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.

Extended School Closure Until May 1, 2020

Howell Mountain will continue to practice social distancing and school closure will remain in effect until May 1, 2020. Students will be accessing remote learning opportunities. An extension of school closure is not ideal for students. However, the unprecedented pandemic that we are all experiencing warrants further social distancing. Thank you for your patience, partnership, and community camaraderie during this trying time. I am thankful for our parents and staff, who are stepping up and meeting the needs of all our children. We have had the staff prepare meals and volunteer to serve these meals daily. Meals will continue throughout spring break. We also have staff learning digital teaching. Meanwhile, students and parents are participating in digital learning for the first time. Everyone has met this challenge with a willing spirit because this is what is best for students. While our circumstances are not ideal, I could not be prouder to work in this amazing community, with you amazing people. We have a secret weapon, and this is “Howell Mountain Pride.” Let’s continue to protect our children, staff, and community while serving our children.

Queridas familias, Howell Mountain continuará practicando el distanciamiento social y el cierre de la escuela seguirá vigente hasta el 1 de mayo. Un cierre escolar extendido no es ideal para estudiantes; Sin embargo, la pandemia sin precedentes que todos estamos experimentando justifica un mayor distanciamiento social. Gracias por su paciencia, asociación y camaradería comunitaria durante este momento difícil. Estoy agradecido por nuestros padres y el personal, que están intensificando y satisfaciendo las necesidades de todos nuestros niños. Hemos hecho que el personal prepare comidas y se ofrezca como voluntario para servirlas diariamente. Las comidas continuarán durante las vacaciones de primavera. También contamos con personal que aprende la enseñanza digital, y estudiantes y padres que participan en el aprendizaje digital por primera vez. Todos han enfrentado este desafío con un espíritu dispuesto porque esto es lo mejor para los estudiantes. Si bien nuestras circunstancias no son ideales, no podría estar más orgulloso de trabajar en esta increíble comunidad, con ustedes, personas increíbles. Tenemos un arma secreta, y esto es: "Howell Mountain Pride." Sigamos protegiendo a nuestros niños, personal y comunidad mientras servimos a nuestros niños. 

Please see the following documents for more information:

Extended School Closure

As a matter of public safety for all members of our community, the Howell Mountain School District will adhere to the orders from the Napa County Public Health Department and remain closed through Monday, April 13, 2020. Our school district is scheduled to re-open on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, pending further direction from governmental agencies. We encourage our community to follow all guidelines for safety that have been issued. In addition, our teaching staff has done a commendable job in developing two to three weeks of assignments for students to complete. We will continue to serve breakfast and lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday throughout the school closure.

Please take a moment to read Superintendent Dr. Janet Tufts' complete letter to parents regarding the extension of the school closure.

Resources for Working and Learning from Home

We invite you to use these resources as you navigate through working and learning from home.

For additional resources on cyber security and working from home safety precautions, please visit the National Cyber Security Alliance COVID-19 Resource Library. This library features a wealth of free and updated information on current scams, cyber threats, remote working, and much more.

Help During Coronavirus

We know that the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been a very stressful time for a lot of you. If you are struggling, please do not hesitate to reach out for help.

  • Bilingual Mental Health Crisis Phone Number: (707) 253-4711 
Student Coursework

Teachers have been actively planning more robust learning opportunities for all students. Class materials, computers, and supplies are available in the cafeteria from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily. 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

As you are aware, Howell Mountain Elementary School has been very proactive in implementing safety measures to combat all virus', especially COVID-19. On March 11, 2020, the Howell Mountain Elementary School District Board of Trustees adopted a district infectious disease outbreak plan which outlines levels of preparedness in which our district will take. This plan is available on our Home page under the “Parent” tab. In addition, our board of trustees must follow public health guidelines, mandates by Governor Newsome, as well as, legal mandates.

Schools are to remain open as of now. Please take a moment to read Superintendent Dr. Janet Tufts' complete letter for more information on COVID-19.

COVID-19 Public Health Advisory

Public health officials are urging everyone to be aware and prepared, but not scared of COVID-19. Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio has issued the following message regarding coronavirus (COVID-19):

We know many in people in our community are feeling fear and anxiety. In this uncertain time, we believe the best thing we can do is reduce risk through prevention, information, and preparation. 

  • Current Situation: As of this message, we do not have any local confirmed cases in Napa County; however, the situation in the United States is rapidly evolving.
  • Good News: Most cases of COVID-19 have been relatively mild, similar in aspect to a cold or flu.
  • Changes Ahead: As we learn of new cases in California, we will accordingly shift our focus from a containment strategy to one of community mitigation, which means taking steps to lessen the impact of COVID-19. Such community mitigation strategies could include school dismissals or cancellation of large public events.
  • Finally: Individuals, businesses, and organizations should focus on three tasks: prevention, planning, and preparedness. For further information, please visit the Napa County Coronavirus site.
  • Public Health Announcement Update on March 12, 2020: Please read the letter from the Department of Public Health for more information on the impact of COVID-19 on our community, and preventative measure we can all take.

Meal Service During School Closure

Pope Valley will be serving grab-and-go meals from their site beginning March 25, 2020.

Story Time

Attention, students! Enjoy story time with Mr. Van and Max the Brave.

Goodness and Donations

Trying times bring out the good in others. Clif Family Farms has blessed Howell Mountain Elementary School with fresh farm food of vegetables and eggs. One of our very own parents, Tessa Henry, Clif Family Farm manager, has graciously offered to bring fresh harvests to support our community outreach “grab and go” program. These fresh items are being utilized by Chef George to enrich our meal offerings. Thank you, Clif Family Farms and George, for making this happen, and staff for courageously serving the Howell Mountain community.

Feeding Angwin's Kids

Attention, Angwin families! Howell Mountain will be providing a free meal for all children ages 1 to 18. You can find us at 525 White Cottage Rd. N. Angwin, CA 94508. Pick up will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please text or leave a voicemail message at (707) 339-8235 to request a meal. 

For more information, please see our flyer.

Upcoming Dates

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events!

  • Spring Break - April 6-12, 2020
  • Talent Show - April 23, 2020
  • Bike to School Day - May 14, 2020
  • Authors Festival - May 28, 2020

Taste of Howell Mountain Auction

Our annual Taste of Howell Mountain Auction takes place during Father's Day weekend. The proceeds support art, music, drama, field trips, and so much more!

This valuable fundraiser takes many volunteers in order to be successful. We will be reaching out to all of our families to determine how they might best support this event. Some of these volunteer opportunities include setting up the day before, work during the auction, or clean up after the event. For more information, please contact Baylee Diegel.

Box Tops

Wolf Pack is rewarding classes that collect the most box tops each month, so don't forget to collect them! We wish everyone luck, and we appreciate your support!

Spring Break

Spring Break is April 6 through 13. Our break will land just when distance learning is beginning. For many families, this may unhinge structure that is just getting into place. Please continue to encourage structure in the family during spring break. School will resume via distance learning on April 14. Our teachers will reach out to their students to inform their classes of their schedules when school resumes. Please remind your children to check their school email for any further instructions.

Earth Day

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is on Tuesday, April 21. We are recruiting parents and community partners to share their expertise with us on this fun-filled day of hands-on Earth Day activities. Please contact Dr. Tufts via email if you are available to present on this day.