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Photo of the Day-Volunteers put the finishing touches on a new greenhouse in the garden at Del Mar Elementary School, one of several beautification projects completed Saturday by more than 100 volunteers from Kaiser Permanente, UC Santa Cruz service clubs and Del Mar Elementary School in partnership with the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County. (Crystal Birns–Santa Cruz Sentinel)

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KSBW News 

October 6, 2018

Project revitalizes a Santa Cruz elementary school.

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Live Oak Education Foundation

October 19, 2017

Look what came in this week! 15 ChromeBooks are on their way to Del Mar as an investment of the Live Oak Education Foundation, woo hoo! We look forward to hearing stories of how they're being put to good use! 

Santa Cruz Patch

By Autumn Johnson (Patch National Staff) - Updated 
(Clip of section pertaining to Live Oak School District)

According to Niche, these are the five best school districts in Santa Cruz County:

  1. Live Oak Elementary School District
  2. Scotts Valley Unified School District
  3. Santa Cruz City High School District
  4. San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District
  5. Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Niche’s data for its K-12 school district rankings comes from various sources including the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics and the Civil Rights Data Collection. The rankings also rely on data that is self-reported by Niche users and schools.

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Librarians for Del Mar, Green Acres, and Live Oak Elementary Schools (Feliz Severson, Sheila Gambon, Diana Susoy) spoke about the books they purchased using a Schools Plus grant to support District initiatives around bullying, individual differences, and gender spectrum issues. (Contributed) 


A Reason to Celebrate by Justine DaCosta of the Santa Cruz Sentinel

 A reception for Schools Plus was held Sept. 30 at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, celebrating the more than one and a half million dollars it has raised to fund teacher-directed projects since 1984.

Each fall, a reception is held to showcase teachers’ projects that were funded that year and celebrate the cause. The rooftop reception featured live music, food and beverages

Librarians attending the event included some from Live Oak schools: Diana Susoy from Live Oak Elementary, Sheila Gambon from Green Acres Elementary, and Feliz Severson from Del Mar Elementary.

This group’s particular project came about when the district adopted new practices and policies for working with students who are in self discovery about where they stand on the gender spectrum. The librarians wanted to jump on this opportunity to get books in the library to help teachers open conversations about gender and the expectations of genders. Now that all three libraries have this special collection, the librarians are creating space and being proactive in sharing these books with teachers, counselors, school psychologists, and families.

Sample titles of books purchased through the Schools Plus grant:

• “26 Fairmont Ave” by Tomie DePaola

• “10,000 Dresses” by Marcus Ewert

• “The adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy” by S. Bear Bergman

• “All I Want to Be is Me” by Phyliss Rothblatt

• “Amazing Grace” by Mary Hoffman

• “Be Who You Are” by Jennifer Carr

• “The Boy with Pink Hair” by Perez Hilton

• “Elena’s Serenade” by Geeslin

• “Introducing Teddy” by Jessica Walton and Dougal MacPherson

• “It’s Okay to be Different” by Todd Parr

• “Jacob’s New Dress” by Sarah Hoffman

• “Mightie Jackie: Strikeout Queen” by Marissa Moss

• “My Princess Boy (A Mom’s Story About a Young Boy Who Liked to Dress Up)” by Cheryl Kilodavis

If the public has children’s books that they are no longer using and they feel would be really helpful, you are encouraged to donate them to your local elementary school.


Santa Cruz Sentinel

The Santa Cruz Sentinel visited one of our Del Mar classrooms to watch how students participate in our Daily Morning Classical Music Listening Program.  This first grade class was dancing to Bach.

Kindergarten teacher Cynthia Clancy leads her charges on a march around the classroom at Del Mar Elementary Monday. 

(By Calvin Men, Santa Cruz Sentinel)

LIVE OAK  Aiming to address the growing needs of schools and lack of funding from the state, Live Oak parents started an education foundation to raise money foracademic programs and to support teachers.

The Live Oak Education Foundation launched its website this month and is looking for parents, community members and businesses to get involved with fundraising activities.

“We really would appreciate any involvement of any of those folks who are passionate about local schools and our whole mission is around fundraising,” said Stacey Kyle, president of the foundation and director of special projects for Live Oak School District.

Each of the elementary schools has its own home and school clubs dedicated to fundraising for site-specific programs, such as arts or music programs, depending on the needs and culture of the school. Each organization determines what to fund based on the needs of the school and how much funding is available, Kyle said. The education foundation aims to take the burden of funding education programs off the individual organizations.

Gina Vitali, president of the home and school club at Green Acres Elementary, was excited to hear about the foundation’s launch.

“Where I see the education foundation stepping in is in leading the fundraising efforts that require a lot of volunteer power from the home and school clubs,” she said.

As the foundation begins to shoulder the responsibility of funding academics, Kyle said the home and school clubs can focus on other areas such as planning a talent show, buying new sports equipment or planning book fairs. The district is looking to model its foundation after the education foundation for Santa Cruz City Schools. Because of how the county’s school districts are structured, Live Oak elementary and middle school students all eventually go to high schools under Santa Cruz City School’s purview. But because Santa Cruz City School’s has an education foundation, students in Live Oak don’t have access to as many resources during key developmental years, Kyle said.

With the start of the Live Oak Education Foundation, Kyle and others aim to shore up any disparities.

“We think that the Santa Cruz Education Foundation and the work they’ve done over the last decade is phenomenal,” Kyle said. “That’s why we need to have one as well, so our kids, who are just down the street from Santa Cruz, have the same access to resources, so that all kids that go to the high school are all at the same level.”

Of the eight schools in the Live Oak district, Ocean Alternative Education, Tierra Pacifica Charter and Cypress Charter High School won’t receive support from the foundation.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

The Santa Sentinel Filmed Del Mar Students singing the Del Mar School Song for the Live Oak School District Board Members.

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