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Panther Press | January 31, 2021 | Issue 21
Posted 1/30/21

Tenisha Tate-Austin, Principal

Derek Lecy, Assistant Principal

February Black History Month
February 1-5 8th Grade TLHS Course Selection Process Begins
February 15-19 Mid-Winter Recess


Black History Month isn't only about celebrating the past contributions of African Americans. It includes acknowledging current day contributions and preparing the next generation to create and sustain a humane society. I encourage families to spend time this month and beyond highlighting Black Excellence. Here are a few options to start with:

  • Black Sororities and Fraternities
  • Black Entrepreneurs
  • Black Leaders
  • Black Organizers
  • Black Activist 
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Black Excellence is all around us. Our Panthers will soon be in charge of this country. Let's make sure they have the knowledge, experiences and support to do better than we did. We are Stronger Together!

This week, 43 thoughtful and engaged student leaders attended the first of two trainings with Dr. Lori Watson, founder and CEO of Race Works. Here is what our Leadership Ally Team students said about the workshop:


“I liked hearing about others' stories, what happened to them and what they wanted to change (even though the stories were of unkind things) because now we can look out for those things and help when we see them happening.”


“I really enjoyed hearing so many different students from different backgrounds talk about a common goal and ways to stop racism. If everyone was as polite, kind, and observant as everyone on the zoom call, the world would be a much better place.”


Our Leadership Ally Team, staff and students will continue to celebrate and honor Black History Month at Miller Creek in February. We invite parents to continue these important conversations at home. 

Way to go to our Positive Panthers for January!

Keep on showing your Positive Panther spirit and earn prizes! 

Mathcounts 2021 Competition

On February 5th, 10 students will be representing Miller Creek at the Redwood Empire Chapter competition. This year the event will be 100% virtual, yet it will be a challenging and fun experience for our mathcount members. Please wish good luck to the following students:


  • Sahaj Malik                                            

  • Claire McCarthy

  • Victoria Pappas

  • Rupin Bagchi

  • Mona Moshashaee

  • Keerthana Bellary

  • Meggie Stenbeck

  • Jessa Dunn

  • Brittney Blair

  • Divya Lourdu

Thank you to all the students and families that participated in MC’s iWEek activities.  Students engaged in activities around social justice, allyship and community in their classes and at home. iWEek student winners were gifted Miller Creek sweatshirts. Thank you Home and School Club! 


8th Grade Families

Next week 8th grade students will begin the high school course selection process for Terra Linda High School. Students will watch a video from TLHS during their first period outlining the process and the many programs/classes they offer. Students will also receive a link to the course selection sheet to be completed before Friday, February 5th. In addition, TL is offering an “Incoming Parent & Student Night” Thursday, February 4th at 6 pm on Zoom. Families are invited and encouraged to attend to hear more about the process. Please have your student reach out to Ms. Marty with any questions.

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

Every week, our pantry network distributes fresh, seasonal produce, lean protein, grain, and shelf-stable items to anyone who is struggling to buy food. During the Covid-19 crisis, pop-up pantries that are open to the public. For sites requiring onsite registration, please bring ID (if possible) to register at location.  Due to the “shelter in place” order, we ask that you only attend one pantry and send one person per household to pick up groceries. Our tool can help you locate weekly free food, monthly food boxes for seniors, one-time emergency food, or help to enroll in CalFresh (food stamps).  The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is committed to serving residents regardless of their immigration status. For more info, English or Spanish.


Brown Bag Pantry

Vivalon’s Brown Bag Pantry offers free, healthy, fresh produce, meats and staple food items provided from the Marin/SF Food Bank. Simply bring proof of Marin residency and sign up. The pantry is open every Friday from 10 am- 11 am. 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael.  Brown Bag Pantry will continue to operate as a vital service during the Shelter in Place directive, with the following changes: we will hand pre-packed bags of food to avoid indoor crowds. There are now two ways to pick up your bag; drive up to our front door or walk to the back entrance. Please note the new time of 10 am – 11 am for the Brown Bag Pantry. For more info, click here.



The Family Giving Campaign has not yet reached its goal of $450,000 and WE NEED YOUR HELP! 


Can Do! funding at Miller Creek Middle School provides direct support for Miller Creek Clubs, Counseling staff, Garden and Technology support.


Donations of ANY amount received by 2/14 will be entered into a raffle for a Can Do! gift bag. Donate online today at  Thank you to everyone who has contributed!