Longtime downtown learning center under new ownership

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Carol Taylor recently sold Pacific Learning Center after running the tutoring business for 32 years.

A longtime downtown Los Altos business dedicated to tutoring the city’s youth has changed hands.

Pacific Learning Center owner and founder Carol Taylor recently sold her 32-year-old tutoring business at 365 First St. to Ali and Adam Meyers, owners of Cupertino-based Meyers Learning Center. The business officially changed ownership Friday.


Sporty Students

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Students reach for the ball during a game of flag football during the Spartans Sports Camp this month.

More than 150 campers have flocked to Spartans Sports Camp this summer.  The camp, held at Mountain View High School, offers weeklong multisport sessions for boys and girls in grades 2-6 and sport-specific sessions for grades 5-9.


Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

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Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an introduction to an array of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at STEM Summer Camps at Foothill College.

The camps, featuring hands-on and experiential lessons, concluded last week on the Los Altos Hills campus.


MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pilot program that aims to better prepare students for college.

In an effort to better prepare local students for the college experience, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District plans to integrate laptops in classrooms this fall as compulsory learning tools.

Each student in the district will use a cloud-connected computer to conduct research, take notes, provide peer feedback and work collaboratively on projects. In addition, the district is investing in curriculum development, teacher training and online resources to ensure that students use the technology effectively and in a way that enhances the learning experience.


County board names new superintendent

The Santa Clara County Board of Education voted unanimously July 16 to appoint Jon R. Gundry as new county superintendent of schools, effective Aug. 1.

The sole finalist for the position, Gundry currently serves as superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District. He has more than three decades of experience as a teacher, principal and instructional leader.


Waldorf School launches full-day kindergarten

Waldorf School of the Peninsula has expanded the hours for its kindergarten program to include a full-day option beginning in September.

According to school officials, the new schedule is designed to accommodate the needs of working families and children who are ready to attend a full-day program. Families will have the option to pick up their children at lunchtime or at 3 p.m. Aftercare will continue to be available until 5:45 p.m.


Foothill fall registration opens Monday

Local residents interested in earning a specialized career certificate, associate degree or updated job skills can enroll beginning Monday when Foothill College opens fall registration.

In addition to its continuing-education courses, the college provides the general-education course requirements needed to transfer to a four-year university. Most Foothill courses are transferable to California State University and University of California campuses and most private colleges and universities.


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