Newsletter 5-8-20

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden




We Have 27 Seniors Who Have Not Yet Signed Up to be Filmed for the Graduation Movie!

There are 194 Seniors in the Class of 2020.  As of this morning, 167 have signed up to be filmed for the graduation movie.

That leaves 27 seniors who need to sign up.  The ONLY spots left are on Monday, which is THREE DAYS from now.


If you have not signed up please do so.  

If you have a problem with getting to school on that day and time, please contact me and we can work together to figure something out.

If you absolutely cannot show up for this, please send me a picture or a video and we will include it in the movie!  

We want to honor every senior in the Class of 2020!





Graduation Plans for the SLVHS Class of 2020


We ARE having a LIVE Graduation Event on the Originally Scheduled Date and Time!

When: Friday, June 5, 2020, starting at 10:00 am

What:  A graduation procession in cars (PLEASE, decorate the car if you’d like!) 

Where: SLV Tri-Campus

Details: Seniors and their immediate families will drive onto the SLV Tri-Campus at the SLE entrance, and proceed to the back parking lot by the pool.  There, each graduate’s name will be announced and the graduates will be handed their diplomas. Then the cars will continue to drive up Overbeck Way, and exit through the middle school back road.  Teachers and Staff from Kindergarten to Senior year will be invited to line the road (ten feet apart with masks) and cheer for you as you leave school and head out into the real world.


This event will be broadcast LIVE on Boulder Creek Community Radio:, KBCZ 90.1FM, which covers Boulder Creek and immediate surrounding areas, AND on its new sister station, KBCD at 89.3FM which covers Felton, Zayante, Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz.  This way, everyone can listen to the ceremony on their car radios or at home and cheer and scream and honk for every graduate as they are announced.


More details to come - but a few quick rules: one car per graduate and no RVs or limos because we are required to fit all cars on the tri-campus and not block up Hwy 9.  Also, nobody may get out of the car during the procession.  These were required pieces of the plan in order to have this event approved by Public Health and the Sheriff's Department.


We are ALSO Creating a Graduation Movie to Commemorate this Group of Seniors!

When: Beginning soon and lasting a few weeks

What: The creation of the Class of 2020 Graduation: The Movie

Where: SLV PAC

Details: Nearly every part of a regular graduation will be professionally filmed in our PAC, one piece at a time. National Anthem, Speeches, Musical Performances, one graduate at a time having their name read and walking across the stage, your professional photo taken holding your diploma, even somebody ringing the graduation bell.  All of these pieces will be edited together with sound, music, applause, and special effects, into a complete film that will be available to you online. Special Thanks to Kylan Thureockes for putting all of this together for us.







Why all of this? 

The plan is to have a live, fun, festive activity at school with graduates and immediate family together, but in cars! And it is the plan that when you leave the tri-campus that morning and head home to a graduation party, the film we created will be waiting for you online to download and watch.  We hope to create a day that nobody will forget and give this class that has lost out on many things, something no other class has ever had.  A car parade through school, a live radio broadcast, and a movie made about the graduation of the San Lorenzo Valley High School Class of 2020. 

Why not a more traditional graduation ceremony?

We knew going in that anything bringing together hundreds of people on campus and in stands would be denied, no matter what kind of social distancing we did.  So, we did it with cars.  And we did it one person at a time being filmed in the PAC. And our plan was approved this week by the Santa Cruz County Health Department, the Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol.  Both law enforcement agencies have also offered to come to help out with our Parade on June 5th. Other high schools have put forward plans of a more traditional graduation - with plans to scale back and keep people separated - and they were all denied.



ap exam dates

AP Testing Begins May 11th and Concludes on May 22nd.


Please Send Your Payments for A.P. Tests to SLVHS - Information Below

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 now due to SLV High School 

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


Important information to help guide your child through the AP Exam day experience:

AP Exam Day Checklist: Your child should complete this checklist for each AP Exam they'll be taking this year, and keep it next to them on test day.


Explainer Videos: New videos are available to give your child quick, easily accessible information about the test day experience and what they need to do to prepare. Additional videos will be posted to this playlist soon.  Click Here to Access Videos


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.


AP Exam Demo: On May 4, your child will be able to practice submissions through the exam demo, which will give a click-through practice for the different ways to submit responses to this year's AP Exams. We encourage all students to take this important preparation step. This will help your child avoid technical difficulties on the day of the exam. The demo will be generic across subjects, and not a practice exam. See below for info on a specific video and demo for world languages exams.


AP Prep Week: Next week, the online AP Classes and Review Sessions will focus on the exam day experience and sample exam questions.


Two Days Before Exams: Your child will receive an email with their exam e-ticket 48 hours before their exam. Be sure to help your child check what time their exams will start in your time zone.


Information for AP World Languages Exams

A video specifically about the test-taking experience for AP French and AP Spanish exams will be available the week of May 4.

The world languages exams will be administered using a new dedicated app—the AP World Languages Exam App (WLEA). Students taking these exams must use this app on smartphones or tablets, not on laptops or desktop computers. This free app will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store the week of May 11. We'll email students and their teachers to let them know when the app is available to download. Visit our site for more details.  Accommodations details for the above exams are also available now.

If you're unsure whether your child can access the app, or if your child doesn't have a device, you can fill out this survey as soon as possible so we can help support your child.


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

slvhs cougar club; Enriching the educational experience

What Really Happens After SLVHS?  Zoom Version
When: Wednesday, May 20, 1 to 2 PM on Zoom (link to follow)

Want to know what you can expect after high school? A panel of students who graduated from SLV HS in the last few years will share their experiences about going to college, traveling, or working. They will talk about why they made the choices they did. Bring questions that you want to ask them. Students who attended this panel last year found
it quite eye-opening to hear about the diversity of options available to
Recommended for seniors, juniors, and sophomores. 
Co-sponsored by the Cougar Club and ASB.  

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 Pro


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

Food Distributions List; email for details



Bookshop Santa Cruz

Donate to the SLVHS Library through Bookshop Santa Cruz

Bookshop Santa Cruz is offering a new program to help keep school libraries updated with new books when we return to school. 

This new program invites community members to purchase gift cards for your library through Bookshop Santa Cruz. 

Bookshop Santa Cruz will keep track of how much money per school has been donated then present your library with a gift card for that amount.

All you have to do go to the following web site:

This web page provides a way for you to donate specifically to our school.


health corner

From SLVUSD Nurse Sarah Dahlen

Our Public Health Officer, Dr. Gail Newel, issued a new shelter in place order to go into effect today, May 1st at midnight. 

With this new order and the direction of our Governor, preventative care has been opened. 

This means that well child checks and immunization appointments can be scheduled.

Please refer to the shotsforschool website for more information.

Here is the guide to immunizations requirements for school entry

Please 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.


Sarah Dahlen, SLVUSD School Nurse:




Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks are now only $85 instead of $90. 

Act fast, because only there are only 71 yearbooks left for sale!



the Claw

The SLVHS Claw newspaper

The Claw newspaper is publishing online issues every two weeks. 

Check out the May 1st issue at:


weekly schedule

Online Distance Learning Schedule for the Week of:  May 11 - 15


May 11

Monday Special

Senior Graduation Filming in the PAC

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


May 12

O Day

 Senior Graduation Filming in the PAC

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


May 13

E Day

Senior Graduation Filming in the PAC
Live Classes from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Afternoon Block Opportunities 1:30-2:30 


May 14

O Day

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


May 15

E Day

Live Classes from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm  

Afternoon Off





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:



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.



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

dear class of 2020 Youtube Originals; Virtual Grad Event June 6 at 12PM PST