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Scotts Valley Unified School District

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    Santa Cruz County Superintendents Community Town Hall November 2nd

    Dear Scotts Valley Community,

    Please join the County Superintendent of Schools, all school district Superintendents, charter school leaders, and authorities from our local department of public health for a community Town Hall discussion about school plans to expand in-person services on Monday, Nov 2 at 5 p.m.

    You may join the zoom webinar at:  Town Hall Zoom Meeting

    or stream the event live from our youtube channel at:  Town Hall YouTube Live StreamTown Hall Flyer English

    Town Hall flyer Spanish

    Update from the Superintendent - October 27th

    Dear Scotts Valley Community,

    It was announced today that Santa Cruz County has transitioned to the Orange “Moderate” Tier.  As has been mentioned previously, there are requirements for schools to be able to begin to open up for in-person services.  Please read this letter from the County Superintendents, which outlines the requirements.  As a reminder, SVUSD is starting to progressively invite back small groups of students for support in November. We will continue to move forward safely in this manner up to winter break.  

    Thank you for your patience, understanding, and partnership as we blaze a trail into this new territory.

    Be safe,

    Tanya Krause

    Update from the Superintendent - October 23rd

    Dear Scotts Valley Community,

    Items included in this update:

    • Parent survey and next steps
    • Small group support
    • Technology update
    • Student attendance
    • Parent Workshop 10/28
    • Site highlights

    Thank you to the parents who responded to our recent survey, soliciting feedback from families regarding your experience with distance instruction since the start of school.  As I shared with you in my last update, we are analyzing the survey data from parents, staff, and students to help us make necessary adjustments to the current instructional plan, support student needs, and plan for our next steps. We received a 58% parent response rate from this last survey, a bit over half of the responses to make plans for all students.  Therefore, for those that did not respond to the survey, or did not turn in a waiver before school began, the District is assuming that you will be sending your student(s) to school when invited back.  Your feedback is important and we are trying to respond to requests to the best of our ability, however, we must acknowledge that it is very challenging to address all parents and staff requests and suggestions, while also adhering to local and state requirements.  Like all educators, we are doing our best and keeping our focus on students.

    Sites have been reviewing their site-specific survey data and are planning to start bringing back small groups of identified students for academic and social-emotional support.  Students are first being identified for return to the site based on a few initial factors which may vary across the sites.  Examples include students who require specialized supports such as Special Education or English language supports, and also students who experienced the greatest learning loss since schools were closed last spring.  We are also discussing the younger grades at each site possibly needing more support.

    In November, all sites will be progressively inviting students to return to their respective school sites for small group support.  For those families who elect to stay in full remote instruction, we are of course honoring those requests; however, it is important that you are aware that the current teacher(s) of record may have to change based on the numerous transitions that need to be made over the next year.

    We want to let you know that the District’s Director of Technology went out on a leave of absence at the beginning of October and Assistant Superintendent Stewart and I, along with our small but mighty IT department of two, have been managing, redirecting, and following through on those important tasks. 
    We are pleased that to date,  the overall student attendance rate and engagement is over 97%! Thank you to all of the parents, teachers, and staff for supporting students in their learning. 

    Please join us this coming Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 PM for our next Parent training, How to Help Your Child Manage Distance Learning.  The information is on our website on the Distance Learning Page, and linked here as well.

    We want to share some site highlights:

    The Haunted House is back but in a very different format.  Drive Through, and family-style friendly:
    Scotts Valley Haunted House Presents HALLOWEEN
    An all-ages drive-through experience
    Tickets Available at
    All proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
    The student council is working on creating weekly morning announcements, and they are excited to bring back this greatly missed part of our day.
    The PTA Drive for schools ends today!
    Principal Allen and Assistant Principal Menchaca have been “going into” classes on Fridays to see if students are wearing green!
    College and career is next week, and November 2nd is the 7th-grade CSUMB trip. 
    Thanks to the efforts of the PTO, BK is proud to offer enrichment lessons for all students at the (virtual) Knoll Garden.  Miss Timmer has put together a google classroom that the teachers will be sharing with students in all grade levels.  Lessons include Garden Tours, Information on the Life Cycle of Plants, Soil Exploration, and Seed Dissection.
    Miss Colleen, the Music teacher, is creating videos for all grade levels to enjoy.  Students will be learning musical vocabulary, different musical notes, and will be exploring musical patterns.
    Art supplies are making their way home and we can’t wait to see what the students create.  All grade levels will be working on teacher-led projects.  Primary grades will be exploring Banda Mask, Byzantine Mosaic, and Joan Miro.  Our intermediate grade levels (3-5) will be exploring Faith Ringgold, Pablo Picasso, and John J. Audubon.  We can’t wait to view their creations! 
    Kindergarten students will return to a new PTA sponsored turf playfield when they arrive back on campus. The Scholastic Book Fair will begin on November 6th with a packed online store of great reading material.  Life lab lessons started this week for all grade levels.  Students are participating in video lessons, and planting seeds at home with the guidance of the LifeLab staff!  Teachers continue to conquer new and engaging online platforms to instruct and engage the Vine Hill Bears.  The school is looking forward to robust virtual Red Ribbon Week and College & Career Week!

    As a reminder, next Friday, October 30th is a student day in case you have an older version of the school calendar.  We “swapped” this day for a non-student day in late August due to the fires.  

    As Halloween is coming up, please be safe and embrace new traditions to celebrate this year!

    Take good care,

    Tanya Krause

    Bear Resources

    Bear Happenings


    Free meals are back! 

     The USDA Waivers have been extended until December 31st, 2020.  Meals are available for pickup at Scotts Valley High School for ALL SVUSD Students between 10:00am - 1:00pm daily.


    Welcome Bears

    In our student's quest for personal growth and development, social responsibility, knowledge, and life long learning skills, Vine Hill School strives to promote: development of self-esteem and integrity, respect for the environment, appreciation for the world's interrelated cultures and involvement in a rapidly changing and culturally diverse society.


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    Vine Hill Bears Student & Staff Tech Support

    Visit the district’s Help Desk page for resources and weekly drop-in support hours.  In addition, our District’s SVUSD Website has a live online Chat with an SVUSD Tech. 


    Bear Paw
    B = Be Respectful

    E = Eager to Learn

    A = Always Prepare

    R = Responsibility

    S = Solve Problems

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    Safety Concerns and Behavior

    We're here to help!  Let us know about cases of bullying, academic dishonesty, mental health issues, or other concerns you may have about the safety and/or well-being of our students.  If you see something, say something.



    Principal Neilse

    Bear Buddies

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