Director's Update - Tony Oddo

Dear Choices Families:

Welcome back to another school year! A lot has been happening here on campus over the summer, leading up to an exciting 2017-18 school year!

This summer we had our first ever summer school program at Choices. Over 60 high school students participated in 45 different course offerings over two sessions. Student reviews called it successful and helpful, so we will do our best to continue this program next year and in years to come.

More than 90% of you attended our Orientation sessions in late August. You heard about our new School Pathways/GradPoint integration, and you heard about our new communication system, ParentSquare. A large number of you have registered to participate in the ParentSquare features; another invitation to join will be coming out soon, so please do register. Being registered allows you to participate in all the features, including taking polls, responding to invitations, and communicating back with teachers and staff when they contact you through the system.

In October, Choices has scheduled a Fall Break for the week of October 16 – 20. The purpose if this break is to give our students a chance to breathe, get caught up in work, and rejuvenate for the next stretch of the first semester.
Speaking of student work, I want to give another reminder about how important it is for students to complete their assignments regularly and on time. Remember, completed work = attendance; uncompleted work = truancy. When students complete their work, they are learning and earning credits toward graduation, which is our ultimate goal. Please make sure you are monitoring your students regularly to ensure they are staying up on their assignments.

Lastly, and along those lines, if you ever need help accessing School Pathways and GradPoint, never hesitate to contact the school for assistance. We want to make sure you have all the access you need to be a good partner in your students’ education!

Sincerely,

Tony Oddo, Director

Choices Charter School

 

Inside this issue:

  • Counselor's Corner
  • Wish list
  • Events
  • Tutoring
  • Calendar of Events
  • Teacher Interviews

Counselor's Corner

ACT TESTING DATES FOR 2017-2018

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
(Late Fee Required)
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018

SAT TESTING DATES FOR 2017-2018

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
(Late Fee Required)
November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 17, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 14, 2017

ACT & SAT dates to remember. For more information you can go to www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.com. There are also practice test questions on these sites.         

Choices Wish List

Donate

Help Choices students and Staff Stay healthy this spring! contribute additional teaching supplies.

  • Kleenex
  • Clorox Wipes for desktops
  • #2 Pencils
  • Lined binder paper
  • Stapler & Staples
  • White board Markers
  • White board erasers
  • White poster board
  • Multi Colored Construction paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Highlighters
  • Double Sided taps

Events

Choices is having our first-ever dance on Friday, November 10, from 6-8:00 PM. All Middle and high school students are welcome, but everyone who attends the dance must be Choice student.

Buy your tickets early for a great deal! Admission will be $5 per student if purchased before October 13. After the October break, the price will go up to $7 per student and tickets purchased at the door will be $10 per student. To purchase a ticket, find a student representative or visit room 8 and talk to Mrs. Smith. Hope to see all of you at the Fall Dance! Let’s get our groove on!

 

Tutoring Schedule

 

Monday
All Subjects
Comp. Lab
8:30-3pm

 

Tuesday
All Subjects
Comp. Lab
8:30-3pm

Math Tutoring
Computer Lab
10am – 12pm

 

 

Wednesday
All Subjects
Comp. Lab
8:30-3:00pm

 

Thursday
All Subjects
Comp. Lab
8:30-3:00pm

Math Tutoring
Computer Lab
10am – 12pm

 

Friday
All Subjects
Comp. Lab
8:30-12:00pm

 

Calendar of Events

Sept. 27 Honor Roll Celebration 8:30am in the Multipurpose Room
Oct. 16-20 No School-Choices Charter School Break
Oct.25 PSAT Testing
Nov. 10 High School Choices Charter School Dance
Nov. 10 No School-Veteran's Day
Nov. 20-24 No School-Thanksgiving Break

Sacramento Speakers Series 2017-2017 Season

Doris Kearns

Goodwin

Wednesday, Nov 15

Captain Scott

Kelly

Wednesday, Jan 17

Bryan

Stevenson

Wednesday, Feb 21

Ehud

Barak

Wednesday, Mar 28

Chris

Wallace

Wednesday, Apr 17

The Sacramento Speaker Series provides students the oppertunity to hear motvational lecture from some of today’s most powerful speakers. Through the Share the Vision outreach program our school is provicde withthe opportunity to attend these events free of charge. Upcoming speakers are Author Doris Kearns Goodwin; Astronaut Captain and Author Bryan Stevenson; Former Prime Minister of israeli Ehud Barak and Journalist Chris Wallance.

 

Teacher Interviews

Interview with Mrs. Locaria, by Nicole Piedmont, Class of 2018

Why did you become a teacher?

Mrs. Locaria taught a swimming class when she was 16 years old. Being in the middle of six screaming kids made her realize that wat what she wanted to do. She doesn’t regret it and becoming a teacher is one of the best things she has done.

What do you like about teaching?

Mrs. Locaria likes making people think. It’s important, and she mentioned that this was the reason she teaches social studies and US History.

What books do you enjoy reading in your free time?

Fiction and science fiction are her favorites. She also likes books by Stephen King.

Favorite snacks to get you through the day?

Dr. Pepper and banana flavored Laffy Taffy are her favorites! One of the reasons banana Laffy Taffy is her favorite is because it makes her feel happy!

What type of music are you in to?

She really likes the band Pink Floyd because they have a unique combination of music and lyrics. She also likes 70’s and 80’s music, disco, and other fun types of music.


Interview with Mr. Smith, by Nicu Rusnac, Class of  2018

What do you like about Choices Charter School?

Mr. Smith feels that Choices Charter has very nice people and a great atmosphere.

Where did you go to school?

He graduated from Rio Americano High School, went to American River College and then graduated from CSU, Sacramento with a degree in social sciences.

Why did you get into teaching?

He is new to teaching but coached football, basketball, and track for six years.

What hobbies do you like to do outside of school?

Mr. Smith enjoys hiking with his dog and playing Australian Football every Thursday.  Ask him about what that is! Mr. Smith’s real passion is fantasy football.  He is the commissioner of two separate leagues and enjoys this time of the year watching as many games as possible since he is no longer coaching football.

 


Interview with Mrs. Wann, by Bela Maldonado-Ramirez

What college did you attend?

Mrs. Wann attended the University of Oregon because she “wanted to get as far away as possible” from her parents.   She thought a little break from her parents would be nice. So what better place to do it than Oregon where she was already familiar with the area where her older brother lived.

How was your college experience?

Mrs. Wann loved college because it was “very fun and it wasn’t because of all the parties”.  It was fun because she always got a rush from the pool of knowledge. She was also infatuated with the library. Mrs. Wann thought college was awesome and she loves to learn.

Why did you want to become a teacher?

Mrs. Wann became a teacher because she was pulled in by the amazing energy teenagers emit.  She simply loved (and still loves) being around young people; and to top it off, she really enjoys English and history.

What inspires you as a teacher?

What inspires Mrs. Wann as a teacher is the new advances in technology.  There are so many new ways to learn. She also loves to share her experiences and appreciates young, fresh ideas from her students. We are her fountain of youth!

Fun fact that her students might not know about her.

A fun fact about Mrs. Wann is that at home, she is the “Mompress” in her “Mompire” (with Dadistan as her back up). She rules it all and all of the power gives her a rush.

 

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