News for South Bay Elementary & Middle Schools

We Need You On Saturday

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Keep America Beautiful has donated several dozen trees to plant in front of the parking lot. We will be planting these on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 9:00 am. We’d love parents to come and help plant these beautiful trees and be a part of history! Bring a shovel!

Cherrydale Fundraiser Information

Click on the picture below to download a flyer.

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Click on the graphic above to download a flyer.

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Budget Workshop PowerPoints

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation given by Lyn Kerr

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation given by Gary Storts

Revised 2014-2015 Handbooks Now Online

The Parent/Student Handbook for Grades 4-8 in the school year 2014-2015 is now available online. You can download a copy here.

School Board Head Lice Policy Revised

At their October 9th meeting, the South Bay Union School District revised their no nit head lice policy. You can view a copy of the revised policy here.

Positive Behavior Interventions & Support

South Bay School expectation for behavior on campus.

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Download a full sized poster here.

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South Bay School Lunch Program

School Lunches: About 85% of the students at South Bay School eat a school lunch every day. Some students bring a lunch, others pay either the full or reduced price, and others receive a free lunch. The school secretary knows how each student pays for their lunches in order to manage the school lunch program; the kitchen staff, teachers, and other staff do not know this information, and neither do the students.

Paying for Lunch: Each student is expected to pay for their lunch before ordering it. Students can pay for their lunches in the school office. School lunches cost either $2.05 at a full price or $.40 at a reduced price and include the main course, side dish, milk and salad bar. Parents are encouraged to pay in advance by sending cash or a check (made payable to South Bay School) with their student, or we also accept payment by mail to: 6077 Loma Drive, Eureka, CA 95503.

Estimating lunch costs: The monthly school lunch menu is typically sent home a week before the new month begins. Parents are encouraged to look over the menu with their student and estimate the number of lunches the student will order at school. A student who eats school lunch every day will spend $10.25 for a five-day week and $41 for a full month of 20 school days.

Lunch Account Balances: Each student has an account set up on the school information system that will automatically deduct the funds from his/her account each day after lunch is served. Parents can obtain a current balance by contacting the school office at 443-4828 or by email at southbayschool@humboldt.k12.ca.us.  A balance remaining at the end of the school year is automatically rolled over to the next school year unless you request a refund of the balance. The school office will contact the parent/guardian of a student who has a school lunch account in the negative with the amount owed to the school. If the amount owed exceeds $50, the student will not be allowed to receive a school lunch.

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Additional School New

Alert Now Auto Dialer

Alert Now is an automated phone dialer. We use the Alert Now system to provide school reminders and, in case of emergency, important information regarding school closure or evacuation. The software pulls the first number on your child’s emergency card to call, so it should go to the phone number that is most used by you. When the Alert Now system calls your phone, the caller ID will come up 476-8549, the South Bay School District phone number. Please put this number in your cell phone! It is also a good idea to have the school office numbers in your phone in case your child is trying to reach you from school:  South Bay 443-4828; Pine Hill School 443-4596. 

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Family Handbook Available Online

The South Bay Union School District 2013 - 2014 Family Handbook For Pine Hill Elementary School is now ready for distribution. You can get a pdf of the Family handbook here.

School Menus

Use the school menu page to view the school breakfast and lunch menus online or you can download them and print them at home.

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South Bay Middle School First In County To Provide 1:1 Computing

Classes Go Paperless After Every Student Receives Chromebook

On March 6th, each student at South Bay Middle School was issued a new Samsung Chromebook for educational use. South Bay Middle School is the first public school in Humboldt County to implement one-to-one computing to maximize student engagement in our fast-developing technological world.

Patty Valtenbergs, South Bay Technology Coordinator, working together with Colby Smart, E-Learning Specialist with the Humboldt County Office of Education, and the South Bay Middle School teachers pulled off what many thought was unattainable – providing each student with a laptop computer.

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The Chromebooks are significantly more affordable than ordinary laptops, primarily because Google provides all the software for free. Google Chromebooks have made the possibility of going paperless with one-to-one computing a reality, and South Bay Middle School teachers are excited to be pioneering this effort in Humboldt County. Each of the middle school teachers is quickly becoming an expert on developing and sharing documents, opening folders, and creating Google forms for online quizzes and assessments. Katie King, 7th and 8th grade English teacher, has not photocopied one sheet of paper since the students received their laptops. All of her assignments are entirely created and turned in on the Chromebook using Google Docs.

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In Clover Schinke’s history class, she feels that the instant access to internet sources has increased student's engagement with the content.  “The students feel empowered by the technology and are far more willing to take academic risks and really bring their creativity to the forefront,” says Schinke. “Since the introduction of the Chromebooks, the students don't want the period to end.  They want to keep researching and digging into the past. What else could a history teacher want?"

Click here to see a photo page of Students at South Bay Middle School show off their new "got chromebooks?
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Read more and see more photos >>

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Movies

This is a movie of a cheerleading routine of the South Bay Middle School cheerleaders at a competition in Crescent City in March of 2013.

Click here to view the movie.

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South Bay Middle School

South Bay Middle School opened in 2011 to provide a technology-based academic program in a smaller, more personalized middle school setting. The South Bay Middle School is located at South Bay School in the South Bay Union School District. The South Bay Middle School is open to 7th and 8th grade students in Humboldt County. Currently, the middle school has 80 students; 38 eighth graders and 42 seventh graders, and an average class size of 20.

The South Bay Middle School educational program includes:

  • Highly qualified core teachers in Science, Math, History/Social Studies, and English
  • Pre-Algebra for 7th grade and Algebra Readiness and Algebra 1 for 8th grade
  • Rigorous academic standards
  • Emphasis on project-based learning
  • Technologically-equipped classrooms
  • 1-to-1 Computers (student laptops)
  • Online Grading System—Engrade
  • Homeroom, electives, and PE
  • Instrumental music program
  • Student leadership
  • Competitive sports program
  • EXPLORE After School Program

The South Bay Middle School program provides enriching classroom instruction that goes beyond the curriculum standards with engaging written assignments, project-based learning, and participation in competitive county projects and programs such as:

  • California History Day
  • County Science Fair
  • Regional Spelling Bee

Our teachers work together to enhance the core curriculum and educate the “whole” child by providing students opportunities for hands-on activities, problem-solving, and teamwork. The opportunities our teachers provide in the classroom and during free time help our students develop the responsibility and skills that will be essential as they move on to become successful adults.

Science and Technology Emphasis: Students in the South Bay Middle School take two full years of lab science taught by a highly qualified science teacher in a well equipped science classroom. The applied science program creates opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning projects, experiments, and use of the South Bay Wetlands Learning Center.

Advanced technology is used by staff and students to enhance learning and teach workplace skills such as internet research, word processing, and website design. Each middle school student is provided a Samsung Chromebook (laptop) computer to use in school and at home.

Completing School Work is Required: We are serious about student achievement. In addition to a strict grade promotion policy, students are required to complete individual and group work. Failure to do so could result in the student’s removal from the school.

Sports Program: South Bay Middle School has an after school sports program. Sports teams being offered include soccer, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, and track.

Transportation: Students enrolled in South Bay Middle School may ride the district bus service using established bus stops. Early drop-off is available at 7:30am each morning.

Register Now: Students attending or residing within the boundaries of the South Bay School District will have priority enrollment; however, students outside the district boundaries are encouraged to enroll. Classes are expected to fill quickly—enroll now! Download the registration form.

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Parents Can Now View Child's Grades 24/7 with engrade

engradeSouth Bay School teachers are now using the engrade online grading system. Parents can contact Patty Valtenbergs to request a student account code. After receiving the account code, parents can set up a password that will allow them to access their child's grades online 24/7.

If you have an account code and a password, you can click here to login.

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Cell Phone Policy

Although not encouraged, students are allowed to have a cell phone at school. The rule is that the cell phone must remain “off” and in their pocket or backpack. Cell phones are not to be used during school time and this includes the EXPLORE after school program. Parents, please refrain from contacting your student at school using their cell phone. If you need to reach your child, please use the school phone at 443-4828.

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Get Involved with PTO

The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is open to parents/guardians of K-8 students at Pine Hill or South Bay Schools. The PTO is a huge supporter of our schools, and through their efforts thousands of dollars are raised each year to directly benefit the children in our district. PTO meets the third Thursday each month at 6:00pm. The location alternates each month from one site to the other. The next PTO meeting will be held at the Pine Hill Library on November 15th at 6:00pm. Please bring a friend and get involved with other parents/guardians like yourself who want to help make a difference in their child’s school.

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Bell Schedule

Download the South Bay School (4-6) and the South Bay Middle School (7-8) bell schedule.

Wetlands Project

See and read about the South Bay Wetlands Project

Student Handbook Now Available

The South Bay School Student Handbook provides a general voerview of important information about your school

School Board Meetings

Go to the School Board page.

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Web Site Redesign

We have redone our web pages so that they should display better on your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile dievice. If you are experiencing any problems, have requests, or want to make a comment, we value your feedback and ask that you contact our webmaster so he can enhance your online experience of our district.

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