Panther Newsletter

Sept 13 - Sept 17, 2021

Principal's message


Greetings Panthers,

We had another productive week at SLVMS.  Good things that I saw on campus included students having an interactive Socratic Seminar in Social Studies, error analysis in mathematics, collaborative learning in ELA and hands-on activities in science classes.  We are in our third week of Team Time lessons and are wrapping up our initial presentation of our behavior expectations of PAWS (Polite and Positive, Accountable, Wise and Safe). Take time to review these with your student as they are the foundation of our culture of learning.  

Best Regards,

Terry Redfern


Schedule for the week of Sept 13 - Sept 17



Sept 13

ERA PERIODS 1,2,3,4,5,6  Start 8:05.  End  1:40


Sept 14 O

PERIODS 1,3,5  Start 8:05.  End  2:25


Sept 15


PERIODS 2,4,6. Start 8:05.  End  2:25


Sept 16


PERIODS 1,3,5  Start 8:05.  End  2:25


Sept 17 E

 PERIODS 2,4,6. Start 8:05.  End  2:25


Upcoming important dates

September 20 - School pictures during PE

September 24 - End of the first progress reporting period


Note from our Superintendent

-(link to Superintendent's Communications)

"This was our first week of weekly screening for students with Inspired Diagnostics and we quickly realized we could have done a better job with communication. Please accept our apology for any unnecessary confusion or impact to your family.  We would like to thank all families for supporting the efforts to provide screening and exposure testing for all students.  There have been a few phone calls with questions to what it means if a student was signed up under Inspired Diagnostics.  When your student is signed up, you are giving permission for Inspired Diagnostics to screen your student each week for COVID."

**Once you register with Inspired Diagnostic, the SLE office will send you a link to a Google Form asking if you want weekly testing for your child or testing only if there is a classroom exposure.


Panther Sports Report - 9/13 to 9/17

Our girls basketball and boys soccer teams both had tough competitions last week, but fought hard and learned a lot! Our cross country team had their first meet on Friday and our 7th-grade girls came in 1st place, 6th and 7th-grade boys in 2nd place, and 6th-grade girls in 3rd place! 


This Week's Sports Schedule

Monday, September 13 Girls Basketball - New Brighton @ SLV  8th - 4pm, 7th - 5:15pm, 6th - 6:30pm 

Tuesday, September 14 Boys Soccer - SLV @ Scotts Valley, 3:45pm 

Wednesday, September 15. Girls Basketball - SLV @ Shoreline  7th - 4pm, 6th - 5:15pm 

Thursday, September 16   Boys Soccer - Mission Hill @ SLV, 3:45pm 

Friday, September 17  Cross Country Meet @ Soquel, 4pm 



There are problems in the world - Become part of the solution!

Every Tuesday at lunch in RM 2 with Mr. Purtscher  ALL are welcome!


School Picture and ID Card photos 

School Pictures / ID Cards will be on Monday, Sept 20th in the gym during PE for all students. You can fill out the attached form and have your student bring it with them on picture day or alternatively after photo day, you will be able to login to the Van Zantes website to order pictures. 


Panther Club News - 

WE need your help planning and implementing the DRIVE FOR SCHOOLS FUNDRAISER.

Drive for schools tickets will be going on sale in the next two weeks! Be on the lookout! They are $5 each or 6 for $25.   100% of the proceeds go to SLVMS.

Also, we need support on a school improvement project next Saturday 9/18.

Please contact us at 


School Supplies 

It is essential that the students bring their laptop to school every day and that it is charged.  A best practice to ensure that this happens is to have a specific place where the computer is charged every night.  This also helps limit students using their technology late at night.    We do have some school supplies in the office for students who are in need.  Please stop by if we can help. 


Chromebook Loaner Policy

Students without a device instead may “check out” a device from the school district for the entire year.

Much like the textbooks students check out, they can go home with the student each night to be used for homework, and the student is responsible for returning the Chromebook at the end of the year.

Students who wish to check out a loaner Chromebook for the year may do so at the SLVMS Library before school, at lunch or after school.



While the USDA has extended free meals to all students who may need them for the 2021-22 school year, we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE families who may need financial support in other areas to fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch form attached to this email.

The list of families generated from filling out this application may be eligible to receive free or reduced costs in several other areas including the following: Metro Bus passes, school events, community donations, activities and field trips.


Looking for a job?

SLVUSD has many open positions that need to be filled.  From mechanics and bus drivers to classroom aides and office support, come and see what the District has to offer.  Go to and enter San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District on the search box.

Here is a QR code to access the site 


SLVMS Yearbooks 20/21 are here and there are some extras available for purchase.

Students who ordered a yearbook from last year should have received their 20/21 yearbook last week in their Social Studies class.  There are a few extra available for purchase now that the pre-ordered copies are distributed.  The cost is $42 and can be paid via check made out to SLVMS or with cash. (check is preferred) 

For more information please contact Dan Richey or stop by room 17 on break or lunch.


Youth Action Network

We are looking for 13 youth leaders from across Santa Cruz County between the ages of 11-21 to join a Youth Steering Committee. The Youth Steering Committee will have the opportunity to guide the work of the Youth Action Network, connect with youth from across the county, learn research skills, help prioritize ways of strengthening youth voice and youth leaderships and work together with adults and local decision makers to create positive change within our county. 


The YAN Youth Steering Committee commitment is for 1 year starting in October and will consist of 5-8 hours a month. They will meet on a monthly basis with additional 1:1s, team bonding opportunities, trainings and quarterly network meetings. Each youth will have the opportunity to receive stipends ($25 per monthly meeting & additional stipend opportunities throughout the year) , community service hours and free training.  


If you know of any students that would be interested in applying, please send them this link: 


We will also be holding an info session via zoom this Monday from 6:00-7:00pm with Youth from the Youth Action Network. If they would like to register follow this link: 


2021-2022 School Calendar

Click here to view the 2021-2022 SLVUSD School Calendar.  The first day of school will be August 17th, 2021.  Please make your summer plans accordingly.  Missing the first few days of school is particularly difficult for students as that is the time students and teachers are building their community as well as establishing the routines and structures that will guide their year.



Additional resources for Families