Welcome, Mistral is a very special place!
Gabriela Mistral Elementary School is one of seven elementary schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District. We have a Spanish-English Dual Immersion Program that is a Parent Choice program drawing students from throughout the Mountain View Whisman District. We serve Kindergarten through fifth grade and are in high demand.
Mistral was formerly the Dual Immersion program at Mariano Castro Elementary School. The program was split out as a stand-alone school by the Mountain View Whisman School Distract in the Summer of 2015, so that the neighborhood English only program and the Dual Immersion program could have the space and freedom to grow and develop independently. The two schools are housed on the same campus.
Mistral is a linguistically and culturally vibrant school, where students and parents of diverse backgrounds are accepted and valued. A dedicated staff, community and families work together for the success of every child. We strive for academic excellence and work diligently to maintain a warm, family-centered environment of mutual support.
The Mistral community is dedicated to developing the full potential of all students and preparing them for success in life. This is Mistral Pride.
Who was Gabriela Mistral?
Gabriela Mistral was a pseudonym for Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga, who was born in Vicuña, Chile. The daughter of a dilettante poet, she began to write poetry as a village schoolteacher after a passionate romance with a railway employee who committed suicide. She taught elementary and secondary school for many years until her poetry made her famous. She played an important role in the educational systems of Mexico and Chile, was active in cultural committees of the League of Nations, and was Chilean consul in Naples, Madrid, and Lisbon. Learn more about Gabriela Mistral
Gabriela Mistral received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945 and to this day she is the only woman from Latin America to have received it. She was a dedicated educator and an engaged and committed intellectual, Mistral defended the rights of children, women, and the poor; the freedoms of democracy; and the need for peace in times of social, political, and ideological conflicts, not only in Latin America but in the whole world. She always took the side of those who were mistreated by society: children, women, Native Americans, Jews, war victims, workers, and the poor, and she tried to speak for them through her poetry, her many newspaper articles, her letters, and her talks and actions as Chilean representative in international organizations. Above all, she was concerned about the future of Latin America and its peoples and cultures, particularly those of the native groups. See http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/gabriela-mistral for more information.
Our school has partnered with the Gabriela Mistral Foundation in NY. The foundation is helping our school learn more about Gabriela Mistral, and has donated a book about her life and some photos for our school. Please click here to be directed to a website with poems written by Gabriela Mistral. If you would like to watch a short educational YouTube video that teaches a few things about poetry please follow this link About Poetry (in Spanish with a poem by Gabriela Mistral.)