September 6, 2017

Principal’s Message: Response to Instruction and Project Based Learning

We know that every child learns differently and at his or her own pace. This fall, all MVWSD elementary schools are building time into the instructional day so that teachers can provide students with extra academic challenge or support. This block of time is called Response to Instruction (RTI). At Huff, RTI happens during Project Based Learning in Science and Social Studies.

Twice a week during Science/Social Studies PBL, classroom teachers will pull aside and assist small groups on an aspect of that project that matches key literacy skills while the PBL teachers work with the rest of the class. Students, grouped by assessments, may change groups for each project or they can stay in the same RTI group over two or more projects. We will use grade-level assessments after each group is taught for the first time to identify students who need more challenge or more help.

Thank you for your support of all children at Huff. Should you have any questions, feel free to email or check in, or bring them to the first Principal’s Coffee of the year on September 28 at 8:15 a.m.

Deadline for the PTA popsicle party contest is THIS Friday, September 8!

All the students are excited to see which room will win. There is still time! You can drop off forms at the office or sign up online:

Donations count! Help your class while supporting all students and donate today. Your Suggested donation of $200+ per child will automatically include a student yearbook and student t-shirt! We need your help to fund Science support, Project Based Learning support, Computer Science/Coding, IXL math, Lexia, Newsela, supplemental music and art, field trips, teacher supplies, and much, much more!

Please email membership@huffpta.comif you have any questions.

PTA General Meeting

First PTA General Meeting is Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. (Evening) in MUR.

Find out what's happening at Huff... Principal Chang will present current school updates, enrichment program plans for this school year, and information on Project Based Learning. Find out where your donation dollars are being spent. The Board will present this year's proposed budget & programs

Questions, Suggestions or Feedback is welcome! Please contact for more information.

Wild West Book Fair - Huff Library Fundraiser: Mon. Oct. 9 through Fri. Oct.13

Howdy pardners' ! Saddle up and get ready for the upcoming Wild West Scholastic Book Fair! Tell your friends, neighbors, aunts, uncles, and grandparents – everyone is welcome! All Book Fair proceeds go to the Huff library!

Come, check it out and attend the Book Fair volunteer meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8:10am in the MUR – be there to learn what you can do to help make this fundraiser strike gold!

After School Programs

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

Language Buddies

We have many new families at Huff this year who have recently moved here from other countries and need assistance understanding school news and routines. If you speak another language, consider becoming a language buddy for another family. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Susana Morales ( Thank you!

School Pictures

Picture day was Aug. 30. If you have not ordered your school pictures, you will still be able to do so using this direct link:


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 (

MVWSD seeks parents, staff and community members for new Task Force groups

Task Force members lend perspective and expertise to important district work that benefits our students. Please consider serving on one of these groups, and let us know by Aug. 30 by completing an application here:

Specifically, MVWSD is seeking parents from all schools, as well as MVWSD staff members. Spanish interpretation will be provided, if needed.

These committees will begin meeting in the coming weeks.

  • Wellness Advisory Committee
  • Enrollment Priorities Task Force
  • Budget Advisory Committee

Click here for tasks, details and requirements for each of these groups

Interpreters Needed for Parent-Teacher Conferences in October

For the past few years, our district has provided interpreter services to improve communication between our teachers and our parents who are learning English. We have been able to provide interpreters for parent-teacher conferences every fall. We need the help of our parents and community members to identify interpreters in Spanish. If you are a fluent speaker of English and Spanish, please help our teachers and families by becoming an interpreter. If you know of someone who is qualified, please pass this information to him/her. The interpreters must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00 p.m. between October 2 and 13. All interested candidates please apply through Ed-Join at Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October. Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis. Interpreters receive $20.00 per hour for their service and $25.00 for IEPs.

Parent Workshop: Supporting the Success of Your Whole Child

Mountain View Parent University will present a free workshop, “Supporting the success of your whole child; understanding social and emotional development from K-8” on Sept. 13, 6:30-8pm Graham Middle School, MUR. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Come early to connect with resources! See flyer.

Presenters: Tracy A. Greene, LMFT (Landels parent) and CHAC, Uplift Family Services and CHC.

In this session you will get an overview of:

  • What does social and social emotional development mean for you and your child
  • What are common social and emotional concerns and what to watch for
  • What techniques and approaches can you use for supporting your child


  • 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.)

Please register here

Let's Talk

Mon. Sep. 11, 2017, 10 a.m. -12 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. Sep. 12, 2017, 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.

Challenges of Dyslexia

Wed. Sep. 20, 2017, 7–9 p.m., Santa Rita Elementary

Join Lindamood-Bell Center Director, Leila MacCurrach, for a conversation about how intensive instruction that builds the imagery-language foundation can enable students of all backgrounds and prior diagnoses to learn to read and comprehend to their potential. Lindamood-Bell's intensive, one-to- one, process-based instruction has been used to strengthen the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension. The method has been proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD, and ASD.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - September 13

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?

Mentor Tutor Connection needs Mentors for High School students and Tutors for K- 8 students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. All volunteers must be high school graduates.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

Date: Wednesday, September 13

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

Location: El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA



Upcoming Dates

Thu., Sep. 7, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Room Parent Orientation Meeting - Huff Kids Place

Tue., Sep. 12, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m - Huff Site Council meeting

Thu., Sep. 14, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Book Fair Volunteer Meeting - MUR

Thu., Sep. 14, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - PTA General Meeting

Thu., Sep. 28 - Walk, Bike or Roll to School Day

Thu., Sep. 28, 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

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

Flyers and Attachments

September 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.