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Grissom's Gazette

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Grissom's Gazette


Thursday, February 1, 2018


Thursday, February 1

Club Arena, Quad, Lunch time

Mindful Parent Night, MVHS Cafeteria, 7 pm

Saturday, February 3

“Swing Dance”  fundraiser, Mountain View Senior Center,  7 pm-10 pm

Monday, February 5

Board Meeting, DO Board Room, 7 pm

Tuesday, February 6

Math Night, Spartan Theater, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, February 7

Schedule D   

Thursday, February 8

Schedule E

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day

February 19 – 23


Monday, March 5

Tutorial Schedule  

Monday, March 12       

Board Meeting, DO Board Room, 7 pm

Friday, March 16 

Schedule G   Spring Rally 

End of 3rd Quarter

Saturday, March 17

Winter Percussion & Winter Guard Community Thank You Performance, MVHS Gymnasium, 10 am

Monday, March 19 

Teacher Service Day, NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, March 21

Spaghetti & Strings fundraiser, MVHS Small Gymnasium, 6 pm-8:30 pm

Friday, March 23

BOTC (Battle of the Classes), Gym, 5 – 10 pm

Monday, March 26

Board Meeting, DO Board Room, 7 pm

Wednesday, March 28 

Countdown to College, Campus Wide, 6:30 pm

Friday, March 30 

Bridge to Iwata Performance, Theatre, 7 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

MVHS Parents and Guardians,


We want to keep you informed about current trends we are seeing and hearing with our students. There are always trends; some are fun and others more serious.


In the last year, students have become increasingly exposed to and are potentially using vape pens, also called e-cigarettes. This year, we have had several instances on campus where students have had these products. These items are considered tobacco products which are illegal to have if under the age of 21 and are not allowed on school campuses (California Education Code and Board Policy). They will be confiscated, students will receive disciplinary consequences, and parents will be notified.


There are three notable challenges with e-cigarettes: 1) they can be easy to get, 2) they are not always easy to identify, and 3) they may pose serious health risks.


Students tell us that e-cigarettes can be purchasing easily on the internet via online retailers, such as Amazon. E-cigarettes do not look like a standard cigarette. Sometimes they can be broken down into smaller parts or charged via USB ports so they can be mistaken for a pen, marker or computer item.


While marketed as alternatives to traditional cigarettes, they contain chemicals and many contain nicotine making them addictive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including:

  • Nicotine, which is especially harmful to adolescent brain development
  • Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
  • Flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Cancer-causing chemicals
  • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead

The Surgeon General released studies that show that youths who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try conventional cigarettes in the future. Additionally, the products can also be filled with marijuana or other substances.


Our students’ health and safety is a top priority. Thank you for helping us to maintain student health and safety by keeping e-cigarettes off campus and out of the hands - and lungs - of our students.


Thank you,


MVHS Administration


From the Board of Trustees

The MVLA Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 7 pm in the District Office Boardroom, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040.The Skills Program at Los Altos High School will be the Spotlight event. Reports on the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) as well a resolution for National School Counseling Week and a resolution authorizing the district to issue school bonds to be placed on the June 2018 ballot will be considered. Aashna Desai of Los Altos High School and Rachel Ostrowski of Mountain View High School will be honored as Students of the Month. 


Deadline EXTENDED for Intra-district Transfer to MVHS

Although our Open Enrollment window for transfers from Los Altos High to Mountain View High has closed, there is still space available at MVHS and we will continue to accept requests until MVHS reaches capacity. Families who are interested may use the standard intra-district transfer request form.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the open enrollment transfer capacity for intra-district transfers at Mountain View High School will be no more than 78 students. No intra-district transfers will be accepted for students requesting to transfer from Mountain View High to Los Altos High at this point.

Students and parents interested in an intra-district transfer should complete and submit the forms to Educational Services in the District Office: 1299 Bryant Avenue, just past Mountain View High's student parking lot.

MVLA Foundation

Thank You to Local Realtors!

We are pleased to announce that we raised over $102,000 from this year’s Honor Roll of Realtors campaign! Many thanks to the 2018 Honor Roll of Realtors who generously donated to enable our local K-12 schools to afford programs and resources that would otherwise not be possible. These realtors’ personal commitment to educational excellence deserves our community’s thanks and support.  Remember to “support the realtors who support our schools”!


From the PTSA

Behind the Scenes at the PTSA

Ever wondered who's responsible for stuffing the envelopes for school-wide mailings? How about the group that organized the staff holiday pumpkin bread? Or who arranged for the therapy animals to show up during Spartans PAUSE? Read all about it in the recent PTSA Newsletters:

·  Winter Issue, Jan. 29, 2018

·  Fall Issue, Nov. 3, 2017

These periodic newsletters provide a roundup of PTSA activities. If you'd like to receive these newsletters and other information about school-wide activities, sign up for the PTSA and School Wide Announcements e-list.



Missed the Last PTSA Meeting? Watch the Video

All PTSA meetings are posted to the PTSA on Video page of the PTSA website. Visit the PTSA website for information about upcoming events, meeting dates, how to join, what the PTSA funds and more.

From the Grad Night Committee

It's a Pizza My Heart Night! Support MVHS Grad Night by dining at Pizza My Heart tonight from 4-9 pm, 1039 El Monte Ave. Funds raised go directly to Grad Night Scholarships. Whether you dine in or take out, be sure to mention MVHS Grad Night to the cashier for proceeds to be donated to MVHS (no flyer needed). Thank you and enjoy!

Two MVHS seniors named as candidates in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Mountain View High School is proud to announce that two of its seniors have been named candidates in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  Andrew Cai and Brian Delaney were two of more than 4,500 candidates selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2018. Candidacy is based on either outstanding performance on the ACT or the SAT, or nominations by Chief State School Officer or partner recognition organizations.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 54th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

Identified candidates have an opportunity to become U.S. Presidential Scholars upon submission of a candidacy application. A distinguished panel of educators will review their submissions and select 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce up to 161 Scholars in May.  All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony. 

Congratulations to Andrew and Brian!

Annual Big Band Swing Dance – Featuring MVHS Jazz!

Dear parents and Mountain View–Los Altos community! Please join us for an evening of great entertainment and refreshments. This year marks the 5th anniversary of this wonderful event for ages 21+ only, featuring our talented MVHS jazz musicians. Bring friends and come enjoy an evening of dancing, or just sit back and enjoy the big band and jazz music.   

Feb 3 from 7 - 10 pm

Mountain View  Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View

Tickets are $25 general admission; $15 for seniors; and $5 for teachers and staff of MVLA, MVWSD and LASD.  Tickets will be sold at the door, and are available now online at

Your ticket price includes refreshments and soft drinks (beer and wine available for additional cost), a swing dance lesson before the music starts, and a souvenir photo to take home.


All proceeds support the MVHS instrumental music program. 

We look forward to seeing you at this amazing evening of live music! For more information or questions, please contact Nancy Hill (nancymariehill@xxxxxxxxx; or 650-644-6268)

(Please share with your friends, neighbors, family, colleagues, and on Facebook and neighborhood lists.) 


Math Night

Join us for an informational night to learn more about the high school math pathways available for your students.  In addition, the Computer Science and Engineering Courses and pathways will be presented.  This presentation is intended for families of K-8 students.

Location:  Mountain View High School Theater

                   3535 Truman Ave.

Date:         Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Time:         6:30 -8 pm

For:            Families of K-8 students who will be attending high school in MVLA

From the College & Career Center

Countdown to College

Dear sophomore and junior families:

Please mark your calendars for a very special night. Countdown to College is a conference style event, there will be over 15 different workshops available to help prepare your students for the college admissions process. The event will be held March 28th starting at 6:30 pm. 



New College and Career Center Website

Does your student need ACT or SAT test prep? What about a summer program or internship? Is your student seeking scholarship opportunities? All of these great opportunities and more are posted on the NEW College and Career website. Make sure to check it out! 


From Science Olympiad

Last Saturday, January 27, 2018, Mountain View High School’s Black (competitive) and Gold (team-in-training) Science Olympiad teams competed at the Golden Gate Invitational Tournament at UC Berkeley. Schools from across the nation came to compete including state champions from Pennsylvania, Georgia, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, Northern California, and Southern California, and 18 state-ranked schools for a total of 49 teams.

With a tournament field this large and competition this fierce, the Black Team pulled together as a team to post strong performances in nearly all 23 events to win the 3rd Place School Trophy!

Other than the National Championship, the Golden Gate Invitational Tournament and the MIT Invitational Tournament are the most competitive Science Olympiad invitational tournaments in the country. This is the biggest tournament MVHS competes in.

The Mountain View Gold Team competed in their first tournament of this year at the Golden Gate tournament. The Gold Team placed 23rd out of the 49 teams, and won one 3rd place medal and placed in the top ten in three other events. The Black team won 4 medals, and top 10 in nine other events.

So far this year, the Black Team has competed in three tournaments against national and state ranked schools. They started the season winning the 2nd place school trophy at the Mira Loma Invitational. The Black Team then took 1st place at the Tracy Invitational against 16 teams that included six other state ranked schools.

Congratulations to all the MVHS Science Olympiad students for their continued excellence!

Medals by Place – Black Team

1st   Hovercraft                  Noelle Crawford, Howard Wang

3rd   Optics                        Brian Delaney, Ben Delaney

5th   Chemistry Lab           Brian Delaney, Tejas Thvar

5th   Thermodynamics      Brian Delaney, Rohan Katpally

Medals by Place – Gold Team

3rd   Mousetrap Vehicle     Vincent Siu, Steven Eisenstadt


City of Mountain View’s Youth Advisory Committee 

Be Active, Be Heard... and join the City's Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)! Apply today to join the 2018-19 YAC and advise City Council and staff on youth and teen issues! Meetings are twice a month with additional programs/events on various weekends throughout the year.  Applications are due Monday, April 2 by 5 pm. For more information about the YAC and to download the application, visit


California Scholarship Federation (CSF)

The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) seeks to recognize students living in the state of California who possess high standards in academic scholarship, community service, and citizenship. Members of CSF are eligible for a variety of tuition scholarships available at universities across the state and in select colleges nationwide.


CSF FALL Applications for 2017 are available for the semester ending in December, 2017. Remember, CSF applications are always for the previous semester’s grades. The application window closes at 12:45 pm, on February 16, 2018. Applications are online, and can be found in the following links: 





New students at Mountain View High School cannot apply until their second semester at MVHS.  You must be logged into your MVLA email account to complete the application. Requests to share the Google Form with a personal account will be ignored. 

Parents, please encourage your child to fill out the application by themselves - if they need assistance, send them to room 612 to ask Mr. Campbell. Please be sure to pay your $10 membership fee to the finance office before completing the online application

 How do I become a Gold Seal Bearer or a Life Time Member (Click Here)

 If you have any questions regarding CSF at Mountain View High School, please contact Mr. Campbell david.campbell (at) MVLA


Spartans Sports Camps

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!


Spartans Summer Camp

Spartans Sports Camp offers multi-sport, week-long sessions for boys and girls in grades 1-7, sport-specific sessions for grades 2-9, color guard camp for grades 3-9, and cheerleading camp for grades pre-K – 8. We also offer a hip hop dance camp for grades 1-7. Camps begin June 4th and run weekly through July 27 at Mountain View High School. The camp is run by MVHS coaches and student-athletes and all proceeds benefit the MVHS Athletic Department. Lunch and extended care are available for your convenience.

For more info or to sign up please visit or call 650.479.5906!



Mindful Parent Night

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

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 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
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Attachment: Everybody's Beautiful Writing Contest 2017-2018.pdf
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Attachment: Grad Night Flyer (1).pdf
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Attachment: Math Night Flyer English & Spanish (3).pdf
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Attachment: MVLA Speaker Series 2017-2018 (1).pdf
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Attachment: MVLA Speaker Series 2017-2018 SPANISH (1).pdf
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Attachment: YAC Application Packet 2018-19 New Applicant.pdf
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Attachment: Swing Dance Poster.pdf
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Attachment: Winter Break Basketball Camp 2018 Flyer.pdf
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Attachment: Summer Camp Flyer 2018.pdf
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Attachment: Recruitment - Youth Advisory Committee 2018-19 (2).jpg
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Attachment: Pizza My Heart Fundraiser.pdf
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