The Acorn

A Message from the Principal of AOC, Dr. Fine

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Week of 9/13-9/17

Greetings AOC Families,

I hope that you had a great weekend! This upcoming Friday is a Monday/ Wednesday schedule.

This last week, we hope that you enjoyed our virtual Back-to-School Night.

This upcoming Friday, September 17th, Congressman Mike Garcia will visit our campus for Constitution Day. He requested to make a special visit with our AOC students.

Also, on Friday, 9/17 from 5:30pm-8:30pm, all AOC students have been invited to attend the ASB Opening of the Year dance. There are no tickets to buy for the dance. Students just have to show their AOC I.D. No guests from other schools are allowed to attend. The dance will be held outdoors at Rancho Pico. All students are expected to follow social distancing and mask guidelines. Safety will be our number one priority.

Have a great week, AOC! Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns.


Dr. Juliet Fine

Principal of AOC


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Student Care Line Review

Last year, we introduced a new reporting system for our students and their families to use to share a concern about another student's well-being. This reporting system is called the Student Care Line. This week, our teachers will review this information with students during their Advisory and Freshman Seminar classes.

Over the last several years, the William S. Hart Union High School District has placed an emphasis on student wellness. Knowing that a student who feels emotionally supported is more successful, the District set out to open Wellness Centers on each of our campuses, with the first of those opening in August of 2019. Now the District is looking to expand this effort even further by taking the existing Text-A-Tip line and re-branding it as the new Student Care Line, providing a more comprehensive function.

The Student Care Line includes mental health and wellness concerns. For our students, if they are struggling or know someone who is struggling, the Student Care Line will make early intervention possible, allowing for small problems to be handled before they become big problems.

Cause for concern might be indicated by:

  • Trouble controlling emotions

  • Withdrawal from friends and usual activities

  • Feelings of rejection or solitude

  • Feeling constantly disrespected

  • Frequent loss of temper

  • Increased risk-taking behavior

  • Talk of suicide or loss of hope

  • Self-harm

  • Declining school performance

Students and families are at their best when their emotional well-being is supported. Please join us in our commitment to this effort by using our Student Care Line when you need it. I have attached a link to the poster that hangs in every one of our classrooms at AOC.

Student Care Line AOC-What is it?
Watch this video created by West Ranch TV about the Student Care Line. All of the schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District have their own Student Care Line.
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Coffee with the Principal on Friday, 9/24 @ 9:00am

Please join Dr. Fine and her team at "Coffee with the Principal".

When: Sep 24, 2021 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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In collaboration with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and William S. Hart Union High School District, the City of Santa Clarita invites you to attend the free annual Parent Resource Symposium on Wednesday, September 22, starting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall (23920 Valencia Blvd., Council Chambers) or via Facebook Live. The event will begin with a resource fair and at 6:00 p.m. a panel of experts will discuss social media exposure and the importance of having clear limits for your children.

Although helpful, social media can potentially expose youth to dangerous behaviors at a young age. Learn about the various effects too much screen time and social media exposure could have on a young person.

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Important Dates for September-October

  • September 15th- Principal, Dr. Fine presents AOC to the WSHUHSD Governing Board
  • September 17th- Welcome Back Outdoor Dance, Mask Wearing and Social Distancing Required
  • September 24th- Coffee with the Principal
  • October 4-No AOC Classes only, COC in session
  • October 15-1st Report Card

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.