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Creative movement classDance Around the World

"Through arts in education, students develop the creative thinking and problem solving skills that are crucial to successful life and work in the 21st century." It is in this spirit...


2016 Ponderosa Forestry Challenge Group PhotoStudents from Ponderosa High School Participate in 2016 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge

Ten students from Ponderosa High School participated recently in the 2016 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge...


Antonia, Language AmbassadorSanta Cruz COE Launches Language Ambassadors Program

The Santa Cruz COE Curriculum and Instruction Department is launching a new program to promote and celebrate multilingualism. The value of multilingualism in our global economy and multicultural society is...


The Raising of America press releaseInvesting In Our Youngest Learners

On October 13, 2016, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE) hosted The Raising of America, a film screening and public engagement campaign that helps reframe...


ROP Alt Ed students cooking in Natural Bridges High School Kitchen (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Santa Cruz Alternative High School Students Build Pies from Earth Up

Baking a pie, let alone one they and their classmates helped grow the pumpkins for, was something of a new experience for April Jernberg's sustainable...


ROP Medical Careers Pathways Students Share DonationsROP Medical Technology and Health Careers Students Share with the Community

Donna Marie Stahl, ROP instructor of Medical Technology and Health Careers Pathways classes at Harbor High School, recently reported on her students’ participation...


ROP Dental Assisting Instructor, Debbie Reynon instructingAn Educational Journey by Debbie Reynon

Four and half years ago, I embarked on an educational journey to obtain my Bachelor's Degree in Career and Technical Education. On August 28, 2016, I received my confirmation date from Sacramento State University in earning my degree Summa Cum Laude...


After more than 10 years of planning, on Friday the County Office of Education opens Sequoia Schools, an alternative high school, junior high, and academy on Green Valley Road in Watsonville. (Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Santa Cruz County Education Office Throws Open Doors to New Alternative Education School in Freedom

Santa Cruz County's first built-to-suit alternative education school will still smell of fresh paint when its doors open...


The Immigration Project: We Are Pajaro Valley artworkThe Immigration Project: We Are Pajaro Valley

Immigration has been a hot political topic, especially in this election year; so how does a teacher talk with students about it? Not so easy!
ROP teacher Karen Lemon first imagined this project through ongoing...


Santa Cruz teacher holding fossil boneSanta Cruz Teachers Dig Up Prehistoric Gomphotherium Fossil

Two Santa Cruz teachers have an exciting story to share with their students about what they did over summer vacation. Teachers Erin Petersen-Lindberg and Rebecca Mussetter of DeLaveaga Elementary...


Write-Start 2016-17 flyer2016 Write-Start Backpack Project Kicks Off!

For 27 years the Write-Start Backpack Project has been providing homeless and low-income students with new backpacks and school supplies to start the new school year. Since its inception in 1989...


ROP instructor with skeletonROP Wows CAP Students with Real-Life Career Activities

CAP Summer Academy 2016 marks the 9th annual collaboration between Cabrillo Advancement Program (CAP) and Regional Occupational Programs (ROP)...


Group picture of Sueños Program participants outside of ExploratoriumSueños Program Participants Visit the San Francisco Exploratorium

Sueños Program participants and staff recently spent an exciting day visiting the Exploratorium on Pier 15 in San Francisco! They came to explore science and nature while learning about...


Clean up at Lompico ParkPonderosa High Students Clean up Lompico Park

For more than three decades, Lompice Creek provided cool fresh water for swimming at a little park at a bend in the narrow mountain road. The little swimming hole became more permanent, with concrete walkways and steps...


ROP students work to create videoWhat It Means To Be "World Ready"

To improve the knowledge and skill development of high school students in Career Technical Education (CTE) and Core Academic subjects, The Santa Cruz Regional Occupational Program (ROP) utilized...


Simone Hooker with teachersSpecial Education Post Senior Student Recognized at May Board Meeting

The Special Education Post Senior Community Based Program is one of the many stellar programs offered by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. The program...


Soquel High School ROP class using underwater photographySoquel High ROP Students Dive into Photography

Soquel High ROP Students Dive into Photography
A model posed underwater, her hair and clothes flowing in the ethereal light. Around her, a team of budding photographers directed the fashion shoot. The photographers are ROP students...


Benjamin Kolland, right, from Alternative Family Education (AFE), received a 2nd Place Special Award and $500 from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a 3rd Place Category Award and $1,000 in Engineering Mechanics.Santa Cruz County Students Win Big at the 2016 International Science & Engineering Fair

With the generous support of Seagate Technology, the Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair (SCCSEF) provides the opportunity for the top High School project in our County to compete...


Amy Hanley, fourth from left, a Google administrative assistant, shares her best and worst working-world experiences at a Natural Bridges High School career panel talk on Wednesday morning. (Jessica A. York -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Santa Cruz Alternative Education Students Urged to 'Find Your Passion'

The sun is shining and graduation is just around the corner for many of Jennifer Izant's alternative education students. So, too, are the realities of finding a job and weighing the value...


Jack and the Youth WinnersScrabble Fun

In March, Scrabble enthusiasts gathered for the seventh annual local Scrabble Tournament at the Santa Cruz County Law Library. This year's fundraiser benefited both the County Office of Education's...


First Place Winner (Grade 8) Erin deCastongrene and Superintendent Michael Watkins2016 Santa Cruz County Math Contest

While most students look forward to Saturday as a day to sleep in, on Saturday April 30,2016, 359 students in grades 5-8 poured onto the Aptos High School campus to engage in Mathematics. While 7 squared may not have been...


Students working on building site of Porter LibraryROP Students Assist in Porter Memorial Public Library Improvements

Don't be fooled by the new blue oval plaque displayed next to the entrance of the Porter Memorial Public Library. The Historical Trust award from...


ROP students get Bobcat demonstration at GraniterockROP Students Gain Real Life Experience at Graniterock Quarry in Aromas

Recently students who are enrolled in the ROP Green Construction academy at Watsonville High School, traveled to the A. R. Wilson Quarry in Aromas...


Student Authors' Fair 2016, Santa Cruz Gardens students2016 Student Authors' Fair

Hundreds of students and families visited the Capitola Mall on April 30, 2016, for the annual Student Authors' Fair. The Student Authors' Fair (SAF), organized by the Santa Cruz County Reading Association with...


Every Child Outdoors FestivalEvery Child Outdoors Raises Money to Send Students to Science Camp

When the Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School Program calls itself “a lifetime of learning in a few days,” it is not exaggerating. Program coordinator Jaime Langley is proof...


iDigFossils classroomCOE Joins Forces With University of Florida To Engage K-12 Students in 3D Digitization & Printing

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is a stakeholder lead on a new $1.2 Million National Science Foundation ITEST Grant through the University of Florida, called iDigFossils...


Image of child with lunch basketTogether for Kindergarten 2016: What's in Your Lunch Box?

What's in your lunch box? County Superintendent of Schools, Michael Watkins put that question to 200 early educators at the Together for Kindergarten Forum on March 16, 2016. Building relationships between kinder teachers and those who educate children before they start school...


Young Writers Program Director Julia Chiapella and Associated Press journalist Martha Mendoza staged a college essay writing workshop for local high school students in 2015. (Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel file)Young Writers Program To Open After-School Writing Center This Fall

A local program that helps build student writing skills has won an award that will go toward creating an after-school center. The Young Writers Program, a nonprofit...


Maria Castro holds 2016 Plate of Bounty Award award.Maria Castro Honored with 2016 Plate of Bounty Award from the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association

The Plate of Bounty Award was bestowed on Maria Fátima Castro by the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association...


Michael Watkins discusses education in Santa Cruz County with Class 31 Leadership Santa Cruz County participants.Leadership Santa Cruz County Holds Annual Education Day at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Class 31 of Leadership Santa Cruz County met at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education in February to participate in "Education Day"...


Santa Cruz County 7th Graders Visit UCSC as part of S4CUC Santa Cruz Offers 'College Experience' to Seventh-Graders

Nearly 1,200 Santa Cruz County seventh-graders streamed across the UC Santa Cruz campus Friday, making a reality out of their teachers' college requirement lessons...


Students Compete at Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering FairStudents Compete at Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair

Does a parachute's shape affect drag? Which metal best conducts electricity? How clean are local creeks? These were some of the nearly 300 experiments and inventions...


The Santa Cruz High School and Harbor High School mock trial teams plead before Judge John Salazar in Department 7 of Santa Cruz County Superior Court during the semi-final round of the County mock trial competition Thursday. (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Mock Trial: Students' Analytic, Public Speaking Skills Judged in Annual Contest

The judge's ruling was mixed in People v. Hayes, but the verdict was clear. Santa Cruz High School's team proved superior in the finals of the annual mock trial...


Eroz Fabian examines his own DNA sample during a classroom experiment in Nehal Pfeiffer's biotechnology class at Harbor High. (Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Santa Cruz ROP Biotechnology Course Charting New, 'Real World' Course

The stakes are a little higher in Nehal Pfeiffer's Harbor High School classroom. Nehal Pfeiffer calls herself the CEO of a fictional company...


The Kinsey CollectionOpening of the Kinsey Collection at the Santa Cruz MAH

Spanning 400 years of history, the Kinsey Collection reflects a rich cultural heritage. Includes work by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence...


Michael WatkinsEducator, Student Advocate to Receive Tony Hill Memorial Award

Michael Watkins, Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools and a tireless advocate for students, is this year's winner of the eighth annual Tony Hill Memorial Award...


La Posada resident admires ROP Floral Design class arrangementsROP Floral Design Program Students Visit Residents of La Posada

The Santa Cruz County ROP Floral Design program taught at Soquel High School visited La Posada Retirement home. The students presented residents with Valentine bud vases...


2016 Spelling Bee Elementary WinnersSpirits Soar Despite Rainy Skies at Annual County Spelling Bee

Rainy skies couldn't dampen the spirits of nearly 100 of the county's top spellers and their families and supporters as they gathered on Saturday, Jan. 23...


Santa's CornerProject Rudolf 2015

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education's Students in Transition (SIT) Program embarked on their second annual Project Rudolf in 2015. Project Rudolf, created in 2014 by Nohemi Macias, Project Coordinator...


Harbor High students fill the school's multipurpose room during a Regional Occupational Program career expo WednesdayHarbor High ROP Expo Brings Tailored Career Advice To Students

Olivia Hays is not sure what her next step after high school will be. The 16-year-old Harbor High School student, however, peppered Chandra Morvay with a flurry of questions about...


Bohdi Dannley measures tree diameterStudents from Soquel High School ROP Participate in 2015 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge

Four students from Soquel High School participated recently in the 2015 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge, one group of a total of over 90 high school students from 11 schools...


Bicycle Trip mechanic Nate T. with ROP studentROP Bicycle Technology Students Benefit from Ongoing Partnership with The Bicycle Trip

In December, the Harbor High School Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Bicycle Technology class visited The Bicycle Trip, the sponsor of all of ROP's Bike Tech classes...


CREEC Environmental Fair 2015Santa Cruz Expo Connects Teachers with Science and Environmental Groups

Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties are full of field trip opportunities for students and teachers, from state parks to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center to the Elkhorn Slough...


Cabrillo Children's CenterDiscovery. Exploration. Knowledge.

Discovery. Exploration. Knowledge. These themes ran throughout the 2015 Central Coast Early Care and Education Conference organized by the Child Care Planning Council. The full day of workshops...


San Lorenzo Valley High School senior Chase Kammeier harvests from a raft in SLV's aquaponics greenhouse Tuesday. (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)New Greenhouse at San Lorenzo Valley High Takes Root

An education in agriculture is taking root at San Lorenzo Valley High School as the school is putting the finishing touches on a greenhouse...


Safe Havens for Optimal Learning - Alternative Education Professional Development TrainingSafe Havens for Optimal Learning: Professional Development in Alternative Education

The Alternative Education Department of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education finished a yearlong training initiative...


Michael Pritchard speaks into the mike.Comedian Michael Pritchard Shares Messages of Compassion and Kindness

Comedian Michael Pritchard's messages were delivered to local schools with funny faces and silly noises but they were far from comical. In September, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education partnered with...


WPA Marcia with Watsonville Highschool StudentFirst Annual Personal Statement Workshop a Resounding Success!

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education Tech Center was buzzing with conversation. Ideas were discussed. Content considered. All of it made for some worthwhile reflection...


Dr. Bruce MacFadden with classroom teachers in the fieldVisiting Scientist Brings Research and Field Science into Santa Cruz County Classrooms

County Superintendent of Schools Michael Watkins is pleased to announce the arrival of visiting scientist, Dr. Bruce MacFadden, to the County Office...


Bicycle Tech class at Westbrook High in MaineSCCOE ROP in U.S. News & World Report: Bicycle Technology Programs Gain Speed in High Schools

At some high schools, teens are learning the ins and outs of one very affordable mode of transportation: bicycles...


Inside Education Class Seven-2014-15Inside Education Program: A Visit to Outdoor Science School and A Chance to Participate

Science came alive in the redwoods as the participants from the 2014-15 Inside Education Program wrapped up their series of hands-on workshops visiting...


Jim Collopy lecturing an ROP classROP, The Donor Network West and Jim Collopy: A High School Campaign

Jim Collopy is a Donate Life Ambassador with Donor Network West. The organization's mission is to save and improve lives through organ and tissue donation for transplantation...


Write-Start Project Poster 20152015 Write-Start Backpack Project Kick-Off

Project Write-Start kicks off its 26th year in collecting and distributing new backpacks and school supplies for homeless and low-income students. Collection of donations has started strong this year with a total collection of over 1,800 backpacks thus far...


ROP Bicycle Maintenance class - three girls working on bicycleROP Step Up Classes for Middle School Students: A Big Hit!

Santa Cruz County Middle School students were offered Career Technical Education through ROP Step-Up classes at five different high school sites during May and June...


2015 Soquel Creek Water District Public Service Announcement Contest award winnersROP Video Production Promotes Water Saving

On Tuesday, June 16th, ROP Video Production students from Aptos High School were awarded first place in the 2015 Soquel Creek Water Public Service Announcement Contest. At Aptos High...


Jason Borgen and Rowland Baker at the White HouseTwo Santa Cruz COE Educators Asked to Present at the White House for Future Ready Schools

Future Ready Schools is an effort being led by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts...


2015 Summer Arts Institute group paintingLearning by Doing: The 2015 Summer Arts Institute

For the fifth consecutive year, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Arts Council, produced an inspiring...


Screenshot of ROP YouTube video2015 ROP Digital Media and Digital Photography Student Work from Santa Cruz High School

Watch three YouTube videos showcasing work from ROP students in digital media and photography...


Eli Young of Cycle ForwardROP and Cycle Forward: Bicycles for the Homeless

Eli Young is a forward-thinking San Lorenzo Valley High School soon-to-be graduate. Eli, who has just completed the Level 1 Bicycle Mechanics certificate in ROP Bicycle Technology...


Glenn Reed talks to one of his students in his ROP biotech class at Harbor High. Funding for the county's ROP classes has changed, leaving it up to school districts to decide whether to continue the program. (Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Santa Cruz County ROP Program gets Funding from School Districts

Santa Cruz County's Regional Occupation Program, which boasts 3,000 students enrolled nearly 130 courses that teach subjects such as cooking, animal training, bike repair, dancing and...


Math Contest Award Winners - 20152015 Math Contest Award Winners

For 48 years, students in Santa Cruz County have chosen to give up a Saturday morning in spring to, of all things, test themselves voluntarily on very difficult Math problems. This year, on May 2nd, 366 students converged on Aptos High School...


ROP Dental Assisting Instructor, Debbie ReynonDebbie Reynon, Volunteer of the Year for CADAT

Debbie Reynon, ROP Dental Assisting Instructor, received two awards from the California Association of Dental Assisting Teachers (CADAT)...


Natalie Gallagher and Connor LydonSanta Cruz County Students Win Big at Both ISEF and CA State Science Fair

May 11-15, 2015, Connor Lydon & Natalie Gallagher from San Lorenzo Valley High School represented our County at ISEF. They competed against over 1700 finalists...


Tim Onstad, Rebecca Cernac-Sheen, and his tutor Paul White.College-bound Boulder Creek Autistic Teen Honored

San Lorenzo Valley High School senior Tim Onstad does not remember very well his earliest years, a time when he did not speak, other than to shout...


Volunteers for Healthy Girls Santa CruzMeet the Dedicated Volunteers of Healthy Girls Santa Cruz

Each week, teen girls at high schools throughout Santa Cruz County meet in a "girls group" at their school, where they have the chance to discuss anything from mental illness to everyday adolescent crises, and everything...


Marcus Solbes-Moran and other students, holding awards.ROP Student Wins PVUSD Climate Change Presentation Competition

ROP Video Production student, Marcus Solbes-Moran earned 1st place in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) Climate Change Presentation Competition for his video submission...


Karen Lemon displays her Educator of the Month Award.Karen Lemon, PVUSD Educator of the Month

On April 15, 2015, at a Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) Board Meeting, Karen Lemon, ROP Photography Instructor at Renaissance High School, was awarded the PVUSD Educator of the Month Award...


Lighthouse School fashion showArt and Fashion at the Lighthouse School

The Lighthouse School is a program that the Santa Cruz County Office of Education's Special Education Department has been proud to administer for the past 3 years. The school staff...


ROP student Max BowmanMuseum of Discovery Event Features ROP Student Designer, Max Bowman

On Thursday evening, March 26, ROP Graphic Design student Max Bowman spoke to a crowded room at the Museum of Discovery. Event Santa Cruz was hosting a talk entitled...


Kids running in gym.Together for Kindergarten Community Forum 2015

These 4 year-olds are learning to enjoy math as they run circles, jump squares and fly like an airplane. They are learning about their place in the room and...


ROP Medical Technologies class at the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Coroner's OfficeROP Medical Program Students Tour County Coroner's Office: Local Detectives Take Time to Share their Work with Students

In March, the ROP Medical Technologies class visited the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Coroner's Office...


ROP students with residents at Dominican Oaks Assisted LivingROP Medical Technologies Students Spend Morning at Dominican Oaks Assisted Living

Twenty-five ROP Medical Technologies students spent the morning at Dominican Oaks Assisted Living for a tour of the facility and to spend time with the residents...


Soquel Water Board with Award-winning ROP studentsROP Students Honored by the Soquel Water District

Four Regional Occupational Program (ROP) students in Marco Lucadano's class at Soquel High School were recognized for their winning poster designs...


Good Shepherd School sixth-grader Dillon Cambra, 11, looks over another student’s project during the annual Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville on Saturday. (Kevin Johnson -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Young Scientists Compete for Awards at 27th Annual Santa Cruz County Science Fair

Three years of research and presentations came to a culmination Saturday for Connor Lydon and Natalie Gallagher at the 27th annual Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair...


Pajaro Valley High School Regional Occupational Program graphic design and 3-D design students demonstrate their skills as the work on projects during the County Office of Education’s ROP Expo at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on Thursday. (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)ROP Expo in Santa Cruz Showcases Student Skills, Talents

Jacob Smith knows about bikes, from the headset that holds the bicycle fork and the handle bar in place, to the bottom bracket that holds the cranks in place...


Mock Trial Team - Harbor High School26th Annual Mock Trial Competition

Santa Cruz Mock Trial competition started on February 5, 2015 with six teams from various schools throughout the county. The participating schools were Aptos High, Harbor High, Santa Cruz High and Watsonville High...


Ride-4-Life posterROP Graphic Design Student Wins "Join the Movement" Art Contest

The winner of this year's Green Ways to School and Ecology Action "Join the Movement" poster contest is Matt Hohmann of Soquel High School. Matt is a student in Soquel's ROP Graphic Design class...


Child with library book bag in front of sculpture.Treasures of the Library Discovered by Farm Worker Families

Our program served 165 children this year, providing childcare for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in local family childcare homes while their parents work in the strawberry fields...


SLVHS LEAF GreenhouseeROP Instructor Helps SLVHS Become First School to Host a SchoolGrown LEAF Greenhouse

During the first week of February, the San Lorenzo Valley School Board approved the lease...


ROP students practice taking pulseROP Provides Career Technical Courses to Middle School Students at the Cabrillo Advancement Program

Santa Cruz County ROP has been participating and supporting the Cabrillo Advancement Program since 2008...


Alternative Education Graduate StudentAlternative Education Programs January 2015 Graduations

The Alternative Education Program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education held two mid-year graduation ceremonies on January 19th for students from 10 school programs...


Suncrest Nurseries manager Jim Marshall talks with Watsonville High School students during an Agriculture Careers Day fair in the school's gym Wednesday. (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Watsonville High Plants Seeds for Agricultural Careers

For many Watsonville teens who grow up watching family members and neighbors pick berries, the only career they see in agriculture is in the field. With two days of presentations...


Spelling Bee 2015 - Elementary WinnersA-Buzz with the County's Top Spellers

UCSC's Classroom Unit 1 and 2 buzzed with excitement on Saturday, Jan. 31, as over one hundred of the county's top spellers gathered for the annual spelling bee. The students, selected as the top two spellers from their schools...


Brandon GruberTwo ROP Success Stories

Brandon Gruber from Jenny Angelacos's ROP Graphic Design Class & Morgan Andrews from Doron Brenner's 2011 ROP CAD Class...


Saige Manier presenting Jumping Galls project at Science and Engineering FairScience & Engineering Fair Student's Research Published in Scholarly Journal

Ever heard of a Neuroterus saltatorius, or jumping gall? Neither had I until I met Saige Manier at our County Science & Engineering Fair in 2012. Saige, a Harbor High School sophomore at the time, was researching...


Alternative Education classroomAlternative Education Launches Trauma-Informed Care Initiative

Increasingly, public K-12 schools have noted and looked for ways to incorporate the ever-growing research that toxic stress or trauma affects the brain development and...


Teresa Landers, director of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, announces Tuesday a series of cyber security workshops at libraries throughout the county.Santa Cruz Libraries Host Cyber 'Hygiene' Classes

With the nation's consciousness raised about cyber crime after North Korea's attack on Sony Pictures, the Santa Cruz Public Libraries is partnering with law enforcement and education agencies to encourage...


ROP students train puppies to become future guide dogs.Soquel ROP Students Train Puppies for Future as Guide Dogs

Raising a puppy is a good test of responsibility for any teenager. But four Soquel High students face a bigger task than just making sure their new furry friends are walked...


ROP students load bags of food for Second Harvest Food BankOpportunity to Learn Through Helping: County's ROP program visits Second Harvest Food Bank

There is much to learn among the mammoth stacks of donated food, the gargantuan warehouses and the vast refrigerators at Second Harvest Food Bank...


ROP student works on Urban Mentes Photography exhibitUrban Mentes: Photographs to Think About

"Where would you go if wanted to feel content? What makes you happy?" Karen Lemon, ROP Photography Instructor at Renaissance High School, encouraged her students to ponder these questions...


ROP students near sea wallROP Green Careers Students Experience Latest Marine Science Technology and Career Opportunities

Twenty Pajaro Valley High School ROP Green Careers students were granted a rare and special tour of two different types of research vessels...


Reel Fresh Group PhotoOn the Big Screen to a Full House: Reel Fresh Showcases ROP Student Films

On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Video Production students screened their work at the Rio Theater...


Scotts Valley High School Music ProductionROP Teacher Beth Hollenbeck Honored as Educator of the Year by Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce

Beth Hollenbeck, a professional singer-songwriter in her fifth year as Director of Music for Scotts Valley Middle and...


Representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities spoke with prospective students at Cabrillo College. (Thomas Mendoza -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Cabrillo's College and Career Night Wraps Up County Awareness Week

For the first time, Santa Cruz County schools, Cabrillo College, UC Santa Cruz and others collaborated to create a week of activities centered on a single issue...

The Seed to Table Luncheon attracted 250 people to Twin Lakes Church on Friday. (Thomas Mendoza -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Aptos Nonprofit Links Students with Professionals

Teenage chefs across the county toiled for hours this week, preparing items such as smoked trout crostinis and tomatillo salsa for the 250 guests at the Seed to Table...


Harbor High freshman Evan Coto presses apple cider at the Food, What?! Harvest Festival at the UCSC farm on Thursday. (Kara Guzman -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Harvest Festival Brings 300 Students to UCSC Farm—Food, What?! Nonprofit Teaches Life Skills

Emilie Stevens, 12, scooped teaspoon after teaspoon into her cup, showing classmates how much sugar is in a Rockstar energy drink...


Superintendent Michael Watkins with Superintendents for the day Sophie and Jace.Mountain School District Superintendent for a Day

What a day it was! Mountain Elementary School students Sophie O'Rourke (3rd grade) and Jace Hyer (4th grade) were treated to a day with Mountain Elementary School Superintendent...


Young child with bookInside Education: An Innovative Look at Education in Santa Cruz County Schools

The 2014-15 school year kicks off the seventh series for the Inside Education Program sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and the ten local school districts. This innovative program...


Capitola Police Chief Rudy Escalante teaches a criminal justice ROP class at Soquel High where ROP classes are in jeopardy unless school districts identify funding. (Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)How Educators are Working to Save Career Courses

When Capitola Police Chief Rudy Escalante was a Santa Cruz High student 35 years ago, he took a criminal justice class from professional law enforcement officials through the...


KKIS attendance posterKeeping Kids in School (KKIS) Task Force Engages Community, Parents, Students and Elected Officials in a Concerted Effort to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

On Friday, September 5, 2014, The SCCOE and the KKIS Task Force held a press conference...


Superintendent Michael WatkinsCounty Supt. of Ed. Receives State Appointment

The newly appointed five-member board of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) promises to be one of the most powerful and influential bodies directing education standards in this, the most populous state in our nation. With the shift to...


Wendy Wesch-Thompson and Sara Goldfarb spearheaded Branciforte Middle School's Media Center, dedicated to helping kids learn to write. (Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Young Writers Program Expands Its Vision in New School Year

Despite the Internet-induced gloom that hangs over the publishing industry, in 10, 20, 30 years from now, there will still be a rich and diverse literary establishment...


Concert HallSanta Cruz Symphony Offers Educational Program for Local Elementary Schools

The Santa Cruz Symphony is working to expand an educational program for local elementary schools. Developed in partnership with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, it's based on the...


Training on English Language DevelopmentCounty Office Leads the Way with California English Language Development (CA ELD) Standards

As the shift to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) moved into high gear, the County Office Curriculum and Instruction Department...


Students in the wetlandsSanta Cruz County Office of Education Unveils Youth Services Directory

For the first time, Santa Cruz County youth looking for support have a user-friendly online directory of local resources...


Screenshot of Alt Ed student from YouTube videoSpotlight on the Students: Santa Cruz County Alternative Education

Watch a student-created video about Alternative Education and the impact this program has had on their lives...


Write-Start Backpack Project flyer2014/15 Write-Start Backpack Project

For 25 years the Write-Start Backpack Project has been providing homeless and low-income students with new backpacks and school supplies to start the school year. We recently held a "Stuff the Bus" event at Palace Arts in Capitola, and...


Eduardo Peralta, 13, carefully measures his project as he participates in a summer woodshop class at Shoreline Middle School in Live Oak on Monday. The class is reopening thanks to a donation from Bill Simpkins. (Kevin Johnson -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Live Oak Middle School Woodshop Reopens After Six Years

After being shuttered for six years, Shoreline Middle School's woodshop has re-opened with a free summer program, thanks to a $20,000 donation from Live Oak residents...


Students working on habitat projectCommunity Foundation Santa Cruz County Funds 32 Projects

Several projects from programs affiliated with the SCCOE were selected for grants, including a new ROP project, Work4Youth, Santa Cruz County College Committment (S4C)...


ROP Step-Up Digital Media classMiddle School Step-Up Classes Highlight State-of-the-Art ROP Technology Labs on High School Campuses

The Regional Occupational Program (ROP), for the third year in a row, opened its doors to middle school students, inviting them to...


Screenshot from Summer Arts Institute 2014 videoSummer Arts Institute 2014

The SCCOE, in collaboration with Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, celebrated the fourth annual Summer Arts Institute. 32 local teachers from K-8 grades along with SPECTRA teaching artists participated in a week long training...


Screenshot from Empathy Project videoEmpathy Project

Watch a video created by the Pajaro Valley Arts Council (PVAC) about public art projects in Watsonville, entitled What You See, Who We Are, exploring identity and stereotypes...


Migrant Head Start provides child care for local farm workers at the home of Armando Zamudio and Estrella Palmerin-Zamudio. (Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Santa Cruz County Migrant Head Start has Openings for Child Care

Migrant Head Start and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education are once again providing free child care for local farmworker families with children younger than...


This year two classes are participating in this project, called The E DayROP Video Production at Harbor High School Collaborates with Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2 to Present: El Día E

>Every June 21st, the Cervantes Institute, a Language School in Spain, hosts El Día E—a special day of celebration...


ROP Got Career classGot Career?

Over 80 Cabrillo Advancement Program (CAP) students proudly wore t-shirts with the words "Got Career" inscribed on them. This year marks the seventh year that the Regional Occupational Program (ROP)...


Fed-Up PosterFed Up—Now What?

On a Saturday morning in early June, nearly 200 people packed into a full theater at the Nickelodeon to see the new documentary, Fed Up. Thanks to County Superintendent of Schools Michael Watkins, the audience was treated to a private screening of the movie...


Screenshot from Harbor High Dance VideoROP Video Production at Harbor High Creates Pharrell-Inspired Dance Video

A lot of teenagers are feeling happy in Santa Cruz right now as they march across stages in front of cheering friends and family and receive their hard-earned high school diplomas...


Student Authors' Fair 2014Student Authors' Fair 2014

Hundreds of students recently displayed and shared their creative works at the 33rd annual Student Authors' Fair, held at the Capitola Mall. See the slideshow...


High School Poetry Student21st Annual Santa Cruz County High School Poetry Competition

Each year Poetry Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education present the Santa Cruz County High School Poetry Competition...


CAC 2014 Awards CeremonyNorth Santa Cruz County SELPA Community Advisory Committee 2014 Awards Ceremony

The CAC's recent award ceremony honored dedicated individuals serving students with disabilities in the North County schools, as well as students...


BASTA summer sports campNew BASTA Web Site Helps Educators and Parents Learn About Gangs

A new website shows the graffiti, the hand signs and the colors of gangs in Santa Cruz County...


John Graulty, Cabrillo College Dean of VAPA, welcomes the K-12 arts specialistsCabrillo College VAPA Department Hosts K-12 Arts Specialists

On April 23rd, the VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Department at Cabrillo College, in collaboration with the SCCOE...


Adrian Flores powers a bike blender as his Natural Bridges High School classmates Pheuma Allabaca and Jake Hing wait for their turns on the pedals at Food, What?!s seventh annual Strawberry Blast. (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Strawberry Blast at UCSC Introduces Youth to Food Issues

Enjoying a morning break from class, about 200 teenagers strolled through UC Santa Cruz's strawberry field, pausing occasionally to sample fruit. Hosted by nonprofit Food, What?!...


Lee Mendelsohn demonstrates just one of the features of the new InFocus Mondopad."Crazy Learning" at Leadership 3.0

The Leadership 3.0 Symposium is a three-day professional learning event designed especially for educational administrators that targets the intersection of leadership, technology, and innovation...


ROP students at ice cream flavor competitionIce Cream, Technology Entrepreneurs See Partnerships as Growth Strategy

Andrea Mollenauer's ROP Culinary Arts program has created a new flavor of ice cream (rosemary with candied orange peel and citrus-scented brownies) at the Mission Hill Creamery...


Students working with Photoflex lighting toolsPhotoflex Donation to ROP Assists Photo, Video Students

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education's Regional Occupational Program has received a donation of state-of-the-art Photoflex Professional Lighting Tools for every digital...


Parent Education MeetingCOE Partners with Districts for Latino Role Models and Parent Education Conference

Pouring rain did not deter nearly 200 students, parents and community members from attending the Latino Role Models and Parent Education Conference...


Josefina shows off her Paper Garden.Paper Gardens Bloom at the COE

Central California Migrant/Seasonal Head Start provides childcare to over 800 babies, toddlers and preschoolers at 90 family childcare homes, while their parents work in the strawberry and raspberry fields in Watsonville...


Michael Watkins, Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools (Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)Superintendent Works to 'Move the Dial Forward in Public Education'

Michael Watkins, Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools since 2007, knows the importance of learning the fundamentals and providing leadership that reflects...


New Teacher Project mentors Annameekee and CalinaMentoring By the Numbers

As a writer and English teacher, I've always preferred words over digits and metaphors over data, but now that my third year of being a new teacher mentor...


2014 Science and Engineering Fair - Frankenfood, Fertility and the Food Chain exhibitLocal Youth Scientists Showcase Their Independent Research

On Saturday, March 8, 2014 over 400 students from schools across the county showcased their independent research projects to more than 100 volunteer judges representing local scientists...


Michelle McBride, transitional kindergarten teacher in Soquel Union Elementary School District, holds a colleague's baby, Oscar Lyon, at the kindergarten community forum at New Brighton Middle School Tuesday. (Kara Guzman/Sentinel)Together for Kindergarten Forum 2014

The minority achievement gap begins with a disparity in language skills, even before a child enters a classroom, experts say. Preschoolers from low-income families have half the vocabulary size...

Concert hallVisits to the Symphony Inspire Love of Music

It has been many, many years since Susan Worland, a violinist with the Santa Cruz County Symphony, attended elementary school. But last month, Susan took her violin and a friend from the Symphony and visited...


Boy holding basket of fruitTasty: Everyone Has a Place at Our Table - Art Show

Parts of downtown Watsonville took on a new look Saturday during the installation of more than 70 large photographic prints as part of the outdoor exhibit Tasty: Everyone Has a Place at the Table...


Screengrab from FoodWhat?! videoFood What?! Youth Empowerment and Food Justice Program

Watch this video to learn more about how this program partners with low-income and at-risk youth to grow, cook, eat, and distribute healthy, sustainably raised food...


Advanced instructor Andrea Mollenauer & assistant instructor Christopher Stephenson from the ROP program are competing at Fire It Up! on March 1. Photo credit: Karen Lemon (also an ROP instructor-in digital photography)Live Cooking Challenge at Santa Cruz Museum Benefits Vibrant High School ROP Culinary Program

Tickets went fast for "Fire It Up!," a Santa Cruz event with a culinary student showcase and a live chef competition, with the fun-sounding evening benefiting...


Image of teacher advising studentProject to Improve Educational Outcomes of Foster Youth Receives National Recognition

FosterEd, an initiative of the National Center for Youth Law that works closely with the SCCOE, recently received national recognition for its innovative...


Vertebrate paleontology curator Bruce MacFadden describes fossils to visiting science educators at the Thomas Farm fossil site.Museum Program Inspires Teachers to Seek New Horizons in Science

From a fossil museum curated by students to a garden used for experimentation, an innovative program that exposes educators to scientific fieldwork is significantly impacting...


Yasmina Porter shows Del Mar Elementary students Black history through dance.Live Oak Students Celebrate Black History Month Through Dance

Del Mar Elementary second-grader Patrick Hirsig practiced his robot dance moves in his bedroom Wednesday night. The next morning, his class performed...


Live Oak District students collaborate to create a rhythmic chant in their musicCommon Core Standards and the Arts

David Coleman, primary author of the Common Core Standards, is very clear about how the arts help students access the Common Core requirements in English Language Arts and...


ROP culinary arts classSCCOE Regional Occupational Program Enjoys Continued Success

The Regional Occupational Program operating at public high schools in Santa Cruz County is one of the more successful in the state. Educators said they hope to keep that status in the face of funding...


SCCOE's Alternative Education Graduation in JanuaryStudents Graduate from Santa Cruz County Office of Education's Alternative Education Program

After his mother died two years ago, Garrett Leeman transferred to Natural Bridges High School, an alternative education program. His grades suffered and he needed...


Superintendent Michael C. Watkins2014 - A Watershed Year for Public Education

The year 2014 will be remembered as a watershed year for public education in California as many of the bureaucratic strings that were previously attached to school funding have been relaxed. And that is good news for those who...


Pajaro Middle School classProficiency Levels Double for Students at Pajaro Middle School

Thanks in part to a Model Technology Classroom Grant provided by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE), the eighth graders...


ROP technology training classLocal Companies Bolster ROP Tech Education in Santa Cruz County

In the spring of 2013, four local tech companies including Cruzio, Launch Brigade, productOps, and Looker got together and approached ROP...


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