TLC NEWSLETTER February 2021

February Highlights

Two TLC Chula Vista students participated in a national research project focused on English Learners. These students were chosen to be interviewed to represent English Learners who have made great strides in their education. We're so proud of them and look forward to sharing more details of this research study soon.

TLC La Mesa students participating in the No Place for Hate club are continuing to incorporate new anti-bias and bullying prevention programs that create a more inclusive school. This month they are launching the "I Am..." activity, in which students will reflect on similarities and differences between people, and the importance of respecting differences. As part of this project, students will create portraits which will be used to build a digital gallery. We can't wait to share the gallery next month!

TLC Scripps Ranch was recognized as a Kindness Certified School following their participation in 2021's Great Kindness Challenge. This initiative saw 17 million students take part, representing over 33,000 schools and 115 countries! Through the activities undertaken, the Great Kindness Challenge helps to create a culture of kindness and compassion while strengthening students' social and emotional well-being. Thank you to all who took part and helped to make our school a better and kinder place!

Social Emotional Competency of the Month

Social Emotional Competency of the Month

Goal Directed Behavior:

Refers to a child's initiation of, and persistence in completing, tasks of varying difficulty in order to reach a goal.

(source: Aperture Education)

What is Goal-Directed Behavior?

To be successful, productive, and happy, each of us needs to learn how to set and achieve goals. Achieving meaningful goals is what keeps us moving forward in our lives. Without our goals, our lives can become a hodge-podge of random activities that fill the day, but not our hearts and minds. As American businessperson, Jim Rhon said, 'Success is steady progress towards one's personal goals.'

(Source: Aperture Education)

Practicing Goal Directed Behavior

Making SMART Goals

The acronym SMART identifies the key characteristics of a good goal; they are:

  • Specific - good goals identify a clear goal. Rather than a vague statement like, "I will work harder in school," a specific goal might be, "I will complete all my homework assignments."
  • Measurable - we need to know when we have achieved our goal, so we need the goal to be measurable. Rather than, "I'll exercise more," it is better to state, "I will exercise for at least 30 minutes three times a week."
  • Achievable - we need to be realistic and set goals that we can actually achieve. It is better to have a series of small achievable goals that build you or your child's confidence than one giant goal that increases the chances of failure and builds pessimism.
  • Relevant - is the goal important to you or your child? If it is not relevant, you or they are less likely to achieve it.
  • Time Limited - it is important to set a time frame for completing the goal. Set a realistic time frame for meeting your goal. This makes it harder to procrastinate.

The Hemingway Effect

No matter how SMART our goals are, we can still get tired, bored, or hit roadblocks that could keep us from reaching our goals. The famous author, Ernest Hemingway, developed a great and simple tool for helping us to keep going until we achieve our goals. Think of your student working on a term paper. Often your child will continue to work on the paper until they are tired, bored, or run out of ideas. When they can't go any farther, they stop. This can leave them frustrated and makes it hard to return to finish the paper. Ernest Hemingway's great solution was to 1) stop writing while things are going well, and 2) write down the next step, or the next idea you want to discuss when you return. Your student will feel better, and when they return, they will already know the next step and can get right back to being productive. Always knowing the next step to take when we return helps us to keep going until we achieve our goal.

(Source: Aperture Education)

Augmented Reality (AR) and the Battle of Midway

TLC Scripps Ranch Teacher, Kevin White, with the help of 12th grade student Reggie Estrella, recently collaborated with the USS Midway Museum to create an Augmented Reality (AR) experience for the Midway’s 75th anniversary event to commemorate the end of WWII.

Utilizing CoSpaces, a K-12 cloud-based tool designed for classroom use, Mr. White and Reggie created an experience to showcase the history of the Battle of Midway, the most notorious naval battle in US History.

Scene from the Battle of Midway AR Extreme

As Mr. White describes:

Including click interactions, animation, and narrated audio with sound effects, the Battle of Midway AR Extreme is not only comparable to what other professionally developed AR experiences offer, but it far surpasses what any other museum is currently offering as an AR exhibit.
In completing this AR experience, we have done something pretty remarkable. We have executed development with a novel technology that was learned in the K-12 classroom, and extended that potential to another learning industry in our community, bringing rich history and groundbreaking technology together with Learning Design principles to enhance the experiences of visitors on board the USS Midway.

You can read Mr. White’s full write up about the undertaking here. And for those interested in checking out the experience, it can be viewed from the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum (circumstances of access may vary based on COVID restrictions). As for those who are interested in checking out the experience from home or from your classroom (must use paper print foldable or an actual Merge Cube to experience this in true AR), the whole experience can be viewed from the CoSpaces Virtual Museum Site with any mobile device that can run CoSpaces.

Scene from the Battle of Midway AR Extreme

American Red Cross Teaches Students Emergency Preparedness

The American Red Cross recently conducted two virtual classes for K-5th grade students at TLC La Mesa. Students learned important safety tips, including:

  • What a smoke alarm is and how to check it
  • How to “get low and go” if there is a home fire
  • Establishing a meeting place for all members of a household to go if there is a home fire
  • How to use coping skills to manage stress during emergencies (and in everyday situations)
Students in the virtual workshop

Thanks to information like this provided by the American Red Cross, students gain confidence in their abilities to be prepared in case of emergency. They also learn how they can use their knowledge to act as advocates for emergency preparedness in their homes and communities.

For more information on how to prepare your family and home for an emergency, visit the American Red Cross website.

Student Work Spotlight

This month's student work spotlight is from Maryah Hyde, middle school student at TLC La Mesa. Maryah created the below poem and drawing as part of an extra credit English assignment based on the short story, All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury. The poem and drawing depicts the main character in this story.

If you are a student and you would like to submit work to be featured, email tlcstudentnews@learningchoice.org. Submissions can be videos, written pieces, photographs, or anything that highlights what you have learned at TLC.

Learn the Learning Management System (LMS)

  • Most teachers at TLC use Google Classroom and/or a bitmoji classroom
  • Find out how to log into the LMS
  • Make sure the passwords your child uses are secure
  • Learn the features of the LMS so you can help your child as needed
  • Find out protocols for how your child submits assignments, asks for help, or what to do if an assignment is “missing” when your child has turned it in

Healthy Heart Month at TLC

Join us in celebrating Healthy Heart Month this February! Below are four ways you can keep your heart healthy this month.

1) Watch the short video below to learn how to move to keep your heart healthy

2) Take this INTERACTIVE survey to share your family's favorite ways to keep healthy (and maybe gain a few ideas). Questions include fun challenges like, "How many jumping jacks can you do in one minute?"

3) Get creative! Thanks to students Ily and Elle, 7th and 5th grade students at TLC La Mesa, for sharing this fun way to eat fruit.

4) Practice Self-Care self care with these daily habits

Student Recipes from the Heart

As part of a project for 9th and 10th grade English classes at TLC La Mesa, students were asked to choose a recipe that was significant in their family and create a blog explaining how to make the dish. They incorporated images and/or video and presented these to the class.

You can browse links to a few of these blogs below for some (yummy) inspirations, starting with Natalie Batenko's blog, which details a recipe for Nalenski (Ukranian Crepes).

Learn how to make delicious and versatile homemade salsa from Arlyn Moreno's blog.

And enjoy some Chicken Crust Pizza with Mason Taylor's blog. As Mason says, "That’s right -- I said it -- you can replace bread with chicken."

STAR Student Recognitions

February: Humor

TLC is excited to recognize STAR students each month based on a determined character trait. February's character trait was Humor. Students were nominated by their Educational Partners and School Site Administrators. Congratulations to this month's STAR students!

Alex Acosta

Gilberto Acosta Amillano

Xitllali Barajas

River Ciota

Blaise Fugate Penagos

Coda Harper

Isaiah Hogan

Trenton Hough

Musa Khan

Celina Lugo

Rogelio Nevarez Maravillas

Kyliah Page

Inara Ramos

Lucas Sanchez

Judah Vazquez

In an attempt to keep staff connected and recognize everyone's hard work, we will also be including staff recognitions in this Newsletter each month! Staff can nominate each other when they see their co-workers exhibiting the character trait of the month. This month's recognitions for Humor are:

Gloria Didjusto

Jeff Follett

Michael Keen

Katie Leonard

Gloria Pena

Roxanna Vincent

Student Council Corner

Please take a moment to read a friendly note from your TLC Student Council


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