Newsletter 1-17-20

No School on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

(No School-O-E-O-E)



Principal's Message

from Jeff Calden


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2020 Rotary Speech Contest is Coming in February - Sign up NOW!

SLVHS students will have a chance to compete in the Annual Youth Speech Contest put on by the Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley.

Contest is open to all SLVHS students and will be held at 6:15 pm on Thursday, February 13th at Scopazzi's Restaurant in Boulder Creek.

The students who finish in the top three will win cash prizes of $200, $100, and $50. The winner will advance the County Competition in March.

You can't win if you don't show up.

If interested, email Mr. Calden or Superintendent Bruton to get your name on the list.




ap parent night

A.P. Parent Information Night at SLVHS will be January 29th at 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center (PAC)

On Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 starting at 6:30pm in the Performing Arts Center we will be holding our Advanced Placement (A.P.) Information Night. 

This evening will be a Q&A with some of our A.P. Teachers on the Advanced Placement courses offered at SLVHS. 

In order to gauge attendance, if you can just RSVP by clicking here, we would appreciate it.

Additionally, students can attend lunchtime informational meetings on specific Advanced Placement classes, click here for the lunchtime schedule. 

College Board has more information on A.P. Courses that can be found here.



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. 



weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of January 20-24     NO SCHOOL MONDAY


January 20


Martin Luther King Jr.  Holiday


January 21


  Drama Boosters Mtg 6:30 pm 


January 22




January 23




January 24



slvhs student of the week: aaron fajardo - 9th grade



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Parent Volunteers Needed to Help our Students Learn about Financial Responsibility

On Wednesday, February 26, the Cougar Club and the College & Career Office will be sponsoring our annual offering of the Bite-of-Reality hands-on, budget workshop where SLVHS seniors learn how to manage their money and plan for the future. 30 parent volunteers are needed to help from 8:45-12:00 that morning. Parents will participate by selling students various items such as cars, groceries, housing, child care, etc. Parents who have participated before have all enjoyed it. Please sign up here. Please note that you need to be at the event for the entire morning.



cougars track and field

Track and Field Parent Meeting

The Parent Meeting for Track and Field will be Wednesday, January 22nd at 6:00pm in the SLVHS Multi-Purpose Room


grad night

Grad Night Annual Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser Coming in February

Online tickets for our annual Wine & Chocolate fundraiser are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased in advance at There will also be tickets available at the door. Each ticket includes a complimentary wine or beer glass plus five (5) tastings. The event includes a silent auction, wine & beer tasting, fine chocolates, and live music from local musicians. Thanks in advance to our sponsors:  Hallcrest Vineyards, Kissed by an Angel Wines, Santa Cruz mountain Vineyard, Shale Canyon Wines, Steel Bonnet Brewing Co., Shanty Shack Brewing & Ashby Confections. We hope you can join us!



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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!



Class of 2020 parents - Get your Student's Senior Ad in the Yearbook!

The time is wrapping up on your student’s senior year!

Senior ads in the SLV Yearbook are a perfect way to pay tribute to your student and all of their accomplishments over these past four years. 

You can make the ad online on the Jostens’ Senior Ad website at:


OR you can create a Senior Ad “scrapbook style” by hand and send it with your student to Mr. Poetzinger’s room I-104.

OR you may lay it out on your computer and e-mail a copy (preferably in a .jpg or a .pdf format) to

Checks are to be made out to “San Lorenzo Valley High School,” and submitted to room I-104.

Remember that our yearbook is based on an 8½” by 11” page format. 

Ads need to be submitted by Wednesday, February 5th

$160 Full Page - 8½” wide by 11” tall

$80 Half Page - 8½” wide by 5½” tall

$50 Quarter Page – 4¼” wide by 5½” tall


Thank you! 


2020 SLVHS Sempervirens Yearbook Staff 

P.S. ➔ Buy a 2020 yearbook online for $85 or in room I-104. 

All checks are made out to San Lorenzo Valley High School. 


To purchase a Yearbook online go to:



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SLVUSD Student Nutrition Services - TITAN

New  for 2019/20 school year: Student Nutrition Services online payments can be made through Titan School Solutions. Please visit to create your account to make payments and view transactions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at (831) 335-5384 or    


presidential inauguration

Presidential Inauguration 2021

Our school will be joining thousands of students nationwide to participate in the Close Up Foundation’s week-long Presidential Inauguration program in Washington, DC.  We will be attending the program January 16-22, 2021.  The cost is $2,865.

Your student will have the opportunity to:

  • Witness the Presidential Inauguration on the national mall and attend a student Inaugural Ball.
  • Meet students from all over the country and make new friends
  • Experience D.C: monuments, memorials, museums, neighborhoods, and some hidden gems.
  • Participate in simulation and debates on key issues
  • Visit Capitol Hill for Walking Workshop

If you are interested, please contact Cindy Martinez at for more information. And visit 




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 have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." -Martin Luther King, Jr.