Newsletter 1-14-22

principal's message

from Jeff Calden

Happy Friday!

This is the old wooden sign that was in front of the High School from the time SLVHS opened until it was hit by a car over a decade ago.

photo: old SLVHS redwood sign

It was replaced by a more modern sign, which was then hit by a truck a few months ago. 

When the new sign was destroyed, our maintenance crew took on the job of refurbishing the old sign, which was damaged and in disrepair, as you can see below. 

Photo: damaged SLVHS sign

The sign is up once again and looks fantastic on the rock wall base.  Kudos to our amazing maintenance team for their spectacular work.

What's old is new again and for those of us that have been around here a while, it's pretty cool to see that old wooden sign back out in front of the High School.

photo: brand new slvhs sign

photo courtesy of SLV Steve


graphic: martin luther king jr.

No School On Monday - Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday

The rest of the week is normal: Monday - No School / Tuesday O / Wednesday E / Thursday O / Friday E



rotary 4 way test speech contest

SLV High students have competed in this contest for many years, some going on from our local contest to the County and State level.


The contest involves writing a four-to-five minute speech on a specific Rotary topic and then delivering that speech at an SLV Rotary Meeting in Boulder Creek.

This year's topic is: Serve to Change Lives


The members of SLV Rotary judge the speeches on specific guidelines and award three cash prizes: 

$200 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place.  The winner has the opportunity to compete at higher levels for more prize money.


The Speech Contest will be held on Thursday, February 24th at 7:00 pm at Scopazzi's Restaurant in Boulder Creek.

Anyone interested in being part of the contest must contact me at [email protected] by February 7th and provide me with the information stated on the flier.

I will also meet briefly with all contestants to go over the rules and theme of the contest.


report cards

Semester Two Report Cards

Due to changes in the days the Post Office will deliver bulk mail, report cards will be mailed early next week.



covid 19 coronavirus

This new variant, combined with the cold weather and coming back from vacation, has caused a larger number of positive cases on campus than we have previously experienced. We will continue to test all exposures in order to keep the campus as safe as possible as we move forward.  Please continue to be vigilant about wearing your mask inside, and consider keeping yourself even more protected by wearing your mask outside when around other people.


If you currently have any symptoms, even minor ones, please get a test ASAP and do not come to school. Please call the attendance line to let us know, and do your best to get tested at the County Office of Education or any other free local testing site, such as CVS, Walgreens, Mountain Community Resources. There is a list of Testing Resources below


We want to be smart and vigilant as we move forward. If you are sick or showing symptoms, stay home from school, get tested, and let us know what your situation is so we can support you.  Students coming to school with symptoms will create more positive cases on our campus and nobody wants that.  


Symptoms of COVID include: Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea, Trouble breathing, Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.


Thank you in advance for supporting the safety of our students, staff, families, and the valley community.



Drive-thru Locations Times
Cabrillo College Drive-Thru Clinic
Parking Lot K
Mon-Fri: 2 pm – 5 pm
Saturdays: 9 am – 2 pm
Santa Cruz County of Education Drive-Thru
399 Encinal St
Santa Cruz, CA
Mon-Fri: 2 pm – 5 pm
Pajaro Valley School District Drive-Thru 
294 Green Valley Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am – 5 pm


Additionally we have testing on SLV campuses

SLVHS (by weight room) Tuesdays and Fridays 8:30-10:30 AM

SLVE (by the cafeteria) Mondays and Thursdays 7:30-9:30 AM

BCE (MP room near office) Mondays and Thursdays 10:30AM- 12 PM

SLVUSD Charter Mondays and Thursdays 10:45-11:45 AM


Inspire Diagnostic Registration Link 



Important Yearbook Information


celebrate your student

Class of 2022 Parents:

The last call for Senior Recognition ADs is happening right now; act fast before we run out of room!

Last Date for Ad Submissions is January 28th

Go to to purchase:


Class of 2022

Important events for your class are beginning as of now!

Check your school email for more information on Senior Wills & Senior Signatures.

It is first come first serve and the last day to submit either a will or a signature is February 4.


Discounted Yearbook Price Ends Soon

The 2022 SLVHS yearbook is on sale for the last time at a discounted price of $88 until February 4th.

Poetry Out Loud virtual event; call 831-335-4425



weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of January 17th - January 21st

NO SCHOOL / O / E / O / E


January 17

NO SCHOOL No School - MLK National Holiday


January 18

O Day

Odd Classes



January 19

E Day

Even Classes


January 20

O Day

Odd Classes


January 21

E Day

Even Classes

   After-School Teacher Support Sessions

support schedule: call 831-335-4425 x200



grad night

Class of 2022 Grad Night Gift Donations

grad night gift donations; email




study abroad

Study Abroad Club  

Are you interested in studying abroad during high school? 

If so, please come to the Study Abroad Club in Ms. Osenga's room in the H-building on the last Wednesday of each month from 2:55-3:45 p.m. 


At the club, there will be opportunities to apply for partial and full scholarships awarded by a local foundation to study abroad next fall. SLVHS students are highly encouraged to apply and more information will be available at our next club meeting (January 26th). 



SLVHS Jazz Band Club

There's a New Club at SLVHS: Jazz Band!

Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:20 am - 7:50 am at Room MS-25 (high school/middle school band room).

There will be concerts planned for the next semester. Exact dates to be decided. 


If you have any questions about these requirements or for exceptions, please email Joshua Gabrielson at [email protected] or Ms. Liston at [email protected]



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.

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.



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

words of wisdom

"darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that" -MLK