Santa Cruz High School PTA Awarded $4,900 Lowe’s Grant

Grant to clean, restore and landscape the Santa Cruz High Quad

The Santa Cruz High Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was awarded a $4,900 grant from Lowe’s aimed at cleaning, restoring and landscaping the quad area at Santa Cruz High.  The grant proposal was predicated on the installation of five security gates, which are hoped to prevent further vandalism to the area. The gates will be built to completely enclose the SC High quad area by late summer.  According to district staff, the fences should be completed late summer.  The gate being replaced is a walk through gate.  The drive-through gate will be replaced in the future as funds allow.  The district will also be putting a gate in the lower yard with a keypad for staff entrance.

santa cruz high school 2The Lowe’s grant is split 50/50 between equipment for parent volunteers (weed whackers, power washer, painting supplies, brooms rakes, etc.) and landscaping supplies (Native and Mediterranean plants, plus decorative boulders.)   The new landscaping may be planned for the fall or winter, when the winter rains begin, but there’s plenty to be done in the interim.

“We are thrilled to have these resources to rejuvenate our campus and this project will mesh beautifully with the new gates” said Maria Guara, Santa Cruz High School PTA President.

Harbor High Booster Club Seeking Leaders and Members for 14-15 School Year

 May 21, 7 pm, Career Center–last meeting of the Harbor High Booster Club for this academic year.

The Harbor High Booster Club will be nominating and voting for new officers. In addition to officers, the Booster Club needs new members of the club.  The group is reaching out to feeder middle schools to talk with parents of incoming freshman about becoming active in the Booster Club.  Encouraged to attend are parents from schools including Branciforte Middle, Shoreline, Tierra Pacifica or any other school with students moving up to Harbor.

The Harbor High Parent Booster Club’s mission is to provide support to all organizations on campus; leadership, academic, arts, social and athletic, with our time, talents, and financial contributions.
Please contact Connie Maschan ( about the Booster Club and/or upcoming meeting.

Public Policy Institute of California publishes report on Implementing Common Core State Standards

 “Implementing the Common Core State Standards in California”

According to the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), California is likely to see a drop in test scores relative to earlier years as it implements Common Core standards in math and English. But the hope is that the new standards will lead to higher student achievement.  PPIC also conducted a survey that shows that hows that most residents support Common Core. Survey results also indicate that most are also concerned that teachers are unprepared to implement it.

Public support is solidly behind the significant changes that are being made to school funding and classroom curricula this year,” said PPIC’s president and CEO, Mark Baldassare. “However, many Californians have concerns about whether their local schools can effectively implement the new state policies associated with the Local Control Funding Formula and Common Core standards.

A majority of Californians (56%) say they have heard a lot (19%) or a little (37%) about Common Core, while 43 percent have heard nothing at all. A somewhat higher share of public school parents (65%) have heard at least a little about the new standards.

To view the full report, please follow this link.

2014 Eddy Awards Winners Announced

Tickets to Event Still Available

The Eddy Awards.web The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 Eddy Award winners:

  • Outstanding Teacher
    • Grades 9-12: Christy Latham, Santa Cruz High School
    • Grades 6-8: Sherri Kilkenny, Mission Hill Middle School
    • Grades 4-5: Denise Blair, Monarch Community School
    • Grades K-3: Carmen Zúñiga, Delaveaga Elementary School
  • Roseann Coonerty Layne Inspiring Teacher Award
    • Julie Rogers, Harbor High School
  • Unsung Hero
    • Staff: Anna Gonzalez, Gault Elementary School
    • Volunteer: Connie Maschan, Harbor High School
  • Green Award
    • Westlake Elementary School
  • Wellness Award 
    • Amy Hedrick-Farr, Food Services Director, Santa Cruz City Schools 
  • Special Foundation Award(s)
    • Santa Cruz City Schools Crossing Guards
    • Sara DiCarlo-Dunn, Santa Cruz High School
    • Blue and Gold Cafe, Soquel High School
  • School of the Year
    • Bay View Elementary School
  • Community Supporter of the Year
    • Dr. Jim Logsdon
  • Innovation Award
    • Sara Goldfarb and Wendy Thompson for the Bee-Inn at Branciforte Middle School
  • 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.

FashionTEENS at the Civic Auditorium Friday, May 9

Showcase of Student Designs

FashionTEENS is a performance event featuring over 160 teens from 16 different Santa Cruz County schools have designed and will be modeling their fashions on a raised runway at the Civic Auditorium on Friday May 9th at 7:00 p.m.

fashionTEENS is an incubator show for fashionART the adult fashion show that happens every fall. It is a competitive show featuring the best designs by local Middle and High School students. The event is sponsored by Santa Cruz City Schools, The Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Arts Council Santa Cruz and Schools Plus.

More information about the show can be found at this linkFashion Art 2014.

Follow this link to purchase tickets.


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