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What's Good in Education, Feb. 16, 2011

Vol. XI, No. 12

Posted: February 21, 2011 1:53 p.m.
Updated: February 21, 2011 3:00 p.m.

The Principal for a Day luncheon featured a panel of five local district superintendents. Top row, left to right: Marc Winger, Newhall School District; Robert Nolet, Sulphur Springs School District. Seated, left to right: Judy Fish, Saugus School District; Robert Challinor, Hart School District; James Gibson, Castaic School District.


Castaic community learns about planned Castaic high school
The William S. Hart High School District provided up-to-date information on the status of plans to build a high school in Castaic at an informational meeting on Feb. 15.

District administrators provided an overview of the progress of building the school on the preferred Romero Canyon site and shared plans for instructional, academic, sports and other extra-curricular activities.

Flo Lawrence, Castaic Town Councilmember and chair of the council's ad hoc committee for Castaic area high school, provided the welcome. James Gibson, superintendent of Castaic Union School District, acted as the moderator to a panel composed of Robert Challinor, Hart District superintendent; Thomas Cole, chief operations officer; Bob Vincent, principal of West Ranch High School and Paul Priesz, principal of Valencia High School.

Nearly 200 local residents attended, some with children in tow who will be future students at the school. Following the presentation, questions from the audience were answered.

The school's projected opening date is August 2014 to ninth graders.

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Principals and administrators participate in Principal for a Day event
Principals and administrators from throughout the five local school districts participated in the 19th annual Principal for a Day event, sponsored by the SCV Education Foundation.

Local business and community leaders, as well as a few involved parents, had the unique opportunity to spend a few hours shadowing a school administrator to learn about the challenges and accomplishments faced at each school today.

The purpose of this annual event is to create and enhance partnerships between the community and educators. Funds raised are used for various programs at local traditional public schools, including Student Enrichment Awards for classroom materials requested by teachers, student scholarships and other programs.

Following the shadowing portion of the event, all participants and educators gathered at the city of Santa Clarita Activities Center for a luncheon, featuring a panel of all five local district superintendents. See the adjacent photo viewer for a picture of the panelists.

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La Mesa celebrates Chinese New Year 2011 - Year of the Rabbit
La Mesa Junior High students continued to celebrate diversity on campus by enjoying a special program that taught them about the 2011 Chinese New Year, the "Year of the Rabbit." Maria Chee, a Chinese-American bilingual instructional assistant at La Mesa, taught students the many traditions and celebrations that this festivity brings to the Chinese community in the United States.


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