Bear Tracks (Huellas del Oso)


Pursue Knowledge: Update Middle School Schedule Committee

The Middle School Task Force has been working on developing a new schedule for the 2017-18 school year.  The work continues, but the goal of the group is to develop a schedule that provides all students with an elective. Thank you for participating in the thought exchange process.  Once decisions have been made, I’ll let you know what the next year’s schedule will look like.


Do No Harm: Air Quality

We are monitoring the air quality each day and adjusting our lunch and recess to keep students indoors as much as possible. We have been providing the students opportunities to watch movies in our Innovation Center, Auditorium and the MUR.  PE has been done in the Gym and has reduced the activities. We could use your help explaining to your children that they need to stay indoors as much as possible and reduce their physical activities.


Take Pride:  Insert the DACA article

Graham is in the news and now the bear tracks shows its first story using multimedia. Graham participates in DACA Demonstration 2 weeks ago Graham created some signs and marched to downtown mountain view. You may ask why they did this.   It was to show support for those affected, mainly DACA recipients and other members of the immigrant community living in Mountain View. Social studies Teacher Mr. Gomez, said it was motivated by the announcement from president Donald Trump's administration that it is was ending the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) Program which grants temporary legal status to young people brought to the United States as Children's. Great job graham students and LSU aka Latino Student Union Club. The local mountain view newspaper called The Voice covered the event and now you can see some of their pictures along with some of the GMSTV photos in the linked slide show. Daca Protest 2017 by GMS Graham Middle School reported by GMSTV.


Take Pride: Writing in 8th grade

During my classroom walkthroughs last week, I had the pleasure of interacting with many of our 8th grade students. Every student was working on a graphic organizer providing quotes and evidence, building background to write a full essay based on their learnings from the play they have been reading and analyzing, The Diary of Anne Frank. Every student was able to articulate

what they were working on, and they all expressed that they felt well prepared to write the upcoming essay. All students said the background work took the stress

of writing an essay away.  Be sure to ask your students what they are working on in all classes, it is exciting to hear what they are learning about. This year we are purposefully working on improving student writing, as one of our site goals.


I Belong: Disaster Drill

We will be participating in a district wide disaster drill during the week of Oct0ber 16-20. It is something we practice once a year. During the drill, students are evacuated to the blacktop.  We simulate injuries, trapped rooms. Our whole team go into action. We have a medical team, search and rescue team, student supervision team, logistics and planning command center, and student release center. It takes time to go through the whole drill, but it is a great time for us to fine tune our processes.


DO No Harm: Halloween Costumes:

Tuesday October 31

Students are allowed to wear school appropriate costumes to school for Halloween. They may not wear masks at all. We have to be able to see who is who to make sure we can protect all students, if we cannot see their faces, we do not know if they belong to Graham.  We also do not allow: gory costumes with blood etc., no weapons. Students will still have to participate in school work, so if they cannot do school in their costume, please do not allow them to wear the costume to school.


I Belong: Lunch Supervisors Needed

We are looking for some caring adults to help us supervise students during lunch recess!  Do you or someone you know have an hour a day to help us out?  This job is a paid position and works out well for a college student with a break in his/her schedule or for those who work from home. The pay is $20 an hour.  Please contact Principal Kim Thompson



10/18  Strings/Dance Concert 7:00pm

10/19  SSC Meeting 4:30 pm

10/23  Parent Ed 6:00 pm

10/27  Halloween Dance 6:30pm

10/31  Parent Ed

NOTE: Please check out the flyers from the Bear Tracks PDF files

Mountain View Whisman School District

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