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Monday - April 14

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm


Sea Squirt Class 9:30 am - 1:30 pm


Tuesday - April 15

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm


Sea Urchin Class 9:15 am - 1:30 pm

Garden Club - 1:35 - 2:30 pm

New Math Class - 1:40-2:30 pm


Wednesday - April 16

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm


Grouper Class 9:15 am - 1:30 pm


Thursday - April 17

Office Closed 8 am to 11 am/Open 11 am - 4 pm

Spectra Classes begin:

11:30 - 1 pm - Groupers - NO CLASS

1 to 3 pm - Sea Squirts, Groupers, & Urchins


Friday - April 18

Office Closed 


Upcoming Events   

April 24 - Yearbook & Newspaper Club Mtgs

April 25 - Point Lobos Field Trip

April  29 - May 2   CAASPP Testing

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!


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

Dreambox Math Program

If you would like to learn more about this online math program for students, please contact your consulant or Mary.  The content goes up through 4th grade math content but any student can use it. It is now available to do on an iPad.  Look for OC-Sauter to find your students account.


Film Festival Interest Form

IF YOUR CHILD is making a movie and would like to share it with the Ocean community, please fill out the Film Festival Interest Form by April 11th. 

Point Lobos Field Trip

  Field Trip to Point Lobos Nature Reserve                                                                     

Friday, April 25, 11:00 - 2:30

We will meet at the "Bird Island Parking Lot and Picnic Area" for nature games, activities and lunch.  After lunch we'll set out on a hike exploring the woodland forest and ocean trail.  We hope to see many special native plants and animals including woodland critters, otters, seal pups, sea birds.  We'll learn about the unique geological features of the area and explore the historic "Whaler's Cabin".  A longer hike will take us to the site of a Native American midden.  Length of hike is optional, whatever suits your family. Please wear layers (it can be cold and windy, or sunny), good walking shoes, bring lunch and water (no food on trails), binoculars, camera, nature journals?  Please don't bring sports equipment, toys or electronics (unless necessary).  NO PETS.

 Sign up by Thursday, April 17th.  Joy will get you a parking pass. Check out the link to Point Lobos below.


CAASPP Testing coming April 29 - May 2

Letters were sent out this week explaining the CAASPP test that our third through eighth graders will be taking in April.  The test will be taken on a computer and involves a new format of open-ended questions.  We encourage all students to take a look at the available practice tests prior to testing week, April 29 - May 2, so that they have some familiarity with this new style of test. The links are on this page in the lower right hand column under Common Core Information.   If you have any questions, please contact your consultant or Mary.

In addition, 5th and 8th graders will be taking the STAR test in science as in previous years.

Playing with Problems and Tinkering with the Test - Math Class for Sea Urchins

Beginning April 8: Welcoming new students. 

Tuesdays 1:40 - 2:30 with Deb. 

We will examine the problem-solving portion of the 3-5 grade tests (called the Performance Test), having kids work together to show how many ways they can solve the problems. They will make short videos teaching and sharing their methods. Then, we'll design some similar problems ourselves and make short movies of how we solved our problems.

We may also investigate the rest of the practice math tests and have students discuss and list the things they would need to be familiar with to solve the problems.

The emphasis will be on describing and analyzing different ways to solve the same problem, collaborating and discussing solutions, and on working with the computer test. The goal will be to have fun, to create some teaching videos, and be creative, and to demystify the test all at the same time!

If we have enough kids, we can break into different levels. 

Sea Urchin garden club

We have a garden of Sea Urchins every Tuesday with Priscilla.  The club manages our school garden and keeps it growing.  They also create a lot of fun nature crafts.  If you have any questions, call the office.

Meets every Tuesday 1:35 - 2:30

Class Day Schedule


  • 9:30 - 10:00 Arrivals, Playtime & Clean up
  • 10:00 - 10:10  Snack (clean up)  
  • 10:15 - 10:55  Inquiry Groups
  • 10:55 - 11:10   Outside Play
  • 11:15 - 11:30  Circle
  • 11:30 - 12:10  Focus Groups
  • 12:10 - 12:30  Lunch & Story
  • 12:30 - 1:30  Share & Outside


  • 9:15 - 9:30 Arrival
  • 9:30 - 10:25 Focus/Science
  • 10:25 - 10:45 Play
  • 10:45 - 10:55 Eat Snack
  • 11:00 - 11:55 Focus/Science
  • 11:55 - 12:15  Lunch
  • 12:20 - 12:35  Outside play
  • 12:40 - 12:45  Announcements
  • 12:45 - 1:30 Inquiry
  • 1:35 – 2:30  Math Class
  • Showcase: (last class day of month)
  • 12:45 - 1:00  Teambuilding Activity
  • 1:00 - 1:30   Showcase


  • 9:15 - 9:30 Arrival
  • 9:30 - 10:30 Focus/Science
  • 10:30 - 10:50 Snack/Break
  • 10:55 - 11:55 Focus/Science
  • 11:55 - 12:15 Lunch
  • 12:15 - 12:35  Outside
  • 12:40 - 12:45 Announcements
  • 12:45 - 1:30 Inquiry
  • 1:35 – 2:30  Math Class 
  • Showcase: (last class day of month)
  • 12:45 - 1:00  Teambuilding Activity
  • 1:00 - 1:30   Showcase

SALUD open to all live oak students

Starting August 19th, SALUD is open for low cost immunizations and dental care.  This is available to all students attending a Live Oak School including Ocean Alternative.  Call 475-5610 to make an appointment.

Consent-Photo Release 12-13.doc

If you prefer not to have your student's picture on our website, please revise your consent-photo release by printing/downloading the attached form and turning it into Sue (sfinnegan@losd.ca)

Ocean Alternative Online Calendar

April Newsletter Available

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, please complete the New Student Information Survey.  

What Is Ocean Alternative?

Common Core Information

Below you will find a list of links to the CaliforniaTac website for Smarter Balanced Testing.

Main Site 

Practice Test Resources               
Guides for classroom activities and scoring.
 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
TIDE- California Test Information Distribution Engine 
             (student demographic and staff information)
SBAC- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Bell, Deb
Burrows, Justin
Finnegan, Sue
McGrath, Zelda
Sauter, Mary
Sifry, Elana
Wood, Joy