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Panther Press | December 13, 2020 | Issue 16
Posted 12/12/20

Tenisha Tate-Austin, Principal

Derek Lecy, Assistant Principal

Dec. 14  School Site Council Zoom Meeting 3:30pm
Dec. 21 - Jan. 3 Winter Recess
Jan. 4 6th Grade Returns
Jan. 5 7th Grade Returns
Jan. 7 8th Grade Returns


Staff Spotlight

Thank you to our amazing custodians for all their hard work ensuring that our campus is safe for our students' return!

Congratulations to our counselors! They work tirelessly to support our students and families. We feel so fortunate that they are a part of the Panther team! 


Return to Campus

We held our final webinar for the return to campus on December 10th. If you missed it, please check it out on our website here.


7th & 8th Grade Pathways

If you are unsure what pathway your student is in, please see this document


Parent Racial Equity Series

Miller Creek School District hosted Dr. Watson as she engaged participants in the first of four parent seminars on racial equity. Participants were introduced to four agreements to utilize when talking about race:

  1. Commit to the cause

  2. Tell your truth

  3. Lean in to listen and learn

  4. Don’t dodge the discomfort

  5. Resist requiring resolution

Participants identified barriers that prevent open dialogue about race and viewed Being 12 an important video that amplifies the voices of children as they talk about race. Dr. Watson shared The Intersection, a tool that individuals can use when engaging in conversation about race to understand where oneself is and to recognize how others are entering a conversation.

Participants will read Detour Spotting by Jenna Olson in preparation for our next seminar which will be held via Zoom on February 2, from 6:00-7:30.  Want to join us? Register for the remaining three seminars by clicking here.


We Need Your Help

Our maintenance team reports that they are seeing an increase in vandalism at our school sites, and in the last two weeks, a number of our schools have been especially hit after hours, with messages painted on school buildings and signs,  glass bottles broken against outside walls, a window shattered by a BB/pellet and tampering with the electrical components of one of the HVAC units on a gymnasium roof. 


Please help us keep our campuses clean and safe and report any unusual activity or damage to the sheriff''s department. We need our maintenance team available to support our classrooms, school offices and properties with necessary cleaning, sanitizing, repair and routine maintenance to winterize the buildings. When they have to divert their focus to vandalism clean-up, it delays other essential work. 


Thank you.

Miller Creek’s Leadership Ally Team met this week and is encouraging all students to give back to their community over the winter break. Here are some local charities who would benefit from your generosity and time.


Winter Wellness Challenge winners: 

The winners of this week’s Student Winter Wellness Challenge are Kate Robinson (8), Liam McDermott (6), and Finn Snekkevik (7). Congratulations! 

Please encourage your student to join the challenge by practicing self-care and completing this form. We will have a drawing again next week for grade-level winners!  Get ideas here: Winter Wellness Challenge


December Spirit Day!

Friday is Cozy Sweater/PJ & Hot Chocolate Day! All Panthers are encouraged to join our virtual spirit day by wearing a cozy sweater, an “ugly” holiday sweater or pajamas! All Panthers are also invited to share hot chocolate with one another during their 1st period on Friday. Make your own at home or enjoy a virtual cup!


You can find the link to the updated Marin County COVID-19 Safety Decision Tree for Schools here

Click here for the Slide Presentation from the Community Meeting on the status of COVID in Marin School week with Dr. Willis and Dr. Santora.

Marin Schools Status Dashboard which tracks the reopening of schools in Marin County; link here

Marin County Stay-at-Home Order link here

Marin County Updated Quarantine Advisory link here

New CDC Quarantine Guidance link here


Join us for a Talk! Virtual Session on Emotional Intelligence

January 14, 2021 from 4pm-5:30pm presented in English with live Spanish Translation. For more information, please click here. 


Ways to give back this holiday season!

San Rafael Santa Cop. The Santa Cop toy drive benefits children and young people in need right here in the San Rafael community and is supported by the county fire, police, and sheriff's departments. In the past, Miller Creek has traditionally conducted a supporting drive through the homerooms which has provided anywhere from 400-500 new toys. Unfortunately, our inability to hold our support drive this year could leave a large hole in the number of donated toys this holiday season. 


Currently, the Marinwood Fire Dept. is collecting new toys and has collection bins in front of the station for safe drop-off. Toys need to be new and in original packaging. (Please do not wrap the toys) Oftentimes, this may be the only new toy received throughout the year by a child in need. We want to help in making this a special holiday season for the kids who need it the most. As always, we so appreciate your support. 

                                        - Ms. Meschery

Thank you to the Panther Family for the generous food donations to the food drive in support of a local family during the holiday season. #Stronger Together



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