Bullis Charter School students attend Turtle Camp to learn conservation

Courtesy of Bullis Charter School
Bullis Charter School fourth- and fifth-graders guide younger students through activity centers that aim to educate about leatherback turtle conservation efforts.

Fourth- and fifth-graders at Bullis Charter School stepped into the role of teacher last week when they taught kindergarten and first-grade students how they can help save leatherback sea turtles.

The school developed the event, called Turtle Camp, after receiving a $4,000 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean (NOAA) Guardian Grant awarded to schools that demonstrate a commitment to protect and conserve local and global waterways.


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Loyola K-Kids continue eyeglasses drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, will attempt to set a club record during its ninth annual “Share Old Spectacles” drive. The students have set a goal of collecting 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses.

The K-Kids Club, comprising second- through sixth-graders, has collected more than 10,000 pairs of glasses over the years with the help of the public and local storeowners who offer space for collection buckets.


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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