If your child is absent, please call the 24-hour Graham Voice Mail Absentee Hotline:
(650) 526–3570 x2680

Bear Tracks for Oct. 7

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Homework Help

Homework Help is available in the Mountain View Library and Online
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Community Resources

CHAC Free counseling services
MVSafetyNet Links to health, mental health, crises support.
CSA Community assistance.
Project Cornerstone Helping youth thrive and grow.
Kid Power Teaches Skills for Lifelong Safety and Confidence

Get Involved at Graham

Involved parents are key to a successful school.  Here are different ways you can help:

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Friday October 9th
Minimum Day


To create a college-going culture, Graham is encouraging students to wear articles of clothing or accessories from their favorite college or one they aspire to attend.

Monster Book Fair
12:15 - 1:30pm

Visit the Online Sale through Oct. 19 at

Graham Community Resource Fair

3:00-6:00pm at MUR

This is a wonderful event that will help link community resources with all of our families at Graham. Please see the flyer for more information.

Principal’s Message

Do No Harm
Just a friendly reminder, the back lot is closed except for staff parking. Please note the following:
- do not drive the last block of Lane onto school grounds.
- drop your students off on Sonia or Victor Drive.
- drive slowly and safely both in front and back of our school.
Keeping our students safe is everyone’s responsibility.

Pursue Knowledge: Instagram
Kids and teens love using the photo-sharing app Instagram because it lets you apply cool effects and captions to your photos and videos and easily share them across a number of social media platforms. If your child uses Instagram, make sure they use it responsibly.

On Instagram, photos and videos are public by default and can contain location data. So it's important to use privacy settings to limit the audience. For more details, please go to This website has lots of useful information, and I urge you to spend some time exploring the site.

Your Chance To Order a Graham Hoodie

Graham Hoodies are available through an outside vendor until Oct. 20 only. If you’ve been waiting for a Youth Large, Youth Extra Large, Adult Small or Adult Medium hoodie, now is your chance to order at Sweatpants are also available. Merchandise will be delivered to Graham students around Nov. 11.  If your item is a surprise or Christmas gift, please email to request pick-up in the office instead.  We still have some Hoodies (Youth Medium and Adult Large) in the Graham office and some sweatpants too, so for faster service check with the Graham office.  Otherwise don’t miss this chance to buy a hoodie.  Credit cards only.  No returns or exchanges.  Sorry no late orders will be accepted.  Your last day to order through the Ares store is Tuesday, Oct. 20.

California Assessment of

Student Performance and Progress

In September, the state has released to the public the scores from last spring’s California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. Families should be getting individual score reports within the next couple of weeks. To learn more about your child’s score report and for tips on how to interpret them, visit the CAASPP website, look at this slide show or come see the principal.

It’s important to remember that these scores form a baseline for improvement; they should not be compared to past scores because the standards and assessments are different. Overall, our district is outperforming similar districts in the county and state, but of course, there is more work to be done, especially around narrowing the well-documented achievement gap.

From the desk of Mrs. Thompson ...

Find Out About the Eighth-Grade Yosemite Trip—and Volunteer

This year, all eighth-grade students will have the opportunity to go on a week-long science trip to Yosemite National Park. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn science concepts and leadership skills. The trip is planned for Nov. 2 through 6. We will need some parents willing to attend with us. If you are interested, please contact me at

The BEAT After-School Program

Is in Session

The BEAT, a free after-school program available to Graham Middle School students. To learn more click here.

Clip Box Tops for Graham


Do you pack sandwiches in Ziploc Bags? Do you blow your nose into Kleenex tissue? Eat Cheerios? Wear Hanes socks? Use Avery mailing labels? If you do, you can help Graham simply by saving the Box Tops for Education. We earn cash that can be used to help the PTA buy things our kids need. Each box top is worth 10 cents. So clip the coupons and drop them off now in the box in the Graham Office. Thanks for all you do for Graham!

Discount for Graham Families

Shopping at Sports Basement

Sport Basement, 177 Kern Ave. in Sunnyvale, has increased its support of Graham. Mention Graham at checkout, and Sports Basement will take 10 percent off your purchase and donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the school.

Now's the Time to Pick

Your Favorite Volunteer Stint

We PTA officers hear the same complaints every year: "It's just not fair that the sixth-grade parents get to sign up for all of the volunteer opportunities before we do" and "I really had my heart set on being the book fair chair, but it's already taken."  Well, your voices have been heard, and we are officially opening all of the volunteer opportunities to everyone—RIGHT NOW!

Awesome Acts

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Noemi Pursue Knowledge
Gabriel Pursue Knowledge
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See Yourself in Pictures!

The GMS TV student staff has taken thousands of photos of student activities, and many are available online! Proceeds are used to maintain GMS TV equipment.

Go to

Enter the password (available from the office staff or from Bear Tracks) and choose an album to view (you may have to enter the password again).

Whooping Cough Vaccine

State law requires that students be immunized against Whooping Cough (Pertussis). Students entering the 7th grade need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school. Download Instructions Here.

Una ley de California requiere que los estudiantes estén vacunados contra la tosferina. Instrucciones de descarga aquí.

Graham Events on Video

Check Graham events covered by GMSTV in collaboration with KMVT:

Lunch Yard Duty Opportunity

Can you help supervise the growing student body at lunch time? It is a great opportunity to see how middle school students pass their time. It is a paid position, five hours a week. If you are interested, please see Kim Thompson,

The Dirt on Graham Construction

Notice: The back parking lot will be closed during the 2015-2016 school year. 
We will be working with Safe Moves on the best way to drop off your students.

Parent Education Speaker Series

Stopping Bullying & Harassment: Kidpower “Turning Problems into Practices” Coaching Conference Call

On Kidpower“Turning Problems into Practices free coaching conference call, we will discuss how to apply Kidpower strategies and skills to your questions about Stopping Bullying & Harassment and what we can do to make a difference. We'll send articles for you to read and think about ahead of the call so we can jump right in!
Tuesday, October 13, 12pm to 1pm

To register:




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

Mountain View Educational Foundation