Newsletter 9-20-19


Next Week is a Backwards Week due to Homecoming Rally on Friday


The A Day on Friday is a Regular 7:55 am start with a 2:49 release

There will NOT be a shortened day next week


Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden



Homecoming Cougars

Next Week is Homecoming Week

Spirit Activities, Rally, Football Games, and a Dance!

Homecoming Week is next week, culminating with the Homecoming Football game and Homecoming Dance on Saturday. 

The varsity game is at 2:00 pm vs. Soquel and the Dance will be Saturday night from 7:30-10:00 pm in the High School Gym.

Throughout the week there will be dress-up days and spirit competitions at lunch, with a rally in the gym on Friday from 11:35 am to 12:35 pm.


We will have five Spirit Days in which students can dress up and earn valuable points for their individual classes. Wednesday evening, students can join in and help with the Amazing Gym Decorating Contest in which the four classes compete for best decorations. Parents, you are welcome to swing by and see the action. Friday we have our Homecoming Rally in the gym and introduce the Homecoming Court. The four classes will compete and perform previously rehearsed lip syncs to wow the audience and judges.


Homecoming Spirit Days 2019:

Monday, September 23 - Gym Vibes: Wear your best workout/exercise gear.

Tuesday, September 24- Greek Life: Wear your sorority/fraternity gear - extra point if you top it off with a Toga!

Wednesday, September 25 - Wacky Wednesday: Nothing matches? Inside Out? Looking foolish? Perfect!

Wednesday, September 25 - Gym Decorating: Open 3-8 pm. 3-7 for everyone. 7-8 for Seniors Only.

Thursday, September 26: Beach and Lifeguards: Extra point if you bring a floatie!

Friday, September 27- Class Colors Day: 9th: Green, 10th: Yellow, 11th: Blue, 12th: Red

Friday, September 27: Homecoming Rally: at 11:35 with Decorations, Class Lip Syncs ,and Homecoming Court presented.

Saturday, September 28: Football games: JV 11:00 am and Varsity 2:00 pm 

Saturday, September 28: Homecoming Dance: 7:30 - 10:00 pm in the High School Gym 


Lunchtime Class Competitions on the Cougar Lawn:  

Monday: Worms and Dirt

Tuesday: Donut Game

Wednesday: Limbo

Thursday: Cornhole


Homecoming Dance Ticket Sales:

Tickets will be on sale Monday through Friday at lunch on the Cougar Lawn. The cost is $10. Tickets can also be purchased at the Dance.

Guest Permission slips are needed for any students from other schools. Permission slips can be picked up in either office and need to be signed by parents and school administrator of both schools.


Progress Reports

1st Grading Period ends next Friday - Progress Report Grades and Eligibility

The first grading period ends next Friday.  These grades are stored as a Progress Report.

These are not final grades, as the Semester Grades are the only grades that go on a student's transcript.

That said, these grades are used to declare Eligibility for Sports and Drama.

Students must have a 2.0 GPA and no Fs in order to remain eligible.

Students cannot regain eligibility until the next Progress Report Grading Period on November 13th.


The Mattress Fundraiser

SLV Music Fundraiser - 2019 Mattress Sale - September 21st in HS Gym from 10 am to 5 pm

Hey! Do you happen to need a new mattress? San Lorenzo Valley Music Programs is hosting their 4th annual mattress sale fundraiser from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on September 21st in the gym. I know it sounds crazy, but what Custom Fundraising Solutions does is bring in 25 different mattresses from name brands like Simmons Beautyrest into the school for a day, transforming the gym into a mattress showroom. It's just like a store, but in a school. Custom Fundraising Solutions then goes directly to the manufacturer in ordering the brand new bed. They take out the middle man saving customers up to 50% on a mattress while giving a huge amount of money back to the Music Program.  If you need a new mattress or know anyone who does, have them come to the event and get a new mattress here! 


Check in on Facebook + Invite all of your Facebook friends : 

What is a mattress fundraiser? :

Thanks for supporting the San Lorenzo Valley Music Programs!



The PSAT will be given on the SLVHS Campus during School on October 16

All Sophomores are registered by the school and will take the Test for Free that Day

SLV High School pays for all Sophomores to take the PSAT on campus during the school day.  This year, the PSAT is on October 16th.

Juniors can register to take the test at school that day by coming to the Administration Office at Brunch or Lunch.  The cost for Juniors is $20.

Freshman can sign up in the Administration Office to be on the waitlist if there is room.



Self-defense being taught at SLVHS

Self-Defense/Karate Classes at SLV High this Week

Over 200 SLVHS freshman received self-defense/karate classes this week on campus. As part of our physical education programs, a local martial arts instructor taught different aspects of self-defense including psychological understanding, strategies to recognize and get out of trouble, and effective karate techniques. The classes were very well-received by the students. Special thanks to Neville Loberg, an experienced instructor from locally-owned Oakstrong Martial Arts for volunteering to provide this service to the school.



Weekly Schedule

Schedule for the Week of September 23-27


September 23




September 24


Music Booster Mtg - 7:00 pm 


September 25


How Do I Pay for College?

Workshop 6:30 - 8:00 pm HS MPR


September 26




September 27


Homecoming Rally 11:35 am -  Gym

Student of the Week: Noah Cole


Mock Trial at SLV High - Looking for a few Local Attorneys to Help as Coaches

The Mock Trial team led by Ms. Ruby is up and running at SLVHS.

The team is looking for one or two local attorneys to serve as Attorney Coaches as they prepare for their first case. The Mock Trial coordinator in Santa Cruz County Office of Education is reaching out to try and help, but if we a parent or local community member who is an attorney and willing to help out, please contact Jennifer Ruby at



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SLVHS Robotics at the County Fair

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Collin O'Roak and Steven Bukowinski display the work of our SLVHS Robotics Course

Great job, gentlemen! Thank you for representing our school so well!


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Updated After-School Support Schedule

Academic Teacher Support schedule. Call 335-4425 x201 for info

Cougar Parents


Support SLVHS When You Shop

You can support college, career, and educational enrichment programs at SLVHS when you shop at Wild Roots Markets in Felton and Boulder Creek. Simply purchase a gift card and tell the cashier which school you would like to support SLV High School (code #701). Wild Roots Markets will donate 5% of your purchase to the Cougar Club. Once you have a card, you can easily add money to it.


You can also support SLVHS when you purchase items from over 200 retailers such as Amazon, eBay, Kmart, CVS, Home Depot, AirBnB, and various airlines by buying gift cards through the Benefit app (see for a full list) and using them when you shop. Then 2-10% of your purchase prices (depending on the retailer) support the SLV High School Cougar Club. It just takes a couple of quick steps to get started:


  1. Download the Benefit app.
  2. Select SLV High School Cougar Club as your beneficiary
  3. Link your bank account (we get a higher percentage of your purchase) or credit card.
  4. Then you purchase gift cards for the amount of your choice for any of the retailers on the list and use those to make your purchases.


This a great way to support SLVHS educational programs without having to spend any additional money. Email if you have any questions about it or problems enrolling.




Get Your Cougar Gear and Support Grad Night 2020

Order Cougar Gear Online at  Cougar Gear online via Riddell and support Grad Night 2020!

This link is only good through Monday, September 30 so get your order in TODAY! Be advised that it takes a few weeks for your order to process.  

We will also have some left-over stock and a limited number of blankets available at the Homecoming JV and Varsity Football games on Saturday, September 28. Email us at if you have any questions.


Grad Night Dine Out Fundraiser at Sushi San on September 24th  

Grad-Night-Dine-Out-September at Sushi San. Call 335.4425 x201 for info.


from bell to bell there is no cell

No Cell Phone Use During Class Periods

Not in the Classroom. Not in the Halls. Not in Your Car. Not in a Tree. Turn it Off and Let it Be

The SLVHS cell phone policy is to have phones powered down and in backpacks at all times except for brunch and lunch. Many students are using their phones in classrooms and in the hallways. 


If administrators or campus supervisors see a student using a phone during instructional time, it will result in the phone being immediately confiscated and brought to the Administrative Office. Students can pick up their phones at the end of the day. Repetitive cell confiscations will warrant greater consequences. Thank you for supporting your child's learning.


Families: please do not text or call your child during the school day. If there is an emergency or you need to get a message to your child, please call the office and we will get that message to the student or bring that student up to call you. This method has worked for over 100 years and still works today. In fact, it is more reliable than a text. Thank you for working with us to make class time more productive and less stressful for students.


every day counts

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 OneCall 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(s) of the absence(s)
  •       The specific reason for the absence
  •       Phone number where the parent can be reached


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.


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: or 335-4425 ext. 202.


Below are some helpful links and contact information for SLV High School students and parents:

SLV High School Website SLV High School Calendar     SLV High School Bell Schedule   

SLVUSD 2019-20 School Year Calendar   SLVHS Student Handbook

Administration        Staff Directory        Campus Map

SLVHS Cougar Parent Club  SLVHS Athletics Booster Club


7105 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018

Phone: (831) 335-4425

Fax: (831) 335-1531

Attendance Line: (831) 335-3646

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. 


Community Opportunity

The Community Opportunity Link is provided as a courtesy for parents and students by the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District to receive information of current local events and other student opportunities. These opportunities range from scouting, sports, arts/drama, local community events, as well as other parent resources.

In an effort to reduce paper, flyers will not be sent home to students; all approved flyers will be posted to this District-created website.

community & emergency notifications. visit for more info



words of wisdom


"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it." - Nelson Mandela