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Principal's Message

SLVMS Students have a historically successful First Quarter

The results are in, and SLVMS students had historically successful grades for the First Quarter of the school year. 

Out of 531 students, 340 made the honor roll with a 3.50 GPA or higher.  That’s 64%, our best total yet. 

On the flip side, the number of students earning an F in the first quarter, was down to 4%, the lowest we have had. 

While four percent is four percent too many, we are very proud of the hard work our students, staff, and families are doing.

As well as we did academically, we are just as thrilled that one third through the school year, we have only had five suspensions from school. 

Again, this is five more than we want, but that number is down 85% from this time last year.  

Thanks to all of students, staff, and families for working together to make this happen. Way to go, Panthers!

Avoid the 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 nine-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 20. 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 did 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! Honor Roll Invites will go out to students next Tuesday, during 3rd period.

Panther Paw Shirts!

San Lorenzo Valley Middle School is proud to present our LIMITED EDITION Panther Paw T-Shirts and Hoodies!  GREAT holiday gift idea!

Help spread Panther Pride by wearing our custom t-shirt or hoodie- and show your support for the students, staff, and teachers at SLVMS, as well as the many events and programs that help make our school AWESOME!

The Panther Paw design is shown above - a red paw printed on a black t-shirt or hoodie. Fill in the order form attached to this email and return it with payment to the office by Monday, November 30th. Orders will be available for pick up on December 16 to December 18.  

We’ll accept cash and checks for t-shirt orders. Please make checks payable to: SLVMS Panther Club.

Orders will also be taken at the HONOR ROLL ICE CREAM CELEBRATION on November 20 at the SLVMS Gym, 12-1:30pm

SLVMS Winter Concert

The SLVMS Winter Concert will be Tuesday, December 8 in the SLV Performing Arts Center.  

Mark your calendar for a great night of music.

SLVMS Canned Food Drive

The SLVMS canned food drive starts on Monday, November 16 and will run through December 11. Bring canned or boxed food items to any class.  The food goes directly to people who need food in our Valley.  Please bring whatever you can!  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!

Seussical is coming soon to SLVMS

The SLVMS Performing Arts Class will open its Winter Musical, Seussical this December in the new SLV Performing Arts Center

The show will open on Thursdsay, December 3. and run each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 7:00 pm through December 12.

There will also be Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm on December 6 and 13.

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.


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

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Donations and Volunteers are still needed for the November 20, 2015 SLVMS Honor Roll Ice Cream Celebration. 

Please sign up to help:     

Cash donations are always welcomed and encouraged.  Feel free to drop them off at the office.  THANK YOU!

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 16 - Nov 20

 Monday   November 16 A LATE START A DAY: School begins at 8:50 am
 TuesdayNovember 17O
 Wednesday November 18E
 ThursdayNovember 19O
 Friday November 20EHonor Roll Assembly 12:30 pm - MS Gym

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! 


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

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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