Freestyle's Florendo named Teacher of the Year

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District named Leo Florendo of Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology its 2015 Teacher of the Year.

Florendo is scheduled to be honored at the annual Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Teacher Recognition Celebration Oct. 1 at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell.


Local schools earn California Gold Ribbon status

Los Altos High, Mountain View High and Blach Intermediate schools recently earned designation as California Gold Ribbon Schools.

Out of more than 2,600 middle and high schools statewide, the program selected 373 schools for the award. The Gold Ribbon Schools Program honors outstanding public schools that demonstrate exemplary achievements in implementing state standards in priority areas.


LASD honors Teachers of the Year

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The Los Altos School District honored 10 instructors as Teachers of the Year at a ceremony March 31. Honorees included, from left, John Beeman, Linda Mooers, Pearl Garvin, Andrea Powers, Leslie Rainforth, Kim Nero, Amy Bayani, Can Huynh, Noirin Foy and Samantha Nguyen.

The Los Altos School District honored its Teachers of the Year last week, recognizing one teacher from each of its nine schools and an additional recipient who will earn Teacher of the Year designation from the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Superintendent Jeff Baier revealed the award recipients at a ceremony March 31.



Egan Junior High School eighth-grader Priya Dixit and Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader Trevor Lambertson qualified for the California State Geography Bee, scheduled Friday in Fresno.


Egan students challenge national record for altruism

Courtesy of Robert Freeman
The Egan Junior High School Student Body officers, above, organized a fundraiser to help eliminate neonatal tetanus from the planet. The group raised $1,757.

Robert Freeman is a teacher at Los Altos High School and founded the nonprofit One Dollar For Life.


Two local students selected as finalists in national Intel Science Talent Search

Courtesy of Harker School
Local Harker School seniors Steven Wang, left, and Rohith Kuditipudi earned finalist honors in the Intel Science Talent Search. The pair will join 40 other finalists in Washington, D.C., next month to compete for more than $1 million in prizes.

Two Harker School seniors, Rohith Kuditipudi of Los Altos and Steven Wang of Los Altos Hills, last month reached the finalist stage of the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search.

Kuditipudi and Wang join 40 other high school students from across the United States who will gather in Washington, D.C., in March for the final phase of the competition, with more than $1 million in cash prizes at stake.


Hannemann retires from MVLA board after 33 years

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While serving as trustee on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board for 33 years, Los Altos resident Judy Hannemann fulfilled a number of duties, including presenting diplomas to graduates in 2012.

After 33 years of service on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees, Los Altos resident Judy Hannemann is set to retire this month.

The high school board recognized Hannemann’s tenure at its Nov. 24 meeting and placed a bench named in her honor outside the district offices.


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