Charter News•June 5, 2023

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. -Cicero


Dear Charter Families,


This is my last email to all of you.  It is with a full heart that I retire as the principal of the SLV Charter.  Over the last 12+ years as principal, and previous to that for 7+ years as one of the teachers, I have remained inspired by this Charter staff who work with such strong dedication and heart for the families who chose to enroll and work in partnership with each other. We have become like family to each other over the years that have given us many ups and downs to travel through.


I believe in our Mission to ‘create and sustain unique alternatives to traditional school models within the public education system in order to support lifelong learners.’  Our programs may not be for everyone, but we have come to be known as one of the best Charter schools in the Santa Cruz area in the time that I have been here. Building strong relationships, supporting each other with respect and responsibility, having a staff who works above and beyond their hours with passion and commitment, parents and students who are here to care for and work together, integrating social-emotional learning, life-long guidelines and lifeskills into our academics; these are the foundations that I am proud to call the backbone of our Charter.


I wish you all the best.  I have full trust in the leadership that Ms. Kerry le Roux will bring with her, especially as she will have a solid team of teachers and staff members alongside her, helping to guide the programs that will always work in partnership with their students and families.  


There is no community more resilient than SLV.  Your roots are solid.  The Charter community has a deep web of positive commitment. You too, have become like family to each other over the years that have given us many ups and downs to travel through.


May you always find time to laugh and play with your children.  May you always find joy and beauty in the world around you.  May you work to support the environment in a sustainable manner.  May you find gratitude in even your hardest of days. 


Thank you for sharing your children with us.  I wish you all the best in the years to come.



P.S. Please read on for news about next year and some summer information.


Plans for Next Year: 

  • First day of school for students is August 10th
  • Next email correspondence:  
    • Expect an email from your new principal at the start of August or earlier.
    • Teachers will be sending their first email to their families at the start of their time back; which is on August 8th
  • New teachers:  I cannot shared some of the Charter’s new employees until they are approved at the June 7th board meeting.  But I am happy to have been able to hire terrific new staff members for our Charter for next year.
    • Math teacher for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Nature Academy students
    • English teacher for the 7th / 8th grade Nature Academy students
    • Library/Media Specialist for our K-8 library.  
  • Additionally, we still have two Instructional Aide positions open.  I will be increasing the number of hours for each position.  --Please consider applying for one of the positions posted on edjoin.  We have such fabulous parents; it would be great of we could employ you part-time to help with our students alongside our teachers.

  • Music and Art specialists
    • Sadly our Band teacher, Nathan Gonzales’ work day has been filled up with the music needs of BCE and SLE elementary schools. We have been actively exploring options for next year and are looking to see if he can continue with us on Wednesday afternoons until we find someone else.
    • We are looking into more of the specific State requirements on ways in which we can hire additional visual and performing arts instructors for our various grade levels.
  • Excursions and Special Events
    • We will no longer be using Headwaters for our overnight field excursions next year. In the coming year, staff will be exploring other outdoor education programs.
    • All programs will continue to have field trips and excursions for their students throughout the year.
    • We will once again start the year with an All-Charter beach day on the first Friday of the school year.  Our teachers have already created a schedule of events throughout the school year; many of them ones where they integrate with the various other SLV Charter programs

Summer School Athletic Opportunities: Please see the below info about athletic participation opportunities happening this summer. 

These are voluntary opportunities and open to all SLVHS and Coast Redwood Students (including incoming 9th graders)


Football: Meeting Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning 6/5/23 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. See attached slide show for complete details and contact information. 


Cross Country/Track and Field: 

Mondays and Wednesday at 9:00am meeting at Henry Cowell beginning on 6/5/23

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00am meeting ay SLVHS beginning on 6/6/23

Contact Bill Johnson ([email protected]) and Patricia Pollock for more details ([email protected])


Water Polo: Water Polo season training starts at the end of July. There will be some swimming training throughout the summer. 

Times to be determined. Please email Wally Brondstratter for more info: [email protected]


Volleyball: Open gyms will be offered throughout the summer. 

Please email coach Connor Dunham for information and to be sure you receive the details on volleyball activities including Fall tryout dates: [email protected]


Girls Soccer: Summer training beginning June 21 at SLVHS:

Mondays: strength and agility, 10:00-11:30 am

Wednesdays: strength & skills, 5:00-6:30 pm

Fridays: strength & skills, 10:00-12:30 am

Please reach out to Coach Kim Petersen to get into the communication loop: [email protected]


Boys Basketball: Open gyms and a summer league will be Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. Please email coaches Darly and Leean Nounnan for details and to be sure you get all the info: [email protected], [email protected]


Girls Basketball: Open gyms and a summer league will be Mondays and Wednesday throughout the summer. Please email coach Kenedi Walters for details and to be sure you get all the info: [email protected]


Softball: Softball will be hosting weekly clinics and workouts all summer long. Go to and join our mailing list for details.


Baseball: Baseball will be participating in a summer league. Incoming 9th graders are welcomed and encouraged. 

The cost for the Summer League is $120. Cash or check payable to SLV Athletic Boosters please.

Please use the link below to sign up. See attached schedule. Email coach Shane Sutcliffe if you have questions: [email protected]

Summer League Sign Up Sheet 


OUTSIDE SUPPORT RESOURCES: for anyone who may need help or support

Should you be experiencing a mental health crisis please contact: 1-877-663-5433  24 hour crisis line for support  or Local 24 hour crisis line for support:  831-458-5300     

  • Suicide/ Talk Hotline: 1-877-663-5433     (831) 458-5300 1-800-273-8255
  • Servicio para la Prevencion del Suicidio: 1-877-663-5433
  • Santa Cruz Women's Health Center: (831) 427-3500, 250 Locust St, Santa Cruz
  • Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, and Healthy Kids Health Ins. (831) 334-3395
  • Teen Program and other resources at MCR (831) 335-6600
  • Woman, Infants and Children: (831) 426-3911
  • Together in the Park: MCR (831) 335-6600
  • Salud Para La Gente (Watsonville) (831) 728-0222
  • Rainbow Counseling: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, queer and questioning adults, youth, couples and their families. Santa Cruz: (831) 423-9444
  • Santa Cruz Superior Court Self Help Ctr/Family Law Facilitator, Watsonville Law Ctr: (831) 722-2845
  • Shelter Outreach Plus: (831) 384-3388
  • National Alliance on Mental Health: 427-8020
  • Diversity Center: 423-5422
  • Health Service Agency, Alcohol and Drug Program: 454-5483
  • Transgender Teen Project:427-4004
  • Safe Schools Project: Ron Indra 427-4014
  • The Camp Recovery Services: 800-924-2879

County Opportunities




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 




Summer CyberCamp:  2023 Summer CyberCamp registration is 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

__________________________________________________________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.)

  • Thursday, August 10; first day of school
  • Friday, August 11; All-Charter Beach day