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Grissom's Gazette

Sent: Fri Jan 10, 2020 • 4:07 PM PST
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Grissom's Gazette


Friday, January 10, 2019


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

Thursday, January 30

Spartans PAUSE Day

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 .

MVLA Board of Trustees

The MVLA Board of Trustees will hold a regular board meeting on Monday, January 13, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (Closed Session) / 7:00 p.m.(Open Session) in the District Office Board Room, located at 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA, 94040

The Board of Trustees will receive a report on counseling program services, and receive the independent auditor’s report for the 2018/2019 fiscal year.  The Board agenda packet may be viewed here




La Mesa Directiva de MVLA tendrá una reunión regular de la junta el lunes 13 de enero de 2020, a las 5:30 p.m. (Sesión cerrada) / 7:00 p.m. (Sesión abierta) en la sala de juntas de la oficina del distrito, ubicada en 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA, 94040.

La Mesa Directiva recibirá un informe sobre los servicios del programa de asesoramiento, y recibirá el informe del auditor independiente para el año fiscal 2018/2019. El paquete de agenda se puede ver aquí.


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MVLA Foundation


Academic Help for All Students

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! As you start the second semester, we encourage you to remind your student to use the on-site Tutorial Center funded by the MVLA Foundation. Students at every level benefit from individual and group help offered 7:30 am - 4 pm daily. Parent/Community volunteers, college and peer tutors assist students by appointment or on a drop-in basis in any and all academic areas.


Also, thanks to generous year-end donations from parents, alumni and community members, the MVLA Foundation is well on its way to achieving the $1,878,000 it needs to fully fund this school year’s initiatives which benefit all students.


If you haven’t yet made your donation for the 2019-20 school year, please review the programs and services our foundation funds and the benefits your student receives. Your participation matters. Please help us meet our goal!

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MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series


William Stixrud, M.D. and Ned Johnson


The Self-Driven Child:  The Science and Sense of Giving Kids More Control Over Their Lives

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm at the MVHS Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View


Evidence strongly suggests that age-appropriate autonomy is vital for young people’s mental health—it helps them to sculpt brains that are resilient, resourceful, and ready to take on new challenges.


When The Self-Driven Child authors Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson began comparing notes years ago, they discovered a common problem among their young clients: kids were feeling acutely stressed. Many complained that they felt powerless to shape their own destinies. Some stumbled in high school, while others hit college and unraveled. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned is a motivational coach who runs an elite tutoring service. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids a sense of control.


In this talk, Bill and Ned offer a combination of cutting-edge brain science, the latest discoveries in behavioral therapy, and case studies drawn from the thousands of kids they've helped.  They advise that parents and educators adopt the role of consultant rather than manager to give kids more responsibility for their own life decisions even before they leave home. 


Audience:  Parents and educators of students grades 6 - 12.


To register for this free event, go to

Books available for purchase, thanks to Books, Inc.,  (cash or check)


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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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: All Star Scholarship Team (Open exclusively to the bay area) 

Amount: $5,000 

Deadline: January 15, 2020 


Name: Society of Women Engineers Santa Clara Valley 

Amount: Varies 

Deadline: January 20, 2020 


Name: Northern California Scholarship Foundation 

Amount: $8,000 per year renewable for 4 years total

Deadline: Submit your resume to CCC by January 22, 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



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"United Against Pediatric Trauma" Benefit Concert

The Key Club and Performing Arts Department of Mountain View High School is proud to announce its inaugural community benefit concert for pediatric trauma.

About the Cause

Pediatric trauma, also known as unintentional injury, is the leading cause of death for children in the U.S. 90% of these injuries can be prevented, and they kill more children than all other causes of death combined, including suicide, disease, and homicide.

About the Event
To provide support for pediatric trauma victims while being a part of a community event to unite the entire performing arts department, don't miss the upcoming benefit concert presented by Mountain View Key Club! This concert will feature performances from all branches of the Mountain View High School Performing Arts Department, including dance, choir, instrumental music, and theatre. With all of these ensembles showcasing their passions for a good cause, plus a special finale piece combining all of the performers, this event is sure to be a memorable one.



Friday, January 24th, 7:00 PM


Mountain View High School Gymnasium


Admission is free, but donations are accepted! (All proceeds go to the Pediatric Trauma Program)




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Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session-January 15th


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You can change the life of a student!


Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.


Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local 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.  



Wednesday, January 15th


12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)


El Camino YMCA

2400 Grant Road,  Mountain View, CA 





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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Tutorial Center Hangouts

We are so excited to offer students a chance to hangout and interact with experts in the medical field during January and February.  Our own volunteers and tutors will be talking about their careers: "A day in a doctor's life" and "A day in a nurse's life".


Students can have casual conversations about the medical profession and participate in Q&A at the MVHS Tutorial Center. Flyers with days/times are attached in English and Spanish.  


We are happy to launch these hangouts to enable students to explore future careers as well as possible shadowing and internship opportunities. Stay tuned for upcoming hangouts featuring computer science, engineering, city planning, finance, accounting, and management in March and April. 


Thank you to our Administration, Leadership, and CCC teams for encouraging this effort. Also, special thanks go to our amazing AVID parents who are doing several presentations on the Nursing Fields. 


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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!

If you want to read the student news in the Daily Bulletin, click here.



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