Welcome To South Bay Elementary & Middle Schools
Welcome to the South Bay School, home of the South Bay Sharks (4-8). South Bay Schools are located on the southern end of Eureka, conveniently located off Highway 101. We have a total district enrollment of 500, with about 250 students at each school. We offer a wide array of programs, yet our small size enables us to maintain close relationships with our students. We are a full-service community school and work closely with our families and community resources in pursuit of the long-term goal of improving academic performance.
South Bay School District is dedicated to educating the whole child. We offer a quality standards-based educational program, an after school program with academic-focused enrichment, school counseling, Healthy Start, up-to-date libraries, state of the art technology, comprehensive music program, an interscholastic sports program for grades 5-8, and before and after school bus services. We have recently added new playgrounds at both schools, and a new gym floor at South Bay School. Our food service program provides a free, healthy breakfast to every student, and a quality lunch program that includes fresh fruit and salad bar.
We are proud of our schools and encourage you to look around our website, or even better, stop by one of our great schools and we would be happy to show you around. South Bay Union School District is a wonderful place for your child to learn and grow!
Paul Meyers Principal/Superintendent
Carnival May 31st from 5-8 - Help Needed With School Carnival
The annual South Bay/Pine Hill PTO School Carnival will be held this year on Friday, May 31 from 5-8 PM at South Bay School. The South Bay/Pine Hill PTO is gearing up for their most anticipated event of the year, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! This annual event occurs because of the hard work and sacrifice put forth by our faithful volunteers, and volunteer numbers are low this year. The carnival cannot be pulled off without support.
Please volunteer for one of the categories:
- Silent Auction: if you know of anyone or any businesses willing to donate a gift/prize for our silent auction
- Games/Booths: contact your child’s teacher to help run their activity
- Food: put on your chef’s apron and a smile and help serve food
- Set-up & clean-up
Educating the Whole Child
From a parent’s perspective, the essence of a quality elementary education lies in the school’s effort to provide a safe and supportive environment that educates the whole child. As a parent of four daughters, two of whom attend South Bay School, I am keenly interested in how my children feel at school – Are they comfortable? Do they feel safe? Are they being inspired and challenged? Do they feel a sense of belonging? These emotionally-based attributes are not easily measured by some standardized program, yet they matter more to me (the parent) than some obscure API score. As a parent, I want my children to make friends, to be cared for and supported throughout the day, to have access to the school counselor, to enjoy playing music and singing in the choir, to experience fun enrichments in the EXPLORE program, to eat healthy food, and to participate in school sports.
Emerging Educational Leader
The challenge of California public schools has been to build a quality school program that provides both a safe and nurturing environment and the three R’s with less funding from the state. In this challenge, South Bay School has succeeded. We have been able to increase academic achievement, improve the school climate, add a middle school and increase enrollment by 25% in the worst economic recession California has ever experienced. And now, with the recent passage of Proposition 30 and an increase in state funding to schools, we are poised to become the educational leaders on the North Coast. Plans this summer include outfitting each classroom with new technology – new laptops, document cameras, and LCD and interactive projectors.
Already we are being recognized for our technology; teachers and administrators from around the county are dropping by South Bay School to observe the impact of providing every middle school student a Google Chromebook. What they see are students more engaged, improved work completion and less paper-pencil activities. In fact, the Humboldt County Office of Education has invited our school to present a workshop at their June symposium about our success in implementing the first one-to-one computing on the North Coast.
May Shark Tales Newsletter Now Online.
- Prepare today's students to succeed in tomorrow's world by doing the following:
- Provide a safe and nurturing school environment
- Instill the basic skills necessary to prepare students for secondary education
- Instill in students a sense of global awareness and civic responsibility
- Instill in students problem solving skill in a technological world and a desire to become lifelong learners.