Newsletter 10-9-20

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden




teacher afternoon support

Afternoon Support Blocks will Begin next Tuesday, October 13th   

Our online Afternoon Support Blocks, run by our high school teachers, will begin next Tuesday, October 13th.

Teachers will assign students who can then get support during the school day. Students can also email teachers to request time to meet.

Teachers will be sending email invitations out to students this week to assign afternoon class support sessions that begin next week.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to work with their own teachers to get support. 

A reminder that School is actually in session each day from 8:30 to 3:00 pm. 

We waited until the first month of classes were complete to begin our afternoon support schedule.     


Afternoon blocks will only run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:15 to 2:00 pm and 2:15 to 3:00 pm

Monday Special Schedule will still run on Mondays and students will still have Friday afternoons free.  

Detailed information below. 

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.










1:15 - 2:00

Open Block (Social Studies)

Open Block (Science)

Open Block (Math)

2:15 - 3:00

Open Block (World Lang)

Open Block (VAPA/Electives)

Open Block (English)

  • Each Teacher has six open blocks to work with each week
  • These blocks are part of the official school day for teachers and for assigned students
  • The Departments listed in each block have preference to assign students during that block
  • Teachers can assign students for any block  
  •       If there is a conflict, the students will know to go to the block that "owns" that period
  • Students may be assigned to get help for low grades, missing work, missing classes, working on a specific assignment, as well as enrichment
  • Large groups or entire classes can be pulled if the teacher needs to work with a certain group
  • Students can self-assign to get help by contacting the teacher(s) they would like to meet with and setting up a time that works for student and teacher


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 contact a teacher to schedule a drop-in time 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. 


Afternoon blocks will only run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 

Monday Special Schedule will still run on Mondays and students will still have 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



weekly schedule

Next Week's Schedule for SLV High School: October 12 - 16




October 12







October 13 - 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) 


Afternoon Blocks

1:15 - 2:00 pm

2:15 - 3:00 pm


October 14 - 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) 


Afternoon Blocks

1:15 - 2:00 pm

2:15 - 3:00 pm


October 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)


Afternoon Blocks

1:15 - 2:00 pm

2:15 - 3:00 pm



October 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) 



picture retake day!

SLVHS School Picture Make-ups, Monday, Oct 26 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Please look for the Van Zantes van by the SLVHS science building (B building - near the softball field)  


Free Online Workshops Offer Support and Information on Wildfire Issues

Roadmap to Recovery workshop; for mer info visit




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




the claw

SLV High School Newspaper is Now Available Online

The Claw newspaper is publishing online issues every two weeks. 

Check out the October 9th issue at:



 SLVUSD  nutriton banner  

Free meals tues and thursday; email for details

SLVUSD MealsUSDA 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

It's okay if you thought you were over it, but it hits you all over again. It's okay to fall apart even if you thought you had it under control. You're not weak.