The Phoenix, February 9, 2017


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KUDOS TO MS. LA DUE

Seventh Grade English Teacher Ms. La Due won a 2017 Ed Fund Teaching Excellence Award. Making us proud!

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL VISITS KOREMATSU

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16

ECHS Counselors and Assistant Principal Jay Eirvin will visit 8th graders to talk about class choices for 2017/18.

 

screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-9-02-30-pmTIKI PARTY FUNDRAISER (A CELEBRATE KOREMATSU AUCTION ITEM)

APRIL 22, 6-9 PM

Party people, come enjoy planter’s punch and pu pu platters at the Schulze Family Tiki Lounge. $25 per person, $50 per couple. Adults only. Host families: Near Souza, Rula Craner, Karen Veitch, Leandra Johnson, Jen Treuting, and Carrie Schulze. Please email cafabfam@gmail.com if you’d like to join in the fun. Limited spots available.
screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-9-08-41-pmKOREMATSU SOFTBALL TEAM

Parent Randy Sepe is forming a girls softball team at Korematsu for the next two years. Here’s his message:

1) Korematsu Softball Team Informational Meeting

Who: All 7th- and 8th-grade girls are invited

Where: A217

When: Tues, February 14th during lunch time

2) Season Information

First Practice: Monday, February 27th at 3pm

Practices: Monday and Thursday from 3 – 4:15pm

Games: TBD, hope is to play other Middle Schools in the Bay Area (approximately 10-14 games)

Season: Feb 27 – May 26.

Contact: Randy Sepe at randysarah1@yahoo.com or 925-895-9672 for more information

GRATITUDE NOTES:

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU, SCIENCE FAIR, AND RIGHTS + RESPECT WEEK

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Chairs: Judy Chin and Joanne Okano

Celebrate Korematsu was truly a community endeavor, so we would like to thank the many people who helped with the event. We apologize to anyone whose name we have inadvertently omitted!

We particularly want to thank the lead volunteers for their often extraordinary efforts to put on the event and keep it running smoothly: Jen Treuting, Leandra Johnson, Lee Hamilton, Guy Fong, Stephanie Fong, Jeff Walker, Eowyn Mader, Bonney Lynch, Estella Sloan, Estela Banuelos, Carolyn Day Flowers, and Tony Sokolowski.

An especially big thank you goes to Trish McDermott and Marc LaJoie of The Arlington for generously donating so much of their time and expertise to prepare the delicious dinner!

We greatly appreciate the many volunteers who provided hours and hours of help before, during, and after the event or who gave donations to support the event. Thank yous go to Michelle Arakaki, Lauren Low, Saidah Said, Martha Burke, Fiona Grigg, Miriam Henneberger, Farhat Daud, Matt Fillingim, Rosa Leon, Lisha Holmestl, Chris Sterba, Randolph Bush, Larry Madden, Greg Chang, Jenny Han, Roni Bramwell, Carrie Schulze, Patty Osorio-O’Dea, Melissa Ehman, Keri Klein, Stephanie Kaiser, Jon Lebeck, Melissa Ehman, Jackie Kinney, Caroline Escalante, Kent Escalante, Mark Frey, Heather Walsh, Jake Schweitzer, Alonn Ilan, Lynn D’Amato, Cathy Pan, Ellen Hartigan–O’Connor, Gabriela Soriano, Ricardo Velasco, Adam Willett, Christian Thompson, Karen Thompson, Jeff Norman, Louie Mendoza, Cecie Mendoza, Michelle Fillingim, Dave Flowers, Kath Delaney, Erik Johnson, Kelly Bush, Rich Denio, Beckie Denio, Mike Yamauchi, Diana Yamauchi, Ilona Clark, Cindy Mekjian, Eileen King, Karen Robinson, Aaron Escalante, Karen Veitch, Bhrett Lash, Raheela James, Patty Enrado, Kathryn Tomaeno, Alex James, Rachelle Sherris-Watt, Angela Marengo, Marya Davis, Celina Brown, Emil Brown, Demetrio Franklin, Jenna Walker, Miya Escalante, Josephine Flood, Simha Furaha, and all those who simply pitched in to help as needed.

Special thanks also go to our tireless ECHS volunteers: Tamika Whitenack, Miya Keilin, Claire Sterling, Taiyo Keilin, Julia Walker and Ben Ragasa.

Many, many thanks go to auction chairs Rula Craner and Negar Souza and their talented auction team. Please read below for a message of thanks from Negar.

We thank the Korematsu Jazz Band and the Korematsu Jazz Ensemble for a job well done, and Ms. Sarah La Due for a stellar performance; it was a terrific show. Clearly, an enormous thank you from all of us goes to Tiffany Carrico, Korematsu’s amazing band director, for making the music happen.

Finally, thank you to Principal Matthew Burnham for his support of the Korematsu community, including opening the school on Saturday for the Celebrate Korematsu crew.

With great appreciation,

Judy Chin and Joanne Okano

THANK YOU TO THE CELEBRATE KOREMATSU AUCTION TEAM!

Chairs: Negar Souza and Rula Craner

We would like to thank all of the people who helped support the auction portion of the evening. It was a huge success and we are grateful for your time and help!

Alonn Ilan, Beth Lewis, Cecie Mendoza, Tammy Garretson, Larry Madden, Jen Toledo, Carrie Schulze, Karen Vietch, Gaetano Fong, Stephanie Fong, Cali Fong, Lani Stern, Maia Stern

A huge thank you to my partner, Rula Craner, without you we wouldn’t have such a successful event! And if we forgot you, it’s not because we didn’t appreciate you, it’s because we are still mentally recovering!

Thanks again,

Negar Souza

SCIENCE FAIR

Chair: Ying-Tsu Loh

Thank you to the Science Fair Judges and helpers!

Thanks to the judges who put in many hours of work evaluating science posters this year. Judges this year were: Bobbie Dowling, Melissa Ehman, Jon Lebeck, Larry Madden, Jeff Norman, Jeff Walker and Janette Wallis. Thank you’s also go out to Judy Chin and Cindy Mekjian for providing homemade snacks and dinner. A special thank-you to Mr. Kunz for providing his room and helping with poster set-ups, and Luke and Alec Thilmony for helping with the Science Fair Night.

Good luck to the Junior Scientists at the West Contra Costa Science Fair!

RIGHTS + RESPECT WEEK

Chair: Saidah Said

Last week, students learned more about the work of Fred Korematsu and other civil rights activists from a special assembly as well as an exhibit on Fred’s work; gained an opportunity to follow other students’ thoughts on the cultural value of respect from the three Walls of Respect; and given a chance to sit through lunchtime screenings of documentaries on civil rights efforts. Our students and school are fortunate to have the generous support of:

— Authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, who gave a splendid presentation on the Fred Korematsu story, with readings from their new book “Korematsu Speaks Up” ;

— Sakura Kai Taiko group who performed with energy and purpose;

— Toru Saito, a survivor of Japanese internment during the second world war, for his relevant perspective and heartfelt performance;

— Ms. La Due and Ms. Bogie for introducing the participants during the assembly;

— Chris Sterba, who put together the exhibit on Fred Korematsu;

— Korematsu Institute, for making documents and photos available;

— Janice Staubus Wallis, who helped with the Walls of Respect;

— Kazue Nakahara, for her friendly advice;

— Southern Poverty Law Center for the videos;

— and Mr. Burnham for his unfailing support with things technical and administrative during this week.

 

screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-9-04-06-pmKNOW YOUR RIGHTS INFORMATION SESSION

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 5:30 PM — 6:30 PM

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF THE EAST BAY RICHMOND OFFICE

217 HARBOR WAY, RICHMOND

Get information on your rights in view of new developments regarding immigration. Please see flyer attached. Also attached is flyer on the next Naturalization workshop on Saturday, February 25th in Oakland.

Know Your Rights Flyer for ENGLISH 2.22.17.pdf

Know Your Rights Flyer for 2.22.17 Spanish.

NATZ Feb 25 2017_SPANISH_FLYER.PDF

NATZ Feb 25 2017 ENGLISH_FLYER.PDF
screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-11-06-17-pmMEET STAN YOGI AND LAURA ATKINS, CO-AUTHORS OF “FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP”

Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland, California

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 12 PM

Another opportunity to hear Stan Yogi and Laura Atkins talk about their book at Center for Asian American Media Festival (CAAMFEST). Watch, listen, and learn.

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The Phoenix, January 26, 2017

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-10-40-17-pmKOREMATSU RIGHTS + RESPECT WEEK

JANUARY 30 TO FEBRUARY 3

Next week is the PTSA-sponsored Rights + Respect Week. It is time where students can ponder and discuss the breakthroughs and setbacks in the progression of civil rights in this country, as well as contemplate respect as a cultural value. Events during this week include:

~ Fred T. Korematsu Tribute on Korematsu Day – Monday, Jan. 30

Who is Fred T. Korematsu? On Jan. 30, which is Korematsu’s birthday, learn about his achievements in advancing civil rights. A special exhibit in the MPR will reveal the story of the man behind the name.

~ Korematsu Assembly – Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, 2nd and 3rd Periods

Authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi present their new book “Korematsu Speaks Up.” Joining them are Japanese internment survivor Toru Saito, the Sakura Kai Senior Center taiko group, and the winner of Korematsu speech contest. Wear KMS colors — red and gold.

~ Three Walls of Respect – All Week

Students recently wrote a few things about what respect means to them. Follow their thoughts on this important cultural value on the Three Walls of Respect in the school hallways.

~ Films on Civil Rights – All Week

Reflect on the efforts of civil rights activists. The films will be screened in the MPR during seventh and eighth grade lunch periods.

~ National History Day Showcase – February 2, C 212 (Mr. U’s Room), 5 to 6 PM. (More info below)

 

URGENT APPEAL: VOLUNTEER AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12

This is a fun-raiser! Mark off a few hours for us on that day and come down to Golden Gate Fields and work Dollar Days. We serve hot dogs and beer, (and sneak off to place a few bets). Your PTSA earns $1,000 + tips. It is fun! Really!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fPmnn__ee3SZ8U7P5dGLvvluRJCTp9PhAEZFrBKIk80/edit?usp=sharing

 

national-historySAVE THE DATE: NATIONAL HISTORY DAY SHOWCASE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, C212 (MR. URIOSTEGUE’S ROOM), 5 TO 6 PM
Learn from projects by 8th graders that explore the theme “Taking a Stand.”

 

SAVE THE DATE: KOREMATSU SCIENCE FAIR NIGHT
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, MPR, 7 TO 8 PM
The Science Fair is coming! A Korematsu tradition that’s not to be missed!

 

IMPORTANT CELEBRATE KOREMATSU UPDATE

celebrate-korematsu-2015TICKETS: Celebrate Korematsu is officially sold out. If you have reserved CK tickets that you won’t be able to use, please email celebratekorematsu@gmail.com so we can make those tickets available to parties on the wait list.

CALL FOR DESSERTS: Contribute one dessert in the coming year to the Dessert of the Month auction item! Click here to access the sign up sheet.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEER WITH TRUCK: Delivery person needed for larger furniture items after the auction! Truck required. Email negarsouza@comcast.net with questions.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: To help out, click on this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uoNtlEIc6v4u1zqflWPCak-fwcprnXfhfBz-e06_Vfo/edit#gid=0

2016-2017 YEARBOOK — ORDER NOW!

Lowest Price in History for 2016-2017 Yearbooks! 64+ colored pages! $30 until Feb. 26, 2017. Prices are scheduled to go up midnight Feb 27, 2017.

Online orders only accepted now. Please go to http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/

Orders can be placed via cash/check in the school office after January 19th until February 26th for $30. Forms will be available in the office.

VALENTINE’S DAY ACTIVITIES
Organized by Ms. Renee & Leadership

Valentine’s Day Dance, Tuesday, February 14, 2:30-4PM, MPR

Tickets sold 2/9 through 2/14. Must have ID and signed permission slip to purchase ticket. Permission slips available in office or in Ms. Renee’s room A221 starting in February. Prices: 2/9=$2; 2/10=$2.50; 2/13=$3; 2/14=$4…and $5 @ the door.

Adult Chaperones are needed and welcome. Here are jobs available:
–Lobby Help…watch bathroom traffic and sell latelings tickets
–Backpack watch…supervise use/access of backpacks, esp at beginning & end of dance
–Pizza…take raffle ticket from student and exchange w/pizza slice
–Refreshments…help keep drink/snack table from being too messy

Please contact Ms. Renee if you can come at crenee@wccusd.net or text me: 510-495-5274.
We also welcome any contributions of red/pink/white decorations for the dance. They can be dropped off at the office or at Ms. Renee’s room A221. AND…we could use 2-3 adult helpers to come decorate with about a dozen kids period 7 on the day of the dance, Feb. 14th.1:35-2:25PM. Contact Ms. Renee.

Candy Grams–Sold at lunctime in MPR Wed. Feb 8th-13th and Distributed period 7 at the end of the class period. Items sold: Bag of Chocolate Kisses, or Heart-Shaped Stress Ball, or Chocolate Rose $1.50 each. Student should find out their friends’ last period room number or teacher. Any adult who’d like to help distribute these to teachers on Feb. 14th would be welcome. Let Ms. Renee know.
cmeaKUDOS TO KOREMATSU JAZZ

The Korematsu Jazz Ensemble scored Excellent in every category in last week’s California Music Educators Association festival and competition in Walnut Creek.
OPEN ENROLLMENT INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER
JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Open Enrollment Flyer 2017-2018.pdf
SEVENTH ANNUAL FRED T. KOREMATSU DAY OF CIVIL LIBERTIES AND THE CONSTITUTION EVENT, “STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT”
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2 PM, PARAMOUNT THEATER, OAKLAND
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The Fred T. Korematsu Institute presents the 7th Annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution event, “Stand Up For What Is Right”. Commerating the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 that authorized the forced removal and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. Our topic this year is “Mass Incarceration Across Communitites: What’s Next?” Featured guest speakers include Alicia Garza, Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter; Farhana Khera, Executive Director of Muslim Advocates; Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender and documentary filmmaker, and David Ono, anchor ABC7 News, Los Angeles who will be our MC. Also, performances from spoken word group, Young, Gifted & Black; rapper, spoken word artist and music by Ruby Ibarra; Cal Raijin Taiko of UC Berkeley, the Fred T. Korematsu Middle School speech contest winner, and including other special guests.

Tickets: http://www1.ticketmaster.com/fred-korematsu-day-of-civil-liberties-oakland-california-01-29-2017/event/1C00522BE6B13626?artistid=2325847&tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search

 

FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP BOOK LAUNCH

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2 TO 4 PM

J-SEI, 1285 66TH STREET, EMERYVILLE, CA

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi; illustrator Yutaka Houlette; and Director of the Korematsu Institute, Karen Korematsu, Fred’s daughter, to learn about Fred’s lifelong fight for justice. This event is for children, families, teachers, librarians, and anyone who wants to join. Light food and drinks, plus the sale of the books.

To find out more and to RSVP, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fred-korematsu-speaks-up-book-launch-tickets-30106809277

UPCOMING: JOHN DAVERSA’ S JAZZ BAND AT EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, ECHS, 6:30 PM

screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-10-16-58-pmYou’re invited to a wonderful concert on January 31 at El Cerrito High School featuring John Daversa’s band and our very own Jazz Ensemble! Concert begins at 6:30. Tickets are $10. It’ll be a great night of music, hope to see you there!

 

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL THIRD ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017

screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-49-57-pmECHS will host its third annual Jazz Festival featuring high school jazz programs throughout the Bay Area. The festival include workshops, master classes, clinics, and adjudicated performances. The culminating event will be an evening concert with the Donny McCaslin group at 7pm. Evening concert is $15 which includes festival all day pass. Festival only passes are $10. Tickets can be purchased at http://echsbands.com/festival/

CLEAN ENERGY
Go 100% Renewable to Celebrate El Cerrito’s 100th Anniversary!
For its 100th anniversary, El Cerrito has a lot to celebrate. As an El Cerrito businesses or resident, you can celebrate your energy options and celebrate taking action toward a cleaner, greener planet for future generations. For just a penny more per kilowatt hour, MCE customers can get 100% Deep Green renewable electricity sourced from solar and wind power. Sign up today at mceCleanEnergy.org/ElCerrito.

ED TALKS: DOES ADDRESSING BIAS DISRUPT BULLYING?

FEBRUARY 8, 217C W RICHMOND AVE, 7 TO 8 PM

The Ed Fund is a nonprofit organization focused on developing collaborative groups that provide resources and support to aid students with college readiness, access, and completion. Come learn about our current work and activities while engaging in a lively conversation around different education topics at the Ed Talks information session. This month’s guest collaborative partner is the Anti-Defamation League. Held on the second Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:00pm at the Ed Fund offices at 217C West Richmond Avenue in Point Richmond. Register for the February 8th Ed Talk at www.edfundwest.org/event.

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The Phoenix, January 19, 2017

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU

celebrate-korematsu-2015SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, ALBANY VETERANS’ MEMORIAL BUILDING, 1325 PORTLAND AVE, ALBANY, CA
5:30 TO 9:30 PM
Get Your Tickets NOW — ONLY AROUND 50 TICKETS LEFT!

Please join us for Celebrate Korematsu, a fundraiser for our school, our community and our fabulous bands. Enjoy great food, a silent and live auction, and music performed by our great, young musicians, as well as the talented Ms. Sarah La Due.

Celebrate Korematsu is a community wide event and everyone — not just band folks — is welcome!

Adults $25, Youths under 18 $15 until Friday, January 27

Adults $30, Youths under 18 $20 after Friday, January 27

Tickets may be ordered in one of three ways:

  1. E-mail celebratekorematsu@gmail.com . Please indicate your name, # of adults, and # of youths. An e-mail reply will confirm your order and include payment details.
  2. Order online at https://korematsumiddleschool.org/bands/. Pay by clicking “I Heart Music.” Please indicate in comment section “Celebrate Korematsu,” your name, and # of tickets.
  3. Return stub on the flyer attached with payment in envelope addressed to “Celebrate Korematsu Tickets.” Turn in to Ms. Carrico in the Band Room.

CK Flyer 2017.pdf

All proceeds support our music and PTSA programs, including math tutoring, teacher and classroom grants, and so much more!

Questions? Contact us! celebratekorematsu@gmail.com

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU: CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

It takes a village to put on a big fundraiser like this so please volunteer to help out if you can. Click on this link

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU: CALL FOR DONATIONS

Do you have a special talent, service, own a business or a vacation rental? Consider donating to the Celebrate Korematsu event to help raise money to ensure key programs such as the music, writing coaches, disaster preparedness supplies, classroom supplies, library books, as well as reading and math tutoring programs continue to be funded!

Are you a professional chef? Donate a cooking lesson or a gourmet dinner.

Do you like to host events or parties? Host a barbecue, garden or cocktail party.

Do you have a business to promote? Donate a gift certificate.

Please contact Rula Craner at rula_craner@yahoo.com or 415.297.8380 for ideas or any questions about your donation. Or complete a Donor Form (attached) and leave in the office.

Celebrate Korematsu Donation Form 2017.docx
CELEBRATE KOREMATSU: DESSERTS, ANYONE?
Want to do something small that makes a big impact for our school auction? Contribute one dessert in the coming year to the Dessert of the Month auction item! The winner gets a dessert every month delivered to their door. Each contributor makes just one dessert, but the winner of the item gets 12 desserts!! Click here to access the sign up sheet. Email Alonn at alonnilan@gmail.com with questions.

 

PTSA WORKS GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12

This is a fun-raiser! Mark off a few hours for us on that day and come down to Golden Gate Fields and work Dollar Days. We serve hot dogs and beer, (and sneak off to place a few bets). Your PTSA earns $1,000 + tips. It is fun! Really!

Details

 

2016-2017 YEARBOOK — ORDER NOW!

Lowest Price in History for 2016-2017 Yearbooks! 64+ colored pages! $30 until Feb. 26, 2017. Prices are scheduled to go up midnight Feb 27, 2017.

Online orders only accepted now.

Orders can be placed via cash/check in the school office after January 19th until February 26th for $30. Forms will be available in the office.

IMPORTANT INFO ON PSAT 8/9 SCORE AND MORE!

college-board-logoEvery October, students in 8th and 9th grades take the PSAT 8/9. This is a standardized test that measures students’ college and career readiness as they enter high school. The test is taken at school.

The PSAT 8/9 serves as a warm-up to the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) taken at high school. The PSAT/NQSMT itself is a precursor to the SAT, a college-entrance exam that measures student aptitude in reading, writing and math, and optional subjects of science, history and languages.

At Korematsu, every 8th grade student will be able to view his or her PSAT 8/9 score with the assigned 8th grade counselor during the counselor classroom visit, which this year will take place in the last week of January during Math class.

During this visit students will:
a) Receive an Individual Score Report booklet that will provide a personal access code that is required to retrieve the PSAT scores online through the College Board website;
b) Be shown how to create a Khan Academy account at https://www.khanacademy.org/sat . This resource can also be used to prepare for PSAT/NSQMT, a warm-up to the SAT, which will be administered in high school;
c) Guided to visit bigfuture.org to learn more about careers and college majors.

How to Access the PSAT 8/9 Scores Online
1. Go to collegeboard.org
2. Click on “Sign Up” to create a College Board account

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* However, the College Board currently does not collect personal information for students under the age of 13. PSAT 8/9 test takers under 13 can review their results on the paper score report or can review their scores in school with their counselor (see above).
3. Once you have created an account, log in with your username and password.
4. If you don’t see your scores on your dashboard after logging in, click the Add Score(s) button and use the access code that is shared with you by your counselor during the counselor classroom visit.
5. Click on PSAT 8/9
6. Click on “Get Your Scores.” Once your account is linked to your scores, it will look something like this:

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If you run into problems accessing the test scores, please read more here:
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/about/scores/score-report-help#troubleshoot-missing-scores

How to Understand the Scores
The online score report shows students how they performed on the test, which will give them an idea on what to improve on as they prepare for the SAT. The report score contains scores, percentiles, and benchmarks. Students will also see the questions they have got wrong and which skills were tested.

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For more tips, watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzCSIilL3WQ&feature=youtu.be

Ways to Use Your PSAT Score Report
a. Your score results will indicate the areas you need to focus on as you prepare for the SAT.
b. Your score results will allow you to create a free, personalized SAT practice plan by linking your College Board and Khan Academy accounts to access SAT practice recommendations based on your performance on the PSAT.

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BRIGHTBYTES AND WCCUSD

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Dear WCCUSD Parent/Guardian,

During the 2014-15 school year, our district started a partnership with BrightBytes, an educational software company in order to learn more about our technology use for student learning. Our goal is to gather data on a continuing basis regarding technology access and skills, and on our district’s technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement.

To gain these insights, we provide BrightBytes with a complete picture of technology use at school and at home within our district. Students, teach ers, and parents are asked to complete an online questionnaire twice a year to help us gather this data.

Your participation and support is important to us and will give us a more complete understanding of our district’s technology use. Our first step is to gather data from you, the members of our parent community.

Below is a link to the parent survey, as well as a QR code which can be scanned with a mobile device running a QR code reader. This will allow you to access the survey on your smartphone or another mobile device (such as a tablet). Please note that the survey is short and should only take about 5 to 8 minutes of your time.

Korematsu Middle School

Take the survey in English: www.BByt.es/XH2UP

Encuesta para los padres en español URL: http://goo.gl/pQRIFQ

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER

JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 4, 2017

If you wish for your child to be considered for a transfer to a school that is not your resident school, please read the guidelines stated in the attached flyer, complete the Open Enrollment Transfer Application form, and provide one current utility bill as address verification.

Transfer applications may be obtained starting on January 31st through February 14th, 2017 from the office of any school, the Transfer Office, or the district’s website at wccusd.net. Transfer Office hours during the Open Enrollment Transfer Period is Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Applications can be submitted in the following ways:

• Mail or in person: 1108 Bissell Ave, Room 108. Richmond, CA 94801

• Fax: (510) 620-2085 – received applications by fax will not be confirmed

• Email: transferoffice@wccusd.net

Open Enrollment Flyer 2017-2018.pdf
FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP BOOK LAUNCH

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2 TO 4 PM

J-SEI, 1285 66TH STREET, EMERYVILLE, CA

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Fred Korematsu challenged the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans when few others did. A new children’s book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, explores this civil rights hero’s life and its relevance today. Join authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi; illustrator Yutaka Houlette; and Director of the Korematsu Institute, Karen Korematsu, Fred’s daughter, to learn about Fred’s lifelong fight for justice. This event is for children, families, teachers, librarians, and anyone who wants to join. We’ll have activities for kids and short presentations by the authors, the illustrator, and Karen Korematsu. Light food and drinks, plus the sale of the books.

To find out more and to RSVP, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fred-korematsu-speaks-up-book-launch-tickets-30106809277

ED TALKS: DOES ADDRESSING BIAS DISRUPT BULLYING?

screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-9-32-02-pmThe Ed Fund is a nonprofit organization focused on developing collaborative groups that provide resources and support to aid students with college readiness, access, and completion. Come learn about our current work and activities while engaging in a lively conversation around different education topics at the Ed Talks information session. This month’s guest collaborative partner is the Anti-Defamation League. Held on the second Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:00pm at the Ed Fund offices at 217C West Richmond Avenue in Point Richmond. Register for the February 8th Ed Talk at www.edfundwest.org/event.

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The Phoenix, January 5, 2017

KOREMATSU PTSA MEETING (7PM) + BAND PARENTS MEETING (6PM) TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

The PTSA will meet at 7 PM in the Multipurpose Room. After covering PTSA business, we will hold a special session:

“A YEAR LATER: AFTER ACTION REVIEW – THE NEW KOREMATSU BUILDING”

This session is devoted to giving comment on the building process, communications, the move and the after! How did it go? What do we love about our new building? What would we do differently? For about 30 minutes we will open the floor to your comments.

We will have WCCUSD District Engineering Officer, Luis Freese and consultants from EIP2 in attendance.

ALL ARE WELCOME. TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS TOO!

Agenda is attached here: January 10 Meeting – Google Docs.pdf

Preceding the PTSA meeting is the Band Parents meeting in the band room, starting at 6 PM.

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10th, 4:30 PM TO 8 PM

Come in to the Chipotle at 9901 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito on Tuesday, January 10th between 4:30pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Korematsu Middle School. Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer

KOREMATSU SCIENCE FAIR, CALL FOR JUDGES!

Are you a science fan? Or simply someone who would like to support or inspire budding scientists? We are looking for parents, guardians or other community members to grade science fair projects. No experience is necessary and we have a grading rubric to guide you!
When: Tuesday, January 17th

Choose arrival times for judging: 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 4:00 -5:30 p.m. Give yourselves a total of 3 hours to judge 40-45 posters.

Where: Korematsu Middle School, location TBD

Sign up at: http://bit.ly/KMSscience

Don’t want to judge? We also need help with food purchases in the morning and evening for the judges. Other opportunities to help — Korematsu Science Fair Night in early February, the WCCUSD Science Fair in late February, and the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair in March. Contact us! korematsuptsa@gmail.com

Please help grow our science tradition!

NEW YEAR TEACHER LUNCHEON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 13th

Let’s provide some warmth to our teachers and staff on these cold winter days. Do you have a favorite soup or stew to share? Or perhaps a comforting salad? To contribute a dish or to help, please click on this link.

WCCUSD LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP) TOWN HALL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 6:30 TO 8 PM

PINOLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
1575 Mann Dr.
Pinole, 94564

WCCUSD welcomes students, families, staff, and community members to learn more about the 2016-17 LCAP and provide feedback on each goal and its actions and services.

Korematsu needs at least 3 parents to represent the school. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Principal Burnham at mburnham@wccusd.net . Thank you!

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
ALBANY VETERANS’ MEMORIAL BUILDING, 1325 PORTLAND AVE, ALBANY, CA
5:30 TO 9:30 PM

NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!
WOO-HOO!

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

Please join us for Celebrate Korematsu, a fundraiser for our school, our community and our fabulous bands. Enjoy great food, a silent and live auction, and music performed by our great, young musicians, as well as the talented Ms. Sarah La Due.

Adults $25, Youths under 18 $15 until Friday, January 27
Adults $30, Youths under 18 $20 after Friday, January 27

Tickets may be ordered in one of three ways:

  1. E-mail celebratekorematsu@gmail.com . Please indicate your name, # of adults, and # of youths. An e-mail reply will confirm your order and include payment details.
  2. Order online at https://korematsumiddleschool.org/bands/. Pay by clicking “I Heart Music.” Please indicate in comment section “Celebrate Korematsu,” your name, and # of tickets.
  3.  Return stub on the flyer attached with payment in envelope addressed to “Celebrate Korematsu Tickets.” Turn in to Ms. Carrico in the Band Room.

All proceeds support our music and PTSA programs, including math tutoring, teacher and classroom grants, and so much more!

View the Invitation Here!
THIS EVENT ALWAYS SELLS OUT.
BUY TICKETS IMMEDIATELY.
Questions? Contact us! celebratekorematsu@gmail.com

RIGHTS + RESPECT WEEK

JANUARY 30 (KOREMATSU DAY) TO FEBRUARY 3

Events to include a school-wide assembly focusing on Fred T. Korematsu’s fight for universal rights; film screenings; and an evening celebrating student history projects that explore the theme “Taking a Stand.” If you are interested to help, please email korematsuptsa@gmail.com .

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY PROJECTS BY 8TH GRADERS

The History Department will showcase the National History Day projects by eighth graders in an evening event, date TBD, during the Rights + Respect Week, January 30 to February 3.

2016-2017 YEARBOOK — ORDER NOW!

Lowest Price in History for 2016-2017 Yearbooks! 64+ colored pages! $30 until Feb 26, 2017. Prices are scheduled to go up midnight Feb 27, 2017.

Online orders only accepted now. Please go to http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/

Orders can be placed via cash/check in the school office after January 19th until February 26th for $30. Forms will be available in the office.

OPEN ENROLLMENT INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER

JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 4, 2017

If you wish for your child to be considered for a transfer to a school that is not your resident school, please read the guidelines stated in the attached flyer, complete the Open Enrollment Transfer Application form, and provide one current utility bill as address verification.

Transfer applications may be obtained starting on January 31st through February 14th, 2017 from the office of any school, the Transfer Office, or the district’s website at http://www.wccusd.net/page/550 . Transfer Office hours during the Open Enrollment Transfer Period are Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Applications can be submitted in the following ways:

• Mail or in person: 1108 Bissell Ave, Room 108. Richmond, CA 94801

• Fax: (510) 620-2085 – received applications by fax will not be confirmed

• Email: transferoffice@wccusd.net

Open Enrollment Flyer 2017-2018.pdf

WRITER COACHES NEEDED FOR SPRING SEMESTER

Looking for a volunteer opportunity to be more involved in the ECHS community? WriterCoach Connection (WCC) is a rewarding experience working one-on-one with students at every level of writing ability on their English writing assignments. In partnership with teachers, trained writer coaches help students strengthen their writing and critical thinking skills by giving them constructive feedback, challenging them to think more deeply, and building their confidence as writers. The time commitment is only one class period, two to three times per month. All coaching takes place during the school day.

You don’t need to be a writer or teacher — WCC coaches are parents, guardians, college students, working and retired people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. Our in-depth training will give you strategies and practice to work effectively with students, including your own. If you are unable to coach right now, please tell a friend or neighbor who might be interested.

Upcoming nearby trainings are offered at the following times:

Fridays 1/6 & 1/13 9:30 – Noon
Thursdays 1/12 & 1/19 Noon – 3:00

Upcoming trainings located in Berkeley are offered at the following times:

Tuesdays 1/10 & 1/17 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Fridays 1/20 & 1/27 9:30 – 12:30
Mondays 1/23 & 1/30 12:00 – 3:00
You are welcome to attend any training. To register for a training or for more information, go to www.writercoachconnection.org (click on “Volunteer”) or contact ECHS site coordinator – Lynda Frank (lyndafrankwcc@gmail.com).

MAGICAL NATHANIEL AT ECHS, ECHS THEATER, JANUARY 13, 6 TO 7:30 PM

Come see Magical Nathaniel’s return show at El Cerrito High School! Direct from graduating from UC Berkeley and performing for more than 30,000 people at the commencement ceremony, Magical Nathaniel returns to his high school to put on another incredible magic performance. This mind boggling show will include circus skills and never before seen original illusions that are sure to leave you speechless! Don’t miss this incredible magic experience!

Pre-sale at ECHS Cashier’s office:
Children under 5: free
Children K-12: $4
Students/Seniors: $5
Adult: $7
Brown Paper Tickets ($0.99 + 3.5% service charge)
Child/student: $6.17
Brown Paper Tickets Link: echsmagic.brownpapertickets.com
Adult: $8.24
At the door:
Children under 5: free
Children K-12: $5

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TOTAL HEALTH DAY OF SERVICE

FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS GRADES 6-9
JANUARY 16, 2017, 8 AM TO 2 PM
WATERFRONT HOTEL, OAKLAND

Kaiser Permanente is pleased to host an inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Total Health Day of Service event that will offer interesting and educational workshops to parents and students in grades 6-9. Experts in Financial Literacy, Academia, Mental and Physical Health will lead interactive workshops. Kaiser Permanente leaders also will share insights on Kaiser Permanente’s mission and why we are committed to total health in the communities we serve.

Who: Parents and students grades 6-9 (Please forward or share the flyer with your organization)
Date & Time: January 16, 2017, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, California
How to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kp-mlk-total-health-day-of-service-general-tickets-30045736607 or email the event coordinators at KP-MLK-Event@kp.org
Agenda:
8:00 am – 8:30 am – Check-in & Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am – Opening Comments
9:45 am – 12:30 pm – Breakout Sessions for Parents and Students
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm – Closing Comments
Break Out Sessions:
Parents:
Financial Health / Financial Literacy
Physical Health
Mental Health
Students:
Academic Health
Financial Health / Financial Literacy
Physical Health
Sign-up Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kp-mlk-total-health-day-of-service-general-tickets-30045736607
Or go to www.EventBrite.com and search for “KP MLK Total Health Day of Service”.
If you have any questions, please email KP-MLK-Event@kp.org.

FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP BOOK LAUNCH

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2 TO 4 PM
J-SEI, 1285 66TH STREET, EMERYVILLE, CA
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Fred Korematsu challenged the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans when few others did. A new children’s book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, explores this civil rights hero’s life and its relevance today. Join authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi; illustrator Yutaka Houlette; and Director of the Korematsu Institute, Karen Korematsu, Fred’s daughter, to learn about Fred’s lifelong fight for justice. This event is for children, families, teachers, librarians, and anyone who wants to join. We’ll have activities for kids and short presentations by the authors, the illustrator, and Karen Korematsu. Light food and drinks, plus the sale of the books.

To find out more and to RSVP, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fred-korematsu-speaks-up-book-launch-tickets-30106809277

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The Phoenix, December 29, 2016

SCHOOL WILL RESUME ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2017

Wishing everyone all good things on this new year!

KOREMATSU PTSA MEETING

KOREMATSU PTSA MEETING (7PM) + BAND PARENTS MEETING (6PM)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

The PTSA will meet at 7 PM in the Multipurpose Room. After covering PTSA business, we will hold a special session:

“A YEAR LATER: AFTER ACTION REVIEW – THE NEW KOREMATSU BUILDING”

This session is devoted to giving comment on the building process, communications, the move and the after! How did it go? What do we love about our new building? What would we do differently? For about 30 minutes we will open the floor to your comments.

We will have WCCUSD District Engineering Officer, Luis Freese and consultants from EIP2 in attendance.

ALL ARE WELCOME. TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS TOO!

Agenda is attached here:  January 10 Meeting – Google Docs.pdf

Preceding the PTSA meeting is the Band Parents meeting in the band room, starting at 6 PM.

 

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-9-50-02-pmCHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

4:30 PM TO 8 PM

Come in to the Chipotle at 9901 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito on Tuesday, January 10th between 4:30pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Korematsu Middle School.

Details

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-9-57-41-pmWCCUSD LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP) TOWN HALL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 – 6:30 TO 8 PM

PINOLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
1575 Mann Dr.
Pinole, 94564

WCCUSD welcomes students, families, staff, and community members to learn more about the 2016-17 LCAP and provide feedback on each goal and its actions and services.

Korematsu needs at least 3 parents to represent the school. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Principal Burnham at mburnham@wccusd.net . Thank you!

NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR RIGHTS+RESPECT WEEK

JANUARY 30 TO FEBRUARY 3
The PTSA is planning a series of activities for a Rights and Respect Week around Korematsu Day, which is on January 30. If you are interested in the topic and would like to volunteer your time to either co-organize or support this important event, please email us at KorematsuPTSA@gmail.com . Thank you for your consideration.

AFFORDABLE HOME INTERNET SERVICE

If you have a child who qualifies for the lunch program, your family may qualify for low-cost ($10 and under) internet service under one of the following options:

AT&T Access https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access/ and phone: 1-855-220-5211

Basic Internet https://basic-internet.com/ and phone: 1-855-270-3725

Comcast Internet Essentials https://internetessentials.com and phone 1-855-846-8376

Please review the pros and cons of each offer when you explore the choices.

wccusd-logoOPEN ENROLLMENT INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER

JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 4, 2017

If you wish for your child to be considered for a transfer to a school that is not your resident school, please read the guidelines stated in the attached flyer, complete the Open Enrollment Transfer Application form, and provide one current utility bill as address verification.

Transfer applications may be obtained starting on January 31st through February 14th, 2017 from the office of any school, the Transfer Office, or the district’s website at wccusd.net. Transfer Office hours during the Open Enrollment Transfer Period is Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Applications can be submitted in the following ways:

• Mail or in person: 1108 Bissell Ave, Room 108. Richmond, CA 94801

• Fax: (510) 620-2085 – received applications by fax will not be confirmed

• Email: transferoffice@wccusd.net
Open Enrollment Flyer 2017-2018.pdf

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS:

WRITER COACHES NEEDED FOR SPRING SEMESTER
Looking for a volunteer opportunity to be more involved in the ECHS community? WriterCoach Connection (WCC) is a rewarding experience working one-on-one with students at every level of writing ability on their English writing assignments. In partnership with teachers, trained writer coaches help students strengthen their writing and critical thinking skills by giving them constructive feedback, challenging them to think more deeply, and building their confidence as writers. The time commitment is only one class period, two to three times per month. All coaching takes place during the school day.

You don’t need to be a writer or teacher — WCC coaches are parents, guardians, college students, working and retired people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. Our in-depth training will give you strategies and practice to work effectively with students, including your own. If you are unable to coach right now, please tell a friend or neighbor who might be interested.

Upcoming nearby trainings are offered at the following times:

Fridays 1/6 & 1/13 9:30 – Noon
Thursdays 1/12 & 1/19 Noon – 3:00

Upcoming trainings located in Berkeley are offered at the following times:

Tuesdays 1/10 & 1/17 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Fridays 1/20 & 1/27 9:30 – 12:30
Mondays 1/23 & 1/30 12:00 – 3:00
You are welcome to attend any training. To register for a training or for more information, go to www.writercoachconnection.org (click on “Volunteer”) or contact ECHS site coordinator – Lynda Frank (lyndafrankwcc@gmail.com).

MAGICAL NATHANIEL AT ECHS
ECHS THEATER
JANUARY 13, 6 TO 7:30 PM

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Come see Magical Nathaniel’s return show at El Cerrito High School! Direct from graduating from UC Berkeley and performing for more than 30,000 people at the commencement ceremony, Magical Nathaniel returns to his high school to put on another incredible magic performance. This mind boggling show will include circus skills and never before seen original illusions that are sure to leave you speechless! Don’t miss this incredible magic experience!

Pre-sale at ECHS Cashier’s office:
Children under 5: free
Children K-12: $4
Students/Seniors: $5
Adult: $7
Brown Paper Tickets ($0.99 + 3.5% service charge)
Child/student: $6.17
Brown Paper Tickets Link: echsmagic.brownpapertickets.com
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2730029
Adult: $8.24
At the door:
Children under 5: free
Children K-12: $5

COMMUNITY EVENT:

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TOTAL HEALTH DAY OF SERVICE

FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS GRADES 6-9

JANUARY 16, 2017, 8 AM TO 2 PM

WATERFRONT HOTEL, OAKLAND

Kaiser Permanente is pleased to host an inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Total Health Day of Service event that will offer interesting and educational workshops to parents and students in grades 6-9. Experts in Financial Literacy, Academia, Mental and Physical Health will lead interactive workshops. Kaiser Permanente leaders also will share insights on Kaiser Permanente’s mission and why we are committed to total health in the communities we serve.

Who: Parents and students grades 6-9 (Please forward or share the flyer with your organization)
Date & Time: January 16, 2017, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, California
How to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kp-mlk-total-health-day-of-service-general-tickets-30045736607 or email the event coordinators at KP-MLK-Event@kp.org
Agenda:
8:00 am – 8:30 am – Check-in & Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am – Opening Comments
9:45 am – 12:30 pm – Breakout Sessions for Parents and Students
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm – Closing Comments
Break Out Sessions:
Parents:
Financial Health / Financial Literacy
Physical Health
Mental Health
Students:
Academic Health
Financial Health / Financial Literacy
Physical Health
Sign-up Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kp-mlk-total-health-day-of-service-general-tickets-30045736607
Or go to http://www.EventBrite.com and search for “KP MLK Total Health Day of Service”.
If you have any questions, please email KP-MLK-Event@kp.org.

 

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The Phoenix, December 15, 2016

SCHOOL IS CLOSED
Monday, December 19th – Monday, January 2nd
SCHOOL RESUMES ON TUESDAY, January 3rd
ENJOY THE TIME OFF!

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It’s not too late to make your contribution! Please join your fellow Korematsu families to support our students and donate today. There are 24 hours left to make a difference in our children’s education. Your contribution will help pay for many programs that support all our students. For more information, please see our flyer. Every donation is gratefully appreciated, so donate now!screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-9-30-51-pm

NOMINATE A TEACHER FOR TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARD!
DEADLINE IS TOMORROW
FRIDAY, DEC. 16

Over the past year or two, a Korematsu teacher has made a difference in your student’s life. It’s time to nominate him or her for the Ed Fund Teaching Excellence Awards! The Ed Fund is looking for teachers who inspire growth mindset, active learning, and college and career readiness. Winning teachers receive a $500 cash award, are honored at the Ed Fund’s Annual Soaring to Excellence Gala, and are recognized by the West Contra Costa Unified School Board. Nomination forms are due by Friday, December 16, 2016. http://edfundwest.org/nominate/
ADDITIONAL CHAPERONES NEEDED FOR FIELD TRIPS

Ms. Renee and Ms. Krug are looking for a few more parent chaperones for two field trips to the Oakland Museum to see the Black Panther exhibit.

Ms. Renee’s English students will attend on Thursday, January 5th. Please contact Ms. Renee at crenee@wccusd.net ASAP.

Ms. Krug’s classes and some of Ms. Renee’s newer students will attend on Friday, January 13th. Please contact Ms. Bogie at abogie@wccusd.net or Ms. Tanise Smith at tanise.smith@wccusd.net by January 3rd.

There will be buses to take the students to the museum. Chaperones could choose to meet the group(s) at the museum in lieu of riding on the bus. Although it is a full-day field trip, partial day help is also acceptable. Must have WCCUSD-issued volunteer badge or be willing to get one prior to the trip.

Thanks for your consideration!

FRED T. KOREMATSU SPEECH CONTEST

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SUBMISSIONS DUE AT KOREMATSU MAIN OFFICE BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16

All students are invited to participate in the Fred T. Korematsu Speech Contest, which is organized by the Korematsu Institute as part of the Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution celebration. This special day is celebrated every January 30th on Mr. Korematsu’s birthday. On this day, schools across the state are encouraged to remember the life of Fred Korematsu and recognize the importance of preserving civil liberties.

This year’s speech contest question is: How has Fred Korematsu’s quote, “Stand Up for What is Right,” influenced you in your life? How does this relate to current events today?

The speech must be 3-5 minutes in length. The finalist will present the speech at the Fred T. Korematsu Day event in San Francisco on January 29th.

WCCUSD LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP) TOWN HALL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11

6:30 TO 8 PM

PINOLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

1575 Mann Dr.

Pinole, 94564

WCCUSD welcomes students, families, staff, and community members to learn more about the 2016-17 LCAP and provide feedback on each goal and its actions and services.

Korematsu needs at least 3 parents to represent the school. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Principal Burnham at mburnham@wccusd.net . Thank you!

ECHS WINTER CONCERT

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL

THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 7:30 PM

FREE FOR KOREMATSU MUSIC STUDENTS

Featuring Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble!
Don’t miss Sleigh Ride with Gaucho alumni! Hope to see you there!

Tickets are $8 General, $5 Children/Students, Korematsu Music students & 5 yrs & under free.

NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR RIGHTS/RESPECT WEEK

JANUARY 30 TO FEBRUARY 3

The PTSA is planning a series of activities for a Rights/Respect Week around Korematsu Day, which is on January 30. If you are interested in the topic and would like to volunteer your time to either co-organize or support this important event, please email us at KorematsuPTSA@gmail.com . Thank you for your consideration.

KOREMATSU PTSA MEETING (7PM) + BAND PARENTS MEETING (6PM)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

The PTSA will meet at 7 PM in the multipurpose room. After covering PTSA business, we will hold a special session

“A YEAR LATER: AFTER ACTION REVIEW – THE NEW KOREMATSU BUILDING”

This session is devoted to giving comment on the building process, communications, the move and the after! How did it go? What do we love about our new building? What would we do differently? For about 30 minutes we will open the floor to your comments.

We will have WCCUSD District Engineering Officer, Luis Freese and consultants from EIP2 in attendance.

ALL ARE WELCOME. TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS TOO!

Preceding the PTSA meeting is the Band Parents meeting in the band room, starting at 6 PM.

See you there!

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

4:30 PM TO 8 PM

Come in to the Chipotle at 9901 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito on Tuesday, January 10th between 4:30pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Korematsu Middle School.

More Details
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TOTAL HEALTH DAY OF SERVICE

Kaiser Permanente is pleased to host an inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Total Health Day of Service event that will offer interesting and educational workshops to parents and students in grades 6-9. Experts in Financial Literacy, Academia, Mental and Physical Health will lead interactive workshops. Kaiser Permanente leaders also will share insights on Kaiser Permanente’s mission and why we are committed to total health in the communities we serve.

Who: Parents and students grades 6-9 (Please forward or share the flyer with your organization)

Date & Time: January 16, 2017, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Location: Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, California

How to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kp-mlk-total-health-day-of-service-general-tickets-30045736607 or email the event coordinators at KP-MLK-Event@kp.org

Agenda:

  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am – Check-in & Breakfast
  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am – Opening Comments
  • 9:45 am – 12:30 pm – Breakout Sessions for Parents and Students
  • 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch
  • 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm – Closing Comments
  • Break Out Sessions:

Parents:

  • Financial Health / Financial Literacy
  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health

Students:

  • Academic Health
  • Financial Health / Financial Literacy
  • Physical Health

Sign-up Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kp-mlk-total-health-day-of-service-general-tickets-30045736607

Or go to http://www.EventBrite.com and search for “KP MLK Total Health Day of Service”.

If you have any questions, please email us at KP-MLK-Event@kp.org.

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The Phoenix, December 1, 2016

PROGRESS REPORT NIGHT
TUESDAY, DEC. 6th
KOREMATSU MPR
5:30 TO 6:30 PM
Curious about how your student is doing in middle school? Parents/guardians are invited to meet with teachers to discuss their children’s academic progress so far. Please note that each meeting will probably be very brief to accommodate as many parents as possible.

MATH NIGHT
TUESDAY, DEC. 6th, 6:30 PM
KOREMATSU MPR
All Welcome!!
Come on out and learn about the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for Grades 7 and 8.

50 IN 50

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We have only 16 days left in the PTSA Annual Giving Campaign and are just over 35% of the way towards our goal of $50,000. Many thanks to the families who have already participated!

We encourage every family to donate whatever amount they are comfortable with. Making our goal is important but knowing that we, the Korematsu families, are ALL committed to helping our students achieve is also important.

If 50% of Korematsu families contribute, we will give students an ice cream party! If we hit 75%, we will give them a pizza party! For more information on what your PTSA supports see our flyer. Every donation is gratefully appreciated, so donate now! Also, please consider copying this message into an email to friends and family members. Or, share our flyer with others. Every donation helps!

GROOVY KOREMATSU SPIRIT WEAR
gh-spiritwearSECOND OPPORTUNITY TO ORDER
(EXTENDED TO DEC. 7)
We’re extending the second opportunity order date till Wednesday, Dec. 7. This year’s t-shirts and sweatshirts are designed by professional designer Mark De Vito. Three options are available: Unisex t-shirt – $15; Ladies fitted t-shirt – $20 (runs small); Hoodie – $30.

Ways to order:

1. Drop off a check (payable to Korematsu PTSA) at the office, with a note indicating size and option.

2. Order Online with PayPal or credit card HERE and in the “Special Instructions” section, enter the size and option.

Only orders with payment will be processed.

PE HOODIES AND SWEATS
School PE hoodies and sweats are now available for purchase at $17 each. Please go to the school office (not the PTSA) to make this purchase.

STAFF & TEACHER’S HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
FRIDAY, DEC. 9th

What is your special or favorite holiday dish? Let’s share it with our fabulous staff and teachers at the December luncheon. We are also planning to gift each teacher with a bag of treats. To contribute dishes and treats, please click HERE .

We also need helping hands to set up, re-stock, and break down. Scroll down the sign up sheet to sign up to volunteer on the day of the luncheon. Please email our Teacher Luncheon Coordinator Astrid Broberg at liissaUSA@aol.com if you have any questions.

KOREMATSU LIBRARY HOURS

The Korematsu library is open to all students after school during these hours:

Monday — until 4:45 PM
Tuesday Library RATS (Reading and Tech Stars) 2:30-3:30 PM
Wednesday — until 3 PM
Thursday — until 4:45 PM
Friday open — 3 PM

On Mondays & Thursdays, students must arrive by 4 pm. Note: the library will close at 4 pm on Monday, Dec. 5.

OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS

FREE

ON-CAMPUS AFTER SCHOOL MATH HOMEWORK HELP

The sessions for all grades take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, in Room A201. Hours: Mon 2:30-3:30 Tues 2:30-3:30 Thurs 2:30-3:30. Wednesday and other minimum days 1:30-2:30.

Come with math questions and math tutor Brad will help your student figure them out! Students are expected to abide by regular classroom behavior expectations or will be asked to leave. Sponsored and funded by the Korematsu PTSA.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

KOREMATSU STUDENTS AT THE WORLD LANGUAGE NIGHT

THURSDAY, DEC. 1st, 6 PM

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA

Five Korematsu Spanish Language 7th graders are performing two poems and a dance at the World Language Night at the El Cerrito High School cafeteria.

76’ERS MEETING
FRIDAY, DEC. 2nd
7 PM
KOREMATSU MPR

The next meeting of the 76’ers will be on Friday, Dec. 2nd.

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL WINTER JAZZ CONCERT
screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-10-54-15-pmFRIDAY, DEC. 2nd

7:30 PM

ECHS AUDITORIUM

The concert will feature the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Workshop, and Jazz Combo. Reception immediately following. General Admission $8, Students $5. For students planning to join the ECHS jazz bands next year, this is a special opportunity to see what’s in store.

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The Phoenix, November 17, 2016

JENNY K FUNDRAISER: ALL WEEK UNTIL NOV. 18 (9 AM TO 9 PM); MIXER ON NOV. 18, 6 PM
jenny-k-fundraising-flyerGet an early start on the holidays by shopping at Jenny K! And Jenny K will donate 20% of your purchase total toward Korematsu PTSA, which provides funds for math intervention, enrichment, and tutoring; extended library hours; teacher grants; and more.

WHERE: Jenny K, 6921 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito. http://jennyk.com/ phone: 510-528-5350

This year, Jenny K will support multiple schools during this time. At the point of sale, ballots will be available for you to indicate your school preference to receive the 20% donation.

Not only will you support Korematsu Middle School, but you’ll support local business, too!

Come to the Fundraiser Mixer on Friday evening, November 18th, 6pm to 9pm. Shop at Jenny K and enjoy free finger food and water, and discounted wine and beer at Well Grounded Tea & Coffee Bar next door. Meet other parents from our local schools: share your experiences at Korematsu with them.

See you there!!

Korematsu PTSA thanks you, Jenny K!!!

 

50 in 50

We are over 30% of the way towards our goal of $50,000 with just 19 days left. Every donation is gratefully appreciated, so donate now! Also, please consider copying this message into an email to friends and family members. Or, share our flyer with others. Every donation helps!

SPIRIT WEAR: SECOND OPPORTUNITY TO ORDER

Owing to popular demand, the PTSA is organizing another opportunity to order this year’s spirit wear items — t-shirts and sweatshirts. Unisex t-shirt – $15; Ladies fitted t-shirt – $20; Hoodie – $30. Ways to order:

1. Drop off completed order form (see ATTACHED below) and check (payable to Korematsu PTSA) at the office.

2. Order Online with a Credit Card at: www.korematsumiddleschool.org Click on the “DONATE” button. In the “NOTES TO SELLER” section, enter the size and the quantity.

All orders and payment must reach us by December 2.

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JOIN THE YEARBOOK COMMITTEE: NEXT MEETING IS FRIDAY, NOV. 18, BOTH LUNCHTIMES, RM. A217

The Yearbook Committee is still looking for both student and parent members to help document and publish the 2016-17 Korematsu Yearbook. The committee meets on most Fridays at both lunchtimes in Rm. A217, both lunchtimes. However, for November/December, please note:

Friday, Nov. 18: Yearbook meeting in Rm. A217
Thanksgiving Week: No yearbook meeting
Friday Dec. 2: Yearbook meeting in Rm. A217
Any questions, please email Cecie Mendoza, who is the Korematsu Yearbook Advisor for the third year running at cecie_mendoza@yahoo.com .

Also, if you have any photos of school-related events, please email to korematsuyearbookphotos@gmail.com . Thank you!

 

SAVE THE DATE: ENGLISH NIGHT, NOV. 30, TIME TBD

Message from English Department:

At the Korematsu English Night, we will briefly cover the Common Core ELA standards and talk about how we are helping our students meet those standards in 7th and 8th grade. We will then turn our attention to a Common Core-aligned writing rubric and take a look at actual (anonymous) student writing samples. Parents will get a chance to practice scoring short essay responses with the rubric. Parents should leave at the end of the evening with a better understanding of how to help their students improve their writing!

 

HISTORY COMPETITION AT KOREMATSU: DEC. 12-16

The Korematsu History Department is making history! This year, for the very first time, Korematsu will join the National History Day Competition. The theme narrative is “Taking a Stand in History.” Korematsu students are invited to participate in the competition, which will be held school-wide from December 12 to 16. Projects can be turned in under the following formats:

Paper — individual effort

Documentary — individual or group effort (up to 5 students)

Website (Using Weebly) — individual or group effort (up to 5 students)

Performance — individual or group effort (up to 5 students)

Display Board— individual or group effort (up to 5 students)

Specific rules apply to each entry category. For more information on contest rules: http://www.nhdca.org/contest-rules . Here are examples of a scorecard: http://media.wix.com/ugd/189c6c_d7f533eeb77145a99f49693f6ba06f6b.pdf

A total of 10 projects, five from each grade level, will be selected to enter the county competition, to be held on February 25. Winning projects from the county level will then proceed to state and national competitions.

 

THANKSGIVING

NO SCHOOL ON THURSDAY, NOV. 24 AND 25 — HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!!!

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KOREMATSU INFORMATION NIGHT

Korematsu Middle School Multipurpose Room
7125 Donal Ave, El Cerrito
Thursday November 17th 6:30-8:30 PM

  • Meet the Principal, Teachers and Students
  • Learn about the WriterCoach program,
    Spanish Immersion, after school programs and
    more….
  • Come at 6:10 to hear our amazing Jazz Ensemble
  • Enjoy light refreshments

Korematsu Information Night Flyer

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The Phoenix, November 10, 2016

NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, VETERANS DAY
See everyone on Monday, November 14!

TRAFFIC REMINDERS FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY
Please drive around the school in a clockwise direction, so that you are already on the school side of the road when you get there. This traffic direction is assigned by the city. If driving down Donal, proceed around the corner to Norvell.

Please drop and pick up students in the white pick up/drop off zones on the sides of the school on Norvell and Lawrence. Pull all the way forward to relieve congestion in the intersections.

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Please be considerate of the neighbors and refrain from dropping students off in front of houses or on the wrong side of the street.

Please refrain from dropping and picking up students directly in front of the school on Donal Avenue, which is used by AC Transit and other buses.

Please move through each intersection very carefully! There will be students walking and biking to school, parents arriving for meetings and volunteer work, and neighbors out to walk the dog or head to work.

If you are parking to come into the school, please do not park in loading zones or block neighbors’ driveways.
Respect the neighborhood. Remind students who are walking or biking to stay on public property like sidewalks and to cross streets

carefully. Let’s raise good citizens and model good behavior to our children.

NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
The faculty council has completed their Honor Society admission decisions. Congratulations to the new members! Students should pick up their decision letters in the library beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Please read the letters carefully. If students are admitted, they are required to return a letter of acceptance signed by the student and a parent or guardian, and also sign up for a Remind.com group. These are due by Tuesday, Nov. 15. Please contact Ms. Bogie in the library at abogie@wccusd.net or (510) 231-1449 ext. 29314 with questions.

50 IN 50
Please help us reach our goal of $50,000 in 50 school days! All donations will support programs to help our Korematsu students. Every donation is greatly appreciated, so please donate now! To learn more see our flyer.

YEARBOOK COMMITTEE: THURSDAY, NOV. 11, BOTH LUNCHTIMES
The Yearbook Committee is still looking for both student and parent members to help document and publish the 2016-17 Korematsu Yearbook. The committee meets on most Fridays at both lunchtimes in Rm. A217, both lunchtimes. However, for November/December, please note:

  • Thursday, Nov. 10, instead of Friday, Nov. 11 (no school on Veteran’s Day): Yearbook meeting in Rm. A217
  • Friday, Nov. 18: Yearbook meeting in Rm. A217
    Thanksgiving Week: No Yearbook Meeting
  • Friday Dec. 2: Yearbook meeting in Rm. A217
  • Any questions, please email Cecie Mendoza, who is the Korematsu Yearbook Advisor for the third year running at cecie_mendoza@yahoo.com .

Also, if you have any photos of school-related events, please email to korematsuyearbookphotos@gmail.com . Thank you!

ELEVATION 66 FUNDRAISER, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
elevation66Dine at Elevation 66 in El Cerrito on November 15, mention Korematsu Middle School, and a percentage of your bill will go to Korematsu. Elevation 66, at 10082 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, is a local neighborhood nook offering seasonal, gourmet sandwiches, & mains, as well as house & local brews.

SHOP AT JENNY K & SUPPORT KOREMATSU MIDDLE SCHOOL: NOVEMBER 13 TO 18
jenny-k-fundraising-flyerGet an early start on the holidays by shopping at Jenny K! And Jenny K will donate 20% of your purchase total toward Korematsu PTSA, which provides funds for math intervention, enrichment, and tutoring; extended library hours; teacher grants; and more.

WHEN: ALL WEEK from Sunday, November 13th (9am to 4pm) through Friday, November 18th (9am to 9pm)

WHERE: Jenny K, 6921 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito. http://jennyk.com/ phone: 510-528-5350

This year, Jenny K will support multiple schools during this time. At the point of sale, ballots will be available for you to indicate your school preference to receive the 20% donation.

Not only will you support Korematsu Middle School, but you’ll support local business, too!

Come to the Fundraiser Mixer on Friday evening, November 18th, 6pm to 9pm. Shop at Jenny K and enjoy free finger food and water, and discounted wine and beer at Well Grounded Tea & Coffee Bar next door.

Meet other parents from our local schools: share your experiences at Korematsu with them.

See you there!!

Korematsu PTSA thanks you, Jenny K!!!

KOREMATSU INFO NIGHT: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, MULTIPURPOSE ROOM, 6:30 PM

Please spread the word that Korematsu will hold an info night for new/prospective families on Thursday, November 17.

Prospective students and their parents will learn about course offerings, after school program, PTSA events and programs, as well as hear one of the school bands play.

Want to help welcome new/prospective families to KMS? Please consider donating items for refreshments at KMS Info Night on 11/17. You can find a sign up sheet here. If you will not be attending Info Night, you can leave contributions in the staff lounge on the shelf marked “Info Night”, or contact me and I’ll pick it up from you (alonnilan@gmail.com). Thanks for considering donating to the next generation of Korematsu families!

TEACHER LUNCHEON: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, A220
Thanksgiving will soon be upon us, and in the spirit of gratitude and appreciation for our staff’s dedication, the PTSA would like to offer a November luncheon that’s Thanksgiving-themed. Please consider contributing any Thanksgiving favorites or Fall comfort food to the luncheon. Please sign up here.

We also need helping hands to set up, re-stock, and break down. Scroll down the sign up sheet to sign up to volunteer on the day of the luncheon. Please email our Teacher Luncheon Coordinator Astrid Broberg at liissaUSA@aol.com if you have any questions.

SAVE THE DATE: ENGLISH NIGHT, NOV. 30, TIME TBD
Message from English Department:

At the Korematsu English Night, we will briefly cover the Common Core ELA standards and talk about how we are helping our students meet those standards in 7th and 8th grade. We will then turn our attention to a Common Core-aligned writing rubric and take a look at actual (anonymous) student writing samples. Parents will get a chance to practice scoring short essay responses with the rubric. Parents should leave at the end of the evening with a better understanding of how to help their students improve their writing!

WCCUSD COMMUNITY GATHERINGS: PARENTS WELCOME
Our district is holding WCCUSD Community Gatherings: A Series of Critical Conversations About Our Students and Schools over the next few months, starting November 15th. Details on time and place to be announced shortly. If you are interested in attending, please email Korematsu Community Worker Tanise Smith at tanise.smith@wccusd.net

Date: November 15, 2016
Topic: African American Student Achievement: Discussion, Data, and Current Program

Date: November 29, 2016
Topic: LCAP Townhall Meeting (English/Spanish)

Date: December 14, 2016
Topic: English Learners, LTELs, Discussion, Data, and Current Programs

Date: January 11, 2017
Topic: LCAP Townhall Meeting
(English\Spanish)

Date: February 28, 2017
Topic: Personalized Learning: Our Current Status and Where We Want to Go!

ELECTION RESULTS
MEASURE T PASSED WITH A SOLID 74.85% YES VOTE

This is a small, but very important funding stream for our schools.

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

PROP 55 PASSED WITH a 62% YES VOTE!

Welcome new West Contra Costa County School Board Members

  • Mister Phillips 23.3%
  • Tom Panas 19.9%
  • Contra Costa Board of Ed
  • Fatima S. Alleyne 43.3%
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