Whether you are a brand new family or a longtime member of our community, Sierra Canyon would like to welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year. Together, we will create another year of excellence for our students. From our robust academic programs to beyond the classroom on the field and stage, Sierra Canyon is determined to foster the very best for your student.
We look forward to greeting you on Monday, August 31st for our First Day of School!
Friday, August 28, 2015 12:38:00 PM
Two SCS Students Receive Prestigious Award
Sierra Canyon is extremely proud of two students that received the Diller Teen Award this summer in San Francisco, CA. This award celebrates teens that are "repairing the world" as well as supporting young leaders to continue inspiring others around them.
Emmi Eisner '17 (pictured on the right) started a non-profit organization called Play It Forward, which engages students in athletics by providing sports equipment to underserved elementary schools.
Riley Gantt '18 (pictured on the left) established Rainbow Pack, a non-profit organization that provides backpacks filled with school supplies to kids throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
This year only 70 students were honored with this prestigious award and two were from Sierra Canyon School. Both Emmi and Riley represent the standard of excellence that Sierra Canyon embodies and teaches every day. Congratulations to these young leaders, and thank you for sharing your passion with the world!
Learn more about the Diller Teen Award at http://www.dillerteenawards.org/.
Friday, August 28, 2015 12:11:00 PM
The Class of 2015 Graduates
Parents, relatives, and friends joined Sierra Canyon's trustees, administration, faculty, and staff for the seventh graduation ceremony in school history, for the Class of 2015!
During the ceremony, History and World Languages Instructor Tom Fennell presented a faculty tribute to the seniors, quoting from Charles Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities," and suggesting that it was neither the best of times or the worst of times, but 'these are your times, and it's up to each of you to make them the best of your times."
The Valedictorian address was delivered by Morgan Anker '15 who noted the close sense of community which defines the Class of 2015. For her, Anker said, "being part of this class helped me find a voice in this community, and the confidence to express my own voice."
Zachary Singer '15 presented the Salutatorian remarks and shared his thoughts and impressions of each classmate.
The Senior Class Choir performed an original song by Emma Stern '15, and six seniors were recognized for individual excellence and were the recipients of the five graduation awards. The Founders Award—for the most gifted female and male scholar-athletes—was awarded to Brock Bell '15 and Kennedy Burke '15. The Renaissance Award—for the outstanding artist in both visual and performing arts—was awarded to Mabel Lawrence '15. The Trustees Prize—for the quintessential Sierra Canyon student—was awarded to Alexi Chacon '15. The Head of School Award—for the student who embodies the core value of excellence—was awarded to Morgan Anker '15. The International Excellence Award—the international student who embodies the core value of excellence while fully engaging themselves in the Sierra Canyon community—the recipient was Alan Yang '15.
In his closing remarks Sierra Canyon's head of school, Jim Skrumbis reflected on a commencement speech he heard in 1991 which suggested the next forty year period would be full of profound change comparable to the industrial revolution. "I believe we are in that period of change, thanks to advances in technology," Skrumbis said, noting, "The graduating class of 2015 is prepared to face these changes and opportunities because they have a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, problem solving skills, and the imagination and ability to deal with change."
Following the awarding of diplomas, the graduated seniors processed out of the ceremony to meet family and friends at the reception. Click here to watch yesterday's 12th Grade Commencement in its entirety.
Click here to view and/or download photos from the Commencement on the school's SmugMug account.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015!
Friday, May 29, 2015 3:01:00 PM
French Students Dominate National Exam
On Saturday, May 16, 2015, twenty-seven Sierra Canyon Upper School students received awards for their excellence in comprehension of the French language at the Southern California regional ceremony held at Polytechnic High School in Pasadena. The Sierra Canyon students were part of nearly 100,000 students nationwide in grades 8-12 who participated in the 2015 National French Exam, Le Grand Concours, which consists of 70 multiple-choice questions (level 01-2) and 60 questions (level 3-5) which test grammar, syntax, audio, and reading comprehension, and francophone culture.
At the ceremony in Pasadena, Madame Antonia Rigaud, vice-cultural attaché of the General Consulate of France, greeted the award winners on behalf of the French government. Congratulating the students on their achievement, Rigaud said, “I am extremely impressed with these students and proud of their commitment towards the French language, they are learning a language and becoming part of a community of 250 million speakers of French.”
Madame Ines du Cos de La Hitte, chair of Sierra Canyon’s World Languages, and the lead French teacher noted that French and francophone language and culture are alive and well at Sierra Canyon. “Thanks to your dedication in the study of the French language, my students never cease to amaze me, and I am extremely proud of their accomplishment.” She believes their success is a testimony of their hard work and perseverance. The number of award winners is unprecedented at Sierra Canyon, and Madame believes very strongly in their long-term studies and fluency through verbal and written exercises, field trips, videos, and certainly not least, taking le Grand Concours. “They show eagerness, insatiable passion about learning, and willingness to discover and experiment with French Bravo! Felicitations!”
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 1:53:00 PM
Making A Splash and Breaking School Records
Sophomore Deanne Umbay (’17) won the state title in the Girls’ 200m Individual medley and the 100m Backstroke race during this year’s California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Swimming & Diving Championships – Division III held on May 13, 2015 at the Riverside City College Aquatics Complex in Pasadena. Umbay, whose times improved with each race, is just the latest Trailblazer to win State titles in a remarkable year of athletic championships at Sierra Canyon.
The 2015 swim team also had great individual results, rewriting the Sierra Canyon’s record book by breaking eighteen of twenty-five records this year. “The team showed marked improvement all season, and the times recorded during the finals reflect their commitment and hard work,” said Matt Biondi, Sierra Canyon’s swim coach.
Other individual swimmers include Nate Biondi (’17) who placed 4th in the 100m freestyle and 9th in the 200m freestyle, Alex Feldman (’18) who placed 10th in the 200m Individual medley and 5th in the 500m Individual medley, Gazelle Umbay (’18) who placed 10th in the 500m freestyle and 12th in the 100m fly. The Sierra Canyon girls 200 medley relay team initially qualified 36th and improved to 23rd in the final round. Coach Biondi was very pleased with the improvement noting it’s a great accomplishment to move up significantly in the finals competition. Members of the relay team include Peyton Shafer (’16), Deanne Umbay (’17), Gazelle Umbay (’18), and Safia Iman (’18).
In league competition, the Girls finished third of five teams, and the Boys finished fourth of seven teams. At the State Tournament, the Girls team finished 15th out of fifty schools and the Boys team finished 19th out of forty-two schools. Coach Biondi said the team is looking to build on this year’s successes by recording even faster times and rewriting the Sierra Canyon record book…again!
Friday, May 22, 2015 11:36:00 AM