Principal's Weekly Update

Greetings Panther Families,
My heart goes out to all who have been affected by the fire. It has been a long and difficult two weeks for our community that has seen all of us displaced and many who have lost their homes.  All of this on top of the challenges we were facing with distance learning.  Right now we are responding to the needs of our staff and families in the middle of a crisis situation.  School remains closed next week with an expected resumption of school activities on Sept. 8.  All of the calendars will be adjusted and republished once school activities have resumed.
Important to know:
If you do not have your necessary materials with you when school resumes, not to worry we will make arrangements and accomodations.  If you need additional resources now, please contact me directly (  The first few days of school gave us an opportunity to introduce ourselves.  The next few weeks, we will get a chance to get to know each other and your students so that we can meet their individualized academic needs.  
We need each other now more than ever.  That is why it is so important to go slow to go fast.  As a community we will come together and give our students every thing that they need to be successful.  
SLV Strong,
Terry Redfern
Principal SLVMS
Schedule for the next few weeks
August 31 - Sept. 4 - All formal school activities are cancelled.
Sept. 8 - Sept 11 - projected return week for school.  We will resume with materials pickup and orientations.  More details to follow at the end of the week.

A message from your SLVMS Mental Health Counselor: 


To our SLVMS students and families, 


I am holding you in my heart as the CZU Lightning Complex Fire has devastated parts of our community and has displaced many. I can only imagine how many of you are feeling and/or how hard you are working to find stability for your families at this time. In my short time at SLVMS, I have witnessed firsthand how interconnected and resilient the SLV community truly is and know that with each other’s support, our community will get through this. Through these unprecedented times, I hope you can remember to have the utmost compassion for yourself as you do your very best to cope. Please know that I am available as a resource to you, your students, and families and am available virtually or by phone. Please also know that our community agencies have worked hard to compile a great list of available mental health resources for everyone impacted. I have attached this information below as well as some helpful articles for how you can best support yourself and your family during this time. If you have questions, are needing support, or would like more information on how to get connected to these resources, please contact me. Please remember that all of us here at SLVMS are thinking of you all and are ready to support you when the time is right. 


Recovering Emotionally After a Residential Fire 


In gratitude, 

Lisa Haney

Mental Health Specialist 




Optional engagement Activities for Students
Panther club opportunity for student readers
SLV Middle Schoolers and Adults - Please consider volunteering to help read books to elementary students by signing up here:
More Information about SLV Reads:
(Feel free to share the information below with friends of elementary school students)
SLV Reads is a volunteer program organized by the San Lorenzo Valley Middle School's Panther Club. Middle schoolers will read books to elementary school students over Zoom. This program will run Monday through Friday from 12:40 to 1:00 until school resumes. The purpose of the program is to offer a service opportunity to middle schoolers and create a sense of normalcy, routine, and connection during the CZU Fires and Covid-19 crises.
Registration is free and you are welcome to drop in whichever days you are free. In order to keep the Zoom meetings a safe space, we will only send out the Zoom login information to people fill out this form in advance. The questions included in this form are required to confirm registrations are valid and deter Zoom bombers.