Last of Colusa County schools back in session


Students at five campuses in the Maxwell and Colusa school districts went back to school last Wednesday.

At Maxwell Elementary School, students and parents greeted each other on the playground before heading off to the multipurpose room for introductions with teachers.

“We got some new students this year so I’m hoping to make new friends,” said Jackie Kemp, 10. “It’s a great school and everybody here is nice.”

Jackie and identical twin sister, Christina, have only been in Maxwell schools for a few years, so they know what it’s like to be the new kids, although they feel right at home attending school with three cousins Kaley, Taylor, and Dakota Chambers.

The twins said going back to school after summer break is always fun, but that they’ve always been schooled in separate classes. Part of the reason, one twin said, is because teachers can’t always tell them apart.

“But it’s also because when we are together we chit chat,” Christina added.

New beginnings are always exciting for students. Most kindergarteners, except for a short timid few minutes, eagerly jumped into their activities, especially those who attended “KinderCamp,” in the days before school started.

At the end of their first day, Colusa High School freshmen Diana Chavez, 13, and Clara Dorsey, 14, said they got off to a great start.

“It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be, and it went by really quickly,” Dorsey said. “The teachers are a lot more upbeat here.”

e good students at Egling Middle School last year, and they plan to be good students at Colusa High School, performing well in their studies while becoming involved in extracurricular activities.

Chavez, who plans to play basketball and golf, hopes to eventually become a nutritionist. Dorsey said she would probably wait until her senior year to decide on a career.

For Tatum Carrere, 17, and Bayne, a 12-month-old golden retriever-poodle hybrid, Aug. 15 was the first day of their senior year at Colusa High School, and the beginning of the end for Carrere’s career-making project.

Carrere has been training Bayne since October to be a service dog for military veterans with PTSD, and he will leave for his forever home at the end of the year.

“He’s done really well,” Carrere said. “He’s behaving more and he’s learning not to get distracted. “He’s a really good dog.”

Carrere said Bayne is more than just a project with the K-9 Connections organization, as she plans to attended school to become a certified service dog trainer after she graduates.

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