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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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  • Dear Parents and Guardians,

    In light of the unprecedented number of snow days we have experienced this early into the winter season and our desire to make up instructional time for our students, the district is proposing making changes to the current 2016-2017 school calendar.

    We’d like to hear your input on these changes and what would work best for your family before the proposal goes before our Board of Education. We have a special board meeting scheduled on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. at the District Office where the board will consider this proposal.

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  • Calling local contractors! Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is planning more than a hundred and twenty million dollars in school improvement projects beginning this spring, and we want our local contracting community to be part of this great business opportunity. You are invited to a meet and greet on Tuesday, January 31st to meet representatives from TTUSD, Sundt Construction, and Roebbelen. Learn more about how you can make a big impact in your community while connecting with two of the region’s largest and most respected construction managers and diversifying your project resume. Please join us for refreshments and appetizers at Zano’s Pizzeria in Truckee on Tuesday, January 31st from 4 to 6:30 PM.
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  • Alder Creek Middle School

    Cougar News 2017

    January 17, 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.

     

    SNOW DAYS AND SECOND TRIMESTER PROGRESS REPORT

    Due to the unusual number of snow days in the last two weeks, please note the following date changes:

    1. The second trimester progress report will be extended to February 3rd.

    2. January 26th and 27th will not be minimum days; the new minimum days are Feb 2nd and 3rd.

    3. Feb 1 will still remain a minimum day as already scheduled on the calendar.

     

    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

     

    THE ACADEMIC TALENT SEARCH-

    Are you interested in taking classes this summer at Sacramento State?  The Academic Talent Search is an opportunity for motivated students to challenge themselves in traditional and non-traditional subjects, meet other students and experience the collegiate environment.  The first step towards participating in ATS is to take the qualifying exam on February 1st.  Students taking this test will automatically qualify for the ATS Summer Program at Sacramento State.  For more information about the test, please stop by the office to pick up an information sheet and testing sign up form by Wednesday January 25th.   

    FIRST TRIMESTER HONOR ROLL BREAKFAST-

    Congratulations to the honor roll recipients!  We would like to invite you and your student to the honor breakfast reception.  All of us at ACMS believe in recognizing students for their positive accomplishments.  Dates for the honor roll breakfast reception:

    6th-Tuesday, January 24 from 7:40-8:30

    7th-Wednesday, January 25 from 7:40-8:30

    8th-Thursday, January 26 from 7:40-8:30

     

    THS-8TH GRADE PARENT ORIENTATION NIGHT

    Truckee High School is hosting the 8th grade Parent Orientation Night on Tuesday, 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 #1-Everything you want to know about high school, but are afraid to ask...

    February 8th, 6 pm at ACMS

    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:

    *January 20, Friday: Fun, interactive introduction to high school in Language Arts classes

     

    *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

     

    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 January 31.   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.   The first meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17.

     

    PTO

    Our next PTO meeting is January 31 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: Jan 22, 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

    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 December is Open-Minded (Mindfulness).

    Theme:

    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.

     

    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

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    LOOKING AHEAD: SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY EVENTS

    January 16th-Martin Luther King Holiday

    January 24th-6th Grade Honor Roll

    January 25th-7th Grade Honor Roll

    January 26h -8th Grade Honor Roll

    January 31-PTO Meeting-7:45

    February 1st-Minimum Day

    February 2nd-Minimum Day

    February 3rd-Minimum Day

    February 1st-ATS

    February 8--Everything you want to know about high school, but are afraid to ask-6:00PM-ACMS

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

    February 20-24-Ski Skate Week

    March 8-Minimum Day

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

    March 15-Wellness Faire

    March 29-Minimum Day

    April 25-Tuesday-Open House

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  • Daily Bulletin

    Friday, January 20, 2017

     

    • There’s still time to sign up if you are interested in taking classes this summer at Sacramento State!  The Academic Talent Search is an opportunity for motivated students to challenge themselves in traditional and non-traditional subjects, meet other students and experience the collegiate environment.  The first step towards participating in ATS is to take the qualifying exam on February 1st.  Students taking this test will automatically qualify for the ATS Summer Program at Sacramento State.  For more information about the test, please stop by the office to pick up an information sheet and testing sign up form by Wednesday January 25th.  

     

    • Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  Get ready to buy a gift for your special someone!  Stay tuned for further details. 

     

    • Are you ready for wrestling?  The coach will meet with interested participants today in the Donner Lake area during your lunch time.  Coach Mick will have an information packet to distribute. 

     

     

    Quote of the Day

    “The sweetest of all sounds is praise.”

    ~~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, January 19, 2017

     

    • Are you interested in taking classes this summer at Sacramento State?  The Academic Talent Search is an opportunity for motivated students to challenge themselves in traditional and non-traditional subjects, meet other students and experience the collegiate environment.  The first step towards participating in ATS is to take the qualifying exam on February 1st.  Students taking this test will automatically qualify for the ATS Summer Program at Sacramento State.  For more information about the test, please stop by the office to pick up an information sheet and testing sign up form by Wednesday January 25th.  

     

    • Absolutely positively NO CELL PHONES during the school day or any of the school functions like the dances or at the home games! 

     

    • Are you ready for wrestling?  The coach will meet with interested participants on Friday in the Donner Lake area during your lunch time.  Coach Mick will have an information packet to distribute. 

     

    • Please release the volleyball team at 12:40 today.  They have a game with Eagle Valley. 

    Quote of the Day

    “Renew your passions daily.”

    ~~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

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

     

    • Remember girls—if you are choosing to wear leggings, you MUST have your shirt cover your hips!  This rule will be strictly enforced. 

     

    • Are you interested in taking classes this summer at Sacramento State?  The Academic Talent Search is an opportunity for motivated students to challenge themselves in traditional and non-traditional subjects, meet other students and experience the collegiate environment.  The first step towards participating in ATS is to take the qualifying exam on February 1st.  Students taking this test will automatically qualify for the ATS Summer Program at Sacramento State.  For more information about the test, please stop by the office to pick up an information sheet and testing sign up form by Wednesday January 25th.  

     

    • Absolutely positively NO CELL PHONES during the school day or any of the school functions like the dances or at the home games! 

     

     

    Quote of the Day

    “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

    ~~ E.B. White

     

    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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