June Edition (Volume 128, Issue 11)
What a year! Kuddos to the students, staff, and parents for being flexible in meeting the many challenges we have faced.
While there are many things we'd like to forget, we've also learned a lot which will help us better meet the behavioral and academic needs of students. This includes more skilled use of technology, revision of our math curriculum, adoption of a Science curriculum, adoption of a Writing Program (K-5), and revisions to the daily/weekly schedules.
The big questions facing us is: What will next year look like? We continue to receive guidance from our local Health Department who has done an amazing job supporting Shasta County schools. Rather than putting up road blocks, they worked with us to problem solve and identify ways to keep students in school throughout the year. At this time we do not expect to have to cohort our students and keep them socially distanced. We also expect minimal mask requirements, if any. We fully anticipate next year to be a return to what school looked like before COVID.
At the last Board meeting, our Board approved the addition of a weekly minimum day. We know that minimum days aren't always convenient for our parents. We are anticipating that the release time on Wednesday's next year will be 1:00 pm for all grades. To help minimize the inconvenience to parents, we are expanding staffing in our after school day care program and are allowing parents to pay for in 30 minute increments (it has been 60 minute increments).
The weekly early release will allow our staff to implement the new programs which include; Eureka Math (K-5), Writing Program (K-5), Hands-on Science program (K-8), Leadership/Culture through Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (K-8), new technology resources, and the daily universal access program (described below). Please be assured that staff will effectively utilize these days to address the learning needs of your child and to ensure your child is getting the highest level of education possible.
These weekly early release days do not mean a reduction in instructional minutes. We are required to have students in school 180 days/year and to meet the following instructional minutes:
- Kindergarten: 36,400 minutes/Year
- First - Third: 50,400 minutes/year
- Fourth - Eighth: 54,000 minutes/year
In order to accommodate the weekly early release, we have reduced student lunch times from 45 minutes to 35 minutes. In addition we are starting school five minutes earlier at 8:15 am. These two changes alone have opened up longer instructional periods during the school day that allows teachers longer chunks of teaching times.
One of the programs we are excited to bring back next year is the daily universal access times for students in grades K-5. Five days a week, during a 30 minute period of time, all our aides and the classroom teacher will be grouping students based on their instructional needs. Staff will be working with these students providing targeted support in the areas that will help the students best meet grade level expectations. For our 6-8 students, we have hired a teacher who will work with the classroom teacher to provide extra supports for their students as well.
All the staff at NCC are excited about the programs and offerings that will be provided during the upcoming school year. We hope you will continue to see the many benefits NCC has to offer your student and family.
Innovation Lab Update
Thanks to funding provided by grants from the Redding Rancheria Community Fund and The McConnell Fund of the Community Foundation of the North State, this year students in Innovation Lab got to explore the Makey Makey STEM Invention Kits and Flashforge Inventor 3D printers. With the addition of these exciting new technology tools, we will continue providing our NCCS students more hands-on learning experiences fueling creativity and innovation for years to come. Enjoy the pictures below from the ILab.
We are in need of individuals who would like to substitute as an aide or yard duty when current staff our absent. If you are interested, please complete the application below and send/email it to the office. Candidates would need to pass a security/back ground check and take a paraprofessional test. We'll offer help in preparing for the paraprofessional test.
We also are in need of substitute teachers. To qualify, an individual must have their Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college/university, take the CBEST test, and apply for a 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit. We will work with interested individuals to complete the CBEST test as well as the application.
A Message from Nurse Nell:
As this very unusual school year is ending, the school nurses wish to remind you of important issues that will help your child transition smoothly back to school in the Fall. Please prepare for a successful start next school year, by scheduling or completing the following over the summer, before school starts next year:
- Medical care provider visit & orders for care at school re: chronic health conditions,
- Signed prescriptions for ongoing or new medication,
- Documentation of required immunizations, especially for Kindergartners, 1st graders, 7th and 8th graders before school starts. Please go to www.shotsforschool.org for information.
Having these items, before school starts, will allow the school nurses to provide the best supervision of care for your child on day 1. Please feel free to contact the School Nurse with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We hope you have a wonderful, memorable Summer, and we look forward to seeing you in the Fall.
- Mrs. Grabek will be retiring after 25 years of excellent service to the students at NCC.
- Mrs. Gillespie is leaving NCC and moving to Eureka where her husband as relocated .
- Mrs. DeWalt has been hired to teach 7th grade English/Language Arts and Social Studies as well as serving as the 7th grade core teacher.
- Mrs. Carnahan has been hired to continue the Home Study program for those interested and to support the 6-8 grade students through targeted intervention.
- Mrs. Alba, our speech/language pathologist, is also leaving the area.
- Mrs. Touvel is our new speech/language teacher.
We will miss those leaving and wish them well in their future endeavors. We are equally excited about the new staff joining the NCC team.
Summer Meal Program
Graduation Slide Show and Ceremony
New Year Dates
The first day of school for the 21/22 school year is Tuesday, August 17th. The school office will open after the summer break on August 2. We do check emails and voice mails throughout the summer.
Please note that the office will be closed August 10 and 11 as our entire staff participate in a Leader in Me/Leadership training. Office staff will check voice mails and emails and respond as quickly as possible to questions or needs.
2021/2022 School Year Calendar
Board Meeting Information (Board Meetings now begin at 6:00 pm)
Business conducted during the last Board Meeting:
- Approval of the weekly minimum days with the actual dismissal time on minimum days to be approved at the June Board meeting.
- Approval of Expanded Learning Opportunities (one-time/COVID relief) monies.
- Approval of the Superintendent's contract.
- Approval of a job description for a Behavior Technician (staff member to help work with students experiencing behavioral challenges).
Business to be conducted at the upcoming Board Meeting (June 15 @ 6:00 pm at NCC):
- Approval of minimum day release time (staff is recommending 1:00 pm for all grades).
- Presentation of the 21/22 District Budget and LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Public input is requested during this presentation. Both documents will be posted on our website during the week of June 7.
- Approval of the Carolina Science Curriculum for grades K-8.
Resources for Parents
Parents with students in grades 4-8 may use the link above to access the student information portal. Not much to see just yet. However, it would be great if parents can make sure their login works.