Supt's eNews - October 25, 2019

Mountain View Whisman School District
October 25, 2019
In this edition ...
  • Board meeting review: Planning for growth and school start times
  • Members needed: Science Textbook Adoption Committee
  • High Fives: Walkathons, Fall Festival, One World concert, Light Award, Athena Award
  • Shrek, the musical

Board meeting review: Planning for growth and school start times

District growth: Last night, the Board of Trustees discussed opportunities for accommodating student growth expected in MVWSD in the next 10 years.  View the presentation here.

Potential solutions for elementary growth are new schools in North Bayshore & East Whisman, reusing leased properties, expanding capacity of existing schools and/or adjusting grade levels in schools.

For middle school growth, the District could identify a site for a new middle school, add to/redesign Graham & Crittenden and/or adjust grade levels in schools.

It is estimated that up to 20,000 new residential units will be added in Mountain View in the next 10 to 15 years. Much of this growth is happening in the northern portion of our district. This growth likely will result in almost 2,500 new students to our schools. This means MVWSD may need the equivalent of two new elementary schools plus an additional middle school. To learn more about this growth, click here

Including the Thought Exchange that finished last weekend, parents and staff have multiple opportunities in the next two weeks to engage on this topic. Please look for the opportunity to give feedback at your school’s meetings of the PTA, School Site Council, and ELAC.

School times: Senate Bill 328 was recently passed that requires middle schools to start at or after 8 a.m. (effective 2022). The Board heard a presentation about how MVWSD will be looking into school times as part of our wellness efforts. The District will reach out to parents, students and staff members to engage in a community conversation about school start times.


Seeking Science Textbook Adoption Committee

MVWSD is seeking committee members for the Science Textbook Adoption Committee.

Task: To review, pilot and recommend new science materials for adoption and implementation. California law requires that the majority of members must be teachers. MVWSD is seeking 1-2 parents (Spanish interpretation will be provided, if needed) and 10-12 certificated teachers to represent all school sites and grade levels. Parent representatives must be available to review materials at the Santa Clara County Office of Education during the work day.

Please click here to apply by Nov. 1.


High Fives: Walkathons, Fall Festival, One World concert, Athena award, Light Awards

Several schools created amazing events for their school communities last week. Please click on the links for details and pictures. Monta Loma held a fall festival. Stevenson, Castro/Mistral and Landels held walkathons

Crittenden and Graham choral groups performed with MVLA choirs and other schools at the One World One Voice concert. Such beautiful voices!

MVWSD Trustee Laura Blakely has been selected by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce for the 2019 Athena Award. Created to honor an outstanding Mountain View leader and Chamber member, this award is presented to a woman who has attained and personified the highest level of professional excellence in business and the community.

The team of middle school teachers from Graham Middle School were recently visited by the founder of the Intrepid Foundation, which granted them a $30,000 Light Award. The Light Awards Program supports teachers by making grants for teacher-selected professional learning. Over two years, Agnes Kaiser, Tom Sayer, Erika Mueller, and Jessica Hill, will collaborate with the Krause Center for Innovation to develop and pilot pathways for Project Based Learning (PBL), technology enhanced electives, and create curriculum for all students in media, technology, broadcasting, STEM, leadership, and visual arts courses.



Shrek the Musical Jr. at Crittenden Middle School

Nasty will be nice and Mountain View will be ogre-the-moon when Crittenden students present their production of Shrek The Musical Jr. on November 15th, 16th, and 17th at 7:00pm and at 2:00pm on November 18th.

This family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of Shrek, an ogre who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children under 12 and can be purchased at the Crittenden Middle School front office or at the door. For more information, contact Leanne Rzepiela at

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