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Students are expected to be seated in class when the tardy bell rings. If a student is late to school, he/she is required to check in with the attendance office before going to class. Frequent tardiness without a valid excuse is considered truancy under state law. You may view your student attendance and tardy records by logging into SchoolLoop and clicking on the attendance tab or through the Student and Parent Portals. 

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The online textbook is a very helpful resource:

(They even have video tutorials, mini quizzes, and extra questions which can be accessed by clicking the icons along the side).

   You can access the online textbook by:

- go to ladera ranch home page

- click student links

- click on the large CLEVER app

- click on the login to interactive tab

- have your student log in with the same log in they do whenever they use the chrome books (they'll know)

....but just in case it's   Username: year they graduate last name  first letter of first name first letter of middle name

                                     Password: ID number (lunch code) a

- click on the Go Math icon

- you now have access to the online textbook


Click on the attachment below to submit your request.











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Principal Newsletter

September 25, 2017


Dear Lions,


Important Safety Tips for Kids

Now that we have recently begun a new school year, please review the following safety tips with your children.


    Don’t talk to strangers.


    Don’t take anything from strangers.


    Don’t go anywhere with someone you don’t know.


    Stay more than an arm’s reach from strangers. If you are approached by a stranger, seek help immediately.


    Trust your instincts, if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.


    Use the buddy system, avoid walking anywhere alone.


    Review contact telephone numbers and home safety practices.


    When seeking help, always go to a trusted adult – teacher, coach, police officer, other parent, or older siblings.


    If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away.  Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, “this is not my dad,” or “this is not my mom.”


    Report any suspicious activity to your local school and police department.


Curriculum and Instruction:


Schoolloop Account Creation:  Students and parents new to LRMS are now able to create accounts on School Loop. You’ll need your child’s seven digit student ID# (located on Parent Portal as well as class list received at Walkthrough Registration), a valid email address and the first/last name initials of the student. Parents and students should have separate School Loop accounts as we send targeted messages to parents only sometimes.School Loop & Parent Portal are different. School Loop serves as our school’s gradebook and email system for home to school communications.


Student and Parent Concerns:


We will be having our four mandatory safety drills on the following dates:

  1. Sept. 28 Thurs. P.1                               Lock down and Evacuation /Fire Drill
  2. Oct. 19 Thurs. (NIMS) @10:19 a.m.     Drop, Cover, Hold and Evacuation/Fire
  3. Jan. 18 Thurs. P.4                                Drop, Cover, Hold and Evacuation/Fire
  4. March 12 Mon. P.5                               Lock down and Evacuation /Fire Drill (at beginning of period5)


Please follow up with your son or daughter at home as to what your family’s emergency plan will be if we experience an emergency during school hours. 

It is imperative your child realizes he/she MUST STAY AT SCHOOL until a parent or trusted adult on your emergency contact list (please be sure this list is current) signs him or her out.  Children cannot run home to unsafe buildings and dangerous situations.  At school, we have food, medical supplies and trained personnel to keep your child safe.   On our website, we have an excellent safety video that we show to our students during the week of the drill.  Please take a few minutes to review this video with your child.


Please note that the bell schedule will be slightly altered to ensure equity in instructional time.   


Our bell schedule for September 28th is as follows:


                                    Period 1/Fire Drill:     8:15—9:25                  70 minutes

                                    Period 2:                      9:29—10:19                50 minutes

                                    Break:                          10:19—10:29              10 minutes

                                    Period 3:                      10:33—11:23              50 minutes

                                    Period 4:                      11:27—12:17              50 minutes

                                    8th ROAR:                     12:17—12:32             15 minutes

                                    6/7 LUNCH:                 12:17—12:52              35 minutes

                                    All Lunch:                    12:32—12:52              20 minutes

                                    8th LUNCH:                   12:32—1:07                35 minutes

                                    6/7 ROAR:                   12:56—1:11                15 minutes

                                    Period 5:                      1:11—2:01                  50 minutes

                                    Period 6:                      2:05—2:55                  50 minutes


Parent Workshops Survey:  The School Counselors from the Ladera Ranch community are partnering together to have parent awareness workshops on a variety of topics. We would like your help in selecting days, times and topics that will be covered. Please click on the link below to answer three multiple choice questions regarding upcoming parent workshops. Thank You!


 You are invited!:  Please join us at our first PTA Association meeting on Tuesday, September 26th, at 8:30am in the MPR.  Come find out what we have planned for the school year and listen to our special speaker, Dr. Duarte. See you there!!


Reflections Art Contest!  This year’s theme is "Within Reach.”  Reflections is a PTA run art contest that allows K-12 students to explore a theme in these categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition, Film Production, Dance Choreography and Literature.  Entry forms and rules for each category are available online at our Council PTA website at  program/forms

Please contact Hilary Clark at or Julie Brennan with any questions. Deadline for Entries is Monday, September 25th before 3pm.


It's not too late to join PTA! If you missed us at registration, membership is only $13 and the funds help provide many benefits to our students including technology needs, school assemblies and speakers, Reflections, and teacher grants.

Membership forms are located in the office. Please contact Judi Pitko with any questions,


We had a great turnout for our first school dance!  Thank you to ASB and all of our staff and students for such a spectacular event with over one-third of the school showing up. 


Important Dates to Remember

October 13                  End of 1st Quarter (grades posted on Parent Portal a week later)

October 18                 Make Up pictures (during PE class)

October 26                   Minimum Day (Dismissal 12:15pm)

November 1               Pupil Free Day – professional development for teachers

November 10             Veterans Day – No School

Nov. 20-24                 Thanksgiving Recess

November 27             School Resumes

December 21             End of 2nd quarter

December 22             Pupil Free Day

Dec. 25- Jan. 5          Winter Recess

January 8                  School resumes

January 15                Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -  No School


News from San Juan Hills High School

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News from Tesoro High School

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News from Capistrano Unified School District:

We are hosting a Drug Awareness Night, in partnership with Assemblyman Bill Brough, Senator Pat Bates, the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the County of Orange, focusing on the rapid increase of Opioid and Heroin addiction in Orange County. 

The evening was put together in response to the Orange County Health Care Agency's report, "2017 Opioid Overdose & Death in Orange County." A copy of the report can be viewed here.

  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • 29211 Stallion Ridge, San Juan Capistrano
  • Additional Information can be found on the flyer: Opioid and Heroin Crisis - October 2 2017.pdf 


The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities.  The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.


With Lion Pride,



George Duarte, Ed.D.


Ladera Ranch Middle School


Opioid and Heroin Crisis - October 2 2017.pdf 

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