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March Newsletter 2018

What's Happening at Ocean?



Tuesdays: Minecraft Club

Wednesdays: Yearbook Club

February 1 - Theater Classes Begin at Ocean Alternative

February 16 to 20 - School Closed - President's Holiday

February 23 - Science Fair

April 2 - 6 - Spring Break


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

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

Staff Email

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

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 2 Ocean grads)


Carol Bowles—(mom of 3rd grader)  


Carolyn Angell—(mom of 7th grader and Ocean grad) 


Rebecca Paten—(mom of 2nd & 6th grader and Ocean grad)  


Elana Sifry—(mom of Ocean grad) 


Alberta James—(mom of 2 Ocean grads)  


Jen Bruno—(mom of 1,& 4th grader) 



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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Printmaking, Thursdays, March 15 and 22


We are back to our usual schedule for Spectra Art (11:30 -1:00 Groupers; 1:00 - 3:00 Urchins and Squirts) for Printmaking with Stephanie Drake.  Wear clothes that can possibly get stained.


Thursday, March 29 is Spring Buddy Day!


1:00 - 3:00 at Ocean  Please let staff know if your student will not attend.



March Field Trips


Tide Pooling at Natural Bridges, Friday, March 23, 10:00 - 12:30.  Grades 1 - 8.


TK - 2nd Graders: Natural History Museum, Friday, March 30, 11:00 - 12:30.


Please see all details on Field Trip page

Spring Family Camping Trip 2018

The vote is in and Pfeiffer Big Sur was the most popular choice for our Spring Camping Trip from May 31 to June 3.  Please go to reservecalifornia.com and reserve your camping spot as soon as possible.  There are about 20 sites left in the Weyland loop (Sites # 70 - 130).  Sign up in the office and let us know if you will share a site with another family.

Ocean Alternative Health Policy


Let's all stay healthy. Please observe your child for symptoms of illness each day they plan to come to the center. Our health policy also applies to parents and staff.


Stay home if there are any signs of the following:


A fever of 100 degrees or more

A constant cough

Symptoms of illness including: low energy, aches, chills, etc.

Diarrhea/Vomiting more than once within the past 24 hours

Any contagious disease (please notify us)

Any illness or injury within the past 24 hours, which prohibits a child from actively participating in the program 


If your child becomes sick while at the program, you or someone listed on your emergency card will be contacted to pick the child up immediately.


Thanks for you help!


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.

Important Links

Parent Portal Link for Registration


IXL Account  - 2nd - 8th grade


Typing Club - 2nd - 5th grade


Go to Club page 

Field Trips for 2017 - 18 school year!

Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details


Ocean Online is our digital independent study program. For more information and to begin the enrollment process please fill out the Ocean Online New Student Information form. For an overview of this unique opportunity please check out the Ocean Online page.

Interested in Learning More About 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.

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 



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

 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)