Newsletter 12-13-19

Principal's Message

from Jeff Calden


final exam schedule

Finals Week Schedule is Very Different than a Normal Week (Read This!)

The Schedule for Next week is not a regular Schedule

Monday is a Regular A Day with school starting at 7:55 am and ending at 2:49 pm

Tuesday is the first day of Finals with Periods 2 then 3. School starts at 8:00 am and ends at 12:10 pm

Wednesday is the second day of Finals with Periods 5 then 4. School starts at 8:00 am and ends at 12:10 pm 

Thursday is the last day of Finals with Periods 1 then 6.  School starts at 8:00 am and ends at 12:10 pm 

There is NO SCHOOL on FRIDAY.   The complete schedule for next week is attached to this email.

Zero Period Finals will be given from 7:00 to 7:50 am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

There will be food available in the cafeteria from 12:10 to 12:40 each Finals minimum day.


Metro Buses will on their Regular Schedule on those three Finals Minimum Days

SLV High toward Santa Cruz:  12:29 pm and 12:59 pm

SLV High toward Boulder Creek: 12:37 pm (Hwy 9) and 1:07 pm (Glen Arbor)


final exam study tips

Final Exams are Next Week

Finals exams will take place next week on Tuesday, December 17, Wednesday, December 18, and Thursday, December 19.

While this can be a stressful time, below are some tips on how best to navigate yourself toward positive outcomes.


Prioritize the Tests that Matter the Most

It's a mistake to consider all of your finals equal if you do better in one subject than another. Some students think that they should commit equal time to studying for each test. Commit the time where you need it most.

Clarify the Content and Format of your Exams

Find out what the test is going to cover.  Know what the format is: multiple choice, essay, short answer, or a combination of different types of questions.

Study Guides are your Friends

If a teacher is nice enough to create a study guide USE IT! They tell you exactly what to study.

Learn how YOU study Best

Everyone learns differently. Just because your friend makes color-coded outlines, it doesn't mean that's the best way for you to study. Use Mnemonics. Make Flashcards. Study the way that works best for you.

Remove Distractions

Music may help you study, so turn it on if that’s what works for you.  But turn off the TV and TURN OFF YOUR PHONE!  If you can’t live without it for more than an hour, turn it off and check it when you take a break.  Remove yourself from other humans, unless they are studying with you. Don’t study with another human who is distracting or doesn’t take studying as seriously as you do. That isn't studying, it's wasting your precious time.

Multi-Tasking is a Myth

If you think you can study while also doing other things, you can't. Research shows that multi-tasking is truly a myth. Doing two things at once doesn't save time. It just makes you less successful at both things. If you are more interested in learning this sad fact that many people cannot accept, you can read about it here: Multi-tasking is a Myth.

Take Breaks

When you study, your brain consumes glucose. Take a five-minute break every hour to let your body produce more fuel for your studying. Take a walk, have a healthy snack and stretch. Taking breaks will actually improve your studying.

Know when to Stop Studying

Eight to Twelve hours from the actual test, it's probably time to stop studying. You're not going to learn a lot of new content at this point. The likelihood is much higher that you're going to stress yourself out and confuse yourself.

Get Some Sleep and Eat Breakfast.

Eight hours is ideal for the night before an exam. It may be tempting to stay up late studying, but remember that you are going to need energy and focus for your exam. So Sleep and then Eat.  Bonus: these are two of everybody’s favorite things to do.

Naturally Energize yourself the Morning of the exam

Do something stimulating the morning of the exam: Make pancakes, take your dog for a walk, or get some exercise. Do something that's going to make you feel alive and positive and will build up your energy level and confidence before the test.

Be Careful with Caffeine and Avoid Energy Drinks the Morning of the exam

Biggest mistake people make before an Exam. Overstimulation will make your hands shake, your brain rattle, and your attention span disappear. And there is a good chance you will simply crash in the middle of the test.

Relax and Breathe!

You've survived final exams before, and you'll survive them this time too. If you're feeling nervous when you sit down to take the test, close your eyes and take some slow, steady breaths. Inhale through your nose and picture that breath going to the top of your head.  Exhale through your mouth and picture that breath coming out your belly button.

It may be a little weird, but it works!


SLVHS Winter Concert next Wednesday, December 18 in the PAC

winter concert 12-18-2019 7:00 pm; email for info

Order your 2020 SLVHS Graphic Design Class Calendar Now!

The SLVHS Graphic Design classes have created a 2020 calendar featuring original line art illustrations by the students in the class.

This would look great on your wall or wrapped up as a Holiday gift for a friend or loved one.  

All net proceeds from sales of the calendar will be donated to a local charity for the unsheltered.

Thank you for supporting our SLVHS student artists!

calendar orders:



weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of December 16 - 20


December 16 


Regular A Day - 2:49 Dismissal


December 17


  Periods 2 and 3 - 12:10 Dismissal



December 18


Periods 5 and 4 - 12:10 Dismissal


December 19


Periods 1 and 6 - 12:10 Dismissal


December 20


Winter Break Begins!

student of the week: jordan king

cougar pride

forestry challenge students

San Lorenzo Valley High School students assessed the growth potential and recommended timber management options for Redwood Glen at the 2019 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge. Front row, left to right: Leland Mackessy, Dylan Deguara, Haven Wallace-Menge, Liam Debus. Back row, left to right: Don Mackessy (advisor), Dave Debus (advisor)


key club students at felton library

The SLVHS Key Club had a cool event last weekend helping the Felton Library with their closing sale in preparations for the new Felton Library Opening.The library made over $1,200 from the book sale and the Key Club made sure we made an additional $453 in donations for the Boulder Creek Remodel!   (L-R): Jessica Willaims, Lillie Czarnota, Aron Conger (advisor), Reese Hulsey, and Lukas Hager. 


cougar club

ASB and Cougar Club Sponsoring a Film about Social Media for Students and Parents 

ASB and the Cougar Club are sponsoring a Screening of the New Documentary LIKE, an IndieFlix Original Documentary on Wednesday, January 15, at 6:00 PM at the SLVHS PAC. 


LIKE explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire and help equip us to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care… but is that what's really happening? 

Please RSVP here. Tickets are free, but donations will be encouraged at the door to help offset the cost of movie rental.

To view the Trailer, click the link:  Trailer

All are welcome! 


academic support

support schedule: call 335-4425 x 201 for information


SLV Middle School Presents Seussical - Three Shows Left - Friday/Saturday/Sunday

seussical poster; email for information

Come join the fun with 50 San Lorenzo Valley Middle School students as they bring joy, laughter, and heartfelt family fun to the Dr. Seuss story of Horton Hears a Who through the wonderful music celebrated in "Seussical Jr."

$15 - General
$10 - Staff/Students/Seniors




sex education

Sex Ed will take place in Freshman PE classes the Week of January 27th

We are pleased to inform you that your child will have the opportunity to participate in the Teen Talk High School course in their Physical Education class beginning on Monday January 27, 2020. Teen Talk High School is a comprehensive sexuality education program developed by trained professionals in the field of sexuality education at Health Connected (

Teen Talk High School is a comprehensive sexuality education course, designed to provide an open forum for teenagers to ask questions and get medically-based, unbiased, and accurate information. Teen Talk High School complies with California Education Codes 51930-51939 (California Healthy Youth Act of 2015) and meets the California Health Education Content Standards under “Growth, Development and Sexual Health.”

Teen Talk High School covers the following topics: Values Clarification, Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy, Abstinence/Not Having Sex, Healthy Relationships, Birth Control, including a condom demonstration, Pregnancy Options, Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV, Sexual Safety, Consent, and the Law, Sexual Identity & Gender, Sex in the Media, Communication and Decision-Making, and Parent/Guardian Communication.  


A pre/post-assessment will be administered at the beginning and end of the course. The assessment covers sexual health knowledge that will be covered during the course as well as questions about student comfort and confidence in communicating about sexual health topics with peers, partners, and trusted adults. You can examine instructional materials, including assessments, at the school office. If you have questions, please see your child’s teacher or principal. State law allows you to remove your student from any portion of a comprehensive sexual health education course. If you do not want your student to participate in this sexual health course, please give a note to your student’s Physical Education teacher or the School Principal by Friday, January 24, 2020.  The goal of a comprehensive sexual health education program is to help students learn the facts and to make good decisions now, and later in life. 



SLVHS Students will Take State of California Tobacco Survey Next Month

SLVHS was selected by the State of California to participate in an anonymous student survey about tobacco exposure, use, accessibility, and susceptibility. If you do not wish for your student to participate, please fill out the opt-out form that will go home in English class next week. Students will take the anonymous online survey between Jan 6 and 17 during English class. If you have any questions, you can contact the California Student Tobacco Survey at [email protected] or 858-300-1088.  


grad night

grad night togo's night fundraiser 12/117 3-8 pm; call 335-4425 x201 for information

amazon smile

Use Amazon Smile to Support Grad Night

We know many groups are requesting your support for donations through the Amazon Smile program. Please consider switching your Amazon Smile recipient to San Lorenzo Valley High School Grad Night. Our group will receive 0.5% of eligible Amazon Smile purchases. Thanks in advance for supporting SLVHS Grad Night 2020!

grad night gift wrap fundraiser; call 335-4425 x201 for information



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.



words of wisdom

i refuse to entertain negativity. Life is too big and time is too short to get caught up in empty drama.