La Mesa Update
October 2, 2021
Hello La Mesa Families,
As many of you may have heard, the first few weeks of school have been a big adjustment for students as they return to in person learning. Unfortunately, like many schools across the country, some of our students have resorted to getting physical as they adjust to being in large social situations. This has been difficult on both students and staff. Some parents and students have expressed concerns about campus safety.
I want to assure you that we are committed to helping students solve their conflicts appropriately. There are consequences for fighting. These can include suspension, police involvement, and even arrests. Part of the process includes peer mediation and other restorative practices. Most students have responded positively to these interventions.
While not trying to minimize the impact of these occurrences, it is important to remind everyone that most students are doing great. In fact, only 4% of students (38 to be exact) have been involved in physical conflicts. We have 1,034 students as of today. That means that 96% of our students are getting along well and interacting with others positively. I do not want us to lose sight of this. Nor do I believe 4% of the students should define our school culture.
Please talk with your child about your expectations for their behavior at school. Remind them to not run towards fights. It can make a difficult situation more challenging. Remind them that the adults are here to support them in working through conflicts. And never assume we know about something. Always reach out to give us a heads up if there is a situation that needs our attention.
And if you have a question, please ask us before posing the question or concern on social media. Communication is key to having a safe school.
Michele Krantz, principal
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Picking Up Students Early from School
Please plan to pick up your child before or after. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays lunch is from 12:43 - 1:18pm. On Wednesdays lunch is from 12:00 to 12:35. We appreciate your support.
Morning Traffic and Horn Honking
Please Pull All the Way Forward before Unloading and Loading Passengers
Minimum Day Added for Friday, October 29th
Students will be released at 12:45pm. Grab and go lunch will be available at dismissal.
We also have our Lobo Food Pantry open for all students to "shop." All the items in the Pantry are free and are donated by you, our amazing Lobo families, faculty, and community members. Students can come into the HOWL Hut in room 513 to pick up any food. If you would like to donate, please have your student drop off the items in room 420 to Mr. Gonzalez.
As always thank you for helping us put kids first!
School Site Council Needs You!
You can usually find the information you are looking for on our website.
HOWL Point Reward Donations Needed
If you can support our program please consider choosing items off of our Amazon Wish List. We also need gift cards in smaller denominations to local places such as Star Bucks, McDonalds, Menchies, Chipotle, etc. If you have larger items, we love those too as we raffle them off.
We thank you so much for your ongoing support of La Mesa!
HOWLing for La Mesa Staff
Monday, October 4th - Fall Break NO School
Friday, October 15th - End of Quarter 1 grading period
Friday, October 29th - Minimum Day, Students Released at 12:45
Thursday, November 11th - No School- Veterans' Day
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