Newsletter 2-21-20

Principal's Message

from Jeff Calden


vape addiction

Vape Addiction Help

As we continue down the path of our national teen vaping epidemic, I feel like the information that more and kids are vaping and starting at a younger age each year is out there. If you aren't aware as a parent that 20% of high school students in our country - six in every classroom of 30 on our campus - are vaping, you are now.  


But - at this point, I would like to put a focus on what to do to help those kids who are vaping.  Because telling someone not to vape because it's illegal, or bad for their health, or can kill them, doesn't really matter to someone who is an addict.  There are hundreds of teens in our community who started vaping, want to stop, but can't because they are addicted.  I am unsure if people know how QUICKLY a person can become a nicotine addict by vaping.  Below is a chart showing how many cigarettes it takes to equal the amount of nicotine in some different vape pods available.  For example, vaping one JUUL pod is equivalent in nicotine to smoking more than two packs of cigarettes.  Now think of a hardcore smoker with a two-pack a day habit trying to quit smoking.  You've probably known one.

That's what these kids are facing. 

Amounts and Equivalence;



Let's work to push away the stigma that some of these kids feel. Kids who want to quit, but they have to admit they are addicted to do so.

They made a decision to vape, but they weren't aware of the power of the addiction they were being fed when they made that choice.  They need our help.


If this is you or someone you care about, please take advantage of the resources below:



Text DITCHJUUL TO 88709 to receive support 24/7 for cravings, stresses, and slips

Text QUIT NOW to 66819 

Adults and Parents text QUIT to (202) 899-7550 to find help for those quitting


"Alexa, open stop vaping coach"

"Alexa, tell stop vaping coach to sign me up"


"Hey, Siri, resources to stop vaping"

APPS for your Phone:  

QuitStart and No Butts



Please pass this information on to anyone who is suffering from an addiction they did not ask for and who doesn't know how to stop.



Grad Night

Grad Night Annual Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser is Tomorrow!

The annual Wine & Chocolate fundraiser for SLVHS Grade night is tomorrow - Saturday, February 22 - at Scopazzi's Restaurant from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm.

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!



weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of February 24-28


February 24




February 25


  Bite of Reality - 9 am to 1 pm

  NAMI Mental Health Presentations      in 10th grade History classes

 Music Boosters Mtg - 7:00 pm


February 26


NAMI Mental Health Presentations in 10th grade History classes


February 27




February 28




Student of the week: Alexis Walsh - 12th Grade



Cougar Clug

Thanks to Parents who Volunteered for Bite of Reality!

Now Looking for Volunteers for the College and Career Fair in March

A huge thanks to all the parents who signed up to help with Bite of Reality next Wednesday, February 26. We now have enough volunteers so we can offer this workshop to our seniors. A reminder to parents who signed up to be there at 8:45 am. Coffee will be provided. We still need about 10 more volunteers to help with the College and Career Fair for all grades on March 25th. There are various time slots and tasks open. To sign up click here. Charlotte Achen has spent a huge amount of time planning this event for our students but she needs parents help to run the event.


SLVHS Self-Employed Career Panel in the MPR at Lunch on March 5
The Cougar Club and ASB are hosting a panel of people who run their own business on Thursday, March 5th from 11:45 - 12:45 in the MPR. The panelists will include: architect, real estate agent, insurance agent, graphic designer, day care, and others. 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.  



slv drama presents 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

March 6-15

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00 p.m.

Sundays @ 2:00 p.m.

Community Night is Thursday, May 12 - all tickets $13 each



$18 General

$15 Seniors

$13 Staff/Students & Community Night


Get your tickets for Chicago: High School Edition, directed by Will Guilford, with music direction by Nicki Kerns and choreography by Whitney James-Heskett. Set against the backdrop of Prohibition and speakeasies, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly murders her philandering husband, and Chicago's slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn, is set to defend her. But when Roxie Hart also winds up in prison, Billy takes on her case as well -- turning her into a media circus of headlines.  Neither women will be outdone in their fight against each other and the public for fame and celebrity. Seating for this production is reserved.

Facebook event


Tickets can be purchased at

The FB Event is  


New After-School Support Schedule for Semester Two

semester two support schedule; call 335-4425 x201 for information


March is Visual and Performing Arts Awareness Month at SLVUSD

slvusd VAPA awareness month march 2020; family dinners with ensembles, movie showings, drama productions, art exhibits, music performances and more...



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


It is possible to read something you don't agree with on the internet and simply move on with your life.