La Mesa Update

January 23, 2020

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Dear Parents,

WE hope you had a great weekend. Please see below for information on the new schedule and our HOWL Incentives. There are links to the parent/student presentations if you were not able to attend our information meetings.


Michele Krantz, principal

Schedule for the Week of January 25th

If you child needs to miss class for any reason, please be sure to call it into the school our email our attendance tech You can access the schedule on our website HERE.
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What is Mandatory Time?

If you were unable to participate in our information Zoom last Thursday, here is a link to the slides. HERE is a video presentation.

In a nut shell, Mandatory Time is a required opportunity for students who need additional support or enrichment to receive the extra time and attention with the teacher.

Teachers will direct specific students to attend Mandatory Time as appropriate for their needs. All others can work independently after lunch. All students are welcome to attend Mandatory time even if they are not directed to attend. Please note that school is from 8:00 - 3:00 each day. Students work asynchronously on Wednesdays after lunch.


Mandatory Time will be used for skill building, standards not being met, work completion, test retakes, SEL (social emotional learning), and relationship building.

If a students is directed to attend by their teacher, they MUST attend. Attendance will be taken. Parents will receive an email notice when a student does not attend or meet the requirements to be counted as present.

What does it mean to be present?

  • Camera on

  • Head and shoulders in the frame

  • On time

  • Stay the duration (or until dismissed)

  • Active Participation

Students learned all about the expectations of this time during a presentation last Thursday or Friday in their PE class.

H.O.W.L. Points and Incentives

In an effort to recognize and reward positive behavior and choices at La Mesa, we have fired up our H.O.W.L. Points and Incentives. H.O.W.L. stands for:

Honoring Integrity

Owning Actions

Working Hard


Students earn points for displaying these positive behaviors. They can also earn points for attendance, grades, participation in clubs and activities, participation in spirit days, class competitions and learning activities, and attending Mandatory Time.

They can then use these points to earn incentives. After a survey of our students we have put the following incentives into play (just a sample):

School T-Shirts

Gift Cards to Amazon, Target, Walmart, Restaurants

Certificates for Carl's Jr. and In N Out

Shout outs on Social Media

Recognition or a custom message on the school marquee

Stuffed Lobos


8th graders may turn in any left over Howl tickets from last year and they will be transferred into H.O.W.L. points.

Check out the Five Star Student HOWL Points website HERE.

We welcome any donations families would like to donate towards our incentives in any quantity. Monetary donations will be used to fund gift cards. Please email

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Nation Junior Honor Society

National Junior Honor Society will be inviting those that qualify into a Google Classroom.

Applications are for 7th and 8th graders that qualify. The code will be sent to student Gmail

by January 25th.

Students that had a 3.5 GPA or higher in their 1st and 2nd

fall quarter terms qualify for Honor Society.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Burleson

at: .

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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 dial "0"

COUNSELORS (Click HERE for LMJHS Counselor Distance Learning Website)

Matadors and Wolverines

Mr. Atkins

661-270-6878 Text or Voice

Griffins and Wildcats

Mrs. Mancini

661- 299-7917 Text or Voice

Tritons and Falcons

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:

Friday, February 12th - No School

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

Tuesday, February 16th - School Site Council Meeting 4:00 pm

Tuesday, March 9th - School Site Council Meeting 4:15 pm

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

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

Tuesday, April 13th - School Site Council Meeting 4:00 pm

Tuesday, May 11th - School Site Council Meeting 4:15 pm

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: