Parent workshop about starting a Math Club

Math-ClubMr. Robert Hou is hosting a “math club workshop” on October 10 at 7 pm at the FUSD office located at 4210 Technology Drive.  The meeting will be in the Professional Development Center, which is next to the Board Room.  This “workshop” is for parents who are interested in starting a Math Club at their own school. Robert will be providing guidance on what he’s done and offer a model for other parents to adopt.   He will discuss some math programs that are available and also touch on logistics for launching a Math Club, including facilities and insurance. He will also touch on programs designed for 4th through 8th grade students such as Math Olympiad and the Math League program.

If you are interested to attend or start a Math Club at Mission Valley, please RSVP for this workshop at

Here’s a statement from Robert about why he started a Math Club and what it takes:

“There are several reasons I started a Math Club instead of something else.  Once the Math Club was running, I just needed to show up for one hour a week, and study the math problems while the students were working on them.  And then explain the solutions at the end of the meeting.  And solutions are provided.  Also, you could share the responsibilities for running a Math Club so that you don’t have to be there every week. And the other reason I like Math Club is because it can teach creative thinking.  The kids use their math skills to solve problems they haven’t seen before.  At first, they can’t solve them, but they can still understand some of the solutions.  And then it gets them thinking about using their math abilities in a different way.  I’m not trying to only train future mathematicians.  This is a useful skill in science, engineering, and in daily life.  I am not sure how easy it is to teach creative thinking with the sciences, because at this age, students may not know enough science skills to use them creatively.  But they have been learning math since pre-school.  They have enough math skills to start using them creatively.  You will have to do the work.  I can provide you with materials.  It isn’t hard, and I know that most of our schools have several parents who are interested in this program.  So many of you can work together.”



MSJHS Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday!

MSJHS Performing Arts Department Faculty, Parents & Students invite you to join us for:

Saturday, September 28th, 8am-Noon
MSJHS A-Wing Cafeteria
$10 Per Person

They will be serving lots of delicious food including:

  • Plain & Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Sausage
  • Muffins
  • Fruit
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Orange Juice
  • Milk

Support Mission San Jose High School Performing Arts Department (Band, Orchestra, Colorguard, Drama & Chorale). Proceeds from the event will help fund set materials, instrument repair, sheet music, marching band uniforms and many other items not covered by FUSD funding.


Thanks for your support!


Digital Safety workshop for parents on October 1

internet_safetyAs part of their Parents Education Series, the California School for the Deaf are hosting a workshop on “Digital Safety” on October 1st.  The workshop will be free and open to all.  The workshop will cover a variety of topics including how parents can be aware of online bullying, encouraging internet safety skills, and discussing how your child can make smart choices and be safe online.  The featured guest speaker will be CHP Officer Paul Cheever.

Find out specifics by downloading the workshop details at


Halloween Carnival Planning Meeting




Wall Mural Ideas Wanted


As part of our efforts to beautify our campus, we plan to paint some big wall murals around campus. Please send your ideas for mural designs to with “MVE wall murals” as the subject.


Family Clean-Up Day a BIG success despite the rain!

Our first annual Fall Family Clean-up Day was a huge success!  Many thanks to the 80+ volunteers who helped beautify our school by cleaning the marquee, picking up trash and plant debris, painting curbs, updating emergency supplies and cleaning drinking fountains. Luckily, the rain came as we were wrapping up and about to enjoy a pizza lunch.

Thanks again for a memorable day and keep a lookout for another campus beautification event in the Spring!





MVSA Newsletter – September 2013



September Parent Bulletin

September Parent Bulletin


Speak up at this year’s first MVSA meeting on Tuesday Sept. 10th

Meet the principal & share your opinions during Tuesday’s MVSA Meeting

I would like to personally invite you to attend our first Mission Valley School Association (MVSA) meeting of the 2013-2014 school year.  The meeting will be held Tuesday September 10th at 7pm in the Library on the Mission Valley campus.  Among the topics we’ll discuss will be the major events planned for this year, MVSA investments for 2013-2014, and whether to pursue supplemental programs focused on arts and music. We’ll also talk in depth about a new ‘Clean up the school’ day we are planning for late September.  We hope to see you there!

Wolf Cramer
MVSA President




When: September 11-19
Where: Mission Valley School – Room 6
Times:  Wednesday-Sept 11 & 18 – 8:15am – 2:00pm
Sept 12, 13, 16 & 17 – 8:15am – 3:45pm
Sept 19 – 8:15am – 12:30pm
Back to School Night- Tuesday, Sept 17 – 5:30 – 8:30pm.

You can also buy books online from September 9 -29.

See the link to the Online Fair.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED:  You can sign up at:

This year during our Book Fair, we would like to raise money through “All For Books”,  sponsored by The money collected will be given to the teachers in our school to buy books for their classrooms. In addition, Scholastic will match monetary donations with a donation of up to one million books to two non-profit organizations dedicated to helping children, families, and teachers acquire books and educational resources – Kids In Need Foundation and Kids in Distressed Situations. 

It’s very easy to donate.  Simply send $1 or any loose change with your child to school.  Collection boxes will be available in each classroom, as well as in the Book Fair. 

Let’s raise a lot of money this year by donating to this worthwhile cause.