MVLA Scholars seeks mentors

MVLA Scholars seeks volunteers for its College Prep Mentoring Program, which pairs high school juniors and seniors with local residents who shepherd them through the college application process.

The program specifically targets juniors and seniors in Los Altos and Mountain View high schools’ AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes, geared to first-generation and low-income college-bound students.


MVLA welcomes new superintendent

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Jeff Harding, new Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District superintendent, meets students from the district’s Adult School earlier in the summer.

The incoming freshmen won’t be the only new faces on campus this week – new Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Jeff Harding, Ed.D., is set to join them.

Harding, who officially started in July, replaces Barry Groves, who retired at the end of the last school year.


School facilities provide summer revenue stream

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Camp Galileo, which ran at Covington School this summer, is one of 20 private programs that provide revenue to the district during the summer.

Privately run summer camps on school campuses offer academic and social enrichment for students – and a steady revenue stream for the school districts that own the facilities.

“This makes the facilities an asset to the community,” said Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services for the Los Altos School District. “The summer camps are a community benefit and it also brings us revenue. It’s good for the kids and it’s a win-win.”


Schools Briefs

Los Altos Robotics hosts parent information event

Los Altos Robotics, a nonprofit group that promotes youth robotics activities, has scheduled an information meeting for parents 7:30-9 p.m. Monday in Room 522 at Mountain View High School, 3535 Truman Ave.

Los Altos Robotics competes in the First LEGO League, a worldwide program in which teams of children in grades 4-9 design, build and program a robot to compete against other teams in a game. This year’s game objective is set to be announced Tuesday and competitions will take place in November.


MVLA struggles to maintain athletic fields during water restrictions

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Water restrictions have left portions of the athletic fields at Mountain View High in poor condition. Athletes can still practice on the fields, but there is no telling what condition they will be in later in the year, according to district officials.

Keeping athletic fields in playable and safe condition at Mountain View High School while meeting the city’s water restrictions is proving difficult for district administrators.

Due to the drought, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District is restricted to watering the fields only two days per week, 15 minutes per zone. As a result, the fields at Mountain View High are suffering, according to Mike Mathiesen, associate superintendent of business services and technology.


MVLA Board Briefs

The Mountain View Los Altos High Union School District Board of Trustees received updates at their Aug. 3 meeting.


Summer construction on the Los Altos and Mountain View high school campuses is largely on track to wrap up before school begins, though some projects may extend into the school year.


BCS parents host summer bridge camp for students in need

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Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp counselor Sonia Uppal teaches students the basics of computer coding last week.

The Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp aims to reduce the achievement gap by offering a hands-on academic and enrichment program to ease the “summer slide” for underserved students.

The weeklong camp, held July 27-31 at Bullis Charter School, targets local English Language Learners and students entering grades 2-4 who receive a free or reduced-priced lunch. This year’s camp hosted 45 students, most from Santa Rita and Monta Loma elementary schools.


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