Principal's Message

The Butteville Union Elementary School District is a rural, one-school K-8 district at the base of Mount Shasta in Siskiyou County. Our vision at Butteville Elementary is to hold the highest expectations for students and staff. Our students will become effective leaders in the community by achieving academic success through clarity in writing, speaking, thinking, creating and performing. Our district has experienced on-going growth and now enrolls 215 students. We employ a superintendent/principal, twelve teachers and fourteen classified staff in various capacities. Students in Kindergarten through sixth grades are taught in self-contained classrooms, while the seventh and eighth grades are in a departmental setting.

At Butteville, we are committed to providing the best educational setting and opportunities for our children. Our highly trained and dedicated teachers and support staff collaborate with each other daily. One hour every day is reserved for reading at every grade level. Students work in small, leveled reading groups with an adult to practice decoding, reading fluency, comprehension and analysis. Through frequent formative assessments and periodic summative assessments, students' reading growth is measured, and students are moved to increasingly challenging reading groups as their skills grow.

Beyond reading, Kindergarten through sixth graders learn mathematics using a new standards-aligned adoption of Everyday Math. Teachers love the materials, and students are demonstrating higher order thinking skills as they learn and practice the content. Teachers receive on-site and off-site professional development training focused on integrating the new California State Content Standards into their math, science, language arts and social sciences curriculum. Teachers are also receiving ongoing training in using our one-to-one Chromebooks (grades 2-8) and mini iPad's (K-1) to help students learn.

Butteville Elementary School has emerged as one of Siskiyou County’s premier comprehensive elementary schools. High test scores, a focus on the fine and performing arts, and a newly renovated stage, thanks to a McConnell Foundation grant, are all part of the success our school is experiencing. Beyond the grant, a very committed Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is the primary fundraiser to support the arts program. In addition to offering an academics and arts-focused program, students enjoy Student Council, a growing sports program, and a large garden. Recently, the School Board of Trustees invested in security measures at the campus increasing student safety. Parents of our students often cite the following as reasons they send their students to Butteville: the high quality academic program, the excellent teachers, the arts program and the welcoming atmosphere.

Butteville Elementary is a small but proud school. Located in one of the poorest and most remote counties in California, it faces geographic isolation, economic hardship, and severe weather. Approximately fifty-five (55%) percent of our students qualify for free or reduced priced lunch. There are currently seven English Learners. Despite these issues, Butteville benefits from very involved parents, a dedicated PTO, an active School Site Council, and an effective School Board.

Butteville will not be stopped by challenges. We are dedicated to making the difference for each of our students. We believe that every student can achieve at high levels. We believe that every family matters.

Please consider joining us at Butteville.

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