Newsletter 1-24-20

Next Week There is No School on Friday

Schedule is E-O-E-O-No School

Staff Professional Development Day




Principal's Message

from Jeff Calden


winter formal 2020

Winter Formal is next THURSDAY night at Roaring Camp

The 2020 Winter Formal: Winter in Manhattan will be on Thursday, Jan. 30 (no school the next day!) at Bret Hall, Roaring Camp, from 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM.

Tickets can be purchased online at (a processing fee applies) or at the Cougar Lawn each day at lunch, starting today.  


Please remember, if you are bringing a guest who is not an SLVHS student, you must turn in a completed guest permission slip to the admin office by the end of lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 29.  Guest permission slips are in the counseling office, admin office, or online:


While the word "Formal" is in the title, please know that "formal" attire is NOT required nor expected.  Just come and have fun!


Parents who are picking up students after the dance are asked, begged, and pleaded to PLEASE be there at 10:00.  Maybe even 9:55.  There will be staff members working the dance who can't go home until the last student is picked up. Thank you in advance for your help in this area.




photo of Coach Pollastrini

SLVHS Wrestling Coach Named CCS Honor Coach for Winter Sports

Congratulations to SLV High School wrestling coach Ken Pollastrini on winning the CCS Coaches Honor award for the winter season. Ken puts much time and care into our wrestling program and is a very deserving honoree.  Ken makes wrestling happen here at SLVHS. He is an excellent coach who does things the right way. We are proud and pleased that his hard work and efforts have been recognized.



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.



rotary banner

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.



Parent Info Night - VAPE: Hidden in Plain Sight

Presented by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office - Wed, February 19th in HS MPR 

ALL SLVUSD FAMILIES ARE WELCOME K-12. Knowledge is the First Step

poster for vape info night; for info contact


weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of January 27-31    


January 27




January 28


  Music Boosters Mtg  7:00 pm


January 29


A.P. Parent Night  6:30 pm - MPR


January 30


Winter Formal at Roaring Camp   Barn - 7:30 pm


January 31

Professional Development Day


student of the week: Audrey Oiesen - 9th Grade


New After-School Support Schedule for Semester Two

after school support schedule; call 335-4425 x201 for info


school bus

Important School Bus Message from SLVUSD Transportation

Current Riders with Semiannual Passes need to renew before January 31, 2020: 
Semiannual passes will be available at a cost of $116.00 round trip and $58.00 one
way. Semi-annual passes expire at the end of the school semester. Students
whose passes are not renewed 10 days after the pass expiration, may be denied
transportation.  The following link provides information to the Transportation Department website where passes can be purchased:  Additional information is provided on a flyer attached. 


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 cougar club

Lunchtime Medical Career Panel on February 6th

The Cougar Club and ASB are hosting a panel of people who work in medical careers on Thursday, Feb 6th from 11:45 - 12:45 in the MPR. The panelists will include: an emergency room nurse, EMT, midwife, flight paramedic, medical assistant, phlebotomist, massage therapist, and athletic trainer. This will be a small group discussion where you can ask the panelists questions. Interested students should contact Charlotte Achen ( to sign up, so you can be excused from leaving class early and arriving late. Pizza will be served  



Grad Night Annual Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser Coming in February

poster for wine and chocolate fundraiser

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!


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!



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:



CA Census 2020 Be counted, California; visit for information

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

"The best way out is always through." -Robert Frost