Our Principal

Dr. Marcela S. Simões de Carvalho

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Gabriela Mistral Elementary School, home of the Quetzales.  Thank you for visiting our website!  Please feel free to contact me with questions you may have related to our school's Dual Immersion Program or what's going on in the Quetzal community.

At Gabriela Mistral, teachers and staff are dedicated to providing a high quality, dual language elementary education in an academically challenging, supporting and safe environment to all students from diverse backgrounds and experiences.   Our parents, families and the community are an integral part of what we do.  

I have worked in public education for over twenty years.  I immigrated to the US with my family as a child.  Prior to becoming principal, I worked previously as a bilingual and dual immersion teacher in our school district.  Education is my passion.  I am a National Board Certified teacher, speak Spanish and Portuguese fluently and hold a doctorate in education.  I have taught at local universities preparing teacher candidates in literacy and multi-cultural and bilingual education.  I also served as a Dual Immersion Master Teacher with the Stanford Teacher Education Program.  I recently traveled to Uruguay to participate in a US State Department Fulbright educator exchange program.  My son was also proud to be a Gabriel Mistral Quetzal!


Marcela S. Simões de Carvalho, Ed.D., NBCT

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

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Great job 4th grade!

You have done an amazing job beautifying our campus. Keep up the good work!

As part of a school wide effort to keep our school campus clean and demonstrate our school pride, all grade level classes at Mistral rotate weekly to pick up trash. Teachers can choose any day of the week and time to go out as a class to pick up trash for 5 minutes in any area of the campus. Our school will provide disposable plastic gloves for kids to use. Go Mistral!


Are you Clever?

Did you know your student can access all their favorite online learning apps at home through Clever? If you kid loves Khan Academy, GoMath or EduTyping or if they need access to their Google Drive, they can access it all at home through Clever.

You can access Clever from your web browser by going to: https://clever.com/login/

Find our school "Mistral Elementary School" then your student can login with Google using their school e-mail (username@mvwsd.net) and password (the same one they use on the Chromebooks at school).

Once they login to Clever they will have access to all the same apps they can access from their Chromebook and they will be automatically logged into all their accounts.

Here is a video if you need more help with the process: https://youtu.be/nb5Y8RWQowA

Clever is also availible as an app for your ipad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clever-instant-login/id1134186971?mt=8

But what about ST Math?

Clever does not include ST Math, but don't worry your students can still play with JiJi by going to:  https://web.stmath.com/

Your student will need to remember their whole visual password to login, if it's not working you may need to enter our school's activation code (MIS798-L7C-LY-EYN)  or it could be that your kinder hasn't learned their entire password yet.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Posted by dviramontes on October 25, 2017

Keep it Fun - Not Scary!
No Scary Costumes at School on Halloween

Please note that both Castro and Mistral will not allow clown costumes to be worn at school during Halloween.  Also, students are not allowed to wear scary, gory costumes (Scream, zombie, monster, etc.) and neither are fake weapons allowed at school (leave the pirate sword at home, etc.)  For those who are new to us, this school has a long-standing tradition of not doing scary costumes to avoid traumatizing the younger students.


Mini-Halloween Parade @ Mistral

Due to all of the activities related to construction on our campus, Mistral will hold a mini-Halloween parade in the MUR. Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate Halloween dress up instructions and details related to classroom activities. If you do not want your child to participate in any activities related to Halloween, please let the classroom teacher know so the school can make alternate arrangements for your student.   


Kids in Costume Parade Across the Stage Schedule

  • 1:15 to 2:00 - Kinders, 2nd and 5th

  • 2:15 to 3:00 - 1st, 3rd and 4th   


Principal Coffee

Friday, November 3rd

Location: Staff Lounge

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.





Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Posted by dviramontes on September 29, 2017

Principal's Message Sep 27, 2017

Parent Teacher Conferences Start Monday, Oct. 9th.

Conference week begins on Monday, October 9th.  It is a minimum day all week long. Each classroom will have an online parent-teacher conference schedule. This will be emailed out Thursday, September 28th. Parents will sign up for a date and time via a link that is emailed to you by the SignUp Genius link. You may only sign up for one time slot, unless you have more than one child in the same classroom.  The system will send an automatic email reminder for your scheduled appointment(s).

Principal Coffee

Friday, October 6th

Teacher’s Lounge

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.



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Monthly Quetzal Award and Spirit Rally “Crazy Hair Day!”


Thursday 10/5/17 - 8:40a.m. in the MUR

Quetzal Spirit rallies are held in the MUR

Kinder through 5th Grade: 8:40 a.m. to 9:00a.m.

During the assembly, we will recite our school poem, review our school-wide expectations, recognize model Quetzales.

The results of the Summer Reading Challenge will be announced at the next Quetzal Spirit rally on 10/5.2017.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Posted by dviramontes on September 6, 2017

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Monthly Quetzal Award and Spirit Rally

Thursday 09/07/17 - 8:40a.m. in the MUR

Quetzal Spirit rallies are held in the MUR

Kinder through 5th Grade: 8:40 a.m. to 9:00a.m.

During the assembly, we will recite our school poem, review our school-wide expectations, recognize model Quetzales.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on May 31, 2017


Mistral Soar into Summer Reading Challenge

 It is official Mistral students are excited about the Quetzal Soar into Summer Reading Challenge!  This is what you need to do to participate:

Step 1: Sign up at the Mountain View Public Library Summer reading challenge.  Make sure you select Mistral as your school when you register.  https://mountainview.beanstack.org/reader365

Step 2:  Set a realistic reading goal.  Researchers have determined that reading 20 minutes a day is what needs to happen to avoid learning loss over the summer.  In grades 1 to 3 students should read at least 15 books.  In grades 4 & 5 reading between 5-8 chapter books over the summer is a realistic goal. Work with your child to figure out how many books they can read over the 68 days of summer break.

Step 3: Log the titles of the books you read in the MV Library summer reading system.  It is really easy.  As you type in the title the system identifies the book and enters all the information for you!

Step 4:  Stay motivated and reach your goal! During the summer break join in on some of the fun we have planned.  We want to hear about the books you are reading.

  • Summer Reading Kickoff @ MVPL/Pioneer Park on Thursday, June 8 6pm - 8 pm.  See Ms. Mabey at a table inside the children's section from 6 - 6:30pm with a selection of good books; then head outside at 6:30 for cake (provided by MV Library) and picnic (Bring Your Own) and listen to Andy Z at 7!

6/15, 2:30pm to 3:15pm, KENN ADAMS ADVENTURE THEATER
7/6, 2:30pm to 3:15, HAPPY BIRDS

  • Rengstorff Park “Reading on the Green”, 8/4, 2:00pm to 3:30pm, bring a blanket, snacks and your book!
  • Mobile Library at Mistral - Read-aloud will be at 5pm, on the grass in front of the office.  
  • Tuesday June 13, 20, & 27.
Fall 2017 School-wide Celebration - Depending on how many students reach their summer reading goal we have three different celebrations planned.


  • If 50% of students reach their reading goal the Principal will dress up and ride a tricycle around school all day!
  • If 75% of students reach their reading goal, students will Slime the Principal!
  • If 100% of students reach their reading goal, students will Duct-tape the Principal to the wall!


Reclassification Ceremony

Last week I attended the district reclassification ceremony held at Crittenden Middle School. 254 students from across our district were recognized by the Mayor of Mountain View, our trustees and district office administrators.  Together with friends and families we celebrated this impressive educational milestone.  Mistral proudly reclassified twelve students this year!  

It was a wonderful event filled with special touches introduced by our instructional leaders in the English Learner department this year, making the evening very special for the children and families.  There were international ambassadors from all of our schools who welcomed the audience speaking in their native language, a young singer who sang the National Anthem, a photographer who took an individual picture of each reclassified student as they walked off the stage, speeches and cupcakes at the end!  The event truly honored our multicultural communities and demonstrated to students how much our district values and respects their commitment to learning and cultural heritage.

I want to share a conversation I had with one Mistral 4th grade student who was sitting next to me at the ceremony.  As our Superintendent delivered his speech in Spanish she whispered to me, "Wow, I am so proud of him.  He is so brave to get up in front of all these people and talk in Spanish.  He is doing really well.  I mean I am really proud of him!  He has only been learning Spanish for a year?! That is great.  I hope he is proud of himself too!"  I think she said it all.

I know everyone shares the same feeling of pride when reflecting on how their own student demonstrates daily that they are not only risk-takers, but also fearless learners standing tall as they learn two languages.  It was fabulous to see our district leader, Dr. Rudolf, standing tall and showing all of the children that he too is a language learner and is brave, and fearless just like them!

To our district leaders I want to publicly “thank you” for all you do everyday to support our students.  From all of the families and children at Mistral “thank you” for organizing such a lovely reclassification ceremony this year.  Your work makes a difference and we appreciate your commitment and value our partnership!  


Building Our School: Staffing

The ultimate goal of Gabriela Mistral School is to provide the best academic experience for our students in a safe and positive atmosphere.  As a new school with an evolving culture entering its third year, we should continue to look at data, work with our students, and collaborate with our parents / community to continue to learn, grow and achieve.

Data suggest that Mistral has a tremendous opportunity for growth as it develops into a model DI school. In 2015, our school participated in a School Quality Review that provided specific areas of improvement with recommendations on how to move forward.  This year, Hanover Research conducted a two-part study of Best Practices of Dual Language schools, and a longitudinal study of student achievement of our DI graduates. These documents have been used with staff, school leadership groups and by me to set the school priorities. Additionally, I have considered data from state and local assessment results, formal and informal class observations, KidTalk and Student Study Team meetings and student/community survey results.

After seeking teacher input, reviewing the data and listening to feedback, I have taken great care to balance teacher strengths to maximize educators’ unique skills and experiences.  This will provide the best possible education for students throughout all Mistral’s grades.

I will update the Mistral school community on classroom staffing in August. I appreciate your commitment to our school community.  I look forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children achieve their highest potential.  

 Attachment/Link: Hanover study: Best Practices in Dual Language Immersion Programs,Hanover study: Dual Immersion Program Evaluation, Mistral School Quality Review.

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Wow Mistral Kids Have Got Talent!

What a great show today!  Thank you to Madame Foobottomme and her assistants who helped coordinate and run our annual talent show.


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5th Grade Clap Out Line

The 5th grade Clap Out line will take place on the black top and through the hallways at 8:45am on Monday 6/5.  Please feel free to come by and join our line up and give our 5th graders a high five, a woo hoo and we’re gonna miss you as they make their way to the promotion ceremony in the MUR!

Monday, June 5th, 2017
Promotion Ceremony and Reception: 9:00am – 10:25am
Location: MUR
PLEASE ARRIVE BY 8:30 a.m. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp.
School Schedule, regular day: 8:30am – 3:10pm

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Monday, June 5th, 1:45pm
Bring your umbrellas and raincoats to watch the first annual 5th Graders vs Mistral Staff Wet Sponge Relay games.  Come watch as 5th grade students and the Mistral faculty race against the clock to fill their buckets with water using a sponge.  Guaranteed to make you smile and you might get a little wet too!  


Last Day of School is Tuesday, June 6th
Dismissal at 12:25pm

Please recall that our campus must be clear of students and families by 1:00pm on Tuesday.  Staff located in the finger wings must be completely packed as the contracted movers will arrive on campus to move boxes and classroom furniture into the storage containers. Contractors will also be preparing the school grounds to install the construction fencing all around the main portions of our campus.  CLICK HERE FOR OUR SUMMER CONSTRUCTION MAP

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on May 17, 2017

Principal Message May 17, 2017


Research tells us that when students don’t read for two months their skills regress.  Reading is a skill which requires practice, just like baseball or math facts.  Summer reading helps students of all ages keep their skills sharp so they are ready when school begins again in the fall. Reading throughout the summer not only enhances basic reading skills of young students, it creates unique opportunities for learning, exploring, and growing.  On Thursday we will have a short assembly to kick off our Quetzales Soar into Summer Reading Challenge.  Be on the lookout for more details about how your child can keep up their reading skills and Soar into Summer Reading.  Next September, we will have a special recognition assembly and celebration for all students who participate in the summer reading challenge.



Spanish Reading Tool!


I am excited to share that we are providing students access to a new online Spanish reading tool.  Currently we are evaluating the product, Istation Español, as part of a before and after school intervention class at Mistral.  We have selected a small group of students in 1st and 2nd grade whose families have given permission to participate in our intervention program.  The great news is that the program is free to our school and accessible to all of our students K-5 through July 31st.  Students who are not part of the before or after school intervention must complete the Spanish ISIP placement test at school before having access off campus.  Upon completion, students will be placed at the appropriate level and able to begin a lesson in the system.  Below you will find instructions on how to download the app if you would like your child to use the program at home.  Your child will login using their Google school username and password.  The iStation Español program will be available to students until 7/31/2017.

Click here for instructions





Fidget Spinners Not Allowed On Campus


Fidget spinners have become extremely popular. So popular, in fact, they are now causing problems here at school. They have become a disruption in the classroom therefore, FIDGET SPINNERS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED AT MISTRAL SCHOOL. Please leave them at home. They cannot be in desks, backpacks, pockets, or anywhere else at school. They will be confiscated. If students need a fidget to concentrate, and this is part of their IEP or 504 the school will provide one of a different variety.





June 5th, 2017

School Schedule, regular day: 8:30am – 3:10pm

Promotion Ceremony and Reception: 9:00am – 10:25am

Location: MUR

PLEASE ARRIVE BY 8:45 a.m. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp.

The 5th grade Clap Out line will take place on the black top and through the school corridors at 8:45am.  Please feel free to come by and join our line up and give our promoted 5th graders a high five, a woo hoo and we’re gonna miss you




Tues Apr 25 -  

Fri May 19

Various Times

State Testing (3rd - 5th Grade)

Thu May 18

Thu May 18

Thu May 18

8:30am - 9:00am


4:00pm - 5:30pm

Summer Reading Assembly - MUR

Talent Show auditions - MUR

SSC/ELAC Meeting - RM# 6

Fri May 19

Fri May 19

9:00am - 1:30pm

4:00pm - 8:00pm

Stanford Dream 4 college field trip RM# 13 & 14

Family Math Night - MUR

Mon May 22


Age of Sail Departure RM# 108/109

Tue May 23


Return from Age of Sail RM# 108/109

Wed May 24

Wed May 24

Wed May 24

Wed May 24

All Day


6:30pm - 8:00pm

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Walk/Bike to School

Age of Sail Departure RM# 108/109

Reclassification Ceremony - Crittenden Sports Complex

PTA Meeting - Staff Lounge

Thu May 25

Thu May 25

Thu May 25



5:30pm - 6:30pm

Return from Age of Sail RM# 108/109

5th Grade Visit to Crittenden

CSMA 5th Grade Gala Band Concert

Fri May 26

Fri May 26

Firi May 26

Fri May 26

7:00am - 9:00am




Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast - MUR

5th Grade Visit to Graham

End of 3rd Trimester - MINIMUM DAY

Talent Show dress rehearsal - MUR

Making sugar skulls on Día de los Muertos with my son.