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Panther Press | January 10 | Issue 18
Posted 1/9/21

Tenisha Tate-Austin, Principal

Derek Lecy, Assistant Principal

January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- No School
January 27 Tri. 2 Progress Reports in Aeries Portal
February 15-19 Mid-Winter Recess 


Welcome back Panthers! Week One is in the books! What a great week of learning. With your partnership, we have successfully brought all three grade levels back to campus. This week may have been the first time that some students have been to campus in over 10 months. I propose that the extended separation from school and recent return has created feelings of both excitement and anxiety. This time away certainly created some physical changes for students i.e beards, use of makeup and massive growth spurts. We are happy to have our Panther family together again. StrongerTogether!


Safety Reminders and Information

Now that we are back to in person instruction, it is crucial that each individual family take responsibility for their health and safety decision making related to school attendance. As a reminder, if a member of your household is exhibiting symptoms, all members of the household need to stay home (or will be sent home) until a negative COVID-19 test is confirmed. Please study this Decision Tree carefully and follow it with fidelity to keep the risk of school based exposure as low as possible. For those wanting to know the current thinking from Public Health, here is an informative webinar recorded last Monday that provides information specific to the school community. 

Happy New Year! 

Looking for a book or blog recommendation? Check out one of these:

Tech Talk Tuesdays by Delaney Ruston, MD. She shares her insights about raising healthy teenagers and managing screen time. 

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish to help improve communication with your middle schooler. 

Anti-Racism Daily we like this particular blog because it provides practical actions and daily reminders that this work requires an ongoing, persistent, and collective engagement. While the topics are big, the emails are short, and they help us understand the complexities and pervasiveness of systemic oppression - with tangible calls to action.

Current Events and the News-Here is an article about having age appropriate conversations about the violence in the news this week. 


Please watch this great video about CrisisGo from our School Nurse: Crisis Go.(MP4)


Below is a wonderful opportunity to hear from a lively and dynamic speaker: Harvard University Professor Daniel Gilbert on the topic of the “Science of Happiness” and the theory behind it. The Carl Hungerford Lecture Series through the Marin Art and Garden Center is providing this event at no cost.  Information on this event, click here.

We also invite you to join us for a free virtual conversation with Dr. Madeline Levine, psychologist with over 35 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, educator and author of New York Times bestseller, The Price of Privilege, which explores the reasons why teenagers are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems. January 26 or February 23, 2021 from 5:00 to 6:30PM.  Registration at and click here for more info, English/Spanish. 

On behalf of our fantastic Teachers, Instructional Assistants, and Staff Members, we are sending a BIG THANK YOU to the MCMS Home & School Club for making our first week back awesome with a delicious lunch and wonderful surprise! We appreciate your kindness! 


We look forward to our work together on behalf of our students!

Thank you for those who have so generously supported Can Do! 

We are so grateful for your support during a time when our children need it the most! We wish you a wonderful start to the New Year!

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