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VH Bear Byte:

TK and Kindergarten registration is open at Vine Hill! The front office is busy welcoming our newest community members.

January 31st was the 100th day of school and the bears celebrated with a parade and a PTA sponsored Ice Cream Social that evening.

Vine Hill took part in the Kindness Challenge during the last week in January and students participated in acts of kindness all week.  At the Friday Flag ceremony, each student contributed a link to the chain of kindness which now decorates the school.

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From the Eagle’s Roost:

Thanks to 3 Snaps Productions for sharing with us another spectacular play!  This year the students are performing “Defrosted” (a spoof on “Frozen”).  The play, as always, is hilarious and the students are having a great time both as performers and as an audience.

This month’s ACARE Character Trait is COOPERATION.

Before we went on break, some of our students participated in educational field trips to exciting places including Yesterday’s Farm, The Monterey Bay Aquarium, O’Neill Sea Odyssey, and more. Field trips are a great way to extend learning beyond the classroom.

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The Dolphin’s Dish:

Welcome to February!  This month starts off with our first ever, PTA WinterFest!  Thank you to our PTA for putting this new and exciting opportunity together for our families and staff to mingle and enjoy a night out.  

Jam in January was jammin’!!! What a fun-filled, great night for all of the SVMS community.  It was so fun to have so many students participating in a variety of ways to create an evening with exciting basketball, good food, excellent singing and dancing, and silly spirit-games.  The event raised over $2000 for our Athletics and Student Leadership funds. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported SVMS! 

We have some amazing scientists in our midst!  Thank you to Sally Ghilarducci and the whole science team for organizing a great opportunity for our students to show their scientific minds.  They have addressed and answered some burning questions! 

Below are the SVMS Finalists: 



Brent K

     Water filtration using carbon and plant-based systems

Blake D

     Making Clear Apple Juice

Taylin W

     Dryer Balls: Marketing myth or true fact?

Diana A

     Bluetooth Controlled Robotic Arm

Yasmin S

     Bioplastics: Pollutions New Solution

Lilly W

     Climate Matters: Plant Seedling Growth

Erin S

     Global warming and ocean pH

Ella W

     Light Bender: Prisms, Mirrors, and Periscopes

Caleb J

     Strength of Concrete mixes

Darwin H

     Wing shape vs. Flight distance

Congratulations to our SVMS County Spelling Bee Participants!  Each of them demonstrated fortitude and commitment during the 3-hour long contest at UCSC on a Saturday.  Isaac, Vikram, Tayli, and Ella were outstanding representatives of SVMS.  Both Vikram and Ella will be headed to Sacramento in early May to represent Santa Cruz County in the state-wide Spelling Bee!  Ella placed 2nd in the Junior Division, missing 1st place by only one word. Vikram was the 1st place winner in the Elementary Division.  Way to go Spellers!! 

Saturday, February 29th, the Santa Cruz Warriors are partnering with the Scotts Valley Unified School District to help raise funds for our schools. A portion of each ticket purchased will go back to Scotts Valley USD and comes with a Santa Cruz Warriors drawstring bag along with the door giveaway for that evening. Purchase tickets at .

There are two holidays this month!  Both Friday, February 14 and Monday, February 17 are non-student days in honor of Presidents’ Day.  

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From the Falcon’s Nest:

On Thursday January 9th the Music Production class from Huntington Beach High School in southern California made a special visit to SVHS where they team up with our own students.  Together these two schools represent some of the highest level programs teaching students Career Technical skills in Music Production.  The students gathered in the student union, set up a concert venue, and performed their songs to one another for nearly two hours.  It was a rocking good time and afterward the students formed a panel and discussed their music and their plans for professional development in the industry.