Message from Academy of the Canyons' Principal, Dr. Fine
Weeks of 2/20-2/24
I hope that you had a wonderful four-day weekend! We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow, 2/21. We still have a late start Friday; it will be a Mon/Wed schedule.
- February 20th-President's Holiday
- February 21st- 7pm Informational Meeting for Home Stay for Japanese students at AOC
- February 24th- AOC ASB Talent Show
- March 4-Make a Blanket Drive for Project Linus at COC from 10am-4pm
- March 17-End of 3rd Quarter
- April 3--Spring Break for AOC, No School for WSHUHSD
- April 28-End of 4th Quarter Progress Report Card
- May 11th-Showcase
- May 17th- Graduation at 6pm
- May 22-26-AOC Final Exams
- May 16-19-COC Final Exams
- May 29-No School, Memorial Day
- June 1-Last day of school
- June 2-Teacher work day, no students
Have a wonderful week!
Dr. Juliet Fine
Principal of AOC
Carla Tuttle, Office Manager/ Registrar- firstname.lastname@example.org
AOC Families and Students Invited to the AOC Talent Show on 2/24 at 6pm
The AOC Talent Show will be held at the COC cafeteria on Friday, February 24th. Doors open at 5:30 PM, and we will start at 6:00 PM sharp, and end at 9:00 PM. We will have a total of 24 acts, including performances like singing, dancing, instruments (piano, guitar, violin), bands, and more.
Again, thank you so much! We really appreciate you supporting ASB and our events.
Wine on the Roof for WiSH Foundation
Returns on Thursday, April 27th, 6-10pm
Held in a “rooftop garden party” setting, be treated to beautiful lighting, live music, photo opportunities – and most importantly, great food and wine. We will welcome our guests to a remarkable, one of a kind special evening that our guests will not soon forget. Welcome to “Wine on the Roof.” Amazing, local restaurants/chefs/winemakers are providing the incredible, multi course meal that will be paired exclusively for you. The location of WOTR changes every year, from outside on a rooftop or inside with the atmosphere of a rooftop party. Wherever it is held, you can be sure to have a fabulous time at one of our community’s most anticipated annual events. Reserve early and get a full table of ten just for you and your friends (for the price of nine!).
This year, our event will be held at the beautiful Cedar Hall in The Centre, located in Santa Clarita near the corner of Centre Pointe Parkway and Golden Valley Road (formerly known as the Sports Complex). It has easy access and plenty of parking. We begin with our “wine hour,” and move on to dinner with the popular music from Lance Allyn. Our very own Ed Masterson will once again be our emcee. This is a 21 and over only event. Check our website for updated information and ticketing (wisheducationfoundation.org). Tickets are available now through 4/25 at 7pm.
Thank you to our wonderful participants and sponsors:
Salt Creek Grille
Wolf Creek Restaurant
Olive Terrace Bar & Grill
Old Town Junction
Cardenas Legacy Tequila
PRP Wine International
John Shaffery, Private Donor
Damien White Farmer's Insurance
Hello Auto Group
Jodie Fleming, Big Smile Caricatures & Entertainment
Santa Clarita Magazine
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE FOR THE WINE ON THE ROOF THROUGH APRIL 25TH AT 7PM
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Student News and Celebrations 2/13-2/17
Middle College National Consortium Student Leadership Conference this Summer Hosted by AOC
AOC is very proud of Zayna Jawich and Emma Finch for presenting at the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) winter conference. They presented the work representing 20 AOC students to a crowd of of principals and counselors from middle colleges from across the nation. Did you know there are only 14 middle college high schools in the state of California and only 43 in the nation? Zayna and Emma shared information about the student leadership conference that we are hosting for the nation this summer at COC. Our students are planning the entire conference. Currently, students are working on projects that create solutions for issues in their own communities. In South Carolina, students have selected a project on student homelessness at the community college, our AOC students have designed a project to combat loneliness for elderly by creating a pen pal project with a local retirement home and pairing seniors with our students, and other schools are assessing issues with local environmental pollution. The conference will showcase the student projects and train our future leaders to make an impact on their community. So very proud of these two intelligent, courageous and well spoken female student leaders! Well done, Zayna and Emma! And thank you to their parents, Hala and Wendy, who drove them to the conference!
AOC Science Olympiad Success with Mr. Koegle on 2/18
AOC Mock Trial Team Continues their Success
Our AOC mock trial (Defense) team competed in Round 1 this last weekend and did a great job! Their next round (Round 3) is on March 2nd at the Antelope Valley courthouse (5:30 pm). Please send them positive energy for a win! It will be a great challenge for the students! Good luck, Mock Trial!
Host Families Informational Meeting for Japanese Students 2/21 at 7, room 101
We are hosting Japanese students from our Sister Cities partnership. If you are interested in hosting female Japanese students, we are holding an informational meeting with the COC Department Chair of World Language, Claudia Acosta and Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dave Le Barron on Tuesday, 2/21 from 7:00pm-8:00pm at AOC in room 101.
Support Earthquake and Syrian Victims -Supplies Needed
Greetings COC Global participants,
As you know, COC Global is participating in the college's Earthquake Relief donations. The Earthquake Relief Effort has adjusted their needs list based on current information from the affected areas. The needs list is as follows:
- New tents
- New sleeping bags
- Never opened first aid kits
The reason they need new is that the logistics of testing, cleaning, and refilling missing parts is extremely difficult. I know that this is counterintuitive. Based on the news reports we are all seeing, it seems that they are desperate for anything, and they are. The level of labor needed, however, to evaluate the gently used items is not feasible. Please contribute your donations with that in mind.
First Aid kit purchasing is being coordinated by Student Services. If you would like to contribute, please Venmo to @sarah-Cox-129 (phone confirmation 5604). All funds received will be spent on First Aid kits that meet the Relief Effort specifications.
Thanks everyone for supporting this important effort.
Sent on behalf of Dr. Tim Honadel
Director, Office of International Services & Programs
The district is hosting a teacher recruitment fair on 3/11 from 9am-1pm.
Sister Cities Art Competition
Santa Clarita Sister Cities, in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita and Sister Cities International, is now accepting submissions for the 2023 Young Artists and Authors Showcase. Please share this information with your students and encourage them to participate.
2023 Theme: “Peace by Piece: Food Security in My Community”
Eligibility: Students 13-18 years old as of May 1, 2023
· Art – Classic Medium
· Art – Digital Medium
· Essay/Creative Writing
· Original Music
Deadline: April 10, 2023
Details & Submission: SantaClaritaSisterCities.org
Local winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in late April, featured in a virtual exhibit, and recognized at a City Council meeting. The top five entries in each category will be sent to Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C. to compete with submissions from other Sister Cities organizations across the globe for the $1,000-grand prize per category. We’re proud to share that Hart District students have always competed successfully at the international level, and we’re hoping that more will be added to this list:
* Grand Prize Winner (Essay): “The Great Dehydration” - Audrey Dornidon, Saugus High School
*2nd Place (Original Music): “Waterfalls” - Jonathan Myung, West Ranch High School
*2nd Place (Poetry): “In One Breath, Life, and In Another, Death” - Ashley Knutson, Valencia High School
* Finalist (Essay): “Similarities and Differences” – Katherine Denzin, Saugus High School
* Grand Prize Winner (Essay): “The Powerful Exchange of Love” – Seung Won (Ashley) Choi, Valencia High School
Thank you in advance for your help in getting the word out. We’ve found that extra credit or a class assignment motivates students to participate and hope you’d consider such, if appropriate. We look forward to receiving entries from your students!
Please visit SantaClaritaSisterCities.org for more information, and feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
Academy of the Canyons
Location: Academy of the Canyons, Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA, USA