Panther Newsletter

June 6 and 7, 2022




Principal's message

Greetings Panthers,

The word of the week is Gratitude.  I want to express my gratitude to all of the staff, students and families for their efforts to complete our school year successfully.  We have seen an impressive improvement in student achievement in the face of a challenging environment.  We look forward to a strong finish to the year and the return of our students next year. Once again, thank you all. 

Best Regards,

Terry Redfern


Schedule for the week of June 6 and 7

Monday, 6/6 Minimum Day (Periods 5/4)

Students go to their 5th & 4th period classes - School is out at 12:10

Period 5 8:05 - 9:55

8th grade students ONLY --> 8:45 Advancement practice - students must be present to participate in advancement.

Brunch 9:55 - 10:10 **Note: Brunch is 5 minutes longer

Period 4 10:15 - 12:10



Tuesday, 6/7 Minimum Day (Periods 1 & 6)

Students go to their 1st and 6th period classes - School is out at 12:10

Period 1 8:05 - 9:55

Brunch 9:55 - 10:10**Note: Brunch is 5 minutes longer

Period 6 10:15 - 12:10


Advancement Ceremony: 1 PM - 2 PM  

8th graders go to the softball field side of the gym at 12:30 to line up


When school ends at 12:10 all students who do not immediately leave campus must go to the library or wait in front of the middle school for their ride home.  Students may not loiter on any part of the tri-campus during that time.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Upcoming important dates

June 7 -  Last day of School All students attend school until 12:10


Class of 2022 8th grade Advancement Ceremony


SLVHS Football Field - June 7, 2022  1:00 pm


The field will open for seating at 12:30pm. Please do not arrive before this as school is letting out.  

SLVMS is planning for a full Advancement ceremony with no limits on guests.  We hope as much as you do that this does not change.

We will allow families to sit on the field in designated areas either on blankets on the turf or with sled-chairs only. No Chair Legs or canopies on the Field.  People may also use the bleachers.   Wedge shoes are OK, but NO HEELS due to field conditions. 






Circulation Access Study

Learn about the Circulation Access Study for the SLV Schools Complex via Online Public Workshop on Wednesday June 9, 2022 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  Meeting Link:  See attached flyer for more details. 


Tranportation Corridor Input wanted

The SLV Schools Access Study is a project to improve access to the San Lorenzo Valley high school, middle school, and elementary school. The project will develop design options to enhance safety for all modes of travel on Highway 9 and the schools' drop-off/pick-up zones, including people walking, bicycling, riding the bus, and driving. The public are invited to complete the following survey.


Football at SLVHS

Attention 8th graders interested in playing football at SLVHS. Come meet the coaches and get all the details on summer activities and the upcoming season immediately after school gets out on Monday, June 6th in the high school weight room. Everyone is welcome and wanted!

Library News

Attention all Students! It’s that time of year. All library books, textbooks and core novels are due now! So check your homes everywhere a book might be hiding and get them turned in already.  The library may be closed for checking out books but it will remain open for everything else….. Thank you,

Ms. Morris

Important reminder Yearbooks are for sale

The SLVMS 2022 Yearbook is here! If you did not order one there are a few extras for sale.  Get yours before supplies run out!  Yearbooks can be purchased with a check, made out to SLVMS for $48. Be sure to put who/what it is for in the memo section.

Cash is also accepted. Bring payment to the office.



SLVMS Panther Club

SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL - The SLVMS Panther Parent Club needs your participation and support.  Our fundraising efforts help support all SLVMS students and our school. For more information, go to: or email us at [email protected] Thank you for supporting the students and staff of SLVMS!

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

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Attn: 8th grade parents - HS Cougar Club wants you!

Last meeting of the year, all are welcome:

June 9th 6-7:30pm at Casa Nostra, outside in the back.

We are the educational booster club. The mission of the Cougar Parent Club is to work with faculty and administrators to support and enhance the educational experience of all students at San Lorenzo Valley High School. We also aim to promote parent-school communications and support activities that foster an inclusive, respectful school community.

We meet once a month and host many activities throughout the year.   email [email protected]


Summer Resources

Free Internet? ~ Click this link to see if you or your family is eligible to receive internet at no cost to you through this new government program.

Back In Person! Join our Summer CyberCamps! Cabrillo College, Bay Area Cyber League and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education are offering FREE week-long Summer CyberCamps. 


Ideal CyberCampers are 9th-12th graders and community college students with basic computer skills and little to no cybersecurity experience. 


We're offering two week-long in-person CyberCamps on the Cabrillo campus. Here are the specifics for the Cabrillo camps:

There is also a virtual Advanced Camp offering. Learn more on our website:, or send an email at [email protected]    Santa Cruz Public Library reading challenge for all ages

Here is a link for the public library's event calendar. 


Summer Baseball league for incoming 9th graders

  It's the months of June and July.  There are 17 games on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  There will not be practices just a chance to play in games Tuesdays and Thursdays. We might start with a couple of practices at the beginning but as the summer goes it will just be games.  We have done this before but over the years we had trouble filling a team and players skipping without any communication.  


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? The cost for the league is to cover umpires which is $75 dollars per game as well as purchasing a hat.  I will supply shirts.  If 14 kids were to sign-up to play it would be less than a hundred dollars for the whole season.  I understand players have vacations planned and yes it's possible to miss a game but communication is vital so that we don't let the league down by not having enough players.


HOW DO I SIGN UP?  Sign-ups for the league are on the SLV icon next to the MaxPreps in the middle of our Cougar baseball website.  (A google doc is open for parents to sign up.) If we have enough players we will join the league!!!


WHO CAN PLAY?  It will be students coming into 9th grade through incoming seniors. All players are welcome from the San Lorenzo Valley community. If you know someone who might be interested or I didn't have them on my email list please spread the word and direct them to the contact list on the google doc to sign up!


Attention SLVMS 6th Grade Families (incoming 7th grade students)

Sixth grade students have required immunizations for 7th grade advancement. Please ensure that your child has received their Tdap booster and 2nd Varicella vaccine. Having these records submitted to the middle school front office before the end of this school year would be greatly appreciated. You can also email the record to our health clerk Christy McMahon at


Moving or transferring schools for the 2022-23 school year?

Please help us plan for the next school year.  If you are moving or your student is transferring to another Middle School, please let us know as soon as possible.

Fifth graders from SLE and BCE are assumed to be attending SLVMS in the fall.  If you know your student will not be moving on to SLVMS, please let us know as soon as possible.

Contact our school Registrar, Melissa Avilla at [email protected]




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







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.




7179 Hacienda Way, Felton, CA.

Phone Numbers:

24 Hour Attendance Line:(831) 335-3812

Office (831) 335-4452  

Fax: (831) 335-7001