||Parent Ed: Anxiety And How It Affects Teens, 7-8pm @ MVMS Multimedia Room
||Parent-Son Dance, 7-9pm @ MVMS Gym. Get Tickets Here!
||PTSA Meeting, 9-10:15am @ MVMS Conference Room
||Mid-Winter Break: NO SCHOOL
||Documentary Film Screening: I'm Not a Racist...Am I?, 6:30-8pm @ Mill Valley Community Center
|1, 2, 3
||Cabaret: Middle School Musical. Get Tickets Now!
We are still looking for a parent or guardian for the role of Treasurer, a vital role that
involves roughly 4-5 hours per month, and more during the PTSA fundraising period August-October.
The role also requires a knowledge of (or an interest to learn) Quickbooks. Get on board now, learn the ropes, and ease into the role in the new year.
More information on this and other vacant roles will follow over the coming months. Feel free to reach out to PTSA President Jen Moore if you are interested in being involved.
|Parent-Son "Out Of This World!" Dance - Friday 2/8
Friday, February 8, 7-9pm
Join us for a night that's sure to be "out of this world", filled with great intergalactic music, dancing, fun photos and some amazing, cosmic desserts!
Boys can be accompanied by an adult who is close to
r heart, r
egardless of gender.
$20 per ticket to cover cost of the event.
Tickets are required for both student and guest.
We need volunteers to set up and clean up for this event. Please s
ign up to volunteer
The Winter of Love 6th Grade Dance was a huge success! Here are some fun facts from the dance:
- 310 6th grade students attended the dance
- Kids came decked out in denim, flowery dresses, crochet vests, headbands, tie-dye, fringe boots, sunglasses and more
- Glitter and 60's tattoos were a big hit
- Popcorn, potato chips, Chex Mix and tons of sweet treats were enjoyed by all
- Over 40 WEB Leaders helped with set up, check in, dancing, applying tattoos, & clean up
- 48 parent volunteers made the dance possible.
We appreciate all the hard work from our set up and clean up crews, the drink/food table crew, our door chaperones, snack room bouncers and photo booth crew! THANK YOU ALL!
Copyright Resplendent Photography
|Cabaret: Middle School Musical - Don't Miss This Show!
- Friday, March 1 @ 7:30pm
- Saturday, March 2 @ 7:30pm
- Sunday, March 3 @ 1pm
Mill Valley Middle School Cabaret proudly presents
Middle School Musical, an adaptation of the acclaimed
High School Musical. In typical Cabaret tradition, our production will be filled with unexpected surprises and is sure to entertain audience members of all ages!
Cabaret is partially funded by Kiddo!, the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation. Other funding comes from parent and business contributions, ticket sales, bake sales, and flower sales. We appreciate your support!
|Community First Goes Digital!
Marin Magazine Covers Community First!
what we do through our Community First program is to facilitate student hands-on vo
lunteer efforts on campus. This school year, through the program, MVMS students & family volunteers are able to participate in several hands-on volunteer opportunities, including preparing hygiene kits for the homeless, donating, collecting and wrapping holiday gifts for local families in need, restoring unique local ecosystems, and providing tangible mementos of love and respect to seniors in our community.
Community First received a write up in Marin Magazine for our first hands-on volunteer project of the year: making hygiene kits and sandwiches for the local homeless community in Marin. You can read more about that
Introducing the Community First Google Classroom!
There are many opportunities to give to your community this year! If your student is looking for family-friendly and meaningful experiences, look no further than the recently launched Community First Google Classroom created by staff members Lynne Watenpaugh and Trish Manwaring.
These two talented MVMS staff members received a strategic plan grant this year, to help establish a sustainable community service program for all middle school students and teachers.
They have created a Google Classroom dedicated to community service, where they are regularly posting many exciting opportunities in Mill Valley and surrounding areas, from Boyle Park to Roy's Redwoods. Ninety-five students have already signed up to find out about upcoming opportunities. Your child can join at anytime, using the code
Ms. Manwaring and Ms. Watenpaugh are also working to build lasting relationships with community organizations, such as Redwoods Community of Seniors and Marin County Open Spaces, and are inviting teachers to collaborate on relevant curriculum. According to Ms Watenpaugh, "When students leave the classroom and interact with community members outside the school, they encounter new perspectives and discover first-hand that they can make a difference in their world." And Ms. Manwaring adds, "Classroom learning prepares students to be active citizens, and we envision this program as the logical next step where students can test the knowledge and understanding built in the classroom as they apply it to the real world."
Announcing the Online Tracking of Community Service Hours!
We are also excited to announce a transition to a new digital form for logging community service hours
! We encourage everyone to use the digital form to automate and streamline credit for student service hours at MVMS. Paper forms will no longer be accepted after April 1. The digital form (linked above) can be found on our website as well as in Google Classroom.
We couldn't do what we do at
without the strong support of our community. We want to express sincere thanks and gratitude for our Community First donors.*
These community members are the engine and heart of the program, supporting MVMS students in their quest to create real change through the Community First program.
We want to start the New Year with gratitude, thanking those of you who have generously donated items in support of our student community service events in the 2018-2019 school year. Your donations were instrumental to the Holiday Wishes and Hygiene Kits programs, allowing MVMS students to support several of the most impactful community-based organizations in the Bay Area.
Student Services (Community Fir
) Donors Since August 2018
Mike and Carson Cann,
Roger & Mercedes Chamieh,
Yu Mei Compton,
Tracey Taylor Cosgrove,
Jen George Graveline,
Kris Malone Grossman,
Carri Harte, Kaia Harte, Quinn Harte,
Sophia and Scott Hines,
Christi Holgrook Ingoldsby,
Bobbi Lynn Jones,
Brittany Lauer Swift,
Jill and Emerson Liszewski,
, Kathy Lucas,
Mary Michael Pringle,
Anne Marie Neal,
Brittany Lauer Swift,
Sandy Whicker, the
Elaine Yutan (Murphy), Kayla Zeizler.
Thanks to your donations, students at MVMS were supported in their efforts to act with empathy and compassion to help others! Thank you!
* This expression of our gratitude is a correction of the information posted in the last issue of Panther Press. We apologize for any confusion due to our previous message.
|Parent Education: Anxiety Event, Documentary Screening
Anxiety and How It Affects Teens: Dr. Tracy Foose
Why do traits like intelligence and drive seem to increase vulnerability to anxiety? How might our modern, connected world be exacerbating our anxiety? How can we teach our children not to fear their fear, but to harness anxiety as a motivating and protective force?
Documentary Film Screening: I'm Not a Racist...Am I?
Thursday, 2/28 @ Mill Valley Community Center
Time: 5:30pm for BBQ Catering; 6:30pm for Movie; 8pm for discussion
A feature documentary about how this next generation is going to confront racism. 12 teenagers from New York City come together for one school year to talk about race and privilege in a series of workshops and in conversations with friends and family members. By documenting their experience, the producers of the film hope to inspire others to recognize and interrupt racism in their own lives.
It really takes a village to raise a teen!
up-to-date information on
current issues relating to
Student Health and Wellness.
Orders close February 28 - don't miss out! Click
for further information.
Mill Valley Police Department Bike Registration
Concerned about bike theft?
Register your kids' bikes via MVPD. Click
to start the process.
|Support Our School While You Shop
Select MVMS when you shop and we'll receive a portion of your purchase.
now and remember to use it when you shop Amazon!
MVMS when you check-out and you save
10% - and MVMS receives 10% of your purchase!
Mention MVMS PTSA and we'll receive a portion of your purchase.
100% of funds go to MVMS!
Kiddo! GALA Tickets ON SALE NOW!
to buy tickets.
Do you have sports tickets, a vacation rental, a nice bottle of wine, or a cool experience you can donate for the Gala Auction?
to donate an auction item.
We are also collecting funds to help some teachers attend the Gala for FREE!
ONE DAY ONLY!! Mill Valley Market gives 5% to
on Saturday, February 9th.
Mill Valley Market
their newly acquired
Vintage Wine and Spirits
and say "
at checkout and 5% will be given back to
Experimental Writing Group | 2/14, 3/21, 4/18 | 7-8:20pm | Grades 6 -8
Join Karen Benke (Leap Write In!) if you need a break from writing for a grade and want to write for fun. Only requirement: a favorite pen and a willingness to surprise yourself.
Lego Robotics | 1/26, 2/9, 3/16, 4/20 | 10:30am-12pm | Grades 5 - 8
Program Lego Mindstorms robots to perform various challenges! Led by Tam High Robotics Club.
Friends of Mill Valley Library
$1 to $3 Young Adult Books at the Mill Valley Library's "Friends"
Looking for inexpensive books for children age 12 & up? The Friends of the Mill Valley Library, which receives thousands of donated books every year and holds monthly used books sales, has launched a new website just for you! MVteen Books sells gently-read Young Adult (YA) books online. Just browse the Friends' YA website, place a hold on books you'd like to buy, watch for an alert that they're ready, and come to the MV Library's circulation desk to pick them up and pay. For more information and to shop, go to
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