Important info for PJHS 8th Graders
Promotion Letter 2014
Thursday, April 24
- 6:00 p.m. - Hot dog BBQ for incoming 6th grade families
- 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. - Classroom visitations
Placerita's Book Fair
Placerita's Book Fair will be held next week, from 4/21-4/25. Stop into the library and check out the great selection of books for sale. The fair will be open before school, during lunch, and after school each day. In addition, you can shop online here.
Student of Month Winners for March- “Citizenship”
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected by their teachers for demonstrating the Character Counts trait of “Citizenship”:
- A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E.: Omar Bernabe and Zoe DiNardo
- Fusion: Samantha Nassief and Colin Ferry
- Explorers: Mekayla Forne
- Pacesetters: Jacob Tomaszewski
- Team Excellence: Kannen Shirley, Denise Flores and Kacie Nielson
- Quest: Edgar Perez and Eduardo Perez
- Trailblazers: Christian Fragoza
- Adventurers: Sarah Stayman
Congratulations to these Students of the Month! You will be invited to a brunch in your honor on Friday, April 25th. Thank you for making Placerita a place where Character Counts!
Parents of Incoming 6th Graders
Is your 6th grade student coming to Placerita next year?
Here is the Elementary School Edition of our Parent Newsletter written especially for you.
COC Summer Institute
Attention parents! Are you looking for something fun for your student to do this summer? COC Summer Institute offers students entering grades 7-9 a unique opportunity to explore a career path through interactive, engaging sessions that include hands-on activities and presentations. Classes are taught by college faculty on the COC Valencia Campus. Students can choose from the following week-long courses: Photography, Photoshop, Landscape Design, Building Design, Video Game Design, Video Game Mobile App Design, Robotics, Healthcare and Sports Medicine. Sign up for one week or two. Courses are offered July 14-18 and July 21-25. Please visit their website for more information and to register. Registration is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 17th.
Growing Up Online
Parents, if you have an E-Reader of any type, we invite you to download this free interactive E-Book about online safety for your children: "Growing Up Online: A Must have Guide for Parents, Teachers and Kids". This is the first release from NBC Universal's "The More You Know" Learning Series, in collaboration with NBC News.
Are you looking for more ways to keep your kids safe online? Take a look at this website: Common Sense Media Resource for Parents. It has great links and immediate practical advice on topics covering cell phones, video games, apps, websites, media messages, and much, much more!
Parents and Guardians,
Over the next year and a half, you will hear more about the "Common Core" and how our State curriculum will begin a transition to include new Common Core State Standards. Eventually, the STAR test will be replaced in the Spring of 2015 by new, more advanced assessments. If you would like to learn more, here is a page with some info for parents, en Español, to help introduce you to the Common Core Standards and ways you can help support your students' education outside the classroom.
Common Core State Standards - Myths and Facts
The link below will take you to a resource provided by ASCD that covers some of the questions and concerns about Common Core. So that you can be armed with correct information, please take a moment to read through the PDF.
More information can also be found on the Hart District website's Common Core page.
Hart District's "What's Good in Education"
School Vision and Mission
With “Pride in Excellence” as our motto, Placerita Junior High School’s staff, students, parents, and community will cooperate to serve the student, recognizing the unique characteristics of early adolescents. In a safe, caring, and healthy environment, we will prepare students with academic, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical skills to help them become positive, productive, capable citizens.
It is the vision of faculty, staff, and parents that the school mission statement will be achieved by establishing:
- A safe, orderly, and caring school environment that respects diversity and emphasizes tolerance of others.
- An environment that recognizes the value and potential of each student.
- An atmosphere that promotes teamwork among members of the school community.
- An academically challenging learning environment for all students.
- An environment that encourages students to mature socially and emotionally.
- An on-going process of review and evaluation.