Students From Littlerock High School Participate in 2018 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge

Boulder Creek, CA — Thirteen students from Littlerock High School participated in the 2018 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge. The challenge is an academic event for high school students in technical forestry and current forestry topics. The event was comprised of a total of 69 high school students from seven schools in the Santa Cruz and central California region.

Participants spend four days in the forest learning about the ecology and management of the forested landscapes that provide communities with water, recreational opportunities, wood products, and wildlife habitat. The Forestry Challenge organization believe, "Youth benefit by better understanding the relationship of the forested environment to their community, by exposure to natural resource management as a potential career option, and by undertaking a rigorous critical thinking exercise which is timely and addresses current forestry topics such as wildfire, insects, and forest health." The event was October 10th through October 13th at Redwood Christian Park, near Boulder Creek, California.

One of the highlights for the students this year was learning how to conduct “Brown’s Transects,” a method to quantify woody debris in a natural landscape. Students measured surface fuel at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in an area that was recently treated to control vegetation and rehabilitate the Santa Cruz Sandhills ecosystem. During the Challenge, the teams of students also completed field training, followed by a field test, to assess their technical forestry knowledge.

“This is an amazing event combining the students’ skills in science, math, technology and environmental studies, all happening in the beautiful redwoods,” said Littlerock High School teacher Cindy Nelson.  Petra Fierros, a senior at Littlerock, summed it up as follows: “I have learned many amazing forestry skills along with meeting terrific people from all over California. I have enjoyed this program all four years of high school, gaining outdoor experience and learning how to protect the environment.”

Meet AVUHSD's 18-19 Student Board Member

As AVUHSD's Student Board Member, Noah Sveiven represents the student voice as a member of the Board of Trustees. We asked Noah a few questions and here is what he had to say...

Why did you want to be the student board member?

I wanted to be the student board member to learn more about the high school district and about public service, to serve the students of the district, and to ensure as best I can that the interests of students are represented.

What do you do as the student board member?

As student board member, I attend and participate in the public portion of the meetings of the Board of Trustees. Before meetings, I read the agendas and review the attached documents to decide beforehand whether I will vote for or against an item. During meetings, I can ask questions to presenters and offer comments in discussions. My ability to speak up and inquire is no different than the publicly-elected board members. My votes, on the other hand, are advisory; they do not mathematically count. For this reason, my vote is asked for before the publicly-elected board members, so that the perspective of the student at the table is heard.

What have you enjoyed most about serving as the student board member?

Since I became the student board member, I have most enjoyed the people: the wonderful folks at the district office, the students who constitute the district, and teachers who care. Being the student board member lets me spend more time with them, and learn from them, and work as best I can on their behalf.

What are your future plans?

Next year, I intend to attend a four-year university and study mathematics and philosophy, or political science, or international relations. What I study depends on where I attend. Beyond the near future, I am interested in the prospects of law school. Perhaps one day I'll run for office. I also have several ideas for books.

Recent Community Resource Fair in Palmdale

AVUHSD was part of a recent Community Resource Fair in Palmdale where we shared information about the District’s mental health programs. We loved interacting with the community and providing information about resources available to them. If you ever have a question about what resources are available for your student please contact us at 661-948-7655 or by visiting #MentalHealth #AVFindYourPath #AVUHSD

Free Internet for Students provided by Sprint

Does your student need reliable, fast internet at home to do school work?

If so, your student may be eligible for FREE internet through a FREE hot spot device provided by Sprint’s 1 Million Project!

Your student is eligible if they do not have reliable consistent internet access at home.

To sign up for a FREE internet connection through a FREE hot spot device provided by Sprint simply fill out the form here: You also may print the attached form and take it to your school office.

If your student is eligible based on the information provided, you will be notified about when and where to pick up your FREE hot spot device. We expect all students to have their hot spots before Winter Break.

If you have any questions, please call your school office or email

AVUHSD Schools Take 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place at UAV Challenge in Australia

Five teams of AVUHSD students participated in the UAV Challenge in Australia last month!

Congratulations to the Knight High School Sky High and Blue Birds teams who took 1st and 2nd place respectively, and to Palmdale High School's PH Falcons who took 3rd place!

The Queensland Government Airborne Delivery Challenge tests civilian application of drone technology - essentially using a drone to drop an EpiPen to a simulated "lost hiker." The teams had great drops, putting them closest to the "lost hiker." Our two additional teams took 5th and 7th place.

This is an experience of a lifetime for our students and we couldn't be more proud of their success. Thank you to the teachers, parents and community members who support this effort - we are grateful for you!