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A Message from Virginia                                                                     Jan. 24, 2020

The Power of Positive Attention

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

Katherine Martinelli

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

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

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

What is positive attention?

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

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

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

How to implement positive attention

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

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

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

But what about bad behavior?

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

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

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

 

 

Personal Days for this School Year 2019/2020

VERY IMPORTANT Information for our current 2019/2020 school year beginning August 5, 2019, we have reduced personal/family days for students from 10 days down to 7 days. Allowing 7 days is still much higher than what the district schools allow and we feel 7 days is more beneficial for the school and for each students’ education.

 

 

It’s that time again. THE 14TH ANNUAL TRACY LEARNING CENTER CRAB FEED – FEBRUARY 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Donna Baker (209) 321-9157 via text or donna@donnabaker.com

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Menu Week of JAN. 27 – 31, 2020

Mon – Pizza

Tues – No meat spaghetti

Wed – Chicken Strips

Thurs – Orange Chicken

Fri -Grilled Cheese Sandwich

 

 

 

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

 

 

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

 

 

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 p2@tracylc.net.

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

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

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

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

 Phase One:

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

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

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

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

Phase Two:   

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

February 17: NO SCHOOL – Presidents’ Day

An update from PE:

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

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

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

Thank You!!! 🙂

Your Dedicated DCS Falcon PE Staff


Mrs. Zuniga’s Math:

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

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

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

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

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

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

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

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


Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities:

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

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

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

Language Arts with Mr. Harding:

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

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

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy:

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

Science with Ms. Diaz:

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

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

Awesomely interesting announcements

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Constellations Quiz Pt. 1—> Jan 28th
  • Constellations Quiz Pt. 2—> Feb 4th
  • Solar Systems Test—> Feb 12th
  • Moon Project Reports due—> Feb 14th
  • Please don’t forget to check Google classroom and/or the science class website regularly with your student
    Google Classroom Hon/Scholastic code→ jp9wlua
    Google Classroom Varsity code→ 8d4s9b
    Science class website:
     https://diazdoesscience.weebly.com 

Mission to Mars:

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

Rube Goldberg:

  • Drop-in practices M-Th 4-5pm

Science Olympiad

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

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 7th-8th

Nest Certificate Winners for Week 21:

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

A Note from Mrs. Cerezo:

Notice to Parents of students in the Varsity 2 class:

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

Technology with Ms. Ferguson:

1-22-20

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

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

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

Physical Education:

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

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

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

Thank You!!! 🙂

Your Dedicated DCS Falcon PE Staff

Ms. Polo Spanish Jan-Feb 2020

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

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

Music Exploration with Mr. Dougherty:

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

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


 

 

 

 

Millennium High School

YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

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 yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 21362. You may also pay by cash, check, or card in the front office or by contacting Miss Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net

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 blamanna@tracylc.net.

Speech and Debate

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

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

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

Lilliana Zapien, 9th, Varsity Original Advocacy

Danica Knowlden, 8th, Dramatic Interpretation

Kyle Fisher, 8th, Varsity Original Advocacy

Arianna Billings, 7th, Varsity Original Advocacy

A Ni Clepper, 7th,  Varsity Original Advocacy

Giovanna Chukwuma, 4th, Novice Congressional Debate

Shika Acolatse, 4th, Varsity Original Prose and Poetry

Lucy Lamanna, 4th, Varsity Original Advocacy

Logan Malsack, 3rd, Novice Impromptu

Shika Acolatse, 3rd, Varsity Impromptu

Crysuel Cunanan, 3rd,  Varsity Original Advocacy

Crysuel Cunanan and Eli Galvez, 2nd, Parliamentary Debate

Lucy Lamanna and Logan Malsack, 2nd, Parliamentary Debate

Nicole Engen, 2nd, Varsity National Extemporaneous

Nicole Engen, 2nd, Varsity Impromptu

Nicole Engen, 1st, Varsity Big Questions Debate

Falcon Culture Project

Shika Acolatse

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

This Week in Science…

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

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

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

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

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

Athletics

Interested in donating to the Athletics program to help complete furnishing of the weightroom and equipment purchases:  https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=JV4bGcCRYeBxsAoeIm9378Hq0cPdQ5v5cVuYxrIDCxod5qM0FM8eQcBKQ-YhqrA_hGj2tG&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

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

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

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

Varsity Boys Soccer @ Big Valley Christian, 5pm

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

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

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

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

Sports Scores:

Girls Basketball: Falcons 47, Stone Ridge Christian 30

Falcons 43, Linden 40

Girls Soccer:  Falcons 0, Holt Academy 3

Falcons 6, Hughes Academy 0

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

JV Boys Soccer:  Falcons 3, River City 5

Varsity Boys Basketball:  Falcons 50, Stone Ridge Christian 34

JV Boys Basketball:  Falcons 67, Stone Ridge Christian 22

Meet the Coaches!

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

 

 

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Interested in a coaching position not currently posted?  Submit your coaching resume/application here for consideration in future openings:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1143376

Follow Millennium Athletics on Social Media:  

-Instagram- @Millennium_Athletics

-Twitter- @MHS_Falcons

-Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/BalsamoPE

We appreciate your continued support!  FALCON PRIDE!!

 

 

Upcoming Fundraisers for Athletics:

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

 

 

COUNSELING, COLLEGE, AND COMMUNITY NEWS!!!

College Board Opportunity Scholarship Presentations

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

9th Grade Presentations

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

Hire Me First Breakfast

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

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

 

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

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

TLC Charter Chatter

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A Message from Virginia                                                                     Jan. 17, 2020

 

While TLC may not have its own competitive gym (yet), I did want to share a picture sent from our TLC athletic director, Stevi Balsamo.  The school spirit and enthusiasm for our students and their achievements puts a smile on my face.

From seeing the line of students auditioning for Mary Poppins to our fans cheering on the MHS basketball team to the early mornings our Science Olympiad team meets; our students show a real passion for what they do and I am proud to see them venturing beyond the classroom.

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Go Falcons!!

 

Next School Holiday

Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr.  Day

 

 

Personal Days for this School Year 2019/2020

VERY IMPORTANT Information for our current 2019/2020 school year beginning August 5, 2019, we have reduced personal/family days for students from 10 days down to 7 days. Allowing 7 days is still much higher than what the district schools allow and we feel 7 days is more beneficial for the school and for each students’ education.

 

 

It’s that time again. THE 14TH ANNUAL TRACY LEARNING CENTER CRAB FEED – FEBRUARY 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

 

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Donna Baker (209) 321-9157 via text or donna@donnabaker.com

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Menu Week of JAN. 19 – 24, 2020

Mon – Holiday

Tues – Pizza

Wed – Turkey Meatball Sandwich

Thurs – Beef or Bean Tostada

Fri – Chicken Corn Dog

 

 

 

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:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

 

 

TLC Preschool: Did you know?

  

Did you know our preschool teachers work hard each week creating lessons that are play-based?  The preschool teachers focus on a letter, number, color and shape each week. They use these focus concepts to create fun, interactive lessons that keep students engaged while having fun learning.   This week the students have been focusing on the letter E as in elf, the number 10, the color brown, and the shape triangle.  Students have created group posters with the letter E, sorted the letter E by capital and lowercase, and worked on creating lists of things that start with the E sound, made Christmas decorations with groups of 10, and decorated a triangle-shaped Christmas tree! Phew!.  Who knew so much learning could be masqueraded into fun activities.  Thank you teachers!

 

 

Initial Phase

We had a lot of fun this week with our 100th day of school! Time is going by too fast! It is amazing how much these children have grown in such a short time! We celebrated being 100 days smarter by participating in many fun activities. Students made hats with 100 dots, a gumball machine with 100 gumballs, made a tower by stacking 100 cups, used the digits in 100 to create a picture, and practiced counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s!

Monday, January 20th we will not have school in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Don’t forget to change out your student’s extra clothes in their backpack to winter clothes.

 

 

 Phase One:

This Week Phase 1 students did an amazing job with their Winter Aimes Testing!!  We are proud of their efforts and progress.  We also had fun celebrating our 100th Day of School.  The necklaces were so creative and they had fun wearing them and sharing them.  In P5, students hypothesized whose necklace would be heavier and then compared them by weighing them.  Then, enjoyed making mini s’mores with 100 marshmallows, chocolate chips, and Graham cereal. P4, students wrote about what they would buy if they had $100 and what they would look like if they were 100 years old. In P3 students did a 100 second challenge and completed lots of different fun activities. In Language Arts students are working on meeting their AR Goal which is due Friday, February 14th.  Please help encourage them to read at home to help them reach their goal.  In Math students are regularly practicing their math facts along with other concepts.  Fluency in math facts is essential for higher math learning.  Flash cards, online apps, games, etc. are a great way to increase math fact fluency.  In Social Studies, students had a lot of fun learning about life “Long Ago.”  Remember this is a 3 day weekend! There will be no school Monday, January 20 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  

 

Phase Two:   

We have lots of exciting school events coming up!  The PCS Read-a-Thon will run from Friday, January 24-January 31st.  This is a great fundraiser for our school!  More information will come home next week.  We also have our annual Crab Feed (a super fun, adults-only event), Mother Son dance and TLC’s Got Talent Show.  We hope you’re able to participate in some of these school events!

This month our 4th grade leadership students are collecting recycling from all the Primary classes.  This week they went around and distributed collection boxes to all classrooms for plastic bottles and cans.  Our leadership students have decided to purchase a new equipment cart for the playground with our recycling money…what a great idea that benefits the whole school!  

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

January 20: NO SCHOOL – MLK Day

February 17: NO SCHOOL – Presidents’ Day

Top 5 Nest Point Earners:

Amur:

Saker:

Peregrine:

Kestrel:

Mrs. Zuniga’s Math:

Varsity: Our class is finishing our mini decimal unit with dividing decimals. We just finished learning this concept and will begin constant practice and reviewing before we take our unit test.

Scholastic: Our class took our Unit 4 test this week. Next week we will begin our introduction to fractions. 5th grade state testing is full of fraction questions and this unit is very critical to our students for future math courses. 6th graders will use this unit as a review and I will be looking for mastery of this concept.

Honors: Our class took their third quiz focusing on translating and solving equations as well as solving equations from word problems. This quiz is critical in showing me that the students are learning and understanding the math vocabulary that we use everyday. Students learned to pull keywords from the word problems to know what type of equation they need to create and solve.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity: We started this week by learning about prime numbers and composite numbers. This concept was further reinforced by playing games and participating in discussions. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about prime factorization.

Scholastic: Students this week learned about graphing functions, finding distance on a graph, and adding and subtracting positive and negative integers. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about multiplying and dividing integers.

Honors:  In this week students took the Unit-3 test and started with Unit-4. In the coming weeks students will be learning about finding slope of linear equations and solving linear equations.

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


Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities:

Below are photos of students that were selected to be published in a poetry anthology.  We submitted our poems last fall.  Parents, please go on-line or use the forms sent home, to give permission for your son or daughters poem to be published by 1/23/2020.  You don’t have to buy the book to be published.  Being able to say you are a published author will look good on college applications and resumes.  They can also use this for their Dedicated DCS SWO scrapbook in May.  We will have another opportunity this Spring to enter poems into this contest.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding:

Mr. Harding could not be more proud of the effort and work done by all of his classes. We will finish our novel, Fever, 1793 before the next Charter Chatter. The groans when I tell them we are finished reading for the day are getting stronger as we reach the plot’s climax. It is wonderful teaching a class of students eager to learn. We are also learning about Ancient Greece by studying Aristotle’s appeals, a few common myths, and other very popular Greek themes. Aristotle’s appeals became a mini-lesson on persuasion. We learned about a “Pepsi generation” that wanted to “Be like Mike” before Radio Shack got a call that the 80s wanted their store back. I have warned the students that they may experience the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon after learning about Ancient Greece.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy:

This week in Social Studies our students have grasped the main concepts of the four types of governments that happened in Ancient Greece.  Students are able to understand the differences and similarities between each system as well as the span of time each system was practiced. Students should be able to explain how democracy developed in Ancient Greece. The quiz will be held next Tuesday. We also watched parts of “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” in class to excite and introduce our students to the next chapter on Ancient Greek Religion and Greco-Persian Wars.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Discovery Middle School 7th-8th

  • No School on January 20th for MLK Day

Nest Certificate Winners for Week 20:

 

 

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 acerezo@tracylc.net 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, acerezo@tracylc.net for more information. 

           

 

 

7th and 8th Grade Science Charter Chatter – Ms. Dominguez

Over the last month, 7th and 8th grade Science has been exploring genetics and how traits can be passed down from parent organisms to their offspring. We have had the opportunity to explore many different topics through the lense of genetics, such as how certain breeds of animals have developed over the years to how genetics play a role in the world of organ transplants.  Our major project for this unit was exploring the development of all of the dog breeds that we see in the world today. Students questioned how it could be possible for all of the breeds we see today – some as unique from one another as chihuahuas and Irish Wolfhounds – to originate from a common wolf ancestor. Using the AKC website, students carried out a research project that allowed them to explore three different breeds to see if they could find any common themes between the breeds that might explain how dogs came to be one of the living world’s most diverse species.

Some of the clues that students were able to pick up on from browsing the AKC website was that all of the dog profiles were grouped by the breed’s purpose. Some breeds were categorized as sporting or hunting breeds, some were noted as working breeds, some for herding, and some were purely intended for companionship. Many of the students to fascinated to see how the group that the breed fell into would hold a lot of insight into the behavior and characteristics of the dogs, and many of them were curious to see what they could find out about their own dogs by looking up their breeds on the website’s profile database. I was very impressed to see how the breed’s group alone was enough to lead many of  the students to the conclusion that maybe we have so many breeds of dogs today because humans wanted to create dogs to meet specific needs, behave a certain way, or look a certain way; so over the years, human intervention in the crossing of dog breeds has contributed to the nearly 350 breeds that we know of today. The uniqueness of each breed is due to genetics and the various that can only come mixing the genetics of two parent organisms to create offspring.

The culminating step of this project was for students to choose two of the three breeds that they researched on the AKC website, and predict what kind of offspring would be produced if these two breeds were crossed with one another. Their final product had to consist of a profile like those they found on the AKC website, and a picture of the hypothetical offspring. To see one of the final projects that was submitted, please see the picture included below.

As we wrap up Life Science for this year, we will be taking one more look at this year’s Academic Pentathlon material to finish up one of the last chapters that focuses on the treatments currently available for cancer patients. We will then be moving on to Earth Science with our first topic being Water.

 

 

 

Social Studies with Ms. Zaca:

Happy New Year to all of our Falcon Parents and Students!

Before we left for break, students read and learned about Europe before the age of the Renaissance. Students read articles, created small projects, watched videos, and discussed different events that led to the Italian Renaissance. We learned about Europe’s Feudal system, how monarchies looked like, the role of religion, the Black Plague, and the desire for the humans that survived the plague to become the best version of themselves.

Students also were introduced to the three main Renaissance city-states: Milan, Florence, and Venice. After learning about the differences of each and how each impacted the Renaissance, students took a day trip to the city of Florence with Tour Guide Zaca (Ms. Zaca was feeling a little jet-lagged)! Students “walked” around the different parts of Florence with their tour group and learned about the cultural importance of each towards the rise and power of Florence.

Last week, we began to move on from the Italian Renaissance and head towards the Northern Renaissance. In small groups, students were assigned one of six important northern Renaissance locations, such as London, Gutenberg’s Shop, Paris, the Flemish Region, and Bucklersbury. Groups presented their location to their class and became mini-experts. This past week, students were put into groups again and were assigned an important person of the Renaissance to research.  Using their information, they created posters and hung them around the rooms, for others to have a special meet and greet with out famous Renaissance people. They met Queen Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare, Johannes Gutenberg, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Dante to name a few.

Some suggested study tips:

Social studies can be a challenging class for some students. Unlike math, it is a class that mostly factual memorization. Here are some tips that I have shared through my years here in Discovery that I believe can be useful for all students to use. Some, I’ve even gathered from student suggestions on what has helped them do well on quiz and tests!

STUDY TIPS

-at home, re read the notes/article from the day and start highlighting important facts.

-set aside 10-15 minutes creating notecards for your vocabulary words or about the people you learned. You can use the notecards as flash cards or create a matching game! (Student should be familiar with this from our class!)

-create your own quiz! Sometimes the best way to study is think about how to create questions with the material you learned

-Having another person quiz you at home is also helpful!

-when answering questions on your worksheet using the articles or notes from class, highlight the questions in one color and the answers in a different color.

-When reading the information at home again, sometimes taking your own notes can be helpful too!

Have a wonderful January!


 

 

Millennium High School

YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

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 yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 21362. You may also pay by cash, check, or card in the front office or by contacting Miss Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net

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 blamanna@tracylc.net.

 

 

Math Charter Chatter

Week of 1/13

We are 3 weeks into semester 2 and math has a lot going on. This week we are taking the Davis Test for the second time, marking our halfway point! Students will either have tested on Thursday or Friday of this week. They will get results almost immediately and compare it to the first time they took the test. We are looking for growth toward mastery by the third and final time they take it in May. This is an important test that helps us decide whether or not a student has mastered the subject matter they have been placed in. Your student will get a lot of good information from the report they get on this test which includes strengths and weaknesses.

Mrs. U’s Algebra 2 Class

We are right at the end of our fifth unit and getting ready to take our final exam. We have been working hard at being fully prepared for this test and anticipate a good outcome. We had our creative teaching day this week and our class got to play a jeopardy game that reviewed a lot of material covered overall.

Mrs. U’s Algebra 1A Class

We are in the middle of our third unit in Algebra 1A. This unit covers all about relations and functions. We are learning when a relation is or is not a function, evaluating function, learning about domain and range as well as a new notation they have never seen before called function notation. We have been hitting that last topic pretty hard over the past week and I think we are finally getting comfortable with it. Because this class only covers the first half of Algebra 1, we have lots of time to practice, get up to the board and do activities. This week we got to play math baseball and every student has got to do problems on the board multiple times.

Mrs. U’s Algebra 1B

This class is in the middle of Unit 8. We are working on solving quadratics, one of my personal favorite things to do and teach. I find way too much joy in this part of Algebra. This class only covers the second half of Algebra 1, so we have plenty of time for practice, projects, activities and more. I love teaching this class for this reason. We are always finding ways to support our lessons in a fun way. We do scavenger hunts, partner activities, games, activities that get us out of our seats. This week we got to play BINGO to review solving quadratics by factoring and we will also get to do a cut and paste activity, which allows us to take a break from the normal pencil and paper worksheet.  

Ms. Rios’ Algebra 1 Classes:

This class is nearing the end of Unit 4a. These classes are currently using what they know about Linear relationships to create equations from word problems. At this point, there are so many things to remember but all of my students are doing very well sorting the given information.

Ms. Rios’ Geometry Class:

This class is nearly to the end of Unit 6. This class is using parts of triangles to decide if the triangles are similar or not based on the information given. We started with learning how to find pieces of missing information if we already know the triangles are similar.

Ms. Rios’ Finance Math Classes:

This class is at the end of the Car Buying Unit. These classes had a fun time “buying” a car at my car auction to use for their “Car Project.” We have watched a couple educational videos about the car buying process.

Mr. Creasman’s Math Classes

Math has been picking up the third week into the new semester. In Pre-Calculus we are knee deep in probably the most difficult unit of the year, trigonometry! We have had one quiz since we got back from Christmas break and though this is a hard unit, it can be very rewarding the further we get and the more the math starts to connect on deep levels. All three classes of Pre-Algebra have been chugging along. Right now we are probably in one of the most relatable units of all of basic math: ratios, rates, proportions, and percents.

Mr. Tariku (Geometry)

We just finished Unit 6 (Similar Triangles) and we are getting ready to start Unit 7

 (Polygons & Quadrilaterals). Looking forward to my favorite topic in Geometry which is Right Triangles/Trigonometry. We just took the Davis Diagnostic Exam today for the second time this year and judging by how quickly the students completed the test, I think they did better than the first time. We did Geometry Bingo and Family Feud style words game for creative learning day.

Mrs. Griffin’s Calculus Classes

In this semester, we get to actually apply all that we learned about derivatives and rates of change to real world scenarios. Students finally get to answer that question of “ So when am I going to use this in life?” We are working on tons of word problems that push the students to incorporate the calculus skills that they learned about in class. The students are also trying to put together a field trip where they can utilize their talents, but that is all up to them to show that they can justify the math!

Mrs. Griffin’s Precalculus Class

Just like Mr. Creasman’s precalculus class, we are in the most challenging unit of them all… trigonometry! In this unit, we are learning about the unit circle and how to convert angles from degrees to radians, and how to apply the trig ratios to solve problems. The rest of the year will revolve around this concept so it’s really important that they build a strong foundation right now. I encourage all students to download my app called “CoterminalWhiz” which helps to give students a visual representation of the unit circle that they can use to answer questions. It’s pretty cool to use and extremely helpful, so download it today! Today, our class took the Davis Readiness Test for the 2nd time this year and we hope to see growth in our students.         

                                                                  

Mrs. Griffin’s Algebra 1 Class

Algebra 1 continues this semester by finishing off Unit 4 which is all about linear equations. This class has been in competition with Mr. Shelton’s Algebra 1 class several times to have a battle of the minds game to see who knows their concepts the best. We have yet to win the trophy, but we are not giving up! Today we took the Davis Readiness test again and we hope that all students will show improvement in their scores since the last time we took it back in August. We will continue the semester by moving on to Unit 5 next week which will show us how to use systems of equations to solve problems.

                             

Mr. Shelton’s Algebra 2 Classes

Algebra 2 is continuing to move right along through the units. Today, we started unit 6 and are beginning to work with radical equations. This is a change from our work with polynomials. Polynomials and radical equations are the foundations of mathematics, especially in Algebra 2. It is very fun to watch their minds wrap around these concepts and dare I say watch them enjoy math. Kids are coming to class every day with a great attitude and ready to learn. Tomorrow we are taking the Davis test, and Tuesday we will pick right back up with our radical topic.

Mr. Shelton’s Algebra 1 Class:

The number one word to describe this class is curious. This is a class always filled with minds that are ready to learn and ask questions. We have had a competition with Mrs. Griffin’s class, and we have done well to say the least. What does this class have in common with the 1972 Miami Dolphins? They have never lost. We are wrapping up Linear Equations part 1 with a test next week. And will continue with Linear Equations a bit longer afterwords.

Mr. Shelton’s Algebra 1B:

Quadratics, quadratics, quadratics. This class have been diving deep into the world of quadratics. An Algebra student’s best friend is the quadratic function, which we learned today! We are taking advantage of all the ways to solve quadratics in this class and having a great time while doing so.

Mr. Shelton’s Algebra 1A:

In this class we are all about domain and range. X’s and Y’s. This class has been having a great time with activities and really learning how to read a graph. It has been a great time. I can tell that some are struggling. However all are doing their best to understand the concepts.

 

 

 

Athletics

Interested in donating to the Athletics program to help complete furnishing of the weightroom and equipment purchases:  https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=JV4bGcCRYeBxsAoeIm9378Hq0cPdQ5v5cVuYxrIDCxod5qM0FM8eQcBKQ-YhqrA_hGj2tG&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

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

Tuesday 1/21:  Girls Soccer @ Holt Academy, 4pm, Played at Lodi Grape Bowl

Wednesday 1/22:  Girls Basketball @ Linden, 6pm

Thursday 1/23:  Girls Soccer @ Hughes Academy, 3pm, Played at Regional Sports Complex, Field #2

JV Boys Soccer @ River City, 3pm

Friday 1/24:  Basketball @ Venture Academy, (4:30pm/6/7:30pm)

Sports Scores:

Girls Basketball: Falcons 49, Big Valley Christian 33

Falcons 47, Central Catholic 57

Girls Soccer:  Falcons 1, Delta Charter 2

Falcons 5, Able Charter 0

Falcons 0, Venture Academy 1

Varsity Boys Soccer:  Falcons 1, Rio Vista 6

Falcons 3, Stone Ridge Christian 1

Falcons , Venture Academy (POSTPONED due to rain)

JV Boys Soccer:  Falcons 5, Linden 6

Varsity Boys Basketball:  Falcons 53, Elliot Christian 26

Falcons 53, Big Valley Christian 43

JV Boys Basketball:  Falcons 72, Delta Charter 48

Falcons 66, Big Valley Christian 51

Falcons 59, Delta Charter 44

Meet the Coaches!

 My name is Coach Griffin and I am the Head Track & Field coach at Millennium High School. I have been coaching track & field since the 2014-2015 school year and I really enjoy it! I get excited when I have new students try out for track who have never experienced this sport before and I really love it when I have students returning for another year!

Track & field is in my blood and I am honored to coach our students. I ran track when I was in high school and being able to coach this sport gives me great joy. In high school, I participated in the 100m hurdles, the 300m hurdles, relay events, and long jump. Even though I consider myself short (a mere 5’2.5”) I loved running the hurdles and I coach these events as well.

I am surrounded by wonderful volunteer coaches who help and support our athletes to the fullest extent! We make practices happen and we support and encourage our students to never give up, even when the heat of the summer is blazing and our athletes are running in hot conditions or in the dead of winter when they are running out in the cold, we still get it done!

 

 

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Interested in a coaching position not currently posted?  Submit your coaching resume/application here for consideration in future openings:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1143376

 

 

Follow Millennium Athletics on Social Media:  

-Instagram- @Millennium_Athletics

-Twitter- @MHS_Falcons

-Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/BalsamoPE

We appreciate your continued support!  FALCON PRIDE!!

 

 

Upcoming Fundraisers for Athletics:

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

 

 

 

COUNSELING, COLLEGE, AND COMMUNITY NEWS!!!

Spring Delta College classes begin this week! Monday is a holiday at the Delta College Campus, so classes begin after January 21st, 2020 depending on the day of the week. Students should check their mydeltaportal to confirm their registration and location/start date of their courses this year to start the semester off on the right path!

Spring Internship is in full swing! There are 52 students interning on campus and throughout the community. Thank you to the following businesses that currently have an intern this semester!

Patel Pulliam & Hubli

My Best Friend’s Closet

Allure Salon

New Smile Orthodontics

Boys and Girls Club – Jacobson School Site

Silvercreek Security Academy

Boys and Girls Club – North School

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Child and Family Birthing Center

Boys and Girls Club – North School

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Same Day Surgery

City of Tracy – City Manager’s Office

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Wound Ostomy Continence Dept

City of Tracy Department of Engineering Services

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Physical Therapy

City of Tracy Developmental Services

TLC Food Services

Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin

TLC IT Department

Custom Sounds

TLC Primary Music Program

Flower Pavilion

TLC Primary Charter School

Great Beginnings Preschool

Tracy Chiropractic

In Shape Club

Tracy Learning Center Preschool

In Shape Fit Club

Tracy Press

In Shape Sport Club

Tri Valley Orthopedic Specialists

Mane Society Salon

Uneed2

MHS Technical Construction

Vitas Healthcare

 

 

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

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

YOUTH NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE!!! The City of Tracy is currently accepting applications from teens and adults interested in serving on the Youth Advisory Commission (YAC).  The Commission operates in an advisory capacity to the Recreation Division – Youth & Teen Services staff, the Parks and Community Services Commission, the City Council and other community groups on matters relating to youth in Tracy.

 

Members of YAC recommend and assist in the planning and implementation of youth programs and events and host forums on health, safety and recreation. Adult Commissioners will work with teens from all Tracy high schools, as well as City leaders and staff, to implement programs that positively impact the youth of our community.  Adult Commissioners will also mentor the teens as they work with them on subcommittees and special projects. Both adult and teen commissioners attend monthly and scheduled meetings.

 

Youth Advisory Commission meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at Tracy City Hall, Room 203.

 

Teens between the ages of 14 to 18 and/or attending grades 9-12 in Tracy, as well as adults that live in Tracy, are welcome to apply. Applications may be obtained at the Tracy City Hall, located at 333 Civic Center Plaza, or by visiting www.cityoftracy.org and clicking on the Elected Officials & Policy link. The YAC application deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020.

 

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

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A Message from Virginia                                                                     Jan. 10, 2020

Some Research and Considerations to Ponder about Mathematics

At both Discovery and Millennium, we are not satisfied with the level of mastery our students are demonstrating in math.  As we work to find ways to be more successful, I thought it would be good to share this article with you.

(All the comments in parenthesis are my thoughts as I share this article.)

Emerging cognitive and neuroscience research finds that math anxiety is not just a response to poor math performance—in fact, 4 out of 5 students with math anxiety are average-to-high math performers. Rather, math anxiety is linked to higher activity in areas of the brain that relate to fear of failure before a math task, not during it. This fear takes up mental bandwidth during a math task—creating, for example, my feeling suddenly blank and unable to think. In turn, that discomfort tends to make those with math anxiety more reluctant to practice math, which then erodes confidence and skill. In part for that reason, anxiety has been linked to worse long-term performance in math than in other academic subjects like reading.

But unlike reading, seen as a joy and necessity for all children, math too often has been “feared and revered” as a frustrating, boring, mostly irrelevant subject for all but a few elite students with inborn talent.

Children aren’t born fearing math. (IN FACT OUR PRIMARY STUDENTS PERFORM WELL IN MATH)  Their anxiety tends to rise as they age, as they confront more challenging content and “exposure to other people’s negative attitudes to mathematics; to social stereotypes, for example about the general difficulty of mathematics or about supposed gender differences in mathematics,” according to one recent analysis.

Those negative attitudes about math—who is capable and worthy of learning it—have bubbled under the surface of math education debates for more than a century.

In the early 1900s, William Heard Kilpatrick, a protege of John Dewey and one of the originators of U.S. math pedagogy, considered math “harmful rather than helpful to the kind of thinking necessary for ordinary living.” His peer, David Snedden, a highly regarded Teachers College professor and later education commissioner for Massachusetts, similarly called algebra a “nonfunctional and nearly valueless subject for 90 percent of boys and 99 percent of girls.” (HOWEVER GIRLS ARE PERFORMING BETTER IN MATH THAN THE BOYS AT

MILLENNIUM, ALTHOUGH THIS IS STILL BELOW STATE STANDARDS)

This perspective formed the foundation of the progressive approach to math education through the 1950s, although it wasn’t without detractors. In fact, they sparked the creation of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, which with the Mathematical Association of America argued for teaching comprehensive math concepts to “every educated person,” not just those going into highly technical fields like astrophysics or engineering.

Off and on in the decades since, arguments have flared among educators, policymakers, and the public about whether most children will ever need and can even understand algebra, geometry, or trigonometry. It leads to straw man choices between teaching “rigorous higher math”—envisioned as abstract, pure, completely divorced from any connection to students’ lives—or teaching “applied math,” seen as limited to the most low-level, utilitarian concepts, with few attempts to help students see connections among them.

Today, the sense of saving higher math for “math people” still holds some sway in K-12 education. A nationally representative EdWeek Research Center survey of U.S. teachers bears this out: While half of those surveyed believed math instruction should help students understand “deep concepts and structures” and use them to think about the world, 37 percent said that most students’ math instruction should be limited to basic algorithms, with conceptual math taught to “students who show particular ability or interest in entering a math field.” Another 7 percent of teachers viewed math mainly as a college gatekeeper and prioritized teaching math that would help students pass college placement exams like the SAT. 9 (IN OUR SCHOOLS, WE ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO STRIVE TO AT LEAST REACH ALGEBRA 1, GEMOMETRY, AND ALGEGRA TWO.)

In many classrooms, the fallout from this debate has surfaced in curriculum and instructional practices that experts say exacerbate math anxiety and strengthen a so-called “fixed” academic mindset—the belief that math skill is innate and cannot be improved through effort. Students who plow through lists of equations unconnected to each other are less likely to understand how their progress builds over time. In classes where students are praised for rapidly churning out the right answer using “approved” methods rather than for solving problems creatively or collaboratively, students tend to compete and judge their own ability only in comparison with how others see them. (IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT JUST BEING ABLE TO CALCULATE IS NOT WHAT MATH IS ABOUT.  ALTHOUGH IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT STUDENTS FULLY MASTER TIMES TABLES AND FRACTIONS TO BE ABLE TO SURVIVE HIGHER LEVEL MATH)

It’s hard to break such a strong, socially ingrained idea as, “math people are different from the rest of us.” It’s also necessary to prepare our children for a world revolving around big data, a world in which economic, political, environmental, and health debates all call for us to understand more than just basic arithmetic. And it would be tragic if the vast majority of children only ever learn to associate math with dread and tedium and never with the beauty of nature’s chaos, or the little eureka moment of understanding why pi describes a circle … or the satisfaction of persevering and finally finding the solution to a math puzzle in your own time, even if it takes two pages of erasures and different approaches.

There aren’t “math people” and “non-math people,” only those who work through the challenging lesson and those who surrender too soon. Helping children understand that math doesn’t define them, but can help them redefine their world, could be key to turning math anxiety into joy.( IT IS ALSO CRITICAL THAT STUDENTS DO THE MATH HOMEWORK ASSIGNED.  TRYING AND LEARNING FROM MISTAKES AND BEING ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS IS THE WAY TO LEARN.  SAYING, “I COULD NOT OR I DID NOT DO THE MATH HOMEWORK” IS NOT A WAY TO LEARN.)

 

Next School Holiday

Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr.  Day

 

 

 

Personal Days for this School Year 2019/2020

VERY IMPORTANT Information for our current 2019/2020 school year beginning August 5, 2019, we have reduced personal/family days for students from 10 days down to 7 days. Allowing 7 days is still much higher than what the district schools allow and we feel 7 days is more beneficial for the school and for each students’ education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that time again. THE 14TH ANNUAL TRACY LEARNING CENTER CRAB FEED – FEBRUARY 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

 

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

Donna Baker (209) 321-9157 via text or donna@donnabaker.com

 

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

 

 

Lunch Menu Week of JAN. 13 – 1, 2020

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Chicken Nuggets and Mashed Potatoes

Wed – Beef or Veggie Burger

Thurs – Chili or Cheese Nachos

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:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Co-Ed Golf:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1256489 

 

 


TLC Preschool: Did you know?

  

Did you know our preschool teachers work hard each week creating lessons that are play based?  The preschool teachers focus on a letter, number, color and shape each week. They use these focus concepts to create fun, interactive lessons that keep students engaged while having fun learning.   This week the students have been focusing on the letter E as in elf, the number 10, the color brown, and the shape triangle.  Students have created group posters with the letter E, sorted the letter E by capital and lowercase, and worked on creating lists of things that start with the E sound, made christmas decorations with groups of 10, and decorated a triangle shaped Christmas tree! Phew!.  Who knew so much learning could be masqueraded into fun activities.  Thank you teachers!

 

 

Initial Phase

P2 began studying community helpers and map skills in preparation of our North Pole project. Students should bring their assigned building on Wednesday as we will set up our North Pole Wednesday morning and leave it up to use for classroom activities through Thursday.

Next week, we will do our weekly tests on Thursday because the teachers have many fun activities planned for Friday- including building mini gingerbread houses!

Don’t forget to change out your students extra clothes in their backpack to winter clothes.

 

 

Phase One:

Phase 1 had an exciting week!!  We finished up our letter writing unit and are getting ready for procedural writing.  In Social Studies we learned about Hanukkah from Mrs. Thompson.  We did some fun holiday themed activities in LA and Math.  Phase 1 also recognized SWO earners, and Golden Shoe earners.  We have a great bunch of respectful students!!  Our week ended with a Polar Express Party complete with hot chocolate and treats!  Thank you for all your good wishes and gifts.  Have a safe and wonderful Winter Break!!

 

 

Phase Two:   

Welcome back and happy 2020!  This week our phase 2 students discussed our resolutions and goals for this year.  We also assigned new AR goals that are due on February 14.  Please remember to have your child read for at least 20 minutes every night!  

In social studies our phase 2 classes are learning about our United States government.  All of our language arts books this trimester also focus on important events in our American history.  Some groups are reading about the Civil War and others will be reading about George Washington and the Revolutionary War.  All math groups are currently working on fractions…your child can always practice this skill at home on IXL or Prodigy!      

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

January 16: School Improvement Committee meeting in D12 at 4pm

January 17: Auditions for Mary Poppins Jr. will be held in the gym from 4-6pm (3rd-8th grade welcome!)

January 20: NO SCHOOL – MLK Day

February 17: NO SCHOOL – Presidents’ Day

Mrs. Zuniga’s Math:

*Important Note: All classes have begun their Lifelong Learner SWO this week and have already turned in the first portion. This is an extensive research project that will be presented in March at our DCS College Fair.

Varsity: Our class is finishing our mini decimal unit starting with multiplying decimals. Students are understanding the concept after recently learning how to multiply multi-digit numbers.

Scholastic: Our class is working through Unit 4 and started lesson 7 with multiplying integers. The students are still continuing to practice adding and subtracting integers using the game war. We are moving on to dividing integers and will be reviewing all operations next week.

Honors: Our class took their second quiz on solving equations. We will now move on to translating and solving equations. Students will use their previous knowledge of translating expressions in this next lesson.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity: This week students reviewed the concepts about decimal addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students took the unit test for the Decimal Unit. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about prime and composite numbers, along with finding the prime factors for the whole numbers.

Scholastic: We started this week with Unit-4, which introduces the concepts of positive and negative integers. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers.

Honors: Students took the quiz related to evaluating functions and finding zeros of the function. In addition, students learned about arithmetic sequences and solved word problems including these concepts. In the coming weeks, students will be taking the Unit test and will start with the fourth unit.

**All of my students started with the Lifelong Learner phase of the SWO project. Students are provided an hour per week in the classroom to work on their SWO assignments. However, students have assignments assigned on google classroom and are encouraged to work on the SWO projects at home.


Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities:

Welcome to 2020!  We started off easy on Monday and then hit the ground running on Tuesday.  

All students were to have turned in their Book Club Book Report Brochure by Monday.  If they have not done so yet – they need to do it for half credit.  They also need to return the books.  They were given their next book and that report is Due Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Honors and Scholastic are nearly finished reading Fever 1789 and have started their final project.  They were put in cooperative groups to complete a newspaper project.  The project is on Google Classroom and they can work on it at home, in workroom, and in class.

In Humanities we are starting to look at art and listen to music as it relates to our theme Health and Wellness.  We will be talking about artwork that came out of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1900s, but we will NOT be talking about how HIV is transmitted.  The point is to talk about how the Black Plague of the Renaissance Period, Yellow Fever of 1793 (our current book), and the AIDS epidemic are times when rumors abounded and false information was shared that made things worse for people involved.  We will also be talking about Music in the Catholic Church and Funeral Masses as an art form – not about the religion itself.  Music Mondays and Artful Fridays would be good days to ask your son or daughter what they learned about in Humanities that day.  

Language Arts with Mr. Harding:

2020 has started with great enthusiasm for our projects. Our personal symbolic mural project has been completed and turned in. The work is amazing. Some projects tell stories, and we can read along by deciphering the symbols and flow of ideas. Our other project is our novel, Fever, 1793. The story survived the break, and interest is high. As we near the end of the novel, students will write an essay (probably not a critical essay) about the universal themes in the novel. Our discussions are lively and the students’ curiosity brings the story 227 years into the future.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy:

Welcome to the new year of 2020!  We have kicked off our first week back from break by starting our new unit on Ancient Greece.  Throughout its time, Greece went through cycles of many different types of governments.  In our unit we will explore Monarchy, Oligarchy, Tyranny, and most importantly Democracy.  Students are already becoming familiar with the pro’s and con’s, as well as the similarities and differences between all four.  We are learning all four types of government by recreating each one within our classroom by delegating roles of power (or lack thereof) to our students/citizens.  Students should expect to have a quiz sometime in the middle of next week.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

 

 

 


Discovery Middle School 7th-8th

  • Auditions for Mary Poppins Jr. will be held at the gym on January 17th from 4-6pm (3rd-8th grade welcome!)
  • School Improvement Meeting January 16th at 4pm in D12
  • No School on January 20th for MLK Day

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, acerezo@tracylc.net for more information. 

 

 

Math with Mr. Dhillon

Varsity :- Currently doing mini unit on statistics ( mean, median , mode and MAD and Box and Whiskers plot)

 and then will start with unit 5 Fraction Basics ( prime, composite and divisibility rules, prime factorization, GCF and simplify Fraction )

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

             

Scholastic :- Currently doing mini unit on statistics ( mean, median , mode and MAD and Box and Whiskers plot)

 and then will continue with unit 4 linear Equation .  4.5 the point slope form , 4.6 parallel and perpendicular lines , linear equation word problems , 4.8 scatter plot , line of best fit and linear regression then will start with unit 5 Systems of Equations and Inequalities and unit 6 Exponents and Exponential Function

Honors :- Currently doing unit 6 Similar Triangles  ( similar triangles and proving triangles similar , parallel lines and proportional parts and Parts of similar triangles)then will start with unit 7 Quadrilaterals ( interior and exterior angles of triangles, parallelogram, rhombus, rectangle , square, trapezoids and kite)

 

 

Mrs. Rapp’s Classes:

In Varsity we are working on Unit 4: Integers, Graphing, and Functions. This unit really shows our students what they need to know for Algebra as integers and graphing are so critical. We will be playing a variety of integer games and doing activities to master integers.

In Scholastic, before the break we took a quiz on the first part of unit 4 and got a 90% average on it. This was outstanding for this class and their highest average yet. Overall, their fall final was good, but due to absences we do not know our final class average yet. We have started working through the second half of Unit 4a on Linear Equations. We are off to a great start. Unit 4 Test is emancipated to be on January 21st.

In Honors we are working on completing a mini unit on the following topics:

Box-and-Whisker Plot

Measures of Central Tendency

Mean Absolute Deviation

This unit will help students understand how to take data and analyze it. We will be using all of this to look at our test scores each unit and see how we did overall as a class. Honors will be quizzing on this unit later this week and next week starting Unit 6 on Similar Triangles.

 

 

 


Millennium High School

YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

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 yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 21362. You may also pay by cash, check, or card in the front office or by contacting Miss Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net

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 blamanna@tracylc.net.

This Week in English….

Charter Chatter-

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

English One-All English One classes are learning about the life of Julius Caesar and ancient Rome as we prepare to read William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Students will be acting out scenes and memorizing famous monologues and soliloquies.  Along with reading our first play, students continue to diagram, learn vocabulary and work on their writing skills.  

English Two- All classes have  finished the Kite Runner and are excited to start reading William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Students are currently learning further information about the author and examining the conflict between Denmark and Norway.  Hamlet focuses on betrayal, revenge, and morality.  We are looking forward to reading our first play of the year!  Along with the play, we are continuing our work with diagramming, vocabulary, and Latin and Greek Roots and Affixes.

English Three- The students continue to read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.  We are enjoying unraveling the mysteries of the book and assigned our Unit Project this week. Along with our reading, we are continuing our work with non-fiction articles, developing our critical thinking and writing skills, and will soon begin work on the Romantic/ Gothic Era literature and authors.

English Four – Students are continuing to read The Road by Cormac McCarthy. This book examines the hope that a father and son still have in a world that is very different from our own. As they seek to survive their post-apocalyptic world, as a class, we continue to study our chosen universal themes of love and power. We will also begin to teach writing strong conclusions by adding them to all of our previous essays from the last semester.

 

 

 

Athletics

Interested in donating to the Athletics program to help complete furnishing of the weightroom and equipment purchases:  https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=JV4bGcCRYeBxsAoeIm9378Hq0cPdQ5v5cVuYxrIDCxod5qM0FM8eQcBKQ-YhqrA_hGj2tG&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

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

Monday 1/13:  V Boys Soccer @ Rio Vista, 5pm

Tuesday 1/14:  Basketball @ Big Valley Christian, (5pm/6:30pm/8pm)

V Boys Soccer vs Stone Ridge Christian, 6:30pm, Played at Kimball

Wednesday 1/15:  Girls Soccer @ Able Charter, 3:30pm, Played at Regional Sports Complex, Field #2

Thursday 1/16:  V Boys Soccer @ Venture Academy, 3pm, Played at Regional Sports Complex, Field #2

Girls Soccer vs Venture Academy, 6pm, Played at Tracy High

Friday 1/17:  Basketball vs Stone Ridge Christian, (5pm/6:30/8pm), Played at Tracy High

Sports Scores:

Girls Basketball: N/A

Girls Soccer:  Falcons 4, Stone Ridge Christian 0

Falcons 4, Rio Vista 0

Varsity Boys Soccer:  Falcons 3, Edison 6

JV Boys Soccer:  Falcons 0, Edison 12

Varsity Boys Basketball:  Falcons 54, Turlock Christian 36

Falcons 21, Brookside Christian 71

JV Boys Basketball:  Falcons 54, Turlock Christian 68

Falcons 37, Brookside Christian 50

 

 

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Co-Ed Golf:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1256489

Interested in a coaching position not currently posted?  Submit your coaching resume/application here for consideration in future openings:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1143376

For donations towards Millennium Athletics in general, you can go here:  https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=JV4bGcCRYeBxsAoeIm9378Hq0cPdQ5v5cVuYxrIDCxod5qM0FM8eQcBKQ-YhqrA_hGj2tG&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

Follow Millennium Athletics on Social Media:  

-Instagram- @Millennium_Athletics

-Twitter- @MHS_Falcons

-Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/BalsamoPE

We appreciate your continued support!  FALCON PRIDE!!

 

 

 

Upcoming Fundraisers for Athletics:

-Dine Out at Chili’s:  January 15, 2020.  20% will go toward Athletics

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

 

 

 

COUNSELING, COLLEGE, AND COMMUNITY NEWS!!!

Spring Delta College classes begin after January 21st, 2020. Student should check their mydeltaportal to confirm their registration and location/start date of their courses this year to start the semester off on the right path!

 

 

 

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

 

YOUTH NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE!!! The City of Tracy is currently accepting applications from teens and adults interested in serving on the Youth Advisory Commission (YAC).  The Commission operates in an advisory capacity to the Recreation Division – Youth & Teen Services staff, the Parks and Community Services Commission, the City Council and other community groups on matters relating to youth in Tracy.

 

Members of YAC recommend and assist in the planning and implementation of youth programs and events and host forums on health, safety and recreation. Adult Commissioners will work with teens from all Tracy high schools, as well as City leaders and staff, to implement programs that positively impact the youth of our community.  Adult Commissioners will also mentor the teens as they work with them on subcommittees and special projects. Both adult and teen commissioners attend monthly and scheduled meetings.

 

Youth Advisory Commission meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at Tracy City Hall, Room 203.

 

Teens between the ages of 14 to 18 and/or attending grades 9-12 in Tracy, as well as adults that live in Tracy, are welcome to apply. Applications may be obtained at the Tracy City Hall, located at 333 Civic Center Plaza, or by visiting www.cityoftracy.org and clicking on the Elected Officials & Policy link. The YAC application deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020.

 

Happy Holidays from TLC

TLC Charter Chatter

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A Message from Virginia                                                                      Dec. 20, 2020

The entire Tracy Learning Center Staff wishes each of you a happy holiday season. Enjoy your family and friends.  We look forward to seeing you next year!  

 

Next School Holiday

WInter Break – Dec. 23, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020 All students return to school on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

 

 

Personal Days for Next School Year 2019/2020

VERY IMPORTANT CHANGE for our upcoming 2019/2020 school year Beginning August 5, 2019, we are reducing 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.

 

 

 

It’s that time again. THE 14TH ANNUAL TRACY LEARNING CENTER CRAB FEED – FEBRUARY 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

 

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

Donna Baker (209) 321-9157 via text or donna@donnabaker.com

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Menu Week of JAN. 6- 10, 2020

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Beef and Gravy

Wed – Mac and Cheese

Thurs – Chicken Taquitos

Fri – Beef Hot Dog

 

 

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:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Co-Ed Golf:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1256489 

 

 

Daddy Daughter Masquerade Ball was a huge success! Thank you to those that attended! If you purchased pictures, they will go home this Friday December 20th!

 

 

TLC Preschool: Did you know?

  

Did you know our preschool teachers work hard each week creating lessons that are play based?  The preschool teachers focus on a letter, number, color and shape each week. They use these focus concepts to create fun, interactive lessons that keep students engaged while having fun learning.   This week the students have been focusing on the letter E as in elf, the number 10, the color brown, and the shape triangle.  Students have created group posters with the letter E, sorted the letter E by capital and lowercase, and worked on creating lists of things that start with the E sound, made christmas decorations with groups of 10, and decorated a triangle shaped Christmas tree! Phew!.  Who knew so much learning could be masqueraded into fun activities.  Thank you teachers!

 

 

Initial Phase

P2 began studying community helpers and map skills in preparation of our North Pole project. Students should bring their assigned building on Wednesday as we will set up our North Pole Wednesday morning and leave it up to use for classroom activities through Thursday.

Next week, we will do our weekly tests on Thursday because the teachers have many fun activities planned for Friday- including building mini gingerbread houses!

Don’t forget to change out your students extra clothes in their backpack to winter clothes.

 

 

 Phase One:

Phase 1 had an exciting week!!  We finished up our letter writing unit and are getting ready for procedural writing.  In Social Studies we learned about Hanukkah from Mrs. Thompson.  We did some fun holiday themed activities in LA and Math.  Phase 1 also recognized SWO earners, and Golden Shoe earners.  We have a great bunch of respectful students!!  Our week ended with a Polar Express Party complete with hot chocolate and treats!  Thank you for all your good wishes and gifts.  Have a safe and wonderful Winter Break!!

 

 

Phase Two:   

This week our phase 2 classes enjoyed their nacho party in Spanish with Senora Wharton!  This is a reward that classes earn by participating in class, working on their skills in class and being productive workers.  Everyone enjoyed Senora Wharton’s famous salsa and even got to do the Macarena!  Students were also presented with outstanding student awards for Spanish.  

In social studies our classes are learning about our government and how to be a good citizen.  We discussed what it means to be a good citizen, both in the classroom and in our community.  Speaking of good citizens…thank you to everyone who donated items for Brighter Christmas and our toy drive for the children’s hospital.  We are so appreciative and proud of our students for reaching out to help others.                        

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

December 21 – January 5: NO SCHOOL – Winter Break – We return to school on January 6th

Holiday Special offer on Discovery Charter School’s Yearbook

Picaboo, the company that helps create and sell our yearbook, is having a special holiday offer.  Go on-line and order a yearbook and you will be put in a drawing for a free yearbook.   If you win, you will be refunded your payment.

So go to http://DCSYearbook.picaboo.com between now and December 31, 2019 to order your yearbook for $48.00 and you could possibly get yours free.

Another added bonus of ordering your yearbook on-line is you can create 4 pages and the back cover as your own.  What a great way to personalize your yearbook and make sure your special memories are included.

Any questions, email me at lrodieck@tracylc.net

Thank you and Happy Holidays,

Ms. Rodieck

Top 5 Nest Point Earners!

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Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

Varsity: Our class is finishing Unit 2, so we will be starting Unit 3 when we get back from break. Students took the unit test on Friday and will know their grades when we get back. We look forward to beginning the introduction of fractions.

Scholastic: Our class has looked at functions and graphs for the first time this week and students did very well. Now we have started adding integers, which students played a game of integer war this week.

Honors: Our class began looking at multi-step equations with variables on one and both sides of an equation. Students are doing well with this concept. We will end the week with this concept, but add in a little extra to the equations before break. After break we will review equations again before taking on our second quiz for the unit.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity: We spent this week learning about decimal multiplication and division. In the week after Winter Break, students will be reviewing these concepts and will take the Unit Test for the same.

Scholastic: Students completed the third unit and took the Unit Test. In addition to this, students spent a day reviewing decimal addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division concepts.

Honors: Students learned to write equations as functions and plot on a graph. Students also explored the website “Desmos” to plot graphs of complex equations. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about forming arithmetic sequences and plotting the same on the graph.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities:

This week we had the final for Art History in Humanities.  When we come back in January, we will start looking at art and listening to music related to the Pentathlon topic of Health and Wellness.

We will also continue to read Fever 1793 and will finish it up with a cooperative collaboration project – creating a newspaper from the time period.  This week we worked on using dialogue in a creative writing project using Gingerbreads.  The students do have a book club book brochure do the day we come back.  The assignment is on my Google Classroom and can be turned in that way or printed out.  I will be available to answer questions about the project during the break.  Have a Restful WinterBreak and I will see you in 2020.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding:

We are working on symbolic text free compositions in Language Arts. The students are learning how to use foreground, midground, and background to create movement and show relationships between ideas to create a theme. We appreciate the artistically inclined, but emphasize the use of symbols and creating a relationship between them on the page. Students who originally tried to draw their dog or best friend and failed learned to draw more common things that symbolize what the relationship means to them. Instead, they draw the leash and collar. They draw the monkey bars that they used to climb with their best friend every day in primary school.

Our novel has piqued interest, and I am confident that even winter break will not abate our fervor for Fever, 1793. We will continue with this novel and associated projects in January. We will pick up the pace, and finish within the first few weeks in January. I am encouraged by the enthusiasm the learners bring to the class every day. We’ll start 2020 in full stride. Happy Holidays.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy:

For the final week of 2019, our Falcon scholars are wrapping up their unit on Ancient Israel. They finished a group project where each person had to write and draw about a key event in the development of Judaism. We put the key events together and placed a few fantastic timelines on our wall for the class to see! See pictures below of a couple timelines hanging on our wall.

To end the unit, and the week, students had the option to take a traditional unit test or create a project to show what they have learned. Students were able to make posters, comic strips, and more to show their understanding of the unit. They worked with partners, but each person turned in their own individual project. Please see pictures below of students working on their posters!

Students also turned in all their work from the unit on Thursday. When we return, students will begin a new unit on Ancient Greece! Enjoy the break!

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week, we finished our solar system project so once we come back from break, we can decorate the classroom with our artwork. It’ll truly be an “out of this world” sight to behold. After break we will model the earth rotating from day to night and also learn about the phases of the moon, keeping track of the moon in real time with moon diaries.

Last but not least, come one and come all to check out the DCS science blog site at: www.tlcdiscoverychannel.weebly.com. I have no new entries this week but check out our posted articles and prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely interesting announcements:

  • 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:
     https://diazdoesscience.weebly.com 

Mission to Mars:

  • The next payment is due Jan. 4th. Your balance needs to be $300 or less to stay on schedule. Please check your account to stay up to date.
  • Please check your email and let me know if you would like to take a bus with us from TLC to SFO. If we have enough of an interest, I can arrange bus transportation.

Rube Goldberg:

  • ALL the groups did a spectacular job at the Rube Goldberg competition and they had a lot of fun. They look forward to doing it again in the future.

Now, the long awaited list of winners from last week’s Rube Goldberg competition. Drumroll please…

  • 1st-“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (Taylor Sansaver, Manavi Brar, Johanna Jepsen, Olivia Richardson, Sofia Rios, Isabella Posadas)

2nd- “The 6 Musketeers” (Delany Silva, Isabela Richardson, Lexi Duncan, Emiliano Valdez, Kaitlynn Nguyen, Adara Manzo)

3rd- “The Robots” (Sophie McCrary, Aliyah Tate, Ava Moschetti, Raelyn Sarmiento, Cindy Nguyen)

Honorable Mention- “Chick-fil-A” (Justin Martinez, Manvir Sra, Elyas Jawanshir)

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

 

 


Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • Winter Break begins December 23rd. Classes resume on January 6th

Week 18 Top 5 Nest Earners!

Leadership:

Congratulations to Mrs. Rapp and Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy for having the winning walls for Discovery! Check out the videos below to see the students explaining their winning walls.

7/8 Wall Winner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdbg23bY5ws&list=PLofEVHepPvWh8UZPJoIwr-OpFIXcuHy7s&index=5&t=0s

 

5/6 Wall Winner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0ddjIVG28M&list=PLofEVHepPvWh8UZPJoIwr-OpFIXcuHy7s&index=6&t=0s 

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

This month has been filled with many activities in Language Arts! We are still working on finishing Frankenstein, though the Varsity class finished this week! All classes will get their Frankenstein projects during week 21 and 22.

Students are continuing to practice their writing skills through take home essays and in class timed writes. This week students learned how to create a conclusion paragraph and practiced writing one in class.

We have also completed our second round of Book Club Books (these are books that students choose to read on their own and then complete a project for). For this round we created a One-Pager that showcased the students’ understanding of their novel. They had to analyze the characters growth, the plot, and themes of the story they read. Pictured below are some of the most unique examples of the One-Pagers.

All classes have also continued their work with Diagramming. We have been practicing daily and last week we played a round of Diagram Gold. Each student had a team and had to travel to nine holes to solve a diagramming equation. Their score reflected the number of errors they and their team made per sentence. It was a lot of fun! Honors class will soon be moving on to sentences with adverb clauses.

We will also begin our 2nd Trimester SWO once we get back from Winter Break. This is a very involved and detailed research essay. There are many components to this research essays and we will begin all of the work in class and have roughly two work days (in class) a week. Students must complete and turn in all components on time to move on to the next element of the project.

Finally, just a reminder that while Varsity classes do not have official homework in the form of a worksheet or problem set, but they still must be studying and reviewing the material learned in class in order to be successful. Varsity classes still have tests and assignments in class and if they are not ready or not completed with an assignment by the due date they should take it upon themselves to complete the assignment at home to ensure that it is submitted on time.

Language Arts with Ms. Greene:

        It is our final week before Winter Break! Recently, we have been reading Frankenstein and a rigorous pace. Honors and Scholastic are about half way through the book, while Varsity is reading a graphic novel version and they will be finishing the book this week!

        At the start of the year we broke down the 5 paragraph essay and have taught the students introductions, body paragraphs, and now we will be teaching conclusions. Students are very excited to be able to write a complete essay, rather than an incomplete paper. In all classes their writing has dramatically gotten better because of the focus on each part of an essay.

        When we return we will complete Frankenstein in Honors and Scholastic, as well as put an emphasis on the Pentathlon topics.


Millennium High School

YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

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 yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 21362. You may also pay by cash, check, or card in the front office or by contacting Miss Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net

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 blamanna@tracylc.net.

Athletics

Interested in donating to the Athletics program?  Here are 2 great opportunities!  If you would like to help us purchase the padded flooring for the weight room we hope to have open by winter, you may donate here, and add “Weight Room” in the notes. (We are just about $15,000 shy of FULL completion!!):  https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=JV4bGcCRYeBxsAoeIm9378Hq0cPdQ5v5cVuYxrIDCxod5qM0FM8eQcBKQ-YhqrA_hGj2tG&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

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

Thursday-Saturday 12/19-12/21:  V Boys Basketball @ West High Tournament

Saturday 12/21:  Girls Basketball @ Gustine, 3pm

Thursday-Saturday 12/26-12/28:  Girls Basketball @ Ripon Christian Tournament

JV/V Boys Basketball @ Orestimba Tournament

Friday-Saturday 12/27-12/28:  Girls Soccer @ Ripon Christian Tournament

Friday 1/3/20:  JV Boys, Girls, V Boys Basketball @ Turlock Christian- Played at Calvary Baptist (5, 6:30, 8pm)

Tuesday 1/7:  JV/V Boys Basketball vs Brookside Christian- Played at Tracy High (5:00/6:30pm)

JV/V Boys Soccer @ Edison (5/7pm)

Girls Soccer vs Stone Ridge Christian- Played at West High (6pm)

Thursday 1/9:  V Boys Soccer vs Big Valley Christian- Played at Tracy High (7pm)

Friday 1/10:  Girls Soccer @ Delta Charter (3pm)

JV Boys vs Delta Charter, V Boys vs Elliot Christian- Played at West High (5:00/6:30pm)

Sports Scores:

Girls Basketball:  Falcons 38, Escalon 26

Falcons 40, Galt 51

Falcons 46, Holt Academy 40

Falcons 32, Waterford 35

Girls Soccer:  Falcons 7, Hughes Academy 0

Varsity Boys Soccer:  Falcons 0, West 5

JV Boys Soccer:  Falcons 0, Dixon 8

Falcons 2, Galt 11

Falcons 2, Bret Harte 1

Falcons 0, West 9

Varsity Boys Basketball:  Falcons 55, Valley 54 (OT)

Falcons 59, Kimball 73

Falcons 29, Livermore 59

Falcons 43. West 66

JV Boys Basketball:  Falcons 23, Valley 45

Falcons 36, Tokay 44

Falcons 34, Livermore 66

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Co-Ed Golf:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1256489

Interested in a coaching position not currently posted?  Submit your coaching resume/application here for consideration in future openings:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1143376

For donations towards Millennium Athletics in general, you can go here:  https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=JV4bGcCRYeBxsAoeIm9378Hq0cPdQ5v5cVuYxrIDCxod5qM0FM8eQcBKQ-YhqrA_hGj2tG&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

Follow Millennium Athletics on Social Media:  

-Instagram- @Millennium_Athletics

-Twitter- @MHS_Falcons

-Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/BalsamoPE

We appreciate your continued support!  FALCON PRIDE!!

Upcoming Fundraisers for Athletics:

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

 

 

COUNSELING, COLLEGE, AND COMMUNITY NEWS!!!

Report cards have been mailed home!  Included with report cards for each student was an insert about a new college/career planning resource we are providing to our students for free, called CaliforniaColleges.edu.  Please read the information that we sent home and contact the Counseling Office with any questions.

Results from the PSAT/NMSQT administration in October are now available and paper score reports have been provided to students!  The counselors had a meeting for these students on Tuesday 12/17 to provide score reports and test booklets, and help students interpret their results.  Please see this video for more information:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie6WBDzjtGA&feature=youtu.be

We also highly encourage students to connect their PSAT scores with Khan Academy for FREE, personalized SAT prep!  See this video for instructions:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=patbkNnnAQ4

 

There is a great paid internship opportunity this summer with Kaiser Permanente!

Did you know that we’re having a major gaming event in Tracy on New Years Eve for youth? That’s right, on New Years Eve, we’re inviting everyone, ages 14 to 20, to come to WorkVine209 for a night of casual gaming on a variety of systems as well as ping pong and air hockey.

This is a great way to get out, hang with friends, and demonstrate your skills at all of the best games of 2019.

This is a supervised event with adult volunteers. We want everyone to have fun and stay safe at the same time. Contact Uneed2 for more information: info@uneed2.org

9th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show – February 13, 2020

Daddy / Daughter Dance is tonight at 6pm

Daddy Daughter Dance is tonight!

Doors open at 6pm! Thank you to those that purchased your tickets in advance.

Your daughter will be on the guestlist by last name. Formal wear is optional. This is your dance, men can wear jeans or dress it up and wear a tux. Ladies jeans or a dress, these are your memories to create! Look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets are STILL AVAILABLE at the door. $30 per couple, $5 each additional daughter. Cash, Check (written to TLC) or Credit Cards accepted. $10 for picture packets (1- 8×10 and 8 wallets included in package).
Dance is inside the gym at our TLC campus. Enter through the front office.
Finger foods and desserts provided!
Dance is 6pm-9pm

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

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A Message from Virginia                                                                   Dec. 13, 2019

PUBLIC RELEASE OF THE 2019 CALIFORNIA SCHOOL DASHBOARD AND ADDITIONAL REPORTS AND DATA

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the public release of the 2019 California School Dashboard (Dashboard). The Dashboard is available at https://www.caschooldashboard.org.

The CDE is also excited to share that the Dashboard is available in three new languages: Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Please note that these three new reports are still being finalized and will be fully translated during the week of December 23, 2019. To view these translated reports, click on the “Select Language” drop-down menu at the top right of the Dashboard.

Virginia Stewart  

Executive Director      

 

 

Every once in awhile, I find an article I would like to share in my space of the Chatter.  This is one I think you will like.  Do not feel you have to buy into the whole article, but it has things we can all keep in mind.  Also, remember these things also can relate to those with older primary children as well as high schoolers.

Virginia Stewart

How to keep your tween talking

Claire Gillespie

 

December 3, 2019

 

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A lot happens to children between the ages of 9 and 12. During this weird, in-limbo stage of life, they’re definitely not little kids anymore (just ask them!), but they’re teetering on the brink of adolescence, and they’re still a long way from being adults. Alongside all the obvious physical transformations they’re going through — it can seem as if they morph into completely different beings overnight — come to some pretty major internal changes. Often, one of the hardest for parents to deal with is an abrupt lack of communication from their tween. Suddenly, your chatty, happy kid wakes up with the inability to offer anything more than a grunt in your general direction.

This can be tough, but it’s totally normal, says Christine Schneider, a marriage and family therapist and co-founder of Integrative Mind Institute. And your kid is likely to be just as thrown as you are by the changes, even if they act like they couldn’t care less. “The pre-teen phase is confusing for both kids and parents,” Schneider says. “Puberty typically sets off a process of developmentally appropriate tasks, such as having peers become as important as parents for guidance/emotional support, and developing a sense of identity separate from parents.”

In other words, your tween does want to talk — just not to you.

This can be difficult in a couple of ways. First of all, as soon as your little chatterbox — the one you used to wish would just ease up on all the questions already — actually does keep schtum, you suddenly want to go straight back to fielding those interrogations. And then there are all the issues you know you need to talk about, whether you want to or not, like social media, alcohol, drugs, and puberty. Yes, it’s unfortunate that just when you need to start having Big Talks with your kid, they seem to want to keep their bedroom door firmly closed — with you on the other side. But during this transformative pre-adolescent stage, your kid needs your guidance and support more than ever, so you gotta try to nudge that door open.

Schneider has some tips for how to keep those precious lines of communication open — without sending your kid running at full speed in the opposite direction.

Ditch the screens, and eat

It’s important to have structured family meals with no electronics, two to three times per week, Schneider says. It sounds simple, but we all know how easy it can be for everything else to get in the way of proper, sit-down family meals. This is a great opportunity to tackle some of those tricky topics that may be starting to catch your kid’s attention (or weigh on their mind), like puberty, changing friendships, gender stereotypes and pressure to fit in. “Talking about these issues during family meals can let you add your own points of view with it coming across as a lecture,” Schneider says.

Do whatever your kid wants to do — together

Whatever your tween is into — sports, crafts, or something else — make yourself a part of it. Schneider recommends letting them invite a friend along to ramp up the fun factor and give you the chance to influence both of them (two pre-adolescents for the price of one, if you like) without having a direct confrontation.

“Play in all forms, from throwing a ball back and forth to a family board game night, enhances a sense of belonging and strengthens positive emotions,” explains Schneider. “Families that play together tend to be better bonded and able to work through confrontation while staying connected.”

Get on board with the text chat

You might not want your kid to spend any more time glued to a screen than they already do, but if they feel most comfortable communicating with you through text, just go with the flow, Schneider says. If there’s something on their mind that they don’t know how to articulate, giving them space and freedom to do it indirectly can help them start a dialogue they might otherwise shy away from.

Email and good old-fashioned letter-writing are other options for indirect communication; basically, keep an open mind and don’t rule anything out. “Many parents find that their pre-teen will be more open and honest, and more willing to take feedback, when it’s done indirectly,” Schneider explains. Of course, if something comes up that you’re concerned about, calmly request a face-to-face. You’re still the parent.

Learn how to recognize when things aren’t ok

It can be tough to know when to give your tween space and when to keep pushing, so being aware of the common signs of depression is crucial. These include isolating oneself from others (including peers), having difficulty sleeping, and displaying general signs of hopelessness or helplessness. And if your kid won’t talk to you, they might talk to someone else: an aunt or uncle, an older peer, a school counselor, or a therapist.

“Dropping grades, isolation, sudden changes in peer groups, and excessive phone/video game usage may all be signs for concern,” Schneider says. Take advantage of all support networks you have available, and offer them up informally — like arranging for an older cousin to take them out for ice cream — rather than forcing something. And never, ever, make support sound like a punishment. Telling your kid, “if you don’t start telling me what’s going on in your head, I’m going to make you see a counselor,” is highly unlikely to encourage them to open up to you any time soon.

Rethink your “listening”

It’s common — and normal — for parents to struggle with the thought of their child growing up, but your response might be partly to blame for your tween’s sudden reticence. If you’re still disciplining your child in a way that’s no longer age-appropriate — reacting with confrontation when they do something wrong, giving little or no positive reinforcement when they do something right, or constantly trying to “fix” things — this might be at the root of them pulling away from you, says Catherine Jackson, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Dr. J’s Holistic Health & Wellness.

“Sometimes, kids just want someone to listen,” Jackson says. “Not judge, or condemn, or fix anything.”

Let them go, just a little

If you still have those apron strings tightly wound around your fingers, it’s time to ease up on the grip. “Kids begin to pull away from their parents as they search for who they are as individuals,” Jackson says. “It’s hard to figure out who you are as a person if you’re constantly influenced by a group (i.e. your family).” Throw in your pre-teen’s natural desire to question authority and societal standards, and it’s no wonder they want to make more decisions on their own — for better or worse. At this stage, their peers’ views start to carry more weight — they’re all on a similar journey of self-discovery, after all.

Next School Holiday

WInter Break – Dec. 23, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020 All students return to school on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020


Personal Days for Next School Year 2019/2020

VERY IMPORTANT CHANGE for our upcoming 2019/2020 school year Beginning August 5, 2019, we are reducing 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.

Lunch Menu Week of Dec. 16, 2019 – Dec. 20, 2019

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Bean or Beef Burrito

Wed – Chicken Patty Sandwich

Thurs – No Meat Spaghetti

Fri – Chicken Nuggets, Mashed Potatoes and Holiday Dessert

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:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Co-Ed Golf:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1256489 

TLC Preschool: Did you know?

  

Did you know our preschool teachers work hard each week creating lessons that are play based?  The preschool teachers focus on a letter, number, color and shape each week. They use these focus concepts to create fun, interactive lessons that keep students engaged while having fun learning.   This week the students have been focusing on the letter E as in elf, the number 10, the color brown, and the shape triangle.  Students have created group posters with the letter E, sorted the letter E by capital and lowercase, and worked on creating lists of things that start with the E sound, made christmas decorations with groups of 10, and decorated a triangle shaped Christmas tree! Phew!.  Who knew so much learning could be masqueraded into fun activities.  Thank you teachers!

 Initial Phase

P2 began studying community helpers and map skills in preparation of our North Pole project. Students should bring their assigned building on Wednesday as we will set up our North Pole Wednesday morning and leave it up to use for classroom activities through Thursday.

Next week, we will do our weekly tests on Thursday because the teachers have many fun activities planned for Friday- including building mini gingerbread houses!

Don’t forget to change out your students extra clothes in their backpack to winter clothes.

 Phase One:

This Week in Phase 1 we are proud to recognize our Spanish Certificate Earners.  In P3 Senora Wharton awarded Raechel Alvis and Benjamin Castro.  In P4 she awarded Jaslyn Nguyen, Junior Espinoza, and Briya Duncan.  In P5 she awarded Troy Newcomb, Imhotep Drumgoole, and Diapreet Sandhu.  Congratulations to those students!!

We had a wonderful week learning about and celebrating the winter holidays and traditions,  writing friendly letters, and continuing studying LA and Math with holiday themed activities.  We also learned the importance of this time of year being about caring for and helping others through writing activities.  We definitely caught the Christmas Spirit!!  

Phase Two:   

This week our phase 2 classes enjoyed their nacho party in Spanish with Senora Wharton!  This is a reward that classes earn by participating in class, working on their skills in class and being productive workers.  Everyone enjoyed Senora Wharton’s famous salsa and even got to do the Macarena!  Students were also presented with outstanding student awards for Spanish.  

In social studies our classes are learning about our government and how to be a good citizen.  We discussed what it means to be a good citizen, both in the classroom and in our community.  Speaking of good citizens…thank you to everyone who donated items for Brighter Christmas and our toy drive for the children’s hospital.  We are so appreciative and proud of our students for reaching out to help others.                        

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

December 21 – January 5: NO SCHOOL – Winter Break – We return to school on January 6th

Holiday Special offer on Discovery Charter School’s Yearbook

Picaboo, the company that helps create and sell our yearbook, is having a special holiday offer.  Go on-line and order a yearbook and you will be put in a drawing for a free yearbook.   If you win, you will be refunded your payment.

So go to http://DCSYearbook.picaboo.com between now and December 31, 2019 to order your yearbook for $48.00 and you could possibly get yours free.

Another added bonus of ordering your yearbook on-line is you can create 4 pages and the back cover as your own.  What a great way to personalize your yearbook and make sure your special memories are included.

Any questions, email me at lrodieck@tracylc.net

Thank you and Happy Holidays,

Ms. Rodieck

6th Grade Girls Basketball Champs!!!!

Congratulations to the 6th grade girls basketball team bringing home the first championship to Discovery!!! They battled all year, finishing the season 8-0. They defeated Monte Vista in the Championship Game this afternoon with the score of 26-14. If you see them around campus this week, congratulate them! Thanks! They are really proud of their accomplishment!!

Top 5 Nest Point Earners!

Peregrine:

Kestrel:

Saker:

Amur:

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

All Classes: All classes took the UC Davis test for the second time this year. I would also like to let parents and students know that after winter we will be starting our Lifelong Learner SWO. The students will be getting a rubric and guide for what they will need.

Varsity: Our class finished the fourth quiz of unit 2 focusing on long division. Next up we will be learning about multiplication properties and in and out tables to finish off the unit. Our hope is to take the Unit 2 test next Wednesday before break begins.

Scholastic: Our class began Unit 4 this week and will be pushing through until winter break. I do hope that students are still revisiting the concepts at home during break in their down time to be ready to pick it back up in January.

Honors: Our class began Unit 3 and took their first quiz on Thursday. We will be pushing through Unit 3 until winter break. I do hope that students are still revisiting the concepts at home during break in their down time to be ready to pick it back up in January.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:


Varsity:
 We completed Unit-2 which was about multiplying and dividing whole numbers. Students did a fantastic job on unit test. We started with Unit-3, and students will be learning more about multiplying and dividing decimal numbers.  

Scholastic: Students completed Unit-2 and are getting ready to take the unit test in the coming week. In the coming week, students will be reviewing the concepts of Unit-2 and will start with Unit-3.

Honors: Students learned to write equations as functions, and graph them accordingly. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about different types of equations and their corresponding graphs.

All my students took the Davis test on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Detailed reports will be sent home soon.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities:

We worked hard this week.  All classes read more about Matilda and surviving the fever in our novel.  Scholastic and Honors learned about Indirect Objects and how to Diagram them.  Varsity worked on identifying the Main Idea and Supporting details, along with subject and predicate so they could combine them in sentences.  All groups also worked on writing dialogue so we can incorporate it in our creative writing assignment next week.  It was a very ambitious week and they did great.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding:

Our Scholastic students decided to make a pixelated picture made of over 1,000 one and a half-inch square colored pieces of paper. In order to complete this undertaking, we really came together as a team. We agreed to roles and completed our duties. When problems arose, we worked together to solve them and move on. From beginning to end, the students took the lead on this project. The class became a team last week.

Unfortunately, we have to abandon the Ebola essays. We paused for one week due to computer testing, paused the next week for computer reformatting, then paused a week for Thanksgiving. I do not see the wisdom in picking up a hot topic that has turned cold. I do not wish to abandon what was promising work, but I do not want to waste our time with a learning opportunity that has passed.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy:

This week, our social studies scholars are learning about the central teachings of Judaism and how they’ve survived to modern day. They first related the lesson to their own family traditions and we had a fantastic class discussion about different traditions that have been passed down over time. Our students celebrate many different traditions such as Diwali, Las Posadas, Dia de los Muertos, family reunions, vacations to various places like Lake Tahoe and Florida, as well as different ways to celebrate Christmas.

Then, students analyzed four of the central teachings of Judaism and their influence today. To process the information our students learned, they created group timelines (pictures coming soon once they are posted on our wall!). Students in each group selected their own key event of Judaism and wrote about its importance. They also included a sketch of the event. We will piece them together to display in our classroom.

Next week, students in all classes will have their unit test on the ancient Israelites. They will need to review both lesson packets (Origins of Judaism and World Religions: Judaism).

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week, we studied our solar system flashcards so that we could ace the quiz we took on Friday. We also began our solar system poster projects. Each group was assigned a planet or part of our solar system to artistically create and then write facts about it on the poster. We have also been watching episodes of Lost In Space, writing in our science notebooks bullet point lists of what we think is scientifically accurate and what is fiction.

Next week we will continue our solar system poster projects so we can decorate the classroom with them before we leave for winter break.

Last but not least, come one and come all to check out the DCS science blog site at: www.tlcdiscoverychannel.weebly.com. Read all about the Bees (Evee Snell) and The Perils of Living in the Sea (Alivia Petersen). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely interesting announcements:

  • 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:
     https://diazdoesscience.weebly.com 

Mission to Mars:

  • The next payment is due Jan. 4th. Your balance needs to be $300 or less to stay on schedule. Please check your account to stay up to date.
  • Please check your email regarding protocol for those either not flying RT or flying one-way only. If you did not receive this email, please contact me as soon as possible.

Rube Goldberg:

  • The DCS competition was Friday the 13th! It was so much fun and quite the experience. This was hopefully the first of what will be a DCS tradition. Winners and pictures will be posted in the next Chatter Chatter.

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

⅚ PE & SWO:

For the past 2 weeks 5 & 6 have been working on their new SWO, cooperative collaboration, that involves creating a new or variation of a PE game. Students started out by collaborating and working together to come up with common ideas. They then used worksheets to outline and map out their game. This includes rules, safety, facilities, groups, number of players, skills, and equipment. Students were given a poster to use as a visual for their presentation on Friday, 12/13.

Starting on Monday, December 16, students will be working on the scrapbook portion of the SWO. Three pictures will be provided by the PE teachers in class on Monday. However, students are responsible for three photos at home or in public showing cooperative collaboration (family decorating, baking goods with family, etc…) Students will have class time to work on scrapbook Monday-Wednesday of next week. These scrapbooks will due Wednesday, December 18. They may be submitted prior to the due date. Late submissions will not receive full credit and will lose 1 point each day it is late.

Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • Winter Break begins December 23rd. Classes resume on January 6th

Week 17 Top 5 Nest Earners!

Leadership:

Congratulations to Mrs. Rapp and Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy for having the winning walls for Discovery! Check out the videos below to see the students explaining their winning walls.

7/8 Wall Winner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdbg23bY5ws&list=PLofEVHepPvWh8UZPJoIwr-OpFIXcuHy7s&index=5&t=0s

 

5/6 Wall Winner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0ddjIVG28M&list=PLofEVHepPvWh8UZPJoIwr-OpFIXcuHy7s&index=6&t=0s 

Students in Discovery began decorating their walls this week for this month’s theme: Winter Wonderland. Who will win this month’s wall challenge? Stay tuned till January!

DISCOVERY ATHLETICS

The 6th Grade Girls Basketball team wins the Championship! They defeated Monte Vista with the score of 26-14. The girls finished the season 8-0. This team will go down in the record books, bringing home the first championship to Discovery. Congratulation ladies. You are champions forever!!

 

The 7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball team advances to the Championship Game! This week the girls defeated Art Freiler in the first round of the playoffs with the score of 33-4 to advance to the semi-finals where they faced Monte Vista (7th grade). The girls came into the game as underdogs, but defeated Monte Vista (7th grade) with the score of 14-11 to advance to the Championship Game next week.

   

Technology with Ms. Ferguson:

A new trimester has kicked off and the new Technology students are off to a great start!

The trimester is beginning with the cyberbullying/netiquette/digital citizenship unit.  The students just took their first vocabulary quiz on words related to this unit & just wrapped up their first partner project.  

For this project, the students were to make a digital poster about a topic relating to our unit. These posters included facts about their topic, a link to a website to find more information on the topic, and pictures relating to the topic.  

The students are now working their way through presenting these posters to the class.  The audience members are receiving an abundant amount of information on things like cyberbullying, staying safe online, how to be a good digital citizen, and using privacy options on social media and websites.

Next week the students will begin a second project relating to our current unit that will be due the Thursday before break!

Art with Ms. Losen:

This week in art students learned about hyperrealism, practiced drawing facial features and proportions and started work on their own hyper realistic works of art.

Music with Mr. Dougherty:

Music Discovery has gotten off to a great start for trimester 2. We started out with an introduction to music technology and are currently bucket drumming. Stay tuned for details about our end of the trimester concert that will take place on March 4.

Physical Education:

For the past 2 weeks, 7 & 8 has been working on a new project that involves creating a new or variation of a PE game. Students started out by collaborating and working together to come up with common ideas. They then used worksheets to outline and map out their game. This included rules, safety, facilities, groups, number of players, skills, and equipment. Students were given a poster to use as a visual for their presentation on Monday, 12/16.


Millennium High School

YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

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 yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 21362. You may also pay by cash, check, or card in the front office or by contacting Miss Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net

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 blamanna@tracylc.net.

Athletics

Interested in donating to the Athletics program?  Here are 2 great opportunities!  If you would like to help us purchase the padded flooring for the weight room we hope to have open by winter, you may donate here, and add “Weight Room” in the notes. (We are just about $15,000 shy of FULL completion!!):  https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=JV4bGcCRYeBxsAoeIm9378Hq0cPdQ5v5cVuYxrIDCxod5qM0FM8eQcBKQ-YhqrA_hGj2tG&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

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

Thursday-Saturday 12/12-12/14:  JV/V Boys Basketball @ Galt Tournament

Girls Basketball @ Linden Tournament

Friday-Saturday 12/13-12/14:  JV Boys Soccer @ Galt Tournament

Varsity Boys Soccer @ Argonaut Tournament

Monday 12/16:  JV Boys Basketball @ Delta Charter, 5:30pm

Tuesday 12/17:  JV/V Boys Soccer @ West High, (4, 5:45pm)

Girls Basketball @ Holt Academy, 6:30pm

Girls Soccer vs Hughes Academy- Played at Kimball High (6:30pm)

Wednesday 12/18:  JV/V Boys Basketball @ Livermore, 5:30/7pm

Thursday 12/19:  Girls Basketball @ Waterford, 6pm

Thursday-Saturday 12/19-12/21:  V Boys Basketball @ West High Tournament

Saturday 12/21:  Girls Basketball @ Gustine, 3pm

Thursday-Saturday 12/26-12/28:  Girls Basketball @ Ripon Christian Tournament

JV/V Boys Basketball @ Orestimba Tournament

Friday-Saturday 12/27-12/28:  Girls Soccer @ Ripon Christian Tournament

Friday 1/3/20:  JV Boys, Girls, V Boys Basketball @ Turlock Christian- Played at Calvary Baptist (5, 6:30, 8pm)

Tuesday 1/7:  JV/V Boys Basketball vs Brookside Christian- Played at Tracy High (5:00/6:30pm)

JV/V Boys Soccer @ Edison (5/7pm)

Girls Soccer vs Stone Ridge Christian- Played at West High (6pm)

Thursday 1/9:  V Boys Soccer vs Big Valley Christian- Played at Tracy High (7pm)

Friday 1/10:  Girls Soccer @ Delta Charter (3pm)

JV Boys vs Delta Charter, V Boys vs Elliot Christian- Played at West High (5:00/6:30pm)

Sports Scores:

Girls Basketball:  Falcons 27, Tokay 43

Girls Soccer:  Falcons 0, Stagg 0

Falcons 0, Holt Academy 1

Varsity Boys Soccer:  Falcons 4, Kimball 2

JV Boys Soccer:  Falcons 1, Kimball 10

Varsity Boys Basketball:  Falcons 68, Vanguard 49

Falcons 44, Orestimba 57

Falcons 31, Galt 58

JV Boys Basketball:  Falcons 39, Gustine 40

Falcons 39, Big Valley Christian 57

Falcons 50, Galt 37

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Co-Ed Golf:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1256489

Interested in a coaching position not currently posted?  Submit your coaching resume/application here for consideration in future openings:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1143376

Meet The Coaches!

  Coaching Experience:  I’ve Coached both recreational and competitive soccer for over 12 years. I took on the boys Millennium varsity soccer team 5 years ago.

Playing Experience:  I have played soccer for over 30 years. I started playing at the age of 5 and my Dad Coached me. I grew up playing many years for SUSC league of Stockton.

Personal Information Home town/Where I grew up:   I grew up in Tracy and I have a 2-year-old son that I plan on Coaching named Fabrizio Amadeus Cordero. I am hoping that one day he will be an asset to the Millennium Falcons boys soccer team. I come from a soccer family. I have 5 siblings that I grew up playing soccer with, and now enjoy watching my Nephews and Nieces play the beautiful game of soccer.

For donations towards Millennium Athletics in general, you can go here:  https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=JV4bGcCRYeBxsAoeIm9378Hq0cPdQ5v5cVuYxrIDCxod5qM0FM8eQcBKQ-YhqrA_hGj2tG&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

Follow Millennium Athletics on Social Media:  

-Instagram- @Millennium_Athletics

-Twitter- @MHS_Falcons

-Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/BalsamoPE

We appreciate your continued support!  FALCON PRIDE!!

Upcoming Fundraisers for Athletics:

-Daddy Daughter Dance: December 14 (Tickets may be purchased at the door)

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

COUNSELING, COLLEGE, AND COMMUNITY NEWS!!!

We made it through finals week!  Report cards will be mailed home next week.  Spring semester starts on Monday, December 16th.

Results from the PSAT/NMSQT administration in October are now available!  The counselors will be having a meeting for all students who took the test to distribute test results and booklets on Tuesday during lunch.  We will explain how to interpret results, and how to practice for the SAT using Khan Academy.

 

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL STUDIES….

World Geography:

 

In World Geography we just wrapped up our Africa unit where we took a look at the vast range of physical and cultural diversity of Africa. Students got the chance to explore the wide range of plant and animal life in the main regions of Africa through movies, readings, and interactive lectures. The unit was finished off with the movie “Hotel Rwanda” where the students got a chance to see an example of a real-life story of division and violence in Africa caused in part by Belgian colonialism.- Mr. Hall

 

World History:

 

Students worked in teams to identify key terms in World History for their summative semester one final. Students studied the philosophers of the Enlightenment and analyzed how certain scientific inventions led to social and political change. Students used class discussions to create conclusions about why certain key events during the Reformation lead to changes in the political dynamics of Europe during the 16th through the 19th century. – Mr. Hunt

 

United States History:

 

As we end the first semester of the school year, the focus really has been getting ready for finals. Finals within the social studies department are cumulative and have an immense impact on a student’s final grade. The class ended with students learning about the 1920s and we will pick up with the Great Depression on Monday. I am very excited about the second semester because we have now reached a point in the course where students have greater prior knowledge about the content and this allows us to take learning to another level. Being able to tap into this prior knowledge allows us to learn at a much deeper level and bring in complex sources. The goal of the second semester is to focus on deeper levels of questioning and we will cover content until the 2000s. – Mr. Singh

 

Government:

 

Government is only a one-semester class and the journey is over. I am extremely proud of this particular class because they were, they displayed extremely high levels of maturity in discussing sensitive topics related to the class. Students consistently produced well-researched points of view. Overall the class performed at a high level. The second semester begins next Monday and the students will dive right into Economics. Though the class poses different challenges I know these students are up to the task. The class will be a blend of micro and macroeconomics. I look forward to another great semester. – Mr. Singh

 

Economics

 

Over the past week, the economics classes have finished their study of the subject. We have taken a look at money and banking practices as well as aspects of international trade. The final is a significant portion of the overall grade in the class at a weighted 35%. The students should have taken the final on this day that the charter chatter is released. Next week, these students will make the shift to a semester-long course in American Government. This will include a study of the U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court Case decisions and an overall look at the philosophy of American Democracy. They should be many links to be made with what we studied and learned about in economics. I was very happy with the performance of my two economics classes and their diligent approach to the subject. I am sure this will continue into the next semester as we begin our Government classes. – Mr. Saldate

 

There is a great paid internship opportunity this summer with Kaiser Permanente!

 

 

Did you know that we’re having a major gaming event in Tracy on New Year’s Eve for youth? That’s right, on New Year’s Eve, we’re inviting everyone, ages 14 to 20, to come to WorkVine209 for a night of casual gaming on a variety of systems as well as ping pong and air hockey.

This is a great way to get out, hang with friends, and demonstrate your skills at all of the best games of 2019.

This is a supervised event with adult volunteers. We want everyone to have fun and stay safe at the same time. Contact Uneed2 for more information: info@uneed2.org

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

tlc-logo 

A Message from Virginia

Kay Fagundes, Assistant to the Executive Director

My name is Kay Fagundes and I have had the pleasure of taking care of all of your kids’ “office needs” for the past 14 years. A little background about myself, I retired after working  20 years at Kaiser as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in the field of orthopedics. My husband and I have 5 children together and 3 wonderful granddaughters.

Here at TLC, I am constantly changing my cap.  The students come to see me when they are ill, injured or simply just need someone to talk to. Yes, it’s true, I also pull a lot of teeth each year. In addition, I assist Mrs. Stewart,  Mrs. Prescott and Mr. Saldate with our “SOAR” Discipline system. I also communicate with high school students and their parents who are at risk of failing classes due to repetitive tardies to class. I  approve and maintain a list of all of our wonderful parent volunteers. I set up our hearing van visits and our picture days each year. I also work closely with Mr. Hepner on all of our Emergency Drills. In addition, I  maintain Mrs. Stewart’s calendar and our conference room calendar so if you need to set up a meeting, please let me know.  

My phone number is (209) 290-0511 and my email address is kfagundes@tracylc.net. Please contact me with any questions, concerns or absences for your students. If you need help with anything at all please don’t hesitate to ask. This year is going great and I expect it to be a wonderful and exciting year! I absolutely love being part of your children’s lives.

 Next School Holiday

Winter Break – Dec. 23, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020 All students return to school on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020


Personal Days for Next School Year 2019/2020

VERY IMPORTANT CHANGE for our upcoming 2019/2020 school year Beginning August 5, 2019, we are reducing 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.

 

 

Lunch Menu Week of Dec. 9, 2019 – Dec. 16, 2019

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Chili or Cheese Nachos

Wed – Grilled Cheese

Thurs – Meatball Sub

Fri – Beef Hot Dog

 

 

Sick Students

Just a reminder: Please keep your child home if he or she is sick or has a fever. We had many sick children last week and several were given tylenol prior to coming to school in the morning. These illnesses/viruses are very contagious and we are trying to stop them from spreading. Children must be 24 hours free of symptoms and fevers before returning to school.

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:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Co-Ed Golf:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1256489 

 

TLC Preschool: Healthy Habits

Our preschool program is like no other!  We have an amazing kitchen staff whom prepare warm, healthy meals daily, at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE to our families!  Our students receive a freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and snack daily!  Our parents, love the fact that their child is gaining exposure to a variety of foods that normally he/she would not try at home.  Many of our families have expressed that their child now eats many different foods because of our well developed breakfast and lunch program.  

In addition to building healthy habits, our teaching staff is actively engaged with students during meal time.  The teachers work on important skills such as manners, language development, hygiene, and fine motor skills such as scooping and pouring with all of the children. Who knew so many important skills could be practiced during meal time!  

 

 

Initial Phase

We hope everyone was able to fully enjoy their time off! It’s so nice to be back! And what fun to start to our week with the music performance on Monday! P2 has such wonderful singing voices! We also had a special visit from our classroom elf, Peppermint! On Thursday, Peppermint brought the Grinch to our classroom so that P2 students can teach him how to be kind and make his heart grow!

In science, we learned all about how animals adapt to the changing winter environment. Students learned about what animals hibernate and how blubber helps keep animals warm during the cold, winter weather.


 Phase One:

We hope you all had a relaxing break! The students came back with renewed energy and we kicked that off with our wonderful Christmas music program on Monday evening. The students and Mr. Martin, did a fantastic job! The teachers were highly impressed with how well they performed. We love seeing all the students dressed up in their fancy clothes every year for this special performance.

The Phase One rooms were all welcomed back by their very own scout elf from the North Pole! These elves have been up to no good, causing mischief and making messes. The students are so excited to see where they are hiding and what they have done every morning. For writer’s workshop the students learned how to write friendly letters. We will eventually write one to send to Santa Claus!

Phase Two:                           

Wasn’t that an amazing Winter concert on Monday?!  We are so proud of our students and they enjoyed performing for everyone.  Bravo to Mr. Martin and the elective/PE team for putting the program together.

This week our phase 2 students learned about the 3 branches of our government.  This will lead into a fun “simulation” project that will be coming soon in our classrooms.  Please remember during these cold and rainy days to make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather!  Jackets and sweatshirts should be labeled…our lost and found gets filled up quickly!

Check out our Chinese dragons that were created in art!

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

December 2 – 13: Brighter Christmas Canned Food Drive 

December 14: Daddy-Daughter Dance

December 21 – January 5: NO SCHOOL – Winter Break – We return to school on January 6th

Holiday Special offer on Discovery Charter School’s Yearbook

Picaboo, the company that helps create and sell our yearbook, is having a special holiday offer.  Go on-line and order a yearbook and you will be put in a drawing for a free yearbook.   If you win, you will be refunded your payment.

So go to http://DCSYearbook.picaboo.com between now and December 31, 2019 to order your yearbook for $48.00 and you could possibly get yours free.

Another added bonus of ordering your yearbook on-line is you can create 4 pages and the back cover as your own.  What a great way to personalize your yearbook and make sure your special memories are included.

Any questions, email me at lrodieck@tracylc.net

Thank you and Happy Holidays,

Ms. Rodieck

First Trimester Super Quiz:

DCS held its first Super Quiz event of the year on Friday! Students from all classes were picked to participate in a competition that asks students to answer a series of Academic Pentathlon related questions! It was a huge success and a lot of fun for the students! The next one will take place after the second trimester.

Read-A-Thon Awards:

We wrapped up our first Discovery Read-A-Thon before going on our Thanksgiving Break and here are our TOP Readers and Fundraiser with their rewards: Coupons to “Drop 1 Lowest Grade” and/or “Get a Free 100%” on any one assignment. Many more students also earned their choice of some pretty cool bookmarks for their next great reading adventure!

Raffle Winner for November’s Top Nest Point Earner Drawing:

Falcon Pride!!!

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

Varsity: Our class broke into groups today to try out stations. Students began working on khan academy online to help practice the concepts from class and can login at home as well to practice. We worked on long division with 2 digit divisors and practiced estimating our answers before solving. Next Wednesday will be our first quiz for division with 2 digit divisors.

Scholastic: Students finished Unit 3 and were recapping it this week to remind ourselves about what we learned. Students began to look at integers this week and absolute value.

Honors: Students have finished Unit 2 and are beginning to look at equations for Unit 3 this week. We started with one step equations and will move onto rational and two step equations.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity: We spent this week reviewing Unit-2 and preparing for Unit-2 test. Students will be taking the Unit-2 test next week, and later in the week will start with the unit for decimals.

Scholastic: Students reviewed the concepts of PEMDAS and algebraic equations. This week, students learned about forming equations using variables for given word problems. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about arithmetic sequences and forming function tables using the given data.

Honors: Students learned to analyze graph by finding the domain, range, and doing the Vertical line test. In addition, students had fun graphing scenarios and presenting it to the class. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about graphing linear equations.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

Welcome back from Thanksgiving Break.  We are continuing to read Fever 1793 and have moved into the part of the book where Matilda is maturing because of the circumstances that have reshaped her life.  Students wrote an essay comparing themselves to Matilda reflecting back on the character traits they gave themselves in their Personal Awareness SWO.  The final draft of the essay is due Monday typed and printed.  If they were unable to type it, they can submit a final draft written neatly in ink.  For the next two weeks, our writing assignment will be more fun and creative.  

In Humanities, we are trying to finish up the Art History part and will be doing Elements of Art stations next.  If your son or daughter has missed part of the Art history lessons (or you are interested) I posted the website we used on both my Google classroom and website at rodieckla.weeble.com.


The next Book Club Book Reports will be due the Monday we come back from Winter Break.  The students are to create a brochure about their book.  The template is available on my Google Classroom along with the rubric used to grade it.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

We are thankful for the last week off, and now we have a three-week push to maximize our learning. Although we will not finish our novel, Fever, 1793, before winter’s first frost, we are learning and reviewing reading strategies and concepts to help our learners make connections and meaning out of what they read. As we become more familiar with the reading stations or strategies, the novels become more vibrant and real for students.

After three weeks without computer access, I have decided to set aside the Ebola essays we had previously been working on. When topics and assignments go cold, they do not spark imagination and interest in them fizzles. We’ll start a new essay assignment when I’m sure the schedule will allow a project’s completion.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

This week, students learned about the origins and development of Judaism. We started the unit on ancient Israelites with a KWL (what students already know, what students wonder, and what they’ve learned) chart and students were surprised with how much they already knew! Students then labeled and colored a map of ancient Israel to become familiar with the geography of the region. Please see pictures below of students working on these maps:

After we learned about the geography of ancient Israel and defined key terms, students focused on identifying important Jewish leaders (Moses, Abraham, David, and Solomon). They identified their actions and contributions to Judaism. We ended the week by creating ancient scrolls about these figures. Students specialized in one figure, created their scroll, and then formed new groups to teach their classmates about the other Jewish leaders. Students then taped their scrolls together to form one ancient scroll about the four key leaders in the development of Judaism.

Next week we’ll be learning about the central teachings of Judaism and how they’ve survived to modern day.

Please see note below from Officer ABS regarding D.A.R.E. and A Brighter Christmas:

Help Brighter Christmas and earn Community service points

 

December 20th – Sort toys

Williams Middle School

1600 Tennis Lane

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

December 21st – sort and box food

Prologis warehouse

1150 Arbor Avenue

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

December 21st – box toys

Williams Middle School

1600 Tennis lane

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

December 22nd – Distribution Day

Williams Middle School

1600 Tennis Lane

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Earn 50 community service points per hour volunteering

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week, our navigators learned about how to track the sun and it’s movement. They learned about how to estimate the time of day based on shadows and their orientation and how long/short they are. Since we’ve been stuck indoors all week, we improvised and use flashlights as our “sun” to cast shadows of wooden sticks. The picture below shows two students hard at work, outlining shadows on their data sheet. Lastly, students learned how to use a compass, reading both directions and coordinates.

Next week we will learn about the moon and its phases.

Last but not least, come one and come all to check out the DCS science blog site at: www.tlcdiscoverychannel.weebly.com. Read all about the The Top 3 Most Dangerous Animals in California (Javier Elias), The Top 5 Most Deadliest Dinosaurs that Ever Lived in Planet Earth (Malakai Jacobo) and the Top 3 Most Common NFL injuries (Lars Lindroos). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely interesting announcements:

  • 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:
     https://diazdoesscience.weebly.com 

Mission to Mars:

  • Room preferences were due Dec. 6th. Students who did not submit room preferences will be allocated a room.
  • The most recent payment was Dec. 4th. The next payment is due Jan. 4th. Your balance needs to be $300 or less to stay on schedule. Please check your account to stay up to date.

Rube Goldberg:

  • Practice/Workshops are Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays (4-5pm, picked up by 5:15)
  • Competition Friday, Dec. 13th—> We hope that you will be able to watch DCS’s very first competition.
  • This past Friday, groups had to submit their team name, team photo and team leader.
  • On Monday, Dec. 9th, each group needs to submit their official list of steps

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • Winter Break begins December 23rd. Classes resume on January 6th

Week 16 Top 5 Nest Earners!

First Trimester Super Quiz:

DCS held its first Super Quiz event of the year on Friday! Students from all classes were picked to participate in a competition that asks students to answer a series of Academic Pentathlon related questions! It was a huge success and a lot of fun for the students! The next one will take place after the second trimester.

Leadership:

Congratulations to Mrs. Rapp and Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy for having the winning walls for Discovery! Check out the videos below to see the students explaining their winning walls.

7/8 Wall Winner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdbg23bY5ws&list=PLofEVHepPvWh8UZPJoIwr-OpFIXcuHy7s&index=5&t=0s

 

5/6 Wall Winner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0ddjIVG28M&list=PLofEVHepPvWh8UZPJoIwr-OpFIXcuHy7s&index=6&t=0s 

Students in Discovery began decorating their walls this week for this month’s theme: Winter Wonderland. Who will win this month’s wall challenge? Stay tuned till January!

Intramurals:

Discovery had their basketball intramurals in November. A total of 34 teams participated in both lunches! Congratulations to our boy’s team, Team Kit Kats for becoming our 2019-2020 boys basketball IM champion! Our girl winners of first and second lunch will go up against each other as soon as the lovely rains stop.

Science with Ms. Dominguez:

Over the last couple of weeks, 7-8 Science has taken a detour from the Academic Pentathlon curriculum to take a deeper look at the subject of genetics. When I first introduced the Academic Pentathlon material for the year, I decided to make a family tree. The family tree showed three generations of one family. The students did not know who the people were featured in the family tree, and I left it to them to figure out why some of the names were highlighted and others were not. Eventually, a student in each of the classes guessed that maybe the people with their names highlighted might have died from some kind of disease. The more accurate answer was that those individuals with their names highlighted were diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives with most of them succumbing to the disease. Through the highlighted names, the students were able to see how the disease made its way through the family tree, making an appearance in each generation of the family. At the end of our class discussion on the family tree, I revealed to the students that this was a real family, and it was, in fact, my own family that I had based the family tree on starting with my great grandmother. As we continue to focus on Academic Pentathlon, this concept of genetics as a major risk factor for cancer is key for students to understand, and in order to gain a greater understanding of genetics outside of the biology of cancer, we carried out several types of activities.

Honors, Scholastic and Varsity all got to practice the use of models to demonstrate how traits are determined by genes, and how the genes of two parent organisms will influence the traits that their offspring will inherit. All three levels of 7-8 were introduced to Punnett Squares through a great activity called SpongeBob Genetics, where the students are able to analyze traits of familiar characters by using the provided descriptions in world problems – the phenotype of the character – to assign genotypes for each trait. Once they had established the genotypes for the characters in the word problems, they were able to label Punnett Squares to see how the genes of each parent would impact the appearance of their children. The use of Punnett Squares to solve word problems was not an easy feat for any of the classes, and we carried out several different activities in addition to the SpongeBob Genetics exercise to firmly establish how to correctly use these models.

Finally, in the week leading up to Thanksgiving break, we started our first major project for Trimester 2. Students worked in teams to research two different types of pure dog breeds using the AKC website. They collected information regarding each of the breeds’ physical characteristics, history of use or purpose, temperament, and any common medical issues associated with the breed. All of this research was carried out before we went to break. Now that we are back from break, students are using the information they collected from the AKC website to hypothesize what kind of offspring would be created if the two pure dog breeds were mixed. Some are taking an approach similar to that of Gregor Mendel when he first began researching genetics through the selective breeding of pea plants, and believe the hypothetical offspring of their two dog breeds will be a perfect combination of the two dogs with characteristics like height and weight being an average of the two breeds’. Some have decided to assign dominant and recessive traits to each of the breeds and use their understanding of Punnett Squares to determine which traits will be expressed in the offspring. Their final task will be to create a commercial to advertise their exciting new mixed breed offspring.  

Social Studies with Ms. Zaca:

Students began the month of November finishing their unit on Islam. Students had the choice of either taking the Unit Final or creating a crash course video on all of Islam. Check some of their videos out below! Students demonstrated their knowledge of Islam and the Islamic Empire in these videos, and they could not have done a better job.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfmcwiJPrrw&list=PLofEVHepPvWjXg1T364B7bbgTt2wPIOGC&index=2&t=0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD59uOpxb0k&list=PLs2cd4hsfDLJdLNboX56h6ZQRTMq3foEI&index=3&t=0s

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6qhF7EHxZU&list=PLs2cd4hsfDLJdLNboX56h6ZQRTMq3foEI&index=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIW_6teN0Ds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIW_6teN0Ds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIW_6teN0Ds

 

After the unit on Islam, students began learning about the history of the three West African Empires: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. with each empire, students read about their great leaders, how the salt and gold trade benefitted their people, the pilgrimage of Mansa Musa and how his actions led to inflation, and the impact Islam had on the people. Students finished up the unit right before Thanksgiving break and once again had the option of either taking the unit test or making a rap song about West Africa. Check out the video below of a group that finished their video early!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4j_0xD3lZE&feature=youtu.be


Millennium High School

The First Semester is almost over!   Next week is final week, please check the schedule below for days, times and classrooms.  Good luck Falcons! Finish Strong!

Wednesday Dec 11 – Session 1 (8:00am-10:00am) English 3, 4 and Life Skills

Room

Proctor  

Capacity

Subject

# enrolled

Teacher

Period

101

Ulricksen

Shelton

27

English 3

23

Mr. Reyes

8

102

Creasman

27

English 3

23

Mrs. Saldate

3

103

Griffin

32

104

De La Torre

30

English 3

30

Mr. Reyes

5

105

Amador

28

English 4

23

Mr. Reyes

2

106A

A. Saldate

36

English 3

33

Mrs. Saldate

4

106B

Langston

36

Life Skills

32

Ms. Takeuchi

4

107

Crook

30

English 4

21

Mr. Crook

1

108

Ernst

Reyes

32

English 4

32

Mr. Reyes

1

109

Tariku

28

English 4

23

Mr. Crook

4

201

Zepeda

24

English 3

23

Mr. Reyes

3

202

Snyder  

30

Life Skills

23

Ms. Takeuchi

6

203

Singh

34

204

Hunt

34

205

Hall

32

SPED/504

Ms Moore/Mrs. Thimsen

206

Woods

36

Life Skills

31

Ms. Takeuchi

1

301

Pelaez

Kay

40

Life Skills

31

Ms. Takeuchi

1

302

Copass

32

Life Skills

28

Ms. Takeuchi

7

303

Drake

Holmes

32

Life Skills

20

Ms. Takeuchi

8

304

Young

Vieira

Takeuchi

24

English 4

20

Mr. Crook

2

Wednesday Dec 11 Session 2 (10:15am-12:15pm) English 1 and 2

Room

Proctor  

Capacity

Subject

# enrolled

Teacher

Period

101

Ulricksen

Shelton

27

English 1

23

Mrs. Ernst

2

102

Creasman

27

English 1

24

Mrs. Ernst

4

103

Griffin

32

English 1

32

Ms. Langston

3

104

De La Torre

30

105

Amador

28

English 1

9

Ms. Langston  

6

106A

A. Saldate

36

English 2

23

Mrs. Saldate

2

106B

Langston

36

English 1

28

Ms. Langston

1

107

Crook

30

English 2

29

Mr. Crook

3

108

Ernst

Reyes

32

English 2

24

Mrs. Ernst

1

109

Tariku

28

English 1

11

Mrs. Ernst

7

201

Zepeda

24

202

Snyder  

30

English 1

21

Ms. Langston

4

203

Singh

34

English 2

23

Mrs. Saldate

5

204

Hunt

34

English 2

20

Ms. Langston

8

205

Hall

32

English 2

22

Mrs. Saldate

7

206

Woods

36

301

Pelaez

Kay

40

SPED/504

Ms. Moore/Mrs. Thimsen

302

Copass

32

303

Drake

Holmes

32

304

Young

Vieira

Takeuchi

24

English 1

8

Mrs. Ernst

8

Thursday Dec 12 – Session 1 (8:00am-10:00am) Math

Room

Proctor  

Capacity

Subject

# enrolled

Teacher

Period

101

Ulricksen

Shelton

27

Algebra 1 B

27

Mrs. Ulricksen

8

102

Creasman

27

Pre-Algebra

20

Mr. Creasman

8

103

Griffin

32

Algebra 1

Algebra 1

25

Mrs. Stewart/Mrs. G

Mr. Shelton

7

4

104

De La Torre

30

Geometry

29

Mr. Tariku

1

105

Amador

28

Algebra 1A

11

Mrs. Ulricksen

5

106A

A. Saldate

36

Algebra 2

35

Mr. Shelton

1,2,3

106B

Langston

36

SPED/504

Ms. Moore Mrs. Thimsen

107

Crook

30

Pre-Calculus

19

Mrs. Griffin/Mrs U

2

108

Ernst

Reyes

32

Geometry

29

Mr. Tariku

2

109

Tariku

28

Geometry

25

Mr. Tariku

7

201

Zepeda

24

Pre-Calculus

23

Mr. Creasman

1,3

202

Snyder  

30

Geometry

22

Mr. Tariku

8

203

Singh

34

Geometry

38

Mr. Tariku

4,5

204

Hunt

34

SPED/504

Ms. Moore/Mrs. Thimsen

205

Hall

32

Calculus

29

Mrs. Griffin

3,4

206

Woods

36

Pre-Algebra

38

Mr. Creasman

6,7

301

Pelaez

Kay

40

Algebra 1

41

Mr. Kay

1,2

302

Copass

32

Algebra 1A

27

Mr. Shelton

7

303

Drake

Holmes

32

Algebra 1B

17

Mr. Shelton

6

304

Young

Vieira

Takeuchi

24

Algebra 2

8

Mrs. Ulricksen

4

Thursday Dec 12 Session 2 (10:15am-12:15pm) Spanish

Room

Proctor  

Capacity

Subject

# enrolled

Teacher

Period

101

Ulricksen

Shelton

27

102

Creasman

27

103

Griffin

32

104

De La Torre

30

Spanish 3

18

Mrs. De La Torre

4

105

Amador

28

Spanish 3

18

Mrs. Amador

7

106A

A. Saldate

36

Spanish 1

31

Mrs. De La Torre

2

106B

Langston

36

Spanish 1

31

Mrs. De La Torre

6

107

Crook

30

Spanish 1

27

Mrs. Amador

3

108

Ernst

Reyes

32

Spanish 2

13

Mrs. De La Torre

8

109

Tariku

28

201

Zepeda

24

202

Snyder  

30

Spanish 2

18

Mrs. Amador

1

203

Singh

34

Spanish 2

24

Mrs. Amador

4

204

Hunt

34

205

Hall

32

206

Woods

36

301

Pelaez

Kay

40

SPED/504

Ms. Moore/Mrs. Thimsen

302

Copass

32

303

Drake

Holmes

32

304

Young

Vieira

Takeuchi

24

Friday Dec 12 Session 1 (8:00am-10:00am) Science

Room

Proctor  

Capacity

Subject

# enrolled

Teacher

Period

101

Ulricksen

Shelton

27

Chemistry

27

Ms. Holmes

1

102

Creasman

27

Chemistry

25

Ms. Holmes

4

103

Griffin

32

Chemistry

29

Ms. Holmes

3

104

De La Torre

30

Chemistry

26

Ms. Holmes

5

105

Amador

28

Chemistry

18

Ms. Holmes

8

106A

A. Saldate

36

Forensic Science

21

Mr. Copass

7

106B

Langston

36

Anatomy –Physiology

23

Ms. Drake

4

107

Crook

30

Integrated Science

24

Ms. Pelaez

2

108

Ernst

Reyes

32

Integrated Science

22

Ms. Pelaez

1

109

Tariku

28

Integrated Science

22

Ms. Pelaez

7

201

Zepeda

24

SPED/504

Ms. Moore/Mrs. Thimsen

202

Snyder  

30

Biology

21

Ms. Drake

7

203

Singh

34

Biology

18

Ms. Drake

8

204

Hunt

34

Biology

27

Mr. Copass

1

205

Hall

32

Biology

30

Mr. Copass

2

206

Woods

36

Biology

25

Mr. Copass

Ms Drake

8

5

301

Pelaez

Kay

40

Environmental  Science

17

Ms. Pelaez

5

302

Copass

32

Forensic Science

24

Mr. Copass

3

303

Drake

Holmes

32

Biology

30

Ms. Drake

3

304

Young

Vieira

Takeuchi

24

Physics

12

Mr. Kay

4

Friday Dec 12 Session 2 (10:15-12:15) Social Studies

Room

Proctor  

Capacity

Subject

# enrolled

Teacher

Period

101

Ulricksen

Shelton

27

Geography

18

Mr. Singh

6

102

Creasman

27

Geography

25

Mr. Singh

7

103

Griffin

32

Government

31

Mr. Singh

2

104

De La Torre

30

U.S. History

27

Mr. Saldate

2

105

Amador

28

World History

23

Mr. Hunt

5

106A

A. Saldate

36

U.S. History

19

Mr. Saldate

5

106B

Langston

36

Geography

35

Mr. Hall

3

107

Crook

30

Geography

28

Mr. Hall

8

108

Ernst

Reyes

32

World History

20

Mr. Hall

1

109

Tariku

28

World History

25

Mr. Hall

7

201

Zepeda

24

SPED/504

Ms. Moore/Mrs. Thimsen

202

Snyder  

30

Government

20

Mr. Hunt

2

203

Singh

34

U.S. History

21

Mr. Singh

3

204

Hunt

34

Government

25

Mr. Hunt

1

205

Hall

32

Geography

18

Mr. Hall

6

206

Woods

36

Geography

33

Mr. Hall

4

301

Pelaez

Kay

40

Economics

42

Mr. Saldate

1, 3

302

Copass

32

World History

20

Mr. Hunt

8

303

Drake

Holmes

32

U.S. History

18

Mr. Singh

8

304

Young

Vieira

Takeuchi

24

World History

16

Mr. Hunt

4

THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE….

 

Environmental Science students wrapped up first semester with an agricultural project that demonstrated the role science plays in helping us feed a growing population.

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Integrated Science concluded the first semester with a study of light and its properties.

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YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

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 yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 21362. You may also pay by cash, check, or card in the front office or by contacting Miss Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net

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 blamanna@tracylc.net.

 

Athletics

Interested in donating to the Athletics program?  Here are 2 great opportunities!  If you would like to help us purchase the padded flooring for the weight room we hope to have open by winter, you may donate here (We are just about $10,000 shy of FULL completion!!):  https://www.gofundme.com/f/falcons-weight-room

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

Wednesday-Friday 12/4-12/6:  Girls Basketball @ Escalon Tournament

Thursday-Saturday 12/5-12/7:  JV/V Boys Basketball @ Gustine Tournament

Tuesday 12/10:  JV/V Boys Soccer @ Kimball, 4 and 5:45pm

Girls Soccer @ Stagg High, 4pm

Wednesday 12/11:  Girls Soccer vs Holt Academy at West High at 6pm

Thursday-Saturday 12/12-12/14:  JV/V Boys Basketball @ Galt Tournament

Girls Basketball @ Linden Tournament

Friday-Saturday 12/13-12/14:  JV Boys Soccer @ Galt Tournament

Varsity Boys Soccer @ Argonaut Tournament

Monday 12/16:  JV Boys Basketball @ Delta Charter, 5:30pm

Sports Scores:

Girls Basketball:  Falcons 22, Mountain House 35

Falcons 46, Delta Charter 16

Falcons 29, Escalon 39

Falcons 50, Amador 40

Girls Soccer:  Falcons 0, Summerville 1

Falcons 0, Venture 4

Falcons 4, Rio Vista 1

Varsity Boys Soccer:  Falcons 4, Holt Academy 0

JV Boys Soccer:  Falcons 13, Big Valley Christian 1

Varsity Boys Basketball:  Falcons 45, Mountain House 72

Falcons 32, Ceres 78

Falcons 54, Livingston 60

JV Boys Basketball:  Falcons 35, Ceres 66

Falcons 30, Livingston 71

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Co-Ed Golf:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1256489

Interested in a coaching position not currently posted?  Submit your coaching resume/application here for consideration in future openings:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1143376

Meet The Coaches!

  Hello My name is Denise Hayes (Coach Dee) and I  am the MHS Cheerleading Coach. This is my 6th year at Millennium.  I cheered third grade through college and began coaching right out of high school.  Many of my athletes have no cheer experience and by the end of the season they are able to do several different jumps, kicks, learn choreography at an accelerated rate and make up choreography. But the best part is when the team learns a new stunt and perfects it.

My goal for the future is to compete and participate in more community events

For donations towards Millennium Athletics in general, you can go here:  https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=JV4bGcCRYeBxsAoeIm9378Hq0cPdQ5v5cVuYxrIDCxod5qM0FM8eQcBKQ-YhqrA_hGj2tG&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

Follow Millennium Athletics on Social Media:  

-Instagram- @Millennium_Athletics

-Twitter- @MHS_Falcons

-Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/BalsamoPE

We appreciate your continued support!  FALCON PRIDE!!

Upcoming Fundraisers for Athletics:

-Daddy Daughter Dance: December 14th, 2019

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

 

COUNSELING, COLLEGE, AND COMMUNITY NEWS!!!

9th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show – Video auditions are now open!

Video Auditions for the 9th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show are now open, deadline for submission is December 10, 2019. Please submit all video auditions to mhscounseling@tracylc.net and return the participation form to the MHS Counseling Office.

 

Did you know that we’re having a major gaming event in Tracy on New Years Eve for youth? That’s right, on New Years Eve, we’re inviting everyone, ages 14 to 20, to come to WorkVine209 for a night of casual gaming on a variety of systems as well as ping pong and air hockey.

This is a great way to get out, hang with friends, and demonstrate your skills at all of the best games of 2019.

This is a supervised event with adult volunteers. We want everyone to have fun and stay safe at the same time. Contact Uneed2 for more information: info@uneed2.org

TLC Charter Chatter: Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

TLC Charter Chatter

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A Message from Virginia

Wishing all of our TLC staff, students and families a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving break.  Enjoy a restful week off, you deserve it!

Next School Holiday

Nov. 25 – Nov. 29 Holiday Week – Thanksgiving

Personal Days for Next School Year 2019/2020

VERY IMPORTANT CHANGE for our upcoming 2019/2020 school year Beginning August 5, 2019, we are reducing 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.

Lunch Menu Week of Dec. 2, 2019 – Dec. 6, 2019

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Chicken Taquitos

Wed – Teriyaki Meatballs

Thurs – Cheese Raviolis

Fri – Beef or Veggie Burger

Sick Students

Just a reminder: Please keep your child home if he or she is sick or has a fever. We had many sick children last week and several were given tylenol prior to coming to school in the morning. These illnesses/viruses are very contagious and we are trying to stop them from spreading. Children must be 24 hours free of symptoms and fevers before returning to school.

Good news! There is now a “Give Credit” function within the app. If you are not seeing this function, make sure you have the most updated version of the app installed.

The “credit” button (star icon) shows after you take first image. A blank field appears that allows up to 50 characters to be typed. Type in your student’s classroom number to give credit.  This field may auto-fill after the first entry; make sure to update it if necessary (such as if someone is supporting more than 1 child at same school, etc.).

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Softball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

 

9th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show – Video auditions are now open!

Video Auditions for the 9th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show are now open, deadline for submission is December 10, 2019. Please submit all video auditions to mhscounseling@tracylc.net  and return the participation form to the MHS Counseling Office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TLC Preschool: P.E. in preschool?

Physical activity is critical for development both emotionally and physically. Our preschool students are so lucky to have PE class as part of their educational experience!  Coach E works hard to create fun PE classes that help our students develop their fine and gross motor skills.  We believe you would be hard-pressed to find another preschool that provides PE to all!

 

 

 Initial Phase

  • Teachers had such a wonderful time meeting with all of our awesome P2 parents at conferences this week! We always love getting the opportunity to tell you how great your kids are! We are so thankful to have such kind and supportive families in our class this year! We hope that everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving break and is able to take the time to relax, recharge, and spend time with family and friends. We will see you back at school in one week on Monday, December 2nd.
  • We LOVED all of the disguised turkeys! Everyone did a FANTASTIC job!
  • WINTER CONCERT: Monday, November 2nd at 1:00. Students should dress in their holiday best. Small headwear is allowed; but nothing that will block the view of the students behind them.  


 Phase One:

The Phase One teachers would like to thank all the parents that met with us for conferences this week. It is always nice to meet with you in person and discuss your child’s growth. We would also like to thank all the families that brought in food for our classroom Thanksgiving feasts! The students loved it!

Remember that the Winter Music Concert is on Monday, December 2nd!! The concert starts at 6:30. Phase 1 students should be dropped off in classrooms by 6:10.

Phase Two:                           

Thank you to all the parents who met with us for conferences.  We enjoy talking to you about your child’s progress and goals.  If you ever have questions, we are always just an email away!

On Friday our classes enjoyed a PIE PARTY!  We appreciate everyone who donated pie, whipped cream, plates, forks and napkins.  What a great way to end trimester 1!  

DON’T FORGET!!! The Winter Music Concert is on Monday, December 2nd!  The concert will start at 6:30.  Phase 2 students should be in classrooms by 6:25 please!

Primary See’s Candy orders are due on Monday, December 2nd.  

 

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

November 23 – December 1: NO SCHOOL = Thanksgiving Break 

Honor Roll:

This year we are celebrating students whom have achieved academic excellence by awarding Honor Roll. We are awarding Honor Roll students in three categories: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Below are those students whom have achieved this high honor for their GPA for Trimester 1:

Gold Honor Roll:

Silver Honor Roll:

Bronze Honor Roll:

⅚ Discovery Top 5 Nest Point Earners:

Falcon Pride!!!

Peregrine:

Saker:

Kestrel:

Amur:

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

Varsity: Students worked on word problems all week long and how to break them down. They have also taken their interim state test which helps us figure out what we need to prepare for before the state test in May.

Scholastic: Students just finished the last lesson in Unit 3 and began reviewing on Tuesday. They have also taken their interim state test which helps us figure out what we need to prepare for before the state test in May.

Honors: Students have been reviewing Unit 2 for their test this week. They have also taken their interim state test which helps us figure out what we need to prepare for before the state test in May.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity: We spent this week learning about the patterns, rules that define each pattern, and later, completed the In-and-Out tables based on patterns and rules. This week included lot of testing – Interim testing, multiplication-division word problems quiz, and fractions pre-assessment. That said, the students are all set for a well-deserved Thanksgiving break!

Scholastic: Students got introduced to the basics of algebra and learned about exponents, PEMDAS, and algebraic expressions. Students put their best efforts to take the Interim test for two days in a row.

Honors: Students learned to interpret domain and range of various graphs by using different strategies – paper foldable, colored pencils, rulers, and by swiping pencils on a graph. In addition, students took the Interim test for two days and completed the week by reviewing the coordinate plane vocabulary and terms.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

We are continuing to read Fever 1793 and when we come back from Thanksgiving Break, we will be writing a Personal Awareness Essay comparing ourselves to Matilda.  Speaking of writing, rough drafts will now be a part of homework.  We will start the essay in class, but it will need to be completed at home.  Then we will be able to spend class time working on revising and editing our essays to improve our writing.  Final drafts of essays will need to be typed and printed to be handed in.  If computers are not available, I am here until 5 pm for Study Club and students can use computers then.  

Have a thankful Thanksgiving and we will be back to work in December – only one month left this year!!

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

This week in social studies, our scholars finished their unit on Ancient Egypt! We started the week off by playing a fun review “basketball” game where we asked students questions and groups had to write down their answers on a whiteboard. If correct, the groups chose a person to come to the front of the class to throw a small ball into our class hoop for nest points. The students had a blast with this game and were able to review for the unit test they took on Tuesday.

To end Ancient Egypt and introduce our next unit on Ancient Hebrews, the students watched The Prince of Egypt for the remainder of the week. While watching the movie, students were required to complete a “See-Think-Wonder” handout. Students had to write down a number of things they saw related to what they’ve learned, things they are thinking about the topic, and things they wonder about the movie or upcoming unit. It was a perfect transition between the units before the Thanksgiving break.

There is no homework during the Thanksgiving break for social studies. Please enjoy the time with your family.

When we return from break, students will begin a lesson on the origins of Judaism focusing on the essential question: How did Judaism originate and develop? Students will be learning about key figures in the development of Judaism and create scrolls about them.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week, students made flashcards to start learning about the planets in our solar system, and no, we didn’t leave out poor Pluto because we also went over dwarf planets. So Pluto still got its due recognition! See the students busy at work below. The Mixtures & Solutions quizzes were graded and passed back. Students also submitted their Personal Awareness SWOs on Monday. There were some truly lovely scrapbook pages and trifolds, complete with a family tree, timeline and acrostic poem, to behold. We ended the week on a festive note by having a Friendsgiving party, partaking in savories, sweets and merriment. Happy Vacation to all!

Next week we will have a scavenger hunt to see how much we were able to learn and store our solar system facts.

Last but not least, come one and come all to check out the DCS science blog site at: www.tlcdiscoverychannel.weebly.com. Read all about the Top 5 Most Haunted Places in the World (Kaitlyn Kwong) and Palmato Geckos (Sofia Richardson). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely interesting announcements:

  • 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:
     https://diazdoesscience.weebly.com 

Mission to Mars:

  • An email regarding rooming preferences has been sent out to all registered parent emails. If you haven’t received one, please contact me at cdiaz@tracylc.net. Preferences need to be turned in by Dec. 6th, otherwise we will room allocate remaining students.
  • Next payment is due Dec. 4th. Your balance needs to be $600 or less to stay on time with the payment schedule.

Rube Goldberg:

  • Practice/Workshops are Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays (4-5pm, picked up by 5:15)
  • Competition Friday, Dec. 13th—> schedule has been handed out so please coordinate with your fellow inventor, as we would love to have parents watch
  • Group requirements and deadlines have also been set, so please review with your inventor what needs to be done and when

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • MHS Applications are due November 22nd!
  • Thanksgiving Breaks begins Nov. 25th and students return to school Dec. 2nd

Honor Roll:

This year we are celebrating students whom have achieved academic excellence by awarding Honor Roll. We are awarding Honor Roll students in three categories: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Below are those students whom have achieved this high honor for their GPA for Trimester 1:

Bronze Honor Roll:

Silver Honor Roll:

Gold Honor Roll:

Week 15 Top 5 Nest Earners!

DISCOVERY ATHLETICS

The 6th Grade Girls basketball team defeated Art Freiler with the score 32-6. The girls improve to 6-0 on the season. They will play in the first round of the playoffs when we return from break.

 

The 7th/8th Grade Girls basketball team defeated North with the score 28-20. The girls improve to 3-3 on the season. They will play Monte Vista @ Boys and Girls Club gym on Thursday, December 5th at 5pm.  

     

 Math with Mr. Dhillon:

Varsity :- currently doing unit 4 ( Integers , graphing and function.)  

                completed till lesson 3 coordinate plane and will be doing lesson 4 Functions ns Graph , lesson 5 Adding Integers, lesson 6 subtracting Integers and lesson 7 Multiplying Integers and lesson 8 Dividing Integers

Scholastic :- Currently doing unit 4 linear Equation . doing 4.2 slope intercept form and standard form ,will do 4.3 x and y intercept  and 4.4 horizontal and vertical lines , 4.5 the point slope form , 4.6 parallel and perpendicular lines , linear equation word problems , 4.8 scatter plot , line of best fit and linear regression

Honors :-  done with unit 5 Relationship in Triangles and will do data analysis ( measures of central tendency and   and start with unit 6 similar triangles

Math with Mrs. Rapp:

In all classes we spent two days this last week doing Math Interim testing to practice for the state test. This is to better prepare our students for the state test by allowing them to get comfortable with the computers and format of the test. They will have those results when we return from Thanksgiving break.  

In Varsity we just wrapped up Unit 3 on an Introduction to Algebra. This unit was challenging, but overall a great start to what will come in math for these students. This class has not been introduced to a variety of properties they will continue to use, order of operations, and solving one step equations mentally.

In Scholastic we finished Unit 3 on Parent Functions and Transformations, which was a shorter unit compared to Unit 3. This unit was fun as we got to learn how to use graphing calculators for the first time. Which helped us master how to find the domain and range of functions.  The average for this test was a 75%, so there is still room for improvement. Unit 4 is on Linear Equations and this will be one of the last units we complete before their final in December.

In Honors we finished Unit 4 on Congruent Triangles and as a class we set a goal of a 90% average and got a 91% average on the test. So Good! They worked hard this unit to master two column proofs and I am pleased with their test scores.  Unit 5 is on Relationships in Triangles and this will be one of the last units we complete before their final in December.

After break, all classes will be completing a mini unit on the following topics:

Box-and-Whisker Plot

Measures of Central Tendency

Mean Absolute Deviation

This is to better help students understand how to take data and analyze it. We will be using all of this to look at our test scores each unit and see how we did overall as a class.


 

 

 

 

Millennium High School

Congratulations to our top nest point earners this week!

We celebrated these students Friday morning at Unity.  Their reward was free MHS beanies, perfect for our Winter Spirit week on return to school!

Kestrel – Pallavi Prasad, 275 (above, center)

Peregrine – Justine Jade Armat, 295 (not pictured)

Amur – Aidan Ray, 315 (above, left)

Saker – Mariah Minten, 465 (above, right)

ACTIVITIES

WINTER SPIRIT WEEK is the WEEK WE RETURN FROM BREAK, 12/2-12/6

Monday, Dec. 2 – Comfy Cozy Day (PJs)

Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Ghost of Christmas Past Day (Decades Day)

Wednesday, Dec. 4 – Extreme Holi-Day (Red/Green/Winter/Ugly Sweater)

Thursday, Dec. 5 – Falcons Fly Day (Black and Gold, show your pride!)

Friday, Dec. 6 – Extreme Nest Color Day (Rally Day)

Our Winter Sports Rally will be Friday, December 6th, at 10AM. Let’s kick off our winter athletics season and show our Falcon pride!

WINTER FORMAL

The Winter Ball, our annual Winter formal dance, will be Friday, December 13th, from 7-10 PM in the MHS Gym. Tickets are $15 each, or $25 for couples. Friendship couples encouraged! 9th through 12th grade welcome!

FALCON CULTURE PROJECT

Emma Ramirez

Meet Emma, a 2nd generation, Mexican American student at Millennium. Her family immigrated from Mexico in the 60’s, creating a big family in California. Some of her favorite traditional meals are enchiladas, fideo, caldo de res, and menudo. In 2017, she had a quinceañera but decided to have it in Mexico to have a more cultural experience and understanding of her heritage. One of her biggest values is family and always makes family functions a priority. Her biggest role model is her mother because of the many accomplishments she achieved with the obstacles that stood in her way. She admires how her mother had to mature at such a young age, translating documents and paperwork for her spanish speaking parents. This is one of Emma’s inspirations to choose a youth oriented career. She wants to create a strong mold for children and motivate them to achieve anything, regardless of race or background. Emma does not know for sure what job she will pursue, but she knows her purpose is to help and inspire children and for that I know she will make a great difference in this world.

 

 

YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

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 yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 21362. You may also pay by cash, check, or card in the front office or by contacting Miss Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net

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 blamanna@tracylc.net.

 

 

Athletics

Interested in donating to the Athletics program?  Here are 2 great opportunities!  If you would like to help us purchase the padded flooring for the weight room we hope to have open by winter, you may donate here (We are just about $10,000 shy of FULL completion!!):  https://www.gofundme.com/f/falcons-weight-room

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

Friday & Saturday 11/22-11/23:  Girls Soccer at Stagg Tournament

Monday 11/25:  Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball vs Mountain House (Foundation Game) played at 6 & 8pm at Kimball High in the small gym

Wednesday 11/27:  JV/V Boys Basketball at Ceres High (5pm/7:15pm)

Saturday 11/30:  Carson Edwards competes at the State Meet in Fresno, 11am

 

 

Sports Scores to be continued:

Saturday 11/16:  Falcons Cross Country competed in Sections, of which the boys team finished 5th.  HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Carson Edwards!!  He has qualified for State and will be racing in Fresno on 11/30!

 

 

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Softball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

 

 

Meet The Coaches!

  Hi, I’m Coach Mike Woods.  I have been coaching at Millennium for about 14 years now. I love coaching here because the school has high academic standards. I have a real passion for the game of basketball and for teaching students how to play the game the right way. My goal as a coach is to increase the student’s knowledge of the game which helps to build their confidence. The more confident they are, the better they can compete.

For donations towards Millennium Athletics in general, you can go here:  https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=JV4bGcCRYeBxsAoeIm9378Hq0cPdQ5v5cVuYxrIDCxod5qM0FM8eQcBKQ-YhqrA_hGj2tG&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

Follow Millennium Athletics on Social Media:  

-Instagram- @Millennium_Athletics

-Twitter- @MHS_Falcons

-Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/BalsamoPE

We appreciate your continued support!  FALCON PRIDE!!

Upcoming Fundraisers for Athletics:

-Daddy Daughter Dance: December 14th, 2019

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

 

 

 

COUNSELING, COLLEGE, AND COMMUNITY NEWS!!!

This time of the year it is especially important to give our appreciation and gratitude to our community members. Without the support from our business and nonprofit organizations, our students would not have the opportunity to participate in community service, internship, and employment. Thank you for all that you do for our school and students!

Interact Club helped out at the Keller Williams Holiday Boutique week by fundraising for one of our local nonprofits known as the Tracy Senior Association. We sold out of our treats and exceeded our goal of raising $200!

Community Service Opportunity-Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army is in need of Volunteers for their holiday season Kettle Campaign (donation bell ringing) in Tracy, available dates are listed below. All interested volunteers must sign-up in the MHS counseling office. All locations will operate from 9am-7pm except Raley’s (9am-6pm).

November 29: Walmart & Macy’s

December 2: Safeway

Spring 2020 College Early Start Registration on Wednesday 11/27

Spring 2020 College Early Start forms have been approved and returned to students with instructions on the next step.  Students must log in to their My Delta accounts to register for their classes – this does not happen automatically.  Our Millennium students’ registration date and time is Wednesday, November 27th at 3:45pm.  They must log in at this time or soon after to register for their class(es).  The video at this link will explain step by step how to register for classes:  https://deltacollege.edu/mydelta-portal/manage-classes-mydelta/how-register-mydelta  If students have any problems registering, please have them visit the MHS Counseling Office when we return from Thanksgiving Break.

 

 

9th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show – Video auditions are now open!

Video Auditions for the 9th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show are now open, deadline for submission is December 10, 2019. Please submit all video auditions to mhscounseling@tracylc.net  and return the participation form to the MHS Counseling Office.

 

 

 

FREE Boys to Men Conference 12/7/19

This FREE conference will be held on Saturday,  December 7th, 2019 at Kimball High School in Tracy,   from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm( Doors open at 8 am).   This conference is open to boys ages 10 -18.  The Boys-to-Men Conference is an uplifting and positive event using real-life approaches for realistic results. In this conference participants attend professionally delivered workshops,  hear a keynote address,  and ask questions during a panel discussion. A catered lunch is also included. The key focus areas include healthy lifestyles, personal accountability, leadership development and alternatives to deviant behavior. Visit https://www.sowaseedcf.org/ for more information and to register online.

Computer Science

My Computer Science 1 and 2 classes went on their first field trip to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View and we had a great time! The students learned a lot about the history of computers and traveled through time experiencing the evolution of technology.

 

This week in English…….

Mrs. Ernst- English II   Our class is currently working on completing The Kite Runner.  We are also working on diagramming and writing skills.  Students are preparing for finals with a study guide being issued to them on 11/21.

English I- This class is working on completing the novel Orphan Train  prior to finals.  All classes should make that goal. Along with  reading the novel, we are looking at historical landmarks such as Ellis Island and time periods such as The Great Depression.  Diagramming and writing are all important parts of our class, as well as vocabulary.  Students will receive a study guide for semester 1 on 11/21.

Ms. Langston, English 1 and 2: We are currently preparing for our finals coming up after the break. Students received their last week of vocabulary for Semester 1 and should begin studying vocabulary from Week 1 through Week 16 for the final. I recommend that students make a quizlet or use another favorite study tool to help them. After the break, we will be reviewing the major diagramming and grammar concepts we learned this year, and we will review the foundational writing skills they have learned thus far. We will continue to make progress in our class novels this week and the weeks leading up to the final. I recommend that over the break, students read a book or some news articles of choice to keep their reading comprehension skills sharp. I also recommend that they work on their Semester 1 Final Study guide that they will be receiving in my class at the end of the week.

Mrs. Saldate- English Two:  The school year is racing by!  We are still reading The Kite Runner and students are very engaged.  We are enjoying watching the characters develop and predicting what will happen next! We are continuing our lessons on diagramming and writing and can now diagram Interjections and write well developed introductions and Body Paragraphs.

English Three:  We recently started our second book of the year, The Scarlet Letter. The students are still getting to know the characters and analyzing their relationships to one another. We’ve written our first research paper of the year and are getting ready to begin our second.  Our writing ability has really developed and we are beginning to be able to produce collegiate level papers!!

Mr. Reyes- In English Three, students are fully immersed in The Scarlet Letter, a classic novel taught in nearly every high school across the country. Students have completed the Scandal project, created their own “Scarlet Letters” and written an essay that examines the hypocrisy of the Puritans as evidenced in the introductory chapters of the novel. Some students are convinced that they know who Pearl’s father is, and they can’t wait to find out if they are right!

In English Four, students have begun to read The Road by Cormac McCarthy. This novel explores a father and son’s survival in a world where very little hope exists after a post-apocalyptic event. My seniors brought in a picture of the one thing they would miss the most if the world changed like it does in The Road. Family and pets were popular choices, of course, but I was impressed that students made the realization that the mundane, routine elements of everyday life, and the ability to enjoy free time would be lost forever if survival became their primary focus. This book really helps students appreciate the lives that their families provide for them and offers them a chance to gain a new perspective on our world that we take for granted far too often. We are also working on reflective narratives that connect personal experience with that of a character from one of our novels from the past.

Finals are looming – after Thanksgiving break, there is only one week of regular school before finals week!

Mr. Crook’s English Four class is wrapping up the unit on The Things They Carried  and Metaphor. The students are finishing up an essay based on the use of metaphor throughout the novel. In addition, the students are beginning to explore a bleak apocalyptic wasteland in The Road. Throughout the novel we will discuss human nature as we track the journey of a father and son through the waste.

Mr. Crook’s English Two class is continuing to study The Kite Runner. As we draw near to the end of the novel, we explore honor and morality through the lens of a culture much different than our own. In addition, we continue to academic vocabulary and increasingly complex sentence diagrams while studying non-fiction articles on a weekly basis.

Student Feature: Montek Sethi, 10th Grade

Montek accomplished an important milestone in his aviation/soaring hobby. On Saturday November 16th shortly after his 15th birthday, he flew his 1st Solo flight in a glider at Byron Airport. Montek joined Northern California Soaring Association and had been training almost every weekend over the last 10 months. He received dual training with glider instructors of about 40 flights and 15 flight hours during this time, while also volunteering and supporting the club activities. Montek is also a recipient of $2000 scholarship from the association.  Congratulations, Montek!

Attention Primary: Mark your calendars for the PCS Winter concert – Dec 2nd

You are invited to Primary Charter School’s Winter Concert 2019

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Monday, 12/2/2019

 

Songs for the Winter Concert are on the Primary Charter School homepage at tracylc.net (link to music: “Winter Concert Music “) and lyric sheets have been sent home. Please help and encourage your student to practice their songs at home so they will be confident for their performance on December 2nd. (That’s just 2 weeks away!)

Please also plan to attend our musical extravaganza to support your students as they have been working hard to prepare. Performances like this motivate higher achievement in music, promote healthy confidence, and provide our students with a great opportunity to apply the musical skills they are learning.

 

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Initial Phase will perform at 1:00 P.M. in the Gym, and Phase 1 and Phase 2 will perform at 6:30 P.M. in the Gym. Phase 1 students need to be dropped off at their classroom at 6:10 P.M., and Phase 2 students need to be dropped off at their classroom by 6:25 P.M.

 

 

Students should come dressed in their holiday best. Small headwear is allowed, but nothing that will block the view of students behind them.Snowman singing -choir

Contact Mr. Martin with any questions: amartin@tracylc.net

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

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A Message from Virginia

With one week to go until our Thanksgiving break, we look towards the next phase of our 2019-20 school year.  Primary and Discovery begin their 2nd Trimester and MHS begins their last push to semester finals.  With many changes in weather, holidays, rain-day lunches and electives our teachers look to helping our students stay on track and continue building on the successes they had in the 1st trimester. It is a wonderful time of year and we all look forward to the holiday concerts and time with families but our staff will continue to work hard at making these next weeks meaningful.  

 

 

Next School Holiday

Nov. 25 – Nov. 29 Holiday Week – Thanksgiving

 

Personal Days for Next School Year 2019/2020

VERY IMPORTANT CHANGE for our upcoming 2019/2020 school year Beginning August 5, 2019, we are reducing 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.

 

 

Lunch Menu Week of Nov. 18, 2019 – Nov. 22, 2019

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Chili or Cheese Nachos

Wed – Pasta Alfredo

Thurs – Chicken

Fri – HotTurkey Sandwich with Mash Potatoes and gravy

 

Sick Students

Just a reminder: Please keep your child home if he or she is sick or has a fever. We had many sick children last week and several were given tylenol prior to coming to school in the morning. These illnesses/viruses are very contagious and we are trying to stop them from spreading. Children must be 24 hours free of symptoms and fevers before returning to school.

 

 

Good news! There is now a “Give Credit” function within the app. If you are not seeing this function, make sure you have the most updated version of the app installed.

The “credit” button (star icon) shows after you take first image. A blank field appears that allows up to 50 characters to be typed. Type in your student’s classroom number to give credit.  This field may auto-fill after the first entry; make sure to update it if necessary (such as if someone is supporting more than 1 child at same school, etc.).

 

 

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Softball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

 

 

TLC Preschool: P.E. in preschool?

Physical activity is critical for development both emotionally and physically. Our preschool students are so lucky to have PE class as part of their educational experience!  Coach E works hard to create fun PE classes that help our students develop their fine and gross motor skills.  We believe you would be hard pressed to find another preschool that provides PE to all!

 

 

 Initial Phase

  • Don’t forget there will not be school this Monday, November 11th for Veterans Day. Enjoy your extra day off!
  • REMINDER: We are doing our best to keep everyone healthy but we need your help. If your child is sick please do not send them to school. Students MUST be fever free AND symptom free WITHOUT medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not send them to school on medication to mask their fever. If we all work together we can help the spreading of germs.
  • Parents: please be sure that your student has a clean change of clothes in a ziplock bag in their backpack. Additionally, the office is in need of donations of boys clothes and underwear..
  • If you would like to volunteer in the second trimester (after Thanksgiving break) please return the slip with your availability. Applicants who are not already cleared in the office with Mrs. Kay will not be put into the lottery.

 

 Phase One:

Thank you for returning the conference sign-up sheets. We will do our very best to accommodate everyone. You will receive your assigned day/time in Red folders on Tuesday. If for any reason we assign you a time that does not work, please let us know so that we can find another time that does. It is really important that you meet with either your child’s LA or Math teacher as they will have more in depth information about how your student is doing academically.

Congratulations to all the students who met their AR goal! We will have our AR party next week. Our students will also take their Star test next week so we can give them their new reading level and next AR goal.

 

 

Phase Two:

       This week our 3rd and 4th graders completed their group biome projects.  Each group was given a biome to research and created a trifold board to present their findings.  We also went around to each other’s classrooms and saw their projects too.  The teachers are proud of their hard work and our students learned a lot!  Not just about their biome, but how to work together as a group and complete their projects correctly and on time.  

        Now that it is a new trimester, phase 2 students’ homework will be part of their grade.  Homework not turned in will result in a 0, warning,  and loss of Fun Friday time.  Overall, our phase 2 students do a great job completing their homework!  Also, please see the “Pie Party” flier in today’s green folder.                             

 

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

November 12th-22nd: DCS Read-A-Thon Science Camp Fundraiser –            (Funds raised go towards lowering the cost of Science Camp)

November 23 – December 1: NO SCHOOL = Thanksgiving Break 

⅚ Discovery Top 5 Nest Point Earners:

Falcon Pride!!!

Peregrine:

Kestrel:

Saker:

Amur:

 

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

*Note for all classes: All classes will be taking their second interim testing next week. This is a practice test for state math testing.

Varsity: Students took their multiplication and division quiz on Thursday. We will focus on word problems for the next week before Thanksgiving break.

Scholastic: Students just finished applying the properties we have learned in the past units. They will be moving into arithmetic sequences.

Honors: Students got their operations of scientific notation quizzes back and finished up the Unit 2 with adding and subtracting polynomials. Their Unit 2 test will be taken next Wednesday.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity: We started this week by learning about Properties of Multiplication and In-out tables. Later in the week, students took the quiz for long division. Next week, students will review the concepts learned in Unit-2 and will take the Unit-2 test.

Scholastic: This week students took the Unit-2 test. We started with Unit-3 and learned about Exponents and Order of Operations. In the coming weeks, students will be introduced to the concepts of variables and expressions.

Honors: In this week, students started with Unit-3 which is about relations and functions. In the coming weeks, students will be learning more about graphing functions along with interpreting the graphs.

 

 

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

Boy, it was a short week – and fast.  We are continuing to read Fever 1793.  This week, we started learning about other epidemics and will be writing about them next week.  

Students also turned in their 2nd book club book reports, so their new book club books were passed out to them.  This report will be due January 6, 2020 (the day we come back from Winter Break).  This time, they will be doing a brochure and the directions will be in Google Classroom – in a few weeks.  

Next week (the week before Thanksgiving Break) there will not be spelling and vocabulary words, so NO Homework!!  We are going to focus on Reading the Novel and Writing about Epidemics.  But, we will also be doing State Interim Testing on Monday and Tuesday.  

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

The second trimester has begun, and we are making a fresh start. We have a fresh new class layout, a fresh seating chart, and fresh lessons. We have switched from gratitude journals to quick writes, and the energy in the classroom is palpable. This teacher has never seen such excitement from, “writing about a time when…”

This trimester, we will write more, and read more. We are reading the same book, Fever, 1793, and we are going to try to finish the novel before winter’s first frost. Ebola essays re-writes have already begun, and the students are getting acquainted with the formal writing style of a critical essay. So far, I have been impressed with the effort of our Discovery learners. The difference between the first round of essays and this round is a reflection of our students’ commitment to improve and strive for greatness.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

This week in social studies, our Falcon scholars are wrapping up their lessons on Ancient Egypt. They finished their fantastic dramatizations about daily life in ancient Egypt to act out different social classes of ancient Egypt such as scribes, artisans, and peasants. The dramatizations were interactive as they invited other classmates to the front of the class to be a part of their presentation.

The end of the week, students played review games and created a one-pager study guide to help study for the upcoming unit test. We also collected folders on Friday for the second folder check of trimester 2. We are grading sections 1-6 for completion, the processing assignment (Daily Life in Ancient Egypt), and the Kingdom of Kush questions.

The SWO Personal Awareness project is due on Monday, November 18th. The ancient Egypt unit test is on Tuesday, November 19th.  

Our next unit begins on Wednesday, November 20th. Students will be analyzing the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the Ancient Hebrews!

 

 

 

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week, though short, was still action packed. Your science entrepreneurs worked tirelessly for days putting together their lab’s research report and proposal. On top of having to include the standard sections of a research report, they wrote a proposal of why their lab should be awarded funding and what future research and experiments they plan to do. The icing on the cake is the end of each report which features a short biography for each student. On Wednesday, students were honored with certificates for either having achieved the highest grade for Trimester 1 or being one of the top class citizens. Check out the big smiles below. Thursday were the parent/student/teacher conferences for my homeroom (Honors 2) class. The week ended with a quiz on Mixtures & Solutions.

Next week we foray into studies of the solar system!

Last but not least, come one and come all to check out the DCS science blog site at: www.tlcdiscoverychannel.weebly.com. Read all about Sea Creatures and Pollution (Chelby Johnson), The Ocean (Jessica Jfouf) and How the Flood Infect Their Hosts (Quentin Nuñez). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely interesting announcements:

  • Personal Awareness SWO due Nov. 18th: Honors/Scholastic/Varsity 1 due to Mr. Bird/Mr. McCarthy—> Honors/Scholastic/Varsity 2 due to Ms. Diaz
  • 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:
     https://diazdoesscience.weebly.com 

Mission to Mars:

  • Next parent meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 6pm, D9 DCS building
  • Next payment is due Dec. 4th. Your balance needs to be $600 or less to stay on time with the payment schedule.

Rube Goldberg:

  • Practice/Workshops are Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays (4-5pm, picked up by 5:15)
  • Competition Friday, Dec. 13th

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • Classes will be taking an Interim CAASPP Practice Test next week (Monday-Thursday)
  • MHS Applications are due November 22nd!
  • Thanksgiving Breaks begins Nov. 25th and students return to school Dec. 2nd

Week 13 Top 5 Nest Earners!

 

Leadership:

DCS Music with Mr. Dougherty:

The last week of the trimester was an exciting and event filled week for Discovery Music. Mr Dougherty’s classes performed twice on Wednesday. The morning concert was a combination of a short musical written by a 5/6 music class. The musical was about a group of chubby cheetahs. The afternoon performance featured a musical written by a 7/8 class and was about our dear friend Barney and how he went missing. 😦 Fortunately he made a surprise appearance at the end of the show, which was a big crowd pleaser!

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

November is flying by! The students have been hard at work tying up some of the loose ends from Trimester One and moving on to begin Trimester 2. For this month we will work on our second round of Interim Testing (11/18 and 11/19) and then will read a short story for our Pentathlon curriculum– The Curious Life of Benjamin Button. This story looks at a very unique and strange disease that a boy has and how it changes his life. After reading the story and analyzing its features we will watch the movie and compare the story to the movie. (Permission slips have been sent home and should have been returned– there are some mildly inappropriate scenes that I will skip over).

This month students continued to look at figurative language and even worked on a small project where they were given a particular poet and had to research their work, their life, and their literary influence. Below are some of the finished versions of the projects! They turned out fantastically.

When we come back from Thanksgiving Break students will get right back into the rhythm of our weeks. We will get brand new Vocabulary words, a new Root of the Week (beginning work with Greek and Latin roots), a new writing assignment, and will begin work to begin our first Socratic Seminar.

Please be sure that your students are continuing to study their old vocabulary words as they will need to know them all year long. They should also be continuing to read their Book Club Books as these must be completed by Dec. 3rd.

This week we also had our first Parent Teacher Conferences for the year. These were a huge success! Thank you to the parents who came and were able to meet the teachers and discuss their grades and their successes and challenges for the first trimester, as well as their goals for the upcoming trimester.

Language Arts with Ms. Greene

        After a nice 3 day weekend, we began the week with Conferences with the parents and students of my homeroom. It was great to share the students successes with the parents. This week, in all classes we will be reading Frankenstein, the students are finding it pretty tough to read, but are slowly becoming able to understand the long and wordy writing style that Mary Shelley writes in. Along with Frankenstein we will also be doing a lot of review, which will include: vocabulary, humanities and reading comprehension skills.

        Next week in Language Arts, on 11/18 and 11/19 we will be doing the Interim testing again to measure the growth from the beginning of the year.

        Next week the class will be reading the short story Benjamin Button and hope to watch the movie at the end of the week, I will be sending home permission slips for this since the movie is rated PG 13.

Just 1 more week until Thanksgiving Break!

DISCOVERY ATHLETICS

The 6th Grade Girls basketball team defeated Monte Vista with the score 18-10. The girls improve to 5-0 on the season. They will play Art Freiler @ Boys and Girls Club gym on Wednesday, November 20th at 3:30pm.

 

The 7th/8th Grade Girls basketball team lost to Williams with the score 7-16. The girls fall to 2-3 on the season. They will play North @ North’s gym on Wednesday, November 20th at 5pm.  

 


 

 

 

Millennium High School

Congratulations to our top nest point earners this week!

We celebrated these students Wednesday morning at Unity.  Their reward was $10 gift cards to Starbucks.

Mireya Martinez, Saker – 640

Vivian Luera, Amur – 605

Jeremy Adams, Peregrine – 450

Natalia Chavez, Kestrel – 360

 

ACTIVITIES

Speech and Debate 

16 members of our Speech and Debate team competed at a league tournament at Buhach Colony. There were 410 entries across 15 schools, and our team performed very highly. In addition to picking up a school sweepstakes award for 3rd in Debate for our prior tourney, our individual students also won awards!

Here are the students who scored in the top 5 in their events:

Anton Souza, 5th, Impromptu

Scott Malsack, 4th, Impromptu

Danica Knowlden, 4th, Dramatic Interpretation

Kyle Fisher, 4th, Original Advocacy

Lilliana Zapien, 3rd, Original Advocacy

Kyle Fisher, 3rd, Congressional Debate

Christian Silva, 3rd, Congressional Debate

Lamanna and Souza, 2nd, Parliamentary Debate

Crysuel Cunanan, 2nd, Original Advocacy

Shika Acolatse, 2nd, Original prose and poetry

Summer Simmons, 1st, Humorous Interpretation

Lucy Lamanna, 1st, Original Advocacy

 

YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

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 yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 21362. You may also pay by cash, check, or card in the front office or by contacting Miss Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net

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 blamanna@tracylc.net.

Mr. Creasman

Pre-algebra and Pre-calculus are going great in Mr. Creasman’s classes. Creative teaching day on Wednesday’s has been fun and interactive. We are finishing up units and getting ready for thanksgiving break and then finals. The holidays and end of the semester are coming in quick! Some fun outdoor trig projects are expected soon for Pre-Calc.

Mr. Kay

In Algebra I, we are completing Unit 3: Relations and Functions. Next week, I plan to kick of the next unit with an escape room activity.  In Finance Math, the students continue to track their income, expenses, and savings in google sheets, so they can review, revise, and set realistic budgets.  In addition, we are all about smart borrowing for the next few weeks.

Mr. Tariku

For the first time, I am teaching the same class all day long and it has its advantages and disadvantages. Half of my classes are in unit 6 while the other 3 classes are in unit 5 so I am not actually giving the same lesson all day long. We did Geometry bingo during creative instructional day and looking forward to the next creative instructional day. I incorporated movement in the classroom when we went outside the other day to review angles formed by parallel lines and a transversal line.

Mr. Shelton

1st period Algebra 2 working on their Turkey Projects

Hey there and happy 15th week of school! Things are going great in Mr. Shelton’s classes and hopefully the kids feel the same. In Algebra 2 we are getting ready to go into Polynomials, a critical part of math that will be a foundation for every math class they take going forward! Algebra 1 is continuing to do amazing in everything they do. Posting almost an A average on their last exam. They are taking another one this week and I expect the same excellent results. Algebra 1B students are becoming masters at factoring, all types of factoring. These are skills that are building a strong foundation for Algebra 2 next year, and they are all doing an exceptional job! Last but not least, Algebra 1A is progressing at a good pace as well. We are still getting to know each other but I think that the students in that class are poised to have a productive year and a successful math career here at Millennium. Happy Early Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. Shelton out.

Mrs. U

Pre-Calculus:

Our pre-calculus students are wrapping up their unit on logarithms and exponential form. They have solved and graphed exponential equations and getting ready to test! They got to play a board game to help review all ways to solve logarithmic and exponential equations. Students enjoyed playing and was a good review!

Algebra 2:

Algebra 2 just wrapped up their unit on solving quadratics and  dealing with complex numbers. It is the first time in their math career that they have probably used imaginary numbers. They are getting ready to start their next unit which is all about polynomials and their graphs plus more! We will jump into the first part before thanksgiving break. But for today, students get to work on some thanksgiving math activity reviewing everything up until now!

Algebra 1A:

Algebra 1A is unit testing today on equations and inequalities! I am excited to see how they do and start getting ready for their final coming up in December! Students have lots of time to grasp concepts in this class so we have been able to do lots of activities, puzzles and games relating to our content to review and practice. Pictured is one of the activities that we got to do where students solved and inequality, matched it with their graph as well and their solution! Some students also got to do a puzzle that had to do with collecting like terms and simplifyi

Algebra 1B:

Algebra 1B also just finished up a unit on polynomials and factoring polynomials. They tested and got a nice average of 80%. This class also has lots of time for lots of practice. They have gotten to do lots of scavenger hunt type activities, partner activities and puzzles! My personal favorite is their factoring heart!

Mrs. Griffin

Calculus

Both Calculus classes continue to work in Unit 3 with derivatives. So far we have learned to use the product and quotient rules to find derivatives of functions and also how to find the derivatives of trig functions too! Whew! That’s a lot of formulas to learn, but we ease into them and I provide all students with those formulas during assessments. Right now, we are learning about position, velocity, and acceleration of particles and objects. We will be working in stations to solve problems to gain a better understanding of their relationships to each other.

Algebra 1

Our Algebra students just completed Unit 3 and are now underway with Unit 4 which is all about Linear Equations. We began by teaching about slope and how to identify and find the slopes of equations from graphs. The students are getting pretty good at using the slope equation to calculate the slope of a line from 2 points. We look forward to their continued growth!

 

 

 

 

Athletics

Interested in donating to the Athletics program?  Here are 2 great opportunities!  If you would like to help us purchase the padded flooring for the weight room we hope to have open by winter, you may donate here (We are just about $10,000 shy of FULL completion!!):  https://www.gofundme.com/f/falcons-weight-room

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

STAY TUNED for winter sports!  THIS WEEKEND, 11/16, Cross Country Boys AND Girls will head out to Folsom for Sections!!  Let’s go Falcons!!  Be out at Folsom High by 12:45pm to support our runners that afternoon.

 

 

 

Sports Scores to be continued:

Saturday 11/9:  Falcons Cross Country competed in subsections, of which BOTH girls and boys teams qualified for Sections!!  WAY TO GO FALCONS!!

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

Boys Volleyball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

Softball:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1228598

 

 

 

Meet The Coaches!

  Hi, I’m Coach Zuniga.  I have been coaching basketball for 7 years. The last 4 years at Millennium as an assistant coach for the varsity boys basketball team. I have 30 years of experience of basketball and I enjoy teaching the kids how to play. I enjoy seeing the players grow into men.

For donations towards Millennium Athletics in general, you can go here:  https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=JV4bGcCRYeBxsAoeIm9378Hq0cPdQ5v5cVuYxrIDCxod5qM0FM8eQcBKQ-YhqrA_hGj2tG&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

Follow Millennium Athletics on Social Media:  

-Instagram- @Millennium_Athletics

-Twitter- @MHS_Falcons

-Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/BalsamoPE

We appreciate your continued support!  FALCON PRIDE!!

Upcoming Fundraisers for Athletics:

-Daddy Daughter Dance: December 14th, 2019

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

Community Service Opportunity-Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army is in need of Volunteers for their holiday season Kettle Campaign (donation bell ringing) in Tracy, available dates are listed below. All interested volunteers must sign-up in the MHS counseling office. All locations will operate from 9am-7pm except Raley’s (9am-6pm).

November 16: Save Mart & Food Maxx

November 22: Raley’s & JC Penny

November 29: Walmart & Macy’s

December 2: Safeway

College Early Start Forms-Spring 2020

Spring 2020 College Early Start forms are being finalized, and will be returned to students the week of 11/18. For questions, please contact the MHS Counseling Department at mhscounseling@tracylc.net or 209-627-8299.

Career Pathways – Community Service Requirement

Sophomore students in Mr. Hunt’s Career Pathways class attended a meeting today (Friday 11-15-19) during lunch to receive an update on their required 20 hours of community service. Students were given an opportunity to sign-up for current community service events and were given an update on their community service requirement. For all current community service opportunities, please visit the community service page of the Tracy Learning Center website, please see the following link:

http://www.tracylearningcenter.com/counseling/community-service-program/