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  • #takeflight -  Habit 1:  Be proactive.  Many of our students have begun to take benchmark assessments to demonstrate their learning.  Encourage your student to be proactive and do their best on their testing.  Your proactive partnership can make a difference!
  • COVID-19 Daily Screening Guide -  Parents and Guardians make sure you are doing a daily health screening of your student.  It is very important that you follow these guidelines on the COVID-19 Health Screening Affidavit that you signed.  If your child has any of the following: 
    • close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual OR
    • one “more common” symptom OR 
    • at least two “less common” symptoms...
    • STOP!  Do not send your child to school.  Please contact your child’s school for further guidance.
  • Tardy Bell - Student must be in class by the 7:30 AM bell.  Students arriving after the 7:30 AM bell must go to the main office window to get a tardy slip to enter class.  We are starting to see an increase in period 1 tardies.  Please make sure your student arrives BEFORE the first bell at 7:25 AM to ensure they are in class by the start of school.
  • Wednesdays in October - Wednesdays "We Wear Pink" in October to support breast cancer awareness. Encourage your student to participate and they can earn 5 Star Student points!
  • Athletics - Girls soccer and Boys volleyball games this week are (coaches will share tournament schedules with the players):
    • Monday vs. Cruickshank @ HOME
    • Tuesday @ Cruickshank
    • Wednesday through Friday - Tournaments:
      • Varsity Girls Soccer @ Hoover
      • Varsity Boys Volleyball @ Rivera
      • JV Boys Volleyball @ Tenaya
    • Saturday Boys Volleyball Tournament @ El Capitan HS
  • Boys Basketball Tryouts - Boys interested in basketball, got an email with a sign up sheet from Mrs. Thompson. Students must have be cleared with sport physical and concussion forms before tryouts start. Grade eligibilty must also be cleared. Tryout dates will be Thursday, Oct 21st and Monday, Oct. 25th in our gym from 2:30-4:30.  If students have any questions see Coach Andam in room 301 or Coach Dorado in room 402.
  • Veteran's Day Wall of Honor - Do you know a Veteran your student would like to honor for Veteran's Day?  Have your student bring in a COPY OF A PICTURE of the veteran (preferably in uniform) and please provide their NAME, RANK, and BRANCH OF THE MILITARY.  Students can deliver the the photocopy and information to history teacher, Mrs. Whitby in room 106 by October 29.  Email Mrs. Whitby if you have any questions:  jwhitby@aesd.edu
  • Red Ribbon Week - Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign.  Next week we will celebrate this with a dress-up day spirit week.  Please encourage your child to participate!  Parents should also take the opportunity to talk to your children about the dangers of drug use.  Here is a link to A Parent's Guide to Prevention.

Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight

Best,
Principal Dietz
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  • #takeflight -  Habit 1:  Be proactive. Being proactive simply means to choose to accomplish tasks ahead of time. By choosing to do our work ahead of time, we are able to better manage our time, avoid being overwhelmed by too much work at once, and submit our best work when it is due.  Help your student practice planning ahead!
  • COVID-19 Daily Screening Guide -  Parents and Guardians make sure you are doing a daily health screening of your student.  It is very important that you follow these guidelines on the COVID-19 Health Screening Affidavit that you signed.  If your child has any of the following: 
    • close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual OR
    • one “more common” symptom OR 
    • at least two “less common” symptoms...
    • STOP!  Do not send your child to school.  Please contact your child’s school for further guidance.
  • Chromebooks - Please make sure your student has his/her Chromebook packed and ready for school each day. Chromebooks should be fully charged daily as we are limited on loaners.  If your student is having any issues with their Chromebook, see Mrs. Gomez in our library right away.  Your student will receive an email when their fixed Chromebook is ready to be picked up.
  • Tardy Bell - Student must be in class by the 7:30 AM bell.  Students arriving after the 7:30 AM bell must go to the main office window to get a tardy slip to enter class.  We are starting to see an increase in period 1 tardies.  Please make sure your student arrives BEFORE the first bell at 7:25 AM to ensure they are in class by the start of school.
  • Athletics -  Girls soccer and boys volleyball have their first games this week.  Monday is at home we play Rivera and Thursday we are at home again and play Tenaya.  Students can come watch the volleyball games in the gym to cheer the teams on.  Admission is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for students and children.  The doors will open at 4 PM. Students can't hang out in the gym until then, but  can go home and come back for the game at 4 PM!
  • School Picture Retake Day - Save the date:  October 4th.  Information will be send home with your student.  If your student needs retakes or was absent on picture day last month, they can take their photo and get their ID card on this date. 
  • Friday Spirit Day - Every Friday is Blue & Gold day!  Encourage your student to wear our school colors and show their T-Bird spirit!

Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight!

Best,
Principal DietzClientmoji

  • #takeflight -  Habit 1:  Be proactive.  A great practice of being proactive is to pause.  Pausing helps us respond and make choices based on principles and desired results.  Pausing and reflecting helps keep us from being reactive!
  • COVID-19 Daily Screening Guide -  Parents and Guardians make sure you are doing a daily health screening of your student.  It is very important that you follow these guidelines on the COVID-19 Health Screening Affidavit that you signed.  If your child has any of the following: 
    • close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual OR
    • one “more common” symptom OR 
    • at least two “less common” symptoms...
    • STOP!  Do not send your child to school.  Please contact your child’s school for further guidance.
  • Chromebooks - Please make sure your student has his/her Chromebook packed and ready for school each day. Chromebooks should be fully charged daily as we are limited on loaners.  If your student is having any issues with their Chromebook, see Mrs. Gomez in our library right away.  Your student will receive an email when their fixed Chromebook is ready to be picked up.
  • School Site Council - Please remember to vote for 4 nominees for SSC by 9/20. 
  • Tardy Bell - Student must be in class by the 7:30 AM bell.  Students arriving after the 7:30 AM bell must go to the main office window to get a tardy slip to enter class.  We are starting to see an increase in period 1 tardies.  Please make sure your student arrives BEFORE the first bell at 7:25 AM to ensure they are in class by the start of school.
  • Athletics - Boys soccer and Girls volleyball will be participating in their league tournaments this week starting on Tuesday.  Girls volleyball, please note:  The tournament schedule was changed at the last minute and the tournament will start on Tuesday instead of Monday. The girls will have practice at home on Monday instead of traveling. Good luck to our Thunderbird athletes! Boys VB starts practice this week and Girls soccer has one more day of try-outs on Monday.
  • School Picture Retake Day - Save the date:  October 4th.  Information will be send home with your student.  If your student needs retakes or was absent on picture day last month, they can take their photo and get their ID card on this date. 
  • Friday Spirit Day - Every Friday is Blue & Gold day!  Encourage your student to wear our school colors and show their T-Bird spirit!
  • Be aware - There is a trend going around on TikTok and other social media platforms.  This trend involves students vandalizing bathrooms and stealing things at school, e.g. soap dispensers, keys, hand-sanitizer, and Chromebooks.  This is going on all over the nation.  Be aware and talk with your student about being respectful and responsible at school. Following trends on social media can be dangerous.  You can search this trend online for more information.  This article can give you some insight:  https://mashable.com/article/tiktok-devious-lick-trend-school

Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight!


Best,

Principal Dietz
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  • #takeflight - Our school has partnered with The Leader in Me.  Our students are learning about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Last month students focused on Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind.  It was a great way to start the year off focused on where they wanted their middle school journey to take them.  Currently, students are focused on Habit 1:  Be proactive.  Instead of reacting to or worrying about conditions over which they have little or no control, proactive people focus their time and energy on things they can control.  Proactive people are always looking ahead at future activities, projects and events and anticipating needs, problems and possible outcomes.
  • AESD Calendar  - Please note that the AESD junior high students do not participate in minimum days for parent conference week.  The minimum days conference week schedule is for AESD elementary school students only.  Mitchell Senior dismissal times remain the same as normal.  Our only early release day is Wednesday.
  • COVID-19 Daily Screening Guide -  Parents and Guardians make sure you are doing a daily health screening of your student.  It is very important that you follow these guidelines on the COVID-19 Health Screening Affidavit that you signed.  If your child has any of the following: 
    • close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual OR
    • one “more common” symptom OR 
    • at least two “less common” symptoms...
    • STOP!  Do not send your child to school.  Please contact your child’s school for further guidance.
  • 1st Quarter Progress Reports - Progress Reports will be mailed home on Wednesday, September 15th.  You can always see your students progress by checking the Aeries Parent Portal.  Students who are absent should be able to keep up with all of their assignments by checking in with their teachers and completing assignments through their Google Classrooms.  It is important they students who are home keep up with their work daily.  Please reach out to your student's teacher(s) if you have any questions regarding assignments.  This is an important partnership for the success of your child!
  • Chromebooks - Please make sure your student has his/her Chromebook packed and ready for school each day. Chromebooks should be fully charged daily as we are limited on loaners.  If your student is having any issues with their Chromebook, see Mrs. Gomez in our library right away.  Your student will receive an email when their fixed Chromebook is ready to be picked up.
  • School Site Council - Mitchell Senior is in the process of accepting nominations for our School Site Council (SSC).  If you are interested in please complete the interest form by Tuesday, September 14th:  English Form     Spanish Form
  • Tardy Bell - Student must be in class by the 7:30 AM bell.  Students arriving after the 7:30 AM bell must go to the main office window to get a tardy slip to enter class.  We are starting to see an increase in period 1 tardies.  Please make sure your student arrives BEFORE the first bell at 7:25 AM to ensure they are in class by the start of school.
  • Athletics - Our Thunderbird Soccer and Volleyball teams have home games on Monday and Friday this week.  They travel to Cruickshank on Tuesday.  Our Cross County has the League Meet at Lake Yosemite on Wednesday.  Good luck, T-Birds!
  • Coming Up - Our next fall sports include Boys Volleyball and Girls Soccer.  Try-outs will be held on Thursday after school.  If your student is interested in trying-out, s/he must have a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) or better on their last progress report/report card, may not have more than one “F” on their last progress/report card, and must have a current sports physical packet on file with the athletic director prior to trying out and/or participating.  Link to our webpage Athletic Resources:  LINK
  • Boys Volleyball Clinic - All boys interested in trying out for the volleyball team will have an opportunity to attend a clinic on  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week from 2:30-4 PM - they will meet in the multi-purpose room (cafeteria). All they need to bring is something comfortable to wear and a good attitude. Thanks…Coach Johnson and Coach Haas!
  • School Picture Retake Day - Save the date:  October 4th.  Information will be send home with your student.  If your student needs retakes or was absent on picture day last month, they can take their photo and get their ID card on this date.  

Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight!

Best,

Principal Dietz

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  • #takeflight - Our theme this school year is #takeflight!  Our quote of the week is "Life is a journey, enjoy the flight!" Thank you for sending your student off on this middle school journey with us!  As we enter September and the middle of the first quarter, take a moment to talk with your student about their goals for this year.  What healthy habits have they started to practice?  Beginning with the end in mind is a habit that teaches us to decide where we want to go and draw a map of how to get there.  #takeflight!
  • Labor Day Holiday - There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 6th in honor of the Labor Day holiday.  School will resume on Tuesday, September 7th.
  • COVID-19 Daily Screening Guide -  Parents and Guardians make sure you are doing a daily health screening of your student.  It is very important that you follow these guidelines on the COVID-19 Health Screening Affidavit that you signed.  If your child has any of the following: 
    • close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual OR
    • one “more common” symptom OR 
    • at least two “less common” symptoms...
    • STOP!  Do not send your child to school.  Please contact your child’s school for further guidance.
  • 1st Quarter Progress Reports - Progress Reports will be mailed home on Wednesday, September 15th.  You can always see your students progress by checking the Aeries Parent Portal.  Students who are absent should be able to keep up with all of their assignments by checking in with their teachers and completing assignments through their Google Classrooms.  It is important they students who are home keep up with their work daily.  Please reach out to your student's teacher(s) if you have any questions regarding assignments.  This is an important partnership for the success of your child!
  • Chromebooks - Please make sure your student has his/her Chromebook packed and ready for school each day. Chromebooks should be fully charged daily as we are limited on loaners.  If your student is having any issues with their Chromebook, see Mrs. Gomez in our library right away.  Your student will receive an email when their fixed Chromebook is ready to be picked up.
  • Water bottles - Students may bring a water bottle to school each day and refill at the hydration stations located around campus.  Cups will be available if students do not have a water bottle.  Water fountains are closed due to COVID safety protocols.
  • Tardy Bell - Student must be in class by the 7:30 AM bell.  Students arriving after the 7:30 AM bell must go to the main office window to get a tardy slip to enter class.  We are starting to see an increase in period 1 tardies.  Please make sure your student arrives BEFORE the first bell at 7:25 AM to ensure they are in class by the start of school.
  • Dress-up Days -  Our AVID classes sponsor our College Day Wednesdays.  Students can show off their college SWAG!  And this Friday in honor of Patriot's Day, students can wear Red, White, & Blue. Encourage you student to participate and earn 5Star Student points (ask your student to show you what they've earned so far!)
  • Athletics - Our Thunderbird Soccer and Volleyball teams travel to Tenaya on Thursday to take on the Warriors at 4 PM.  Our soccer team also has a make-up game at Rivera on Wednesday at 4 PM. Cross County has a meet at Lake Yosemite on Wednesday.  Good luck, T-Birds!
  • Coming Up - Our next fall sports include Boys Volleyball and Girls Soccer.  If your student is interested in trying out later this month, s/he must have a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) or better on their last progress report/report card, may not have more than one “F” on their last progress/report card, and must have a current sports physical packet on file with the athletic director prior to trying out and/or participating.  Link to our webpage Athletic Resources:  LINK
  • Virtual Club Rush - This week students will get to participate in a virtual Club Rush.  FLIGHTS teachers will present a slideshow with information about clubs on campus.  Students will then have the opportunity to sign up for clubs via a Google form.  Encourage your student to get involved!
  • School Picture Retake Day - Save the date:  October 4th.  Information will be send home with your student.  If your student needs retakes or was absent on picture day last month, they can take their photo and get their ID card on this date.  

Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight!

Best,

Principal Dietz
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  • #takeflight - Our theme this school year is #takeflight!  Our quote of the week is "Let your dreams take flight!" We are off to a wonderful start of 2021-22.  What are your students dreams?  I talked to many AVID students this year who share with me their dream college or career.  It is so encouraging to hear our students already focused on their future dreams! #takeflight!
  • Meals - Breakfast is served daily 7:05-7:25 AM.  Students can visit one of three breakfast carts stationed around campus.   All meals are free of charge to students in the Atwater Elementary School District.
  • COVID-19 Daily Screening Guide -  Parents and Guardians make sure you are doing a daily health screening of your student.  It is very important that you follow these guidelines on the COVID-19 Health Screening Affidavit that you signed.  If your child has any of the following: 
    • close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual OR
    • one “more common” symptom OR 
    • at least two “less common” symptoms...
    • STOP!  Do not send your child to school.  Please contact your child’s school for further guidance.
  • Chromebooks - Please make sure your student has his/her Chromebook packed and ready for school each day. Chromebooks should be fully charged daily as we are limited on loaners.  If your student is having any issues with their Chromebook, see Mrs. Gomez in our library right away.  Your student will receive an email when their fixed Chromebook is ready to be picked up.
  • Water bottles - Students may bring a water bottle to school each day and refill at the hydration stations located around campus.  Cups will be available if students do not have a water bottle.  Water fountains are closed due to COVID safety protocols.
  • Tardy Bell - Student must be in class by the 7:30 AM bell.  Students arriving after the 7:30 AM bell must go to the main office window to get a tardy slip to enter class.
  • Dress-up Days - This is a spirit week...Monday is Sunglasses Day, Tuesday is Hawaiian Day, Wednesday is College Day, Thursday is Jersey Day, and Friday is Blue and Gold Day.  Encourage your student to show your spirit by participating and earn five star points!
  • Athletics - Our Thunderbird Soccer and Volleyball teams will host Cruickshank on Tuesday, at home, at 4 PM.  Students can come watch the volleyball games in the gym to cheer the teams on.  It costs $1 to get in and the doors will open at 4 PM. Students can't hang out in the gym until then, but  can go home and come back for the game at 4 PM!  Away games against Rivera will be on Thursday.  Cross County has a meet at Lake Yosemite on Wednesday.  Good luck, T-Birds!
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  • #takeflight - Our theme this school year is #takeflight!  Our quote of the week is "May your dreams defy the laws of gravity."  by  H. Jackson Brown Jr.   A great message to share with your student is that defying gravity means to defy what is expected of you - doing what you want, what YOU dream of and ignoring everyone who says you can't. There are people that you will meet who say that things are impossible, but I bet they are not. #takeflight!
  • Meals - Breakfast is served daily 7:05-7:25 AM.  Students can visit one of three breakfast carts stationed around campus.   All meals are free of charge to students in the Atwater Elementary School District.
  • First Day Packets - First Day packets were sent home on the first day of school in the big white envelope.  These include documents that require parent/guardian signaturesand were due to the office by last week.  The office will be calling families who still have not turned in these important documents.
  • COVID-19 Daily Screening Guide -  Parents and Guardians also received a daily screening guide and a COVID-19 Screening Affidavit sent home on the first day of school.  This affidavit must be signed and returned to school.  It is very important that you follow these important protocols.  If your child has any of the following: 
    • close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual OR
    • one “more common” symptom OR 
    • at least two “less common” symptoms...
    • STOP!  Do not send your child to school.  Please contact your child’s school for further guidance.
  • Chromebooks - Please make sure your student has his/her Chromebook packed and ready for school each day. Chromebooks should be fully charged daily as we are limited on loaners.  If your student is having any issues with their Chromebook, see Mrs. Gomez in our library right away.  Your student will receive an email when their fixed Chromebook is ready to be picked up.
  • AERIES - AERIES parent portal instructions were mailed home.  Please set up your access to this important information (attendance, grades, class schedule) and check it often.  Students set up their AERIES portal access in their math classes on the first day of school.
  • Water bottles - Students may bring a water bottle to school each day and refill at the hydration stations located around campus.  Cups will be available if students do not have a water bottle.  Water fountains are closed due to COVID safety protocols.
  • Morning Drop-off - To help alleviate the morning traffic back up, beginning Monday, August 16th, students being dropped-off from a vehicle can be dropped-off at 7:05 AM.  The preferred drop-off is our gym parking.  You may drop-off in front of the main office, but please be aware of the crosswalk.  Do not drop-off in the bus unloading zone on the Grove Street parking lot near Mitchell K-6. Gates will open at 7:05 AM and Grab and Go breakfast is available from 7:05 - 7:25 AM.
  • Tardy Bell - Student must be in class by the 7:30 AM bell.  Students arriving after the 7:30 AM bell must go to the main office window to get a tardy slip to enter class.
  • Athletics - Our first home games are happening next week!  Our Thunderbird Soccer and Volleyball teams will host Tenaya on Tuesday, at home, at 4 PM.  Students can come watch the volleyball games in the gym to cheer the teams on.  It costs $1 to get in and the doors will open at 4 PM. Students can't hang out in the gym until then, but can go home and come back for the game at 4 PM!

     
Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight!

Best,

Principal Dietz

 
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  • #takeflight - Our theme this school year is #takeflight!  Our quote of the week is "Your wings already exist.  All you have to do is fly."  That means pushing yourself to accomplish great things, and taking some risks that are worthwhile in order to grow as an individual.  Tell your student that their wings are there!  #takeflight!
  • Student Handbook - Attached is the Mitchell Senior "FLIGHTS Manual", our student handbook.  This handbook outlines many important items of information for our school.  This handbook can also be found on the school website.
  • Picture Day - Lifetouch school pictures will be taken tomorrow, Monday, August 16th.  Students will receive their ID cards that day.  Students purchasing their pictures should have the portrait packet paid for online or have the exact amount in the envelope.  The school doesn't have change.
  • Meals - Breakfast is served daily 7:05-7:25 AM.  Students can visit one of three breakfast carts stationed around campus.   All meals are free of charge to students in the Atwater Elementary School District.
  • First Day Packets - First Day packets were sent home on the first day of school in the big white envelope.  These include documents that require parent/guardian signatures and must be returned to school by Wednesday, August 18th. Forms to be returned are stapled together.
  • COVID-19 Daily Screening Guide -  Parents and Guardians also received a daily screening guide and a COVID-19 Screening Affidavit sent home on the first day of school.  This affidavit must be signed and returned to school as soon as possible.  It is very important that you follow these important protocols.  If your child has any of the following: 
    • close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual OR
    • one “more common” symptom OR 
    • at least two “less common” symptoms...
    • STOP!  Do not send your child to school.  Please contact your child’s school for further guidance.
  • Chromebooks - Please make sure your student has his/her Chromebook packed and ready for school each day. Chromebooks should be fully charged daily as we are limited on loaners.  If your student is having any issues with their Chromebook, see Mrs. Gomez in our library right away.
  • AERIES - AERIES parent portal instructions were mailed home.  Please set up your access to this important information (attendance, grades, class schedule) and check it often.  Students set up their AERIES portal access in their math classes on the first day of school.
  • Girls Volleyball - Day 2 of Girls Volleyball Tryouts will be on Monday, August 16th from 2:30 - 5 PM in the gym.  Students must have a sports physical on file in the school office and be cleared to tryout and play.
  • Boys Soccer - Tryouts for Boys soccer will be on Wednesday, August 18th from 1:30 - 3 PM.  Meet the coach at the outdoor pavillion near the multi-purpose room. Students must have a sports physical on file in the school office and be cleared to tryout and play.
  • Cross Country - Tryouts for Cross County will be Thursday, August 19th from 2:30 - 4 PM.  Please meet the coach at the outdoor pavillion near the multi-purpose room. Students must have a sports physical on file in the school office and be cleared to tryout and play. 
  • Water bottles - Students may bring a water bottle to school each day and refill at the hydration stations located around campus.  Cups will be available if students do not have a water bottle.  Water fountains are closed due to COVID safety protocols.
  • Morning Drop-off - To help alleviate the morning traffic back up, beginning Monday, August 16th, students being dropped-off from a vehicle can be dropped-off at 7:05 AM.  The preferred drop-off is our gym parking.  You may drop-off in front of the main office, but please be aware of the crosswalk.  Do not drop-off in the bus unloading zone on the Grove Street parking lot near Mitchell K-6. Gates will open at 7:05 AM and Grab and Go breakfast is available from 7:05 - 7:25 AM.
  • Tardy Bell - Student must be in class by the 7:30 AM bell.  Students arriving after the 7:30 AM bell must go to the main office window to get a tardy slip to enter class.
Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight!

Best,

Principal Dietz
Dates to Remember:

Aug 16:  Picture Day
Aug 18:  First Day Packet Signatures Due
Aug 18:  COVID-19 Screening Affidavit Due