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August 11, 2022

Cabrillo College enrollment drops after fires, pandemic

Cabrillo College
When Covid-19 began to sweep the U.S.—and brought with it an economic recession—Cabrillo College officials expected a jump in enrollment that typically comes with a battered economy. But the college is now seeing a significant drop in those numbers, which it pins on the double...

Vine Hill Elementary PTA members and community rally for auction

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Late January the Vine Hill elementary PTA announced an online auction beginning Feb. 5 and continuing until the PTA’s first-ever virtual live auction on Feb. 20, hosted by Robert Aldana, Bobbie Ward and Garvin Thomas.  These two events form a part of the PTA’s fundraisers...

Lynn Beebe College & Career Counseling Scholarship awards $10K to SVHS seniors

The Lynn Beebe College & Career Counseling Scholarship (LBCCCS) announced Monday that it awarded $2,500 each to four Scotts Valley High School (SVHS) seniors.  The four students demonstrated not only remarkable involvement in their school and community, but also boasted exceptional grades during their high...

Former SLVUSD teacher won’t have to register as sex offender after guilty plea

Michael Henderson
A former San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District middle and high school teacher who was accused of abusing a 10-year-old girl during private after-school lessons pleaded guilty to a felony assault count in Santa Cruz County Superior Court Wednesday. Judge Paul Burdick ordered Michael Henderson...

Scotts Valley High’s new, virtual play opens today

Scotts Valley High School play
After months of hard work, Scotts Valley High School’s (SVHS) new production “Almost, Maine” is available to stream online until March 7.  SVHS drama teacher Kendra Kannegaard describes the plot as “a collection of short vignettes on love, set in snowy Maine.” The play was...

SVUSD kids worry of discrimination, survey finds

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The Scotts Valley Unified School District trustees on June 15 heard the results of a student survey that highlighted the nurturing aspects of its learning environment, but also the challenges administrators face in making sure all pupils feel welcome. The anonymous questionnaire was completed with...

Investigator: SLV Teacher ‘Engaged in Predatory Grooming’

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When Leann Anderson was a senior at San Lorenzo Valley High School, during the 2018-19 school year, physical contact she says she received from social studies teacher Eric Kahl started to cross a line. He would take her away from her schoolwork to have conversations...

SLVUSD board appoints new superintendent

SLVUSD
Get ready, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District. A new superintendent has been selected, and he’s ready to lead the district to great heights. On June 9, after 24 years with the district, including stints as a teacher, school site principal, director of secondary education,...

SLVHS grad reflects on tough year

SLVHS graduation
The morning of June 4 found San Lorenzo Valley High School Principal Jeff Calden back on the mic as he led the Class of 2021 through their graduation ceremony. After a year of hits and misses, Calden was thrilled to watch his charges stride...

Falling case rates could mean return to class for valley’s young students

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Santa Cruz County’s adjusted case rate recently fell below the state’s threshold (28 per 100,000 per day) needed to reopen in-class instruction for grades K-6, health officials announced at a press conference on Feb. 4. That means local school districts could start applying to the...

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Ukrainian Festival Supports Refugees Through Cultural Education

On Tuesday, Morgan Hill-based woodworking business California Craft House had to pull out of Sunday’s fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees set to be held in...