Community News Dec 13, 2017
Mark your Calendar for the Next Book Meeting:
Thursday, January 4th
8:30am or 6:30pm
Book: When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really, Angry...
Theme: We all get angry, but we can stop, think, and choose our reaction
MVHS Sports Boosters 4th Annual Christmas Tree lot
Don't miss the MVHS Sports Boosters 4th Annual Christmas Tree lot featuring "high quality fresh cut #1 grade" trees from Oregon.
Located at the Mountain View High School Stadium
3535 Truman Ave
Mountain View, CA
Hours of Operation:
Saturdays and Sundays 11am-8pm
Staffed by our MVHS athletes, performing arts students and parents
Buy a tree and support your students. All proceeds go to MVHS Sports Boosters to benefit the athletic and performing arts programs.
Registration Deadline for Math Kangaroo is Dec 15
The 2018 International Math Kangaroo is Coming to Mistral!. The registration deadline for Math Kangaroo is approaching on December 15 and we still have plenty of available seats.
If you’re not sure whether your child is ready to participate in this math Olympiad, you should try out some of the free sample contest problems available here: http://www.mathkangaroo.org/mk/practice.html
Math Kangaroo is widely recognized by math enrichment educators and colleges as a valuable venue for honing creative problem solving skills. Math Kangaroo is one of the "top four international competitions" recommended by the Russian School of Mathematics, alongside the American Mathematics Contest (and International Math Olympiad held by the Mathematics Association of America), the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), and the International Math Contest (by the Russian School of Mathematics). See: http://blog.russianschool.com/five-facts-about-math-kangaroo and http://blog.russianschool.com/guide-to-math-competitions
What’s more, in addition to gaining valuable experience with a low-stakes competitive test-taking environment and gaining pride in one’s efforts, all participants will win prizes. Each participant receives a t-shirt, pencil, test booklet, and certificate. Students who finish in the top 3 for the nation receive bronze, silver, and gold medals. Kids who place in the top 20 for the state receive additional prizes such as gift cards, or other items. For kids in grades 1-4, getting on the top 20 list usually means answering upwards of 19 out of the 24 questions correctly. Top 20 finishers will have their names published on the Math Kangaroo website.
If you’re planning to participate, please take a moment this week to complete the registration process. The new registration platform that Math Kangaroo is using has several steps.
To register, go to http://www.mathkangaroo.org/mk/default.html. Confirm your email, then register your child using the school's private site code. Please note that everyone registering will need a private registration code from firstname.lastname@example.org to complete the registration process.
Forms for financial and registration assistance are also available in the front office.
Living Classroom Winter Volunteer Training!
Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms (in all 8 Mountain View Whisman elementary schools) with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!
Last year we reached thousands of students and taught over 550 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Volunteering with Living Classroom is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching or gardening experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature with students? We would love to have you on board! Consider attending our upcoming winter training sessions:
Monday, January 8th (9:00 a.m to noon)
Agenda: kindergarten lesson (9-10:00), 3rd grade lessons (10:00-noon)
Monday, January 22nd (9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.)
Stevenson PACT School
Conference Room D
Agenda: 4th grade lesson (9-10:00), 5th grade lesson (10-11:00)
KCI Design and Programming Camp for Students: December 18 - 21
The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College is offering students the chance to flex their creativity while enjoying a variety of challenging activities during this hands-on camp, including game creation, engineering design projects, and programming. Each student will take home several projects, including their own Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey. Taught by instructors with engineering and coding expertise, this four-day camp is appropriate for students grades 6 – 10 as they can work individually or in teams.
Registration Cost: After November 22: $799
Materials Fee: $100. Students will receive Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey kits to use during the camp and take home, as well as other maker materials.
Register at De Anza Community Education: http://bit.ly/2z4nAoN
Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 5: What parents need to know
For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 5-February 2 online. You can register your child for the 2018-19 school year when online registration opens on January 5 here: www.mvwsd.org/register
District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School,505 Escuela Ave.
School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 for all elementary schools.
New student information nights at Mistral Elementary (Spanish-English dual immersion program) and Stevenson Elementary (parent participation program) are on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. These nights are a good opportunity to learn about a specific elementary school or program.
For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January. Parents may complete a school transfer request application online January 5 - February 2.
For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go towww.mvwsd.org/register.
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