La Mesa Update
December 4, 2020
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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.
Michele Krantz, principal
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
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: https://wpcgo.yearbookforever.com/6xzIK
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 email@example.com
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.
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!
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 https://hartdistrict-org.zoom.us/j/89941337426?pwd=Rmpabk0vdnUybFh4QnovWlZCYUkydz09 Meeting ID: 899 4133 7426 Passcode: 724017
Please encourage your child to participate.
COVID-19 District Dashboard
We hope this is helpful.
You can directly access the dashboard HERE.
Student of the Month
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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