Howell Mountain Elementary School District (HMESD) is a small, rural, single-school district located in Angwin, California. For more than 125 years, Howell Mountain School has provided students with an exceptional public education from the early years in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. We are a small school with a personal touch. Serving just over 90 students, our small size affords us the opportunity to understand and accommodate the individual needs of every single student in our care. 

A Message from Our Superintendent and Principal

Hello Families,

It is already time to begin a new school year, and I could not be more excited to announce all our new endeavors! While I certainly have missed our children during the summer months, the time has afforded us the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming school year. With your support volunteering at the Taste of Howell Mountain and the efforts of the Wolf Pack, we have made many improvements that will support our children and our community.

Our Wolf Pack parent group has generously donated money so that we were able to install a water bottle filling station equipped with cold, filtered water on the upper level. Thank you, Wolf Pack! Please consider joining the Wolf Pack parent group this upcoming year. We meet the first Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and conversation that has been able to drive change and improvement. The first Wolf Pack meeting will be on September 6 at 8:30 a.m. (coffee with the principal).

The biggest change of all will be a shortened kindergarten day followed by a robust, developmentally appropriate kindergarten after school program. We will release kindergarteners by 1:30 p.m. each day and at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Parents may choose to pick their children up at this time or may allow their children to stay after school to enjoy science, healthy cooking, literacy, and active games. Wednesdays they may attend the Boys and Girls Club.

It will be evident that the front of the school will be getting a much-needed face lift. Our plan is to remove the rocks and replace them with a stamped concrete design. We will even remove the tree stump while protecting and maintaining the drainage ditch. There will be areas to plant drought resistant plants as well.

Thanks to the generosity of the Taste of Howell Mountain donors, we will equip each classroom and the library with a View Sonic electronic white board. These are state of the art, and we will use them to enhance science, math, and social studies. We will also use them to support collaboration, creativity, and design opportunities. Our kindergarten through fifth grade classes will also be using the newly adopted science curriculum this school year.

In addition, we will outfit rooms three and seven with new furniture with a design to promote collaboration and problem solving. We will address the other classrooms over the next two years.

We have also scheduled many assemblies such as Chinese acrobats, bully prevention, and drama presentations. Most importantly, we have invited the Missoula Children’s Theater back for another stellar drama performance of Sleeping Beauty. Please keep the week of January 13, 2020, open and available so that all our students may participate. I am looking forward to beginning another amazing year with the children, families, and staff at Howell Mountain Elementary School. Thank you for entrusting me with the growth and development of your children. It is going to be an amazing year!

Gratefully yours,

Dr. Janet Tufts

Dr. Janet Tufts