October 26, 2016

Principal’s Message

Good news: our 2016-17 School Site Plan has been unanimously approved by the MVWSD Board of Trustees! This document, developed by staff with input from our School Site Council and English Learner Advisory Council, contains our school goals for the year and the key strategies that will help us meet those goals. Here is a summary of Huff’s big plans this year:

  • Improve Academic Achievement for all students through consistent implementation of our core curricula and personalization of math intervention and enrichment.
  • Close the Achievement Gap by providing more supports for our English Learner students with explicit vocabulary instruction, opportunities for oral language practice, targeted intervention, and project-based learning.
  • Increase Human Capital: expanding staff capacity through a renewed focus on collaboration and examining student results even more frequently.
  • Build upon our Supportive and Inclusive Culture by continuing to pursue a Growth Mindset for all learners and offering English Learner families helpful and various supports through our English Language Advisory Council meetings.

Over the course of the year, I will provide updates regarding these initiatives and how you can help or learn more about them. Should you have any initial questions, please feel free to reach out any time. The approved site plans will be posted on our district website in the very near future. Thank you for all your past, present, and future support of our mission to inspire, empower, and prepare every student.

The Art of Gratitude

An upcoming Art4Schools art show titled "The Art of Gratitude," with work by Huff students will be on display at the Rengstorff House, located at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. The exhibit will be up from November 1 - November 27, 2016. The following students will have their artwork on display:

Artyom K, Sarayu P, Charlie C, Sofia S, Hauke R, Alex U, Jazlyn D, Antar Rah B, Ali E, Shayan J

Halloween Parade

The annual Halloween Parade will take place on Monday, October 31 at 12:50 p.m. Parents are welcome to come and enjoy the cuteness. There will be a clearly-marked “circuit” around the blacktop and we ask all families to remain outside of the circuit while the parade is happening. Each classroom will have its own special plan (if any) for the rest of the school day after the parade. If you have any questions or requests, please contact the office.

Huff School Site Council (SSC) Meeting - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Join us for the next Huff School Site Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. It will be held from 3:00-4:30pm in the Staff Lounge. All are welcome. The agenda is on the SSC Homepage on the Huff website and on the bulletin board in front of the office.

Rhythm and News Newsletter

Get some breakfast ideas and tips for a healthy Halloween. Find out why walking and laughing are good for you! Read the details here.

Paint The Town Red --- Auction, Saturday, November 5, 2016

Come celebrate our 19th Annual Huff PTA Silent Auction and Party with other Huff families and staff in a relaxing atmosphere. Join us for this event (for adults only) at the Mountain View Senior Center at 266 Escuela Avenue from 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5. There will be free food, dancing, & fun as we help raise money to support activities and resources for our kids at Huff. We are sending you paper invitations, so look for your invitation in your children’s backpacks or Friday folders. The registration is now open to RSVP to this incredible evening. Go to: http://huffpta.schoolauction.net/auction2016

Childcare for Auction Night

YMCA Huff will provide care for the Huff PTA Auction night on Saturday, November 5, 2017 from 6:00 – 10:30 p.m. (must pick up at 10:30 p.m. SHARP). Kids will enjoy an evening of fun, games, food, prizes and more. Cost is $25.00 per child. Event includes: small cooking activities, do it yourself bagel pizza meal, glow in the dark outside games, inside games and prizes, and arts and crafts. A sign-up sheet will be in the office. Limited to 60 kids. For more details, contact Coordinator-Michael Robertson at michael.robertson@ymcasv.org or (717) 575-7505. Location: YMCA Huff 253 Martens Ave. Mountain View, CA 94040

Huff Star Party on November 7

What’s a star party? A star party is a gathering of amateur astronomers for the purpose of observing the sky. The Huff community will have its own Star Party on Monday, November 7, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm. To help guide us, a pair of astronomers will be on-hand -- one hails from the Fujitsu Planetarium at DeAnza and the other is with the San Jose Astronomical Association. A few telescopes will be set-up for children of all ages to peek through! If you have a question about the event, please contact Huff Star Party organizer, Annette Luongo, at aluongo@mvwsd.org

Colorcycle Marker Recycling Program

Do you have any USED (any brands are accepted)

- Coloring Markers

- Dry Erase Markers

- Hight Lighters

- Sharpies

at home or your work place? Instead of tossing them in the trash, let's Colorcycle them! Your child's classroom or the office have Colorcycle boxes for your dropoff.

Last year, in fewer than 5 months, we diverted over 3000 markers from landfill! This year, our 4th grade Girl Scout troop 60840 will continue this recycling effort by collecting and shipping used markers to a Crayola facility to convert them into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to fill vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more! Please go to http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx to learn more about Colorcycle. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariana Menhenett (arianame@yahoo.com)

Shop Amazon, Raise Money for Huff

If you shop on Amazon.com or want to help raise funds for Huff via shopping, remember to use the unique Huff URL for Amazon.com. The key to success is starting the shopping experience with the Huff URL, and there’s a potential to earn as much as 15% per purchase for Huff. Click on Huff Amazon Associates and start shopping: Huff Amazon Associates.

Upcoming Events

Please review additional events on this webpage or on the homepage: huff.mvwsd.org

Mon. Oct. 31, 12:45 p.m. - Halloween Parade

Tue., Nov. 1, 8:05 - 9:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting

Tue., Nov. 1, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Huff Site Council Meeting

Fri. Nov. 4 - MINIMUM DAY - End of Trimester 1

Sat., Nov. 5, 6:30 – 11 p.m., - Huff’s 19th Annual Silent Auction & Party

Mon. Nov. 7, 6:00 p.m. - Star Party on blacktop

Fri. Nov. 11 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day

Thu. Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m. - PTA General Meeting

Nov. 23 - Nov. 25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Tue., Dec. 6, 8:05 - 9:00 a.m. - Project Cornerstone meeting

Wed., Dec. 14, 8:00 a.m. - Principal’s Coffee

Fri., Dec. 16 - Mon., Jan. 2 - NO SCHOOL - December Break

Mon., Jan. 2 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Wed., Jan. 10, 12:50 p.m. - Spelling Bee

Wed., Jan. 18, 12:50 p.m. - Geography Bee

City of Mountain View Monster Bash - Friday, Oct. 28, 4 - 8pm - see flyer for details

Mountain View Library - Reading Day - Sat. Nov. 12, 10am - 1pm - see flyer for details


All after school programs are now on the Huff website. Please check the website, on the menu, select Enrichment -> After-school Options.

Parent Talk Nov. 7: For Fifth – Eighth Grade Families

Puberty can be a challenging time for children and their parents. MVWSD is pleased to offer free resources for families from experienced health educators.

Please join us for Parent Talk on Monday evening, November 7 from 6-8 p.m. in the Graham Multi Purpose Room. (Spanish translation will be available.) This workshop gives parents and guardians the tools they need to address a variety of issues that are a part of students’ puberty and sexuality.

The workshop will cover topics such as

  • Communication regarding family values
  • Changes during puberty and adolescent development
  • Using everyday situations as discussion openers
  • Media influences
  • Sexual safety
  • Relationships and dating
  • Practice in answering common questions from children and teens.

Health educators from Health Connected will facilitate the workshop. Health Connected is a local, non-profit agency dedicated to helping young people feel confident and supported to make informed decisions about their own sexual health. Health Connected is working with MVWSD to provide the District’s 5th and 8th grade Human Growth and Development programs and has been providing Human Growth and Development curriculum for most of the schools in San Mateo County for many years.

The workshop is for parents only, and childcare will not be available. In order to meet the needs of all attendees, we ask that you please RSVP here no later than November 1st.

El Camino Hospital construction: Increased traffic Bubb and Huff neighborhoods

El Camino Hospital has embarked on a major construction project on its Grant Road campus that will impact families at Bubb and Huff elementary schools through 2019.

Both Grant Road and Phyllis Avenue will see increased truck traffic as equipment and materials are delivered both to the hospital site and a staging area located near Phyllis and El Camino.

For your safety, please be aware when walking, biking or driving in this area, and help students make safe choices. Be extra careful when crossing streets in the area.

You can sign up for the El Camino e-newsletter, which will give you updates on impacts on traffic, noise or other disruptions:https://www.elcaminohospital.org/about-us/campus-d...

Specific Learner Needs Task Force

MVWSD is looking for additional English Language Learners' parent representatives to the Specific Learner Needs Task Force. This group works to research best practices and to increase quality of programs for special education and English language learners. The next meeting is October 19 from 6-8 pm at Theuerkauf MUR. For more information, see https://www.mvwsd.org/committees/specific-learner-.... Those interested should contact Heidi Smith, Director of Federal State and Strategic Programs, at hsmith@mvwsd.org.

Bus Stop Change

To improve safety, the District has worked with community partners to identify a new, safer bus stop location near Castro and Mistral elementaries.

Effective Monday, Oct. 31, the Blue & Purple Routes bus stop location will be moved from Latham Street to California Street at the southeast corner of Escuela Ave. The new location is less congested and more visible, and is in a much wider loading zone and area. During the transition, we will also have an adult and signage at the former bus stop location to direct students to the new stop.

When you are driving in that area, please know California Street is not a divided highway, and therefore all traffic going both directions must stop when the bus is loading and unloading, according California’s vehicle code.

For questions, please contact James Bakos, Director, Maintenance, Operations, Transportation, at jbakos@mvwsd.org or 650-526-3587.


Mountain View Parent U presents its Community Resource Fair on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Graham Middle School’s Multi-Use Room. Come anytime between 4 and 7 PM.

  • Open to all families and students of the district, and community members who are involved in the lives of our students.
  • Links families with community resources.

Scheduled to attend: Healthier Kids Foundation, MV Community Outreach, MV Teen Center, Project Sentinel, Uplift, SIREN, The Beat, YMCA, CHAC, CSA, PIQE, MVEF and many more!

Families with children are encouraged to attend together. Includes:

  • Interpretation -- Spanish support provided by School and Community Engagement Facilitators.
  • Transportation -- Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle Schools to Graham Middle School at 3:30 PM and returns at 7 PM.

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
  • Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for Measure C

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

Applications are due Oct. 21. Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 or faxed to 650-964-8907.

Applications available online at

· Bond Oversight Committeehttp://www.mvwsd.org/bond-oversight-committee. There are certain categories of representatives needed for a two-year commitment. The District seeks member of a bona fide tax organization and a senior citizen.

· Parcel Tax Oversight Committeehttps://www.mvwsd.org/community-parcel-tax/communi.... The meetings for this committee are only: Dec. 14, 2016 and March 22, Sep. 27, 2017.

Questions? Please call Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, at 650-526-3500.

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