Principal's Weekly

posted Nov 20, 2016, 3:44 PM by
For Nov. 20, 2016, from Principal Katie Kinnaman:     Giving Thanks:     I had a chance to spend this morning filling and delivering Thanksgiving food baskets to families in Mountain View who need a helping hand this holiday season.  This project, spearheaded by the Mountain View Police Officers Association, reminded me how powerful we can be when we band together as a community.  At 9 am the line to help wrapped around the block with families, community groups, couples and individuals just showing up to help assemble baskets and then deliver them in the community to pre-identified families.  What a great sight to see people lined up to help.  A wonderful contrast to lining up to buy the latest gadget or get tickets to a big event or to see a celebrity.  Lined up to help those that they don’t even know!  

As I made deliveries with my husband, a Mountain View Reserve Police Officer, we had an opportunity as a couple to reflect on just how lucky and blessed we are.  In fact, as I climbed three flights of stairs to a small apartment that housed at least three adults and six or more small children, I vowed to make more time to appreciate my life and those in it, and less time to complain about being busy or stressed.  I challenge all of us to take time this week (and hopefully ALL weeks) to reflect on what we are thankful for.   Gratitude is a proven stress reducer and I know that while our individual and collective challenges may feel great at times, we are truly lucky to have “ first world” problems to worry about.  Happy Thanksgiving!           --Katie Kinnaman, Principal  


  • Our 7th grade counselor, Megan Ben, is out on maternity leave.  If you have guidance counseling needs, please email Principal Katie Kinnaman at She will get your request to the right staff member.  Between now and winter break (Dec. 16) we have extra school psychologist support, as well as intern counselors to support.  Starting in January, Linda Howard (retired PAUSD school counselor) will be on-campus four days a week until Mrs. Ben returns in March.
  • From Suzanne Doran, 7th grade Social Studies teacher:   The Jordan Social Studies Department is encouraging students to participate in The StoryCorps National Day of Listening on Friday, November 25th. On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks everyone to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one. This is a perfect opportunity for students to be historians by interviewing family or loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday. Tens of thousands of Americans have participated in the National Day of Listening. You can visit this link to learn more about the project (     
    “Ask great questions. Share great stories" and Happy Thanksgiving!

Inspiration: “Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” - W.J. Cameron