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What's Good In Education

Hart School District Launches District-wide Recycling Campaign

Kicking off on America Recycles Day, November 15th, students and staff across the district launched an ongoing recycling campaign. Thanks to a grant through the City of Santa Clarita, schools have been provided with recycle containers to collect plastic bottles and cans. The California Conservation Corp, in conjunction with the City and State, will be collecting the contents of the bins and each school will receive 100% donated back to school programs. Some schools held contests by decorating recycle containers or having a “Green Day” to kick-off the effort. Placerita Junior High School decorated containers by school academic team and competed for points and prizes school-wide. This is a great program for students and staff to do their share for the environment, while helping raise additional funds for school programs. (Photos from Placerita Junior High School.)

Hart Regiment Hosts 29th Annual Rampage Tournament

Santa Clarita Valley was the gathering place for marching bands from far and wide on November 3rd for the 29th annual Rampage Marching Band and Colorguard Field Tournament adjudicated by the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA).  The Hart District High Schools brought their best performances to an enthusiastic crowd. Congratulations to West Ranch for earning the top Sweepstakes award. Canyon High and Saugus High both won first place in their divisions and Valencia High placed third in its division. Since Hart High was hosting, its score of 90.51 posted as an exhibition band. Some 30 bands and colorguard teams from around Southern California participated in what has become one of the annual premiere tournaments in the state.

(Photos: left, West Ranch; right, Hart.)

College & Career Options Shared with Junior High Students and Parents

Approximately 300 junior high students and their parents participated in the Hart District’s Early College & Career Information Night at Rio Norte Junior High on November 15th. This event focused the District’s initiative to provide families with facts that will lead students to make informed decisions about all the post-secondary options available to them following high school graduation. The attendees were welcomed by Dave LeBarron, district director of curriculum and assessment, and Nadia Cotti, head counselor at Rio Norte, detailed the purpose and format for the evening’s program. Representatives from the CSU and UC systems, College of the Canyons, California Apprenticeship Standards Board and the Military Liaison from Rep. Buck McKeon’s office made presentations to the attendees. The topics covered included who are the “right fit” students for each option,  entrance requirements, the length of each program, and the end result. The evening concluded with each representative speaking individually to interested students and parents during a table time. A parent manual to help guide students’ career exploration and college and career options literature was also available. For more information on college and career options visit: www.HartDistrictCareerCenter.com.

Bowman Families Observe National Parent Involvement Day

Bowman’s sixth observance of National Parent Involvement Day was held in November. Invited parents turned out in droves to attend school for a portion of their student’s school day. A light snack was provided, and students and parents were asked to share their experiences and the effect that BowmanHigh School has had on their lives. Heartfelt words about BowmanHigh School came from students, parents and even siblings. Afterwards, all guests participated in taking the National Pledge. Parents then headed off to their student’s fourth and eighth period classes. It was eye opening for parents who got to interact with their students in the classroom. Some parents have not been in the classroom for quite some time. National Parent Involvement Day provides the school with an unique opportunity for parents to see firsthand the learning environment that exists at BowmanHigh School.  “We are already looking forward to next year and Bowman’s observance of this important day,” Eran Zeevi, assistant principal, said.

Great Turnout for NCAA Information Meeting

The HartSchool District held a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) information meeting for student athletes and their parents earlier this month at Golden ValleyHigh School. Parents of students who wish to participate in college athletics at the Division I, II or III level after high school graduation were encouraged to attend. Information shared at this meeting to some 400 people in attendance included the eligibility requirements for all students who wish to participate in college athletics at the Division I, II or III level after completing high school. Following a presentation by Dave LeBarron, director of curriculum and assessment, parents and students formed small groups, by school, to gain additional information from a school site counselor and ask questions. The presentation and a quick reference guide are available online at:

http://hartdistrict.org/index.php/departments/curriculum-a-assessment. Scroll down to the “Other Resources” section and two items are listed: NCAA Eligibililty and NCAA Eligibility Center Quick Reference Sheet.

There’s more! Check out the full issue online at:

http://www.hartdistrict.org/index.php/blogs/wgie