05/19/21 Huff n Stuff

Principal’s Message: 

Dear Huff Families,

Choosing a new school name

We are in the final stages of the year-longHuff renaming project. The final three namesake candidates are Katherine Johnson, Ruth Bader Ginsbrug, and Amy Imai (You may read about them here- http://mvw.sd/names). These final three namesakes will be presented at a public hearing at the Board of Trustees meeting at 6 p.m. on June 3 on Zoom (the link is here: http://mvw.sd/fRqB5). Those who want to submit public comments regarding the name choice may give verbal comments as part of the meeting on June 3, or submit written comments to publiccomments@mvwsd.org by May 28. The new name will be voted on by the Trustees at the Board of Trustees meeting on June 17.

Choosing a Mascot

Since we’ll have a new school name, the students and staff at Huff will discuss a potential new  mascot and new school colors through the use of the ThoughtExchange platform. Even though the new name is not final yet, we are asking you now before summer break, for your priorities for a potential new mascot and school colors. 

Students who do not complete the ThoughtExchange during class time are encouraged to participate  in the ThoughtExchange at home using this link [https://tejoin.com/scroll/463026524]. Students and staff are encouraged to both provide and rate thoughts using the online discussion platform. The deadline for ThoughtExchange participation is May 28th.

Principal’s Coffee 05/21/2021 8:30AM-9:30AM

Register here

Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and healthy.


Arline Siam

Upcoming Events


*19: PTA General Meeting -7pm

*21: Principal’s Coffee - 8:30am Register here

*26: SSC -3:15pm

*26: ELAC- 5:30pm

*28: End of Trimester - Minimum Day-

*31: Memorial Day -No School-


*4: Last day of school -Minimum Day-

Chromebooks that are not working

Please take your Chromebooks to the Technology department to the District office.  Instead of going in the front door of the district office, go around the back and their door is open.  They are working from 8:30am-3:30pm.

Reporting Absences

If you are reporting a student's absence, please email huffattendance@mvwsd.org or call the attendance line at (650)526-3490 ext 3080.

Reminder: Please include your student's name, your student's room or teacher, the reason for absence, the date of absence(s) and the relationship of the person leaving the message. Thank you from the office staff!

District News:

View and comment on MVWSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan draft

The District is finalizing its draft of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This is the District’s three-year plan that will correspond with the first three years of the District’s new Strategic Plan 2027. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

Stakeholders are welcome to comment on the draft LCAP plan.  Please read the presentation and supporting materials at mvwsd.org/lcap, and click on the form link there to submit any comments. The comments form closes on May 26. Stakeholders may also attend the public learning during the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. on Zoom (the link is here: http://mvw.sd/fRqB5).

Board meeting preview: May 20

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. Some of the meeting topics include the Expanded Learning Opportunities grant and construction update. Login information and agenda is here: http://mvw.sd/YFtJ4. The meeting is also streamed on https://www.youtube.com/mvwsd.

Community Check-In with the Superintendent: May 21

Please join us for an informal, online conversation with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, May 21, 3:30 p.m. Spanish interpretation is available. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/AKE7h

Returning students can keep Chromebooks this summer. Non-returning students should bring them back

Thank you for your support of the District’s Chromebook program and distance learning this year. If your student is not returning to a MVWSD school next year, please return your student’s Chromebook to your school office by June 11, 2021 (or sooner). Students who will return to MVWSD schools can keep Chromebooks this summer. Students who are moving on to MVLA and plan to use their Chromebooks in high school are welcome to keep them. We will send specific instructions on how 8th-graders can access the MVLA network on their current Chromebooks.

Chromebooks will not be usable by students who are not enrolled in MVWSD or MVLA next year.

School offices are open weekdays from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. When dropping off, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. For questions, please contact Jon Aker at jaker@mvwsd.org. 

MV Parent University: Preparing for High School

Date: May 19, 2021, 5:30 p.m.  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/osiVT

Is there a rising high school freshman in your home? Do you want to learn a bit more about the habits, traits, and skills students should develop to be ready for high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year as we meet members of staff and students at the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District to hear them talk about this ever-important topic! 

To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

And if you missed any of our content this year, have no fear: www.mvwsd.org/parentu has recordings of all of our Parent University sessions this year! 

Better Together #MVWSD: Prioritizing Mental Health

This month's #BetterTogether infographic features tools and resources to help all those who work, learn, and partner with MVWSD to prioritize mental health and wellness. No one ever needs to be alone in their struggles. Together we can prioritize mental health and wellness. Click here to view this month’s calendar or visit https://www/mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD

Mental Health Awareness: Sustaining your Tools2Thrive 

We highlight mental health awareness one time per year, but the work to maintain our mental wellness is an everyday endeavor. Building self-care habits into each day contributes to our own personal wellness and models these habits for those around us. As we close out Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s important to remember that mental health, like physical health, is important to care for.  Find the activity or practice that works for you and build time into your day to engage in it.  For some people this means some sort of physical activity like walking the dog or practicing yoga.  For others this might mean reading a book or listening to music.  And for some others this may mean spending time with friends and family.  As we choose healthy behavioral practices to enhance our mental health, we also model these for those around us.  We may not all have the same interests, but we can all practice good self-care.  

Discovering what works for us may mean trying a few different things.  Continue to try new things until you find the right fit for you.  If you would like to learn more about Living Mentally Healthy, Mental Health America provides a webpage with many resources.  If you would like some ideas or to learn more about self-care, you can read Sam Dekin’s article on “How Does Self-Care Affect Mental Health?” or access Mental Health America’s “Taking Good Care of Yourself”, NAMI’s “Taking Care of Yourself”, or ActiveMinds “Self Care”

As always, MVWSD stands with our students, staff, and families to be #StigmaFree and in support of Mental Health Awareness. We wish you wellness.

COVID Vaccine now available for students 12 years and older 

Families can schedule an appointment for their children 12 and older to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this age group. Among other options around the county, Levi's stadium has evening appointments and the Mountain View Community Center is open during the day.  Vaccination appointments for these locations can be made here: https://vax.sccgov.org/

COVID testing available for students and families

Regular, asymptomatic COVID testing for students is not required at this time however, parents may want to have students tested, especially after travel, to ensure that they are not carrying the COVID-19 virus.

Free, asymptomatic testing is available for students and parents at:

* El Camino Hospital or MV Center for Performing Arts. Dates: Ongoing. Schedule through El Camino Health 

* Graham Middle School. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Graham MUR (Register here). You also may schedule an appointment by calling 650-940-7022 and use option 4. Please mention you are with the Mountain View Whisman School District when calling. 

If your child has symptoms of COVID or has had a known exposure to someone who may have COVID, please contact your child's pediatrician for testing information. If you do not have a health care provider, make a symptomatic testing appointment with a county provider here: https://scl.fulgentgenetics.com/appointment/screen/landing.

Unlocking Our Inner Strengths with CHAC: Registration for free May events available

CHAC has opened registration for their free virtual workshops in May, which focus on unlocking our inner strengths and supporting mental wellness. You are welcome to join for any or all events. Events will be held from 6:30 to 7:30pm, with optional 30-minute Q&A from 7:30 to 8pm.

May 19: Parenting Teens Doesn’t Have to be Painful!

May 26: Self-Care & Support Across Diverse Communities

For more information about each session and to register in advance, head to: https://funraise.org/give/Community-Health-Awareness-Council/a25a1482-56ef-448d-80f1-c36132be901c/.

CalFresh Program for grocery assistance

Need help buying groceries? You might qualify for CalFresh, a free EBT card you can use to buy food at most stores and select online retailers. If you receive CalFresh benefits, you may also be eligible for P-EBT, a grocery benefit that provides $375 per child 18 and under over the summer months. To find out if you qualify, call 1-800-984-3663, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or scan the QR code (flyer attached) to request a call. We speak English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Tagalog. Second Harvest can also connect you to other food programs in your community.

PTA News:

Join us for our Huff PTA General Meeting on May 19, 2021: The last Huff PTA General Assembly meeting of the 2020-2021 school year will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7pm. Come hear updates from our principal and executive board and the proposed summer budget.   Your questions and comments welcome as well! CLICK HERE to register/RSVP to receive Zoom details and other advance meeting materials (sent on the day of the meeting). Email any questions to huffpta@huffpta.org

Hawkfest Finale (Friday, May 21, 5pm): Grab some dinner and gather the family to join us for the Hawkfest finale on Zoom, including slideshows from the scavenger hunt and craft project, plus more online games played school-wide! If you didn’t register before for the other events but would like to attend the finale, there is still time to register now. If you registered before, you don't need to register again. Register and sign the parent waiver before Thursday, May 20!! Zoom details will only be sent to registered email addresses on the day of the event. Email any questions to huffpta@huffpta.org.


Yearbook Cover Contest Winners

Thank you all so much for the amazing artwork submissions. We received so many outstanding entries that we wanted to recognize their efforts.

Front Cover

Jocelyn L. (4th)

Back Cover

Julia P. (5th)

Honorable Mentions

Anya M. (5th)

Lucas Y. (K)

Emma W. (5th)

Scarlett Y. (3rd)

Nithya G. (3rd)

Emily M. (3rd)

Sareena P. (2nd)

Phoebe W. (3rd)

Thanks for all the wonderful entries!

The Yearbook Has Arrived!

The new yearbook is arriving in mailboxes this week! Huff is the only school in the entire district (elementary OR middle school) with a yearbook this year. This is a really great memento your child can look back on or share about how it was to have school during COVID. Since there weren’t typical fall portraits this is a way to also remember all the kids in your child’s class as there are portraits and a group photo for each class. (Our teachers helped a lot!) We really love the uniqueness of each page and it really represented the feel of the year. 


Order a Yearbook!

You can still order a yearbook now for $20 (before shipping). 


Email any questions to Kathleen and Dorothy at yearbook@huffpta.org





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