Newsletter 10-22-21

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden


college board psat

PSAT at SLVHS next Tuesday, October 22

SLVHS will offer the PSAT this Tuesday, October 26th in the HS Gym and the MS Gym. 

We have close to 140 students signed up and ready to go.





Students need to arrive by 7:45 am.  

Test begins at 8:15 and there is pre-testing bubbling and setup to do before we start.



Students will be required to wear masks while in the testing room. 

There will be hand sanitizer and wipes available for student use in the testing room.  

If on the day of the test you are exhibiting any symptoms or not feeling well, YOU MUST STAY HOME.




mattress fundraiser flyer

The Annual San Lorenzo Valley Music Program Mattress Fundraiser

TOMORROW, Saturday, October 23rd from 10am-5pm at San Lorenzo Valley High School in the gym. 

Every purchase benefits Band and Choir at SLVHS and SLVMS!                                           

Do you happen to have a mattress in your home that could be replaced? Would you mind helping by asking people in your life if they need a mattress? Mattresses starting at Twin $199, Full $289, Queen $299, King $399. All sizes, all styles & name brand sets are available up 50% below retail. All forms of payment accepted! 6 month Same as Cash Financing with good credit or $40 down, no credit needed program.                                Delivery is available! Please mention this ad to receive $50 off the already low prices! Mention a SLVMS or SLVHS student by name if you want an individual to benefit from your purchase. See flyer or visit Facebook event for more info:

 Thank you for supporting SLV Music Programs  



parent survey

Parent Survey

SLV High is preparing for a March visit from WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

This is the entity that visits schools and determines whether a school meets the qualifications to continue to be accredited as a high school that offers diplomas. All schools go through this process on seven-year cycles. 


We have been gathering information for our Self-Study Report, which we will submit to WASC in January before they visit us on campus in March.

One important piece of information is to get feedback from parents.  We have created a short survey that should take about five minutes to fill out.

Some of these questions come from past surveys and others were generated by staff this year during our WASC meetings.


Survey Link


Thank you so much for supporting SLVHS and we appreciate you taking the time to fill out the survey.


s.l.v. high school theatre

Last Three Shows for our Student-Directed Production of The End of the World (With Prom to Follow)

Come see our talented thespians perform in the SLV Performing Arts Center at 7:00 pm

Show Information:

Friday, October 22 and SaturdayOctober 23 at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 25th at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: $12 General $10 Student/Senior/SLV Staff $10 Community Night - all tickets


Get your tickets for The End of the World (With Prom to Follow), written by Sean Abley, a contemporary play co-directed by SLVHS seniors Jacqueline Lopez and Shimona Miller. The play is set in Great Falls, Montana. The students of Charles M. Russell High School awake to find no parents, no siblings, no teachers. Everyone but the student body has vanished. It might sound like a dream to some high schoolers, but for these teenagers it is the stuff of reality. There is a Wall of Light encircling their town that is progressively moving inward and their town is steadily disappearing. In the face of this mystery, the students band together...and splinter apart. What can they do to stop it? What's on the other side? Will there still be time for one last dance? An exciting drama/comedy, this play explores mortality, friendship, and the survival of ethics when survival itself is at stake. Performances are at the SLV Performing Arts Center (PAC).

More information and tickets available at SLV Theatre Boosters:


SLVHS Theatre Program Needs a Choreographer

Are you a dancer or do you simply love moving to music? Do you like working with younger kids? Want some community service hours or theatre hours? Ms. McMilin is looking for someone to teach the choreography for the SLVMS musical. If you can be dependably available during the afternoons after school please contact Ms. McMilin to volunteer: [email protected] 




cougar club

Dear Friends of SLVHS


We are writing to encourage you to make a donation to the Cougar Club, the EDUCATIONAL BOOSTER CLUB of San Lorenzo Valley High School. We sponsor many important programs for our students, including college preparation and career readiness programs; enrichment film and speaker programs on topics such as financial responsibility, mental health awareness, and healthy relationships; community building activities; and student service awards. We also fund equipment and classroom supplies for our teachers. 


Last year all our fundraising efforts went to the victims of the devastating CZU fire. We raised close to $13,000 that was distributed to all high school families who lost their homes. Thank you for your incredible generosity! 


This year, being back to sort-of-normal, we are again asking for your support for our regular programming. Please consider donating $20, $100, or more - donations of any amount are appreciated and all donations are tax deductible. Our goal is to raise $7500 so don’t forget corporate matching - make sure your employer matches your donation! 


Ways you can donate:


  1. Venmo @SLVHSCougarClub


  1. Paypal @San Lorenzo High School Cougar Club


  1. Check payable to SLVHS Cougar Club sent to 7105 Hwy 9, Felton CA 95018 


  1. Choose “San Lorenzo Valley High School Cougar Club” as the charity on your 

Amazon Smile account




weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of: October 25th - 29th


October 25

ERA Day All Classes: 2:01 pm Dismissal
ASB Student Council Mtg 2:10 Rm E4


October 26

O Day

Odd Classes 1 / 3/ 5

PSAT at SLVHS: Be there by 7:45 am

Grad Night Meeting: 6:30 pm


October 27

E Day

Even Classes 2 /4 /6 WASC Mtg 3:00 pm


October 28

O Day

Odd Classes 1 / 3/ 5 


October 29

E Day

Even Classes 2 /4 /6


   After-School Teacher Support Sessions

schedule; call 831-335-4425 x200 for details



Seniors: It's Time for You to Fill Out the FASFA - Federal Student Aid Application

The 22-23 Federal Student Aid Application or FAFSA  is now open! Below is information  on the FAFSA. We highly encourage you to get this application early so you get priority aid consideration for college.  All Seniors that complete their FAFSA application before January 7th will be receiving a surprise in the Spring.

FAFSA lets you know where you stand and what you can get as far as aid for college.  


Charlotte Achen sent all Seniors an email with a ton of information on FASFA.  

Things such as What is FASFA? Why is it important I apply? What do I need to do? What are the deadlines? Where can I find the application? 

Check your school email to answer all FAFSA questions you may have.

It is also available on the SLVHS website on the College and Career page.

The information you need is at your fingertips.


lowest price of the year


Don't forget to purchase your yearbook now for the early bird special! 

Get it now for $78 while supplies last.

Deal lasts until October 29th




summer trip

Trip Abroad to Dominican Republic

Chelsie Osenga, Spanish teacher, is organizing a trip to the Dominican Republic summer of 2022 because of increased interest from families and students at SLVHS for a travel abroad experience. After very successful trips past summers to Costa Rica, Perú, Spain and Panamá, we are traveling to the Dominican Republic in 2022! 

The Dominican Republic offers a seamless blend of tropical terrain, rich history, and heritage as well as having an opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language and converse with native speakers. From evergreen rainforests, to idyllic oceanside villages, and bustling city squares, you’ll explore colorful island life from a local perspective, gaining a sense of community as you visit an environmental school and art nonprofit.


Ms. Osenga will be hosting a mandatory virtual parent informational meeting on October 21st at 6:00 pm for all those who are interested!


Please join our meeting to hear all the details including the itinerary, dates, and cost of this trip. The meeting will also mark the official opening of enrollment!

Please click here to reserve your spot at the meeting:

You must reserve your spot to attend. We will meet on zoom at 6pm on Thursday, October 21, 2021. A link will be sent to you after I get your RSVP.

I hope you will consider this great opportunity. Please don't hesitate to ask questions, and consider signing up early as space is limited


*Important Information*

*This is a non-school-affiliated opportunity*

*I partner with a company, Education First (EF), that specializes in educational travel opportunities for students around the world.*




grad night

Grad Night Meeting

Our next Grad Night meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 at the high school MPR and on zoom.

Please mark your calendars.  Hope to see you at the meeting.


triple p positive parenting program

workshop flyer; call 831-466-5700 for details


slvusd banner

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]





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




Click Here for District Community Opportunities Web Page

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