The students are all off to Spring Break starting Friday, April 14 after the minimum day!
This last week Mrs. Galan’s class studied the butterfly life cycle, made butterflies in art, and their caterpillars arrived for the students to learn about caterpillars turning into butterflies. In Kindergarten they learned about staying safe in different types of weather. In first grade, they are learning about how life was different in the past. And in second grade, students are learning what makes different parts of the world different.
Ms. Maire’s class is having an exciting time learning about geometry. The students are also looking into Lewis and Clark, as well as learning about the Westward Expansion. The elementary is enjoying their dance rehearsals with Kathy Fischer in preparation for the pre-show at the Downieville high school drama class’ spring play in June.
Mr. Ludi Hinrichs is the new elementary music teacher, and he always has a smile on his face. He loves working with the kids and is happy that kids want to learn music. He loves the kids’ great participation. He is very thankful to BJ Jordan for recommending him to the school. He has always been interested in music, and in 6th grade he first started playing the trumpet. He played the trombone and piano in high school as well. It is thanks to the Sierra County Arts Program that he is able to teach and be here at Downieville School.
A WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) team visited from April 3-5 to do an evaluation on our school. The team interviewed teachers, students and community members and observed classroom activity.
The California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia spoke at the Yuba Theatre on April 4. He recited his own poems as well as the poetry of other poets. Everyone enjoyed the poems he wrote and read about California. As California Poet Laureate, his goal is to visit all the counties in California, and so far he’s visited about 20 out of the 58 counties.
The yearbook class had a work party on April 5th in order to finish the yearbook. The yearbook class met in Mr. Corcoran’s classroom after school and stayed late to get the yearbook done before the deadline. Mr. Corcoran provided snacks and the students worked hard to get the book ready for publication. For early purchase and to reserve a copy of the 2017 Echo, contact Downieville School at 289-3473 and ask Mr. Corcoran for prices.
On April 10, SSF (Sierra Schools Foundation) and SPJUSD put on “Screenagers”, which is a documentary about the use of social media for students. It helped show parents the negative effects of phones and social media on kids’ schoolwork, study habits, and overall behavior. The parents who attended said the presentation was very informative and they were glad it was shown.
The tennis team has had two matches the past two weeks against Quincy and Paradise Adventist. Against Quincy, Sierra Folsom and Megan Parker; Hunter Davey and Jacob Rust; and Kaylon Hall and Niles Bosworth all won their doubles matches! Sierra and Niles both won their singles matches. Against Paradise, Sierra and I won our doubles and Sierra won her singles, which caused us to win the match against Paradise. We are currently second in the league.
Golf has been practicing in Grass Valley and working hard towards their upcoming matches. The boys playing have enjoyed learning a new sport. The coach is Tom Potter, with students Rosendo Marquez, Arroyo Campbell, and Ramon Nevarez on the team.
Last Tuesday, April 11, we had a motivational speaker, Fred Penney, come and talk to the high schoolers about being successful. He made the presentation fun and let us know that we can achieve anything no matter where we come from. He was from a small town, not much bigger than our own, of 600 and had bad grades for most of his school career, with a GPA of about 2.3 until halfway through his junior year, when he stepped it up and achieved a 4.0 GPA. He got accepted into law school and now he is extremely successful and has his own law firm, as well as stocks in many other companies including racecars and Sunsplash. He taught us about saving our money and staying confident, but not getting a big head.
B-Street Theater came back to Downieville on April 12. They are an organization that presents short plays, many of which are written by young students and developed by B-Street into short exciting plays. This event was held in the Yuba Theatre and community members were welcomed to watch along with the student body.
Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Cancer Awareness Walk, scheduled for Saturday, May 13. Registration starts at 8:30 am and the Walk commences at 9:00 am from the school gym. Following the Walk, for which there are a selection of routes, there will be a salad bar luncheon and raffle prizes. Skin checks will be available and participants are invited to make prayer flags. All proceeds from the Walk’s $10 donations and additional raffle ticket sales will go to help alleviate costs incurred by local cancer patients. Downieville’s CSF and CJSF students are sponsoring the Walk on behalf of Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc., a local non-profit organization that administers the funds r