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Dates for Common Core Online Testing at SLVMS

SLVMS will be part of a state-wide pilot for the new online Common Core State Standards Testing this spring.  

Students will be tested in both Language Arts and Math.

Students will also take paper and pencil CST tests in 8th Grade Science.  

The testing dates for SLVMS are listed below:

April 14 - 18: Online Testing in Language Arts: 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade

All tests will be taken in a computer lab with the student’s Language Arts teacher during the student’s Language Arts period.

April 29 - May 2: CST Testing for 8th Grade Science Only

Students will test with their Science teacher in their Science period.

May 12 - 16: Online Testing in Math: 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade

All tests will be taken in a computer lab with the student’s Math teacher during the student’s Math period.

SLVMS is gearing up for Year Two of AVID

When we come back from Spring Break, we will be meeting with current 7th-grade students who have been nominated by teachers and staff as qualified candidates to apply to be a part of the next year’s SLVMS 8th Grade AVID class.

AVID or Advancement Via Individual Determination is is a college readiness program designed to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college in a global society. Over the past 30 years, AVID has become one of the most successful college-preparatory programs in the United States and the world.

The AVID Student:  AVID targets students in the academic middle: B, C, and even D students who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. 

Typically, they may be the first in their families to attend college, from low-income families or historically under-served groups. 

AVID puts these students on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.

AVID is an elective course taken during the school day. Students are selected to enroll in an AVID class after an application process. 

The curriculum focuses on organizational and study skills, critical thinking,asking probing questions, getting academic help from peers and college tutors, and participating in enrichment, tutorial, and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.

Being in the AVID program is major commitment, but one that pays off:

90% of students who stay with the AVID program through high school complete all college entrance requirements.  The national average is 36%.

75% of AVID students who stay with the program through high school are accepted to a four-year college out of high school.  The national average is 32%.

Stay Tuned for more AVID information in the weeks to come!

Tdap Booster Needed to start 7th Grade Next Year

For the 2014-15 school year, and all future school years, students entering,advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called Tdap) for school in the fall. The new requirement was signed into law in 2010. 

Students without proof of immunization will NOT be allowed to attend school on the first day of school in August.  

Please be sure to bring proof from your doctor to the middle school office by June 1.

First SLVMS Outdoor Dance Party is Coming After Break!

When we get back from Spring Break, we will be having an awesome dance that has been upgraded to an Outdoor Party on Friday, April 11.  

We will be having music, games, activities, face paint, a H-O-R-S-E tournament, and ping pong, all around the main quad.  

It is a Disney-themed dance party, so dress in your greatest Disney gear.  

Permission slips will go home Monday, April 7 and tickets will be on sale for $5 Tuesday - Friday that week.  Don't miss out!

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Update on Attendance for 2013-14 at SLVMS

The Attendance data from Month Six of the school year is in and SLVMS had an attendance rate of 95.3% last month, which is up 1.4% from this month last year. 

SLVMS also has an overall attendance rate of 96.3% for the entire year, which is up 1.0% from last year at this time.  

Both of those percents are the highs for all schools in the district this year so far.  

Thanks so much to all the parents, families, students, and staff for making attendance a priority. It does matter.

Technical Support Job Opening

SLVUSD has a job opening in Tech Support. Assist teachers and staff with computer, application, projector and network issues. 

Experience troubleshooting Mac's and PC's needed.  

Please contact the SLVUSD Human Resources Department for an application at

Spring Dance – April 11th

Look for a message coming soon from The Panther Club regarding the spring dance on Friday, April 11.  

We’ll be looking for chaperons and accepting food and drink donations for our snack bar.  

If you know now that you would like to chaperone, just send Melissa Avilla a message at and you’ll be added to our list.  

This is the last week to sign up.  Please let us know if you can help out.  Thanks!

The 2014 Redwood Mountain Fair will take place on May 31 and June 1.

Panther Club has been offered the opportunity to raise money for SLVMS by providing 8 volunteers to help with the fair clean up day on Monday, June 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   

If we provide all 8 volunteers, we will earn 32 volunteer hours at the fair.  Last year, volunteers earned $21 per hour for their charity/non-profit groups.  The year before that, they earned $16 per hour.  Each year the hourly rate is determined by how much money the fair earns.  But, as you can see, we have to opportunity to earn over $650 for the school in less than four hours! If you can give four hours of your time on the date and time mentioned above, please contact Melissa Avilla at ASAP

Only a few more weeks left to get your orders placed!

Just in time for spring planting or perhaps a Mother's Day gift!

Support Panther Club's spring fundraiser.

Check out the following link for FlowerPower:

Flower Power fundraising generously donates 50% of sales to our school.  Flower Power Fundraising offers only the finest, best-quality bulbs and plants available from growers in Holland and the U.S. They are so confident in the quality of their products that they offer an unconditional, 100% money-back guarantee.

Proceeds raised will help support SLVMS and its various programs such as technology upgrades, classroom supplies, 6th grade outdoor adventure day busses, honor roll ice cream and much more!

It's easy!  Just click on the link above, go shopping and FlowerPower will do the rest! They'll even ship it directly to your door or to the person of your choosing.You can also share the link with friends and familyon Facebook.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Raissa Gale


SHOP though Panther Club Web Page and earn money for school! Do you shop

If you haven’t already visited and shopped through the SLVMS amazon store, now’s the time to check it out.  

It’s easy and SLVMS will receive a 2% to 4.25% commission on every purchase made. To shop amazon.comthrough the SLVMS amazon store and earn money for our school, you only need two extra mouse clicks.  Start at The Panther Club web site, , find the “SHOP NOW” button on the right side of the page and click it to enter the SLVMS amazon store.  From there, Just click on ANY part of the multiple AMAZON logos throughout the SLVMS amazon page and you will be taken directly to

As you will see, your information is secure. AMAZON Shopping Cart is used to process orders.  

They offer an encrypted, secure Shopping Cart for all on-line transactions. No registration needed! Thank you for supporting SLVMS


Track and Field

Track Practice has begun.

Click link for complete 2014 Schedule: Track Schedule

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Girls Softball

Girls Softball Teams have been chosen.  

Congratulations to those who made the team and thanks to all who tried out for the team.

Click link for complete 2014 Schedule: Softball Schedule


Boys Volleyball

Boys Volleyball Team has been chosen.  

Congratulations to those who made the team and thanks to all who tried out for the team.

Click link for complete 2014 Schedule: Boys Volleyball

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Golf Schedule TBA

Just a quick reminder about medications at school as we hit cold and flu season.

School employees are not permitted to dispense any type of medication to students without a signed physician's note.  This includes all over the counter drugs such as Ibuprofen and Benadryl. A parent can come to school and give a child medication, but school employees cannot.

Please be aware that ALL District sites are considered CLOSED between Sunset and Sunrise.  Unauthorized personnel are NOT permitted on District school sites between Sunset and Sunrise. This will be enforced by District Security as well as the local Sheriff's Department. Please share this information with all of the members in your household.  This is to ensure the security of our facilities and the safety of our staff and students.  Thank you for your assistance.  

The SLV Education Foundation is an active 501c3 non-profit organization in need of revitalization, new energy and new leadership. 

Serving all SLV students primarily through various community and fundraising efforts, the Foundation has in the past helped fund such student programs as class-size reduction. 

The Foundation is now looking for volunteer leaders interested in finding ways to help improve and fund classroom improvement, teacher assistance and after-school/summer activity programs; and even a program to ensure that all students are provided digital tablets and instruction on their use as a part of their education while at SLV.

If you or someone you know are energetic, hard-working, and committed to the idea that our students deserve the absolute best opportunity to excel that our community can provide, then please consider joining as a leader of the SLV Education Foundation. 

Questions – contact George Wylie, 338-0578 or georgewylie@yahoo.com1-15

Schedule for the Week of April 7 - 11

Monday April   7  Late Start A Day - School begins at 8:50 am
Tuesday April    8  O Day
Wednesday April    9  E Day 

Thursday April   10  O Day
Friday       April 11 E Day

Helpful Links for SLVMS Families

Join the Panther Club!
All parents and guardians of our middle school students are welcomed as members of our nonprofit parent/teacher organization. Our members work closely with teachers, staff and students to help provide the highest educational experience, both academically and socially for SLVMS students.

Visit the Panther Club webpage
to learn how we support our students and staff
—and find out how you can help.
And please, join our email list!

Next Panther Club Meeting
Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 pm

in the Staff Lounge! Come join us! 


 We welcome parents and family to a be a part of daily life here at school.
If you are interested in volunteering for lunch supervision or want to visit your child's classroom, 
we must ask that you follow a few safety procedures. All visitors must come to the main office to sign in, receive a visitors pass, and/or set up a classroom visit.
Click on the Link Below to view SLVMS Adult Safety Rules


Click on the Daily Bulletin Chalkboard for the SLVMS Daily bulletin


Click on the icon to go to Parent & Student Powerschool login

Click  to access PowerSchool Parent Portal User Guide


DON'T FORGET to call the attendance line 
when your child will be absent.
SLVMS Attendance Line: 335-3812


A free and easy way to raise money for SLVMS

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