Weekly Newsletter & Bulletin
Spring 2021, 5th ed. - February 9 - 12, 2021
Athletic Update! Cross Country Returns to Competition This Week!
Athletics: We are very excited to announce that we will begin Cross Country competitions this week with the remainder of our "purple tier" sports following shortly behind. If you are interested in participating in any sports please email the head coach, or the athletic director: firstname.lastname@example.org
PURPLE TIER SPORTS
B/G Cross Country
B/G Swim & Dive
B/G Track & Field
RED TIER SPORTS
There are potential opportunities for orange tier sports, so please stay tuned and ready for updates.
Softball: Calling all softball players! If you are interested in playing softball this year please contact coach Ramirez by emailing him. email@example.com
Congrats to Speech & Debate!
The Speech and Debate team has continued competing in virtual competitions. The most recent results from Student Congress on Saturday included Virgil Andreasen taking 1st Place in the Novice Division and in the JV Division, Sandy Peterson 2nd Place, Lucas Havemose 3rd place and Milan Chhetri 4th Place. The State Qualifying Tournaments begin in 3 weeks. Go Big Ditch Debate!
Band Members Honored!
They auditioned for and were selected to participate in a prestigious virtual honor band called Western International Band Clinic. Usually, this event is held in Seattle in November, but with COVID they will be participating virtually. These students along with over 600 other students from 20 different states, Canada and Australia will have the opportunity to work with world renowned conductors and professional musicians! Congrats to them all!
Sophomores, click here to see the documents to be used during your scheduling talk.
When is Graduation this year?
Senior Recognition Ads Due Feb. 11th - Formerly Known as Senior Baby Pictures
Families are encouraged to purchase space in the yearbook to celebrate their soon to be grad. Photos and messages of pride and encouragement are acceptable items. Go to jostens.com if interested. The deadline to purchase is Thursday, February 11th. While on their website, you can also order caps and gowns. The most affordable option is $40 plus s/h. Look for the cap & gown unit which includes a tassel.
Photography Contest Continues!
Thank you to everyone who submitted a photograph last week. Due to the popularity of this event, we’ve extended the contest and will have weekly themes throughout the month of February with weekly prizes be awarded to winners. Both this week and last week's winners will be announced at the end of this week.
This week’s theme is Black and White. You choose the subject. We’re looking for photos that demonstrate an artist eye, creativity, originality, and possibly use editing software. Photos are due by this Friday Feb 12 at 3 pm.
To compete in this week’s competition, please send your entry to our @aghseagles or @aghsbz IG account OR email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scheduling with Freshman - March 10th - 18th. Schedule to follow.
To earn community service hours for donating to the below cause, click here for the sample reflection piece. Make a copy, complete and submit on the Google form, located on the community service page.
Are you age 16 - 25 and Need Assistance?
Jovi Cala Vella is a Behavioral Health Navigator. She works with Transitional Age Youth (16-25 year olds) regarding a variety of matters pertaining to mental health and wellness. These matters can range from finding a therapist, to accessing food, clothing, and housing, and so much more. Basically any matters pertaining to mental health, she can help with, or at least find a resource pertaining to the matter to point someone in the right direction. If you feel you need help, please reach out to Jovi at Transitions Mental Health Association, 805-779-0706, or email her at email@example.com.
Virtual Training Opportunities for Parents.
Join your fellow community members who have been trained on how to recognize
signs and symptoms of mental health or substance use challenges in youth and
adults, and how to help people find support to being their recovery journey.
There are 3 free opportunities for virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid and
3 free opportunities for virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid. Click the pictures below to see the information pamphlets.
FAFSA:Financial Aid Workshops
Available this week in the evenings
Deadline March 2,2021
FAFSA/ CA Dream Act Application Assistance
(Does not matter what college you will be applying to)
Please call to Make an Appointment: (805) 922-6966 Ext. 3710
February 8 - 10th, 2021
Monday : 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesdays 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday, February 12th, 2020 Zoom Meeting Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 A.M. & 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Click Here to Sign Up
College Board is hosting our first-ever series of virtual college fairs called BigFuture™ Days:
Sophmores and Juniors sign up for a chance to connect directly with college admissions representatives and current college students.
You will have a chance to explore colleges in a way that's not overwhelming, ask questions about topics they want to learn about, and take action on key college planning steps.
Seniors, every amount helps get you to your end goal! Check out the available scholarships here.
Attending Hancock Next Year? Mark Your Calendar!
Reopening Schools Update
Dear Lucia Mar families,
At Tuesday’s board meeting, I shared the latest news and updates on revised local and state guidance and impact on our District as we continue our efforts for school reopening readiness.
You may recall that our current guidance for return to in-person instruction is based on board action from November 2020. This return is conditioned to a date occurring when our county remains two weeks in the RED Tier on the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and the District is authorized to reopen to in-person instruction pursuant to Public Health Guidance. Upon meeting this criteria, for elementary schools (TK-6) or secondary schools, the reopening of schools is planned within one week after the County has met the criteria. San Luis Obispo County remains in the most restrictive PURPLE Tier.
The new guidance and our current county adjusted case numbers now offer us the opportunity to reopen our elementary schools for in-person instruction more quickly than we had originally planned. It is important to realize that these updates do not allow us to change our reopening plans for secondary schools at this time. We are encouraged by the successful reopening of elementary schools in North County, and we are confident that our safety protocols and plans will help to protect our students and staff, while bringing our youngest learners back to school in person, which is where we know they need to be.
At the Board’s request, I plan to present an updated phased reopening timeline for our elementary sites at our next board meeting on February 16, along with updates on the latest local, state, and federal guidelines, as well as an updated COVID Safety Plan ready for adoption.
Finally, I recognize that one of our biggest collective concerns is the availability of COVID vaccines. The distribution of vaccines within our county continues to experience a slow rollout. The education workforce remains in Phase 1b with other essential sectors. The state requires counties to implement an age-based priority system for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The 75+ population is currently receiving vaccines and we are informed that the 65+ portion of the community will be prioritized before the education workforce. The Recoverslo.org website maintains the most current information regarding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As always, I appreciate the hard work of our families and staff to support our students and each other during these challenging times.
Paul Fawcett, Ed.D.
TEAM Lucia Mar - Our Kids First!
Monday, February 15th is President's Day
Interested in working for LMUSD? Click here to view current openings. Create and account to apply.
Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021. Click here to read the job description.
Classroom support needed through June 4, 2021. Positions open at various locations in the district.