News & Announcement

Charter News • May 15, 2020

It has been great to have a slight lifting of the Shelter in Place restrictions and feel that Spring is here, with some lovely days of rain to freshen the air.  

As a reminder, all of the Charter Programs will have a modified schedule through the rest of the school year, with this week, May 18-22 being the last ‘regular week’.  

May 25, Memorial Day Holiday will start a four day week of modified work and Zoom meetings along with most of our Graduations/Advancement celebrations. 
The first week of June will only be for students to turn in any late work and we will have a few other celebrations on June 1, 2. (All of our celebration dates are in the Dates to Remember at the end of this Newsletter.)  

The Charter Programs are...

Charter News  • May 4, 2020

School ends June 4. Distance Learning with your teachers will end and hopefully, we will all be breathing a little easier, the State and Country will start opening up, and we will begin to work more towards the next steps in refining our new normal.

I want to quote something one of our Charter teachers shared with her families:
“It has been so inspiring to see the kids helping each other (and me!) overcome technical hurdles. Each of us seems to hold a different piece of the puzzle and we are all needed! Whether they may have chosen it or not, the kids are going to come out of this period with much greater technical skills which will serve them well for years to come. Even more important ....

Charter News • April 20, 2020

In talking to my staff and hearing from students and parents, there is agreement that the past week was the one where the longer-term effects of our Shelter in Place existence and living with the Covid-19 virus more deeply settled into the social fabric that is affecting students’ learning.
For some families, ....

It is important to be cognizant of the disparity there is in how students and families are able to weather the school closure and the Covid-19 shut down when we begin to think about what we will do regarding the end of year grades or assessments.

I want to rest any concerns that....

Charter News • April 3, 2020

Before we go on our Spring Break and we all (hopefully) get off screens in as much as we can, I wanted to share some great ideas you may want to be aware of and may want to do while you are on Staycation break together.

In particular, our Master Gardener, Melanie...

Charter News • March 27, 2020

A huge thank you and commendations to all of the fabulous Charter staff and wonderful families for shifting into this crazy Coronavirus world with such grace and collaborative ideas.  It was the quickest change in systems and teaching as we know it in all the years I have been working in education.  

I am so impressed by the way our staff has rallied together and maintained their personalized communication and teaching with all of their families from day one of our Distance Learning. 

I know, without a shadow of a doubt that ...

School Closure update

As you know through our Superintendent emails, all schools in Santa Cruz County will be closed all next week, March 16-20.  Under this tough situation, the Charter teachers and students are doing an amazing job of staying positive and planning for the best in uncharted territory this virus has thrown us in. Expect to receive more...

Nature Academy Information Night ONLINE NOW

Due to school closures our Nature Academy Information Night is online.
Learn about our 6–8th-grade charter program based on the ideal of the Scholar Adventurer! We are accepting applications NOW.

Thank you for your patience as we quickly transitioned to supporting our students and families through Distance Learning.
It has been quite the learning curve for everyone! We hope to see you in our program next year

Charter News • February 29, 2020

Your student should have brought home an ‘Intent to Return’ form sometime at the end of last week. This form holds your spot for next year. Receiving a form back from everyone helps us to determine our staffing as well as our course offerings at some of our programs.

We ask

Charter News  • February 8, 2020

At our last Professional Development day on January 31, the afternoon’s session was on Trauma-informed practices in the classroom. This included discussing Brain basics and the neuro-sequential model of instruction that helps to ensure that students can stay motivated and self-regulated in the lesson and activities.  The staff also learned, (or re-learned) the importance of making sure that they are conscious of the self-care they need throughout the week to keep themselves at their optimum ability level.  • What can adults do to help create a feeling of safety for children? • What do you do....

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