Community Safety: Incident in the park near Arcata Elementary

An incident occurred in our community on Tuesday, September 20th off campus near Arcata Elementary School. An Arcata School District student was attacked on the footpath between Baldwin Street and Cahill Park while walking to school. A parent walking her children to school acted swiftly to interrupt the attack. The parent and bystanders brought the student to the school, and Arcata Elementary called 911 to report the crime.

Principal Victoria Parker walked the path to the park to assist, direct other students who use the path, identify witnesses, and wait for the police to arrive.

The Arcata Police Department responded immediately. Members of the community were also quick to respond to the situation and assist the police. APD apprehended the suspect shortly after the attack occurred, and he is in custody.

We are shocked and saddened that this occurred in our community. This is a very rare incident, and a good reminder to us all to be vigilant and aware of safety concerns in the community. Children should not be considered at risk going to and from school. Safety rules to follow include walk with a group, be aware of your surroundings, and make loud noises if accosted. Report suspicious persons or activities to the police, school staff and parents.

School staff will be monitoring the students this week and addressing concerns as they arise. The Arcata School District is working with the Arcata Police Department to help them ensure the safety of our students in the community.

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Thank you, Arcata, for your support of our schools!

Thank you Arcata, you made this happen!

Imagine an elementary school where students learn in a safe, beautiful facility powered by solar energy and surrounded by abundant landscaping with a large green field for play.

A school where children learn in smaller class sizes using state of the art technology, enhancing core English Language Arts and Math curriculum with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), 21st century learning, music, dance, drama and visual arts.  A place where children work in and eat from their own organic garden, enhanced by compost made by the school’s vermiculture bins from a waste-free cafeteria. Thank you Arcata!

Welcome to an elementary school with ADA compliant, energy-efficient facilities, pedestrian-safe parking and bus loading area, fiber optic internet wiring, and a marquee to inform parents and community. Thank you Arcata!

Imagine a middle school with a full computer lab, 7/8th grade science labs, a culinary arts room, and a popular library facility with a fabulous selection of current books, technology, and inviting spaces for learning and collaboration. A small, friendly solar-powered middle school with a wide array of elective course offerings, music, visual and performing arts, championship athletics and enhanced academic opportunities. Thank you Arcata!

The Board, staff, and students of the Arcata School District thank Arcata residents for their support of Measure E, a parcel tax, and Measure F, a modernization bond. Through the community’s generosity and commitment to children, the district has made many improvements, with more planned. We appreciate your commitment to the education of our children.

Again, THANK YOU, ARCATA!  You made this happen.





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Sunny Brae Students Win Humboldt County MathCounts Competiton


Congratulations to Sunny Brae’s MathCounts students! They took first place in the Countywide competition and will be heading to Stanford for the State Competition next weekend!

MathCounts is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. MathCounts heightens student interest in mathematics by making math achievement as challenging, exciting as a school sport.



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