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Positive Parenting Program Seminars at SLVMS

Triple P Positive Parenting Program is offering FREE seminars at SLVMS for families with Teens ages 13-16. Triple P, the world’s leading Positive Parenting Program strengthens families by promoting positive relationships.  Triple P is offering three separate seminars in the SLVMS Library in November.  Attend one, two or all three seminars – you choose! Please note: child care will not be available. 

These seminars are designed to help ALL parents.

November 5, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Raising Responsible Teens

Encourage your teen to become independent and responsible by participating in family decisions, being respectful and considerate, being involved in family activities, –developing a healthy lifestyle, being reliable, and being assertive.

November 12, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Raising Competent Teens

Help your teen become a confident, competent young adult by developing self‐discipline, being a good problem solver, –establishing routines, getting involved in school activities, following school rules, and having supportive friends.

November 19, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Getting Teens Connected

Encourage your teen to form positive connections with others by being confident, – being socially skilled, –planning ahead, keeping commitments, keeping in contact, –and taking care of others.


7179 Hacienda Way, Felton, 95018

Presented in English by: Heather Thomsen, PhD. Register to reserve your spot!

Contact:  Heather N. Thomsen at (831) 336‐9859 or


SLVMS AVID class visits UC Santa Cruz

Our 8th grade AVID class had a wonderful visit to the UCSC campus on Wednesday

There were creative activities based on teamwork, strategy, and communication, 

as well as a chance for students to see what an actual college dorm room looks like.


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New School Newspaper at SLVMS

SLVMS has a new School Newspaper titled, The Panther Post. 

Our second edition is hot off the presses, created by Claire Hackett's Newspaper/Journalism elective class.

The link to the Panther Post page on the SLVMS website is below.


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.

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 Basketball 

The regular seasons are over for our Girls Basketball teams.  

End of season tournaments will be played next week.

6th Grade at Scotts Valley on 10/22, 10/23 and 10/24

7th Grade at New Brighton on 10/20, 10/21 and 10/22

8th Grade at Notre Dame on 10/22, 10/23 and 10/24

Times to be determined.  Good Luck, Panthers!

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Cross County

Cross Country County Finals at the SLV Track on Friday, October 17

8th Graders run at 3:45

7th Graders run at approximately 4:05

6th Graders run at approximately 4:25

Come out and root on our Panthers!

Girls Soccer Tryouts

Girls soccer tryouts begin Monday, October 27 on the soccer field.  

Come dressed with cleats and ready to go.

6/7 grade at 2:30

7/8 grade at 3:00

If you have any questions see Mr. Coulson.  


Boys Basketball Tryouts

Boy's basketball tryouts begin Monday, October 27th in the middle school gym

6th Grade from 2:30 - 4:00 pm

8th Grade from 4:30 - 6:00 pm

7th Grade from 6:00 - 7:30 pm

If you have any questions see Mr. Coulson.  


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.

Box Tops For Education!

Bring in your BoxTops For Education by October 29.  Please label them with your student’s 6th period teacher's name and drop them off in the Middle School office.  The class with the most tops collected will receive a special treat.  Our Box Top coordinator will stay after school, on Oct. 29 for an hour if students want to earn community service hours by helping to count and sort box tops for shipping.  Please meet right after school in the 6th grade outdoor quad area

Have you visited the The Panther Club’s SLVMS Amazon Store to find out how your on-line Shopping can raise money for SLVMS? This is the Panther Club’s easiest fundraising program. Basically, you can support the school while shopping at!   With a couple extra mouse clicks, SLVMS will receive money for everything you buy on  Simply click on the link below and then click on the Amazon link at the top of the page to start raising money for SLVMS by doing some online shopping:

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.


After School Art at SLVMS

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, four week art classes are provided for $25 to SLV Middle School students,  There will be three sessions of 4-week classes held in Room 11 at SLVMS from 2:30 - 4:15 pm.

The classes are for students grades 6-8, enrolled in SLVMS. Class size limited to 15 students on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $25 per 4-wk sessionThere is a sliding scale fee available to families in need. Please call 336-4ART.

Online Registration is NOW AVAILABLE

For more detailed information about the classes, go to:


Register for this class by clicking here

4 Thursdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 - 2:30 pm4:15 pm

Students will have an opportunity to explore a variety of cultural artmaking traditions, colorful collage materials and media while examining art techniques used to create compositional mood and the illusion of deep space in the picture plane.

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 October 20 - 24

 Monday    October 20 ALate Start A Day - School Starts at 8:50 am
 Tuesday October 21 O
 Wednesday  October 22 E 
 Thursday October 23 O 
 Friday  October 24 E

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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