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Placerita Jr. High School - October 5, 2020

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The Online Learning Schedule for this Week

We are on a FOUR day schedule this week!

M - no school
T - periods 1, 2, and 3
W - periods 4, 5, and 6
Th - periods 1, 2, and 3
F - periods 4, 5, and 6

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Since we all can't be together... Here's our "Staff Photo" for 2020-2021

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This Week at Placerita 10.5.20

Good Evening Placerita Families…

Welcome to week nine of the school year. We have a few items to review this evening.

We would like to thank all the students for their participation in Kindness week last week. It was nice seeing their participation in different activities throughout the week. We are going to have a variety of activities over the next few weeks so encourage your students to watch for them. This week we have Miner PRIDE Wednesday so wear Blue and/or Gold this Wednesday. See the flyer below.

Please remind your students that we have two weeks remaining in the quarter which ends on October 16th. It would be good to start reviewing missing assignments this week so they can be all caught up before next week.

If you have heard that some schools have small groups of students returning to school that is correct. We are working on a plan to have a very small number of students return as well. These students are from some specifically defined cohorts by the state and the District. We will give you more information as it becomes available.

In case you missed it last week we want to introduce BARK for Schools to you this evening. Superintendent Kuhlman sent out information last week that is included in the information below.

Finally, we have received our Hot Spots so if you requested one you should be hearing from someone this week. If you do not get a call about coming to pick one up please call the office at 661-259-1551 and let us know. If you need one please let us know by calling the school and we will set up a time for you to come in and pick it up. If we run out we may be able to order more.

That’s it for tonight. Have a great week.

Mr. Turner

Buenas noches, familias de Placerita ...

Bienvenidos a la novena semana del año escolar. Tenemos algunos elementos para revisar esta noche.

Nos gustaría agradecer a todos los estudiantes por su participación en la semana de la bondad la semana pasada. Fue agradable ver su participación en diferentes actividades durante la semana. Vamos a tener una variedad de actividades durante las próximas semanas, así que anime a sus estudiantes a que estén atentas. Esta semana tenemos el miércoles de orgullo minero, así que use azul y / o dorado este miércoles. Vea el folleto a continuación.

Por favor recuerde a sus estudiantes que nos quedan dos semanas en el trimestre que termina el 16 de octubre. Sería bueno comenzar a revisar las tareas que faltan esta semana para que puedan ponerse al día antes de la próxima semana.

Si ha escuchado que algunas escuelas tienen pequeños grupos de estudiantes que regresan a la escuela, es correcto. Estamos trabajando en un plan para que también regrese un número muy pequeño de estudiantes. Estos estudiantes provienen de algunas cohortes específicamente definidas por el estado y el distrito. Le daremos más información a medida que esté disponible.

En caso de que se lo perdiera la semana pasada, queremos presentarles BARK for Schools esta noche. El superintendente Kuhlman envió información la semana pasada que se incluye en la siguiente información.

Finalmente, hemos recibido nuestros puntos calientes, por lo que si solicitó uno, debería tener noticias de alguien esta semana. Si no recibe una llamada acerca de venir a recoger uno, llame a la oficina al 661-259-1551 y avísenos. Si necesita uno, avísenos llamando a la escuela y estableceremos una hora para que venga y lo recoja. Si nos quedamos sin, es posible que podamos pedir más.

Eso es todo por esta noche. Que tengas una buena semana.

Sr. Turner

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Ongoing Important Information

Note the information about immunizations below. Please check Infinite Campus if you have not done so to see if you need an updated immunization. More notices will be going out this week.

Also, we are introducing the 2020-2021 Placerita Reading Challenge below. Please share with your students so they are aware. I know they will be talking about this in their English classes but please encourage them to participate. The more they read the better they succeed.

Just a reminder that in case you missed BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT the website is still there. If you go to you can view all the videos and see each of your teachers’ introductory videos too.

Please remind your students that it is important not to share their links for their Google Meet or Zoom classes. Thankfully, we have only had a few times that someone has come into a class inappropriately. However, both Meet and Zoom are now set to only allow students with a Hart District email address into the class. That means that the only way that someone can come into class is if someone is giving out their links to their friends. Please remind your students that they should never share. Thank you for helping with that.

Our ASB has created a new classroom to share information about special activities. Please ask your students if they have joined. They will get credit for their teams in our team competition that goes on throughout the year. It is called the Miner Pride Room and the join code is i7mm4qd.

Please take a look below at information about how your students can check out a book from the library as well as the latest information from Miner Morning TV.

Click on the link below for a great article from Edutopia about reducing stress

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Good Article from Edutopia on Reducing Stess

This article is made of several parts that can be useful at school or at home. Take a look.

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Introducing bark for schools

Click on the link below for a presentation that you can read about what bark for schools is doing for us. It will help us in several ways to improve our connections to students' needs and help keep our campus safe. Here is a review of the information that was sent out from the District earlier last week.

Dear Parents,

When schools give students access to devices and online accounts, an incredible world of learning opportunities opens up — as well as potential dangers. Digital safety is critically important to the Hart District, which is why we are now using Bark for Schools to help us protect our students both online and in real life.

Bark monitors Hart District student Google accounts, including Gmail and Drive, for signs of potential issues like:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Sexual predators
  • Threats of violence

Alerts at the First Signs of Danger

When possible dangers arise on these school-issued student accounts, Bark for Schools sends school site administrators alerts so they can evaluate and address those concerns in a timely manner. With situations involving possible imminent student harm, we will collaborate with families, law enforcement, and local mental health agencies to ensure the safety of our students. These alerts also give school administrators insights that help promote the wellness of the entire student body.

Learn more about Bark for Schools — including their commitment to student privacy. Thank you for your support as we strive to help keep our students safe online.

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 out 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

Remote Miner Morning TV Latest Editions

You can watch the latest editions of MMTV from last week.
RMMTV Episode 14
RMMTV Episode 15

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.

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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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Information about School Lunches

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District Website about School Lunches

Click here for everything you need to know about school lunch.

Mrs. Ludlow shares how to get into Infinite Campus

Logging into Infinite Campus 2020

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.

Addition to the Placerita Web page

Click on the Button below to view our Distance Learning Resources from our Placerita Website.

Complete your Textbook contract in the form below. Thank you so much!

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.

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Click Here for the last Miner Details Episode

This is a Spotify Link. You can also follow our Podcast on Apple Podcasts and many others.

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: