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Panther Press | November 7, 2021 | Issue 14
Posted 11/6/21

Tenisha Tate-Austin, Principal

Derek Lecy, Assistant Principal

Nov. 11 Veteran's Day- No School
Nov. 18-19 Minimum Day Schedule/Conferences
Nov. 22 Conferences 
Nov. 22-26 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 3  HSC Meeting – 8:30 am M3 or Zoom


Staff Appreciation 

A Huge thanks to HSC (8th grade families) for organizing an appreciation lunch for staff. We appreciate you right back!!!

Staff enjoying their wonderful lunch!

Postiive Panther Winners

Congratulations to our Positive Panther winners for the month of October. 8th Grade winner, Tucker Kurtz will be Principal of the Day.

6th Grade - Rowan Mastalerz

7th Grade - Dominic Landstrom

8th Grade - Tucker Kurtz


Stronger Together through Books

November is Native American Heritage Month. Here is this month’s collection of books curated by our librarian Ms. Molly Gould, highlighting several Native American stories. These books are available in the Miller Creek library. Please encourage you Panther to check them out. 


Veterans Day 

Thank you to all members of our military, past and present for your service. Reminder that school is closed on Thursday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Basketball Tryouts


This year Miller Creek is fielding 6 basketball teams, 6th grade boys and girls, 7th grade boys and girls, and 8th grade boys and girls. Due to the popularity of playing on the miller creek basketball teams we are having tryouts for all teams. Each team will keep a minimum of 12 players. A big thank you to Can Do! For funding the miller creek sports program


The season will run from December to March. Starting in December teams will practice one day a week and starting in January will have one game a week.


Try out Schedule as follows:


6th Grade Boys

Thursday 12/2


6th Grade Girls

Thursday 12/2


7th Grade Boys

Tuesday 11/30


7th Grade Girls

Tuesday 11/30


8th Grade Boys

Wednesday 12/1


8th Grade Girls

Wednesday 12/1




As the winter days are shorter and the sun is lower in the sky, adding lights to your student's bike and backpack can help to increase their visibility.  If riding a bike from dusk to dawn, a front white light and blinking red light in the back are mandatory by law.  These are suggestions, practical and fun, for you to consider.  Some of these make great stocking stuffers as well.

  1. A San Francisco based company has designed Halo Belt, a versatile and reflective strip of LED lights that can be worn as a belt or secured to backpacks. ($24-$40)
  2. Planet Bike sells all types of bike lights from battery charged to USB charging versions ($15- $40). 

Lights, reflectors, and bright clothing are all keys to safety and visibility. 


November 5th

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. 

Miller Creeks school garden has been featured on and so Sloat Garden center has generously donated a 250$ gift certificate yay!


Congratulations to our 7th grade boys and girls running teams! First out of 16 schools at the Middle School Championship race!

Lost and Found

Is your student missing a jacket, sweatshirt, umbrella, water bottle, etc.? Come take a peek at our overflowing clothes rack outside the main office to pick up any missing items. All items not picked up will be donated after Friday, November 19th.



8th Grade Families

Please see the message below from San Rafael High School


Parent Tours are starting up again at San Rafael High School. The first 2 dates are Nov 8th & Nov 29th, 8:45-11:30 am.  Please only sign up one person per slot as there is a limit of people per tour here. Please arrive at 8:35am to check in.  There is very limited parking due to construction.  Due to COVID restrictions, you must be vaccinated to attend a tour in person.  We will provide a virtual tour video and additional information on our Prospective Parents Page on our Website soon.  MASKS are required while indoors at all times!  Student Tour sign up will be posted soon.


8th grade parents 


San Rafael High School will hold their annual Informational 8th Grade Parent Night #1 on November 17th via Zoom at 6pm, (zoom link in flyer).  Simultaneous Spanish translation will be offered.  Please submit questions ahead of time here:  8th Grade Parent Night Questionnaire


San Rafael High School llevará a cabo su Noche Informativa para Padres de 8vo Grado # 1 anual el 17 de noviembre a través de Zoom a las 6 pm, (enlace de zoom en el volante). Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea en español. Envíe sus preguntas con anticipación aquí: Cuestionario de la noche para padres de 8. ° grado


SRHS 8th Grade Parent Night Invitation 



We will post info and Zoom link on the SRHS Homepage as well. 



8th Grade Parents,

We are getting lots of applications to the Marin Schools within a school programs and the independent high schools, keep it up! don't forget the checklist and brag sheets!


Post-Vaccination Guidance for Schools


The purpose of this guidance for schools is to help school staff and PHLs determine appropriate actions if a school staff member or student develops symptoms after COVID-19 vaccination.  Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine studies have identified side effects, including some that are similar to COVID-19 symptoms.  These side effects are most commonly reported after the second vaccine.  Injection site reactions may include injection site pain, redness, or swelling. The most common systemic reactions are fever, headache, fatigue, body aches and chills. 


These symptoms typically develop within one or two days of the vaccination, and last about two days.  If the onset of these symptoms is within 48 hours of the vaccine, the staff member or student may stay home and return when recovered.  If the symptoms last longer than two or three days, or include a cough, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell, the person should quarantine, schedule a COVID-19 test, and consult with their healthcare provider.



Hello MCMS Families!


Thank you to our generous 8th Grade Parents who donated funds to provide a Staff Luncheon Friday, November 5th. The staff was treated to sandwiches, salads, and sides from Scotty’s Market! What a wonderful way to show our support and gratitude to the MCMS Teachers and Staff!


Are you a 6th Grade Parent new to Middle School life? We have two HSC Representatives who are willing to answer questions and help you navigate this new reality. Your 6th Grade Reps are Lynette Molloy and Teri Bleiweiss Feel free to reach out to them!


Come help us out with lunch service! We’ve got lots of hungry kiddos to feed and can’t do it without some helping hands. Many thanks!



HSC is in coordination with Ms. Tate, Mr. Lecy, and our fantastic School Counselors, Ms. Marty and Ms. Jacobs, to identify a few MCMS Students who could use support this holiday season. Once we get the details pinned down, we will be sharing a Sign-Up Genius in which families can donate fun holiday gifts, basic necessities, and gift cards to local restaurants and grocery stores. Stay tuned!


Enjoy your Sunday!

Jen Belair

MCMS HSC President



Thursday, 11/18 - Can Do! Online Holiday Auction starts


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ONLINE AUCTION - Starts Nov. 18th

THE CAN DO! ONLINE HOLIDAY AUCTION STARTS IN 12 DAYS!! There's still time to get your donations in!  Click here to find out more and to donate an item. 


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We are almost at 60% of our $690,000 goal. We are beyond grateful for the generosity of the Miller Creek School District community! 


Every donation matters, so please donate! 


Thank you to the 208 Miller Creek Middle School families that have so kindly contributed to this year's Family Giving Campaign!


Did you know the Can Do! Company Matching Gifts program is an excellent way to maximize your donation? Click here to find out more.