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What's Good in Education, Nov. 10, 2010

Posted: November 15, 2010 12:09 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2010 1:14 p.m.

Students at Hart High School "mixed it up" with paint and hand prints on Mix It Up Day on Nov. 9.

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Mix It Up Day Sends a Positive Message to All Hart District Students
Mix It Up Day is a district-wide program designed to break down social barriers and allow students to appreciate their differences, which sometimes separate groups and individuals. Each school "mixed it up" on Nov. 9, in a different way, with lunchtime activities such as scavenger hunts, tug-of-war, human Scrabble games, conga lines and other team building events.

The district has participated in this national event since 2005, and earned the title of Model School District through the highly regarded Southern Poverty Law Center in 2009. Programs from 2009 are featured on the tolerance.org website.

Junior High Students Take Part in Annual Youth Summit
More than 350 students from six Hart District junior high schools and Castaic Middle School participated in the annual Youth Summit last month to develop leadership skills, encourage positive contributions to their school and the community, and build self-esteem.

The theme this year was "Respecting Ourselves and Respecting Each Other." The city of Santa Clarita hosts this event as part of their Youth and Family program, in partnership with the Hart District. The half-day event was held at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex and included interactive activities and informative presentations about teen issues.

Visit hartdistrict.org for more details about this educational event.

West Ranch Wins Sweepstakes Award at Band Competition
For the second year in a row, the West Ranch High School band won the sweepstakes award at the 27th annual Hart Rampage Marching Band Field Show Tournament.

West Ranch and five other Hart District marching bands and color guard units were among nearly 3,000 students representing 32 high schools from all over California at the October event held at College of the Canyons. This year, West Ranch competed in the 5A Division, and is currently the largest band in the history of the Hart District.

In 2009, Hart Regiment was named state champion in its division by the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association for the eighth consecutive year.

Other Hart District schools were recognized for their performance, including Saugus High School, which took first place in Division 2A. In Division 3A, Canyon High School, Valencia High School and Golden Valley High School took first, second and third places, respectively.

Hart Rampage is produced each year by current and past Hart parents and alumni, with 300 volunteers working toward making the event successful every year. Funds raised from the event go toward the Hart High School music program.

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