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12/12/17

Calendar of Events:

 

Monday 12/11: 10 Days of Giving continues all week

 

Tuesday 12/12: 7th and 8th Grade Girls Volleyball game @ Guerneville: 7th at 4:15; 8th @ 5:15 PM

 

Wednesday 12/13: 7th and 8th Grade Girls Volleyball game Brook Haven: 7th at 4:00; 8th at 5:00 PM  

 

Thursday: Twin Hills Winter Concert starts at 6:30 PM 

 

Friday: Spirit Day! It's Twin Day.

 

The Middle Years - Working Together for School Success

 

Musical Learning*

 

Most tweens love listening to music. Use your child's interest to boost learning.

 

1. Be a critic. Suggest that she write reviews of favorite songs. She could bring songs to life with similes, or figure of speech that compare two things in an interesting way. Example: "The upbeat tempo is as thrilling as a roller coaster ride."

 

2. Think like a songwriter. Picking out the main message in the lyrics - the theme - will give your middle grader practice with a key reading skill. What message does the songwriter want to share? Invite your tween to search for songs with similar themes. 

 

3. Find the math. Ask your child to choose a popular song. Can she detect a pattern in the lyrics (verse, chorus, verse) or the rhythm (say, the drumbeat)? How many times does the pattern repeat?

 

*resources for educators, 2017

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12/4/17

Calendar of Events

 

Monday 12/4:

Analy Choir Assembly 

Through December 8th - 7th and 8th grade boys basketball sign-ups! 

10 Days of Giving 

3:30 - 4:30 7th Gr Girls Volleyball practice

3:30 Monday Math

4:30 - 5:30 8th Gr Girls Volleyball practice

 

Tuesday 12/5:

1st Game @ Twin Hills - 7th Gr Girls Volleyball, 4 PM

1st Game @ Twin Hills - 8th Gr Girls Volleyball, 5 PM

 

Wednesday 12/6

Early dismissal at 2:15

 

Thursday 12/7

7th Gr Girls Volleyball game @ Willowside, 4 PM

8th Gr Girls Volleyball game @ Willowside, 5 PM

 

Friday 12/8

Last Day 7th and 8th Gr Boys Basketball Signup

Limo Ride to the Santa Rosa Mall; for those students who chose this event as their prize during the Magazine Sales in September

 

Upcoming Dates: 

Thursday, December 14, Winter Concert

 

Spirit Dates for the month of December:

12/1 - Wacky Day

12/8 - Sports Day

12/15 - Twins Day

12/22 - Pajama Day

 

New Around Campus

 

Creative Writers! 7th and 8th graders meet at lunch in Room 6. Students will ready your fabulous work from last week and do something new. Newcomers always welcome. No stress. Just fun. Bring snacks to share! 

 

The Middle Years - Working Together for School Success

 

From the art room:

Three Dangerous Words in Art Education - Is It Good?

 

Every lesson students ask me those three words. Even though I have taught them better it seems instinctual. The danger of answering is that we have just allowed them to submit their art to the value judgement of someone else. If they are expressing their thoughts or ideas or emotion through their work then by asking "Is it good?" they are undoing every risk and experiment that they just participated in. I wonder if Picasso or Pollock asked "is it good" to their peers?


So, instead of answering their question I engage in a learning conversation... It turns the question on them, and helps them to either properly frame their question "Have I used the process correctly?" or discuss what they are communicating; for example...
Student - "Is it Good?"
Teacher - "What do you think?"
Student - "I like it."
Teacher - "What do you like about it?"
Student - "I used several layers of color... I chose red and yellow to show anxiety, and then went over with vibrant blue to show courage, but then splattered red to show fear rising, but scratched that off to express walking through that fear" (an actual conversation with an 11 year old).


In the busyness of our days, it can be so easy to just say 'yes' or let our students and/or children slip into habits of looking for 'good' over looking for creativity, expression and ingenuity.

 

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11/27/17

Calendar of Events

 

Monday 11/27:

3:30 - 4:30 7th Gr Girls Volleyball practice

3:30 Monday Math

4:30 - 5:30 8th Gr Girls Volleyball practice

 

Tuesday 11/28:

Progress reports mailed home

3:30 - 5:00 7th Gr Girls Volleyball practice

5:00 – 6:30 8th Gr Girls Volleyball practice

 

Wednesday 11/29

10 Days of Giving Starts

 

Thursday 11/30

3:30 - 5:00 7th Gr Girls Volleyball practice

5:00 - 6:30 8th Gr Girls Volleyball practice

 

Friday 12/1

December 1-8 7th and 8th Gr Boys Basketball Signup

Students sign-up in the office and fill out a sports packet and return with $65 sports fee.

 

Upcoming Dates: 

Monday, December 4th, Analy Choir Assembly

Friday, December 8th, Limo Ride to the Santa Rosa Mall

Thursday, December 14, Winter Concert

 

Spirit Dates for the month of December:

12/1 - Wacky Day

12/8 - Sports Day

12/15 - Twins Day

12/22 - Pajama Day

 

News Around Campus

 

Attention Creative 7th and 8th Grade Writers! The Twin Hills Creative Writing Club will begin meeting every Monday during lunch in Rm. 6. Our first meeting will be November 27th. No homework, no obligations, just having fun with writing. Bring your lunch and your creativity! 

 

Digital Citizenship

This month, teacher Therese LaLonde and school counselor, Hannah Goldman will be collaborating to teach a digital citizenship program for all grades with the goal of fostering positive online behavior for students in the digital age. And you may ask, what is digital citizenship? Digital citizenship generally refers to the behaviors, choices, and ethics a person applies when using technology. A more formal definition is presented in California's Education Code:

 

"An understanding of the ethical, legal, and safe use of information and technology.Respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources including the ability to differentiate between legal and illegal uses of information and sources so that students learn to apply responsible research practices. An awareness of local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture, digital etiquette, and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information."

 

As educators, we recognize the need to teach children about this as we see young people spending increasing amounts of time using the Internet and social media. State and federal law makers have passed legislation requiring that public schools with  Internet access provide students with a digital citizenship learning curriculum. Now that we are developing a greater understanding of what digital citizenship is, the next step is to provide age-appropriate learning activities tailored to the needs of each classroom. 

 

Digital Citizenship Program Outline:

 

Fall Semester

  6th Grade: Digital Footprint

  7th Grade: Which Me Should I Be?

  8th Grade: Fake vs. Real

Spring Semester

  6th Grade: Cyberbullying - Crossing the Line

  7th Grade: Netiquette - Copyrights, Plagiarism, Fair Use

  8th Grade: Oops! I Broadcast It On the Internet

 

 

Parent Reminders

 

Please remember to keep the office informed of any changes in your contact information. it is important for us to be able to contact you in the event of an emergency or if your child becomes sick at school. Rest assured that if you child is sick r injured, the school will contact you and leave a message.

 

If your child will be absent from school, please call the office at 707-823-7446 in the morning. You may also call ahead with any pre-planned absences. 

 

The Middle Years - Working Together for School Success

 

The Tween Push-and-Pull

 

Your middle grader lets you into he world one minute, then seems to put up a keep out sign the next. She needs you - but at the same time, she's pushing you away to figure out who she is and to become more independent. Try these ideas for handling classic "now I need you, now I don't" behavior. 

 

Challenge: Your child no longer tells you about her life. 

Solution: Instead of pressing her for information, wait until she's in the mood to chat. If she opens up as you're heading to bed, consider staying up longer. Then, listen closely instead of immediately offering opinions or ways to fix problems. 

 

Challenge: Your tween spends more time with friends and less time with family.

Solution: It's normal for her to want to be with friends. To encourage family time, look for opportunities that appeal to her. Maybe you'll have breakfast together on weekends or invite a group of her friends to the movies.

 

Challenge: Your middle grader is embarrassed by whatever you do.

Solution: At this age, children want to fit in and are sensitive to what their peers think. Try not to take it personally, and remember that she'll outgrow it. In the meantime, notice what embarrasses your tween, and work around it if possible. For instance, if she doesn't like you hugging her good-bye in front of others, you might say "love you" and walk away, or arrange a hug at home.

 

 

 

 

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A California Distinguished School is an award given by the California State Board of Education to public schools within the state that best represent exemplary and quality educational programs. Congratulations Twin Hills administrators, faculty and staff for receiving this award twice in the past 8 years. 

Bosch, Cathy
Principal
Salas, Dawn
School Manager

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Parents' Corner

As we head into winter and spend more time inside, the flu season pays us a visit. Flu is a layman term for the influenza viral infection. The virus is transmitted by coughing, sneezing, contact with used tissues or contaminated hands and objects. The symptoms of influenza include:


  • Fever with a body temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more
  • Common respiratory problems such as cold and cough
  • Congestion and runny nose
  • Headache accompanied by muscle pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills and fatigue

Prevention can be your best defense. Teach your child proper coughing and sneezing etiquette by using the inside of your elbow instead of thier hand. Encourage proper disposal of tissues. Keep hands away from the face area. Frequent hand washing can also be helpful to decrease the spread of infection. Stay home when you are ill, get plenty of rest and eat a balanced diet. Talk with your medical provider or health department and consider receiving the influenza vaccine to help prevent infections.

 

 

 

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Shadow Dates and Tours

If you are interested in learning more about our school and it's campus please email office manager Dawn Salas here or call the office to schedule your tour or a shadow day for your student.  We usually schedule shadow days on our early day Wednesday, but we are also able to work with your current school's schedule.  Tours are given any day of the week and are best in the morning hours (9:15), but we will work with any schedule. Come check us out. It will be worth your time.


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Interact club raises funds for local causes


 

Over at Twin Hills Charter Middle School, special education teacher Nicole Ramondo says their Interact club, begun in 2012 and now with about 25 active members, raised $600 during a movie night fundraiser for hurricane victims in September, but later decided to split some of that amount with local families who were displaced by the firestorm that hit Sonoma County just a few weeks later.

Generally, the clubs at individual schools decide on their own fundraising activities and then vote on recipients. Last year at Twin Hills, $400 went to a Rotary-sponsored “Keeping Girls in School” program and for mailing postage to replenish books for a Louisiana school library destroyed in flooding. In other years, money raised by Interact at Twin Hills has gone to the Humane Society and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, polio eradication programs and the UCSF Children's Hospital.

 

For complete article click here.

 

Digital Citizenship program starts this month

This month, teacher Therese LaLonde and school counselor, Hannah Goldman will be collaborating to teach a digital citizenship program for all grades with the goal of fostering positive online behavior for students in the digital age. And you may ask, what is digital citizenship? Digital citizenship generally refers to the behaviors, choices, and ethics a person applies when using technology. A more formal definition is presented in California's Education Code:

 

"An understanding of the ethical, legal, and safe use of information and technology.Respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources including the ability to differentiate between legal and illegal uses of information and sources so that students learn to apply responsible research practices. An awareness of local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture, digital etiquette, and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information."

 

As educators, we recognize the need to teach children about this as we see young people spending increasing amounts of time using the Internet and social media. State and federal law makers have passed legislation requiring that public schools with  Internet access provide students with a digital citizenship learning curriculum. Now that we are developing a greater understanding of what digital citizenship is, the next step is to provide age-appropriate learning activities tailored to the needs of each classroom. 

 


"The notion of 'digital citizenship' is so messy. All the more reason educators have to be in on these conversations with students."

- Tweet by George Couros, author of "The Innovator's Mindset"

Latest test scores show improvements


 

Student assessment test results are out, with parents and teachers across Sonoma County poring over data that indicates how well their schools are doing in teaching math and language arts.  In west county school districts, most elementary and middle schools improved or generally maintained their already-above-state-average scores.

 

A few, like Twin Hills Charter Middle School, saw their scores soar over last year’s results, increasing by more than 13 percent the number of sixth through eighth graders who met or exceed English standards and by more than 12 percent the number who met or exceeded math standards.

 

To read the complete article, click here.

Twin Hills yearbook 2016-17 receives national yearbook program of excellence award


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Twin Day Friday 12/15

 

Twin Day Friday 12/15

 

Sports day is 12/8!

 

Sports day is 12/8!

 

Sports day is 12/8!

 

Sports day is 12/8!

 

AERIES Portal

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If you have question's regarding the portal please call the office 823-7446

homework club

JOIN US FOR HOMEWORK CLUB!

The schedules for all grades are as follows:

6th grade: M, T, Th - 3:30 - 4:30

7th and 8th grades: Monday Math and

Thursday Homework Club - 3:30 - 4:30


Renew is as follows:

7th and 8th: T, W, Th - 7:45 - 8:45 AM


If you have any questions please call 823-7446

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