Weekly Warrior by Hunter Davey & Robert Baker 11/29/17


Downieville School had its first basketball game on Tuesday, November 24th against Loyalton JV. Only the Downieville freshman and sophomores played and won 43-41. They will have a rematch on Tuesday the 28th in Loyalton.
Last Wednesday, November 22nd, the Downieville high school students held a Thanksgiving potluck. There was turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing and “thankful” biscuits. Everyone who attended enjoyed themselves. We would also like to remind everyone that there are only 3 more weeks till Christmas vacation.
In Mrs. Fillo’s college readiness 7/8th grade class the students are studying CSU’s and making banners for the different schools.
In Mr. Boli’s 7/8 grade history class they are studying the amendments and the Constitution and in his 9/10 grade class they are studying the Enlightenment period.
Ms. Bolle’s Technology class is putting together a grant so they can get green screen equipment to make videos and other theatrical productions
We would like to give a big “thank you” to Fredrick Penney and Associates for inviting the Downieville staff to be guests to watch the Sacramento Kings play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, November 17th. The teachers were treated to box seats in the company suite and enjoyed good food and company and a great game! The Kings won!
On Veteran’s Day Mrs. Bosworth’s K-3rd grade class made thank you letters to veterans and gave them to Hillary Lozano who delivered them to the Veteran’s Day Luncheon. The 1st graders in that class are learning about subtraction; 2nd grade is learning about fact families; and 3rd grade is learning about multiplication. They have also made Christmas ornaments for the tree that is downtown. In addition the class has started practicing for their annual Holiday on Main performance.
Ms. Maire’s class is practicing intensively on their performance “The Christmas Carol” which is showing on Saturday, December 2nd at 5:00pm in the Yuba Theatre
Announcements: The Holiday on Main performances at the Yuba Theatre and Bake Goods Auction, which benefits the Artists in School program, will be held this Saturday, December 2. Don’t miss it!!
Downieville School has just finished the first trimester of the school year and would like to wish everyone happy holidays.

Weekly Warrior by Chase Noble 11/15/17

This week in Ms. Maire’s classroom the students have been learning about the microscopic world of cells and how they interact with the bigger picture, our world. They are also having fun with the different regions and climates that can be found in the U.S. On Thursday they learned that not all sweets taste good together as found when they made their Mike and Ike, Snickers, and chocolate chip cookies. Ms. McDermid would also like to give everyone a reminder that her class is going to present a beautiful Christmas play in the Yuba Theater during Holiday on Main, December 2nd. She hopes that everyone can make it to see the 4-6th grade class’ great acting skills.
Mrs. Bosworth’s K-3rd class has been learning all about Veterans Day as well as the 5 senses. The K-1st students went to the Courthouse on Tuesday, November 7th to lead the Board of Supervisors in the Pledge of Allegiance. The K-3 class has also been enjoying music from Mr. Douville and Mr. Henrix.
In U.S. History Mr. Boli is always keeping the middle schoolers intrigued and involved in the early 1800’s arguments both for and against slavery. Later they will be learning about how slavery ties into the Constitution. The 9th and 10th graders have been studying the Protestant Reformation in preparation of learning about the Renaissance.
In Ms. Bolle’s room we have been learning how to draw optical illusions by creating different shapes and angles with a compass. Robin also had generously set up a tour for the upperclassmen to go inside the 16 to 1 Mine where we got see first-hand how rocks form and get compacted into earth’s crust. There in the “Ball Room”, some 1,000 feet below the surface, the whole group ate lunch by candlelight and learned some 16 to 1 history from the wise and talented Raebell. The tech class has been 3D printing some interesting historical structures that used to stand in Downieville.
Mrs. Fillo’s 7th and 8th grade class has been sewing some festive quilt squares to honor our veterans on Veterans Day. They were then put out on display at the Veterans Day luncheon held in the school cafeteria on Saturday, November 11. Also on display were six gorgeous Quilts of Valor made by Shannon Culvahouse of Manteca for members of her son’s Army division.
Mrs. Fillo’s 7/8th English class is enjoying the novel The Witch of Blackbird Pond and how it involves Colonial America. The students made traditional quilt squares and are writing short stories to accompany the squares.
November 15, 16, 17—Wednesday, Thursday and Friday–are all minimum days due to Parent Teacher Conferences. Also November 22 is a minimum day due to Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no school on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th.
That’s all for now; see you in the next Weekly Warrior!

Weekly Warrior by Rosendo Marquez 11/15/17

Welcome back to the Downieville School news. This week in Mrs. Bosworth’s classes of K-3rd grade her students had science stations where they had to identify smells, sounds, and touch objects; they also practiced games with their sight. Many students in those classes have passed Lexia Reading Levels. The kids are also learning about Kandinsky art and even created their replicas of his circle of art. They also made autumn tree art with arm/hand outlines + pointillism (check it out on the elementary side hallway). Ms. Maire’s classes 4-6th grade presented slideshows about their trip to Goodyears Bar Museum. They are studying about cells and U.S geography. Also they are starting play rehearsals for The Christmas Carol, which will be performed on December 2nd. The high school drama class will be making sets for them to use on their performance.
On the high school side Ms. Bolle took all grades 7-12th on a fieldtrip to the Caltrans station where they got to learn about working for Caltrans through Steve Folsom and the members of his crew. The crew showed the students the trucks and tractors they use to do their work. They gave the kids a brief instruction about the machines with endless controls (too many to actually remember which led to nodding and pretending like you understood it all when they asked). All the kids had lots of fun and learned a lot about all the hard work it takes to keep our roads in shape and about other branches of working for Caltrans.
Later that week the drama class helped out with the community play, Cafe Murder. The play was amazing! It was a full house both nights, October 20th and 21st. Both the hilarious antics of the play and the short dialogues done by the students were flawless. Overall it was a great success!
On Friday October 27 the high school students put on the annual Halloween Carnival in the school gym and PTO put on a dinner right before the opening of the Carnival. Both were a success, and thanks to all who could support and bring their kids to have some fun and take some candy and goldfish off our hands.
Basketball season is officially underway. All November is practice and December we will start to have some tournaments and games.
Announcements: Report cards for the first quarter grades will be coming out sometime this week. Holiday Friday November 10 in observation of Veteran’s Day. Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for November 15,16, and 17th. Please call the school office to schedule a conference—289-3473. NOTE: all three of those conference days will be minimum days, including Wed. Nov 15. School will dismiss at noon, with corresponding early busses.
As always, thanks for reading and till next week!

Weekly Warrior by Eliane Campbell 10/18/17

Welcome back readers to another exciting week at Downieville School! Seems time has flown by; it’s almost the end of the quarter and time to break out the winter clothes.
On September 27, a band completely bicycle powered came to the school to show us how the music production works. It was very interesting and Conner White got to ride on their elevator bike. On October 6, the Downieville Fire Department brought the smoke house up to the school. The whole Elementary learned how to safely exit a house filled with smoke. A big thank you to the Fire Department for giving the kids that experience and knowledge. Wild Things came on October 13. Everyone enjoyed getting to see the very beautiful wild animals and we can’t wait to see them again.
On October 10, our senior class went on tour of UNR and TMCC with Loyalton students and Mrs. Fillo. They were introduced to the amazing library at UNR and had the opportunity to do research for their Senior Projects. Many thanks to Amanda Osburn at LHS for inviting the DHS seniors. The PSAT was on October 11. Most of the 8th , 9th, and 10th grade students took it, myselsf included. Although it’s hard, it’s very good test practice.
The 7/8 grade car wash on October 7 was very fun and successful. They were surprised at the turnout and want to thank everyone who supported them. The German bake sale at the Oktoberfest this last Saturday also went very well for the 9/10th class with help from the culinary class. They sold out of the baked goods early, thanks to the support of the community.
Mrs. Bosworth’s K-2 class has been doing so many fun new things.They learned about Columbus Day and made tangram boats. They are also learning about their 5 senses and observation skills in science.
Ms. Maire’s 3-6 class has been very busy this week learning about various different subjects. They have been learning about the Old West. The class is making power points on everyday life in the Wild West. On October 13, they went to the Goodyears Bar Museum, getting to learn some local history. The students are also making cell cupcakes, a fun and delicious way of learning about cells. They are memorizing the states and capitals too! The 3-6 class has also started their rehearsals for the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. We can’t wait to see this awesome performance during Holiday on Main, first Saturday in December.
In Mr. Boli’s 11/12 U.S. History class they are doing research papers on the causes and increase of mass shootings. His 9/10 World History class is learning about the Middle Ages and the 7/8 U.S. History class is learning about the American Revolution. The 9th grade Future Focus class is doing a future budget to start us off in the right track.
Mrs. Bolle’s Tech Class had guest speaker Carl Butz come in and teach the students how to do spreadsheets. On Wednesday October 18, the 9/10 class are going to our local Caltrans yard to learn about work opportunities and learn about the community infrastructure maintenance with Shelly Pangman (DHS graduate) and Steve Folsom.
This past Friday one of our very own went to Colorado to finish her high school career; we will miss Makalia Rollins and wish her the best of luck.
Now for some announcements. Our school is becoming more secure. The staff and administration has decided to keep most of the doors locked during school hours starting Monday, October 16. Parent/ Guardians must come through unlocked door closest to the office. Hopefully you understand it’s for your child’s safety. If you have any questions please call, 530-289-3473.
On Friday and Saturday October 20th and 21st, the drama club, the Sierra Turnpike Players and the Sierra County Arts Council are putting on a play. The Café Murder will be at the school cafeteria at 7pm, $10 for adults and $7 for students/seniors. You can get tickets at the Downieville Day Spa OR at the door. Hope you can make it to see this wonderful murder mystery with desserts.
Friday, October 27 is our annual Halloween Carnival starting at 6pm in the school gym. It is also the end of the quarter, so if you have any late homework you better turn it in. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and have a wonderful October.

Weekly Warrior by Jacob Rust 10/4/17

Welcome readers back to another Weekly Warrior article! This week Mrs. Bosworth’s kindergarten class is making progress in their alphabet and numbers; they are learning very fast! The whole K-3 class is a strong reading class, always reading. They have a music class now. They made homemade butter, and will be making bread soon. They are studying their 5 senses– sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound.
On September 28th/29th Ms. McDermid’s 4th-6th class visited Malakoff Diggins State Park to learn about the pioneer times during the Gold Rush. They were living and acting like pioneers, cooking their own food on a campfire. It was very fun! The whole class is progressing every day in their work and behavior in Ms. McDermid’s class.
Ms. Bolle’s class is starting to build a robot called a Sea Perch for Tech Class. Everyone in Ms. Bolle’s classes received a log to work on for the whole year. They are improving every day!
The 7/8th graders will be holding a car wash on October 8th at the gas station in Downieville. It will be $6 per car wash. This money will be going for their class for all of their fun field trips. Please go and get a nice clean car!
There will be a UNR and Truckee Meadows college field trip for seniors Arroyo Campbell, Kaylon Hall, Niles Bosworth, and Rosendo Marquez on Tuesday, October 10. Loyalton invited us to join them on the UNR library tour and research sessions. Megan Parker will be leading the tour at Truckee Meadows; she was a part of the Class of 2017.
The PSAT test will be administered on campus on Wednesday, October 11th. On October 12th, Carl Butz will be teaching us about Google sheets as part of the STEM guest speaker program Ms. Bolle initiated. Anyone interested in being a guest speaker, especially in the areas of engineering, robotics or culinary arts, should call 289-3473.
The 9th/10th class will be selling German baked goods at the Oktoberfest on the streets of Sierra City on October 14th. This money will be going to their class, so please buy.
Mrs. Fillo’s 9th/10th graders are learning about the Greek myths and legends. The drama class in conjunction with the Turnpike Players will present a dessert theatre on October 20 and 21 in the school cafeteria, with spooky monologues and dialogues and a play titled Cafe Murder. Tickets are now available at the Downieville Day Spa.
Mr. Boli’s Future Focus students are learning about careers and are looking for volunteers to come visit the class and talk about their careers and how successful they were. His U.S History class is learning about early American history and the Salem Witch Trials.
Our new boys basketball coach this year will be John Smith. Everyone who is planning on playing this year needs to get a physical and turn in the permission slip. We are all ready for another great season! We want those W’s! Informal practice is now starting for the high school.
Thank you for reading another Weekly Warrior. Hope you have a fantastic week!

Weekly Warrior by Hunter, Niles, Sierra 9/20/17

by  Hunter Davey, Niles Bosworth and Sierra Folsom

On September 8th-10th the Downieville High School classes 10th-12th took a trip to Ashland, Oregon and saw two plays. On the 8th they saw Julius Caesar a play written by William Shakespeare about the conspiracy to kill Julius Caesar, a Roman emperor. On the 9th they saw the play The Odyssey, a story originally told by a Greek poet named Homer. This annual trip has been put on every year by Mrs. and Mr. Fillo, and every year they take the sophomore, junior, and senior classes to see multiple plays put on up in Ashland. Some of the students met some of the actors and Rosendo Marquez got a picture with the actor who played Brutus, one of the main characters in Julius Caesar. Everyone got to do brass rubbings, which was basically the older version of a photocopy.

To do brass rubbings, we took colored pieces of paper and wrapped the paper around the brass engravings we wanted to “copy” and rubbed them around the edges and inside the edges, which then produced copies of the engravings onto the paper. The kids enjoyed looking around the campus of Shasta College, which included looking at the dorms, tennis courts, and swimming pool as well as a drive through Lassen Park.

While the 10th-12th classes were gone on Friday the 8th Ms. Bolle took the rest of the junior high and high school on a hike. The 7th-9th went up Lavazola Road to Barney’s Hole. It was an 11 mile round trip. Some comments from students were that it was exhausting but very fun.

On September 13th a public speaker, Darryl Bellamy, came from North Carolina to talk to the junior high and high school students about facing and overcoming fears. The assembly was well received by everyone!

The Sierra Schools Foundation is offering up to $500 to seniors for their Senior Projects. Be sure to check out the DHS project posters next time you visit the school.

The fall semester CSF/CJSF members (California Scholarship Federation and Junior Federation) were treated to ice cream Friday afternoon in recognition of their outstanding grades last report card and as part of a week long guessing game as to who was each 7th grader’s buddy. Buddies are high school students who help the incoming 7th graders “get used to” the secondary side. This semester’s CSF members are Kaylon Hall, Sierra Folsom, Jacob Rust, Eliane Campbell, Esmeralda Nevarez, and Aaron and Austin Foster. The CJSF members are Jesse Folsom and Landon Jackson. Congrats to all on your excellent grades!
The tech class just got the 3d printer up and running. Tinkercad is a website they use to plan and map out their projects. Many objects have already been printed out. In the future the class will be building a robot for a Navy Submersible competition.
We are looking for public speakers to present their areas of interest to the 7-12th graders. If you are interested, contact Robin Bolle at 289-3473.
In the Kindergarten through 3rd grade class they are studying the weather and the seasons of the year. As part of their study the class observed tornadoes made in water bottles. They also now have a new free time chart that they use to promote good behavior. Mrs. Taylor, the new lead teacher in charge at Downieville School, came in to teach the class about equity versus equality.
Miss Maire’s fourth, fifth and sixth graders are going to be performing A Christmas Carol during Holiday on Main the first weekend in December. They start rehearsal this week. On September 13th the class celebrated Roald Dahl Day. Roald Dahl was an author who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so the class got to invent candy for Willie Wonka. A field trip is planned for the end of this month to Malakoff Diggins. The students made Gold Rush eran costumes to wear when they visit the Diggins.
Have a great week!

Weekly Warrior by Rosendo Marquez 9/6/17

Welcome Back to DHS news!!! The 2017/18 school year has kicked off and we
are all very excited to make it an awesome year.
To start off we have new faces teaching this year at DHS. On the elementary side
TeresaTaylor is the new Special Education teacher and lead teacher of the school.
Katrina Bosworth, who has been working at the school as a teacher aide, is taking
a bigger role as the new K-3 teacher. Joshua Bolli is the new high school history,
journalism, Spanish and PE teacher. We are excited to have them and they seem very
happy to be here. In the K-3rd classes Mrs. Bosworth announced some new things in the room like tables and chairs and a magnetic board. They have discovered the website gonoodle.com which the kids have a lot of fun learning on. Mrs. Bosworth also commented that everyone is having fun and that they are ready for this school year.
In the 4th-6th classes they are making paper mache globes as they review about
how to make 3D objects. The classes will also be doing a scavenger hunt.
Ms Maire and her classes are all happy to be back! Mr. Bolli said he and his classes have had “a great start to the year and I am excited to be at this school and happy at how enthusiastic the students here are.”
Mr. and Mrs. Fillo are taking 10th-12th  grade students on the yearly Ashland trip on September 8-10, thanks once again to a generous SSF (Sierra Schools Foundation) grant. The Ashland trip is always a very fun fieldtrip that the students are always excited to go on. This year the group will be watching Julius Caesar and The Odyssey. Mrs. Fillo’s drama class will be joining community actors to do a community theatre event on October 20th
in the school cafeteria. The evening of mystery and intrigue will also include delicious and diabolical desserts. The students will be performing dialogues and monologues.
Other announcements: Wednesdays are now short days; students are released at 1:30 to allow teachers and staff to enjoy collaboration and planning time.
Back to School Night will be September 19th. Student Council will be holding a dinner that night, which will be Taco Tuesday, priced at $10 for a large meal or $7 for a smaller one. The School Book Fair will be October18-22. Thanks for reading! Until next time.

Weekly Warrior by: Austin Foster, Eliane Campbell & Robert Baker

Weekly Warrior
by: Austin Foster, Eliane Campbell & Robert Baker
Welcome everyone to the another Weekly Warrior article! This school year is at its end and everyone is very excited for summer vacation!
Mrs. Galan’s K-2 class got to play their didgeridoos. The first and second graders made flubber in science. They visited the Science Discovery Museum on June 6 in Reno. The students enjoyed Lunch Bunch all week, an activity where each day different students got to have lunch with the teacher and receive special treats.
Ms. Maire’s 3-5th class finished their Navajo weavings and their poems. They completed their study of Native Americans with well-researched power point presentations and intricate dioramas. They enjoyed doing music this year and had a fun water balloon fight to finish off this school year!
Mrs. Fillo’s drama class did a splendid job this year in the annual spring play held at the Yuba Theatre on June 2/3. This year’s production was named “When in Rome” and the performers did a tremendous job acting. Mr. Jenkins from last year’s play even made a cameo appearance during one of the dance sequences, adding to the general hilarity of the play. The audience enjoyed the slapstick humor and catchy tunes and many Friday night attendees returned on Saturday to see the play a second time. Many, many thanks to SCAC and SSF for grant help with the production and also to Downieville Market and Three Forks Pizza for providing dinner to the cast and crew on dress rehearsal night. Mrs. Fillo commented that once again the “School” Musical was truly a community effort!!
We held Student Council elections on Tuesday, June 6. The results were Rosendo Marquez for President; Kaylon Hall for Vice-President; Makalia Rollins for Secretary; and Robert Baker for Treasurer for the 2017/18 school year.
June 6/7th, the 7th-9th graders went camping at Rocky Rest with Mr. Fillo and Ms. Bolle. We got to explore trails and have lots of fun!
Due to poor weather on June 8, instead of the normal tradition of going to Collin’s Lake we enjoyed a barbeque and big basketball tournament. First there was a free throw competition that Niles Bosworth won. Next we had a 3-point competition with Ramon Nevarez winning 1st place. A 1on1 tournament followed with both a junior high school competition and high school competition. Austin Foster won 1st place in the Junior High bracket, while Niles Bosworth won the high school bracket.
Friday, June 9 was a minimum day and we cleaned out all of our stuff from the school. We signed yearbooks and said our final goodbyes to Mr. Corcoran, who will be teaching at LHS next year, with ice cream and brownies. Students also expressed how much of an impact Mr. Corcoran has had on their lives and that he will be greatly missed!
Senior Graduation was on Saturday, June 10, with Megan Parker and Ramon Nevarez at Herrington’s Resort. There were many great speeches given and some wonderful scholarships presented. After the graduation we headed to the community hall for some great food at a potluck. We wish our two senior lots of luck in college and we will miss them greatly.
Yearbooks are still on sale for 40$ and you can buy them from Mr. Corcoran.
Ms. Bolle received a grant from Sierra Schools Foundation for a 3D printer for a new class next school year! We also received a new video camera to film all of our great basketball games and more.
That’s all for this Weekly Warrior. Have a great summer vacation and we’ll see you next time!

Weekly Warrior by Aaron Foster 5/31/17

Welcome back to another awesome Weekly Warrior article! This week in Mrs. Galan’s class, the students are painting their didgeridoos and they are even learning about the significance of Memorial Day. The students have also been forging ahead with their reading and math programs as well.

Ms. McDermid’s class is very excited about the end of the year and they have finished all of that obnoxious state testing. Everyone has been doing a lot of activities such as their cool Navajo weavings and their Native American houses.

In Mr. Corcoran’s class we are selling the amazing yearbooks which everyone should buy. The yearbooks cost 40$ and you can buy them from Mr. Corcoran; his school contact number is 289-3473. Also at the end of the year on Thursday, June 8th the whole junior high/high school is leaving to go to Collins Lake which will be an awesome field trip. Everyone will have a blast, guaranteed. Then the two amazing seniors will be having their graduation at Herrington’s Meadow in Sierra City on Saturday, June 10th at 4:30pm. A potluck at the Sierra City Community Hall will follow the ceremony, so come down because the seniors would love to see everyone there.

The drama class has done a lot of hard work making props, practicing large amounts of lines and even dancing, but it has all come together very well with everyone’s participation. The students will be presenting When In Rome on Friday, June 2nd and Saturday June 3rd at the Yuba Theatre in Downieville at 7:00 p.m. Tickets cost 10 dollars for adults and 7 dollars for seniors who qualify at age 60 and children who qualify at 1-17. We really encourage everyone to come and enjoy the show because it will be well worth your time and money. See you there!
Last week on May 25th in Ms. Bolle’s physical science class, the 7/8th graders presented their projects which consisted of poems, musical rhyming, and even one large cookie that looked like an atom. The projects were very fun and unique and we were learning about electrons and neutrons in the atom. This week everyone 7th through 12th grade will be starting to take their finals for Ms. Bolle.

On the 24th of May we had an Awards Ceremony for the secondary students and it went very well. The Academic Excellence Awards went to Esmeralda Nevarez, Kaylon Hall, Megan Parker, Sierra Folsom and Eliane Campbell. Congratulations to them for their hard work. This summer Robin Bolle will be starting up a STEM club and it will meet from 4-6pm every Wednesday. All kids under the age of 10 years old must be with an adult. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The school year is coming to an end and everyone can’t wait for summer because it’s right around the corner. Thank you very much for reading this week’s Weekly Warrior and have a lovely summer.

Weekly Warrior by Arroyo Campbell & Kaylon Hall 5/3/17

This week in Downieville High School has been very busy. Both the golf team and the tennis team played hard games. On the tennis side, both Niles and Kyle Bosworth are moving on to the semifinals, on May 8th. But for the rest of them, the tennis season is over. The tennis team this year included Megan Parker, Kaylon Hall, Sierra Folsom, Hunter Davey, Jacob Rust, Niles Bosworth, and Kyle Bosworth. The entire team had a great time playing this year!

The golf team that was started this year has had a lot of fun being coached by Tom Potter. The golf team, consisting of Rosendo Marquez, Ramon Nevarez, and Arroyo Campbell, has played two tournaments so far, the first at Lake Almanor and the second at White Hawk Ranch. Both were fun but neither ended in a victory.

The butterfly watch in Mrs. Galan’s class is over! The students released their butterflies on May 1st! The Kinders are learning how to stay safe in different weather, while the 1st and 2nd grade are learning about ancient times. They are also preparing for a field trip to the Reno Discovery Museum in June.

In Ms. Maire’s 3-5 class is doing a super review to prepare for CAASPP testing coming up. They are also learning about Native Americans and continuing their ceramic projects. Students who turned in most of their Reading Logs had a root beer float party. They are working on starting the garden and working on their nature journals.
Last Saturday, April 29 was the combined Prom for Loyalton and Downieville. The students who attended had a blast! In other high school news the Chemistry class got new tables over spring break and are excited to use them with future experiments. Last week, on April 26, Downieville held a Book Fair and Open House to show parents what the students have been doing in school. The event as a whole went very well. Thank you to the Sierra City Masons for providing their traditional, delicious strawberry shortcake!

Students will be state testing the weeks of May 8th and 14th. The 5th, 7th and 9th grades will be going to Loyalton for Physical Education testing on the 16th.
We invite you to join us for the LCAP State of the School address on Tuesday, May 10th at 6 in the Cafeteria. Darcy will provide a wonderful dinner.
Saturday, May 13th will be the 10th Annual Cancer Awareness Walk. Registration is at 8:30 and Walk starts at 9 at the Downieville gym. A luncheon will follow along with raffle of some spectacular prizes, prayer flags and optional skin checks by Frank Lang, NP. $10 donations are recommended along with a request to bring a hat or cap to donate to chemo patients. Hat/cap donors will receive three free raffle tickets. Hope to see you there!

Weekly Warrior by Niles Bosworth 4/19/17

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

Weekly Warrior – by Chase Noble 4/5/17

Hi–I am this week’s writer, Chase Noble, and I will be sharing everything that has happened this week and some upcoming events too.
This week in Mrs. Galan’s classroom, the K-2nd graders have started learning about the water cycle. They are also learning about the plant cycle and how the water cycle affects it. They are also starting to read old folktales and learn about their origins.
In Ms. Maire’s class, grades 3rd-5th finished a busy week of wrapping up their lesson on our California missions. Her students have started to practice for state testing. On top all this, the students have been planting their very own garden, and making colorful projects out of ceramic.
On the high school side on Thursday, March 30th, Mr. Corcoran’s Spanish class had a festive party with lots of fun and Venezuela themed food. The yearbook deadline will be on April 7th and the yearbook staff will be enjoying a fun yearbook work party on April 5th.
In Ms. Bolle’s class we are all finishing up our long-term projects, which are due on March 24th after we arrive back from spring break.
As for sports “Golf and Tennis are now in full swing’’ as Mr. Corcoran would say. The teams have been busy with lots of exciting matches and intense practices.
The students who attended the high school Reach For The Future conference on the 23rd-25th in Chico had a fun and exciting time. Reach is a fun leadership conference. Senior Megan Parker commented, “It was a fun memorable experience for my last year.’’ The students also liked taking part in the exciting ropes course and listening to some motivational speakers.
At the CSF/CJSF conference held on March 24th-25th in Chico, the students attended some very fun and educational classes. Eliane Campbell and Esmeralda Nevarez were our nominees for the Marian Huhn Award. Eliane Campbell was one of five proud winners of a cash award! We would like to thank Patty Hall for helping to chaperone for the conference.
On April 10th we are also having an informative Screenagers video and panel discussion presentation at Downieville High School in the drama room, to help adults monitor their children’s technology and how to keep them safe. This leaves us all very excited for Spring Break coming up April 17th-21st. Finally, mark your calendars for the annual Cancer Awareness Walk on May 13th!

Weekly Warrior by Aaron Foster 3/22/17

Welcome back to another Weekly Warrior article! This week Mrs. Galan’s class is learning about leprechauns and the students even made unique inventive traps for St. Patrick’s Day to catch those sneaky little guys. The class is also reviewing fact families and learning more about adjectives and telling time!
Ms. McDermid’s class had an amazing time on their field trip on March 8th – March 10th to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the California Academy of Science. The class has written ocean reports that they have presented to the K-2nd grade class. Everyone in Ms. Maire’s class is making a bunch of clay pots and decorations for their garden. They are currently learning about the Westward Expansion and the California missions.
Mr. Corcoran’s varsity basketball team went up against the old Warriors on
Saturday the 11th. Sadly they ended up losing with a final score of 63-78. Mr. Corcoran said his players didn’t have a chance against “the old cheating Warriors”. Everyone had a great and exciting time during the event, as always.
This past weak we have had some awesome guest speakers come in such as Henry O’Donnell and Mandy Beatty. On March 15th they talked about the Trail Stewardship jobs available this summer for students. They even put our skills to the test and took us outside, to see if we could work as a team and do what they would do on one of their normal days of work. Everyone enjoyed their visit and we are very thankful they came. Dr. Pete Villarreal, the Director of Public Safety for the Yuba Community College District, came on March 20th. He told us about Yuba College and its programs for a Medical Technician Career, Fire Service Career, and a Law Enforcement Career. He encouraged us to try to achieve our goals by telling us that just because we come from a small school does not mean that we can’t dream big and achieve those dreams. Our next guest speaker will be coming on Tuesday, April 4th. The California Poet Laureate will be coming in to read some poetry for us. We also encourage people to come on over because it’s open to the public in the Yuba Theatre at 12:15.
The drama class is making great progress for the spring play. We are now blocking out songs, lines, and some cool dancing. The schools Visual Art teacher Dianne Bruns has been helping out with set and costume design. Cathy Stewart is our great pianist; Peggy Daigle is our lovely singer; and Kathy Fischer is our fabulous dancer. All of them are an amazing help with the spring play because they’re great teachers. The spring play this year will be on Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd, so put it on your calendars and we hopefully will see you there.
People from WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) will be visiting our school from Monday, April 3rd to Wednesday the 5th. This is a serious occasion that we have been preparing for awhile now. WASC is responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary, and elementary schools in the United States.
The 3rd Quarter is coming to an end, so parents look out for those report cards! The official end of the quarter is Friday the 24th. April 7th is a minimum day and so is the 14th because of our snow day.
Thanks everyone for reading this week’s Weekly Warrior! Have an amazing spring!!

Weekly Warrior by: Sierra Folsom 3/8/17

Hello! As you know Tom Schumann and Andy Carpenter recently passed away. They both were very supportive of the students here. Tom spent lots of time talking to us about science and math, and Andy and his wife Doris were supporting every single one of our home basketball games. There will be a memorial and potluck for Andy on Sunday March 12 in the school gym at 1:00 pm. A memorial luncheon for Tom Schumann is scheduled for April 8th at 1 p.m. at the Downieville Community Hall.
There will be an Alumni Basketball Game on Saturday the 11th at 2:00 pm. There will also be concessions. Tennis and golf are starting.
On Monday, February 27th the students enjoyed a presentation given by John Muir Lawes who wrote The Lawes’ Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada. He gave a great presentation about observation and now all of the science classes have nature journals to record in, thanks to the Land Trust and Mr. Lawes.
On Thursday March 2, we enjoyed a great Read Across America Day. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Guffin and the Jr. High and High School students for reading. In celebration of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Mrs. Galan’s kindergarten, 1rst, and 2nd grade class were busy reading while they ate green eggs and ham. The class has also been learning all about gravity and magnetism.                                                                          March 2-4th, a group of 7th-8th graders went to the annual REACH conference in Chico. Austin Foster said it was a fun experience for him. Thursday, March 23rd – Friday, March 25th a group of 9-12th graders are going to REACH.
Miss Maire’s class is excited for their field trip on March 8th to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and California Academy of Science. Currently they are learning about seeds, making ceramics for the school greenhouse and they are writing ocean creature reports.
The seniors were in Loyalton on March 2nd doing Mock Interviews. They wrote resumes and practiced interviewing. They said it was both successful and helpful. The seniors thought the interviewers were very nice and felt it was great preparation for the future.
Have a great week!

Weekly Warrior – by Rosendo Marquez

Welcome back to the Weekly Warrior. A lot has happened since our last acquaintance. Today we start with some basketball updates. On Feb. 1, DHS boys’ basketball team lost to Paradise Adventist Academy with the score of 33-59. Feb.2, DHS boys lost to Herlong in their closest fought game yet this season. That game was a defensively based battle resulting with the score 29-29 at the end of the fourth quarter; the game eventually finished in a double OT with the score of 31-37. It was a devastating loss to the Downieville team but at least some highlights were made, including Niles Bosworth hitting a clutch 3 with about 3 seconds left on the clock to send the game into the first OT! Feb. 3, DHS got an easy win against Ipakanni (53-33). This was a good game for the team because everyone was able to see a lot of court time and every player on the team managed to contribute with some points and other stats to get the win.
In other news, Dr. Grant has informed us that we will be having to make up at least one school day due to missing a couple of days during the weather we have been experiencing. One make-up will be the already calendared Friday before Spring Break. Dr. Grant will apply for waivers in March so that we don’t have to make up ALL the days that we missed.
Mrs. Galan informed us that her class studied Groundhog Day, and even held “Groundhog Day” on Feb. 2. She was also happy that her students are improving very well in all their classes, and that they really enjoy Reading Buddies every Friday.
Mrs. Maire’s was excited that her students are learning about the beginning of our country as the US and how it started off with small colonies on the East Coast. For a fun project she is having her kids build boats from recycled garbage to float in the rain puddles formed by our stormy weather. She informed us that she is trying to plan a field trip for her students on an upcoming date to The Academy of Science and Aquarium. She was also very excited to say that they have a new student, Austin, in the 5th grade.
Robin Bolle was proud to announce that in this quarter all of her classes will be doing long-term projects on next generation science, which will be based on certain passions of each individual student. Ms. Bolle expressed appreciation towards both bus drivers, Bernie Stringer and Chris Strine, for their patience on delayed bus rides because of roadwork due to weather. She especially wished to give a special thanks to Chris Strine because his bus route sometimes is taking over 21Ž2 hours round trip!!! Also thanks to the students on those busses for their patience.
Some reminders brought forth by school staff- The Lions Club Speech Contest will be Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6p.m in the Learning Center. The topic for the speech contest is: “Is the right to privacy a threat to national security?” Eight high school students were chosen to present. There will be one finalist who will move on. CSF flowers will be delivered on the 14th of February. The boys’ basketball team only has 3 games left to play this season, 2 at home, Thursday, Feb. 9th vs Ipakanni and Tuesday Feb.14th vs Greenville. Please come support the team!!! There will also be an alumni game on Saturday, March 11. We hope to get many Alumni to attend, and an “A vs B” team scrimmage, which helps us take a look at players that will hopefully be playing next year.
That is all; thanks for the read, and have a wonderful day!

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