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November 5, 2014 Vol. XV, No. 4

November 7th, 2014

Rampage Band Tournament Attracts Record Crowd
As many as 7,000 spectators and performers filled the College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium on Nov. 1 for the 31st Annual Hart High Rampage Marching Band and Colorguard Field Show Tournament. Thirty-five bands from across California and Utah, including Hart, Canyon, Golden Valley, Saugus, Valencia and West Ranch high schools, came together to participate in this field show competition, judged by the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). It was a day of great performances, including the popular mass drumline, and Pasadena City College Marching Lancers performed as the guest band. In the 2A Black Division, Canyon High School placed third. Golden Valley High School placed second and Saugus High School placed third in the 3A Red Division. Valencia High School placed second in the 3A Black Division and West Ranch High School won first place in the 4A Division. Hart High School is part of Division 4A, but did not place because it was the host school. Hart and other bands at Rampage earned a score that may be used to qualify for the SCSBOA Championships later this month. All scores can be found at the SCSBOA website. Rampage, hosted by Hart Regiment Band & Colorguard, of Hart High School, is one of the oldest and most prestigious band competitions in California. “An event like Rampage could not happen without the hard work of the Hart students, Hart Boosters and alumni and the many other community volunteers,” Anthony Bailey, director of Hart Regiment, said. “It’s wonderful to have the community come out to support these dedicated student performers,” he said. Marching season is a rigorous and time consuming endeavor, but well worth the effort. The required discipline and responsibility can lead to rewarding and memorable experiences. Like any sport, it’s a team effort! For more information or to donate visit: www.hartregiment.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram! (Photos are left to right, Hart “Royals,” Golden Valley “Haunted,” Valencia “Winter Sketches,” and West Ranch “Swan Lake.”)



Grammy Award Winner Kenny Loggins Performs at Golden Valley High
The Golden Valley High School Marching Band was the beneficiary of a special benefit concert by Kenny Loggins held last month in the Golden Valley Theater. Loggins and his band performed to a near sold out crowd of music lovers all his hit tunes including, Danger Zone, Celebrate Me Home, What a Fool Believes and This Is It. The 450-plus crowd was all smiles and cheers, as he shared stories of his career and life. More than $40,000 was raised for the band and the highlights of the evening where when two Golden Valley band members presented Loggins with a Golden Valley jacket, which he put on, as well as the band marching in to accompany him during a lively rendition of his hit song, Footloose.


Rancho Pico Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary
Rancho Pico Junior High School opened in fall 2004 as the enrollment in the Hart School District was growing and housing development in the Stevenson Ranch and Westridge areas it serves was booming. Fast forward to 2014, and this California State Distinguished School serves just under 1,000 students where achievement abounds academically, with award winning performing arts and a supportive and active parent group. Founding principal, Dave LeBarron, now the director of curriculum and assessment for the Hart District, reflected fondly about the building of the school, including the planning and staff selection. More than a dozen of the original founding staff are still working at Rancho Pico, supporting students’ success year after year. Current principal Erum Jones, current school board president Steve Sturgeon, superintendent Rob Challinor, ASB president David Salven and others reflected over the past 10 years, pop culture of then and now and the extraordinary student achievement with API scores over 900 for several consecutive years. Elected officials, including Assemblyman Scott Wilk, who was in attendance at the grand opening ceremony of the school, presented Jones with a State Assembly Resolution noting the incredible environment the school offers to 7th and 8th grade students. The program included the presentation of colors by the Hart District JROTC, National Anthem by the Rancho Pico band, and musical performances by the Rancho Pico orchestra and choir. Cake and refreshments followed the formal portion of the event. (Photos: left to right: Founding principal Dave LeBarron, current principal, Jones and past principal and current La Mesa principal Michele Krantz; Assemblyman Wilk presenting Resolution with superintendent Challinor and Jones; and board members, district administrators and Rancho Pico administrators celebrating with cake cutting.)


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 half-day event was held at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex and included interactive activities and informative presentations about teen issues. The keynote address was presented by Janet Roberts, an art and leadership teacher for the past 25 years. Her message is one of inclusion and on-campus connections to students and adults across the state of California. She served as the state president of the California Association of Directors of Activities from 2013-2014. Ron Ippolito, Sierra Vista Junior High School teacher, kicked off the program with a lively welcome and introduction. “Each year, we try to find a way to help students expand their definition of respect and their understanding of diversity,” Greg Lee, director of human resources and equity services, said. “The message presented by Ms. Roberts to our young people was very profound and the students realize the importance of inclusion and helping students to make connections.” Students from Golden Valley High School ASB facilitated break out groups. A generous donation from Dan Sterkel of Nissan of Valencia helped make this program possible.


Bowman Annual Career Day Inspires Students
How to “Have a Career” that you would love to enjoy, was this year’s Bowman High School Career Day event theme. That is the question Bowman students had on their minds on Friday, Oct. 24th as another very successful Career Day was held for Bowman students. Thirty different presenters were on campus and they spoke in 94% of the classes during the day-long activity. Students heard from the military, local colleges, and business people who shared their experiences and opportunities for success. Eight of the speakers were presenting for the first time at Bowman and were very motivational and positive about what they felt students can accomplish. Among the many highlights of the day was the Ford Hot Rod Mustang that Universal Technical Institute brought onto campus. Fire Station #104 displayed their 100 foot ladder extension that was quite a sight to see. Another special treat for students were the presentations by MUD  (the Make-up Design school in Burbank) and Academy of the Esthetics who brought former grads to inspire and motivate students toward considering careers in special effects and make-up design. They took time to perform their make-up mastery on selected students who really enjoyed the pre-Halloween make-up treat! Other post-secondary schools in attendance were COC, DeVry, The Art Institute of LA, FIDM, Music Institute and Charter College. Mike Nugent, career advisor at Bowman said, “Our students now realize they have many good choices ahead.” The Military attracted large groups of students in their sessions. Additional speakers included construction experts, business leaders, and the City of Santa Clarita. All had great lessons to share about what to expect in those employment fields. Students shared these quotes from Career Day: “Sgt. Smith (US Army) inspired me even more to join the military. Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it,” was the message heard by Anthony Lau. Ashley Taylor originally thought she knew what she wanted to do, but after hearing Music Institutes presentation she is now seriously considering a career in music production.” Finally, Marianna McKinney stated, “it was such an amazing day hearing from speakers in the fields I am interested in – Music, Make-Up and Animal Care.” Nugent added, “I really appreciate how well all the speakers are able to inspire and inform our students regarding the possibilities that exist for them. Even when a student realizes that maybe that’s not for me, it is still a valuable lesson learned. Thanks to all for being part of our 20th annual event.”


Sierra Vista Service Club SiViCS Accomplishes Much in Short Time
Sierra Vista Junior High students are off to a great year of community service through their community service club, SiViCS, which began its 16th year of living up to the motto, “Together we can, together we will,” make the world a better place. At the beginning of October, the school participated in Lee National Denim Day and raised almost $900 to help find a cure for breast cancer. Students and staff wore jeans and pink shirts to school to show support of those who have been affected by this disease.  On Sunday, October 26th, many Sierra Vista students, families, and staff ran in the Santa Clarita Food Pantry’s “Run Against Hunger” 5K race. “It was a beautiful morning to get a little exercise and do something nice for others,” SiViCS advisor Kerry Skoczylas said. Although Sierra Vista didn’t win the trophy for the most participants this year, they were happy to join with all their good friends from Placerita and La Mesa junior high schools to make this such a successful event. “A big thank you to everyone at Sierra Vista for helping make our school such a great place!” Skoczylas said.


Job Shadow and Internship Programs Shaping Student Career Direction
The Hart School District’s job shadow and career internship programs are in full swing this semester with students placed throughout the Santa Clarita Valley at companies in a variety of industries including media, health care, architecture, real estate and many more. Golden Valley High School senior Sade Easterling recently job shadowed at Prima Pediatrics, “My love for infants and children began at a young age, looking after my younger sister. During the job shadow, I learned how to draw blood from children of all ages, input current patient information into their folder, and observe how to conduct physical checkups,” Easterling said. She is enthusiastic about this opportunity and learned from the experience, so she jumped at the chance to join Sue Reynolds, Hart District Career Development Coordinator, on the set of SCV Today where they talked about job shadow, career internships and the concept of career pathways with hosts Dave Caldwell and Tami Edwards. This segment can be seen at http://scvtv.com/?p=19025. Impressed with Easterling’s progress, Edwards and Caldwell have extended an offer to her for further career exploration at SCVTV, if she is interested. Students and parents interested in career development programs should reach out to Sue Reynolds at 661.259.0033 ext. 232 or sreynolds@hartdistrict.org. More information is also available online at www.hartdistrictcareercenter.com. Reynolds looks forward to helping students be college and career ready, “It’s important for young people to learn how to work and where to work for the careers of the future,” Reynolds said. (Photo: Tami Edwards and Dave Caldwell at each end, SCV Today hosts and Reynolds and Easterling in the center.)


Hart District Juniors Participate in VIA Connecting 2 Success
Some 2,000 juniors from the Hart District’s comprehensive high schools and Bowman High School attended the Valley Industry Association (VIA) Connecting 2 Success conference held on three dates in October and November. The theme is Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today! The field trip was an opportunity for students to interact with community and business leaders and to learn about the skills needed for successful employment. Students engaged in small group discussions about Ethics: Doing the Right Thing; Building Your Image for Success; and Money – Who Cares? The featured keynote speaker, Dan Williams, of Purpose 2 Purpose Performance Coaching, was inspiring and captured all students with his presentation kicking off the half-day event.  The Hart School District thanks the VIA Education Committee for sharing this program with Hart School District juniors each year and the following sponsors that made this event possible: Southern California Edison, US Bank, Logix Federal Credit Union and PIHRA Foundation. Special thanks to Grace Conference Center for providing the beautiful venue for this program.



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