SERRF in the News

April 5, 2017

Bidwell SERRF Expanded Learning Program liaison, Raquel Melgoza, along with student helper, Josiah Vicuna, assist student Carter Watkins, as he prepares to launch his “Kidz Science Falling and Flying” rocket. Kidz Science engages students through hands-on activities, so they learn how to explore and investigate like a scientist, become familiar with key science concepts and develop cooperative social skills. Students participating in the “Falling and Flying” curriculum kit learned how to design, build, and test things that fall or fly through the air, such as, rockets and parachutes. Carter had fun learning about air resistance, as his rocket blasted off into the atmosphere!

March 29, 2017

The Students at Elkins SERRF are studying Animal Habitats as an Enrichment Project this Spring.  They are in the process of reading “Beavers”, by Gail Gibbons. The story tells how they build dams using their tails and live in families in a lodge of mud and tree branches.  To make it more interesting, the facilitator is having the students read the text and using animal hand puppets which include a beaver, a seal, a rabbit, a raccoon and a bear.  The students pictured from left to right are Parker Morton, Dakoda Weston, Landon Weston, Lawrence Willman, Freya Willman, and Rhiannon Talley.

March 22, 2017

SERRF students, county-wide, show off just how much "Learning Rocks", at the SERRF Expanded Learning Program Highlights Show, held on March 17th, at the Tehama District Fairgrounds. Berrendos SERRF leadership students created and helped run a "Learning Rocks" themed photo booth at their school display!

March 21, 2017

Antelope SERRF "future detectives" are on the job learning how to investigate and use key science concepts, with SERRF's fun Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) Kit "Mystery Detectives"!

March 8, 2017

Pictured here are Vina SERRF students experimenting with magnets.  Their goal was to make a string stand up.  The students utilized their imagination and logical reasoning to complete the task.
Kids using string and magnets

February 28, 2017

Richfield SERRF has started our annual GO FAR (Go Out For A Run) program! Students are encouraged to run and complete a race at the end of the 10 weeks.  The program is designed to help students learn to live a healthy lifestyle by choosing healthy foods and regular exercise.
(Pictured is students Clay Ricci and Filipe Diaz) 

February 7, 2017

Last week we participated in the “Great Kindness Challenge” at Metteer SERRF.  The students did many acts of kindness which included thank you cards to their teachers, kindness quotes to other students, cleaning up trash, and collecting coins for a child, with a parent who has cancer, to go to Camp Kesem.  We ended on Friday with the “Happy Dance”.  We learned the “Human Circuit of Kindness”, the science behind a smile, and the importance of being kind in small ways.


February 2, 2017

What makes you smile? Maywood SERRF answered this question by writing the thing that truly makes them smile. This was part of The Great Kindness Challenge where students celebrate kindness and compassion for a weeklong event by sharing their smiles and doing acts of kindness. Maywood SERRF would like to ask: “What makes you smile?”


December 15, 2016

Julia’s Fruit Stand, located in Dairyville, donated hundreds of pounds of pumpkins to the Rancho Tehama SERRF Expanded Learning Program.   Students estimated the circumference, weight, height and number of seeds in the pumpkins.  Next they measured, weighed, and 'smashed' open the pumpkins by jumping on them, to count the seeds in them.  Students cheering on each other exclaimed, "BEST FUN EVER!"


December 8, 2016

Berrendos SERRF Expanded Learning Program student, Leyton Henderson, engages in a hands-on "Making a Pendulum" STEM activity.


November 29, 2016

Bidwell SERRF Daily News Article Dec. 2016
As part of Bidwell SERRF’S "Veteran's Day Fun Friday", Corning veteran, Kevin Bensoner, spoke to Bidwell SERRF students.Kevin spoke about his service with the United States Coast Guard, as a medic during the Vietnam War. He also shared about his military service in helicopter aviation. Students Austyn Grove, Alyssa Dausse, Caydence Holden, Joslynn Stone, & Mia Magallon presented Kevin with patriotic cards of appreciation created by SERRF students, which were placed on the luncheon tables at the Corning Veteran's Day event!

November 28, 2016

Antelope SERRF students enjoyed learning about the great masters of art,  as well as, creating their own "masterpiece" during "Art with Ms. Lacy"!

October 20, 2016

Richfield SERRF students celebrated Lights On, October 20, by exploring the solar system.  This black light box represents the distance and order of the planets away from the sun. 

October 17, 2016

Maywood SERRF students are recreating scenes from the popular Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie with the power of green screen and teamwork. Left to right: Alyssandra, Ashley, Carol, Kendra.

October 17, 2016

Our fair project “Together We Are Better”, hand print U.S. flag, was important to the students at Manton SERRF. Being from a small school, they experienced how the simplicity of  working together illustrated a better life! Our first place ribbon made it all the more special!

October 7, 2016

The students at Kirkwood SERRF come together to represent this year's theme "Learning Rocks!!" We are continuing to implement Rachels Challenge every Monday. The first lesson was Acceptance, and the students here have linked together to show how strong we are as a team! 

October 5, 2016

"SERRF ROCKS READING" at Los Molinos Elementary!

Kayla Wohletz's 1st- 3rd graders are enjoying participating in  6 weeks of Reader's Theater lessons. The students read aloud from scripts, which helps them to improve their oral fluency, comprehension, and reading skills.

October 4, 2016

Lassen View SERRF students had a blast finding shapes on the palyground during our Math STEM Fun Friday.  Students were teamed up and competed in a scavenger hunt to find all the shapes on their lists.  Pictured are:  Callum Lugo, Jordan Anker, Maia Mayer, Carter Seipel, Asia Lugo, and Veronica Taylor.

September 26, 2016

Newspaper Article - Olive View
Senior Readers Visit Kinder Students at Olive View SERRF
Kindergartners from the Olive View SERRF Expanded Learning Program enjoyed guest readers on Monday 9/26/16.
Senior volunteers came to read to the students and even brought a yummy treat to eat.
This is the second year that this partnership has taken place.  
Seniors come monthly to read to the students and the students love to listen.


June 2, 2016

Richfield SERRF students have been studying elements of Earth Science. This week they learned the definition of gravity, if something goes up it must come down. They ended the Earth Science unit with an egg drop.  Students worked in teams to try and protect their egg from the force of gravity.


May 26, 2016

Reeds Creek SERRF students spend an afternoon with robots. It is all a part of the 6 week "Lego Mindstorm Programming" curriculum. Students have enjoyed designing a program that allow the robots to dance, navigate a set course, and complete a designated task. Students shown in the picture are all 4th Graders: Brandon Porter, Tyler Peterson, Grace Bish, and Jamiee Porter.

May 24, 2016

Rancho Tehama SERRF is serving it up at Cooking 4 Kidz. Local resident Cynthia Tercerro offers free cooking classes once a month at the local recreation hall. Students learn about ways to be and stay healthy. Students were taught to prepare and serve easy and healthy meals.

May 23, 2016

It was the end of their S is for S'mores Club.  The Kinders-2nd grade.  They ended with a pretend camp out in the gym and made S'mores.

May 19, 2016

Catherine Fantone has been teaching several Lassen View SERRF kindergartners and first graders to do a hula dance.  The students dressed in grass skirts and leis and danced to traditional Hawaiian music.  Pictured are instructors Sharran Clay and Catherine Fantone with Axel Drake, Claire Stringer, and Liliana Partida.

May 13, 2015

Lassen View SERRF second and third graders are learning to use tools with Helen Stillwell. Luis Serrano is using a power drill while Gustavo Craig waits for his turn. They are making a table decoration for the Dairyville Community Club Annual Pancake Breakfast.   

May 12, 2016

Spring is here which makes it a great time to take the SERRF lessons outside. Here are some of Vina’s SERRF students doing an activity about Russia from the SERRF lesson binder “All One Nation Sandwiched Together.” By the end of six weeks the students learned about children in several countries, including Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, and  India.

May 10, 2016

Plum Valley SERRF made bracelets to wear to the the GO FAR 1 mile and 5k run on May 7th. It was a culminating activity during our Fun Friday to finish up the 10 week long walk/run program. All SERRF sites were at the Sacramento River Discovery Center on May 7th to participate in either the 1 mile Fun Run or the 5K Race.

Mr. Mike and his kinders showing off their finished bracelets!

May 6, 2016

Los Molinos SERRF students are busy creating their own stop-motion animation videos.  Students first studied various movie genres including adventure, thriller, art/documentary and comedy.  Budding videographers are now going through the process of storyboarding, designing sets and filming using iPads equipped with "Lego Movie Maker".

April 25, 2016

The students at Kirkwood SERRF participated in an Earth Day activity during Fun Friday.
The task was to draw out the Earth and write what we can do to help it.  Some of their ideas included: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

April 14, 2016

Elkins and Flournoy SERRF enjoyed creating hamster masks after reading the book, Memoirs of a Hamster, by Devin Scillian.  Students had the opportunity to work with oil pastels, and learn about proper pet care.

April 8, 2016

Elkins SERRF kids, Landen Weston, Lauren Coots, Rhiannon Talley, and Dakoda Weston have been having a great time learning about different animals and building them with the Bricks Lab.  It has sparked their curiosity and creativity!!

March 21, 2016

The Bidwell SERRF Expanded Learning Program, in partnership with Dignity Health, participated in “The Great Kindness 
Challenge” January 25th-29th. This week provided powerful tools to actively 
engage students, staff, & families in creating a culture of acceptance, tolerance, 
unity & respect, through a focus on completing 50 acts of kindness.
Students & staff participated in spirit days, starting with a "Kindness" Kick Off Rally, followed up by “Team Kindness”, sports attire day, along with other "kindness" themed days!

March 10, 2016

In this picture you see Enrique Linarez and Jasmin Martinez working on a challenge of building a structure with a deck of cards.  The rules are to construct a structure out of a deck of cards with the largest area. Students had a time limit  of 30 minutes and a deck of cards. When the bell rang the teams would stop building and the SERRF Liaison measured the height and length of each structure in inches. The structure with the largest area (Length times Height: L*H=A) would win. The students discussed the challenges they had and what worked for them. They also discussed what they would do different next time.

March 3, 2016

Beef Ambassadors Danielle Mueller, Emyli Palmer, and Kayla McGriffin gave a presentation to the Berrendos SERRF Expanded Learning Program about Beef and Your Body.


March 3, 2016

Jessie Mueller presented her 4H project to Antelope SERRF's 1st grade class. Students enjoyed learning about the different breeds of cattle, along with their histories.  Great job Jessie!


February 22, 2016

The Rancho Tehama SERRF Expanded Learning Program was invited to join Rancho Tehama Elementary School students and their families at a science exhibit conducted by the Super Science Company.  The hands-on exhibits engaged students in a variety of activities involving physics and the three laws from Sir Isaac Newton.

February 18, 2016

Richfield SERRF has continued to build our Rachel's Challenge Kindness chains.  This week students formed a heart with them to show the school that kindness matters!

February 17, 2016

Plum Valley SERRF students participated in the "Great Kindness Challenge," held January 25-29th in Tehama County.  They enjoyed several days of dressing up and are pictured here on their favorite, "Pajama Day!"

January 29, 2016

"Kindness comes to Maywood SERRF! To celebrate the Great Kindness Challenge week of kindness, Maywood SERRF thanked their teachers by making heart-shaped letters. They wrote kind words of appreciation to their favorite teachers and thanked them for their service."

January 26, 2016

Art comes to Los Molinos SERRF.  Art instructor Joyce Turley teaches 2nd through 4th grade SERRF students Zentangle.  Zentangle is an easy to learn and fun way to create images by drawing structural patterns.  Zentangle is part of a 6 week lesson plan designed to expose students to art.

January 26, 2016

The students of Kirkwood SERRF are engaged and focused during their session of Music Notation.  Students are learning the notes and values of them as well as how to write the notes correctly. A keyboard is used to help teach the students how long each note should be held, and how to play with the right placement of their fingers. They will also be learning about music history including famous composers.

January 11, 2016

Mrs. Copper, principal at Rancho Tehama Elementary, was invited by students of the Rancho Tehama S.E.R.R.F. Expanded Learning Program to join them in the Great Kindness Challenge.  January 25th through the 29th students will be challenged to perform as many acts of kindness as possible.  The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement.

December 22, 2015

Seasons Greetings from Elkins School SERRF! Rhiannon Talley, Landen Weston, and Dakoda Weston have been leanring about Dog Heroes, from Balto to SAR (Search and Rescue) type dogs!   They have also been making many different ornaments for the holiday season to bring home and enjoy!!

December 7, 2015

Antelope SERRF 4th grade students are building a galaxy with code this week, by participating in the Hour of Code Campaign, thanks to Non-Profit

December 7, 2015

Students from Berrendos SERRF Expanded Learning Program demonstrate the process of engineering by designing, constructing, and testing gum drop towers.​

December 2, 2015

Bidwell SERRF students, along with Shasta College intern student, Brenda 
Baltazar, participate in a CATCH parachute recreation activity. CATCH stands for 
Coordinated Approach to Child Health for Childhood Physical Activities. CATCH 
offers a wide variety of movement and developmentally appropriate motor skill-based activities that engage students in moderate-to-vigorous physical fun!

December 2, 2015

Antelope SERRF celebrated a very special student!  Kyle Parkinson read 1600 minutes and received over $100 in sponsors in our "Reach for the Stars" fund raiser. This helped Antelope SERRF receive some fun new books. Way to go Kyle!​

November 13, 2015

Lassen View SERRF enjoyed a visit from Vietnam Veteran and Commander of AmVets Post 2002 Kevin Benson, SR.  Mr. Benson spoke to the students about Veteran's Day and his experiences in the Coast Guard.  Students made cards for Mr. Benson to share with his fellow veterans. 


November 12, 2015

Vina SERRF students are learning to cook in their "Let's Cook" Club.  Isabella Polomares and Carolina Rosas are taking turns whipping together the base spread for the pizza using cream cheese, vanilla extract, and sugar.  The students then topped their pizza with fresh fruit and shared with all. 

November 10, 2015

The students at Richfield SERRF have embraced the theme of our program, "Transforming Student Learning".  Students worked together to create Optimus Prime, and Bumblebee, our new SERRF mascots!

November 2, 2015

The Metteer SERRF Program had a wonderful “Lights  On” celebration.  All the students participated and were able to get their pictures taken at the “Big Apple Crunch” table.  They made 2 graphs of” What is Your Favorite Vegetable” and” What is Your Favorite Fruit”, and then they ate their apple slice.  After that, the kids had a tour of the garden and greenhouse.  Another station was “Rachel’s Challenge” where the students were able to show off their artistic skills by drawing their own unique flower on a large banner.  Other stations included the “Career Table”, along with some fun healthy games played with hula hoops.  The students had a great time.  In fact, we all did!


October 21, 2015

Maywood S.E.R.R.F. students are having fun working as a team to compose a video game review. Game On is a fun club where students practice their reading and writing skills by critiquing video games.


October 19, 2015

Manton SERRF students have been learning about bubbles through the "Bubbles KidzScience" kit. With hands-on group activities and engaging lessons, the children are becoming more familiar with key science concepts, while developing cooperative social skills.


October 7, 2015

The 4th 8th grade students at Los SERRF wrote, produced and acted in 4 short films.  Utilizing iPads and Green Screen App by Do Ink, students learned how to collaboratively create short films illustrating various topics. The films were entered in the Red Bluff Film Festival.


October 6, 2015

Lassen View School's 2nd and 3rd grade SERRF students worked hard to create a city for the Tehama County Fair.  Students learned about architecture, building structures, city planning, and color palettes as they made their project. The students also entered individual collage projects.   


October 2, 2015

Kirkwood Expanded Learning Program is gearing up for another soccer session with Sports Instructor, Adrian Hernandez.  The students (pictured here) are actively engaged pre-game warm up routines. 


September 24, 2015

Elkins School, located in Paskenta, now have their very own SERRF Expanded Learning Program!  They have been studying architecture and road construction.  Pictured are Landen and Dakoda Weston during our recent "Bowling Fun Friday!" 

September 21, 2015

Bidwell SERRF students recently participated in "Bubble Gum Fun Friday"! Student activities included: bubble gum art, written descriptions of how bubble gum tastes & feels, techniques on how to blow a bubble, bubble blowing contests, and the history of how bubble gum was invented.


September 8, 2015

Students from the Berrendos SERRF Expanded Learning Program learn about conductors by getting involved in making LED Flashlights using the Maker Space summer curriculum from the Tehama County Department of Education.


September 4, 2015

Antelope SERRF "reaches for the stars in a galaxy far, far away", with chalk art from our Star Wars 6 Week Lesson Plan.  Students start with finding their galactic address, and end the lesson by showing students how small our solar system is within our galaxy!


May 26, 2015

Berrendos SERRF students, Sierra and Savannah Hoover, show off their leadership skill,s as they mentor the younger students from Berrendos State Preschool.


May 7, 2015

Lassen View SERRF is learning about food and nutrition in their school garden.  Pictured here are Maia Mayer and Hector Jimenez planting beans and sunflowers.  Students have enjoyed lettuce, radishes and snow peas fresh out of the garden, and have also created a journal to record their garden observations.


May 5, 2015

Los Molinos SERRF students are learning all about gardening.  With the help of gardening instructor JT, SERRF has a very impressive fruit and vegetable garden.  The students have planted strawberries, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins and a variety of herbs.  They are learning how to maintain and care for a garden.  But most importantly, the students are excited about getting a chance to try new vegetables that they might not otherwise have a chance to taste.


April 29, 2015

At the Metteer SERRF Program the students have been learning how to play soccer. They are being instructed by Adrian, a wonderful student from Shasta College He has been coaching all of the students from kindergarten through 5th grade. Adrian is teaching them all of the skills they need to play the game, along with drills to perfect those skills. He has been providing instruction in soccer on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but also comes on Fridays to play other sports, like basketball, with the students. Adrian has been a real asset to the SERRF program.


April 27, 2015

Rancho Tehama S.E.R.R.F. afterschool program students were excited to have the Tehama County Landfill visit with their ‘bus full of fun’. The bus was purchased to help students learn the value of recycling, reducing, reusing and rebuying.


April 1, 2015

On Friday, March 27th, Richfield SERRF wore yellow for Seth, a five year old boy born with no immune system. We have been talking about acceptance in our character education, "Rachel's Challenge", and we wanted to honor him with some love and support.  Yellow is Seth's favorite color, he also likes Paw Patrol and Fireman Sam. The students came together and got Seth "Rubble" a dog from Paw Patrol to send him along with the picture.


March 13, 2015

Antelope SERRF is riding their way to creating a healthier world with the new blender bike that was awarded to them from the Healthy Behaviors Initiative. Way to go Antelope SERRF!


March 3, 2015

Red Bluff High School Sports Ambassadors, Lilly Taylor and Owen Swarthout, gave a presentation to Berrendos students in the SERRF After School Program about the importance of preparing themselves for college, through diligent work in school and involvement in their community and athletics.


February 26, 2015

Community Health Representatives from Greenville Rancheria Clinic came for a visit at Rancho Tehama SERRF After School Program. Students learned bike helmet safety, the importance of brushing teeth, and valuable information about car seat safety. Keeping active was another key topic as everyone then went out for fun filled physical activities.


February 13, 2015

The Gerber SERRF students were inspired by Kobe Kehoe, a Junior at Corning High School who spoke about staying involved in school and keeping their grades up. Kobe was one of many students who visited various SERRF sites as High School Ambassadors, to inspire and encourage students to set their goals high and never give up on their dreams.  He informed the students that high school offers many clubs, groups, and courses that appeals to everyone.


February 9, 2015

Kirkwood SERRF hosted NEOP ( Nutrition Education for Obesity Prevention) for a fun filled afternoon of physical activities and nutrition education. Students learned the importance of physical activity and the value of the foods we eat. Here the students of Kirkwood SERRF are having a blast participating in the relay race. 


February 6, 2015

SERRF students at Jackson Heights School can be seen learning in their greenhouse and garden.   The greenhouse and garden are looking wonderful and the students are enjoying working in the soil and seeing the fruits of their labor.  They have been learning about what must be done to prepare the soil, in order to plant seeds.Pictured below, the students are learning about artichokes.  They took the artichokes apart, collected seeds and then planted the seeds in containers in the greenhouse.  In addition, they will be learning about automatic drip systems and composting.  The impact the garden is making on these students is amazing to watch. As an end result, they will be  harvesting their crops and sharing with the local community. 


January 29, 2015

Lassen View SERRF students Olivia Silvera, Gracie Jones, Jessica Serrano, and Julia Silvera pose with dance instructor Rojelio Viramontez after their dance performance.  Rojelio and the Royal King Dance Academy spent two weeks teaching students different styles of dance.  Students shared their new dance moves with parents, grandparents, and the community on Jan. 22.  After the performance, parents were invited to the stage to learn a few dances too!


January 28, 2015

Rancho Tehama students are participating in the Great Kindness Challenge presented by “Kids for Peace”, January 26th-30th. Students are challenged to do up to 50 acts of kindness in one week. The Great Kindness Challenge supports “Rachel’s Challenge” adopted by the SERRF (Safe Education and Recreation for Rural Families) afterschool program and TCDE (Tehama County Department of Education) this school year. The basic premise of Rachel’s Challenge is that “People never know how far a little kindness can go. Start a chain of kindness today”, Rachel Joy Scott.


January 26,2015

Los Molinos SERRF’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders are learning what it is like to be a crime detective through KidzScience “Mystery Detective curriculum.The kids learned how to analyze finger prints, look for clues and draw conclusions to solve the four different cases.


January 20, 2015

Rancho Tehama SERRF hosted NEOP (Nutrition Education for Obesity Prevention) for a lively afternoon of nutrition education and physical activities. Students learned the value of many of the foods we eat. They were given samples of fresh and dried fruits and nuts.
The students were then challenged to make a face, using their own creative ideas followed by energetic activities outside, making for a great way to end the week. NEOP is funded through the Tehama County Health Services Agency, Public Health Division.


January 20, 2015

Metteer SERRF students are pictured enjoying using our new GOOGLE Chromebooks! They are utilizing an on-line reading program for 2nd and 3rd grades that focuses on building comprehension and fluency skills. There are also many games included in the programs that keep the students engaged.  In addition, the students can access common-core aligned apps with activities designed for kindergarten through 5th grades, that teach typing skills and provide practice in math and language arts.  We definitely live in a technology-based world and during SERRF students are greatly benefiting!


January 15, 2015

Richfield SERRF has been learning about different types of bugs with our 6 week "It's a Bug's Life" Curriculum. This week we learned about spiders and how they live. Here Kylie Kvalvik, (grade T-K), made a marshmallow spider and the pretzel's represent the 8 legs.



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