Blach and Egan schools receive National Blue Ribbon nominations

The California Department of Education nominated two Los Altos School District schools – Blach Intermediate and Egan Junior High schools – for the National Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education.

Only 35 of the more than 12,000 public, charter and private schools in California received nominations for the award, which recognizes sustained exemplary achievement of students and school communities.


International visit highlights LASD's New Teacher Project

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Representatives from the Ministry of Education in Singapore, left, listen as Los Altos School District officials discuss the benefits of their teacher support programs.

Two representatives from the Singapore Ministry of Education visited the Los Altos School District recently to observe the district’s New Teacher Project.

The Singapore Ministry of Education, which is scheduled to adopt the district’s two-year mentor program for new teachers, assigned the representatives to visit local schools and shadow new-teacher mentors to experience the program firsthand.


St. Simon students master robotics

Two St. Simon Parish School robotics teams competing for the first time at the Northern California Bay Area VEX IQ Tournament in December won several awards and qualified for the California State Championships and the VEX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim in April.

The teams earned awards for Excellence, Team Championship, Programming Skills Champion, Robot Skills Champion, STEM Research Project and First Overall in Programming.


Living Classroom Program seeks volunteer docents

The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate the outdoors.

Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach students the interconnectedness of nature. The program reaches all grade levels in the district, and lesson content includes science, math and social studies. The program recently expanded to schools in the Mountain View-Whisman School District.


Vargas promotes immigration dialogue with Documented film

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Mountain View High School alumnus and immigration-rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas, left, greets Los Altos High student and self-identified undocumented resident Kimberly Garcia.

The night before President Barack Obama heralded his continued commitment to immigration reform in his Jan. 28 State of the Union address, a young professional with roots in Mountain View brought the issue home. Jose Antonio Vargas shared stories of his life as an undocumented resident at an MVLA Community Scholars fundraiser.

Vargas’ journey is similar to that of the 170,000 undocumented immigrants that the Public Policy Institute of California estimates live in Santa Clara County. After being smuggled into the United States from the Philippines when he was 12 years old, Vargas navigated the halls of Mountain View High School and launched a career in journalism while carrying a secret: He didn’t have a visa or paperwork to reside legally in the U.S.


Los Altos High hosts second History Week

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Activist and folk singer Betsy Rose, above, leads Los Altos High School students in song last week during the school’s second History Week. Joining her on stage are, from left, student Zach Gospe and teacher Mike Messner.

Los Altos High School students could be heard clapping and singing along to some of history’s most famous protest songs last week during the school’s second History Week.

Framed as a multimedia and music session, students took a walk through history via songs used in various protests from the 1930s through the Civil Rights Movement to today.


St. Nicholas students give back through the Morgan Autism Center

SCH MAC Eric and Christian PangrazioAs a part of St. Nicholas School’s outreach program, seventh- and eighth-grade students visit and interact with students at the Morgan Autism Center throughout the year.


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