Schools in the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District are preparing for an influx of just over 23,000 students when the fall semester opens on Thursday, Aug. 12.
Teachers new to the district are already on duty this week, attending technology training on Aug. 5 and introduction to the district’s Peer Review and Assessment program on Aug. 6. The PAR program utilizes master teachers to provide support for teachers in their first year with the district. New teachers will be welcomed by the Hart District Teachers Association at an annual luncheon and orientation on Aug. 9.
All staff members return to school on Aug. 10, with site staff meetings scheduled at various schools and an opportunity to start preparing for the new school year. Returning students have already received their registration papers, class schedules and textbooks at summer check-in sessions, and instruction is scheduled to start in earnest next Thursday morning.
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Parents will have an opportunity to meet their children’s new teachers, learn about class curriculum and expectations and become acquainted with the school campus at Back to School Nights which begin Aug. 19. All Back to School Night programs offer the opportunity for parents to follow their students’ schedules period by period. Some also have barbecues and performances by student groups as part of the evening.
Back to School Night schedules are as follows:
Aug. 19 – Rancho Pico Junior High
Aug. 26 – Arroyo Seco Junior High
Aug. 31 – Placerita Junior High
Sept. 2 – La Mesa, Rio Norte and Sierra Vista junior high schools and West Ranch High School
Sept. 14 – Golden Valley High School
Sept. 15 – Saugus and Valencia high schools
Sept. 21 – Academy of the Canyons, Bowman High School, Learning Post independent study school
Sept. 23 – Canyon High School
Sept. 29 – Hart High School and Sequoia Charter School
The Hart District currently has 23,153 students enrolled, but that number is expect to drop slightly in the first week as schools drop students who do not return. The district had 23,220 students enrolled as of the fall census date in October 2009. Growth patterns at some schools are expected to change as new boundaries adopted in 2009 go into effect this August.
Several schools will look somewhat different to returning students, thanks to an aggressive “summer sprint” of modernization. Hart High will open this fall with new band and choir rooms as well as completely renovated changing rooms and bathrooms. Four classrooms in the E building are newly modernized, including a mini computer lab for the school’s journalism class. The newly modernized K building will offer three biology classrooms with labs and two math classrooms.
Sierra Vista Junior High will open with five new science labs and a new foods classroom. A dedicated video classroom will allow the school to offer a full semester video production class in addition to its former seventh grade video exploratory program. Parents who drop off their students will find a revamped drop-off area, complete with off-street student waiting area. Electronic marquees at Stillmore/Whites canyon and Stillmore/Camp Plenty will keep the community up to date on Sierra Vista happenings.
The district Governing Board earlier this week approved landscape architects to work on Phase II modernization which is ongoing at Placerita and Sierra Vista junior high schools.
Golden Oak Adult School will start walk-in registration Aug. 23, and most classes start in September. More information on the adult school, including a schedule of fall classes, is available at www.goldenoakadultschool.com.