Newsletter 9-18-20

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden


important information; please read

Important Thing to Read #1: Starting Monday You Can Only Access School with an Authenticated School Gmail

To secure our online classrooms and prevent people who do not belong from entering, we have enacted Zoom protocols that allow only authenticated SLVUSD emails to enter any online class. Every student must authenticate their email before Monday.


Students who initially set up their Zoom account using their school email will receive an email from Zoom on their school email asking them to authenticate their SLVUSD account. This is NOT Spam! You need to approve the request sent by Zoom. Then you should be good to go.


If your Zoom account was not created with your account, you must do the following:

  1. In the Chrome browser, sign-in to your student account. Open another browser tab and go to

      Click on “SIGN IN”.

  1. Scroll down and click on "Sign in with Google."
  2. Click on your gmail account.
  3. That is it, you have done it. You have successfully created your account for zoom.
  4. Remember that using the account for zoom sessions will be required starting 9/21/2020.
  5. If you are having difficulty, contact

These steps are necessary for you to enter your classes next week. Once you authenticate your email through Zoom, you will be able to continue as you always have. If you do not authenticate, you will not be able to enter classes next week. Using your school email was always what we asked students to do. However, by enacting these protections, it is now required for entry into our classes. You may want to pass this information on to friends who may not read their emails.


Important Thing to Read #2: What do I do on Monday Special Day? Here are all of your answers...

A Step-by-Step Sheet of Instructions with Pictures is also Attached to this Email

  1. Authenticate your School email. See above
  2. Go to your Monday Special Homeroom Class where the teacher will take attendance. That is your attendance for the day. Don't miss it.
  3. Your Homeroom teacher will then go over with you how to access the Monday Special Assignments.
  4. All of the information on how to access your Monday Specials is also attached to this email.
  5. I will also send a special email Monday morning to give you this information a third time.



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




SLVHS Schoology Parent Support Hours

The High School will be offering online support and training sessions for parents to better navigate and use Schoology.

There will be Zoom sessions from 5:00 to 6:00 pm the next two Tuesdays.

Tuesday, September 22nd: 5:00 to 6:00pm - Zoom Link:    

Tuesday, October 6th: 5:00 to 6:00 pm - Zoom LInk:   

Sessions will be hosted by our resident Schoology Expert, Mr. Randy Darr.  


SLV High School has Brand-new Clothes, Shoes, and Supplies to Give to our Families in Need  

photo of cougar boutiquecougar boutique; come in and take any clothes you needbackpacks at boutique

SLV High School has been given a generous donation by John Gillette and LJ Gagnier at BSN Sports.

We have boxes and boxes of brand new Nike and Under Armour shirts, shorts, sweats, sweatshirts, jackets, shoes, etc. in all sizes.

We also have brand new backpacks and tons of school supplies.  The pictures above are just a part of what we will have.


Everything is free.  If you need something, please come and get what you need.  We have stuff for adults, teens, and some stuff for smaller children as well. If you have children in your family who go to another school, you can get things for them too. We are all Cougars!

If your family is in need of clothes or supplies, please come and take what you need.  It is here for you.


We would ask that if you are not in need of clothes, shoes, backpacks, or school supplies, that you allow those who are to come and take what we have for them.  We will be open from 1 pm to 6 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week and in the coming weeks ahead.


senior exit portfolios

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.


weekly schedule

Next Week's Schedule for SLV High School - September 21 - 25

First Week Week with Monday Special Day

Welcome Back, Cougars!


September 21

Monday Special Day


Monday Homeroom

8:30 - 8:50

Attendance Taken & 

Monday Special Days Explained by Teacher


Monday Special Activities

Students Must Complete 

All Three Activities for Credit








September 22 - 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 23 - 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 24 - 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 25 - 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   


  The SLV High School Bell Schedule for Each Type of School Day is Attached to this Email 


college and career

Upcoming College Representative Zoom Visits

On these dates, representatives from specific colleges will hold a 30 minute zoom presentation where you can ask them questions.  In order to get the link you need to RSVP through Naviance. For instructions on how to RSVP, watch this quick Loom video 

September 21st

1:00 PM - Texas A&M University

1:45 PM - University of New Hampshire

2:30 PM - Chapman University

Note: For this particular visit you also will need to register by clicking here.


September 28th

1:00 PM - Stony Brook University

1:45 PM - The University of Melbourne

2:30 PM - Pitzer College


Reducing College Costs in The Covid-19 World Zoom Presentation

Date: Wednesday, September 23rd  Time:  3:00 PM   Registration (Required to receive Zoom Link): Click Here to Register

DescriptionNearly all families are concerned about college costs. Even more so in this Covid-19 world.  How can you reduce college costs? It’s simple but not easy – plan ahead. Families (parents and students) who plan ahead & take control of the process often pay less for college? How? They avoid mistakes. They take advantage of opportunities that many families miss. In this one-hour session, you’ll learn: Financial Aid Basics (HINT: Students from most families can receive financial aid) Covid-19: What you must know to avoid overpaying for college. Strategies to reduce college costs. Please join us as we host Steve  Shapiro, CPA CFP. He’ll spend an hour with us sharing his years of experience assisting high school parents – he’ll offer many college planning tips that have helped dozens of families reduce college costs and importantly, reduce the amount of debt they have to take on.



SLVUSD Nutriton banner   

meal info, call 831-335-5384 for info

SLVUSD Meals: USDA has extended FREE meals to all children 18 and under, through December 31, 2020!!! We want all families to know that you are not taking meals from someone who needs it more, they are for all children. You are providing meals to your students that are comforting and familiar. Participating in the school meal program supports our Student Nutrition Program and helps sustain and grow it. 


graphic of boy carrying books

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

The High School Library is open between the hours of 7:30 am and 2:00 pm.



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 in a Monday Homeroom Class 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 wisdom

Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure out everything all at once. Breathe. YOu're strong. You got this. Take it day by day. -Karen Salmansohn