Info‎ > ‎

News and Announcements


posted Jan 16, 2017, 1:08 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

Tuesday, Jan.31 at 3 pm 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!

NEW PROGRAM! Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA) and Application

posted Mar 24, 2016, 6:55 PM by Charter Admin   [ updated Aug 24, 2016, 9:03 AM by Tarah L ]

Quail Hollow Integrated

A new hybrid independent study/classroom program within the SLVUSD Charter School

What we offer:

  • A combined 7th/8th grade class that meets with Amber Walker, credentialed teacher, 4 days a week, M-Th: ½ day or full day option 9:00-2:30

  • Visual Arts, Theater, Music, and Dance Integration across the core content areas

  • Collaborative, hands on, inquiry and problem based learning

  • Learning opportunities with local community artists

  • Hybrid online & classroom math instruction

  • Classroom and resource library located at the Quail Hollow campus

Info Packet about QHIA

Here is a short one minute promo video for the new program : )

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts Application

Completed applications are due by 3:00 PM on Thursday, April 21, 2016

Contact the charter office: (831) 336-5167 Holly Thomas:

2017/18 Nature Academy Lottery Notification

posted Jan 28, 2016, 1:15 PM by Charter Admin   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 12:07 PM by Tarah L ]

The application process for the 2017-2018 school year will be open beginning Tuesday, March 8 and close (for lottery, if needed) on Friday, April 21st.  The application can be found here, as well as in the Charter Office, 325 Marion Ave., Ben Lomond.

Download application HERE.

The Lifeskill support page for the application is HERE

Applications MUST be turned into the Charter Office by 3:00pm, April 21, 2017. 

The Lottery, if needed, will be on April 28, 2017. 3pm at the Charter Office. 


Nature Academy Information Night

Date:  Tuesday, March 7

Time:  5:30-6:30pm

Location:  SLV Middle School Library

Smarter Balanced Test Scores

posted Sep 19, 2015, 9:25 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Sep 28, 2015, 10:35 AM ]

Attached is a letter from Debi Bodenheimer, our district's Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum regarding the CAASPP (Smarter Balanced) test results.

The new CAASPP Report is newsworthy, and I am sure that many of you have heard on the news or have read (or will read) various articles about the test results and what they mean for our students, schools, state, country, and general learning environment.

We, at the Charter, want you to know that our focus has not been to teach directly to the test. We teach to the Common Core Standards, and we teach to support your children's individual needs and ability levels.  We also keep our focus and professional learning on maintaining a well rounded curriculum, adding new teaching ideas, strategies and technology, while keeping brain-based and developmentally sound practices in mind. By doing this, we are confident that we can ensure that your child will continue to progress in the academic standards as well as the life skills we all know are important.

Please take the time to read Mrs. Bodenheimer's letter from the district.  It is a good reminder that this is a new rollout, beginning a new baseline of State data that adds a new piece to how we evaluate how well your student is doing.

As we get the test results and begin to take a deeper look at them, we will share more about what they mean and what we are doing to support your students learning.



New State Online Testing is coming in April and May

posted Apr 10, 2015, 3:42 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Apr 10, 2015, 4:10 PM ]

Moving away from fill-in-the-bubble tests and how assessments are changing:

For years, most year-end tests were mainly multiple-choice exams that focused on basic skills. These tests did not measure the skills students need for success after high school, such as writing, critical thinking, and problem solving. With new education standards, states are working together to develop tests that better measure these important skills. In 2014-15, all California schools will replace their old State tests in Language Arts and Math with new online assessments designed to better reflect how well students are learning the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world.

The SBAC online assessment is only one part of the systemic changes occurring in our school systems over the last few years.

  1. The state implemented the Local Control Funding Formula, to give our schools and parents more control over a portion of their budgets.

  2. Then, in 2010, the state introduced California’s Common Core State Standards.

  3. Next, there was training for our teachers on how to change their classroom dynamics to engage their students; more collaboration, more inquiry.

  4. Finally, they rolled out the new adaptive assessments to check how this new system is working.  

Because the things we want students to know and be able to do have changed, tests must change as well.

The new assessments fit into the picture in this way. The system to evaluate how well students are learning has three different types of assessments – two informal and one more formal.

  • Informal: Formative and interim assessments, that are used to understand where the child is and to modify instruction are done by the teachers. They are not for accountability, but for learning. (Teachers and parents use informal assessments daily; when we ask a student to show us how they did something, or ask them questions about what they are doing.)

  • Formal: Summative assessments are administered by the State. In California, the tests were developed by an organization called the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and are replacing the previous STAR tests.  Every student in public schools are required to take the State tests. 

SBAC in 2015: A Few Facts:

•  The SBAC assessments will only be taken by students in Grades 3-8 and Grade 11

•  The SBAC assessments cover only Math and English Language Arts

•  All SBAC tests are administered on a computer

•  SBAC results do not determine whether a child will graduate or move forward to the next grade level

•  The SBAC assessment does not replace the traditional high school exit exam (CAHSEE)

•  The SBAC results will not impact teacher evaluations.

•  This year, due to the newness of the test, there will be no API score, which is the State score that measures the academic performance of each school.

•  There will still be an AYP score, which is the Federal’s score that shows Adequate Yearly Progress for schools and districts.  In order to achieve this score, schools need to obtain a 95% rate of participation or better.

NOTE: There will still be a paper pencil State assessment test in Science for grades 5, 8, and 10.

What are the new State tests trying to accomplish?

  • Measure real-world skills.

  • Allow students to apply knowledge and skills through critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving.

  • End teaching to the test.

  • Encourages students to navigate technology, a key to 21st century learning.

  • Include activities that more closely mirror what students are learning, including through collaborative portions.

  • Provide a more accurate understanding of student knowledge than previous tests because they ask students to show and apply what they know, instead of just picking the right answer from a multiple-choice question.

  • Include a greater variety of questions.

How you can help your child prepare:

  • Read and Discuss Non-Fiction books and articles

    • Ask children to explain their thinking. How do they know what they know, where is the evidence in the text?

  • Use Math for Real World problems.

    • Ask children to explain their thinking as they go along

    • Work on speed and accuracy of the explanation

  • Help them practice their typing abilities.

  • Practice the tests online:  

(To access the practice tests, scroll down to the green box at the bottom of the web page that says Student Interface Practice and Training Tests.  Clicking on this should take you to a sign in screen that is already scheduled for a guest to sign in.  You can then click on the sign in button, where you can choose the grade you’d like to try.)   PLEASE NOTE: The practice tests are not adaptive like the real tests will be. That means that the questions do not adjust based on the answers given.

If you have any questions, please email me, or give me a call at 831-336-5167

2015 Nature Academy Lottery Application

posted Mar 18, 2015, 10:11 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Mar 24, 2016, 5:38 PM by Charter Admin ]

The application process for the 2015-2016 school year will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18 and close (for lottery, if needed) on Friday, April 17.  The application can be found here, as well as in the Charter Office, 325 Marion Ave., Ben Lomond.
The Lifeskill support page for the application is HERE.
Applications MUST be turned into the Charter Office by 3:30pm, April 17, 2015.
The Lottery, if needed, will be on April 24, 2015. 3pm @ the Charter Office. 

Information Nights in March

posted Feb 6, 2015, 3:49 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Feb 6, 2015, 3:52 PM ]

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  

WASC Update

posted Jan 5, 2015, 11:48 AM by Rhonda Schlosser

We have yet to hear confirmation for our WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Chair, but we will be ready when the WASC committee arrives to visit our school’s programs in early March!

Every school that goes through WASC accreditation writes a report in which the school explains how the school supports student learning.  The WASC process is a cycle that consists of a Self Study (where we are now) a Visit by a WASC committee who comes to support the self-study process (happening in March), and the Follow-up process whereby the school reviews, analyzes evidence and refines next steps to ensure the schools focus stays on best practices and student’s educational progress.

The report consists of 5 chapters that include: 1) data on student/community profile, analysis of data, clarification of student outcomes, 2) a summary of the progress made on the critical areas of follow-up from the previous WASC visit (our visit was in 2011),  3) an overall summary from our analysis of the profile data and progress, 4) Details and evidence in five categories of the schools structure: Organization, Standards-based Learning in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Accountability, and School Culture and Support.  5) Next Steps in the action plan.

Chapters 1-3  of the report have been submitted to the District Office for review, and simple edits are the only clean up that is needed.  Chapters 4 and 5 will be submitted the week we return in January. Next steps will be gathering the documentation the team will want to review that backs up our report.

Charter School WASC Update

posted Oct 18, 2014, 2:00 PM by Laurie Becker   [ updated Dec 19, 2014, 9:22 AM by Rhonda Schlosser ]

I will be updating the Charter community about our WASC process as the date of our visit draws close.   Parent and Student involvement is an important component of the process and is shown shown through surveys, classroom participation, testimonials, program/committee involvement, testimonials.
What is WASC?
Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

What is Accreditation?
Certification from WASC that validates the integrity of the school, fosters on-going improvement, supports student learning and assists the school in setting goals for improvement.  Accreditation is a way of certifying that our school meets standards expected by educators, employers and institutions of higher learning. WASC accreditation schools meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria.

How long does it take?
WASC is an ongoing process that cycles every 6 years. The accreditation process is a perpetual cycle of assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring, and reassessment (self-study, visit, and follow-up). It is designed to mirror the School Site Plan, or for Charter schools, our Charter renewal process.

What will the WASC committee want to know?
Our WASC report is centered around the Focus on Learning process guide. The accreditation principles enables a school to demonstrate:
  • High achievement of all students in relation to schoolwide learner outcomes (Character, Communication, Citizenship, Critical and Creative Thinking) and academic standards.
  • Our use of multiple ways to analyze data about student achievement including student and staff perceptions/interviews, examining student work, and observing students engaged in learning.
  • Evaluation of the program effectiveness in relation to -impact on student learning based on Schoolwide learner outcomes, critical learner needs, and academic standards: and -meeting an acceptable level of quality in accordance with the WASC criteria.
  • Alignment of prioritized findings to a schoolwide action plan focusing on student achievement
  • Ongoing improvement/accountability
  • Total involvement and collaboration of all stakeholders.
Who cares?
Students and parents should care because many universities require it, Cal Grants require it, many districts accept credit only from accredited schools.  The Charter staff cares because it is a renewal condition of our Charter document. The school board cares because it is validation of an ongoing six-year cycle of quality, demonstrating capacity and competence in support of high-quality student learning and ongoing school improvement. 

So, where are we in the process?
We are currently writing and revising our Self Study report, in preparation for our March visit.  Our visit for WASC accreditation status is scheduled for March 9-11, 2015.  We received WASC candidacy status in August 2011.

What can you do now to help us?
You are an important part of our WASC process.  Charters are public schools of choice, and we know that you chose us for a reason.  We would like to hear from you and your student!

Please email us your testimonial.  Why did you choose to come to us?  How is your experience?   How is our school (your program) helping to meet the educational needs of your student/family? We want to include personal words in our Self Study and have them posted on the Charter website.


Toolkit for a Healthy School Environment

posted Sep 2, 2014, 5:39 PM by Laurie Becker

The Toolkit for a Healthy School Environment has been developed to help school sites implement the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Wellness Policy. This toolkit provides guidelines for improving the foods and beverages offered and sold on SLVUSD school campuses in an effort to combat the rising rates of obesity.

The information includes, but is not limited to, Board Policy 5030, legislation regarding food and beverages that can be sold or served at schools, and fundraising ideas. A parent newsletter has been drafted that schools may use to inform the parents/guardians of the changes that will help improve the health and well-being of our children.

Toolkit for a Healthy School Environment

1-10 of 16