Transcript: 5.12.23 Video News

Here we are together at another 11th hour, ready to end another school year. Hi, I’m Sam Rolens, Chief of communications for Santa Cruz City Schools with your weekly news.

And it feels celebrations are happening every night, for sports for theater for academics for community leadership. It’s times like this that make school feel like such a concentrated crossroads of life in a town: retirements, changes, accomplishments, records set and broken. It’s a full time, nearly bursting.

And even an ending isn’t ever an ending. School is out soon, but soon after Summer School is starting up! And for students heading into grades 7 to 12, we have an amazing open Summer School program. You can register today right here! This is a time to explore interests, and connect with smaller groups of peers.

June 13 to July 13 at Branciforte Middle, all middle and high students can take elective courses in Graphic Design, Music, Sustainable Agriculture, Graphic Novels, Entrepreneurial Business, Journalism, Cooking and Art.

Don’t sleep on Summer school. Register here.

And this weekend, we have a couple of exciting events. First, we are so proud to be represented at the Queer Youth Leadership Awards on Saturday, where students and staff from Santa Cruz City Schools are being recognized as winners and nominees for Queer Youth Leadership and Allyship.

Receiving his award for Queer Youth Leadership is Branciforte student body president Aiden Parten, whom I spoke with earlier in the year about how valuable it is to have a place for everyone on a campus. Have a look at his insight here.

Now you may not be able to get tickets to the awards ceremony, as they are most likely at capacity, but you can click on here and try your luck.

There is also showcase of digital literacy curriculum plans being put on by educators from all over the county as part of ShiftED, a county office of education initiative to enhance digital literacy at all grade levels. That’s at noon and can be attended at the COE or via live stream. Click here to learn more.

And speaking of Celebrations, I was lucky enough to walk through the Harbor High School art show, meeting some of the artists whose work was displayed and talking a bit to the department teachers about how artistic exploration elevates the mind and the soul.

See for yourself, right here.

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