La Mesa Update

November 1, 2021

Hello La Mesa Families,

I hope you are having a wonderful Halloween!


Do you know who your child's friends are? The group of friends your child spends time with at school, in the neighborhood, and online is a key factor in their success at school and the types of experiences they have as a teenager. During middle school, for some kids, the primary influence in their lives shifts from family to friends. While we hope that we have build a solid foundation with our kids that they can draw from, sometimes the influence of friends can cause the foundation to crumble.


Talk to your child about who they spend time with at school. Invite them to your home and on outings as a way to get to know them. Connect with the parents of their friends. Forbidding certain friends usually backfires. It is often more effective to include the kids your child considers friends into activities.


If your child is struggling to connect with others at school please reach out to their counselor. We have a variety of clubs and activities we can get them involved in to meet other students with similar interests.


Friendships during junior high can often shift from what they were in elementary. We have seven feeder elementary schools. That means there are a variety of kids for your child to meet and with who they can develop friendships. It is an important part of their social development and we are here to help.


Sincerely,

Michele Krantz, principal

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Vandalism at School

The latest vandalism trend that is sweeping the nation is using the string from face masks to "saw" cuts and slices out of the school chairs and desks. We are so sad to report that La Mesa is experiencing this trend too. The damage it causes is not only cosmetic. It can also result in sharp edges and cause clothing and hair to get caught.


We are asking all parents to talk with your children about this issue. Students who are found to participate in this type of destruction of property risk being cited by our school deputy for vandalism, made to pay for damages, and given school consequences. Please be aware that to replace a school desk, the cost is between $200-$250. Student chairs cost about $100 to replace. When we do not have a student to hold accountable, the cost comes out of site funds. This compromises our ability to pay for other needs.


We want all students, current and in the future, have nice furniture in the classroom.


We thank you for your support in reinforcing the expectations at school.

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Daily Bulletin

Click on this button each day to access our daily bulletin. Here you will find the information shared with studnets each day. It can also be found on our website.

Counselor Corner

We are so thrilled to introduce our new Wellness Coordinator Mrs. Karla Castellanos. She will oversee the HOWL Hut, counseling groups, and more. We are so excited about brining Mrs. Castellanos on board and all the support she will bring to our students.


We had such a great time meeting some La Mesa Families at our Parent Night and wanted to include the recorded video of our Zoom meeting. Unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties that have prvented us from retreiving that recording. Instead, we hope you view the PowerPoint that was referenced at the Parent Night in both English and Spanish. Click HERE to see the powerpoint on How to Become a Successful Student/ Como Ser Exitoso en la Escuela

Amazon Wishlist - Donations Appreciated

These items are redeemed by students with the HOWL points they earn from the online HOW Store. Thank you to everyone who has donated. It is so appreciated.

La Mesa Junior High Website

You can usually find the information you are looking for on our website.

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, November 11th - No School- Veterans' Day

Monday, November 22nd - Friday, November 26th - No School Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, December 16th - Last day of quarter 2

Friday, December 17th - Teacher Work Day - No School

Monday, December 20th - Friday, January 7th - Winter Break No School

Monday, January 17th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Friday, February 18 - No School

Monday, February 21 - Presidents' Day No School

Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8 - Spring Break


William S. Hart District Calendar 2021-22

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: UCP@hartdistrict.org