Sunny Brae Middle School Goes 1:1 with Chromebooks


Students at SBMS have a new routine. Each morning prior to the first class bell, students walk by the Science Complex to pick up their personal Chromebook, a tool they will use in classes as part of the district’s 21st century education initiative. Students use their Chromebook to access curriculum in math, engage in collaborative work on documents, spread sheets or presentations, to write reflections on learning, annotate in close reading, write informational text in paragraph or essay formats, and message teachers and other students through google classroom. Each student has a district generated and protected email account which they use to sign into the different applications and curricular programs. Much of the digital curricula can be personalized as to level, and assignments can be differentiated to accommodate maximum learning opportunities for each student. At the end of the day, students place Chromebooks back in their charging station so they will be ready for the next day. The students have enjoyed personalizing their devices with different screen savers, sticker, and backgrounds.

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Draft 2017-18 LCAP Annual Update Available for Review and Comment

The Arcata School District Draft LCAP Annual Update for the 2017-18 school year is available to public review at the Arcata Elementary School and Sunny Brae Middle School offices, the district office, and here on our website. Please send comments and suggestions to Jen Daparma, at or to

We welcome your participation in this process.

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Arcata School District’s Citizen’s Oversight Committee Seeks Members

The Arcata School District Board of Trustees is seeking applicants for a Citizen’s Oversight Committee for Measures H and I, which the public overwhelmingly supported in the November 2016 election for school infrastructure improvements, teacher retention, student programs, and increased student safety. The Committee has the responsibility of informing the public concerning the expenditures of the Measure H parcel tax and the Measure I bond, as well as making an annual report to the Board and the community regarding the District’s adherence to the law and to the text and intention of the Measures related to expenditures of these funds.

The Committee will meet two to four times a year, with members serving for a two-year term, for no more than two consecutive terms. State law requires that the Committee be composed as follows: – One member active in a business organization representing the business community located within the District. – One member active in a senior citizens’ organization. – One member active in a bona fide taxpayers’ organization. – One member who is a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District. – One member who is the parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District, and who is active in a parent-teacher organization such as the PTO or School Site Council. – At least two other members, selected from the public at large.

For more information or an application, please call the District office at (707) 822-0351, or you may pick one up at 1435 Buttermilk Lane in Arcata or download it from this website under the heading QUICK LINKS which is located in the sidebar at the left of the home page.

Applications are due no later than Monday, June 19.

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Sunny Brae Middle School Makes California Honor Roll

We’re proud that Sunny Brae Middle School is named a #CAHonorRoll school #STARSchool, which recognizes high performing, achievement gap closing schools across the state. The Honor Roll by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) is the only school recognition program in the state using student achievement outcomes as the criteria, and is a growing resource for all schools to learn about best practices that increase student achievement. CBEE utilizes data from the non-profit Educational Results Partnership, the largest longitudinally-linked, actionable school system of data in the country. Along with a high quality academic program that includes advanced math options, Sunny Brae offers a wide array of elective courses for students to choose from each trimester, from such offerings as Cribbage and Woodworking to Greek Mythology to Stitchery, Zumba, or Chess, as well as Art and Video production. Sunny Brae also enjoys a supportive and friendly student climate.

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