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Nov. 11 2019

I know this is a long article, but I have found that I get great responses from parents when I share these good parenting articles.  I thought this one was worth the read.

Virginia Stewart

 

How to catch a falling son

He’s gifted and once loved learning. Somewhere along the way, my boy slipped through the educational cracks and nearly out of school. Is it too late to save him?

by: Christina Tynan-Wood | November 6, 2017

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When he was young, my son Cole was an entertaining writer, voracious reader, and so curious he exhausted us with questions. In second grade, he was tested as gifted. Now, at 15, he’s as likely to be the teacher in our relationship as the student. But with rare exception, he gets terrible grades. Over the years, I’ve been told he’s learning challenged and so needs special education and medication. I’ve been to every kind of parent/teacher meeting. I’ve tried every kind of school: Montessori, charter, public, magnet, private, as well as homeschooling. I hoped as he got older, this bright boy would be more willing to speak up and demonstrate that his inattention is not incomprehension.

But three weeks ago, as his sophomore year drew to a close, I got a call from a teacher warning me he was unlikely to pass. I had known he was slipping behind. In fact, I’d removed all the distractions I could from our house — Xbox, cable TV — and even set “distraction controls” on his laptop to keep him from wandering to Facebook when he should be studying. Cole and I talked about homework daily. He assured me he was getting caught up and that his teachers were simply not updating the online grading system. His efforts, he insisted with disarming confidence, would be reflected in his report card. But the teacher informed me she had just updated the system. I sighed and took a look. His grades were so low he would have to work to bring them up to Fs. What did he imagine was going to happen when I got that report card?

We’d been here before, but he always managed to catch up at the last minute. This time was different. I sat him down to explain that these grades were scorching his dreams of studying engineering at a good university. He shrugged and looked hopeless. “What are the chances that I’ll get into college?” he asked.

Not ‘fit’ for college?

What happened? How did that brilliant, curious mind decide it wasn’t a fit for college?

I started troubleshooting. First I called the school guidance counselor to find out what Cole’s options were. Should I let him fail so he could learn from the consequences of his inaction? Was it mathematically possible for him to pass? “It’s possible,” the counselor told me. “But I doubt he can do it. He has dug himself into quite a hole.” These were not easy classes he was failing. No amount of general brilliance would get him through honors chemistry. “But he can retake the classes in the summer. If he does that, these grades won’t affect his GPA — though the incident will appear on his record. But try and get him to fix it. This is too harsh a lesson at his age.” The counselor agreed to talk to him man-to-man to explain the situation and Cole’s options.

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Next, I did what I always do when I feel lost: research. I discovered that what’s happening to my son is epidemic and has been happening for decades. Boys start falling behind girls in kindergarten and keep doing it right through college. The end result? Colleges that are only 40 percent male and an educated workforce that is increasingly female.

5 reasons boys fail

Dr. Leonard Sax puts forth five possible reasons our boys are failing: boys’ dependence on video games, teaching methods that don’t account for how boys learn, an increasing reliance on stimulants like Ritalin that are designed to help young boys focus but — according to his research — sap their motivation and drive when they are older, chemicals in the environment that disrupt hormones, and the devaluation of masculinity in schools that disenfranchise boys.

I inhaled his book Boys Adrift. It made complete sense. I’ve long been a believer in encouraging the “boy” aspect of boys. Despite the not-so-subtle suggestions starting in kindergarten that I put Cole on Ritalin, he and I refused. But the section on video games seemed to hold exactly the answer I was looking for. Cole loves video games – a love bordering on addiction.

According to Sax, the video game addiction is an indicator of the “will to power” personality. This term, coined by Friedrich Nietzsche, describes the desire to control one’s environment. Sax argues that the “will to power” is among the basic, immutable personality traits, trumping other basic impulses like the will to please. In video games, you experience control — often of a vast, complex world that requires lightning-fast reflexes, nuanced decisions, extensive memory, and ruthlessness. In fact, games are one of the few places Cole achieves what brain researchers call “flow” — where your mind is so engaged you lose track of time.

I had long been responding to this aspect of his nature without having a name for it.

In the fourth grade, for example, his language arts teacher warned me he was failing so I called a meeting. She handed me proof: a test where he’d been asked to write a response to a prompt. She had given it an F.

It was good — and not just the grammar and spelling: he could write a lead, build suspense, and tell a joke. “What’s wrong with this?” I asked. “This is good writing — even for an adult.”

She handed me the rubric she had been teaching from. It stated a sentence had to be six words long. “He used a two-word sentence. I am not trying to teach good writing,” she informed me, the irony apparently lost on her. “I have to teach him to write to that rubric so he can pass the EOGs (end-of-grade tests).” I pulled him out of this school shortly after.

At home, Cole looked at the test and shrugged. “I don’t care what she thinks,” he said. “She calls adjectives ‘sparkle words.’”

“It’s not writing,” I agreed. “And she’s not half the writer you are. This is a word game. And these are the rules.” I handed him the rubric. “I thought you were good at word games. She thinks if you can’t play this game you won’t be good at the EOGs either.”

He glanced at the rubric and nodded. I left it at that. And he went back to his computer game. But he got A’s after that — and top marks on the EOGs.

He may not be interested in pleasing teachers, but he’s always up for winning a game.

School is for girls

“What should I do?” I asked Sax.

“There is only one solution,” he told me. “Enroll him in an all-boys school where the teachers know how to handle this personality.” Not only are the schools he endorses same-sex, but the teachers at the boys schools understand that boys respond to competition and sometimes need to lead. They get the concept of will to power and use it as a teaching tool.

Unfortunately, there is no such school where we live and I can’t afford boarding school. I pointed this out.

“You will have to move,” he answered without hesitation. I could hear him typing and looking up the school closest to us, which turned out to be three hours away — and full. I thought he was joking, so I laughed. There was an awkward silence.

“This is your son,” he said. “I moved so my daughter could go to the right school. You have no choice. If I thought there was another way, I would not have founded the National Association for Single Sex Education.”

I have changed Cole’s school a half-dozen times without success. Although the debate on the pros and cons of single-sex education continues, I’m willing to believe Sax might be right about my son. But Cole likes his school – in no small part because there are girls there – and none of us want to move. I made a note of this idea as a possible last resort. But I searched on for a solution that fit our lives.

Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail, saw no easy solution either. “I hate to say this about your son,” he said. “But, at this point, he is not likely to achieve his dream of studying engineering at a good school.”

“I dropped out of high school,” I countered. “But I went on to a good college — after a semester at a community college — and have achieved most of my dreams.” I explained that I went to an experimental high school designed like a college. It lost funding in my junior year and closed but I couldn’t face the prison-like atmosphere of my only other alternative. So I got a GED at 16.

Whitmire listened with interest to my story. But he insisted, “You didn’t want to study engineering. And you didn’t have the experience your son is having. He is learning that he can’t do this. It sounds as if your journey had the opposite effect.”

Whitmire has spent years examining the appalling number of boys who don’t do well in elementary through high school and then go on to do poorly in college, if they go at all. This trend has been going on for decades. At this point, in some colleges, he told me, girls outnumber boys by two to one.

The problem, he says (along with Sax and many others) is that academics have been pushed into children’s lives earlier. Kindergarten is what first grade used to be. Girls are often ready to read at this age. Boys? Not so much. So from his very first school experience, a boy senses school isn’t for him, a feeling that worsens as the years drag on. Schools, which once left girls falling behind in math and science, have been revamped to be more verbal. This has helped girls. But boys aren’t as verbal and tend to tune out when there’s too much talking. Homework is another problem: in general, girls do it, boys don’t.

In fact, it was the failure to turn in homework that accounted, for the most part, for Cole’s current grades.

Don’t push the homework button

Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, a clinical psychologist, wrote The Homework Trap because it was the book he wished he’d had when his son was in school.

“Imagine Pavlov’s dog,” Goldberg told me. “Pavlov taught the dog to salivate to a bell by using positive stimulation. And they teach rats to push a button the same way. But you can also teach the rat not to push a button with negative stimulation. That’s what we are doing to these boys (and girls) with homework.”

Some students are fine with homework. But for others this nightly ritual is hell. Maybe they didn’t pay attention in class so they don’t know what the homework is or how to do it. Perhaps they have trouble sitting still again after a long day in school. Some have a low-level learning disability, which leaves them disadvantaged when it comes to processing information that’s spoken out loud. (Boys are much more likely than girls to have one of these.)

Whatever the reason for the student’s difficulty with homework, it’s a big part of school. So concerned parents spend hours on it every night. We lose family time, pleasant after-school activities, and the harmony of family life. It becomes a war between parent and child to get this essential work done.

“People work in containers,” Goldberg says. “We go to school for five hours. We go to work for eight. But a homework-trapped student has to do homework until it is done or everyone is too exhausted to care.”

I thought about all the fights Cole and I have had over the years about homework. It seemed pointless — and cruel.

The solution? “Set a fixed amount of time for homework — ten minutes per class is a good amount,” says Goldberg. When the time is up, he’s done. The idea is that over time you’re changing how your child approaches and feels about homework. Eventually, says Goldberg, Cole will be able to complete all his homework without the usual strife. (Ideally, you work with the teacher to devise a homework solution that works while you’re retraining your child to approach homework differently.)

Would this solution work? And would we get cooperation from the school? We’d have to see.

Let’s make a deal

I would like to give up on this system that’s teaching my son that he can’t succeed and enroll him in a virtual school at K12.com or Connections Academy — or move so he can go to an all-boys school. But Cole wants to stay in this school. So we settled on a plan to get him caught up: if he fails, I get to choose.

I printed out a list of all the missing assignments and tests. He grabbed at it, gratefully. He hadn’t been paying attention and had no idea what was missing.

Then I asked my mother to stop by every afternoon after school. She has never been part of the homework battle, so I thought she might be a more effective person to help him get through it all. She read while Cole plugged away online at the Khan Academy, quickly getting up to speed on chemistry and algebra. In Salman Khan (at the Khan Academy), Cole discovered a math and chemistry teacher he could relate to, as I thought he might.

He also did his best to impress his grandmother with his dutiful attention to work. Though she didn’t do much but sit observing, occasionally she’d gently redirect him back to his studies if he strayed. She stayed for one hour. Once she left, homework time was over. He could do more work if he liked, and sometimes he would. But that was up to him.

One thing was clear: this new method was working. Suddenly, homework wasn’t something Cole put every ounce of his intelligence and effort into avoiding. With a hard stop at the end of an hour — and a lot of work to do — it was easier just to do it.

Cole started turning in piles of homework. He started to look less hopeless. One Sunday when my mother was visiting, he came out of his room, hugged her, and said, “Thanks to you, I got the highest grade in class on my chemistry test yesterday.” His familiar look of failure was starting to wash off. Three weeks later, we got Cole’s report card: Three C’s (math, chemistry, and civics) and a B+ (creative writing, previously his lowest grade.)

He passed. But his GPA will never recover — unless he goes to summer school, retakes those classes, or switches to a virtual school.

We sat down together to look at his bittersweet victory. I made it clear that we were all impressed by what he had accomplished. “Learning honors chemistry in three weeks is no small feat,” I told him. “Not many people could do that. If you had started sooner, you might have made the honor roll.”

He nodded. “I lacked initiative,” he told me. “But I learned my lesson.”

Did he? “He’ll be fine,” Tisha Green Rinker, Connections Academy’s senior manager of school counseling told me. “I’ve seen pregnant kids who dropped out at 15 come to us, get a high school diploma, and go on to college. Cole has something none of those kids — or many of the ‘numbers’ your experts are looking at — have: you. You care. You believe in him. And you are willing to do what it takes to help him figure it out.”

She’s right. When I dropped out of high school, I could easily have become a statistic used to support a theory. Many of the experts I spoke to would probably have predicted an unhappy outcome for me. Still, my mother encouraged me to follow the path that was right for me. Finding my way to college by going outside the box may have been one of the most important lessons I learned as a student.

As the parent of a struggling boy, though, it’s not always easy to feel so sanguine. Faced with so many disheartening statistics about failing boys, no parent can afford to sit back and have faith that their care will be enough to pull the kid through. I still don’t know if Cole will achieve his dreams — or anything at all — but I choose to believe in him. It’s not even really a choice. I refuse, am unable, to see him as one of these dire statistics. Not today. Probably not ever, however things turn out.

I’ve learned a few things in all these years of helping this boy survive school: even when he seems not to be, he is listening. Even when he says he’s got it, he needs help finding a solution he can’t see or a way to reach a goal he’s given up on.

But the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that people who tell me what this boy can’t do are usually wrong.

I’ve been told he can’t take tests. (He aces them.) That he can’t pay attention without medication. (He’s fine. Pick up the pace!) That he will bring down the class EOG average. (He often gets the highest score.) And that he can’t handle the workload. (Honors Chemistry and Honors Algebra 2 in three weeks! You try that.)

So here’s what I say to ‘He won’t achieve his dreams’: how about we wager some money on that?

 

 

 

Next School Holiday

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

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. 11, 2019 – Nov. 15, 2019

Mon – Holiday

Tues – Pizza (this is a change)

Wed – No Meat Spaghetti

Thurs – Chicken Corn Dog

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

Preschool: 1st Annual Trunk or Treat

We are so impressed with out TLC families and students!  Our first ever Trunk or Treat surpassed all of our expectations!  Thank you for all of your hard work and CREATIVE decor!  We truly have the best parents!  

Just in time for the holidays!  Be sure to join us on our Facebook page for our online book fair here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2529309570492069/ 

The book fair will be open for 24 hours, so if you cannot be present on Monday night at 8pm you can still view everything the following day and place an order. If you would like to just order directly from the website, you can do so starting today here: https://b8031.myubam.com/1424453 

 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 phase 2 students showed their spirit with our Red Ribbon week dress up days!  We talked about making good choices in life and how to prepare for success.  Thank you to all the parents who came out for the Halloween parade and spooky dance performance!  Aren’t our PE teachers amazing?  They did such a great job of teaching all our students the Thriller dance in PE.

Phase 2 AR goals were due on November 1st and new goals will be assigned next week.  We will also send home parent teacher conference sign up sheets.  Please return these ASAP to ensure you get your preferred time slot.  Thank you!

       

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

November 11th: Veteran’s Day – No School!!!

November 12-15th: Teacher/Parent Conferences (you should have already received something from your child’s homeroom teacher with your date and time.)

November 12-22nd: DCS Read-A-Thon Science Camp Fundraiser – Flyers and accounts will be set up on 11/12 (ALL grades will be participating!)

⅚ Discovery Top 5 Nest Point Earners:

Falcon Pride!!!

Peregrine:

Kestrel:

Saker:

Amur:

Mr. Dougherty’s DCS Trimester 1 Music Concert was a HUGE success!!! Congratulations to everyone on a job very well done!

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

*Note for all classes: I will begin to give students the outline of each unit at the beginning of when we begin. I believe it will help students to prepare themselves for what is coming up next.

Varsity: We have moved into our division portion of unit 2. Students are beginning to remember the steps of division and have used manipulatives to gain a conceptual understanding of the concept.

Scholastic: Students are moving into solving equations after finals.

Honors: Students took their final and then ended the week with their quiz on operations of scientific notation.Polynomials are the next concept they will be learning and is very similar to our work with monomials.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity: We started this week by exploring strategies to divide multi-digit numbers by a two-digit divisor. In addition, students reviewed the concepts learned in this trimester and took the Finals on 11/5.  In the coming weeks, students will be working on Properties of multiplication.

Scholastic: This week students reviewed the concepts learned in Unit-1 and 2and took the finals on 11/5. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about repeating decimals and prepare for the Unit-2 test.

Honors: In this week, students learned to solve Absolute Value inequalities and took the Unit-2 test. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about graphing linear equations and inequalities.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

Trimester 2 has started.  One of the first big assignments is a carry over from Trimester One.  Their second book club book report is due Tuesday 11/12.  Each trimester, students are to read two books independently and do a project on that book.  They will be getting their first Trimester-2 books in a week (in time to read during Thanksgiving Break).  

We are continuing to read, discuss, and write about Fever 1793.  This week we added Direct Objects to our sentence diagrams.  Next will be conjunctions, then imperatives and interrogatives.  Weekly Power Words (Vocabulary) will continue until Winter Break.

During Trimester 2, as we turn to more Editing and Revising, rough drafts will be started in class and finished as homework – this could even include Varsity (if they are not finishing their work in class).  This is so we can spend class time editing and revising not only our own work, but each other’s work.  Cooperative Collaboration is the next SWO and helping each other with our writing is a cooperative collaborative skills.  

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

We have completed Trimester number one! We have refocused for Trimester two, and have not missed a step. Our novel unit is progressing, and we are learning about how people maintain their wellness in adverse environments. We are learning about life in the late 18th century, which means we get to learn new archaic words.

We will be writing more, reading more, and will have more projects to complete this Trimester. I will grade Ebola essays by the end of the weekend so that we can begin revisions. I look forward to seeing a tremendous improvement from the Love That Dog essays.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

This week in social studies, our Falcon scholars are continuing to learn about ancient Egypt. They are focusing on the daily life in ancient Egypt and understanding how Egyptian’s social classes affected their daily lives.

On Halloween, we started the day with a fun minute-to-win-it game! Students were randomly selected to come up and select other students to be wrapped up like a mummy using toilet paper. The class voted on the best looking mummy after having one quick minute to finish. Take a look at the pictures below of a few classes having fun with this short activity!

All classes finished preparing for their act-it-out presentations and the Government Officials groups presented first. Below is a picture of the Government Officials group from Honors 1 presenting their banquet to the class and sharing facts about their social class:

After the presentation, students read more about that social class and answered a few questions to check for their understanding. Students will continue to present throughout next week before learning about the kingdom of Kush.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week the kids went from being science students to science professionals as within groups, they created their own lab/research company and conducted their own, minimally guided investigation. The research topic was to determine which solutes make solutions and which merely remain as mixtures. The group lab report that they will submit will be in the format of a “research” report, including their company name and logo. Reports will be judged Shark Tank style and one group from each class will be “granted funding” to continue their research. Check out the pictures below to see great minds at work! To conclude their Mixtures and Solutions topic, they did a mini-experiment to determine methods in which to separate a sugar solute from a water solvent. Friday was the last day of Trimester 1, so one down and two to go! *High Five!*

Next week we will work on and submit the research reports and will also be starting studies on our solar system.

Last but not least, come one and come all to check out the DCS science blog site at: www.tlcdiscoverychannel.weebly.com. No new articles to show off but there are still many available to be read. Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • The next SWO (timeline) is due Nov. 11th
  • 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 payment is due Dec. 4th. Your balance needs to be $600 or less to stay on time with the payment schedule.
  • Next parent meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 6pm, D9 DCS building

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

  • No School November 11th in Observance of Veterans Day
  • Parent Teacher Conferences begin November 12th in the DCS Hallway
  • Menu Change- Tuesday Nov.12 will be pizza, not chicken taquitos.
  • Thanksgiving Breaks begins Nov. 25th and students return to school Dec. 2nd

Week 13 Top 5 Nest Earners!

 

Leadership:

Congratulations to team TYSL who won our Discovery intramural sports!! They beat out Team Barcelona during penalty kicks after both teams had scored one point each during the game. Their trophy will be placed proudly in our soon-to-come Discovery trophy case upstairs! Congratulations to these boys and all our students that participated! Stay tuned for next month when we begin basketball!!

October/November Wall Decorations:

DISCOVERY ATHLETICS

The 6th Grade Girls basketball team defeated North with the score 29-12. The girls improve to 4-0 on the season. They will play Monte Vista @ The Boys and Girls Club gym on Wednesday, November 13th at 3:30pm.

 

The 7th/8th Grade Girls basketball team lost to Monte Vista’s 8th grade team with the score 30-48. The girls fall to 2-2 on the season. They will play Williams @ Williams on Wednesday, November 13th at 5pm.  

 

Technology with Ms. Ferguson:

Over the last several weeks the Technology 5-8 students have been busy!  

There are two main projects that the students have been working on over the last 3-4 weeks.  The first project is the Create Your Own App project.  For this project, the students were paired up and asked to create an app within Google Slides.  The purpose and topic of this app were of their choosing!

During the course of this project, the students utilized their skills in Google Slides that they have learned throughout their trimester with me this year or in the previous years that they may have had my class! They also learned a new skill inside Google Slides where you can link a website or another slide within the slideshow to a picture so that when they are presenting their projects they can click on a picture to open up a website they would like to display or change to a slide that is not in sequential order.

Check out this picture of one of our 7/8th-grade pairs working on their project and a snapshot of their completed app about how to survive natural disasters!

The second major project that the students have been working on is their final project for this class.  This project is related to the TV show Shark Tank!  The students were to pick from a list of inventions from the TV show or create their own invention and do specific research on this product to create a slideshow.

The 7/8 honors class was also challenged to create a commercial for the product of their choosing and present a pitch to a panel of “Sharks”.

This week is currently the last week of the first trimester, so these classes will be moving on to Art with Ms. Losen and my next group of students will be those that are currently in Choir with Mr. Dougherty. It has been a great first trimester with the kids and I look forward to the new group of students that I will start with on Tuesday, Nov. 12th.

Spanish with Ms. Polo

This month Trimester 2 we will be working on C, Ch, D, E, F, G lectura (readings)

C and Ch start off the trimester with 2 oral quizzes; one on C or Ch and the other on worksheet el alfabeto

There will be one test on 4 worksheets before Thanksgiving break: it will be on el alfabeto, C & Ch, and Un Cuento in Spanglish

Your child should know their Spanish alphabet by now, all 30 of them!

We will be doing classroom objects, dates, months, vocabulary, greetings, and Number 0-31

Art with Ms. Losen:

This week in art students completed and presented a final capstone project of their choice. Some students edited and polished short films, some created intricate acrylic paintings, some explored multi-media, some created hypperrealistic drawings, and still others baked unique food.

Physical Education:

Students are having a Blast “Finishing Up” of their “First Trimester” & The Contiuation of the playing different types of “Lead Up Games & Overall Skills” to Soft Tennis in Coach Williams Class, Speedball in Coach P.’s Class and Olympic Handball in Coach Levand’s Class!  Here are some picture from this week for you Parents/Guardians to Enjoy!!!! 🙂

Also, as a friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be bringing extra socks & warm clothing to PE as the weather is changing & also 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


Millennium High School

Congratulations to our top nest point earners this week!

We celebrated these students Wednesday morning at Unity.  Their reward was their choice of t-shirt, bucket hat, water bottle, or fanny pack from the student store!  Two of our lucky winners are pictured below.

Scott Malsack, Saker (9th), 575 points; and Natalia Chavez, Kestrel (12th), 360 points; Not pictured: Vivian Luera, Amur (10th), 445 points; and Xitlali Reynoso, Peregrine (11th), 330 points. Vivi and Xitlali were not in attendance due to taking their PSAT — great hustle, ladies!

ACTIVITIES

Band and Guard

Saturday was an exciting competition day for our marching band.

Overall, the band took an outstanding 1st place for our show!

Colorguard took 2nd place.

Percussion took 2nd place.

Woodwinds took 1st place. (we compete in division 2A but the woodwinds are scoring so much higher than everyone that they are scoring in the 6A division range!)

Brass took 1st place.

Ximena Garcia, our drum major, had an especially great personal night as well. Drum majors are scored across all divisions. Out of ALL the bands that attended (divisions 1A-6A) Ximena was awarded 1st place drum major!

We are so proud of Ximena and all the members of band and guard. Congratulations to Mr. Zepeda and the amazing Falcon marching band and colorguard!

Speech and Debate 

Back row: Christian Silva, A’Ni Clepper, Grace Bhatia, Scott Malsack, Danica Knowlden, Arianna Billings, Lucy Lamanna; Front row: Anton Souza, Anahi Rodriguez, Shika Acolatse, Logan Malsack, Lilliana Zapien

12 members of our Speech and Debate team competed at a prestigious collegiate invitational at University of the Pacific last weekend. There were over 1,000 competitors from three states on the UOP campus, and the tournament was both Saturday and Sunday. Congratulations to the following students on their top 20 placements in their events:

  • Arianna Billings, 20th, Novice Oratory
  • Lilliana Zapien, 14th, Novice Oratory
  • Lucy Lamanna, 13th, Novice Oratory
  • Danica Knowlden, 8th, Novice Dramatic Interpretation
  • Anton Souza, 13th overall, and 5th in his semi-finals round!, Novice Impromptu

THIS WEEK IN MHS Physical Education…

This week Coach KV’s classes have started our Speedball unit and Coach Easterday’s classes have started Lacrosse. We are learning about the history, developing skills and how to play the game.

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.

NEW FEATURE: FALCON CULTURE SPOTLIGHT

Left to right: Taylor Gonser, Emma Sales, and Alondra Camarena

Emma

Hi, my name is Emma Sales, and I am a senior here at Millennium. Taylor, Alondra, and I have created this feature for parents and students to be able to meet other students and learn about their culture and history. We will soon be adding a tab on the Falcon website as well. Every 1-2 weeks we will interview a student and share their story in the Charter Chatter and our Twitter Page, @falconculture.

A little about me: I am Filipino American and my family immigrated from the Philippines to California and Hawai’i. I wasn’t always proud of my heritage because I had never seen my culture in movies or media, but I am going into the film industry hoping to change that. One of my favorite things to do is make Lumpia with my family because although it is a lot of work, we have fun bonding over dinner table. I am incredibly grateful for the challenges and sacrifices my family has overcome because I wouldn’t have any of the opportunities I have today without them.

Alondra

Hello! My name is Alondra Camarena and I am a senior at Millennium High School.  I have been a part of Tracy Learning Center since kindergarten and can truly say it is my home away from home.  A little bit about my background, I am a proud Mexican-American womxn; while I was born and raised in the United States, my parents immigrated from Mexico to America to strive for a better life.  I grew up speaking Spanish and eventually learned English by the time kindergarten came around.  Being raised in a Mexican household has taught me valuable life lessons about the importance of family and appreciating what you have.  One of my favorite activities to do with my family is barbequing or “carne asadas” (as we like to call it) and enjoy each others company by sharing stories and having good laughs.  My parents sacrificed so much to make sure I am where I am today, and I will always be thankful for the love they have given me and I hope to share that love throughout our school.

Taylor

Hello, my name is Taylor Gonser and I am also a senior at Millennium! I am mostly European and I have close family that lives in Denmark. Even though it is rare, I love visiting with these family members because I get to learn more about my family history and Danish culture. I also have Mexican family whom I visit quite often. My favorite thing to do with my family is to celebrate the holidays with everyone and make traditional food dishes. In everything I do, I strive to represent my culture well.

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, 11/9, Cross Country will head out to Frogtown for Subsections!!  Let’s go Falcons!!

Sports Scores to be continued:

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!

  Coach Reyes is entering his 7th season as Head Coach of the Millennium Lady Falcons Varsity Basketball team.  In the previous 6 seasons, under Coach Reyes the Lady Falcons have reached the CIF Playoffs 3 times, each time advancing to the second round, including the first ever CIF playoff win for Millennium High girls’ basketball program.  Coach Reyes has coached high school varsity girls, and junior college basketball for 30+ years.   “Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise” -Michael Jordan

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 NEWS!

MHS Counselors, Mrs. Schaffran and Ms. Moore had the pleasure of visiting Discovery 7th and 8th grade students this week to discuss high school life, graduation requirements, and the enrollment process for incoming 9th grade students. We brought several of our Falcons with us to conduct an information panel to help answer student questions about being a high school student, specifically at Millennium. Discovery students asked excellent questions and were quite a captive audience!

 

Interact Club celebrated World Interact Week on campus with a birthday party AND a donation drive to help Interfaith Ministries. It’s not too late to send some items with your students to donate. We are collecting reusable grocery bags (plastic, paper, or fabric), New socks of all sizes, and empty egg cartons. Each year, Interfaith reaches out to hundreds of families. Donations are still being accepted through Tues Nov 12th. Send the items with your child and they can drop off in the counseling office.

Our 2nd field trip of the year was great and we couldn’t have asked for better weather in Santa Cruz! The trip to UC Santa Cruz was an informative walking tour of college campus life, academic departments, and student services available. There will be another college field trip scheduled in the Spring (Colleges to be determined) and also an annual College Fair in early May. Tours are highly recommended for any student considering applying to a college campus.

Thank you to all future college early start students who met the deadline this past Monday and submitted their registration forms. After the forms are approved, they will be given back to the student the week of November 18th with instructions on how to proceed. Online registration will take place during the Thanksgiving break, therefore it is important that the students receive step by step instruction on how to complete the registration process.

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

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Nov. 1, 2019

Virginia Stewart                                            

The day after Halloween reflections

It was so wonderful to see our little ones dancing and showing off their costumes to their parents in our Phase Level Unity shows.

Then at 11:00 our preschool students had the time of their life visiting the TRUNKS of families for their own special trick or treat.  All of the parents in the parking lot displayed creative and musical trunk decorations that made the trick or treating so very special for our babies.

It was also great to see our middle school students being so proud to usher our little ones upstairs to the big kids’ rooms for a special classroom visit for trick or treat.  (It is very special to visit up there!)

Nice to see teachers from each room dressed up in a theme as well.  It was certainly a festive occasion.  Most of all, it was parents celebrating a special day at school with their child.  It is so good to have those kinds of days.

That was also true this week when parents gathered to celebrate the end of a ten-week DARE course with Officer Abs.  Once again, it was parents joining with city officials, teachers, and TLC Board members to help reinforce how important it is not do drugs or alcohol.

When families and schools join together, things are better than ever! Thank you.

 

 

 

Next School Holiday

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

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. 4, 2019 – Nov. 8, 2019

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Mac and Cheese

Wed – Beef Sloppy Joe

Thurs – Chicken Nuggets

Fri – Beef Hot Dog

 

 

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 the 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 the same school, etc.).

                 

 

Preschool: 1st Annual Trunk or Treat

We are so impressed with out TLC families and students!  Our first ever Trunk or Treat surpassed all of our expectations!  Thank you for all of your hard work and CREATIVE decor!  We truly have the best parents!  

 

 

Just in time for the holidays!  Be sure to join us on our Facebook page for our online book fair here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2529309570492069/ 

The book fair will be open for 24 hours, so if you cannot be present on Monday night at 8pm you can still view everything the following day and place an order. If you would like to just order directly from the website, you can do so starting today here: https://b8031.myubam.com/1424453 

 

 

 

 Initial Phase

We want to thank all of the P2 families that donated supplies to our class this week! We are so incredibly thankful for your willingness to donate and help enrich our students learning experiences at school. We have lots of fun activities planned!

On Halloween, students can come to school wearing their costumes WITH regular clothes underneath. Parents are welcome for our annual Halloween parade and performance. The parade will begin at 8:30. Students will march around the main building and end at the playground for their performance that they have been working so hard to learn at PE. After this we will be heading inside so that the next grade level can do their parade. Students will participate in other fun Halloween activities throughout the day!

 

 

 

Phase One:

This week was such a fun week! It was Red Ribbon Week and each day was a fun dress-up day and the students had a blast dressing up. The classrooms discussed what good choices they can make to prepare for success. We also had our annual Halloween parade and the students did an amazing job learning their dance and performing it. We are so proud of all the students!

Trimester One is coming to an end very soon. The students will be reviewing concepts that they have learned during the first trimester of school. The teachers will be sending home a signup sheet for parent-teacher conferences in red folders. These will be due NEXT Friday. Time slots are on a first come first serve basis; we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.

Next week is the LAST week to meet AR goals! Make sure your student is reading books and taking quizzes.

 

 

Phase Two:

This week our phase 2 students showed their spirit with our Red Ribbon week dress-up days!  We talked about making good choices in life and how to prepare for success.  Thank you to all the parents who came out for the Halloween parade and spooky dance performance!  Aren’t our PE teachers amazing?  They did such a great job of teaching all our students the Thriller dance in PE.

Phase 2 AR goals were due on November 1st and new goals will be assigned next week.  We will also send home parent-teacher conference sign up sheets.  Please return these ASAP to ensure you get your preferred time slot.  Thank you!

       

 

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

November 6th: Music Concert for Mr. Dougherty’s Tri 1 students

November 11th: Veteran’s Day – No School!!!

November 12-15th: Teacher/Parent Conferences (you should have already received something from your child’s homeroom teacher with your date and time.)

⅚ Discovery Top 5 Nest Point Earners:

Falcon Pride!!!

Peregrine:

Kestrel:

Saker:

Amur:

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

Varsity: We have moved into our division portion of unit 2. Students are beginning to remember the steps of division and have used manipulatives to gain a conceptual understanding of the concept.

Scholastic: Our class has finished the first quiz of Unit 3 and will be moving into solving equations next. The students are gaining the knowledge that will prepare them for Pre-Algebra.

Honors: Students finished the operations of scientific notation. It was a great review to check if the students remembered how to put their numbers in scientific notation. Our next concept is polynomials before the end of Unit 2.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

Monday and Tuesday we reviewed for the final, including playing games.  It gave us an opportunity to learn how to review our notebooks for quizzes and tests.  We had our Language Arts Final on Wednesday. Thursday was the Great Candy Debate.  Students first, took a side and orally shared their reasons.  They then wrote an essay that needed to include facts to support their opinions. Of course we had to do some research by actually eating Skittles and M&M’s.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

We had an amazing Halloween week! Our essays are in and the final has been graded. We can reflect on how this trimester progressed, and plan for a better second tri. We’re going to continue our novel unit, and begin projects once we’ve officially crossed the trimester threshold. We will reflect and refocus before we move forward.

Our D.A.R.E. essay winner was amazing. I am proud of all of our participants, especially proud of those who could attend the celebration and complete the class.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

This week in social studies, students completed their first quiz on Ancient Egypt focusing on the pharaohs they’ve studied and vocabulary terms. On Friday, we took a break from Egypt to learn about Diwali, the popular Hindu festival of lights. After learning about the holiday, students were able to color a rangoli or diya design for Diwali.

This week, students participated in a pyramid challenge in small groups after learning about the pyramids. They worked together to brainstorm how they are going to work together to build the tallest pyramid in the class. They used toothpicks and marshmallows to put together their pyramids – the tallest one was 16″!! Please see pictures below of students having fun with this activity.

Students in all classes will continue learning about ancient Egypt for the remainder of this trimester. The next lesson focuses on the daily life in ancient Egypt. They started their lesson with a group discussion about social structure and created a social pyramid for our school. Students will be working in groups again to act out scenarios as different classes in ancient Egypt’s social structure. Students will be able to bring props, costumes, and food next week for their act-it-out, but it is not required.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week students burned the midnight oil, I’m sure, because they had their Trimester 1 final on Thursday. The final covered “Science and Data”, “Forces, Motion and Energy”, and “Magnets and Electricity”. Aside from the final, students found out how mixtures and solutions are different, what parts make up a solution, and thought of examples of mixtures and solutions. They also took open notes quizzes on the material that they learned, really pushing their brains to the max. Friday was a designated SWO work day as the acrostic poem was due. It was a busy week indeed, so do give your great little scientist a hug and perhaps a nice treat (or two?).

Next week we will be doing our first mixtures and solutions experiments.

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 First Ever Track Meet (Ava Moschetti), Peculiar Animals (Madison Harrison), Favorite SCPs (Harold Ferea). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • The next SWO (family tree) is due Nov. 8th
  • 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 payment is due Monday, Nov. 4th. Your balance needs to be $900 or less to stay on time with the payment schedule.
  • Next parent meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 6pm, D9 DCS building

Rube Goldberg:

  • Teams have been registered and training is Tuesdays/Thursdays (4-5pm, picked up by 5:15)
  • This starts next week, Nov. 5 & 7. You MUST attend either the 5th or 7th. Thereafter, attendance is not mandatory, however this is designated time to work with your group and train.

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • No School November 11th
  • Parent Teacher Conferences begin November 12th in the DCS Hallway
  • Tri 1 Music Concert is Nov. 6th

Week 10 Top 5 Nest Earners!

DCS Spirit Wear:

Our Discovery Spirit Wear is on sale once again! Students have the option of buying a variety of spirit wear and may choose colors specific to their Nest Color. The store is open from Monday, October 28th, to Monday, November 4th. Fliers were also sent home this week to all Discovery students. Please click on the link below to purchase your spirit wear and for more information.

https://www.selectspiritwear.com/shop4/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=1173

 

 

 

Leadership:

Congratulations to team TYSL who won our Discovery intramural sports!! They beat out Team Barcelona during penalty kicks after both teams had scored one point each during the game. Their trophy will be placed proudly in our soon-to-come Discovery trophy case upstairs! Congratulations to these boys and all our students that participated! Stay tuned for next month when we begin basketball!!

October/November Wall Decorations:

 

 

Campus Beautification:

This past Saturday, students came to campus to participate in our 2nd campus beautification. Due to a change of plans, students spent time pulling weeds out that have grown around our discovery fence by our eating area. Students worked hard and diligently to pull out those stubborn weeds!! Thank you to all that helped!

 

 

Halloween Dance:

This week, leadership hosted not one, but TWO dances!! 5/6 had their dance on Tuesday and 7/8 had theirs on Wednesday. Thank you to all the parents who donated food to both dances; it was greatly appreciated! Check out the pictures below to see what decorations our students created.

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Halloween PCS Trick or Treating:

Below are pictures from this years PCS trick or treating in the DCS hallway!

DISCOVERY ATHLETICS

The 6th Grade Girls basketball team defeated Art Freiler with the score 23-9. The girls improve to 3-0 on the season. They will play North @ The Boys and Girls Club gym on Tuesday, November 5th at 3:30pm.

 

The 7th/8th Grade Girls basketball team defeated Art Freiler with the score 32-2. The girls improve to 2-1 on the season. They will play Monte Vista @ The Boys and Girls Club gym on Wednesday, November 6th at 5pm.  

  

A Note from Mrs. Cerezo:

In 7th and 8th we have decided to make some changes to our weekly Charter Chatter! In an attempt to be more efficient and to get the most relevant and important information disseminated to all, we have decided to feature a content area/class each week! We will follow this same pattern each week, beginning with this week. This week we are featuring Science and Social Studies in 7th/8th.

Social Studies

For the last several weeks, 7/8 has been learning about Islam and the Islamic empire. Students researched the geography of the Arabian peninsula and its surrounding areas and using their newly found information, explained how the desert life shaped Arab life and influenced their trade. Students also had to locate key places important to the Islamic Empire on a map in their social studies notebooks.

Students learned about the early life of Muhammad and the four rulers, or Caliphs, that led the empire after his death. They discussed the separation of the religion into two major branches, and how the values important in their religion were Bedouin ideals well before Islam was founded. After learned about each of the caliphs, students created paper “Instagram” accounts for the first four Caliphs and of the Ummayads and Córdoba.

Throughout the unit, students participated in warm up a activities such as heads up to help refine their vocabulary skills for the Islam unit. Next week, students have a final on the Islam unit: students are either taking a traditional unit final or creating a Crash Course video on Islam. Check out John Green’s crash course videos on YouTube to gain an idea of their videos will look like!

 

Science with Ms. Dominguez

As we get closer to wrapping up our first trimester at DCS, 7-8 Science has continued to explore the causes and risk factors of cancer as part of the 2019-2020 Academic Pentathlon curriculum. In order to understand the causes and risk factors associated with cancer, we have taken a closer look at one cause and one risk factor through the use of clips from documentaries and one project.

The risk factor that we chose to explore was “Obesity”. Through our notes from Academic Pentathlon, students learned how much of the population here in the United States is affected by obesity, and how obesity alone can increase an individual’s risk for roughly 13 types of cancer, with some of those types of cancer affecting more women than men. After learning this information, we explored as a class how we can reduce this risk through our food choices. Students were assigned over the course of two weeks to keep a food journal. For three days during one week they tracked all the food choices they make on a regular basis without considering the nutritional value of the food or buying any new types of foods from the store. Students returned to class with their food diaries, and we discussed the various items they had noted.

Next, we watched clips from a new documentary on the benefits of a plant based diet as experienced by professional athletes that hold world records in various events and sports. The students were shocked to find that the strongest man (He holds the record for the most weight carried by a human at 1200 pounds) was completely vegan. They learned about how the idea that a real athlete needs meat to perform at their peak might be mostly based on marketing.

After watching the documentary clips, students were challenged to find ways they could adjust their own diets in order to test if adding more fruits or veggies and reducing processed foods would provide the same benefits as the completely plant based diets in the documentary. Some students chose to cut out certain food groups or food items altogether (meat, bread, sugars, carbs), and some chose to try a new diet such as paleo, vegetarian, or pescaterian. They had to use the same food diary to track their food choices for another three days.

During those three days, the response of the students to their diet were fascinating and extremely entertaining. Some noted their failure to stick to their diet within the first day. Some were shocked with how much “bad food” they had been eating before changing their diet. Some even reported having more energy throughout the day, and most interestingly, doing better during PE with better times on running the mile.

Next we will be taking a closer look at the role of Genetics in cancer with projects on our own family trees and how traits are passed down from one generation to another, and a research project on selective breeding.


Millennium High School

Congratulations to our top nest point earners this week!

We celebrated these students Wednesday morning at Unity.  Their reward was their choice of t-shirt, bucket hat, water bottle, or fanny pack from the student store!  Two of our lucky winners are pictured below.

Scott Malsack, Saker (9th), 575 points; and Natalia Chavez, Kestrel (12th), 360 points; Not pictured: Vivian Luera, Amur (10th), 445 points; and Xitlali Reynoso, Peregrine (11th), 330 points. Vivi and Xitlali were not in attendance due to taking their PSAT — great hustle, ladies!

ACTIVITIES

Band and Guard

Saturday was an exciting competition day for our marching band.

Overall, the band took an outstanding 1st place for our show!

Colorguard took 2nd place.

Percussion took 2nd place.

Woodwinds took 1st place. (we compete in division 2A but the woodwinds are scoring so much higher than everyone that they are scoring in the 6A division range!)

Brass took 1st place.

Ximena Garcia, our drum major, had an especially great personal night as well. Drum majors are scored across all divisions. Out of ALL the bands that attended (divisions 1A-6A) Ximena was awarded 1st place drum major!

We are so proud of Ximena and all the members of band and guard. Congratulations to Mr. Zepeda and the amazing Falcon marching band and colorguard!

Speech and Debate 

Back row: Christian Silva, A’Ni Clepper, Grace Bhatia, Scott Malsack, Danica Knowlden, Arianna Billings, Lucy Lamanna; Front row: Anton Souza, Anahi Rodriguez, Shika Acolatse, Logan Malsack, Lilliana Zapien

12 members of our Speech and Debate team competed at a prestigious collegiate invitational at University of the Pacific last weekend. There were over 1,000 competitors from three states on the UOP campus, and the tournament was both Saturday and Sunday. Congratulations to the following students on their top 20 placements in their events:

  • Arianna Billings, 20th, Novice Oratory
  • Lilliana Zapien, 14th, Novice Oratory
  • Lucy Lamanna, 13th, Novice Oratory
  • Danica Knowlden, 8th, Novice Dramatic Interpretation
  • Anton Souza, 13th overall, and 5th in his semi-finals round!, Novice Impromptu

THIS WEEK IN MHS LANGUAGES…

Students enrolled in Spanish 1 with Mrs. Amador recently took their unit test and the majority passed with very good grades. They continue developing conversational and grammar skills through games, songs, Quizlet flashcards, and worksheet exercises.You may want to ask your child to sing to you one of our most recently learned songs “¿Cómo soy yo? Y tú, ¿cómo eres?” or “Mambo mambo, ¿qué te gusta hacer?” These songs reinforce difficult grammar concepts such as verb conjugations and using adjectives to describe people and objects. One of their favorite games is Quizlet.Live, where they work in small groups and compete against other teams to identify Spanish vocabulary and verb conjugations. They will be working in creating a skit that they will present in front of their peers to apply and demonstrate their learning in a real life situation.

Spanish 2 students are in the process of completing a cultural research project on the country of Costa Rica during our unit related to traveling. They are thinking critically to answer go into detail about that country and to better understand the people. In doing so they had to write a short reflection to answer one of the essential questions for this unit, “Why is it important to learn about other people’s culture and traditions?”  Please ask your child in Mrs. Amador’s Spanish 2 to show you their beautiful work. They had to research, add pictures, and answer questions in Spanish in order to practice their Spanish vocabulary and grammar skills in the process. They will be presenting their work in front of the class next week.

Spanish 3 students just finished working on their 1st project assigned in this unit. They had to create a script and use the imperatives and superlatives while explaining how to make flour tortillas to an audience as you would on a cooking show. Most students have presented in front of the class already. This was a creative expression artifact and students have showcased their unique artistic skills and point of view, plus their technical abilities in their presentations. Of course, they also showed their confidence and fluency in the Spanish language as they presented to their peers while being evaluated and sharing their “Wows & Wonders” with each other, after each presentation. Below is Ms. Katie Estrada looking so professional while presenting to her peers.

   

Spanish with Sra. De La Torre

Spanish I 

We just started our new unit this week. In this new unit students learn to talk about daily schedules and time.  Students are learning numbers up to 100, which they are supposed to use with time. They are also learning to conjugate the verb “tener” to say which classes they have or what they have to do throughout the day. Students are also learning about “Día de los Muertos.” The students are watching the movie “Coco” for them to better understand the traditions of this Hispanic celebration.

Spanish II

We have been reading the novel “Casi se muere” in Spanish II.  This novel tells the adventures of Ana, who is traveling to Chile.  As we read, the students are learning new vocabulary, new grammar, and the culture and geography of Chile. The students are doing a great job at reading and translating every chapter as a class.  Every two chapters, the students are required to present a complete summary of one of the two chapters.  The students do this by memory.  First, they illustrate every sentence of their summary, and this is all what they use for their presentations.  The illustrations help them remember what they are supposed to say next.  They just finished presenting their summary this week, and they all did an amazing job!

Spanish III

We are currently covering past tense in Spanish III.  Students are learning how to use preterite tense to talk about completed actions in the past.  They are learning how to use imperfect tense to talk about what they used to do or what they were doing in the past. This week, I had students write about their childhood memories, in which they were required to use imperfect tense to talk about what they used to do when they were little. They made a PowerPoint presentation with pictures. They all did an excellent job at presenting these to the class!

ASL

ASL Level 3 using their newly acquired storytelling skills to interpret a video presentation in groups. They had a great time and we shared many laughs. Deaf Studies Professors from CSU Sacramento were very impressed with our students.

ASL Level 2 class focusing on facial expressions and use of classifiers to portray a story. Kyle Carlos, Taylor Norwood, Cat Diaz, and Tommy Duncan using amazing facial expressions to portray about two friends discussing their obsession with Chipotle.

ASL level 1 had an amazing project due this week. They’re main focus was on family discussion signs. The project was to rank their family for oldest to youngest. Project was video recorded and students had good times.

More pictures from the week.

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.

NEW FEATURE: FALCON CULTURE SPOTLIGHT

Left to right: Taylor Gonser, Emma Sales, and Alondra Camarena

Emma

Hi, my name is Emma Sales, and I am a senior here at Millennium. Taylor, Alondra, and I have created this feature for parents and students to be able to meet other students and learn about their culture and history. We will soon be adding a tab on the Falcon website as well. Every 1-2 weeks we will interview a student and share their story in the Charter Chatter and our Twitter Page, @falconculture.

A little about me: I am Filipino American and my family immigrated from the Philippines to California and Hawai’i. I wasn’t always proud of my heritage because I had never seen my culture in movies or media, but I am going into the film industry hoping to change that. One of my favorite things to do is make Lumpia with my family because although it is a lot of work, we have fun bonding over dinner table. I am incredibly grateful for the challenges and sacrifices my family has overcome because I wouldn’t have any of the opportunities I have today without them.

Alondra

Hello! My name is Alondra Camarena and I am a senior at Millennium High School.  I have been a part of Tracy Learning Center since kindergarten and can truly say it is my home away from home.  A little bit about my background, I am a proud Mexican-American womxn; while I was born and raised in the United States, my parents immigrated from Mexico to America to strive for a better life.  I grew up speaking Spanish and eventually learned English by the time kindergarten came around.  Being raised in a Mexican household has taught me valuable life lessons about the importance of family and appreciating what you have.  One of my favorite activities to do with my family is barbequing or “carne asadas” (as we like to call it) and enjoy each others company by sharing stories and having good laughs.  My parents sacrificed so much to make sure I am where I am today, and I will always be thankful for the love they have given me and I hope to share that love throughout our school.

Taylor

Hello, my name is Taylor Gonser and I am also a senior at Millennium! I am mostly European and I have close family that lives in Denmark. Even though it is rare, I love visiting with these family members because I get to learn more about my family history and Danish culture. I also have Mexican family whom I visit quite often. My favorite thing to do with my family is to celebrate the holidays with everyone and make traditional food dishes. In everything I do, I strive to represent my culture well.

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 Volleyball, Cross Country and Football): 

11/2- Football @ Stone Ridge Christian (7pm kick-off, played at Castle Field in Atwater)

Sports Scores from 10/25/19:

XC:  League Championship: Lady Falcons took 1st place for the CCAA!

Meet The Coaches!

  About me:  I moved to Los Angeles to attend the greatest institution of higher learning in the world, the University of Southern California.  After college, I began teaching in Compton, California, where I validated my passion for educating students and coaching. From 1998 to 2001, I coached RB’s and LB’s at San Gabriel High School. From 1998 to 2003, I coached Boys and Girls Soccer in Compton, California.  I have been coaching football at Millennium High School since 2008 and became the head coach in 2014.  Ladies and gentlemen, Coach LaVale Woods… avid Giants fan  😉 

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:

-Pancake Breakfast (Hosted by Girls Soccer) November 2, 2019

-Daddy Daughter Dance: December 14th, 2019

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

COUNSELING NEWS!

 

Spring College Early Start:  Our deadline for College Early Start forms is Monday, November 4th at 4:15pm.  Students who do not complete all steps before then, OR do not submit their forms by 11/4, will not be permitted to take a Delta class this spring.  Please see our website for more details:  http://www.tracylearningcenter.com/counseling/college-and-carrer-planning/

The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) was administered in the Gym on Wednesday, October 30th.  We had over 100 students take the test!  When we receive results, we will hold a results interpretation workshop for students.

Millennium High School 12th Annual Community Service Fair

Millennium High School hosted its 12th Annual Community Service Fair on Friday November 1, 2019. MHS students had the opportunity to network with local non-profit organizations in hopes of finding a community service source to fulfill their community service requirement.  Millennium High School would like to thank all of the wonderful organizations that came to support our students!

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

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Virginia Stewart

 Oct. 25, 2019

7 Things Children Wish Their Teachers and Parents Knew

By Eileen Carr

October 22, 2019

 

I spend a large portion of my waking hours in the company of 9- and 10-year- olds. I’m a 4th grade teacher, and I’m often surprised by grownups’ perceptions of childhood.

“What I wouldn’t give to be a kid again … “

“Kids have it so easy, they just play all day!”

“It must be so nice being around kids all day; they don’t have any problems or issues.”

I’ve spent the past year teaching my students to initiate conversations with one another and with buddies they made across the Pacific through video chats. When I talked with them about the experience, a theme emerged: They said they wished that adults knew more about their lives and experiences. Here’s some of what I heard from them:

 

1. Kids want you to know how hard they’re trying.

“Practice makes perfect.”

“If you put your mind to it, you can fill in the blank.” (Insert: play the piano, do well in school, understand math, speak up in class, manage your emotions, etc.)

These are some of the things children hear from adults. My students told me that they really are trying, but some things are genuinely difficult. For example, Mo has been learning to read, write, speak, and comprehend English for the past three years. He told me, “English is hard! When I speak, it’s hard.” Aicha added, “I wish my mom would understand that even though I pay attention during math, it doesn’t always mean I understand when I get home.”

Ty reminded me how easy it is to forget the challenges that come with not having mastered a skill, a topic, or a language. “They expect that I can control my anger, but sometimes I can’t,” he said. Kids are humans, and humans are works in progress. Sometimes—no, most of the time—we need to summon the benefit of the doubt and support one another’s best efforts.

 

2. Kids want grownups to be happy.

Children notice your mood. They pick up on facial expressions, gestures, states of mind. According to Ty, “Grownups are so grumpy all the time!” From the looks on our faces, how could he think otherwise? Ella told me, “When our parents get really stressed, I want them to know that we really love them and care about them.” They see us, they read us, and they want the best for us. You don’t always have to be happy, but you should know that you’re more of an open book to the kids in your life than you might realize.

 

3. Kids want to be believed.

Something spills, somebody’s crying, something breaks: A kid must have done it. Why weren’t they being more careful? Where was the oldest child? It’s easy to jump to “blame the kid,” but as Dustin said, “They think they know what happens, and we get in trouble for it.” It’s important for us to take that deep breath, ask what happened, and truly listen to children’s accounts. Zen put it poignantly: “I wish they could trust us more. If we say we didn’t do something, I wish they would trust us.”

 

 

4. Kids want grownups to be more honest.

Kids aren’t the only ones with an ardent desire to be believed, whether they’re telling the truth or not. If you’re going to be late, or you’re not going to make it at all, tell the truth. A child could spend the next hour craning her neck, looking for you, waiting to see your face through the crowd. Sometimes the honest conversation is harder and more prolonged, but children deeply appreciate when you acknowledge the truth. They want to know what’s going on in their lives.

 

 

5.        Kids want electronics just as much as grownups do.

As grownups, we just need to acknowledge that sometimes we are hypocrites. Unfortunately, our kids know this. They notice our every swipe and screen binge. When adults overdose on screen time, we reckon privately with ourselves. But when we do so with kids around, we need to think about the message we’re sending. If medium doses are okay and even necessary for us grownups, then maybe we need to make similar allowances for kids. Braden pleaded, “We have to play electronics. It doesn’t have to be for a long time.”

 

6. Kids want a break from over-scheduling.

Self-care isn’t just for grownups. Kids get drained, too, but they’re not often in control of their own schedules. There are the weekday activities. Trevor explained, “I have something else to do every day! Homework, Math Olympiad, swimming, tutoring, karate, Japanese school … ” Then there’s the homework, every day, and sometimes even on weekends. Finally, the chores! Ramona lamented, “They think you have all this time to do all these things they want you to do, even when you don’t have time.” Grownups need down time to recharge, “me time” when they’re the only ones calling the shots, blissfully unscheduled chunks of time to be filled with anything or nothing. Kids do, too.

 

7. Kids want grownups to love them just as they are.

Social media can make the most well-adjusted adult feel insecure: You need to work out more, be more beautiful, wear better clothes, eat healthier foods, take wilder vacations, buy a bigger house. Those voices aren’t just getting to us grownups—they’re also getting to the kids. And they’re coming from us.

Emma said, “Sometimes they compare me to someone else.” Nicky added: “Sometimes, adults just expect too much from us. For instance, I’m not a genius but my mom expects me to be.” We may think that we’re expressing support and encouragement, but our children are hearing disappointment and regret. Jack struggled to find the words, then blurted, “They want me to be the best me I can be, so let me be me!”

 

Offering children a safe space to bond with peers across the world revealed so much to me about how similar they are, whether they’re in Honolulu or San Francisco. In a classroom, students vastly outnumber grownups, which can pose management challenges for teachers. But they have so much to say, and they want us to listen. It’s worth the trouble to help kids find their voices, share their messages, and experience the joy of being heard.

 

 

 

Next School Holiday

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

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 Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Chicken Enchiladas

Wed – Chicken Wrap

Thurs – Cheese Raviolis

Fri – Beef or Veggie Burger

 

 

 

See official rules here.

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Scan your receipt on the Box Tops app for a chance to win 5,000 Bonus Box Tops for your school.

Sweepstakes begins 10/01/19 and ends 11/03/19.

entry, visit: https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/sweepstakes/2019/Monsters/official-rules.

**If you have clipped box tops, please send them in by 10-25-19 to be counted in the first deadline.  

 

 

 

                 

 Initial Phase

We want to thank all of the P2 families that donated supplies to our class this week! We are so incredibly thankful for your willingness to donate and help enrich our students learning experiences at school. We have lots of fun activities planned!

On Halloween, students can come to school wearing their costumes WITH regular clothes underneath. Parents are welcome for our annual Halloween parade and performance. The parade will begin at 8:30. Students will march around the main building and end at the playground for their performance that they have been working so hard to learn at PE. After this we will be heading inside so that the next grade level can do their parade. Students will participate in other fun Halloween activities throughout the day!

 

Phase One:

This week the students learned more about the American flag; who created it, why the colors are red, white and blue and why it has 13 stripes and 50 stars. They also learned some patriotic songs and reviewed the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance and why we say it. Ask your child who created the first flag!

We have an exciting week coming up; it is Red Ribbon Week and each day is a special dress up day. Please look for a note in Green folders with all of the dress up days. The theme is “Prepare for Success” and we will spend the week discussing how they can prepare for success by taking care of their body and mind.

Thursday is Halloween and the students will be participating in our annual Halloween parade. Our parade will start at 9:00 in our playground area. Following the parade the students will perform a dance they have been learning in PE. In Monday’s Red folders there will be a note with costume guidelines. Please review this before sending your child to school.

Phase Two:

Thank you to everyone who sold and picked up pies…it was a successful fundraiser!  We will be sending home a See’s Candy fundraiser next month!  Be on the lookout.

Next week is Red Ribbon Week…all PCS students will receive a red bracelet with our theme “Prepare for Success.”  We will discuss why it’s important to take care of your mind and body so you can be successful in life.  We will also have dress up days next week!

Monday:  “Dress for Success/Career Day”  wear something that represents what you want to be when you grow up

Tuesday:  “A Bright Future”  Wear neon/bright colors!

Wednesday:  “A Healthy Heart”  Wear red

Thursday:  Halloween! (See attached times for parade and costume guidelines)

Friday:  “Soaring into Success”  Wear your PCS blue and gold

 

 

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

October 28th: DARE Celebration (for 3 classes who will have completed the program)

October 29th: ⅚ Fall/Halloween Dance 4-5pm

A Note From Leadership Club:

This coming week we have our 5/6 dance on Tuesday, October 29th from 4-5 pm. Permission slips were due this last Friday, but we are still accepting them until Monday, October 28th!! Any parent who would like to donate snacks, cookies, or donuts may do so by turning them into the Front Office on either Monday or Tuesday of this week.

Thank you!!!

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

Varsity: Our class is working on multiplying 3 digit by 2 digit whole numbers. Students are beginning to grasp the concept, but constant practice is pertinent.

Scholastic: Our class has begun order of operations. Students will be practicing this concept constantly as students will always get an answer.

Honors: Students finished their second quiz for Unit 2. They have learned about the exponent rules for monomials.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

My Honors, Scholastic, and Varsity students spent the week reviewing the math concepts they have learned in the previous weeks. Students worked on assignments aligned with Common Core standards. These assignments introduced them to the vocabulary and format required to achieve Common Core standards for each grade level. In the coming weeks, we will be working hard to complete the current Math Units and will gear up for the upcoming finals.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

Finals season is upon us.  This week the students had their Unit One Final in Humanities.   On Monday, we had fun playing a Quizlet Game to review (as seen in the pictures).  Next we will learn what Art Crtitics do and the basic of Art so we can become Art Critics ourselves.

Next week, we will have our Language Arts final.  On Monday and Tuesday, we will review in class.  If students would like to start reviewing before, they can be looking at their Language Arts Notebooks.  

Thursday will be the final writing assignment for the trimester.  If your son or daughter will not be at school that day for religious reasons, ease have them see me on Wednesday for an alternate assignment.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

Our scholars in social studies have finished their lesson on the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs focusing on the pharaohs Khufu, Senusret I, Hatshepsut, and Ramses II. They took a “tour” of the Nile River and visited different monuments along the way that were built for each of these pharaohs. Afterward, students wrote a “postcard” to a friend or relative that shared information about their visit to the monument and the pharaoh. They also participated in various activities throughout this lesson, such as working in pairs to write a list of items they can identify in a carving from Hatshepsut’s temple. Then, random students were selected to come to the whiteboard to write their list of items and share them with the entire class for a brief discussion about what the ancient Egyptians possibly used the items for (see picture below).

To end the lesson of the Egyptian pharaohs, students wrote a letter on Google Docs to a friend or relative about their tour of Egypt. They had to highlight two of the monuments they visited, the pharaohs, and include pictures. These turned out so great and the students enjoyed working on Chromebooks to type their letter (see picture below).

Honors/Scholastic ended this week with a quiz on the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. Varsity will take their quiz on Monday. Students in all classes will begin a new lesson next week on daily life in ancient Egypt! To make history come alive, students will participate in a series of act-it-outs for each social class in ancient Egypt! Students will be allowed to bring props to class on the day of their act-it-out, but it is not required.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week students started learning about the similarities and differences between mixtures and solutions. Tuesday was a designated SWO work day as the Personal Awareness SWO guidelines were handed out. Students will be given time during science and social studies each week to work on their SWO. Last Friday we had our STEM career day. Various speakers from research, tech and teaching shared their STEM experience and explained what first piqued their STEM interest. We even had Aristotle visit! Yes, you read correctly…Aristotle! It took him a VERY long time to get to DCS, but he made it and showed the students what the very first scientist was really like. Thank you so much to all our speakers! You help light the path to the future. Now, for the long awaited names of the winning group from the Rube Goldberg tryouts…..*drum roll*…….Elyas Jawanshir, Jillian Credo, Manvir Sra, and Justin Martinez from my 9th period Varsity 1 class! Congratulations and a hearty job well done to all the groups that tried out. It was no easy feat as groups had 35 minutes to create an apparatus that put a piece of candy into a pumpkin bucket. Groups had the same items from which to build and were only given the task during their tryout. The winning group will join 12 others on Dec. 13th, vying for the DCS title and the chance to represent the school at the national competition Spring of 2020.

Check out the pictures below of our STEM career day, another Rube Goldberg tryout, and the team photo of the “Science Gods”, our intramural soccer team entry:

Next week we continue learning about mixtures and solutions, and different ways to separate mixtures!

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 Gorillas (Isaiah Guevara). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • The Trimester 1 Final has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 31st.
  • 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 

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • 7th/8th Halloween Dance is on Oct. 30th!
  • SWO 1 is due Nov. 1st
  • Community Service hours are due Oct. 31st!

Week 10 Top 5 Nest Earners!

Soccer Intramurals

DCS began their Soccer Intramural games this last week! Students and their self-made teams competed against rivals on Wednesday and Friday. Semi-finals will take place on Monday and Finals will take place Wednesday of this coming week. The winner of 1st lunch will compete against the winner of 2nd lunch on Friday, October 26th. The winning team will receive a trophy and their picture will hang in our new trophy case in our hallway.

Wall Decorating Challenge for September:

September has come and gone and with it another round of wall decorating! September’s theme for our Discovery wall decorating was “Homecoming Heroes”. Students were assigned one wall to decorate according to the theme and connect it with the curriculum in their classroom. This month’s wall winners were Ms. Diaz’s wall and Ms. Dominguez’s wall (decorated by Mr. Harding and Mrs. Cerezo’s homerooms, respectively). Check out the video of students describing their wall and how it connects to their classrooms.

7/8 wall:

https://youtu.be/rwZ4tDg6rJw

5/6 wall:

https://youtu.be/8scBgnn135o

 

 

 

October/November Wall Decorations:

Last week, DCS students decorated their walls for the months of October and November. The theme for these months were Fall Harvest and students had to connect the theme back to their curriculum in their classroom. Check back next week to see who our luck winners are for 5/6 and 7/8!

 

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Leadership:

This coming week we have our 7/8 Dance on Wednesday, October 30th from 4-5:30 pm.  Permission slips were due this last Friday, but we are still accepting them until Monday, October 28th!! Any parent who would like to donate snacks, cookies, or donuts may do so by turning them into the Front Office on either Monday or Tuesday of this week.

DISCOVERY ATHLETICS

6th Grade Girls basketball defeated Monte Vista with the score 20-8. The girls improve to 2-0 on the season. They will play at Art Freiler next week at 3:30pm.

7th/8th Grade Girls basketball defeated North with the score of 22-6. The girls are currently 1-1 for the season. They will play Art Freiler next week at 5pm.

A Note from Mrs. Cerezo:

In 7th and 8th we have decided to make some changes to our weekly Charter Chatter! In an attempt to be more efficient and to get the most relevant and important information disseminated to all, we have decided to feature a content area/class each week! We will follow this same pattern each week, beginning with this week. Our first week with this new format will feature our ⅞ Language Arts department. Language Arts will share all relevant information for upcoming dates and information for the class.

Math in Mrs. Rapp’s

This last week Varsity we spent a few days review concepts from Units 1 and 2. This review will consist of common core problems that will not only deepen their understanding, but help better prepare them for the state test. As we start Unit 3, we will be diving into the introduction to algebra with powers and exponents. This unit is the foundation for Algebra and will be crucial. In this unit we will have multiple quizzes and a unit test all before the trimester ends. Varsity will take their first trimester final the week of November 4th.

Scholastic has finished unit 2 with a class average of 87%! We have moved into Unit 3: Parent Functions and Relations. For the first time we are working with domain and range and this group is doing wonderful. There are so many fun activities to go with this unit and this class loves to be able to review in an interactive way. Here are some photos from the latest activity, it was a multi-step tic tac toe review game that they loved and were very serious about.

Honors is now in unit 4: Congruent Triangles. Triangles tends to be one of the more favorable shapes in geometry. We have started with classifying angles and sides of triangles. This is a shorter unit, so we will be spending a lot of time reviewing before moving on. There will be a variety of activities we do throughout the unit. They get so excited when they get to pair up and work out of their seats, below are a few photos from their classifying scavenger hunt we did in class.

Geometry will test for this unit the week of November 4th.

Important Dates and Reminders:

-SWO is happening in all math classes and will be due on November 1st

-Parent Teacher Conferences for Mrs. Rapp will be on November 13th.

Math with Mr. Dhillon

Varsity :- currently doing unit 3 ( Introduction to Algebra and function.)  

                completed till lesson 6 properties and will do lesson 7 arithmetic sequences and lesson 8 Equations and Functions then we will have review and a unit test 3 and then we will do data analysis of unit 3 and once we are done with everything we will start with unit 4 Integers Graphing and Functions

Scholastic :- Currently doing unit 3(Parent Function and Transformation). Completed will 3.5 function notation and will be doing 3.6 zeros of functions and then quiz 2 and will continue with the unit 3, 3.7 Arithmetic Sequences and then review of unit 3 and then unit test 3 and we will do data analysis of the unit 3 and the next day will start with unit 4 Linear equation

Honors :-  we are doing activities and review on unit 4 and then unit test 4(Congruent Triangles) and then data analysis of unit 4 and once we are done we will start with unit 5 Relationship in Triangles

 

 

 

 

 

 


Millennium High School

Congratulations to all of the Millennium students who earned 4.0’s for first quarter!

This morning we celebrated these students at Unity.  All students who earned a 4.0 for first quarter were entered into a drawing for either a $10 Barista’s gift card or a $15 T4 gift card.  Our lucky winners are pictured below.

Back: Omeid Nadery, 11th, Jeremy Adams, 11th, Vivek Cherian, 9th

Front: Mackenzie Ardenyi, 12th; Zeenat Enterar, 11th

ACTIVITIES

Speech and Debate 

It was a long, challenging Saturday on October 12th for the Falcon Speech and Debate team this weekend, with 430 students from 16 schools competing. At the end of the day, here are the TLC students who placed in the top ten at our most difficult tournament of the year so far.

  • Grace Bhatia, 9th, Varsity National Extemporaneous
  • Anthony Rhead, 9th, Varsity Impromptu
  • Anthony Rhead, 8th, Varsity Congressional Debate
  • Alondra Camarena, 7th,* Novice Impromptu
  • Scott Malsack, 7th,*  Novice Impromptu
  • Anton Souza, 7th,* Novice Impromptu
  • Grace Bhatia, 6th, Varsity Impromptu
  • Giovanna Chukwuma, 6th, JV Original Advocacy
  • Karina Linarez, 6th, JV Original Oratory
  • Shika Acolatse, 5th, Open Original Prose and Poetry
  • Shika Acolatse, 5th, Open Thematic Interpretation
  • Nicolas Osborn, 5th,* JV Impromptu
  • Logan Malsack, 5th,* JV Impromptu
  • Bianca Villaflor, 5th,* JV Impromptu
  • Lucy Lamanna, 4th,* JV Original Advocacy
  • Lilliana Zapien, 4th,* JV Original Advocacy
  • Nicole Engen, 4th, Open National Extemporaneous
  • A’Ni Clepper, 3rd, JV Original Advocacy
  • Christian Silva, 3rd, Varsity Congressional Debate
  • Lucy Lamanna & Anton Souza, 2nd,* JV Parliamentary Debate
  • Summer Summons & Lilliana Zapien, 2nd,* JV Parliamentary Debate
  • Grace Bhatia, 2nd, Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Alondra Camarena & Logan Malsack, 1st, JV Parliamentary Debate
  • Crysuel Cunanan, 1st, JV Original Advocacy
  • Nicole Engen, 1st, Varsity Big Questions Debate
  • Danica Knowlden, 1st, JV Dramatic Interpretation
  • Anahi Rodriguez, 1st, JV Impromptu
  • Summer Simmons, 1st, JV Humorous Interpretation

*tie

At 31 top 10 and 22 top 5 wins, this was the most winning tournament in our five-year span! It has put us in the top 5 in our district, which has 25 active schools (large and small alike, all one league) and goes from Lodi to the north, Atwater to the south, Sonora to the east, and Mountain House to the west.

We also have 8 students who have rocketed into the top 100 students in our district (out of ~700 active competitors in our district). They are:

  • 98th Anton Souza
  • 93rd Lucy Lamanna
  • 85th Hannah Reyes
  • 57th Anthony Rhead
  • 30th Christian Silva
  • 12th Shika Acolatse
  • 9th Grace Bhatia
  • 7th Nicole Engen

If you would like to see our Falcon winners blow you away as they move further up into the top 10, we have several upcoming tournaments we could use judges and assistance with!

  • Our next regular league tournament is 11/9 in Buhach Colony. Judges get free coffee, food, and entertainment all day. We are obligated to bring 1 judge for every 6 entries we have, and, as you can see, we have a lot of entries. TLC community support would be welcome!
  • We have a Girls’ Only tournament in Mountain House on 11/16. We would love to see some moms, aunties, and best friends out there judging.
  • We have a league tournament 12/7 at Modesto High in Modesto. We can use help with judges throughout the day!
  • Contact Miss Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net, if you are able to help! : )

YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

Yearbook sales have opened! 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 Volleyball, Cross Country and Football): 

11/2- Football @ Stone Ridge Christian (7pm kick-off, played at Castle Field in Atwater)

Sports Scores from 10/19-10/25/19:

Varsity Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 1, Venture 3

JV Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 1, Venture 2

Frosh Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 0, Linden 2

Varsity Football:  Falcons 6, Miramonte 48

Falcons , Immanuel

JV Football:  Falcons , Miramonte

XC:  League Championship:

Meet The Coaches!

  My name is Coach KV and I am in my 11th year coaching here at MHS! I coached girls basketball for two, helped out with softball for 3 and am currently in my 9th year coaching with the boys basketball program. I choose to coach basketball because I love the sport and I love the kids. My goals as a coach are to not only develop the players individual sport specific skills, but to develop responsible young men. To teach them the importance of being a student first, athlete second. I hope to instill the values of dedication, commitment, integrity and the importance of being punctual.

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:

-Pancake Breakfast (Hosted by Girls Soccer) November 2, 2019

-Daddy Daughter Dance: December 14th, 2019

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

COUNSELING NEWS!

It’s been quite a busy week in the counseling office! It’s definitely college application season during the months of October and November. Thank you to students and parents who attended our Senior Financial Aid Info Night  this week. Our guest speaker was Jonathan Miranda from the Delta College Financial Aid Office. The deadline to apply for Financial Aid is March 2, 2020. Throughout the community, there will be various locations where students and parents can get assistance on how to complete and submit their application. The counseling office staff have already submitted 7 applications so far! Our goal is to reach 100% submission this year. If you have a 12th grade student, help us achieve that goal by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov 

We had our CSU Application workshop on how to apply. Katherine Wood was our

guest from CSU Stanislaus who shared the overview of the CSU application and helped seniors with their questions. Deadline to apply to all CSU campuses is November 30th. We encourage ALL CSU applicants to meet with us to review their college applications before submitting. Our office holds an “open lab” every Monday during 5th lunch (12pm-1pm) for seniors who would like help with their application.

This Monday, October 28th there will be a UC Merced rep on campus during 5th lunch (12pm – 1pm) to hold a UC Application Workshop. Any seniors interested in applying to the University of California campuses is encouraged to attend.

 

Spring College Early Start:  The process is under way!  The counselors held Delta application workshops for College Early Start students on Monday, October 21st.  Any student who has not yet applied to Delta must apply as soon as possible, and a Social Security Number is needed to complete this step.  Students taking a class in the spring should attend a group advising session on Thursday, October 31 at 1:15 in Room 102, or 1:15 in Room 105.  At this meeting, students can select a class to include on their College Early Start form to turn in.  Our deadline for College Early Start forms is Monday, November 4th.  Students who do not complete all steps before then, OR do not submit their forms by 11/4, will not be permitted to take a Delta class this spring.  Please see our website for more details:  http://www.tracylearningcenter.com/counseling/college-and-carrer-planning/

PSAT (Preliminary SAT) Test is this Wednesday, October 30th! Registration is officially closed. We have 104 students signed up and ready to take an important step in their preparation for college readiness.  

TEST DATE: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

TEST LOCATION: Tracy Learning Center Gymnasium

Test will begin promptly at 8:00am – Students need to arrive no later than 7:45am and report directly to the Gym. No entrance into the exam after 8:00am. Pencils will be provided. Optional: Students can bring an approved scientific calculator

Make a Difference Week:  CSF held their Sabotage Coin Drive for Make a Difference Week!  All proceeds will benefit McHenry House Family Shelter.  Results of the nest competition will be reported next week!

In honor of Tracy’s Make a Difference Week – There are some great Community Service Opportunities available this weekend, please see the flyers below. All of these events are approved events where students can help volunteer and make a difference in our community!

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

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Virginia Stewart

In an article I enjoyed reading recently, I found great tips for good parenting that seem worth sharing.  I hope you find some of the tips helpful.

 

1. Identify your child’s strengths. You can use them to build your child’s self-esteem, helping to provide the confidence he or she needs to tackle whatever seems difficult. Children will be more willing to listen and understand how to correct adverse behaviors if their dignity is intact.

2. Punishing a child is not as effective as using praise and rewards. Rather than focusing on weaknesses, find ways to assist your child in developing to his or her full potential. When encouraged, children will acquire talents to compensate for any deficiencies.

3. Avoid negative emotional reactions, such as anger, sarcasm, and ridicule. If your child has problems with control, negativity will only make him or her feel worse. Use short and mild suggestions to remind your child to focus, like “P.A.” for “pay attention.”

4. Don’t compare siblings. If a child thinks his or her brother or sister is favored, it can create a rivalry that may last the rest of their lives and cause problems in your family. Make sure your kids know that they are loved equally.

5. Get support if you need it. Life with children is a roller coaster ride. Understanding that there will be negative aspects to child-rearing and getting some professional advice when necessary will help you maintain your sanity and enjoy the experience.

6. Children need positive attention. If they do not receive positive attention from family, they may choose to seek out negative attention. This is because negative attention is still attention, and any attention is better than being ignored. Remember to communicate with your child. Love and care are the greatest healers.

7. Monitor your child’s use of the internet. The stuff kids can access in cyberspace can be dangerous. Get a program that will let you see the web sites they visit and monitor their chats.

8. Accept that life changes when you have a child. Lazy Saturday mornings in bed are replaced by soccer games and recitals. Remember, you still need to make time for each other–date nights and weekend getaways are important for your relationship.

9. Parent by example. Think of your kids as little bipedal copy machines who will mimic everything you do. If you behave badly, you are giving them permission to act in the same ways. Check in with yourself, and don’t lose it in front of the children.

10. Don’t give up on your child, ever! All of your child’s problems can be worked through with humor, goodwill, and perseverance. With proper parental support, even the most troublesome teens can become amazing people.

The mystery of what your children will be and how you can affect that outcome is what family life is all about. Give all you can, keep your cool, and stay in the game. The results and your own joy will surprise and reward you

 

 

Next School Holiday

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

 

 

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 Oct. 21 – 25

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Beef or Bean Burrito

Wed – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Thurs – Chicken Strips

Fri – Beef Hot Dog

 

 

See official rules here.

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Scan your receipt on the Box Tops app for a chance to win 5,000 Bonus Box Tops for your school.

Sweepstakes begins 10/01/19 and ends 11/03/19.

entry, visit: https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/sweepstakes/2019/Monsters/official-rules.

**If you have clipped box tops, please send them in by 10-25-19 to be counted in the first deadline.  

                 

 

 

TK

 

This week in TK we learned all about sink and float!

We started off the week learning about all what causes something to sink or float.  The students were able to see some items sink or float, such as a rock, pencil, feather, penny, and a paper clip.

Next, the students were able to test which fruits sank or float.  Boy, were we surprised when the lemon floated and the blueberry sank.  Wow!

What a treat, the students tested which cookies sank or floated in milk.  Yummy!

The treats keep coming!  They tested which Halloween candies sank or floated.

 Initial Phase

We started our week off with a very fun surprise visit from Mr. Knaus who is a Lieutenant at the Oakland Fire Department. He taught us all about fire safety. We learned what number to call in case of an emergency, why we have smoke alarms, what to do if there is a fire, what firemen wear, and how to stop, drop, and roll. We played fun games and learned a lot! We are so grateful for this experience! Look in your green folder for some information booklets, a scholastic magazine, and a fun firetruck activity. We encouraged P2 students to find smoke alarms in their house and talk to their family about what to do in case of a fire in your home.

Phase One:

Thank you to all the families that participated in the pie fundraiser. Pies will be delivered and ready for pick up on November 25th from 3-5 by the front office.

This week the students in Phase One learned about various US symbols like the bald eagle, Statue of Liberty, American flag and Liberty Bell. Ask your child some facts they learned about those US symbols.

Phase Two:

Thank you to everyone who participated in the pie fundraiser.  Remember, the pie pick up day is NOVEMBER 25th from 3-5 PM.  Pies can be picked up right by the front office.  

Did you know Senora Wharton, our wonderful Spanish teacher, is going to hold our first Spanish spelling bee?!  She is really focusing on writing and spelling Spanish words correctly this year.  A list of words has gone home.  The spelling bee is not mandatory.  We are glad to see that some of our students are really becoming strong in this second language!

Phase 2 students have AR goals that are due in just 2 weeks.  Has your child been reading every night?  Please make sure you sign their AR chart and discuss their progress!  

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

October 18th: Haunted High in the gym, 5-6:30pm (kid-friendly) 6:30-10pm (scary), $7

October 28th: DARE Celebration (for 3 classes who will have completed the program)

October 29th: ⅚ Fall/Halloween Dance 4-5pm (permission forms coming soon)

Our Top 5 Nest Point Earners for the week! Way to go Falcons!!!

Peregrine’s Top 5:

Kestrel’s Top 5:

Saker’s Top 5:

Amur’s Top 5:

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

Varsity: Our class has now begun working on Unit 2. Students have been practicing their multiplication facts with on the computer with Quizalize as well as playing war in the classroom. Students will focus on multi-digit multiplication next week.

Scholastic: Our class reviewed using Quizalize on the computers and had fun for unit 2. They finished Unit 2 test and students are now ready to dive into Unit 3. We will be starting off with powers and exponents then focusing on squares and square roots.

Honors: Students finished their first quiz for Unit 2 and did very well. They reviewed using Quizalize on the computers and had fun. We are now looking into exponent rules and operations of monomials.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity:

In this week, students worked on multi-digit division problems. Students also played games like Multiplication Squares, Connect-4, Kahoot, and Around-the-world to review multiplication and division facts. Students worked on multiplication and division word problems by solving puzzles for a given Hotel Scenario. In addition, students put their best efforts to take the second quiz for Unit-2.

Scholastic:

This week students learned Long division to solve division problems having single-digit divisors. Students learned to estimate quotients for division problems involving multi-digit divisors and multi-digit dividends. Learning “Estimating Quotients” strategy later worked as a trick for solving multi-digit division problems.

Honors:

In this week, students learned to solve Word problems by translating the algebraic terms to equations and solving them. Moreover, this week students reviewed the strategies to solve the Literal equations, Absolute Value equations, algebraic terms, and word problems. Moreover, students are prepared and looking forward to take the second quiz of Unit -2 on Monday.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

The main highlight from this week was the D.A.R.E. Idol competition with the Varsity Group during Language Arts.  Here are the two winning presentations.  They will be performing this at the D.A.R.E. Celebration.

Other important news involves FINALS.

The Unit One Final for Humanities will be Tuesday, October 22nd.  

The Language Arts Final will be Wednesday, October 30th.

Humanities counts for 15% of the total Language Arts and Humanities Grade.  We have not done very many gradable assignments in Humanities in the first Trimester so it is important that students do well on this test.  We have completed a Study Guide and spent time in class studying.  But it helps to review and quiz yourself at home, also.

The Language Arts Final counts for 15% of the overall Grade, also.  We will be studying in class for this test.  I will also be giving the students their quizzes to review and a partial list of all the words they have had this trimester.  These are the things they can use to review at home.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

We are booking and cooking in ELA 5/6! We have started our new novel unit, Fever, 1793, and the learners are intrinsically interested in the book.  Our activities, including just reading the text, have been met with great enthusiasm. In addition, we are still working on our Greek and Latin roots to expand our lexicon, improving grammar, and learning about total wellness through study of the humanities.

I have created a Google classroom to give all learners and invested partners access to materials and more periodic and detailed updates. Each student has been given and demonstrated access to the Google classroom via their school email. I am confident this tool will help bridge class study and home study.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

Our scholars started their third unit this past week and it is on Ancient Egypt! We started our unit by learning about the geography of Egypt. We labeled and colored a map of ancient Egypt after a brief class reading about the land. Please see the picture below of a few fantastic maps from students!

Honors and Scholastic students started learning about the pharaohs of ancient Egypt and their accomplishments. We first learned about the pharaoh Khufu and the Great Pyramid at Giza! After we learn about each pharaoh, students are writing a postcard to a friend or relative to tell them about their visit. The postcards are images in their reading notes packet (which they keep in the social studies folders).

To learn about the White Chapel and pharaoh Senusret I’s accomplishments, students reassembled broken pieces of a carving at the White Chapel. They worked together with their table partners and hypothesized what is depicted in the image (pictured below).

Varsity students are continuing to learn about the two lands of ancient Egypt. They completed an annotated reading, created a timeline of important events, and are learning new power words. They ended the week by learning about the social structure of ancient Egypt.

There will be a quiz next week, which we will announce on Google Classroom. For Honors/Scholastic, it will be on the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs lesson (what were their accomplishments and how did they do it?). For Varsity, it will be on power words, the two lands of Egypt, social structure, and influential pharaohs.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week students played detective and were able to find items in the classroom that are conductors of electricity. Prior to this, they took a bag of objects and sorted them into which ones are conductors and which ones aren’t. They learned all about materials that make good conductors and materials that make good insulators and then tested each object to see if it allowed their lightbulb circuit to work. They also learned about safety with electricity and why insulation is important. Our last experiment with this section was to figure out how to create an electromagnet using an insulated wire, a steel nail, a D-cell and paperclips. Of course all the savvy scientists were able to figure it out! Furthermore, we had the tryouts to enter the 5/6th Rube Goldberg competition in December. The winning students will be announced in the next Charter Chatter.

Check out the pictures below of a group’s Rube Goldberg apparatus, students making an electromagnet, and the art wall for science courtesy of the 10th period Varsity 2 students:

Here is a link to watch a video of the amazing apparatus that a tryout group created:

http://bit.ly/tryoutvid

Next week we will venture into the wonderful world of chemistry!

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 Poison Dart Frogs (Sophie McCrary), Top 5 Cutest Animals (Chloe Pham), and Top 8 Most Dangerous Scorpions (Brian Mora). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • The study guide for Test #3 (Magnets and Electricity), which is on Oct. 24th, was passed out this week.
  • The trimester 1 final which will cover material from tests #1-3 will be on Friday, Nov. 1st.
  • 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 

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • Pie Fundraiser begins Oct 7th and ends Oct. 17th! Students should have brought home fundraiser packets! Pies will be distributed on the 25th.
  • Haunted High is on Oct. 18 4:30-10:00pm
  • 7th/8th Halloween Dance is on Oct. 30th!
  • SWO 1 is due Nov. 1st
  • Community Service hours are due Oct. 31st!

Week 10 Top 5 Nest Earners!

Soccer Intramurals

DCS began their Soccer Intramural games this last week! Students and their self-made teams competed against rivals on Wednesday and Friday. Semi-finals will take place on Monday and Finals will take place Wednesday of this coming week. The winner of 1st lunch will compete against the winner of 2nd lunch on Friday, October 26th. The winning team will receive a trophy and their picture will hang in our new trophy case in our hallway.

Wall Decorating Challenge for September:

September has come and gone and with it another round of wall decorating! September’s theme for our Discovery wall decorating was “Homecoming Heroes”. Students were assigned one wall to decorate according to the theme and connect it with the curriculum in their classroom. This month’s wall winners were Ms. Diaz’s wall and Ms. Dominguez’s wall (decorated by Mr. Harding and Mrs. Cerezo’s homerooms, respectively). Check out the video of students describing their wall and how it connects to their classrooms.

7/8 wall:

https://youtu.be/rwZ4tDg6rJw

5/6 wall:

https://youtu.be/8scBgnn135o

Music Exploration:

The Story of Us!  – Discovery Music has been busy composing their own musical. Each story came up with a basic plot outline then created lyrics to add to songs to make the songs specific to their story. Each class then had the opportunity to record their songs using Garageband. I have included a sample of a song from one of my classes. This song is about a group of Cheetahs that are too chubby to hunt because they like to lie around eating junk food and play video games.

 

A Note from Mrs. Cerezo:

In 7th and 8th we have decided to make some changes to our weekly Charter Chatter! In an attempt to be more efficient and to get the most relevant and important information disseminated to all, we have decided to feature a content area/class each week! We will follow this same pattern each week, beginning with this week. Our first week with this new format will feature our ⅞ Language Arts department. Language Arts will share all relevant information for upcoming dates and information for the class.

Language Arts with Ms. Greene

This week in our class we have finally finished reading our first novel Fever 1793. In all classes we have discovered the theme of the book, based on family and health and the students are able to show the relationship between our Pentathlon theme of Health and Wellness and the novel.

        We have started a new unit on poetry and exploring figurative language in different poems. On Thursday, we did a Poetry escape room where students had to use their knowledge of figurative language and decoding to solve the different tasks.

        To prepare the students for the upcoming final we have started to review. This week we reviewed all of the Humanities notes that we have covered so far in class, this includes health, music genres and different elements of music.

        This week we will hopefully start our new novel Frankenstien.

Final 10/30

Parent Teacher Conferences 11/12

Reminder: Study vocabulary weekly!!

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

This week and month in Language Arts will be dedicated to Frankenstein, our second class novel. This week students completed their presentations to close out our work with Fever 1793 and we began our introduction to Dr. Frankenstein and his monster.

Along with that each class has reviewed figurative language and learned some new poetic devices. We read and analyzed two poems and located myriad examples of figurative examples within. A discussion ensued to explain how poets use poetic devices to get their point across.

This week also our classes used our knew knowledge of poetic devices to work their way through a series of clues to complete an Escape Room–poetry style. This activity proved to be a lot of fun! (Pictured below).

Looking forward students will take their first trimester final on Oct. 30th! Students must also finish their own books by Oct. 24th in order to complete a book report activity that will be presented to the class.

Parent Teacher Conferences are the week of November 11th.

Campus Beautification

The next Campus Beautification Day will take place on October 26th! Be sure that students who wish to attend/participate turn in their permission slips.


Millennium High School

Congratulations to all of the Millennium students who earned 4.0’s for first quarter!

This morning we celebrated these students at Unity.  All students who earned a 4.0 for first quarter were entered into a drawing for either a $10 Barista’s gift card or a $15 T4 gift card.  Our lucky winners are pictured below.

Back: Omeid Nadery, 11th, Jeremy Adams, 11th, Vivek Cherian, 9th

Front: Mackenzie Ardenyi, 12th; Zeenat Enterar, 11th

ACTIVITIES

Speech and Debate 

It was a long, challenging Saturday on October 12th for the Falcon Speech and Debate team this weekend, with 430 students from 16 schools competing. At the end of the day, here are the TLC students who placed in the top ten at our most difficult tournament of the year so far.

  • Grace Bhatia, 9th, Varsity National Extemporaneous
  • Anthony Rhead, 9th, Varsity Impromptu
  • Anthony Rhead, 8th, Varsity Congressional Debate
  • Alondra Camarena, 7th,* Novice Impromptu
  • Scott Malsack, 7th,*  Novice Impromptu
  • Anton Souza, 7th,* Novice Impromptu
  • Grace Bhatia, 6th, Varsity Impromptu
  • Giovanna Chukwuma, 6th, JV Original Advocacy
  • Karina Linarez, 6th, JV Original Oratory
  • Shika Acolatse, 5th, Open Original Prose and Poetry
  • Shika Acolatse, 5th, Open Thematic Interpretation
  • Nicolas Osborn, 5th,* JV Impromptu
  • Logan Malsack, 5th,* JV Impromptu
  • Bianca Villaflor, 5th,* JV Impromptu
  • Lucy Lamanna, 4th,* JV Original Advocacy
  • Lilliana Zapien, 4th,* JV Original Advocacy
  • Nicole Engen, 4th, Open National Extemporaneous
  • A’Ni Clepper, 3rd, JV Original Advocacy
  • Christian Silva, 3rd, Varsity Congressional Debate
  • Lucy Lamanna & Anton Souza, 2nd,* JV Parliamentary Debate
  • Summer Summons & Lilliana Zapien, 2nd,* JV Parliamentary Debate
  • Grace Bhatia, 2nd, Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Alondra Camarena & Logan Malsack, 1st, JV Parliamentary Debate
  • Crysuel Cunanan, 1st, JV Original Advocacy
  • Nicole Engen, 1st, Varsity Big Questions Debate
  • Danica Knowlden, 1st, JV Dramatic Interpretation
  • Anahi Rodriguez, 1st, JV Impromptu
  • Summer Simmons, 1st, JV Humorous Interpretation

*tie

At 31 top 10 and 22 top 5 wins, this was the most winning tournament in our five-year span! It has put us in the top 5 in our district, which has 25 active schools (large and small alike, all one league) and goes from Lodi to the north, Atwater to the south, Sonora to the east, and Mountain House to the west.

We also have 8 students who have rocketed into the top 100 students in our district (out of ~700 active competitors in our district). They are:

  • 98th Anton Souza
  • 93rd Lucy Lamanna
  • 85th Hannah Reyes
  • 57th Anthony Rhead
  • 30th Christian Silva
  • 12th Shika Acolatse
  • 9th Grace Bhatia
  • 7th Nicole Engen

If you would like to see our Falcon winners blow you away as they move further up into the top 10, we have several upcoming tournaments we could use judges and assistance with!

  • Our next regular league tournament is 11/9 in Buhach Colony. Judges get free coffee, food, and entertainment all day. We are obligated to bring 1 judge for every 6 entries we have, and, as you can see, we have a lot of entries. TLC community support would be welcome!
  • We have a Girls’ Only tournament in Mountain House on 11/16. We would love to see some moms, aunties, and best friends out there judging.
  • We have a league tournament 12/7 at Modesto High in Modesto. We can use help with judges throughout the day!
  • Contact Miss Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net, if you are able to help! : )

FALCONS STUDY ABROAD MEETING

Current travelers and parents, we have a trip meeting Wednesday, October 23rd, at 6:30PM in Mr. Young’s room, 304. Please plan to attend! This meeting is for travelers on the current trip (Spring 2020) only.

YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

Yearbook sales have opened! 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 Volleyball, Cross Country and Football): 

Saturday 10/19- Football (JV/V) at West High vs Miramonte (5/7:30pm)

Tuesday 10/22- Girls Volleyball (F) vs Linden and (JV/V) vs Venture Academy at West High (4/5/6pm)… SENIOR NIGHT!

Thursday 10/24- XC at Eagal Lakes, CCAA League Championship, 4pm

Friday 10/25- V Football vs Immanuel at Tracy High, 7pm SENIOR NIGHT

Sports Scores from 10/10-10/16/19:

Varsity Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 3, Brookside Christian 0

Falcons 0, Stone Ridge Christian 3

Falcons 0, Big Valley Christian 3

JV Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 1, Stone Ridge Christian 2

Falcons 2, Big Valley Christian 0

Varsity Football:  Falcons 7, Big Valley Christian 55

JV Football:  Falcons 14, Big Valley Christian 14

Meet The Coaches!

  My name is Coach KV and I am in my 11th year coaching here at MHS! I coached girls basketball for two, helped out with softball for 3 and am currently in my 9th year coaching with the boys basketball program. I choose to coach basketball because I love the sport and I love the kids. My goals as a coach are to not only develop the players individual sport specific skills, but to develop responsible young men. To teach them the importance of being a student first, athlete second. I hope to instill the values of dedication, commitment, integrity and the importance of being punctual.

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:

-Pancake Breakfast (Hosted by Girls Soccer) November 2, 2019

-Daddy Daughter Dance: December 14th, 2019

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

COUNSELING NEWS!

 

Spring College Early Start:  The process has begun!  College Early Start Info meetings were held on Thursday – we had a great turnout including three parents!  Next Steps:  Counselors are holding Delta application workshops for College Early Start students on Monday, October 21st – 12:15 in Room 102, and 1:15 in Room 105.  Students should bring their Social Security Number.  Later in the week, students should check their email to look for a Temporary User ID and Password in order to log into their Delta account and retrieve their Delta ID number.  Please see our website for more details:  http://www.tracylearningcenter.com/counseling/college-and-carrer-planning/

Our deadline for College Early Start forms is Monday, November 4th.  Students who do not complete all steps before then, OR do not submit their forms by 11/4, will not be permitted to take a Delta class this spring.

Next Week is Make a Difference Week!:  From October 21st to the 25th, our California Scholarship Federation chapter (CSF) will be hosting a Sabotage Coin Drive to benefit McHenry House.  Our four nests will compete with each other by placing change in one of the four jars to gain the highest score…pennies will add to a nest’s score, and silver change and bills will subtract from a nest’s score.  Whichever nest has the most points at the end of the week will receive a set amount of nest points!  It is a friendly competition for a great cause – all funds raised will go to McHenry House.  So Falcons, please start gathering your pennies!

 

FOCUS ON MHS SOCIAL STUDIES!

Economics: Since the last charter chatter Economic students have taken a very important test on Market Structures. The results were great! We have since moved on to a unit on business organizations and the students are busy working on a project where they are given examples of clients that are seeking advice on what type of business organization to form given their specific set of circumstances. The students go through a checklist and make recommendations for each of the clients and list the pros and cons of each business model as it pertains to the individual circumstances. The unit on Business organizations should conclude next week with a unit test on all of the information from this section of the curriculum.

Government: Students discuss the importance and need for a judiciary. They outline the US court system and the roles of each court, as well as the purpose of having a separate judiciary and separate levels within it. Discussions in the classroom center around the need for separation of powers, and how Montesquieu’s influence can be seen in our framework of our government today.

U.S. History students are in the middle of their study of the Civil War. This week the student’s put together group presentations on specific battles of the war. They included specific individuals who were vital to each battle, maps of the battle and the terrain, a description of the battle with winners and losers and a monument that has since been created to commemorate that particular battle. Below are some pictures of the students getting ready to present.

Geography

Since the last Charter Chatter the Geography students have been learning about maps, California and are now on to North America. The students have been working on numerous projects during this time, starting with our group “World Map” projects that are now proudly displayed in our classroom. In our California unit students created Google Slide Presentation for our “Trip Around California” project. Students planned a 5 stop vacation around the state and described where they went and what they saw on their trip. We are currently learning about North America and will be starting our “North America in a Bag” project this week.

World History

In World History we have been discovering the Ancient Greeks, Romans and are now on to the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment eras. During our unit on Rome the students worked with a partner to create a Google Slide Presentation on various Ancient Rome topics, such as The Colosseum, women of Rome, Roman cuisine and slavery. The students then presented those to the class to help reinforce our learning of Ancient Rome.  We are now on to our Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment unit.

Career Education

Students are in the last stages of completing their business projects.  Students will present their projects and commercials at the end of next week!  In addition, we have had multiple universities, colleges, and military branches speak to students about the opportunities offered by these institutions.  

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

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A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying is a serious matter that cannot be taken lightly.  Continuous bullying behavior can often leave long-term effects such as loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression for those who are victims.  There are many ways to help eradicate bullying in a school setting. First and foremost is helping all students realize the importance of respect. Often it is helping students realize that things they say can be hurtful and why. Teachers need to be watchful and listen during recess and playtime. Students need to feel empowered to speak up ( not by tattling) but why calmly and strongly stating when something is bothering them.  Teachers can facilitate this and bring the concern to a resolution before it is out of hand.

Often at the end of the day when a child is riding home with a parent, the child can share things that may not have gone well with the day.  It is important to notice patterns. If a student continually talks about a student who is bothering him or her, the parent should contact the teacher to bring some resolution to the issue.  We have several of these kinds of meetings during the school year and they do help. We want to be known as a safe school. We want children to feel happy here and safe. Learning is best accomplished when schools provide a circle of safety for everyone. 

I applaud the student, Celina Lopez, who hung up posters on classroom doors suggesting ways we can help make others feel good.  They listed several ideas in a tear-off fringe at the end of the poster. Students are encouraged to take one and put it into action.  

The opposite of bullying is building up others.  We can all do that. 

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Celina got the idea through applying for a scholarship through DoSomething.org:  https://www.dosomething.org/us/campaigns/cancel-bullying?source=ds_scholarship  The idea behind the flyer is that it takes five positive comments to cancel out a negative one in our minds.  The flyer includes positive messages that students can tear off and give to each other in order to promote a greater sense of belonging and appreciation at school.

Fall has…fallen.  When temps are in the low 80’s, the Fall weather is here.  To ring in the season, TLC is bringing back our Haunted High carnival.   We hope to see you Friday October 18th from 4:30 to 10:00pm to celebrate the season.  After a 3 year hiatus, Mr Snyder and our MHS students are excited to bring back ‘Haunted High’.  5:00 – 6:30 is the PG version and after 7:00pm things get REALLY SCARY.    For those who are not into the scary stuff, we will have games and treats that everyone can enjoy.   It is always nice to have students and parents on campus after academic hours – TLC is more than just a school – we hope to see you there!

 

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Hearing Van

The hearing van will be testing hearing the morning of October 17, 2019. Students who will be tested are  all K, 1st, 2nd, 5th,  8th and 10th grade students.

Next School Holiday

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

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 Oct. 14 – 18

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Chili or Cheese Nachos

Wed – Teriyaki Meatballs

Thurs – Beef Lasagne

Fri – Beef or Veggie Burger   

See official rules here.

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Scan your receipt on the Box Tops app for a chance to win 5,000 Bonus Box Tops for your school.

Sweepstakes begins 10/01/19 and ends 11/03/19.

entry, visit: https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/sweepstakes/2019/Monsters/official-rules.

**If you have clipped box tops, please send them in by 10-25-19 to be counted in the first deadline.  

                   

TK

This week in TK we learned all about sink and float!

We started off the week learning about all what causes something to sink or float.  The students were able to see some items sink or float, such as a rock, pencil, feather, penny, and a paper clip.

Next the students were able to test which fruits sank or float.  Boy, were we surprised when the lemon floated and the blueberry sank.  Wow!

What a treat, the students tested which cookies sank or floated in milk.  Yummy!

The treats keep coming!  They tested which Halloween candies sank or floated.

 

Initial Phase

Our pie fundraiser (sent home on Monday) is running through next Thursday, October 17th. Orders will be due on the 17th. Pies will be available for pick up on Friday, October 25th from 3:00-5:00 next to the office. All proceeds will benefit our TLC preschool program.

We are collecting Box Tops For Education! It is now so easy to earn money for our school! Just download the APP, add our school and start scanning!

Next week we will be learning all about fire safety and will even have a presentation from a surprise visitor!

Phase One:

Please support our TLC preschool program by participating in our current pie fundraiser. Information and packets were sent home on Monday. This fundraiser will run until Thursday, October 17th. Pies will be delivered and ready for pick up on Friday, October 25th from 3:00-5:00 next to the front office.

Our school is also collecting Box Tops For Education. There is a flyer in today’s Green folders. No need to cut them out, just download the app, add our school and scan your box tops. This is a very easy way to help earn our school some money!

This week the Phase One students learned about our great state of California! The students learned about where California is located on a map and several state symbols. Ask your student to tell you something they learned about California.

Phase Two:

This week we continued our animal and life science unit.  Some of our classes have even dissected an owl pellet!  We have talked about producers and consumers and adaptations.  In art our classes made beautiful mandalas with tissue paper.  This project required a lot of focus and cutting.  They look amazing! Please make sure you are signing your child’s agenda and AR chart every Friday.  

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

October 7th-17th: Pie Fundraiser

October 18th: Haunted High in the gym, 5-6:30pm, $7

October 28th: DARE Celebration (for 3 classes who will have completed the program)

October 29th: ⅚ Fall/Halloween Dance 4-5pm (permission forms soon)

Our Top 5 Nest Point Earners for the week! Way to go Falcons!!!

Peregrine’s Top 5:

Kestrel’s Top 5:

Saker’s Top 5:

Amur’s Top 5:

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:.

Varsity: Our class was finishing up Unit 1 this week. Our test was Friday and the class will be finding the average on Monday. Our next unit is multiplying and dividing which we have begun activities to check for multiplication facts. Students will also fill in their own multiplication chart in class that they will use in class throughout the unit.

Scholastic: Our class is on the cusp of finishing Unit 2 and had a quiz Friday with review set for next week. Our unit test will be on Thursday.

Honors: Students have blossomed in unit 2 and loved working with the vocabulary for Algebra. They are almost ready for their first quiz of the unit. We have just finished factoring expressions and we will review for our quiz next week before moving into the next lesson.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity:

We started this week with division. Students learned to divide multi-digit numbers by a single-digit divisor. Students reviewed multiplication facts by playing games like “Kaboom” and “Multiplication Squares”.  In the coming weeks, students will be working on multi-digit multiplication and division problems along with reviewing the multiplication/division facts.

Scholastic:

This week students learned about multiplying decimals and checking the answer by estimating the product. Students also learned long-division along with solving multi-digit division problems. In the coming weeks, students will be learning to estimate the quotient for multi-digit problems. Students enjoyed playing Kahoot while reviewing the concepts of multiplying and dividing by powers of 10.

Honors:

In this week, students learned to solve Absolute Value equations and Literal equations. Students reviewed solving multi-step equations by playing Kahoot. For creative learning day, student learned solving Literal equations by playing Connect 4. In the coming weeks, students will be learning to solve word problems involving algebraic expressions.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

This week we focused on writing the body paragraphs of an essay.  Scholastic and Honors are answering the question “What is Real Music?”  Varsity is writing their report for D.A.R.E.  Next week, we will work on other elements of their essays including revising and editing.  Below are some of our class generated notes and student work.

In Humanities, students will have a Unit test for Music in the near future.  To help them study for it, they will be working on a study guide both in class and as homework.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

We have begun our new novel unit and the learners are excited. They enjoy learning about the era, how people lived without daily showers, and new/archaic words. The author has fantastic command of verbs that drive the story. We will certainly take some of the tools from her writing box and place them in ours.

I am still grading essays.  Bear with me as quality feedback takes time.  Student effort is worth more than simply completing the rubric and assigning a grade. So far, I have been impressed with the natural gifts of the writers, and the overwhelming amount of polish and elbow grease previous teachers have poured into their education. I look forward to handing them back and starting the next set of essays.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

During the past week in social studies, students have been finishing their lessons on early civilizations and preparing for their second unit test on Friday, 10/11.

Honors finished their group project and gallery walk activity on ancient Sumer. Please see the pictures below of some of their fantastic posters! After they read all about their assigned topic, students had to work together to write a list of facts, draw pictures, and write how their topic relates to civilization.

Scholastic and Varsity students completed their digital brochures on Mesopotamia and they look fantastic! You are able to view your child’s brochure on Google Classroom (have them show you where they submitted the brochure and you are able to view the assignment there – let me know if you have issues). Here are a few printed brochures:

Students in all classes then participated in a fun and engaging lesson all about cuneiform. After a brief lecture about cuneiform, students created their own alphabet with different symbols and wrote a phrase about Mesopotamia using their alphabet. Then, using play-doh, students created clay tablets and etched their phrases into the tablet for other students to attempt to decipher. See pictures below of some students working on translating clay tablets!

We are starting our next unit on Monday, October 14th – we’re off to Ancient Egypt!

Scholastic students will no longer be using interactive notebooks and will be utilizing folders to organize their materials. Folders will be supplied to all students, but they may use their own if they wish.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! Students did shockingly well with making their very first simple circuit. This week the savvy scientists learned about D-cells, parts of an incandescent bulb, and what wires are for. Ask them to make you a circuit PLEASE, because I guarantee they’ll know. In fact, look at the picture below of a circuit that scientist Hayden Compton made. It was fantastic! On Thursday, students had a pop quiz on the principles of circuits. Lastly, many students had to retake the last test on Friday because there were issues with the Chromebooks, so hopefully, by next week the grades will be out and the answers reviewed.

Next week we will learn about conductors and insulators.

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 Mammatus Clouds (Cameron Jimenez), Top 14 Best Mods in Minecraft (Alex Castro), and Are There Aliens on Mars? (Madyson Humphrey). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • The Rube Goldberg competition tryouts are open for next week, October 14-17th. Inventors have been requested to sign their group up for a time slot. Only groups that signed up for a time slot will be allowed to compete.
  • Please don’t forget to check Google classroom regularly with your student.
    Hon/Scholastic code→ jp9wlua
    Varsity code→ 8d4s9b
  • I, Ms. Diaz, have also created my own class website https://diazdoesscience.weebly.com . In addition to Google classroom, this site will also contain class information and is easily accessed, as a student login is not required. Both Google Classroom and the website will be updated, so check one or both to find out details about the class and what we’ve done on a daily basis.

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • Pie Fundraiser begins Oct 7th and ends Oct. 17th! Students should have brought home fundraiser packets! Pies will be distributed on the 25th.

Week 9 Top 5 Nest Earners!

Friday Homeroom Games Challenge:

Every Friday, one student from each homeroom participates in a game at Unity! Here is a look at last week’s game:

Wall Decorating Challenge for September:

September has come and gone and with it another round of wall decorating! September’s theme for our Discovery wall decorating was “Homecoming Heroes”. Students were assigned one wall to decorate according to the theme and connect it with the curriculum in their classroom. This month’s wall winners were Ms. Diaz’s wall and Ms. Dominguez’s wall (decorated by Mr. Harding and Mrs. Cerezo’s homerooms, respectively). Check out the video of students describing their wall and how it connects to their classrooms.

7/8 wall:

https://youtu.be/rwZ4tDg6rJw

5/6 wall:

https://youtu.be/8scBgnn135o

Language Arts with Ms. Greene

                We are moving right along and are now in the double digit count for our weeks. Time flies when you’re having fun!

This week in all classes the goal is to finish our book Fever 1793. Along with the book the students on Thursday and Friday will be presenting their research projects that focus on a specific epidemic. The students are also reviewing the elements of music for the pentathlon.

In Honors, they won for the most donations given for the CJSF McHenrey house donation drive and will receive a pizza party and free day on Friday! Great job class.

In Varsity, they have been working diligently to complete their projects and are setting a goal for the class to get a higher percentage on their test scores in the weeks to come.

Scholastic has also been working on the project and are working towards finishing the book before the other classes.

Reminder: Study vocabulary weekly!!

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

Each class finished reading Fever 1793 this week! This week has been a week of catching up and reviewing. We have worked toward completing some notes for Humanities Music Terms and practiced the key terms we learned on Quizlet!

Furthermore, all classes continued work on their final projects for our novel (to be presented on Friday) and continued with our diagramming and vocabulary practice.

Congrats to our three winners of this weeks Vocabulary Competition:

Jackie Chukwuma

Josh Zulueta

Stephen Garcia

Math with Mr. Dhillon

Varsity :- unit 2 completed and will start with unit 3 ( Introduction to Algebra and function.)

Scholastic :-  unit 2  completed and started with unit 3 (Parent Function and Transformation).

Honors :-  unit 3 completed  and will start with unit 4 (Congruent Triangles)

Science with Ms. Dominguez:

This week in 7/8 Science, we are exploring the links between obesity and cancer. As part of Academic Pentathlon’s curriculum, we have been discussing the various risk factors that exist for cancer, and how some are completely out of our control and others, we can exercise some control over in order to reduce our risk. Obesity, which includes an element of diet, is one of the risk factors that can be reduced by the types of nutrients and foods we put in our bodies.

Students are currently watching clips from a documentary called The Game Changers which features professional athletes that follow a plant-based diet, and tracks how this change in food choices has affected their overall health and athletic performance. As a class, we discuss the pro’s and con’s of this kind of diet with the students questioning how this can align with what we have always learned about having a balanced diet that features all of the food groups (food pyramid).

All classes (with some variation for varsity) will be getting a project assignment tomorrow. They will be asked to track their food choices for all of their meals and snacks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will discuss their food journals on Monday, and then discuss what kind of changes they would have to make in order to go either vegetarian or vegan, and if they think that would be a healthy choice for them.

Campus Beautification

The next Campus Beautification Day will take place on October 26th! Be sure that students who wish to attend/participate turn in their permission slips.

Art with Ms. Losen

This week in art…fifth & sixth are in pre-production for their very own short films. Students have split into groups to focus on sets/location scouting, props, lighting & sound, screenwriting, and advanced cinematography. 7/8 honors are midway through a unit on improvisation and 7/8 varsity are beginning a unit on storytelling and mixed media.

Physical Education:

With the “New School Year” well underway and the 1st Trimester of School already over, students are having a blast in PE playing Eclipse Ball, Disc Golf, Ultimate Kan-Jam! Please be on the lookout in “Aeries” for a “Skills Test” for 5/6 & a “Written Test” for 7/8 this Friday, as this is the 7th/8th Graders 2nd Test Grade for The Year!  Study Guides & Videos will be provided on our teacher website: http://www.discoverype.weebly.com/ for students to refer to as Study Guides HAVE BEEN/WILL BE also printed out and given for Coach Penirian, Coach Levand and Coach Williams!

Also, as a friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be bringing a warm clothes for PE, extra socks/shoes and still applying “Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and showering daily; Even though it is starting to get cold out as they still do sweat during the day even though they don’t think they do!!! LOL ;))


Millennium High School

ACTIVITIES

Speech and Debate 

Our first speech and debate tournament of the year was last weekend at Bear Creek High School. 350 students competed from 15 schools across 3 counties, and our Millennium team members gave outstanding performances.

Our complete Falcon wins were:

Kyle Fisher, 6th, Congressional Debate

Giovanna Chukwuma, 5th, Original Advocacy (tied with A. Clepper)

A’Ni Clepper, 5th, Original Advocacy (tied with G. Chukwuma)

Alondra Camarena, 5th, Impromptu

Eli Galvez, 5th, Original Advocacy

Summer Simmons, 4th, Humorous Interpretation

Lilliana Zapien, 4th, Original Advocacy

Shika Acolatse, 4th, Program Oral Interpretation

Christian Silva, 3rd, Congressional Debate

Logan Malsack, 3rd, Impromptu

Ariana Billings, 3rd, Original Advocacy

Kyle Carlos, 2nd, Impromptu (tied with A. Souza)

Anton Souza, 2nd, Impromptu (tied with K. Carlos)

Lucy Lamanna, 2nd, Original Advocacy

Crysuel Cunana, 1st, Original Advocacy

Anton Souza and Lucy Lamanna, 1st, Parliamentary Debate

Nicole Engen, 1st, Big Questions Debate

Nicole Engen, 1st, National Extemporaneous

Our next tournament is October 12th at Mountain House High School — we are always looking for judges! Come see what we’re all about and enjoy free food, coffee, water, and entertainment!

 

 

YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

Yearbook sales have opened! 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. Senior Dedication ads in the yearbook are available and can include photos alongside a personal message to your son or daughter. 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 Volleyball, Cross Country and Football): 

Friday 10/11- Football (JV/V) at Big Valley Christian at 5 and 7:15pm

Girls Volleyball at Turlock Christian (played at Calvary Baptist) at 6/8pm

Saturday 10/12- Girls Varsity Volleyball at Stockton Classic

Sports Scores from 10/5-10/10/19:

Varsity Girls Volleyball:  Falcons , Brookside Christian

Cross Country:  In the 2nd league meet out at Legion Park, the girls team took 1st and the boys team took 2nd.  Carson Edwards finished 3rd overall and Arianna Billings finished 2nd overall for the girls.  

Meet The Coaches!

  This is my 10th year as Varsity Baseball Coach, and my 15th year as a member of the baseball coaching staff. I have been fortunate enough to coach teams that have won three league championships, in 2012, 2014 and 2019. Our teams have made eight playoff appearances in the last ten years. Our teams continue to play the game the Falcon way, with pride and excellence. 

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:

-Pancake Breakfast (Hosted by Girls Soccer) November 2, 2019

-Daddy Daughter Dance: December 14th, 2019

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

COUNSELING NEWS!

All 1st quarter progress reports were mailed home this week. If you do not receive a copy in the mail, please contact 209.290-0511 to verify your correct address is on file in the Aeries system. There is also important inserts regarding yearbook orders and other specific information depending on your student’s grade level. Be on the lookout for it!

Spring College Early Start:  The process is starting!  Students interested and/or required to take a Delta College class this spring must attend an informational meeting on Thursday, October 17th during lunch.  12:15 in Room 101, 1:15 in Room 105.  Parents are welcome to attend, just make sure you check in at the Front Office!  This meeting will cover all the requirements and steps needed to register and take advantage of this great program, wherein students who earn an A or B in their college class will have their tuition reimbursed by TLC!

Make a Difference Week:  From October 21st to the 25th, our California Scholarship Federation chapter (CSF) will be hosting a Sabotage Coin Drive to benefit McHenry House.  Our four nests will compete with each other by placing change in one of the four jars to gain the highest score…pennies will add to a nest’s score, and silver change and bills will subtract from a nest’s score.  Whichever nest has the most points at the end of the week will receive a set amount of nest points!  It is a friendly competition for a great cause – all funds raised will go to McHenry House.  So Falcons, please start gathering your pennies!

Attention Seniors! This Monday, October 14th from 10am – 7pm, The Photographic Art Studio located at 44 W. 10th Street will be taking walkins (No appointment necessary) for the basic senior portrait sessions. Any seniors who have not taken or scheduled an appointment should take advantage of this opportunity.

FOCUS ON MHS SCIENCE!

In MHS Physics, we have been studying acceleration, velocity, displacement,  forces, and free-body diagrams. Although taken for granted, we all use Newton’s Three Laws of Motion everyday. Can remember them? Take a look …. https://www.grc.nasa.gov/www/k-12/airplane/newton.html and ask your physics students to explain.

 

 

Chemistry:  What do Charles, Boyle, Avogadro and Gay-Lussac all have in common?  GAS LAWS!!!  Students have just completed investigating the behavior of gases and how gases can be manipulated.  They have seen first hand how math is the language of science and the importance of controlled investigation.  Next up – ATOMS, ATOMS AND MORE ATOMS

Integrated Science students are applying what they have learned about metric measurement and data collection to the topic energy and related concepts

Environmental Science students were reminded of the importance of temperature regulation in living organisms when they observed the respiration of yeast at various temperatures. This observation led to an introduction to thermodynamics and understanding heat as a energy. Students learned to measure a calorie and used calorimeters to calculate the specific heat of various materials that are commonly used in the structures of homes.

Biology has been studying human impacts in ecosystems and creating a tri-fold vacation brochure to inspire tourists to visit particular biomes, whose advantages are researched and described.

 Forensic Science finished fingerprint analysis and is studying hair as evidence, particularly the morphology and structure of hair. Their assigned project is to create a Tik Tok video relating hair to forensics.

TLC Charter Chatter

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A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying is a serious matter that cannot be taken lightly.  Continuous bullying behavior can often leave long-term effects such as loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression for those who are victims.  There are many ways to help eradicate bullying in a school setting.  First and foremost is helping all students realize the importance of respect.  Often it is helping students realize that things they say can be hurtful and why.  Teachers need to be watchful and listen during recess and playtime.  Students need to feel empowered to speak up ( not by tattling) but why calmly and strongly stating when something is bothering them.  Teachers can facilitate this and bring the concern to a resolution before it is out of hand.

Often at the end of the day when a child is riding home with a parent, the child can share things that may not have gone well with the day.  It is important to notice patterns.  If a student continually talks about a student who is bothering him or her, the parent should contact the teacher to bring some resolution to the issue.  We have several of these kinds of meetings during the school year and they do help.  We want to be known as a safe school.  We want children to feel happy and safe here.  Learning is best accomplished when schools provide a circle of safety for everyone.

I applaud the student, Celina Lopez, who hung up posters on classroom doors suggesting ways we can help make others feel good.  They listed several ideas in a tear-off fringe at the end of the poster.  Students are encouraged to take one and put it into action.  

The opposite of bullying is building up others.  We can all do that.

 PICTURE Retake Day for All Schools

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

Flyers and order forms are available in the office for those students who were absent on Picture Day or for those students doing retakes (bring previous pictures in if you are doing retakes on Picture Day).        

Hearing Van

The hearing van will be testing hearing the morning of October 17, 2019. Students who will be tested are all K, 1st, 2nd, 5th,  8th and 10th-grade students.

Next School Holiday

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

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 Oct. 7 – 11

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Beef Tostada

Wed – Chicken Corn Dog

Thurs – Beef Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Fri – Beef Hot Dog     

                       

TK

This week in TK we learned all about our anatomy!

We started off the week learning about all our body parts.  The students danced using all their parts and had a great time.

We continued learning about the heart, lungs, and brain.  They practiced bringing their heart rate up by exercising and then slowing it down.  Whew!!

Next, they learned about bone and muscles.  Flex those muscles!

We tied up the week creating an anatomy diagram showing all of our parts!

Initial Phase

Check out the three different Scholastic Let’s Find Out magazines in your child’s folder! We focused on character building for social studies this week. We talked about what sharing means, how to be a good friend, and revisited school rules. You can login to the website from the informational sheet previously sent home to watch the videos and play the games that go along with each magazine.

Happy first days of fall! It looks like we will have our first bit of cooler weather next week, which means students will be coming to school with sweatshirts. Be sure to write your student’s name in their jacket.

The preschool health fair is this Saturday from 9:00-1:00!

Phase One:

Each classroom had its very first AR party! New AR goals will be sent home in Red folders on Monday. If you have any questions about AR and your child’s goal or reading level please feel free to email the teachers and we would love to help you out. Please encourage your students to read at least 2 books a week and take a quiz on them.

The students were able to share their ancestry projects they completed at home. It was really fun to hear about each students’ family and how they came to America. The pictures were a big HIT and added a personal touch. Great job! We will be starting our new unit in Social Studies next week.

Phase Two:

This week our phase 2 students enjoyed an amazing animal show from Cruzin Critters! We saw mammals like chinchillas and even a giant python! The blue and gold macaw was beautiful and loud! The teachers even got to hold an owl. Thank you to the parents who donated toward this event.

Last month our 4th grade leadership students were very busy making friendship bracelets to sell. After two busy days of sales they raised over $325 to donate to the MHS weight room!!

Great job!

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

October 8th: Picture Day Retakes

October 7th-17th: Pie Fundraiser (More info coming soon!)

Our Top 5 Nest Point Earners for the week! Way to go Falcons!!!

Peregrine’s Top 5:

Kestrel’s Top 5:

Saker’s Top 5:

Amur’s Top 5:

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:.

Varsity: Our class working on adding/subtracting decimals. Students did an activity of working in a restaurant as well as being customers in class. We had waiters and waitresses taking customer orders and used play money to practice adding/subtracting decimals.

Scholastic: Our class has begun division of decimals this week. Students started off with dividing decimals by whole numbers and now we are moving to dividing whole numbers by decimals. We will be doing a lot of practice with division these next two weeks.

Honors: Students finished up our first unit and have begun unit 2. They are learning math vocabulary at the moment especially for the four operations. Students are learning all the different ways equations can be expressed in words and translating them to numbers and variables.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity: In this week students reviewed multiplication strategies by playing games like “Kaboom” and “I have..Who has?”. Students took the quiz for the second unit and performed at the class average of 87%. In the coming weeks, students will be reviewing their division facts and learning more about the magic of dividing and multiplying the numbers by multiples of 10.

Multiplication: The students should be practicing multiplication facts at home whenever possible. I have provided each student with a multiplication chart.

Scholastic: In this week students learned to solve word problems by drawing visual models. In addition, they also learned about estimating products for whole numbers and decimal numbers along with getting introduced to the strategy of multiplying decimals by using a 10×10 grid. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about different strategies to divide whole numbers and decimal numbers.

Multiplication: The students should be practicing multiplication facts at home whenever possible.

Honors:  In this week students learned about solving multi-step equation using the Distributive property, proportions, properties of equality, and isolating the variables. The students took the first quiz of the second unit. In the coming weeks, students will be learning to solve algebraic expressions involving absolute values.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

Last week, Varsity finished up Love That Dog.  This week, they started their Fever 1793 Unit.  We will be learning context clues and how to use them.  We will also be looking closely at the main character and how she survives the fever.

Scholastic and Honors are moving along with both the novel and Diagramming.  Below are some pictures of diagramming at the board.  For Humanities, they will be working on an essay answering the question What is real Music?  They will also be studying for the first unit test in Humanities.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

We are finished with our first whole class novel, Love That Dog.  We will begin a new reading unit, based on the book, Fever, 1793. We will focus on increasing our reading automaticity through rigorous practice. The novel will present many opportunities to write as well. Based on the reaction from 7th and 8th grade, our 5th and 6th graders should love it.

We will work on improving our writing skills through shorter, more focused responses. We will continue analyzing sentences by diagraming, but we will also spend time with syntax and other ways of breaking down and constructing meaning. The writing was good at the beginning of the year (thank you parents and teachers), but I am further encouraged by the improvements that have already been made. I look forward to a great year of improving all of our skills, while we read some pretty good stories and articles.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

This past week in social studies, students in Honors finished their lesson on the rise of Sumerian city-states. They learned about the different geographic challenges the Sumerians faced and the solutions they used to solve these problems. Students created a real estate advertisements to attract people to their own city-state – see pictures below of some fantastic examples:

Students then started their new lesson on ancient Sumer. They started this lesson by identifying the different characteristics that make up a civilization. Students worked together to complete a spoke diagram with these characteristics. We then had students engaged in the lesson by having random students come up to the whiteboard to list and share with the class one of these characteristics of civilizations – see picture below of students working together on this activity!

For ancient Sumer, students are working on a group poster project to then do a Gallery Walk activity on Friday. This activity will allow students to work in pairs, or independently, to discover if Sumer should be classified as a civilization.

Scholastic and Varsity students are continuing work in their interactive notebooks. They are also learning about Sumerian city-states. This week, students in Scholastic and Varsity are creating digital brochures on Mesopotamia. These brochures are on Google Classroom and a few students shared theirs with the class. We have been very impressed with their creativity and knowledge of Mesopotamia!

Next week, all classes will have a unit test on Mesopotamia. We are planning for the unit test to be on Thursday, October 10, but may be moved to Friday, the 11th. We will post updates on Google Classroom. All students are taking home their notebooks or folders to study. We will have a study guide and play review games early next week to prepare for the unit test.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! 

A job well done to all students as they’ve just completed the rigors of test #2. This week we’ve all put our heads together to think about what electricity is and how we use it in our everyday lives. Groups made posters showing a scene where electricity is used and will present them to the class next week. I’m sure the presentations will be quite en”light”ening. Please don’t forget to check Google classroom regularly with your student. In addition to announcements, assignments and PDFs of class handouts, I have started posting the daily agendas, so if your student is absent, you may see what they missed.

Google classroom:

Hon/Scholastic code→ jp9wlua

Varsity code→ 8d4s9b

Next week we’ll learn how to light a bulb by experimenting with circuits.

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 Ferrofluid (Jia Camacho) and The Most Dangerous Spider in the World (Katelyn Hellman). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • Mission to Mars—> registrations have been made and deposits paid…we launch for our Mission in t-minus 6 months. The date for the next parent meeting will be posted soon.
  • The Rube Goldberg competition tryouts have been postponed, but students have submitted their group entry information and new dates will be given next week. If you have never heard of a Rube Goldberg Machine, check this out and prepare to be amused: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lz8_aaKNXA

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • Picture Retakes October 8th
  • Pie Fundraiser begins Oct 7th (more info to come!)

Week 8 Top 5 Nest Earners!

Friday Homeroom Games Challenge:

Every Friday one student from each homeroom participates in a game at Unity! Here is a look at last week’s game:

Language Arts with Ms. Greene

                This week we are quickly coming to the climax of the story of Fever 1793. In all classes, students learned about the 12 Stages of a Hero’s Journey. In Varsity and Scholastic, they identified Matilda’s stages of her heroic journey and made timelines. In Honors, the students read the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” and identified the stages throughout the story. The students learned that most Disney heroes follow these stages in the movies.

        The students have been assigned the project focused on the book, the students will be researching an epidemic of their choice and will be creating a poster, powerpoint or display of their choice to present the epidemic. Students will be given time in class to do their project.

        In Honors, students are steadily moving along with writing the introduction and body paragraphs and we are focused on creating hooks and smooth transitioning bridges. In Varsity and Scholastic, their goal for this essay is to create an essay without saying “I” and to include a quote as their hook with a smooth transitioning sentence to introduce the book.

        There is a heavy focus among the students to study for vocabulary for both week 8 and 9, and to be able to diagram a sentence with a prepositional phrase; Honors it is to diagram a sentence with a direct object and a coordinating conjunction.

Reminder: Essay due 10/9  

Reminder: Study vocabulary weekly!!

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

All classes are getting closer to finishing our first in class novel! We have begun to chart the protagonist’s journey throughout the novel and how she has ungone changes both physically and in her character to become the hero of the story. Each class took a look at what it means to be a ‘hero’ in a story and learned that there are 12 steps to a Heroes Journey.

Furthermore, classes have been assigned another essay assignment (introduction and first body paragraph only) where they will compare and contrast the differences between a teenager in the late 1700’s and today. This essay is due next week when we will continue to meet with students to discuss potential improvements.

Finally, all classes have been assigned a project related to the book where they will research and design a presentation to describe an epidemic in history! We will be working on this in class and it will be homework for the Honors and Scholastic classes.

Math with Mr. Dhillon

Varsity :- unit 2 completed( lesson 1 to lesson 15) doing review for all the lesson and then unit test 2.

Scholastic :-  unit 2  completed doing review and will do unit 2 test.

honors :-  unit 3 completed  . (parallel and perpendicular lines) doing quiz 3.3 and then review of unit 3 and unit 3 test

Math with Mrs. Rapp

Varsity will be wrapping up unit 2 and end the week with a unit test. Last week we explored division using a variety of models and activities.

Scholastic will finish the last section of unit 2 and be taking a quiz. Continuing with a variety of review activities to get us ready for unit 3.

In Honors we will be unit 3 testing early in the week and then start unit 4.

All 7th and 8th graders will be assigned their first semester SWO this week. As well as doing one round of state interim testing to get ready for state testing.

Campus Beautification

Mr. Hepner, Ms. Zaca, and all of Discovery staff want to thank each and every one of the 22 students who showed up last Saturday for our very first Discovery Campus Beautification! Students spent the three hours cleaning the eating tables in Discovery and Primary, cleared the baseball and softball field of debris and trash, pulled out any weeds, and helped Mr. Hepner prune the trees and bushes on campus. We are ever so grateful for the dedication our students show towards maintaining our campus and want to thank each and every parent for supporting that drive and motivation in their students. Our next beautification will take place in the end of October (date will be released early in the month).

Music Exploration with Mr. Dougherty:

DCS Music Exploration is in the middle of a pop opera project. This means that each class will

  1. Create, compose, and perform the music and story for a class pop opera.
  2. Decide on a setting, theme, and plot for the pop opera.
  3. Complete the lyrics and melody for five partially written pop opera songs.
  4. Decide on singers, movements, and staging for each song.
  5. Create or find props, costumes, and scenery for the show.
  6. Perform the pop opera in front of a live audience.

So far each class has come up with a very entertaining storyline. We are having a blast. Stay tuned to find out what happens in each of the sagas.

Art with Ms. Losen

This week in art students pitched their movie ideas, showcasing  original loglines, plot summaries, and storyboards. They determined who their target audience was and who their ideal cast would be. Classes voted on their favorite project and began forming crews and planning shoots for the short film version.

Spanish with Ms. Polo

Finishing up oral testing for absent students

Translating Spanish Bee

Reviewing for test #2 next week. Test is on A Abuja, B ballena and Spanish Bee commands 1-25


Millennium High School

MHS PICTURE RETAKES ARE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH.

ACTIVITIES

Speech and Debate 

Our first speech and debate tournament of the year was last weekend at Bear Creek High School. 350 students competed from 15 schools across 3 counties, and our Millennium team members gave outstanding performances.

Our complete Falcon wins were:

Kyle Fisher, 6th, Congressional Debate

Giovanna Chukwuma, 5th, Original Advocacy (tied with A. Clepper)

A’Ni Clepper, 5th, Original Advocacy (tied with G. Chukwuma)

Alondra Camarena, 5th, Impromptu

Eli Galvez, 5th, Original Advocacy

Summer Simmons, 4th, Humorous Interpretation

Lilliana Zapien, 4th, Original Advocacy

Shika Acolatse, 4th, Program Oral Interpretation

Christian Silva, 3rd, Congressional Debate

Logan Malsack, 3rd, Impromptu

Ariana Billings, 3rd, Original Advocacy

Kyle Carlos, 2nd, Impromptu (tied with A. Souza)

Anton Souza, 2nd, Impromptu (tied with K. Carlos)

Lucy Lamanna, 2nd, Original Advocacy

Crysuel Cunana, 1st, Original Advocacy

Anton Souza and Lucy Lamanna, 1st, Parliamentary Debate

Nicole Engen, 1st, Big Questions Debate

Nicole Engen, 1st, National Extemporaneous

Our next tournament is October 12th at Mountain House High School — we are always looking for judges! Come see what we’re all about and enjoy free food, coffee, water, and entertainment!

YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

Yearbook sales have opened! 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. Senior Dedication ads in the yearbook are available and can include photos alongside a personal message to your son or daughter. 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 Volleyball, Cross Country and Football): 

Saturday 10/5- XC at Frog Town Invitational

Frosh Girls Volleyball @ Orestimba Tournament

Monday 10/7- XC at MVL Meet (Groveland)

Thursday 10/10- Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Brookside Christian (6pm at West High)

Friday 10/11- Football (JV/V) at Big Valley Christian at 5 and 7:15pm

Girls Volleyball at Turlock Christian (played at Calvary Baptist) at 6/8pm

Saturday 10/12- Girls Varsity Volleyball at Stockton Classic

Sports Scores from 9/27-10/3/19:

Varsity Football:  Falcons 45, Delta Charter 10

JV Football:  Falcons 14, Delta Charter 8

Varsity Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 0, Big Valley Christian 3

Falcons 3, Turlock Christian 1

Falcons 3, Elliot Christian 1

JV Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 2, Big Valley Christian 1

Falcons 2, Turlock Christian 1

Cross Country:  In the 2nd league meet out at Legion Park, the girls team took 1st and the boys team took 2nd.  Carson Edwards finished 3rd overall and Arianna Billings finished 2nd overall for the girls.  

Meet The Coaches!

  Millennium would like to welcome Coach Darlha Canas to the team as we start our first ever JV Boys Soccer team for the upcoming season!   I have coached TYSL for the last 9 years with TYSL. I currently coach competitive U15 soccer girls in which the season will take a break for high school soccer.

I, myself have played soccer since I was eight, at age 10 years old I went into competitive soccer, and then played in JV and Varsity High school, along with College soccer.

I wanted to become a soccer coach for Millennium High School to help grow every player into becoming the best soccer player they can be while having a fun time creating great memories as a team.

Cool Fact: My family went to go see Messi and Ronaldo play against each other in Spain.

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:

-Pancake Breakfast (Hosted by Girls Soccer) November 2, 2019

-Daddy Daughter Dance: December 14th, 2019

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

COUNSELING NEWS!

Last week, counselors visited all senior English 4 classes to discuss current and post high school plans. Important dates and deadlines were covered. Below is the Powerpoint presentation – our goal is stressing the importance of the last and final year in high school.

Below is the link directly to the presentation: http://www.tracylearningcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Senior-Presentation-Part-1-2019-2020.pdf

The MHS Interact Club visited T-K last week in honor of Literacy and Reading month with the Rotary International. Here are some pics of our cabinet and a few members in action:

Volunteers Show the Falcon Spirit

Millennium High School students showed the true Falcon Spirit of giving back to the community by volunteering to help at the Tracy City Association Downtown Pumpkin Patch this Wednesday.

TLC CHARTER CHATTER

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A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

Thank you for the great showing at the Homecoming Parade on Wednesday.  I believe it is the greatest student participation we have ever had.  The floats were magnificent, the children spirited and the crowd along the street was awesome.  Of course, the band was a great lead for the parade.  Thank you for enduring the hottest weather we have had for a parade as well.

Finally, the homecoming events will come to an end and we will settle down into October.  October is the end of the first quarter for the high school.  Quarter grades are more like a progress report.  These grades do not go on the transcript.  The end of the semester is fifty school days later.  That gives students who are not doing well a chance to recover.  The most damaging thing to hurt grades is missing assignments.  It is important to note that we do not accept late work.  Assignments must be done on time.  

Please also remember that attendance is another factor affecting success in school.  Students need to be on time and avoid missing school whenever possible.  When students are absent, they do have a  time limit to make up missing work, but it is so much harder to catch up when students are absent.  The state considers students who miss more than 10% of the school year as chronic absent students.  Schools are judged on how well their students do with attending school regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

A huge thank you to the above sponsors for helping make this year’s golf tournament such a success!!  Thanks to our community sponsors, participants, and donors, $22,079 has been raised toward the completion of our weight room!  Stay tuned!  It’ll be an exciting addition for both the athletics and physical education programs!

 

 

 

ALL SCHOOLS PICTURE Retake Day

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

Flyers and Order forms are available in the office for those students who were absent on picture Day or for those students doing retakes (bring previous pictures in if you are doing retakes on Picture Day).        

Hearing Van

The hearing van will be testing hearing the morning of October 17, 2019. Students who will be tested are  all K, 1st, 2nd, 5th,  8th and 10th grade students.

 

 

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 Sept. 30 – Oct. 4

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Chicken Taquitos

Wed – Chicken Patty Sandwich

Thurs – No Meat Spaghetti

Fri – Beef or Veggie Burger

   

 

                         

TK

This week in TK we learned all about the seasons!

We started off the week learning about all the seasons.  The students were able to taste something from the Winter and Summer season.  Hot chocolate and cotton candy… both were favorites!!

For Spring and Fall the students were able to taste maple syrup and yummy, crisp apples!  What a treat!

The students were able to draw pictures of their favorite parts of each season!  Some of their favorite smells were the pinecone, peppermint and barbecue sauce.  They certainly had fun learning all about our four seasons!

 

 

Initial Phase

Check out the three different Scholastic Let’s Find Out magazines in your child’s folder! We focused on character building for social studies this week. We talked about what sharing means, how to be a good friend, and revisited school rules. You can login to the website from the informational sheet previously sent home to watch the videos and play the games that go along with each magazine.

Happy first days of fall! It looks like we will have our first bit of cooler weather next week, which means students will be coming to school with sweatshirts. Be sure to write your student’s name in their jacket.

The preschool health fair is this Saturday from 9:00-1:00!

 

 

Phase One:

This was a fun week celebrating our MHS Homecoming! Each day was a fun dress up day and Wednesday was the  Homecoming parade. Come support our MHS Falcons tonight at the football game at Tracy High.

Congratulations to all the students that worked so hard and met their AR goal! We will have our first AR party sometime next week. New AR goals will be sent home on October 7th. Encourage your student to read two books a week to help them stay on track.

 

Phase Two:

What a fun Homecoming week!  Thank you to everyone who participated in the parade and spirit days.  Our Future Falcons sure showed their pride!

On Wednesday, Phase 2 will be welcoming “Cruzin Critters”, which is a live animal show!  This is a great hands-on way to wrap up our science unit on animals and ecosystems.  We are asking that parents please consider donating $5 to cover the cost of the show.  Thank you!

New AR goals have been assigned.  Make sure to check your child’s AR chart and agenda weekly!

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

October 1st: Mission to Mars Parent meeting with Ms. Diaz @ 6pm in room D9 (see Ms. Diaz’s blurb below for more info)

October 8th: Picture Day Retakes

October 7th-18th: Pie Fundraiser (More info coming soon!)

 

Homecoming Spirit Week Was A Huge Success!!!!

DCS Staff “Camo” Squad

Our Top 5 Nest Point Earners for the week! Way to go Falcons!!!

Peregrine’s Top 5:

Kestrel’s Top 5:

Saker’s Top 5:

Amur’s Top 5:

 

 

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity: In this week, we started with review of the multiplication facts and then continued with 2-digit x 1-digit, 3-digit x 1-digit, and 2-digit x 2-digit multiplication. Students played multiplication Bingo, solved riddles, and puzzles to reinforce the multiplication facts and strategies.

Multiplication: The students should be practicing multiplication facts at home whenever possible. I have provided each student with a multiplication chart.

Scholastic: In this week students learned about estimating products and properties of multiplication. Students learned about various strategies and properties to use to multiply whole numbers and decimal numbers.

Multiplication: The students should be practicing multiplication facts at home whenever possible.

Honors:  In this week students learned about solving multi-step equations using the Distributive property, getting rid of the constants, and the coefficients. In the coming weeks students will be learning to solve complex multi-step algebraic expressions.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

Scholastic and Honors finished up Love That Dog this week and had their ‘Final’ for the book.  It counts as a Weekly Quiz Grade in the Grade Book.  They also submitted poems to PoeticPower.com for the chance at being published.  If they are selected, you will be notified to give permission to published (in a few months).  Next week they will be starting the Pentathlon Book Fever 1793.  This book is based on historical events surrounding the Yellow Fever in Philadelphia.  

In Humanities, they are nearly done with the Fundamentals of Music Unit.  This has included creating a slideshow with a partner about a musical instrument and learning about the different Genres of Music.  

Varsity is continuing with Love That Dog and will have their final soon, also.  They are currently working on their Instrument slideshows and will be presenting them in class next week.  They are also continuing to work on writing a good paragraph and practicing what they have learned in diagramming, so far.

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

We are concluding our first book study and the students are exploring their own discoveries through our close reading strategies. Along with learning the basics about the Hero’s Journey, Elements of Plot, and poetry, students are questioning the text and probing deeper into implied messages left by the author. Our study of how stories are made will certainly lend itself to students writing their own original stories in the near future.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

Honors students finished their lesson on the rise of Sumerian city-states to understand how geographic challenges led to form city-states. Pictured below is a student listing geographic problem Sumerians faced and the solutions they came up with. Students then created real estate advertisements to attract people to one of the city-states in Sumer. We played quiz review games on Friday to prepare for the quiz on Monday, 9/30, on the rise of Sumerian city-states.

Scholastic and Varsity students are working in their interactive notebooks to learn about Sumer. They are reviewing power words for a vocabulary quiz on Friday, 9/27, and reading about Sumerian life.

All social studies notebooks or folders have been sent home with students to study.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! Did you know that you can make a paperclip float in the air? This week we found out that due to something called a magnetic field, a magnet can attract steel/iron objects from a distance. The bigger the magnet, the bigger the field! Amazing, isn’t it? Test scores including corrections have been put into Aeries, so do congratulate your student for a job well done in their learning journey. Study guides for next week’s Science Test #2 (covering forces, motion, energy) were given and filled out in class. The Hon/Sch classes also received two handouts about magnets that were glued and completed in their science notebooks. Completion of all three were checked and will be added to the gradebook. Friday was also a monthly agenda and science notebook check. Are they in good condition? Are they filled out? These are what I look for to get full points for each check. Finally, I have created a Google Classroom for all classes. Students were given the codes last week and need to be sure and join by this Friday. Hon/Sch classes were given a HW assignment, due Friday 11:59pm, and future announcements, assignments and tests will be posted on Google Classroom.

Google classroom:

Hon/Scholastic code→ jp9wlua

Varsity code→ 8d4s9b

Next week will be Science Test #2, on Thursday, October 3rd.

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 Fox (Karen Garcia), Smallest Creatures (Kylie Edwards), Laika the Space Dog (Ashlan Brantley) and Black Holes Collision (James Caldwell). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • Mission to Mars—> registration info packets available. Email cdiaz@tracylc.net for a PDF copy.
    Final parent meeting before the registration deadline is on Tuesday, Oct. 1st @ 6pm room D9 (DCS building).
    Registration and deposit payment is due October 4th, otherwise there will be a late fee.
  • Since DCS is going on a Mission to Mars, why not send your name to Mars as well? NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover is heading to the Red Planet. Submit your name by Sept. 30, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET, and fly along! https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/mars2020/
  • 5/6th Science will be having their very first Rube Goldberg competition at the end of the year. More information will be given out regarding try-outs, training days and team selections soon. If you have never heard of a Rube Goldberg Machine, check this out and prepare to be amused: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lz8_aaKNXA
  • 5/6th Science Olympiad team sign-ups for student interest opened yesterday. Students will be chosen based on grades, ability to work in a team and reliability to make practices.

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

 

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 7-8

  • Picture Retakes October 8th
  • Pie Fundraiser begins Oct 7th (more info to come!)

Homecoming Recap!

The Homecoming Parade was a HUGE success! If you were there you had the spectacular opportunity to see our DCS float. The theme this year was heroes and DCS chose Homer, a literary hero! Pictured below are the many, many people who helped to create this years float and/or were part of it! Congrats! It was fantastic!

Week 7 Top 5 Nest Earners!

 

 

September Teacher Highlight!

Ms. Greene

This year, 7/8 has the privilege of gaining a new Language Arts teacher: Ms. Greene! The students have been enjoying her class and have nothing but praise and admiration of her.

My name is Ms Greene, I grew up here in Tracy my entire life and went to West High. After high school I went to Sac State and received my bachelors in English. I am currently going to school for my credentials in Stockton at Teachers College of San Joaquin where I go every Wednesday evening. I am a die hard baseball fan, Go A’s! I also enjoy reading and swimming. I hope to have a great first year of teaching here at Discovery.

Language Arts with Ms. Greene

This week has been eventful with homecoming and spirit week going on in class. My homeroom, Honors, has done a great job this week with spirit having almost the whole class participate each day.

        In Honors, we have started writing body paragraphs along with our introductions. The had their first writing assignment with the 2 types of paragraphs due on Wednesday and did quite well. Along with writing, we have been going steady reading Fever 1793 and the students seem to be enjoying it while we begin to see the plot develop. Students are continuing to be able to identify the different parts of a plot throughout the book as we read.

        In Varsity, students are also writing introductions and body paragraphs. They are beginning to develop strong thesis statements and focus their ideas in the body paragraphs. They have been moving right along in the book and are starting to get to the rising action of it and are becoming more interested.

        In Scholastic, students are similarly writing both parts of a paragraph and are doing quite well with the body paragraphs, keeping them focused and related to the topic. They are extremely enjoying the book and are starting to be able to summarize and identify the parts of the plot.

        In all classes, we have done a debate based on articles we read related to health and wellness. Students are opinionated and know how to support their opinions with evidence. This week has been great, let’s keep up the good work.

Reminder: Study vocabulary weekly!!

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

Welcome to Week 8! Time is flying!

All classes are continuing to read and discuss Fever 1793 and are beginning to make connections between the characters, the era, and its ramifications on today. The students are enjoying the novel and are excited to finish it! We project to be finished within the next week or two.

In each class we have begun our study of body paragraphs. For the newest writing assignments students have been asked to write both the introduction and first body paragraph. This assignment was due Wednesday and each student met with me to conference and discuss their work. We are moving slowly with writing this year and are pleased with the amount of progress students have made in such a short amount of time.

Finally, all students worked on creating a Review Game for the class. They were assigned a group and a topic and had to create a game that we could play to help us begin to review for our final (coming up in a few weeks!)

Math with Mr. Dhillon

Varsity :- doing unit 2 completed lesson 1 to lesson 11 ( finished quiz1 and quiz 2 )and will be doing lesson 12 dividing whole numbers by decimal.

Scholastic :- Doing unit 2  completed 2.1 to 2.7 and currently doing multi-step inequalities and compound inequalities.

honors :- doing unit 3 . (parallel and perpendicular lines) completed unit 3.1 to 3.3  ( will do review and quiz for 3.1 to 3.3) and will start with unit 3.4 slope of parallel lines and perpendicular lines

Campus Beautification

Mr. Hepner, Ms. Zaca, and all of Discovery staff want to thank each and every one of the 22 students who showed up last Saturday for our very first Discovery Campus Beautification! Students spent the three hours cleaning the eating tables in Discovery and Primary, cleared the baseball and softball field of debris and trash, pulled out any weeds, and helped Mr. Hepner prune the trees and bushes on campus. We are ever so grateful for the dedication our students show towards maintaining our campus and want to thank each and every parent for supporting that drive and motivation in their students. Our next beautification will take place in the end of October (date will be released early in the month).

Music Exploration with Mr. Dougherty:

DCS Music Exploration is in the middle of a pop opera project. This means that each class will

  1. Create, compose, and perform the music and story for a class pop opera.
  2. Decide on a setting, theme, and plot for the pop opera.
  3. Complete the lyrics and melody for five partially written pop opera songs.
  4. Decide on singers, movements, and staging for each song.
  5. Create or find props, costumes, and scenery for the show.
  6. Perform the pop opera in front of a live audience.

So far each class has come up with a very entertaining storyline. We are having a blast. Stay tuned to find out what happens in each of the sagas.

Art with Ms. Losen

This week in art we finalized our film premises and started storyboards. We also learned more about cinematography including shot varieties and camera movements so that we can begin filming later this week.

Spanish with Ms. Polo

For these next 2 weeks look for Worksheets Abeja and Ballena in your student’s folders/notebooks. There are 30 words/phrases they are responsible for. Those are highlighted. They should be able to read both aloud as we will have an oral quiz next week on reading A or B. They will be graded on pronunciation. We practice this every class. We will also begin Spanish Bee which is 25 commands/questions plus the 5 questions we use daily in class that will be written in their notebooks. Ex. Can I go to the bathroom (in Spanish)

Mr. Harding’s HR my Mon/Wed class in D9 is the last class to take examen #1. That will be this Thurs. We reviewed last Thurs.and we will be reviewing today Tuesday 9.17 as well. They should study in workroom tomorrow!


 

 

 

 

Millennium High School

THIS WEEK AT MHS-  Physical Education:

PE has gotten off to a fun start! The classes started off collaborating with one another to accomplish common goals. We met new people, learned to accept differences and how to create a safe learning environment.

During fitness we were able to introduce new equipment and learn about the 5 health related fitness components.  

PE is currently learning the skills and strategies of pickleball and volleyball.

 

 

 

 

THIS WEEK IN MHS MATH:

Math with Mr. Tariku

Geometry

Monday- parallel and perpendicular lines

Tuesday- second day of parallel/ perpendicular lines

Wednesday- Slopes of lines

Thursday-Equations of lines

Today-  Point -Slope form

Precalculus

Monday- Graphing power functions

Tuesday- Graphing polynomial functions

Wednesday-  Graphing rational exponents

Thursday- Mixed grill (Power functions, polynomials, and rational exponents)

Today- CW / Quiz

Math with Mr. Vaughn

Geometry

We’re finishing up unit 2 in Geometry (test Wednesday) and doing proof matching practice. Kids are excited about Homecoming and about wrapping up the unit!

Math with Mr. Creasman

Precalculus

Even during Homecoming week, math goes on! In Pre-Calculus we have been utilizing what we learned on parent functions from Unit 2 to now graph more complex functions. This is a challenging topic, but can be very rewarding when we get our graphs right!

Algebra 1A and Pre-algebra 

Algebra 1A and Pre-algebra have both finished Unit 1 recently and we are getting into the nuts and bolts of what we can and can’t do with the Real Numbers. Grade reports for unit 1 have gone home for both of these classes. At this point in the year, my students have adjusted and are aware of the expectations and pace of math class. We are learning new math every day!  

Math with Mrs. Griffin

Calculus

This week in Calculus we focused on our Limits Unit and we learned a lot about infinite limits and limits at infinity. Although they sound like the same thing, they really are not! Students really have to rely on a lot of prior knowledge from Algebra and Precalculus in order to be successful with this concept. We took a quiz today to finish out our week. Next week we will prepare for our end of the unit test!

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 Volleyball, Cross Country and Football): 

Friday 9/27- HOMECOMING:  JV/V Football vs Delta Charter @ Tracy High (5/7:30pm)

Tuesday 10/1- JV/V Girls Volleyball @ Big Valley Christian (5/6pm)

Wednesday 10/2- JV/V Girls Volleyball vs Turlock Christian  @ Tracy High (5/6pm) 

Thursday 10/3- XC at Legion Park (CCAA Meet #2)

V Girls Volleyball vs Elliot Christian @ Kimball High (Small gym- 6pm)

Saturday 10/5- XC at Frog Town Invitational

Frosh Girls Volleyball @ Orestimba Tournament

Sports Scores from 9/20-9/26/19:

Varsity Football:  Falcons 32, Brookside Christian 44

Varsity Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 1, Venture Academy 3

JV Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 1, Venture Academy 2

Frosh Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 0, Ripon Christian 2

Cross Country:  Boys & Girls each took 1st place in their 1st league meet of the season out at Durham Ferry!  Carson Edwards finished 2nd overall for the boys and Katie Field finished 3rd overall for the girls.  

Meet The Coaches!

  Hello, my name is Destinee Rapp and I am the girls varsity volleyball coach. This is my first year coaching. I started coaching here at Millennium because I have always loved volleyball and it is something that I enjoyed playing in high school. I was mostly interested in coaching to help Coach Balsamo maintain the volleyball program here at Millennium in a successful way. The turn out for volleyball was amazing and we have so many talented girls. My goal as a coach was to better learn the game, but to also build relationships with these young women as a mentor and coach. I have a heart for teenage girls and helping them grow into mature and responsible young adults. I have enjoyed being on the coaching team and I love the growth I am seeing with the team. My hope was that coaching would become something I love to do and want to continue to do, so far I am all in. Coaching has taught me a lot about discipline and dedication and I am here for it. GO FALCONS!

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!!

ACTIVITIES

Homecoming Week Schedule

Monday 9/23 – Xtreme Nest Colors!

HOCO Rally & Royalty Reveal @ 10AM (MHS Blacktop)

Powderpuff Game @ 7PM (West High, $7/$5)

Tuesday 9/24 – Salute the Troops! (R,w&b/Camo/Armed Services)

Wednesday 9/25 – Hero Day! (Support your nest theme)

HOCO Parade @ 3PM, Downtown Tracy (Float set up @2)

Thursday 9/26 – Super Squad Day! (Match your crew)

Friday 9/27 – Xtreme Black and Gold!

HOCO Game JV @ 5PM, Varsity @ 7PM, Tracy High

HOCO Dance after game* (MHS Gym, FREE)

*No admittance until game is over. Guests from other schools *must* have pass to be admitted.

Homecoming Notes

  • Royalty votes were received from students, then tallied. Royalty will be revealed Monday during our rally!
  • If you plan to bring a guest to the HOCO Dance on 9/27 after the game, you must obtain a Guest Pass from Miss Lamanna in the Activities Office (next to the counselors’ office). Guests will not be admitted if their guest pass has not been submitted to Miss Lamanna by 9/26.
  • We are just a few days away from our annual Homecoming Parade! Students should be helping with their nest’s floats, but remember to prioritize academics.

GET YOUR MHS SPIRIT WEAR!

We have placed our first major spirit wear order in seven years! Just in time for homecoming, get geared up in the latest style! You can purchase from the Activities Offices or at our monthly Student Stores. Gear will also be sold at our athletic games throughout the year.

Junior Kaelyn Cook models our rainbow tie-dye long-sleeved shirt and our white bucket hat.

Peregrine Hannah Verhoek shows her Falcon spirit with our black bucket hat.

Anton Souza, Junior, displays our Millennium Falcons classic kangaroo pocket hoodie with liquid gold ink lettering.

Peregrine Margaret Fagbolu and Kestrel Shika Acolatse model our embroidered beanie, embroidered bucket hat, and short-sleeved tie-dyed old-school “Flying M” logo shirts.


Kailey Galli, Junior, shines with Falcon pride in our new long sleeved chest/back combo logo shirt, just in time for Fall weather!


The back of our chest/back logo combo shirt.

Shika Acolatse, Saker, sports our super-soft white crewneck chest/back-logo sweatshirt and fanny pack (can be worn cross-body or kangaroo style!) with black bucket hat.

This year we have a lot of new styles and designs to choose from — some pictured — and many more! Bucket hats, fanny packs, lanyards, hydro-flask style water bottles, long and short sleeve t-shirts, crew sweatshirts, hoodies, and more in myriad colors and sizes… you don’t want to miss the first major spirit wear order in seven years, so come check out our must-have Falcon spirit wear at our Student Store next week!

Prices – Athletic Gear

Cotton Tees –        $10

Dri-Fit        –         $15

Socks         –        $15

Blankets –        $20

Hats         –        $25

Hoodies –        $30

Prices – Spirit Wear

Lanyards –        $10

S/s tees –        $15

Fanny Packs –        $15

Water bottle –         $20

Bucket Hats –        $20

Beanies –        $20

S/s tie-dye –        $20

L/s tees –        $20

L/s tie-dye –        $25

Crew swtshrt –        $30

Hoodies –        $35

Leadership has also designed limited-edition “MHS INFLUENCER” shirts that will be available for pre-order with payment of $25!

Clubs

Academic Competition Club, which encompasses Speech and Debate, Mock Trial, and Academic Decathlon, will be offered at both lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning next week. First lunch will meet in Room 107, second lunch will meet in room 108. These exciting competition-based clubs prepare students for the challenges of college and look terrific on your resume, as well as helping you build team and communication skills. Get in touch with Miss L if you have any questions!

Chess Club will begin this week meeting Tuesdays in Room 302, Mr. Copass’s room.

COUNSELING NEWS!

Fall semester interns have already completed a month of their internship! There are currently 66 seniors participating in their Senior Internship experience.  Spring semester interns will begin the interviewing and placement process in the next few weeks. If you know of a business interested in offering an internship opportunity, please contact Mrs. Schaffran at tschaffran@tracylc.net  The Senior Internship Program is a 5 credit graduation requirement in which students fulfill a 10 hour a week unpaid internship in the community or on campus. Each week, a seminar class meets and covers the 21st Century Skills curriculum introducing young adults to the world of work.

Thank you to the businesses in the community that currently have interns this semester in support of our program:

Amigo Tires and Brakes

Astoria Gardens

Boys and Girls Club Central School

Boys and Girls Club Monte Vista Clubhouse

Boys and Girls Club North School

City of Tracy Channel 26 – Media Services

City of Tracy Department of Engineering Services

City of Tracy Parks & Recreation

Grand Theatre Center for the Arts

Great Beginnings Preschool

In Shape Club

In Shape Fit Club

In Shape Sport Club

Main Street Music

MHS Sport Management

Millennium High Film Production

Networks By Design, Inc.

Patel, Pulliam, and Hubli Medical

Primary Charter School

Reich’s Pharmacy

San Joaquin County Sheriff Explorer Program

San Joaquin County Worknet Center

Skyview Aviation

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Child Birthing Center

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Physical Therapy Department

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Same Day Surgery

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Wound Care

SweetArts Bakery

The Dugout

The Flower Pavilion

The Tracy Press

TLC Technology Department

Tracy Chamber of Commerce

Tracy Chiropractic

Tracy Learning Center – Maintenance/Operations

Tri Valley Orthopedic Specialists

VBR Children and Family Services

VCA Old River Animal Hospital

Versaille Salon

Pictures from our previous Spring 2019 internships

Sutter Tracy Physical Therapy            Reichs Pharmacy                    Boys and Girls Club

                               

PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is scheduled for Wed October 30th – We are now taking registrations  –  The cost is $18 per student (Cash or Check – no refunds available) and will be from 7:30am – 11:45am in the Gym. The PSAT is a great practice tool for the actual test. All students can sign up in the counseling office. A practice booklet will be given upon registering. Space is limited.

FREE SAT/ACT Practice Test: If you want to practice for the SAT, the Tracy Library is offering: SAT/ACT Practice Test, Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10:00am. Registration required (in person, by phone 866-805-7323, or online)

Tutors for all subjects needed!!!

We are looking for high school students that are interested in tutoring various subjects including math, history, science, and spanish. Paid opportunities are also available. If interested, students can visit the Millennium High School counseling office to pick up a tutor application.

Scholarship Expo for Spanish Speaking Families

Silicon Valley

STEM College and Career Fair

SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER

Sunday, Oct. 6  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

FREE!

                                       

Free and open to the public, the fair is for college-bound students interested in college majors and careers in engineering, medicine, computer science, and other STEM fields.

Students will meet face-to-face with hundreds of college representatives and industry professionals — all in one place. They’ll get their questions answered about majors, degree programs, campus visits, internships, scholarships, financial aid, and much more. Plus, they can take advantage of STEMinars on topics such as writing a winning college essay and standing out in the admission process.

Fall 2019 – Homework Support Schedule Millennium High School students can receive additional help with their homework during the following days/times. Please see schedule below:

Fieldtrip: UC Santa Cruz – Friday November 8, 2019

Millennium High School students will be visiting the UC Santa Cruz campus on November 8, 2019. The field trip is only currently open to Seniors and Juniors. Anyone interested in attending can pick up a permission slip in the MHS Counseling office. For questions, please contact MHS Counseling at (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

Fieldtrip: Construction Trades Fair and San Joaquin Delta College

Twenty-nine Millennium High School students visited the 14th annual Construction Trades Fair and San Joaquin Delta College last Friday September 13, 2019. Students were able to get hands on experience at the Construction Trades Fair and visited three different departments at San Joaquin Delta College, which included Electron Microscopy, Nursing, and Automotive department tours.  

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

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A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

Chatter  Week of September20, 2019

 

Next week we will celebrate Homecoming 2019.  This is a special time for the Tracy Learning Center because our homecoming is not just for high school.  We are all involved from our smallest in preschool to our oldest in high school and all those who return for the home game at the end of the week.

The spirit is high this week as our classes and nests get their float assembled for the parade on Wednesday.  It is always well attended and a fun event.  This year we will be celebrating heroes as our homecoming theme.

Thank you, by the way for being a hero for your children.  We all realize the sacrifices of time and energy and other resources you make every day for your children.  Parents are often the unsung heroes, but know you are one!

We hope you enjoy the homecoming events you attend.

 

 

 

Homecoming Events

Sept. 23 Monday – MHS Powder Puff Football Game at West High 7pm

Sept. 25, 2019, Wed. is an Early Release Day  – Homecoming Parade @ 3pm 

 

 

PCS – dismissed at 12:30pm

Champions will accommodate early release

DCS/MHS dismissed at 1pm

Parade Line up at 2pm

Parade begins at 3pm

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 September 23 – 27

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Sloppy Joe Sandwich

Wed – Chicken Quesadilla

Thurs – Meatball Sub

Fri – Beef Hot Dog

   

 

 

 

                         

TK

This week in TK we have been busy getting ready for Homecoming week!

Our theme this year is Super heroes and the students learned that community members are super heroes too!

The students created their own masks to wear in the parade and they look fabulous.

We also worked on an All About Me super hero worksheet that told us about our favorite things.

Spirit Week:

9-23 : Blue and Gold

9-24 : Red, White and Blue

9-25 : Super Hero Day

9-26 : Twin Day

 9-27 : Black and Gold

 

 

 

Initial Phase

Thank you to everyone who donated apples to our classroom! We had so much fun learning about apples this week! We have explored the parts of an apple- seeds, skin, flesh, core, stem, and leaf. We watched how an apple tree changes in each season throughout the year. Ask your student what season apples grow on an apple tree. We are learning new vocabulary terms such as orchard. Taste testing the apples was our favorite part of the week! We discovered that different colored apples have different tastes on the inside. Many of us thought the green apples are sour and the apples with red and yellow are more sweet! Ask your child what they have learned about apples! We will continue or apple discoveries next week!

 

 

Phase One:

Does your student want to go to our first AR party of the year? AR goals are due Friday, September 27th! Encourage your student to read books within their level and take quizzes. They must pass with an 80% or higher for their points to count. Good luck to all our Phase One students and happy reading!

Don’t forget that in honor of our very own MHS homecoming, next week is a spirit week. The dress up days are as follows: Monday is extreme blue and gold day, Tuesday is red, white and blue day, Wednesday is super hero day, Thursday is twin day and Friday is black and gold day. Wednesday is also the homecoming parade downtown. In order for your child to walk in the parade with the school, they must have a permission slip turned in. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Phase Two:

Please congratulate our first ever “TLC Homecoming Lord and Lady” of Primary!  4th grade students who wanted to be considered were asked to write a persuasive paragraph about why they should be chosen.  There were 12 finalists and the judges (our wonderful elective teachers) selected DJ and Nimrit!  They will get to ride on their own float in the parade on Wednesday!  

Don’t forget next week is Spirit Week and early dismissal on Wednesday.  

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

September 16th-23rd – Donation Drive for McHenry House (see flyer)

September 25th: Homecoming Parade – Early Release Day @ 1pm

October 8th: Picture Day Retakes

SWO Scrapbooks and Projects

Now that pictures have been distributed, Scrapbooks are due Monday, September 23.  If for some reason your son or daughter is unable to meet this due date, please contact their homeroom or first period teacher.  

Soon they will be starting their first project in Science and Social Studies.  The SWO is Personal Awareness and the students will be doing a project to learn more about themselves.

Our Top 5 Nest Point Earners for the week! Way to go Falcons!!!

Peregrine’s Top 5:

Kestrel’s Top 5:

Saker’s Top 5:

Amur’s Top 5:

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:.

Varsity: Our class has just finished practicing plotting decimals on a number line up to hundredths. Students did an activity where they had been given a decimal number and had to line up in order, starting from zero. We will be working towards comparing and ordering decimals and plan to have our next quiz on decimals Wednesday.

Scholastic: Our class has begun division of whole numbers up to 3 digit divisors. We keep focusing on estimation to help make our division problems much easier to solve. We talked about rounding to create compatible numbers in which we can mentally solve the division problem in our head. Our first quiz for Unit 2 is set for next Friday, so make sure students are practicing and studying at home.

Honors: Our first unit is coming to a close with our last lesson completed Wednesday. Students took their final quiz Friday and will be preparing for their Unit 1 Test next Wednesday spending two days studying for the test. However, I do recommend that students study for the test over the weekend as well by returning to their notes and previous homework assignments. Students will be receiving a study guide for the test on Monday.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity: In this consecutive Palindrome week, we continued learning about decimals – adding and subtracting decimals, comparing decimals, rounding decimals, and multiplying decimals. Students worked on their Unit-1 Study guide to prepare for the Unit-1 test.

Multiplication: The students should be practicing multiplication facts at home whenever possible. I have provided each student with a multiplication chart.

Scholastic: The students took the first Unit test and performed at the class average of 91%. In addition, we started with the first lesson of the second unit which is about multiplication and estimating products. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about properties of multiplication and will be using them to solve multiplication problems.

Multiplication: The students should be practicing multiplication facts at home whenever possible.

Honors:  The students took their first Unit test. They prepared by completing/reviewing the Study Guide and put their best efforts to take the test. In the coming weeks, students will be starting with the second unit.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

Scholastic and Honors will be finishing reading Love That Dog this next week and they will have a Novel Final on Friday.  This means that the weekly quiz will be a little longer and include questions from the book along with writing a short answer paragraph.  The students will also be selecting one of their poems to submit to poetic power and will be writing the first paragraph a literary response essay.  They have also finished their first mini-project in Humanities and we have been presenting them in class.  Whoa, what a lot, but they are handling it well.  

Varsity is starting to write one paragraph essays.  Our focus is a hook, or sentence to catch readers’ attention, topic sentence, 3-5 details, and a conclusion.   They are still reading Love That Dog and will finish it in the next few weeks.  They have started diagramming and learned that it is not that scary or hard – if we take it one step at a time.  

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

We are finishing our first novel, and gearing up for projects that show what we know and what we can do.  We have already created a dog pound and adopted most of the precious pups that showed up during 5th-grade summer orientation. We followed the narrator down a sorrowful path that turned to redemption through prose. I look forward to seeing how many ways our learners can visualize and express their interpretations of the themes.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

This week in social studies, students are starting their second unit on early civilizations (Mesopotamia, Egypt, & Kush). We are starting with Mesopotamia and learning about the rise of city-states in this region. To start, all students labeled and colored a map of Mesopotamia and defined new vocabulary – see picture below!

Honors students are working in groups to take on the role of ancient Mesopotamians facing a series of problems. Students are learning about the geographic challenges ancient Mesopotamians faced and the solutions they came up with to solve these problems. Students will be learning about these geographic challenges and proposing solutions for them as if they were ancient Mesopotamians!

Scholastic/Varsity students are working in their interactive notebooks and learning new vocabulary. They will also be learning about daily life in ancient Sumer and key figures of this time period such as Hammurabi and Gilgamesh.

Honors will have a quiz next week on the rise of city-states. Scholastic/Varsity will have a vocabulary quiz next week.

Google Classroom has been set up for all classes. This will be a great way to communicate with all classes. We will post due dates for projects as well as quiz/test dates. Certain materials and videos will also be posted for students.  

     Honors: pgpilb

     Scholastic: 4dryw3l

     Varsity: 5u3y0p

 

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week was all about attraction…well, MAGNETIC attraction that is! What are magnets, how do they work, what are magnets attracted to aside from other magnets? Ask your savvy science student this as they can explain it to you. Tests have been graded, put into Aeries, and students were able to make test corrections. Grades with added points for corrections will be updated soon. Check out the pics of the test high scorers from the Varsity 1 class (below). Also pictured below is a picture of the art wall for D9 science, courtesy of 5th period (Scholastic 2). This month’s theme was Homecoming Heroes, so we featured the great intellects of science/math Aristotle, Euclid, Pythagoras, Archimedes “dressed” as Marvel characters. Next week will be quite “the shock” as we learn about electricity.

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 Marine Biology (Alexa Chavez), The Loudest and Biggest Animal (Maci Dominguez), We the Two-headed Snake (Avery Haines) and Area 51 (Roxie Burns). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • Mission to Mars—> registration info packets available from Ms. Diaz and Ms. Dominguez. Or, email cdiaz@tracylc.net for a PDF copy. Final parent meeting before the registration deadline is on Tuesday, Oct. 1st @ 6pm room D9 (DCS building). Registration and deposit payment is due October 4th.
  • Next science test Thursday, October 3rd

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

 

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 7-8

Upcoming Dates:

  • Homecoming week BEGINS SEPTEMBER 23rd!
  • Early release day on Wednesday September 25th at 1:00pm for the Homecoming Parade!
  • CJSF Donation Drive for McHenry House begins Monday 9/16/19 and ends on 9/23. Flier with a list of wanted items will be sent home
  • Picture Retakes October 8th

CJSF McHenry House Donation Drive Information:

8th Grade Duke and Duchess Nominees for Homecoming!

This year we are introducing a new component to our Homecoming festivities. Similar to our high school Homecoming King and Queen, we will have a Duke and Duchess consisting of a boy and girl from 8th grade! Teachers nominated the following students and this week students will vote on the nominees!

Week 6 Top 5 Nest Earners!

 

 

Teacher Highlight!

Ms. Greene

This year, 7/8 has the privilege of gaining a new Language Arts teacher: Ms. Greene! The students have been enjoying her class and have nothing but praise and admiration of her.

My name is Ms Greene, I grew up here in Tracy my entire life and went to West High. After high school I went to Sac State and received my bachelors in English. I am currently going to school for my credentials in Stockton at Teachers College of San Joaquin where I go every Wednesday evening. I am a die hard baseball fan, Go A’s! I also enjoy reading and swimming. I hope to have a great first year of teaching here at Discovery.

Language Arts with Ms. Greene

This week in Language Arts we have been continuing our writing journey with writing introductions. In all classes the introduction from their third writing prompt was due and their had been a tremendous growth in their quality of writing. Students are beginning to excel in creating their own thesis to multiple different types of essays.  

        Along with the introductions, all classes had debates that were focused on articles that were about current events and relations to health and wellness. Students had great arguments and valued each others opinions during the debate. I would like to shout out to 3 students in particular: Honors-Joshua Wlliams, Varsity- Angel Martinez, and Scholastic- Alyssa Garcia.

        On Friday students will be starting to write in their newly created journals for Free Thought Friday. These journals will be used weekly for creative writing prompts in which they will be able to write freely as long as it applies to the topic.

Reminder: Study vocabulary weekly!!

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

This week in Language Arts each student has continued their work on introductions and began their work on body paragraphs. We took notes on what constitutes a well-written body paragraph and began to write our own for this week’s next essay prompt (due Wednesday 9/25).

Classes also continued to practice their oral presentation skills with their weekly Soundbites! The Honors class has begun to work on Soundbites as a competition and Scholastic and Varsity were able to choose their own Soundbite articles to present to the class. They are making headway in their presentation skills and are certainly growing in confidence.

Math with Mrs. Rapp:

This week in D6 varsity is wrapping up the week with dividing decimals. This has been a difficult topic for some students, but perseverance and support has helped us make it through. We have been doing a lot of practice with multiplication facts. This included playing games of war and around the world to help improve our skills. Scholastic is ending the week with application word problems. We are getting close to the end of the unit and will be testing by the end of the week, early next week. Honors took their unit two test and we are anxious to see how they did in comparison to the other geometry classes. It is a good motivation for them to know what other class averages are so that we see where we stand and can continue to improve. Unit 2 has been a lot of fun, with activities and games to review and learn I feel as though this unit test should be better than our last.

Here is a picture of honors in action. This was a segment and angle proof scavenger hunt where students had to find the definitions to words they need to know for our two-column proofs.

Math with Mr. Dhillon

Varsity :- doing unit 2 completed lesson 1 to lesson 8 ( finished quiz1 and quiz 2 )and will be doing lesson 9dividing by 2 and 3 digit divisor

Scholastic :- Doing unit 2  currently doing word problems and review of equation and will have a quiz on thursday.

honors :- completed unit 2 and will start with unit 3 parallel lines and perpendicular lines

Social studies:

Scholastic and Honors classes learned about 7 of the many Roman Emperors of the Roman Empire. Students placed the emperors on their timeline on page 19 and were asked to write down either an achievement and a negative impact of their rule or of the emperor has no negative impacts, then they were to write two achievements. After completing the assignment, students discussed with each other and as a class how each emperor affected the power of Rome: how did he enhance the empire? How did he bring Ancient Rome closer to its downfall? By the end of the week, students also learned about the rise and spread of Christianity in Ancient Rome and how early Christians were persecuted by the Roman Emperors until Constantine declared Christianity the official religion of Ancient Rome. Students next week have their unit test on Ancient Rome next Thursday, September 26th.

Homecoming Parade Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Here in Discovery, we have chosen Homer and the Iliad/Odyssey as our theme for our float. We decided to go with Homer for two reasons: one, he is considered one of the literary heroes in literature with his two epic poems and two, his books gave the world (especially those in the Science world) insight on how the ancient Greeks took care of their wounded.

Students have already started working hard on our float! Please remember that any student signed up to be part of the parade will need to bring any colored. twin/full-size bedsheet (preferably white) to school on Monday.


Campus Beautification

Mr. Hepner, Ms. Zaca, and all of Discovery staff want to thank each and every one of the 22 students who showed up last Saturday for our very first Discovery Campus Beautification! Students spent the three hours cleaning the eating tables in Discovery and Primary, cleared the baseball and softball field of debris and trash, pulled out any weeds, and helped Mr. Hepner prune the trees and bushes on campus. We are ever so grateful for the dedication our students show towards maintaining our campus and want to thank each and every parent for supporting that drive and motivation in their students. Our next beautification will take place in the end of October (date will be released early in the month).

Technology with Ms. Ferguson

Technology is currently working through a unit on effective internet searches and reliable online resources.  The students are creating a newsletter in Google Docs on their favorite news company/outlet. Some examples include ESPN, E! News, NBC News, and BBC News.  Following this assignment, we are going to discuss whether or not their websites contain accurate information and how to know if they do not.

Check out this picture of one of the 5/6 students presenting last week’s Digital Media project!

Art with Ms. Losen

This week in art…

We created animal-hybrid illustrations and presented our “scientific findings” to the class. We also started our filmmaking module, diving into genre, loglines, and group movie pitches.

Spanish with Ms. Polo

For these next 2 weeks look for Worksheets Abeja and Ballena in your student’s folders/notebooks. There are 30 words/phrases they are responsible for. Those are highlighted. They should be able to read both aloud as we will have an oral quiz next week on reading A or B. They will be graded on pronunciation. We practice this every class. We will also begin Spanish Bee which is 25 commands/questions plus the 5 questions we use daily in class that will be written in their notebooks. Ex. Can I go to the bathroom (in Spanish)

Mr. Harding’s HR my Mon/Wed class in D9 is the last class to take examen #1. That will be this Thurs. We reviewed last Thurs.and we will be reviewing today Tuesday 9.17 as well. They should study in workroom tomorrow!


 

 

 

 

Millennium High School

THIS WEEK AT MHS-  Physical Education:

PE has gotten off to a fun start! The classes started off collaborating with one another to accomplish common goals. We met new people, learned to accept differences and how to create a safe learning environment.

During fitness we were able to introduce new equipment and learn about the 5 health related fitness components.  

PE is currently learning the skills and strategies of pickleball and volleyball.

ACTIVITIES

Homecoming Week Schedule

Monday 9/23 – Xtreme Nest Colors!

HOCO Rally & Royalty Reveal @ 10AM (MHS Blacktop)

Powderpuff Game @ 7PM (West High, $7/$5)

Tuesday 9/24 – Salute the Troops! (R,w&b/Camo/Armed Services)

Wednesday 9/25 – Hero Day! (Support your nest theme)

HOCO Parade @ 3PM, Downtown Tracy (Float set up @2)

Thursday 9/26 – Super Squad Day! (Match your crew)

Friday 9/27 – Xtreme Black and Gold!

HOCO Game JV @ 5PM, Varsity @ 7PM, Tracy High

HOCO Dance after game* (MHS Gym, FREE)

*No admittance until game is over. Guests from other schools *must* have pass to be admitted.

Homecoming Notes

  • Royalty votes were received from students, then tallied. Royalty will be revealed Monday during our rally!
  • If you plan to bring a guest to the HOCO Dance on 9/27 after the game, you must obtain a Guest Pass from Miss Lamanna in the Activities Office (next to the counselors’ office). Guests will not be admitted if their guest pass has not been submitted to Miss Lamanna by 9/26.
  • We are just a few days away from our annual Homecoming Parade! Students should be helping with their nest’s floats, but remember to prioritize academics.

GET YOUR MHS SPIRIT WEAR!

We have placed our first major spirit wear order in seven years! Just in time for homecoming, get geared up in the latest style! You can purchase from the Activities Offices or at our monthly Student Stores. Gear will also be sold at our athletic games throughout the year.

Junior Kaelyn Cook models our rainbow tie-dye long-sleeved shirt and our white bucket hat.

Peregrine Hannah Verhoek shows her Falcon spirit with our black bucket hat.

Anton Souza, Junior, displays our Millennium Falcons classic kangaroo pocket hoodie with liquid gold ink lettering.

Peregrine Margaret Fagbolu and Kestrel Shika Acolatse model our embroidered beanie, embroidered bucket hat, and short-sleeved tie-dyed old-school “Flying M” logo shirts.


Kailey Galli, Junior, shines with Falcon pride in our new long sleeved chest/back combo logo shirt, just in time for Fall weather!


The back of our chest/back logo combo shirt.

Shika Acolatse, Saker, sports our super-soft white crewneck chest/back-logo sweatshirt and fanny pack (can be worn cross-body or kangaroo style!) with black bucket hat.

This year we have a lot of new styles and designs to choose from — some pictured — and many more! Bucket hats, fanny packs, lanyards, hydro-flask style water bottles, long and short sleeve t-shirts, crew sweatshirts, hoodies, and more in myriad colors and sizes… you don’t want to miss the first major spirit wear order in seven years, so come check out our must-have Falcon spirit wear at our Student Store next week!

Prices – Athletic Gear

Cotton Tees –        $10

Dri-Fit        –         $15

Socks         –        $15

Blankets –        $20

Hats         –        $25

Hoodies –        $30

Prices – Spirit Wear

Lanyards –        $10

S/s tees –        $15

Fanny Packs –        $15

Water bottle –         $20

Bucket Hats –        $20

Beanies –        $20

S/s tie-dye –        $20

L/s tees –        $20

L/s tie-dye –        $25

Crew swtshrt –        $30

Hoodies –        $35

Leadership has also designed limited-edition “MHS INFLUENCER” shirts that will be available for pre-order with payment of $25!

Clubs

Academic Competition Club, which encompasses Speech and Debate, Mock Trial, and Academic Decathlon, will be offered at both lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning next week. First lunch will meet in Room 107, second lunch will meet in room 108. These exciting competition-based clubs prepare students for the challenges of college and look terrific on your resume, as well as helping you build team and communication skills. Get in touch with Miss L if you have any questions!

Chess Club will begin this week meeting Tuesdays in Room 302, Mr. Copass’s room.

COUNSELING NEWS!

Fall semester interns have already completed a month of their internship! There are currently 66 seniors participating in their Senior Internship experience.  Spring semester interns will begin the interviewing and placement process in the next few weeks. If you know of a business interested in offering an internship opportunity, please contact Mrs. Schaffran at tschaffran@tracylc.net  The Senior Internship Program is a 5 credit graduation requirement in which students fulfill a 10 hour a week unpaid internship in the community or on campus. Each week, a seminar class meets and covers the 21st Century Skills curriculum introducing young adults to the world of work.

Thank you to the businesses in the community that currently have interns this semester in support of our program:

Amigo Tires and Brakes

Astoria Gardens

Boys and Girls Club Central School

Boys and Girls Club Monte Vista Clubhouse

Boys and Girls Club North School

City of Tracy Channel 26 – Media Services

City of Tracy Department of Engineering Services

City of Tracy Parks & Recreation

Grand Theatre Center for the Arts

Great Beginnings Preschool

In Shape Club

In Shape Fit Club

In Shape Sport Club

Main Street Music

MHS Sport Management

Millennium High Film Production

Networks By Design, Inc.

Patel, Pulliam, and Hubli Medical

Primary Charter School

Reich’s Pharmacy

San Joaquin County Sheriff Explorer Program

San Joaquin County Worknet Center

Skyview Aviation

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Child Birthing Center

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Physical Therapy Department

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Same Day Surgery

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Wound Care

SweetArts Bakery

The Dugout

The Flower Pavilion

The Tracy Press

TLC Technology Department

Tracy Chamber of Commerce

Tracy Chiropractic

Tracy Learning Center – Maintenance/Operations

Tri Valley Orthopedic Specialists

VBR Children and Family Services

VCA Old River Animal Hospital

Versaille Salon

Pictures from our previous Spring 2019 internships

Sutter Tracy Physical Therapy            Reichs Pharmacy                    Boys and Girls Club

                               

PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is scheduled for Wed October 30th – We are now taking registrations  –  The cost is $18 per student (Cash or Check – no refunds available) and will be from 7:30am – 11:45am in the Gym. The PSAT is a great practice tool for the actual test. All students can sign up in the counseling office. A practice booklet will be given upon registering. Space is limited.

FREE SAT/ACT Practice Test: If you want to practice for the SAT, the Tracy Library is offering: SAT/ACT Practice Test, Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10:00am. Registration required (in person, by phone 866-805-7323, or online)

Tutors for all subjects needed!!!

We are looking for high school students that are interested in tutoring various subjects including math, history, science, and spanish. Paid opportunities are also available. If interested, students can visit the Millennium High School counseling office to pick up a tutor application.

Scholarship Expo for Spanish Speaking Families

Silicon Valley

STEM College and Career Fair

SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER

Sunday, Oct. 6  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

FREE!

                                       

Free and open to the public, the fair is for college-bound students interested in college majors and careers in engineering, medicine, computer science, and other STEM fields.

Students will meet face-to-face with hundreds of college representatives and industry professionals — all in one place. They’ll get their questions answered about majors, degree programs, campus visits, internships, scholarships, financial aid, and much more. Plus, they can take advantage of STEMinars on topics such as writing a winning college essay and standing out in the admission process.

Athletics

Interested in donating to the Athletics program?  Here are 2 great opportunities!  If you would like to help us purchase new equipment for the weight room we hope to have open by winter, you may donate here (We are just $7,000 shy of our $20,000 starting goal!!):  https://www.gofundme.com/f/falcons-weight-room

Weekly Schedule (Girls Volleyball, Cross Country and Football): 

Friday 9/20- Varsity football @ Brookside Christian, played @ St. Mary’s High, 6pm kick-off

Saturday 9/21- Frosh Girls Volleyball @ Stockton Classic Tournament

Sunday 9/22- 5th Annual Millennium Athletics Golf Tournament (Tracy Golf & Country Club)

Thursday 9/26- JV/V Girls Volleyball @ Venture Academy (5/6pm)

Friday 9/27- HOMECOMING:  JV/V Football vs Delta Charter @ Tracy High (5/7:30pm)

Saturday 9/28- Frosh Girls Volleyball @ Orestimba Tournament

Sports Scores from 9/13-9/19/19:

JV Football:  Falcons 26, Riverbank 0

Varsity Football:  Falcons 41, Riverbank 13

Varsity Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 3, Brookside Christian 0

Falcons 0, Stone Ridge Christian 3

JV Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 1, Stone Ridge Christian 2

Cross Country:  Carson Edwards placed 1st overall at the Stockton Soccer Complex Monday w/a PR of 16:55!!  Christian Lavagetto and Aiden Dowell also PR’d finishing 8th and 9th.  Arianna Billings finished in 6th for the girls.  Way to go Falcons!

Members of the football team came out to support Lady Falcons Volleyball last night

Falcons Football got some airtime on Fox40 on 2 different occasions… Check them out!  (Fox40 had a field day w/Star Wars references…)

Aug. 30 out at Rio Vista:  https://fox40.com/2019/08/31/final-quarter-aug-30-highlights/

Sept. 19 (Beginning at 1:55):  https://fox40.com/2019/09/19/football-with-the-record-september-19/

Meet The Coaches!

  My name is Lucy Bengson. My mom named me after the famous show “I Love Lucy”.  I come from a sport oriented family. My Dad and my Aunt, competed in the summer Olympics in Helsinki representing my home country, Venezuela. My Dad ran the 110 meter hurdles, and my Aunt threw the Javelin. Years later, both of them represented Venezuela in the PanAmerican games in basketball. Both, my Dad and my Aunt, have been inducted into the Venezuelan Sports Hall of Fame. My siblings have also won trophies and medals in several sports, such as track and field, motocross, tennis, and BMX.

I played several sports when I was very young, such as softball, swimming, and soccer. I even tried ballet for a year, but the coach told my mom that I was too tall for it. I then started playing basketball when I was nine years old. I continued playing this sport until I graduated from Universidad de Carabobo, in Chemical Engineering. I represented the national team (in Venezuela) for one year. After that, I joined a volleyball club for female engineers in my home state, and I continuously played for another 15 years.

When I am not involved with school, I keep myself busy with one of my preferred hobbies, art. I have taken workshops from well known artists throughout the country. I have learned how to paint in several media, and have entered my pieces in a number of art shows in the valley. I also enjoy knitting and crocheting.

This is my second year as a volleyball coach, but my first at Millennium. I decided to coach, because I feel the need to give back, and transfer my knowledge and experience to my players. I will also try to become an assistant coach in basketball soon. My goals as a coach are to keep my players motivated, to build confidence in themselves, to support my players during games and at practice. I want to be approachable and fair with my players, and to instill a sense of pride and discipline in them. I want to be there for them, and to be a good role model.

I believe that my athletic program can contribute to the positive growth and development of my players, by my modeling the following:

Being on time for practice and games

Noticing, commending, and rewarding my players for positive behaviors and outcomes

Being respectful to all people that interact with me

Promoting a non-threatening environment by keeping the doors of communication open, and addressing the student’s flaws and needs with respect and dignity

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!!

Fall 2019 – Homework Support Schedule Millennium High School students can receive additional help with their homework during the following days/times. Please see schedule below:

Fieldtrip: UC Santa Cruz – Friday November 8, 2019

Millennium High School students will be visiting the UC Santa Cruz campus on November 8, 2019. The field trip is only currently open to Seniors and Juniors. Anyone interested in attending can pick up a permission slip in the MHS Counseling office. For questions, please contact MHS Counseling at (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

Fieldtrip: Construction Trades Fair and San Joaquin Delta College

Twenty-nine Millennium High School students visited the 14th annual Construction Trades Fair and San Joaquin Delta College last Friday September 13, 2019. Students were able to get hands on experience at the Construction Trades Fair and visited three different departments at San Joaquin Delta College, which included Electron Microscopy, Nursing, and Automotive department tours.  

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

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A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

Chatter  Week of September 3

                                Restorative Justice is our Discipline System

Tracy Learning Center uses a Restorative Justice system when dealing with discipline.  The day of simply deciding that students need to be suspended has been re-examined.  What educators realized is that telling a student they could not come to school hurt the educator more than the student.  The student being suspended was usually not a fan of school in the first place and the suspension felt more like a reward for the student and a punishment for the family.

Today, we use an approach that puts more responsibility for actions on the part of the student.  Students are held accountable for their actions and are asked to look at what they have done and look for ways to improve.  (This, of course, is not used for serious offenses but most school offenses that ended in suspensions were not severe).  From Discovery through high school, students are issued negative points for infractions.  If a student accumulates negative 20 points in a week, they report to a SOAR panel for review and suggestions for how to change the behavior.

The whole point of SOAR is to help students realize how they are being disruptive to the learning community.  Actions do not just affect the student who is disrupting.  The students who accepts responsibility usually find ways to remedy their actions.  The students who finds fault with others or the teacher usually blocks suggestions for change.

We all understand that some students receive negative 20 in one week.  They are usually very sorry and ready to fix the problem.  We are concerned when a student repeats the negative 20 week after week and we do have a progressive process in place when that happens.  Since we have a waiting list at most grade levels, we are able to take away a student’s preference to be enrolled if we cannot correct the behavior.  This is the last resort for us, but it is possible.

What is the most common cause for students to receive negatives?

You may wonder, what is the main reason students receive negatives.  It is talking to others or making comments when the teacher is giving directions or instructing.  This is a time when staff expects silence and attention of all students.  There are plenty of times in the day for quiet conversation with students in groups or pairs, but there are those explicit times when the attention of all students is expected.

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Extremely Important

We have a huge number of families who have not turned in their child’s emergency forms for this school.  This is very important. These forms require a parent’s signature allowing ambulance transport for your child in case of a severe emergency. Parents were required to update these forms online prior to enrollment this year, print the emergency form and turn this form into the office. Many parents have not done this. Please do so immediately and drop off updated form in the office.

Here is the information to add or edit information on our AERIES Website.

https://sisweb.tusd.net/parentportal

Parent Data Confirmation is a feature of Aeries that allows parents to modify or enter student demographics, contacts, medical

conditions, and authorization information. It also allows documents to be available to parents. This process handles the normal

“Summer Re-Registration” of students where parents are normally required to fill out fresh emergency cards, sign various documents,

and establish authorizations. Date ranges are available to control when parents can modify or enter data, and parents can even be

locked out of the parent portal until they complete the process. Pre-enrolled student records will use their next grade value so data

confirmation can be completed for their upcoming school.

A banner message will display to the parent on their homepage if they have not completed the data confirmation process. The parent

can also access Data Confirmation from the Student Info tab dropdown.

 

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Please mark your calendars for our Homecoming parade! This is a big event for ALL of TLC, not just the High School.  It is a chance for us to celebrate our PreK – 12th grade program.  I encourage families to join us on Wednesday Sept 25th for our afternoon parade in Downtown Tracy.  We hope to see you there!  

Sept. 25, 2019, Wed. is an Early Release Day  – Homecoming Parade

PCS – dismissed at 12:30pm

Champions will accommodate early release

DCS/MHS dismissed at 1pm

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.

NOW HIRING:  Athletic Coaches

Interested in taking on the rewards and challenges of coaching a high school athletic team?  Millennium Athletics is currently creating a coaching pool for all sports and levels, as the life of a coach is ever changing.  If you’re interested in becoming a part of our TEAM for any sport, apply here:  https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1143376

 

 

Lunch Menu Week of September 16 – 20

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Wed – Chili or Cheese Nachos

Thurs – Cheese Ravioli

Fri – Beef or Vegi Burger

                             

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TK

Wishing all our TK families a great weekend.

We are all excited to start focusing on our letters, numbers and sight words and look forward to sharing our accomplishments this week with some fun projects!

Initial Phase

Thank you to everyone who donated apples to our classroom! We had so much fun learning about apples this week! We have explored the parts of an apple- seeds, skin, flesh, core, stem, and leaf. We watched how an apple tree changes in each season throughout the year. Ask your student what season apples grow on an apple tree. We are learning new vocabulary terms such as orchard. Taste testing the apples was our favorite part of the week! We discovered that different colored apples have different tastes on the inside. Many of us thought the green apples are sour and the apples with red and yellow are more sweet! Ask your child what they have learned about apples! We will continue or apple discoveries next week!

Phase One:

This week, the students participated in the first AIMS testing of the year. Your child will take it two more times this school year. At the end of the year, we will send home a comparison report showing their growth.

The students in Phase One continued their Map Skills unit in Social Studies. P3 learned about landforms and bodies of water, P4 and P5 did a Me On the Map project. We will continue our map skills unit for the next few weeks. Keep your eyes open for a take home project when we conclude this unit at the end of September.  

Phase Two:

Our phase two students have started their monthly walk to the Tracy library.  P1 goes the first Thursday of the month, P7 goes the second Thursday, P8 goes the third Thursday of the month.  Our students really look forward to exploring the library and checking out books.  Please remember that students are responsible for returning their own books, on their own time.  

We also continued our study of animal groups this week.  We have learned all about mammals, insects, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians.  Ask you child what they remember!

Mr. Martin is teaching our students a “Superhero” song to sing in the Homecoming Parade!  Please remember to return the permission slip if you would like your child to participate in the parade.  Parents are responsible for transporting their child to and from the parade.  Please see the information in the green folder today.

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

September 16th-23rd – Donation Drive for McHenry House (see flyer)

September 25th: Homecoming Parade – Early Release Day @ 1pm

October 8th: Picture Day Retakes

SWO NEWS

Now that pictures are done, the first SWO project will be due soon.  Fifth Graders will need to get a scrapbook for their SWO Projects.  This is a record of their learning throughout the year, but it is also a record of their learning through multiple years.  So, Sixth Graders add on to the scrapbook they started last year – they may need to get some additional filler pages.  The SWO Scrapbook Cover Page assignment will be due about a week after the Lifetouch Photos are sent home.  Students should have gotten a copy of the assignment this week.  If not, you can find it at https://rodieckla.weebly.com/swo-scrapbooks.html

If you are unable to get a scrapbook, please contact your son or daughter’s homeroom teacher or Mrs. Prescott at kprescott@tracylc.net.

Thank you

Our Top 5 Nest Point Earners for the week! Way to go Falcons!!!

Peregrine’s Top 5:

Kestrel’s Top 5:

Saker’s Top 5:

Amur’s Top 5:

This week we had an AMAZING guest visitor at our school who shared his love of music and Bucket Drumming with our 5th-8th grade Discovery students. Mr. Dougherty, our Music Enrichment teacher, invited Sammy Foster (BucketDrumming.net) all the way from Austin, TX to come talk with our kids about music, share his many talents, and to give them all a hands-on bucket drumming session. Yes, all of ⅚ in the gym at once!!! What a treat for our students  and an experience they won’t soon forget. Thank you, Sammy and Mr. Dougherty!!!

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

Varsity: Our class has just finished practicing expanded form of decimal numbers and fraction form. Our next focus will be comparing and ordering decimals before we take our next quiz. Our students got into groups and created decimal numbers through hearing the number only. (Pictures below) Our goal is to take our next quiz on introduction of decimals by next Friday.

Scholastic: For our second unit, students are learning about estimating decimals and whole numbers and how important it is for mental math. Our focus for this week has been multiplying decimals. Multiplication facts are very important for this unit.

Honors: I recommend that students know perfect squares and perfect cubes up to 12 for squares and 10 for cubes. Another crucial part of Algebra itself is knowing multiplication facts and factors of numbers. I do recommend that if students are having trouble with these, they practice and study each day to know perfect squares and cubes along with multiplication facts. Students are working on order of operations and the importance of completing operations in a specific order to get the correct answers.

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

Varsity: In this Palindrome week, we continued learning about decimals – adding and subtracting decimals, comparing decimals, and rounding decimals. For our creative learning day, students played decimal dough with their names by adding and subtracting decimal numbers corresponding to the letters in their name. In addition, students also solved an alligator puzzle by rounding the decimals and coloring the picture. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about multiplying decimals with 2-digit, 3-digit, and 4-digit whole numbers.

Access to Khan Academy: Usernames and passwords for all students in my Varsity group have been created. The students have the details to login in their Binder. I always encourage students to access and work on Khan Academy whenever possible since the assignments(assigned by me) are aligned to the Common Core Math Standards.

Honors: We talked about the Palindrome week, and students were excited about identifying the dates for this week and the coming week. In this week, students learned about solving one-step and two-step equations by matching different pieces of the puzzle. The students also learned about translating the algebraic terms by creating clues to challenge their friends to ‘find their floor’. They used algebraic phrases to write their clues. In the coming weeks, students will be learning about plotting inequalities on the number line and will start preparing for the upcoming Unit test.

Scholastic: As a class, we discussed about the Palindrome week, and the students were excited to know about these magic dates. This week students put their best efforts to take the first Unit test. In addition, we started with the first lesson of the second unit which is about exponents. In the coming weeks, students will be learning more about exponents and the strategies to solve them.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

Would you believe the first trimester is about half over – it is week 7 already.  Students should be finishing up their first independently read book for Trimester One and their first book club book reports are due Monday, September 23.  The book report is a ‘one-pager’ where students can creatively share their book with others.  The second books will be assigned on Monday, September 23 – when the other books are turned in, book report done or not.  

Honors class has finished the first part of Music in Humanities and is moving on to the next part – learning about instruments, particularly in an orchestra.  They will be presenting their slide shows about their assigned instrument next week.  

Scholastic will also be creating their slide shows and will be sharing them in class later in the week.

Varsity got to do the wall outside our classroom this month.  They wrote poems about our heroes to go along with both the homecoming theme and  poetry unit.  

All classes started very basic and simple diagramming this week and we will continue to slowly build on the basics of subject and predicate.  All classes will continue weekly spelling and/or vocabulary.  We should all finish our first novel soon and will have a unit test mid-term at that time.  

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

We are learning to be healthy and happy through gratitude.  Each day I write one student’s name on the board and every person in the class has to write one genuinely positive thing about that student.  The students are learning that finding positives in others helps them stay positive about themselves.

We have been doing all of this diagramming for a reason.  It is time to write! In Harding’s ELA classes we will be putting our skills to use and writing with increased clarity thanks to our better understanding of language. We will focus on using our analytic diagramming skills to construct sentences lacking unnecessary and burdensome wordiness [sic].

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

Students started this week with creating a one-pager study guide to help prepare for the test. Tuesday, students continued to prepare for their unit test by playing various review games. Students played ZAP! which is a fun and competitive way to test their knowledge all while earning nest points for their team. Afterwards, students logged onto Chromebooks (pictured below) and played an online review game with Quizizz. Students are also now added to our Google Classroom!

Wednesday, students took their first unit test on early humans. This was worth 30 points and is 30% of their grade (see syllabus for grading breakdown). Grading is complete and updated in Aeries.

The rest of the week, all students will begin their next unit on Mesopotamia. They will first watch a brief documentary on the Sumerians as they fill out a See-Think-Wonder worksheet writing down observations about what they see, what they think, and what they wonder about the ancient Sumerians. Friday, students will label and color a map of Mesopotamia to have an understanding of the geography of the region we are studying.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! This week was all about Newton’s most famous discoveries (calculus, gravity, laws of motion, reflecting telescope), black holes, and scientists’ theories on what gravity actually “is” vs “what it does.” We also tinkered with devices such as gyroscopes and pendulums. Tests have been graded and will be put into Aeries soon. 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 Ten Most Armored Cars (Kyle Ardenyi), Zest (Tejpreet Banwait) and Black Holes (Mustafa Amiri). Prepare to be SCIENCED!

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • Mission to Mars final parent meeting before the registration deadline is on Tuesday, Oct. 1st @ 6pm room D9 (DCS building). Registration and deposit payment is due October 4th, so this meeting intends to assist with registration and payment and/or answer any decision-factor questions.
  • Don’t forget to register—> Saturday, September 21st- Expanding Your Horizons event for 6-12th grade girls at the University of the Pacific https://www.sjeyh.org

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

Art with Ms. Losen:

This week in art we finished painting our three individual depictions of “utopia” and planned the layout for wall-display. Some classes planned a specific color gradient before beginning and lined them up that way whereas others grouped the tiles by subject. We also began work on paper laurels for students to wear in the homecoming parade later this month.

 

 

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 7-8

Upcoming Dates:

  • Homecoming week BEGINS SEPTEMBER 23rd!
  • Early release day on Wednesday September 25th at 1:00pm for the Homecoming Parade!
  • CJSF Donation Drive for McHenry House begins Monday 9/16/19 and ends on 9/23. Flier with a list of wanted items will be sent home

Top Nest Earners for Week 5!

Teacher Highlight!

Ms. Greene

This year, 7/8 has the privilege of gaining a new Language Arts teacher: Ms. Greene! The students have been enjoying her class and have nothing but praise and admiration of her.

My name is Ms Greene, I grew up here in Tracy my entire life and went to West High. After high school I went to Sac State and received my bachelors in English. I am currently going to school for my credentials in Stockton at Teachers College of San Joaquin where I go every Wednesday evening. I am a die hard baseball fan, Go A’s! I also enjoy reading and swimming. I hope to have a great first year of teaching here at Discovery.

Language Arts with Ms. Greene

This week in Language Arts we have been continuing our writing journey with writing introductions. In all classes the introduction from their third writing prompt was due and their had been a tremendous growth in their quality of writing. Students are beginning to excel in creating their own thesis to multiple different types of essays.  

        Along with the introductions, all classes had debates that were focused on articles that were about current events and relations to health and wellness. Students had great arguments and valued each others opinions during the debate. I would like to shout out to 3 students in particular: Honors-Joshua Wlliams, Varsity- Angel Martinez, and Scholastic- Alyssa Garcia.

        On Friday students will be starting to write in their newly created journals for Free Thought Friday. These journals will be used weekly for creative writing prompts in which they will be able to write freely as long as it applies to the topic.

Reminder: Study vocabulary weekly!!

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

This week in Language Arts classes turned in their next writing assignment and each student had a conference to discuss their essays and their writing progress.

Each class also had their first of many debates. We read four short articles and debated them! The students did amazingly with this. Every class had a lot of information to offer! We also played “Musical Chairs Writing” where students wrote to music and switched chairs once the music stopped to continue their neighbors essay.

Bucket Drumming!

This week the students attended an assembly on Bucket Drumming! It was amazing! The students had so much fun listening to the performance and even creating their own beats on their own bucket drums.

Social Studies and Leadership with Ms. Zaca:

Social studies:

Scholastic and Honor students began the week by taking their vocabulary quiz and ended the week taking the quiz on the 12 Roman Tables, Patricians, and Plebians. Varsity students took their vocabulary quiz Thursday.

This week, all students began learning about daily life in Ancient Rome. Did you know that the ancient Romans loved racing mice against each other as a past time? Students were divided up into different groups and read information on one of the five categories of ancient life: food, fun, school, women, and gods. They then went back to their regular groups and became “Teachers”; teaching their regular table members all about their category.

Scholastic and Honor students were also asked to complete the PowerPoint notes on page 16 as homework. Wednesday, they discussed the Punic Wars and how Ancient Rome made sure to wipe out any future reemergence of Carthage by mixing salt into their soil to prevent crops from growing. Talk about taking extreme measures to defeat your enemies!

Campus Beautification September 14th, 2019

Thank you to all those who had students sign up for our first-ever Discovery Campus Beautification! Due to limited resources, we are only accepting 20 students. Those students who were selected, all received letters and were sent home with it. Discovery cannot wait to start this project with the students!

Homecoming Parade Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Here in Discovery, we have chosen Homer and the Iliad/Odyssey as our theme for our float. We decided to go with Homer for two reasons: one, he is considered one of the literary heroes in literature with his two epic poems and two, his books gave the world (especially those in the Science world) insight on how the ancient Greeks took care of their wounded.

Students have already started working hard on our float! Please remember that any student signed up to be part of the parade will need to bring any colored. twin/full-size bedsheet (preferably white) to school on Monday.

Spanish with Ms. Polo

Test #1 should be returned or coming back by next week depending on the class. We are starting Lectura which is reading in Spanish for all 30 letters. These next few classes they should know how to read A and B aloud and be able to translate it to English. There are 30 vocabulary words they are responsible for in these 2 readings. They are highlighted in class! Ask your child to read it to you, they sound amazing! I’m so proud

Technology with Ms. Ferguson

Technology 5th-8th grade is currently finishing up their presentations on their favorite digital platform.  Once done they will be learning how to conduct Google searches in the most efficient way possible, and have a digital scavenger hunt to show off their new Google searching skills!

Art with Ms. Losen

This week in art we finished painting our three individual depictions of “utopia” and planned the layout for wall-display. Some classes planned a specific color gradient before beginning and lined them up that way whereas others grouped the tiles by subject. We also began work on paper laurels for students to wear in the homecoming parade later this month.


Millennium High School

THIS WEEK AT MHS – Spanish:

Spanish with Sra. De La Torre

Students in Spanish 1 have learned a lot in the past six weeks.  They learned how to greet people and say goodbye. They are now able to recite the whole Spanish alphabet. They know all 21 Spanish speaking countries and their capitals. They learned colors and animals.  They are able to introduce themselves and others, as well as exchange phone numbers.  They know the days of the week, and can talk about the weather. This week the students worked in groups to create a script in which they had to demonstrate how they are able to use all of the previously mentioned in a conversation.  They are supposed to rehearse the script and present it to the class as a Skit on Monday.  They are being very creative and are doing a great job at collaborating with one another!

Spanish I students collaborate to write their script and practice their skit, which they will be presenting on Monday.

We started Spanish 2 with a review of what was learned during Spanish 1. The students remembered most of the vocabulary. However, they needed reinforcement in grammar.  This week, the students worked in partners to create their own “Telehistoria.” First, they had to write a script in Spanish about a jersey that needs to get autographed by a famous soccer player. They all wrote creative scripts, with very interesting plots. They will be acting and recording these as their “Telehistoria.” They will turn in their videos this Monday.  I can’t wait to watch them!

In Spanish 3, we are currently covering our “Vamos a acampar” unit.  In this unit, the students are learning vocabulary about camping, and outdoor activities.  The students are using preterite tense to talk about what they did during their past trips.  This week the students worked on creating a brochure in Spanish, in which they are supposed to advertise a Spanish speaking country.  They started by doing research, since they have to talk about food, tourist places, and fun activities to do in the country they chose. The students are doing a great job on their brochure and they will be presenting these on Tuesday!

 

 

 

 

GET YOUR MHS SPIRIT WEAR!

We have placed our first major spirit wear order in seven years! You can purchase from the Activities Offices or at our monthly Student Stores. Gear will also be sold at our athletic games throughout the year.

Junior Kaelyn Cook models our rainbow tie-dye long-sleeved shirt and our white bucket hat.

Peregrine Hannah Verhoek shows her Falcon spirit with our black bucket hat.

Anton Souza, Junior, displays our Millennium Falcons classic kangaroo pocket hoodie with liquid gold ink lettering.

Peregrine Margaret Fagbolu and Kestrel Shika Acolatse model our embroidered beanie, embroidered bucket hat, and short-sleeved tie-dyed old-school “Flying M” logo shirts.


Kailey Galli, Junior, shines with Falcon pride in our new long sleeved chest/back combo logo shirt, just in time for Fall weather!


The back of our chest/back logo combo shirt.

Shika Acolatse, Saker, sports our super-soft white crewneck chest/back-logo sweatshirt and fanny pack (can be worn cross-body or kangaroo style!) with black bucket hat.

This year we have a lot of new styles and designs to choose from — some pictured — and many more! Bucket hats, fanny packs, lanyards, hydro-flask style water bottles, long and short sleeve t-shirts, crew sweatshirts, hoodies, and more in myriad colors and sizes… you don’t want to miss the first major spirit wear order in seven years, so come check out our must-have Falcon spirit wear at our Student Store next week!

Prices – Athletic Gear

Cotton Tees –        $10

Dri-Fit        –         $15

Socks         –        $15

Blankets –        $20

Hats         –        $25

Hoodies –        $30

Prices – Spirit Wear

Lanyards –        $10

S/s tees –        $15

Fanny Packs –        $15

Water bottle –         $20

Bucket Hats –        $20

Beanies –        $20

S/s tie-dye –        $20

L/s tees –        $20

L/s tie-dye –        $25

Crew swtshrt –        $30

Hoodies –        $35

Leadership has also designed limited-edition “MHS INFLUENCER” shirts that will be available for pre-order with payment of $25!

Homecoming Royalty

Nominations were received from teachers, tallied, and shared this week in Unity.

Saker – 9th

Prince

Joel Aguilar

Vivek Cherian

Xavier Moore

Pierce Real

Princess

Eunice Bragg

A Ni Clepper

Michelle Bai

Arianna Billings

Amur – 10th

Prince

Carson Edwards

Thomas Rhead

Sebastian Valenzuela

Nate Washington

Princess

Janida Williams

Julie Keim

Loren Pante

Vivan Luera

Peregrine – 11th

Prince

Anton Souza

Christopher Smedley

Jeremy Adams

Logan Malsack

Princess

Emma Brown

Jinbi Diaz

Ingrid Moshan

Maria Turner

Kestrel – 12th

King

Gio Rangel

Kaiden Joseph

Matthew Ramirez

Spencer Norvell

Queen

Alondra Camarena

Eva Moore

Maya Quinones

Shika Acolatse

Ballots are electronic through Google Forms. Nest leaders will link their nests to the ballot for their royalty. Students have until Thursday, September 19th to elect their nest’s prince and princess, and vote for the Seniors who will be HOCO King and Queen.

If you are interested in participating in Powderpuff, you must EMAIL Miss Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net. If you have not emailed, you may not participate. We are making the verified absent list for Tuesday and Thursday practices, next week from 3-4 on the MHS field.

If you plan to bring a guest to the HOCO Dance on 9/27 after the game, you must obtain a Guest Pass from Miss Lamanna in the Activities Office (next to the counselors’ office). Guests will not be admitted if their guest pass has not been submitted to Miss Lamanna by 9/26.

We are 12 days away from our annual Homecoming Parade! Students should be helping with their nest’s floats, but remember to prioritize academics.

Clubs

Academic Competition Club, which encompasses Speech and Debate, Mock Trial, and Academic Decathlon, will be offered at both lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning next week. These exciting competition-based clubs prepare students for the challenges of college and look terrific on your resume, as well as helping you build team and communication skills. Get in touch with Miss L if you have any questions!

Chess Club will be meeting Tuesdays in Room 302, Mr. Copass’s room.

Orgulla Latino/Latin Pride Club will be having a fiesta at second lunch on Monday to celebrate Mexican Independence Day (Dia de la raza). Come and enjoy Mexican treats, live music, and a dance performance!

COUNSELING NEWS!

Fall semester interns have already completed a month of their internship! There are currently 66 seniors participating in their Senior Internship experience.  Spring semester interns will begin the interviewing and placement process in the next few weeks. If you know of a business interested in offering an internship opportunity, please contact Mrs. Schaffran at tschaffran@tracylc.net  The Senior Internship Program is a 5 credit graduation requirement in which students fulfill a 10 hour a week unpaid internship in the community or on campus. Each week, a seminar class meets and covers the 21st Century Skills curriculum introducing young adults to the world of work.

Thank you to the businesses in the community that currently have interns this semester in support of our program:

Amigo Tires and Brakes

Astoria Gardens

Boys and Girls Club Central School

Boys and Girls Club Monte Vista Clubhouse

Boys and Girls Club North School

City of Tracy Channel 26 – Media Services

City of Tracy Department of Engineering Services

City of Tracy Parks & Recreation

Grand Theatre Center for the Arts

Great Beginnings Preschool

In Shape Club

In Shape Fit Club

In Shape Sport Club

Main Street Music

MHS Sport Management

Millennium High Film Production

Networks By Design, Inc.

Patel, Pulliam, and Hubli Medical

Primary Charter School

Reich’s Pharmacy

San Joaquin County Sheriff Explorer Program

San Joaquin County Worknet Center

Skyview Aviation

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Child Birthing Center

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Physical Therapy Department

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Same Day Surgery

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Wound Care

SweetArts Bakery

The Dugout

The Flower Pavilion

The Tracy Press

TLC Technology Department

Tracy Chamber of Commerce

Tracy Chiropractic

Tracy Learning Center – Maintenance/Operations

Tri Valley Orthopedic Specialists

VBR Children and Family Services

VCA Old River Animal Hospital

Versaille Salon

Pictures from our previous Spring 2019 internships

Sutter Tracy Physical Therapy            Reichs Pharmacy                    Boys and Girls Club

                               

PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is scheduled for Wed October 30th – We are now taking registrations  –  The cost is $18 per student (Cash or Check – no refunds available) and will be from 7:30am – 11:45am in the Gym. The PSAT is a great practice tool for the actual test. All students can sign up in the counseling office. A practice booklet will be given upon registering. Space is limited.

FREE SAT/ACT Practice Test: If you want to practice for the SAT, the Tracy Library is offering: SAT/ACT Practice Test, Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10:00am. Registration required (in person, by phone 866-805-7323, or online)

Tutors for all subjects needed!!!

We are looking for high school students that are interested in tutoring various subjects including math, history, science, and spanish. Paid opportunities are also available. If interested, students can visit the Millennium High School counseling office to pick up a tutor application.

Scholarship Expo for Spanish Speaking Families

Silicon Valley

STEM College and Career Fair

SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER

Sunday, Oct. 6  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

FREE!

                                       

Free and open to the public, the fair is for college-bound students interested in college majors and careers in engineering, medicine, computer science, and other STEM fields.

Students will meet face-to-face with hundreds of college representatives and industry professionals — all in one place. They’ll get their questions answered about majors, degree programs, campus visits, internships, scholarships, financial aid, and much more. Plus, they can take advantage of STEMinars on topics such as writing a winning college essay and standing out in the admission process.

Athletics

Interested in donating to the Athletics program?  Here are 2 great opportunities!  If you would like to help us purchase new equipment for the weight room we hope to have open by winter, you may donate here (We are just $7,000 shy of our $20,000 starting goal!!):  https://www.gofundme.com/f/falcons-weight-room

Weekly Schedule (Girls Volleyball, Cross Country and Football): 

Friday 9/13- JV (5pm) & V (7:30pm) Football vs Riverbank High, played at West High

        Mini Cheer Camp will be performing at the Varsity halftime!

Monday 9/16- XC at the Stockton Soccer Complex, 4pm (MVL meet)

Tuesday 9/17- Varsity girls volleyball at Brookside Christian, 5pm

Thursday 9/19- Girls volleyball (Only date all 3 teams play at home together!) vs Stone Ridge Christian played at West High (4/5/6pm)

Friday 9/20- Varsity football @ Brookside Christian, played @ St. Mary’s High, 6pm kick-off

Saturday 9/21- Frosh girls volleyball @ Stockton Classic Tournament

Sports Scores from 9/6-9/12/19:

Varsity Football:  Falcons 35, CSD 32

Varsity Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 3, Elliot Christian 1

Cross Country:  Carson Edwards placed 2nd and Riley Vatran 6th at their meet at Hogan Lake

 

 

Meet The Coaches!

  Hey there Falcons, my name is Nate Shelton and I am one of the assistant coaches for this year’s MHS football team. I am a new teacher here at MHS. I have been having a blast with the boys so far, and I am very excited to see what kind of success we can have this year in football. I found myself at Millennium because I have a desire to see children succeed. I believe that this school and these teams have the right goals when it comes to seeing our kids succeed on and off the field as well as inside or outside the classroom. Despite being new here, I am very excited for the future here at Millennium, one that I see myself being a part of for a very long time. In addition to football, I will be around again in the spring coaching Track and Field. In general, my goals for coaching are always simple and will never change. Develop good young men and women and prepare them to be successful in the future. Regardless of what they decide to do.

Outside of coaching I love all things sports. On any given Sunday you’ll find me cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles, America’s real team. My love for sports, especially football is from deep within. To the point where I can’t ever get enough. I love watching and coaching football and it is an honor to be able to be involved here at Millennium. Fly Falcons Fly Go Birds -Coach Shelton

Outside of being an Eagles fan, Coach Shelton has been a great addition to the Millennium Coaching Staff!! -Miss Balsamo  😉

If that’s not school spirit, I don’t know what is!!  FALCON PRIDE!!

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!!

Fall 2019 – Homework Support Schedule Millennium High School students can receive additional help with their homework during the following days/times. Please see schedule below:

Fieldtrip: UC Santa Cruz – Friday November 8, 2019

Millennium High School students will be visiting the UC Santa Cruz campus on November 8, 2019. The field trip is only currently open to Seniors and Juniors. Anyone interested in attending can pick up a permission slip in the MHS Counseling office. For questions, please contact MHS Counseling at (209) 627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net