Luis Valdez Leadership Academy

Lion Roar

Week of May 11 - May 17, 2020

From Your Principal

Dear Lions,

I hope you enjoyed the weekend and spent time with loved ones, celebrating moms, aunts, grandmas, and all the powerful women who have cared for you, Happy Mother's Day! As we enter week 5, I acknowledge your patience, flexibility, support and contributions. I appreciate those of you staying connected, such as by asking questions, joining live sessions, calling, willing to support in panels, emailing, and being proactive in all things for school. You are appreciated! Also, several teachers reported that students began to actively submit assignments last week, which positively impacted grades! Keep on, as this semester can still be a winning semester!

While all of these things are going on, you might be wondering when we will be able to safely reopen school? As a reminder, we must be in adherence with orders from the State, Governor Newsom, County, City, and the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health. Our Foundation, in unison with our sister schools, are regularly discussing how and when we will safely reopen our school. As you can imagine, in doing so, it involves careful coordination and thoughtful approach, with your and the staff's safety at the center of all decisions. It will involve thinking of many things, so that we are prepared to welcome and support you. While I cannot provide you a guaranteed date for reopen, I can assure you that it is a topic of regular discussion and we are aiming for August 10, 2020. I will continue to share as more information as it becomes available. Additionally, we are discussing the possibilities for summer school, which will depend on the orders put in place by our state and county.

I am eagerly looking forward to the day we can welcome you back to home, to your campus. I miss you. Our entire staff misses you. I am very heartbroken that our time together was interrupted. It was extremely important for me to keep getting to know you and your families, during my first year at LVLA. I am heartbroken that we are not able to be in school together.

Please stay in touch with the teachers and me, I am always available for you. Remember, it is still an opportunity to win Semester 2. All things can be done when you make the decision and you put your heart into it.

Your Principal,



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We want to thank all the Mothers, grandmas, step-mom, aunties, and foster moms, of our Lion families who have worked tremendously to love and care for you. We recognize their love and dedication to your families. Please extend our greetings to your mommas, ask them to take a bow, our sincerest gratitude for all they do for you, students of LVLAl. Thank you moms for being Amazing.


Semester 2 Finals dates as follows. Detailed information to follow.

9-11th Grade: June 1 - 4, 2020

12th Grade: May 26 -28, 2020

Remember, you have an opportunity to end this semester with all passing grades. Seize the opportunity.

Currently, we are discussing possibilities for summer school, which depends on the shelter in place orders.

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This week's video message from Mr. Monroy!

May 11-May 17 LVLA Student Newsletter Video


Free Microsoft Office 365 for students and educators (link)

College Counseling: Reach Higher (

MATH TUTOR: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 3:25 PM (please contact Ms.Gonzalez if you are interested)

The AP US History Study Guide

Explore videos, timelines, essays and more before the
AP US History Test on Friday, May 15

Mental Health Services

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 New Testing Sites

Santa Clara County and our partners have four community testing locations. Some locations require appointments and others offer walk-up services. Get all the info about locations, hours of operation, and other requirements. Learn more about testing and watch this video.

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

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)


If you completed you course selections for next year, thank you! 194 students completed their course selections! For the 78 Leones that did not complete it, Ms.Canales will complete the process for you. If you would like to complete your selections please contact me or Ms.Canales by Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Course Selection Tutorials



Cyber High credit recovery continues. If you are assigned a class, please log on. if you need help, reach out. This is a great opportunity to complete courses that you need to recover.

11th Grade Students, by now you should have received your graduation and A-G progress letter and transcript in the mail. If you did not receive it or have any questions, please contact Ms.Canales.


Announcements for Seniors

  • HFSV College Success Center is presenting an online panel, "Decisions Decisions! A Talk About Transitioning to College" on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 3 PM via Zoom!

  • Need help understanding your financial aid package? Text Brittany at ‪(408) 430-7402‬!

Announcements for Juniors

Details: Get a head start on your college essays! College essay expert Ethan Sawyer (The College Essay Guy) will provide a FREE college essay workshop series from June 1-5.

  • Complete this survey TODAY to sign up! The College and Career team will follow up with further details. This is open to all grade levels! Sign up form:

  • Topics include:

    • Brainstorming + Picking a Topic (Other than Covid-19)

    • Homework: Write a first draft

    • Revising your first draft

    • Homework: Write a second draft

    • Upleveling your essay

As always, email or text us if you have any questions or need any support! We will continue to post updates on your Class of Google Classroom site, so check that every few days, too.

Call or Text us via Google Voice:

Brittany: (408) 430-7402‬

Angel: (408) 766-0771

Information Technology

If you have a need, please contact our front office at 408.384.4015. Item pick up times are 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 - 4:00 P.M., Monday-Through Friday. Call us if you have needs!

Birthdays (How 70 People sing happy birthday in their country)

Birthdays are a new start, a fresh beginning and a time to pursue new endeavors with new goals. Move forward with confidence and courage! May today and all of your days be amazing! Happy Birthday!


Sofia R. (12th)

MIchelle R. (13th)

Homero G. (17th)

Paola L. (17th)

The Foundation for Hispanic Education Updates

For Student and Families Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) go to the following link.


Mindful Wakeup: Start with a Purpose

Intention refers to the underlying motivation for everything we think, say, or do. From the brain’s perspective, when we act in unintended ways, there’s a disconnect between the faster, unconscious impulses of the lower brain centers and the slower, conscious, wiser abilities of the higher centers like the pre-frontal cortex.

Given that the unconscious brain is in charge of most of our decision-making and behaviors, this practice can help you align your conscious thinking with a primal emotional drive that the lower centers care about. Beyond safety, these include motivations like reward, connection, purpose, self-identity and core values.

Setting an intention—keeping those primal motivations in mind—helps strengthen this connection between the lower and higher centers. Doing so can change your day, making it more likely that your words, actions and responses— especially during moments of difficulty—will be more mindful and compassionate.

This practice is best done first thing in the morning, before checking phones or email.

1. On waking, sit in your bed or a chair in a relaxed posture. Close your eyes and connect with the sensations of your seated body. Make sure your spine is straight, but not rigid.

2. Take three long, deep, nourishing breaths—breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Then let your breath settle into its own rhythm, as you simply follow it in and out, noticing the rise and fall of your chest and belly as you breathe.

3. Ask yourself: “What is my intention for today?” Use these prompts to help answer that question, as you think about the people and activities you will face. Ask yourself:

How might I show up today to have the best impact?

What quality of mind do I want to strengthen and develop?

What do I need to take better care of myself?

During difficult moments, how might I be more compassionate to others and myself?

How might I feel more connected and fulfilled?

4. Set your intention for the day. For example, “Today, I will be kind to myself; be patient with others; give generously; stay grounded; persevere; have fun; eat well,” or anything else you feel is important.

5. Throughout the day, check in with yourself. Pause, take a breath, and revisit your intention. Notice, as you become more and more conscious of your intentions for each day, how the quality of your communications, relationships, and mood shifts.

Class of 2020 UPDATES

I understand that this year has not been easy. Your senior year has been impacted in so many ways and for that I am heartbroken. I am so sorry that you have been impacted by the school closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the months before closure, rest assure that we were planning for PROM, GRAD NITE, Senior Breakfast, Senior Awards, College Decision Day, and Graduation. Now, we are faced with having to host College Signing Day and Graduation in alternative ways. I was hanging on to hope that shelter in place orders would be lifted so that we could celebrate in person. Despite this situation, you will be celebrated. You deserve to celebrate you, alongside your family, and we will celebrate you.

We are hosting a live session on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 3:30 P.M. to discuss and provide details for the following events:

College Decision Day - May 22, 2020

Graduation - June 5, 2020

Cap and Gown Pick up - TBD/May 29th

Senior Finals - May 26, 27, 28

Senior Check out - May 29, 2020

As a reminder, Community Service hours are being waived for the Class of 2020.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out. Please ensure to join us for the live session. Additional information will be emailed during this week.

Additionally, if you are in danger of failing a class, it is of immediate importance for you to connect with your teacher to determine steps to improve your grade. It is not too late, however you will have to prioritize and focus on classes in which you in danger of not passing.


Three winners this week! So many great submissions, so I just could not select one. Thank you for all the submissions! Congratulations to our three winners! It takes a lot of courage to share, so thank you!

"SSJ4 Goku" by Marco A.

Marcos' inspiration was from a show his used to watch. Wow, such a clear and clean piece. Thank you for sharing, Marcos! We can all appreciate the precision of this piece! Congratulations!
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"OFF" by Ethan S.

Ethan's photo is captivating. Ethan named this piece "OFF", what do you notice in this art? Of course we are interested in hearing more about his inspiration and the message behind this image. Congratulations, Ethan!
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"Rose" by Jairo L.

Jairo shares with us a beautiful piece he named Rose. This piece is gently screaming LIFE. What do you all think? Thank you, Jairo for sharing! Congratulations!
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This week enter your written piece for a chance to win a $25 Target Gift Card! Your written piece can be a poem, song, essay, etc., you choose. Must be appropriate and your original work. The winning submission will receive a $25 Target Gift Card and published in next week's Lion Roar! We want to read what you got!


  • Email your art to Ms.Gonzalez at by Friday, May 15, 2020 midnight, using your LVLA email account.
  • Entry must be an LVLA student.
  • Writing can be any style, on an appropriate subject.
  • Must be original work.
  • Written piece must be free of vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate imagery and language.

People That Changed the World

Ellen Ochoa

1st Hispanic to leave Earth’s atmosphere

In 1993, Ochoa became made history when she served on a 9-day mission into space aboard the shuttle Discovery. This was far from Ochoa’s humble beginnings in La Mesa, California, where she lived with her single mother and three brothers. From an early age, Ochoa thrived in school and eventually earned her doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1985. This led to a research position at Sandia National Laboratories and the NASA Ames Research Center. In 1990, NASA chose Ochoa to become an astronaut, serving as a crew representative for flight software and robotics. Three years later, Ochoa became the first Hispanic to reach space, as part on a mission to study the Earth’s ozone layer. In 2011, the city of Cleveland celebrated Ochoa’s accomplishments during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Learn More

Hispanic American Month Profile: Dr. Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa: Making History in Space


Ten Steps to Prepare for College


School Contact Information

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