Principal's Weekly Update

News and events from Aptos Junior High - Week of Jan 16

Trying a new format!

Hello Sea Dragon families! I am trying out a newsletter format that I am hoping will be more reader-friendly. Translated at the touch of a button, and able to include graphics and photo's, I think it may be a good option! Please send me your feedback as I try this out over the next few weeks!

What's happening this week?

Tues, 1/17

  • Dance Team meets 7:15am
  • After School Drama meets 3:30 - 6pm - we're one week away from Tech Week and Performance! More info to come soon!

Wed, 1/18

  • PBIS Assembly during elective classes (rescheduled from last week) - theme is Inclusivity
  • 5-Star Wheel Spin after school for 15 mins - your child can trade in 5-star points earned for positive behavior for tangible prizes!

Thurs, 1/19

  • Q2/Semester 1 Report Cards mailed home
  • Dance Team meets 7:15am
  • School Site Council meets 4:30pm in Room 19 (Agenda) All are welcome! We'll be presenting the Comprehensive School Safety Plan for public viewing. You can access it here and give your input via email to
  • Home & School Club meets 6pm in Room 19 (Agenda) All are welcome!

Fri, 1/20

  • Pending weather report, lunch time intramurals are back today! Students can submit their team roster (5 players) for Flag Football to Mr. Morgan in room 5
  • After School Drama meets 3:30 - 6pm

Principal's Coffee - Room 19

Friday, Feb. 3rd, 9am

1001 Huntington Drive

Aptos, CA

Starting next month on February 3 at 9am, I will be hosting an informal Principal’s Coffee gathering every First Friday, alternating each month at 9am and 3:30 pm - in room 19. I hope parents will feel free to join and bring any questions/ concerns/input you may have about our school. I look forward to seeing you there!

Theme for our first get-together: Home/School Connection - how are we doing; how can we improve?

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Ongoing information from previous updates

Parent Volunteers - your help is needed!

We are still on the lookout for a volunteer to support at lunch from 12:45-1:25pm on Mondays and Fridays. If you can help, please connect with Kerry and we’ll get you set up with volunteer paperwork.

We could also use extra support before school if you're available at drop-off time (between 8 and 8:45am). Thank you for considering! Email if you are interested!

Short Term Independent Studies

If you plan to have your student miss school for between 4 and 15 days due to an unavoidable situation, for example, out of state travel for family emergency, please consider requesting a Short Term Independent Study contract. To implement one of these contracts, you are required to meet with teachers at least 1 week ahead of the planned absence, and once the contract is signed, your student will be responsible for the work listed on the assignment sheet. This affords students the opportunity to keep up with any misses school work, and the school is able to recoup ADA funds in this way, which we are unable to do for unexcused absences.

Intra-District Transfer info - deadline coming up!

  • Intra-district transfer questions? Please see this letter from Student Services, and note that January 31 is the deadline!

Math Enrichment opportunity!

Does your student love math? Then the Santa Cruz Math Circle is a great opportunity to explore challenging and fun mathematics with kids from across the county. The Santa Cruz Math Circle is for students in grades 5 through 8 to meet weekly with math professors and math professionals on Saturdays, 10:00-12:00 at Cabrillo College Building 300 starting February 11 through March 25th. Register at, a parent-led nonprofit organization offering STEM enrichment for students in Santa Cruz County. Scholarships are available!

Athletics information

Is your student participating in extra curricular athletics?
You can find detailed after school Athletics info on our website by clicking here!

Parent Involvement/Education Opportunities

Mini Monday Parent Nights - 6:30pm Zoom meeting

January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22

Recorded for Youtube to watch later:

Family Engagement Parent Conference - details TBA

2/23/23 at EA Hall Middle School

Positive Parenting classes:

January 18: What is Positive Discipline?

February 1: Managing Stress

February 15: Routines and Feelings

Click here to register for these classes

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Aptos Junior High School

For more information about our wonderful school, please see the latest School Accountability Report Card (SARC) 2022!
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