Transition to standards-based grading proves 'frustrating' for LASD teachers

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The district’s new grading scale eschews the traditional A-F format and moves toward a 1-4 scale, above, that aims to offer parents more detailed information.

The process of reporting student learning will be different for K-6 Los Altos School District teachers next week as parents head into their first parent-teacher conferences of the year. And the road hasn’t been easy, according to district teachers.

The revamped report card process began last year when the district agreed to contract with a learning management system, Haiku Learning, in an attempt to tie the district’s classroom technology together; improve communication among students, teachers and parents; and integrate standards-based reporting.


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.


Google Education Symposium visits Almond

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An education official from Sweden interacts with students in an Almond School classroom last week during a tour showcasing how the Los Altos School District personalizes education while integrating technology.

Almond School hosted a contingent of more than 100 guests last week, including ministers of education from 22 countries who visited the school for Google Inc.’s Education Symposium.

Almond and the Los Altos School District collaborated with Google on the event through parent and Google employee Rajen Sheth, whose daughter is a kindergartner at the school.


Understanding what AP credits mean after graduation

Following is the second in a two-part series on Advanced Placement classes. Part 2 explores what happens with AP credits once students matriculate to college.


LASD trustees consider buses for students

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees at its board meeting last month discussed the possibility of providing bus service for some students.

Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, gave an information-only presentation reviewing expenses associated with bus service.


LAHS sophomore starts a 'Revolution' and finishes it

Courtesy of Trinity Suh
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.


Consider balance and interests when selecting APs in high school

Following is the first in a two-part series that explores the two primary ways Advanced Placement classes impact the college process. Part 1 reviews the role of AP classes as part of college admissions. Part 2 will address how AP credits are handled after college matriculation.


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