Back to School

Back to School
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We are very much looking forward to the coming school year and welcoming all our students and staff back for a great year of learning and growing. Please read the entire message below for important back to school information.

Additionally, you may bring your district-related questions to the Superintendent’s Community C
heck-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Aug. 12, at 3:30 p.m. on Zoom at Welcome Back! 

First Day of School is a Minimum Day

The first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 10, is a minimum day, meaning students will be dismissed earlier according to the schedule. Thursday, Aug. 11 is on the Thursday schedule (earlier than typical release). Friday, Aug. 12 will be a full school day for students.

Bell Schedules and Schools’ Start/End Times

Please click here to view your school’s schedule for the 2022-23 school year. Please note that Thursdays end early at all school sites and last days of trimesters are minimum days. 


Middle Schools Only: Change in the daily schedule

This year, the middle schools will have the 8-period day on Mondays. Monday’s 8-period day allows students to connect with all their teachers, check on coursework and set expectations for the week. Thursdays continue to be the early release day. A cascading period schedule will be followed through the week with Tuesday through Friday being the 6-period days. The school day start and end times are the same as last year.


School Year Calendar at a Glance

Here is the one-page calendar with holidays, minimum days, start and end dates, etc.  


How to Find Out Your Child’s Teacher (PowerSchool)

Class placement information will be available to parents online beginning Monday, August 8 at 8 a.m. At that time, your child’s class placement for the 2022-23 school year will be available for viewing on the PowerSchool Parent Portal: under the My Schedule link. If you have difficulty signing in to PowerSchool, please call your school office. Tip: It’s helpful to print out this schedule for your middle schooler to bring with him/her on the first day.


Commuting to school safely

It's critically important for children's safety that you take time now before the start of the school year to plan their route, tune up their wheels and talk with them about road safety. Please see your inbox for a letter from Dr. Rudolph that contains resources on our bike safety webpage.


COVID Safety

There have been changes to our COVID protocols since last year based on guidance from the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health. With your support, MVWSD will work to manage COVID in sustainable and adaptive ways while continuing to provide resources to support healthy learning environments. For the most up-to-date details of our COVID safety plans, please visit 



Volunteer guidelines remain in effect. Frequent volunteers are required to apply to receive a badge, mask and submit proof of COVID vaccination (including booster). For details about volunteering, click here.


School Supplies

Basic school supplies and textbooks are furnished for all students. Donations of items and funds are appreciated, but not required. It’s possible that your teacher may ask for additional, donated supplies after the start of school. Your student is not expected to bring school supplies with them on the first day of school.


School meals are free

MVWSD will continue to provide free meals to all students as part of California’s universal meal program. Breakfast and lunches are available daily.  Menus and nutritional analysis can be found on There will be a vegetarian option each day. A count of those taking school lunch will be taken at the beginning of the school day. Students may bring their own self-contained lunches if desired. 



The Mountain View Whisman School District Transportation Department provides transportation for students who are residents of Moffett and students with disabilities who are eligible for this service. For more information, and to apply for a bus pass, please visit this web page.


Child Care

MVWSD partners with providers Right at School and YMCA to provide on-campus, fee-based childcare. Registration for programs is happening now. Please click here for information on sessions, cost and registration. 



Students are not allowed on campus, and will not receive teacher assignments/class schedules until their required vaccinations are completed.    Vaccinations (visit this website for the list) are required for school admission, and they are also crucial to prevent children from getting sick. Please schedule an appointment with your health care provider for a well-child visit and to review your child’s immunization record. Our Health Services team has been contacting parents/guardians to let them know what immunizations are missing. All documents, including vaccines, will need to be received and verified prior to the first day of school. For questions or help, please email [email protected].


Security cameras 

To improve the safety of students and staff members, and to deter vandalism and damage to school campuses, the District has installed security cameras at all school sites and offices.  Cameras are not placed in areas where students, staff, or visitors have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms or locker rooms.  Cameras may be used to monitor buildings, exterior campus areas, including but not limited to: parking lots, perimeters, walkways, stairwells, entrance and exit doors, interior hallways, large open interior spaces, cafeterias, picnic areas, foyers, lobbies, gymnasiums, school buses, and other areas.  The cameras may or may not be monitored.  The recordings may be used in disciplinary proceedings, and may be referred to local law enforcement, as appropriate under Board policy (BP 3515, AR 3515) or required law.  


Stay in touch

Look for your school’s newsletter in your inbox in the first week of August. This weekly email is very important for you to read as it contains dates, deadlines, and important information about school.


Additionally, please take a moment and follow our district and school social media accounts. Staying in touch with us on social media will keep you in the loop on important happenings, as well as provide a critical line of communication during emergencies.

Click on the account links below and like or follow to stay in touch!

Your district - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo

Your school - 

Bubb Elementary - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Mariano Castro Elementary - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Crittenden Middle - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Graham Middle - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Amy Imai Elementary (formerly Huff) - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Landels Elementary - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Gabriela Mistral Elementary - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Monta Loma Elementary - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Stevenson Elementary - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Theuerkauf Elementary - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

MVWSD Preschool - Facebook


Our schools and District send text messages infrequently, for the purpose of notifying you of emergencies or with important, time-sensitive information. You can subscribe to receive text messages from the District at any time by texting "Y" or “YES" to 67587 using the cell phone number that the District has on record. 

Student Orientation Events

We often host orientation and social activities before or during the first week of school. Check your email for this information from your principal.


Want to know more?

Please attend our Parent University: Parent U Kickoff event, “MVWSD District Orientation: What you need to know to be informed and connected this school year” on Aug. 10, 2022. Registration Link: This is a district-level orientation to everything parents and caregivers need to know to kickoff the school year. It’s a great reminder of the resources both the district and our individual schools have, as well as a thorough introduction for new families to the district. Who would you go to for help with the school meal application? How do you access information regarding your child’s assessments? Come and hear answers to these questions and more! We encourage you to submit questions prior to the event: please click here.


LCAC Back to School Kermés 

The LCAC in partnership with the Mountain View Police Department invites the community to a Back to School Kermés on Saturday, August 6th from 12 - 4pm at the St. Athanasius Church (160 N Rengstorff Ave). Representatives from MVWSD will be in attendance to share information about accessing district resources. The event will also include other community partners and entertainment including food, Mariachi, dances, and raffles.


We look forward to seeing you soon!

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