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Panther Press | January 9, 2022 | Issue 21
Posted 1/7/22

Tenisha Tate-Austin, Principal

Derek Lecy, Assistant Principal



Jan 17

MLK Day No School

Jan 18 - Jan 21 iWeek
Jan 21 Tuesday Bell Schedule
Jan 21 WEB Carnival at lunch
Jan 24 School Site Council Meeting in M3 at 3:15


Welcome Back to School

Teachers and staff were so excited to welcome Panthers back to school this week. The Campus was vibrant and alive yet again. We look forward to a successful and productive completion of the school year. Go Panther!!!


We understand that the Omicron surge has caused some concern for families. Please see this recording from MCOE and Marin County Public Health. It provides some hopeful information about our current and future state. Please note that students who test negative, don’t have symptoms and/or have not been exposed to a positive Covid case should attend school in person daily. 


Thank you to the Panther families that successfully followed the testing expectation before sending students back to school. Overall, Marin County Public Health is reporting infection rates at approximately 3% in our county. Our community has been successful in managing this pandemic for the past twenty-two months. In an effort to maintain this positive trajectory, we must continue to follow the guidance of local and state public health officers and continue to implement measures such as proper mask wearing and testing. Please see below for a summary of important updates from Marin County Public Health. 



  1. Students and staff that test positive will be allowed to “test out of quarantine” on day 5 if they have a negative COVID test on day 5. Please note the day that the test is taken in Day Zero.

  2. Students who still test positive on Day 5 will be allowed to retest on Day 7. If they test negative on day 7, they can resume regular activities, if they test positive on Day 7, they must complete the 10 day quarantine.  

  3. Students who must quarantine will be able to access their assignments on Google Classroom. 

  4. Students who missed school due to quarantine will be marked in Aeries as self quarantined for illness.

  5. Large gatherings that include more than 50 people are now prohibited 

  6. Masks continue to be required indoors for students and staff. Masking should be worn outdoors when physical distancing is not feasible, except while eating or drinking.


  1. Please see the updated guidelines from Marin County Public Health, here

  2. For updated guidance on Isolation and Quarantining, please see the document linked here

  3. All staff and students must wear masks indoors and it is strongly recommended that all wear masks outdoors when unable to stay 3-6 feet apart, except when eating and drinking

  4. It is now recommended that school staff should wear surgical-grade masks or higher-level PPE (e.g., KN95 or N95 respirator masks). 

  5. For information on how to respond to a COVID-19 exposure or symptoms, please see the decision trees linked below. 

    1. Decision Tree for COVID-19 Exposure

    2. Decision Tree for COVID-19 Symptoms

Sporting and Music Events

Only parents and/or legal guardians who are fully vaccinated and boosted (if booster eligible) can attend indoor sports games or performances. Attendance cannot exceed 50 spectators. They must wear face coverings.  Public Health urges use of enhanced face coverings. Schools are responsible for implementation of vaccine verification and adherence to face covering order. Other spectators are prohibited until further notice.




Marin school parents/guardians are invited to a community conversation on supporting students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) and a positive school climate.  Parents will gain tools to better understand how to work with their children’s school to promote SEL skills among students, teachers, and themselves.  Attendees will: Learn about SEL and what a positive school climate looks like; Engage in an interactive activity and discussion to understand their public school climate data; and Receive resources to advocate for a positive environment in-school and at-home.


This free, virtual event will take place on January 18th from 6:00 to 7:30pm.  Opening remarks will be made by State Senator Mike McGuire. 


Register HERE:



Do you feel like your child could use counseling support? Please reach out to us if you’d like to schedule an appointment for your child. We are always here for you and your family. 


Cheryl Jacobs, School Counselor

7th grade last names A-J & 8th grade


Ashley Marty, School Counselor

7th grade last names M-Z & 6th grade


Happy New Year! We are excited for the many upcoming, fun events in the new year. ALL of these events directly support the essential and enriching programs for ALL students of the Miller Creek School District.

January 8-31 - Last chance Free Yearbook promo!  
February 3 - Board & Brush Event - Only 6 spots left! - Click here for info & to sign up
February 10 - Sip & Shop Event - Click here for info & to sign up




Yearbooks go on sale February 1st - Get your student a free one by donating at our suggested ask of at least $600. 


Expires January 31st.  


Please donate today. Together, We Can Do!




Thank you to the 251 families that have donated to the 2021-22 Family Giving Campaign.  We still have a long way to go to reach our goal. Our suggested ask to cover the essential programs is $600 per student, but any amount is welcomed and greatly appreciated. Please donate today. 


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