Newsletter 2-14-20

No School on Monday, February 17th

Washington's Birthday Holiday





Principal's Message

from Jeff Calden


no school monday

No School Monday, February 17th - Washington's Birthday Holiday

There is No School on Monday, February 17th.   Enjoy the time off.


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

vaping poster; for info email



credit unions dare you to take a bite of reality

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. 10 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.


parent resources

New Parents and Technology resource page on the SLVHS Website  

There is a new Parents and Technology resource page on the SLVHS Website

Below are just a few of many resources on the page that may be valuable to our parents when it comes to technology and our students.


  • Managing Technology- Tips for the first generation of parents raising children that never knew the world without the internet in the palm of their hands.
  • Technology Tools- Technology to manage technology.
  • Common Sense Media- Highly recommended site of information, reviews, and resources for parents.
  • Chromebooks- Important tips setting them up, family contracts and current models.
  • Smart Phones- Is your child ready for a smartphone? Family contracts, managing phones, why they're important.
  • Online Safety- Basic information with links to further details.


Visit the Parents and Technology page by clicking this link:  Parents and Technology

You can also reach the page under the Parents/Students tab at the top of the SLVHS website's main page




weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of February 17-21


February 17




February 18


 Drama Booster Mtg - 6:30 pm


February 19


Freeze Grades for Progress Rpts


Vaping Parent Information Night 6:00 pm SLVHS MP Room


February 20


Eligibility Declared


February 21



student of the week: Shane Neal



cougar pride

SLV High Students Compete in Science Bowl Competition   

photo of named students at SLAC

Chloe Khokar, Emily Staats, Ryan Hanning, Noelle Martin, Lulu Mattingly, and Lukas Hagar


Six SLVHS students competed last weekend at the SLAC National Accelerator Lab in Menlo Park.

The Science Bowl Competition pits two teams of five in a quiz game show style competition. 

Questions can be about topics in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space science, Math, and Energy.

Students have 5 seconds to buzz in and give an answer. 


Here's a sample question:

Physics - Identify all of the following 3 statements that are true of magnetism: 

1) When magnetic field lines are far apart, the field magnitude is large; 

2) One tesla is equal to one newton per ampere-meter; 

3) A straight segment of a conductor carrying current I in a uniform magnetic field B experiences a force F that is parallel to B. 

... and your five seconds are up.


In our first competition, SLVHS faced some elite and experienced schools from around the Bay Area.

SLVHS won 2 and lost 4 games in the competition, representing our school in an impressive fashion.

Special thanks to Mrs. Beck for taking on the role of team mentor!

Our SLVHS team is excited for another chance to compete and I hear they are also interested in challenging our own Science Teachers to a match. 


SLVHS Students at the San Lorenzo Valley Rotary Speech Contest 

photo of speech contest participants

Congratulations to all of the SLVHS students who competed last night in the SLV Rotary Speech Contest.

Students wrote and delivered a four to five minute speech on a topic of their choosing that involved one or more pieces of Rotary's Four-Way Test:  Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? All seven students did a great job of representing themselves, our school, and our community.  Lukas Hagar took 1st place and a $200 prize. Skylar Berggren placed 2nd for a $100 prize and Nolan Alisago placed third for a $50 prize.  Natalie Machado, Narayan Wilder, Dylan Deguara, and Katharina Guth also presented excellent speeches.


New After-School Support Schedule for Semester Two

support schedule: call 335-4425 x201 for details


chicago high school edition

Chicago is coming to SLV High School this March!

The SLVHS Drama Program presents the musical Chicago - this March in SLV Performing Arts Center

Tickets are now on sale for the show, which opens on March 6th.

Come support our talented and hardworking students.  See you there.


Tickets can be purchased at

The FB Event is  



grad night

Grad Night Annual Wine & 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!


March is Visual and Performing Arts Awareness Month at SLVUSD

visual and performing arts awareness month march 2020; call 336-4022 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


Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. -George Washington Carver