New names join crowded ballot in high school board race

In its first contested election since 2008, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees will see six candidates running for three open seats in the Nov. 4 election, including two of the three eligible incumbents. Incumbent Judy Hannemann declined to run again after serving 33 years on the board.


MVLA AP scores improve 15 percent

The College Board recently reported that students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School district continue to exceed state and national standards in all Advanced Placement test areas.

In the 3,600-student district, 1,370 students took at least one AP test during the May test administration period. MVLA students took 2,602 exams, with 84 percent receiving a score of three or better, qualifying them for college credit. The 2014 results reflect an increase of 338 exams, or a 15 percent improvement over the 2013 results.


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.


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.


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.


LASD hires new assistant superintendent

The Los Altos School District hired Edsel Clark, Ed.D., as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, effective Tuesday.

Clark replaces Nancy Davis, who retired at the end of the school year.


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