Newsletter 9-10-21

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden


Monarch Services

Monarch Services Presentations for Seniors and Juniors Next Week

Next week, Seniors and Juniors will have presentations from Monarch Services in Watsonville.

These presentations will focus on topics such as healthy relationships, teen dating violence, what is consent, sexual assault definition, trafficking, prevention strategies, and bystander intervention.  These presentations have been well-received by students as helpful and informative.


Seniors will have the presentations in their Tuesday/Wednesday Languages Arts classes.

Juniors will have the presentations in their Thursday/Friday History classes.

All presentations will be done in the MPR. Sophomores and Freshmen will get the presentations the Week of September 13 - 17.


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Last School Picture Makeup Day - Monday, September 20th from 2:00 - 3:00 pm - SLV MIDDLE SCHOOL Gym

If you have not yet had your school photo taken for this year, we have one more make-up day:  Monday, Sept. 20 from 2 PM - 3 PM at the SLV Middle School gym.

Please note that makeup pictures on Monday, September 20th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm are at the MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM 


SLV highschool visual arts

Next Tuesday, September 14 at 6:00 pm there will be a live meeting at school in front of room D6 to discuss reinventing Visual Arts Boosters. Hosted by Visual Arts Teachers Tamera Smith and Terry Thompson, this meeting promises to be one of innovation and productive planning. If your child is an artist or an aspiring artist, please come to this meeting and share your vision. I will fill you in on how the club has operated in the past and what they have achieved. Then together we can create the new Arts Boosters. We hope that you will join us. 


Grad Night

First Grad Night 2022 Meeting Tuesday, September 21st at 6:30 pm in the HS MPR

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the SLVHS Multi-Purpose Room. 

We are late getting started on the planning, due to last school year's craziness.  We really need everyone to make this happen for our seniors.



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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




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Reducing College Costs: Advice for Parents of High School Students

Wednesday, September 22nd at 6:00 pm in the SLV Performing Arts Center

Parents: Are you Concerned about college costs? UC’s cost $35,000+ per year and Privates $75,000+

If you are looking for ways to make college more affordable, join other SLV High parents and students for Steve Shapiro’s annual presentation


Steve is a Certified Financial Planner and CPA (inactive) who has been helping Monterey Bay Area families reduce college costs since 2004. He speaks to parents at many local high schools every year and has been visiting SLV High for over 15 years.


What you will learn in this 60 to 90 minute session:

  • The key to reducing college costs (It’s simple but not easy)
  • Financial Aid Basics (Relevant to both high and low incomef amilies)
  • Strategies that will help reduce college costs There should be plenty of time for questions
  • All parents are encouraged to attend this informative session If you want to reduce college costs, do not procrastinate Now is the time to take action


weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of: September 13th - 17th


September 13


All Classes - Dismissal at 2:01 pm


September 14

O Day

Odd Classes 1 / 3/ 5 

Monarch Presentations for Seniors in ELA


September 15

E Day

Even Classes 2 /4 /6 Monarch Presentations for Seniors in ELA


September 16

O Day

Odd Classes 1 / 3/ 5 
Monarch Presentations for Juniors in History
Senior Class Lunch Meeting on Homecoming


September 17

E Day

Even Classes 2 /4 /6

Monarch Presentations for Juniors in History  

SLVHS Staff: College and Career Highlight

Staff Highlight: Amber Bowers



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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


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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]




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We are pleased to announce that the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Student Leadership and Engagement Programs will be starting up again in September!

There are 5 different groups students may choose to participate in. The only requirement is to be a Santa Cruz County High School student:


Community of Practice: Racial Justice & Equity - select Fridays 

In this eight session, small group, active-learning program for students and educators, you'll have an opportunity to: (1) explore your social identities and the various ways they influence the TK-12 educational experience; (2) examine the social construction of whiteness and its perpetuation in the TK-12 system; and (3) acquire the practical tools to take meaningful action around racism in your domain of influence.


Countywide Black Student Union - meets virtually Tuesdays 

This is a safe space for, but not limited to, students who identify as Black/African/African American/Biracial & so on. We foster a healthy environment where students connect, reflect, inform, and heal. Although there are facilitated topics/themes/conversations, our student members typically begin to feel comfortable bringing up what they feel is necessary. From conversations about hair products to generational PTSD, we address whatever y’all wanna talk about. We offer a middle school group, a highschool group, and for adults/educators we recommend reviewing the “community of practice: Racial Justice & Equity” group as a more structured/educational approach to B.S.U .


Queer and Trans Youth Council - meets virtually TBD

The Queer and Trans Youth Council endeavors to heighten a sense of community and solidarity among the LGBTQIA+ youth of Santa Cruz County. The Council strives to bridge the larger community as a whole with LGBTQIA+ folks, provide allies for youth, and tackle hardships that LGBTQIA+ youth face. The Council is also an advisory chamber to the Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County and works to create projects and events to support the LGBQTQIA+ community. 


Youth Artists Taking Action - meets virtually on Wednesdays at 4

This is a group of students who want to explore the arts with other students in our community. They want to create, design, and develop artistic projects; become involved in social action involving the arts; participate in student performances; lead community arts team-building;, manage social media/communications for the arts; give presentations about the arts, produce videos, and conduct research about the arts. If you imagine it, we can do it.  


Youth for Environmental Action - meets virtually on Thursdays at 4 

The purpose of Youth for Environmental Action is to connect students who care about the environment and take action together for the future. YEA students work on projects that increase school sustainability, advocate with school leaders for change,  and plan and lead Santa Cruz County’s annual Environmental Action Summit bringing together community leaders, educators and students to find solutions.


All students who are a part of any of the groups mentioned above will also be a part of the Youth Led Leadership Alliance which meets once a month on Saturdays from 10am-2pm.  


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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


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Click Here for District Community Opportunities Web Page


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Family Rules; for details call 831-335-4425 x200