October 14, 2013 Newsletter

Dear HTLA Parents,


I am happy to report that, thanks to your efforts, the Goodwill fundraiser was a fantastic success – 2,500 was raised and will go toward our $200,000 technology upgrade.  Thanks, in particular, to Karen Gaytan for chairing the committee, to all of the volunteers that were on campus every morning to collect the donations, and to all who gathered donations.

On October 17, HTLA participated in the statewide earthquake drill.  As a reminder, our students evacuate to the grass area in the Northwest Victory parking lot.  In the case of an emergency, he school has food, water, first aid, and other supplies to care for students for three days.  In the event of an emergency, parents/emergency contacts will sign for their students in the Victory lot and the students will be released to the parent/emergency contact.  No students will be released to someone other than a parent or emergency contact.

Next week is Halloween and Student Council is having a costume contest on Thursday, October 31, at nutrition.   Students are allowed to wear costumes to school all day, but masks, weapons, or simulated weapons (guns, knives, swords, etc.) are not allowed.  Thursday will be “Casual” for all students.

Presentations of Learning are on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 26 and 27, 2013.  These are Pupil Free Days and students are to come to campus for their POL only.  Students who score 95% or more on their POL will “superpass” and will not be required to do the Transitional Presentation of Learning April 22, 23 or25, 2014.  These are also Pupil Free Days for students except for the TPOL appointment time.

HTLA is going through the process of Accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and will culminate with at three day visit on March 25, 25, and 26, 2014.  As part of this process, the school has revised the Expected Schoolwide Learning Results.  HTLA’s ESLRS are:


HTLA students will, in addition to working as self directed learners,  draw upon their collective thinking and experience to collaborate on projects.



HTLA students will use technology as a tool to solve problems, conduct research, organize and manage projects, perform complex mathematical calculations, and enhance all work.



HTLA students will develop excellent written and oral communication skills which are essential for success in college and in the workplace. 



HTLA students will be active and positive members of their families and their community.  They will demonstrate tolerance, respect and honesty to all community members.


Part of the No Child Left Behind Act requires that each school that receives federal funds develop a Single School District Plan that is reviewed and approved by the School Site Council.   The SSC is comprised of the principal, a teacher, and classified employee, and three parent/community members.  If you are interested in being on the SSC, please email Ms. Rybin at ms.rybin@ht-la.org by November 8, 2013.  If there are more volunteers than positions available, an election will be held.


Finally, “Scene Night”, the Drama’s elective’s fall showcase will be presented on November 12 and 14 at 6:00 pm in the Great Room.


The next Parent Organization meeting is Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm.