Opened in the fall of 2011, Whittenberg Country School will serve grades 1-6 in the 2012-13 school year, and grow to serve grades 1-8 by the 2014-15 academic year. Located just west of Red Bluff, WCS is a small school with high expectations.
The Whitten family bought the property in 1919, and now six generations have lived on the land – with the new generation being among the first group of students for Whittenberg Country School. The 50-plus acres of land stretch from one side of the Reeds Creek Valley to the other.
The current students come from as far as Corning and as close as around the corner, and are a diverse group of boys and girls, but all of them come to school to learn; every day, they are challenged and encouraged to move ahead, both academically and personally.
The school year for WCS is divided into four equal quarters, and the first quarter of year three is already behind us. While they are typically described numerically, the quarters may also be described in terms of Fall, Late Fall, Winter, and Spring, which many around here would recognize as also describing the four runs of salmon in the Sacramento River, and just as the natural cycles of the year provide both continuity (from year to year) and change (within the year), just so human-designed cycles of activity can mimic this process.
With the school's field days, especially the first Friday field days at the ranch, we are endeavoring to build in something of an annual cycle, to provide for that continuity and change and to help the students connect with the ranch itself. Field days will usually have other activities, too, that are not necessarily realted to the month's theme, but the themes will provide the backbone of our ranch field day activities. The annual cycle of first Friday field days, then, would look something like this:
- September - overview
- October - trails
- November - woods
- December - native plants
- January - [there is typically no first Friday field day this month]
- February - ponds
- March - gardens
- April - livestock
- May - creek
There are many other annual traditions that are being built into the WCS calendar, including the Pumpkinhead Family Bike Ride in October, the woodcutting day in November, the Christmas program in December, the WCS Rocket Day in January, the Almond Blossom Ball in February, the science fair & open house in March, the Shakespeare Day in April, and the school play in May. For more information on WCS or any of its programs, please email Mr. Whitten, the principal-teacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org.