La Mesa Update

August 22, 2021

Hello La Mesa Families,

We hope the first two weeks have been positive for you and your child at La Mesa. We are so happy to have them back. And while we continue to adjust to mask wearing and getting back into being in person, we couldn't be more proud of and impressed with them.


Thank you parents for taking the time each morning to complete the CrisisGo health screen. You should be receiving this link in your email each morning at 4:00am. We can't begin to tell you how much smoother it makes the morning go in helping us to get all students checked in and to class on time.


Morning traffic has calmed down. Please nesure your child arrives to school BEFORE 8:45. We still have cars pulling in to the valet as thebell is ringing abd after. OUr teachers teach bell to bell. Late students disrupt others and miss out on their own learning. and it starts the day with unecessary stress for them. We appreciate your attention to this.


Sincerely,

Michele Krantz

Principal

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Wednesdays are Early Release Days

Please note that on Wednesdays, students are released at 2:05pm. Teachers and staff will participate in professional development and collaboration meetings.
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HOWL Point Reward Donations Needed

We are kicking off our HOWL Points program on Monday. Students earn points as affirmation for following our school-wide expectations. At la Mesa All Lobos H.O.W.L. WE:


Honor Integrity

Own Actions

Work Hard

Lead


You can check out our HOWL Matrix HERE.


If you can support our program please consider choosing items offof our Amazon Wish List. We also need gift cards in smaller denominations to local places such as Star Bucks, McDonalds, Menchies, Chipotle, etc. If you have larger items, we love those too as we raffle them off.


We thank you so much for your ongoing support of La Mesa!

La Mesa Students to Interact with Astronauts on the International Space Station

La Mesa Junior High School was chosen by NASA to participate in an Earth-to-space call that will air live on NASA Television. Astronauts Megan McArthur and Thomas Pesquet are scheduled to answer prerecorded questions from Hart District students sometime on the morning of August 31 (TBD).


“I hope everyone appreciates just what an extraordinary honor it is for us to have been chosen to speak with the astronauts on the International Space Station,” said Hart District Superintendent Mike Kuhlman. “My hope is that a new generation of scientists and astronauts are born from this opportunity. Many thanks to our amazing administrative and teaching staff who have made STEAM a focus. This is the kind of thing that helps students see the relevance to their studies.


La Mesa Junior High School, which has started the academic year with the theme “Your future will be out of this world,” will use this opportunity to launch their students into the new school year and inspire them to pursue STEAM careers. The school is also a Capturing Kid’s Hearts Showcase School and will have the District’s 2021/22 Teacher of the Year – Shelley Turski – flying on a NASA SOFIA mission later this year.


We are so excited for this event and will share with parents the necessary link to particpate from home. This year is going to be be OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Attendance

If you child is absent for any reason, please email our attendnace tech Ms. Shannon Schmidt at sschmidt@hartdistrict.org. You can also call the school and leave a message for her at 661-250-0022, press 1 when the message starts. You can also clear an absence after the fact the same way. Messages go out each night for absences that were not cleared.


PRO TIP

If your student will be leaving campus you can send them with a signed note to be taken to the attendance office before school and our attendance tech Mrs. Schmidt in turn can give them a slip for the time they are to leave. And then parents can have an easier pick up.

Crisis Go

A link for you to certify your child's health status will be sent to the parent email connected to Infinite Campus. It is sent each morning at 4:00am. Please fill this out prior to your child attending school. It is connected to your child's ID card, so there is no need to send them a screen shot.


It is important that your child wear their ID to school each day. It will allow us to process students through the gate much more efficiently. We will need to certify students who do not have their Crisis Go complete and look up those whom do not have their ID cards. This will slow the entrance to school down.


We appreciate your support in making this part of your daily routine.

Back to School NIght - Virtual

Back to School Night will again be held as a virtual event District-wide. Videos will be made available to families on Wednesday, September 9th and can be viewed at your convenience. While we are disappointed to not see our families in person, we also want to do our part to limit large gatherings. We can all agree that keeping schools open is our priority, second only to the safety and health of our students and staff.


Please note that Thursday, Septemebr 2nd is still a minimum day. Students are released at 12:45 pm. It will provide our teachers the time to create quality, informational presentations for you.

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Order Your Child's Yearbook

Order your yearbook HERE. Yearbooks are $45.

City of Santa Clarita - How to Thrive in the New School Year

On August 25th at 6:00 pm, find out what you can do to help your children succeed this school year.


The City of Santa Clarita and La Mesa Junior High’s Principal, Michele Krantz will provide tips that will help you encourage your student to reach their academic potential.


This event is open to parents who have children of all ages and grades. To register for this virtual event, click here or visit DFYinSCV.com/Parent-Engagement

La Mesa Junior High Website

You can usually find the information you are looking for on our website.

Please Pull All the Way Forward before Unloading and Loading Passengers

SAFETY ALERT

Please remind students that they may only cross May Way at the cross walk at Via Princicess or at the corner of City Cights Court above the tennis courts. We understand you are in a hurry. But please do not wave your child across. We have had a student hit doing this.


Please do not make U-turns in front of the school. It holds the process up.


Please do not be on cell phones as you go through the valet. Children and drivers in a hurry are unpredictable. We want to keep everyone safe.


Please follow all posted signs and the direction of school personel. We are here to help, not harrass. Our goal is to get you through as quickly AND as safely as possible. We aprrecate you kindness and patience and we work in the heat, the rain, and eventually the cold to support you.


Only buses may be in the bus loop. We have been given permission to allow a LIMITED number a cars with students who have physical needs or other unique special needs into the loop on a trial basis. These cars have been given a special pass. All other cars MUST go through the valet (best and safest option) or pick up in the surrounding neighborhood.

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2-Liter Bottles Needed for 8th Grade Science

Please donate clean, empty 2-liter bottles to our science department



We need 2-L bottles for our science class Bottle Rockets project. We are asking for empty, clean 2-L bottles to be dropped off or sent with your child and given to their science teacher.


Donations needed until Aug. 27

HOWLing for La Mesa Staff

Please use this opportunity to recognize La Mesa staff members that have made a difference for you or your child by clicking HERE to fill out a message.
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Coming up:

Thursday, September 9th - Back to School Night Video Links shared

Thursday, September 2nd - Minimum Day - students released at 12;45pm

Monday, September 6th - Labor Day, No School


William S. Hart District Calendar 2021-22

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Non-Discrimination Policy

The William S. Hart Union High School District prohibits unlawful discrimination against and/or harassment of any student, employee or job applicant on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, political affiliation, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by state and federal nondiscrimination laws respectively at any District site and/or activity. All inquiries regarding discrimination, civil rights, and/or Title IX should be directed to the Director of Human Resources and Equity Services, William S. Hart Union High School District, 21380 Centre Pointe Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, or by phone (661) 259-0033, ext. 316, or by email: UCP@hartdistrict.org