Newsletter 10-2-20

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden


Monday Specials

Monday Special this coming Monday, October 5th

This coming Monday there will be only one assignment for your Monday Special, but it is an important one.

Our Social Studies Department has put together an assignment around the upcoming Election in November.

You will be asked to read through parts of the California voting guide, take part in a state-wide teen mock election on the California Propositions and the Presidential Election, and then finish with a short reflection that needs to be uploaded to Schoology in order to get your credit for the day. When you go to your Monday Special course, you will see a new folder that reads: Special Monday Special: Mock Election 2020. That folder will have all you need to complete the assignment and upload it to Schoology.



Teacher Afternoon Support

Teacher Afternoon Support will Begin on Tuesday, October 13th 

Your teachers are preparing to begin our Afternoon Support Blocks, which will run from 1:15 pm to 3:00 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday starting on October 13th.

This time is set aside DURING THE SCHOOL DAY for teachers to be able to work with small groups of students who need support in that teacher's class.

We will have all the details about this piece of distance learning for you next week. The blocks will start the week after next on Tuesday, October 13th.


A reminder that School is actually in session each day from 8:30 to 3:00 pm. When needed, students will be assigned to come to one or more afternoon support blocks each week.  Some days or weeks, students may not be assigned any sessions, but may still drop in at certain times if they have questions or need some help. These blocks are an extension of a student's time in that teacher's class.  If needed, it is part of that class and whether or not you show up could affect your grade positively or negatively. This will run three days a week, with Monday Specials still running on Mondays and students still having Friday afternoons free.  



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



Honors English

10th Grade Honors English

If you are interested in participating in 10th Grade Honors English, please attend an informational meeting with Mr. Conger on Monday, Oct. 5th at 2:00 PM. 

Use the Zoom link below to join the meeting. If you pass the class, you will receive a GPA grade bump for your regular English class, raising a 4-point "A" to a 5-point GPA, a 3-point "B" to a 4-point GPA, etc. 


Join 10th Grade Honors English Informational Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 782 364 2646

Passcode: 8cQps0


9th Grade Honors English

Freshman Honors English is an elective class that you can take on top of your normal English Foundations class if you are interested in literature.

We will be meeting every Monday afternoon (that SLVHS is in session) throughout the year to discuss a novel or play.

For the fall, the novel will be Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man (1952):

The class will require reading the full text of Invisible Man, a 5-7 page analytical paper on Invisible Man (due Friday, December 18th) and regular attendance every Monday afternoon.

If you pass the class, you will receive a GPA grade bump for your regular English class, raising a 4-point "A" to a 5-point GPA, a 3-point "B" to a 4-point GPA, etc.


Join 9th Grade Honors English Informational Zoom Meeting, Monday, October 5 is 2:30 pm




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


weekly schedule

Next Week's Schedule for SLV High School: October 5 - 9

Homeroom and Monday Special this Week!



October 5th

Monday Special


Monday Homeroom

8:30 - 8:50

Attendance Taken & 

Monday Special Days Explained by Teacher


Monday Special Activities

Students Must Complete 

All three parts of Election Activity



October 6 - 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 7 - 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    


October 8 - 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 9 - 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) 




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


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.  


SLVUSD Nutrition banner

Free meals; call 831-335-5384 for information

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. 



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

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. -Maya Angelou