This Week in the News


This past week our students made the journey over-the-hill to The Tech Museum of Innovation
and explored then previewed the iMax production of "Robots."

Life Touch will be at the Annex the morning of Thursday, October 15th from 9:00 - 11:30

This will be the only day for student pictures and the only day for ordering Student ID's.

If you have a morning class at SLVHS please speak with you Guidance Teacher about a release note from class. Students will be responsible for communicating to their classroom teachers and making up class time per the classroom teachers' policies.

Please read which time you will come for pictures

- Students with no onsite classes on Thursday - arrive at 8:45-9:45 to avoid long lines

- Students NOT enrolled in Environmental Horticulture - arrive at 9:00am sharp

- Students enrolled in Environmental Horticulture only - arrive at 10:15 sharp

- Students enrolled in BOTH Environmental Horticulture and English - early release from class at 11:00

- No pictures will be taken after 11:30


It is time for yo
ur Meeting of The Tribes. Please arrange your schedule to meet on Friday, Oct 16th to drop off your attendance, pick-up important materials, hear more about your semester-end portfolio, pick-up your 6-week progress report and your 2nd quarter writing benchmark.

Grades 9-10 meet in ro
om P4 at 10:00am right after Spanish, ending at 11:00am

Grades 11-12 meet in room P3 at 11:00am (English 11/12 class will fall right into this meeting) ending at 12:00noon.

PSAT TESTING - Wednesday, October 14 at SLVHS
(Grades 9, 10, 11) We strongly encourage students to take this Practice SAT test to measure their skills. Students may retake the PSAT each year
in order to identify areas on the practice college entrance exam (PSAT) that need particular attention. Students take the SAT in their Junior and Senior year. Practicing helps and raises SAT scores.

Come with $25.00 to the SLVHS counseling office on Monday, October 5th to purchase a seat. Seats are filling-up quickly.
Wade and Kay will be assisting with the testing. Testing will take place in the high school gym. 8:00am-12:00pm.

Quick Peeks

2016 Grad Night Info - View pictures of last years "Circus" Grad Night - Contact: Kristen Praly

Art Gallery - Student art gallery is building!

Creating Community Solutions for Student Success - Valuable resources for children in grades Kinder through College.

Homeschoolers of the San Lorenzo Valley Facebook Page - Get in touch with many more home school families and friends

Job Listings & Advice - Current Job Listings

Math Tutoring Resources
- Meet Aaron Shaw

Mondays from 12-3:30
in portable P5 with teacher Brian Heery; primarily to support students in Math 1 & 2

Nursing Schools Almanac  - Scholarship opportunities for students going into the nursing field

Parent Advisory Committee - October 13 from 3-4pm

Parent Education
- Addressing MindSet

NEW Scholarship - deadline: January 7, 2016

2016 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study, and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
  • demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • be citizens of the United States of America;
  • be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and
  • plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.

In addition, semifinalists must be nominated by an eligible community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization, and must provide documentation to certify academic performance and financial need. Finalists will be interviewed via Skype or telephone by a member of the selection committee. Learn more about the qualifications of a GE-Reagan Foundation Scholar. Counselors and teachers, download a program flyer here.

Scholarship - Update

Student Services and Resources - Student and Family Counselor, Jennifer Simms
Referral Form Counseling Referral Form
Consent for Counseling Consent for Counseling

Theater Productions 
Thrill the World coming up!
Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

   House Band                                              Lots of smiles at CRHS                           9th and 10th grade Orientation


Students learned how to make steer manure tea.
The nutrients found in manure tea make it an ideal fertilizer for garden plants. The nutrients from manure dissolves easily in water where it can be added to a sprayer or watering can. The leftover manure can be thrown in the garden or reused in the compost pile.

As per family requests, Peg Edwards will be offering an eight week Zoological Illustration class from Thursday October 22 to December 17 (no class Nov. 26).
Thursdays 4:00-6:00

Using scratchboard, watercolor, pastels, pen & ink, graphite and colored pencil, students will produce several zoological illustrations of mammals, insects, reptiles & amphibians, fish, arachnids, and various invertebrates. Form & function and nimal classification will be emphasized. 

COST:  $260 per eight week session.

Current class extensions:
Peg will also be extending the current Mon, Tues, and Wed. classes for four extra weeks
through the week of December 14 (see schedule below) during which time the students will be working on projects of their choice PLUS three group projects: Fungi of California, Insects of California and The Universe!
COST:  $130 per four week session.


Mondays 4:00-6:0i0-ish (Nov 23, 30 and Dec 7, 14)

Tuesdays 4:00-6:0i0-ish (Nov 24 and Dec 1, 8, 15)

Wednesdays 4:00-6:0i0-ish (Nov 25 and Dec 2, 9, 16)

To enroll in either the Zoological Illustration class OR the current class extensions, please notify me at

831-566-8471 or email pegedwards@sierranatureprints.com

You can pay with a check made out to Peggy Edwards – Sierra Nature Prints, P.O. Box 66644, Scotts Valley, CA 95067 - OR pay by PayPal to pegedwards@sierranatureprints.com
Class balance due first day of classes. Siblings and those enrolled in more than one class will receive a 10% discount.

College, Career, Technical Education Section

College and Career Exploration:
This is a great year for your student(s) to get serious about colleges and careers that might be good fits for them down the road. Family vacations should include college visits if possible. College campuses are some of the most beautiful places to visit and the evidence clearly supports that students who visit college campuses are much more likely to attend. Another way to get information about colleges is to attend College and Career Night at Cabrillo on November 2nd where over 50 college admission counselors will have informational booths set up and Cabrillo will also showcase many of their own career prep programs such as culinary, law enforcement and fire training. This is one stop shopping at its best. We encourage you and your student to attend. Attached is a flier for your information.


FINANCIAL NIGHT - October 15, 2015 - PAC

College costs have been going through the roof - UC’s now cost $30,000+ per year. If you are concerned about college costs, SLV High will be hosting Steve Shapiro’s “How Will You Pay for College” presentation. Steve is a CPA and a Certified Financial Planner. He speaks to parents at many high schools each year.


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

Community Resources


Click on RESOURCES for flyers