Smith River School

Home of the Wildcats

Mission:  The mission of Smith River School it to focus on student success through an effective academic program which inspires individuality, diversity, and critical thinking in a safe and secure environment.  

Vision:  Smith River School students will develop positive character traits and maximize intellectual and creative potential.  Our students will become responsible, productive members of their school, workplace, community and society.

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Smith River School earned the NAMM Foundation 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Best Communities for Music Education Award!

Please click on the link to the left labeled SCHOOL CALENDAR for Parent, Teacher, Student, Organization (PTSO) information and activities. You will also find all school activities listed monthly for Smith River School.

School will start at 8:00 A.M.  Kindergarten will be dismissed at 1:30 P.M. you are more than welcome to pick them up at this time, if not, they will be attending the Smith River After School Program until the bus arrives at 2:30 P.M.  Grades 1 through 8 will be dismissed at 2:30 P.M and may be picked up at this time or attend ASP.  Wednesdays and minimum days will dismiss at 12:30.

Below is a Youtube video called, Music Never Dies!

Big thanks to Ms. Hartwick, Mr. Jones and the Wildcat Band. Congratulations from The NAMM Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus!


Your video submission, “What Makes Music Education Great in My School or District,” was selected as a contest winner! This means you will receive a TWO-DAY residency withThe John Lennon Educational Bus!


What this means: As a Best Community for Music Education or SupportMusic Merit Award recipient and video contest winner you are eligible to record a music video on The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and your school will host a national  SupportMusic Community Forum that will be webcast "live" from your school to celebrate music education!

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

Published on Feb 11, 2015

Smith River School students from Smith River, CA recorded an original song and music video on board the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus during the NAMM Best Communities Tour. Special thanks to Adobe, Audio-Technica, Epiphone, Genelec, IK Multimedia, LiveU, Mackie, Neutrik, NewTek, OWC, Todocast, Yamaha.

YouTube Video

Smith River, CA - NAMM Best Communities SupportMusic Community Forum


The "After School Program" will be from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Wednesdays and minimum days. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

When to Keep Kids Home from School

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With cold and flu season upon us, we all want to work to keep our students and staff healthy. The staff will continue to encourage beneficial health practices in the classroom daily, including regular hand washing and coughing into ones sleeve. However, with so many children coming together, germs are easily exchanged and illnesses are passed on very quickly.

Please keep your child home if he/she is experiencing any of the following symptoms:

• Fever – It is recommended that children stay home 24 hours after a fever breaks

• Diarrhea

• Uncontrolled coughing

• Sore throat

• Rash with fever or behavior changes

• Vomiting

• Lethargy

• Green and/or yellow nasal discharge

Please contact your child’s teacher if your child is out of school due to illness. You will also be called to pick up your child from school if he/she shows any of the above illness symptoms.

Thank you for your cooperation regarding this matter. Our goal is to keep students and staff as healthy as possible. Please contact our office if you have questions at 464-0751. 

School Nurses – Health Services of Del Norte County Schools

Athletic Competition 2016-2017

(Education Code 221.9)

Total school enrollment: 244  Female: 114  Male: 130

Students participated in competitive athletics; Female: 21  Male: 39

Volleyball: 7th & 8th grade

Soccer: Co-ed 7th & 8th grade 

Girls Basketball: 6th &  7th grade

Boys Basketball: 6th, 7th & 8th grade

Track: 6th, 7th & 8th grade

Cheer: 6th. 7th & 8th grade

Diane Wiese, Principal
(707) 464-0370

Quick Facts about Attendance

  • Chronic Absenteeism 
    (missing more than 10% of days enrolled for any reason) is the single strongest predictor of dropping out before graduation

  • Students who drop out are more likely to be poor, unemployed, have substance abuse problems, be teen parents and be involved with the law

  • Students who miss a month or more of kindergarten are more likely to perform poorly in 1st grade, particularly in reading

  • By 6th grade, a pattern of chronic absence is a predictor of high school dropout rates

  • Research shows that a student’s success in 9th grade is directly linked to the likelihood the student will successfully graduate high school with a diploma by 12th grade

English Language Advisory Committee meets quarterly, please call the school office for the date and time of our next meeting. 

School Site Council's next meeting dates are March 19th, 2018, and May 21st, 2018, at 4pm in the conference room.  This is a public meeting and all are welcome!

Smith River School mural