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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

We extend a warm welcome to the incoming 9th graders, the class of 2020, as well as other students new to Monta Vista!  Welcome back to our continuing students and we look forward to celebrating the graduation of the class of 2017! We look forward to sharing a great year with each of you!

Monta Vista continues its commitment in helping students make informed decisions about course choices and extracurricular demands.   We want students to not only challenge themselves academically, but appropriately.  We want them to find their passion and spend time in activities that bring joy and a sense of satisfaction.   We also want students to have valuable personal down time and treasured family time.  Over the past few years Monta Vista has implemented some practices to honor personal and family time.   AP courses no longer assign summer reading or homework.   No homework is assigned over extended breaks (Thanksgiving, December, February, April) that requires the break to complete the work.  Final exam schedules have changed so that no day has more than 2 final exams.  Many teachers incorporate a “conflict calendar” with hopes of balancing due dates and test dates.   This fall Monta Vista will now have two Tutorial days (Monday and Thursday) in which a 30-minute tutorial period is imbedded in the morning for students to seek additional help, work with peers on group projects, do research in the Library, do individual course preparation, as well as other course related activities.   We continue to look at ways of engaging students while also honoring this very precious adolescent period of time. 

Taking care of the whole child involves all aspects of their high school life:  health, engagement, support, and challenge.   Our school wide learning goals that support this mission.  It is Monta Vista’s goal to develop good thinkers, information processors, communicators, collaborators, and self-managers. 



            As is typical of every school year, we have new staff members joining our Monta Vista family.  We are excited to welcome them to the Matador family and look forward to sharing their expertise, enthusiasm, and commitment.  


Parking / Traffic:

Traffic congestion continues to be a huge issue around the Monta Vista/Lincoln/Kennedy neighborhoods. We urge you to form carpools with other families and to encourage your students to walk or bike to school.  Please follow safe, sane and legal commuting practices, whether as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorist. Please do not use the bike lanes as a drop-off zone.  We want our cyclists to have safe passage to and from school, and the bike lanes are designated for them!  There is no student drop-off or pick-up allowed in the staff parking lot.  Thank you for your cooperation!  Together we will keep everyone safe. 


School Website / School Communication:

The daily bulletin, school newsletter, master calendar of school activities, directory of telephone numbers, guidance information, course outlines, staff/departments, and much more can be found on Monta Vista’s website- You will find a wealth of information there, including information about our active and generous PTSA and Booster groups.  


Welcome to the Monta Vista High School Family! We look forward to seeing you soon.


April Scott


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