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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 2017 Panther Press

March 2017 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 that have worked hard and represented our school in academics and in sports.

I wanted to remind families to please use our voicemail number to leave attendance messages.  The office phone is only answered between 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m., but you can leave voicemail at (707) 633-9090 at any time.  Please enter this number into your contacts. The messages are checked frequently.  This is a great timesaver for us in the office if you have a non-urgent message about attendance.  

There have been a lot of illnesses going around with all of this cold weather.  Thank you for keeping your child home if they have a fever or are 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 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 18, 2017 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.  Only with volunteers will this event be successful.  If interested in volunteering,  you can sign up at

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.


Melanie Nannizzi

Important Events this Month

  • Monday, March 8–Track Paperwork Due

  • Wednesday, March 8– Oral Language Fair 1:05 School Performance and 6:00 Evening Performance
    • Friday, March 10–End of Second Trimester
    • Monday, March 13—7:15 School Board Meeting


  • Saturday, March 18–AUCTION at Arcata Community Center 5:30 p.m.


    • Tuesday, February 28–5:30 p.m. Foundation at Baywood
    • Monday, March 20–Track Practices Begin
    • Monday, March 20-5:00 PTO Meeting in Room 6
    • March 20-24–CONFERENCE WEEK
      • 1:15 Dismissal and No ASE Classes except for some make up classes


  • March 24-26–School Play Performances–The Lion King  March 24 and 25 at 6:30 p.m. and March  26 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday,March 27-8:00 am Coffee with the Principal in Library
  • Thursday, March 30-6:30 New to K PARENT night in Library

Registration for 2017-2018

Now is the time to register for the 2017-2018 school year.  If your child already attends JCS, there is no need to register.  If you have an incoming TK or K student make sure to get your registration packet in soon.  Please call the office with any questions.

Parent Survey

Thank you so much to the parents that have already taken the survey that I sent out on Monday.  I would love for every parent to respond so that every voice is heard. It is only 11 questions, so if you have not yet had a chance to take it, please do so.  THANK YOU!!!

Geography Bee News

Congratulations to 8th grader, Mina Abbassi! Mina has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 California National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held in Sacramento on Friday, March 31, 2017. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29 th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout

the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test,which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17, 2017. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll.


Science Fair

Congratulations to the following students who will be representing JCS at the Humboldt County Science Fair at Humboldt State University.  

Sixth Grade: Arman Abbassi, Raven Alvarez, Kyra Alway, Ossian DeLaLuuz and Stella Mia, John Gerving, Sequoia Matteoli, Alden Mauro, Beck Pederson, and Lila Wolf

Seventh Grade:  Skyler Burlison, Annie and Tildy Macdonald, Ireland Sommer, Calvin Sway, Sydney Trieu, Iris VanBebber-Wiest, and Drew Vizenor

Eighth Grade:  Mina Abbassi, Remy Campbell, Ernesto Cappuccio, Austin Costello-Anderson, Vivian Gerstein, and Sophia Thoele

Way to go JCS Scientists!!

History Day

Congratulations to our students for their hard work on their history day projects! The following students were recognized for their projects:

Poster Category:

Jackson Zagone: “Youth Resistance Groups in WWII”- Co-Champion

Historical Papers:

Madison Coelho:  “Alice Paul’s Stand for Women’s Right” – Co-Champion

Ruby Devoe: “Taking a Stand for Liberty: Harriet Tubman During the Civil War”-Co-Champion

Individual Exhibits:

Alyssa Pedicino:  “The Lowell Mill Girls: Taking a Stand for Female Worker’s Rights- Co-Champion



The Regional Spelling Bee was held today at Fieldbrook School.  Big congratulations are in order for John Gerving and Ashley McLaughlin!  JCS sixth grader John Gerving took took first place!  Fifth grade, Ashley Mclaughlin took third.  Excellent work to our super spellers!


The Humboldt County Math Counts competition was held yesterday at Sunnybrae middle school.  Eighth Graders Vivian Gerstein, Maddie Lankarani, Marisa Mendosa, Kayla Jay, Ella Day, Austin Costello-Anderson, and MIna Abbassi and Seventh Graders Sydney Trieu, Drew Vizenor, Stanley Guo, and Owen Miranda-Hupp represented Jacoby Creek School at the competition.

The final team results have not yet been released, but the results that have come in show that our team did very will be moving on to compete at the next level.  Eighth grade students Marisa Mendosa and Ella Day both took top honors at the competition.  Ella was the winner of the Countdown Round and Marisa won the Individual Competition.

Way to go Mathletes!



Congratulations to the following outstanding music students who will be participating in the All County Music Festival at Arcata High School, March 17 & 18. The performance will be 7 pm in the AHS Gym, on Saturday the 18th.

Performing in Band: Annie & Thildy Macdonald, Vivian Gerstein, Alden Mauro, Ernesto Cappuccio.

Performing in Orchestra: Crosby Fitzgerald, Sydney Trieu, Ella Lukens, Sean Shermer, John Gerving.

Performing in Choir: Vivian Cronin, Miniya Bellinger, Sofia Frahm, Aleesa Lewis, Ireland Sommer, Raven Alvarez, Eva Devoe, Hannah Benzinger, Maggie Freeman, Jonah Hohl, Sophie Jenkins, Saneya Khattab.


Boys’ Basketball

Congratulations to our 8th grade boys!  They earned a spot in the 49th Annual Crescent City JayCees!! Play hard and have fun boys!!

Track & Field

Practices will begin on March 20, 2017.  All paperwork is due in the office by March 6, 2017.  Grade will also be check on this date.  Please contact Davita McGoldrick if you have any questions or concerns.

Foggy Bottom Milk Run

Run with Jacoby Creek School in the 2 Mile Fun Run on Sunday, March 12, 2017 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

After School Enrichment Classes

Activity Classes

*Classes in art, crafts, music, sports, movement, reading, nature and more

offered after school  * Some classes offered before school.

Session II ends April 7

Make- up classes to April 13

Session III – 5 weeks –May 1 to June 5

with make-up classes to June 9

Registration opens on April 4 and closes on May 12


Academic Support Classes

Homework Club second grade, Homework Club third grade on Tuesday and Thursday 2:15-3:00

Study Hall for fourth-eighth grades on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

for one hour after school

Session II – Ends March 31

Session III – 8 weeks – April 3 to June 5

Registration opens on March 7

Looking for suggestions for classes for the 2017-18 school year and instructors. Many of our instructors are parents at JCS. Please write to ASE Coodinator, Abby Munro-Proulx


The PTO will be hosting a Family Skate Day on Sunday, April 2 from 11:30-1:30.  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.

PTO Meeting: Monday, March 20-5:00 PTO Meeting in Room 6


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