La Mesa Update

December 4, 2020

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Dear Parents,

As we look forward to a new semester and the possibility of a return to in-person learning for students, I wanted to touch base with you.

We know that many families have chosen the online-only option due to health and safety concerns for your child and/or your family. I want to assure you that your child will get the same positive, effective learning experience as their blended learning peers. Our teachers are fully committed to an equitable experience for our students learning fully online.

For our students that will be participating in the blended learning option and attending school twice a week, it is important for you to understand that this will look different than traditional in-person learning. We are committed to providing a quality and positive experience. Students will be expected to wear masks and socially distance during their time at school for the safety of themselves, their peers, and the staff. That being said, we have seen tremendous positive outcomes for our students attending the in-person cohort groups, even though they are participating online, just from the school location. The change in environment, the opportunity to be with other students (even if socially distanced), and the routine of getting up, getting ready, and attending school have made a visible impact on their learning and emotional heath.

Again, whichever choice you have made, please know that the La Mesa team is all in. We look forward to teaching your child, whether in person or online. We are also invested in their emotional health. Please never hesitate to reach out to us. Know that we will communicate any concerns we see so that we can team up to ensure a positive second semester for every La Mesa student.

Please be on the lookout over the winter break for information regarding the status of our return as more information becomes available the closer we get to the start of the semester.

Stay safe!


Michele Krantz, principal

Schedule for the Week of December 7, 2020

If you child needs to miss class for any reason, please be sure to call it into the school our email our attendance tech
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PAC Meeting, December 8th 6pm

Topic: PAC Meeting

Time: Dec 8, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 854 2253 0915

Passcode: 050568

Yearbook Sales

Our Yearbook students have been busy preparing a yearbook for the 20-21 school year. The price for a yearbook will be $40 and can be ordered HERE:

There are a couple of upgrade options available at an additional cost.

Questions about this year's yearbook can be directed to the advisor, Mr. Jacobson

8th Grade Book Distribution

Our 8th-grade Book Distribution Event will be Tuesday, December 15th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

This event will be in a “drive-thru” format. All vehicles should enter the main loop and follow all traffic signage and directions from school personnel. Assigned times are based on students’ TEAM. See below:

Tuesday, December 15th

1:00 - 2:00 Tritons, Cougars

2:00 - 3:00 Wildcats

3:00 - 4:00 Wolverines

At this event, 8th-grade students will

  • Return the Color of My Words novel

  • Pick up a new novel entitled The Outsiders

  • *Algebra students ONLY will receive their 2nd-semester book

The following SAFETY protocols must be followed:

  • Vehicles will pull up to a distribution station. All passengers must remain in their vehicles and wear a PPE mask when interacting with a staff member. A staff member will collect and distribute materials through the passenger-side window.

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La Mesa (not-so) Live

Check out Friday's La Mesa not-so Live show. It's a fun Halloween theme. This is produced by our Video Production class. Enjoy! CLICK HERE

Hart District Wellness Workshop for Parents

The Wellness Department of the Hart School District, as well as the City of Santa Clarita, have several events over the next couple of weeks specifically for you. Please see the attached flyers for more information.

  • Dec 9 -- Study Skills Workshop, 3:30 - 4 p.m. Click HERE Meeting ID: 829 1472 8767 Passcode: Welcome!
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This is an outstanding opportunity for students to connect with others and meet new people during distance learning. Every Monday, our counselor Mrs. Malkowski will be hosting LUNCH Bunch from 12:15-1:00 online.

Topic: Lunch Bunch

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 899 4133 7426 Passcode: 724017

Please encourage your child to participate.

COVID-19 District Dashboard

In order to provide timely and accurate information to our staff and community, the Hart District has implemented a COVID-19 Dashboard on the Hart District website. Other school districts throughout the state have implemented similar reporting instruments, and we believe this is a powerful tool to use with our communities. We have two charts in the Dashboard, one for staff and one for students. The positive cases reported there are for known positive cases who have been on campus. There is a column for positive cases in the last 14 days and a column for total positive cases since July 1, 2020.

We hope this is helpful.

You can directly access the dashboard HERE.

Student of the Month

Congratulations to our November Students of the Month. The video below celebrates them! enjoy! There names are currently on display on our school Marquee.
Student of the Month November 2020
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What is Title I?

Title 1, Part A, is a federally funded program which provides services to schools based on student economic needs. Title I is designed to support state and local school reform efforts tied to challenging state academic standards to improve teaching and learning, and to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. Title I schools jointly develop a written parental involvement policy with parents each year called the School-Parent Compact.

In the William S. Hart Union High School District, eight schools are eligible to receive Title I funds and implement school-wide programs as a part of the Elementary and School Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 (NCLB), and the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

Parent involvement is critical in support of student achievement. Each school provides opportunities for families to be engaged and involved in their child’s education to support student learning. Parents are encouraged and invited to become partners in education with each school, contributing valuable ideas, input, and feedback throughout the year which is used to revise school site plans annually.

Parents are encouraged to maintain regular two-way communication with school staff regarding issues involving student learning and successful participation in school-sponsored programs. Parents should also play an active role in assisting their student with academic learning at home, and monitoring their student’s progress.

More information can be found here.

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Title I La Mesa Junior High School Parent Compact

As a school receiving Title 1 funding, we value your role in working to help your child achieve high academic standards. The following is an outline of some of the ways you and our school staff can build and maintain a partnership to share the responsibility for supporting your child’s learning.

School’s Responsibility:

  • Provide high quality curriculum and learning materials

  • Provide you with assistance in understanding academic achievement standards and assessments

  • Provide you with ways to monitor your child’s progress

  • Provide opportunities for ongoing communication between you and teachers through:

    • Frequent reports regarding your child’s progress

    • Opportunities to talk with staff, and participate in your child’s education

    • Observation of classroom activities if desired

    • Participation in parent-teacher conferences, if appropriate

Parent’s Responsibility:

  • Assist your child in attending school regularly

  • Encourage your child to show positive school behavior and character qualities

  • Review your child’s school work regularly

  • Encourage positive use of extracurricular time, and monitor your child’s appropriate use of technology

  • Volunteer in your child’s school activities if time or schedule permits

  • Attend parent-teacher conferences, and participate in decisions relating to the education of your child

Student’s Responsibility:

  • Participate fully in classroom activities, daily assignments, learning opportunities, and assessments

  • Attend school every day on time and ready to learn with a positive attitude

  • Read at home, study regularly, be responsible, and give your best effort at call times

  • Be respectful, listen carefully, and follow directions

  • Communicate openly and honestly with parents, and ask for help when necessary

Please review this School-Parent Compact with your child. This School-Parent Compact may also be discussed with you during a parent-teacher conference as it relates to your child’s school progress. Thank you for your support and involvement in your child’s education. Please feel free to contact your child’s counselor if you would like more information (661) 250-0022.

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:

Tuesday, December 8th - PAC Meeting 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 15th - 8th Grade book Distribution (see info above)

Friday, December 18th - No School - Teacher Work Day

December 21-January 8th - Winter Break - No School

Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Friday, February 12th - No School

Monday, February 15th - President's Day No School

Friday, March 19th - End of 3rd Quarter Marking Period

Monday - Friday, April 5-9 - Spring Break No School

Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day No School

Thursday, June 3rd - End quarter 4/Semester 2 Last Day of School

William S. Hart District Calendar 2020-21

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: