Panther Blog 8/5

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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:

August 5th,  2022

Crittenden News:

-New Staff

-School Office Changes

-Student ID Pick-Up for 7th & 8th Grades

-Message from SCEF

-Fall Picture Day

-School PE Uniform 

-Free Lunch Meals

-Afterschool Programs

-COVID Updates

-Join Our Team

Save the Date:


(2022-2023 School Calendar)

(2022-2023 Bell Schedule)

8/9 Sixth grade WEB Welcome 12pm - 2:00pm
8/10 First Day of School Minimum Day 

8/11 Early Release Ends at 2:28

8/11 Sixth grade parent orientation (6-7pm/zoom link coming soon to sixth grade parents!)

8/12 First full day of school

8/16 & 8/18 i-Ready Assessments (ELA & Math)

8/24 Minimum day for students

8/24 Back To School Night 6-8pm (In person)


9/5 Labor Day (No School)


Dear Crittenden Families,


I hope you had an amazing summer! I would like to introduce myself as your new Crittenden Middle School Principal. For the last three years, I was principal of Cabrillo School (K-8) in Pacifica. Prior to that I was principal of Carquinez Middle School for five years. For the six years before that, I was Assistant Principal of Canyon Middle School. Most of my career has been at the middle school level, and that's my favorite grade span!


While I was at Canyon, our school was named a Distinguished School and re-designated as a National Model Middle School. My work has included restorative practices, discipline, and cultural sensitivity and trauma informed practices.


I've earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, a master’s degree from Sonoma State University and have earned my National Board Teacher Certification in Early Adolescence History/Social Studies. I look forward to meeting you at our 'Back To School Night', PTA and 'Coffee with the Principal'!


With respect,

Annie Flores-Aikey

Crittenden Middle School Principal

Crittenden News:



Welcome to New Staff


Assistant Principal - Danielle Lyons

Hi Crittenden families! I am Danielle, your new Assistant Principal. I  previously worked at Stevenson Elementary School for six years as a teacher and instructional coach. I’m originally from Connecticut where I earned my M.S in Educational Technology, B.S in Elementary Education K-6, and a B.A in Theater. This is my 11th year in education.


I believe in teaching the whole child, I am enthusiastic about social emotional development, and have a passion for building community. I am excited to be a part of this Crittenden staff. It is going to be a great year!


Counselor- Eileen Donovan

Hello! My name is Eileen Donovan and I am the new Counselor at Crittenden Middle School. I graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Criminal Justice and Spanish. In 2019, I graduated from the University of Southern California with a Masters in Social Work and obtained a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. 

Prior to joining Mountain View Whisman School District, I worked as a Social-Emotional Counselor at a middle and high school in San Jose. Fun facts about me: I play in an adult soccer league and I enjoy traveling over breaks! I am excited to support the well-being and academic success of Crittenden students!



Office Changes

Lunch drop offs


Due to a high volume of lunch drop offs and limited office staff, this year we ask to please ensure your child has lunch with them at school drop off rather than dropping it off during school hours as we will be unable to assist in personal lunch distribution.



Student ID Pick-up for 7th & 8th Incoming Panthers Graders

We have received school ID’s for our incoming 7th and 8th grade Panthers who attended MVWSD last school year. It is essential they have it for their first day of school.

If your new student is coming from outside the district, they will receive a school ID on picture day (TBD). Their student ID number can be used as a temporary solution.


Student ID’s can be picked up from 9am- 3pm on the following dates Mon.8/8 & Tues.8/9. 


Due to current construction & safety restrictions only students or someone on their behalf are permitted to stop by for ID’s in the front office. As the campus is still closed no student loitering is permitted.


A Message from our School Community Engagement Facilitator- Ms. Susie Morales

Back to school is around the corner. As we strive to support our students in every way possible, we are
fortunate to receive support from “Family Giving Tree”. They have been generous to be a part of our village by donating backpacks and school goodies in each backpack! 


Free backpacks will be available on Monday, August 8th from 7:30am-3pm. They are on a first come first serve basis while supplies last, so be sure to arrive early

Fall Picture Day

Mark your calendars early! Monday, October 10th will be picture day. Order forms and reminders will be sent closer to the date.

School PE Uniform
P.E forms will be passed out during students P.E class. Please write separate checks for school purchases and PTA membership/donations. Each student will be provided two envelopes one for P.E Purchases and one for PTA.


School Meals Are Free

MVWSD will continue to provide free meals to all students as part of California’s universal meal program. Breakfast and lunches are available daily.

We ask to please Apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD receive additional funding to support students who are in need, and may help your family.


This Free and Reduced Price Meals benefit is not limited to meals only. If your child is eligible for free and/or reduced-price meals, your family could get medical benefits, housing benefits, utilities benefits and more.

Students who qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals may be eligible for P-EBT cards. The more applications your school gathers at the start of each school year, the more additional funding it can receive for all kinds of programs that help children at your school.

If you are currently out of work, you may qualify and help your school, regardless of your financial situation. Apply at or call your school office.


After School- MVWSD Beyond the Bell Program
The Beyond the Bell Program, in partnership with the City of Mountain View, is a free, high-quality after-school program that provides student enrichment through homework help, recreation, literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.

This non-fee program is offered at select school sites for students in grades 2-8.  Students are invited to attend this program based upon student benchmark scores, English Language Learner assessment scores and principal and teacher input.  Click here for more program details.


COVID Updates
The highlights of our COVID protocols are below. For all the supporting details, please view

  • Masking is required indoors for students and staff currently (and continues while we are in community transmission level “High” as set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines)
    -required for students who play aerosol-generating instruments (including recorders) in grades 4-8 and participate in singing/choir 
    -required at large events (assemblies, concerts, etc.)
    -required in buses
    -required for visitors and volunteers. 
  • Our mitigation strategies such as hand washing/ sanitizing, cleaning protocols and high-quality air filtration will continue.
  • Sick individuals who test positive or are symptomatic should mask and be isolated for 5 days (after positive test/onset of symptoms) or more. 
  • Parents may be on campus inside the fences until the bell rings at the start of the day, and can return to campus inside the fences after the dismissal bell rings.
  • Volunteer guidelines remain in effect. Frequent volunteers are required to mask and to apply to receive a badge and submit proof of COVID vaccination

Join Our Team
Are you interested in being a part of MVWSD? Click here for more information!

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