Newsletter 4-1-22

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from Jeff Calden


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Free At-Home Antigen Tests handed out yesterday - Please use them on April 10 before returning from Spring Break

We want to inform all of our families that we handed out a free At-Home Antigen Test to every student during third period yesterday.

Today we are attempting to get them to students who did not get them. If your student did not get one yesterday, they can get one today in the Counseling Office. 


The goal is to allow each student to be screened with a COVID test on Sunday, April 10, 2022 prior to the return to school on Monday following Spring Break.  Although this is not required, we highly recommend that each family use the antigen test to test each school-age child prior to their return to school on Monday, April 11, 2022.  Screening each student with a COVID test prior to the return to school will help to mitigate further exposures.  As we know many will be traveling over the break, we appreciate this extra precaution SLV families can take to ensure our schools continue to stay open for our students and families.  We hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break.


Monday, April 11th is a SCHOOL DAY

Please note the state department of education has indicated that we will need to make up the evacuation day on October 25th and indicated we need to use our Storm Day, April 11th that is built into our calendar as a replacement day.  Monday, April 11th will be an ERA early out A Day.


Spring Break is April 4th through April 8th.  Please note that Monday, April 11th will be changed from a non-instructional day “Storm Day” to a Regular School Day to make-up for the school closure we had on October 25th due to required evacuations. 



CAASSP State Testing begins with the Science Test on April 12th and 13th

SLV High School Juniors and Seniors will take the CAASPP State Science test in their Social Studies classes on Tuesday or Wednesday, April 12th or 13th.  The test is designed to take one block period, though students who don't finish can make it up the rest of that week if needed.


Science is the only test required for Seniors.  This is because they were unable to take it last year as Juniors.

Juniors will test in Science, English, and Math between now and the end of May.


Students will go to all of their classes normally that day.  In their Social Studies classrooms we will have Chromebook carts with the secure test browser loaded onto them for the teachers to give to the students for the test.


We have spoken to juniors about why taking this test is important for them in many ways, including an opportunity for a grade bump in this year's science, math, and English classes.

The seniors who should have had it last year will get a chance year to show what they have learned, as well as being able to show college readiness in science and avoid taking a lower level science entry class in college before the first-level class.


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

There is opt-out form that can be emailed to parents.  Please contact Dean of Students Dave Poetzinger at [email protected]  to request a testing opt-out form.



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Teen Talk High School Sexuality Education Course in PE Classes

We are pleased to inform you that your child will have the opportunity to participate in the Teen Talk High School course in their Physical Education class beginning on Monday April 11, 2022. Teen Talk High School is a comprehensive sexuality education program developed by trained professionals in the field of sexuality education at Health Connected (

Teen Talk High School is a comprehensive sexuality education course, designed to provide an open forum for teenagers to ask questions and get medically-based, unbiased, and accurate information. Teen Talk High School complies with California Education Codes 51930-51939 (California Healthy Youth Act of 2015) and meets the California Health Education Content Standards under “Growth, Development and Sexual Health.”

Teen Talk High School covers the following topics:

  • Values Clarification
  • Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy
  • Abstinence/Not Having Sex
  • Parent/Guardian Communication 
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Birth Control, including a condom demonstration
  • Pregnancy Options
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV
  • Sexual Safety, Consent, and the Law
  • Sexual Identity & Gender
  • Sex in the Media
  • Communication and Decision-Making

A pre/post-assessment will be administered at the beginning and end of the course. The assessment covers sexual health knowledge that will be covered during the course as well as questions about student comfort and confidence in communicating about sexual health topics with peers, partners, and trusted adults. You can examine instructional materials, including assessments, at the school office. If you have questions, please see your child’s teacher or principal. State law allows you to remove your student from any portion of a comprehensive sexual health education course.

If you do not want your student to participate in this sexual health course, please give a note to your student’s Physical Education teacher by Friday, April 1, 2022. The goal of a comprehensive sexual health education program is to help students learn the facts and to make good decisions now, and later in life.


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It's Time to Pay for your AP Exam

Cost is $96 per exam at the regular rate and $53 per exam at the reduced rate

You qualify for the reduced rate if you are approved for the Free/Reduced Lunch program. 

If you believe your financial situation qualifies you for the reduced rate, submit an application for the Free/Reduced Lunch program as soon as possible, even if you don’t want school lunch, at this link


Payment is due by April 1 by check, made payable to SLVHS with student name and which exam(s) in the memo line. Drop off checks at the admin office March 21 - April 1 from 8am to 3pm, or mail before the deadline to San Lorenzo Valley High School


Attn: Annina Hausmann

7105 Highway 9

Felton, CA 95018


If you have any questions or concerns about payment, please contact Annina Hausmann at [email protected]


cougar pride

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Eleven SLV High School student-athletes participated in the National Interscholastic Cycling race on Sunday, March 20th. Twenty-three high schools from the Central Coast and Bay Area competed at the event. San Lorenzo Valley High School finished 3rd place overall in their division. Congratulations to our SLV Cross Country Cycling Team: Sebastian Robinson, Matthew Mcintyre, Brody Ballard, Hayden White, Leyton Emigh, Kiley Ryan, Cian Ryan, Ari Robins, Dylan Lyons, and Kaden Collier.


weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of April 11th - 15th

ERA / O / E / O / E


April 11 ERA  Day All Classes: 2:01 early dismissal 


April 12

O Day

Odd Classes

CAASPP State Science Testing 11/12


April 13

E Day

Even Classes
CAASPP State Science Testing 11/12


April 14

O Day

Odd Classes
Spring Rally


April 15

E Day

Even Classes


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 After-School Teacher Support Sessions

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Grad Night 2022 Fundraisers

see's candies

SLVHS Grad Night needs your sweet support! 

They're selling yummy See's Candies to raise money to put on the BEST Sober Grad Night ever!

Visit our shop to pick and choose your favorites and buy your candy online. It's that easy!

class of 2022

SLVHS Class of 2022 Senior Sweatshirts are For Sale Again

Please see the links below. 

If you have any questions, please contact Zoe Ackemann at [email protected].

White Crew Neck Class of '22


Black Hoodie "Thrasher" Style Class of '22


Grey Hoodie Class of '22


Grey Short Sleeve Shirt Class of '22


homework help club

Homework Help at the Felton Library Tuesdays 3:00 to 5:00 pm 

The Felton Library is offering Homework Help in their Community Room for students up to grade 12. Bring your assignments to any FREE drop-in Homework Help session. Credentialed teacher John Schneider has 17 years of teaching experience. He looks forward to helping students deepen their understanding of content as well as providing the opportunity to become confident in practicing their study skills. 

Call 831-427-7713 for more information.

Webinar: The Role of Parents and Teachers in Helping Kids Cope with COVID and Developing Healthy Tech Use Habits

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

The pandemic has increased the amount of technology usage and screen time for our children and young adults. This session will focus on stress management for students, positive digital citizenship and how to influence positive online behavior. To help build trust and develop positive online behaviors, we will be discussing how to recognize the signs of the negative impact of technology and how to respond when there is too much digital media use.




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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


The 2022-23 School Year Calendar is out.


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


Outside Support Contacts

Contact Information for anyone who may need help or support

Should you be experiencing a mental health crisis please contact:

1-877-663-5433  24 hour crisis line for support

831-458-5300     Local 24 hour crisis line for support

  • Suicide/ Talk Hotline: 1-877-663-5433     (831) 458-5300    1-800-273-8255
  • Servicio para la Prevencion del Suicidio: 1-877-663-5433
  • Santa Cruz Women's Health Center: (831) 427-3500, 250 Locust St, Santa Cruz
  • Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, and Healthy Kids Health Ins. (831) 334-3395
  • Teen Program and other resources at MCR (831) 335-6600
  • Woman, Infants and Children: (831) 426-3911
  • Together in the Park: MCR (831) 335-6600
  • Salud Para La Gente (Watsonville) (831) 728-0222
  • Rainbow Counseling: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, queer and questioning adults, youth, couples and their families. Santa Cruz: (831) 423-9444
  • Santa Cruz Superior Court Self Help Ctr/Family Law Facilitator, Watsonville Law Ctr: (831) 722-2845
  • Shelter Outreach Plus: (831) 384-3388
  • National Alliance on Mental Health: 427-8020
  • Diversity Center: 423-5422
  • Health Service Agency, Alcohol and Drug Program: 454-5483
  • Transgender Teen Project:427-4004
  • Safe Schools Project: Ron Indra 427-4014
  • The Camp Recovery Services: 800-924-2879



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