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
Alder Creek Middle
April 16, 2018
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Save the Date! OPEN HOUSE & STUDENT SHOWCASE
Come Celebrate The Power of Connections
April 26, 5:00-7:15 PM
See samples of the work students have done all year. All parents and students invited, including incoming families.
Classrooms will be showcasing from 6:00-7:15
Kermes Dinner-Hosted by ELAC-5:00-6:00
April 25th, 5:00-6:00-Mexican Kermes Dinner-Hosted by ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee)
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION LINDA BROWN FELLOWS AWARD OR STAR AWARD
It's that time to nominate your favorite staff member for the Linda Brown Fellows Award or Star Award. Is there a TTUSD staff member that you would like to recognize for consistently going above and beyond in their job, making a huge difference in the education of students?
The Excellence in Education Foundation would like to encourage you to nominate them for the Linda Brown Fellows Award or the Star Award. The Fellow and Star Award programs are designed to recognize outstanding staff who demonstrate originality, innovation and dedication to the teaching profession that is above and beyond the normally high standards of the school district.
Nominations are due by May 4, 2018 and forms can be found in the school office or https://www.exined.org/node/
IMMUNIZATIONS-ATTENTION 6TH GRADE PARENTS!
The Tdap shot is required for all students entering the 7th grade. Please make sure ACMS has a record of your student's shot by May 1. If your student has already received the Tdap vaccine, please bring proof of the immunization to the ACMS office. Thank you!
ATTENTION 8th PARENTS…WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THE 8th GRADE DANCE Promotion Dance Committee-Our next 8th grade promotion dance committee forming is Friday, April 20 @ 8:30 AM in the staff lounge...hope to see you all then!!! All 8th grade parents are invited to this committee.
PROMOTION CEREMONY DRESS REQUIREMENT
Attention 8th Grade Parents! Promotion is on June 21st.
Since caps and gowns will not be worn, we plan to provide uniformity for the evening by asking students to follow these guidelines. For The Gentlemen: Dress shirts and slacks are appropriate. Tie is optional. Tuxedos, jeans, shorts, tee shirts, and overalls are not acceptable. For The Ladies: Dresses or skirt and blouse as worn to a nice restaurant are appropriate. Strapless, spaghetti strap, off-the-shoulder, backless, and formal dresses are not acceptable. The intent of the dress code for this event is to avoid the purchase of formal dresses.
TTUSD ACCELERATED LEARNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
College Admissions Workshop with Guest Speaker
- Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- District Office Board Room (Child care is provided)
- Flyer and Registration link
DID YOU KNOW THAT TTUSD HAS A MOBILE APP?
It's an easy way to access:
- Snow Day information
- School and District News
- Push notifications
- Aeries and much more!
Please save the date!
April 26 is ACMS Open House Night, which will showcase student work and will offer delicious food and an exciting silent auction! PTO needs your help to put this on. We are asking for donated items for each home room’s themed basket and additional items for the silent auction. A wide variety of items will make this not only great fun, but also a great fundraiser.
If you can donate an item, service, or experience, please start making arrangements to do so. The Alder Creek PTO is a 501(c)(3) organization; and our Tax I.D. is 94-3467147. A copy of our donation request letter is here. Please share this letter with donors and prospective donors to spread the word.
We also need volunteers to help put on the Open House. If you would like to join our energetic committee, please email us at email@example.com or text/call Kari at (415) 717-8486.
Benefit-Mobile and eScrip. We have two more easy ways for you to help our PTO raise money for the school, to support programs, buy supplies, and sponsor events. We have partnered with eScrip and Benefit Mobile to raise money for ACMS. Please watch your email and the PTO facebook page for additional information on how to sign up for Benefit Mobile and eScrip.
Shop using the Benefit Mobile app. Benefit is a free iPhone and Android app that allows you to shop at places like Target, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart and many more, while giving up to 20% of every transactions back to our organization. Just shop like you normally do. When it comes time to checkout, instead of pulling out your credit card, pull out the Benefit app and purchase a digital gift card that you redeem instantly. Download the app and select Alder Creek Middle School as your chosen beneficiary to start giving today.
Register your Savemart “Save Smart Rewards” card at eScrip.com and earn money for our school, at no cost to you, by simply shopping as you normally do. Last year we received more than $1,000 for this source, with only a few parents participating. Let’s bump up this easy source of funds for our school!
Amazon Smile. If you have an existing Amazon account, you can use the same account on Amazon.com and smile.amazon.com. When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5% of the purchase price of eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation.”
- Go to: https://smile.amazon.com
- Select charitable organization- Alder Creek Middle School PTO- Truckee, CA
Boxtops. Please bring your Boxtops for Education in to the office - we have placed a receptacle there.
Check us out on Facebook
Please like us on Facebook to see updates and photos: https://www.facebook.com/
HOMEWORK CLUB-TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS AFTERNOON ONLY
We will have support available for students to receive after school help with homework. Homework club is from 2:20-3:20 in room 207 on Tuesdays and M-9 on Thursdays. Students may not leave early unless picked up by a parent. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons- 2:20 to 3:20.
ACMS has a Facebook page. Please like us on FACEBOOK.
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.
Whenever your son/daughter will not be, or is not in school:
- Call the school before 9:00 a.m. at 582-2750 and give your son/daughter’s name, and reason for the absence; or
- If you have not called the school, 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 before 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
April 17-School Site Council-2:30 p.m.-
April 18-6th Grade Honor Roll
April 19-7th Grade Honor Roll
April 20-8th Grade Honor Roll
April 20-8th Grade Dance Committee-8:35-Staff
CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) Testing Dates
- ELA week of May 14-18
- Math week of May 21-25
- Science Wednesday, May 30
June 21-8th grade promotion
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.
7:45 AM - 8:30 AM Trimester 2 Honor Roll-7th grade
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Soccer @ ACMS w/ Sage Ridge
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Track & Field Meet @ Carson Middle-6th grade only
7:45 AM - 8:30 AM Trimester 2 Honor Roll-8th grade
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PIQE) Parents Institute For Quality Education - 3rd Lesson
April 25, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (PIQE) Parents Institute For Quality Education - 3rd Lesson
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Arts for the Schools Assembly
April 26, 2018
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Track & Field Meet @ Carson Middle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Open House & PTO BBQ
April 27, 2018