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Grissom's Gazette

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Grissom's Gazette

Friday, January 12, 2018


Monday, January 15

Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 22

Schedule G   Winter Rally 

Board Meeting, DO Board Room, 7 pm

Thursday, January 25

8th Grade Info Night, Gym

Wednesday, January 31

Club Arena, Quad, Lunch time

Thursday, February 1

Club Arena, Quad, Lunch time

Mindful Parent Night, MVHS Library, 7 pm

Monday, February 5

Board Meeting, DO Board Room, 7pm

Wednesday, February 7

Schedule D   

Thursday, February 8

Schedule E

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day

February 19 – 23


Monday, March 5

Tutorial Schedule  




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!


I would like to thank all of the parents and community members that had the opportunity to see Dr. Dan Siegel on Thursday night.  I would also like to thank the MVLA Foundation, Los Altos-Mountain View Council PTA, Los Altos Educational Foundation and Mountain View Educational Foundation for their on-going support of the Parent Education Series.  This series is just one of the many things that is so unique and positive for our school district.  Our next Parent Education Speaker is Dr. Devorah Heitner and she will present on technology and its relationship with our students.  If you have the opportunity to attend, I am sure that you will find it educational and enjoyable.

I would like to remind everyone that we are entering a three-day weekend.  I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the time off.

Go Spartans!



MVLA Foundation

Does your student need a quiet place to be productive before after-school activities? The library is open and staffed until 6 pm Monday through Thursday to provide a quiet environment to do homework or study.

Your donations make it possible for our high schools to have extended library hours:


Parent Education Series

Raising Digital Natives

Devorah Heitner

Wednesday, January 24, 7 pm

Los Altos High School Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos

Parents today worry that kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of digital devices. Often, adults are less conscious about what they are modelling with their own relationship with technology. Drawing from the latest research, Dr. Heitner provides gems of guidance to help parents become confident digital media mentors to texters, gamers and social media users from childhood to young adulthood. You’ll learn what it is like for kids to grow up in a world where school experiences, family life and friendships are all shaped by digital connection—and how you can share your own lifetime of social wisdom to mentor your children in their digital world. 

Audience: K-12 parents, teachers and other caretakers

To register:

The attached flyer provides additional details.

Due to the generosity of our sponsors, admission is free to all MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series events.



From Mountain View-Los Altos Speech & Debate


The MVLA Speech & Debate Club has been very active since the beginning of the year with lots of great results. 


At the College Prep Lincoln-Douglas Tournament, Maya Sanghavi broke to double-octas and Varun Paranjpe was a quarterfinalist.


At CFL Speech, Eunice Yang was a semifinalist in Impromptu.


At UPS, Maya Sanghavi was an octofinalist in Lincoln Douglas while Varun Paranjpe was a semifinalist and earned another Tournament of Champions bid.


Congratulations to All!  Come see what Speech & Debate is all about – 7 pm every Wednesday at the Mountain View High Library.


Winter Break 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. The camp takes place from February 19-23 from 9 am – 12 noon at Mountain View High School. Registration is open to girls and boys in grades 3 – 8. Fun games will be used to teach the skills to keep campers focused throughout the week.  In addition we will be holding shooting contests and our Spartans Skills Challenge on the last day of camp. This is a great opportunity to stay active, have fun, and work on your game during the winter break. 

Register at or call 650.479.5906 for more info!


Mountain​ ​View​ ​High​ ​Letter​ ​Jacket ​Fitting​ ​&​ ​Ordering​ ​Night with Jacketback Embroidery Friday​ ​-​ ​January​ ​19,​ ​2018

Did​ ​you​ ​earn​ ​your​ varsity ​block​ ​letter​?  Now​ ​is​ ​the​ ​time​ ​to​ ​order your very own custom fitted letter jacket ...​You​ ​Earned​ ​It​ ​-​ ​Wear​ ​It​ ​With​ ​PRIDE! 

Jacketback offers a Standard​ ​Jacket​ ​Package​ ​-​ ​$325 Package​ ​which includes a ​Custom​ ​Fitted​ ​Jacket​ ​(Wool​ ​body​ ​&​ ​Leather​ ​Sleeve),​ ​first​ ​name, sew​ ​on​ ​block​ ​letter,​ ​school​ ​crest​ ​#3,​ ​graduation​ ​year​ ​patch​ ​&​ ​sewn​ ​on​ ​sleeve,  large​ ​back​ ​name​ ​(1,2​ ​or​ ​3-color). *FREE​ ​-​ ​Front​ ​School​ ​Crest,​ ​Mascot​ ​or​ ​Sport​ ​Emblem​ ​Upgrade​ ​($20​ ​value).

Alternatively, you can order the Original & Traditional MVHS Spartan Letter Jacket worn by many of the alums and current students.  See attached photos.  The Traditional Jacket price will be $440 ($310 jacket package with grad year patch on the chest plus $130 for the official Spartan logo on the back) plus $7 per sport listed.  The attached photo of the Traditional Jacket has 2 sports so the total would be $454 plus tax.

As an added bonus, for each jacket ordered, $25 will be given to the sport represented (allocated if multiple sports represented).

Go​ ​to:​ ​​​​ ​to​ ​​print​ ​&​ ​complete your​ ​packet​.​ ​Bring​ ​packet​ ​and​ ​all​ ​patches​ ​you​ ​currently​ ​have​ ​to​ ​ordering​ ​night. Additional​ ​decoration​ ​such​ ​as​ ​back​ ​designs​ ​and​ ​custom​ ​patches​ ​can​ ​be​ ​added like League or CCS Championships. Additional jacket styles will be displayed as well.  Design​ ​and​ ​Invoice​ ​proofs​ ​will​ ​be​ ​emailed​ ​for​ ​your​ ​approval​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​jacket production. 

Above​ ​prices​ ​will​ ​have​ ​tax​ ​added.​ ​Cash,​ ​Checks​ ​and​ ​All​ ​Major​ ​Credit​ ​Cards​ ​will​ ​be​ ​accepted. Make​ ​checks​ ​payable​ ​to:​ ​JacketBack


MVHS Science Olympiad

On Saturday, January 6, the Mountain View High School Black (competitive) Team started the 2018 Science Olympiad season holding its place among national champions. For the second consecutive year, the Black Team won the 2nd place school trophy at the Mira Loma Invitational Tournament that was held in Sacramento, CA.

Referred to as the “Best of the West" tournament, the competition includes top schools in the country, including the 2017 and 2016 national champions (both schools are from California), the Washington state 2017 champion, plus 15 California state ranked schools. To earn the 2nd place school trophy, the students won 11 event medals out of the 23 competition events.

Congratulations to the MVHS Black Team for an excellent start of the 2018 Science Olympiad season!!!

Medal Winners by Place

1st place – Material Science           Connery Wood, Tejas Thvar

3rd place – Helicopter                     Ben Delaney, Brandon Lee

3rd place – Herpetology                  Alex Tsang, Luke Lee

3rd place – Hovercraft                     Noelle Crawford, Howard Wang

3rd place – Remote Sensing           Brian Hong, Luke Lee

3rd place – Rocks and Minerals      Connery Wood, Brian Hong

3rd place – Towers                           Nicole Xin, Ben Delaney

4th place – Astronomy                     Tejas Thvar, Howard Wang

4th place – Fermi Questions            Brian Delaney, Rohan Katpally

4th place – Thermodynamics          Connery Wood, Brian Delaney

5th place – Experimental Design     Allen Cheng, Coral Chen, Alex Tsang


Mountain View High School History at Mira Loma Tournament

2018 – 2nd place

2017 – 2nd place

2016 – 3rd place

2015 – 5th place

2014 – 16th place


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House

January 17th

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.   

Do you remember a caring adult who helped you when you were young?  Start the New Year off right by becoming a mentor or a tutor to a youth in our community who needs you!  

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

Date:              Wednesday, January 17

Time:            12 noon - 1 pm (lunch is included)

Location:      MVLA District Office - Board Room

                        1299 Bryant Ave,  Mountain View, CA 

Register:       REGISTER ONLINE



Mindful Parent Night

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 from 7-8:30 pm in the MVHS Library.

Come and learn mindfulness practices to help you wash away your stress and learn mindful tools to teach your teens!

The workshops will focus on:

·  Understanding the neuroscience of mindfulness.

·  Guided mindfulness and relaxation practices for you and your family.

·  Mindfulness techniques which can be practiced at home or the office.

Check out the event on the Mission Be website and Facebook. Register for FREE today on Eventbrite!


Growing Up Asian in America


Student Art, Essay and Video Contest


In celebration of the Asian Pacific Fund’s 25th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we invite you to share your hopes and dreams for the future. What does your community look like 25 years from now? What type of change, impact and future do you see for your family, community and the world?       


See attached flyer for more information.     


Everybody’s Beautiful Writing Contest

The contest is held every year to spread awareness about body image and the beauty standards created by social media culture. Students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a poem or write an essay (in English or Spanish) answering one of the following questions: 

·         What do you love about yourself?

·         Why should others love and accept themselves?

·         How does the media affect body image?

Students have the chance of winning up to $300 in cash, winners will also have their work published on their website. If you would like additional information regarding this contest, please see the flyer attached to this Gazette.


From the PTSA

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 

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.'  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 and 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.



Attachment: 2018 GUAA Guidelines.pdf
Description: Adobe PDF document

Attachment: Everybody's Beautiful Writing Contest 2017-2018.pdf
Description: Adobe PDF document

Attachment: Mt View High School Letterman's Jacket flyer.pdf
Description: Adobe PDF document

Attachment: MVLA Speaker Series 2017-2018 (1).pdf
Description: Adobe PDF document

Attachment: MVLA Speaker Series 2017-2018 SPANISH (1).pdf
Description: Adobe PDF document

Attachment: Winter Break Basketball Camp 2018 Flyer.pdf
Description: Adobe PDF document

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