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Focus on Success
June 2011 Vol 2, No. 4  
 Partnering and Promoting Education
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In This Issue
Special Education Fun Day
Environmental Education Resource Fair
High School Poetry Competition
Math Contest 2011
Real DUI Court in Schools
Chrysalis Program Autism Video
Your Future is our Business Video
Obesity Prevention Community Event
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Mr. Vic Marani
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Superintendent's Message 


In this end of the school year edition of Focus on Success, we highlight a number of unique and innovative programs as well as student competitions, in addition to addressing such pertinent issues as environmental awareness, childhood obesity and drunk driving. As the state budget continues to hang over school districts like a dark cloud, it is still refreshing to see the joy in a student's face as he or she receives an award for poetry, math or science. Many of these activities are a direct result of community participation; over seventy-five volunteers assisted with the math and poetry contests, and the Sheriff's department assisted with the coordination for Special Education Fun Day, one of my favorite days. Have a wonderful summer.


Michael C. Watkins
Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools


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Fabulous Fun Day for Special Education Students!

Fun Day 2011On Friday, May 20th, over 150 of the students enrolled in the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Special Education program had a really exciting time at the annual Fun Day celebration.

Every spring for over 30 years, the Santa Cruz County Sherriff's Posse has hosted this event for all of our Special Education students at their Posse Grounds on Ocean Street Extension. They provided horseback rides, a bounce house, and a great lunch to the County Office of Education special education students and their families. 

Read more about the Special Education Fun Day.

Environmental Education Resource Fair

Environmental Education Resource FairThe room was packed with displays of petrified wood, watershed maps, garden seeds, gorgeous books-even a live bat! The Environmental Education Resource Fair was held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, hosted by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and organized by the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC), a statewide network supported by the California Department of Education.

Learn more about the Environmental Education Resource Fair.
Magic at the 18th Annual High School Poetry Competition Awards Ceremony and Poetry Reading

Poetry lives, and it was never more alive than this week, when half a hundred high school students read their poems out loud before a packed house of supporters.


This was the 18th Annual High School Poetry Competition awards and poetry reading ceremony held at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education in Santa Cruz which featured a showing of art, photography and graphic media by local high schoolers.


Read more about the 2011 High School Poetry Competition

Math Contest 2011: Coming Together for a Fun Filled Day of Math

Math Contest StudentOn May 7, 2011, more than five hundred fifth through eighth grade students came together on a prized weekend day at Aptos High School to challenge themselves in the 44th annual Santa Cruz County Math Contest. The contestants represented 29 schools from across the county. Each year there are more participants, demonstrating that many students think math can be fun.

Find out more about the Math Contest.
Real DUI Court in Schools Addresses Teen Drinking and Driving

Real DUI Court in Schools programAltering the attitudes of teen drivers is fundamental to changing behavior. To address, reduce and prevent the high rate of teen drinking and driving, a robust, comprehensive approach is necessary. One method to curb this alarming trend is the Real DUI Court in Schools program.

Find out more about the Real DUI Court in Schools program.
Chrysalis Program Autism Video

Chrysalis Program Autism VideoLearn more about autism and the Chrysalis Program by watching a 10 minute video. This video provides a glimpse into the world of a child with autism and how the Chrysalis Program addresses the needs and issues of children with autism.

Watch the video.
Your Future is our Business Video

Your Future is our Business videoYour Future is our Business (YFIOB) is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to fostering business/education partnerships that benefit students. Watch a video about how mentors from YFIOB provide support to Regional Occupational Program (ROP) students in their transition from being students into careers, and follow one student's successful journey and its impact on his family.

Watch the video.
County Office of Education brings nationally-recognized authority on obesity prevention to speak to the community

Superintendent Michael Watkins, James Lustig, Carole MulfordAt the end of an already long day, educators, doctors, nurses, child care providers, and students came to listen and learn how to stop an epidemic of obesity and diabetes. The event's Keynote speaker, Dr Robert Lustig, UCSF pediatric endocrinologist, drove through that relentless downpour for three hours to deliver his message. He said, "If one person stops drinking soda or juice, then it will be worth the drive". He came to explain that food manufacturing practices have created a "toxic environment" that dooms children to being overweight.

Learn more about this event, or watch a recording of the event on Community TV.
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education publishes news to the community several times a year, highlighting programs that support student achievement.