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Charter News November 2, 2015

posted Nov 2, 2015, 12:27 AM by Rhonda Schlosser

Quality begins on the inside… and then works its way out.   ~Bob Moawad

Dear Parents,

Here are the final four Common Core Math practices.  These practices specify the mathematical ways of thinking students should develop while learning mathematics content.  I like these practices because I believe they are good practices in general that can be implemented in a variety of learning experiences. See if you can find ways that these ideas can be used to support your child’s learning.  

#5 Use appropriate tools strategically

What it means: Students can select the appropriate math tool to use and use it correctly to solve problems. In the real world, no one tells you that it is time to use the meter stick instead of the protractor.

To develop students’ capacity to "model with mathematics" move explicitly between real-world scenarios and mathematical representations of those scenarios.

#6 Attend to precision

What it means: Students speak and solve mathematics with exactness and meticulousness.

To develop students' capacity to "use appropriate tools strategically" make clear to students why the use of manipulatives, rulers, compasses, protractors, and other tools will aid their problem solving processes.

#7 Look for and make use of structure

What it means: Find patterns and repeated reasoning that can help solve more complex problems. For young students this might be recognizing fact families, inverses, or the distributive property. As students get older, they can break apart problems and numbers into familiar relationships.

To develop students’ capacity to "attend to precision", focus on clarity and accuracy of process and outcome in problem solving.

#8 Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

What it means: Keep an eye on the big picture while working out the details of the problem. You don’t want kids that can solve the one problem given to them; you want students who can generalize their thinking.

To Develop students’ capacity to "look for and make use of structure" help learners identify and evaluate efficient strategies for solution.

Integrating Standard Eight into classroom practice is not only a matter of planning for lessons that occasion students to look for general methods and shortcuts. It also requires teachers to attend to and listen closely to their students’ noticings and “a-ha moments,” and to follow those a-ha moments so that they generalize to the classroom as a whole.  

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Parent Advisory Committee Next meeting: November 17, 3-4 pm in the Felton, Fall Creek office


Find great books and gifts for the upcoming holiday's and know that a percentage of your purchase will benefit SLV Charter Programs! Plus, come browse your teacher’s book wish list. 

Hicklebee’s is a book store that offers high quality books and educational items that fit with our parent/student interests. There will be items for grades K-9. Please come visit.  Think Holiday and Birthday gifts!  Invite your friends, family and community to explore this book fair opportunity!

WHEN:  November 2nd - 6th:    M-Th 9am-3pm     Fri 9am-2pm

WHERE:  Quail Hollow Campus - Room 12 (follow the arrows)

325 Marion Ave., Ben Lomond

This is our first year with this fundraiser and we’re hoping many of you come to visit and support us in this way.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  Please help us by volunteering for a 1-2 hour slot!  All Quail Hollow, Fall Creek, and Coast Redwood Middle School parents are welcome to help.  Our book Fair organizers, Tarah & Julie, will have everything already set-up and will be at the fair the whole day, we just need assistance with cash registers and oversight. Update: We still need 9 more people to cover our empty slots!

Thanks for those who signed up!

Sign-up online here:

Parents: Tonight, November 2nd is College and Career Night at CABRILLO from 6-8 pm.

  • Gym (Building 1100) College Information including college reps. and Transfer

  • Library (Building 1000) Career Information including Financial Aid

  • Cafeteria (Building 900) Cabrillo College Programs

They will have an extensive menu of activities: This is NOT just geared toward 4-year schools, but to every student’s interest, thinking of furthering their higher education prospects.

- 60+ four year schools representatives

- 40+ career specialist who can guide you through 2 year certificate programs such as nursing, culinary and construction management     - Community College representatives

- Financial Aid specialists     - Scholarships     - Career specialists

- Transfer specialists and so much more!    - ROP specialists (10th graders must see this booth!)     - Horticulture Program specialists     - Culinary Program specialists

- Nursing Program specialists

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

Quail Hollow Homeschool:  The teachers and families once again hosted our annual Halloween parade and craft day.  There was upwards of 100 kids and well over 30 parents, ]crafting and playing together.. A grateful thank you to all the parents who led crafts, helped children with their creations, and told beautiful stories of moving through your fears.  And such wonderful costumes...parents and children looked great! Next week, Block 2 classes classes begin.

FC Homeschool:   Met at Mission Plaza in Santa Cruz and went on one of two “downtown tree walks” available.They viewed and read about the many trees from diverse backgrounds growing in the plaza. Next week, visitors from the ASPCA will give presentations on how we share our world with animals. November 12:  UCSC Life Lab “Farm to Fork” field trip

Nature Academy:  The 6th graders continue with the weekly arts classes, completing their upside down drawing this past week. Their Elkhorn Slough Kayak field trip is this Thursday.  The end of the trimester has come and minimum days for conferencing will start this Friday, Nov.  6th, and will continue the follow two weeks, Nov.10, 12, 16,18 & 20.

CRMS:  The Book club completed their reading of My Side of the Mountain which included a high energy game of Jeopardy based on the book. Next month’s book will be The Graveyard Book. Students are filling in a ‘positive events calendar’; one event per day.  This is difficult for most kids, but still very important practice to help balance out the adolescent tendency to focus on the negative. They also continue with mindfulness, including noticing general patterns in their thinking, starting to track judgmental thoughts... because until we notice them we can’t do anything to help ourselves or others who are being hurt by them. Field Trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium: Wednesday, Nov. 4.  

CRHS: Had a field trip to UCSC Harvest Festival, organized by the FOODWHAT program, which is a youth empowerment and food justice organization using food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for growing strong, healthy, and resilient teens. Students in the Environmental Horticulture class joined many others in this fall celebration. The events nicely linked with CRHS’s own garden.

Counselor Jennifer Sims Please contact her via her email

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

  • Thursdays from 2:00-4:00, primarily grades 6-8 in portable 28 with teacher Marcy Reynolds.  

Please come with your math homework and questions ready.

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.)

  • November 2- 6: Hicklebee’s Book Fair, Quail Hollow Campus

  • November 6: Banana Slug String Band​ - 10:30 -11:30 am, Quail Hollow Campus

  • November 6: End of first Trimester: Nature Academy

  • November 11: Holiday -Veterans Day

  • November 23-27: Holiday -Thanksgiving Break

  • December 18: End of first Semester

  • December 21-January 4: Holiday: Winter Break