In the News This Week

Martin Luther King Day - Monday (Holiday)

- DATES: 12/14 through 1/ 22/16

On Friday students met with their "Tribes" class groups (9/10) and (11/12) and participated in our 3x a year Growth Mindset exercises, as well as, a goal writing exercise defining student short-term goals starting now through June. Each student also set-up their academic plan by projecting their next year courses and how they plan to execute their plan through onsite courses or through independent study. Students also filled out their ROP Save-A-Spot sheets, or their SLV HS concurrent course forms and seniors fill-out their graduation cap and gown forms.

The Writing Benchmark topic was reviewed with directions, a rubric, SLO's, and how to integrate our student learning outcomes into the essay, as well as a sample paper. If your teen is enrolled in our English classes, essay drafts are due on the first day back to class. Students enrolled in home study English, their essays are due on Friday, January 22

All forms, with the exception of the senior cap and gown form, were collected and will be returned to each supervising teacher. Each teacher will set-up individual times to meet students prior to mid-February to confirm all requests and offer alternatives and guidance. These academic plans are fluid and subject to change. However, the forms are very helpful for the teachers, even with potential changes. With this data we can determine future courses, ROP and concurrent enrollment possibilities.

- January 22 with your Month 5 attendance OR in your onsite English class this week
Refer to page 3 of this document for the complete list of our student learning outcomes. Be sure to integrate several of the outcomes into your autobiographical incident benchmark essay.


SLV High School teacher (and fellow Charter teacher) Tamera Smith is inviting all students who are interested to join the Fashion Club.  Meetings are held in the Ceramics room, E3 during the Lunch hour, January 20, and 27th.  For more information, please email Tamera at tsmith@slvusd.org


The HS Library is Open from 7AM to 5PM everyday.  It is a great place to study, collaborate in group projects, use the computers, write essays, conduct research or curl up with a new book.


The 2016 Swimming and Diving season begins February 1st.  If you are involved in a Winter sport such as soccer, basketball, wrestling, etc., you may come out after your sport has concluded but attend the lunch sign up. We begin practice on Monday, February 1stWe will be having a sign up at lunch on January 27th with lunch provided.

If you have not played a sport this year or have not gotten your school physical you must have that done prior to attending a practice.  If you have played a sport you must get your permit to practice from our trainer Andrew.

If you know of anyone else who wants to give Swim/Diving a try please have them come and talk to the coaches at lunch on January 27th on the pool deck or MPR if it’s raining.


Our Annual Fundraising dinner will be on Saturday, February 13th from 6:00-9:00pm at the Zayante Firehouse. This year will have a Valentine's Day theme and will be serving your choice of Beef tenderloin in red wine sauce or a seasonal vegetable stuffed portabello mushroom, with vegetable and dessert.  Live entertainment, a silent auction and beer and wine will be for sale.  All proceeds raised go to providing athletic scholarships and keeping our sports low-to-no-cost.

Middle School Surf Team and Club Flyer.jpg


Were you aware that there is a surf club available to students who are interested?  One of our very own Charter parents, Joni Martin, has been involved with this organization for quite some time and is inviting students to come and check it out!  There is a club team for high school and another for middle school age students. Please read the attached flyers for more information.


A fantastic experience and a incredible addition to your academic resume. Sample clusters include areas in: astronomy, biodiesel, bio/mechanical engineering, computer, computer models of sound, earthquake engineering, electro-optics, engineering, environmental toxicology, game design, genetics & biocontrol, lasers, music & technology, mobility engineering, nanochemistry, nuclear technology, number theory, oceanography, robotics, and tumor biology.

Summary of Program
COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Talented and motivated students completing grades 8-12 have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, researchers and scientists in state-of-the-art facilities, while exploring advanced STEM topics far beyond the courses usually offered in California high schools. Through challenging curricula that are both hands-on and lab intensive, COSMOS fosters its students’ interests, skills, and awareness of educational and career options in STEM fields.

Students apply to one of the four University of California’s COSMOS campuses — UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz. While each campus employs the best practices in STEM education, the curriculum of each program builds on the unique teaching and research expertise of its faculty and host campus. Each campus can only accommodate about 160-200 participants, so selection is competitive. A typical COSMOS student has a GPA of 3.5 or above. Students must have achieved academic excellence. The application will be available online January 19th. In making admission decisions, we consider the following factors:
  • Grades, especially in math and science courses
  • Math/science teacher recommendations
  • Participation in math/science activities
  • Responses to short-response questions

Program Dates
COSMOS 2016 dates:
UC Irvine: July 10 - August 5
UC Santa Cruz, San Diego and Davis: July 10 - August 6
Application Fee: $30 (non refundable)
Tuition Fee*: $3,400 (includes room and board)

* Students from outside of California pay the out-of-state fee of $6,000 and are not eligible for financial assistance.

Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available for tuition. All accepted students must pay a $200 non-refundable deposit at the time of accepting the offer. This amount is counted toward the tuition, and is not covered by the financial assistance. Students who are residents of and attend school in California may apply for financial assistance. Students will be evaluated for financial assistance based on family size, income and availability of funding.


Refined Class Definition from Counselor Jennifer Sims

“2016!! A new year means new choices and opportunities for growth.  In my time as the school counselor for the Charter school, I've come to learn that the students here are savvy, strong, independent thinkers with a drive to understand themselves in an authentic way.  My Wellness and Empowerment for Teens program,TEEN WE, is here to be a part of that process.  Starting Tuesday, January 26, this weekly, education and discussion group will cover topics that are important to you! We will meet every Tuesday from 2:30-3:30 pm, in P3, until school's out in June. Topics will be covered in three week cycles. The first cycle of three classes we will learn how to manage stress: What it is, where and how it manifests in our lives, and we will end with experiential activities that will help us cope with it. THIS WILL BE A DROP-IN OPPORTUNITY.

I've got a lot of ideas to share, and I'd love to hear yours.  If you are in 8th - 12th grade, contact me at jsims@slvusd.org to ask questions or give feedback. See you soon!”

You can always contact Jen for any reason via her email jsims@slvusd.org.

Google Docs Video


has arrived!
We asked and you answered!

This group will be held on Tuesdays, and focus on

the issues important to YOU!

Not sure, but you still want to check it out?

2:30pm-3:30pm Room P3

Jennifer Sims, MA, NCC

M.A. Community Counseling

Jenn is also available to our Charter students by appointment.


Required Steps to Participate in Running Start!

MUST be Completed by April 15, 2016!

Cabrillo College Running Start Directions

  • Still in High School? Watnt to take cabrillo classes with no tuition? Learn More


Suggested Courses for Concurrent High School Students


Cabrillo College is excited to offer an open entry/open exit Physical Education class for students starting in January 2016! Students enroll in KIN 22L-Strength Training or KIN 24L-Lifetime Fitness. Once enrolled, students will have access to the state-of-the-art Cabrillo Wellness Education Center during open business hours.  Students will log in & out each time they work out and receive transferable physical education units.

Students may enroll in the one unit classes up until the 12th week of the semester.  Students may register for 1.5-3 unit sections up until the 5th week of the semester.

Visit our Wellness Education Center webpage for more information:

Cabrillo High School Release Form

Cabrillo's new Concurrent Enrollment Form is now available on our website! The old form will still be accepted but please do NOT fill out section numbers unless you are using them to restrict the student's hours of attendance at Cabrillo. If section numbers are listed on the form those will be the only sections the student will be able to register for. In general we will be approving the student at the course level so that they can register in any available section through WebAdvisor on or after their priority date and time. This will also allow them to add/drop sections of approved courses through WebAdvisor.

Another change is that, since we are not actually registering the student, the student does not have to be present for us to process the form. Someone else can now bring the form to Admissions and Records for the student, we will process it at the window and return it to the person who brought it in. Forms may also be emailed to webreg@cabrillo.edu with the subject "Concurrent Registration" and will be processed within two working days. We can not accept faxes since we need the ability to respond to the student if the form is incomplete, or we have not received their current semester application to the college. If there is a problem we will respond to emails via the email address from which the form was received.

Please note that parent/guardian signatures are required for ALL high school students, even those age 18 and over.

In celebrating wins, huge congratulations go out to the Girls Varsity Water Polo Team for earning 1st place in League and an impressive 12-0 season!  These student-athletes are fierce in the pool and represent teamwork in so many ways.  Congratulations to Coach Wally Brondstatter and Sara Cooper for their leadership.

CRHS athletes: Dahlela Hennig, Ruth Miller, and Mikaela Tyree - Way to go ladies!!

IMG_6930  Another celebration for the GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM - 3rd Place!

CRHS athletes: Nicole Roth - Way to go ladies!



Our first Meeting of The Tribes brought our students together for the first time since orientation 6 weeks ago. We heard lots of laughter and reacquainting with one another on Friday. The staff values these opportunities for our students to get together. As home schoolers, not everyone is enrolled in classes. In this case, besides all-charter educational outings, many students may feel disconnected from their peers. Our "Tribal" meetings are valuable links to parent education, important messages to students, 2nd quarter writing benchmarks, progress reports, power school trouble shooting as well as, a forum for asking questions about college, career and technical schools, applications, etc.

This is also our time to connect with ALL students. This year our emphasis is on MindSet. At orientation, Brian gave a brief introduction of the roll of mind and body, and we are continuing that thread through exploring MindSet and the brain.

The next mandatory Tribal Meeting will be held in January and again in March.

Quick Peeks

2016 Grad Night Info - View pictures of last years "Circus" Grad Night - Contact: Kristen Praly

Art Gallery - Student art gallery is building!

Creating Community Solutions for Student Success - Valuable resources for children in grades Kinder through College.

Homeschoolers of the San Lorenzo Valley Facebook Page - Get in touch with many more home school families and friends

Growing Up Santa Cruz - Facebook page - Get in touch with more home school families and activities in Santa Cruz

Math Tutoring Resources
- Meet Aaron Shaw

Mondays from 12-3:30
in portable P5 with teacher Brian Heery; primarily to support students in Math 1 & 2

Student Services and Resources - Student and Family Counselor, Jennifer Simms
Referral Form Counseling Referral Form
Consent for Counseling
Consent for Counseling



Our start of a Charter Community Seed Resource Program

A HUGE THANK YOU to our local Renee's Garden for this extremely generous donation of seeds!
We are so very grateful!! Please check out www.reneesgarden.com and support this awesome local business!!
Charter Community Seed Exchange details coming soon.

College, Career, Technical Education Section


Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: MPR (Multi-Purpose Room)


Speaker, Leslie Burns

AP Teachers, Kim Armstrong, Marty Schafer. Lauren Yurkovich

Cabrillo College, Dejon Weldon

CSU Monterey Bay, Eliseo Diaz

UC Santa Cruz, Michael McCawley

College and Career Exploration:
This is a great year for your student(s) to get serious about colleges and careers that might be good fits for them down the road. Family vacations should include college visits if possible. College campuses are some of the most beautiful places to visit and the evidence clearly supports that students who visit college campuses are much more likely to attend. Another way to get information about colleges is to attend informational booths set up at lunch time on the SLV High School central lawn area. Colleges showcase many of their own career prep programs such as culinary, law enforcement and fire training. This is one stop shopping at its best.


The PassAssured’s Pharmacy Technicial Training Program is designed to completely prepare an individual to pass either national exam (PTCB or ExCPT). PassAssured’s PTTP is web based and can be instituted as one semester senior level certification preparatory class or it can be expanded to two semesters. Immediately after graduation, the student would be eligible to sit for the national exam!

PassAssured’s PTTP is $299.00/student/year. The PTTP offers, upon successful completion, a certificate of completion. The certificate as well as the appropriate paperwork to forward to the CA State Board of Pharmacy is an additional fee of $40.00 for a total price of $339.00.

Please refer to the web site www.passassured.com for a product demo. You may also call toll free at 866-778-7277 during business hours (8am-5pm, CST, Monday through Friday).

Scholarships EQUALS Money for College New Scholarship Listing is now available in the SLV High School Counseling Office. Ask for Jeannette.

NEW Scholarship Listing


Due Date: March 2, 2016

Value:      $500


Criteria:    The Hamilton Award recognizes high school juniors for their academic, personal and service achievements. Every year, we select 35 to 40 students nationally to enter our leadership program. Through the Hamilton Leaders Academy, we help our Scholars get into college, a transition to university life and then the workforce. Please visit their website http://hamiltonscholars.org/the-program/faqs/


Consider participating in the San Lorenzo Valley Rotary Speech Contest.


The 4-WAY Test

Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3. Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran chose “Be a Gift to the World“ as his theme for 2015-2016. President Ravindran is urging club members to “Be a Gift to the World” by continuing our fight against polio, and increasing club membership. "Be a Gift to the World” is more than our theme. It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, and every country we serve.

2016 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study, and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
  • demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • be citizens of the United States of America;
  • be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and
  • plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.

In addition, semifinalists must be nominated by an eligible community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization, and must provide documentation to certify academic performance and financial need. Finalists will be interviewed via Skype or telephone by a member of the selection committee. Learn more about the qualifications of a GE-Reagan Foundation Scholar. Counselors and teachers, download a program flyer here.


CSUs: Application submission starts on October 1st.
UCs:   The online application has been published - so go ahead and have a look,and note the personal statement prompts are different from the Common Application essay prompts. Submission goes from October 1st to November 30th

The old SAT will be offered until January 2016. From March 2016, the new test will be offered. The difference between the two? The vocabulary section will be gone, there will be a calculator-free math section, the essay portion will be beefed up, and there will be no penalty (as there is now) for wrong answers on the multiple choice.

Some students, however, may find that the old test is 
easier for their work style - so get them to take the free on-line practice test offered by College Board. click here  SAT PRACTICE-COLLEGE BOARD

Taking the SAT Practice Test is a stress-free (and free) way to find your strengths and weaknesses on the SAT. You can test online, or you can print it out.

Official SAT Practice through Khan Academy

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 Sign-Ups

(January 23, 2016) - www.sat.org/register

Regular Registration Deadline: December 28, 2016

Late Registration Deadline: January 8, 2016

Late Registration Deadline, Online & Phone: January 12, 2016

ACT Sign-Ups

(February 6, 2016) - www.act.org

Regular Registration Deadline: January 8, 2016

Late Registration Deadline: January 9-15, 2016

Photo Upload Deadline: January 29, 2016

Community Resources


Click on RESOURCES for flyers