Luis Valdez Leadership Academy


Message from Your Principal

Hello Lions,

I hope you had a lovely Spring Break. There are many beautiful flowers in bloom and our hills and mountains are nice and green, so I hope you are making opportunities to see the beauty of our Earth. Our Earth is truly breathtaking! Also breathtaking are the 8 short weeks remaining in the school year and the fact that we are gearing up to graduate the Class of 2021! Shortly we will begin to share all the amazing colleges and universities our Lions have been accepted to! We are so proud of you, Class of 2021! Just as the Class of 2021 is running strong and headed toward the High School finish line, we are cheering you all on for a strong end to the school year. Remember, we have some great opportunities with the Grade Mirroring Solution, Credit Recovery via Cyber High and Edgenuity, and the Sports season starting for Women's and Men's Soccer, Cheer, Softball, and Track and Field.

Additionally, we continue to move forward and plan. Please participate and complete surveys received from us, they inform very important matters such as re-opening efforts and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP, which is our 3-year school-wide action plan). Your voice is MOST important and we need it to inform our plans. If you have any questions about a particular survey, email, or text, please contact me. LCAP Survey:

Continue to stay focused, get focused, and LET'S GOOOOOOO. Let's WIN. Have a peaceful and productive week, Lions!

Your Principal,




As mentioned, and as some of you may have already seen, we have added some outdoor furniture and trees to create more seating space and shade! We cannot wait to use our outdoor spaces!




I am sharing the information from our Townhall. This is a great solution and opportunity for us to end the year strong. The Grade Mirroring initiative was developed by staff and we are offering to all students who struggled, or are struggling, during this academic school year. You have 8 weeks to ensure you pass Semester 2, and this will impact Semester 1, if you earned an I, D, or F in Semester 1. Your parent/guardian received notice of the Grade Mirroring initiative and a copy of your current transcript.

What is Grade Forgiveness?

The principle of Grade Forgiveness is to motivate YOU to perform on a higher academic level to demonstrate YOUR understanding of the course throughout the year with the specific goal that you will earn a higher grade in the 2nd semester, thus improve and replace your 1st semester grade. This is completed through a process termed Grade Mirroring.

What is Grade Mirroring?

Grade Mirroring is the term used to complete this process. It will "mirror" your grade in Semester 1 according to how you perform in Semester 2. (The maximum highest grade that you can "mirror" your 1st-semester grade is a C-.) Example: David earned a letter grade of F in Semester 1 in Biology. In Semester 2, David work diligently and earned a letter grade of B+. The teacher will replace the Semester 1 Grade and “mirror” it with a letter grade of C-. In summary, if you earn a letter grade of C, B, or A in Semester 2, and earned a I, D, or F in Semester 1, the grade will be replaced with a C-. This applies to all courses in which your earned an I, D, or F during Semester 1. This is an amazing opportunity for you to salvage the entire year.

Will there be exceptions?

Yes, if you did not earn an I, D or F in the Semester 1, you are not impacted, considering you already passed your courses (Great work Lions!). HOWEVER, the teacher will review your grades on an individual basis and may apply a grade replacement or grade improvement as necessary. This is at the sole discretion of each teacher and will vary on an individual basis.

What if I earned a higher grade Semester 1 and finished Semester 2 with a lower grade? Can the teacher “mirror” the Semester 1 grade?

We only apply Grade Mirroring “Forward”, not backwards. Our goal is to end the Semester 2 STRONG.

Our overall goal is to ensure your academic success and support you, particularly during this difficult time. This school-wide initiative will bring us closer in achieving this goal and continue to keep opportunities open for YOU. We want to ensure you maintain on-track toward graduation and A-G Eligibility. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with me to discuss please contact me.

Credit Recovery

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.

Grades and Support

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. You want to maximize your time in class. We are a college-bound school on a mission, so let's go!

Important Dates

End of Grading Period 5: April 16, 2021

9th Grade (Class of 2024) School ID Photos: April 20th 1:00 - 5:00PM. (on campus)

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

OPEN MIC & Art Show EVENT by Lion Spirit Squad!

Lion Spirit Squad invites you to an Open Mic and Art Show Event! Please fill out the survey below if you would like to participate in an Open Mic that the Lion Spirit Squad is hosting. It's going to be on April 23 at 3:00PM. SEE YOU THERE!!!!
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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!

From Your Dean of Students, Mr. Monroy

Hi Lions!

Congrats to the Freshmen for winning the March Attendance Challenge with an average daily attendance of 99.61%! Keep up the great work!

March 29th- April 2nd, the Freshmen led all classes with an average daily attendance rate of 100%! Wow!

Remember that our 2020-2021 school attendance goal is 98.5%. We are almost there! To receive credit for attendance/participation, and be marked "Present," you must join all of your Google Meet/Zoom sessions ON TIME, EVERY DAY! If you are late to any class, email/message your teacher so they don't mark you absent. 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.

Have a great week!

Mr. Monroy


Dear Students,

I hope all is well and you had a fabulous and restful Spring break!

As we get closer to the end of the academic year (8 weeks to be exact) I want to share with you that there is tutoring available for you to get help and end the semester with a grade of a C or better.

The tutors name is Mr. Alberto Perez and you can schedule a time with him to get support. I am sharing the link to his calendar. Please take advantage of this great opportunity.

I also want to remind you that on Tuesday, April 20th at 5:30PM. we will be having AP Night for students and parents. Please accept the calendar invite I sent you and help your parents log in to this important meeting. As we get closer I will be sending reminders.

If you have any questions please reach out to me at

Best Regards,

Ms. Canales

12th Grade Space - Class of 2021

Hello Seniors!

We are on the final stretch here! A few reminders:

  • Cap and Gown Orders (see Cesar Mireles). If you missed the Josten's order deadline, there is another vendor. Cesar Mireles sent information.
  • Ensure to e mail me and your Advisor college acceptances
  • In-person Graduation information pending (we are working on logistics)
  • GP5 Closes on Friday, April 16th. Please focus on your classes
  • College Decision Day information coming soon! Undecided? Let's connect to discuss!
  • Senior Check out is May 28, 2021. All grades must be cleared for Graduation.
  • Review the Class of 2021 Google Classroom (Classroom Code ai5oqfo) for updates, scholarships and more.
  • Senior Portraits are coming up! Please follow the link for information

Let's Go Class of 2021.


April will be a busy and exciting month for seniors! Please view THIS calendar to see all the support services that will be available!

Workshop - Understanding your Fin. Aid. & Senior Checklist - Tuesday, April 13th @ 5:30-6:30

  • Join us to understand what your financial aid award looks like to find out what final steps are needed for college. Link:

Community College Applications this Week!

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

Lions, visit the LVLA website here! Tons of information available there!

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 me at

For Chromebook/CB Charger and Hotspots please email me at

For AP Textbooks please email me at

Please follow the link for information about Senior Portraits!


Why Hello Ladies and Gents,

To those of you that came out for soccer and softball tryouts last week, THANK YOU! Soccer practices and games are still being finalized, please be patient. In regards to cheerleading and track & field, more information will be released soon, so stay tuned.

Please keep in mind that these sports seasons will be super condensed and short, however, for 2021-2022, sports schedules will revert back to their normal scheduled lengths.

Continue to be kind and stay safe familia.

Take care,


Happy Birthday!

Oh how we wish you a very, very special and amazing birthday! Make a wish! Happy Birthday and cheers to another trip around the sun!


Alondra D. (1st)

Mario M. (2nd)

Jose Luis J. (3rd)

Brandon R. (4th)

Carlos A. (5th)

Angel P. (5th)

Lizet R. (5th)

Alejandro C. (6th)

Itsel C. (6th)

Yahir C. (7th)

Alexandra C. (9th)

Jonathan D. (9th)

Juan C. (10th)

Michelle G. (11th)

Eric M. (11th)

Jimena J. (14th)

Ruby L. (17th)

Ryan T. (18th)

The Foundation for Hispanic Education Updates

Hello LVLA Community,

We hope that you have enjoyed your much-deserved Spring Break! We are asking for your help in completing an LCAP Survey for your school community.

This five-minute survey will determine funding measures and programming for the next three academic years. Let us know if you have any questions or if you would like to clarify any sections. Thank you once again!

Kind Regards,

TFHE Compliance and Community Outreach


Hello LVLA Families,

Thank you for joining us in our Parent Workshop #3: Raising Adolescents! Please make sure to complete our Feedback Form, we’d love to hear about your experience with us.

Our upcoming Parent Workshop #4: Legal Services will take place on Tuesday April 27th, 2021 from 5pm-6pm. Click here to sign up for the event.

If you are in need of one-on-one support or referrals to local resources, please email me at or set up an appointment with me at

Thank you,

Tania Martinez

Community Outreach Liaison

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 4:00-5:00 PM: School Site Council #6


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

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 4:00-5:00 PM: School Site Council #7


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

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 6:00-7:30 PM: TFHE SCHOOLS TOWN HALL


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

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 5:30-6:30 PM: AP Parent Night Information Session


Or dial: ‪(US) +1 515-329-5321‬ PIN: ‪193 016 853‬#

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 5:30-6:30 PM: Monthly College & Career Parent Workshop


Or dial: ‪(US) +1 334-472-8211‬ PIN: ‪522 101 362‬#

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


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

Friday, 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!



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)


The COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted renters and tenants over the last year. Hear from expert panel of government officials and service providers who will share eviction protections and state and local emergency rent relief programs serving our community at this free online event. Register at:

Have questions for our panelists? Send to
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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


Have an honest assessment of your strengths and your areas of growth. That means being vulnerable and asking yourself, "Where do I want to Grow?". Self-mastery has to start with self-honesty.

A simple exercise is to make three columns:

1) My Strengths

2) My Growth Areas

3) My Goals.

Your Growth Areas should turn into strengths, and your strengths should go from good to great. Your goals should include specific ‘Hows” and “Whens” for your progress in each area. This is something you can include with your daily journaling.

You might find some online personality tests helpful. This is also a good time to have close friends and mentors share their thoughts.

Flight emergency procedures are the perfect example of the importance of self-mastery. The emphasis is always on putting on your own mask before helping anyone else—you can’t do much if you can’t breathe. Likewise, becoming the best version of yourself will equip you to spark change in the lives of others. Transforming your inner personal world will cause a ripple effect and allow you to be a positive influence on the world and our community.

People That Changed the World

Jasilyn Charger

Activist and Youth Organizer

While growing up on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, Jaislyn gained firsthand experience with the mental health struggles teenagers can face. She co-founded the One Mind Youth Movement to help youth who are a part of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe find support and resources when they’re in crisis.

Additionally, Jasilyn co-founded the International Indigenous Youth Council. This organization, which has chapters across the United States, provides indigenous youth with a space to stand together as leaders on issues in the country and in their communities.

If you come from an indigenous background, consider connecting them with a local chapter if one is in your area. You can also read Jasilyn’s her work, including her speech “Protecting Mother Earth,” which she gave at the 2018 Indigenous Environmental Network Conference.

Learn More

Jasilyn: Activist of the Land:

Earth Guardians:

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