Sequoia Middle School TGIF -

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Calendar of Upcoming Dates


December 21st - Last Day of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

December 21st - Shortened Day (1 pm release)

December 24th - January 7th - Winter Break


Tuesday, January 8th School Resumes, First day of Third Quarter/Second Semester (Silver Day)

Sequoia Updates

Fortnite Article:

Across the country kids and adults are obsessed with playing "Fortnite". Take a read and let Mr. Honey ( know if you agree or disagree.

Click here to read Common Sense Media's Ultimate Guide to Fortnite

Sequoia Winter Reading Challenge:

7 books in 7 weeks!

Click here for overview

Join Google Classroom with CODE - 1tlzy7

Student Schedule Update:

All students in 6th grade and many of our 7th and 8th grade students (taking semester classes) will be receiving new schedules for the 2nd semester today. Make sure your student has is ready for their schedule changes on January 8th.


Big thanks to the Sequoia PFC and the many families who donated to the wonderful holiday luncheon on Wednesday. We shared a wonderful meal and appreciate the gift cards that were delivered. The Sequoia staff is very thankful for our school community's generous spirit. Thanks for all of your contributions.

Sequoia Spotlight:

Take a look at Ms. Still's Digital Journalism class online magazine.

Click here

Hoodies for Hope:

This year’s 7th Grade AVID class is working on a project called Hoodies For Hope to benefit the Camp Fire victims in Butte County. The class all agreed ¨hoodies¨ (hooded sweatshirts) is the most useful items that children and adults could use. So many people left their homes when running from the fire with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Many do not have homes to return to. In addition, with the colder months approaching, these hoodies would help to keep everyone warm and also show our support from our school community.

With Hoodies for Hope, we would like to bring a little bit of hope to victims’ lives and put a smile on their face. The class will be collecting hooded sweatshirts of all different sizes.

Please have students bring Hoodies to their 8th period class from December 10th to January 18th.

8th Grade Parent Ad in 2019 Yearbook:

8th grade parents can purchase an ad for their child to commemorate their last year at Sequoia. The cost of the color ad is $35 and includes a photo and a message from the parents. There are two ways you can purchase your ad:

  1. You can submit your information online, design your own ad and pay by credit card (see attached flier).
  2. You can also submit your information directly to room E-5 or Mrs. Amerson’s box in the office using this checklist:

o Photos (Do NOT physically cut your photos). We will electronically scan your photos. If you want to focus on just one area of a photo, use Post-It Notes to cover the unwanted areas.

o Text (maximum of 25 words)

o If you would like your photo returned to you in June, include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your order.

o Please write your name and address on the back of the photo submitted. Although it is rare for the yearbook staff to misplace a photo, it can happen. Help make sure your photo is returned to you by taking this extra step.

o Cash or check payable to “SMS”.

The deadline to turn in the information is Friday, December 21, 2018. Fliers are available in room E-5 from Mrs. Amerson. If you have any questions, please leave a message for Mrs. Amerson at 682-8000 ext. 5675 or email questions to


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

Sequoia Strong Character Trait for December: EMPATHY

Empathy is a crucial developmental step for teenagers because it frames their ability to care for and understand other people.

Teaching your teen empathy is like turning their “mirrors” into “windows”. A mirror symbolizes self-centeredness, where teens see only themselves and care solely for their own feelings. Windows symbolize empathy, where teens are able to look beyond their own needs and put themselves in another person’s position.

Moreover, in this age of “cyber-ism” (where the line between real and imaginary is blurred) seldom are there direct consequences for teenage actions. The more we can humanize the victim’s distress, the better our teen will be able to respond with empathy.

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