Sequoia Middle School TGIF -

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Calendar of Upcoming Dates


Wed/Thurs February 13th/14th - 7th Grade Field Trip to Ano Nuevo

Friday, February 15th - Student Holiday

Friday, February 15th - Progress Reports Mailed Home

Monday, February 18th - President's Day Holiday

Thursday, February 28th - 6th Grade Trip to Jack London Square

Thursday, February 28th - Nightmare on Puberty Street (7th/8th grade only)


Friday, March 1st - Leadership Pajama Day

Friday, March 1st - Tea with Honey

Friday, March 15th - End of 3rd Quarter

Wednesday, March 20th, - Career Day

Sequoia Updates

Girls Camp

Calling all 6th and 7th Grade girls. If you want to participate in the Robotics Camp at Valley View Middle, check out the flier attached to the TGIF. Girls Camp is at Valley View Middle - June 10th - 14th. This free camp is sponsored by Marathon.

8th Grader High School visits

8th Grade students will be receiving field trip forms to visit their "Home" high school. We will be sending a follow-up email to all 8th grade families next week. Transportation will be provided by school bus.

Here is the visit schedule:

Thursday, February 21st - Concord/Ygnacio Valley

Tuesday, February 26th - Mount Diablo

Tuesday, March 5th - College Park

Nightmare on Puberty Street

As part of the middle school human reproduction curriculum, all 7th and 8th grade students are invited to see Kaiser Permanente's live theatre production, Nightmare on Puberty St., on Thursday, February 28th. Nightmare on Puberty St. is an age-appropriate, live theatrical performance about four young people on their journey through adolescence. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Lung at (925) 934-8174 ext. 5604 or If you wish for your child to be excused from this performance, please sign and return the negative permission slip to Sequoia Middle School's main office. Negative Permission Slip and Performance Guide attached below.

I-Ready Diagnostic:

We are two weeks down and our students have completed over 1750 I-Ready Diagnostic exams. We have shown great growth as a school and we are pleased with the results. Students are encouraged to check-in with their Math and English teachers to find our their results. We will be finishing up make-up testing on Monday and Tuesday.

Updated Immunization Guidelines for 2019-2020 7th Graders

The immunization regulations have changed starting July 1, 2019. Students advancing to 7th grade will need to show proof of

· the standard required immunizations for school

· and 1 dose of Tdap (booster for tetanus; diphtheria; and pertussis, also called whooping cough), given on or after the 7th birthday,

· and 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox), both doses given after 12 months of age, or healthcare provider verified “had disease”.

Without proof of these additional immunizations, your child will not be allowed to attend school. Full letter attached to this email.

Please bring appropriate documentation to Maggie Bowker in the office.


Where do you work and what do you do? Sequoia Middle School is seeking 30-40 professionals and tradespeople to participate in our annual (and much anticipated) CAREER DAY, held Wednesday, March 20, 2019. We would be thrilled to have you come and speak to our students about your career! Speakers will present 2 times to different groups of students during first and second period. If you are interested, or know someone else with an interesting career who would be interested, please click on the link here [] or fill out the information below and have your student return this form to their core teacher or to the school office by Friday, March 1, 2019. You will then be contacted with further details. Questions or more info, email:


Sequoia Middle School is seeking one (or two - having a partner is merrier!) parents to shadow our current Career Day Coordinator who will be aging out this year, for our annual (and much anticipated) CAREER DAY. Is this something that you can help with? Career Day is a springtime event where professionals of all sorts give presentations and hands-on examples of their careers to all students at SMS.

Click here to contact Jen White - Career Day Coordinator

Homework Club:

Homework club is from 2:50 - 3:50

Monday - A3- with Mrs. Warholic

Tuesday - C3 - with Mrs. Sutherland

Thurday - C7 with Mrs. Perlberg

Character Ed/Counseling Corner

Character Ed. for February: EFFORT

Tips for Parents To Help Your Child Learn the Importance of Effort

We send subtle messages about success and failure every day. Be sure to send your child the right message. Here are some tips from the Learning Community:

· Praise effort rather than success. This is the most important thing you can do. It focuses your child’s attention on the right issues.

· Praise improvement. This emphasizes that things are changing and motivates your child to have higher expectations for the future.

· Don’t give too much praise. Remember, it’s important for children to feel they’ve earned their success.

· Don’t help too much. If you give your children too much help, they can’t take credit for what goes right. In addition, they’ll begin to think that you don’t believe they can succeed on their own—and they’ll begin to believe it, too.

· Don’t be too sympathetic when your child fails. This is a tough one, but too much sympathy may send the message that you don’t believe your child could have done any better.

· Don’t compare what other children do. It’s hard for a child to focus on effort when others keep emphasizing results. Focus on how hard your child tries. Your child will automatically take pride in the result.

· Talk to the teacher. If your child is having trouble with assignments, ask about them. Are they too hard? Too easy?

Club Corner

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, actual or potential parental, family, marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Questions, concerns or complaints regarding compliance with Title IX student issues, please contact the Title IX Compliance Officer, Michael A. Jimenez, Assistant Superintendent High School, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at Questions, concerns or complaints regarding compliance with Title IX employee issues, please contact the Executive Director of Personnel, Lisa Murphy Oates, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at Questions, concerns or complaints regarding harassment, discrimination, intimidation and bullying, please contact the Equity Compliance Officer, Jennifer Sachs, Executive Director of Instructional Support, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at