BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

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The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local underserved children who didn’t have the opportunity to attend preschool are preparing for their transition to kindergarten this summer at Bullis Charter School.

Charter school officials partnered with the Family Engagement Institute (FEI) at Foothill College to offer Stretch to Kindergarten – a six-week, tuition-free program designed to help children from low-income families adapt to an academic setting.


Foothill names interim president

Foothill College appointed Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D., to serve as interim president through March 31.

Messina replaces outgoing President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D., who was hired last month as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Miner begins her role as chancellor this week.


MVLA High School Foundation's $1.5 million grant sets record

The MVLA High School Foundation donated $1.5 million to the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District this year, the largest grant in the foundation’s 33-year history.

At the annual gifting dinner earlier this year, MVLA Foundation co-executive directors Laura Roberts and Margaret Gong and board President Mike Maciag presented the check to then-Superintendent Barry Groves and Susan Sweeley, president of the district’s board of trustees. Foundation board members, school district trustees, administrators, principals and volunteers attended the event.


Foothill STEM camps offer resources for low-income students

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Students use software connected to a 3D printer, left, to create a miniature San Francisco, including the Ferry Building, below, at Foothill’s STEM Summer Camps.

Expanding efforts to spark and inspire students’ interest in Science, Technolgy, Engineering and Math, STEM Summer Camps at Foothill College more than doubled in size this summer.

From serving 480 students last year to 1,250 this year, the program offers hands-on and experiential lessons in STEM topics.


Local camp promotes speech and debate

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Students from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools sponsored a speech and debate camp for middle schoolers, above, last month to encourage interest at an early age. Camp participants spend a week practicing their public-speaking skills and refining their debate strategies, below.

After a successful launch last year, the Mountain View Los Altos High School Speech and Debate Team held their second summer camp for middle schoolers last month.

Co-founded by James Naumovski from Los Altos High and Moira Huang from Mountain View High, the camp is designed to foster middle-school students’ interest in public speaking and debate and provide an introduction to the high schools’ debate program.


Local high schoolers receive scholarships from MVLA Scholars

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MVLA Scholars 2015 scholarship recipients celebrate their academic achievements at the Los Altos Community House.

MVLA Scholars recently awarded seniors from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 per year – and the services of a college mentor.

“We wanted high-achieving, low-income, first-generation-to-college applicants, and we received a huge response,” said Dee Gibson, co-chairwoman of MVLA Scholars. “Of the 70 qualified applicants, 29 received scholarships, more awarded in one year than ever before.”


KCI hosts annual cohort of teachers

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The Krause Center for Innovation is hosting a group of 49 local teachers during its annual MERIT program at Foothill College. Participating teachers, above and below, listen as MERIT alumni and education experts share strategies for using technology to transform their classrooms.

Teachers became students once again during a two-week intensive training program at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College that wraps up Friday.

The teachers are part of the MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program, a research-based educator development initiative that focuses on using technology tools to transform how students learn.


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