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Crittenden Middle School serves the students and families of Mountain View, California. Our mission is to inspire and empower every student to pursue academic and personal excellence.
Principal's Message En español
March 6, 2014
IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
ALL currently enrolled TK-7th grade students are required to complete an ONLINE Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. In the survey you will notify the district if your student is returning or leaving the district for the 2014-15 school year. The InfoSnap code (password) will be emailed to parents on Monday, March 24, 2014. Everyone must complete the Student Intent Survey to reserve your spot for the 2014-15 school year by Friday, March 28, 2014.
Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you. If you don’t have a computer or need help completing the forms, now is the time to start looking for someone who can help you. Please find the flyer attached on the Panther Press page for additional information and help nights.
February 27, 2014
School should be about more than just academics - it should be a place that excites students, inspires them, makes them smile, and opens up their eyes to the wonders of the world. As John Dewey said, "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."
In this spirit, we are excited to announce once again that Panther Day is back! On Friday (which is a minimum day and the last day of trimester 2), students will be prepared to reset, refocus for the third trimester by participating in workshops on Organization, Resilience, and Self-Advocacy. We will have visitors from the MVHS and LAHS sharing the high school student experience with our eighth graders. We will be welcoming a science professional from the community to speak with our seventh graders. Our sixth graders will engage in a serious reflection and discussion on bullying.
For the last hour of the day, students have selected special Panther Day Electives to attend. These fun activities are aimed at expanding our students' horizons and getting a chance to know each other better and to know their teachers better. Electives include pretzel-making, origami, a cooking competition, painting, building crazy "Rube Goldberg" machines, photography, boxing, and more. Elective class lists will be posted on Friday morning. It promises to be a great time.
Onward to Trimester 3! Click here for the February 27 Panther Press.
February 6, 2014
Recently, I had a conversation with with a student about a test that he had failed. He was upset, so he came to ask for advice on what to do. The conversation went something like this:
Me: So what happened on this test?
Student: There was one part of the test where I misunderstood the directions and so I got a bunch of questions wrong.
Me: Oh, that's too bad, so if you were to take it again, knowing what you know now, could you get an A or B on it?
Student: Yeah, I think so
Me: So have you asked your teacher whether you could retake the test?
Me: Why not?
Student: The teacher usually doesn't allow retakes.
Me: Hm, ok, do you know why?
Student: No, not really.
Me: Ok, so have you asked? There must be a good reason.
Me: Have you spoken to the teacher about your grade lately and asked what you can do to bring up your grade?
Conversations like this one happen all too often with middle school students. They are learning to navigate a time in their lives when their independence and responsibilities have increased dramatically. Most students are not natural self-advocates. This is why our staff has identified SELF-ADVOCACY as a key skill/trait that all of our graduates must have in order to succeed after middle school. It is why we have begun designing and delivering a curriculum this year to train our students, especially the 8th graders, to speak up for themselves in any situation, and how to do this while remaining respectful (and therefore, effective).
Parents, you can help. At home, encourage your children to speak up for what they need. Teach them to ask questions respectfully. Don't get upset at them for simply objecting - show them how to object effectively and at the right time. Yes, it may run counter to our natural tendencies. It certainly can complicate things. But the world is not going to become less complex, so we need to prepare our children for it, starting now.
Food for Thought...
with guest columnists: the ACT Club
By now you may be wondering what the ACT Club is. You may have heard about our recent fundraising campaigns: We Scare Hunger (canned food drive), Thanksgiving Grams, Winter Grams and morning hot chocolate sales. Maybe you even supported our fundraisers. Well, the ACT (Action Crittenden Takes) Club is a community service oriented club that supports local and global communities in need and works to improve the livelihood of children in developing and 3rd world countries.
Our club works in conjunction with a worldwide organization called Free The Children, which allows middle and high school students to “adopt a village” and raise money toward a fully-functioning school. Free the Children also rewards their student activists with a special invitation to a globally televised event called “We Day”, which features guest speakers and performers from the political, entertainment, sports, and corporate communities. According to WeDay.com,“We Day reaches millions of viewers through broadcasts spanning seven networks, including two special primetime broadcasts.” Past performers and presenters have included the Dali Lama, Martin Sheen, Magic Johnson, Macklemore, Imagine Dragons, NFL QB Russell Wilson, Demi Lovato, Nelly Furtado, and former Vice-President Al Gore. For the very first time, We Day is coming to California at the Oracle Arena in Oakland! You can’t buy a ticket to We Day, you have to earn it through local and global acts of service.
The ACT Club is in the process of earning our tickets. We have already collected over one thousand (1200+ cans) cans for the 25% of people who go to bed hungry in the Bay Area. Additionally, our club is directing their remaining fundraising efforts toward building a school in the country of Sierra Leone in West Africa.
For more information about ACT, contact Ms. Chiavetta or Mr. Ochoa at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting our efforts to make the world a better place!
Enrollment for 2014 - 2015
For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 27-February 28, by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Go to www.mvwsd.org to schedule an appointment now.
For CURRENT students K-7th grade: You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to parents March 24-March 28. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.
Intradistrict Transfer Request: If you wish for your child to attend another school or program for the 2014-15 school year, you will make your request Online in the Student Intent Survey, sent March 24-March 28.Currently enrolled 5th grade students: Transition to 6th grade presentations will be held at each middle school on February 4 at 6:30 pm. Parents of 5th grade students are encouraged to attend these presentations.
Matriculacion por 2014 - 2015
Para estudiantes NUEVOS: Matriculación Abierta del 27 de enero al 28 de febrero, UNICAMENTE CON CITA. Visite www.mvwsd.org para programar una cita.
Para estudiantes ACTUALES K-7º grado: Usted tendrá que completar una Encuesta de Propósito Estudiantil por internet a través de InfoSnap. Las encuestas y las claves se enviaran a los padres del 24 de marzo al 28 de marzo. Asegúrese que la oficina de la escuela tenga su correo electrónico actual.
Solicitud de Transferencias Intra-distrital: Si usted desea que su hijo asista a otra escuela o programa para el año escolar 2014-15 , usted hará su solicitud por Internet en la Encuesta de Propósito Estudiantil, enviada del 24 de marzo - 28 de marzo.
Estudiantes de 5º grado: Cada escuela secundaria tendrá una presentación de Transición para el 6º grado el 4 de febrero a las 6:30 pm. Se recomienda que los padres de estudiantes del 5º grado asistan a estas presentaciones.
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Attendance and Emergency Contact Info
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.
Emergency Contact Information:
Parents, please make sure we have your current home address, and home, work and cell phone numbers. We also need your current email address so you can receive our weekly Panther Press Newsletter. To update your information, come to the Crittenden office or call us at (650) 903-6945 x2203.