Michael C. Watkins
to the Superintendent
Students Create Film Depicting Daily Life at the Small, One School District
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Upon hearing that the Santa Cruz County Office of Education’s Inside Education participants would be visiting the campus to learn more about small schools, excited and motivated students who wanted to show what is special about Bonny Doon School spent three weeks filming as many facets of their school life as possible. The short film features interviews with teachers and staff as well as the art, music, and dance programs at the school. It was “crunch time” as excited students worked through recess and noon hours to finish the film before the premier on November 16th, 2011 to the Inside Education group.
On the day of the presentation, student ambassadors greeted the Inside Education participants and led tours of the campus and classrooms. Participants of the nine-month program run by the County Office of Education, experienced a real life, hands on, inside view into what goes on at one of the four small schools in Santa Cruz County. The visitors loved the student ambassadors, the beauty of the campus, the Life Lab gardens and the feeling of “family” in this small school.
Special thanks go to Bonny Doon teachers Holiday Smith and Gus Balla who attended the Digital Connections workshops sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. This series of workshops teaches educators from Santa Cruz County schools how to integrate digital and multimedia skills into their core curriculum. Holiday, who teaches a fourth and fifth grade class, and Gus Balla, a third grade teacher, were so enthusiastic with their new found skills that they immediately put them to use in their classrooms.
History of Bonny Doon School
Grade Levels K-6
For more than half a century the children of Bonny Doon have been schooled close to their homes. In the 19th century, several one-room schools including Alba, Bald Mountain, Ocean View (founded in 1884) and San Vicente (founded in 1872) provided an education for the children of this remote mountain area. Responding to a swift rise in population after the second World War, these small schools were combined to form the Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District in 1947.
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