La Mesa Update

August 8, 2021

Hello La Mesa Families,

Welcome back to to what we believe will be a year that will be OUT of THIS WORLD! We are so excited to have students back on campus. It has be a challenging last year and a half. Please know that we are ready to support students emotionally, socially, and academically.


Michele Krantz


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Make Up Summer Check-in

For students that missed Summer Check-in last week, our make up day is Monday, August 9th from 9-11am in the MPR.

Student Schedules

Students can access their class schedules in Infinite Campus after 5pm on Monday. We will also have paper copies available to students on Tuesday morning.

We can only accommodate schedule changes where there is an error such as a repeated exploratory. We will not be able to change a student's team or teachers due to preference or desire to be with a friend.

For students disappointed that they are not placed on a team with a friend, please trust that new friendships will be made and added to old ones. At this time all students enjoy brunch and lunch breaks together.

Schedule for the Week of August 9th

If your child needs to miss class for any reason, please be sure to call it into the school or email our attendance tech

School starts at 8:45. Please be sure students are on campus in time to be in class ready to learn before the bell at 8:45.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays will follow this schedule:

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Wednesdays are Early Release Days

Please note that on Wednesdays, students are released at 2:05pm. Teachers and staff will participate in professional development and collaboration meetings.
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Reopening Protocols and Mask Wearing

All students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while indoors. Students and staff are not required to wear masks while participating in PE outdoors, passing periods, or during brunch and lunch. When PE is held indoors, students and staff are required to wear masks. Social distancing will be strongly encouraged where possible.

Please see detailed information regarding requirements at the link below.

Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools: Appendix T1

Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout campus and in classrooms.

Crisis Go

A link for you to certify your child's health status will be sent to the parent email connected to Infinite Campus. It is sent each morning at 4:00am. Please fill this out prior to your child attending school. It is connected to your child's ID card, so there is no need to send them a screen shot.

It is important that your child wear their ID to school each day. It will allow us to process students through the gate much more efficiently. We will need to certify students who do not have their Crisis Go complete and look up those whom do not have their ID cards. This will slow the entrance to school down.

We appreciate your support in making this part of your daily routine.

Please Pull All the Way Forward before Unloading and Loading Passengers

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Citizenship and Work Habits Marks

Starting this year, La Mesa will be piloting the issuing of Citizenship and Work Habits marks on progress reports and report cards. While these will not impact GPA, they are an important indicator for students and parents.

Work Habits includes effort, homework completion, etc

Citizenship includes behavior, tardies, honesty (i.e cheating or plagiarism), etc.

The “soft skills” employers need are represented here. A student with an "A" may still need to develop these skills. A student with a "C" may exemplify these skills. These marks provide that feedback.

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:

Tuesday, August 10th - First Day of School

Thursday, September 2nd - Back to School Night

Thursday, September 2nd - Minimum Day

Monday, September 6th - Labor Day, No School

William S. Hart District Calendar 2021-22

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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:

Meet the Counselors!

Click here to open the Counselor web page :)

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Mr. Atkins (Far left)

I have been a counselor for 14 years. I started my career at West Ranch High School. From there I have worked at several different schools in our district; Valencia HS, Hart-at-Home/Learning Post, Sequoia. This is my fifth year at La Mesa.

I got into counseling as a way to support students one-on-one. I have worked with young people since I was 14 years old. It is truly a passion of mine. I am available to help each student in many differents ways such as: academic, career and personal social. Anything you need, please do not hesitate to contact me!!


Matadors (7) and Wolverines (8)

Here is how you can contact me.


Google Voice Phone Number- (661) 270-6878

Book an Appointment with me using the following link.

Book an Appointment (English)

Reserve Una Cita (Español)

Mrs. Malkowski (Second from left)

Hi Everyone, I am the Counselor for 7th Grade Team Falcons and 8th Grade Team Tritons. Just to tell you a little about myself, I completed my Bachelors at San Jose State University in Parks and Recreation Management. I love being outdoors! I worked for the City of Santa Clara for their after school program where I found out I love working with students. I wanted to get to know them on a deeper level so I decided to get my Masters in School Counseling at The University of La Verne. After I graduated I worked for The Palmdale Aerospace Academy as a Counselor for 4 years. I absolutely love being a School Counselor because I love building relationships with students and helping them through life's obstacles whether it is good or bad. I am excited to get to know my student's this year! :)


Falcons (7) and Tritons (8)

Here is how you can contact me.


Google Voice Phone Number: (661) 237-5787

Book an Appointment with me using the following link.

Book An Appointment (English)

Reserve Una Cita (Español)

Mrs. Mancini (Second from right)

Hi, I am Mrs. Mancini, counselor for Team Griffins (7th grade) and Team Wildcats (8th grade). This is my fourth year as a counselor at La Mesa. I am looking forward to getting to know my students and helping them get the most out of their junior high experience!

I became a counselor because I love helping students dream big dreams and meet their goals. I first discovered I loved working with students when I volunteered as a camp counselor for USC's Troy Camp!

I received my Bachelor's degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from USC and my Master's degree in Counseling from California State University, Northridge.


Griffins (7) and Wildcats (8)

Here is how you can contact me.


Google Voice Phone Number: (661)299-7917

Book an Appointment with me using the following link.

Book An Appointment (English)

Reserve Una Cita (Español)

Mr. Paterson (Far right)

My name is Steve Paterson, I have been counseling for 16 years at only La Mesa. In fact, while with the Hart district, I have only been at la Mesa. I was a teacher here before that. La Mesa is like my second family! I grew up in Texas and New Mexico. I went to University of Utah for my under-grad degree. I moved to California in 1988. I worked at a non-public school for 9 years as a counselor for emotionally disturbed adolescents. I cherish my family and look forward to each day I am alive.


Panthers and Cougars

Here is how you can contact me.


Google Voice Phone Number: (661)-270-6435

Book An Appointment (English)

Reserve Una Cita (Español)

Happening Next Week...

Counselors will be going into their designated teams' classrooms to give their "Bullying Prevention Presentation." Students will learn what bullying behavior can look and feel like. Counselors will describe what an "Upstanding" La Mesa Lobo looks like and strategies students can implement to prevent, address, and bring awareness to bullying.