What's Happening Next at Ocean?
984-6 Bostwick Lane
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(We are located on the Green Acres Campus in Live Oak)
Here is a link to a map of our school
Escrip for Schools
Escrip is an easy way to raise money for our school. All you have to do is go to escrip.com and assign your Safeway or Vons purchases to Ocean Alternative Education Center. You also need to renew your membership each year. If you have family members out of the area, there are many other merchants that partner with escrip. That's all it takes!
We have some of our wonderful & experienced homeschooling parents who are happy to share experiences, brainstorm ideas, and mentor. Need support? Call or email one today.
Heddi Craft - firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Bowles - email@example.com
Carolyn Angell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Paten - email@example.com
Elana Sifry - firstname.lastname@example.org
Alberta James - email@example.com
CALLING ALL AUTHORS!
Student Authors' Fair, Saturday May 2 at the Capitola Mall!
Ocean Alternative will have a table and we need student made books and writing projects of any kind. Students will have a chance to read their books to a live audience if they choose. It's not too late to make a book or two! Please see Joy if you can help staff our table.
Please lend us your student-made books! Bring them in between now and April 30th!
The 2015 Ocean Alternative Film Festival is seeking student film submissions. The Festival will be on the evening of FRIDAY, JUNE 5th at DEL MAR school.
Films should be edited (sound is loud enough, transitions, opening and credits at the least) and no longer than five minutes (exceptions for group projects are possible) and must be delivered (thumb drive in an Apple format such as quicktime or via a YouTube link) by MAY 25. Please complete this interest form as soon as you know that you plan to submit.
The week of APRIL 20-24, which is also testing week, I will offer an open film studio workshop time from 1:45 - 2:45 every day, here at Ocean. If you need tech or editing support, come join us.
Spring Camping Trip at Hume Lake!
Drop off/Pick Up Policy
Drop Off/Pick up Policy: Just as a reminder, for safety reasons, student drop off/pick up is in the Green Acres parking area (go straight instead of turning into District Office/Tierra Pacifica/ Preschool lot). If you need to see that your student is getting to class or need to come on campus, please park in parking spaces available in either lot. (District Office or Green Acres)
Also, we ask that you honor the drop off and pick up times for each day or make arrangements with a staff member if you have special circumstances. The staff uses the time before and after these designated times to set up or clean up for the day as well as tend to other business. If you arrive to school early, please plan to stay with your child. Thank you for your cooperation.
Monday 9:30 to 1:30 (We ask that all parents walk the child in)
Tuesday 9:15 (Classes start at 9:30) to 1:30 or 2:30 (for students in Garden Club)
Wednesday 9:15 (Classes start at 9:30) to 1:30 or 2:30 (for students in Math class)
Thursday 12:45 (Class starts at 1:00) to 3:00
We also encourage families to use the site as a hub or hang out after school hours and only ask that you supervise your children.
Ocean Alternative Online Calendar
Spectra Artist, Shane Mann, is back on Thursdays!
Shane' Mann will be back for a series of watercolor classes on Thursdays, April 9, 16 and 30 at our usual Spectra times.
11:30 – 1:00 Wednesday Groupers
1:00 - 3:00 Monday Sea Squirts and
Tuesday Sea Urchins
Please bring in any pictures of rainforest animals you may have.
(Please note: April 30th class is 1:00 - 3:00 for all students K-8, due to Science Camp.)
Students are with the SPECTRA artist for one hour. The rest of the time is spent in cooperative play, games or crafts with their classmates and teachers
Welcome to Ocean Alternative
We hope this website gives you an idea of how our program works and the activities we offer to homeschooling families. If you are interested in registering your child or visiting our school, please complete the New Student Information Survey.
April Newsletter Available
Upcoming Field Trips
May 8 - Point Lobos (Our last Field Trip for the year)
June 4 - Swim Party at Trout Farm
Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details
What Is Ocean Alternative?
Student User Name & Password
If your student is a 3rd grader moving up to Tuesday class or a new 3rd through 8th grader, please complete this survey. We use Google Accounts quite often in our Tuesday and Wednesday classes, and each student needs to come up with a user name and 8 digit password.
Common Core Testing Information
Here is how to get to the tests.
The practice tests are personalized because you can get the answers and sit together to see what's on it. You won't get a report of the practice test, so this is the way to know how it's going for your child, or for you, should you opt to try out the test yourself!
Answers to tests
TA resources - hover over this tab-click on Resources-Practice & training tests
scroll down page to find grade and test. It gives the answers and/or rubrics used to grade questions. Use the 2014 answers.
The actual tests will be adapatable, meaning that they'll select the next question based on the answer to the current question, selecting either more basic or more advanced questions, adapting to the student.
Below you will find a list of links to the CaliforniaTac website for Smarter Balanced Testing.
manuals and videos
There are times when the practice sites are down for maintenance. If you are not able to log in the site will be unavailable for a short time.
CAASPP-California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
TOMS - Test Online Management System (student demographic and staff information)
SBAC- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
CURRICULUM ORDER DEADLINE
Friday, April 17 (last one of the year)