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Panther Newsletter

October 14, 2019


Principal’s Message

from Terry Redfern


Greetings SLVMS families,


Last week I was able to visit many classrooms.  It is very evident that there is a culture of learning and student engagement throughout the school.  I saw flexible learning environments, students engaged in hands-on mathematics and social studies students comparing rules of chivalry with campus rules.  This week is Spirit week.  We look forward to a great week with lots of student participation.  


Yes, School is in Session Monday Oct. 14th.  Columbus day is not a school holiday.


SLVMS Spirit Week is this week!  There will be a spirit day every day this week!  The grade (6th, 7th, or 8th) who has the most people participate during the week will win otter pops for the entire grade!!  Check in at the lawn at lunch to get counted for points. 

  • Monday is Pajama Day
  • Tuesday is Sports Day*
  • Wednesday is Whacky Day (mismatched/crazy clothes);
  • Thursday is Farm/Western/Cowboy Day
  • Friday is Beach/Luau Day. 

 Schedule for the Week of  Oct. 14 - 18th. 


Oct. 14


PERIODS 1,2,3,4,5,6 Early release time 1:40


Oct. 15


PERIODS 1,3,5  After School Hw Help available


Oct. 16




Oct. 17


PERIODS 1,3,5 After School Hw Help available


Oct. 18


PERIODS 2,4,6 


Vaping Information Session 10/24 at 6pm at SLVHS MPR

Since I posted this announcement last week, there have been an additional 500+ cases of hospitalization for vaping related illness so that the current total is nearly 1300 cases. There have now been a total of 28 deaths. While the specific causes remain unknown, the cure is prevention and complete abstinence. A recent public health notice from the CDH (California dept. of Health) recommends an immediate cessation of all use of vape related products.


San Lorenzo Valley Middle School and San Lorenzo Valley High School are partnering with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff Department to present an information session on Teen Vaping. Please join us on Thursday, October 24th from 6-7 in the MPR at SLVHS. 


P.E Department plans to continue the tradition of emptying the P.E. lost and found at the end of each quarter. Items from the lost and found will be laid out during the last week of the quarter for students to reclaim. Please stop by to take a look to see if any of your items are in the lost and found.  Parents are welcome to come by and search for missing items before and after school.  All items will be donated after October 25th.





The school year is well underway, and I want to remind you of the importance of attendance at school.  As a partner in your child’s education, we value, appreciate, and seek out your involvement and collaboration for the success of your child. 


We are asking all parents to help us ensure the regular, on-time attendance of their children at school. We monitor attendance closely because research has shown that regular attendance is vital for the success of children in school. California law states that absences are excused only if the child is ill or there is an excuse which meets the requirements of the California Education Code Section 48205. Even excused absences that cause your child to miss significant amounts of school can cause your child to fall behind in class.


Education Code Section 48260 defines a truant as a pupil who has missed more than 30 minutes on three days without valid excuse in one school year. Our goal is to have all children present in school every day and on time. Our district’s policy is that we may require verification of absences due to illness or quarantine, if your child has missed school for three consecutive days. Please be aware that going “out of town” when school is in session with your child is an unexcused absence.


We at SLVMS will work very hard with you to ensure that your child receives the best education possible. To provide your child with an outstanding education, your child must maintain excellent attendance. We are depending on you, and we want to thank you for entrusting us with your child. 







The Community Opportunity Link is provided as a courtesy for parents and students by the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District to receive information of current local events and other student opportunities. These opportunities range from scouting, sports, arts/drama, local community events, as well as other parent resources.

In an effort to reduce paper, flyers will not be sent home to students; all approved flyers will be posted to this District-created website.


SLVMS Panther Club


We need your help for the Halloween dance. Please click on the link below in order to sign up.


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. 

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Upcoming Panther Club Meeting dates 2019-20:

  • Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 - 6pm SLVMS library 

Our Superintendent will be doing a presentation on LCAP (Locally Controlled Accountability Plan) as well as an upcoming bond measure.  More to come.

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
  • Buy 10 Drive For Schools Tickets ($50) for a chance to win a Outback, Prius, $25k and other prizes
  • 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’!

Drive for Schools Fundraiser - October. Annual car give away fundraiser - Drive For Schools! Every year, the Grand Prize is a brand new car (including tax and license)! If the winner is not in the market for a new car, they will be awarded $25,000 cash instead! There will be MANY other smaller prizes awarded as well. Tickets are 6 for $25, and all money goes directly to Panther Club to support the school.

Panther Pantry - Ongoing. The Pantry sells snacks at after school sports events. While only a few years running, it has already been very successful! The money raised helps to fund PE class supplies and after school sports (pays for officials & prevents us from becoming a “Pay to Play” sports program). The Pantry can always use cash donations for supplies, a person to assist the coordinator in the stores operation (opening & closing for home games) and volunteers to run the pantry during games. The Panther Pantry raises THOUSANDS of dollars to keep after school sports free for SLVMS students. This can’t be done without the help of parent volunteers.








Parents who still need schoology codes can contact Mr. Redfern at  If you need help accessing your child's records, we can assist you.  Here is a link to instructions for parents to create schoology accounts with their students' code.

Safe Routes to School

Click HERE for more information on some alternate ways to walk/ride to and from the Felton Tri-Campus.



Below are some helpful links and contact information for SLV Middle School students and parents:



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


SLV Middle School Bell Schedule


SLVUSD 2019-20 School Year Calendar    


Best Regards,


Terry Redfern

Principal SLVMS

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