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 School
Cougar News 2018
May 21, 2018
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.
CAASPP STATE TESTING
State testing continues this week and ends on Friday, May 25 for sixth and seventh graders. Eighth graders will finish after a one day state science exam, the CAST, on Wednesday, May 30.
ELA State Testing: Tuesday, May 15- Friday, May 18
Math State Testing: Tuesday, May 22- Friday, May 25
Science State Test (Eighth Grade Only): Wednesday, May 30
Please remind your child to charge his/her chromebook each night throughout testing and to bring his/her earbuds to school during testing. We appreciate your support!
PARENT SURVEY-PLEASE TAKE
Your input is valued at Alder Creek Middle School. Please take a few minutes to give us feedback. This information will be used to help us reflect and plan for upcoming school year. The parent survey will be active through the first week of June.
2017-18 TTUSD Middle School Survey
2017-18 TTUSD Middle School Parent Survey - Spanish
THANK YOU PTO-Staff Appreciation Week
The ACMS staff would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all the parents and students for a great staff appreciation week! We loved the smoothies, breakfasts, and luncheons! Thank you all so much!
SPRING DANCE FUNDRAISER
ACMS is hosting the 3rd spring annual dance a thon. Funds will benefit all students at ACMS. The funds will support the music program, school dances, sports, class field trips, Student of the month, Olympics, and 8th grade graduation. Parent volunteers are greatly appreciated. The spring fundraiser dance is Friday, June 1 from 6:00-8:30 pm in the cafetorium. The evening begins with our talented ACMS Jazz Band playing a few tunes followed by a DJ who will help you dance the evening away! The cost is 20.00 per person and is open to ALL 6-8th grade students in the Truckee area. Please join us for an evening of music, friendship and free food!
NEXT MEETING: PTO Summer Kick-Off Social on June 6, 6-8 PM—more details coming soon.
The final tally for Open House was a net of more than $5,900! Thanks again to ELAC for the Kermés Dinner and to all of you who bid at the Silent Auction.
You have also helped us earn $833 so far this school year through Escrip by shopping at SaveMart, and we just received a quarterly check for $178 from Box Tops for Education. These ongoing programs add up nicely to help us support ACMS. Please keep bringing in those boxtops, and if you haven’t already, please sign up for Amazon Smile, EScrip, and Benefit Mobile.
This school year we contributed $7,000 to fund class field trips, and we helped fund playground equipment, provide teacher appreciation meals, and host student events such as Honor Roll Breakfast and Movie Night. BTW, the next Movie Night will be this summer; we’re planning for an evening in July.
Our work depends not only on fundraising, but also on lots of volunteer hours. It’s fun working together to support our great school, and Board positions for next year are open! If you would like more info about volunteer opportunities, fundraising, and/or how you can help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or attend our next meeting, which will be a PTO Summer Kick-Off Social on June 6, 6-8 PM, with light snacks provided, at a local Truckee establishment TBA. Come mix and mingle, find out what we’re about, and see how you can help. Stay tuned for the location.
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!
8th Grade Promotion Dance Committee
Attention 8th Grade Parents...Our next 8th grade promotion dance committee is Friday, June 1 @ 7:30 a.m. in the staff lounge...hope to see you all then!!!
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. Dress shirts and slacks are appropriate. Tie is optional. Tuxedos, jeans, shorts, tee shirts, and overalls are not acceptable. 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 attire.
GRADES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Aeries is an easy and convenient ways to check grades. The tool allows parents and students to check grades.
DID YOU KNOW THAT TTUSD HAS A MOBILE APP?
It's an easy way to access:
Snow Day information
School and District News
Aeries and much more!
Links to download the TTUSD mobile app: Apple iOS Android
HOMEWORK CLUB-TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS AFTERNOON ONLY-Homework Club will restart on May 29th; after state testing
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.
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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
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
May 24-5th/6th Dance (4:00-6:00)
June 1-Fundraiser Dance (6:00-8:30)
June 1-8th grade promotion dance committee-7:30 a.m.-Staff Lounge
June 20-8th grade awards assembly (8:00am to 9:00am) Invitations to be sent in early June
June 21-8th grade promotion, 6:00 p.m. (Students need to be there at 5:45 p.m.)
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.
May 16, 2018, U.S. Department of Education
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 5th/6th Grade Dance
10:00 AM - 1:45 PM SDC- Incline Bowl
1:25 PM - 2:15 PM Hit the Target - 6th Grade
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM PIQE Graduation- cafetorium
May 31, 2018
2:30 PM - 8:00 PM Trimester III Band Concert