Potential Plans for a Return to School Next Fall

Written by Colleen Fitzpatrick (News Writer) With CO-VID 19 spreading from person to person like rapid-fire, many people are stuck wondering what it’s going to be like next school year. Many options have been thrown into the hat and there still aren’t any clear answers. One possible option is that freshmen and sophomores will go … More Potential Plans for a Return to School Next Fall

Corona Lockdown Sweeps Santa Cruz County, SLV Campuses

Written by Tasia Lundberg (News Writer) The pandemic has spread. Schools are being shut down, and classes have become digital. “Social Distancing” is the new norm. Covid-19, also known as the coronavirus has completely taken over people’s lives.   The county decided the best way to prevent the spread of the outbreak was to shut down … More Corona Lockdown Sweeps Santa Cruz County, SLV Campuses

Measure S Passes with 55.12%; SLVUSD to Use $75 Million Dollars for Repairs and Improvements

Written by Beckett Glass (News Writer) Measure S passed with 55.12%, and SLVUSD will now receive $75,000,000 dollars in bonds. The bonds will be used for infrastructure upgrades, including: Parking Lot expansion and installation of solar panels for energy efficiency and air conditioning in every school (SLVUSD).  Sophomore Jack McCork commented about Measure S: “I … More Measure S Passes with 55.12%; SLVUSD to Use $75 Million Dollars for Repairs and Improvements

Superintendent Dr. Laurie Bruton and the Board of Trustees Denies Integrative Leadership Academy Charter School Petition

On May 30, 2018, an Integrative Leadership Academy charter school petition was submitted to the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees in an attempt to start a new charter school in Boulder Creek. Due to numerous deficiencies found by district staff, the petition was denied. The Integrative Leadership Academy ( I.L.A.) was … More Superintendent Dr. Laurie Bruton and the Board of Trustees Denies Integrative Leadership Academy Charter School Petition

New School Clocks at SLV Serve a Purpose Beyond Telling Time

by Amber Slaughter It is August 20 the first day of school, you walk into your first class and immediately look at the clock so you can see how much longer you have to be at school. Instead of seeing the old clocks you are surprised to see new digital clocks. Throughout the day you … More New School Clocks at SLV Serve a Purpose Beyond Telling Time

Students Walking Out Face Backlash, but Stand Strong for Peace

On March 14, thousands of students across the nation walked out of school for seventeen minutes to mourn for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and protest gun violence in schools. In response to this, FOX News anchor Tucker Carlson made the statement, “If they’re too young to buy guns, why should … More Students Walking Out Face Backlash, but Stand Strong for Peace

Fallen Tree on SLV Elementary School Parking Lot

Early Wednesday during an onslaught of rain at the San Lorenzo Valley Tri-Campus, a large oak tree came crashing down onto numerous cars in the elementary school parking lot, leaving many of the staff and students shaken. Causing thousands of dollars in damage, the 50-year-old tree effectively created a fair amount of chaos for several … More Fallen Tree on SLV Elementary School Parking Lot

Varsity Football Faces Disappointment in Brother in Arms Classic, Homecoming Game Renews Inspiration

“Dear scoundrel, once Matt McMillan finds you, he will rip you into eight different pieces.” Hayden Mckinney reflects on his anger after the football team was scammed out of a bus on their way to Orange County. The team paid nearly 4,000 dollars into a scam. The bus was supposed to take the football team … More Varsity Football Faces Disappointment in Brother in Arms Classic, Homecoming Game Renews Inspiration

Bay Area Heat Wave Hits Record Breaking Temperatures

The San Lorenzo Valley is no stranger to extreme heat, but during Labor Day weekend the temperature reached numbers that can not be ignored. An extreme heat wave arrived in the Bay Area Thursday afternoon and persisted in its scorching temperatures until late Monday evening. The height of the temperature this weekend was a blistering … More Bay Area Heat Wave Hits Record Breaking Temperatures

Is the Freshmen Population Problem Truly Over?

As summer drifted away and another school year began, SLVHS students entered the classrooms to discover an unusual amount of students. This year, there was an unexpected overflow of freshman, which resulted in jumbled schedules and huge amounts of students in classes. The class of 2021 had more students than SLVHS was ready for. When … More Is the Freshmen Population Problem Truly Over?

Cougar(s) found in Fall Creek raises concerns in SLVHS community

As this long winter begins to subside, it appears the forested mountains surrounding San Lorenzo Valley High School are beginning to awaken. On February 21, 2017, a parent living in the area behind SLV called into the middle school office and reported seeing a fairly large mountain lion in the woods behind the middle school. … More Cougar(s) found in Fall Creek raises concerns in SLVHS community

SLV Changes WiFi Policy, Crushing Students Dreams

On Monday, January 6th, 2017, SLVHS students were surprised to find out that they could no longer access the school-wide wifi on their cell phones. Many students found that their phones could connect to the server, but would not open most apps, or found that their phones did not connect at all. Students then received … More SLV Changes WiFi Policy, Crushing Students Dreams

SLV students head to Washington DC to witness 2017 inauguration

The atmosphere on campus was grim and hopeless for many, staff and students included, on the morning of November 9, as President Elect Donald Trump took the stage for a victory speech. Now, one thing is certain as students prepare for the long awaited Presidential Inauguration trip with Ms. Martinez: It will be an election … More SLV students head to Washington DC to witness 2017 inauguration

“And Then There Was One” Directors Abby Halper and Aaron McKay

“My mother always told me to try every part of what you love.” Senior Aaron McKay is co-directing “And Then There Was One,” one of the two student directed shows taking place this spring. He has participated in almost every aspect of theater. He has taken part in over thirty shows throughout his life, ten … More “And Then There Was One” Directors Abby Halper and Aaron McKay

The ‘Trump Effect’ -Bullying in Schools

The Presidential election affects everyone’s lives, but this year it is having an unprecedented effect on the nation’s schools. The Southern Poverty Law Center is an organization dedicated to fighting hatred and bigotry and seeking justice for vulnerable, persecuted members of our society. During the election, they surveyed and collected statements from educators about the … More The ‘Trump Effect’ -Bullying in Schools

Mental health counselor Deborah Mitchell relocates therapy office

Deborah Mitchell has been a mental health counselor at SLV for the past nine years– and until a few months ago, some students weren’t even aware her position existed.   This year, Ms. Mitchell occupies a comfortable room in the counseling office, easily accessible and with regular hours. For the past two years, she’s been … More Mental health counselor Deborah Mitchell relocates therapy office

As the 2016 presidential election draws near, SLV shows clear preference

With the election fast approaching, our school shows a clear political bias, although our school is still somewhat divided. With supporters for each of our presidential candidates within the school, it is certain not everyone will be happy with the results. With four clear top candidates, many may not entirely know who each candidate is, … More As the 2016 presidential election draws near, SLV shows clear preference

Possible Correlation Between School Absences and Grade Drops Discovered

As many students know, there has been new administration implemented at SLVHS this year, however, many do not know that there is a new detention policy put together by Mr. Hearn, the vice principal, and Mr. Calden, the principal. The new policy was created to help the administration and the students with time management. Mr. … More Possible Correlation Between School Absences and Grade Drops Discovered

Chilean Students Enjoyed Their Time at SLV

On Monday, September 19, students in Ms. Osenga’s Spanish class watched with curiosity and delight as a group of exchange students performed the Chilean-based La Cueca dance. For one week, every other year, San Lorenzo Valley High School has the privilege of hosting around ten Chilean exchange students in the tenth grade. Isidora Cerda, a … More Chilean Students Enjoyed Their Time at SLV

SLVHS Experiences New Problems and New Solutions in Online Systems

SLVHS students began their school year this year with a completely different grading system. While last year SLV used Powerschool to post grades and Schoology was used for class updates, this year both will be done on Schoology. The only service Schoology does not fulfill this year for students is an online attendance log, which … More SLVHS Experiences New Problems and New Solutions in Online Systems

Miss Representation showing at SLV brings light to gender inequality

  Recently a new documentary was brought to San Lorenzo Valley High School. This film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom called Miss Representation brings attention to the way women are mistreated and misrepresented in the media. It also talks about the focus on how women’s and girl’s values lie in their beauty, youth, and sexuality, and … More Miss Representation showing at SLV brings light to gender inequality

SLVUSD’s new alternative-education program offers fresh opportunities

Let’s face it, school is not always easy. For some, being on campus is an outright nightmare. The pressure of constantly being on campus with several hundred other students for six hours a day is an overwhelming reality for some students here at San Lorenzo Valley High School. Also, many Seniors lack several credits needed, … More SLVUSD’s new alternative-education program offers fresh opportunities

SLV seeks to create a new revised schedule for the 2016-2017 school year

Administrators in the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District were forced to reject the proposed schedule for the 2016-2017 school year. This year, the high school was required to extend the school day to 2:46 p.m. in order to compensate for the lack of required minutes from the state of California. Teachers’ classes have been … More SLV seeks to create a new revised schedule for the 2016-2017 school year

SLV junior Abbey Meck rescues drowning woman at beach in Davenport

Abbey Meck, a junior at SLVHS, recently made headlines due to her heroic rescue of  a woman, Sofia Benbahmed, in Davenport. While studying with friends she noticed chaos down on the shore. A woman was being pulled out to sea by a strong rip current. Noticing the friends of the woman panicking, quick-thinking Meck ran … More SLV junior Abbey Meck rescues drowning woman at beach in Davenport

Senior Year Proves To Be Extremely Stressful For This Year’s SLVHS Graduating Class Of 2016

Starting in freshman year, many of us are told that all of our efforts will be paid back in full when Senior year rolls around. Images of leaving campus at lunch to buy food with our friends and understanding teachers that act more like a friend than anything else come to mind. However, as many … More Senior Year Proves To Be Extremely Stressful For This Year’s SLVHS Graduating Class Of 2016

SLV Tri-Campus goes into lockdown; confusion ensues on proper procedures

On Tuesday, February 2, the tri-campus of San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School, San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, and San Lorenzo Valley High School as well as the associated charter schools went into a lockdown at 9:06 a.m. until 9:38 a.m. after the elementary school received a report of a potential individual on campus with a … More SLV Tri-Campus goes into lockdown; confusion ensues on proper procedures

Sitting down with Raneem Zaghlouleh, a local victim of the Syrian Refugee crisis

More than 4 million Syrian refugees, half of them children, have had to flee their home country amidst a civil war and find a new life in a new part of the world. Most of the refugees have been taken in by Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. More the 700,000 immigrants have risked their lives traveling … More Sitting down with Raneem Zaghlouleh, a local victim of the Syrian Refugee crisis

How much of your personal information can the school access?

Among the technology changes faced by the SLVHS community over the last several years, the implementation of a system of school email accounts was one of the most controversial. Everyone has been concerned about their school emails. The truth is, these accounts were made to teach students how to communicate effectively, and to help them … More How much of your personal information can the school access?

SLVHS AVID students go paddle boarding with the principal

On September 23, the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) class took a trip to Cowell’s beach for a day of teambuilding and paddlebaording.  SLV has been offering AVID for a while now, and it is a wonderful resource for the SLV student body. In AVID, students receive tutoring for all of their classes from brilliant … More SLVHS AVID students go paddle boarding with the principal

SLVHS students show school spirit during the 2015 Homecoming Week

Early October marks the beginning of fall, with homecoming week at San Lorenzo Valley High School coming in like a flurry of crisp leaves flying on a crisp autumnal wind. Homecoming at SLVHS is the first full week of October every year; it is a five day period of crazy spirit days that ends with … More SLVHS students show school spirit during the 2015 Homecoming Week

District introduces new techonolgy initiative

This year  the district introduced the ‘Bring Your Own Device Initiative’ to see how it would affect learning. B.Y.O.D. asks students to bring portable laptops or iPads with keyboards to school for use in the classroom. This new system is encouraging students to become more adept at working with technology and learning online. The initiative … More District introduces new techonolgy initiative

SLV students suffer the consequences of last year’s parking lot drug use incidents

As the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year begins, new policies are taking shape here at San Lorenzo Valley High School. As everyone knows, the recreational use of the parking lot at any point in time during school hours is now prohibited. This change is intended to prevent the increased use and dealing of … More SLV students suffer the consequences of last year’s parking lot drug use incidents

The newly dubbed “Boomer Building” takes the place of science building

Boomer is a name that carries a lot of weight around the San Lorenzo Valley. An influence to many and a skilled science teacher at SLVHS, Mr. Preston Boomer shaped the minds of three generations of valley students over 56 years. Until 2013 Mr. Boomer taught chemistry and physics in the science building, also known … More The newly dubbed “Boomer Building” takes the place of science building

A fatal head-on car crash in Aptos claims the lives of four young adults

On March 1st a fatal car accident shocked the county, taking the lives of four young people in Aptos. Of the six people piled into a black four-seat Mercedes, three were pronounced dead on the scene when the mercedes collided head-on with a Ford F-150 truck. A night of partying for these young adults ended … More A fatal head-on car crash in Aptos claims the lives of four young adults

Oklahoma bans Advanced Placement U.S. History course for all state high schools

The state of Oklahoma introduced and passed a bill enabling then to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History in the classroom, while also instituting a new educational requirement for students.             This new bill is set to require its students to learn from a designated list of 58 “foundational documents.” These include the Ten Commandments, two sermons and three speeches … More Oklahoma bans Advanced Placement U.S. History course for all state high schools

The Performing Arts Center finally opens and holds its first performance

Since the February opening, the new SLV Performing Art Center (PAC) is up and running for student productions. We’ve had our grand opening, our benefit concert, the wonderful performance of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and now our PAC continues to stand there, as it will for the generations of students to come. Its majestic, blockish shape; … More The Performing Arts Center finally opens and holds its first performance

Attempted Abduction of SLV Middle School Student Shocks entire Valley

On the evening of Thursday, January 29th, the San Lorenzo Valley Middle School basketball team had just finished practice at 6:30 pm. Outside, in the elementary school parking lot, a white delivery truck was parked. Inside there were multiple men waiting to take somebody else home with them. Who were they waiting for you may … More Attempted Abduction of SLV Middle School Student Shocks entire Valley

Shooting In Downtown Santa Cruz Leaves Two Unintended Victims Injured

On the 25th of January, two teenage girls were shot while in downtown Santa Cruz.  The shooting has been ruled as gang related and has been investigated as such. The shooting happened in the area of Pacific Grove and Birch Lane.  The shooting was reported at 8:07 PM, sunday evening.  Both victims were transported to … More Shooting In Downtown Santa Cruz Leaves Two Unintended Victims Injured

Vandalism at SLV

Late in the evening on Monday, January 19, someone stole twenty-five computers from the Coast Redwood classrooms, and broke various swim equipment from the pool sheds, tossing it into the pool. The theft and vandalism took place around 5:10 pm; the classrooms suffered a loss of approximately $7,500, because each of the chromebooks stolen were … More Vandalism at SLV

SLV Students Receive Top Scores on the PSAT

Marie Schepp, Jesse McMillan, Kurt Fulkerson and Elise Whistler received the top scores after taking the PSAT in October; their achievements provide them with great scholarship opportunities that will help them immensely in the college application process. In 1959,  The College board issued a test given to sophomores and juniors to prepare them for  for … More SLV Students Receive Top Scores on the PSAT

The New PAC

Who hasn’t noticed the long construction, going on by the Staff parking lot of San Lorenzo Valley High school? Right now, our new soon to be Performing Arts Center sticks out like a sore thumb, unfinished. But it will not stay that way for long. Why had we students of SLVHS want a new theater … More The New PAC

5 SLV Students made it to the California State Science Fair

As member of the SLVHS community, we are not indifferent to hard work and success. Recently, five students in particular have experienced the payoff of hard work and the success that comes with it. The five students, Jurgen Prambs, Mikaela Slade, Lauren Smith, Connor Lydon, and Natalie Gallagher, all received invitations to the California State … More 5 SLV Students made it to the California State Science Fair

23 SLV ceramic students made it to the Santa Cruz Art League’s 59th annual High School Art Show

The SLV ceramics program has always been overwhelmingly popular. Students wake up early and drag themselves out of bed for zero period classes, or even spend time at lunch working on their creations, besides the usually-full regular period classes. Ceramics students at SLV tend to be extremely talented, which led many of them to participate … More 23 SLV ceramic students made it to the Santa Cruz Art League’s 59th annual High School Art Show

Steps to Decrease Vape Pen use is being put into action

Vape pens are a literal representation of what the name entails- they’re pens that heat a cartridge filled with purified cannabis oil and other smoke able substances, allowing users a discreet alternative to smoking a marijuana cigarette. The number of pot smokers has drastically increased over the past few years. According to the National Department … More Steps to Decrease Vape Pen use is being put into action

NEW AP Classes for Juniors and Seniors in the Year to Come

Welcome to SLV’s scrumptious buffet! We have entrees of all types, ranging from science to math to literature to music. Take anything you like, as long as you think you can fit it all in your stomach! Of course, there are those dishes you just have to try; you have not truly experienced this charming … More NEW AP Classes for Juniors and Seniors in the Year to Come

Unwelcome Guests Visit the School: Things You Need to Know

Recently, the San Lorenzo Valley campus has acquired some…unwelcome guests. It seems that a pack of wild coyotes has taken up residence within the borders of the school, and now roams the campus at night. The coyotes have already killed a number of small animals, including a cat and a deer, and they show no … More Unwelcome Guests Visit the School: Things You Need to Know