Newsletter 1-22-21


Friday, January 29th is a Staff Professional Development Day





Jeff Calden

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden



Another week, another round of Mother Nature closing a few more days of school.

Hang in there, everyone.  Remember, you are learning.  You are gaining credit.  You are moving forward.

And that's all you can do.  Keep giving your best and keep moving forward.  We're all in this together.

Please read all the information below about the weird schedule next week.



Monday is an E Day! Monday is an E Day! Monday is an E Day!     

No School Next Friday, January 29th - Staff Professional Development Day

The Schedule of Days is E-O-E-O-No School

Monday is an E Day! Monday is an E Day! Monday is an E Day!  


Another week, another round of Mother Nature canceling closing a few more days of school.

Hang in there, everyone.  Remember, you are learning.  You are gaining credit.  You are moving forward.

And that's all you can do.  Keep giving your best and move forward.  We're all in this together.





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 25

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)





January 26

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 27  

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 28

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 2



     Staff Professional 

     Development Day





community support

Skateboards and Sweatshirts Donated for Students Who Lost their Home in the CZU Fires

The Hope Church will be generously gifting brand new skateboards and sweatshirts to anyone student who lost their homes during the CZU fires at an event taking place on Saturday, January 30th, 2021 at the Tree House Cafe in Boulder Creek. 

If interested, families/students should sign up at this link,

Please pass forward this email to any person or families you feel could benefit from this information.


Rotary logo

2021 Rotary Speech Contest is Coming in March - Sign up NOW!

SLVHS students will have a chance to compete in the Annual Youth Speech Contest put on by the Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley. Contest is open to all SLVHS students and will be held at 6:15 pm on Thursday, March 25th via Zoom. Complete details are on the flyer attached to this email.


The students who finish in the top three will win prizes of $200, $100, and $50.

Details below with the full flyer attached to this email. But you can't win if you don't participate.

If interested, email Mr. Calden or Superintendent Bruton to get your name on the list.


The San Lorenzo Valley Rotary Club chose the topic: “ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES” as the theme for 2020-2021 Rotary Speech Contest. Students should consider the question, how do the values of self-improvement, community involvement, and service “Open Opportunities” for all?


Each participating student may choose any topic of interest, as long as the content of the speech relates to the 2021 theme, ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES and includes a reference to at least one principle of The 4-Way Test.  Use of this theme in the speech should be clear and unmistakableThe speech must be the original work of the student.


Contestants are required to inform the SLVHS Principal, Jeff Calden of intent to participate and provide him with the information on the attached flyer at: by Friday, 2/26/21.


Contestants will submit a VIDEO that contains a 3 to 4 minute speech on the theme, “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.

Students may use a phone, tablet, laptop, or other device to record the video. The recorded video speech will be emailed to Superintendent Laurie Bruton at by Friday, March 5, 2021. Speech contest judging will be done in advance of the Rotary meeting on 3/25/21.


Contestants will be asked to join the SLV Rotary Meeting on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Videos will be shown at the meeting and winners announced. Each student will be asked to introduce themselves and share their interests and future plans



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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SLVUSD meal pick-up; call 831-335-5384 for details



Yearbook logo

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.



NAMI Offering Free Classes on Teens with Mental Health Challenges

NAMI  Basics Class; call 831-824-0406 for details




Click Here for District Community Opportunities Web Page

words of wisdom

Last night the Internet stopped working so I spent a few hours with my family. They seem like good people.