La Mesa Update

August 28, 2020

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Dear Parents,

We have made it through three weeks of distance learning! We appreciate all the efforts by our families to support students as we tackle this very challenging time. Please read through the announcements and messages below. Attendance, Back to School Night, a revised schedule, and and information about Free and Reduced lunch and how it affects La Mesa funding is all included.

Virtual Back to School Night - Thursday, September 3rd

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 3rd. Back to School Night Will be Virtual this Year.

On September 3rd we will email you a page of links that will allow you to view teacher Back to School Night Presentations. You can view these that evening, or at a time more convenient to you. These links will also be on our website and in the Teacher's Google Classrooms.

More information to come!

Schedule for the Week of August 31, 2020

We learn as we go...

The schedule has been revised to allow more time between classes and a brunch break has been added to Wednesdays. This schedule will be used starting on Monday, August 31st.

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When students miss class...

If your child is going to be absent, please call it in to the attendance office. You can also email our Attendance Tech at

We have students who are not showing up to the required live Zoom/Google Meets each period. Please understand that under SB98, schools must account for attendance and participation. By communicating with us, we can assist with technical issues and even the social-emotion issues that can affect student affect participation and attendance.

By calling in absences you also save us manpower as we are personally calling the homes of students who miss classes. And, you will not receive the attendance call if you let us know.

We thank you fro your partnership during this difficult time.

Art Supply Donations Needed

We are in need of some art supplies for our studnets taking art this semester. If you are able and willing, next time you are at Walmart, Target, or ordering from Amazon, purchasing even 1 of any of the following supplies will help:

Glue Sticks

Colored Pencils


#2 Pencils

Pencil Sharpeners

Fine tip sharpies

Regular sharpies

Pens (black ink)

Pens (black ink)

Markers (Crayola sets)

We will be collecting these supplies next week. Please drop off onto the table at the front office. We thank you in advance for your support and generosity!

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications - Help Increase Federal Funds for La Mesa

Did you know that students who qualify for Free and Reduced lunch helps us to receive federal funding for all sorts of programming. It is how we qualify to be a Title 1 School.

Our Title 1 Funds have supported the following at La Mesa:

  • An additional Counselor - Junior high schools in the Hart District are allocated 3 counselors. We have 4.
  • Technology Licenses - Our teachers and students have access to technology beyond what the Hart District can fund
  • Educational Field Trips - Our studnets have been able to attend field trips that otherwise would not have been possible.
  • Classroom Supplies - We have been able to provide classroom supplies that are often provided from donations had schools where their is a higher socio-economic population
  • Capturing Kids' Hearts Training - 100% of our teachers and most of our classified have participated in this vital training. We have been names a National Showcase School for two years in a row, and our campus is a much friendlier and safer place as a result of this training.
  • Professional Development to improve teacher instruction
  • And much, much more

Even if you do not plan to take advantage of the Free/Reduced Federal Lunch program, please take a few minutes to fill out this online form so that our numbers can be reflected accurately and the appropriate amount of funding can be applied to La Mesa.

By filling out the form you can also simultaneously apply for CalFresh, which provides money each month for groceries.

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


Mr. Pena

School extension 112

661-347-8005 Text or Voice

Mrs. Courtney Iacenda

School extension 113

661-367-1045 Text or Voice


Mrs. Krantz

School extension 111

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:

Thursday. September 3rd - Virtual back to School Night

Monday, September 7th - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday, October 5th - Fall Break - NO SCHOOL

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, or by email: Website: