Sequoia Middle School TGIF -

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Welcome to Sequoia Middle's new TGIF format.

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Calendar of Upcoming Dates


Basketball Game at Foothill - Monday, January 22nd

Renaissance Applications Due - Monday, January 22nd (Deadline extended)

Drama 2 - Beauty and the Beast - Wednesday, January 24th 7 pm

Teacher In-Service 1pm Early Release - Friday, January 26th

LCAP Speaker Series - Marijuana and Beyond - Tuesday, January 30th @College Park (See Attachment)

Twin Day - Wednesday, January 31st


Tea with Honey - February 2nd, 8-9 am

Sequoia Spirit Day - Friday, February 2nd

ELAC Meeting - Friday, February 9th, 8-9 am SMS Library

Staff Development Day - February 12th (No School for Students)

Sequoia Updates

I-Ready Testing:

All students over the next two weeks will be participating in I-Ready Testing. During the week of January 22nd, students will take the English portion of the assessment in English and History classes and during the week of January 29th, students will take math portion in Math and Science classes. Students will have extra time to complete the assessment in their elective classes if needed. Students who meet grade level proficiency (Green) on the diagnostic will be exempt from taking the exam in late May.

Please remind students to do their best and to bring their own earbuds (if possible) during the assessment days.

LCAP Speaker Series:

Marijuana & Beyond: Teen Drug Use in 2018 (See Attached Flyer)

Tuesday, January 30th at College Park High school 6-8pm

Renaissance Schedule:

The due date for renaissance applications has been extended to Monday, January 22nd at 3pm. All applications should include the 2nd Quarter GPA.

Click here for the Renaissance Schedule

Traffic Concerns:

Reminder to all parents - when dropping off your students in the main lot, please have students exit the car from the designated Yellow Painted sections on both sides of the parking lot. We have seen an increase of students jumping out of cars in the middle of the parking lot. Thank you for helping keep our students safe.

California Junior Scholarship Foundation (CJSF):

CJSF is an organization for 7th and 8th graders with good grades and citizenship. Applications will be in the office on the B side starting this Friday, January 12th. Students should fill out the application, attach their report card with comments and turn it in to Ms. Montoya in D-6. The application deadline is January 25th. We meet on Thursdays from 2:45-3:30. Our first meeting will be on January 25th in D-6, where we will be electing our officers. If a student qualifies and cannot come to our Thursday meetings, they should still apply and be an inactive member. Our main focus is to do service projects and have fun together. Students should check out the display case by the B side of the office and get an idea of the type of projects we work on.

Sex Education Courses or Family Life Education and Sexually Transmitted Diseases including HIV/AIDS education

Instruction in these subjects is included in the curriculum in grade 5, and in grade 7 Science classes and high school Biology and Health Education classes, as well as certain middle and high school P.E classes. Materials being used are available for inspection and

preview at the District Instructional Media Center, C-2, Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord, Monday through Friday, Monday through Friday, January 22, 2018 through January 26, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (School Support, 682-8000, ext. 4044) (E.C. 51937, 51938, 51939)

8th Grade Parent Ad in 2018 Yearbook-

There are several ad spaces left in the 2018 Yearbook for 8th grade parents to commemorate their child’s last year at Sequoia. The cost of the color ad is $35 and includes a photo or photos and a message from the parents. If interested, please contact Mrs. Amerson as soon as possible at 682-8000 ext. 5675 or via email at

Career Day 2018!

On March 14th we will be holding our 5th Annual Career Day, when over 40 presenters will present to Sequoia students on a wide-range of professions. Career Day is a student favorite and a great way to be involved with Sequoia Middle School.

Career Day Presenters: Do you have a job you would be willing to talk about with our students? Perhaps a friend of family member has an interesting career and is great with 11-14 year olds? Open the attached Presenter Letter and Presenter Form to get more details about this fun and rewarding experience. Forms can be turned into the PFC box in the main office. (Attached Below)

Counseling/Character Education

New years give us all an opportunity to pause, reflect, and evaluate. Take a moment to ponder….

What brought you joy this year? What was hard this year? Who helped you when it was hard? What did you learn?

The character trait for January is INTEGRITY, and asking these kinds of questions helps build your sense of character, values, and, indeed, integrity.

One of the best things you can do with your student is to discuss your family values. This helps to build their sense of what integrity is and how it can help them to stand up for what they believe. We want all our Sequoia students to be STRONG in character!

To help foster integrity throughout campus we have signs displaying integrity—with the concept of “doing the right thing, even when no one is watching”. These signs are in every classroom and all common areas. Our students are engaging in dialogue and discussions in the classrooms, and monthly activities are scheduled during lunch to help promote integrity in all they do.

Club Corner

Click here for a list of Clubs and Club meeting dates. (Updated November 17th, 2017)

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identify, 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, Chris Holleran, 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, Leyla Benson, 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