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Principal's Message


7th grade AVID Family Info Night

Thursday, April 21 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in MS Library

Next Tuesday, more than fifty 7th-grade students will attend an AVID informational presentation and receive AVID applications.  For families of students who attended and want to know more, we will have an AVID Family Information Night to give parents a better idea of what the AVID program is, and how it helps students to achieve the goal of attending and graduating from college. AVID is designed to support students whose academic achievement does not reflect their potential in obtaining the skills and organization necessary to go to college.

Important AVID Dates

April 21: AVID Family Information Night. 6:00 pm in the Middle School Library. This informational meeting will include a short presentation on the AVID program, as well as staff, current AVID students and guest speakers to answers your questions and give you more information about the program.

April 29: AVID Applications and Teacher Recommendations due to the SLVMS Office

May 4-5: Student Interviews with SLVMS AVID panel to determine which candidates will be brought into the program.

By the End of May: Students selected to be in the AVID program, and parents notified.

AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination

8th Grade Science Testing Next Week

SLVMS 8th graders will take the California State Science test next week in their science classes with their science teachers.  

This is an “old-school” paper and pencil bubble test.  There will be no special testing schedule.


8th Grade Panoramic Picture

Next Wednesday, April 20 during 4th Period

The 8th Grade Panoramic Picture will be taken during 4th period on Wednesday, April 20 Order forms were passed out yesterday during 3rd period. 

Extra order forms are also available in the office.  Bring your filled-out order form with payment to the photographer next Wednesday.

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night

Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 pm

Incoming Sixth-Grade Parent Night will be held on Tuesday, May 10 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Gym.

Parents of current Fifth-Grade students are invited to come for an informative presentation on the SLVMS Sixth-Grade program and school-wide opportunities for students.

This is your chance to hear the scoop on Middle School and have your questions answered.

SLVMS Open House

Thursday, May 19, 5:15 - 7:30 pm

SLVMS Open House will be held on Thursday, May 19.  

All parents are invited and if you can come by that night, please do, as there will be lots going on at SLVMS for our parent community to experience.

From 5:15 to 6:15 pm there will be food available from the SLVMS Panther Club, music from the SLVMS Band and Choir in the quad, and the annual Scholastic Book Fair in our library.

Most importantly, all classrooms will be open from 6:15 - 7:30 pm.

Tdap Booster Required to start 7th grade in 2016-17

Under a new state law, exemptions based on personal beliefs are no longer an option for the vaccines that are required for 7th Grade entry. There are currently many SLVMS 6th graders without their Tdap Booster on file.  Tdap is required for all incoming 7th graders on the first day of school for the 2016-2017 school  year.  Students without proof of immunization will NOT be allowed to attend school on the first day of school in August. Please be sure to bring proof of your child's vaccine to the office of San  Lorenzo Valley Middle School well before the start of school in August. If you have any questions, please call Nurse Debbie at 335-4452 ext. 236.


A Note on our BYOD Program and How You Can Help Us

The SLVUSD is committed to our Bring Your Own Device program.  Every student having access to a device gives teachers another tool, as well as access to more resources, in order to help educate our children.  

However, many students have stopped bringing their own devices to school, because it is easier to borrow classroom loaners instead. Teachers are reporting that when students with devices left at home use loaners, we run out - which causes problems - as we only have enough loaners to cover those who do not have devices.

We feel it is time to re-commit to the BYOD program and encourage students to

bring their devices every day. We hope you can help us with this situation, so that when teachers plan to use the devices in their classrooms, we have enough for everybody. Thanks.

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SLVMS Summer School

Summer School is BACK! SLVMS will have summer school this year to support students who fail to meet promotion standards, or for students who need extra support in order to access HS Math 1 as a freshman.  Students and parents have already been and will continue to be contacted if summer school is possibility.

SLVUSD Summer School runs from June 15 to July 13.

Yearbooks are available online now for $44!  

Order forms will be going home soon, as well, if you’d like to order by check or cash.

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The latest edition of the Panther Post is here!  

Click here to read the Panther Post  - the SLVMS School Newspaper

Buy Magazines and Gift Cards to Support SLVMS!

We Receive 50% of all sales!

Enter our school name:  SANLORENZO  and then enter “NO STUDENT” in both student name boxes.  Then start shopping!          

School Information

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.

Helpful Links for Parents

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! 


Below are links to the Great Kids Website and the Great Kids State Test Guide for Parents. 

The Great Kids website is an excellent source of information and resources for parents on many topics, including parenting tips, academic information, learning issues, and health issues.

Great Kids Homepage Parent Website for State Testing


Online Student Registration/InfoSnap

English Spanish


Powerschool will be up and running next week
Access information has been mailed home


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




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