Cougar Mail 3-29-19

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden

spring break

No School Next Week - Spring Break!

I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing week off.

However, if you are Senior with an Unfinished Exit Portfolio... you need to get to work!


senior exit portfolio

Senior Exit Portfolios are due on April 8th

There are several seniors who have not turned in a draft to mentors. 

You must turn in your final portfolio the Monday we get back from Spring Break.

Remember, no SEP, no Prom, no Graduation Ceremony, and no Diploma until you turn one in that passes. 

You have had six months to get it done.  You now have 10 days.



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



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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 April 8 - 12 


April 8


E Day - Release at 2:49 pm

Senior Exit Portfolios Due

State Testing - Junior English Classes


April 9


State Testing - Junior English Classes  



April 10


State Testing - Junior English Classes

Athletic Booster Mtg - 6:00 pm


April 11


State Testing - Junior English Classes  Cougar Club Mtg 7:00 pm  


April 12

 Minimum A Day - Release at 12:18 pm
 State Testing - Junior English Classes  
 Prom - Scotts Valley Hilton 7:00-10:00 pm

mamma mia

Mamma Mia - The Musical is coming to SLVHS in April!

This spring, SLV High School will present our student production of the musical, Mamma Mia.

The show will run from April 26 through May 5 on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

There will be a Community Night on Thursday, May 2 when all tickets will be $12 each.

Tickets will be $18 for General Admission, $15 for Seniors, and $12 for Staff, Students, and on Community Night.


Get your tickets for Mamma Mia! Directed by Will Guilford, with Music Direction by Nicki Kerns and choreography by Whitney James-Heskett, this romantic comedy contrasts the dreams and aspirations of a 70’s girl and a 90’s girl. ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.  This enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship creates memorable moments for all ages. Come join the fun this Spring!

Click here to order your tickets now:  Mamma Mia Tickets


The SLV Drama Boosters support the continuing success of the SLVHS & SLVMS drama programs    


cougar parents club

Cougar Club Meeting and Staff Appreciation Day

The next Cougar Club meeting will be at 7 pm on Thursday, April 11th in the staff room next to the office. We are busy planning for next year and we need more freshman and sophomore parents to help give feedback on and plan activities for your students. We support activities for all students in the school, but currently, primarily junior parents are represented.


Thanks to all who have signed up to bring food or help at the staff appreciation lunch on Friday, April 14th. 

We still need a few parents to help with serving, clean up, and bringing salads. You can sign up here.



grad night

2019 Grad Night News - Support Our Seniors!


grad night fundraising; call 3354425 for information




driver safety education

CHP Smart Start Classes for Newly-Licensed or Soon-to-Be Licensed Teens

Smart Start classes are free of charge and the CHP has an upcoming class scheduled on  Monday April 1st from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Aptos Branch Library at 7695 Soquel Drive in Aptos. Please call the Santa Cruz CHP Office to reserve a spot at (831) 662-0511.

Start Smart is aimed at helping newly licensed- or soon to be licensed- teenage drivers (15-19) become more aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. The newly licensed teenage driver and their parents/guardians are invited to attend and participate in a free 2 hour long Start Smart class. CHP officers speak directly to the newly licensed driver and their parents/guardians through candid conversations, discussing topics such as collision avoidance techniques along with collision causing elements such as excessive speed, DUI, and distracted driving. Start Smart makes teens and parents aware of the responsibilities they face and teaches what precautions to take to stay safe; such as the importance of seat belt unsafe, passengers in the vehicle and what to do when involved in a collision.


parent ed night: opioids and youth; call 3354425 for information


the little mermaid jr theater program; call 3354425 for information



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



every day counts

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


SLVUSD School Board Briefing

slvusd board briefing march 20; call 3365194 for information


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


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SLVUSD 2017-18 School Year Calendar    


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Click Here for District Community Opportunities Web Page



Congratulations to our SLV High School Student of the Week

student of the week: brian mcivor


 words of wisdom

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