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Montgomery Creek School

Mountain Union Elementary School District

About Us

Located in the beautiful mountains of rural Northern California, Mountain Union Elementary School District and Montgomery Creek Elementary School serve students from preschool to grade 8.  We are a basic aid district, representing a diverse community, rich in the traditions of the outdoors.  Our rural location allows our students, staff, and community members to thrive in and explore the beauty of nature.  To aid in this exploration, students have access to the latest technologies including individual chromebooks, internet hotspots when needed for home use, a robust selection of digital platforms for intervention, exploration and/or enrichment, interactive classroom digital displays, and a menagerie of insects, amphibians, fish, and other animals living in classroom habitats designed for safe, humane, and successful exploration of the various lifecycles found in nature.  Our students work with indigenous leaders from the north state to learn about the technologies and practices of the original peoples of this area and the benefits of these practices in meeting the challenges of today.

Our student population varies in number but usually averages 70 to 75 students.  These students are a diverse group with approximately 20% identifying as Native American, 20% identifying as Multi-Ethnic (non Hispanic), 6% Hispanic, 50% Caucasian and 5% unknown.  Free and reduced lunch count is approximately 84% of enrolled students.  Our students, like most students in the last year, have proven to be resilient, adaptable, and eager to learn in these changing and unpredictable times presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Our school staff has excelled in adapting to the unpredictable myriad of challenges they encountered during this pandemic.  Learning and teaching modalities of all kinds have been examined, adopted, and customized to meet the unique needs and challenges of our students and community.  Methods of assessment have also been re-examined and updated at regular intervals as part of our continuous cycle of improvement - designed to provide our students, parents and teachers the feedback needed for the optimum learning experience. Teachers and staff have incorporated a strong Social Emotional Learning program over the past 3 years focusing on building capacity among staff and students to understand what is needed to provide and engage in an effective learning environment. 
Growth mindset, emotional intelligence, Masters of the Skills of Independence, GRIT goals, Digital citizenship, self regulation skills, and restorative practices are just a few of the tools students and staff work on continuously while building a safe and harmonious school environment where learning occurs.   Our students enjoy a focus on standards based learning where assessments and report cards are based on attainment and mastery of state standards.  Problem based and experiential learning is a core principal our teaching staff continues to pursue.  Our staff is aligned in the goal of helping our students prepare for their future by learning to be creative and collaborative thinkers who can work independently when needed.

Our school community is in the process of reinventing our after school program in order to provide a program aligned with school activities, school academic programs, and the extra-curricular desires of the students.  Our after school program is currently aligned with the Shasta County Office of Education SHARE program.  Program cost increases have been passed on by the SHARE program to parents resulting in a severe decline in enrollment in one of the most important school programs.  The school community is diligently working to reduce and/or eliminate the cost to parents for this program and to increase enrollment.

Our school services staff work very hard to ensure: efficient, timely, and safe, transportation is provided to students to and from school in mountain conditions; nutritious and appealing meals and snacks, based on and including scratch recipes are provided daily for students and staff: a clean, functioning, safe, and inviting school atmosphere is maintained and continuously enhanced for our students and community; safe, exciting, inclusive, and enjoyable recess and breaks occur on a regular basis for students; daily intervention and enrichment opportunities are available to students; and many other "behind the scenes" operations that keep the school moving forward.  Major projects including solar facilities and a generator are planned for this summer completion. This will reduce the school reliance on PG&E and the effects of PSPS days which have increased school closure days annually.

Montgomery Creek Elementary School and Mountain Union Elementary School District students, staff, and community have proven to be adaptable, resourceful, resilient and loving people focused on making their community a better place - Montgomery Creek School is an exciting place to be!