Newsletter 1-8-21

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Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden



Welcome Back and Happy New Year!



Semester 1 Grades

Final Grades for Semester 1 were stored on Wednesday.

They can be viewed in Schoology by going to grades and changing the setting from current to past.

Report Cards will also be mailed home early next week.


Monday Special Grade Explanation

In your Semester 1 final grades you will see a grade for Monday Special.

The grade shows how many elective credits a student earned for completing assignments each Monday.

The maximum amount of credits to be earned in the semester was 3.

You will see a grade of CR 3, CR 2, CR 1 or NC.

CR stands for Credit and the number is how many credits were earned based on the percentage of assignments completed.

NC stands for No Credit earned.


Remember, these credits are not something that a student would need to make up or replace - they are "extra" credits that count toward graduation as elective credit.

5 credits is equivalent to a full semester class.

We will continue to offer the opportunity to earn credit toward graduation each Monday Special Day for as long as we are in Distance Learning.



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Schedule for Semester Two Book Pickup Next Week

We will offer socially-distanced pickup and dropoff for textbooks, novels, and supplies next week for students from the High School Library.

This process will be the same as it was in August, where each grade level will have its own pickup day with Friday open for all grade levels.

All sessions will have both pick-up and drop-off available.  

If you are getting a new textbook or novels for Semester Two, make sure you bring those from Semester One to drop-off.


Times will be from 9:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm each day.

Monday 1/11 is for Seniors only

Tuesday 1/12 is for Juniors only

Wednesday 1/13 is for Sophomores only. 

Thursday 1/14 is for Freshmen only.

Friday 1/15 is for all students


Please check with your teachers to see what you need for your classes



sex education

Sex Ed will take place in Freshman PE classes the Week of April 10th

We are pleased to inform you that your child will have the opportunity to participate in the Teen Talk High School course in their Physical Education class beginning on Monday April 10, 2021. Teen Talk High School is a comprehensive sexuality education program developed by trained professionals in the field of sexuality education at Health Connected (

Teen Talk High School is a comprehensive sexuality education course, designed to provide an open forum for teenagers to ask questions and get medically-based, unbiased, and accurate information. Teen Talk High School complies with California Education Codes 51930-51939 (California Healthy Youth Act of 2015) and meets the California Health Education Content Standards under “Growth, Development and Sexual Health.”

Teen Talk High School covers the following topics: Values Clarification, Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy, Abstinence/Not Having Sex, Healthy Relationships, Birth Control, including a condom demonstration, Pregnancy Options, Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV, Sexual Safety, Consent, and the Law, Sexual Identity & Gender, Sex in the Media, Communication and Decision-Making, and Parent/Guardian Communication.  


A pre/post-assessment will be administered at the beginning and end of the course. The assessment covers sexual health knowledge that will be covered during the course as well as questions about student comfort and confidence in communicating about sexual health topics with peers, partners, and trusted adults. You can examine instructional materials, including assessments, at the school office. If you have questions, please see your child’s teacher or principal. State law allows you to remove your student from any portion of a comprehensive sexual health education course. If you do not want your student to participate in this sexual health course, please give a note to your student’s Physical Education teacher or the School Principal by Friday, March 31, 2021.  The goal of a comprehensive sexual health education program is to help students learn the facts and to make good decisions now, and later in life. 


weekly schedule

Schedule for SLV High School: January 11th to January 15th


January 11

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


Book Pickup & Dropoff

Seniors Only


January 12

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




Book Pickup & Dropoff

Juniors Only


  January 13  

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  




Book Pickup & Dropoff

Sophomores Only


January 14

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 





Book Pickup & Dropoff

Freshmen Only


January 15

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)







Book Pickup & Dropoff

All Students




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.




Triple P January Free Online Workshop: Parenting in Uncertain Times  

Free online parenting workshop; call 831-335-4425 x201 for info

Free online parenting workshop; call 831-335-4425 x201 for info



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.


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.)




SLVUSD Meal Pick-up; call 831-335-5384 for info





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.



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.



the claw

SLV High School Newspaper is Now Available Online

The Claw newspaper is publishing online issues every two weeks.



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words of wisdom


Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining. -Teddy Roosevelt