Supt eNews Sept. 12, 2017


Mountain View Whisman School District
September 12, 2017
In this edition ...
  • Diversity, DACA and Hispanic Heritage Month
  • North Bayshore and future District growth
  • Congrats to teachers granted permanent status
  • Parent U on Sept. 13: First offering: Social-Emotional Development
  • Double your donation to MVEF

Diversity, DACA and Hispanic Heritage Month

Dear parents,

One of the hallmarks of our District is our diversity. Our varied experiences, backgrounds and orientations are strengths of our community, and a big reason I chose to come to Mountain View. Our diversity enriches our lives and the educational experiences of our students.

Our students speak 49 different languages. They come from all parts of the U.S. and the world. With the recent announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act, it’s more important than ever that we recognize the value of every single person. Last year, our Board of Trustees took a stand to designate
MVWSD as a sanctuary school district. In the wake of the DACA decision, I want to reaffirm our beliefs. We are here to serve our families; regardless of ethnicity, religion, or what flag they were born under.

A significant portion of our student body, almost 40%, is Hispanic. I encourage everyone to take a moment to recognize the contributions and achievements of Latino members of our community during
Hispanic Heritage Month beginning Sept. 15.  This month is an opportunity to delve more deeply into the history of the U.S. and California and the important role Latinos, among other groups, have played. When our students see their own faces reflected in the history of our nation, they grow up proud of and motivated to make a difference in the world.

Our varied cultures enrich us, and we have all had obstacles to overcome making us the stronger for it. I encourage us all to celebrate our diversity while recognizing our common denominator; wanting the best for all of our children.


Ayindé Rudolph, Ed.D.


North Bayshore and future District growth

You may have seen in the news stories about MVWSD future growth due to new housing developments in the northern part of Mountain View.

The District supports smart growth in our city, and the building of a community that allows our families and staff members to affordably live, work and thrive here in Mountain View.  However, these exciting new developments mean that MVWSD is facing the addition of approximately 2,358 new students from the three future neighborhoods in the North Bayshore development in the City of Mountain View.

Our District staff and Board of Trustees will be working in partnership with City to solve the District’s need for resources, such as land and construction funds.

Learn more here
about potential growth and how you can get involved in this community topic.


Teachers granted permanent status

Congratulations to our teachers who were recently granted permanent status at the Sept. 7 Board meeting. Thank you for your dedication to our students!

Nanette Baltazar, Monta Loma

Esther Diaz, Mistral

Allison Fassiotto, Monta Loma

Tari Gaffney, Crittenden

Carlos Guzman Hernandez, Crittenden

Kyle Hillebrecht, Stevenson

Allison Houghton, Graham

Elizabeth Kelly, Graham

Douglas Lange, Crittenden

Natalie LaRosa, Stevenson

Dorothy Lau, Castro

Jo-Ann Lieu, Landels

Amy Lu, Castro

Alysse Martinez, Theuerkauf

Tracee Nevarez, Castro

Michael Newman, Crittenden

Julie Pham, Theuerkauf

Evan Refold, Crittenden

Samantha Shellhammer, Monta Loma

Savitha Srivatsa, Stevenson

Jennylyn Unadia, Castro

Bailey Waldman, Crittenden

Helen Wong, Huff

Linda Yung, Theuerkauf


Parent U tomorrow: Understanding social and emotional development from K-8

Mountain View Parent University will present a free workshop, “Supporting the success of your whole child; understanding social and emotional development from K-8” on Sept. 13th from 6:30-8pm Graham Middle School, MUR. Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!

Presenters: Tracy A. Greene, LMFT (Landels parent) and CHAC, Uplift Family Services and CHC.

In this session you will get an overview of:

  • What does social and social emotional development mean for you and your child
  • What are common social and emotional concerns and what to watch for
  • What techniques and approaches can you use for supporting your child


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

Please register here


Double your donation to MVEF!

There are only a few weeks left to take advantage of corporate matches!
MVEF is working with community partners, including Google, The Hoven Foundation, and LinkedIn to put together over $75,000 in challenge grant funds to make your annual donation double! Donate now through September 30th to increase your impact!


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