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Unique Arts Curriculum

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From reading readiness to digital editing, students utilize technology to enhance their awareness and expand their horizons.

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Award Winning Speaker Coming to Sierra Canyon School - October 16

Sierra Canyon School is pleased to welcome Michael Brandwein as the keynote speaker at this year’s Workshop for parents of children in Early Kindergarten – 8th grade. Brandwein, an award-winning educator, speaker, and author will speak on Bringing Out Their Best: How to Teach Kids Outstanding Skills for Life.

The presentation, which is open to the public (reservations are required), will take place on Thursday, October 16 at 6 pm, in Sierra Canyon’s Upper School Library, 20801 Rinaldi Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311.

This special session has been designed to help parents increase the positive communication in their homes while developing warm, supportive relationships with their children, guiding them to success. Brandwein’s highly entertaining presentation is packed with specific strategies which can immediately be used to build the skills that matter most to your kids: confidence and positive self-image, communication and cooperation, creativity, respect, responsibility, persistence, and making friends.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 14, 2014 to Susy San at ssan@sierracanyonschool.org

Join us for this special evening, and increase the positive communication in your home while developing warm, supportive relationships with your children to guide them to success. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 3:13:00 PM

Parents Go Back to School

Lower School teachers welcomed parents to Sierra Canyon on Thursday, September 18 for the annual Back to School Night.

Greeted by Head of School Jim Skrumbis, Lower School Dean Adam Horwitz, and Lower School Director Kris Theodoratos, parents enjoyed refreshments in the Orange Grove on a cool fall evening before visiting their children’s classrooms.

“This is my favorite night of the school year,” Director Theodoratos said. “It’s a great opportunity for parents to see firsthand what their children have been learning during the first few weeks of school, and to get better acquainted with teachers.”

For new families, it was also an opportunity to meet other parents, and existing Sierra Canyon families made them feel welcome by sharing their experiences on campus.

Program specialists, including Spanish, Music, and Athletics, were also available to answer questions and provide information about available activities for students to sign-up. The School Store was open for uniform and spirit wear purchases, and members of the Parents Association were also on hand to encourage parents to become involved in life at Sierra Canyon.

View a slideshow from the Back to School evening.

On Tuesday, September 23, parents of 7th – 12th grade students will have the same opportunity on the Upper Campus, beginning at 7pm. Parents are encouraged to attend and meet the faculty and staff during the two hour event.


Friday, September 19, 2014 4:36:00 PM

New Sierra Canyon Parents Welcomed to Campus

September 5, 2014

On Wednesday, September 3rd, Head of School Jim Skrumbis and members of the faculty and staff welcomed new parents to Sierra Canyon during special receptions in their honor.

Click here to view a slide show from our new parent receptions!

“We want to make sure our new families feel welcome and comfortable as the school year begins,” Jim said, adding, “There’s a lot going on here, and it’s important to get the word out so everyone can participate and get to know each other.”

At both receptions, Jim spoke briefly about the history of Sierra Canyon and how the School has grown from a local camp to a large two campus school which is well-known for its beautiful 35-acre campus and more importantly, its commitment to educational excellence. He also provided some background on the new mascot – called the Trailblazer – which features a galloping horse, hearkening back to the early history of the Valley and the passion our neighbors still have for equestrian.

New parents had the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other, and Sierra Canyon staff answered questions, sharing information about the coming school year. Members of the Parent Association were available to provide details about events and volunteer opportunities while members of the Development Office outlined the benefits and value of making a financial commitment to the Annual Giving Campaign which funds school programs beyond the costs of tuition.

The receptions concluded with Jim thanking parents for making the time to support their children’s education, and encouraging them to attend and participate in events as families. “When you first come to Sierra Canyon, there’s a feeling of a high-end independent preparatory school – a feeling which evokes the spirit of learning,” Jim said. “Parents understand the importance of a robust program featuring a diverse selection of academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities – and we’re very proud of our students and their achievements thanks to the dedication of our faculty.”


 


Friday, September 05, 2014 4:35:00 PM

Welcome Greetings from Head of School for 2014-15 School Year

August 27, 2014

Dear Sierra Canyon Parents,

Whether you are a new or returning Sierra Canyon family, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the opening days of what promises to be a wonderful school year.

The 2014-2015 school year looks to be historic in many ways, with record enrollment of 1,000 students, including 62 students traveling from abroad, joining those who represent a microcosm of Los Angeles. This creates a cosmopolitan feel and provides unique experiences for our students across both campuses.

The latest additions to our Athletic Complex are complete and will be used this year by our student athletes playing soccer, lacrosse, football, and baseball. It will be exciting to watch them compete on facilities and resources worthy of premier college campuses. I hope you share my enthusiasm in supporting our teams as they represent Sierra Canyon.

For Lower School families, and especially those families who are joining us for the first time, I hope you’ll join us at this week’s Parent Association meetings, the first football game on August 28th, and put the Back to School nights in early September on your calendar. These are just a few of the many events making this a very exciting time, and I hope you’ll share these important and memorable experiences with your children firsthand as much as possible.

Every child will receive a T-shirt this week featuring our new mascot and branding, so be sure to watch for it when they come home – and encourage them to wear it proudly on Fridays as spirit wear and when your family is out and about – show your Sierra Canyon pride wherever you go!

As we continue to grow and thrive as a community, I want to thank you for your many contributions to making life at Sierra Canyon special. Your involvement and support enables us to provide only the best for your children. Throughout the school year, we’ll stay in touch and give you updates on student life through our weekly e-newsletter The Trailblazer. I invite you to check out our slide show featuring memories from the first day of school, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Here’s to a great year!

With best wishes,

Jim Skrumbis
Head of School 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:32:00 PM

Important Back to School Events

Whether you are brand new to our school or a longtime member of the Sierra Canyon family, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year. Please note the following important events that are scheduled for our opening days of school:

Monday, August 25th:

  • New Student Orientation, New K-6th grade students (9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
  • EK Visitation Day

Tuesday, August 26th:

  • Lower Campus First Day of School
  • EK Transitional Day
  • Student Orientation, All 7th & 8th grade students (includes MS Picture Day)
    • 7th Grade Orientation (9:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.)
    • 8th Grade Orientation (8:00 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.)
  • Student Orientation, All 9th grade students (10:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.)
  • New Student Orientation, New 10th-12th Grade students (10:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.)
  • New International Student Orientation (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, August 27th

  • Upper Campus First Day of School
  • EK First Full Day of School

Thursday, August 28th

  • SC Football vs. San Fernando (Away)
    • San Fernando High School at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, September 1st

  • NO SCHOOL – Labor Day

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:27:00 PM


Upcoming Events

Middle School Parent Coffee
Wed, 01 Oct 2014
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

October Parent Association Meeting
Thu, 02 Oct 2014
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

SC Football Game vs. Dos Pueblos (Home)
Thu, 02 Oct 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lower School Assembly
Fri, 03 Oct 2014
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Yom Kippur Begins – No After School Activities or Athletic Events
Fri, 03 Oct 2014
6:00 PM - 11:59 PM

No School or Athletics Events
Sat, 04 Oct 2014
All Day Event

National Fire Prevention Week (10/5-10/11)
Sun, 05 Oct 2014
All Day Event

8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip (10/5-10/9)
Sun, 05 Oct 2014
All Day Event

7th Grade Catalina Island Trip (10/6-10/10)
Mon, 06 Oct 2014
All Day Event

Upper Campus Info. Coffee, EK-6th Parents
Tue, 07 Oct 2014
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

5th Grade Pali Institute Trip (10/8-10/10)
Wed, 08 Oct 2014
All Day Event


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Located on 35 beautiful, rustic acres in the Chatsworth neighborhood of the northwest San Fernando Valley, Sierra Canyon School is distinguished by its commitment to excellence in education, the arts, and athletics, while preparing students to live and thrive in the twenty-first century. 

 

Sierra Canyon is a selective independent, nondenominational, coeducational day school with two campuses: The Lower School, for students in Early Kindergarten through 6th Grade, is beautiful and provides the perfect setting for young children to discover the joys of learning, while the Upper School, for students in grades 7 through 12, evokes a modern, collegiate setting where parents are proud to send their children. 

 

The educational programs of Sierra Canyon are grounded in the Liberal Arts tradition, and designed to inspire students to pursue their passions whether they be in science, a foreign language, math, English, fine arts, history, architecture, the visual or performing arts, or athletics. Students are encouraged to think, explore, and immerse themselves in the small classroom settings which will prepare them for life – ready to make an impact on society and those around them.  

   

Welcome to Sierra Canyon School.

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20801 Rinaldi Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311
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