Falcon Flyer

November/December 2015

The Day of the Dead Cultural Event

The Dia de Los Muertos Cultural Event was a huge success, with standing room only in the Multi-Purpose Room. This was a total collaboration between our Art, Music, and Spanish programs with a showcase of student-made Calavera masks, cultural dancing, and cultural music. Our Utt families and staff had a terrific time!
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The Planners: Mr. Harker, Music Director, Ms. Moreno, Art Teacher, Rocky Gubernick, Spanish Teacher

Student Involvement at Utt

Wow! This first quarter we've had an abundance of extra-currricular activities for our students. During this time, students had the opportunity to participate in the following activities: Cross Country, Dino Dash, October Dance, Robotics Team, AVID Fieldtrip to CSUF, PTO Movie Night, ACA Lunchtime Activities, Lunchtime Dodgeball Tournaments, Band Performance at Tustin High Football Game, and the Cardboard Arcade. Feeling connected to school puts students in a position of success, as they are able to develop stronger relationships with peers, teachers, and administrators. They are more likely to complete classwork and homework and more likely to seek out help when they need it. This December, we have another opportunity for your students to get involved at Utt through our after-school basketball program. Players of all levels are welcome to participate in this recreational league. They will compete in basketball festivals with TUSD schools, and all students get to play. It is a guaranteed good time!

Speak Up Survey 2015

Speak Up, an online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives education stakeholders the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning digital learning and the use of technology to support future ready schools. Each year, findings are summarized and shared with national and state policy makers. Participating schools and districts can access their local data online, free-of-charge in February 2016. TUSD is asking community and staff members to take the survey: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015/

Aeries Parent Portal

Aeries Parent Portal is an excellent tool for monitoring student progress throughout the year. The 'Grades' view of Aeries Parent Portal gives a snapshot of current grades as they are reflected in that point in time. The other view of Aeries we recommend to parents is the 'Gradebook Details' view. This gives parents a breakdown of each type of assignment and points/percentage earned. Students perform at a higher level when they know their parents are monitoring grades each week and communicating with teachers when necessary. Here's the link for Aeries Parent Portal which can also be found on our website: https://parentnet.tustin.k12.ca.us/ParentPortal/LoginParent.aspx?page=default.aspx. If you have trouble accessing your account, please contact Jennifer Lindquist at 714 730-7573 ext. 105.

Student Recognition

There are several ways we recognize students at Utt Middle School for demonstrating our Core Values of Attitude, Commitment, and Achievement. Here's a simple breakdown of our school wide recognition programs:

ACA Bracelets: Every month, teachers recognize three students from each class they teach for demonstrating our Core Values of Attitude, Commitment and Achievement with an ACA bracelet. There is a bracelet for each category. When students earn all three they are able to earn a large ACA bracelet. Students wear these with pride and they are able to participate in special lunchtime activities, as well as receive unannounced rewards from our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Glembocki. Each month, the Utt staff recognizes over 180 students with ACA Bracelets.

Falcon Flyer Luncheon

Near the end of each quarter, every teacher nominates one student as their Falcon Flyer Luncheon recipient. For this recognition, parents and students are invited to have lunch with their nominating teacher. We always hear positive comments from parents regarding this event. This is a very prestigious award, as teachers are only able to recognize four students for the entire year!

Honor Roll Assemblies

At the conclusion of the first and second semester, we hold a special Honor Roll Recognition Assembly for Honor Roll Students. Students and their parents are invited to attend this ceremony. As we are still early in the 2nd quarter, this is a perfect time to encourage your students to achieve this distinguished goal. Here is the criteria for Honor Roll:

Honor Roll: 3.5 - 3.9 grade point average

Principal's Honor Roll - 4.0 grade point average

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6th Grade Falcon Nico at Falcon Flyer Luncheon with teachers and family

Upcoming Dates for November and December

11/17..................ASB Dine out fundraiser at Pieology from 5-9 PM

11/20..................7th Grade Outsiders Party 10 AM -12 PM

11/23-11/27.......No School /Fall Break

11/30 - 12/18.....Canned Food/Holiday Toy Drive

12/9....................Basketball Informational Meeting in MPR 2:30 PM

12/10..................ASB Dine out fundraiser at Ruby’s 4-9 PM

12/15..................PTO Dine out fundraiser at Peter’s Gourmade 11 AM -10 pm

12/17..................Winter Concert in MPR 6-8 PM

12/21-1/1...........No School/Winter Break