Newsletter 3-19-21



Photo: Jeff Calden

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden

I don't often use all-caps, but when I do, it's usually important. smiley





State Testing for JUNIORS in Language Arts and Math will be done Online at Home this year.

SLV High will proctor the Online at Home tests on March 30th for Math and March 31st for English.

Students MUST USE an SLV SCHOOL-ISSUED CHROMEBOOK that has the Secure Test Browser downloaded.


If you are a JUNIOR who already has a School-Issued Chromebook, you are set for testing.

If you are a JUNIOR who DOES NOT have a School-Issued Chromebook, you need to come to school to get one next week.


We will be distributing School-Issued Chromebooks with the Securing Test Browser EVERY DAY NEXT WEEK.

You can pick one up every day next week at the following times and places:



High School Library:  7:30 am to 2:00 pm

High School Administration Office:  2:00 pm to 3:30 pm


Why Should I Take the Test?

* Students who take the test and score at standard or above receive a grade bump on their 2nd semester Math and/or English final grade.

   Yes - your grade in your Math or English class can go up if you score at or above standard on the CAASPP test.

* Colleges use state test scores to place students

* Scores help SLVHS see areas of strength and areas of improvement


Students may be opted out of the test by a parent or legal guardian

SLVHS is required to have a letter or email from a parent or legal guardian in order to opt a student out of a test or tests.

Please email Dean of Students Dave Poetzinger at to request a testing opt-out.



Hybrid classes

Informational Q & A Meeting for Parents & Families with the Superintendent and the Principal online this Wednesday, March 24th at 5:00 pm.

This will be an opportunity to get information and ask questions before your enrollment form is due.  

This meeting is designed to provide families with more detail about how the different facets of this Hybrid model will work in real life.  

It should also give families the information they need before deciding whether to come back to school part-time or stay online only.

The meeting will be recorded and posted on the school website for those who cannot attend. 



When:  Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 5:00pm

Topic:  Parent/Community Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Parents may now choose either SLV Online (only) or SLV Live Hybrid (online & in-person).

SLVHS Enrollment Forms are DUE on March 26th - You can wait until after the Q&A meeting on March 24th if you are undecided.

SLVHS Return to School Enrollment form

Spanish SLVHS Return to School Enrollment Form 




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Information on Tomorrow's SLV High School Football Games

I need to share with you some important guidelines straight from the California Department of Public Health that we must follow in order to play our scheduled football games this Saturday.

Again, these guidelines come directly from the State of California.  We can make zero exceptions.  


1. Each athlete on the football team will be allowed to have one immediate family member, older than the sport participant, there to observe the game from the bleachers as age appropriate supervision.
Observers will only be allowed to be there during their athlete's game and they must depart promptly once it is over.

We will begin seating observers for the JV game at 10:30 am and for the Varsity game as soon as the stadium is cleared at the conclusion of the JV game. 


2. The high school campus will be closed to the public from 10:00am to 5:30pm. Only football players, coaches, game day personnel and the previously listed observers will be allowed on campus. Unfortunately, that means no students, little brothers or sisters, wives, husbands, alumni, neighbors, etc.  We will sorely miss the atmosphere that our fans help to create at our home games, but we must adhere to the guidelines  to have a successful and complete season. 


3. The games will be streamed live on the NFHS network, so there is still an option to watch the game. There is a charge, but it isn't much more than a game ticket would normally be.

Here is the link to the NFHS network:


For those permitted to be in attendance, restrooms will be available and the hydration stations will be on. There will be no concessions. We will require that everyone in attendance wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing while on campus at all times. There will be hygiene stations with hand sanitizer and wipes readily available. Finally, please use the link below to screen yourself for a potential COVID infection in the morning on the day of the game before you come. If the free CDC screening tool indicates a potential infection based on your responses, please do not come.


Thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter as we navigate the guidelines required to allow our student athletes to compete in the sports that they love.


Key Club Event; for details visit





santa cruz county office of education

County Office of Education Equity Series: Focus on Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Families

General Invite: The Santa Cruz County Office of Education invites parents, students and educators to attend our next Equity Series topic: Focus on Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Families on Thursday, March 25 from 6pm - 8pm. This evening will include a keynote talk entitled “Black and Queer in the Monterey Bay", parent presentation, an LGBTQ+ student panel and community input.  We hope you will join us. Please share the attached flyer with your colleagues and beyond. There is no cost, but please register for the event here



weekly schedule

Schedule for SLV High School: Week of March 22nd - 26th


March 22

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



March 23

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



  March 24

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


Hybrid School Q&A

  Meeting 5:00 pm  




March 25

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 



March 26

  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

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

This week, our Spotlight is on SLVHS Sophomore Ceramics student, Braelyn Carroll.

pencil drawing by B.C.




Boys Golf Update

Attention all athletes interested in Boys Golf. Coach Crandall will be holding a mandatory informational meeting at 6:00pm on Friday, March 26th to go over the details of the season. 

Please attend with your parent/guardian. Zoom link below.



grad night

Check out the Grad Night Store for New SLV T-shirts, Sweatshirts, and Masks.

The grad night store is open for business!  

Visit our grad night website to see our limited edition t-shirts, sweatshirts, and masks. Sale ends March 31st!  

Masks are also available to purchase through our store. Stay tuned for additional merchandise that will be added soon.

merchandise: mens tee shirtmerchandise: women's tee shirt

merchandise: hoodiemerchandise: mask


Direct donations are always welcome at

Thank you for supporting the class of 2021 seniors!!




slv highschool drama

SLVHS Drama Showcase -Tell Me in Ten - Streaming Now!

A Virtual Showcase of Eight 10-Minute Plays  

Performed by: The SLVHS Drama II students  

Streaming Available: February 20, 2021 through March 20, 2021



Please join us for Tell Me in Ten, a Virtual Showcase of Eight 10-Minute Plays, performed by the SLVHS Drama II students.  Available for on-line viewing beginning through  3/20/2021. Anyone with the link may watch the streamed content at their convenience on a computer, tablet or smart TV.  


Link for viewing the show:


Striving to keep the arts alive for our students and to give them a collaborative and therapeutic space for creative expression, we have brought our shows online this year. Like many theatre programs, SLVHS has suffered a huge hit to our budget due to the inability to sell tickets to live performances during these Covid times. Please consider donating.  We need your help and, if you are able, any donation during this time will be instrumental in our efforts to continue to support our students' creative endeavors.



You can send donations via PayPal to

Or Make your check payable to "SLVHS Theatre Department” - Memo line: "Tell Me in Ten"

Tara McMilin---Theatre Department, 7179 Hacienda Way, Felton, CA 95018



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slvusd meal pick-up; call 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.




Click Here for District Community Opportunities Web Page


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