• Week at a Glance

    Posted by Aileen Washington on 11/19/2021 4:00:00 PM

    FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 22nd

     

    PRINCIPAL UPDATES

    I’m happy to share that our students have been working so hard and it’s time for a well-deserved break. There will be no school next week in honor of Thanksgiving. I sincerely hope that you are able to relax and enjoy the holiday.

     Yearbook pre-orders are on sale!  We will have a limited amount of extras in May when they arrive so reserve yours now!  Go to www.ybpay.com and enter yearbook ID code 14268422 to check out our packages that start at $25.

     A MESSAGE FROM THE ACADEMIC COACH:

    Mitchell Middle is an International Baccalaureate campus. Students at International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools are given a unique, challenging and diverse education. IB learners:

    • are encouraged to think critically and solve complex problems
    • drive their own learning
    • are able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

    What does this mean for their classroom experience here at Mitchell Middle School? Your child is likely to work on individual or group projects with the teacher facilitating. IB classes require students to take initiative, organize and complete projects, and speak in front of their classmates. IB courses emphasize asking questions and searching for answers. Questioning is okay and students should seek not only answers but to understand the competing ideas they discover on both sides of an issue as they seek those answers. 

    It’s all in the pursuit of IB’s mission to teach students that, “other people, with their differences, can also be right.” The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB World Schools value ten learner attributes that can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities. Through the next few weeks, each of these IB Learner Profile attributes will be explored here in the Notes from the Academic Coach.

    If your child needs support in achieving success as semester summative activities approach, please use the opportunities for academic help here at Mitchell:

     

    • Math tutoring and all classes HW help at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday in the Project Room: no sign-up necessary. As lunch begins, students can come by for a pass to pick up lunch first and bring it back in with them to eat while they learn.

     

    • Sailing available for all classes during Advisory every Wednesday and Thursday: any parent, student or teacher can make a Sailing request. Students can speak with a teacher up to the day before and ask to visit for extra help. Some teachers are even able to offer Zoom Sailing: just ask!

    ***Reading and Math lessons are always available for your child in i-Ready online. All students have access to lessons 24/7/365, and they know how to open i-Ready at home through Clever. Please encourage your child to work on these lessons at home all week long, perhaps over vacations as well. Only the lessons that will best support your child’s personal needs are assigned in this program--it is like having your own personal tutor! The best results come from using i-Ready lessons for 50 minutes a week in each subject, Math and Reading. You can track your child’s i-Ready usage once they log in by asking them to click on My Progress at the bottom of the home page.***

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIAN:

    Our Mitchell library can now print replacement ID cards for $5.00

    Also for students that never took a picture for the ID cards, the library can now take pictures for ID cards.

    *We have a lot of missing loaner Chromebooks and Chromebook Chargers. Please remind your student that these must be returned, and not hiding in their backpacks. Thanks for your help.

     

    LOOKING AHEAD: 

    November 22-26 – No School, Thanksgiving Break

    Wednesday, December 15 – early release at 1:35pm

    December 20 – 1st Semester Ends, Minimum Day, Early release at 12:45pm

    December 20-31 – No School, Winter Break

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  • Week at a Glance

    Posted by Aileen Washington on 11/12/2021 4:00:00 PM

    FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 15TH

     

    PRINCIPAL UPDATES

    The CA Healthy Kids Parent Survey will be open until November 19th. Please take a few moments to complete it.

    CA Healthy Kids Survey Parent Link: https://wested.ugam-apps.com/wed/ts/V9uI

    We only have four weeks left in the semester. Mitchell offers a variety of ways for academic support including Sailing in Advisory and math support during lunch on Tuesday. Please read through the Academic Coach message below for more academic support opportunities.

    Last week our choir, bands, and orchestras had their fall concerts. It was wonderful to see them back on the stage live!

    Athletics continue and this week wrestling begins.

    There will be no school next week, November 22-26 in honor of Thanksgiving Week.  

     

     A MESSAGE FROM THE ACADEMIC COACH

    As we head towards the end of the semester, students and families have a number of different academic support resources available. Our staff is making many efforts to create academic success here at Mitchell Middle School!  If you are not sure who to contact, please reach out to me, Mrs. Hatcher, chatcher@fcusd.org, if you have any questions about the opportunities listed below. Making success for the grading period starts now! Please do not wait until the semester ends to ask the questions and look for the opportunities that will build strong learning and skills now.

    • Please contact teachers with specific details to make sure students get support when they need it.
      • Know that counselors have been checking in with students who are in danger of failing any classes for the semester. If you have concerns about more than one class for your student, please communicate with the appropriate counselor: 
    • Our math department wants to make sure that our students are given every opportunity to master the grade-level academic standards necessary to do well in the next semester of their math course. With this in mind, Mitchell’s math department is launching an after school targeted learning program to help students meet these goals for the previous quarter. You may have received an email and letter noting that your student was recommended. This program is FREE but will require your student to stay on campus for an additional hour after school for two or three days for three weeks. If you received communication, please note the specific days in your message!  Each grade level will meet on different dates and in different rooms. Please use the contact information in the math intervention communication if you have any questions or still need to RSVP for your child’s program.
    • Math support is also available during lunch every Tuesday in the Project Room. Students do not need to prepare in advance to attend: they should come to the Project Room at the start of lunch to get a lunch line pass and then return to eat and learn.
    • Students can use Sailing during Advisory to meet with any teacher on Wednesday or Thursday wach week: you, your child, or your child’s teachesr can make a Sailing request. Contact the individual teacher to make a Sailing request. There is not a limit on how often a student Sails, so make use of this resource whenever it is needed for any class.
    • Our Bilingual Instructional Assistants now hold tutoring sessions during the school day and after school. Times, days, subjects, and locations vary: Please email chatcher@fcusd.org for specific details for academic support in Spanish and Russian.

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:

    Free TDAP for 6th Graders on 11/18 !!

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIAN:

    Our Mitchell library can now print replacement ID cards for $5.00

    Also for students that never took a picture for the ID cards, the library can now take pictures for ID cards.

    *We have a lot of missing loaner Chromebooks and Chromebook Chargers. Please remind your student that these must be returned, and not hiding in their backpacks. Thanks for your help.

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE ATHLETIC COACH:

     

    JOIN THE MARAUDER WRESTLING TEAM!! First Practice Monday NOVEMBER 15, 2021 (3:15PM) @ the Gym!

    *Bring your completed Sports Physical*

     

    YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE:

     

     MONDAY 11/15

    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm

    TUESDAY 11/16

    • GSA Club meeting in Rm 17 3:15pm-4:15pm

    WEDNESDAY 11/17

    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Anime Club in Rm 1 3:15pm-4:00pm
    • Yearbook Club meeting in Rm 18 3:15pm-4:00pm 
      • **Bring a charged Chromebook**

    THURSDAY 11/18

     

    FRIDAY 11/19

    • Coding Club after school

     

    LOOKING AHEAD: 

    November 22-26 – No School, Thanksgiving Break

    December 20 – 1st Semester Ends

    December 20-31 – No School, Winter Break

     

     

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  • Week at a Glance

    Posted by Aileen Washington on 11/5/2021 4:00:00 PM

    FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 8TH 

     

    PRINCIPAL UPDATES

    The CA Healthy Kids Survey was conducted with all 7th graders last week. The parent survey link continues to be open until November 19th. Please take a few moments to complete it.

    CA Healthy Kids Survey Parent Link: https://wested.ugam-apps.com/wed/ts/V9uI

    Mitchell is excited to welcome a new Marauder to the team. Mr. Carlos Torres is our new Campus Monitor. We are thrilled to now have two Campus Monitors on site every day.

    With only five weeks left in the semester, now is the time to check in on your student’s academic progress. Please read through the Academic Coach message below to see how you can support your student.

    There will be no school on Thursday, November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day.

    Thank you for supporting PTSO’s first fundraiser at Chipotle last week. It was a huge success and we are grateful for your support.

     

     A MESSAGE FROM THE ACADEMIC COACH

    Sometimes a setback can make a child feel like they are being criticized or singled out. All children should feel suppoted, valued, and appreciated. Cultivating a growth mindset in your child can help them see mistakes as lesson opportunities, not as a final statement about themselves. Use this Chat Starter chart as a guide.

    Just over five weeks remain in this semester. Our report card for the semester will report an IB MYP score converted to a traditional grade scale. This three-minute video can help explain the process used to determine a semester grade. 

    If your child needs support in achieving success as semester summative activities approach, please know about opportunities for academic help here at Mitchell:

    • Math tutoring and all classes HW help at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday in the Project Room: no sign-up necessary. As lunch begins, students can come by for a pass to pick up lunch first and bring it back in with them to eat while they learn.
    • Sailing available for all classes during Advisory every Wednesday and Thursday: any student or teacher can make a Sailing request. Students can speak with a teacher up to the day before and ask to visit for extra help. Some teachers are even able to offer Zoom Sailing: just ask!

    ***Reading and Math lessons are always available for your child in i-Ready online. All students have access to lessons 24/7/365, and they know how to open i-Ready at home through Clever. Please encourage your child to work on these lessons at home all week long. Only the lessons that will best support your child’s personal needs are assigned in this program--it is like having your own personal tutor! The best results come from using i-Ready lessons for 50 minutes a week in each subject, Math and Reading. You can track your child’s i-Ready usage once they log in by asking them to click on My Progress at the bottom of the home page.***

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:

    Free TDAP for 6th Graders on 11/18 !!

     

    YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE:

     

     MONDAY 11/8

    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm

    TUESDAY 11/9

    • GSA Club meeting in Rm 17 3:15pm-4:15pm

    WEDNESDAY 11/10

    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Anime Club in Rm 1 3:15pm-4:00pm
    • Yearbook Club meeting in Rm 18 3:15pm-4:00pm 
      • **Bring a charged Chromebook**

    THURSDAY 11/11

    • Holiday, No School

    FRIDAY 11/12

    • Coding Club after school

     

    LOOKING AHEAD: 

    November 22-26 – No School, Thanksgiving Break

    December 20 – 1st Semester Ends

    December 20-31 – No School, Winter Break

     

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  • Week at a Glance

    Posted by Aileen Washington on 10/31/2021 1:00:00 PM

    FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1st

     

    PRINCIPAL UPDATES

    The CA Healthy Kids Survey will be conducted with all 7th graders this week (Nov 1-5) in their Individuals and Societies classes. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health and well-being among our youth, improve the school learning environment, and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence. In addition to student surveys, we ask that parents complete this as well. Below is the link for the parent survey. Please complete it by November 19th.

    CA Healthy Kids Survey Parent Link: https://wested.ugam-apps.com/wed/ts/V9uI

     

     A MESSAGE FROM THE ACADEMIC COACH

    Failure is often something that’s frowned upon. But the truth is we all fail at some things sometimes. While it can be unpleasant, failure is a normal part of the learning process. It’s often the best way to learn.

    It’s important to teach children not to fear failing. Fear of failure can be crippling and can lead to avoiding challenging tasks and taking away our motivation and our desire to achieve. 

    You can support your child by teaching them about the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset, and helping them deal with--and grow strengths from-- their setbacks. Having access to their growth mindset when they get stuck might depend on your child’s willingness to use these strategies to jumpstart their growth mindset.

    ***Reading and Math lessons are always available for your child in i-Ready online. All students have access to lessons 24/7/365, and they know how to open i-Ready at home through Clever. Please encourage your child to work on these lessons at home all week long. Only the lessons that will best support your child’s personal needs are assigned in this program--it is like having your own personal tutor! The best results come from using i-Ready lessons for 50 minutes a week in each subject, Math and Reading. You can track your child’s i-Ready usage once they log in by asking them to click on My Progress at the bottom of the home page.***

    Just over six weeks remain in this semester. If your child needs support in achieving success as summative activities approach, please know about opportunities for academic help here at Mitchell:

    • Math tutoring at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday in the Project Room: no sign-up necessary. As lunch begins, students can come by for a pass to pick up lunch first and bring it back in with them to eat while they learn.
    • Sailing available for all classes during Advisory every Wednesday and Thursday: any student or teacher can make a Sailing request. Students can speak with a teacher up to the day before and ask to visit for extra help. Some teachers are even able to offer Zoom Sailing: just ask!

     

    A MESSAGE FROM PTSO:

     Our first fundraiser will be on November 3 4-8pm at Chipotle, 2350 Sunrise Blvd. Order online with code C76CCXN or bring in the flyer you student received in advisory.

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:

    Information on Folsom Cordova Unified covid testing sites (covid DX) for students.

    FREE COVID TESTING INFORMATION

     

    YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE:

     

     MONDAY 11/1

    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm

    TUESDAY 11/2

    • GSA Club meeting in Rm 17 3:15pm-4:15pm

    WEDNESDAY 11/3

    • PTSO Fundraiser at Chipotle, 2350 Sunrise Blvd, 4-8pm
    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Anime Club in Rm 1 3:15pm-4:00pm
    • Yearbook Club meeting in Rm 18 3:15pm-4:00pm 
      • **Bring a charged Chromebook**

    THURSDAY 11/4

    FRIDAY 11/5

     

    LOOKING AHEAD: 

    November 11 – No School, Veteran’s Day

    November 22-26 – No School, Thanksgiving Break

    December 20 – 1st Semester Ends

    December 20-31 – No School, Winter Break

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  • Week at a Glance

    Posted by Aileen Washington on 10/24/2021 5:00:00 PM

    FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 25th

     

    PRINCIPAL UPDATES:

     

    Spirit Week – Next week is Spirit week

    Monday – wear red

    Tuesday - pajama day

    Wednesday – twin day

    Thursday – bring a plush

    Friday – costume day

     

    English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) is Tuesday at 3:15pm in the project room. Masks required   

     

    Halloween Attire - Students can wear Halloween attire on Friday, 10/29 provided these guidelines are followed:

    • No full face masks
    • No full face make-up
    • No weapons
    • Dress code applies

     

    Celebrating academic excellence - Students who earned a 3.0 GPA or higher for 1st quarter have been given a sticker to put on their ID card. This sticker allows them to leave for lunch 5 minutes early every Friday until the end of the semester. 

    Mitchell is a bring your device to school. Students have a FCUSD issued Chromebook checked out to them. It is a school-wide expectation that students bring their device fully charged to school each day. The school cannot guarantee that loaner devices or chargers will be available.

    The 2021-2022 PTSO Membership drive is live – Click here to register or scan the QR code with your smartphone to sign up. Membership is $5 per individual or $10 per family. Find us on Facebook at Mitchell Middle School PTSO or email us with questions at WEMitchellPTSO@gmail.com.

    The first General Meeting is Thursday, October 28th at 6:00pm.

    FCUSD Vaccine Clinic – Wednesday, October 27 from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the Educational Services Center (ESC), 1965 Birkmont Drive. No appointment necessary. For more information, check our website.

     

     

     A MESSAGE FROM THE ACADEMIC COACH

    New on board with the Marauder family: Mrs. Borth has navigated to the district level--we wish her smooth sailing in her new position as a Curriculum and Instruction Coach! Mrs. Hatcher has joined our crew as the Mitchell Academic Support Coach. She looks forward to working to support the learning and growing that go on here!

    Data Chats: Please ask your child about the personal goals that were made during their Data Chat! Data Chats with their advisory teacher have allowed students to look at their grades, citizenship, and attendance and to make goals for this quarter. Maybe an incentive can be built at home to encourage your child to achieve these goals by the end of the semester on December 17.

    A reminder about Sailing: Sailing is a chance for students to get clarification on class work or a reteach in a small group.

    A student may ask their math, science, or English teacher to invite them to Sailing every Wednesday and Thursday if they need more support than a quick question at the end of class would provide. 

    Remind your student that if they are called to Sail, they should go and use the time to get the support they need. Sailing will take place all year.

    i-Ready Math Lessons: Your child’s math teacher has assigned some i-Ready lessons covering skills that will be extremely helpful in math class this next few weeks. Although students will work on these lessons in advisory if they are not Sailing, more time can be taken at home to work on the assigned lessons as well. 

    Remember, too, that i-Ready is available 24/7. As a result of their i-Ready Math and Reading Diagnostic in August, students were also assigned a series of personally useful skill-building lessons. Encourage your student to concentrate while working on all of these i-Ready lessons!

    Thank you in advance for engaging with your child regarding goals, i-Ready, and Sailing.

     

    A MESSAGE FROM PTSO:

    General meeting will be October 28th at 6:00pm. More information is on the website.  

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:

    Information on Folsom Cordova Unified covid testing sites (covid DX) for students.

    FREE COVID TESTING INFORMATION

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIAN:

     

    Here is some news from the Rancho Cordova Public Library for the month of October 2021

    • Our library doors are open! – 24 of our 28 library locations are open to the public for in-person browsing and computer use. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. We are following the latest Sacramento County Public Health order and require masking indoors at all times regardless of vaccination status.
    • Apply for a library card; it’s free! – Your library card grants you access to up to 60 print materials, 60 digital items (including eBooks, eAudio, and streaming music), and unconventional items such as guitars, GoPro cameras, or a power washer. To activate your library card, visit one of our locations and please bring a photo ID and proof of current address (if address on photo ID is not current). Any patron under the age of 18 will need a parent and/or guardian to accompany them when creating the library card.

     

    Our Mitchell library can now print replacement ID cards for $5.00

     

    YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE:

     

     MONDAY 10/25

    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Wear RED

     

    TUESDAY 10/26

    • GSA Club meeting in Rm 17 3:15pm-4:15pm
    • Pajama Day
    • English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) at 3:15

     

    WEDNESDAY 10/27

    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Anime Club in Rm 1 3:15pm-4:00pm
    • Yearbook Club meeting in Rm 18 3:15pm-4:00pm 
      • **Bring a charged chromebook**
    • Twin Day

     

    THURSDAY 10/28

    • Bring a Plush

     

    FRIDAY 10/29

    • Coding Club after school
    • Wear a costume

     

    LOOKING AHEAD: 

    November 11 – No School, Veteran’s Day

    November 22-26 – No School, Thanksgiving Break

    December 20 – 1st Semester Ends

    December 20-31 – No School, Winter Break

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  • Week at a Glance

    Posted by Dominique Devito on 10/17/2021 5:00:00 PM

    FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 18th

     

    PRINCIPAL UPDATES:

    The 2021-2022 PTSO Membership drive is live – PTSO supports our school with resources, funding, and so much more. Students, staff, and families are invited to take part in supporting our school through PTSO. Click here to register or scan the QR code with your smartphone to sign up. Membership is $5 per individual or $10 per family, and members will receive a FREE Mitchell mask with sign up. As a bonus, everyone who signs up by October 27th will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of Apple AirPods! Find us on Facebook at Mitchell Middle School PTSO or email us with questions at WEMitchellPTSO@gmail.com.

     

    FCUSD Vaccine Clinic – FCUSD has partnered with Sacramento County Public Health and is offering a free flu and Covid-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesday, October 27 from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the Educational Services Center (ESC), 1965 Birkmont Drive. No appointment necessary. For more information, check our website.

     

    A MESSAGE FROM PTSO:

    General meeting will be October 28th at 6:00pm. More information is on the website.  

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:

    Information on Folsom Cordova Unified covid testing sites (covid DX) for students.

    FREE COVID TESTING INFORMATION

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIAN:

     

    Here is some news from the Rancho Cordova Public Library for the month of October 2021

    • Our library doors are open! – 24 of our 28 library locations are open to the public for in-person browsing and computer use. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. We are following the latest Sacramento County Public Health order and require masking indoors at all times regardless of vaccination status.
    • Apply for a library card; it’s free! – Your library card grants you access to up to 60 print materials, 60 digital items (including eBooks, eAudio, and streaming music), and unconventional items such as guitars, GoPro cameras, or a power washer. To activate your library card, visit one of our locations and please bring a photo ID and proof of current address (if address on photo ID is not current). Any patron under the age of 18 will need a parent and/or guardian to accompany them when creating the library card.

     

    Our Mitchell library can now print replacement ID cards for $5.00

     

    YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE:

     MONDAY 10/18

    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm

    TUESDAY 10/19

    • GSA Club meeting in Rm 17 3:15pm-4:15pm

    WEDNESDAY 10/20

    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Anime Club in Rm 1 3:15pm-4:00pm
    • Yearbook Club meeting in Rm 18 3:15pm-4:00pm 
      • **Bring a charged chromebook**

    THURSDAY 10/21

    FRIDAY 10/22

    • Coding Club after school

     

    LOOKING AHEAD: 

    November 11 – No School, Veteran’s Day

    November 22-26 – No School, Thanksgiving Break

    December 20 – 1st Semester Ends

    December 20-31 – No School, Winter Break

     

     

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  • Week at a Glance

    Posted by Dominique Devito on 10/10/2021 5:30:00 PM

                                      FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 11th

     

    PRINCIPAL UPDATES:

    Last Monday, the school experienced a lockdown. The decision to lockdown was not made lightly and was done so to maintain the safety of students and staff. For many, the day’s events prompted a variety of emotions. If your student is feeling uneasy or concerned, please reach out to our Counseling team.

            Ms. Means, mmeans@fcusd.org (last names A-L)

            Mrs. Zilles, mzilles@fcusd.org (last names M-Z)

    During a lockdown, all buildings are closed and locked. While I understand the desire to come to campus to pick up your child, unfortunately, we cannot release students or even open the office while in lockdown. Upon reflection, we understand the need to communicate with families in real-time and will message families with updates as soon as we lockdown.

    The first quarter ended last week. Final grades will be posted in PowerSchool and available to families this week.  

    School Funding Form - Please  complete the School Funding Form in PowerSchool by *October 15* to ensure Mitchell  continues to receive important supplemental services and programs, such as mental health specialists, social emotional learning curriculum, intervention teachers, and additional nursing staff.

    • No additional cost to families
    • Data provided is confidential
    • Records are not required to complete the form

     

    A MESSAGE FROM PTSO:

    All Marauder families, students, and staff are welcome to join the first PTSO meeting of the 2021-2022 school year. Come find out how you can get involved and offer ideas for how to help make this year great for our students. General meeting will be October 28th at 6:00pm. More information is on the website.  

    A MESSAGE FROM THE ACADEMIC COACH:

    Now that the first quarter has come to an end, it’s time to take a look at how we are doing academically. During advisory this week, students and teachers will begin Data Chats. Data Chats provide students with an opportunity to look at their grades, citizenship, and attendance and make goals for the next quarter. Advisory teachers will be meeting with students individually to discuss their goals.  

    A MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:

    Information on Folsom Cordova Unified covid testing sites (covid DX) for students.

    FREE COVID TESTING INFORMATION

     

    YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE:

     MONDAY 10/11

    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm

    TUESDAY 10/12

    • GSA Club meeting in Rm 17 3:15pm-4:15pm

    WEDNESDAY 10/13

    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Anime Club in Rm 1 3:15pm-4:00pm
    • Yearbook Club meeting in Rm 18 3:15pm-4:00pm 
      • **Bring a charged chromebook**

    THURSDAY 10/14 

    FRIDAY 10/15

    LOOKING AHEAD: 

    November 11 – No School, Veteran’s Day

    November 22-26 – No School, Thanksgiving Break

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  • Week at a Glance

    Posted by Aileen Washington on 10/3/2021

     FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 4TH

    PRINCIPAL UPDATES:

    Last week FCUSD sent a communication to parents regarding digital citizenship and social media, particularly Tik Tok challenges. Mitchell continues to have incidents of vandalism, disruption, and students engaging in unkind behavior. In our investigations, it has become clear that these are related to social media. We need your help. Please actively communicate and monitor your students' involvement with social media and if you see something that isn’t right, let us know.  

    The first quarter ends on Friday, October 8th and final grades will be posted the following week. This week we will have several early release days. Please mark your calendars.

    Wednesday, October 6th - Dismissal at 1:35pm

    Thursday, October 7th - Dismissal at 1:35pm

    Friday, October 8th - Dismissal at 12:45pm (Zero period 7:39-8:15am)  

    Lost and Found items will be donated on October 8th. If you've lost anything, come and claim it this week. 

    A MESSAGE FROM THE ACADEMIC COACH:

    Believe it or not, the first quarter is almost over!  Your students have been receiving summative tasks (projects, essays and/or exams) to complete in their classes that measure their learning this quarter and will impact their grade. Now is the time to support your students to advocate for themselves, and help them to organize to get the job done.

    Advocating for themselves and ways to get help: It has been a big shift to the needs of middle school for some of our students. 6th grade is always a hard transition, having 7 or 8 teachers, instead of one, and balancing the workload takes a lot of executive function (ie: focus, organization, problem-solving) which is a new muscle our middle-schoolers are learning to flex. This is even more true this year, as many of our students had significantly reduced time on task over the COVID hybrid year. One significant part of this transition is building relationships and learning to advocate with their teachers. If your student is unhappy with their current grade, or they do not understand their current summative, they need to learn to ASK FOR HELP. Support your student to find the words and best time to get the clarity they need. Many teachers offer extra help before or after school, or during Sailing. The student just needs to ask.

    Being on-task in class: Another side effect of our year working from home was a reduction in our students ability to stay focused for a period of time. They are just out of practice!  Please help your student reflect on their ability to persevere in class when it is difficult or, as they put it, boring. It is a tight rope that our teachers are walking trying to remediate what learning might have been lost in their reduced schedule last year, but to keep our students engaged and feeling confident.  Help your student to help themselves to stay on-task. Practice with a timer when they are doing reading or homework (their goal is to complete 15 strong minutes of work then get a two minute break before resuming). Help them to find things that will keep them engaged through physical manipulation like twiddling their thumbs or using a quiet object like a stress ball or pop-its or doodling while listening to a speaker or audio/video lesson.  Middle School students are old enough to be thinking about what helps them to learn (meta-cognition). Learning to be reflective about how they engage with their classes, and can stay on-task, is a great first step. 

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIAN:

    Here is some news from the Rancho Cordova Public Library for the month of October 2021

    • Our library doors are open! – 24 of our 28 library locations are open to the public for in-person browsing and computer use. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. We are following the latest Sacramento County Public Health order and require masking indoors at all times regardless of vaccination status.
    • Apply for a library card; it’s free! – Your library card grants you access to up to 60 print materials, 60 digital items (including eBooks, eAudio, and streaming music), and unconventional items such as guitars, GoPro cameras, or a power washer. To activate your library card, visit one of our locations and please bring a photo ID and proof of current address (if address on photo ID is not current). Any patron under the age of 18 will need a parent and/or guardian to accompany them when creating the library card.

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:

    Information on Folsom Cordova Unified covid testing sites (covid DX) for students.

    FREE COVID TESTING INFORMATION

      

    YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE:

     MONDAY 10/4

    • JV Volleyball practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Varsity Volleyball practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Boys Soccer practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm

    TUESDAY 10/5

    • JV Volleyball Home Game 4:00pm-6:00pm
    • Varsity Volleyball Home Game immediatley following JV
    • Boys Soccer practice 4:00pm-6:00pm
    • MtMS GSA Club meeting in Rm 17 3:15pm-4:15pm

    WEDNESDAY 10/6 – Early release at 1:35pm

    • JV Volleyball practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Varsity Volleyball practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Boys Soccer practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Anime Club in Rm 1 3:15pm-4:00pm
    • Yearbook Club meeting in Rm 18 3:15pm-4:00pm 
      • **Bring a charged chromebook**

    THURSDAY 10/7 – Early release at 1:35pm

    • JV Volleyball practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Varsity Volleyball practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Boys Soccer practice 4:00pm-5:30pm

    FRIDAY 10/8 – Early release at 12:45pm (Zero period is 7:39-8:15am)

    • JV Volleyball practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Varsity Volleyball practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Boys Soccer practice 4:00pm-5:30pm 

    LOOKING AHEAD: 

    Week of October 11 – First quarter grades posted

    November 11 – No School, Veteran’s Day

    November 22-26 – No School, Thanksgiving Break

     

     

     

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  • WEEK AT A GLANCE

    Posted by Dominique Devito on 9/26/2021

     FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26TH

    PRINCIPAL UPDATES:

    On Tuesday, we held a Special Presentation in advisory. During this time, students received a message from the administration and support teams. We shared the importance of school-wide expectations, identified areas where we need to see change, and offered strategies for dealing with conflict. To view the presentation, click here.

    Out of Class – While the majority of students are getting to class on time, we are beginning to see patterns of students being late or frequently needing to leave the classroom. We need your help! Please discuss with your student the importance of using their time before school, during passing, and lunch to take care of personal business such as using the restroom.

    A MESSAGE FROM THE ACADEMIC COACH:

    Believe it or not, the first quarter is almost over!  Your students have been receiving summative tasks (projects, essays and/or exams) to complete in their classes that measure their learning this quarter and will impact their grade. Now is the time to support your students to advocate for themselves, and help them to organize to get the job done.

     

    Looking at grades: All teachers have entered grades into PowerSchool.  If you log into your student’s account, you can see grades in some classes, where your student has already submitted a summative task, or this symbol (i) in others.  If you click on the (i), you will see a list of formative work (quizzes, practice assignments, homework) which may not be part of the final grade but will definitely indicate whether your child is completing and understanding the skill-based work that will ready them for that final summative.  Look at the scoresheets with your student. Discuss where you see missing work and help them to craft emails to teachers where they might need makeup, or practice when and how they will go to talk to their teacher in person.

     

    Using Sailing: One option for students to get clarification on work or a reteach in a small group is Sailing. Every Wednesday and Thursday our students are given the opportunity during advisory to get called to another class to work on specific skills where they may need more support. A student may ask their math, or science, or English teacher to invite them to Sailing if they need more time than a quick question at the end of class. Remind your student that if they are called, to please go and use the time to get the answers they need. And if they need more help, speak to the teacher about an opportunity to visit during Sailing time.

      

    YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE:  

     MONDAY 9/27

    • JV Volleyball practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Varsity Volleyball practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Boys Soccer practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm

    TUESDAY 9/28

    • JV Volleyball Home Game 4:00pm-6:00pm
    • Varsity Volleyball Home Game immediatley following JV
    • Boys Soccer Home Game 4:00pm-6:00pm
    • MtMS GSA Club meeting in Rm 17 3:15pm-4:15pm

    WEDNESDAY 9/29

    • JV Volleyball practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Varsity Volleyball practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Boys Soccer practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Anime Club in Rm (TBD) 3:05-3:50
    • Yearbook Club meeting in Rm 18 3:15pm-4:00pm 
      • **Bring a charged chromebook**

     

    THURSDAY 9/30

    • JV Volleyball Away Game at Capital Christian School 4:00pm-6:00pm
    • Varsity Volleyball Away Game at Capital Christian School immediately following JV
    • Boys Soccer Away Game at Capital Christian School 4:00pm-6:00pm

     

    FRIDAY 10/1

    • JV Volleyball practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Varsity Volleyball practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Boys Soccer practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Coding Club in Project Room 3:00pm-4:00pm

     

    LOOKING AHEAD: 

    10/6 Early release 1:35pm dismissal

    10/7 Regular Board Meeting 6:00pm-8:00pm

    10/8 End of 1st quarter, early release 12:45pm dismissal (Zero period is 7:39-8:15am)

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  • WEEK AT A GLANCE

    Posted by Dominique Devito on 9/19/2021

     FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19TH

    PRINCIPAL UPDATES:

     

     

    Last Call for Fall Pictures! Our final fall picture day is Monday, September 20th and will be in the library. Students who still need to take a picture will get a pass in advisory. Any other student who wants a retake can go to the library during the day. If you want to purchase a package, the flyer is on the website.

    Social Media Trend – There is a current social media trend encouraging  students to break, take, and vandalize items on school campuses. We are still experiencing acts of vandalism and we need your help! Please talk to your students about this trend.

    Special Presentation – On Tuesday, students will virtually attend a Special Presentation facilitated by the administration and support team. During this presentation we will be sharing the importance of following our school-wide expectations (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible) and offering some tips for dealing with conflict. A copy of this presentation will be posted. Please talk with your students about the importance of following our 3 B’s!

    Welcome Ms. Zilles! Mrs. Zilles has joined the support team here at Mitchell as our newest Counselor. Mrs. Zilles has been part of the FCUSD family in a variety of roles: Parent, Parent Coordinator, Volunteer, Account Clerk, and Secondary Clerk. Prior to joining the FCUSD family, she worked as a Counselor and Outreach Consultant in Galt Union District and as a Clinical Therapist for Positive Option Family Service. Mrs. Zilles will support students with the last names M-Z.

    Chromebooks – Every student has a Chromebook checked out to them. Please remind your student to charge them nightly and to bring them to school. While we have some extras to loan, bringing their Chromebook each day is a student expectation.

      

    A MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARY: 

    The library is now open on its regular operating schedule. Students may come in on their own before school, during lunch recess, and after school. After September 20th. ID cards MUST be brought to the library if students want to check out library materials. 

     

    A MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:

    FCUSD maintains a Covid-19 section of the main website. On this site you can access the FCUSD Covid-19 Dashboard as well as helpful resources. I strongly recommend familiarizing yourself with the Student Close Contact Infographic and Symptom Decision Tree.

     

    YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE:  

     MONDAY 9/20

    • JV Volleyball practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Varsity Volleyball practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Boys Soccer practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Running Club Informational Meeting 3:15pm-3:45pm
    • Picture Retakes 

    TUESDAY 9/21

    • JV Volleyball practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Varsity Volleyball practice 4:00pm-3:45pm
    • Boys Soccer practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • MtMS GSA Club Meeting 3:15pm-4:15pm

    WEDNESDAY 9/22)

    • JV Volleyball practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Varsity Volleyball practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Boys Soccer practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Running Club practice 3:15pm-4:30pm

     

    THURSDAY 9/23

    • Regular Board Meeting 6pm - 8pm
    • JV Volleyball Away Game @ Mills 4:00pm
    • Varsity Volleyball Away Game @ Mills immediately following JV
    • Boys Soccer Away Game @ Mills 4:00pm-5:30pm

     

    FRIDAY 9/24

    • JV Volleyball practice 3:15pm-4:30pm
    • Varsity Volleyball practice 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Boys Soccer practice 4:00pm-5:30pm

     

    LOOKING AHEAD: 

    9/28- JV & Varsity Volleyball Home Game 

    9/28- Boys Soccer Home Game 

    9/30- JV & Varsity Volleyball Away Game at Capital Christian School

    9/30-  Boys Soccer Away Game at Capital Christian School

    10/6 Early release 1:35pm dismissal

    10/8 End of 1st quarter, early release 12:45pm dismissal

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