Tue01272015

Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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High school AP assessment scores continue to improve

College Board results from the 2013 Advanced Placement (AP) program tests report that students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District continue to score higher than state and national standards in all test areas.

Thirty-one different AP examinations are available to high school students for college-level courses taught in high schools with strong college preparatory curricula.

Scores of three, four and five on an exam typically qualify the student for credit in that subject upon entering college. A score of four or five on an AP exam is equivalent to an A grade in an introductory college course at many institutions of higher learning. A score of three is equivalent to a B grade at the college level.

This year’s performance by MVLA students marked improvement in all areas of the curriculum.

Of the 3,600 students enrolled in district high schools, 1,196 took at least one test during the 2013 AP administration period. The results of the 2,264 submitted exams reported that 86 percent of the students received a score of three or better, qualifying them for college credit.

The 2013 results show an increase of 159 exams completed at that level, a 7 percent improvement over the 2012 results. 

A few highlights from the 2013 AP administration:

• 277 district high school students took an AP Calculus exam, with 89 percent receiving a passing score of three or above.

• Of the 345 students who took an AP English exam, 83 percent received a passing score.

• In History and Government, 567 students, 80 percent, earned a passing score.

The national average for passing the AP exams with a score of three or better is approximately 60 percent.

For more information, email Associate Superintendent Brigitte Sarraf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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