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posted Oct 19, 2014, 8:32 PM by Laurie Becker   [ updated Oct 19, 2014, 8:36 PM ]
October 7, 2014

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”     ~ Nelson Mandela

Please email us your testimonial!

Why did you choose to come to us?  How is your experience?   How is our school (your program) helping to meet the educational needs of your student/family?

We want to include personal words in our WASC Self Study as well as on on the Charter website.

Encouraging a Growth Mindset: Helping Our Students Support Their Potential

(thank you to Carter and Melissa for initially combining these articles and sharing them with us)

There are some educational ideas, once you hear them, they ring so true that you wonder why they hadn’t been put into common practice years before. The idea Mindsets is one of those ideas. Mindset is a simple idea discovered by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference in how children work with new challenges.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.  “Fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which can’t be change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.  A growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.
Out of these two mindsets, which we manifest from a very early age, springs a great deal of our behavior, our relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness.  As teachers and parents we can nurture a growth mindset by praising not the child, but their efforts.
Here is a video where you can learn more about this important mindset The Power of Belief - Mindset and Success: Eduardo

And for those who learn best by reading, you might want to read Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
We hope you find this interesting and useful!

SPECIAL EVENT!! Save the Frogs!

Next MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 9am -4 pm.
PLEASE COME HELP US REBUILD a WETLAND HABITAT at the QUAIL HOLLOW SITE. (This pond was originally managed by retired teacher Char Biddle when Quail Hollow was an active school site.)

SAVE THE FROGS! has partnered with the SLV Charter School, and together with students and teachers we will build a 16x20' wetland at the school. Amphibian populations have been rapidly disappearing worldwide and nearly one-third of the world's amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Habitat destruction is the number one cause of amphibian population declines worldwide and the majority of California's wetlands have been destroyed or modified. Constructing wetlands at schools is a fantastic method of educating students and teachers about amphibians and ensuring that amphibians have a home in which to live and breed.

The workshop to rebuild the pond will be led by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and wetlands construction expert Tom Biebighauser.

We also need financial support for this project.  Won’t you please donate and help us build a wetland at SLV Charter School! All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  Please click here to donate.SAVE THE FROGS!
Thank you for your support!

Save The Frogs is America's first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation.
Our mission is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.

FUNDRAISING: It’s the Season!

Toyota Drive For Schools Fundraiser Begins!
This is the 10th Anniversary for this wonderful fundraising event sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and The Capitola Auto Mall Dealer Group. In addition to the new Toyota Prius or Subaru Outback you can win (or choose $25,000 cash!) they have added TEN $1,000 cash prizes and the chance to win over 100 other exciting prizes! The complete prize list is located at

You can buy tickets from your teacher. Tickets are $5 each or 6 tickets for $25. 100% of all proceeds will stay with your Charter program. Sales end on Sunday, October 19 and the drawing will be held October 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Good luck!

Growing Green Fall Bulb Fundraiser
Families should email Kusum Tracy ( after they have made a purchase and let her know the amount they ordered and which program they want their order to go to. 
If there is an order that doesn’t specify which program they want, then Boosters will put all the money toward the General Fund.
We do know that books (still) make great Christmas presents, and so this year we decided to team with one of the best children’s book stores in the area for a special Book Fair.  Our Book Fair won’t be until November 10-14,  so PLEASE save some of your shopping for this event and support our Charter while getting great books, etc. for you and your family

Special Community Opportunities

Bookshop Santa Cruz Young Writers Contest
Bookshop Santa Cruz is celebrating the talents of young writers in our community with a contest designed for ages 6 and p. Entries may be on any subject and in any genre - including fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, mystery, poetry, science fiction or fantasy.

Each entry must be an original work, no more than 2,100 words, and submitted in the appropriate age group: 6-9, 10-13, and 14-17. First, second, and third place winners frome ach age group will receive Bookshop Santa Cruz gift certificates. Plus, the winning entries will be published together in a collection this November!

DEADLINE for submissions is Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Pick up an entry form at the store or visit their website:
for rules, guidelines and more information.

Basketball Camp and Movie Night:
Friday, Oct 17, 5-9 pm.
SLV basketball players and SLVHS  teacher and coach Marcus Allen Northcutt will be hosting a basketball skills camp and movie night for kids ages 8-14 that some It should be a really fun night for all involved.   Here's a link to the flyer:

Underwater Robotics Workshop
For Students (grades 5-12), Teachers, & Parents.
NOTE: This is a great collaborative team challenge.  We encourage students and families from all of our programs to go to the informational meeting and learn more.  It would be great to have some teams from our Charter programs.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Morning session 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Afternoon session 1-3 p.m.

Join the Seymour Center and the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center for this workshop designed to teach students in grades 5-12, and their teachers or parents, how to build underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Learn how to incorporate marine science, technology, and physical science concepts into your curriculum by spending a day at the pool building an ROV!

The workshop will introduce participants to the MATE Center’s ROV program and explain how students can participate in the annual ROV contest held each spring.  Students and adults will have the opportunity to design, build, and test their own ROV using simple, affordable materials.

Location:  Each workshop session will be held at the on-campus swimming pool, at UCSC
Cost:  There is no fee to attend; however reservations are required (see below).
To register: Visit the Underwater Robotics Workshop Registration Form.


(Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your Field Trips and events.)

October 25: Thrill The World: All Charter Event in Santa Cruz
October 31: Non-school day, (Professional Development for teachers)
November 11th:  No school-- Veteran’s Day
November 10th - 14th:  Book Fair at the Quail Hollow campus.
November 26th- 28th:  No school-- Thanksgiving Break
December 20th- January 5th:   Winter Break

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS: Every Program has many events already scheduled for the month of October.
Please look to your program emails / newsletters to find out more details.
Some that are on the near horizon are:
Oct 17: Academy of Sciences: Nature Academy, gr 6.
Oct 22: Fall Creek Homeschool. Crystal Bay Organic Farm in Watsonville
Wednesday, Oct 29: Fall Creek Homeschool. Blossom’s Farm in Bonny Doon
ALL CHARTER EVENTS: Though primarily for our Homeschool families, we welcome our Nature Academy families if they can ever attend

Capture the Flag:
One of the most regularly attended field games and a favorite for years, CTF is a fast paced and exciting game that is part speed and strategy, part tag, a bit of social encounter and all fun. Played once a month on the fields at Quail Hollow Ranch it is also a meeting place for parents to socialize and get to know one another.
When:  Friday: October 17
Time:  10:30 am to 12:30 pm  
Where: Quail Hollow Ranch
Who:  Charter wide kids welcome. We play rain or shine.
No sign-ups necessary. Bring sunscreen and hats, water too !!!
Questions: ask Amber (

SKATE DAY!: October 24, from 1-3 pm at the Roller Palladium in Santa Cruz.  Come join other families for some exercise and fun. Cost is $3.00 at the door, unless you want inline skates, which will cost a bit more.

Thrill the World-2014! Led by Charter Teacher - Amber Walker:
This will be our 4th year representing the SLVUSD Charter School in this event! Funky Zombies all over the globe are already planning for Thrill The World 2014! The event was founded in 2006 in Toronto, and has now spread to six continents. Every October people in cities around the world dance to "Thriller" at exactly the same time in their corresponding time zone. Preparation and counting down worldwide is part of the fun, but the feeling of being connected to others and dancing together as one is a Thrill like no other! Celebrating the truly inspirational genius of Michael Jackson in a living and moving way is what keeps people coming back year after year. This year the event will be held in Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Those of you who have participated previously may come for just the final two classes.
When: Thursdays: October 9, 16, 23
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Quail Hollow site, Room 16
Who: Grades K-12
Class size: unlimited
Questions: Ask Amber (