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Panther Press | February 14, 2020 | Issue 23
Posted 2/12/21

Tenisha Tate-Austin, Principal

Derek Lecy, Assistant Principal

February 15 - 19 Mid-Winter Recess
March 1 School Site Council Meeting- Zoom
March 5 End of Trimester 2


Dear Families,

We hope you are able to enjoy the mid-winter break safely. Please note that families traveling out of state will need to quarantine for 10 days upon returning. Students could test on day five and may return to school with a negative test result. We have included the decision tree here for your reference. It's important that we all take responsibility for keeping our community safe and our schools open.

Mathcounts Competition

The Mathcounts Competition was held Friday 2/5/21 (see picture below). We are still awaiting results. Please congratulate these Panthers for making us all proud. 

Yearbook Photos- Are You In?!

Student Selfie Portraits...from home! We STILL need your student portraits in order to get every student into the yearbook.  Please take a few minutes at home to take, then share, a wonderful “school picture style” photo of your student.  Use this link to submit the student portraits or download the Herff Jones eShare app to your phone. Our school code is MILLER CREEK.  That will get you into the software to upload your portrait.  Please see the tips and suggestions flyer to help create high-quality portraits to share in the yearbook. PORTRAITS ARE NOW OVERDUE.


Yearbook Sale

The 2021 February Yearbook sale is on right now! Get your yearbook for the lowest price of the year. It’s only $35. This sale will expire at the end of February. You don’t want to miss getting a yearbook for this historic school year.  Please go to the Yearbook Order Center (school code 7653) to order. We have a great theme for this year, the cover art is outstanding, and pages are being designed right now. Order yours today!

As we are all processing the sad news about a student from our neighboring district, please continue to check in with your child to see how they are doing and feeling. If your child needs mental health support over the break, please refer to these resources from Marin County. 


How to Help Your Child Cope with Grief

  1. Be honest and give accurate information appropriate to your student’s ability to understand and wish to know.

  2. Provide extra affection and reassurance regarding safety issues as needed. A death may bring up fears about their own health and safety or that of a loved one.

  3. Give choices, i.e., “would you like to go to the funeral service?”

  4. Listen! When we show we are interested in their thoughts, youth have a lot to say about death and grief.

  5. Encourage open expression of emotion through art, poetry and conversation.

  6. Share your own grief without overburdening your children. It is OK for children to know that you are experiencing and surviving your own grief.

  7. Continue daily routines for your children as much as possible during this time of change.

  8. Memorialize, i.e., light candles, create a memory book. Ritual helps us heal.

  9. Be patient. Children may take longer than adults to resolve grief. Their processing of it may happen in stages. They often need to ask the same questions over and over.

School and Community Mental Health Resources

  • Marin Mobile Crisis Response Team: 1-415-473-6392 (1-415-473-3344 (TTY))

  • Psychiatric Emergency Services: 1-415-473-6666

  • Bay Area Community Resources: 1-415-444-5580

  • 24-7 Marin Suicide Prevention: 1-415-499-1100

8th grade families:

TLHS course selections were due Friday, please have your child submit their requests here if they haven’t already done so.


Interested in the AVID program?

8th grade students are welcome to join Ms. Marty Monday, February 22nd at 2:00pm on Zoom to learn more about the program or receive help with filling out the application. Please have your student email Ms. Marty to receive the Zoom invite link.

Please be mindful of our neighbors as you drop off and pick up your Panther at entry points 2 and 3.  Please do not block driveways and be careful not to make illegal turns in the street. We appreciate your support!


Marin County Office of Education- Parenting in Place Masterclass. 

This is a series of classes that cover a variety of topics for teens. There is the opportunity for parents to register for these courses at no cost.  These courses are intended to really get to some deeply needed topics and will be simultaneously translated for our Spanish speaking parents. Space is limited and the first class starts next week. Click here for more information.


Message from Former Panthers

Hello Miller Creek Community,


We hope you are all well during these hard times. We are sophomores in the Green Buildings project group in MarinSEL at Terra Linda High School with a mission to make the SRCS district buildings as sustainable as possible! Part of our project is conducting a survey to obtain data on how our community incorporates sustainability into their house and daily life. Parents and students of Miller Creek, please take the time to fill out these surveys respectively. Thank you so much. We greatly appreciate it! Business Owners Survey & Sustainability in your Household Survey for Parents and Students - Green Buildings LEAD group


Parents can access community flyers by visiting the Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website. New flyers this week: Gallinas Valley Little League Registration 

Thank you to Safe Routes to School for decorating our campus and encouraging our Panthers to walk or roll to school!  


Parenting Generation Z: Navigating the Teen Years in a Pandemic


Self-Care and Taking in the Good to Combat Stressors during Covid-19/Remote Learning with Gina M. Biegel, LMFT
Tuesday, February 23rd, 7-8:30pm
Register here to receive the zoom link

In this virtual 90 min interactive seminar, Gina Biegel, LMFT,  a psychotherapist, researcher, speaker and author in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in mindfulness-based work with adolescents and founder of Stressed Teens (, will guide us through some practical advice and practice to help us find grace and breathing room as we help our teens do the same.


MCMS's Spring Fundraiser: The Kindness Challenge

Coming up in March... the MCMS Home & School Club will host its one and only annual fundraiser. This year we will be doing The Kindness Challenge, where students will do an act of kindness every day for two weeks. Funds will be raised online through 99Pledges and benefit our student programs, classroom supplies, technology infrastructure, and more. Participating students will earn rewards and be entered into a raffle to win amazing prizes! Although it's a difficult time to ask for donations, this year's event is very necessary because we skipped last year's fundraiser (due to Covid), and we have no Creek Cafe revenue this year. So if you can participate, great! If you can't, we totally understand. More details to come!  



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. 


Thank you to everyone who has contributed!


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