In the News This Week

November 10 - 14    
SLVHS Schedule:
O day - Holiday - E - O - E
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Tuesday, November 11th is Veterans Day

Attendance: Month 3 due Friday, November 14th by 3:00pm

Mid-Term Progress Reports

Home School Week: (No classes at CRHS- November 10, 12, 13, and 14)

Monday, November 10th,  ALL students will report to their designated times in room P-3.

9th grade:    9:00am

10th grade: 10:00am

11th grade: 11:00am

12th grade: 12:00pm

CRHS courses; English, Spanish, History, and Sciences, will be canceled during homeschool week. Assignments and homework will be assigned and accounted for this week. It is NOT a week off from school!

**ROP, SLV courses, CRHS Math, Artemis & Work Experience continues (not canceled!)

Students will make appointments with their supervising teacher on Monday, November 10th after their "Meeting of the Tribe."

Individual conference meetings will be held on Wed, Thurs, or Friday (Nov 12, 13, or 14th) These mid-term conferences are mandatory as teachers will review with each of their students their mid-term progress report prior to the end of first semester. Parents ~ please reinforce the recommended course pacing to assist your teen to staying on track.

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This production is a musical romp about a small-town girl in the big bad city of New York City in the 1920’s.  Millie comes to NYC to marry for money instead of love – a modern aim at the time.  Instead she finds friends, dance, and intrigue with a slavery ring run by her boarding house matron.

Auditions will be held on both:

Wednesday & Thursday, November 12 & 13 in the MPR at 3:00pm

Call Backs will be held on Friday, November 14

Please come to the MPR at 3:00 PM on November 12 and sign up for a vocal audition time slot for either Wednesday or Thursday

Vocal Auditions will be held from 3:00 - 4:15 PM both days.

Dance Auditions will be held as a group at 4:15 PM on the same day you do your vocal audition.


- head shot

- acting resume

- A prepared song WITH sheet music for the musical director to play from (1 min length)

- tap shoes if you have them, otherwise jazz shoes or comfortable shoes you can dance in

You do not need to know how to tap dance. You will be taught a simple combination at the dance audition.

Call Backs will be held on Friday the 14th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

You MUST attend call backs if asked in order to be cast.




If you are interested in working tech crew for this show, please fill out the above registration form AND come by auditions to confirm your interest.

Rehearsals begin November 18th in the MPR

Performance Dates February 6 - 22, 2015


Eat at Castelli’s Deli-Cafe before or after the game on Saturday, November 8 between noon and 6:00 PM and they will donate a portion of the proceeds to help us host our annual Safe & Sober Grad Night 2015!

Homeschooled Students Well-Prepared For College, Study Finds

By Kelsey Sheehy

Between deciphering college financial aid awards and settling into a shoe-box sized dorm room with a perfect stranger or two, making the move from high school to college can be a shock to the system for even the most put-together teenager.The transition, many may assume, would be even more jarring for students coming from a home-schooled environment.

"Transitioning from home school to college can be a daunting experience, especially with the lack of socialization that is associated with home schooling," says Los Angeles-based therapist Karen Hylen, who counsels people she says have not made the transition successfully. But parents and students from the home-schooling community say the nontraditional method yields teens that are more independent and therefore better prepared for college life.

More than 2 million U.S. students in grades K-12 were home-schooled in 2010, accounting for nearly four percent of all school-aged children, according to the National Home Education Research Institute. Studies suggest that those who go on to college will outperform their peers. Students coming from a home school graduated college at a higher rate than their peers­ -- 66.7 percent compared to 57.5 percent -- and earned higher grade point averages along the way, according to a study that compared students at one doctoral university from 2004-2009. They're also better socialized than most high school students, says Joe Kelly, an author and parenting expert who home-schooled his twin daughters.

"I know that sounds counterintuitive because they're not around dozens or hundreds of other kids every day, but I would argue that's why they're better socialized," Kelly says. "Many home-schoolers play on athletic teams, but they're also interactive with students of different ages." Home-schooled students often spend less time in class, Kelly says, giving them more opportunity to get out into the world and engage with adults and teens alike.

"The socialization thing is really a nonissue for most home schoolers," he says. "They're getting a lot of it." Jesse Orlowski seconds Kelly's sentiment.

Home schooled from the age of three, the 18-year-old San Diego native played baseball for two years in high school, started a flag football league, is a "big fan" of swing dancing, and is an active street performer. "I had a lot of time to pursue outside interests… to really zone in on things," Orlowski says. "If I wanted to make something happen I usually could, with a little wiggle room." Extracurricular activities were not the only opportunities Orlowski seized. The flexibility of home schooling allowed him to focus on his passions: math and science.

As a junior, Orlowski convinced a physics professor at San Diego State University to let him sit in on an upper-level electrodynamics class. He later helped that professor with research projects. "I can go out and say, 'OK, what class do I want to take, from what professor, at what college in San Diego?' and then I just go out and try and contact them," he says. "Most people would be skeptical at first and then I'd meet with them and they'd say, 'Alright, let's give this a try.'"

Orlowski enlisted the help of admissions counselor and author Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, who previously worked in the office of the dean of students at Stanford University, to help craft his home-schooling experience into a high school transcript. Home-schooled students often choose academic and social pursuits because they find them important and meaningful, and college admissions officers are drawn to that authenticity, Shaevitz says.

"They have to take account of time… that other students have structured," she says. "The possibilities of showing all the kinds of things that colleges are looking for -- curiosity, confidence, resourcefulness, ability to deal with challenges -- you name it. That's a part of being a home-schooled student."

Rather than a hindrance, home-schooling was an asset, Orlowski says, one that landed him acceptance into 10 top-tier schools, including Princeton University, Vanderbilt University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Orlowski will attend MIT in the fall and plans a double major in math and physics. His advice to other home-schooled teens: "The flexibility that home-schooling gives you, you can leverage that into getting all sorts of opportunities," he says. "Seize the day by using home-schooling as a springboard to college admissions."

Our Pick-of-the Day

About Patrick

PatrickI have been teaching mathematics for over 8 years at the college/university level and tutoring for over 15 years.  Currently I teach part time at Austin Community College, but have also taught at Vanderbilt University (a top 20 ranked university) and at the University of Louisville.

Often times, people are nervous about getting help in math: don’t be!  I tell my students all the time that math is challenging for all of us at one point or another.  My intent is to provide clear and thorough explanations, and to present them in an environment in which the student is comfortable.   Although I do not promise to make someone into an A+ student overnight, with regular help just about every student I have encountered makes significant improvements over time.  Think about learning math in the same way you would learn to play piano or learn another language: it takes time, patience, and LOTS of practice.


Patrick's site and tutoring videos are in real-time, unlike Khan Academy, as he demonstrates personally how to solve your math questions. Patrick covers: Algebra, Arithmetic, Calculus, Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Trigonometry, and misc; such as graph theory, complex numbers, expressions and complex numbers, DeMoivre's Theorem, fractions, proofs, absolute value and basic rules.
This site is our Pick-of-the-Day

Other Math Resources
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SLV Booster Clubs
Charter students who are involved in Athletics, Theater, The Arts, and/or Drama, and seniors who are graduating in June 2015,
here are your important links. These booster clubs and committee's wish for your input, and support.

A Future in Wildlife, Forestry, Environmental Science or Fire Science:  Participate in the Forestry Challenge. Open to freshmen and sophomore students. Wed - Saturday Nov 5-8, at Redwood Christian Park in Boulder Creek. A 4 day hands-on training. The focus topic for 2014 will be "Forest Managements and Water Production in the Drought Years." For application come see SLVHS science teacher, Jane Orbuch (M,W,F) in room K3. For more info see web site: FOREST CHALLENGE  Cost for all activities and meals $60.

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Twelfth Night, A Romantic Comedy of Mistaken Identity!

Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy, and romantic love is the play’s main focus. Despite the fact that the play offers a happy ending, in which the various lovers find one another and achieve wedded bliss, Shakespeare shows that love can cause pain.

Come on out and support our Charter School thespians,

to include Gabe Wooden and Cody Esser!

Performance at the Dollhouse Theater

SLV Middle School

7179 Hacienda Way

November 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15th at 7:00pm

November 9 and 16th at 2:00pm

Tickets available at the door!

$10.00 general admission

$8.00 student/senior

Charter Booster Club CHARTER BOOSTERS

The purpose of the Booster Club is to support and enhance the educational programs at SLVUSD Charter School.  The money they raise goes directly to the needs of our classrooms, and school functions.  Booster Club parent volunteers work with our faculty and administrators to help enrich the educational experience of all students.

The objective of the Booster Club shall be to promote parent-school communication, working to build community, to facilitate a parent network, to provide enriching opportunities for the students, and programs, and fundraise to benefit the SLVUSD Charter both socially and financially.

Positive Parenting Program Seminars

Triple P Positive Parenting Program is offering FREE seminars at SLVMS for families with Teens ages 13-16. Triple P, the world’s leading Positive Parenting Program strengthens families by promoting positive relationships.  Triple P is offering three separate seminars in the SLVMS Library in November.  Attend one, two or all three seminars – you choose! Please note: child care will not be available. These seminars are designed to help ALL parents.

November 12, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Raising Competent Teens

Help your teen become a confident, competent young adult by developing self‐discipline, being a good problem solver, –establishing routines, getting involved in school activities, following school rules, and having supportive friends.

November 19, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Getting Teens Connected

Encourage your teen to form positive connections with others by being confident, – being socially skilled, –planning ahead, keeping commitments, keeping in contact, –and taking care of others.


Presented in English by: Heather Thomsen, PhD. Register to reserve your spot!

Contact:  Heather N. Thomsen at (831) 336‐9859 or drheatherthomsen@gmail.com or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings. These Seminars are FREE and open to the public.

To learn about other Triple P services: contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465‐2217 or triplep@first5scc.org

This program is made possible through a partnership between First 5 Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (MHSA‐Prop 63) & Santa Cruz County Human Services Department

Powerschool is now up and running for parents to access grades and attendance online. 

You should have received your access code, password, and instructions on how to use the Powerschool Parent Portal in the mail.

You can access the PowerSchool Parent Portal at: https://grades.slvusd.org/public

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing your child’s information please contact Roberta at 335-0932


Did you know that the HS Library is open Monday through Friday from 7AM to 5PM? It's a great place to study, get HW completed, read your novel, write your essay, CHECK PowerSchool, or collaborate on a group project. Take advantage of one of the nicest libraries in Santa Cruz County.  The library staff has extended library hours for YOU!

- November 6 - registration
- Test Date: December 6
SAT is offered on December 6, January 24, May 2 and June 6

November 7 - registration
Test Date: December 13
ACT is offered on February 7, April 18, and June 13


SLVUSD Charter 25 School has an agreement with the athletic organizations to include; the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League, Central Coast Section, and the California Interscholastic Federation for our charter students, who are actively enrolled in this school district, to participate on established competitive sports teams, in the district of their school. In partnership, these organizations and the SLV Athletic Department enable our charter high school students to try-out and compete on SLV athletic teams since 1998.

Just as every student-athlete who attends SLV High School, our charter school students are held to the highest degree of integrity, code of conduct, sportsmanship and eligibility.
Coast Redwood High School athletic eligibility standards are SEPARATE from SLV High School. As students who are not enrolled at SLV High School, but enrolled in a separate high school (CRHS), our strict eligibility policies require our students to hold grades above a C-. The Supervising Teachers work with their students to encourage them to work hard in school and to keep open communication regarding grades and GPA at all times. We value the athletic and theater/club experiences, as well as work experience, yet we hold academic success and balance, as top priorities for our students. Check-out the new Sports & Clubs tab at the top of this page. There you will find all the links and information you need to get started.

Winter Sports (November)
Girls Basketball
Boys Basketball
Girls Soccer
Boys Soccer

Spring Sports (February)
Boys Golf
Boys Tennis
Boys Volleyball

Santa Cruz Mountains Composite (SCMC)

This is a cycling team consisting of High School age riders from a variety of schools in our area. SLV is clearly represented by 10 students for the 2014 season. You may check out the club website at SCMC


Please click on the following link to view a variety of opportunities for your child(ren) that are offered throughout the valley and Santa Cruz areas by various organizations, such as Boy/Girl Scouts, Sports, Arts-Drama-Theater, Local Events, Community Service, Quest/YMCA (before/after-school child care), etc.

Link here: https://sites.google.com/a/slvusd.org/community-link/

This link is provided as a courtesy for parents & students, by the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District, to receive information of current local events and opportunities.  The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District does not sponsor or endorse any of the organizations or events that are located here.

Official Dates & Holidays for 2014-2015
August 26, 2014 - First Day of School
September 1, 2014 - Labor Day Holiday
October 31, 2014 - Non-Instructional Day
November 11, 2014 - Veteran's Day Holiday
November 26-28, 2014 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break
December 2, 2014 - January 2, 2015 - Winter Holiday Break
January 19, 2015 - Non-Instructional Day
January 20, 2015 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
February 9, 2015 - Lincoln's Birthday Holiday
February 16, 2015 - President's Day Holiday
March 30-April 3, 2015 - Spring Break Holiday
April 6, 2015 - Non-Instructional Day
May 25, 2015 - Memorial Day Holiday
June 11, 2015 - Last Student Day

Unclear as to what is meant by our SLVUSD Charter School Umbrella?
Click on this link for a visual demonstration

SLVUSD Charter School