Luis Valdez Leadership Academy

Lion Roar

Week of May 18 - May 25, 2020

From Your Principal

Dear Lions,

It was not easy to publish this week's newsletter. I know it has been a tragic week for our community. Our community is sadden by an unimaginable loss. Over the course of the last few days, I thought and probed what to say and how to say it, and I am still at a loss for words. Sometimes there is no way to understand death. The warmth of your sentiments and love are undeniable and felt across our community. Together with your advisor, your friends, your teachers, your family and our staff, TOGETHER, we will continue to cry, think, share, be angry, be happy, be sad, smile, and then be angry again, as we aim to understand death and the loss of our Beloved Lion, Erick. I ask that you be gentle with yourself as we experience this loss. Remember, there are resources and our team is ready to support you in all that you might need as you process. I encourage you to reach out and share, talk, share, and talk some more.

Erick's family has lovingly invited us to come together and join Erick's service. The information is included below. Our condolences and thoughts continue to be with Erick's parents, siblings and family.

May our days be better and in loving memory of Erick, walk in love, act in love, talk in love, become love.

Your Principal,



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Semester 2 Final Exam dates as follows.

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

12th Grade: May 26 -28, 2020

There are a few days remaining in Semester 2 to make a positive improvement in your class and earn all passing grades. Seize the opportunity.

Summer school options are being drafted and will be shared as soon as there is concrete information.

We are still enrolling for Class of 2024, please share and refer family and friends!

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Crisis Support and individual check-in time is available to all. Please use the time as you need it and contact any of the support staff listed below. Additional support can be provided upon referral, as needed.

Rochelle Fong, Director of Student Services

408.585.5022 ext. 1022

Terrell Worthy


Marcella Rojas, AMFT with Alum Rock Counseling Center


Jorge Garcia, Bilingual AMFT with Alum Rock Counseling Center


24 Hour Crisis Line 408.294.0579

MATH TUTOR: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 3:25 PM (please contact Ms.Gonzalez if you are interested)

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 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)


Seniors, monitor your Semester 2 grades. Senior Check Out is on May 29, 2020. If you are not passing your classes, needed for graduation, it will negatively impact your graduation. Please focus on passing your classes.

If you have questions about your courses selections for 2020/2021 please contact Ms.Canales at

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.


Announcements for Seniors

  • Colleges are sending many updates about what next semester will look like. Remember to check your emails and Portals for the latest news. If you committed to a CSU, here is there latest update:

  • Scholarships are still open! See this list for open scholarships: April/May 2020 Active Scholarships

  • Wondering what kind of resources you will be available to you in college? Check on Friday’s presentation, posted in your Class of 2020 Google Classroom.

  • Dual Credit Class: You have until May 22nd to change your grade to Pass/No Pass. See your email or contact Brittany if you have any questions. If you need an SJCC transcript for your college, final grades will be available June 2nd.

  • Continue to pay attention to college deadlines like Housing, Intent to Register, Work Study, etc! Though we don’t know the specific situation next year, stay on top of things.

  • There are colleges still accepting applications for the fall

Announcements for Juniors

As always, reach out to Brittany and Angel if you have any questions or need any help with anything!

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!


Our lives would not be the same without you and your amazing energy. Wishing you happiness today and always. ¡Feliz cumpleaños!


Ariana A. (18th)

Alondra C. (19th)

Crystal P (24th)

Tatiana M. (24th)

Tyler M. (24th)

Alexis M. (24th)

The Foundation for Hispanic Education Updates

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


Mindful Workout: Activate Your Mind and Your Muscles

Riding a bike, lifting weights, sweating it out on a treadmill—what do such exercises have in common? For one thing, each can be a mindfulness practice. Whatever the physical activity—dancing Bachata, taking a swim—instead of simply working out to burn calories, master a skill, or improve condition, you can move and breathe in a way that not only gets your blood pumping and invigorates every cell in your body, but also shifts you from feeling busy and distracted to feeling strong and capable.

Ready? The following steps, good for any activity, will help you synchronize body, mind, and nervous system. As you do, you will strengthen your capacity to bring all of your energy to the task at hand.

1. Be clear about your aim. As you tie your laces, bring purpose to your activity by consciously envisioning how you want your guide your session. As you climb on your bike you might say, “I am going to breathe deeply and notice the sensation of the breeze and the sun and the passing scenery.” As you go for a run, you might say, “I’m going to pay attention to each step, and the sound and feel of the wind surrounding me.”

2. Warm up (5 minutes). Try any simple moves— jumping jacks, stretching— and concentrate on matching the rhythm of your breath to your movement. By moving rhythmically, your brain activity, heart rate, and nervous system begin to align and stabilize.

3. Settle into a rhythm (10 to 15 minutes). Pick up the intensity, but continue to coordinate your breath and movement. If you have trouble doing this, then simply focus on your breathing for a few minutes. Eventually you’ll find your groove.

4. Challenge yourself (10 to 15 minutes). Try faster speed, more repetitions, or heavier weights, depending on what you are doing. Notice how alert and alive you feel when pushing yourself.

5. Cool down (5 minutes). Steadily slow down your pace until you come to a standstill. Notice the way your body feels. Drink in your surroundings.

6. Rest (5 minutes). Quietly recognize the symphony of sensations flowing in and around you. Practice naming what you feel and sense. Chances are you’ll feel awake and alive from head to toe.

LVLA College Decision Day

Friday, May 22nd, 3pm

This is an online event.

LVLA College Decision Day is here! Join us online! A link will be emailed to! Come celebrate with the CLASS OF 2020!

Class of 2020 UPDATES

We hope today was a better day and that the days to follow feel better. In honor of keeping our Senior celebrations, even during this very difficult time, we need to get important content from you. We want to host a great memory for you and we need the items! We want to honor your accomplishment as a High School Graduate and provide celebrations you so much earned.

COLLEGE DECISION DAY - Friday, May 22nd @ 3:00 P.M.

  • College Choice - WAS Due May 15, 2020: If not yet provided to your Advisor.
  • Student Thank You Appreciation Note - Due 5/19/2020: Go to Link: Thank You Appreciation Note
  • Childhood Photo - Due 5/19/2020 : Email photo to Advisor

GRADUATION - June 5th @ 6:00 P.M.

  • Graduation Photo - CHANGED!! Due Sunday, May 27th: WE NEED to meet this deadline. This is very important for a special graduation! Please a picture in your graduation gown/cap/stole/cords. Email photo to your Advisor. Have fun with this picture and let us see you as a GRADUATE!!
  • Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be contacted on May 29nd. Speech will be pre-recorded and submitted no LATER THAN JUNE 2, 2020. The sooner, the better.
  • Class of 2020 Student Speaker audition May 21st @ 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. Contact Ms.Canales for audition!


Pick-Up on May 21, 2020. This is a no contact, drive-thru system on our campus (LVLA).

Pick-up window is 12:00 - 2:00 P.M. Items will be dropped in your trunk/truck bed, or back window, with all precautionary health measures/distancing in place.


    • No students or family members will be permitted to exit their vehicles.

    • Students and families must maintain physical distancing (6 feet of space or more).

    • Students and families will not be permitted to use restrooms or enter classrooms.

    • All cap/gown packages will be placed in the trunk, truck bed, or backseat of vehicles with all opening/closing of doors and compartments done by students/families.

Refunds for Cap and Gown. If you purchased a Cap and Gown from Jostens, note that it was purchased from the vendor directly, who is NOT giving refunds. Additionally, cap and gown are needed for their graduation photo and possible family photos. Create a lifetime memory. However, if you have a financial impact, and would like to request a refund for the CAP and GOWN, please email Maricela Alvarez at by May 19, 2020. We are encouraging you to keep this as a keepsake and memory .

We are looking forward to celebrating with your Senior, you, your family, and the entire LVLA community. We do miss seeing you and cannot wait to see you soon. Thank you for all that you do.



Ruby's shares a strong message enlaced with compassionate notes. I hope you enjoy it, Lions! Congratulations, Ruby! Remember to buy her book ;).

America? by Ruby L

American ?

To whom it may concern

Looks do not matter, it’s respect you need to earn.

We all don’t look the same,

We all play a different game.

We are all American

One country united

should not be divided.

To be equal is to be treated fair

But all people do is stare.

We are all here in chase of one dream

That only seems to be going downstream

We are all American

You can’t put labels on people who don’t look the same

We’re not one to claim

For a nation to work, it needs to become one

America has just begun.

It’s journey to unification is far from near

But together, we can kick it into high gear

We are all American

But how do i stand for a country that won’t do the same for me

All i can do is go and bag this degree

Break down the stereotype that people of color are lazy

To anyone who thinks that, you are crazy.

We are all American, right?


This week enter an original video for a chance to win a $25 Target Gift Card! Your video can be anything, 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 watch what you got!


  • Email your video to Ms.Gonzalez at by Sunday, May 25, 2020 midnight, using your LVLA email account.
  • Entry must be an LVLA student.
  • Video can be any style, on an appropriate subject.
  • Must be original work.
  • Video must be free of vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate imagery and language.

People That Changed the World

Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales

Poet and champion of the Chicano movement

Rodolfo Gonzales grew up in a tough Denver neighborhood during the Great Depression, which took an especially heavy toll on Mexican Americans. His father instilled a sharp sense of history from his native Mexico and encouraged his son to take pride in his heritage. After becoming a successful professional boxer, Gonzales retired in 1955 to write poetry. In the 1960s, he composed the poem, “I Am Joaquin,” which many view as the first spark in the Chicano movement. The poem discusses Gonzalez’s idea of the Chicano, which represented a combination of conflicting Indian, European, Mexican and American identities. Gonzales devoted the rest of his life to teaching cultural identity, focusing on building self esteem among discriminated people.

Learn More

Rodolfo Gonzales - Wikipedia

I Am Joaquin - An Epic Poem


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