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Banner Year for Scotts Valley Schools

Banner Year for Scotts Valley Schools

By Penny Weaver, Scotts Valley Unified School District Superintendent Scotts Valley students, staff, school and community leaders celebrated the opening of a new school year with new banners and plaques. These honors were achieved as Scotts Valley Middle School and Scotts Valley High School were both named California Distinguished Schools last May. SVMS was also […]

CVRA Interview: Susan Westman

CVRA Interview: Susan Westman

Inside successful groups, there are some eminently practical, intelligent, people who work hard while staying out of the lime light, who keep things working. The rhythm guitar player in a rock and roll band, the top software developer in a high tech company, an important employee in a small town like Capitola. Susan Westman started […]

Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips

By Mike DeMars, Fire Inspector Central Fire Protection District As we enjoy the summer months with friends and family, there are several safety items to consider that can reduce the chance of fire or injury during summer activities. ••• Barbecues Cooking outdoors during the summer months can be an enjoyable experience. Before using the barbecue […]

Education’s Magic Carpet

Education’s Magic Carpet

By Jeff Ursino, PVUSD Trustee When I first was considering running for the school board I had dinner with a friend who had spent his career in and around the classroom. After talking about what was needed in education he said something to me I have never forgotten. He said that in many Asian cultures […]

Wildfire Season Preparation

Wildfire Season Preparation

Northern California has Driest First Quarter in 50 Years  Mike DeMars-Fire Inspector, Central Fire Protection District Are you ready for wildfire season? According to CAL FIRE, Northern California has had the driest recorded winter three-month (January, February, March) period in fifty years. These reports reflect what is present in Santa Cruz County with extremely dry […]

Common Core State Standard is Coming

Common Core State Standard is Coming

Beginning in the fall of 2013, Pajaro Valley Unified School District schools are going to go through a curriculum change called the Common Core State Standard. This curriculum change is the considered the biggest change to hit California schools since the emphasis on reduced class size in the mid 1990‘s. This statewide initiative has already […]

Kitchen Fire Safety

Kitchen Fire Safety

By Mike DeMars – Fire Inspector, Central Fire Protection District Unsafe cooking practices are the leading cause of unreported fires and fire related injuries. The most common cause of fires in the home is food left cooking unattended. The kitchen can be a high-risk fire area if safe cooking habits are not practiced. A common […]

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