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Issue: #12
December 2013    

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December 19, 2013
2nd Annual Christmas Boutique
12-6 pm in the gym

December 20, 2013
All School Christmas Chapel
9:40 am

January 6, 2014

Teacher Inservice

January 7, 2014
School Begins

Week of January 7th
Pee Wee Soccer Begins

January 13, 2014
Registration for 2014-15
school year opens for current
SCCS families

January 15, 2014
Kindergarten Round-Up
8:15 am - 10:00 am

January 17, 2014
Add/Drop deadline

January 20, 2014
Martin Luther King Holiday

January 21-24, 2014
7-12th Grade

January 24 , 2014
ACSI Spelling Bee

January 28, 2014
Open House
Prospective Families
6:30 pm

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Character Trait Monthly Recognition  Matthew 5:1-12


Hunger for righteousness
(one who displays genuine concern for spiritual matters)

(one who cares for the concerns and hardships of others)

Pure in heart
(one whose words and actions show a sincere love)

(one who seeks to unify
others and resolve conflict)

(one who stays the course in
the midst of difficulty)


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College Prep @ SCCS
By Matt Brown, SCCS Academic Dean

SCCS has always been a college-prep high school. Every improvement we have made to our academic program has been intentionally done to not only help students be prepared for college, but to also excel once they get there. Testimonies from our alumni provide proof that our students not only get accepted to prestigious universities, but also do well at those schools as a result of the education they received at SCCS.


But, speaking of an academic program can seem generic. While we have graduation expectations that exceed UC standards, requiring our students to take biology, chemistry, and physics along with a minimum of Algebra 2 in math, the teachers in all content areas at SCCS design specific projects throughout the year, which expose our students to the academic rigor that will be expected of them beyond high school. Click here to read more about how SCCS students are prepared to excel in college and in life. 
NEXUS 2014
By Ken Kistler, SCCS Activities Director

The most important SCCS high school event of the year lies just around the corner: NEXUS.  On January 21-24, NEXUS, SCCS' annual spiritual emphasis week, will feature daily chapel services with a special guest speaker focusing on a specific theme. 


This year's speaker, Pastor David Maitland, has served as a youth pastor, high school basketball coach, and camp director.  He's worked with Christian young people for over twenty years.  His theme this year will be, God's Winners and Losers.  Click here to read more about NEXUS 2014 . 

SCCS Takes Tip-Off Title 
By Bob Dickson

If the 2013 Tip-Off Tournament is any indication, this year's version of the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals boys basketball team is going to make its mark.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Cardinals capped an impressive three-game run with a dominant, 68-42 win over Trinity Classical Academy to take first place in the three-day event. SCCS beat Vasquez by a score of 67-44 in the tip-off opener and then bested Delphi, 70-24, to advance to the championship.  


Kamron Carroll provided all the spark the Cardinals (3-0) would need, scoring 14 of his 24 points in the game's first quarter-and-a-half. The senior guard broke down the Knights' defense to create easy looks inside in the early going. In the second quarter, he connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to push the SCCS lead to 29-10. Click here to read more.  

Christmas at SCCS 

On Monday, December 16, SCCS secondary students performed their annual music and drama Christmas performance at 7 pm in the SCCS gym. This year's performance featured the Junior High and High School Concert Choir, as well as a performance by the Drama Club. The high school choir sang selections from John Rutter's Christmas Carols that they performed with West Ranch High School choir and orchestra on December 12th.


On Tuesday, December 17, SCCS elementary students performed their annual Christmas Program, a play called "Christmas Hang-ups". This play was about a box of ornaments that are awakened from their yearly hibernation by the movement of their storage box. The play featured the entire 4th- 6th grade, as well as the 1st-3rd grade elementary honor choir.


The choir portion of both performances were directed by Mrs. Susan Johnson and Mrs. Shannan Smith directed the drama portion.

Getting to Know Ms. Natalie Smith, SCCS Computer Teacher  
What is your current position at SCCS?  I currently teach kindergarten through seventh grade computers. The elementary classes come see me once a week for
Ms. Natalie Smith 
about thirty minutes where we cover a range of topics such as learning the parts of the computer, working in Microsoft Office, and learning how to type. The seventh graders have computers as their elective course. In this class we are covering all of the Microsoft Office programs, beginning
animation using an online program called Tynker, and an introduction to JAVA programming. In addition to the computer classes, I am also in charge of the yearbook. Although there is only one student in the course, we are working towards putting together two awesome yearbooks! Click here to learn more about Ms. Natalie Smith.
SCCS Spelling Bee

Joshua Clarke with
Mr. Huckabone
after placing in the
SCCS Spelling Bee.

The top spellers from each 1st-6th grade class did a wonderful job competing in the SCCS Spelling Bee. The top ranking students from each grade are advancing to the next level and will represent our school at the district ACSI Spelling Bee on January 24, 2014. Many other students from Christian schools in the area will also be competing to demonstrate superior spelling ability that goes beyond memorization skills and an amazing calmness under pressure!


Congratulations to the following students:


1st- Geanelle Garvida and Mia Rodriguez

2nd- Clare Williams and Joshua Clarke

3rd- Hannah Shaffer and Lily Merrick

4th- Hunter Phelps

5th- Siloam Brenner and Macy Muxlow

6th- Peter Nameh and T.J. Evans