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Lake County Attendance Challenge

posted Mar 13, 2019, 6:55 AM by David Leonard

Lake County Attendance Challenge Round Two - March 18-22nd

Next week we will be entering the second round of the attendance challenge for Lake County.  The goal is to have all students present each day (unless they are so ill they should not be at school).   Chronic absenteeism can have serious negative effects on a student’s academic success. A student is chronically absent from school when he or she has missed, 10% or more of the days he or she has been enrolled in the current school year (18 days for a full year, but also 3 days of the first month, 6 days of the first two months, 10 days of the first hundred days of school, etc…). These absences include those excused for illness, medical appointments, etc., as well as any unexcused absences. Chronic absence is missing 10% of the school year for any reason.

In many cases, absences from school are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. However, chronic absenteeism can have a drastic impact on your child's education. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to learn to read by the end of third grade. By sixth grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign of dropping out of school. By ninth grade, good attendance can predict graduation even better than eighth grade test scores. Clearly, going to school regularly matters!

Nearly 10,000 students from 45 schools throughout Lake County recently competed in the 2nd Annual Lake County Office of Education’s Attendance Challenge, Week 1.

Lake County Students, staff, and school districts collaborated to increase attendance rates, promote regular school attendance, and tackle chronic absenteeism during the week of October 15 – 19, 2018.

Attendance Challenge, Week 2 will take place on March 18-22, 2019. This year’s Attendance Challenge winners will be the schools with the highest combined attendance data from both challenge weeks.

Halfway through the competition the standings are:

Highest Attendance Percentage for a Lake County Elementary School

  1. Upper Lake - 98.53%
  2. Coyote Valley - 97.77%
  3. Burns Valley - 96.5%
  4. Riviera - 96.2%

Highest Attendance Percentage for a Lake County Middle School

  1. Terrace - 96.75%
  2. Upper Lake - 96.45%
  3. Mt. Vista - 96.18%
  4. Middletown - 96.04%

Highest Attendance Percentage for a Lake County High School

  1. Clear Lake - 97.93%
  2. Middletown - 95.66%
  3. Kelseyvill e- 95.27%
  4. Upper Lake - 94.68%
  5. Lower Lake - 91.11%

Highest Attendance Percentage for a Lake County Alternative School

  1. LCOE Hance- 93.75%
  2. Konocti Education Center- 92.53%
  3. Natural High- 85.42%
  4. Highlands Academy- 83.82%

Highest Attendance Percentage for a Lake County Preschool

  1. Burns Valley - 92.55%
  2. Kelseyville - 90.1%
  3. Lakeport - 88.31%
  4. Middletown - 88.1%
  5. Lucerne - 87.5%

The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake donated $4,000 to the Lake County Office of Education for the Attendance Challenge. Each winning school will receive a $500 award to celebrate and support attendance. Each winning school will also receive an “Attendance Challenge Winners” banner.

Reminders for the week of 3/11 - 3/15

posted Mar 10, 2019, 11:44 AM by David Leonard

Student Council Members going on tomorrow's 3/11/19 field trip need to be at school by 8:20 am, and will need to be picked up at school at 5 pm.

MINIMUM DAYS ALL WEEK for Parent-Teacher conferences. Pick up time 1:20 pm

MUSD Board Meeting @ Middletown High School starting at 6 pm on Wed., 3/13/19

Talent Show Practice for Group B will be from 1:20 - 2:30 pm on Fri., 3/15/19

Starting 3/11/19 until 3/22/19, we need your votes. We're trying for a grant for $5000 for new curtains in our school and to help purchase additional art supplies with any remaining funds. There's no purchase necessary, but we need to earn the most votes. The challenge is that we're up against schools with 300+ students. Feel free to share this link with friends and family and vote each day. Thanks for your support of this effort! The link is not active until 3/11/19 . No early voting.

Talent Show Groups & Practice Schedule

posted Mar 6, 2019, 10:29 AM by David Leonard


Analeace Deveau - Singing Ghost Town by Adam Lambert  

Gordon & Adam Astrup - Singing Bye Bye Love by the Beatles

Zayann Nelson -

Asher Pyska - Dance (with Dylan?)

Dylan Bohan - Dance (with Asher?)

Brookelyn Lighter, Juniper Morse, Eli & Serenity - singing “In the Middle”

Ethan & Eli Jennings - singing (with Brooklyn’s group or separately?)

Maddison Lighter - singing “Scars to your Beautiful”

Anika Dusatko & Cassidy Duval - singing Me Too by Meghan Trainor

Kaia Bohan & Kate Pulse - Ballet dance

Jaelynn Brown - singing

Crystal Duval - playing piano (own composition)


Fiona Vise - singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Colt Lasbury - Ventriloquist w/squatch mo bigfoot puppet.

Ginger Epstein - piano piece

Lily Morita - Bridge Over Troubled Water with piano accompaniment

Daisy Rodgers - We Are the Champions with accompaniment

Augustus Kelley - ________

Emma Lawrence - Love Song

Shaylee Rudy - Singing Jennie - SOLO (Blackpink), English.

Jaslene Wolf- singing ________

Kadenz Rickert - singing Ocean Eyes by Billie Ellish

Lilly Wood & Presley Ernst- Playing RipTide on te Ukelele

Evelyn Conine - Singing Carrie Underwood Song

Practices are on the following dates:

3/8/19    GROUP A

3/15/19     GROUP B (1:25 - 2:30 due to minimum day schedule)

3/22/19   GROUP A

3/29/19   GROUP B

4/5/19   GROUP A

4/12/19 GROUP B

4/15/19 - 4/19/19     SPRING BREAK


4/26/19 Thursday Night Talent Show - Show starts at 6:00 pm.

Given the limited number of practices (see calendar on reverse), it is essential that students attend ALL of their group’s practices, or we will remove them from the show. Practice at home is essential for the success of this program.There’s a large number of acts in this year’s talent show.  Cuts may need to be made.  We’d rather see the alternative, which could be combining some of our students into a group act.  There is a time limitation to each act, which is a total of 3 minutes.  Songs will be faded out at that point. We’ll do our best to do this while keeping the integrity of the song intact. If your name doesn’t appear on either list, your permission slip did not get submitted on time.

Please remember to provide Mr. Leonard with background music if you’re wanting to use it.  If you have a specific Karaoke version on YouTube that you’re using provide a link to that.  There are many different karaoke versions out there of popular songs. That will expedite the process, and make our practices more beneficial. There will be no lip-syncing allowed. Students must remain in the cafeteria as audience members during their practice sessions.  Please be here no later than 4:30 to pick up your child. No after school transportation is offered.

Review any song lyrics for any profanity or inappropriate subject matter. Changes can be made to lyrics, and there are many alternative versions on KidzBob.

PTO Update

posted Feb 27, 2019, 3:47 PM by David Leonard   [ updated Feb 28, 2019, 6:52 AM ]

NEW PTO Officers needed!

We need your help! Cobb Mountain Elementary’s PTO will be in need of new officers next school year.   We will have a candidate forum on April 24th. If you’re interested, please prepare to speak to PTO members about why you want to be involved, and what you hope to bring to the PTO.  We will need a president, vice president, a treasurer, and communications officer. The goal is to have each officer serve a two year term, but there are no term limits. Nicole Cobb will be stepping down as president of the PTO at the end of this school year. Thank you Nicole for your help and support. Ballots will go out on the 25th, and are due back on May 9th.

Our annual Penny Wars contest runs from Monday, March 4 - Friday, March 8th. Large jars will be placed outside of each classroom during morning recess and snack recess only. All the pennies and dollar bills that are placed in your class jar go towards your class.  Silver coins go against your class. Please don't send bills larger than a dollar. Morning recess and snack recess are the times you can play the game.

See's Candy order forms should be going home next week.

There will be an art show at the end of March (3/28/19 at 6 pm) at Cobb Elementary. The theme is SPRING. Classes will be doing projects around this theme, and student artwork done at home is also welcome and encouraged.

The next PTO meeting will take place on March 27th at 9 am in room 8. We will be voting on a potential PTO family membership fee of $25 per year, and whether to pursue getting a school sign to put in the traffic circle to announce upcoming events for the cost of about $1000. Please come and join us!

Peanut Allergic Reaction - Please help

posted Feb 26, 2019, 4:24 PM by David Leonard

Dear Families,
      Today we had a significant scare with a peanut allergy exposure and reaction. Thanks to Ashly Karp and Lily Morita, the reaction was recognized and dealt with immediately. 
       Students were eating raw peanuts in our cafeteria at the peanut free table. We realize that we cannot make our school a peanut free school, and have designated a table for students to sit should they have peanut products.  It is essential that this take place for the safety of our students with severe allergies.

      The likelihood of today's exposure was that some of the dust from the peanuts was airborne and caused a reaction. If at all possible, please refrain from sending raw peanuts to school. The dust from the raw nuts gets airborne, and the oils are easily spread on cafeteria surfaces.  We are communicating this again to all classrooms.   

Due to the way foods are processed, some form of peanut product is likely to be in many snacks and processed foods. Please look over the ingredients of foods you send to school.  If something is brought to school which contains peanuts, we ask our students to sit as far from the peanut free table as possible. 

Thank you for your help and cooperation in keeping our children safe.
David Leonard

Monday 2/11/19

posted Feb 10, 2019, 6:23 PM by David Leonard

Good evening MUSD families,
Just wanted to let you know that we will evaluate road conditions in the morning to determine transportation safety concerns in the Cobb area, and alert you of any delayed start then. We believe all other bus routes and schools will open on time. We will post updates and send out messages at 6am only if there is a change from regular schedules

Round Up for 6th Grade Science Camp at Hardester's Market in Cobb

posted Feb 4, 2019, 4:48 PM by David Leonard

Dear Cobb Families,
      During the month of February, Hardester's Market is helping us by doing a round up for Science Camp fundraiser. If you'd like to participate, simply say "Please round up my total for Cobb's Sixth Grade Science Camp".  The cashier will round up the amount of your groceries to the next dollar, and that amount will go to our 6th grader fund for science camp. 
      This year, our 6th graders are going to Occidental for a five day hands on camp in the redwood forest there. The cost for the trip is $310 per student, and there are additional transportation costs as well.  Any assistance you can provide is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your consideration,
Mr. Leonard 

Measure H - School Bond, and Facilities Assessment

posted Feb 4, 2019, 10:18 AM by David Leonard

Dear Families,
     At a recent Board Meeting, the School Board reviewed the facilities assessment and master plan for the district. The funds coming from Measure H will be going to implementing the mandated and critical needs outlined in the assessment.  The information attached below is for ALL Middletown Sites, not just Cobb Mountain Elementary. 
     The Facilities Assessment document highlights needed updates to our campus.  The Master Plan document is a summary of the designs created by our consulting architects to employ the district's vision for the future. Not all of the master plan designs will be able to be implemented with funds from Measure H, but the plan will help us establish where our future buildings will be located so we can avoid using those areas of our campuses for other purposes.  
      John Greenly is slated to be at our next board meeting on February 13th at the Middletown High School at 7 pm to discuss some next steps with the bond process. I hope you find the attached documents (which are sizable), useful to get acquainted with how this process will unfold.  
David Leonard

Turkey Trot 1/31/19 - RESCHEDULED

posted Jan 23, 2019, 6:34 PM by David Leonard

The Turkey Trot is ON! Come and join the fun!

When: January 31st, 2019
9 - 9:50 am TK - 2nd grade
10 - 11:00 am 3rd - 6th grades

If you still have pledges that need to be turned in, please send them to school.

If you need a new pledge form, have your child pick one up from the office.

Prizes for: 
Most laps run by a TK/K student
Most laps run by 1st - 3rd grade student
Most laps run by 4th - 6th grade student
Most donations gathered for our school
(Prizes have changed and will be announced soon)

All students will be getting a new spirit wear t-shirt to wear the day of the Turkey Trot thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. We hope you can join us!

Put Down Humor - "roasted"

posted Dec 20, 2018, 8:23 AM by David Leonard

Dear Families,

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ. It’s come to our attention that there have been a number of students at Cobb Mountain Elementary who are engaging in put down humor and what’s known as “roasting”. This humor is quickly followed by the words “I was just joking” or “I was just kidding”.  These put downs cannot be taken back once spoken, and pretending that it’s a joke is simply a way of failing to take responsibility for one’s words and acts.

While the entertainment industry will often use put downs as a means of making people laugh, the reality is that this type of humor is habit forming, negative, and hurtful.  Put-downs are intended to make others laugh at the expense of one individual. This type of humor/behavior is unwelcome, and quickly becomes a form of bullying because of its pervasive and habitual nature (see the full legal definition of bullying below). The uneven power dynamic where one individual is the receiver of negative attention by a group of people is a form of bullying, and will not be tolerated. When this type of humor is used repeatedly, the negative effects are compounded.  When these types of jokes are told in the presence of others, the detrimental effects on a child’s mental health is predictable. These acts lead to low self-esteem, a negative self-image, a sense of powerlessness, and an inability to focus or participate effectively in school activities. We have students who are coming forward and reporting that this is taking place repeatedly, and I need your help in putting it to a stop.  

How do we make a change?

Students who engage in this will be completing refocus forms so parents are made aware of the problem.  If we see repeat offenders, more significant consequences will follow including restorative practices, additional character education instructional time during recess to learn about the effects of bullying, and ultimately suspension if other consequences fail to change the behavior.

In addition to our Anti-bullying curriculum that we use at Cobb Mountain Elementary, our staff is taking steps to address this particular type of bullying with specific instructional strategies. We are teaching children ways in which they can recognize the behavior, refuse the behavior verbally (and stand up for others who are receiving this type of negative attention), and how and when to report the behavior. RECOGNIZE, REFUSE & REPORT are the three Rs we use to describe what to do when you feel you’re being bullied. This type of behavior is often done out of earshot of adults, and it’s difficult to do anything about it if it isn’t reported.

Examples of bullying:

The following two video clips highlight two types of bullying.

Wreck it Ralph - video clip link

The first is the put-down humor referred to in this letter from a popular movie. At first glance, it might seem funny. We see Wreck-it Ralph refuse the behavior. In the end, he reverts to the same behavior he’s experiencing.

LOU  by Pixar Animation Studios - video clip link

 The second video is more about physical acts bullying, and how bullies become bullies. I recommend viewing them both with your child and discussing them.  They total no more than ten minutes, and offer a good place to begin the discussion about that kind of humor and bullying.

What can parents do?

Talk to your children about this type of humor. As you watch films and tv shows and you see these types of put downs, please call it what it is to your kids. Ask them if they can understand who is the receiver of the put down, and talk about the motivation behind the behavior. Listen for this type of talk as your child interacts with others to see if it is something they’re doing.

CA Education Code

Lastly, it’s important to understand that California Education code states:

A pupil may be suspended or recommended for expulsion for cause.  

Bullying is listed as one of the many causes for disciplinary action, and is a suspendable offense which our school is taking very seriously.

DEFINITION of BULLYING: Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, and including one or more acts committed by a pupil or group of pupils as defined in Section 48900.2, 48900.3, or 48900.4, directed toward one or more pupils that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

(A) Placing a reasonable pupil or pupils in fear of harm to that pupil’s or those pupils’ person or property.

(B) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health.

(C) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance.

(D) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

Thank you for taking the time to discuss this with your children.


David Leonard

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