Sequoia Middle School TGIF -

Friday, November 30th, 2018

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Big Thanks to the Sequoia PFC and Mr. Minglana for our new Banners in front of the school.

The new banners support the Sequoia Middle School Mission Statement:

Sequoia students will become confident, prepared, and inspired for lifelong learning.

Calendar of Upcoming Dates


December 7th - Cookies and Cocoa Social 3-4 pm

December 12th - Band Concert

December 13th - Band Concert

December 14th - Black light Blowout 4-6 pm

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

December 21st - Shortened Day (1 pm release)

Sequoia Updates

October Students of the Month:

6th Grade - Lauren J and Esiquio V

7th Grade - Lillian S. and Rae B.

8th Grade - Daisy T. and Kevin Z.

Cookies and Cocoa 6th Grade Social:

6th graders are you ready for a day of fun festivities? Join us at the Cookies and Cocoa Social on Friday Dec. 7 from 3-4 pm in the Multi-Use room. There will be snacks, games and even a visit from Santa! Pick up a permission slip from Mr. Minglana in A-2 or attached below Permission Slips are due back in A-2 no later than Monday, December 3

Black Light Blowout 7th-8th Grade Party:

7th and 8th Graders - Get ready for the annual Blacklight Blowout on Fri. Dec. 14 from 4-6 pm. There will be games, dancing and snacks. Permission slips are available for pick up in Mr. Minglana’s room, A-2 and the slip is attached below. They are due back in A-2 no later than Monday, December 10.

Camp Fire Donations:

Leadership is now accepting donations to give to the Camp Fire victims. They are in need of only monetary donations such as cash and gift cards (Visa, Costco, gas, Walmart etc.). Please hand your donation directly to Mr. Minglana in room A2 only. DO NOT LEAVE IT UNATTENDED! Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

Toys for Tots:

Do you have any gently used or unopened toys that you don’t want anymore? If so, please consider donating them to children in need. Leadership is collecting for Toys for Tots from now until December 14th. Bring toys to Mr. Minglana’s room, A-2.

Walt Disney Spirit Day:

Have fun dressing up as your favorite Disney characters for Walt Disney Day, Wed. December 5. You can dress up as any character you want, just remember to stay in dress code!

Holiday Door Decorating Contest:

It's time for the Holiday Door Decorating contest! Attention all 3rd period classrooms! The classroom with the most festive, creative, and decorative door will win a prize! So start decorating those doors from now until December 14th! The winning 3rd Period door will be announced on that day!"

Winter Spirit Week:

It's that time to spread some Holiday Cheer! Our Winter Spirit Week will take place during our last week of school before Winter Break! Winter Spirit Week will run from Monday, December 17th thru Friday, December 21st!

  • Monday 12/17 - Cozy PJ Day! Wear your comfy clothes (but mind the dress code)!
  • Tuesday 12/18 - Holiday Hats & Socks Day Dust off those reindeer, elves, Santa hats and fancy socks (*with shoes, of course)!
  • Wednesday 12/19 - Ugly Sweater Day! Who can wear the ugliest holiday sweater?!
  • Thursday 12/20 - Snow Day! Dress like you're on the slopes with your ski goggles, puffy ski jackets & snowboarder pants & boots!
  • Friday 12/21 - Holly & Jolly Day! Wear those popular holiday colors of RED, GREEN, WHITE, or BLUE!

Sequoia Basketball:

Basketball permission slips will be available after Thanksgiving in the main office.


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