South Lake Newsletter - February 19, 2021


Good Afternoon South Lake Families,


Please join me in congratulating all students who participated in the science showcase this year! We had 10 projects submitted to the district and 4 of them have been chosen to move on to the Orange County District fair as well as the Broadcom Masters Science fair…Well done!

  • Visha N. - “The Peel Deal”

  • Hadisa A. - “The Peel Deal”

  • Caden B. - “The Peel Deal”

  • Matthew C. - “Plant Stress Response to Climate Change Induced Salinity: Identifying Biomarkers by Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry”

  • Zacc S. - “The Thermoelectric Fan Powered By A Candle”

  • Naim B. - “Comparison of UV Absorption Rate of Sunscreens” 

We wish them the best of luck and thank them for representing our school!


Have a wonderful weekend Sharks!

Be well,

Belinda Averill



Food Drive

ASB is collecting canned, dry, non-perishable, and packaged food items to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Please drop items off in the barrels in the front office…thank you!


Annual Survey

IUSD’s Annual Survey is closing February 22.  I would like to encourage you to take a moment to complete this important survey.  Your responses are critical in providing feedback about school climate and where resources are focused through the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) process. This interactive process helps IUSD identify annual goals, take action on those goals, and measure progress on academic achievement, school climate and parent engagement as part of the 10 month LCAP process. To take the parent survey nowclick here


College and Career Fair

The IUSD College and Career Fair is going Virtual!  On Monday, February 22, students will be able to access the virtual event to explore college information, learn about community partners, discover more about Career Technical Education, and much more! Live, online sessions will go from 6-8pm.  During that time, participants can attend live guest speaker panels, breakout sessions about Career Technical Education, financial aid and college admissions sessions, and chat with college representatives via live Zoom links. To register your student for the event, go to C&C 2021 Flyer - Student Registration.  


Youth Action Team (YAT)

Looking for fun afterschool activities for your child? The City of Irvine through our YAT team are offering some really cool classes on campus as well as in the city. Below are the South Lake offerings – please see this All IUSD March Programs Flyer for the full offerings in the city. Classes include skate board making, anime, biking, creative painting, field games, surfing and baking.


SPRING South Lake Youth Action Team (YAT) – Course ID#36887

We will be having special guest speakers from various local organizations speak about ways we can give back to our community with an addition of at-home community service projects! We may even be able to incorporate some in-person projects and have smaller groups meet at different locations/sites to volunteer. Our Spring YAT volunteer program will started, Monday, January 11th and end Wednesday, May 19th. We will meet online from 3:30pm-4:45pm every Monday and Wednesday.

Cost: $39.00

Dates: Jan 11 - May 19; Every Monday afterschool. Wednesday volunteer projects.

Who: South Lake students. 

Sole Sisters – Course Code w/ Kit ($15) #40357             Course Code w/o Kit ($5) #40358

The City of Irvine Middle School Program is happy to announce that the Sole Sisters program is going online! We are offering a variety of activities (Team bonding, ice breakers, at home workouts, Netflix party etc.) for students to engage with while at home. Our goal is to continue to offer support and encouragement to our students during this time. Our primary platform for meetings will be the online video conference app “ZOOM. Please see below for more information regarding Sole Sisters happenings

Cost: w/ Kit: $15     w/out Kit: $5

Dates: Every Tuesday 2:40 PM – 3:40 PM

Who: 7th and 8th Grade Females 

Spray Paint and Design – Course Code #42243

Learn the emerging art of spray can skills from Isaias Campuzano as we cover the wide variety of spray paint types and nozzles as well as share beginner to intermediate techniques!

Cost: $40

Dates: Tuesday’s in March; 3:00PM – 4:30PM

Who: ALL IUSD Students

Where: Heritage Park Community Center.   


Upcoming Public Information Meeting

IUSD Facilities Planning has scheduled a virtual Public Information Meeting (PIM) for South Lake Middle School to discuss Measure E Improvements on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. These improvements could begin as early as the summer of 2021.


7th Grade Health

For information about the Health Unit, please go to 7th Grade Health Unit Parent Notification  for details. Opt out requests must be submitted by February 28th.


Recycle Bin

Are your kids out growing their clothes? We have installed a clothing and shoe recycling bin in our parking lot near the entrance/exit by Misty Run. All proceeds from recycling will go to South Lake ASB.


IUSD COVID-19 Reporting Instructions for Families
If your student(s) is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, it must be reported to your school through your secure account in the Parent Portal. Please follow IUSD reporting instructions. IUSD schools and staff will maintain confidentiality and protect student privacy, following all FERPA protocols. We would like to remind you that if anyone in your household is in the process of being tested for COVID – please keep your student home quarantined. For any further questions or communications please contact Principal Averill at and/or Nurse Newson at


Illness Prevention

We continue to ask that students not spend unnecessary time on campus before and after school and that they adhere to physical distancing in common areas such as lunch tables, walkways, and hallways, and to wear their mask properly. Through the diligent efforts of all South Lake staff, we will continue to provide a safe learning environment for your students. And our efforts have been enhanced by your willingness to communicate openly with us so that illnesses and exposures can be managed appropriately. We realize that it can be stressful for your students to be absent from in-person instruction and please know that we remain dedicated to the success of our students and our school community. If any of the following are currently true for your student, please keep them home and contact us so that an appropriate return to school date can be identified, following both California Department of Public Health and Orange County Health Care Agency guidelines:

  • Your student is experiencing any symptoms of illness please refer to the Decision Tree Guide and Health Screening Checklist (see translated checklists below)

  • Your student has tested positive for COVID or waiting results of a test

  • A member of your household is awaiting test results or has already tested positive for COVID

  • Your student has been in close contact with a friend of family member who has since tested positive for COVID

Spanish - Daily Home Screening Checklist

Korean - Daily Home Screening

Japanese - Daily Home Screening

Farsi - Daily Home Screening

Chinese Traditional - Daily Home Screening

Chinese Simplified - Daily Home Screening

Arabic - Daily Home Screening      


Upcoming Dates

February 22nd – College & Career Fair

February 26th – End of Trimester

February 28th – Health Opt Out Due