Local School Students Work to Protect Our Shores

Students from Gault Elementary Battle Invasive Ice Plant

ocean-restorationAs a part of the Ocean Guardian restoration program, students are working together with volunteers to remove the invasive succulent from our shoreline.  “In addition to removing the invasive plants, students are growing ten native species from seed and planting over 3,000 of these native plants in the restored sites. These newly planted coastal sites are already showing signs of positive changes with the increased presence of migratory birds and native pollinators like bees, butterflies.”

This program is supported by community partners including the City of Santa Cruz, Seabright Neighborhood Association, California State Parks, US Geological Survey, California Native Plant Society, Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, Patagonia, UC Santa Cruz, and the California Coastal Conservancy.

Read the article and see photos here

Santa Cruz City Schools Conduct Online Survey

District Requests Parent Input into Funding Priorities

Santa Cruz City Schools is asking parents of students in the district to take an online survey giving input into funding and programming priorities. The results will be shared with the School Board and Budget Committee.

Kris Munro, District Superintendent, writes:

“We are incredibly fortunate that our schools benefit from the generosity of our community. Parcel taxes currently ensure that our students are supported with small class sizes, arts and music programs, counselors, librarians, life lab programs and more. The state’s new funding formula has different impacts on different districts.  Santa Cruz City Schools is not a winner in the state’s new funding model.  It is the support of our local community that truly enriches our school programs.

“We do not anticipate significant new revenue from the state, but we value the input of our community and we want to hear from you about your priorities and needs. This allows us to plan and to seek out resources. Thank you in advance for taking the time to give us your feedback.”

Complete the survey using the link below:

Santa Cruz City Schools Appoints Kris Munro as Superintendent

Interim Superintendent Selected as District’s New Superintendent

kris munroKris Munro has been selected to serve as the District’s new Superintendent. This decision was announced by the Trustees of the Santa Cruz City Schools at the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Kris Munro had been serving as Interim Superintendent since July 1, 2014.

For more information, please see the press release.

Santa Cruz Education Foundation Visits School Meetings and Delivers Checks

$9,000+ Given to PTAs and Home & School Clubs

 To Support Outdoor Science School and Libraries

Board members from the Santa Cruz Education Foundation spent the month of April, 2015, visiting Santa Cruz City Schools Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) and Home and School Club meetings.  The primary purpose of the visits was to briefly discuss the mission of the Santa Cruz Education Foundation:

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation works to ensure that every one of the 7,000 Santa Cruz City Schools students at our campuses, in kindergarten through high school, has an outstanding educational experience.  We believe that every child deserves an excellent neighborhood school.

In addition to explaining the Foundation’s mission, Foundation Board members also distributed checks to support student activities and school libraries as follows:

Outdoor Science School Support (to help pay for students’ tuition):

  • Bay View Elementary $1,000
  • DelaVeaga Elementary $1,000
  • Gault Elemantary $1,000
  • Westlake Elementary $1,000

General School Support:

  • Branciforte Middle School $1,000
  • Mission Hill Middle School $1,000

Library Enrichment:

  • Branciforte Small Schools $400
  • Harbor High School $1,000
  • Santa Cruz High School $1,000
  • Soquel High School $1,000

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation plans to provide Playworks training for the elementary schools and partner organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz, in the fall.

Jeff Tse Gallery Benefiting the Santa Cruz Education Foundation Continues

Show Open Through April 28 at Cafe Iveta

2125 Delaware Ave. Santa Cruz

The Jeff Tse First Friday Gallery Opening was held on April 3rd.  The art will be up at Cafe Iveta through April 28th.   20% of proceeds from his art work will be donated to the Santa Cruz Education Foundation.  Two people won the raffle at the Gallery Opening on April 3rd:  Pajaro Valley Teacher Joel Amrani won the donated photo and Real Estate Broker Katy Crowley won a portrait session with Jeff.

Jeff Tse woodjeff tse photo of artist

To read more about Jeff Tse’s art, please follow this link. He is displaying his works of nature ( sand, wood, rock, botanical) at the event.