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Grissom's Gazette


Friday, January 17, 2020


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 .

Principal’s Message


Advisory Week 2020 

In the next couple of weeks, students will be making decisions about what classes they want to take next school year. To support our students in learning about and understanding their class options for the next school year and in helping them make informed decisions that best support their intellectual, emotional and physical wellbeing, we are holding "Advisory week". 


Click here to see next week's special Advisory Week schedule. Tuesday and Wednesday, teachers will be talking to students about next year's course options, as well as checking in with them, using the students' time management worksheet, to discuss their course options and talk through questions. Our staff wants to make sure our students have a balanced schedule that supports their intellect and their wellness.

Thursday and Friday are tutorial schedules. We will hold mini-workshops during the tutorial time for students to learn more about classes of interest.  (Thursday Mini Workshops, Friday Mini Workshops). During lunch (on Thursday and Friday) we will have an advisory arena where teachers are available in the quad or gym (depending on the weather) to talk further about classes. 

Counselors are meeting with each grade level on the day their class selection window opens.


This is an exciting time for students as they consider their classes for next year.


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MVLA Foundation


Did you know your MVLA Foundation donation funds the Naviance Family Connection platform? Ask your student to share their log-in information.


Here are some features you may be interested in:

·         Freshman-Take the “Do What You Are” career survey

·         Sophomores - Create/update your student Profile, Plan and Resume

·         Juniors - Start to explore different kinds of colleges

·         Seniors - Search MVLA's scholarship list





¿Sabía que la donación para la Fundación financia el programa de Naviance Family Connection? Pídale a su estudiante que comparta su información para poder ingresar al programa.


Aquí hay algunas características que pueden interesarle:


·         Estudiantes de primer año - Realice la encuesta de carrera "Haga lo que está haciendo"

·         Estudiantes del segundo año - Crear / actualizar su perfil de estudiante, plan y currículum

·         Estudiantes del onceavo grado - Comience a explorar diferentes tipos de universidades

·         Estudiantes del doceavo grado - Buscar la lista de becas de MVLA 



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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Foothill Middle College - Upcoming High School Meetings & Open House


Are you a bright, curious free-thinker who is yearning for a more mature environment? Are you looking for a supportive and accepting community? Are you capable of doing college level work? Foothill Middle College is now recruiting students from Palo Alto Unified and Mountain View-Los Altos High School Districts for next school year.  Middle College is an alternative program that serves bright students who may not be performing up to their full potential, or students who are dissatisfied with the traditional high school environment. The program is located on the Foothill campus and offers students the opportunity to attend both high school and college classes concurrently. Students accepted into the Middle College program leave their home school and take all of their classes on the Foothill College campus. Every Middle College student completes graduation requirements and receives a diploma from his/her home school. Come meet the teachers and learn more about the program at these events:


MC Meeting for Students - Tues., Feb. 4th at 12:15 at MVHS in room 206


MC Open House for Parents & Students - Tues., Mar. 10th and Wed., Mar. 18th at Foothill College in Appreciation Hall (Bldg. 1500)


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From the College and Career Center

University of San Francisco Field Trip 

The Mountain View Teen Center is providing MVHS students with a field trip to USF on Friday, January 31st. If you are in grades 10-12, check your email for the permission slips and submit them to the college and career center no later than Friday, January 24th. 





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



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 


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

Amount: $5,000 

Deadline: February 4, 2020 


Name: Silicon Valley Realtors Scholarship 

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: February 14, 2020 3:30pm




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




Summer Opportunities Fair

Looking to get involved this summer? Gunn High School will be hosting a summer opportunities fair on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 7:00-9:00pm




Summer Programs

The College and Career Center website has been updated with summer programs. Check out these opportunities at



Gap Year Fair

Gunn High School will host a gap year fair on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 starting at 6:00pm



Cal Grant Status

Seniors, have you checked on your Cal Grant status? If not, make sure to create a webgrants for students account at to claim your award! 




FAFSA Tip of the Week  

Seniors, as some of you may have experienced, the FAFSA application only allows you to add 10 schools at a time. If you need to add more schools, you must wait until after you submit your application and it's successfully processed. (3-5 days after you submit) Then you can delete schools, add more, and re-submit. If you have questions about this, stop by the college and career center. 



Aviation Upwind Scholarship

The Upwind Scholarship Foundation provides ground and flight training to Bay Area high school juniors with a passion for aviation. Scholarship recipients will complete a 9-week intensive training program during the summer between their junior and senior year to prepare them to take the FAA Private Pilot Airplane examination. Go to for more info. 




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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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MVHS Parents, 


Are you looking for opportunities to: 

·         Volunteer on the MVHS Campus? 

·         Meet other parents of high schoolers? 

·         Appreciate our wonderful MVHS Teachers and Staff? 

·         Give back to the MVHS Community? 

If so, please consider being a part of the MVHS PTSA! We are currently filling positions for the MVHS PTSA Executive Board for the 2020-2021 School Year. We have a spot for everyone! If you have an interest to serve on the Board or if you know of someone who would be a perfect “match” for a role, please contact our current Parliamentarian, Bryn Stuebner at stuebner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx.  


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2020 Grad Night Update


Thank you to the over 250 families who have signed up for Grad Night so far! Cost is $190 until March 31. Scholarships are available. Please indicate it on the form. 


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. If interested, please e-mail us at gradnight@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.


Here’s to an amazing senior year! 

- The Grad Team 




¡Gracias a las más de 250 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.

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 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 PAUSE - January 30th


Spartans PAUSE is a MVHS PTSA sponsored program that helps students feel more connected and supported!


We had a wonderful Spartans PAUSE day on December 13th.  Hot chocolate, cookie decorating, MVHS “PAWs” therapy dogs, rocks painted and donated to Animal Assisted Happiness, our resource/connection table with fruit infused water plus the MVHS Jazz band (5th Edition) playing in the quad made for a fun and relaxing afternoon. 


Next UP!  Celebrate the Year of the Rat with our Chinese New Year PAUSE on January 30th!  During lunch in the quad, enjoy the Furry Friends therapy dogs, learn and participate in Bamboo dances (which is a traditional activity to encourage friendship), create paper and marble mice, join our chopstick marble pick up challenge, enjoy fresh tangerines and cheese sticks or check out the puzzle party in the library.


To learn more about PAUSE and help with any of the activities on January 30th, or in the future, attend our community meeting on February 4th at 4pm in the MVHS College and Career Center (next to the library).  Alternatively, sign up on the volunteer sheet, visit the Spartans PAUSE page on the MVHS Website or contact our PAUSE leads at spartanspause@xxxxxxxxx


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MVHS Science Olympiad


On Saturday, January 11, Mountain View High School’s Black (competitive) team started off the 2020 season with a very strong performance. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Black Team has won the 2nd place trophy at the Mira Loma Invitational Tournament that is held in Sacramento, California. For the first time in MVHS Science Olympiad history, the Black team beat one of the teams from the school that has held the national title for very a long time.


Commonly known as the “Best of the West” tournament, the competition included some of the strongest West Coast schools, including the 2017/2018/2019 and 2016 national champions, 16 California state-ranked schools, and the Washington state 2017/2018 champion. To earn the 2nd place school trophy, the students won 14 event medals (including 3 gold medals) out of the 23 competition events, beating 29 other teams.


Congratulations to MVHS's Black Team for an excellent start to their 2020 Science Olympiad season!


Medal Winners by Place

 1st place - Circuit Lab                                      Ash Aggarwal, Nitin Kumar 

1st place - Code Busters                                    Karina Chen, Nitin Kumar, Tony Xin

1st place - Water Quality                                   Cassie Lee, Olivia Lai


2nd place - Anatomy and Physiology              Catrina Yang, Nicole Xin

2nd place - Dynamic Planet                              Kavi Gollamudi, Matthew Lin

2nd place - Experimental Design                     Ash Aggarwal, Brian Ye, Cassie Lee

2nd place - Geologic Mapping                          Catrina Yang, Matthew Lin

2nd place - Gravity Vehicle                               Ben Delaney, Ethan Soloman

2nd place - Machines                                         Nitin Kumar, Noelle Crawford


3rd place - Astronomy                                       Noelle Crawford, Tony Xin

3rd place - Fossils                                               Matthew Lin, Tony Xin

3rd place - Sounds of Music                              Ash Aggarwal, Noelle Crawford


4th place - Ornithology                                      Kavi Gollamudi, Olivia Lai


5th place - Chemistry Lab                                  Karina Chen, Nitin Kumar



Mountain View High School History at Mira Loma Tournament

2020 - 2nd place  

2019 - 2nd place

2018 - 2nd place

2017 - 2nd place

2016 - 3rd place

2015 - 5th place

2014 - 16th place


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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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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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