'Defining High Quality Education' Feb. 20
Dr. Yong Zhao, presidential chair and associate dean for global education at the University of Oregon, will take the stage at Cabrillo College Crocker Theater 7 p.m. Feb. 20 to talk about designing schools of the 21st century.
His visit is part of the community education lecture topic, "Global, Creative, and Entrepreneurial: Defining High Quality Education."
Zhao will discuss his book, "World Class Learners," which says standardized tests are misleading and that the so-called high performing education systems aren't producing the kind of creative and entrepreneurial talents needed.
The event is sponsored by Cabrillo College, as well as Gateway, Mount Madonna and York schools It's free and seating is limited. Reserve tickets by calling 831-423-0341 ext. 363 or visiting http://tinyurl.com/ZhaoSantaCruz.
Math department info night planned Feb. 21
The math department at Santa Cruz High School is hosting an information night from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the auditorium, at 415 Walnut Ave.
The evening will provide information about the school's traditional math program as well as its Math Academy.
Applications will be available at the meeting and at the school's main office after the event.
For information, call 831-429-3960.
Ocean Alternative science fair Feb. 22
Ocean Alternative Education Center, a home school program in the Live Oak School District, is holding its 12th Annual Science Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 22., at 984-6 Bostwick Lane.
The community is invited to see the things the school's young scientists have been discovering.
Learn more at http://oc-losd-ca.schoolloop.com/. For information, call 831-475-0767.
Spring Hill accepting applications
Spring Hill School is accepting applications for kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year without cut-off dates. The school offers a full-day, full-time program that teaches Spanish, science, music, physical education, gardening, drama and art. Meanwhile, core classes in math and reading are taught in small group formats with children based on their ability. What's more, students enjoy two long recesses in the morning and an hour at lunch for added outdoor play and exercise.
Prospective students will be interviewed by teachers and staff to determine their kindergarten readiness. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Diane McCarthy, admissions director, at 831-427-2641 or email@example.com.
Life Lab adds new workshops, tour
Spring Series Life Lab, which has taught thousands of educators farm- and garden-based learning techniques since 1979, is offering six interactive trainings for educators to bring learning to life in their school gardens.
This spring participants can expect three new workshops.
In the "School Food and Garden Tour," educators will tour four well-established gardens that have been running for 10-20 years. Among the stops will be at Pacific Elementary, in which upper elementary school students prepare lunch for 100 students every day.
Meanwhile, middle and high school educators can attend the "Growing Healthy, Strong, Inspired Teens" workshop offered by Life Lab's "Food, What?!" youth empowerment program. This workshop will teach educators ways to engage and work with teens using the youth empowerment model.
For educators of grades 6-12, there's the "Common Core Literacy in Science" training, strategies for integrating literacy into science will be taught.
Learn more about these and other Life Lab workshops at www.lifelab.org/gcworkshops.
B40 gears up for new fundraiser
Now that the school has bought iMacs for its newly spiffed up media library, Branciforte Middle School has launched another fundraising effort to head into phase two of re-purposing its metal shop into an "Innovative Tech Lab."
The school is reaching out to current families, alumni and the community to fulfill this effort to give teachers a larger area to work on technology projects, including PowerPoint, film making and music. The school also hopes to buy portable computer carts to be shared among the classes.
Volunteers will be used to haul away metal shop equipment and apply new paint, among other tasks.
B40 has been working with the school district to get up to 50 percent funding for the new tech lab.
For information on donating or volunteering, call 831-429-3883.
Montessori school hosts open house
Parents of children ages 3 months through kindergarten are invited to bring their children along to tour the campus, meet the staff and otherwise learn about Montessori Scotts Valley, 11 a.m to 2 p.m., Sunday at 123 S. Navarra Drive.
Reservations are not required to attend the open house at the school that touts itself as being the only one in the county that's associated with the Association Montessori Internationale.
For information, call 831-439-9313 or visit http://www.montessorisv.com.
Cypress High School hosts open house
Open School Night is 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Cypress High School, at 2039 Merrill St.
Prospective parents and students entering grades 9-12 in the 2013-14 school year are encouraged to tour the campus, meet staff and learn about the program's many aspects.
The school accepts students from throughout Santa Cruz County.
For information, call 831-477-0302.
Bilingual preschool hosts open houses
El Jardín, the cooperative bilingual preschool at 112 East Beach St., is offering several open houses this spring to allow prospective families the chance to observe the school for a day.
Parents can come alone or bring their children along to participate in age-appropriate, play-based learning that involves the entire family and can benefit your child and parenting skills.
The open houses will be 9:00-11:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17 and May 15.
The school is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. It is part of Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education.
Children must be 3 or 4 years old by December 2013.
The cooperative preschool requires parents to volunteer at the school. Cost is $200 for three mornings each week or $150 for two mornings each week. Financial aid may be available. Rates may be subject to change.
For information, call 831-722-2886 or visit www.waae.pvusd.net/eljardin.
PCS lottery registration open
Lottery applications are now being accepted for grades 7-12 at Pacific Collegiate School, at 255 Swift St., for the 2013-14 school year.
Download an application at http://www.pacificcollegiate.com/forms/lottery_app/2013/v2/index.jsp.
As a public charter school, PCS imposes no academic eligibility requirement other than readiness for the grade being applied for other than requiring parents to attend one of two upcoming informational meetings. The meetings are required for all first-time lottery entrants and for families who haven't attended an informational meeting within the last year. The meetings help families determine if PCS is the right school for their student.
The meetings will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in the school's main building and 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 in the school gym.
The deadline to apply is March 7. The lottery is 5 p.m. March 21.
For information, call 831-479-7785.
Soquel High hosts mock SAT Feb. 23
Students seeking to prepare for the SAT exam can take a mock test 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in room 120 at Soquel High School,, 401 San Jose Road.
Check-in is 8:30 a.m. Cost is $10 and all the money stays with the school. Scholarships are available.
Students can retrieve their scores online, along with a detailed performance analysis and personalized essay feedback.
Zumba fundraiser for Grad Night activities
Harbor High School is hosting a Zumba fundraiser 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in the multipurpose room, at 300 La Fonda Ave.
Registration is at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $10, with proceeds supporting safe and sober graduation night festivities.
For information, call 831-429-3810.
Tierra Pacifica hosts information night
Parent information night is 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Tierra Pacifica Charter School, 986 Bostwick Lane.
Spanish translators and free childcare will be available. RSVP is required for the childcare.
For information, call 831-462-9404 or visit http://www.tierrapacifica.org/c/.
Pacific Charter School hosts events
Pacific Charter School, at 294 Green Valley Road, is gearing up for a spring full of events.
First, on Feb. 27, the school will host a science fair in the school district's board room. Projects can be viewed from 11:20 a.m.-1:15 p.m. with presentations and a cookie reception lasting from 1:15-2:30 p.m. in classroom B of the Eiskamp building.
On March 1, John Laird, California's secretary of natural resources, will speak to the U.S. History and Environmental Sciences classes at 11:30 a.m.
The students, teachers and families are invited to attend "Shakespeare to Go" at the Mello Center May 1.
Then on May 2, the school will host an open house from 5-8 p.m. The event is open to all Watsonville families.
Kinder recruitment at Alianza Charter
Alianza Charter School, at 115 Casserly Road, is recruiting kindergarten students for the 2013-24 school year. Information meetings will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 27 and March 6 in the school cafeteria.
Information will be provided in English and Spanish.
Alianza is a tuition-free, dual language immersion program for grades K-8. It creates bilingual and biliterate students, while also fostering multicultural understanding.
For information, call Beatriz Loez at 831-728-6333 ext. 5533.
Fundraiser benefits Mar Vista Elementary
Food and movie buffs can feed their passion while helping out Mar Vista Elementary School by attending a food tasting and movie fundraiser.
The Thursday, Feb. 28 event gets underway at 5:30 p.m. at Green Valley Cinemas. It will feature tastings from 15 local eateries, followed by a private screening of the new release, Snitch, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. There also will be a raffle for a two night Las Vegas getaway provided by Cosmopolitan Hotel and Southwest Airlines.
Some of the food represented that night will come from Carmona's BBQ, Zameen's Mediterranean Cuisine, D'LaComena, Freedom Bakery & Confections, Manuel's Mexican Restaurant and Bangkok West.
Cost is $22 for one ticket or $20 each for two or more tickets. Buy tickets from Mar Vista, at 6860 Soquel Drive in Aptos or from the movie theater, at 1125 S. Green Valley Road in Watsonville.
Service League offers health career scholarships
The Service League at Watsonville Community Hospital, at 75 Nielson St., is offering $1,000 scholarships to students who are seeking careers in the medical field.
Applicants must be currently enrolled and participating in an accredited health career program at an accredited institution. Applications are available at the Service League's information desk, coffee shop, gift shop or by calling Bob Hestand at 831-761-0422. The deadline to apply is March 1.
Kindergarten registration opens
The Soquel Union Elementary School District will start registering kindergarten-aged students for the 2013-14 school year Friday, March 1.
Families living with a child who will turn 5 years old on or before Oct. 1 can register at their home school. Transitional kindergarten for children who turn 5 years old between July 1 and Dec. 2 is available at Opal Cliffs, the district's new school. Priority is given to children who turn 5 years old between Oct. 2 and Dec. 2.
For information, contact your neighborhood school: Soquel Elementary School, 831-464-5655; Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School, 831-464-5670; Main Street School, 831-464-5650; Information about transitional kindergarten is available by calling Janet Lindenbaum at 831-464-5639.
SV schools open kinder enrollment
Brook Knoll and Vine Hill elementary schools are accepting applications for their kindergarten classes.
Brook Knoll offers morning and afternoon classes, while Vine Hill has morning classes with early bird and late bird programs. Vine Hill also offers "Transitional Kindergarten" with a separate curriculum for students whose birthdays fall between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1.
Registration begins March 1. Meanwhile information nights are scheduled for March 27 in Brook Knoll's recreation room and March 28 in Room 3 at Vine Hill. Both events get under way at 6 p.m.
For information, call Brook Knoll at 831-423-2454 or Vine Hill at 831-438-1090.
Youth City Council meeting postponed
The Feb. 18 meeting of the Watsonville Youth City Council has been postponed to Monday, Feb. 25.
Donations sought for March 16 gala
Spring Hill School's Parent Club is seeking donations of services, gift certificates or merchandise from local businesses or individuals for its 7th Annual Auction Gala, "Night at the Dream," 6-11 p.m. March 16 at the Dream Inn.
The event is the club's biggest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to enhance the school's art, music, drama, library, physical education and life lab programs. The school will also use the funds to expand its math and science programs, as well as give a boost to any other unmet needs at the school. Donations not only will benefit the school, but they also provide businesses the opportunity to showcase their wares.
To donate, contact Nicole Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, the gala itself will feature music, a large gourmet buffet, fabulous dessert spread, and a professional auctioneer. Tickets are available on eventbrite.com or at 427 2641. Cost is $75 per ticket, with a $4.74 fee to buy online. Purchasers can save $10 buy buying tickets online before March 1.
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