Cougar Mail 3-22-19

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden

weekly schedule

Next Week is a Backwards Week

Next week is E-O-E-O-A. There will be no minimum days next week. School is over at 2:49 each day.

This is to accommodate the Talent Show running each period on Friday.

Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores will see the Talent Show in their social studies class.

Freshmen will see the Talent Show in their PE class.


slvhs career fair

SLVHS College and Career Fair

The SLVHS College & Career Fair this Wednesday was a monster success. 

There were so many tables and booths representing dozens of colleges, universities, trade unions, businesses, and the armed forces.  Thank you so much to Charlotte Achen, the entire staff of the Counseling Office, and our awesome custodians for making this all happen.  

career fair crowd in gym

career fair display  

career fair crowd


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 visited all Junior English classes this week with more details about testing and grade bumps and gave each student a handout with all of the information on this subject in order to be able to make an informed decision.

testing schedule call 3354425 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 Distinction. Seniors 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.


 weekly schedule  

Schedule for the Week of March 25 - 29


March 25


E Day - Release at 2:49 pm



March 26 




March 27




March 28 


Evening Talent Show 7:00 pm in PAC  


March 29

 Regular A Day - Release at 2:49 pm
 Talent Show each period in PAC


cougar pride

Northern California Scholar Athlete Award

San Lorenzo Valley High School football player Aidan Callahan was one of only 24 student-athletes in Northern California to be honored at a black tie event at the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame on March 8th.  Congratulations, Aidan.

photo of aiden


parent education night: opioids and youth. call 3354425 for information


prom dress drive!!!

Prom Dress Donation Drive

SLVHS is seeking donations of prom dresses for our Prom Dress Donation Drive. Students can 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 with any questions.  



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 or Claire Hackett at


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.


2019 Grad Night News - Support Our Seniors!

grad night fundraising call 3354425 for information



everyday 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: Tiana Bumbaca Kuehl


words of wisdom

keep your face always toward the sunshine- and shadows will fall behind you