La Mesa Update

September 20, 2020

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Dear Parents,

Another week in the books. Our return to campus is still unknown, but we are preparing for that return by organizing classrooms, making sure we have PPE, and looking at different ways to deliver instruction to students in class concurrently with students online.

Please remember that attendance is very important. We want students to keep up with instruction and learning. Please be sure to have your child communicate technical, emotional, or any other issue impacting their ability to access their education. We are here to help! Be sure to see below how you can easily contact counselors or administrators for additional supports.

Thank you to everyone that donated art supplies to our studnets. We are working now to create the packets to get out to them. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Michele Krantz, Principal

Schedule for the Week of September 21, 2020

We are back to a five day schedule.
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Tech Support Line

If your child is having technical difficulties that include logging in to Google, Zoom classes, etc, please call 661-250-0022 dial 0. We will be able to route you to someone that can support you and your child quickly.

Your child can also send a message from their Google Hangout Account to Cynthia Grimes.

The Buddy Up Club

There is a new club at La Mesa called the “Buddy Up Club!” This club is for all students to

join and make new friends! The club will host Zoom meetings every Wednesday at 1:30pm

for 45 minutes to an hour. You can access these on the ASB Google Classroom.

Students can join the ASB Google Classroom using the code: omsswvj

Yearbook 2020-2021

The Yearbook class has started a Google Classroom and they want students to join.

In it, you will find surveys and poll questions related to this year’s yearbook. Continued

participation throughout the year could win you a free yearbook.

Go join their Google Classroom and check out the next survey. The code to join is: oearw6w.

More information about Yearbook sales will be coming soon.

Make Up Picture Day

Our Make-up Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, September 24th from 12 - 4 PM in the gym.

Here is the schedule for Make-up Picture Day:

Thursday, September 24th

12:00 - 2:00 Panthers, Cougars, Faculty

2:00 - 3:00 Falcons, Griffins, Matadors

3:00 - 4:00 Tritons, Wildcats, Wolverines

The following SAFETY protocols will be required of everyone:

  • Wear a PPE mask at all times. Masks may only be taken off while taking the picture.

  • Be screened for COVID-19 symptoms by completing a questionnaire and taking of temperatures. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be able to take their photos.

  • Use hand sanitizer to disinfect their hands before entering the gymnasium.

  • Adhere to physical distancing protocols. Everyone must follow the markers spaced out every six feet throughout the event.

Parent Workshops

If you missed the Parent Workshop, Organization 101, this past week, check out the link to see the recording of it. We hope it is helpful! Please be on the lookout for future Parent Workshops throughout the year. We should have another ready to go in a couple of weeks. If there is a topic you would like more information about, please email our principal Michele Krantz

District Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCAP)

For the 2020-21 school year, the new Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan replaces the traditional LCAP. The draft of this plan is currently posted on the district website under the LCAP link on the main page banner.

All parents, staff members, students, and community members are invited to read and review the draft of the plan, and provide any additional feedback or comments to be considered in the final plan. This draft will also be presented at the Board meeting next Wednesday evening on September 16. And the final plan will be submitted for Board approval the following week on September 23.

Anyone wishing to submit comments on the plan should send them in writing to Jan Daisher: before September 22nd.

Anyone who does not have access to the Internet and wants to read the LCAP draft in hard-copy form can make an appointment to come into the front office of any school site or the district's administrative office where a hard copy will be made available for them.

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Parent Resource Symposium

In collaboration with the City of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, William S. Hart Union High School District invites you to attend the free annual Parent Resource Symposium titled The Story of Toxic Smoke on Wednesday, September 23, starting at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Being at home does not prevent students from experimenting with illicit substances. Hear from a panel of experts and ask questions about vaping trends, health consequences and ways in which you can help your students become aware of the dangers of experimenting with drugs.

Parent Advisory Council Meeting PAC

Our next Parent Advisory Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm.

Time: Sep 29, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 861 3985 2259

Passcode: 187756

Have you filled out your Free and Reduced meal benefit application?

You might be wondering: "If meals are now free, do I need to complete my Free and Reduced meal benefit application?"

YES, please!!! The level of funding we receive from the State of California to operate the Hart District and La Mesa is directly tied to the number of students that qualify for free and reduced meals, are homeless, foster youth, or English Learners.


And pick up a lunch for any child in your home 18 years or younger from 12-2pm each day at La Mesa (or any Hart District School). Click HERE for more information on Free Lunches.

La Mesa (not-so) Live

On our website you can see our weekly shows. Our La Mesa Live crew produces a weekly show that broadcasts important announcements and stories that of interest to students. Check out our latest episode HERE.

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

Tech Support at La Mesa - 661-250-0022 ext 170

COUNSELORS (Click HERE for LMJHS Counselor Distance Learning Website)

Griffins, Wolverines and 8th Grade Broncos:

Mr. Atkins

661-270-6878 Text or Voice

Matadors and Wildcats

Mrs. Mancini

661- 299-7917 Text or Voice

Tritons, Falcons, and 7th Grade Broncos

Mrs. Malkowsi

661- 237-5787 Text or Voice

Cougars and Panthers

Mr. Paterson

661-270-6435 Text or Voice


Mr. Pena

School extension 112

661-347-8005 Text or Voice

Mrs. Courtney Iacenda

School extension 113

661-367-1045 Text or Voice


Mrs. Krantz

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:

Thursday, September 24th - Make up Picture Day

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: Website: