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Principal's Message for November 2, 2015

Principal’s Message: David L. Ortiz

Quarter #1: Congratulations on a highly successful first quarter! Our collective effort (students, parents, and staff) to promote academic achievement and extending positive, respectful, and responsible citizenship is to be commended. Clearly, this a school culture we can all be proud of.

Quarter Grades and Citizenship: First quarter grades and citizenship marks are temporary. Semester grades and citizenship marks (ends January 22) are permanent and entered into the official transcript. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the respective teacher, counselor, or assistant principal. Caseloads by last name are:

A-L: Kristi Morris (counselor); Aaron Harkey (assistant principal)

M-Z: Athena Sims (counselor); Carole Nevarez (assistant principal)

School Involvement: I want to encourage you to get involved in our school. Below, I’ve listed several of the key committees:

  • Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA; meeting 2nd Wednesday, 7:00, library); exception is the November meeting which has been changed to Thursday, 11-12-15, due to the Veteran’s Day Holiday.
  • English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC; meeting 2nd Wednesday, 5:45, library); exception is the November meeting which has been changed to Thursday, 11-12-15, due to the Veteran’s Day Holiday.
  • Staff/Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SSEPAC; quarterly meetings). For additional information see Carole Nevarez (assistant principal).

Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA): The Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) is a plan of essential goals, strategies, and actions to raise the academic performance of all students. I will present an Executive Summary at upcoming meetings, (e.g., PTSA, ELAC, staff, ASB Student Council, and SSEPAC).

Anti-bullying Assembly (Aija Mayrock) and The Survival Guide to Bullying Book: On Tuesday, October 27 @ 8:30, Ms. Mayrock facilitated an assembly for all 7th graders. We also provided each student and teacher with a copy of her book, The Survival Guide to Bullying on Wednesday. The Anti-Bully Committee is organizing a plan the will promote our anti-bully mission throughout the school year; theme each week. If you suspect bullying, please report it to the school or complete the Confidential Report Form on the website; see Students.

Sing for Your Supper (Thursday, 11-5-15, 6:00, auditorium and cafe): There will be a performance, appetizers, dessert service, and a silent auction. Students from eighth-grade musical theatre and from two of La Colina's show choirs (Outburst and Amore), will perform numbers from GREASE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, FOOTLOOSE, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and the Jackson 5. In addition to some ensemble numbers, the best of student performance finalists from the classes will present their individuals, songs, dance, and scenes. "Sing for Your Supper" is an annual event and fall fundraiser. Monies raised pay for transportation, supplies, and other costs associated with the program. Tickets are $12 adults and $8 children. To purchase tickets, go to or tickets can be purchased one hour prior to the start of the show.

The online auction is underway and bidding closes on November 1.


  • Attendance: Please be punctual to school; regular start (8:30); late start (9:30).

  • Student Handbook: Our updated Student Handbook is now available on our website at  This is where you will find school policies and procedures, bell schedules, the district dress code, after school sports information, cafeteria information, P.E. information, and much more.

PTSA and ELAC: Due to Veteran’s Day, the meetings have been changed to Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m. in the library.

Tutorial Centers: Help for all La Colina students

  • Lunchtime: Room 308, Ms. Womack, Monday-Thursday
  • After-School: Library, Ms. Sillars, Monday-Thursday

After-School Sports:

  • See Mr. Kaufmann (PE teacher, site coordinator)
  • 2:30-4:00
  • Current sports: basketball (girls) and soccer (boys)


  • Family Ultimate Science Exploration (FUSE): On Thursday, 10-29-15, over 200 hundred students and parents participated in the hands-on program to have fun with the wonders of science; electricity and magnetism, marine science and chemistry. FUSE is led by graduate students from the UCSB Engineering and Science departments.

Mark Your Calendar:

11-5 Performing Arts: Sing for Your Supper (6:00, auditorium, cafe)

11-10 Veteran’s Holiday Remembrance and Social Studies 7 Class Presentations

11-11 Veteran’s Holiday

11-12 ELAC (5:45, Library); PTSA (7:00, Library): interpretation provided

11-13 Chumash Cultural Assembly (grade 8, 8:30, auditorium)

11-18 School Disturbance Drill (8:35)

2-8 Vision and Hearing Make-ups (all day, Staff Lounge: closed)

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