Friday, February 17, 2023
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Message From Mrs. El-Amin & Ms. Riddle
Hello TLA Families!
This week was a bit shorter than we anticipated. However, we still managed to accomplish some great things. Today began with an unexpected fire alarm. Scholars and staff immediately exited the building and proceeded to a safe zone. There was no fire, the alarm was triggered because of the construction and we were able to reenter the building shortly after confirming it was all clear. Thank you to the parents who were waiting in line to drop off their scholars for your patience and understanding.
Parents please remember that scholars are prohibited from using their cell phones during the school day. If your scholar reaches out to you on their personal device, they are in direct violation of the school code of conduct. Please help us enforce this and continue to encourage scholars to be responsible with their devices. See Mr. Cieplewski's message below to read more about our cell phone practices.
We wanted to share some quick reminders with all of you:
- No School Monday, February 20th - Presidents' Day
- Progress reports will be sent home Tuesday, February 21st
- PLC is Tuesday, February 21st from 6:00 - 7:00 pm - take a look at the agenda below
Enjoy your weekend.
Now, let's go be great.
Tavi Riddle - Principal, K4-5th
Priscilla El-Amin - Principal, 6th - 12th
Calls & Early Pick Ups
Parents and guardians in order to provide your scholar with all of the opportunities and rigor we have to offer, we need your scholar here at school from 8:00 to 4:00 pm engaged in the learning. Picking up your scholar before 4:00 pm dismissal will count as a tardy. We ask that you only pick up your scholar early for appointments and emergencies. Please try to prearrange early pick-ups by sending a note to school with your scholar or calling the office before 3:30 pm. We will do our best to honor any requests for early dismissal received after 3:30, however, want to remind you that the traffic and transitions may still cause you to be stuck in the parking lot until after dismissal.
We are more than happy to pass along a message to scholars to help support them as they transition between school and home. We ask that you only request to speak to scholars during school hours for emergency. This will help us decrease the number of disruptions to the school day and help scholars remain focused and on task. We look forward to our continued collaboration and appreciate your support in making sure scholars are present and engaged in the learning.
100th Day Celebration
2nd Field Trip to the Discovery Center
Black History Trivia
Upcoming PLC Meeting Agenda
Our monthly PLC meeting is Tuesday, February 21st from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. We hope to see you there. Below is the agenda.
Someone Special and Me Dance - Success!
Open enrollment dates 2/1 - 2/28 - Referral Drawing
State testing focus plans across all grade levels
Advocacy Support Needed
Event Volunteer Opportunities
Read Across America (2/27 - 3/3) - class readers
Q3 Conferences (3/30 - 3/31) - book fair helpers
Q3 Incentive - skate trip chaperones
Rolling Volunteer Opportunities
Virtue of the month readers (empathy, next up honesty)
Career focus of the moth readers (STEAM, next up healthcare)
Class special project helpers (EL, K4 CKLA, 3rd Imagine Reading)
Flashcard friends (help with foundational skills drill and review)
Talk around Town (Events around town that we should know about)
TLA Parent Coffee and Cake Morning - TBD
Winter Farmers Market and Craft Fair - every Friday from 9am-12pm
Beloit International Film Fest 2/24 - 3/4
Scholar Forward Testing Care Bags
Staff Appreciation Week
SEE YOU TUESDAY!
Check Out These K5 Scholars That Are Working on 1st Grade Zearn Math
National MyPath Winning Classroom
Ms. Swanson’s and Ms. Brown's 1st grade classroom was selected as a National Imagine MyPath Bowl MVP classroom for averaging 240+ minutes with Imagine MyPath during the contest. We encourage our scholars to keep up the great work, stay motivated, and never stop learning! We are excited to see what successes our scholars can accomplish along this educational journey.
As a reward for all of their hard work, the class won gift cards and will be celebrating with a pizza party. Keep up the great work!
Shout Out to the Following Scholars on Pace to Complete Their Foreign Language Course on Time
- CARSON PINGEL- 100% Complete with Spanish 2!!
- ADDIE HERSEY
- YOMAIRA CORCINO DE LOS SANTOS
- JAYDEN UNDERWOOD
- KAYLEE BRISSON
- LILLIAN STADELMAN
- CRUZ OROPEZA
- BRITNEY FROEHLICH
- EMMA HERSEY
- KATIE MCKEARN
- SERENITY WEBB
- SARAPHINE SAGE
- KEMORIA HALEY
- MADELYN MCKILLIPS
- CRIZ OROPEZA
- KALYN OTTINGER
- IVAN VALLIN
- JULIAN MEJIA CRUZ
- DOMINIC MILLER
- CIATA JESTER
- AVA GUADARRAMA
- BRENDA SANDOVAL-MERELES
- LARAINA LUCERO
- VITO GABRIELE (Intro to Speech and Communications)
- GRAYSON ARN
- NICHARI TUCKER
- CONSTANCE DIMASSIS
Mr. Cieplewski's Message
Hello TLA families!
What an eventful week with Kindness Day, a Snow Day, and an upcoming three-day weekend. We hope you and your scholar(s) enjoy the break and return refreshed. Here are a few updates and reminders:
- We are extremely lucky to have scholars who are dedicated to helping TLA continue to grow into the premier K-12 school in the state of Wisconsin. Scholars have contributed some great ideas for community building and collaboration across the grade levels.
- Cell phone usage is becoming more frequent. Please remind your scholar that their cell phone should be OFF and AWAY all day. This means they should be powered off and in the scholars back upon entrance into the building, then stored in their lockers until dismissal.
- If scholars have their cell phones on their persons, staff will collect their cell phones and turn them in to the DOS. The phone will be returned to the scholar at the end of the day.
- If this occurs a second time, parents will need to pick up the cell phones from the DOS at school.
- Any additional occurrences will result in scholars being placed on a cell phone plan, which entails turning in their cell phone once they enter the building, daily.
Mr. Anderson's Message
Hello TLA families,
Winter is still here and the snow continues to fall. Mornings can be a little hectic with getting scholars up and ready for school, especially after having a day off. Please try to remind your scholar to pack their solid black shoes. We have had several scholars forgetting their shoes and have had to call home. Creating a routine and or a checklist in the morning, would help scholars in remembering all of their school supplies and winter items. Thank you for helping us uphold the TLA dress code policy and making sure scholars are prepared for class.
Monthly Attendance Winners!
On February 10th at our all school assembly, all scholars who achieved 95% or higher attendance for the months of December and January were eligible to participate in a live drawing for recognition and prizes. Each month is a new opportunity to meet that attendance goal and win! The following scholars (one per grade level for each month) earned some pretty fun prizes including Chick-fil-A gift cards for all winners:
K4 - Omar Portillo
K5 - Bryson Woods
1st - Malachi Gosha
2nd - Natalie Hernandez
3rd - Madeline Ramirez-Torres
6th - Corbin Kehoe
7th - Jordan Engleson
8th - Kendra Filczer
9th - Geno Delafuente
10th - Layla Murry
K4 - Trino Pulido
K5 - Georgina Driscoll
1st - Cori Denson
2nd - Steven Dooley
3rd - Emilio Gonzales
6th - Nevaya Rodriguez
7th - Alexa Tapia
8th - Shawn Prengel
9th - Sebastian Bayona
10th - Corbin Redieske
TLA 2022-2023 Average Attendance - 92.36% - OH NO!
TLA Goal - 95%
Career Chat with Ms. Benisch
Middle and high school scholars interested in art, IT, and military careers all met with a representative in the field this week to learn more about the career. Scholars asked questions about training, salary, and skills needed. Scholars enjoyed learning what a normal day looks like for someone in these Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) careers. Thank you to the career experts that took time out of their day to meet with scholars!
Girls That Build
A few of our 9th grade scholars participated in the Girls That Build Event that was hosted by The Morse Group this week. Scholars learned about different opportunities available in the electrical field and were able to participate in hands-on activities bending conduit, running wiring from a source to a switch and setting up a circut to power a light and fan.
Early College Credit Program & Start College Now
The Early College Credit Program (ECCP) permits anyone in 9-12th grade to attend a University of Wisconsin College to take one or more courses and earn both high school and college credit simultaneously.
The Start College Now (SCN) program permits anyone in 11-12th grade to attend a Wisconsin Technical College to take one or more courses and earn both high school and technical college credit simultaneously. SCN includes certificate programs such as Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Safety, etc.
If interested in participating in either program, scholars must submit the application to the High School College and Career Counselor by March 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring courses. If a comparable course is offered at TLA the course will not be approved to take as SCN or ECCP. All University of Wisconsin System institutions and all Wisconsin Technical Colleges participate in the program. Private colleges and universities participation is an individual decision.
Once approved, scholars will apply to the college of higher education during the semester before enrollment. They must meet admission requirements and application deadlines. Scholars will only be admitted if there is room in the course. The scholar is encouraged to list alternate course selections so that the High School College and Career Counselor can determine the acceptability of alternative courses if first-choice courses are full.
Scholars will earn .25 high school credits for every one credit earned at a post-secondary institution. TLA will pay for up to 18 credits of SCN/ECCP during your time at TLA. Scholars cannot enroll in ECCP and SCN in the same semester. TLA will seek reimbursement from the parent/guardian and scholar for any class that a scholar drops or fails while participating in the SCN or ECCP.
Our College and Career Counselor is available to answer any questions regarding ECCP/SCN. We know this is new to a lot of you. Please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CareerTek After School Programs
Registration for March Afterschool Programs are open. If you are interested in Trades, Health Care and/or Technology you should sign up here.
Athletic Updates with Mr. Clothier
Congratulations to the JV Girls Basketball team on their 5th place finish at the Freeport Invitational. The girls went 2-1, beating both Rockford Jefferson and Belvidere! Also, a shout out to wrestler Aaron Vidal Rosales for placing 2nd in the Cambridge Invitational. This is Aaron’s second tournament in a row with a top two finish.
Winter Athletics Team and Individual Pictures are completed! Here is the link to the —>Gallery<—. The download password is: TLASports.
Please mark your calendars, the TLA athletic department will be hosting an Winter Athletic Awards Banquet on February 27th, from 5:30 - 6:30. Doors will open at 5:20. Dinner will be provided at 5:30. We look forward to celebrating our athletes accomplishments!
Upcoming Events Calendar
Career Focus - STEAM (including IT)
- 2/20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day
- 2/21 - Progress Reports Sent Home
- 2/21 - PLC Meeting (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
- 2/27 - 3/3 - Read Across America Week
- 2/27 - 3/24 - Character Virtue - HONESTY
Career Focus - Healthcare
- 3/6 - Oral Reading Assessment (K5-3) & MAZE (6-8 and identified 9th graders)
- 3/7 -TLA Enrollment Lottery Drawing
- 3/14 - PIE Day Assembly
- 3/16 - Dress Down Day - College Wear or Future Career
- 3/17 - NO SCHOLAR ATTENDANCE - Records Day /Quarter 3 Ends
- 3/21 - PLC Meeting (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
- 3/21 - State Assessments Begin
- 3/27 - 4/28 - Character Virtue - PERSEVERANCE
- 3/30 - Parent/Teacher Conferences & Book Fair
- 3/31 - Parent/Teacher Conferences & Book Fair
- 3/31 - NO SCHOLAR ATTENDANCE