Sequoia Middle School TGIF

Friday, February 14th, 2020

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Calendar of Upcoming Dates


School Holiday - Friday, February 14th

Progress Reports Mailed Home - Friday, February 14th

President's Day Holiday - Monday, February 17th

8th Grade visits to Concord and Ygnacio Valley - Thursday, February 20th 8:10 am

ELAC Meeting - Friday, February 21st 8-9 am SMS Library

Early Release Day - Tuesday, February 25th

Teacher Office Hours - Wednesday, February 26th


Tea with Honey - Friday, March 6th - Student Scheduling process with Course Cards

8th Grade visit to College park - Friday, March 6th 8:30 am.

Teacher In-Service Day - Monday, March 16th (No School for students)

MDUSD Calendar:

The MDUSD governing board has approved the 2020-2021, 2021-2022 school Calendars.

Click here for 2020-2021 Calendar

Click here for 2021-2022 Calendar

MDUSD Community Forums:

The district is inviting all community stakeholders to participate in Community Forums next week to solicit input on budget reductions and revenue generation.

Community Forum Meetings:

Tuesday, February 18th - 7 pm Ygnacio Valley High School Multi Use Room
Thursday, February 20th - 5:30 pm Riverview Middle School Multi Use Room
Thursday, February 20th - 7 pm Pleasant Hill Middle School Multi Use Room

It is important for us all to recognize that this budget reconciliation process will be difficult. This is our opportunity as a community to pull together as a collective team to keep our focus on students at the center of every decision. Now more than ever before, we need to adopt an innovative mindset to identify novel solutions that keep us moving forward as an organization, remain fiscally solvent and operate as good stewards of taxpayer dollars, and the model educational excellence and innovation that all of our students so richly deserve.

California School Climate, Health and Learning Survey system (CalSCHLS)

The CalSCHLS is a comprehensive state effort to provide local school communities with their own data.

  • Data focuses on school climate, and student health (including social-emotional and mental health), and learning (supports and engagement).
  • The survey system consists of three interrelated surveys:

•The CA Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

•The CA School Staff Survey (CSSS)

•The CA School Parent Survey (CSPS)

Sequoia parents, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the CalSCHLS for parents.

Click Here to take the survey.

Additionally all 7th graders will be taking the CHKS survey in their science class. If you would like your child to not participate in the survey, please send in the attached form below by Friday, February 21st to the main office. The form is in both English and Spanish.

Homelink Password Update: (2nd post)

To increase protection of Parent/Student confidential data, we will be updating password requirements for HomeLink Parent and Student portal accounts starting Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Parent/Student HomeLink accounts created prior to Wednesday, February 12, 2020 will be prompted to change their password on their next login. The password change does not require any additional information from the school site; it can be completed by the parent or student on their own as long as they know their account email address and password.

See attachment below

Sequoia Clubs:

Clubs are returning to Sequoia for the rest of the year. Attached below is our updated club list. We will be having "Club Rush" on Wednesday, February 26th during lunch for all students to check out our clubs.

Earth Club:

Our Science Ecology Club “E.A.R.T.H. CLUB” (Environmental Adolescents Respecting Their Home) will meet after school, Mondays 2:45 to 3:45 in C-6.Our first meeting will be February 3 and we will meet every Monday there after. E.A.R.T.H. CLUB is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Sign up in C-6 at our first meeting on Monday, February 3. Due to Inservice Day and Washington’s Birthday Holiday our second meeting will be February 24. Mark your calendar

Recycling Project:

Sequoia is collecting plastic markers (All Brands) so they can be recycled. Please bring you old markers to the Attendance Office (Mrs. Bowker) and we will ship them off so they can be recycled.

Sequoia Basketball

Playoffs -

Congratulations to our Girls A team for making the playoffs. Next game Monday, February 24th vs. Oak Grove at Sequoia. Game time 3:30 pm

Click her for more information about Middle School Sports.

Homework Club:


Monday's - Room A3 with Mrs. Warholic

Tuesday's - Room C3 with Mrs. Sutherland

Thursday's -Room C7 with Mrs. Perlberg

Parent Patrol:

We ask for all families to work one day of Parent Patrol per student per year. We have found that these extra parent eyes on campus help keep our students safe. Click here to sign up if you haven't done so already. Parents are more than welcome to do extra days as well.

Have a great weekend!

Character Education Corner

Cognitive Flexibility

Cognitive Flexibility is the mind’s ability to process new or changing information and the flexibility to change thinking or action to accommodate updated information.

Are you a flexible thinker?

· Can you shift your thinking and attention to respond to changing conditions or rules?

· Do you have the ability to think about more than one item at a time and consider multiple variables?

· Have self-knowledge that you can exert control in a given situation and react according to the latest information?

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