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
Nordic Skiing is coming soon! Stay tuned to the bulletin, calendar and website for the updates.
Alder Creek Middle School
Cougar News 201
October 15, 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.
CALLING ALL STUDENT ARTISTS!
Chief Learning Officer Rob Leri wants to show off the artistic talent of our students on the walls of our district office, so he’s hosting a student art contest. TTUSD students of all ages are encouraged to participate!
All the information and contest guidelines are in your school’s office. The deadline to submit artwork is Monday, October 30, 2017, and the student artwork should be turned in at your school’s office.
GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday Alder Creek Middle School hosted the Tah-Neva League championships. It was a great success with the help of so many volunteer parents & students. A huge shout out to Lynn Thomas and Jenni Dewald for all their hard work to make this tournament a big success!
Another huge shout out to Smokey’s Kitchen & Catering for cooking up lunch and snacks for the teams, coaches, officials & staff. They donated 20% of the profits to our athletic department. Thank you so much Lathbury family!
The Alder Creek Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is hitting the ground running this year—come join us! The PTO membership includes all parents, legal guardians, and staff at ACMS, and our mission is to promote open communications between parents and staff. We have lots of energy and ideas for how to enrich our parent-teacher-student community.
Our next monthly meeting is Wednesday, October 18, at 7:30 a.m. in the ACMS Staff Room. Come learn about our goals and find your opportunities to get involved.
Share your ideas or ask questions at the PTO email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent/teacher conferences will be Oct 23–27. That week, we will help promote a nourishing environment by providing meals and snacks for our teachers and staff. You can contribute to this effort! Please see the sign-up genius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4da4ac2fa1f58-conference and sign up for something you can bring.
Need to contact your child’s teacher? Their email addresses are on the ACMS website on the Our Teachers tab.
ACMS has a Facebook page. Please like us on FACEBOOK.
Homework club is starting. We will have support available for students to receive after school help with homework. Homework club is from 2:20-3:20 in room M-9. Students may not leave early unless picked up by a parent. Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons- 2:20 to 3:20.
Friday, October 13 was the end of the first six weeks! Progress reports will be mailed home by Friday, October 20.
DINING FOR SCHOOLS CARD
The Dining for Schools card entitles the bearer to 50% off any individual dinner entrée at over 40 participating restaurants in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe area. All proceeds from the purchase of Dining for Schools cards benefit the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation. The card is non-transferable but may be used an unlimited number of times at any participating restaurant (restrictions apply).
Cards are valid Sunday through Thursday, non-holiday from September 24 – December 14, 2017 and April 15 – June 14, 2018.
Buy online at the Excellence in Education Store.
Dining cards are available after September 15, 2017 for $50 at the following locations:
Mountain Hardware & Sports, Truckee, Save Mart (Truckee & Tahoe City), and Safeway (Kings Beach & Truckee)
STUDENT DROP-OFF WITH BUSES
Please remember when dropping your child off in the student drop-off area with our buses in the back of the school that you need to turn left as you enter the drop-off area; the outer lane is for buses only. We appreciate your support!
INTERNET SAFETY RESOURCES
Here are a couple of great resources to support Parents as they navigate the online world of digital and social media.
Parent and teacher guide for social media: http://SafeSmartSocial.com
A Cyber Safe curriculum provider and digital media review: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/
CONFERENCE WEEK-OCTOBER 23-27
ACMS finds it to be extremely valuable for parents and guardians to be informed of what is happening with their students here at school. In response to this, we will be holding parent/teacher conferences the week of October 23 - October 27. All students will be dismissed from school at 11:40 on these days.
Parent-Teacher conferences are student led.Conferences will be through your scholar’s advisory teacher. We believe that student involvement in the conferences make learning active, provides opportunities for students to self-reflect and evaluate their performance, and encourages students to accept responsibility for their learning. Therefore, it is important that your child attend. Your student will have a voice in his/her education by leading and sharing what is going on in their classes.
Whenever your son/daughter will not be, or is not in school:
Call the school by 9:00 a.m. at 582-2750 and give your son/daughter’s name, and reason for the absence; or
When your son/daughter returns to school, send a note listing the date(s) and reason for absence. A parent or guardian must sign this note.
Automated calls will go out twice a day if the absence is not called in by 9:00 a.m.
Absences: There are two kinds of student absences from school: Excused and Unexcused. EXCUSED Absences: Per the Education Code the following are excused absences: illness, death in the immediate family, medical or dental appointments, appearance in court, observance of religious holiday, or school related activity, such as athletic event or field trip. Any other absence is considered to be unexcused. Any student that accrues three unexcused absences is considered to be a truant; truancy letters will be mailed home and placed in the student’s file. Should a student have five or more unexcused absences, parents may be asked to attend a Student Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting whereupon a SART contract will be reviewed and signed.
LOOKING AHEAD: SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY EVENTS
October 18-PTO Meeting-7:30-Staff Lounge
October 23-27-Conference Week-Student Led-minimum days
October 31-November 3-Red Ribbon Week
November 8-Minimum Day
November 10-Veteran’s Day-No School
December 1-Winter Dance
Be sure to check the ACMS calendar for the times & dates of Boys Basketball Tryouts!
Homework Club is in room M-9 on Tuesdays & Thursdays. It will start at 2:20 and will end at 3:20. Please be on time with work to do! No early release unless picked up by a parent.
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