Bulletin 09/14/2015-09/18/2015

Farm to Table Open House was a great success!

A shout-out and “high-fives” to Melanie Burgess, Kristen Praly, Kristen Rivers, Quinn Becker, Katelyn Praly, to our teachers and a handshake to John Parr, who gave parents and students an impromptu presentation on Aquaponics and how it could work at Coast Redwood High School in conjunction with our expanding organic farming program, EHS. (Environmental Horticulture Studies) In spite of the heat crisis that enveloped the Valley, we marveled at our parent and student support, their commitment and determination.

A special thank you to Superintendent Dr. Bruton for supporting Coast Redwood High School, our organics program, and teachers, as well as to Rhonda Schlosser, Charter Administrator, who came out to join in the fun!

Our entertainment was a wonderful addition with CRHS's own, Quinn Becker’s band with bandmate, Katelyn Praly. How delightful was it to walk around at dusk and enjoy music while tasting the delicious foods made by Melanie Burgess. We also had an assortment of succulent sales, organic seeds beautifully packaged for gift giving, and our bulb Growing Green orders ready for planting in the late fall or for gift gifting. Orders will be taken through October 9th.

Interestingly enough, our first month of English is concentrated in Transcendentalism and the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. As students wandered in the garden during the course of the week and again at Open House, their discussions came back to the lesson we finished this week in English. Students and parents made wonderful connections to Emerson and Thoreau philosophies of living with less, and making a living that should never interfere with life itself, and their belief that all students at CRHS are following their own path, while strongly believing in the value of the individual. It takes courage to move away from the mainstream and pursue an alternate course in life. School choice is awesome.

So, now our garden is ending its' season and fall/winter is approaching with yet a new crop of organic winter foods to nurture. Wasn't it wonderful to smell and eat all the summer's bounty in so many variations? It was a celebration and an appropriate closure to summer. We still have available Growing Green ordering brochures for your fall & holiday bulb planting & gifts in P3.

Our Orientation marked our success with so many students happy to see their teachers and their friends with wide-eyed anticipation of all the possibilities of home school. We are ready to roll as are the students! Math teacher Brian Heery, took each class to the outdoor amphitheater for an exercise in mindfulness and Aikido. Students were guided through several Aikido moves while connecting to a valuable metaphorical lesson. Students walked away with a new understanding of how to handle school challenges, such as when not understanding an assignment or math problems, or even when confronted with a relationship challenge. Our students continue to speak to that experience and all the teachers are looking forward to exercising mindfulness with your teens in our classrooms.


Planner sheets completed starting on Monday, August 24 through Friday, September 18
Name printed at the top noting "Month 1"
4+ work samples from each area. Logs are work samples. Name and dates on everything
Month 1 attendance ledger filled-in and initialed

Where -

Life Touch will be at the Annex the morning of Thursday, October 15th from 9:00 - 11:30
We apologize for the delay. This will be the only day for students and the only day for ordering Student ID's.

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK Please refer to the calendar located at the bottom of this page.

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.


There will be an SAT prep workshop which will help to prepare students for the SAT exams administered through January of 2016. There will also be an ACT prep workshop which will help prepare students for any of the ACT exams. Thanks to a generous donation from the Cougar Club, the cost for each workshop is only $20. To sign up, see Jeannette in the SLVHS Counseling Office. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

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


Nursing Schools Almanac


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


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