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Back to School Edition - Placerita Jr. High - August, 2019

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It is almost time to return... We have some very important information below so please take note of each part.

The two most important things to have completed before you come for summer check-in on Monday or Tuesday (see the schedule below) are;

1) Complete your Online Registration. We still have over 300 students that need to complete the process. Thanks to all the parents that came in for assistance on Thursday of last week. If you are having problems logging into your account we can help. Email us today at and we can help you change your password or set up your account so you can complete the process before Monday. If you do not have this process completed it could take up to an hour longer to complete your check-in on Monday and Tuesday. If you do not have your online process complete before you arrive please come about 30 minutes early with the exception of our 8:00 arrival time.

2) Complete the forms in the packet that was mailed home to turn in when you come in for the Check-in.

Placerita Foundation Donations

Please consider donating to our Placerita Foundation in the gold envelope in your packet. This money goes directly to teachers in the classroom and helps support activities that we otherwise would not be able to do. Many extra things like our seventh graders participating in the reptile assemblies with special presentations and support for the performing arts as well as our other academic teams is all made possible by the donations that we receive from you at the beginning of the year. Any amount is greatly appreciated and goes directly to the school.

Math Placement Testing

If you would like your student to take the placement test for the first time or again if they did not do as well as expected, there is an opportunity on Monday 8/5 at 2:30 in Room 22 at Placerita. Feel free to take advantage of this opportunity.

School Supplies

We had planned on having school supplies available at Check-in but unfortunately it did not work out for us to be able to provide this service. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Check-in Times for Monday and Tuesday

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Faculty New to Placerita

Please read the information below about our new Faculty for this fall. We are very happy to have each of them on our campus.

Andrea Blade - English Teacher

Andie Blade and has lived in Santa Clarita almost her entire life. She attended Old Orchard and Valencia Valley elementary, Placerita, and Hart… She even stayed local for college, graduating from The Master's University with a degree in education and her credential in 2000. She began her teaching career in elementary education. She taught First and Second grade for four years at Meadows Elementary and then at Legacy Academy. She took some time out of the classroom and spent about three years as a Child Development Specialist/Early Interventionist locally here in Santa Clarita. She began her journey back to the classroom with substitute teaching for the Newhall District and the Hart District about 4 years ago. She found that she enjoyed the middle school setting and was hired as a long term substitute for English at La Mesa Junior High. When that assignment ended, she was hired permanently at Sierra Vista Junior High where she taught 8th Grade English and Achieve and am now set to teach 8th grade English again this year. In all of that, she is married (her husband teaches History at Canyon) and she has three awesome children that keep her incredibly busy and on her toes and laughing (and crying) and driving all over to every youth soccer and baseball event imaginable! Her daughter is at Hart and her son will be joining her here at Placerita this year in seventh grade, and her youngest daughter is at Valencia Valley. She is thrilled thrilled to be here at Placerita!

Juan Cornejo Jr. - Counselor

Juan was born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights. He moved to the San Fernando Valley during his teen years where he attended and graduated from Verdugo Hills High School. He then graduated from CSUN earning a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s degree in School Counseling. In the past decade he has dedicated his work and passion in working with students in many capacities. He has been a substitute teacher, behavioral therapist, worked for an after-school program and more recently worked at Pierce Community College helping students with their future career paths. His dedication for student success continues to expand and has found its soil to place its roots at Placerita Jr. High. He looks forward to continue to flourish and grow with this school and community. He is excited to work alongside you and carry Placerita’s motto, “Pride in Excellence”.

Karen Long - Music Teacher

Karen is a Southern California native with over 30 years of playing experience. She holds a BA in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University, an MM (Master of Music) in Music Education from Boston University, and a California teaching credential in Music. Ms. Long is a well-rounded musician who enjoys playing many instruments (including guitar and drums); but she considers herself a brass specialist. In addition to 4th-12th grade bands and orchestras, Ms.Long has worked with high school and middle school choirs, drum lines, and rock bands. She advocates for the research-supported benefits of participation in music education as strong scientific support for its inclusion in all schools. Ms. Long is passionate about instilling a love for life-long music making in her students and takes great pleasure in seeing her students succeed. She is excited to be a part of the Placerita family!

Nicole RosenKilde - Social Studies Teacher

Over the last two years Nicole has committed herself to becoming a history teacher and has recently completed her Master's in Education and credential program through Grand Canyon University. She has spent countless hours observing teachers in a variety of school districts throughout Southern California and most recently she completed her 15 week student teaching requirement at Valencia High School. While there, she taught both U.S. History and Modern Civilizations. Upon completing the program, she began subbing throughout the William S. Hart Union High School District. The past two years have prepared her for a classroom of her own and she is ready to be a part of our social studies department here at Placerita!

Looking for Musicians

It's not too late to sign up for band, choir, or orchestra for the 2019-20 school year. The award-winning music programs at Placerita are outstanding and afford your child a comprehensive music education in addition to a camaraderie that will last a lifetime. We have classes ranging from no experience to advanced.

If you are interested in any music electives please e-mail Ms. Long at for more information. We love supporting our Performing Arts at Placerita and hope you'll consider being a part of these valuable programs!

New Districtwide Dress Code

Please see the diagram below for the new guidelines from the District that all schools will be following beginning this school year. This was a recent change and we apologize that we were not able to send you this information earlier.
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Click on the link below for a PDF of the Dress Code Above

Volunteers needed for Summer Check-in August 5th and 6th

We still need a few volunteers. See the Signup Genius below to sign-up to help. We need several people to assist for the morning.

Everything below was sent in earlier newsletters but it is included here in case you missed it.

Here's the Information about online registration if you missed it previously...

We would like to welcome all our new families of seventh graders coming into Placerita this fall as well as welcome back our former seventh but now eighth grade families. We have several things that we are adding or adjusting the process this fall. First, we now have a process for Online Registration (OLR) for this fall. However, we will still have a summer check-in process just like the old registration where we turn in a few forms, take pictures and buy PE clothes, etc. Secondly, we are having the Summer Check-in on August 5th and 6th. Students with last names beginning with A-K will come on August 5th and students with last names beginning with L-Z will check-in on August 6th. Those are the days that you will come to Placerita and bring paperwork and complete the process of being set to start school on August 13th.

The first thing we need to make sure we have complete is the process for Online Registration.

The window is now open for Online Registration to be ready for next school year that begins in August. See the attached letters below (English and Spanish) for directions on how to get started. Everyone has the ability to get ready for next year right now. So, to be clear, we have a process that has to be completed online where you will:

1) open an account with Infinite Campus (our online portal for parents) if you do not have one, 2) follow the instructional letters attached for specific directions to access your account,

3) complete the paperwork in the packet that will be mailed to your house in early July, and 4) come to summer check-in and complete the process. All four of these parts are necessary to completely be prepared for school in the fall. We will have regular reminders so we can get everyone complete as soon as possible.

Here are some troubleshooting tips for the most common call:

"I can't start Online Registration." - or - "I can't select a school year."

  1. Make sure you are clicking on the Existing Student Registration button. Even if the student is an incoming 7th or 9th grader new to that school, they already have an existing record in our Student Information System.
  2. Are you a staff member? Please be sure that you are signing into the Parent Portal using your Parent Portal login credentials. Infinite Campus will allow you to sign in successfully using your staff login, but that account is not tied to a household or students.

Please also feel free to refer parents to the OLR Parent Guide for Existing Students which can be found at

Click on the link below for the Instructions for Online Registration for Existing Students

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Click below for a PDF of the Letter Above

The Same Letter in Spanish

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Haga clic abajo para ver un PDF del archivo de arriba.

School Supplies for this Fall

We are going to try something different for the beginning of the school year. Our teachers are going to use a folder system to unify our processes for keeping up with school work across campus. The Math department will have some variations in their process in some classes because their text will be contained in a three ring binder. We will be selling starter packs that would consist of the folders, paper and supplies to get the year off and running at a very reasonable cost at the summer check-in. Some of the supplies below will be a part of those Starter Packs. We will give you more specific information before the Check-in occurs in August.

Supply List


#2 pencils

blue or black pens


colored pencils, box of 12

glue sticks

2 pocket plastic folders--6 of these

one subject spiral notebook--6 of these

3x5 index cards

simple calculator

The Beginning of the Year at Placerita

  • Complete Online Registration Information - Throughout the Summer

  • Summer Check-in - By Last Name Alpha: August 5th, A-K - August 6th L-Z

  • First Day of School - August 13th

  • Labor Day - September 2 - No School

  • Back to School Night - September 5th

  • First Progress Report - September 13

  • Vision Screening , 8th Grade - September 13

  • District Wide Minimum Day - September 19

  • Make-up Picture Day - September 23

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Placerita Jr. High School

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