Supt's eNews - Feb. 7, 2020


In this edition ...
  • Postponed: Saturday with the Superintendent
  • Board meeting review: Feb. 6: Dress code, District calendar, new administrator
  • We want to hear from you: LCAP/Strategic Plan
  • MV Parent U: Feb. 12: Say It Like a Scholar!
  • Apply now! MVWSD Preschool
  • High Fives: Panterbots
  • Ballots in mailboxes now: March 3, 2020 primary election

Postponed: Saturday with the Superintendent

This event scheduled for Feb. 8 has been postponed. We’ll keep you updated on future dates. 

Board meeting review: Feb. 6

Dress code: The Board of Trustees approved the new dress code policy, intended to be more inclusive of gender expression. School sites will make plans for how to consistently carry out this new policy. Click here to view the new dress code policy.

District calendar: The Board gave input on the creation of the 2020-21 District calendar. Specifically, members discussed whether MVWSD should align school holidays, student start and end date with Mountain View-Los Altos High School District. It is anticipated that the 2020-21 District calendar will be approved on March 5. To view the calendar presentation, click here.

picture of Lauren PetreaMVWSD’s new Interim Administrator: MVWSD is pleased to announce Lauren Petrea as a new Interim Administrator. 

Ms. Petrea will support the District in several capacities. Specifically, her experience as an instructional coach and principal will help all schools in the areas and curriculum and instruction. She also will support the MVWSD Educational Services team as several members are currently serving the District in alternative capacities.

She has been in education for 17 years as a classroom teacher, GATE coordinator, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. Most recently she has served as the principal at Woodside Elementary School. She also has been the assistant principal at Bret Harte Middle School and principal and assistant principal at Booksin Elementary School (San Jose Unified School District). She is completing her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern California. She has a master’s from Saint Mary’s College of California and a bachelor’s from the University of California, Davis.

When you see her around our schools, please say hi!

Future meetings: Agendas and meeting dates for the Board of Trustees are at Meetings are streamed on

We want to hear from you: LCAP/Strategic Plan

The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan and inform the update of the District’s Strategic Plan. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

The survey has been revised to include questions about school and District climate. Look for an email soon about the LCAP survey, and for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP/Strategic Plan process.

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click here to give input through February 28 in a survey. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office. Students in grades 4-8 and MVWSD staff members will receive their own unique survey links.

More information found here:

MV Parent U: Feb. 12: Say It Like a Scholar!

Techniques and Tools for Educators & Families to Build Academic Language

Wednesday, February 12 from 6:30-8pm at Graham Middle School, Auditorium.

Presenter Kate Kinsella Ed.D. will talk about:
* After school conversation tips to use with children to encourage thoughtful responses
* Strategies to help increase students' academic language and listening skills
* How to facilitate effective collaboration inside and out of the classroom
* How to teach English Learners to ask for help

Families, teachers, and school staff are welcome to attend this workshop.

Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available. Reserve your seat:

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for full- and part-day for the 2020-21 school year

All 4-year-olds residing in the Castro School boundaries are now eligible for FREE, part-day state preschool at Latham.

Our preschool offers age-appropriate early math, language, literacy and science inquiry instruction, as well as social-emotional development in either part-day and full-day classes.

*** Join us for an info night on February 12 at 5 PM at the Latham Preschool, 1850 Latham St. Prospective families also can join a parent-only tour of part-day and full-day classes at Preschool at Theuerkauf, 1625 San Luis Ave. on February 13 at 3:15 PM. ***

Children who will be 3- or 4-years old at any time during the school year are eligible. Priority enrollment for children who will be 4 years by Sept. 1. Full day is 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., part-day is 3 hrs in the morning or afternoon.

Now accepting applications for full- and part-day spaces. Enrollment appointments begin in March. For more info go to or call 650-526-3560.

High Fives: Pantherbots

This year Crittenden's robotics team the Pantherbots had 23 students on three teams. This fall, the EcoBuilders, GoldenWarriors and Pantheropolis competed in a qualifier tournament at Gunn High School. Each team demonstrated excellence and commitment throughout the competition. EcoBuilders team earned a 2nd place overall robot score in the competition and were selected to advance to Northern California's FIRST LEGO League District Championship where they placed 20th out of the top 40 teams. The EcoBuilders were finalists for “gracious professionalism “ and “idea presentation."

Ballots in mailboxes now: March 3, 2020 primary election

Ballots for the March 3, 2020 election that includes the Mountain View Whisman School District Bond Measure T are in mailboxes now. To be counted, ballots should be returned by mail and postmarked on or before March 3. Ballots that are returned in-person must be received by 8 pm on March 3 and can be returned at any Santa Clara County Vote Center.

To check if you are registered to vote in Santa Clara County, please click here. You have until Feb. 18 to register to vote. You may register at

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