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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

October 6—First Spectra Art Day 

October 6 - Ocean Online Information Night

October 13 - Sea Squirt Potluck

October 20 - Sea Urchin Potluck

October 27 - Grouper Potluck

November 3—Fall Buddy Day

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— heddicr@gmail.com (mom of 5th & 8th grader, and Ocean grad)

Carol Bowles—  santacruzjujube@yahoo.com  (mom of 8th grader)

Carolyn Angell— cnangell@att.net  (mom of 6th grader and Ocean grad)

Rebecca Paten—  rebeccapaten@gmail.com  (mom of 2nd & 5th grader and Ocean grad)

Elana Sifry— esifry@losd.ca (mom of 3rd grader and Ocean grad)

Alberta James—  alberta@krebscycleproducts.com (mom of 2 Ocean grads)

Jen Bruno— jenbruno@webmail.us (mom of K, 3rd & 6th grader)

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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Drive for Schools

We are participating in the Drive for Schools Fundraiser.  All of the money we raise goes directly to our school to help fund our Spectra Arts, Field Trips, Science Camp and more!  Grand Prize: New Toyota Prius or Subaru Outback or $25,000 cash.  Over 100 other prizes including ten $1,000. cash prizes.  For more info. click here!

 Parents Volunteers Needed

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

  • SPAC :Superintendent  Parent Advisory Council
  • PTOC:Parcel Tax Oversite Committee
  • Site Council
  • 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.

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.

Class Day Family Potlucks

It’s that time of year again… presenting:

SQUIRT

FAMILY POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT

Thursday, October 13th  6:00-8:00

 

URCHIN

FAMILY POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT

Thursday, October 20th  6:00-8:00

 

GROUPER

FAMILY POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT

Thursday, October 27th  6:00-8:00

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.

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 After School Classes/Leadership events)

Thursday (Spectra Art starts Oct. 6) Middle Schoolers, 11:30 to 1:00 (except Buddy Days), K-5th Graders, 1:00-3:00.

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

Parent Book Club FIRST MEETING Nov. 1 6:30 in SCIENCE ROOM

Deb is starting a book club for Ocean Parents where we will read and discuss books about learning and homeschooling. If you are interested, please fill out this survey!

The first book will be:
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Deschoo ...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

Theater, 2016-2017

The Ocean Alternative THEATER page is up and running! For the intense theater option, you must complete the interest form by October 27 and attend the audition day on November 4. 

OCEAN ONLINE!

Ocean Online Information Night

Thursday, October 6

7 to 8 pm

Science room

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

Ocean Online is our new digital independent ...more

LEADERSHIP & TEEN CLUB NEWS

Go to Grouper Class Day page 

2016-17 Field Trips

Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details

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

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