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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 2017

    February 13,  2017

     

    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.

     

    UPDATE ON SCHOOL CALENDAR/SNOW DAYS

    Wow - what a crazy start to 2017 we had! With the storms and the high number of snow days back to back, the district had to get creative in looking at ways to increase instructional time and address the lost school days without having school until the last day of June!

    We appreciate the time parents took to participate in our survey and share input regarding proposed changes to our current school calendar. We received over 600 survey responses, and 88% of the respondents were in favor of the district adding three make-up days of classes to address lost instructional time because of the high number of snow days.

    On January 25, 2017, the Board of Education held a special board meeting where they approved a new calendar for the 2016-2017 school year that includes the following:

    • Waiving five instructional days based on a waiver approved by the Board of Education on January 18, 2017.

    • Eliminating the February 1, March 8, and May 10 district-wide minimum days to regain instructional time. (Note: This does not recover additional school days, but it does allow for more uninterrupted instruction time.)

    • Adding three days of school on February 22, 23, and 24, during Ski and Skate Week. These are indicated as "make-up" days on the calendar where students have two options for completing assigned work by their regular classroom teacher(s) during these days.

     

    a) Parents sign an independent study contract and complete work independently outside of school and turn in for credit by a date to be determined in early March, after Ski Skate Week. Or,

    b) Students attend scheduled "make-up" classes on those days at school sites in both parts of the district and complete work assigned by their classroom teachers (in addition to other activities planned by the teacher in charge on these days).

    Information is posted on our website that explains the actions of the board in more detail and shares some of the legal issues the board had to consider when making this decision. The revised 2016-2017 school calendar is also posted on our website.

    Our district leadership team is currently working on the details of how we will implement this make-up program, and more details will be coming shortly. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We all want what's best for our students, and we continue to work diligently to ensure students continue to have a high-quality education in a safe environment.

     

    MAKE-UP DAYS SCHEDULE-FEBRUARY 22, 23, AND 24

    All students will report to the gym then follow schedule below.

     

    7:40-9:05

    Period 1-ELA/SS-Teacher A

    9:08-10:33

    Period 2-Math/Science-Teacher B

    10:33-10:46

    Break

    10:49-12:14

    Period 3-PE-Teacher C

    12:17-12:47

    Lunch for all

    12:50-2:15

    Period 4-Elective/Music-Teacher D


     

    DELAYED START

    We are adding "delayed starts" as an option on days when conditions warrant. Going forward, a delay of two hours for all school schedules and bus schedules will be implemented when there has been significant snow during the night which ends or is expected to end by 5:00 a.m. and we anticipate bus routes should be safe for travel. A delayed start will allow more time for our partner agencies and private contractors to address snow removal and to ensure conditions are safe, without missing a full day of school. If we implement a "delayed start" it would be announced using our regular snow day notification process with calls going out to parents at 4:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. The new 2 hour delayed start schedule may be used starting tomorrow. ACMS will start at 9:43 on a delayed start. Here is the delayed start schedule:

     

    Delayed Start Schedule

        ACMS 

    First Bell

    9:40-9:43

    Period 1

    9:43 – 10:13

    Period 2

    10:16 –10:46

    Period 3

    10:49 –11:19

    Lunch (6th)

    11:21 - 11:51

    Period 4 (for 7th and 8th)

    11:21 – 11:51

    Lunch (7th and 8th)

    11:53-12:23

    Period 4 (for 6th)

    11:53-12:23

    Period 5

    12:25 – 12:55

    Period 6

    12:59 - 1:29

    Break

    1:33-1:43

    Period 7

    1:45-2:15

     

    THS-8TH GRADE PARENT ORIENTATION NIGHT

    Truckee High School is hosting the 8th grade Parent Orientation Night on Thursday, February 16, from 6-8pm in the THS auditorium. This meeting will introduce and prepare parents for the pre-registration process for 9th grade at THS.  Counselors and Department Chairs will discuss 9th course work, requirements and pathway options.  This meeting will prepare parents to consult with students about high school course work and options.  We hope that all parents will attend as we begin planning for our 2017-18 school year.

    Get Ready, Get Set, Go…..Truckee High School!

    Parents, you are invited to attend the Truckee High School Parent Information Workshop series.  We know how important it is to support students in their transition to high school.  These evenings are to give parents resources to engage your scholar in preparing students for high school and beyond. Here are the dates for the parent nights:

    Session #2 -Meet Truckee High Staff, learn about high school curriculum

    February 16th, 6pm,THS Auditorium

    Session # 3 Pathways to College

    March 9, 6pm at ACMS

     

    Also: Truckee High Counselors  will meet with the 8th grade students:

    *February 28, Tuesday: Registration for 9th grade classes in Math classes

     

    *March 17, Friday:  Field Trip! 8th grade Orientation at THS, 12:00 - 2:15

     

    8th Grade Promotion Dance Committee

    Attention 8th Grade Parents...Our first 8th grade promotion dance committee is Thursday, March 9 @ 5:00 PM in the staff lounge...hope to see you all then!!!

     

    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 February 28, 2017.   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.

     

    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 is the last meeting date:

    2/7 - 2:20-3:20

     

    GATE/ACCELERATED LEARNERS ART CLUB

    Please sign up for the first GATE after school art club in the office. The club will meet on Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 in room 108  with Mrs. Decoite.  

     

    PTO

    Our next PTO meeting is February 28 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

    SKIDUCK is a non-profit organization helping underprivileged kids learn how to ski and snowboard. Ms. Koltz would love volunteers to help with our Sunday Ski Sessions.

    PLEASE REACH OUT IF YOU'D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER!

    Here are the dates SkiDuck will be meeting: Feb 12 & 26, Mar 12 & 26, Apr 9 & 23

    WELCOME TO THE COUGAR COUNSELING CORNER

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

    Check out how to train your brain to be more positive each day here.😊 The power to think positivity lies within yourself, not others. Stay positive and spread your kindness as much as you wish. Nobody will tell you to stop being nice.

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

     

    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

    Drug & Alcohol Prevention Education

    At ACMS this year, Ms. Koltz will be teaching Drug & Alcohol Prevention Education to all 6th-8th grade students.
    The curriculum addressed will include:

    -Information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens website
    -Video information from the Drug Free World Curriculum
    -Second Step Curriculum for 6th graders
    We Started off with our Red Ribbon Week Activities in October and our theme was to "STOMP OUT DRUGS!"

    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.

    ACMS ROCKS

    • Respectful

    • Open-Minded

    • Community

    • Kindness

    • Safety & Service (Safe Students/Service for the Community)

     

    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/Service learning students at ACMS.

     

    This week & through February we will start our Kindness month @ ACMS.

    March 3rd will be our newly added “No One Eats Alone Day” which will be initiated during lunch time with the help of all students at Alder Creek… read more about this day and this month's advisory activities below & on their website:

     

    “NO ONE EATS ALONE DAY" is Beyond Differences’ most popular national awareness day and is a stand-alone event that takes place during lunch at school. During our event, students make a difference on their own middle school campus by making sure that everyone is included at lunch. Beyond Differences is carrying a simple message to cities across this nation: We believe that a new day is dawning. A new day in which all youth feel included, valued, respected and accepted by their peers. At Beyond Differences we are dedicated to helping teens and schools make social inclusion the new reality.”


     

    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

    February 16-THS’s 8th Grade Parent Orientation-THS Auditorium-6:00 PM

    March 3-No One Eats Alone Day

    March 9- 8th Grade Promotion Dance Committee-5:00 PM-Staff Lounge

    March 9-Parent Night-Pathway to College-ACMS-6:00 PM

    March 13-CTE Pathways-Parent Night-ACMS

    March 15-Wellness Faire

    April 25-Tuesday-Open House

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  • Daily Bulletin

    Friday, February 17, 2017

     

    • Track & Field tryouts are right around the corner!  So jump for joy, hurdle the obstacles and throw caution to the wind.  Our first meeting will be on Tuesday February 28th, after ski/skate week. 

     

    • On Saturday the Nordic team has their league championships.  Race well skiers and bring home the trophy!

     

    • Attention Peer Helpers & Safe School Ambassadors:  there will be a meeting at lunch on Tuesday, after the break, in M-9.  6th graders please come during the 6th grade lunch in M-9.  See you there!

     

    • Please release all the volleyball players at 12:00 today as they are heading off to the league championships.  Finish strong ladies!

     

    Quote of the Day

    “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

    ~~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.

     

    Daily Bulletin

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

     

    • If you like photography it’s time to enter the yearbook photo contest!  There are 4 categories—best portrait, best image of nature, best image of an animal and best image of buildings.  The contest will end on Friday, March 6th.  Photos can be emailed to Mrs. Kosich at kkosich@ttusd.org.  Most entries will be printed in the yearbook. 

     

    • Track & Field tryouts are right around the corner!  So jump for joy, hurdle the obstacles and throw caution to the wind.  Our first meeting will be on Tuesday February 28th, after ski/skate week. 

     

    • Students—earbuds are not allowed at school.  Your classroom teacher can give permission to use them in their classroom but they will need to be put away before you leave that classroom.  They should not be seen at all outside a classroom. 

     

    Quote of the Day

    “Every day brings new choices.”

    ~~Martha Beck

     

    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, February 15, 2017

     

    • Truckee High School football coaches will be coming to ACMS after Ski/Skate week!  Stayed tuned for more details about Freshman Football. 

     

    • If you like photography it’s time to enter the yearbook photo contest!  There are 4 categories—best portrait, best image of nature, best image of an animal and best image of buildings.  The contest will end on Friday, March 6th.  Photos can be emailed to Mrs. Kosich at kkosich@ttusd.org.  Most entries will be printed in the yearbook. 

     

    • Track & Field tryouts are right around the corner!  So jump for joy, hurdle the obstacles and throw caution to the wind.  Our first meeting will be on Tuesday February 28th, after ski/skate week. 

     

    • Students—earbuds are not allowed at school.  Your classroom teacher can give permission to use them in their classroom but they will need to be put away before you leave that classroom.  They should not be seen at all outside a classroom. 

     

    Quote of the Day

    “There is nothing on this earth more prized than true friendship.”

    ~~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.

     

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