Luis Valdez Leadership Academy


Message from Your Principal

Dear Lion,

It has been amazing taking this journey together. Although difficult, we keep learning and growing. We've learned, and are still learning, Zoom, Kami, Google Suite, and numerous tech tools. I know It has not been perfect, so I appreciate you for sustaining and building a loving and respectful community. It is the Lion way. It has always been the Lion way. Also the Lion way is excellence, so I remind and encourage you to:

  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Attend workshops and take opportunities
  • Participate in class (ask questions, engage in discussions, prompt discussions)
  • Turn on your camera. Imagine yourself the teacher. Imagine teaching and not see your students
  • Wear earbuds. This helps you concentrate and tune out noise. (DollarTree sells them, they do not need to be expensive, save your $)
  • Vote (if you are 18, VOTE!) or find ways to get involved!
  • Listen and watch the Presidential debates
  • Vote during our Student Government Elections (October 7th)
  • Read through this entire Lion ROAR (We have modified schedules in the next two weeks)
  • Prepare for your upcoming 5-day break (October 8 - October 12th) and the November 11th and 23rd-27th Breaks (I know these breaks are much needed)

Your success is all that matters to us, even when we make mistakes, you are our center. And while at this time it is unknown when we will reopen campus, I do know that we anxiously await to see you. In the meantime, I look forward to our Student Government Elections, best of luck to all our brave and courageous candidates! Lastly, I have added a Suggestion Box below, so click on the title, and share your suggestions. Vamos Leones, keep winning because you are amazing and limitless.

Your Principal,



Message from your Dean of Students

Hi Lions,

Slight change of plans: We will be moving our Election Day to next Wednesday, October 7. Therefore, we will be sharing elections and student leadership selection results on Friday, October 9 after school via email.

Here are your 2020-2021 ASB & Class Representative Candidates

For Associated Student Body (ASB) in alphabetical order:

William Fletes - President

Lizbeth Gonzalez - President

Michelle Gracian0 - President

Veronica Lopez - Vice President

Manuel Rivas - Treasurer

For Junior Class Representative in alphabetical order:

Veronica Lopez - Governor

Cindy Cisneros Barajas - Marketing Officer/Photographer

For Sophomore Class Representative in alphabetical order:

Tatianna McGee - Governor

Abby Soria - Governor

Mayra Suarez - Governor

Samantha Delgado Rivera - Marketing Officer/Photographer

Esmeralda Ortiz - Secretary/Treasurer

The candidates above will be campaigning this week and next week. Be sure to show your support by getting informed and voting on Wednesday, October 7! You will receive your ballots via email on election day.

Have a great week, and Go Lions!

Mr. Monroy

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Student Leadership Elections!

Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 1pm

This is an online event.

You will receive your ballots via email on election day.



Next week is NWEA MAP Testing Week! LVLA, including all TFHE schools, administer NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments three times annually. 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade students, you are familiar with the MAP and 9th Grade students you are taking the MAP assessments for the first time. The MAP assessments are extremely important, so please prepare to participate 100%. The assessment is adaptive, so the questions are based on how you answer, and they change in complexity as you answer correctly or incorrectly. The goal is growth annually and as you progress between Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. Progress is a must. We have a modified schedule next week, so please review it carefully.

Who's Testing? Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12

What Tests? You will participate in three MAP assessments: Reading, Language Usage, and Math

When are the Tests? Tuesday, October 6th and Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

Where are we Testing? Remotely, in your advisory class. Assessments are web-based

Why are we Testing? To monitor your progress in Reading, Language Usage, and Math. We can identify what you have mastered and skills you are ready to learn. The data is also used to report to our district and the state

How are we Testing? Tests will be administered by your Advisor. You will only attend your Advisory class on Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be no other classes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY - Change in SCHEDULE 10/12/2020 - 10/16/2020)

There is a modified schedule 10/12-10/16, as we observe Indigenous People's Day. There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, 10/12/2020Why do we honor Indigenous Peoples' Day? Learn more Video:

On Wednesday, 10/14/2020, you attend Block A, Block B, and Block C. Below is the modified schedule when there is a Monday holiday: Labor Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, and Memorial Day.

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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

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)


Dear Juniors and Sophomores,

I hope you are having a great week and enjoying the nice hot weather.

If you still haven’t booked a meeting with me to review your graduation/A-G requirements progress please do so by clicking on the link below.

These meetings are very important because it gives us the opportunity to review your four year plan.

Looking forward to meeting with you. #golions


Ms. Canales

12th Grade Space - Class of 2021

Hello Seniors,

Hope you are doing well. Thank you to those who attended the FSA ID workshop.

You MUST attend in order to create your FSA ID, which you need in order to begin and complete the FAFSA. The only requirement for applying to FAFSA is that you must be a US Citizen or Resident. If you meet the requirement, then you MUST attend today's workshop. Remember that completing the FAFSA provides students with FREE MONEY for school, based on financial need. There is no GPA requirement so if you are a US Citizen or Resident, please apply!

On Thursday, October 1, 2020 there is another workshop: Beginning the CSU Application

All workshops provide you the support needed so that you do not go through these processes alone! Thank you and hope to see you at the workshops!




Hello Juniors,

USC will be hosting their Virtual High School Visit tomorrow October 1st from 5-5:30 pm. They will be discussing the admissions process, majors, and resources available. They will also have a student Q&A.

If you are interested in learning more about this school, please use the attached link to register.


We. Truly. Care. If you are receiving an email, text, or call home because you are not logged on and in class, it is a because we care about you. Thank you for being responsive and for understanding that you and your success are a priority! Attendance does matter.
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From the Desk of Mr. Mireles, Office Manager

Hello Lions,

Is it lunch time?

Lunch is still offered at YBHS and it's free. Stop by for Lunch and Supper, M-F from 11:45 AM to 12:50 PM.

WiFi running slow?

Save time and a trip to the office. Click here for tips and tricks to improve your WiFi connectivity. If you are stopping by the office to exchange your Chromebook, don't forget your charger.

Need a work permit?

Remember Lions, this is a privilege and not a right. It is solely within the discretion of the school district to determine whether a minor, who is still subject to the state’s compulsory education laws, may obtain a work permit and, therefore, be employed to work.You must first secure employment and submit the B1-1 Form to Ms. Uribe once complete.

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


What’s good FamBam!

Alright, first off, I hope you have been doing great, know that I miss you. I never thought I would miss making a half dozen trips to open my shed to get out equipment to play with, but here we are.

Second, as we approach Season 1 of sports, please make sure you complete your Physicals and your Athletic Clearance registration packet. I have both forms if you need them. I will share these packets with Mr. Mireles and Ms. Gonzalez so they have access to them as well.

As always, make sure to give yourself a break so you maintain your mental health as well as your physical health.

Take care Familia!

Coach Billy

Happy Birthday!

Congratulations on another trip around the sun! May health and happiness be with you in this upcoming year! Happy birthday!


Trisha D. (8th)

Andrea O. (8th)

Eric R. (8th)

Mr. Quinones (8th)

Jazmin G. (9th)

Melissa G. (10th)

Robin N. (11th)

Javier C. (12th)

Jorge R. (12th)

Jason F. (14th)

Esmeralda C. (16th)

Jairo L. (16th)

Abby S. (16th)

Mrs. Hodhod (18th)

Ms. Valdez (20th)

Breana B. (22nd)

Jade F. (22nd)

Estefani Z. (22nd)

Sofia A. (24th)

Asheley B. (24th)

Jennifer H. (24th)

Christopher A. (25th)

Adriana L. (25th)

Adrian A. (26th)

Charbel A. (26th)

Melanie O. (27th)

Angela R. (27th)

Enrique L. (28th)

Mr. Valdez (29th)

Iris A. (30th)

Sebastian G. (30th)


Yessenia A. (1st)

Oswaldo J. (1st)

Samantha D. (2nd)

Luis A. (4th)

Emily J. (4th)

Kimberly M. (4th)

The Foundation for Hispanic Education Updates

Hello LVLA Families,

Thank you to all that showed up for our LCAP Town Hall this past Friday (09/25). It was great to hear your feedback on our listed investment areas and to add it to our thorough plans. As we continue to work through the reopening plans, we ask that you review the publicly posted LCAP for LVLA at the following link.

Also, please do not forget to fill out our COVID-19 Reopening Survey as soon as possible. We look forward to incorporating your voice in this process!

Kind Regards,

Martin Esteban Farfan

Director of Compliance and Equity


Hello LVLA families,

My name is Tania C. Martinez and I am the new Community Outreach Liaison at TFHE. I have been a part of my community in the East Bay since high school. I have experience with supporting the youth in health education, after school support, and family engagement.

I will be working closely with Martin Farfan, the Director of Compliance and Equity, in establishing the School Site Council and parent meetings for this academic year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at I am looking forward to meeting you all soon!


Tania C. Martinez

Parent Tips for Remote Learning

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Back to School!

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Virtual Event Link:

Self-Mastery - Unlocking Your Full Potential

The more you journal, the more you’re aware of your behaviors and thought patterns, and subsequently, the more ability you have to change and grow. Author Susan Sontag highlights the transformative power:

“On Keeping a Journal. Superficial to understand the journal as just a receptacle for one’s private, secret thoughts — like a confidante who is deaf, dumb and illiterate. In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself.”

Laying out your thoughts and goals in writing is like drafting the blueprint for construction. Dr. Gail Matthews is a psychologist from Dominican University, her research took 267 participants and found that those who wrote down their goals with specific weekly strategies had a 76% success rate compared with 43% who merely stated their goals.

Mastering the personal habit of setting time aside to journal will truly turn your dreams into reality.

Research: 76% success rate for those with written goals compared to 43% who did not write goals down.

People That Changed the World

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

US Congresswoman

Often referred to by her initials, AOC, Puerto Rican descendant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest congresswoman in United States history, and is also the first member to serve from the Bronx or Queens. Winning in what was seen as the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm primaries, AOC advocates for a progressive platform that includes a federal jobs guarantee, abolishing I.C.E, a proposed Green New Deal, and a 70% marginal tax rate for incomes above $10 million.

After high school, Alexandria attended Boston University and graduated with degrees in Economics and International Relations. During this period she also had the opportunity to work in the office of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Her role in Senator Kennedy’s office provided a firsthand view of the heartbreak families endured after being separated by ICE. These experiences led the Congresswoman to organize Latinx youth in the Bronx and across the United States, eventually, she began work as an Educational Director with the National Hispanic Institute, a role in which she helped Americans, DREAMers and undocumented youth in community leadership and college readiness.

Learn More

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The Life of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -

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