Charter News•May 14, 2023

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” 

– Barbara Kingsolver

Dear Charter Families,


Our programs and students are still completing the annual CAASPP testing. I greatly appreciate everyone who is helping us to make the required 95% participation rate.  Since we are so small, for some grades just one student opting out reduces our percentage below the 95% rate.  Hopefully our rates for the entire school will make the 95% target.  If your student still has tests to complete, we will be finding days to support completion in the weeks ahead.

Many programs are still having fabulous trips and special events in their classrooms. Some recent events include a trip to Stanford’s nanosciences lab, a hike along the San Lorenzo River, whale watching, a classroom visit from a Climatec representative to share the infrastructure and renewable energy upgrades coming to the campus.  And more activities are still to come! 

Yearbooks are coming in for each program, also.  This is another heroic feat for the teacher/parent/student teams that I know everyone looks forward to each year.  


And speaking of heroic feats: 8th grade Nature Academy student, Olivia Hernandez, for her passion project, organized a Spring Dance for our middle school students as a fundraiser for St Jude’s Children’s Hospital’s fight against cancer. Her Spring Dance was held this past Friday evening and it was a tremendous success! We had 76 students attend, some bringing friends from SLVMS, and her goal of raising $1,000.00 was met and surpassed! Again, thanks to the help from wonderful parents and friends, the evening was filled with fun.  In addition to a DJ, her cowboy themed event had raffles, games, and a photo booth.  Everyone had a great time, and even the D.J. said how much he enjoyed the evening and how nice our students were.  Congratulations, Olivia!


I look forward to seeing our students be honored in their end of year advancement or graduation ceremonies.  We spread them out through the end of the end of the school year so that families can attend other end of year celebrations at our district's schools. Our first ceremonies are coming up this week.


Thank you for sharing your children with us,




Special Note from Teacher Wade Axup: To my Charter family,


As many of you already know, this will be my last year with the Charter and with Coast Redwood High School and Nature Academy. My wife and I have made the difficult decision to leave this beautiful place and move out of state to be closer to family.  Though it is sad to leave somewhere we consider home, we are excited to continue our lives somewhere new as our small family continues its journey.


I want to let you all know how much I've enjoyed my time here as a Charter teacher. This is a wonderful school with such unique and valuable programs, and I feel fortunate to have been a part of it for these past eleven years.  I've loved collaborating with all my talented, passionate colleagues and feel honored to have been given to opportunity to both teach and get to know our incredible students.  The Charter welcomed me to my first-ever teaching job and I'm so grateful that I've been able to grow and develop, both professionally and personally under its umbrella.


I look forward to keeping in touch and seeing what you all continue to accomplish!!  -Wade



Next Charter News I will be introducing our new staff members, Including Micaiah Sutter, who will be CRHS’s new science teacher.     ~Rhonda


Vote SLVUSD Charter for Best Charter School in Growing Up Santa Cruz Magazine   Please go to the link below and vote for SLV Charter School in the category of Best Charter School.  You can even win free Boardwalk tickets just for completing the survey!  (Schools are on page 12 in the survey)     Growing Up in Santa Cruz Survey


Sees Candy: Grad Night Fundraiser

This is your final chance to support our long-standing tradition of a safe and sober grad night event by purchasing chocolate!  Please join us in giving our seniors a sweet send off after graduation. Think gifts for Father’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, etc. Show your appreciation! Sees candy makes great gifts, or buy yourself a little something special.

All items ship direct to you, $70 order gets free shipping. Gift cards are also available.    Use the link below to order until May 31 


Animal Rescue reminder

For the last 18 months, the Elliott Brothers, Eli (5th grade, Fall Creek) and Alex (2nd grade, Quail Hollow) have been volunteering with their mom for Native Animal Rescue. Over that time, they have helped rescue and transport over 50 different animals from seabirds to bats to deer, and everything in between. Already this season they have helped rescue over ten different animal/bird species that are found in the SLV. In addition, this month Eli has taken extensive training on how to handle raptors and birds of prey, and how to assess them for injuries. 


If you find a wild animal that is hurt or in a dangerous situation, please call Native Animal Rescue at 831-462-0726."


SLV Music & Art Festival at Roaring Camp Railroads

SLV Music Boosters will be hosting our Second Annual SLV Music & Art Festival at Roaring Camp Railroads on May 17, 2023.

This event features students grades 5-12 and includes band, choir, and art. The gate opens at 4:00 and performances begin at 5:00.

We hope you will attend this community event and enjoy a fun night out with performances from each of the talented school music ensembles, a student art display, 6 food trucks, and a silent auction. The festival is free for everyone, but donations will be accepted to raise money for future field trips, music, instruments, and instrument accessories.

If you are able to donate an auction item or provide cash sponsorship to our silent auction, please fill out our silent auction donation form


Parent Advisory Committee meeting; Tuesday, May 16 at 9:30

We will meet in the Library or on Zoom.  We will continue our discussion on programs and planning for next year.

For those who cannot meet in person, you can connect via Zoom  

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These meetings are designed to ensure we have parent input into critical documents that are the backbone of the Charter, as well as supporting the growth and development of the campus activities and culture of the Charter as a whole.  Yearly this committee gives input to our Local Control Accountability Plan (includes our school goals and funding) School Safety Plan, Annual Parent Survey, and our 5 year Charter Petition Renewal and Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation review.


Board of Trustee Meetings The next School Board meeting will be on Wednesday, May 17th at 6:00 pm at 325 Marion Avenue, Ben Lomond, CA 95005. For more detailed information, please check out the district website SLV School Board Meetings


Family/Student Community Opportunities:

TRIPLE P: Free parenting workshops coming up in May and the first weeks of June.

NAMI Family Support Groups: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Santa Cruz County, offers many incredible free classes and supports groups. We would like to draw your attention to the Family Support Group for Parents and Caregivers of Youth (PCOY), which happens every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. We know many of our youth are struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional concerns, and we have heard directly how concerned their family members are. This is a free, drop in resource where parents and caregivers can meet each other and share stories, information, and hope.

Felton Library: Here are just a couple of things currently happening. Preschool storytime is on Thursdays at 11am. Make and Explore! STEAM after-school program every week on Thursdays from 3-5pm for ages 8+ (though we have had children who are as young as five come, and the upper age group who shows up right now tends to be no older than 12). They have many activities for students and families check out their website calendar for upcoming events: calendar link 


Start and end times for our programs on-site classes next year:

  • CRHS classes will start at 8:30 and end near lunch time, Mon-Thurs, with elective  some afternoons, and Fridays for 1-1 meetings and additional time for Independent Study coursework.
  • Nature Academy will start each day again at 8:45 so that students who need to can take the bus. End times will vary as it did this year to support minute requirements, bus and excursion needs.
  • TK-1  on-site enrichment will start at 9 am, end at 12:00, Tues and Thursdays
  • QHIA on-site enrichment will start at 9 am, afternoon lab time will end at 2:30, Mon-Thurs., with Fridays for 1-1 meetings, Independent Study coursework.
  • Grades 2-5 on-site enrichment will start at at 9:30, end at 1:30, Tues and Thursdays.
  • CRMS on-site enrichment will start at 9:30, end at 2 pm, Wed and Thursdays.

 (All programs will have added field outings and excursions that will add and/or possibly change their weekly schedule at times through the year. Fridays are oftentimes the day for special Charter events and excursions. Teachers will continue to keep parents informed via their weekly emails.)


County Opportunities

Eyeglasses and Eye Exams: Please contact our District Nurse, Kelly McWaid at [email protected] if you'd like information on how students who have financial needs in SC county may qualify for free eye exams and/or new or replacement glasses.


Summer CyberCamp: We're excited to announce the return of our annual summer CyberCamps. We'd love your assistance spreading the word about this unique opportunity.

  • 2023 Summer CyberCamp registration is now OPEN
    • These are FREE week-long camps, in-person at Cabrillo in Aptos
    • Ideal CyberCampers are current 8th-12th graders and community college students with basic computer skills and little to no cybersecurity experience
    • Awesome way for students to learn about cybersecurity and connect to computer science in a relaxed environment
    • Great experience to include on college admission essays!
    • Includes Cabrillo and UCSC campus tours
  • Details: 
    • Introductory Camp is June 12–16 
    • Intermediate Camp is June 19–23
      • We recommend students taking Intermediate Camp first take Intro Camp
      • An optional Virtual Advance CyberCamp is also available for those who wish to continue further
    • Both camps run Monday–Friday from 9am–3pm 
    • Lunch, snacks and all computer equipment is provided

Summer CyberCamp Flier - English

Summer CyberCamp Flier - Spanish 


2023-2024 SLVUSD School Calendar: The 2023-2024 SLVUSD School Calendar It is posted to the Charter website SLVUSD 23-24 calendar


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.)

  • CAASPP Testing Dates (maybe subject to slight changes)
      • Monday, May 15 - Friday, May 19, 2023: Nature Academy
  • Thursday, May 18, 2023: Quail Hollow Homeschool 5th grade Advancement 10am-12pm
  • Monday, May 22, 2023: Quail Hollow Integrated Arts 8th grade Advancement 10am-1pm
    • Tuesday, May 23, 2023: Fall Creek Homeschool 5th grade Advancement 11am-1pm
    • Friday, May 26, 2023: Coast Redwood High School Graduation 10am-12pm
  • Monday, May 29, 2023: District Holiday
  • Tuesday, May 30, 2023: Coast Redwood Middle School 8th grade Advancement 10:30am-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2023: Nature Academy 8th grade Advancement 10:30am-12pm
  • Thursday, June 1, 2023: Last day of school