January 31, 2018

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Principal’s Message

Our district’s Strategic Plan 2021 outlines common priorities and informs daily work at all sites. At Huff, we’ve been focusing on two main goals from the plan:

SP Goal 1.2 Students will be engaged in personalized learning experiences built from a viable, guaranteed, and coherent curriculum that supports all students in achieving at high levels.

SP Goal 2.3. Implement a multi-tiered system of support that intervenes early and often to meet the individual needs of all students.

What this looks like:

  • Students are engaged in science and social studies PBL units that train them to think like scientists and historians and give them opportunities to develop the traits outlined in the “Profile of a Graduate” in the Strategic Plan.
  • While PBL delivers a level of personalization beyond traditional instruction, RTI takes it to another level by having teachers intervene with specific students on areas of need and extention, all during the school day.
  • SIOP strategies help all students, especially English Learners, grow their vocabularies and explicitly practice academic language in class.

The Strategic Plan also calls for all 5th graders to complete a “Capstone-style” project at the end of 5th grade to demonstrate that they’ve attained the competencies and attributes in the “Profile of a Graduate.” While the structure and requirements of a Capstone project are still under development, efforts are already underway via our School Site Council and (Teacher) Grade Level Representatives Meetings to map out the road we will take to get to 2021. A draft of a “Roadmap” will be shared with all stakeholders in April to gather feedback, and a finalized version will be presented by the end of May.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the early part of the process, please contact me or our site council chair, Naemi Strobel (strobelnaemi@gmail.com).

Thank you for all your support in making Huff the best school it can be!

We Are Fighting the Flu!

Our schools are seeing more cases of flu in both staff and students. District custodial teams have been working hard the past couple of weeks to disinfect surfaces, handles and doorknobs.

With seasonal flu circulating in the community, here are a few reminders about what you should do:

  • If your child has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose), keep him or her home until they no longer have a fever without taking any fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
  • If your child has other health issues, you may want to call your health care provider for advice.
  • Drink a lot of liquid (such as juice, water, Pedialyte ®, broth).
  • Keep him or her comfortable. Rest is important.
  • For fever, sore throat, and muscle aches, you can use fever-reducing medicines that your doctor recommends.
  • Use good health habits such as covering coughs and/or sneezes in sleeves, or to cover coughs/sneezes with tissues. Wash hands often and keep them away from your face.
  • Keep tissues close and have a trash bag within reach for disposing of used tissues.
  • Don’t go to school, daycare, or public places if you are sick.
  • If someone in your home is sick, keep him or her away from family members who are not sick.

Be watchful for emergency warning signs that might indicate you need to seek emergency medical care:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Feeling extremely irritable
  • Not urinating
  • Your symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

The Huff Musical is almost here!

We are excited to announce that the first-ever Huff musical production, Schoolhouse Rock Jr., will be presented at the Graham Auditorium on February 14 and 15 at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, please visit huffSHR.eventbrite.com. Hope to see you there!

Principal’s Coffees

February 15, 8:15-9:15 - Topic: Local Control Accountability Protocol (district plan submitted to CA Dept of Ed)

Each year, every public school district is responsible for submitting an updated version of the LCAP to Sacramento. It highlights the priorities and initiatives of the district and the budget for monies spent toward these priorities. Come and hear the big picture plans for our entire school district through a Huff lens.

CSMA student artwork to be displayed at City Hall

During the month of February, come and check out some terrific student artwork, including those from Huff students Agnes G, Mia H, and Gisella L. The art will be displayed in the rotunda of Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro Street. There will also be a special performance by the Huff Honor Choire on Friday, February 2 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Pack a snack (or participate in hot breakfast)

Parents, be sure to pack a healthy snack and water bottle for your child(ren) or have them participate in hot breakfast during recess (the process is the same as hot lunch). The office does not stock snacks for students to have during the morning recess.

Long Term Absences and Independent Study Requests

At Huff and MVWSD, we want all students to attend school every day (except when ill or when there is an emergency). We strongly discourage out-of-town trips on days when school is in session. If, however, you do plan for your child to miss two or more days of school, we very much appreciate a heads-up at least two weeks in advance. These absences will be recorded as unexcused. Too many unexcused absences will result in an official truancy warning letter, and possibly other legal consequences.

For unavoidable emergency travel of five or more school days, you may inquire at the school office about an Independent Study Contract, which, if completed, allows the school to excuse absences that would have otherwise been unexcused. All Independent Study Contracts must be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the absence and must be approved by the principal. For more information, contact Teresa Diaz in the office or at tdiaz@mvwsd.org.

In the end, a missed school day is a missed school day. Let’s all do our very best to make sure we don’t miss any more days than are necessary!

MVWSD Enrollment Reminder

Please confirm your child’s school registration for the 2018-2019 school year by February 2. We have a new, convenient online registration system called SchoolMint. Look for an e-mail from Schoolmint dated Jan. 5 with the registration website address and your username. If you didn’t receive a login email, please call 650-526-3252 extension 3 for help. To learn more go to www.mvwsd.org/register. You can also contact the school office. We are happy to help you complete your child’s registration.

Please note: Current transitional kindergarten and fifth-grade families need to complete two steps in Schoolmint. First select actions "Returning" or "Not Returning". Then click the green button "Add/Edit New Student Application" to start registration and/or request a school transfer.

MVWSD Preschool Program

Now, more Mountain View families are eligible for MVWSD’s preschool program, due to recent changes at the state and county level.

Through the Santa Clara Child Care Subsidy Pilot, the income eligibility ceiling for those applying for our free preschool program is now $71,065/year (a family of 4). Additionally, children who have their third birthday on or before December 1 (as opposed to September 1) can now enroll in preschool, though priority enrollment for 4 year olds has not changed.

To make it even easier, families no longer have to re-certify or re-apply to the preschool program and prove income eligibility requirements in their child's second year of preschool. Their initial application will remain valid for 24 months, without worry that income changes could affect their child’s preschooling.

The highly-rated MVWSD Preschool is currently enrolling for a few remaining spaces for 2017-18 and accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Enrollment for 2018-19 will begin in March. See www.mvwsd.org/preschool for applications and details.

MVEF Winter Gala and Auction is February 10!

The Winter Gala and Auction is less than two weeks away. MVEF hopes you will join for some fun and fundraising as we "let the music play!" Our auction team has been hard at work finding experiences, items, and events that will inspire you to bid.

Here is a sneak peek:

Dinner for four at the Moutain View Firehouse.
Two behind-the-scenes VIP Tesla factory tours.
A private shopping event at Anthropologie.
Tickets to museums, sporting events, summer camps and more.

We hope you will attend! Learn more at mvef.org

Order your Huff Yearbook today!

This is a wonderful keepsake for your child's school year memories. Please see below for details!

How do I order? The yearbook can be ordered by clicking the "order a yearbook" button at: https://yearbooks.lifetouch.com. You will be asked for the school code which is 13351218. If you prefer to purchase the yearbook with cash or check, please contact Suzanne Drumwright at yearbook@huffpta.org to make arrangements.

How much does it cost? The cost is $18 and an additional $0.75 if you wish to have it personalized.

What about those who cannot afford to buy a yearbook? When ordering, you will have the option to donate to a school fund which will be used to purchase yearbooks for students who need financial aid. If you feel that you qualify for financial aid, please contact Marily, Teresa, or Susie in the main office.

Is a yearbook included with my PTA donation? If you made a $200 contribution to the PTA this school year, you will receive a personalized yearbook in the child's name you input during membership. For families expecting a pre-ordered yearbook due to qualifying PTA donations, Membership sent an email message a few weeks ago asking for confirmation of spelling of student names. If we do not receive a reply by Friday, Feb. 9, we will assume the spelling is correct. Please check your Spam folder if you did not see a message and email membership@huffpta.org with questions.

Can I still make a PTA donation that includes a yearbook? It is not too late to join the PTA! If you would like to make a $200 contribution to support the programs and events made possible by the Huff PTA, a personalized yearbook will be provided at no additional charge.

How can I help? Yearbook volunteers are creating the book now! If you would like to help or have photos to submit, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Suzanne Drumwright at yearbook@huffpta.org for more details.

February is We Love Box Tops month!

With all the goodies from the Superbowl to Valentine’s Day treats, there’s lots of opportunities to clip and save Box Tops! Over 3,000 have been brought in so far this school year but I know we can do so much better!

But hang on to them for now! Starting Monday February 5, bring in any Box Tops you have collected over the holidays or while making special treats for Valentine’s Day. We’ll be collecting Box Tops for this drawing until February 16. Remember - Huff has over 600 students this year. If each student brought in just TWO Box Tops every month, we’d have well over $1,000 to use to support our awesome school. That’s just 2 little pieces of cardboard per student per month. Don’t think that just because you only have a couple, they aren’t worth anything. It all adds up!!

For any Box Top related questions please contact our Huff Box Tops Coordinator Gina Rybolt geeners@gmail.com. Thanks for all your help Huff Hawks and keep clipping!


JOB DESCRIPTION: The MVWSD is looking for qualified individuals interested in administering the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California Test (ELPAC) to the District’s K-8 English language learners. Flexible hours. $20 an hour. All examiners will be certified by successfully completing the district-sponsored screening and training. Must be a fluent English speaker to apply. For more information contact Arline Siam at asiam@mvwsd.org.

Bond Oversight, Parcel Tax Oversight committees seek community representatives

The District is seeking qualified persons to serve on two committees of community leaders:

  • Bond Oversight Committee for the District's Measure G Bond Program (a member of a bona fide tax organization for a two-year commitment)
  • Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for Measure B

Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, including an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.

Applications are found here (www.mvwsd.org/committees). Applications can be mailed to: Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 or faxed to 650-964-8907.

Questions? Please call Dr. Robert Clark at 650-526-3500 or rclark@mvwsd.org.

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: “Raising Digital Natives” with Dr. Devorah Heitner

Parents today worry that kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of digital devices. Often, adults are less conscious about what they are modelling with their own relationship with technology. Drawing from the latest research, Dr. Heitner provides gems of guidance to help parents become confident digital media mentors to texters, gamers and social media users from childhood to young adulthood. You’ll learn what it is like for kids to grow up in a world where school experiences, family life and friendships are all shaped by digital connection—and how you can share your own lifetime of social wisdom to mentor your children in their digital world. See flyer

Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 pm at Los Altos High School Eagle Theater
Audience: K-12 parents, teachers and other caretakersTo register, please click here.

Math Night

The MVLA High School District presents “Math Night” on Feb. 6 from 6:30-8:00 in MVHS Theater, 3535 Truman Ave. It's for families who will attend high school at MVLA. The night will include information about the high school math pathways available to students. In addition, the Computer Science and Engineering courses and pathways will be presented.

Parenting in the Age of Technology: Protecting our Children In An Age of Access

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:30-8:00pm in Graham Middle School MUR
Presenters: my digital TAT2

This workshop will explore:

  • *Rapid change in technology and how our children are using social media
  • *Strategies for supporting and staying connected to our children
  • *Interactive discussion, videos, and real life scenarios to help parents show children how to navigate, self-regulate, slow down and think before they act.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here

Feb. 8: State of the Schools Event

Please join MVWSD Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for the State of the Schools event.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb 8 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Auditorium, Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock Street, Mountain View

Dr. Rudolph will speak about this year’s successes and challenges in our schools, and what can be expected in the future. All are welcome to this free event. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Performances: Graham Middle School and Crittenden Middle School vocal ensembles

Please reserve your free seat here

Local Resource Guide for Learning Challenges

Do you need help finding summer camps to fit your child's needs? Recreational opportunities that are accepting and inclusive? Therapists, advocates, tutors? Please check out SELPA1CAC's Local Resource Guide! at www.selpa1cac.org or tinyurl.com/localresourceguide. We are always interested in updates and additions, let us know how we can make the Guide for useful!

Better Communication with Your Teen, DBT w/Michael Fitzgerald, SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event

Wed. Feb. 7, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Santa Rita Elementary School

Michael Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital will discuss the benefits of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Learn why DBT is so effective and how parents can use the concept to have better communication with their teens. “Sometimes parents are unaware of how their teens are reacting to their verbal and nonverbal cues…at times teens don’t feel validated by their families...teens crave acceptance…parents can learn to avoid phrases that reinforce negative self images...both parents and teens can learn how to communicate more positively.”

DBT combines cognitive behavioral techniques for emotion regulation with concepts of mindful awareness, distress tolerance and acceptance.

Let's Talk

Mon. Feb. 12, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Los Altos Library

A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.

Parent Chat

Tue. Feb. 13, 2018, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Los Altos Library

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.

Don't Miss Out on Fun Events & Great Deals!

Looking for something fun to do for yourself or your kids? Check out the upcoming auction parties that still have space available:

Prices have been reduced on ALL unsold items so don’t miss the great deals on camps, outings, and more:

Check out all of the available items and order online at https://www.huffptaauction.com. You can also email your order to auction@huffpta.org, be sure to include the the item or event you would like.

After School Programs

The Huff After School Programs List 2017-18 available here. Check back frequently for updates over the next few weeks.


We plan to continue the Colorcycle Marker, Highlighter, Sharpie, and Dry Eraser Pen recycling program this coming year. Last year our community kept 3,890 items out of landfill! (That's a 16% recycling increase from the previous year's collection). Please bring your used markers, highlighters, dry erase markers, and sharpies to the office and drop them in the Colorcycle box to keep them out of landfill. To learn more about the Colorcycle program, check out www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx or email Huff parent Ariana Menhenett (arianame@yahoo.com).

Upcoming Dates

Tue., Feb. 6, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone

Wed. Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. - Huff Musical - School House Rock Jr.

Thu. Feb. 15, 3:00 p.m. - School Site Council

Thu. Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. - Huff Musical - School House Rock Jr.

Fri., Feb. 16 - MINIMUM DAY - End of trimester

Feb. 19 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Wed., Feb. 28 - Walk, Bike, Roll to School Day

Fri., Mar. 2, 10:20 - 11:10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Music in Action concerts (grades 3-5)

Tue., Mar. 6, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone

Fri., Mar. 9, 6:00 p.m. - Huff Science Night

Thu., Mar. 15, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting

Mon., Mar. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Thu., Mar. 29, 6:00 p.m. - Huff Open House

To learn how to add the Huff calendar to your personal calendar, click here.

Flyers and Attachments

January Lunch Menu

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