Newsletter 12-4-20

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden


SLVHS Counseling Group for Students who Lost Homes in the CZU Fire

At the request of some of our high school families, Deborah Mitchell, our SLVHS Mental Health Counselor, is starting a counseling group for any students who lost their home in the CZU fire. This is an open invitation for any students who are dealing with this incredibly difficult experience. If you are interested, please contact Deborah at for more information.


2021 SLVHS Calendar available; email for information

SLVHS Graphic Design Class 2021 Calendars are For Sale Now!

Just in time to order for the Holidays!

These beautiful calendars featuring artwork done by our SLVHS Graphic Design students are on sale for just $10 each. 

Proceeds from the sales will go to slv4kids,

To order, please contact Maria Kersey, our Graphic Design teacher, at


 a mask
Support SLV Grad Night by Purchasing Custom Flip SLVHS Masks $10 each - Two Designs in One Mask 

Need stocking stuffers or holiday gift fillers? Help celebrate the class of 2021 and our #Slvstrong community spirit!
SLV Grad Night Parents are offering these exclusive FlipMSKS for only $10 to raise money for SLVHS Grad Night! These unique masks are designed with a different image on each side so they can be “flipped” to show a new look, this means you are really getting 2 masks in 1. To reduce bacterial and virus transmission, the masks are made with two layers of fabric treated with HeiQ V-Block. The V-Block treatment is machine washable, hypoallergenic, and provides a self-sanitizing, germ-resistant surface. FlipMSKS not only look great and promote health but are designed to allow for increased breathability and comfort.

Please consider supporting the SLVHS class of 2021 festivities by buying a mask and sharing this opportunity with friends and family.

Visit the Website and Click on the picture of the Mask you would like to Order!


Congratulations are in Order for some SLVHS Students!

Audrey Parmenter

Audrey Parmenter, a senior at SLV High School, has received the Peter R. Marsh Student Silent Service Award. Audrey received this award for her efforts to raise funds for breast cancer research. Over the last 8 years, Audrey has raised over $6,500 for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.  She began fundraising when two of her grandmothers were diagnosed with breast cancer within a short time frame.  Audrey has hosted fundraising dinners, silent auctions, sold arts and crafts, and has been a team captain for Relay for Life.  



Congratulations to SLV High School's Newest Members of the National Honor Society

Lucas Collins, Cassidy Gertzfield, Amaya Gordon, Charlotte Gunion, Tessa Jacquerot, Abbey Lahey, Julia Bradford, Ben Calden, Forrest Crandell, Carter Cox, Madeline Davis, Katherine Guth, Avonlea Harwood, Daniel Schafer Dews


Way to Go, Cougars!


college board psat

SLVHS will be offering the PSAT on Campus on Tuesday, January 26th, 2021. 

SLVHS will offer the PSAT on Tuesday, January 26 in three areas on the Tri-Campus: HS Gym, MS Gym, and HS MPR.

This is a special offering from the College Board and, due to Santa Cruz County Public Health guidelines, we can only offer the test to 86 students

Priority will be first given to Juniors. After that, Sophomores and Freshman will be placed on a waitlist and will be notified after January 20th if they will have a seat for the test.


Cost for the Test

The test costs $20 and checks can be mailed or brought to the SLVHS Admin Office. All students are asked to send / bring this in before January 20th. 

If the test is cancelled or if you do not make it off the waitlist, your check will be voided. 

If you are mailing your check, please use the following address:


San Lorenzo Valley High School, Attn: Annina Hausmann

7105 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018


How to Sign Up

In order to sign up, click here to RSVP. All students interested should do this and priority will be first given to Juniors, then to Sophomore and then to Freshman.


Health Protocols

Each testing location will have students placed six feet apart and all will be required to wear masks while in the testing room. Students will need to answer COVID protocol questions and have their temperature taken prior to entering the location. There will be hand sanitizer and wipes available for student use in the testing room.  If on the day of the test you are exhibiting any symptoms or not feeling well, please let us know and you will be refunded. 


We will also be sure to notify you prior to the test date if the test needs to be cancelled due to health restrictions and all students will be refunded in this situation.


Additional Information

  • The PSAT Student Study Guide can be found here.  
  • What to bring the day of the test:
    • Several Sharpened #2 Pencils (Pencils will only be provided on an emergency basis) 
    • Calculator - A list of approved Calculators can be Found here
    • Snack / Bottled Water - No sharing of food or water 




Schedule for SLV High School: December 7th - 11th


December 7

Monday Special Day


Monday Homeroom

8:30 - 8:50

Attendance Taken & 

Monday Specials Explained by Teacher


Monday Special Activities

Students Must Complete 

All Three Activities 

For Full Credit



December 8 - 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


December 9 - 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


December 10 - 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


December 11 - 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)



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


grade support

Grade Support for SLVHS Students in Semester One

The staff at SLV High School understands what a difficult semester this has been. In conjunction with what other high schools in the county are also doing, we are working to provide some kind of grade relief for our students who are truly struggling through what has been a traumatic time for us all in the San Lorenzo Valley. We have put forward an alternate grade scale for our first semester final grades. Our goal is to give hope to students who may be thinking of giving up on their grades for the semester. We want students who may be failing to see a path to passing. We want students whose grades are lower than they normally are to have a chance to earn what they want them to be. It is not a gift. Work will still be required. Final projects and Final Exams will still need to be done. There will be assignments that need to be made up. But for those who may be feeling like it's not worth it for them, our hope is that this gives our families a little hope. Not all teachers will be following this grade scale exactly. Some already use alternate grade scales. Some already offer a different type of grade relief for struggling students. Some have been working with families for months to create paths to passing their classes. And some will wait until grades are finalized to make adjustments where they feel adjustments should be made. This scale will also not apply to Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses, which are already on a different grade scale. But the sentiment is the same. We want students who are prepared to finish strong to have a chance to get where they need to be.


You have 9 days off before the next day of school. Get into Schoology. Make up the work that you can make up. Use these days as a way to make this opportunity work for you.

Grade Relief puts you closer to the finish line. You still have to do the work to get there.


A = 90 - 100    B = 80 - 89    C = 65 - 79    D = 45 - 64     F =   0 - 44    



Language to support social, emotional and academic

Supporting your Student’s Learning Style during Distance Learning

Goal - Provide parents with information about social emotional learning

○ What is social emotional learning?
○ Aspects of social emotional learning that support student success such as:
○ Managing stress
○ Establishing routines around sleep, nutrition, and exercise
○ Relationships with adults and their peers
○ Parents will walk away with strategies to support their children and their learning style

Monday, December 7th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Google Meeting Link





SLVHS 2021 Yearbook is Now on Sale!

The San Lorenzo Valley High School yearbook is up and running and is for sale for the next two months for $75.


Editors Carlina Grillo, Ruby Gonda, Jadynne Swint, Amaya Gordon and their staff are working hard to bring a 204-page, full-color yearbook that represents the best, the most interesting, the happiest, as well as the most moving and memorable experiences of this year at SLVHS.


The yearbook is available for purchase at:


The SLVHS yearbook has completely sold out the past two years; please purchase your copy now to make sure you have yours in May!


Family Support Group; Phone: (831)824-0406


the claw

SLV High School Newspaper is Now Available Online

The Claw newspaper is publishing online issues every two weeks.



Cafeteria banner 

FREE meals for any child 18 years or younger.

One meal pick up per student (Bus or Site)

Meal Pick UP Tuesday AND Thursday

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. 



every day counts!


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.  




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words of wisdom

we fall. we break. we fail. but then, we rise. we heal. we overcome.