Cougar Mail 1-25-19

Principal’s Message
from Jeff Calden
Rotary Club of SLV logo
San Lorenzo Valley Rotary Speech Contest - Opportunity to Compete and Win Money!
The annual SLV Rotary Speech Contest is on February 13th at 8:15 am in our MPR.  Students don't even have to leave campus to participate.
Students of all grade levels may compete.  They must give their speech in front of roughly 50 people, including several Rotarians who will judge. Two students are going to walk out of the room with money.  $200 for 1st place.  $100 for 2nd place.  Winner goes to the county competition where the top two get $250.  Winner then goes to the District Level where first is $1,000, 2nd is $500 and 3rd and 4th get $250.  If you are interested in competing, contact Mr. Calden at [email protected] or come find me on campus.
This year's theme is “Be the Inspiration.”
There are some required elements to the speech and very specific time limits (4-5 minutes) all explained in the flyer. I am attaching the flyer and the rules in the newsletter for the next few weeks and will have copies in the office.  This is a classic, old-fashioned speech. No visual elements other than yourself.  No props, no powerpoints, no displays, no posters. Just you and your note cards.
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SLVHS College Night is Next Wednesday

Dear Students & Parents,

You are invited to our Annual College Night next week on Wednesday, January 30th at 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).

We will have presentations from representatives from UC Santa Cruz, CSU Monterey Bay and Cabrillo College to talk about their admission requirements, programs and answer any questions you might have.

Additionally, we will have an overview of the AP classes offered at SLVHS by several AP instructors.


If you'd like to attend, click here. Parents and Students of all grade-levels are welcome to attend! No tickets are needed, this RSVP is just so we know the potential number of attendees, you can also just come that night :)


Please let me know if you have any questions and have a great rest of your week.

Charlotte Achen


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NAEP Federal Testing for Seniors
Seniors and Senior Parents: 
SLVHS has been selected for federal assessment testing by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) through the US Department of Education. A random group of 75 seniors were chosen by NAEP to do testing in one of the following areas: science, reading, or math. I sent a letter to students during school on January 9, 2019, only if s/he was on the testing list from NAEP. Testing is during the school day on February 5, 2019, and will take approximately two hours. If you have any questions please contact Danielle Winters at [email protected]. The Parent Letter regarding this assessment is attached to this email.
Red Cougar Weekly Schedule


Schedule for the Week of January 14 -18



January 28


Regular E Day - Release at 2:49 pm



January 29


School Site Council Mtg - 3:30 pm in HS Conference Room  



January 30


College Night - 6:30 pm in HS PAC 



January 31



February 1




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SLVHS Students Complete Bay Photo Career Technical Education Internship

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Congratulations to SLV students Julia Chapman and Charlotte Swanson, who recently completed Bay Photo’s Career Technical Education high school student internship program. These two were hired into paid internship positions and gained valuable knowledge and work experience. Thanks for your hard work, and for representing SLVHS so well in our community.

SLV Cheer Team Takes 2nd Place at Competition
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Congratulations to our SLV Cheer Team, who took 2nd place in the recent JAMZ Cheer and Dance Competition in Davis.
Way to Go, Cougars! 
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Redwood Table and Benches Made by SLVHS Students for Sale
Five-Foot long Redwood table and benches for sale.  Hand-made by SLVHS Construction Technology class
Cost is $1200 and proceeds pay for class supplies and materials.
Contact David Grant at [email protected] if you are interested. 
Free GED Night Classes Offered at SLV High School
Free GED Classes at SLVHS call429-3966
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Scotts Valley High has invited SLV students to a Movie Event

When: Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30

Where: Scotts Valley High School Student Union

What: This 56-minute documentary is designed to raise awareness around anxiety. 

This movie is not available online. After the movie, counselors will be available for a discussion for those interested.

Who: Appropriate for ages 11 and up, and for adults.

The SVHS Parent Club will be selling baked goods during the movie!

A $5 per person donation is suggested to help cover the screening cost.

For more information and to see the trailer, please visit:


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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 
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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.


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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:
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Flyer for Wine & Chocolate Auction 3-2-19
Fund Education Great Schools = Great Community

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


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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:


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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. 

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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     

Staff Directory      Campus Map

SLVHS Cougar Parent Club      SLVHS Athletics Booster Club



Congratulations to our SLV High School Students of the Week
Student of the week: Nathan Beverly
Student of the week: Riley Nelson and Hans Smith
Text: Words of Wisdom
Every next level of your life will demand a different you.