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Issue: #43
April 2017  

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2017 SCCS Jog-a-Thon
By: Jan McGuire
Today, all SCCS K-6 students will participate in our 7th Annual PTF Jog-a-Thon. Since 2011, the PTF organizes an annual Jog-a-Thon
by which students raise money for our school by walking, jogging, or running laps around the school's basketball courts.

Pledge forms were due Wednesday, April 26th. Monetary pledges are to be turned in on Tuesday, May 2nd.

On average we have raised over $14,000 and the monies have been used to purchase items such as new lunch tables, back playground lights, a new outdoor cold water fountain, and the remodeling of the SCCS kitchen/lunchroom that provided a large storage space for PTF luncheon supplies. Because of the generosity of SCCS families and friends in previous Jog-a-Thons, our school facility has also enjoyed the benefits from major remodels in both the girls' and boys' gym locker rooms as well as the extra security of front and playground fencing for our school campus.

This year's Fall Auction monies went entirely to the Student and Teacher Resource Center that will hopefully be completed by the start of next semester.  Year by year, PTF works diligently to invest all money raised in ways that best meet the needs of our school.

Thank you for contributing your time and resources to PTF and SCCS!! Together we are working to make our campus life better each year!
SCCS Athletic Department
By: Mr. Huckabone, SCCS Administrator

Loss is difficult, gain is exciting, and change can bring an interesting combination of the two. As believers when change comes there is the peaceful assurance that God is sovereign and in control of all events. Romans 8:28 tells us:
"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."  NASB
As many of you know, we will be seeing the departure of Garrick Moss next year to Legacy and Ali Aguilar to Trinity. We are thankful that God has opened these new opportunities for these gentlemen. We know they have had a great influence on SCCS over the years and it will be great to still have them here in our community to see how the Lord will use them in these new positions.

In God's great timing, He has also brought two gentlemen to SCCS to continue the great work in athletics. The baton-passing of responsibilities is already underway and a vision for taking SCCS athletics to the next level is already being articulated.

Chazz Anderson, who has been an assistant football coach the past two years, has been elevated to head coach. Chazz played football at the University of Cincinnati where he was the starting quarterback.  He is a dynamic, offensive-minded coach, but more importantly, he is a passionate discipler of young people. Chazz also serves as the Youth Director at Santa Clarita Baptist Church.

Josh Kristoff has been working with many of our athletes already and will be the new Athletic Director with additional teaching responsibilities. Josh not only comes from Ohio University as a former football team captain, but also possesses a bachelor's degree in Integrated Mathematics and a master's degree in Coaching Education. Josh is currently teaching math for Academy of the Canyons and has been very involved with coaching baseball and basketball along with football.

With all these changes, it is evident that Christian school athletics are on a path to even greater influence in the Santa Clarita Valley.  In all this it is our desire to see an even higher platform on which Christ will be magnified, not only on our campus, but in the entire community. 
The 2017 STEM EXPO
By: Lynn Kistler, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

On March 24, the SCCS gymnasium was filled with the most innovative and creative experiments, inventions, and creations we
have ever seen. The first annual SCCS STEM Expo was a huge success, thanks to the tremendous efforts of our students and the priceless input and help given by our STEM Expert judges and parents.

Student scientists and engineers displayed their handiwork in the gymnasium that Friday morning, and then were given the chance to present their projects to a team of judges. Our judging teams were made up of STEM Expert parents, JPL employees, and school faculty members. They were thoroughly impressed with each student's poise, presentation, and creativity. Click to read more.
Beauty and the Beast

SCCS' spring performance of The Beauty and the Beast  was a big hit! Performed by our gifted high school theatre students, the SCCS gym was transformed into a magical castle with various numbers performed right through the aisles. Students performed the traditional story live with songs and dances that we all know and love from the original movie. 
SCCS Senior Victoria Kirshner to attend the Merchant Marine Academy
Reprinted Article by: Ron Mita, Canyons Aquatic Club
SCCS Senior Victoria Kirshner has been selected to swim and attend the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, just off the shores of New York City. The Merchant Marine Academy is one of the five US Service Academies and along with its cousins, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, The Coast Guard Academy and West Point, turns out nothing but the finest military officers every year. Difficult to get into, the school is considered an elite educational opportunity.

The Merchant Marine is unique among the service academies. When Victoria graduates she will be able to choose to serve as an officer in any of the Armed Forces or Coast Guard, or work in the shipping industry. Click to read more.
2017 Art & Photography Exhibit
This year, over 500 pieces of SCCS student art and photography were part of the annual exhibit held during the carnival. Local artists Sandy Fisher, a former arts commissioner for Santa Clarita and Ramon Wheeler, a retired art teacher were judges for the show. Students were awarded first, second and third place within each category. Two large pieces of art were a great attraction, especially the giant 7ft x 4ft group project painting of a Captain America Comic book.
Getting to Know Janelle Sonnenburg
What is your current position at SCCS?
7th grade English, Honors Intro to Lit, Dual Credit College Speech

What has been a special event or experience you have had while working at SCCS to date? There's no place like SCCS! I love the family atmosphere at
L-R: SCCS Junior Arianna Sonnenburg and Janelle Sonnenburg.
SCCS. As a parent of two SCCS students, I can trust that the faculty and staff are looking out for my children as if they were their own, all while preparing them academically and spiritually for life after SCCS. 

What is something interesting about you personally that others might not know?  It is hard to find something interesting that my students don't already know, since I like sharing my life stories with them in class. I enjoy theater and music. I am part of the drama ministry at Grace Baptist Church. I have served in many capacities from selling tickets, to acting, to designing sets--I enjoy the whole process.  My family likes exploring new, quirky places, finding random things to do around Southern California, and Disneyland, of course.

Family members:  Chris Sonnenburg, Janelle's husband of twenty years;  Arianna, 11th grade;  Catalina, 9th grade

Life Verse:
"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38-39

Janelle has been at SCCS since 2008. She has a BA in Communication: Print Media from The Master's University and an MA from Clarks Summit University in Secondary English and Communication.