In the News This Week


SPRING TESTING DATES - Next Week 4/19-4/22 and May 2

11th grade - ELA - 12:30-2:30 (room P3)
Tuesday - April 19 through Friday, April 22 

10th grade - Science - 12:30-2:30  (room P4)
Wednesday - April 20 and Friday - April 22

11th grade - Math - 12:40-2:00 (room P5)
Monday - May 2 and Wednesday, May 4


Required Steps to Participate in Running Start!

MUST be Completed by April 15, 2016!

Cabrillo College Running Start Directions


From start......

To finish!

What great team work everyone! We now have seating for 65+ people!
Thank you Mark Becker, Wade Axup, Stephan Weiss, Carl White, and Sebastien Praly. These were our dedicated men-folk who came out on Saturday's with their tools and knowledge.

Thank you to our women-folk who came out each Saturday and orchestrated the purchasing of
funding, blueprints, our materials and coffee! Kusum Tracy (Charter Booster Club), Brenda Tealer, Kristen Praly, and Kay Mendoza

Shout-Outs to our student volunteers - Katelyn Praly, Stella Maddox, Ben Murphy, Alec Adamson, Viviana Cristallo, Amaya Kay, John Reed, Claire Robertson, Mason Miller, Quinn Becker, Jonathan Weiss.
If I left you off of the list, please accept my apologies.

A celebration will take place in May and our graduating class of 2016 and their families and friends will be the first class to enjoy the new benches on Friday, June 3, 2016


Please continue working on your Senior Exit Portfolio. Here is the link to your directions, outline and forms.

(No SEP, no Prom) Bring your Portfolio to your Supervising Teacher when completed

Remember, you may come in Fridays to P3 between 12:45 and 2:00 to get advice and instruction.


SLVHS Junior/Senior Prom
Friday, April 15


Prom will be on April 15th at the Broadwalk's Sun Room at the Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz.  It will take place from 8:00 to 11:00 PM.  Tickets will be sold at $70 per person on the senior lawn at lunch every day until the day of prom.  Parking will be free for all ticket holders and available in the Boardwalk parking lot.  Light snacks and desserts will be served at the dance.  The Sun Room entrance is located next to the Boardwalk Arcade.

Your name must be on the CRHS dance list. Drop by to pick-up your permission slip and to get your name on the dance list. Eligibility applies. Senior Exit Portfolios must be completed and checked off by Tuesday, April 12, and all other grades (9th-11th) must submit their portfolio drafts to their teachers by Tuesday, April 12.

Students in grades 9-10, may attend if accompanied by a CRHS Junior or Senior, or as a guest of a SLVHS students. Permission slips are required in either circumstance.

March 14 or ASAP: Senior trip deposits due for Disneyland. Tickets are $125, this includes the actual ticket for Disneyland, and the cost of transportation.

DEPOSIT: $25.00

This is a SLV High School sponsored trip and Charter graduating seniors may attend. Students must be in good academic standing. Bring your deposit of $25.00 to Leslie Burns (SLVHS counselor) during lunch (on the senior lawn every Tuesday and Thursday) to get signed-up. This trip fills quickly.

Students meet at school (SLVHS) on Tuesday, June 7th at 5AM, bus leaving at 6 AM. Arrive at Disneyland around 1-2 PM. Upon arrival, students are free to roam around the two parks (California Adventure and Disneyland) during regular operating hours. The park closes around 10 or 11 (most likely, they will release the parks hours six weeks prior to the event), upon which all regular residents of the park will leave. At this time, the Grad Nite begins, and only seniors are allowed in California Adventure. We will board back on the bus at 2 AM, and once everyone is boarded on the bus we will begin our return home.  Expected arrival back at the school is approximately 11 AM on the morning of June 8th.


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.


Please see Wade and Kay for details

Below is some information about volunteer opportunities for students at  Walden West Outdoor School. We are a year-round, 5th/6th grade residential Outdoor School run by  the Santa Clara County Office of Education. We offer week long programs where high school students can earn 100 hours of service learning. Volunteers must be 15 years or older to volunteer.

Interested students apply online at http://waldenwest.org/volunteer and all paperwork can be printed from that website as well. 

We run programs throughout the school year and are now looking for volunteers for the weeks of May 2, May 9, May 16 and May 23 2016

In field class (20hrs/week), high school students enrich their current knowledge in subject areas related to:

·         Biology

·         Environmental Science

·         Physics/Engineering in Sustainable Living

·         Physical Education

In addition, they have an opportunity to further develop interpersonal skills preparing them for career/college.

·         Problem solving

·         Critical thinking

·         Personal maturity

·         Leadership

·         Mentoring

·         Sense of community


A message from Peg........

Dear Families and Teachers:
I'm sending out the spring and summer schedule again a there seems to be some confusion about the dates. There will NOT be Monday classes this time around, but will be classes on Tues through Friday.

This Spring and Summer I will be offering eight art classes during the weeks of May 3 to August 11 Classes include: Botanical Illustration, Natural Science Illustration, and Open Illustration in which students may work on art projects of their choosing.


Botanical Illustration: 4:00-6:30 May 3 to June 21 – 8 classes - $280

Botanical Illustration: 4:00-6:30 June 28 to Aug. 9 – 7 classes - $250

Natural Science Illustration: 4:00-6:30 Wednesdays, May 4 to June 22 – 8 classes - $280

Natural Science Illustration: 4:00-6:30 Wednesdays, June 29 to Aug. 10 – 7 classes - $250

Natural Science Illustration: 4:00-6:30 Thursdays, May 5 to June 23 – 8 classes - $280

Natural Science Illustration: 4:00-6:30 Thursdays, June 30 to Aug. 11 – 7 classes - $250

Open Project Illustration: 4:00-6:30 Fridays, May 6 to June 24 – 8 classes - $280

Open Project Illustration: 4:00-6:30 Fridays, July 1 to Aug. 5 – 6 classes - $225


Course descriptions:


Botanical Illustration: Using herbaria, live specimens and reference material, students will work learn botanical illustration techniques through drawing and

painting flowering plants, trees, fruits, vegetables and fungi; in addition to learning basic plant form, function and classification.

A variety of media will be used including pen & ink, scratchboard, graphite, watercolor, and colored pencils. 


Natural Science Illustration for Teens: A weekly class exploring the wonders of nature through applied art.  We will continue to draw insects, Arachnids,

water drops, mammals, seashells, bones, feathers, fur, fungi and flowers using a variety of techniques including pen & ink, scratchboard, watercolor,

acrylics and graphite. 


Open Project Illustration: A weekly class for students to work on independent art projects in a focused, social and guided setting. Students may bring in on-going

projects or receive suggestions from the instructor.

All courses will emphasize natural history and classification and the use of the dissecting microscope. Students will also learn about various artists and be gently guided in the art of critique; 
and learn additional "tricks of the trade" such as drawing shine and water drops. Instruction takes place in a round table setting with the teacher present at the table introducing each lesson
and providing on-going help and direction in the discussion of basic natural history.  Students should come with some experience with basic shading and sketching either in a formal setting
or independent practice - and be able to focus for two and a half hours. Homework is not mandatory, but students are encouraged to take unfinished work home. Materials (and popcorn!)
are provided in class.


To hold your student’s place in a class please send a $100 non-refundable deposit (or full payment) to: Peggy Edwards – Sierra Nature Prints, P.O. Box 66644, Scotts Valley, CA 95067 OR pay by PayPal to pegedwards@sierranatureprints.com Class balance due first day of classes. Family members and those attending more than one class will receive a 10% discount.


Instructor: Peggy Edwards, Natural Science Illustrator & credentialed teacher K-12.  B.S. – University of California, Berkeley & Graduate Certificate - Natural Science Illustration – University of California, Santa Cruz.  Owner of Sierra Nature Prints www.sierranatureprints.com and www.robertburns.us

Where: Sierra Nature Prints Studio, 1600 Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley, California


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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.

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



College, Career, Technical Education Section



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2.     Explore Campuses

3.     Apply Online


YMCA Camp Campbell Outdoor Science School

Candidates must be at least 16 years old, a sophomore in high school and in good academic standing. School permission required when applicable. Fingerprinting required for volunteers 18 and older.  Please contact Eric Weiss at 338-2128 x1415 or email at cabinleader@gmail.com.


Summer Resources for GATE (and all) Students

·      Cabrillo College Summer Institute: http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/extension/youthinstitute.html

·      Santa Cruz City Parks and Recreation:


·      Scotts Valley Parks and Recreation: http://svrecsummer15.flipmymag.com

·      EPGY (Education Program for Gifted Youth): http://epgy.stanford.edu/

·      LPRT—Little People’s Repertory Theater (Ben Lomond):


·      Tech Museum (San Jose)

·      Bookshop Santa Cruz (Young Writer’s Contest): http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/young-writers-contest

·      Stanford Summer Programs (Stanford High School Summer College): https://summercollege.stanford.edu/

·      2015 Siemens Competition in Math: Science: Technology (siemenscompetition@discovery.com)

·      Summer Outdoor Leadership Training with BAWT (Bay Area Wilderness Training): http://www.bawt.org/

·      RAILS (Research, Advocacy, Identification, Leadership and Stewardship): Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society: http://www.scvas.org/index.php?page=text&id=ed_rails

·      Hooked on Theater (Felton): http://hookedontheater.com


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 - www.sat.org/register

Regular Registration Deadline: April 8, 2016

Late Registration Deadline: April 22, 2016

Late Registration Deadline, Online & Phone: April 26, 2016

ACT Sign-Ups - www.act.org

Late Registration Deadline: March 5-18, 2016

Photo Upload Deadline: April 1, 2016




The Seed Co-Op fosters a culture of community sharing and resilience by committing to provide our community with seeds and seed saving information.

The Seed Co-Op operates on the honor system and is available to all Charter 25 families. When you CHECKOUT seeds we expect you to COLLECT seeds and CONTRIBUTE seeds to The Seed Co-Op.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
   8:30-9:30am and 12:30-1:30pm (Room P3)

Please contact us at theseedcoop@gmail.com with any questions.


A SEED LIBRARY/CO-OP is a depository of seeds held in trust for the members of that library. Members come to the library and borrow seed for their garden. They grow the plants in their garden and at the end of the season, they let a few plants ‘go to seed.’  From those plants, they collect seeds and return the same amount of seed (or more) as they borrowed at the beginning of the growing season.  Seeds are free to SLVUSD Charter School members.

The library is both a collection of seeds and a community of gardeners. Since seed is a living thing, it must be renewed each year somewhere by someone or unique varietals can become extinct.  Even growing one seed and returning it to the library is a valuable contribution.