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Grissom's Gazette

Friday, March 1, 2019


March 4 – 8

Civil Engagement Week

Monday, March 4

Board Meeting, DO Board Room, 7pm

Thursday, March 14

Spring Musical (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Theatre, 7pm

Friday, March 15

End of 3rd Quarter

Spring Musical (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Theatre, 7pm

Saturday, March 16th

Spring Musical (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Theatre, 7pm

Monday, March 18

Recess Day, NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, March 19

Teacher Service Day, NO SCHOOL

Monday, March 25

Schedule G ~ Iwata Rally

Board Meeting, DO Board Room, 7pm

Monday, April 1

Schedule G ~ Spring Rally

Friday, April 5

BOTC, Gym, 5pm

Monday, April 8

Board Meeting, DO Board Room, 7pm

Wednesday, April 10

Latino Awards, Theatre, 7pm

April 15 -19

Spring Break, 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 Board of Trustees

The MVLA Board of Trustees will hold a regular board meeting on Monday, March 4 at 7 pm in the District Office Boardroom, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040. The Board of Trustees will hear reports on Adult Education, College Now Program, and the Second Interim Budget Report. The Board will recognize the 2019 National Merit Scholars and Students of the Month: Evelyn Baher-Murphy and David Peters. Here's a link to the board packet.


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MVLA Foundation


Did you know…

The MVLA Foundation funds Naviance Family Connection, a comprehensive online resource available to all students and parents which provides tools to help with the career and college search and application process.

Since the Naviance account is specific to your student’s grades and test scores, there is only one login to be shared by a student and his/her parents. All students create an account freshman year, so please ask your student to share his/her username and password with you.



‘A La Carte’ and MVLA Partnership

We are excited to announce that MVLA High School District have partnered up with “A La Carte” a Joint Venture with Silicon Valley which will be providing a refrigerated food truck service that provides fresh and delicious surplus food from Stanford University and local tech corporate campuses to needing students and families in our local area. 

Yesterday was out first day and we are happy to share that we have provided over 100+ meals to our students and families in need.

It’s easy!  Participants can select meals free of charge and to alleviate any barriers, no registration is required, and no personal information is gathered. If your family could use a few extra prepared meals, you are encouraged to visit the truck every Thursday from 2:30-3:45 that will be stationed outside the District Office building. Please bring a bag to make it easier to carry home your meals, as the food truck will only provide tin containers.

We hope to see you all there!


Una nueva aventura está por comenzar para nuestros alumnos, familias y personal de MVLA High School District. Nuestro distrito a colaborado con "A La Carte" Venture con Silicon Valley, que proporcionará un servicio de camión movible con comida refrigerada que ofrece fresca y deliciosa comida que sobra de las corporaciones locales y la Universidad de Stanford.

Ayer fue el primer día y nos complace compartir que hemos proporcionado más de 100 comidas a nuestros estudiantes y familias necesitadas.

¡Es fácil! Los participantes pueden seleccionar comidas sin cargo, y para eliminar cualquier barrera, no se requiere registro y no se pedi información personal. Si su familia puede usar algunas comidas adicionales preparadas, se le recomienda visitar el camión todos los jueves de 2: 30-3: 45 que estará estacionado fuera del edificio de la Oficina del Distrito. Por favor traiga una bolsa para que sea más fácil llevar sus comidas a casa, ya que el camión de comida solo tendra
contenedores de estaño.
¡Esperamos ver a todos allí!


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The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series

Please join us for an evening with Kristin Neff

 Self-compassion:  A proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7 – 9 pm, LAHS Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos

Research suggests that self-compassion is a healthier way of relating to oneself, offering the benefits of self-esteem without its downsides.  Kristin Neff helps us understand that self-compassion involves:

·  treating ourselves kindly, as we would a close friend we cared about, rather than making global evaluations of ourselves as “good” or “bad”.

·  generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater ease.

·  motivation to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re worthless or inadequate, but because we care about ourselves and want to lessen our suffering. 

This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing.  Kristin Neff will discuss how self-compassion is a crucial skill for all caregivers, allowing us to care for others without losing ourselves.  

A simple self-compassion practice that can be used in daily life, will be taught.

Kristin Neff, PH.D. is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first studies on self-compassion fifteen years ago. She is author of "Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself." She has also co-developed an empirically supported eight-week training program with Dr. Chris Germer that is taught worldwide: Mindful Self-Compassion. The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook is now available.


Register for this free event at

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

Books for sale at the event from partner, Books, Inc.

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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Join us (The Mountain View Police Department) March 30 as we come together as a community to celebrate a day of female empowerment and inspiration.


Last year, we set out to open our children's eyes to what could be -- the event was dubbed Women's Day. This year, we take it one step further. Welcome to #SheCan, an all-encompassing day where people, regardless of age or gender, can come together as one to embolden the next generation of girls and women to see the possibility of just what they can do.


We are thrilled to announce that this year, we are partnering with the Mountain View Fire Department, numerous departments from the City, the 129th Rescue Wing, and Girls on the Run to pull the curtain back on what it looks like to be a woman in public service and how much of an impact women can make by simply being them.


See what's possible.


In order to register, please click here.


To learn more about the ‘why’ behind this event, check out our mission statement below!


-- We have a vision. A vision as police officers, firefighters and government leaders to connect with women and girls as mentors, advocates and sponsors. Out of this vision came the slogan #SeeStrongBeStrong. We believe that when young women and girls see what’s possible in any career they are encouraged, inspired and supported to strive to find their highest potential. We want all young women and girls to know that they can become anything they set their minds to. Because they are stronger, smarter and more capable than they think, and WE HAVE THEIR BACK.


We believe that when we engage with young women and girls and tell our stories of perseverance and resilience we are planting seeds of the same kind for them. We understand that when men stand up with women and girls, we are partners in equality and share the same dream of a better world.


We created this event to inspire, empower and embolden our female youth to see themselves as future leaders in the public sector. #SheCan, sponsored by the Mountain View Police Department, will offer an inside look at the joy and purpose behind the work public servants do in the world. 



From the College and Career Center

Hey Spartans: are you looking for a job? There will be a job fair on March 13 starting at 2:35pm in the cafeteria. Employers from a variety of organizations will be seeking eligible applicants! 


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MVHS Letterman Jacket



MVHS Letter Jacket Group Order






Mountain View High School Cafeteria 

Group Discount Amount (per student):

$30 Minimum 

Number of Online Deposits Required:

12 by 3/20/19


 Calling all current and future “MV” block letter recipients...It’s time to order your MVHS letter jacket to showcase all your hard earned achievements and Spartan Pride! The MVHS Athletic Booster Club is excited to continue our partnership with JacketBack Embroidery, the SF Bay Area’s #1 provider of custom high school letter jackets, to hold a letter jacket group ordering event on campus (  


JacketBack Embroidery’s “Pop-Up” Shop will be on the MVHS campus to conduct jacket fittings and process letter jacket orders on 3/25/19 from 5:30pm to 8pm in the MVHS Cafeteria. A $50 online deposit is required from each student planning to order their letter jacket at our group ordering event. The $50 will be applied to your invoice and will be fully refunded if there is not at least 12 deposits received 5 days prior to the event date.  


If you order at the event, you will receive a group ordering discount of at least $30 off the Standard Letter Jacket Package retail price of $349. The discount amount may increase depending on the number of orders submitted at the event. In addition, the MVHS Athletic Boosters will also receive portion of each letter jacket order back in the form of a donation check from JacketBack Embroidery. 


We need at least 12 deposits submitted online by MVHS students in order to confirm our letter jacket ordering event at least 5 days prior to the event date. Please share this information with your MVHS friends, teammates and alumni. If our group does not submit at least 12 deposits, the event may be rescheduled or cancelled and all deposits made will be refunded in full. Please click the link below to make your $50 online deposit and to view more information about the ordering event/details.

Note: You MUST submit your letter jacket order at our ordering event in order to receive the group discount. If you are not able to make the ordering event, you are welcome to visit JacketBack Embroidery’s Livermore location to process your jacket order at standard retail pricing (No Exceptions). 


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Harvard International Essay Competition

The Harvard Undergraduate Economics Association (HUEA), in collaboration with the Harvard Economics Review (HER), is delighted to announce the annual International Essay Competition. It is open to students aged 15 to 18 or in high/senior school (Grades 9 to 12, or Years 10 to 13).  

It is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate an accomplished level of writing and to also establish a convincing and well-argued essay. Such essay writing skills are highly attractive on undergraduate applications to universities in the USA and UK.


Four questions have been posted on the HUEA website (posted on February 3, 2019). Each essay submission will have a $5 fee which must be paid upon submission of the essay. The deadline for submitting the essay will be 11:59pm EST April 30th, 2019. There will be $1,300 worth of prizes to be won, with further non-monetary awards available.


The essays will be judged by the boards of the HUEA and HER, with the top 15 submissions adjudicated by esteemed Harvard economics professor and 2016 Nobel Prize Winner Oliver Hart.


Further details are available at


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MVLA Speech & Debate


At the UC Berkeley Invitational, Gage Rodriguez and Erik Zhang were Double Octafinalists in Varsity Public Forum and Erik Zhang was 20th speaker. Ethan Huang was a quarterfinalist in Impromptu Speaking.


Congratulations! You can still join speech and debate -- join us 7PM every Wednesday at the Mountain View High School Library.   


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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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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.

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.


MVHS Sports Boosters

Come and join us for our Second Annual MVHS Sports Boosters Golf Tournament on April 6 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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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





3/5- Tuesday- 11:30 to 1:30pm, Executive Functioning Intensive Series for Parents (Palo Alto). This 3 part series for $250 will demystify what Executive Functioning entail and assist parents in supporting their child develop these skills. CHC, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto.  Please email Michele White at mwhite@xxxxxxxxxxxxx to join the waitlist.

3/7- Thursday- 11:30 to 1:30pm, Executive Functioning Intensive Series for Parents (San Jose). This 3 part series for $250 will demystify what Executive Functioning entail and assist parents in supporting their child develop these skills. CHC, 2280 Kenwood Avenue, San Jose.  For more information email Michele White at mwhite@xxxxxxxxxxxxx. Register HERE

3/7- Thursday- 6:30pm, Navigating Mental Health Services for Your Child. A panel of specialists will discuss services that are available for your child experiencing anxiety and depression and how to access them. CHC, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto.  Free, register HERE

3/7- Thursday- 7 to 8:30pm, Anxiety and Depression Parent Support Group. Peer to peer support group for parents of children and teens with anxiety, depression, bipoloar and challenging behaviors facilitated by Elizabeth Dumanian, LCSW.  CHC, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto.  Free, register HERE

3/12- Tuesday- 7pm, NAMI General Meeting: Speaker Nicole Steward, Social Worker and homeless/foster youth liaison will be speaking about how we carry the needs of others in our bodies with practical self-care tools to help us thrive as we care for others. Good Samaritan Hospital, main building basement, 2425 Samaritan Dr., San Jose. Free, more infoHERE

3/14- Thursday- 7am, Challenge Team Meeting, Mountain View Police Department, 1000 Villa Street, Mountain View 

3/14- Thursday- 6:30pm, ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety. A documentary that explores anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. Sunnyvale Middle School Multipurpose Room, 1080 Mango Ave., Sunnyvale. Free, register HERE

3/19- Tuesday- 6:30pm, Helping Middle School Students Get Ready for High School. Topics include building self-awareness and self-advocacy skills, plus emotional coping strategies. CHC, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto.  Free, register HERE

3/20- Wednesday- 12 to 2pm, San Jose Behavioral Health: Lunch and Learn, 455 Silicon Valley Blvd., San Jose. In partnership with  Center For Discover.  RSVP to Richa Sachdev Sandhu, MS at 669-400-6220 or Richa.Sandhu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

3/21- Thursday- 4:30pm, Teaching Executive Functioning Skills in the Elementary Classroom (FOR EDUCATORS). CHC, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto.  Free, register HERE

3/28- Thursday- 6:30pm, Helping a Friend in Crisis. This presentation is for young people ages 11-20 and will offer a brief overview on how to help a friend struggling with their mental health. Safespace, 708 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Free, donations welcome, register HERE




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.




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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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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