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January 17, 2018 17 de Enero de 2018 ARCHIVE

Do No Harm: Construction Update at Corner of Castro and El Camino

I have been working with Safe Moves to get updates about construction and the laws pertaining to driving/yielding to bicycles.

According to the City, the construction on Castro and Miramonte should be completed by end of February. Since there has been some changes in bike lines on Miramonte, the following question was raised:

What are the driver rules/suggestions about making a right turn on red from Miramonte turning onto Castro?


The requirement says that drivers should stay out of the bike lane when making their right turns onto Castro. In the near future, some rubber curbing will be installed to reinforce this requirement.

The law says, right turn on red is allowed, even when a bicyclist is in the lane. Through bicyclists will need to wait for the green light to proceed to continue on Miramonte. When the light is green, motorists will need to first yield to through moving bicyclists and any pedestrians before turning right.

We have close to 200 bike riders coming daily to school. It is important to safely share the road with our bicyclists. 

Do No Harm: Slime

Slime!  The latest tween craze has been damaging our school property, namely library books.  Books damaged by slime are the responsibility of the student to replace.  The Graham librarians would rather spend their school budget on exciting new books and unique enrichment opportunities for their readers, instead of replacing books and cleaning carpets and tables damaged by slime.  Please remind your students that slime needs to be kept contained and away from all school books and property.  Together we can!  

I Belong: Candyland Dance- January 26th 6:30-8:30

Be on the lookout for tickets going on sale for this fun dance. Thank you to our Leadership students and their advisor Ms. Mueller for all their creative and hard work planning for our terrific dances. If you students haven’t attended one of our dances, encourage them to come and have a great time.

Together We Can: Incoming 6th Grade Info Night

Spread the word: Incoming 6th Grade Information Night

January 24th from 6-8

Parents and students both are invited to this informative night.

Pursue Knowledge: State of the District Night

February 8, 6:30-8:30 @ Crittenden Middle School

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear about our district from Dr. Rudolph, our Superintendent. Please plan on coming. Choirs from both middle schools will be performing at this event.

Pursue Knowledge: Career College Day, February 10th

We are thrilled to host our second annual Career and College Day.

It is a going to be a great day and we hope you can join us.

You will have the opportunity to attend 2 different workshops and hear presenters talk about their own personal career journeys. 

There will be presenters from local colleges and high schools to talk about how students prepare for college.

Our Keynote speaker is Jose Antonio Vargas.  

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and media entrepreneur. 

In June 2011, the New York Times Magazine published an essay in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants as part of a follow-up cover story he wrote. He produced and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. 

He is a proud graduate of San Francisco State University (‘04), where he was named Alumnus of the Year in 2012, and Mountain View High School (‘00).

Together We Can: PTA Meeting with MVLAHS Principals

Our PTA will be hosting a Question and Answer evening with the Mountain View and Los Altos High School principals at the January 31st PTA meeting. It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to ask questions in a small setting.


Grab your Valentine and join MVEF at its largest fundraiser of the year on February 10th! Come dine, dance and bid on amazing auction items, all the while helping the Mountain View Educational Foundation reach their fundraising goal of $750,000. In our elementary schools, MVEF pays for all of the Community School of Music and Arts teachers, Living Classroom, hands-on science lessons, environmental field trips and leadership classes. MVEF funds all the afterschool athletics at Graham and Crittenden, as well extended-day electives. Every child at every school benefits from your support!  How to help?

- Join us at the Gala - learn more at

- Buy raffle tickets, contact Hafsa at if you are not sure where to purchase.

- Donate an item or experience to the Gala, contact

- Or come help at the event, contact

 We hope to see you at this amazing event.

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: “Raising Digital Natives” with Dr. Devorah Heitner

Parents today worry that kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of digital devices. Often, adults are less conscious about what they are modelling with their own relationship with technology. Drawing from the latest research, Dr. Heitner provides gems of guidance to help parents become confident digital media mentors to texters, gamers and social media users from childhood to young adulthood. You’ll learn what it is like for kids to grow up in a world where school experiences, family life and friendships are all shaped by digital connection—and how you can share your own lifetime of social wisdom to mentor your children in their digital world.

Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 pm at Los Altos High School Eagle Theater

Audience: K-12 parents, teachers and other caretakers

To register, 
please click here.



1/18 Site Council Meeting 4:30 PM

1/24 Incoming 6th Grade Information Night 6:00 PM

1/26 Winter Dance 6:30 PM

1/31 PTA Meeting w/High Schools Principals 7:00 PM

2/10 College Career Day 9:00 AM

2/10 MVEF Gala



We Are Fighting the Flu 1-17-18 English .pdf 

MVLA Speaker Series Devorah Heitner 1-17-18 English.pdf

CSMA 2018 Vacation Camps 1-17-18 English.pdf 

CSMA Art Classes 1-17-18 English .pdf 

Mountain View Whisman School District

Graham Middle School
1175 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 526-3570