Cougar Mail 2-15-18



Principal’s Message
from Jeff Calden
Sex Education

Sex Education for SLVHS Freshmen Begins on Monday, March 18

We are pleased to inform you that your child will have the opportunity to participate in the Teen Talk High School course in their Physical Education class beginning on Monday March 18, 2019. Teen Talk High School is a comprehensive sexuality education program developed by trained professionals at Health Connected (

Teen Talk High School is designed to provide an open forum for teenagers to ask questions and get medically-based, unbiased, and accurate information. Teen Talk High School complies with California Education Codes 51930-51939 (California Healthy Youth Act of 2015) and meets the California Health Education Content Standards under “Growth, Development and Sexual Health.”

Teen Talk High School covers the following topics:

  • Values Clarification

  • Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy

  • Abstinence/Not Having Sex


  • Healthy Relationships

  • Birth Control, including a condom demonstration

  • Pregnancy Options

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV

  • Sexual Safety, Consent, and the Law

  • Sexual Identity & Gender

  • Sex in the Media

  • Communication and Decision-Making

A pre/post-assessment will be administered at the beginning and end of the course. The assessment covers sexual health knowledge that will be covered during the course as well as questions about student comfort and confidence in communicating about sexual health topics with peers, partners, and trusted adults. You can examine instructional materials, including assessments, at the school office. If you have questions, please see your child’s teacher or principal. State law allows you to remove your student from any portion of a comprehensive sexual health education course.

If you do not want your student to participate in this sexual health course, please give a note to your student’s Physical Education teacher by Friday, March 15, 2019. The goal of a comprehensive sexual health education program is to help students learn the facts and to make good decisions now, and later in life.  

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.  
weekly schedule

Schedule for the Week of February 18-22


February 18


Presidents Day Holiday



February 19





February 20


Drama Boosters Mtg -6:00 Staff Rm



February 21



February 22

 Cabrillo Running Start Field Trip
 8:30 am - 1:00 pm


cougar pride

SLV Rotary Speech Contest

photo of speech team

SLV Rotary Speech Contest participants Julia Poetzinger, Paris Shewfelt, Malakai Lawton, Skylar Berggren, and Brycen Beck.  
These SLVHS students delivered fantastic speeches on the subject of inspiration and truth.  
Congratulations to Malakai, who won first place and $200.  Paris took second place and $100 and Skylar took third place and $50.
Thank you to all of our participants for representing SLVHS so well. 
SLVHS Trades Panel   
phot of trades panel
SLV High School held a Trades Panel yesterday with local experts talking with and taking questions from our kids about careers as an electrician, plumber, fencer, auto mechanic, in heating and sheet metal, and general contractor.  Great information and lots of great questions answered.  Thanks to those who volunteered their time for our students: Ryan Devonshire (Ernie's Auto), Jessica Gnau (Electrical Apprentice program), Katie Martin (Travis Martin Plumbing), Mike Boynton (Boynton Fence), Jim Hughes (Bruce Mechanical), Kirt Hackett (UCSC), Chuck Reason (Reason Construction)
SLV Students Honored by National Football Foundation
photo of football scholars

At a luncheon Thursday thrown by the Lions Club of Santa Cruz, Aidan Callahan and Ty Martinez were recognized by the National Football Foundation as top scholar-athletes from the San Lorenzo Valley football program for Santa Cruz County and given a scholarship award.


In addition, Aidan Callahan was named as the Santa Cruz County recipient for the Northern California National Football Foundation scholar-athlete award. He will be honored at a black tie event at the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame on March 8th.

The two were well-spoken in front of the microphone and had a chance to be publicly recognized in front of their peers from all 10 high schools in Santa Cruz County.


cougar parents club

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.


free GED classes call 8317862160 for info

every day counts

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.


academic support

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:
grad night

SLV Parents… We need your help.

Please help us fundraise for the 2019 Safe and Sober Grad Night Gala Event!

We are well into planning and need help with supporting the event.

Below you can find the ways in which you can help! Go to to buy your tickets  and let us know if you have any questions!

Other ways to help us fundraise for Grad Night:


Dine out Feb 26th at Empire Grille from 4-9 pm!

visit for info


wild roots

Community Days!


Please plan to shop at Wild Roots Market (Boulder Creek and Felton locations) on Tuesday, April 16. The market has generously agreed to donate 5% of the day's sales to Grad Night 2019. This is a great, no-cost way to support our effort to provide a safe, sober, and awesome party for our graduating seniors before they begin their college journeys!

We are so very proud to present the final details of SLVs Wine and Chocolate Auction Event!

Come experience an afternoon of food, friends, wine, chocolate,  beer, cocoa, cider and an amazing local musician. You don’t want to miss this spectacular event! March 2nd 2019 from 12-4 at Scopazzi’s in Boulder Creek. $20 at the door.

wine and chocolate silent auction

SLV Ed fund

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]  


california 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:


free scent 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