Cougar Mail 2-8-19



Principal’s Message
from Jeff Calden
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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 notecards.
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San Lorenzo Valley High School Trades Panel next Wednesday
Did you know a career in the trades (plumbing, electrical, heating/air conditioning, auto mechanic, construction, operating heavy machinery/cranes, and MANY more) are a great way to earn a good living and do something hands-on?
A panel of people who ACTUALLY work in the trades coming to SLVHS on Wed., Feb. 13, from 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM in the MPR.  
The panel will share the path they took to reach their current careers, and there will be lots of time for questions.  
If you'd like to sign up, please let me know, or sign up with Jeannette in the counseling office.  Also let me know if you have any questions.  You do need to sign-up ahead of time, so we can get you a pass to come during 4th period that day. 

Hope to see you there!
Prom Dress Drive!!!!
Prom Dress Donation Drive
SLVHS is seeking donations of prom dresses for our Prom Dress Donation Drive. During the week of March 4 students will able to come to the ASB room at lunch to look for a dress for prom.   If you have prom dress(es) to donate, please bring them to the SLVHS counseling office any time before March 4. Dresses need to please be in good condition and cleaned. Please contact Claire Hackett at [email protected] with any questions.  
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Prom Dress Donation Drive
SLVHS is seeking donations of prom dresses for our Prom Dress Donation Drive. During the week of March 4 students will able to come to the ASB room at lunch to look for a dress for prom.   If you have prom dress(es) to donate, please bring them to the SLVHS counseling office any time before March 4. Dresses need to please be in good condition and cleaned. Please contact Claire Hackett at [email protected] with any questions.  
 Cougar Pride
SLV Surf Team in Action in their Victory over Half Moon Bay
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Vinnie Prograce and Cade Martin Hansen in the short and longboard heats at the Hook.
SLVHS Students chosen to play in CCS Honor Band
3 band members and teacher
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Volunteers Needed for Two Upcoming Cougar Club Events

On March 5th the Cougar Club will be sponsoring a lunchtime workshop on job interviewing tips for SLVHS students. Students who attend the workshop will be given the opportunity to sign up for a mock interview on Thursday, March 14th between 3:30 and 5:30 pm. We are looking for parent volunteers with experience interviewing people for jobs to interview students and give them feedback. You can sign up here to be an interviewer for 1-2 hrs. You will be provided with a job description and interview questions.

We still need a few more volunteers for the Bite of Reality hands-on financial simulator for seniors on March 8th from 9:30 am to 12:15 pm.  Click here to sign up.


GED flyer Info 831-429-3966

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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 work to support 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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Wine & Chocolate Flyer 3-2-2019
Fund Education / Great Schools=Great Community

SLV Foundation for Education is Looking for a Bookkeeper / Treasurer

San Lorenzo Valley Foundation for Education (SLVFE) seeks a Volunteer Bookkeeper/Treasurer who is enthusiastic about helping our schools and students thrive. The SLVFE brings resources to support all the schools in the district and has raised over $80,000 in the past three years. The bookkeeping entails using QuickBooks to produce monthly financial statements, tracking donations and reconciling accounts for several clubs and programs, and filing tax statements (990 EZ). Our current bookkeeper spends 4 to 8 hours per month and is ready to help you get up to speed. Thank you for considering using your talents to benefit the students in our community!  Questions? Please contact Bryan Largay at 831-234-1177 or [email protected]  


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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:

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     


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SLVHS Cougar Parent Club      SLVHS Athletics Booster Club 





Congratulations to our SLV High School Students of the Week

Emma Gipson  9th Grade
Words of Wisdom

A Cautionary Tale: Man Dies After his E-cigarette Explodes in his Face

(CNN) A Texas man died of a massive stroke after the e-cigarette he was using exploded and tore his carotid artery.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office says that William Brown died in a Fort Worth hospital on January 29 -- just weeks shy of his 25th birthday. The death certificate says he died from cerebral infarction and herniation after debris from the exploding vape pen dissected his left carotid artery.

The explosion reportedly happened on January 27, in the parking lot of a store that sells smoking and vaping supplies.

There were 195 separate e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents in the United States reported by the media between 2009 and 2016, according to a report by the US Fire Administration.  

Last May, a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, was killed when his e-cigarette exploded and shot a piece of the device into his head.  

E-cigarettes and vape pens are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid to create an aerosol that can be inhaled like regular cigarette smoke. The liquid usually contains nicotine and can have flavoring, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.