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Grissom's Gazette

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Grissom's Gazette


Friday, February 8, 2019


Tuesday, February 12

Club Arena, Quad, Lunch

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Club Arena, Quad, Lunch

Thursday, February 14

Valentine’s Day

February 18-22

Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

March 4 – 8

Civil Engagement Week

Monday, March 4

Board Meeting, DO Board Room, 7pm

Thursday, March 14

Spring Musical, Theatre, 8pm

Friday, March 15

End of 3rd Quarter

Spring Musical, Theatre, 8pm

Monday, March 18

Recess Day, NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, March 19

Teacher Service Day, NO SCHOOL





 Welcome to Mountain View High School for 2018-2019!


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 .

MVLA Foundation

Your Opinion Counts!

Do your kids use the Tutorial Center? Do small class sizes make a difference for your freshman? How important are wellness and innovation?


We want to hear your opinions about the programs your contributions fund. Please take five minutes to answer our survey. You should have received an email with the survey. If you did not receive the email, please contact info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

The results will help with resource planning and decision-making for the 2019-20 school year, so please provide your thoughts to us by February 15.

Thanks for your support of the MVLA High School Foundation.



¡Su opinión cuenta!

¿Sus hijos usan el Centro de Tutores? ¿Los tamaños de clase pequeños hacen una diferencia para su estudiante de primer año? ¿Qué tan importante es el bienestar y la innovación?

Queremos escuchar sus opiniones sobre los programas que financian sus contribuciones. Por favor, tómese cinco minutos para responder nuestra encuesta. Deberías haber recibido un correo electrónico con la encuesta. Si no recibió el correo electrónico, póngase en contacto con info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

Los resultados ayudarán con la planificación de recursos y la toma de decisiones para el año escolar 2019-20, así que por favor déjenos sus comentarios antes del 15 de febrero.



The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series

Please join us for an evening with Katie Hurley.

Raising Resilient Kids in a Stressful World
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 - 7 – 9 pm

MVHS Spartan Theatre

In a world that runs on stress, pressure, and competition, it can be difficult to build resilience in children. Katie Hurley, LCSW, gives parents the tools they need to:

·  identify and understand the obstacles their kids face

·  enable their kids to learn how to cope with setbacks

·  equip their kids to bounce back from stress.

By understanding how children internalize stress and pressure and learning how to empower kids to work through the ups and downs of childhood and adolescence, parents can raise kids who lead with confidence, compassion, and empathy.

Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting expert, and writer. She is the founder of “Girls Can!” empowerment groups for girls between ages 5-11. Hurley is the author of No More Mean Girls (2018) and The Happy Kid Handbook.  Her work can be found in The Washington Post, PBS Parents, and US News and World Report, among other media. She practices psychotherapy in the Los Angeles area and earned her BA in psychology and women’s studies from Boston College followed by her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.  She splits her time between Los Angeles, California, and coastal Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Registration link:

 Spanish translation will be available.  Please indicate on Eventbrite when registering.

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

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Middle College and College Now Programs

Is your student interested in learning about Middle College or College Now? If so, they should attend an information session in the College and Career Center on Tuesday, February 12th at the beginning of tutorial (10:50am).

College Now students take all their classes from Foothill instructors, earning college credit, which will also count for high school course completion.  Students can carry up to 15 college credits per Quarter, plus 6 credits in the summer.  Each college unit counts as 2 high school credits.  College Now will accept both rising Juniors and Seniors.

Middle College students can take up to 11 units per quarter from Foothill instructors plus three regular high school classes, taught by high school teachers.  College classes count toward completing high school graduation requirements. Students, come and learn more on Tuesday of next week! 


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California Scholarship Federation


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 2018 are available for the semester that ended December 2018. The application window closes at 12:45 p.m., on February 22, 2019. 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. If you need financial assistance, please speak with Mr. Campbell personally.

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



Free Prom Dresses from Princess Project


EVERY teen can sparkle at prom this year! The Princess Project has 5,000+ brand new, beautiful dresses for anyone who cannot afford one (yes, they are free!) in the Bay Area. This offer is open to anyone going to Junior or Senior prom - you just need your school ID!


This year they will be help at The Oaks in Cupertino on March 9, 10, 13, 16, 17 and 19.


Princess Project 2019 Prom Dress Give Away Days are now open for registration (!

More info at  or email getadressppsv@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

#princessprojectprom #sparkleon #makingdreamsreal

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Mission Be

Mindful Parent Night at Mountain View High School on Tuesday, February 12 6-7:30 pm


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.

An Overview of Mission Be:

Mission Be, Mindful Education is a local non-profit in Mountain View bringing mindfulness, compassion and altruism to schools in Northern California and New York. Since 2013, Mission Be has impacted 60+ schools, trained thousands of adults and reached over 50,000 children. Here is more information about our purpose:

·  An overview of our offerings, a list of impacted schools.

·  Our slide deck and link to all of Mission Be’s videos

·  Here is our NEW film with experts in the field from Stanford and UC Berkeley to learn more.

·  Here is data that was collected by a graduate student for her honors thesis at Stanford University’s School of Education.

For more info call Carin Winter 631 513 6151  or email carin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx. We welcome all inquiries, meetings and support to help scale our program locally!


Mission Be was awarded the “El Camino Hospital Grant" to make this program possible. 


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Join the Oracle


Interested in writing, photography, videography, graphic design, or web design? Join the Oracle! The Oracle is an independent, nonpartisan award-winning student newspaper that strives to serve the MVHS community with professional, well-rounded coverage while adhering to the highest journalistic and ethical standards. Our purpose is to critique, to entertain, to inform, and to provide a forum for discussion by giving students a clear and honest voice. 


The Oracle is entirely student-run, making it an amazing opportunity for students to develop critical thinking and leadership abilities. Students build writing skills, participate in discussions, meet other journalists, and learn to use professional 20st-century technology. Visit our website at for more information.

Recruitment Video:

Information on our website:


Summer Programs at Santa Clara University

The School of Engineering at Santa Clara University is pleased to present three programs in 2019 available to current high school sophomores and juniors interested in learning more about the field of engineering. Each program brings students to Santa Clara University’s campus to participate in various workshops or courses facilitated by our faculty. The goal of these programs is to provide students with a chance to explore the possibilities of engineering as a career with the hope of fostering a deeper interest in future engineering study.

 Our program offerings vary in format and eligibility criteria to suit students across all levels of engineering exposure and need. We invite interested students to explore and apply for the program that is the best fit for them. The Spring Engineering Education Days (SEEDs) and Summer Engineering Seminar (SES) programs are geared towards students who have not yet committed to future engineering study and who have had minimal exposure to engineering topics due to lack of access, whereas the Young Scholars Program is open to students with any level of interest in and exposure to engineering. Due to the high level of student interest and limited space, SEEDs and SES program acceptance has become highly competitive. Please see additional information about each program below.


Spring Engineering Education Days (SEEDs)

The 2019 SEEDs program provides Bay Area high school students with a unique opportunity to explore introductory engineering topics. Selected participants come to Santa Clara University over the course of three April Saturdays (April 6, 20, 27) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to participate in workshops spanning several engineering disciplines. Workshops are presented in a typical university format, with a mix of lecture and interactive experiences. There is no cost to participate in this program outside of transportation to and from the university, and lunch will be provided. The deadline for applications has been extended until midnight on February 10, 2019.


Summer Engineering Seminar (SES)

In its 30th year, the SES program is an outstanding, five-day experience in late July offering specially designed introductory workshops taught by our engineering faculty. Workshops are presented as a mix of lecture and interactive laboratory work, spanning several fields of engineering. The SES program also provides students with a taste of university life, as they stay in university residence halls for the duration of the program, eat meals on campus, and take part in afternoon recreational activities and evening projects. There is no cost to participate in this program outside of transportation to and from the university. Program applications and recommendations are due by March 15, 2019.


Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars Program provides local high school students the opportunity to enroll in college-level courses during the university’s first summer session (June 19-July 26) at a 75% tuition discount and receive college credits upon completion. Engineering offerings include: Intro to Engineering and Intro to Computer Science. Young Scholars may also choose to enroll in math, business, and humanities classes. Applications are due by April 10, 2019. Students are encouraged to apply early as space is limited.


Full program details and applications can be found at We have also enclosed copies of our Pre-College Engineering Programs postcard to share with interested students. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us at UGEngineering@xxxxxxx or (408) 554-4728.



Freestyle Academy Exhibitions


The Mid-Year Exhibition showcases the Best of Semester 1 Projects Exhibition by 1st and 2nd Year students from both LAHS and MVHS

·  MAP to Computer History Museum - Map:

·  Friday February 15, 2019

·  5 – 8:30 PM

·  Free Admission

·  5 – 8:30 Art Exhibition, Animation Viewing, Video Productions Viewing, and Website Viewing 6 - 8 Best of Junior and Senior Video Productions


MVHS Sports Boosters

Come and join us for our Second Annual MVHS Sports Boosters Golf Tournament on April 6th at Shoreline Golf Links.  Cost is $150 per Adult and $100 for all students.  All proceeds go to support Spartans Athletics.  Sign up here or see attached flyer.


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MVHS Sports Camp

Our popular Winter Break Basketball Camp is fast approaching - it will take place February 18-22. Registration is now open at!

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 18-22 from 9 am – 12 pm 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.

We understand that the camp takes place during a school break when families take vacations so we offering a daily rate rate this year of $60. The weekly rate is $275. Fee includes a t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring backpack.

Also -  Summer Camp 2019 registration is in full swing. 
Register today at!

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Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - February 28


Come learn about volunteering as a Mentor or Tutor in our local Mountain View and Los Altos schools!

Becoming a Mentor to a high school student or a Tutor to a student in grades K-8 will add joy to your life and help a student in our community to a brighter future! There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  


Thursday, February 28


5:30 - 6:30 pm


MVLA District Office - Board Room, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA






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MVHS First Annual STEM Fair


The MVHS Science National Honor Society is holding the first-ever, STEM Fair for high school students! Any student interests can sign up.


Click here for the application The fair will be held in the MVHS gym on April 6.   


Students will submit their project under a specific category to 100019625 (at) MVLA and then present them to a panel of judges during the fair! There will be cash prizes awarded for the best projects.  Below are the categories for project submission and suggested project ideas:

·  Life Science (Biology, Ecology): Sample project ideas - Presenting the research you have done outside of school

·  Physical Science (Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science): Sample Project ideas - research about the fundamentals of a wide-known phenomenon like black holes and present what you have learned 

·  Computer Science/Engineering: Sample project ideas -  demonstrate work done with open source code  

 Students submit their projects NOW at  


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Children’s Health Council (CHC)


CHC provides the following events and services, most of which have no charge:

·  Parent Education at CHC Palo Alto: 30 parent education sessions on Tuesday evenings from September through June at 6:30-8:00pm

·  Three Parent Support Groups at CHC Palo Alto: ADHD, Anxiety & Depression, Learning Differences

·  Professional Development for Educators: Select Thursdays at CHC Palo Alto, 4:30-6:00 pm

·  Wilson Reading training for Teachers: Hosted by Sand Hill School

·  EdRev Expo: Annual conference every spring at AT&T Park in San Francisco

·  CHC Resource Library: Online library of screencasts of our Community Education sessions, articles,  videos, and podcasts

·  Free 30-minute consultation for parents



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 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Parent/community volunteers, college and peer tutors, and an instructional aide assist students by appointment or on a drop-in basis in all academic areas.

El Centro Tutorial está abierto de las 7:30 de la mañana hasta las 4:00 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 website at

Simply navigate to the MVHS home page, and click on ‘Tutorial Center'.  The most current Volunteer Tutor Schedule is always posted in the Tutorial Center.  Since tutors and schedules are continually being modified, parents and students should contact the Tutorial Center for the latest information on volunteer tutors available. If you would like a free copy of the most current version of the Private Tutor directory, please contact Nancy Rafati at 940-4624 or nancy.rafati (at) MVLA.


Volunteer Tutors Needed

Volunteer Tutors are always needed, especially bilingual (Spanish, French, Mandarin & Japanese). Parents of Mountain View High 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. If your students have any requests or would like additional information about our volunteer program, please contact Nancy Rafati, Coordinator, at 940-4624, or email her at nancy.rafati (at) MVLA.

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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.




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Science National Honor Society: Science Fair
Are you interested in Science?
Do you plan on becoming a scientist as a career?
Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your passion in Science?

If so, consider participating in a Science Fair hosted by Mountain View High School's Science National Honor Society.
Our tentative plan is to hold the event in April 2019. However, we need your feedback to help us further plan our event.

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