Supts eNews - April 8, 2022


In this edition ...

  • Safety ThoughtExchange beginning April 20
  • New roles for administrators
  • Spring Break and test kits
  • Needed: Videos appreciating your favorite teachers/school staff members
  • Board meeting review: CRBS and Strategic Plan
  • High Fives
Please share your thoughts: Safety ThoughtExchange beginning April 20
As our community is still reeling from the recent student tragedy, many of us are asking the question of “how can we make school commutes safer for our students?” The Mountain View Whisman School District is looking to focus and record these organic conversations in an online exchange of ideas, with the goal of involving all of the organizations and people who have a role in making our community safer.

On April 20, please look in your email for a link to a ThoughtExchange about safety. Middle school students will also be participating. Your participation is confidential. Please share and come back often to rate new ideas until the exchange closes on May 4.

New roles for administrators

We are happy to announce new assignments for our school administrators for the 2022-23 school year. We are grateful for their expertise that benefits all MVWSD students.

Acantha EllardAcantha Ellard is now the Director of Special Education. Ms. Ellard has been the Interim Director of Special Education for the past year, and Special Education Coordinator for MVWSD for six years before that. She has also worked as an Education Specialist at the Sanger Unified School District. She is currently an adjunct professor at Fresno Pacific University, where she earned her master’s degree in special education and teaching.

Patricia Leonard will be moving to MVWSD’s District Office as Special Education Coordinator. Patricia LeonardMs. Leonard, currently Assistant Principal at Graham, has more than ten years of experience and expertise in instructional leadership and education administration as well as expertise in special education. She has served as Special Education Program Manager for the Modesto City Schools, as well as Vice Principal in the Pleasanton Unified School District, SELPA, Education Specialist for the Palo Alto Unified School District, and Administrator and Education Specialist in the Fremont Unified School District. She has master’s degrees in educational administration and special education from National University and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico.

Jackee KeirnsJacqueline Keirns will be the new Principal of Mariano Castro Elementary. Ms. Keirns, currently Crittenden Middle School Assistant Principal, has more than 15 years of teaching and school leadership experience, including Title 1 schools. Since 2012, she served in various capacities at Leonard Herman Intermediate School, San Jose, including social studies department chair, teacher in charge, seventh- and eighth-grade social studies teacher, and PBIS team lead. She's also taught elementary school in San Jose for four years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California San Diego, earned her master’s in education from University of California Santa Cruz, and a master’s in education administration from Concordia University.

Spring Break (April 11-15) and test kits

Mountain View Whisman School District is on spring break April 11-15.

Parents and staff members will once again be receiving free COVID test kits from schools this week. Parents: Please administer the free at-home COVID test kit to your child on April 17, before returning to school on April 18. If your child has symptoms or a positive result, he/she must stay home. 

Please see for detailed COVID information. Have a safe and restful time away.

Needed: Videos appreciating your favorite teachers/ school staff members

MVWSD is making a surprise group video to present to employees during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Weeks, and we need your help! Please see your inbox tomorrow for an email containing additional details and your school-specific link to submit your video message. If the kids have time over spring break, maybe they can put their creativity to good use! Thank you for your support of our staff.

Board meeting review: CRBS and Strategic Plan

The Board of Trustees met last night. Here are the highlights:

CBRSCBRS: Staff presented an update on the District's Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) that expands coverage of our District network to provide Internet access to families who need it. For the presentation, click here

Strategic Plan 2027: Staff presented the current action steps for each goal of the new strategic plan. For the presentation, click here

High Fives

Graham Middle School and El Camino Health partnered in a free clinic at the school on Tuesday to give 50 COVID vaccines to students, parents and community members!
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