La Mesa Update

March 5, 2021

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Dear Parents,

This week as an experiment, we have sent the link to this week's La Mesa Update through email AND text. Please take this very quick 2 question survey to let us know how you most prefer to receive these types of communication from the school.

Please take some time to read through the information below. Much of it applies to our possible return to in-person learning.


Michele Krantz, principal

Schedule for the Week of March 8th

If you child needs to miss class for any reason, please be sure to call it into the school our email our attendance tech You can access the schedule on our website HERE.
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Return to In-person Learning

As per the March 2nd Hart District Governing Board meeting this past week, we are looking at the possibility for a return to in-person learning as early as March 29th.

Yesterday (Thursday) we hosted an informational meeting for La Mesa parents to go over our return plan. We were very excited to have over 200 La Mesa families attend the informational meeting. If you missed it, the slide deck from this meeting can be accessed through the link below.

Within that file you can see the planned schedule and safety precautions that will be put in place. Students who plan to return have been assigned to either Cohort A or Cohort B. Students who will remain with distance learning were assigned to online only. If you are unsure what you selected back in December, please look at "period 8" on your child's schedule in Infinite Campus or contact your child's counselor.

La Mesa Not-so-Live

Please enjoy today's La Mesa Not-so Live broadcast.

Mask Guidelines

Masks will be require for all people on campus even while outside.

Must be a 2-ply, surgical type mask (no bandanas, gaiters, or shields-only)

Masks with valves are NOT permitted

Wear your Mask Correctly

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
  • Put the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Fit the mask snugly against the sides of your face, slipping the loops over your ears or tying the strings behind your head.
  • If you have to continually adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit properly, and you might need to find a different mask type or brand.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.

Please Note: Students who refuse or are unable to correctly wear their mask while on campus will be reassigned to online-only learning.

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For students returning for in-person learning, if they have a laptop device such as a Chromebook, they are welcome to bring it to use. Please be sure it is fully charged.

Students will have access to classroom Chromebooks as needed. They will be required to sanitize their hands before and after use.

Cell phones will need to be turned off and placed in a backpack before entering campus. They can access it again after they exit the gate at dismissal.

HOWL Points - Would you be willing to donate items for rewards?

We are so excited how well our HOWL Points program is going. To date, staff has awarded over 16,000 HOWL points. 93% of our students have earned at least one point for working hard. 90% have earned two or more points in this category. We couldn't be more proud of them!

You may want to log into your child's account with them to review their points. There are positive notes from teachers and staff that you will find encouraging. You can also review the variety of items available for them to earn.

If you or the company you work for are able, consider donating to our program. There are a number of ways to do this. You can drop off specific items or gift cards. You donate money and we will purchase items on your behalf. Or you can use our wish list on amazon to have items shipped directly to the school. (La Mesa Amazon Wish List) We also welcome ideas for items that you think students would enjoy.

Students can redeem items by logging into their Five Star Student account. The "sign on" link is in the upper right corner of the page.

Mrs. Turski Flying with NASA

Check out this KTLA News story featuring La Mesa science teacher Shelley Turski. She has been selected as an Airborne Astronomy Ambassador and will go up on NASA's SOPHIA flight in the Fall of 2021.You can read more about this amazing opportunity HERE. Congratulations Mrs. Turski!

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

Tech Support at La Mesa - 661-250-0022 dial "0"

COUNSELORS (Click HERE for LMJHS Counselor Distance Learning Website)

Matadors and Wolverines

Mr. Atkins

661-270-6878 Text or Voice

Griffins and Wildcats

Mrs. Mancini

661- 299-7917 Text or Voice

Tritons and Falcons

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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The Book Fair

The Book Fair is Coming! It's been a school year full of the unexpected, but there's one thing you can count on . . . the joy that comes from reading a good book. Check out all our ONLINE fair has to offer with titles shipping directly to your home or location of your choice. Your purchases will help us add copies to our school and classroom libraries.

Fair Homepage:

Online Flyer:

Coming up:

Tuesday, March 9th - School Site Council Meeting 4:15 pm

Friday, March 19th - End of 3rd Quarter Marking Period

Monday, March 22nd - Book Fair Starts

Monday - Friday, April 5-9 - Spring Break No School

Tuesday, April 13th - School Site Council Meeting 4:00 pm

Tuesday, May 11th - School Site Council Meeting 4:15 pm

Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day No School

Thursday, June 3rd - End quarter 4/Semester 2 Last Day of School

William S. Hart District Calendar 2020-21

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: