Newsletter 9-11-20

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden


slv strong!

Cougar Parent Club Donation Fundraiser for SLV High School Families who lost their Homes in the Fire

The Cougar Club has created a GoFundMe page for a donation fundraiser for our Cougar families who lost their homes in the fire.

100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be distributed to meet the immediate needs of our SLVHS students and staff who lost their homes.  

To donate, please click the link below:


Donate to SLVHS families who lost their Homes in the Fire


School Starts Monday - A Few Thoughts Before We Begin

It seems like so very long ago that we said goodbye to last year's seniors at graduation.  So much has happened since then.  The staff at the HS is excited to get back to school with these students and bring a bit of normal back all of our lives.  We understand that distance learning isn't normal.  That masks and social distancing are not normal.  That smokey skies and displaced families are not normal.  But we are starting school on Monday and we hope to see all of you who have the ability to attend.  


While this won't be normal school, it is only the school that we have right now.  And it counts.  The grades count, the attendance counts, and you can count on us to do our best to support our families through this.  We know that not all of you can join us right now.  We have already started to reach out and will continue to reach out to those we know are in difficult situations. We will work with you on ways to help you access school.  We will continue to reach out to those who don't show up, to find how we can help.  And we will try our best to use common sense and compassion while understanding that everyone's situation is unique.


Please reach out to us if accessing school is going to be a struggle for your family.  We want to try and make this work the best we can for everyone. 

If you can access school, you need to do your very best to do so.  Classes will happen, lessons will be taught, work will be assigned, and grades will be given.

As a school, we don't have the option not to do these things.  If you can show up and if you can do work, you should.


Senior Exit Portfolio Graduation Requirement Will Be Waived for the Class of 2021

After discussion with staff and the superintendent, SLV High School will request a waiver for the Senior Exit Portfolio graduation requirement for this year's seniors. Our school year has been shortened, our community has been through six months of quarantine and fire.  This will allow our Seniors to keep their focus on their classes and their schoolwork,as well as plan for their next steps after graduation.


first week of school!

First Week of Actual Classes and Lessons: September 14th - 18th

We will run an A/O/E/O/E Schedule for the first week of actual school

This week - we start school for real.  

We will have a Monday A day with No Monday Special and no Homeroom this first week.  The first Monday Special day is September 21st.

Teachers will take attendance and proceed forward with as normal a beginning to school as possible.  Please note that Attendance is Extremely Important this Year especially at the start.  We will be using attendance to create a list of students not accessing school so that we can do everything we can to support them and get them back and involved with school.

weekly schedule

Next Week's Schedule for SLV High School - September 14th - 18th

First Week of School - Attendance will be Taken, Lessons Begin, Work Assigned

Welcome Back, Cougars!


September 14 - A Day


Zero Period       7:50 -  8:25

 1st  period        8:30 -  9:05
 2nd period       9:10  -  9:45

 3rd period        9:50 - 10:25


Break             10:25 - 10:40

 4th period      10:45 - 11:20

 5th period      11:25 - 12:00
 6th period      12:05 - 12:40



No Afternoon Block for Students This Week


School Picture Makeups

1:00 pm to 4 pm

In front of the 

Counseling Office

September 15 - O Day


Zero Period (7:45-8:25)


1st Period    (8:30-9:45)


3rd Period    (9:55-11:10)


5th Period    (11:15-12:30) 






No Afternoon Block for Students This Week  

September 16 - E Day


Zero Period (7:45-8:25)


2nd Period    (8:30-9:45)


4th Period    (9:55-11:10)


6th Period    (11:15-12:30) 

No Afternoon Block for Students This Week    

September 17 - O Day


Zero Period (7:45-8:25)


1st Period    (8:30-9:45)


3rd Period    (9:55-11:10)


5th Period    (11:15-12:30)


 No Afternoon Block for Students This Week    



September 18 - E Day


Zero Period (7:45-8:25)


2nd Period    (8:30-9:45)


4th Period    (9:55-11:10)


6th Period    (11:15-12:30) 


 No Afternoon Block for Students This Week   




I Didn't Get My Books or Chromebook Yet. What Do I Do?

Students can come by the High School Library after classes end any day next week between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 pm.

The library will also be open from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm for parents or students without a class that period to pick up books and supplies.

Basically, the library will be open for drop-in pickups, but not to students who are supposed to be in a class.



picture make-up day

I Didn't Get My School Picture Taken Yet. What Do I Do?

Our FIRST session of make-ups for school pictures/ID cards will be on  Monday, Sept. 14 from 1 PM - 4 PM in front of the PAC. Don't worry if you can't make it - we'll have more make-up days to come.  We will be maintaining strict social distancing rules with the lines for pictures 6 feet apart and outside in the air.

Students who bring the order form and payment will NOT have to pay the sales tax on their order.  

Pictures will also be available for purchase online (with sales tax applied).



A local eye doctor would like to help students and school staff who may need glasses to contact him so they can help.

They have usable and reliable glasses available for $25.  Contact Dr. Francis Kuo - 831-460-9717 - for more information.



Grades are real this year.  There are no hold-harmless grades from live school to fall back upon.  Students will need to attend class regularly and keep up with the work in order to pass. As this is the start of a new year, work done during whatever time we are in Distance Learning will count toward your final grade, which counts toward the credits you earn, which counts toward reaching the 220 credits needed to graduate. In short, this year everything counts when it comes to assignments and grades.  If we are able to start live events in December such as Fall Sports and drama productions, Semester One final grades will be used for eligibility.


every day counts  Attend today-achieve tomorrow!


The state of California is requiring all schools to take attendance each day.

Teachers will be taking attendance in Powerschool every period, every day.  

We will also have our 1st period classes meet for a short time on Monday mornings to take attendance and go over important announcements and/or information. Accessing class each period, each day is the first way for students to be successful.  

words of widom


silhouette of the Twin Towers 9-11-2001