Supt eNews Sept. 22, 2017


Mountain View Whisman School District
September 23, 2017
In this edition ...
  • Board of Trustees support Dreamers: DACA resolution
  • Surveys planned for this year: Making the most of your time
  • SIOP parent night on Sept. 28
  • Infographic: Construction continues this school year
  • Student attendance is important: Help students be in school and on time
  • Double your impact for schools: Corporate matches for MVEF
  • Stay safe: Traffic tips from SafeMoves

Board of Trustees support Dreamers: DACA resolution

MVWSD recognizes the value of every person and is committed to the health of its diverse community.

On Thursday, the MVWSD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution calling on United States Congress, including all members of the California delegation, to work with President Trump to enact legislation prior to March 2018 that would, at a minimum, continue the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and provide DACA recipients with a pathway to permanent residence and eventually to U.S. Citizenship.

To read the resolution in full, the District’s safe haven resolution and Dr. Rudolph’s letter to the community, click here.


Making the most of your time: Surveys planned for this year

MVWSD uses data to inform its initiatives and decisions on all aspects of its services. While it’s important that we learn from you, we also know you’re busy, and we want to balance the time involved with District surveys with our need for information to serve our students and families.

To help with this, the District tracks the number of surveys given annually. This year, these are the major, districtwide surveys that you will be asked to participate in:

* Climate survey for staff, students (grades 5, 7) and all parents- November 6

* LCAP survey for staff, students and parents- February

Thank you in advance for your participation, time and thoughtfulness.

SIOP parent night on Sept. 28

MVWSD is always looking for ways to support students and increase their academic achievement. Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) allows educators to design and deliver lessons that address the academic and linguistic needs of English learners while enhancing the overall learning environment for all students. SIOP-based teaching benefits all students, not just those who are learning English as an additional language.

SIOP Parent Night: Learn more on Thursday, Sept 28 6:30 p.m. at Theuerkauf Elementary MUR. For more info, click here.


Infographic: Construction continues this school year

construction infographic

Check what’s happening now here

Student attendance is important: Help students be in school and on time
When we reduce chronic absence we improve graduation rates, increase academic achievement and give young people the best chance at success in their adult life. Read here the FAQs about MVWSD student attendance.

Most parents are aware of what it means for a child to be truant from school. However, there is a new push through the state of California to reduce the numbers of students who are “chronically absent.” Students who are chronically absent typically attend school fairly regularly, but miss a few days here and there, which really add up and affect their learning. It's important to know both excused or unexcused absences count toward chronic absenteeism.

Chronically absent students have been absent (either excused or unexcused) for 10% of the time that school has been in session. For example, if your student has been absent 2 days before Sept. 15, he is chronically absent. If your student has been absent 5 days before Oct. 20, she is chronically absent. An average of 2 days absent a month means a student is chronically absent.

The District is now required to track this data and report it to the state. MVWSD will contact parents when students reach concerning absence levels. If not remedied, chronically absent students and their families may be referred to the District’s Student Attendance Review Board, in a process similar to how truancy is handled.

Thanks for your assistance and support.

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!

Stay safe: Traffic tips from SafeMoves

September is California Pedestrian Safety Month, aimed to reduce the number of people killed and injured on California roadways while walking. MVWSD is urging parents driving to share the road responsibly with pedestrians especially children walking to and from school.

Keeping people who walk safe depends on a combination of street safety improvements, education and awareness of unsafe behaviors.

  • Unsafe driving speed is the number one factor in collisions causing death and serious injury for people walking in Mountain View.  Drivers are cautioned to check their speed and remember that even a good driver’s car can be deadly when traveling at 40 mph.
  • Cell phone use is prohibited while driving. Electronic distractions are seen in increasing numbers of fatal crashes.
  • Other factors for drivers include failure to see and yield to people walking in crosswalks and intersections.

For more information on pedestrian safety contact

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