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  • Alder Creek Middle School Lgo Alder Creek Middle School is a California "School to Watch" dedicated to meeting unique needs of early adolescents. Alder Creek is THE place for middle-schoolers! It is where students thrive emotionally, socially, and academically.

    • Personalize learning to engage and challenge every scholar
    • Providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum in a climate of positive relationships
    • Students to have a voice in their learning and to continue to be motivated to do as well as they possibly can
    • Acceleration in math
    • 1-1 Chromebook program
    • Through simulations, design thinking, project-based learning, Google classrooms, and Explicit Direct Instruction we are able to make learning come alive for all students
    • Problem Based Learning and Design Thinking 

                                                                               

     

     

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    Alder Creek Middle School
    Cougar News, 2016
    September 26, 2016

     

    Cougar News is a weekly communication that comes out via email.  This weekly update is brought to you by the ACMS staff in an attempt to keep parents and students informed as to the “happenings” at ACMS.

    ATTENDANCE

    We take attendance very seriously at Alder Creek Middle School.  For us to help you navigate through the middle school years,  please keep us informed of your student’s absence.  Please call the office at (530) 582-2750  to verify your child's absence. A quick phone call to the office or a simple note explaining the reason for the absence is important.

    ELAC

    English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC): Tuesday, Oct. 11 @ 6:00 pm, THS, Library

    ·       Open to all Parents, Teachers, Students, and Interested Community Members

    ·       Suggest, Recommend, and Evaluate services and programs for English Learners

    ·       Collaborate with a diverse group of participants

    ·       Share your voice in education decision-making    

    CHROMEBOOK INSURANCE- DUE 9/30

    This is your last week to buy Chromebook insurance and all forms are due by Friday, September 30th.  Please make checks payable to Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and ensure that your child includes their Chromebook serial number on the form.  Extra forms will be available in the office if needed.  

    YEARBOOK- ONLY $25 UNTIL FRIDAY

    This is your last week to buy a yearbook at $25.  Prices go up on October 1st.  Yearbook order forms are available in the Office or Tech Lab.

    TRUCKEE HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIR

    Truckee High School College and Career Fair is Tuesday October 4, 2016 in the THS cafeteria.  We feel fortunate to have 30 + colleges joining us for the occasion. The event will take place in the Truckee High School Cafeteria from 5pm-7pm.

    SHADY CREEK FOR 6th GRADE

    We would like to publicly thank the Alder Creek PTO for a huge donation. The PTO is contributing a substantial amount that will help offset the cost of transportation. We are also receiving generous financial support from Measure A! Many, many thanks go out to all of these organizations.

     ·   Shady Creek Outdoor School is a residential environment science camp designed for 6th grade students.  A $240 donation, primarily to help defray the expenses, is due as soon as possible. Please make check payable to TTUSD.  

    · Our goal is to teach the whole child including: developing a feeling of personal responsibility to help preserve, conserve and enhance our environment; developing heightening observation skills to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the natural world; and developing a feeling of self-confidence and self-acceptance while also instilling the ability to cooperate with and appreciate the diversity of others.

        Dates:   November 1-4 (Tuesday thru Friday)

        Location: 18601 Pathfinder Way, Nevada City CA

                Website:  shadycreekacms.weebly.com

     

    BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS-

    The Boys Basketball tryouts are on 10/17 and 10/18.

    6th/7th grade boys on 10/17 from 3:00-5:00 PM-ACMS gym

    8th grade boys on 10/18 from 3:00-5:00 PM-ACMS gym

    After the teams are selected practices will be on Monday through Friday from 3:30-6:30 PM.


    INTERNET SAFETY RESOURCES

    Here are a couple of great resources to support Parents as they navigate the online world of digital and social media.

     SCREENAGER-DOCUMENTARY

    Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

    In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

     

    Join us for a free showing and post-showing conversation:

    October 18 (sponsored by TTUSD)

    North Tahoe High School Auditorium

    5:30-7:30 p.m.

    North Tahoe Showing Facebook Page

    October 25 (sponsored by the Truckee Library and TTUSD)

    Tahoe Truckee Unified School District - Board Room

    5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Truckee Showing Facebook Page

     

    WELCOME TO THE COUGAR COUNSELING CORNER

    As Counselors at Alder Creek Middle School we know it is important to understand our role and how we may help you and your student navigate your way through adolescence and middle school.

    First and foremost Jessica Koltz and Rachel Koles are advocates for your students.  We focus on student's academic and social-emotional needs.  Changing friendships, family transitions, rumors, and stress can all arise as challenges which can become opportunities to work with students on new tools and strategies for handling difficult situations.

    As Counselors we also work with students through the Peer Helper and Safe School Ambassador Programs.  We spend time in the classroom on guidance curriculum lessons such as drug and alcohol awareness and prevention, anti-bullying and harassment, career guidance, and sexual health education for 8th graders.  We are also available to meet with parents to address issues that arise and attend parent teacher conferences.  We have many resources available on site to connect you and your student with such as boys and girls groups, as well as resources within the community.

    If you are interested in setting up an appointment or having your student meet with us, please call, email or come by the office.  Students can also access us by coming to the office and asking to speak with a counselor.Counselor Jessica Koltz is available Monday through Friday and can be reached at jkoltz@ttusd.org and Rachel Koles is available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdayand can be reached at rkoles@ttusd.org

    Are you interested in having your student participate in a life skills or support group?  Groups for are starting soon, including a Girls' Empowerment Group, a Boys' Empowerment Group, Grief and Loss, and Positively Rolling for 7th and 8th grade boys.  For more information or if you are interested in having your student participate, please contact Rachel Koles at 582.2754 or rkoles@ttusd.org

    Books for parents on adolescents are available in the library at Alder Creek for check-out.  For a current list of titles, please visit:

    http://aldercreekmscounseling.weebly.com/books-to-navigate-the-middle-school-years.html

    Some of the titles available are:

    "Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids:  The one brain book you need to help your child grow brighter, healthier, and happier."  Walsh, David Allen

    "​Middle School Makeover:  Improving the way you and your child experience middle school."  Icard, Michelle

    Please visit http://aldercreekmscounseling.weebly.com for more information and resources available through the Counseling Department.

    ADVISORY

    The objective of Advisory is to create an opportunity for students and teachers to engage in conversations and  create a common language that develops  social emotional awareness, in order to promote skills and attitudes that increase students’ social and school success.

    Themes:

    ACMS ROCKS

    • Respectful

    • Open-Minded

    • Community

    • Kindness

    • Safety (Safe Students)

    Through the intentional exploration of these themes, students will develop a deeper understanding of how we can achieve our vision of a Respectful, Open-minded, Community, of Kind and Safe students at ACMS.

    LOOKING AHEAD: SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY EVENTS

    September 29-Honor Roll Breakfast-7th Grade

    September 30-Honor Roll Breakfast-8th Grade

    September 30-CHROMEBOOK INSURANCE DUE

    October 3-Staff Development Day-No School

    October 4-College and Career Faire-THS Cafeteria-5:00-7:00

    October 11-ELAC-THS-Library-6:00

    October 12-Minimum Day-11:40 Dismissal

    October 13-Picture Retake Day

    October 17-Basketball Try-Outs (6th/7th boys)

    October 17-21-Red Ribbon Week

    October 18-Basketball Try-outs (8th boys)

    October 21-Dance-6:00-8:30

    October 24-28-Conference Week-Minimum days-11:40 Dismissal

    November 1-4-Shady Creek-6th Grade

     

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  • Daily Bulletin
    Thursday, September 29, 2016

     

    • Students—please place backpacks upright against the wall with straps facing the wall. 
    • The 3rd trimester Honor Roll assemblies are today & Friday.  Last years’ 6th graders will be held today at 7:45 & last years’ 7th graders will be held on Friday at 7:45.  Remind your parents if you’re on the list! 
    • Monday October 3rd is a Staff Development Day for teachers.  No school for students!  Remind your parents.  
    • The girls basketball teams have a game PauWaLu starting at 3:00 today. Plan to stay and cheer the teams onto victory!  Remember, you must stay in the gym if you’re here to watch the game.  A snack bar will be available also.    
    • On Tuesday October 4th, Truckee High is hosting a college night from 5-7pm.  Over 18 colleges will be available as well as military representatives. 

     Quote of the Day

    "Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”
    ~~Mary Oliver

     

    Alder Creek Middle School prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

    Alder Creek Middle School prohíbe la discriminación, el acoso, la intimidación y acoso en base a la ascendencia real o percibida, edad, color, discapacidad, sexo, identidad de género, expresión de género, nacionalidad, raza u origen étnico, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, o asociación con una persona o un grupo con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas.

     

    Daily Bulletin
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    •  There will be a student council meeting today in room 201 during 2nd lunch.  Please bring your binder or computer to take notes.  See you there! 
    • Students—please place backpacks upright against the wall with straps facing the wall. 
    • 8th grade students!  Let your parents know about the Washington DC meeting being held tonight in room 208 at 5:30 
    • Thursday & Friday will be the 3rd trimester Honor Roll assemblies.  Last years’ 6th graders will be on Thursday at 7:45 & last years’ 7th graders will be on Friday at 7:45.  Remind your parents if you’re on the list! 
    • Everyone did a great job during Spirit Week?  Thank you to Leadership students for running the events all week!  Thank you to staff members for being supportive and spirited by dressing up every day! Thank you to students for having plenty of Spirit and fun all week long!  Winners will be announced soon. 

     Quote of the Day

    "Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand.”
    ~~Nicholas Sparks

     

    Daily Bulletin
    Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

    • Boys Soccer Club!  ACMS’s first ever boys soccer club game is at 3:15 on the turf today!  All fans must sit on the WEST side of the field.  The game will end at 4:00pm.  See you there! 
    • There will be a student council meeting on Wednesday in room 201 during 2nd lunch.  Please bring your binder or computer to take notes.  See you there! 
    • 8th grade students!  Did you miss the DC meeting?  If so, then come to room 208 during morning break today.  Hope to see you then!  Let your parents know about the meeting being held on Wednesday September 28th at 5:30 
    • Thursday & Friday will be the 3rd trimester Honor Roll assemblies.  Last years’ 6th graders will be on Thursday at 7:45 & last years’ 7th graders will be on Friday at 7:45.  Remind your parents if you’re on the list! 
    • Please release the 6th/7th grade basketball team at 12:20 and the 8th grade team at 1:22 today.  They have a game with Carson Valley! 
    • Everyone did a great job during Spirit Week?  Thank you to Leadership students for running the events all week!  Thank you to staff members for being supportive and spirited by dressing up every day! Thank you to students for having plenty of Spirit and fun all week long!  Winners will be announced soon.  

    Quote of the Day

    "You create your opportunities by asking for them.”
    ~~Patty Hansen

     

    Alder Creek Middle School prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

    Alder Creek Middle School prohíbe la discriminación, el acoso, la intimidación y acoso en base a la ascendencia real o percibida, edad, color, discapacidad, sexo, identidad de género, expresión de género, nacionalidad, raza u origen étnico, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, o asociación con una persona o un grupo con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas.

     

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