Supt's eNews - Jan 10, 2020


In this edition ...
  • After Jan. 13: Parents may access the results from i-Ready Diagnostic #2
  • Student open enrollment for 2020-21 begins Jan. 13
  • Jan. 9 Board of Trustees meeting review
  • ThoughtExchange: Middle School start times
  • Master Facilities Plan and Measure T
  • Register to vote: March 3, 2020 primary election
  • Get your tickets! MVEF winter gala: Saturday, Feb. 8
After Jan. 13: Parents may access the results from i-Ready Diagnostic #2 

i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. The week of Jan. 13, parents may access the results from the i-Ready Diagnostic #2 that children took in December. Look for an email with specific directions about how to access the results through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

There are four reports (two for math and two for English language arts); one report will show your student’s overall score and growth since August, and a detailed report will show how your student performed on each grade-level standard, in math and language arts. You can review this information and talk with your teacher about how to support and enrich your child’s learning.

Your child can access i-Ready instruction at home online anytime through Clever to supplement, reinforce and enrich his/her classroom learning. These lessons supplement core instruction, and support and enrich students' learning. They are tailored to students, based on information from their i-Ready assessments. Please ask your teacher if you have trouble accessing i-Ready.

Student open enrollment for 2020-21 begins Jan. 13

MVWSD welcomes students both returning and new to our schools for the 2020-21 year. For NEW and CURRENT students: Open Enrollment begins January 13 and continues through Feb. 7, 2020, and is completed online. Look for more information in your school newsletter and in your inbox next week and at

Jan. 9 Board of Trustees meeting review: Dress code, i-Ready and STEM/RTI

Proposed dress code: After hearing from parents and students, MVWSD is proposing a new dress code. The new version is based on national and local resources with a desire to make the code more modern and inclusive of all students.

Feedback from parents, students and staff on the proposed dress code will be collected and reviewed through Jan. 15. Please use this form for review of the current and proposed policies and to share your comments about the proposed dress code. The Board discussed this draft policy at its Jan. 9 meeting and plans to approve a new policy on Feb. 6.

i-Ready and academic growth: Staff provided an update on the District's progress on its i-Ready diagnostics and the assessments’ role in ensuring that all students make at least one year’s academic growth in one year’s time and that students who are performing below grade level string together multiple years of achieving substantially more than one year’s growth in one year’s time.

STEM/RTI: Staff provided an update on the District’s progress on demonstrating a clear focus on implementing the new science standards and supporting STEM/Response to Instruction (RTI) programs at all sites.

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

ThoughtExchange: Middle School start times

link to Middle School Start Times graphicSenate Bill 328 was recently passed that requires middle schools to start at or after 8 a.m. (effective 2022). Each of our middle schools start before 8 a.m. - Graham at 7:50 a.m. and Crittenden at 7:55 a.m.

Since November, the District has been in the process of reaching out to parents and staff members to gather feedback about later middle school start times. MVWSD would like to further engage parents, staff members and students in grades 5-8 in an online exchange of ideas about the considerations and priorities for new middle school start times, with possible implementation for the 2020-21 school year.

Look for an email next week, and thank you in advance for your participation.

Master Facilities Plan and Measure T

The Board adopted the Master Facilities Plan (MFP) that lays a solid foundation for MVWSD to accommodate our immediate, short-term student growth, while continuing to upgrade our facilities and infrastructure over the next ten years. The MFP informs the $259 million bond program, Measure T, that will be on the March 3, 2020 ballot.

The MFP prioritizes projects for bond funding, such as teacher and staff housing, safety/operational efficiency work and facilities improvements needed for short-term growth. Due to limited funding, the MFP does not recommend including in the bond the facilities projects needed for long-term growth in North Bayshore, East Whisman and Terra Bella.

Look for a presentation by your principal soon about how the Master Facilities Plan affects your school. To view the Master Facilities Plan, click here. To learn more about Measure T, please click here.
link to Measure Y infographic

Register to vote: March 3, 2020 primary election

Please make sure you are registered so that you may cast your vote in the March 3, 2020 election that includes the Mountain View Whisman School District Bond Measure T. The deadline to register to vote in order to participate in the March 3, 2020 primary election is February 18. If you've requested a vote by mail ballot, those are mailed 29 days before the election. To check if you are registered to vote in Santa Clara County, please click here.

To register to vote, click here or fill out a paper application found at your county elections office, any Department of Motor Vehicles field office, and many post offices, public libraries, and government offices. To have an application mailed to you, call your county elections office or the Secretary of State's toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683). For more information about MVWSD's Measure T, please see

MVEF winter gala: Saturday, Feb. 8

link to MVEF logo The Mountain View Educational Foundation is hoping you will join them for the Winter Gala and Auction, the annual fundraiser, on Saturday, February 8th from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the new Mountain View Community Center. The event includes champagne reception, dinner, live auction, silent auction, and dancing.

Get your tickets by clicking here! All tickets must be reserved before midnight on January 27th.

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