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Program Update for Extended Day Programs

EXTENDED DAY IS COMING TO

CHARTER MONTESSORI AT VALLEY VIEW FOR 2017-18!

K-8 Before and After School Child Care

 On-site Pre-Registration:

                          Tuesday, July 25th and Thursday, August 3rd                            

6:30-10:00 a.m. OR 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Welcome Back to School 2016-17

Welcome to another great school year at Charter Alternative Programs.  Monday, August 8th, is the first day of school for all of our programs.  Students may enroll by contacting our programs directly or by contacting our main office at (530) 295-2259.  Click here for additional information in our Program Brochures.

Join us for open enrollment nights at the following school sites.  

Charter Home Study Academy K-8   August 4th at 6:00 p.m. on the Charles Brown campus in the library.

Charter Career Prep 7-12   July 27th at 6:00 p.m. in building D.

We look forward to meeting and partnering with you in the education of your children.   We provide a variety of high quality, innovative 21st Century programs that prepares our students to be college and career ready through engaging, rigorous curriculum.   We develop critical thinkers who are problem solvers and effective communicators; we emphasize the development of the whole individual in safe, supportive learning environments; and we value communication and partnerships with families and community members.

Charter Career Prep Students Learn About Life

 Charter Career Prep (CCP) students recently completed an innovative project that strengthened students’ science, research, and critical thinking skills by gathering and testing emu eggs for viability. The engaging, fun project is typical of the program, which emphasizes making learning relevant through hands-on projects and vocational opportunities.

 Students monitored the weekly progress by measuring the weight of four eggs until they hatched.  Of the four eggs, one emu successfully hatched, and subsequently attended class every day for two weeks.  Students continued to monitor its growth and weigh it weekly as it grew quickly, noting its first milestones: first standing, able to walk without falling, able to run, as it developed.  At CCP this type of project and thinking prepares students to successfully transition to career or college opportunities as part of the school's mission.

 “Growing the emu and watching the egg hatch was awesome,” Jordyn Todtenbier,  11th grade, described the experience.  "I learned we sometimes have to be very patient with anything in life.” 

 Charter Career Prep, which is located in the town of El Dorado, works to prepare students to be college and career ready through an engaging, rigorous curriculum. Our small school environment supports skills that will benefit students throughout their lives. For more information about Charter Career Prep, visit our website website at ccp.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 621-2579.

Charter University Prep Teacher Receives Top Award

The California Arts Council has awarded Charter University Prep’s (CUPrep) Kate Wells the Teacher Hero Award of 2016, for her work with the Poetry Out Loud program. For 11 years, the Poetry Out Loud competition has encouraged the nation's youth to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Students compete at the local level and can advance to state and national levels. The Hero Award was established to acknowledge the remarkable work done in the classroom by thousands of teachers, coaches, teaching artists, and others who bring this program to life. This year, more than 50,000 students in 35 California counties participated in the competition.

Mrs. Wells teaches five English classes across three different grades, where she has made Poetry Out Loud a required component of the curriculum in every class. This allows her students to benefit from the program and succeed in the competitions. CUPrep students often appear in the El Dorado County finals, and some have finished as high as 2nd place statewide.

The El Dorado Arts Council nominated Mrs. Wells because of her dedication to her students and the Poetry Out Loud program. In the nomination letter, Poetry Out Loud Coordinator Moira Magneson noted that, “Clearly Kate is a catalyst for and friend of poetry in El Dorado County, absolutely fulfilling Poetry Out Loud’s mission of reviving poetry as a national literary art. In uplifting language, poetry and young people, she has inspired a generation of individuals who will go out in the world fearless in their love of poetry and the arts!”

Mike Harris, CUPrep’s Principal, noted, “Kate is a hero precisely because she doesn't see her students as fitting into a normal sentence. Each one is a thought, a feeling, and an infinitely unique individual. Kate demonstrates courage to give of herself so that others might be more.”

Charter University Prep is located at the Charles Brown Educational Center in El Dorado. CUPrep focuses on addressing complex ideas and critical thinking, which are necessary for success at the University level. Poetry Out Loud supports the school’s goals of systematically strengthening students’ abilities to be rational, independently minded citizens who communicate effectively and contribute meaningfully to their communities. 

For information about Charter University Prep, visit their website at cuprep.edcoe.org. 

Important Information Regarding Confidential Student Data

In the interest of keeping our parents and families current with educational legal landscapes and regulations, please find the following information regarding students who have special needs.  

In April 2012, two organizations - the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association - filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) alleging that the state is not providing a free and appropriate public education to children with disabilities as required by law.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento ruled last year that the nonprofits could access records with strict measures of protection, including a protective order prohibiting the disclosure of any confidential information accessed for the trial.

Our school district was not involved in the lawsuit and is not the subject of any of the suit’s allegations. Nonetheless, as a part of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students since January 1, 2008. For more information regarding the release of this data visit:http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase 

Please note that CDE will notify parents/students if their data will be collected, and those individuals may object directly to the court using the following form:http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pdf