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A California and National Model Middle School to Watch

A California Gold Ribbon School

Dear SLVMS Families:

We are ready to go!  Hard to believe the summer is already gone…

Teachers spent this week learning about ways to help student social/emotional skills in the classroom as well as preparing for the year.  We took workshops on bullying prevention, positive classroom management practices, and a variety of other topics that help us to focus in on the importance of helping students grow emotionally, as well as academically.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday!  Be here and ready when the first bell rings at 8.  Students will be dismissed at 1:40 on Monday.  All other days we will dismiss 2:25.  If you haven’t got a schedule yet, we will be in the office at 7:15 on Monday morning.  Be sure your PowerSchool registration is complete, and that you have all your shot records if you are 7th grader.

Students will get a planer in their first period class.  All student and parents need to read the handbook in the front of the planner, and sign and return the form in the planner.  Look for it.  There is no charge for planners.  

On Tuesday and Wednesday, locks and PE uniforms will be distributed.  Please send your child with $25 (checks payable to SLVMS) to pay for their materials.  If that is financially difficult, just send a note to your child’s PE teacher and we will take care of it.  If you have a 7th or 8th grader, they can use the uniform from last year if it still fits.  We need parent volunteers to help with uniform distribution.  See note below.

Help your student get off to a start every day by using a checklist like the one below before he/she goes out the door.  Having everything you need is key to having a positive day.

Fall sports start this week.  See schedule below.

Looking forward to a great school year!

Take care,

Shannon Calden

Dates to remember:

August 28th:  First day of school-- bell rings at 8:00-- school dismissed at 1:40 PM

September 4th:  No school-- Labor Day

September 7th:  SLVMS Back to School Night

September 11th:  Picture Day

September 15th:  First Dance-- 5-7 PM

September 21st:  Panther Club Meeting-- 6:30 PM--Staff room

October 16th:  Picture retakes

October 19th:  Panther Club Meeting--6:30 PM-- Staff room

October 27th:  End of Quarter 1 grading period

October 27th:  Halloween Dance-- 5-7 PM

November 6th and 7th:  Vision and Hearing Testing

November 10th:  No School-- Veteran’s Day

November 17th:  Honor Roll Celebration

November 20th-26th:  Thanksgiving Break

December 21st:  Minimum Day-- School dismissed at 12:40

December 22nd- January 7th:  Winter Break

Schedule for August 28th - September 1st:


August 28th


School dismissed at 1:40


August 29th


*Boy’s Soccer tryouts:  2:45-4:15 all grades

*Cross Country Starts:  2:30-4:00


August 30th


*Boy’s Soccer tryouts:  2:45-4:15 all grades

*Girl’s bball tryouts:  6th grade 3:30, 7th grade 4:45, 8th grade 6:00

*Cross Country Practice:  2:30-4:00


August 31st


*Boy’s Soccer tryouts:  2:45-4:15 all grades

*Girl’s bball tryouts:  6th grade 3:30, 7th grade 4:45, 8th grade 6:00

*Cross Country Practice:  2:30-4:00


September 1


*Girl’s bball tryouts:  6th grade 3:30, 7th grade 4:45, 8th grade 6:00

*Cross Country Practice:  2:30-3:30

Visit the SLVMS website at

Or the District Facebook

Visit the Community Links webpage for information on non-school sponsored activities that may be of interest to your family at

Daily Announcements

You can read the daily announcements that are read and emailed to the kids at this link if you are interested:

Daily Checklist

Be you walk out the door to go to school, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did I eat breakfast?

  • Did I bathe, brush my teeth, and put on deodorant?

  • Do I have my backpack?

  • Do I have my homework in my backpack?

  • Do I have my charged chromebook/device  in my backpack (you need it everyday!)

  • Do I have my lunch or money to buy lunch?

  • Do I have my PE clothes?

  • Do I have what I need for after school activities?

  • Did I give my grown up a hug and say thanks for taking care of me?

If you answer yes to everything, then you are ready for school.  If not, take care of it quickly!  You don’t want to be late!  Have a great day!

Be sure to bring a device to school every day!

Please remember that students need to have a chromebook or other laptop device every day.  If you cannot buy one, students can go the library and check one out on a daily basis, or for the school year.   Students who do not have a device when it is needed in class will get a consequence for not having their school supplies.  Please help them to remember to put it in their backpack in the morning.

Fall Sports are starting this week!

Fall sports begin this week:

Boys Soccer Tryouts:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 2:45-4:15 for all grades.  Cuts will be made and the team posted on Friday after school.

Girls Basketball Tryouts:  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-- team cut and posted on Monday--tryouts in the gym

6th grade:  3:30-4:45

7th grade:  4:45-6:00

8th grade:  6:00-7:15

Cross Country:  Cross Country is a no cut sport...all students are invited to participate.  Practice begins on Tuesday.  All interested students should meet behind the gym at 2:30.  Wear your running shoes...

Vounteers needed

Volunteers are needed Tuesday and Wednesday to distribute PE uniforms and locks.  We have 2 hour shifts...8-10, 10-12, and 12:30-2:30.  You can work for all or part of the day.   Come and experience the energy of a middle school PE class getting ready for the year  There is nothing like it!  If you are interested, please email Shannon at  


SLVMS Attendance Policies

The beginning of the year is a good time to review existing and new attendance policies so that everyone is on the same page and there are no surprises!  This stuff is never fun to talk about.  We do not want your children to come to school when they are ill, but if they aren’t sick, they need to be here.


THE RULES: California Education Code recognizes only the following reasons as excused absences: personal illness; religious holidays; medical or dental services; serious family emergencies; and/or school suspension. All other absences will be recorded as unexcused. This is not our rule. We can’t bend it, change it, or ignore it.


CLEARING ABSENCES: There are two methods for clearing absences

Option OneCall the Attendance Line and Leave a Message

Please call the attendance line, preferably the day that your student is absent, at 335-3812.  This phone line is available 24/7.

Please leave the following information when you call:

  • First and last name of the student

  • Date and period of the absence(s)

  • The specific reason for the absence

  • Phone number where the parent can be reached


Option Two – Send Your Student Back to School with a Note  

You may also send your student back to school the day they return with a note that includes all information listed above.

An automated phone caller will notify parents/guardians nightly of any period absence for that current school day.  There is an option to reply to the automated call. If you have any questions regarding any of these policies please contact the office.