SYV Charter School hosting open house Feb. 12

Santa Ynez Valley Charter School is hosting an open house for current and prospective students at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Families are encouraged to visit each of the K – 8 classrooms to view student projects and talk with teachers.

Visitors will also have a chance to view the stars with guest astronomer Chuck McPartlin of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit ( There will be information on enrollment and how to set up a tour or “shadow day.” 

SYV Charter is an independent school in its 20th year, founded on collaborative principles and dedicated to providing a challenging and supportive academic environment. Academics are balanced with character development, civic engagement and social/emotional learning. 

For more information or to RSVP, email or call 805-686-7360. 


Education job fairs slated in North, South County

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) has scheduled free Education Job Fairs in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria for individuals interested in working in school settings throughout Santa Barbara County. 

Staff from institutions of higher education offering degree and credentialing programs will also be available to provide information.

The first session will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 8 in the Santa Barbara County Education Office Auditorium, 4400 Cathedral Oaks Road in Santa Barbara.

The second will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 22 in Santa Maria-Bonita School District’s Souza Center at 708 Miller St. in Santa Maria

 “A career in education is fulfilling and meaningful because of the impact made in the lives of students every day. We encourage everyone who is interested or even thinking about education as a field of interest to attend these events,” said Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Salcido. 

School districts throughout Santa Barbara County will be on site to discuss job opportunities and career pathways to connect people with available positions. Position requirements range from basic skills and experience to advanced degrees. 

“These events are designed for people who are new to education, people with many years of experience, or those looking for a career change,” said Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Mari Minjarez Baptista.

Interested applicants can visit for more information or go directly to to register.

Leah Parlato of Solvang graduates from Azusa Pacific

Solvang resident Leah Parlato graduated in December from Azusa Pacific University with a BSN degree and joined approximately 1,492 graduates at the winter commencement ceremonies.

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university that offers 61 bachelor’s degrees, 40 master’s degrees, 17 certificates, 11 credentials, eight doctoral programs and four associate degrees on campus, online, and at seven regional centers throughout Southern California.

Callum Murray of SY is named to Dean’s List

Callum Murray of Santa Ynez, an International Relations major in the class of 2021, was named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University during the fall semester. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition.

Located in Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell is a highly selective private liberal arts university that offers majors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and social and natural sciences, along with broad opportunities outside of class, to its 3,600 undergraduates. Graduate programs are available in select disciplines.

Students benefit from a small student-faculty ratio of 9:1, personal attention from faculty, leadership opportunities, and excellent graduation rates and career outcomes.