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Burchfield Principal Hired

MAEThe Colusa Unified School District Board has hired Mrs. Maria Arvizu-Espinoza as the new Principal for Burchfield Primary School.  Mrs. Espinoza will replace Mr. Dave Tarr who served the district for the past 13 years.  Mr. Tarr is the new Superintendent of Pleasant Grove Elementary School District.  Mrs. Espinoza’s contract begins July 1.

Mrs.  Espinoza grew up in the small farming community of Hallwood in the outskirts of Marysville where she lived with her parents and five siblings.  She attended a small K-8th school then went on to graduate from Marysville High School.  Her college career began at Yuba Community College as an Early Childhood Education Development major.  She changed her major to Liberal Studies and graduated with an Associate in Science degree in 1992. At CSU,  Sacramento she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Second Language Acquisition in 1996.   Maria earned her teaching credential from Chapman University and began her teaching career at Park Avenue Elementary School in Yuba City as a bilingual second grade teacher. In 2005 she graduated from CSU, Sacramento with a Master of Arts in Education degree.  Her Thesis Project focused on Parent Involvement.

Mrs. Espinoza has been active in the education field for over twenty five years.  She started as a teacher’s assistant, taught elementary school at various grade levels, and been an adult education instructor.  For the past decade she has served as an administrator various capacities. Beyond her experience as a teacher and administrator, Maria has also worked as a Literacy Coach and  English Language Learner Coordinator.  She has also managed the parent advisory committees and provided many educational trainings to parents and the community. 

Maria is looking forward to being part of the CUSD team at Burchfield Primary School, “I am excited about meeting and working with the students, parents, personnel, and the community.  I want to make a positive educational impact in the lives of all students.” said Mrs. Espinoza.  “Mrs. Espinoza comes to us highly recommended.  She brings a wealth of experience, and a track record of successful leadership.  We feel that her personality, skills and experience fit perfectly with the needs of our community at Burchfield Primary.” commented Dwayne Newman, CUSD’s Superintendent.

In her spare time Maria is an avid reader and is a runner.  She volunteers her time as the volunteer coordinator and docent at the Mary Aaron Museum in Marysville.  Mrs. Espinoza lives in Marysville with her husband and the two youngest of their four children. She also has three grandchildren.



Parents, are you looking for an easy way to get a reminder when your child is almost out of lunch money? 

Create an account in !!!  This service will send automatic email notices when your child's account reaches an amount you determine.  If you want an email when your child's account is at $10, you can set up Paypams to do that.  You can also add funds to your childs account using your credit card (for a small fee).  If you send cash or a check directly to the school, the money is added to your child's account for no fee.  Paypams also allows you to check exactly how your child's lunch money is being used - whether it's for the standard lunch, additional items, etc.

If you need more information check out the Paypams site or call your child's school.



On March 19, 2013 the Colusa Unified School District Board of Trustees adopted the school calendars for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.  Please click on the links below to view.

2013-2014 School Calendar

2014-2015 School Calendar.pdf




 Dear Parents, 

Our schools participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.  These federally funded programs allow us to provide free and reduced priced meals to qualified children. In order to participate, we must have a policy which prohibits students from charging meals.  We do understand there may be the odd occasion when a student forgets his/her money.  To accommodate such situations and not hold up the line, we may allow a maximum of two temporary charges to an account.  

In order to avoid the issue of charging or falling behind on payments, many parents have found that pre-paying is a convenient way to insure their child continues to enjoy the nutritious and appealing meals we serve each day. Remember: you always have the option of sending your child with a meal prepared at home.

We encourage parents to pay by the week or the month.  If you have received a charge notice recently, please attend to it immediately.  To do this, simply send a check made payable to “CUSD” with your child to take to the cafeteria, drop off a check at the office,  or put money on your child’s account and track their activity on

We currently have an unusually large number of students with unpaid meal charges.  Families with unpaid balances will have until December 1, 2012 to pay for all charges on their student’s account.  After December 1st we will be offering an alternative meal* to all students owing charges until the account is brought current or payment arrangements are made with Food Service Director Leasa Hill. 

We recognize that your child may qualify for free meals.   If you feel you may qualify for free or reduced price meals, application forms are available at the school office.  Free or reduced applications may be submitted at any time during the school year and must be re-submitted every year.  Being approved for free lunches/breakfasts does not become retroactive to any outstanding balances.  Applications cannot be pre-dated. 

 If you would like a free / reduced application, need to set up a payment plan, need assistance in setting up your PayPams account, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Terry Weldon at 458-7791 ext. 14115 or Leasa Hill at 458-7791 ext.14121.

 *The alternative meal offered at each school site will be a complete meal meeting government standards consisting of all five components at lunch and three components at breakfast.  The alternative meal does not include a choice of entrée or salad bar offerings. 


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We continue to have the process that allows parents to access their child's grades and attendance online (Aeries Browser Interface).  If you have not signed up and would like to use this service, please contact your student's school office for the step-by-step process.  We strongly encourage all parents to take advantage of this opportunity.  You can see excactly which assignments have been turned in and each part of their grade (homework, tests, quizzes, projects, etc.).

Another way to access information about your student's classes is to go to our new district website here at:  http// (click on your child's school).  Many teacher web pages are up and some are under construction.  You can email all teachers through this portal.