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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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    Cougar News 2016

    November 28, 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.

     

    MATH PARENT NIGHT-TUESDAY, December 6, 2016

    We know how important it is to support students learning at home with math.  This evening is to give parents resources to engage your scholar in math in order to develop mathematical reasoning and form habits that will help him/her become life-long learner. The parent night is on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00 PM in the ACMS library.  

     

    PTO ALTERNATIVE FUNDRAISER

    In an effort to continue providing and supporting extra curricular programs for the school, PTO will need your help through our current fundraiser. PTO’s Alternative Fundraiser deadline is December 16.   Donations can now be made online.  Please see the following link.

    Alternative Fundraiser Donation.  All donations are tax deductible.

    Donations can also be mailed to ACMS, 10931 Alder Drive, Truckee, CA 96161, accepted through your child’s homeroom or dropped off at the front office.

     

    GRADES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

    Grades for Parents and Students is an easy and convenient ways to check grades through Aeries from your iOS mobile device.  The app allows you to see all grades at a glance as well as calculate future grades.  Students can now calculate how future performance will impact their grades.

     

    BOOK DRIVE

    October 31 will kick off the Third Annual Winter Book Drive. By partnering with Soroptimist International and Truckee Community Christmas, all books will be given to local families that could use some good books for the holidays! We welcome books for all ages, reading levels, English and Spanish, etc.. We will have boxes (in the office) labeled with the appropriate ages. All new and slightly used books will be graciously accepted. Thank you for supporting our local families as we make the push for grade level reading for all TTUSD students!

     

     

    GATE/ACCELERATED LEARNERS COMPUTER SCIENCE CLUB

    The program will focus on creating with technology while we explore concepts of computer science.  Only 10% of schools in the US teach computer science.  Our students are exposed to programming and robotics through our ACES enhancement courses and will continue to extend their skills through Computer Science Club.  We will meet monthly from 2:30-3:30 in the tech lab. Here are the meeting dates:

    12/13 - 2:20-3:20

    1/10 - 2:20-3:20

    2/7 - 2:20-3:20

     

    PTO MEETING:

    Our next PTO meeting is December 6 at 7:45 am in the staff lounge at ACMS.  We urge you to become involved at ACMS. All parents are considered members of the PTO. There are literally hundreds of opportunities for involvement in PTO activities, in big and small ways depending on the amount of time you have.

     

    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. We appreciate your support and effort in getting your child/children to school!

     

    APPOINTMENTS

    Attention parents and guardians:  Any time your student visits the dentist, orthodontist, primary care/family physician, nurse practitioner etc. during school hours, please request a note from that facility to excuse the absence. We appreciate your support with our district policy on attendance and appointments.

     

    SkiDUCKS

    Squaw will be up and running sooner than later, so we are starting to think of our SkiDuck program! SKIDUCK is a non-profit organization helping underprivileged kids learn how to ski and snowboard. Ms. Koltz will be the lead at ACMS this year and is getting SkiDuck meetings underway for students who are interested and gather some volunteers to help with our Sunday Ski Sessions. PLEASE REACH OUT IF YOU'D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER!

    **The next Ski Duck Meeting will be on Thursday December 1st at lunch for all students who signed up in room 510 **

     

    WELCOME TO THE COUGAR COUNSELING CORNER

    As a school, we are practicing to be Open-minded and integrating mindfulness around the school.

     

    Information from: http://www.mindfulschools.org/about-mindfulness/mindfulness-in-education/

     

    Stress on School Communities

    Healthy stress is a natural part of life, including childhood. Children and adults alike need to be challenged in order to grow and develop.

    November and December our Cougar ROCKS theme is, O: Open-Mindedness. We will practice being mindful throughout the day in all subject areas.

    January and February our advisory theme is Caring and Kindness, tying right into being mindful.

    The importance of breathing: https://youtu.be/RVA2N6tX2cg

    Ask your child:

    • How they you mindful at home and at school?

    • What do you do to help yourself calm down?

    • What makes you happy?

    Students can input their thoughts on mindfulness and many other weekly themes throughout the week on our updated student blog on the counseling webpage:

    http://aldercreekmscounseling.weebly.com/

     

    Attn: The ACMS Counseling Website will be introducing a Student Blog Section!!

    Please check out the first posted blog at:
    ACMS Student Blog

    Please post comments of how you are showing responsible decision making in and around school and the community, and what you are grateful and thankful for this week. We are looking forward to seeing all the great ideas!

     

    Drug & Alcohol Prevention Education

    • 8th graders are in the middle of receiving their Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education by the counselors. Learning about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol on the adolescent and pre-teen brain and development.

     

    “We are better together” & the ACMS Stomp out Drugs theme for Red Ribbon Week was a huge success! Check out all the videos from homerooms: STOMP COMP video

     

    TED talks education series video on Kindness, featuring Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion (07:49)
    “…Rita Pierson passed in June 2013, her words live on as an empowering call to action for all of us to build better relationships with kids:”

    https://youtu.be/SFnMTHhKdkw?list=PLvzOwE5lWqhQWsPsW5PQQ5gj5OBewwgUw

     
     

    Keeping your Child Cyber Safe:

    Cyber talk/cyber safety tips on how to speak with your child about using technology appropriatly: http://childmind.org/article/talk-kids-sexting/

     

    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 Wednesday and can be reached at rkoles@ttusd.org

    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. The theme for November is Open-Minded (Mindfulness).

    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.

     

    HOMEWORK CLUB-

    Tuesdays afternoons-2:20-3:20-Library

    Thursday afternoons- 2:20 to 3:20-Library

    Students may not leave early unless picked up by a parent.

     

    PTO

     

    AMAZON SMILE  

    Support ACMS PTO by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com and shoparoo..

    Amazon Smile

    -From web browser, enter smileamazon.com

    -Choose Alder Creek Middle School as charitable organization

    -Amazon donated .5% of purchase price

    http://www.shoparoo.com/getstarted

     
     

    LOOKING AHEAD: SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY EVENTS

    December 6-PTO-7:45 AM-Staff Lounge

    December 6-Math Night-6:00-Library

    December 7-Minimum day-11:40 Dismissal

    December 8-Trimester 1 Concert-5:30-7:00

    December 9-Dance-6:00-8:30

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  • Daily Bulletin

    Monday, December 5, 2016

     

    • Congratulations to Jack!  Jack won the Division 3 Bus Poster contest.  He will now move onto the Regional contest.  Great job Jack!

     

    • Do you want to be a TA?  If you weren’t a TA for the 1st trimester, find a teacher to TA for and then come to the office to complete the form.  Mrs. Decker & Mrs. Bockius are looking for a responsible 8th grade student to help during 1st period.  Meet with Mrs. Decker or Mrs. Bockius during break. 

     

    • Truckee Community Christmas is requesting donations still!  We need donations of nonperishable foods items like rice, canned pumpkin, macaroni & cheese & beans.  We would like toy donations as well. 

     

    • Attention girls!  Are you interested in playing for the Alder Creek Middle School Volleyball team?  Tryouts will begin on Monday December 12th from 2:30-4:30.  Tryouts will continue through Thursday afternoon.  You must have a physical on file as well as the sports authorization & concussion form. 

     

    Quote of the Day

    “The purpose of life is to be happy.”

    ~~ Dalai Lama

     

    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

    Friday, December 2, 2016

     

    • Congratulations to Jack!  Jack won the Division 3 Bus Poster contest.  He will now move onto the Regional contest.  Great job Jack!

     

    • Do you want to be a TA?  If you weren’t a TA for the 1st trimester, find a teacher to TA for and then come to the office to complete the form.  Mrs. Hamilton is looking for a responsible 7th grade student to help during 6th period. All forms need to be turned in by today! 

     

    • Truckee Community Christmas is requesting donations still!  We need donations of nonperishable foods items like rice, canned pumpkin, macaroni & cheese & beans.  We would like toy donations as well. 

     

    • Remember, the Yearbook art contest is still under way.  Submit your drawings to Mrs. Kosich by December 9th.  Draw anything inspired by your favorite music.

     

    Quote of the Day

    “Listen to your life.  All moments are key moments.”

    ~~ Anonymous

     

    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

    Thursday, December 1, 2016

     

     

    • Please dismiss the boys basketball team today at 12:50 for their game against Carson Middle School.  Good luck Cougars!

     

    • Help TTUSD promote the Student Wellness Policy!  The Lifelong Fitness teachers are looking for your artwork and/or slogan to feature around the school.  Your artwork must include what “Wellness” means to you.  It must be on 12 x18 or smaller paper.  All submissions must be in the office by Thursday.  See your Lifelong Fitness teacher will any questions.  

     

    • There is a Ski Duck meeting today during the beginning of lunch for 6th and 7th/8th lunches. Meet in the Cyber Lounge to get paperwork turned in and our schedule of dates to ski please before you head to eat!

     

    • There are absolutely NO PHONES allowed in the locker rooms & absolutely no selfies ever!

     

    • Mrs. Hamilton is looking for a responsible and hardworking TA for 6th period.  Interested 7th graders should pick up a TA form in the office and complete it ASAP!

     

    • Do you want to be a TA?  If you weren’t a TA for the 1st trimester, find a teacher to TA for and then come to the office to complete the form.  Mrs. Hamilton is looking for a responsible 7th grade student to help during 6th period. All forms need to be turned in by Friday December 2nd.  

     

    • Remember, the Yearbook art contest is still under way.  Submit your drawings to Mrs. Kosich by December 9th.  Draw anything inspired by your favorite music.

     

    Quote of the Day

    “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

    -Abraham Lincoln

     

    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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