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 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

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

TLC Charter Chatter

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A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

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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

                             

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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

We are so excited about a new subscription to a magazine through Scholastic called Let’s Find Out! It is a science/social studies magazine just for kindergarten students. There are also math and language arts concepts embedded in each magazine issue. After we use the magazine at school students will bring the magazine home to teach their family everything they have learned! Additionally, our subscription includes an online component. Families can log on using our special classroom password. You can watch videos, listen to songs, play games, and more! Visit: www.scholastic.com/lfo, click on log in, click student, and type in our password: P2KINDER. Have fun exploring and learning!

 

 

Phase One:

The students in Phase One continued their Map Skill unit in Social Studies. P3 and P4 did group projects where they had to research a continent or ocean and present it to the class. P5 learned about different communities, like rural, urban and suburban. They discussed the characteristics and differences in each type of community.

 Classroom volunteers will start September 16th! The teachers will be contacting you next week with a schedule if you signed up to help out in the classroom. If you would still like to sign up, please make sure that you fill out the volunteer form and get all the appropriate paperwork for Mrs. Kay in the office completed. Remember, you must be cleared with Mrs. Kay to go on field trips too. Thank you to all who have signed up, we truly appreciate all your help!

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

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!!!

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

Varsity: Our class has just finished practicing writing decimals in word form and numeric form. Our next focus will be fractions and decimals then comparing and ordering decimals before we take our next quiz. Our goal is to take our next quiz on introduction of decimals by next Friday.

Scholastic: For our second unit, we have begun to look at multiplying whole numbers and will be moving on to multiplying decimals. Students are learning about estimating decimals and whole numbers and how important it is for mental math. The kids have also learned about 6 multiplication properties that will make multiplying much easier and simpler.

Honors:  With our second quiz out of the way, our class is moving through Unit 1 at a steady pace. The students are doing a great job with practicing our topics. I did recommend to students that knowing perfect squares and perfect cubes are very crucial in finding square roots and cube roots. 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.

               

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

We are moving right along reading our first book and learning about Poetry.  Varsity is continuing to practice writing summaries using our DARE materials.  Scholastic and Honors wrote their first Expository Essay in class this week, focusing on the introductory paragraph.  We are also continuing to learn the vocabulary needed to discuss Music in Humanities.  Honors and Scholastic will begin identifying subjects and predicates and diagramming those two parts of a sentence.  Varsity will continue to review basic parts of speech.  Soon we will have a Mid-Term/Unit Test when we finish reading our first book.  

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

In Harding’s ELA class we are digging into diagramming. Our writing will gain focus and clarity by learning how the parts of a sentence work together to make meaning. This week we’ve also been reviewing and reinforcing concepts from the previous week.

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

This week in social studies, our students are continuing to learn about the Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages. They are understanding the development of agriculture and how it changed daily life in the Neolithic Age. Students are also learning about plant and animal domestication during this time period.

Honors students have started creating comic books that will focus on three topics of their choice. They are working in pairs to create the comic books. The comic books will illustrate the changes in the Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages. Once completed, students will participate in a comic book read-around where they will read and review their classmate’s comic books.

Scholastic and Varsity students are finishing up their notes in their interactive notebooks. They will finish up by completing an activity on the diet of early man. This activity will have students create restaurant menus using the types of foods available during the time under study.

There will be a unit test next week on Wednesday, September 11th. This unit test will include map skills and early humans in the Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages. Monday, students will create a one-page study guide. Tuesday, students will participate in numerous review games to prepare for the unit test.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Greetings scientists! I am proud to announce the winners from last week’s Rube Goldberg Machine competition:

1st period

Cindy Nguyen, Abby Otsuki, Cameron Jimenez, Ava Moschetti, Daniel Wilson, Sophie McCrary, Bahar Nadeny, Alexa Chavez, Quentin Nuñez, Dominic Ramos

2nd period

Kylie Ochs, Helen Chavez, Uvaldo Martinez, Lars Lindroos, Nica Reboton, Michael Brown, Emiliano Valdez, Joseph Martin, Alex Castro, Isaiah Guevara

5th period

Isabella Posadas, Manavi Brar, Maille Murray, Sofia Rios, Taylor Sansaver, Olivia Richardson, Khloe Harrington, Connor Ardenyi, Christian Gonzalez

7th period

Daniel Marlin, Adrian Washburn, Kaitlynn Nguyen, Leo Kristo, Jordan Ahmad, Mustafa Amiri, Mikayah Moore, R.J. Thomas, Elias Bryant, Chelby Johnson, Adara Manzo

9th period

Saniyah Johnson, Lia Valenzuela, Ava Perez, Marissa Martinez, Tatum Kusy-Penirian, Luis Ybarra, Angel Wood, Edgar Leal

10th period 

London Cassara, Frankie Cassara, Fernando Casillas, Stacy Alcarez, Jonathen Torres, Dylan Flores, Dulce Zarate, Delilah Zepeda, Alaha Waziri, Valentina Zavala

Congrats saavy inventors!

We had our first science test, covering collecting and graphing data, on Friday. The TLC Discovery Channel science blog site, link to be posted next week, will feature articles written by Kyle Ardenyi, Tejpreet Banwait, Connor Ardenyi and Mustafa Amiri.

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • Mission to Mars answers from info night meeting—> 1) Students will now be staying ALL three nights at the Biosphere, so no more hotel stay.          2) There are no partial flights, so you may purchase the trip either with roundtrip flights or without roundtrip flights.
  • I emailed PDFs of the trip packet to emails that were written down. If you still need a packet, please email cdiaz@tracylc.net for a copy. I also have hard copies available in my classroom.
  • Traveler registration deadline and deposit payment is due October 4th. Please email me for registration and payment information, or if you still have any questions or concerns about the trip. I will post reminders in the Charter Chatter and make announcements during unity.
  • Once the registration deadline has passed, a meeting will be organized to discuss fundraising.
  • A parent plans to drive their students to Tucson, thus a carpooling option may be organized for those that don’t want to fly to Tucson.
  • 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 wrapped up realism and learned about contemporary artist Jonathan Saiz, who created a 10,000 piece artwork made from small tiles that represents 10,000 perspectives on “Utopia.” (See below) Students are creating their own Utopia “tiles” to be displayed in the hallways as one giant collective piece of art.

Music Exploration with Mr. Dougherty

Music Exploration is busy composing music! First, they composed background music to use while they read news headlines. Now they are composing custom ringtones. Bucket drumming is next on the roster, and Music Exploration will be hosting a bucket drumming workshop that will be lead by a Sammy Foster, the owner, and creator of bucketdrumming.net. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 11. Every DCS student will have the opportunity to attend. It will be great fun, and a great kickoff to our bucket drumming unit.

 

 

 

 

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!

Top Nest Earners for Week 4!

Science with Ms. Dominguez

This week in 7/8 Science, we are exploring the Cell Cycle, and discussing the importance of Interphase, Mitosis, and Cytokinesis. This will prepare students to talk about mutations and the development of cancer cells. Honors and Scholastic will have a Note Check on the google classroom to complete by Friday at 12am. Varsity students will complete their Note Check in class on Thursday at the end of their science class period.

Honors and Scholastic will also have an online quiz due by the end of the weekend on Sunday at 12am. Varsity will take their quiz in class on Monday. We will be playing Jeopardy in all classes on Friday to review for the quiz.

Language Arts with Ms. Greene

This week the students have been practicing writing introductions and they will be moving onto body paragraphs with the next writing assignment. In this writing assignment students are to choose one of three prompts that focus on the book we have been reading in class, Fever 1793. The focus for all classes this week in their writing assignment is how to write a strong thesis statement for their introductions.

        In Honors, we have been diving into annotations and close readings in their PSAT weekly packets. In Varsity and Scholastic, we are also talking about close reading and reading comprehension through defining unknown words and asking meaningful and clarifying questions.

        Friday we will be starting a weekly fun writing assignment, Free Thought Friday, in which they are given fun questions to think about and will write in their personal journals.

Reminder: Writing Assignment 3 Due 9/11/2019

Math with Mrs. Rapp

In Mrs. Rapp homeroom, we have finished Unit 1 with a class average of 89% and are diving right into Unit 2. This unit will be all about Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers and Decimals. This group is off to a wonderful start and I am excited to continue to get to know them and deepen their understanding of mathematics.

In Scholastic/Algebra 1, we have unit tested and are jumping into Unit 2 which is Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities. This is a bright group of students and I am pleased to see their progress as well as see some really step up to the rigor of this class.

In Honors, we have kicked off Unit 2 of Logic and Proof with some in class activities to help us better understand Inductive Reasoning and Conjectures. We did an “I have, Who has” and they were able to complete 32 cards in under 5 minutes.

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

All students continued to read in Fever 1793. We are making great headway in this novel and are using it as our foundation for learning all components of a novel.

Students also received their next take home introduction assignment. This time students will need to choose from three similar topics to create their introduction. We will conference again next week to ensure that we are continuing to improve.

Music Exploration with Mr. Dougherty:

Music Exploration is busy composing music! First, they composed background music to use while they read news headlines. Now they are composing custom ringtones. Bucket drumming is next on the roster, and Music Exploration will be hosting a bucket drumming workshop that will be lead by a Sammy Foster, the owner, and creator of bucketdrumming.net. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 11. Every DCS student will have the opportunity to attend. It will be great fun, and a great kickoff to our bucket drumming unit.

Social Studies and Leadership with Ms. Zaca:

Social studies:

What are the 12 Roman Tables? When students were asked this question, many answered with “a table!…where the Roman leaders would sit…12 of the Roman gods…where representatives from each district of Rome would sit…”, while some answered “laws of the romans…where they carved their rules on…”.  If you answered similarly to the latter, then you know plenty of Roman history! Students in all three classes (Scholastic, Honors, and Varsity) were introduced to the 12 Roman Tables: set of laws engraved on twelve bronze tablets. In their small table groups, students were asked to analyze the rules set place in Ancient Rome and also compared them to the laws we have in place in our countries. Students learned about the inheritance laws for families, proper etiquette for women during funerals (they weren’t allowed to cry!), and what would happen if you did not show up when you were called to court. Next week, students will take a quiz on the twelve tables and on the Patricians and Plebeians.

Students in Scholastic working together to decipher the Roman laws.

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

Spanish test #1 this week and next week depending on the class

Know all letters A-Z and the 32 Spanish vocabulary words and their English translations. Look at names as well, hint hint extra credit 10pts! Moving into A & B read aloud and September Acrostic poem

Study!

Music Exploration with Mr. Dougherty

7/8 music exploration is busy composing background music for their news headlines. We are having fun learning a lot by working with GarageBand as a composition tool.

Art with Ms. Losen

This week in art… we wrapped up realism and learned about contemporary artist Jonathan Saiz, who created a 10,000 piece artwork made from small tiles that represents 10,000 perspectives on “Utopia.” (See below) Students are creating their own Utopia “tiles” to be displayed in the hallways as one giant collective piece of art.

Technology with Ms. Ferguson

Technology 5th-8th grade is currently working on Google Slides or Prezi.com presentations that discuss each student’s favorite digital platform.  In this presentation, the students will be talking about their favorite app, website, or video game, describing what exactly it is.  They will also be giving examples of poor netiquette and/or cyberbullying that is found within that app.  Where it is found, and how they could prevent it from happening.

This is the concluding project to our unit on Digital Citizenship, Cyberbullying, and Netiquette.  The students will be presenting these projects to the class through next week.

Our next unit topics are: how to conduct proper internet searches, how to evaluate sites for accuracy and bias, and plagiarism/copyright and fair use.

Physical Education:

This Friday, September 6th, at lunch (11:11) we will be having our annual “Staff vs. DCS (6-8th grade) Students Football Game.”  We will be having a BLAST that day and should be tons of FUN!!! 🙂 The game will be 8 on 8 with Flags.  Sadly, the NFL did not have a grant to apply for again this year, however to kick off the “Football Season” for the NFL, college and our high school football team, we will still have our annual “Football Friday.”  

Also, as a friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be applying

“Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and showering daily; as their bodies have already begun puberty even though there may be no signs of it showing physically! Less is More so if we could tell the Gentlemen & Ladies to “Relax on the AXE” or Body Sprays…Much would be appreciated!!!! LOL :))

 

 

 

 


Millennium High School

 

 

 

THIS WEEK AT MHS – Fines Arts Department:

Band is in full swing as we are approaching our first performance of the year at this Friday’s upcoming football game. Along with performing at our first home game the Marching Band has been putting in a tremendous amount of time and effort preparing for this year’s competition show. The show this year is based on the story of Medusa. The band and colorguard are looking forward to our five competitions this season, in which we will compete against several bands in our division.

Drama class is exploring small scene studies for the past two weeks, preparing for their first big showcase in the classroom.  The students have also begun work on selecting their final performance scenes, getting ready for the Fall drama showcase in November.  Technical construction is mastering the basic skills unit and is now two weeks into the basic skills testing.  Film production has really ramped up, and the students have completed several small projects, gaining a rudimentary foundation of Adobe Premiere.  We also just started the introduction to Photoshop and will be starting our recreation of the original classic film poster for Cassablanca.

In Art 1, we are always  working on both a two-dimensional design project and an art history unit simultaneously. For art history, we have been studying the elements of design so that we can learn to look at art in a more informed manner. Last week we finished our calligraphy projects and next week we’ll be working on observational drawing. Here are some examples of my students calligraphy~Mr. Young

Activities

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!

Nest Point Winners

For Weeks 3 and 4, our Nest Point Leaders are…

Mireya Martinez, 835 points (Saker)

Aliza Tapia, 640 points (Kestrel)

Justine Jade Armat, 435 points (Peregrine)

Julie Keim, 410 points (Amur)

Rewards for this nest point period were $15 gift cards to Barista’s and T4!

Homecoming Royalty

Nominations are being received from teachers. The complete ballot will be announced Wednesday, September 11th at morning unity. Ballots will be 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.

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:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/falcons-weight-room

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

Friday 9/6- First HOME football game! Varsity vs CSD, 7pm kick-off at Tracy High.  (Admission prices:  $7 adults, $3 students/seniors)

Monday 9/9- XC at MVL meet out at Hogan Lake, 4pm

Tuesday 9/10- Varsity Girls Volleyball @ Elliot Christian, 5pm

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!

Sports Scores from 8/30-9/5/19:

Varsity Football:  Falcons 45, Rio Vista 62

Varsity Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 3, Pacheco 2

Falcons 1, Modesto Christian 3

JV Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 0, Pacheco 2

Falcons 0, Modesto Christian 2

(1-3 at Orestimba Tournament)

Frosh Girls Volleyball:  Falcons 0, Pacheco 2

Meet The Coaches!

  My name is Sheree Parker and I am the Millennium High School Cross Country Coach. This is my 4th season with the Falcons. I enjoy coaching cross country and track and field because it is not based on just winning but being able to PR (Personal Record) each week, as well as goal setting. I love helping all athletes see improvement from the beginning of the season to the end.  I have helped several athletes get to the section meet in Folsom and this year my goal is to get more to sections and finally to the state meet.  I have a great team that is hard-working, dedicated, and shows effort, which is the recipe for success!  In addition to coaching, I have been teaching at Tracy Learning Center for 6 years now and I coach a youth track and field team called God Speed.

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

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

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A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

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How Can I Be Involved as a Parent in My Child’s School?

We realize all of us are busy and few of us have the ability to stay at home and spend all of our time with our children. Sometimes it is even difficult to schedule chances to see our students in extra things that they do such as sports or music. We understand. There are, however, things you can do to be involved that are important and can be done from home. Here is a helpful list of suggestions.

  • Check grades often. For older students sign into Aeries to check up to the minute grades. Many parents do this once a week.
  • For younger children take the time to read all the information in the weekly folder and send back whatever is needed.
  • Read the weekly newsletter called the Charter Chatter. It is an on-line weekly newsletter. If you have a subscription it will come to your phone’s email each Friday.
  • Email a teacher if you have a question. It is the best way to reach a teacher and to get a quick response.
  • Check back packs, you will find work done that can be praised and you can weed out things that make the backpack heavy but are not needed.
  • Ask your student what they did that excited or challenged them as they arrive at home. Don’t take “nothing” for an answer and in no time you will be hearing things that happened at school.
  • Model learning. Talk about things you have just learned at work or from reading etc.
  • Model reading at home or show your student how you use math for every day things
  • Participate by going to events that include your student: sports, band, music etc.

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

 

Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 is a school holiday – Labor Day.

Lunch Menu for this week…. YUM!

Lunch Menu – Week Sept. 2 – 6

Mon. – Holiday

Tues – Pizza

Wed – Chicken Taquitos

Thurs – No Meat Spaghetti

Fri – Beef or Veggie Burger

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

 

Upcoming Picture Days

PreK, PCS and DCS – Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Flyers coming home week before.

 

 

TK

This week in TK we learned all about ourselves and how to treat others.

We began our week by learning about our feelings and how to react to them. We worked on a feelings book that stated when we felt a certain way. Students learned all about using their manners, especially please and thank you. The teachers and friends learned all about each with our All About Me posters we created in class.

Our friends created family trees and had a lot of fun with adding lots of apples. During our centers we focused on fine motor skills, such as cutting, tracing, pencil and glue holding. Look for the awesome work in their green folders today!

We are all excited to start focusing on our letters, numbers and sight words next week!

Initial Phase

What does it mean when a student has to cross out a smiley face? Crossing out a smiley face means that a student needed a reminder of a rule that they already know. Crossing out a smiley face doesn’t mean that the student had a bad day. However, if a student crosses out three smiley faces in a day that will result in a yellow day. Crossing out smiley faces is a way for students to learn how to regulate and control their own behavior. While crossing out a smiley face here and there isn’t a big deal, crossing out one to two smiley faces each day in a week is not good. Look over your student’s behavior log and have a conversation with them about their behavior each week.

Phase One:

Do you ever wonder how you can help your child more at home with what they are learning in class? In Phase One we offer Reading Eggs, Spelling City and IXL Math and all of these programs can be done at home! Most of our Phase One students are familiar with Reading Eggs from using it in Initial Phase. Spelling City is a new program to Phase One this year. It is specific to your child’s spelling words for that week and a fun way to help your child study! IXL is a fun way to practice the skills and concepts being taught in class with their teacher. All of these programs are a great way for students to continue practicing concepts taught in class and to become stronger students. These programs also have apps, check them out!

This week we started our Map Skills unit in Social Studies. The students learned about the compass rose, cardinal directions and started discussing the 7 continents. Ask your student to show you the fun song and dance they learned to remember the 7 continents.

Phase Two:

This week our 3rd/4th graders got to work with clay in art with Mrs. Harvey. This project involves ancient Egyptian history too! Ask your child what they’ve learned about ancient Egypt. We are also learning about plant and animal life cycles in science.

Don’t forget that PCS picture day is on Tuesday! Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

September 3rd: Picture Day

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

October 8th: Picture Day Retakes

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

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

Varsity: Our class is reviewed addition and subtraction of whole numbers this week and took a quiz on Wednesday.

Scholastic: Our class has finished Unit 1 and now begun Unit 2. Unit 2 is focusing on multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals. Math facts are very important in this unit and will help students become fluent in multiplying multi-digit numbers as well as dividing all numbers. I would recommend constant practice at home to master math facts and multiplication/division skills.

Honors: Our class has finished exponents, squares and cubes, and scientific notation. We moved on to comparing rational numbers and will study for our next quiz that will be Wednesday, September 4. Students will receive a study guide Friday to take home and study over the weekend. This will help prepare them for their second quiz.

 

 

Mrs. Nijjar’s class

Varsity:

This week started with Interim testing. For two consecutive days, the students put great efforts to take the test and do their best. The rest of the week students will be learning about adding and subtracting decimals. They will also be doing a group activity of choosing items from Starbuck’s menu and calculating the cost of their order.

Scholastic:

In the beginning of the week students put great efforts to take the Interim test and do their best. In this week, students will be learning about estimating the sum and differences of the whole numbers and the decimals. They will practice mental math to estimate the cost of the total purchase done by choosing items from a given menu.

Honors:

Students did Interim testing for two days. For the rest of the week, students will be learning more about solving algebraic expressions by using the properties of real numbers which they learned in the first week of school.

 

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

 

You know what they say about the best laid plans? This week, we were unable to do the State Interim / Practice Test as the website decided to do some maintenance. So, we will be doing it next week. Students will still need to bring in headphones or earbuds to use during the test. Because of everything going on next week, we will not be doing spelling/vocabulary words. The students will be receiving the directions for the Book Club Book Report – a One-Pager – as many of the students are already done reading their first book!! Below is an example:

 

Also, D1 is in need of hand sanitizer and Clorox (or Lysol) wipes. Students that donate will get nest points for their nest.

 

 

 

 

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

 

This week in social studies, students played review games on Monday before taking their first quiz on Tuesday. Students did a great job and grades have been updated in Aeries. This quiz was on map skills, continents, and vocabulary.

Students are now learning about hunter-gatherer societies in the Paleolithic Age and the development of farming in the Neolithic Age. They are studying their new vocabulary words and will be playing various games to continue reviewing these power words throughout the lesson.

Science with Ms. Diaz:

 

Greetings scientists! Wednesday was an epic day as DCS had its very first Rube Goldberg competition. Every single group did marvelously, showing ingenuity, creativity and a good grasp of the concepts of forces and motion. Projects featured ramps, pulley systems, levers, changes of direction and energy transfer (http://bit.ly/DCSrubegoldberg). The guest judges came from MHS (Ms. Holmes, Ms. Pelaez, Mr. Copass, Mr. Kay), DCS (Ms. Ferguson, Ms. Losen) and PCS (Mrs. Estes). A big thank you to them! Next week’s Charter Chatter will list the students in the winning teams.

Next week we will review for our first science test and students received a study guide today (Friday). The test is on September 5th. The TLC Discovery Channel science blog site will also be up and running soon, with our first articles being posted after next Friday. So keep a keen eye out!

 

Pentathlon Friday’s: So far we have gone over cells as the basic unit of life and multi- vs unicellular organisms.

 

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • Information regarding registration for the DCS Mission to Mars science trip will be posted in the Charter Chatter next week and will be announced to students during unity
  • 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… 7th & 8th worked to create photo-realistic drawings while 5th & 6th blended realism with fantasy. All students practiced their technique and received approval before moving on to poster-sized projects on a subject of their choosing.

 

 

⅚ PE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 7-8

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

Top Nest Earners for Week 3!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math with Mr. Dhillon

varsity :- doing unit 1 ,finished with lesson 1 place value , lesson 2 place value in decimals and lesson 3 power of 10 , lesson 4 compare and order lesson 5 rounding whole number and decimals and doing addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals

scholastic :- doing unit 1, review for algebra basics finished doing combining like terms, distribution property and translating expression . doing review for quiz 3

honors :- finished unit 1 geometry basics and also completed constructions and test for unit 1 and now starting unit 2

Math with Mrs. Rapp

Picture of my proud home room with all their certificates on Tuesday

 

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

 

This week students in all classes completed their first Interim test of the year for Language Arts. We spent Monday and Tuesday working on these tests and discussed them at length on Wednesday to review what type of content the tests consisted of. We will have a total of three interim tests throughout the year so that we can track the progress of each student and ensure that all are properly on track for state testing at the end of the year.

 

We also continued to read our in class novel and are continuing our work with plot and characterization.

 

Finally, students conferenced with me to discuss their second introduction paragraph.

 

Students will have their 4th test of the year this Friday, it will contain a lot of review from weeks 1-3.

Language Arts with Ms. Greene:

We are one month in! In week 4 we started the week with Interim testing on Monday and Tuesday. In all classes we are continuing reading Fever 1793. In Honors we are talking about the irony in the book focused on the Yellow Fever. In Varsity, we are reading and focussing on the plot and the foreshadowing and the main characters. In Scholastic, we have been overviewing irony and the plot of the story as well.

Along with Fever we are also reviewing what we have learned and the test this week will fully be review of this school year thus far.

 

Reminder: Study all vocab!!

 

 

Social Studies with Ms. Zaca:

Scholastic and Honors took their Map of Rome quiz this past Monday. They were asked to locate different locations and to explain why the location of Rome gave it many advantages to thrive and succeed as an empire! Students were also introduced to their new vocabulary and created posters about 1-2 of their words. They were asked to write the definition, use the vocabulary word in a sentence, and to draw a picture that reflected the sentence.

 

Varsity students took their section 1, Part 1 quiz this week also. They too created posters for their vocabulary words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Note from Mrs. King (Math Supervisor)

 

Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 school year. My name is Leslie King and I am the Math Supervisor for DCS and MHS.

 

This is an exciting year for math in both schools. We are rolling out all-new math curriculums. It is our goal to have a consistent curriculum in all classes with the same titles. The geometry taught at DCS is the same geometry taught at MHS. Our goal is to be guaranteed that any student who completes and passes a class with 78% will be ready to take on the challenges of the next level.

 

In the past, classes have not completed curriculum because there was too much time spent remediating what should have been learned the year before. This was true not just for Millennium, but Discovery as well. If a student does not have the foundations needed to build a solid math career, then they will fail. We are hoping to correct that starting this year.

 

At DCS we have the multi-age classroom. This allows a student to see an entire year’s worth of a course and maybe not master everything. No worries, they always have the second year. Parents should not expect every child to move to the next level of math every year. They will move when they have mastered what they need to be successful at the next level.

 

At both DCS and MHS, we are requiring all students to have a math binder. This holds both the teachers and the students accountable for work before and after it is graded and returned. At DCS we have a grade graph as the first page of the binder. All scored work for a unit will be placed on the graph. This is an up to date visual of how the student is doing. The “grade” lines and the passing line are drawn on the graph to illustrate to students and parents how the student is doing. There will be periodic binder checks to make sure students are keeping their notes and work as required.

 

At the end of each unit, the teacher will be collecting the students’ grade graphs, notes, and unit test. These will be kept in a folder for each student. When the time comes for the Final, the notes and tests will be returned to the students to use as study guides for the final exam. All this in hopes to make them more successful!

 

I am looking forward to a very productive year. I feel we have the staff to accomplish this task. If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at lking@tracylc.net. I am not on campus full time, but I will get back to you as soon as possible if I receive and correspondence.

 

Thank you. Have a wonderful year!

 

 

Music Exploration with Mr. Dougherty

7/8 music exploration is busy composing background music for their news headlines. We are having fun learning a lot by working with GarageBand as a composition tool.

 

 

Art with Ms. Losen

This week in Art… 7th & 8th worked to create photo-realistic drawings while 5th & 6th blended realism with fantasy. All students practiced their technique and received approval before moving on to poster-sized projects on a subject of their choosing.

 


 

Millennium High School

 

 

Economics:

The start to the year in economics has been great. We have begun with an introductory unit on economy terms, learning to graph the production possibilities frontier, economic systems that exist across the world and the concept of scarcity of resources. The students have done well on their first few quizzes on this material. We will soon be ready for our first unit test of the year which will be a challenge as it encompasses all of the topics previously listed and more. Students are learning to relate and apply these concepts to the “real world” and each week they are writing a synopsis of a current news article that pertains to these issues we are learning in class. The pictures included depict some of the work that has been done in class over the first week. Students had to visually represent the concept of scarcity in a drawing, they also had to create a diagram that would outline how the households and firms are linked by product and resource markets. Another photo shows the students working on an assignment on google classroom using the chrome books in class. I am excited to see the results of the first assessment!

-Mr. Saldate

Government:

Students work in partnerships to peer edit their partners’ paper on James Madison’s Federalist #10. As well, students read current events in the United States today, in order to connect it the needs of the Framers of the US Constitution. Discussions in the classroom revolve around the need for separation of powers, and how Montesquieu’s influence can be seen in our framework of our government today.

-Mr. Hunt

United States History:

We have han an incredible start to this years US History class. We have spent the first 4 weeks learning about the various systems that we will be using for the rest of the year. For example, every student has created a Quizlet account and have learned how to create their own study sets. The students have found this tool to be extremely successful and that was reflective on the first unit test. We have just finished up the first 5 presidents of our country and are starting a project on that topic which will be due next week. This is the first major project of the classroom. Overall, I am very pleased with the participation and the effort of the students.

-Mr. Singh

 

 

World History:

Students work in small groups to trace the influence of the Greeks and the Persians to modern America and Western Europe. Students studied the development of philosophy in Athens, from Socrates to Aristotle. Using Academic Content Vocabulary Graphic Organizers, students created sentences about Greek Civilization using words like constitute, contemporary, and emerging.

-Mr. Hunt

Geography:

Over the last few weeks we have been exploring the basics of World Geography and laying the

foundation for learning Geography in our classroom. We just finished our unit one test. This week we are exploring climate change and looking at the effects of human actions on the world’s climate. Next week will be starting our unit one project of creating a detailed world map. The students will work in groups in each classroom to create one section of the world map. The students will compete against other periods to have the best section of the map that will then be constructed and hung in our classroom.

-Mr. Hall

 

 

 

STUDENT STORE! GET YOUR MHS SPIRIT WEAR!

Thursday, 9/5 and Friday, 9/6, Activities and Athletics will be holding our first Spirit Store. Come get geared up for the Fall sports season, just in time for our first home game! The store will be inside the Gym. We will open at 7:15, closing firmly at 7:55 so students can go to Unity. 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!

 

 

FREE TAILGATE AND POSTER-MAKING PARTY!

Ahead of our first football game on Friday, September 6th, MHS Leadership will host a free tailgate for all MHS students. We will have pizza, snacks, and water, paint our faces with Black and Gold spirit designs, and make posters to wave in the stands for our Falcons’ first home game! The tailgate will start at 6pm on the MHS blacktop/lunch area and end at 6:45 to give everyone time to head over to the game. The game starts at 7pm at Tracy High. See you there!

COUNSELING NEWS!

 

Our 1st field trip of the year is next month! We’re headed to:

15th Annual Construction Trades Career Fair and Delta College Campus Tour

Friday, September 13, 2019

The San Joaquin Area Apprenticeship Coordinators Association is made up of over 18 construction trade apprenticeship programs serving the greater San Joaquin area. The Construction Trades Career Fair Apprenticeship Pathway is designed to promote construction apprenticeships to high school students. The primary goal is to educate students about construction careers and pathways to successful employment after high school. The Career Fair includes a presentation on the apprenticeship model for entering a career, career information for 18 construction trades, sample skill sets for each specific trade, and recommendations for course preparation while attending high school.

After the event, we are headed to the San Joaquin Delta College – Main Campus for a tour of the campus and various Career Technical Education programs.

The cost of the field trip is $20 which includes lunch at the trade fair. Space is limited – sign up in the counseling office. Academic grades and attendance will be checked before the bus list is posted. This field trip is open to all 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. The bus will depart at 9am and return approximately 4:15pm

Pictures from our Sept 2018 field trip

 

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.

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: https://www.gofundme.com/f/falcons-weight-room

 

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

 

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

Friday 8/30- JV & V Football travel to Rio Vista for 5/7pm kick-offs at Rio Vista High.

Saturday 8/31- JV Girls Volleyball travels to Orestimba High for a day long tournament. Tuesday 9/3- Frosh/JV/V Girls Volleyball head out to Pacheco High. Games times at 4/5/6pm.

Thursday 9/5- JV/V Girls Volleyball play at Modesto Christian, 5/6pm.

Friday 9/6- First HOME football game! Varsity vs CSD, 7pm kick-off at Tracy High. (Admission prices: $7 adults, $4 students/seniors)

 

Sports Scores from 8/23-8/29/19:

Varsity Football: Falcons 14, Denair 49

Varsity Girls Volleyball: Falcons 1, Rio Vista 3

(1-4 at Orestimba Tournament)

JV Girls Volleyball: Falcons 3, Rio Vista 0

XC: Congrats to Riley Vatran, Joseph Goitia and Carson Edwards for medaling in their divisions at the Jaguar Invitational yesterday!

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.

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

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A Message from Virginia

Kay Fagundes, Assistant to the Executive Director

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

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

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

 Next School Holiday

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


Personal Days for Next School Year 2019/2020

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

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

Mon – Pizza

Tues – Chili or Cheese Nachos

Wed – Grilled Cheese

Thurs – Meatball Sub

Fri – Beef Hot Dog

Sick Students

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

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

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

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

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

TLC Preschool: Healthy Habits

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

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

 Initial Phase

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

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


 Phase One:

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

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

Phase Two:                           

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

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

Check out our Chinese dragons that were created in art!

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

December 2 – 13: Brighter Christmas Canned Food Drive 

December 14: Daddy-Daughter Dance

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

Holiday Special offer on Discovery Charter School’s Yearbook

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

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

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

Any questions, email me at lrodieck@tracylc.net

Thank you and Happy Holidays,

Ms. Rodieck

First Trimester Super Quiz:

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

Read-A-Thon Awards:

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

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

Falcon Pride!!!

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

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

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

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

Mrs. Nijjar’s Math:

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

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

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

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

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

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


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

Language Arts with Mr. Harding

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

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

Social Studies with Mr. Bird and Mr. McCarthy

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

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

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

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

Help Brighter Christmas and earn Community service points

 

December 20th – Sort toys

Williams Middle School

1600 Tennis Lane

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

December 21st – sort and box food

Prologis warehouse

1150 Arbor Avenue

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

December 21st – box toys

Williams Middle School

1600 Tennis lane

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

December 22nd – Distribution Day

Williams Middle School

1600 Tennis Lane

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Earn 50 community service points per hour volunteering

Science with Ms. Diaz:

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

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

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

Awesomely interesting announcements:

  • Please don’t forget to check Google classroom and/or the science class website regularly with your student
    Google Classroom Hon/Scholastic code→ jp9wlua
    Google Classroom Varsity code→ 8d4s9b
    Science class website:
     https://diazdoesscience.weebly.com 

Mission to Mars:

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

Rube Goldberg:

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

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

Discovery Middle School 7-8

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

Week 16 Top 5 Nest Earners!

First Trimester Super Quiz:

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

Leadership:

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

7/8 Wall Winner

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

 

5/6 Wall Winner

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

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

Intramurals:

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

Science with Ms. Dominguez:

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

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

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

Social Studies with Ms. Zaca:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


 

 

 

Millennium High School

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

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

Room

Proctor  

Capacity

Subject

# enrolled

Teacher

Period

101

Ulricksen

Shelton

27

English 3

23

Mr. Reyes

8

102

Creasman

27

English 3

23

Mrs. Saldate

3

103

Griffin

32

104

De La Torre

30

English 3

30

Mr. Reyes

5

105

Amador

28

English 4

23

Mr. Reyes

2

106A

A. Saldate

36

English 3

33

Mrs. Saldate

4

106B

Langston

36

Life Skills

32

Ms. Takeuchi

4

107

Crook

30

English 4

21

Mr. Crook

1

108

Ernst

Reyes

32

English 4

32

Mr. Reyes

1

109

Tariku

28

English 4

23

Mr. Crook

4

201

Zepeda

24

English 3

23

Mr. Reyes

3

202

Snyder  

30

Life Skills

23

Ms. Takeuchi

6

203

Singh

34

204

Hunt

34

205

Hall

32

SPED/504

Ms Moore/Mrs. Thimsen

206

Woods

36

Life Skills

31

Ms. Takeuchi

1

301

Pelaez

Kay

40

Life Skills

31

Ms. Takeuchi

1

302

Copass

32

Life Skills

28

Ms. Takeuchi

7

303

Drake

Holmes

32

Life Skills

20

Ms. Takeuchi

8

304

Young

Vieira

Takeuchi

24

English 4

20

Mr. Crook

2

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

Room

Proctor  

Capacity

Subject

# enrolled

Teacher

Period

101

Ulricksen

Shelton

27

English 1

23

Mrs. Ernst

2

102

Creasman

27

English 1

24

Mrs. Ernst

4

103

Griffin

32

English 1

32

Ms. Langston

3

104

De La Torre

30

105

Amador

28

English 1

9

Ms. Langston  

6

106A

A. Saldate

36

English 2

23

Mrs. Saldate

2

106B

Langston

36

English 1

28

Ms. Langston

1

107

Crook

30

English 2

29

Mr. Crook

3

108

Ernst

Reyes

32

English 2

24

Mrs. Ernst

1

109

Tariku

28

English 1

11

Mrs. Ernst

7

201

Zepeda

24

202

Snyder  

30

English 1

21

Ms. Langston

4

203

Singh

34

English 2

23

Mrs. Saldate

5

204

Hunt

34

English 2

20

Ms. Langston

8

205

Hall

32

English 2

22

Mrs. Saldate

7

206

Woods

36

301

Pelaez

Kay

40

SPED/504

Ms. Moore/Mrs. Thimsen

302

Copass

32

303

Drake

Holmes

32

304

Young

Vieira

Takeuchi

24

English 1

8

Mrs. Ernst

8

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

Room

Proctor  

Capacity

Subject

# enrolled

Teacher

Period

101

Ulricksen

Shelton

27

Algebra 1 B

27

Mrs. Ulricksen

8

102

Creasman

27

Pre-Algebra

20

Mr. Creasman

8

103

Griffin

32

Algebra 1

Algebra 1

25

Mrs. Stewart/Mrs. G

Mr. Shelton

7

4

104

De La Torre

30

Geometry

29

Mr. Tariku

1

105

Amador

28

Algebra 1A

11

Mrs. Ulricksen

5

106A

A. Saldate

36

Algebra 2

35

Mr. Shelton

1,2,3

106B

Langston

36

SPED/504

Ms. Moore Mrs. Thimsen

107

Crook

30

Pre-Calculus

19

Mrs. Griffin/Mrs U

2

108

Ernst

Reyes

32

Geometry

29

Mr. Tariku

2

109

Tariku

28

Geometry

25

Mr. Tariku

7

201

Zepeda

24

Pre-Calculus

23

Mr. Creasman

1,3

202

Snyder  

30

Geometry

22

Mr. Tariku

8

203

Singh

34

Geometry

38

Mr. Tariku

4,5

204

Hunt

34

SPED/504

Ms. Moore/Mrs. Thimsen

205

Hall

32

Calculus

29

Mrs. Griffin

3,4

206

Woods

36

Pre-Algebra

38

Mr. Creasman

6,7

301

Pelaez

Kay

40

Algebra 1

41

Mr. Kay

1,2

302

Copass

32

Algebra 1A

27

Mr. Shelton

7

303

Drake

Holmes

32

Algebra 1B

17

Mr. Shelton

6

304

Young

Vieira

Takeuchi

24

Algebra 2

8

Mrs. Ulricksen

4

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

Room

Proctor  

Capacity

Subject

# enrolled

Teacher

Period

101

Ulricksen

Shelton

27

102

Creasman

27

103

Griffin

32

104

De La Torre

30

Spanish 3

18

Mrs. De La Torre

4

105

Amador

28

Spanish 3

18

Mrs. Amador

7

106A

A. Saldate

36

Spanish 1

31

Mrs. De La Torre

2

106B

Langston

36

Spanish 1

31

Mrs. De La Torre

6

107

Crook

30

Spanish 1

27

Mrs. Amador

3

108

Ernst

Reyes

32

Spanish 2

13

Mrs. De La Torre

8

109

Tariku

28

201

Zepeda

24

202

Snyder  

30

Spanish 2

18

Mrs. Amador

1

203

Singh

34

Spanish 2

24

Mrs. Amador

4

204

Hunt

34

205

Hall

32

206

Woods

36

301

Pelaez

Kay

40

SPED/504

Ms. Moore/Mrs. Thimsen

302

Copass

32

303

Drake

Holmes

32

304

Young

Vieira

Takeuchi

24

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

Room

Proctor  

Capacity

Subject

# enrolled

Teacher

Period

101

Ulricksen

Shelton

27

Chemistry

27

Ms. Holmes

1

102

Creasman

27

Chemistry

25

Ms. Holmes

4

103

Griffin

32

Chemistry

29

Ms. Holmes

3

104

De La Torre

30

Chemistry

26

Ms. Holmes

5

105

Amador

28

Chemistry

18

Ms. Holmes

8

106A

A. Saldate

36

Forensic Science

21

Mr. Copass

7

106B

Langston

36

Anatomy –Physiology

23

Ms. Drake

4

107

Crook

30

Integrated Science

24

Ms. Pelaez

2

108

Ernst

Reyes

32

Integrated Science

22

Ms. Pelaez

1

109

Tariku

28

Integrated Science

22

Ms. Pelaez

7

201

Zepeda

24

SPED/504

Ms. Moore/Mrs. Thimsen

202

Snyder  

30

Biology

21

Ms. Drake

7

203

Singh

34

Biology

18

Ms. Drake

8

204

Hunt

34

Biology

27

Mr. Copass

1

205

Hall

32

Biology

30

Mr. Copass

2

206

Woods

36

Biology

25

Mr. Copass

Ms Drake

8

5

301

Pelaez

Kay

40

Environmental  Science

17

Ms. Pelaez

5

302

Copass

32

Forensic Science

24

Mr. Copass

3

303

Drake

Holmes

32

Biology

30

Ms. Drake

3

304

Young

Vieira

Takeuchi

24

Physics

12

Mr. Kay

4

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

Room

Proctor  

Capacity

Subject

# enrolled

Teacher

Period

101

Ulricksen

Shelton

27

Geography

18

Mr. Singh

6

102

Creasman

27

Geography

25

Mr. Singh

7

103

Griffin

32

Government

31

Mr. Singh

2

104

De La Torre

30

U.S. History

27

Mr. Saldate

2

105

Amador

28

World History

23

Mr. Hunt

5

106A

A. Saldate

36

U.S. History

19

Mr. Saldate

5

106B

Langston

36

Geography

35

Mr. Hall

3

107

Crook

30

Geography

28

Mr. Hall

8

108

Ernst

Reyes

32

World History

20

Mr. Hall

1

109

Tariku

28

World History

25

Mr. Hall

7

201

Zepeda

24

SPED/504

Ms. Moore/Mrs. Thimsen

202

Snyder  

30

Government

20

Mr. Hunt

2

203

Singh

34

U.S. History

21

Mr. Singh

3

204

Hunt

34

Government

25

Mr. Hunt

1

205

Hall

32

Geography

18

Mr. Hall

6

206

Woods

36

Geography

33

Mr. Hall

4

301

Pelaez

Kay

40

Economics

42

Mr. Saldate

1, 3

302

Copass

32

World History

20

Mr. Hunt

8

303

Drake

Holmes

32

U.S. History

18

Mr. Singh

8

304

Young

Vieira

Takeuchi

24

World History

16

Mr. Hunt

4

THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE….

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

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

YEARBOOK ORDERS and SENIOR DEDICATION AD ORDERS NOW OPEN!

Yearbooks are on sale now! Yearbooks are $75. Now is the perfect time to order a 2019-20 yearbook for your student. We look forward to yearbook delivery day, May 15th. Orders are open through April 11th. Click HERE to go to our convenient online order center! Or you may go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 21362. You may also pay by cash, check, or card in the front office or by contacting Miss Lamanna, blamanna@tracylc.net

Senior Dedication ads in the yearbook are available and can include photos alongside a personal message to your son, daughter, or teammate. There are a limited number of pages available, so act quickly. The deadline to place an ad is 3/15/20. Credit cards accepted! If you have any questions, please direct them to blamanna@tracylc.net.

Athletics

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

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

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

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

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

Girls Soccer @ Stagg High, 4pm

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

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

Girls Basketball @ Linden Tournament

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

Varsity Boys Soccer @ Argonaut Tournament

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

Sports Scores:

Girls Basketball:  Falcons 22, Mountain House 35

Falcons 46, Delta Charter 16

Falcons 29, Escalon 39

Falcons 50, Amador 40

Girls Soccer:  Falcons 0, Summerville 1

Falcons 0, Venture 4

Falcons 4, Rio Vista 1

Varsity Boys Soccer:  Falcons 4, Holt Academy 0

JV Boys Soccer:  Falcons 13, Big Valley Christian 1

Varsity Boys Basketball:  Falcons 45, Mountain House 72

Falcons 32, Ceres 78

Falcons 54, Livingston 60

JV Boys Basketball:  Falcons 35, Ceres 66

Falcons 30, Livingston 71

NOW HIRING:  Spring 2020 Head Athletic Coaches-

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

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

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

Meet The Coaches!

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

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

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

Follow Millennium Athletics on Social Media:  

-Instagram- @Millennium_Athletics

-Twitter- @MHS_Falcons

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

We appreciate your continued support!  FALCON PRIDE!!

Upcoming Fundraisers for Athletics:

-Daddy Daughter Dance: December 14th, 2019

-Mother Son Dance: February 8th, 2020

 

COUNSELING, COLLEGE, AND COMMUNITY NEWS!!!

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

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

 

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

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

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

TLC Charter Chatter

TLC Charter Chatter

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A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

Virginia Stewart  

 Aug. 16, 2019

We are off to a fantastic start to the school year.  I am so pleased with the responses we are receiving from students at each level.  They are happy and are cooperating with our expectations.  They are adjusting to changes and they are settling in for a very successful year.

Last week, I had a chance to read to our Phase Two students in P1.  They told me about the grown-up changes they had after moving from Phase One and how they liked their new schedule.  I read them a book about how important our voices are.  We need to express ourselves to bring out change, to be grateful or to heal.  They gave me some very good examples of ways they could improve their world with their voices.

This week, I enjoyed seeing all of you who attended Back to School Nights for the high school and for Discovery.  We love seeing parents at those nights.  It does not matter if it is your first year or your last year in that school, we change things and there is always something new to learn.

Thank you for your great cooperation in the car lines. I know it starts out slow, but the time it takes gets shorter each day when you follow our directions.  We believe it is essential for us to protect your child with our “wrap-around approach”.  We want to be responsible in a safe and caring way from the time your child leaves you until your child is picked up at the end of the day.

We are off to a fantastic start to the school year.  I am so pleased with the responses we are receiving from students at each level.  They are happy and are cooperating with our expectations.  They are adjusting to changes and they are settling in for a very successful year.

 

 

 

Lunch Menu for this week…. YUM!

Lunch Menu – Week Aug. 19 – 23        

Mon. – Pizza

Tues – Chicken Corn Dog

Wed – Bean or Bean Soft Taco

Thurs  – Beef Lasagna

Fri –Beef or Veggie Burger

 

 

New

Lunch Debts

Students in PCS or DCS who have more than negative $20 in their lunch account will be given cheese/crackers and water for lunch. Please pay these negative accounts immediately so your student will be served the posted lunch menu.

Lunch Drop Offs

Please remember to communicate to your child if you are planning on dropping off his/her lunches, we need to keep classroom calls and disruptions to a minimum. Please label anything dropped off in the office.

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

Upcoming Picture Days

PreK, PCS and DCS – Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Flyers coming home week before.

                             

TK

This week in TK we learned all about ourselves and how to treat others.

We began our week by learning about our feelings and how to react to them.  We worked on a feelings book that stated when we felt a certain way.  Students learned all about using their manners, especially please and thank you.  The teachers and friends learned all about each with our All About Me posters we created in class.

Our friends created family trees and had a lot of fun with adding lots of apples.  During our centers, we focused on fine motor skills, such as cutting, tracing, pencil and glue holding.  Look for the awesome work in their green folders today!

We are all excited to start focusing on our letters, numbers and sight words next week!

 

Initial Phase

At Tracy Learning Center we believe that teaching focused on student needs is the most effective method for student growth and success. It is important to the teachers that our curriculum is tailored to each individual student’s learning goals. We do our best to ensure that our curriculum is always challenging without being frustrating. We are so impressed with our students and are very excited to dive further into our curriculum next week!

Don’t forget to sell raffle tickets to our cruise fundraiser! Send us an email if you need more tickets!

 

Phase One:

This week was our first full week of centers. The students and teachers are getting into the swing of the new year beautifully. The teachers continued to assess the students this week and we will begin curriculum next! In your child’s red folder this week you will find information about our technology programs we will be using this year. These programs are a great way to continue practicing the concepts taught in class at home.

               

Here we have some students enjoying some of the interactive centers we have been doing this week.

Do you know the difference between our green and red folders? Red folders are handed out every Monday and have your child’s Parent-Student Work. This is something that you can help your child with throughout the week. It will contain sight words, spelling words and the grammar focus for the week. Red folders are due every Friday. Green folders contain all your child’s work from the week and their behavior calendar. Green folders are due every Monday. When checking your child’s green folder please make sure that you completely empty it and sign their behavior calendar so that we know you have looked at it.

Phase Two:

This week our phase 2 students got back to work with our math and language arts curriculum.  All of our students are working on place value in math…while it may be review for some, it is a very important foundational math concept.  A strong number sense and confidence with large numbers and their values will help your child progress in math for years to come.  Practice reading, writing, and rounding numbers at home.  We are also using the math website play.prodigygame.com in class and you can also access it at home!  

We are loving our elective classes so far!  Our 3rd and 4th graders are learning a fun game called “rhythm poison” in music.  It’s a great listening game!  They are writing numbers in Spanish class and creating cave drawings in art.  Our students are so lucky to have these daily enrichment classes!

Mr. Martin teaching rhythms in P8.P1 hard at work with cave drawings.

 

 

 

Discovery Middle School 5-6

Upcoming ⅚ Dates:

September 3rd: Picture Day

October 8th: Picture Day Retakes

August 12th-23rd: DCS Cruise Fundraiser

Now – August 30th: Spirit Wear can be purchased at https://www.selectspiritwear.com/shop4/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=1173 

A Note from Mrs. Prescott:

WOW!!! What an amazing turn out we had for Back to School Night on Wednesday! I don’t know if or when we’re ever had so many DCS parents and students come to this event. Thank you parents for your support and interest in your child’s education. Teaching and raising a child takes a village, as the saying goes, and your attendance meant a lot to all of us. If you missed it because of other engagements or responsibilities, we completely understand. Look below to find some highlights of the general school information we shared.

And just like that, we’re already 2 weeks into the new school year! I walk the halls and go into classrooms seeing enthusiastic teachers and engaged students everywhere I turn. No time is being wasted. Please be sure to reach out to your child’s teachers if you have any questions for them.

And again, please feel free to contact me, Mrs. Prescott (kprescott@tracylc.net), if you have any additional questions. I’m always here to help!

Mrs. Zuniga/Mrs. Bengson’s Math:

Note for all classes: Parents if you would like to know what your children are working on each day or if there are any tests or quizzes coming up please refer to the math calendar in their binders. Test and quiz dates will be written on that calendar as soon as dates are set for each test or quiz.

Varsity: Our class has finished up comparing and ordering whole numbers. We will now be learning to round whole numbers before we begin reviewing for our first quiz on Tuesday.

Scholastic: Our class has finished rounding decimal numbers then we will begin to add and subtract decimal numbers. Our first quiz will be coming soon and I will send out that info with students as soon as a date is set.

Honors: Our class has finished up their first quiz of Unit 1. We will continue through the unit moving onto exponents then squares and cubes.

Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities

We finished week 2!! – This week we started getting into the curriculum.  Students in all three classes had their first weekly quiz and homework assignments.  Varsity does their work in reinforcement lab.  If you would like to do work at home, they have a book club book to read and spelling words to study.  We also started reading Love That Dog.  In writing, we closely read articles about pet ownership and wrote summaries of the articles.  

Next week, we will start learning music theory in Humanities.  We will be learning terms used in music theory so we have a common vocabulary for listening to and talking about Musical Pieces as related to the Pentathlon theme Health and Wellness.

We will also write our first essay – an expository piece about pet ownership.  We will continue reading our novel, weekly spelling and vocabulary, and grammar basics.  

Social Studies with Mr. Bird & Mr. McCarthy

This week our Falcon historians are developing their map skills. They learned how to identify the different parts of a map, identify cardinal directions, as well as understand how to read the map grid and measuring scale. We applied our map skills by using a map from Fortnite, a popular video game, to identify various locations (see pictures below).

Next week we will begin our unit on prehistory and early humans. We are doing a cave-like simulation for one of our activities next week. Students will be asked to bring in a flashlight from home. Please do not go out and purchase flashlights if you do not have one.

 

Science with Ms. Diaz:

Happy 2nd week of school future scientists! It has been a great week so far, with us asking questions such as “what is science?” and “what is data?”. In groups, we did a brainstorming activity and then presented our thoughts and opinions to the class. We also practiced some lab skills, taking measurements of length and the volume of liquids using metric units. Now we are experts at adeptly transferring liquids from one container to another with a high degree of precision. We also completed our first lab activity, investigating “how do you know when you have enough data?” by calculating the proportions of different skittle colors in a bag as groups and then comparing them within the class. This enabled us to learn to collect and record data like good scientists. We will ultimately use this data to create a bar graph to show information and give comparisons.

Next week….get ready for forces and motion!

Awesomely, interesting announcements:

  • Saturday, September 21st– Expanding Your Horizons event for 6-12th grade girls at the University of the Pacific https://www.sjeyh.org
  • This is a great event that I attended as a 6th grader, and for a small fee, you get workshops, lunch, a t-shirt and SWAG. If interested, register asap as spaces are limited
  • Mission to Mars DCS science trip, April 13-16, 2020. Come attend the parent info night if you are interested in your child joining. The meeting is at 6pm, Thursday, August 22nd in room D5 of the DCS building. I will go over trip information and the trip coordinator will be available via Skype to help answer any questions.

Stay curious & keep exploring!!!

Art with Ms. Losen:

This week in Art class we learned about Van Gogh and created our own versions of Starry Night, using a layer of glue first for texture and then going over that layer with oil pastels. We discussed Van Gogh’s life and contributions to art and spent time contemplating the trend of famous artists being unrecognized during their lifetime as well as the role self-doubt plays in creative success.

Discovery Middle School 7-8

Upcoming Dates:

Math with Mr. Dhillon

varsity :- doing unit 1 ,finished with lesson 1 place value , lesson 2 place value in decimals and lesson 3 power of 10 and will start with lesson 4 compare and order

scholastic :- doing unit 1, review for algebra basics finished till evaluating expressions and doing review for quiz 2 and doing combining like terms

honours :- finished unit 1 geometry basics will do constructions review for quiz 3 and unit test 1

Math with Mrs. Rapp

Picture of my proud home room with all their certificates on Tuesday

Back to School Night

This Wednesday 7th and 8th grade had their Back to School Night event! We had a great turnout from both parents and students! (Pictured below: PE staff giving their presentation)

Nest Certificates and Top Nest Earners:

(Pictured below: Top 5 Nest earners for Week 1)

Language Arts with Mrs. Cerezo

This week students worked hard on developing their writing. I met with each student to conference with them about their introduction paragraphs. As a pair we read their work and discussed possible improvements they could make for their next written assignment.

During our Creative Teaching Day this week each class played Literary Device Bingo to practice their understanding of literary elements such as personification, simile, plot, and more.

Each class will have their second test of the year on Friday.

Language Arts with Ms. Greene:

        This week in Language Arts, we are focusing on our essay introduction revisions. Conferences will be one on one with my advice to revise and edit their introductions, this will be held Wednesday, August 14th.

        For our creative teaching day, Tuesday the 13th, we played literary device Bingo and “I have, who has” which helps build their literary vocabulary. In all classes they will be presenting their Soundbites, a summary of a news article that they have read in class.

In Honors, we have only just began reading and we are focusing on the plot and the conflict. In Scholastic, the students have started to identify the rising action of the plot and are making connections and predictions of what they believe might happen. In Varsity, they have started to identify the plot and different types of figure of speech.

        Students will have a test on Friday, focusing on the vocab and the literary devices that we have reviewed throughout the week. The test will also include questions about Fever 1793 which we have continued to read in class.

Social Studies with Ms. Zaca:

Students started the week by finishing their presentations on the medical traditions for Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and India. Students analyzed their different traditions and grouped them based off of natural and divine. To help connect the ancient world with our modern world, students were given one of eight parts of the Hippocratic Oath. With their two or three group members, they discussed the meaning of their part and rewrote it in their own words, simplifying the complex version that current doctors learned during medical school! Students wrote the new, simpler version on poster paper and stapled them to our classroom walls. Each student walked around the room, writing down the rest of the parts in their notebook. With this activity, students learned how the ancient Greeks did not believe in cutting open the body to diagnose ailments, but that learning about the patient as a whole through observations and questioning was the key to solving any ailment.

A Note from Mrs. King (Math Supervisor)

Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 school year. My name is Leslie King and I am the Math Supervisor for DCS and MHS.

This is an exciting year for math in both schools. We are rolling out all-new math curriculums.  It is our goal to have a consistent curriculum in all classes with the same titles.  The geometry taught at DCS is the same geometry taught at MHS. Our goal is to be guaranteed that any student who completes and passes a class with 78% will be ready to take on the challenges of the next level.

In the past, classes have not completed curriculum because there was too much time spent remediating what should have been learned the year before.  This was true not just for Millennium, but Discovery as well.  If a student does not have the foundations needed to build a solid math career, then they will fail. We are hoping to correct that starting this year.

At DCS we have the multi-age classroom.  This allows a student to see an entire year’s worth of a course and maybe not master everything.  No worries, they always have the second year.  Parents should not expect every child to move to the next level of math every year.  They will move when they have mastered what they need to be successful at the next level.

At both DCS and MHS, we are requiring all students to have a math binder. This holds both the teachers and the students accountable for work before and after it is graded and returned. At DCS we have a grade graph as the first page of the binder.  All scored work for a unit will be placed on the graph.  This is an up to date visual of how the student is doing. The “grade” lines and the passing line are drawn on the graph to illustrate to students and parents how the student is doing. There will be periodic binder checks to make sure students are keeping their notes and work as required.

At the end of each unit, the teacher will be collecting the students’ grade graphs, notes, and unit test.  These will be kept in a folder for each student.  When the time comes for the Final, the notes and tests will be returned to the students to use as study guides for the final exam.  All this in hopes to make them more successful!

I am looking forward to a very productive year.  I feel we have the staff to accomplish this task. If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at lking@tracylc.net. I am not on campus full time, but I will get back to you as soon as possible if I receive and correspondence.

Thank you.  Have a wonderful year!

Music Exploration with Mr. Dougherty

Music exploration is off to a great start. It has been a pleasure getting to know new students and getting reacquainted with returning students. We started off the trimester with a musical me presentation, students also created a beat on GarageBand and then wrote a rap to perform to their beats. This is going to be great semester!

Spanish with Mrs. Polo

This week and next week in Spanish class we will be going over rules, regulations, giving out school supplies and beginning with Spanish name and translations as well as accent marks and spelling. We will also go over the 4 questions that have to be asked in Spanish

Ex: Can I go to the bathroom?

We will also begin an alphabet review and reading letters A & B

Art with Ms. Losen

This week in Art class we learned about Van Gogh and created our own versions of Starry Night, using a layer of glue first for texture and then going over that layer with oil pastels. We discussed Van Gogh’s life and contributions to art and spent time contemplating the trend of famous artists being unrecognized during their lifetime as well as the role self-doubt plays in creative success.

Science with Ms. Dominguez

This week in 7/8 Science, students will have their very first Google Classroom Quiz. For Honors and Scholastic, this quiz will be completed on their own at home. Students will receive a study guide in class on Friday, and we will review that together while students are given time in class to fill in the guide with the information they will need for the quiz. Varsity will complete the quiz during class time on Friday with assistance from the learning guides and me.

PLEASE NOTE: Next week, we will start discussing this year’s Academic Pentathlon topic of Health and Wellness: The Science and Biology of Cancer. I understand from my own personal experiences that this topic can be very difficult and complicated for students of this age group. If there are any reservations regarding your student’s exposure to this content, please feel free to contact me via email at gdominguez@tracylc.net.


Millennium High School

A big thank you this week goes out to our students for being so prompt and attentive during our picture day. The staff at Lifetouch had some wonderful compliments with regards to our students.  That means a lot and you should all be very proud.  Also, thank you to all the parents who attended Back to School Night.  We had a wonderful time speaking with you and look forward to being part of a team that will make this year a great success!

MHS English         Charter Chatter

English I

Our Freshmen are finding out how things work in high school. We have started the year strong with grammar, non fiction articles, and beginning our first novel Orphan Train.  Students already have their first Language Arts quiz under their belts as well as their first essay assignment.  We will continue to work on writing beginning with introductory paragraphs.

English I is a big transition for students- they have 7 classes with 7 individual teachers which can seem overwhelming at first.  This year, students seem to have taken to the new schedule and responsibilities remarkably well and it is shaping up to be a  fantastic year!

English Two– English Two is rolling right along!  This week we’ve taken a Diagramming Assessment, started our diagramming work. and continue to work on the non-fiction article we started last week, “Afghan Boys Are Prized, So Girls Live The Part”.  The students enjoy learning about Afghanistan and are making observations and predicting what impact the history of the country will have on our characters in the novel, “The Kite Runner”.  We are also working on writing Introductions and are learning a lot about writing through peer review.

English Three–  English Three hasn’t missed a step!  We are reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and analyzing Steinbeck’s use of the natural world at the beginning of each chapter.  We are examining the themes of Loyalty, Friendship, and Discrimination throughout the novel and identifying how these themes are prevalent in today’s literature as well.  We are working on Expository Essays and integrating citations into our essay.

The Senior class has embarked upon the most important year of their lives. It has been a great start, and they have set an outstanding example for all MHS students. From the way they line up at Unity, to the standards they set in the classroom, we expect these seniors to make us proud all year long. In English class, we have begun reading The Things they Carried, a book that explores both the tangible and intangible weight that American soldiers struggled with then and continue to struggle with today. The high school has renewed their focus on producing strong rhetorical writers, who communicate on the page just as well as they do in person at the front of the class. At MHS, we strive to prepare our students for their future, and the English department has their eye on the metaphorical prize.  

Delta College classes for Fall semester will be starting soon! All students who were approved for College Early Start for Fall should have registered during the month of July. Classes begin the week of August 26th. If your student needs help with their Delta College schedule, please have them speak with Mr. Gomar in the counseling office.

                                                       

Senior Class of 2020 – Welcome to the final year of high school! An information packet will be mailed at the end of the month to all parents/guardians of 12th grade students regarding important dates, deadlines, activities, college information. We encourage all parents to add themselves to the MHS Class of 2020 remind app using code: ad2378 – this will solely be the remind for the MHS Counseling Office.

Athletics

Football, Cross Country and Girls Volleyball are well underway as teams begin to finalize their rosters!  Stay tuned for weekly game updates.  Saturday, 8/17, football will have their first scrimmage out at Big Valley Christian in Modesto with all of our CCAA teams.

Girls volleyball will have their first scrimmage on 8/22 out at Mountain House.  

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:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/falcons-weight-room

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

We appreciate your continued support!  FALCON PRIDE!!

Millennium High School – Homework Support

Homework support has returned for Millennium High School students who need help with their homework. Please see below for the current schedule.

Millennium High School – Tutors 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, please visit the Millennium High School counseling office to pick up a tutor application.

DCS and MHS Back to School Nights

Discovery 5th – 8th Grade Back to School Night is Tomorrow: Wednesday, 8/14
Please join us in the gym on Wednesday for an introduction and important information about our school, then head upstairs to our classrooms for information about this year’s subject matter.
  • 5/6 back to school night begins at 5pm
  • 7/8 begins at 630pm
High School Picture Day is Tomorrow: Wednesday, 8/14
Students who do NOT have a 1st period class must arrive at school at their usual start time, if not earlier.  These students are to go to the gym between 8:00-11:00 to have their picture taken.
Seniors MUST have their picture taken tomorrow for their Student ID card.  Senior/Yearbook Photos are to be taken separately (information to be mailed home later this month).
High School Back to School Night: Thursday, 8/15 5:00-7:30pm
Parents and Guardians:  Join us in the gym at 5:00pm on Thursday for an introduction and important information about our school, then travel to designated classrooms to hear presentations from teachers about each academic department.