Come Join Santa Cruz High PTA’s First Monthly Campus Cleanup!

Sunday, February 22, 8:30 – 11:30

The Santa Cruz High School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has started a new tradition of monthly campus cleanups.   Bring your yard tools, work gloves, tunes, food and drink, and lots of energy – help make the campus the best it can be.

Bring friends, bring those kids… See you there!  Meet in front of school.  Questions? Please contact Jane McKenzie at

Please save the dates for future cleanup events:

  • March 22
  • April 26
  • May 24 or 31
  • June 28
  • July 26
  • August 23
  • September 27
  • October 25
  • November 22
  • December 27

Santa Cruz City Schools- Middle and High Schools Open Houses

Harbor High, Santa Cruz High, Mission Hill Middle, and Branciforte Middle Schools Registration for 2015-16

Santa Cruz City Schools has begun middle and high school registration for the next school year (2015-16).  Registration forms and deadline information are available here in English and Spanish.

The schools are hosting open houses as follows:

  • Mission Hill Middle School February 3 at 6:30 pm
  • Santa Cruz High School February 4 at 6:30 pm
  • Harbor High School February 5 at 6:30 pm
  • Branciforte Middle School February 10 at 6:30 pm

Please see the Santa Cruz City Schools Calendar for more information.

Santa Cruz City Schools – Eastside schools pledge drive

Launches in February

Harbor High School, Branciforte Middle School, DeLaveaga and Gault Elementary schools are beginning their February Pledge Drives in which the community, parents and alumni are asked to support teacher grants, technology, arts and music, athletics, books for the library and more. At Harbor High, donations will be used to support student access to a 21st Century Learning environment.

Donations can be mailed to the Booster Club at Harbor High, 300 La Fonda Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062; Branciforte’s B40 Home and School Club at Branciforte Middle School, 315 Poplar Ave., Santa Cruz, CA. 95062; DeLaveaga’s DLV Parent Teacher Club (PTC), 1145 Morrissey Blvd. Santa Cruz, CA. 95065; and Gault’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA), 1320 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062.

Bay Federal Now Accepting Applications for 2015 College and Career Scholarship

Three Students will be awarded $1,500 each

Scholarship Amount: $1,500
Number of Scholarships Available:  Three (3)
Application and Rules:
Application Deadline: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bay Federal Credit Union’s annual scholarship is a unique opportunity for students of all academic levels to win up to $1,500 for college or career training after high school AND increase their financial literacy at the same time. Applicants are required to either write an essay about an important financial lesson they have learned, or create a short video that teaches some aspect of personal finance. Students may visit for a list of possible topics.

  • High school seniors graduating before August 2015, current college students, and adult students are encouraged to apply.
  • Proceeds may be used to pay for post-secondary education expenses related to a course of study at any college, university, trade/technical school, or career education program.
  • The scholarship application and instructions are available at
  • Up to three winners will be chosen to receive $1,500. Winners will be chosen based on the applicant’s eligibility, ability to demonstrate a strong commitment to their future goals, and their demonstrated understanding of the topic covered in their video or essay.
  • The application deadline is Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Questions about the scholarship can be directed to Tiffany Zachmeier, CEPF® Financial Education, at or 831.477.8414.

Branciforte Middle School Principal Shaves Head for Fundraiser

Branciforte Middle School Principal Kristin Pfotenhauer shaved her tresses to help her school’s Associated Student Body organization raise money through the school’s annual Turkey Trot race.  The fundraiser has netted over $6,000 for the school.  Before and after photos follow.

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Other Branciforte staff also sacrificed their hair for the cause.  Assistant Principal David Salles shaved his head close when the contributions reached $5,000.  The shaving took place at the school, and was broadcast on the school’s closed circuit television station.  P.E. teacher Joe Hedgecock had the names of the four students who raised the most money shaved into his hair, a task that required him to seek out a specialized barber.

Two other staff have offered to lose their locks for the school if the community donates $10,000.  They aren’t expecting to have to make good on their offer at this time.

Funds raised through the Turkey Trot are used for student activities that otherwise would not be funded, and purchases for school equipment, such as iPads.  This is the third year that B40 has raised money through the Turkey Trot.  In 2014, the school raised $4,806.03, and, in 2013, it raised $3568.  


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