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Check Out the Clubs Castaic Middle School Has To Offer:

 

Blue torch with a gray flameMembership in NJHS signifies academic and personal excellence. Members pledge to be true to the principles for which NJHS stands including scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. After attaining a semester grade pint average of 3.5 or higher, students apply for membership for which they will be recognized and honored.

 

The word "yearbook" in multi colored lettersIn Yearbook class we create the school's yearbook. Students learn photography and photo editing skills, general computing skills, journalism, and graphic design. We partner with Jostens to use their web based design program to record the year's events with creative flair. This class is a true collabortaion of the students, staff and our Jostens consultants to translate the creative vision of the students into a product which we market and sell. Not only do the students increase their technology and design skills, but they learn to manage a business and target their product to their audience. They also learn to be detail oriented and sensitive to ethical issues within journalism. At the end of the year, they get to see the tangible results of their year's work as a bound book. The excitement and pride at that time makes a year's hard work worth it. In order to apply students must submit an application in the spring of the year before they want to join. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average and be strongly motivated and enthusiastic abou taking on the challenges of this class.

 

The letters "ASB" in yellow within a brown circle ASB is designed to not only develop leadership skills in students, but to shape those students into moral and ethical leaders on campus. We foster communication, diversity, and equality among the student body. In ASB, students focus on individual and group goal setting and decision making, self-awareness, group processes and facilitation, finance, communication, community building, conflict resolution, and citizenship.

 

  DFY in SCV The Castaic Union School District is launching an exciting new drug and alcohol prevention program in collaboration with the County, City, and Sheriff's Department. The program is called DFY in SCV, which stands for Drug Free Youth in the Santa Clarita Valley, and is being offered to 7th and 8th grade students at Castaic Middle School. It is a free, school-based, voluntary, anti-drug club for teens with the goal to provide a positive peer network that supports healthy choices and a drug free lifestyle. We are looking forward to a successful year and hope that DFY in SCV adds another level of support for the youth in our community. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the club's Advisor, John Simons. Thank you in advance for you support.

 

 band instrumentsThe CMS Band program provides students an opportunity to develop their musical skills throughout the entire school year. Each student is introduced to the variety of instruments of the ensemble and is given the opportunity to choose which instrument they would like to play. The instruments and music students will be playing are provided for them, including their method book, Essential Elements for Band by Hal LeonardThis method book will be a great learning tool and resource throughout each student’s musical journey, so it is highly recommended that they have their own copy to practice at home. There will be two required public performances that will occur during the school year, the CMS Winter Concert and the CMS Spring Concert. The dates of these performances will be announced at Back to School Night, and further information will be sent home with students the following week. For these two concerts, beginning band members will be preparing music literature written at a beginning to intermediate level, listed on the music rating scale between 1-2 ½ difficulty. Students will be required to take their instruments home to practice a minimum of 9 hours per month. A list of private instructors for additional support outside of the classroom will be provided. 

 

At its core, the Safe School Ambassadors program is an "inside-out" approach to improving school climate, one that relies on social norms change and the power of students to help stop bullying and violence. Student bystanders see, hear, and know things adults don't, can intervene in ways adults can't and are often on the scene of an incident before an adult. They are a critical and under-utilized resource for positively impacting the crisis of bullying in our schools.

The Safe School Ambassadors program engages and mobilizes these bystanders, but not just any bystanders. The program harnesses the power of the socially-influential leaders of a school's diverse cliques, the ones who shape the social norms that govern other students' behavior. These "alpha" leaders are carefully identified through student and staff surveys. They are selected based upon specific criteria, such as: strong position and influence in their peer group, good communication skills, and a history of standing up for friends.

The recruited students participate in an interactive training along with several adults who serve as program mentors. The training gives student Ambassadors the motivation and skills to resolve conflicts, defuse incidents, and support isolated and excluded students. After the training, small group meetings of Ambassadors are held every few weeks. These meetings, led by the adult mentors, provide time for strengthening skills, support data collection and analysis of Ambassador interventions, and help sustain student and adult commitment to the program."