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Grissom's Gazette

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Grissom's Gazette

Friday, December 20, 2019

Happy Holidays!


Friday, December 20

Holiday Choir Concert, Palo Alto Methodist Church, 7pm 

Dec. 23-Jan. 4

Holiday Recess, NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 6

Teacher Service Day, NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 7

Schedule A-First Day of Second Semester

Friday, January 10

TEDx, Theater, All Day

Monday, January 13

Board Meeting, DO Board Room, 7pm

Wednesday, January 15

PTSA Meeting, College & Career Center, 5pm

String Fling, Theater, 7:30pm

Thursday, January 16

Band Bash, Theater, 7:30pm

Monday, January 20

HOLIDAY - Martin Luther King Jr. - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 21

SCHEDULE C-Classroom Advisory 

Wednesday, January 22

SCHEDULE B-Classroom Advisory 

Thursday, January 23


8th Grade Parent Information Night, Gymnasium, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Friday, January 24


11th Grade Course Selection Window, Theater, 0-7 periods

Saturday, January 25

Winter Ball, Santa Clara Marriott, 8:00pm-11:00pm

Monday, January 27

SCHEDULE G-Rally Schedule

8th Grade Course Selection Window 

Board Meeting, DO, Board Room, 7:00pm

January 28-29

Club Arena, QUAD, Lunch

Tuesday, January 28

Parent Coach Meeting, 6:00pm-8:00pm, MVHS Theater

Friday, January 31

Lip Sync Battle, Theater, 7:00pm

Monday, February 3

Sophomore Course Selection Window, Theater, 0-7 periods 



Welcome to Mountain View High School for 2019-2020!


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


I would like to congratulate the students on completing their finals and concluding the first semester of the school year.  I hope that everyone has plenty of personal and family time during this break. 


I would like to remind everyone that Mountain View High School will reopen for students on Tuesday, January 7, for second semester.  While there may be some small activity on-campus (a few sporting events), for the most part school is closed.  This is a time when the students and staff have earned a much needed break. 


Wishing you a wonderful and restful holiday.


Go Spartans!


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Parent-Teacher Conference Survey

During the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years we have been piloting a new system for parent-teacher conferences. This system allows parents to schedule conferences with teachers throughout the year, instead of limiting scheduling of all parent-teacher conferences to two specific nights, only during the month of October. 


We would like to solicit feedback from all of our stakeholders on how this pilot is working for you. Your feedback is essential in helping us determine the efficacy of our new system, and whether we continue in this way.


Please click on the appropriate survey below:

Parent-Teacher Conference Survey in English: Click here

Parent-Teacher Conference Survey in Spanish: Click here

Parent-Teacher Conference Survey in Mandarin: Click here


Thank you for your support.


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MVLA Foundation


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Happy Holidays!


The success of our students is made possible by the collective donations of the entire community, and we truly appreciate every donation.


Please enjoy our Year in Review 2019 slideshow and see what your donation has made possible.

With gratitude,

The MVLA High School Foundation Board

P.S. It's not too late to make a year-end tax deduction! Donate Now



From the College and Career Center



The scholarships listed below have a January application deadline. For more information on these scholarships and others, please visit 


Name: Lipscomb Scholarship - Exclusive opportunity to MVHS (Guaranteed to one MVHS senior) 

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: January 15,2020 


Name: GE - Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Amount: $10,000 renewable for up to 3 years 

Deadline: January 3, 2020 


Name: All Star Scholarship Team 

Amount: $5,000 

Deadline: January 15, 2020 


Name: Society of Women Engineers Santa Clara Valley 

Amount: Varies 

Deadline: January 20, 2020 


Name: PFLAG 

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: January 31, 2020 



Understanding PSAT Scores - Junior Families

Los Altos High School will host a presentation on Standardized Testing on January 22nd at 7:00p.m. in the Cafeteria at Los Altos High School.

Patrick Hennes from AJ Tutoring will explain and demystify standardized testing for college admission. He will discuss how to interpret the students' recent PSAT test results. His presentation will include a description of the different types of standardized tests (SAT, ACT, Pre-ACT, and Subject Tests) as well as a testing timeline for students. Please join us at Los Altos High School in the Cafeteria for an informative evening. 

Students can access their PSAT scores through their college board account at




Business Opportunities for Juniors

Juniors, are you interested in business? The Enterprise Leadership Conference is an opportunity to learn about business, marketing, and finance. Join us in the college and career center during lunch on Friday, January 10th for and informational presentation to learn more about the program and how you can apply!


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Mountain View High School is honored to be a TEDx licensee once again this year. MVHS is organizing our 5th independent TEDx event at Mountain View High School theater on January 10, 2020, from 9am-3pm. At a TEDx event, TED videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connections. Our 2020 MVHS TEDx theme is “Breaking Barriers.” This theme can be interpreted differently by everyone, which makes it unique and special for each individual coming to our event this year. When people first think of “Breaking Barriers,” they might think of breaking personal, social, economic, racial, gender, cultural, or even barriers among social classes. 

This year's students speakers are Roo Joshi, Eli Shustock, Eric Zhang, Caleb Sharman, Ellie Green, Akhand Dugar, and Matan Hamam, as well as a dance performance by Stephanie Dancel, Ashley Chang, Allie Nguyen, and Elisa Fong-Hirschfelder. The student TEDx board who is producing the event consists of executive producer Erin Alexander and board members Abigail Barahona, Erin Coyne, Ava Hinz, Ava Kopp, Amy Tey, and Brooke Wardell, with Madeline Miraglia serving as the faculty advisor. The chance to hear their peer's ideas continues to be very popular, with all 165 slots for full-day attendance quickly taken and 100 students choosing to attend for the morning or afternoon sessions.


TED is an annual event that brings together the world's leading thinkers and doers to share ideas that matter in any discipline — technology, entertainment, design, science, humanities, business, and development. The conference talks, called TED Talks, are then made available to watch for free on In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people in local communities together to share a TED-like experience.


For more information, about TED please take a look at:



Spartans Tree Lot 2019


Don't miss the MVHS Sports Boosters 6th Annual Christmas Tree lot featuring "high quality fresh cut #1 grade" trees from Oregon. The tree lot will be located at the Mountain View High School Stadium and will be open:

·         Weekdays 5 pm-8 pm

·         Saturdays and Sundays 10 am-7 pm


It will be staffed by our MVHS athletes, instrumental music students and parents. Come buy a tree and support your students. All proceeds go to MVHS Sports Boosters to benefit the athletic and instrumental music programs. 


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2020 Grad Night Update


Thank you to the over 240 families who have signed up for Grad Night so far! Cost is $190 until March 31. Scholarships are available. 


You should have received your 2020 GRAD NIGHT packet in the mail in October. It contained a registration form with each senior's name on it and frequently asked questions about the night. MVHS’s Grad Night has been a long-standing tradition and a highlight of the year. Grad Night is a safe, alcohol-, tobacco, and drug-free environment supported by the PTSA. It’s a fun-filled evening with all night food, beverages, activities, music and more!


To skip the paper, you can register ONLINE at (Note: there is a small credit card fee) or visit


Volunteers Needed: We are looking for 9th - 11th grade parents to help on graduation night (Friday, June 5) with parking, check-in and loading buses. Anyone interested can e-mail us at gradnight@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.


Here’s to an amazing senior year! 

- The Grad Team 





¡Gracias a las más de 240 familias que ya se han apuntado para “Grad Night”! La admisión cuesta $190, pero sube de precio después de 31 de marzo. Hay becas disponibles.


Para estas fechas ya debería de haber recibido el paquete 2020 GRAD NIGHT por correo en octubre. Contenía un formulario con el nombre de su estudiante para registrarse a este evento y preguntas más comunes sobre esta noche. La Noche de Graduación de MVHS tiene una larga tradición y es un punto culminante del año. Grad Night brinda un ambiente seguro, libre de alcohol, tabaco y drogas respaldada por la PTSA. ¡Es una noche llena de diversión que abarca toda la noche con comida, bebidas, actividades, música y mucho más!


Para inscribirse, llene el formulario que recibió en el correo que incluía el nombre de su estudiante (también se adjunta una copia electrónica). Para omitir el documento, puede registrarse EN LÍNEA en (Nota: hay una pequeña tarifa de tarjeta de crédito) o visitar


Se necesitan voluntarios: Estamos buscando padres de 9º a 11º grado para ayudar en la noche de graduación (viernes 5 de junio) con estacionamiento, check-in y transportación. Cualquier persona interesada puede enviarnos un correo electrónico a gradnight@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Si tiene preguntas, envíenos un correo electrónico a gradnight@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.


¡Tendremos un año Senior increíble!

- El Equipo de los Graduados


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Spartans Sports Camp

Spartans Sports Camp is proud to announce our Holiday Basketball Camp which will take place Dec 26-30.

Holiday 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 a great opportunity to stay active, have fun, and work on your game during the break. This is great preparation for the upcoming winter youth basketball leagues.

Open to boys & girls in grades 3-8, the camp will take place 9 am - 12 pm in one session:
Dec. 26- 30 (Thurs - Sun)

The camp rate is $275 per week or $60 per day, and includes  t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring backpack.
Register today at!

Multiple Session (Sibling) Discount-Save 10% on camp fees when you register for 2 or more sessions at the same time. Applies to registrations within the same family (i.e. multiple sessions for 1 camper or multiple sessions across siblings)


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A La Carte- Free Food Truck Service

Since last year, MVLA High School District has partnered up with “A La Carte” a Joint Venture with Silicon Valley to provide fresh and delicious surplus food from Stanford University and local tech corporate campuses to needing students and families. Participants can select meals free of charge.

To alleviate any barriers, no registration is required, 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.




Desde el año pasado, el Distrito de Escuela Secundaria MVLA se ha asociado con "A La Carte", una empresa conjunta con Silicon Valley para proporcionar alimentos excedentes frescos y deliciosos de la Universidad de Stanford y los campus corporativos tecnológicos locales para estudiantes y familias que lo necesitan. Los participantes pueden seleccionar comidas sin cargo.


Para aliviar cualquier barrera, no es necesario registrarse y no se recopila información personal. Si su familia pudiera hacer útil algunas comidas preparadas adicionales, le recomendamos que visite el camión móvil todos los jueves de 2:30-3:45 que estará estacionado afuera del edificio de la Oficina del Distrito. Traiga una bolsa para que le resulte más fácil llevar sus comidas a casa, ya que el camión de comida solo proporcionará contenedores de aluminio.


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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 any and 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 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 Ms. Rafati 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 (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 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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Please check out the MVLA webpage
to find out more about all of our athletic events.


General information:

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




Daily Bulletin is Online!

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Attachment: Grad Nigh 2020 Admission Form.pdf
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Attachment: Grad Night 2020 Admission Form (spanish).pdf
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Attachment: Holiday Basketball Camp Flyer 2019.pdf
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Attachment: MVLA Speaker Series 2019 - 2020 v6.pdf
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Attachment: MVLA Speaker Series 2019 - 2020 v6_Spanish.pdf
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Attachment: Senior Grad Night Flyer pdf.pdf
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Attachment: Spartans Pause 2019-20 FINAL.pdf
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Attachment: Spartans Tree Lot Flyer 2019.pdf
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