Rock the Vote! Student Poll Workers Needed for June 3 Election

 Must be 16 or over, US Citizen, GPA of 2.5 or better

Rock the vote!!  High school students can earn extra money and community service by working at the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Student poll workers can earn $75 for working Election Day, plus an additional $20 for attending the training class if they complete their service at the polls.

For more information, please see the press release.  To apply, please call Lynn Stipes, the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections Department, at 831-454-2416, e-mail her at, come to the office located at 701 Ocean St., Room 210, in Santa Cruz, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit our website at


Queer Youth Task Force First Ever Spring Garden Mixer

Thursday, April 24,  5-7 PM

The Queer Youth Task Force (QYTF) is planning the first ever Spring Garden Mixer to introduce their work with youth to the community. Well known for the Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards, the QYTF works year round to support Queer Youth in our schools. The QYTF has partnered with Santa Cruz City Schools since 2000 to improve the school experience for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) youth.
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Youth who feel safe and are supported by adults at school and in the community are more likely to graduate than drop out.  In a recent survey of LGBTIQ youth those who can identify a supportive adult at school are more than twice as likely to say they are  planning to go to college.The QYTF works to educate adults and empower students to celebrate difference and make schools safer for all students and staff.Please join us in an informational celebration of the work being done in Santa Cruz to support youth in our schools and community.

For additional information please open this link.

2014 Eddy Awards Tickets Now Available -Nominations open through April 22

Tickets on sale now! Only a week remaining for nominations!

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Do you know someone at a Santa Cruz City School that deserves one of these awards?  Please nominate him or her by April 22nd.  Enter your nomination here or print and complete the attached form.

  • Outstanding Teacher (4 awards: Grades K-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12)
  • Unsung Hero (2 awards: one classified staff member, one parent)
  • Green Award (school, individual or program)
  • Wellness Award (school, individual or program)
  • Innovation Award (school, individual or program)
  • School of the Year
  • Community Supporter of the Year (business, individual or organization)
  • Roseann Coonerty Layne Inspiring Teacher Award ($250 gift to one 7-12 teacher of writing, history, social studies, government, civics or any other writing-intensive course who motivates and encourages students’ creative and critical thinking)

Visit the Eddy Awards page to learn more about the awards, categories and past honorees.

Please follow this link to buy tickets for the event on May 14 at 6:30 pm Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

Public Input Regarding the Fall 2015 Re-Opening of Natural Bridges

Two ways to provide input:

Survey regarding Natural Bridges reopening

Simultaneous meetings to be held on Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Community input is welcome as Santa Cruz City Schools plans for the reopening of Natural Bridges Elementary School.  Fonatural bridges 2llowing five district advisory committee meetings, public/community input meetings on March 3rd at three locations, and much reflection and discussion – the committee has narrowed the possibilities to just a few options. The District will be hosting community meetings for public input on these options April 21 at both Bay View and Gault Elementary Schools.

Meeting Information:
Santa Cruz City Schools will host the second Community Meeting Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:30-7:30 pm at two locations:
1. Bay View Elementary School, 1231 Bay Street, Santa Cruz, CA.
2. Gault Elementary School, 1320 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA.

Online Survey:
Santa Cruz City Schools also invites the community to take an online survey by following this link.

Additional information on the Natural Bridges Elementary School Reopening can be found via this link.

Arts Council of Santa Cruz County Sponsors Student Art Exhibit

Through May 22, County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz

500+ students county-wide participating in the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County’s arts education programs (SPECTRA and Mariposa’s Art) created the work on display at the County building.  Come see lions, tigers, bears, sea otter, birds in flight and more.Arts Council logo

Student and Community Reception
Wednesday, April 30, 4-6 pm
Young Artist Celebration at 5:30 pm
Student recognition by 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend

First Friday Reception
Friday, May 2, 5-8 pm


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