MVLA Foundation awards grants for innovative teacher projects

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Los Altos High School chemistry teacher Danielle Paige, left, demonstrates for students how to pickle cucumbers and carrots, above, with equipment she received from her MVLA Foundation grant money.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation is on a mission to encourage innovation in the classroom by awarding $75,000 in grants to individual teacher projects.

The foundation last month awarded 21 Innovative Learning Grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000, to teachers and teaching teams.


LAHS sophomore starts a 'Revolution' and finishes it

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Los Altos High School sophomore Trinity Suh, above, wrote and published “The Revolution,” a novel about a teen assassin.

Like many high school students, Trinity Suh participates in sports, attends classes and enjoys spending time with friends. Unlike most of her peers, however, the Los Altos resident is also a published author.

Her first book, “The Revolution,” released over the summer, has transformed the Los Altos High School sophomore into a full-fledged novelist.


BCS wins Crayola grant

Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals recently selected Bullis Charter School as one of 20 elementary and middle schools to receive a Champion Creatively Alive Children grant.

The organizations also recognized Wanny Hersey, superintendent and founding principal of Bullis Charter School, for fostering critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills at the school.


Courtyard by Marriott Cares & Shares honors local teachers

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The Los Altos Courtyard by Marriott honored 11 local teachers last week. Honorees include, front row, from left, Laleh Rowhani, Elise Kuypers, Valerie Hu and Christine Boyles. Back: Donna Owens, Sarah NeSmith, Laura Wiley, Niki Mitchell, David Cercedes and David Belles. Not pictured: Danielle Sattler.

Sticking to its commitment to support education, the Courtyard by Marriott Cares and Shares program honored 11 local teachers last week.

Cares and Shares selected the teachers based on creativity and ability to demonstrate innovation in developing curriculum. Each teacher recognized received $1,000 to be used in the classroom.


Cal Water awards scholarship

California Water Service Co. recently awarded a college scholarship to Mountain View High School graduate Michelle Frees of Los Altos.

Cal Water selected Frees, now a biology major at UC Davis, for the scholarship based on her academic achievement and community involvement. She received numerous scholastic awards while at Mountain View High, including the World Language Award of Excellence, and was named a 4.0 Scholar and an AP Scholar. She was an active member of the school’s orchestra and enjoys dancing to lyrical jazz.


MVLA students named semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

Thirty seniors in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District have qualified as National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists.

The top 1 percent of applicants in the nation receive National Merit semifinalist recognition. Each year, approximately 1.5 million entrants participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, co-sponsored by the College Board. The standardized test measures critical reading, math problem solving and writing skills.


Local high schoolers receive scholarships from MVLA Scholars

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MVLA Scholars 2015 scholarship recipients celebrate their academic achievements at the Los Altos Community House.

MVLA Scholars recently awarded seniors from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 per year – and the services of a college mentor.

“We wanted high-achieving, low-income, first-generation-to-college applicants, and we received a huge response,” said Dee Gibson, co-chairwoman of MVLA Scholars. “Of the 70 qualified applicants, 29 received scholarships, more awarded in one year than ever before.”


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