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This year's 2018 Latino Role Model Conference will be held at the Crocker Theatre located at Cabrillo College on Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Admission is free for students grades 6 through college along with their families!
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I am writing to welcome Cynthia Ranii as our newest member of the SCCS Board. On October 11, the Board of Trustees appointed Cynthia to fill the at-large position vacated by Alisun Thomspon in late August
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Santa Cruz City Schools, the Santa Cruz Education Foundation and ETR (Education, Training and Research) have been awarded a 2-year, $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to address disparities
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On November 8, 2016, voters of the Santa Cruz City Schools overwhelmingly passed the Measure A and B Bonds to support the facilities needs of the local schools in our community.
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On February 23, 2017, Santa Cruz City Schools successfully sold the first installment of Measure A and Measure B bonds. The bond measures were approved by voters in November 2016 to fund improvements to schools throughout the district.
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Classified Service Classification & Compensation Study
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The Personnel Commission of Santa Cruz City Schools District is in process of conducting a district-wide classification and compensation study for positions in the classified service.
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Gold Ribbon Schools
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Santa Cruz City Schools is pleased to announce that all four of our comprehensive elementary schools have been selected as California Gold Ribbon Schools!
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Senate Bill (SB) 172 (Liu), signed by Governor Brown on October 7, 2015, suspended the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). The law also requires districts to grant a diploma of graduation to any student
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Superintendent's Message

Dear SCCS Families and Students,

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! 

August is always a time of excitement as we begin a new school year.  This year, we welcome 51 new members to the SCCS team, including teachers, psychologists, speech therapists, and counselors.  Despite the challenges of the national teacher shortage, our Human Resources team and school leaders have worked hard to recruit excellent new employees, and we are fortunate to have our classrooms fully staffed at the start of the school year.  We are particularly excited to be bringing some SCCS alumni into our teaching ranks.

We are also welcoming three new principals and two new assistant principals this year.  Yvette Garcia will be serving as Principal at Bay View elementary, Bob Greenlee as Principal at Delaveaga and Ann Mekis will serve as our Mission Hill Middle School Principal.  Two of our teachers will be transitioning to school leadership, with Amy Spiers serving as Assistant Principal at Branciforte Middle School and Rishi Lal as Assistant Principal at Santa Cruz High School.

Many teachers and school leaders have been participating in professional development this summer focused on continued implementation of Common Core Standards in mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards.  Teachers have also been discussing and learning about how to best work collaboratively to monitor the impact of instruction on learning.  As a district we are focused on using the highest yield, research based instructional strategies to support the success of every student.  Further training and in-depth work will continue on our priorities throughout this school year.

In addition to preparing for our academic program, our facilities team has been hard at work with initial projects supported by Measures A & B which were generously supported by voters this past November.  Bay View Elementary is in the process of having a new roof installed and other small projects are underway across the district.  Architects have been busy assessing sites and preparing designs to be submitted to the Department of State Architecture.  Following state approval, several larger projects will be underway in late spring and summer of 2018. 

Our Information Technology team has also been working long hours to prepare to change our student information system from Infinite Campus to a system called Illuminate.  Both Live Oak and Soquel Elementary school districts have also gone to Illuminate, and this will allow us to have more seamless records as students transition from our partner districts.  You will receive a letter soon with information about how to sign up for the parent portal in Illuminate where you will be able to monitor student attendance and grades. 

In order for students to learn, our school climates must be welcoming, safe and supportive.  It is our commitment to work to ensure our students are well known and cared for at school.  Most importantly, we are committed to ensuring all students and families are welcomed and supported at Santa Cruz City Schools.  We welcome families and students of ALL language proficiencies, countries of origin, immigration statuses, races, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

With the events in Charlottesville last week, hate and violence have shaken our nation.  The results of these actions have created concerns for many of us, especially students who are asking questions and needing guidance in how to address social issues. Hate and violence have no place in our communities or our schools.  As families, your children may be asking questions and sharing fears and concerns.  At the bottom of this message, you will find links to resources on how to discuss issues of hate and violence with children.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school counselor if you have questions or your child needs support. 

I am terribly sad to have to end my welcome letter in this way, but I know that as a community, together, we can create a world for our children that is hopeful, kind, supportive and respectful, where they can learn, thrive and make a difference.  I wish you all a wonderful year of learning.

Best regards,

Kris Munro



Talking to children when hate makes headlines - CNN

How to talk to your kids about the violence in Charlottesville  - LA Times



Estimados Padres de Familia y Alumnos de SCCS,

¡Bienvenidos al año escolar 2017-18!

Agosto es siempre un mes de emoción cuando comenzamos un nuevo año escolar. Este año, recibimos 51 nuevos miembros al equipo de SCCS, incluyendo maestros, psicólogos, terapeutas del lenguaje y consejeros. A pesar de los desafíos de la escasez nacional de maestros, nuestro equipo de Recursos Humanos y los líderes escolares han trabajado duro para reclutar nuevos empleados excelentes, y tenemos la suerte de tener nuestras aulas totalmente equipadas al inicio del año escolar. Estamos particularmente emocionados de traer a algunos alumnos de SCCS a nuestras filas de enseñanza.

También estamos recibiendo a tres nuevos directores y dos nuevos subdirectores este año. Yvette García se desempeñará como directora en la primaria de Bay View y Bob Greenlee como director en Delaveaga y Ann Mekis sirviendo como nuestro director de la Secundaria misión Hill. . Dos de nuestros maestros harán la transición al liderazgo de la escuela, con Amy Spiers sirviendo como subdirectora en la Escuela Secundaria Branciforte y Rishi Lal como Subdirectora en la Escuela Preparatoria Santa Cruz.

Muchos maestros y líderes escolares han estado participando en el desarrollo profesional este verano enfocado en la implementación continuada de los Estándares Núcleo Comunes en Matemáticas y los Estándares Científicos de Próxima Generación. Los maestros también han estado discutiendo y aprendiendo cómo trabajar mejor en colaboración para monitorear el impacto de la instrucción en el aprendizaje. Como distrito estamos enfocados en usar el rendimiento más alto, estrategias de instrucción basadas en la investigación para apoyar el éxito de cada estudiante. Continuará la capacitación y el trabajo en profundidad en nuestras prioridades a lo largo de este año escolar.

Además de prepararnos para nuestro programa académico, nuestro equipo de mantenimiento ha trabajado duro con proyectos iniciales apoyados por las Medidas A y B, que fueron generosamente apoyados por los votantes en noviembre pasado. Bay View está en el proceso de tener un nuevo techo instalado y otros proyectos pequeños están en camino a través del distrito. Los arquitectos han estado ocupados evaluando sitios y preparando diseños para ser presentados al Departamento de Arquitectura Estatal. Después de la aprobación estatal, varios proyectos más grandes estarán en marcha a fines de la primavera y el verano de 2018.

Nuestro equipo de tecnología e Informática también ha estado trabajando largas horas para prepararnos para cambiar nuestro sistema de información estudiantil de Infinite Campus hasta un sistema llamado Illuminate. Los distritos escolares de Live Oak y Soquel también usaran Illuminate, y esto nos permitirá tener registros más transparentes a medida que los estudiantes pasan de nuestros distritos asociados. Recibirá pronto una carta con información sobre cómo inscribirse en el portal para padres de Illuminate, donde podrá supervisar la asistencia y las calificaciones de los estudiantes.

 Para que los estudiantes aprendan, nuestros climas escolares deben ser acogedores, seguros y de apoyo. Es nuestro compromiso trabajar para asegurar que nuestros estudiantes sean bien conocidos y estén seguros en la escuela. Lo más importante, estamos comprometidos a asegurar que todos los estudiantes y familias sean bien recibidos y apoyados en las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Santa Cruz. Damos la bienvenida a familias y estudiantes de todas las lenguas, países de origen, estados de inmigración, razas, religiones, identidades de género y orientaciones sexuales.

Con los eventos en Charlottesville la semana pasada, el odio y la violencia han sacudido a nuestra nación. Los resultados de estas acciones han creado preocupaciones para muchos de nosotros, especialmente los estudiantes que hacen preguntas y necesitan orientación en cómo abordar las cuestiones sociales. El odio y la violencia no tienen lugar en nuestras comunidades o en nuestras escuelas. Como familias, sus hijos pueden hacer preguntas y compartir temores y preocupaciones. En la parte inferior de este mensaje, encontrará enlaces a recursos sobre cómo discutir temas de odio y violencia con niños. Por favor, no dude en comunicarse con su consejero escolar si tiene preguntas o si su hijo necesita apoyo.


Estoy muy triste de tener que terminar mi carta de bienvenida de esta manera, pero sé que como comunidad, juntos, podemos crear un mundo para nuestros niños que sea de esperanza, amable, solidario y respetuoso, donde puedan aprender, prosperar y hacer la diferencia. Les deseo a todos un maravilloso año de aprendizaje.



Kris Munro



Talking to children when hate makes headlines - CNN

How to talk to your kids about the violence in Charlottesville  - LA Times






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