Newsletter 9-25-20



Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden

no school friday

No School on Friday Next Week: Staff Professional Development Day

There is no School on Friday, October 2nd. Next Friday is a Staff Professional Development Day.

No Monday Special.  Monday is an E day. The schedule for the week is E / O / E / O / No School


Zoom Changes

We understand that the changes we needed to make regarding our Zoom settings have caused problems signing into Zoom for some students.

Below is a list of things to try if you are having trouble with Zoom. If none of these things work for you, please email our IT Department at for support.


The first thing a student should check is whether or not they have a valid Zoom account. 

If they're not sure that they successfully completed the Zoom invite, they can email so we can do a quick check.

If a student does have a valid Zoom account and is still running into problems connecting, here is the work around that seems to do the trick:


  1. Chromebook? Shut down and then restart, and open Chrome. Not a Chromebook? Quit Chrome and open again to start fresh.
  2. Before you do anything else in Chrome, go to
  3. Click the sign in (not sign up) in the top right corner
  4. Scroll down a bit and click the Sign in with Google button (don'tfill in the boxes)
  5. Once you're in and see your own Zoom profile page, open a new tab and leave this tab open
  6. Now go to your Schoology page or GC and try the Zoom link you need
  7. If it says something about only authorized users can join, click that Sign in to Join button
  8. Once again, do not fill in boxes, find the Login with Google button



Your SLV School District Google Account is NOT private

While you should already be aware of this, the number of flagged emails or assignments I have been receiving lately shows that I should send a reminder.

Your school Google Account is NOT private. It belongs to the school district and it is issued to you for school use.  It is monitored by software that flags language that is inappropriate or concerning. This can include profanity, language that is hateful due to slurs regarding race, religion, or sexual orientation, references to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, self-harm, or weapons, or is threatening in any way.  These emails or google assignments are flagged and immediately sent to administration, where we are required to review them and take action.


Some of them are silly and stupid and I let you know that if it happens again there will be a consequence and I will be forced to hit the cool little button on my screen that reads, "Send to Parents." Some of them are serious and concerning and I will contact you with questions and most likely a meeting with you and your parents. The most common wastes of my time and yours are as follows:  Random swearing in an email to your friend. Naming your Google Assignment or Heading your email something with profanity in it.  A 72-email chain between two smitten teens in love where one of them uses a curse word and the entire string is sent to me. Those are actually fun to send to your parents.  Maybe just text?  But - I am glad we have this system, because sometimes we are able to help those who need it before they do something drastic.

In conclusion: Your school Google Account is provided to you for school use.  If you choose to use it for other things, know that none of it is private.


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



Online Auditions for SLVHS Student Production of CLUE

Clue auditions will be held over Zoom on 9-28. for info email

Link for registration formsClue Audition Registration Form  


weekly schedule

Next Week's Schedule for SLV High School - September 28 - October 2nd

No School on Friday - Monday is an E Day



September 28 - 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) 

Virtual College Rep Visits

1:00 PM - Stony Brook University

1:45 PM - University of Melbourne

2:30 PM - Pitzer College


No Afternoon Block for Students This Week  



September 29 - 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 30 - 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) 


Senior Portraits

1:00 - 4:00 PM


No Afternoon Block for Students This Week    


October 1- 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    




October 2



Staff Professional Development Day


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



slvhs cougar club; Enriching the educational experience

Join the Cougar Club! SLVHS’s Educational Booster Club
Our next meeting is Thursday October 8th at 6pm - Zoom link will be available on our Facebook page.

The specific activities supported each year – including college prep and career readiness workshops, enrichment film and speaker programs, student service awards, and classroom supplies – depend on interest, the amount of money raised from donations and other fundraisers, and the willingness of parents to organize and volunteer.

Support the Cougar Club with AmazonSmile or with Benefit ( - select SLV High School Cougar Club as your beneficiary. 

For more information contact us at


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Senior Portraits - Wednesday, September 30th from 1:00-4:00 pm at SLV High School 

 If you haven't yet had your senior portrait taken yet, the next date will be Wednesday, September 30 from 1 PM - 4 PM.  Look for the Van Zantes Photography van by the B building (science building).   More dates will be added as the current openings fill up.   Please note that the “yearbook only” photo is free and you don't need an appointment for this photo - just come during the 1 PM - 4 PM window. To make an appointment for a photo session, please go to to schedule your appointment.  There are great options for purchase.  Also, only the VanZantes photos will be published in next year’s yearbook.   



the claw

SLV High School Newspaper is Now Available Online

The Claw newspaper is publishing online issues every two weeks. 

Check out the September 25th issue at:




SLVHS Schoology Parent Support Hours

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

The next Zoom session is from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on 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 Pop-Up Store is now Closed

Our Pop-Up store offering free clothes, shoes, and supplies for our families in need is now closed.

We were able to get nearly everything we had out to SLV students and families.  

The School Supplies and Backpacks will be kept on campus and can be picked up by coming to the main HS office.

The clothes and shoes that we have left will be taken to local businesses or charities that take donations.

Special Thanks to Jeanette Lange for setting up the store and running it, and to our Cougar Club parents who volunteered to stay until 6 pm each night.


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 

Monday, September 28th

1:00 PM - Stony Brook University

1:45 PM - The University of Melbourne

2:30 PM - Pitzer College

For the full list of Fall Virtual Rep visits, Click Here.



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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. 



student with 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

tough times don't last but tough people do.