Newsletter 3-27-20

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden


Good morning,


I hope all is well with you and your family.


The big school news this week was that the closure of county schools has been extended to May 6th.  

Below is the message sent out a few days ago by our Superintendent. 


And then we have some refreshingly normal school-type announcements.

And right now, I will take all the normal I can get.


Have a happy weekend.


Updated Message for Families from Superintendent, Laurie Bruton on 3/25: 

In a decision made in partnership with the Public Health Officials, the Santa Cruz County schools will be closed through May 6, 2020. With this date, 5/6/20, please remember that it is a date that may not be realistic based on the unpredictability of the future for the health conditions in the area. We will not restart school if there is any risk to students, families, and staff. Because the future is incredibly unpredictable at this time, we are stating that school is postponed until at least May 6, 2020, with probable extensions. 

For the SLV schools, that means that we will continue to offer Continued Learning remotely and provide instruction and assignments for all K-12 students. 

Teachers continue to be available to families and students in SLV.  


We will also provide a FREE breakfast/lunch, Mon.-Fri. 

9:00am -11:00am each weekday for ALL students at BCE and the TriCampus.


As always, the SLV family is in this together. If you need assistance please call the school or the district office. We all will be required to serve in one capacity or another during this difficult time, but each of us will do what we can. Thankfully, with a team approach, "we got this".


Please remember that while teachers are teaching, your counselors, your administrators, your office staff, and your tech support team are here for you. We just aren't where we normally are.  Email us.  We will answer.  Call the school's main phone line (335-4425) and leave a message. We will respond. And we will do our best to help. 


Seniors - Senior Exit Portfolios are now Optional for 2020 - Read Details Below

Because we realize that we are all facing additional challenges and hardships during this unusual time, our school and district administration, pending board approval, has made the decision to make the Senior Exit Portfolio optional this year to all seniors. We hope this will allow those students who are already facing the challenges of online learning and meeting graduation requirements to have one less project and concern to worry about. We also recognize that many Seniors are near completion or have already completed their portfolios. We still want to honor all your hard work and dedication. We will accept and grade all portfolios turned in by April 13th. All portfolios that pass will be awarded Honors recognition. These students will be commended at Senior Awards and Graduation.


SLVHS Virtual Spirit Week - March 28 - April 3, 2020

Post pictures on your Class Instagram AND email them to Mrs. Hackett!

Singing Saturday - Favorite song at the moment (take a screenshot of the album cover or Spotify page)/make a karaoke video!

Lazy Sunday - Pajamas - Pillow/Blanket fort day

Movie Monday: Dress as a movie character and/or post your favorite movie or your favorite movie quote

Tie-Dye Tuesday - Tie-Dye clothes;  make something creative

Workout Wednesday - exercise/sports clothes; post your favorite workout

Throwback Thursday - post a picture of yourself BEFORE high school

Fancy Friday - dress up nice, do your hair, (Mrs. Hackett will even put on make-up!!)


poster illustrating each spirit day


Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks are now only $85 instead of $90.  

Don't pass this deal up!

Advanced Placement (A.P.) Testing Updates for Students and Families

Dear Advanced Placement Student & Parents/Guardians of AP Students,

The College Board has updated information regarding online AP course material and AP testing/exams. The most up to date information on AP exams can be found at the following link:


Please refer to the above website for specific information for each AP course exam as well as other important details. Below is a summary of the most important information to be aware of:

  • This year, AP exams will be 45 minutes, free-response, and taken at home
  • AP exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March
  • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates (these testing dates are not yet available)
  • Relevant free-response questions will become available in the AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam
  • The College Board has created free remote learning resources (linked here) for students. In addition, beginning Wednesday, March 25, students can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These will be recorded and available on-demand for students to access at any time.
  • The College Board is encouraging students to wait until closer to the test date to decide if they will take the AP exam or not. Any student already registered for an AP exam can choose to cancel at no charge


The College Board will be posting another update with more details regarding taking AP exams at home, dates of AP exams, as well as available practice AP test materials by April 3rd. 

Please contact your AP teacher with specific questions and do your best to continue your learning so you are prepared for your AP exam. You’ve got this!


SLVHS Newspaper - The Claw - Now Being Published Online

Follow the student journalists covering San Lorenzo Valley High School at The Claw newspaper online: and on Twitter at


SLV Unified School District LCAP Survey - Please Give us Your Input

We value parent input and would like to hear from all families!



Health Corner

From SLVUSD Nurse Sarah Dahlen


We recently learned that school will not be in session and continued learning will be in place until at least May 6th. I understand that many families have supplied medications to their students' school sites and that refilling prescriptions may be difficult at this time. If you would like to schedule a time to pick up your students'medications, please contact me via my email below. 


Like many of you, my family is trying to figure out our new schedule and routine with stay at home and continued learning. As we familiarize ourselves with this new way of life, I wanted to offer a few ideas:

  • Be kind and gentle to yourself and others. Do what you can and be alright with it
  • Make a schedule for your family, routines and goals will help us stay grounded
  • Have fun with your family. Cook together, play board games, journal, do puzzles, play and listen to music, do art and read a lot!
  • Get outside! Go for walks, play games, spend time in the garden, get your Vitamin D
  • Get plenty of rest, have good hygiene (wash hands frequently), eat healthy foods


Please refer to the WHO and CDC for new updates and recommendations as the situation is evolving rapidly. Stay informed.

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WHO World Health Organization

I’m here if you have questions, please reach out for help if you need.

Sarah Dahlen, SLVUSD School Nurse



Health and Safety Tips Regarding Covid 19 Virus

From California Department of Health and the Governor's Office

Nice little 4-page handout with graphics - easy to print - easy to read- in English and Espanol

image of prepare handout



weekly schedule

Online Distance Learning Schedule for Next Week:  March 30 - April 3


March 30


Regular A Day: 

7:55 am start and 2:49 Dismissal


March 31




April 1




April 2




April 3



Social Distancing

With the Governor moving the entire state from Shelter in Place to Stay at Home, it is apparent that we are not going to be able to be with some of our favorite people or go to some of our favorite places for a while. I have gathered some information about Social Distancing to share with you. You may be young, and healthy, and showing no symptoms, but if you or someone you visit with are carrying the virus and you aren’t practicing social distancing, you are putting lives at risk, including your own and those of your family and friends.


In Santa Cruz County, we are in the first stages of this health crisis.  And we while we don't know a lot about this virus yet, we do know a few things about how to keep it from spreading.  We know that Social Distancing works.  We can see that in the differences in the death rates in countries who didn't practice Social Distancing early on and those who did.  There are people in Italy dying because they did not practice social distancing or take it seriously soon enough. 


While I am not normally an advocate of more screen time, spending time with friends is probably best done online or on the phone at this point. Or if it is in person, it should be done outside, with people at least six feet apart, and with no more than a few other people at once.  Not being with those you want to be with.  No concerts, no movies, no sports.  No restaurants, no museums, no libraries. This is what Stay at Home means.  And it saves lives.


We will get through this eventually, but how long it lasts and how many people die depend on how many of us are as safe as we can be.  By how many of us are washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, not shaking hands, staying away from large gatherings, trying our best not to touch our faces, using wipes and cleaners more than we ever have.  And by practicing Social Distancing.  A short term inconvenience to make the world a safer place right now and in the future.


Below is a link to a really good summary of how to stay safe from the senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins Medicine.


The Just in Case Directions for SLVHS Distance Learning 

You log into your Schoology account - using your School email.  Won't work with any other email. 

You have to use Google Chrome as your browser, not Safari or Firefox or anything else.  

You need to login once class has started - before may not work.  

If all that is happening and still not working, you need to sync your Google Profiles.

Video attached to this email to show you how to sync your Google profiles.  

This checklist has worked for several students this morning.

If you are in you should see a small chat circle in the bottom left hand corner of your screen.  

If it still doesn't work, just go on Schoology, get the assignments, do them, and email your teachers that you can't get on, but you are doing the work.

Then email our tech support at:

Remember - if you are a student, you DO NOT have a GoGuardian account.  GoGuardian is for teachers. 

By signing in properly to Schoology during the class, you will automatically be dropped into the right teacher and the right class in GoGuardian.



Jeff Calden: Principal

Danielle Winters: Assistant Principal:

Katie Amos: Administrative Assistant:

Ellen Taylor: Attendance:

Jeff Kitts: Technology Support:

Rachel Oglive: Technology Support:

Leslie Burns: Counselor:

Jen Kelly: Counselor:

Deborah Mitchell: Social/Emotional Counselor:

Charlotte Achen: College/Career Counselor:

SSC Health Department:

SCC Office of Education:




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



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

waldo, of where's waldo, walking alone on a beach, no crowds!