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Established 1948

Principal's Message

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Monday, December 15 is NOT a Late Start

It is an E day and School begins at 8:00 am

Next Week’s Schedule is Abnormal and Confusing

Next week is strange.  The HS has Finals Wednesday through Friday, and the Middle School Winter Carnival is on Friday. 

There is NOT a Late Start on Monday.  

Monday is an E day, Tuesday is an O Day. 

Wednesday and Thursday, we follow the HS Finals schedule, so the schedule is 2/3/5/4 on Wednesday and  5/4/1/6 on Thursday

Friday is an O Day with the Winter Carnival in the middle of the day. 

Everyone who makes it through next week's schedule can then take two weeks off.

Schedule for the Week of December 15-19

Monday 15 E Day - School begins at 8:00 am

Tuesday 16 O Day - Site Council Mtg 3:00 pm

Wednesday 17 High School Final Day:  2/3/5/4

Thursday 18    High School Final Day: 5/4/1/6

Friday 19   Modified O Day - Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival is next Friday, December 19!

The Annual SLVMS Winter Carnival is next Friday, December 19, from 11:10 to 12:10. Student booths will offer food, games, and fun in order to earn money for both themselves and local charity. Over 50 booths are set.  Parents are welcome to come and be a part of a fun day that helps raise money for those in need.

If you are a booth sponsor, please remember this is a rain or shine event.  Set up will begin at 10:10 am. Students will not be released from class until 10:10. The Carnival begins at 11:10.  All adults must sign in at the MS Office and receive a visitor’s sticker to wear. Please remember that students and parents are responsible for providing all materials needed for their booths, including any tables, chairs, power strips, duct tape, or extension cords.

Since 1990, our school has donated over $33,000 to Valley Churches from money raised during the Winter Carnival.


Academic Intervention Friday

Today was our second Academic Intervention Day of the year.  For 50 minutes before lunch today, students with no Ds or Fs had the opportunity to have some fun, free time activities on a Friday. Students played basketball in the gym, games or read in the library, spent time in the computer lab with Mrs. Snedeker, did some art with Mrs. Lahey, played bingo with Mrs. Hackett, or hung out with their friends, and were allowed to listen to music on their phones and iPods.

Students who have missing work affecting their grades, stayed in a classroom, with a teacher to get work done. Each student who stayed in and worked was given a copy of the gradebook from the classes in which they are struggling. They were instructed to bring them home so so that they can work with you to see exactly what they need to get done over the weekend.  

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The Second Quarter Slump that I have been discussing in the newsletter for the past month, is really affecting some students who don’t normally have low grades.  Progress Reports are coming home next week.  That means we are halfway to the 2nd quarter grades. Students who are struggling should bring home a preview of their Progress Report that they received today in Academic Intervention. The 2nd Quarter does not end until January 23, so everyone still has time.


Technology Survey - New Copy coming home if we didn’t get yours!

Thank you to all who filled out and returned the survey.  For those whose copy got lost in the shuffle, we will be sending a new copy home.  Please take a minute or two this weekend to fill it out and get it back to us. Your feedback on how we move forward with technology in the district is very important to us.

Panther Club helps SLVMS purchase Chromebooks!

A Super-Sized Thank You goes out to all the parents involved with our Panther Club who work so hard and give of their time and money to help SLVMS.  

The latest way your hard work is paying off is that Panther Club has given SLVMS $6,000 toward the purchase of another class set of Chromebooks and a charging cart to go with it.  

This donation, combined with school-site technology funds, will allow us to purchase another 32 Chromebooks in a mobile lab to be used by all teachers.  

This brings the total of Chromebook carts on campus to six: four purchased by the school district and two purchased in combination by the Panther Club and SLVMS.  

Teachers are finding new and exciting ways to use these Chromebooks as both a tool and a resource for learning.  Thanks so much to all who help make this community and this school better.

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New School Newspaper at SLVMS

SLVMS has a new School Newspaper titled, The Panther Post. Our Holiday Edition is hot off the presses, created by Claire Hackett's new Newspaper/Journalism elective.

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

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 Soccer

Full Girls Soccer Schedule Available on the SLVMS Athletics Webpage at:



Boys Basketball

Full Boys Basketball Schedule Available on the SLVMS Athletics Webpage at:



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.

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.


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.

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 December 15-19

 Monday    December 15 ESchool begins at 8:00 am 
 Tuesday December 16 OSchool Site Council Mtg 3:00pm
 Wednesday  December 17 FHS Final Schedule 5/4/2/3
 Thursday December 18 FHS Final Schedule 2/3/1/6 
 Friday  December 19 OModified O Day - Winter Carnival

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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