January 2023

Golden Hills Mission

Golden Hills Eagles grow together, learn with passion, act with kindness, and change the world!

Principal Message

Golden Hills staff is so happy to welcome all the Golden Hills Eagles back from winter break. We hope that everyone enjoyed their time at home with your families. Before we went on break all the students had an opportunity to check out books from our library, those books are due January 6th.

January 10-13th is the big field trip for the fifth graders. They will be heading to Shady Creek for 3 nights! Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to be our cabin leaders:

Kaitlyn, Marta, Elvia , Alicia , Yadira, Sabreena, Brittany , Mary Lou, Josh, Jeff Pittman , Michael, Leland, Joe , Robert.

We could not do this without you!!

School-wide Progress Reports go Home on January 13th. Be sure to look over the report with your student and reach out to their teacher if you have any questions.

Golden Hills School Site Council Meeting is on Thursday, January 19th at 3 pm. We would love to see you there!

Inspire Kindness Movement

On January 26th Golden Hills will be having a special guest: Brian Williams. He will do an hour long assembly for our students. Brian is on a mission to inspire kindness movements in schools across the nation. His message is one that calls students to action and creates measurable change in each school he visits. He is energetic, funny and gets students to think outside the box on how they can create a ripple of positivity within their school. February is Kindness Month so he will kick off and challenge our students to promote kindness on campus.

Counselor's Message

We are continuing the 100% Accountable Mindset from our 7 Mindsets curriculum in January. The 100% Accountable Mindset teaches the importance of being responsible for our own happiness and success. Being 100% Accountable means deciding not to be victims of the past and recognizing that the future is not predetermined, so our lives are what we choose in the present moment and each moment moving forward. In these lessons, we help students focus on recognizing our fears and excuses. This mindset is about the importance of breaking down barriers and taking responsibility for our thoughts and actions. It also allows us to free our minds and focus our energy on taking the critical steps toward our goals.

Top 5 Dos and Don’ts at Home: (this information comes directly from

1) Do model the 100% Accountable Mindset at home by taking responsibility for your actions and the control you have over your destiny. How we use our time determines whether we get the most out of each day, which in turn affects our future. It is important to maximize our time by doing things that energize and fulfill us, because these activities will help take us toward our best possible lives.

2) Do realize the importance of growth in everyday life. It’s important to see that how we spend our time reflects what is important to us. Some of our routines and tasks are productive and make us stronger, while others have no benefit, weaken us and may be counter-productive to living a great life. How we use our time determines whether we get the most out of each day, which in turn affects our future.

3) Don’t blame others for what has happened to you. When you blame or resent others, you spend a lot of time thinking negatively. This prevents you from doing what you need to do to live your dreams.

4) Don’t harbor ill will toward others or allow your child to let the actions of others become obstacles for them. By holding onto anger, you cannot move forward to live your best life. Many of us have had very difficult circumstances, but it is important to recognize that we control our destinies from this moment forward.

5) Don’t make excuses. When your child sees you making excuses for why you can’t do something, they are likely to reflect that same mentality and find excuses for why they can’t do something as well. Our greatest limitations are those we place on ourselves. When you make excuses, you are beaten before you even try.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I’m on campus Monday through Thursday and can be reached by phone at (530)532-6000 ext. 2607 or by email at or via text at (530)433-9603.

School Counselor

Ms. Rainbow Walker

Positive Eagle Award

Mr. Borquez's science lesson on sound waves. Students made cup and string telephones

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The second trimester Attendance Challenge has begun! On March 9th we will have a STEAM museum on campus.

To be invited to participate in the STEAM museum the requirements are:

Less than 11 absences (excused or unexcused) for the entire school year


Less than 6 (excused or unexcused) absences from 11/29-3/8/23

Our third trimester reward will be a field trip to the movies!

If your child is absent please call the school office to let them know the reason so that your child can possibly be excused.Also, if your child will be absent for 3 or more days you can request independent study. Your child will receive work to do and if the work is completed, your child will receive credit for attendance and will not be counted as absent. If you have questions, please call the school office.

Attendance is very important, if your student is not at school, they cannot learn. Thank you for your support!

Golden HIlls Trimester 1 Honor Roll Award

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Boys Basketball Try-outs are coming soon. Golden HIlls will have a fourth and a fifth grade team. Practices are held after school and games are located out of town, Richvale, Gridley etc. Students must have their own transportation to games.

Fourth Grade Boys Jan 23,24 and 25 from 3-4 on the GH basketball courts, boys only need to attend one day for try outs. They must have a ride home at 4.

Fifth Grade Boys basketball team try-outs will take place on Thursday, Jan, 19 from 2:45 - 3:45 on the outdoor basketball courts. Players must arrange for a ride home at 3:45 sharp.

Ms. Smith & Ms. Rickmers are having art class on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. The following students are in art class:

Avery C.

Kinzlee O.

Ximena S.

Esteban S.

Olivia O.

Hunter S.

Bentley D.

Isabella L.

Emily G.

Daniel F.

Rylee S.

Naijoni L.

Rogelio N.

Avianna W.

Journey S.

Arabella G.

Nataly R.

Kierra B.

Jace H.

Cristian T.

Skylynn C.

Irlanda M.

Lulu C.

Karson. H

All Golden Hills Classes will be having a guest teacher this month, Ms. Monique from BCOE School Ties & Prevention Services to teach development of critical thinking and self-reliance skills as a foundation to Butte County Office of Education's nicotine prevention lessons that are taught in middle school and high school . She will be teaching goal setting, decision making, managing emotions, communicating/ advertising, peer pressure, healthy choices, and putting it all together/ refusal skills. Fifth grade will include an Intro to Nicotine Prevention lesson.

The curriculum used will be:

Too Good for Drugs
Skills development is at the core of Too Good for Drugs, a universal K-12 prevention
education program designed to mitigate the risk factors and the enhance protective
factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) use. The lessons introduce
and develop skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, developing
self-efficacy, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure and influence.
Too Good for Drugs teaches five essential character development skills to build self-
efficacy, promote healthy development, and academic success:
 Setting Reachable Goals
 Making Responsible Decisions
 Bonding with Pro-Social Others
 Identifying and Managing Emotions
 Communicating Effectively
At the elementary school level, additional skills and developmental topics build on the
core skill set to broaden the student’s sense of self-efficacy and confidence. Lesson
designs are tailored to the intellectual, cognitive, and social development of the student.
Interactive games and activities help students visualize and apply the strategies and
skills directly so they can begin to apply them in their daily life right away. These
additional concepts include:
 Managing Mistakes and Disappointment
 Resisting Peer Pressure
 Understanding Peer Influence
 Making Healthy Choices (4 th and 5 th Grade includes Introduction to Nicotine Use
Substance use and its effect on the body are introduced when developmentally
appropriate. In the youngest grades, the lessons develop an understanding of what is
healthy to put in the body and what is not. This foundation prepares students for
discussions about tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use in later elementary years.
 Effects of Nicotine Use - Grades 4 and 5

Important Dates

  • Jan.10th -Jan. 13th: 5th grade Shady Creek field trip
  • Jan. 13th Progress Reports go home
  • Jan. 19th School Site Council meeting at 3pm
  • Jan. 16th Martin Luther King Holiday....NO SCHOOL!
  • Feb. 13-20th Intersession, President day & Lincoln Birthday...NO SCHOOL!
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