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Principal's Message

Principal's Message

From the Principal:

 

I hope you all had a restful winter break as we return to school for the start of the 3rd quarter. Second semester will be busy. Here is some important information about some things that are happening around campus this upcoming semester.

 

The City of Santa Clarita is in the process of conducting a study of the walking and biking routes to city junior highs and high schools, to promote Safe Routes to Schools. The study will include audits and surveys to assess challenges and determine steps the city can take to help address those challenges. Please do your part by following all traffic rules and by driving in a courteous and safe manner on and near the campus. Please also encourage your students to follow all traffic signals and the directions of the crossing guards in a respectful manner. By working together, we can help ensure safe travel for all of our students to and from school.

 

The District has made some changes to its policy regarding intra district transfers. For the first time, all 8th grade Arroyo Seco promotees will automatically roll over to our feeder, Saugus High School, regardless of where they live. If your child lives in a different residence area and would like to attend their home high school instead of Saugus, contact Joy Williams, Registrar, at extension 1130. Intra District transfer requests only need to be submitted if you would like your child to attend a school other than Saugus that is outside of your residence area; IDT forms for these requests are now available on the district website. Please note that there are a limited number of reasons for which IDT’s are granted (see the website for the specific criteria).

 

Students will be participating in CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) testing this spring. This test provides valuable information about how our school and students are performing academically. The testing window is from April 30 through May 11 (students will not test in every period every day – we will send out a testing schedule later this semester). Our goal is 100% attendance during this time period. To see what kinds of questions your child will be asked to do, or if you would like to help them prepare, please preview the CAASPP Practice Test at:
https://login3.cloud1.tds.airast.org/student/V225/Pages/LoginShell.aspx?c=California_PT. Select Student Interface and Practice Tests. You do not need to enter any login information, just sign in as a guest. On the second screen, you will only need to select the grade level. Because these tests are online, we recommend students take some time building their typing skills. Here is a website that is both fun AND educational: https://www.typingclub.com/sportal/team-11887/program- typing-jungle.game

 

Our Annual Showcase Presentations for 8th graders will be on Thursday, May 24, 2018. This program provides students the opportunity to share their portfolio of work with an adult in a one-on-one conference. This is a powerful experience for students as they reflect on and brag about what they have accomplished over the past year or two. It is also an enriching experience for adults who meet with the students and provide them meaningful feedback. If you are interested in participating in our Showcase, please contact Jan Johnson at 661-296- 0991 ext. 1107 or by email at jdjohnson@hartdistrict.org.

 

Our next PAC meeting will be on Monday, January 29, at 8:30 am in K-Hall. This breakfast meeting will be combined with Saugus High School’s and will include Mr. Vince Ferry, Principal. For 8th grade parents in particular, this is a great opportunity to participate in a question and answer session about the transition to high school. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

 

We are looking forward to having a great third quarter and an outstanding second semester

 

- Dr. Andy Keyne