The Acorn

Message from the Principal of AOC

Academy of the Canyons News for the Week of 2/8-2/12

Greetings AOC Families,

I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful weather on this Super Bowl Sunday!

Click here to access the Weekly Bulletin. There will be no school on Friday, February 12 and Monday, February 15 (President's Day). Inside the weekly bulletin, read about the "Student of the Week", Senior Capstone Project, club news, senior scholarships, Student Care Line, and information on submitting photos for yearbook.

Please join us for "Coffee with the Principal" on 2/9 at 9:00am for a talk on the social-emotional wellness of our students at AOC. And, on February 10th, students can participate in a workshop on "Meditation" at 1:15pm. Contact Mrs. Pershing-Rousseaux for details or see our wellness newsletter.

Have a great week, AOC!


Dr. Juliet Fine

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Parent and Family Self-Study Survey

Every six years Academy of the Canyons undergoes a self-study process as part of our accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Part of that process is collecting data from all school stakeholders to assess how well we support our students. Please take the following survey to provide us needed feedback on our program. It is estimated to take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. Thank you!

Here is the link:

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Meet Mrs. Pershing-Rousseau and Mr. Malkowski, our Wellness Coordinators

Please join us for "Coffee with the Principal" on 2/9 at 9:00am.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 854 0610 9420

Passcode: 760310

Dial by your location

+1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)

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See The Signal article about Project Linus.

Project Linus and our Wellness Coordinators, Mrs. Rousseau and Mr. Malkowski

Please check out this link for the article in the signal about how AOC's Project Linus, lead by our students and Mrs. Garver, and our Wellness coordinators, Mr. Malkowski and Mrs. Pershing- Rousseaux show compassion and support to our friends at Valencia High School. Our community comes together in grief and support for Valencia.
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Zonta International Club of SCV Scholarship, Young Women of Ages 16-19

On behalf of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley it is my pleasure to inform you that Zonta will once again provide the Young Women in Public Affairs Award to a young woman of age 16 to 19, who demonstrates evidence of the following:

  1. Active commitment to volunteerism.
  2. Experience in local government, student government, or workplace leadership (paid or unpaid).
  3. Volunteer leadership achievements.
  4. Knowledge of Zonta International and its programs.
  5. Advocating for Zonta International’s mission of advancing the status of women worldwide.

The Zonta Club of SCV, Young Women in Public Affairs will be presenting a $1,000 award and two $500.00 awards. Recipients of the club award are also eligible to receive a higher award from Zonta International. Please see the enclosed application.

Our goal is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs, volunteerism and civic causes. We would appreciate your assistance by posting this information and distributing applications to potential candidates. Applications may also be accessed on-line at

The deadline for submittal is March 05, 2021. For further information, please contact Gloria Mercado-Fortine and/or Mary Ann Dortch at

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Academy of the Canyons

Located on the campus of College of the Canyons, AOC is proud to be the middle college high school in the William S. Hart Union High School District serving students 9th-12th grades in the Santa Clarita Valley. Students have the opportunity to earn between 24 and 44 transferable college units, prior to receiving their high school diplomas. Upon graduation, the majority of Academy students pursue their post high school education by continuing at COC and completing their college transfer requirements in only one year after high school. Other AOC students go directly into a four-year university, bringing their community college units with them and placing themselves well into their freshman and sophomore years at the college level. While attending AOC as a high school student, community college tuition is waived for established California residents.