS TIPS:  Help Kids Balance Their Media LivesYour MHS Counselors would like to share a resource for students and families that addresses finding balance and awareness in these times of heavy screen use.  Check out this website with five suggestions to prompt behavior modifications and discussions for families:  https://www.commonsense.org/education/family-tips/6-12-media-balance-and-well-being