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EDUHSD Offers 10th & 11th graders CTE/ROP Courses for 2016-17

Dear Parents and Guardians:

El Dorado Union High School District students are in the process of selecting courses for the 2016-17 school year.  Students entering 11th and 12th grade are eligible to enroll in Career Technical Education classes that may lead to college credit and industry certifications. 

Click on the following link to learn more about these opportunities:


There are eleven courses that are open to students. 

Animal Health

Architectural Computer Aided Drafting


Dental Careers

Health Careers

Culinary Arts

Metal Fabrication/Welding

Law Enforcement

Fire Control Technician

Diesel Engine

Auto Engine


Charter CARE Programs Embrace TEACH

 Charter CARE Program students TEACH their way to a healthier lifestyle. The TEACH program is sponsored through a grant by the Center for Violence-Free Relationships in Placerville. Students learn to express themselves as they build healthy relationships and develop active bystander intervention skills. This innovative education strategy aligns with the Community Action for Responsive Education (CARE) Program’s core values, which focus on a rigorous academic program and maintaining a strong partnership between students, parents, and teachers.  

 CARE provides a high-quality, alternative education program for at-risk students in grades 7-9 and builds upon student strengths as they prepare for high school, college, and beyond. The program is designed for students to be successful even though they may have difficulty meeting the behavioral and academic standards necessary to thrive in a traditional school setting. A lower student-teacher ratio helps ensure improved behavior and academic performance. 

 TEACH students participate in a variety of activities including, art, drama, games, and group discussions that solve peer issues and concerns. Community guest speakers, written letters, and care packages sent to U.S. Navy members have been highly successful with the 7th and 8th grade students. Communication and partnership with parents, teachers, and the community are central elements of the CARE program.

 “My students are much more thoughtful and kind," CARE Program teacher, Janet Dewolf states.  “I have noticed a marked positive change after using TEACH in her classroom for the last two years.”

 Charter CARE Programs are available at two middle schools and one high school campus in El Dorado County. For more information about Charter’s CARE Program, visit our website at care.edcoe.org, or call (530) 295-2259.

Proud Adult Students Achieve their High School Diplomas

 Twenty-four adult graduates received their diplomas at one of the most inspirational ceremonies in El Dorado County on Tuesday, May 31. The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) offers support and services to students of all ages, and the Adult Education Programs allow individuals to complete a variety of educational milestones that otherwise may have seemed out of reach. Principal Gary Sutherland oversees the Adult Education Programs and gave these words of encouragement, “We acknowledge you for a variety of reasons as you have conquered trials and tribulations to arrive at this point of success. I commend all of you and want to encourage you to give back and lend a hand to those around you. May today be the beginning of a new journey.”

Teacher Vicky Peoples also addressed the graduates and stated, “This program is so much different than high school. Some of you have jobs, major responsibilities, spouses, and children. If you are parents, you are also teachers – you are both students and educators.”

Heather Hawkins was joined by her proud family and gave a speech to her classmates, “Because of this program, I can do whatever I want to do and be whoever I want to be. I did this because I want to be a good role model for my children.”

Student Robert Diller might have been a self-proclaimed nervous wreck, but he delivered his speech like a pro. “I want to thank my family because this would not have happened without their support. Today is a beautiful day!”

Along with the adult diploma program, Adult Education Programs offer GED preparation and testing, adult basic education skills, English as a second language, career development, computer literacy, test preparation, concurrent high school classes, and more. Classes are offered year-round in various formats such as the traditional classroom setting and distance learning. Recently celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the program continues to expand and grow to meet the needs of the County. The program provides free-of-charge classes across the County to any person 18 years of age or older. For more information about the program, visit http://aded.edcoe.org/

Principal Gary Sutherland, the Adult Education Class of 2016, and teacher Vicky Peoples gather for a beautiful evening of celebration and thanks. Congratulations Graduates! 

Principal Gary Sutherland, the Adult Education Class of 2016, and teacher Vicky Peoples gather for a beautiful evening of celebration and thanks. Congratulations Graduates!

Student Heather Hawkins gives a passionate speech about how completing this program has opened a new world of opportunity and promise.

Student Heather Hawkins gives a passionate speech about how completing this program has opened a new world of opportunity and promise.

CUPrep Performs Treasure Island

Treasure Island - Thurs & Fri 7 PM, Sat at 5 PM

The Charter University Prep Drama Department is excited to present the timeless story of coming of age in 1774, Treasure Island, adapted by Ken Ludwig from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel. We invite you to support our students as they combine enthusiasm, acting talent, technical skills, sword-fighting skills, collaboration, and fun.

Performances open to the public will be on Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9 at 7 p.m., as well as a special matinee on Saturday, December 10 at 5 p.m. in the Gym on the Charles Brown Campus, 6520 Oak Dell Road, El Dorado, CA 95623.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students; children under 12 are free.

Treasure Island is the story of Jim Hawkins during the Golden Age of Piracy on the High Seas. Jim, a cabin boy, played by Drake Lightfield, becomes a hero of opportunity in an era when young people like him joined the crews of ships to cross vast oceans, unaware of impending dangers yet naively ecstatic to chase the prospect of acquiring treasure among distant tropical islands. 

When the notorious Captain Flint’s treasure map is bequeathed to him, Hawkins must trust, ally with, and sometimes befriend, ladies and gentlemen much older and wiser than him—nomadic characters, often of questionable character, albeit their legendary swashbuckling reputations. The most colorful of these legendary buccaneers goes by the nickname “Swan,” masterfully played by Cassidy Tanis, aka “Long John Silver,” a convincing wordsmith with a silver tongue, a cocky pet parrot and uncanny manipulation skills. 

With the generous support and participation of her family, Treasure Island has become a labor of love for Charter University Prep junior McKenna Zacher, the play’s Student Director. Dan Zacher, her father, a local fireplace mantle manufacturer, donated both time and materials for the play’s unique and memorable custom set.

Drama teacher and Director, Pico van Houtryve proudly presents to you our fall production, Treasure Island, where our drama students continue to demonstrate Charter University Prep’s mission; engaging with complex ideas while contributing to our community.

CUPrep Performs Treasure Island

CHSA’s Craft Faire Turns Students into Entrepreneurs

The Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) multipurpose room was filled with eager customers traveling from booth to booth and purchasing homemade creations from student business owners. November 17 was the 19th Annual Craft Faire, where transitional kindergarten through eighth-grade students sold holiday decorations, bracelets, paintings, apple cider, food, and more. The project exemplifies CHSA’s mission, which emphasizes empowering students by building foundational skills and then applying those skills in ways that make learning engaging, relevant, and fun.

“Students gain valuable experience in economics and money management,” School Administrator Dianne Deitchman, explained.  “We’ve added “slogans and logos” as a component this year, so the students experience another element of marketing. Some samples include “Good Ole Coffee!”, “Nothin’ Beats Livin’ on a Farm” (wood decorations), and “Tame Those Tresses” (hair accessories).”

After selling their wares, vendors visited classmates’ booths to barter and purchase goods. Students also received prizes in categories such as Master Entrepreneurs, Best Marketing, Best Display, and Most Innovative Products.


1st Place Master Entrepreneur     Olivia Kaihe, 6th grade

2nd Place Master Entrepreneur    Joey Chaloupka and Jude Gilmore, 7th grade

3rd Place Master Entrepreneur    Riley Smith, 4th grade

Best Display                                     Libby Webb, 8th grade

Best Marketing                                Eva Smith, 6th grade

Most Innovative Product               Lilah Hinds, 3rd grade

Best Slogan                                      Faith Hinds, 6th grade

Best Logo                                         Jayden Lemming, 3rd grade

Olivia Kaihe, our Master Entrepreneur, named her storefront, “Dessert Imposters” and featured cupcakes from around the world. “There were some bumps along the way with planning, but it taught me to keep moving forward,” said Olivia. “When challenges arise, I’ve learned to persevere because, in the end, it will be well worth it!” 

 The CHSA program serves families who choose to homeschool their children. Students have the option to attend classes in core content areas and academics received at home. Lessons at home are guided by parents and supported by credentialed teachers. More information about the Charter Home Study Academy program can be found at chsa.edcoe.org or by calling 530-622-6984.

Sixth grade student, Olivia Kaihe, markets her

Sixth grade student, Olivia Kaihe, markets her "Dessert Imposter" cupcakes at CHSA's 19th Annual Craft Faire.