Newsletter English

Panther Newsletter

Dec. 6 - 10, 2021

(Spanish translation located at the end of the newsletter)





Principal's message

Greetings Panthers,

This is the last full academic week for classes.  It is important that all students complete work prior to the due dates.  The last week of school we have an alternate schedule as our schedule is connected to the high school finals schedule. (see below).  Also, it is important for students to know that these semester grades will determine eligibility for sports after the break.  Please be sure to reach out to all of your teachers.  I end with a quote to inspire you to finish strong, “The things you need to do to finish the year strong are the exact same things you should have been doing all year long. The only difference is that time is no longer an ally…it’s an adversary.” — Gary Ryan Blair

Best Regards,

Terry Redfern


Students performing in the musical Dear Edwina, Jr.


Schedule for the week of Dec. 6 - Dec. 10



Dec. 6

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


Dec. 7 OT

PERIODS 1,T,3,5  Start 8:05.  End  2:25

Panther club meeting at 6pm


Dec. 8


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


Dec. 9


PERIODS 1,3,5  Start 8:05.  End  2:25


Dec. 10 E

PERIODS 2,4,6. Start 8:05.  End  2:25

The bell schedule is at the end of this email.



Upcoming important dates


Dec. 7, 2021 - Panther Club Meeting - 6pm (see information below)

Dec. 16, 2021 - Winter Carnival

Dec. 17, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022 -  Winter Break

Jan. 3, 2022 - 1st day of semester 2


Panther Club News 

Please join us for our monthly meeting this Tuesday Dec. 7 at 6pm.

Attend in person at the SLVMS main Quad under the pavillion or online at:

Wanted! Parents and SLVMS students to appreciate school staff and spread holiday cheer! Please join us this Tuesday, December 7, 6 pm in the SLVMS Quad to sign and decorate staff cards and enjoy special treats. The Panther Parent meeting is at the same time. We also need elves to make and deliver holiday treats to the staff room the week of December 13. and


Academic Counselor Corner with Mary Zilge

Dear Parents and Guardians, as we quickly progress to the end (December 16th) of our first semester, please note our school's Advancement Policy:

Students who earn more than four end of semester Fs in any of their classes are not considered to have passed their current grade level.  This is cumulative for the school year.  For example, if a student earns 2 Fs in semester one and then earns three more Fs in semester 2, they haven't passed the minimum standards for their grade level.

What does this mean for grade 6 and 7th grade levels?  Students who do not meet the Advancement Policy may be enrolled in an academic support class and may be referred for summer school.  Students will still matriculate to the next grade level.

Grade 8- Students who do not meet the Advancement Policy will not be able to participate in our end of year activities: 8th grade party, dance, and Advancement Ceremony.  Students may also be enrolled in an academic support class during the school year and referred to summer school. Students will matriculate to 9th grade.  

The above information is in the Student Handbook.

The primary reason students fail is due to missing work. As a staff we do our best to support students in completing their work.  Please encourage your student to communicate with their teacher regarding prioritizing missing work. All teachers can be available to meet with students before or after school as needed and we offer Tuesday and Thursday after school academic support (Note times listed below). Mrs. Zilge, the Academic Counselor and administration also actively meet with your students to support them in their academic success. 

If you have any concerns regarding your students' academics, please contact their teacher(s) and Mrs. Zilge, the Academic Counselor.

We are all working together to support all of your students.

After School Academic Support Schedule:

Tuesdays- 2:30 -3:30  room 13- Math, Social Studies, Language Arts

Thursdays 2:30-3:30 room 9 - Language Arts, Science

Academic Opportunity Support (AOS) is a before and after school academic program available to students to support them in their academic success. 

Students should check in with their teachers for individual days and times..

Please contact Mary Zilge, Academic Counselor if you have any questions.



Panther Sports Report Dec. 6 - 10

Monday 12/6

Boys Basketball Scotts Valley @ SLV  8th - 4pm, 7th - 5:15pm, 6th - 6:30pm 


Tuesday 12/7 

Girls Soccer 3:45pm   8th @ SLV vs B40    6/7th @ B40 

Running Club - 2:45 - 3:45pm 

Tennis Club - 2:30 - 4pm 


Wednesday 12/8

Girls Volleyball Open Gym - 2:45 - 3:45pm in Middle School Gym 

*Only for those students interested in trying out for the Girls Volleyball team in January. 


Thursday 12/9 

Girls Soccer 3:45pm  8th @ Mission Hill    6/7th @ SLV vs Mission Hill 

Running Club - 2:45 - 3:45pm 

Tennis Club - 2:30 - 4pm 


Friday 12/10

Girls Volleyball Open Gym - 2:45 - 3:45pm in Middle School Gym 

*Only for those students interested in trying out for the Girls Volleyball team in January. 



You're Invited to Enjoy the Show! Come Support our SLV Middle School Theatre!

Come be entertained by the fun-loving, lighthearted, singing and dancing of my middle school cast! Enjoy a fun and uplifting family outing while supporting the SLV Theatre Arts Department and our talented kids!  (See our attached poster). 



December 3-12, 2021

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00 P.M.

Sundays @ 2:00 P.M.


San Lorenzo Valley Middle School Theatre is proud to present Dear Edwina Jr. This 1-hour musical is directed by Tara McMilin with music and vocal direction by Nicki Kerns and choreography by Mikaela Ballmer. This production will be presented at the SLV Performing Arts Center (adjacent to the high school parking lot).


Here is what you need to know.

  1. Tickets are available to purchase in advance online 
  2. Capacity is limited to 100 patrons.
  3. Eighty (80) tickets are available online and 20 tickets available at the door 1-hour prior to showtime. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.
  4. You can pick your own seats. As per SLVUSD COVID protocols, there must be one seat between each patron.
  5. Masks must be worn inside the PAC at all times, regardless of vaccination status. 😷
  6. Please do not attend if you are experiencing COVID symptoms.
  7. Anyone with an active quarantine status of any kind cannot attend.
  8. If someone requires seating accommodations, please email to make seating arrangements.

We are so excited that the students are able to perform live before an audience. We appreciate your understanding regarding the COVID protocols that we are required to follow. Please pass along the above information to friends and family so that there are no surprises when they arrive at the PAC.


If you are unable to attend, but are a fan of theatre and youth, SLV Theatre Boosters can accept donations 'friend to friend' via PayPal, email address The reason 'friend to friend' is necessary is so that we do not incur fees.


When you go to PayPal, you log into your account, then:

  • click on "Send & Request"
  • type in the email address to which you want to send money (
  • click "Next"
  • add in the dollar value of your donation and a note (Donation to SLVMS theatre production)
  • click "Continue"
  • where it says "Paying for an item or service," click on the Change option
  • please click on "Sending to a friend"
  • you'll get a summary
  • final step is to click on "Send Payment Now"

Please let me know if there are any issues in making a donation.   Thanks ever so much for your generosity!


Please email if you have questions.   We look forward to seeing you at the PAC!


San Lorenzo Valley Middle School

Finals Week Schedule 2021


Monday, Dec. 13:              Regular A Day (not early out) 8:05 - 2:25


Tuesday, Dec. 14:              2nd period 8:05 – 9:55

                                             Brunch: 9:55 – 10:05

                                             3rd period: 10:10 – 12:00

                                             Lunch: 12:00 – 12:30

                                             4th period: 12:35 – 1:08 (33 minutes)

                                             5th period: 1:13 – 1:46 (33 minutes)

                                             6th period: 1:51 – 2:25 (34 minutes)


Wednesday, Dec. 15:         5th period 8:05 – 9:55

                                             Brunch: 9:55 – 10:05

                                             4th period: 10:10 – 12:00

                                             Lunch: 12:00 – 12:30

                        1st period: 12:35 – 1:08 (33 minutes)                                           

2nd period: 1:13 – 1:46 (33 minutes)

                                             3rd period: 1:51 – 2:25 (34 minutes)


Winter Carnival Schedule

Thursday, December 16, 2021


180 minute school day


  Period 1                   8:05   9:34           (81 min)            

BRUNCH          9:34   9:44           (10 min)     

Cafeteria open


Period 6                   9:48 11:17           (79 min)      

10:45  -  Set up for Carnival (DO NOT dismiss students before 10:45 to set-up)                   

LUNCH                 11:17   11:42          (25 min)

Cafeteria open

                                 Set up for Carnival – Main Quad closed

                             Activity Events: Gym, Football Field, Library


Winter Carnival    11:47 – 12:47          (60 min)


Carnival Cleanup  12:47 

MS School Bus      Leave at 1:00 pm from SLE Bus Circle - Normal Routes


Gratitude begins with giving!

It's time for the annual canned food drive for the Valley Christmas Project!  We have a school-wide goal of bringing in 1000 food items.  If we reach that goal, we'll have an extended lunch (15 extra minutes) with phones being allowed during those extra 15 minutes. Donations need to be non-perishable food items. A list of suggested items will be on each crate.  

The drive will go through Dec. 10.  Bring items to any classroom - look for the crates with the canned food drive flyers. 

Students, the Winter Carnival is coming up soon!

The annual SLVMS Winter Carnival will be held on the last day before Winter Break – Thursday, December 16. If you would like to make a little holiday money by having a booth at the carnival, you must submit an application to the office. 50% of your profits will go to the Valley Christmas Project and you keep the other 50%!! In 2019 we donated over $3,000 to the Valley Christmas Project, and SLVMS students who had booths split $3,000 profit.

Check your school email for the application form (sent on Dec. 1st from Mrs. Hackett).

The deadline to turn in the applications is Thursday, Dec. 9. Contact Mrs. Hackett chackett@slvusdorg with questions.


If you are interested in participating, talk to your teacher right away!  Below is a link for more information from the county office of education. 

Science Fair Website




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

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



In Room 13 every Friday at noon - Social time 2:30 for club meetings.



Looking for Support? 

 Mountain Community Resources, in conjunction with Community Bridges, is a wonderful place to find support for our Valley families.  Among other services, they can provide Parent Education, Counseling and Emergency Preparedness.  It’s been a rough year and a half and we can all use some extra support.  Give them a call at (831) 335-6600 or check out their website.


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 


Substitute Teaching 

If you have a college degree, you might want to consider signing up to be a substitute teacher.  You pick the days, grade levels, subjects or schools that work for you. Call SLVUSD Human Resources at 336-5193 or click the link below for more information.
How To Get On The Santa Cruz County-Wide Sub List



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. 



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





Parent Helpline

Given the stress and anxiety families are experiencing, please take a moment to check out this flyer for the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Support Groups.  These services are FREE and a valuable resource for parents, caregivers, children and youth. 


Santa Cruz County of Education

SCCOE has a six page Student and Family Resource Guide which lists numerous local, state and federal agencies support programs.



Your SLV School District Google Account is NOT private

While you should already be aware of this, the number of flagged emails or assignments I have been receiving lately shows that I should send a reminder.

Your school Google Account is NOT private. It belongs to the school district and it is issued to you for school use.  It is monitored by software that flags language that is inappropriate or concerning. This can include profanity, language that is hateful due to slurs regarding race, religion, or sexual orientation, references to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, self-harm, or weapons, or is threatening in any way.  These emails or google assignments are flagged and immediately sent to administration, where we will review them and take any necessary action including disciplinary consequences.