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The Impact of the Food Pantry Program at Sylvandale with Second Harvest Food Bank.

Sylvandale is one of five schools in the Franklin-McKinley School District that has participated in this awesome work. A shout out to all the teams that make this happen. Below is the data collected by Second Harvest and the impact it has had on people's lives.

Sylvandale Middle School:
Operating as a School Pantry Distribution: 5/2016
Average Count impacted per month: 963 ppl
Pounds of food distributed: 406,446 (50% fruits & vegetables)
Approx. Volunteers 25-30; hours donated 2,160
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Donate to Santa Rosa Schools

The legendary Mr. Powell, one of Sylvandale's wonderful retired teachers, is collecting donations for the schools devastated by the recent fires in Santa Rosa. Students need to replace books, computers, bikes, and other essentials, like pens, paper, and pencils, so that they can be successful in school. Teachers who lost everything need assistance so that they can continue to teach and support their students. If you would like to donate, please take items to Sylvandale Office.
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Congratulations to Sylvandale's 2017 National Globey Winner

Congratulations to 8th grader Victoria Vo for her Video Game: The History of Animation. Victoria won a Third Place Globey in the Action Game Category.

The Globeys are a national competition involving hundreds of schools across the USA. The Globeys celebrates excellence in game design and the coding process. Finalists and Winners are selected by an expert panel of industry game designers, computer scientists and STEM innovators. Great job, Victoria. You make Sylvandale proud.
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Mrs. Lotti to the Rescue

Elisa Lotti, Sylvandale's treasured Leadership teacher, recently rescued a scared young possum from a tree. After being frightened by the noise of busy students all around, the possum escaped into the upper branches of a large tree. Mrs. Lotti assisted by Principal, Amber Andrade, and student, Giovanni Hernandez, helped capture the poor critter for safe transport back to the wild. A job well done.
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Right to Dream: What does the repeal of DACA mean?

Parents, guardians, staff, and interested community members are welcome to join us for important conversations around the repeal of DACA and other related topics such as immigration and citizenship. Individuals will have a chance to consult with trusted legal representatives and talk to various community based organizations providing legal services in San Jose. Learn more by clicking on Read Full Story.
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SOFTBALL REBORN!!! We begin our Third Year.

A sport has risen out of the depths of Sylvandale history...softball! Softball has now been brought back to Sylvandale, and according to the players, it’s a hit! Ms. Frost (softball coach) decided that Sylvandale needed to bring back the sport.
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First Weeks of School

The first few weeks of school have been exciting and eventful. During this time Sylvandale added two new teachers. Science 8 (IT) teacher, Charles Carlisle, came to us at the beginning of the school year and ELA 8 (HCA) teacher, Krista Reutter, will be starting this week. Please join us in welcoming them to the Bear Community.
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Ensuring No Family Goes Hungry: SMS and SHFB Join Forces

It’s the third Saturday of the month, the sun is barely peeking through the clouds and people start to arrive at Sylvandale Middle School (SMS) with their carts. Hundreds of families and people from all generations are here early in the morning to stock up on a much needed resource, food. A large truck pulls into the parking lot and volunteers quickly get to work, unpacking, stocking, and organizing thousands of pounds of food, both fresh and packaged. Within a short time they are ready to go, begin handing out food to hundreds of people, and an hour later they are all done!
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Nathalie's Tree

Nathalie Tamayo-Hernandez, a much loved Sylvandale student that passed away from cancer in 2015, is not forgotten. Recently, a plaque and tree were dedicated in her name and to her memory. Nathalie was known for her love of life and going to school at Sylvandale, a place she loved very much. In attendance at the dedication were family, friends, and Sylvandale staff. Mr. Fowler, Sylvandale's Principal, assisted in the dedication.
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