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Students in Cindy Tinettiís Spanish class at Brook Knoll Elementary School recently celebrated Epiphany, enjoying some Rosca de Reyes, a Latin American kingís cake pastry shaped like a crown traditionally eaten to celebrate Epiphany. (Contributed)

SANTA CRUZ

City Schools accepting registration applications

Santa Cruz City Schools has begun middle and high school registration for the 2013-2014 school year. Students who live within the Santa Cruz City School District may apply to attend a school other than their neighborhood school within the district through the open enrollment process.

Applications must be received at the Santa Cruz City Schools District office by 5 p.m. on Feb. 15.

In addition, select schools will host open houses on the following dates:

  • Mission Hill Middle School, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30

  • Branciforte Middle School, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6

  • Harbor High School, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31

  • Santa Cruz High School, 6 p.m. Feb. 5

  • Soquel High School, 6 p.m. Feb. 6

    Open enrollment applications will be available beginning Jan. 28 at all school sites, the district office and Santa Cruz City Schools website at www.sccs.santacruz.k12.ca.us. All applications filed during the priority window will be considered. There is no advantage to filing early in the window. However, those who file after Feb. 15 will be much less likely to be approved.

    For details, call 831-429-3410 ext. 215.

    SANTA CRUZ

    Pacific Collegiate School seeks lottery applications


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    Pacific Collegiate School is accepting lottery applications for places in grades 7-12 for the 2014-2015 school year. Applications should be submitted by March 7. The annual PCS lottery will be held at 5 p.m. March 21 at 5 p.m. at the school, which is located at 255 Swift St.

    The application can be found at www.pacificcollegiate.com/forms/lottery_app/2013/v2/index.jsp.

    SANTA CRUZ

    Coastal Commission announces contest

    The California Coastal Commission invites all California K-12 students to enter the 2013 California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

    Winners will be selected in each of five grade-level categories in both art and poetry to receive a $100 gift certificate to an art supply or bookstore and other prizes. Each winner's teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate for educational materials courtesy of Acorn Naturalists. All winners and honorable mentions will receive tickets for their families to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, courtesy of the aquarium.

    Submissions must have a California coastal or marine theme to be eligible. All entries must include an entry form. Obtain the entry form and guidelines in one of the following ways:

  • Visit www.coastforyou.org

  • Email coast4u@coastal.ca.gov

  • Call 1-800-262-7848

  • Write to: California Coastal Commission Art & Poetry Contest. 45 Fremont St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94105.

    SANTA CRUZ

    Shakespeare to Go School Tour taking reservations

    Co-produced by Shakespeare Santa Cruz and the UC Santa Cruz Theater Arts Department, Shakespeare to Go presents a 50-mintue adaptation of Henry V to elementary, middle and high schools on the Central Coast from April 3 through June 7.

    Shakespeare to Go uses only Shakespeare's original text and is performed by UCSC's most advanced acting students. Danny Scheie's adaptation utilizes music, comedy and props and costumes to tell the play's full story in an accessible manner for students of all ages. Pre-performance workshops, led by an SSC artist-educator, are also available.

    Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, scholarships are available for schools serving low-income and at-risk students in Santa Cruz County.

    For more information or to make a reservation, contact Jessica Bond at 831-459-5810 or jkbond@ucsc.edu.

    WATSONVILLE

    Scholarship program focuses on agriculture

    Agri-Culture is now accepting applications for its 2013 Spring Scholarship Program for students majoring in agriculture.

    The $2,000 award, known as the Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship, is given to a student entering or currently attending college and majoring in agriculture. This award will be allocated for the remaining years in college (maximum of four years) with verification of registration for each session of full time classes.

    To be eligible for the scholarships, students must live in Santa Cruz County or within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District boundaries, or be a member of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau. Criteria for the scholarship are based on student leadership skills, a demonstrated commitment to the industry, grades and financial need.

    The deadline for submitting applications for the Agri-Culture Scholarship Program is Wednesday, Feb. 27.

    To request an application, contact the Financial Aid office at your school or the Agri-Culture office, 141 Monte Vista Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076, 831-722-6622.

    SANTA CRUZ

    Gateway School welcomes prospective families

    Gateway School is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 26.

    The event will include a student and alumni panel discussion, specialist teacher presentations and classroom tours.

    Gateway School is located at 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz. RSVP to admissions@gatewaysc.org or call 831-423-0341 ext. 302.

    APTOS

    Community Foundation offering scholarships

    Students can apply now for one or more of the nine academic scholarships offered by the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, available for the 2013-2014 academic years.

    In 2012, $34,000 was awarded to eight local students.

    This year's scholarships range from $750 to $2,000 per year, with several renewable for up to four years.

    A single, online application is available online at www.cfscc.org/scholarships. There's a video tutorial, http://youtu.be/vmY76r8Fl3I, to help students with the application.

    The application deadline is midnight Sunday, Feb. 24.

    For details, contact Gretchen Ellis, program associate, at gellis@cfscc.org or at 831-662-2071.

    DAVENPORT

    Local educator receives Literacy for Life Grant

    Twenty-five educators have been awarded a $500 grant to help their students learn and understand how agriculture affects their daily lives. California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom awarded an educator in Santa Cruz County with a Literacy for Life Grant.

    Terra Barsanti, a teacher at Pacific Elementary, has received a grant to fund her project, "Planting Perennial Fruits, Flowers, and Herbs."

    This project will engage students in growing and harvesting edible crops that will be used for tasting in the garden and, when appropriate, will be incorporated into school meals.

    CFAITC is a nonprofit that works with K-12 grade level teachers, students and community leaders to enhance education using agricultural examples. The organization's mission is to increase awareness and understanding of agriculture among California's educators and students.

    MOUNT MADONNA

    Mount Madonna presents 'Fiddler on the Roof'

    Mount Madonna School is performing "Fiddler on the Roof" 7 p.m. Jan. 25-26 and 2 p.m. Jan. 27.

    Performances will take place at Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Watsonville. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available at 408-847-2717.

    For details, go to www.mountmadonnaschool.org.

    APTOS

    Santa Cruz Montessori hosts open house

    Santa Cruz Montessori will host an open house for prospective parents and children from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

    Participants can visit the Main Campus at 6230 Soquel Drive, Aptos, for preschool and elementary classes, or the Winston Campus at 2446 Cabrillo College Drive, Soquel, for the Young Children's Community, ages 18 months to three years.

    Financial aid is available. For details, call 831-476-1646.

    To submit an item for Education Digest, email educationdigest@santacruzsentinel.com. The deadline for Sunday's paper is noon Wednesday. If you would like to attach a photo for consideration, please include a caption and a photo credit. Questions, call education team leader Donald Fukui at 831-706-3252.