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Panther Press | December 19, 2021 | Issue 20
Posted 12/18/21

Tenisha Tate-Austin, Principal

Derek Lecy, Assistant Principal

Dec. 20 - Jan. 2 Winter Break
Jan. 3 School Resumes
Jan. 7 HSC Meeting in M3 at 8:30 Zoom Link 
Jan. 17 MLK Holiday (No School)
Jan. 24  School Site Council Meeting in M3


Happy Holidays!

We want to recognize the diverse ways in which our Panther Families will celebrate this time of the year. We wish you a joyous holiday season. 

Stronger Together Through Books!

Below are the books curated by Librarian Gould to support the December's Life Skill of Self-Management. All of these books are available in the Miller Creek library. Check them out!

L.E.A.D Class Leads the First School Assembly

L.E.A.D class kicked off the first school assembly since February 2020 with a long time tradition. Pajamas and Pillow Fights it is! Panthers were so excited to represent their homeroom in our first grade level assemblies for the school year. Students were recognized for their involvement in sports, clubs and music. They also rooted as their classmates participated in homeroom games.

The Return of Another Miller Creek Tradition

Miller Creek Honor Society and several parent volunteers worked to resurrect a Miller Creek tradition of serving all students hot cocoa or hot cider on the last school day of the calendar year. Friday morning students enjoyed sipping hot beverages while snuggled in their cozy pjs. School spirit was at an all time high. Happy Pajama Day Panthers! 

December's Positive Panther Winners


6th Grade

  • Bodhi Iyer

  • Michelle Wolfe
  • Charlotte McKay
  • Zander Jenkins 

7th Grade

  • Leila Moaveni
  • George Pringle

8th Grade 

  • Khayree Mitchell
  • Jett Davis


Principal of the Day for January 

Claire Moussa

Happy Holidays from the Garden Club!

Thank you Can Do for supporting Garden Club activities!

Adopt a Family/Thank You Panther Families 

A huge thank you to all of the Panther families that contributed to the HSC's Adopt the Family Campaign. Your donations will help to alleviate the stress that some families/students experience during this time of the year. HSC was able to gift each child new bedding, a warm jacket, a toy, clothing, and gift cards for Amazon or Foot Locker. HSC also raised over $1000 and was able to purchase 3 Nintendo Switches for the St. Vincent Home for Boys. This will absolutely blow their minds. It will be a dream come true for them. St. Vincent also received a bounty of yummy baked treats for kids to snack on over break. Thank you to everyone who helped contribute and help these 9 local students have a holiday season to remember! Donations are Tax Deductible using the MCMS HSC Tax #51-0214722.

Also a shout out to the volunteers that wrapped and organized the gifts. Finally, a thank you to HSC president, Jen Belair for organizing this campaign. We are so thankful to be a part of this community. We are Stronger Together!

Bands Winter Concerts 

Panthers continue to play music together. Please view our bands' concerts below. 

Part 1 - 6th Grade Band:

Part 2 - Intermediate Band:

Part 3 - 7/8 Concert Band:

Part 4 - 7/8 Concert Band and Jazz Band:

Orchestra Winter Concerts 

We hope you enjoy hearing our Orchestra students play beautiful music. Please click on the links below to listen 

Sixth Grade -

Seventh/Eighth Grade:

School Lunches for January

Hello Parents, friendly reminder to order your student lunch for the month of January. The Lunch Master menu is now open.


Here is the Sign Up Genius for lunch volunteers for January


“Return to School” Rapid Antigen Tests


Your child received a rapid antigen test box on Thursday. Each box contains two tests.  One of the tests in the box must be used on January 2nd, the day before students and staff return to school following the winter holiday.  The other test should be used for testing students or staff who have COVID‐19 symptoms, whenever this may occur.


Follow these simple steps below: 



1. Watch the iHealth Test Kit Instructional Video using the code on the front of the envelope before you use the test and read the instructions about how to report the results. 


2. January 2nd - Students take one of the tests. 


3. Report the Results Through Primary Health

Please register and report results through Primary Health, whether they are positive or negative using the following link:

  • When POSITIVE: isolate the positive individual, notify the school immediately and follow the direction of Public Health and your health care provider.

  • When NEGATIVE: student or staff can return to school if symptom‐free and fever‐free for 24 hours without medication.

Please Note: We have been advised by Marin Public Health officials that they expect some positive results. Our Schools and Marin County Public Health are ready to support any families or staff members with positive results.

If you are unable to report the results online,

call (650) 275‐5419.

Update from Marin county Public Health

New State Guidance on Travel 

This week, the California Department of Public Health announced a new set of COVID-19 restrictions for travel- related testing. 

  • TRAVEL: Effective immediately, all travelers arriving in California should be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after arrival, regardless of vaccination status. This aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and applies to visitors from other states or countries AND California residents who are returning home from outside the state.  Read the full advisory.

Of course, the Decision Trees are still in effect should your student develop symptoms or discover they have been exposed to COVID. Please notify the school immediately, even over the holiday break, and see your healthcare provider. 


Here is a resource listing the FDA-approved rapid/home/antigen tests that are available for purchase at most drug stores or online.

Click HERE for interactive links. 

The San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking Teen Poster Contest. 


Eligibility/Description: The SFCAHT Anti-Trafficking Teen Poster Contest is open to high and middle school students attending public, private, or home schools in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. 

The submissions are original writings, musical compositions and artworks (no copyrighted materials) that involve any media (paint, crayons, stickers, charcoal, computer-generated graphics, music, writings, handwritings, etc.) and can be created by an individual or in groups of up to 3 members. Winners are recognized by the San Francisco officials during the Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Cash prizes and a recognition ceremony, as well as the usage of these art pieces to create awareness.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: February 10, 2022, 5:00pm PT


Please contact Marlene Capra, PROTECT Liaison of Marin, for question regarding this contest.  Her contact information is:


Marlene Capra

SpeakSAFE-Save Adolescents from Exploitation

PROTECT Liaison of Marin

Marin Coalition to End Human Trafficking-Executive Board-Law Enforcement Committee


Youth Poster Contest 

The Marin County Office of Education is very pleased to announce that the Youth Poster Contest, will open on January 3, 2022, for all Marin middle and high school students.


The Youth Poster Contest provides an inclusive and unique messaging platform for youth to express their hopes and concerns about social justice, health, climate change, women's rights, firearms regulation, immigration, discrimination, bullying, and other vital issues. The contest's purpose is to stimulate creative ideas, problem-solving skills, collaboration - using art to inform, challenge, and inspire the greater community to take action and make a difference.


The Youth Poster Contest will award $3,800 in prizes and gift certificates.  It was also reported that there will be College of Marin scholarships for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the high school category and the Producer's Award winner. All scholarship winners also receive assistance in the college application process, setting up their student accounts, and registration for classes. Winners may choose from a wide variety of art, design, and related courses as well as Summer Career Academies. 


Submission to the Youth Poster Contest opens January 3, 2022, with the deadline of May 6, 2022. Posters must be delivered during this submission period to:

RileyStreet Art Supply, 1138 4th Street in San Rafael.


For more detail on prizes, rules, downloading the entry form, and viewing the winning posters from past contests, please visit:  You may also contact the producer, Bruce Burtch, at  and see the attached flyer. Please forward to your teachers and students.




December 17th

Wishing everyone a relaxing Winter break! If your family needs mental health support over the break, please refer to the Miller Creek Counseling and Wellness page for resources. 


Additional School and Community Mental Health Resources:

24-7 Crisis Text Line: Text MARIN to 741741

Spanish Speaking Crisis Text Line: Text AYUDA to 741741

24-7 Marin Suicide Prevention: (415) 499-1100

Marin Mobile Crisis Response Team: (415) 473-6392 

California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200 

General Resources: 211

The Trevor Project


HSC hosted a delicious luncheon on Thursday, December 16th for all Staff Members. We served meat and veggie lasagna, fresh baked bread, Caesar salad, and cold drinks from Scotty’s Market (Can Do Business Partner!).


HSC is looking for more members! Please consider joining our team. We’re a friendly, inclusive bunch of parents looking to do good in our community. We’re looking to add a Co-President, a Secretary, a Financial Secretary, a Parliamentarian, and much more. Please email if you have questions or join our next meeting on January 7th at 8:30am in Room M3 or Via Zoom. (Link below)


Help serve lunch in January! Sign up here:


Enjoy your Holiday Break!

Jen Belair

MCMS HSC President

The Can Do! staff and entire Board of Directors would like to wish everyone a joyous holiday & festive New Year! We are beyond grateful for this wonderful community we support! 


Pictured top row left to right: Board Secretary Becca Baird, Board Member Santiago Merea, Board President Arlo Seaver, Board CFO Christian Willard, Board Members Amy Branson, Jennifer Imbimbo & Du Nguyen. Bottom Row left to right: MCSD Superintendent Becky Rosales, Board Member Jennifer Ishii-Yu, Operations Coordinator Leah Curran, Executive Director Jodi Chaban, Fundraising Administrator Nancy Knight, Board Member Marie Barnes.


This holiday season, please join us in our mission by making a year-end, charitable contribution to Can Do!. Your tax-deductible donation supports ALL students in the Miller Creek School District. 



Our annual suggested ask is $600, but any amount helps continue to fund these vital programs for your students. Together, we Can Do!