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Local high schoolers receive scholarships from MVLA Scholars


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MVLA Scholars 2015 scholarship recipients celebrate their academic achievements at the Los Altos Community House.

MVLA Scholars recently awarded seniors from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 per year – and the services of a college mentor.

“We wanted high-achieving, low-income, first-generation-to-college applicants, and we received a huge response,” said Dee Gibson, co-chairwoman of MVLA Scholars. “Of the 70 qualified applicants, 29 received scholarships, more awarded in one year than ever before.”

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KCI hosts annual cohort of teachers


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The Krause Center for Innovation is hosting a group of 49 local teachers during its annual MERIT program at Foothill College. Participating teachers, above and below, listen as MERIT alumni and education experts share strategies for using technology to transform their classrooms.

Teachers became students once again during a two-week intensive training program at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College that wraps up Friday.

The teachers are part of the MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program, a research-based educator development initiative that focuses on using technology tools to transform how students learn.

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Shared-lands subcommittee considers school site criteria

The Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Subcommittee convened July 8 to develop criteria for a potential 10th school site in Los Altos.

The committee reviewed shared-use of four public parcels: the Los Altos Civic Center and Covington, Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate schools.

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High schools welcome new teachers, revived young-parent program

A continuing rise in local property-tax revenues will support additional teachers and the return of a program serving some of the most vulnerable local high schoolers.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees anticipates up to 9 percent growth in property-tax revenue in the coming year – revenue that funds 85 percent of the 2015-2016 budget approved at the board’s June 20 meeting.

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Online public school hosts information session

California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a tuition-free online public school, has scheduled an information session in Los Altos 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Residence Inn Palo Alto-Los Altos, 4460 El Camino Real.

The session is aimed at families interested in learning about the program and the school’s individualized approach to education. California Connections Academy @ Ripon is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District and is open to students in grades K-12 who reside in Santa Clara County, among other areas.

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Empoder: Changing Silicon Valley, one girl at a time


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Grace Gao, left, an incoming junior at Los Altos High School, helps a student from the Mountain View Whisman School District with computer code during Empoder’s summer program.

Los Altos Hills resident Marissa Yanez is on a mission to empower the low-income communities of Silicon Valley, home to the largest income gap in the United States.

Yanez is founder and CEO of the nonprofit Empoder, an organization focused on exposing underserved students to engineering and computer science. Motivated by the wealth disparity in the Bay Area, Yanez characterized the tech industry as the “greatest creation of wealth” in the nation.

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Foothill registration opens July 16

Registration for fall quarter at Foothill College opens July 16 and runs through Sept. 20.

Foothill offers students courses that enable them to complete the general education requirements needed to transfer to a four-year university. Most Foothill courses are transferable to California State University and University of California campuses, as well as private colleges and universities.

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