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MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pilot program that aims to better prepare students for college.

In an effort to better prepare local students for the college experience, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District plans to integrate laptops in classrooms this fall as compulsory learning tools.

Each student in the district will use a cloud-connected computer to conduct research, take notes, provide peer feedback and work collaboratively on projects. In addition, the district is investing in curriculum development, teacher training and online resources to ensure that students use the technology effectively and in a way that enhances the learning experience.

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County board names new superintendent


The Santa Clara County Board of Education voted unanimously July 16 to appoint Jon R. Gundry as new county superintendent of schools, effective Aug. 1.

The sole finalist for the position, Gundry currently serves as superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District. He has more than three decades of experience as a teacher, principal and instructional leader.

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Waldorf School launches full-day kindergarten

Waldorf School of the Peninsula has expanded the hours for its kindergarten program to include a full-day option beginning in September.

According to school officials, the new schedule is designed to accommodate the needs of working families and children who are ready to attend a full-day program. Families will have the option to pick up their children at lunchtime or at 3 p.m. Aftercare will continue to be available until 5:45 p.m.

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Foothill fall registration opens Monday

Local residents interested in earning a specialized career certificate, associate degree or updated job skills can enroll beginning Monday when Foothill College opens fall registration.

In addition to its continuing-education courses, the college provides the general-education course requirements needed to transfer to a four-year university. Most Foothill courses are transferable to California State University and University of California campuses and most private colleges and universities.

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MVLA Foundation's $1.3 million grant sets record

What a difference a decimal point makes.

In 1982, when the Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation was founded, the parent-organized group raised $13,000. This year, the foundation awarded the Mountain View Los Altos High Union High School District a $1.3 million grant, the largest in the 32-year history of the nonprofit organization that raises money to fund academic programs. The grant represents a 40-fold increase in contributions since the foundation’s inception.

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Los Altos High graduate releases EP


Courtesy of Mary Gospe
Los Altos High School graduates Riley Soward, left, and Zach Gospe, right, celebrate the release of Gospe’s “New Horizons” EP with producer Mark Mazzetti, center.

Friends, family and fans of musician Zach Gospe gathered June 29 to celebrate the soft release of the recent Los Altos High School graduate’s album.

After raising $10,000 through a successful Kickstarter campaign last fall, Gospe and his music manager, friend and fellow Los Altos High alumnus Riley Soward spent the past few months putting the final touches on Gospe’s “New Horizons” EP (extended play – a recording that’s more than a single but not a full album).

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SLOBs: New boys' group gives back


Courtesy of Aloma Avery
Members of the Mountain View-Los Altos Service League of Boys (SLOBs) are hard at work in the community. The SLOBs, boys in seventh to 12th grades, paint a fence, left.

Boys are SLOBs.

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