Cougar Mail 1-11-19

Principal’s Message
from Jeff Calden


Real DUI Court Assembly on Monday

Real Dui Court

SLVHS will having a DUI Court Hearing Assembly for our Juniors and Seniors this Monday morning in the gym.

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education set up this program for schools to have an actual hearing with a judge, defendant, and lawyers on a DUI case.

A brief description of the Assembly is below and here is a link to their webpage.


The Real DUI Court in Schools Program

Moving an actual DUI sentencing away from a county courthouse to a local high school is a two-prong approach of educating teenagers about the legal consequences of drinking and driving as well as the role and decisions of judicial branch of the government. Students will have an opportunity to directly witness the defendant’s arrest, detention, and the imposed fines and penalties. Following the sentencing the judge will make a brief presentation and co-facilitate and interactive portion of the assembly. The intent is to allow for significant dialogue among the students, defendant, judge, attorneys, law enforcement officers, teachers, and special guest. The 90-minute presentation concludes with a dynamic testimony from a victim of a DUI crash and/or a Drug Recognition Expert.


A Brave Heart

Cougar Club and A.S.B. Movie Night: A Brave Heart: The Story of Lizzie Velasquez

Next Thursday, January 17 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the PAC, ASB and Cougar Club are co-sponsoring a showing of A Brave Heart: the Story of Lizzie Velasquez. All parents and students are encouraged to attend. The movie chronicles Lizzie's journey from cyber-bullying victim to global anti-bullying activist. After the film, there will be a facilitated discussion with the audience about how to constructively stand up to bullying and create a more inclusive space at SLVHS.
A Brave Heart: the Story of Lizzie Velasquez - Trailer 
RSVP for your free ticket here. Pizza will be available for purchase from 5:30-6:00 pm prior to the movie.
Students who attend and fill out a short worksheet can receive extra credit from several teachers including Coulson, Guilford, Kahl, Lahey, Lasater, Martinez, McFall, Parmenter, Salido, Sofranko, Suttcliffe,Winkler, and more to come.
SLV HS Drama
Mamma Mia
Audition Schedule for those interested in being in this year's SLVHS Musical Production:
  • Mamma Mia! VOCAL AUDITIONS in the Band Room 1/14 3:00
  • Mamma Mia! DANCE AUDITIONS in MPR 1/15 3:00
  • Mamma Mia! READS in MPR 1/16 3:00
  • Mamma Mia! CALLBACKS in the Band Room  1/17 3:00
Weekly Schedule

Schedule for the Week of January 14 -18


January 14


Regular E Day - Release at 2:49 pm

Real DUI Court Assembly - 10:15 am

in the HS Gym - Juniors and Seniors

A.P. French Lunch Meeting

Mamma Mia Auditions - 3:00 Band Rm 


January 15


A.P. Government Lunch Meeting

A.P. U.S. History Lunch Meeting

Mamma Mia Dance Auditions 3:00 MPR

Drama Booster Mtg - 6:30 pm - Staff Rm


January 16


Lockdown Drill - Noon

Mamma Mia Reads - 3:00  MPR


January 17


A.P. Statistics Lunch Mtg

A.P. Spanish After-School Mtg

Mamma Mia Callbacks - 3:00 Band Rm

Movie Night: A Brave Heart - 6:00 pm


January 18


 Regular A Day – Release at 2:40 pm


Careers in the Trades

Looking for People to be part of a Trades Panel at SLV High School on February 13 
Cougar Club and ASB are putting together a panel of people who work in the trades to talk with high school students interested in that career path.  The event will be on Wednesday, February 13 from 11:45-12:45 at SLV High. This would be a small group discussion, in a classroom (not a big presentation or audience).  If you are interested, please contact Claire Hackett at
SLV School District Hiring Opportunities: Custodian / HVAC / Cafeteria
SLVUSD is currently hiring for a Senior Custodian at San Lorenzo Valley Elementary (full-time) and a Maintenance Specialist-HVAC (full-time).  We are also looking to hire substitutes (part-time) for Student Nutrition Services.  If you are interested, you can download an application from the District website and submit it to the Human Resources Department at the District Office (325 Marion Ave).  You can also apply on 
Attendance Matters
Attendance Matters!
Class attendance is an essential part of the educational process at San Lorenzo Valley High School. A student who is absent from class misses a significant portion of academic discussion and personal interaction with other students and the teacher. Illnesses are unavoidable, but appointments, vacations and day trips during school should be avoided. As the first semester ends and we start fresh with semester two, please take a look at school attendance policies that need to be followed.  Thanks.

California Education Code recognizes only the following reasons as excused absences: personal illness; religious holidays; medical or dental services; serious family emergencies; and/or school suspension. All other absences will be recorded as unexcused.

To clear an absence, call the Attendance Line at 335-3646

Please leave the following information when you call:

  • First and last name of the student
  • Date and period of the absence(s)
  • The specific reason for the absence
  • Phone number where the parent can be reached

Failure to clear absences will result in consequences including detention, loss of privileges (dances, sports contests) and possible truancy actions.


Cougar Pride

SLVHS Junior Zach Kanter's Photos on Display at White Raven in Felton

White Raven Exibit

Congratulations to Zach Kanter for having his photography displayed at the White Raven in Felton.
His photographs will be on display through February.  Go check it out.
Academic Support
Teacher Support for Students After School and Lunch 
The Departments at SLVHS support to students who are struggling and/or need to makeup work.
Teachers will assign students to get support for success.  Students may also drop in for help.
Please help us to support your child's academic success by having them attend when assigned.
The link to the schedule is below:
Grad Night
Wine and Chocolate Auction
SLV Foundation for Ed

SLV Foundation for Education is Raising Money for our Schools

San Lorenzo Valley Foundation for Education is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. We provide an easy way to support a broad or specific tax deductible donation to the SLV schools and clubs, including Charter and Homeschool groups. One can donate directly to any of the groups listed below, without needing to buy or sell products. For more information or to donate, please visit

*High School Cougar Club  *Drama Boosters  *Music Boosters * Art *


Cal School Dashboard

California School Dashboard

The California School Dashboard is an online tool designed to help communities across the state access information about K–12 schools and districts. The Dashboard features reports on multiple measures of school success. Instead of looking at a single measure (test scores), the Dashboard looks at multiple measures to evaluate a district's and a school's performance. The Dashboard also is based on an improvement model, looking for districts and schools to make improvements, rather than simply comparing them to other districts and schools. You can access SLV district information and information about all schools in the district at this link:


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


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Congratulations to our SLV High School Student of the Week

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