02.19.19

Welcome to Week 6 – February 18-February 23rd Open House this Thursday!

Open House this Thursday, February 21st 5:30 -7PM

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Word of the month: Compassion

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Upcoming Events

  • February 23rd: MESA Day at San Diego State University
  • February 26th: Panoramic Pictures
  • February 27th: Grades due @ 4:00 pm
  • February 28th: Read Across America
  • March 1st: Parent Meeting (Progress Report)
  • March 10th: Daylight Savings Time
  • March 11th – March 21st: ELPAC Testing
  • March 22nd: Last Day of third quarter
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February 18th

  • No School: President’s Day
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February 19th

  • Periods 5-6-1-2-3-4
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • PE Fitness Gram – testing
  • TKF Workshops in the library
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Tutoring: Math @ 3:10 pm (Room 601)
  • Principal’s Round Table meeting @ 3:00 pm in 107

February 20th

  • Periods 6-2-4
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • PE Fitness Gram – testing
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Student Council meeting in ASB @ 3:10 pm
  • Hippocrates Circle Meeting @ 6:00 pm (O’Farrell Charter School)

February 21st

  • Periods 1-3-5
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • PE Fitness Gram – testing
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Tutoring: Social Science @ 3:10 pm (Room 505)
  • Open House for incoming 7th graders (5:30 pm – 7:00 pm)

February 22nd

  • Periods 6-1-2-3-4-5
  • Dismissal at 1PM
  • TKF presentations in the library

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  • Saturday Academies
  • MESA Day (San Diego State University) (8:00 am – 4:30 pm)

About last week… Spirit Week

Stripes and Polka dots

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02.12.19

Week 5 Semester 2 – Monday, February 11 – Thursday, February 14th Celebrate Friendship Week

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Word of the Month: Compassion

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African American History Month

In February we celebrate African-American History Month. While SOM presents multicultural curriculum and perspectives throughout the year, we take time in February to further shine a spotlight on all the many contributions that African-Americans have made throughout history. During morning announcements, students will hear about an African American influential figure who made a positive impact on our world.

This week’s spotlight include:

  • Monday- Mae Jemison: Astronaut, Physician
  • Tuesday-Dr. Audrey Penn – Neurologist
  • Wednesday-George Crum Invention: The Potato Chip
  • Thursday-Michelle Obama, former First Lady, lawyer, spokesperson, writer

Open House

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We will be hosting an Open House for our incoming seventh graders on February 21st. This event is one of many attempts to help provide information about the powerful and unique programs we have for our young community members.

What’s Happening This Week?

February 11th

  • Celebrating Love and Friendship Week: Family Spot Light Day
  • Periods 2-4-6
  • PE Fitness Gram – testing
  • Principal’s Round Table during lunch
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Tutoring: Science @ 3:10 pm (Room 402)
  • Knowledge Bowl @3:10 (Room 803)

February 12th

  • Celebrating Love and Friendship Week: Stripes and Polk-a-Dots Day
  • Periods 3-5-1
  • PE Fitness Gram – testing
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Tutoring: Math @ 3:10 pm (Room 601)

February 13th

  • Celebrating Love and Friendship Week: Black and White Day
  • Periods 4-6-2
  • PE Fitness Gram – testing
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm

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February 14th

  • Celebrating Love and Friendship Week: Red, White, Pink Day
  • Periods 5-1-3
  • MESA: Steam Girl Empowerment (field trip to SDSU) (7:30 am – 2:30 pm)
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Tutoring: Social Science @ 3:10 pm (Room 505)
  • Valentine’s Dance (3:30 pm – 5:30 pm) (Cafeteria)

February 15th

  • No School in Honor of Presidents’ Day

February 16th

  • School Closed: No Saturday Academies

February 18th

  • No School in Honor of Presidents’ Day

Upcoming Events

  • February 15th – February 18th (No School)
  • February 21st: Open House for incoming 7th graders

Beauty All Around Southwest Middle School

This is the welcome we received on Monday morning.
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TKF Workshops: Critical Thinking

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SUHSD STEM Research Fair: Otay Ranch High School

Congratulations to our Buccaneer STEM Fair participants!

Group Presenting Project Title Place
Alan Ibarra Are solar cars better than battery powered cars? 1
Irvin Fragoso Are solar cars better than battery powered cars? 1
David Ulloa Mousetrap car 1
Isaac Reyes Lights and action 2
Daniel Bayliss Videojuego platformer 2
Saul Ramirez Hitboxes, do they affect the game? 3
Laisha Alvarado Does all natural hair mask help your hair be healthier than a store bought hair mask 3
Alyssa Cruz Does all natural hair mask help your hair be healthier than a store bought hair mask 3
Ariana Mateo Do storm drains keep the ocean trash free? 3
Daniela Alvarez Do storm drains keep the ocean trash free? 3
Genesis Sanchez A different way to animate 3
Edwin Ramirez Minty vs sweet gum 4
Vanessa Estrada Acoustic Levitation 4
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Thank you Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Sandoval!

Thank you to our counselors who put in tireless hours of work to balance classes, make schedules and ensure the mental health and well-being of each one of our students! Thank you so much for all you do!

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Our Valentine’s Day Pep Assembly

Celebrating student winter sports teams, Valentine’s Court and the members of our STEAM Team who represented our school in the SUHSD STEM Research Fair on Thursday.

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02.04.19

Semester 2 Week 4: February 4-9th District STEM Research Fair and More!

February 4th – February 9th

Mr. Ray Tornero: SOM Teacher of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS MR. TORNERO!!!

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In February we celebrate African-American History Month. While SOM presents multicultural curriculum and perspectives throughout the year, we take time in February to further shine a spotlight on all the many contributions that African-Americans have made throughout history. During morning announcements, students will hear about an African American influential figure who made a positive impact on our world.

This week’s spotlight include:

  • Monday- Mae Jemison: Astronaut, Physician
  • Tuesday-Dr. Audrey Penn – Neurologist
  • Wednesday-George Crum Invention: The Potato Chip
  • Thursday-Michelle Obama, former First Lady, lawyer, spokesperson, writer
  • Friday-

Upcoming Events

  • February 7th SUHSD STEM Research Fair Otay Ranch High School 11:30-7pm
  • February 11th – February 14th: Spirit Week (Love and Friendship)
  • February 13th and 14th- TKF Presentations
  • February 14th – MESA: STEAM Girl Empowerment Field Trip
  • February 14th – Valentine’s Dance
  • February 15th – February 18th (No School)
  • February 21st: Open House for incoming 7th graders
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February 4th

  • Periods 4-6-2
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • Principal’s Round Table during lunch
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • STEM Fair Help in Room 803 @12:20
  • Tutoring: Science @ 3:10 pm (Room 402)
  • Knowledge Bowl @3PM (Room 803)
  • STEM Fair Help @3PM (Room 803)

February 5th

  • Periods 5-1-3
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • TKF Workshop Presentations given to 7th grade PE classes (Ms. Finley, Ms. Lopez, Mr. Garnica-Mendoza, Ms. Gracias)
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Tutoring: Math @ 3:10 pm (Room 601)

January 6th

  • Periods 6-2-4
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • TKF Workshop Presentations given to 7th grade PE classes (Ms. Finley, Ms. Lopez, Mr. Garnica-Mendoza, Ms. Gracias)
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Tutoring: English @ 3:10 pm (Room 206)

February 7th

  • Periods 1-3-5
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Tutoring: Social Science @ 3:10 pm (Room 505)
  • SSC meeting @ 3:10 pm in the parent center
  • STEM Research Fair (Otay Ranch High School) (11:30 am – 7:00 pm) (Ms. Barron)

February 8th

  • Periods 4-5-6-1-2-3 (Pep Assembly Schedule)
  • Dismissal at 1PM
  • Pep Assembly- Valentine’s Court @ 12:00 pm

February 9th

  • Saturday Academy
  • Southwest Middle School Athletic League Events

About Last Week…

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TKF in PE classes – Needs, Feelings, Compassion and Cooperation

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Awards Ceremony –

Congratulations to all of the students who received awards for 1st Semester scholarship, behavior and Buccaneer Achievement! Keep up the Excellent work!

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Congratulating our Teacher of the Year: Mr. Ray Tornero

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01.28.19

Welcome to Semester 2 Week 3! January 28th-February 2nd

January 28th – February 2nd

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The Kindness Challenge Week

Southwest Middle will be joining other schools in the Great Kindness Challenge taking place this week.

We have developed activities that will flood our school with good deeds! To celebrate and promote The Kindness Challenge Week, we ask that you post the following activities in your classroom:

Challenges: Teachers and Students Please Participate and Promote

  • Monday – Compliment five people
  • Tuesday – Pick up 10 pieces of trash on campus
  • Wednesday – Sit with a new group of students/ invite a new friend to sit with you
  • Thursday – Say good morning to 15 people
  • Friday – Entertain someone with a happy dance or a happy song

Our ASB has organized many lunch activities to promote The Kindness Challenge Week. The list of additional challenges was sent to all of our students through Jupiter. The students who submit a checked list on Thursday will receive a treat. Students will also have the opportunity to sign a pledge.

 

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Word of the month: Resolution

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Resolution: a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.

Week at a Glance

January 28th

  • National Kindness Challenge Week
  • Periods: 6-2-4
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • Principal’s Round Table during lunch
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Tutoring: Science @ 3:10 pm (Room 402)
  • Knowledge Bowl @ 3PM Room 803
  • Board Meeting @ 6:00 pm (Board Room)

January 29th

  • National Kindness Challenge Week
  • Periods 1-3-5
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • ELAC Meeting @ 8:30 am in cafeteria
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Tutoring: Math @ 3:10 pm (Room 601)

January 30th

  • National Kindness Challenge Week
  • Periods: 2-4-6
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Tutoring: English @ 3:10 pm (Room 206)

January 31st

  • National Kindness Challenge Week 
  • Periods 3-5-1
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • Math Cafe @ 12:20- pm
  • Tutoring: Social Science @ 3:10 pm (Room 505)
  • SSC meeting @ 3:10 pm in the parent center

February 1st

  • National Kindness Challenge Week
  • Periods 3-4-5-6-1-2 (Schedule I)
  • Dismissal at 1PM
  • Semester 1 Awards Assemblies (8:00 am – 10:00 am)

February 2nd

  • Saturday Academies
  • Middle School Athletic League: Soccer and Basketball

Upcoming Events

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  • PE Fitness Testing: Month of February
  • Counselor’s Week: February 4th – 8th
  • District STEM Research Fair @ Otay Ranch High School: February 7th
  • PEP Assembly- Valentine’s Court: February 8th
  • Valentine’s Dance: February 14th
  • President’s Holidays: February 15th – February 18th (no school)

Pictures from last week

Buccaneer Brigade

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STEAM Fair

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12.17.18

Welcome to Finals Week December 17-21st!

December 17th – December 21st

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Winter Spirit Week

We encourage students and staff to participate in our Winter Spirit days this week!

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Word of the Month: Inclusiveness

  • Definition: the quality of including all sections of society.
  • Example: “Southwest Middle School promotes an attitude of kindness and inclusiveness.

December 18th

  • Spirit Week: Flannel Shirt
  • Periods 3 and 4 (Final Exams)
  • ELAC parent meeting in cafeteria 8:30-10:00
  • Dismissal at 1PM
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 1:05 pm (Room 601)

December 19th

  • Spirit Week: Formal Day
  • Periods 5 and 6 (Final Exams)
  • Dismissal at 1PM
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 1:05 pm (Room 601)
  • ASB Dance @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

December 20th

  • Spirit Week: Ugly Holiday Sweater Day
  • Periods 1-2-3-4-5-6
  • Dismissal at 1PM
  • STEAM Fair Project Work Day
  • Reindeer Run during lunch (extended lunch)
  • Winter Music Concert @ 6:00 pm (SOH)

December 21st

  • Spirit Week: Santa Hat Day
  • Periods 2-3-4-5-6-1
  • Dismissal at 1PM
  • Steam Challenge # 3: Day of Code
  • Report Cards Handed out the last period of the day
December 24th - January 15th

December 24th – January 15th

  • Winter Break

January 16th

January 16th

  • First Day of Second Semester

Pictures from last week

Cotinuing with our TKF Restorative Workshops

PE Teacher, Ms. Whittaker, leads 7th graders through restorative questions and practices to provide strategies for positively acknowledging conflict.

PE Teacher, Ms. Whittaker, leads 7th graders through restorative questions and practices to provide strategies for positively acknowledging conflict.

PE Teacher, Ms. Whittaker, leads 7th graders through TKF training.

PE Teacher, Ms. Whittaker, leads 7th graders through TKF training.

Winter Pep Assembly

Winter court King candidate, David Ulloa, escorted by STEAM Teacher, Mrs. Barron

Winter court King candidate, David, escorted by STEAM Teacher, Mrs. Barron.

Winter court Queen candidate, Jazmin, escorted by her Dance coach.

Winter court Queen candidate, Jazmin, escorted by her Dance Coach.

Presentation of Winter Court candidates.

Presentation of Winter Court candidates.

Winter Court Queen candidate, Alanis, stands proudly with her teacher Ms. Alcanero at Friday's pep assembly.

Winter Court Queen candidate, Alanis, stands proudly with her teacher Ms. Alcanero at Friday’s pep assembly.

ASB Field Trip to Ice Skating Rink

Ms. Parrenas all smiles with ASB students during their annual ice skating fieldtrip.

Ms. Parrenas is all smiles with ASB students during their annual ice skating field trip.

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12.10.18

Welcome to the final stretch! Week 17 December 10-15th – Finals Next Week!

December 10th – December 15th

Do your little bits of good where you are; it's those bits of good that ovewhelm the world. - Desmond Tutu
Inclusion - It's more than a set of strategies or practices; it is an educational orientation that embraces differences and values the uniqueness that each learner brings to the classroom.

Word of the Month: Inclusiveness

  • Definition: the quality of including all sections of society.
  • Example: “Southwest Middle School promotes an attitude of kindness and inclusiveness.”

Week at a Glance

December 10th

  • Periods 5-1-3
  • Dismisal at 3PM
  • ELA administering the Achieve 3000 Midterm Level Set Test
  • Math Cafe during lunch
  • Principal’s Round Table during lunch (conference room)
  • Tutoring: Science @ 3:10 pm
  • No Knowledge Bowl Practice today!
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 3:05 pm (Room 601)
  • Board Meeting @ PDC (6:00 pm)

December 11th

  • Periods 6-2-4
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • Earthquake Fire Drill @ 12:00 pm
  • Math Cafe during lunch
  • STEAM Workshop during lunch Room 803
  • Tutoring: Math @ 3:10 pm (Room 602)
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 3:05 pm (Room 601)

December 12th

  • Periods 1-3-5
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • TKF curriculum in 7th grade PE classes (library)
  • STEAM Workshop during lunch Room 803
  • Math Cafe during lunch
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 3:05 pm (Room 601)
  • English Tutoring @ 3:15 pm
  • Faculty Meeting @ 3:15 pm (library)

December 13th

  • Periods 2-4-6
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • TKF curriculum in 7th grade PE classes (library)
  • Math Cafe during lunch
  • STEAM Workshop during lunch Room 803
  • Tutoring: Social Science @ 3:10 pm (Room 505)
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 3:05 pm (Room 601)
  • SSC Meeting @ 3:15 pm (parent center)
  • AVID Club Movie Night @ 5:00 pm (cafeteria)

December 14th

  • Periods 6-1-2-3-4-5
  • PEP Assembly: Winter Court @ 12:00 pm
  • ASB Ice Skating Field Trip (6:00 pm – 10:30 pm)

December 15th

  • Saturday Academies
  • Middle School Sports (basketball and soccer)

Upcoming Events

  • Final Exams – December 17th – 19th
  • Spirit week Next week!
  • Grades Due – December 19th @ 4:00 pm
  • Reindeer Run- December 20th (during lunch)
  • SOM Day of Code December 21st
  • Last Day of Fall Semester – December 21st

Pictures from last week

Robotics Club at SYHS on Saturday, December 1st

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Celebrating Inclusiveness during lunch

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TKF Restorative Practices

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Students learn about Chinese Culture in Ms. Uriarte’s Class

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Safe Zone Field Trip to Ice Skating Rink

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12.03.18

Week 16 December 3rd-December 7th CSEd Week and Inclusiveness

Kaleidoscope of Friends Inclusive Schools Week December 3-7
Inclusion is a right, not a privilege for a select few

Word of the Month: Inclusiveness

  • Definition: the quality of including all sections of society.
  • Example: “Southwest Middle School promotes an attitude of kindness and inclusiveness.”

Week at a Glance

KSOM News

December 3rd

    • Periods 1-3-5
    • Dismisssal at 3PM
    • STEAM workshop during lunch Room 803
    • Math Cafe during lunch
  • Knowledge Bowl Practice Room 803 @3PM
  • Tutoring: Science @ 3:10 pm
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 3:05 pm (Room 601)
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December 4th

  • Periods 2-4-6
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • TKF curriculum in 7th grade PE classes
  • STEAM Workshop during lunch room 803
  • Math Cafe during lunch
  • Tutoring: Math @ 3:10 pm (Room 602)
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 3:05 pm (Room 601)

 

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  • Periods 3-5-1
  • Dismisal at 3PM
  • TKF curriculum in 7th grade PE classes
  • STEAM Workshop @ lunch Room 803
  • Math Cafe during lunch
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 3:05 pm (Room 601)
  • English Tutoring @ 3:15 pm

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December 6th

  • Periods 4-6-2
  • Dismisal at 3PM
  • STEAM Workshop @ lunch Room 803
  • Math Cafe during lunch
  • Tutoring: Social Science @ 3:10 pm (Room 505)
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 3:05 pm (Room 601)
  • Safety Plan Community Input @ 6:00 pm (cafeteria)

December 7th

  • Periods 5-6-1-2-3-4
  • Dismissal at 1PM
  • STEAM Workshop @ lunch Room 803
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December 9th

  • Saturday Academies
  • Safe Zone Ice Skating Field Trip @ 5:00 pm

Upcoming Events

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  • Final Exams – December 17th – 19th
  • Grades Due – December 14th
  • Reindeer Run- December 20th (during lunch)
  • Last Day of Fall Semester – December 21st
  • CS Edcation Week at SOM Decemeber 20-21st!
11.27.18

Week 15 – November 26th-30th

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Week at a Glance

November 26th

  • Welcome Back to School!
  • Periods 3-5-1
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • Math Cafe during lunch
  • STEAM workshop during lunch Room 803
  • Tutoring: Science @ 3:10 pm Room 803
  • Knowledge Bowl Room 803
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 3:05 pm (Room 601)

November 27th

  • Periods 4-6-2
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • ELAC Parent Meeting @ 8:30 am (cafeteria)
  • STEAM Workshop during lunch Room 803
  • Math Cafe during lunch
  • Tutoring: Math @ 3:10 pm (Room 602)
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 3:05 pm (Room 601)
  • Student Council Meeting @ 3:15 pm (ASB)
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November 28th

  • Periods 5-1-3
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • STEAM Workshop during lunch Room 803
  • Math Cafe during lunch
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 3:05 pm (Room 601)
  • English Tutoring @ 3:15 pm
  • School Site Council Meeting @ 3:15 pm (conference room)

November 29th

  • Periods 6-2-4
  • Dismissal at 3PM
  • STEAM workshop during lunch Room 803
  • Math Cafe during lunch
  • Tutoring: Social Science @ 3:10 pm (Room 505)
  • Math Credit Recovery @ 3:05 pm (Room 601)
November 30th

November 30th

  • Periods 4-5-6-1-2-3
  • Dismissal at 1PM
  • STEAM workshop during lunch Room 803

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  • Credit Recovery
  • Saturday Academies

Upcoming Events

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  • Inclusive Schools Week – December 3rd – 7th
  • Final Exams – December 17th – 19th
  • Grades Due – December 19th
  • Computer Science Education Week – December 20th and 21st (for SOM)
  • Last Day of Fall Semester – December 21st
  • Fall Break – December 24th – January 11th

Pictures from last week

Celebrating our Psychologist

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TKF Assembly

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