May 23, 2018

Principal’s Updates

  • Roadmap to the Capstone. How can we, as a school community, prepare our students to demonstrate the attributes of the District Strategic Plan’s “Profile of a Graduate”? Over the last several months, our staff and School Site Council have been grappling with this big question. We are proud to share the results of our work: a Roadmap to the Capstone which will guide our efforts in the near future. It will help us ensure, collectively, that we meet our mission to inspire, prepare, and empower every student.
  • STEM Classes, RTI, and PBL. To improve our students’ Project Based Learning (PBL) and Response to Instruction (RTI) experiences in 2018-19, we will be separating them into distinct periods of time. Each week, every student will attend two PBL-based STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) classes and also have two opportunities to participate in differentiated RTI with their classroom teacher. Grade level teaching teams will also be designing and facilitating at least two high-quality PBL units during the school year with Science and/or Social Studies as their foundation. English Language Arts and Mathematics instruction will remain largely unchanged. Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions.
  • New Site Council Members. Thank you and congratulations to parents Maria Lara, Naemi Strobel, and Brooke Heymach Friedman for stepping up to serve on the School Site Council for the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 school years. We look forward to your important contributions!
  • Looking Ahead. In next week’s Huff n Stuff (the last one this year), I’ll be sharing the most updated teaching staff list, some reminders for summer, and the suggested supply lists for 2018-19.

Construction Updates

Click here to read the letter sent last week from Mr. Chang.

Field Day volunteers needed!

We will be having our annual Physical Edcuation Field Day on Wednesday, May 23 from 8:30 to 10:00. Students will participate in various fun games and activities on the blacktop and field. We need two parent volunteers per classroom to help with supervision. To volunteer, click here and sign up using the Google Doc. Thank you in advance for your help!


  • Traffic Guidelines. Back of school: Drivers, do not drop off/pick up at intersections or block crosswalks. Front of school: remember to walk on the sidewalk side of Martens Ave. A Graham student biking to school was recently hit by a car. Luckily the student is ok -- let’s work together to minimize the chance of this happening.
  • UPDATE: After school supervision of students. The upper grade playground (behind the portables) is off limits while school is still in session for grades 1-5. Parents and caregivers, please actively monitor your children/students while on campus after school.
  • Non school-related items should remain at home. Toys and other items that could become a distraction must remain at home unless specifically permitted by a member of staff. Students should also not be bringing candy or gum to school. Things that don’t belong at school may be confiscated and returned to parents. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
  • UPDATE: All visitors must sign in. If you need to drop off lunch or other items for your child, please leave it in the office and we will get it to your children. 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.

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Recipients will be notified by Tuesday, May 29.

Hawkfest Thanks!

Thank you to all our volunteers for an incredible Hawkfest! It was truly out of this world! Special thanks to:

Ana Alonso for organizing the dance routine and generously donating the DJ - the kids put on a memorable performance and the DJ had everyone dancing to the last song! What a gift to our community!
Mona Shastry for organizing the food - what a success - great food, efficient distribution, and no one went hungry!
Emily Eastham, Andrea Griffiths, and Shannon Schwartz for organizing the t-shirts - from the contest to the distribution, it all went smoothly and the t-shirts were adorable.
Dorothy Lin for organizing the inflatables - thanks for making sure our kids had places to bounce, slide, and roll!
Kathy Mikulis and Linda Cox for organizing all the room parents and ensuring we had booths for each grade level.
Pat Scandalis for bringing bubble fun for all the kids!
Matt Hillman and Ariana Menhenett for the project runway fun! Thanks for giving up your lunches and your classroom for our kids to build their fanciest spacewear.

Thanks to all the room parents for organizing your booths making sure they got staffed.

Thank you to all those who brought in treats for the cake walk! There were desserts galore!

And a special thank you to Helen Cittadino for organizing Hawkfest this year and to Hera Hong-Lee for helping with a million details along the way and staying until the bitter, garbage-filled end.


The Mountain View Educational Foundation would like to thank the parents, community members, and corporate partners who donated to MVEF this year. Thanks to your generosity we were able to provide over $635,000 in funding to the district. Your donations brought art, music, science, athletics and more to every child in MVWSD. Haven't donated this school year? There is still time to do your part! Donate at


SELPA 1 CAC for Special Education has a lot of ideas for the future, and we need your help! We would like to know what events and programs you would like to see for the future. We also plan on a Life Skill workshop on time, money and home management, and we would like you to tell us more about what you would like to see in this workshop. Please take a few minutes to fill out the short surveys below, and be sure to share them with others!

Events and Programs survey:

Life Skills Management Workshop survey:

Tech Support Needed!

Huff PTA is in search of web-savvy parents who could help with managing our email accounts, Google Apps, and/or advise with website setup and hosting. There’s a little work to be done over the summer, but it’s mostly on your own schedule and the workload is light through the school year! Ideal candidates would have younger students so they might be able to help us for more than a year. Email Shannon at if you can help or if you have questions.

Colorcyle Last Collection on Tue. 5/29

Dear Huff Community: Since our pilot of the Colorcyle Used Marker Recycling Program in the spring of 2016, Huff families have collected almost 12,000 used markers/sharpies/highlighters/dry erase markers and kept them out of landfill! On Tuesday 5/29, our 5th Grade Girl Scout Troop 60840 will make the round and collect the last batch of used markers for this school year. If you have any used markers/sharpies/highlighters/dry erase markers (any brand is ok), please bring them to the school office by 5/29. We are happy to announce that Huff 2nd & 3rd Grade Girl Scout Troop 60070 will take over the Colorcycle Program in the coming year. Thank you everyone for doing your part in improving our Environment! Remember to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

InPlay partnership helps parents connect with opportunities for students

Summer is around the corner! Here's a time-saving way to find local and affordable summer camps for your kids. Click here for a list of programs:

InPlay is a non-profit working with MVWSD and Santa Clara County to offer this online service that helps families find local and affordable afterschool and summer camp programs. Many Mountain View area out-of-school programs are listed on one searchable site including: City-funded and 50+ other non-profit and for-profit programs.

MWVSD provides this as a resource to parents who are seeking additional learning opportunities for their students. MVWSD has not reviewed the activity programs and does not specifically endorse any of the programs.

If you have any questions or need help with using the site contact:

Kick, Lead, Dream (KLD) Soccer

Parents, would your child benefit from a two-week, $10 camp? Kick, Lead, and Dream (KLD) is a soccer camp where motivated high school students (KLD Coaches) volunteer to become role models, to provide underserved or low income kids from the Mountain View and Sunnyvale public schools (KLD Campers) the opportunity to improve their soccer skills, learn valuable leadership qualities, and gain the confidence to dream BIG! Campers are provided with free refreshments and camp t-shirts. KLD's goal is to make the camp experience something campers will always remember. Free round-trip bus transportation, from select pick-up points in Mountain View and Sunnyvale to camp is also provided. Sunnyvale bus pick ups are expected to be at Lakewood School, Columbia Middle School and Vargas School. Mountain View pick-ups will be Theuerkauf or Crittenden (tbd) and Castro. Sign up online to participate in this 2-week, $10 camp!

DATES: June 11 - June 22, 2018
DAYS: Mondays - Fridays, no weekends
TIME: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Cooper Park, Mountain View, CA - 500 Chesley Ave, Mountain View
FOR: Underserved/low-income students from public schools in Mt. View & Sunnyvale, Current 2nd through 8th grade for the 2017/2018 school year.
COST: $10 per Camper (bring on first day)

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.

Upcoming Dates

Wed., May 23, 8:30 a.m. - Field Day

Thu., May 24, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Fri., May 25 - MINIMUM DAY

Fri., May 25, 9:00 a.m. - 5th Gr visits to middle schools

Mon., May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Wed., May 30, 8:15 a.m. - 5th Grade Graduation

Fri., June 1 - MINIMUM DAY - Last day of school

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Flyers and Attachments

May Lunch Menu

Comments? Feedback? Questions?

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