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  • Busy Time!  May and June are very busy months at Mitchell Senior!  Lots of activities, State Testing,  & important dates and deadlines.  Please pay close attention to Parent Square posts, Graduation Packet information and the attached May/June activity calendar.
  • 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.
  • State CAASPP Testing - We will be on a modified bell schedule again for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this week for testing.  See attached schedule.  School will start and end at the normal hours, but the first part of each day students will be CAASPP testing.  It is extremely important that student arrive ON TIME each day with a fully charged Chromebook in order to take their assessments in ELA, Math and 8th grade Science. 
  • Yearbooks - If you missed out on yearbook sales and would still like to purchase one, you are in luck!  We've opened up our online storefront for yearbook purchases with the option to have the yearbook shipped directly to your home address.  If interested, please visit:   https://store.shopyearbook.com/MSE to place an order.
  • Learning Lab - Mitchell Senior After School Learning Lab is open to all students. Any student can stay after school for homework help, study time, and completing assignments/missing work to help improve grades - This is especially important for students who have been absent! - Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Students just need to drop in, sign in, and stay for the hour.  Attached is the flyer with the daily room locations for the Learning Lab.
  • Important Dates -
    • May 19 - Obligations Due
    • May 20 - Khan Academy Reward Field Trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium
    • May 20 - End of Year Social / Dance after school 2:30-4:15
    • May 23 - Non-graduation notice
    • May 23 - EL Reclassification Celebration - 8th period
    • May 24 - Band Family Night Concert 5:30 pm in Gym
    • May 25 - AVID Field Trip to UC Davis
    • May 27 - 8th Grade Graduation Pictures at Mitchell Senior
    • May 30 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
    • May 31 - 8th Grade Gown and Ticket Distribution
    • May 31 - 8th Grade Awards Night
    • June 1 - 8th Grade Graduation Trip to Waterslides
    • June 3 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight

Best,
Principal Dietz
  • Busy Time!  May and June are very busy months at Mitchell Senior!  Lots of activities, State Testing,  & important dates and deadlines.  Please pay close attention to Parent Square posts, Graduation Packet information and the attached May/June activity calendar.
  • 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.
  • 8th Grade Promotion Activities - REMINDER: The Graduation Station will be open Monday, May 2nd through Wednesday, May 4th only before school, at lunch, and after school for students to turn in their permission slips (there are 3 different permission slips) as well as the $50 cash for the Island Waterpark trip.  The trip is optional.   Gowns MUST be ordered online only by today, MAY 1st.  Link for gown order is below.   If you did not receive the graduation packet in the mail please have your student pick one up in the office.   Any students that turn in their forms by May 4th will be entered into a raffle for some awesome prizes!   Please pay attention to deadlines for ordering graduation gowns, waterslides deadline, and clearing obligations. 
  • Graduation Gowns - 8th Grade:  Please make sure to order your Josten's Graduation Gown by today in order for it to arrive in time for graduation.  The link to order is:  https://jostensbakersfield.com/shop.html?timestamp=1647887505158
  • State CAASPP Testing - We will be on a modified bell schedule for the weeks of May 9th and May 16th.  See attached schedule.  School will start and end at the normal hours, but the first part of each day students will be CAASPP testing.  It is extremely important that student arrive ON TIME each day in order to take their assessments in ELA, Math and 8th grade Science.  
  • Learning Lab - Mitchell Senior After School Learning Lab is open to all students. Any student can stay after school for homework help, study time, and completing assignments/missing work to help improve grades - This is especially important for students who have been absent! - Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Students just need to drop in, sign in, and stay for the hour.  Attached is the flyer with the daily room locations for the Learning Lab.
  • Band - Band students will be attending the trip to Great America on Friday, May 6th.
  • Spirit Week - Teacher Appreciation Week - May 2-6, 2022:
    • Monday:  Inside ot Day
    • Tuesday:  Teachers Dress as Students
    • Wednesday:  Career Day - Dress as your future profession
    • Thursday:  Dress up for Cinco De Mayo
    • Friday:  Baby Dress up Day
  • Upcoming Dates -
    • May 9 to 19 - State CAASPP Testing
    • Week of May 9th - Baseball / Softball Tournaments
    • May 19 - Obligations Due
    • May 20 - Khan Academy Reward Field Trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium
    • May 20 - End of Year Social / Dance after school
    • May 23 - Non-graduation notice
    • May 23 - EL Reclassification Celebration - 8th period
    • May 24 - Band Family Night Concert 5:30 pm in Gym
    • May 25 - AVID Field Trip to UC Davis
    • May 27 - 8th Grade Graduation Pictures at Mitchell Senior
    • May 30 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
    • May 31 - 8th Grade Gown and Ticket Distribution
    • May 31 - 8th Grade Awards Night
    • June 1 - 8th Grade Graduation Trip to Waterslides
    • June 3 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight

Best,
Principal Dietz
  • 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.
  • School Resumes tomorrow - We hope you had a wonderful spring recess.  School resumes tomorrow, April 25, 2022.
  • Community Service - If your student is able to or has completed any community service hours and would like to be honored for their hours, he/she needs to make sure to get his/her forms turned in to Mrs. Darnell in G-1.  Forms are due by April 29th.
  • 8th Grade Promotion Activities - 8th grade Graduation Packets were mailed home before break.  Information was also sent on Parent Square.  Please pay attention to deadlines for ordering graduation gowns, waterslides deadline, and clearing obligations. 
  • Graduation Gowns - 8th Grade:  Please make sure to order your Josten's Graduation Gown by May 1st in order for it to arrive in time for graduation.  The link to order is:  https://jostensbakersfield.com/shop.html?timestamp=1647887505158
  • Yearbook Sales - We have exciting news on our student created yearbook! Our storefront is now live and students can start purchasing as soon as today! Yearbook sales will end on April 28th! The cost is $30.00 for soft cover and $40.00 for hardcover.  Yearbooks will be sent to the school for distribution at the end of the year.  Here is the link to order the yearbook:  https://store.shopyearbook.com/MSE
  • School Site Meeting (SSC) - Mitchell Senior's SSC Meeting #5 is Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 3:30 via Zoom.
  • Learning Lab - Mitchell Senior After School Learning Lab is open to all students. Any student can stay after school for homework help, study time, and completing assignments/missing work to help improve grades - This is especially important for students who have been absent! - Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Students just need to drop in, sign in, and stay for the hour.  Attached is the flyer with the daily room locations for the Learning Lab.
  • Athletics This Week:
    • April 26 - Baseball/Softball vs. Hoover @ HOME
    • April 28 - JV Softball vs Rivera @ MSE - 4pm
    • April 29 to 30 - Junior Olympics Track Meet @ GVHS
  • Upcoming Dates -
    • May 1 - Deadline to order 8th grade graduation gowns
    • May 2 to 4 - Graduation Trip Sales & Permissions Slips due
    • May 19 - Obligations Due
    • May 27 - 8th Grade Graduation Pictures at Mitchell Senior
    • May 31 - 8th Grade Gown and Ticket Distribution
    • May 31 - 8th Grade Awards Night
    • June 1 - 8th Grade Graduation Trip to Waterslides
    • June 3 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight

Best,
Principal Dietz
  • #takeflight -  Habit 6: Synergize.  Synergize is the habit of curiosity; being open-minded enough to see new possibilities in any situation. When we’re curious about challenges and how to overcome them, we tend to connect with others to shed light on problems and ideas. Synergize is the habit of being open to these knew ideas, opinions, teamwork and tackling challenges together to get the best result, which benefits everyone.  Take a look at this beautiful example of synergy:  https://www.leaderinme.com/resources/landfill-harmonic
  • 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.
  • Dress Code Reminders - As the weather warms up, it's a good time to be reminded of some of our dress code expectations:
    • Pants/shorts will be worn at the waist level without the need to use a belt. All belts must be worn through the loops.
    • All clothing must be worn so as to not expose undergarments or midriffs standing or sitting.
    • Shorts, skirts and dresses must be at least “finger-tip length” to be worn at school.
    • Holes/rips in pants may be no higher than ‘fingertip length”. Shorts and shirts with holes in them will not be allowed. Leggings are ok to be worn under shorts or jeans with holes/rips higher than fingertip length.
    • Backless, strapless, low-cut necklines or armholes, bare midriff tops, spaghetti straps, crop tops, and tube tops are considered inappropriate for school and shall not be worn. Straps must be at least one inch wide.
    • Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. Steel-toed shoes, cleats, or shoes with wheels shall not be worn at school. Students must have appropriate footwear for PE.
    • Pajama tops, bottoms, and/or slippers will not be allowed.
    • Clothing, accessories, or jewelry with inappropriate language, pictures, inferences, or symbols which tend to mock, ridicules, provoke, demean, or display words or pictures associated with alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, gangs, sex, drugs, or items associated with alcohol, tobacco, sex or drugs shall not be worn or carried at school.
    • Sunglasses may be worn on campus; however, they must be removed when indoors.
    • Hats are permitted, but must be appropriate – no offensive or questionable materials or images.  Hats may not be altered in any way. Hats must be worn in a forward position and taken off when indoors.  Hoods of sweatshirts may not be worn indoors.  No stocking-type caps are allowed.
  • Spring Recess - There is no school on Friday, April 15th through Friday, April 22nd.  Please enjoy the break!  School will resume on Monday, April 25th.
  • Community Service - If your student is able to or has completed any community service hours and would like to be honored for their hours, he/she needs to make sure to get his/her forms turned in to Mrs. Darnell in G-1.  Forms are due by April 29th.
  • 8th Grade Promotion Activities - Thank you for your patience.  Information regarding graduation gown and picture purchases, 8th grade trip to the waterslides, as well as awards and promotion ceremonies will be sent home via Parent Square and US Mail. Graduation gown purchases will be all online this year.  Watch for a link to our Josten's page for ordering graduation gowns.
  • Learning Lab - Mitchell Senior After School Learning Lab is open to all students. Any student can stay after school for homework help, study time, and completing assignments/missing work to help improve grades - This is especially important for students who have been absent! - Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Students just need to drop in, sign in, and stay for the hour.  Attached is the flyer with the daily room locations for the Learning Lab.
  • 4th Quarter Progress Reports - Progress Reports will be mailed home on Wednesday, April 13th.
  • 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.  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.  
  • Student Activity Calendar - Attached is the activity calendar for April.  Encourage you student to participate in the spirit week:  Spring Colors:
    • Monday:  Orange
    • Tuesday:  Turquoise
    • Wednesday:  Purple
    • Thursday:  Pink
  • Athletics This Week:
    • April 12 - Track Meet @ GVHS
    • April 13 - Baseball/Softball @ Cruickshank
    • April 14 - Baseball/Softball vs. Tenaya - moved to HOME
  • Track Meet Information:  For the MCSD Track Meets which are being held at Golden Valley on Tuesday, April 5th and Tuesday, April 12th, the following apply:  Starting time is 4:00 PM. Maximum of 5 athletes per school in each event.  Each athlete can compete in a maximum of 4 events (Junior Olympics is a maximum of 3 events).  The entrance fee will be collected at the gate:  $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for students/children.  No charge for athletes or coaches.  There will be concessions for sale.
  • Upcoming Dates -
    • April 15-22 Spring Recess (No School)
    • April 29-30 Junior Olympics (Track) @ GVHS
    • May 9-20 State Testing (CAASPP)
    • May 31 Awards Night
    • June 3 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight
Best,
Principal Dietz
  • #takeflight -  Habit 6: Synergize.  To put it simply, synergy means “two heads are better than one.” Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. But it doesn’t happen on its own. It’s a process, and through that process, people bring all their personal experience and expertise to the table. Together, they can produce far better results than they could individually.
  • 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.
  • Dress Code Reminders - As the weather warms up, it's a good time to be reminded of some of our dress code expectations:
    • Pants/shorts will be worn at the waist level without the need to use a belt. All belts must be worn through the loops.
    • All clothing must be worn so as to not expose undergarments or midriffs standing or sitting.
    • Shorts, skirts and dresses must be at least “finger-tip length” to be worn at school.
    • Holes/rips in pants may be no higher than ‘fingertip length”. Shorts and shirts with holes in them will not be allowed. Leggings are ok to be worn under shorts or jeans with holes/rips higher than fingertip length.
    • Backless, strapless, low-cut necklines or armholes, bare midriff tops, spaghetti straps, crop tops, and tube tops are considered inappropriate for school and shall not be worn. Straps must be at least one inch wide.
    • Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. Steel-toed shoes, cleats, or shoes with wheels shall not be worn at school. Students must have appropriate footwear for PE.
    • Pajama tops, bottoms, and/or slippers will not be allowed.
    • Clothing, accessories, or jewelry with inappropriate language, pictures, inferences, or symbols which tend to mock, ridicules, provoke, demean, or display words or pictures associated with alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, gangs, sex, drugs, or items associated with alcohol, tobacco, sex or drugs shall not be worn or carried at school.
    • Sunglasses may be worn on campus; however, they must be removed when indoors.
    • Hats are permitted, but must be appropriate – no offensive or questionable materials or images.  Hats may not be altered in any way. Hats must be worn in a forward position and taken off when indoors.  Hoods of sweatshirts may not be worn indoors.  No stocking-type caps are allowed.
  • Atwater District Music Festival - The district musical festival will take place this Thursday, April 7th at the Buhach Colony High School Theater.
  • Community Service - If your student is able to or has completed any community service hours and would like to be honored for their hours, he/she needs to make sure to get his/her forms turned in to Mrs. Darnell in G-1.  Forms are due by April 29th.
  • 8th Grade Promotion Activities - Thank you for your patience as we await the new and updated guidance for end of the year activities for our eligible 8th graders.  Information regarding graduation gown and picture purchases, 8th grade trip, as well as awards and promotion ceremonies will be shared in the coming weeks.
  • Learning Lab - Mitchell Senior After School Learning Lab is open to all students. Any student can stay after school for homework help, study time, and completing assignments/missing work to help improve grades - This is especially important for students who have been absent! - Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Students just need to drop in, sign in, and stay for the hour.  Attached is the flyer with the daily room locations for the Learning Lab.
  • 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.  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.  
  • Student Activity Calendar - Attached is the activity calendar for April.  Don't forget to encourage your student to wear college gear every Wednesday, sponsored by AVID and Blue and Gold on Fridays to show their T-Bird spirit!
  • Athletics This Week:
    • April 5 Track Meet at Golden Valley HS
    • April 6 Baseball and Softball vs. Cruickshank @ HOME
    • April 7 Baseball and Softball vs. Rivera @ Rivera
  • Track Meet Information:  For the MCSD Track Meets which are being held at Golden Valley on Tuesday, April 5th and Tuesday, April 12th, the following apply:  Starting time is 4:00 PM. Maximum of 5 athletes per school in each event.  Each athlete can compete in a maximum of 4 events (Junior Olympics is a maximum of 3 events).  The entrance fee will be collected at the gate:  $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for students/children.  No charge for athletes or coaches.  There will be concessions for sale.
  • Upcoming Dates -
    • April 11-14 Spirit Week - Spring Color Dress up Week
    • April 13 4th Quarter Progress Reports Mailed Home
    • April 15-22 Spring Recess (No School)
    • April 29-30 Junior Olympics (Track) @ GVHS
    • May 9-20 State Testing (CAASPP)
    • May 31 Awards Night
    • June 3 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight

Best,
Principal Dietz
  • #takeflight -  Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood:  Listening provides the platform to understand what other people want rather than focusing only on what we want. The main philosophy behind habit 5, seek first to understand them, to be understood is that it helps the decision-making process.
  • Time Change - Make sure that you set your clocks forward one hour this morning. It's spring and that means the days are longer!  
  • 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.
  • ELPAC Assessment - The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is California's assessment system that is used to determine the English language proficiency of students whose primary language is not English. Last week and this week, our English learners are taking the ELPAC in the 4 domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. 
  • Book Fair - Thank you to all who participated in the book fair last week!  It was a huge success that benefits our library!
  • Spring Pictures - Lifetouch Spring Pictures will be here on Friday, March 18.  Picture packets were sent home last week.  You may also order ahead online.  Only students purchasing pictures will take a photo.  Visit mylifetouch.com to order.  Our school's picture day ID is:  EVTRG3P84
  • Parent Information Workshop - Join us on your lunch hour for an informative Presentation on Vaping & Marijuana use Among Adolescents by Merced County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services on Zoom, Wednesday, March 16th from 12-1 PM. See flyer attached.  LINK Meeting number (access code) 25616165598 Meeting password : aN5DsPytF73
  • CJSF -  It is that time again!  The 3rd quarter is officially over and it is time to turn in the application for 3rd quarter CJSF.  Students need to stop by G-1 and get an application.  If you have any questions see Mrs. Darnell.  All applications are due by Friday, March 18th. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
  • Community Service - If your student is able to or has completed any community service hours and would like to be honored for their hours, he/she needs to make sure to get his/her forms turned in to Mrs. Darnell in G-1.  Forms are due by April 29th.
  • Learning Lab - Mitchell Senior After School Learning Lab is open to all students. Any student can stay after school for homework help, study time, and completing assignments/missing work to help improve grades - This is especially important for students who have been absent! - Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Students just need to drop in, sign in, and stay for the hour.  Attached is the flyer with the daily room locations for the Learning Lab.
  • 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.  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.  
  • Student Activity Calendar - Attached is the activity calendar for March.  Don't forget to encourage your student to wear college gear every Wednesday, sponsored by AVID and Blue and Gold on Fridays to show their T-Bird spirit!
  • Upcoming Dates -
    • April 15-22 Spring Recess (No School)

Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight
Best,
Principal Dietz
  • #takeflight -  Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood is the habit of listening to other people's ideas and feelings. It's trying to see things from their viewpoints. Listen to others without interrupting. It's about being confident in voicing your ideas.  It’s about looking people in the eyes when speaking. Habit 5 is a timeless principle we all strive to teach our kids; it teaches them to be confident when speaking to others while also teaching them the importance of listening to others when they are speaking.
  • 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.
  • 4th Quarter - March 7th is the start of the 4th Quarter.  3rd Quarter report cards will be mailed home on Wednesday, March 9th.
  • ELPAC Assessment - The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is California's assessment system that is used to determine the English language proficiency of students whose primary language is not English. Over the next two weeks, our English learners will be taking the ELPAC in the 4 domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. 
  • Book Fair - Mitchell Senior's Book Fair is here this week!  March 7-11 in the library or you can order online.  Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/mitchellsenior 
  • Learning Lab - Mitchell Senior After School Learning Lab is open to all students. Any student can stay after school for homework help, study time, and completing assignments/missing work to help improve grades - This is especially important for students who have been absent! - Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Students just need to drop in, sign in, and stay for the hour.  Attached is the flyer with the daily room locations for the Learning Lab.
  • 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.  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.  
  • Student Activity Calendar - Attached is the activity calendar for March.  Don't forget to encourage your student to wear college gear every Wednesday, sponsored by AVID and Blue and Gold on Fridays to show their T-Bird spirit!
  • Athletics - 
    • Track tryouts will be held on Tuesday, March 8. Students must be eligible to participate.  Please have your student's sports physical packet turned in by March 7th for track. For more information, have your student reach out to Mr. Mobley in Rm 400 and or Mr. Manzo..
  • Upcoming Dates -
    • March 14-18 Spirit Week
    • March 16 Parent Workshop presented by Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services RAFT via Zoom
    • March 18 Spring Pictures
    • April 15-22 Spring Recess (No School)
Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight
Best,
Principal Dietz
  • #takeflight -  Habit 4:  Think Win-Win.  It is a belief that there are enough good things for everyone; it is an abundant way of thinking. Think Win-Win is being happy for others when good things happen to them!  What a great way to look at things every day!
  • Welcome Back - We hope you enjoyed the break.  School resumes tomorrow, February 28th.
  • 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.
  • Book Fair - Mitchell Senior's Book Fair is coming!  March 7-11 in the library or you can order online.  Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/mitchellsenior 
  • Learning Lab - Mitchell Senior After School Learning Lab is open to all students. Any student can stay after school for homework help, study time, and completing assignments/missing work to help improve grades - This is especially important for students who have been absent! - Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Students just need to drop in, sign in, and stay for the hour.  Attached is the flyer with the daily room locations for the Learning Lab.
  • Khan Academy - The next Khan Academy goal reached by tomorrow, Feb. 28th, will earn students a trip to bowling at Ten Pin in Turlock! This is all done outside of the school day - encourage your student to sharpen their math skills and earn a reward trip - Think, Win-Win!!!
  • 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 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.  
  • Student Activity Calendar - Attached is the activity calendar for March.  Don't forget to encourage your student to wear college gear every Wednesday, sponsored by AVID and Blue and Gold on Fridays to show their T-Bird spirit!
  • Athletics - 
    • Track tryouts will be held March 8. Please have your student's sports physicals turned in prior to March 7th for track. For more information, have your student reach out to Mr. Mobley in Rm 400 and or Mr. Manzo..
  • Upcoming Dates -
    • March 4 End of 3rd Quarter
    • March 7-11 Book Fair Week
    • March 9 Report Cards Mailed Home
    • March 14-18 Spirit Week
Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight
Best,
Principal Dietz
  • We interrupt your Superbowl viewing for these important Thunderbird announcements:
  • #takeflight -  Habit 4:  Think Win-Win.  Happy Valentines Day tomorrow! - Take heart and think win-win with the ones you love!
  • Food Distribution - The Atwater-Winton Lions Club will be distributing food from the parking lot of Bellevue Bowl on Wednesday, February 23rd starting at 11am until all food boxes have been distributed.
  • 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.
  • Learning Lab - Mitchell Senior After School Learning Lab is open to all students. Any student can stay after school for homework help, study time, and completing assignments/missing work to help improve grades - This is especially important for students who have been absent! - Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Students just need to drop in, sign in, and stay for the hour.  Attached is the flyer with the daily room locations for the Learning Lab.
  • Khan Academy - All students who meet the next Khan Academy goal by Feb. 28th will earn a trip to bowling at Ten Pin in Turlock! This is all done outside of the school day - encourage your student to sharpen their math skills and earn a reward trip - Think, Win-Win!!!
  • 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 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.  
  • Student Activity Calendar - Attached is the activity calendar for February.  Don't forget to encourage your student to wear college gear every Wednesday, sponsored by AVID and Blue and Gold on Fridays to show their T-Bird spirit!
  • Athletics - 
    • Baseball tryouts are tomorrow at 2:30 pm and softball tryouts will be Tuesday at 2:45pm. Students who have signed up have been notified regarding clearance and eligibility.  
    • Track tryouts will be held the week after February break. Please have your sports physicals turned in prior to March 1st for track. More details to follow, reach out to Mr. Mobley in Rm 400 and or Mr. Manzo for more information.
  • Upcoming Dates -
    • February 21-25 Presidents Day Recess (No School)
    • March 4 End of 3rd Quarter
    • March 9 Report Cards Mailed Home
    • March 7-11 Book Fair Week
Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight
Best,
Principal Dietz
  • #takeflight -  Habit 4:  Think Win-Win. Human relationships are often dominated by comparisons and competitions, from the early years of our lives. We think about succeeding in terms of someone else losing – if I win, you lose, if you win, I lose. It’s the mentality of fighting for a larger piece of the pie. But what if both of us could eat some of the pie and be fully satisfied? This is what habit 4 thinks win-win is all about – transforming life into a cooperative field instead of a competition.
  • No School on Monday - There is no school on Monday, January 17th.  Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday honoring the life and celebrating the birthday of one of the most well-known Civil Rights leaders in American history.
  • ICYMI - BIG NEWS!  Mitchell Senior is a California "School to Watch"! - Our school has met the qualifications to become a California School to Watch.  Schools to Watch is a national network of over 400 schools in 17 states and this year Mitchell Senior will be recognized by the California League of Middle Schools in March and a National School to Watch in June.  Please enjoy this article from the Merced County Times:  https://mercedcountytimes.com/mitchell-senior-peggy-heller-schools-receive-special-designation/ 
  • 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.
  • Learning Lab - Mitchell Senior After School Learning Lab is open to all students. Any student can stay after school for homework help, study time, and completing assignments/missing work to help improve grades - This is especially important for students who have been absent! - Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Students just need to drop in, sign in, and stay for the hour.  Attached is the flyer with the daily room locations for the Learning Lab.
  • Leader in Me MRA Parent Survey - Thank you to the parents who have already completed the parent survey.  Here is the LINK to our school's Leader in Me Measurable Results Assessment (MRA) Parent Survey.  You are being asked to complete this survey as part of an annual assessment to help all members of the school community (students, parents, and the adults who work at the school) understand how everyone feels about your child's school. The survey should take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Please try to respond to all items.  The survey will be open until February 4, 2022.  (Note:  when you click on the survey link there is a globe icon in the upper right hand corner to switch languages, e.g. Spanish).
  • 8th Grade - Atwater High School will hold their 8th Grade Registration Night on February 2, 2022 from 6-7:30 pm at AHS.
  • Khan Academy - All students have a fresh start to earn the next goal in Khan Academy math, which is review of standards recently covered in class!  All students who meet the next Khan Academy goal by Feb. 28th will earn a trip to bowling at Ten Pin in Turlock!  
  • 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 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.  Starting last week, anyone that does not have a first period tardy for the rest of January will receive a prize during lunch on Friday, January 28th!  All who qualify will be placed in a drawing for free movie tickets!  
  • Student Activity Calendar - Attached is the activity calendar for January.  Don't forget to encourage your student to wear college gear every Wednesday, sponsored by AVID!
  • Athletics - Our girls basketball team travels to Cruickshank on Tuesday to take on the Tigers and then play Tenaya at home on Thursday.  Due to the increasing positive cases of COVID-19 in our community right now, home games will be open to family members of our JV and Varsity Girls Basketball players only.  We will not have student spectators attend home games at this time.  Please continue to practice safety protocols.  Wash your hands or sanitize often, wear your mask properly indoors at all times, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick.  Good luck to our Lady T-Birds today!
  • Upcoming Dates -
    • January 26:  No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
    • February 2: 3rd quarter Progress Reports mailed home
    • February 9-11 (new dates): Girls Basketball League Tournamnet at Home
Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight
Best,
Principal DietzClientmoji

  • #takeflight -  Habit 3:  Put first things first.  Putting first things first is a really important component of good personal leadership. When this habit is practiced, you are considering the impact of your actions on others, remaining disciplined and retaining personal integrity. When you put last things first, you can form negative habits.  Teach your student to execute on most important priorities first!
  • 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.
  • Progress Reports - 2nd quarter progress reports will be mailed home on Wednesday, November 10th.  Please make sure you are looking over your student's AERIES account on a regular basis.  Put first things first!
  • Learning Lab - Mitchell Senior After School Learning Lab begins is going strong!  Any student can stay after school for homework help, study time, and completing assignments/missing work to help improve grades - This is especially important for students who have been absent! - Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday after school beginning Monday, November 1st, 2:30-3:30 pm.  Students just need to drop in, sign in, and stay for the hour.  Attached is the flyer with the daily room locations for the Learning Lab.
  • Veterans Day - There will be no school on Thursday, November 11, 2021.  School will resume on Friday, November 12th.
  • Drawing -  Next Friday, November 12, 2021 we will have random drawing for a some season passes to the Old Town Atwater Ice Skating Rink - that means free admission for the entire season for some lucky winners!  Any student with no tardies all next week and present on Friday, November 12, 2021 is eligible for the drawing!  Good luck!
  • Daylight Savings Time Ends - This is a reminder that daylight saving time in California ended at 2:00 AM this morning.  Make sure you set your clocks back one hour today.
  • 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.
  • Boys Basketball - This week's games starting at 4pm:
    • Monday, November 8th vs Hoover @ HOME
    • Tuesday, November 9th @ Tenaya
    • Wednesday, November 10th vs Rivera @ HOME
  • College Shirt Wednesdays - We are back to wearing college gear on Wednesdays sponsored by AVID.  Encourage your student to share their college dreams and earn 5 Star Student points!
  • Friday Spirit Day - In honor of Veterans Day, students can wear camouflage on Friday, Nov. 12th and earn 5 Star Student points!
  • Student Activity Calendars - Attached are the student activity calendars for November and December.  Your student receives these monthly calendars in their school email.  


Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight
Best,
Principal DietzClientmoji

  • #takeflight -  Habit 1:  Be proactive.  Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest proactive drug prevention program in the country. It is an awareness campaign about the dangers of drug abuse; an experiential learning lesson for children and adults alike - and a plan to help parents, schools and others deliver effective anti-drug themes in a positive and fun way. It is an ideal way for people, communities, schools and children of all ages to unite and take a visible stand against drugs.  Parents, be proactive and 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.
  • Spirit Week - We are encouraging all students to participate and earn their 5 Star Student points!  Monday is Wear Red Day, Tuesday is Crazy Socks and Crocs Day, on Wednesdays We Wear Pink in October for breast cancer awareness, Thursday is Throwback Thursday to the 50's, 60's 70's, 80's, 90's or early 2000's, and Friday students can take part in a costume contest!  See flyer attached!
  • Rainy Weather - Make sure your student comes dressed and ready for the rainy weather!  Jacket, appropriate footwear, and umbrellas are a must!
  • 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.
  • Ice Skating Rink - Old Town Atwater has graciously donated tickets for the new ice skating rink for all of our AESD students. We will be sending them home this week as the skating rink is scheduled to open on November 1st.
  • Learning Lab - Coming soon!  Mitchell Senior After School Learning Lab!  Students can stay after school for homework help, study time, and completing assignments/missing work to help improve grades - every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday after school beginning Monday, November 1st, 2:30-3:30 pm.  Students just need to drop in, sign in, and stay for the hour.  Students will receive room location information in their email and daily announcements.
  • 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.
  • Boys Basketball Tryouts - Boys basketball tryouts day 2 is 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 this Friday, October 29.  Email Mrs. Whitby if you have any questions:  jwhitby@aesd.edu
  • Winter Coat Giveaway - Coats available for those in need sponsored by our Atwater Caring About Kids Council.  Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm in the Mitchell K-6 Cafeteria, 1761 Grove Avenue.  *Anyone 2 years and older must wear a face covering.

Have a great week!  Go Thunderbirds!  #takeflight


Best,
Principal DietzClientmoji

  • #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
Clientmoji

  • #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
Clientmoji

  • #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

Clientmoji

  • #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