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Principal's Message

Monday, September 8, is our first Late Start A Day of the Year

School Begins at 8:50 am

School Picture Day is next Monday, September 8

Monday, September 8 is School Picture day.  Order forms went home on Tuesday during 5th period. There are more forms available in the MS Office. Pictures will be taken during PE classes on Monday, September 8. Please be sure to fill out your forms and bring them with you to PE on School Picture Day.

Picture Day is easy with

• Parents can create their own package from the expanded online selection.

• Quickly order and pay for portraits online.

• Pay by credit card.

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Back to School Night at SLVMS is next Wednesday, September 10

Back to School Night is a great chance to meet your child’s teachers, find out information about their classes and our school, and get a closer look at our fabulous campus.

Letters with your child’s schedule, a campus map, and Back to School Night Information should arrive in the mail today or tomorrow.

We hope to see everybody there as we look forward to a fun and productive evening.

The schedule for Back to School Night is listed below:

6:00 pm - Meet in the Middle School Gym

6:00-6:25 - Presentation for Parents by Principal Jeff Calden

6:30 pm - First Bell Rings and Back to School Night Classroom Visits Begin

1st Period 6:35 – 6:45          4th Period   7:20 – 7:30

2nd Period 6:50 – 7:00         5th Period   7:35 – 7:45

3rd Period  7:05 – 7:15         6th Period   7:50 – 8:00

8:00 pm - The End of a Lovely Evening

SLVMS takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

SLVMS students successfully raised $200 this week for the fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). 

Because they reached their goal, Mr. Calden, Mrs. Zilge, Mrs. Hackett, Mr. McMillan, Mr. Guilford, and Mr. Olivieri followed through on their end by taking the ALCS Ice Bucket Challenge.  

Scotts Valley Middle School - you have now been officially challenged to do the same!

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SLVMS Information

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Eligibility Rules for SLVMS Athletics:

Eligibility is established twice each quarter with Progress Report and Report Card

Must have a 2.0 GPA and receive no F grades to be eligible for school athletics

Students who become ineligible cannot resume eligibility until next eligibility grades

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Boys Soccer

The team has been chosen and practices have begun.

Congratulations to those who made the team and kudos to all who tried out for the team.

Schedule TBA


Girls Basketball

The teams have been chosen and practices have begun.

Congratulations to those who made the team and kudos to all who tried out for the team.

Schedule TBA

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Cross County Practice

Practice has begun for Cross Country.  Remember, anyone who wants to be on the Cross Country team can be on the team.  There are no tryouts.  

Athletes who tried out for, but did not make other sports teams can still come out and be part of the SLVMS Cross Country team.

First Home Meet - next Friday, September 12 at the SLV Track


SLV Music Skate Night

All SLV Music Students - Come to the Skate Night at the Santa Cruz Roller Palladium on Saturday, September 13 from 4:30-6:30 pm

Cost is $10 per student.  Sign up with Mr. Lingenfelter so he knows how many to expect. Money raised goes to SLV Music.

Attendance Matters!

Facts and Advice Regarding Attendance


• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

• Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read and to learn.

• Missing just a day or two days every few weeks negatively affects student learning.

• Absences and tardies can affect the whole classroom when the teacher has to slow down or stop learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. 

Start building these habits so children learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. 

Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.


• Set a regular bed time and morning routine.

• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

• Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. 

Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

• If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.

• Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

• Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.



2014-15 SLV Middle School Online Calendar

The SLVMS Calendar is always online at:

There you can find the daily bell schedule (AOE) as well as a calendar of events.

SLVMS Panther Club

This past Monday, the Panther Club helped the SLVMS Staff kick off the school year with a wonderful continental breakfast and a surprise gift of needed classroom supplies. On the 6th Grade Web Day, The Panther Club greeted new families with free coffee and supplied information about what Panther Club does, what programs we benefit, and ways you can help out! 

We held our first meeting of the year this week, with the next one scheduled for Thursday, October 2nd. Mark your calendars!

Thank you to all of the parent/guardian volunteers who helped the P.E. Department hand out uniforms last week.  This extra assistance always makes the first week go much smoother.

Panther Club has some very important roles to fill this year. Can you step up and give a little time? Not only do we have specific, ongoing roles, but also unique volunteer opportunities. Please, help us fill these important Panther Club roles!

1) Panther Pantry Coordinators: The Panther Pantry is a snack bar program sponsored by the Panther Club and provides a source of income for all after school, Middle School Athletics.  All of the profits from the Panther Pantry help to pay for equipment and uniforms, and officials, and helps to make it possible for SLVMS students to continue to participate in after school sports without paying to play. If you have an active athlete on SLVMS teams, this is the perfect role for you!  For detailed description of what the Panther Pantry Coordinators do, email lead Panther Pantry coordinator Adrienne at

2) Escrip Coordinator- needed ASAP! Help to get the word out to SLVMS families via Panther Club e-mail and other forms of communication to register (or re-register) Safeway cards with eScrip that benefit SLVMS. Work with Panther Club on specific Escrip fundraisers and incentive programs. For more detailed description of how you can help as the Escrip Coordinator, contact Melissa at

3) Panther Club Secretary- nominations being taken now! We will be accepting out of cycle nominations for the position of Secretary for the 2014-15 school year beginning today. Please send all nominations to Melissa Avilla no later than September 22, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.  An out of cycle election will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 via email.  All nominations and the final vote will be documented in the September 2014 Panther Club Meeting Minutes.  We currently have one interested party who will be serving as our interim Secretary until the elections are final.  If you have any questions, please contact any member of the Panther Club Board.  All Board email addresses can be found at the Panther Club website .

4) Halloween Dance 2014 Lead! Yep, it’s early,  but we are on the lookout now for a creative person who can be the lead for how to make our biggest dance of the year a great one.  This is one of the few Panther Club sponsored dances.  We need someone who is ready to work with a group of volunteers to decorate the gym with an appropriate Halloween theme (we have some decorations but need updates this year) and come up with fun activities for the students.  Please contact Melissa at if you are interested

Panther Club Volunteer Opportunities: Have just an hour or two to spare? Don't have time to volunteer, but you make a mean chocolate chip cookie? We have just the thing for you!

The Fall Back To School Dance is on Friday, September 19th, from 5-7pm at the SLVMS quad, and we will need: Chaperones, Snack and Pizza Table Helpers, Bakers, Donations of snacks and drinks

We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity. Please sign up for Back to School Dance - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


After School Art at SLVMS

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, four week art classes are provided for $25 to SLV Middle School students,  There will be three sessions of 4-week classes held in Room 11 at SLVMS from 2:30 - 4:15 pm.

The classes are for students grades 6-8, enrolled in SLVMS. Class size limited to 15 students on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $25 per 4-wk sessionThere is a sliding scale fee available to families in need. Please call 336-4ART.

Online Registration is NOW AVAILABLE. For more detailed information about the classes, go to:


Register for this class by clicking here

4 Thursdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 - 2:30 pm4:15 pm

Students will have an opportunity to explore a variety of cultural artmaking traditions, colorful collage materials and media while examining art techniques used to create compositional mood and the illusion of deep space in the picture plane.


Register for this class by clicking here

4 Thursdays, October 30, November. 6, 13, 20 - 2:30 pm4:15 pm

Learn to make metal do what you just like they did in ancient Egypt, Rome, and Medieval Europe. We will bend, coil, cut, and dent both sheet metal and wire to produce wearable samples of links, chain mail, and forged work.

All Adults Coming on Campus Must Check in at the SLVMS Office - EVERY TIME

We welcome parents and family to a be a part of daily life here at school,  but we must require that you follow a few safety procedures:

ALL ADULTS who do not work for the school MUST sign in at the office before coming on campus and then wear a visitor sticker.  EVERY TIME. Even if you are regularly in a room, or your child is part of a different school such as the Nature Academy Charter School or Charter Homeschool, you must sign in EVERY time you come on campus. This is a SAFETY ISSUE and there are no exceptions. 

The inconvenience of signing in each time you arrive on campus is far outweighed by the school’s ability to keep the campus safe. We do not know every parent by sight and while you are welcome here, for the safety of our children, please sign in every time you come on campus.

Thank you for adherence to our safety procedures.

Just a quick reminder about medications at school as we hit cold and flu season.

School employees are not permitted to dispense any type of medication to students without a signed physician's note.  This includes all over the counter drugs such as Ibuprofen and Benadryl. A parent can come to school and give a child medication, but school employees cannot.

Please be aware that ALL District sites are considered CLOSED between Sunset and Sunrise.  Unauthorized personnel are NOT permitted on District school sites between Sunset and Sunrise. This will be enforced by District Security as well as the local Sheriff's Department. Please share this information with all of the members in your household.  This is to ensure the security of our facilities and the safety of our staff and students.  Thank you for your assistance.  

The SLV Education Foundation is an active 501c3 non-profit organization in need of revitalization, new energy and new leadership. 

Serving all SLV students primarily through various community and fundraising efforts, the Foundation has in the past helped fund such student programs as class-size reduction. The Foundation is now looking for volunteer leaders interested in finding ways to help improve and fund classroom improvement, teacher assistance and after-school/summer activity programs; and even a program to ensure that all students are provided technology and instruction on its use as a part of their education.

If you or someone you know are energetic, hard-working, and committed to the idea that our students deserve the absolute best opportunity to excel that our community can provide, then please consider joining as a leader of the SLV Education Foundation. 

Questions – contact George Wylie, 338-0578 or georgewylie@yahoo.com1-

In response to students and members of our community who are highly allergic to fragrances and scents, the SLVUSD Board of Trustees adopted a California School Board Association policy to make all district classrooms and offices fragrant neutral.

SLVMS has parents and/or students with respiratory issues who can have negative reactions to fragrances. Please take care to follow the policy while on campus.  The announcement is below.

Staff and students shall refrain from bringing furred or feathered animals, stuffed toys that may collect dust mites, scented candles, incense or air fresheners and from using perfume or cologne, scented hair spray, nail polish or nail polish remover that are not fragrance-free in classrooms or other enclosed areas or buildings. The public shall be made aware that there is a growing number of people with fragrance allergies or sensitivities that can have mild to severe health consequences, including asthmatic attacks and other respiratory issues.15

Schedule for the Week of September 8 - 12

 Monday    September 8 A Late Start A Day - School Starts at 8:50 am
School Picture Day!
 Tuesday September 9 O
 Wednesday  September 10 ESLVMS Back to School Night - 6:00 pm 
 Thursday September 11 O 
 Friday  September 12 E 

Helpful Links for SLVMS Families

Join the Panther Club!
All parents and guardians of our middle school students are welcomed as members of our nonprofit parent/teacher organization. Our members work closely with teachers, staff and students to help provide the highest educational experience, both academically and socially for SLVMS students.

Visit the Panther Club webpage
to learn how we support our students and staff
—and find out how you can help.
And please, join our email list!

Next Panther Club Meeting
To Be Announced

in the Staff Lounge! Come join us! 


 We welcome parents and family to a be a part of daily life here at school.
If you are interested in volunteering for lunch supervision or want to visit your child's classroom, 
we must ask that you follow a few safety procedures. All visitors must come to the main office to sign in, receive a visitors pass, and/or set up a classroom visit.
Click on the Link Below to view SLVMS Adult Safety Rules


Online Student Registration/InfoSnap




Click Here for SLVMS Panther Athletics Page

Click on the Daily Bulletin Chalkboard for the SLVMS Daily bulletin


Click on the icon to go to Parent & Student Powerschool login

Click  to access PowerSchool Parent Portal User Guide


DON'T FORGET to call the attendance line 
when your child will be absent.
SLVMS Attendance Line: 335-3812


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