Friday, February 24, 2023
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Message From Mrs. El-Amin & Ms. Riddle
Hello TLA Families!
Another short week. Thank you all for being responsive and pivoting when necessary. We are looking forward to a full week of learning this upcoming week.
We wanted to share some quick reminders with all of you:
- Read Across America Week is next week 2/27 - 3/3 (Take a look at the section below for more details)
- Thursday, 3/2 is Crazy Socks Day - Full uniform with crazy or colored socks.
Enjoy your weekend.
Now, let's go be great.
Tavi Riddle - Principal, K4-5th
Priscilla El-Amin - Principal, 6th - 12th
Scholars in K4 voted on their preference of having a movie with popcorn or extra coloring time.
Black History Trivia
Last week scholars tried to match up the influential African American/Black figure to which component of STEAM they contributed: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Mathematics. We had a three way tie. This week, we had a tie breaking opportunity and our 7th and 8th graders were 5/5 winning our Black History Trivia Champ title.
We appreciate those of you who were able to attend our PLC meeting on Tuesday night. The weather
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)
If you are interested in volunteering make sure you complete the volunteer form linked below.
Please also complete the PLC Day and Time Survey.
Quarter 3 Updates
- PreACT (Freshmen and Sophomores)- April 4th
- Forward Exam (3rd-8th Grades)- March 21st to April 5th
- Forward Exam (Sophomores)- March 21st to March 22nd
- AP Modern World History (Select Sophomores)- May 11th
- Spring MAP Testing- May 15th to 25th
- DPI Civics Exam (Freshmen)- May 24th to 25th
Elementary Reading Fluency
This week scholars in K5-3rd grade will be taking a reading fluency progress monitoring test. Teachers and scholars have been working so hard to increase their oral reading skills, so we're excited to see how much they've grown.
Read Across America Week - Reading Challenges
It's that time of year again families. Time to celebrate literacy across the country. That's right! It's Read Across America Week. Take a look at the two challenges we have going on this week.
Challenge 1 - Reading Log
Complete the reading log on the opposite page for one entry into the drawing.
- Log your reading minutes beginning today, February 24th
- K4 - 3rd graders: 15 minutes per day
- 6 - 10th graders: 30 minutes per day
Challenge 2 - Bingo Boards
Complete a row of 5 in any direction on the Bingo page and receive one entry into the drawing
- For the 6th - 10th grade Bingo Board, when asked to READ a book, simply reading for 30 minutes in that category works.
Scholars will come home with a double sided sheet, reading log on one side and Bingo Board on the other. They must turn in this sheet, with a parent signature, by the end of the day on Thursday, March 2nd to their homeroom teacher.
Dress Down Day (Socks Only)
In honor of Fox in Socks, wear your Crazy Socks on Thursday, March 2nd.
Mr. Cieplewski's Message
Hello TLA families!
The shout out of the week goes to... YOU! Our partnership to help ensure scholar success is crucial in TLA becoming the premier charter school in the world. Immediately after reminders of the expectations, we see the desired results and feel the positive impact. Your follow up and follow through helps us to create the culture of Joy we all want at TLA. Thanks to your efforts there is another shout out this week. You guessed it! Shout out to middle and high school scholars on their increased on task behavior and modeling of respect and responsibility. This has resulted in a decrease in infractions and more positive interactions. Everyday scholars are learning, making better decisions, and becoming responsible accountable citizens.
Mr. Anderson's Message
Hello TLA families,
Thank you for remembering winter wear this week. We hope the weather continues to warm and that spring weather is here soon. If you have recently changed your phone number, please take the time to make sure your contact information is updated in skyward. Please also make sure you have at least one emergency contact other than yourself. This helps ensure that someone is available in case of an emergency at school. Thank you for your cooperation and being part of our TLA family.
Alright, TLA families…
In February, we saw our school attendance percentage drop with a lot of illness and weather-related absences. But spring is on the horizon! Can you believe it will be March already this next week? In basketball, each individual team member’s efforts contribute to the overall team success. What one team member does is either going to bring the team up or down. In the same way, your child’s individual attendance at TLA not only affects them personally, but it affects the whole TLA team and our ability to meet that 95% school-wide attendance goal. So let’s keep pushing towards the finish line! I know that together, we can do it!
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s attendance, we are here to help! Please reach out to the School Social Worker, Mrs. Nitz, at (608) 690-5158 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TLA 2022-2023 Average Attendance - 89%
TLA Goal - 95%
Career Chat with Ms. Benisch
We continue to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) careers this month. 2nd grade scholars had a guest speaker parent come in to share about what he does for a job. Mr. Ready works as an Automotive Repair Shop Manager. He shared with the scholars the path he took to get where he is now and what he does on a daily basis. Scholars enjoyed looking at pictures of his shop and learning more about being a hardworking mechanic.
Scholars in Room 101 celebrated the 100th day of school with a STEAM Celebration. Scholars brought in 100 craft related items. Scholars were able to engineer anything that they wanted. It was amazing to see their imaginations come to life!
Culinary Visit to Blackhawk Technical College
A group of scholars had the opportunity to join Chef Hakim in the culinary kitchen at BTC to learn various cooking techniques. Scholars cooked ribs, macaroni and cheese, and dessert. Scholars enjoyed the tasting of what they made. Chef Hakim shared recipes scholars could cook at home and discussed preparation and planning for events BTC culinary students have been doing.
Early College Credit Program & Start College Now-Applications due March 1st!
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 email@example.com.
Play and Learn with PBS KIDS Club
We are excited to be offering a new afterschool club for scholars in grades 1-2. The club is designed to allow scholars to explore and create with engineering and science games. Sign Up to participate here. Scholars are required to attend all 8 sessions. Space is limited.
UW-La Crosse Youth Day Summer Camps
UW-La Crosse has opened registration for their middle school day camps in arts, science, and culinary. Check out the information here.
Athletic Updates with Mr. Clothier
It’s time to celebrate a successful winter sports season! Please mark your calendars, the TLA athletic department will be hosting the 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!
Winter Athletics Team and Individual Pictures are completed! Here is the link to the —>Gallery<—. The download password is TLASports.
Information regarding each spring sport will be coming soon. If your scholar is interested in a spring sport, make sure their physical is up-to-date, the required forms are submitted via Skyward, and their spring sports fee is paid. To confirm your scholar is on the correct roster, or would like to them on a roster, please contact Athletic Director Mr. Clothier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Events Calendar
Career Focus - STEAM (including IT)
- 2/27 - 3/3 - Read Across America Week
- Thursday 3/2 - Crazy Socks Day
- 2/27 - 3/24 - Character Virtue - HONESTY
Career Focus - Healthcare (3/1)
- 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