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25015 N. Newhall Avenue
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 259 - 1551
Jan Hayes-Rennels, Principal




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Minimum Day Today, March 5, 2015

Students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon.

Congratulations!!! to all members of the Placerita Junior High School Advanced Band! 

This marked the 27th consecutive year, since 1988, that Placerita has been recognized as the top school to participate in the District Junior High Honor Band.  Twenty-eight students were selected to participate in the 2015 Wm. S. Hart Honor Band.

Don't miss this exciting musical event!
The 34th Annual District Honor Band Concert.
Saturday, March 7 @ Hart Auditorium.
$15 at the Door

Tickets on sale now $10

See Music website for more details: Click on Activities/Music

Student of Month Winners for February- “Fairness”

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected by their teachers for demonstrating the Character Counts trait of “Fairness”:

  • Fusion: Tyler Thompson and Samantha Erwin
  • A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E.: Danielle Gardner and Gianni Horvat
  • Adventurers: Hannah Buhle
  • Trailblazers: Maria Juarez and Ray Sarmiento
  • Explorers: Yosalette Rivera
  • Team Excellence: Mary Miles
  • Q.U.E.S.T.:  Chad Hutchinson
  • Pacesetters: Jhanelle Joson and Cole Shirakata

Congratulations to our Students of the Month!  You will be invited to a brunch held in your honor on Friday, March 6th. Thank you for making Placerita a place where Character Counts!

8th Graders

Are you interested in taking AP Environmental Science next year at Hart High School? Please attend an informational meeting on Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hart HS Cafeteria. Attached is an informational flyer here with more information.  If you cannot attend the meeting, please look at Hart's website after the meeting for more information that will be shared.

Hart HS Info For Next Year's 9th Graders

This flyer has info on:

  • Future Freshman Orientation/Open House on April 2nd
  • Honors English Placement Exam on March 30th
  • AP Environmental Science meeting on March 12th
  • Incoming 9th Grade Pre-Registration on April 30
  • and contact info for extra curricular programs at Hart HS

Media Day 2015

Thinking about a career in Television and/or Film?  On March 14, 2015 at College of the Canyons, West Ranch TV, in partnership with COC, is presenting the 4th annual Media Day 2015. Thirty professionals in the field of Broadcast and Film will be brought together for a one day seminar style event for all students of the William S. Hart School District, Castaic Middle School, and COC. This event is free to all students. Students should register online at from now until March 6th. If you have any other questions about the event, please contact Jennifer Overdevest at

Women in STEM - Going to Mars and Beyond

The Wm. S. Hart Union High School District in collaboration with NASA JPL presents Women in STEM: Going to Mars and Beyond! on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the theater at Golden Valley High School. 

Women engineers and scientists working on the Mars Curiosity Rover will present information on the project while inspiring young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. A prototype of the Curiosity Rover will be available for hands-on demonstrations and the presenters will be available following the program for questions. 

Please see the flyer for more information. Seats are extremely limited, with a three ticket maximum, Space is extremely limited. You must register online at And bring your ticket with you.

Limited Supply of Yearbooks Available!

Order your yearbook before we sell out! Go to or send your child with $60 check or cash to Mrs. Paterson in the principal's office.

Parent/Child Cell Phone Contract

Parents - Would you like a resource to use with your child discussing cell phone responsibility and more? Here is a humorous, yet poignant, Parent/Child Contract provided by some professional presenters in our district to help you discuss some very important issues about cell phone safety and responsible use with your child. Feel free to use this as is, modify it to meet your needs, or simply talk about individual points with your child

Important Junior High Enrollment Infomation

Proof of the Tdap booster shot will be required for 7th grade entry. The requirement can be met by receiving one dose of the Tdap vaccine on or after the 7th birthday.
You will need to provide proof of the Tdap booster shot before your child may begin classes in August. You may mail, fax or stop by our school office once your child has received their Tdap booster shot. Our office is open all summer.

Your California College Future

Start planning your college future!  Attached here is a letter from a joint effort between the California Community Colleges, CSU, and UC Systems.  For more information, go to their website: or read their letter to students.

Common Core

Parents and Guardians,

By now, I am sure you have heard the words "Common Core" and how our State curriculum has transitioned to include new Common Core State Standards.  This Spring of 2015 marks the first official year when all schools will administer new, more advanced, computerized, online assessments (also called the SBAC).  If this is new to you, and you would like to learn more, here is a website with some information for parents, y otra en Español, to help introduce you to the Common Core Standards and ways you can help support your students' education outside the classroom.

Advice and Help with Social Media

Parents, would you like some help, advice, and direction in how to keep your kids safe online?  Take a few minutes to look through this outstanding website which offers an abundance of resources and direct advice for kids, parents, and families about social media safety, and growing up online:

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.

Health Info

Parents: Are you concerned about the recent Ebola cases in the United States? Attached is an informational flyer from Henry May Hospital about how to protect yourself, your family, and our community.




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Last Updated: March 5, 2015

6th Grade Orientation & 6th Grade Family BBQ Info

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Student of Month Winners for February- “Fairness”
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