SLVHS Cougar Newsletter - September 2, 2022


SLVHS Cougar Newsletter

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September 2, 2022





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Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden

No School on Monday, September 5th - Labor Day Weekend

The schedule for the week is No School / O / E / O / E




Wednesday morning at SLVHS

I spent Wednesday morning going into nearly every classroom on campus to get a feel for what's going on right now at SLVHS.

I saw our teachers teaching and our students learning. I saw reading, writing, and arithmetic... and swimming and clay pots spinning.

I saw mathematicians explaining convex diagonals, polynomials, radicals, and exponential, linear, and quadratic equations. I saw writers and researchers working on papers and projects on Native tribes, political beliefs and behaviors, storytelling, the privacy of online content, the elements of design, and the concept of selflessness. I saw builders planning to create solar ovens and redwood boxes. I saw scientists predicting the time and rate of freefall velocity, creating models of biomes for deserts and estuaries, and a live simulation of predator/prey behavior. I watched a competition to name the numbers 1-10 in French, and a quiz show on vocabulary in Spanish. I saw all of this before lunchtime at SLVHS on a Wednesday.

I am lucky to work here. And our children are fortunate to have this wide variety of opportunities to think and learn and do.


Have a great weekend,



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SLV High School Students Awarded with Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Programs

Congratulations to nine SLVHS students who excelled in College Board assessments and schoolwork to earn National Recognition Awards. Christina Hausmann, Grace Shipp, Jamie Mclean, Jordan Swan, Joshua Gabrielson, Madalynn Hein, Mary Calden, Sebastian Yannone, and Spencer Sullivan were awarded National Recognition for rural and small-town students. This academic honor can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and to stand out during admissions. We are so proud of our Cougars for their hard work and efforts that have culminated in earning themselves and SLVHS national recognition.



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Start times changed for SLV Football Games this Saturday

Due to extreme heat warnings, the JV game vs. Scotts Valley will start at 8:00 am

The Varsity game vs. Scotts Valley will start at 10:30 am




Last year's CAASPP Scores for this Year's Senior Class of 2023 are Now Available

Last spring, Juniors took the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English Language Arts, Math, and Science. These tests are only one indicator and are combined with other measures like report card grades, classroom work, and teacher observations to give families and teachers a more complete picture of each student's learning. These results help to identify where one is doing well and where one  might need more support.


You can access your score report through the PowerSchool parent portal by clicking "Score Reports" and selecting 2021-22 from the dropdown menu.

You will receive a letter next week with directions on accessing PowerSchool. The letter will contain your individual access codes and where to reach out if you need help.


Your score report provides information about how well they met the expectations of the grade level. 

This information is helpful for teachers to understand how they can better support students in the classroom, as well as how families can support their learning at home.


To learn more about your scores, go to the Starting Smarter website at

There, you will find information about test results, sample test questions, and free resources to support learning.




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You Must Sign Your Student Out of School in the Administrative Office ANY and EVERY Time You Take Them Out of School

If your student is ill or needs to leave campus, you must have them sign out in the administration office prior to leaving campus at all times.

Please do not tell your student to meet you in the parking lot.  We then have no idea where they are and are reporting them as missing.

We need to know where your student is during school hours.

If you send your student with a note in the morning and bring it to Ellen in the Administration Office, she will write a pass for the time of pickup and give it to your student.

Then they can show the teacher the pass and walk directly out to your car and we know your student is safe with you and not missing.


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SLVHS Academic Support - After School and Lunch

Teachers from several departments will be offering time for students to get extra help and support with their work.

Students can drop in to Academic Support and/or they may be asked to come by their teachers.

The schedule is below and attached to this email. It will be updated as other teachers or departments set up a day and time.

Weekly Schedule – 2022-23











Math Hub – Rm H203

Larisch and Tutors

3:00 – 4:00

All Math Classes


Clark  Rm D2


AP Stats / Math Analysis





Math Hub – Rm H203

Larisch and Tutors

3:00 – 4:00

All Math Classes





Bauman / Beck

Bio/AP Bio/APES/Oceans

Rm B3

3:00 – 4:00 pm


Schafer/ Hawklyn

Chemistry / AP Physics

Rm B1 / E8

3:00 – 4:00 pm



Ritchie  Rm G2

Office Hours during Lunch

Freshman Only


Darrough  Rm H201

Writer’s Conferences


Ritchie  Rm G2

Office Hours during Lunch

Freshman Only


Darrough  Rm H201

Writer’s Conferences


Ritchie  Rm G2

Office Hours during Lunch

Freshman Only






Spanish 1, 2, 3

Rm H202

3:00 – 4:00





Rm E3

Art / Ceramics


Rm L2


Photo / Graphic Design


Rm L2


Photo / Graphic Design





An email containing the link to our online registration update has been sent out several times. 

The subject was “SLVUSD PowerSchool Enrollment (Online Registration)” and the sender listed as  [email protected]


If you have not received it and do not find it in your Spam or Junk folders, it may be that we have an incorrect contact email for you.  Please email the Registrar as soon as possible at [email protected] and we will send the email again to the email address we know is working for you.  Remember, this is a yearly requirement for all SLV families.  

Feel free to contact the Registrar with any questions or concerns you may have.  



Student parking permits have arrived and can be picked up from Annina in the administration office during brunch and lunch.


Attention all student athletes: 

  • The locker rooms are open immediately after school for you to change for practice. The locker room closes promptly at 3:10pm and will not be reopened. 
  • On early out Mondays, the locker rooms are open immediately after school and close at 2:25pm. 



Is looking for a couple more players to add to their team.  No experience needed, just a positive attitude and available Monday through Thursdays for practice and matches 3:30-5:30.

For more information, stop by Mr.Sutcliffe's room in G1.



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One More Picture Makeup Day for All Students and Staff

Monday, September 12th - 2:00-2:30 pm


Picture Makeup / Retake Day will be Monday, September 12th at 2pm in the big van by the Science Buildings.

Bring your money and order form the day we take your picture and save the sales tax.

The Order form is attached to this email. 



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SENIORS - Time is running out to get your senior portrait done for the yearbook!

Only Van Zantes senior portraits will be published in the yearbook. 

Please view all the choices for senior sessions before making an appointment.


Appointments are available on Monday, Sept 12 from 2:45 - 4:30 and on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Look for the Van Zantes yellow van by the B (science) building.



Go to, click on directory, click on calendar, and click your school logo.

Then follow the prompts. On the session day, come early and be ready for photos. Allow 15-20 minutes of your time. The website lets you make one appointment. To reschedule you will need to call or email for us to delete the already scheduled appointment Call 831.761.8800 or email [email protected]


Within a week the upgraded senior session images will be put online for a two-week period for viewing, selecting yearbook choice, and ordering prints. An account is required to view images on our website. When you create an account you will select your personal password. All image galleries are password protected for privacy with an additional password given to the student at the session. (Usually the student ID#.) Please know expired galleries can be put back online - contact Van zantes to request this.



The $0 session is taken outside in what you are wearing. This is a Head and Shoulders session. From six images you will choose your yearbook photo. This session is designed for people who do not want the option of ordering photographs. The yearbook image is selected immediately after the session, and the images are NOT put online to view.


The $30 session will be taken both outdoors and in the mobile studio. We will provide at least 18 images from which to choose. This session is Head and Shoulders up to Hip Length in one outfit the student comes dressed in. We take many photos which we edit in order to provide you with quality images. You will view online and choose the one for your Yearbook. Prints can be ordered from any of the photos. This session has a $30 discount when students/parents order and pay for photographs within a stated deadline for a timely order, usually 2 weeks. Therefore the session costs $0 if orders are paid for within the required time limit.

To Book one of the appointment options at your school, go to this link:

$300 On Location Session  (From San Lorenzo Valley/Aptos--extra travel fees for other locations):

 (Sales tax included...Fee paid before the session) By phone, we find a time and location that is convenient to you, but the session needs to be taken before October. We take 50-100 photos. This session can include a change of clothes, for two total outfits. Finished print package from 2 images: Super Special Package= 2-8x10, 4-5x7, and 44 wallets. CALL:  831-761-8800 TO BOOK THIS OPTION


4.0 Grade Scale Information

Our teachers have a choice of using the traditional 100 point grade scale with a 50% floor or using the 4.0 grade scale.

The 4.0 grade scale is similar grade-point averages. For those unfamiliar with this scale, I have attached a conversion chart to this email.

This chart can show you what the numbers in the 4.0 scale correspond to in the more familiar 100-point grade scale.


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Information on How to Access Schoology

Schoology (Skool-uh-jee) is our Grades System for SLVHS

If you already have a parent account for your student: 

1. Go to at:

2. Enter your name and password

3. Now you ARE IN!

4. Click on Student Name in Upper Right dropdown list

5. You will also have the option to add additional children to your

     account by clicking add child and using that child’s access code.

6. Browse the options available

•Enrollments takes to Courses and Assignments

•Grade Report takes you to Grades

•Click on Graded Assignments - takes you to the assignments

Have your child’s weekly grade updates emailed or texted to you!

-Click on your name and go to Settings. Click on Notifications

-Turn on course updates for email, mobile, or both

- Update your phone or email information if needed


If you DO NOT have a Schoology Account

1. Contact our Registrar, Katrina Mount at [email protected] to get an access code

2. Go to at:

3. Click on the menu on the Top Right and choose Sign Up

4. Click on the grey “Parent Button”

5. Enter the Access Code you received from the school. 

5. Sign up for an account: Name, email, and create a password

6. Now you ARE IN!

7. Click on Student Name in Upper Right dropdown list

8. You will also have the option to add additional children to your

     account by clicking add child and using that child’s access code.

10. Browse the options available

•Enrollments takes to Courses and Assignments

•Grade Report takes you to Grades

•Click on Graded Assignments - takes you to the assignments

Have your child’s weekly grade updates emailed or texted to you!

-Click on your name and go to Settings. Click on Notifications

-Turn on course updates for email, mobile, or both

- Update your phone or email information if needed



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Schedule for the Week of: September 5th - 9th


September 5



Labor Day / Yom Kippur 


September 6

O Day

Odd Classes 1/3/5



September 7

E Day

Even Classes 2/4/6


September 8 

O Day Odd Classes 1/3/5


September 9

E Day

Even Classes 2/4/6




Info on Two Fall Events for students and parents from the Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County

The Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County, the Safe Schools Project, & the LGBT Collaborative of Monterey County are proud to present a supportive space for LGBTQIA+ and allied youth in Monterey, San Benito, & Santa Cruz Counties. Information in the links below.


College Application Essay Workshops 

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is once again hosting the annual College Application Essay Workshops Oct. 5th to 21st. 

This free series of workshops matches trained writing mentors from around the country with students who are working on their application essay and would like assistance in moving toward a more polished essay that accurately reflects who they are. 

Deadline for registering is Sept. 25. Please encourage students to sign up and remind them of the deadline. They will be unable to register after Sept. 25.

Registration is online at the College Application Essay news items at the County Office of Education website (santa cruz

College Application Essay Workshop Student Registration

A video with information on the workshops and how to register is included. Please share with your students!  Watch Video Here


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SLVHS Student Learning Outcome (SLO) of the Month

Act as a Caretaker of the Environment

  • Each month we will be featuring one of our Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's) and this month's SLO is Act as a Caretaker of the Environment!
  • New Trash Cans! Starting this year we will have trash cans for Recycle, Compost (Food Waste) and Landfill.
  • To celebrate this SLO, take a moment to learn about what each can's purpose is for:
    • Compost: Food scraps, soiled paper, & yard trimmings go in the compost cart – this includes anything from coffee grounds and napkins, to spoiled foods and peels.
    • Recycle: Paper, cardboard, glass bottles, aluminum/tin cans, hard plastics, bundled plastic bags & thin (film) plastics
    • Landfill: Chip & Candy Bar wrappers / bags, pens and pencils, Plastic items mixed with metal or rubber. This should be your -last- option as most things you will throw away at school can be recycled and composted!
    • For more information, check out this helpful resource
  • To help with how to figure out what goes where, the University of San Francisco students developed a fun game that can be found here!



Below are the two links - one to Protocol for Symptoms and Positive Tests and the other for General COVID Notification

Schools will again be following the guidance and direction of County Public Health and the County Office of Education which can change


2022-2023 COVID Student Protocols

Please click on the following link for information in regards to General Protocol for Symptoms and Positive Test Results for students.  


General COVID Notification

Please click on the following link for information regarding our General Notification to families regarding COVID exposures. 

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SLVUSD Job Opening: Computer Resource Specialist

Help the teachers and staff with the technology tools that allow them to deliver instruction and provide student services. The common activities include tech support for laptops, Chromebooks, printers, document cameras, network connectivity, and using spreadsheets and admin tools to manage authentication and access to our applications. Please apply at

Free Internet

To qualify for free Xfinity/Comcast Internet, please complete these 3 steps:

1. If you're not on the free and reduced meals program, check your eligibility. If you're eligible, please sign-up under "Apply For Meals Today."

2. Sign-up for Comcast/Xfinity Internet Essentials first for $10/month.  

3.Sign-up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), on the same page for free Internet.


Food Service – Breakfast and Lunch - FREE

All SLVUSD students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch through the cafeteria. Please visit STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES for additional information.  


Monkey Pox Information

Please find attached a county letter in regards to What You Need to Know about Monkeypox if you are a Teen or Young Adult.


Board of Trustee Meetings 

The next School Board meeting will be on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:00 pm at 325 Marion Avenue, Ben Lomond, CA 95005

For more detailed information, please check out the district website SLV School Board Meetings



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 2022-232-23


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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