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June 30, 2022

Fundraising Efforts for SLVHS Grad Night Begin

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In the grand tradition of senior year events, San Lorenzo Valley High School and its sister school, Coast Redwood, are returning to their roots with an in-person grad night celebration. The time, effort and costs required to pull off a successful event for graduating seniors...

School Mask Mandates to End After March 11

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Students throughout Santa Cruz County will no longer be required to wear masks while at school after March 11. The announcement, signed by the County’s 11 school superintendents, came Monday after California Gov. Gavin Newsom, along with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay...

SLV Charter Info Nights Upcoming

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It’s known as Charter 25 because San Lorenzo Valley Charter School was the 25th charter school to be approved after California introduced the educational option in 1992. But unlike in some communities, where independent charters have raised questions among some parents who worry about the...

Scotts Valley boy’s suicide prompts calls for SVUSD to address issues

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Red was 15-year-old Scotts Valley High School freshman Mateo Deihl’s favorite color. Now, attendees at his Celebration of Life, to be held at Roaring Camp in Felton on Saturday, have been asked to adorn themselves in this hue, in his memory. The boy is to...

SLVUSD Receives Update On Traffic Plan

The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District received an update about Highway 9 traffic improvement plans last month. Sarah Christensen, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s senior transportation engineer told trustees that while proper road upgrades are still a ways off, serious progress is...

4-H Club Proposal for SLVHS Nixed

A 17-year-old San Lorenzo Valley High School junior was disappointed to learn, last week, that her passionate advocacy for a 4-H program on campus wouldn’t get the blessing of school district administrators. Speaking to the Press Banner just before the Jan. 19 San Lorenzo Valley...

SLVHS Drama Ready for Return to Stage

The San Lorenzo Valley High School drama department has had to reinvent itself a few times in the last 18 months. From canceling its on-stage production of “Chicago” after opening weekend due to the arrival of Covid-19, to pressing forward with live, online productions...

Music at Siltanen Raises $15K for Local Youth Music Programs

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As Scotts Valley Kiwanis Club member Mike Rein arrived at the organization’s big fundraiser, held this year at Siltanen Park due to renovations at Skypark, he was nervous. “We were very worried because we’d never done it at Siltanen Park,” he said. “No one wants...

SLVUSD Embarks on a Series of Exterior School Renovations

The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District has begun a series of improvements to its buildings. In addition to a broader work plan that will transform its structures over the next few years, the first set of upgrades, approved in September, features painting work, protective...

Kiwanis Moves Skypark Show to Siltanen Park

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On Monday, Scotts Valley began re-opening Skypark, the large grassy field at the center of the city’s recreational life, after it was damaged by firefighters battling last year’s wildfires. But its new lease on life didn’t come soon enough for the Kiwanis Club of Scotts...


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Real-World Scare Briefly Halts ‘Active Shooter’ Drill

Officers and firefighters running through “active shooter” drills at Scotts Valley High School had to make a quick shift into a real-world situation on...