The Thursday Letter


May 18, 2017


Dear PCS,


Congratulations to the boys varsity volleyball team for winning the CIF Central Coast Section (CCS) championship!  They won a tight match against Saratoga High School on Tuesday night, earning them a first round home court game in the Northern California Championship tournament.  Everyone is encouraged to come and support the Pumas next Tuesday (location and time TBD, but likely 7:00 PM at Santa Cruz High). 


This has been another tremendous year for Puma Athletics.  In addition to the historic success of our boys volleyball team, we had some other strong performances from our teams:

  • Girls soccer winning the MTAL League Championship for the 9th consecutive year.
  • Girls cross country winning the league championship and also being represented at the CCS and State Championships.
  • Girls basketball competing in the CCS Championship tournament.
  • The track team shining at the MTAL League Championships.
  • The swim team representing at the CCS championships.
  • The ultimate Frisbee teams competing at the State Championship tournaments.

Many people both in and out of the PCS community are not aware of how many scholar-athletes we have.  This year, nearly one-third of all PCS students participated in a school affiliated sport, many in more than one.  PCS sports teams are competitive within their leagues, and also inclusive of all students who want to participate.  We have a well-known, award winning program that prepares our children for their academic future, and I think we also need to celebrate the many other opportunities our children have that ultimately feed into their development into healthy adult human beings.  For me personally, team sports both in and out of school were formative experiences for me, and only added to my capacity as a dedicated learner in the classroom.


I could write many pages about extra-curricular opportunities for students, but today I am focusing specifically on school athletic teams.  I highly encourage interested students to consider competing on one of our teams.  This school year, PCS participated in the following sports (we did not field a Lacrosse team this year, but I know there are strong efforts underway in the hopes of bringing it back for next school year):


Fall Season:

Cross Country - Boys (V, JV, 7th & 8th teams)

Cross Country - Girls (V, JV, 7th & 8th teams)

Volleyball - Girls (V, JV, 7th & 8th teams)

Coed Flag Football (7th & 8th teams)


Winter Season:

Basketball - Boys (V, JV, 7th & 8th teams)

Basketball - Girls (V, JV, 7th & 8th teams)

Soccer - Boys (V)

Soccer - Girls (V)


Spring Season:

Track and Field - Boys (V, JV)

Track and Field - Girls (V, JV)

Swimming - Boys (V)

Swimming - Girls (V)

Volleyball - Boys (V, JV, 7th & 8th teams)

Ultimate Frisbee - Coed (High School, Middle School)


As you can see, there are plenty of ways to get involved with PCS Athletics!  I look forward to cheering all of our athletes on.






Simon Fletcher