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Lights On Afterschool 2016

Extended Learning Department

After School Academic and Enrichment Program

Extended Learning After School Program serve students in grades Kindergarten-12th grade. Programming runs directly after school until 6:00 pm. A child may be released early from the after school program prior to the end of the program time at 6:00 pm based upon the PVUSD ASAEP Early Release Policy.


Please see the after school office at your child's school for further information. Link to School Site Maps



Wetland Stewards scholarship recipients announced

WATSONVILLE — Watsonville Wetlands Watch announced the recipients of scholarships for the 2017 graduating Wetland Stewards interns.

The Wetland Stewards Program is a hands-on, experiential science after-school program with a mentoring component provided for Pajaro Valley High School students.

This year, thanks to several supporters, Watsonville Wetlands Watch was able to award four scholarships to past and present senior Wetland Stewards. The Haifley Family Scholarship went to Nuria Garcia (Class of 2016), the Freedom Lions Club scholarships went to Dulce Garcia and Maria Perez and the Hofmeister scholarship went to Maria Perez.

Maria Perez
Dulce Garcia
Maria Perez Dulce Garcia

Four of the 12 stewards are graduating from Pajaro Valley High School and will go on to study at the University of California Davis, the University of California Berkeley, California State University Los Angeles and San Francisco State University.

Throughout the school year, the Wetland Steward interns are trained in indoor and outdoor classrooms by Watsonville Wetlands Watch’s education staff, by visiting scientists and experts, and through the Stewards’ own mentoring of younger students. The Stewards work with Watsonville Wetlands Watch staff and docents to lead visiting elementary and middle-school groups through outdoor inquiry-based activities during after school programs offered throughout the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. Middle and elementary student participants in turn report an increase in their knowledge and understanding of the importance of Watsonville’s wetlands, their comfort and enjoyment in spending time outdoors, their desire to improve the environment, and their interest in sharing this passion and knowledge with friends and family, according to Watsonville Wetlands Watch.

Ninety-nine Pajaro Valley High School students have graduated from the Wetland Stewards program since the program’s inception in 2007 and nearly 100 percent have gone on to attend college.

“We are thrilled to be a part of supporting these incredible young people as they become environmental leaders," Education Programs Director Emily Howard said. "Our hope is to see our Wetland Stewards expand their knowledge in college and bring that expertise back to the Watsonville community.”

A new group of 12 Wetland Stewards interns was hired this past spring and will start the program this fall at Pajaro Valley High School.

Mariposa's Art

Mariposa's Art provides after-school arts & music programs where youth learn to express themselves, creatively problem-solve, make healthy choices, and positively affect their communities.  Through Mariposa's Art, a program of Arts Council Santa Cruz County, hight school students become leaders, mentors and role models by co-teaching with professional artist in schools that have little or no funding to support the arts during the regular school day.  Mariposa's Art programs provide high quality arts education and vital developmental assets.  By aiming to align curriculum with the CA State Board of Educations's Content Standards for Visual & Performing Arts, students learn a variety of skills in the arts along with important history and culture lessons.


Fitness 4 Life

F4L is dedicated to youth developing skills for a healthy future and is one of the Healthy Behavior Initiatives Learning Centers.  F4L serves over 15 after school sites.  The over 2000 students that participate yearly are in kindergarten-8th grade . These students' take part in various alternative high-energy triathlon-training activities.  Activities take part on a& off school sites and include; swimming, biking, table tennis, hiphop dance, sports, soccer, exercise and fitness. Weekly, 400 students are bused to Watsonville High School to have a chance to learn nutrition education, swim and bike.  Every spring students take part in our 2-day annual triathlon.  Youngsters in our program have improved their health and are making healthy lifestyle choices.


Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop

The Environmental Science workshop is a unique place that allow children to explore, create and engage them in hands-on science learning while gaining knowledge on how to re-use materials in creative ways.  Providing students with rich environment that stimulates their curiosity.  Showing students things they would normally not see in their school or home environments.  Encouraging students to challenge some of their doubts and fears, gain competence, experience success, and with these achievements, build solid confidence of their own ability & potential.




Wetlands Stewards

Wetlands Stewards has three focus areas:

1) Educate students on the topics of watershed ecology and wetlands conservation

2) Promote wetlands stewardship actions and activities among youth

3) Prepare high school students with life and work-readiness skills while exposing them to environmental conservation vocational and career paths.


This program offers quarter-long filed trip oriented programming to 300 elementary and middle school students yearly.  Our vision is to build environmental leaders by fostering stewardship early on and providing continued opportunities for student to get involved in protecting the local wetlands.


Watsonville TEC

Watsonville Tecnologia, Educacion, Comunidad (TEC) is using technology to transform learning, motive communities, and inspire innovative thinking.  TEC's goal is to provide the technology skills and supports necessary to encourage students to pursue higher education adn careers in technology.  TEC's Tech Teach program users a multigenerational approach where trained high school students (near-peers) facilitate a weekly afterschool class where they provide instruction and role modeling to 5th grade students.  In Tech Teach, students learn about computer science and social justice principles and develop technology projects that address a social justice issue in their community.  The program increase the interest and ability of 5th grade and high school near-peers to use computing for social good"

The VISION of the
Extended Learning Department: 

Meaningful academic and enrichment opportunities. Preparing students for college, career, and life.


Our Mission Statement:

The mission of Extended Learning Programs is to inspire lifelong learners for success in a changing world. In collaboration with families and the community, we provide a safe, caring, and supportive learning environment. We challenge and empower our multidimensional students to develop academic, social, and emotional skills that prepare them to reach their potential in college, career, and life.