• February 1, 2017


    Thoughts from Tuesday Night


    Dear CT and Loma Families:


    January has tested mountain residents in a number of ways.  The recent storms and police activity have given us an opportunity to review our emergency procedures and communication tools.  We want to ensure that our communication systems are reaching all parents and guardians as intended.  This afternoon, I am sending a test message to the parent/guardian cell phone numbers and email addresses.  I need your help validating that the message was received in the manner anticipated.  Our emergency system (ParentLink) was recently purchased by BlackBoard Communication and pulls data from our student information system, PowerSchool.  We want to verify that all the data is being pulled correctly into the newly configured BlackBoard platform.


    Here’s how you can verify your child/s contact information is being conveyed accurately.  Look for the test message today and follow this link to verify or update the data: https://www.loma.k12.ca.us/cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=117

    Please also make sure that any additional parent/guardian who should be receiving these alerts also follows this process to confirm their data.  We can’t fix an error that we don’t know about.


    Additionally, we recognize that a Highway 17 closure may “strand” students at school.  We certainly will keep students on campus until they can be safely picked up by a parent or friend/neighbor designee, but students are more comfortable in the home of a trusted friend or neighbor.  Our current emergency forms are not designed to support this effort.  Some families have designated only friends and relatives who live off the mountain.  We will be revising our form to allow for the designation of pre-authorized adults who may pick up your child from school in the event that you can’t make it up Highway 17.  We will be asking you to designate a minimum of one mountain resident on your form, but more is better when the transportation corridors are shut down.  It doesn’t happen often, but it certainly does happen as January has proven.  Please think now about who your kids would feel comfortable and safe with and talk to friends this week who you hope to designate as a “safe haven” for your kids when you can’t get home.  Planning ahead is the best way to minimize stress during challenging times.


    Got Questions? Save the Date!

    Please join Board President Deana Arnold and me for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, February 14th, at 8:30 a.m. in the art room. Come hear about progress on the reconstruction, building and field master plan update, and many other topics related to next year and beyond. Bring your questions, comments and concerns, and join us from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. See you here!


    Your Vote Counts

    The Loma Public Education Fund’s KEEP Campaign underwrites many of our “extras” which aren’t really extra (K-8 music, PE at Loma, our libraries, enrichment options, student supports, expanded topics including art and STEM at the middle school).  We need your input NOW on the funding priorities.  We will need your help SOON to fund a robust campaign that will keep the programs (and people) we cherish.  If you have not already done so, please participate in the priority setting process for next year by following this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T9JYR2D


    Your voice will help sculpt the tiers in which our “extras” are funded.  Your contributions will help ensure we don’t lose great programs and great people. 


    Calling All Sporty Parents/Neighbors – Urgent Coaching Need

    Our next round of sports begins Feb. 13th, and we just lost one of our boys’ soccer and girls’ volleyball coaches.  If you, or someone you know, would consider coaching for the 6 week season, please contact our Athletic Director, Nancy Lanovaz at n.lanovaz@loma.k12.ca.us.  Loma and CT parents are encouraged to consider the opportunity.  Community members, college players, fans of the sports are all invited to speak with Nancy.


    Science and Engineering Fair Success

    What a remarkable display in curiosity and talent!  This year’s fair showcased the variety of interests of our middle school students and celebrated their dedication and persistence.  The range of projects was impressive and the tremendous outpouring of community support for the students was exemplary.  We appreciate the support of parents and friends who encouraged and supported the explorations.  Our amazing Home and School Club is always a key player in this large scale annual event – thank you!  I also want to say thank you to Wayne Thompson, David Kissner, and Nancy Lanovaz for their stewardship of the science fair effort.  Without faculty champions willing to support this type of curriculum-based culminating activity, these events would not happen.  Now everyone can get some rest!


    Here are this year’s winners:

    8th Grade Best of Show Overall, Raphael Pelayo and Lauria Mills: Bacteria: The Only Culture Some People Have. The Effect of Successive Use of Anti-bacterial Products on Bacterial Growth


    Physical Science

    Best of Show, Louisa Gallagher and Gabrielle Suorsa: We're De-Lighted With Watt’s Best! The Relationship Between Light Technology and which Light is the “Best” as Measured by Lux, Watts, and Temperature


    First Place, Blade Castro and Martin Moelgaard: Traction Action: The Effects Air pressure has on Tire Traction on Different Surfaces


    Second Place, Luke Davis and Cyrus Van Sciver: Oiled Up: Comparing the Smoke Point of Oils


    Life Science

    Best of Show: Kianna Ellis and Zoe Arnold: Smokey and the Radish; The Effect of Wood Smoke on Plant Growth


    First Place, Ethan Frank: “Can Virtual Reality Kill You” The effect of a virtual reality simulation on stress


    Second Place: Jada Northcott-Comer and Chloe Barnard: Doughn't Eat It: Comparing pre-packaged goods to homemade recipes for bacterial growth


    7th Grade Best of Show Overall, Gabe Mckay Alec Reiss: Stop! Stop! You are Going Too

    Fast: The Effect of Speed Deterrents on Summit Road


    Physical Science

    Best of Show, Dawson Xuan: Airplane Wing Design


    First Place, Dante Massaro: The Solar Purpose: The Effect of Solar Oven Design on the Amount of Oven Heat Produced


    Second Place, Béa Rexach, Jojo Weisbach: Environmental Anxiety: The Study of Which Environments Cause the Most Anxiety in Students


    Life Science

    Best of Show, Sarah Khokhar Natasha Cordova-Diba: How Technology is Changing Us: The Effect of Computer Activity on Human Behavior


    First Place, Rebecca Meshenberg, Lucas Vincenot: We Wish You A Weedless Christmas; The Effect Of Different Types Of Weed Killers on Weeds


    Second Place, Andrew Rogers: Come Watch It: RC Car V.S. RC Solar Panel Car. Which one Will Run Longest? 


    6th Grade Best of Show Overall, Isaac Tamayo-Sarver: Acid in Your Bathing Suit! The Effect of Trash on the Ocean - Acidic Ocean Water


    Physical Science

    Best in Show, Makenna Netzer and Maya Gomez: Absorbing Oil: The Effectiveness of various objects in absorbing oil from water


    First Place, Mia Bradbury and Calista Harms: The Ugly Side of Beauty: Comparing Durability Between Organic and Regular Nail Polishes


    Second Place, Alex Denman and Mackenzie Beauchamp: Will Salt Cause Water to Become Acidic, Basic, or Neither?  The Effects of Salt on the pH Levels of Different Types of Water


    Life Science

    Best in Show, Josh Mordaunt: Are You Performing Your Best? The Effect of Multitasking on Speed and Accuracy


    First Place, Avery Mills and Kaelie Arnold: Can I Improve my Test Scores? The effect of carotene or anthocyanin on speed of learning


    Second Place, Michael Perez-Rubi: Comparing the Electrolytes in Sports Drinks




    Corey Kidwell



    Parenting Continuum Event

    The Parenting Continuum is pleased to partner with Fisher School Advisory Council to present: Internet Safety: Parenting in the Age of Social Media facilitated by Principal Lisa Fraser and SJ Police Sgt. Kendra Nunes. Sgt. Nunes and Principal Fraser will lead a frank discussion about the challenges and realities social media presents for parents and children. While this event will be hosted at R.J. Fisher Middle School, ALL parents and educators from any school are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this discussion.


    Internet Safety: Parenting in the Age of Social Media

    Wed., Feb. 15 from 7-8:30pm

    Fisher Middle School MultiPurpose Room (MPR)

    Adults only: parents, educators and others interested 

    RSVP bit.ly/SignupInternetSafety


    Theatre In The Mountains Presents: 

    Theatre in the Mountains’ upcoming Shining Stars production of Wonderland High celebrates the humor and creativity of Lewis Carroll in a rather unusual high school where the tough boys are on the croquet team, the school store sells much more than pens and paper, and things get curiouser and curiouser! Directed by Arindam Krishna Das, the show features student performers in grades six through eight, a lively score, and energetic choreography by Lanie Iannucci. Watch as the new boy at school makes friends, learns to stand up for himself, and helps the students of Wonderland High rise above the cliques that divide them.

    Come enjoy a night of Community Theater. Performances will be on Friday, February 10, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 11, at 1 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, February 12, at 1 p.m. Tickets are on sale now - http://www.theatreinthemountains.org/box-office


    Eighth Grade Parents,

    The Los Gatos High School 8th Grade Parent Visitation Day is Friday, February 3. The tour times are 8:15, 8:45, 10:15 and 12:30. The tours are lead by parent volunteers and Leadership students. Each tour is approximately 45 minutes, followed by a brief presentation from the Guidance Department.

    Parents are asked to meet at the LGHS main entrance and arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.


    Katey McCollam



    Wild Times @ CT English MS

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    2/1/17 LGHS incoming Freshman Course Pathways Info Session 4pm LGHS Theatre

    2/1/17 LGHS New Tech Info Night 5pm LGHS Theatre

    (see attached for updated Freshman Calendar)

    2/3/17 LGHS Parent Visitation Day 8:15 Main Hallway

    Feb 6-9 Wonderland High Tech Week

    2/8/17 CT HSC Mtg. 8:30 shared portable offices

    2/10/17 LGHS Counselors and Leadership at CT to enroll 8th graders into classes.

    Please make sure your 8th grader brings their course enrollment form to school!

    Feb 10-12 Wonderland High in the Gym see TIM website for show times.

    2/16/17 Math Night in the Loma Forum 6:30

    2/17/17 CT Movie Night Loma Forum 7-9pm

    Feb 20-24 February Break-NO SCHOOL

    2/28/17 8th grade student & parent Washington DC meeting 7pm Loma Forum

    3/28/17 8th grade student & parent Washington DC mtg. 7pm Loma Forum