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Jacoby Creek School 707-822-4896 Msg: 707-633-9090 707-822-4898 1617 Old Arcata Rd, Bayside CA 95524

March Panther Press


March 2018 Panther Press

Dear Jacoby Creek Families,

I hope that this month’s Panther Press finds you doing well.  Even with a week off from school, February was a busy month here at JCS.  I continue to be amazed by our JCS students, families, and staff.  We truly have a school to be proud of, and it is because of how much effort and pride people put into making this place great! This month’s Panther Press is full of congratulations for all of the JCS students who  have worked hard and represented our school in academics and in sports.

There have been a lot of illnesses going around with all of this cold weather.  Thank you for keeping your child home if he/she has a fever or is vomiting.  If your child is not ill, please be sure to make regular attendance a priority.  It is so important for students to be here every day to get the most out of their education.  


The School Site Council has rescheduled the Focus Group Meeting to Tuesday, March 6 from 6:00-7:30.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  The purpose of the meeting will be to review the survey results and discuss questions and concerns that arose from the surveys.  Daycare and yummy snacks will be provided.  Please email me at to let me know if you will be attending the Focus Group Meeting.  

The Jacoby Creek Children’s Educational Foundation is really gearing up the the annual AUCTION!  Thank you so much to the JCCEF members for all of the time and energy being invested in making this a great event!  Come and join us on Saturday March 17, 2018 at the Arcata Community Center for the annual JCCEF Dinner, Auction, and Dance. Donations for silent and live auctions are still needed. Please drop off items in the office.

I hope that you have a wonderful month.  Please keep me updated if there is any information that you would like to see included in the next month’s Panther Press.

I want to make sure that all families know that school safety is of the utmost importance to the staff at JCS.  Following the tragedy that occurred in Florida, parents and students have come to the teaching staff and me with questions regarding our school’s plans and protocols in the case of an emergency.  I want to assure families that we have spent, and will continue to spend, a lot of  time planning, practicing, and discussing our emergency protocols and plans.

Also, please be aware that even very young students are discussing the recent school shootings. These conversations may be coming home as well.   We are having age appropriate conversations in classrooms when concerns arise, but I want parents to be aware that all students have different levels of awareness surrounding current events.  Please reach out to me or your child’s teacher if you have any specific questions.


Melanie Nannizzi

Important Events this Month

  • Monday, March 5 Coffee with the Principal: Library @ 8:00 am
  • Tuesday, March 6 Foundation Meeting @ 5:30 Baywood
  • Thursday, March 8 Oral Language Fair: Gym @ 6:30 pm
  • Friday, March 9 End of Second Trimester
  • Monday, March 12 School Board Meeting: Library @ 7:15
  • Tuesday, March 13 School Site Council Meeting: Room 1 @ 3:30
  • Thursday, March 15 PTO Meeting:  5:30 in Room 6
  • Thursday, March 15 Last Day of Session II Homework Club
  • Saturday, March 17 JCCEF Auction: 5:30 Arcata Community Center
  • Monday, March 19 Third grade play performances; morning for classes, evening for community. Performance times TBD.
  • Friday, March 23 7th Grade Field Trip to College of the Redwoods
  • Friday, March 23 Last Day of Session II Study Hall and Enrichment Classes
  • March 26-30 Conference Week: 1:15 Dismissal
  • Friday, March 30 School Play: Library @ 6:30 and Saturday, March 31 @ 6:30

Science Fair

The JCS Science Fair was a great success! We had more projects than we have had before (over 110) on a diverse range of topics that showed the varied interests of our JCS scientists. Thank you to everyone who helped with judging and who came to enjoy the projects at the Science Fair/History Day evening program.

The following students will be representing our school at the Doris Niles County Science Fair at HSU from March 12-16:

Sixth Grade: Sasha Love, Sadie Cronin & Jasmine McKnight, Sean Coontz, Jackson Zagone, Riley Haggerty, Taya Holmes, Ella Ivan, Tavi Yoon, and Ashley McLaughlin

Seventh Grade: Arman Abbassi, Raven Alvarez, Kyra Alway, Stella Drobnick-Sochovka, John Gerving, Iris Coonrod, Alden Mauro, Beck Pederson, and Tobias Sanchez

Eighth Grade: Skyler Burlison, Annie & Tildy MacDonald, Ireland Sommer, Calvin Sway, and Ella Lukens

Way to go JCS Scientists!!


The Regional Spelling Bee was held at McKinleyville Middle School.  Big congratulations are in order for  fifth grade student, Jackson Dehority!  Jackson is a Regional Spelling Bee Champion in the Elementary Division, and he will represent Northern Humboldt Region at the Humboldt County Spelling bee On March 10th.  Way to go Jackson!!


Congratulations to the JCS Mathcounts team! In the chapter competition at Humboldt State University, the Jacoby Creek team – consisting of Sydney Trieu, Stanley Guo, Kyra Alway, and Aidan Shelton – placed second behind Sunny Brae.

Stanley and Sydney respectively placed second and third, qualifying as the two individuals for state. Sydney won the unofficial, but no less exhilarating, Countdown Round, beating out Sunny Brae’s best.

Way to go, Mathletes!


Humboldt County History Day is this Saturday, March 3rd at HSU. FIFTY students from 4th-8th grades will be competing in several categories (posters, exhibits, historical papers, websites).  Check out April’s Panther Press for History Day results.  


Boys’ Basketball

The regular boys basketball season has ended.  Congratulations to our 8th grade boys!  They earned a spot in the 50th Annual Crescent City Jaycees!! Play hard and have fun boys!!

Track & Field

All paperwork is due in the office by March 12, 2018.  Practices will begin on March 12, 2018.  Grades will also be checked on this date.  

Foggy Bottom Milk Run

Run with Jacoby Creek School in the 2 Mile Fun Run on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2PM.  Register online at  (make sure to select JCS).  There is a special $10 entry fee (includes T-shirt & medal) for the 2 Mile Run for elementary school participants, girls and boys ages 5-14.

Support JCS Athletics:  Our Athletics Program is solely funded by monetary donations and profits from hosting tournaments.  Please consider sponsoring an Athletics Banner and/or volunteering at one of our tournaments—both are great ways to support JCS Athletics. Please contact our Athletic Director, Davita McGoldrick, if you are interested.


The PTO will be hosting a Family Skate Day on Sunday, April 8 from 11:00-2:00 at the Blue Lake Roller Rink.   More information about the Skate Day will be coming in the Tuesday folder as we get closer to the event.  If you are interested in being involved with the PTO, please contact Mrs. Nannizzi.

After School Enrichment Classes

Session Two of After School Enrichment and Academic Support Classes is ending this month.

Last day of Session II Homework Club:  March 15

Last day of Session II Study Hall:  March 23

Last day of Enrichment Classes: March 23

Information about Session III, which will begin in April, will be coming home soon!

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