Smith River Elementary

"Equipping Students for Success"


  • Reminder: There will be no meal service on Friday, 5/22/20 or Monday, 5/25/20.

    These were previously scheduled no-school days and as such all classified food service staff and transportation staff will be enjoying a well earned four day weekend.

    Meal service will resume on Tuesday, 5/26/2020. Please contact Nutrition Services at 464-0246.

    Thank you
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  • Good Afternoon Smith River Families,

    I would like to make you aware of a couple of announcements:

    First, please check out our webpage for our student of the month assemble. It's in the Announcement section.

    Second, please make sure you fill out your After School Application Form if you are interested in this program for next year. The application is located on our website under School News.

    Third, this Friday don't forget to register each of your children to receive an EBT Card worth $365 per child for groceries. This is a one-time pandemic relief to families and available if your child attends Smith River or other district schools. Some families may have already received their cards, but if you haven't please go to the following website on Friday: and register between May 22nd-June 30th.

    Finally, our school year is starting to come to a close. Starting June 1st we will be asking families to return electronic devices. In the next couple of weeks, your teachers will direct you when to turn in your device.

    I hope all of you have a wonderful day and Memorial Day Weekend.

    Thank you,
    Mrs. Cochran


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Principal's Corner

Mrs. Nicole Cochran

Phone: 707.464.0370


Degrees and Certifications:

Reading Certificate B.A. Liberal Studies w/Minor in ESL M.S. Ed. Educational Leadership

Mrs. Nicole Cochran



Welcome, Bienvenido, Daa-naa∼-yash to Smith River Elementary School,


First, I would like to say that it is a privilege to be the principal of this school. I am currently in my 14th year as an educator in Del Norte Schools. I have appreciatively worked as a teacher and administrator at Smith River Elementary School and at Crescent Elk Middle School. Before my career in education, I proudly served 10 years in the Armed Forces. I am a mother of three children; one of whom graduated 8th grade from Smith River. Therefore, I can truly say that this school is filled with amazing staff, students, and family members, who work hard to support student learning through excitement, curiosity, exploration, and growth. 


The Smith River community is truly a special place to raise a child. We welcome parent involvement in educating their children. Children are more successful if parents and the school work as a team to support student learning. We offer a variety of ways for you to be involved in your child’s education. Please come in to find out how you can become a volunteer at Smith River. 


As a staff, we are warm and welcoming to all and provide children with the love and respect that you would give your own children. I look forward to getting to know all of you and if ever you need help with your child’s education; I want to remind you that I am here to serve you and I have an open-door policy when needed.


Go Wildcats!




Nicole Cochran


Smith River Elementary