Huff n Stuff, January 15, 2020

Principal’s Message:

Quote of the week

“If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Arline Siam - Interim Principal

Exciting news! This spring, our students will be able to unleash their creative potential during the second annual “Children’s Business Fair at Huff ( 04/18/20).” Our young entrepreneurs will design and build a small business from the ground up, allowing them to practice many of the attributes in our Profile of a Graduate: critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, etc. The best part is... they’ll get to sell to real customers!

If this sounds interesting, come learn more about it at our informational meeting on February 3rd from 6:30-7:30PM in the MUR

Timeline for event

  • 02/03/20 6:30-7:30PM  (MUR) Informational Meeting

  • 02/04/20-02/14/20 Applications will be available in the office. Applications are DUE: 02/14/20

  • 03/07/20  9-11AM Kick Off Event (Participants and parents only)

  • 04/18/20 9-11:30AM Children’s Business Fair (open to the public)


Please join me at the MVEF gala on February 8th to support a great organization. MVEF enables several programs at Huff that our students love - CSMA art and music classes, Living Classroom, environmental field trips, such as Hidden Villa and Marine Science Institute and more. You can support by attending the gala, buying raffle tickets, or sponsoring a gala/raffle ticket for your favorite teacher or staff (gala tix are available at a discounted rate for this). I hope to see some of you there with your dancing shoes on February 8th! Thank you for your support!

Important Information about i-Ready

You will be able to view your child’s i-Ready Diagnostic #2 report after January 13th. This report will show you how your child did on their latest assessment. 

i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. The week of Jan. 13, parents may access the results from the i-Ready Diagnostic #2 that children took in December. Look for an email with specific directions about how to access the results through the PowerSchool Parent Portal (

There are four reports (two for math and two for English language arts); one report will show your student’s overall score and growth since August, and a detailed report will show how your student performed on each grade-level standard, in math and language arts. You can review this information and talk with your teacher about how to support and enrich your child’s learning.

Your child can access i-Ready instruction at home online anytime through Clever to supplement, reinforce and enrich his/her classroom learning. These lessons supplement core instruction, and support and enrich students' learning. They are tailored to students, based on information from their i-Ready assessments. Please ask your teacher if you have trouble accessing i-Ready.

Caught YOU Being Good Winners

  • Itai H. - Room 1

  • Ipshita P. - Room 5

  • Mihikia N. - Room 25

Upcoming Events


01/16: PTA General Meeting 8:05 - 9:05 AM in MUR

01/20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day NO SCHOOL

01/21: 5th Learning Challenges Resource Fair 6- 8pm in Crittenden Middle School MUR

01/24: Principal’s Coffee - 8:10 - 9:10am


02/04: ELAC meeting 6- 7pm in staff lounge

02/08: MVEF Winter Gala and Auction 5:30 - 10pm in Mountain View Community Center 

02/11 - School Site Council (SSC) 3 - 4pm in staff lounge

02/14- Principal’s Coffee 8:05 - 9:05 AM

02/14: End of trimester 2 - MINIMUM DAY - School dismissal at 11:55 AM

02/17 - 18: Washington and Lincoln Day -NO SCHOOL

02/19 - 21: Winter Break -NO SCHOOL


Traffic Guideline

Click here to view Huff’s 2019-20 Traffic Guidelines

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:


Over the next few months we’ll be putting together the Huff yearbook. We’d love it if you can lay out a few pages - maybe your child’s class page! The software is pretty easy (we can give you a quick online training session) and you can work from home so it’s great for working parents.

We’d also love more photographs of clubs and after school activities so if you have a chance, please take some photos and send them to us.

If you’re interested in helping out, please email Kathleen Mikulis and Dorothy Lin at

District News:

Happening now: Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2020-21

Mountain View Whisman School District student enrollment for next fall is open online now.

For NEW students: Through February 7, you can register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2020-21 school year here: 

For CURRENTLY enrolled students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade:   Parents can log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21 through February 7. To check your access, log on to You received an email on Nov. 21 with your username. If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office. 


You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence. For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents William Stixrud, M.D. and Ned Johnson on "The Self-Driven Child:  The Science and Sense of Giving Kids More Control Over Their Lives" on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | 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 discovered a common problem among their young clients: kids were feeling acutely stressed.  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 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.

MV Parent U

Join us for the new MV Parent U offering: "Being an "Askable Adult" Talking to your child about sexuality" on Wednesday, January 29 from 6:30-8pm at Crittenden Middle School, MUR.
Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader
Parents will learn:
The why, what, when and how of speaking to your child about sexual health
Join us for a fun and interactive workshop to inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation
Appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years
Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available. Reserve your seat:


The Mountain View Educational Foundation staff and volunteers are working hard to make the Winter Gala an incredible night. Join MVEF on February 8th to enjoy a delicious dinner, dancing,  and lots of auction fun. There are some incredible auction packages in store for guests, including an Escape to Santa Cruz, a Warriors Game Night Experience, dinner at MVFD firehouse, an exquisite handcrafted quilt created by MVWSD’s own Principal Gloria Higgins, Principal Terri Lambert and Executive Assistant Kathi Lilga, summer camps, one of a kind parties, and much, much, more. You don’t want to miss this event that raises funds to support every child and every school in the district.  Buy your tickets today at Ticket sales close on January 27th.

Come to the 5th Learning Challenges Resource Fair, a joint project between SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenges Committee.

The Fair is on January 21, 2020 from 6-8 pm at the MUR in Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St, Mountain View.

All families are invited! We have providers from a wide variety of areas, from tutoring services to summer camps, speech therapists to art and music programs, social skills programs to lawyers and advocates and many more!

Please let everyone know! Every family can benefit, for students from preschool through high school and beyond!

 MVEF Winter Gala and Auction- Get your Tickets Today!   

MVEF’S Winter Gala and Auction is on Saturday, February 8th! You don't want to miss this fun evening as MVEF goes Full STEAM Ahead to support all MVWSD schools. Attendees will celebrate the new dedicated STEAM classrooms and raise funds to support every child at every school in the Mountain View Whisman School District!


The event will be held at the new Mountain View Community Center from 5:30-10:00 pm.

·       Doors open at 5:15 pm, followed by champagne, appetizers, and silent auction preview.

·       Sit-down dinner will be served at 6:15 pm, followed by a live auction, and paddle raise for STEAM.

·       The evening concludes with silent auction bidding and dancing until 10:00 pm.


The menu is incredible, and the live and silent auctions are filled with amazing items, experiences, and one of a kind opportunities. MVEF anticipates a sellout event so get your tickets today!


All admission tickets are for the entire evening. Gather your friends to make a table, purchase individual tickets or if you know a teacher or staff member who you would like to send, you may choose a Teacher/Staff Ticket and send their name to Melissa, at


Learn more and purchase tickets here!


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - January 15th


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.


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.  

  Date:             Wednesday, January 15th

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

        Location:     El Camino YMCA

                        2400 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA 

      Register:       REGISTER ONLINE



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