La Mesa Update

December 5 2021

Hello La Mesa Families,

Welcome to December! 2 weeks left of the semester. We are all looking forward to the three week winter break and the holidays, but we are also committed to finishing off the semester strong. As always, our staff is here to support you and your child and we are just an email or a phone call away.


Michele Krantz, principal

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Virtual Coffee with the Principal

On Thursday, December 9th, at 9:30 am, please join Principal Krantz. We are aware there has been a lot of concern over behaviors at school that include student conflict. She will be sharing an update with parents and answering any questions.

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iReady Reading and Math Diagnostic This Week

This week students will be taking the second iReady Reading and Math Diagnostic. We are excited to see the growth form their assessment in August. We will use the results of this diagnostic to place students in our IMPACT program as needed where they will have daily, focused time to grow their skills. Students two or more grades below will qualify them and wil be placed as space is available. This diagnostic is also used as reclassification criteria for our English Languages Learners.

Please encourage your child to do their best on these assessments so we can get accurate data on where they need support.

Band Concert Friday, December 10th

Our band students have been invited to perform their pieces at the Golden Valley Band Concert this Friday at 6:00pm at the Golden Valley Theater. Both beginning and advanced bands will be performing. This is also a great chance to see the outstanding Golden Valley Band program.

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A Note about our Double Lunch

As you should be aware from our last La Mesa Update, we will begin a double lunch schedule starting tomorrow. Students will be split into two lunches based on their period 4 class for that day.

While some have interpreted this as an unfair punishment for the behavior of a few, it is in fact a safety measure for the support of all. Students who have broken school rules have been addressed according to our school and district progressive discipline policies. You can review these policies in your child's La Mesa school planner or online HERE. You can review the District's Rights, Regulations, and Responsibilities policy HERE.

Being out of school for over a year, had an impact on students. We will be using the next three weeks to teach appropriate behavior for students while at school. Some of the issues we will be addressing are:

  • Seeking out the support of adults for conflict resolution
  • Cleaning up after ourselves
  • Appropriate language use at school (including profanity and racial and ethnic slurs)
  • Tolerance and respect for people who are different then us
  • Our school personal device policy
  • How to handle oneself when a conflict occurs on campus

Please support this work by discussing the above topics with your children at home. We are hopeful to return to a full school lunch period for semester two. We are grateful for your partnership.

CrisisGo and Student IDs

We cannot stress enough how important it is for students to have their IDs each day and for their Crisis Go to be completed. Students without these things risk being late to class and require us to pull additional adults from supervising inside campus.

As a reminder, students who deface or lose their student ID will need to replace it. They can purchase one at the ASB window for $5 or use their HOWL points on the HOWL store.

Daily Bulletin

Click on this button each day to access our daily bulletin. Here you will find the information shared with studnets each day. It can also be found on our website.

Counselor Corner

Hello Families! We will be conducting our second i-Ready Diagnostic of the year next week starting December 6th. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned thus far and identify areas of growth. Please remind your scholars to take advantage of the free food offered by the cafeteria to fuel their minds for the test. Click HERE to view an introductory video of our i-Ready program.
Amazon Wishlist - Donations Appreciated

These items are redeemed by students with the HOWL points they earn from the online HOW Store. Thank you to everyone who has donated. It is so appreciated.

La Mesa Junior High Website

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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, December 16th - Last day of quarter 2

Friday, December 17th - Teacher Work Day - No School

Monday, December 20th - Friday, January 7th - Winter Break No School

Monday, January 17th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Friday, February 18 - No School

Monday, February 21 - Presidents' Day No School

Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8 - Spring Break

William S. Hart District Calendar 2021-22

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: