Principal's Message

Monta Vista Principal Ben Clausnitzer

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

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

The start of this school year marks a major milestone for Monta Vista. It was in August of 1969 that our school opened its doors to our first incoming 9th and 10th grade classes. It is in that same spirit that I want to welcome our incoming 9th grade students, the class of 2023, 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 2020!

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


Focus for 2019-2020: 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 2019-2020 school year and beyond as we collectively think about the well-being of all our students and how to support them as 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 the well-being of our students, we will continue our work around building and maintaining positive relationships with our students through perspective taking. This important work looks to continue to establish a culture of relational care and trust. Educators at Monta Vista want students to feel valued, welcomed, and have a true sense of belonging.

Office is open: Our main office is open again for the 2019-2020 school year. Office hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our Monta Vista website also continues to be the source of the most up to date information throughout the school year.

Celebrating 50 years: We look forward to celebrating 50 years of excellence in education at Monta Vista on Saturday, September 21st between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for student performances, campus tours, photographs with our mascots (Monty and El Toro), Kid Zone, and more.

WASC Accreditation Process: WASC is an acronym for Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The accreditation process certifies that public schools, like Monta Vista, are trustworthy institutions of learning. The accreditation process also validates the integrity of the school's programs and student transcripts. The WASC Accreditation process requires a self-study report that includes a schoolwide action plan for future years.

Monta Vista is looking for students and parents who are willing to serve as participants in our WASC Accreditation process. We would like to see approximately 25 students and 25 parents involved. An email will be coming soon via School Loop to gauge interest.

Classroom modernization update: Thank you to the Monta Vista and FUHSD community for your support and passage of the Measure CC Bond Program. The funds from Measure CC have allowed us to move forward on our school facility modernization needs. During summer break, the modernization of our lower A-Building and lower C-Building classrooms for student use included updated fire systems, replacement of heating and cooling systems, new ceilings and floors, LED lighting, new technology and furniture. Thank you again for your support of our students!

I look forward to partnering with you for a terrific upcoming 2019-2020 school year!

With Matador pride,
Ben Clausnitzer
Principal