Principal's Message

Colleen Martin
New Start Date for 2020-2021:  The district approved a new start date for next year for Thursday, August 13, 2020. School will end on Friday, May 28, 2021. 

Report Cards:  Second quarter just ended, so the semester report card contains grades for both first and second quarters as well as a semester grade. Be sure to check your student’s grades at Illuminate Home Connect: https://losd.illuminatehc.com (Call the office for your login information)

5, 2, 1, 0 +:  Live Oak School district is partnering with Santa Cruz County Medical Society to provide lessons that encourage healthy eating and active living. Students are encouraged to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, limit screen time to 2 hours a day, get 1 hour of exercise and consume zero sugary beverages while getting plenty of sleep. These lessons are taught once a month during Physical Education classes. 

Student drop-off & pick-up:  While we recognize that school traffic backs up on 17th Avenue during the ten minutes before and after school, please do not be tempted to pull into the bike lane to allow traffic to pass. It is not legal and not safe to stop in a bike lane. It is also not legal or safe to open your car door while idling on the street and expect your student to cross the bike lane and enter your vehicle. We have advised the California Highway Patrol and they will be ticketing when traffic laws are violated. We have been working with Safe Routes to School and Santa Cruz County Public Works to improve the flow of traffic in front of our school. In the meantime, consider avoiding the 10 minute window before and after school. Traffic flows much more smoothly outside of this peak time. 

Reading & Math:  All students took their second AR STAR reading assessment during the first week of January (enclosed in this envelope). Students should be reading 30 minutes per night in order to reach their AR goal for the quarter and finish the year with at least one year’s growth in their reading level. Middle school students need your help with signing their reading logs and encouraging them to read every night. Students should also be practicing IXL Math at home (it is typically assigned for homework, but students can go on at anytime to practice skills). If you child claims to have no homework, have them practice IXL for 30 minutes. 

Yearbooks:  Yearbooks are for sale in the office for $40. Pre-purchasing a yearbook is a great plan!

Shoreline Open House:  Please plan to attend Shoreline’s open house on Wednesday, April 22 , 6:00-7:30. We will also have our spring Book Fair in the library.

High School Dates for current 8th graders (any grade student is also welcome):  Shoreline students can choose which high school they want to attend through the intradistrict transfer (open enrollment) process. 
January 13 through February 8 – Intradistrict Transfer (open enrollment) period
January 29 – Harbor High School Open House for 8th graders 6:00-8:30pm
January 30 – Santa Cruz High School Open House for 8th graders 6:00-8:00pm 
February 5 – Soquel High School Open House for 8th graders 6:00-8:00pm 
February 24 – Class presentations from H.S. counselors & registration packets sent home
February 25 – Spanish-Speaking parent night at SHORELINE (Harbor & Soquel) 6:00-8:00pm
February 26 – Harbor Course Registration Night 6:00-8:00pm (Can answer questions about enrollment packet. Complete packets may be turned in during that evening.)
February 27 (tentative) – All Shoreline 8th graders visit Soquel, Harbor or Santa Cruz 9:45am-12:30pm (school bus)
March 2 – H.S. counselors meet with each student during Social Studies period to select classes (parents are welcome and encouraged to attend). Please contact Kahlie Koehler, Shoreline Counselor for questions @ (831) 475-6565 ext 1304