Newsletter 1-15-21


Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday



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Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden


no school monday


No School Monday, January 18th: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday





PSAT at SLVHS on January 26th has been CANCELLED

We are sad to announce that the PSAT that was to be administered on the SLVHS campus January 26th has been cancelled due to State and County COVID guidelines.

We hoped to be in a place where a socially-distanced version of the PSAT with fewer students in the gym would be able to take place.  But that is not the case.

There is not a new date in place for a possible PSAT and it may not take place this year.  We hope that a spring date will happen, but that is a decision made by the College Board testing organization.  If we get any news, you will see it here in the Cougar Newsletter.  All checks sent in to pay for the test will be shredded. If you paid with cash, please contact Annina Hausmann at 335-4425 extension 205 or send an email to to set up a way to get your payment returned to you.





sex education

Sex Ed will take place in PE Course 1 classes the Week of February 2nd

We are pleased to inform you that students will have the opportunity to participate in the Teen Talk High School course in their Physical Education Course 1 class beginning on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021. Teen Talk High School is a comprehensive sexuality education program developed by trained professionals in the field of sexuality education at Health Connected ( 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 email your student’s Physical Education teacher or the School Principal before Tuesday, February 2nd. 

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 18th to January 22nd


January 18



Martin Luther King Jr.

National Holiday




January 19

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


  January 20  

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  



January 21

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 



January 22

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)





artist spotlight

SLV High School Artist Spotlight

This is our first SLVHS Artist Spotlight feature, where we will showcase the work of one of our amazing SLV High School Artists.

This week, our Spotlight is on Senior Noel Bresson and her piece titled Triple Self-Portrait.

Triple Self-Portrait




SLVHS Cougar Club

Next Cougar Club Meeting is Thursday, January 21st at 6:00 pm on Zoom

Zoom meeting ID:



Triple P positive Parenting Program

Triple P January Free Online Workshop: Parenting in Uncertain Times  

  Parenting workshop 1/20/21; register at




mental health resources


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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Meal Pick-up; call 831-335-5384 for information




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.



Click Here for District Community Opportunities Web Page

words of wisdom

"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." Martin Luther King Jr.