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Principal's Message for May 29, 2015

Principal’s Message: David L. Ortiz

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End-of-Year: As our school year comes to a close, it is important that we continue to support our students by reminding and requiring them to continue to give their best effort. If you have concerns, please contact the teacher, counselor, or assistant principal immediately.

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.

PTSA Honorary Service Awards:


Marcy Wimbish: President: Continuing Service

Marla Gamberdella: Executive VP

Jessani Johnson: Secretary: Continuing Service

Kristen Quezada: Treasurer

Lara Mack: Hospitality

Brigitte Welty: Hospitality

Patty Malone: Fundraising

Dana Huffman: Fundraising & Membership

Stephanie Aquilon: Historian

Marina King: Parliamentarian: Continuing Service

Dana Halverson Winner: Axxess: Continuing Service

Rachel Bissig: Axxess

Sandra Wood: Lunch Cart Volunteers: Continuing Service

Karen Guardino: Promotion Party

Victoria Ricci: Promotion Party


Nely Becerra: President: Continuing Service

Rosario Zapata: Vice-President

Olivia Carranza: DELAC & LCAP representative

Elena Hernandez: Representative


Chrystee Bradley

Belinda White

John Sprague: Continuing Service


Kathy Gallo

Jennifer Case

Franki Gallardo


Maryann Gray: UCSB Teacher Education Program

Michael Kiyoi: SMHS Music Director

Gilbert Reyes: SB Response Network

Suzanne Grimmesey: SB County Mental Health

GATE DAC Shining Star Poetry Contest: Samantha Fitz (7) was selected as the top winner in the Grade 7 & 8 division. Samantha also won a gift card for $100. Here is the winning poem:

Our Eyes

When we're born,

we're born with galaxies in

our eyes

Endless bright, glowing promises.

All living dormant within

our eyes

But as we grow, the world changes us,

extinguishes some of the flames

living behind the skin of

our eyes

But those that remain,

they become our passions, our

dreams and our goals.

All this potential,

held within the windows of

our eyes.

They fuel our drive,

course through our veins,

into our fingertips, lacing our voices.

Making us, the stars we reached for

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:

5-31 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); Promotion Chair Set-up (3:30, Main Commons)

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.

Promotion Chair Set-up (see calendar on 6-9-15): Come and set up your chairs for the Promotion Ceremony; graduates will have chairs provided.. We will start at 3:30; the line usually forms by 2:30.