from Jeff Calden
Thanks to all who came out for Back to School Night last night.
I really enjoyed talking to people and hearing the great questions people asked both of me and the teachers.
Below is the link to the Parent Instruction page for Schoology that I spoke about last night.
You should have already received or will soon receive your codes in the mail for Schoology and other school links.
In the meantime, grades are beginning to stabilize in each class with more assignments that gives a more of an accurate reflection of how each student is doing.
We do have a few classes where some technical problems are still being resolved.
Those teachers have let students know and we are working to get this issue resolved quickly.
SLVHS will having a DUI Court Hearing Assembly for our Juniors and Seniors next Wednesday morning in the gym.
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education set this up for us to have an actual hearing with a judge, defendant, and lawyers on a DUI case here at SLVHS.
A brief description of the Assembly is below and here is a link to their webpage. https://www.realduicourt.com/
The Real DUI Court in Schools Program
Moving an actual DUI sentencing away from a county courthouse to a local high school is a two-prong approach of educating teenagers about the legal consequences of drinking and driving as well as the role and decisions of judicial branch of the government. Students will have an opportunity to directly witness the defendant’s arrest, detention, and the imposed fines and penalties. Following the sentencing the judge will make a brief presentation and co-facilitate and interactive portion of the assembly. The intent is to allow for significant dialogue among the students, defendant, judge, attorneys, law enforcement officers, teachers, and special guest. The 90-minute presentation concludes with a dynamic testimony from a victim of a DUI crash and/or a Drug Recognition Expert.
Finally, Monday is School Picture Re-Take day. See information below.
Schedule for the Week of September 17-21
|Monday||September 17||ERA||Early Release Day – Dismissal at 2:01 pm
School Picture Re-Takes
Drama Boosters Mtg – 6:30 pm in Staff Rm
|Wednesday||September 19||E||Real DUI Assembly – 10:30 am – Gym|
|Thursday||September 20||O||Lockdown Drill|
|Friday||September 21||E||Club Day at Lunch on the Senior Lawn|
Mattress Sale Fundraiser for SLV Music Programs – GREAT DEALS!
This is an amazing fundraiser put on by SLV Music to raise money for our students and our programs.
Next Saturday, September 22nd, the SLV High School Gym will be turned into a Mattress Store with all varieties of the best new mattresses at amazing prices!
I hear there will also be massage chairs on sale at great discount as well and if we sell enough of those the company will donate on to the staff lounge!
- Sophomores: All Sophomores will be taking the PSAT for free. If you wish to opt out of this test, see the attached letter. The letter must be signed by your parents and returned to the counseling office before October 3rd.
- All Sophomores have received a study guide in their math classes, if you did not receive a study book, see Charlotte in counseling.
- Juniors & Freshman: You can sign up for the PSAT by going to the Admin Office, the cost is $20 and you will receive your study guide after signing up.
- Last day to do this is October 3rd so don’t wait till the last minute!
College Essay Writing Feedback Session
The Cougar Parent Club is working with SLVHS College and Career Specialist Charlotte Achen and independent Educational Consultant Kathryn Pierno to offer a college essay writing feedback session from 5:30-7 on October 24. We are looking for parent and community volunteers with some editing experience to give seniors feedback on their college essays. To sign up register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-college-admission-essay-readers-tickets-49567849773. Parent volunteers need to arrive at 5:15 and will be given guidance on giving feedback on college essays.
After-School Math Program is Seeking Tutors
The daily after-school math program is seeking tutors to help students learn Math 1, 2, and 3 curriculum. Receive volunteer hours for valuable and give needed service for your fellow peers. It also looks great on resumes and college applications! If you are good at math or you want to become significantly better at math, please see Mr. Siegel in room H203.
Felton Library Branch Groundbreaking
The celebratory groundbreaking for the new Felton Library Branch is Friday, September 21 at 4:00 p.m. on the new library site next to the Post Office on Gushee Street.
The brief ceremony will be followed by refreshments, music, and mingling.
All of the Felton Library Friends are deeply grateful for the continued support for the library / park project.
Please plan to join your friends and neighbors in the celebration of this wonderful new community resource
SLVHS Student-Directed Play Coming Soon!
A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO by Tim Kelly. Directed by Nicolas Payne & Jennifer Rodriguez
October 26 27 & 28
November 2, 3 & 4, 2018
SLVHS Performing Arts Center
SLVHS Attendance Policies
The beginning of the year is a good time to review existing and new attendance policies so that everyone is on the same page and there are no surprises! This stuff is never fun to talk about. We do not want your children to come to school when they are ill, but if they aren’t sick, they need to be here.
THE RULES: 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. This also applies to tardies. Oversleeping and Traffic are not excused tardies. These are not our rules. We can’t bend them, change them, or ignore them.
CLEARING ABSENCES: There are two methods for clearing absences
Option One – Call the Attendance Line and Leave a Message
Please call the attendance line, preferably the day that your student is absent, at 335-4425 Extension 206. This phone line is available 24/7.
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
If the absence is called in, the student will not need to get a re-admit slip to attend classes upon return.
Option Two – Send Your Student Back to School with a Note
You may also send your student back to school the day they return with a note that includes all information listed above. This method does require a bit more work on everyone’s part. You can download a parent note form at this link: Parent Absence Verification Form
Failure to clear absences will result in consequences including detention, loss of privileges (dances, sports contests) and possible in-school suspension.
An automated phone caller will notify parents/guardians nightly of any period absence for that current school day.
If you have any questions regarding any of these policies please contact Assistant Principal Danielle Winters at: email@example.com or 335-4425 ext. 202.
Adult Education GED Night Classes at SLV District Office in Ben Lomond
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
7105 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018
Phone: (831) 335-4425
Fax: (831) 335-1531
Attendance Line: (831) 335-3646