March 28, 2018

Principal’s Message: Multi-Cultural Day Celebration

Diversity is one of Huff’s greatest strengths. Join us as we celebrate this during our Multi-Cultural Day Celebration: April 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This PTA and ELAC-hosted event will include special kid-friendly activities representing the many countries and cultures at Huff, including a cultural fashion show. And of course, there will be food!

To get involved, please contact Susie Morales at We hope to see everyone there!

PBL Updates from Mrs. Street and Mr. Caringella

Kinder: Social Studies PBL

"How can we improve our play at recess?" Students are being challenged to think of other activities or equipment they would like to see on their playground at recess. They will have a direct voice in selecting optional play activities and equipment for recess play. To do this, they’ll observe our playground, map out activities, build an ideal playground model out of recycled material, create and administer a survey, and present their proposal to school leadership.

First Grade: Science PBL

People often mimic animal adaptations to help solve human problems. For example, the bicycle helmet mimics the turtle shell. In this science PBL unit, first grade students will use materials to design a prototype that solves a human problem inspired by an animal adaptation. The driving question is, “How can we use what we observe about animals to protect or help humans?” Students will design a slideshow presentation to display their work and share their learning with their older buddies at the end of the unit.

Second Grade: Government Social Studies PBL

Students will explore how the United States government makes, carries out, and enforces laws. Their driving question is, "How does a government create fair and safe communities?" They had the opportunity to meet with officers from the Mountain View Police Department and a retired judge. They also visited Mountain View City Hall and saw our local government in action. Students will apply their learning by identifying a need at school, proposing a new rule, and describing ways in which the new rule would be enforced and carried out among the school community.

Third Grade: Social Studies PBL

In this social studies PBL unit, third grade students learn about the government and economy of the local community. The driving question is: “How can we make a positive difference in our local community?” Students practiced civic engagement as they explored problems and needs in their local community. They learned about several local community agencies, including the Community Service Agency, HomeFirst Homeless Shelter, Friends of Stevens Creek Trail, and the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. In teams, students identified a problem or need that they wanted to address, and an agency that they wanted to help. Then they developed an action plan to carry out to help their community, such as a drive to collect school supplies for CSA to give to children in need. They will measure the results of their impact, and prepare a presentation explaining how they made a difference in the community. Presentations will be displayed in classroom at Open House on March 29.

Fourth Grade: Science PBL

Fourth Grade students are working with partners to complete projects for the Fourth Grade Science Fair. Each pair of students are conducting one of four science experiments. One fourth of the class is exploring the electrical potential of different fruits and vegetables. Another fourth of the class is testing which solution will rust a penny the fastest. A third part of the class is testing the relationship between a paper airplane's weight, and the distance it will fly. Another part of the class is building desalination devices to remove salt from salt water using the sun. Fourth grade students are learning to write, test, and revise hypotheses through multiple rounds of experimentation and data collection. Students will present their projects right outside their classrooms, on Thursday, April 5, during science rotations.

Fifth Grade: Science PBL

Fifth grade students are working on individual science fair projects during Fifth Grade science rotations. During PBL, students receive small group and individual support to help them successfully complete each step in their project. This includes revising hypotheses, defining independent, dependent, and control variables, and writing clear and detailed procedures as they prepare for their experiments. Students will also receive support during PBL for analyzing and interpreting data collected during experimentation, as they work on results and conclusions. Fifth Grade Science Fiar takes place on Thursday, April 26, from 6 to 8 pm.

Open House

You are cordially invited to our 20th anniversary Huff Open House on Thursday, March 29 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.! Details:

  • We will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the blacktop with a Principal’s Welcome and PTA greeting.
  • The amazing Huff Honor Choir will perform for us from approximately 6:10 to 6:25 p.m.
  • Classroom visits will follow from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • During the event, we’ll be premiering a new video by the Community School of Music and Arts showcasing music instruction at our district’s schools
  • The Huff Art Show is happening throughout the evening in our MUR. Come and see the amazing artwork by Huff artists. We have several new projects to feature!
  • The front parking lot will be open to non-staff for the evening.

Parent Volunteers Needed for the Art Show

One parent per class--Mounting and labeling artwork: One volunteer from each class who can take artwork home or work in faculty prep room, as soon as possible to mount artwork on colored papers before the show. I will include directions and samples, and leave artwork in your child’s classroom for pickup.

One or more parents per class--Hanging the art show: One or more Volunteers from each class who can help me staple the art work to our black display boards in the MUR the week of open house. Volunteers are needed for the following times:

3/29–-9-10, 10-11, 11-12
3/30—11-12 take down the show

Please contact your child’s teacher inf you can volunteer. Thank you!

Principal’s Coffee

The next Principal’s Coffee will be on Thursday, April 5, from 8:15-9:15 a.m. Principal Chang would love to hear your thoughts and questions about our academic, enrichment, and social-emotional programming at Huff as we plan for next school year.

Construction Updates

Our new MUR is coming together! The plan is to finish by the end of the school year so that the contractors can turn their attention to the next big projects: our summer classroom and office upgrades and the renovation of our old MUR into our new library and two adjoining Special Education classrooms.

To prepare for the classroom upgrades (all rooms except the new portables on the blacktop will be affected), we will be doing quite a bit of packing and labeling. This is a big job and we’ll need the community’s help. Teachers will begin to pack away items starting after Spring Break, so please look out for and respond to Konstella messages and emails about volunteering.

These boxes and furniture will be placed in storage containers that will be arriving on campus in May. Unfortunately, the only available space on campus for these large items will be the front parking lots. We currently do not know how much it will affect traffic, but be on the lookout for updates from me as soon as new information comes in.

Enrichment Update

On a different note, I want to thank our PTA for allocating funds for additional Computer Science classes for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. CS will start up again after Spring Break and will take place once a week until the end of the school year. Thank you, parents and community members, for supporting such wonderful enrollment programs.

Online conversation: School safety

Please join in! The MVWSD community is sharing thoughts in an online conversation about school safety.

Please share your input on what are the most important considerations and star others' thoughts as we continue planning for school safety.

Look for a link in your inbox from March 19 to join the ThoughtExchange or visit for more information and to participate.

The thoughts you share in this exchange will inform planning for an April 18 School Safety Town Hall, hosted in conjunction with our partners, such as Mountain View Police Department, El Camino Hospital, El Camino YMCA, CHAC and more.


  • Traffic Guidelines. Recall that we should not be walking on the non-sidewalk side of Martens and to cross at crosswalks whenever possible. Thank you.
  • After school supervision of students. Parents, please remember that students are not to remain unsupervised on campus for any period of time after school hours. They should be supervised by caregivers, waiting for a ride at the front pick up area, or accounted for by our various after-school programs.
  • All visitors must sign in. For security and legal reasons, all visitors (volunteers, parents, community members) who come to campus during school hours must sign in at the school office. Any exceptions will only be granted at the discretion of the site administrator.

SARC (School Accountability Report Card)

All public schools receiving state funding are required to prepare and distribute a SARC (School Accountability Report Card). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each school. SARCs are published each year and contain data from the previous school year.

There are several ways to view your school’s SARC:

  • Visit the MVWSD elementary schools’ and middle schools’ webpages on and click on your school’s SARC links, for both English and Spanish.
  • Go to the CDE Find a SARC Web page. This CDE Web page provides actual SARC reports or SARC Web links to the school or district website where the school's SARC is located.
  • If you would like to obtain a printed copy in Spanish or English, please see your child’s school.

MVWSD Preschool

MVWSD now offers part-day and full-day preschool classes with free, low cost and full fee-based options depending on family income. The preschool will begin accepting applications for the full-day classroom on March 12. Please see the attached flyer. Applications and additional information are available at or at the Preschool Office: Castro School (Rm. 36), (650) 526-3500 ext. 1844.

SELPA 1 CAC Steering Committee Meeting

Come on and help us finalize Parent Education selections and plan for next year. SELPA 1 CAC helps families of students receiving special education services and educates the public about disabilities and inclusion.

Monday, April 16, 9:30-11, Los Altos School District Office, 201 Covington Rd

Taking Care of You: Mindfulness and Parenting with Challenges

Wed. Apr. 18, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Rd, Los Altos
With Dr. Linda Lotspeich, Child Psychiatrist and Clinical Professor. Parenting a child with disabilities can lead to difficult emotions and stress. The practice of mindfulness, including meditation, can reduce stress, improve self-esteem and allow you to better manage these emotions. Learn to move from coping to living a more meaningful life in the present moment, while still planning for the future.

Parent Chat

Tue. Apr. 10, 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.

Let's Talk

Mon. Apr. 16, 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.

Auction Parties for Kids and Families - Sign Up Now!

There are still a few spots remaining in upcoming parties for both kids and adults! Don’t miss out on these great events! To sign up simply email

You can sign up online at or simply email Payment for parties can be made via cash or check payable to ‘Huff PTA’ and left in the Huff Office with any of our amazing office staff.

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 or email Huff parent Ariana Menhenett (

Upcoming Dates

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

Mon., Apr. 2, 8:30 a.m. - Kindergarten Performance in MUR

Mon., Apr. 2, 9:20 a.m. - 2nd Grade Performance in MUR

Tue., Apr. 3, 8:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone

Tue., Apr. 3, 8:30 a.m. - 1st Grade Performance in MUR

Wed., Apr. 4, 8:30 a.m. - 3rd Grade Performance in MUR

Thu., Apr. 5, 8:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Thu., Apr. 5, 11:30 a.m. - Multicultural Festival

April 9 - 13 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thu., Apr. 19, 11:30 a.m. - Multicultural Festival (Rain Date)

Thu., May. 10, 1:30 p.m. - Honor Choir Spring Concert

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

Flyers and Attachments

March Lunch Menu

Comments? Feedback? Questions?

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