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Veterans Day - No Classes
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020
Last day to withdraw with a "W" grade
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020
Thanksgiving Holiday
No classes Nov 26-29, 2020
Sexual Misconduct & Title IX
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Don't forget to mark your calendars!
November 11
Veterans Day Holiday - No CSM or MC classes
November 19
MC GSA representatives will be attending the SMCOE Youth Advocacy and Social Summit
November 20
MC Effect Club will be hosting a movie screening at 6:30 pm in building 10 rm 195
November 27-29
Thanksgiving Break - No CSM or MC classes
November 30
UC and CSU Apps due
December 6
MC Effect Club will be attending the Burlingame Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 7
MC GSA representatives will be attending the Youth Empowerment Summit
December 10-16
CSM Finals
December 17-18
Middle College Finals
January 9 & 10
MC Spring Semester begins with our Spring Orientation
Middle College students took a poll at the beginning of the year. Check to see how you stack up with the rest of your classmates (the drink majority surprised us too!).
One of the best parts of our Middle College newsletter meetings is our famous Cookie Box! MC voted that chocolate chip cookies are the best cookies (Newsletter heavily disagrees....Snickerdoodles are obviously the best!).
Check out @the_cookiebox on Instagram to stay updated on our weekly cookies.
For the first few days of school, Middle College juniors and seniors got together for the very first time. By playing icebreakers and other fun games, the Middle College class of 2020 was established. Check out some of the post-its to see why we chose Middle College!
On October 9th, Middle College students got together to shake off their stress with their fellow classmates. We can thank Sunshine Club for putting on such a successful event.
Check out the cool pumpkins we made and Mr. Letke getting into the musical chairs action!
This year, the Middle College community got together to watch and discuss Cowspiracy, a documentary about the meat industry and sustainability. The event was lead by the Environmental Club, which you can read more about in our Club Highlight section below.
Every year, Mi ddle College holds a Halloween fair for the day care on campus. This year, students painted pumpkins, read books, and played games with the preschoolers. A big thanks to Angelina McAllister and Alan Vongsavanh for organizing it!
We attend events together outside of school, too!
One of our reporters was on the scene of 2019's largest rap festival, Rolling Loud.
Rolling Loud has become one of the most well-known music festivals. Although it started in Miami, Florida, it has expanded globally. Rolling Loud has been hosted in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York. Due to the large success, Rolling Loud has plans to organize many more music festivals internationally, especially in places like China, Europe, and Japan. People travel everywhere to come see their favorite artists perform. Some of the most well-known headliners include Future, A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, J.Cole, Migos, Kendrick Lamar, and many more.
Reported by Katlyn Tran
This year was my second time going to Rolling Loud and it was an experience I would never forget. Getting to watch my favorite artists perform and be with my friends at the same time made the festival memorable.
Sunshine Club
Sunshine Club is Middle College’s stress ball. Spending hours of advisory time to plan events for the rest of the students is our game, and we happen to be excellent at it. With Mr. Lien and Mr. Letke moderating the discussion (and sometimes Ms. Rohrbach making a cameo), our productivity is off the charts, creating comprehensive plans to completely expel stress and anxiety from the student body, using fun and games as our instruments. 
Sunshine Club meets:
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 11am - 12n
Bldg. 12 Rm. 221
If you have any interest in environmental activism, please join us:
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 11am - 12pm
Bldg. 12 Rm. 220
Environmental Club
Environmental Club unifies Middle College students interested in creating a healthier relationship with the environment in the intent to promote environmental preservation and rehabilitation. We engage in a number of activities, ranging from student strikes to environmental youth leadership summits to dialogue through environmental documentaries. As we speak and act up for our values, we also reinforce the importance of community bonding, motivating all members to be participative in conversations and events. We offer a number of opportunities for volunteering and leadership.
Middle College Effect
The Middle College Effect seeks to learn about effective means of addressing poverty, particularly through the empowerment of women, while raising money to fund microloans and business education for women in Guatemala through Namaste Direct. A microloan is a small, low-interest loan that requires no traditional collateral. Throughout the year our club plans events to raise money for these microloans and an annual trip to Guatemala to learn more about the impact of Namaste Direct on families living in poverty. This year we are planning a movie screening and raffle in November, as well as a table at the Burlingame Christmas Tree Lighting in December. We are partnering with Rotary International through a Global Grant in which the funds we raise will be matched.
We welcome newcomers!
Days: Fridays
Time: 11am - 12pm
Bldg. 19 Rm. 105
Gender & Sexuality Alliance
Gender & Sexuality Alliance is an organization on campus whose purpose is to make our school and our greater community a more comfortable environment for the LGBTQ+ community. We’ve been working to connect with the local pride center in order to offer our services, as well as trying connect with other clubs to help our community beyond GSA.
All are welcome, and we encourage new members - even if you just want to drop in once. 
GSA meets:
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Bldg. 12 Rm. 221
Antonio Cruz
Hi, my name is Antonio Cruz and I am a musician here at Middle College. For me, I find that my passion in life is listening to, playing, and creating music; metal for the most part. A song that me and my buddy Xavier wrote a long time ago, which I want to discuss is a song called Stargazer. This song to me entails a wild adventure where a boy breaks out of a cycle of depression that had been building in his head, he grabs his guitar and goes searching in the night under the stars for new meaning in his life. The cool thing about this piece is the way that it is structured, it has many moments where it will build and build just to the point where you think that is the climax of the song, but then suddenly the piece will quiet down again to a calm clean guitar riff. This sort of represents the highs and lows of this boy's adventure, he gets close to finding what he is looking for, but can't quite get there. Towards the end of this 15-minute song the climax finally takes place and what this represents in the story is the boy realizing that he knew what his purpose in life was all along. His purpose was to play that guitar on his back that he had been carrying all that way along the adventure had embarked on. 
Here is a link to the song: www.dropbox.com/s/z54puco7tjuepcv/Stargazer%20Edit%202%20Export%202. mp3?dl=0
Jared Lipka
“The title track on Ozric Tentacles' studio album, "Spirals in Hyperspace" is sure to captivate anyone who listens. The adventure of a song is perfectly embodied by the title of the piece; between the bass synthesizer laying down a groovy ostinato in alternating time signatures and the live drums accentuating the high pitched keyboard solo throughout the 10 minute epic, the composition cascades through a barrage of different moods and subgenera, making it appealing to any potential listeners.”
P.S: Jared really liked the angle on this photo
Nautalie Hemmat
"I play basketball because I find true joy and meaning in playing. With the flexibility of Middle College, I have been able to attend all of my practices, tournaments, and games outside of school. I love being able to still play sports, while I am here at Middle College because I carry an identity at my home school still. My team is very competitive, and we are all very close, which is why I enjoy playing as much as I do."
Nautalie plays on the Aragon basketball team. Congratulations on such a successful past year!
Mr. Jim Burke
This year, we welcomed multiple new teachers to the Middle College Community. Here is an interview, done by Rebecca Lee, with one of our new teachers!
Who are you/what’s your name?
Hi, my name is Jim Burke.
How long have you been teaching?
Many years, if I added up 34 years in total, I started as a special ed teacher, but I’ve been teaching English for 31 years.
What is your homeschool?
My homeschool was Burlingame High and I was there for 28 years.
What is your favorite part of Middle College so far? Teaching in general?
My favorite part is the kids I get to work with, or the way I get to work. I feel like I’m not just an English teacher. I get to play a lot of different roles with the kids, which is really satisfying.
What do you like to do in your free time? Hobbies, other activities?
In my free time, I mostly write books. I published 30 books so far. I like to be efficient.
Is there anything you want MC to know about you? Fun facts?
I was not a successful student in high school. I went to a 2 year college in Sacramento and then in Santa Barbara. We just have to take responsibility for making it happen for ourselves and finding the right place to find that. The 2 year college is a place where people’s lives can change in great ways.
'Til Next Time :)
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