Supts eNews - June 2, 2023


In this edition ...

  • Staff celebrations: Years of service and retirements
  • Employee, teacher of the year
  • Board meeting review: June 1
  • MVWSD's Summer programs, meals start soon
  • Summer meals at schools and on the move
  • Summer District Office hours
  • High Fives!
Staff members’ years of service and retirements

staff recognitionPlease join us in recognizing our staff members’ years of service and retirements. We are grateful to our MVWSD staff members for their years of dedication and commitment to our students and families.

Here’s how we are recognizing our staff members:
Retirees on social media 
Years of service and retirements on and in the Mountain View Voice.

Employee, teacher of the year

Erika ValleJose Antonio Vargas Elementary teacher Erika Valle Guerrero has been named MVWSD’s Teacher of the Year. She is described as a thoughtful and reflective educator who ensures all of her students are welcome in her classroom with patience, warmth and culturally responsive practices. Congratulations, Ms. Valle Guerrero!

Bea ClaasSchool Community Engagement Facilitator Bea Claas has been named MVWSD’s Classified Employee of the Year. Ms. Claas is known for going above and beyond to create warm, inviting environments at school for all students, especially newcomers. She builds strong relationships with families and staff to create opportunities, events and experiences to benefit students. Congratulations, Ms. Claas!

Board meeting review: June 1

The Board of Trustees met yesterday and discussed several topics:

School safety recommendations: MVWSD began a holistic review of school safety this fall including programs, procedures and facilities. The research phase of the project included safety audits of all campuses by security consultant Joffe, a survey of parents, staff and middle school students and discussions among principals and their school communities. The data has been reviewed by the Safety Advisory Task Force and formed into a set of recommendations for district-wide safety improvements. The Board will consider approval of these recommendations at the June 15 meeting for implementation to begin immediately. Please see the presentation here.

Strategic Plan 2027 progress and update: Staff gave the Board an update on the work completed this year toward the five goal areas in Strategic Plan 2027. These actions are improving our district for all students, families and staff in the areas of academics, wellness, social-emotional learning, parent engagement, hiring, facilities and technology. Please see the presentation here.

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) update: Staff presented an overview of the District’s new 2023-24 Local Control Accountability Plan. Like all school districts in California, our LCAP explains our goals and strategies for improving achievement for all students and provides updates on the prior year’s plan successes and challenges. The LCAP continues to be aligned to Strategic Plan 2027 to ensure that the District’s work is transparent, aligned and targeted. The focus of both plans is improving outcomes for students through implementing intentional and equitable actions. Please click here for the presentation and LCAP overview.

Check out the MVWSD “Summer Menu” for learning activities you can do at home this summer

Summer programsClick here - - for information about free meals and a handy list of resources for students to practice their academic skills this summer.  

Summer meals at schools and on the move

Free meals provided by MVWSD and Second Harvest Food Bank are available to everyone throughout the summer at these locations. No questions. No age limit. No IDs required. The summer meals program reaches children who need good nutrition when school is out of session.

Rengstorff Park
June 12- July 28, 2023
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
(No Meals June 19 & July 4)

Mistral Elementary
June 7 -July 28, 2023
11:30 AM -12:45 pm
(No meal pick on June 19 & July 4)
505 Escuela Ave., Meal pick up in front of school

Summer District Office hours

sunflowersThis summer, the District Office, 1400 Montecito Ave., is open for business Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. June 12 - July 28. Starting Monday, July 31, the District Office is open Monday through Friday. The District Office is closed Monday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth and Tuesday, July 4 for the Fourth of July.

High Fives

Castro Elementary staff planned a health and wellness resource fair for their families featuring more than a dozen service providers. Some of the offerings included behavioral and mental health services, health screenings, snacks, animal therapy, games and folklorico performances. See the pictures of this lively event here.

Santa Clara County Office of Education recently recognized the Castro Elementary Wellness Center during the county’s #HECKAWell mental health campaign. Wellness specialists facilitated a hands-on activity called “Tactile Tuesday,” a craft experience teaching youth how to make clay shapes while identifying their emotions. Castro Dolphins also starred in a social media video about why they like the Wellness Center.

On June 6, MVWSD eighth-graders are promoting from Crittenden and Graham Middle schools, and are on their way to MVLA and other local high schools this fall. In addition to many personal and individual accomplishments, we recognize our eighth-graders’ contributions to these school accomplishments. See the highlights here. Congrats!


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