Luis Valdez Leadership Academy


Message from Your Principal

Dear Lion,

Unbelievable! Difficult to believe that there are 9 weeks of school remaining in this school year. March 16th marked 1 year since the COVID-19 school closure and we have all moved forward, adjusted, learned, re-adjusted, and learned some more. It has been a year of awe, challenges, growth and changes, yet here we are. I am proud that despite difficulty, we are figuring it out. Finding solutions. So let us keep finding solutions. Finding solutions is a skill set that will support you in conquering the world. Please read on for opportunities and information. While we currently do not have a return back to campus date, do know that we are in the process of collecting data to determine next steps. More information to come and I thank you and your family for being patient and understanding during these times. We have an upcoming school-wide virtual meeting next week to share news and updates and I look forward to "seeing" you there. In the meantime, take advantage of the opportunities (Coding classes, travel abroad, grade improvement, and more) presented to you and let's continue to strive for a successful and a feel-great rest of the year.

Let's WIN.

Your Principal,



MODIFIED SCHEDULE March 30 - April 2, 2021

In honor of Cesar Chavez there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, March 29, 2021. Classes will resume on Tuesday, March 30th. Due to the Monday off, we have a modified schedule next week. Please review the schedule below and contact the front office if you have any questions. Additionally, Spring Break is April 5 - April 9, 2021. The school calendar is on our school website Enjoy the 3-day weekend!

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What to know more about A-G Eligibility?

Coding Classes and Academies

Cyber High and Edgenuity (Credit Recovery)

If you received notice of enrollment in Cyber High or Edgenunity, please read the information carefully. You may have attended an information meeting, so please contact Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Canales, or Mr. Martinez if you have any questions. If you missed the information meeting, contact Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Canales or Mr. Martinez. You may have been enrolled in a class for credit recovery and it is of upmost importance to progress.


There is an opportunity to involve yourself with your community AND receive service hours! This opportunity comes from the San Jose chapter Letters for Rose, Letters for Rose aims to reduce the loneliness among elders during the COVID-19 pandemic by creating and distributing personalized letters, art, and donations for local nursing homes. We would like to invite you all to write letters to the residents in senior homes around the city! If you are interested, fill out the form attached below! Please feel free to send Cindy Cisneros an email at Feel free to share the flyer on any social media platform to spread the word.

Interest Form:

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Grades and Office Hours

Aim to earn letter grades of C, B, or A. Letter grades of Ds and Fs do not count toward A-G Eligibility and negatively impact your Grade Point Average (GPA). If you earn a letter grade of D or F, you will have to repeat the course, which definitely is not the best use of your time.

Reach our to your teachers if you need to support. Participate in class. Ask questions. Turn on your camera (be the one that sets the trend). We want you to succeed. Passing grades open opportunities.

Important Dates

Cesar Chavez Holiday: March 29, 2021 (NO SCHOOL)

Spring Break: April 5-April 9, 2021 (NO SCHOOL)

End of Grading Period 5: April 16, 2021

Post NWEA MAP TEST: May 13 and May 14, 2021

AP Tests: May 3 - May 14, 2021 (Digital and In-person)

Memorial Day: May 31, 2021 (NO SCHOOL)

Last Day of School: June 4, 2021

Class of 2021 Graduation: June 5, 2021


Ready to explore, build your confidence, learn different cultures, adapt to globalization, immerse in a 2nd (or 3rd) language, Network and meet new people! These are all reasons to Travel Abroad and LVLA is going places! Join in!


Rome, Paris, London Trip: Summer 2021 (trip sign up closed).

Japan Experience: Summer 2022 (OPEN - email Ms. Gonzalez)

Galapagos Islands: OPEN - See Informational meeting info below!

Ecuador: OPEN - See Informational meeting info below!


Hello students,

I hope you are having a great day!

I want to thank all of you that logged in to Power School to select your classes for the next academic year 2021-2022.

If you signed up for an Advanced Placement class (AP) it’s very important that you join our AP Night Information Session for parents/students that is scheduled for April 20th at 5:30pm.

I have sent a calendar invite please check your inbox. It’s very important that you attend since we will be covering expectations for the class and other information about the class.

If you have any questions please contact me at

Kind Regards,

Ms. Canales

12th Grade Space - Class of 2021

Hi Seniors,

As the year is coming to an end, please check your emails more frequently! It is important so we can share vital information with you. If you are failing any classes, please email me ASAP! I want to make sure you are on track to graduate. Also, please make an appointment with me so I can help you sign up for a community college:


Oscar Martinez

Academic Counselor

Cap and Gown Order Deadline: March 26, 2021 (Contact Cesar Mireles if you have questions)

Graduation: Saturday, June 5, 2021 @ 6:00PM


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

Lions, visit the LVLA website. 9/10 the answer to your question is here!

Work Permits - Lions you are Scholars First! If you will be applying for a job, please be sure your GPA is above a 2.5 and you're actively attending your classes (we can work with you).

We do not issue work permits until you secure a job. For more information follow the link.

For information about Cap and Gowns, Stoles and Cords please email.

For Chromebook/CB Charger and Hotspots please email.

For AP Textbooks please email.


Why hello ladies and gents,

Would you kindly, fill out the sports survey Ms. Gonzalez sent out yesterday por favor.

With that said, sports are back. Specifically, boy’s/girl’s soccer, softball, track & field, and cheer. For right now, make sure you have turned in all your work to earn a 2.0 GPA by the end of GP5 on 4/16.

If you can, try to complete your physical for any sport you plan on trying out for.

More information is to come on specifics, Covid protocols, practices and games.

Stay tuned and see you all soon!

Take care,


Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday, Lion! Wishing you all the love your heart can hold and all the joy a day can bring!


Marcos A. (8th)

Jocelyn A. (11th)

Mayra S. (14th)

Luis M. (15th)

Jorge B. (16th)

Nathaniel D. (16th)

Carolina R. (18th)

Federico A. (19th)

Gabriella S. (20th)

Humberto A. (22nd)

Samuel N. (22nd)

Joanna A. (23rd)

Miguel L. (23rd)

Bryan M. (23rd)

Estefany G. (24th)

Richard C. (25th)

Benjamin A. (26th)

Victoria S. (26th)

Alexis S. (26th)

Josue C. (28th)

Alejandro M. (28th)

Wendy M. (28th)


Fernanda A. (5th)

Sergio T. (5th)

Leslie G. (6th)

Paola A. (7th)

Adilene C. (8th)

Esmeralda G. (12th)

Rolando P. (12th)

Felipe M. (15th)

Lesly M. (20th)

Vanessa A. (22nd)

Denisse A. (27th)

Gary M. (27th)

Guadalupe M. (27th)

Evelyn V. (27th)

Kiara E. (28th)

Jose D. (31st)

The Foundation for Hispanic Education Updates

Hello LVLA Families,

To ensure a safe reopening of our schools and accommodations to meet each student’s needs, please verify your student’s attendance choice (Hybrid or Distance Learning) through the required registration survey ( no later than Tuesday, March 30th.

For any questions, please reach out to your school’s main office or email us at and We look forward to your participation in this survey effort. Thank you!

Kind Regards,

Martin E. Farfan


Attention LVLA Families!

Your participation is needed in these upcoming events!

Please make sure to sign up for our upcoming Parent Workshop # 3: Raising Adolescents, taking place Tuesday March 30th, 2021 from 5pm-6pm. Sign Up Here!

If you have participated in our Parent Workshops, please fill out our Parent Testimonials Survey. We would like your feedback on our efforts and if we need to make any improvements.

Also, your participation is needed in our upcoming LCAP Town Hall, where you will be able to provide feedback on upcoming funding measures, programs, and support for your school site! This event will take place on Thursday April 1st, 2021 from 6pm-7:30pm via Google Meet. Click here for the meeting link.

For any questions, please reach out to us via email and We look forward to your participation in these important events! Thank you!

Thank you,

Tania Martinez

Community Outreach Liaison

March 30, 2021 @ 5:00 PM: Raising Adolescents Parent Workshop #3


Or dial: ‪(US) +1 929-299-3256‬ PIN: ‪835 011 885‬#

April 1, 2021 @ 4:00 PM: School Site Council #6


Or dial: ‪(US) +1 304-606-3640‬ PIN: ‪578 848 727‬#

April 1, 2021 @ 6:00 PM: LCAP TOWNHALL: TFHE Schools


Or dial: ‪(US) +1 567-243-2033‬ PIN: ‪263 269 740‬#

April 15, 2021 @ 6:00 PM: School Site Council #7


Or dial: ‪(US) +1 929-282-0875‬ PIN: ‪663 802 754‬#

April 22, 2021 @ 5:30 PM: Virtual Cafecito with the Principa


Or dial: ‪(US) +1 301-845-5081‬ PIN: ‪402 402 496‬#

April 23, 2021 @ 8:30 AM: Virtual Cafecito with the Principal


Or dial: ‪(US) +1 319-988-1205‬ PIN: ‪479 345 908‬#

Visit or for ongoing and school information!

Student Participation

Thank you for the collaborative effort of your students' success. Collectively, we need to ensure students are not only attending class, but are active participants. This means cameras on, answering questions, asking questions, participating in classroom discussions, and completing assigned homework and classwork.

If your student struggled or is struggling in class, you will be receiving a call to set up a meeting.



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)


Remember that our 2020-2021 school attendance goal is 98.5%. We are almost there! Logging on to every class isn't enough. 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

Benefits of Walking for Your Body

The benefits of walking for health are well researched and widely known. Remember the last time you went for a walk and how energized and uplifted you felt. It was awesome, yes?

You know that walking is good for you. No matter what time of the day, any time (before curfew) is an ideal time to go walking, it’s always the right time to get out there and reap the benefits of walking for your body, mind, and soul.

1. Improve Balance And Coordination. Walking over varied terrain – on sidewalks, stony paths, grassy hills – increases your sense of balance and coordination. Walking requires small adjustments to maintain your balance: (1) adjusting your pace, (2) moving your head left and right, up and down, to see where you’re going, (3) turning and twisting your body as you adjust to the terrain.

2. Reduce Joint Pain. A daily walk helps reduce inflammation and stiffness in your joints.

3. Get Healthy. Even though walking is a low impact form of exercise it builds muscles, which strengthens your bones too. If you’re just starting out, make it a comfortable pace. You should be able to talk easily as you’re walking. As you get more fit, you can increase the intensity by alternating short bursts of high intensity walking (faster speed or uphill walks) interspersed with periods of low intensity walking.

4. Memory Booster. In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise can boost the size of your hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for verbal memory and learning. Activity in your body increases activity in your brain.

5. Mood Enhancer. No matter how fast or slow you walk, walking gets you outside and in the fresh air. This alone will make you feel better as your body absorbs the oxygen and sunshine (Vitamin D!). Walking releases endorphins that help lift your mood and can even reduce depression. It also reduces the level of cortisol in your body, a hormone that’s linked to causing stress. Walking improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety, and fatigue.

6. Healing. In a recent study led by Dr. Simon Rosenbaum results suggest that focusing on your body and how it feels as you walk, can actually help your nervous system become unstuck. Participants paid close attention to their bodies: the physical sensations in their joints and muscles, even how they felt inside. The study found that symptoms from from depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and stress were reduced by the time spent walking.

People That Changed the World

Mari Copeny


Mari Copeny lives in Flint, Michigan. She was eight in 2014 when the city switched its water source to the polluted Flint River without properly treating the water. As a result, the water available to consumers was full of bacteria and industrial waste, including high levels of lead. Copeny sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama asking for help, even though, as she wrote in the letter, “My mom said chances are you will be too busy with more important things.” To her surprise, the president responded by meeting Copeny in Flint, authorizing $100 million for a cleanup campaign, and drawing national attention to the crisis. Copeny later became a representative of the United Nations Girl Up Initiative and raised half a million dollars to purchase more than 15,000 backpacks for Flint schoolchildren. She also launched an anti-bullying campaign and distributed more than a million bottles of water to Flint residents. Copeny’s website tells the world that she intends to be president of the United States one day, and no one should be surprised if that comes true.

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