Cougar Mail 11-30-18

Principal’s Message

from Jeff Calden

New HS website

New Website for SLV High School  All school and district websites have recently undergone a transformation. 

The new link to the SLV High School website is:


Please bookmark the new link as Google and other search sites still have the old link.

Vaping Bad

A recent survey shows that one in every three American teenagers has tried vaping. That means that statistically, 250 students at SLV High have tried vaping at least once. While there are arguments that vaping can be a step toward helping ADULTS quit smoking, there is also evidence that vaping is incredibly addictive and can create serious health issues.  The amount of nicotine ingested from vaping one Juul pod is equal to smoking an entire pack of cigarettes.  This is not another silly fad that kids will move on from like fidget spinners or sagging.  It's an addiction that can put their health at risk.  A recent study shows that kids who vape are four times more likely to move on to regular cigarette smoking than those who have not vaped.
It is also a good to remember that when marijuana became legal in California for ADULTS, the state set the usage age for alcohol, marijuana, AND tobacco at 21 years old.
Vaporizers, vape liquid and other electronic smoking paraphernalia are now considered tobacco products under California law. Therefore it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to vape, no matter what fruity flavor it may be. Based on these new laws, vaping is a suspendable offense at school. 
Below is a link to a recent report about what to know about vaping.  It's short, easy-to-read, and has important information for anyone who wants to become more knowledgeable about vaping and what current research shows.



Still Want to Order those School Pictures?
Here is the link to this year's school pictures for all students:
Wild Roots Bags for Food Drive
SLVHS Food Drive and Teen Gift Drive
SLVHS is hosting our annual Food Drive.  With the help of our SLVHS Chapters of Associated Student Body, California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society, and Rotary Interact, we are working collaboratively to support our community.
How you can help:
 - Donate Non-Perishable Foods - Students are encouraged to bring foods to their 4th period classes. High School Offices are also donation sites.
   If you would like to pick up a bag with suggested donations, these are also in the counseling office! 
   All Food Donations need to be brought in before December 12th.
weekly schedule cougar

Schedule for the Week of December 3 - 7


December 3

ERA Career Expo-4th period, Lunch, 5th period


December 4   O School Site Council Mtg - 3:30 HS Office
Cougar Club Mtg - 7:00 pm - HS Staff Rm


December 5  



December 6  


Summer Experience Workshop - 6:30 pm  


December 7  

Cougar Pride

SLVHS Team Competes in the Forestry Challenge

Fifteen students from San Lorenzo Valley High School participated recently in the 2018 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge.  

During the Challenge, the teams of students also completed field training, followed by a field test, to assess their technical forestry knowledge. “This is such a great opportunity for students to work with experienced foresters to learn about how to best care for our forests,” said San Lorenzo Valley High School teacher and team advisor Stephanie Beck.

Forestry Challenge Students

Back Row: Rowan Garties, Isaac Wallace-Menge, Charlie Ussat, Alex Adams, Scott McIvor.  
Middle Row: Stephanie Beck (advisor), Salvatore Deguara, Aiden Largay, Lukas Hager, Damian Goodenough.  
Front Row: Haven Wallace-Menge, Leland Mackessy, Liam Debus, Orion Ellefson, Savannah Burrows.  

SLVHS Girls Cross Country Team Qualifies for the State Championships

For the ninth consecutive year, the SLVHS girls cross country team qualified for the CIF State XC Championships. 
This year, the team finished 15th in the State for Division 4 schools, with the top finish by Sophomore Azalea Groleau, followed by junior Kayla Penny, senior Maya McCabe, freshman Kaleigh Pennington, sophomore Summer Hipwell, Senior Camryn Crouch, and Senior Ellie Bourret. The alternate was junior Tasina Westberg. Coached by SLV alum Jay Avenmarg and Rebecca Rose.
Girls Cross Country Team
SLVHS Environmental Monitoring Students present at Town Hall
The SLVHS Environmental Monitoring students had a table at the Environmental Town Hall in Felton on November 17th. 
They spoke to many community members about their projects, then listened to a presentation from our local assembly member Mark Stone.   
Environmental Monitoring Students
CCR Logo
Career Expo at SLVHS on Monday
Your Future is Our Business is bringing a host of different career presenters for our students to check out. 
Juniors will be visiting the Expo during their 4th & 5th periods, and the Expo will be open at Lunch for everyone to experience!
Summer Experiences Workshop Next Thursday Evening
On Thursday, December 6th at 6:30 pm in the MPR we will be holding our first ever summer experiences presentation about different summer opportunities that open their registration in the Spring!
Topics include:
  • Cabrillo College's Extension Programs for Youth
  • Summer Programs at specific universities
  • Local Internships in Santa Cruz County
  • Local Summer Jobs & How to get a Work Permit
If you are interested in attending, click here to RSVP or show up at the event that night.
Cougar Parents Club

Cougar Club Sponsored Activities for the Following Week

Dec. 3, Monday, 11 am-1 pm - Career Expo for students

Dec. 4, Tuesday, 7-8:30 pm – monthly Cougar Club meeting in the Staff Room next to the office. All parents are invited.

Dec. 6, Wed. – 6:30-8:30 pm – Summer Experiences workshop. Come learn about local work and internship opportunities, different college-based learning programs, and Cabrillo College Extension. To RSVP, Click Here


Academic Support

Schedule for Academic After-School Help for SLVHS Students
 Support Schedule
Grad Night
Grad Night News
Wine and Chocolate

SLV Middle School presents Bye Bye Birdie

Shows Begin Tonight -  Friday, November 30th

Tickets available at the door one hour prior to showtime or in advance at:

Bye Bye Birdy

Italia Flag 

Host Families Urgently Sought Now for High School students from Italy: Spring Semester 2019

They’re eager to become part of an american family and experience high school life.

Make a life-long friendship between families. The time flies.

Interests: soccer, classical dance, theatre, riding, art, music, cooking, photography, languages, playing the bongos

Detailed student information forms, letters, photos are available


International Student Services Santa Cruz is a locally-based program linking our area with overseas friends for many years. Make a friend you can visit!


Call now for more information:  Sandi Spanfelner at 419-9633, 335-3088,




SLVUSD School Board Report

SLVUSD Board Briefing


Scent Free Zone

This is a reminder that San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District policy, as set by the Board of Trustees, declares that we are a fragrant-neutral district. As we begin to have our drama performances and other site-based activities and meetings, please take care to follow the policies below for the sake of the students and members of our community who are highly allergic to fragrances and scents.

The SLVUSD Board of Trustees adopted a California School Board Association policy to make all district classrooms and offices fragrant neutral. SLVHS has parents, students, and community members with respiratory issues who can have negative reactions to fragrances. Please take care to follow the policy while on campus.  

Staff and students shall refrain from bringing furred or feathered animals, stuffed toys that may collect dust mites, scented candles, incense or air fresheners and from using perfume or cologne, scented hair spray, nail polish or nail polish remover that are not fragrance-free in classrooms or other enclosed areas or buildings. 



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 Calendar for Families     SLVHS Student Handbook


SLVUSD 2017-18 School Year Calendar    


Administration        Staff Directory         Campus Map


SLVHS Cougar Parent Club      SLVHS Athletics Booster Club




SLV High School Student of the Week 

Student of the Week

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