Panther Newsletter

June 8, 2020


Principal's Message

Greetings Families,

We made it to the end of the year and I am appreciative of everyone's efforts.  I am sure that we are all ready for summer and are looking forward to some rest and relaxation.  

There is still some uncertainty about what school will look like when we return in the fall. I can assure you that school will be back in session on schedule.  While we are on break, a specific plan based on the guidelines from the district, county and state will be developed.  I will keep you updated as soon as a definitive plan is in place.  I have enjoyed my first year as your principal and look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve you in the coming school year.  





SLV Bands and Choir Present the 2020 Virtual Performance of Ode to Joy

SLV Music teacher Carey Liston and all of our SLVUSD band and choir students from 5th to 12th grade worked very hard to keep alive the tradition of all district music students joining together at the end of the year to play Beethoven's Ode to Joy. Thanks so much, Carey for making this happen!


Ode to Joy

Update on School procedures this week

  • Yearbooks have arrived.
  • We have extra yearbooks for sale!  $46 check or cash(exact change only)
  • Yearbooks will be handed out on the following schedule:


  1. Tuesday June 9th from  9am – 12pm
  2. Wednesday June 10th from 9am - 12pm
  3.    If you cannot make either of these times, please
  • If you are not returning to SLVUSD and have a computer checked out, please be sure to return it.  Otherwise, all students who are returning to SLVUSD should keep their computer over the summer.  (take good care of them).
  • If you still have outstanding books checked out or need to return a computer,  you can return them by making arrangements with the librarian by emailing
  • You can reach our staff via email or leave a message at 335-4452.



Citizen Oversight Committee for Measure S

The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District is now accepting applications for the Citizens' Oversight Committee for the Measure S Bond that was passed in March 2020.  Please access the following web link for additional information:


Online Registration is now available

Registration has been finalized and you should have received an email link to complete your annual registration for the 2020 - 2021 school year.  Please complete this as soon as you can .  If you are having trouble accessing the link, please contact Amy Kuo or 831-336-4022 for help and instruction on this issue.



Please email if you need tech assistance or are having any tech problems. 



If you know that your 6th or 7th grade child will not be returning to SLVMS for the 2020-21 school year, please send an email ASAP to our school Registrar, Melissa Aviila, and let her know what school your child will be attending so that the transition for your student will be seamless. 


Health Corner

by SLV Nurse Sarah

We have many students still requiring immunization documents submitted in order to advance to the 7th grade.

I believe that several students have already received the required Tdap and second Varicella, although we don't have the vaccine record. Please try to get these in by the end of the school year as schedules will not be released and students will not be able to attend classes in the fall without copies submitted to the front office. We would like to introduce our new registrar at SLVMS, Melissa Avilla. Many of you know her from around campus and I believe she will be a great asset to our team. 

You can scan and send documents directly to her at

Again please contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you and stay well as we wrap up this school year. Shots for school is an excellent website for frequently asked questions on immunizations.

Here is the link to guide for immunizations needed for K-12 grade

Sarah Dahlen, SLVUSD School Nurse:








May 18 through September 4


 Exciting news Panthers. The SLVMS Library will sponsor our first 

Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair! 

We could not bring the Book Fair to our school so we are bringing it to your homes.

        You can discover your favorite characters, series, and collections all summer long. All orders are delivered right to your house with

                               FREE shipping on book-only purchases over $25. A portion of the proceeds come back to the school so we can expand our

 library with relevant and engaging books and materials. 

                     Just click on the link below to open the book fair and explore thousands of best-selling books, collections, new releases, educational toys, games, and more.

SLVMS Panther Club Meeting 6/18 7pm - email for the link. 



The Panther Club is the SLVMS Parent Club dedicated to supporting the students, staff and teachers at SLVMS. All parents and guardians of our middle school students are welcome as members of our nonprofit parent/teacher organization. Throughout the year we provide support to these various groups by providing much needed assistance. If you would like to get involved please join us at our monthly meetings. 

Signup for our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date.

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Ways To Help Support Panther Club & SLVMS


If you have any questions please contact the Panther club at

  • Volunteer - Come to a meeting or email us --
  • Make a donation ($50/family/year is requested) -- Donate
  • Shop Amazon using Amazon Smile -- Click hereto help Panther Club & SLVMS!
  • Classroom Donations -- Handwipes, hand sanitizer and Kleenex are always welcome. Please drop your donations off in the office.
  • Boxtops -- Now you can receive bonus box tops credits to our school directly when you shop at Safeway! Visit www.2ways2earn.comfor more details and be sure to sign up for more special offers at Our school ID# 310911. Contact for more info. Keep on clippin’!




Cyber Security Summer Camp

Hello all! We'd like to share an exciting opportunity for digital literacy and career exploration to students in Santa Cruz County. 


CyberSecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. What better time to enroll students in a free CyberSecurity Summer Camp?  


This is a collaboration between COE, PVUSD, Cabrillo College, Digital Nest and BACC (Bay Area Community College Consortium). This is the first year Santa Cruz will have a presence in the camps, and we're hoping to spark interest in students across the county. 


I've attached a flyer to give you more information. In brief, each camp is 5 days long and will feature topics such as cyber hygiene, ethics, systems administration, security audits, and network forensics. No experience in CyberSecurity is required to sign-up for the Introductory Camp. There are two session offerings: Introductory and Advanced. All skill levels are welcome, and we can provide Chromebooks as needed. This is being offered to incoming 6th - 12th grade students. The Introductory Camp dates are 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, or 6/22; the Advanced Camp dates are 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, or 6/29. Plus, there are additional activities and a cyber competition offered the entire month of July.


Students can register online at: Feel free to direct any questions to Elizabeth Shaw.



Opportunity to Help Those in Need

With the support of the SLVUSD staff and community, we can help many families who are struggling to put food on the table for their children. The SLVUSD staff, in cooperation with the San Lorenzo Valley Foundation for Education, established “SLV Food for Families.” This program will provide needed food and other household supplies for families across the valley. The “SLV Food for Families” will provide grocery store food cards for students and their families to help supplement their food budgets during this difficult time.

If you can, please DONATE:  SLV Food for Families 



Terry Redfern: Principal 

Renee Rice : Dean

Kelly Arndt : Administrative Assistant 

Melissa Avilla : Registrar/Attendance 

Mary Zilge : Academic Counselor

Lisa Haney : Social Emotional Counselor

SSC Health Department:

SCC Office of Education:



7179 Hacienda Way, Felton, CA.

Phone Numbers:

24 Hour Attendance Line:(831) 335-3812

Office (831) 335-4452  

Fax: (831) 335-7001


SLV Middle School Website


SLV Middle School Safety Plan




Best Regards,


Terry Redfern

Principal SLVMS