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Issue: #49
January 2018 

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ACSI Spelling Bee: SCCS Students Spell V-I-C-T-O-R-Y! 
On Saturday, January 13th, fifteen SCCS students ranging from 1st to 8th grade represented our school at the ACSI District Spelling Bee held at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village.
During chapel "Miss B" (Briganti) recognized students who participated in the ACSI District Spelling Bee. To thank them for their time and effort, "Miss B" passed out special chocolate flowe
"When students participate in events like the Spelling Bee they get to have an experience which gives them exposure to a larger realm of academic achievement," expressed SCCS teacher and Spelling Bee Coordinator, Jill Briganti. "They meet other students in their grade level, see another school, and get a sense that there is more beyond their own world."

Before the ACSI Spelling Bee, six students from each grade level were chosen to compete at the SCCS Spelling Bee in December. The top two students from each grade level were promoted to the district Spelling Bee. Participating students expanded their vocabulary and built valuable language skills while enjoying friendly competition.

"The Spelling Bee is full of challenges for the memory, emotions, and decorum and provides a great learning experience," continued Miss Briganti. "Academic competition paves a way for students to set goals for themselves beyond the classroom requirements." Click to read more.
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Dual Credit English Composition:
High School AND College credit...in ONE course!
As an expression of our core value of academic excellence, SCCS strives to provide unique, beneficial educational experiences for our students that further prepare them for their academic future. Through a partnership with The Master's University, the SCCS English department now offers seniors a Dual Enrollment English Composition course taught by SCCS teacher, Janelle Sonnenburg.

"In the past, SCCS instituted a College Writing course as part of the curriculum, something every senior was required to take," explained Mrs. Sonnenburg. "This class benefited the students as they left for college; however, the new English Composition course is an improved writing class since our seniors can choose to receive college credit while also fulfilling the SCCS requirement." Click to read more.
New Computer Science Elective: Training Tomorrow's Technology Leaders 
At the beginning of this semester, a new class was added to the Junior High elective offerings - Programming 2/Game Design taught by Doron Gladden. This class, a continuation in learning for students who have already taken Programming 1, builds on students' understanding of the common coding computer language, 'Python'. 

"There is an increasing need for students to not only know technology, but also to use technology," shared Mr. Gladden. "It is my hope that by the end of our semester together, students are comfortable with the language concepts and ready to explore the numerous options available to them in the field of Computer Science. Further, this class enables students to achieve digital literacy in an ever-increasing, technological world."   Click to read more.
Girls Basketball Continues to Win 
The Santa Clarita Christian Lady Cardinals basketball team continues to roll through the second half of their season. They are currently on a four-game winning streak and have a 4-1 record over their last five games.
On January 25, they hosted the Delphi Academy Dragons and walked away with a 46-16 victory. At the end of the first half, the Cardinals held a 16-10 lead. Freshman guard, Emily Bernards, led the first half charge, scoring 8 of her 12 points for the night. Going into the second half, the Cardinal defense tightened up. They held the Dragons to only 6 points in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, they shut down the Dragons completely and did not allow another point to go on the board. The Cardinal offense did their part and erupted for 30 second-half points. Junior forward, Aaronya Crosswhite contributed 20 of those 30 points. She found her stroke from beyond the arch and hit four 3-pointers. She ended the night with a team-leading 24 points.

The next night the Cardinals traveled to Palmdale to take on the Guidance Charter Gators. They defeated the Gators 50-21. Crosswhite and Bernards again led the team in scoring for the second straight game. Crosswhite finished with 14 points and Bernards finished with 13 points. Chloe Lehman also contributed 9 points. Click to read more.
Students and faculty journeyed to The Oaks at Lake Hughes on January 10th and 11th to get away and focus on the Lord as Creator during the 2018 Spiritual Life Retreat. Thanks to SCCS Senior, Emily Anderson, and her journaling efforts, we get to experience this meaningful adventure from a student's perspective.

Day 1: 
This morning we were herded toward the front lawn. We all mingled and chattered animatedly, each of us struggling to carry our backpacks and holding matching t-shirts, excited for a break from classes. When the buses finally came, we filed inside, laughing and talking, our enthusiasm undeterred by the two hour drive ahead of us to The Oaks.

By now we were all familiar with our destination: several large fields, beige buildings perched at the top of hills, trails leading into a dry forest, and a suspicious lack of oak trees. Nevertheless, we were happy to be there.  The first thing we did after unloading the buses was head to the fields to play games, which none of us took too seriously (steal the bacon digressed into human horseshoe) and to reconvene with the rest of the grades. Click to read more.