The Northern Humboldt Union High School District is comprised of two four-year high schools, Arcata High and McKinleyville High; two small continuation high schools, Pacific Coast High and Tsurai High; one charter school, Six Rivers Charter High; one community day school, NH Community Day School; and one mental health high school program, Riverbend Education Program.
In November 2010, voters passed Measure Q, a $25.8 million general obligation bond measure to improve school facilities of the Northern Humboldt Union High School District (NHUHSD). The district includes Arcata, McKinleyville, and Six Rivers Charter high schools, as well as two continuation high schools.
As a result of Board action taken at its September meeting, on October 12 the District entered into a bond refunding transaction to refinance a portion of the existing bonds and to take advantage of historically low interest rates. In total, $6.6 million of outstanding general obligation bonds were refinanced, significantly reducing the interest rate from 5.89% to 2.92%. The refinancing resulted in $1,044,000 in lower bond payments and will reduce taxes for all property owners over the next 16 years. The savings will be realized beginning with 2017-18 property tax rolls set by Humboldt County. Continue reading »
I was a marginally successful student in high school, much more interested in playing sports and my social life than in reaching my potential with my studies. Early in my senior year however, my social studies teacher invited a series of community leaders to join us for conversations in the classroom. The topics were broad — how local government works, options for education and information about different careers — but the impact of those conversations had a profound effect on how I looked at my future opportunities. I was getting ideas and perspective from community members who were making a living in the real world. Hearing those stories of success, failure, ambition and personal goals gave me a new way of thinking about what I might want to do after high school.
Humboldt County business, education and public sector communities have an opportunity to mentor local middle and high school students, and help these students set goals, explore careers and embrace possibilities for their futures. Serving as a student mentor is good for business too, because mentors have the chance to help students understand what employers expect from their employees, and what young people (our future workforce) can do to be better prepared to successfully compete in the marketplace.
Local middle and high schools often ask our business community to connect with students and share insight about what makes people successful at work. The type of careers or jobs that are shared are secondary to students learning by hearing mentor’s personal stories and guidance based upon different experiences.
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In celebration of the opening of the new Fine Arts Center at Arcata High School, The Northern Humboldt Union High School District (NHUHSD) held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 3, 2016. The event was extremely well attended and included refreshments, student led tours, art exhibitions, and concluded with the Spring Concert featuring performances by the Arcata High School Choir, Madrigal Choir, the ArMack Jazz Band, and ArMack Orchestra; all under the direction of music teacher, Cassandra Moulton.
The state of the art facility includes a 450 seat theater, three class rooms that accommodate dance, choir, drama and music, a black box theater, five soundproof practice rooms, a digital audio studio, visual arts exhibition spaces, two galleries, dining area, and commercial kitchen. NHUHSD gives a special thanks to Pierson Company and David Pierce Architect for their partnership and effort to make the dream of this facility a reality for our students and community! Superintendent, Chris Hartley expressed his gratitude for the passage of the Measure Q bond in 2010, “we are extremely fortunate to be part of a community that realizes the importance of providing NHUHSD with the opportunity to develop facilities that provide our teachers, students, and community with the absolute best learning environment possible.”
Photo: Student Talia Mueller and NHUHSD Board of Trustee President Colleen Toste cut the ribbon surrounded by staff, builders, and community members.