When I was a kid, I always looked forward to a new school year. Frankly, after several weeks of summer (no matter how interesting), I was ready to see all of my school friends again. It wasn't until I became a teacher that I realized how relieved my parents were to have me back in school again - no more having to worry about finding things for me to do. Indeed, the beginning of the year is always a time with a wide range of emotions: excitement, joy, anxiety, trepidation, relief...
Parents, we want you to know: we understand, and we strive to provide the best possible experience for your children. We want to inspire and empower them to pursue excellence in their personal and academic lives. This means high quality instruction in all classes that blends direct instruction with inquiry-based techniques such as Project Based Learning. It means challenging students to problem-solve and collaborate on a regular basis. It means getting to know each and every student on a personal level. It means new and updated classrooms with a state-of-the-art audio-visual system and plenty of whiteboard space. It means a 1:1 student-to-laptop ratio. It means providing a safe place to learn, in both the physical and intellectual sense.
Welcome to the 2014-15 school year at Crittenden. Let's make it a great one!
Minimum Day: Tuesday, August 26
Due to Back to School Night, Tuesday, August 26 will be a minimum day. School will end at 12:20 p.m.
Back to School Night: Tuesday, August 26
Families, please join us at our annual Back to School Night next Tuesday, August 26, starting at 6:00 p.m. You'll be taking part in a virtual "day in the life of your student". Please bring a copy of your student's schedule and report to their 1st Period/Homeroom class at 6:00 p.m. If you are unable to make it at 6:00 but can come later, come to the office and we will direct you to the correct "period".
There will also be an optional "Principal's Coffee" in Room 208 from 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Come and say hi to Mr. Chang and Mrs. Siam and ask us any questions you have.
Math Placement Questions
Many families have asked about our district's middle school math classes. Please see the Common Core page for details about each course. If you have additional questions, reach out to Mr. Chang directly via email or phone.
Crittenden Library Update
Starting Tuesday, September 2, the Library will be open before school starting at 7:30 and after school until 3:30 every day. It will also be open during Break and Lunch for students to browse, check out books, check grades, and do work. Please contact our librarian, Rhonda Colcord, at email@example.com for more details.
Updating Contact Information
Families, by now you know how important email and other online contact is at Crittenden. This year, our progress reports and report cards will be emailed home. Please make sure that your email address is updated in our records. Each week you should be receiving an email reminder to check the Panther Blog on Wednesday or Thursday. If you do not get this email, chances are we need to update your info! If you think your info is outdated/incorrect, call our office at (650) 903-6945.
Destination Imagination Needs a Coordinator!
We are searching for a parent or community volunteer to coordinate our DI teams this year. We would hate to lose the program for the year, but this is a very real possibility if we don't find someone to coordinate! Events are coming up very quickly, so we need someone to step up ASAP. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tryouts for the fall sports season start on Monday, August 25! Students should sign up on the lists posted outside of the Boys' Locker Room Office.
- Boys & Girls Cross Country: meet in the gym at 3:10 p.m. in athletic gear or your PE clothes.
- Boys & Girls Volleyball: meet in the gym at 3:10 p.m. in athletic gear or your PE clothes.
- Girls Softball: meet in the gym at 3:10 p.m. in athletic gear or your PE clothes. Bring any softball equipment you own.
Child Nutrition - http://mvwsd.org/parent-page/child-nutrition
Please remember to submit your annual child nutrition application online for free or reduced price meals. Refer to the attached flyer for pertinent information.
Transportation - http://mvwsd.org/parent-page/transportation
Al students riding the MVWSD school bus require a bus pass or bus ticket to board. Applications and fees submitted to the District Office will be processed and mailed out weekly on Friday afternoons. Individual one-way bus tickets can be purchased at any MVWSD elementary school office for $2.50 each. A Bus Pass needs to be shown or a Bus Ticket provided to the bus driver every time a student enters the bus.
Open House at CSMA: Saturday, August 23
Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) is holding an Open House on Saturday, August 23, 11am to 2pm. Art, music, food and fun! Info: 650.917.6800 x0 or www.arts4all.org/openhouse.
Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House
Do you like working with kids? Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community? Mentor Tutor Connection (formerly Partners for New Generations) , a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, urgently needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. Come hear about how you can support youth in our community. Bring a friend!
Date: Wednesday, September 10
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location: MVLA District Office Board Room
1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View
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