Soquel Union Elementary School

Superintendent's Message
Henry J. Castaniada

Superintendent Henry J. Castaniada

Outstanding 21st Century Educators

This year we made a significant investment in providing our students with easier access in working with an electronic device. We recently purchased over 400 Chromebooks that has given us a student to electronic device ratio of approximately 4 to 1 for our 2,056 enrolled students. In addition, each of our elementary schools maintains a modern computer lab and our middle school has three computer labs in addition to the hundreds of Chromebooks. A special thank you goes out to our supportive parent groups who have made generous donations to assist our district with the recent purchase of these Chromebooks.

Given our commitment to embrace the blended learning movement that provides our students with the opportunity to utilize technology seamlessly during their instructional day, some of our outstanding educators will be attending 21st Century professional training this summer to increase their skill sets in the area of blended learning. Blended learning combines the usage of content and instruction via digital and online media. Here are a few of the exciting training opportunities that will occur this summer for many of our exceptional teachers:

Mini Merit: In conjunction with the Krause Center for Innovation (located on the campus of Foothill College), our teachers will receive enrichment training to reinforce their commitment to infuse blended learning in the classroom. The Krause Center has an exceptional training record that allows educators throughout the bay area to receive some of the most up to date training in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) instructional development. When our first cohort group completes this summer training we will utilize the skillsets of our outstanding teachers to serve as a model for teachers throughout our district. By receiving exceptional training through the Krause Center, we will be able to continue our efforts to increase the blended learning opportunities in technology that will result in a student to device ratio of less than 2 to 1. We are committed to provide our excellent teachers with the necessary tools in technology as they prepare our students for the 21st Century. Krause Center for Innovation continues to be on the forefront of technological and educational transformation...

Technology Symposium 3.0: During the month of April our Director of Curriculum Ms. Moira Barker, our Main Street Elementary School principal, Ms. Annette Bitter and our Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School principal, Ms. Kerry le Roux, attended a multi-day technology conference in Southern California. The purpose of this conference was to showcase some of the best instructional programs that are occurring in the area of educational technology. The excitement that these three individuals observed in students who are fully integrated in the area of blended learning was uplifting. By capturing the best practices that are occurring in this area today, we will create richer instructional programs that will provide easier access for students to seamlessly incorporate rigorous academia with technology. We also fully support that technology is playing and will play a greater role in our children's lives. Preparing our students for academic rigor and relevance in utilizing electronic devices is essential. Staff who attended Technology Symposium 3.0 can’t wait to incorporate some of the best practices that they observed during this conference.

[ Read more ]


Student Highlights & Programs

[ News Archive ]

Notice of Public Hearings

Notice of Public Hearing on 2015-16 Budget

Notice of Public Hearing on Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)



2014-15 Tentative Agreement with California School Employees Association (CSEA)



2015 Alice B. Woolsey Scholarship

To support and further the education of students in our community, and through the gift of funds in loving memory of Alice B. Woolsey, former Soquel teacher, the district has established one scholarship of $500.00 to be awarded to a worthy high school graduating senior who was a graduate of New Brighton Middle School.

Download the 2015 Alice B. Woolsey Scholarship form



Soquel Union Elementary School District

Registration for the 2015-16 School Year
Begins March 2, 2015

(Applies to all families who live in the Soquel School District Attendance Area)

All new students can begin registering at their home school on Monday, March 2, 2015. (For all students entering kindergarten, your child must be five on or before 9/1/15.)

  • Main Street, 3400 North Main St., Soquel - 464-5650
  • New Brighton Middle School, 250 Washburn Ave., Capitola - 464-5660
  • Santa Cruz Gardens, 8005 Winkle Ave., Santa Cruz – 464-5670
  • Soquel Elementary, 2700 Porter Street, Soquel - 464-5655

If you have a child that turns five between 9/2/15 - 12/2/15, you may be interested in our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program. All registrations for TK will be done at Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School. If you need further information on the TK program, please call Janet at (831) 464-5639 for further details.

Excitement in Education

Soquel School District Targets Underperforming Latino Boys

Read the article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, published on March 2, 2014.

NBMS Engineering Club

The Engineering Club, run by students from Cabrillo College's Engineering Department, is a popular after school activity at NBMS. The middle school students have been enjoying the challenge of the club which takes place after school, on Fridays, in Room 37. Whether designing windmills and testing the amount of power they produce, or experimenting with building the strongest bridges they can, the students are relishing the challenge of building, testing and refining their designs. As well as testing their design skills, students are also developing their cooperative skills, collectively working in teams of three, using science, technology, engineering and math to solve the engineering challenge of the week. Stop by room 37 at 1:30 PM on Fridays to witness our young engineers in action!

Main Street School's After School Math Club

During weekly after-school Math Club meetings at Main Street School, 25 fourth and fifth grade students work in cooperative groups to develop their mathematical thinking. Students play math games (such as Krypto and Set), solve complex problems, and discuss and present solution strategies. In addition, fifth grade participants will have an opportunity to compete both individually and as a team in the countywide math competition in May. Students love the club so much that one student, Cathryn Perry, exclaimed, "I wish Math Club was every day!" Others have expressed dismay when time is up, wanting to keep working on math problems. Are you ready to test your math skills? Here are two problems students are solving. 1. Christine has homing pigeons and seeing-eye dogs. Together these have 36 heads and 80 feet. She needs 2 pounds of birdseed for every 4 birds, and 10 pounds of dog food for every 2 dogs. How many pounds of each type of food does she need? 2. How many squares are there on a chess board? (Hint: there is 1 large square, 81 small squares, and many more squares in between sizes such as 2 by 2, 3 by 3 squares, etc.) Are YOU smarter than a fifth grader?