Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Ukiah Unified Begins the 2022-23 School Year on August 22

The following is a press release from the Ukiah Unified School District:

[Stock image from the UUSD website]

Welcome back! On Monday, August 22, 2022, Ukiah Unified School District begins the 2022-2023 school year, welcoming over 6,000 students—from preschoolers who are just learning to manage a daily routine to high school seniors preparing for college and the workplace. Our goal is to provide the best education possible for our children. Regardless of our students’ unique educational needs and goals, we’re here to provide them with the knowledge and experience they need to be successful. We strive to challenge and inspire our students to value different perspectives and become successful, contributing citizens in an increasingly interdependent world. Ukiah Unified is excited to continue our after-school partnerships with the City of Ukiah, SPACE, and the Boys & Girls Club of Ukiah to provide no-cost activities and enrichment for our students. Read on to learn more about our many wonderful schools, or visit uusd.net for more information.

Calpella Elementary School


Welcome to Calpella Elementary School! We understand that the last few years have been a challenge from a parents’ perspective. For that reason, we will focus on increasing parent engagement, knowing nothing is as impactful as having engaged and supportive families. One way to get involved would be to attend the monthly PTO meetings and help organize ways to support students and families. Another way to connect would be to become a member of the School Site Council, which reviews and gives input to school goals and budgets. You can also support Calpella Elementary School by attending your student’s family night or volunteering in your student’s classroom. In addition to the monthly newsletters and calendars that we send home and post on our website. Calpella families can stay up on current school, district, and community events through the Calpella PTO Facebook page. We look forward to a wonderful school year together!

Eagle Peak Middle School


We are eagerly looking forward to welcoming all our new and returning Eagle Peak Middle School students this year, and we are excited to enter our sixth year as a STEM magnet school. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. At Eagle Peak, we use a student-centered interdisciplinary project-based approach to discover ways to use technology to improve the natural and human-created systems around us. For example, with the recent installation of solar panels in our parking lot, students will study the technical and scientific aspects of powering a school from the sun, such as developing a knowledge of energy measurements like watts or examining the effect of cloud cover on daily energy produced. From designing and building model rockets and robots to solving real-world environmental challenges, Eagle Peak is a leader in STEM education. 

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Frank Zeek Elementary School


The Frank Zeek Elementary School Community is excited to welcome students and families for the 2022-23 school year! As always, we want our students to thrive! We work hard to create engaging academic programs that support student success! Our staff is thrilled to honor the whole child with our focus on community and restorative practices. Parents can join our PTO, serve on our School Site Council and English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) committees, volunteer in classrooms (see the volunteer form on our website and health guidance), and access resources and support in our Parent Engagement Center. For additional information on Frank Zeek Elementary School, please visit our website, frankzeek.uusd.net, or call our school offices at 707-472-5100! See you soon!

Grace Hudson Language Academy


Grace Hudson Language Academy is proud to offer a Spanish Dual Immersion Program. Our unique program offers English and Spanish-speaking students the opportunity to learn and excel in two languages, English and Spanish. Students are taught in the 90/10 model. Students in Kindergarten receive 90 percent of their instruction in Spanish and 10 percent in English. Each year, English gradually increases until the instructional time reaches 50 percent English and 50 percent Spanish in the fourth and fifth grades. Grace Hudson Elementary provides a rigorous K-5 curriculum and is excited to continue implementing Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) and project-based learning in our classrooms, as well as positive behavioral supports and restorative practices. 

Nokomis Elementary School


The Nokomis Elementary Team is ready to begin the 2022-2023 school year, focusing on the skills of being “Ready, Responsible, and Respectful.” Nokomis Elementary starts every day at 8:00 a.m, and school ends at 2:23 p.m. Our after-school program provides academic support and recreational activities until 6:00 p.m. We continue to strive to meet every child’s academic and social needs to prepare them to gain the skills to become responsible and productive citizens. Our school community will continue to nurture creativity, positive self-esteem, and a love of learning. Additionally, we will create a school climate that respects diversity and fosters academic excellence in a safe and caring learning environment.

Oak Manor Elementary School


Oak Manor Elementary is very excited about the 2022-23 school year. Our main goals are providing a rigorous and well-rounded educational experience, beautifying and enriching our campus, and developing strong community partnerships. We will start the school year with new roofs, paint, and heating and air conditioning systems funded through Measure A. This is the first phase of several construction projects at Oak Manor School, including demolishing a few buildings and constructing new learning spaces. We are excited to continue implementing the 95% program, which helps our students learn to read and continue the Pomo Culture and Education program. Our Native American Parent Advisory Committee and counselor have organized and supported the many cultural presenters over the years. We look forward to having a positive and productive year serving the students and families of our community. 

Pomolita Middle School


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At Pomolita, we are looking forward to another great school year. Pomolita staff take great pride in teaching and developing positive relationships with students. We are proud of our WE ROAR pillars – Wellness, Empathy, Responsibility, Organization, Attitude, and Respect and have high expectations for our students to achieve these values. We have a terrific after-school tutorial program and a Restorative Justice teacher who works with students who need help understanding rules and social boundaries. Our teachers work closely to develop curriculum and assessments in our Professional Learning Communities. We will continue to have our Leadership students use a newscast format to make announcements on our YouTube channel. It’s a show all parents should watch to stay abreast of all happenings at our school. Pomolita teachers continue to be at the forefront of new and exciting teaching strategies, and we work together to help students succeed. We are very proud of our school and believe Pomolita is a great place to learn and work!

Big Picture Ukiah @ South Valley High School


The start of the year is upon us after having another successful year with the Big Picture Learning program. The South Valley team will roll out our Big Picture Ukiah program for the fifth year, where all students will engage deeply in real-life learning. Teaming up with our community, students find apprenticeships during school hours to learn “hands-on” the crucial career, college, and life skills needed to succeed. Our school looks forward to creating relationships with local businesses, agencies, and leaders to make our town a better place for everyone. Programs like Big Picture are designed to help our children become productive and caring citizens – and we need your support. If anyone has any questions – or has a desire to learn more, please contact Kris Swett (principal of South Valley High School) @ 707-472-5150. 

Ukiah Adult School


Ukiah Adult School offers in-person classes in the following areas: Citizenship, Beginning English as a Second Language (ESL), and High School Diploma/Equivalency completion (HSD). To register for the HSD and ESL courses, call our school office to request an appointment or come by; we are open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1056 N. Bush St. in Ukiah. For Citizenship, one on one support is available. Call 707-462-1661 or go to ukiahcitizenship.com for more information. Ukiah Adult School is proud to offer our community the Licensed Vocation Nursing (LVN) Program. The three-semester program takes 54 weeks to complete (with a three-month summer break). You may use our PearsonVue Testing Center every Tuesday to complete many exams. Some of them include GED, CTEL, NREMT, and many more. To register for an exam, go to pearsonvue.com. For additional information, go to our website at adultschool.uusd.net or call 707-463-5217. Se Habla Español.

Ukiah High School


Welcome back, Wildcats! At Ukiah High, we are thrilled to welcome our newest Wildcats, the Class of 2026, and to celebrate the Class of 2023 as they begin the final chapter of their high school journey. We are proud of the culture at UHS, where we value integrity, compassion, productivity, and creativity. These values are even more essential during challenging times.  As we start the year, we are committed to strengthening our relationships while encouraging our students to excel and be successful in everything they do. The passion of our students is diverse and ever-changing. We enjoy preparing students for college and careers while providing a high school experience full of variety, including career technical education, the arts, sports, clubs, leadership, and more. Ukiah High School is also committed to fostering a healthy and inclusive culture for all students and staff. We look forward to your involvement and support in educating the talented students of Ukiah High School. Please visit our website to learn more about the impressive Wildcat Nation!

Ukiah Independent Study Academy


Ukiah Independent Study Academy or UISA is proud to offer K-12th-grade students a unique personalized educational opportunity through independent teacher-guided learning. Students meet with their welcoming and passionate teacher weekly and finish their work at home. This opportunity allows students the time to explore personal interests and other goals during the school day. We encourage our high school students to participate in Mendocino College courses, where they can enroll in up to 11 units for free. UISA’s staff strives to provide your students with an individualized and rigorous learning plan that will spark their interests in education. UISA is proud to give students a choice in their education. Call 707.472.5906 or visit uisa.uusd.net for more information. If interested in applying, visit uisa.uusd.net, choose Admissions from the menu, and click on 2022-2023 Application to complete the form.

Yokayo Elementary School


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Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year at Yokayo Elementary School, home of the Roadrunners! Our goal is to have happy, healthy, well-educated children. Our school community is committed to providing a nurturing environment for students to achieve excellence by encouraging positive academic growth. We will work with students to become problem solvers and critical thinkers and have the ability to collaborate and communicate with other students about what they are learning and why they are learning it. Yokayo’s educators are passionate, caring, hardworking, and always learning something new for the benefit of students. We pride ourselves in making positive connections with students that help them be successful inside and outside the classroom. We ground our work in social-emotional learning, emphasizing character building, empathy, and kindness. We are looking forward to a fun-filled, rewarding school year as we continue to build a positive culture that values every student, parent, and staff member.

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