Nancy Runberg
Dear Blosser Lane Families and Friends, We hope you are enjoying this long weekend; in observance of Memorial Day. It is hard to believe we are approaching the end of the 2019-2020 academic year! We are very proud of our students and staff who have valiantly adapted to this extraordinary school event! Please be aware that all Chromebooks, and any school-work packets, must be turned in on Friday, May 29th between 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; additionally, student belongings will be distributed at the same time. Each grade will drive through a different area of the parking lot to collect and return the items. The sections will be marked off with signs and cones. Also, we are just two weeks away from our last day of school and we continue to make plans to bid our students farewell. We will be having a drive-by farewell parade on different days for each grade level, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., on Blosser Lane. Thus, please mark your calendars, third grade will be Tuesday, June 2nd; fourth grade will be Wednesday, June 3rd; and fifth grade will be Thursday, June 4th. Please remember that the best way to communicate any questions or concerns to your child’s teacher is through email. We appreciate your patience and flexibility through this shelter-in-place directive, and please let our Blosser Lane students know that we miss them very much! Thank you for your time and attention to our Friday Night Notes; stay safe and be well. Sincerely, Mrs. Runberg, Principal
3 days ago, Nancy Runberg
Nancy Runberg
Dear Blosser Lane Families and Friends, We hope you are well and in good health; and, are safely enjoying the spring-time weather. We are just three weeks away from our last day of school and we are making plans to bid our students farewell for this school year. We would like to have a drive-by farewell parade on different days, for each grade level from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Blosser Lane. Thus, mark your calendars, third grade would be Tuesday, June 2nd; fourth grade would be Wednesday, June 3rd; and fifth grade would be Thursday, June 4th. Also, please be aware that all Chromebooks and any school-work packets must be turned in on Friday, May 29th between 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Details about the process for turning them in will be provided in the upcoming weeks. Attention families of 5th grade students, as we begin planning for the 2020-2021 academic school year, Baechtel Grove Middle School would like to invite incoming sixth graders to consider participation in the school’s band and/or AVID program. You do not have to know how to play an instrument to try out for band, instruction will be provided; however, you will need commitment and self-discipline. Applications for participation in either or both of these programs will be available in Baechtel Grove’s office next Monday, May 18, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please remember that the best way to communicate any questions or concerns to your child’s teacher is through email. We appreciate your patience and flexibility through this shelter-in-place directive. Please let our Blosser Lane students know that we miss them very much! Thank you for your time and attention to our Friday Night Notes; stay safe and be well. Sincerely, Mrs. Runberg, Principal
10 days ago, Nancy Runberg
Mimi Stoll
Good morning Students and Families, Confirming our Zoom meeting today at 11:00 am, Friday May 15th. The Zoom ID is 913 0581 8771 and the PW is 9PwpTP Looking forward to seeing all students who are able to attend!
11 days ago, Mimi Stoll
Mark Westerburg
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020.
13 days ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
New Shelter in Place Guidelines for Stage 2, now in place.
16 days ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
It certainly appears that we will not be returning to normal classroom settings for the remainder of this school year. All school sites have made plans to continue with modified school instruction through the end of May. The first week of June will be used for students to turn in all assignments and for teachers to assign grades. All students will be moved to the next grade unless discussions about retention have already taken place. Although very unlikely- if it is possible before this school year ends to bring back a limited number of students, the District would consider the following: Brookside grade 2 only, Blosser Lane grade 5 only, BGMS grade 8 only and all seniors at WHS. In regards to graduation our preference is to wait it out, meet as a group and make it happen. As I have stated before, we can do it in August if necessary. I prefer this idea over a virtual ceremony. Middle school and high school campuses are planning to hold a summer school session from July 27th through August 14th. WUSD is willing to provide support to all other summer session programs which use our facilities so they may become operational. In regards to the governor's comments about starting school July 1st. There are more problems with that Idea than good. A major issue for a third of our students is transportation, can they get on the bus, with such a confined space we would have to limit buses to 12 students and this is a problem. Another large issue is the heat in July, only about 40% of our facilities have air conditioning and classrooms would be very warm. Along with this are summer jobs, summer school, cleaning facilities, adding 20+ days to teachers' work year, new teachers who won't be here yet, plus all the added cost for operations for a month and half. Although we are anxious to all be together again an early start is not the best plan. When all the students come back in August we will all work aggressively to get back on track. I commend all of our parents and staff for working through this situation, hang in there. My biggest concern in coming back together is the health of our adult staff, the impact from the virus can be harsh and we have a small number of substitutes available. The need to social distance even with a small group is very tough with young kids. If we do have to create A and B days for students to limit the exposure we will do so. Bus routes, siblings, teachers, children and creating off day work for students will be a challenge but we will do it if necessary. In conclusion, we are waiting it out and hopeful that summer will get us a little closer too normal. Our goals for Willits Unified are to finish the year in distance mode, have a graduation ceremony, provide whatever educational services we can in the summer and get ready for next school year. Mark Westerburg
22 days ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Congratulations Students you have hit the 7 digit level on IXL.
about 1 month ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
I have attached a link to the CENSUS 2020. It is very important for school funding to have an accurate census for the district. Federal funding inTitle Programs, food service and grant opportunities come from census data. It is very quick and easy to do. https://my2020census.gov/
about 1 month ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
WUSD April 15, 2020 School Board Meeting Video https://youtu.be/dOmTXIUzBlU
about 1 month ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Willits Unified Schools has extended the Modified School period through Friday May 1st. All the Mendocino County Schools will be under this extension. We will be monitoring the situation. I look forward to returning to school as soon as it is safe for staff and students to be together.
about 1 month ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Even in the midst of trying times like this, good things can still happen. Today we received the fourth new bus from grant funds. This is a huge savings to the district and has significantly upgraded our transportation department. Can’t wait for us to get back on the road.
2 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
This is a column that I posted in the Willits Weekly and Willits News.
2 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Nancy Runberg
We have been using this program at grades 3-5 for the past two years. Based on the situation we are in, I have expanded the use of it and added Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. If you have a student in grades 3-5 they know all about it. IXL has grade Level Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. (Science and Social Studies start at 2nd grade). The program is linked to California State Standards for all areas and is set to work in conjunction with the Math book series we use in grades K-5. This is new to the K-2 teachers, they will be able to see your child's progress and what the struggle with. The 3-5 Grade teachers already know who to use it and will now be able to use it for Language Arts as well. If you go to the district website and click on the Modified School Information Button you will see a video named IXL to watch. DOWNLOAD the App for tablets, Ipads, Iphone and smartphones https://www.ixl.com/apps Login Websitie https://www.ixl.com/signin/willits Username Firstname lastname @Willits (Example: johnsmith@willitsPassword abcd1234 ( you can change it if you wish once your are up and running. ) Thank you for all your efforts at home.
2 months ago, Nancy Runberg
Mark Westerburg
We have been using this program at grades 3-5 for the past two years. Based on the situation we are in, I have expanded the use of it and added Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. If you have a student in grades 3-5 they know all about it.  IXL has grade Level Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. (Science and Social Studies start at 2nd grade). The program is linked to California State Standards for all areas and is set to work in conjunction with the Math book series we use in grades K-5. This is new to the K-2 teachers, they will be able to see your child's progress and what the struggle with. The 3-5 Grade teachers already know who to use it and will now be able to use it for Language Arts as well. If you go to the district website and click on the Modified School Information Button you will see a video named IXL to watch. DOWNLOAD the App for tablets, Ipads, Iphone and smartphones  https://www.ixl.com/apps   Login Websitie  https://www.ixl.com/signin/willits   Username  Firstname lastname @Willits   (Example:  johnsmith@willitsPassword   abcd1234     ( you can change it if you wish once your are up and running. ) Thank you for all your efforts at home.
2 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Remember that we have breakfast and lunch pick up at WHS from 8-10 AM and 11-1 for lunch. If you can't make arrangements to get in please call 707-459-5314 and leave a message.
2 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
The best way to contact staff is through email. All district emails are first and last name @willitsunified.com. For example markwesterburg@willitsunified.com Important information for WUSD is located on the district website under the Modified School Information link. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19avYBzh8L5XfvixXwXPz6-Yg23G08uyF
2 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Mendocino County will be going into a shelter in place at 10 PM tonight. Based on that all buildings will be closed on Thursday until further notice. The phones will be monitored and checked remotely. Student food pick up at WHS will continue as scheduled.
2 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
I have put together a folder of information to share with parents and students during this non-classroom instruction time. It is my intent to continue to add to this as we go through the weeks. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19avYBzh8L5XfvixXwXPz6-Yg23G08uyF?usp=sharing
2 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Let me tell you what I saw today on the first day on non-traditional school for WUSD. https://drive.google.com/file/d/179V-ymN3MUqEwGKiAo7HeEmePOVhLJZN/view?usp=sharing
2 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
All school sites will be open on Monday for students to get any materials they need, but normal in-class instruction will be suspended until April 13. Students will be expected to begin their packets or online instruction. Please say turned into information because this is a changing situation. It will be our hope to have our libraries open for students who need access. Breakfast and lunch will be provided through the high school in a pick up and go fashion.
2 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
I am meeting with the county health department, doctors and the other superintendents from the county today at 12:00. We will be determining when and for how long schools will need to be closed. This is a unique situation and it is important to get the best information available. Please look for a posting at 2 pm for an update. I am fully aware of the reasons to close and stay open.
2 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
2 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Board President Alex Bowlds presented Darrell McIvor of Microphor an award for their company's generous donations to WUSD. Microphor relocated operations to North Carolina but decided to donate at no cost thousands of dollars in parts, equipment and supplies to WUSD.
2 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
K-8 Parent Survey on Minimum Days. I have had trouble with Google forms getting this out. Please use the link if you did not get the chance to respond. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCFU7HeuT4SOkmS1b2sd3ef-65ulnyAKoxgk_dy6L7kmhmmA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Here is the most current county information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
It’s Election Day, please remember to vote.
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
WUSD will be putting a plan together this week for a home study program for students if the health conditions require it. All buildings were disinfected this weekend. Please watch this video. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-facts-about-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Another awesome Science Fair down at the Community Center. Stop down and see the great work by the students and staff. Thank you to Erin Vaccaro for her efforts to put it all together with her volunteers.
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Blosser Lane 3rd grade students at Bypass Mitigation Lands in Little Lake Valley for some local science and nature.
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Making bricks out of dirt, sand, and straw For their science fair projects.
4 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Nancy Runberg
Parents of K-5 Students who ride bus 8, Bus 8 is running late today, it is still at Blosser Lane, due to mechanical issues. We are addressing this, we have another bus on the way, and we will get them home as soon as we can. The delay should be another 30 minutes. If you have questions please contact our office. Thank you.
4 months ago, Nancy Runberg
Mark Westerburg
Measure G Information Nights- Open Community Forum Please join School Board President, Alex Bowlds and WUSD Superintendent, Mark Westerburg to discuss and ask questions about Measure G; the school bond initiative for Willits Unified School District coming up on the March 3, 2020 election. There will be two meetings held at Willits High School, Media Center, 299 N. Main Street. For more information please contact the District Office 459-5314 ext. 1101 February 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m. February 10, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
4 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Measure G Information Nights- Open Community Forum Please join School Board President, Alex Bowlds and WUSD Superintendent, Mark Westerburg to discuss and ask questions about Measure G; the school bond initiative for Willits Unified School District coming up on the March 3, 2020 election. There will be two meetings held at Willits High School, Media Center, 299 N. Main Street. For more information please contact the District Office 459-5314 ext. 1101 February 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m. February 10, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
4 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
3rd new bus for WUSD. This special needs bus was provided at no cost to the district. Thank you to Mendocino County Air Quality committee. A 4th big bus is scheduled for May.
4 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
First Annual Bob Colvig Youth Wrestling Tournament going on today at the high school. Tons of people and lots of fun. Thank you to the local sponsors who helped put this on. It’s a great event.
4 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Due to snow and weather conditions Willits unified school district will be closed today at all sites.
4 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
WUSD Volunteer of the Year. Jennifer Drew has given countless hours and effort helping kids at WUSD. WEF, FFA, Summer Gala, Ag. Farm, Tri Tip Dinners and more. Thank you for all you do for us.
5 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Blosser 4th Grade performance today was great.
5 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Blosser 3rd Grade performance was great. Well done students and staff.
5 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Excited for our 5th grade band students to share their compositions at Blosser Elementary.
6 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Mark your calendars for Hot Winter's Night 2019.
6 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Blosser Elementary after-school Art Club. Ms. Stoll is doing a great job engaging the students.
6 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Air Quality grant provided WUSD with another new bus. Great addition to the fleet.
6 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
The Varsity Football Team continues on it's playoff run Saturday Nov. 23rd at 1 PM in Ferndale. Go Wolverines !
6 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
It is the end of the first trimester for this school year. Minimum days have been adjusted to allow for final exams and teacher grade reporting time. All schools will have minimum days on Thursday and Friday this week. Only WHS/SHS will release on Friday at 11:15 a.m.
7 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
The Varsity Football Team has qualified for the playoff and will be hosting a home game Friday night at 7 PM vs El Molino. CIF rules require us to charge admission (11 for adults, 6 for Students, Seniors, Children). Come support the team in our first home playoff in a while.
7 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Willits Unified Schools will not be in session tomorrow October 30. The school has planned in-services days for Thursday and Friday. So there will be no school for students on Thursday or Friday as well. The football game scheduled for Friday night will be played at its regular time if we have power, if not it will be played at 1 o’clock and 3:30 on Friday afternoon.
7 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Due to power outages Willits unified school district will be closed on Tuesday the 29th. There is a pending Wind advisory for Tuesday night that may prolong the power shut down. I will keep you posted on our status as soon as I know definite information. Stay safe and alert to changing conditions.
7 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Due to power outages there will be no school for Willits Unified on Monday the 28th. I will post again Monday afternoon to let everybody know our status for Tuesday.
7 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
This is a reminder for Monday morning. If you do not have power at home you can assume that the school does not have power either and we will be closed. I will keep you posted on the power situation at our school as time goes on.
7 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
An additional student van added to the fleet. Thanks to a USDA Grant for 55% of the cost.
7 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
All of the Willits schools have power and will be open today.
8 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Good Evening. Please be advised that there is a chance of a power outage in the Willits area scheduled for tomorrow October 9th. If you have power at your residence tomorrow morning, assume that school will be in session during regular scheduled hours. If you do not have power at your residence tomorrow morning, assume school will be canceled. In the event of a power outage during the day, school will continue to be operational until the end of the school day. We will continue to update you as we receive further information. Mr. Westerburg
8 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
I am pleased to let everyone know that our bus drivers came into today and fixed the training issue. WUSD will be busing all our students on Friday.
8 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
I am pleased to let everyone know that our bus drivers came into today and fixed the training issue. WUSD will be busing all our students on Friday.
8 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Jennifer Maples
Just a reminder to please have your child turn in their technology user agreement form as soon as possible. Please check your child's backpack. Many of our dynamic educational tools are technology based. If you have any questions regarding these tools please contact your child's teacher. Have a great weekend!
9 months ago, Jennifer Maples
Mark Westerburg
If you are going to volunteer with WUSD this year you need to have your fingerprints done. The company Print Your Mitts, will be at Brookside Elementary Open House on Thursday at 6 PM until 8. WUSD has a form that the DOJ charges us $32 for us to have processed and Mitt Your Mitts will charge you $30 for their service. If your interested please have 2 checks available to use. We greatly appreciate our volunteers. We don't have any choice on the rules or cost. I would get there early, last year there was a line.
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
A great back to school night at Blosser Elementary 2019.
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Thank you to the Willits Education Foundation for an awesome Summer Gala.
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Reminder: All WUSD schools are on regular schedule today. Our first minimum day of the school year will be next Tuesday, August 27th.
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Go to the Apple Store or Google Play to get the Willits USD mobile app for your phone.
10 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Nancy Runberg
2019-2020 Daily Time Schedule w/ Dates
10 months ago, Nancy Runberg
Willits Unified
2019-2020 Willits Unified School District Calendar
10 months ago, Willits Unified
Sharen Reinier
Welcome back!
10 months ago, Sharen Reinier