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Placerita Jr. High School - April 29, 2019

This Week at Placerita

The big focus again this week is testing. Math and Science testing is taking place throughout the week with Tuesday-Thursday being four period days. Encourage your students to get plenty rest so they can be alert and prepared. Also, lets be respectful and not interrupt classrooms where testing is occurring. Unless there is an emergency, testing should take place uninterrupted. Let's all please help with that so our students do not have any distraction within the testing time.

A few other reminders for the week; 1) Remember we have The Teacher Tribute Celebration tomorrow evening at the Canyon Club. 2) The Rubik's Cube Competetion is on Wednesday at Lunch in Tanner Hall. 3) We have Leadership Team Meeting Wednesday @ 2:45 in Room 44. 4) We also have ASB 7th Grade Interviews after school on Wednesday. 5) The Student of the Month Brunch is in Tanner Hall at Brunch on Friday.

Have a great week!

Congratulations to our Classified Staff for Exemplary Years of Service

Some of these staff must have started when they were teens...

Helio Gudino - 30 Years

Sylvia DeLeon Torres - 25 Years

Janice Dennington - 20 Years

Maria Lopez - 15 Years

Sal Berumen - 5 Years

Congratulations to ALL!

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SOM Brunch Friday in Tanner Hall

CAASPP Testing Schedule for this week

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More California students may be banned from using cellphones at school under new bill

from the LA Times



MAR 20, 2019 | 5:00 PM| SACRAMENTO

California students could be restricted or banned from using smartphones at school under a bill by a state lawmaker who says the devices can interfere with classroom learning.

The measure by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) would require school boards to adopt policies that limit or prohibit the use of cellphones on school grounds, leaving it up to them what their rules would do.

"To the extent that smartphones are becoming too much of a distraction in the classroom, I think every school community needs to have that conversation as to when is too much of a good thing getting in the way of educational and social development,” Muratsuchi said Wednesday after introducing the bill.

Many school districts have already banned the use of cellphones, said Muratsuchi, a former Torrance school board member.

Last month, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School Board adopted a policy requiring children in grades K-5 to have cellphones turned off and stored out of sight during school hours, while older students face similar restrictions but can obtain teacher approval to use a smartphone for academic purposes.

“At the crux of the new policy is the fact that we want to make sure students are learning in the classroom and not preoccupied with being on their cellphones,” said Alexander Cherniss, superintendent of the district.

The school board’s president, Linda Reid, said “concern about cheating and cyberbullying has also come up,” adding that “parents begged us for a policy.”

The Times reported last year that 73% of teens carried a smartphone in 2016.

The California School Board Assn. has not yet taken a position on the bill, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Last year, the French government banned cellphones nationwide at primary and middle schools in a move that President Emmanuel Macron said was aimed at improving student performance. The assemblyman also cited a 2015 study by the London School of Economics and Political Science that found test scores improved significantly at schools that banned mobile phone use, and that the most significant gains were made by the most disadvantaged pupils.

The study concluded that “schools could significantly reduce the education achievement gap by prohibiting mobile phone use in schools.”

Muratsuchi was also influenced by the work of San Diego State psychology professor Jean Twenge, author of “iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.”

Twenge found evidence that mobile device screen time and social media use may increase depression and suicide among American teenagers. Eighth-grade students who spend 10 or more hours per week on social media are 56% more likely to describe themselves as unhappy than those who devote less time to social media, Twenge said in her findings.

Electronic devices also affect classroom instruction, she said.

“It's just too tempting for teens to look at their phones during class — and when they do, they are not only distracting themselves, but distracting their classmates and their teacher,” Twenge said Wednesday in an email to The Times.

Muratsuchi said the intent of his bill is to have school boards decide what policies fit for their schools.

“There is growing national and international evidence of the social and emotional consequences of too much screen time,” he said.

Some Schools in our District are considering a full day cell phone ban during the school day for next year.

The Remainder of the Year at Placerita

  • CAASPP Testing 4/22-5/3 Throughout Weeks

  • 4 Period Block Schedule 4/23-4/25 and 4/30-5/2 For CAASPP Testing

  • Leadership Team Meeting 5/1 2:45 Room 44

  • ASB 7th Grade Interviews 5/1 ASB Staff

  • Student of the Month Brunch 5/3 Tanner Hall

  • Teacher Appreciation Week 5/6-5/10 All Week

  • Matriculation IEPS for 8th Grade 5/6-5/10 PCR

  • Farewell Concert 5/7 7:00 Hart Auditorium

  • Dance Show 5/9 7:00 Hart Auditorium

  • NJHS Rehearsal and Induction(7th) 5/14 2:45 Gym 7:00 HA

  • NJHS Rehearsal and Induction(8th) 5/15 2:45 Gym 7:00 HA

  • Faculty Meeting 5/15 2:45 Library

  • District Track Meet 5/16 COC Track

  • COC Field Trip (8th) 5/17 COC

  • All library books due 5/21 Library

  • ASB Leadership Conference 5/22 All Day

  • Final 8th Grade Fail List 5/22 Due at Noon

  • The Great Race 5/24 Extended Brunch

  • Textbook Returns (8th) 5/28 All Day

  • Team Champions Pizza Lunch 5/28 Tanner Hall

  • Textbook Returns (7th) 5/30 All Day

  • 8th Grade Awards Night 5/30 7:00 Hart Auditorium

  • 8th Grade Bash 6/4 2:45-5:15 Quad

  • Magic Mountain Field Trip 6/5 @ MM

  • Last Day of School 6/6 Minimum Day

  • Snacks for Staff 6/6 AM Before School

  • Teacher Work Day 6/7 Check Outs

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Placerita Jr. High School

Placerita has been serving seventh and eighth graders in Newhall for over 55 years. Placerita is just north of Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita Valley.