News

Don’t let our small size fool you—we have BIG things going on! This is our rooftop—the place where we shout all the great news. Check here for the news and announcements that affect our school family.

Warm Welcome

Each year, Howell Mountain staff dresses up for the holidays and greets parents with hot chocolate. We call this our "Warm Welcome." This is our opportunity to thank our families for sharing their children with us. 

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Winter Program

Our winter program was an absolute success. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our students, and a big congratulations to our students on a beautiful program!

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    New Playground

    Our new playground is finished! We thank the Kiwanis of Napa County for all of their support.

    Students playing on the new playground equipment
    Thanksgiving Feast

    Howell Mountain Elementary School students recently participated in their annual Thanksgiving feast with the Angwin community. Each class prepared a side dish, and everyone enjoyed coming together, giving thanks, and celebrating the community.

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    Air Quality

    The decision about whether or not to close schools when the air quality is unhealthy is one that Napa County schools do not take lightly. The health and safety of the students is our top priority. This year, as we did last year when the fires were raging in Napa County, all of the district superintendents consulted with Dr. Karen Relucio, public health officer of Napa County.

    Dr. Relucio pointed out that this year is different because the fires are not burning in our county, and there are no evacuations. She advised us to consider what the best decision would be causing the least amount of disruption for the majority of people. Because the quality of the air was registering unhealthy, she recommended that schools remain open and teachers keep the children indoors for most of the day and forgo exercise outdoors. This would minimize disruption and follow the National Environmental Protect Agency guidelines for school response to air quality. 

    Please take a moment to read Superintendent Barbara Nemko's letter to parents regarding air quality in its entirety. Any time schools are closed, it is disruptive to the learning process. We assure you that we would never prioritize that over student health and safety. 

    Taste of Howell Mountain Auction

    The Taste of Howell Mountain Auction is our largest fundraiser for the school year. This one-day event pays for our music program, community music program, art program, field trips, gardening program, library books, community theater program, school suplies, and so much more! For more information about this event, please read our November 13, 2018 newsletter.

    New Facebook Page

    We would like to invite you to check out our new Facebook page! Excitement fills our hearts as we connect with our families and community! Even if you liked our us on our old page, please go to our new page and like us there. From now on, we will only be posting on the new page. Watch our new page for event announcements, photos, staff profiles, project updates, and more! Please don’t forget to tell your friends to check us out!

    Consumer Notification

    We have collected results from the lead sample taken at Howell Mountain School at our monitoring locations on August 8, 2018. You can find the reported lead results in our full letter, along with additional information. If you have any questions, please contact us at (707) 965.2423.

    SHUSD 2018–2019 Parent Education Schedule

    St. Helena Unified School District is offering an opportunity for parents to learn more about important topics regarding children in today’s society. Parents, mark your calendars and plan to attend these valuable and informative presentations. Please view the schedule below for additional information. We hope to see you there!