Posted by: "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE" | January 31, 2010

Thoughts on Education – 5th District connectivity

       Education in the 5th District of Humboldt County, California covers a wide geographic area. Not only does the infrastructure for education stretch from the ocean to the eastern county edge, but northerly as well, from the Mad River (and portions south) toward the Klamath River Region at the northern county boundary. This is a very large area of peoples too. With that said, understanding and promoting diversity is an important key for the growth of the students within the 5th District.

It is the belief of many that the more interaction students can gain between schools, the better students can learn to engage socially together. To help promote “social inter-activities” among and between the various schools, it is important to appropriately educate the student bodies about technology and how it will be a part of their future communication needs. We must not forget, however, to also encourage the continued teachings on how to gather information the “old-fashioned way – reading, writing, using the library for historical and cultural references, etc..”.

       The continued support for each individual school’s IT needs and the connectivities which bring more students from more schools together is necessary for a rural Humboldt County to compete economically and socially in the 21st Century. To be able to accomplish this as a united student body, all schools must ensure and provide a more welcoming  and inclusive environment for all students of all backgrounds including provisions for refining disciplinary procedures and policies, providing professional development for staff members regarding understanding and responding to cultural differences, and updating school curricula to include Native American history and culture“. – partial excerpt from an ACLU letter to D.C.S.D.

A united school which guarantees it’s students the freedom to learn without discrimination, prejudice and bias is a school which measures success by the smiles and hearty laughs of its students. Students are children; and, like so many people say, “let children have their day and grow up.” So, it is also true that too much information overload can be a detriment. This is why parents and teachers shall need to continue to communicate together about the individualism of each student.  

Some areas of continued support for educators within the 5th District include: IT Plans (including a local student body Pen Pal program?), inter-school field trips, mentoring programs between schools/students, connectivities and collaborations with College of The Redwoods and Humboldt State University for information specific studies and field trips, school organizations, performing arts and athletics,  etc… 

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  KLAMATH-TRINITY JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Hoopa Valley High

Hoopa Valley Elementary

Trinity Valley Elementary 

Captain John Continuation High

Jack Norton Elementary

Orleans Elementary School

Two Rivers Community Day Schools – site under construction

Rivers Edge Community Day School – site under construction

Weitchpec Yurok Magnet Program


American Indian Academy (McKinleyville)

  Northcoast Charter School – Main Campus (K-8 Arcata/Trinidad)
269 Big Lagoon Park
Trinidad, CA 95570
PHONE: (707)822-0861

Arcata Children’s Center
822-1423
1695 10th St., Arcata

Grades preschool-4; afterschool program, grades K-4. Also operates a preschool program in McKinleyville.

Willow Creek Christian School
(916) 629-3332
Christian School Road, Highway 299, Willow Creek
Grades K-12

Northern Humboldt Consortium of Schools
Northern Humboldt Union High School District
McKinleyville Union School District
Fieldbrook School District
Trinidad School District
Big Lagoon School District

The Northern Humboldt Consortium of Schools is currently composed of 5 school districts; Northern Humboldt Union High School District, McKinleyville Union School Distrcit, Fieldbrook School District, Trinidad Union School… Read more

Northern Humboldt Union High School District
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McKinleyville Union School District
The mission of the McKinleyville Union School District, a family-centered, educational, community on the Redwood Coast, is to develop ethical, lifelong learners living successfully in a… Read more

Fieldbrook School District
Fieldbrook School is an elementary school for children from Kindergarten to the eighth grade. We are a one school district with a student population of about one hundred and sixteen students. Fieldbrook School serves the small rural community of Fieldbrook, located 5 miles east of McKinleyville, California. It is the only school in the Fieldbrook School District, and offers instructional… Read more

Trinidad Union School District
Location:
Nestled in the redwoods 30 minutes north of Eureka, the county seat of Humboldt County. The unique geographical features of Trinidad Head, the memorial lighthouse,and Trinidad… Read more

Big Lagoon School District
Big Lagoon School is a rural elementary school serving grades K-8. Big Lagoon is located approximately nine miles north of Trinidad, CA and serves a small community with approximately… Read more

Blue Lake Union Elementary School  District 

In rural Humboldt County, Blue Lake Union Elementary School District has one school serving approximately 175 students. According to the 2004-2005 SARC, 4.4% are Hispanic, 73.2% are white, 1.6% is African American, 1.1% is Asian, and 19.1% are American Indian and .5% is no response. Four full-time teachers and eight part-time teachers provide a student/teacher ratio of 17.4:1 in K-3 and 24.3:1 in 4-6; class size average is 21.5 students. Seventeen classified employees provide clerical, maintenance, transportation, and cafeteria services as well as instructional assistance. Blue Lake School has no EL students in our district. With our purchase of new PC’s, each classroom will have a brand new computer, making the ratio 21.5:1. The ratio of student to computers counting those older Macs in our lab and our class set of AlphaSmart keyboards is three to one. The use of technology in teaching and learning is sporadic and communication with parents is minimal. Our API average for the last three years is 756.

Green Point School District

 Green Point Schoolprovides a well-balanced education in a safe and respectful environment where the strengths and interests of each student can flourish. A highly qualified staff that specializes in the arts, sciences, and computer technologies ensures Green Point students achieve academic excellence through positive, multi-age peer support and a rigorous curriculum. Teachers use individualized instruction, cooperative learning, and experiential education techniques to meet students’ diverse needs and ensure their academic success. Green Point’s staff facilitates student creativity, positive social interaction, and integration into the local and global community. 

Orick School District

THE WHOLE ORICK SCHOOL COMMUNITY CREATES AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE LEARNERS ARE INVOLVED AND ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACADEMIC, SOCIAL, AND EMOTIONAL GROWTH. LEARNERS VIEW THE SCHOOL AS THE PLACE IN THEIR COMMUNITY THAT PROVIDES THE RESOURCES, HUMAN AND TECHNOLOGICAL, TO PREPARE THEM FOR THE CHALLENGES IN THEIR FUTURES. ORICK SCHOOL IS A PLACE WHERE STUDENTS, STAFF, COMMUNITY, AND BUSINESS INTERACT AND INTERCHANGE AS THEY OFFER EXPERIENCES AND SERVICES TO ONE ANOTHER.

 Maple Creek Elementary School District

Maple Creek School is a necessary small school with an enrollment of 12 students (K-8). The school is nestled in the Maple Creek and Mad River Valleys east of Arcata, surrounded by pasture land, forest, and mountains. The area is sparsely settled and accessible from Blue Lake, about a 35 minute drive and from Eureka, about a 50 minute drive. The Maple Creek School teachers are a committed and dedicated staff who provide a quality instructional program for the students. The secretary, custodian, bus driver, and instructional aides all take an active interest in the students which adds to the close, personal relationships among the school community.

The mission of Maple Creek Elementary School District is to use available resources to provide an exemplary educational program for the students of Maple Creek School. The District will also provide and support an environment that fosters staff communication, mutual trust, respect, and esteem, and encourages professional growth.

 Last edited on January 31, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Jeffrey Lytle – Humboldt County 5th District Supervisor candidate 

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