Newsletter 10-11-19

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden

Power Outage

Power Outages, PG&E, School/No-School and Everything in Between

Well that was fun! Thanks to all for rolling with the punches during these power outages.

I am really hoping that my power is back on when I get home tonight.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Why Did We Hear No School and Then Later Get a School is On Message?

We were informed by PG&E that we would not have the power back on in our area until Friday afternoon. We then began to let people know that school would be closed. Then PG&E called back and let us know they were sending crews to Felton and Boulder Creek to get our schools online. Around 8:00 pm, all schools had power, and we then began to let people know that school was back on for Friday.


Why Didn't We Just Cancel School on Friday?

When the power was out at school on Thursday, we had no school. If we don't have power at school, it affects water, septic, and the cafeteria's ability to make food. Due to the power outage, that is not a day we have to make up in June. Today we have power at school. If we cancel school due to power outages when we have power at school, we have to make up that day in June.

My Power is Still Out at Home, So I Don't Have to Come to School, Right?

Wrong. If school is open, school is open. Clearly if there are trees or power lines down across your road, and you can't get here, or if buses you depend on aren't running, there are ways to code those absences appropriately. But unfortunately, not having power at home is not one of them. And we must have school open for the reason in the previous question.



The PSAT will be given on the SLVHS Campus during School this Wednesday, 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.  

All sophomores, as well as freshman, and juniors who have signed up, will be taking the PSAT at school this Wednesday, October 16th.

It is imperative that you are at school on time. 

Everyone is to report to their regular second period class.

Your second period teacher will release you to the high school gym 

You must be there by 8:00 am

Bring: an allowed calculator, snack, and water bottle. 

You may not wear a smart watch or FitBit that day. 

If all goes according to plan, you should be done with testing by lunch. 

Plan on going to your sixth period class that day.  If you have any questions, see Charlotte in Counseling. 


Monarch Services / Servicios Monarca

Monarch Services Presentations to Seniors Next Week

Cougar Parents Club has partnered with Monarch Services to provide Teen Workshops to Seniors during their Language Arts classes next Thursday and Friday October 17th and 18th. Discussion topics will include: healthy relationships, teen dating violence, what is consent, sexual assault definition, trafficking, prevention strategies, and bystander intervention.  This will be the fourth year that Monarch has come to SLVHS and presented on these critical topics for our seniors. The presentations have been well-received by parents and students, including student responses to the post-presentation survey the past three years.

If for any reason, you do not wish for your senior student to participate in this presentation/discussion, please email me at to let me know and your senior will not participate. Thank you.


Monarch Services is a nonprofit organization that provides educational presentations to schools and other organizations, crisis intervention and counseling in Santa Cruz County. For more information visit:




Need Someone to Talk to? California Launches Mental Health Hotline for Calls or Instant Messaging

California residents in need of non-emergency emotional help can now call or instant message people at a hotline that debuted statewide Monday, just ahead of World Mental Health Day. The California Peer-Run Warm Line, available at 1-855-845-7415, will be staffed for most of the day to start. It's deliberately called a "warm line" because it's supposed to arrange for help before the situation raises to a "hotline" level. 


The free service offers non-emergency emotional support and referrals to anyone who calls or messages the number 1-855-845-7415It will be staffed 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. The goal is to have 24/7 service by the end of the year.



Weekly Schedule

Schedule for the Week of October 14-18


October 14


Grad Night Mtg: 6:30 pm


October 15


Drama Boosters Mtg: 6:30 pm


October 16


 PSAT at SLVHS: 8:00 am to 1 pm


October 17


Monarch Presentations - Senior ELA


October 18


Monarch Presentations -Senior ELA
Opening Night of Like, Like, Like
SLVHS Student Production - PAC  

SLVHS Student of the Week: Angelo Reis


Come and See the SLVHigh School Student Production of Like, Like Like?

Poster for Like, Like Like?

October 18-27, 2019

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00 p.m.

Sundays @ 2:00 p.m.

Community Night is Thursday, October 24 & 7:00 p.m. - all tickets $10 each


Like, Like Like? is a fast-paced farcical take on high school politics. At the center of it all, Dave Miller calls together characters from every clique to rig the election for Homecoming Queen/King. What he doesn’t tell them is that each person is rigging the vote in their own way. As Dave’s master plan falls apart, even he can’t tell who will win the HoCo title.



$12 - General

$10 - Staff/Students/Seniors

$10 - Community Night THUR 10/24


cougar pride

SLVHS Students meet with Texas A & M 

University during Lunchtime Visit Last Week

photo of students meeting university rep


  Academic Support

  Support Schedule; call 335-4425 x201 for info


Cougar Club

Please Support SLVHS Educational Programs

Thanks to the several parents who already donated to the Cougar Club donation drive. We are pleased that we have already raised $2125 in donations, which has been matched by a couple of anonymous donors so we have raised $4250 thus far. We need support from more families to meet our $12,000 fundraising goal. Donations of any amount are appreciated. All the money goes to career, college, and educational enrichment programs that benefit your children, as well as classroom equipment requested by teachers.

It’s easy and tax-deductible. The SLVHS Cougar Club now has non-profit status so you can donate via Paypal or Venmo to You can also make a donation via check or cash to the “Cougar Club” this can be mailed to the school (7105 Highway 9, Felton 95018) or dropped off at the office; if you donate this way then we don’t pay 2.5% in fees to Paypal or Venmo. Parent support and donations are what allow the Cougar Club to continue to provide programs and services to help ensure the success of our students, our teachers and our school.


slv athletic boosters

SLVHS Athletic Boosters Needs to add Core Members for Bingo

SLVHS Athletic Boosters raises a tremendous amount of money for our students each year by hosting and working Bingo one night week at the Portuguese Hall in Santa Cruz.  That money is a major reason our sports are free for students, unlike the pay-to-play models at all other high schools in our area.

If you are interested in helping you can contact the Boosters at

Volunteering also gives money directly to the sport of your choice at SLVHS


Grad Night Meeting This Monday at 6:30 pm

Goodwill fundraiser; email for info

Check in Check out


Parents: Students Leaving Campus for Appointments Must Check Out and Check Back in Through the Office. Just a reminder, if your student needs to leave campus during school hours; for any reason they must come to the administration office and get an Early Release Pass.  

If the student has a note to excuse him/her early they can come and get a pass to leave at designated time.

If the student does not have written permission we can call home and get permission.

You may call Ellen at 335-4425 ext. 204 if you have a situation that comes up and you need your student immediately.

Your attention to this is greatly appreciated. 

  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.


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. 



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 info


words of wisdom

Photo: Light at the end of a tunnel