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Mountain View High Spartans logo and Spartans PAUSE logo: PAUSE and Take Time for Yourself

 

Spartans PAUSE Student Wellness Initiativesupporting student wellness by providing a variety of health-promoting activities to all students on a monthly basis

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Big Thank Yous!

Big Thank Yous!

  • Thank you to the Ambassadors for taking more ownership of PAUSE days this year, from planning and setting up to volunteering and cleaning up!
  • Thank you to Mrs. Camarillo for her enthusiasm and continued collaboration with the PAUSE parent team! 
  • Thank you to the district for funding a Spartans PAUSE wellness tent that has been displayed at PAUSE events!

 


 

two stellar volunteers

two stellar volunteers

A big THANK YOU to Colleen Mullenex and Adri Shustock for supporting the PAUSE program over the years! Colleen has provided her bubble and massage expertise to numerous PAUSE days, and Adri has been the PAUSE morning snack coordinator and instrumental in growing the program.
 
Volunteers Colleen Mullenex and Adri Shustock pose in honor of their pending retirement from helping with the Spartans PAUSE program
 
 
Both care deeply about the wellness of students and are bright lights on campus. Colleen and Adri will be graduating from the program this year. Thank you, Colleen and Adri!

 


 

virtual calming room

virtual calming room

Designed by MVHS counselors, the Virtual Calming Room is here to help you with different strategies and tools for managing your emotions.    
 

Enter the Virtual Calming Room.

 

In the foreground, a tower of stones reaches up from a beach. In the background is an expanse of green water under a deep blue sky.
 
 

 


 

out of darkness walk

out of darkness walk

in support of suicide prevention

 
the backs of students sitting in the Mountain View High football field, looking up at the bleachers and the scoreboard across from them, under a sky at dusk
 
A group of people who are about to participate in the Out of Darkness walk around the Mountain View High football field in March 2022  pose for a picture  in a semi-circle facing the camera.
 
 
 
The culminating event of Mental Health Awareness Week in 2022, the MVHS-hosted walk was dedicated to suicide prevention, raising awareness and building community. The gathering was in collaboration with MVHS Ambassadors, Spartans PAUSE parent volunteers and mental health professionals and organizations.

 


 

"Thinking of you" Postcards arrive!

"Thinking of you" Postcards arrive!

A collage of different "Thinking of You" postcards made by students during January PAUSE, including one with the message,  "You're so strong."
 
The postcards made by students during January's PAUSE were delivered to the Cuesta Sub-Acute and Rehabilitation Center on Grant Road in Mountain View.

 


 

How to certify your dog as a therapy pet

How to certify your dog as a therapy pet

join the paws team!

join the paws team!

The MVHS “PAWs" certified therapy dogs and their owners help spread joy during the school year, as they did during December finals.                                                                                                                                                 A masked volunteer kneeling beside a golden doodle dog, who is wearing a red beret
 
If you would like information on how to certify your dog to join the “PAWs” team, email SpartansPause@gmail.com.

 


 

 


 

interested in a parent gathering?

interested in a parent gathering?

Spartans PAUSE is considering holding gatherings to give parents an opportunity to connect, create stress balls, sew sleep masks or assemble mini succulents to give away to students at a future PAUSE wellness day. If you have an interest in hosting or coordinating such an event, please email SpartansPause@gmail.com.
 

 


 

 
 
 
 

 

 

Sign up for the e-list

Sign up for the e-list

Keep up with all the Spartans PAUSE activities by signing up for the Spartans PAUSE e-list.

 


 

Mountain View High's Spartans PAUSE program aims to support student wellness by providing a variety of self-care activities to all students on a monthly basis. 
 
Funded by the PTSA, Spartans PAUSE is an ongoing collaboration among the PTSA, school administration, staff, student ambassadors, advisors and community partners. It helps to create a positive and welcoming culture on campus that promotes student wellness, so students feel connected and supported.    
 
During monthly PAUSE days, students are greeted in the morning with healthy snacks, and a few activities are offered during lunch. The PAUSE team tries to select inclusive activities in which all students can participate. 
 
 
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Practice Wellness With Sparty

Practice Wellness With Sparty

PAUSE and Take Time For Yourself This School Year

PAUSE and Take Time For Yourself This School Year

Mental Health Referral Form

Mental Health Referral Form

QR Code for MVLA Mental Health Referral Form in English
 
QR Code for MVLA Mental Health Referral Form in Spanish
 
 
De-stressing

De-stressing

Why Spartans PAUSE?

Why Spartans PAUSE?

 
Through Spartans PAUSE, we hope students will feel more connected and supported for their overall well-being. We also hope to provide opportunities for students to develop life skills that will serve them beyond the school years, like self-care, balancing work and play, creating healthy relationships, and strengthening their sense of connection, belonging and community involvement.
 
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How You Can Help

How You Can Help

Volunteers are needed and welcome to support the program throughout the year. If you are interested in donating supplies or volunteering on or off campus, please contact Spartans PAUSE Leads Laura Norris, Adri Shustock, Jennifer Walsh and Colleen Mullenex at SpartansPause@gmail.com.
 
 
Thank you for supporting student wellness at MVHS!
 
Goals of Spartans PAUSE

Goals of Spartans PAUSE

  • Empower youth to be advocates for their health
  • Help eliminate the stigma of seeking help 
  • Offer a community that cares and supports
  • Increase connections on campus 
  • Provide students with self-care tips and wellness tools
 
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PAUSE Themes

PAUSE Themes

The motto for Spartans PAUSE is, "PAUSE and TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF." 
 
The monthly PAUSE events try to support one of the five PAUSE themes: "PLAY," "EAT," "RELAX," "CONNECT" and "HELP."
 
When days are challenging, consider pausing to try a few of these strategies. PAUSE and TAKE TIME TO . . .
 
  • PLAY: Move. Take a walk. Play a game.
  • EAT: Nourish yourself. Have a snack.
  • RELAX: Meditate. Listen to music. Rest.
  • CONNECT: Talk to someone you trust.
  • HELP: Volunteer or help someone else.
 
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Questions?

Questions?

 
 
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Spartans PAUSE is provided by

Spartans PAUSE is provided by

 
  • Spartans PAUSE Chairs (Laura Norris, Adri Shustock, Jenn Walsh and Colleen Mullenex) and the Spartans PAUSE Team
  • Ms. Camarillo (Student Ambassador Advisor) and the MVHS Student Ambassadors 
  • MVHS PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) 
  • Others who care about student wellness
 
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“Self-care means giving yourself permission to PAUSE.”

                                                                     —Cecilia Tran 

Upcoming Spartans PAUSE Dates

Upcoming Spartans PAUSE Dates

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