Supt eNews Nov. 3, 2017


Mountain View Whisman School District
November 3, 2017
In this edition ...
  • Enrollment Priorities Task Force begins meeting
  • Middle School Schedule Task Force
  • MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” Nov. 8
  • MVLA speakers series presents “Raise an Adult” author

Enrollment Priorities Task Force begins meeting

The Enrollment Priorities Task Force met for the first time on Oct. 24. Its work this year will be to define the priorities that determine how students are assigned to schools within the new school boundaries, to be enacted in 2019-20.

The Enrollment Priorities Task Force, made up of parents, staff members and community members, will meet monthly to create simplified enrollment priorities that are easy to understand and implement and support the 2019-20 school boundaries. The group will make a recommendation for grandfathering students during the transition time.

At the first meeting, the group set meeting dates, reviewed enrollment and focus group data, and compared enrollment priorities from four local districts with our District’s priorities.

Updates will be shared through this newsletter. For meeting dates, members and more information, see the EPTF web page.

Board hears options in first phase of middle school schedule process

We want all of our middle school students to have an elective, and allow choice of electives if possible. Currently, some groups of students do not have time in their school day for an elective. As outlined by the District’s Strategic Plan, work is underway to develop a more inclusive middle school schedule.

Balancing all students’ instructional needs within a school schedule is an immense challenge. Through much research, study, and conversation, the group has narrowed its focus to several schedule possibilities, with a variety of options for instructional flexibility.

The Board of Trustees yesterday heard from the Middle School Schedule Task Force about their work thus far and four possible options for the middle school schedule. You can view those options here.

Next steps: The Middle School Task Force will continue to meet through the month of November. It will review the results of the ThoughtExchange survey. This feedback from parents of students in grades 5-8, middle school students and staff will inform continued refinements of schedule options that will come to the Board of Trustees on December 7. The schedule will be implemented at both middle schools in 2018-19.

MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” Nov. 8

Mountain View Parent U presents “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 6:30- 8 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader, parents will learn the why, what, how and when of talking with your kids about sexual health. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop that will inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation.

The session is appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through to their teen years.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here


MVLA speakers series presents “Raise an Adult” author

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents:

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre |3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View, CA

Please join us as Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult,” talks about what it means to be a real American, her experiences with racism and micro-aggressions, and what we can do to foster greater understanding and compassion for individual differences in our racially and culturally diverse community. Her new memoir, “Real American,” was just released on October 3rd.

Admission is FREE, but please register:

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