Students of the Month for November - "Responsibility"
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected by their teachers for demonstrating the Character Counts trait of “Responsibility”:
- Explorers: Janneth Portillo and Michael Stadler
- Trailblazers: Selena Lopez
- Quest: Aiden Bloom
- A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E.: Rohit Pulipaka and Ivy Jacobson
- Pacesetters: Caden Miller and Bethany Chapman
- Team Excellence: Marisa Jimenez and Jacob Jenkins
- Fusion: Tanner Spendlove
- Adventurers: Mansi Sharma
Congratulations to these Students of the Month!. Thank you for making Placerita a place where Character Counts!
Placerita Music Department Winter Concerts
Annual Winter Concert II -
featuring the Orchestra and Chorus
Tuesday, December 10
Hart Auditorium 7 p.m.
Admission is Free!
Much Ado About Coconuts!
Placerita Junior High School Drama Club Presents Much Ado About Coconuts!, a play by Andrew Ross.
- December 12th and 13th
- 7:00 p.m. in Tanner Hall
- Adults - $7.00
- Students - $5.00
Upcoming Academic Competitions
This January, all students will have the opportunity to participate in the Placerita National Geographic Bee, a part of the nation-wide National Geographic Bee. The school winner will go on to compete for the state, and perhaps even on to nationals to compete for the prize of a $25,000 college scholarship! Each year thousands of schools in the United Sates participate in the National Geographic Bee; the purpose is to encourage the learning of geography and increase public awareness about geography. We will be preparing for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge throughout the first semester. Any interested students can talk to their history teacher or Miss Howe in P18.
Placerita's MathCounts School Competition will be held near the end of the 2nd Quarter in students' Math classes. The top scoring students will be invited to represent Placerita at the MathCounts Chapter competition in February 15, 2014 at CSUN.
For students interested in studying for and learning about the types of Mathematics on the MathCounts tests come join us on Monday's from 2:45pm - 3:30pm in room 802 for Math Club.
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!
The Value of an Education
If you attended the presentation by David Inemer and want more information, feel free to visit his website: valueofaneducation.com
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 resource guide for parents from the California State Department of Education 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.