Programs - Your Donations at Work

MVEF funds core programs in art, music, science, and wellness, including electives and support for teachers.

Program Spending Budget for 2020-21 School Year

MVEF is working closely with the district to respond accordingly to the extraordinary needs of this unusual school year. We have pledged over $850,000 in support made possible by our genrous donors.


Art by CSMA: MVEF pays for the art teachers who teach the weekly art classes in our elementary schools. The teachers are trained by and work for Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) The program consists of in-depth, skill-building and sequential art lessons that meet the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards for Art. Classes and content is appropriate for each grade level. Taught by professional CSMA visual arts instructors, these art classes coordinate with each classroom’s curriculum to become an integral part of the school day. In 2020-21, art classes are being delivered through virtual lessons.


Music by CSMA: MVEF pays for the music teachers who teach the weekly music classes in our elementary schools. The teachers are trained by and work for the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) The program consists of in-depth, skill-building, hands-on, sequential music lessons that meet the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards for Music. Classes and content is appropriate for each grade level. Grades K-3 focus primarily on singing and rhythm. In 4th grade children play the recorder. In 5th grade students can choose an instrument to focus on. In 2020-21, music classes are being delivered through virtual lessons.

Middle School Elective Wheel: In the 2020-21 school year MVEF is funding music books for band and orchestra and online applications for music appreciation classes (such as Smart Music and SoundTrap) in support of the elective wheel offered to every middle school student.

Living Classroom

Science: MVEF brings hands-on science into the schools:

  • Living Classroom brings garden-based lessons to classrooms several times each year. Lessons build from one year to the next on topics like photosynthesis, life cycles, ecology and relevance to students’ lives. Visit a school and look for planters of vegetables planted by children! Lessons in 2020-21 will be delivered virtually and in-person when permissible.

  • Middle school supplies: Middle school supplies for science labs; science kits for at-home experiments during the 2020-21 school year; support of the middle school elective wheel.

  • TechSmart Coding: Coding curriculum for third through eighth graders.

  • Environmental Education: Field trips led by the Mountain View Whisman Environmental Science Collaborative (MVWESC), which is a partnership of environmental education nonprofits led by the group Environmental Volunteers that provide coordinated science education to MVWSD schools. The collaborative is made up of 6 independent non-profits, each bringing their expertise to a student's environmental education. MVEF provides funds so that all 4th, 5th and 6th graders get to experience field trips like a discovery trip to the tidepools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a day exploring Hidden Villa’s organic farm, or a boat ride on the bay with Marine Science Institute, and more. All of the programs from each provider supports the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that identify core ideas and practices in science that prepare today’s K-12 students for success in college and future careers. Studies in the US found that schools that provide nature-based experiential education show substantial improvements in academic performance.

  • Professional Development: MVEF is pleased to fund professional development for RTI (Response to Instruction) teachers teaching science. 


Electives and athletics:

  • Electives: MVEF is supporting the elective wheel classes this year that each middle school student will have; includes at-home kits for art and science and applications supporting distance learning.

  • Athletics: MVEF believes deeply in the value of athletics to promote the wellness of our students. We will work with the District to support athletics in any way possible this year.

Jim Wiltens

Instrument Repair and Purchase

MVEF funds the purchase of new instruments as well as the repair of existing instruments for all our 5th grade through 8th grade blossoming musicians.