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We are excited to partner with Melos Pizza and Pasta on October 23 from 4-9 pm.  

They will be donating 20% of their proceeds from 4-9 p.m. to Los Cerros PTA.  

 

This is a great opportunity to stop by with your family and friends to have dinner and support Los Cerros.  

You can also order and take out for a nice easy meal at home after a long day of after school activities.

 

Please see attached flyer to bring with you!

 

Thanks for your support

 

Los Cerros PTA

 

 

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Posted by: Tami Castelluccio
Published: 10/22/18




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Our fall book fair is here! We love supporting our sister school with engaging and new books that support literacy and a love of reading! Our last book drive raised over 1,000 books! 

 

Our donation focus through the Scholastic book fair is on the newer, fresher titles!

 

Consider donating money to buy books, send money with your student to donate or purchase books, and/or come in and donate/choose on your own!

 

Thank you for your continued support!!

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Posted by: Kim Carter
Published: 10/18/18




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Posted by: Tami Castelluccio
Published: 10/17/18




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Visit Mrs. Charley during ACCESS for help or email if you have questions!  tcharley@srvusd.net

 

ENTRY FORM AND RULES ARE ATTACHED (or get a copy from Mrs. Charley)

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 10/10/18




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There is a CJSF member’s list posted in the gym and in the MPR.  If you applied for CJSF, please make sure your name is on the list before our next meeting.  

 

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, Oct. 16th in the gym.  If you are a CJSF member, please sign up for Mrs. Klopstock’s access class on Oct. 16th.

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 10/8/18




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Volleyball (Grades 6-8)

 

Interested in participating in Volleyball after school?  Please come the informational meeting in the gym on Monday October 22nd right after school.  We will hold the buses a few mins for students attending the meeting. 

 

October 22 – December 6

  • Team Informational Meeting: Monday, October 21 (Right after school in the gym)
  • Practices: October 23,25,30, November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 27, & December 4
  • Games: Nov 29 & Dec 6

Questions? Contact Mr. Briemle

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 10/8/18




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Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

Los Cerros is supporting SRVUSD with gathering information for LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). We will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday, October 24th at 8:30 am in the library to gather input from staff, parents and students. This meeting will include a review of the LCAP priorities, district goals and a carousal walk to give input on the priorities.

 

The State LCAP priorities are:

  1. Providing all students access to fully credentialed teachers, instructional materials that align with state standards and safe facilities. (Basic - Conditions of Learning)
  2. Implementation of California State Standards, including ELA, Math, Next Generation Science Standards, English Language Development, history social science visual and performing arts, health education and PE. (State Standards)
  3. Parent involvement and participation to engage local community in decision making. (Parental Involvement)
  4. Improving student achievement and outcomes using multiple measures, including test scores, English proficiency and college/career readiness.
  5. Supporting student engagement, including whether students attend school or are chronically absent. (Pupil Engagement)
  6. Highlighting school climate and connectedness through a variety of factors, such as suspension and expulsion rates and other locally identified means. (School Climate)
  7. Ensuring all students have access to classes that prepare them for college and careers, regardless of what school they attend or where they live. (Course Access)
  8. Measuring other important student outcomes related to required areas of study, including physical education and the arts. (Other Pupil Outcomes)

The District goals are:

  1. Continue recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining the best and most highly qualified candidates and market SRVUSD as a school district that embraces diversity. (Priority 1)
  2. Provide standards-based instructional materials (incl technology and assistive tech support) for all students and professional development for teachers. (Priority 1, 2)
  3. Increase the percentage of students who demonstrate college, career and community readiness. (Priority 4, 7, 8)
  4. Increase the percentage of students who feel connected to and safe at school and decrease overall percentage of suspensions and expulsions as well as the disparity among subgroups. (Priority 5, 6)
  5. Allocate and increase funding to school sites to support implementation of school site plan goals and other necessary expenses (Priority 3, 5, 6)
  6. Expand course offerings to increase opportunities for all students. (Priority 7)
  7. Narrow the achievement gap among all subgroups in the areas of ELA and mathematics. (Priority 7, 8)
  8. Increase parent involvement among all subgroups. (Priority 3)

 

I welcome all parents and students to join us in the library on Wednesday, October 24th at 8:30 am to participate in this event and provide valuable feedback to support SRVUSD’s LCAP planning.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 10/8/18




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We need help!  

 

On Friday 11/16 our parent volunteers deliver all 300 baskets to the receiving shelters, food banks, and community service organizations in Livermore, Concord and Martinez. 

We need parent drivers with cars that can hold about 10 laundry baskets. It’s a great opportunity to see where our donations go and help this amazing cause. 

 

Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090444afad2fa20-basket3


 

 

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 10/5/18




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October 3, 2018

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

The Run for Education is two weeks away and we need more runners, virtual runners or volunteers! We are at roughly 65 runners and our goal is 225. Remember, if we have a higher percentage than Stone Valley, the Stone Valley Principal gets a pie in the face! You can sign up at https://rfe.srvef.org/ .

 

Conference week is coming up. Conferences are held by the request of teachers to support students. Families will be receiving phone calls for conferences beginning today for next week. Remember, should there ever be a question regarding your student and a class, please contact the teacher first as they can best address your question.

 

With the first quarter coming to a close, I would like to remind everyone that grades are important, however Semester grades are what appears on transcripts. This means quarter grades and progress report grades are used as check points for students and families to see how students are doing in a class. School Loop is great, but it will not change every second, or even daily (for most teachers). Please be cautious with how much time is spent reviewing grades and know that if your student needs help, they need to communicate with their teacher during the class period or access. Remember, students have a whole semester to study, try hard in class, complete their assignments authentically and show their level of mastery.

 

Red Ribbon Week is October 22nd through the 26th. Students can participate in a few events on campus that promote healthy living and choices. There is an essay contest for students. There will be a winner in each grade level. The winner will receive a lunch party for them and four friends! The essay prompt is: My Dreams are too big for drugs.

Monday 10/22 – Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday 10/23 – Crazy Socks Day – Essays due to the office

Wednesday 10/24 – Unity Day – Wear Orange and Make a new friend

Thursday 10/25 – Wear Red Day (top two percentages of homeroom classes will earn a pizza party!)

Friday 10/26 – Neon Day

 

School Site Council will be meeting on Thursday, October 11th at 11:15 am in the library. At this meeting, we will be reviewing the Single Plan for Student Achievement and will solicit input from parents, students and staff members on how we can support students in academics, socially and emotionally on campus.

 

 

Lastly, we will start selling some Los Cerros spirit wear. In a couple of weeks, we will have hats for sale in the front office. They will be $20. An email will go out when they arrive.

 

 

 

Key Reminders:

  1. PTA Panther Pride meeting after school on Wednesday, October 10th in the MPR. We will make posters for Red Ribbon Week!
  2. School dance is Friday, October 26th. 6th grade is 3:30-5:30 and 7th and 8th grade from 6-8 pm.
  3. Cell phones are not to be used before school or during school without staff permission.

 

What’s Happening on Campus?

 

Core 8:

Earlier this month, Core 8 jumped into History & English with introductory lessons to discuss why these are valuable subjects and what academic skills we'll be focusing on throughout the year. We continued in English with a reading unit to develop strategies as readers to build understanding of texts. This has included annotations, stop and jots, inferences, and structures. In History, we continued with learning strategies to read non-fiction texts, make connections, and answer bigger questions about history.

The content we’ve studied is the colonization of the U.S., and we have considered the perspectives of both Europeans and Native Americans.

 

Core 7:

In Garrahan's 7th-grade history class, students are creating feudalism game boards to show their knowledge.  Each student has created a Family Coat Arms expressing their own individual family values.  In English, students are learning to use quotes to support their thinking.  Thesis Throwdown was a success and will be revisited many more times this year.  Additionally, students will pick a Newsela article with a partner to create a newscast uses the Book-Head -Heart strategy.  We are also starting our Historical Fiction Unit.

 

Core 6:

We are well into writer's and reader's notebook, discovering/exploring important people, places, and things to write about and gearing up for our first personal narrative essay. All students have begun the first core literature novel, Maroo. Maroo is a story that goes along nicely with social studies Unit 1, Early Humans and the Rise of Civilization, chapters that study the first five hominids. We are finishing up chapter two in social studies and beginning chapter three, "From Hunters and Gatherers to Farmers."  

 

Science 7:

In Aber’s science 7, we are starting our Earth Science/Geology unit. Students have been learning about the three main types of rocks, how they are formed, what makes them unique, and how they can change into other types of rock. Students are learning about the processes of erosion and weathering, conducting experiments and activities to explore what happens to rocks over time. During the first half of October, classes will be in the library for a project to learn and investigate Non Renewable Resources and their impact on earth. We will continue to learn about other aspects of geology once the library project is finished.

 

In Johnson’s science 7, we are learning about matter and relating it’s properties to things in our everyday lives. Students have been conducting a number of experiments to explore states and properties of matter. We are modeling atomic and molecular structure and learning about subatomic particles. During the first half of October, classes will be in the library for a project to learn and investigate Non Renewable Resources and their impact on earth.

 

Science 6:

The 6th graders are becoming scientists!  We have been working through our science tool belt and have acquired many skills that we need to be scientists in a laboratory setting.  Students have worked on science safety, graphing, and measuring.  Our final skill is working on different ways to solve a problem in science.  We have some fun activities and labs coming up that are always enjoyed by the 6th graders.  Our problem solving techniques include: CER, Scientific Method, QFT, and Engineering/Design.  

 

Science 8:

Los Cerros’s crew of engineers have been very busy redesigning the California Bullet Train. Students identified project constraints like budget, number of passenger seats, durability, safety, speed of train, etc. As a team, engineers discussed and prioritized constraints making design trade offs. Students created testable scientific questions, designed a prototype using Google drawing, and built/tested functioning models. Engineers will use their models to collect and analyze data. Project proposals will be filmed and presented for evaluation early next week. Up next, students will be programing computer models, using JavaScript, to simulate the laws of physics. Models will be available for download to their personal devices so ask your student to show you what they created late next week.  

 

Spanish:

Spanish A students are working on Chap 1B and Spanish B students are working on Chap 5B. Sra E is meeting with the teachers at MVHS, DVMS and SVMS on Thursday. We will be collaborating all together this year sharing ideas and strategies to align the Spanish 1 classes with Spanish 2 at MV with similar skills and knowledge. Spanish A&B just submitted Quarter end feedback and had a follow up discussion to plan out the remainder of the year. 

 

Library:

With the efforts between both core teachers and the teacher librarian, we conferred with almost every student about student reading rates so that students could set attainable and clear reading goals. In addition, we celebrated Banned Books Week where students could see why books have been challenged or banned across the country and to celebrate our freedom to read! Coming up, we have 7th grade science working on a Renewable/Nonrenewable Resource unit in the library where students will hear from a representative from PG&E about their role in Manufactured Gas Plant clean-up, in addition students will engage in inquiry-based research about either fossil fuels, mining, and soil as nonrenewable resources.

 

Counseling:

SMART Goals lesson in 7th grade week of 9/18 in Core

SMART Goals lesson in 6th grade week of 9/24 in Science

First Digital Citizenship Lesson:

6th and 7th grade lesson week of 10/22 in Math 

8th grade lesson week of 10/29 in Math

 

Physical Education:

Students in Mr. Briemle’s class are doing soccer!

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 10/5/18




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As part of our PTA outreach to include students in supporting school events, we welcome all students to help make posters for Red Ribbon Week after school on Wednesday, October 10th. We will meet in the MPR. We do not know how long it will take, it depends on the number of students who attend. TRAFFIX bus service will not be available after the poster making.

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Posted by: Evan Powell
Published: 10/3/18




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If you missed the school loop e-mail and information on how to order a signed copy of a book by author John Flanagan, then CLICK HERE!

 

Click the link, print out a copy and send to the library by FRIDAY 9/28! If you have any questions, please let me know!

 

Thank you,

Kim Carter

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Posted by: Kim Carter
Published: 9/25/18




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The 8th Grade Yearbook Dedication is a very special way to honor your child. Every year when the yearbooks are distributed, the 8th graders flip to the back of the book to see the picture and message their parents made for them. Although they might not express how much they like this, we get to see their immediate reaction and I have to tell you, it is really special.

 

If you have not submitted a dedication for your 8th grader, please consider it. The price is $45 until November 2nd, and $60 from November 3rd-November 16th .  The FINAL DUE DATE is November 16th.   Eighth grade dedications will be accepted on a space available basis.  When space runs out, or we reach our plant deadline, we can no longer accept dedications, so make sure to get your dedication in early!  Every year, I have parents emailing me and calling frantically from December - June to ask if they can still submit a dedication. After November 16th, I will be unable to help you. These pages are due to the printing plant, so they can start printing this portion of the yearbook.

 

Please follow the directions below to submit a dedication. You can also open the attachment for more detailed directions. It's all done online now - you can type your message, upload your photo, and pay for it all in one place. The dedications are in FULL COLOR and they look fabulous! If you need ideas or just want to see examples, look in your child's book from last year.

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Thank you!

 

Mariko Klopstock

 

Yearbook Adviser

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

Log on to www.yearbookordercenter.com 

 

Enter order #6326

 

Click on Create an Ad and follow the directions to create and purchase your message online. (DO NOT click on Upload Photos.)

 

Your dedication is not complete until you add it to your cart, check out and pay for it. Choosing the layout and entering your message is only possible after the ad is paid in full.

 

OPEN THE ATTACHMENT FOR MORE DETAILED DIRECTIONS or TO ACCESS the HOW TO VIDEO! THANK YOU!

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 9/17/18




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Classified Job Fair - Sept. 26th | 11-4 | Boardroom

 

SRVUSD wants YOU to come work for us!

 

Do you want a job? Something part-time? Something full-time? SRVUSD has all different kinds of jobs just waiting for the right person to fill them. Whatever your skill set and availability, we have a job for you.

 

Our greatest, most immediate need is for:

Noon Duty Superviosrs

Child Nutrition Workers

Special Education Paras

 

For a complete list of available positions, please see the flyer.

 

Bring your resume and letter of interest and join classified personnel for a Q & A at the second annual SRVUSD Classified Job Fair. Details about the event can be found here.

 

Date: Sept. 26, 2018

Time: 11am - 4pm

Location: SRVUSD Boardroom

699 Old Orchard Dr

Danville, CA 94526

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Posted by: Denise Jennison, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 9/14/18




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Dear Middle School and Elementary School Parents/Guardians and Students,

 

Monte Vista High School has a rich football tradition that includes the experience of a Friday Night Lights-type of feel for our high school students and community. We encourage spectators of all ages to come root for the Mustangs and enjoy a wholesome and positive experience for everyone. To help ensure a positive experience, safety will always be a top priority for all students and spectators.

 

Unfortunately, we have found that most middle school-aged students and younger rarely sit in the stands and watch the game. Student behavior incidents for this age have increased in number and severity as well. Many of the middle school students congregate around the snack bar, or in unsupervised areas and running or exhibiting unsafe behaviors.  Monte Vista High School does not have the capacity to supervise and monitor middle school student behavior in addition to supervising the more than 2,000 high school students and spectators.  Therefore we are instituting a new policy for all students to improve safety and promote our community spirit.

 

Beginning Friday, September 14, 2018, middle school and elementary age students, may not attend a home MVHS football game without a parent/guardian present for supervision. A parent/guardian may be responsible for three middle school age students total. Parents/guardians may not simply pay admission, enter through the gate with students, and then leave the stadium. To ensure the safety for all spectators, we expect proper supervision by the parent/guardian at all times when middle school students are present at MVHS events.

 

If a middle school student shows up without a parent/guardian, the student will be asked to contact/call their parent/guardian to inform them of the policy. Unsupervised middle school students will not be allowed to enter the stadium without a parent/guardian. If a student is found in the stadium without supervision, we will ask the student to contact his/her parent/guardian, the student will be asked to leave the game and banned from MVHS events for the remainder of the school year.  This infraction will be reported to the student's middle school and documented in the student behavior file.

 

We recognize this policy is a change from years past and appreciate your working with the Monte Vista community to promote Mustang school spirit in a positive atmosphere.  With a reduction of behavior problems on the evenings of the football games we hope to make the event safe and enjoyable for all of our fans and spectators.  Thank you for your attention to and cooperation with this policy.

 

Dr. Kevin Ahern

Principal

Monte Vista High School 

cc:  Andy Popper, Athletic Director, Monte Vista High School 

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 9/11/18




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We are having an informational CJSF meeting Thursday, Sept. 13th during our Access period.  The meeting will be in the gym.  This meeting is only for 8th grade students interested in applying for CJSF

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 9/4/18




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September 4, 2018

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

We are three weeks into the school year and everyone is doing great! I am very pleased with student behaviors and respect for each other and the campus. There are high levels of academic engagement in classrooms, as you will see below. Student responses and collaboration discussions are rich with content and our student’s young minds are growing. As safety is always in our minds, I am going to remind everyone that if anyone hears or sees something that doesn’t seem right, please say something to a staff member.

 

A very big thank you is given to all families for the generous donations to our school, Boosters and PTA. The financial impact of donations allows for an extra nine teaching sections, events for students on campus, added technology so we can be one-to-one in classrooms with devices and teachers are able to support instructional practices with expanded curricular items. We are in the middle of the magazine and cookie dough drive. This money supports student activities, including after school sports, fun Fridays, dances and Field day. Thank you again for all of your help and support.

 

I would like to thank everyone for doing a great job of supporting our cell phone policy. I have enjoyed seeing students talk to each other in the morning instead of looking down at their phone. Also, cell phone use during class time is down. Please tell your student that we really appreciate them for following this rule.

 

This is a reminder that school attendance is pivotal for student learning. New concepts are introduced each day and a day missed can lead to students falling behind. I ask that students arrive on time every day and are present and ready to learn.

 

I will be taking some time off in the middle of September and November for baby bonding leave. I will be out of the office September 12th – September 25th and November 9th – November 30th. Janet Terranova, former principal of Monte Vista High School, will be here in September for me.

 

 

Key Reminders:

  1. Panther Pride Student Involvement Committee meeting during Access, Thursday, September 6th
  2. When dropping of students in the morning, please do not stop in the bus lane until all buses have done drop off.
  3. Dress Code –We have had to address short shorts because students roll them up and had to address clothing items containing alcohol or drug images; these are not allowed. Remember, this is school and appropriate and proper fitting clothes should be worn.
  4. When attending high school sporting events, students should be on their best behavior. Students will be removed from events if they are misbehaving. I was notified that this past Friday many students (middle and high school) were acting inappropriately.
  5. Sign up for the Run for Education! https://rfe.srvef.org/

 

 

What’s Happening on Campus?

 

Core 8:

The first few weeks in Core 8 have been amazing! From the first day Classmate Bingo activity to “breaking out” of the syllabus challenge, students have been getting to know each other, practicing their independent learning skills, and preparing for a great year. Our first lessons have included learning strategies that we’ll be using throughout the year, such as mentor texts and inquiry-based learning. Also, all Core 8 students went to the library at the end of last week to check out reading books, and we will be having

weekly reading time each Friday.

 

Core 7:

7th Grade Core is off to a strong and busy start! We started right away with independent reading and a visit to the library with Ms. Carter to go over library rules and check out books for our outside independent reading. Along with our personal reading, we are reading A Long Walk to Water or Walk Two Moons with our Core classes and beginning to use Notice and Note reading strategies. "This I Believe" is a writing unit that we are working on in Language Arts and is supported by thought provoking and inspirational essays that we are listening to from a well known program on National Public Radio. To supplement our work in Language Arts we are practicing Membean and Newsela on a weekly basis. Lastly, students are learning to think like historians by examining artifacts and working collaboratively with their group to present theories on what the artifacts are and how they are used. We are currently traveling back to the Fall of the Roman Empire to answer the question - “Does the influence of an empire lives on even after that empire falls or declines?”  Spoiler alert - It does. Next week, we will celebrate our new knowledge by building aqueducts and Saving the Emperor Breakout and writing a eulogy for the Fallen Empire.

 

Core 6:

Students have been spending time learning the middle school ropes, teacher's expectations, and participating in "Getting to Know You" activities. By now 6th graders are pretty much in the swing of things. Most students have finished their Mini Me assignment and are in the midst of being proudly displayed on classroom walls. Writer's/Reader's notebooks are being set up and students have begun working on various writing assignments. In social studies students will begin with unit one, "Early Humans and the Rise of Civilization," and will be receiving their interactive history notebooks this week. 

 

Science 7:

We are off to a fun start in Science 7 this year. Students are discovering the nature of science by working on labs using the Scientific Method. By working in groups to complete labs and other assignments, students are getting to know each other and finding ways to work together to solve scientific challenges. Students have also started building their interactive science notebooks in class. Inquiry-based learning will be emphasized in the coming weeks as we learn to “Think Like an Engineer” to design solutions to specific challenges using a limited number of materials.

 

Science 6:

Sixth grade science is off to a fun start!  We have had fun getting to know each other and how the class works.  We are kicking off the year with our "Science Tool Belt".  Students are learning how to perfect and tweak their lab skills with safety, graphing, and measuring.  We want all 6th graders to become laboratory scientists and having a complete tool belt will help us reach that goal!  Looking forward to a great year!

 

Library:

Students are working on core class reading goals. Since the beginning of the school year, every student has come through the library and checked out a book. Our goal for the school year is 8000 books read. So far this year, we have doubled our circulation compared to this time last year. Encourage your student to find enjoyable titles and read on their own daily.

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 9/4/18




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Open to all Los Cerros students!! 

 

Season: August 28 – September 25

Practices:  August 28, 30, September 4, 6, 11, 13 @ 2:30-3:15

Meets: Osage Park: 9/18 and 9/25

 

Practices are held on the blacktop! Come dressed in workout/PE clothes/tennis shoes ready to run!

 

If you are interested in participating, please see Ms. Carter. 

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Posted by: Victoria Felix
Published: 8/24/18




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SRVUSD Policy on Possession of Cellular Phones at School:


Possession of cellular phones or other electronic devices by a student, at school, is a privilege, which may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the pertinent district or school rules that pertain to the possession /use of such devices. Cellular phones or other devices are only allowed to be used for instructional purposes under the direct supervision of a classroom teacher. Otherwise, cellular phones or other electronic devices are not to be used, heard or seen during the school day, which includes both in-class instructional time as well as non-structured times such as lunch, break & passing period. If phones are visible or audible at any point of the school day, they will be taken and held for parent pick-up after school. Repeat violations will result in progressive disciplinary consequences.
Smart watches should only be used to tell time and not for communication with others. The same consequences will apply for violations to this policy.
The District/school shall not be responsible for the loss of or damage to a cellular phone brought onto campus.

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Posted by: Tami Castelluccio
Published: 8/15/18




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We will be using the same online registration website system as last year. The LCMS registration website will go live on Wednesday, July 25th and stay open until 5pm on Friday, August 17th. To avoid wait times, it is STRONGLY recommended that you complete your registration online prior to PANTHER CAMP & Walk Through Registration.

 

The registration website is: lcms.futurefundapp.com

 

1.  LCMS Online Registration - It should take 20­ to 30 minutes to complete. You will enter your email address and password, if you used this registration website last year the system will recognize you. All of your information will already be present for you to review and update if necessary. If this is your first time registering then you will enter your email address and create a password. (Your identity may be verified via Facebook or Google). The email address you enter will receive 3 VERY IMPORTANT EMAILS:

 

REGISTRATION: Confirmation you have begun registration and you entered a valid email address.
 

ORDER RECEIPT: This email contains confirmation of your registration and a receipt for any donations or purchases that you have made. You need to SAVE this for PANTHER CAMP & Walk Through Registration.

 

LCMS STORE INVITATION: This email contains an invitation for you to create a new account at the Los Cerros Store. Although you can create a new store account at any time, using the link in this email will LINK your registration order to your store account.  This account is used to access the STORE, ONLINE DIRECTORY and ONLINE ORDERS. You do NOT need to create a new store account if you have one from the prior year. *Credit cards accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover.

 

2. Attend PANTHER CAMP in the LCMS GYM from 9:00am - 10:30am for incoming 6th graders and new students.  Then attend walk through registration from 10:30am -12:30 pm; 7th & 8th Graders attend walk through registration from 1:00pm-4:00pm on Wednesday, August 8th. After registering online, plan to attend Walk Through Registration to have school pictures taken, pick up student ID cards, planners and schedules.

 

Click link to order your school pictures! mylifetouch.com Los Cerros Middle School  Picture Day ID:BY418019Q0

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 8/12/18




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Parents who live outside the boundaries of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District now have the opportunity to seek interdistrict transfers to enroll their children at SRVUSD schools. SRVUSD has streamlined the enrollment request process for eligible families who reside in other Bay Area communities, reducing the stress of finding a high-performing new school. 

 

First, a family must obtain an interdistrict transfer approval document from its home school district. Second, if the student is in middle school or high school, SRVUSD will need to review transcripts, discipline records and attendance records from the previous school.

 

Transfer requests are approved based on space availability and a review of transcripts, discipline and attendance records.

 

In some cases, a family’s home school district will send the documentation to SRVUSD when a parent makes the transfer request. In a few other cases, the family will have to handle the paperwork.

 

Families interested in transferring their children to SRVUSD should check with their home school districts to begin the process.

 

SRVUSD is one of California’s top performing school districts. More than 98 percent of its students graduate from high school, and 95 percent of those grads plan to attend college, with 71 percent attending a four-year university. Student attendance rate is 97 percent at SRVUSD.

 

Academic success is a tradition at SRVUSD schools – a tradition well known to university admissions officers. In college placement exams, SRVUSD students rank exceptionally high, with 88 percent scoring 21 or higher on the ACT and 83 percent scoring 1,500 or better on the SAT.  Almost 40 percent of SRVUSD students enroll in Advanced Placement classes, and 88 percent earn at least a Grade 3 on AP exams.

 

The SRVUSD experience doesn’t stop at college preparedness. The district offers more than 450 sections of performing arts classes. And younger children are exposed to fun ways to learn, with a science lab and science classroom specialist available at SRVUSD elementary schools.

 

SRVUSD is built for success in the 21st century, with 100 percent of its classrooms and other learning spaces updated with wireless connectivity. The district has more than 6,400 Apple laptops for students, along with more than 3,000 PCs and over 2,000 Chromebooks. SRVUSD students also have access to more than 5,600 iPads and Android tablets.

 

SRVUSD has approximately 32,000 students in 36 schools, taught and cared for by 3,500 dedicated employees.

 

For questions about how families can apply for interdistrict transfers to enroll their children with SRVUSD, please visit http://www.srvusd.net/interdistricttransfers

or contact Student Services at (925) 552-5076.

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Posted by: Elizabeth Graswich, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 6/28/18




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Each fall, San Ramon Valley Unified parents are asked to complete an online “Annual Update” to verify household and emergency contact information and complete the annual release acknowledgement and permission requirements.

 

Don’t have a portal account yet?  Contact your student’s school office after July 30 to receive your unique user key to set up an account.  It’s fast and easy.

 

For the 2018-2019 school year, to assist the online program in running smoothly, the parent portal will open on a different day in July for each high school and its feeder middle and elementary schools. Please note: parents do not need to fill out the annual update on the day that the portal opens. Parents will have until August 31, 2018, to fill out the information.

 

Parents will access the annual update through the SRVUSD Parent Portal. Once you log-in, you will see a button that says “Online Enrollment Annual Update.” The Annual Update will open on the following schedule:

 

Tuesday, July 10: Dougherty Valley High School, Del Amigo High School, Venture School, Windemere Ranch Middle School, Gale Ranch Middle School, Hidden Hills Elementary, Live Oak Elementary, Quail Run Elementary, Coyote Creek Elementary, Bella Vista Elementary

 

Wednesday, July 11: California High School, Iron Horse Middle School, Pine Valley Middle School, Golden View Elementary, Twin Creeks Elementary, Bollinger Canyon Elementary, Montevideo Elementary, Walt Disney Elementary, Neil Armstrong Elementary and Country Club Elementary

 

Thursday, July 12: Monte Vista High School, Los Cerros Middle School, Diablo Vista Middle School, Alamo Elementary, Vista Grande Elementary, Green Valley Elementary, Tassajara Hills Elementary, Creekside Elementary

 

Friday, July 13: San Ramon Valley High School,  Stone Valley Middle School, Charlotte Wood Middle School, Rancho Romero Elementary, Montair Elementary, John Baldwin Elementary and Greenbrook Elementary, Sycamore Elementary

 

For more information, please check out our FAQ webpage.

 

 

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Posted by: Elizabeth Graswich, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 6/20/18




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July 30 - School office opens

 

August 8 - 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Student Panther Camp - GYM

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.. 6th grade walk through Registration

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 7th & 8th grade walk through Registration

 

August 13 - 7:55 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. - First day of school - MINIMUM day

 

September 3 - Labor Day Holiday - No School

 

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Posted by: Tami Castelluccio
Published: 6/4/18




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Do you have middle school math questions? We’ve got answers! Please join SRVUSD mathematics curriculum expert Gregory Duran at a Middle School Math Forum on Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Education Center at 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Posted by: Elizabeth Graswich, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 5/17/18




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The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is accepting applications from interested community members to provisionally fill one unexpired term of office on the Board of Education. The term expires December 2018. The candidate who is appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy can run for re-election in November 2018.

 

The vacancy was created when Denise Jennison who, after serving nearly 8 years on the Board of Education, resigned effective May 23, 2018.

 

Applicants must be registered voters residing in the boundaries of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the State of California, and not disqualified by the constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office.

To obtain an application, visit www.srvusd.net/boeapplication or pick up an application packet from the Superintendent’s Office at 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

Applications are to be returned to the Superintendent’s Office no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. No applications will be accepted past the deadline.

 

For further information contact Cindy Fischer, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at (925) 552-2933 or cfischer@srvusd.net.

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Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 5/9/18




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SRVEF voted Los Cerros Middle School 2017-2018 Secondary Affiliate of the Year at the Night of the Stars event last evening. 

 


 

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Posted by: Tami Castelluccio
Published: 5/8/18




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I would like to invite you to join me at two Spring Forums for an end-of-the-year parent check-in and listening opportunity. During these forums I will briefly comment on 4 "big idea" topics and then spend approximately an hour plus of questions and comments. The topics I will be discussing include:

  1. Safety and customer service
  2. Budget and staffing
  3. Personalized Learning Ideas update
  4. Elementary feedback, suggested ideas

I look forward to seeing you there!

More information may be found at www.srvusd.net/springforums.

 

Rick Schmitt

Superintendent

 


 

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Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 4/17/18




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How Students Sign Up for a Class

  1. Go to http://www.lcms.srvusd.net/
  2. Click the Infinite campus green button (middle/left side of the web page)
  3. Log in (example)
    1. Lc.ssawyer
    2. ID#123456
  4. Click responsive schedule on the left side of the screen
  5. Select class or view class selected for you
  6. Click Save

Video Instructions: https://youtu.be/uCwqEIII7g0

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 4/16/18




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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 4/16/18




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Los Cerros Track & Field April 24th-May 8th

Practices will be after schools Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:45-3:30

 

If you are interested in participating, please complete this short survey

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 4/16/18




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Summer Enrichment classes are offered for your student. Click on the link for more information!

 

Also, to download or print the flier, see attached.

 

Thank you!

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Posted by: Victoria Felix
Published: 4/12/18




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PROMOTION PARTY:   

The Promotion Planning Committee is busy planning a fun evening of celebration for our 8th grade students’ as they move from Los Cerros Middle School to High School.  Our team could use some help from our fellow parents.  We are so grateful for any donations or help you can give. 

 

SAVE THE DATE:  Friday May 18th from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Our Promotion Party on May 18th is sure to be a night your 8th grader will not want to miss! With delicious food, live entertainment, an interactive DJ, gaming tables, and photo stations – there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

More information is available in the attached flyer. Suggested attire for the night is nice, appropriate clothing that is upscale from day to day school attire. Ideas include: khaki pants/shorts, collared shirt, casual dress/skort, etc.  

 

Log on to Future Fund today, to sign your child up for this special night!  Please make sure you fill out the waiver when you click the future fund link.

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Posted by: Tami Castelluccio
Published: 4/11/18




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The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is seeking members for its Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.

 

The committee provides oversight for the Board of Education to ensure that the funds are spent as intended by the voters of the parcel tax.  The committee meets at least twice per year and reports on an annual basis to the Board and community on how these funds have been spent.  All meetings are open to the public.

 

Four positions will be appointed by the school board. Parcel Tax committee members serve two-year terms.  They will not be compensated and will serve no more than two consecutive terms.  Members shall reside within the boundaries of the SRVUSD and shall be registered voters.

 

Applications are due no later than 4pm on May 16, 2018. Recommendations/appointments will be made at the June 12, 2018 Board Meeting.

 

For additional information and to download the application visit:  http://srvusd.ca.schoolloop.com/PTOC_members, or contact Sandra Corsetti in the Business Office, at scorsetti@srvusd.net, or (925) 552-2905.

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Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 4/11/18




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Incredible volunteer opportunity for our LC Students & Families!


Comcast selected our sister school, Sun Terrace, to receive the benefits of their Comcast Cares Day.

 

This means that on April 21st a lot of Comcast employees and other community volunteers will come to the school and do projects that the school would like/need. This would include things such as painting stencils on the blacktop, painting murals on the walls, painting picnic tables, landscaping, general clean-up, building benches, assembling small furniture items, and much more.  Comcast provides all the materials needed.  They provide a light breakfast & lunch, and t-shirts while supplies last. In addition to the work they do, Comcast also offers a "grant" based on the number of volunteers that show up.  Last year they gave the schools $18 per volunteer (any age, any amount of time).  Sun Terrace can spend the grant money how they see fit.

 

Sign-in starts at 8:15, work starts around 9:00, lunch is served around 1:00, and they hope to be finished by 3:00.  Volunteers do not have to stay all day.  The earlier someone shows up, the better selection of projects they get.  

 

Normally, Comcast selects the school months in advance since there is so much planning involved.  The school that was originally chosen fell through, and we were selected just a few weeks ago, so this is all very rushed.  This is Comcast's 16th year doing this, and is their biggest 1-day nation-wide community service event.

 

Los Cerros families, students and staff members can RSVP here, https://goo.gl/forms/LUTqWAquyip2Hsbt2

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 4/9/18




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Afterschool enrichment classes for April have been posted, https://www.srvef.org/Imagineering/Imagineering-Classes. These are our final afterschool classes for the 2017-18 academic school year.  Don’t miss out on engaging classes taught by incredible SRVUSD certified teachers. Culinary Science, Cosmetic Chemistry, Intermediate Lego Robotics, Engineering with Sphero Robots, Python Coding, Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi, and more…

 

This summer SRVEF will also continue to offer enrichment classes for SRVUSD students. Our longer summer classes allow us to offer more in-depth science, technology, engineering, art, and math curriculum to students entering 3rd-9th grade. Students are given daily challenges, connected to industry experts, introduced to engaging project based learning activities, and encouraged to explore new STEAM topics. For our complete schedule, visit www.bit.ly/summer_imagineering

 

Follow us on Instagram for exciting program announcements as we prepare for a summer of unforgettable STEAM learning! https://www.instagram.com/srvef_imagineering/ . To learn more about the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, visit our website www.srvef.org.

 

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Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 4/9/18




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Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

This week, Donors Choose had their #bestschoolday and Los Cerros greatly benefited from it. Please read the article linked below to find out more about #bestschoolday. I have attached the links for all of our school’s projects that were funded. We will continue to post projects on Donors Choose so our students have the best curricular technologies and learning tools while support from organizations moves our school forward. Los Cerros has now benefited from $176,000 in projects from Donor’s Choose over the years. We thank you, your organizations, your friends, your family and all organizations that have supported our projects. 

 

Donors Choose in the news… A $29 Million Cryptocurrency Donation Just Funded Every Project On DonorsChoose.Org

 

Los Cerros Gets $28,481 in Grants Funded:

 

To see the latest Los Cerros projects, visit the Los Cerros Donors Choose Page!

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 3/30/18




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Join us for a cup of coffee and a casual conversation about managing technology with your middle schooler.  On April 17th from 9am-10am, join the LCMS Counselors, school technology team, and Lauren Brown from Town of Danville as we discuss the challenges and benefits of technology and the impact on our students, families, and the overall academic environment. We have technology goals, and can't wait to share them with you.

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 3/23/18




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Save the date!  Our March PTA fundraiser will be next Monday and Tuesday, March 26-27 at Pizza Guys in Danville.  30% of all orders (including delivery) will be donated back to Los Cerros PTA!

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 3/20/18




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State law gives families the option to transfer to a different school when there is space available. When schools have space, families can choose to transfer to another school within a district (intradistrict transfers) or to transfer to a school in another district (interdistrict transfers).

 

SRVUSD has moved up its intradistrict open enrollment window for elementary families. The open enrollment window for elementary schools is now open and closes on April 6, 2018. Families can find the link to the online intradistrict transfer request form and information about SRVUSD’s open enrollment/intradistrict transfer process at www.srvusd.net/transfers.

 

SRVUSD students will continue to have placement priority in our schools. However, after we place our resident students at their school of choice, because we now have space available, California law requires that we allow students from outside the district to apply to attend our schools (interdistrict transfers). Interdistrict transfers will only be accepted if there is space available. Students from outside the district must maintain acceptable academic performance, attendance and behavior. SRVUSD anticipates openings for interdistrict transfers students at nearly all SRVUSD schools.

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Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 3/15/18




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Middle School Survey 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MXFPXN7

 

 

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Our number one priority is to provide a safe environment for all students conducive to learning and reaching full academic, social and emotional potential.  One of the challenges every school across the country must address to reach this goal is the issue of school climate specific to bullying behavior and connectedness to school.

 

Our district and our school continue to work vigorously to combat bullying behavior and ensure students are engaged and connected to our school; however, this task is a work in progress.  In order for our district and site efforts to become even more effective, we are in the process of collecting multiple sources of data to inform our effort.

 

On March 15, 2018, all 6-8 grade students will be taking an anonymous online survey prepared by our District’s Climate Committee.  This short survey should take about 20 to 25 minutes and will be administered in your child’s Physical Education class.  The data generated from this district-wide survey will assist all sites and the district in their ongoing efforts to effectively address bullying behavior, student engagement, and school connectedness.

 

If you would like to view the survey, it is available for your review on the district’s web site at http://www.srvusd.net/climate and look for the “2017-18” Student Engagement and Connectedness Survey” by grade span.

 

Thanks in advance for your support of our efforts!

 

Stephanie Sawyer

Assistant Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

 

 

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 3/15/18




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March 5, 2018

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

Spring is upon us and that means we are entering the 4th quarter and have begun preparing for next school year. Students are continuing their inquiry of curriculum throughout their classes and have been able to display their knowledge through tools on Google Classroom, written reports, assessments and projects. This past Monday night, Los Cerros staff served dinner to 53 people at Gianni’s Italian Bistro. We had a great time and raised $683 for our technology fund. We look forward to doing this again in the future and hope to serve dinner to 125 people.

 

Los Cerros has enhanced curriculum and technology from using Donor’s Choose. Every March, there is an event with Donor’s Choose called Best School Day! Best School Day is when our projects get matched from generous supporters in our community and nationwide. These supporters love to celebrate public education. Please visit our school’s link by visiting https://www.donorschoose.org/school/los-cerros-middle-school/4254/?active=true if you would like to view our projects and monitor their status. We appreciate everyone’s support and help in promoting our projects.

 

The district’s Personalized Learning Initiatives, PLI, will be taking effect in the upcoming school year. Our district has created a website that will be launched later this month with more information regarding each initiative. The website is http://www.srvusd.net/personalizedlearning.

 

Key Reminders:

  1. School attendance is very important; please have your students to school on time, every day along with keeping them on campus each and every day.
  2. Students who choose to play tag at lunch need to stay on the grass fields between the two baseball diamonds. Running near buildings presents danger near doors and slipping on the asphalt.
  3. CAASPP testing begins April 23rd with ELA and April 30th with Math. The school schedule for those two weeks will be sent home in the middle of March.

 

 

What’s Happening on Campus?

 

8th Science 

Students were recently introduced to their new role as a student physicist working for Universal Space Agency’s (USA) Magnetic Launch Program. The launch system would utilize high-powered magnets to send spacecraft into Earth’s Orbit. Traditional rocket launchers give off pollution and can only be used once while magnetic launchers would be environmentally clean and reusable. This would also reduce the cost of space travel and make it more widely available. USA recently conducted a series of tests using a small scale model. Our students have been tasked with investigating the unexpected results from those tests before the model can be sealed up and retested.  Students learned how to isolate the variables in the experiment, spent time playing with a magnet simulation, reading background information to better understand the magnetic properties of Earth and analyzing magnetic field line data. Next, students will need to consider where the energy to launch the spacecraft came from, explore the strength of magnetic force, and how it relates to the amount of energy stored in a magnetic field. Lastly, students will engage in oral argumentation as they grapple with ideas about magnetic force and energy. The program and materials utilized in this unit were paid for by a grant we received from the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation.

 

Core 8:

In English, we are wrapping up our study of character traits. Students are connecting their ideas about characters to motifs in their stories. As they analyze motifs, students are thinking deeper about the way authors hide messages or teach lessons in their writing in order to determine possible themes. Students will be moving on from studying character and theme to writing a literary thematic essay. The “thinking work” students have been recording in their English Notebooks will be utilized to help them develop evidence to support the claims in their essays.

 

In History, we have tracked continuity and change across the first five presidents of the U.S. Students  & have  analyzed continuity and change by exploring topics such as exceptions, turning points, progress/decline for different people groups, and the benefits/drawbacks of change. This unit will be culminating in an assessment, in which students will have the opportunity to show what they know about continuity and change using ideas from the first five presidents as well as current events to support their thinking. Students will also be working on an in-class group project, in which they will be campaigning for one of the first five presidents to be the next President in the 2020 election. In their “Campaign Rally” Presentation, students will be using historical evidence from their President's life, as well as their persuasive skills and creativity, to convince the class that their candidate is the best choice for the next President.

 

Core 6:

Sixth graders have begun unit 3, beginning with the study of India in social studies. In honor of Black History month we are in the midst of learning about Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player to enter MLB. We have started our next core novel, Tuck Everlasting. We have just finished our informational essays and continue to take practice CAASPP tests to familiarize our students. 

 

Science 7:

7th science just wrapped up our chemistry lab unit with two straight weeks of lab experiments. Students will spend the first half of March in the library learning about synthetic materials. Our librarian, Kim Carter, arranged for a speaker from Mango Materials to come and speak with students about alternatives to plastics. During the second half of March we will start our Ecosystems unit.

 

Science 6:

Sixth grade science is in the life science strand of our curriculum.  We have been working on an inquiry station project called Living or Not.  Students have learned the seven criteria that must be present for something to be living and are using that criteria as they move through the stations.  We are now going to be diving deep into cells, which is one of our criteria for something to be living.  Students will be using microscopes to look at different types of cells and complete a Cell Analogy Project - a favorite here at LC. 

 

Math 2/3:

Course 2/3 accelerated math is working with spatial visualization, geometry, surface area and volume by constructing figures with play-do and blocks. Kinesthetic learning enhances student knowledge and performance and helps students see what outcome should be.

 

Physical Education:

The basketball unit is here in Mr. Briemle’s class in honor of March Madness!

 

Music and Choir:

The music program took 80 students from choir, band and orchestra to Disneyland & Cal State Long Beach for college clinics and workshops.

 

Library:

We are working with 7th grade science students on an inquiry driven unit on synthetic materials, we will be kicking it off with one of the co-founders of Mango Materials to give the students some context on synthetic materials and what that looks like now and for our future. Next, 6th grade core will experience a 4 week NonFiction Series Study. We end the unit where students mentor podcasts, create one in class, and celebrate their work with a podcast party!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 3/6/18




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February 7, 2018

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

We are in February and this month is packed with exciting events. I would like to thank everyone for supporting Los Cerros by eating at Dos Coyotes! On Monday, February 26th, we will have staff serving dinner at Gianni’s Italian Bistro in San Ramon to help raise money for the school. Please make your reservation ASAP to guarantee a seat! Students are beginning to plan for their classes next year and the 8th to 9th grade transition begins with MVHS Incoming Freshman Night in early March and course selection sign ups.

 

The district’s Personalized Learning Initiatives, PLI, will be taking effect in the upcoming school year. Our district has created a website that will be launched later this month with more information regarding each initiative. The website is http://www.srvusd.net/personalizedlearning. We will send home more information regarding scheduling and ways you can utilize the PLI’s for next year.

 

Key Reminders:

  1. Students should be dressed appropriately with proper fitting clothes and nothing that suggests offensive material.
  2. Lunch time trash: Please remind your students to throw away their trash when they are finished with lunch. 7th and 8th graders are leaving a lot of trash outside which may result in loss of outside seating.
  3. Drop off/Pick up: do not enter the bus lane after the trash dumpsters until every bus has left in the morning and afternoon; the buses have priority in the bus lane.
  4. Check the calendar and Panther Press for upcoming events.

 

Some of our teachers are beginning to incorporate Standards Based Grading, or SBG, in their lessons or units. SBG is used to eliminate the stress from A-F grades on daily assignments and focuses solely on each subject’s standards. The difference between SBG and regular grading is that students will see how they do with state standards and have an opportunity to prove proficiency, even after not yet making proficiency. The reason why SBG is important to students and families is that everyone will know if a student is meeting the standards in each grade through instruction and assessments. Assessments are the important aspect of SBG and homework/classwork is done to benefit the student in studying prior to assessments. The focus of learning is really instilled in SBG and students who do not do their homework/classwork will see more extensive work, as their assessment results may not be proficient. If your student’s teacher is doing a unit with SBG, you will be contacted and given information on what it will look like. I want everyone to know that our goal is to ensure proficiency in learning at Los Cerros and we will take time to develop best practices that lead to learning.

 

Lastly, your student has been taking part in the interim assessments for CAASPP state testing. Last year, Los Cerros made significant gains in Math and stayed the same with ELA and Science. We look forward to our students continuing this upward trend and scoring well on CAASPP along with understanding where our students are for college and career readiness. The CAASPP assessment will take place after spring break with more information to come.

 

 

 

What’s Happening on Campus?

 

Core 8:

Students are in the Reader’s Workshop unit studying character traits in student selected novels. Students will transition into connecting character to themes and analyze how authors communicate the theme. This deep study of character and theme will be the backbone to their literary thematic analysis essays that they will develop in the next writing unit. In History, students have begun studying the concepts of continuity and change to guide their thinking about the Early Republic. This unit will cover the first five presidents, the decisions they made and the major events during this time. Using timelines the students will track continuity and change and will push themselves to make conclusions about the reasons that prompted continuity and change. 

 

Core 6:

Students are finishing up learning about the Hebrews and are moving into India.  Some novels being read in 6th grade are Maniac McGee and The Egypt Game. Sixth graders will continue to take interim CAASP tests to be well prepared for the actual tests in the Spring. We are honoring Black History month by doing various activities in our classrooms.

 

Science 7:

Students are exploring how to use the Periodic Table to understand the basic building blocks of life; where elements are located in the table, how they exist in families and categories, what common characteristics they have, etc. Students are finishing the element cubes that they selected - detailed information about their chosen element and a diagram showing the atom and all its electrons. Later in the month, we will conduct experiments to understand the three States of Matter, Conservation of Mass, and how substances undergo changes of state.

 

Science 6:

The sixth graders have been busy in science answering the question, what causes weather?  We are wrapping up our unit this week with student created weather forecasts.  We will then be in the library with Ms. Carter completing a Human Impact project on pollution in the environment.  After that, students will begin investigating Living vs. Non Living things.  All students are working hard this quarter and we are challenging ourselves to be independent learners and critical thinkers.

 

Physical Education:

Students have begun the Olympics unit. They have created their own flag which is displayed in the gym and will compete through various events over the next few weeks.

 

Spanish 1A:

7th graders are learning how to talk about their schedules and classroom objects. They are learning how to describe their classes, and say who teaches them. They also can say where something is located in the classroom using "estar" and prepositions. Soon, 7th graders will be starting the unit on food, likes and dislikes. They will learn how to name many food and drink items, and what foods they prefer to eat, and what is good for their health.  

 

Spanish 1B:

8th graders are finishing the unit on ordering food in a restaurant. Ask your son or daughter about his or her dialogue! They are starting to learn how to name household objects. In this unit, they will be able to name rooms and chores, say who does what chore at home, and say where objects are located. Students will also be able to describe household objects, and to compare and contrast. We will also talk about cultures perspectives on different types of housing.   

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 2/11/18




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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 1/25/18




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Los Cerros PTA Sister School Card Game & Dice Drive

 

Los Cerros PTA is excited to announce our new sister school, Sun Terrace Elementary School. Located in Concord, 71.3% of the student body (372 students) qualify for free and reduced lunch and they could use support from our community.  We hope to partner with their staff members throughout the year with special activities to promote academic success for these children.  Our first event is a math game drive.  The staff at Sun Terrace is asking us to help them collect enough playing card sets or dice game sets for each child to take home.  The goal is to teach the students fun math games they can play with a deck of cards or a set of dice and then give each student a learning tool to strengthen their math skills at home.  A collection box is located in the Los Cerros Library. 

 

If you would like to get involved with our sister school program, please contact Cecilia Brear, brearfamily@mac.com.

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 1/23/18




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Polar Plunge is Saturday, March 3rd at Aquatic Park in San Francisco.  We will start working on our t-shirts on Wed. Jan. 31st.  For more information, contact Mrs. Klopstock.

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 1/22/18




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Dodgeball practices will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school from 2:30-3:15!

 

UPDATE:  There will be no dodgeball practice after school today (1/23) or tomorrow (1/24) as we are hoping to get more sign ups throughout the week. The first day of practice, if there are enough sign ups, will be next Tuesday,  Jan. 30 from 2:30-3:15. Should your child be interested in participating in after school dodgeball you can go to our website and sign up under the enrichment tab and after school sports.  Thank you! 

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 1/22/18




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January 11, 2018

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

Welcome to the Second Semester! I hope everyone had a restful and joyous winter vacation. It has been great to see everyone back these last couple of days. I have heard some great stories from family vacations to staying home and resting. This semester will go by very fast, especially the month of January. We have a three-day school week next week and a minimum day the following week. Please check the calendar and note the minimum days this semester.

 

In September, I sent home the updated district Cell Phone policy. Students have been much better since then regarding cell phone usage at school, however, we have seen and heard about students using social media, texting parents or friends, or playing games throughout the school day. Los Cerros staff discussed with students today that cell phones are to only be used with teacher approval for academic reasons. Phones will be taken for parent pick up if a student has it out, using it inappropriately or without permission. Should you need to reach your student, please contact the office or wait until the school day is over. We will be taking this very seriously and appreciate your support. Also, this is a great time for you to monitor and check in with your student regarding appropriate use of the cell phone, including language being written to peers, applications (SnapChat) and how they are being used, and what pictures or videos are being taken. I am asking for your help by talking to your student(s) regarding the use of cell phones on campus and how they can be a distraction for many students when not used appropriately for school.

 

The weather has turned and I would like to remind families of some of the safety tips around campus. First, students should always walk between classes and to lunch. Second, remind your students to be aware of puddles and use caution when opening doors. Also, for parents, when dropping or picking students up, please stay out of the bus lanes 10-15 minutes before school and up to 10 minutes after school. The bus lane consists of the curb from the trash area all the way to the bike rack.

 

Students will be participating in the Interim Assessments throughout the spring semester. The Interim Assessments will help students see and understand the CAASPP questions, provide valuable feedback to teachers about where our students are with curriculum and help guide our instruction through the end of the school year. We look forward to continued improvement and success on CAASPP. Our new school report card can be seen through the California Dashboard. You can visit the Dashboard by going to www.caschooldashboard.org and type in Los Cerros. Students and Faculty have worked very hard the last few years giving Los Cerros significant gains in scores.

 

Lastly, Student Homework Requests (3 days absent/yellow sheets of paper) will no longer be available – effective immediately. We have seen a large increase in these requests, in which teachers put together packets, never to be picked up, returned and work continues to be incomplete or missing. In assessing this procedure, I realized we already have great systems in place. If a student is absent, they should refer to their teacher’s absent procedure (Google Classroom, School Loop Calendar/Locker, file folder of handouts in the classroom when they return) and/or email their teacher on School Loop to receive any work. When a student has an excused absence, they are given 1 day per 1 day missed to turn in any work. We appreciate your support in helping your student with a quick turnaround of classwork or homework as it is very important. I would like to leave you with this statement regarding absences; Students miss at least one concept per day when they are absent. We want our students on campus, learning, collaborating and engaging in the rich curriculum. We appreciate you keeping your student(s) on campus for the length of the school day, everyday, unless of course they are really sick.

 

 

 

What’s Happening Around Campus

 

6th grade Science:

We are currently working on answering the question, "What Causes Weather?" by studying water, humidity, wind, air pressure, and temperature.  Students are completing various labs and activities to help investigate this topic and will finish the unit making their own weather forecasts with a weather map, symbols, newscast, and an extended outlook of the weather.  We will also be looking at some unique weather phenomena, by learning more about El Nino and La Nina weather patterns with the help of our librarian, Ms. Carter.

 

7th grade Science:

Students are continuing their introduction to Chemistry through a number of activities designed to familiarize them with the periodic table. Through songs, games and diagrams, students are learning about atoms and subatomic particles. Later in the quarter, we will start a series of experiments so that students can explore different types of chemical reactions, and determine why they happen.

 

Core 6:

Sixth grade continues to take practice CAASPP Tests. We are wrapping up Egypt by taking a trip down the Nile on a Felucca. Students are reading core literature novels that link to Ancient Egypt. 

 

Core 8:

Students have wrapped up reading The Outsiders and writing their argumentative essays to raise awareness about an issue that teens face today. We are heading into a new reading unit, beginning with an overview of literary genres. Throughout the rest of the unit, students will be using The Outsiders as a mentor text as they learn and practice strategies and skills to better understand the characters in the book they have chosen with their reading partner. In U.S. History, students are learning about the creation of American government, including the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. To better understand the development of our government, students making connections to ideas/events from the previous unit on the American Revolution to determine the reasons for decisions made by the Founding Fathers when creating the Constitution & Bill of Rights. The unit is accompanied by an on-going project, in which students are using a storyboard to creatively explain & describe the founding of our country. 

 

Counseling:

Counseling, along with Lauren Brown from the Town of Danville, will be presenting 2nd digital citizenship lesson of the year to 8th grade next week and 7th grade in February. For more information on the lessons please visit the Digital Citizenship link under the counseling tab on the LC homepage. 

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 1/17/18




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SAVE THE DATE! The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is proud to offer it's first ever Imagineering Hackathon. The event will be hosted at California High School on January 27th. Registration for the event is free and will open on Wednesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. Only 60 spots will be available, so register quick. This event is open to all middle and high school SRVUSD students. All coding levels welcome. Prizes for winning Hacks!!

Registration page – www.bit.ly/srvef_imagineering

#SRVEFHACK

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Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 1/10/18




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December 14, 2017

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

I would like to say Thank You for a wonderful first semester. Students have engaged in wonderful curriculum across all subjects and really shown high quality work. I have really been impressed with the politeness and communication between students and staff this semester. One of the hardest challenges for students is to talk to adults; our students are showing they can ask questions, hold quality conversations and engage in depth curricular discussions. Through all of your donations (class sections, general donations or Donor’s Choose), students are benefiting with the technology tools, new and always-changing curriculum and really able to put their personal touch on their education within their writing or work.

 

I would like to remind everyone that next week Monte Vista High School has finals. MVHS starts school at 8:00 am, which means getting to Los Cerros will be very difficult. If you drive your student, I recommend getting to school before 7:40 am. If your student walks or rides their bike, please remind them to pay attention and not wear earphones. If students take the bus, please make sure everyone is on time to the bus stop so the buses can get here as quickly as possible. PLEASE USE CAUTION, TAKE YOUR TIME AND BE PATIENT ON ALL STREETS.

 

Around campus, students are beaming with joy because of all the great student performances and activities around campus. We had a wonderful Geography Bee over the last few weeks and a strong final competition yesterday. Last week, our Choir and Band had an amazing performance that left the standing room only audience stunned and tonight our Drama performance will show even more talents of our students in Snow White and Friends. Students will have dress up days next week (Monday – Holiday Socks, Tuesday – Ugly Sweater, Wednesday – Holiday Hats, Thursday – Pajama Day).

 

A few words of advice as we transition to second semester are:

  1. Student expectations will increase in classes – the responsibility of completing work on time is important and credit will be lost if not done
  2. Student organization and after school scheduling should be a topic of discussion at home to make sure there is a healthy balance and everything is in order
  3. Academic work needs to be supported at home in order to ensure mastery in subjects – this can be done by reviewing assignments, reading on your own, and/or studying or reviewing concepts daily
  4. Student behaviors to one another need to promote positive social interactions, refrain from vulgar or negative speech and we (staff and parents) need to show how niceness can increase happiness

 

As we move through winter, students will be taking the interim assessments for CAASPP, the State Assessment. Our goal is for each student to take at least three practice blocks. This will provide our staff data that supports classroom instruction.

 

In November, I sent out a survey to incoming 5th, 6th and 7th grade families to discuss a flexible start and end time as a bell schedule (essentially adding an 8th period at the end of the day). The result came back that 75% of families wanted to keep the schedule as it is with many comments regarding traffic congestion at 3:15 pm and no TRAFFIX buses for transport. For the 2018/2019  school year, Los Cerros will keep the bell schedule as it is in regards to Start and End times.

 

I wish everyone a joyous holiday season and restful winter break.

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 12/14/17




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San Ramon Valley Community Against Substance Abuse and Castro Valley Community Action Network are very excited to announce the opening of registration for the 24th Annual Youth to Youth Middle School Conference taking place on March 24, 2018  The Youth to Youth High School leaders from San Ramon Valley and Castro Valley are anxious to inspire your 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students and help them discover the power of their voice.  This is an amazing day and an opportunity for young teens to spend with high school leaders who believe in the strength of being drug, alcohol and tobacco free.  But this conference is about so much more than drug and alcohol prevention.  It’s about leadership, self-confidence and empowering young people to make positive choices that impact their future.  

 

SRV-CASA & CV-CAN, along with SRVUSD and CVUSD are so very proud of the wonderful partnership that has developed between our two communities.  This conference has been jointly sponsored for five years and for the last four years the sold out conferences have been held at California High School, Monte Vista High School and Dougherty Valley High School.  This year we are thrilled to be presenting the 2018 SRV/CV Youth to Youth Conference at Castro Valley High School, 19400 Santa Maria Ave, Castro Valley, CA

 

 

Registration Link:  https://tinyurl.com/Y2Y2018

What:  24th Annual Youth to Youth Middle School Conference 

When:  March 24,2018

Where:  Castro Valley High School, 19400 Santa Maria Ave., Castro Valley

Time:  7:45 PM. – 10:00 P.M.

Cost:  $45 before February 24; $55 after February 24

Questions??  Kim Gallagher, Y2Y Conference Facilitator,  925-487-7560

 

If you take a look at the blueprint for the Youth to Youth program in the San Ramon Valley that was started in 1995 and you will see thousands of successful young people who have been the foundation.  Y2Y is a place for teens and the adults who value them.  This amazing positive peer prevention program gives young people leadership now, to impact their world tomorrow, by giving life to their ideas through sharing, learning and laughing together.  Because of a Youth to Youth conference experience, change occurs both within young people and by them, making teens ready for life!  

 

The Y2Y program was one of the pioneers in youth driven, “no-use” message, drug prevention programming.  Since 1982, three U.S. Presidents, most recently U.S. President George W. Bush, have recognized the program for outstanding efforts in youth development.  Today, the program and conferences are presented in 36 states and more than 13 countries worldwide.  Youth to Youth provides year round programming that develops and supports young people in making positive decisions for themselves, their school and their community.  Teens are seen as assets, not the problem when addressing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention.  Youth to Youth creates opportunities for teens to support each other in decisions to be drug free and focuses on topics that youth face today, while empowering their peers to make choices that impact their future.  

 

Youth to Youth’s principles are simple:  

·        the program is youth driven, 

·        every teen is given the opportunity to take on leadership roles and 

·        each young person is guided in developing assets within themselves.  

·        The Youth to Youth model creates opportunities for teens to support each other in decisions to be drug free.  One of the strongest predictors of adolescent drug use is association with drug using peers.  The youth staff simply says that Youth to Youth is about kids helping other kids stay drug free.  The conference is an entire day where youth get together, have fun and talk about some really important issues. 

 

Putting high school students on the front line of drug and alcohol prevention is vital to the program.  Teens with Youth to Youth training, representing San Ramon Valley & Castro Valley prepare for the event for several months.  Joining them in their efforts are school administrators, community and service organizations and law enforcement agencies.  

 

More than 100 high school students will work at the conference, guiding their middle school peers through skits, games, panel discussions and small-group activities.  More than 20 workshops will be offered throughout the day.  Some of the topics to be covered include building self-esteem, stress reduction, drug and alcohol abuse, positive body image, dating and relationship troubles, self-defense, jazz dancing, art, and communication skills.  True stories of teens and substance abuse will be a key element of the conference.  There will also be small group discussions, a motivational speaker and a dance at the end of the conference.  

 

The learning and fun continues from morning till night during a Y2Y conference.   The day is very interactive, high energy and youth are kept moving from activity to activity.  

If your students’  like hanging out with their friends, meeting new friends, having fun, dancing and good food – then this is the conference for them.   More than just an “event”, the Youth to Youth Middle School Conference is a way to see the best in teens and their leadership skills. 

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 12/12/17




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2nd Annual Casino Night

April 28th, 2018


Interested in Donating for the Online Auction?

Contact Liz Ball @ lballsd@yahoo.com

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 12/1/17




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CJSF

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 5th during Access.  The meeting will be in the MPR.  Your CJSF volunteer hours are due on Friday, December 1st.

 

Polar Plunge

Our next Polar Plunge meeting will be on Tuesday, December 12th in the MPR.  The meeting will be after school.  We need to decide on our t-shirt design for this year.  Please bring any ideas for our t-shirt design to our meeting.  We will also show you how to sign up for our Polar Plunge team on the Polar Plunge website.  

 

For more information, contact Mrs. Klopstock.

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Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 11/29/17


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