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Monday, May 18

Office Open  8 am to 4 pm

Sea Squirt Class Day (5 to 8 yrs) 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

(Please walk your child in)


Tuesday - May 19

Office Open  8 am to 4 pm

Sea Urchin Class Day (8 to 11 yrs)  9:15 am to 1:30 pm

Minecraft Club - 1:35 to 2:30 pm 

Garden Club - 1:35 to 2:30 pm


Wednesday - May 20

Office Open  8 am to 4 pm 

Groupers Class Day (11 to 14 yrs)  9:15 am to 1:30 pm


Thursday - May 21

Office Closed 9 am to 11:00 am/Open  11:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Leadership Club  Meet at Blue Ball Park 12 to 3:30 pm

School Carnival at Blue Ball Park  1 to 3 pm 


Friday - May 22

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

Yearbook Club   9:30 to 12:00


Upcoming Events


*Films Due, May 26

*8th Grade Legacy May 26



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!

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 - cangell@att.net

Rebecca Paten - rebeccapaten@gmail.com

Elana Sifry - esifry@losd.ca

Alberta James - alberta@krebscycleproducts.com

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

Student Portraits for the Yearbook

Yearbook Portraits

It’s time to send in your student’s picture for the yearbook.

Information to include:

K through 7th graders:

Name, age and favorite homeschooling activity.


Name, age and favorite homeschooling activity, Number of years at Ocean, Future plans, Special Message or Favorite Quote

Send email or hard copy to Mary (msauter@losd.ca)


School Carnival at the Park 

May 21   1pm – 3pm

    We will hold our annual school carnival at Anna Jean Cummings Park (Blue-Ball park). The Leadership Club puts together a number of carnival type games and field games for the students and families to enjoy.  It is always a spectacular sight to see the leaders of our student community having just as much fun putting on the event as the kids enjoying it.  We hope you bring a spirit of appreciation for their efforts.  If you cannot stay, please make arrangements for your child to be supervised by another adult.  

Eighth Grade Legacy Project

8th Graders meet at Ocean on Tuesday, May 26th to paint the picnic table, 9-2:00. Only come if you want to work on the project with respect, and to have fun leaving the school with a visible legacy. Contact Deb for more info.


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 26. Please complete this interest form as soon as you know that you plan to submit.

Thanks, Deb

Spring Camping Trip at Hume Lake!



MAY 28 THROUGH  May 31, 2015



UPDATE: We have two sites that are available if you haven't reserved your site yet.  Please contact Sue, if interested. We are looking for parents who are interested in hosting an activity during the trip.  Some ideas would be to have a scavenger hunt, go on a small hike, have a craft or game at your site, or any other fun thing. Please email Mary the details of your activity and day and time you would like to host it.  We are planning to go to Sequoia National Park to walk among the Giants on Saturday afternoon.  If anyone who would like to help with planning, please contact Mary.


Hume Lake is located at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in central California.  The campground offers single and double family campsites.   There is fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, and local places to visit.  Go to reserveamerica.com to reserve your site as soon as possible while sites are still available.  If you are familiar with the area and would like to help plan day trips during our time at Hume Lake, please see Mary.



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


Please submit by May 22 - All participant names will be added to a drawing for a Summer Lending Library Membership at the DLC

Parent Survey 2014/15


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.  

May Newsletter Available

Please pick up Student Art Work before June 10th!

It's in your mailbox or in classroom A!


Upcoming Field Trips



June 4 - Swim Party at Trout Farm

Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details

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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.

  • 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