Santa Cruz City Schools Announces 2014 College Acceptances


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Santa Cruz City Schools has proudly announced its preliminary list of colleges, to date, that have accepted members of the Class of 2014.  The list is expected to grow as more students receive notifications of acceptance.   The list to date is highlighted by the following schools: Stanford, Harvard, Brown, NYU, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Cal Poly, Pitzer, Santa Clara University And University Of Edinburgh.  To see the full list, please follow this link.


Boys and Girls Club announces Summer Day Camp

June 16 – August 22, Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10 per day/child or $40 for pre-paid week

Ages 6-18

boys and girls club logo 2Like its afterschool program, the Boys and Girls Club summer day camp is drop-in. Current members can come for any of the days and spend as much or as little time at the Club as they/their parents want and are not required to register in advance. However, early registration and pre-payment does speed up the front desk check-in time and some of the popular special programs have limited spaces available.  Registration is ongoing.

Current Boys & Girls Club membership required ($40/year). Check with the front desk if you are unsure if your child’s membership is up-to-date.

For more information, please see the Boys and Girls Club website or view the attached flyer.

BASTA Launches Bilingual Website

Broad-based Apprehension, Suppression, Treatment and Alternatives (BASTA)

The BASTA team announced the launch of its new website; a bilingual county-wide resource for gang awareness, prevention and intervention.

Basta LogoThe BASTA collaborative includes the Criminal Justice Council of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the Santa Cruz Police Department, the Watsonville Police Department, Santa Cruz County Probation and the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force.

The Website can be found via this link.

2014 Eddy Awards – Congratulations Honorees!

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Event Held Wednesday May 14 at Kwuumbwa-Record Breaking Heat and Record Breaking Turn Out!

The Eddy Awards.webThe Santa Cruz Education Foundation (SCEF), dedicated to promoting excellence in Santa Cruz City Schools, held its Sixth Annual Eddy Awards yesterday, May 14th. The Eddy Awards recognize the outstanding commitment made daily by the dedicated educators, staff and volunteers of Santa Cruz City Schools. DSC07060As always thank yous are in order. Thank you to Kim Luke, voice of the Derby Girls and Santa Cruz Warriors, for once again adding sparkle and levity to the Eddy Awards event.   Thank you to the Eddy Awards sponsors for making the evening possible:  Wax Works West, Santa Cruz City Schools Administrators, Ristorante Avanti, Rachel Dewey-Thorsett and Miller Maxfield, Inc. Thank you to the evening’s entertainment:  members of the Santa Cruz High Band. And thank you to Nielsen Studios, Architecture + Design for designing the beautiful 2014 Eddy Award sculpture. A recap of this year’s Honorees:

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    • 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 FoDSC06976undation Award(s)
    • Santa Cruz City Schools Crossing Guards:  Richard Bartlett, Jerry Cacace, Fredy Chavez, Steve Fuehrer, Bob Lamar, Gail Marizette, Steve Okamoto, Saundra Sand, and Debra Stephens
    • 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.   DSC06940DSC07032DSC06945


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.


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