Luis Valdez Leadership Academy


Message from Your Principal

Hola Hola Lions!

It is a busy time of year and I hope that you are staying organized and positive! Organization and a positive outlook is what is needed to wrap the year up! We are doing it. We are getting through this semester and soon enough the summer break will be knocking on our doors. Great things await us in the summer. We are planning enrichment opportunities as well as a few opportunities for credit recovery, details will be shared as soon as they are available. Until then, I must remind you that it is most beneficial for you to focus and aim to pass your classes Semester 2, to provide you the opportunity to grade mirror Semester 1. We must keep on track with our mission, to ensure that you are confident, prepared and have choices for college and universities. Keep on track, if you derailed a bit, come back on track. it is not too late, but it takes focus and a plan.

A continued appreciation to you, our powerful students, your caring parents/families, and our talented team of educators and staff for striving and thriving forward. Please join in and congratulate our Class of 2021 as they head toward the finish line! Please cheer for our Lady Lions Women's soccer team, in the midst of CCS Playoffs! Wishing you a productive and energetic week! Two weeks to go Lions. Let's Go, Go, Go and WIN, WIN, WIN.

Your Principal,




Join Student Leadership, this was rescheduled and we look forward to seeing you on Friday, May 28th @ 5:00PM! Sign up or just join in to support our Lion Artists!
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Semester 2 Final Exam Schedule

We did it! The end of the school year and Semester 2 is upon us. Please review the Semester 2 Final Exam schedule below. Your teachers will inform you of any potential changes (for example AP World History you will be taking your exam earlier to accommodate the AP World History Exam). Ensure to check your emails and Google Classroom diligently and remember do well during Semester 2 to Grade Mirror for Semester 1. Study, prepare, and complete assignments as needed. Have a successful end of the semester!
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You have 3 weeks to ensure you pass Semester 2, and this will impact Semester 1. If you earned an I, D, or F in Semester 1, pass with a C- or better in Semester 2 and you will be granted a grade change.

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Credit Recovery

Cyber High and Edgenuity (Credit Recovery)

If you are enrolled in Cyber High or Edgenuity for credit recovery please take this opportunity very serious. This is an opportunity for you to get back on track. If you are unsure or have questions please contact Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Canales, or Mr. Martinez.

Grades and Support

Sign up for support in Math! Schedule a tutoring session, or sessions, they can be the days and times you would like. Tutor Alberto Mendez is a great math tutor and can support you. Follow the link to sign up!

Important Dates

College Declaration Day: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 5:30PM

AP Tests: May 18-June 10, 2021 (Digital and In-person)

AP English Language and Composition Exam: Wednesday, May 26 @ 9:00AM (Digital)

Semester 2 Finals Grade 12: May 27 & 28, 2021

Senior Check Out: May 28, 2021

Memorial Day: May 31, 2021 (NO SCHOOL)

AP World History Exam: Thursday, June 3rd @ 9:00AM (Digital)

Semester 2 Finals Grades 9-11: June 3 & 4, 2021

Last Day of School: June 4, 2021

Class of 2021 Graduation: June 5, 2021 @ 6:00PM

AP Statistics Exam: Thursday June 10 @ 1:00PM (Digital)


You invested the time in class preparing for the exam, now take your shot! Even if you are feeling uncertain, take the shot. Our school finances the cost of the exam, so go in there and do the best you can! What do you have to lose? Nothing, except you can gain the win. Per a few changes, see the dates and times below for the upcoming exams. If you are taking a Digital Exam, remember to download the exam THREE days prior to the exam date. Instructions were emailed to all students registered for an exam. LET'S GO LIONS!

AP English Language - May 26th @ 9:00AM

AP World History - June 3rd @ 9:00AM

AP Statistics - June 10th @ 1:00PM

Pending is the reschedule for the canceled AP Spanish Literature & Culture Exam


Dear Students,

I can’t believe we have three more weeks left of school, this year has gone by so fast. I just remember starting the academic year and doing introduction presentations with you all.

This year has not been easy, we have had to overcome many obstacles throughout the way, but our ganas to succeed has persevered.

As we are wrapping the end of the academic year I would like to wish you good luck on your finals, I know you will do great! Take advantage of all the resources available to you like tutoring, office hours, and advisory study sessions.

If you were assigned a recovery class through Cyber High or Edgenuity please take advantage of this great opportunity and complete the course so that you don’t have to stress or get behind next academic year.

I want to share with you all that I will be out in maternity leave, if you need immediate assistance please contact Ms. Gonzalez or the office.

Wishing you a safe and fun summer. See you all next academic year!


Ms. Canales

12th Grade Space - Class of 2021

Hello Seniors!


  • Ensure to e mail me and your Advisor college acceptances
  • Senior Check out is May 28, 2021. All grades must be cleared for Graduation. Check out will include Senior Exit Survey and Sports and Textbooks (if applicable) Clearance.
  • Review the Class of 2021 Google Classroom (Classroom Code ai5oqfo) for updates, scholarships and more.
  • Official transcripts will be prepared for submission to your college/university
  • It's OFFICIAL! Graduation is at PAYPAL PARK (formally Avaya Stadium) on June 5th @ 6:30PM!

Let's Go Class of 2021.

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It has wild a wild ride for the Class of 2021! So, let's join them in their accomplishments and celebrate their college acceptances! We will share their final choice during College Declaration Day on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 5:30PM. Stay tuned for details! This is an Alphabetical by Last Name list..25 Lions highlighted this week and the final 22 Lions will be showcased in next week's Lion ROAR!


Scholarships for Juniors and Seniors -

Seniors, don’t miss out on the 2nd round of Abby Sobrato Scholarships! Anyone that meets the requirements but didn't apply or applied and did not receive a scholarship is encouraged to submit an application.

Please view THIS calendar to see all the support services that will be available!

Scholarships for Seniors

Check out your CCR Google Class, it lists opportunities and information!

Class of 2021 Google Classroom Code: ai5oqfo

Class of 2022 Google Classroom Code: benbxzz

Class of 2023 Google Classroom Code: 2itlnz6

Class of 2024 Google Classroom Code: ejdwevg

From the Desk of Mr. Mireles, Office Manager

All Work Permits will expire before the start of Summer 2021 and before the start of the new academic year 2021-2022.

Please contact me directly to schedule a Work Permit Renewal.

Having issues with your Chromebook or Charger?

Please contact me directly

If you were loaned a HotSpot, it must be returned on the last day of school.

For any questions, please email me at


Why Hello FamBam,

I would like to take this time to congratulate both Coach Block and Coach Monroy on fantastic soccer seasons even amidst a pandemic and craziness all around. Coaches, thank you so much for your commitment to our athletes and providing them the best possible season we could.

A HUGE shout out to our girl’s soccer team for clinching the first ever playoff berth in our school’s history. Your LVLA Lions girls soccer team will play their first ever playoff game on May 22 and I am excited to see how they perform on the pitch. Also of note, this squad has now won back to back championships too. They were Co-Champs last year and Outright League Champs this year. Show them some love when you can.

Congrats again to Coach Block and Coach Monroy on a wonderful season. With that said, for all you athletes and prospective athletes, make sure to handle your grades with finals coming up so you can start the new school year off right. Handle your classes as we head toward the finish line.

Take it easy,


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Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Fearless Lions! Make as many wishes as your heart and soul desires, for what you wish and aim for will come true. You are amazing and a force to be reckoned with! Happiest of Birthday Wishes to you on this birthday..we wish you many, many, many more. Touch some stars are you make another trip around the sun!



Crystal G. (24th)

TJ M. (24th)

Tyler M. (24th)

Alexis M. (24th)

Luis M. (28th)

Johan R. (29th)

Edward R. (29th)

Yessenia Z. (30th)

Eliel H. (31st)

Emilio K. (31st)

The Foundation for Hispanic Education Updates

Attention LVLA Families:

Enclosed you will find the LCAP Survey #2 for you to provide your voice on current services at your student’s school. This is very important for future programming and funding decisions over the next three years. Link Here:

We ask that you take a few minutes to complete this multiple-choice questionnaire in order to best inform our future services to make improvements for student education.

For any questions, please reach out if you have any questions at and Thank you!

Kind Regards,

Martin Esteban Farfan


Attention LVLA Families!

Join us for our 5th Parent Workshop: College and Career Support, taking place Tuesday May 25th, 2021 from 5pm-6pm! We will focus on an overview of the higher education system, review college options for families, and much more!

Sign Up Here

Meeting Link Here

Also, if you need further assistance or resource referral, please feel free to make an appointment with me here!

Thank you,

Tania Martinez

Community Outreach Liaison

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 4:30 PM: School Site Council


Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 5:00 PM: College/Career Support for Students Parent Workshop #5


Or dial: ‪(US) +1 915-308-4252‬ PIN: ‪493 687 178‬#

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 @ 5:30 PM: Virtual Cafecito with the Principal


Or dial: ‪(US) +1 475-549-0429‬ PIN: ‪378 838 603‬#

Thursday, June 3, 2021 @ 8:30 AM: Virtual Cafecito with the Principal


Or dial: ‪(US) +1 929-277-6285‬ PIN: ‪454 230 645‬#

Visit or for ongoing and school information!



Support and individual check-in time is available to all. Support can be provided upon referral, as needed. Please let any staff member know if you would like to speak to someone.

24-Hour Crisis Line 408.294.0579


The following resources are available to help people who may be experiencing distress or heightened anxiety right now:

  • 24/7 Behavioral Health Services Department Call Center: (800) 704-0900
  • Crisis Text Line: Text RENEW to 741741
  • Suicide and Crisis Hotline 24/7: (855) 278-4204
  • Mobile Crisis Response Teams (MCRT)
    1. Adults-BHSD MCRT: (800) 704-0900
    2. Children and Youth-Uplift Family Services Mobile Crisis Response: (408) 379-9085
  • If you are experiencing an emergency call 9-1-1 immediately.

COVID-19 Updates from Assembly Member Aah Kalra (a dedicated page)


There are TONS of Resources such as:

What's Popping Substances and You

Virtual Yoga

Virtual You Navigating Wellness Online Ages 12-25 Call 408-961-4700 for more info!


Offering Sessions such as:

Mindfulness Monday

Color and Vibe

Among Us Game Night

Calendar of Events:

Food Distribution:

Mondays: Our Lady of Peace (2800 Mission College Blvd Santa Clara, CA 95054)

Tuesdays: Our Lady of Refuge (Closest to LVLA) (2165 Lucretia Ave San Jose, CA 95122) (5PM-7PM)

Wednesdays: St. Martin of Tours (200 O'Connor Dr. San Jose, CA 95128) (9AM-11AM)

Thursdays: St. John Vianney (4600 Hyland Ave San Jose, CA 95127) (9AM-11AM)

Fridays: St. Lucy's Campbell (2350 S Winchester Blvd Campbell, CA 95008) (10AM-12PM)

Saturdays: Santa Teresa Parish (794 Calero Ave San Jose, CA 95123) and TFHE (Story Road 12:00 - 1:00PM)

From the Dean of Students, Mr. Monroy

Hi Lions,

We are closing in on the finish line for the school year. That is why it is so critical that you have PERFECT ATTENDANCE the NEXT TWO WEEKS.

Every day, every class, every assignment, and every bit of participation counts. So make it count and finish strong!



Our 2020-2021 school attendance goal is 98.5%. We are almost there! Logging on to every class isn't enough. Be a trendsetter. Turn on your mics and cameras. You must participate and engage with your teachers and classmates. And make sure you complete and submit ALL your assignments because that will help your score too!

Please remember to call the school if you ever have access, technology, or connection issues.

Information Technology

If you have a tech need, please contact our front office at 408.384.4015. Please call to schedule an appointment before visiting campus. You may also email Mr. Cesar Mireles directly at

Self-Mastery - Unlocking Your Full Potential

Ways to Level Up Your Life! Things you can start learning NOW!


1. Learn to Make a Phone Call. Most teens, and even young adults, are so accustomed to texting that the art of the phone call has completely evaporated as a skill set. There’s a good chance you have appointments, so offer to be the one that schedules it. Nowadays, it is all about texting, so a phone call can seem intimidating, but try one and begin getting used to it!

2. Read for Fun. Guide your own reading and learn to discuss the ideas encountered in your reading. This is an essential life skill. Set aside some time to read on your own and then share what you have read and learned.

3. Manage Your Time. In college and the workforce you are expected to manage your own time and make your own schedules, so begin practicing now by creating your own schedule for the day. At the end of each day, review how well the schedule worked and make changes for the next day. You can use a printable daily schedule or use your device.

4. Writing a Professional Email. This is a 21st century writing skill. Practice writing an email to communicate with people who aren’t in your social circle.

5. Plan Your Meals, Shop for Food, and Cook! Sure, anyone can fry an egg! But knowing how much eggs cost, whether you can afford them, and when and where to buy them so they’re in the fridge when you need them takes it to another level. Plan your family’s meals for the week, then review the expense for the groceries. Help prepare meals. Factor in nutrition and learn how to store and use leftovers.

People That Changed the World


Activists and Founds of Bye Bye Plastic Bags

A staggering 10 percent of all marine plastic pollution comes from the island nation of Indonesia. Sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen set out to change all that when they were only 10 and 12 years old. They started a campaign to get plastic bags banned from Bali, the country’s main tourist hub. The sisters founded an NGO called Bye Bye Plastic Bags and went on to speak out at the United Nations in New York about the dangers of plastic bags. They successfully petitioned the government to ban the bags—as well as other single-use plastics such as straws and styrofoam—in 2019. Today, they’ve expanded their focus to the entire world. Bye Bye Plastic Bags has teams in more than 50 locations across the globe and has spoken at 450 events and to 100,000 students.

Learn More

Our Campaign to Ban Plastic Bags in Bali:

CNN Young Wonders:

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