Placerita Prospector

Placerita Jr. High School - November 15, 2020

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The Online Learning Schedule for this Week

We are on a regular schedule this week.
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This Week at Placerita 11.15.20

Good Evening Placerita Families…

Welcome to the last week of school before Thanksgiving Week Break. That’s right, next week 11/23-11/27 we have full week break from school. Following the Thanksgiving break, we have three weeks of school before Winter Break. The progress report for the quarter is out this week so check your student’s progress. Remember these grades are just progress grades and will not appear on student’s transcripts.

BIG EVENT! On November 19th we have a Virtual Parent Academy that will be very uplifting so don't miss it. That is one week from this Thursday. See all the details below. See the information below or CLICK HERE to RSVP. Click HERE for a link to the ZOOM meeting. The password is 925295. We would love to see you there. We are planning a similar presentation for our Spanish speaking parents in the near future.

Don’t Forget...

Picture Pick-up

Pictures have Arrived!

If you ordered pictures from O'Connor Photography, they are available for pick up at the Main Office from 7:30-2:45 (the office is closed from 12:00-12:45) starting Monday, 11/9.

Make-up Picture Day-Save the Date!

If you missed the chance to have student Yearbook/ID pictures taken last month, there will be one more opportunity on Thursday, December 3rd from 2-4pm. Don't be an empty spot in the Yearbook!

This make-up will be similar to last month's drive thru. Students must complete a Health Screening survey on the day off pictures in order to come onto campus. A link to this survey will be sent out to students on Dec. 3rd.

More information regarding ordering pictures will be posted on our website and sent to parents in the coming weeks.

In case you missed the Unity of Community Remembrance Video that was released to the community by Saugus High School last week, here is the link:

Don’t forget to take a look below where the City of Santa Clarita and COC have opportunities for the community for eLearning and Free Online Classes. See below for more information.

That’s it for tonight. Have a good week!


Mr. Turner

Buenas noches, familias de Placerita ...

Bienvenidos a la última semana de clases antes de las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias. Así es, la próxima semana del 23/11 al 27 de noviembre tendremos una semana de descanso de la escuela. Después de las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias, tenemos tres semanas de clases antes de las vacaciones de invierno. El informe de progreso del trimestre sale esta semana, así que verifique el progreso de su estudiante. Recuerde que estas calificaciones son solo calificaciones de progreso y no aparecerán en las transcripciones del estudiante.

¡GRAN EVENTO! El 19 de noviembre tendremos una Academia Virtual para Padres que será muy edificante, así que no se la pierda. Eso es una semana a partir de este jueves. Vea todos los detalles a continuación. Consulte la información a continuación o HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para confirmar su asistencia. Haga clic AQUÍ para obtener un enlace a la reunión ZOOM. La contraseña es 925295. Estamos planeando una presentación similar para nuestros padres hispanohablantes en un futuro próximo.

No olvides ...

Recogida de imágenes

¡Las imágenes han llegado!

Si ordenó fotografías de O'Connor Photography, están disponibles para recogerlas en la oficina principal de 7: 30-2: 45 (la oficina está cerrada de 12: 00-12: 45) a partir del lunes 9 de noviembre.

Día de la foto de maquillaje: ¡reserve la fecha!

Si perdió la oportunidad de tomarse fotografías del anuario / identificación del estudiante el mes pasado, habrá una oportunidad más el jueves 3 de diciembre de 2 a 4 pm. ¡No sea un lugar vacío en el Anuario!

Este maquillaje será similar al drive thru del mes pasado. Los estudiantes deben completar una encuesta de evaluación de la salud en las fotos del día libre para poder ingresar al campus. Se enviará un enlace a esta encuesta a los estudiantes el 3 de diciembre.

Se publicará más información sobre el pedido de fotografías en nuestro sitio web y se enviará a los padres en las próximas semanas.

En caso de que se haya perdido el video de Unity of Community Remembrance que fue lanzado a la comunidad por Saugus High School la semana pasada, aquí está el enlace:

No olvide echar un vistazo a continuación, donde la ciudad de Santa Clarita y COC tienen oportunidades para la comunidad de eLearning y clases en línea gratuitas. Vea abajo para más información.

Eso es todo por esta noche. ¡Ten una buena semana!


Sr. Turner

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Placerita Virtual Parent Academy

Dan Williams will be our special speaker. Dan has worked for 3 decades with young and seasoned leaders on the optimal design of their futures. He will present to us a fresh way to respond to our current realities. You will be encouraged and guided to higher ground. He looks forward to our time together.

Snapshot of his topic...

A detour is defined as a roundabout or alternative course due to the main route being closed. We are navigating through a series of detours today that have the capacity to diminish our potential if we give into disappointment or delay. Join us on November 19th and we'll work through how to make the most of this season and come out stronger on the other end. You'll leave with an actionable plan to immediately counter current conditions on your way to higher ground and a strengthened mindset to take into a bright future. See the ZOOM link below and go ahead and put 11/19/20 @ 6:30 PM on your calendar. Just so we know how many are planning on being there, click on the link below to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there.

We are going to have a similar presentation for our Spanish Speaking families completely in Spanish in the near future too. We should have the date for that event in next week's Prospector.

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 834 6051 2402 Passcode: 925295 One tap mobile +14086380968,,83460512402#,,,,,,0#,,925295# US (San Jose) +16699006833,,83460512402#,,,,,,0#,,925295# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C) Meeting ID: 834 6051 2402 Passcode: 925295

Spirit Week this Week :-)

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Big Decision for Spring Semester IF we return to school in person... The Deadline was last Friday but please complete the form if you have not yet... Thanks!


Good Afternoon Placerita Families:

While we are not currently authorized to reopen school, we are actively planning for the day when we can welcome students back onto campuses. Before we are allowed to return, parents will need to choose one of three educational options. Recently, our District sent out information regarding these options. We’ve attached detailed descriptions of each of these options to this email communication. We encourage you to review all options carefully before making your decision. We will also be putting together information in the Prospector on Sunday.

We hope these options will be available to us for the spring semester.

Parents must choose one of the following options:

  1. Blended Learning: Students will be assigned to a cohort and will attend class on campus 2 days per week while participating remotely for 3 days per week.

  2. Online Learning: Students will be assigned to a cohort and will attend all classes remotely.

  3. Independent Study: Students can participate in the independent study program offered by Learning Post Academy using the Apex digital platform.

Here is the link to submit your decision:

All decisions will need to be submitted electronically no later than November 13th.

Thank you for all of your persistence and positivity during this challenging time. We will be including this information on our website, as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us and we will be glad to help.

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e-Resources for the City of Santa Clarita

E-Learning Resources

In an effort to continue to enrich the lives of its residents, the City of Santa Clarita is working on a series of activities to encourage students and parents to stay active and entertained during distance learning. Each Friday, an eNotify will be sent to your inbox with information regarding activities that can be accessed virtually for students.
The following can be used as a reference or passed along directly to the students and families.
  • Physical and Health Education: If you get hungry during distance learning and want something simple, healthy and fun, look at these simple and fun snacks you can easily prepare yourself. (grades K-6)
  • Arts Education: If you enjoy writing poetry and you would like to see one of your poems written on the sidewalk, the City of Santa Clarita is accepting entries for their Sidewalk Poetry Project. Poems must be short and original. (All ages)
  • Literacy Education: Pick up a Grab and Go Kit from any of the Santa Clarita public libraries on Tuesday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    (Ages: 2-12)
  • Family Activities: Invite your family to a Tacos & Trivia night this Tuesday, November 10 a las 6:00 p.m. Ask an adult to sign your team up and be the team captain. Bring your own tacos and win prizes with the help of the whole team. (All ages)

If you have any questions please contact the City of Santa Clarita
at (661) 250-3787.

Recursos de aprendizaje a distancia

En un esfuerzo por continuar enriqueciendo las vidas de sus residentes, la Ciudad de Santa Clarita está trabajando en una serie de actividades para impulsar a los estudiantes y a sus padres a mantenerse activos y entretenidos durante el aprendizaje a distancia. Cada viernes será enviado un boletín a sus buzones electrónicos con información de actividades virtuales.
Lo siguiente puede ser usado como referencia o enviado directamente a los estudiantes y sus familias.
  • Salud y Educación Física: Si te da hambre mientras estás en clases a distancia y quieres algo simple, saludable y divertido, mira cómo puedes preparar estos simples y divertidos aperitivos en casa. (Grados: K-6)
  • Artes: Si te gusta escribir poesías y te gustaría ver uno de tus poemas escrito en una acera o banqueta, la Ciudad de Santa Clarita está aceptando inscripciones al concurso Proyecto de Poesía en las Aceras. Los poemas deben ser originales y cortos. (Edades: Todas)
  • Literatura: Recoge una bolsa de actividades de cualquiera de las bibliotecas públicas de la Ciudad de Santa Clarita este martes 10 de noviembre, de 10:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. (Edades: de 2 a12 años)
  • Actividades en Familia: Invita a tu familia a una noche de Tacos & Trivia el martes 10 de noviembre a las 6:00 p.m. Pídele a un adulto que hable inglés, que sea el capitán y anote a tu equipo. Prepara tus propios tacos y degústalos mientras ganas premios con la ayuda de todo tu equipo. (Edades: todas)

Para cualquier pregunta, favor de comunicarse con un representante de la Ciudad de Santa Clarita al (661) 250-3787.

COC is offering Free Online Classes

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Remote Miner Morning TV Latest Editions

You can watch the latest editions of MMTV from last week.
RMMTV Episode 26
RMMTV Episode 27
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Lunch Information... In case you did not know...

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Big News - Placerita's 20-21 Reading Challenge

Please see below for the information on the reading challenge for this year. Each year Placerita has a challenge and we usually review it in our DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time during the school day but since we do not have that time check out the info below.
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Important Immunization Information

If you got a notice about your student’s immunizations please take a look in Infinite Campus in the health tab and see what is needed. There may be another notice going tout tomorrow so look for it so you can have that done. If you have completed them then follow the directions in the letter. If you did not receive a letter then you are all good. If you have questions feel free to email our Health Assistant Veronica Feather at
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Important Information from the Counselors

Counseling Corner

Our google classrooms have been set and ready for students to join. Here is the breakdown. These codes below are for students to join our Counseling Classroom. We would like for our students to start adding themselves to this classroom already. We have also started an instagram page for the counseling department. It is "@placeritajhcounseling". This info is also on our counseling webpage. Encourage your students to join the classroom and follow the counselors on instagram. See the codes below.

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Placerita is a Title I School

What is Title I?

Title 1, Part A, is a federally funded program which provides services to schools based on student economic needs. Title I is designed to support state and local school reform efforts tied to challenging state academic standards to improve teaching and learning, and to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. Title I schools jointly develop a written parental involvement policy with parents each year called the School-Parent Compact.

In the William S. Hart Union High School District, eight schools are eligible to receive Title I funds and implement school-wide programs as a part of the Elementary and School Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 (NCLB), and the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

Parent involvement is critical in support of student achievement. Each school provides opportunities for families to be engaged and involved in their child’s education to support student learning. Parents are encouraged and invited to become partners in education with each school, contributing valuable ideas, input, and feedback throughout the year which is used to revise school site plans annually.

Parents are encouraged to maintain regular two-way communication with school staff regarding issues involving student learning and successful participation in school-sponsored programs. Parents should also play an active role in assisting their student with academic learning at home, and monitoring their student’s progress.

More information can be found here.

Title I School Parent Compact

Wm. S. Hart Union High School District

Placerita Jr. High School

Title I School-Parent Compact

Dear Parent/Guardian:

As a school receiving Title 1 funding, we value your role in working to help your child achieve high academic standards. The following is an outline of some of the ways you and our school staff can build and maintain a partnership to share the responsibility for supporting your child’s learning.

School’s Responsibility:

  • Provide high quality curriculum and learning materials

  • Provide you with assistance in understanding academic achievement standards and assessments

  • Provide you with ways to monitor your child’s progress

  • Provide opportunities for ongoing communication between you and teachers through:

    • Frequent reports regarding your child’s progress

    • Opportunities to talk with staff, and participate in your child’s education

    • Observation of classroom activities if desired

    • Participation in parent-teacher conferences, if appropriate

Parent’s Responsibility:

  • Assist your child in attending school regularly

  • Encourage your child to show positive school behavior and character qualities

  • Review your child’s school work regularly

  • Encourage positive use of extracurricular time, and monitor your child’s appropriate use of technology

  • Volunteer in your child’s school activities if time or schedule permits

  • Attend parent-teacher conferences, and participate in decisions relating to the education of your child

Student’s Responsibility:

  • Participate fully in classroom activities, daily assignments, learning opportunities, and assessments

  • Attend school every day on time and ready to learn with a positive attitude

  • Read at home, study regularly, be responsible, and give your best effort at call times

  • Be respectful, listen carefully, and follow directions

  • Communicate openly and honestly with parents, and ask for help when necessary

Please review this School-Parent Compact with your child. This School-Parent Compact may also be discussed with you during a parent-teacher conference as it relates to your child’s school progress. Thank you for your support and involvement in your child’s education. Please feel free to contact your child’s counselor if you would like more information (661) 259-1551.


John Turner


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SCV Libraries still working for students

Students, parents, and teachers in your school can access FREE resources with a library card, including: live tutoring, test preparation, language classes and more. All of these services can be found on our eLibrary.

Physical library materials are still available through our Curbside Service, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm or Saturday 1:00pm-4:00pm. You can also request your materials to be placed in our new Locker system, which can be accessed 24/7!

Furthermore, we can help teachers fulfill reading lists for their classes by purchasing additional copies of required reading material or pulling from our current collection.

Newhall - Valencia - Canyon Country

Best practices for being successful online...

Kid Flix Productions

Kid Flix is Placerita's award winning video production club. Even in the online learning times, we are finding ways to keep Kid Flix going. Kid Flix is responsible for our Remote Miner Morning TV broadcast, our Miner Details Podcast and will enter into a variety of contests. Students will learn how to put a feature story together, edit their productions and produce a newscast.

Our meetings will be held on Monday afternoons on Zoom from 3 pm to 4 pm. Students interested in joining Kid Flix should join our Google Classroom group using the code i6uaemo. Zoom information will be posted there.

Parents, if you want to follow our broadcasts, follow us on YouTube at Placerita TV:

For more information, email Kid Flix at

Questions about Technology and Attendance

If you are having any type of tech issues please call the main school line at 661-259-1551 and we will give you a time to come in to work on fixing it.

In order to clarify a few questions that we have regarding attendance and students being present on either Zoom or Google Meet let's discuss a couple things. First, for students to check in to be counted present they should be present on screen for the teacher to see them. Second, they should mute their mic unless class is in a discussion mode, direct questions are being asked or if they are greeting or saying hi to their friends during designated times during class. It is important to remember that participation is a very important part of any learning environment. In some classes like PE, dance, art or music, participation through visual connection is a part of the grade. We would not want anyone’s grade to be lowered for participation or be counted absent because they were not visually participating. Some teachers are having students respond in the chat to show presence in class. Please encourage your students to participate fully so they can get all the credit they need for participation. We understand there are some exceptions and teachers are working with students in those areas already.

Very Important - Library is still lending books! But please read all instructions below for directions and times for pickup.

How to place a hold on a book from Placerita’s Library

1. Go to
2. Click on “Destiny Catalog” in the left menu
3. Click on the green Destiny icon
4. Click “Log in” in the upper right hand corner
  • Username: student ID number
  • Password: student 6 digit birthday (MMDDYY)

5. Click “Catalog” in the upper left
6. Make sure material type says “Book” in the middle of the screen
7. Search by subject, title, author, genre
8. Click on any blue title to learn more about the book
9. Click “Hold it!” on the right
10. You will see a pop up message that a hold was requested

If you would like to watch a how-to video for placing books on hold, click on this link:

You will receive an email from the library telling you when your book is ready. Pickups will occur at the library door on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3, during Flex Time.

This is what it should look like when you get into Destiny.

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This is what you should see from # 9 above.

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Click on the link below for a form to request password reset assistance.

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Password Reset Assistance

Click on the button above if you need help resetting your password.

If you are in need of a Hot Spot please complete the request below.

Click on links below for information about COVID-19

Placerita Gold Club Virtual Wellness Page

Click on the button above to go to the Placerita Gold Club Wellness page.

Support these Placerita family businesses!

Click here to be on our list of Placerita Businesses

If you are a Placerita Parent and you own a business in the SCV and would like to have support from our Placerita Families, complete the form and we will add you to our list.

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Angelo's Barber Shop

Click the button above to go to their website.

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Egg Plantation

Click on link above to visit their website.

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Firehouse Subs

Click above for the link to their website.

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Honu Coffee

Click above to visit the Honu website.

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Outback Steakhouse

Click above to visit their web page.

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Tutoring Club Valencia

Click above to visit their website.

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Placerita Jr. High School

Placerita has been serving Jr. High students in Newhall for 60 years. Placerita is just north of Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The William S. Hart Union High School District prohibits unlawful discrimination against and/or harassment of any student, employee or job applicant on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, political affiliation, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by state and federal nondiscrimination laws respectively at any District site and/or activity. All inquiries regarding discrimination, civil rights, and/or Title IX should be directed to the Director of Human Resources and Equity Services, William S. Hart Union High School District, 21380 Centre Pointe Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, or by phone (661) 259-0033, ext. 316, or by email: