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Comedian Michael Pritchard Shares Messages of Compassion and Kindness

“Too many boys in America are crying with bullets instead of tears.”

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First Annual Personal Statement Workshop a Resounding Success!

In mid-September, over 90 high school seniors and juniors took advantage of the Young Writers Program’s first annual Personal Statement Workshop.

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Safe Havens for Optimal Learning: Professional Development in Alternative Education

The Alternative Education Department of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education finished a yearlong training initiative in Trauma Informed Care.

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Learning by Doing: The 2015 Summer Arts Institute

“I have had so much fun. It was one of the most rejuvenating, professional learning experiences I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with my students and staff.”

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Visiting Scientist Brings Research and Field Science into Santa Cruz County Classrooms

County Superintendent of Schools Michael Watkins is pleased to announce the arrival of visiting scientist, Dr. Bruce MacFadden, to the County Office of Education.

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2015 Alternative Education Program Graduation

The Alternative Education Program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education held two mid-year graduation ceremonies on January 19th.

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2016 Santa Cruz County Math Contest

359 students in grades 5-8 poured onto the Aptos High School campus to engage in Mathematics.

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Art and Fashion at the Lighthouse School

The Lighthouse School is a program that the Santa Cruz County Office of Education’s Special Education Department has been proud to administer for the past 3 years.

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Cabrillo College VAPA Department Hosts K-12 Arts Specialists

VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Department at Cabrillo College, in collaboration with the SCCOE, once again welcomed over 30 arts teachers.

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Opportunity to Learn Through Helping: County’s CTEP program visits Second Harvest Food Bank

Watsonville – There is much to learn among the mammoth stacks of donated food, the gargantuan warehouses and the vast refrigerators at Second Harvest Food Bank.

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Trains, Planes, Cars… and a Toaster?

Over one hundred quaint, wooden toys were donated to the Santa Cruz Migrant/Seasonal Head Start program this week by the Santa Cruz Toymakers organization.

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Paper Gardens Bloom at the COE

The popular children’s books, “Planting a Rainbow” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Lois Ehlert were read to inspire teachers to create art that reflect a garden theme.