Luis Valdez Leadership Academy


Strengthening the LVLA Community

Dear Lions,

It was wonderful to be together this morning for our first town hall. Today we focused on setting clear expectations for the year, with an emphasis on our LVLA Community Code- I respect and honor myself and my ancestors; I respect and honor my peers; I respect and honor my community. The full community code can be found on our website. Part of being a Lion is showing up to school in dress code, every day. You can review the dress code on the website as well. Our next town hall will be more interactive and fun, as we ran short on time today.

Your school IDs will be given out during Advisory next Tuesday. It will be great to see how all the photos came out. You will be able to buy school photos from a link that will be provided to you.

On Thursday and Friday, you will be with your Advisory for the day, while we use NWEA testing to get a baseline score to measure your academic growth this year. Your regular classes will not meet. Make sure that you have your Chromebook charged and ready. You will do great! Please be ready for the day and bring a book that you can read if you finish before your classmates. Your advisors will also have some word searches and other things to keep you busy if you finish early. Most students will take the whole time to do their tests.

I will be having my first coffee with the principal for our families next week. There will be a morning Cafecito at LVLA and an evening session on Zoom. The link is posted on the events calendar on the website and will be sent out to families. I’m looking forward to connecting with families to listen to your experiences of the first few weeks of school and share updates.

It is still very hot outside and wearing a mask makes us thirsty. We will not have plastic water bottles on site, so please carry a water bottle that you can refill from the water stations in classrooms. It is important to stay hydrated.

Hope that you all have a great weekend!

In community,

Ms. Silb

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Student Leaderships Opportunities at LVLA! ASB and Class Representative Election Dates.

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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)

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Community Engagement

Dear LVLA Families,

We need your input! Your opinion matters in the SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL. Become part of the decision making process of your school's allocated funds today! Please complete an SSC Interest Form Here! All students, families, staff and community members welcome.

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
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School Contact Information

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College Info Sessions

Join our first college info sessions of the year! Sessions will take place during advisory. Participants will remain in their advisory class and log into Zoom. Please make sure you are prepared with earphones.

Santa Clara University Info Session
Tuesday, August 31st via Zoom
3:00-3:45 (Advisory)
Register here -

CSU Chico Info Session
Tuesday, September 7th via Zoom
3:00-3:45 (Advisory)
Register here -

Please email Angel Oronia for any questions -

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Apply Now - QuestBridge National College Match

Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feel that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college. Watch this video to learn more -


Complete this survey if you are interested in applying and Angel Oronia will follow up to support you -

Interested in learning more or getting started on the application? Stop by to see Angel!

  • Tuesday, August 17 at 3:50 pm in the main office

Book an appointment here -

UC Davis Medical School - Health Equity Academy

The UC Davis School of Medicine, Office of Student and Resident Diversity hosts a FREE Health Equity Academy via Zoom, 3 times a year, for socioeconomically disadvantaged high school students to learn more about medicine/healthcare. Health Equity Academy introduces students to various health professions, medical technology, and health systems. Students will get to meet essential healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, and current medical students and learn how to become a future healthcare leader through collaborative projects and activities.

Our online application for the fall 2021 Health Equity Academy is open and available below:

Application deadline is August 20, 2021 by 5:00pm.

Complete this survey if you are interested in applying and Angel Oronia will follow up with you -