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Charter News: 2015-16 May 27

posted May 27, 2016, 5:27 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example."    --Benjamin Disraeli

Dear Charter Families,

Count down!  There are 8 days of school left. Every program’s yearbooks are done. Our elementary programs have had their advancement celebrations, with our two middle schools soon to complete their advancement celebrations. Our high school students have completed their end of year portfolio, have taken their pictures for graduation, and are preparing for their graduation ceremony that will be held at the end of next week!

Please help make sure your student completes all that they need to in their classes, which can sometimes be a hard thing to do when all the end of year buzz is so much more enticing.

As you spend time with your family and friends this Memorial weekend, please take some time to honor those who have make a lasting tribute, not only in the defense of our country, but also in speaking out for peace and kindness.



So far we have received 67 surveys from families.  We consider your feedback very important, and use this data to assess potential changes for next year. The more we receive the more accurate picture we have of how well we are doing. Each question also has a comment box so that you can expand in areas you feel is important.  The Charter staff reviews the summaries, trends and comments at the beginning of the year.

The survey is still open.  Please take the time to complete it if you can.


Please complete our New Student Online Registration

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

If you have not yet registered, please do so now. It would be much easier if you completed your child’s registration for next year before this school year ends.

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.

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

Coast Redwood High School: Students have completed their end of portfolios, their yearbook turned out beautiful, and they had a great time on their end of year Boardwalk Field Trip. Grades freeze on June 7, so they need to make sure all work is turned in well before then. CRHS families and friends are invited to be our guests at our 16th Annual High School Graduation on Friday, June 3 at 12:30 at the Fall Creek Outdoor Amphitheater.

Coast Redwood Middle School: Students completed their solar water project and pumped water to their garden.  Their Batik project and presentations are also completed, and they are finalizing their end of year benchmarks and conferences. They will be having their end of year advancement celebration at the Trowbridge home on June 8th.

Nature Academy: The 7-8 graders came back happy and tired from their trip to Tahoe.  Kayaking hiking, swimming, science journaling were all part of their experience.  Thanks so much for the tireless energy of the teachers and the parent drivers/chaperones who made the trip possible. Back to school they are completing their presentations.  The 6th graders just came back from Headwaters, again sufficiently tired and happy. Their days included hiking, cave exploration, and ended with a sweat lodge. Thanks again to the parent chaperones for the time and energy that they dedicated to this endeavor. Back to school they will have their World Travel Day this come Thursday.

Fall Creek Homeschool: They had a wonderful end of year celebration where the students got to choose some of the activities, including riding bikes and scooters.  They also shared their gratitude notes and the older students shared the animoto creations before the 5th graders were honored. Their handmade yearbooks were a big success, with each student creating their own page.

Quail Hollow Homeschool: Their annual pool party and celebration at Camp Hammer was a great success, with lots of pool play and basketball and a shared potluck before a very heartfelt honoring of the 5th and 8th graders, as well as honoring the high school students.  This is the last year that Quail Hollow will support students in 9-12 grade. Though they will always be welcomed on campus  as the wonderful mentors that they are, this was a closure that was bittersweet.  Many of these students have been with us at the Quail Hollow campus since before they were five years old.  We know they will be well supported at CRHS -or elsewhere if they so choose, but we also greatly appreciate their unique and supportive presence, and hope they come back and teach/lead a class or activity in the coming years.

Mountain IS: Teacher Maria will be taking a leave next year. The families will be in good hands with the team of teachers stepping in, but her leave has left the parents reflective.  Here it what one parent shared that is appropriate for many of our K-8 programs:

  • What I love about the Mountain School’s IS program is the family like atmosphere that is the “big” family that I always wanted to have, but would never be possible for us to create on our own.  

  • I love the multi-age classroom, where the younger kids are learning from the older kids, and the older kids are teaching the younger ones.  Everyone, no matter what age, is a teacher.

  • I love the feeling of cooperativeness in the classroom and the students working together to complete a common goal.  The feeling that everyone is in it together, like a family.

  • I absolutely love the community of families.  I love the interest the parents take in their own children’s education.  

  • I love that children play games that foster teamwork, and social interaction, that ultimately builds deeper friendships.  

  • I love that the learning is question based, where the children do research or experiments to figure out the answer or solution to a problem.  

  • I love how the education is related and connected to real world problems that make sense to the children.

  • I love how the learning is not forced, and tests are rare.

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

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 30: Memorial Day holiday

  • June 3: CRHS graduation: Fall Creek Amphitheater 12:30-2:00

  • June 8: CRMS advancement and celebration: Trowbridge home 3:00-6:00

  • 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  9:00-12:00

  • June 9: Last School Day

  • June 10: Grad Night  9 pm-2 am SLV High.