La Mesa 6th Grade Information

April 2021

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Hello Future La Mesa Families,

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Welcome to La Mesa Junior High!! We wanted to keep you updated on upcoming events and provide important information. You can also check our 6th Grade Portal on our La Mesa website.


We also encourage you to explore our website www.lamesajuniorhigh.org to learn more about La Mesa.


We look forward to getting to know you and your child. It's going to be an incredible two years!


Michele Krantz

Principal

6th Grade Parent Information Meetings

We know you have a lot of questions about your child's transition to junior high. We are ready to walk you through what to expect. Please join us on Thursday, May 6th at 1:00 pm or 6:30 pm.


1:00 pm Meeting Link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://hartdistrict-org.zoom.us/j/81424728134?pwd=MDZudGdFeGJtWjV5a1IzSk9yRUlxQT09


Meeting ID: 814 2472 8134

Passcode: 547351


6:30 pm Meeting Link

Join Zoom Meeting

https://hartdistrict-org.zoom.us/j/88367705095?pwd=UnZydUVFR1IvNGhyNDNhNVRnemJKQT09


Meeting ID: 883 6770 5095

Passcode: 159427


We will go over:

  • How the school day in junior high is structured
  • Classes 7th graders take
  • Policies and procedures
  • HOWL Expectations and Recognitions
  • How to support your child and stay involved
  • What to expect from your junior high child


We will also make time for questions and answers. While your children are welcome to listen in, this meeting is intended for parents. We will be hosting student presentations with the elementary schools.

Student Orientations

Students who attend McGrath, fair Oaks, Valley View, Rio Vista, Canyon Prings, and Golden Oak have attended or will attend with their school. If your child goes to another school or missed the day with their school, they can attend on Thursday, April 22nd at 1:pm.


Here is the link:



Join Zoom Meeting

https://hartdistrict-org.zoom.us/j/89971421075?pwd=ZkdmSWZQaml5dDdJZzMyMVBPRFdLQT09


Meeting ID: 899 7142 1075

Passcode: 195503


This presentation is for students. While parents may listen in, we ask that the time for questions and comments be reserved for students only. See above for Parent Orientation Meeting info.

Personal Device Policy (aka cell phone policy)

Our Personal Device Policy was a success this year. Students adjusted wonderfully. Although many would choose to use their device at school if given the choice, students state that they are more social, have more friends, and are more focused during class. They also say there is less drama (there is still some drama - it is junior high after all).


Cell phones are not "banned" at La Mesa. They must simply have them in their backpack off (they may also do airplane mode) once they enter the gate. They can access them again at the end of the school day after they exit the gates.


The device policy can be viewed HERE for English and HERE for Spanish.


We also have a FAQ that may answer questions you may have. Access the FAQ HERE.

All Lobos H.O.W.L.

We have created clear expectations for students so that everyone can be successful. At La Mesa, All Lobos H.O.W.L. We all:


Honor Integrity

Own Actions

Work Hard

Lead


Students will learn about what is expected while at school. Our ALL Lobos H.O.W.L. Matrix is posted throughout the campus and in each classroom. We have a system called HOWL Points in which students are recognized for meeting those expectations. HOWL Points can be used to redeem a variety of items for our HOWL Store through Five Star Students.


What does my child need to know to be ready for junior high?

We get this question all the time. We encourage parents to read the article below for a great list of things your child should be able to do by the time they are 13. Number 4 is something they can start practicing now with their 6th-grade teacher.

"4. Be Able To Talk About Academic Issues With Their Teachers"

Elective Applications

If your child would like to apply for ASB, Yearbook or La Mesa TV, click on THIS LINK and see the application to the left under our logo.


Applications for each program my be submitted by Friday, May 7th.

Student ID Cards at La Mesa

At Summer Check-in, all students will be issued a 21-22 La Mesa School ID Card and a lanyard. All students are expected to wear their ID card on a lanyard while on campus. IDs are checked as students enter campus. We also will be having a tutorial time twice a week before lunch on Tuesdays and Thursday. Students will need their ID to be checked into the classroom to which they are assigned (for intervention) or choose (for enrichment). Also, in the case of an emergency such as a lock down during a non-instructional time, teachers will be scanning IDs to quickly create a list so we know where students are on campus.


We also award HOWL Points by scanning the ID. They don't want to miss out on these.


If an ID card is lost or destroyed, it can be replaced in the main office for $5.

The La Mesa Student Care Line


Over the last several years, the William S. Hart Union High School District has placed an emphasis on student wellness. Knowing that a student who feels emotionally supported is more successful, the District set out to open Wellness Centers on each of our campuses, with the first of those opening in August of 2019. Now the District is looking to expand this effort even further by taking the existing Text-A-Tip line and re-branding it as the new Student Care Line, providing a more comprehensive function.


Text-A-Tip has been used by students, staff and families to report something out of the ordinary. With the goal being “If you see something, say something," Text-A-Tip was there to report if someone was wanting to hurt themselves or others, or even if there was the possibility of someone committing a crime.

The new Student Care Line will be broadened to include mental health and wellness concerns. If you are struggling or know someone who is struggling, the Student Care Line will make early intervention possible, allowing for small problems to be handled before they become big problems.


  • Trouble controlling emotions
  • Withdrawal from friends and usual activities
  • Feelings of rejection or solitude
  • Feeling constantly disrespected
  • Frequent loss of temper
  • Increased risk-taking behavior
  • Talk of suicide or loss of hope
  • Self-harm
  • Declining school performance


The Student Care Line allows you to confidentially report issues.

Text the problem or issue to 661-524-5166. Your text message will go to an administrator immediately.


Students and families are at their best when their emotional well-being is supported. Please join us in our commitment to this effort by using our Student Care Line when you need it.


At La Mesa, we all look out for one another. We are all responsible for keeping everyone safe.

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2021-22 William S. Hart District Calendar

It is never too early to plan ahead. Regular attendance is a huge part of success in Junior High. What they miss cannot be adequately made up with a packet. Please plan your family vacations using the district calendar which you can access HERE. Vacation dates differ somewhat from what you may be used to at the elementary school districts.


A more detailed La Mesa calendar will be made available to you in the summer mailer.


Please note that each day classes begin at 8:45 am and students are released at 3:10 pm. On Wednesdays, students are released at 2:05 for teacher collaboration. We provide supervision starting at 8:00 am and ending at 4:00 pm each day. Students may not be on campus outside those hours unless they are there for a supervised activity.

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Coming up:

Thursday, May 6th - Parent Information Meetings 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Monday, August 3rd and Tuesday, August 4th

Tuesday, August 10th - First Day of Classes

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