Hello Lions,

We are two weeks into the school year and our students are settling into a good academic routine. They know their schedules, they know their way around campus, and they are focused on making good choices, meeting their goals, and graduating on time. Students worked on a schoolwide essay this week, writing about whether they think it is OK to break up over a text message. This is a topic students have strong opinions on and it really allows them to exercise their argumentative writing skills. They will write on this same topic at the end of the year and we will be able to assess the growth they have made in their writing skills by comparing the two essays. 

The La Vista/La Sierra attendance office has moved to the front of the school. Students who arrive late to school can now check in with our attendance clerk, Ms. Zavala, right when they walk in the front door! This location is also more convenient for families checking their students in or out of school.

The new La Vista/La Sierra Family Liaison, Joel Medina, held his first Parent Academy on Thursday. The purpose of the Parent Academy is to help our families learn more about our school so they can best support their students. Participants learned how to monitor their student's grades and academic progress using Aeries and Google Classroom. Mr. Medina will share similar information with the families of our English Learners during the La Vista/La Sierra English Learner Advisory Counsel (ELAC) meeting next Tuesday, August 30 at 3:00.  Please see the ELAC flyer in this newsletter for more information.

ELAC isn't the only exciting event on the Lion Calendar next week. We also have Club Rush on Tuesday, August 30. I can't wait to get our club culture up and running on campus. Extra-curricular activities are linked to academic success and increased student connection and happiness in school so please encourage your student to participate in club rush.  Next, the after-school program also starts on Tuesday, August 30. The after-school program runs three days a week - Tuesday thru Thursday. Many extracurricular activities like eSports and regular sports will be offered and food, tutoring, and transportation are provided. Finally, Thursday, September 1 is an early-release day for all La Vista/La Sierra students. Please see the flyer in this newsletter for the early-release schedule. comaining"!

La Vista/La Sierra received a $19,500 Phelps Grant last spring to repurpose the conference room in the counseling office into a Wellness Center for our students - the Zen Den! While there are still some finishing touches to complete, the Zen Den is open for business. I am very grateful to the team that helped create this social-emotional safe space for our students.

Finally, the La Vista/La Sierra video production students have put together another fantastic episode of Lion's Roar. Please click on the link below and check it out!

Have a safe and relaxing weekend Lions.


Sandi Layana, Principal

La Vista/La Sierra High Schools

Lions Weekly Roar Video
After School Program
For the 2022-23 school year, FJUHSD was approved to implement Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) at Buena Park, Fullerton Union, La Habra, and La Vista High Schools. Parents with students who attend these schools will not be required to complete a lunch application form. Conversely, FJUHSD was not approved for CEP for Sunny Hills, Sonora, and Troy High Schools. While meals will continue to be served to students at no cost at non-CEP schools, the District will be encouraging parents who may qualify for free and reduced meals to complete a 2022-23 lunch application. The District Food Services team is here to support. Please contact us for questions or assistance at (714) 870-2820 or by email at foodservices@fjuhsd.org.
Virtual College & Career Center
Parent / Guardian Notification Letter for Health Instruction
Dear FJUHSD Families,

This past year may have presented a variety of difficulties for students and their families. Some of us, including our students, are experiencing fatigue in response to the pandemic and other factors. Some students are disconnecting (or disengaging) and may find it hard to motivate ourselves and engage in school. Before the pandemic, one in four may have needed help maintaining our mental health. Those numbers are on the rise and reaching higher levels due to limited in-person connections to people, places, and things that help us stay healthy.

As our district works in accordance with state and local guidelines to safely reopen campuses we know that the process is challenging and many in our community are in need of help.

If a student or family member is in need of support or are worried about a loved one, Care Solace can help students and their families find mental health and substance use treatment options matched to your needs regardless of the circumstance.

FJUHSD students, staff, and families can use Care Solace at no charge to them. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7 and can support students and families in any language.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help find a provider

  • Call 888-515-0595. Access Care Solace 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Visit https://www.caresolace.com/site/fjuhsdfamilies/ and either search on your own, OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

  • Email weserve@caresolace.org with the following information:
Your name and contact information (cell phone number)
Your preferred language
A good time for Care Solace to contact you

Below are resources available in our community.


La Vista & La Sierra High School
(714) 447-7821
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