Newsletter 10-16-20

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden


Next Week is a Regular Week: Monday Special / O / E/ O / E



SLV High School will be a Voting Center for the 2020 Election

The Elections Department will be using the SLV High School gym as a voting center this year. It will be open from Saturday October 31st through Election Day on Tuesday, November 3rd.


Parking will be in the main High School Parking Lot. There will be a check-in table by the front of the gym door and voters will be given a number to put on the windshield of their car. Election volunteers will be in the parking lot to let voters know when they can come in to vote. Designated handicapped parking will be in the SLV Elementary parking area near the Cafeteria. There will also be a second Voting Center in the Valley at the Boulder Creek Recreation Hall.  All Voting Centers will have the same hours and services.  Please remember that your regular voting places are not being used this year.  These are the two places to vote in the Valley for this election.


Services at Voting Centers will include:

  • live voting
  • turning in the ballot mailed to you
  • obtaining a replacement ballot
  • using the tablet to vote on an accessible ballot or a ballot in Spanish
  • registering and voting on the same day


All Voting Centers will adhere to public safety protocols including wearing masks, disinfecting services, using hand sanitizer, keeping physical distances, and washing hands frequently. 

There will also be clear guard protections to separate people as they vote.


Election Schedule for all Voting Centers

Sat 10/31 - The voting center will be open to voters from 9a - 5p

Sun 11/01 - The voting center will be open to voters from 9a - 5p

Mon 11/02 - The voting center will be open to voters from 8a - 5p

Tue 11/03 - The voting center will be open to voters from 7a - 8p



teacher afternoon support

Afternoon Support Blocks Are Up and Running: Need Help with School? Your Teachers are Here for You!

Our online Afternoon Support Blocks, run by our high school teachers, meet each week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

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

Teachers will be sending email invitations out to assign afternoon class support sessions.

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. 


slv strong!

A Message from the SLVHS Cougar Parent Club

  • It felt like the unimaginable could have happened to any or all of us in the mountains.
  • And so, what some families are still dealing with hits very close to home for our community. The outpouring of support for these neighbors has been humbling to witness.

    From the bottom of our hearts, we want to do so much more than thank you. We want to acknowledge your kindness and compassion. We are strengthened and more resilient knowing that our neighbors want to help those who lost so much. We see your generosity as an act of love, and our wish is that it comes back to you many times over. Thank you for taking some of the burden off their shoulders.

    This Fundraiser will be closing at the end of October. There are many other ways to support the fire victims: with donations, with your time, with seemingly small kindnesses.
    We will be updating with news of how your donations are going directly to our SLVHS families.


Donate to SLVHS families who lost their Homes in the Fire  


weekly schedule

Monday Special this coming Monday, October 19th

This coming Monday there will be three assignments for your Monday Special

  • In Mr. Calden's folder, you will be completing an assignment in the area of Financial Literacy
  • In Mrs. Hackett's folder, you will be completing an assignment in the area of Social/Emotional Health
  • In your Counselor's folder, you will be watching two short videos and responding with short reflections on each



Next Week's Schedule for SLV High School: October 19 - 23



October 19

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 Full Credit







October 20 - O Day


Zero Period  (7:45-8:25)


1st Period    (8:30-9:45)


3rd Period    (9:55-11:10)


5th Period    (11:20-12:35) 


Afternoon Blocks

1:15 - 2:00 pm

2:15 - 3:00 pm


October 21 - E Day


Zero Period (7:45-8:25)


2nd Period    (8:30-9:45)


4th Period    (9:55-11:10)


6th Period    (11:20-12:35) 


Afternoon Blocks

1:15 - 2:00 pm

2:15 - 3:00 pm


October 22 - O Day


Zero Period  (7:45-8:25)


1st Period    (8:30-9:45)


3rd Period    (9:55-11:10)


5th Period    (11:20-12:35)


Afternoon Blocks

1:15 - 2:00 pm

2:15 - 3:00 pm



October 23 - E Day


Zero Period (7:45-8:25)


2nd Period    (8:30-9:45)


4th Period    (9:55-11:10)


6th Period    (11:20-12:35) 



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)  



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 for any child 18 years or younger.

One meal pick up per student (Bus or Site)

Meal Pick UP Tuesday AND Thrusday

Bus Stop pick up 7:20-8:20am

Sign up at:


Tri-Campus Cafeteria 11:30am-1:30pm

Boulder Creek Elementary 11:30am -1:30 pm

If you have any questions or concerns, please email or give us a call (831)335-5384

Visit our website


SLVUSD Meals: USDA has extended FREE meals to all children 18 and under. 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

Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.