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Principal's Weekly Update

Good afternoon West Ranch Parents,


The following are events and information for This Week at West Ranch, February 11 - 15, along with information regarding later events for your planning purposes.


Holiday Weekend!

There will be NO SCHOOL from Friday, February 15 – Monday, February 18 as we honor and recognize Presidents’ Day.  School will resume on Tuesday, February 19th.  It will be an ODD day.


Updating Your Information in Infinite Campus and Online Registration:

Beginning for the 2019-2020 school year, the William S. Hart Union High School District is moving to Online Registration!  This new system gives families the opportunity to update household and emergency contact information through annual updates directly in the Infinite Campus system.  We will still have required items that will need to be picked up over the summer, however this will allow us to streamline how we retrieve and update information.  We will also still have our summer registration dates so students can receive their classes, get ID/ASB cards and get textbooks.

As we transition to this new system, we need existing families to sign into their Infinite Campus Parent Portal and complete the Online Registration (OLR) Annual Update process. This will update household information and add emergency contacts, to ensure our records are up-to-date. It will also give families time to familiarize themselves with the Online Registration (OLR) system.

To complete the annual update process, please do the following:

  1. Sign into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal from a computer.
  2. Once signed in, select the Online Registration Annual Update link on the left.
  3. Complete the steps as outlined in the Annual Update User Guide.
    English: http://bit.ly/OLRUpdate18-19
    Spanish: http://bit.ly/OLRUpdate18-19_sp

We appreciate your time and assistance in making this transition successful, and hope you will find the new Online Registration (OLR) system helpful.


West Ranch TV along with College of the Canyons are hosting MEDIA DAY on the COC campus, Saturday, March 2, from 8:30am – Noon.   This is an incredible learning experience for all students in the Hart District and attendance is free.  There will be professionals for all areas of television, film, animation, and broadcast journalism teaching and working with students.  Students can register and see more information at www.scvmediaday.com  You can also check out the flyer I have added with this message.  We look forward to seeing our students there.


CAASPP Testing:

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress exam (CAASPP) is coming in April with a special schedule for April 17-18, and 23-24This test is for all 11th graders. This year the district is posting the results of the CAASPP on student transcripts.

 12th graders will participate in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in their regularly scheduled English classes around Spring Break.  Any 9th grade student involved in team athletics, cheer, dance, or color guard will be participating in the California Physical Fitness test on one of the special schedule days based on last name alpha.  Please take note that on the days with special schedules, there is no 1st period classes.  For all students not testing, the first class will begin at 11:20am.  This special testing schedule has been constructed to accommodate all our 11th grade students, the testing environment, and the number of computers we have on campus.  I have attached a copy of this schedule with this email. 


Library Delinquencies

Students should check their school email address to see if they have an email from the West Ranch Library. The library staff sends out emails once a month to students who have a library delinquency.  Library delinquencies can be for, but are not limited to, missing library books, overdue fines and missing textbooks.  Students can either turn the book into the library or pay the fine.  All delinquencies need to be cleared before purchasing prom tickets, there are no exceptions to this.


Faculty Follies!

Imagine 80+ West Ranch Faculty & Staff showing off their amazing (yet limited) talents in a variety show on a Friday night, all for a great cause.  That is what is in store on Friday, March 8 at 7pm in the West Ranch Gym.  For only $5 a ticket, you can see a once-in-a-lifetime variety show featuring some of your favorite West Ranch Staff performing to support the start-up of our own Wellness Center on our campus.  Come out and enjoy a great time and have a few laughs in the process.  We hope to see you all there! 



This Week’s athletic contests and student events:

February 11th

- No Student Activities/Athletics


February 12th

- Softball (Frosh team vs.  Notre Dame @ West Ranch - 3:15pm)

- Boys Tennis (Varsity @ Crescenta Valley - 3:15pm, JV @ West Ranch - 3:00pm)

- CIF PLAYOFFS Boys Basketball @ Peninsula Palos Verdes – 7:00pm


February 13th

No Student Activities/Athletics


February 14th

- Softball @ Hart (Frosh team @ 1:30pm and JV @ 3:15pm)


February 15th

No Student Activities/Athletics


Wellness Tip

Everyone knows the importance of eating three good nutritional meals a day because healthy eating makes you healthier!  Good nutrition keeps you alert and focused through the day and also steadies your emotions.  People that skip meals or eat junk food have highs and lows in their energy levels which interferes with their ability to handle stress.  Parents help your teen get the nutrients they need. Ensure your teen eats a healthy breakfast and has fruits and vegetables to snack on during the day.  Providing healthy foods is key for your teen's academic success and overall well-being.


CONGRATULATIONS to a number of groups! 

Auditions were held last weekend for the Hart District Honor Band, and I am proud to announce that 25 members of the West Ranch band were selected for this distinction.  This is more than any school in the district!  We also had one member of the band and three members of our Orchestra selected to the All-State Band and Orchestra!  Congrats to all of those incredibly talented students and to the Band Director, Jason Marshall.  Great Job!


This past week our Academic Decathlon team culminated their season at the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon Award Ceremony in Montebello.  Our team received 21 overall medals, 6 Bronze, 5 Silver, and 10 Gold medals!!  This is the largest amounts of medals we have ever received.  The team also finished in the top 20 schools of Los Angeles County, which is the strongest performing county in the state. 

Congratulations to our incredibly talented students and their advisors, Shallu Makan, and Michael Kim.


Finally, February is Youth Art Month and West Ranch had several student art pieces submitted to the annual YAM Art Exhibition. Districts throughout Los Angeles County are represented in this competition and there was a lot of stellar art work entered.  We are excited to announce that West Ranch students won in several categories including 1st place and Honorable Mention in 3D sculpture, 1st, 2nd and Honorable Mention in 2D art, and 2nd place in Digital Media.  Congratulations to our talented students and our incredible Fine Art Department! 


Let’s have a great week!



Mark Crawford

Principal, West Ranch High School

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