Supts eNews - May 5, 2023


In this edition ...

  • Staff and teachers, we appreciate you!
  • Staffing changes: New administrator assignments
  • Summer construction update
  • Senior Citizens/SSI recipients: Apply now for tax exemption
  • School Site Council
  • High Fives: District Conservation Film Festival, CMEA Music Festival at Graham, Families at FEI
Staff and teachers, we appreciate you!

staff appreciationStaff Appreciation Week is the week of May 8. We appreciate all of our certificated and classified staff members for their care of and dedication to our students and families.

We celebrate the essential roles our employees play in the lives of students and families. We are grateful for our teachers, food service employees, bus drivers, office staff members, custodians, maintenance and landscaping staff members, instructional assistants, therapists, tutors, psychologists, testers, EL coordinators, library technicians, nurses, at-risk intervention supervisors, school and community engagement facilitators and noon duty assistants. Our employees make a difference in the lives of children and families!

Our Board of Trustees passed resolutions at yesterday's meeting to honor staff members. Please see the Day of the Teacher Resolution here and the Classified School Employees Week resolution here

Staffing changes: New administrator assignments

Terri LambertWe are happy to announce new assignments for three of our administrators for the 2023-24 school year. We are grateful for their expertise and flexibility in serving all MVWSD students.

Terri Lambert
will be the principal at Stevenson Elementary. She served as the interim principal at Stevenson this past year. She has 29 years of school administrative experience. She has worked as a District-level Educational Services Coordinator, and was the Principal at Mariano Castro Elementary neighborhood and dual immersion programs for two years and then at Mariano Castro for six years. She has worked as a Principal and Title I Coordinator in the Soledad Unified School District for 12 years and also 7 years as Principal in Greenfield Union School District. She earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of Waterloo and University of Windsor and an administrative credential from San Jose State University.


Cyndee NguyenCyndee Nguyen, who has been the principal at Bubb Elementary since 2014, will be the District’s new Director of Early Literacy. MVWSD recognizes the importance of a holistic approach to address the needs of emerging readers. The Director of Literacy will provide instructional leadership and strategic direction for curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development to ensure literacy achievement and growth across all grades. Ms. Nguyen will train and supervise a team of intervention teachers and instructional assistants who will work with students and staff at schools that demonstrate lower student achievement for emerging readers (K-2). Ms. Nguyen began teaching first grade at Bubb in 2005. She served as an instructional coach from 2012-14 . She received her bachelor’s from UC Berkeley, as well as her master’s and teaching credential. She completed the Administrative Credential Program at National University. She is currently a doctoral student studying Educational Leadership at Fresno State University.


Perla GalenoPerla Galeno will be an after school programming Supervisor to provide expanded oversight of MVWSD+ as part of the district's Expanded Learning Opportunities Program. She will co-coordinate the MVWSD+ program with Supervisor Erika Navarro. Since 2016, Ms. Galeno has been an Assistant Supervisor for Beyond the Bell, a partnership with the City of Mountain View for after school programming. She has also worked as a program assistant for the city of Hayward, campus relations coordinator for the Ravenswood City School District and recreation specialist at the City of Mountain View. She has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from Cal State East Bay.

Summer is construction season in MVWSD

Please click on the links below to learn the latest about upcoming projects. 

Starting in May

Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary
Castro/Mistral Elementary Campus
District Office/Stevenson Elementary Campus

Starting in June

Bubb Elementary
Graham Middle
Amy Imai Elementary 
Landels Elementary 

No significant construction this summer

Theuerkauf Elementary
Monta Loma Elementary
Crittenden Middle School

Construction has been scheduled to minimize disruptions for students, staff and neighbors. Thank you in advance for your patience. We appreciate your support of our schools. 


Senior Citizens/SSI recipients: Apply now for tax exemption

parcel taxHomeowners aged 65 or older, and residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) who reside in the Mountain View Whisman School District are eligible for an exemption for their principal residence from Measure B/parcel tax.

An exemption from Measure B/the parcel tax will be made available, upon application, to any owners of a parcel used solely for owner-occupied single-family residential purposes who:
* are receiving Social Security Income for a disability regardless of age;
* are 65 years of age prior to July 1 of the tax year; or
* are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and whose yearly income does not exceed 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

For application and information, call 650-526-3500 or visit

School Site Council: Lend your time and talent?

SSC video thumbnailHave you wondered about School Site Council (SSC)? It's a great way for parents to support schools in each school's site and safety planning. This is the time of the year when schools seek members for the next school year. See this overview video and this webpage for more information. If you have questions about openings for next year, please see your principal.

 High Fives

District Conservation Film Festival

film festivalMore than 50 films were submitted from grades 3, 5, 7, and 8 to the District’s first ever Film Festival held April 19 at the Crittenden Auditorium. All students in grades K-8 were eligible to enter films that gave students a voice in expressing the importance of conservation. Congrats to the participating students and teachers for implementing science and technology for this important issue. Watch their impressive films here.  

CMEA Music Festival at Graham

GR advanced choir

Graham recently hosted the regional CMEA festival, and the Advanced Choir earned a Superior Rating from every adjudicator, including a Superior Rating in Sight Reading. Overall, they earned a Unanimous Superior! Congrats to the performers and the staff members and parents who made the event possible.


Families in Foothill Family Engagement Institute
FEISeveral of our families are completing the Foothill Family 
Engagement Institute (FEI) with MVWSD Parent University. Recently, they visited Foothill College for a special open house hosted by FEI to learn more about college life and opportunities. FEI participants have met throughout the year, gathering with other families with shared experiences. They learned more about supporting students at home as well as the community resources available to the entire family. Congrats!

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