Save The Date.. TLC Crab Feed is Feb 2nd!

Happy New Year 2019

13TH ANNUAL TRACY LEARNING CENTER CRAB FEED

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Tickets to the February 2, 2019 Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed are on sale now!

Tickets are $50.00 per person, or a table of eight is $400.00. Table reservations include pre-assigned seating and your name or company name prominently displayed on your table.

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

Then put on your dancing shoes and hit the dance floor until 12:00 a.m.

We will also have fantastic raffle baskets & a silent auction for an all-around fun filled night

If you would like to donate a raffle item or dessert item for the event please call or text Donna Baker at (209) 321-9157.

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You can also email Donna Baker at donna@donnabaker.com

There are also advertising opportunities on our placemat. Business card size is $25.00.

This is TLC’s biggest event of the year and is always a lot of fun.  We hope to see you there!!   Contact Donna Baker or stop by the office for more info.

 

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TLC Charter Chatter

Charter Chatter

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A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

Jan. 11, 2019 Vo1 20

Virginia Stewart

Welcome to a new year and half way through the school year. It is a great time to reflect on what went well the first half of the year and what could be better the second half. I have asked the teachers to do the same thing.

As parents we can ask:

  • Do I keep informed as to how my student is doing in classes? ( Primary uses the folders, the rest have parents directly access grade books on Aeries.)?
  • Do I provide a quiet time for homework or study each night?
  • Do I check homework or at least be assured it was done?
  • Do I e-mail teachers if I have a question about something (That is the best way to communicate with staff)?
  • Do I structure time at home for study, free time, and a regular bedtime?
  • Do I plan the time in the morning for dressing, breakfast and arriving to school on time?

The communication between school and home is important and helps to increase the chances of school success for students. As a student get older, they often try to keep parents out of the study, homework, school work loop. While some of that is understandable. Checking grades weekly is a way to allow for trust with some accountability.

Next Holidays

Mon., Jan.21, 2019 is a school holiday in observance of Martin Luther King Day

Parents Club Update

Happy New Year from Parents 4 TLC! We hope everyone had an enjoyable Winter Break. Thank you to all the parents that came out to our December Meeting, it was short yet productive.

Now for the fun stuff!

We are holding another contest for the Primary class that turns in the most Box Tops. Last time over 3,000 Box Tops were turned in! This school year the school has received $680.43 and our goal is $1,000. We are sure we can meet that goal with all of your help. The winning class will receive an Ice Cream, Donut or Pizza party of their choosing, hosted by Parents-4-TLC. Please make sure to check expiration dates. If you have a student in Discovery or Millennium and have Box Tops, please label the homeroom, submit to the office and I will collect them from Ms. Kay.

Make sure you put Wednesday, February 20th on you calendar for our next Wacky Wallet Wednesday! We are in the process of finalizing the restaurants and will update you all shortly!! Wacky Wallet Wednesday is an easy way to give back to the school – all you do is grab a coffee, lunch, dinner or dessert and a portion of your purchase goes to the school!

Just a friendly reminder, Parents 4 TLC collects and donates ALL items left in Lost & Found monthly. Please make sure you are labeling your child’s jacket.

Don’t forget about the passive ways you can fundraise for the school:

www.smile.amazon.com and select Tracy Learning Center (NOW available on mobile devices)

www.officedepot.com will donate 5% of purchases (must specify Primary, Discovery or Millennium after each purchase).

Next Parents 4 TLC meeting is TUESDAY, January 22 at 6:30 in P2, hope to see you there!!

Lunch Menu – Week Jan 14 – 18

Mon. – Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Taquitos

Wed- Cheese Ravioli

Thurs – Beef and Gravy and Mash Potatoes

Fri – Corn Dogs

TK

It sure has been a busy and fun-filled week here in TK! This week, we began learning about some very important jobs in our community. We played a game of, Who Am I? using clues to figure out such occupations, as: chef, construction worker, veterinarian, doctor, pilot, and mail carrier. We also participated in a tools relay, in which we raced to match the tools used by a police officer, fire fighter, and mail carrier with the proper career. Listening Lotto was another favorite game; we listened to the sound of a cash register, whistle, jackhammer, garbage truck, etc. and determined the occupation that corresponded with each sound. Next week, we are lucky enough to have several wonderful parent volunteers stop-by to teach us all about their occupations!

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Phase One

This week Phase One students learned about New Year’s resolutions. They brainstormed and created their own resolutions. Students displayed their resolutions by creating fun crafts. Ask your child what their own resolution is for 2019!

Phase One students have been learning about the weathering and erosion of the Earth’s surface in science. The students were able to complete experiments that demonstrated the effects of weathering on our land.

We will be celebrating the 100th day of school this coming Tuesday the 15th! Phase One students can create a necklace with 100 items (beads, fruit loops, macaroni, etc.) and wear their necklace to school on the 15th. We look forward to seeing all of the creativity!

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Welcome back! This week our phase 2 students discussed and wrote about our goals for the new year. Students were also given new AR goals and reading levels. We started our unit on climate and hazardous weather. Ask your child what kind of clouds are in the sky today!

Beginning Monday, January 14th, PCS students will no longer receive seconds at lunch but they will receive bigger portions.

Our 100th day of school is on Tuesday! Phase 2 students are encouraged to create and wear a special “100th Day” shirt. We look forward to seeing these creations!

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5/6 Discovery

We would officially like to welcome Ms. Diaz to our 5/6 team. She is very excited and has already gotten to know many of the students this week. Ms. Diaz will be our new Science teacher for the remainder of the year.
Contact information: cdiaz@tracylc.net

Upcoming Dates:
-Lifelong Learner SWO- Check Point 1 is due Monday, Jan. 14th to both Math teachers on Google Classroom

General:

-Community Service hours are due February 28th (students need 20 hours by this date). Please ensure that your student has gotten their hours and type of community service approved by Mrs. Prescott before submitting

– The 2nd trimester SWO will be introduced next week (January 14th) with due dates January through March 2019

-Honors classes will be taking the PSAT on January 23rd and will be taking this test until 5pm. Please make sure your student has turned in their permission slip and that you make the appropriate accommodations for pick up.

Language Arts:

Cerezo:

Welcome back students! This week students came back eager and ready to work. We began the week by reviewing much of what was discussed in the weeks leading up to break by playing different review games (Head Bands and Jeopardy).

Each class began to read our newest play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoddard. The students are very familiar with these two characters after our lengthy read and discussion of Hamlet and are excited to see how their perspective of the characters changes now that they are reading this new play.

All students will be receiving the assignment of their 2nd Trimester SWO on Monday January 14th. This is a research essay in APA format that involves researching, discussing, and writing a speech about a particular 1960’s topic. There will be many ‘benchmarks’ and due dates along the way and students will be given some time in class to review each step and work on their individual assignment. Please make sure that your student is continuing to work on this assignment at home.

Science:

This week in science, we are starting a new unit called “Change Over Time” which covers natural selection and adaptation. We have started the unit by taking a closer look at Charles Darwin and the Galápagos Islands.

Science Olympiad: Practices for science Olympiad will begin next week for 7/8, and the following week for 5/6.

Social Studies:

This week in Social Studies, students began to wrap up the 1960’s. As they headed towards the end of the 60’s, students learned about the different strategies Johnson took to try to win the war (Operation Rolling Thunder, Gulf of Tonkin Resolution) and why Americans started to become disillusioned with his presidency. They learned about the Dove and Hawks, and the fact that regardless of how people felt about the US involvement, it truly left an impact that is still felt today.

Math:

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Varsity began Unit 5 – Operations with Fractions after vacation. They worked on comparing rational numbers, fractions, and decimals.

Scholastic started Unit 4 and completed section 4.1, 4.2 (Coordinate Plans), and 4.3 (Finding Range, Mode Functions)

Honors started with a new Unit 6 which consisted of Polygons and completed classifying polygons, interior and exterior angles and classifying quadrilaterals.

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Homework Support

MHS students in need of homework support may receive help during the following days, please refer to the schedule below:

Delta College Fall Class Reimbursement:

If you took a Delta College class in the fall and earned an A or a B, now is the time to submit your Reimbursement Form to the Millennium Counseling Office! Students may pick up a Reimbursement Request Form in the Counseling Office and attach a printout from their Delta College online account that includes proof of payment and proof of the grade you earned. We will not reimburse families automatically, a Form must be submitted as soon as possible before the end of spring semester to receive a check.

Delta College Spring Classes Start Next Week!:

Double check what day and time your Delta classes are, as they start next week! If you have questions about textbooks, please refer to Ms. Moore’s video on how to find out what textbooks are needed and your options for purchase/rental: https://soapbox.wistia.com/videos/iE6ARsaPZP

California Scholarship Federation

Students who are interested in joining our CSF Chapter are invited to an informational meeting on Thursday, January 17th at 12:30 in Room 203/204. Please have your student attend to find out more about this honors society and to pick up an application. Students must apply every semester to remain members, and admission is based on grades from the previous semester. Applications for spring membership are due on Wednesday, January 23rd to the Counseling Office. Please email Ms. Moore at Lmoore@tracylc.net for more information.

PSAT Score Interpretation

Students who took the PSAT with us in October were invited to a meeting on Thursday in which we distributed paper scores and discussed how to interpret scores and prepare for the SAT. For more information please see the video and instructions on this website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/understanding-scores

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Dear colleagues,

Students and families are invited to Education Summit 2019

a free educational event for first-generation, African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander students and their families

All are welcome to attend

Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

University gymnasium, Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward

· Learn how to prepare for college through presentations and workshops for middle and high school students

· Visit the college and resource fair showcasing universities, community colleges, and student support services

· Financial aid workshops, including FAFSA and Dream Act application tips

· Free parking and shuttle to and from Hayward BART

· Free lunch, coffee, and hot chocolate

School and outreach groups should register all attendees. First, enter the name and contact information for the group leader and the total number of attendees. Second, email a list of students attending and their email accounts to educationsummit@csueastbay.edu.

Bus grants available. Apply by Jan. 14.

Anyone who requires accommodations should contact Accessibility Services by Jan. 25 at 510-885-3868 or as@csueastbay.edu.

We hope you and your students take advantage of this free event, also a great field trip for school groups. Please share the flyers on our website, in English and Spanish, widely!

Questions? Contact us at 510-885-2556 or educationsummit@csueastbay.edu.

TLC Charter Chatter – Happy Holidays!

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

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Dec. 21, 2018 Vol 19

Virginia Stewart

We wish you and your family a very happy end of the year and a bright new year.

We are so pleased that the high school is now back with us on our campus. Please be patient as we figure out the car patterns for car line and for other things. We will all adjust. Being back is good and we know things will smooth out.

Congratulations to our band students who performed very well Wednesday evening. I am very proud of the hard work and the accomplishments of our band.

Congratulations as well to the wonderful performances by Mrs. Watson’s Primary children on Thursday. The children were wonderful.

A special thanks to the teachers, staff and students who made the three-day move of the high school possible. They worked so well and so fast!

See you on January 7th.

Very Important Info about MHS Carline

All of our High Students and Staff return to the Beverly Campus next Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.

Our new MHS Carline for dropping off and picking up will be through the front office driveway and cars will line up from East Avenue on to Beverly. MHS students being dropped off should not be in the Primary or DCS line which lines up on Mae.

AM Drop Off

MHS Parents with siblings in two/three schools go through the high school car line and drop all their children off at the MHS Carline gate. These PCS/DCS students can walk through the MHS Carline gate along the back of the Administrative Building to their designated waiting areas. A staff person will be available to oversee and direct students.

PM Pick Up

PCS Dismissal – 3:20pm

All PCS students must be picked up at PCS Carline

DCS Dismissal – 3:55pm

DCS students with MHS siblings will walk to the MHS Carline area by way of the Administrative hallway and meet his/her MHS sibling

(MHS student drivers and his/her siblings or MHS walkers should always exit by way of the MHS parking lot gate not the MHS carline gate).

Please note the phone number for the Beverly site for all schools is (209) 290-0511

The current MHS Phone Number (209) 832-6777 will no longer be used.as of Dec. 20, 2018.

Next Holidays

Winter breaks begins on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 and all students return on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

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Lunch Menu – Week Jan. 7 – 11

Mon. – Pizza

Tues. – Beef Tacos

Wed- Spaghetti (no meat)

Thurs – Mac and Cheese

Fri – Burgers

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TK

Our musical performance was a HUGE success this week! Each child came dressed-to-impress in their lovely holiday attire, and participated in every song and poem merrily! Plus, we had a special visit from Santa Claus, who brought each one of us an extra-special treat. We concluded the excitement by enjoying gifts, hot coco, and cookies with our family members. A big thank you to everyone who joined us for this festive, holiday event! Happy holidays!

Initial Phase

What a fun week in P2. Students have been buzzing with excitement for break, but have remained focused and learning. On Thursday P2 was able to show off everything that Mrs. Watson has taught them in music class. Students looked so great dressed in their Christmas attire and had the most beautiful voices to match. It was truly a great show and we are so proud of our class! The P2 teachers hope that everyone is able to take time to rest, relax, and recharge for the New Year! Have a fun break with family and friends and we will see you back on Monday, January 7, 2019!!!

Phase one had a busy week with many holiday festivities. The students had holiday fun integrated into their language arts and math centers. Some students created a 3D shape tree, using 3D shapes as ornaments.
Phase One was very lucky to have Ms. Thompson teach us about how she celebrates Hanukkah. A few students were able to help light the Menorah. The students have also been busy creating a surprise for their families! We hope you enjoy the items they have worked so hard to create!
The Teddy Bear Brunch was a hit for all three rooms! The students had a blast eating their delicious brunch in their pajamas. Thank you for all of the donations that allowed us to have this fun event.
We hope you all have a relaxing break and we will see everyone back at school on Monday, January 7th!

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Happy holidays from Phase 2. See you next year!

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5th/6th

Discovery 5/6
Our goal is to keep parents as informed as possible of an upcoming changes. One change that will be happening is in our Science Department. Mrs. Theall will no longer be with us and we have hired a teacher for this position. Ms. Diaz has been a part of the TLC family since 2016 and we are excited to bring her into DCS full time. Her first day with students will be Monday, January 7th

Spotlight:
àBrighter Christmas Canned Food Drive Winners- Amur 5th graders! Way to go!!
àWinter Concert for Band was AMAZING! Shout out to Mr. Zepeda for his dedication and hard working in building our band program from the ground up!
àThursday was Homecoming for MHS and we are all so happy you’re back home! Stronger Together!

A Glance into Classrooms:

– Ms. Rodieck Language Arts and Humanities

Students turned in Book Club Book Reports this week. In Honors we practiced commenting on each others paper blogs as we surfed the room reading the different blogs. In January, they will start blogging about books through a secure class-only website.

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Charter Chatter

December 17-21, 2018

General Updates:

-Winter Break begins Monday 12/24, school resumes 1/7/19

-Honors classes will be taking the PSAT on 1/23/2018 (please send permission slips)

-Very Important Info about MHS Carline

All of our High Students and Staff return to the Beverly Campus next Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.

Our new MHS Carline for dropping off and picking up will be through the front office driveway and cars will line up from East Avenue on to Beverly. MHS students being dropped off should not be in the Primary or DCS line which lines up on Mae.
AM Drop Off –
MHS Parents with siblings in two/three schools go through the high school car line and drop all their children off at the MHS Carline gate. These PCS/DCS students can walk through the MHS Carline gate along the back of the Administrative Building to their designated waiting areas. A staff person will be available to oversee and direct students.

PM Pick Up –

PCS Dismissal – 3:20pm

All PCS students must be picked up at PCS Carline

DCS Dismissal – 3:55pm

DCS students with MHS siblings will walk to the MHS Carline area by way of the Administrative hallway and meet his/her MHS sibling

(MHS student drivers and his/her siblings or MHS walkers should always exit by way of the MHS parking lot gate not the MHS carline gate).

Please note the phone number for the Beverly site for all schools is (209) 290-0511

The current MHS Phone Number (209) 832-6777 will no longer be used.as of Dec. 20, 2018.

Please make note of this information and help us make this transition as stress free as possible.

Thank you and from all of us at The Tracy Learning Center, Happy Holidays.

School resumes on Monday, January 7, 2018

Language Arts:

Cerezo:

All classes completed Hamlet the play last week and have worked very diligently on their final projects this week.

Scholastic and Honors classes had the arduous task of memorizing and reciting a soliloquy as well as performing an entire Act of the play.

Varsity classes have created paper puppets for each of the characters and, in groups, were assigned an act to perform with their puppets. They have enjoyed being able to use their imagination with creating their puppets and develop their scripts!

The students have worked tremendously hard this last week before break. They have written essays, practiced their Shakespearean skills, and have reviewed all of the content up to this week. This break is very well-deserved.

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Happy Holidays!
We are so excited about having the high school come back home this week and we finally get to be together in one place again!!!
This will come with some challenges as we move forward but I know that we can overcome them. Here is important information regarding car line:

MHS

Winter Break

Please note Millennium High School will be on Winter break from December 24, 2018 – January 4, 2019. School will resume on Monday January 7, 2018.

PSAT Results Workshop

A PSAT workshop will be held for MHS students on January 10, 2018 during lunch (further announcements will be made). Students will receive a test booklet and paper scores. Students may also access their scores by creating an account through http://www.collegeboard.org

8th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show-Wednesday February 20, 2019

We have extended our submission deadline to January 7, 2019 and we are still accepting audition videos for this year’s talent show! This year audition video submissions will be required in order to qualify for an in-person audition. Email your audition video to: mhscounseling@tracylc.net and return your participation form to the TLC Main Office or MHS Counseling Office. Please Note: All audition videos and participation forms are now due by Monday January 7, 2019. For any questions, please contact the MHS Counseling Office at 209-627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

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TLC Charter Chatter

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

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Dec. 14, 2018 Vol 18

Virginia Stewart

MHS is moving back Thurs. Dec. 20!

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Very Important Info about MHS Carline

All of our High Students and Staff return to the Beverly Campus next Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.

Our new MHS Carline for dropping off and picking up will be through the front office driveway and cars will line up from East Avenue on to Beverly. MHS students being dropped off should not be in the Primary or DCS line which lines up on Mae.

AM Drop Off

MHS Parents with siblings in two/three schools go through the high school car line and drop all their children off at the MHS Carline gate. These PCS/DCS students can walk through the MHS Carline gate along the back of the Administrative Building to their designated waiting areas. A staff person will be available to oversee and direct students.

PM Pick Up

PCS Dismissal – 3:20pm

All PCS students must be picked up at PCS Carline

DCS Dismissal – 3:55pm

DCS students with MHS siblings will walk to the MHS Carline area by way of the Administrative hallway and meet his/her MHS sibling

(MHS student drivers and his/her siblings or MHS walkers should always exit by way of the MHS parking lot gate not the MHS carline gate).

Please note the phone number for the Beverly site for all schools is (209) 290-0511

The current MHS Phone Number (209) 832-6777 will no longer be used.as of Dec. 20, 2018.

Next Holidays

Winter breaks begins on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 and all students return on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

TLC Band Performance

6th, 7th, 8th, MHS beginning band, and the MHS marching/concert band will all be performing

The concert will be held on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

The performance will be held at the Kimball High School Theater located at: 3200 Jaguar Run, Tracy, CA 95377.

Doors to the theater/lobby will open @ 6:40 pm. The actual concert will begin at 7:00 pm.

Please expect the following admission charges at the door.

$10.00 for Adults

$5.00 11-17 years old/Student

Free to children 10 and younger

Parents Club Update

Next PEP Mtg is Monday – Dec. 17, 2018 at 6:30pm in P2

Lunch Menu – Week Dec. 17 – 21

Mon. – Pizza

Tues. – Beef or Bean Nachos

Wed- No Meat Spaghetti

Thurs – Chicken Taquitos

Fri – Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans and Holiday Cookie

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MUSIC NOTES

I am pleased to be able to invite you to our Primary Winter Music Programs!

TK through 4th grade will be performing in the following holiday programs:

Wednesday, December 19 8:30 am TK performance, at the TK site.

Thursday, December 20 1:00 pm P2 (Kindergarten) Performance -TLC Gym

Thursday, December 20 6:30 pm All Phase 1 & Phase 2 students will be performing – TLC Gym

The evening performance is for grades 1-4. Phase 1 students perform first at 6:30 pm. Phase 2 students will perform directly after the Phase 1 students (approximately 6:50 pm). Phase 1 students need to report to their regular classroom by 6:10 pm. Phase 2 students need to report to their classrooms between 6:10-6:30 pm. The teachers will walk the students to and from the gym. You need to pick your student up in their classroom after their performance. Our gym space is limited. There is no room for the non-performing students to sit in the audience.

If possible, have the students dress in nice clothes. Holiday attire is encouraged, but not mandatory. They may wear Santa hats, Elf hats or small holiday head bands. Please no tall reindeer head bands. Also, the head gear must not play music, have lights or have any movement involved.

The students are encouraged to practice the songs and movements at home. The program songs are now on our website:

TLC Holiday Music (link)

I look forward to showcasing your fabulous children in a fun holiday show!!

Mrs. Watson

TLC Primary Music Director

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Our holiday travels became even more interactive this week, as we visited New York, Mexico, France, and Portugal during Science time. We pretended to fly high in the sky on TK Airlines before landing in new places all over the world! In New York, we cuddled-up by the fireplace to read a festive holiday story about St. Nick. We also decorated our very own stockings to hang by the fireplace! In Mexico, we celebrated Los Posadas by breaking open a pinata to reveal fruits, toys and treats. We also completed a poinsettia craft, and decorated a Mexico scrapbook page. In France, we each tasted a delicious yule log cake. Plus, we placed our paper shoes by the fireplace to be filled with a special treat – just like the children in France! The next morning, each pair of shoes had some holiday bubbles inside. Finally, in Portugal, we tasted sweet rice and learned about the three kings. It was a festive holiday week!

Phase 2 students have started to plan out their own missions. They are working in a group to design their buildings, decide where it will be located in California, and how the various buildings will be arranged. They are drawing their layouts and we are impressed with how much thought is being put into them!

We are so proud of our 3rd and 4th graders who worked so hard on making scarves to sell! The First Annual PCS Scarf Sale has been a HUGE hit! All profits will be donated to the Oakland Children’s Hospital. We’d also like to give a BIG thank you to Mrs. Atwood, who organized our scarf committee and took on this great project. Way to go PCS!

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General Updates:

-Next week is the last week of school before Winter Break

-Honors classes will take the PSAT January 23 ( a letter and permission slip is being sent home)

-Spirit Week is next week (students will be bringing home a flier)

-MHS Returns to the home campus on Thursday 12/20!

Language Arts

Cerezo:

All classes are working on their Hamlet final projects.

Honors and Scholastic classes are working toward memorizing their soliloquies and working with their group to create and reenact their given Hamlet Acts (Acts 1-5). To be presented Wednesday 12/19 and Thursday 12/20

Varsity classes were also given an Act to perform. They will be making paper puppets in their groups, creating scripts, and will perform their Acts Thursday 12/20.

*Honors class students will be bringing home a PSAT informational letter (taking place on January 23) and permission slip this week. Please read, sign, and ask students to return by the end of next week.

Math:

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Varsity is continuing with the unit 4 Factors, Fractions and Exponents and has completed 4.1 Divisibility and Factors, 4.2 Exponents, 4.3 Prime Factorization and GCF, 4.4 Simplifying Fractions.4.5 solve a Simpler Problem,4.6 Rational Numbers, 4.7 exponents & Multiplication (4.1 to 4.7)

Honors is studying unit 5 Relationships within Triangles and has completed 5.1 Perpendicular and Angle bisector Theorems and continuing 5.2 and 5.3 Point of Concurrency. & 5.4 Segment of a Triangle.
Scholastic has started a new unit 3 on Solving Inequalities and has completed (3.1 Inequalities and their Graphs ,3.2 One step inequalities, 3.3 Two step inequalities, 3.4 Solving Multi-Sep Inequalities, 3.5 Compound Inequalities)

Science:

This week for science, we are on to the second unit of Life Science – Chemistry of Life. Students will be bringing in food items from home to analyze the nutritional facts for proteins, sugars, carbohydrates, and lipids.

Science Olympiad: Team A has been informed of their standing as far as team members. Team B will be posted on Friday, all though the team is still on the waitlist. Students will be informed when the team is moved off of the waitlist.

Physical Education:

DCS PE is it’s first week of the “SWO” for the next two weeks before Christmas Break. Students have been “Creating” their own PE Game in Groups of 4-5 concentrating on using “Cooperative Collaboration” skills with their fellow classmates to achieve their goal of creating a successful game that all of the other students can play in PE. Students will start presenting their projects this Thursday thru Friday in their respective separate classes!!! 5th/6th grade Students will be given a rubric on Friday explaining their expectations for completing the “Scrapbook” portion of the SWO!!! As a heads-up, All 5th/6th Grade Students will need to take 3 pictures outside of showing “Cooperative Collaboration” amongst family members and friends! These pictures will be due Monday December 17th!!!!

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 :))

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Technology:

My 7/8 Technology class is currently working on a slideshow about their favorite activity that includes some newly learned skills like adding hyperlinks, embedding YouTube videos, and creating timelines all inside of Google Slides.

MHS

Charter Chatter: December 14, 2018

Very Important Info about MHS Carline

All of our High School Students and Staff return to the Beverly Campus next Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.

Our new MHS Carline for dropping off and picking up will be through the front office driveway and cars will line up from East Avenue on to Beverly. MHS students being dropped off should not be in the Primary or DCS line which lines up on Mae.

AM Drop Off

MHS Parents with siblings in two/three schools go through the high school car line and drop all their children off at the MHS Carline gate. These PCS/DCS students can walk through the MHS Carline gate along the back of the Administrative Building to their designated waiting areas. A staff person will be available to oversee and direct students.

(MHS student drivers and his/her siblings or MHS walkers should always exit by way of the MHS parking lot gate not the MHS carline gate).

New Start Time for Millennium High School

Please note as of December 20, 2018, Millennium High School classes will start at 7:55AM. All students must arrive before 7:55AM in order to avoid being marked tardy. The day will end at 4:00PM for Millennium High School.

Reminder: Finals and the Start of Second Semester

Finals have been rescheduled for Monday December 17, Tuesday Dec 18, and Wednesday Dec 19. These will be early release days with school all three days scheduled to be held from 8:15am to 12:30pm at the Corral Hollow Campus. The second semester will begin the remaining two days of that week (Thursday, December 20th and Friday, December 21st) at the Beverly campus before we adjourn for winter break. We will return to school on January 7th. Please make all arrangements for students to be present for finals and the beginning of the second semester.

PSAT Scores Available Next Week

Students who took the PSAT in October can now check their scores online at www.collegeboard.org and should have received and email from College Board with instructions. The Counseling Department will schedule a meeting with students who took the test after paper scores are received to help them interpret those scores and practice for the SAT!

8th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show-Video Audition Deadline Extended

We have extended our submission deadline to January 7, 2019 and we are still accepting audition videos for this year’s talent show! This year audition video submissions will be required in order to qualify for an in-person audition. Email your audition video to: mhscounseling@tracylc.net and return your participation form to the TLC Main Office or MHS Counseling Office. Please Note: All audition videos and participation forms are now due by Monday January 7, 2019. For any questions, please contact the MHS Counseling Office at 209-627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

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ASL Finals Performance

Not all finals are written, here is a sneak peek which consisted of Mr. Vieira’s American Sign Language students performing sign language renditions of Christmas songs for their final project.

Big Thank You for the Daddy Daughter Dance

Daddy Daughter Masquerade Ball was a huge success! Thank you to everyone that attended! I have so much fun watching Daddy’s making memories with their little girls. Your daughters will remember this for years to come.

If you purchased a picture package they will go home this Friday in the student’s folder.

Mommy Son Masquerade Ball will be Saturday February 9th. Mark your calendars now!

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TLC Charter Chatter

Charter Chatter

 A weekly newsletter written to the parents of TLC

Dec. 8, 2018                                                                                                                                 Vol 17

Virginia Stewart

The big news around here is that the high school is moving back to our campus very soon!  We are so pleased that after finals, the high school students will arrive at the Beverly Site campus.  The high school has been gone for a year and a half and will finally return.  There is no place like home for the holidays and that will be true for our students this year.

All of us, Primary, Discovery and Millennium, are excited about the return.  Of course, we know there will be some things we will need to figure out as we adjust to being together.  Please be patient with new things like car line and other things.  Just take some time to rejoice that we are finally back together in a great new school site. More specifics will be coming your way to prepare you for drop offs etc.

There will be an official red ribbon cutting ceremony in the spring to officially open the new site.  We want to wait for more pleasant weather.  We are so pleased and grateful for the new facility.  We thank the voters who approved the bond for upgrading district facilities and for the work done by the Tracy Unified School District to make it possible.

A reminder, our phone number is now (209) 290-0511 and will be the only number once Millennium moves back to our site.

 

 

Important News

 

Next Holidays

Winter breaks begins on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 and all students return on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

TLC Band Performance

6th, 7th, 8th, MHS beginning band, and the MHS marching/concert band will all be performing

The concert will be held on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

The performance will be held at the Kimball High School Theater located at: 3200 Jaguar Run, Tracy, CA 95377.

Doors to the theater/lobby will open @ 6:40 pm. The actual concert will begin at 7:00 pm.

Please expect the following admission charges at the door.

$10.00 for Adults

$5.00 11-17 years old/Student

Free to children 10 and younger

 

 

Parents Club Update

Next PEP Mtg is Monday – Dec. 17, 2018 at 6:30pm in P2 (last week’s Chatter had the incorrect date on it)

Lunch Menu – Week Dec. 10 – 14

Mon. – Pizza

Tues. – Sloppy Joe

Wed- Steak Burrito

Thurs – Corn Dog

Fri – Beef or Vegi Burger

TK

This week in TK, we continued our study of holidays around the world! We learned that children in England call Santa Claus, “Father Christmas,” and celebrate the holidays by playing with Christmas crackers, and eating fruit mince pies. We also learned that children in France enjoy a tasty chocolate sponge cake called, “Buche de Noel,” and place their shoes in front of the fireplace to be filled with treats! Children in Germany like to build gingerbread houses. We also built gingerbread houses in our class, to take part in this special holiday tradition! Finally, children in Greece call Santa Claus, “Agios Vasilis.” They attend Midnight Mass and play with model boats and drums, as they get into the festive holiday spirit. The fun will continue next week, as we learn about the holidays in: Israel, Italy, Mexico and the Netherlands! 

PCS

Initial Phase

We have been back in full swing in P2! Students are busy getting lots of learning in before break. We had a surprise visit from our little elf on the shelf named Peppermint. 

We are still missing a lot of family recipes. We have a special project planned for these recipes and need one recipe per child to make this a success. If you need a new recipe template, email the teachers (p2@tracylc.net) and we can send another one home.  

On Friday, December 21st we will have a PCS Pajama Day! Students can wear their pajamas to school!   

Phase One

This week in Phase One, the students have been learning about different holidays around the world. The students have learned different holiday traditions from the United States, Mexico, England, and Italy. They learned the many different foods that people eat to celebrate in each country. They also learned the various names each country uses for Santa. 

Each class has been working on writing friendly letters. Some students were able to write letters to their classroom elf. They enjoyed asking their elves all about the North Pole and what it feels like to be able to fly!

Phase 2

Students are learning more about the California Missions.  Did you know all the missions were arranged in the shape of a square with a garden or courtyard in the middle?  We looked at the different missions and discussed how they were arranged.  Next week students will design their own mission based on what they’ve learned in the past few weeks.  Some students are even looking up missions at home on YouTube.  This is a great way to extend their knowledge and do a virtual mission tour at home!

We are also proud of our holiday hallway displays…check them out! 

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MUSIC NOTES

I am pleased to be able to invite you to our Primary Winter Music Programs! 

TK through 4th grade will be performing in the following holiday programs:

Wednesday, December 19   8:30 am  TK performance, at the TK site.

Thursday, December 20 1:00 pm  P2 (Kindergarten) Performance -TLC Gym

Thursday, December 20 6:30 pm  All Phase 1 & Phase 2 students will be performing – TLC Gym

The evening performance is for grades 1-4. Phase 1 students perform first at 6:30 pm.  Phase 2 students will perform directly after the Phase 1 students (approximately 6:50 pm). Phase 1 students need to report to their regular classroom by 6:10 pm.  Phase 2 students need to report to their classrooms between 6:10-6:30 pm.  The teachers will walk the students to and from the gym.  You need to pick your student up in their classroom after their performance.  Our gym space is limited.  There is no room for the non-performing students to sit in the audience.

If possible, have the students dress in nice clothes.  Holiday attire is encouraged, but not mandatory.  They may wear Santa hats, Elf hats or small holiday head bands.  Please no tall reindeer head bands.  Also, the head gear must not play music, have lights or have any movement involved. 

I look forward to showcasing your fabulous children in a fun holiday show!!

Mrs. Watson

TLC Primary Music Director

 

 

DCS

5/6 Discovery

Although, we were sad to see Ms. Sabedra depart from DCS, we understand her need to be closer to home.  We are fortunate and forever grateful that Coach Ruiz has stepped into the role as our long term sub, which allows us to interview candidates and ensure we find someone who fits into our 5/6 family.  Coach Ruiz and Ms. Zaca have been working closely together on curriculum planning and best ways to implement the lessons. 

On Going Events in 5/6:
-Brighter Christmas Canned Food Drive by Nest ends December 14th
-5th – 8th will start their annual Winter Door Decorating competition between classes on Monday
-5th – 8th will have a winter spirit week Dec. 17th– 21st (be on the lookout for more information being sent home next week)

A Glance into Classrooms:

Ms. Christensen LA/Humanities: This week we discussed a controversial article and practiced how to write a 3 paragraph essay on our opinion of the topic.  We continued reading Freedom Riders, practiced diagramming and hooks.  In Humanities, the students finished presenting their slides on their assigned art technique.

Math with Ms. T:
Varsity- We are doing a nice job at finding LCM and started using this skill to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.  Subtracting fractions with unlike denominators that also need borrowing is still tricky and we need extra practice next week.  We will be having a quiz on Tuesday, December 11th to see how we are doing before we take our fractions test.
Scholastic- Our class has had fantastic discussions about loans, mortgages, credit cards and stocks these last two weeks. We have gotten really good at finding Simple Interest this week and now know how monthly payments for cars and large ticket items are calculated.  On Monday, our class was broken up into small teams and each team picked 4 stocks to track until Christmas break.  The Bank of T gave allotted each team $5,000 to invest -the team that makes the most money at the end will win!
Honors- We have been preparing for our Unit 5 Test on expressions and equations.  Our test is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th.  We have become really good at consecutive number problems and show lots of excitement when solving system of equation problems (Substitution & Elimination). Our next goal is to strengthen our algebraic word problem skillset!

Social Studies with Coach Ruiz:
This week students jumped right into the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s! All classes learned about the events that led up to the passage of both the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act and viewed different pictures from the movement. Students wrote their thoughts and questions down about the pictures in their notebook and shared with the class the significance those pictures had on African-Americans in the 1960s. Students also learned the history of the Jim Crow Laws and took  Literacy Tests given to African Americans in the South to see firsthand how impossible it was for anyone to pass that test. On Friday, students went back in time to the Sit-ins at Woolworth and took on the roles of Dr. King and the four students who refused to leave the counter-tops that were designated for “Whites Only”. Next week, we will compare President Kennedy and President Johnson’s domestic and foreign policies. 

Updates:

  • Winter Break begins 12/21
  • Canned Good Brighter Christmas Donation continues until 12/14

Pentathlon:

This week Discovery hosted their first Pentathlon Super Quiz event of the year (the first of three). It was a major success and students were able to showcase all that they have learned about the 1960’s so far this year. Special thank you to those parents who joined!

CJSF:

We are collecting canned goods for Brighter Christmas until 12/14. Please remind your students to bring in these cans! They can find the drop-off boxes in any classroom.

Language Arts:

Cerezo:

All classes engaged in a “Fish Bowl” style debate. The topic for this debate was “Should Voting Be Mandatory?” Students were challenged to have a continuous debate and engaging conversation regarding this topic. In preparation for this debate students read 5 articles and discussed the pros and cons of Mandatory Voting as a team and as a class.

Also, on Wednesday every class went “paperless,” and engaged in a series of short review games. Students practiced their diagramming skills, vocabulary usage, and their knowledge of Hamlet. It was a major success.

Math:

Mr. Singh

Hopefully you all had a great Thanksgiving and now our thoughts turn to the winter holidays.

7/8 Math would like to make a few suggestions for stocking stuffers for our students: pencils, extra erasers, dry erase markers, highlighter, red pens, Texas Instrument calculators

Great Teacher Gifts would be kleenex, band aides, hand sanitizer, pencils for the classroom, dry erase markers for the classroom, lined white paper. Thank you.

Varsity is continuing with the unit 4 Factors, Fractions and Exponents and has completed 4.1 Divisibility and Factors, 4.2 Exponents, 4.3 Prime Factorization and GCF, 4.4 Simplifying Fractions (4.1 to 4.4)

Honors is studying unit 5 Relationships within Triangles and has completed 5.1 Perpendicular and Angle bisector Theorems and continuing 5.2 and 5.3 Point of Concurrency.

Scholastic has started a new unit 3 on Solving Inequalities and has completed (3.1 Inequalities and their Graphs ,3.2  One step inequalities, 3.3 Two step inequalities)

Social Studies:

Students participated in a Visual Thinking Strategy (VTS) By looking at different pictures that represented the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. As students watched, they wrote down any thoughts or questions that came to mind within the two minute minute. Some of the thoughts, words, and ideas expressed by students were Hope, segregation, fulfillment,  and racism.

Verbal Expressions:

Lights, Cameras, and Action

Public service announcements  for Brighter Christmas, toy and food collections, Video ads for  TLC’s talent show, Spirit Week, Spiderella and Rappers traveling performers are preparing interviews and practicing choreography. TLC Door decoration and Winter Wonderland competitions are are on the schedule of interviews and ads as well as some sound and light surprises being developed by one of our new student IPad tech teams.  A new set of Soar videographers are learning how to film and upload to our private Youtube channel.


Choir:

We are off to a great start this trimester. My new 5/6 & 7/8 music students are in the middle of a street busking unit. They will be presenting their final projects next week. I am looking forward to hearing what the students put together. This is a great first project.

 

 

MHS

8th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show-Wednesday February 20, 2019

We are still accepting audition videos for this year’s talent show! This year audition video submissions will be required in order to qualify for an in-person audition. Email your audition video to: mhscounseling@tracylc.net and return your participation form to the TLC Main Office or MHS Counseling Office. Please Note: All audition videos and participation forms are due by Friday December 14, 2018. For any questions, please contact the MHS Counseling Office at 209-627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

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Reminder:  Finals and the Start of Second Semester

Finals have been rescheduled for Monday December 17, Tuesday Dec 18, and Wednesday Dec 19.  These will be early release days with school all three days scheduled to be held from 8:15am to 12:30pm at the Corral Hollow Campus.  The second semester will begin the remaining two days of that week (Thursday, December 20th and Friday, December 21st) at the Beverly campus before we adjourn for winter break. We will return to school on January 8th.  Please make all arrangements for students to be present for finals and the beginning of the second semester.   

Spirit Week Next Week!
Let’s bid this campus goodbye with a fun spirit week/nest competition to cruise into Finals…
Monday: Cozy Bundle Up Day — Wear your PJ’s or sweats! (And remember no blankets, please) 
Tuesday: Twin Day/Crew Day — Match up with your friends!
Wednesday: Ugly Sweater Day — But if all your sweaters are too cool to qualify as ugly, just wear red and green! 
Thursday: Nest Color Day — Rep your nest!
Friday: Falcon Pride Out — Black and Gold day!  

PSAT Scores Available Next Week

Students who took the PSAT in October will be able to check their scores online next week at www.collegeboard.org.  The Counseling Department will schedule a meeting with students who took the test after paper scores are received to help them interpret those scores and practice for the SAT!

TLC Charter Chatter

      Charter Chatter

 A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

 

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Nov. 30, 2018                                                                                                                            Vol 16

Virginia Stewart

 

Chronic Absences

 

Just recently, I attended a webinar in which the state was discussing chronic absences.  This term has an exact definition.  The definition is that a child is chronically absent if the student misses 10% of the school year.  We have a 205 school year, but we only receive state funding for 180 of those days.  The rest is supported by our general budget and costs us approximately $600,000 a year.

 

Why do we use $600,000 of our general budget for an additional 25 days of school?

We have this as part of our charter.  We believe that longer years in school provides students with more learning opportunities and less regression of learning over a very long summer.  We see it in the test score results, we know it makes a difference.  We are often discouraged when students and parents see these extra days as not important.  They are to us.

 

How do our schools score with chronic absences?

Unfortunately, we have several students who are absent way more than the ten percent.  When looking at those students who exceed the ten percent, we were alarmed to see some of the absent students have exceeded 30 days.

Please be certain that you student attends school as regularly as possible.  There is a correlation between attendance and learning.  It is very hard to stay connected to school work when students miss a day of school almost each week.  Test scores and grades are affected when attendance is poor.

 

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DANCE THIS SATURDAY!

Daddy Daughter Dance is this Saturday under the white tent at Millennium High School 1904 N. Corral Hallow. Tickets are still available at the door as well as photo packages.

 

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 Parents Club Update

 

Next PEP Mtg is Monday – Dec. 17, 2018 at 6:30pm in P2 (last week’s Chatter had the incorrect date on it)

 

Lunch Menu – Week Dec. 3 – 6

Mon. – Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Chimichanga

Wed- Turkey or PBJ Sandwich

Thurs – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Fri – Beef Hot Dog

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TK Charter Chatter

 

This week, TK began to study holiday traditions around the world! We learned that children in Africa celebrate Kwanzaa by lighting seven candles on the kinara.

We also learned that children in Australia go caroling and enjoy a yummy slice of pavlova. Children in Brazil greet one another during Christmastime by saying” Felitz Natal,” and watching fireworks.

 

Finally, children in Canada decorate

christmas trees and participate in cookie exchanges. They also get a visit from Santa Claus! The fun will continue next week, as we learn about the holidays in: England, France, Greece and Germany.

 

 

PCS

 

 

Daddy Daughter Dance is this Saturday under the white tent at Millennium High School 1904 N. Corral Hallow. Tickets are still available at the door as well as photo packages.

 

Initial Phase

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving break! We are all happy to be back at school! Students came in on Monday ready to jump into our second trimester and dive into curriculum. This time of year always seems to fly by. Some students haven’t turned in their decorated house, you can still send it in and we will put it on display! Also, please send in your family recipe as soon as possible! We already have received some family recipes— thank you to those who already turned theirs in! We look forward to this project every year, it is always a big hit!

 

Phase One

We had an exciting week in Phase One with the arrival of a scout elf in each classroom. The students have been on their best behavior knowing that their elf is watching! The students have completed various elf crafts to celebrate their new classroom addition. Pictured below are P5’s elf crafts on display:

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In Writer’s Workshop, Phase One has started writing friendly letters. The students have learned songs, watched video clips, and completed crafts in order to learn the five parts of a friendly letter. Have your student share with you all that they have learned!

 

 

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Phase Two:

This week our phase 2 students started learning about the California Missions.  Did you know there are 21 missions in California and they are all along our coastline?  We are learning why the missions were started and how they were designed.  We are also working on holiday writing and activities.  Take a look at some of the creative PCS projects that are in our hallway!

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With cold and flu season upon us please make sure you teach your child how to stay healthy!  Don’t put hands/fingers in mouth, wash hands before and after eating or using the restroom and always cover your cough!

 

 

DCS

Discovery 5/6

Important Upcoming Date:
Monday, December 3rd:  5/6 Schoolwide Super Quiz

Cooperative Collaboration SWO:
The Family Life unit is winding down and Physical Education coaches will be introducing our 2nd SWO to the students on Monday, December 5th.  This SWO project will be completed entirely at school, as it will require students to be working in a group during their PE classes.

DCS Survival Skill:
Encourage your children to be Lifelong Learners.  As teachers, we talk a lot about loving to learn new things and we try to give our students opportunities to explore their passions and curiosities both inside and outside of school.  We have so many talented students who attend TLC and we are constantly amazed with their skills they have learned on their own or with the help of someone else!

Student Spotlight- Ivan A. is a 5th grader who is an amazing artist. He has been drawing since he was three years old. Although he draws everything, he loves drawing people the most because he finds spending extra time perfecting the details is peaceful for him. When he gets older he hopes to have a job that involves art in some way (Submitted by Ms. Sabedra)

 

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7th/8th

Charter Chatter

Week of November 26-30th

 

CJSF:

CJSF is hosting a Brighter Christmas Can Food Drive! This drive begins December 3rd and continues until December 14th. This is a Nest Challenge and the winners will receive a surprise reward!

 

Language Arts:

Cerezo:

Students are continuing to read Hamlet. All classes have read up to Act 4 and are starting to really see the drama and intrigue of the play. It has been exciting to see each of the students bring the characters to life.

 

Before break students learned about Jasper Johns and his “Flag” which was created using a collage method. The students themselves put this into practice by creating their own 1960’s related collages. (Pictured below)

 

 

We have also begun to host our weekly study sessions for Pentathlon. If your students received a permission slip or welcome letter, remind them that each Wednesday from 4:15-5:15pm, students will be studying and preparing for the competition in D12.

 

Math:

Mr. Singh:

Varsity has started a new unit on Factors, Fractions and Exponents.
Honors is studying a unit on Properties of Triangles.  They received a project today that is due Tuesday, December 11th.
NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Scholastic will be starting a new unit on Solving Inequalities.

 

Mrs. King:

Hopefully you all had a great Thanksgiving and now our thoughts turn to the winter holidays.

7/8 Math would like to make a few suggestions for stocking stuffers for our students: pencils, extra erasers, dry erase markers, highlighter, red pens, Texas Instrument calculators

Great Teacher Gifts would be kleenex, band aides, hand sanitizer, pencils for the classroom, dry erase markers for the classroom, lined white paper. Thank you.

 

Science:

This week in ⅞ science, we are moving onto the Life Science portion of the ⅞ curriculum. The first unit we will be covering is “Characteristics of Living Things” during which we will explore and discuss the hallmarks of single cell and multicellular organisms.

Science Olympiad: We are still waiting to hear back on our second team as it is currently on the waiting list for full registration. The members of Team 1 have already been posted. Students selected for Team 2 will be notified once we are moved off of the waiting list.

 

Social Studies:
This week, students learned about the sacrifices African Americans made that went unnoticed by millions of Americans during the Civil Rights Movements. They discussed the struggles of John Lewis and his march from Selma, Alabama to the Capital (known as Bloody Sunday) and how it finally took the murders of three activists for Congress to finally pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Students are buckling down with their studying, as the Unit 2 Test is just around the corner: December 14th!

 

Physical Education:

Students are finishing up their Family Life Units this week! In all it has gone very well. Please remind your students to dress appropriately for the colder and rainy weather and to make sure that they are attempting to get the mud off of their shoes before entering the classrooms!

 

Verbal Expressions:

Ms. Dane’s Enrichment classes are busy working on Reader’s Theater productions of :Spiderella” our eight legged hard working arachnid who desperately wants to attend the Bug Ball with her wicked stepsister ladybugs, while, ‘The Brementown Rappers’ with MC Donkey, Fun Lovin Dawg, Kitty-O and Da Rooster are on their way to a major recording contract. Backgrounds, Stick puppets and stop motion backed with Garage Band beats rounds out the project.
Stay tuned for a link to our shows and private Youtube channel to see the students in action.

 

 

MHS

 

MHS is Homeward Bound!   After an extended separation from TLC our High School is almost ready to come home to our new and improved campus.   We are all excited to be back under one roof but a few changes have to be made to make it happen.

We will keep you posted but as of now MHS Finals have been moved to Monday through Wednesday December 17-19.  The half day schedule will still be in place but we are pushing them back one week.  That Thursday and Friday (December 20th and 21st) will be the first days of the second semester.

During those Finals days, we will be using the afternoons to move furniture and supplies.

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility through this time.  It is difficult to balance all the things that have to happen but our staff and students always rise to the occasion.  We will keep you updated if anything has to be adjusted.

 

 

 

8th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show-Wednesday February 20, 2019

TLC’s Got Talent Show is coming up soon and auditions have begun! This year audition video submissions will be required in order to qualify for an in-person audition. Email your audition video to: mhscounseling@tracylc.net and return your participation form to the TLC Main Office or MHS Counseling Office. Please Note: All audition videos and participation forms are due by Friday December 14, 2018. For any questions, please contact the MHS Counseling Office at 209-627-8299 or email: mhscounseling@tracylc.net

 

 

 

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Delta College Early Start Registration

CES Forms have been returned to students and registration opened for them on Thursday, 11/29 at 3:45.  If students have not registered yet, they need to as soon as possible, as classes fill up quickly!  Please see Ms. Moore’s instructional video about how to register for a class:  https://soapbox.wistia.com/videos/mHRF4BxpjM

 

 

 

 

 

 

TLC Charter Chatter

      Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

 

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Nov. 16, 2018                                                                                                                           Vol 15

Virginia Stewart

 

Our sincerest condolences go out to all of the families who have been affected by these horrific fires both in Northern and Southern California. Words cannot express how sad we are for those that have lost their love ones and/or their homes from these horrendous fires.

 

We do understand there has been a lot of concern with our students staying in school with this poor air quality this week. We have had the students inside all day and are constantly monitoring any air quality changes. When students came to the office with any respiratory complaints parents were immediately notified. We received the following letter from the TUSD Superintendent (see below) that we would like to share with all of our parents.

 

We certainly hope to see improvement soon and wish you all a very safe, restful and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Dear Colleagues,

 

The recent fires have created a challenging situation for our district and others.  Because of rapidly changing conditions, we have been monitoring the air quality by the hour and communicating as needed to the school sites.  We have thoughtfully considered whether or not we should be closing schools at this time.  Believing that the Tracy community consists of a high percentage of parents who commute to work, we have determined that it is best to keep schools in session at this time.  It is in the best interest of our students to be supervised at school rather than left alone at home because parents are unable to find daycare on short notice.  Keeping students in a classroom is likely the same health wise as if the student stayed home.  None of these decisions are easy but we are trying to make the best decision for our students.

 

Communication has been shared with your site administration requesting that students stay indoors as much as possible today.  Your assistance in making this happen is much appreciated.  We have checked with Banta, Jefferson and Lammersville School Districts and they are open today, keeping students indoors.  It is probable that tomorrow we will find ourselves in a similar position where we will be keeping students indoors.

 

If you have any questions that I can help with, please do not hesitate to contact me or Rob Pecot, Director of Student Services.

 

Thank you,

 

Brian Stephens, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Tracy Unified School District

Phone: (209) 830-3201

Fax:     (209) 830-3204

mailto: bstephens@tusd.net

 

 

IMPORTANT INFO

 

Thanksgiving Week Holidays…  Monday – Friday, Nov. 19 – 23

 

New Trimester  – Tardies

Just a reminder if your student arrives late more than 5 times each trimester (must arrive prior to the start of PCS Unity – 8:13am or DCS Unity – 7:55am) a meeting will be set up to place these students on an attendance contract. If tardies continue, these students will lose their priority as a Tracy Learning Center student.

 

 

 Parents Club Update

 

Next PEP Mtg Dec. 19, 2018 at 6:30pm in P2

 

Lunch Menu – Week Nov. 26 – 30

Mon. – Pizza

Tues. – Steak Burrito

Wed- Turkey or PBJ Sandwich

Thurs – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Fri – Beef Hot Dog

TK

This week in TK, we learned all about Thanksgiving! We went on a hunt around our classroom for images of: a turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, pie, and all sorts of other foods that you’d find during a thanksgiving feast. We also created a place-mat and each made pilgrim hats to wear during the feast. Plus, we listened to many holiday-themed stories, and learned about the first feast between the Pilgrims and Indians. Finally, we had a great big Circle Time discussion about all of the things that we are thankful for. Family, friends, food, and pets were among some of our answers.

PCS

Initial Phase

Teachers had such a wonderful time meeting with all of our awesome P2 families at conferences this week! We always love getting the opportunity to tell you how great your kids are! We are so thankful to have such kind and supportive families in our class this year! We hope that everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving break and is able to take the time to relax and have fun spending time with family and friends. Teachers and students are very excited about our new project. Students will be decorating a house with Christmas cheer! Look in your green folder for more detailed directions. Decorated houses will be due on Monday, November 26th. We will be displaying the houses in the hall!

PHASE ONE

Students had an exciting week in Phase One full of Fall activities. They were able to share what they are thankful for during class discussions and crafts. Below are a few of these crafts from the different classrooms:
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Each classroom in Phase One ended the week with a delicious fall feast. The students enjoyed a wide variety of food and pumpkin pie.
Thank you to those parents who were able to meet with us during conferences. We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing break! We look forward to our return to school on Monday, November 26th.
Phase Two
We would like to wish all our families a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.  School will resume on Monday November 26th.

DCS

  • Thanksgiving Break begins 11/19-11/25
  • If you did not attend Parent Teacher Conferences, you will receive your students report cards in the mail

 

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It was great to meet with so many parents this week during conferences.  Teaching your students is a team effort.  We really do value communication and believe that this benefits us all.  To all our staff, students and parents we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and look forward to starting a fresh, new trimester on Monday November 26th.

 

 

 

Language Arts:

Cerezo:

This week each class has begun to study our first piece of artwork from the 1960’s –Jasper Johns Flag. Students learned about Johns methods to create this show stopping piece. All students will invoke Johns technique of using collage this Friday in their own attempt at artwork.

 

All classes are also finishing up Act Three of Hamlet.

 

Thank you to all of the parents who attended Parent Teacher Conferences this week!

 

Ernst:

This week is our parent/teacher/student conferences.  We really do appreciate seeing and talking to each of you about your student.  If you were not able to make it, your student’s report card will be mailed home.

Please remember for all 8th grade students, if you plan on attending Millennium High School, applications are due by November  30th in order to reserve your spot!

Any student who did not receive a passing grade in either SWO or Community Service, it is required that they complete both of those.  For 8th grade students, it is required that they have passed all of their SWOs and have all of their Community Service hours in order to participate in promotional activities.

From all of us at Discovery Charter School we hope you enjoy this holiday season.  School resumes Monday, November 26th

 

Technology:

This week the 7/8 Technology class is being introduced to internet safety and functions as well as taking their first typing test of the trimester.

 

Social Studies

To all the parents who were able to make it to Parent Teacher conferences, thank you! I know how hard it is to move things around busy work schedules to make it to these and it’s greatly appreciated! For those who were not able to come, thank you still for raising such great kids who make me proud to be their teacher! I appreciate all that you do for your children in order to make them better people for tomorrow 🙂

Votings Right Act has a huge impact on not only African Americans, but all groups of people in America! Students went back even further in time (1870s) to learn about the Jim Crow Laws to gain a better understanding of the impact the voting rights act had on African American communities in the south.

 

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Our student council representative elections were last Tuesday, along with the elections across the country. Student council representatives are a liaison between the nest and Leadership. They meet with their nests to learn about the nests’ concerns and interests, then bring those ideas to Leadership so we can produce meaningful action and events to support and engage our student body. We are proud to announce that the Amur representatives are Taylor Norwood and Madison Piazza; Peregrine representatives are Amy Harrison Garcia and Ingrid Moshan Morales; Kestrel representatives are Taylor Gonser and Gianna Arganbright; and Saker representatives are Frank Ramirez and Michael Morri.

 

Winter Formal will be held at the current Millennium campus (the Corrall Hollow site) under the heated white tent on Friday, December 7th. The dance will be from 7:30-10:30. Tickets are $15 for individuals and $20 for couples. Formal or semi-formal attire is expected. Tickets go on sale when we return from break.

 

Winter Formal will be held at the current Millennium campus (the Corrall Hollow site) under the heated white tent on Friday, December 7th. The dance will be from 7:30-10:30. Tickets are $15 for individuals and $20 for couples. Formal or semi-formal attire is expected. Tickets go on sale when we return from break.

 

 

Mr. Vieira is collecting donations on behalf of Dutch Brothers Coffee for the people who have been affected by the California wildfires. Mr. Vieira will be matching the total amount of donations that students and staff bring in. Dutch Bros will then match up to $150,000 donated as a company. Bring Donations to room C6 before or after school, or contact Mr. Vieira at avieira@tracylc.net. Thank you for your generosity.

 

 

Spring College Early Start Registration

All CES Forms have been submitted to Delta!  Students will receive their forms back along with instructions on how to register when we return from Thanksgiving Break.  Students are not automatically in the class they chose – they must register online at www.deltacollege.edu!  Registration for our students will take place on Thursday, November 29th after 3:15pm.  They can register from any computer.

 

Attention Seniors: College Applications Due Soon!

UC and CSU Applications are due on November 30th!  Your counselors are happy to review any application before you submit, if you give us access by Wednesday 11/28.

Throughout the year, there are certain times when it seems that there is an abundance of community service.

opportunities.  With the holiday season around the corner, it is important to remember the true purpose of community service.  In the midst of a flurry of shopping, partying, and spending, it’s easy to forget about the multitude of people who are less fortunate.  Encourage your students to participate with non-profit organizations such as Brighter Christmas or help at a local senior center serving holiday dinners.           Parents, please stress the importance of reliability and follow through when your students sign up to volunteer.  We pride ourselves in having reliable, hardworking, and dedicated students volunteering and hope to maintain strong relationships in the community while students learn the value of being a good citizen.

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Hours are updated daily on the Aeries portal in your student’s gradebook. Please help us encourage your student to complete their hours and submit their forms to the Counseling office on a regular basis.  To date, our student body has volunteered over 77,000 hours in our community! Keep up the great work!

 

To sign-up for Brighter Christmas, please see the following link: https://www.justserve.org/projects/a8d80c7a-df73-4098-bfe7-2b7cea4defed

 

 

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TLC Charter Chatter: Thank you Veterans!

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

 

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  Nov. 9, 2018                                                                                                                            Vol 14

Virginia Stewart

 

Although e-cigarettes have been around for more than a decade, vaping rates have skyrocketed in recent years, especially among teens. E-cigarettes are now the most frequently used tobacco product among adolescents — some 2.1 million middle and high school students were e-cigarette users in 2017 — far surpassing traditional combustible cigarettes.

JUUL, a popular vape device that comes in fun flavors, looks like a flash drive and can be charged in a USB port, is especially concerning. JUUL delivers high levels of nicotine, making the product extremely addictive. The company that makes and markets JUUL recently exceeded a $10 billion valuation faster than any company, including Facebook. JUUL sales now make up more than half of the e-cigarette market.

Last month the FDA announced that it will be cracking down not only on illegal sales of e-cigarettes to minors, but also the “kid-friendly marketing and appeal of these products” because “we see clear signs that youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion.”

Teachers, health professionals and parents are alarmed by this trend and trying to educate not only teens but also themselves, as it’s all still so new.

What is vaping?

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by the heated nicotine liquid (often called “juice”) of an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette or e-cig), vape pen, or personal vaporizer. It’s also commonly called JUULing (pronounced jewel-ing).

What originated as a smoking cessation aid has quickly became a popular — and addictive — product in its own right. Sarper Taskiran, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Child Mind Institute, attributes the recent rise in popularity to packaging and advertising. “The teens are after innovation and they’re attracted by sleek design and ease of use,” he says. “They look like an Apple product.”

Although vaping companies emphatically deny that they are marketing to young people, critics note such features in their advertising as youthful images and colors, animation, actors who appear to be under 21, and suggestions that vaping makes you happier and improves your social status.

Although some of the health risks associated with vaping appear to be less severe than traditional combustible cigarettes (there’s no tar, for example), there are still risks.

Some known risks of vaping are:

  • E-cigarettes contain high levels of nicotine. According to the company’s website, the nicotine content of one JUULpod is equivalent to one pack of cigarettes.
  • Because of these high nicotine levels, vaping is extremely addictive — and teens are already more susceptible to addiction than adults because their brains are still developing, which makes them more likely to habituate to using drugs and alcohol.
  • Addiction can impact the ability to focus. Dr. Taskiran has observed this with the adolescents he works with, who report that vaping initially increases their alertness and attention, but then experience a decrease in attention span. One student, for example, was able to sit through practice ACT exams but after JUULing for six months “can’t sit still because she starts craving, can’t think of questions, and just starts fidgeting.”
  • E-cigarettes and similar devices contain carcinogenic compounds, and a recent study found significantly increased levels of carcinogens in the urine of teens who vape.
  • recent study found that vaping does, in fact, cause lung irritation akin to that seen in smokers and people with lung disease and causes damage to vital immune system cells.
  • Taskiran notes that vaping increases heart rate and blood pressure, so can increase circulatory problems. One teen he works with started vaping and found that his swim times dropped because he can no longer sustain the heart rate required for swimming.

Since they leave little odor,  e-cigarettes are particularly easy to hide and even use discreetly in public places, including school. Kids are also vaping marijuana at increasing rates, which brings its own health risks.

Why parents should be concerned

One problem with vaping is that teens hear that it’s not as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes and think there is no harm.  “They really think that they are mostly flavors and that they are inhaling a pleasant gas,” says Dr. Taskiran.

recent study of 12th graders found that kids who vaped (but were not previously smokers) were more than four times as likely to “move away from the perception of cigarettes as posing a great risk of harm.” The study and others like it have showed that teens who vape are much more likely to start smoking cigarettes.

The packaging does little to convey the risks. “They are very enticing the way they look. It’s not transparent at all. It says 5% nicotine, which sounds like nothing, so teens think 95% is water weight or vapor,” laments Dr. Taskiran.

Plus, he points out, smoking never stopped being cool. It’s still positively portrayed in movies, and JUUL in particular has re-branded it to make vaping an even cooler alternative. But vaping isn’t only for the cool kids — many teens are curious (with flavors like mango, cucumber and crème, who wouldn’t be?) and presented with the opportunity will give it a try.

Sarah, a mom of two in Ann Arbor, MI, was shocked to get a phone call the other day from her son’s middle school principal, requiring her to come get him immediately for “emergency removal and suspension.” He and two friends had been caught vaping on school grounds after school, and a passing parent took photos and sent them to the administration.

Though they didn’t find any devices on her son — a straight A student with no prior offenses — the school, like many others, is taking a hard stance. “The principal knows that vaping is common and shared that the businesses in downtown Ann Arbor are selling to teens without asking for IDs,” relayed Sarah. “However, she feels the need to let my son and his friends know that it’s a really, really big deal.”

At this school, students caught vaping have to sign behavior contracts, must attend a Teens Using Drugs Class, and cannot participate in any sports, clubs or special events for the rest of the year. If the kids had been across the street, not on school grounds, it would have been a different scenario. But the principal said that had they been in high school rather than middle school, she would have called the police.

Sarah remembers what it was like to be a teenager so doesn’t think trying it is that big of a deal, but is concerned about addiction. “Addiction runs in my family and I worry about my son. Of course, I worry about the damage that the chemicals can do to his lungs and body as well,” she says.

Although some places are tightening restrictions locally, kids can still go to a website, click a button that says they are at least 21 years old, and purchase online. “The majority of adolescents I see are purchasing JUUL from the Internet,” says Dr. Taskiran.

How to talk to kids about vaping

Dr. Taskiran advises parents to start by educating themselves, so they know what they’re talking about going in, and to take an inquisitive and curious approach to what their teen’s experience is. “The most important thing is keeping it as a dialogue,” he says.  “Declarative statements like ‘It’s bad for you’ just end the conversation.”

Dr. Taskiran recommends starting the conversation more generally by asking if a lot of kids at school vape. Once the conversation is initiated, you can slowly work up to asking things like, “What is your experience with that? What are the flavors like?” He also suggests getting a sense of what they know (or think they know) about the product, which gives you an opening to start educating them.

The silver lining of Sarah’s experience with her son is that he actually told his dad about the experience even before he knew he’d been caught. “They had a full one hour conversation about it after I was already asleep. He told my husband that he tried it for the first time and that it burned his throat and he didn’t like it.” She got the call from the principal the next morning before her son had a chance to tell her himself. “He’s a great kid and doesn’t really get in trouble except for talking in class because he’s bored. My goal has always been open communication and to keep him talking to us. He did!”

Of course, while parents need to educate themselves, the onus isn’t entirely on them. “Schools need to own this as well and provide educational strategies for both teachers and students,” says Dr. Taskiran. Prevention is a lot easier than treatment later on, he says, and notes that peer education can play a particularly important role.

If you are concerned that your child has become addicted there are plenty of treatment options. Dr. Taskiran recommends consulting with a clinician who is  well-versed in addiction treatments. “This is a true nicotine addiction,” he says. “People usually think this is different from cigarette use — but it can be more severe than cigarette use.”

 

 

 

 

Important Info –

 

Next School Holiday is Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

 

Thanksgiving Week Holidays…  Monday – Friday, Nov. 19 – 23

 

New Trimester  – Tardies

Just a reminder if your student arrives late more than 5 times each trimester (must arrive prior to the start of PCS Unity – 8:13am or DCS Unity – 7:55am) a meeting will be set up to place these students on an attendance contract. If tardies continue, these students will lose their priority as a Tracy Learning Center student.

 

Homework Support Room

We won’t be having homework support next week (Nov. 12 – 16), due to teachers being out off on Monday and conferences. Parents were notified on Nov. 5, 2018 and were reminded on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018..

 

 

 
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 Parents Club Update

 

Next PEP Mtg Dec. 19, 2018 at 6:30pm in P2

 

MHS Cheer Fundraiser

Millennium High School Cheerleading is selling  personalized Starbucks hot cups and cold tumblers.  These make awesome holiday gifts.
Please make checks payable to MHS Cheer.
We will be selling these through 12/05 so we can delivery prior to winter break.
Contact coachd74@yahoo.com for more info.

Please include your child’s name and room number on the order form.
** order form for each style of cup is below each flyer.

Printable Order Forms:

 

 

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PIE FUNDRAISER REMINDER:

Fundraiser ends Thursday, November 8th

 

The Pie Company will deliver the pies via freezer truck on Nov. 16 at our main site:

51 E. Beverly Pl. (next to the main office)

Pies must be picked up between 3:00-4:30

This is our only pick up day and time.

TLC cannot store orders that are not claimed before 4:30 on Nov. 16th.

All payments go inside the envelope.

Cash or check

Make checks payable to TLC or Tracy Learning Center.

 

 

Lunch Menu – Week Nov. 12 – 16

Mon. – Holiday

Tues. – Pizza

Wed- Turkey or PBJ Sandwich

Thurs – Corn Dog

Fri – Beef Hot Dogs

 

 

TK

Tuesday was election day in TK! We had many responsible students running for the title of TK Class President, and they each did a terrific job creating posters and developing speeches to impress their friends. The children in the running for class president demonstrate such qualities, as: kindness, an ability to listen to others, a willingness to problem solve, and a desire to lead their peers. Ultimately, Cameron  Johnson earned the title with the greatest number of votes by her peers.

PCS

Don’t forget that there will not be school this Monday, November 12th for Veterans Day. Enjoy your extra day off and we will see you back on Tuesday. Conferences are next week from Tuesday to Thursday. Everyone was assigned a date and time; if you are unsure of your time please email p2@tracylc.net.
After Thanksgiving Break (November 19th-23rd) we will start trimester two. If you would like to volunteer in our classroom for the second trimester please return the slip with your availability and be sure to be cleared with Ms. Kay in the office.
Phase One
This week in Phase One the students were able to wrap up their culture and diversity unit by presenting their cultural dolls. These projects looked AMAZING! We can tell the students put a lot of hard work into them. Great job Phase One! The students really enjoyed learning about the diversity within their own classrooms. Pictured below are a few of these incredible projects:
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Phase One has began singing Thanksgiving themed songs this week with our music teacher, Mrs. Watson. The students are really enjoying these festive songs.
We hope you enjoy your long weekend celebrating Veterans Day and the teachers are looking forward to parent/teacher conferences next week!
Phase 2 students completed their social studies group projects this week.  We also visited each other’s classrooms to admire each other’s work.  The teachers are very proud of how the first big project went and how hard everyone worked.  We saw Google slideshows, trifolds, typed paragraphs, posters, and hand-made artifacts.  Excellent work Phase 2!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at conferences next week.  Please let us know if you are unable to attend.
Please check your child’s green folder today for information about our upcoming toy drive for the Oakland Children’s Hospital.  Thank you!  Have a great 3 day weekend, Happy Veteran’s Day to all of our TLC veterans.

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Spelling Bee Competition

This week was the first of the county Academic Competitions.  Fourth through Eighth grade students competed to go on to the county round in December.  Luke Alger will be representing the 4th-6th Grade Division and Aurora Thompson will be representing the 7th-9th Grade Division. Below are the winners from all grade levels.

 

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The First Ever TLC Choir Concert Under-the-Stars

Mr. Dougherty’s High School Choir Class joined his DCS classes for a Concert Under the Stars.  It was a great evening full of awesome performances.  Below are some highlights.

 

 

 

 

 

Dates to remember:

-Parent Teacher Conferences are next week!

-Thanksgiving Break begins November 19th

-There is no school November 12th in observance of Veteran’s Day

 

**Congrats to this year’s 7th/8th Spelling Bee winner! 8th Grader Aurora Thompson

 

***And another Congrats to our Marching Band for Winning First Place in their division last weekend!

 

Language Arts:

Cerezo:

This week all classes round out their first trimester in language arts by taking a final. This will be the last assignment in their gradebook for the first trimester.

Beyond that, students have begun reading Act 3 of Hamlet and are continuing to illustrate the scenes in their very own Hamlet booklets.

 

Social Studies:

Students studied very hard this week to prepare for their vocabulary test they took on Wednesday. Students studied in groups playing heads up and their memory game, quizzing each other to make sure they aced their test! Next week students will finish up learning about the Great Society programs and dive into the Civil Rights Movement under President Johnson.

Test your Knowledge: Do you know any of these vocabulary words that our students just tested on?
-Civil Rights Act of 1964
-Voting Rights Act of 1964
-Filibuster
-Community Action Program

PE:

DCS PE is it’s first week of the “Family Life Unit!” For the next three weeks, Monday thru Thursday, Male & Female students will be in separate classes learning about the human body and why they are experiencing the natural “Growing Pains” and changes of  why their bodies, relationships and emotions are changing!!!

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!

 

Science:

Grades will be dropping for science this week. Please email with any questions regarding grades. Science Olympiad applications have all been received, and students will be notified of their acceptance to the team on Monday. PLEASE NOTE: this year we were only able to get one team registered due to popularity of the event this year. We have a second team on the waiting list. Only 15-18 students will be selected. If the second team is moved from the waitlist, most students will be selected.

 

 

MHS

 

Thank you to all who attended MHS’ 8th Grade Parent night! We had a great audience of families who were full of questions and personal experiences with the Tracy Learning Center.  Open enrollment is November 1 – November 30th. For more information and an application, please visit: www.tracylearningcenter.com

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We had an incredible group of Millennium students who toured UC Merced and Fresno State this week! Campus tours are a wonderful way for students to learn more about specific colleges, their programs, and opportunities while seeing firsthand the college environment before they apply. Spring field trips are already being planned, so keep an eye out for future announcements.

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Throughout the year, there are certain times when it seems that there is an abundance of community service opportunities.  With the holiday season around the corner, it is important to remember the true purpose of community service.  In the midst of a flurry of shopping, partying, and spending, it’s easy to forget about the multitude of people who are less fortunate.  Encourage your students to participate with non-profit organizations such as Brighter Christmas or help at a local senior center serving holiday dinners.           Parents, please stress the importance of reliability and follow through when your students sign up to volunteer.  We pride ourselves in having reliable, hardworking, and dedicated students volunteering and hope to maintain strong relationships in the community while students learn the value of being a good citizen.

 

Hours are updated daily on the Aeries portal in your student’s gradebook. Please help us encourage your student to complete their hours and submit their forms to the Counseling office on a regular basis.  To date, our student body has volunteered over 77,000 hours in our community! Keep up the great work!