A Message from Superintendent Munro

 

Dear Santa Cruz City Schools Community,

 

As we wrap up the final days of the school year, there is much to celebrate.  We feel very fortunate to have had the gift of working with your children and witnessing their personal growth throughout the year.  We especially celebrate our 2015 high school graduates who arepreparing to continue their education, attend college or join the workforce, travel, and more.

 

We thank each of you for your partnership in supporting the success of your child.  Each of you contributes in different ways -- ensuring your children arrive on time, overseeing homework time, asking about the school day, volunteering in the classroom, at events and serving on committees.  Each way that you partner in your child’s education is important.  We appreciate you all.

 

The Santa Cruz City Schools Board of Education and our District Leadership Team are committed to collaboration with our parents and community.  This spring, we held numerous community meetings across the district and plan to continue regular community meetings throughout the next school year.  It is important to us that we are able to engage with our school community and hear directly from you about your children’s needs. We look forward to your continued feedback.

 

In keeping with our continued commitment to effective communications and full transparency, I want to take this opportunity to provide more information on our 2015-16 Budget. There has been a lot of press regarding new state resources coming to schools this year. In fact,  it is the best state budget news we’ve had in years. However, the news from the State does not accurately reflect what the Governor’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) means for our local Santa Cruz City Schools. The Santa Cruz City Schools District does not meet the threshold for concentration dollars that are now being provided to districts that have 55% or more low income, English Learner or Foster Youth enrolled.  In SCCS, 40% of our students live in poverty, 25% of our students in the elementary district and 12% in the secondary district are English Learners, and we have about 45 Foster Youth total in our elementary and secondary schools. These numbers are not insignificant, but we don’t reach the State’s threshold for additional resources. 

 

It is also important to note that 25% of the new resources we do receive, will be consumed by a new state requirement that districts pay increased costs for employee retirement benefits. Further, a large portion of the increased revenue this year is one-time. The Governor is “paying back” mandated program costs and encouraging districts to use these one-time resources to support the implementation of Common Core, as additional dollars are not being provided for this purpose.  The District will need to adopt new textbooks in Math, Science and English Language Arts; teachers will require additional training, materials and support to make the significant transitions required by the new Common Core Standards. In addition to the above expenses, our district has to begin paying for Career Technical Education (CTE) courses that had previously been provided through the County Office of Education.  The new LCFF budget does not provide the County Office of Education with ongoing revenue for these important career education offerings for our secondary students.  So, despite the new resources, the State has put many new additional responsibilities on our district budget.

 

Despite State, LCFF funding shortfalls and the numerous programs and positions that have been eliminated by the recession at each of our local schools, we are pleased to share some good news. With this year’s budget, we’ve been able to take some small steps forward including restoring critical programs, positions and providing an increase to compensation for our hard working employees, bringing SCCS closer to being on par with other similarly situated districts. This is critical to recruiting and retaining excellent staff to serve your children.

 

SCCS is incredibly fortunate to have the tremendous support of our community. In recent years, local voters have approved three local school funding measures (parcel taxes) to protect and maintain the quality of education for our TK through 12th grade students.  Measure P, which is set to expire at the end of the 2016-17 school, supports smaller class sizes in our elementary schools, library programs, secondary counseling, elementary art and music and science (Life Lab).  All of these programs would not be possible without the generosity of our community. SCCS is exploring all available potential solutions to continue funding these needs – including State matching funds and private grants.  As part of this process, we are also exploring the feasibility of seeking community support for the renewal of Measure P and possibly an additional funding source to support Career-Technical Education, STEM, student safety and engagement through after-school Athletic and Enrichment Programs in our secondary (middle and high) schools.

 

Again, we are grateful for the local support of our community. The voices of parents and students are critical in our continuous improvement efforts.  We thank each of you for entrusting us with your children and your support of our classrooms and schools.  As educators, we are committed to the great responsibility of ensuring that each child’s heart and mind is known, cared for and engaged each day that they are with us. 

 

I hope you and your family have a wonderful summer break, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the fall.

 

Warm regards,

Kris Munro

Superintendent

 

Querida comunidad del Distrito Escolar de santa Cruz,

Estamos terminando los últimos días del año escolar, hay mucho que celebrar. Nos sentimos muy afortunados de haber tenido el don de trabajar con sus hijos y ser testigo de su crecimiento personal a través del año. En especial, celebramos a nuestros graduados de preparatoria que se están preparando para continuar su educación, asistir a la universidad o unirse a la fuerza de trabajo, viajes y mucho más.

Damos las gracias a cada uno de ustedes por su colaboración en el apoyo al éxito de su hijo. Cada uno de ustedes contribuye de diferentes maneras - garantizar que sus hijos lleguen a tiempo, supervisando la hora de la tarea, preguntando acerca del día escolar, voluntarios en el aula, en los acontecimientos y en los comités. Cada forma en que usted se asocia en la educación de su hijo es importante. Le damos los agradecimientos.

La Mesa Directiva de la Educación de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Santa Cruz y nuestro Equipo de Liderazgo del Distrito se ha comprometido a colaborar con nuestros padres y con la comunidad. Esta primavera se celebraron numerosas reuniones de la comunidad en todo el distrito y  tenemos el plan de continuar las reuniones  a lo largo del próximo año escolar. Es importante para nosotros colaborar con nuestra comunidad escolar y escuchar directamente de usted acerca de las necesidades de sus hijos. Esperamos seguir escuchando sus comentarios.

Siguiendo con nuestro continuo compromiso con la comunicación efectiva y la plena transparencia, quiero aprovechar esta oportunidad para dar más información de nuestro presupuesto 2015-16. Ha habido una gran cantidad de información de la prensa en relación con nuevos recursos estatales que llegan a las escuelas este año. De hecho, es la mejor noticia del presupuesto estatal que hemos tenido en años. Sin embargo, la noticia del Estado no refleja con exactitud lo que significa la nueva financiación de control local Fórmula del Gobernador (LCFF) para nuestras Escuelas locales de Santa Cruz.

Las escuelas del distrito escolar de la ciudad de Santa Cruz no alcanzan  calificar para recibir la remesa de dólares que ahora están siendo proporcionados a los distritos que tienen 55% o más de ingresos bajos, estudiantes Aprendices de Inglés o Jóvenes adoptados matriculados. En SCCS, el 40% de nuestros alumnos viven en la pobreza, 25% de nuestros alumnos en el distrito de primaria y 12% en el distrito de secundaria son los alumnos de  Aprendices de Inglés, y tenemos cerca de 45 jóvenes adoptados en nuestras escuelas primarias y secundarias. Estos números no son bajos, pero no alcanzan el parámetro que el estado requiere para darnos recursos adicionales.

También es importante tener en cuenta que el 25% de los nuevos recursos que reciben, será canalizado para un nuevo requisito estatal que los distritos pagaran mayores costos de las prestaciones de jubilación de los empleados. Además, una gran parte del aumento de los ingresos de este año es de una sola vez. El Gobernador está "pagando de regreso" los costos del programa y pidiendo a los distritos que utilicen estos recursos de una sola vez para apoyar la implementación de Common Core, ya que no esta dando apoyo adicional para este propósito. El Distrito tendrá que comprar nuevos libros de texto de matemáticas, ciencias e Inglés;  los profesores requerirán capacitación adicional, materiales y apoyo para hacer las transiciones importantes requeridas por las nuevas normas fundamentales comunes.

Además de los gastos anteriores, nuestro distrito tiene que empezar a pagar para los cursos de Educación Técnica Profesional (CTE) que previamente habían sido proporcionados a través de la Oficina de Educación del Condado. El nuevo presupuesto LCFF no proporciona a la Oficina de Educación del Condado,  ingresos permanente para estas importantes ofertas de formación profesional para nuestros alumnos de secundaria. Así, a pesar de los nuevos recursos, el Estado ha puesto muchas nuevas responsabilidades adicionales en el presupuesto del distrito.

A pesar del Estado, del déficit de financiación del LCFF y los numerosos programas y posiciones que han sido eliminados por la recesión en cada una de nuestras escuelas locales, nos complace compartir algunas buenas noticias. Con el presupuesto de este año, hemos sido capaces de dar algunos pasos pequeños hacia adelante, incluyendo la restauración de programas críticos, posiciones y proporcionar un aumento de la compensación para nuestros empleados que trabajan duro llevando a SCCS más cerca de ser a la par con otros distritos en situación similar. Esto es fundamental para reclutar y retener personal excelente para servir a sus hijos.

SCCS es increíblemente afortunado de contar con el tremendo apoyo de nuestra comunidad. En los últimos años, los votantes locales han aprobado tres medidas de financiación de las escuelas locales (impuestos de parcela) para proteger y mantener la calidad de la educaciónpara nuestros alumnos del TK hasta el 12 ° grado. Medida P, que está a punto de expirar al final del año escolar 2016-17, permite mantener clases pequeñas en nuestras escuelas primarias, programas de biblioteca, consejería en la secundaria, arte elemental y la música y la ciencia (laboratorio de la vida). Todos estos programas no serían posibles sin la generosidad de nuestra comunidad. SCCS está explorando todas las posibles soluciones disponibles para seguir financiando estas necesidades - incluyendo fondos estatales y donaciones privadas. Como parte de este proceso, también estamos explorando la posibilidad de buscar apoyo de la comunidad para la renovación de la Medida P y posiblemente una fuente de financiación adicional para apoyar la carrera-Educación Técnica, STEM, la seguridad y la participación de los alumnos a través de actividades después de la escuela de atletismo y de Programas de Enriquecimiento en nuestras escuelas (secundarias y preparatorias)

Una vez más, estamos agradecidos por el apoyo local de nuestra comunidad. Las voces de los padres y los alumnos son fundamentales en nuestros esfuerzos de continuar mejorando.

Damos las gracias a cada uno de ustedes por confiarnos a sus hijos y su apoyo a nuestras aulas y escuelas. Como educadores, estamos comprometidos con la gran responsabilidad de asegurar que se conoce el corazón y la mente de cada niño, que estáncuidados y comprometidos cada día que están con nosotros.


Espero que usted y su familia tengan un maravilloso descanso de verano, y esperamos poder darle la bienvenida de nuevo en el otoño.

 

Un cordial saludo,
Kris Munro

 

WELCOME!

On behalf of the governing board and staff of Santa Cruz City Schools I would like to welcome you to the 2014-15 school year. We are proud of our work in SCCS, and are pleased to be able to serve our students and their families.  Our work in the school community is governed by our District Vision, Core Values and Strategic Goals.

This should be an outstanding school year in SCCS. Thanks to voters who have approved our parcel tax measures, we will maintain outstanding programs, including fully staffed libraries, reduced class sizes, and visual and performing arts programs. Our K-3 class sizes average about 22 students, and our 4-5 class sizes around 27 students. We offer a full range of outstanding classes at our middle and high schools.

We are working hard to increase the number of our students who choose to attend college and to insure that they are better prepared to do so. We are seeing significant improvement in the number of students meeting rigorous college entrance requirements and taking Advanced Placement and Honors Courses.  As you will see below, our graduates are being accepted at some of the best colleges, universities and vocational programs in the world.

We continue to focus upon customer service, working on doing a better job of responding to your needs. We maintain a constant focus upon teacher quality, with the knowledge that nothing is more important than the teachers who work with your children every day.

Finally, please be assured that as students in Santa Cruz City Schools your children will be known, safe, challenged and supported. Also, please remember that we are here to serve you as your partners in educating your child and welcome your ideas, concerns and requests.

Regards,

Kris Munro
Superintendent, Santa Cruz City Schools

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District Employment At-A-Glance:

  • Certificated (teachers): 434
  • All Employee: 753
  • Current Contract with the Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers: 7/1/11 - 6/30/14
  • Current Contract with the Santa Cruz Council of Classified Employees: 7/1/13 - 6/30/14

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 Welcome to the online home of Santa Cruz City Schools. Our website is designed to be accessible and informative, reflecting the vibrancy and excellence of our schools. We invite you to explore and welcome your comments.

Santa Cruz City Schools serves students residing in the city of Santa Cruz and neighborhoods from Davenport to Soquel.

The district is comprised of elementary and high school districts governed by a common Board of Education and a general administrative staff. There are five schools in the Elementary District; the Secondary district includes two middle schools and three comprehensive high schools. Serving the diverse needs of our community, the district also offers a continuation school, an opportunity school, an independent studies program and a home school program.

Our students receive a rich and deep education. From strong academics to music and art , our schools offer programs and services that meet the needs of all students, guiding them to reach their full capabilities. A supportive and involved community helps us to maintain excellence.

 

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Santa Cruz County College Commitment Summit

UCSC Hosts 350 Local 7th GradeStudents

UCSC piloted the first Middle School Summit on May 21, 2013 to 7th grade students from throughout Santa Cruz County as part of the Santa Cruz County College Commitment program.  The purpose of the summit was to provide career and college-going curriculum for 7th-grade students in Santa Cruz, and have students conduct research on solving challenges in the community and the broader world.  Each student participated in one of 10 workshops on such topics as homelessness, hunger, environmental sustainability, astronomy, social justice and immigration, cancer, game design, engineering solutions, healing through the arts, and crime prevention.  For information directly from students, please view this video:  http://sccommits.org/s4c-ucsc-7th-grade-experience

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  SANTA CRUZ CITY SCHOOLS RELEASES LIST OF 161 UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES THAT HAVE ACCEPTED ITS GRADUATING SENIORS

LIST HIGHLIGHTED BY STANFORD, HARVARD, BROWN, NYU, UC BERKELEY, UCLA, USC, CAL POLY, PITZER, SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY AND UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

SANTA CRUZ, CA – Santa Cruz City Schools announced today its preliminary list of 161 colleges and universities that have accepted graduating seniors from the district’s high schools (Harbor, Santa Cruz, Soquel, Delta, Costanoa and AFE). The list is expected to grow through the end of the school year, as more students receive admission notifications.

District leaders attribute the depth and breadth of the list of universities and colleges to the district’s focus on college readiness beginning in elementary school. Specific programs that aid in college readiness include extensive AP and honors course offerings, libraries staffed by credentialed librarians, the AVID college readiness program, Math Academy, Humanities Academy, Summer Math Bridge Academy, Calculus Camp, Homework Club and career-readiness programs aligned with college A-G standards.

THE LIST: Academy of Art University, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, American University, Washington, D.C., American University of Paris, Azusa Pacific University, Bates College, Berkeley City College, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Brigham Young University, Brown University, Cabrillo College. Cal Poly-Pomona, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, California Baptist University, California College of the Arts, California Lutheran University, California State University-Bakersfield, California State University-Channel Islands, California State University-Chico, California State University-Dominquez Hills, California State University-East Bay, California State University-Fullerton, California State University-Fresno, California State University-Long Beach, California State University-Los Angeles, California State University-Monterey Bay, California State University-Sonoma, Carleton College, Chapman University, Clarkson University, Coe College, Cogswell Polytechnical College, Colby College, College of Creative Studies, Cornish College of the Arts, Creighton University, Cuesta College, DePaul University, Dominican University, Drexel University, Eastern Kentucky University, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Florida International University, Fordham University, Gonzaga University, Hamline University, Hampshire College, Hampton University, Hartnell College, Harvard University, Haverford College, Hawaii Pacific University, Hofstra University, Howard University, Humboldt State University, John Carroll University, Kennesaw State University, Laguna College of Art and Design, Lake Superior State University, Lewis and Clark College, Linfield College, London Metropolitan University, Louisiana State University, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola University of New Orleans, Macalester College, Marymount University, Menlo College, Miami University of Ohio, Middlebury College, Mills College, Montana State University, New College of Florida, New York University, Northeastern University, Occidental College, Oregon State University, Ouachita Baptist University, Pace University-New York, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts, Pepperdine University, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Portland State University, Rhodes College, Rochester Institute of Technology, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, Santa Monica City College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Scripps College, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Edward’s University, St. John's University, St. Mary's College, Stanford University, State University of New York, Buffalo State, Temple University, The Colorado College, The Boston Conservatory, The Evergreen State College, Trinity University, Tufts University, United States Naval Academy, University Arkansas at Monticello, University of Advancing Technology-Tempe, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Davis, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Merced, University of California-Riverside, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Colorado-Denver, University of Edinburgh-Scotland, University of Hawaii-Manoa, University of Jamestown, University of La Verne, University of Mary, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Nevada-Reno, University of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Wilmington at Maynooth, University of Oregon, University of Phoenix, University of Pittsburg, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands, University of San Francisco, University of South Florida, University of Southern California, University of Southern Mississippi, University of the Arts, University of the Pacific, University of Toronto, University of Tulsa, University of Vermont, University of Washington, University of Wyoming, Valparaiso University, Washington State University, West Virginia Institute of Technology, Western Oregon University, Western Washington University, Westmont College, Whitman College, Willamette University, Xavier University

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 - we are very proud of you!

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 Santa Cruz HS & Harbor HS receive the California Distinguished School Award!

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced 97 exemplary California public middle and high schools were selected as 2011 California Distinguished Schools as the state’s prestigious awards program celebrates its silver anniversary.

 Santa Cruz City Schools is pleased to announce that Harbor High School and Santa Cruz High School were recognized as exemplary and inspiring public schools that have earned this highly sought after award.  The Distinguished School award is a direct reflection of the dedication, hard work, and vision of each school’s education community. 

 Schools were identified for eligibility on the basis of their Academic Performance Index (http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/index.asp) and Adequate Yearly Progress (http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ay/index.asp) results, which are the state and federal accountability models, respectively.

 The applicants were also identified by their success in narrowing the achievement gap that exists between higher-performing and lower-performing students. All applicants underwent a stringent selection process conducted by the California Department of Education with the help of many educators from across the state. Each applicant was required to describe two Signature Practices that have led to an increase in student achievement and a narrowing of the achievement gap. Applicants were then selected to receive a thorough site visit to validate the Signature Practices.

 Santa Cruz High School has been recognized for its Signature Practices in improving literacy and numeracy for underperforming students, and for its four-year personal planning workshops.  Harbor High School’s Signature Practices are its work to develop community ties to enhance college readiness and student achievement, and its work embracing and challenging its significant subgroups to close the achievement gap.

 Superintendent Gary Bloom commented as follows:  “The recognition Santa Cruz and Harbor High Schools as California Distinguished Schools, both in the same year, is an unprecedented honor for our school district.  These awards validate the hard work and commitment of our teachers, classified staff, leadership team, governing board and community.  This is further inspiration for all of us in Santa Cruz City Schools as we strive to insure the success of each and every one of our students.”

The 2011 California Distinguished Schools will be honored during an awards ceremony and dinner at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim on May 20, 2011. The event and awards are funded by donations from many of California’s most prominent corporations and statewide educational organizations.

 

 

Santa Cruz City School District Named to AP Achievement List by the College Board for Significant Gains in Advanced Placement Access and Student Performance  
 
388 US Public School Districts across the Nation Are Honored
 

Santa Cruz City School District is one of fewer than 400 school districts in the nation being honored by the College Board with a place on its AP Achievement List for opening AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. From 2008 to 2010, Santa Cruz City School District has increased the number of students participating in AP exams from 263 to 337, while maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher, the score typically needed to earn college credit, at 77%.

 

Santa Cruz City Schools Superintendent Gary Bloom stated the following: “Santa Cruz City Schools is making a concerted effort to insure that all of our graduates are able to access college and other post-secondary educational and career opportunities.  We are committed to increasing the numbers of students from non-college educated families who aspire to graduate from four year colleges and universities.  Thanks to the efforts of our students, families, teachers and counselors, we increased the number of students taking AP classes by 12% in just this past year.”

 

"I am constantly impressed with the excellence of Santa Cruz City Schools.  Our teachers and students are as talented as any in the country and they should be proud of this recognition," noted Santa Cruz Mayor Ryan Coonerty, an alum of Santa Cruz's public schools.

 

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to expand access and improve student performance simultaneously.

 

The complete AP Achievement List can be found at www.collegeboard.org.

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