Cougar Mail 3-15-19

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden

science and engineering fair

SLV High School Students Win Major Awards at Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair

SLVHS students took home nearly half of the awards given out to high school students last week at the Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair.  It was an incredible night for a number of our students who have worked very hard, some for several years, on some amazing projects that won some very prestigious awards.  These students did themselves, their families, our school, and our Valley proud. Special thanks to Stephanie Beck for working with and supporting these students all year. Way to go, Cougars!


2nd Place Overall Winner: Natalie Owens and Trevor Cambron

This award includes an invitation to the International Science Fair in Arizona in May.

Merit Awards for Overall: Salvatore Deguara, Isaac Wallace Menge and Damien Goodenough.  

Celeste Robinson, Katelyn Lozier, and Chris Anderson.  Ming Trulizi and Simone Sutton (not pictured)

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1st Place: California Botanical Award: Katherine McCormick, Helen Schafer-Dews, and Ruby Howard

2nd Place: California Botanical Award: Trevor Cambron and Natalie Owens

Stockholm Water Award: Katherine McCormick, Helen Schafer-Dews, and Ruby Howard (Coast Redwood High)

& Ming Trulizi and Simone Sutton (not pictured)

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Plantronics Junior Pathfinder Award:

Salvatore Deguarra, Isaac Wallace-Menge and Damien Goodenough

Celeste Robinson, Katelyn Lozier, and Chris Anderson

fair winners


State CAASPP Testing Begins Monday, April 8

SLVHS JUNIORS will begin this year's State Testing in their Language Arts Classes when we return from Spring Break on Monday, April 8.

In High School, ONLY JUNIORS take the statewide tests in Math and Language Arts.  This year, SENIORS and JUNIORS will also take a one-day State Test in Science.


The SLVHS Testing Schedule for this spring, including all three CAASPP tests and Advanced Placement tests is listed below.


Attached to this email is a notice of Statewide Testing letter from the District Office which explains procedures and opt-out notice. The letter is attached in both English and Spanish.  If you have any questions regarding testing, please call the High School Administration Office at 335-4425.


Juniors Can Get State Testing Grade Bumps for 2nd Semester English and Math Grades

The SLVHS English and Math Department awards the following grade bump to the math grade to juniors who pass the state math tests given this spring. Mr. Calden will be coming to all Junior English classes next week on Thursday and Friday with more details about testing and grade bumps. 

testing schedule call 3354424 for information



senior exit portfolio

Senior Exit Portfolios (SEP) are due on April 8th

Mentors are not responsible for tracking you down, seniors! You have less than one month to complete this project. Remember, no SEP, no Prom, no graduation. PLEASE connect with your mentors. 



summa cum laudemagna cum laude

Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude Distinction for SLVHS Seniors

Beginning this year, SLV High School seniors will be recognized and awarded with Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude distinctions at Graduation and on their transcripts.  Seniors with GPAs of 4.0 or above will be recognized as Summa Cum Laude, which means With Highest DistinctionSeniors with GPAs of 3.75 to 3.99 will be recognized as Magna Cum Laude, which means With Great Distinction.  SLVHS will still recognize our Valedictorians and Salutatorians, but by also awarding these two classic academic honors, we will be able to recognize more of our graduates who excelled in their studies at SLV High School.


ap exam registration is now open

It's Time to Sign Up for Advanced Placement Tests

It's time to plan for AP testing! Students must click this link to sign up for AP tests in May. All sign-ups must be completed by end-of-day March 22. The testing schedule is on the Google Form. Tests are $95 each, checks made to SLVHS. Please write your student's name and the test names in the memo line of the check. Payments go to Annina in the Administration Office. Payment due by April 26.  If your child is part of the free and reduced lunch program, we can offer reduced fees. Email Danielle Winters with questions at [email protected].  



slvhs college and career fair preparing for tomorrow, today!

SLVHS College and Career Fair

The SLVHS College & Career Fair will be on Wednesday, March 20th in the HS Gym.  

It will begin during 4th period at 11:15 am, run through lunch and end during 6th period at 2:00 pm.
Over 40 Colleges and Organizations are expected to attend. 

Please note that at a College and Career Fair, colleges, businesses, and armed services may give your student literature and information and/or ask for contact information if the student requests more information.

Check out this super-cool video with more details about our upcoming College and Career Fair, including the schools, trades, and organizations that will be there.

SLVHS College and Career Fair Video


weekly schedule   

Schedule for the Week of March 18 - 22


March 18


Early Release A Day - Dismissal at 2:01 

Cal Berkeley Junior Field Trip



March 19 


Talent Show Auditions 3-5 pm in Rm F1

Drama Boosters Mtg 6:30 pm Staff Lounge


March 20


College & Career Fair 11am-2pm  Gym 

Talent Show Auditions 3-5 pm in Rm F1


March 21 


Cabrillo Running Start Field Tri8:30 am - 1:00 pm  


March 22

  High School Rally - HS Gym


cougar pride

SLV AVID Students Presented with Hunger Hero School Spirit Award

avid students named below

SLVHS AVID students Natalie Potter, Riley Nelson, Nathan Davison, Joaquin Cruz, Hans Smith, and teacher Brett Sanderson are presented with the Second Harvest Food Bank's Hunger Hero School Spirit Award for raising enough money to fund 3,403 meals during Second Harvest's 2018 Holiday Food Drive.  Way to go, Cougars!



prom dress drive!!!!

Prom Dress Donation Drive

SLVHS is seeking donations of prom dresses for our Prom Dress Donation Drive. During the week of March 4 students will able to come to the ASB room at lunch to look for a dress for prom.   If you have prom dress(es) to donate, please bring them to the SLVHS counseling office any time before March 4. Dresses need to please be in good condition and cleaned. Please contact Claire Hackett at [email protected] with any questions.  



international food fair

SLVHS International Food Fair this Year at Open House

SLVHS is having an International Food Fair at the 2019 Open House, which will be on Tuesday, April 30.  We are looking for people who would like to make and sell food from various cultures and countries.  The profits will be split 50/50 between the people who have booths and Valley Churches United (our local food bank/charity).  If you are interested in having a booth, please complete this survey:  Food Fair Booth Form

If you have questions, please contact Liam Debus at [email protected] or Claire Hackett at [email protected]


sex education

Sex Education for SLVHS Freshmen Begins on Monday, March 18

We are pleased to inform you that your child will have the opportunity to participate in the Teen Talk High School course in their Physical Education class beginning on Monday March 18, 2019. Teen Talk High School is a comprehensive sexuality education program developed by trained professionals at Health Connected (

Teen Talk High School is designed to provide an open forum for teenagers to ask questions and get medically-based, unbiased, and accurate information. Teen Talk High School complies with California Education Codes 51930-51939 (California Healthy Youth Act of 2015) and meets the California Health Education Content Standards under “Growth, Development and Sexual Health.”

Teen Talk High School covers the following topics:

  • Values Clarification
  • Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy
  • Abstinence/Not Having Sex


  • Healthy Relationships
  • Birth Control, including a condom demonstration
  • Pregnancy Options
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV
  • Sexual Safety, Consent, and the Law
  • Sexual Identity & Gender
  • Sex in the Media
  • Communication and Decision-Making

A pre/post-assessment will be administered at the beginning and end of the course. The assessment covers sexual health knowledge that will be covered during the course as well as questions about student comfort and confidence in communicating about sexual health topics with peers, partners, and trusted adults. You can examine instructional materials, including assessments, at the school office. If you have questions, please see your child’s teacher or principal. State law allows you to remove your student from any portion of a comprehensive sexual health education course.

If you do not want your student to participate in this sexual health course, please give a note to your student’s Physical Education teacher by Friday, March 15, 2019. The goal of a comprehensive sexual health education program is to help students learn the facts and to make good decisions now, and later in life.  

cougar parents club

Food and Volunteers Needed for Staff Appreciation Lunch

On April 12th, the Cougar Club will be hosting the annual SLVHS Staff Appreciation Luncheon where we show our appreciation for the hard work done by of all our dedicated teachers to educate our children. We are asking SLVHS families to help out by contributing a salad, dessert, drink, or a donation to go toward the purchase of the main dish from Castelli’s Deli. We also need a few volunteers to help with set up, serving and clean up. You can sign up here to help recognize our teachers and staff.

We also still need a few more volunteers for the College and Career Fair midday on Wed. March 20. You can sign up here.



grad night

2019 Grad Night News - Support Our Seniors!

grad night activities call 3354425 for information



Friends of Felton Library Open House  

felton library open house march 16 1:00-4:00 6191 hwy 9 in felton

SLVUSD Board Briefing

slvusd board briefing march 6 call 3354194 for information



every day counts attend today-achieve tomorrow

Attendance Matters!

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.



academic support

Teacher Support for Students After School and Lunch 

The Departments at SLVHS work to support students who are struggling and/or need to makeup work.

Teachers will assign students to get support for success.  Students may also drop in for help.

Please help us to support your child's academic success by having them attend when assigned.


The link to the schedule is below:

Department Academic Support Calendar


california school dashboard

California School Dashboard

The California School Dashboard 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. You can access SLV district information and information about all schools in the district at this link:



scent free zone

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:



7105 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018

Phone: (831) 335-4425

Fax: (831) 335-1531

Attendance Line: (831) 335-3646


SLV High School Website  SLV High School Calendar


SLVHS Calendar for Families     SLVHS Student Handbook


SLVUSD 2017-18 School Year Calendar    


Administration        Staff Directory         Campus Map


SLVHS Cougar Parent Club      SLVHS Athletics Booster Club





Click Here for District Community Opportunities Web Page


Congratulations to our SLV High School Student of the Week

student of the week rachael woodthorp 12th grade

words of wisdom

just because some people are fueled by drama doesn't mean you have to attend the performance. Cheryl Richardson