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Charter News: January 27, 2017

posted Jan 29, 2017, 4:49 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the

excitement of the moment has passed.    -Cavett Robert

Dear Charter Families,

We ended last week with another one of our professional development days.  And once more I am led to express how appreciative I am to work with such a dedicated staff, who continually show their professionalism and love for what they do. They love to share and learn new aspects of education. They don’t get to work together very often, but when they do, the conversations are rich and full of sharing ways to interweave their expertise with each other. Please read on to hear from Jen Sims, our mental health counselor.  She has been leading such wonderful proactive, preventive discussions in our programs with the students and with our teachers.

ALSO: Please take the time to read further about Screenagers.  This is a very important topic for our staff and we hope that you will attend the viewing on February 8, at 7 pm, in our Performing Arts Center on the SLVHS campus.  


Notes From Our Counselor: Some thoughts on change and New Year’s Revolutions.

I hope everyone has had a restful holiday season and is ready to take on 2017.  The new year brings new hope, and this is the time of year when many of us decide to try something new or make a big life change.  I’ve been thinking about the differences between Resolution and Revolution.  Resolution means to “firmly decide to do or not do something.”  Revolution means to “overthrow one system in favor of a new system."   So, it seems that the first is to change what you do, and the second is about transformation.  Transformation, I believe, is the key to lasting change and something to think about when setting intentions for the New Year.  Don’t just resolve to do something, start a revolution!

Of course, you’re going to need a lot of resolve to get to revolution.  Resolution and Revolution really need to work together to help us make permanent shifts.  Without resolve – that day-to-day push to keep momentum – revolutions are impossible.  And without revolution, what’s going to keep you interested in this change?  

Ninety percent of New Year’s resolutions fail because there is truly a limit to willpower.  Humans can also be downright resistant to change, especially if the current situation is in some way beneficial to them (i.e., it’s comforting and familiar).  Lasting change has really got to be worth your while. It must become intrinsically more valuable than what you might have to give up in the process.

Think about a habit that you have been able to develop successfully – any habit, good or bad, no judgment!  How did you get there?  Why that habit? What needs are met by this habit? What did it take to become ‘proficient’ in this habit?  What are the factors that keep you excited about this habit?  Who supports you in this habit?  What are the benefits that you derive from this habit?  Does it work for or against the goals you have for your life? What gets in the way of doing this habit and how do you deal with that?   

These questions can help uncover true motivations and desire.  For example, smoking is an unhealthy and deadly habit, yet people continue to do it with full knowledge of the risks.  Why?  Well, besides the physical addiction, smoking meets a lot of needs – it staves off emotions, it’s a reason to take a break, it gives someone something to do with their hands, there is companionship in smoking breaks…these are huge and unless these needs are also addressed, the mere act of stopping smoking won’t have as much of a chance.  Developing this compassionate awareness can help us see the bigger systems, and this is the only that way that we can overthrow them. Compassionate awareness leads to revolution.

When it comes to parenting, working with your child to develop this kind of insight is an ongoing process.  There is no age limitation.  As soon as a child starts asking “Why?” is as good a time as any to help them start exploring why they do what they do.  As they grow, you can ask more sophisticated questions and help them learn to connect their thoughts and feelings to their behaviors. By the time they are teenagers, they will have an understanding of their emotions and an increased ability to self-reflect.   These are the skills that a person needs to even begin have the capacity for transformational change, and it's something you can easily work on every day.

If you have any questions or want to talk more about this subject, don't hesitate to contact me at

SPECIAL EVENT: SCREENAGERS! Wednesday, February 8.  &-9 pm. at the Performing Arts Center on the Tri-campus. 7105 Highway 9, Felton, 95018

We are proud to announce that we are hosting the film of SCREENAGERS.

“This special screening probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.”

Students in our secondary programs are scheduled to discuss and view the film on February 2. Our teachers will be facilitating a discussion with the students after they view the film together.  

Screening for Parents will be on the evening of February 8, at 7 pm.

Tickets will be a suggested donation of $10.  Please note:  We have now opened up the ticket sales to families of the other schools in the District, so please buy your tickets right away! There are only 210 seats available, total.

Tickets and trailer for the film available at this link:   

You will receive a confirmation back from impact flow, which you bring with you to the event.

If you prefer to not purchase them online, they can also be purchased through your teachers or by contacting Danelle Matteson at 335-0932.

We will be sending out a parent guide closer to the date of the event for parents to use at home with their students after the screening.  We will also have hard copies at the event.

Parent Advisory Committee: Notes from the meeting: The county has asked for an updated extensive safety plan to be put in place for all of its schools. The plan includes an assessment of the school’s current status; an action plan for people, programs and place and listed procedures for complying with school safety laws. We met with Rhonda to review and approve the Safety Plan before the school board meeting on 2/15/17 when they will approve the plan. Teachers and a representative from the Sheriff’s will review it as well. Rhonda and staff have streamlined a safety plan that is inclusive of all programs under the Charter’s umbrella. The safety plan is in a binder at the Charter Office and is available anytime to review once it is approved.

In making an assessment of the current status of safety, Rhonda reviewed data from a variety of sources including parent surveys, teacher surveys, and a 2016 Gallup Poll taken by our Charter students and found some fabulous data:

  • The charter school saw no crime in the 14-15 or 15-16 school year!!

  • The charter school saw no drop-outs in the 14-15 or 15-16 school year!!

  • The high school graduation rate is 100%!

  • 93% of parents report confidence in the safety of their kids while at school!!

  • The school is in compliance with all laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to hazardous materials and earthquake standards.

The action plan for going forward includes: Building greater compassion and self-esteem with a specific focus on proactive instruction and interventions, including education on Digital Citizenship.   

~ from Sally Munro

NEXT MEETING: Feb. 15, from 3-4.  We will be discussing the upcoming WASC visit, as well as testing preparation, and further questions.

ALL CHARTER PLAY INFORMATION MEETING. THIS TUESDAY, Jan. 31 at 3pm for students and parents. The meeting will be held room 17 at the Quail Hollow Campus.

This is a special event that has become a favorite for many of our students who love the theater.   Amber Walker is a dynamic teacher who encourages every student with her excitement and performance expertise.  Last year we had a great turnout with 64 students from each and every program participating in our All Charter musical.

You will get a synopsis of the script, hear about characters and musical numbers, and get detailed info on the rehearsal schedule/requirements.  *Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3-5. Attendance requirements will depend on casting.

This year, the play will be, "The Little Mermaid: A Westside Story". Once again, it will be an original script written by Janinne Chadwick, which Amber directed in 2006 with LPRT (Little People's Repertory Theater.) It is the classic tale with a twist, containing mermaids who are Dancing Queen's, working class sharks who sing Bruce Springsteen, a mermaid girl falling for a surfer boy, and so much more! Music ranges from pop, rock n' roll, motown, and funk.

Come to our meeting to find out more details!

Information Nights:  Come learn more!  Please invite others who may be interested.

  • If you’ve ever wondered if a different model of teaching would benefit your student.

  • If you’re a parent or caregiver looking for more involvement in your child’s education.

Our Information nights are coming in March. The information nights open the application window for the Nature Academy and Quail Hollow Integrated Arts Program.  A lottery will be held if there are more applications than seats available in either of the programs.  All other programs are filled based on the date the application is turned in as are the wait lists.

Nature Academy program March 7  5:30-6:30 MS Library

Application window

NA application window 3/8-4/21/17

Lottery: Friday, April 28

Homeschool Charter programs March 14  6-7:30 pm MS Library

QHIA application window 3/14-4/27/17

Lottery: May 11

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

Coast Redwood High School: Second semester is in full swing and all classes have resumed, with students busy in their various classes.  Even through the storm, the Meeting of the Tribes meeting was well attended.  

Coast Redwood Middle School: The class will be going on a field trip to the Chabot Space Center on Feb. 1 where the students will participate in a Robotics Lab. The students went to the San Francisco Symphony with the QHIA students last week.

Nature Academy: All grades had a great day at the Pacific Climbing Gym. 6th grade students have completed reading The Outsiders and are beginning discussion of the themes in preparation for writing a response to literature paper.  They are still studying Egypt and will soon begin a new science unit.  7th-8th graders are working on a science unit that involves taking apart machines.  They will begin reading Touching Spirit Bear and have begun their next round of electives.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts: Students listened to a few songs from “Hamilton” that correlated with events that took place around the time of the Treaty of Paris, breaking down the lyrics and discussing those historical events. Arindam Krishna Das, Charter parent, and local musical director/instructor, worked with the students on the physicality of singing, recognizing notes in your body, and creating harmonies to “Alexander Hamilton” for our showcase on Feb.10. We previewed excerpts that we would hear at the SF Symphony, and discussed the various composers and pieces that would be presented. The kids gave great feedback after our field trip commenting on favorite pieces and expressing appreciation for the preview lesson.

Quail Hollow Homeschool: Students are working on their Science Fair projects.  The Charter Science Fair is February 3, where the students will present and share their science projects to parents and teachers who will interview them about their topic.  They will introduce their QH Homeschool play this coming week and begin practice. Many of the students went to the Santa Cruz Symphony along with the Fall Creek students.

Fall Creek Homeschool: Students are working on their Science Fair projects.  The Charter Science Fair is February 3, where the students will present and share their science projects to parents and teachers who will interview them about their topic.  They will introduce their QH Homeschool play this coming week and begin practice. Many of the students went to the Santa Cruz Symphony along with QHHS students. A Field trip to MAH, The Museum of Art and History, is on Feb 1.

Mountain IS: As part of our study of Tall Tales, the class retold a story about PE using outlandish attributes, adjectives, and exaggeration. It will eventually be written (and illustrated) into a "published" Tall Tale. Students are continuing work on our weaving project.  The work on our classroom play based on Tall Tales is running smoothly. We will begin working with Micha next week who will choreograph the dancing and help direct our class play (thanks to the Parents Club for funding this amazing choreographer!).

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 8: SCREENAGERS Special parent Screening. 7 pm at the PAC on the SLVHS campus.

  • February 13th: No School--Presidents day

  • February 20th: No School--Presidents day

  • March 7: Nature Academy Information Night.  5:30-6:30

    • Lottery application window: Mar. 8-Mar. 21

  • March 14: All Homeschool Programs Information Night.  6:00-7:00

    • QHIA application window Mar. 14-Mar. 28