May 30, 2018

Principal’s Updates

It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of another academic year. THANK YOU to all staff, families, and community members for making 2017-18 a success. Huff Love was everywhere!

As a result of successful collaboration between our school’s many stakeholders, Huff students experience academic programs and enrichment that would be the envy of any school in the country. Beyond excellent instruction in “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic,” our kiddos participated in hands-on, project-based learning and robust enrichment experiences that have expanded, for both themselves and the adults in their lives, the definition of what it means to be educated in the 21st century. And it will only get better as we reflect, learn from our experiences, and apply our Growth Mindset. We are well on our journey towards the goals set out in our district’s Strategic Plan and Huff’s Roadmap to the Capstone. For this, and for many other reasons too numerous to list, I am tremendously proud.

I hope everyone takes time to rest, enjoy time with loved ones, and recharge this summer. See you in August!

Last Day of School and Summer Communication

Friday is a minimum day--students will be dismissed at 11:55 a.m. Due to construction, all non-staff members must be off campus by 12:30 p.m. that day. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

The only exception is the YMCA, which will operate normally that day.

Please check the website for updates this summer. We will let everyone know as soon as we have an August opening date for our office. Thank you for your flexibility.

Staffing Updates

Click here to read a letter from Mr. Chang.

Construction Updates

Click here to read the letter sent two weeks ago from Mr. Chang.

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.

2018-19 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!

Summer Meals Program

MVWSD is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide FREE summer meals to children, 18 years old and younger. The summer meals program reaches children who need good nutrition when school is out of session. Last year, MVWSD served 60,000 summer meals and will serve many more this summer.

Locations, date and times are:

Crittenden Middle School
June 4 – Aug. 10, Closed July 4th
1701 Rock Street, Mountain View
Breakfast 7:00-8:30 am
Lunch 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Castro Park
June 11 - Aug. 10, Closed July 4th
1795 Latham St. Mountain View
Lunch only 11:30am – 1:00 pm

Rengstorff Park
June 11 - Aug. 10, Closed July 4th
210 South Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View
Lunch only – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Please spread the word to all who may benefit from a FREE meal, For information, call 650-903-6965 ext. 1223 or visit


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.

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

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

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

Flyers and Attachments

May Lunch Menu

Comments? Feedback? Questions?

Click here to send your thoughts directly to the principal. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help us get better.