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
February 10 Baking & Garden Club
February 13 & 20 - Presidents Holidays - NO CLASSES
February 16 - Parent Support Group Meeting
February 17 - Science Fair
February 24 - Tech Museum Field Trip
February 28 - Parent Book Club
These are subject to change. Please, refer to the calendar for up-to-date information.
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)
Carol Bowles—(mom of 8th grader)
Carolyn Angell—(mom of 6th grader and Ocean grad)
Rebecca Paten—(mom of 2nd & 5th grader and Ocean grad)
Elana Sifry—(mom of 3rd grader and Ocean grad)
Alberta James—(mom of 2 Ocean grads)
Jen Bruno—(mom of K, 3rd & 6th grader)
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!
NO CLASSES - MONDAYS, FEBRUARY 13 & 20
Science Fair- Friday, Feb 17
FEB 17, 2017
10am – 12pm
Our annual Science Fair will be held on Friday, February 17 from 10 to 12.
If the thought of a science fair brings up bad childhood memories, have no fear. Our science fair is all about celebrating inquiry and exploration. Students display their projects and present, if they want. Packets are available in the office that will take you through the scientific method step-by-step.We also have many science fair books in our library. Ask Mary your questions.
Science Fair Schedule: 10 am - Set up
10:15 - 11:00 - Viewing of Projects
11:00 - 12:00 - Presentation of Projects Parents bring your camera and join the fun
Parent Support Group Meeting - Thursday, February 16
This months topic will be Sharing your favorite loved resources, with time to discuss other topics of interest.
Parent Support Group meetings give parents a chance to share homeschooling experiences and learn from each other. All parents (new and returning) are encouraged to come to this highly supportive group to exchange ideas and experiences.
Meeting dates are TBD If anyone has questions or feedback about topics to address this year, please email Heddi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Trip to the Technology Museum of Innovation
Friday, Feb. 24, please meet there at 10:20.
Leave yourself plenty of time due to lane closures on Highway 17.
If you arrive late please text Joy when you get there and I will meet you at the entrance.
If you signed up for this trip there is important info. in your mailbox at Ocean.
Reserve 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.
Ocean Parent Book Club Tuesday, March 21 from 6:30-8:00
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
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.
February Newsletter Available
FOR THE LATEST INFO ABOUT OUR STUDENT CLUBS
Go to Club page
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.
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.
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!
Parent Guides and Roadmaps to Common Core Math 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