Out of the Box

October 2010 A publication of Santa Clarita Christian School

Table of Contents
Box Thoughts Academic Excellence Spiritual Development Athletic Distinction Creative Expression Servant Leadership Technology in the Box Alumni from the Box 3 4 6 8 10 12 14 15

Teaching MINDS Training heartS For GoD

Contributors—Derek Swales, Tracey Scott, Jennifer Duncan, Jackie Houchin, Jennifer Lord, Matt Brown, Greg Clark, Darcy Brown, and Layout by Dee Morrison © 2010. All rights reserved. Out of the Box Vol. 1, No. 1 Fall 2010 Published by: Santa Clarita Christian School 27249 Luther Drive, Santa Clarita, CA 91351 661-252-7371

Member ACSI SCCS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

BoXThoughts Live like God wants you to live... that's out of the box!
Our school motto is “Teaching minds and training hearts for God.” We want our students to come to our school to not only learn how to “make a living” but we want to teach them how to live for God in their home, church and community. Our school’s logo is a red box with the SCCS letters inside. “Inside the box” we want to be a consistent place where students, teachers, parents and alumni are always striving to do what is right. Many times good deeds shine even brighter in a world that has no hope. A teenager that smiles or talks to adults, a teacher that goes out to lunch with their students, this is not uncommon at SCCS; a school where students actually sing out and worship God during chapel. We like to call it living “out of the box.” We have a special school where we foster students to win or lose gracefully, be a bold witness to people who don’t know Jesus as their personal Savior, to be creative, take the initiative, be a servant-leader, do right no matter what anyone else is doing, be kind, responsible, generous, be joyful in times of trials, but most importantly be what God wants you to be… that’s living “outside the box!” We seek to honor God by simply teaching minds and training hearts to live for God. Since 1982 we have prepared students to make a living not just outside the box, but how to daily live for God inside the box. Living a dynamic Christian life can shine bright when our talents and spiritual gifts are used to clearly point to a great and loving God. This is our mission and purpose at SCCS and for life to be lived “out of the box!” in our Christian lives. Our hope for this publication is to better document and clearly manifest the great work that God is doing at SCCS. We would like to promote five pillars of our school: Academic Excellence, Spiritual Development, Servant Leadership, Creative Expression and Athletic Distinction. As we promote these areas we want to accomplish four things. First, we want to celebrate the variety of gifts of each student because it benefits the common good of the school. Why? Because God has gifted each one to be a benefit to the whole student body. Respect, recognition, honor and even celebrating one another’s God honoring gifts make SCCS a special place. 1 Corinthians 12:4,5 says “Now there are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord; There are varieties of effects, but it is the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” Second, we can strengthen our witness for the Lord Jesus Christ when people see genuine faith and authentic Christianity. We must pay attention to one another and show our fundamental respect for one another…….there is nothing easy about that, but it is so important. In doing this, we grow together and we learn from one another. And as we think about one another’s gifts, we can be mindful that our gifts span the community from the youngest to oldest members of our school family. Many times, it is the youngest members of an organization that come closest to speaking the truth – a great hidden blessing of our K-12 school. Together, we can have a stronger testimony of the gospel – so let’s shine bright. Third, we can equip Christian leaders that eventually become morally and spiritually mature. Their obedience and love for God becomes more and more evident when they emerge as spirit filled leaders who are actively serving the Lord. At SCCS we have students on campus 180 days of the year for 7-10 hours a day. We take seriously our leadership role in guiding students morally and spiritually. We want to mentor and disciple young people so they will do likewise. Fourth, we purpose to promote strong relationships. We have a great campus environment because we love our school and passionately serve the Lord together. We want to continue to be known for our friendly, unified student body and our caring teachers. Preparing to live outside the box by living “out of the box!” We would all agree that we have much to be grateful for as we celebrate the giftedness of our students, the hard work of our teachers and the efforts we are taking to make SCCS the best it can be. Together let’s celebrate a bright future and our passionate commitment to your investment in a balanced and, most importantly, biblically based Christian education. It is our honor to serve you and your family. Kindly, Mr. Swales, Principal


Teaching Minds for

COLLEGE for Life

If one were to pick up a newspaper and read an article about SCCS – whether about a team winning a championship or a student going on to an Ivy League school – one would detect a sense of surprise that this small, private school achieved something great. We would argue, though, that these successes are purposeful and are exactly what we expect. We expect great things from our school and from our students. And why shouldn’t we? We serve a great God who we ask each day to do great things through us. Never would we desire to be seen as anything but a great school, so that in all that we do, we can glorify God and represent Him to those around us. The Importance of a Biblical Worldview In our opinion, perhaps the most important reason for sending a student to a Christian school is for that student to be presented the subject matter from a biblical perspective. We believe that education is not spiritually neutral, and that students who learn math, science, english and history from a Christian point of view, from teachers who are committed to biblical Christianity, build a framework for thinking that will guide them into their adult life. It is the training of the heart in conjunction with teaching of the mind that creates continuity in the learning environment of a child. The Quality of our Educational Program While it is clear that SCCS offers a quality Christian focus, many wonder if the same is true of the education it offers. But make no mistake – it is our goal to offer to our students a high caliber of education that equips them to enter whatever educational path or vocation they choose. In fact, the academic program at SCCS holds our students to a much higher standard than those offered at any of the larger schools in the area. Students who attend classes at SCCS are going to experience and be expected to succeed at one of the most challenging academic programs in the Santa Clarita Valley. 4

Beginning with our elementary students, we have a focus on seeing our students succeed and enter college with the best preparation possible. Class sizes are limited to 20-25 students, so even though our school is filled with over 500 K-12 students, each receives personal attention. Our faculty average over 12 years of teaching experience, the majority with advanced degrees, teaching credentials, or both. Teachers are not just there to instruct, but also to mentor their students and help them grow in all areas of their lives. At the junior high level, students are already being prepared for the college-preparatory high school program. We do this by means of a rigorous classroom curriculum, through training in time management and organizational skills, and by working to develop personal responsibility and independence in each student. Our high school graduation requirements exceed those of any other school in the Santa Clarita Valley, including four years of English, four years of social studies, three years of lab science, three years of math, four years of Bible, two years of a foreign language, and a year of fine arts. In addition, most of our seniors have taken multiple Advanced Placement classes and have passed at least one AP exam, earning college credit and gaining a head start above their peers. Our confidence in our students’ academic abilities is best illustrated in the annual Senior Project. This independent study project, required for graduation, is a celebration of everything each senior has achieved at SCCS. Each student picks a topic to research over a four-month period, and writes a 15-page paper discussing their research. As even more incentive, all of their work is put up for public display at the end of the school year. Our students have been admitted to some of the most prestigious colleges in the nation, including schools like UCLA, USC, Cal Poly, and Pepperdine University. Often the dilemma our students face is which college to choose once they are accepted, rather than whether they would be admitted at all. n 5

We believe that the children who come through SCCS receive the best education available to them. They are taught by a welleducated faculty, with a unified vision and biblical worldview. And because SCCS develops the whole student, not just the academic portion, our graduates—from any level—are well-equipped to handle not just college but life.

Christian Institutions Azusa Pacific Biola University Cal Lutheran University The Master’s College Point Loma Nazarene Vanquard University Westmont College Public and Private Baylor University Cal Poly Cal State University Cornell University Johns Hopkins University Occidental College Pepperdine University Purdue University UCLA USC


A Look at Elementary Chapel
If you are on our school campus on Friday mornings, you’ll hear many sounds coming from the gym: moments of quiet followed by loud cheering, music being played, and eruptions of clapping. Are they sounds of a basketball or volleyball game? nope – these excited sounds are coming from the amazing chapels our elementary students attend each week! What is it about our chapels that cause our kids to be so excited and involved? It’s the opportunity to both lead and learn that makes our chapels so special. this year, our theme is “A Walk through the Bible.” Each week, the chapel focuses on a different book of the Old Testament. At the beginning of chapel, each class gets the opportunity to present a song or skit that complements the teaching and books for that week. The kids are always excited for their opportunity to lead the pledges and share what they have worked so hard to prepare. Mr. Clark, our chapel coordinator, leads the kids in worship. “Shout to the Lord” is one of the favorite songs to sing! The teaching time is led by Mr. Swales or others, as they share about the books and themes of the Old Testament. On the last Friday of the month, the “Kids of Character” awards are given out. These awards are given to the students who have best exemplified the various character themes each month September was the trait of responsibility; October was cheerfulness. There is something very special about these award times: as each teacher comes up to give an award to a student in her class, her students literally erupt in cheering. Our teachers are truly beloved by their students! And the cheering is just as loud when the students’ names are announced to receive the awards. Parents are grateful for the partnership of educational and spiritual training for their children. It is precious to watch that combination put into practice during our weekly chapel times. If you have never been to a chapel, please come and visit! You will be blessed by the faith and leadership demonstrated by both students and staff! n

Kids of Character – September’s Character Trait: Responsibility

Alexia Pelletier, Cyril Gorlla, Jakob Marquez, Darren Eskandar, Brock Gelles, Gianna Kuruppu Bottom row: Brooke Marquez, Jackson Vercellono, noah Wiles, Dillon Eskandar, Sydney Boswell


Spiritual Development

Praise and worship take many forms in the life of a Christian. Through ministry, through service and through music are some. In chapel at SCCS the music leaders are a vital part of the ministry. Attending chapel, this becomes clearly evident and real as the songs are sung and the students open their hearts to what God will say to them in the teaching. Chapels are one of the highlights of student life and an integral part of spiritual growth at SCCS.

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Greg Clark, our chapel coordinator. Greg opens up auditions or ‘try-outs’ each summer and students are selected by their musical ability and their genuine desire to serve God. This year especially Mr. Clark is thankful that the Lord was so gracious in providing excellent musicians who also love the Lord. Greg is happy to know that almost all past graduates from chapel band are serving God in their church or their college in a music ministry.

The SCCS Chapel band is a small group of students who lead the chapel worship up to 2 times a week. This group of talented musicians is literally assembled together by God and their passion for the Lord. The goal or vision for chapel band is to be invisible, leading the students in worship and not drawing attention to themselves. For young people today this is a contradiction to every message around them. These students, all very gifted, have a heart for the Lord and a commitment to glorify and exalt Christ. How encouraging this seems in a world where we are always struggling with image and stature whether we are adults or teenagers. The chapel band was formed a few years ago by

Leading worship at SCCS is not the only mission of these students. They have shared and led worship at camps, been on retreats together, conducted ‘worship nights’ and been involved in ministry at the Bible tabernacle, a ministry of recovery. They spend countless extra hours rehearsing, in prayer for our students, and setting up their instruments on late nights and very early Friday mornings. this year’s chapel band members are Megan Gallagher a sophomore, Davis Muxlow a sophomore, Juliette Valaer a senior and Blake Dempsey a freshman. Seeing them together leading worship is inspiring and encouraging but the real encouragement is the heart of this small group of students and what you can’t see. n 7

athletic Distinction

Netting Better Teams

Trivia question: What team at SCCS has the most members? Clue: The answer is not the football team. It is the high school girls’ volleyball team. With try-outs having the largest turnout ever, Coach Darcy Brown had some quick thinking and big decisions to make last June. this could not be a huge surprise to Coach Brown, a 17 year veteran coach. With the growing interest, this year happens to be the year they expanded to having 35 girls on the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity teams. this did not occur overnight. Over the years, Coach Brown has coached the junior high and high school teams in the summer leagues, and has started holding an elementary camp in the past two years. The elementary & junior high camp is a fun time of skill building and introduction to the sport. She sometimes has varsity players assist her in coaching the camps. the program has been growing and flourishing for many years. SCCS Volleyball has been in the CIF playoffs every year but one and Coach Brown has coached all of them. Our teams have made it to the state tournament three times and were Finalists in the CIF Championship game in 2002. Pretty strong record, lots of good reasons. For years, Coach Brown has begun her seasons just as she did this year: try-outs in June, summer leagues at various schools near Santa Clarita, and a special beach camp to begin the season in late summer. Camp is a great time of bonding, with ‘football style’ two-aday practices, conditioning, and fun times for the team to grow together. Going away for camp eliminates the distractions of home and allows the girls to build trust and relationships with each other. They take off to Ventura for three nights and four days, and come back to school ready for pre-season play and a bid for playoffs. Goals are set at the beginning of each season, but Coach Brown would prefer that her players learn more about finishing strong and becoming godly women than about seeking a set number of victories. She believes that having her teams leave a match knowing they played their best, whether they won or lost, feels better than a poorly played win. Knowing that they honored the Lord is the most important realization she wishes for her players. Many life lessons can be translated through sports, and Coach Brown encourages her teams to find them. She also has had some great help over the years and this year she is enjoying the help of a former SCCS faculty member. Dave Martinez, who served at SCCS over 20 years ago, is assisting with the freshman team. Kristina Gibson, SCCS alumni, is also assisting around her college class schedule. Any time you see the girls enjoying time together at practices or games, wait and watch, and you might catch them in a “pinky prayer” as they call it, giving thanks for their team, their school, and God’s wonderful love. n 8

Serving Cheer

Varsity Cheerleaders Serving the Valley
The life of a varsity cheerleader has many interesting aspects: ponytails, practice, games, practice, posters, practice, pep rallies, and yet more practice. Game days are filled with hectic preparation and excitement. All this, though, is part of normal high school life. The SCCS Varsity Cheerleaders wanted their squad to be more than that. They wanted to make an impact for other kids in the valley less fortunate than themselves. Under the new leadership of Mrs. Barbara Harano, the girls sought out a way to be of service to their community and show what being a Christian meant to them. It was not difficult to find a group in need. Often in our very comfortable life here in Santa Clarita, the urgency of real need goes unnoticed; yet need does exist in our valley and the SCCS Varsity Cheerleaders joined the Santa Clarita Food Pantry in gathering food for children. the SCV Food Pantry, started in 1986, has a motto that “no child in Santa Clarita should go to bed hungry.”

This seems like an easy goal, but with so many families that are jobless, homeless, and feeling a serious financial burden, this goal becomes rather ambitious. The food pantry found itself exhausted this fall from the extra demand of the summer months, since children are at home and do not benefit from government lunch and breakfast programs outside of school. It could not have been a better time for the cheer squad to approach the Food Pantry to help. the cheerleaders planned and campaigned. For three school days, the girls held a food drive to collect specific items that the Food Pantry stocks for children, and they were excited to count over 700 food items when the drive was done. With the girls’ help and enthusiasm, SCV Food Pantry can continue to feed children in the area who might not have enough to eat. Now the girls are back to supporting their teams as normal, encouraging the student body to be a part of the fun and excitement of games, practicing their routines, and working on homework. But their hearts and lives are changed because of their experience, and they cannot wait to step out again and serve. n


SCCS’s Illustrious Art Teacher
Susan Iwakoshi does more than teach her students how to draw, paint and sculpt. She challenges them to use their imagination, to be creative, and to express themselves artistically without fear. This is Ms. Iwakoshi’s sixth year as the art teacher at SCCS. She teaches elementary classes every other week, while secondary students who take art as an elective attend art class every day. Ms. Iwakoshi graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a Bachelor’s degree in illustration. For about ten years, she worked as an animation artist for Disney Studios. (Ask her about The Little Mermaid sometime.) Then, for thirteen years she became a stay-athome mom for her two children. When she decided to return to work, she discovered that animation had gone the way of the computer; so she decided to go the way of the teacher. Although she was skilled as a professional artist, it was a brand-new challenge to create lesson plans and to teach children the subject she loved. It didn’t take long, though, for Ms. Iwakoshi to prove she has talent in the classroom. As one of the secondgrade classes walks in to her classroom, she gives them how?” she asks, and illustrates the task on an overhead projector. “The more you practice making straight lines, the better you’ll get,” she encourages. Again demonstrating on the screen, she says, “Put your finger on the middle of the page. now drive straight up, almost to the top, and put a dot about the size of a big period. Now draw a circle around it.” She holds up the picture of a parrot the students are about to recreate and points to the eye which they’ve just drawn. Little jaws drop around the room in excitement. Using this process, the class draws the complete parrot. Ms. Iwakoshi shows examples and invites them to add backgrounds and colors. Leaving her desk, she walks between the tables praising their efforts. “In the first lessons, I make sure the students have a good awareness of lines and shapes, which make up virtually every picture, just like the alphabet makes up every written paper.” Gradually, her lessons will become more difficult as shapes get complex and different skill sets are added. A fifth grade class attempts two parrots, using varying pressures with their pens to sketch shapes before drawing them permanently. “Anyone lost?” their teacher asks, and repeats steps where needed. “Oops!” she says another time, and shows them how to modify mistakes. Ms. Iwakoshi chooses a new theme each month. The next elementary subject will be pumpkins, the cornucopia, and scarecrows in an autumn theme. After the winter holidays, dinosaurs, zoo animals, still life, landscapes, and even animated character design will be introduced, along with new techniques and mediums. Junior and senior high students are given more freedom in what they draw. They’ve already started on projects of their own choosing – anything from fashion design to dragons, from sports figures to still life to robotic fantasy creatures. Each student is working towards a final piece to exhibit in the 2011 Art Show on March 18th, where some of Ms. Iwakoshi’s friends at Disney will be judges. each two pieces of paper and asks them to make a border around one of them. “Do you remember If a student doesn’t know what to draw, Ms. Iwakoshi will assign something. She keeps stacks of old calendars and posters available to encourage ideas. Some students bring in photos from magazines or even find images on the Internet to inspire them. One student practices


copying a stylized, contoured 3-D heart, excellent for perfecting the curves and shading on the sports cars he loves to draw. These older students have already been taught the basics of drawing and creating values using graphite pencils. Now they learn how to shade sketches with pen and ink. As they work on their various projects, Ms. Iwakoshi roams the room, checking on progress, sitting with students who ask for help, giving pointers, illustrating techniques, and stretching their talent. Earlier in the year, she taught them to view every object as a series of shapes by copying upside-down overhead drawings with their “off” hands. She has also touched on figure drawing, having the students pose for each other. Ms. Iwakoshi’s long-term goal is to turn out wellrounded students who are fantastic Christian citizens, and who have knowledge of, and appreciation for, the arts of drawing, painting and sculpting. “It’s challenging,” she says, “but it’s also fun. I enjoy teaching and I learn a lot from it, too.” n


Servant Leadership

Our Outreach by Travelling

How long does it take to get to Uganda? 20 hours in a plane? Several days on a boat? It took the SCCS Uganda Mission team nearly four years. The planning, preparation and resources involved in getting ready for a missions trip are far more than the average person realizes, especially when the team is going to an unstable, foreign country with minors. Mr. Eric Margrave – husband, father, and science teacher at SCCS – lights up when he tells people about the long adventure that led our team of eight to Uganda last June. Mr. Margrave, Greg Clark (our Director of Student Activities), and six students made that long journey, with all its unexpected detours, and the result is the testimony that God is great! The starting point was back in 2007. Several students were inspired to go on a short-term missions trip after watching a video called “The Invisible Children,” which tells the story of the children torn apart by the genocides in Uganda. They approached Mr. Margrave with their interest, and soon after a survey was taken to see how many others would like to go. Unfortunately, there was not enough response at that time. Again, one of Mr. Margrave’s students pressed the idea and an interest list was formed. Another year passed and in 2009, a group of eight students seemed committed and had their parents’ support. That number fell to six, although Mr. Margrave and Mr. Clark both committed to going, bringing the team back to eight members. The Uganda team was able to join another group from The Master’s College, which alleviated the stress of many planning details, although the exact itinerary was unknown until the final days before departure. the team members had to do many things to prepare. There were immunizations, four books to read, fundraising, and, of course, prayer. The environment, both climatically and socially in a war torn country such as Uganda, held many challenges; yet the Lord made a way for this group to go and minister in very specific ways. Upon arrival, the team’s vehicle broke down in a very remote location, but one of


varsity football team. Allie Habberstad, a junior, is also playing varsity volleyball and having a great season. Mr. Margrave and his Acts 1:8 team are praying about the idea of another trip to Uganda or any other country God has in store for the students and teachers at SCCS. Rest assured, this trip made an impact on innumerable people – in Uganda, here in Santa Clarita, and in the hearts of these young people even as they continue in their daily lives serving and loving the Lord. n

the men accompanying them was a mechanic. While serving pastors in the churches, they built a chicken house, painted, visited hospital patients, shared the gospel, and played with the local children. When preparing for the trip home, 2 students lost their passports. This led to several hours of chaos and frustration as the team tried to get new paperwork and make sure everyone could get on the plane to the United States. Then, a phone call came from the local police station that their passports had been turned into the station and the trip home would not be affected. Anyone listening to Mr. Margrave tell about the team’s encounters and ministry can see his heart for missions, and can also see that the missionary hosts in Uganda were also impacted. Veteran missionaries can tell you that you will prepare to travel to far lands and expect to change someone else’s world, but the Lord will touch your life far more than expected or imagined, and you will be the one whose world has been changed. So what’s next for this team? Jenny Fullarton graduated and is attending college. Timu Saari is a junior at SCCS and looking forward to his soccer season in November. Rebecca Calhoun, a sophomore, is enjoying her first year on the varsity cheer squad. A senior, Joanna Masopust, is the starting setter for the varsity volleyball team. Chris Marquez, a junior, is enjoying a solid season on the


technology in the box
Joe Klimek and Cindy Broadbent, both experienced teachers of other subjects at SCCS, are partnering in a new hands-on computer education program for elementary students and their teachers. The weekly 30-minute lab sessions for grades 1-6 introduce young students to the computer and the Internet, and teach them skills they can build on and use their entire lives in school, at home, and eventually in jobs and careers. The program also is designed to help elementary teachers learn basic computer technology, programs, and software, so that eventually they can teach the subject to their own students. Using what they learn this year, they will introduce basic computer familiarity and typing skills, and show their students how to enhance their studies by searching the internet, downloading information and images, and creating and documents. the program begins in the first grade. Mr. Klimek hopes to instill in his youngest students a wonder for what can be done on a computer, including the basic parts, vivid satellite maps, and the ability to create art. Second graders learn how to log on to the computer. Even though their little fingers can’t span the keys yet, they are taught how to punch keys one at a time and use a mouse to move the cursor and click. Third graders get a broad overview of how the computer works. They see how to save files, to print, and to use the network and do research. They also learn how to be careful and protect themselves while on the Internet. In the fourth grade, students continue learning about online research for class projects and reports. By this time, students learn to type correctly with both hands to increase accuracy and speed. Mr. Klimek emphasizes typing by touch instead of sight, using special covers to hide which letters are on which keys, so students cannot peek at the keyboard. Fifth graders begin word processing, continuing to improve typing skills, but also learning the correct ways to format documents, save and access files, and download information and images into documents. In sixth grade, students learn to use Powerpoint, and together with their typing and word processing skills, will create slide presentations. They may also touch on spreadsheets in Excel. During a typical class time, Mr. Klimek demonstrates to younger students how to perform searches on common search engines, as well as how other sites on the Internet work. Some of the young ones will catch on quickly, while others need guidance to log on and operate the system, but the goal of the program is to assist all of the children to become fluent in computer use. Students in the older grades, in addition to skill building, also have time to work on various projects each week, from reports to geography projects. Mr. Klimek spent several weeks last year fine-tuning the security system, changing the settings for what is filtered and blocked. His students are taught not only the dangers of the Internet, but how to be responsible. Because of this, when students log on in the lab, they are assured a safe and positive experience. Teachers in each of the grades will follow the same curriculum as their students, but with an eye to learning how best to teach it themselves. Mr. Klimek will give them ideas and tips and answer any of their questions. By the end of the year, tasks that are now new to each student (and perhaps to the teacher) will be learned and practiced. Students will be ready for the next step, and the teachers who have gone through the program will be ready to teach them. n


alumni from the box

Air Force Three
Josh Masopust, Daniel Duncan, and Jon Morse have a couple of things in common: all went to SCCS and all are at the top of their class in the Air Force. Daniel is currently flying F16 jets in San Antonio, tX (Flight School 1st in class, Officer training School 1st in class). Josh Masopust is flying F16 jets in Phoenix, AZ (1st in class in Flight school). Jon Morse is working as a jet flight instructor (2nd in Flight School) in Laughlin Del Rio, tX.

We have asked Daniel to describe SCCS’s impact on his life, and he has graciously provided a few notes: Life is going really well for my wife Bethany and me. We are living in San Antonio right now, where I am stationed with the Air Force. I am currently flying the F-16, which I think is a lot of fun. I had an awesome time at college and would recommend it to anyone thinking about higher education. It has been great to hear how well SCCS is doing. I am still tremendously grateful for the education and social development I received there. I do keep in touch with a few people from SCCS: Josh Masopust, Danny Cassese, and Jon Morse. I also keep up with some others on Facebook, including a few of the faculty. I’d like to keep in touch with Mr. Edick if anyone can convince him to get Facebook. If I were to come back and visit SCCS, I don’t think there’s a specific building I would want to revisit, but the staff. To this day, the faculty is really what made SCCS so special for me. Especially because of how the faculty impacted me, I have good memories of academics at SCCS. The best classes I ever took there would include AP Literature with Mr. Brown, Chemistry with Dr. Jones, Physics with Mr. Edick, and Mrs. Paul’s Science classes. I would definitely recommend for students to take any AP classes they can. I think we only had AP Literature at the time, which prepared me very well for college writing. Another thing I remember fondly is being very involved with student leadership while I was at SCCS. In fact, it was probably the most beneficial experience in all of high school. I learned how to balance budgets, plan activities, work with superiors, and lead peers – that experience has proven to be invaluable not only in college, but in my career. The spiritual development I received at SCCS is the reason I will send my kids to a Christian school. It played a crucial role in my life and others’ lives. The spiritual retreats were always a boost, and the chapels sustained me throughout the year. But the key to my spiritual development in high school was the faculty. To see examples of godly men and women, to interact with them daily, and to receive their compassion was such a tremendous blessing. I also think that the Bible classes were awesome, especially the ones that focused on biblical education versus devotion; and the reason I say that is because I come in contact with so many Christians who did not have the opportunity to go to a Christian school or college, and they lack in basic Bible knowledge. Their only source of education is personal study and the church. I found that I formed a good knowledge base through high school and college that I might not have developed on my own. I am very glad to hear that SCCS is thriving and how much it has grown since I graduated. I will always hold my years there very dear, and will never forget my teachers and the role they played in my life; the faculty of the school are a great gift for their students. I would gladly encourage students to become involved around the school and to learn from their teachers; the lessons you gain from this school will stick with you for life. Blessings! Daniel Duncan 15

The mission of Santa Clarita Christian School is to partner with Christian parents of like faith to challenge students’ minds and train their hearts for God through a distinctively biblical education. The school seeks to pursue academic excellence, promote spiritual growth, and encourage character development in order to produce students who are prepared to make a difference in the world for God.