Rollin Dickinson


San Luis Obispo High School Newsletter 8.8.21

In this message:

  • The Fair!
  • Taking Care of Our Great School
  • Independent Study, Reminder
  • Update Regarding Grades & Graduation Requirements, AB104
  • Some Key Dates
  • 9th-Grade Student & New Student Orientation Day, 8/13
  • All Students/Parents Welcome Back Day! Friday, August 13th from 12:15 to 4:00
  • Vaccine Clinic at SLOHS, 8/13
  • Student Schedules
  • 1:1 Chromebooks
  • Athletics
  • Bell Schedules
  • Transportation: Parking, Buses, Bikes, Skateboards, Dropping Off Students, etc.
  • All Meals are FREE for All Students
  • Picture Day is Around the Corner
  • Detailed FFA Results from the Mid-State Fair

The Fair!

Over 50 SLOHS FFA members and agricultural education students exhibited livestock at the California Mid-State Fair as it celebrated its 75th Anniversary. Our students raised beef, sheep, swine, goats, and poultry projects as their supervised agricultural experience projects [SAE]. Some of these projects started last Fall when the students purchased beef projects and the majority received their animals this spring when we went back to in person instruction. These projects count as summer Livestock Management CTE elective units while students also earn hours and time towards their FFA leadership degree awards. Our students had an incredible time throughout the week and it was definitely great to be back together. The community also showed immense support for our students at the junior livestock auction.

There are some more detailed results at the end of the newsletter as well.

Great job, everyone!

Taking Great Care of Our SchoolOur custodial team has been hard at work getting our school ready for our students and staff to return. As our lead custodian, Michele Helberg, said, “We are all about the team.” Big thanks to the people pictured below and the bigger team as well!

Independent Study, Reminder

Important Information for Families Considering Independent Study for 2021-2022 school year:

For the 2021-22 school year, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) requires school districts to offer students a distance learning option through Independent Study (IS). SLCUSD will offer Independent Study (IS) for students in TK-12 through cooperative agreements with local school districts in our county. Independent Study, following California Department of Education guidelines, will be provided to each child participating on an Interdistrict Transfer (IDT). Families choosing this option will have the opportunity to re-enroll in San Luis Coastal Unified School District (SLCUSD) at any time during the year should their preference change.

Specific details about applying for Independent Study, the content of Independent Study and a family’s ability to enter and exit Independent Study are detailed below.

Begin the Process with a ConferenceParents and guardians can request a student-parent-educator conference to ask questions before making the decision about enrollment or disenrollment in the various options for learning. The conference may be conducted by telephone, videoconference or in-person. If you wish to request a conference for your student, please contact your site principal.

Procedures for Enrolling, Dis-enrolling and Re-enrolling in Independent StudyTo enroll in Independent Study for the 2021-2022 school year, a written agreement must be in place for your student. The agreement must be signed by the student’s parent, legal guardian, or caregiver. For students with exceptional needs, the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) must specifically provide for Independent Study before the student can begin participating. Please contact Joyce Hansen, Coordinator of Special Education, to discuss your desire for IS for your special needs student per Assembly Bill 130 (805.549.1220). If you wish to have your student return to in-person instruction during the school year, please contact the principal of your student’s school of residence. Your principal will discuss with you the process to re-enroll your student. Your student will be returned to in-person instruction no later than five instructional days after the notice is received.

The Content of Independent Study:Transitional kindergarten through 3rd grade, there will be a plan to provide pupils opportunities for daily synchronous instruction

Grades 4 through 8, there will be a plan to provide opportunities for both daily live interaction and at least weekly synchronous instruction

Grades 9 through 12, there will be a plan to provide opportunities for at least weekly synchronous instruction.

Live interaction means interaction between the student and the teacher, aide or other personnel and may include peers. This interaction may be in-person, by internet or phone.

Synchronous instruction means classroom-style instruction, small group, or one-on-one instruction delivered in-person or by internet, or phone and involves two-way communication between the pupil and teacher.

If you are interested in Independent Study for your student(s), or wish to schedule a conference with staff, please respond accordingly on the “In-Person or Independent Study” Survey sent to you via ParentSquare, and contact us at the phone number or e-mail address below:

Elementary Students:Secondary Students:
Rick MayfieldLeslie O’Connor
Director of Elementary EducationDirector of Secondary Education

Update Regarding Grades & Graduation Requirements, AB104

Per AB104, a recently signed California law, parents/guardians of students who were enrolled in high school during the 2020-21 school year may request to have a letter grade earned for a course changed to a Pass or No Pass on the student's transcript.

  • An official form to submit a grade change for Pass/No Pass can be found HERE. The form will officially close at 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Per the legislation, districts may not accept requests for a grade change after this date. Once a form is received by SLCUSD, the District then has 15 days to make the change on the student’s transcript and notify the family. It will be necessary to have a copy of the student's transcript available to complete the information requested in the form. Please note: Students who are currently over the age of 18 may submit a grade change to Pass/No Pass independently from their parent/guardian.
  • The course requested for a Pass/No Pass must have been taken during the 2020-21 school year. There is no restriction on which courses or which letter grades can be changed.
  • The change cannot negatively impact a student's GPA. When an “F” is converted to a “No Pass,” the zero credits are no longer factored into the GPA. Similarly, changing a “D” or even a “C” letter grade to a “Pass” will likely increase a student’s GPA, depending on the GPA the student had prior to the grade change. No grade changes will be made that lower a student’s GPA.
  • For a list of the California Department of Education’s Postsecondary Institutions Accepting Pass/No Pass. please click HERE - If your college or university is not listed, we encourage you to reach out to their admissions office directly. Please note that this only includes California colleges or universities and no out-of-state locations.
  • For Frequently Asked Questions relating to this topic, please click HERE.

Forms can be emailed to our registrar, Alicia Wright, (, or dropped off in our Student Services building at the entrance of our school.

Some Key Dates

8/12 Students Can View Schedules on Aeries, 4:00pm8/13 9th-Grade Student & New Student Orientation, 9:00am-12:15pm, SLOHS8/13 All Student Welcome Back Day, 12:15pm-4:00pm, SLOHS8/19 1st Day of School8/23 School Picture Day9/1 Virtual Back to School Night

9th-Grade Student & New Student Orientation Day, 8/13

Students entering 9th grade and other new students to SLOHS are invited to attend this special orientation from 9:00 - 12:15 on August 13th. Our SLOHS student leaders will be leading the activities. It will be a great chance to be on campus and connect. Games, tours, and food will be provided. Students should be prepared to wear masks indoors and follow health and safety guidelines.

All Students/Parents Welcome Back Day! Friday, August 13th from 12:15 to 4:00

  • Meet our new Principal, Mr. Dickinson
  • Tour our new campus
  • Touch base with a SLOHS Counselor
  • Check out a chromebook for the 2021-22 school year
  • Purchase SLOHS Swag (Sweatshirts, T-Shirts, lanyards, hats, scarfs, etc.)
  • Purchase a student planner and/or an ASB Sticker
  • Join a Booster Club (SLOIMBA, SLOTAB, Black and Gold, Aggie Backers)
  • Learn more about SLOHS athletics
  • Meet with our School Nurse
  • Connect with a SLO Family Advocate
  • Receive computer assistance in using Aeries to complete your student’s emergency card information (Spanish-speaking staff members will be available)
  • Return school owned items/books and clear your obligations
Grade LevelArrival Time
9th12:15 - 1:00
10th1:00 - 2:00
11th2:00 - 3:00
12th3:00 - 4:00

This event will be both outside the gym and inside. Masks will be required when entering the New Gym regardless of vaccination status. Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Principal Julie Mamo at

Vaccine Clinic at SLOHS, 8/13

Student Schedules

Student schedules will be available through Aeries at 4:00pm on Thursday, August 12th.

1:1 ChromebooksThis year we have an exciting change to how we provide technology to our students at SLOHS. We are going to a one-to-one model with all students bringing a charged chromebook or laptop back and forth to school each day for their classes.

Chromebooks are available for all students to check out starting at our Welcome Back Day on August 13th. If students do not check out a chromebook on the 13th, they can check one out from our library on Wednesday, 8/18, between 8:00 and 4:00, or during the school year.

Students may choose to bring their own charged chromebook or laptop rather than check one out. Our school is not responsible for personal devices.

Families will need to fill out the following form before checking out a chromebook:SLOHS Device Checkout Agreement


Fall sports are off and running! This past week we had over 300 athletes trying out for a Fall sport. If you are still interested in trying out for a Fall sport, please visit the SLOHS Athletics website and contact the coach of the sport you would like more information on. Remember you must be registered and cleared through Sportsware in order to participate in sports at SLOHS!

Bell SchedulesMonday (Late Start for Students, TCT for Staff)TCT for Staff 8:00 - 9:20P1) 9:30 - 10:24P2) 10:31 - 11:25P3) 11:32 - 12:33Lunch 12:33 - 1:08P4) 1:15 - 2:09P5) 2:16 - 3:10

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, FridayP1) 8:00 - 9:10Nutrition Break 9:10 - 9:17P2) 9:24 - 10:34P3) 10:41 - 12:01Lunch 12:01 - 12:36P4) 12:43 - 1:53P5) 2:00 - 3:10

*On Mondays, we have dedicated (TCT) time for our staff to be able to collaborate in meaningful ways with each other. It is important for our staff and our school to have this time for purposeful collaboration and our ongoing professional development.

Transportation: Parking, Buses, Bikes, Skateboards, Dropping Off Students, etc.Parking: Students may park on campus in a student spot, following all legal guidelines. Individual student spots are not assigned and students do not need a parking pass. Carpooling is encouraged and space is limited.

Buses: For more information about bus routes and if students are eligible to ride the bus, please refer to this website,, or call (805) 549-1391.

Bikes: Students can ride their bikes to school and should lock their bikes in designated areas only. Helmets must be worn while riding.

Skateboards, Rollerblades, Scooters, etc.: Students can use these items for transportation to and from school, but may not be used on campus. During the school day students are required to lock them or store them in a teacher’s classroom. Helmets must be worn.

Dropping Off Students: If you plan to drop students off in the morning, please plan to arrive early and give yourself plenty of time. The construction at the front of our campus extends into our front parking lot in ways that will slow traffic down.

All Meals Are FREE for All Students

Picture Day is Around the CornerPicture Day for all students will be held on Monday, August 23rd. Please visit and enter San Luis Obispo High School’s Picture ID Code EVTFSDHMM to purchase your student’s pictures online.

Detailed FFA Results from the Mid-State Fair