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A Quick Resource for San Carlos School Boundaries.

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Got Schools?

Have you ever been wandering through an open house in San Carlos and wondered what elementary or middle school boundary that home resides in?  What about the high school?  That’s always a hot topic!  You could always ask the agent who is holding the home open, but as I’ve found on numerous occasions, they don’t always know (which is not a good thing), or they are just guessing (even worse.)    As I’ve outlined on this site, there are indeed web resources that will give you the school boundaries for the San Carlos Elementary Schools or the Sequoia Union High School District, but doing so involves visiting two different websites, downloading a pdf file, and then searching for the home address.  That’s probably OK if you’re sitting at home in front of your computer, but not ideal if you’re in a hurry and all you have is your smartphone.   Well, there’s now a better way..

SchoolandHousing.com

The folks at SchoolandHousing.com have created a cool little site that aggregates all of that information for you on a single page.  All you have to do is type in the address of the home you’re interested in, and voila!  Up pops not only the San Carlos elementary AND middle school that it’s zoned for, but also the high school in the Sequoia Union High School District you can plan on attending.   It also includes the API scores for each of those schools, and a map of where those schools are located relative to that property.  All of that on one easy to read web page.   Nicely done!

Here’s a screen shot of the output for my listing at 2623 San Carlos Avenue.  Note how it provides a list of the three respective schools at the bottom:

Tastes Great, Less Filling?

For those who want a “light” version of the site with just the pertinent info (sans the map and all of the sidebar ads) they even offer a mobile version that should load very quickly on your phone.   Here’s what the mobile output looks like for the same address search as we did above:

So there you have it — all of the pertinent school info you need, right on your smart-phone!

Of course, I would be remiss and slightly reckless if I didn’t make the following disclaimer – these boundaries do not guarantee that you’ll get into the home your school is zoned for.  Placement in each school is dependent on the available space for a given year.  Contact the respective school district for more info…You know the drill.

 
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San Carlos Measure A Ballot on the Way to Homeowners.

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Ballot in the Mail.

In the next few days, San Carlos homeowners will be receiving their official ballots for Measure A — the parcel tax initiative aimed at helping fund the San Carlos School District.  Measure A proposes extending the existing $111 per parcel tax that is currently in place under Measure D for the next 8 years, since Measure D is set to expire this year.  This $111 per parcel equates to about $1M annually for the schools, according to proponents of Measure A.

The discussion for and against Measure A among San Carlos residents has been vocal and passionate.   Proponents of the measure fear the loss of $1M in annual funding will severely hurt the quality of our schools.  Opponents have spoken out against long-term taxation, especially in such difficult economic times.

Be Sure To Vote!

Regardless of which side you’re on, it’s vital that you make your submit your ballot and ensure that your voice is heard.   There are only a few thousand households in all of San Carlos, so every vote will count.  Note that Measure A is a mail-only ballot, so votes must be returned via mail or dropped off at the San Carlos City Hall before May 3 @ 5:00 PM.

 

 
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San Carlos Gets a “Green” Challenge.

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The “Drive Less Challenge”:  April 6th – April 15th.

The nice folks at San Carlos Green invite you to take part in this year’s Drive Less Challenge, a friendly competition that rewards participants for reducing their individual car miles around town.   Join thousands of Peninsula residents, including 3,000 San Carlos students, in this fun and educational event. Challenge yourself and your family to drive less as part of this year’s Earth Day celebration.   Now that the weather is finally turning nice again, what better reason do you need to pull those bikes down off the hooks in your garage and pedal around San Carlos?  Or how about walking to downtown instead of taking the car?

Visit San Carlos Green online and win prizes – If you live or work in San Carlos, at the end of the challenge, tell them about your green trips and you will qualify for great prizes from their sponsors.   Be sure to visit www.sancarlosgreen.org between April 15th and April 25th for more details and updates.   Keep it Green!

 
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A New Flower Shop in San Carlos: Pushing Daisies.

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New Shop with a Great Name.

Never to sit still for too long, the business line-up on north Laurel Street in San Carlos has a new resident — and it’s not a new restaurant.  Tucked into a the tiny storefront right next to Mythos Restaurant is great little flower shop with a cool name:  Pushing Daisies.  Owner and San Carlos resident Denise Newman spent numerous weeks putting her personal touch on the shop before opening for business a couple of weeks ago, and it really shows.  It has a warm and quaint feel to it — something that definitely fits in on Laurel Street.

Pushing Daisies will start out small, as a carry out service only.  But they will custom order flowers and provide suggestions for special occasions per request.  So if you happen to be strolling down Laurel during this fantastic spring weather, pick up some fresh flowers!   You’ll brighten up your home while supporting a San Carlos family owned business.  Pushing Daisies is located at:


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Jeff Maltbie Set to Take San Carlos City Manager Position.

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Position Offered.

After a nation-wide search that spanned nearly half a year, the City of San Carlos has officially offered the position of City Manager to Jeff Maltbie, who is currently serving as interim-City manager of San Carlos after the retirement of Mark Weiss.  According to this article in the San Jose Mercury News, it is likely that Maltbie will accept the offer and remove the interim role from his title.

This seems to be the safe and logical choice by the San Carlos City Council.   There are key decisions to made in the very near future, most notably the resolution of fire service in San Carlos, which can ill afford to absorb the learning curve time-line required for an outsider.    And the interim City Manger seems to have done an admirable job holding down the fort over the past tumultuous six months in San Carlos.

Congratulations and good luck in your new role, Mr. Maltbie.
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San Carlos Kindergarten Parents Get Great News.

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Everyone Accepted to Assigned School.

Anxiety has been replaced by jubilation for many San Carlos parents who enrolled their kindergartner for the 2011-12 school year.   As you’ll recall from the previous post on this subject, the District imposed a March 4 deadline for parents to turn in applications for the upcoming school year.    The District anticipated that it would be notifying parents by Monday March 7th which school their child would be placed in. Because the schools are so full this year, it took a couple of extra days to get everything done.

But the San Carlos School District once again worked their magic, and got every student into the school that they were assigned to.  In addition, they were able to place those students who were not in their assigned district, but had siblings attending the same school.   The District delivered the good news in the following email (excerpts)

Dear Parents of Kindergartners for the Class of 2011-12!

We have now completed our 2011-12 kindergarten registration process for all
applicants who turned in paperwork by Friday, March 4th at 4 PM.  Every
school is extremely full, so it took a little time to make sure we could fit
all Kindergartners in their assigned neighborhood schools.  I am happy to
report that we were able to do so!  Therefore, we do not have anyone on a
waitlist for his/her own neighborhood school.

We were also able to accommodate the 17 students who will have siblings
concurrently attending schools outside their assigned schools, as per
district policy regarding enrollment preferences.  Because we are so full at
every site, however, we were not able to grant most other requests for
transfers to other schools…

Now, those parents can gleefully focus on getting the myriad of forms and doctor’s appointments completed before the new school year starts.   Great work once again by the San Carlos School District.

 
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San Carlos Educational Foundation Day at Whole Foods Market: Tuesday, March 8.

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5% to San Carlos Schools.

Here’s a great way to stock up on your groceries and help San Carlos Schools at the same time.  On Tuesday March 8, the Whole Foods Market in Redwood City will generously donate 5% of its revenue for the entire day to the San Carlos Educational Foundation.  If you’re a die-hard Whole Foods shopper, make sure you do your weekly shopping trip on this day.   If you’re not a normal Whole Foods shopper, this is the perfect excuse to check this great grocery market.  It’s a unique experience in grocery shopping, with all of the specialty counters and activities that take place in the store.  On March 8th alone, here are some of the activities that will take place in the store:

  • 10-12 AM – Morning Makeovers – Whole Foods estheticians will do your makeup and show their products in the Whole Body Dept
  • Meal Deals for a Family of 4 – Any entree plus 3 side dishes for $29.99
  • Try the samples in every department
  • 5PM – San Carlos School District music students

So stock up at Whole Foods on Tuesday, and you’ll be helping the San Carlos Educational Foundation!  Here’s how to get there:


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Public Hearing on CalTrain in San Carlos Today.

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Service Reduction, Increased Fares, Station Closures.

It’s no news that Caltrain has been operating deep in the red for years.  But the commuter train service now faces some difficult decisions in the face of a drop in revenue that it gets from its supporting agencies.  According to this article in the Daily Journal, reductions in funding from SamTrans and the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority will push Caltrain’s annual deficit to nearly $30M.

Caltrain is considering some pretty drastic steps to curb the hemorrhaging of money, including increasing fares, reducing the number of trains it runs during the week, and even closing some of its lower-utilized stations.   These options will significantly impact those citizens who rely on the service to get to work or school every day.

Public Input Sought…Today.

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board will listen to public feedback on these proposals today at 10:00 AM at the SamTrans building at 1250 San Carlos Avenue, 2nd Floor.   If you rely on Caltrain to get you where you need to be every day, here’s a great opportunity to have your voice heard.
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