Stevenson Stingray News 10.14.2020

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Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

 

As you know, MVWSD is working on a new Strategic Plan. The new six-year Strategic Plan 2027 will be completed and aligned with two cycles of the District’s 3-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and will build on and expand the former plan’s successes and areas of need for students.


In September, parents and staff members completed a district wide survey. This input, in addition to a strategy session with 60 representative stakeholders, resulted in a strategic plan framework that shows five major goal areas and the general outcomes and themes in each.

 

Next, there are two more opportunities for you to give input in the planning process. We need to hear from you.

1. Please give us input on the “big ideas” in this strategic plan framework.  Please take a few minutes before Friday, October 16 to click on the link below, review the framework, and reply to the survey with your ideas or items that you feel are missing.

https://www.research.net/r/MVWSDStratPlanFramework.The survey is managed by a third-party consultant.  All responses will go directly to them and will be anonymous. 


2. Please attend our School Site Council Meeting today, Wednesday, October 14th at 4:30pm (Zoom Link) meeting in which I will present the framework and collect your thoughts.

For more information on the process and timeline, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/strategicplan.

Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary

School Announcements

SSC Meeting

Digital Citizenship Lessons

Technology Support (Repeat Information)

School Site Council (SSC) Meeting

Our next SSC meeting is Wednesday, October 14th at  4:30pm. The School Site Council helps develop goals and actions for Stevenson’s School Plan for Student Achievement (Site Plan). At this SSC meeting we will be spending time to review and provide feedback on MVWSD’s Draft Strategic Plan Framework. All are welcome to come to attend SSC meetings.  If you would like to join us, please use this link to register in advance of the meeting.

Digital Citizenship Lessons

Our children are using internet-enabled devices every day for entertainment and for school work. But are they using them safely and appropriately?

To help them learn about tech safety and responsibility, students will participate in 3-7 lessons throughout the year on Digital Citizenship depending on their grade level. MVWSD will be using Common Sense Media's curriculum on Nearpod to enable teachers to deliver the Digital Citizenship lessons. Many parents are familiar with Common Sense Media, a non-profit that provides independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.

The lessons are divided into age-appropriate levels - primary, intermediate and middle school - with interactive content. Some of the topics students will cover are identity theft, safe searches, privacy, cyberbullying, and appropriate communication.


Parents can view examples of lessons at Common Sense Media, under the “educators” tab: https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship

Technology Support (Repeat Information)

If you are having problems with the chromebook you can contact: support@mvwsd.org to create a ServiceNow ticket or call the Tech Department at (650) 526-3252.

PACT Foundation Updates

ImPACT 

ImPACT Lessons start the week of October 12.  Lessons will be both asynchronous and synchronous with every grade level approaching the lesson chunks a bit differently.  We kick off with RESILIENCE.  Our ImPACT team would like to invite you to participate in:


“Blacktop Discussion”

Tuesday, October 20: 8:00-9:00

  • We will be reviewing some of these emotion coaching ideas and offering opportunities for conversation around challenges/successes with our children. 
  • Register in advance for this meeting: https://pausd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrfuuppz0iGdNQ_zzp8pyndFlsRAjkOSMQ 
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you forget to register, that’s okay too, it will just help us plan!

WAT - STINGRAY GO!

Scavenger Hunts: We hope everyone had a great time with Route 1 (and thanks for your patience as we continue to tweak stuff).   Route 2 will be posted tomorrow on the WAT Website. Please remember to wear masks and follow social distance guidelines.  Also, don't forget to share photos too! For privacy reasons we can not put this on the Walkathon page.  https://photos.app.goo.gl/qYnv5T4JNF2g3fHK8.  (The link will also be in Pacthub in the Walkathon section.)

Calendar

Wednesday, October 14th at 4:30pm - School Site Council Meeting

Monday, October 19th at 5:30pm - DELAC (District English Language Advisory Committee)

Tuesday, October 20th at 8:00pm - ImPACT “Blacktop Discussion” 

Thursday, October 22nd from 6:00pm - 10:00pm- Board of Trustees Meeting

Friday, October 23rd- Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph

Thursday, October 29th from 9:00-10:00am- Principal’s Coffee

MVWSD News

Together We Are a Better MVWSD: Special edition: ELECTION!  

Mountain View Whisman School District embraces its role in establishing its commitment to equity in our district. As part of our "Together We Are a Better MVWSD" series, here is a special edition on the Nov. 3 election.

Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. Many people in countries around the world do not have the same freedom, nor did many Americans in centuries past. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights. We celebrate the upcoming election cycle by publishing materials for teachers and parents that promote civic engagement amongst students and give resources to parents about how to secure their participation in this year's election. Both the links and QR codes will take you directly to the recommended resources.

 

For a closer look at this graphic, please see attached flyer or https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD

How you can protect yourself from COVID: Face masks

Wearing a face mask greatly reduces the chance that you and the people around you will come into contact with respiratory droplets that contain the COVID-19 virus. How you wear and clean masks are huge factors in their effectiveness. Our own MVWSD school nurse Melanie gives important tips in this video. Please review and practice with your family.

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Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” A Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom: http://mvw.sd/talk

For Black children, the “talk” about how to interact with police is a rite of passage. Join MVWSD for a panel discussion with parents, the Mountain View Police Department and other leaders about what this means for policing for all of our children and families in our community and schools. 

For more information about how MVWSD is working to support equity in our community, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about the City’s racial equity and inclusion efforts, please click here.


MVEF is proud to help bring Living Classroom to all of our school campuses.

Living Classroom brings environmental education for students in elementary and middle school.  Living Classroom started teaching students on 9/8 and taught 62 online lessons in September.


Living Classroom continues to maintain the school gardens for when garden-based outdoor learning can return to MVWSD, making education come alive and deepening students' connection with nature. Living Classroom lessons empower the next generation by growing environmental champions, inquisitive learners, and healthy eaters.  There are over 200 lessons planned for the fall in our schools.

Your donations to MVEF bring Living Classroom to every school in MVWSD! Donate today!  https://www.mvef.org/donate

“Enriching the Learning Experience” Symposium

The Santa Clara County Office of Education Parent Engagement team is pleased to announce our FREE virtual event "Enriching the Learning Experience: Vision for 2020 and Beyond" which will be held from 10:00am to Noon on Saturday, Oct 17 and 24, 2020. Together with 6th District PTA, we are putting together a Parent Engagement symposium for parents, students, pre-service teachers, classroom teachers, administrators, and liaisons to focus on student success. We have lined up a number of dynamic speakers and 10 workshops each day of the symposium. Here's a sneak peak of our workshops: 

  

Dr. Joyce Epstein, professor of education and director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University. She has over one hundred fifty publications, including School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, 4th edition (2019). Her Keynote will address school administrators in the area of parent engagement and her Workshop will address teachers and how they can involve parents in homework. 

  

Ruby Ibarra, local bay area COVID-19 researcher and hip-hop recording artist. Her Keynote will address parents and share her inspiring story of how to channel obstacles into opportunities. She will present a Spoken Word Writing Workshop for students! 

  

Gene Luen Yang, graphic novelist of American Born Chinese, Secret Coders, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Superman. In 2016, he was the Library of Congress's 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature; he was also the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant in that same year. His workshop for teachers will address adopting a rich, diverse reading curriculum for the classroom. 

 

A Financial Literacy Workshop series “Understanding Debt and How to Improve Your Credit Score,” “Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis,” and “Learning the Value of a Dollar” by Excite Credit Union will give good money management tips for students and adults alike.  

 

Registration is open! Visit “Enriching the Learning Experience” event Website to see all 10 workshop descriptions, speaker bios, and registration form.

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