Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! Serving children since 1857, Santa Cruz City Schools celebrates a rich history in our community. In our 159th year, we open schools with a continued commitment to engaging the hearts and minds of each child and ensuring that we prepare them for college and career as they complete their education with us.
As a learning community we are dedicated to continuous improvement in our schools. This summer, many teachers and school leaders have been hard at work attending trainings, taking courses, traveling to participate in archeological digs through our partnership with the University of Florida, learning to use 3D printing in science instruction – all of them refining their professional practice to better serve our students.
This school year, our focus continues to be on providing students rigorous, challenging learning opportunities in schools where students are known well and cared for in supportive classroom environments. Our partnerships with families are essential as we work to support your children. Please ask your student what he or she is learning each day. Your interest and engagement is important to your child’s success. We also welcome and encourage your formal participation serving as a volunteer or on site or district committees.
Our schools are incredibly fortunate to have tremendous support from our local community. Four local parcel taxes allow us to provide small class sizes, library services with credentialed librarians, counseling services, art and music instruction, life lab, after school programs to engage and connect students in middle and high school, Career Technical Education (ROP) Programs, and much more. Although the economy has improved and we have seen additional state funding for schools, we are still below 2007-08 funding levels and we would not be able to have the rich and varied offerings without our community.
In July, the Board of Trustees took action to place two Facility Bond Measures on the ballot – one for our elementary schools and one for our middle and high schools. The State does not provide school districts with resources for building renovation and facilities improvements. Districts must seek local support for these efforts. It has been almost twenty years since Santa Cruz City Schools has had a Facilities Bond. With buildings between 50 and 101 years old, our facilities team has assessed more than $300 million in needs. If the bonds pass, we will have $208 million to address the $300 million in needs. For more information on our Facilities Master Planning process, please visit our website at www.sccs.net.
Throughout the school year, our school and district teams are here to serve your family. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, needs or concerns. We want this to be the best school year yet for your child(ren).