Panther Blog

June 4, 2020

Dear Crittenden Families,

Tomorrow we come to the close of what has been a unique and historic school year.

When things are happening so fast, we tend to get caught up in the moment and respond instinctively and sometimes don’t have time to reflect on what is happening around us. 

Statistically speaking, it is likely that some of our families lost a close friend or family member. For those who suffered such a devastating loss, I am truly heartbroken for you. Others felt the pain of the economic hardships that impacted so many families as one or more family members lost their income and struggled to make do. All of us found that being quarantined in itself was no easy task. Teachers had to juggle childcare and housework while taking on the challenge of reinventing how we teach in an entirely new environment. Parents had the challenge of taking on new roles as teachers, coaches, and counselors, while simultaneously working from home or searching for new work, and managing more housework than ever.  And our students quickly discovered that this was much more than a long Spring Break or early summer.

I know these last few months have had its ups and downs. I know at times it’s been overwhelming and even frightening. The recent events in the news that we are all watching and thinking about might make you feel even more unsettled. I ask that we continue spreading kindness and care for others. Please know we are in this together, and we will get through this together. 

I have been impressed by our communities tenacity, flexibility, and dedication. Our district will continue to work diligently with the guidance of state officials to ensure that whatever the conditions are, we will provide the best education possible while ensuring first and foremost that our students stay safe and healthy. One way you can help in that regard is to complete this survey about your experience with distance learning. If you haven’t completed it already please take a few moments to let us know your feedback- your opinions are very important to us.

We want to say farewell to our 8th grade families. Thank you for your contributions and your dedication to Crittenden. We will miss you! To our 6th & 7th grade families- We will see you very soon. At this point, I cannot say what exactly will happen when the summer is over, but I can reassure you this:

Ultimately, we will return to Crittenden, and when we do, we will return stronger than ever, because that’s what Panthers do.

Sonia Gomez

Principal

 

Eighth grade families; 

To view your child's promotion ceremony/reclassification tomorrow, Friday, June 5th, please log in to your Powerschool parent portal at https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/ using your username and password. See http://www.mvwsd.org/promotions for ceremony login information through PowerSchool. In order to better secure the videos and protect students’ privacy, the virtual ceremonies will be available for viewing on the ceremony date only.  Families may view the video as many times as they want and at their convenience during the ceremony day.

 

 

 

May 28, 2020

 

Hello Panthers, 

 

Please see the end of this message for important information on pick up and drop off procedures for school materials on the last week of school. This is a longer panther blog than usual because there’s a lot of important information about our last week of school. 

 

If you are not counting the days until summer, I’m sure your kids are! (There are eight days to go). I know that distance learning is not where we expected to be at this time of the year.  I want to say that I’m proud of our students and our parents for working through this unpresented time and adjusting to distance learning.  Stay strong! As you know, students will not be given grades for the last trimester of the 2019-20 school year.   Parents will receive a report on June 5 by email with short comments from teachers and information about children’s participation in online learning.

 

Last week of school schedule:

Teachers will post the week’s instruction agenda on Friday, May 29th for the week of June 1st. 

The week of June 1st will be modified to allow for end-of-year work and activities.

  • Teachers will schedule a Zoom end of year celebration check-in on Wednesday.  
  • Teachers will not hold office hours during the week of June 1st 

Virtual 8th grade Promotion (June 5th at 12pm) & Reclassification Ceremony (June 5th at 1pm):

Reminder to mark your calendar for our video celebrations presented online. Login information and times will be sent to parents soon. In order to better secure the video and protect students’ privacy, the virtual ceremonies will be available for viewing on the ceremony data only.  

 

I’m sure many of you are wondering what next year will look like, and that you have many questions. Please know that our district is working hard on making plans for several options that would work best, but that the decision on what option to take is dependent on factors yet to be determined. Now more than ever I encourage you to stay in contact with us over the summer and watch for updates. As soon as we have news, we will let you know through email, our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Please stay tuned and stay in touch. 

 

Pick-up/Drop-off Plan:

Thank you for your patience as we created a plan for student and school items pick-up/drop off. We have designated two days next week June 4th & 5th for you to pick up your child’s belongings (e.g. PE clothes, 8th-grade promotion certificates, 8th grade T-shirts & drawstring bag, ) as well as drop off school property (e.g. library books, instruments, textbooks, Chromebooks, and sports jerseys). Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 our yearbook company just informed us that they are short-staffed and will not be able to deliver the yearbooks by next week. Once we get a shipment confirmation we will communicate with you on how you will receive your child’s yearbook. We apologize for the inconvenience.

For your safety and the safety of our staff we have planned various stations that parents can drive through to pick-up and drop off items. Please read the following information carefully:

  • To ensure the safety of all, please remain in your cars during the entire process.
  • Please continue to adhere to all safety guidelines issued by the County of Santa Clara.

Please arrive during the specified date and time window for your child's last name. 

This will be the only opportunity to pick up your child’s property at school. 

  • Student Last name: A-M; June 4th anytime between 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Student Last name: N-Z; June 5th anytime between 12:30pm-3:30pm

Please note:Students will be able to drop off library books, textbooks, Chromebooks, at any of the three stations

  • 6th and 7th grader students can choose to drop off their Chromebook for the summer and pick it up again at the beginning of next school year. 
  • All 8th graders can keep the Chromebook if they want to use it in high school. 

Process: 

  • Before arriving on campus, write your child’s Last Name, First Name in large print on a piece of paper and tape it to the front passenger window. 
  • At the beginning of the loop, our staff will read your child's name via walkie talkie to a staff member at the far end of the loop so that his/her belongings can be ready for pick-up when you reach the end of the loop.
  • Drive to the front of the loop and stay in your car.
  • Upon pulling up to the curb, please make sure your trunk is popped or unlocked. Staff will place your child's items in your trunk and collect any items to be returned to school. (please specify what school items need to be collected from your trunk by putting them in a bag or rubber band with a note- school items)
  •  Once you finish one station you are welcome to go to the next station if you have to. 

Station 1:   Drop of Music Instruments  

Location:   Drive-through Auditorium Loop

 

Station 2:   Pick up PE clothes & drop off sports jerseys

*Due to the fact that students share lockers, students will have to go inside the locker room to pick up their PE belongings.  We ask that students wear a mask and practice social distancing 

Location:    Inside the Locker rooms  


Station 3:    8th-grade promotion certificate, 8th grade Tee- shirt & drawstring bag 

Location:    Drive-through Sports Complex Loop (parking lot off of Middlefield)

 

Stay safe, and remember

Crittenden Panthers are

Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence

  Mrs. Gomez,

Principal, Crittenden Middle School

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • MVWSD Chess Tournament. Online Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 11:30 to 5:00.
  • Pick up/Drop off: Student Last name: A-M; June 4th from 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Pick up/Drop off:Student Last name: N-Z; June 5th from 12:30pm-3:30pm
  • SSC Meeting: Thursday, June 4th 4:00-5:00pm (email acarter@mvwsd.org if you would like the link to join the meeting)
  • Last day of School Friday, June 5

 

May 21, 2020

 

Download this week’s flyers here:  

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Program

MVLA webinar: "The Road to College Admissions: How to Plan Ahead" May 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m 

 

 

Hello Panthers, 

 

Have you heard the news? If not, get all the latest and greatest news from our own Crittenden Chronicle, which is written and produced by our students with guidance from Ms. Jenson. These dedicated students would not let a quarantine slow them down, and just released their third edition, which you can read here

 

It makes me both proud and happy to see students rise above this situation and strive to accomplish great things without letting the circumstances get them down. I know things are not always so easy these days, and our students just want it to be over. Please take the time to congratulate them on their accomplishments, and give them a much needed 

hug. 

 

Please make a note that there will be no school and no Zoom meetings on Monday, May 25th, in honor of Memorial Day. 

 

8th grade parents: The Crittenden PTA is excited to provide all 8th graders a tee shirt and a drawstring backpack to commemorate their time at Crittenden. The plan is to add everyone's name to the back of the shirt. Please remind your student to complete the 8th Grade T-Shirts google form by today. We are currently putting together a virtual 8th grade promotion celebration video. More information to come on when it will be ready to view. We are excited to share it with you soon. 

 

We are currently working on a pick-up and drop off plan for the following items:

PE belongings, yearbooks, 8th grade promotion certificates, 8th grade T-shirts 

During this time we will also ask students to drop off school music instruments, sports jerseys, library books, chromebooks, and textbooks. Please be on the lookout for an email from me by next week. In the meantime please ask your student to begin locating any library books and textbooks. 

 

CRITTENDEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

Last weekend some of the best chess players at Crittenden battled online to determine this year's school champion.  Four players tied for 1st place: Henry A., Jason D., Luke R., and Dexter H.  After the second tiebreaker, Luke was declared the winner, with Dexter coming in second.  Congratulations to all the players, and a big thanks from Mr. Ruzon for helping him understand how to run the district tournament more smoothly.

 

We have a little over two weeks of school left, stay strong. We can accomplish this together!

 

Stay safe, and remember

Crittenden Panthers are

Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence

 Mrs. Gomez,

Principal, Crittenden Middle School

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Cafecito con el Superintendente Wednesday, May 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 21st @ 4:30pm: SSC (If you’re interested in joining the meeting please email Alicia Carter acarter@mvwsd.org for the google meets link information)
  • MVLA webinar: "The Road to College Admissions: How to Plan Ahead" May 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 22nd @ 6:00pm: ELAC Meeting 
  • Check in with the Superintendent Friday, May 22, 3:30 pm
  • MVWSD Chess Tournament. Online Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 11:30 to 5:00.

DISTRICT NEWS:

Coffees with the Superintendent

Check this webpage for events in which we can connect on topics that are important to students’ education. Here are two that are upcoming:

  • Check in with the Superintendent Friday, May 22, 3:30 pm Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  •  Cafecito con el Superintendente These are informal meetings for Spanish-speaking parents. Translation will be provided. Wednesday, May 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District is holding a webinar panel discussion: "The Road to College Admissions: How to Plan Ahead" on  Thursday, May 21, 2020, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Please join MLVA for a live, online discussion with a panel of college admissions officers and high school college counselors. Register now (either for the live webinar or the recording that will be sent later) at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VKUvsnlkRvGgDE9yyfePIA

 

 

 

May 14, 2020

 

Download this week’s flyers here: 

Pandemic food benefits available in May

Community Resources: food, housing, counseling, financial assistance, internet access, childcare, healthcare

Covid-19 rent relief program

Social Services Application for assistance: financial assistance, food, healthcare


Hello Panthers, 

 

We now have just three weeks to go until summer break! I want to thank all the families that joined us on Tuesday for our Principals and Superintendent coffee. If you were not able to attend the meeting, you can watch a video recording of it here. Many questions came up about the eighth grade promotion. We are working hard to create a promotion video to celebrate our 8th graders. We hope to have it ready to share with you early June.  We are thankful to our PTA for their support and participation with our end of year planning.  Other topics that came up include the plans to reopen for next year, next year’s new schedule, and our end of year plans for families to pick up any needed items, including yearbooks for those who purchased them. The recording will have more detailed information, but please keep in mind that these plans are in development, so we will keep you posted on their progress. 

 

Below we have more tips on how to make the most of Distance Learning, which will continue to share with you each week. Take a moment to review these with your student, and also to praise them on the great work they have been doing. Learning under these conditions is indeed difficult, but also very important in order to keep their minds sharp and to prepare them for the upcoming year. I know first hand that there will be days that you feel defeated and want to give up. My two daughters have had good days and rough days with their distance learning routine. What I’m learning along the way is to take a deep breath  and remind myself that it’s ok if they are not fully engaged one day because the next day will be better. What helps me and my family stay positive and strong is finding time to watch movies, play boards, and cook together. Find time to disconnect and have fun. Self-care for you and your student is especially necessary during this time. I ask that you are not too hard on yourself and your student. This will get better! I am very proud of the hard work that I see our students doing. 

 

Parents, teachers, and students, keep up the great work, we are almost there! We are here to support you and provide the resources that you need. Should you have any questions or issues please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Know that we are always thinking of you and our students. We miss our Crittenden community. 

 

Stay strong and stay safe, and remember

Crittenden Panthers are

Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence

 

 Mrs. Gomez,

Principal, Crittenden Middle School

Distance Learning Tips

 Here are a few tips that might help you and your student with Distance Learning. Do you have any tried and true methods of helping your students’ school days be more efficient and your family’s life a little easier? Share them here. http://mvw.sd/37PbG

 “Caught you being good!”  Set a timer for yourself (15-45 minutes, depending on the age of your kids).  When the timer goes off, positively reinforce your child by noting their focus, independence, and/or perseverance through a challenge.  If you can periodically name, celebrate, and give attention to what they are doing right, they are more likely to keep it up, and less likely to get our attention with undesired behaviors.

Multiple kiddos? Go incognito! If you have multiple kids or are trying to access your own Google account while checking out theirs, here is a tip: Hold down COMMAND + SHIFT + N when you are in Chrome. This creates an incognito window, where you are not signed in. This means you can sign in with one account in one window and another account in another. You can do this for as many accounts as you like so that you can flip between windows to look at information from multiple accounts simultaneously.

Ask your student for high & lows for the day. Not everything is fixable, but asking and talking about schoolwork will help your student feel supported and understood. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Thursday, May 21st @ 4:30pm: SSC (If your interested in joining the meeting please email me for the google meets link information)
  • Friday, May 22nd @ 6:00pm: ELAC Meeting 
  • MVWSD Chess Tournament. Online Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 11:30 to 5:00.

DISTRICT NEWS:

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency. 

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving sometime this month

(May).

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail, must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will launch in late May. https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt

 

SCCOE Announces New Online Portal for Essential Workers to Access Childcare

Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in partnership with county and city leaders, community organizations and agencies throughout Santa Clara County has announced a new online portal to provide essential workers, as defined by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, access to childcare during the shelter-in-place order

In addition to this childcare resource, we have a list of resources for families developed by our School Community Engagement Facilitators. Sheltering in place and not being in our regular routines of work and school can be hard on our emotional and mental health, in addition to making access to meals, rent payments and other typical activities more difficult. Click here for info about help with meals, rent, legal issues, emotional support and more.

 

 

 

May 7, 2020

Download this week’s flyers here: 

 Meeting Etiquette Infographic

CHAC is helping provide supplies for infants

Hello Panthers, 

 

It's hard to believe May is already upon us. Our teachers are grateful for all of the kind emails from students and parents this week for teacher appreciation week. I’d like to thank the PTA for their generous gifts to our teachers and staff. I also want to take the time to recognize you as a lot of you have taken on the role of teacher during our school closure. We appreciate your patience, support, and strength!

 

Our community is working together to keep as much of our traditions and customs going, even under these  conditions. ways to stay connected and participate in fun activities. One example is to participate in our Spirit weeks, next week is Hats & Shades week- I love to see that Panther spirit! Another tradition that will continue is the annual chess tournament. The tournament will be online this year and will be held Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 11:30 to 5:00.  Full instructions and registration are at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess

 

Last week I talked about the importance of proper etiquette for students when attending zoom meetings. Please check our flyers this week for a great infographic that you can show your kids to help them remember the best practices for making these meetings productive.

 

Don’t forget to register for next year’s electives if you are the parent of an incoming 6th, 7th, or 8th grader. The window for registration ends this Friday. You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal for elective selection. Please make sure you have access to the PowerSchool Parent Portal now by logging on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/.   

If you have difficulty signing in, please contact us.

 

Coffee with the Superintendent/Principal

Dr. Ayindé Rudolph and Principals Ms. Lauren Petrea and Ms. Sonia Gomez will be covering some of the topics on parents’ minds, as well as taking questions in this informal virtual meeting.

 

For parents of Crittenden and Graham middle schools.

Tuesday, May 12, 9:30 a.m.

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Stay strong and stay safe, and remember

Crittenden Panthers are

Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence

 Mrs. Gomez,

Principal, Crittenden Middle School

 

Distance Learning Tips

 Here are a few tips that might help you and your student with Distance Learning. Do you have any tried and true methods of helping your students’ school days be more efficient and your family’s life a little easier? Share them here. http://mvw.sd/37PbG

  • Giving choice and voice: When looking at the assignments given for the day, have your child choose which ones he or she would like to do first, second, etc.  Giving choice and voice to your child will give him/her independence as well as confidence to do the work.
  • Divide and conquer: When working on the assignments, chunk the work into small, manageable pieces.  Have your child work for 15-20 minutes and then have them do a preferred activity (coloring, legos, etc.) for 5 minutes and then back to the assignment for another 15-20 minutes. Setting a timer or cell phone reminder is a helpful auditory “cue” for you and your student to take a break and check on each other.
  •  Use your tools: Before starting the day, talk about which tools your child will use for the day.  He or she can use the courage “tool” to persevere through the assignments or the “breathing” tool when something is difficult or tough to manage.
  • Kids are stuck on a question? Your child’s teachers’ have office hours Monday through Thursday to answer questions from families or students. This is a great time for your child to connect with his/her teacher, and practice speaking to adults and asking for help.  (Teachers are not available 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to allow you, students, and staff to take care of other matters and our own families)

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

  • Check-in with the Superintendent: Friday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. 
  • Monday, May 11: Hats & Shades Spirit Week theme 
  • Tuesday, May 12th: Coffee with the Superintendent/Principal 
  • MVWSD Chess Tournament. Online Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 11:30 to 5:00.

  DISTRICT NEWS:

 

MVWSD is planning for reopening for the 2020-21 school year.

These plans will cover 14 dimensions: Governance, Health and Wellness, Equity, Curriculum, Human Capital, Nutrition, Facilities, Operations, Instruction, Resurgence, Enrollment, Communication, Technology, Finance. We'll define operations under each stage of reopening: Schools closed, Targeted opening, Open with Restrictions, Full opening using guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. 

To view the presentation to the Board of Trustees, please click here

 

Next steps include: Activate the Reopening Task Force (composed of teachers, classified staff and administrators); continue to adapt our Distance Learning Plan; and get feedback from our stakeholders.

The goal is to adapt our learning environment for any scenario and make it nimble enough to adjust in the event that COVID-19 resurges later in the year. We will work with all stakeholders to vet the viability of any options. This is a community public health crisis, and we need community feedback

 

Seeking members: School Reopening focus groups

MVWSD is seeking representative groups of parents, students, teachers, and staff members for school reopening focus groups. Four volunteers are needed per school site. The focus groups will explore desires and concerns for school reopening. 

Focus groups will meet twice (once in May and again in June) and each group will focus on a stage:  Schools closed, Targeted opening, Open with Restrictions, Full opening. To apply to be a focus group member, please complete an application found here by May 16 or contact your school principal.

 

With extended time sheltering-in-place, InPlay, MVWSD's partner for out-of-school learning, has created a list of home-based, instructor-led programs offered by your favorite local providers to keep your students active and engaged! Please check it out. https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/discover

 

17TH ANNUAL MVWSD INTERSCHOLASTIC CHESS TOURNAMENT

17AMICT is forging ahead and will be held this year despite COVID-19!  The tournament will be online this year and will be held Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 11:30 to 5:00.  Full instructions and registration are at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess.  The registration deadline is May 29.  Come take part in one of the few events this school year going on as scheduled.  Contact Mark Ruzon, Tournament Director, at mvwsdchess@gmail.com with any questions.

 

Check-in with the Superintendent: Friday, May 8

Please join us for an online check-in with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. He will be covering some of the topics on parents’ minds, as well as taking questions. These check-ins will be held on a regular basis on Fridays. For login information, on May 8 please click on www.mvwsd.org.

 

The Santa Clara County Office of Education has developed a Parent Support Webinar series just for parents who have questions on how they can support their kids with learning. Free Parent Support Webinar series:

May 7      Episode 1: Maintaining a Healthy, Balanced Family Life

May 14    Episode 2: Reading Comprehension Support

May 21    Episode 3: Writing Development Support

May 28    Episode 4: Academic Content Support

Audience: Parents & Educators

Dates: Thursdays in May 2020

Time: 1-1:30 PM, PST

Join Live: bit.ly/sccoeparents

Cost: Free


 

April 30, 2020

 

  Download this week’s flyers here: 

       How to switch languages on your internet browser

Hello Panthers, 

We miss our students, staff, and families. Take a look below this letter for a photo collage greeting from our teachers to you and our students. Our staff were very excited to share this with you and our students. 

Teacher appreciation week begins next week. We are very fortunate to have the wonderful teachers and staff that make Crittenden a special place. They are working hard under unusual circumstances, to say the least. I’m sure they would greatly appreciate a brief message of encouragement and support. 

 

Our virtual spirit weeks have been a lot of fun! I am heartened by the enthusiastic participation of our students and I am greatly enjoying seeing their posts. Keep checking the dashboard for information on the new spirit week. 

If you want to read our website in a language other than English, or you know someone who does, note our attached flyer with instructions on how to do so.

As we get more comfortable with virtual communication we ask that you take a moment to remind your students of the following zoom etiquette that help us make this a smooth and positive experience for all:   set up a special area for meetings that is quiet and free from background distractions (both audio and visual),  remember that the same behavior that is expected in a real classroom is also expected in a virtual classroom, show up well rested, well fed, and ready to engage with the teacher and classmates. I have greatly enjoyed engaging with our teachers and students in the zoom meeting this last couple of weeks. 

Reminder for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders: As of yesterday our elective window is open, you and your student will be able to log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal to select elective choices for 2020-21. You may choose electives anytime until May 8th. Take a look at the course catalogs and instructions. Here is a video with instructions if you need extra help!

Please email Ms. Carter (acarter@mvwsd.org) if you have any questions.

Stay strong and stay safe, and always remember

Crittenden Panthers are

Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence

 Mrs. Gomez,

Principal, Crittenden Middle School

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Monday, May 4: Crittenden’s new Spirit Week theme (Star Wars) - “May the 4th Be With You” Week
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 6:00 PM - Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:00 PM. MV Parent U: "Angst," raising anxiety awareness

 

DISTRICT NEWS:

MV Parent U: "Angst," raising anxiety awareness

MV Parent U presents "Angst," a 56-minute film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and treatments on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 6:00 PM - Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:00 PM. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools. To reserve your free spot for this online event, please register here by May 6 at noon: https://angstfilm.eventbrite.com

 

2020 Census Paper Questionnaires are on their way to Californians! 

If you’re among the 70+ million households who have already responded to the 2020 Census, thank you! If you haven’t completed it yet, paper questionnaires are in the mail headed your way. Households receiving the paper questionnaire can still respond online or by phone, or they can return it by mail in the enclosed envelope. When you respond online, use the Census ID from the letter or provide your address. To respond now, go to https://go.usa.gov/xdKjk.

Please encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to complete it too. It’s something everyone can do while practicing social distancing at home to make a difference today, tomorrow and the next 10 years. 

 

Parents Role in Distance Learning: 

Many of us at Crittenden are also parents of school age children. We understand the challenges of supporting your child’s Distance Learning while balancing other responsibilities. We are here to help you help them. For more information and guidance, please check this site from our District. 

 

How MVWSD is securing video conferencing:

Please know that our district is doing all that it can to ensure online security with video conferencing. For more information, click here. 

 

FAQs about MVWSD’s Distance Learning and COVID-19 school closure:

If you have questions about the school closures, there is a lot of useful information from our district here. 

 

Free, low cost internet for students:

We think that it’s important that each of our students has one Internet-ready device (laptop, iPad, etc)  in their house for distance learning schoolwork.  There are several ways you can access free/or low cost internet to connect students' Chromebooks. Please see the attached flyer or click on www.mvwsd.org/technology.

 

Parking Lot WiFi: 

If you are having issues accessing the internet at home, the MVWSD schools are offering free WiFi accessible from the schools’ parking lots. While using parking lot wifi, you must remain in your car in order to practice social distancing. Students must have an adult accompanying them. For more information, please check our flyers for this week. 

Meal Resources for the community:

Food Distribution locations and services in Mountain View



 


 



 

April 23, 2020

Please see these attached flyers;

Free Internet Flyer 

Distance Learning Infographic Flyer

Shelter in Place Ideas

 

Hello Panthers, 

  

Now more than ever it is important for us to stay connected with each other and up to date on news and guidance. I hope you find these messages helpful. As we continue with our first week of Distance Learning, we have lots of helpful information that will help you navigate through this process. 

We hope that your student has been staying up with the Distance Learning Plan. Our teachers have been excited to see students through zoom. For your reference, please review my email sent out on Monday, April 20th that details our Distance Learning Plan. Here are some highlights of the district wide plan:

* Access for all students with both e-learning using the internet and at-home learning using consumable materials, such as workbooks

* Video lessons by teachers that align to the District-adopted curriculum

* Weekly activities designed for students, as well as resources for parents

* Regular check-ins and office hours with teachers 

* Internet access for students through hotspots, and extended wifi coverage at six strategic locations.

   

Incoming middle school parents prepare to select electives for 2020-21  

Beginning April 29, 2020, incoming middle school parents will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to select their fifth- to seventh-graders’ elective choices for 2020-21. You will receive an email when the course catalogs are posted on April 24.

Please make sure you have access to the PowerSchool Parent Portal now by logging on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/.  You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal for elective selection, grades, assignments and attendance monitoring, and for downloading state test results.

If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office Alicia Carter (acarter@mvwsd.org).

 

I am confident that through the dedication of our teachers, students, and parents, we are headed to a successful distance learning experience. 

Crittenden Panthers are

Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence 

 Mrs. Gomez,

Principal, Crittenden Middle School

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Fri, April 24: Elective Course Catalogs will be sent to families of 5th -7th grade students
  • Monday, April 27: Crittenden’s new Spirit Week begins. 

 

DISTRICT NEWS:

2020 Census Paper Questionnaires are on their way to Californians! 

If you’re among the 70+ million households who have already responded to the 2020 Census, thank you! If you haven’t completed it yet, paper questionnaires are in the mail headed your way. Households receiving the paper questionnaire can still respond online or by phone, or they can return it by mail in the enclosed envelope. When you respond online, use the Census ID from the letter or provide your address. To respond now, go to https://go.usa.gov/xdKjk.

Please encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to complete it too. It’s something everyone can do while practicing social distancing at home to make a difference today, tomorrow and the next 10 years.

 

Parents Role in Distance Learning: 

Many of us at Crittenden are also parents of school age children. We understand the challenges of supporting your child’s Distance Learning while balancing other responsibilities. We are here to help you help them. For more information and guidance, please check this site from our District. 

 

How MVWSD is securing video conferencing:

Please know that our district is doing all that it can to ensure online security with video conferencing. For more information, click here. 

 

FAQs about MVWSD’s Distance Learning and COVID-19 school closure:

If you have questions about the school closures, there is a lot of useful information from our district here. 

 

Free, low cost internet for students:

We think that it’s important that each of our students has one Internet-ready device (laptop, iPad, etc)  in their house for distance learning schoolwork.  There are several ways you can access free/or low cost internet to connect students' Chromebooks. Please see the attached flyer or click on www.mvwsd.org/technology.

 

Parking Lot WiFi: 

If you are having issues accessing the internet at home, the MVWSD schools are offering free WiFi accessible from the schools’ parking lots. While using parking lot wifi, you must remain in your car in order to practice social distancing. Students must have an adult accompanying them. For more information, please check our flyers for this week. 

 

Meal Resources for the community:

Food Distribution locations and services in Mountain View

 

Google grants $200,000 for MVWSD students

MVEF is grateful for Google’s longtime commitment to public education and partnership with our District and foundation. Google recently donated $200,000 during COVID-19 school closure to ensure MVWSD students stay on track with their learning.

As MVWSD assessed the technological needs in our community made even more clear by the COVID-19 school closure, it’s clear the digital divide still exists. Even after the District distributed 900 Chromebooks this year, almost 10% (615) of our students still need a device, and 5% (247) students still need internet access. Google immediately stepped up with a $100,000 grant to provide technology for students, primarily internet hotspots and laptops, to enable our students to access assignments and online conferences with their teachers during distance learning.  

Additionally, MVEF was awarded an additional $100,000 grant from Google to fund STEM initiatives next year at MVWSD’s schools, ensuring MVEF can continue to help fund essential Next Generation Science Standards, hands-on science programming at every school. 

Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph shared his gratitude. “We are in uncharted waters in which our daily methods of instruction look very different.  Our students and parents continue to look for a sense of normalcy during remote learning and sheltering in place.  Despite all of the uncertainty, I am grateful that we can continue to count on MVEF and Google as great community advocates and corporate sponsors.  They not only answered our call to reduce the digital divide in our community, but also demonstrated that our path forward through these trying times is together.  On behalf of all of our students, I want to thank MVEF for their continued advocacy, and Google for their continued commitment to our students and c