Panther Blog, September 3, 2020

Hello Panthers,

            I am happy to see our students settling in and adapting to this new environment. Kids are often capable of so much more than we sometimes expect. Likewise, as a staff, we are continuing to adapt and adjust as we see the results and feedback of our endeavors. This newsletter will continue to be a valuable resource to stay up to date, as will our website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. But of course, if you have any additional questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Please read below for just such an update:

Due to new state guidance, beginning Sept 8, there will be some changes to how our school is required to count and monitor student attendance.

It’s important to know that school attendance during distance learning is mandatory. If your student will be absent, please report it by calling or emailing us as soon as possible. If your child is having difficulty with distance learning, please let us know. We want to help.

 

Changes to attendance monitoring beginning Sept 8:

      Students' attendance is taken every period of the day, including Wednesdays.

      Students will no longer get a separate participation grade in Google Classroom. Attendance and participation scores are now combined and can be viewed by parents in Powerschool under “attendance history.”

      If you don’t report your student’s absence, your school will be calling you to determine the reason for the absence.

 

For more information about attendance, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/attendance

 

Thank you all for support and perseverance!

 

Crittenden Panthers learning together, wherever we are.

 

Mrs. Gomez

Principal

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SEP, Thu 6:00pm- 10:00 pm

MVWSD School Board meeting

 

SEP, Tue 4:00pm- 5:00 pm

Crittenden School Site Council meeting

SSC mtg. registration

 

 

SEP, MON

Labor Day; No School

 

17  SEP, THU 

6 – 7pm

Crittenden ELAC Meeting

 

12 OCT, MON

Recess Day: No School

 

22 OCT, THU

6 – 7pm

Crittenden ELAC Meeting

 

6 NOV, FRI

End of Trimester One

DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please Support Our Students and Teachers!

MVEF raises money to provide all MVWSD students with an educational experience beyond what is possible with public funding. We hope you saw the MVEF brochure with your school supplies or watched the video during Back to School. Please see the website at https://www.mvef.org/ for more information and to donate online. Please consider joining our team of volunteers or emailing us with any questions at contact@mvef.org. Thank you for your support!

 

Track your student's online activities at home with Securly

MVWSD provides a tool that allows parents to be aware of their students' online activities and to help keep them safe on their school-issued devices. Securly allows you to see what choices your student is making online while at home so that you will be alerted to potential issues and can guide your student. Please note: Securly is for school-issued devices only. Check your email for these weekly reports, and you may also download the Securly app. For more information, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/technology.

 

Public hearing on Sept. 17: Sufficient instructional materials

A public hearing will be held in order to comply with Ed Code section 60119 on September 17, 2020 to detail the extent to which text books and instructional materials were provided to all students, including English Learners.

The definition of “sufficient textbooks or instructional materials” means that each pupil has textbooks or instructional materials, or both to use in class and to take home in each of the following subjects:

• Mathematics

• Science

• History/Social Science

• Language Arts

The public hearing on September 17, 2020 at 7:00pm will be held during the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees. To view details about accessing the meeting either online or by phone, please click on the September 17 agenda link on this webpage: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/board_of_trustees/board_meetings

 

 

 

Welcome from the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF)!

MVEF is a community supported non-profit that raises funds to provide a competitive, well-rounded education for every child in the district.  We rely on tax-deductible donations from parents like you to support our students. 

In 2020, MVEF-funded programs will continue but look a little different in our connected learning environment.  MVEF will fund: Weekly art and music classes from CSMA delivered online, science through Living Classroom virtual lessons, middle school science supplies, environmental education online lessons, and TechSmart Coding classes.  Specifically, to support connected learning, MVEF will also fund art supplies, instrument repair, elective kits, online learning resources, professional development for teachers in online teaching, and Student Wellness.

We need your help to meet our goal to raise $800,000. Please check for the MVEF brochure with your student supply bag or mvef.org for more information.  To join our team of volunteers, email contact@mvef.org.  Donate today at  https://www.mvef.org/donate 

 

Parent University videos are now on our website!

Did you miss the latest Parent University event? Do you want to review the materials that were presented? Videos and materials are now in English and Spanish on the Parent University website at http://www.mvwsd.org/parent/parent_university

Latest uploads: Mental Health Resources and Distance Learning Support

 

Upcoming CAC events

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education

needs, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or check out www.selpa1cac.org

Our events for September:

*September 8, 10 am - Let’s Talk - IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Please contact selpa1cacinf@gmail.com for the Zoom link for this meeting.

*Also on September 8, 10 am - Parent Chat - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact trudy.palmer@me.com for Google Meet invite.

 

MV Parent U on Sept. 9: Increasing Student Engagement with Literacy

Join us on Wednesday, September 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: Increasing Student Engagement with Literacy from Home.

MVWSD Instructional Coaches Karen Gordon and Natalie Gallagher will share several resourceful strategies for supporting reading, writing, listening, and speaking at home during distance learning:

      Easy activities to boost your child's reading engagement

      Creative ways to encourage and support writing using four text types (expository/informative, narrative, opinion, argumentative)

      Fostering listening skills to be able to extract key information

      Cultivating speaking skills using academic vocabulary

      Tips to prepare your child for ELPAC testing

Register here

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