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Back to School Supplies

As we know this is the best time to buy supplies for the upcoming school year here are some items students will need this school year: pens (black and blue), pencils, highlighters (4 colors for English class), notebooks (we suggest single subject notebooks for each class), and at least 1 two pocket folder for PE with prongs. If your child is in eighth grade please purchase a graph notebook. Teachers may require additional supplies which they will tell your child the first day. Please remember blue or red is not allowed which includes backpacks. If you need support for supplies or a backpack please let the front office know so that we may provide those items for your child.
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You Are So Loved...

On the wall of a portable next to the staff parking lot at Sylvandale Middle School, an image is emerging that makes you stop and take notice. Ms. Wallace, our incredible art teacher, and her students, have been out there on rainy days, on days when the sun’s heat bounces off the walls, painting a very important message to the neighborhood. With the help of stencil artist Kate DeCicicio, students learned to make their own stencils and to create a ‘counter-narrative’ to the political messages we are receiving, that tell Americans we don’t want more immigrants and ‘America is full.’ Students at Sylvandale have a different story to tell: that migration is natural, ‘it is OK!’, and that we are the faces of our immigrant country.
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Orientation

Mark your calendars for Sylvandale’s Orientation on August 15th from 5pm-6:30pm. Seventh grade families will have a chance to meet the Administrators; learn how to use Infinite Campus to check schedules, attendance, behavior and email teachers; fill out their lunch forms; sign up for after school programming; learn about sports seasons, among other things. Eighth grade families will be able to do the same as seventh grade families but will also hear about the eighth grade promotion ceremony.
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Teacher's Appreciation Week

Sylvandale's Leadership students lead the way in making Teacher Appreciation Week a very special event. Everyday of the week teachers received personalized gifts and goodies. They distributed uplifting notes of appreciation, decorative containers with teacher supplies, delicious personalized cookies and candy bars. And, for the Grand Finale on Friday, they provided freshly cooked, hot and fluffy pancakes for teachers and staff to enjoy. Their thoughtful notes and gestures of kindness expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the teachers who have taught them so much this school year. Teachers and staff alike were moved by their thoughtfulness and creativity in making this year so very special for us all.
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Comcast Cares Day

On Saturday, May 4, Sylvandale Middle School discovered the power behind a community of volunteers. Comcast and NBC Bay Area partnered up together and provided a Comcast Cares Day with around 300 volunteers, ages 5 to 60. They focused on various campus beautification projects. Both the gym and the library were cleaned from top to bottom. The garden was raked clear of debris and weeds, the beds prepared for planting, and we even received brand new tools we can now use to maintain that project. All volunteers received T-shirts and a free breakfast and lunch. It’s truly awesome that a one-day event like this can literally renew the appearance of a school like Sylvandale. The students and staff at Sylvandale are deeply grateful.
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Earthquake Proof Building

Schahl Labs worked their magic again as retired teachers regaled our students with all sorts of interesting details about earthquakes. Students in the Coral program attended this after-school lab orchestrated by Ms. Dahl to help engineer and construct a three-story 'building' that could withstand a 7.0 earthquake. We learned that the triangle is the most stable configuration and attempted to make our buildings to incorporate that shape. Each 'building' was placed on a frame that could be shaken with great vigor. Some withstood the trauma, most did not. And no, we didn't eat the marshmallows!
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Sylvandale MS Soccer Team

Sylvandale has always been the place that encourages students to step out of their comfort zone and try new things. The girls soccer team is an example of this. Many of the players the come out are first year players. Students that have always wanted to try to play, but have never actually gone out and played. They work hard, learn new skills, make new friends, all the while keeping their grades up and taking care of their responsibilities at home. The girls are a statement of what a student athletes is and showed that by working hard they can win games and have a good time doing it!
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ICS Training With Students

Sylvandale Middle School students were trained in the Incident Command System, which is a system that outlines the roles, procedures, and chain of command setup that first responders use when responding to emergencies.
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SMS Unveils New STEAM Lab

Sylvandale Middle School is proud to announce that we have received a grant from East Side Union High School District to continue to support our Career Academy Pathway. This new grant helped pay for computers for our STEAM lab (also a grant from ESUHSD), as well as, a new iMac lab with the Adobe Creative Suite.
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