LASD trustees consider buses for students

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees at its board meeting last month discussed the possibility of providing bus service for some students.

Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, gave an information-only presentation reviewing expenses associated with bus service.


MVLA extends bond funds to update server room

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Mike Mathiesen, associate superintendent for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, shows the lack of space in the district’s current server room.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District has stretched its bond money to complete extra projects that enhance the district’s day-to-day operations.

In June 2010, voters approved Measure A, a $41.3 million bond designed to add classrooms at both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools to accommodate expanding enrollment. After completing a long list of bond projects, the district still has approximately $2.5 million left to spend, according Mike Mathiesen, associate superintendent for business services.


Foothill College offers 3-D printing services

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Foothill College engineering instructor Oxana Pantchenko demonstrates the capabilities of the college’s 3-D printer, now available for community use.

Foothill College in Los Altos Hills now offers a 3-D printing service for students and local residents aiming to bring their computer-generated ideas to life.

The service is designed to appeal to artists, engineers, educators, working professionals, hobbyists and youth groups.


Local schools perform well on new state tests

Source: California Department of Education
Local schools met or exceeded standards on the state’s new assessment tests. The results show the students’ performance in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, as well as the number of students tested at each school.

Local schools ranked high on the California Department of Education’s new state standardized tests, according to results released last week.

The new assessment system – California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) – was administered in the spring to gauge students’ progress in learning new, more rigorous academic Common Core standards designed to prepare them for college and careers in the 21st century.


CSMA receives grant for Arts4Schools initiative

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View received a $10,200 grant from the California Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program.

The Artists in Schools program supports projects that integrate community arts resources – artists and professional art organizations – into comprehensive, standards-based arts learning projects for students.


LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current contract with the association, the district promised teachers a 3 percent raise for the 2015-2016 school year, the final increase in a bargaining agreement that would have resulted in a cumulative 10 percent increase over three years.


Mountain View High launches Bring Your Own Device program

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Mountain View High School staff distribute Chromebooks to students last week. The school is rolling out the Bring Your Own Device program this year, which gives students and teachers around-the-clock access to laptops.

Mountain View High School aims to level the playing field when it comes to technology accessibility this year by ensuring that every student has a laptop to use in the classroom.

The school rolled out the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program last week, similar to a pilot program launched at Los Altos High last year.


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