So far WUSD has only received responses representing 370 of approximately 1500 students in the district. In order for us to get a clearer picture of your wishes, we must hear from more of our families. Below are the current results. If you have not filled out the survey please click on this link. https://www.willitsunified.com/o/wusd/page/school-reopening
The WHS Academic Decathlon team met today for their first scrimmage of the year. They join 600 other students across California as they take 7 subjects tests about the Cold War online. The team’s theme this year is about perseverance and overcoming obstacles we face during the pandemic. The team took extra social distancing precautions in order to take their tests at school today with 2-3 students per classroom. Thank you Coach Colvig for making it happen.
WUSD has developed a draft plan with input from administration and teachers on how to reopen schools safely. I expect that this plan will have changes to it as time, data and procedures change. A major goal before coming back on site is to develop a viable academic plan, share it with our parents and then poll our parents to determine who wants to send their students back to on-site learning. Without question, WUSD will be following all the County Health Department guidelines for example; masks will be required, social distancing as much as possible, and small cohort sizes. I envision there is a group of parents who are not going to send their child back regardless of the hybrid model we have in place and others who are passionate about getting them back in even if it’s for a short period of time. WUSD wants to provide what the community needs and will have options for either on-site or to continue with distance learning. In order to provide our parents with choices it may require some staff movement and could take some time to put in place. WUSD will be doing a survey with the parents of all students to get information back to help plan for a reopen, whenever that can take place. The district has all the PPE necessary for staff and students. Every classroom will have a hospital grade air purifier and daily disinfection. Each site will have a set of health standards protocols. (Attached) At this time, COVID numbers are growing daily and reopening in a fully hybrid model is in not a good idea. The District also has several import safety items on back order, such as air purifiers. Currently WUSD is allowing students on campus to meet one on one with their teachers as needed, and providing direct services for our students with special needs. In the next few weeks, I would like the coaches to begin athletic conditioning with our students, following all the rules established by the athletic department. With the holidays approaching this is an opportune time to refine the practices and protocols. After the holidays, in mid-January we will have data to determine if it is allowable to reopen. Mark Westerburg Parent survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdTNwoD3lYplGUpOBaDjXqVJnggfkQrExjieJOdR5_ts_jzAQ/viewform More information and Health and Safety Protocols https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1005611/WUSD_Health_and_Safety_Procedures_and_Protocols.pdf
In the event of a power outage all Willits Unified schools will be closed.
Student Photo Opportunity. Maureen Moore will be at Baechtel Grove Middle School this weekend - Saturday, October 24 from 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday, October 25 from 9 am to 1 pm for school photos! Please see flyer below for details and please let others know. Please contact your school with any questions.
Hello! I wanted to give families a quick update and reminder that the Chromebook insurance window to file has been extended to 11/30/2020. This is a great option to protect your Childs device throughout the school year. The cost is $34 with a $0 deductible. English Flyer https://rb.gy/e6dskf Spanish Flyer https://rb.gy/pfhtiv Pay for insurance here => https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/willits
If You Want Your Taxes to Stay Local, Choose Measure I Willits public schools are in desperate need of maintenance and repairs. Every single school in the Willits Unified School District leaks when it rains, and that’s just the beginning. The longer we defer maintenance, the more expensive repairs will become. The question is how do we, as a community, raise funds to pay for those repairs? In the upcoming election, there is a statewide proposition and a local ballot measure that address school funding. California Proposition 15 would only guarantee an additional $15,000 per year for Willits schools (or $180,000 over 12 years). Measure I would allow Willits schools to raise $17 million over 12 years. If Prop. 15 passes, California schools will get 40 percent of the revenue. Of that, community colleges will receive 11 percent. The remaining funds would be divvied up among K-12 schools statewide. Prop. 15 isn’t polling very well, so depending on it to fund local school repairs is a big risk, but even if it does pass, it only guarantees $100 per student per year, not nearly enough to pay for the upkeep required for Willits schools. It’s possible that more revenue could come our way, but there’s no guarantee. On the other hand, if Measure I passes, 100 percent of revenue would remain local and go toward repairing and maintaining Willits public schools, including charter schools. Because the general obligation bond will be issued in four or more stages, the school board can reduce the burden on taxpayers should economic conditions change or other funding, such as Proposition 15, become available. As a reminder, Measure I would cost property owners a maximum of $40 per $100,000 of assessed value (not market value) per year. Assessed value is determined by the Mendocino County Assessor and is listed on your property tax bill. If, for example, your house is assessed at $250,000, your overall annual bill would be $100 (that’s about $8 per month). With these funds, public schools in Willits would have the funds to responsibly fix what is broken and keep school facilities in good repair. Willits Unified projects include replacing broken furniture at schools districtwide, repairing the roof at Blosser Lane Elementary, purchasing portable classrooms at Brookside Elementary and cafeteria tables at Baechtel Grove Middle School, paving parking lots at Willits High and the District Office, updating science classrooms at Baechtel Grove and Willits High, and similar projects. Proposition 15 is a whole different deal. I’m not recommending a vote for or against Prop. 15; that’s a personal decision. I’m just letting you know that Prop. 15 is unlikely to provide the funds needed to maintain local schools. Please realize that a vote in favor of Proposition 15 does not replace the need for Measure I. With Measure I, you will be able to see your tax dollars at work here in Willits. In the last election, 162 people skipped over the school bond—leaving it blank rather than voting yes or no—presumably because they didn’t feel they knew enough to make a good decision. My goal here is to provide information so voters feel comfortable taking a position one way or another. Please don’t leave it blank. If you need more information, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. You can reach me at the district office at 707-459-5314.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Learning Continuity Attendance Plan 2020/21 Thursday, September 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Via Zoom-Please see WUSD Events calendar for link
WUSD will resume Distance Learning tomorrow, September 14th, 2020.
Congratulations to the following certified staff, you have attained permanent status with WUSD! We greatly appreciate your dedication to the students and district. Lucas Brown, District School Psychologist Melissa Coughlin, Teacher at Brookside Katrina Hall, Teacher at High School Trisa Hall, Teacher at Brookside Patrick Keough, Teacher at BGMS Kirsten Myers, Teacher at Brookside Speech and Language
All of Brooktrails has been reopened with the exception of third gate.
Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan Public Input Opportunity I am seeking input from our district stakeholders to assist WUSD in providing the best education possible for our students as we continue distance learning and prepare for on-site instruction. We value your ideas relating to district practices and funding and wish to incorporate them into the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan, the LCAP for the 2020/21 school year. The purpose of this plan is to describe how the district will address the impact of COVID-19 and maintain continuity of student learning this school year. The final document will be presented to the board on 9/28/20 and will include the following: • Provision of distance learning and the transfer to in person classroom instruction when public health condition allows it • Measure student progress/participation and address learning loss • Provide support for English Learners, Foster Youth, Homeless Youth, Students with Unique Needs, and Low-income students • Ensure access to internet and hardware devices • Provide resources and support to address the mental health of students and staff along with social/emotional well-being for students and staff • Student/family engagement and outreach to reengage students who are absent, unengaged, or at risk of learning loss • Provide meals for students during distance learning and in-person instruction WUSD is eligible for $1,400,000 in funding and although this appears like a lot of money it is a decrease in revenue from previous years through LCAP. With all governmental funds there are requirements and timelines to follow. The majority of funds must be spent by December and can only be spent on items mentioned above. Hiring additional permanent staff is not an option because the one time funds must be spent by December. The district has already spent funds on the following necessary items to begin operations and distance learning on August 31st: • Large amounts of PPE equipment, sanitizers, and cleaning supplies. • Two additional days of teacher paid preparation time for distant learning. • Independent Study materials and supplies for 9-12 • Wi-Fi Equipment for buses • Protective screens and other safety equipment • Chromebooks for 3rd grade • Online software such as IXL, Renaissance Learning, Zoom and Canvas • Additional teacher to Blosser • Additional support time of school nurse • Tech equipment for classrooms to present remote distant learning • Teacher training of technology • Ipads for all students Grades K-1 and Chromebooks for all second graders. Please email me any ideas you have to make education better for our students, I welcome your input: email@example.com
Due to the fire conditions WUSD will be closed for the remainder of this week.
Due to fire conditions WUSD and Charter school's will be closed on Wednesday September ninth, 2020.
Due to fire conditions WUSD schools will be closed on Tuesday Sept. 8th.
HOTSPOT at home For people who have cell service this is how you make your iphone a hotspot so your chromebook can connect to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NToTQfrdNHg This is how you turn your Android phone into a hotspot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Y1HS4j8SU This would work for people who have good phone service but don't pay for home internet service. This is how you can check to see if a hotspot will work in your location. The hotspot is simply just like the phone for access to the internet.
All WUSD schools will open on August 31, 2020 with a Distance Learning program. This plan is based upon the Governor’s order for school districts within counties placed on the state Watch List. Even though our county is not currently on the Watch List (as of August 4, 2020), Dr. Doohan has advised that our county data meets the criteria and is therefore recommending that all schools in Mendocino County open with a Distance Learning model. The state has defined the requirements for schools in order to provide high quality learning for all students. Our instructional program will be very different than it was in the spring, when we were mandated to close with little to no planning time. Teachers and staff have been working throughout the summer to develop methods and curriculum that will be effective and engaging. All students will be scheduled to be online daily at specific times to receive instruction from their teachers and to participate in activities where they will interact with their peers. Independent activities will also be part of the instructional program and will take place during specified time periods. Teachers will create a daily schedule for their classes that will outline the specific times and activities that students must complete. You will receive information regarding the specific schedules within the next couple of weeks. The district is committed to helping our families and will be reaching out with phone calls beginning August 17th. We appreciate your support as we continue to fine-tune all of the many details involved in our instructional delivery method. I have every confidence that with the help of our parents, our staff can provide an excellent program that addresses your students’ needs. For households unable to receive Internet we are looking at the possibility of opening school campuses on a limited basis, we also purchased equipment to have Wi-Fi on our school buses that will be placed around the community for internet access, as well as working with our local businesses to open up Wi-Fi to the public. WUSD will also provide devices such as chrome books, iPads, and headphones for all students who need them. In most cases grades 3-12, your child should have their own device. We truly miss you and look forward to the days when we can reopen schools, please stay tuned for more detailed information in the near future. Thank you all for being a part of Willits Unified School District. Mark Westerburg
At the July 17th WUSD School Board Meeting, two important decisions were made. First, we will start school on Monday August 31st. Secondly, the WUSD schools will begin the year in a remote (distance) learning environment. It is the goal of the staff to provide a much improved educational experience for students. In grades TK-2 we will focus on packets for students that go with our curriculum and will allow parents to follow the process. In grades 3-5 we will be using workbooks and technology provided by WUSD to enhance the work. Baechtel Grove Middle School will be using a schedule that provides four periods of core instruction, one of PE and an elective period. They will have live online instruction every single day from the district adopted curriculum. We are also providing parent support for technological and other questions and concerns, as well as informational training. You will be able to call the school directly and get a response from designated staff. We all believe that you need to be adequate and meaningful partners in this work. At the High School students will have a three period schedule where the courses last six weeks. Each school will be providing parents and students with many details and procedures in late August before we start. We will transition to on site classroom instruction as soon as the health guidelines allow us to do so. If we want our children back at school, as a community we need to continue to follow health guidelines, to not get on the county watch list with the state. The district is working with other local governmental agencies to provide more free internet access, as well as exploring opening up our school libraries to download assignments. The CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Sports have been shifted to two seasons with one beginning in mid December and the second season starting in mid March. The majority of sports will be offered, just compacted into two seasons. Their online instruction will look very different this year, as teachers increase their knowledge of virtual instruction. We will be in communication with families as the situation changes. Please stay patient as we transition to this changing environment.
The WUSD School Board is meeting tomorrow night to do some needed business and discuss the reopening options for the fall. There will not be a decision made, it is to soon to know what it will look like on Aug. 31st. When we do consider opening in the fall it will be in a more Covid prepared schedule or remotely. Our goal is to allow parents choice of doing independent study or back in classroom instruction if the conditions allows it. I use the restaurant mentality, if we can’t be in the inside of the restaurant, we can’t be in the classrooms. If the rules are some percentage capacity in the restaurant with masks we will try and provide that option in classrooms. In mid-August our goal will be to call each family and ask parents to choose an option of in class or independent study and we will make the staffing adjustments needed. Beyond staffing we will need to make building specific plans for situations that may occur. Our goal is to provide the safest environment we can and give parents options. If we had to start tomorrow our data is trending the wrong way and the guidelines are locking down more not less, so we would be on home instruction. If you would like to give the board information please use my email address to do so. ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) If you would like to participate in the zoom board meeting this is the address https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9782489039?pwd=V0U2cUtHZUMzQk5xR3d5Vy9wT1JkZz09 There is also a chat box to ask questions or use your time during the public comments section. The WUSD staff is working hard this summer to get ready for this new situation that provides the safest and best academic environment we can financially afford to do.
School Board Members Election 11/2020 Two school board seats for Willits Unified School District are up for election, November 3, 2020. Interested parties may contact County of Mendocino, Elections Department (707) 234-6819 or WUSD District Office, Trina Cardillo (707) 459-5314 ext. 1101 for packet information. Filing deadline is August 7, 2020
Notice of Public Disclosure: WTA, Classified Confidential, Classified Management, and Administration. Cost incurred by the public school employer under the agreement for the current and subsequent fiscal year, shall be disclosed at a public meeting of the public school employer.
¡Buenas tardes! Este es el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Willits que le recuerda que debe completar la Encuesta para padres sobre la reapertura de la escuela de otoño. Envíe sus encuestas antes del miércoles 24 de junio. Sus sugerencias son importantes para nosotros. Puedes acceder a la encuesta aquí => https://forms.gle/LCV9k6JE5aWaHoBE9 ¡Gracias!
Good Afternoon! This is Willits Unified School District reminding you to take the Fall School Re-Opening Parent Survey . Please get your surveys in by Wednesday June 24th. Your input is important to us. You can access the survey here => https://forms.gle/QdfZ2an3iJ8A7RV79 Thank you!
Encuesta de apertura de la escuela de otoño del WUSD Complete esta encuesta aquí => https://forms.gle/PWodWsMpVBEWks4C8 Esta encuesta ayudará al plan WUSD para el año escolar 2020/21.
WUSD Fall School Opening Parent Survey. Please complete this survey here => https://forms.gle/hcz7VpWxwoiQvvQK9 This survey will help WUSD plan for the 2020/21 school year.
Willits high school graduation live stream. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm14iSqMtl-7TKLnLP5NkFQ/live
Graduation is Friday Night at 6:30. It is very important this year to know the guidelines we are required to follow. There can be no guests in the stands or on school grounds. The seniors are in the box of the truck and the family is in the cab. In short, we are a parking lot, not a gathering. I posted a picture of the processional route that should begin about 7:15. The firetruck will lead us around town in a slow processional that ends back at the stoplight at Commercial Street. Parents and friends who line the processional route please remember the health department guidelines. I want to thank all the first responders and city employees for helping to make this happen. G0 Wolverines.
Hi Brookside Families, We hope you are all doing well. We miss our students so much! TOMORROW (Friday 5/29/2020) IS THE LAST PACKET DROP OFF DAY!!! Please return any and all homework. May 29, Friday: FINAL Packet Drop Off Day: 8:30-12:30 and 4:30-6:30- Drop Packets in the cans in front of the school See you tomorrow! Be sure to ask your child’s teacher or send me an email at email@example.com if you have questions. Thank you!
Mendocino County SELPA Public Hearing Notice: Final review and adoption of SELPA -wide annual budget and service plan for 2020/21 special education programs. Will be held on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 9:15 a.m. via Zoom Meeting Link: https://mcoe.zoom.us/j/96993402669?pwd=TUdGc1ZiVmN5WVZrbW9KdnNVcU5EUT09
2020 NorCal Cyber Virtual Summer Camp The Northern California Information Communication Technologies (ICT) Hub at the Sacramento County Office of Education, in partnership with California Community Colleges, is supporting FREE, week-long Virtual Summer Introductory and Advanced Cyber Camps for Middle School and High school (7th-12 trade) students! This opportunity to learn about cybersecurity at no-cost is made possible through generous donations and contributions of NorCal Cyber partners and sponsors. Please provide registration to your school office so you can keep your Chromebook over the summer! Go here to register =>https://www.norcalcyber.org/ To registar = >
Good Afternoon. Just a reminder that meals are continuing to be served Monday through Friday. Breakfast 8 to 10 and lunch 11 to 1. Meals are ready for pickup at the WHS cafeteria. For families needing deliveries or have any questions can contact Christy Wisdom @707-459-7700 x 1555 Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
To: Students, Parents and the Willits Community Willits Unified School District is pleased to announce that we have been given approval to host a unique graduation ceremony on June 5th, at 6:30pm. Details that must be followed: Maize Field at Willits High School Each family will be allotted one vehicle, preferably a truck, with the student in the bed of the truck, and family inside the cab of the truck. Only immediate family members (parents & siblings) No one is to leave their vehicle - no exceptions Staging will be in the front parking lots prior to the start, please be on site by 6:10 as we will start the procession at 6:30pm. Trucks will proceed along the road adjacent to the baseball field (north side) Trucks will enter the track at the North entrance and proceed around the track, parking as close to the car in front of them as possible. Students will be announced when they enter the track area As the trucks proceed around the track, they will pause in front of the WHS sign and be and a photo in Cap & Gown will be taken. Parents & Students are encouraged to decorate their vehicle in order to celebrate the occasion. The graduation ceremony will take place once all vehicles are parked along the track. Once the graduation ceremony concludes, the families will leave by the north entrance and be escorted through town by local first responders along a route that allows the extended families & community to celebrate the achievements of their graduates. Keepsake banners will be hung along main street, to honor our Willits graduates and will be available for pick up by the families at a later date. The event will be live streamed on youtube & Facebook live -If you have a truck to loan for the ceremony or need to request a truck please contact: Marian Lohne - Assistant Principal at WHS 707-459-7700 ext. 1509 firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020.
Public Hearing Notice for 2020/21 District Budget will be held on June 10, 2020, 5:20 p.m. at a regularly scheduled board meeting via Zoom, a link will be made available and posted on agenda for viewing and participation
Hello WUSD families!! As we plan and prepare for next year we need your help. In order to create a solid plan it is very important that you fill out this simple transportation application. This will provide the district with the information needed to safely transport your children. This application is only needed for children who ride the bus. Please have this form filled out by June, 30th 2020 to hold your child's place on a route. Click here for the form => https://bit.ly/3dCJccI Thank for your quick response! Have a wonderful week!
All middle and high school students need to understand that my message about moving up to the next grade level, means that you will go to the next grade. However, if you are not doing your work, you will be repeating those required classes and be credits short that you need to make up. Regardless of your grade credits are required to graduate. Reminder regarding graduation status! Those seniors who meet the state graduation requirements will receive diplomas. Those seniors who don't complete the coursework, we will continue to work with you even into July and August. We are only a few weeks away from the end of the school year, so now is the time to finish strong. June 5th is still currently the date of graduation The school district is going to wait until we have specific guidelines from the state or county health department that covers the time period of June 5th or beyond, prior to announcing any graduation plans. Mark Westerburg
It certainly appears that we will not be returning to normal classroom settings for the remainder of this school year. All school sites have made plans to continue with modified school instruction through the end of May. The first week of June will be used for students to turn in all assignments and for teachers to assign grades. All students will be moved to the next grade unless discussions about retention have already taken place. Although very unlikely- if it is possible before this school year ends to bring back a limited number of students, the District would consider the following: Brookside grade 2 only, Blosser Lane grade 5 only, BGMS grade 8 only and all seniors at WHS. In regards to graduation our preference is to wait it out, meet as a group and make it happen. As I have stated before, we can do it in August if necessary. I prefer this idea over a virtual ceremony. Middle school and high school campuses are planning to hold a summer school session from July 27th through August 14th. WUSD is willing to provide support to all other summer session programs which use our facilities so they may become operational. In regards to the governor's comments about starting school July 1st. There are more problems with that Idea than good. A major issue for a third of our students is transportation, can they get on the bus, with such a confined space we would have to limit buses to 12 students and this is a problem. Another large issue is the heat in July, only about 40% of our facilities have air conditioning and classrooms would be very warm. Along with this are summer jobs, summer school, cleaning facilities, adding 20+ days to teachers' work year, new teachers who won't be here yet, plus all the added cost for operations for a month and half. Although we are anxious to all be together again an early start is not the best plan. When all the students come back in August we will all work aggressively to get back on track. I commend all of our parents and staff for working through this situation, hang in there. My biggest concern in coming back together is the health of our adult staff, the impact from the virus can be harsh and we have a small number of substitutes available. The need to social distance even with a small group is very tough with young kids. If we do have to create A and B days for students to limit the exposure we will do so. Bus routes, siblings, teachers, children and creating off day work for students will be a challenge but we will do it if necessary. In conclusion, we are waiting it out and hopeful that summer will get us a little closer too normal. Our goals for Willits Unified are to finish the year in distance mode, have a graduation ceremony, provide whatever educational services we can in the summer and get ready for next school year. Mark Westerburg
Calling All Do It Yourselfers- Family Members and Staff! Our WUSD Maintenance Team installed Brookside’s brand new play structure and now we need some help with spreading the bark. Part of the playground grant requirements call for community involvement in the building process. Adults only will be working to spread bark with masks and using appropriate social distancing. If you are available to spread bark for one hour on Tuesday, May 5th, please respond to the Brookside PTO Facebook page (or send an email to email@example.com if you don’t have FB) with the number of adults, the contact person’s name, and the hours you are available. I’ll post a final schedule in the FB thread on Monday (or email you back). You’ll need a rake and your mask! Thank you so much for your support, Brookside DIYers!!! 💚❤️💜
I have attached a link to the CENSUS 2020. It is very important for school funding to have an accurate census for the district. Federal funding inTitle Programs, food service and grant opportunities come from census data. It is very quick and easy to do. https://my2020census.gov/
Parents and Guardians, Here is a copy of the Zoom Meeting Schedule. Each teacher is listed by grade level and period. If you have any questions please contact the office- 707-459-2417 and be sure to leave a message. These meetings are office hours and do not count for a grade. The Zoom Meetings are one of the ways that we are staying connected to our students. Missing your students, Ms. Erickson
Hi Brookside Families, I know many of you are interested in providing input about your child’s teacher for next year, the 2020/2021 school year. Given the COVID-19 situation, we are not completing input forms as in years past, however we have developed a system using email. If you would like to provide input, please follow the directions below. 1. Select three choices among the teachers listed here: Grade TK: Mrs. Pfingsten Grade K: Mrs. Brinkerhoff; Mrs. Cooley; Mrs. Gonzalez; Ms. Rescina; Miss Turner Grade 1: Mrs. Bergmann; Mrs. Dodd; Miss Hall; Mrs. Hammond; Mrs. Hinojosa; Ms. Luckey Grade 2: Mrs. Beebe; Mrs. Coughlin; Mrs. Lucier; Ms. Ostrowski; Mrs. Saperstein Grade 3: Mrs. Bauer; Ms. Curry; Mrs. Duran; Mrs. Ford; Ms. McClelland 2. Send an email with your three teacher requests along with a reason why you are selecting these teachers. Send the email to Brookside@WillitsUnified.com. Please do not send it to our office staff as it may not be received in time. You can also request for your child to not be placed with another child, along with the reason. Again, requests will be considered but many factors go into placement, so no guarantees are made. 3. The email is due by 4:00pm on April 20th. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (please do not send teacher requests to this email address though!). Thank you!
Hi Brookside Families, in order to keep our Brookside community of families and staff members as safe as can be and to continue our assignment to keep people separated as much as possible, Brookside families will not be picking up packets or belongings at the school on April 14th, instead we will mail the packets to students at home and will keep belongings until safe for families to pick up. Packets will be mailed on Tuesday, April 14th or on Friday, April 17th. Please continue the plan to drop off your child’s completed packets to Brookside on Tuesday, April 14th, as scheduled. For completed packet collection, new plastic cans will be placed on the sidewalk in front of the office. Families will drive up, one car at a time, and drop packets into cans, then drive off. Employees will be monitoring from afar. The cans will be labeled for TK/K, 1, or 2, and will have a slit in the top. Families can drop off completed packets in the cans anytime on Tuesday April 14th, from 8:30-6:30. We will keep the cans closed up for safety for a prescribed amount of time before packets are given to teachers. We will hold more packet pick up days as needed, to be announced. We anticipate that we will mail your child’s next set of materials on April 29th. More information to come. Please let me know of any questions via email (at email@example.com). We appreciate your extreme flexibility during this uncertain time and strive to maintain all prescribed interventions to keep our community as safe as can be. We miss our students very much! Thank you.
Uniform Turn in. With the unfortunate circumstances facing our nation, our baseball season has been cancelled! My heart goes out to all of our players, coaches and parents , but especially our seniors, this is not fair at all! So now comes the hard part. We need to collect all baseball uniforms, varsity pullovers, jerseys and pants. The coaches will be at the front of the high school this Thursday at 6pm to collect everything. Now keeping the current 6ft distance please just pull into the bus line and we will have container out just simply show what you have and drop them off out the window . If for some reason you can’t not make it to the high school, please get a hold of Coach Travis or Coach Jim and we will make arrangements. Thank you Whs baseball coaching staff
WUSD Update: It seems likely that we will be in our modified school mode for the remainder of the school year. I am very pleased and proud of the work being done by our teachers, for many their technology skills are getting much stronger. I am also proud of our students and parents for working so cooperatively with the schools during this time. There is no question, this is not the ideal way for education to be done, but it is critical to stop the spread of the virus. If the situation changes and the shelter in place is lifted it is fair to say that we all would gladly resume normal operations. Each school site has modified their program based on the age level of the students and available technology. It is very important to stay in touch with your student’s school for dates, times, expectations and directions. Willits High School and Sanhedrin will have a graduation this year, even if it is the first event of Frontier Days or later. These two buildings will be using an A, B, and Credit/No Credit grading system for the students. It is vital to remember in grades 9-12 credits are required to graduate. Students who are unsuccessful in their classes this third trimester will have an opportunity to attend summer school or retake the class(es) next school year. We are asking seniors to focus on core classes, which for most those students it’s English and Economics. Spring break is next week and we hope students will use this time to will be a catch, no new assignments will be issued. Our teachers will also use this break to try and connect with those students who are struggling or not being productive. Baechtel Grove students are doing most of their modified school using technology and will be issued grades similar to the high school- with the exception of elective classes only being graded as credit/no credit. Some students are doing packets and need to stay in touch with the school for pick and drop off instructions. Students will be evaluated at BGMS for promotion to the next grade level using current policies in place. We are expecting a larger number of students requiring summer school. However, for the vast majority of students, this will not interfere with them being promoted to the next grade level. Blosser Lane students are working both online and in packets. If you have Internet access at home but no computer, contact your classroom teacher to inquire about borrowing a school Chromebook for the rest of the year. All students should be using IXL (this program works well even on a Smartphone). Teachers will document students turned in schoolwork on a credit/no credit basis. This time of modified school will not interfere with them moving to the next grade level. Please stay in contact with the school for pick up and drop off times for packets. I will also be asking the teachers to pack up each student’s personal belongings and get them back to you during the next pick up and drop of session of schoolwork. At Brookside, students are working with packets. All students should also be using IXL (works well even on a Smartphone). If you have trouble getting into IXL please contact your school for help. Teachers will be documenting schoolwork turned in by students on a credit/no credit basis, this modified study will not interfere with students moving to the next grade level. Please stay in contact with the school for packet pick up and drop off times. I am also asking teachers to pack up each student’s personal belongings and get them back to the students during the next pick up/drop of session of schoolwork. At this age level, reading with them and by them is huge. At Sherwood, in grades K-5 students are using packets for their work and I also highly recommend IXL online. If you need help please contact Mark Westerburg. Teachers will document students turned in schoolwork on a credit/no credit basis. This time of modified school will not interfere with them moving to the next grade level. Please stay in contact with the school for packet pick up and drop off times. I am also asking teachers to pack up each student’s personal belongings and get them back to the students during the next pick up/drop of session of schoolwork. In grades K-2 grades, reading with them and by them is huge. This is a very unique and difficult time, but please know, here at Willits Unified we truly miss our students and greatly appreciate the role our parents have taken on. We will continue to provide breakfast and lunch during Spring Break. If you are having trouble accessing food service please call and leave a message at 707-459-5314. Stay safe and practice social distancing guidelines.
Students and Families, since next week, April 6-10, is spring break, there will be no independent study homework or online meetings assigned. Use this time to have some fun with your loved ones! District breakfast and lunch meal services and delivery will continue during the break. To request delivery, please call our district office at 459-5314 (mornings) or send me an email. On Thursday, April 9th, we are mailing the next set of packets home to students, as directed by teachers. Please continue to keep the completed packets in a safe place until we collect them. We miss our Brookside family! Stay safe. Send an email if I can help- firstname.lastname@example.org
Willits Unified Schools has extended the Modified School period through Friday May 1st. All the Mendocino County Schools will be under this extension. We will be monitoring the situation. I look forward to returning to school as soon as it is safe for staff and students to be together.
A message from Brookside’s English language development teacher, Mrs. Smith... Queridas familias, Soy la maestra de inglés de Brookside y trabajo con nuestros estudiantes de inglés de TK-2do grado. Durante el cierre de la escuela, estoy disponible para estudiantes y familias en email@example.com o 459-5385 EXT 1449 y revisaré mis mensajes durante el día escolar. ¡Los extraño a todos! Mucho amor, Señora Smith
A message from Brookside’s English language development teacher, Mrs. Smith... Dear Families, I am Brookside’s English teacher and work with our TK-2nd grade English Learners. During school closure, I am available for students and families at firstname.lastname@example.org or 459-5385 EXT 1449 and will be checking my messages throughout the school day. I miss you all! Much love, Ms. Smith
We have been using this program at grades 3-5 for the past two years. Based on the situation we are in, I have expanded the use of it and added Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. If you have a student in grades 3-5 they know all about it. IXL has grade Level Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. (Science and Social Studies start at 2nd grade). The program is linked to California State Standards for all areas and is set to work in conjunction with the Math book series we use in grades K-5. This is new to the K-2 teachers, they will be able to see your child's progress and what the struggle with. The 3-5 Grade teachers already know who to use it and will now be able to use it for Language Arts as well. If you go to the district website and click on the Modified School Information Button you will see a video named IXL to watch. DOWNLOAD the App for tablets, Ipads, Iphone and smartphones https://www.ixl.com/apps Login Websitie https://www.ixl.com/signin/willits Username Firstname lastname @Willits (Example: johnsmith@willitsPassword abcd1234 ( you can change it if you wish once your are up and running. ) Thank you for all your efforts at home.
Hi Brookside Families, In addition to the option of picking up independent study packets at school tomorrow, you can also download and print packets at home. Here is how... 1. Get the Willits USD app (it’s green with a redwood tree) 2. In the app on the left side, is a list of options. Click on the bottom option, ‘Modified School Instruction.’ 3. You will see the 8 weeks of modified assignments our school has available. Week 4 is the assignment we used for Week 1 independent study (sent home last Day of school). Weeks 5 and 6 are the next two weeks of packets we are handing out tomorrow. Download and print Weeks 5 and 6 if you wish, or you can pick them up at school tomorrow. You can always save the completed packet 1 and turn it in with packets 2 and 3 when we return to school.
Good Evening, This is Dr. Ritchley with and important announcement from Sanhedrin High School. Sanhedrin High School will be available for packet exchange from 9-12 P.M. on Monday, March 23, 2020. Only one student will have access to the school at a time, and all social distancing will be respected. Please stay in your car until it’s your turn. A staff member will come out and bring your student inside to exchange packets. If you are walking, please wait outside until it is your turn. Thank you for your cooperation. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, and we will see you on Monday.
The best way to contact staff is through email. All district emails are first and last name @willitsunified.com. For example email@example.com Important information for WUSD is located on the district website under the Modified School Information link. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19avYBzh8L5XfvixXwXPz6-Yg23G08uyF
Mendocino County will be going into a shelter in place at 10 PM tonight. Based on that all buildings will be closed on Thursday until further notice. The phones will be monitored and checked remotely. Student food pick up at WHS will continue as scheduled.
Stories in Spanish and English for families to read at home during this time. The stories are written and read aloud in Spanish, and there is an option for the text to be translated into English. Thank you, Mrs. Smith, our ELD teacher! https://www.thespanishexperiment.com/stories
I have put together a folder of information to share with parents and students during this non-classroom instruction time. It is my intent to continue to add to this as we go through the weeks. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19avYBzh8L5XfvixXwXPz6-Yg23G08uyF?usp=sharing
Let me tell you what I saw today on the first day on non-traditional school for WUSD. https://drive.google.com/file/d/179V-ymN3MUqEwGKiAo7HeEmePOVhLJZN/view?usp=sharing
All school sites will be open on Monday for students to get any materials they need, but normal in-class instruction will be suspended until April 13. Students will be expected to begin their packets or online instruction. Please say turned into information because this is a changing situation. It will be our hope to have our libraries open for students who need access. Breakfast and lunch will be provided through the high school in a pick up and go fashion.
I am meeting with the county health department, doctors and the other superintendents from the county today at 12:00. We will be determining when and for how long schools will need to be closed. This is a unique situation and it is important to get the best information available. Please look for a posting at 2 pm for an update. I am fully aware of the reasons to close and stay open.
Possible School Closure Information. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X2u4VIP0WIb3GZNR1xeqlw15ud0ehOYu/view?usp=sharing
K-8 Parent Survey on Minimum Days. I have had trouble with Google forms getting this out. Please use the link if you did not get the chance to respond. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCFU7HeuT4SOkmS1b2sd3ef-65ulnyAKoxgk_dy6L7kmhmmA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1
Here is the most current county information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus
WUSD will be putting a plan together this week for a home study program for students if the health conditions require it. All buildings were disinfected this weekend. Please watch this video. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-facts-about-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
The girls varsity basketball team won big last night against Saint Helena. Mark your calendar’s for Thursday the girls play their last home game of the year against Fort Bragg.
Measure G Information Nights- Open Community Forum Please join School Board President, Alex Bowlds and WUSD Superintendent, Mark Westerburg to discuss and ask questions about Measure G; the school bond initiative for Willits Unified School District coming up on the March 3, 2020 election. There will be two meetings held at Willits High School, Media Center, 299 N. Main Street. For more information please contact the District Office 459-5314 ext. 1101 February 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m. February 10, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Due to snow and weather conditions Willits unified school district will be closed today at all sites.
Cross Country League Championship in Santa Rosa on November 13. Brieana Evans placed 8th in girls varsity, Logan Simms placed 10th in boys varsity, and all participants ran personal best times. North Coast Championship in Hayward yesterday. Incredible improvement throughout the year. Self motivated and hard-working athletes, who also know how to have some fun. You represented Willits High School very well. Last fall athletic event.
Willits High School is no longer on a lock-down. There was no incident at the school it was done as a precaution. WHS is back on regular operations.
Willits High School is currently under a temporary lock-down for safety reasons. There is no active issue at the High School it is being done as a precautionary measure.
It is the end of the first trimester for this school year. Minimum days have been adjusted to allow for final exams and teacher grade reporting time. All schools will have minimum days on Thursday and Friday this week. Only WHS/SHS will release on Friday at 11:15 a.m.
Football and Cheerleaders Parents Night photos. Click on this website to see some great pictures. https://jordaneadsphotography.pixieset.com/footballandcheersrnight/?fbclid=IwAR2dX-9EP080pJvAy9WZjlKJ1Wymva0iAxPTS7xt2uYLZIKDnHk5BbcuECg
Willits Unified Schools will not be in session tomorrow October 30. The school has planned in-services days for Thursday and Friday. So there will be no school for students on Thursday or Friday as well. The football game scheduled for Friday night will be played at its regular time if we have power, if not it will be played at 1 o’clock and 3:30 on Friday afternoon.
Due to power outages Willits unified school district will be closed on Tuesday the 29th. There is a pending Wind advisory for Tuesday night that may prolong the power shut down. I will keep you posted on our status as soon as I know definite information. Stay safe and alert to changing conditions.
Due to power outages there will be no school for Willits Unified on Monday the 28th. I will post again Monday afternoon to let everybody know our status for Tuesday.
This is a reminder for Monday morning. If you do not have power at home you can assume that the school does not have power either and we will be closed. I will keep you posted on the power situation at our school as time goes on.
All of the Willits schools have power and will be open today.
Good Evening. Please be advised that there is a chance of a power outage in the Willits area scheduled for tomorrow October 9th. If you have power at your residence tomorrow morning, assume that school will be in session during regular scheduled hours. If you do not have power at your residence tomorrow morning, assume school will be canceled. In the event of a power outage during the day, school will continue to be operational until the end of the school day. We will continue to update you as we receive further information. Mr. Westerburg
Please be advised in the event of a power shutdown school will not be in session. Willits is in the red flag zone but not in the shutoff area as of now. Mr Westerburg
These four teachers received special recognition! Miss Tina Novelli, Miss Hannah Turner, and Ms Angela Hinojosa all earned Permanent Status with Willits USD! Mrs. Barbarie Gonzalez was recognized for having perfect attendance last year at Brookside. Thank you to these four gifted teachers for sharing their beautiful hearts with our students, parents and other team members each and every day.
Thank you, Miss Hall and Miss Turner, two AWESOME Brookside teachers who were recognized by parents of their students as having made a difference to their child. Thank you to the parents who sent the recommendations. If you would like to commend an outstanding member of the Brookside Team, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The staff member will get special recognition and a little gift of thanks!
Thank you, Miss Hall and Miss Turner, two AWESOME Brookside teachers who were recognized by parents of their students as having made a difference to their child. Thank you to the parents who sent the recommendations. If you would like to commend an outstanding member of the Brookside Team, please send an email to me at email@example.com. The staff member will get special recognition and a little gift of thanks!
Message from The Willits Kids Club: We want to assure you that we will be there for your kids today, we will be at Brookside school with the kids until 6 o’clock. Thank you for your patience.
We are sorry for the confusion but there will be NO transportation to Kids Club from Brookside this afternoon. We are working on getting this false information taken down. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
WUSD was informed this afternoon by the state that the bus drivers (all but 2) First Aid endorsement was given by a provider not recognized by the Red Cross. Although the training is virtually identical and has been approved in the past our drivers have been grounded until that is fixed. We are working on re-certification tomorrow morning. However, based on this information the buses will not be running tomorrow, with the exception of bus # which transports special needs students. School will be held at normal times and morning tardiness will be given a half hour grace period. I am very sorry about the inconvenience but CHP would not give any grace period to get the alternative certification. We will be posting tomorrow afternoon the status of buses for Friday. The drivers and I are working hard to resolve this issue ASAP.
Bus 5 is running twenty to thirty minutes behind schedule this afternoon. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Bus 8 and 5 morning routes will be combined Wednesday, September 25th. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Good evening parents. Tomorrow September 23rd bus number 8 and 5 will be combined in the morning route. Have a wonderful evening!
The BGMS 8th Grade Band will be combining with the WHS Band, starting this Friday to form a 41-member Pep Band for WHS Varsity Home Games. This will be the largest band that has played at these events in over 6 years! Our first performance is this Friday, September 20th, starting at around 7:30pm. Come out and support our town's growing Music Program, our Band, the WHS Football Teams, and our community! See you there!
If you are going to volunteer with WUSD this year you need to have your fingerprints done. The company Print Your Mitts, will be at Brookside Elementary Open House on Thursday at 6 PM until 8. WUSD has a form that the DOJ charges us $32 for us to have processed and Mitt Your Mitts will charge you $30 for their service. If your interested please have 2 checks available to use. We greatly appreciate our volunteers. We don't have any choice on the rules or cost. I would get there early, last year there was a line.
If you haven't already filled out the Education Benefit Form, please do so and return it to your child's school site.This helps WUSD continue to provide breakfast and lunch to each student at no cost to the student. Thank you for helping us to provide this service to our kiddos!
Reminder: All WUSD schools are on regular schedule today. Our first minimum day of the school year will be next Tuesday, August 27th.
Good afternoon Brookside Families. Please remember the first day of school will be a very busy day. There are lots of kids coming to school and construction in the area is ongoing. Please give yourself plenty of time to get to school. School starts at 8:10 am. Welcome Back!
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia, the Principal with your weekly announcements. All of our teachers are ready to welcome all of our students into classes tomorrow, Monday, August 19th. We will be giving out class schedules to all students tomorrow starting at 7:30 am. The WEB Leaders will be ready to show any new students, including our sixth graders how to get around campus, and to their classrooms. I am reminding you that this week, Tuesday is not a minimum day, and to go on line to our new website to view the district calendar for minimum days at www.willitsunified.com. We are starting our sports program with Volleyball sign ups this week. If any student is interested in playing volleyball on the BGMS team, they can sign up in the front office this week. Please refer to your handbook for sports eligibility. Something to look for this week is the technology use agreements that will be brought home by students. We will also have them posted on our website. If there are any concerns about student class schedules, ask Pam, in the front office, to put in your concern to Ms. Bravo, our counselor. I also want to make you aware that the Back to School Night has been scheduled much earlier this year, and takes place next week on Wednesday staring at 6:00 pm. Come and see what great classrooms, and programs we have planned for this year. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Good afternoon Brookside Families of kindergarteners. Please remember the first 2 weeks of school kindergarten will be half day. The kiddos will need to be picked up at 11:50 am in their classroom.
Chromebook insurance can be paid online! Students in the 1:1 Chromebook take home program can log into Worth Ave Group here => https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/willits
Good Evening! Don't forget to go to your Apple app store or your Google Play store and download the Willits Unified School districts free app. This great new tool will keep you up to date on all district events, important news feeds and alerts. Here's to a great school year ahead!
Brookside Elementary would like to welcome you back to school. We will be having a Meet and Greet your Teacher Day. The dates are TK/Kindergarten Friday, August 16th from 4-5 pm, First grade Friday, August 16th from 4:30-5:30 pm, and Second grade Thursday, August 15th from 4-4:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you all. Your child's teacher will be posted in the Aeries Parent Portal on Wednesday, August 14th. Thank you, Brookside Elementary School