Bess Maxwell Elementary

"Equipping Students for Success"


  • Text Message Scam

    People have received text messages from scammers posing as District staff, asking them to purchase gift cards or respond to a text. These messages are not legitimate and are a scam.

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  • Pre Kindergarten



    Parent Information Day


    Wednesday, March 20

    400 W Harding Ave. Crescent City 

    3 Sessions to choose from:

    9:00 - 10:00 am

    12 - 1:00 pm

    5:00 - 6:00 pm

    *All sessions will be the same

    For the frequently asked questions list regarding transitional Kindergartens here is the (LINK) that may help answer some of your questions.


    Click here for the Spanish version

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Phone: 707-464-0310


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Liberal Studies, Minor in ESL Reading Certificate M.Ed. Educational Administration

Mrs. Diane Wiese

Welcome to Bess Maxwell School!

I am very excited to be a part of the Bess Maxwell team!

This is my 26th year in education and 11th year as an administrator.  I have been a teacher/administrator at Joe Hamilton School, Margaret Keating School, Mountain School, Smith River School and now Bess Maxwell.  

I was born and raised here in Crescent City and am very proud to call our community home.  After graduating from Del Norte High School, I served for three years on active duty in the Army and six years in the Air National Guard.  

We here at Bess Maxwell want families to be involved in the education of their children.  

The Bess Maxwell staff are a warm and welcoming group of people and I look forward to working with you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 464-0310.

Diane Wiese, Principal