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LAEF announces $3.7 million goal

The Los Altos Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by a board of parent volunteers, is targeting a fundraising goal of $3.7 million for the 2016-2017 school year.

For more than 30 years, LAEF has raised funds from parents and the community to provide enrichment programs and smaller class sizes for all nine schools in the Los Altos School District. Its annual grant for the new school year will support students from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade by maintaining its funding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; physical education; libraries; art; music; computer science; and a wider choice of junior-high electives. The foundation is also funding the district’s first instructional support teacher, dedicated to improving instruction, collaboration and learning across disciplines.

Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Living Classroom program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate nature.

Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach students the interconnectedness of the world. The program reaches all grade levels in the Los Altos School District and includes education in science, math and social studies. The program also serves schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District.

LASD begins new year with new faces and new curriculum guides

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The Gardner Bullis School community welcomed new principal Nadia Oskolkoff, second from right, during the school’s back-to-school Popcorn Social Aug. 16.

The Los Altos School District kicked off the school year last week by introducing new curriculum guides for teachers and welcoming two new principals.

After a yearlong process that included input from teachers across all grade levels and from all district schools, officials published grade-level-specific curriculum guides to streamline instruction this year.

CSMA provides music scholarships

Courtesy of CSMA
The Community School of Music and Arts recently provided 64 scholarships to student musicians for its Summer Honor Band and Strings programs.

The Community School of Music and Arts recently awarded scholarships to 64 student musicians to participate in CSMA’s Summer Honor Band and Strings programs.

Scholarships for the top-performing fifth-grade instrumental music students, including 38 strings and 28 band students, were determined based on talent, dedication and focus during their weekly Instrumental Music classes. Students were selected from eight elementary schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District, where CSMA provides its Music4Schools program, which brings music teachers onsite during the school day to teach music.

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Mentor Tutor Connection seeks volunteers

Mentor Tutor Connection, the nonprofit group that has provided mentors and tutors to local students for 20 years, has scheduled a volunteer open house and luncheon noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High School.

The organization seeks mentors for high school students and tutors for students in kindergarten to eighth grade.

MVLA Scholars seeks mentors

MVLA Scholars seeks volunteers for its College Prep Mentoring Program, which pairs high school juniors and seniors with local residents who shepherd them through the college application process.

The program specifically targets juniors and seniors in Los Altos and Mountain View high schools’ Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes, geared to first-generation and low-income college-bound students.

Bullis Boosters Camp adds leadership element

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Bullis Boosters Camp counselors-in-training, from left, Nicole Andrews, Elena Atluri and Amrita Sangani serve snacks to students at the summer bridge camp.

In addition to its tuition-free summer bridge camp for local underserved students, the Bullis Boosters Camp expanded to include a counselor-in-training leadership program this year.

In an attempt to add sustainability to the annual program for second- through fourth-graders, camp officials added the leadership element for junior high and high school students.

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