May 26 - May 29

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Make-up schedule:

Tuesday, May 26
room P5 - 8:30am OR room P3 - 3:00pm

Wednesday, May 27
room P5 - 8:30

Thursday, May 28
room P5 - 8:30 OR room P3 - 3:00pm

ROP (Regional Occupational Program) COUNTY AWARDS

The North County ROP Portfolio Showcase was held Thursday, May 21 at Harbor High School and SLV students were very successful.

The following students were were recognized as class winners for their outstanding career portfolios:

for Aquaculture - Carly Christiansen and our CRHS Katelyn Praly.


Friday, June 5 at 12:30pm at the Fall Creek Outdoor Amphitheater

HOORAY for Our Seniors! Graduation June 5th!

 You have brains in your head.
  You have feet in your shoes.
  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Aly Benton, Sabrina Burke, Erica Costella, Tryston Cruz, Cody Esser, Amanda Hampson, Kayla Hudec, Ryan Kalske-McCormack, Hannah Miller, Marley Morrison, Julian Norelius, Adriana Ortega, Fern Quinn, Jessie Senko, Caleb Smith, Grace Winnick, Sam Wylie, and Zac Zachau

Annually, our graduating seniors are invited to participate in the SLV High School Senior Trip. This year, the seniors will be traveling to Magic Mountain. Cost is $85.00 and students must reserve their seat and ticket with payment this coming week. Permission slips available from Ms. Burns in the SLVHS Counseling office. Date of the senior trip is June 9th. Students board a bus at the front of the high school at at 5:00am and return to the high school the following morning.

Seniors, your colleges will request your high school transcript. If you are planning on attending Cabrillo this will not be necessary to mail your transcript directly to the Cabrillo College registrar, but rather bring your copy of your transcript in hand, to your Cabrillo College counselor meeting.

Requesting transcripts:


It is VERY important for students to start building their college file box. Keep all future enrollment papers, make copies of everything and keep them safe, keep extra (unopened/sealed) transcripts for future use (you will need at least 4 sealed high school transcripts on hand over the next 6 years), make copies of your High School Diploma (don't loose this important document. Many employers, organizations and private colleges ask for a copy) save all financial aid correspondence. Once you begin acquiring college transcripts, keep these in your file box. There is a cost for replacements. It is wise for parents to have a duplicate file box if the student is moving away. Boxes tend to get lost in big moves! These are materials that you will need easy access to, from the time you graduate from high school, register for college, or until you become fully employed.

f your student will not be returning to CRHS for the 2015-16 school year, start now filling out your transcript request form, noting where you wish for your teen's transcript should be mailed to. Request two copies. One for your records and one sealed to the next school.


Each year, as we move closer to graduation, our seniors are receiving their college acceptance letters and enrollment confirmations, as well as reaping the benefits of applying for college scholarship money. We encourage all students to continue to apply for grant opportunities, internships and scholarships. Your college of choice will continue to offer financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants. Don't let college tuition scare you from attending college! Each college financial aid office will provide you with many financial pathways towards earning your AA, BA, and BS degrees, Career Technical Education certifications, as well as Study Abroad Programs.

This year we are honoring Tryston Cruz for his academic scholarship awards as well as for his volunteer service to his community.

- Aquacultures Classroom Portfolio Award
- Cabrillo College Engineering Abroad Program
- The Bob and Betty Darrow Scholarship
- PG&E Latino Scholarship Award
- Santa Cruz Gardeners' Club Scholarship

- The President's Volunteer Service Award
- Lion's Club International Volunteer Service Award
- Youth Health Service Corps Program
- Exploring New Horizons Outdoor School Program
- Medical Teams International (Team to Honduras)

This year we are honoring Sam Wylie for his academic successes and recognition in his AP classes.

Over 140 students enrolled in AP classes have participated in their end of year AP exam in Environmental Science, Calculus AB, English Literature, Spanish Language & Culture, Physics and US History over the last five days.  Next week, we'll have another set of exam takers demonstrating their knowledge and ability to apply their studies in Biology, English Language & Composition, US Government and French Language & Culture.  If they earn a score of "3 or Higher," students are able to earn college level credit at their universities.


Congratulations to Coast Redwood High School senior; Sam Wylie.
SLVHS seniors in the photo above: Austin Bernard, Sam Wiley (Coast Redwood), Mikaela Slade, Bret Bukowski and Jurgen Prambs posing
with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and Assemby member Mark Stone.

These students served on the Congresswoman's Student Advisory Board for the last two years and researched relevant topics about the Economy.

Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department
For being accepted into the Boulder Creek Fire Department Volunteer Service.

For her athletic scholarship award to
play girls softball at Central Arizona College.

For graduating early by passing the CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Exam). Off to Cabrillo she goes!

We are heading into the final stretch of the 2014-2015 school year. Please contact your Supervising Teachers in regards to signing up for your final conference of this school year. Beginning May 18 through June 8th teachers will be conferencing with families, reviewing your teens' second semester courses and progress, confirming their fall schedule, and assigning grades to all independent study classes. All library texts, novels and/or video and scripts must be returned to the SLV Library no later than June 3rd, as well as all fines must be paid in full. Senior diploma's will be withheld if there is an outstanding balance.

The staff is happy to assist students with a letter of recommendation, however, this process can take up to 2 weeks to complete. Please anticipate your needs for letters and schedule a time to meet with your supervising teacher to map-out due dates of Recommendation Letters.

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

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

JUNE 13 test date:

Regular Registration Deadline: May 8

Late Registration Deadline: May 9-22

Photo Upload Deadline: Check website for dates.

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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.

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:

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 key to self-direction is encouraging teens to design and accomplish their own learning tasks and then motivating them to motivate themselves to learn. SDL is designed to motivate. It offers a transition from control by others to control of oneself. Freedom is given as responsibility is taken. Teens learn to find and pursue their interests, to struggle and achieve, and to demonstrate their achievements and reap the rewards. They learn about themselves by finding out what they can do and become. They learn about others, find companionship,
and see themselves as they are seen by the many individuals and groups they experience. From participation in team sports, drama/theater, clubs, classes, volunteerism, employment, and community service, teen's learn about the world and how to move through it competently.

As teens take control of their education and their lives, they wish to be guided by these factor noted below:

1. Motivation
2. Finding and support while pursuing their passion
3. Translating interests into clear and compelling goals
4. Connections with family, mentors and employers
5. Receiving positive feedback
6. Challenge appropriately by teaching them to challenge themselves
7. Understanding a "problem" and work collectively towards a solution

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.


2014-2015 District School Calendar

Coast Redwood High School

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