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Placerita Jr. High School - October 18, 2020

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ONLINE Book Fair This Week!

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The Online Learning Schedule for this Week

We are on regular schedule this week.
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This Week at Placerita 10.18.20

Good Evening Placerita Families…

Welcome to week 12 of the school year. This is the beginning of the second quarter this week. We have five weeks of class before we have Thanksgiving Week off from class. Lets see what big things we can accomplish during this time.

Please note below the days for our picture drive through and book drop off day coming up this week. Eighth Grade picture day is TOMORROW (10/19) afternoon and seventh grade is Thursday afternoon. See information below for last name alpha times of arrival.

We have a Big Online Book Fair starting this week and going through November 1. Click on the link above to see what it is all about.

Finally, we do have our Hot Spots available if you need one please call the school at 661-259-1551 and let us know.

Please take a look below at information about how your students can check out a book from the library as well as the latest information from Miner Morning TV.

That’s it for tonight. Have a good week


Mr. Turner

Buenas noches, familias de Placerita...

Bienvenidos a la semana 12 del año escolar. Este es el comienzo del segundo trimestre de esta semana. Tenemos cinco semanas de clase antes de que tengamos la Semana de Acción de Gracias fuera de clase. Veamos qué grandes cosas podemos lograr durante este tiempo.

Tenga en cuenta a continuación los días para nuestro recorrido de fotografías y el día de entrega de libros que se aproxima esta semana. El día de las fotografías de octavo grado es MAÑANA (19/10) por la tarde y el séptimo grado es el jueves por la tarde. Consulte la información a continuación para conocer la hora alfa de llegada de los apellidos


Tenemos una gran feria del libro en línea a partir de esta semana y hasta el 1 de noviembre. Haga clic en el enlace de arriba para ver de qué se trata.

Finalmente, tenemos nuestros Hot Spots disponibles si lo necesita, por favor llame a la escuela al 661-259-1551 y avísenos.

Eche un vistazo a continuación a la información sobre cómo sus estudiantes pueden sacar un libro de la biblioteca, así como la información más reciente de Miner Morning TV.

Eso es todo por esta noche. Ten una buena semana.

Sr. Turner

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Picture Days and book return Drive Through this week!

Due to a scheduling conflict, we have had to change the date for the 8th grade Yearbook./ID Pictures and book return. 8th grade will now be on Monday, October 19. 7th grade will remain the same on Thursday, October 22nd. The times will remain the same from 1:00 pm-5:30 pm.

8th Grade students will also be returning the novel Peak on Oct. 19. 7th Grade students will be returning the novel The Color of My Words and checking out a NEW novel based on their English teacher on Oct. 22. Be sure to bring that book to the drive-thru to return.

It is important that all students have a current photo and ID card when we return to campus. The process will be very similar to our drive-thru summer check-in. Vehicles will enter the main parking lot from Newhall Ave and proceed through the “Bus Shoot” where your student will exit the vehicle at the direction of a staff member. Caregivers will stay in their vehicle, following the line of cars and coming out to pick up your student in the valet line on Dalbey Dr. in the front of school. See map below.

These safety precautions will be in place:

  • Only students will exit the car for their photo.

  • Masks will be required except for the 10 seconds that the photo is taken.

  • Students will need to complete a Health Screen for COVID symptoms and temperature check will be required the day of the event.

A digital Health Screen form will be sent to students in their email on Sunday and Wednesday evening. Students will be asked to fill it out prior to coming to school to take their photo their scheduled day and time. They will need to login using their to complete the screen. Proof of students being symptom-free will be required for students to exit out of the car.

Please refer to the schedule below for your designated drive-thru time assigned by your last name. Please have your student wear clothing that adheres to the dress code (available on our school website). Only if you are unable to make your scheduled time, you may come between 5:00-5:30 PM FLEX time.

Below is the link to order photos from O’Connor’s photography online or scan the QR code:

See the attached order form if paying by cash or check. Information about picture packets is also available on the Placerita website:

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Remote Miner Morning TV Latest Editions

You can watch the latest editions of MMTV from last week.
RMMTV Episode 18
RMMTV Episode 19
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Introducing bark for schools

Click on the link below for a presentation that you can read about what bark for schools is doing for us. It will help us in several ways to improve our connections to students' needs and help keep our campus safe. Here is a review of the information that was sent out from the District earlier last week.

Dear Parents,

When schools give students access to devices and online accounts, an incredible world of learning opportunities opens up — as well as potential dangers. Digital safety is critically important to the Hart District, which is why we are now using Bark for Schools to help us protect our students both online and in real life.

Bark monitors Hart District student Google accounts, including Gmail and Drive, for signs of potential issues like:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Sexual predators
  • Threats of violence

Alerts at the First Signs of Danger

When possible dangers arise on these school-issued student accounts, Bark for Schools sends school site administrators alerts so they can evaluate and address those concerns in a timely manner. With situations involving possible imminent student harm, we will collaborate with families, law enforcement, and local mental health agencies to ensure the safety of our students. These alerts also give school administrators insights that help promote the wellness of the entire student body.

Learn more about Bark for Schools — including their commitment to student privacy. Thank you for your support as we strive to help keep our students safe online.

Lunch Information... In case you did not know...

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Big News - Placerita's 20-21 Reading Challenge

Please see below for the information on the reading challenge for this year. Each year Placerita has a challenge and we usually review it in our DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time during the school day but since we do not have that time check out the info below.
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Important Immunization Information

If you got a notice about your student’s immunizations please take a look in Infinite Campus in the health tab and see what is needed. There may be another notice going tout tomorrow so look for it so you can have that done. If you have completed them then follow the directions in the letter. If you did not receive a letter then you are all good. If you have questions feel free to email our Health Assistant Veronica Feather at
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Important Information from the Counselors

Counseling Corner

Our google classrooms have been set and ready for students to join. Here is the breakdown. These codes below are for students to join our Counseling Classroom. We would like for our students to start adding themselves to this classroom already. We have also started an instagram page for the counseling department. It is "@placeritajhcounseling". This info is also on our counseling webpage. Encourage your students to join the classroom and follow the counselors on instagram. See the codes below.

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Placerita is a Title I School

What is Title I?

Title 1, Part A, is a federally funded program which provides services to schools based on student economic needs. Title I is designed to support state and local school reform efforts tied to challenging state academic standards to improve teaching and learning, and to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. Title I schools jointly develop a written parental involvement policy with parents each year called the School-Parent Compact.

In the William S. Hart Union High School District, eight schools are eligible to receive Title I funds and implement school-wide programs as a part of the Elementary and School Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 (NCLB), and the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

Parent involvement is critical in support of student achievement. Each school provides opportunities for families to be engaged and involved in their child’s education to support student learning. Parents are encouraged and invited to become partners in education with each school, contributing valuable ideas, input, and feedback throughout the year which is used to revise school site plans annually.

Parents are encouraged to maintain regular two-way communication with school staff regarding issues involving student learning and successful participation in school-sponsored programs. Parents should also play an active role in assisting their student with academic learning at home, and monitoring their student’s progress.

More information can be found here.

Title I School Parent Compact

Wm. S. Hart Union High School District

Placerita Jr. High School

Title I School-Parent Compact

Dear Parent/Guardian:

As a school receiving Title 1 funding, we value your role in working to help your child achieve high academic standards. The following is an outline of some of the ways you and our school staff can build and maintain a partnership to share the responsibility for supporting your child’s learning.

School’s Responsibility:

  • Provide high quality curriculum and learning materials

  • Provide you with assistance in understanding academic achievement standards and assessments

  • Provide you with ways to monitor your child’s progress

  • Provide opportunities for ongoing communication between you and teachers through:

    • Frequent reports regarding your child’s progress

    • Opportunities to talk with staff, and participate in your child’s education

    • Observation of classroom activities if desired

    • Participation in parent-teacher conferences, if appropriate

Parent’s Responsibility:

  • Assist your child in attending school regularly

  • Encourage your child to show positive school behavior and character qualities

  • Review your child’s school work regularly

  • Encourage positive use of extracurricular time, and monitor your child’s appropriate use of technology

  • Volunteer in your child’s school activities if time or schedule permits

  • Attend parent-teacher conferences, and participate in decisions relating to the education of your child

Student’s Responsibility:

  • Participate fully in classroom activities, daily assignments, learning opportunities, and assessments

  • Attend school every day on time and ready to learn with a positive attitude

  • Read at home, study regularly, be responsible, and give your best effort at call times

  • Be respectful, listen carefully, and follow directions

  • Communicate openly and honestly with parents, and ask for help when necessary

Please review this School-Parent Compact with your child. This School-Parent Compact may also be discussed with you during a parent-teacher conference as it relates to your child’s school progress. Thank you for your support and involvement in your child’s education. Please feel free to contact your child’s counselor if you would like more information (661) 259-1551.


John Turner


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SCV Libraries still working for students

Students, parents, and teachers in your school can access FREE resources with a library card, including: live tutoring, test preparation, language classes and more. All of these services can be found on our eLibrary.

Physical library materials are still available through our Curbside Service, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm or Saturday 1:00pm-4:00pm. You can also request your materials to be placed in our new Locker system, which can be accessed 24/7!

Furthermore, we can help teachers fulfill reading lists for their classes by purchasing additional copies of required reading material or pulling from our current collection.

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Best practices for being successful online...

Kid Flix Productions

Kid Flix is Placerita's award winning video production club. Even in the online learning times, we are finding ways to keep Kid Flix going. Kid Flix is responsible for our Remote Miner Morning TV broadcast, our Miner Details Podcast and will enter into a variety of contests. Students will learn how to put a feature story together, edit their productions and produce a newscast.

Our meetings will be held on Monday afternoons on Zoom from 3 pm to 4 pm. Students interested in joining Kid Flix should join our Google Classroom group using the code i6uaemo. Zoom information will be posted there.

Parents, if you want to follow our broadcasts, follow us on YouTube at Placerita TV:

For more information, email Kid Flix at

Questions about Technology and Attendance

If you are having any type of tech issues please call the main school line at 661-259-1551 and we will give you a time to come in to work on fixing it.

In order to clarify a few questions that we have regarding attendance and students being present on either Zoom or Google Meet let's discuss a couple things. First, for students to check in to be counted present they should be present on screen for the teacher to see them. Second, they should mute their mic unless class is in a discussion mode, direct questions are being asked or if they are greeting or saying hi to their friends during designated times during class. It is important to remember that participation is a very important part of any learning environment. In some classes like PE, dance, art or music, participation through visual connection is a part of the grade. We would not want anyone’s grade to be lowered for participation or be counted absent because they were not visually participating. Some teachers are having students respond in the chat to show presence in class. Please encourage your students to participate fully so they can get all the credit they need for participation. We understand there are some exceptions and teachers are working with students in those areas already.

Very Important - Library is still lending books! But please read all instructions below for directions and times for pickup.

How to place a hold on a book from Placerita’s Library

1. Go to
2. Click on “Destiny Catalog” in the left menu
3. Click on the green Destiny icon
4. Click “Log in” in the upper right hand corner
  • Username: student ID number
  • Password: student 6 digit birthday (MMDDYY)

5. Click “Catalog” in the upper left
6. Make sure material type says “Book” in the middle of the screen
7. Search by subject, title, author, genre
8. Click on any blue title to learn more about the book
9. Click “Hold it!” on the right
10. You will see a pop up message that a hold was requested

If you would like to watch a how-to video for placing books on hold, click on this link:

You will receive an email from the library telling you when your book is ready. Pickups will occur at the library door on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3, during Flex Time.

This is what it should look like when you get into Destiny.

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This is what you should see from # 9 above.

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Click on the link below for a form to request password reset assistance.

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Password Reset Assistance

Click on the button above if you need help resetting your password.

If you are in need of a Hot Spot please complete the request below.

Click on links below for information about COVID-19

Placerita Gold Club Virtual Wellness Page

Click on the button above to go to the Placerita Gold Club Wellness page.

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Click Here for the last Miner Details Episode

This is a Spotify Link. You can also follow our Podcast on Apple Podcasts and many others.

Support these Placerita family businesses!

Click here to be on our list of Placerita Businesses

If you are a Placerita Parent and you own a business in the SCV and would like to have support from our Placerita Families, complete the form and we will add you to our list.

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Angelo's Barber Shop

Click the button above to go to their website.

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Egg Plantation

Click on link above to visit their website.

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Firehouse Subs

Click above for the link to their website.

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Honu Coffee

Click above to visit the Honu website.

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Outback Steakhouse

Click above to visit their web page.

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Tutoring Club Valencia

Click above to visit their website.

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Placerita Jr. High School

Placerita has been serving Jr. High students in Newhall for 60 years. Placerita is just north of Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The William S. Hart Union High School District prohibits unlawful discrimination against and/or harassment of any student, employee or job applicant on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, political affiliation, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by state and federal nondiscrimination laws respectively at any District site and/or activity. All inquiries regarding discrimination, civil rights, and/or Title IX should be directed to the Director of Human Resources and Equity Services, William S. Hart Union High School District, 21380 Centre Pointe Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, or by phone (661) 259-0033, ext. 316, or by email: