Hart District Students March in 2014 Rose Parade
Each year in Pasadena the New Year begins with a celebration of beautiful flower covered floats and marching band music from students all across America. On January 1, 2014 the Tournament of Roses Honor Band sounded just a bit sweeter with the addition of eight students from the Hart School District. Students from Saugus High School, Hart High School, Canyon High School and West Ranch High School were hand-picked to participate in the nationally televised event. Selected students were required to attend multiple early morning practices to prepare for the performance along the 6.2 mile parade route. “It was a lot of hard work but the payoff is just incredible,” said West Ranch High School colorguard student Emma Lee. “It is an experience I will never forget and I hope to do it again next year.” Student Brian Kuhn, a senior at Saugus High School had the honor of being the only student in the school’s band to make the parade’s herald trumpet section in 2013 and 2014. “Working with members of the herald trumpet section was incredible,” Kuhn said. “I will remember this experience for the rest of my life.” Evan Hildebrand, also a senior at Saugus High School, stated that being selected as a herald snare player for the parade gave him more confidence as a player and a chance to perform with very talented musicians. The Hart School District has many talented marching band and colorguard students at each of its schools; special congratulations are offered to the following students who were selected to be in the Rose Parade Honor Band:
• Evan Hildebrand — snare drum player and Saugus High School senior
• Brian Kuhn — herald trumpet player and Saugus High School senior
• Samuel Tazartes — trumpet player and Saugus High School senior
• Joseph Youngbauer — trumpet player and Saugus High School junior
• Hunter Seyforth — herald trumpet player and Saugus High School junior
• Justin Casillas — tuba player and Canyon High School junior
• Kelly Freet — herald trumpet player and Hart High School junior
• Emma Lee — color guard banner and West Ranch High School junior
Bowman Students Share Dreams in Honor of MLK Day
Bowman High School students shared their dreams in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day in January. Each student was given a cloud with “I have a dream…” written on it. Students gathered at break and wrote down their dreams for the future while inspirational music played. The “clouds” were placed on a banner titled “We Have a Dream…” that was displayed in the quad for students and staff to read for the rest of the week. “I think that by writing down our dreams for the future, it makes them feel more real,” student Alexis Gonzalez said. ASB students wanted to carry on the theme of diversity and tolerance from last semester, so they planned another activity for students to get to know one another. Students were asked to find a student they don’t know well and together they placed their hands on a poster that read, “Remove your hands when you are no longer strangers.” “It is important that we continue to celebrate our differences and promote tolerance on campus year round,” shared ASB student Monica Mogrovejo. “This activity lets other students know that ASB cares about diversity and wants our campus to be a place where they feel at home.”
Golden Valley High School Awarded $3,000 Grant by Pardee Homes
Pardee Homes awarded a $3,000 grant to Golden Valley High School to support expansion of the school’s new Big History Project, an innovative interdisciplinary learning effort founded by Bill Gates and utilized among 10th graders at Golden Valley High. Ralph Pistone, Vice President of Construction Operations for Pardee Homes, presented a check from the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund to Sal Frias, Golden Valley High School principal, and Rob Challinor, Hart School District superintendent. Pardee Homes is a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser. “Pardee Homes recognizes that its role as a builder of master-planned communities includes supporting our local schools and improving the overall quality of life,” Pistone said. “Golden Valley High administrators and teachers should be commended for recognizing the significant value of the Big History Project for its students.” The grant will pay for an additional 10 computer laptops used for the Big History Project, a global online delivery system of courses designed to encourage students to think across multiple disciplines as they explore the history of the cosmos. The innovative project, founded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, teaches students to begin studying history at 13 billion years ago – far beyond the traditional starting point of history courses. “With just 10 additional laptops, we can now ensure there are enough computers for every student to work individually in our lab for the Big History Project,” Frias said. “Adapting the innovations and tools from the Big History Project is providing us a more effective instructional program that actively engages our students in learning both history and science.” Ultimately, Golden Valley High seeks to build the technology necessary to fully implement the Big History Project among all four designated classrooms. Additional grants are being sought.
Sierra Vista Students Experience Authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony
Madame Fumi Akutagawa, teacher and professional consultant of Japanese culture, performed an interactive Japanese Tea Ceremony in the Sierra Vista Junior High library in December. This marks the 12th year that she has come to Sierra Vista with this program that provides students the opportunity to participate in Japanese traditions that they read about in their history class. Students learn about the culture and enjoy tasting the tea and sweets that are part of the tradition. To celebrate this special visit, Mr. Julian Ely, information and culture advisor of the Japanese Consul of Los Angeles also attended. Seventh grade students study Japanese culture, emphasizing the era of the Middle Ages, and this interactive program allows students to learn and be entertained in a hands-on way, according to Lorraine Fulleman, teacher librarian and coordinator of this annual program. The tea ceremony is centuries old and from the time period the students are studying, which encourages library book circulation as a result of this enrichment activity. All 7th grade social studies teachers are provided with free tickets to distribute to their students. Students were all given an opportunity to take part in the ceremony and enjoy a taste of tea, as well as a small sweet treat, to accompany the tea.
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