Newsletter 4-24-20

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden


Education Foundation San Lorenzo Valley

SLV Food For Families

On Friday, April 17, 2020, SLVUSD and the SLV Foundation for Education launched SLV Food for Families to help families in SLV feed their children.

In one week the SLV Food for Families campaign raised over $14,000.00. This money will go to purchase grocery gift cards (as funds are available) for families currently on the SLVUSD Free & Reduced Lunch Program


Who is Eligible to Receive Food Cards?

Any student who is enrolled in the SLVUSD Free/Reduced Lunch Program is eligible.  Families who are currently enrolled and are struggling to purchase food for their family may pick up a Safeway Card at the following Location:

Quail Hollow Campus,

325 Marion, Ave. Ben Lomond. Ca.

Friday, April 24, 2020 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Click the link below to apply to the SLV Free/Reduced Lunch Program


How You Can Help?

If you are currently employed, please consider helping the families in SLV feed their children. This is a disturbing time for all of us, but for those who are struggling to feed their children, it is terrifying.

Please help us take care of our kids and our families for a better tomorrow for all of us.

If your company or business participates in matching donation programs, please consider supporting SLV Food for Families. Every penny of this money will go to SLVUSD families who are struggling.


SLVUSD Students Participating in Lunch School Breakfast/Lunch Program

We have numerous families who have applied for assistance with food for their children and the number is increasing each week.

Since March 16 move to Online Distance Learning:

Week 1: 133   Week 2: 249   Week 3: 295   Week 4: 346   Week 5: 443   Week 6: 426


San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley Food Program Information

List of SLV Food distributions; email for details




help and support

Here are some Santa Cruz County Social/Emotional Health Resources for those who may be Struggling during this Difficult Time

*Santa Cruz Police Department’s “You Are Not Alone”: Ongoing contact. Register at 831-420-5916 or
* Check-In & Chat volunteer-run conversation line: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 888-278-6704. Email to volunteer.
*United Way’s 2-1-1 resource hotline: Call 2-1-1 or 800-273-6222.
*Santa Cruz County Senior Network Services: 831-462-1433.
*Santa Cruz Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Program 24-Hour Hotline: 831-600-2800
*24-hour Suicide Prevention Crisis Line: 877-663-5433.


cougar pride

SLVHS Environmental Monitoring Students win at County Science Fair

Congratulations to the SLVHS team of Katherine McCormick, Helen Schafer Dews, and Kylee Bishop, who created and submitted a video of their Science Fair presentation titled Water Percolation in Relation to the Quantity of French Broom in the San Lorenzo Valley Watershed.  Their work and final project earned them an invitation to the California Science and Engineering Fair AND the team was awarded the prestigious  U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize.  Way to Go, Cougars! 



ap exam dates

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

AP Testing begins May 11th and concludes on May 22nd.


How Do I Pay for the Tests?

SLV High School is now accepting payment for AP Exams. Students, you should log in to your College Board account, see how many tests you are taking and multiply that by $94. 

If you are part of the free/reduced lunch program, your cost is $53/test. 

Send a check made out to SLVHS, and put your (student's) first and last name in the memo line. Address the envelope to SLVHS Attn: Annina Hausmann. 

Payment is due to SLV High School by May 4th.

If your situation has changed and you and your family need financial support at this time, please contact Annina Hausmann at

AP Art Students: Your Digital Art Submissions are due on Monday, May 11th.  

Mrs. Thompson will then review them for you to make sure they are ready to be assessed.


AP Computer Science Students: Your Computer Performance Task must be turned into the AP Digital Portfolio by May 26th at 8:59 pm.


Exam Dates

* Exams will be given from May 11–22.

* Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.

* Students can take exams at home or in schools, if they reopen.

* Each subject's exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.


Tips and Information for Students and Families

* Scores should come out July 15

* Open book: open book, open internet but tests are designed so that there is no way an answer can come from the internet

* Kids will practice uploading materials with teachers soon

* Tests were written with the knowledge that most students will not finish all questions. Just do your best. You can still pass even if you don't answer all questions.

* It's recommended that parents plan a place in the house for testing. Other family members should not take the bandwidth. All distractions should be thought about ahead of time (siblings)

* Tests won't be harder or easier than any other year.

* They have sophisticated ways of finding cheaters. If it's proven that you tried to cheat, you are reported to college admissions people everywhere.


Advanced Placement Test Schedules
  9:00 AM 11:00 AM 1:00 PM
Mon, May 11     AP Government and Politics
Tue, May 12   AP Calculus  
Wed, May 13   AP English   
Thu, May 14     AP Physics 
Fri, May 15   AP U.S. History (APUSH)  
Mon, May 18   AP Biology AP Environmental Science (APES)
Tue, May 19      
Wed, May 20   AP Language and Composition (APLAC)  
Thu, May 21 AP French    
Fri, May 22   AP Statistics AP Spanish



health corner

From SLVUSD Nurse Sarah Dahlen


Hello SLV families! Our current shelter in place order will remain in effect until May 3rd. Beaches and parks opened April 16th. High contact areas, like playgrounds will remain closed at this time. Having this ability to spend time outdoors is so beneficial to our mental health. With this opening, we also have responsibility to continue to be diligent with our social distancing and ensure that crowding does not happen. 


Some families have questions regarding efforts to keep current on their child’s vaccination schedules to meet school requirements, specifically for our incoming Kinders and advancing sixth graders for next fall. Below I have listed clinics that are still offering well child checks and immunization appointments. Some clinics will provide car visits. Please contact the office first. Contact me if I can be of any help obtaining further information or discussing your students specific progress on being up to date on their vaccination requirements.


KAISER - Providing immunizations to any patient who is due. Parents can contact PCP via online messaging to have the order placed.  All clinics are open on a drop in basis from 9am-5pm
SALUD PARA LA GENTE - Immunization Clinics are open 8:30am - 7 pm, Monday - Saturday
SANTA CRUZ HEALTH SERVICES - Immunization clinic is open M-F 1:30-3:30pm. Appointments preferred. At moment they have limited hours, case by case basis due to COVID

WATSONVILLE HEALTH CENTER - Immunization clinic is open M-F 1-3:45pm. No appointment necessary. $15/shot if insurance does not cover, All school-required immunizations available


Sarah Dahlen, SLVUSD School Nurse:



Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks are now only $85 instead of $90.  

Don't pass this deal up!


weekly schedule

Online Distance Learning Schedule for the Week of:  April 27 - May 1


April 27

Monday Special

Monday Special Lessons for Students
No Live Classes - No more A Days


April 28

O Day

 New O Day Schedule
Live Classes from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
 Afternoon Block Opportunities 1:30 - 2:30 pm


April 29

E Day

New E Day Schedule
Live Classes from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Afternoon Block Opportunities 1:30-2:30 pm


April 30

O Day

New O Day Schedule
Live Classes from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Afternoon Block Opportunities 1:30-2:30 pm 


May 1

E Day

New E Day Schedule
Live Classes from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm 

Afternoon Off


Detailed Weekly schedule; email for details


monday special

Monday Special Course

The Monday Special Course is in Schoology and there are simple instructions on how each student needs to sign up to be in that course.  

A code is required to sign up for the class.  The High School Code is ZZ4X-ZMFZ-T2B4B

To sign up - simply go to Schoology, Click on My Courses, Click Join a Course, and then enter the code above.

A course called Monday Special for SLVHS will show up in your courses. When you open that course you will see folders that you can open to get that week's assignment.




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

I refuse to entertain negativity. Life is too big and time is too short to get caught up in empty drama.