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What's Good in Education, Dec. 15, 2010

Vol. XI, No. 9

Posted: December 20, 2010 2:52 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2010 3:30 p.m.
Valencia High School's football team visited the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center on Thanksgiving. Valencia High School's football team visited the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center on Thanksgiving.
Valencia High School's football team visited the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center on Thanksgiving.
Bowman High School students participate in the two-day Every 15 Minutes program. Bowman High School students participate in the two-day Every 15 Minutes program.
Bowman High School students participate in the two-day Every 15 Minutes program.

District Students Help SCV Senior Center on Thanksgiving
More than 60 Hart District students, representing nearly all junior high and high schools, spent time on Thanksgiving at the SCV Senior Center, entertaining more than 200 seniors while they enjoyed a spectacular holiday meal.

Hart District students helped set up and decorate the facility the evening before, and on the day of the event, served food, provided musical entertainment and spent time chatting with visiting seniors.

Spearheaded by Flo Lawrence and Sue Updegraft, of the District Advisory Committee, and supported by the Castaic and SCV Lions Clubs, and many local businesses, local seniors enjoyed a great day of traditional holiday food and great company.

Golden Valley High School's Grizzly Bistro, student culinary arts program, baked and donated 20 pumpkin pies for the event, while the Valencia High School football team was on hand to share and trade stories with the seniors.

Bowman High Students Arrange Every 15 Minutes Program for their School
Bowman High students waged a campaign to bring the Every 15 Minutes program to their school for the first time. The event is a partnership between the city of Santa Clarita, the SCV Sheriff's Station and school officials.

Other Hart District schools see this program on an every other year rotation, however, due to Bowman's small size, they had not been previously included in the rotation. Students felt strongly that this emotionally charged program designed to instill teenagers with the consequences associated with drinking alcohol, reckless driving, texting while driving and life choices, was important to bring to their campus.

Their efforts were realized on the week of Dec. 6 when the two-day program was staged at their school. A simulated drunk driving accident and real emergency response was witnessed on the first day, followed by an assembly on the second day that featured parent speakers of local youth who lost their lives at the hands of a drunk driver.

Bowman students learned about the consequences first hand and were admonished to make good choices. Funding for this powerful program is through a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant.

Arroyo Seco Safe School Ambassadors Lead By Example
Arroyo Seco Safe School Ambassadors work diligently to create a positive campus environment by being friendly to everyone and available to their peers for support and encouragement. Currently, the program has 90 students, including both seventh and eighth grade boys and girls, and is supported by 23 adults consisting of teachers, counselors, campus supervisors and instructional assistants, led by Marissa Clegg and Robin Williams.

Students are trained to recognize and act when they see any form of bullying occurring on campus, and they also recognize students being kind on campus. All SSA students have taken a quarter exploratory choices class, and then made the commitment to be part of the SSA program. The SSA program supports the ongoing efforts of Arroyo Seco's Anti-Bullying campaign.

Currently, 11 Hart District schools have the Safe School Ambassador program in place.

Canyon High Seniors Participate in International Economic Summit
Canyon High School Seniors enrolled in Economics this semester participated in an International Economic Summit, in November, through a program provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Under the direction of economics and government teacher, Maria Cooper, approximately 140 students have been part of a 13-lesson program designed around core high school economic content that focuses on the complexities of trade and globalization.

The students were in groups of three or four for this world trade simulation and each had stations with a poster depicting the country they were representing for this event, cultural items and some had traditional food displayed, as well. Students dressed in customary dress of their country and spent time trading and buying resources for their country, making bank loans and participating in other interactive business activities.

Students won prizes for costume and display. The students had a wonderful time and learned a great deal about the global world in which we live. This program is sponsored in part by local businesses and community supporters. For more information on the program, visit or contact Maria Cooper at Canyon High.

Golden Valley Science Students Benefit from Donated Lights
Golden Valley High School science students are seeing things in a new light, following the recent acceptance of a donation from the SCV Sheriff's Department that included lights, ballasts, bulbs and lighting systems.

AP Environmental Science/Biology teacher and donation coordinator Danielle Werts and her students are excited about the new opportunities for experimentation made possible by this generous donation. The lighting systems will give students the opportunity to observe and collect data on changes that occur in closed systems, an exercise that would otherwise not be available in an indoor lab environment.


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