This Week in the News


PLEASE, our teachers and attendance secretary must process your paper work on Tuesday.

Please bring it in to your guidance teacher on Monday or Tuesday at 12:00noon

Students are now being scored on the attendance in the following areas:
1. Planner sheets completed - Turned in on time.
2. Name printed at the top of the planner sheet noting "Month 1"
3. 4+ work samples from each area. Logs are work samples. Name and dates on everything
4. Monthly attendance ledger filled-in and initialed

Where -

Life Touch will be at the Annex the morning of Thursday, October 15th from 9:00 - 11:30
We apologize for the delay. This will be the only day for students and the only day for ordering Student ID's.

California State University Monterey Bay Visit.
11th/12th Grade English class canceled on Friday, September 25th and instead will attend our field trip to CSUMB. All students are encouraged to attend. Please contact Keidi Lewis for a permission slip. Meet in room P4 at 7:45. We plan to return to school by 1:30. Cost: $5.00

ToySanta Cruz Beach Boardwalkota's Drive for Schools fundraiser is here. Charter teachers will be handing out books for students to sell. Schools keep 100% of the proceeds, which means for our Charter, each Program keeps 100% of the proceeds from sales.

For Coast Redwood, that means this fundraiser will allow for our students to raise monies for 2016 Grad Night tickets, 2016 graduation cap and gown, the EHS class, our general CRHS academic fund (field trips resources) Artemis, and/or for their 2017 spring trip to the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

                                                   Please make payments in cash or check made out to CRHS. Our deadline is Wednesday, October 14th.    
                                                   Return ticket stubs to your teachers in an envelope noting your name,and where to hold your funds.

Drive For Schools, founded in 2005 by Subaru of Santa Cruz and now sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Capitola Auto Mall Dealer Group, successfully raised over $567,000 in 2014 for local schools and more than $3.4 million total since 2005. Last year 81 schools participated and Soquel High School raised just over $40,000 all by themselves. Schools sell the $5 tickets and keeps every single penny it raises.

This year the Grand Prize winner will have their choice of a brand new Toyota Prius or Subaru Outback including tax, title, and license. And, if the winner isn’t in the market for a new car, we’ll award them $25,000 in cash instead! And we will also be giving away ten $1,000 cash prizes, plus over 100 additional prizes.

SLV HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING DANCE - Permission slips mandatory and available from your Guidance teacher. Attendance must be current!
Saturday, October 10,  2015 at 7:30pm in the SLV High School gym.

PSAT TESTING (grades 9, 10, 11, if planning to attend a 4-year school upon graduation from high school)
Scheduled for Wednesday, October 14 at SLVHS. Register in October. Watch for more information in the Bulletin.

2016 GRAD NIGHT   2015 Grad Night Pictures

View pictures of last years "Circus" Grad Night under the {Parent & Community} tab at the top of this webpage!

This years Grad Night committee is in serious conversations regarding if there is enough interest and support to put on this magnificent event.

Grad Night is NOT just for SLV High students but for our Charter students as well. It is a community event and a blast!

Please, if you have an 11th or a 12th grader, contact Kristen Praly or Kay Mendoza ASAP if you are interested in supporting Grad Night and providing your graduate with a fun-filled safe and sober after graduation celebration.

What is Grad Night?
For those of you who are new to the event, Grad Night is put on by the senior parents the evening of the SLV High School graduation ceremony. Junior parents are usually solicited to volunteer to work Grad Night so the seniors don’t have to see their parents during the event.

It is a safe and sober party. We transform the high school campus into a theme which is kept a secret from the students until the event. Want more information or have questions? Please email us at slvhsgradnight@outlook.com or join us on facebook (link to come). Tickets will be available to purchase on-line shortly.


2016 Grad Night Volunteer Round-up #3 Contact Kristen Praly

SLVHS MPR (Multi-purpose Room)

This meeting is being held to present volunteer opportunities, pull together a committee to oversee the Grad Night project and create groups to handle each individual event/project as needed.  There will be detailed (but not concrete) list of volunteer opportunities at the meeting – most likely there is at least one place you would feel happy to lend your time.

Volunteers Needed:
We need volunteers to help make this event run smoothly.  A link to SIgnUpGenius will be available soon to volunteer on–line.

We need your help with donations for Grad Night. We are soliciting donations for our largest fundraiser; Wine & Chocolate/Silent Auction as well as for Grad night raffle prizes/store. We would appreciate any help you can lend. A list of suggested donation items and a donation letter will be posted soon. Thanks for your support.

When is this year’s event?
Date TBD
Time: 8:30pm to 4:00am

What is the cost?
Grad Night Tickets (Bids) prices are TBD.  Prices will increase over the course of the school year, so be sure to buy your ticket early. Shortly, you will be able to download and mail in the order form, or purchase on-line using PayPal. Tickets include entrance into secure alcohol-free event, all food and beverages, games and entertainment. Parents of Grads wishing to leave early will be notified by phone and students will not be allowed to re-enter.

Do I have to work on Grad Night?
So you can enjoy family and friends, we recruit non-senior parents to work the event. However, we senior parents need to help with fund raising activities. The cost of last year’s event was roughly $30K. We sell the Grad Night tickets (bids) to raise over 25% of the funds. The rest is raised though donations, clothing sales, See’s candy etc.

What you can do to help:

  • Purchase a ticket for your senior
  • Sponsor a senior who otherwise will not be able to attend
  • Help at fundraising events
  • Sell See’s candy at your office, email
  • Make a tax deductible donation
  • Donate Items for Raffles – wine, sporting event tickets, service

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK Please refer to the calendar located at the bottom of this page.


There will be an SAT prep workshop which will help to prepare students for the SAT exams administered through January of 2016. There will also be an ACT prep workshop which will help prepare students for any of the ACT exams. Thanks to a generous donation from the Cougar Club, the cost for each workshop is only $20. To sign up, see Jeannette in the SLVHS Counseling Office. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

SAT Workshop - Saturday, 9/26, 9am-4pm in the SLV High School MPR



Monterey Mushroom Awards Scholarship
Monterey Mushrooms will present a combined $204,128 in scholarship awards for the 2015-2016 academic year to 147 students of employees.
click here Monterey Mushrooms

Nursing Schools Almanac


CSUs: Application submission starts on October 1st.
UCs:   The online application has been published - so go ahead and have a look,and note the personal statement prompts are different from the Common Application essay prompts. Submission goes from October 1st to November 30th

The old SAT will be offered until January 2016. From March 2016, the new test will be offered. The difference between the two? The vocabulary section will be gone, there will be a calculator-free math section, the essay portion will be beefed up, and there will be no penalty (as there is now) for wrong answers on the multiple choice.

Some students, however, may find that the old test is 
easier for their work style - so get them to take the free on-line practice test offered by College Board. click here  SAT PRACTICE-COLLEGE BOARD

If this works for your student please register them in a SAT test - the next one on October 3rd, (but we are now in the late registration period). Annabel Rordan, counselor at SLV HIgh School, will run preparation classes in the fall for the old SAT and for the new SAT in the spring.

SAT Workshop - Saturday, 9/26, 9am-4pm in the SLV High School MPR

ACT Workshop - Saturday, 10/10, 9am-4pm in the SLV High School MPR

Our students will all also do the PSAT this year - at SLV High School - this is important to give it your best as a good performance opens up pathway towards the National Merit Scholarships. The test costs about $25. Dates will be published as I get them. Usually mid-October.

The ACT test is unchanged and Annabel Rordan will also run a preparation class. Some students do better in this test, so check out the ACT test preparation site: click here  ACT PRACTICE TEST

Taking the SAT Practice Test is a stress-free (and free) way to find your strengths and weaknesses on the SAT. You can test online, or you can print it out.

Official SAT Practice through Khan Academy

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 Sign-Ups (November 7, 2015) - www.sat.org/register

Regular Registration Deadline: October 9, 2015

Late Registration Deadline: October 23, 2015

Late Registration Deadline, Online & Phone: October 27, 2015

ACT Sign-Ups (December 12, 2015) - www.act.org

Regular Registration Deadline: November 6, 2015

Late Registration Deadline: November 7-20, 2015

Photo Upload Deadline: December 4, 2015


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