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Cambridge District of the Year Award

Every year Cambridge International awards students across the U.S. for their successful performance on the Cambridge International examinations.  This year, in addition to presenting Learner Awards, Cambridge International is celebrating the districts that have ranked the highest in both increasing access to the rigor of the Cambridge curriculum while simultaneously sustaining or improving student performance based on the 2016/17 series.  ... Read More »

Read Across Santa Cruz County

Once again, the Santa Cruz County School Superintendent’s Office and School Superintendent Alfredo I. Velasquez, celebrated, along with 35 Preschools, Private Schools, Charter Schools and Public Elementary Schools within our county, National Read across America/Read on Santa Cruz County Week. With the coordination of Ms. Patricia Barraza-Preciado (Santa Cruz County School Superintendent’s Office,) they had over 130 volunteers from all ... Read More »

Healthy Student Grant/YCC-CREO Grants Reception

Alfredo I. Velásquez, Santa Cruz County School Superintendent, sponsored a Grants Reception on April 12, 2018.  Participants from both Healthy Student and CREO/Youth Career Connect programs were honored as funding for both grants comes to an end. The Healthy Student grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education provided extensive training, program materials and counselors at each of the elementary ... Read More »

CREO Math Instructors Earn Yellow Belt in Six Sigma

Earning a belt in Six Sigma is no easy feat. Especially for busy teachers who have a lot on their plate at the end of the school year. Lean Six Sigma is a methodology in process improvement. Much like martial arts, colored belts are earned by completing projects to solve workplace problems that are creating waste. CREO Math instructors continue ... Read More »

COCO “Close to Home”

To the delight of many wide-eyed students, on Thursday, March 29th, three lucky Santa Cruz County schools (Calabasas, Lincoln and Little Red} were treated to a personal visit from famed author Ms. Roni Capin Ashford-Rivera. Ms. Capin Ashford-Rivera was invited by the Santa Cruz County School Superintendent Alfredo I. Velasquez and Ms. Patricia Barraza Preciado, to come to our county ... Read More »

Arizona@Work Creating Opportunities

Santa Cruz County Workforce Development is one partner that comprises ARIZONA@WORK. The other partners in the Santa Cruz County One-Stop Career Center are Santa Cruz County Adult Education, DES Employment Service, and DES Vocational Rehabilitation Service. Our comprehensive One Stop allows individuals to seek educational services, employment services, and training services in one location. The Santa Cruz County OOne-StopCareer Center ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Belinda St. John

People that “echo” aims to highlight community members dedicated to public service. Few people have the opportunity to fully experience the true meaning of one’s calling but not Belinda St. John. She knew right from when she started working at the Santa Cruz County One-Stop Career Center this was her true calling. Belinda has been working there for the past ... Read More »

Walking to Magdalena: an O’odham Pilgrimage

The Consulate General of Mexico hosted their opening ceremony of the photographic exhibition “Walking to Magdalena: an O’odham Pilgrimage by Maeve Hickey on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the consulate at 135 W. Cardwell. The exhibit was in celebration of the 5-day pilgrimage by members of the Tohono O’odham Nation from San Miguel who crossed the reservation ... Read More »

Child-Parent Centers meeting the needs of preschool children

In January of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared The War on Poverty in his State of the Union. Address. Shortly thereafter, Sargent Shriver took the lead in assembling a panel of experts to develop a comprehensive child development program that would help communities meet the needs of preschool children. Head Start was designed to help break the cycle of poverty, ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Silvia Brown

This month’s people that “echo” choice is a woman who has dedicated her life to helping families and children in Santa Cruz County. Silvia Brown is the Program Services Coordinator for Child-Parent Centers. She started working at the Nogales Head Start were she worked as a teacher for 23 Years. She was later promoted to Center Manager where she worked ... Read More »

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