Newsletter 2-12-21


Monday, February 15th is the Presidents Day Holiday


jeff calden

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden



Take a look at some helpful information and cool stuff happening in the Newsletter this week:

  • No School on Monday - Presidents Day
  • 1st Grading Period Ends Next Friday 2/19  
  • Join an SLVHS CLUB!
  • Graphic Design Class Project
  • Weekly Spotlight on an SLVHS Artist 
  • Speech Contest for SLVHS Students with Cash Prizes for the Top Three Participants   
  • Athletic Conditioning has Re-Opened



Progress Reports - Grading Period Ends on Friday, February 19th

The first grading period of Semester Two ends next Friday, February 19th.  Please check Schoology regularly to make sure you are aware of your grades and any assignments that need to be made up.  A three-day weekend is a great time to take a few of those extra hours to get some work done.  

The first progress report is a check-in and there is not a paper copy mailed home.


The second grading period ends on April 16th - we will mail a paper copy home, as well as notice of possible fail letters for students in jeopardy of not passing a class or classes. Final Grades will be calculated after Finals the first week in June.


Remember to ask for help. Your teachers are there for you. As are your counselors. And your administrators.

There are a lot of people in your corner who will help you with our grades. You just have to be one of them. 



school clubs


Hey Cougars! If you are interested in joining a club this semester, click here to sign-up.  You'll be contacted by the club leader with info on how to join the online meetings!  This semester's clubs are: Anti-Stress Club, Interact Club, GSA Club, Relay for Life, Key Club, and Tennis/Fitness Club (dependent on current COVID restrictions). 



graphic design

SLVHS Graphic Design Students Support the Teen Kitchen Project

Ms. Kersey's Graphic Design students supported the Teen Kitchen Project by designing cards to go with this week's meal deliveries. 

Meal recipients were thrilled with this added element of brightness and the youth and community connection.

The Teen Kitchen Project builds healthier communities by cooking food. Chefs and nutritionists help volunteer teens cook nourishing meals that are delivered to individuals and families in crisis due to severe illness throughout Santa Cruz County.  

Way to go, Cougars!

thinking of you card



weekly schedule

Schedule for SLV High School: Week of February 15-19


February 15











February 16

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


  February 17

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  



February 18

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 



February 19

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)


End of Grading Period




Artist Spotlight

In our SLVHS Artist Spotlight feature, we will showcase the work of one of our amazing SLV High School Artists.

This week, our Spotlight is on SLVHS sophomore Sandy Monowitz

art by sandy monowitz


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




Attention Cougar Athletes

As many of you are aware, there is a plan for after school sports for the 2020-2021 school year. While we can't guarantee which sports will be played due to our lack of control over which tier our county will be in, we encourage you to get prepared in the event you preferred sport happens. 


Health Screening App: Prior to arriving at each practice, team members must complete a health screening. 

Please download the rSchoolToday app so you can do this crucial step that helps to keep everyone safe. 

A video on how to download and use the app is below.


Athletic Paperwork: Please log in to DragonFlyMax and complete all required athletic participation paperwork for the 2020-2021 school year. Direction to help you with DragonFlyMax are attached. Physicals will be required before the first competition but not before you can practice.  

Please email Mr. Coulson at if you have questions.


san lorenzo valley USD logo

Measure S Bond Oversight Committee Meeting

The Measure S Bond Oversight Committee will be meeting February 17, 2021 at 3:30pm.  

If interested in attending, please see the agenda Measure S Bond Oversight Committee Agenda for additional information. 


library hours

Library Pickup Hours

If you need to pick up books or supplies at the SLVHS Library the schedule is now:

Mondays:     7:30 to 2:00

Wednesdays: 7:30 to 11:15

Fridays:     10:30 to 2:00



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.)



sns banner

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


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 $80.

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

the problem with quotes found on the internet is that they are often not true. -Abraham Lincoln