This Week in the News
12/07/2015 - 12/11/2015

Our Message To Parents and Students this Week - Be mindful of your time commitments, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Next steps for students is to focus on wrapping-up first semester as successfully as they can. Next steps for parents are to be supportive and allow their teen to learn on their own about their own boundaries. Parental helicoptering mistakenly "assists" our children into thinking they have no boundaries and that they can fill their days with 5 different, sometimes intense, daily activities. Teens will tell you, "I can handle it." However, in doing so, the teen brain fools the teen into thinking they are accomplishing everything on their plate. That's where we, as parents, pick up the scattered pieces in order to support the teen.Tensions rise, battles begin and shut-downs happen. No one is doing anybody any favors in these scenarios especially this time of year. Adult stress, and spikes in blood pressure is at its' peak during the winter months, while teens need for sleep gets stronger and deeper in the winter months.

Lesson: Overbooked yourself this first semester? Take that as a learning experience. We all overbook in good faith in believing that we are contributing somehow or another to the greater scheme of things, and certainly some people can handle the "overload" better than others. Look within and acknowledge your boundaries, open and use your planner book or other organizer that fits you best, and decide what is feasible for you to accomplish each and every day. Build in short-term goals. You will accomplish more and will enjoy your fruits of organization!


Hello students and families of Coast!

This is a BIG reminder to all students and families that 2 important dates are coming up quickly:

1) Month 4 attendance is due next Friday, 12/11, by 3pm
2) The end of Semester 1 is Friday, December 18th

This means that there are only 10 school days left in Semester 1!!!  Your teachers have updated all grades (CRHS classes and homeschool courses) as of today.  

Your have the following tasks, starting this weekend:
  • Log onto PowerSchool and to check ALL your course grades.  This means clicking on your grade/percentage and investigating all assignments under that course.
  • Make a note of what assignments your are missing and search your school materials in case you have them
  • Begin working on any missing assignments THIS WEEKEND if you are able to
  • Contact your teacher this coming Monday if:
    • you do not know why you have a certain grade
    • you need hard copies of missing assignments
    • you are need of guidance on how to improve your grade in such a short time
  • Consult the pacing guide for your Homeschool course so you know where you should be by the end of Semester 1
    • this was given at your Beginning of Year meeting
    • teachers consult this when giving monthly grades for these courses (i.e.  what's expected for that month as per pacing guide vs. what was submitted in that month's attendance) 
Your teachers will be accepting coursework up until Wednesday, December 16th at 3pm.

Please work very hard to end this first semester well.  Make sure to contact your Supervising Teacher (and CRHS class teacher) this Monday if you have any questions.  Remember, Keidi is onsite Monday, Wednesday, Friday only.

Have a great week and thank you all for your hard work this first half of the year!!


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.


ARTS BOOSTERS  - Sewing Workshop Tuesday, December 8th at 3:15 PM, Ceramics Room

The Arts Boosters invites any student who wants to learn how to sew, and any parent with a sewing machine to come along to our Sewing Workshop/meeting/party!  We will have a couple of projects to get started on, so come and join in the fun. Don’t forget to order dinner from Castelli's - who give back 15% to Art Boosters

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The students of the 2015-2016 Yearbook Class are excited to be making a Coast Redwood Yearbook this year, and need your help. We would like to include anyone and everyone who is involved in our school. We want to show what our amazing students are up to and want to recognize their talents. Please read the following to help us achieve our goals. :)

1. Please send baby pictures of Coast Redwood students for the baby photo guessing-gallery in the yearbook.* 

2. If you have Halloween costume photos from this year, please send them in.* 

3. If over the year you have any other pictures of Coast Redwood students doing academic or extracurricular activities, please help us out by sharing them with us.* 

*To share photos, you can send them to Keidi's email,  klewis@slvusd.org

Parents of seniors, please be looking out for an email with directions specifically for senior students: we want to have some special features for our graduating class.


Come out and enjoy an evening of music, laughter and friends.
We are several Charter students enrolled in Chorus and Concert Band
Diego Aries and Ruth Miller
Please come out in support of students and in support of the
Valley Christmas Project Can Food Drive

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There is a fundraiser happening in the K-mart Parking lot that can use your help. The Grad Night Committee has a trailer where they offer Gift Wrapping services for a donation. It has raised $2000-$3000 each year.
HOW CAN YOU HELP: Shifts are 2 hrs long (2 people per shift) and trailer is open weekends through the 20th, and then the whole week of Dec 21-24.
Please, please give a little of your time – it’s a great way to help with Grad Night without becoming too entangled.

Here’s where you sign up:

The Community Service Link
Consider signing up with your student, a friend or a relative to make the 2 hrs fly by!

Coast Redwood HS students may earn community hours for their time. Please take with you your
Community Service Log Sheet
Questions -

Kristen Praly      4h@praly.com 
Veronica Olson  veronica@andyolson.com
Kim Schultz        schultzk@jps.net


We have been granted money to build benches for the outdoor Fall Creek Amphitheater. Please email Wade Axup for days and times. This is the 12th grade project that must be started by the end of this month in order for us to benefit from the grant. This is just ONE idea of the type of benches we will build. Email -  WADE AXUP


Crazy for You Auditions 12/7-12/9


Location SLV High School MPR
Vocals and Dance: Monday, 12/7, 3-6 PM
Reading: Tuesday, 12/8, 3-5:30 or 6 PM
Callbacks: Wednesday, 12/9, 3-6 PM (this may have to get pushed to Thursday due to high school music concert that evening)

Vocal Audition Requirements:

32 bars of any musical theater song or jazz/pop standard from the 20’s, 30’s or 40’s (suggestion list below).
Each candidate MUST have their sheet music in their correct key for me to play. Absolutely no recorded accompaniments allowed.

Song suggestions include just about anything by the following composers, all of whom are considered elite members of the Great American Songbook:

George Gershwin
Jerome Kern
Irving Berlin
Cole Porter
Rodgers & Hart
Ray Henderson
Yip Harburg
Harold Arlen
Johnny Mercer
Duke Ellington
Jimmy Van Heusen

This link will give a lot of good song suggestions, though the list they give is nowhere near complete:

Songs from these shows could also work, even though they are more contemporary:

42nd Street
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Dames at Sea

Anything originally done/recorded by these artists also works:

Fred Astaire
Gene Kelly
Frank Sinatra

Please reach out if you have any questions: slvdrama@gmail.com

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Next week, you will be receiving a mailer from the SLV Foundation for Education making it easy to make your Tax Deductible donation to school groups.

We have tremendous parent support at our school and would like to thank all the volunteers who help.  Even if you can’t volunteer, there are other ways of supporting the school - and this is a great way. So watch out for that mailer, or use the link below to support our school:



SURF TEAM FUNDRAISER - Kay's 4-Star Recommendation!

Just in time for your holiday gift shopping!! Back by popular demand, the SLV Surf Team/Club is selling Surf City coffee with a special SLV Surf Blend label on it - a delicious way to support our school's aquatic athletes.

They are selling both decaf (a light roast) and regular (medium-dark roast - a great morning coffee). Stock up your pantry, and take care of holiday gifts early. Cost is $13 for a 12-ounce bag (50 cent extra if ground); 50% goes directly to the team. Orders must be placed by this coming Monday, December 1.

If you would like to order, and do not have a surf team member in your neighborhood, place your order by email to: joniwords@aol.com  

GRAD NIGHT BIDS (tickets) 

Starting on Monday, October 26 you can purchase your bids for Grad Night from Jeannette in the SLV High School Counseling Office for $75. They make great xmas gifts to your graduating senior!

SEVERAL NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES HAVE BEEN POSTED. If your student is under 18 years of age they will need to get a work permit from
Kay Mendoza in P3.


SLVUSD Charter School 15 Careers


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

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 - deadline: January 7, 2016

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

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Coast Redwood High School Garden       

In response to students and members of our community who are highly allergic to fragrances and scents, the SLVUSD Board of Trustees adopted a California School Board Association policy to make all district classrooms and offices fragrant neutral.

CRHS has parents and/or students with respiratory issues who can have negative reactions to fragrances.


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.