Cougar Call

1 Ishi Hills Way Oroville, Ca, 95966

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

We would like to remind you that magic words such as hello, please, you're welcome, I'm sorry, and thank you, all begin to be learned at home.

It's also at home that children learn to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show utmost respect for their elders and all teachers.

Home is also where they learn to be take care of ourselves, brush our teeth, not talk with their mouths full, and how/where to properly dispose of garbage.

Home is also where they learn to be organized, to take good care of their belongings, and that it' s not OK to touch others.

Here at school, on the other hand, we teach language, math, history, geography, physics, sciences, and physical education. We only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents.

Renee Henderson


Message from the Office

If you have a new address, phone number, or any new contact numbers, please update your changes in the Parent Portal. It’s VERY important to have correct information on file in case of an emergency to ensure medical service won’t be delayed.

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Library news and hours


Just a few new changes in the library to remind the students. There will no longer be a return box in the library for students to return books during the hours that the library is closed. I have had many students say they have put books in the return box and that they have gone missing. Instead, students will need to give their books to me directly. This should cut back on the amount of lost books. Please remind students to come only during my posted hours to return or check out books.

We now have a program called Lending Library where students who have multiple books checked out, fines, or lost books can borrow a donated book. There are two boxes of books for this program so far. They are marked with a discard stamp and have their AR level written inside. These books were all donated. If anyone has anybody would like to donate any books, I am happy to add them to the boxes. I created a check in check out sheet so that we can encourage the students to be responsible with the books The main goal is to make sure all students have the ability to have a book in their hands at any time.

Regarding fines or lost or damaged books, the students can either bring the exact book to replace the missing or damaged books, or they can pay for the cost of that book.

Thank you all for your help in this!

Kayla McKeehan


Library Hours:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday from 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

For More Information contact: Kayla McKeehan -

Pay Attention to Attendance:

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Keep Your Child on track in Middle School. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.


It is important that your student arrive to school on time each day. School begins at 8:20 a.m. Students arriving later than 8:25 a.m. will be marked tardy and need to come to the office for a pass to class. Health notes from the student’s doctor, dentist or counselor will be required to excuse student for health appointments. It’s important for students to be prompt to all classes during the day; classroom tardy's are recorded and will result in a detention after three offenses. If your child is absent please call the office at 530-532-3078, extension 201 to leave a message with our Attendance Clerk, Becky Wilson. Please note the following attendance policy for excusing absences:

*Changes to absences must be made within five (5) school days according to AR5113(b). After this time elapses, the absence will remain unexcused.

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Tutoring is a great way to improve grades and confidence!

Ishi Hills Middle School

FREE Math Tutoring

Every Thursday from 3-4 PM in B-1

ASP Students Need to Sign in First

With the After School Program

Ishi Hills Middle School

FREE ELA/History Tutoring

Every Wednesday from 3-4 PM in G-3

Please note: Except on Minimum Days

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Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Ishi Hills School has a breakfast program. Serving begins daily at 8:00 AM to 8:23 AM. But, be reminded students will be marked tardy at 8:25 AM. Please note that this is the earliest time students may arrive on campus; no supervision prior to that time.

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Central-Ishi Hills Middle School Band

We are on the cover of the Golden Values coupon pamphlet again! This goes to several thousand residences in the Oroville area. Thank you so much Comer's Print Shop, Berry Creek Rancheria, Dahlmeir Isnsurance, and Mr. Bill Sharman publisher and owner of KHP 97.1 FM. Get copies for $2 at Supercuts.

Mr. Walker and the Oroville Community Concert Band will be performing some very fun and beautiful music at the State Theater on March 7th at 7pm AND Sunday March 8th at 3pm. It's $10 per person, BUT high schoolers are $5 and junior high and below are FREE when accompanied by a paid adult. If you adults have a financial burden let me know. I will give extra credit to all who come. I look forward to having more of my students join this band in the future.

Our next performance is on March 26th. It is our annual District Band Concert. As usual it will be at the Nazarene Church (behind Las Plumas HS) and students should arrive in uniform by 6:30pm for the start at 7pm. Those who help me set up at 3pm will get extra credit and a HUGE thank you from me. I’m still deciding on what kind of “thank you” to give to those who help set up and take down. I will also need help getting equipment back to school after the performance.

On March 15 and May 20, the Paradise Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Paradise Arts Center and they are offering FREE tickets to those who have never been to one of their concerts before. They are a fantastic orchestra will lots of string instruments. The director is a really nice guy and a good friend of mine. Please see Mr. Wolcott for free passes.

On April 3rd the high school band will be performing a short concert featuring the songs they will be performing at Carnegie Hall the very next week. It’s FREE and it’s at the State Theater at 7pm on April 3rd.

Ishi Open House - On April 9th all Ishi Band students will meet in the Ishi MPR at 5:10pm for a short rehearsal prior to our short performance at 5:30pm. Central students are welcome but not required.

MAR 26 7-8:30pm District Band Concert - Nazarene Church uniform

APR 9 5:30-6pm Ishi Open House (Ishi Students/Others welcome) band t-shirt

APR 23 6-6:45pm Central Open House/MultiCultural Night - MPR band t-shirt/cultural

APR 24 6:30-8:30pm Dream Big Youth Music Festival – State Theater uniform

MAY 9 4-5pm Kiddie Parade - Bird Street School band t-shirt/costume

MAY 10 9:30-11:30am Feather Fiesta Days Parade – DMV on 5th Ave uniform

MAY ? 7:30-2:30pm Recruiting Tour to elementary schools - bus uniform

MAY 28 7-8pm Farewell Concert – Central MPR uniform

? = not confirmed; Reminder – Band students need to arrive 30 minutes prior to all listed performance times.

Please email me if you are a parent of an Advanced Band student and are not receiving our detailed newsletter


Ron Wolcott

Music Teacher

Oroville City Elementary School District

530-532-3026 x227

Washington, D.C. Trip

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Washington, D.C. Trip 2020


Please contact: Laura Filbeck at

Please Note:

Students and Parents (who are going) please turn in your Roommate request form by March 18th.

Thank you so much

Laura Filbeck


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E-Sports Matches are every Wednesday around 3:30 pm.

A new season will be starting soon. Additional players may apply. Mrs. Paisley will announce in the next 4-6 weeks when new applications are available. Students must be in good standing, no bullying, fighting allowed and no F's.

Currently, there is a Rocket League and Super Smash Bros. Go Ishi Cougars!

Contact: Coach Paisley for additional information.

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ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS. Last chance to get your 8th graders baby pics into the yearbook. Yearbooks are on sale online! Go to and buy one today to secure availability. Yearbooks are $16. If you have an 8th grader and would like to put in a special message "love line" and insert a baby pic it is an additional $5. School code is 125502.

Contact: Adviser Paisley with any questions at

8th grade baby photos/message (love line) can be submitted via email to Adviser: Stacy State at

The first 50 presales will get a special Ishi Hills gift!

After School Program

Basketball Season is Here!

Schedules are available in the office.

Please contact Barbara Clark, Coordinator ASP


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7th and 8th Grade Champions

Here is a BIG shout out to Ishi Hills Middle School 7/8th girls Basketball Team. You are now looking at undefeated League Champions. Congratulations Team and coach Wesley Jones!
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Student Drop Off

Please remind parents that student drop off and pick up is in the round about area, NOT in the top parking lot. Parents please be reminded that when they pull up they need to go all the way to the end, it makes the process smoother and allows for more room for picking up our kiddos.
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Important Things to Think About...

Parent pick up is in the round about NOT the top parking lot

2. Parents need to pull forward in the round about

3. Kids must load past the sign, from the sidewalk in the round's an insurance safety issue

4. Starbuck's/Dutch Bros, etc. are not allowed on campus (correct????)

5. You might want to remind them about the dress code since it is getting warm again

6. Cursing is not appropriate at all on campus....classes, cafeteria, playground, halls, etc.

7. Use table manners in the cafeteria: no throwing food, pouring milk into trays, leaving garbage everywhere, cursing....SIT, EAT, quietly chat.

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Back Packs have a special place

We have a place for backpacks during lunch recess. This prevents the issue with food out on the activity grounds, regulation of cell phones and staff and students from stumbling on them.


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Here are a few ways to keep you and your friends from sharing your sickness.


Below are everyday actions you and your child can take that can help fight germs, like the flu and/or common cold:

• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

• If you or your child gets sick with a flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone. The fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen prior to returning to work/school.

• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to prevent the spread of the cold or flu.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or elbow when you sneeze or cough. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it to prevent the continued spread of the cold/flu and wash your hands.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. This is how germs are spread.

• Clean and Disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu and/or viruses.

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February Student of the Month

February 2020

Sullivan Bergstrand

Max Lor

Richard Halvorson

Olivia Robertson

Gabe Chilton

Gabe Root

Reece Bruschi

Joe Smith

Javier Mendez-Murillo

Frankie Causey

Skylar Rigsbay

Samay Baker

Richard Steele

Leihe Kendrick-Greywolf

Gavin Ross

Raeanna Halvorson

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Perfect Attendance January 2020

Samyra Auldridge

Colton Bice

Noah Bundy

Kennedi Clingman

Hayley Cramer

Kelsea Cudlip

Jonathen Dhaene

Dakota Drish

Aniston Ford

Leonardo Gomez-Burgos

Melanie Hartline

Henry Lopez

Maximus Lor

Graceanne McFall

Marisa Medina

Noah Mentz

Kyle O'Neil

Cody Parker

Havana Pina-Bleeke

Nathan Quihuiz

Bradley Radke

Skler Rigsbay

Alexa Roa

Kiley Scott

Konnor Smith House

Juliana State

Justine Steele

Ethan Tyler

Isaiah Vaughan

Gracie VonArmfelt

Donovan Walsh

Jeremiah Yang

Michael Zilich

Caleb Ader

Reece Bruschi

Miguel Heras

Nevaeh Huston-West

Ethan Neilsen

Aaryan Patel

Manuel Pina-Bleeke

Timothy Rose

Brooklyn Vaimaona

Bowen Ambrose

Logan Arnold

Bayani Cruz-Allan

Grace Hancock

Alexander McFall

Cheyenne Neal

Kristina Northup

Shelby Roosevelt

Bethany Sayavong

Joseph Smith

Kaysen Vaimaona

Tressie Willman

Muapengxue Xiong

3rd Quarter Grades Go Home

Tuesday, March 10th, 8:30am

1 Ishi Hills Way

Oroville, CA

Live Spot

Wednesday, March 11th, 10:30pm

1 Ishi Hills Way

Oroville, CA

LCAP Meeting

Thursday, March 12th, 5:30pm

2565 Mesa Avenue

Oroville, CA

St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 17th, 8:30am

1 Ishi Hills Way

Oroville, CA

School Site Council Meeting

Thursday, March 19th, 4:30pm

1 Ishi Hills Way

Oroville, CA

Honor Roll Breakfast

Friday, March 20th, 8:30-9:30am

1 Ishi Hills Way

Oroville, CA


Wednesday, March 25th, 5:30-6:30pm

1 Ishi Hills Way

Oroville, CA


Thursday, March 26th, 3pm

1 Ishi Hills Way

Oroville, CA

District Band Concert

Thursday, March 26th, 7pm

2238 Monte Vista Avenue

Oroville, CA