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Established 1948

Principal's Message

State Testing begins next week in Language Arts

All students at SLVMS will begin the new state online testing next week.  It is important for all students to be at school and on time in order to participate in these assessments.  Students have been taking practice tests with their LA teachers in the computer labs to help prepare them for this major change in the way students are assessed.  Students will be assessed online in Math the week of May 12-16.

Please have Students Bring Headphones/Earbuds

A portion of the online Language Arts assessment includes an auditory piece.  This will require students to use headphones or earbuds to listen.  The school has headphones for the students to use, but we are asking students who have their own headphones or earbuds to bring them.  Any regular earbuds or headphones that plug into a computer will work.  We would like to keep the number of students sharing the school headphones throughout the day to a minimum.

SLVMS is gearing up for Year Two of AVID

On Thursday there was an AVID presentation and discussion for 7th grade students who have been recommended by staff as candidates for next year’s AVID class.  Students were provided with an application and information regarding the AVID program and the application process.

For recommended students who were absent today, and for students who were not recommended, but are interested in the AVID program, there will be another presentation available next Tuesday, April 15 at lunch in the conference room.

The AVID Parent Information Meeting will be held in the SLVMS Library on Thursday, April 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. This is a chance for parents to come and learn more about the AVID program.

Applications will also be available in the MS Office next week.  AVID applications are due on Friday, April 25 at 3:30 pm, when the MS Office closes.

The AVID Student:  AVID targets students in the academic middle: B, C, and even D students who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they may be the first in their families to attend college, from low-income families or historically under-served groups. AVID puts these students on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.

AVID is an elective course taken during the school day. Students are selected to enroll in an AVID class after an application process. The curriculum focuses on organizational and study skills, critical thinking,asking probing questions, getting academic help from peers and college tutors, and participating in enrichment, tutorial, and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.

Triple P: Positive Parenting Program Meetings at SLVMS

SLVMS will be offering a three-meeting series from the Triple P: Positive Parenting Program through First Five Santa Cruz County.  These positive parenting sessions will be held on three consecutive Wednesday evenings: April 23, April 30, and May 7 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the SLVMS Library.  Detailed information about this program is listed below. This program is designed for all parents and covers a wide variety of parenting issues and concerns.

Why the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)?

Parenting is very rewarding and enjoyable and it can also be challenging and exhausting. There is no one right way to be a parent – it is up to you to decide what values, skills and behaviors you want to encourage in your child.

Triple P offers information, support and practical answers to common, everyday parenting concerns. It provides easy-to-use tips and new ideas that will help you build confidence and new skills.

What Triple P Teaches:

The Triple P program is built on five principles of positive parenting:

Ensuring a safe, interesting environment
Creating a positive learning environment
Using assertive discipline
Having realistic expectations
Taking care of yourself as a parent
Triple P offers parenting information and tips in four main areas:
Developing positive relationships
Encouraging desirable behavior
Teaching children new behaviors and skills
Managing misbehavior

Triple P Supports Every Parent and Family

Whether you want a quick tip on how to handle a specific issue, some ideas on how to promote your child's development, or help with more complex family issues, a trained practitioner can tailor Triple P to suit your needs. Over 80 practitioners are ready to provide Triple P services that will meet your family’s needs.

Tdap Booster Needed to start 7th Grade Next Year

For the 2014-15 school year, and all future school years, students entering,advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called Tdap) for school in the fall. The new requirement was signed into law in 2010. 

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 from your doctor to the middle school office by June 1.

SLVMS Information


Update on Attendance for 2013-14 at SLVMS

The Attendance data from Month Six of the school year is in and SLVMS had an attendance rate of 95.3% last month, which is up 1.4% from this month last year. 

SLVMS also has an overall attendance rate of 96.3% for the entire year, which is up 1.0% from last year at this time.  

Both of those percents are the highs for all schools in the district this year so far.  

Thanks so much to all the parents, families, students, and staff for making attendance a priority. It does matter.

Panther Club elections will be held at our May 1st meeting.

We are currently collecting nominations for the following Panther Club board positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  So far we have an interested party for Treasurer.  We will also have a few non-official but extremely important chair positions to fill for the next school year.  These positions will be announced soon.  If you are interested in becoming a Panther Club Board member and would like to nominate yourself, please review the various position’s rolls and responsibilities located within the Panther Club by-laws.  The by-laws can be found on the Panther Club web page at .  If you would like to nominate someone other than yourself, please check with the person you are nominating to make sure they are interested in serving on the board.  Please send all nominations and their contact information to Melissa Avilla at and cc Jennifer Kanter at  Thank you for your interest!

The 2014 Redwood Mountain Fair will take place on May 31 and June 1.

Panther Club has been offered the opportunity to raise money for SLVMS by providing 8 volunteers to help with the fair clean up day onMonday, June 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   If we provide all 8 volunteers, we will earn 32 volunteer hours at the fair.  Last year, volunteers earned $21 per hour for their charity/non-profit groups.  The year before that, they earned $16 per hour.  Each year the hourly rate is determined by how much money the fair earns.  But, as you can see, we have to opportunity to earn over $650 for the school in less than four hours! If you can give four hours of your time on the date and time mentioned above, please contact Melissa Avilla at ASAP

Only a few more weeks left to get your orders placed!

Just in time for spring planting or perhaps a Mother's Day gift!

Support Panther Club's spring fundraiser.

Check out the following link for FlowerPower:

Flower Power fundraising generously donates 50% of sales to our school.  Flower Power Fundraising offers only the finest, best-quality bulbs and plants available from growers in Holland and the U.S. They are so confident in the quality of their products that they offer an unconditional, 100% money-back guarantee.

Proceeds raised will help support SLVMS and its various programs such as technology upgrades, classroom supplies, 6th grade outdoor adventure day busses, honor roll ice cream and much more!

It's easy!  Just click on the link above, go shopping and FlowerPower will do the rest! They'll even ship it directly to your door or to the person of your choosing.You can also share the link with friends and familyon Facebook.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Raissa Gale

Thank you for your support!  


SHOP though Panther Club Web Page and earn money for school! Do you shop If you haven’t already visited and shopped through the SLVMS amazon store, now’s the time to check it out.  

It’s easy and SLVMS will receive a 2% to 4.25% commission on every purchase made. To shop amazon.comthrough the SLVMS amazon store and earn money for our school, you only need two extra mouse clicks.  Start at The Panther Club web site, , find the “SHOP NOW” button on the right side of the page and click it to enter the SLVMS amazon store.  From there, Just click on ANY part of the multiple AMAZON logos throughout the SLVMS amazon page and you will be taken directly to

As you will see, your information is secure. AMAZON Shopping Cart is used to process orders.  

They offer an encrypted, secure Shopping Cart for all on-line transactions. No registration needed! Thank you for supporting SLVMS


Track and Field

Friday, April 18: Standard Meet at SLV Track - 3:45

Click link for complete 2014 Schedule: Track Schedule

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Girls Softball

Monday, April 14 6th/7th Team vs. Mission Hill at Mission Hill - 3:45

Monday, April 14 8th Team vs. Mission Hill at SLV - 3:45

Click link for complete 2014 Schedule: Softball Schedule


Boys Volleyball

Monday, April 14 vs. Mission Hill at Mission Hill - 3:45

Thursday, April 17 vs. Shoreline at SLV - 3:45

Click link for complete 2014 Schedule: Boys Volleyball

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Thursday, April 17 vs. Shoreline at Boulder Creek CC - 3:15

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.  

SLVMS needs your help!  Some members of our SLVMS community have a severe allergic reaction to strong scents, which prevents them from being able to participate in supporting their child's educational experiences.  SLVMS would like for everyone to be able to participate in various gatherings and events.   Please join us in helping to make all family events scent free.  We request that if you are attending events at SLVMS, that you refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, after-shave and scented powders and products. Thank you for helping to make SLVMS accessible to all families.

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 digital tablets and instruction on their use as a part of their education while at SLV.

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.com1-15

Schedule for the Week of April 14 - 18

Monday April 14  E Day 
Tuesday April  15  O Day
Wednesday April  16  E Day 

Thursday April   17  O Day
Friday       April 18 A Day

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
Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 pm

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


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


A free and easy way to raise money for SLVMS

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