SBAC stands for Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. SBAC is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness. In an concerted effort to create the most optimal SBAC testing schedule for our students, we have created block schedules all SBAC testing dates. Please click on the headline to view these special schedules! You can take practice SBAC assessments here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp
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You may have noticed that the ABC News Van was on campus on Monday, February 24. Two newscasters were on site to interview and film our Auto Technology teacher, Mr. Bill Montgomery. They will be featuring him on an upcoming telecast. But why? Mr. Montgomery is the cousin of the famous NASA mathematician, Ms. Katherine G. Johnson. Unfortunately, this NASA trailblazer passed away this morning at the age of 101. If you have seen the film Hidden Figures, you may be familiar with her compelling story, as summarized by the NASA. Click on the headline for additional information!
Edwin Carranza, a 2008 graduate from our Sylmar Magnet School, performed on stage with Camilla Cabello at the 2020 Grammy Awards! Edwin is a renown pianist and an excellent musician. Under the direction of Mr. Raj Samaroo, Edwin travelled full circle, from the Sylmar High Jazz Band to the High School Grammy Band and now to the world stage at the Grammy Awards Show! Edwin graduated from CSUN with a degree in Music. In 2015, Edwin performed at the White House with Ne-Yo. Click on the headline to access a video clip of his Grammy performance!
Our two amazing art teachers, Mr. Joshua Rohal and Ms. Jessica Potrovitza, run a dynamic Art Club at our school. Recently, several of their artists participated in the Memory Project, which is dedicated to promoting intercultural awareness, friendship, and kindness between children around the world through the universal language of art. According to the Memory Project website, "By facilitating the creation and delivery of heartfelt artwork and poetry made by children for children, we strive to break cultural barriers, leave children with a unique childhood memory, inspire creativity, show children living in difficult situations that they are valued, and cultivate a kinder world. We want to empower teachers and students in their pursuit of the same goals." Click on the headline for the names of our artists!
Under the expert guidance of our coaches, Mr. Wilquin Garcia and Mr. Trent Jackson, our Sylmar Boys' and Girls' Wrestling teams competed in the City Championship this past weekend! Our Boys' team had a team race with Birmingham Charter HS that went neck and neck all weekend and ended with Sylmar falling short of first place by one point (245.5 to 246.5). The Girls' team secured third place. This is the highest finish in school history for both the boys' and girls' teams! Click on the headline for more exciting details!
For the 2020-2021 school year, we have selected all 10-12th graders who applied, since we have enough capacity for all of those applicants. We randomly selected names for the ninth grade class, since the number of applications exceeded the number of seats for that grade level. Our charter application lottery drawing took take place on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 3:30 pm in the Library. You did not have to be present to be selected. The lottery results and waitlists were posted the following day in the Attendance Office window, and the results are attached here. Those students who are not selected were placed on a waiting list. Please note that this lottery does not apply to our Magnet program, since that process is coordinated through the District. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Victor Rodriguez, assistant Principal, at 818.833.3704. Click on the headline for the dates of our application timeline.
The Senior Panorama Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020, during period 3 in the football-field bleachers. Be there! Be Ready!Don't miss out on this high school tradition!
If you are a student, consider joining Spartan Nation, where our dedicated teachers will challenge you to be the best you can be. Our vision for you extends well beyond the four years of high school. In fact, we are just as concerned about the grades you earn today as the decisions you will make tomorrow. If your curiosity is piqued after perusing our web site, please stop by to visit our campus. Come see first-hand the vibrancy of a school culture that is built upon our dynamic tradition and a desire to offer a personalized education to each and every Spartan Scholar! Click on the headline to access our brand new flyers!
Our Advanced Placement Computer Science teacher, Mr. Antonio Nunez, has just received the following notification from the College Board: Congratulations! Your school has earned the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for attaining female student representation in AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) for 2019. Out of 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 818 have earned the award. Yours is one of only 639 to be recognized for achieving this important result in AP CSP.
Sylmar Charter High School has been selected to participate in the Amazon Future Engineer Program, a program that will be offered in the 2019-2020 academy year in partnership with Amazon and Edhesive. A cornerstone of this program is a new course, AP Computer Science A – Java, which helps students develop a foundational understanding in core computer science and programming concepts. Please click on the headline for additional information on this very exciting program!
Sylmar Senior High has once again made the U.S. News & World Report National Rankings. This is the third consecutive year in which our school has earned this distinction. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college. Only the top 40% of schools earned eligibility to display a U.S. News Best High Schools 2019 badge. U.S. News “Best” badges are widely recognized as symbols of excellence in U.S. education. Please click on the headline for more details!
For the Week of 02.24.2020: This week’s Spartan Scholar is Temple Vasquez, a 9th grader in our Math-Science Magnet. Temple is a member of our volleyball and basketball teams, where she excels on the court. She is also an exceptional scholar, having earned a perfect 4.00 grade point average. Temple aspires to go to Harvard University and earn a law degree so that she can serve as a criminal justice or immigration attorney. Way to go, Temple! We are very proud of you! For this honor, our scholar's name and photo will be placed on the marquee and on the home page of our web site all week. In addition, our scholar has received a special Spartan Scholar Medallion and a Sylmar limited edition tumbler. Click on the headline for a photo of this week's Scholar!
For the Month of January 2020: In a concerted effort to celebrate our students' attendance accomplishments, we have a Monthly Perfect Attendance Award! Each month, we randomly select two students who have achieved a perfect attendance record throughout the previous month. The winners for January 2020 are Nicolas Hernandez and Bianca Salcedo from Academy of College and Career Readiness. The medallion can be worn during the graduation ceremony! Click on the headline for photos of this month's Scholars!
Update as of 02.03.2020: The attached file summarizes our current attendance data. Included in these data are several exciting analytics, so please take a moment and review our data!
It is imperative that you come to school on time and ready to learn every day. Each Spartan Scholar is expected to be in school for 96% of the time. This means that you must attend 173 days of the 180 school days. If you are absent for sixteen or more days, then you are considered to be "chronically absent." Click on the headline for more information on our attendance policies.
All Class of 2020 seniors, as a condition for participating in Senior Activities and the Graduation Ceremony, must have a record of good school attendance during their senior year. Good school attendance will be determined by the guidelines established in our Senior Attendance Incentive Program and will affect participation in the ceremony and senior activities. The Senior Attendance Incentive Program begins on the first day of school, August 20, 2019, or the first day the student enrolled into our school. All absences, both excused and unexcused, from that day forward until the end of the school year will be counted for the Senior Attendance Incentive Plan. Please click on the link for the details!
The results of the annual School Experience Survey (SES) administered during the fall of 2019 are now available. Click on the headline to access the District results, and then select "Sylmar CHS" from the drop down menu for the Sylmar Charter High School data!
For safety reasons, food delivery services such as Grub Hub, Uber Eats, and Post Mates, are not allowed to be received on campus. Students, please do not order from these vendors as they will be turned away and the school will not be responsible for any loss of money for not following this policy. Thank you for your cooperation.
Our school has earned the Common Sense School Badge through June 2020! Common Sense Schools are committed to deep implementation of the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Earning the Common Sense School badge is a symbol of our school's dedication to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate. Feel free to explore the Common Sense Media's resources at at www.commonsense.org. We support a healthy school culture wherein our whole community is invested in helping kids thrive as digital learners and citizens.
It is with a great sense of pride that we unveil the nominees for the Sylmar Charter High School Alumni History and Hall of Fame Project. This project is dedicated to preserving the incredible contributions of our alumni. So take a few minutes, peruse the attached list, and take a stroll down memory lane. Perhaps the next great scientist, educator, athlete, mathematician, or scholar is in our midst right now, and will be featured in future editions of our Hall of Fame...
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