New teachers top 40 in high school district

Courtesy of Barry Groves
Forty-one new teachers and three administrators joined Los Altos and Mountain View high schools.

A huge cohort of new teachers just joined the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

The 41 newcomers represent the largest incoming staff class in the past decade. MVLA schools include 230 teachers overall, meaning nearly 18 percent of the staff are new this year.


Community support pays dividends

As a recent cover story in The New York Times Magazine revealed, getting low-income students into college is not enough to close the achievement/income gap. The percentage of low-income students entering college who actually earn a degree lags far behind the success rate of other college students. Furthermore, many who do graduate fail to get jobs that allow them to pay off their formidable college debts.

In Los Altos and Mountain View, however, many volunteers and donors are committed to seeing that scenario change. The MVLA Community Scholars program, founded in 2000 by local resident Jim Strand and now a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, has from its inception recognized the challenges that underserved students face in completing college.


Schools Briefs

Los Altos Art Docents seek volunteers

The Los Altos Arts Docents have scheduled an informational coffee meeting for prospective volunteers 10 a.m. Aug. 27 in the Los Altos School District Board Room, 201 Covington Road.

The nonprofit, all-volunteer organization relies on docents who train for nine months before introducing art lessons to the classroom curriculum.


Local tutoring center earns kudos in parent magazine's reader poll

Courtesy of Kobad Bugwadia
Mathnasium’s fourth-grade participants, from left, Jenna Haynie, Maelle Allanic, Tanish Gupta, Hamza Raza and David Chan, join instructors to celebrate their achievements in the tutoring center’s national TriMathlon this year.

Mathnasium, a math tutoring franchise with a location in Mountain View, recently earned recognition from a family magazine for the level of service it provides.

Bay Area Parent Magazine – a publication that covers topics including education, enrichment and health – included Mathnasium in its 2014 “Best of the Best” issue that awards Gold, Silver and Bronze accolades to various services. Mathnasium received a Silver for “Math and Science Support” in Silicon Valley.


New names join crowded ballot in high school board race

In its first contested election since 2008, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees will see six candidates running for three open seats in the Nov. 4 election, including two of the three eligible incumbents. Incumbent Judy Hannemann declined to run again after serving 33 years on the board.


MVLA AP scores improve 15 percent

The College Board recently reported that students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School district continue to exceed state and national standards in all Advanced Placement test areas.

In the 3,600-student district, 1,370 students took at least one AP test during the May test administration period. MVLA students took 2,602 exams, with 84 percent receiving a score of three or better, qualifying them for college credit. The 2014 results reflect an increase of 338 exams, or a 15 percent improvement over the 2013 results.


Local parents organize summer camp experience for those in need

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp counselor, left, helps a student with her story about the camp’s field trip to Dear Hollow Farm.

A group of Bullis Charter School parents established the Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp to provide a summer camp experience for underserved local students.

The camp, in its second year, offers a free, weeklong program for second- through fourth-graders from the Los Altos and Mountain View Whisman school districts.


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