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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.

What's Happening at Ocean?

For a larger version of our school calendar, click this link.

UPCOMING EVENTS-SAVE THE DATE

December 1 - Reserve site for Spring Camping Trip

December 6 - Parent Book Club

December 9 - Talent Show & Share

December 15 - Leadership Bake Sale

December 16 - Parents Night Out

December 21 - Teen Club Bowling 

December 22 - Winter Buddy Day @ SC Gymnastics

Dec 23 thru Jan 8 - Winter Break

 

These are subject to change. Please, refer to the calendar for up-to-date information.

Staff Email

Bell, Deb
Teacher
Burrows, Justin
Teacher
McGrath, Zelda
Teacher
Sauter, Mary
Principal
Sifry, Elana
Teacher
Wood, Joy
Teacher

Parent Mentors

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—(mom of 5th & 8th grader, and Ocean grad)

heddicr@gmail.com 

Carol Bowles—(mom of 8th grader)  

santacruzjujube@yahoo.com 

Carolyn Angell—(mom of 6th grader and Ocean grad) 

cnangell@att.net 

Rebecca Paten—(mom of 2nd & 5th grader and Ocean grad)  

rebeccapaten@gmail.com 

Elana Sifry—(mom of 3rd grader and Ocean grad) 

elanasifry@gmail.com  

Alberta James—(mom of 2 Ocean grads)  

alberta@krebscycleproducts.com 

Jen Bruno—(mom of K, 3rd & 6th grader) 

jenbruno@webmail.us 

OUR LOCATION

Our Address:

984-6 Bostwick Lane

Santa Cruz, CA  95062

(831) 475-0767

(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!

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Reserve on Dec 1 for Spring Camping Trip

The votes have been tallied and Sunset State Beach is where we are going for our spring camping trip.  The dates of our trip are Thursday through Sunday, June 1 - 4, 2017.  The loop closest to the beach contains campsites # 1 - 37.  To make your reservation:

1) Go to reserveamerica.com

2) Search Sunset State Beach, Ca

3) Choose the campsite you want and reserve

4) The site opens at 8 am sharp on Thursday, December 1 and the website suggests that you go on up to 10 min before

5) We will talk about more of the details as the trip gets closer.

 

Let Mary know if you have any questions.

Parent Book Club - December 6 @ 6:30 to 8 pm

We will continue our discussion of Deschooling Gently and will choose our next book and set our next meeting. If you need childcare, let me know and we should be able to arrange it.

If you are ...more

TALENT SHOW & SHARE - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 6:30 - 8:00 PM

TALENT SHOW & SHARE 

Del Mar School Multi-use room 6:30-8:00 PM

 

Join our students for a fun night showcasing their talents on stage or with a creative display. Students sign up on the list in the office. Bring family and friends and celebrate our talented students!  Please bring an appetizer/finger food dish to share. Drinks will be provided.

Winter Buddy Day, Thursday, Dec. 22nd, 11:00 - 1:30 at Santa Cruz Gymnastics Center.

 

Please sign up and sign a waiver for Santa Cruz Gymnastics.

 

Everyone welcome!

Our 2016/17 Site Council

We are happy to announce our new Site Council Members and positions. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings and give input to our schools activities and events. Feel free to also share any ...more

Film Festival, 2016-2017

Let's bring our festival back to life this year. If you are interested, please complete the Film Festival 2016 Survey

Curriculum Available

Come check out our new Singapore Math books for grades K through 6.  The curriculum has a textbook and home educator guide for check out and a consumable activity book.  Several of our families have used them with their kids and like how the concepts are presented.  We also increased our supply of Life of Fred math books including 3 Prealgebra books.

 

Lastly, every student has an IXL Math account, look for details in your box.

Drop off/Pick Up Policy

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. If you have special circumstances please check with Sue in advance. The staff uses the time before and after school to set up, clean up and have meetings with families. If you arrive to school early, please plan to stay with your child. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

We also encourage families to use the site as a hub or hang out after school hours and only ask that you supervise your own children.

December Newsletter Available

FOR THE LATEST INFO ABOUT OUR STUDENT CLUBS

Go to Club page 

OCEAN ONLINE!

Please pass the word on to anyone you think might be interested in this option.

Ocean Online is our new digital independent study program. Ocean Online uses a blended learning model, combining the ...more

2016-17 Field Trips

Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details

 Parent Volunteers Needed

Ocean needs representatives for several school/ district committees. If interested please contact Mary.

  • Site Council - contribute ideas for school events - New families encouraged!
  • Offering a class to teach students a skill or passion (any time commitment okay)
  • Thank you goes out to the families that signed to volunteer at our 1st day celebration.  Teachers/lead parent will be in contact with you soon.

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

Formative Assessment pdf. 

Here is how to get to the tests:

* go to caaspp.org

* click on “practice and training test” green tab

* click on “student interface practice & training test”

* keep the student info as guest and click on the “sign in” tab

* select grade

* select the type of test

* you can look at the different designated supports—Mary will have a list of designated support descriptions for a reference

* please use this site to practice, look at test questions, different grade levels, designated supports, etc.

 

Practice Test Portal

Answers to tests

*Informational Essay Rubric,

grades 3-5 

*Opinion Essay Rubric,

grades 3-5

*Narrative Writing Rubric,

grades 3-8

*Explanatory Essay Rubric,

grades 6-11

*Argumentative Essay Rubric, 

grades 6-11 

 

caaspp.org

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 tests themselves are personalized because the test is adaptive, meaning that the questions they pose are dependent on the accuracy of the previous answers—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.

 

The practice tests are personalized because you can get the answers and sit together to see what's on the test, to help them to understand the problems. 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!

 

Released 2015 Test Questions

 

Parent Guides and Roadmaps to Common Core Math by Grade Level

Parent Guides and Roadmaps to Common Core English Language Arts by Grade Level

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