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This Week in the News

10/5/15 - 10/9/15CSU MONTEREY BAY TOUR

What a beautiful day at Cal State University, Monterey Bay. Students, teachers and parents participated in a tour that took them around the campus (2.5 miles!) and into the Visual Arts and Technology building, the Business and Technology building, the Cinematic and Theater building, the Library and Technology building and into the student Residence Halls. Our students also ate like a college student, eating at the Student Center. All the students had great questions, discovered that the college has over 125 clubs, and is a division 2 s
chool, featuring thirteen men's and women's intercStudents on kayakollegiate sports including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, baseball, softball, women's volleyball, women's track and women's water polo. Students also found interesting facts about the old Fort Ord Army Base.

Life Touch will be at the Annex the morning of Thursday, October 15th from 9:00 - 11:30

This will be the only day for student pictures and the only day for ordering Student ID's.

If you have a morning class at SLVHS please speak with you Guidance Teacher about a release note from class. Students will be responsible for communicating to their classroom teachers and making up class time per the classroom teachers' policies.

- Students with no onsite classes on Thursday - arrive at 8:45-9:45 to avoid long lines

- Students NOT enrolled in Environmental Horticulture - arrive at 9:00am sharp

- Students enrolled in Environmental Horticulture only - arrive at 10:15 sharp

- Students enrolled in BOTH Environmental Horticulture and English - early release from class at 11:00

- No pictures will be taken after 11:30

Friday, October 9th - Field trip to the Tech Museum in San Jose. Contact Keidi Lewis for details. Permission slips mandatory.
English 11/12 class will NOT be canceled for this field trip.

PSAT TESTING - Wednesday, October 14 at SLVHS
(Grades 9, 10, 11) We strongly encourage students to take this Practice SAT test to measure their skills. Students may retake the PSAT each year
in order to identify areas on the practice college entrance exam (PSAT) that need particular attention. Students take the SAT in their Junior and Senior year. Practicing helps and raises SAT scores.

Come with $25.00 to the SLVHS counseling office on Monday, October 5th to purchase a seat. Seats are filling-up quickly.
Wade and Kay will be assisting with the testing. Testing will take place in the high school gym. 8:00am-12:00pm.

Quick Peeks

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

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

High School Student Activities - SLV High School Homecoming Dance Dance permission form

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

Job Listings & Advice - Current Job Listings

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

Nursing Schools Almanac  - Scholarship opportunities for students going into the nursing field

Parent Advisory Committee - October 13 from 3-4pm

Parent Education
- Addressing MindSet

Scholarship - Update

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

Theater Productions  - Charter students participating in Drama - (M*A*S*H)
Thrill the World coming up!
Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

   House Band                                              Lots of smiles at CRHS                           9th and 10th grade Orientation

Students learned how to make steer manure tea.
The nutrients found in manure tea make it an ideal fertilizer for garden plants. The nutrients from manure dissolves easily in water where it can be added to a sprayer or watering can. The leftover manure can be thrown in the garden or reused in the compost pile.

ToySanta Cruz Beach Boardwalkota's Drive for Schools fundraiser is here. Charter teachers will be handing out books for students to sell. Schools keep 100% of the proceeds, which means for our Charter, each Program keeps 100% of the proceeds from sales.

For Coast Redwood, that means this fundraiser will allow for our students to raise monies for 2016 Grad Night tickets, 2016 graduation cap and gown, the EHS class, our general CRHS academic fund (field trips resources) Artemis, and/or for their 2017 spring trip to the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

                                                   Please make payments in cash or check made out to CRHS. Our deadline is Wednesday, October 14th.    
                                                   Return ticket stubs to your teachers in an envelope noting your name,and where to hold your funds.

Drive For Schools, founded in 2005 by Subaru of Santa Cruz and now sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Capitola Auto Mall Dealer Group, successfully raised over $567,000 in 2014 for local schools and more than $3.4 million total since 2005. Last year 81 schools participated and Soquel High School raised just over $40,000 all by themselves. Schools sell the $5 tickets and keeps every single penny it raises.

This year the Grand Prize winner will have their choice of a brand new Toyota Prius or Subaru Outback including tax, title, and license. And, if the winner isn’t in the market for a new car, we’ll award them $25,000 in cash instead! And we will also be giving away ten $1,000 cash prizes, plus over 100 additional prizes.

College, Career, Technical Education Section

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 College and Career Night at Cabrillo on November 2nd where over 50 college admission counselors will have informational booths set up and Cabrillo will also showcase many of their own career prep programs such as culinary, law enforcement and fire training. This is one stop shopping at its best. We encourage you and your student to attend. Attached is a flier for your information.


FINANCIAL NIGHT - October 15, 2015 - PAC

College costs have been going through the roof - UC’s now cost $30,000+ per year. If you are concerned about college costs, SLV High will be hosting Steve Shapiro’s “How Will You Pay for College” presentation. Steve is a CPA and a Certified Financial Planner. He speaks to parents at many high schools each year.


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

If this works for your student please register them in a SAT test - the next one on October 3rd, (but we are now in the late registration period). Annabel Rordan, counselor at SLV HIgh School, will run preparation classes in the fall for the old SAT and for the new SAT in the spring.

SAT Workshop - Saturday, 9/26, 9am-4pm in the SLV High School MPR

ACT Workshop - Saturday, 10/10, 9am-4pm in the SLV High School MPR

Our students will all also do the PSAT this year - at SLV High School - this is important to give it your best as a good performance opens up pathway towards the National Merit Scholarships. The test costs about $25. Dates will be published as I get them. Usually mid-October.

The ACT test is unchanged and Annabel Rordan will also run a preparation class. Some students do better in this test, so check out the ACT test preparation site: click here  ACT PRACTICE TEST

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 (November 7, 2015) - www.sat.org/register

Regular Registration Deadline: October 9, 2015

Late Registration Deadline: October 23, 2015

Late Registration Deadline, Online & Phone: October 27, 2015

ACT Sign-Ups (December 12, 2015) - www.act.org

Regular Registration Deadline: November 6, 2015

Late Registration Deadline: November 7-20, 2015

Photo Upload Deadline: December 4, 2015

Community Resources


Click on RESOURCES for flyers