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Charter News; 3/6/15

posted Mar 18, 2015, 10:01 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.        ~Denis Diderot

Dear Families,

Our WASC team arrives this Sunday, March 8 and will be with us through Wednesday, March 11. Their schedule with us is packed full of designated times where they will be visiting specific constituents of the Charter, classrooms and plenty of time where they will be writing their report based on the evidence of our self study.

Below is the schedule of times where parents are invited to come meet the committee and talk to them about your perspective of our Charter as well as days to expect to see them at our program’s classrooms.

  • If you would like to attend the initial Welcome message from the Superintendent and WASC Chair to the community, you are invited to join us at the Coast Redwood High School garden in front of the Coast Redwood High School classrooms on Sunday, March 8 at 3:00.

  • The WASC committee will be visiting classrooms on the Felton campuses on Monday, March 9 and the QH campus on Tuesday, March 10 so if you happen to be on campus those days, feel free to introduce yourself to them and express your opinions about your program and our school in general.

Our WASC team will leave on Wednesday afternoon and we will receive their final report before they depart. We will share the findings with you once we have them, but won’t have the final WASC determination for several weeks. We are onto our last stretch!

1:1 Device Program FAQ  Below are some FAQs in response to many questions that parents have had.  Please remember that next year the Charter home school programs will be following a slightly different model than grades 6-12. There will be a variety of ways that this initiative can be implemented for our students who come to classes in the Charter programs. I welcome hearing from you personally with any questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's

Are families required to buy a laptop or Chromebook for their student?

o No. We strongly encourage families to buy a $200 Chromebook or a laptop for their students.  However, this is a recommendation, not a requirement. We are committed to providing an education that leads to the best opportunities for our students.  We believe personal student ownership of a laptop is a practical way for students to have ongoing access to technology in the classroom and at home.

What if my student doesn't bring a laptop to school?

o Regarding students who come to school without a laptop, we will have backup loaner laptops available for in-classroom use.  We also have extended library hours before and after school for students who need time on a computer. Teachers will also make homework assignments available in paper form for those with no computer/Internet access at home.  That being said, we encourage every student to have a laptop.  Chromebooks are an excellent value at about $200, and many vendors offer insurance to cover damage and theft.

Are laptops going to be used every day in all of the classes?

o No.  The laptop is one of many resources available to teachers and students.  Classroom learning and activities work best when there is variety in the types of instructional strategies that are used. However, access to technology is a basic educational tool for the 21st century classroom.  Having laptops available on-demand is now part of meeting the needs of student learning.

Does the school/district pay for a student's laptop stolen or damaged at school?

o No. Student laptops are like other personal property brought to school by a student.  However, we strongly recommend that parents evaluate the insurance coverage plans offered by the vendor when purchasing a Chromebook or laptop.  Insurance evaluation should consider cost versus the specific coverage for loss and damage. The Middle School PE lockers are too small to fit in a backpack and theft can be problem, how can this be addressed?

o This summer new, bigger PE lockers will be installed that can accommodate clothes, laptops and any valuables (wallet, keys, phone, etc.)

What about families that can't afford laptops?

o If a family cannot afford a laptop, the district will offer financial assistance. Any student on Free or Reduced Lunch is eligible to buy a Chromebook from the district for a discounted price to be determined soon. The procedures to apply for a discounted price will be on our website.

How do I apply for Free and Reduced Lunch?

o If your student(s) are not on Free or Reduced Lunch, and you qualify, you may apply on our website.  If you have any questions or difficulty applying for Free and Reduced Lunch, please call Cathy Frost at 335-5384 or drop by the Cafeteria anytime between 7-3 pm.

Please visit the BYOD 1:1 webpage for more information.

Many parents have been asking for more information regarding this initiative.  We have developed an informational webpage that may help answer many of your questions. This webpage will be continually updated as we get more good questions and information.  Please email us your questions to, as noted at the bottom of the webpage.  We appreciate your feedback as we move forward with this endeavor.

What’s Going on in Our Charter School?  


Wednesday, March 18, 2015.  6-7 pm. in the SLV Middle School Library.

Come learn about the SLVUSD Charter School Program for middle school students who love to read and write extensively, explore widely, and contribute meaningfully to their community. This is a comprehensive, classroom based program located on the SLVMS campus.  Applications will be accepted from March 18-April 17, 2015.  For more information please call: 336-5167



Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  6-7 pm. SLV Middle School Library

Come meet the teachers and learn more about the various homeschool and hybrid/homeschool programs of this vibrant K-12 Charter School.  Program options include: SLV Homeschool (K-12), BC Homeschool (K-5), Fall Creek Homeschool (K-5), Coast Redwood Middle school (6-8), Coast Redwood High School (9-12).  For more information please call 336-5167  

TESTING Q & A: The Smarter Balanced State testing is coming up.

We plan to hold a Q & A session in the near future to address any questions you may have.  While this is a new assessment and there are still so many unknowns, we need to work through this together. Participation is so important. We want to prepare families the best that we can to support our students in participating, while feeling successful and proud in the work that they do.  Please feel free to email me in advance any questions that you may have.  We are working with our district to stay up to date on current information. Thank you for your time and consideration in this important matter.

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

  • March 7 - Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair

  • March 8-11 - WASC Committee Visit

  • March 18 - SLV Charter: Nature Academy Information Night

  • March 24 - SLV Charter: Homeschool programs Information Night

  • March 30th- April 6th:  Spring Break

The purpose of this newsletter is to keep families informed about events and activities that pertain to all programs; such as Board updates, WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan), All-Charter events, and other pertinent information.  It is also the newsletter for the general public to find out some specifics about all the individual programs we serve. We will be sending this newsletter out every other week.  You will be receiving regular emails from the teacher(s) of your specific program to keep you updated on homework, classroom activities and specifics on field trips and special events for your child.