Cougar Mail 5-17-19

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden


State CAASPP Testing in Math will take place Next Week

SLVHS JUNIORS will take this year's State Math Testing in their Math Classes next week

In High School, ONLY JUNIORS take the statewide test in Math.  


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 Math Grades

The SLVHS Math Department awards the following grade bump to the math grade to juniors who pass the state math tests given this spring. 

Exceeds Standards: 10% bump.  Meets Standards: 6% bump.  Students should speak to their teacher about grade bumps in A.P. math classes. 

Mr. Calden visited all Junior English classes last week with more details about testing and grade bumps and gave each student a handout with all of the information on several testing areas in order for families to be able to make an informed decision.



cougar parents club we're here to help with high school

What Really Happens after SLVHS?

When: Monday, May 20, 2:10-3:10 PM in the Multipurpose Room

Description: Want to know what you can expect after high school? A panel of 10 recent graduates from SLV HS who have taken a diverse set of college (community college, in-state 4-year, out of state, etc.) and work paths will share their experiences about going to college, going directly into the work force, or taking a gap year. They will talk about why they made the choices they did. Bring questions that you want to ask them. Students who attended this panel last year found it quite eye-opening to hear about the diversity of options available to them.


Other infoRecommended for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Co-sponsored by the Cougar Club and ASB. Pizza and ice cream will be served. Extra credit will be given by Silva, White, Lasater, Sanderson AVID    



SLVHS Aquaponics has Fresh Produce for Sale

The San Lorenzo Valley Aquaponics program has fresh produce grown in the SLVHS Greenhouse for sale. 

Email Howard Meyer at [email protected] if you are interested.


class of 2019

Class of 2019 Graduation Information 

Graduation for the Class of 2019 will be held on Friday, June 7 at 10:00 am on the High School Football Field.  

Below are some details about the day for both seniors and their families.


Agenda for the Morning

8:00-9:00 am Senior Breakfast on the Senior Lawn.

8:15 am Handicapped Parking entry begins

8:30 am Family access to seating areas begins.

This includes the bleachers, and putting up pop-ups or chairs on the hillsides

9:00 am Arrival of Graduates at Rooms E4 and E5

9:15 am Graduates begin to Line Up for Processional

9:45 am Processional begins- students walk up to field

10:00 am Graduation Ceremony Begins


At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates will exit the field the way they came in, heading back down to the senior lawn area, where they will pick up their actual diplomas and picture order packets from the Counseling Office.


The track and field area will not be open to the public before or after the ceremony.  Families can meet their graduates back down on the main campus, which will give the students time to get their materials from the Counseling Office.


More Detailed Information

Handicapped Parking: The entrance to handicapped parking will be at the entrance to the small road behind the softball/little league fields.  A Campus Supervisor will be there to check you in and direct you to our handicapped parking areas.  We will need all of these designated parking spaces for our families who have a handicapped parking placard or have someone who cannot make the walk up the hill.  We ask the rest of our families and guests to respect this and not use an accommodation you do not need.


Handicapped Seating: There will be handicapped seating available in the side bleachers.

The first row of the main bleachers is also reserved for handicapped guests. There will be space against the wall on the track for guests in wheelchairs.


Parking: There are several areas to park.  However, it will still be very crowded and every year, people do have to park offsite and walk. 

Carpooling is encouraged and recommended.  


Places to Park:

  • Main lot in front of the High School  
  • Side lot at the HS by baseball fields and pool
  • SLV Elementary Lot - including the playground blacktop next to the basketball hoops and next to the Field of Dreams grass area
  • SLV Middle School Lot - including dirt spots on the side of Hacienda Way
  • Church Parking Lot on Hacienda Way near the Middle School
  • Church Parking Lot on Fall Creek Drive/Hwy 9 near the bridge


Places NOT to Park:

  • Field of Dreams at SLVE.  Please don’t park on the grass
  • Castelli’s parking lot
  • Anywhere that blocks in another car or blocks entry or exit from the lot
  • On the sidewalk, on a shoulder that blocks the road, or anywhere else that is not legal to park.


Pictures: Professional pictures will be taken of each graduate after they receive their diploma and come to the front of the stage to be cheered.  Order forms for these photos will be included in the materials that graduates pick up in the counseling office after the ceremony.


Family members who want to take pictures during the ceremony are welcome to do so.  However, the track and field will not be open to the public.  And we also ask that you do not stand in front of people sitting in the bleachers.  


Seating: Please try and be respectful of seating.  Saving seats should really be done by sitting in them, not by spreading blankets across an entire row.  Of course, people will need to save a seat or two for someone coming up the hill or coming from handicapped parking.  But once the Processional of Graduates across the field begins, all seats should be made available to people who are there.


Things to bring:  

Water and Sunscreen: there will be water provided to graduates and water for sale for guests, but it doesn’t hurt to bring your own.


Things to please NOT bring:

Air Horns and Silly String:  Air Horns can hurt the ears of others and Silly String can cause damage to the turf field and is a giant mess that someone else has to clean up.

Shoes with heels: Graduates - heels can damage the track and the turf field. Please wear flats or wedge heels. No exceptions.

We are looking forward to a lovely morning of celebration for an amazing group of graduates.  


summer school

For students who failed a course this year or need to raise a D to a higher grade to remain 4-year university eligible, there are two options for summer school.  SLVHS offers classroom-based summer school in Math and PE, as well as other courses online.  The Santa Cruz County Office of Education offers a wider variety of classroom-based and online courses during the summer as well.  There are flyers for both programs attached to this email.




weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of May 5/20 - 5/24


May 20


Early Release Day - 2:01 Dismissal

CAASPP Math Testing for Juniors


May 21


CAASPP Math Testing for Juniors

SLVHS Blood Drive

Drama Booster Mtg - 6:30 pm


May 22


CAASPP Math Testing for Juniors

Military Visits at Lunchtime

Grad Night Fundraiser - Empire Grill


May 23


CAASPP Math Testing for Juniors  


May 24

  CAASPP Math Testing for Juniors
  Voter Registration in Quad at Lunch


drama banquet tickets

Drama Banquet Tickets Now on Sale!

Saturday, May 18, 5:00 p.m. in the SLV Cafeteria & PAC

Get your tickets for the 21st annual SLV Drama Banquet! There is an Early Bird Rate of $25 until Wednesday, May 15th. Starting Thursday, May 16th tickets go up to $30. Ticket can be purchased online in advance at, or at the door.  


san lorenzo valley unified school district

SLVUSD Parent, Student, and Staff LCAP Surveys 

Below are links to the Parent, Student, and Staff LCAP surveys to help guide our work in SLV. We use this survey to plan, and budget for the upcoming school year. You are a vital part of the learning program in SLV. Your knowledge, experience, and hard work make the SLVUSD instructional program strong and beneficial for students. Please take a moment to fill out this survey to provide information that will be used in district and school site planning for the 2019-2020 school year.


Parent survey link:


Student survey link:


Teacher survey link:



grad Night

2019 Grad Night News - Support Our Seniors!

grad night fundraisers; call 3354425 for details


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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San Lorenzo Valley High School Student of the Week

student of the week: kyla jubinville

words of wisdom


Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward. -Vernon Law