Middle School earns recognition
San Lorenzo Valley Middle School was named one of 12 high-performing California middle schools and was designated a model middle school in a program titled California Schools to Watch — Taking Center Stage.
Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction, announced the designation Jan. 3.
SLV Middle School and other schools in the program demonstrate academic excellence, developmental responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, social equity and organizational support, according to the state.
A group of evaluators toured the school Monday, Dec. 7, according to Principal Jeff Calden.
"Being chosen as a California School to Watch means that SLV Middle School has been recognized as a place where students learn that failure is not an acceptable option,” Calden stated in a prepared statement. “SLVMS is committed to creating specific opportunities designed to help all students be successful, and I could not think of a more fitting honor to recognize the passion, effort and commitment of our entire staff and community.”
For information: www.slvusd.org.
Artists reception planned at library
An artists reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26, a Saturday, to celebrate the opening of an exhibition at Scotts Valley Branch Library.
The exhibition, titled “About Face,” features work by local artists Sefla Joseph, Susan Hancey, Katharina Short, Richard Bennett, Liz Crain, Mary Altier, Dee Hooker and June Pace.
It opens Jan. 19 and runs through April 27 at the library, 251 Kings Village Road.
The exhibition is the latest part of an Art in the Library program chaired by Valri Peyser. The program was launched in 2011.
For information: www.fsvpl.org/p/art-in-library.html.
Singers to contend for sixth-annual prize
Malone’s Grille, 4402 Scotts Valley Drive, will host its sixth annual Scotts Valley Idol singing competition beginning this weekend.
Applications to perform are being accepted.
Ten contestants will perform each Saturday from Jan. 12 to Feb. 2.
Cash prizes from $100 to $300 will be given to the first-, second-, and third-place finishers.
Contestants will perform from 9 to 11 p.m. each Saturday.
For information: 566-2011.
Water efficiency workshops begin
The Scotts Valley Water District is offering a free information series about water efficiency.
Workshops are scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. four Wednesdays in January at the district office, 2 Civic Center Drive.
Speakers will discuss collection and use of rainwater and graywater on Wednesday, Jan. 16; basic water-wise plumbing on Jan. 23; and beautiful landscaping on Jan 30. A talk about storm-water management was scheduled Jan. 9 after press time.
The district also provides information about how customers’ water use changes during the year and over time through “Water Use Forecaster” and “View Bill” links on its website.
For information: www.svwd.org, email@example.com or 438-2363.
Lottery to be held for low-income homes
A developer has scheduled a Jan. 31 lottery for rights to purchase five homes through the City of Scotts Valley Affordable Housing Program.
City Ventures LLC, the builder of the Scotts Valley Town Center Collection homes on Kings Village Road and Blue Bonnet Lane, has reserved five four-bedroom homes to be sold to qualifying households.
A family of four, for example, must have an annual income of less than $76,650 to qualify for low-income housing.
Each home has 2.5 baths and about 1,832 square feet.
Applications will be accepted through Jan. 25 at the sales center at 237 Blue Bonnet Lane in Scotts Valley.
For information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 438-3100.
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