SLVHS Cougar News - September 25, 2023

SLVHS Cougar Newsletter

September 25, 2023


Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden

Schedule for the Week of: September 25-29



September 25


Early Release A Day; Dismissal 2:01 pm



September 26

O Day

ODD Day: Periods 0/1/3/5



September 27

E Day

EVEN Day: Periods 0/2/4/6


September 28

O Day

ODD Day: Periods 0/1/3/5
Student Government Mtg 3:00 MPR


September 29

E Day EVEN Day: Periods 0/2/4/6

First Period will begin at 7:55 each day



School Picture Makeup and Retake Day - Monday, October 2nd

Monday, October 2nd is School Picture Makeup Day for all Students

Retakes and Pictures for students who did not have their picture taken in August will be from 8:00 to 9:45 am.

There will also be an opportunity for Senior Portraits to be taken that day. See below.

We have been advised not to wear green, as it can come out poorly with the digital backdrops.



Senior Portrait Information

There are three options for your Senior Portrait this Year:


  1. You can use the picture that was taken on Picture Day in August and be done with it. 

Just let us know that you want to do that so we can get it in the Yearbook.


  1. Jostens will be doing Senior Portraits on campus during picture Makeup Day, which is Monday, October 2nd

There will be a block of time for Senior Portraits that morning. It is scheduled to be from 9:45 am to 11:30 am.  

If you want to have your Senior Portrait taken, go to the MPR when we call for Senior Portraits that day.

We have been advised not to wear green, as it can come out poorly with the digital backdrops.


  1. You can submit a picture of your own for the Senior Picture.  

The process for submitting a Senior Portrait is simple.  Email a jpeg of your photo to Aron Conger, our Yearbook teacher, at [email protected]

That's it. The picture should be of the student in appropriate attire, in focus, and focused on the face and torso as opposed to a full-body shot.


You do not need to crop the photo. Submit it "as is" and the Yearbook team can crop it to fit the design of the page.

Make sure to include the name of the student when you send the email.


We are glad to have choices this year for students and families, including a choice not to have to pay to have a Senior Portrait taken.



The First Progress Grading Period Reports will go out Next Week

This Progress Report grade is not a final grade, but a snapshot of how a student is doing at that point.

However, these grades will determine eligibility for student athletes and students in the Student Directed Play.

Students should hear from their teachers when the gradebook for their class will close for this period.

If a student is unclear of when a teacher is closing the gradebook for this grading period, they should ask.


We will Freeze Grades on Thursday, September 28th and announce Eligibility on Monday, October 2nd.

The Progress Reports will be mailed home the week of October 2nd.


In High School, the only grades that go on a student's official transcript are the final grades for Semester 1 and Semester 2.



NCBI Workshops This Week for Freshmen

Dear Families,

During the week of September 25-29, 9th-grade students will be participating in an NCBI workshop in their PE classes.  This is presented by students of SLV High School, who are part of the SLVHS NCBI Club. NCBI stands for the National Coalition Building Institute. SLVHS has now been doing NCBI workshops for over 20 years. The group promotes respect for others, teen peer support, and standing up to negative behaviors on campus. 


The goal of the workshop is to create a better sense of our community at SLVHS and to teach students how to be supportive of each other. The workshop is put on by students for students, with the HS staff being involved as well.  The leaders are high school students who have been trained through the workshop and have taken an extra interest and passion in what NCBI does. This workshop provides an opportunity for students to learn how to speak out in support of others and stand up to bullying behaviors. We ask that each student come to the workshop with an open mind and a supportive heart!

Please contact our NCBI staff advisor Luke Dahlen ([email protected]) if you have any questions.  


Last Wednesday, a group of NCBI Student Leaders did a fantastic job presenting about the NCBI program at the SLVUSD School Board Meeting. 

Thanks to Mia Lyons, Mary Calden, Olive Huxley, Azella LaFever, and Sophia Lettiere for representing the program and school so well.




PSAT REGISTRATION OPEN - Free to the first 150 Sophomores and Juniors who Register

Attention Sophomores & Juniors, registration for the October 18th PSAT is now open and it is FREE. 

We still have 75 seats open, so be sure to RSVP. Click on this link to register.

Note: while public colleges in California no longer use the PSAT as a measure of Acceptance into college, there are public and private universities across the country that still do. Also - PSAT scores also get your name out to colleges, which gets you on university lists to send you information about their school. 

And some colleges use PSAT/SAT  information when offering Academic Financial Aid.


I am sending this information out now because we have changed photography companies and senior pictures will not be done at the school in the summer.

We are now working with Jostens Photography, which is the same company that produces our Yearbook.



Dine Out to support 2024 SLVHS Grad Night

Head to the Trout Farm Inn anytime from 11 am - 9 pm on Tuesday, September 26th to support our fundraising efforts for this year's Grad Night.  

The Trout Farm Inn is graciously supporting us with a percentage of proceeds from the pool deck, restaurant, and bar from the entire day.  

Be sure to mention you are there for SLVHS Grad Night Fundraiser.  See you there!


October  6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 @ 7:00 p.m. October 8 and 15 @ 2:00 p.m
Tickets: $12 General, $10 Senior/Student/SLV Staff, $10 Community Night -THUR 10/12 - all tickets

Get your tickets for The Comedy of Terrible Errors, written by Don Zolidis, and directed by SLV seniors Mary Calden and Marcus SpracklenThe Comedy of Terrible Errors follows the journey of Riley, who is the student director of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. Riley is living a nightmare: one lead actor doesn't know his lines, another lead actor is having an ill-advised showmance, they're not allowed to touch the set, and the actors with small roles are about to mutiny for more stage time. It all comes crashing down in this hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare's 28th-most loved play.

More information and tickets available at SLV Theatre Boosters' webpage:



Student Summer Trip to Costa Rica, Panama, and Columbia

If you are still interested in the Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia trip with Ms. Osenga for Summer 2024, it's not too late! Enrollment is officially open until Sept. 28, but spaces are limited. we can’t wait to travel with you! Contact [email protected] or  Use the Tour Website:



SLVHS Academic Teacher Support Schedule 

SLVHS Teachers who are doing Academic Support after school, during lunch, or before school now have their calendars set.

Please read the information carefully to select the correct teacher and time based on your schedule.

All Sessions are drop-in unless it specifically states by appointment only. Teachers may also assign students to their sessions.

A printable PDF of this schedule is attached to this email.

SLVHS Yearbooks Now on Sale!

The time to order the yearbook is now! 

Prices go up after Sept. 22, so act now to get the lowest price of the year! 

Just go to and shop: San Lorenzo Valley High School. 




SLV High School College & Career Newsletter

This week the first edition of the College & Career Newsletter was sent out.

If you did not see this, click here for the newsletter!



Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for participation in (6) Session Law Enforcement/Sheriff’s Office consolidated curriculum. 

Each class will meet from 4:15pm - 7:15pm every Wednesday for (6) weeks.

Start Date: Wednesday, October 4th - Wednesday, November 8th. Students must be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior and must currently maintain a GPA of 2.0. Pick up an application in the Counseling office or See SRO April Skalland.  Deadline for applications will be Oct 2nd.


College Application Essay Workshop

Attention Seniors, The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is offering an amazing opportunity to help you conceive, write and edit your college essays. This mentorship will happen in October and seats will fill up! To sign up for this opportunity, see the link in the emailed out bulletin!


Help Support Grad Night by Donating Unwanted Items to the Goodwill Trailer at SLVHS
October 7th and 8th 2023, 9am - 3pm: Clear out the Halloween cobwebs! 

Donate your unwanted items to Goodwill and support Grad Night 2024. 

Every trailer we fill with your donations raises $1,000 towards providing our seniors with a safe and fun grad night in 2024.

The trailer will be parked in the school parking lot Saturday & Sunday October 7th & 8th, 9-3pm.

Bring your stuff, get a donation receipt and help our seniors. Here is a list of items the Goodwill will or will not accept at our drive. 

If you have questions, you can contact Lynne Drummond, [email protected]



Volunteer TB Risk Assessment Screenings 

Kelly McWaid,  the District Nurse, will be available for Volunteer TB risk assessment screening. 

All district volunteers must have a current TB on file, and renew it every four years.

TB Risk Assessments for volunteers will not be done outside of the following schedule. 

The assessments will be done in the HR Department at the District Office, 325 Marion Ave, Ben Lomond.

School Nurse - Volunteer TB Risk Assessment Schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 26 (8:00 am - 11:00 am)
  • Thursday, September 28 (12:30 pm - 3:30 pm)



SLVHS Student Parking Permits

If you are a student who is parking in the SLVHS parking lots, you need to have a 2023-24 Parking Permit hanging from your rearview mirror or on your dashboard.  Come to the Administration Office to get the form. Fill out the form. Have a parent or guardian sign it if you are under 18 years of age.

Bring the form back to the Administration Office at brunch or lunch. Ask for Annina and she will take your completed form and give you a Parking Permit.




Fall LGBTQIA+ Summits

The Safe Schools Project is proud to announce three summits for LGBTQIA+ & Allied students and their families, caregivers, educators, and adult allies at the same location, day, and time!
Saturday, September 30th, 9:30am-2:00pm at Watsonville High School

· For teens: Queer, Trans, & Allied Student Summit of the Central Coast — Fall 2023

· For adults: Parents/Guardians, Educators, and Adult Allies “Understanding Gender” Summit — Fall 2023




Wellness Resource Spotlight




Step-By-Step Guide to Wellness - English


Step-By-Step Guide to Wellness - Spanish


Dimension of Wellness: Emotional
One of the eight dimensions is emotional wellness. As outlined in the guide; emotional wellness "involves the ability to express feelings, adjust to emotional challenges, cope with life’s stressors, and enjoy life. It includes knowing our strengths as well as what we want to get better at, and living and working on our own but letting others help us from time to time."
The National Institute of Mental Health has recently released three new resources in Spanish to support the emotional wellness of our Spanish-speaking community.

Frequently Asked Questions about SuicidePreguntas frecuentes sobre el suicidio 
Social Anxiety DisorderTrastorno de ansiedad social: Más allá de la simple timidez 
Generalized Anxiety DisorderTrastorno de ansiedad generalizada: Cuando no se puede controlar la preocupación 



Click Here for District Community Opportunities Web Page


Links and Resources for Students and Families

San Lorenzo Valley High School

7105 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018

Phone: (831) 335-4425

Fax: (831) 335-1531

Attendance Line: (831) 335-3646


SLV High School Online Calendar


SLVHS Student Handbook           SLVHS Bell Schedule 2023-24


Welcome to SLV              Staff Directory            Campus Map


SLVHS Cougar Parent Club         SLVHS Athletics Booster Club




988: Dial for Hope and Healing - Empowering Mental Wellness during Mental Health Awareness Month

You don’t have to be suicidal or in crisis to call the Lifeline. People call to talk about coping with lots of things: substance use, economic worries, relationships, sexual identity, illness, abuse, mental and physical illness, and loneliness. 



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, 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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