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Principal's Message

     Welcome to La Mesa Junior High School! La Mesa has a solid reputation as a school where academic achievement and improvement are both a priority and a reality.
     Our academic teams allow for students to continue feeling part of something a little smaller, while still having access to all that a large comprehensive junior high has to offer. These opportunities include participation in a rich and varied co-curricular program, clubs and activities, and a large, diverse staff eager to get to know the students as individuals.
     The La Mesa staff is made up of passionate middle school  educators who believe very strongly in our role in developing the “whole child”. We hold high expectations for academic achievement, but also understand the changes the middle school student encounters in regards to their physical, social and emotional development. Together with parents we have an opportunity to guide these students through their mistakes, which are inherent to their development as young adolescents, and turn them into positive learning experiences.
     The most successful children are a result of a solid partnership among the school, the home, and the community. We look forward to building upon the existing relationships, as well as creating new ones, that will assist students in achieving success and afford them the opportunity to ultimately choose their own path, whether that be college or career. We welcome parents to be a part of La Mesa’s success team and encourage them to share their concerns and feedback so that we can best serve our students.
Mr. Kullen Welch
Students working collaboratively in the La Mesa School Library

Mission & Vision

To engage in a flexible learning community that cultivates growth, curiosity, grit, and a love for learning"
Learn with Vigor
Lead with Vision
Live with Value
“It’s a great day for learning!”


8th grade Grad Night! Featured Photo

8th grade Grad Night!

Grad Night @Universal Studios on May 3, 2024? Tickets are $115 but sales end 3/22! Click the flyer for more info!
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Learning Hub resumes 1/29! Featured Photo

Learning Hub resumes 1/29!

Free Tutoring! Homework Help!
Visit the Learning Hub in the library from 3-4:30 pm Mondays & Thursdays starting on 1/29.
You MUST sign up on!
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Support the 12th Annual Hart Games! Featured Photo

Support the 12th Annual Hart Games!

On March 18th, 2024, the William S. Hart Union High School District will be participating in our 12th annual
All-District Special Education Track and Field Meet!
We need your help!!
We would like to provide each of 400 students and 200 staff members with a tee-shirt and have our participants
receive 3 ribbons each. This requires that we fundraise and are counting on the community’s generosity.
If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact Patti Miller. [email protected]
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Team Panthers Fundraiser @ Toppers Canyon Country Featured Photo

Team Panthers Fundraiser @ Toppers Canyon Country

Support the Panthers team just by grabbing some pizza Wednesday night at Toppers (Canyon Country location) from 3:30 to 9!
Team Panthers will get 20%! of your order when you show the flyer or mention it on the phone. Unfortunately, this will not work on online orders.
Thanks for your support & Bon Appetit!
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Donor's Chose for LM Library Featured Photo

Donor's Chose for LM Library

Help give the gift of literacy this winter by supporting our library Donor's Choose project. We are hoping to purchase class sets of three literacy games to use with students during tutorial and to check out to teachers in their classroom. You can check out the specifics on our Donor's Choose website. Thank you for your support!
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At A Glance

  • 4 years in a row - Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase School
  • 2x week RTI Tutorial Session offered to all students during the school day
  • 15% increase in at-grade level math scores in iReady
  • 10% increase in at-grade level English scores in iReady
  • California Pivotal Practice Award 2022