Innovations in Education

SUESD Summer Update

SUESD Summer Update

By Scott Turnbull, Soquel Union Elementary School District Superintendent Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year at Soquel Union Elementary School District (SUESD). I’m Scott Turnbull, SUESD’s new Superintendent and I’m so excited to be here in this fantastic learning organization. I look forward to meeting many of you in the Capitola-Soquel Community and learning about […]






A Wonderful Journey

A Wonderful Journey

By Henry Castaniada, Former Superintendent of Soquel Unified Elementary School District As I near my retirement this month, I am taking a moment to reflect upon the wonderful journey I have enjoyed during the past forty years in public education. I have been very fortunate to work with exceptional educators, terrific students, inspiriting community leaders […]






A Wonderful Journey

A Wonderful Journey

By Henry Castaniada, Former Superintendent of Soquel Unified Elementary School District As I near my retirement this month, I am taking a moment to reflect upon the wonderful journey I have enjoyed during the past forty years in public education. I have been very fortunate to work with exceptional educators, terrific students, inspiriting community leaders […]






A Wonderful Community Tradition

A Wonderful Community Tradition

A wonderful long-standing tradition continues to flourish at Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School. The Pages and PJ’s’ community event that began nine years ago is an outstanding example of a terrific commitment by community members and staff to encourage the love of reading. Since 2007, hundreds of individuals gather together for an evening to of […]






Soquel Elementary Named Gold Ribbon School

Soquel Elementary Named Gold Ribbon School

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishment that was achieved by the staff, students and community members of Soquel Elementary School. We recently received a notification from the California Department of Education (CDE) to announce that Soquel Elementary School has been selected for the Gold Ribbon School Award. The California […]






Exceptional Partnerships

Exceptional Partnerships

By Henry Castaniada, Superintendent of Soquel Union Elementary School District As I begin my final six months Superintendent of Soquel Union Elementary School (retirement), I would like to recognize some of the exceptional partnerships that have made a significant, positive impact for the children, staff and community members in our district. ••• Michael Watkins County […]






Innovative Educators Leading in the Arena of Blended Learning

Innovative Educators Leading in the Arena of Blended Learning

In an effort to blend up-to-date technology with excellent teaching practices, we have created a dynamic learning environment for both our students and our teaching staff. We have implemented opportunities for members of our teaching staff to attend outstanding professional staff development trains to embrace the concept of blended learning. Blended learning provides both teachers […]






The Joys of Early Education

The Joys of Early Education

Recently I had the opportunity to take a group from Inside Education to visit our fabulous Transitional Kindergarten program at Opal Cliffs School. Inside Education is program through the Santa Cruz County Office of Education designed to better acquaint community members with the programs and services of public education in Santa Cruz County. Our guests […]






Soquel School District’s Children Must Come First

Soquel School District’s Children Must Come First

A special interest group continues to promote their own personal agenda and has filed paperwork to begin the process of recalling two of our board members, Phil Rodriguez and Judy McGooden. Specifically, these individuals have targeted the superintendent’s actions to balance resources throughout the district. This action by these individuals is irresponsible and potentially very […]






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