Academy of the Redwoods

Congratulations Class of 2020!!   A video of the live streamed graduation is available on the AR Facebook page.

Daily Announcement: Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Daily Announcement: Thursday, May 28th, 2020, Last Day of School!

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Endings and new beginnings! Looking forward:

Thank you AR community for finishing this year strong! Congratulations to the Class of 2020, we already miss you, but wish you well in your future endeavors.

When school starts again in the fall, things will no doubt look different. By all indications, we will be mitigating this public health crisis for many months to come. CR has already committed to a fall semester that is primarily online with limited campus access. A district work group has been established to design our fall instruction model. This work is informed by recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, California Department of Education and  Humboldt County Public Health. In all likelihood, we will be balancing a remote curriculum delivery model supported by some face to face course components, including small group meetings with teachers. Thankfully, we have time over the summer to improve our distance learning delivery and create new systems to engage students in the process. I hope to present our detailed plan by the end of June. 

Stay well everyone! 


Ali Hodges


End of the "Craziest Year Yet" All School Assembly:

Please join us for our end of the year Community Meeting/Assembly on Thursday, May 28th, from 10am-11am via Zoom. Mark your calendars now, so you don't miss it! There will be some of the traditional aspects of the assembly like Senior Advice and a chance to gather as a community for some closure to this unforgettable school year!  Zoom link will be sent the morning of. We will email it and post in your Class of Google Classrooms. 


Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremony: We will hold our virtual ceremony on Thursday, May 28th at 5:30 pm. The graduates will participate via Zoom. Families members within the same household can also watch along with the graduate. Family and friends outside of the graduate’s household will be able to watch through a Live Stream on Facebook and hopefully Youtube as well. Immediately following the event, we will also post the video in various places for friends and family to enjoy if they were not able to access the livestream.The photos that we took of students in their regalia will be sent to students and their parents/guardians in the near future. More information about the virtual ceremony to follow next week. 


“Operation Celebrate”: The Fortuna Union High School District and the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce announced a Graduation Business Window Decorating Contest called “Operation Celebration”. Organizations and businesses will be assigned graduates from Fortuna High, East High, and Academy of the Redwoods to feature in their windows. Windows must be decorated by May 27 and online judging will take place from June 1 - June 26.


Class of 2020 Formally Invited to AR’s 2021 Prom
Since there will be no all-school Prom this year, AR Staff would like to invite the Class of 2020 to attend next year’s prom free of charge. AR’s 2021 Prom is set to take place on Friday, May 28th of 2021, from 7-11pm at the Fortuna River Lodge at 1800 Riverwalk Drive in Fortuna. Class of 2020, please mark your calendars and plan on joining us next year. A special thank you to Godinez and Holtski for creating a Promposal video dedicated to the Class of 2020. You can view it here:  


-Trio Online Summer Programs-We will be offering a Shape Your Future Summer Program focused on advising and college & career preparation, and a STEAM Summer Program focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Both programs will run from June 22-July 31, are open to 6th-12th grade TRIO ETS participants, and will be provided completely free with all supplies and materials included, as well as technology and Internet support! Each program will be delivered through Zoom video conferencing.


-The Civics Center and the Youth Activism Project are excited to announce Future Voters Action Week! A group of dedicated high school students will be trained to become leaders in their communities by improving youth voter registration rates and turnout in November. Over the course of the week, participants will learn leadership skills, develop public narratives, and carry out a voter registration drive in their communities. Action Week will include daily 90-minute workshops and will be offered June 15-18th. All high school students, including graduates of the Class of 2020, are eligible to apply to Future Voters Action Week. The application deadline is Monday, June 8th, 2020. Please visit the following link to apply:

The program is limited to 15 people per week, and there is no cost to students to apply or to attend. 


-The AR Office will be open until Friday, June 26th. The office will remain closed for summer from June 29th through August 2nd. Any transcript requests after June 26th will need to go through Fortuna High School. They can be reached at 707-725-4461.  


-Attention AR Students: Are you taking a CR Summer Class? Please note that AR does not pay for textbooks for summer classes. If we have the textbook that you need in house, we will loan it out to you. However, if we do not have the title that you need, you will be responsible for securing your required textbooks. This applies to the summer session only. If you have any questions, please contact  


-As we continue to abide by shelter in place guidelines, AR will not be collecting Google chromebooks from AR students who are returning in the fall.  If your student has not purchased insurance on their device, we strongly encourage you to do so. You can purchase chromebook insurance by mailing a $25 check to the office at 7351 Tompkins Hill Road, Eureka, CA 95501 or purchasing online at the following link: This link will be open until May 28th, 2020. If you do NOT want your student to keep their chromebook over the summer, please contact the AR office by calling 707-476-4203 or sending an email to to make arrangements. 


-Scheduling: CR registration has opened. Most classes will be offered online in the fall so please consider this in your selection process. To be eligible to take a college class, you must meet our grade requirement and have a signed Concurrent Enrollment form on file. These can be submitted by emailing to, faxing to 707-476-4439, or mailing to Academy of the Redwoods at 7351 Tompkins Hill Road, Eureka, CA 95501. Link to the online form can be found at Eligible students can register through WebAdvisor. Please refer to the AR master schedule for Fall to ensure you will have time for a minimum of two academic periods per school day to meet your daily high school minute requirement. If you have questions about your schedule, please email Gini Wozny or Ali H. Please allow 3-5 business days for your form to be processed. 


-CR's Food Pantry is open on T/W/TH 9am-2pm on the CR campus.


4th Years:

-If you already know where you will be attending college in the fall, you can submit your final Transcript Requests now. The Transcript Request feature of the AR website ( can be found under the Students tab. There is a box for you to select “hold for final grades”. 


-Humboldt State University has announced changes to the admission and enrollment deadlines to support students and families who are still deciding which college is the right fit for them, or who are reconsidering the option to stay closer to home. The Fall 2020 application for admission has been reopened on Cal State Apply for a limited time, and the intent to enroll deadline has been extended to June 1. On top of that, HSU is offering local high school students two scholarships. There’s the automatic $4,000 Humboldt First Scholarship, and another $1,000 if you decide to live on campus. That’s up to $5,000 available just for local students who choose to attend HSU. For more information or to connect with an Admissions counselor, go to


Student Support Counselor Check In & Availability

With each one of us having to adjust to new dynamics in our lives, it becomes even more imperative to take time to check in with ourselves. Whether you're doing that via journaling, creative expressions, time outside, or speaking with someone you trust, is up to you! Ian, the AR Counselor, wants to also ensure ALL students that he is available for communication during this period. Phone calls, Zoom, and emails are welcome! If you'd like to set up something send him an email ( His availability is wide open unless he is having a conversation with someone else.


District Lunch Distribution Information
-At this time, the Fortuna Union High School District has been placed on an emergency school closure. During this closure, the FUHSD Food Service Department will provide an opportunity for FUHSD Students to pick up meals. All students must be present in order for meals to be provided. All students will receive a lunch for that day and a breakfast for the following day. This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals and meals will not be consumed on site. At this time the health and well-being and safety of our students and community are the number one priority. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by continuing to wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue, and stay home if you are sick. If you have any concerns about food insecurity at this time, please contact the AR Office at 707-476-4203 so that we can help provide you with services. If you live outside of the Fortuna District, you can access school lunches through your district of residence. No school age child will be turned away at any local school distribution site. Fortuna Union High School District will continue providing school lunch services through June 11th. Due to coronavirus (COVID 19), students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed. Not all eligible students will need to apply.  For more information visit :  Applications for this benefit opens May 22nd.  Information for meal pick-up times and locations for other districts can be found here:


Meals will be available for pick up in the following locations & times: 


Fortuna Area

10:00AM-12:00PM Fortuna High School Cafeteria

10:00AM-10:25AM Ambrosini Elementary School parking lot

10:30AM-10:55AM Toddy Thomas Middle School parking lot 

11:00AM-11:25AM Palmer Boulevard (by the Water District at Valley Drive) 


Loleta Area

10:00AM-10:25AM Table Bluff Reservation (@ Main Office)

10:30AM-10:55AM Loleta Elementary School parking lot

11:00AM-11:25AM Bear River Entertainment Center parking lot 


Scotia/Rio Dell 

10:00AM-10:25AM Scotia Inn parking lot

10:30AM-10:55AM Rio Dell Fire Hall parking lot

11:00AM-11:25AM Rio Dell Apartments at Rigby Street

11:30AM-11:45AM Alton gravel pit bus stop 



10:00AM-10:15AM Hydesville Fire station parking lot

10:20AM-10:45AM Cuddeback School

10:55AM-11:05AM Church Lane at Hwy 36

11:10AM-11:20AM Riverside at Hwy 36

11:35AM-11:50AM Swains Flat, Outpost 

12:00PM-12:15PM Bridgeville Elementary School parking lot


AR Family Distance Learning Survey
-If your student has concerns about internet access, bandwidth, or devices, please contact the office by calling 707-476-4203 or emailing if you are able to do so. 



Upcoming Important Dates:

6/29: AR Office Closed for Summer

8/3: AR Office Opens for Fall 2020 Semester


Remember we follow a schedule that is different from other Humboldt schools so plan accordingly!! AR calendar on website. Check us out at

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