Supt's eNews - June 5, 2020

In this edition ...
  • Summer Learning Plan: For all students, anytime
  • Board meeting recap: Middle School start times recommendation, next year’s balanced budget, written report of COVID response
  • For parents: Return to school survey
  • Eighth-graders’ accomplishments 2020

Summer Learning Plan: For all students, anytime

summer learning thumbnailThe Mountain View Whisman School District is excited to launch its first virtual Summer Learning Plan for all of our students. This student/parent-directed program will help students keep their skills up over the summer, as well as enrich them in areas of our Profile of a Graduate. We encourage your child to participate. Students and families may participate in any or all of the activities listed over the course of this optional 5-week program to be held June 15- July 18.

This Summer Learning Plan will provide:
* Sample schedule

* Readingactivities and links to free online books 
     * Activities include focus questions and writing prompts

* Math activities and tools to support learning (number lines, hundred charts, multiplication tables, etc.)
      * Activities are aligned to grade level or math course

* Links to i-Ready and Khan Academy

* Enrichment activities posted each week based on the skills in the District’s Profile of a Graduate

How to participate:

* Families can access the grade-level Summer Learning Plans on the District website 

* Families can choose to participate on their own

* Families can sign up to work with teachers from their school site(s) to support the learning process with office hours, Zoom check-ins, and project sharing

More information will be sent about the program to families next week.


June 4 Board of Trustees meeting recap: Middle School start times recommendation, next year’s balanced budget, written report of COVID response

Recommendations: Middle School Start Times
After several months of discussions and feedback from school communities, the middle schools’ start times will be later. In order to be in compliance with SB No. 328, the staff is recommending an 8:25 am start time with no late start for both middle schools. This plan would also slightly change the start times at the following elementary schools: Castro, Mistral, Stevenson, Monta Loma, Theuerkauf. Due to COVID, this new start time will be implemented in 2021-2022. Specifics about the middle school’s schedule during the day will be determined after the District returns to normal operation. To view the presentation, click here.

2020-2021 Budget Adoption: MVWSD predicts a balanced budget for next year
Despite COVID-19 economic uncertainty and additional funds earmarked to support distance learning like additional technology and technology support, MVWSD Trustees approved a balanced budget for next year. The estimated ending balance for 2019-2020 is anticipated to be $21 million, which will be the beginning balance for the $85 million dollar budget for 2020-2021. MVWSD estimates a reserve of 18.17% in Year 3 of the Multi-year projection (MYP), which is above the minimum set by the Trustees (17%). MVWSD’s strategic planning, reliance on local property taxes, and the community’s support of Measure T have enabled the District to have a strong financial position in a time when other districts are struggling. To view the documents, click here.

State Mandated COVID Written Report
Curious about what MVWSD did to respond to COVID-19 in March and move to distance learning with computer distributions and mobile feeding? California has mandated that schools report these efforts. Read the report and view the presentation here.


For parents: Return to school survey 

MVWSD wants to know your thoughts about your children returning to school in August, either virtually or on-campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a different survey than the one sent out by the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Thank you in advance for your feedback that will be used in reopening planning.

Please click here to access the survey.


Eighth-graders’ accomplishments 2020

congrats balloonsToday, MVWSD eighth-graders are promoting from Crittenden and Graham Middle schools, and are on their way to MVLA and other local high schools this fall.

In addition to many personal and individual accomplishments, we recognize our eighth-graders’ contributions to these school accomplishments.

* 37 Panthers had a 4.0 GPA (cumulative)
* 79 maintained a 3.5 - 3.9 GPA
* Boys' soccer won back to back championships
* Girls' basketball was undefeated for the 3rd year in a row
* 3 8th grade runner qualified for cross country finals
* 8th-grade girls' volleyball placed 3rd in the league
* Girls' softball placed 3rd in the league
* Robotics team -the Pantherbots- had 23 students on three teams led by 8th graders. The EcoBuilders team earned a 2nd place overall robot score in a local competition and were selected to advance to Northern California's FIRST LEGO League District Championship.

Graham Middle School
* 157 students earned a 3.5 or above
* Performance Arts students participated in the CMEA Bay Section Honor Groups in January 2020.
* Varsity Robotics won 1st place Innovative Solution Award at the Regional Championships and earned a spot in the semifinals at the Global Innovation Expo
* The Cross-Country team had five 8th grade runners move on to League Finals.
* Five 8th grade wrestlers moved on to sectional finals and one 8th grade wrestler placed in County Finals
* The 7/8th grade girls soccer team completed an undefeated season and won the VAL Championship.

Congrats to the students and their families and to their teachers and school staff members!


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