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High schools start the year with student wellness in mind

Traci Newell/Town Crier
The school year kicked off at Los Altos High School last week with students preparing for Back to School night. Clad in shirts exclaiming “Let Me Help You,” students served as guides for families.

With new positions added and a new homework policy this year, both Los Altos and Mountain View high schools plan to emphasize the importance of student wellness.

As the school year drew to a close in the spring, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees approved a new homework policy designed by school site leadership groups.

Local schools score high on standardized test

Source: California Department of Education
The majority of local schools met or exceeded standards on the state’s assessment tests, released last week. The results show the percentage of students who met or exceeded standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, as well as the school’s growth over last year’s results.

Local schools continued to score above the state and county averages on the California Department of Education’s assessment test.

The test – California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress – 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.

LAEF announces $3.7 million goal

The Los Altos Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by a board of parent volunteers, is targeting a fundraising goal of $3.7 million for the 2016-2017 school year.

For more than 30 years, LAEF has raised funds from parents and the community to provide enrichment programs and smaller class sizes for all nine schools in the Los Altos School District. Its annual grant for the new school year will support students from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade by maintaining its funding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; physical education; libraries; art; music; computer science; and a wider choice of junior-high electives. The foundation is also funding the district’s first instructional support teacher, dedicated to improving instruction, collaboration and learning across disciplines.

Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Living Classroom program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate nature.

Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach students the interconnectedness of the world. The program reaches all grade levels in the Los Altos School District and includes education in science, math and social studies. The program also serves schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District.

LASD begins new year with new faces and new curriculum guides

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Gardner Bullis School community welcomed new principal Nadia Oskolkoff, second from right, during the school’s back-to-school Popcorn Social Aug. 16.

The Los Altos School District kicked off the school year last week by introducing new curriculum guides for teachers and welcoming two new principals.

After a yearlong process that included input from teachers across all grade levels and from all district schools, officials published grade-level-specific curriculum guides to streamline instruction this year.


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