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Welcome Back Staff - 2022-23
08/05/2022

Greetings Colleagues,

While it may be hard to believe, the 2022-2023 school year really is just around the corner!  Some of you may not have had much of a break this summer due to working in the summer school program or working to prepare our schools for students coming back this fall.  Whether you enjoyed a break over the summer or worked, I am hopeful you feel rejuvenated and excited for the start of the school year.

We are all aware recent years have been challenging.  As educators, we have felt instability, the impact of insufficient support and resources, and at times, underappreciated for all of the work we have been doing.  COVID-19 created a challenging environment.  The past couple of years are not how it is supposed to be in education!  That being said, thank you for not giving up and for coming back (or just starting with Eureka City Schools) to make our schools a better place to grow and learn.  What you do each day is important to the future of our students and our community.

According to Phil Boyte, “School culture does not start with students, it starts with us, the adults.”  As such, I am challenging you, despite the setbacks we have faced in recent years, to come to school on August 22nd with a positive attitude.  Students mirror the environment they are in, and if it is positive, they respond in kind.  Attending school is either an experience people merely survive, or it is the time they begin to truly thrive!  Societal trends and pressures influence the culture in our schools, and without culture caretakers, social influences will be the primary definers of our school’s culture!

To kick off the new school year, I look forward to seeing each of you at our back-to-school meeting on Wednesday, August 17th.  Upon arrival, please come to the Eureka High School Auditorium Foyer where you will be welcomed by your principal or supervisor.  A continental breakfast will be available at 7:30 a.m. in the hallway/foyer adjacent to the auditorium.  At 8:00 a.m. we will proceed into the auditorium for our meeting.  A full schedule of professional development for the week is enclosed and posted on the website.  Please note the Eureka Teachers Association (ETA) is inviting members to attend a voluntary meeting in the cafeteria before the 8:00 a.m. official welcome. The Classified Schools Employee Association (CSEA) is also holding a voluntary meeting in the Rose Garden at Eureka High School.

To set the stage, our staff has been meticulously working to prepare our sites for the school year ahead.  I would like to extend a big “thank you” to our teams and the work they have done to prepare for the upcoming school year!  As you arrive on August 17th, please note the construction of the new Jay Willard Gymnasium, eliminating the large lot in front of the old gym as a parking option.  The District Office (Marshall) parking lot is available in addition to street parking and the staff parking lot off of Del Norte Street.  Please allow a couple of extra minutes to find parking and to walk to the auditorium.

Sincerely,


Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

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Welcome Back Families - 2022-23
08/05/2022

Greetings Parents and Students,

Summer break is drawing to an end and it is time to start thinking about the first day of school.  The first day of school is Monday, August 22nd, and our staff is eager to welcome your student(s) to the new school year!

The COVID-19 endemic has had a great impact on student learning.  We are eager to partner with you to help accelerate learning for your students.  For this partnership to be successful, the first ingredient is students attending school each and every day unless they are ill.  

The Eureka City Schools Board of Trustees has identified the top priorities for the District in their Strategic Plan.  Of those 19 priority areas, the top three, in order, are: English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social-Emotional Wellbeing.  Given these priorities, we have been designing our professional development for staff to have the greatest enhancement to student learning in these areas.  A couple of the strategies we will be employing this year include new curriculum in certain grade levels and common pacing and assessments by grade level and subject areas across the District.  This will allow us to be more responsive to the individual needs of students. 

The first day of school is one full of excitement and anticipation for the upcoming year.  The experience your students have in school is up to them.  They need to remain optimistic about the benefits of staying in school and work to stay current with assignments, classwork, and other learnings. Please work with them to keep school enjoyable.

As you start thinking about the upcoming school year, I encourage you to read with younger students every night and check in with your older students, including reviewing current grade information in PowerSchool.  I encourage you to get involved in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at your student’s school.  Without the support of the PTA, many opportunities for students would not exist, and the PTA cannot provide support without parents volunteering their time and expertise. These steps will allow families to take an active part in their student’s education.

Wishing you and your students a happy new school year!


Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.
Superintendent


Saludos Padres y Estudiantes
Las vacaciones de verano están llegando a su fin y es hora de comenzar a pensar en el primer día de clases. ¡El primer día de clases es el Lunes 22 de Agosto, y nuestro personal está emocionado por dar la bienvenida a su(s) estudiante(s) para el nuevo año escolar!

El COVID-19 endémico ha tenido un gran impacto en el aprendizaje de los estudiantes. Estamos emocionados  por asociarnos con usted para ayudar a acelerar el aprendizaje de sus estudiantes. Para que esta asociación tenga éxito, el primer ingrediente es que los estudiantes asistan a la escuela todos los días al menos que estén enfermos.

La Junta Directiva de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka ha identificado las principales prioridades para el Distrito en su Plan Estratégico. De esas 19 áreas prioritarias, las tres principales, en orden, son: Artes del Lenguaje Inglés, Matemáticas y Bienestar Socioemocional. Dadas estas prioridades, hemos estado diseñando nuestro desarrollo profesional para que el personal tenga el mayor enriquecimiento en el aprendizaje de los estudiantes en estas áreas. Un par de estrategias que emplearemos este año incluyen un nuevo plan de estudios en ciertos niveles de grado y ritmo común y evaluaciones por nivel de grado y áreas temáticas a través del distrito. Esto nos permitirá ser más receptivos a las necesidades individuales de los estudiantes.

El primer día de clases está lleno de emoción y anticipación para el año escolar. La experiencia que sus estudiantes tengan en la escuela depende de ellos. Deben mantenerse optimistas sobre los beneficios de permanecer en la escuela y trabajar para mantenerse al día con las tareas, el trabajo en clase y otros aprendizajes. Por favor, trabaje con ellos para mantener la escuela agradable.

A medida que comience a pensar en el próximo año escolar, lo animo a que lea con los estudiantes más jóvenes todas las noches y se comunique con sus estudiantes más grandes, incluyendo revisando la información de las calificaciones actuales en PowerSchool. Los animo a participar en la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA) en la escuela de su estudiante. Sin el apoyo de la PTA, no existirían muchas oportunidades para los estudiantes, y la PTA no puede brindar apoyo sin que los padres ofrezcan su tiempo y experiencia como voluntarios. Estos pasos permitirán que las familias tomen una parte activa en la educación de sus estudiantes.

¡Deseándole a usted y a sus estudiantes un feliz nuevo año escolar! 


Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D. 
Superintendente

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PRESS RELEASE - BY RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, THE BOARD ROOM AT EUREKA CITY SCHOOLS NAMED IN HONOR OF RETIRED BOARD MEMBER FRANCES H. TAPLIN, WHO SERVED AS AN EDUCATOR AND TRUSTEE FOR OVER 57 YEARS
07/06/2022

EUREKA, CA – July 6, 2022 –  Eureka City Schools is pleased to announce the official naming of the Board Room at the District Office the Frances H. Taplin Board Room.  On June 23, 2022, the Board of Education adopted a resolution formally dedicating the Board Room to Mrs. Frances H. Taplin, who served within Eureka City Schools as an educator and trustee for over 57 years.  When discussing the recognition, Mrs. Taplin conveyed, “Working for the schools is something that is a part of me.  I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t a part of Eureka City Schools.  During my time as a teacher, followed by my time as a Board member, the District became a part of my family.  It always has been.”  

The anticipated dedication and naming of the Board Room, which was first announced at the Eureka High School graduation ceremony on June 17, 2022, came as a sweet surprise to Mrs. Taplin.  During the graduation, after enjoying a special dedication of the “School Song” by Limited Edition, Superintendent Van Vleck read the proposed resolution.  At that time he noted the resolution, if approved by the Board on June 23, 2022, would name the Board Room the Frances H. Taplin Board Room. After the resolution was passed by the Board on June 23, 2022, Superintendent Van Vleck said, “I cannot think of a more deserving person to name the Board Room after.  It is very fitting that all the direction from the Board from here on out will happen in a room named in Mrs. Taplin’s honor.” 

While Mrs. Taplin’s resignation was effective on June 18, 2022, she still plans to be actively involved in the schools and her community.  She is also looking forward to spending more time with her family members who live locally and out of the area.  When asked for her thoughts on retiring from the Board of Education after 26 years, Mrs. Taplin notes, “I have been so fortunate to work with so many wonderful people.  The experiences I have had as the Eureka Teachers Association President broadened my horizons.  I have made some wonderful friends on the local, state, and national levels.  My friends have come from my experiences in education, whether it be a student or family member.”


A recap of the information contained in Board Resolution No. 21-22-035 is listed below.

  • Mrs. Frances Hunt Taplin graduated from Eureka High School, Class of 1951;
  • Mrs. Taplin came to work for Eureka City Schools in 1964 after working as a teacher at Woods Elementary Schools in Carmel, CA for six years;
  • Mrs. Taplin worked at Franklin School from 1964 to 1977, teaching grades 4, 5, and 6, and at Lafayette Elementary School from 1977 through 1995, teaching grades 5 and 6; 
  • Mrs. Taplin served as the Eureka Teachers Association President for a total of seven years (non-consecutive terms); 
  • Mrs. Taplin retired from Eureka City Schools in 1995 after teaching for a total 37 years, 31 of which were with Eureka City Schools; 
  • Mrs. Taplin served as a Trustee on the Eureka City Schools Governing Board from 1996 to 2022, for a total of 26 years, including service as the Board President; 
  • Mrs. Taplin has served the students, families, and staff, of the State of California for over 63 years, and Eureka City Schools as an educator and as a Board Member for over 57 years;  
  • Mrs. Taplin has worked tirelessly within the public school system to educate our children to become responsible and productive citizens, well-equipped with the qualities needed of our future leaders; and
  • With the above contributions clearly establishing Mrs. Taplin’s dedication to Eureka City Schools, and as an acknowledgment of Mrs. Taplin’s service and generosity, the Governing Board wishes to name the Eureka City Schools Board Room the Frances H. Taplin Board Room. 

A full copy of Resolution 21-22-023 is located on the Eureka City Schools website under Board Documents. 


Press Contact:
Micalyn Harris, Executive Assistant
Superintendent’s Office
[email protected]
Tel: 707-441-2414

 


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Notice of Public Hearing - EPA Expenditures
06/10/2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Education Protection Act (EPA) Expenditures

When: Thursday, June 23, 2022 – 6:30 p.m.

What: Education Protection Act (EPA) Expenditures

Where: Eureka City Schools Regular Board Meeting (2100 J Street, Eureka, CA 95501 – Room 116)

At a regularly scheduled meeting on June 23, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., the Eureka City Schools Governing Board will hold a public hearing to receive public comment to seek input and take testimony from the public in regard to the Education Protection Act (EPA) expenditures.  

Pursuant to Article XIII, Section 36 of the California Constitution, school districts are required to determine how the moneys received from the Education Protection Act (EPA) are spent in the schools within their jurisdiction, and further stipulates that the governing board makes the spending determinations in an open session of a public meeting. Funds from the EPA cannot be used for the salaries and benefits of administrators or any other administrative costs.

No new funding is created due to the approval of Proposition 30 or the establishment of the Education Protection Account. The approximate amount of Eureka City Schools EPA funds that will be distributed via the EPA for 2022-2023 is $2,654,627.  In 2022-2023, all expenditures and other financing uses are designated for “Instruction”.

Contact:

Paul Ziegler, Assistant Superintendent Business Services 

Eureka City Schools

Tel: 707-441-2412

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Important Information for Students/Families | Mensaje importante para estudiantes / familias
03/01/2022
March 1, 2022

Greetings Parents,

Yesterday the Newsom Administration announced the statewide school timeline to lift the mandatory masking mandate for vaccinated and unvaccinated students.  The announcement included several key points. The statewide school indoor mask mandate will expire for all students, regardless of vaccination status, at the end of the day on Friday, March 11th. This means Monday, March 14th will be the first school day with no mandate for students to wear a mask. 

Please note, it is still recommended that students wear a mask.  Please talk with your students and make the personal choice of whether or not they will continue to wear a mask in school.  As a reminder, masks will continue to be required through Friday, March 11th.

Please stay healthy and stay strong.  

This message will be posted to the District’s website and Facebook pages.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.

Superintendent 





Saludos padres,


Ayer, la Administración de Newsom anunció el cronograma escolar en todo el estado para levantar el mandato obligatorio de uso de cubrebocas para los estudiantes vacunados y no vacunados. El anuncio incluía varios puntos claves. El mandato de cubrebocas interior escolar en todo el estado vencerá para todos los estudiantes, independientemente del estado de vacunación, al final del día viernes, 11 de marzo. Esto significa que el lunes, 14 de marzo será el primer día escolar sin mandato para que los estudiantes usen cubrebocas. 


Tenga en cuenta que todavía se recomienda que los estudiantes usen cubrebocas. Hable con sus estudiantes y tome la decisión personal de continuar usando o no un cubrebocas en la escuela. Como recordatorio, se seguirán requiriendo cubrebocas hasta el viernes, 11 de marzo.


Por favor, manténgase saludable y fuerte.


Este mensaje se publicará en el sitio web del Distrito y en las páginas de Facebook.


Gracias


Fred Van Vleck, Ed. D.

Superintendente
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Message from the Superintendent
02/25/2022

Greetings Parents,

On Monday, February 28th, Governor Newsom is scheduled to provide direction for California Schools regarding masking.  All Eureka City Schools will continue to follow the guidelines put forth by the state, which currently says; all students and staff shall wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.  When this changes, we will let you know.

Unfortunately in other health news, Humboldt County Public Health has informed us that several students in the greater Eureka area have been diagnosed with shigellosis. Shigellosis is a highly contagious diarrheal illness caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Shigella can spread through person-to-person contact and contaminated food or water. Symptoms may include severe or bloody diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. If your student is experiencing these symptoms, please see your medical provider and do not send your student to school.  We will be taking extra precautions in disinfecting our common touch areas and restrooms around the District.

Please stay healthy and stay strong.

This message will be posted on the District Facebook page and sent out via our autodialer on February 27th.


Saludos padres,

El lunes 28 de febrero, el Gobernador Newsom está programado a proporcionar instrucciones a las escuelas de California al respecto del uso de mascarillas. Todas las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka continuarán siguiendo las guías establecidas por el estado, que actualmente dice; todos los estudiantes y el personal deberán usar una máscara adentro, independientemente del estatus de vacunación. Cuando esto cambie, se lo haremos saber.

Desafortunadamente, en otras noticias de salud, la Salud Pública del Condado de Humboldt nos ha informado que varios estudiantes en el área metropolitana de Eureka han sido diagnosticados con shigelosis . La shigelosis es una enfermedad diarreica altamente contagiosa causada por un grupo de bacterias llamadas Shigella. Shigella se puede propagar a través del contacto de persona a persona y alimentos o agua contaminados. Los síntomas pueden incluir diarrea severa o con sangre, fiebre y calambres estomacales. Si su estudiante experimenta estos síntomas, consulte a su proveedor médico y no envíe a su estudiante a la escuela. Tomaremos precauciones adicionales al desinfectar nuestras áreas comunes de contacto y baños en todo el Distrito.

Por favor, manténgase saludable y manténgase fuerte

Este mensaje se publicará en la página de Facebook y el sitio web del Distrito.

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Important Information for Students/Families | Mensaje importante para estudiantes / familias
02/15/2022
February 15, 2022

Greetings Parents,

Yesterday, we were updated by the State on the masking requirements for California.  Although the statewide indoor masking mandate lifts tomorrow for vaccinated individuals, the current statewide mandate requiring masking in schools for students and educators will remain in place.  School employees remain subject to the Cal/OSHA emergency guidance that took effect in January, which requires masking indoors regardless of vaccination status. We also learned that on February 28, 2022, the State will announce the timeline to lift the school indoor masking mandate, as long as COVID-19 health metrics continue to improve.

In summary, masks will continue to be required in all indoor school spaces and are highly recommended in all outdoor school places.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your student's school site.

Stay strong and stay healthy.  This message will be posted to the District’s website and Facebook pages.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.

Superintendent 


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Saludos padres, 

Ayer, el estado nos actualizó sobre los requisitos de cubrebocas para California. Aunque el mandato del uso de cubrebocas en interiores en todo el estado se levanta mañana para las personas vacunadas, el mandato estatal actual que exige el uso de cubrebocas en las escuelas para estudiantes y educadores seguirá vigente. Los empleados de las escuelas siguen sujetos a la guía de emergencia de Cal/OSHA que entró en vigencia en enero, que requiere el uso de cubrebocas en el interior, independientemente del estado de vacunación. Recientemente nos enteramos que el 28 de febrero de 2022, el estado anunciará el cronograma para levantar el mandato de uso de cubrebocas en el interior de las escuelas, siempre y cuando las métricas de salud de COVID-19 continúen mejorando.

En resumen, los cubrebocas seguirán siendo obligatorios en todos los espacios escolares interiores y se recomiendan en todos los lugares escolares al aire libre. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse con la escuela de su estudiante.

Manténgase fuerte y manténgase sano. Este mensaje se publicará en el sitio web del Distrito y en las páginas de Facebook.



Fred Van Vleck, Ed. D.

Superintendente
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Important Information for Students/Families | Mensaje importante para estudiantes / familias
01/13/2022
January 13, 2022

Greetings Parents,

Thank you for your valiant effort in helping us mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community.  This has allowed us, thus far, to keep our schools open for in school, in-person instruction. While COVID-19 positive rates have remained high in our community, I am happy to report we have yet to see a large spike in cases with our staff, allowing us to stay in person. 

As we move forward, I wanted to make sure families are apprised of the details of our contact tracing.  In the past, we have sent home a message, like this one, when a positive case was identified in the classroom of your student.  Due to the recent increase in cases, we have determined this is not productive in our contact tracing, and we will now be contacting families of students who have been identified as a “close contact.”

A “close contact” is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of another person who tested positive for COVID-19, masked or unmasked, for 15 minutes or more.  If your student has been vaccinated, parents will be contacted by a school staff member or via an automated message.  If your student has not been vaccinated, you will be contacted by a school staff member.  As always, if you have any questions, please contact your student’s school site.

Please stay strong as we continue to work to keep students in school, in-person.  At this point, we are well stocked with COVID-19 testing supplies.  Do not hesitate to request your student’s school site to test your student at school if they develop COVID-19 symptoms.  This message will be posted on the Eureka City Schools and South Bay website and Facebook pages.


Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.

Superintendent 


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Saludos familias,


Gracias por su valioso esfuerzo para ayudarnos a mitigar la propagación de COVID-19 en nuestras escuelas y comunidad. Esto nos ha permitido, hasta ahora, mantener nuestras escuelas abiertas para la instrucción en la escuela y en persona. Mientras las cifras de casos positivos de COVID-19 se han mantenido altas en nuestra comunidad, 

me complace informar que aún no hemos visto un gran aumento en los casos con nuestro personal, lo que nos permite permanecer en persona.


A medida que avanzamos, quiero asegurarme de que las familias estén al tanto de los detalles de nuestro rastreo de contactos. En el pasado, enviamos a casa un mensaje, como este, cuando se identificó un caso positivo en el salón de clases de su estudiante. Debido al reciente aumento de casos, hemos determinado que esto no es productivo en nuestro rastreo de contactos, como tal, ahora nos pondremos en contacto con los padres de los estudiantes que han sido identificados como "contacto cercano".


Un “contacto cercano” se define como alguien que estuvo a menos de 6 pies de otra persona que dio positivo al COVID-19, con o sin máscara, durante 15 minutos o más. Si su estudiante ha sido vacunado, los padres serán contactados a través de un miembro del personal de la escuela o mediante un mensaje automático. Si su estudiante no ha sido vacunado, el contacto será por un miembro del personal de la escuela. Como siempre, si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con la escuela de su estudiante.


Manténgase fuerte mientras continuamos trabajando para mantener a los estudiantes en la escuela, en persona. A partir de este momento, estamos suficientemente abastecidos con los suministros de pruebas de COVID-19, así que no dude en solicitar una prueba de COVID-19 en la escuela si desarrolla síntomas de COVID-19. Este mensaje se publicará en el sitio web y en las páginas de Facebook de Eureka City Schools y South Bay.
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01/10/2022

Important Information for Students/Families
Mensaje importante para estudiantes / familias

Click here to download the "Positive COVID Test In School" flowchart.

January 10, 2022

Greetings Parents,

The process for working with students and staff who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 has been evolving over time.  In the early evening of Friday, January 7th, Humboldt County Public Health announced to schools the new process they are asking us to follow.  This includes new guidelines for what meets the definition of fully vaccinated and new guidelines for quarantine and isolation.  

In order to be fully vaccinated, staff who are booster eligible must have received their booster.  If they have not and are booster eligible, they will be considered unvaccinated.  

For students, any student who completed their first round of vaccines is considered vaccinated, regardless of whether or not they are booster eligible.

Isolation and quarantine periods have also been updated.  Both are now 5 days, with some stipulations.  To help understand how we are responding to COVID-19, we have posted a link on our website to the flowchart we are following.  I encourage you to look at the flowchart so you can understand how we will respond to an exposure or a positive COVID-19 test.  If you have any further questions, please reach out to your student’s site.

The California Department of Public Health continues to publicize schools as one of the safest public places to be, given all students and staff are masked, routine testing is in place, and schools are contact tracing and quarantining/isolating students and staff as necessary.

Please notify your student’s school site if they test positive for COVID-19, so District staff can do the necessary contact tracing if the student had been in school the previous 48 hours.

Please stay strong as we mitigate the most recent surge of Covid-19 in our community and do what you can to help us keep students in school, in person.  This message will be posted to the South Bay and Eureka City Schools Websites and Facebook pages.


Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Click here to download the "Positive COVID Test In School" flowchart.

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Saludos padres,

El proceso para trabajar con los estudiantes y el personal que han estado expuestos o han dado positivo al COVID-19 ha ido evolucionando con el tiempo. En la tarde del viernes 7 de enero, Salud Pública del Condado de Humboldt anunció a las escuelas el nuevo proceso que nos piden que sigamos. Esto incluye nuevas guías que cumplen con la definición de completamente vacunado.

Para estar completamente vacunado, el personal elegible para el refuerzo debe haber recibido su refuerzo. Si no lo han hecho y son elegibles, se considerarán no vacunados.

Para los estudiantes, cualquier estudiante que completó su primera ronda de vacunas se considera vacunado, independientemente de si es o no elegible para el refuerzo.

También se han actualizado los períodos de aislamiento y cuarentena. Ambos son ahora de 5 días, con algunas estipulaciones. Para ayudar a comprender cómo estamos respondiendo al COVID-19, hemos publicado un enlace en nuestro sitio web al diagrama que estamos siguiendo. Le recomiendo que mire el diagrama para que pueda entender cómo responderemos a una exposición o una prueba positiva de COVID-19. Si tiene más preguntas, comuníquese con la escuela de su estudiante.

El Departamento de Salud Pública de California continúa publicitando las escuelas como uno de los lugares públicos más seguros, dado que todos los estudiantes y el personal usan cubrebocas, se realizan pruebas de rutina y las escuelas están rastreando contactos y poniendo en cuarentena/aislando a los estudiantes y al personal según sea necesario.


Notifique a la escuela de su estudiante si la prueba de COVID-19 da positivo, para que el personal del Distrito pueda hacer el rastreo de contacto necesario si el estudiante estuvo en la escuela las 48 horas anteriores.

Manténgase fuerte mientras mitigamos el aumento más reciente de Covid-19 en nuestra comunidad y haga lo que pueda para ayudarnos a mantener a los estudiantes en la escuela, en persona. Este mensaje se publicará en los sitios web y páginas de Facebook de las escuelas de South Bay y Eureka.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed. D.

Superintendente

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Important Information for Students/Families
01/04/2022

January 4, 2022

Greetings Families,

The news around the State and Nation has been grim regarding the recent COVID-19 surge.  Unfortunately, Humboldt County is following the same trend.  After the holidays, our schools have seen an increase in students and staff testing positive for COVID-19.  

Humboldt County Public Health’s recommendation is for schools to stay open and South Bay and Eureka City Schools are following this recommendation.  Up until this point, we have seen limited, almost non-existent spread from student-to-student or staff-to-student in classrooms.  Since we know our current COVID-19 protocols are working, we will continue implementing them.  We ask that you actively monitor symptoms in your household and please use the COVID-19 rapid test we sent home with your student yesterday to ensure they are not COVID-19 positive. 

Out of an abundance of caution, and following the recommendation of Humboldt County Public Health, we will be postponing or moving to a virtual platform for our scheduled open house events and other non-essential events.  Please contact your student’s school site for further information. 

Stay strong and do all you can to minimize the most recent surge to allow us to keep our children in school in person.  This message will be posted on our website and on the Eureka City School’s Facebook page.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.

Superintendent 

 


 

Mensaje importante para estudiantes / familias

4 de enero de 2022

Saludos Familias,

Las noticias en todo el estado y la nación han sido severas con respecto al reciente aumento de COVID-19. Desafortunadamente, el condado de Humboldt sigue la misma tendencia. Después de las vacaciones, nuestras escuelas han visto un aumento en los estudiantes y el personal que dieron positivo al COVID-19.

La recomendación de Salud Pública del Condado de Humboldt es que las escuelas permanezcan abiertas y las Escuelas de la Ciudad de South Bay y Eureka están siguiendo esta recomendación .Hasta este punto, hemos visto una propagación limitada, casi inexistente, de estudiante a estudiante o de personal a estudiante en las clases. Como sabemos que nuestros protocolos COVID-19 actuales están funcionando, continuaremos implementandolos. Le pedimos que controle activamente los síntomas en su hogar y que utilice la prueba rápida de COVID-19 que le enviamos a casa con su estudiante ayer para asegurarse de que no sea COVID-19 positivo.

Por precaución y siguiendo la recomendación de Salud Pública del Condado de Humboldt, pospondremos o pasaremos a una plataforma virtual para nuestros eventos programados de Open House y otros eventos no esenciales. Comuníquese con la escuela de su estudiante para obtener más información.

Manténgase fuerte y haga todo lo que pueda para minimizar el aumento más reciente para permitirnos mantener a nuestros hijos en la escuela en persona. Este mensaje se publicará en nuestro sitio web y en la página de Facebook de Eureka City School.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed. D.

Superintendente

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2021 Annual Update to the Community
12/30/2021

Eureka City Schools has now published its Annual Update to the Community! The Annual Update, a 2021 "year-in-review," focuses on the District’s dedication to Career Technical Education!  As you review the Annual Update, enjoy a recap from each of our nine school sites, information on changes to transitional kindergarten, an update on Measure S and Measure T Projects, Employees of the Year, employment opportunities, and more!

Click here to download the annual update to the community.
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11/10/2021

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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APPOINTMENT OF GARY STORTS AS ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AND SHARING OF SERVICES BETWEEN SOUTH BAY USD AND EUREKA CITY SCHOOLS

EUREKA, CA – November 10, 2021 – Eureka City Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gary Storts to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at Eureka City Schools (ECS). Mr. Storts will be replacing Mr. Michael Davies-Hughes, who was recently appointed as the Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools.

Mr. Storts was raised in Humboldt County and attended local schools, including Humboldt State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, an Administrative Credential, and his Master’s Degree.

Mr. Storts has been the Superintendent of South Bay Union School District (SBUSD) for the last seven years. Before becoming the Superintendent, he also served as a Principal, Assistant Principal, and teacher, in addition to various classified positions.

Mr. Storts is passionate about creating proactive/preventative support structures to benefit the whole child. In addition, he is committed to providing students and staff with the supports they need, when they need them, and believes effective collaboration ensures all students have the opportunity to thrive. Mr. Storts said, “I am excited to take my passion for student learning and apply it in a new position having an impact on the learning of over 4,000 students. I look forward to joining the team in Eureka City Schools.”

This announcement is two-fold; Mr. Stort’s appointment is not of a traditional nature, and with the appointment comes the sharing of services between ECS and SBUSD. ECS serves just over 3,600 students ranging from preschool through adult education. SBUSD serves approximately 500 students, including an independent and dependent charter school.

Mr. Storts and his family have a rich history in SBUSD and while he is excited to be taking the Assistant Superintendent position in ECS, he has a strong desire to keep the momentum of positive growth for students created by the SBUSD team. Given this, the two Districts explored creative and unique ideas to minimize disruption and to continue to build and support staff and students.

On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, the two Districts entered into a Shared Services Agreement. It is worth noting, Dr. Van Vleck also has a rich history with SBUSD, where his mother (Cynthia Van Vleck) served their students for over 40 years as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal (at both Pine Hill and South Bay), and Superintendent. Dr. Van Vleck and Mr. Storts both have an incredible interest in making this agreement work.

In the Shared Services Agreement, Mr. Storts will continue to serve the Educational Program for SBUSD, in addition to his new duties in ECS. Dr. Fred Van Vleck, Superintendent of ECS, will serve as the Superintendent for SBUSD, in addition to his current role as the Superintendent of ECS. Superintendent Van Vleck will be working closely with the stakeholders of the SBUSD to maximize the forward momentum everyone has been working so diligently to achieve.

SBUSD will be working closely with ECS in Educational Services and Student Services, including nursing, social-emotional health, and students with disabilities. The Districts will also be exploring sharing services in Business Services and Personnel, including maintenance and operations, transportation, school construction, technology, and food services. It is important to note, no current employees will lose their jobs.

SBUSD Board President Gary Quintrell said, “Our goal in this sharing of services is to continue the great education we already provide in both Districts, but share services to eliminate the need to pay for them twice. We see this as an opportunity to spend more dollars in the classroom, directly supporting student learning rather than a duplication of services.”

ECS Board President Lisa Ollivier notes, “This is a win-win for both Districts. We get another high-quality educational services leader at ECS and South Bay gets a continuum of support from Mr. Storts, along with access to the services from ECS.”

More information will be provided to families and staff on the sharing of services in the coming weeks. ECS and SBUSD look forward to continuing to provide quality programs and services to students within the City of Eureka.

Contact:

Micalyn Harris, Executive Assistant
Superintendent’s Office
[email protected]
Tel: 707-441-2414

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NOMBRAMIENTO DE GARY STORTS COMO SUPERINTENDENTE AUXILIAR DE SERVICIOS EDUCATIVOS E INTERCAMBIO DE SERVICIOS ENTRE EL DISTRITO DE LA UNIÓN ESCOLAR DE SOUTH BAY Y LAS ESCUELAS DE LA CIUDAD DE EUREKA


EUREKA, CA (10 de noviembre del 2021): Las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka (ECS) se complacen en anunciar el nombramiento del Sr. Gary Storts al cargo de superintendente auxiliar de servicios educativos en las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka. El Sr. Storts reemplazará al Sr. Michael Davies-Hughes, quien recientemente fue nombrado superintendente de escuelas del Condado Humboldt. 

El Sr. Storts fue criado en el Condado Humboldt y asistió a institutos educativos locales, incluyendo la Universidad Estatal de Humboldt, donde obtuvo su licenciatura, la certificación para enseñanza en múltiples materias, la certificación administrativa y hizo su maestría. 

El Sr. Storts ha sido superintendente del Distrito de la Unión Escolar de South Bay (SBUSD) desde hace siete años. Antes de hacerse superintendente, también fue director, subdirector y maestro y desempeñó varios cargos no docentes.   

Al Sr. Storts le apasiona crear estructuras de apoyo proactivo y preventivo para beneficiar al niño en su conjunto. Se compromete además a proporcionar a los alumnos y el personal los soportes que necesiten, cuando los necesiten, y cree que la colaboración efectiva garantiza a todos los alumnos la oportunidad de florecer. El Sr. Storts declaró: "Me emociona poder aplicar mi pasión por el aprendizaje estudiantil a un nuevo cargo, para tener un impacto en el aprendizaje de más de 4,000 alumnos. Estoy ansioso por unirme al equipo de las Escuelas de la Cuidad de Eureka".

Este anuncio es dual; el nombramiento del Sr. Stort no es de carácter tradicional y conlleva el intercambio de servicios entre las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka y el Distrito de la Unión Escolar de South Bay. Las ECS educan a un poco más de 3,600 alumnos, desde el preescolar hasta la educación de adultos. El SBUSD educa a aproximadamente 500 alumnos; incluye una escuela semiautónoma independiente y otra dependiente. 

El Sr. Storts y su familia tienen una gran trayectoria de trabajo en el SBUSD. Si bien al primero le entusiasma asumir el cargo de superintendente auxiliar en las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka, siente un fuerte deseo de mantener para los alumnos el impulso del crecimiento positivo generado por el equipo del Distrito de la Unión Escolar de South Bay. Por eso, los dos distritos exploraron ideas creativas y únicas para minimizar interrupciones y continuar formando y apoyando al personal y los alumnos.

El miércoles 10 de noviembre del 2021 los dos distritos celebraron un contrato de servicios compartidos. Cabe señalar que el Dr. Van Vleck también tiene una gran trayectoria de trabajo con el SBUSD: su madre, Cynthia Van Vleck, atendió a los alumnos del distrito durante más de 40 años en los cargos de docente, subdirectora, directora (en las escuelas Pine Hill y South Bay) y superintendente. Tanto al Dr. Van Vleck como al Sr. Storts les interesa enormemente hacer que funcione este acuerdo.

En el contrato de servicios compartidos, el Sr. Storts seguirá apoyando el programa educativo del SBUSD a la vez que desempeña sus nuevas labores en las ECS. El Dr. Fred Van Vleck, superintendente de las ECS, fungirá de superintendente del SBUSD y también continuará desempeñando su cargo actual como superintendente de las ECS. Trabajará estrechamente con los involucrados del SBUSD para maximizar la dinámica de progreso que todos han procurado lograr de forma muy diligente. 

El SBUSD trabajará estrechamente con las ECS en los servicios educativos y estudiantiles, que incluyen a los alumnos con discapacidad, la enfermería y la salud socioemocional. Los distritos también explorarán el intercambio de servicios comerciales y de personal, incluyendo el mantenimiento y las operaciones, el transporte, la construcción de escuelas, la tecnología y los servicios alimenticios. Cabe destacar que no perderá el trabajo ningún empleado actual.  

El presidente del consejo del SBUSD, Gary Quintrell, afirmó: “Nuestro objetivo en el intercambio de servicios es continuar con la excelente educación que ya ofrecemos en ambos distritos, pero compartiremos los servicios para eliminar la necesidad de costearlos dos veces. Lo vemos como oportunidad de gastar más dinero en el salón, lo cual respaldará directamente el aprendizaje estudiantil, y no en servicios repetidos”.

La presidenta del consejo de las ECS, Lisa Ollivier, señala: “Esto es mutuamente beneficioso para ambos distritos. Nosotros en las ECS contaremos con otro director de servicios educativos de alta calidad y el South Bay recibirá una amplia gama de apoyo por parte del Sr. Storts, además de acceso a los servicios de las ECS”. 

Dentro de las próximas semanas se brindará a las familias y el personal más información sobre el intercambio de servicios. Las ECS y el SBUSD esperan seguir proporcionando programas y servicios de calidad a los alumnos dentro de la ciudad de Eureka. 


Contacto:

Micalyn Harris, asistente ejecutiva
Oficina del Superintendente
[email protected]
Tel: 707-441-2414

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CAASPP Perfect Score Recognition 20-21
10/27/2021

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EUREKA CITY SCHOOLS HONORS STUDENTS WHO 
RECEIVED PERFECT SCORES ON THE CAASPP STATE TESTING


Eureka, California - October 27, 2021 – The Eureka City Schools (ECS) Board of Trustees will celebrate the achievements of three students who received perfect scores on one or more of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests, otherwise known as the Smarter Balanced (SBAC) Assessments, in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for the 2021 testing year.    

According to Assistant Superintendent, Michael Davies-Hughes, “This is a great accomplishment for these students, especially considering the challenges in mastering the California State Standards during a pandemic.  We are proud of the dedication of these students.  This is a recognition not only to the students, but also to the teachers, support staff, and families who helped them along the way.”  Out of the more than 1,000 students who took the tests in grades 3-8 and 11, one elementary student, one middle school student, and one high school student, received a perfect score on one or more of the CAASPP exams.  One student, district-wide, received a perfect score on both the ELA and Math portions of the assessments. 

The ECS Board will recognize each of the students for their stellar achievement at the ECS Board Meeting on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.  The students and their respective 2020-2021 schools are Willow Dinning - Washington Elementary School, Rina Ferroggiaro - Zane Middle School, and Alyson Johnson - Eureka High School.  

Contact: 

Michael Davies-Hughes, Assistant Superintendent of Education Services
Natalie Carrigan, Confidential Administrative Assistant 
Eureka City Schools
Tel: 441-3363

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EUREKA HIGH SCHOOL RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS
09/24/2021
Eureka High School (EHS) is proud to announce the California Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coalition awarded EHS with a GOLD recognition for excellence.

PBIS is a system of proactive, research-based, behavioral and cultural supports needed for any student to achieve academic and emotional success. PBIS enhances the important supportive relationship between positive classroom-wide culture and individual student success. Over the past eight years, the entire staff at EHS has been committed to implementing PBIS with fidelity and creating school-wide supports creating a welcoming and safe community for all students.

At EHS, some of these supports include clearly defined behavioral expectations, social and emotional learning for all freshmen students, community building circles, Stellar Student Awards for positive behaviors, and alternatives to suspension such as the Boys and Girls Club Teen Court Program.

Implementing PBIS continues to show a reduction in the number and intensity of disciplinary occurrences, a greater sense of safety in the school, a more positive school climate for students and school personnel, healthier relationships among and between students and adults (including parents and guardians), higher attendance rates, and an increase in school-home communication.

To learn more about the PBIS Coalition, visit pbisca.org. For more information about programs at EHS, visit ehs.eurekacityschools.org.


Contact:

Jennifer Johnson, Principal
Robert Standish, Assistant Principal
Eureka High School
Tel: 707-441-2508
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We Value CTE
09/23/2021
 

Eureka City Schools VALUES, SUPPORTS, and INVESTS, in CTE Programs | Career Technical Education standards and framework bolster California's standards-based education system by 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠-𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 about career options, technology, and skills required for success in adult life. (https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/sf/)

 

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Notice of Public Hearing - CSEA Agreement Revision
09/03/2021

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Revision to the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement Between Eureka City Schools Governing Board and California School Employees Association/CSEA Redwood Chapter #88 White & Blue Collar Units

When: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.

What: Public Comment on Revision to the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement Between Eureka City Schools Governing Board and California School Employees Association/CSEA Redwood Chapter #88 White & Blue Collar Units

Where: Eureka City Schools Regular Board Meeting (2100 J Street, Eureka, CA 95501 – Room 116)

At their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., the Eureka City Schools Governing Board will hold a public hearing to receive public comment on revision to the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement Between Eureka City Schools Governing Board and California School Employees Association/CSEA Redwood Chapter #88 White & Blue Collar Units.

Details of the public disclosure and the impact of these changes on the District budget are available upon request from the Business Service Office at 707-441-2412.

Contact:

 

Renae Will

Director of Personnel & Public Affairs

Eureka City Schools

Tel: 707-441-3379

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Our Schools, Our Children, Our Community
08/12/2021

Like many people whom I have recently spoken with, I am struggling to find the appropriate words to express my thoughts about the upcoming school year. Anger, frustration, sadness, and anxiety, are just a few of the emotions I feel as we plan for the first day of school on August 23rd. In my 25+ years as an educator, these adjectives are the opposite of how I traditionally feel, which is optimism and excitement.

Since the end of the last school year, and through the District’s robust summer school program, our team of educators have been hopeful about the upcoming school year. We continue to work hard and prepare for the coming school year, in a sincere effort to make up for the tumultuous ride children and parents in our community experienced last year. Unfortunately, COVID is not ready to let go, throwing the upcoming school year into a bit of uncertainty for all. As such, we have been fielding many questions about what this year will look like.

For now, one thing is clear: California state law has changed. Schools and school districts are no longer permitted to provide “distance learning” in the same way many did last year, nor are we able to offer a modified or reduced instructional day. Our state legislators have made it clear they expect we will return to in-person learning. I applaud this, as it is the core of how we provide quality education in our state. To accommodate families who are not comfortable with in-person learning, AB 130 was passed, broadening and modifying the current law for independent study. However, by the design of our state legislators, this will not be the same “distance learning” approach as last year. While each school district will have its own unique program within the parameters of AB 130, we all will be required to follow the law, which is different for various grade levels. The main difference will be the amount of synchronous (live interactive interaction via technology or in-person) instructional time:

  1. For students in transitional kindergarten through 3rd grade, there must be opportunities for daily synchronous instruction.

  2. For students in grades 4-8, there must be opportunities for both daily live interaction and at least weekly synchronous instruction.

  3. For students in grades 9-12, there must be opportunities for at least weekly synchronous instruction.

These mandates are a departure from last year’s “distance learning” model where Eureka City Schools provided synchronous instruction for 240 minutes at most grade levels.

Last spring, we asked our families to commit to an instructional model for the 2021-22 school year, i.e. in-person or independent study. At that time, very few families committed to independent study, recognizing the advantages of the in-person delivery model. I agree with this recognition of the value of in-person instruction which brings me back to the adjectives I used earlier to describe how I am feeling. I am deeply concerned, given our current status with COVID, there will be a marked increase in the number of families selecting independent study. I am hopeful parents will recognize the importance, academically and social emotionally, of students coming to school in person.

The California Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health fully support students returning to in-person instruction. They have been diligently developing protocols for schools to follow to help keep students and staff safe. Eureka City Schools will be following these protocols but also encourage all staff, students 12 years of age and older, along with all of our families, to be vaccinated. Please do your part to help return some sense of normalcy to our next generation.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Eureka City Schools


Covid, nuestras escuelas, nuestros niños, nuestra comunidad, y hora que? Como muchas personas con quien yo he hablado recientemente, yo batallo con encontrar las palabras apropiadas para expresar mis pensamientos sobre este año escolar por venir. Enojo, frustración, tristeza y ansiedad, son solo unas de las pocas emociones que siento cuando estamos planeando para el primer día de escuela en Agosto 23. En mis 25+ años como educador, estos adjetivos son lo opuesto de como yo tradicionalmente me siento, que es optimismo y emocionado. Desde el fin del último año escolar, y a través del programa escolar de verano del distrito, nuestro equipo de educadores han tenido esperanza sobre este año escolar por venir. Continuamos trabajando duro y preparándonos para el año escolar, en un esfuerzo sincero para compensar el tumultuoso tiempo que los niños y padres en nuestra comunidad han experimentado en este año pasado. Desafortunadamente, COVID no está listo para irse, tirando el año escolar por venir en un poco de incertidumbre. Como tal, hemos estado preguntándonos muchas preguntas sobre cómo será este año. Por ahora, una cosa es clara, las leyes de California han cambiado. Escuelas y distritos escolares ya no más están permitidos a proveer “la educación a distancia” de la misma manera que muchos hicimos el último año, ni podemos ofrecer un modificado o reducido día instructional. Nuestros legisladores del estado lo han hecho claro que esperan que regresemos aprender en persona. Yo aplaudo esto, porque es el centro de cómo proveer educación de calidad en nuestro estado. Para acomodar familias que no se sienten confortables con el aprendizaje en persona, AB 130 fue pasada, ampliando y modificando las actuales leyes para estudio independiente. Sin embargo, por las manos de nuestros legisladores del estado, este no será igual que ”la educación a distancia” del último año. Mientras cada distrito escolar tendrá su propio y único programa entre las parámetros de AB 130, todos seremos requeridos a seguir la ley, pues cuál es diferente para todos los varios niveles de grado. La diferencia principal será la cantidad de tiempo de instrucción sincronizado (interacción interactiva en vivo a través de la tecnología o en persona) tiempo instruccional

  1. Para estudiantes en Kínder transitorio hasta tercer grado, tiene que ver oportunidades para instrucciones sincrónicas diarias
  2. Para estudiantes de grados 4-8, tiene que ver oportunidades para ambos diarios instrucciones en vivo y al menos instrucciones sincrónicas semanales.
  3. Para estudiantes en grados 9-12, tiene que ver oportunidades para al menos instrucciones sincrónicas semanales.

Estos mandatos son una partida del último año “educación a distancia” modelo donde las escuelas de ciudad eureka dieron instrucciones sincrónicas por 240 minutos a la mayoría de los niveles de grados.

La primavera pasada pedimos a nuestras familias que se comprometieran a elegir un modelo para el 2021-22, instructivo para el estudio independiente o el estudio en persona. En ese tiempo, muy pocas familias escogieron el estudio independiente, reconociendo la ventaja del modelo de estudio en persona. Yo estoy de acuerdo con esa decisión y reconozco el valor en instrucciones en-persona y eso me trae de regreso a los adjetivos que usé antes para describir cómo me siento. Estoy muy preocupado, dada nuestra situación actual con COVID, el número aumentará considerablemente de familias que escogen estudio independiente. Tengo fe en que los padres van a reconocer la importancia, emocional, académica y social de venir a la escuela en persona. El departamento de salud pública de California y salud pública del condado de Humboldt completamente apoyan estudiantes regresando a instrucción en persona. Con diligencia han estado desarrollando protocolos que las escuelas pueden seguir que ayudará a los estudiantes y personal estar seguros. Escuelas de ciudad Eureka estarán siguiendo estos protocolos pero también animando a todo personal, estudiantes de 12 años y adelante, además todas nuestras familia que se vacunen. Por favor haz tu parte para ayudar a retornar algún sentido de normalidad a nuestra próxima generación.

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Greetings Parents and Students - Aug 2021
08/12/2021

Greetings Parents and Students,
Summer break is drawing to an end and it is time to start thinking about the first day of school. I hope you had the opportunity for some rest and relaxation during the summer, as well as time to enjoy friends and family. The first day of school is Monday, August 23rd, and our staff are eager to welcome your student(s) to the new school year, and even some students who have not had in-person instruction in nearly one and a half years!

As you start thinking about the upcoming school year, I encourage you to have a conversation with your student(s) about returning to a more traditional school year. Our return will be filled with opportunities and challenges. As a District, we are fortunate to be hiring many staff members to focus on the social-emotional health of our students, in addition to focusing on their academic needs. We are also pleased, for the first time, to offer afterschool programs for all of our Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade students. These programs will benefit student learning and assist our families who have busy schedules.

The first day of school is one full of excitement and anticipation for the upcoming year. Work with your student(s) to maintain this excitement throughout the school year. To maximize their learning this year, please make sure your student(s) attend school every day unless they are ill. Not being in school prepared to learn every day will have a dramatic impact on learning. Children are developing their life skills now and it is important to reinforce the importance of education.

Finally, as a parent/guardian, I encourage you to get involved in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at your school. Without their support, many opportunities for students would not exist and they cannot provide support without parents volunteering their time and expertise.

Wishing you a happy and successful 2021-2022 school year!
Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.


Saludos Padres y Estudiantes,

El verano está llegando a su fin y es hora de pensar sobre el primer día de escuela. Espero que hayas tenido la oportunidad de descansar durante el verano, y disfrutar tiempo con amistades y familia. El primer día de escuela es Lunes, Agosto 23, y nuestros personal están emocionados por dar la bienvenida a tus estudiantes en el nuevo año escolar, incluso algunos estudiantes que no han recibido instrucciones en persona en casi un año y medio! Cuando empieces a pensar en este año escolar, te animo a tener una conversación con tu estudiante sobre volviendo a un año escolar más tradicional. Nuestro regreso estará lleno de oportunidades y retos. Como un distrito, tenemos la suerte de poder contratar a muchos miembros de personal para enfocarse en la salud social y emocional de nuestros estudiantes, además del enfoque en sus necesidades académicas. También nos complace, por primera vez, ofrecer programas de after school para todos nuestros Kinder en transición a estudiantes de octavo grado. Estos programas beneficiarán la educación del estudiante y ayudará a nuestras familias que tienen un horario ocupado.

El primer día de escuela está lleno de entusiasmo y anticipación para el año que viene. Trabajo con tus estudiantes para mantener el entusiasmo durante el año escolar. Para maximizar su aprendizaje este año, por favor asegúrese que su estudiante atienda la escuela cada día al menos que estén enfermos. No estando en la escuela preparado para aprender cada día tendrá un impacto dramático en el aprendizaje. Los niños están desarrollando sus habilidades que usarán en la vida y es importante reforzar la importancia de la educación. Finalmente como un padre/ guardián, yo te animo a que te involucres en la asociación de padres de tu escuela. Sin su apoyo, no existirían muchas de las oportunidades que tenemos para los estudiantes y no podrían dar apoyo sin que los padres ofrecieran su tiempo y experiencia.

¡Te deseo un feliz y exitoso año escolar 2021-2022!

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.


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Welcome Back Staff 2021-22 & Pre-Service Schedule
08/05/2021

Click Here to Download the 2021-22 Pre-Service Schedule

 


 

Greetings Colleagues,

I hope you all have had the opportunity for some rest and relaxation during the summer, as well as time to enjoy friends and family.  The first day of school is quickly approaching, and our students and parents are eager to start the new school year. The students of Eureka City Schools are truly fortunate to have a dedicated group of individuals like you supporting their learning, especially this year as we return to a more “normal” learning environment.

To kick off the new school year, I look forward to seeing each of you at our back-to-school meeting on Wednesday, August 18th.  Upon arrival, please come to the Eureka High School Auditorium Foyer where you will be welcomed by your principal or supervisor.  Due to Covid concerns, we are not able to serve continental breakfast this year.  At 8:00 a.m., we will proceed into the auditorium for our meeting.  A full schedule of professional development for the week is enclosed and posted on the website.  Please note ETA is inviting members to attend a voluntary meeting in the cafeteria prior to the 8:00 a.m. official welcome. 

As we start the new school year, please welcome the next generation of educators and support staff joining our team.  This year, we are focusing on strengthening our team.  More information on this will be provided on August 18th.  Unique this year, we will be welcoming back some of our students who have not had in-person instruction in nearly a year and a half.  This will create its own set of challenges but also an irreplaceable reunion of students and staff.  I challenge each of you to make the most out of this year to maximize student learning.

To set the stage, our staff has been meticulously working to prepare our sites for the school year ahead.  I would like to extend a big “thank you” to our teams and the work they have done to prepare for the upcoming school year!  As you arrive on August 18th, please note the construction on the new Jay Willard Gymnasium is well underway, eliminating the large lot in front of the old gym as a parking option.  The District Office (Marshall) parking lot is available in addition to street parking and the staff parking lot off of Del Norte Street.  Please allow a couple of extra minutes to find parking and to walk to the auditorium.
Sincerely,

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.     

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