Hello Sierra Canyon Community! My name is Tomiko Fraser Hines (Bryce Hines '31, Kaden Hines '31). Danielle Smith (Ava Hewitt '23) and I are thrilled to introduce ourselves as Private School Village Parent Ambassadors for Sierra Canyon.
Private School Village (PSV) is a parent-led nonprofit that works with over 40 local independent private schools to build community, share resources, and provide programs and support for Black families in our schools.
According to research, when a school community is truly diverse, academic outcomes are better for ALL students, not just students who are from diverse backgrounds. In that light, independent schools should be among the most diverse as academic excellence is intrinsically linked to all independent school missions. The reality is, however, that most independent schools lack substantive racial diversity. On top of this, navigating school, in general, can be challenging, and now it's further compounded by two pandemics that impact all aspects of life, including school life. For that reason, it's more important than ever that we come together as a community and better support one another. One of the ways Sierra Canyon is helping to make sure that happens is by partnering with PSV.
PSV hosts a range of webinars on various topics, including the "n-word," affinity groups, and mental health. PSV also offers programs for students, such as the current course on Black history from a decolonized perspective and an upcoming NBA 2K tournament. While the organization is focused on Black families, PSV invites ALL parents to join them for various events and programs so that we fully realize a healthy and thriving community for all students. For example, on October 20th, PSV is offering a facilitated, 10-week, one-hour-long program centered around Shelly Tochluk's book, Witnessing Whiteness. PSV felt compelled to offer this program in response to interest from all of the collaborating schools!
Sierra Canyon is a proud Founding Champion of PSV, and we are proud to serve as PSV Parent Ambassadors to work with our school and the organization to make sure our students thrive. You can learn more about PSV or sign up for free to receive information about ongoing programs and activities at www.privateschoolvillage.org. Or, if you want to learn more from either one of us, please don't hesitate to reach out, particularly if you're a new family.
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.