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Dear SLVMS Families:

Happy January!  Hope the week has gone well despite all the rain.

A few things...we are having significant issues with vandalism in the bathrooms and with water fountain/bottle fillers.  In the boys room, so many soap dispensers have been ripped off the walls that we can’t keep up with replacing them. We will likely have to close all but one because we need to have soap in the bathrooms.  In the girls bathroom, it is toilet paper and paper towel strewn around, and choice words written on the walls. Our new water bottle filler has already been clogged several times with food and garbage shoved in the drain.  This is unusual behavior for our students, and certainly not behavior that would be acceptable at home. Parents, if you could please talk with your kids for a moment about respecting the school environment, even if you don’t think it is your kid that would do it, that would be great.  And, when we figure out who is behind it (and we almost always do), please support us when we give significant consequences to kids.

Speaking of consequences...Starting Quarter 3 (January 22) we will be changing the process for Campus Beautifications. Campus Beautifications are consequences that are assigned by teachers for minor behavior problems. To complete the CB, students go around at lunch and pick up trash. Some common reasons teachers assign a Campus are for being out of their seat without permission, blurting out, being off-task, and not following classroom rules and procedures. A campus is a signal to the student that their behavior is unacceptable, but an opportunity for them to make amends and change their behavior without involving their parent.  We are trying to help them grow up. But kids are not following through with their campuses, so we are adding a new rule

Any student who does not complete their assigned Campus that week, will be assigned mandatory After School Detention the following Monday. After School Detention is an hour long and starts right after school.  Students will need alternative transportation after school. All students will receive a paper notification of their failure to complete the Campus and parents will receive an email on Friday afternoon notifying them that their student has After School Detention on Monday.

It feels odd to have to be talking about discipline problems as our students are normally quite well behaved.  Thanks for your support in helping us to change some behaviors...our trash experiment last Fall worked really well.

Take care,

Shannon Calden

Dates to remember:

January 14th:  7th grade visits UCSC

January 14th:  6th grade author’s visit 12:45-1:30

January 18th:  End of Quarter 2-- minimum day-- school dismissed at 12:40

January 21st:  No School-- MLK Bday

February 1st:  No School-- Professional Development Day for staff

February 11th:  No School-- President’s Holiday

February 18th:  No School-- President’s Holiday #2

April 1st-5th:  No School-- Spring Break

May 23rd:  Open House- 5:30-7 PM

May 27th:  No School-- Memorial Day

May 28th:  District Bandfest-- SLVHS Gym

May 29th:  SLVMS Awards Night-- SLVMS Gym, 6:30-- Parents will be notified if their student will be honored.

May 31st:  8th grade Dance- 5-7 PM

June 5th:  8th grade Advancement Ceremony-- 11 AM

June 5th:  Minimum Day-- School dismissed at 12:15

June 6th:  Last day of school for the 2018-19 school year-- school dismissed at 12:15

Schedule for January 14th- 18th:


January 14th


7th grade visit to UCSC-- All Day

6th grade Author’s Visit 12:45

PE makeups after school


January 15th


PE makeups after school


January 16th




January 17th


PE makeups after school

Cross Stitch/Loom class after school in library


January 18th

Min Day

Minimum day-- end of quarter 2-- school dismissed at 12:40

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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 Bulletin

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!

Minimum Day

Friday, January 18, 2019

Period 1 8:05 - 8:45 (40 min)

Period 2 8:50 - 9:30 (40 min)

Period 3 9:35 - 10:15 (40 min)

Brunch 10:15 - 10:25 (10 min)

Period 4                10:30 - 11:10 (40 min)

Period 5 11:15 - 11:55 (40 min)

Period 6 12:00 - 12:40 (40 min)

From the PE Department

P.E. Make up days are coming up: Thursday 1/10, Monday 1/14, Tuesday 1/15, Thursday 1/17.  If you have been absent or want to make up participation points show up in your running shoes after school at the track.

We plan to empty the the locker room lost and found at the end of the quarter. If people have missing items you would like to recover, they must contact the p.e. teachers otherwise all items will be donated.

Winter 2 Sports, Wrestling (no cut) and Girl’s Volleyball (cuts), being the week of January 28th.  Tryouts and practice info will be coming soon.

SLVUSD Job Opportunities

SLVUSD is currently hiring for a Senior Custodian at San Lorenzo Valley Elementary (full-time) and a Maintenance Specialist-HVAC (full-time).  We are also looking to hire substitutes (part-time) for Student Nutrition Services. If you are interested, you can download an application from the District website and submit it to the Human Resources Department at the District Office (325 Marion Ave).  You can also apply on

Author’s Visit for 6th graders--Jessica Townsend-- Jan 14th:

Jessica Townsend, author of Nevermoor:  The Trials of Morrigan Crow  and Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, will be visiting on January 14th and speaking to our 6th graders about the book and about writing.  We will have copies of the book available for sale when we return to school in January. 15% of the sales go back to the library.  Nevermoor  is $9.82 (includes tax) and Wundersmith is $19.65.  Checks should be made payable to SLVMS.

Students who purchase a book by January 11th will have the opportunity to get their copy autographed on the 14th.

Want more information?  Contact Cheryl Morris at or 335-4452 x340.


Next Thursday, Jan. 17 from 6-8 pm in the PAC, SLVHS ASB and Cougar Club are co-sponsoring a showing of "A Brave Heart" the story of Lizzie Velazquez, who has a rare genetic disease. Parents and students from all SLVUSD schools are invited. The movie chronicles her journey from cyber-bullying victim to global anti-bullying activist. After the film, there will be a facilitated discussion with the audience about how to constructively stand up to bullying and create a more inclusive space at SLVHS.

RSVP for your free ticket here. Pizza will be available for purchase from 5:30-6 pm prior to the movie.

Looking for People to be part of a Trades Panel at SLV High School on February 13

SLVHS Cougar Club and SLVHS ASB are putting together a panel of people who work in the trades to talk with high school students interested in that career path.  The event will be on Wednesday, February 13 from 11:45-12:45 at SLV High. This would be a small group discussion, in a classroom (not a big presentation or audience).  If you are interested, please contact Claire Hackett at

Relay for Life

Once again, there will be an SLVMS team at Relay for Life in Scotts Valley on June 1st and 2nd.  Please consider having your student join the SLV Middle School Relay for Life Team. Though it is not a school sponsored event, it is captained by our own Matt O’Brien.  Use the following link to join the team.

Parent volunteers and supervision are needed for the event, and students must raise a minimum amount of money and show commitment to the team to be able to participate.  This is not an opportunity to drop your students for a weekend for free babysitting. There will be more information later.


Questions? Contact Team Captain Matt O'Brien at

Don’t forget to buy a yearbook!

Click on the link to access the online portal for purchasing a yearbook.  



Get your Coupon Book for great discounts all over the County!

The Music Department is selling coupons books for $20.  They are the kind that have two for one coupons for restaurants and business all over the county….great ones for the Valley as well.  Interested? Check in with Shannon in the office or a band or choir student.


Board Meeting Summaries

The SLVUSD Board of Trustees meets on Wednesday nights, usually twice a month.  We will be providing a “Board Briefing” after every meeting so families can be better apprised of what is happening in the district.  Click the link below to read the most recent.

December 20, 2018

Wanted:  Talented Parents with some time to work with students

SLVMS would like to set up workshops for students after school in our library/Maker’s Space.  Do you have a creative skill that you would like to share with kids? Consider teaching a 3 or 4 week class on your hour, one day a week, and the school will pay for the materials.

Need ideas?  Jewelry making, knitting, legos, crafting, rocketry, building...whatever is of interest to you I bet we can get kids interested too.

If you are interested, please contact Shannon Calden for more information.

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 also applies to tardies.  Oversleeping and Traffic are not excused tardies. These are not our rules. We can’t bend them, change them, or ignore them.


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.

Failure to clear absences will result in absences being marked as unexcused, and after 3 unexcused absences, you start receiving attendance letters.  You should also not that family vacations or going out of town are unexcused absences, and as those accumulate, you will received letters, and can possibly be referred to the District Attendance Review Board or the County Attendance Review Board.


If you have any questions regarding any of these policies please contact Dean of Students, Renee Rice at 335-4452.

Visit the SLVMS website at

Or the District Facebook Page

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

This is a reminder that San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District policy, as set by the Board of Trustees, declares that we are a fragrant-neutral district.  As we begin to have our drama performances and other site-based activities and meetings, please take care to follow the policies below for the sake of the 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. SLVHS has parents, students, and community members with respiratory issues who can have negative reactions to fragrances. Please take care to follow the policy while on campus.  

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.