La Mesa Update

September 4, 2020

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Dear Parents,

We hope you all enjoyed the Back to School Night videos created to welcome and inform you. The link to access the videos are below in case you haven't had a chance to view them yet.


We hope everyone can stay safe and cool this hot Labor Day weekend.


Please read through this week's update, as there is information important for our La Mesa families to know.


Sincerely,

Michele Krantz, Principal

Back to School Night Presentation Link

If you have not had a chance to enjoy our teacher Back to School Night presentations, the link is still active for you to access at your convenience. We encourage you to view the presentations of your child's teachers to learn more about them, the course, and most importantly, get a good feel of how well your child will be cared for during this time of distance learning and beyond.


La Mesa Virtual Back to School Link

Schedule for the Week of September 7th, 2020

Please note that Monday, September 7th there is no school in honor of Labor Day. The rest of the week is adjusted. See below.
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Lobo Learning Workshop for Parents

Please join our school counselors Annie Malkowski and Kellen Atkins as they lead parents through how to help your child cultivate healthy relationships and friendships. A thirty minute interactive presentation will be followed up by a question and answer session. Spanish translation is also available for this session.


Thursday, September 10th 6:30 pm


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Census 2020 -

Many families in Santa Clarita have not completed Census 2020. The deadline has been extended to SEPTEMBER 30. Please take a few moments to complete the 2020 CENSUS if you have not done so already. https://my2020census.gov/


More information can be found here: https://www.hartdistrict.org/apps/pages/census2020

Art Supply Donations Needed

We are in need of some art supplies for our studnets taking art this semester. If you are able and willing, next time you are at Walmart, Target, or ordering from Amazon, purchasing even 1 of any of the following supplies will help:


Glue Sticks

Colored Pencils

Rulers

#2 Pencils

Pencil Sharpeners

Fine tip sharpies

Regular sharpies

Pens (black ink)

Pens (black ink)

Markers (Crayola sets)


We will be collecting these supplies next week. Please drop off onto the table at the front office. We thank you in advance for your support and generosity!

Library Book Curbside Pickup and Return

Next week's Library Curbside Pickup will be on Wednesday, September 9th, 1pm - 3pm. Students must reserve their books by Monday, September 7th so that it can be ready for pick up on Wednesday. Please have them visit our Library website for directions on how to reserve a book.


Our Library website is also filled with other wonderful resources to support our students.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications - Help Increase Federal Funds for La Mesa

Did you know that students who qualify for Free and Reduced lunch helps us to receive federal funding for all sorts of programming. It is how we qualify to be a Title 1 School.


Our Title 1 Funds have supported the following at La Mesa:


  • An additional Counselor - Junior high schools in the Hart District are allocated 3 counselors. We have 4.
  • Technology Licenses - Our teachers and students have access to technology beyond what the Hart District can fund
  • Educational Field Trips - Our students have been able to attend field trips that otherwise would not have been possible.
  • Classroom Supplies - We have been able to provide classroom supplies that are often provided from donations had schools where their is a higher socio-economic population
  • Capturing Kids' Hearts Training - 100% of our teachers and most of our classified have participated in this vital training. We have been names a National Showcase School for two years in a row, and our campus is a much friendlier and safer place as a result of this training.
  • Professional Development to improve teacher instruction
  • And much, much more


Even if you do not plan to take advantage of the Free/Reduced Federal Lunch program, please take a few minutes to fill out this online form so that our numbers can be reflected accurately and the appropriate amount of funding can be applied to La Mesa.


By filling out the form you can also simultaneously apply for CalFresh, which provides money each month for groceries.


https://family.titank12.com/application/new?identifier=82YLNN

FREE GRAB AND GO MEALS FOR YOUTH 18 YEARS AND YOUNGER

We are pleased to announce that the USDA has extended the meal waiver which allowed us to provide free meals to the children of the Santa Clarita Valley during the spring and summer. Many students and families rely on school meals during the school week. As students continue to learn remotely in our valley, continued daily access to school breakfast and lunch is still a critical need.


William S. Hart Union High School District has received permission from the California Department of Education to immediately resume offering free grab and go meals for students, 18 years and younger, across our community. These grab and go meals are funded by the USDA, and are FREE to students 18 and younger.


FREE Meal Program Details:

  • Free Grab and Go Meals will resume Thursday, September 3rd;
  • Meals will be offered Monday through Friday, except Holidays;
  • One bagged/boxed breakfast and lunch per child (18 years and younger) will be provided;
  • Food served is healthy and follows USDA nutrition guidelines;
  • No application or proof of income needed. You can just bring your child to meal site in your community.

Distance Learning Update

In case you haven't viewed the online Hart District Governing Board meetings, we wanted to keep you updated on the status of our return to school.


On Wednesday, the Governing Board voted to continue distance learning until at least October 16th, which marks the end of the first grading period. This is a natural transition point. The return is still contingent on whether Los Angeles County has been off the watch list for the set amount of time by that date. The current standard is 14 days in Tier 2.


If Los Angeles County does not meet the standard by October 16th, the next possible return date will be November 16th, which is the second quarter progress report period.


Regardless of the return date, parents may choose to continue to have their child stay with distance learning this year.


We continue to prepare for and look forward to students returning to campus. You can check out the September 2nd Hart District Governing Board meeting HERE. This link is active for fourteen days from last Wednesday.

Connecting with La Mesa Staff

Our support staff of administrators and counselors are available to you during this time. Please see the contact information below. We do ask that in order to efficiently help you, please use the following order to solve your problem:


1. Classroom Teacher

2. Counselor

3. Assistant Principal

4. Principal


Teacher emails can be found HERE


COUNSELORS (Click HERE for LMJHS Counselor Distance Learning Website)

Griffins, Wolverines and 8th Grade Broncos:

Mr. Atkins katkins@hartdistrict.org

661-270-6878 Text or Voice


Matadors and Wildcats

Mrs. Mancini mmancini@hartdistrict.org

661- 299-7917 Text or Voice


Tritons, Falcons, and 7th Grade Broncos

Mrs. Malkowsi amalkowski@hartdistrict.org

661- 237-5787 Text or Voice


Cougars and Panthers

Mr. Paterson spaterson@hartdistrict.org

661-270-6435 Text or Voice


ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS

Mr. Pena

jpena@hartdistrict.org

School extension 112

661-347-8005 Text or Voice


Mrs. Courtney Iacenda

ciacenda@hartdistrict.org

School extension 113

661-367-1045 Text or Voice


PRINCIPAL

Mrs. Krantz

mkrantz@hartdistrict.org

School extension 111

661-567-0477 Text or Voice

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:

Monday, September 7th - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, September 11th - 1st Quarter Progress Reports

Monday, October 5th - Fall Break - NO SCHOOL

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, or by email: UCP@hartdistrict.org Website: www.hartdistrict.org