MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mountain View High School, above.

At the direction of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees, Superintendent Barry Groves is researching options for a potential freshman physical education exemption.


MVLA begins superintendent search process


The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees approved a contract with a superintendent search firm last week, the first step in the process to replace retiring Superintendent Barry Groves.

The district hired Leadership Associates, an executive search firm that has worked with the district in its previous two superintendent searches. The firm comprises a network of retired superintendents who use their connections to identify leaders for school boards.


Egan, BCS parents join forces for safety

Courtesy of Corinne Machatzke
Representatives from Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools – from left, Buffy Poon, Karen Schuster, Grace Yang and Corinne Machatzke – collaborate to present a joint bike and safety resolution to the Los Altos City Council.

Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools parent leaders presented a joint Bike and Pedestrian Safety Resolution at the Los Altos City Council meeting last week.

Karen Schuster and Corinne Machatzke, co-presidents of the Egan PTA, and Bullis Charter School Booster Club Chairwoman Grace Yang and former Chairwoman Buffy Poon shared their respective school communities’ concerns for student safety while biking and walking to and from school.


MVLA to install electric-vehicle charging stations

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees last week approved the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations at its Los Altos and Mountain View high school campuses.

The district is partnering with Green Charge Networks to install a dual-port charger at each campus at no cost to the district. The charging stations are intended for staff who commute far enough to require recharging their electric vehicles to complete the return trip home. Users will pay a small fee to cover the cost of electricity.


Schools Briefs

Mentor Tutor Connection seeks volunteers

Mentor Tutor Connection, a nonprofit group that provides mentors and tutors for local students, has scheduled a volunteer information event and open house noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Office, 1299 Bryant Ave., Mountain View.

Teens and their volunteer adult mentors do everything from bowling to hiking, cooking and going to movies. Primarily they talk – and listen – to one another. The relationships are designed to help struggling students build self-esteem and find positive direction in their lives.


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Schools Briefs

MVLA Speaker Series hosts teen wellness panel

The Mountain View Los Altos Parent Education Speaker Series is scheduled to present a panel discussion, “Helping Your Teen Make Wise Choices,” 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Panelists will include Seth Ammerman, M.D., adolescent medicine specialist and clinical professor; Wynne Satterwhite, principal at Los Altos High; Susan Flatmo, psychologist and clinical services coordinator for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District; and William Blair, assistant principal at Mountain View High. Lisa Medoff, developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent mental health, will moderate the panel.


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