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Charter News: Feb. 21, 2015

posted Feb 23, 2015, 11:20 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 11:21 PM ]

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. 

~Margaret J. Wheatley

Dear Families,

Finally, we have a confirmed Chairperson for our WASC committee. Her name is Kindy Lee Mackamul and she is the Director of Alternative Programs and Attendance and Welfare at San Mateo Union High School District.  We also have the other two members of our committee as well.  I have sent Kindy a copy of our report and we have has an initial conversation over the phone.  She seems like a good fit, having worked with alternative programs all of her career, and is a seasoned WASC chairperson as well. Our visit is on for certain. They will be coming March 8-11.

During their visit they will be meeting and talking with various groups, including parents and students from all of our programs, teams of teachers, Charter staff, and the District Office team.  They will be visiting classrooms in order to gather information that supports the best practices of our school’s programs, as documented in the self-study. We will post the schedule of their visit once it has been confirmed.


Below is information from the District Office regarding the District’s 1:1 computing initiative for next school year.  Many of you may remember completing a survey regarding your family’s access to computers, and willingness to purchase a device for use at school. At this time, the District will be moving forward, starting in the 2015-16 school year, asking parents who can to purchase a chromebook for their 6th-12th grader to use in school and at home. There will be financial assistance available, if there is a need.  There will also be Chromebooks to borrow in the classrooms.

For the Charter homeschool programs, it will look a little differently.  The initiative is designed to encourage the use of computers as a tool for learning, to be used in the classrooms (and at home) when appropriate. Our plan is to have enough chromebooks available at each site so that all of our programs can share and have them for use when students come for classes.  We are not asking for devices to be carried back and forth from home and school at this time.

SLVUDS 1:1 BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Laptop Initiative 6th-12th

In preparing students for college and career, computers have become an essential educational tool. In order to be college and career ready, students must have immediate access and use of a computer in classroom lessons and studies at home. Students will use laptop computers for lessons, research, composition, interactive tutorials, access to reading materials, assessments and collaboration.

Our goal is for every student to have his or her own personal computer throughout the school day and at home. The first day of school in the Fall of 2015 is when we hope all students 6th - 12th grade have their own device to bring to school. We are requiring the following to enable students to complete school assignments and work effectively at school:

  • 6+ hour battery life: Plugging in a laptop to recharge at school isn’t practical given the few power outlets and tripping hazard of power cords extended from outlets.

  • Boots fast, within 30 seconds: Chromebooks boot in 10 seconds. When using a laptop in class, the laptop needs to be able to wake up or boot quickly.

  • Quiet: laptops with loud fan noises aren't appropriate.

  • Supports the latest versions of browsers, like Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox: Modern browsers are Google Apps compatible and the district uses Google Apps for Education.

  • Keyboards: typing on real, non-glass, keyboards fits the needs of school work better than tablet or thumb typing.

Chromebooks are an excellent value and meet all of the requirements above, but other laptops may also meet these requirements and serve your particular application needs better. We will be providing further information in the future regarding potential options for devices, financial assistance, internet service options, parent meetings, and parent training related to this 1:1 initiative.

What’s Going on in Our Charter School?  

Our counselor, Jessica Zovar will continue to visit our programs and is now also working with individual students. She is available via email at   or you can reach her by phone through your teacher or by contacting Rhonda at the Charter office, 831-336-5167.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015.  6-7 pm. in the SLV Middle School Library.

Come learn about the SLVUSD Charter School Program for middle school students who love to read and write extensively, explore widely, and contribute meaningfully to their community. This is a comprehensive, classroom based program located on the SLVMS campus.  Applications will be accepted from March 18-April 17, 2015.  For more information please call: 336-5167



Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  6-7 pm. SLV Middle School Library

Come meet the teachers and learn more about the various homeschool and hybrid/homeschool programs of this vibrant K-12 Charter School.  Program options include: SLV Homeschool (K-12), BC Homeschool (K-5), Fall Creek Homeschool (K-5), Coast Redwood Middle school (6-8), Coast Redwood High School (9-12).  For more information please call 336-5167  

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.)

  • February 27 - All Charter Skate Day. Santa Cruz Roller Palladium. 1-3 pm

  • February 27 - End of Second Trimester

  • March 7 - Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair

  • March 8-11 - WASC Committee Visit

  • March 18 - SLV Charter: Nature Academy Information Night

  • March 24 - SLV Charter: Homeschool programs Information Night

  • March 30th- April 6th:  Spring Break

  • April 6-May 29 CAASPP Testing Window for Charter programs

The purpose of this newsletter is to keep families informed about events and activities that pertain to all programs; such as Board updates, WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan), All-Charter events, and other pertinent information.  It is also the newsletter for the general public to find out some specifics about all the individual programs we serve. We will be sending this newsletter out every other week.  You will be receiving regular emails from the teacher(s) of your specific program to keep you updated on homework, classroom activities and specifics on field trips and special events for your child.