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Charter News May 18, 2018

posted May 28, 2018, 2:30 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.  ~Voltaire

“To create is to live twice.”  ~Albert Camus

Dear Charter Families,

We are rounding the last turn and finishing the last stretch of the school year!  Every year I am amazed at all that gets done during this time of year. Teachers and students are working in double time; working both the academic completion path and the final trips and celebration path. Admin staff is busy supporting the classroom efforts, closing this year’s ‘books’ and prepping for next year.

Everyone is simultaneously thinking about the end of the school year and the start of summer. With heartfelt emotion, we are recognizing the contrast between finishing strong in final academic projects and course requirements and saying our goodbyes through final field trips, advancements and graduation celebrations.

Students and teachers alike are feeling mixed emotions about ending their school year.  It is a time that is full of high energy and the finish line is in everyone’s minds. Thus, this is a time for extra rest, extra patience, and extra recognition and appreciation to your children and their teachers for continuing to work at their best. Congratulate them for a job well done, every day.  Everyone in the Charter, every teacher, and every student, and every parent that is supporting the process truly work with their hearts on their sleeves, with best intentions even when the thread feels like it’s close to breaking. Everyone is working at their best and at the same time, respecting that we need to enjoy the relaxing moments in order to savor the final days too.

Thanks for honoring the special end of the school year process.  Thanks for appreciating your students and their teachers. Thanks for encouraging more sleep and at the same time, more push towards your students completing their work to their best ability.

Please read on for news on special opportunities.

Have a great Memorial day weekend.


NOTE: All newsletters will be archived on our website if you would like to confirm any information.  Specific pertinent information can also be found on our website so if you have an opportunity, please give it a review.

LCAP; Local Control Accountability Plan: A BIG THANK YOU to ALL who COMPLETED the SURVEY. The information you shared through the survey is very important to all of the Charter Staff.  So far we have received 69 surveys; the majority STILL from CRHS and Nature Academy.  The number is growing and I am grateful for any and all feedback we receive. I have gathered the data and will use it as I complete the annual LCAP report. (posted on our website under info)

The deadline to use the data for our LCAP plans has passed, but I still want to hear from everyone and so am keeping the survey open. I would love to receive feedback from every parent in the Charter!

Please click on the PARENT SURVEY Link and share your opinion!  

The SLSVUSD School Calender for 2018-19 is finalized; here is the link to access the calendar:

Community Events:

Our popular summer reading program for young adults will run June 1st through September 5th this year. We're challenging teens to read 6 books--at least 3 from our recommended reading list (see below) and up to 3 of their choice. Complete the challenge and not only will you have read some terrific books, but you'll earn excellent rewards: A $5 Bookshop gift card, a free scoop from the Penny Ice Creamery, a free slice from Pizza My Heart, and a special prize from the Santa Cruz Warriors!

How to get started: Come to Bookshop Santa Cruz to pick up a summer reading bookmark from the Young Adult section or download the pdf below. You are going to want to hang onto this because it's also your reading tracking form that you're going to use all summer and turn back to us before school starts. Pick out your first book and start reading!  All summer reading books are on display at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Download the bookmark!

What you get to read: We have put together a great list of 6 recommended books. To complete the challenge, you get to choose at least three of these recommended books and up to three books of your own choosing--for a total of 6 great books--to read over the summer. See the list below.

How to complete the challenge: Just bring back your filled out bookmark, making sure to note your name, age, and school before turning it in, by September 5th. Then you will get to collect your rewards and proudly post your name on our Summer Reading wall.

Bonus: If you liked the book you read, let us know by writing a short review (50 words or less) about why you liked it. For each review, your name will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift card to Bookshop Santa Cruz! Reviews will be posted in the Bookshop for everyone to read.

Extra bonus: The school that has the most students participate will also get a gift certificate to buy new books for their school library!

Recommended Reading List Books:

The Pearl Thief (Paperback) By Elizabeth Wein

When the Moon Was Ours (Paperback) By Anna-Marie McLemore

Lucy and Linh (Paperback) By Alice Pung  

Salt to the Sea (Paperback) By Ruta Sepetys

You're Welcome, Universe (Paperback) By Whitney Gardner

All American Boys (Paperback) By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely

What’s Going on in Our Charter School?  ..little snippets of some of our programs:

Coast Redwood HS: We are finishing the school year strong. Our 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English class Mystery Writers have completed their mystery short stories! Over 1000 pages of mystery and intrigue. As part of the mystery writing we toured the Winchester Mystery House and the students were inspired for writing their next novel. Next year, our creative writers will continue their quest of solving mysteries and dabble in fantasy/science fiction writing. We are closing out the year with conferences and then graduation!

Our upcoming events are; Graduation June 8th, Redwood Mountain Faire Fundraiser June 2 & 3.

Coast Redwood MS: Busy, busy as the school year ends. We just got back from our trip to beautiful Yosemite. Students have completed their yearbook pages o go to print. Our garden re-design project is looking good; planting has been completed and everyone has been working hard to get it done! Thsnk you to the parents giving their extra time! The Jamba Juice fundraiser has been successful in helping to pay for the garden deck portion of our project. The yearbooks is moving forward! Our project presentations are all finished, we had some interesting ones: the history of art materials, optical illusions, marine iguanas, tortoises, types of rock climbing, and mycelial intelligence to name a few. Our upcoming events are: Fundraiser Boulder Creek Music & Art Festival May 27,  Fundraiser Redwood Mtn. Faire June 2&3, Advancement Ceremony June 13

Nature Academy: Our 6th graders just returned from their trip to Headwaters, Mt. Shasta. It was a powerful and fun experience for all of our 6th grade students. The 7th & 8th graders just returned from their trip to Lake Tahoe and had a fabulous time bicycling, hiking, and fly fishing to name just a few of their activities. They hiked Donner Lake imaging what it must have been like to have to travel by foot through this mountainous area and how long it must have taken! Our upcoming events are: June 13 8th grade advancement ceremony

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA): We have been making our final push on editing our yearbook and getting it ready for print. We wrapped up our CSI Investigation into the many theories surrounding Shakespeare’s true identity. Congratulations to Liam, Miles, Lucas, Seleona, Violet, Julia, and Ruby for their incredible performances in our Charter Talent Show. It was a great evening of dance, singing, music, and art and film displays from all programs!  Our final Capture the Flag event for the year was wonderful with 38 players in attendance! We have had fun with writing exercises around the theme of character development, establishing setting, and creating an ending first. We have spent time discussing and debunking myths and generalizations made about Native American people and watched a video on perspectives from contemporary Native American middle school students. Our upcoming events are: Advancement/Year End Celebration June 7, Great America June 12

Quail Hollow Homeschool: As we wrap up the school year, we have been working on completing our yearbook to get ready to print. Thank you to all who came out to join us for our first Annual Author’s reception. The students get kudos for reading their wonderful work to a live audience! We all got together and brainstormed all the activities we have done this year - what an amazingly long list!

Our upcoming events are: Advancement/Year-end Celebration May 31

Fall Creek Homeschool: As our school year comes to a close we have finished up student projects. We painted the mountains and other geographical features of the 3D map of California. We listened to the true story of Astro, the Stellar Sea Lion who spent time at Long Marine Lab before being relocated to an aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. From the evidence in the book, we calculated that Astro is probably still alive and could be visited if one happens to be in Connecticut. The end of the year celebration was a lot of fun with students bringing their scooters, skateboards and roller skates to enjoy the day And we made slime to round out the day. We watched videos created by our classmates and made a thank you card for our custodian for all of her hard work this year. And we wrote a page in our rainbow books about our best memory of the year at Fall Creek.

Mountain IS:  Many things are happening as we are winding up the school year. We are getting ready to order our yearbooks and complete the last of our classroom days. We will be enjoying a family beach day and a classroom creek day as our last day of school arrives.

Our upcoming events are: End of Year celebration June 11

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.)

• May 28:  Memorial Day: no school
• May 31: Quail Hollow  advancement celebration
• June 7: Quail Hollow Integrated Arts advancement celebration
• June 8: Coast Redwood High School graduation ceremony (12:30-2)
• June 13: Nature Academy (9:30-12:30) Coast Redwood MS (3:00-7 pm) advancement celebration
• June 14th:  Last day of school