Transcript: 2.2.24 Video News

I hope you’re staying dry out there, or cool, or warm as the seasons shift suddenly around us.

Hi - I’m Sam Rolens, Chief of Communication for Santa Cruz City Schools with your school district news. And I’m going to share with you how to direct the development of your school, share specifics of registering for next year, let you know about upcoming opportunities in math and teen emotional and mental health, share tons of community resources before our district feature.

Every year, we open the door to families in an annual survey to hear what’s most important to you, what’s working, and what you need. The survey is anonymous, it only takes 5 minutes, and it makes a huge impact for the coming year. Please, take 5 minutes to add your voice to your school’s development by clicking here.

Enrollment is opening soon - tell your friends and neighbors. For those of you with younger little siblings getting ready to start, Kinder is open to all kids turning 5 by September 1st, with TK open to all kids turning 5 between September 2nd of this year and June 2nd of next year. TK is of course a play and social driven year that sets the tone for kindergarten. And if you have a new kid starting in TK or K, we have info nights and registration fairs at your elementary that you can visit to meet parents and get excited.

February 18th is the big day when registration opens, and if you want to learn more about a new school (say you’re going to start in Middle or High), remember you can always ask for a tour! Go to the school’s website, scroll to the contact form at the bottom and send your message! You can find all the info, as well as walkthroughs of what to expect at a new school level by cicking here.

A great opportunity for students who love math - Math Circle is back up and running this spring, where students meet at Cabrillo College on Saturdays with mathematicians, scientists and engineers to discuss and engage with interesting math concepts beyond the classroom. Tuition is $125, but they have never turned a student away due to inability to pay. Learn more here.

United Way has refreshed their family resource library! To get help with anything from behavioral support to bills and rent, click here.

This weekend, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History is partnering with The Diversity Center and the Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center for a Teen Dating Violence Awareness art show. There are interactive activities and workshops all weekend - and the event features art from Harbor High Students! Learn more here.

And in your weekly feature you can hear from Gitta Ryle, a Santa Cruz resident born in Vienna in 1932, who spoke with a world history class at Santa Cruz High for Holocaust Remembrance Day sharing her story of growing up running from the Nazis in world war 2. We’re incredibly grateful to Gitta for providing this first-hand account of history to our students, and if you want to hear her story in full, you can also find that here.

That’s it for me and your school district news for this week. Thank you and have a great weekend!

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