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Panther Press | December 20, 2020 | Issue 17
Posted 12/18/20

Tenisha Tate-Austin, Principal

Derek Lecy, Assistant Principal

Dec. 21 - January 3 Winter Recess
January 4 6th Grade Returns
January 5 7th Grade Returns
January 7 8th Grade Returns


We hope you have a safe and peaceful holiday season.

It will take all of our families working together to keep our students safe and keep our schools open. Please consider taking the MCSD Community pledge to keep our schools safe and open. Link Here. Families participating in high risk behavior such as mixing households or traveling should quarantine before returning to school. You can find the updated quarantine guidance here.


Marin Health and Human Services, Marin Prevention Network and The Marin County Office of Education, have collaboratively prepared a letter for families in Marin. A Safer Way to Holiday is linked below and covers everything from safe celebration ideas to prevention and wellness for young people.


Twas the Night Before Break 

Typically we conclude the year with a winter pageant for students. Although we weren't able to celebrate in our typical we couldn't go into the New Year the time pass without a surprise for our students. Please take a listen to our version of "Twas the Night Before Break." Written by Steve Steinberg and Narrated by Ted Breece.


As we prepare to have all students return back to school in January, here are a couple of important reminders:

  • 6th Graders return to school 1/4/21. 7th Graders return to school 1/5/21 and 8th Graders return to school 1/7/21. 

  • Please read the Parent Handbook, English and Spanish. Please sign and return the Health Pledge (located on page 35) to your child’s first period teacher.

  • Please remember to complete the Safety iPass check everyday before sending or bringing your child to school.

  • It's imperative that students enter and exit school through the designated location. Students in Pathway 1 will enter and exit through Entry Point 1(Las Gallinas). Students in Pathway 2 will enter and exit through Entry Point 2 (Red Bridge). Students in Pathway 3 will enter and exit through Entry Point 3 (Miller Creek Ave/Tennis Courts). Students will leave campus directly after dismissal. 

  • Students can find the class room numbers on their class schedule located in the Aeries Parent Portal.

  • Students should report to school five minutes before their class begins and go directly to their first class of the day.

  • If you were unable to attend the 7/8 grade Parent Webinar, you can find it on the center of our homepage.

What time will my student need to arrive for their classes? 

Please review the staggered start times for classes on Monday/ Tuesday/ Thursday/ Friday: (Wednesdays are remote) Bell Schedule here. Please remember to have students come to school 5 minutes before their class starts. 

  • Sixth Grade Pathway 2- 8:00am-10:30am

  • Seventh Grade All Pathways- 8:10am-11:55am

  • Eight Grade All Pathways- 8:20am-12:05pm

  • Sixth Grade Pathway 1- 11:15am-1:45pm

Miller Creek School District Drive-Thru Community COVID Testing Event

December 28 and December 29 at 9am-12pm & 12:30pm-3pm in the Miller Creek Middle School parking lot. Appointments are required, test kits are provided and processed by Curative and the test is a quick, non invasive oral swab. No walk-up appointments allowed. Click here in English / Spanish to sign-up for an appointment.


Save the Date: Community Conversation with Marin County Schools & Public Health

Monday, January 4, 2021 from 1:00pm-2:00pm where we will receive an update from Dr. Willis and Dr. Santora with time at the end for a Q&A. For more information, click here.


Suicide Prevention 101 Webinars for Parents

This free webinar will provide information about suicide prevention for parents, including warning signs, how to have a conversation with their child and resources. The webinar is provided in partnership with the California Department of Education, the Directing Change Program and Teen Line and offered in English, Spanish and Hmong


Message From Nurse Jane Ganorkar

If less than 10 days before returning to school, please let us know if your student has symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, fever of 100.4 degrees or greater, chills, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea) or has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19  or COVID-19 symptoms. You can email the school nurse ( or call the attendance/office at 415-492-3775 and leave a message. This way we can keep track of who should be in school after we return. When students return to school please to continue to use the Crisis Go system.

The winners of this week’s Student Winter Wellness Challenge are Madi Muguruza McDonnell (6th), Sabine Amador (7th) and Grace Buck (8th). Congratulations!


Please continue to take care of yourselves and practice self-care over the vacation.  


If you need mental health support over the break, please refer to these resources from Marin County. Here is a list of resources in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese


We wish everyone a relaxing holiday break. -Ashley and Cheryl 

MCMS HSC wants to send a warm, virtual hug to all the families that donated to our Adopt-a-Family and Fill Their Pantry drives. We were astounded by the outpouring of generosity. What a wonderful community we live in! We were able to deliver 2 entire SUVs full of groceries as well as a beautiful Christmas for the G Family. They also received tons of gift cards! This single father and his 4 year old daughter are living with 8 family members in a small apartment. The person who helped us identify this family was in tears as this will be absolutely life changing for them!

Going forward, HSC will support MCMS staff in the return of students to campus in January. We will have a few volunteers to help guide new students on campus and will put up some fun decorations. We will also provide a luncheon on Thursday, January 7th for the staff!  We are hopeful to have a Johnny's Donuts Food Truck Event in January or February. Fingers crossed! 

Enjoy your break and stay safe!

Jen Belair- MCMS HSC President


A heartfelt thank you to everyone who so generously supported our students this year through our Family Giving Campaign, the Business Partner Program, Run As One and Holiday Auction. We honor ALL of you, your acts of generosity and kindness, patience and resilience, and the fortitude and determination you have demonstrated during these past months. Wishing you and your family a joyful holiday season!

With gratitude, 

Can Do! Education Foundation

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