News and Announcements
Tuesday, Jan.31 at 3 pm for students and parents. The meeting will be held room 17 at the Quail Hollow Campus.
This is a special event that has become a favorite for many of our students who love the theater. Amber Walker is a dynamic teacher who encourages every student with her excitement and performance expertise. Last year we had a great turnout with 64 students from each and every program participating in our All Charter musical.
You will get a synopsis of the script, hear about characters and musical numbers, and get detailed info on the rehearsal schedule/requirements. *Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3-5. Attendance requirements will depend on casting.
This year, the play will be, "The Little Mermaid: A Westside Story". Once again, it will be an original script written by Janinne Chadwick, which Amber directed in 2006 with LPRT (Little People's Repertory Theater.) It is the classic tale with a twist, containing mermaids who are Dancing Queen's, working class sharks who sing Bruce Springsteen, a mermaid girl falling for a surfer boy, and so much more! Music ranges from pop, rock n' roll, Motown, and funk.
Come to our meeting to find out more details!
Quail Hollow Integrated
A new hybrid independent study/classroom program within the SLVUSD Charter School
What we offer:
Info Packet about QHIA
Here is a short one minute promo video for the new program : )
Completed applications are due by 3:00 PM on Thursday, April 21, 2016
Contact the charter office: (831) 336-5167 Holly Thomas: email@example.com
The application process for the 2016-2017 school year will be open beginning Tuesday, March 15 and close (for lottery, if needed) on Friday, April 15. The application can be found here, as well as in the Charter Office, 325 Marion Ave., Ben Lomond.
Download application HERE.
The Lifeskill support page for the application is HERE.
Applications MUST be turned into the Charter Office by 3:00pm, April 15, 2016.
The Lottery, if needed, will be on April 22, 2016. 3pm at the Charter Office.
Nature Academy Information Night
Date: Tuesday, March 15
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Location: SLV Middle School Library
Moving away from fill-in-the-bubble tests and how assessments are changing:
For years, most year-end tests were mainly multiple-choice exams that focused on basic skills. These tests did not measure the skills students need for success after high school, such as writing, critical thinking, and problem solving. With new education standards, states are working together to develop tests that better measure these important skills. In 2014-15, all California schools will replace their old State tests in Language Arts and Math with new online assessments designed to better reflect how well students are learning the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world.
The SBAC online assessment is only one part of the systemic changes occurring in our school systems over the last few years.
Because the things we want students to know and be able to do have changed, tests must change as well.
The new assessments fit into the picture in this way. The system to evaluate how well students are learning has three different types of assessments – two informal and one more formal.
SBAC in 2015: A Few Facts:
• The SBAC assessments will only be taken by students in Grades 3-8 and Grade 11
• The SBAC assessments cover only Math and English Language Arts
• All SBAC tests are administered on a computer
• SBAC results do not determine whether a child will graduate or move forward to the next grade level
• The SBAC assessment does not replace the traditional high school exit exam (CAHSEE)
• The SBAC results will not impact teacher evaluations.
• This year, due to the newness of the test, there will be no API score, which is the State score that measures the academic performance of each school.
• There will still be an AYP score, which is the Federal’s score that shows Adequate Yearly Progress for schools and districts. In order to achieve this score, schools need to obtain a 95% rate of participation or better.
NOTE: There will still be a paper pencil State assessment test in Science for grades 5, 8, and 10.
What are the new State tests trying to accomplish?
How you can help your child prepare:
(To access the practice tests, scroll down to the green box at the bottom of the web page that says Student Interface Practice and Training Tests. Clicking on this should take you to a sign in screen that is already scheduled for a guest to sign in. You can then click on the sign in button, where you can choose the grade you’d like to try.) PLEASE NOTE: The practice tests are not adaptive like the real tests will be. That means that the questions do not adjust based on the answers given.
If you have any questions, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org, or give me a call at 831-336-5167
The application process for the 2015-2016 school year will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18 and close (for lottery, if needed) on Friday, April 17. The application can be found here, as well as in the Charter Office, 325 Marion Ave., Ben Lomond.
The Lifeskill support page for the application is HERE.
Applications MUST be turned into the Charter Office by 3:30pm, April 17, 2015.
The Lottery, if needed, will be on April 24, 2015. 3pm @ the Charter Office.
NATURE ACADEMY INFORMATION NIGHT
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
VARIOUS HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS INFORMATION NIGHT
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
We have yet to hear confirmation for our WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Chair, but we will be ready when the WASC committee arrives to visit our school’s programs in early March!
Every school that goes through WASC accreditation writes a report in which the school explains how the school supports student learning. The WASC process is a cycle that consists of a Self Study (where we are now) a Visit by a WASC committee who comes to support the self-study process (happening in March), and the Follow-up process whereby the school reviews, analyzes evidence and refines next steps to ensure the schools focus stays on best practices and student’s educational progress.
The report consists of 5 chapters that include: 1) data on student/community profile, analysis of data, clarification of student outcomes, 2) a summary of the progress made on the critical areas of follow-up from the previous WASC visit (our visit was in 2011), 3) an overall summary from our analysis of the profile data and progress, 4) Details and evidence in five categories of the schools structure: Organization, Standards-based Learning in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Accountability, and School Culture and Support. 5) Next Steps in the action plan.
Chapters 1-3 of the report have been submitted to the District Office for review, and simple edits are the only clean up that is needed. Chapters 4 and 5 will be submitted the week we return in January. Next steps will be gathering the documentation the team will want to review that backs up our report.
I will be updating the Charter community about our WASC process as the date of our visit draws close. Parent and Student involvement is an important component of the process and is shown shown through surveys, classroom participation, testimonials, program/committee involvement, testimonials.
What is WASC?
Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
What is Accreditation?
Certification from WASC that validates the integrity of the school, fosters on-going improvement, supports student learning and assists the school in setting goals for improvement. Accreditation is a way of certifying that our school meets standards expected by educators, employers and institutions of higher learning. WASC accreditation schools meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria.
How long does it take?
WASC is an ongoing process that cycles every 6 years. The accreditation process is a perpetual cycle of assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring, and reassessment (self-study, visit, and follow-up). It is designed to mirror the School Site Plan, or for Charter schools, our Charter renewal process.
What will the WASC committee want to know?
Our WASC report is centered around the Focus on Learning process guide. The accreditation principles enables a school to demonstrate:
Students and parents should care because many universities require it, Cal Grants require it, many districts accept credit only from accredited schools. The Charter staff cares because it is a renewal condition of our Charter document. The school board cares because it is validation of an ongoing six-year cycle of quality, demonstrating capacity and competence in support of high-quality student learning and ongoing school improvement.
So, where are we in the process?
We are currently writing and revising our Self Study report, in preparation for our March visit. Our visit for WASC accreditation status is scheduled for March 9-11, 2015. We received WASC candidacy status in August 2011.
What can you do now to help us?
You are an important part of our WASC process. Charters are public schools of choice, and we know that you chose us for a reason. We would like to hear from you and your student!
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 Self Study and have them posted on the Charter website.
The Toolkit for a Healthy School Environment has been developed to help school sites implement the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Wellness Policy. This toolkit provides guidelines for improving the foods and beverages offered and sold on SLVUSD school campuses in an effort to combat the rising rates of obesity.
The information includes, but is not limited to, Board Policy 5030, legislation regarding food and beverages that can be sold or served at schools, and fundraising ideas. A parent newsletter has been drafted that schools may use to inform the parents/guardians of the changes that will help improve the health and well-being of our children.
Toolkit for a Healthy School Environment