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!

Weekly Warrior By Ramon Nevarez 1/25/17


Greetings from Downieville High School. Due to the weather conditions we have missed several days of school in the past few weeks, but we are attempting to get back on track. A big announcement: Our CSF/CJSF chapter is selling flowers for Valentine’s Day. All pre-orders are due January 27th, and the flowers will be delivered Tuesday, February 14th. If you would like to place an order don’t hesitate to call the school (289-3473) or talk to any CSF/CJSF student.
Please join us at our home basketball games vs. Elk Creek and Ipakanni, on Thursday, January 27th and Friday, January 28th. We are also playing Loyalton at home on Tuesday, February 7th. We need all the support we can get! Reporting back on previous basketball games, Friday the 13th we played Greenville. Unfortunately we lost but we did not go down without a fight. We also played Loyalton on January 17th. Ultimately taking a defeat, we held them down to 29 points in the first half and we scored 23. Niles Bosworth received Player of the Game for the Greenville game and Ramon Nevarez was named Player of the Game against Loyalton.
The boys’ home game against Westwood on Monday January 23 had an even score throughout the first half, which ended 20-20. The Warriors ended up being outperformed in the third quarter, which Rosendo Marquez described as being “out of gas.” Westwood pulled away with an 11-point lead. In the last quarter, the Warriors attempted to make a comeback, forcing Westwood’s lead to drop to only three points. The Warriors tried their best and ended the game with a close score, 36-45. Rosendo Marquez was named Player of the Game for his consistent hard playing throughout the game.
In the K-2nd class the kindergarteners are learning rules that should be followed in different places in their reading. In addition Christopher Nevarez is learning to add numbers greater than ten in math. The first and second graders took a short trip to downtown Downieville. They surveyed the different types of buildings throughout the town according to the material the buildings are made of and then tallied the results. Then they gathered the data to form graphs. Some of the categories the buildings were made of were rock, wood, concrete and brick.
The 3rd-5th grade class is learning about the Chinese New Year. They are also finishing up their studies on environmental change and how it affects plants and animals. They are moving on to study about the early history of the US in their history class, learning about the Thirteen Colonies. The kids are very excited to be planning their trip to San Francisco and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Till next time! Have a good weekend!

Weekly Warrior by Jacob Rust 1/18/17

Welcome back readers to another Weekly Warrior article. This week the kindergarten
class is reading about bugs/insects. The first graders are reading about community helpers. The second graders are reading about animals. Sounds very fun! Mrs. Galan¹s class is making thank you notes for Mr. Fillo for making alligator pencil holders! They were very neat! Ms. McDermid¹s 3rd-5th grade class is planning a field trip to San
Francisco and Monterey. They all are learning about fractions in their math. They are
really improving by the second.
On December 14th, the whole high school had a Christmas party. Secret Santa gifts were handed out, which was fun! We also had a gingerbread house decorating competition. There were snacks, drinks, and desserts at the party. I hope everyone got what they wanted for Christmas! Personally my favorite gift was a gift card. Over Christmas break the girls varsity had great practices!
On the 5th of January, the Downieville Warriors played basketball against American Christian. The boys lost with the score of 18 to 55. Hunter Davey got the player of the
game award. Hunter did well with his rebounds and persistence! The Lady Warriors also lost to American Christian, 19-64, but played hard. The Warriors will get them next time! NO GAMES this Friday, January 20. Next week we have four home games scheduled for Tues through Friday, depending on the weather. In Mr. Corcoran¹s class there is a Colombian food party planned and students will be researching the Latin American Conquistadors.

In Ms. Bolle¹s class there are finals coming up and long term projects. They always turn out to be great! We will all miss Bernie Stringer (who has retired) for doing very hard work and making everyone laugh! Thank you for your service and thank you Tom Potter for now helping the school full time! The 1st semester ends on the 20th of January. That¹s it for this edition of Weekly Warrior! Thank you for reading! Happy New Year everyone!

Weekly Warrior by Kaylon Hall 12/14/16

Welcome back readers. In Mrs. Galan’s class all three grades are starting new units that are science oriented. The Kindergarteners will be learning about how tools help people explore. First graders will be discovering how their bodies move, and second graders will learn about animal habitats.
Ms. Maire’s 3rd -5th grade students made synonym cinnamon rolls and plan to follow up with antonyms. They are also wrapping up their unit on ecosystems and fractions. Now they are learning about heritage and landmarks. Last week the Mountain Messenger held a writing contest for the 3rd to 5th graders. The students had to write a story and poem. Logan Kinneer was the winner for story writing. Sully Kaiser and Shaylan Williams won 2nd place. Their imaginations and use of adjectives really wowed the judges. Poem winners were Lily Antrim for first, Mariah White for second and Colton White and Serenity Downs tied for 3rd place.
Both elementary classes performed at the Yuba Theatre for Holiday on Main on Dec. 3rd. Mrs. Galan’s class started it off with a great show about what Merry Christmas means followed by Ms. Maire’s class (plus two 8th graders) playing “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. Then both groups came together for a Zumba dance. A big thanks to Kathy Fisher, Lynnea White and Melissa Kinneer for creating fantastic Who hair and make-up. And last but not least thank you community members for buying from the “Baked Goods Auction”; we raised over a $1,000 for the Artists in School program!
In sports, both the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams attended the Greenville Tournament on December 1-3 The girls won one of their three games in a double-overtime against Herlong with only three DHS players left on the court. The boys, unfortunately, did not win any games but it was a close call in a game with Westwood, 32-34.
Last Tuesday the boy’s varsity went to Loyalton to play against their JV team. Sadly the score was 22 to 35 against DHS, but everyone played great and Hunter Davey was the high scorer for the DHS team.
Last weekend, December 9/10, we hosted the first Downieville Small Schools Tournament. Three outside teams from Westwood, Herlong and Loyalton participated along with our varsity boys. The first place trophy went to Downieville since they won the most points; Westwood got 2nd, Herlong 3rd, and Loyalton JV 4th. Congratulations to Rosendo Nevarez for receiving the MVP award. Also Congrats to Hunter Davey, Arroyo Campbell and Rosendo Marquez for receiving All Stars Awards.
Our math and science teacher Robin Bolle went to a Math and Technology conference in Monterey last week. She said that she had a great time listening to guest speaker Don Meyer and she now has many new ideas to bring back to the classroom.
Please remember that this Friday December 16th is a minimum day and that winter break will be from the 16th through January 2nd; school will resume on Tuesday, January 3. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Weekly Warrior by Arroyo Campbell 11/30/16

Since our last account a lot has happened in Downieville Jr/Sr High School. I would like to start by thanking Ms. Bruns, the art teacher, for all the help she has given. We secondary students have been very happy learning how to draw portraits and learning shading techniques.

The high school celebrated Thanksgiving on Wednesday the 23rd. It was a half day, in which the students held a pep rally then indulged in food made for a feast, including two turkeys, mashed potatoes, a variety of pies, and much more.

The construction class students are having fun building scale houses that have been made to 1/16 to an inch. This is teaching students terminology and skills that will help them in their futures.
In other news a former student, Tommy Dines, graduated from Marine boot camp on Friday, November 14. We believe the Marines are lucky to have a man like Tommy. The whole school got to see the ceremony, thanks to Megan Parker who live-streamed the event for us.

This last Tuesday the boys Jr. Varsity team played against the Loyalton J.V. basketball team. Both teams played hard, but we are proud to announce that Downieville won with a score of 29 to 28. The team (Hunter Davey, Jacob Rust, Makalia Rollins, Robert Baker, Niles Bosworth, Kyle Bosworth, and Arroyo Campbell) played very hard.
The K-3 class not only learned about the first Thanksgiving, but they also joined Ms. Maire’s class for a Thanksgiving feast on November 23rd. The kids even helped with the food. Before the feast the kids worked on crafts and enjoyed their Zumba lessons. The K-3 students are also practicing for their Holiday on Main performance.

Ms. Maire’s class has also been getting ready for Holiday on Main. This class hosted the Thanksgiving feast for the entire elementary. They are also learning about climates and ecosystems. Ms. Maire’s class held a See’s candy fundraiser for a trip to Monterey Bay.

We have many announcements this week. Holiday on Main is on December 3rd, this Saturday, at the Community Hall in Downieville. Both the K-3 and the 4-6 classes are performing that day at the Yuba Theatre. The 7/8th graders are hosting a cookie-decorating booth during Holiday on Main. They are also selling hot chocolate, coffee, and pie. On Friday and Saturday, December 9th/10th we are hosting a boys varsity basketball tournament. Both the boys and girls have varsity teams and hope to get many wins this year. We look forward to seeing you on the bleachers, cheering the teams on!

Weekly Warrior by Hunter Davey 11/16/16

Last Thursday, November 10, we had the annual dinner and play night put on by the high school drama class. This year it was called Enchiladas and Entertainment. The students presented monologs, dialogs and short skits; one skit was an original, written and performed by Jacob Rust, Aaron Foster, Austin Foster and Daniel Dunham. We’d like to thank everybody that supported the high school drama class; we had a record-breaking turnout!

The boys high school basketball team is also back for another year. We kicked off the season with an inter squad scrimmage between up and coming players, varsity players, and those who have played under Coach Corcoran in the past years. It was a nail biting very close game and the final score was 33 to 37; the new varsity team won. The official varsity roster this year is: Ramon Nevarez, Rosendo Marquez, Arroyo Campbell, Hunter Davey, Niles Bosworth, Jacob Rust, Robert Baker, and Kyle Bosworth. We look forward to a fun and successful season.

This is also the first year in awhile that we have a girls’ varsity basketball team. For this to be possible all of the girls in the high school had to play. The players for the girl’s varsity team are: Megan Parker, Kaylon Hall, Makalia Rollins, Gabriela Abreu, and Sierra Folsom. They are coached by Coach Steve Fillo. The 7-8th grade boys and girls basketball team has also started their basketball season under Coach Fillo.

The kindergarten through 2nd grade class is writing appreciation letters to veterans and the speakers from their firefighter presentation. They have learned how to identify and write numbers up to 20 and are learning how to use their chromebooks. This week the 3rd through 5th graders will learn about ecosystems, geography, and U.S. History. Some of them are practicing a play for Holiday on Main. Don’t miss it!!

This Friday, November 18 will be a minimum day for teachers to work on programs and WASC, and next Wednesday, November 23 will be another minimum day before the Thanksgiving break; no school Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25.
On November 29 there will be a home game between Dville Varsity and Loyalton JV. December 3 is the annual Holiday On Main celebration. The 7-8th graders will be operating a hot chocolate sale and cookie-decorating booth as a class fundraiser. Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th, is the first annual Downieville Small Schools Basketball Tournament.

We’re now starting to get into flu season and we are encouraging parents to get their kids vaccinated and to stay home if sick.

Weekly Warrior by Kaylon Hall 11/2/16

These past two weeks a lot has been happening. To start, Wild Things came to the gym on October 20th, to teach and show the school about different types of animals. Wild Things is a company that takes care of animals that cannot live in their natural habitat. They brought cool animals such as a baby crocodile, a big frog, a large hedgehog and an owl. Also the next day the Sierra County Dept. of Public Works provided a Magic Show to teach everyone the importance of recycling. They did a great job of being funny while still being educational. Last week was Spirit Week. Club Live and Friday Night Live kids provided a week of fun foods and dress-up days to remind the students of the importance of living a drug free life.
On October 28 there was a hot dog dinner at the cafeteria preceding the annual Halloween Carnival organized by the students from 7th to 12th grade. Each grade set up a few games such as face painting, beanbag toss, tug war, and the famous cakewalk. There were people from Downieville and from others close towns like Grass Valley. The kids had lots of fun and they got lots of candy.
On the Elementary side of things both classes joined together to learn about fire safety. Deputy Chief Mike Lozano, Mike Galan, Ramon Nevarez, Megan Parker and Kaylon Hall all took part in teaching the lower grades how to stay safe in case of emergency. Ms. Marie’s students are doing Powerpoint Presentations for their new unit about ecosystems. So far they have visited the museums in Downieville and Goodyears Bar, and plan to do many local hikes. Mrs. Galan’s students are getting in the fall spirit by carving pumpkins. The 2nd graders are learning about spiders and the kindergarten just finished learning the last letter of the alphabet.
This week the varsity boys basketball team will be starting practice in preparation for a game with the alumni on Friday Nov. 4th at 5:30pm at the gym; the community is invited. Also on Thursday Nov. 10 the drama class will be hosting a dinner-theater event themed “Enchiladas and Entertainment” starting at 5:00 in the cafeteria. Following the dinner, drama students will present a montage of monologs, dialogs and short skits. We hope to see you there!

Weekly Warrior by: Megan Parker 10/12/16

We are halfway through the quarter and progress reports are going to be sent out. Two weeks ago, the upperclassmen met up for ice cream with their “CSF buddies”. A CSF buddy is chosen by an upperclassman and we leave clues for them to guess who we are. The buddies were all in 7th grade. As upperclassmen buddies, we are supposed to help with school or personal problems. My buddy is Evy Downs; Ramon Nevarez’s buddy is Jesse Folsom; Rosendo Marquez’s buddy is Conner White; Arroyo Campbell’s buddy is Katie Epps; and Kaylon Hall’s buddy is Gillian Rust.

The greenhouse has been doing nicely. This year Ms. McDermid’s class is growing more and more in the garden and plans to share the fresh veggies! They are in need of donations and volunteers to help maintain the greenhouse.
Oktoberfest was Saturday, October 8th in Sierra City and the 7/8th and 11th graders will be selling German desserts as a fundraiser.
BMX riders will demonstrate a bunch of cool tricks for the school Thursday, October 6th at 1:00 P.M. All are welcome!
Wild Things has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 20th. Cash for College Night is Thursday, October 13th in Loyalton at 6:00 P.M. The annual Halloween Carnival has been set for Friday, October 28th. Details to come!
T-shirts to support the athletic program are on sale for $20. They were designed by Rosendo Marquez and are being sold by the basketball team. Contact the school at (530) 289-3473 to buy a shirt.
The Mountain Messenger is hosting a writing contest for the entire school to enter. The contest is to write a poem or story; anonymous local residents will judge the entries.
The yearly trip to Ashland was last weekend. The students saw The Wiz, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet. We also got to go on a backstage tour of the theatres. The outside theatre interested me the most because of how it is outside, they perform even with rain, and the design is supposed to look like an Elizabethan inn. A fun fact we learned is that it is bad luck to talk about the play Macbeth in any theatre. We also visited Southern Oregon University as well as Chico State and a few students took in the Rogue River Gorge, Lava Bridges and Crater Lake, in a snowstorm. Ashland has always been an amazing, eye-opening experience and the students can’t thank Mr. and Mrs. Fillo enough!
Mr. Johnston has been substituting for Mrs. Galan and has been doing a great job. The students have been reading a bunch of books such as The Boy Who Cried Wolf. They’ve also been having fun doing art with leaves. Deer and foxes have been visiting the windows by the classroom, so they all get a fun view. Many high school helpers have been assisting Mr. Johnston, including Eliane Campbell, Esmeralda Nevarez, Kaylon Hall, Makalia Rollins, Sierra Folsom, and me, Megan Parker.
Ms. McDermid’s class has been doing STEM activities and maps. They’re also excited for future field trips. The 3rd graders are doing rainbows in connection to learning their multiplication tables, where different colors represent different numbers.
Thank you for reading. We also update school activities on the school Facebook page.

Weekly Warrior – by Sierra Folsom 9/21/16

We are off to another great year! We are happy to have all our new students and our new elementary teacher Mrs. Galan. Candy Corcoran’s niece Gabriella came from Brazil for a semester of school here; she fits in very well and we all really like her.
At the beginning of the school year we elected Student Council officers. They all had to write speeches to present to the Jr. High and High school students. Ramon Nevarez is Student Council President; Rosendo Marquez is VP; and Makalia Rollins is Secretary/Treasurer.
On September 12th, Mr. Corcoran took the Juniors and Seniors to Feather River College in Quincy to a College Fair. There they learned about financial aid, out of state costs and possible degree options offered by a variety of schools and colleges. The guest speaker was a deaf person who spoke about the need to treat everyone as equals. The students enjoyed her message and humorous delivery.
September 14th was Back To School Night, annual Book Fair, and the Student Council Spaghetti Dinner. Parents enjoyed visiting classrooms and on the elementary side, welcoming back Maire McDermid (grades 3-5) and greeting the new K-2 teacher, local Karen Galan. Mrs. Galan was honored with a Certificate of Appreciation from the State Assembly for her long running dedication to education and specifically to the youth of this area; Karen came “out of retirement” to fill the vacancy for the 2016-2017 school year.
On Monday, September 19th, Patrick Crosby, a structural engineer was at the school to talk with us about his career. It was a very cool experience, and we all liked it and got a lot out of it. We all got to see how buildings are made to withstand earthquakes and much more.
Mr. Corcoran and his wife Candy donated Rosetta Stone, a Spanish Language program for all students who are eligible.
The Sierra Schools Foundation Golf Tournament is on Saturday, October 1st at Plumas Pines Golf Resort in Graeagle, CA. It starts at 10:30 AM and costs $110 per person and $400 dollars for a foursome. That includes green fees, cart and dinner. There will also be raffle drawings and an auction. Non-players can attend the dinner, provided by Roen Ranch, for $20. All proceeds benefit Sierra and Plumas County students through grants offered by Sierra Schools Foundation. You can sign up at www.sierraschoolsfoundation.org.
The next Boosters/PTO meeting is on October 14th at 3:30. We are trying to form a Girls Varsity Basketball team. There is a Varsity Boys intersquad basketball game on November 4th and the public is invited to come and watch.
Collect those BoxTops and turn them into the school! There will be prizes for the most turned in BoxTops in grades k-2 and 3-5; prizes will be awarded December 1st, March 1st and June 1st.
In Mrs. Galan’s kindergarten, first and second grade class the kindergarteners are learning to read words and the 1st and 2nd graders are working on their new math curriculum. In science the students are studying plants. The class is enjoying the book Boxcar Children Number 1 that Mrs. Galan is reading to them.
Miss Maire’s third, fourth and fifth grade class is having a great start to the school year. The students are busy studying geography and they visited the Kentucky Mine and all had a great time. The class does plan to go on more field trips throughout the year and they are raising money. One field trip they plan to go on is to the Black Chasm Cavern in Amador County. In the early spring the class is going to take a big trip to visit the San Francisco Academy of Sciences and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Have a great week.

Weekly Warrior – by Makalia Rollins 9/21/16

Welcome back Downieville to the first official Weekly Warrior of the 2016/2017 school year. We have a lot to report on so let’s get to it!!

First off we’d like to announce the seniors of this year, Ramon Nevarez and Megan Parker. Ramon Nevarez is the Student Council President this year who put together and organized a great spaghetti and meatball dinner for Open House last Wednesday, September 14th, with the help of the rest of Student Council. Our other Student Council officers this year are Rosendo Marquez as our VP;  Makalia Rollins, as Secretary; and Augustine Corcoran as  Adviser. The class reps are Megan Parker for 11-12th; Robert Baker for 9-10th; Aaron Foster for 8th; and Katie Epps for 7th grade.

The 10-12th grade class will be heading to Ashland, Oregon the 30th of September to watch amazing performances put on by amazing actors/actresses just as they do every year. Thank you to Mr./Mrs. Fillo and Sierra Schools Foundation for making this trip possible every year for us to enjoy. And also thank you to the community, parents, and the students for keeping this trip alive with your funding and your spirit and good behavior!!

School pictures look beautiful as always! The pictures were taken last Thursday and are in the office ready for pick up if they have not already been sent home with your student.

Ms. Maire’s class went on a field trip to the Kentucky Mine last week and had a blast! The students enjoyed making tie-dyed shirts with their names on them to wear to the mine as well as learning all about the Kentucky Mine.

Mrs. Galan’s K-2nd grade class is off to a great start this year with all the amazing art projects they have been doing! These kindergartners really know how to color! And wow! The first and second graders are math whizzes.

We had a guest speaker from the Crosby group that came in and gave an excellent presentation on engineering and construction. Thank you Patrick Crosby and Mrs. Bolle for setting up the presentation.

Thank you once again, Downieville, for reading the article and supporting our school!

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