Newsletter 8-27-21

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden

Hello and Happy Friday

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We are all currently experiencing the sad fact that COVID is alive and well.

As you know, SLVHS and all schools in our district and county, are following the guidelines of our County Department of Public Health.

To this point, we have had very few cases on campus. While even one case is too many, what this shows is that wearing masks in the classroom setting is working.

And we need to be even more vigilant in our indoor settings.  And while it is not required, we do encourage you to wear your mask outside when you are around others.


Please make sure you are doing the following:

  • Wearing your mask at all times inside when there is another person present in the room 
  • Wearing your mask properly, over your nose and mouth, whenever you are inside and there is another person present in the room
  • Not slipping it down off of your nose in class
  • Not pulling it down or taking it off in order to be better heard when speaking in class
  • No eating or drinking in class - outside breaks during class or stepping outside to take a drink are options
  • Remember that in the G and H buildings, the hallways, stairways, and landings are INSIDE.  Masks must be on and no eating or drinking allowed
  • If you don't have a mask, ask your teacher or come to the office and get one.  We have LOTS!

Our continued ability to do live school is dependent on everyone following the mask policy.

More importantly, this is about the safety of everyone here. 


Thank you


senior portraits

Senior Portraits Information

Senior Portrait Sessions:

September 27th from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm by the B (science) building.  
Appointments need to be made at



picture retake day!

School Picture and ID Card Makeups - This Monday, August 30th

Makeup School Pictures / ID Cards will be on Monday, August 30 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at room E4.   



back to school night

Back to School Night at the SLV High is Thursday, September 9th

As you may have read in the Superintendent's Newsletter, all SLVUSD Back to School Nights will be virtual on Zoom this year.

You will still have live interaction with teachers that evening, but it will be online.

Back to School Night will begin at 6:10 with a short presentation by the principal and then classroom visits beginning at 6:30 pm

A full schedule of the night and details of how to log in will be in next week's SLVHS Cougar Newsletter.



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Use of SLV Campus Facilities

It has been a while, but now that live school is starting up again, there will be no public use of the facilities from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm on School Days.

This is for all facilities, including the pool, the tennis courts, the track and field, the baseball fields, and basketball courts.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our campus safe.



weekly schedule

Schedule for the First Week of School: Aug 30 - Sept 3


August 30


Early Release A Day: Dismissal at 2:01 pm

Makeup School Pictures: Rm E4 2:00 - 3:30 pm


August 31

O Day

Odd Classes 1 / 3/ 5 


September 1

E Day

Even Classes 2/4/6


September 2

O Day

Odd Classes 1 / 3/ 5 


September 3

E Day

Even Classes 2/4/6

SLVHS Staff: College and Career Highlight

teacher highlight: keidi lewis


cougar club meeting info; call 831-335-4425 x201 for details

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SLV Unified School District has Job Openings

Are you looking for part-time or full-time work? 

Interested in joining the SLVUSD Team? We have several job opportunities. 

You can review SLVUSD job opportunities at



SLV Athletic Boosters Need Your Support!

San Lorenzo Valley Athletic Boosters are a group of dedicated enthusiasts of SLV High School sports who donate their time and resources to guide the financial subsidizing of sports programs at SLVHS, keeping the sports program at SLVHS low cost to players.


BINGO is Back!

Bingo is Booster's ongoing fundraiser, and generates over $90,000 per year to our athletic programs and  facilities, and is the main source of revenue for Boosters.

At the heart of this important fundraiser is the solid group of “core” volunteers, many of  whom are parents of former SLV students who have stayed on out of love and loyalty to  our sports programs. Also vital to the operation are the four volunteers from the various  sports who show up every Monday night to do their part to support their athletes. Based  on research, without bingo, families would spend $250.00 - $1500.00 per child, per sport.  SLVHS is the ONLY school in Santa Cruz County and beyond not using a ‘pay to play’ system to fund sports, primarily because of the efforts of the Bingo Volunteers.  


Beyond supporting individual teams at SLVHS, Boosters has also awarded over $40,000 in awards to graduating senior athletes.  The commitment to support our athletes through all four years of high school,  with a “boost” into college is an important goal of the groups’ focus.


HOW CAN YOU HELP? If your child is on a team at SLV, please sign up to volunteer to work Bingo on the dates your child's team is slated to host volunteers. Additionally, you can bring in even more money for your child's team by being a "Core" member, where you work once a month at the weekly Bingo game (located at Portuguese Hall in Santa Cruz). The more "Core" members a team has, the more money each team receives. If you are interested in being a core parent, please contact Athletic Director Chris Coulson at [email protected]





youth for environmental action

Youth for Environmental Action - Apply by 8/31!

Call for students who want to take action for the environment! Would you like to be part of a countywide youth-led effort to raise awareness of environmental issues and how to take positive action? Do you want to join a team of students who will help to bring community leaders, educators and students together for Santa Cruz County’s annual Environmental Action Summit

 Who can join? Public and charter high school and middle school youth who are working to improve the environment and have a positive impact in our communities. Applicants will be selected to form a team that represents different regions, perspectives, backgrounds, and communities across the county. We are committed to providing opportunities for emerging student leaders who may not have been involved in leadership roles before. 

See the flyer here and join by submitting this YEA application. There are three levels of involvement, so find what is best for you!  

Three roles to choose from: 

  • Leadership Team (high school only) - Represent your school on the core leadership team - meets weekly on Thursdays 4-5pm to identify YEA priorities and projects and help organize, promote, and lead the annual Youth for Environmental Action Summit. 
  • School Support Team (high school only) - Support the YEA leaders from your school site to get other students from your school engaged - requires meeting with your school's YEA student leaders 2 times a month on Thursdays 4-5pm.
  • YEA Member (high school and middle school) - Provide feedback on YEA projects, receive invitations to YEA events and help raise awareness of YEA in your school community. No meetings required.

If you have questions, please contact Amity Sandage, Environmental Literacy Coordinator, at [email protected] or 831-466-5711 or Celeste Gutierrez, Student Leadership & Engagement Coordinator at [email protected]


santa cruz county youth action network

We are looking for 13 youth leaders from across Santa Cruz County between the ages of 11-21 to join a Youth Steering Committee. The Youth Steering Committee will have the opportunity to guide the work of the Youth Action Network, connect with youth from across the county, learn research skills, help prioritize ways of strengthening youth voice and youth leaderships and work together with adults and local decision makers to create positive change within our county. 


The YAN Youth Steering Committee commitment is for one year starting in October and will consist of 5-8 hours a month. They will meet on a monthly basis with additional 1:1s, team bonding opportunities, trainings and quarterly network meetings. Each youth will have the opportunity to receive stipends ($25 per monthly meeting & additional stipend opportunities throughout the year) , community service hours and free trainings.  


If you would be interested in applying, please send them this link: 

We will also be holding an info session via zoom next Monday from 6:00-7:00pm with Youth from the Youth Action Network. If you would like to register follow this link:  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Thank you so much, 


Amanda Gamban

Community Impact Coordinator Youth Action Network & United 4 Youth

YAN | YAN Facebook Group | YAN Facebook Page YAN Instagram


student handbook

SLVHS Student Handbook

The SLVHS Student Handbook is attached to this email and available at this link: SLVHS Student Handbook

Parents and Students should review the handbook in order to be aware of the rules, policies, and important information to know about SLVHS.

Thank you in advance for knowing and understanding the information in the handbook.



Below are some helpful links and contact information for SLV High School students and parents



7105 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018

Phone: (831) 335-4425

Fax: (831) 335-1531

Attendance Line: (831) 335-3646


SLV High School Website SLV High School Calendar


SLVHS Student Handbook             SLVHS Bell Schedule 2021-22


Welcome to SLV      Staff Directory Campus Map


SLVHS Cougar Parent Club SLVHS Athletics Booster Club


SLVHS Bell schedule; for details call 831-335-4425 x201


Click Here for District Community Opportunities Web Page

words of wisdom

character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking. -JC Watts