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Dear Stingray Parents,

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week.  We have some of the most amazing and dedicated teachers right here at Stevenson! Each day I am impressed with the level of care and instruction our teachers provide to our students each day.  As we have transitioned to distance learning, they have not missed and beat.  I am truly thankful to work alongside a fantastic group of teachers.  

To our teachers, thank you for all you do for our Stingray students and families!!!

MVWSD is Planning For Reopening for the 2020-21 School Year

These plans will cover 14 dimensions: Governance, Health and Wellness, Equity, Curriculum, Human Capital, Nutrition, Facilities, Operations, Instruction, Resurgence, Enrollment, Communication, Technology, Finance. We'll define operations under each stage of reopening: Schools closed, Targeted opening, Open with Restrictions, Full opening using guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. 

To view the presentation to the Board of Trustees, please click here

Next steps include: Activate the Reopening Task Force (composed of teachers, classified staff and administrators); continue to adapt our Distance Learning Plan; and get feedback from our stakeholders.

The goal is to adapt our learning environment for any scenario and make it nimble enough to adjust in the event that COVID-19 resurges later in the year. We will work with all stakeholders to vet the viability of any options. This is a community public health crisis, and we need community feedback

Seeking members: School Reopening Focus Groups

MVWSD is seeking representative groups of parents, students, teachers, and staff members for school reopening focus groups. Four volunteers are needed per school site. The focus groups will explore desires and concerns for school reopening. 

Focus groups will meet twice (once in May and again in June) and each group will focus on a stage:  Schools closed, Targeted opening, Open with Restrictions, Full opening. To apply to be a focus group member, please complete an application found here by May 16 or contact your school principal.

Virtual Principal’s Coffee - Thursday, May 7th at 2:30pm

Tomorrow, I will be hosting our first Virtual Principal’s Coffee at 2:30pm.  Please note, this is a change of time that was communicated in last week’s newsletter.

To join our Principal’s Coffee, please use this link to pre-register.

I look forward to connecting with parents to discuss end of year topics and distance learning.

School Site Council Meeting - Wednesday, May 13th at 3:30pm

We will be holding our next School Site Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 13th at 3:30pm.  Our school site council members will be discussing reopening planning and an update on our School Site Plan.  Please email Principal Santiago if you are interested in joining our next SSC meeting.

Chromebooks and Internet

Our district will continue distributing Chromebooks to students in need. Please contact Mr. Santiago if your family is without an internet-ready device.

Families who need free or low-cost internet access can connect to free wifi in some schools’ parking lots, or get internet from AT&T and Comcast. Please click here for more information:


Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


  • Monday - Friday: Breakfast and lunch available to youth 18 or younger from 11:30 am to 1 pm at Gabriela Mistral Elementary, 505 Escuela Ave.

  • April 29 - May 8th: Middle School Electives Selection for 5th graders for 20-21 school year

  • May 7th at 2:30pm - Virtual Principal’s Coffee

  • May 13th at 3:30pm - School Site Council Meeting 


The Santa Clara County Office of Education has developed a Parent Support Webinar series just for parents who have questions on how they can support their kids with learning

Free Parent Support Webinar series:

May 7      Episode 1: Maintaining a Healthy, Balanced Family Life 

May 14    Episode 2: Reading Comprehension Support

May 21    Episode 3: Writing Development Support

May 28    Episode 4: Academic Content Support

Audience: Parents & Educators

Dates: Thursdays in May 2020

Time: 1-1:30 PM, PST

Join Live:

Cost: Free

La Oficina de Educación del Condado de Santa Clara ha desarrollado una serie de seminarios web de apoyo para padres solo para padres que tienen preguntas sobre cómo pueden apoyar a sus hijos con el aprendizaje.

Serie de seminarios web gratuitos de apoyo para padres:

7 de mayo Episodio 1: Mantener una vida familiar sana y equilibrada

14 de mayo Episodio 2: Apoyo de comprensión lectora

21 de mayo Episodio 3: Apoyo al desarrollo de la escritura

28 de mayo Episodio 4: Soporte de contenido académico

Audiencia: padres y educadores

Fechas: jueves de mayo de 2020

Hora: 1-1: 30 PM, PST

Únete en vivo:


Distance Learning Tips

Here are a few tips that might help you and your student with Distance Learning. Do you have any tried and true methods of helping your students’ school days be more efficient and your family’s life a little easier? Share them here.

Giving choice and voice: When looking at the assignments given for the day, have your child choose which ones he or she would like to do first, second, etc.  Giving choice and voice to your child will give him/her independence as well as confidence to do the work.

Divide and conquer: When working on the assignments, chunk the work into small, manageable pieces.  Have your child work for 15-20 minutes and then have them do a preferred activity (coloring, legos, etc.) for 5 minutes and then back to the assignment for another 15-20 minutes. Setting a timer or cell phone reminder is a helpful auditory “cue” for you and your student to take a break and check on each other.

Use your tools: Before starting the day, talk about which tools your child will use for the day.  He or she can use the courage “tool” to persevere through the assignments or the “breathing” tool when something is difficult or tough to manage.

Kids are stuck on a question? Your child’s teachers’ have office hours Monday through Thursday to answer questions from families or students. This is a great time for your child to connect with his/her teacher, and practice speaking to adults and asking for help.  (Teachers are not available 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to allow you, students, and staff to take care of other matters and our own families)


Consejos de aprendizaje a distancia

Aquí hay algunos consejos que pueden ayudarlo a usted y a su estudiante con el aprendizaje a distancia. ¿Tiene algún método probado y verdadero para ayudar a que los días escolares de sus estudiantes sean más eficientes y la vida de su familia sea un poco más fácil? Compártelas aquí.

Dando elección y voz: Cuando mire las tareas asignadas para el día, haga que su hijo elija cuáles le gustaría hacer primero, segundo, etc. Darle elección y voz a su hijo le dará independencia y también confianza para hacer el trabajo.

Divide y vencerás: Cuando trabajes en las tareas, divide el trabajo en piezas pequeñas y manejables. Haga que su hijo trabaje durante 15-20 minutos y luego pídales que hagan una actividad preferida (colorear, legos, etc.) durante 5 minutos y luego volver a la tarea por otros 15-20 minutos. Establecer un temporizador o un recordatorio de teléfono celular es una "señal" auditiva útil para que usted y su estudiante tomen un descanso y se controlen mutuamente.

Use sus herramientas: Antes de comenzar el día, hable sobre las herramientas que usará su hijo para el día. Él o ella puede usar la "herramienta" de valor  para perseverar en las tareas o la herramienta de "respiración" cuando algo es difícil o difícil de manejar.

Los niños están atrapados en una pregunta? Los maestros de su hijo tienen horario de oficina de lunes a jueves para responder preguntas de familias o estudiantes. Este es un buen momento para que su hijo se conecte con su maestro y practique hablar con adultos y pedir ayuda. (Los maestros no están disponibles de 11:30 a.m. a 1:30 p.m. para permitir que usted, los estudiantes y el personal se encarguen de otros asuntos y de nuestras propias familias)

Use your PowerSchool Parent Portal Access to select Electives for 2020-2021

Beginning April 29, 2020, incoming middle school parents will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to select their fifth- to seventh-graders’ elective choices for 2020-21. 


Please make sure you have access to the PowerSchool Parent Portal now by logging on to  You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal for elective selection, grades, assignments and attendance monitoring, and for downloading state test results.


If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office.

¡Padres entrantes de secundaria: Prepárese para elegir los cursos electivos para el 2020-21!


Use el Portal de Padres PowerSchool para la selección de electivos del 2020-2021


A partir del 29 de abril de 2020, los padres podrán entrar en el Portal de Padres PowerSchool para seleccionar los cursos electivos de sus estudiantes de 5º - 7º grados para el 2020-21. Recibirá un correo electrónico con instrucciones y un catálogo de cursos el 24 de abril.

¡Asegúrese de tener acceso al Portal de Padres PowerSchool ahora! Para revisar su acceso, ingrese a Utilizará el Portal de Padres PowerSchool para la selección de electivos, calificaciones, tareas, asistencia y los resultados de los exámenes estatales.

Si tiene problemas para iniciar sesión, póngase en contacto con su oficina escolar.

InPlay Home Activities

With extended time sheltering-in-place, InPlay, MVWSD's partner for out-of-school learning, has created a list of home-based, instructor-led programs offered by your favorite local providers to keep your students active and engaged! Please check it out.

Con tiempo extendido en el lugar, InPlay, socio de MVWSD para el aprendizaje fuera de la escuela, ha creado una lista de programas dirigidos por un instructor en el hogar que ofrecen sus proveedores locales favoritos para mantener a sus estudiantes activos y comprometidos. Por favor, míralo.


17AMICT is forging ahead and will be held this year despite COVID-19!  The tournament will be online this year and will be held Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 11:30 to 5:00.  Full instructions and registration are at  The registration deadline is May 29.  Come take part in one of the few events this school year going on as scheduled.  Contact Mark Ruzon, Tournament Director, at with any questions.


¡17 AMICT está avanzando y se llevará a cabo este año a pesar de COVID-19! El torneo estará en línea este año y se llevará a cabo el domingo 31 de mayo de 2020, de 11:30 a 5:00. Las instrucciones completas y el registro están en La fecha límite de inscripción es el 29 de mayo. Venga a participar en uno de los pocos eventos que este año escolar se llevará a cabo según lo programado. Póngase en contacto con Mark Ruzon, Director del torneo, en con cualquier pregunta.

Free, low cost internet for students

We think that it’s important that each of our students has one Internet-ready device (laptop, iPad, etc)  in their house for distance learning schoolwork.  There are several ways you can access free/or low cost internet to connect students' Chromebooks. Please see the attached flyer or click on

Internet gratuito y de bajo costo para estudiantes

Creemos que es importante que cada uno de nuestros estudiantes tenga un dispositivo electrónico listo para Internet (computadora portátil, iPad, etc.) en su casa para el trabajo escolar a la distancia. Hay varias formas de acceder Internet gratis o de bajo costo para conectar los Chromebooks de los estudiantes. Por favor revise el folleto que está adjunto o haga clic en

MV Parent U: "Angst," raising anxiety awareness

MV Parent U presents "Angst," a 56-minute film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and treatments on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 6:00 PM - Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:00 PM.

Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

To reserve your free spot for this online event, please register here by May 6 at noon:

MV Parent U presenta "Angst," generando conciencia sobre la ansiedad

Proyección en la red de la película, "Angst" en miércoles, mayo 6, 2020, 6:00 PM - miércoles, mayo 13, 2020, 9:00 PM.

MV Parent U presenta "Angst", una película de 56 minutos  que explora la ansiedad, sus causas, efectos y tratamientos.  Sobre este evento, Angst presenta entrevistas sinceras con niños y adultos jóvenes que sufren o han sufrido ansiedad y lo que han aprendido al respecto.  La película incluye debates con expertos en salud mental sobre la causas de la ansiedad y sus efectos fisiológicos, así como ayuda, recursos y herramientas.  

Para reservar su lugar gratuito para este evento en línea, regístrese aquí antes del 6 de mayo al mediodía:

Google grants $200,000 for MVWSD students

MVEF is grateful for Google’s longtime commitment to public education and partnership with our District and foundation. Google recently donated $200,000 during COVID-19 school closure to ensure MVWSD students stay on track with their learning.

As MVWSD assessed the technological needs in our community made even more clear by the COVID-19 school closure, it’s clear the digital divide still exists. Even after the District distributed 900 Chromebooks this year, almost 10% (615) of our students still need a device, and 5% (247) students still need internet access. Google immediately stepped up with a $100,000 grant to provide technology for students, primarily internet hotspots and laptops, to enable our students to access assignments and online conferences with their teachers during distance learning.  

Additionally, MVEF was awarded an additional $100,000 grant from Google to fund STEM initiatives next year at MVWSD’s schools, ensuring MVEF can continue to help fund essential Next Generation Science Standards, hands-on science programming at every school. 

Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph shared his gratitude. “We are in uncharted waters in which our daily methods of instruction look very different.  Our students and parents continue to look for a sense of normalcy during remote learning and sheltering in place.  Despite all of the uncertainty, I am grateful that we can continue to count on MVEF and Google as great community advocates and corporate sponsors.  They not only answered our call to reduce the digital divide in our community, but also demonstrated that our path forward through these trying times is together.  On behalf of all of our students, I want to thank MVEF for their continued advocacy, and Google for their continued commitment to our students and community,” he said. 

MVEF and MVWSD express its deep appreciation for Google, and for the company’s willingness to help provide an excellent education to all of our children in Mountain View.

Google otorga $ 200,000 para estudiantes de MVWSD

MVEF agradece el compromiso de largo tiempo de Google con la educación pública y la asociación con nuestro Distrito y nuestra fundación. Google donó recientemente $ 200,000 durante el cierre de la escuela COVID-19 para garantizar que los estudiantes de MVWSD mantengan el rumbo de su aprendizaje.

A medida que MVWSD evaluó las necesidades tecnológicas en nuestra comunidad que se hicieron aún más claras por el cierre de la escuela COVID-19, está claro que la brecha digital aún existe. Incluso después de que el Distrito distribuyó 900 Chromebooks este año, casi el 10% (615) de nuestros estudiantes aún necesitan un dispositivo, y el 5% (247) estudiantes aún necesitan acceso a Internet. Google de inmediato donó una subvención de $ 100,000 para proporcionar tecnología a los estudiantes, principalmente puntos de acceso a Internet y computadoras portátiles, para que nuestros estudiantes puedan acceder a las tareas y conferencias en línea con sus maestros durante el aprendizaje a distancia.

Además, MVEF recibió $100,000 adicionales para financiar iniciativas STEM el próximo año en las escuelas de MVWSD, asegurando que MVEF pueda continuar ayudando a financiar los estándares esenciales de ciencia de próxima generación, la programación práctica de ciencias en cada escuela.

El superintendente Dr. Ayindé Rudolph compartió su gratitud. “Estamos en aguas desconocidas en las que nuestros métodos diarios de instrucción se ven muy diferentes. Nuestros estudiantes y padres continúan buscando una sensación de normalidad durante el aprendizaje remoto y el refugio en el lugar. A pesar de toda la incertidumbre, estoy agradecido de que podamos seguir contando con MVEF y Google como grandes defensores de la comunidad y patrocinadores corporativos. No solo respondieron a nuestro llamado para reducir la brecha digital en nuestra comunidad, sino que también demostraron que nuestro camino hacia adelante en estos tiempos difíciles es juntos. En nombre de todos nuestros estudiantes, quiero agradecer a MVEF por su continua defensa y a Google por su continuo compromiso con nuestros estudiantes y la comunidad ”, dijo.

MVEF y MVWSD expresan su profundo aprecio por Google y por la disposición de la compañía de ayudar a proporcionar una educación excelente a todos nuestros niños en Mountain View.

Emotional, logistics support resources for families

Our School Community Engagement Facilitators have teamed up to provide a list of resources for families. Sheltering in place and not being in our regular routines of work and school can be hard on our emotional and mental health, in addition to making access to meals, rent payments and other typical activities more difficult.

Click here for info about help with meals, rent, legal issues, emotional support and more. (Spanish)

Click here for a Letter from CHAC about services and tele-health appointments during school closure.


From the City: Sign up to get regular COVID-19 updates

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