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Principal's Message                                                    En español

April 17, 2014
A head scratcher for you: If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

Here's another: if a student finishes a homework assignment, why would he not turn it in?

Across the school, hundreds of completed homework assignments are sitting in folders, living in the bottom of backpacks for some inexplicable reason. Why don't they get turned in??

Recently I've come up with a theory - and interestingly, it leads back to students' self-advocacy (or lack thereof): 

1. Students who have the HW problem don't have the best organizational skills. 
2. Most of the work that doesn't get turned in was done after the due date. (The student hopes to turn it in late for partial credit.)
3. Teachers do not regularly ask for late work - doing this would undermine the expectation of completing work on time.
4. Therefore, students who have late work must make extra effort to talk to the teacher about turning it in late.

Step 4 is where it breaks down.

Parents, talk to your kids about how and when to talk to teachers. Model for them and give them specific phrases to use.  Ask them to repeat back your phrases.  Role play - you be the teacher, they'll be themselves.

"Excuse me, Ms. _______, but I have some late work to turn in.  I am sorry it is late, but I'd be grateful if you would accept it and give me partial credit.  I will do better in the future and turn my work in on time."  

I'd fall out of my chair if I heard this from a student. Yes, I'd probably give him a short lecture about the importance of being organized, but I'd be swelling with pride about the way he advocated for himself.  The thing is, every student can and must be able to self-advocate in order to be a successful adult.  Let's help them.

I welcome your comments and questions. Email me at gchang@mvwsd.org.

April 3, 2014
Due to the adoption of the Common Core Standards, there will be some notable changes in the scheduling of mathematics classes for next school year, especially for advanced students. In order to explain these changes in depth, I will be presenting at the PTA All-Association Meeting on April 15 at 7:00, as well as be hosting a "Math Pathways" meeting on two separate occasions: April 24 and April 29, both at 6:30 in the Crittenden MUR.

All families are cordially encouraged to attend, especially those with students who are currently in an advanced math class or are considering an advanced math class next year.

For more information, please contact me directly at gchang@mvwsd.org or (650) 903-6945.

Food for Thought...
with Mrs. Siam, Assistant Principal

My 14-year-old son thinks I ask him too many questions when it comes to texting or internet usage. Who are you texting? What are you guys talking about? What site are you on? Who do you follow on Twitter? The list keeps going on and on. As a mom, I worry about what's out there and I want to make sure he is making wise choices. Am I a nosy mom? I don't think so. I consider myself a concerned parent who knows too much about the trouble teens can get if we allow them too much freedom. Yes, it's his phone, but I pay for it and he needs to follow my rules if he wants to keep using it.

One serious concern I have as a parent and administrator when kids send inappropriate pictures of themselves through text. Unfortunately, it's happening more often than you think and it will continue to happen unless we as parents start monitoring our child's phone more carefully. Have a discussion with your teen about appropriate usage of their phone. Set rules on what they should be taking pictures of and what is appropriate to text and what is not  and remember once is on the web it's there forever. Check their browsing history often there is too much out there that is inappropriate for our teens. 

Please feel free to come talk to me if you have any concerns. - Mrs. Siam


Mi hijo de 14 años cree que yo le pregunto demasiadas preguntas cuando se trata de mensajes de texto o el uso de Internet . A quién estás enviando mensajes de texto ? ¿Qué están hablando? ¿A qué sitio estás? ¿Quién sigue en Twitt ? , La lista sigue adelante y sigue ... como madre , me preocupo por lo que hay ahí fuera y quiero asegurarme de que está tomando decisiones sabias. ¿Soy una madre entrometida ? No lo creo. Me considero uno de los padres la preocupación que sabe demasiado acerca de los adolescentes problemáticos puede conseguir si se lo permitimos demasiada libertad . Sí , es su teléfono, pero me pagan por ello y él tiene que seguir mis reglas si quiere seguir usándolo .

¿Has oído hablar del 'sexting'? el acto de enviar fotos inapropiadas a través de texto. Por desgracia , está sucediendo con más frecuencia de lo que piensa y lo seguirá ocurriendo a menos que nosotros como padres empezamos el seguimiento de teléfono de nuestro hijo con más cuidado. Tener una discusión con su hijo adolescente sobre el uso adecuado de su teléfono. Establezca reglas sobre lo que deberían estar tomando fotos de lo que es apropiado y en texto y lo que no es y recuerda una vez que está en la web que está ahí para siempre. Revise su historial de navegación a menudo hay demasiado por ahí que es inapropiado para nuestros adolescentes . 

No dude en venir a hablar conmigo si usted tiene alguna preocupación . - Sra. Siam

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Absence Line: To report an absence, call the absence line at (650) 903-6945 by 8:00 on the morning of the absence. Press 2 to leave a message. Please do not press 0.  The absence line is open 24 hrs.

Tardies:  All students who are not in their classrooms and seats by 7:55 a.m. (M,T,Th,F) or 9:28 a.m. (W) are considered tardy and must report to the tardy window at the office.  

Students with excessive tardies can expect to make up the time they missed during Saturday school.

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