The Weekly Update
La Mesa Junior High --January 13, 2023
Greetings Lobo Families!
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We are One Hart, with our goal to make Every Student...Opportunity Ready!
It has been a great week at La Mesa! We have survived the rain and students have launched into the new semester excited to be at school and have a fresh start as they begin the Spring Semester.
This update is filled with family resources, College and Career opportunities, school safety, and youth arts opportunity. Please take the time to read through and stay up to date on activities here at La Mesa.
Opportunities for Student Help
* Tutorial Time every Tuesday and Thursday
A great opportunity during the school day! Your student just needs to sign up for the Teacher they
* Open Library Night
These times will begin back on January 19 and will continue every Monday and Thursday moving forward. During this time, there are teachers available to help students should they need, but most importantly, this is great place for your student to complete homework, makeup work, or just have a quiet place to work...but also FREE Tutoring from teachers here at La Mesa!
Listed in this Weekly Update you will see that there is a lot of exciting things happening at La Mesa and in our valley. We hope you enjoy and are able to take advantage of any opportunity.
These 3 options are listed below to stay connected here at La Mesa:
LA MESA LIVE: Subscribe Here
La Mesa Instagram Profile: lamesajhs
La Mesa ASB Profile: @lmjhasb
We hope you have a great weekend!
Kullen Welch - Principal
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Drop off & Pick up
Please use the drive through loop to drop and pick up your students. It is becoming extremely unsafe in the following areas:
1. Cars are stopping in the merge lane in front of the campus. This is a "no stopping" zone and is there for a reason. If you are picking up your child in the neighborhood, please have them walk to the top of the hill and you can meet them at a location other then this "No Stopping" area.
* It is only a matter of time until an accident occurs as there have been several close calls.
2. Please do not have your student cross the street as there is no crosswalk and there is not room for a car to stop on the street and allow vehicles to drive on the lane.
School Rule Reminders
Personal Device Policy
All personal electronic devices such as phones, airpods, smart watches, gaming devices, etc. need to be turned off and kept in backpacks all day while on campus
Consequence: The device will be confiscated.
All students must follow the District’s new Dress Code policy.
Consequence: You will be directed to change.
Gum is not allowed.
Consequence: The gum will be confiscated. Continual use could result in campus beatification and/ or detention.
You need to be on-time to class. Start walking to class as soon as the first bell rings.
Consequence: 10 or more tardies in a Quarter will result in Saturday School. 20 or more tardies will result in placement on the Loss of Privilege List.
Yellow Boundary Lines
Students are not allowed in the back part of campus during brunch and lunch, unless they need to meet with teachers whose classrooms are beyond the yellow boundary zone. Students must go straight to their teacher’s classroom.
Consequence: You will be directed to go to the proper area. Continual violation of this policy would result in detention.
Students need to support keeping a safe campus. You should not push, pull, trip, slap, poke, chase, etc.
Consequence: Lunch time Loss of Privilege
Parent Meeting (PAC)
Tuesday, February 7
It is time for our Monthly PAC meeting. Any parent that would like to come is welcome. Come get an update on school activities and focus, hear from the Principal, and hear from exciting offerings coming soon to La Mesa.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Castaic High School Principal, Golden Valley College and Career Readiness Program Presenters
Tuesday, December 13 @6:00pm in the La Mesa Library.
Santa Clarita Resources
Free Parenting Classes - Child and Family Center of SCV
The Child and Family Center is excited to share their new Parenting Groups with you and your families!
These groups are free and open to the community! Each group allows parents the opportunity build skills that help promote strong family bonds and help promote healthy communication within the household. This group is offered in both English and Spanish and are available for parents to join on an ongoing basis. The first class will be taking place Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00pm.
Parents or staff who wish to learn more about the group or who would like to register can call their main office at 661-259-9439 and ask to speak with their screening team.
The flyer for this event is below...
Youth Arts Initiative
The City of Santa Clarita is providing a wonderful after school enrichment opportunity for our students via their library department. The program is called Youth Arts Initiative. They have enrichment courses in Music, Photography, Film, and Digital Arts. The Music class is full but they still have 10-15 spaces available across photography, film, and digital art. I will also be providing them with some lessons on socioemotional learning.
Let your child know that they can see our school Social Worker, Yvette Loredo del Toro they can come see her in Workroom 630 if they'd like to sign up.
Courses start next week on Thursday at the Canyon Country Community Center. The City of Santa Clarity is providing TAP cards to students who need transportation.
Flyers and Forms are listed below:
Road to Employment
COC is holding a special event on Saturday, January 28th from 9 am - 1 pm to help students explore career education programs and employment opportunities. It will be a great event!
La Mesa Counseling
Vision - The comprehensive counseling department at La Mesa proactively supports ALL students to learn with vigor, lead with vision, and live with value. ALL students will be opportunity ready through data-driven guidance and development in their academics, career and college goals, and social-emotional wellness.
Mission - The mission of the La Mesa counseling department is to engage in a flexible learning community that positively impacts the lives of ALL students in a nurturing environment. To do this we collaborate with our stakeholders to provide support and advocate for ALL students in achieving their academic and personal goals. Working in coordination with our families, teachers, administrators, support staff and community members, we strive to cultivate equity and inclusivity for ALL students in their behavioral and mindset development.
Do you need food or winter clothes? Come and visit our HOWL Den where you will find pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruits and vegetables, beans of all kinds, rice, cereals, winter jackets, sweaters, and many others. These resources are FREE to our families. Please use the link below to make an appointment.
¿Necesitas comida o ropa de invierno? Ven y visita nuestro Howl Den donde encontrarás pastas, salsa para pasta, frutas y verduras enlatadas, frijoles de todo tipo, arroz, cereales, chaquetas de invierno, suéteres y muchos otros. Estos recursos son gratuitos para nuestras familias. Utilice el siguiente enlace para hacer una cita.
Stay Informed of School Policies...
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. The William S. Hart Union High School District also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. All inquiries regarding discrimination, civil rights, 504 complaints, Title II, and/or Title IX should be directed to Mark Crawford, Director of Human Resources, William S. Hart Union High School District, 21380 Centre Pointe Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, or by phone (661) 259-0033, or by email: UCP@hartdistrict.org.
El Distrito Escolar William S. Hart Union High prohíbe la discriminación ilegal y/o el acoso de cualquier estudiante, empleado o solicitante de empleo sobre las bases de la raza real o percibida, color, etnia, origen nacional, estado migratorio, ascendencia, religión, edad, estado civil, embarazo, estado parental, discapacidad física o mental, condición médica, estado militar o de veterano, afiliación política, sexo, género, identidad de género, expresión de género, información genética, orientación sexual, o cualquier otra base prohibida por las leyes estatales y federales de no discriminación, respectivamente, en cualquier sitio y/o actividad del Distrito. El Distrito Escolar William S. Hart Union High también proporciona igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos juveniles designados. Todas las preguntas relacionadas con la discriminación, los derechos civiles, las quejas 504, el Título II y/o el Título IX deben dirigirse a Mark Crawford, Director de Recursos Humanos, William S. Hart Union High School District, 21380 Centre Pointe Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, o por teléfono (661) 259-0033, o por correo electrónico: UCP@hartdistrict.org.