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Elementary school musician top honoree amongst older peers

A sixth grade student from Castaic Elementary School was chosen last week as the concertmaster for the Southern California Middle School Honor Orchestra, according to a press release.

Sophie Bell, 11, was chosen out of 1600 middle school students in the Southern California area and was the only elementary school student selected.
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Castaic Middle School re-named a ‘School to Watch’

Castaic Middle School is one of 46 schools named as a high-performing “Schools to Watch” by California’s Department of Education this year.

Announced by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Wednesday, the Schools to Watch program identifies middle schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable and structured for success

“These schools are outstanding examples of how educational innovations can keep students engaged and learning throughout a transitional time in their lives,” Torlakson said.
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Community gathers to discuss progress of Castaic High School

Members of the Castaic community gathered at Castaic Middle School Tuesday to discuss the progress of the Castaic High School project, which is set to open in fall 2019.

The informational meeting allowed residents to speak with William S. Hart Union High School District Superintendent Vicki Engbrecht, Castaic Middle School Principal Bob Brauneisen and Construction Project Manager Randy Wrage about the $126.2 million project.

During the meeting, district leadership and Wrage shared information about the progress of Castaic High School’s construction and the school’s unique programs.
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State Schools Chief Torlakson Congratulates High-Performing Middle Schools Selected as 'Schools to Watch'

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 22 new high-performing California middle schools have been recognized in the 2017–18 Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program. They join 24 previously chosen schools whose sustained progress will allow them to retain their “Schools to Watch” designation.

"Congratulations to these schools for doing excellent work to help students believe in themselves, set high goals, and dream big," Torlakson said. "These schools are outstanding examples of how educational innovations can keep students engaged and learning throughout a transitional time in their lives."

These high-performing model schools demonstrate academic excellence, social equity, and responsiveness to the needs of young adolescents. For example, Fruitvale Junior High School in Bakersfield has created an outstanding forensic medical science program allowing students to experience science hands-on and use their skills of analysis, inquiry, and observation. And San Marcos Middle School in San Marcos has implemented a curriculum challenging students to think critically which resulted in high performance in student writing.
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Castaic District welcomes Chinese exchange students to classrooms

Seven new students entered third- and fourth-grade classrooms at Castaic Elementary School on Monday as part of the district’s cross-continental educational partnership.

The foreign exchange students were all from a Castaic Union School District sister school in China.

The plan is for the students to spend one week at the school living with and learning from students of Castaic Elementary, immersing themselves in English-based education.
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Community Invited To Attend Castaic High School Presentation

The presentation may take about 45 minutes, according to Dave Caldwell, Public Relations Officer for the Hart District.

In attendance at the event, Bob Brauneisen, Principal of Castaic Middle School, Vicki Engbrecht, William S. Hart High School District Superintendent, and Randy Wrage, Project Manager for CHS, are all scheduled to speak at the meeting.

“The objective is to give residents of Castaic an introduction to the Castaic High School,” said Caldwell. “Let them see what is going to look like from an artist’s rendition.”
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The Castaic Education Foundation will host their annual Wine Tasting Event next month at Salt Creek Grille.

The event on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Salt Creek Grille, directly benefits the teachers and students of the Castaic Union School District.

The Castaic Education Foundation exists to help teachers provide the most opportunity to their facility thorough innovative education to students enrolled in the Castaic Union School District.

They provide grants to teachers who have ideas that can impact the school district, but lack the financial resources to implement them.

The Foundation raises funds each year through the Sweethearts for Education Wine Tasting Event.
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Annual Sweethearts for Education Event

Please join us! If you are local to the SCV, we'd love for you to join us at our Sweethearts for Education Wine Tasting Event! All proceeds directly benefit the teachers and students of CUSD. It is always a fun evening! Tickets are $35 per person! Contact Allison West at 257-4500 to purchase tickets!
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Castaic District focuses on areas of improvement following Dashboard release

Following the release of the fall 2017 California School Dashboard, the Castaic Union School District identified its areas of improvements among student subgroups, English Learners and math test scores.

Released last Thursday, the Dashboard gives districts and schools an “online report card” of their performance while shining a light on inequities in student performance.

“The benefits that I like about it is it does look at your districts and your school sites as a whole, it’s encompassing more than just test scores,” said Janene Maxon, assistant superintendent of educational services for the Castaic District. “When before when we were being held accountable it was mainly only test scores and there was really so much more.”
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