Soquel Union Elementary School District is very fortunate to have a long standing tradition where our community works together to create exciting programs for all students. During the past few years we have strengthened our academic programs in the areas of Art, Music, Project-Based Learning and 21st Century Instruction. We are passionate about providing every child with the opportunity to reach his or her highest learning potential. Here is a brief overview of our terrific schools.
Main Street School
One of the strengths of Main Street School is their staff's ability to seek different levels of instruction to benefit the educational program for all students. Main Street School is leading the way in creating opportunities for teachers to specialize in areas like Math, Language Arts and Science. It takes a tremendous amount of collaboration and a willingness to invest a significant amount of time to be able to specialize as a Science teacher for all fifth grade students. It is exciting to observe the unique learning environment that occurs when teachers are able to specialize.
New Brighton Middle School
Our middle school is dynamic because the staff has been able to balance academic rigor in an environment that is rich in nurturing the adolescent child. When you visit New Brighton you will quickly become aware of the wonderful interactions that takes place between student to student, adult to adult and student to adult. The school flows with positive energy and the excellent educators are able to provide a very demanding academic program for all students.
Opal Cliffs School
Our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program begins its 3rd year at Opal Cliffs School. It is without question that the TK program at Opal Cliffs School is fantastic. We created a school design that embraces early education at so many levels. The key to our wonderful TK program lies in the staff who are experts in the area of early childhood education. They have developed a program that centers on engagement and exploration for all students. The happiness that surrounds this program is a joy to observe.
Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School
The rich interaction that is shared between all staff members at Santa Cruz Gardens has enabled this school to create a wonderful inclusion program that is highly supported throughout the community. It is absolutely terrific to support various teaching models that are tailored for the students at Santa Cruz Gardens. The strong sense of a united philosophy in educating all students is to be commended.
Soquel Elementary School
The excellent staff at Soquel Elementary School has committed itself to receiving some of the highest professional training offered to educators today. It is most impressive to be a member of a staff where decisions regarding curriculum and instruction are embraced and aligned (K-5) with every educator at the school. The transformation of the instructional program has been led by this highly talented and trained staff. The collaboration to improve the instructional program among staff members is exceptional.
September 15, 2016: The stars (teachers) were out on this evening ensuring that parents of NBMS students knew all about routines but more importantly about the growth mindset. Over and over it was emphasized that it's OK for students to make mistakes and ask for help as a natural part of learning. It was a great turnout and a very inspiring night. Some of the specific strategies in place were as follows:
September 13, 2016: Soquel Elementary had a great turnout for a wonderful BTSN. Teachers were breaking down CGI, procedures, and practical uses of technology for parents while the new officers of the Home & School Club introduced themselves and discussed their passion for their mission. Cougars Roar!
September 8, 2016: Principals and Teachers at Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary and Main Street Schools were rocking their Back to School Night experience. Principals explained all the opportunities at each school and teachers broke down all of the routines and strategies students would experience in class. Presentations covered Smarter Balanced data analysis, positive behavior incentives, Cognitively Guided Instruction, Positive Growth Mindset, challenging parents to explain their mathematical thinking the way students do, and much, much, more. There was a great turnout of parents motivated to be involved in their children's education.