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Principal's Message

Second Quarter Slump

There is something called the Second Quarter Slump. It is a real thing that occurs for many middle school students each year. Students in Middle School who work hard the First Quarter to achieve success, especially those who scrambled at the end to get work in, often tend to “relax” at the start of Quarter Two and take a mini-vacation from doing work. This, combined with the November-December-January school schedule that has multiple breaks from school, often leads to student grades dropping in Quarter Two.  

We will be working vigilantly with students who start to slip and ask for your help in making sure your child does not fall victim to the Second Quarter Slump. Please take some time this coming week and over the five-day Thanksgiving Break to look at your child’s grades on Powerschool with him or her, and work to get any missing work made up before it starts to become something overwhelming.  Right now, one or two missing assignments could lower a grade this early in the quarter, but it is easily fixable.  But if not checked and corrected, it could quickly slide into a real problem.

Honor Roll Ice Cream Celebration

The first Honor Roll Ice Cream Celebration is going to be next Friday November 21. It will be in the gym from 12:30 t0 1:30 pm. This will celebrate students who earned a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the 1st Quarter this year and 7th and 8th graders who were dis so during the 4th Quarter of last year. Parents are welcome to attend and flash photography is encouraged. Students will receive and awesome bumper sticker and and ice cream sundae, courtesy of The Panther Club. The list of honor roll students is posted in the front office window.  If you think you should be on Honor Roll and your name is not listed see Kelly in the front office.  Congratulations to all of the Honor Roll students, keep up the great work!

MASH, or Mandatory Academic Subject Help, is assigned to students who need help in a specific academic subject.  

Students will be assigned to an SLVMS teacher in that subject and MASH is available in all academic subjects and runs four days a week after school.  

MASH begins this coming Monday, November 14.




2:30 - 3:00 Social Studies 8th Mr. Richey Room    17

2:30 - 3:00 6th Grade Core Mr. O’Brien Room      6

2:30 - 3:00 Math  6th-7th Mrs. Snedeker Room    14


2:30 - 3:00 Language Arts Mrs. Dressler Room      3

2:30 - 3:00 Math 6th-8th Mr. Pfyl Room    20




2:30 - 3:00 Science  6th-7th Ms. Mongiello Room    10

2:30 - 3:00 Language Arts 7th Mrs. Dressler Room      3

2:30 – 3:00 Social Studies 7th Mr. Olivieri Room    19


2:30 - 3:00 6th Grade Core Mr. O’Brien Room    20

Schedule also available on the SLVMS Website at:

Academic Center is an after-school support option that is run in a Study Hall format and staffed by an SLVMS Campus Supervisor with access to the necessary school textbooks and materials.  

Students who are behind in work completion can be assigned to Academic Center for 30-60 minutes per day to get caught up by working hard in a quiet classroom. Academic Center runs from 2:30-3:30 five days a week.


Panther Club helps SLVMS purchase Chromebooks!

A Super-Sized Thank You goes out to all the parents involved with our Panther Club who work so hard and give of their time and money to help SLVMS.  

The latest way your hard work is paying off is that Panther Club has given SLVMS $6,000 toward the purchase of another class set of Chromebooks and a charging cart to go with it.  

This donation, combined with school-site technology funds, will allow us to purchase another 32 Chromebooks in a mobile lab to be used by all teachers.  

This brings the total of Chromebook carts on campus to six: four purchased by the school district and two purchased in combination by the Panther Club and SLVMS.  

Teachers are finding new and exciting ways to use these Chromebooks as both a tool and a resource for learning.  Thanks so much to all who help make this community and this school better.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is coming soon to SLVMS

The SLVMS Performing Arts Class will open its Winter Musical, The Little Mermaid, this December in the SLVMS Dollhouse Theater (Rm 25).

The show will open on Thurdsay, December 4. and run each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 7:00 pm through December 13.

There will also be Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm on December 7 and 14.

Students performing in the play need to be there at 5:30 on Opening Night and one hour prior to the Performance for all other shows.

SLVMS Canned Food Drive

The SLVMS canned food drive has started and goes until December 5.  Our goal is to get 2,000 canned food items to help those who live in poverty.  

Please, only nutritional canned or dry food.  No Top Ramen please, it has no nutritional value.  You can bring your donations to any classroom.  

Let’s work together to support our community!

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

Girls Soccer

Full Girls Soccer Schedule Available on the SLVMS Athletics Webpage at:



Boys Basketball

Full Boys Basketball Schedule Available on the SLVMS Athletics Webpage at:



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.

Powerschool is now up and running for parents to access grades and attendance online. 

You should have received your access code, password, and instructions on how to use the Powerschool Parent Portal in the mail.

You can access the PowerSchool Parent Portal at:

There is also a link to the Parent Portal on the SLVMS Website.

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing your child’s information please contact System Administrator, Gail Heagerty, at or call 335-4425 ext 117.


SLVMS Chess Club meets Monday during every Late Start

SLVMS has a Chess Club that meets during Monday Late Starts. The club will meet from 7:45 to 8:30 in Room 11 at the Middle School.  

Students will learn strategy and play against other students.  If you are interested, all you have to do is show up.  See you on Monday morning.

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 November 17 - 21

 Monday    November 17 A Late Start A Day - School Begins at 8:50 am
 Tuesday November 18OSchool Site Council Meeting - 3:00 pm
 Wednesday  November 19 ETriple P Parenting Meeting - 6:00 pm 
 Thursday November 20 O 
 Friday  November 21 EHonor Roll Assembly - 12:30 pm

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

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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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