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Spring, season of new beginnings!

ed.PATH April Newsletter! The Educator's Professional Advancement and Teaching Hub aims to create an educational ecosystem for all educators to inspire and engage each student toward academic success, where educators have access to professional advancement regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances to ensure that they are highly effective and stay passionate. With this vision in [...] The post Spring, season …
04/11/2024

Prom Dress and Suit Giveaway

The Santa Cruz County Probation Department and partners are hosting the 2nd annual giveaway of prom dresses and suits to all high school students. High school students are invited to the collection and able to take any items they would like. Pick Up Days: Tuesday, April 16th, 3-6 pm Thursday, April 18th, 3-6 pm Friday, [...] The post Prom Dress …
04/10/2024

Podcast! Empowering Youth: Teen-Led Mental Health Support

The State of Mind Radio Show & Podcast introduces local teen guests Marley Miller, Melissa Macias, Oscar Alvarez-Delgado, and Devin Bloom, as they courageously share their personal journeys and innovative approaches to promoting mental well-being among their peers. Dive into the pressing reality of the youth mental health crisis. In this episode crafted by teens, [...] The post Podcast! Empowering …
04/01/2024

Youth Nutrition & Exercise

Dear community member, In recent years the importance of health and wellness to students success in and out of the classroom has become increasingly clear. In the fall, Santa Cruz County Pediatric Health Work Group and several community partners identified nutrition and exercise as areas of particular concern for youth. Reports from pediatricians and multiple [...] The post Youth Nutrition …
03/29/2024

Celebrating Young Talent: Santa Cruz County’s 2024 Youth Art Exhibit

Santa Cruz County is alive with creativity as more than 400 works of art by talented students adorn the halls of the Santa Cruz County Government Center. From vibrant paintings to intricate sculptures, the 2024 Youth Art Exhibit is a testament to the boundless imagination and skill of our local youth. Hosted by the Santa [...] The post Celebrating Young …
03/28/2024

First Edition of the ed.PATH Newsletter!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the very first edition of our ed.PATH Newsletter, a monthly resource publication dedicated to informing educators on the latest educator pathway news and trending spotlight on educational opportunities. Our mission is to provide a platform that enriches the educational journey, offering insights, strategies, and stories that resonate [...] The post First Edition …
03/25/2024

Math Festivals: Challenging Beliefs and Ways of Engaging with Math

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Santa Cruz COE), in collaboration with the Mathematics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and Monterey Bay Area Math Project (MBAMP), organized a Math Festival as part of its inaugural STEAM Expo on March 9, 2024. The festival, held on a Saturday, provided an inviting [...] The post Math Festivals: …
03/14/2024

HERStory Celebration Highlights Women Past, Present, and Future

Highlighting the contributions of notable women in Santa Cruz Countys, past, present, and future, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Santa Cruz COE), in partnership with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) and Lookout Santa Cruz is excited to announce the HERStory Celebration. Held in celebration of Womens History Month, the [...] The post HERStory Celebration …
03/13/2024

ThinkBig! Event: AI & Me on Thursday, 4/11 4:30–6:00

We are thrilled to announce a gathering that promises to inspire, enlighten, and connect us all. Our upcoming ThinkBig! Event: AI & Me is set to take place on Thursday, April 11th, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, in both Santa Cruz and Watsonville. Participants will also be able to join virtually via Zoom. This unique [...] The post ThinkBig! Event: …
03/05/2024

Santa Cruz High Wins 2024 Mock Trial

Santa Cruz High School won the 2024 Santa Cruz County Mock Trial following a nail-biting finals event at the Santa Cruz Courthouse on Thursday night that resulted in a rare tied score. In adherence to Mock Trials rules, presiding Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge Syda Cogliati broke the tie between Santa Cruz High and co-finalist [...] The post Santa Cruz …
02/27/2024

Save the Date: Central Coast Foster & Homeless Education Summit

April 19th, 9:00AM-3:30PM Salinas City Center 1 Main Street Salinas, CA 93901 We are pleased to announce the 2024 Central Coast Foster & Homeless Education Summit. This FREE event is brought to you through a tri-county collaboration between Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz County Offices of Education. This event is for Educators, Foster Youth, [...] The post Save the …
02/20/2024

SEL Everyday: Integrating Social and Emotional Learning with Instruction

Co-facilitated by Meena Srinivasan Award-winning leader and co-founder of Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL), TEDx speaker, and author of SEL Everyday, Integrating Social and Emotional Learning with Instruction in the Secondary Classroom This Community of Practice (CoP) is a place for K-12 educators to connect, learn, question, and expand their capacity for teaching a wide variety [...] The post SEL Everyday: …
02/12/2024

CS Community Night and Playgrounds – Community Science was Everywhere!

We were thrilled to host our 4th annual CS Community Night and Playground at the MAH on December 7. This community night was designed to celebrate Computer Science Education Week, an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners [...] The post CS Community …
02/09/2024

Waves of Change: The Santa Cruz Robotics Club’s Underwater ROV Adventure

Our county-wide Robotics Clubs have taken the next step on their engineering journey! The design specifications for the MATE ROV Competition have been released, and our club members have dived into the details! This year, well have two teams competing, a Ranger and a Navigator. Each of them will be working on building their underwater [...] The post Waves of …
02/08/2024

Unleashing Potential: Santa Cruz County’s Student Tech Clubs Shape Future Innovators

In the heart of Santa Cruz County, a movement is growing. The Santa Cruz County Office of Education has launched a series of student tech clubs, aimed at empowering the next generation of technologists, engineers, and problem solvers. Designed for middle and high school students with a passion for technology, these clubs offer more than [...] The post Unleashing Potential: …
02/07/2024

Santa Cruz County Leads the Charge in Expanding Computer Science Education

In an ambitious push towards a future where every student is equipped to navigate and succeed in a digital world, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education is making significant strides. Thanks to a generous grant from the California Department of Education through the Educator Workforce Investment Grant Program, CA educators are working together to [...] The post Santa Cruz …
02/06/2024

The Wild West of AI

Artificial Intelligence is considered by some to be the current Wild West of technology innovation and development. So much has happened in a seemingly short amount of time, as generally occurs with technology. The CS Team has been working diligently to explore the educational impacts of AI, looking at policy, practices, and tools related to [...] The post The Wild …
02/05/2024

Recognizing Black History Month

Dear community member, As we enter February, the Santa Cruz COE and schools across Santa Cruz County are proud to recognize Black History Month a time to reflect on the contributions, history, and experiences of African Americans. This month serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle against racial injustice and inequality, and the vital [...] The post Recognizing Black …
02/02/2024

Empowering Futures: Celebrating Success in Medical, Dental, and Building Trades Programs

Our Medical, Dental, and Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship programs are progressing with an amazing group of motivated students ready to take on the challenge of their new career endeavors. At the end of December, 21 students took their written state board exam for Radiation Safety. Instructor Debbie Martinez is proud to share that not only did [...] The post Empowering Futures: …
02/02/2024

Empowering Youth Futures: Sueños Welcomes Work Experience Specialist and Highlights Success of Health Science Career Cluster Academy

The Suenos program welcomed a new Work Experience Specialist, Josh Lewis, to the team. Josh brings to the program valuable experience working with youth and young adults in the Watsonville community. While he enjoys helping others and giving back to his community, when not working, Josh loves to spend his time traveling, shopping, and going [...] The post Empowering Youth …
02/01/2024

Help Us Make Every Classroom a Green Classroom!

In an era where environmental sustainability is crucial, the Green Classroom Challenge is paving the way for a brighter, eco-friendly future. This initiative encourages students to integrate environmentally responsible actions into their daily school routines, aiming to transform five new green behaviors into lasting habits. Moreover, it seeks to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of [...] The post Help Us …
01/30/2024

Introducing the Wildland Fire Academy: Igniting Careers, Transforming Lives

We are thrilled to share some exciting news from the CALS Team as we continue to expand our Career Technical Education (CTE) offerings. In collaboration with CAL FIRE and the California Conservation Corps, we are proud to introduce the newest addition to our adult program lineup the Wildland Fire Academy. Designed to prepare individuals [...] The post Introducing the Wildland …
01/29/2024

Empowering Change: SEL Team Takes Action

The fourth and fifth grade Student Leadership team at Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary spent a lunch meeting with school counselor, Sue Robinson and Santa Cruz COE SEL Coach, Suzanne Denham in December, looking at their collective data from a Kelvin Education survey that gathered student perceptions around five dimensions: Safety and Connection, Experiences with Culturally/Linguistically [...] The post Empowering Change: …
01/26/2024

Ignite Your Career Pathway!

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is excited to offer students high-quality career technical education courses for the 2024-2025 school year. All courses provide students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of industries while earning high school and potential Cabrillo College credits. The areas of industry focus include: Fire Technology The Fire Tech [...] The post Ignite Your …
01/25/2024

Empowering Tomorrow: A Collaborative Effort to Support Students in Need

In the heart of Santa Cruz County, a community-driven initiative is making significant strides toward addressing the unique challenges faced by students experiencing homelessness and those navigating the foster care system. Recently, the FosterEd program had the honor of participating in a community panel sponsored by Better Santa Cruz, alongside esteemed organizations such as CASA [...] The post Empowering Tomorrow: …
01/23/2024

Santa Cruz County Spelling Bee Champions Crowned

SANTA CRUZ The 2024 Santa Cruz County Spelling Bee is in the books. Aria Menon, a sixth-grader at Mountain Elementary School, was crowned champion of the elementary division; Kheiron Guin, a seventh-grader at San Lorenzo Valley Charter School, won the junior division. First- and second-place finishers in both divisions advance to the California State [...] The post Santa Cruz County …
01/22/2024

Human Trafficking Prevention

Dear community member, Human trafficking impacts many thousands of victims each year across the U.S., and we know youth are especially vulnerable. According to statistics compiled by the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2021, at least 23% of identified victims were under the age of 18 and the ages of an additional 19% of [...] The post Human Trafficking Prevention …
01/19/2024

Alternative Education Kicks Off Second Semester with Renewed Energy and Achievements

As Alternative Education returned from the winter break, there was a palpable sense of renewed energy and excitement in the air. The beginning of the second semester marked a fresh start for both students and educators alike. The school community gathered for a Professional Development Day that set the tone for the upcoming months, focusing [...] The post Alternative Education …
01/19/2024

Students in Transition Program Collaborates with FosterEd to Educate Live Oak CORE Team

The Students in Transition program has joined forces with the FosterEd team to extend their outreach and knowledge-sharing efforts to districts across the county. This collaboration is not just a mere partnership; it's a commitment to bringing about positive change in the lives of Students in Care and Students in Transition. The latest milestone in [...] The post Students in …
01/18/2024

Santa Cruz COE’s Family Engagement Night Sheds Light on the Triangulation of Vaping Cannabis, Tobacco, and Nicotine

Santa Cruz County Office of Education (COE) recently collaborated with Santa Cruz City Schools (SCCS) and several Community-Based Organizations to host a groundbreaking Family Engagement Night. The event aimed to address the critical issue of vaping and its intricate connections with cannabis, tobacco, and nicotine. Held on December 5th at Branciforte Middle School, the event [...] The post Santa Cruz …
01/17/2024

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College and Career Week, October 23-27, 2023

The countywide week dedicated to college and career awareness and exploration Students Can Earn College Credit While in High School! Cabrillo dual enrollment resources are available for counselors, students, and parents. The Dual Enrollment DE eForm must …
(10/03/2023)

Legislation Supporting Youth

Dear community member, In recent days Gov. Newsom signed into law a number of bills that take important strides to support our schools and protect the rights and safety of students across California. This is a significant raft of legislation that increase…
(09/29/2023)

Robotics Club Hosts Open Houses

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education, in partnership with the X Academy, is thrilled to announce the launch of the new Santa Cruz COE X Academy Robotics Club. With chapters in Santa Cruz and Watsonville, the club is available at no cost to all high s…
(09/29/2023)

An Inclusive School Community

Dear community member, Education isn’t just about textbooks and grades – it’s about fostering understanding, compassion, and ensuring every student feels included, valued, and safe. While we’ve made strides, there’s more to be done to cr…
(09/22/2023)

Navigating the Future: CALS Department’s Commitment to Student Success & Career Development

As our department continues to grow in both the high school and adult career technical education areas, our team remains focused on our mission that CALS provides students with the opportunity to acquire academic, career, and technical skills and to prepa…
(09/21/2023)

Exciting Poetry Opportunities for Students in Santa Cruz County!

We have two amazing poetry opportunities for students this year. We have POETRY OUT LOUD, where students participate in a classroom, school, or poetry club to memorize and recite a poem from an anthology of poetry. The Poetry Out Loud event will be held o…
(09/21/2023)

SIT and FosterEd Programs Outreaching to Students & Families

This month, the Students in Transition Program and the FosterEd program hit the ground running with outreach and training opportunities. Staff educated parents and educators about these student populations, as well as shared educational rights and best pr…
(09/21/2023)

Santa Cruz COE’s Commitment to Youth Mental Health First Aid

Santa Cruz COE is supporting Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) as one branch of our larger Behavioral Health and Mental Health Initiatives. With one trainer based at the COE, we were able to train 77 school staff between March 2023 and August 2023. Ou…
(09/20/2023)

Students Return to Campus

Cypress High School Cypress High School is working hard this year to support its current students and families as well as spend some valuable planning time looking into recruitment for next year! School Leadership Club celebrated “Club Sign-Ups Day&…
(09/20/2023)

Social Emotional Learning Across the County

Professional Development at the Districts Suzanne Denham and Shannon McQuaide facilitated a 4-hour professional development around “Creating Cultures of Belonging” on September 1 at San Lorenzo Valley High School and Middle School. Mountain Elementary is …
(09/20/2023)
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