La Mesa Update

April 13, 2020

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Distance Learning Resumes TODAY

Dear Parents,

We hope you all were able to enjoy some downtime away from school work during the break. Hopefully you and your child have been able to make time away from devices and enjoy walks, games, and books.

Please continue to encourage your child to do their best on the assigned school work. While the current learning situation is not ideal, everyone is doing their best to ensure learning that is meaningful and will support them in what they will be learning in the years ahead.

I have had some parents and students ask if students will repeat the current grade next year. They will not. Students will move on to the next grade level. This is one of the reasons why it is so important that students remained focused and engaged with the work given now through the end of the school year.

Supports for Students and Families


If you or others you know are in need of greater assistance, the Santa Clarita Valley has many organizations that are here to help in this time of uncertainty. Here are just a few we wanted to pass onto our community.

Family Food Resources

SCV Food Pantry

Dedicated to providing food on a short-term basis to local residents in need.

24133 Railroad Avenue

Newhall, CA 91321

College of the Canyons BaNC

Formerly called Food for Thought Pantry

26455 Rockwell Canyon Road

Valencia, CA 91355

Counseling Services

Child and Family Center

21545 Centre Pointe Parkway

Santa Clarita, CA 91350


Domestic Violence Prevention Program of Child and Family Center

Emergency shelter for abused women and their children, providing counseling, and a batterer’s intervention program.

21545 Centre Pointe Parkway

Santa Clarita, CA 91350


Shelter and Assistance

Family Promise of SCV

Providing shelter and assistance to families in need.


Bridge to Home

Providing support services and emergency shelter to individuals and families.

24/7 Hotline: 661-388-0080

Salvation Army

Providing short-term assistance of low and economically challenged clients in the form of food, clothing, utility assistance, transportation, lodging assistance.

22935 Lyons Avenue

Newhall, CA 91321


Health Services Assistance

Samuel Dixon Family Health Clinics

Sliding-fee based on income and accepting MediCal; appointments or walk-ins. No insurance necessary.

27225 Camp Plenty

Suite 2

Canyon Country, CA 91351


23772 Newhall Avenue

Newhall, CA 91321


30257 San Martinez Road

Val Verde, CA 91384


Free Lunch 12-1pm Monday - Friday

Free Meal Program Details:

  • Grab and go meals are FREE to students ages 18 and younger who come to a meal site
  • Food served is healthy and follows USDA nutrition guidelines
  • No application or proof of income needed. You can just bring your child to meal site in your community
  • Grab and go meals are for students ages 18 and younger.
  • Children must be present and must claim the meals.

La Mesa, Rancho Pico and Rio Norte are Hart District sites providing the meals. The elementary districts are also providing meals which students 18 years of age or younger can also access.

A Complete List of Locations:

  • Castaic USD: Live Oak, Northlake

  • Newhall SD: Newhall, Peachland, Wiley Canyon, McGrath

  • Saugus USD: Cedarcreek, Rio Vista

  • Sulphur Springs USD: Mitchell, Canyon Springs

  • Wm S Hart: La Mesa, Rio Norte, Rancho Pico

Please access more information HERE.

Census 2000

The data collected from the Census has a direct impact on the number of seats our state will have in the House of Representatives and how much federal funding we will receive for the next ten years for schools, health facilities, roads, and other important infrastructure needs.

As of April 9, 2020 Los Angeles County only reported 42.9% responses. The California Self-Response rate was 47.2%.

Here is a link that shows some of the questions you will be asked:

Here is the link to access the census online:

Student Behavior and the Virtual Classroom

We will be learning in this new virtual environment through the reminder of the the school year This is considered the classroom, and the regular classroom expectations are in effect. Please be sure to check in with your child to remind them to behave appropriately, maturely, and responsibly. Our teachers are working hard to plan engaging learning opportunities for students and many of these activities require mature and responsible behavior.

La Mesa Book Fair

Please support our Library and get your kids some books to read will on quarantine. You can access the book fair HERE. Books are shipping generally in 24-48 hours, even faster than Amazon. Purchases also benefit the La Mesa Library.

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

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


Ms. Davis - 7th Grade Students

661-347-6679 Text or Voice

Mr. Pena - 8th Grade Students

661-347-8005 Text or Voice


Mrs. Krantz

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:

Wednesday, March 25th - Online Book Fair begins

Monday, April 6th - Friday, April 10th - Spring Break NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 13th - Title 1 School Site Council Meeting

Friday, April 24th - 4th Quarter Progress Reports

Tuesday, May 5th - National Day of the Teacher

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, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or sexual orientation at any District site and/or activity.