Articles by Jacquelyn Opalach

May 2021

Inside the Turmoil at Peninsula Union School, Where Staff Say That a Much-Lauded Administrator Governs Through Intimidation

Local Schools and Local Sculptor Adorn Jolly Giant Creek With Art That Celebrates It

(VIDEO) CELEBRATION! Eureka High Marching Band Parades Around Neighborhoods For Their First In-Person Practice in, Like, Forever

TACKLING PROBLEMS TOGETHER: Humboldt Schools Link Up and Learn With Taiwanese Kids During the Pandemic

April 2021

So How is School Reopening Going? Humboldt Teachers, Students and Staff Have Mixed Feelings About In-Person Learning After a Year of Pandemic

Hey, Parents of Girls! The Arcata Boy Scouts are Looking to Get a Girls’ Troop Going

In North Coast Schools, the Push is On to Recruit More Native American Teachers and Administrators

March 2021

‘Samoa Beach Academy’ Proponents Withdraw Their Petition in Wake of Criticism From District Staff, Say They Will Revise Proposal for New Charter High School on the Peninsula

You Want to Watch This Cool Series of Videos Made By Arcata High’s Black Student Union for Black History Month

(VIDEO) Redwood Coast Montessori Students Tackle Climate Change, Women’s Empowerment at Model United Nations Summit

February 2021

Proposed ‘Samoa Beach Academy’ Gets Thumbs Down from Northern Humboldt Staff; School Board Will Make Final Decision on Charter High School at Meeting Next Week

SCHOOLHOUSE RAP: Rapping Middle School Teacher Zigzilla Spits Verses on How to Read Paintings and Other Works of Art

The Acorn Project: Freshman Students’ Pandemic Setbacks Prompt NoHum High Schools to Create On-Site Program for Struggling Students

(VIDEOS) Union Street Charter Students Ask You to Please Think About Cutting Back on Plastic So More Sea Creatures Can Live

January 2021

At Roundtable Last Week, Humboldt Educators Discussed Why We’re Failing Native Kids and Detailed Some Changes That are Coming

In Letter to Community, McK High Principal Says That the School Has Fallen Short in Supporting BIPOC Students, Vows That Changes Will Come

Humboldt Schools and Reopening: Emergency State and Federal Funds Should be Coming Soon, But Many Districts Still Unsure About When They Can Get Back to Class

Northern Humboldt Education Leaders Issue Pledge Following Wednesday’s Riot at the Capitol

Teachers, Students Raise Concerns About Proposed Samoa Charter High School at School Board Meeting

With Apparent Backing From Danco, Community Group to Propose New Charter High School in Samoa at Special NoHum School Board Meeting Tonight

December 2020

Six Rivers Charter Students Put Together 2021 Wall Calendar for the Local History Lover in Your Life

Toys for Tots is Happening This Year, Despite COVID! Here’s What You Need to Know if Your Tot Needs a Toy, or If You Want to Give

Star Eureka High Student Scores Full Four-Year Scholarship to the University of Chicago

THE CAR SNORKEL! Creative Local Develops DIY Pandemic Device For Those Times When You Gotta Have Someone in Your Vehicle

November 2020

With Many Craft Fairs and Festivals Cancelled, Local Artists are Gearing Up for an Unusual Holiday Season

BRILLIANCE IN THE WORLD: For Humboldt’s California Teacher of the Year, Education is About Encouraging Students to Shine

What About Sports? Humboldt’s Kid Athletes and Their Coaches are Preparing For Spring Seasons, but the State Still Hasn’t Let Anyone Know If or When Games Will be Possible

As NoHum High Schools Prepare to Reopen, Staff Tackles Enormous Logistical Hurdles Required to Keep Everyone Safe

October 2020

Why Did the Arcata School District Change How it Elects Board Members? A Concern for Equity, and a Legal Threat From an Out-of-Town Organization

Arcata School District Candidates Bring Different Backgrounds, Perspectives to Race for Area 4 Seat

For Northern Humboldt High School District Candidates, Equity and COVID are the Topics of the Day

Among Three Candidates for Fortuna High School District, Differing Opinions on Reopening, Equity and Union Relations

September 2020

MEASURE D: South Bay Union School District Wants to Modernize its Campuses and Build a New Preschool

ONE, TWO, THREE AND TO THE FOUR: Local Sixth-Grade Teacher Blesses Students and Community With Seasons-Themed Rap

McK School Board Race: Four Candidates Debate Reopening, Equity, Prop. 15 and More

How Do You Do This Over Zoom? Humboldt County Teachers Discuss Arts Education in the Age of COVID

Elementary Schools in Arcata and McK are Feeding All Kids for Free

LEARNING THROUGH COVID: Students and Faculty at Arcata High Schools Say That the New Distance Learning Regime Has Been Successful, But Weird