Huff n Stuff, October 2, 2019

Principal’s Message:

From Mrs. Siam (Interim Principal)

Each year, Huff creates a School Plan for Student Achievement that guides the work for our school for the coming year. In the fall, elected parent representatives from the Huff School Site Council and English Language Advisory Committee work with me and school staff members to create a draft that is reviewed and approved by the MVWSD Board of Trustees.  This plan helps us prioritize programs and strategies that will best serve our students. It lays out each school’s plan for achieving its goals, and connects with the District's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which lays out goals for the entire district.

To learn more about the overarching goals and efforts that will be included in this year’s Huff School Plan for Student Achievement, please:

  1. Read more in our school newsletters as I highlight these plans
  2. Join us at our next SSC meeting (10/15-after school) and/or ELAC meeting (10/15 morning) 

If you would like to get involved, please contact me or attend the next School Site Council (SSC) meeting.

EL Board Goal

Our district works hard to collect and use student performance data in order to improve instruction for student success. Preliminary CAASPP scores, which show gains for all schools and grade levels in English language arts including subgroups such as English learners, indicate that we are on the right track

The process of using data entails looking honestly and deeply at what the numbers are telling us. Delving into data made us realize that not as many students as we hoped were reaching English proficiency at the rate we expected. We saw that many EL students were not progressing, and in fact at times regressing, in their English language development.

Recently, the Board of Trustees heard a review of English language learner progress and discussed increasing expectations. The new revised goal will focus on reclassification, rather than just proficiency on ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California), which is the first step in English learner reclassification to English proficient. The hope for all of our students is that they are fully proficient in both the English language and content standards, and reclassification is the path.

Caught YOU Being Good Winners

  • Logan S. -RM 2
  • Nika J. -RM 20
  • Olivia A. -RM 8
  • Tobin C. -RM 25
  • Elina C. -RM 12
  • Aiden C. -RM 12
  • Cooper V. - RM 14
  • Eeshan K. -RM 17

Upcoming Events

October--Safety Month

7-11 - Arctic Adventure Book Fair

7-11 Parent-Teacher Conferences: Minimum Day all week - 11:55 AM dismissal 

15- ELAC in the MUR at 8 AM

15- School Site Council (SSC): 3:13 - 4:40PM 

23- Parent U: Mental Health Basics 6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Graham MUR

Reporting Absences

If you are reporting a student's absence, please email 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!

PTA News:

“All for Books” - Book Fair Spare Change ziplock Fundraiser

Donate spare change to this generous Scholastic fundraising program, which:

·      For every dollar collected, Scholastic matches and donates books to two great non-profit organizations that help at-risk children.

·      Allows us to purchase additional books & supplies for Huff’s Library

·      Gives your kids access to more books in Huff classrooms

Return your baggie full of spare change to the Huff Main Office by Fri., 10/11. (Include your child’s signed slip in the baggie to be displayed at the Fair.)

Buy a Huff Library Raffle Ticket!

Help Huff Library and buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket of books! One ticket is $3 or buy four tickets for $10. Cash or Check (made to Huff PTA). Submit your raffle ticket and money to the Huff Main Office.

Reminder: Volunteer at the Book Fair!

Make this book fair an amazing event for your child! Volunteer and help out.  Check out the sign-up task list on Konstella for training and other volunteer opportunities.  Questions? Contact Emi Notohardjono (


District News:

RAS open house

Right at School, a before and afterschool care program, will be hosting an open house for current and prospective families on October 22. Please see the attached flyer for more information. For information on MVWSD's afterschool programs, please visit:

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Max Stossel, "Education in the Age of Distraction" on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre | 3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA

Max Stossel, Head of Education at the Center for Humane Technology, will explore the ways technology is designed to be addictive and distracting, highlights how social media is impacting adolescent minds, and recommends ways to help our kids build a healthier relationship with technology.

To register for this free event, go to

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

CMS Luau

Crittenden Middle School will hold its annual Music Department Hawaiian Luau on Thursday, October 3rd- 5:30-8:00 in the M.U.R. at Crittenden Middle School. Tickets are $20.00 adults (pre-order) $25 adults at the door. $10.00 for students. Ticket order form is attached.

MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics

Learn the basics of mental health, including: definitions, coping with stress, when it is important to seek help, combating stigma, and how to get help in our county.

October 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Graham MUR

A team of professionals from Palo Alto University will present foundational information about mental health and mental illness and how mental health challenges may look different in different people or cultures. Participants will engage in interactive dialogue about how to maintain good mental health, and how to combat stigma around mental illness. The training also discusses what to do when someone needs support or help.

Spanish interpretation and child care will be provided. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required for this event. Please click here to reserve your seat. 

Workshop on IEP( Individual Education Plan ) for Special Education & 504 Plan 

FREE. This workshop covers the basics of the IEP/ 504 plan including some common problems, complications, solutions and suggestions. There will be a discussion about common accommodations and parental rights, and a Q & A session during this workshop. Organized by Palo Alto CAC (, presented by H.E.A.L. (Hospital Educational Advocacy Liaisons Program from Stanford Children’s Health), and co-sponsored by PTAC. Please use this form to let us know if you are coming, especially if you would like childcare or Spanish translation.

Sat, Oct 5th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

JLS Middle School Room 730 , 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

General Meeting: Monday 10/7, 9:30 at MVWSD Office at 1400 Montecito Ave in Mtn View.  

Parent Chat Support Group for parents of teens with mental health challenges. Second Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 PM Los Altos Library.

Let’s Talk, IEP/504 Support Group Wednesday October 9, 7PM - 8:30 PM Los Altos Library

Exciting Parent Education Event!

Decoding Dyslexia CA Please come join SELPA 1 CAC as we talk about what dyslexia is, the California Department of Education Dyslexia Guidelines and the importance of early identification. The presentation will include an abbreviated dyslexia simulation so participants can gain an understanding of what it is like to be dyslexic.

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Springer Elementary Multi

1120 Rose Ave, Mountain View 


CMS Luau Flyer

MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics

MV Parent U: Fundamentos de la salud mental

Right At School (English)

Right At School (Spanish)

Art, Fall 2019

Cooking, Fall 2019

Robotics Class

MVLA Speaker Series (English)

MVLA Speaker Series (Spanish)

Parent Guide Evacuation


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