Smith River Elementary

"Equipping Students for Success"


  • Smith River School Bus Incident 9/25/23


    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Today, a bus from Smith River Elementary school had a minor incident on Hwy 197 between Smith River and Hiouchi when it struck a tree branch, causing minor damages to the bus’s door. None of the 8 students on board were injured. The Highway Patrol is in the process of responding to the event. Again, everyone is safe, and we will provide more information once we know more. For questions please contact your child’s school office.


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  • Back To School Information 2023-2024

    Information regarding your child's classes, teachers, important dates and times.

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    Eng 2023 - 2024 Wildcat Welcome Back Letter to Families

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    Span 2023 - 2024 Wildcat Welcome Back Letter to Families

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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 at 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