LAEF increases grant for next school year

Courtesy of LAEF
The Los Altos Educational Foundation funds many enrichment programs in the Los Altos School District, including the district’s STEM Labs, left. The foundation plans to increase next year’s grant to fund additional PE and computer science instruction.

Officials from the Los Altos Educational Foundation reported earlier this month that they plan to raise a record-setting $3.5 million for the Los Altos School District next year.

The foundation raised $3.3 million last year to fund enrichment programs and smaller class sizes for all nine schools in the Los Altos School District. The foundation’s grant is built into the district budget annually to pay for targeted staff and programming.


MVLA appoints new associate superintendent

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees appointed Eric Goddard as its new associate superintendent of human resources, effective July 1.

Goddard replaces Laura Stefanski, scheduled to retire at the end of the school year after 33 years as an educator and two years as associate superintendent.


Schools community welcomes new faces

Following is a roundup of new hires at local schools for the next school year.


Council takes Hillview off the table as school site

The new Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Ad Hoc Committee is scheduled to meet today to mull over sharing public lands – but Hillview Community Center and Park is off the table.

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed May 11 the formation of the shared-lands ad hoc committee, but opinion was split among Los Altos City Councilmembers. The council voted 4-1 May 12 to participate in the subcommittee, with the caveat that Hillview is no longer an option.


Spartan Robotics Team caps season with award

Courtesy of Wyn Schuh
Members of the Spartan Robotics Team, in yellow, discuss the attributes of their robot, No. 971, which earned the Excellence in Engineering Award at the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis last month.

Mountain View High School’s Spartan Robotics Team wrapped up a successful season last month at the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Mo. The team earned the Excellence in Engineering Award and advanced to the semifinals.

The competition was held in the Edward P. Jones Arena, where the St. Louis Rams play football. The Mountain View High team competed in the Carver Division, one of eight, each with 76 teams from around the world.


Egan wins MathCounts competition, advances to statewide contest

Courtesy of Bin Hu
Egan Junior High School students celebrate their first-place win in the MathCounts Peninsula Chapter competition Feb. 28. Team members include, from left, Shawn Huang, Daniel Hu, Tristan Cooper and Henry Ying.

For the first time in school history, Egan Junior High School’s math team placed first in the MathCounts Peninsula Chapter finals Feb. 28.

Egan outpaced private and public schools on their way to victory. Blach Intermediate School’s team placed eighth.


MVLA board approves ninth-grade student-athlete PE exemption

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Starting next year, MVLA ninth-graders who are also enrolled in six academic classes will be exempt from attending a PE class while participating in a school-sponsored sports team.

Responding to repeated pleas from district parents, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees last week approved a physical-education exemption for ninth-grade students who play on school sports teams.

The Feb. 9 board meeting was the fourth in a series in which trustees discussed and solicited public comment on the district’s policy of requiring all freshmen to take PE.


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