Newsletter 1-31-20


Principal's Message

from Jeff Calden


club day

Spring Club Applications & Club Day If you have a new or returning club for the spring semester, please complete the online club application - it was sent to your school emails. Spring Club Day will be on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at lunch.



Open ASB meeting for All Students

Do you want to see change happen here at SLVHS and improve our school culture? Stop by for an ASB meeting open to all students, at lunch in the MPR on Wednesday, February 5. For further information, consult Tasina Westberg or Claire Hackett.


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 Night; for questions contact


Weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of February 3 - 7     


February 3




February 4


  Club Day at Lunch


February 5


Open ASB Mtg in MPR at Lunch

Voter Registration at Lunch

8th Grade Parent Night 6:30pm MPR


February 6


Voter Registration at Lunch
Cougar Club Mtg - 7:00 pm  


February 7

E Voter Registration at Lunch  

Student of the week: Alex Castro-Neri - 11th grade



Letter from Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency on the Coronavirus


The CDC and state and local public health departments are closely monitoring developments regarding an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020 in the State of Washington. On January 26, 2020 two cases were confirmed in Southern California. Public health departments are working to identify anyone who might be infected to prevent further spread of the outbreak. To date, there are no confirmed cases in Santa Cruz County and residents are at low risk of becoming infected.

When new viruses surface, there can be lots of anxiety and stress. It’s important to stay informed. We acknowledge the impact that this outbreak is having on our community, and on those who have friends or relatives who are affected. We are thinking of you.


What you need to know

  • In the unusual event that a child or staff member is identified who recently traveled from Wuhan, China, and who has any of these respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), he or she should be sent home from school/work, and the school should contact the Communicable Disease Unit at: 831-454-4114 (Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM) and 831-471-1170 (after hours and weekends) for additional guidance.

We encourage all students, parents, and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu

  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick.
    • Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
    • Separate sick students and staff from others, ideally in a separate place, until they can be picked up to go home.
  • Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
  • Perform routine surface cleaning.
  • Consider not attending large gatherings, as this is where cold, flu, and other respiratory viruses often spread.

We will monitor the developing situation and inform you of any additional public health recommendations.





Corinne Hyland, MPH | Public Information Officer

Community Health Education|Educación de Salud en la Comunidad

Public Health Division | Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency

1070 Emeline Ave, Bldg G | Santa Cruz, CA 95060



(  (831) 454-7558 | 7 (831) 454-5048 | 8


Better Hea


New After-School Support Schedule for Semester Two

After school support schedule; call 335-4425 x 201 for info


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  


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. 20 parent volunteers are still needed to help from 8:45-12:00 so we can offer this program. 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.



Grad Night

Grad Night Annual Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser Coming in February

Save the date! wine and chocolate 2-22-20 Scopazzi's 11:30 am

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:




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

Never argue with someone who believes their own lies.