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What's Happening Next at Ocean?

Monday, August 24

Office Closed: 8 to 11/Open 11 to 4

Leadership Club  1 to 3


Tuesday, August 25

Office Open: 8 to 4


Wednesday, August 26

Office Open: 8 to 10/Closed: 10 to 4

Leadership 10 - 2:30

First Day Celebration 11 - 2


Thursday, August 27

Office Open: 8 to 4


Friday, August 28

Office Open: 8 to 4



Upcoming Events

August 31  New Family Orientation

September 2  Beach Day

September 10 "Let's Talk Math"

September 11  New Sea Squirt Orientation

September 14 - 16  Classes Begin

September 17  SC County Fair

September 24  Google Training for Parents/Students


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 - heddicr@gmail.com

Carol Bowles - santacruzjujube@yahoo.com

Carolyn Angell - cnangell@att.net

Rebecca Paten - rebeccapaten@gmail.com

Elana Sifry - esifry@losd.ca

Alberta James - alberta@krebscycleproducts.com

Ona Tigue - onalunafe@yahoo.com 


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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Welcome to 2015-16 Year!

First Day Celebration - Aug 26 - 11 to 2 @ Anna Jean Cummings Park

Our First Day Celebration will be held at Anna Jean Cummings Park (Blue Ball Park) on Wednesday, Aug 26 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Come and participate in our games and fun activities as we meet new families and reunite with others. 

We will also have a Resource Swap table set up for families to share new or gently used homeschooling items.  The items may be books, games, unused workbooks, or supplies that you are ready to pass on to help other families. The items will be available for all parents and students to take from. We ask that you limit only taking a few of your favorites so that more families can benefit from this sharing. 

Bring a sack lunch for your family and be ready to have a great time!  Registration packets will be available to take home that day.

Calling All Leaders!

 Leadership Club (Wednesday Groupers)

  Leadership is a community service club that plans events for our school (Buddy Days, School Carnival, etc).  We also serve our community at large (Beach Clean up, Adopt a Senior, etc). 

Our meeting will be on Monday, August 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 to plan & prepare for the First Day Celebration.  On Wed. August 26, arrive at Blue Ball Park at 10 am to set up and plan to stay until 2:30 pm.  Also, we need helpers at New Family Orientation from 10 am to 12 pm on Monday, Aug.31.

Leadership is open to all 11-14 yr olds who have a desire to have fun serving our community.       

New Family Orientation - August 31 - 10 to 1


10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

*New student and family orientation is from 10:00 - 11:00 where we will explain enrollment, activities and procedures in more detail

*At 11:00 - 12:00, we invite returning parents and students to join our new families in a round-table introduction and discussion to share homeschooling experiences.

*12:00 - 1:00  Stay afterwards for some light snacks and more conversations!

SB277- What we know at this point

As you may have heard, SB277 was passed by the State Senate and quickly signed into law by Governor Brown on June 30th. This new law will go into effect for the 2016-17 school year and effectively eliminates all personal belief exemptions from vaccination requirements for all students enrolled in any private or public elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center in the state of California.

In the legislative process an amendment was included to exempt homeschool students.  The amendment states:

“This section does not apply to a pupil in a home-based private school or a pupil who is enrolled in an independent study program pursuant to Article 5.5 (commencing with Section 51745) of Chapter 5 of Part 28 of the Education Code and does not receive classroom-based instruction.”


Ocean Alternative is an independent study program as defined in the Education Code.  According to California Code of Regulations (CCR 11963), “classroom-based instruction” in a school occurs only when all four specific conditions are met. One of the conditions is that “the students are required to be in attendance at the schoolsite for at least 80% of the students’ instructional time”.  Since our classes are optional for students, we do not meet the criteria.  Consequently, Ocean students would be exempt from the vaccine requirements as stated in the bill according to this current definition.  I have seen similar explanations on the Homeschool Association of California website which is very reassuring.

Since the bill was just signed this week, there is still much to be learned. I will continue to follow this development and inform you along the way. As a reminder, there are no changes for the upcoming school year. 


Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

Mary  msauter@losd.ca


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/Minecraft Club)

Wednesday 9:15 (Classes start at 9:30) to 1:30 or 2:30 (for students in Math Games Class/Leadership events)

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

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 Is Ocean Alternative?

August Newsletter Available

Upcoming Field Trips

Wed, Sept. 2: Beach Day

Thurs, Sept. 17: County Fair


Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details

Staff Email

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

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.

  • 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 - I will leave a list of designated support descriptions for a reference
  • please use this time to practice, look at test questions, different grade levels, designated supports, etc.


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