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Charter News: February 23, 2017-18

posted Feb 24, 2018, 2:24 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

     To prepare for the future, we must be willing to test new concepts. This means we must acquire enough information to evaluate these concepts and not be like travelers in a foreign land who compare everything with their own hometown.      ~Jacque Fresco

Dear Charter Families,

We will be hosting a visit from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) beginning this Sunday through Tuesday, February 27.  

The SLV Charter school is accredited by the WASC organization and it is time for our mid-cycle review. Accreditation is the process for evaluating and assuring the quality of educational institutions and programs.

Schools, (particularly high schools) use the WASC process to monitor student learning and set school improvement goals. Accredited schools conduct a self-study and host a self-study visit in a six-year review cycle. The self-study process culminates in the refinement of a schoolwide action plan. Throughout the accreditation cycle, schools are expected to address the schoolwide action plan and demonstrate evidence of student achievement and school improvement. A variety of reports and reviews throughout the six-year cycle of accreditation support this process.

This mid-cycle review consists of a team of two WASC representatives. During their visit, they will be visiting classrooms and talking to our teachers, parents, and students as part of their review.  They will report out on their findings on Tuesday at 1 pm in our Fall Creek Charter office.  Everyone is welcome to attend if they would like to hear from them first hand.

Please read on for further information about our Charter programs and events.


NOTE: All newsletters will be archived on our website if you would like to confirm any information.  Specific pertinent information can also be found on our website so if you have an opportunity, please give it a review.

Parent Advisory Committee: One of the parents on our Parent Advisory Committee sent me a thank you letter that describes our Comprehensive Safe School Plan in a way that I thought other parents might like to read.  Sally has been a representative on our Parent Advisory Committee for nearly three years now and so has seen and participated in many developments in the Charter School. Thank you, Sally.  You have been an important reflective voice in our strategic plans.


Dear Rhonda,

I would like to thank you and your staff for going above and beyond to take steps to secure the safety of the students in all programs under the charter umbrella.

As a member of the Parent Advisory Committee, I have had the opportunity to see and work on the updated safety plan that covers all number of emergency situations if they were to arise at one of the schools. A part of this safety plan that may not be immediately evident is the time and effort you and your staff have put into, not just securing the physical safety of our children, but into securing the emotional safety of our children.

Having small classrooms, a warm friendly staff, meaningful curriculum and an enthusiastic group of parent participants goes a long way to securing an emotionally safe school environment, but with the complexities of the world we live in confounded by the ever unfolding problems of technology, screen time and social media, it is not enough.

Your efforts to secure a counselor, Jen Sims, and to have her work in each classroom helps provide students and staff with an understanding and appropriate vocabulary/context to deal with issues such as cyber-bullying, social media and suicide and is a powerful component of the school safety program. Right now, Jen is focusing on having compassion. Her article in last Charter News bulletin called: "Let Compassion be the Bridge to Action" is packed with useful information and tools to help families better cope with the difficult issues we are faced with. Jen also recently facilitated a 15-hour training program and now, some of the high school students are certified Coast Redwood Peer Counselors capable of providing additional support to their peers. This is really exciting.

Here are some more ways you and your staff have taken steps to make emotional well being an integral part of the school’s safety plan:

• A school-wide effort to help students and parents manage social media such as this week’s section on "Homework Hygiene" from Tech Talk Tuesdays in the newsletter.

• Teachers committed to making time in their, already busy, classrooms to explicitly (and age appropriately) address these issues resulting from social media and screen time in their classrooms in a meaningful way as part of the curriculum.

• Last year’s showing of Screenagers, and the discussions that followed and this year’s joint showing with the SLVHS Cougar Club on 3/7 at pm in the PAC.

• Encouraging parents to attend the district-wide Triple P Parent Education Night: “Coping with Stress Workshop for Parents” held on 2/5.

• Encouraging parents to attend the SLVHS Cougar Club sponsored presentation by the National Alliance on Mental Health: ”Parents and Teachers as Allies" Thursday, on 2/15.

• Facilitating the upcoming Drug and Alcohol Advisory for 9th and 10th grade students on 2/23.

As schools and districts scramble to find solutions to the current challenges they are facing, especially the mass shootings occurring on campuses, and the idea of arming teachers is being seriously entertained as a possible solution, I am profoundly thankful to the administrators and staff at SLV Charter School who are already fully committed to, and actively engaged in, many activities and programs to promote the mental health and safety of their students. I am thankful not just as a parent who has a child in the charter, but also because I am a teacher myself and know how hard it can be to start and implement new programs at a school when we are already so busy trying to teach.

So, to you and your staff: THANK YOU for making the students' safety a priority and for having the foresight, vision and follow-through to put these innovative programs into action.

Yours sincerely,

Sally Munro


Next meeting is Thursday, March 8th, from 3-4 pm in the Fall Creek Charter office.  All Parents are invited to attend.

SLVUSD Charter Information Night: Hybrid Home/School Programs.

SLVUSD Charter School is hosting an Information Night on Tuesday, March 13 at the SLV Middle School Library (second floor) from 5:30-7:00 pm located in Felton.

Questions regarding Charter Information Night? Email Danelle Matteson at or call 831-336-5167 or 831-335-0932

Opportunities in our Community: Screenagers coming to the PAC:  We have partnered with the SLVHS Cougar Club to bring Screenagers to the SLVUSD Performing Arts Center March 7.  If you did not get an opportunity to see it last year when we offered it, please consider coming to see it this time. You can see a trailer and order tickets through the link below.  Tickets are limited so it may be best to order them online.

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) information has been placed on the SLVUSD website : Once you are on the website scroll to the bottom of the page to find all the information regarding DACA. There will also be hard copies available to parents in our Charter office.

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

All Charter programs: Jen Sims came into the classrooms for our monthly workshop/discussion; this time the topic was Compassion. The students were very honest with each other regarding their feelings and opened up to one another in thoughtful and heartfelt ways.  In the younger grade levels, Jen played a guessing game about curiosity. It awakened us to the idea that we may not know much about each other and that it feels good to have someone show interest and be curious about us.                                                                                                                                                         Coast Redwood HS:  Kay has scheduled their 3rd annual clothing swap for girls grades 8-12 on Friday, March 16. The more girls, the more clothes, the more fun. Kids may bring their clothing exchange bags of items on the Thursday before or the day of. Clothes that are not grabbed up will be donated to charity.  CRHS will host information nights from 5:30-7:30 pm on the following dates on Tuesdays: April 24 and May 22. All prospective students and their families are invited to attend to learn about our campus community, visit our classrooms, and our outdoor horticulture classroom. Families will receive information about the many individualized opportunities high school students have to earn their diplomas, participate in athletics, theater productions, adventure field trips, clubs as well as courses at community colleges and courses through CTEP (formally ROP/regional occupation programs) Questions? Email Kay Mendoza at Contact: 831-336-5167 or 831-335-0932 for enrollment forms. Coast Redwood MS: Students have been teaching each other, we’ve had guest speakers coming in, we’ve been attending all-charter events. The students are working on re-designing our class garden and have been busy digging and sifting the soil and removing gopher wire in preparation for planting. Thank you to David Blavin for helping the students re-design the sitting area for the upper garden and Melanie Burgess for coming out and helping the students.  Our upcoming Field trips: March 7th, San Francisco Zoo, April 25th, Rosicrucian Museum. The next round of research projects and presentations are underway.                                                                                                                                                                                  Nature Academy: 6th-grade class has completed their volleyball unit. Their current elective is sewing; pouches and little creatures are two of their projects. Ask your child about the "Tiny Watermelons" and see if you can come up with some to use at home. They are continuing with the focus ancient civilization focus and moving into ancient China.  The 7th-8th-grade classes took a field trip to San Francisco to combine art, history, and science. They went to the Japanese Tea Garden to do some scientific illustration, then to the DeYoung where they sat down in front of various paintings to emulate in watercolor pencil some key paintings from the Hudson River School.                                                                                      Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA): Valentine’s Day, was Positive Post-It Day Students viewed a video about a Canadian teenager who was bullied via social media. Instead of staying home from school, the next day she flooded her campus with positive messages on Post-Its. The mayor of the town actually declared a Positive Post-It day upon hearing her story, and it’s been happening ever since. Our students made positive messages and put them in every child’s cubby next door at QHHS, and even walked through the District Office giving them to every staff member. Students presented their science research topics to their peers; well researched, great graphics on the slides, and clear delivery of the content.Upcoming field trips: March 7th-SF Zoo, April TBD-Art related field trip in Santa Cruz, May 5th-STOMP! at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts.                   Quail Hollow Homeschool: K-2 is working on finishing the illustrations for our class book, There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Cup, 3-6 plans to work on place value, factors and multiples for morning math. We are beginning practice for our upcoming play. Students art for the week was inspired by Salvador Dali. Coming events: March 7th 12:30-2pm  Parent Math Workshop on how to teach geometry in fun and creative ways, March 9th 1-3pm All Charter Skate Day.                                                                                                                                                                                       Fall Creek Homeschool: Our K-2 group has been working on drawing scenes from an original 3 part story and writing narrative sentences below each scene. The 3-5 group worked on a more complex version of this by answering a questionnaire and transferring the ideas to a storyboard in preparation for composing a video. We listened to the classic story Miss Rumphius and then discussed the idea of doing something to make the world more beautiful. We drew and wrote our ideas onto long paper that we prepared for eventually binding all of our drawings and writings into a class book. We split into 4 stations set up with water experiments lead by four 4th and 5th graders and explored the concepts of air pressure, suction, surface tension, and capillarity. At two of the stations, the leaders looked up the pertinent vocabulary in a dictionary and read aloud the definitions. Coming events: March 7th Parent Math Workshop on how to teach geometry in fun and creative ways, March 9th.All Charter Skate Day, March 14th 1 Riverwalk, March 28th Neary Lagoon.                                                                                                                                                                  Mountain IS: Completed and presented their original play ‘Wheel of Fables”. Students created the script and used the theme of Wheel of Fortune to lead the audience around the 7 continents to learn about various fables with the use of song lyrics and endearing skits.  Each student played several parts in the various skits. What a great performance and collaborative event. Their Science Fair is March 7. Their book club is reading “Misty of Chincoteague.”

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.)

  • March 12th:  No School--  Professional Development Day for Teachers

  • March 13th: Charter Information night: all Hybrid Home/School Programs

  • April 2nd-6th:  Spring Break!