Newsletter 12-17-20

No School Tomorrow - Winter Break Begins!



Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season as we break from school for two weeks.

Goodbye to 2020. Hoping desperately for things to improve enough for all of us to be on campus together in 2021.

Be Safe. Stay Strong.


weekly schedule

Winter Break: from Friday, December 18th to Sunday, January 3rd

Semester Two Begins on Monday, January 4th

Schedule for SLV High School: January 4th - January 8th


January 4

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


January 5

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)


No Afternoon Blocks for

Students This Week  



  January 6  

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)


No Afternoon Blocks for Students This Week  



January 7

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)


No Afternoon Blocks for Students This Week



January 8

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)







mental health counseling

A Letter from Your Mental Health Counselors


Dear SLV Community,


We hope you and your families are healthy and doing well in spite of the many challenges this year has presented. We are fortunate to live in such a caring and supportive community and know that now more than ever, we rely on these connections to thrive. While we are looking forward to the upcoming Winter break, we also know how different the holidays may be looking and feeling this year. This is a time when many put expectations on themselves to be happy, hopeful and joyful and it’s not always easy. In fact, this is a time of year when people need more self-care and support.


Knowing who to contact during an emotional crisis is an important step in supporting yourself, your loved ones and the people in your community. Please take a moment to review the resources we’ve provided. If you or your child knows of somebody struggling in the community, please don’t hesitate to reach out to them and refer to the resources listed. In the coming months, we will be providing increased education surrounding suicide prevention and mental health. It is our hope that with this support we can help foster resilience amongst our SLV families and students.


With light and hope for the New Year,


Deborah Mitchell, Mental Health Specialist SLVHS,  

Robin Bates, Mental Health Specialist SLV Charter,

Lisa Haney, Mental Health Specialist SLVMS,

Lisa Van Buskirk, Mental Health Specialist SLVE,

Jen Sims, Mental Health Specialist BCE,



In Case of Immediate Emergency Dial 9-1-1

Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Suicide Crisis Line- 1-877-663-5433 (ONE LIFE)

Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Crisis Line- 1-800-952-2335. Immediate crisis support to assess for hospitalization in a psychiatric crisis.

NAMI Santa Cruz County Help Line- 831-427-8020 x7 For individuals and family members affected by mental illness interested in learning more about local resources and navigating the mental health care system. Leave a message and receive a call back within 24 hours.

National 24-Hour Disaster Distress Helpline- 1-800-985-5990 Free counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters (COVID-19 included).

Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline- 1-888-900-4232

Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Child Abuse and Neglect Report Line-1-877-505-3299

Suicide Prevention Services of the Central Coast  831-459-9373

Crisis Text Line-Text 741-741 for 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Support


What to do in a Mental Health Crisis

If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, tell someone who can help right away: Call your doctor’s office, 911 for emergency services, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.


Ask a family member or friend to help you make these calls or take you to the hospital. If You Have a Family Member or Friend in a Crisis: If you have a family member or friend who is suicidal, do not leave him or her alone. Try to get the person to seek help immediately from an emergency room, physician, or mental health professional. Take seriously any comments about suicide or wishing to die.


Even if you do not believe your family member or friend will actually attempt suicide, the person is clearly in distress and can benefit from your help in receiving mental health treatment. If you are not in imminent danger but need immediate crisis support call: (800) 952-2335 / (24-hours a day for Santa Cruz County residents to assess for hospitalization in a psychiatric crisis.)


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There will be No Meal Pick Up from Schools over Winter Break

Meal Pick Up will Resume Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Tuesday AND Thursday

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

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


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

Sign up at:

Free Meals for all children 18 and under. 

Student Nutrition Services

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

Visit our website


Have you completed the FAFSA? Don't wait!

Seniors: Don't Forget to Fill Out Your FAFSA!

Now is the time to complete your FAFSA Application, many colleges and universities will be looking at FAFSA  for aid decisions on a first-come, first-serve basis due to the predicted increase in students applying this year, so the sooner you get your application in, the more potential aid you can receive. 

For students applying for Cabrillo, FAFSA is a requirement in order to receive your first year tuition free.

All Seniors who submit their FAFSA Application before January 4th will be entered to win a Starbucks or Jamba Juice Virtual Gift Card (Thank you Cougar Club!)

FAFSA Steps can be found here.

FAFSA Help Webinars: First one will be on December 15th from 5:30 - 8pm. To Register, Click Here. A full Calendar of these webinars can be found here.

If you have FAFSA questions, contact Charlotte Achen at



Update on California High School Sports

Like many of you, we here at the high school were waiting excitedly for December 14th when the revised CIF after-school sports calendar was to begin. 

Unfortunately, last week, this was put on hold by the state of California. We expect new guidance from the California Department of Public Health after this current surge is over, but no sooner than January.  We will continue to do all we can to ensure that if and when safe after-school athletics are offered, SLVHS will be ready. 

A link to the state athletics press release is below.


Buy a mask an support SLV Grad night.
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!



collegeBoard 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.




SLV Middle School Drama Production Begins December 16th

SLVMS drama presents "The Big One-Oh! online edition

December 16, 17, 18, and 19 @ 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 20 @ 2:00 p.m

Monday Special is Monday, December 21 @ 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $13 Family streaming   $9 Individual streaming

Buy Tickets Purchase your tickets now!




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.


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    




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.


the claw

SLV High School Newspaper is Now Available Online

The Claw newspaper is publishing online issues every two weeks.



Click Here for District Community Opportunities Web Page


words of wisdom

Be the reason someone smiles today