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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!

My hope is that you were able to enjoy summer break as it is important to refresh, recharge, and spend time with family and friends.

“Once a Matador, always a Matador.” It is a Monta Vista High School saying that speaks to being part of our Matador family and is true for all students, parents, and educators.

It is in this spirit that I want to welcome our incoming 9th grade students, the class of 2026, as well as all other students new to Monta Vista. To our returning students, welcome back and we look forward to a great year culminating in the celebration of the graduating class of 2023!

Below you will find a few items that I would like to share with you as we prepare to begin the new school year.

Focus for 2022-2023: Monta Vista High School continues to be a special place where we are proud to offer students a comprehensive high school experience. Educators at Monta Vista continue to look ahead to this 2022-2023 school year and beyond as we collectively think about the wellbeing of our students and how to support them for more equitable outcomes for all learners.

Educators will engage in professional dialogue prior to the start of school, as well as throughout the school year. Monta Vista is a wonderful school and at the same time, we need to continue to look for opportunities to improve as a school for our students. Guided by educators at Monta Vista who care deeply about our students, we will continue our work to establish a culture of relational care and trust. We will focus on equitable grading practices and homework load for coherence across courses and the school, social emotional classroom strategies, development of guiding questions for our equity focused work, and celebrations for diverse representation of humanity in our classrooms. 

Educators at Monta Vista want all students to feel safe, welcomed, and valued.

Office is open: Our main office is now open again for the 2022-2023 school year. Office hours will be 7:45am to 4:15pm. Our Monta Vista website also continues to be the source of the most up to date information throughout the school year.

Monta Vista 9th Grade/New Parent-Guardian Welcome Webinar: This evening webinar event is for parent/guardian(s) of rising 9th grade students and/or a new student coming to Monta Vista for the 2022-2023 school year. Join us on Monday, August 15 at 5:30pm for the webinar. Details, including the webinar link, will be emailed soon.

Class of 2026 Matador Retreat: This day is for all members in the class of 2026 (rising 9th grade students). The event occurs on Tuesday, August 16 and includes a freshman orientation and a freshman dance. Please see the event flyer here for more information as this is a recommended welcoming orientation for all in the class of 2026.

Beginning of school: There will be no Running of the Bulls (ROTB) for our rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students for this school year. Tentative course schedules will be emailed to students in early August. Students will have an opportunity to request course changes/corrections electronically via a Google Form that will also be included in the email. The email will come from noreply@fuhsd.org. School and ID pictures will be taken during the first week of school on Tuesday – Friday. All students that have completed their Back to School Update through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at https://campus.fuhsd.org/campus/portal/fremont.jsp will pick up their schedule starting at 8am on the first day school, Monday, August 22.

New schedule: FUHSD schools, including Monta Vista, are transitioning to a later school start time as part of a larger effort to address the issue of student sleep and wellness. This is also a State of California requirement. Our new schedule features four block days, a longer brunch time, three tutorials, and a consistent start time of 8:30am. Please take a look at our new schedule on our website here.

Classroom modernization update: Thank you to the Monta Vista and FUHSD community for your support and passage of the Measure G Bond Program. These funds from Measure G allow us to move forward on our school facility modernization needs. During summer break, the modernization of our F-Building #1 (Art & Engineering classrooms) for student use included updated fire systems, replacement of heating and cooling systems, new roof and gutter system, ceilings and floors, LED lighting, new technology and furniture. Thank you again for your support of our students and we hope to open these modernized classrooms this October.

I look forward to partnering with you for a terrific upcoming 2022-2023 school year!

With Matador pride,

Ben Clausnitzer