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Charter News: 2015-16 May 13

posted May 15, 2016, 11:28 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated May 20, 2016, 3:01 PM ]

Everyone you will ever meet knows something that you don’t.  ~Bill Nye

Dear Charter Families,

Testing has been completed for all but a few students who were absent the first time around. You students are to be commended for all of the concentrated time they gave to these tests. I have heard from some that it was fairly okay, and most said some questions were okay, others were hard.  And a big thank you to all the teachers who created a safe and stress-free environment for the students during the testing time.

In the last weeks of this school year, your students will be busy finishing their last projects, taking their last end of year finals, having their last special events of the year as they get ready for their program’s advancements or graduations.

May you continue to enjoy the end of their year with them.



Each year I send out a parent survey so that we can get a good review of what we are doing well, and where we can get better. The cumulative survey results also help us with our LCAP reports needed each year.  This year I asked the Parent Advisory Committee to help me revise the questions asked based on their involvement in the Charter WASC, renewal, and LCAP plan.

Thank you so much for taking the time to complete this important survey.  We consider your feedback very important, and use this data to assess potential changes for next year.  There are parts of the survey that are designed for all programs, and some designed for specific grade levels or programs. Please complete the parts that are appropriate for your child's involvement in our Charter programs.


New Student Online Registration is active and in process

We are pleased that we are using a new student online registration program for the 2016-17 school year called “PowerSchool Registration”. We have heard that parents are finding this system much easier to complete and many have already completed their student’s registration for next year.

If you already have a parent account, you just need to log into your PowerSchool parent account and then click the “PowerSchool Registration”, which is a link in the menu items.

If you do not yet have a parent account, and have not received an email from Gail Heagerty,  our Student Information System and Database Specialist, please check your spam folder.  Please give her or Julie Walker a call if you need help.

All annual student online registrations must be submitted by the parent/guardian no later than Friday, June, 17.

Parent Advisory Committee/ Charter Renewal: Thank you to the parent who have continued to come and give input on the Charter WASC and petition document as well as the annual plan.

The Charter Renewal  will be going to the board for the final reading and approval this Wednesday, May 18.

Our LAST MEETING of the year will be May 17, from 3-4 P.M.  We will talk about what plans have been solidified, and what needs more refining as we prepared for next year.  

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts: enrollment still open.  The program is not yet full, though we have passed the limit to guarantee it is moving forward! From now on, enrollment is date stamped as it is received; first come-first served. If you or others you know are interested in the program, please submit an application ASAP to ensure a spot.

In the coming weeks, there may be the possibility of opening some spaces to 6th graders, dependent on instructor/administrative conference, for the first year only.

Please email Amber Walker: Rhonda Schlosser for more info.  Quail Hollow Integrated Arts Application   Info Packet about QHIA    Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA) Info Packet

What’s Going on in Our Charter School?  ..little snippets of some of our programs.

Congratulations to Team Tigersharks! Five boys from the San Lorenzo Valley Nature Academy won first place in three categories of the MATE Remotely Operated Vehicles underwater robotics competition at Aptos High School pool on 30 April. Team Tigersharks won first place in Product Demonstration, Product Presentation and the Overall category over 33 other teams from as far away as Placerville.

The competition requires teams to construct an ROV that is able to conduct various underwater tasks simulating repairs to oil rigs and collecting biological specimens.Points were awarded for constructing the robot under certain size constraints, for completing their tasks within a time limit, for presenting the robot to judges who asked questions about design and construction, and for a poster advertising the robot's design.

Team Tigersharks includes Skylar Berggren, Connor Bisby, Soren Clement, Rowan Garties, and Travis Loik.

Nature Academy : Their annual week long trips are on the horizon.  The 7/8 grade class is off to Tahoe this week, with the 6th grade class off to Headwaters next week.  

Coast Redwood High School: They held their yearbook party and are heading to the Boardwalk for an end of year celebration on May 18th. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SENIORS who have have committed to their 4-year colleges!  Sara Castagnetto – Humbolt State University: Ruth Miller – Pacific University, Oregon: Jonah Shabry – University Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii: Gabriel Wooden – Southern Oregon State University.  

Coast Redwood Middle School:Their yearbook had been completed and they have come back from their trip to Headwaters, where the students stepped up to the challenges presented, stretching themselves and deepening their relationships with each other and the world around them.  

Quail Hollow Homeschool: While they are having their end of year conferences, there is still quite a few special events planned, including the annual Build-O-Rama on May 18 and the Annual Talent Show in the evening of May 18 in the PAC, as well as completing their yearkbook.

Fall Creek Homeschool: The students had a great educational field trip to Elkhorn Slough.

Mountain IS: Their yearbook is near completion. Their family history reports are wrapping up, and many students will be involved in the annual pentathlon.

Math Tutor: Aaron Shaw, our math tutor, has scheduled hours at the following Felton locations and times:

  • Mondays from 12-3:30  in portable 5 with teacher Brian Heery; Math 1 & 2 emphasis

  • Wednesdays from 2:15-4:00 in portable 28 at the middle school campus

Please come with your math homework and questions ready.

His last day will be at the end of this month.

DATES TO REMEMBER: (Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your program’s Field Trips and class events.).

  • April 14-June 8: California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Testing Window.

  • May 16-19: Nature Academy 7/8 Tahoe Trip

  • May 18: Final Board reading for the Charter Renewal: 6 pm

  • May 19: Fall Creek advancement and end of year party: Classroom 10:00-2:00

  • May 26: Quail Hollow Pool Party, Potluck, and Advancement at Camp Hammer:  11:00-3:00

  • May 30: Memorial Day holiday

  • June 3: CRHS graduation: Fall Creek Amphitheater 12:00-2:00

  • June 8: CRMS advancement and celebration: Location TBA 11:00-2:00

  • June 8: Mt. IS 6th grade advancement ceremony with the rest of the Mountain School community.

  • June 9: Nature Academy 6/8th grade Brunch and Advancement ceremony: Sequoia Redwood Retreat