Skyblue Mesa celebrates 50 years

By Christina Cox

Last update: Friday, March 31st, 2017

The Superstars at Skyblue Mesa Elementary School joined with district staff, local leaders and elected officials to commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary Friday.

“Skyblue—home of the superstars—was, is and will continue to be a very special place because of those who came before us, all of you who are here today and those who will continue to make Skyblue Mesa shine for the next 50 years,” Principal Julie Bogosian said.

The celebratory assembly closed out the year-long celebration of the Saugus Union School District (SUSD) school’s history and successes since it opened its doors in 1966.

The celebratory assembly closed out the year-long celebration of the Saugus Union School District (SUSD) school’s history and successes since it opened its doors in 1966.

During the assembly, Bogosian, district staff and members of the SUSD Governing Board were presented with certificates of recognition from local legislative representatives to honor the Canyon Country school’s 50 years.

Isa De Armas, SUSD’s assistant superintendent for education services, also congratulated the school for reaching its 50-year milestone while maintaining its commitment to its students and their education.

“I would also like to recognize your teachers who go above and beyond every day,” De Armas said.

During the assembly, Skyblue’s choir students journeyed through the decades with performances of “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, “ABC” by The Jackson 5, “Celebration” by Cool & the Gang, “A Whole New World” from Disney’s “Aladdin” and “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake.

“What a fantastic job, I am so impressed with you students,” Councilmember Bill Miranda said to the choir.  “You students are absolutely outstanding.”

Students from the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program and student government also shared an original video about the school’s history with interviews from former Skyblue students and teachers like SUSD Superintendent Joan Lucid.

Anup Gamage, 8, puts a what he wrote about his wish to become a professional baseball player into a timecapsule at the SkyBlue Mesa Elementary 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 31, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

The event concluded with the completion and dedication of a 50th Anniversary Time Capsule which included a TV Guide, a  school T-shirt, Friday’s edition of “The Signal,” a smartphone, a copy of the students’ video, a button from celebration and writing samples from students in kindergarten to sixth grade.

In their writing samples, students described what they wanted to be when they grow up, what a normal school day looks like and what they imagine the future of the school will be.

Sixth grade students Miranda Emory, Boyd Blair, Laileana Metz said they believe school in 2037 will include more comfortable chairs, hologram substitutes and teachers, virtual reality classrooms, interactive desks and apps to order food from the classroom.

Overall, the school and the district came together to celebrate the 50 years of distinction at the school and prepare for the school’s next 50 years of growth.

“We are celebrating a long history of pride and excellence,” Bogosian said.  “Throughout the last 50 years Skyblue has maintained a strong sense of community that feels like family.”

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Skyblue Mesa celebrates 50 years

The SkyBlue Mesa chior sings hits from the 1960s, 70s and 80s at an assembly for the school's 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 31, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

The Superstars at Skyblue Mesa Elementary School joined with district staff, local leaders and elected officials to commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary Friday.

“Skyblue—home of the superstars—was, is and will continue to be a very special place because of those who came before us, all of you who are here today and those who will continue to make Skyblue Mesa shine for the next 50 years,” Principal Julie Bogosian said.

The celebratory assembly closed out the year-long celebration of the Saugus Union School District (SUSD) school’s history and successes since it opened its doors in 1966.

The celebratory assembly closed out the year-long celebration of the Saugus Union School District (SUSD) school’s history and successes since it opened its doors in 1966.

During the assembly, Bogosian, district staff and members of the SUSD Governing Board were presented with certificates of recognition from local legislative representatives to honor the Canyon Country school’s 50 years.

Isa De Armas, SUSD’s assistant superintendent for education services, also congratulated the school for reaching its 50-year milestone while maintaining its commitment to its students and their education.

“I would also like to recognize your teachers who go above and beyond every day,” De Armas said.

During the assembly, Skyblue’s choir students journeyed through the decades with performances of “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, “ABC” by The Jackson 5, “Celebration” by Cool & the Gang, “A Whole New World” from Disney’s “Aladdin” and “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake.

“What a fantastic job, I am so impressed with you students,” Councilmember Bill Miranda said to the choir.  “You students are absolutely outstanding.”

Students from the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program and student government also shared an original video about the school’s history with interviews from former Skyblue students and teachers like SUSD Superintendent Joan Lucid.

Anup Gamage, 8, puts a what he wrote about his wish to become a professional baseball player into a timecapsule at the SkyBlue Mesa Elementary 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 31, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

The event concluded with the completion and dedication of a 50th Anniversary Time Capsule which included a TV Guide, a  school T-shirt, Friday’s edition of “The Signal,” a smartphone, a copy of the students’ video, a button from celebration and writing samples from students in kindergarten to sixth grade.

In their writing samples, students described what they wanted to be when they grow up, what a normal school day looks like and what they imagine the future of the school will be.

Sixth grade students Miranda Emory, Boyd Blair, Laileana Metz said they believe school in 2037 will include more comfortable chairs, hologram substitutes and teachers, virtual reality classrooms, interactive desks and apps to order food from the classroom.

Overall, the school and the district came together to celebrate the 50 years of distinction at the school and prepare for the school’s next 50 years of growth.

“We are celebrating a long history of pride and excellence,” Bogosian said.  “Throughout the last 50 years Skyblue has maintained a strong sense of community that feels like family.”

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

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Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.