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Principal's Message for May 22, 2015

Principal’s Message: David L. Ortiz

District Website:

District Fast Facts: Http:// content/uploads/2013/02/Fast_Facts.pdf

La Colina Website:

Smarter Balanced Assessments: Congratulations to all, we have completed our state testing! Our students, teachers, and staff are to be commended for their excellent effort. I would like to extend special commendation to Carole Nevarez (Assistant Principal) for her incredible leadership. We look forward to the results to further identify our individual and group strengths and needs.

Promotion (Wednesday, June 10, 10:15, Palm Stage): Annually, this is event is highly attended. Please plan accordingly. Parking will be available in our main lot as well as the PE basketball courts. No parking will be allowed on the driveways or hillside. Chairs are provided for the students. Families and guests should bring their own chairs and water. It will be sunny and hot. Thus sun protection is advisable.

Promotion Chair Set-up (Tuesday, June 9, 3:30, Palm Stage): Annually, we line-up next to the auditorium and escort families into the area to set up their chairs. This process will be completed in a safe and orderly manner. Remember to identify your chairs. We will have security throughout the night.

6th Grade Placement Tests: The 6th grade placement tests in mathematics and English have also been completed. This information supported by other information such as teacher recommendations, previous state test scores, and grades will serve as the basis to “recommend” class levels, (i.e., Math 7, Math 7 Enrichment, Math 7, 8 Accelerated, Math 7 with Support, Honors, At-level).

After-School Homework Support Program: The library is still open Monday - Thursday from 2:45 - 4:45. An English and Math teacher are available to assist with school work and research.

NEO (previously EDU): Grades are expected to be updated every two weeks. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the teacher immediately. Subsequent questions and concerns should be directed to your child’s guidance counselor; Kristi Morris (last names A-L) and Athena Sims (last names M-Z).

Pacific Youth Football League (Boys & Girls Club of SB, Inc.):

  • La Colina will have at least (1) team (grade 8) and may be (2) teams (grade 7

  • Season begins 7-27-15

  • Practice at La Colina fields

  • Costs: $250 per player per season

  • Sign-up days at 632 E. Canon Perdido St. (805-962-2382): 4-11-15, 5-2-15


  • Athletic Director: Kim Kjar

Mark Your Calendar:

5-25 Memorial Day

5-27 Earthquake Drill (8:35)

5-28 PTSA Honorary Service & Staff Appreciation (8:00, cafe); Outburst Showcase (7:00, auditorium)

5-31 Library closes

6-3 Textbooks due: Social Studies, Science; Awards Ceremony (4:00); Anti-Defamation League/No Place For Hate Awards (5:30, SB Public Library, LC Gay/Straight Alliance Club will be featured)

6-4 Textbooks due: World Language; ELAC meeting (6:00, library)

6-5 Promotion Party (4:30, Main Commons)

6-9 Yearbook distribution (ID your yearbook and monitor entries)

6-10 Promotion (10:15, Palm Stage)

Yearbooks: Order your 2014-15 yearbook now! The La Colina Lions yearbook is a full color 104 page publication, which includes student pictures, and memories of the school year. Follow the link to the Webstore from our La Colina Website at or purchase one in the office Monday through Thursday, before and after school. The cost is $55. We accept cash, check and most credit cards. Yearbooks will be distributed on June 9 at 8:30 AM.