Attendance

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

Bear Tracks for Aug. 26

in English or Español

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Stay in Touch With Graham

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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.

Get Involved at Graham

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

  • Join the PTA, the Graham Parent-Teacher Association, which supports teachers and funds programs for all Graham students.
  • Join GPAA, the Graham Performing Arts Association, and serve on the board or help out at performances.
  • Join ELAC, the English Learner Advisory Committee.
  • Donate to the MVEF, the Mountain View Educational Foundation, and support our district’s nine schools.
  • Volunteer as a tutor.
  • Complete the volunteer interest form.

The Magazine Drive Deadline

Is Extended to Monday, Aug. 31

Attend the First PTA Meeting of the Year

and Add Your Input to Plans for 2015-2016

Graham has a very active parent community.  Come see for yourself at the first PTA meeting 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Staff Lounge (subject to change, based on construction).  There will be coffee, juice and breakfast goodies. The formal meeting will begin promptly at 8:15.  The agenda is packed full.  Hear and provide input on PTA plans for the new school year.  Come by to meet the leaders of the parent organizations, as well as other Graham parents.

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From the Desk of Mrs. Thompson ...

Together We Can: Safe Student Drop-Off


As you are planning on how to get your students to Graham this year, you need to be aware that there are major changes to student drop-offs. The back lot is closed to the public. The back lot continues to be a construction zone and is unavailable for public use. The only drop-off will be on Castro Street.

Find out about the safest way to bicycle or walk to school from your neighborhood.


If you do drive to school, please pull all the way to the end of the parking lot to help ease the parking lot traffic jam. The two inner lanes are for drop-off.  Please do not drop students off in the lane closest to the parking spots. Drive slowly, be patient and give yourself plenty of time. We need everyone watching for the safety of our students.

If your students are riding their bikes to school, please remember it is the law that they wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road. I encourage you to ride to school together to check out the route. Make sure they have a lock and they know how to use it. We will be working on bike safety rules at Graham, but we all need to work together to train our students to ride safely.

The BEAT After-School Program

Is in Session

The BEAT, a free after-school program available to Graham Middle School students, starts the first week of school. The BEAT provides a safe environment where teens are supported academically and engaged with a variety of recreational and social activities. The program is led by trained Recreation staff. Sign up by downloading and filling out the registration form. Download the form in English or en Español.

Clip Box Tops for Graham

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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!

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!

Don't suffer through the regret of watching one of your friends or neighbors run the Silent Auction while silently wishing it was you. :-)  Sign up now!

We're using VolunteerSpot for you to sign up for Graham Volunteer Interest 2015-1'6.  Here's how it works in three easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to the invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/gsZ3cq 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots. VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

—Kammy Lo, Volunteer Coordinator

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me at kammy.lo@gmail.com and I can sign you up manually.

Singers, AM Choir Begins Sept. 8

AM Choir is an extended-day elective choir (sponsored by MVEF) for kids who are in other electives but also want to sing. If you sing in the choir classes, you may also want to join AM Choir for the fun and camaraderie of it. It meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Traditionally, we drink hot chocolate at every rehearsal! The music we sing is contemporary and light. Because it is not part of the regular school day, there are no grades for the class. However, Block G points will be awarded for participation. Regular practice and a commitment to performances is required.

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.

Cindy Lundberg Named Assistant Principal

The Mountain View Whisman School District is pleased to announce that Cindy Lundberg was recommended to the Board of Trustees for appointment as the new assistant principal for Graham, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.
Ms. Lundberg was a teacher at Bubb School and has been a Teacher on Special Assignment for the past several years.  Ms. Lundberg received her bachelor's degree from Ferris State University in Michigan; her teaching credential from San Jose State; and her master's degree from La Jolla-based National University.  0615_thompson_lundberg.jpg



Ms. Lundberg said, "I am thrilled to be joining the amazing team at Graham Middle School.  Partnering with Kim Thompson and our dedicated staff, students and parents is a great honor.  I have much to learn and look forward to continuing the important work of building community together at Graham."

Kevin Skelly, interim district superintendent, said, "I am extremely pleased to recommend Ms. Lundberg for this important leadership role. She has done outstanding work as a teacher, instructional coach and supporter of new teachers."

Awesome Acts

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Melanie Together We Can
Andreas Pursue Knowledge
William Together We Can

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 http://www.gmstv.smugmug.com

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:

http://tinyurl.com/jvh5m59

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, kthompson@mvwsd.org.

Pardon Our Dust: 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.

Full construction details

Mountain View Los Altos Parent Education Speaker Series

Lynn O'Shaughnessy, a nationally recognized college expert, will kick off the 2015-2016 slate of speakers in the Mountain View Los Altos Parent Education Speaker Series with her talk, The College Solution: Looking for the Right College at the Right Price. O'Shaughnessy is a higher-education journalist, consultant and speaker who helps teenagers and their families  become smart college shoppers as they search for schools. The event is free of charge, but participants are asked to register on Eventbrite at http://mvla-college-solution.eventbrite.com.

Through enriching presentations from local and national experts on topics of interest to parents, faculty and staff, the Parent Education Speaker Series seeks to contribute to the academic, physical and emotional health of students.

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