Newsletter 5-6-22

principal's message

from Jeff Calden


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Free overnight Rotary Leadership Camp for a 9th-11th SLV student
SLV Rotary is sponsoring one 9th-11th grade SLVHS student this year to the local rotary youth leadership camp June 26th-30th in Scotts Valley.  

The chosen student will attend Camp RYLA for free!


Applications due May 9th!!!


The application is here:

CAMP RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

When: 6/26-6/30 Overnight Camp

Where: Scotts Valley

Who: Current Freshman – Juniors from SLV High School


What is Camp RYLA?

Leadership Modules: Building Relationships, Leadership Styles, Networking, Justice, and more

Activity Workshops: Speech and Debate, Band & Chorus, Entertainment, RYLA events, RYLA Studios


What do Camp RYLA students get? Leadership development, Lifelong relationships, Service Above Self personified


Student Testimonial from Camp RYLA:

“My biggest takeaway from Camp RYLA was the memories I made and the lessons that we were taught. It was an amazing time as I got to reflect right when the school year had ended and was able to appreciate myself and acknowledge I did my best. This camp was what I needed after the school year. This program helped me regain my confidence as a person and a leader and has given me skills to use next year with all the positions I'll be in.”


More info and a video on Camp RYLA can be found here: 


Expectations for campers

  • Commitment to attend all days of camp
  • Plan to return to SLV High
  • Commitment to participate in SLVHS Interact Club in 2022-2023
  • Proof of vaccination required


ap exam

Advanced Placement Exams continue next week at SLV Next Week. 

AP Testing Begins at SLV next week.  

The AP Calculus test is Monday at 8:00 am. Students Report to the High School Gym at 7:30 am.

The AP Computer Science test is Monday at Noon. Students Report to the High School Gym at 11:30 am.

The AP English Language and Composition test is Tuesday at 8:00 amStudents Report to the High School Gym at 7:30 am.

The AP Spanish Test is Wednesday at 8:00 amStudents Report to the High School Gym at 7:30 am.

The AP Biology test is Wednesday at Noon. Students Report to the High School Gym at 11:30 am.

The AP French test is Thursday at 8:00 am Students Report to the High School Gym at 7:30 am.

The AP Physics Test is Thursday at Noon. Students Report to the High School Gym at 11:30 am.


If you are taking a test next week - READ ALL OF THIS:

Everything in this email applies to ALL TESTS next week.  Four tests begin at 8 am and one begins at Noon.

Students must be there 30 minutes before the test begins. 


AP Rules are VERY STRICT.  Learn them NOW!

We have to follow them exactly or student exams could be nullified.  Meaning - they don't count.


If you have a morning Exam, it will begin at 8 am.  YOU NEED TO BE THERE BY 7:30 AM!

If you have an afternoon Exam, it will begin at Noon.  YOU NEED TO BE THERE BY 11:30 AM!

There is about 20-30 minutes of bubbling and pre-exam instruction that need to be done before we start.


 If you are not there when the Exam starts - YOU CANNOT TAKE THE EXAM

I cannot stress enough how important it is that you are on time.


Bring a pencil or two. Bring a black or dark blue pen. 

We will have extra pens and pencils, but don't count on somebody else. Take care of yourself.


The tests are three to four hours long.  There is a 10 minute break near the middle.

When you arrive, you will be seated at your own table. Tables will be distanced by the rules of Advanced Placement.

When you arrive, you will get your pencils and pens and then everything else goes into your backpack and we collect the backpacks.




Not in your pocket, not on your table.  It will be turned off, in a separate room.  And no - you can't check it during the break.  

This is a non-negotiable AP Test rule. 

We cannot allow you to test with access to a phone. 


Okay - Sorry about all that boldedhighlighted,  ALL CAPS stuff, but you need to be aware of how strict the AP rules are and that we have to follow them.

Now that all the mean stuff about being on time and no phone for three whole hours is out of the way...

You got this!  You are ready for the test.  You can do it!  


If you are stressed about the test when it is about to start, do this:  Close your eyes - take a deep breath - in through your nose slowly -  hold it for 5 seconds -  then out through your mouth slowly.  Do that 5 times and it will calm your brain and body. I know it sounds weird, but it works.


Best of luck


slv highschool theatre

Sorry, We Can't Fix It

A Two Act Musical Showcase of 24 Broadway Songs

Performed by: The SLVHS Theatre Class Students

Friday, May 13, 2022 and Saturday, May 14, 2022 7:00 p.m.

Free Entertainment 

  • Please join us for  Sorry, We Can't Fix It
  • A musical extravaganza showcased by our own SLV theatre students. 
  • Please consider donating. We appreciate your financial contributions and, if you are able, any donation will be instrumental in our efforts to continue to support our students' creative endeavors through our theatre arts program.



  1. Come to the show and deposit donations in our donation box!  
  2. Or, if you're unable to attend, you may send a check payable to:

"SLVHS Theatre Department” - Memo line: "Sorry, We Can't Fix It" 

Tara McMilin--℅ Theatre Department, 7105 Hwy. 9, Felton, CA 95018 





friendly reminder last chance

Get Your Yearbook NOW - Before they are Sold Out!

Only 40 yearbooks left! Purchase now while supplies last for $93.



summer school

Summer School Enrollment is Open!

The Summer Learning Opportunities will run from Tuesday, June 14 - Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 8:30-12:30 (no classes Friday, June 17, 24, July 1, July 8, or Monday, July 4).

Course offerings are listed on the enrollment form. High school summer school is primarily for credit recovery. 

Priority will be given to high school students that received a D or F in a previous course. 

High School students should consult with their counselors prior to completing the enrollment form. 
The deadline for submitting registration requests will be May 27, 2022. 

Click here to enroll!"


weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of May 9th - 13th

ERA / O / E / O / E


May 9 ERA Day Early Release A Day - Dismissal 2:01
AP Calculus & AP Computer Science


May 10

O Day

Odd Classes

AP Language and Composition


May 11

E Day

Even Classes
AP Spanish & AP Biology


May 12

O Day

Odd Classes
AP French and AP Physics


May 13

E Day

Even Classes



cougar pride

Congratulations to Senior Joaquin Cruz

SLVHS Senior Joaquin Cruz has been nominated for a Santa Cruz County QYLA Award.

Joaquin's hard work and dedication at San Lorenzo Valley High School has been recognized, as he is a nominee for a 2022 Queer Youth Leadership Award.

Congratulations and thanks to Joaquin for all he has done for our school and our students during his time at SLVHS.


Congratulations to our Speech and Debate Honors Students

SLVHS students Braedon Dysart, Joshua Gabrielson, and Kai Wildberger have been recognized with Speech and Debate Honors degrees, based on their hours of learning, practice, and improvement.  Congratulations!



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UC Global Health Day 2022

The UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) and the UC Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation are co-hosting this year’s UC Global Health Day 2022 on Saturday, May 7 at UC Santa Cruz from 8:30am – 6pm PT (in-person and virtually). This day-long collaborative global health conference showcases the innovative research and initiatives occurring across the University of California. This year’s theme of Centering Social Justice in Community Health is exemplified by our diverse speakers who are actively engaged across a variety of disciplines and doing work that has benefited communities at local and global levels.  Registration is Free


Registration Link:  


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 After-School Teacher Support Sessions

support schedule



homework help

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.


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


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



Click Here for District Community Opportunities Web Page


words of wisdom

kindness is loaning someone your strength instead of reminding them of their weaknesses