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Grissom's Gazette

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Grissom's Gazette


Friday, October 6, 2017


Friday, October 6 

Schedule F   Homecoming Picnic/Parade - followed by field show performance by MVHS Spartan Marching Band on the football field.

October 6-8 

Homework-Free Weekend 

Saturday, October 7  

"Community Thank You" Marching Band show, 4 pm, football field

Homecoming Dance, Gym, 8 pm

Monday, October 9

Board Meeting, DO Board Room, 7 pm

Wednesday, Oct.  11

College Awareness Day, Special Schedule

Thursday, October 12

Facilities Master Plan Update, 2 pm, MVHS Spartan Theater

Friday, October 13

End of 1st Quarter

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Special Tutorial Schedule

Thursday, October 19

Schedule F- Parent/Teacher conferences

Friday, October 20

Schedule D- Parent/Teacher conferences

October 23 – 27


Monday, October 23

Board Meeting, DO Board Room, 7 pm

Tuesday, October 31

Haunted House, Small Gym, 2:30 – 4:30 pm 


Welcome to Mountain View High School for 2017-2018!


Grissom’s Gazette is a bi-weekly bulletin from Principal Dave Grissom that is sent to parents, students, and families who subscribe by e-list.  It is distributed to provide information about the school, and community activities that follow.  Subscribe to these e-lists by going to .

Principal’s Message


Happy Friday!


Homecoming will always be one of my favorite days of the school year. This year will be no exception.  I hope that our community is able to come and experience all that our homecoming offers.  At the conclusion of our school day, we will have our annual picnic on the grass fields, followed by our parade, our marching band performing on the football field and then two football games.  The students have put a ton of work into the day to bring community together. Please join us at our homecoming activities this afternoon and evening.

In keeping with the “homecoming” theme, the marching band will be performing their Community Appreciation Day on Saturday.  Please stop by and get a glimpse of their show for the year, along with the performances of three other local high schools.  The community show begins at 4 pm in Spartan Stadium.

Finally, this is a reminder that this weekend is a “homework free” weekend.  It is my sincerest hope that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy being a Spartan with a little less stress this weekend.

Go Spartans!

Dave Grissom



From the MVLA Board of Education

The MVLA Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7 pm in the District Office Boardroom, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040. Reports on LAHS's Freshman Jumpstart, ​Computer Science and Engineering courses, Facilities Master Plan progress, TBWB Strategies polling results and Developer Impact Fees will be delivered along with a discussion on a resolution for intra-district transfers, and the California School Boards Association Agenda Online Service Agreement.

The Board will also be asked to approve the District calendar for 2018-2019 and a resolution to recognize school administrators. Jamie Kesten of LAHS and Amira Patrawala of MVHS will be recognized as the Students of the Month. 

MVLA Press Release: MVLA Students Show Significant Gains in Latest Testing; Marked Improvement in Latinx Students’ Achievement

What if the answer to a test question isn’t “A, B, C or all of the above”? Testing students’ knowledge in deeper and more authentic ways is the aim of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: the SBAC.

The SBAC test is one of several key assessments conducted by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system. It is designed to support teaching and learning, and allows all students to demonstrate what they know in authentic and multiple ways. It covers the full range knowledge and skills associated with college- and career-readiness, and reflects what students are to know and be able to do in the context of the Common Core. The SBAC constitutes is the computer adaptive test in language arts and mathematics - and a major component of the CAASPP. Currently, more than 250 colleges use SBAC test scores as a factor in determining students’ readiness for college, as well as to exempt students from having to take non-college credit-bearing developmental courses.

Certified results have just been released for MVLA students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools, and both performed very well on this year’s SBAC test.

“While scores for most California schools pretty much flat-lined, MVLA experienced significant gains over last year,” said MVLA Director of Assessment and Evaluation Brigitte Sarraf.

At Los Altos High School (LAHS), the percentage of all tested students who met or exceeded English standards was 81 percent, up from 70 percent last year. Math scores also showed improvement, increasing to 69 percent from 67 percent.

Mountain View High School (MVHS) English scores jumped to 85 percent from 72 for all students; math scores increased to 69 from 64 percent.

To put these gains in perspective, an increase of four to five percentage points is generally regarded as a big increase, so MVLA’s increases of ten percent or more is truly notable.

Some of the most remarkable improvements were among the Latinx students at both schools. At MVHS, 58 percent of Latinx students met or exceeded standards in English; math scores jumped to 37 percent from 23. At LAHS, 56 percent of Latinx students met or exceeded standards in English, up from 43 percent. There was a slight increase in math scores for Latinx students up to 38 percent from 34.

This year’s results reveal no difference in performance by gender; district-wide, girls and boys performed equally well.

Sarraf explains that impressive scores are not the only positive outcome from SBAC testing.

“We are pleased with our results. Not only do this year's scores far exceed state and county averages, but we have come very close this year to mirroring or exceeding our high performance on the SBAC in 2015,” Sarraf said. “We believe that these results are a relatively accurate reflection of what our students know and are able to do as the SBAC results are comparable to results on other standardized tests. We encourage students to do their best on the SBAC test because the results can have tangible benefits for them. Qualifying scores exempt students from some placement exams and eliminate the need to take remedial courses at many colleges and universities. This includes California State colleges, community colleges, and many Washington and Oregon universities.”

“Higher scores also boost our schools’ stature. When evaluating applications, universities often review schools’ standardized test scores, including SBAC.  Students' application to college are typically evaluated in the ‘local context.’ One way to look at this is that graduating from a high school with high test scores may boost students’ chances for admission to more universities,” said Sarraf.

“These results reflect the outstanding instruction our students receive and affirm that all student groups are benefitting from our continual improvement of curriculum,” said MVLA Superintendent Dr. Jeff Harding. “We can change the course of students’ lives by relentlessly pursuing improvements in instruction. These latest SBAC scores are further evidence of exceptional instruction at all levels.”

MVLA High School Foundation

Empowering Students Today for Success Tomorrow!


Your donations have moved us $1.1 million closer to our goal of $1.704 million for the 2017-18 school year!  We work hard to maximize the value of every dollar raised, and your tax-deductible donation is greatly appreciated by students and staff.

MVLA High School Foundation is proud to have a Gold GuideStar rating, and it's easy to give securely online at


2017-2018 MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series

Why Parents Matter More Than Peers: Restoring A Healthy Balance in Adult-Child Relationships

Dr. Gabor 
Maté, M.D., is highly sought after internationally for his expertise on a range of wellness topics including ADHD, stress, childhood development, and addiction. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights as an experienced physician to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers parents seeking stronger, more meaningful connection with their children.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7 pm at Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre

The attached flyers provide​​ details and how to obtain tickets for the event. Registration link​: 

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, admission is free to MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series eve​nts.


From the MVHS Sports Boosters


Sports Boosters’ Poker Social

Saturday, October 21, 2017,  7:00pm

 The 1st annual Booster Prohibition Era and Texas Hold’em Social will be held at the Historic Mountain View Wunderman Home.  If you have not visited the Wunderman home it is well worth the price of admission.  The home was built in the early 1900’s and has a very colorful history including use a brothel and speakeasy during the 20’s and 30’s.  You will think you walked into a time warp when you enter the historic three story home and feel right at home in your prohibition outfit.  The event is open to adults only and includes dining, dancing and socializing.  You do not have to play to attend the event.  If you want a truly different experience right here in MV come on out on the 21st.  

All proceeds benefit MVHS athletics.  Purchase Tickets


Spartan Turkey Trot Registration is Open

Thursday, November 23, 2017, 8:30am

Registration for the 8th Annual Spartan Turkey Trot is now open. Our community event – a 5k Run/Walk, Spartan Mile and 60m/400m kids race – has become a holiday tradition for all ages. This year, we are introducing timing chips on the running bibs. Exact run times be recorded and available on line the day of the race. The event takes place locally at our very own MVHS Track. Bring the whole family and be home in plenty of time to put the turkey in the oven! 100% of the proceeds benefit MVHS athletics.


Spartans Sports Camp

We have had a great Fall Basketball Camp so far! Registration is still open for the rest of camp on a per-day basis. Don't miss out - register today at!

Fall Basketball Camp 
Learn valuable skills, stay active, and have fun in this half-day basketball camp. Shooting, ball-handling, and defense will be among the skills covered in a high-energy, fast-paced environment. . Fun games will be used to teach the skills to keep campers focused throughout the day. This is an outstanding opportunity to stay active, have fun, and work on your game during the fall - and great preparation for the upcoming winter youth basketball leagues.

Open to boys and girls in grades 3-8, the camp will take place 9 am - 12 noon the following Saturdays in the MVHS gym:
Oct 7
Oct 14
Oct 21
Oct 28

The camp rate is $60/day and includes custom basketball, t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring backpack.

Register today at!


From the College & Career Center

Free Application for Federal Student Aid


Our first Financial Aid night will be held on Wednesday, October 11th at 6:00 pm in the Spartans theater. This event is for senior parents. If you have any questions, please contact our College and Career Coordinator, Jessica Yazdani at Jessica.Yazdani (at) MVLA


Stay Updated with Exciting Opportunities

Have you checked out the NEW College and Career bulletin via the MVHS website? Our new bulletin promotes, scholarships, job and volunteer opportunities, college events, college-related programs, appointment requests and more! 

Invitation to the 12th Annual Job and Career Fair at MVLA Adult School

Mountain View High School students are invited to participate in the 12th Annual Job and Career Fair at the MVLA Adult School on Thursday, Oct 26 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. 


A good number of local companies would be hiring at this event. This event will also be attended by Foothill, DeAnza and Mission colleges. 


From MVLA Speech and Debate

MVLA Speech and Debate News

All meetings are 7-9 pm on Wednesdays in the Mountain View High School Library.  We have over a dozen different events so there is one that’s right for you -- debate, explicate, dramatize, and employ humor.  Join us Wednesdays from 7-9 pm at the MVHS Library!

Any students who have an interest in participating in Speech & Debate, please come to the meeting– there’s no obligation and with so many events and different coaches, we definitely have an event that you would enjoy - and we have a blast at our meetings.


Discurso y Debate MVLA

Todas las juntas son de 7-9 pm los miércoles en la escuela preparatoria de Mountain View en la biblioteca.  Tenemos más de una docena de eventos y con esto hay una apropiada para usted-venga al discurso, hable, explique, dramatice y use el humor.   ¡Venga con nosotros los miércoles de 7-9pm en la biblioteca de MVHS!

Estudiantes que tengan interés en participar en el Discurso y Debate, por favor venir a la junta-no hay ninguna obligación y con tantos eventos y entrenadores diferentes, nosotros definitivamente tenemos un evento del cual podrá disfrutar.  También nos divertimos mucho en nuestras juntas.


College Awareness Day

Our annual Mountain View High School College Awareness Day is on Wednesday, October 11, from 8:05 am to 12:15 pmSeniors will have the opportunity to pursue their individual needs in the college application process by completing an independent study contract.  Seniors might choose to work on college applications and essays at home, to visit colleges with their families, to review for upcoming SAT/ACT/SAT-subject tests, to update their professional resumes, to research career opportunities, to make an appointment with our College and Career Counselor Ms. Tabuchi, and more.  Seniors who do not complete the independent contract will be required to be present in the library on October 11 for the duration of the morning.   Attendance will be taken.  During this time, seniors may seek college assistance from counselors.

Senior Process

· To be EXCUSED, seniors MUST submit the online Independent Study Contract.  Please indicate the nature of your independent study through the MVHS website home page or at the following link:, see sample on other side. 

· All seniors must complete this form – even if he or she is 18. Students may not visit other high school campuses without written approval or you may be subject to trespassing charges.

College Awareness Day is fully funded by the Mountain View Los Altos High School District and MVLA High School Foundation.

We'd like to thank both the MVLA High School Foundation and the PTSA for their generous contributions, which continue to make this day a rich educational experience for all of our students.

Marching Band Show on October 7

Come out to the MVHS football field at 4 pm to enjoy the marching band performances at our annual "Community Thank You" show.  Bands from Los Altos High, St. Francis High, and Santa Clara High schools will join our own MVHS Spartan Marching Band to preview their 2017 field shows.  Free admission; no dogs allowed in the stadium. T-shirts and other merchandise will be available for purchase.  Taco plate $10 by preorder at; purchase at the door for $15, quantities permitting.  All proceeds benefit MVHS Instrumental Music.

From the PTSA
Volunteers needed for Fall Teacher/Staff Soup & Salad Dinner

During parent teacher conferences on October 19 & 20, the PTSA hosts a soup and salad dinner for the teachers so they have one less thing to worry about during this very busy time for them. We ask parent volunteers to provide soup, salad and dessert while the PTSA supplies paper products, bread, and beverages. The teachers really appreciate this event and look forward to it every year. It's a great way to show how much you value their time. For those of you who elect to set up, serve or clean up there is plenty of flexibility for you to leave for scheduled teacher conferences.

If you would like to help, please sign up at this link  Each day has a separate tab for sign-ups. You are more than welcome to sign up for multiple tasks. Questions? Please email Lamar Haggart: lhaggart@xxxxxxxxx


Snack Bar and Pizza Cart volunteers are needed
Volunteers are needed monthly to help with the Pizza Cart and Snack Bar.  Not only is it a fun way to volunteer, but we feed hungry kids and it helps raise funds for Senior Grad Night. Shifts are just once a month, though parents can sign up for as many shifts as they like.  There are just a few slots left open for volunteers for both Pizza Cart and Snack Bar.  

Please sign up to help if you are interested, or even just fill in as a sub as needed.

The PTSA also has several volunteer positions opens to help with Staff Appreciation, Incoming Freshman programs and New Family Liaisons.  If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Marilyn Stanley at 

Mentor Tutor Connection

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - October 18th

Mentor Tutor Connection, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, needs mentors for high school students and tutors for K- 8 students in Mountain View and Los Altos schools.   

You can make a big difference this school year! Come learn about volunteering as a tutor or mentor for a local student.  All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

Date:               Wednesday, October 18

Time:               5:30 - 6:30 pm

Location:         MVLA District Office Board Room, 1299 Bryant Ave,  Mountain View, CA 

Register:         REGISTER ONLINE

Questions:       programs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education event(s)

Special Education Director/Administration Panel

Wed. October 18, 2017, 7–9 pm, Santa Rita Elementary

Staff from the Special Education Departments from Los Altos SD (Jennifer Keicher, Director), Mountain View Whisman SD (Gary Johnson, Director), MVLA (Kara Oettinger, Program Specialist) and Palo Alto Unified SD (Jennifer Baker, School Psychologist) will participate in a moderated panel discussion about issues in special education and respond to questions. A great way for new families to learn more! If you have questions now to start the evening, please submit them to selpa1cacinfo@xxxxxxxxx


Panel de Directores de Educación Especial

Mier. Octubre 18 2017, 7–9 PM, Escuela Primaria Santa Rita

Personal de los Departamentos de Educación Especial Los Altos SD (Jennifer Keicher, Director), Mountain View Whisman SD (Gary Johnson, Director), MVLA (Kara Oettinger, Especialista del Programa) y Palo Alto Unified SD (Jennifer Baker, psicólogo de la escuela) participaran en un panel moderado de discusión sobre temas en educación especial y contestaran sus preguntas. Una gran manera para que nuevas familias aprendan mas! Si tiene preguntas ahora para comenzar la noche, envíelas a 


Let's Talk

Mon. October 9, 2017, 7 -9 pm, 190 Arbuelo Way, Los Altos (New temporary location!)

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.


Vamos a Platicar

Lunes, Octubre 9, 2017, 7 -9 pm, 190 Arbuelo Way, Los Altos (Nueva ubicación temporal!)

Una oportunidad para preguntas y compartir ideas, recursos, y apoyo de otros padres con estudiantes de PEIs, 504s,  diferencias de aprendizaje, retos de salud mental, etc. Todos son bienvenidos, los participantes deben respetar confidencialidad.


Parent Chat

Tue. October 10, 2017, 7-8:30 pm, Los Altos Library

Are you concerned about the emotional wellbeing 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. 


Platica Para Padres

Martes, Octubre 10 2017, 7-8:30 PM, Biblioteca de Los Altos, 13 S. San Antonio Road

Le preocupa el bienestar emocional de su hijo(a)? Apoyo de colega a colega para padres con jóvenes de 14+. Venga a unirse a un grupo de apoyo organizado por el Subcomité de Salud Mental de SELPA 1 CAC


From the Tutorial Center

Academic Help for All Students

Encourage your student to use the Tutorial Center in the library. Students at every level benefit from individual and group help, offered 7 am - 4 pm daily. Parent/community volunteers, college and peer tutors, and an instructional aide assist students by appointment or on a drop-in basis in any and all academic areas.

El Centro Tutorial está abierto de las 7 de la mañana hasta las 4 de la tarde en la biblioteca. Todos los estudiantes están bienvenidos a estudiar y recibir ayuda. Los tutores están disponible durante el día. Se cubren todos las temas académicos. Los horarios de tutores disponibles se anuncian en el Centro Tutorial, la oficina de Aconsejo, y en las clases.


Volunteer Tutor Schedules & Private Tutor Directory Available!

Students and parents may find volunteer tutors available for each subject, on our school web site at

Simply navigate to the MVHS Home Page, and click on ‘Tutorial Center'.  However, the latest Volunteer Tutor Schedule is always posted in the Tutorial Center.  Since tutors and schedules are continually being modified, parents and students should contact the center for the latest information on volunteer tutors available.


Volunteer Tutors Needed

Qualified volunteer tutors, i.e., anyone with a bachelors or higher degree, are always needed, especially bilingual (Spanish, French, Mandarin & Japanese). Parents of Mountain View students are especially appreciated and make good tutors—especially of other parents’ children! Hours are flexible. Training is provided on the job. We maintain a private tutor referral list on request.



Please check out the MVLA webpage
to find out more about all of our athletic events.


General information: MVHS/Department/27-Athletics

Specific sport information can be found on the left-hand side of this page.




Daily Bulletin is Online!

If you want to read the student news in the Daily Bulletin, click here.



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