Panther Blog Apr 7

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Hello Panthers! Please read your weekly newsletter below.  Here is a quick summary of this week’s message followed with further details:

April 7th, 2022 

Crittenden News:

-CAASPP testing
-8th grade updates
-SEL Lessons

-Upcoming Webinar- Suicide prevention101

-Character Trait of the month

-April’s Lunch Menu (Update)


District News:

-Board meeting Preview: April 7

-Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, April 8

-Cafecito with the Superintendent on April 6

-Spring Break April 11-15

-COVID masking

-Lunch lines are open!
-Parent University: Preparing for Middle School
-Join MVEF's Spring Gala “The Art of Words” on April 23rd! 
-City of MV Spring Break Camp
-MVPAL Youth Extravaganza 2022 FLYER 
-Last MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series Lecture of the Year: Shafia Zaloom FLYER 

Hello Crittenden Families,


We hope that this upcoming break will provide some rest and relaxation for our students as we approach the end of the school year. 


This week we opened our MUR and kitchen for break and lunch. Our students have been excited to have various food options for lunch. We look forward to continuing a little bit more normalcy in their lives.


6th & 7th grade students have been able to select their electives for next school year! The last day to select electives will be tomorrow Friday, April 8th. If the deadline is missed students will be auto placed where openings are available.

MVWSD has layers of measures in place to combat COVID transmission, including on-campus COVID testing, sanitation, and ventilation. Additionally, MVWSD is providing at-home COVID-19 testing kits for free to families (Preschool - Grade 8) so that they may test before returning to campus after spring break; these can be expected on April 7th.


Here’s what to do with these tests:

1. Administer the rapid test on Sunday, April 17. Even if your child participates in COVID pooled testing, this home test is an additional safeguard. Directions, in both Spanish and English, for how to use the test are inside the box. 


2. Once the test is completed please only send POSITIVE results to [email protected]. If the test is Negative you do not need to send.


Thank you for all your support!  We wish you and your families a safe and restful break!



Mrs. Gomez

Crittenden Middle School Principal

What can you do today to help others feel valued, cared for, safe, and included at Crittenden?


Crittenden News:

CAASPP testing
As we prepare for this year’s state testing we have created informational videos for parents so you are aware of where students can view the practice test for CAASPP. 




8th Grade Updates

You should have received an email from me last week with a reminder that our 8th grade students will be embarking on the Teen Talk lessons in their Science classes the weeks of 4/18-4/29. Please be sure to read the email. 


SEL Lesson for April


The SEL Lesson for the month of April is Conflict Resolution. Our 6th graders started off this month highlighting conflict resolution as an important part of being team players, coinciding with our Character Trait of the month. Ms. Hinojosa will continue with SEL lessons for 7th and 8th grade when we return from break. This month's lesson highlights important conflict resolution skills and allows students to practice using "I statements" and addressing their feelings and emotions to come up with solution-oriented ways to manage conflict in their day to day lives. 


Upcoming Webinar- Suicide prevention101

Please register for the upcoming free webinar and Facebook Live event:  Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do.  This free webinar will provide information about suicide prevention for parents, including warning signs for suicide, how to have a conversation with their teen, actions to take if their teen is having a suicidal thoughts, and resources.  The webinar is provided in partnership with the California Department of Education, the California Mental Health Services Authority, the Directing Change Program, and Teen Line.  The webinar is offered in English and Spanish.    


Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for children and youth ages 10-24. It is imperative that we provide information to parents on how to recognize signs of suicidal ideation and how support their children who may experiencing emotional distress.


Brochure “Suicide Prevention:  A Resource for Parents”:

  • Share this resource with parents: Directing Change Suicide Prevention Information for Parents Brochure (English/Spanish)

In English:


Character Trait of the month

April’s character trait is being a Team Player! When we work together we are able to achieve and accomplish much more goals. Being a team player is learning to be respectful, being collaborative, leading and listening, being communicative and wanting everyone to succeed. 


April’s Lunch Menu

Please see a correction in April’s Lunch Menu.

Click here for the April menu (Middle School)


Upcoming Events:

3/28-4/8 6 & 7 Graded Elective Registrations Window
4/11-4/15 Spring Recess (No School)
4/26 Musical Theater Class Performance (In Auditorium) 

4/28 Spring Picture Day

District News:

Board meeting Preview: April 7


The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

  • Strategic Plan initiatives Update
  • Update on Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)
  • Tentative Agreement with MVEA

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, April 8

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register:

Spring Break April 11-15

Mountain View Whisman School District is on spring break April 11-15. 

Parents and staff members will once again be receiving free COVID test kits from schools this week. Please remember to administer the free at-home COVID test kit to your child on April 17, before returning to school on April 18. If your child has symptoms or a positive result, he/she must stay home. Please see for detailed COVID information. Have a safe and restful time away.

COVID masking

Both outdoor and indoor masking is strongly recommended (but no longer required) for students and staff in our schools and offices. However, there are times that masks are still very highly recommended.


Lunch lines are open!

Multi-use rooms opened for food distribution this week as a result of loosened COVID restrictions. Students will wear masks as they pick up food indoors. Outdoor eating will continue. Please click here for a video about how the new food lines work: Thanks in advance for your patience as we adjust to new procedures.

Parent University: Preparing for Middle School

Date and Time: April 27, 2022, 5:30pm  Registration Link:

Nervous about middle school? We get it! Change can be daunting, but it can also lead to amazing new experiences. Join us to learn how to support your children as they prepare for the next stage in their academic and social lives. We will feature a panel of staff and students from Crittenden and Graham who will offer lots of wisdom and details about grades six, seven, and eight. See you there!

To submit your questions prior to the event, go to


Join MVEF's Spring Gala “The Art of Words” on April 23rd!

All in person gala ticket sales close Wednesday, April 6.  No walk-in tickets will be available.

Join MVEF for a lively evening that includes dinner, fundraising, and trivia in support of our schools. You can join us in person at Michael's at Shoreline OR join us virtually from home for the trivia game and access to online fundraising.


In person ($125 - tickets close April 6th!)

Virtually ($50 - tickets close April 17th!) for the trivia game and online fundraising


We'll also have a raffle if you'd like your chance to win one of three great prizes available!

The winners will be drawn at the gala, but you need not be present to win!

To buy tickets please send an email: [email protected]


Looking for another way to participate?

We are still looking for items to include in our silent auction catalog. Do you have a vacation home or a timeshare, season tickets, golf course access, lessons, or a special experience to share? Please contact [email protected] or [email protected]


City of MV Spring Break Camp

The City of Mountain View is holding a Spring Break Camp the week of April 11 - April 15 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm for children ages 7-11. Join city staff for a fun filled week of outdoor games, arts & crafts, and cool projects. For more information and camp registration, click here.

MVPAL Youth Extravaganza 2022

Join the MV Police Activities League on Friday, April 22 from 4 pm to 7:30 pm at Rengstorff Park for a family night of fun promoting health and mental wellness for youth of all ages. The event is free for local Mountain View youth and families. A picnic dinner will be provided!

Last MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series Lecture of the Year: Shafia Zaloom

The MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series will be hosting their last lecture of year with educator Shafia Zaloom, author of Sex, Teens & Everything in Between. The presentation will be held at the Los Altos High School Eagle Theater on Tue, April 19, 2022 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Zaloom will guide us toward a deeper understanding of how to encourage our children to embrace a healthier, more joyful, and responsible understanding of sexuality. Register for the in-person event at:

Thank you for all your support!

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