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    The Antioch Unified School District is teaming up with Contra Costa Health Services, Kaiser Permanente, and the Contra Costa County Office of Education to make sure everyone can get a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine.
    COVID-19 vaccine is now available for anyone who is 12 or older, and to help our families find a convenient vaccination opportunity, ANTIOCH MIDDLE SCHOOL is hosting a no-cost clinic MAY 18th-22nd. DALLAS RANCH MIDDLE SCHOOL will be hosting clinics June 1-5 and June 22-26.
    Everyone is welcome, including students who are 12 or older, family members and members of the community. Appointments are also available through the county’s scheduling page or by calling 1-833-829-2626. However, appointments are not required.
    The vaccine (Pfizer) requires two doses to provide full protection, so new patients at our clinic will receive follow-up appointments. People younger than 18 need permission from a parent:
    -send in the consent form for your child or come in person, especially if you need a vaccine too!
    Information and scheduling will also be available for required school immunization booster vaccines, such as Tdap.
    Getting vaccinated is the most effective way of protecting ourselves, our families and other students from getting COVID-19. As we prepare for next fall, let’s all do our part to keep SCHOOL healthy and safe.
    More information about coronavirus and vaccine is available at cchealth.org/coronavirus and, for Kaiser Permanente members, at kp.org.
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    The Press published the linked article about our Middle School Mesa Team and their continued success. We are so proud of our kids and wish them big success as they present their project at the State competition.
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    Congratulations to the Orchard Park School (OPS) 7th and 8th grade MESA team for their awesome showing at the 2021 MESA Preliminaries on March 16, 2021. MESA stands for Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement and is an extracurricular college and career prep program that focuses on increasing student diversity and achievement in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This year, OPS middle school students had the opportunity to learn about and compete in the following areas:  “Stick Together” - using math, science, and engineering to construct popsicle stick bridges; “Scratch” - designing and creating an interactive video game while learning about programming principles; and, “NEDC: National Engineering Design Competition” - using a microprocessor to engineer a human-centered solution to an individual or group equity issue.

         In the “Stick Together” bridge competition, the 8th grade team of Cassandra Harvey and Alycia Escalante won SECOND PLACE, while 8th grade teammate, Caleb Headley-Pouard, earned a THIRD PLACE finish. For the “Scratch” competition, 7th grader Clayton Brandt placed SECOND. The four-person NEDC team brought home a FIRST PLACE finish with their equity invention to aid students with attention and motivation difficulties. The team consists of 8th grader J Ting, and 7th graders Natalia Cortez, Bethany Fumar, and Yaretzi Costilla-Gutierrez. Lastly, the three-person 8th grade team of Kendelle Hanson, Ashley Garciduenas-Pritchard, and J Ting also placed SECOND in an “escape room” style math competition. Again, congratulations to these hard-working students who placed on their divisions as well as to all others who participated in this amazing program. Those who finished first or second will be moving on to the next level of competition this month! 

    According to the MESA director, “MESA supports students to develop their confidence, competence, and love of STEM by building a community that fosters curiosity and exploration.” This sentiment is echoed in the words of 8th grader J Ting who said, “MESA is so hands on with lots of room for creativity and exploration.  I’ve learned so much!” Eighth grader Caleb Headley-Pouard also commented, “My favorite part was interacting with other people and trying to brainstorm.” 

        Good luck to these Orchard Park School MESA participants and their advisors - science teacher, Susan Caguyong, and art and computer teacher, Seth Cordes - as they move on to their next competition! 

    OPS MESA Team

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  • OPS is proud to announce that Natalia Cortez (7th grader from Orchard Park School) is  the winner of the MESA Launch Week -Tik Tok challenge contest. 

    Middle/High school MESA students throughout the western states took part in a MESA Launch. 

    One component of a week long series of MESA webinars and classes was the TIK TOK challenge... in which students were to make a pitch for a design to make life better for a member of your family. Check out Natalia's award winner video. CONGRATULATIONS NATALIA!!


    College Bound: Making Highschool Easier's Flipgrid Response

    MESA Launch Week Design Challenge


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  • Good Evening Orchard Park families 

    Attached below is a link to a short6 minute, video about supporting students at home during distance learning. It is intended to provide ideas for support and to convey the importance of establishing a designated learning place at home.  

    Thank you,  

    Mr. Dacus 

    Buenas noches familias de Orchard Park,  

    A continuación se adjunta un enlace a un video corto de 6 minutos sobre cómo apoyar a los estudiantes en casa durante el aprendizaje a distancia. Su objetivo es proporcionar ideas de apoyo y transmitir la importancia de establecer un lugar de aprendizaje designado en el hogar.  


    Sr. Dacus 

    Supporting Student Learning at Home

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