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Established 1948

Principal's Message

MASH starts on Monday, October 19

Our after-school Mandatory Academic Subject Help, or MASH, will start on Monday, October 19.
Students who are behind in work turned in, or who need help with concepts, will be assigned to one or more of our teacher classrooms for support.
Students do not have to be assigned to show up and get help.  Drop-ins or teacher requests are welcome and encouraged.
MASH is not a punishment, it is an opportunity for students to get help and get caught up by working with a teacher after school.


Powerschool Access for Parents and Students

Powerschool will be up and running for parents and students to check grades and assignments by next Tuesday

Access codes are being mailed out to families today.  

If after receiving your access code, you have trouble signing into Powerschool, please contact Gail Heagerty at 336-8467, extension 112.

Before-School Math Help

Do you need some help understanding and completing your math homework? Do you learn well from peers and like some one-on-one help? We will have a math drop-in center available to all of you on Tuesday mornings from 7:00-7:45 a.m. in room 18 - Ms. Doty's room. There will be 8th grade Math 1 students available to help you out. The first session will be on Tuesday, September 8th, from 7:00-7:45 in Room 18. 

If you have more questions, please see Ms. Doty.


Big Thanks to our School Site Council Parent Volunteers

Thank you to Heather Tardel and Jocelyn O’Morris for volunteering to serve as our parent representatives on School Site Council.  

The first School Site Council Meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, October 13 at 3:00 pm in the MS Conference Room.

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

Panther Post

The first 2015-16 edition of our school newspaper, the Panther Post, is available now on the SLVMS website at:

The Panther Post is created by Mrs. Hackett’s Newspaper and Journalism elective class.


2015-16 Bring Your Own Device Initiative

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop to school!  If your student doesn't own a laptop, Chromebooks are an excellent low cost choice for about $200, but other Mac and Windows laptops are also excellent.  If you need financial assistance getting a Chromebook, please call 336-9672.  

For more information visit our BYOD webpage.

Student Owned Laptops

Students who bring their personal laptop to school are responsible for the safety and care of their belongings. 

This personal property is the responsibility of students and they should consider the following:

Label the laptop with the student’s first & last name
Keep the laptop with you at all times
When in a backpack or case, handle with care
Consider a case to better protect the laptop
Please store passwords and log-in information in a secure location
Charge your laptops each day before coming to school

SLVMS Information

Visit the SLVMS Athletics Page for information on

Athletic Sport Seasons, Tryouts, and Schedules

2015/2016 SEASON

Our mission is to provide a healthy and nurturing development zone for youth in and around the San Lorenzo Valley community. 

The emphasis is on learning, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Where: San Lorenzo Valley Middle and High School Gyms

Age groups: The league is open to boys and girls in grades 3rd through 8th.

Participation Fee: $80.00 per player. Your fee assures you at least 8 games, depending on the number of participants, team t-shirt for each paid participant, officials for each game, timers/scorekeepers, basketballs and gym time for practice.

When: Season runs from December 1st through March 6th. Games and practices are on Saturday and Sunday each week.

How to Register?

1. Go to SLVHOOPS.ORG to pay for registration.

Be sure to download the registration form.

2. Show up for for on-site registration on October 21st or November 4th in the

Questions? Contact

Interested in getting involved? We’re a non-profit organization run by volunteers. If

you're interested in volunteering or coaching, contact us and we’ll respond.

panther club logo

Drive For Schools Raffle Fundraiser has begun

Buy tickets now through October 16

Your family could win a car or $25,000!

The annual Drive For Schools fundraiser is underway. For this fundraiser your student will sell tickets for a drawing to win a new car or lots of other great prizes.  And, 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser goes to our school!

Students have tickets now (CHECK THOSE BACKPACKS!)   

Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25

Bring the completed ticket stubs and payment to the office right away, but no later than October 16.  

If every student in school sold one packet of tickets, we would raise over Thirteen Thousand Dollars!

The sixth, seventh, or eighth-grade student to sell the most tickets will win a $50 Jamba Juice card!   Support our Middle School - Sell your tickets today!

Halloween Dance - Hosted by Panther Club

The annual SLVMS Halloween Dance, hosted by the Panther Club, is fast approaching.   The dance is October 23rd.  We are looking for a team of fun and creative parents to plan, organize and execute this event.  We are in search of a creative mind to head up a crew of parents to thematically decorate the gym and another to come up with a few fun activities for the students. Please email Melissa for more information: OR sign up for a volunteer shift at:

Volunteers needed for Vision and Hearing Testing

Volunteers still needed for the Vision and Hearing Testing taking place at SLVMS on October 6 and 7.  Please sign up for a shift at the following link:

Coupon Book Fire Sale

Get your 2015 local Coupon Books for only $6 and $ave.  Coupons are good through the end of December for food and fun!  Coupons available for Castelli’s, New Leaf, Cyclesport, Outdoor World and so much more!  Contact Raissa Gale via email: and buy your books today to start $aving.  

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 21-25

 Monday   September   21 A LATE START A DAY: School begins at 8:50 am
 TuesdaySeptember   22O
 Wednesday September   23E
 ThursdaySeptember   24OFire Drill
 Friday September   25E

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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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