Montclaire grads travel in the name of peace and understanding

Courtesy of the Kane Family
Caroline Kane, above left at right, participates in a group dance activity during the Children’s International Summer Villages program.

Three Los Altos students left the comforts of home this summer and returned with a completely different view of the world – not to mention a host of friends from such faraway places as Latvia, the Netherlands and Ecuador.

The students, who had just graduated from fifth grade at Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos, attended the Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV) program, a volunteer organization with camps around the world that promote peace and cross-cultural understanding.


Foothill College hosts orientations

Foothill College has scheduled an orientation for new students 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 in Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The event is designed to give incoming freshmen the opportunity to meet fellow students and ask questions about attending the college.


Schools Brief

MVLA foundation hosts parent education event

The Los Altos-Mountain View Parent Education Speaker Series has scheduled Lynn O’Shaughnessy to discuss “Looking for the Right College at the Right Price” 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

O’Shaughnessy is a nationally recognized college expert, higher-education journalist, consultant and speaker. Her chief goal is to help families with teenagers, as well as high school counselors and college and financial consultants, become smart college shoppers as they search for schools.


LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current contract with the association, the district promised teachers a 3 percent raise for the 2015-2016 school year, the final increase in a bargaining agreement that would have resulted in a cumulative 10 percent increase over three years.


Mountain View High launches Bring Your Own Device program

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Mountain View High School staff distribute Chromebooks to students last week. The school is rolling out the Bring Your Own Device program this year, which gives students and teachers around-the-clock access to laptops.

Mountain View High School aims to level the playing field when it comes to technology accessibility this year by ensuring that every student has a laptop to use in the classroom.

The school rolled out the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program last week, similar to a pilot program launched at Los Altos High last year.


Local efforts pay off for Los Altos High School grad's future

Courtesy of Nancy Ginsburg Gill
Jose Amaya meets with his mentor William Mason, who became a father figure to Jose after mentoring him through high school.

The news at the national level has been grim: tension between urban police and the communities they serve; high schools failing to prepare low-income students for college; and college costs escalating so that students have to work full-time or go into heavy debt to pay for a college education.


MVLA Scholars seeks mentors

MVLA Scholars seeks volunteers for its College Prep Mentoring Program, which pairs high school juniors and seniors with local residents who shepherd them through the college application process.

The program specifically targets juniors and seniors in Los Altos and Mountain View high schools’ AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes, geared to first-generation and low-income college-bound students.


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