Leggett Valley School hosted a meeting of the Mendocino County board of education on Nov. 5. The board each month has its meeting in a different Mendocino school to allow access to all areas.

This month was Leggett’s turn to host the meeting.

On the agenda for this month were new employees, CSEA, school funding, MCOE, and the downward slide of Proposition 30 and what it could mean for this county.

K-8 teachers have been attending a conference in Fort Bragg called Professional Learning Communities (PLC). These are a series of workshops that take a deep look at the common core standards that are going to be mandated from the state to teach in classes in two years and work toward helping schools build professional relationships and increase student achievement. These workshops use four guiding questions as a basis to their discussions : What do we want all students to know and be able to do? How will we know that the students have learned? What will we do when they don’t know it? What do we do when they do know it?

Media at school

Leggett Valley School has a new addition to the media class taught by Mr. Morrow. Every two weeks the class puts out Leggett’s newspaper, The Paw Print. Although the newspaper is not new, what is new is that now Leggett has two students, Mike Williams and Jon Arias, who D.J. a radio show that is taped and aired on the school web site every two weeks. In their show they report all of the events that are happening at school and play music. When asked what kind of music they play, Jon said, “ We play school appropriate music-no cussing. “ Mike chipped in and stated, “ We play rock and roll, and rap.

Some of the groups are AC DC, Guns and Roses, M & M, Acon, and Kevin Rudolph. Jon said, “We keep pretty occupied, but get to joke around a lot doing this. We also read the Paw Print on air.” Mr. Morrow, the teacher whose brainchild this was, has a radio show on KMUD. Besides media Mr. Morrow teaches math and science. You can visit Jon and Mike on the website at www.Leggett.k12.ca.us and learn more about Leggett School.

New tech

The K-8 teachers and their students have also been working to purchase a computer cart with new computers to share throughout the elementary school. They are selling Papa Murphy’s pizza each month to raise the necessary funds. The next pizza sale is going on right now and will end on Dec. 10. Pizzas need to be pre-ordered. People interested in helping by purchasing a pizza or donating money can contact the Leggett Valley School at 925-6285.

Sports news

Basketball season is here once again and the junior high has already played three game - all vs. Willits. They have had a very successful start to their season; winning all three games. The team consists of Rudy Arias, Kierstin Reese, Sabrina Miclette, Nathen Luna, Gustavo Rosas, Kiana Burns, and Ipo Savoie. This year the clock will be run by Sequoia Braham.

Their next home game is Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. vs. the 8th grade girls from South Fork. The junior high will also be providing a concession stand for the basketball games this year, of which, the proceeds will go towards their field study trip to Yosemite in the spring. The 4th, 5th and 6th grade team have started their practices this week and they will have practice Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 18-19 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. They have a game vs. Redway at 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Leggett. A schedule for them will be out soon. Rock on Panthers.