2/16/17 - 2/20/15




Permission slips required. See Kay in room P3

ART DROP-IN OPPORTUNITY ON MONDAYS - No class on 2/16 (holiday)
Digital Storytelling with Art - 10:00am in room P3. Be sure to notify your supervising teacher you are adding art to your schedule. Sketching, computer generated art, Zentangles, and more. Come and enjoy a morning of fine tuning your art/media.

Adriana is available to you, if you email her ONE WEEK ahead of your desired appointment, to set-up your math tutoring slot.  aguevar2ucsc.edu  and/or aguevara.94@gmail.com

Your math teacher(s), supervising teachers, and Adriana prefer for students to set-up a "standing appt" with Adriana, so students are receiving consistent help on a weekly basis. Students are to bring their homework to work on with Adriana.

Tuesdays -    2:15-3:30 in room P5
Wednesdays - 1:30-3:30 by appointment only (no drop-in) in room P5
Thursdays -  12:00-2:00 in room P3


The Grand Opening of the PAC (Performing Arts Center) is Saturday, February 21st from 1-3pm. The community is welcome to join the official ribbon cutting and mini-performances, as well as guided PAC tours. That evening, we’ll hold our first event: a benefit concert featuring SLV alumni: the Coffis Brothers and Taylor Rae Vencill.  We have also added a student band, Navigator Down to the artist list.  Tickets can be purchased on-line www.tinyurl.com/SLVBenefitConcert and the Box Office during the Grand Opening.


Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu

Due Date:     March 25, 2015

Value:           $700 - $2,000

GPA:             3.2

Criteria: Student must be a graduating senior going to 2-4 year public college in CA. Students must be in need of financial assistance and provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor. Also, personal and financial information, including the most recent tax returns and a short biography and photograph must be provided. Interviews will take place Tuesday, May 5th and Wednesday, May 6th. Please pick up and application from Jeannette.


All Seniors Interested in considering Cabrillo as either their definite plan for next year or their back up plan should follow the necessary steps to be part of "Running Start"- Cabrillo's priority registration for graduating high school seniors in Santa Cruz County. Please go to the website and start the process as soon as possible:  https://sites.google.com/a/cabrillo.edu/rs/

Announcement for Cash for College from Financial Aid at Cabrillo College

Saturday, February 28, from 9 a.m. -12 noon in rooms 825 and 828
Financial Aid will be having a computer lab where they will help students with FAFSA and Dream applications. And at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m., they will have Financial Aid presentations.

So any students can come to this one, whether they are attending Cabrillo next year or not.
If you have any questions, please contact Antonio Alarcon at analarco@cabrillo.edu or at 479-5612.

PAMF Doctors Offer $25,000 Scholarship

The physicians of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation offer a $25,000 scholarship to a highly qualified graduating senior in Santa Cruz County who plans to pursue a career as a physician. The winning applicant will have a GPA in the top 20% of his/her class, financial need and a strong commitment to studying medicine and serving the community. Information: PAMF pre-med scholar


The Access to Employment A2E is eager to invite high school seniors and community members  to attend the 2015 Spring Access2Employment Job Fair from 4-7:30 p.m. Cocoanut Grove Events Center located at the boardwalk on 400 Beach Street in Santa Cruz on Wednesday, March 25.

Attendees will have a chance to meet with potential employers for both seasonal and full-time employment.  Professionals will be on-hand to review resumes from 4-6:30 p.m.  Also, a workshop on job-hunting tips will be provided.

Boardwalk - Whitings Foods Taking applications now through March 15th. Opening start day before April 1st (this means assigned an orientation/start date, not necessarily before April 1st) Applicants will go into our drawing in April for $500!

Apply Today! Santa Cruz Boardwalk Employment


This is for students who are interested in automobiles, race cars, or the motorsports industry in general. Our program serves to provide our students valuable hands-on experience repairing and maintaining our fleet of open-wheel race cars alongside our team of professional technicians, many of which have come to us from all forms and levels of professional motorsports. For young people looking for an entry level position in a professional racing organization, relevant experience is hard to come by. Our program can help with that and we have multitudes of graduates who have used our program as a gateway into a professional motorsports career.

Please check out their website https://simracewaydrivingschool.com/programs-experiences/mechanics-training-program/.


FREE After School Tutoring -  2:30 PM - 4:00pm, Monday - Thursday in the high school library.


Did you know that the HS Library is open Monday through Friday from 7AM to 5PM? It's a great place to study, get HW completed, read your novel, write your essay, CHECK PowerSchool, or collaborate on a group project. Take advantage of one of the nicest libraries in Santa Cruz County.  The library staff has extended library hours for YOU!

The following links are reference materials for students planning to apply for four-year State Universities and UC.

Community Colleges such as Cabrillo College, do not require the SAT/ACT, however admissions does require course placement tests in English and in Math. For additional information, please refer to our links/tabs noted above under GUIDANCE and  ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS TO COLLEGE

When's the Best Time to Take the SAT?

The SAT and other College Board tests are offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.

Create a test-taking schedule based on your college application plan.

SAT College Admissions Exam
SAT is offered on March 14, May 2 and June 6

MARCH 14 test date:

Regular Registration Deadline: February 13

Late Registration Deadline: February 27

Late Registration Deadline; Online & Phone: March 3, 2015

MAY 2 test date:

Subjects Test

Regular Registration Deadline: April 6

Late Registration Deadline: April 17

Late Registration Deadline; Online & Phone: April 21, 2015

JUNE 6 test date:

Subjects Test

Regular Registration Deadline: May 8

Late Registration Deadline: May 22

Late Registration Deadline; Online & Phone: May 27

ACT is offered on April 18, and June 13

APRIL 18 test date:

Regular Registration Deadline: March 13

Late Registration Deadline: March 14-27

Photo Upload Deadline: Check website for dates.

JUNE 13 test date:

Regular Registration Deadline: May 8

Late Registration Deadline: May 9-22

Photo Upload Deadline: Check website for dates.


Did you know that nearly 1 out every 8 students in the charter participates in at least one athletic program? Did you know that SLV is the only district in Santa Cruz County that is a NO PAY TO PLAY for sports due to the Booster and District Office support and cooperation?

Charter students are currently participating on almost every sport team offered in the district.

Soccer, Cross-Country, Track, Swimming, Diving, Water-Polo, Golf, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, and Football.

How does SLV School District pay for sports?

The District Office, Athletic Boosters and Individual Team Sports ASB accounts pay for the SLV High School athletic program.

What do the Boosters pay for?

  • Team Uniforms  

  • Sports Equipment

  • Conference fees                                                 

  • Sports Facility Repair and  Improvements

  • Team Awards

Bingo Bingo is the Athletic Boosters’ main source of revenue. It raises approximately $10,000 a month that goes to both our Boosters’ general fund and to individual sports.  Bingo is played every Monday night of the year in the Portuguese Hall which is located in Santa Cruz between Costco and Harvey West Park.  Bingo raises money for sports in two ways.  The first is through a dedicated core team of parents that volunteer one Monday each month to run bingo.  They generate money for the Boosters general fund. The second way is by giving money directly to a sport.  Every sport gets assigned bingo night(s).  Four parents from that sport are asked to work bingo for one night. The Boosters then deposits $500.00 into that sport’s ASB account for each bingo night worked.  


***WANTED*** Our Bingo core team needs parents! (commitment: one Monday evening a month).  Also needed, one to three people to take over the operation of Bingo.  Currently most of our core team and operational manager are parents whose children have graduated. Remember, Bingo raises the most money for SLVHS sports.

Our parents and community members do so much to support our students, and I urge you to help out if you have been "meaning to" but have not quite yet jumped into something.  Thanks for your help!


The Grad Night Committee has been hard at work fundraising in order to make June 12th a night our kids won't forget, but we need your help with two of our main sources of funding:

It's time to buy your child's bid to attend Grad Night! Send in a check for $75 made payable to Grad Night 2015, give it to Jeannette Lange in the SLV Counseling Office. Please don't delay paying for your child's ticket to Grad Night: we depend on ticket sales in order to pay deposits on entertainment for the event and we don't want to start cutting items from our budget due to lack of funds.

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, February 28 to attend "Indulgences: Wine, Chocolate & More" our fabulous day of wine tasting, fine chocolates, live music and a Silent Auction where you can bid on weekend get-aways, sporting event tickets, products to pamper yourself and other indulgences! This amazing event will take place at Felton Community Hall from 2:00-5:00 PM

Other ways you can help:

If you work at a company that may be interested in donating an item (teen-friendly for Grad Night or adult-friendly for the Silent Auction) or cash, please take the letter just under this article to your employer. . . or give it to a friend, family member or neighbor!

Attend one of our on-going Dinner Nights Out, where a local restaurant donates a percentage of the proceeds to Grad Night. Upcoming dates & locations:

Tuesday, January 27 at Boulder Creek Brewery

Monday, March 2 at Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub

Coming Soon: Red Pearl and Taqueria Vallarta

Thank You,

Grad Night 2015 Committee

Grad Night 2015

Promoting a "Safe & Sober" Graduation Celebration

The SLV "Grad Night Class of 2015" Committee is fundraising for this year's Grad Night. Nationwide, the Senior Prom and graduation nights have the highest fatality rates of any night for teenagers. This is why the parents and community in the San Lorenzo Valley have continued for nearly 30 years, put on a "Safe and Sober" Grad Night celebration for the graduating senior.

It isn't enough to just put on a Grad Night. We take pride in providing a thrilling, unique event which transforms the SLV campus into a world of carnival rides, casinos, and other entertainments. The success of this event has enabled us to maintain a 90% attendance rate, keeping graduates safe while having a great time.

Any business or person who donates to any of our events will have their name or business listed on a large sign that will be out up at every fundraising event and Grad Night itself, thanking them for supporting our youth. This will give you maximum exposure for your business.

How can you help?

Host a Dinner Out and contribute % of proceeds to Grad Night 2015

Donate an item of "Indulgences" the Wine and Chocolate Tasting Fundraiser and Silent Auction (gift certificate, gift item, gift basket, etc)

Donate food or drink, or other item for Grad Night on June 12, 2015

Send a Tax Deductible donation (non-profit tax ID #946002633)

CONTACT: SLV Grade Night Class of 2015, P.O. Box 44  Felton, CA 95018


Please click on the following link to view a variety of opportunities for your child(ren) that are offered throughout the valley and Santa Cruz areas by various organizations, such as Boy/Girl Scouts, Sports, Arts-Drama-Theater, Local Events, Community Service, Quest/YMCA (before/after-school child care), etc.

Link here: https://sites.google.com/a/slvusd.org/community-link/

This link is provided as a courtesy for parents & students, by the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District, to receive information of current local events and opportunities.  The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District does not sponsor or endorse any of the organizations or events that are located here.

Official Dates & Holidays for 2014-2015
August 26, 2014 - First Day of School
September 1, 2014 - Labor Day Holiday
October 31, 2014 - Non-Instructional Day
November 11, 2014 - Veteran's Day Holiday
November 26-28, 2014 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break
December 20, 2014 - January 2, 2015 - Winter Holiday Break
January 5, 2015 - Semester break day (no school)
January 19, 2015 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
January 20, 2015 - Non-Student Day (teacher workday)
February 9, 2015 - Lincoln's Birthday Holiday
February 16, 2015 - President's Day Holiday
March 30-April 3, 2015 - Spring Break Holiday
April 6, 2015 - Non-Instructional Day
May 25, 2015 - Memorial Day Holiday
June 11, 2015 - Last Student Day

Parenting and Teaching Tips

At Coast Redwood High School, teachers practice what is referred to in education, as "self-directed learning," or SDL. Challenging students to excel. The essential elements of SDL are five fundamental principles. Take a look at each principle, and see how these can be applied and reinforced at home, school and work.

1. Student control over as much of the learning experience as possible. This represents a shift from outer control (teacher/parent) to inner control. which separates childhood dependencies.

2. Skill development. Inner control is aimless unless students learn to focus and apply their talents and energies intensely.

3. Students' learning to challenge themselves to their best possible performance. Self-direction is dormant without challenge.

4. Student self-management, that is, management of themselves and their learning enterprises. In SDL, choices and freedoms are matched by self-control and responsibilities.

5. Self-motivation and self assessment. By setting important goals for themselves, arranging for feedback on their work, and achieving success, they learn to inspire their own efforts.