NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR HOLIDAY
from Jeff Calden
Semester One Grades
Semester One grades are now final and viewable in Powerschool under Grade History. Scroll down to the bottom of that page, past P1 and P2 grades to see Final Semester One grades, titled S1. Report cards will be mailed home on Tuesday.
West Side Story Auditions
Auditions for the SLVHS spring musical production of West Side Story have begun in the High School Band Room.
Dance & Reads: Friday, 1/12 3:00 MPR (Loose clothing – No sandals)
Callbacks: Tuesday, 1/16 3:00 Band Room
Parent Meeting: Tuesday, 1/16 6:00 Staff Room
Race to Nowhere Documentary Film at SLVHS next Wednesday, January 17
The SLVHS Cougar Parents Club sponsoring a showing of the film Race to Nowhere.
Called a “must-see movie” by The New York Times, Race to Nowhere examines students caught in the stress of achievement culture. Through stories of students from across the country, the film explores how pressure to achieve can push some children to the brink.
The movie will be followed by a panel discussion.
- Date: Wed, January 17 in the SLVHS Performing Arts Center, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
- Register for this free event on the Eventbrite registration page.
- Movie trailer: http://www.racetonowhere.com/videos/theatrical-trailer
- SLV students can earn extra credit from the following teachers for attending and completing a short assignment: Lahey, Wise, Coulson, Lasater, Anderson, Martin, Christensen, Parmenter, Salido, Conger, Kahl, Martinez, Armstrong, Heery, and Guilford.
Materials from the SLVHS presentation Substance Abuse: A Conversation with Educators and Experts
At the End of November, we had a parent night presentation at SLVHS titled Substance Abuse: A Conversation with Educators and Experts. Several people contacted me after the presentation saying they were not able to attend but were interested in getting any materials. I have attached both a powerpoint and a handout from that evening to this email for anyone who is interested.
Read here to learn about California’s new accountability system:
The California School Dashboard (http://www.caschooldashboard.org) is an online tool designed to help communities across the state access information about K–12 schools and districts. The Dashboard features reports on multiple measures of school success. Instead of looking at a single measure (test scores), the Dashboard looks at multiple measures to evaluate a district’s and a school’s performance. The Dashboard also is based on an improvement model, looking for districts and schools to make improvements, rather than simply comparing them to other districts and schools. See the attached handout that explains the components of the dashboard. You can access SLV district information and information about all schools in the district.
Schedule for the Week of January 15-19
|Monday||January 15||NO SCHOOL||No School – MLK Day Holiday|
|Tuesday||January 16||O||Report Cards Mailed Home|
|Wednesday||January 17||E||Race to Nowhere film – PAC 7:00 pm|
Dealing with Mental Health Issues at Home? This could help…
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Santa Cruz County is offering a Family to Family Education Series. The class is designed to help family members understand and support their loved ones affected by serious mental health challenges, while also maintaining their own well-being.
The 12 week Family to Family class will begin on January 24 and continue every Wednesday through April 4. This class will be held from 6-8:30 PM at the Old Sash Mill complex, 303 Portrero Street, Santa Cruz.
The class is open to family members or friends of individuals with serious mental illness.
For further information about the extensive class topics, visit https://www.namiscc.org/family-to-family.html
We Need Senior Parent Volunteers for Bite of Reality Financial Literacy Event at SLVHS
As we start off the Spring Semester, we are in preparation for an exciting event here at SLVHS for your Senior!
On Thursday, February 8th and Friday, February 9th, Bite of Reality will be happening. This is a hands-on financial simulator that teaches students about managing a budget, writing a check, credit cards and more to help prepare them for adult life.
In order to make this happen, we need parent volunteers for the event. Every Senior will be going through this experience and you will receive the training for your role. Each parent will be in charge of a station that students go to as they work through their budget and because of this, we need quite a few volunteers!
This event cannot happen without the volunteers! To Sign up, Click here, there are half-day and full day shifts available/ and if you can volunteer for more than one day, this would be great!
SLVHS Photos of the Week
Four of our SLVHS students participated in the World Affairs simulation of the UN tribunal on war crimes.
Students had to apply to participate in this real-world activity that involved students from the Greater SF Bay Area.
Class attendance is an essential part of the educational process at San Lorenzo Valley High School. A student who is absent from class misses a significant portion of academic discussion and personal interaction with other students and the teacher. Illnesses are unavoidable, but appointments, vacations and day trips during school should be avoided. As the first semester ends and we start fresh with semester two, please take a look at school attendance policies that need to be followed. Thanks.
California Education Code recognizes only the following reasons as excused absences: personal illness; religious holidays; medical or dental services; serious family emergencies; and/or school suspension. All other absences will be recorded as unexcused.
To clear an absence, call the Attendance Line at 335-3646
Please leave the following information when you call:
- First and last name of the student
- Date and period of the absence(s)
- The specific reason for the absence
- Phone number where the parent can be reached
Failure to clear absences will result in consequences including detention, loss of privileges (dances, sports contests) and possible truancy actions.
Teacher Support for Students After School and Lunch
The Departments at SLVHS offer After School and Lunchtime support to students who are struggling and/or need to makeup work.
Teachers will assign students to get support for success. Students may also ask their teachers to come to get help.
Please help us to support your child’s academic success by having them attend when assigned.
The link to the schedule is below:
SLV Foundation for Education is Raising Money for our Schools
San Lorenzo Valley Foundation for Education is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. We provide an easy way to support a broad or specific tax deductible donation to the SLV schools and clubs, including Charter and Homeschool groups. One can donate directly to any of the groups listed below, without needing to buy or sell products. For more information or to donate, please visit slvfoundation.org
*High School Cougar Club *Drama Boosters *Music Boosters *High School Stadium Lights
This is a reminder that San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District policy, as set by the Board of Trustees, declares that we are a fragrant-neutral district. As we begin to have our drama performances and other site-based activities and meetings, please take care to follow the policies below for the sake of the students and members of our community who are highly allergic to fragrances and scents.
The SLVUSD Board of Trustees adopted a California School Board Association policy to make all district classrooms and offices fragrant neutral. SLVHS has parents, students, and community members with respiratory issues who can have negative reactions to fragrances. Please take care to follow the policy while on campus.
Staff and students shall refrain from bringing furred or feathered animals, stuffed toys that may collect dust mites, scented candles, incense or air fresheners and from using perfume or cologne, scented hair spray, nail polish or nail polish remover that are not fragrance-free in classrooms or other enclosed areas or buildings.
Below are some helpful links and contact information for SLV High School students and parents:
SAN LORENZO VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Phone: (831) 335-4425
Fax: (831) 335-1531
Attendance Line: (831) 335-3646
Congratulations to our SLV High School Student of the Week