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PRESS RELEASE - November 3, 2022 - Eureka High School Volunteer Coach Arrested by the Fortuna Police Department
11/03/2022

EUREKA, CA – November 3, 2022 – Eureka City Schools (ECS) is aware of the arrest of Nathan Thomas Hentley.  Hentley was a volunteer coach for boys’ basketball at Eureka High School this year and a walk-on coach for boys’ basketball last year.  Effective immediately, Hentley’s volunteer status and coaching status with ECS is revoked.  

There is an ongoing investigation with the Fortuna Police Department and, at this time, there is no indication of any ECS students being involved.  ECS is in communication with Fortuna Police Department, as student safety is the District’s top priority.  

Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Fortuna Police Department at 707-725-7550.  All further inquiries should be directed to the Fortuna Police Department. 

Press Contact:
Fortuna Police Department 
621 11th Street
Fortuna, CA 95540
Ph: (707) 725-7550
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Welcome Back Families - 2022-23
08/05/2022

Greetings Parents and Students,

Summer break is drawing to an end and it is time to start thinking about the first day of school.  The first day of school is Monday, August 22nd, and our staff is eager to welcome your student(s) to the new school year!

The COVID-19 endemic has had a great impact on student learning.  We are eager to partner with you to help accelerate learning for your students.  For this partnership to be successful, the first ingredient is students attending school each and every day unless they are ill.  

The Eureka City Schools Board of Trustees has identified the top priorities for the District in their Strategic Plan.  Of those 19 priority areas, the top three, in order, are: English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social-Emotional Wellbeing.  Given these priorities, we have been designing our professional development for staff to have the greatest enhancement to student learning in these areas.  A couple of the strategies we will be employing this year include new curriculum in certain grade levels and common pacing and assessments by grade level and subject areas across the District.  This will allow us to be more responsive to the individual needs of students. 

The first day of school is one full of excitement and anticipation for the upcoming year.  The experience your students have in school is up to them.  They need to remain optimistic about the benefits of staying in school and work to stay current with assignments, classwork, and other learnings. Please work with them to keep school enjoyable.

As you start thinking about the upcoming school year, I encourage you to read with younger students every night and check in with your older students, including reviewing current grade information in PowerSchool.  I encourage you to get involved in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at your student’s school.  Without the support of the PTA, many opportunities for students would not exist, and the PTA cannot provide support without parents volunteering their time and expertise. These steps will allow families to take an active part in their student’s education.

Wishing you and your students a happy new school year!


Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.
Superintendent


Saludos Padres y Estudiantes
Las vacaciones de verano están llegando a su fin y es hora de comenzar a pensar en el primer día de clases. ¡El primer día de clases es el Lunes 22 de Agosto, y nuestro personal está emocionado por dar la bienvenida a su(s) estudiante(s) para el nuevo año escolar!

El COVID-19 endémico ha tenido un gran impacto en el aprendizaje de los estudiantes. Estamos emocionados  por asociarnos con usted para ayudar a acelerar el aprendizaje de sus estudiantes. Para que esta asociación tenga éxito, el primer ingrediente es que los estudiantes asistan a la escuela todos los días al menos que estén enfermos.

La Junta Directiva de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka ha identificado las principales prioridades para el Distrito en su Plan Estratégico. De esas 19 áreas prioritarias, las tres principales, en orden, son: Artes del Lenguaje Inglés, Matemáticas y Bienestar Socioemocional. Dadas estas prioridades, hemos estado diseñando nuestro desarrollo profesional para que el personal tenga el mayor enriquecimiento en el aprendizaje de los estudiantes en estas áreas. Un par de estrategias que emplearemos este año incluyen un nuevo plan de estudios en ciertos niveles de grado y ritmo común y evaluaciones por nivel de grado y áreas temáticas a través del distrito. Esto nos permitirá ser más receptivos a las necesidades individuales de los estudiantes.

El primer día de clases está lleno de emoción y anticipación para el año escolar. La experiencia que sus estudiantes tengan en la escuela depende de ellos. Deben mantenerse optimistas sobre los beneficios de permanecer en la escuela y trabajar para mantenerse al día con las tareas, el trabajo en clase y otros aprendizajes. Por favor, trabaje con ellos para mantener la escuela agradable.

A medida que comience a pensar en el próximo año escolar, lo animo a que lea con los estudiantes más jóvenes todas las noches y se comunique con sus estudiantes más grandes, incluyendo revisando la información de las calificaciones actuales en PowerSchool. Los animo a participar en la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA) en la escuela de su estudiante. Sin el apoyo de la PTA, no existirían muchas oportunidades para los estudiantes, y la PTA no puede brindar apoyo sin que los padres ofrezcan su tiempo y experiencia como voluntarios. Estos pasos permitirán que las familias tomen una parte activa en la educación de sus estudiantes.

¡Deseándole a usted y a sus estudiantes un feliz nuevo año escolar! 


Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D. 
Superintendente

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Eureka City Schools, in partnership with families and communities, promotes academic success and career readiness for every student.  We are committed to:

  • Ensuring rigorous and innovative programs through high standards of teaching and learning
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