September 13, 2007


September  Character Trait is


Coming up:

  9/14 School Dance

  9/20 School Pictures

  9/20    Back to School (Minimum Day)  


 1.  Attention Bus Riders!  All students who ride buses home need to report to bus line immediately after school.  You may think that your bus is going to be late, but it may be there early!

 2. Students if you were absent on the day textbooks were distributed, it is your responsibility to come to the  bookroom and get the one(s) you need.

3. J erky, Smencils, fruit chews, Corn Nuts, and school supplies are available in the student store during lunch  periods. 

4. Attention 8th Graders:  The 1st Quarter Ineligibility List is now posted in all classrooms and the Library.  You   may be ineligible due to unsatisfactory citizenship, discipline, library or textbook fees, or if your June 2007 4th  Quarter grade point average was below 2.0.  The list is in numerical order by your Student ID.  Please check the list in any classroom if you think you may be ineligible.

     NOTE:  You will be given an opportunity to "Petition" off the list (possible by raising grades/paying fees/etc.) beginning Monday, September 17 and running through Friday, September 21.  Petition Forms, available in the office, must be picked up, completed, and returned to the office during that week ONLY.)

 5.  The first School Dance is Friday, September 14 from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The cost is $6.  Plan to go!!!!  (8th graders must be  eligible in order to attend.) ALL SEVENTH GRADERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DANCE (unless disciplinary action has been taken, ie suspension).

6. Students at La Loma will not be allowed to wear oversized shirts.  A shirt is oversized when a student's arms are at his/her sides and the hem of the shirt extends beyond the student's fingertips.

7. Soccer tryouts - Wednesday 9/12 and Thursday 9/13 from 3:30-4:45 on the field.  Please plan your transportation. Student-athletes must be eligible and turn in their waiver to compete.


Student ill? Appointment?  Call Connie! She can help!!  576-4627

We hope your student attends school everyday but if they are ill or need to miss a day of school please call our 24 hour voice mail line at 576-4620 and leave a message as to the reason for the absence.  If you need to pick your student up during the school day please send a note.  Have the student bring it to the office before school and they will receive a check out and can be out front waiting for you, cutting down on delays and classroom interruptions.  Questions or concerns about attendance may be  directed to La Loma's Attendance Clerk, Connie Williams, 576-4627.




Once again, the amazing staff and students at La Loma Junior High have proven that we are the BEST with an API growth of 21 points-- the  most improvement of any 7-12 school in Modesto City Schools!! That makes a total growth of 42 points over the last two years!!!!  We still have some room to improve, so let's all work together to have an AMAZING year!


Parents! We need you!!

La Loma has several committees that need parent volunteers!!!



La Loma's Safety Committee will be meeting on


Safety Meeting

8 a.m.


Safety Meeting

8 a.m.

September 19th at 8 am. We need parents for this committee!!! Please contact Assistant Principal Jerry Gonzaga if you are interested. This committee meets quarterly, and your input is important!


  • We meet once a month from 8:00 - 8:45 in room 15 (usually the 2nd Tuesday of the month).
  • The council is composed of teachers, students, parents, classified staff, and myself. Members are proactive, informed, and collectively interested in improving La Loma.
  • Members give input on and approve the school Single Plan for Student Achievement, approve funding expenditures, receive updates about school data, student performance, and budgets, and generally keep their thumbs on the pulse of what is happening at La Loma.  Last year, the Council was charged with approving all of our block grant projects.
  • The commitment is a two-year term, so you would be volunteering for both the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years.
  • YOU MUST CONTACT MR. HENDERSON NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 14th to be included on the ballot to elect the representatives.

 If you want to volunteer in another way at La Loma, please contact Becky Vaille in the office.


Got Questions?

We've Got Answers!

(Or We'll Help You Find Them!)

The following people can help you with general questions that you might have! Remember: if you have questions about specific classes, it's always best to contact the teacher first!

Connie Williams : Attendance (absence, tardies, etc)

Toni Weber : Class schedules

Elaine Taylor : School Schedules, Events, Activities, Discipline records, and Medication

Becky Vaille : Volunteering and Make-up Work pick - up (when requested by parent for absences longer than three days)

Noel Langley --Academic Concerns

Ada Rivera - Social issues, other issues.

The following administrators will be happy to help you with any specific questions about the following:

Julie Beebe: Class Schedules, Curriculum and Testing

Jerry Gonzaga: School Safety, Discipline, Activities

You can contact the school during business hours from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm at 576-4627.

Just a reminder-- NO cell phone use during the school day!!! If you aren't feeling well, come to the office to call home!

Be sure to check out the Home-School Connection Newsletter page.... there's A LOT of information to help you get ready for school..... lunch prices, first day info, and much, much more!