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Charter News • October 20

This is a short newsletter, with a few updates that are right around the corner, this week and the next.

Our SLV Charter teachers and support team continue to find various ways to work with you and your student.  Our mental health counselor has created a few additional groups for support, one for our families who have lost their homes, one for our high school students who need to unwind together.

Charter News • Oct. 4, 2020

We had a good turnout of parents who came to our last R & R Coffee check-in.  We are finding themes in what is front and center on your mind and I’ve been told by several that the sharing was beneficial.  There were many who shared the need to discuss the idea of ‘what is enough’ when it comes to learning, when and how to encourage students in their work, how to balance screen time and screen fatigue, time management, and of course loss and grief due to either the fire, the pandemic, or both.  Robin and I hope to see you this Tuesday, Oct 6th at 10 am

Charter News • Sept. 20, 2020

Each of our programs are building greater regularity with their online support; be it 1-1 conferences, daily ‘synchronous’ Zoom lessons or check-ins, parent meetings, Google Classroom organization, go-bags or boxes are still being delivered, and Danelle is still getting curriculum materials in from various sources.

...... This is a time when it’s great to remember the benefits of a Growth Mindset. As Carolyn Dweck says: “Keep Going! Our intelligence, creative abilities, and character are things that we can improve in meaningful ways. We can always learn and get better at what we do.”  When things are tough, as hard as it can be, staying positive and persevering will bring great gains. In fact, it is often during the hard times that we learn the most...though perhaps not in the ways we initially thought. Together we can get better.

Charter News  • Sept. 5, 2020

A huge thank you to our local firefighters and first responders.  They were and are tireless in their efforts in saving as much of our mountain communities as they did.  Our appreciation is endless.

It feels like ages ago that I sent out a ‘formal’ Charter News email that shared school plans.  Let’s call this a ‘Take Two’ effort at officially starting school courses and activities in earnest. Currently, the fire evacuation has been lifted for all but the farther reaches of the community.  And still many are not able to come back due to electrical and/or water constraints. Resettling and cleanup has begun for the community in general and the SLVUSD schools in specific.

Charter News • August 5, 2020

Welcome to the start of a very unique school year of Learning and Living together. This is certainly not the way that any of us would like to welcome in another wonderful year together.  We won’t have the exciting voices of children in and out of the classroom, warm welcomes at the door and seeing kids with their new school attire, but life has thrown us all into a world of uncertainty and we are all doing our best as we get to carve out a new normal; a time where Learning and Living are truly intermingled. (We will need to...

Last Charter News for 2019-20 • June 8, 2020

Here is one last newsletter to share what the Charter staff is thinking about so far as we prepare for next year. Additionally, I have listed some resources that you may want to refer to throughout the summer.

Next year, we will still work under the guidelines of the Department of Health and Santa Cruz County Office of Education as will SLVUSD as a whole. I'll be working with the County Office Taskforce regarding reopening schools; in particular with a committee focusing on Curriculum, Blended learning, Local Assessments/Grading/State Testing/Field Trips/Work-based learning.  ....

Charter News  • May 31, 2020

The end of the year is always a bittersweet time for all of us as we say goodbye to our graduates and to the students who are moving on to other high schools, to other towns, states, to futures that we will no longer be a part of.  

I have had the privilege to participate in a variety of Zoom celebrations this past week where our fabulous teachers honored each of their students, especially those advancing to high school or post-secondary life options.  As always, the teachers’ talks were personalized for our students’ whom we have known for many years, thus knowing and appreciating their full ‘humanness’.  Each program has the tradition of...

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....
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