April 27 - May 1

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This Week in the News

Please return your "Intent to Return" form to Holly Thomas at the Quail Hollow campus Charter Office, or to your Supervising Teacher this coming week. We need your responses to gauge our staffing in the fall, and onsite course possibilities based on staffing. Thank you!

Returning Students 2015-16:
All returning students will need to register for 2015-16 by updating your information through our student online registration portal, InfoSnap.  You will be receiving an email with a new snap code in June.  Please make sure your Supervising Teacher has your current email.

New Students 2015-16: Once your enrollment has been approved through the application process, please click on the link below to complete the student on-line registration. Please download our Enrollment Registration Forms, fill them out, and send/fax them to our registrar. This will get your student on our waiting list.

REGISTRAR - fax 831-336-0131 Once a student is on the list, we will contact you to have a conversation about the options and plan the next steps for enrollment.

TO ENROLL please thoroughly read the enrollment page and the (FAQ's) so you have a firm understanding of this educational option for your teen.


Big Stick Surfing Association

Due Date: May 1, 2015

Value:  $50-$500

Criteria:  Student must demonstrate scholastic ability and a commitment to ocean sports, the preservation of the ocean environment and ecology, good citizenship and sportsmanship.  You must also be applying to higher learning or certified trade school. Please pick up an application from Jeannette in the SLV High School Counseling Office.

The spring brings many of our Charter School athletes into the world of team sports. Here is a sampling of what our student athletes are doing.
Swim and Dive Team: Portia Simmons, Nijah Newtree, Malana Olson, Cori Lairz, Ruth Miller, Dahlela Henning, Quinn Solan, and Sadie Parker.
Softball Team: senior scholar athlete Anna Ortega (off to Arizona in the fall), Bella Hayes, and Rachel Townsend.
Track: Nicole Roth Boys Golf: Tryston Cruz


Sports Physical Night is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, May 13th Every athlete needs to have an annual physical on file.  This will serve as your physical for the following school year.  Please stay tuned for more information as we will be adding an online component to the documentation this year.  The cost is $20.  Start time and more details to come shortly. 

We are heading into the final stretch of the 2014-2015 school year. Please contact your Supervising Teachers in regards to signing up for your final conference of this school year. Beginning May 18 through June 8th teachers will be conferencing with your family, reviewing your teens' second semester courses and progress, confirming their fall schedule, and assigning grades to all independent study classes. All library texts, novels and/or video and scripts must be returned to the SLV Library no later than June 3rd, as well as all fines must be paid in full. Senior diploma's will be withheld if there is an outstanding balance.

Friday, June 5 at 12:30PM at the Fall Creek Amphitheater

Registration for Summer School is now Open

  • The summer school/credit recovery program is available to eligible students who need to recover credits towards graduation or to stay on track for UC/CSU eligibility.
  • Priority will be given to students who have failed a previous course with an “F” or “D” grade.
  • Please see your student’s supervising teacher/ counselor for additional information about the summer credit recovery program.
  • The deadline for submitting registration requests will be Friday, May 22 to your supervising teacher/counselor.
  • Credit Recovery classes are not open to out of district students or incoming 9th grade students.
  • Math Summer Bridge or PE Course 1 (one semester) is available to eligible 8th graders.
  • Each class is worth 5 semester credits. 4 weeks = 1 semester course.

SLVUSD Summer School Registration Form


(CAASPP) the newer and common core edition of the STAR test, will be issued to all 11th graders beginning Tuesday, May 19

Moving away from fill-in-the-bubble tests and how assessments are changing:

For years, the CSTs (aka STAR 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 2015, all California schools will replace their old 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. Sample practice tests by clicking on the Smarter Balance Assessment link to your right.

What are the new tests trying to accomplish?

  • Measure real-world skills.

  • Allow students to apply knowledge and skills through critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving.

  • End teaching to the test.

  • Include activities that more closely mirror what students are learning and producing in class.

  • Provide a more accurate understanding of student knowledge than previous tests because they ask students to show and apply what they know, instead of just picking the right answer from a multiple-choice question.

  • Include a greater variety of questions to test student knowledge.

  • Online tests can be scored more quickly, giving teachers and parents more timely information about student performance.

As we get closer to testing in May, more information will be coming from the Charter School office and the district regarding the new state tests.

100% attendance is mandatory for this Charter and for Coast Redwood HS 11th grade students, in order to reach the required participation rate, as specified in the Charter document, and as outlined by the SLV Unified School District
. Thank you ahead for supporting this Charter and your families' educational option.

CRHS staff will host a lunch on Friday following the completion of the testing!


Tuesday, May 19
11th grade ELA  CAT  (room P3 - 9:00- 12:00)
11th grade ELA  Activity Classroom Activity (room P3 -12:30-1:30)

Wednesday, May 20
11th grade ELA  Performance Task (room P4 - 8:30-12:00 / 12:30-2:00)
* may or may not take the full time allotted for all students

Thursday, May 21
11th grade Math - CAT (room P5 - 9:00-11:30)
11th grade Math - Classroom activity (room P5 - 11:30-12:15)

Friday, May 22
11th grade Math Performance Task (room P5 - 9:00 -12:00)

LUNCH ON US! (12:15 )

Stanford's High School Summer College is an academically selected program that provides high-achieving high school students with the ability to attend Stanford University in the summer. The program runs 8-weeks and participants enroll as visiting undergraduates students. Summer College students can choose from 145 courses across 30 university departments. Dates: June 20 through August 16. Ages: 16-19.  Live at home and attend Stanford! Applications are open. For more information; visit Stanford Summer College Program

The staff is happy to assist students with a letter of recommendation, however, this process can take up to 2 weeks to complete. Please anticipate your needs for letters and schedule a time to meet with your supervising teacher to map-out due dates of Recommendation Letters.


All Seniors Interested in considering Cabrillo as either their definite plan for next year or their back up plan should follow the necessary steps to be part of "Running Start"- Cabrillo's priority registration for graduating high school seniors in Santa Cruz County. Please go to the website and start the process as soon as possible:  

Required Steps to Participate in Running Start to be completed by April 17, 2015

1.  Complete Cabrillo College Application - Application

Within 5 days you will receive a student ID via email. You will need this to complete all following steps!

2.   Submit the Online Running Start Intent Form
- Running Start Intent Form
At least 2 weeks before you take the Assessment test

3.    Apply for Financial Aid -  even if you think you don’t qualify! Financial Aid

4.   Complete Online Orientation - Online Orientation

Print Certificate of Completion or take a screen shot on your smart phone and bring with you to Assessment testing.

5.   Take the Assessment Test - Check with your Cabrillo counselor for assessment days and times. If you have an IEP or 504 plan, please contact your high school counselor if extra test taking time or other accommodations are needed.

6.   Attend an Education Plan Workshop - Plan your Fall 2015 classes! Workshop schedules can be found here: Workshops

If you need to speak with a counselor, call 831.479.6275 or 479.6385 in Aptos, or 786.4734 in Watsonville.


FREE After School Tutoring -  2:30 PM - 4:00pm, Monday - Thursday in the high school library.


Did you know that the HS Library is open Monday through Friday from 7AM to 5PM? It's a great place to study, get HW completed, read your novel, write your essay, CHECK PowerSchool, or collaborate on a group project. Take advantage of one of the nicest libraries in Santa Cruz County.  The library staff has extended library hours for YOU!

The following links are reference materials for students planning to apply for four-year State Universities and UC.

Community Colleges such as Cabrillo College, do not require the SAT/ACT, however admissions does require course placement tests in English and in Math. For additional information, please refer to our links/tabs noted above under GUIDANCE and  ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS TO COLLEGE

When's the Best Time to Take the SAT?

The SAT and other College Board tests are offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.

Create a test-taking schedule based on your college application plan.

SAT College Admissions Exam
SAT is offered on March 14, May 2 and June 6

MAY 2  test date:

Regular Registration Deadline: APRIL 6

Late Registration Deadline: APRIL 17

Late Registration Deadline; Online & Phone: APRIL 21, 2015

JUNE 6 test date:

Subjects Test

Regular Registration Deadline: MAY 8

Late Registration Deadline: MAY 22

Late Registration Deadline; Online & Phone: MAY 27

ACT is offered on April 18, and June 13

APRIL 18 test date:

Regular Registration Deadline: March 13

Late Registration Deadline: March 14-27

Photo Upload Deadline: Check website for dates.

JUNE 13 test date:

Regular Registration Deadline: May 8

Late Registration Deadline: May 9-22

Photo Upload Deadline: Check website for dates.



Did you know that nearly 1 out every 8 students in the charter participates in at least one athletic program? Did you know that SLV is the only district in Santa Cruz County that is a NO PAY TO PLAY for sports due to the Booster and District Office support and cooperation?

Charter students are currently participating on almost every sport team offered in the district.

Soccer, Cross-Country, Track, Swimming, Diving, Water-Polo, Golf, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, and Football.

How does SLV School District pay for sports?

The District Office, Athletic Boosters and Individual Team Sports ASB accounts pay for the SLV High School athletic program.

What do the Boosters pay for?

  • Team Uniforms  

  • Sports Equipment

  • Conference fees                                                 

  • Sports Facility Repair and  Improvements

  • Team Awards

Bingo Bingo is the Athletic Boosters’ main source of revenue. It raises approximately $10,000 a month that goes to both our Boosters’ general fund and to individual sports.  Bingo is played every Monday night of the year in the Portuguese Hall which is located in Santa Cruz between Costco and Harvey West Park.  Bingo raises money for sports in two ways.  The first is through a dedicated core team of parents that volunteer one Monday each month to run bingo.  They generate money for the Boosters general fund. The second way is by giving money directly to a sport.  Every sport gets assigned bingo night(s).  Four parents from that sport are asked to work bingo for one night. The Boosters then deposits $500.00 into that sport’s ASB account for each bingo night worked.  


***WANTED*** Our Bingo core team needs parents! (commitment: one Monday evening a month).  Also needed, one to three people to take over the operation of Bingo.  Currently most of our core team and operational manager are parents whose children have graduated. Remember, Bingo raises the most money for SLVHS sports.

Our parents and community members do so much to support our students, and I urge you to help out if you have been "meaning to" but have not quite yet jumped into something.  Thanks for your help!


The Grad Night Committee has been hard at work fundraising in order to make June 12th a night our kids won't forget, but we need your help with two of our main sources of funding:

It's time to buy your child's bid to attend Grad Night! Send in a check for $75 made payable to Grad Night 2015, give it to Jeannette Lange in the SLV Counseling Office. Please don't delay paying for your child's ticket to Grad Night: we depend on ticket sales in order to pay deposits on entertainment for the event and we don't want to start cutting items from our budget due to lack of funds.

Thank You,

Grad Night 2015 Committee

Grad Night 2015

Promoting a "Safe & Sober" Graduation Celebration

The SLV "Grad Night Class of 2015" Committee is fundraising for this year's Grad Night. Nationwide, the Senior Prom and graduation nights have the highest fatality rates of any night for teenagers. This is why the parents and community in the San Lorenzo Valley have continued for nearly 30 years, put on a "Safe and Sober" Grad Night celebration for the graduating senior.

It isn't enough to just put on a Grad Night. We take pride in providing a thrilling, unique event which transforms the SLV campus into a world of carnival rides, casinos, and other entertainments. The success of this event has enabled us to maintain a 90% attendance rate, keeping graduates safe while having a great time.

Any business or person who donates to any of our events will have their name or business listed on a large sign that will be out up at every fundraising event and Grad Night itself, thanking them for supporting our youth. This will give you maximum exposure for your business.

How can you help?

Host a Dinner Out and contribute % of proceeds to Grad Night 2015

Donate an item of "Indulgences" the Wine and Chocolate Tasting Fundraiser and Silent Auction (gift certificate, gift item, gift basket, etc)

Donate food or drink, or other item for Grad Night on June 12, 2015

Send a Tax Deductible donation (non-profit tax ID #946002633)

CONTACT: SLV Grade Night Class of 2015, P.O. Box 44  Felton, CA 95018


Please click on the following link to view a variety of opportunities for your child(ren) that are offered throughout the valley and Santa Cruz areas by various organizations, such as Boy/Girl Scouts, Sports, Arts-Drama-Theater, Local Events, Community Service, Quest/YMCA (before/after-school child care), etc.

Link here: https://sites.google.com/a/slvusd.org/community-link/

This link is provided as a courtesy for parents & students, by the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District, to receive information of current local events and opportunities.  The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District does not sponsor or endorse any of the organizations or events that are located here.

Official Dates & Holidays for 2014-2015
August 26, 2014 - First Day of School
September 1, 2014 - Labor Day Holiday
October 31, 2014 - Non-Instructional Day
November 11, 2014 - Veteran's Day Holiday
November 26-28, 2014 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break
December 20, 2014 - January 2, 2015 - Winter Holiday Break
January 5, 2015 - Semester break day (no school)
January 19, 2015 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
January 20, 2015 - Non-Student Day (teacher workday)
February 9, 2015 - Lincoln's Birthday Holiday
February 16, 2015 - President's Day Holiday
March 30-April 3, 2015 - Spring Break Holiday
April 6, 2015 - Non-Instructional Day
May 25, 2015 - Memorial Day Holiday
June 11, 2015 - Last Student Day

Parenting and Teaching Tips

At Coast Redwood High School, teachers practice what is referred to in education, as "self-directed learning," or SDL. Challenging students to excel.

The key to self-direction is encouraging teens to design and accomplish their own learning tasks and then motivating them to motivate themselves to learn. SDL is designed to motivate. It offers a transition from control by others to control of oneself. Freedom is given as responsibility is taken. Teens learn to find and pursue their interests, to struggle and achieve, and to demonstrate their achievements and reap the rewards. They learn about themselves by finding out what they can do and become. They learn about others, find companionship,
and see themselves as they are seen by the many individuals and groups they experience. From participation in team sports, drama/theater, clubs, classes, volunteerism, employment, and community service, teen's learn about the world and how to move through it competently.

As teens take control of their education and their lives, they wish to be guided by these factor noted below:

1. Motivation
2. Finding and support while pursuing their passion
3. Translating interests into clear and compelling goals
4. Connections with family, mentors and employers
5. Receiving positive feedback
6. Challenge appropriately by teaching them to challenge themselves
7. Understanding a "problem" and work collectively towards a solution

The essential elements of SDL are five fundamental principles. Take a look at each principle, and see how these can be applied and reinforced at home, school and work.

1. Student control over as much of the learning experience as possible. This represents a shift from outer control (teacher/parent) to inner control. which separates childhood dependencies.

2. Skill development. Inner control is aimless unless students learn to focus and apply their talents and energies intensely.

3. Students' learning to challenge themselves to their best possible performance. Self-direction is dormant without challenge.

4. Student self-management, that is, management of themselves and their learning enterprises. In SDL, choices and freedoms are matched by self-control and responsibilities.

5. Self-motivation and self assessment. By setting important goals for themselves, arranging for feedback on their work, and achieving success, they learn to inspire their own efforts.


2014-2015 District School Calendar

Coast Redwood High School

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