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MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud


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Robert Barker, Los Altos High World Literature teacher, demonstrates how students use online discussion in class.

Technology is no longer seen as a distraction in the classroom, as students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District use laptops daily as tools of learning.

Funds from the MVLA High School Foundation and matching grants from Google Inc. have provided students access to classroom laptops. At Los Altos High, students either bring their own computers to class or check out a Google Chromebook for the year. Mountain View High uses Chromebooks in English and Social Studies classes.

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Tech Challenge brings STEM to life


courtesy of Sandy Tierling,
Gardner Bullis School’s Anand Mehta and Kiefer Tierling used a pendulum dampening system to fortify their Tech Challenge building.

Local students drafted plans and donned hard hats last month for the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation’s Tech Challenge for elementary, middle and high schools.

This year’s challenge, “Seismic Engineering in Action,” recast students as urban planners tasked with housing a growing population in earthquake country. More than 2,000 students competed April 25-26 to address a real-world problem – designing a building to withstand earthquakes – including students from Santa Rita, Oak Avenue, Gardner Bullis, Bullis Charter and Blach Intermediate schools.

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Budding authors at Montclaire Elementary School receive recognition


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A young author from Montclaire Elementary School presents her story to an audience during the school’s Young Author’s Book Faire May 14.

Montclaire Elementary School recognized 12 students for their original books at the annual Young Authors’ Book Faire May 14.

Cupertino Union School District School Board President Phyllis Vogel read each of the books beforehand and honored the students at a ceremony during Montclaire’s Open House. The students discussed their stories and received gold seals to place on their books.

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MVLA appoints new associate superintendent


The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees appointed Eric Goddard as its new associate superintendent of human resources, effective July 1.

Goddard replaces Laura Stefanski, scheduled to retire at the end of the school year after 33 years as an educator and two years as associate superintendent.

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Schools Briefs

Children’s Center honors retiring director

Children’s Center Preschool has scheduled a Community Retirement Celebration for Director Non Mead 2-5 p.m. Sunday at The University Club of Palo Alto, 3277 Miranda Ave.

Local residents are invited to attend. Lemonade and cookies will be served.

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Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum


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Community Health Awareness Council hosted a forum earlier this month where local students discussed the varied pressures they face.

Local students face enormous pressures in their lives, ranging from academic to social, but supportive parents and teachers can help them navigate their adolescence, according to a panel of four teens hosted by the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) earlier this month.

The panel, part of CHAC’s Leadership and Empowerment Program Speaker Series, focused on “Teen Pressure in Silicon Valley.” Four students – a freshman, a sophomore, a junior and a senior representing Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools and the Foothill Middle College Program – offered personal accounts of how they face pressure and how they cope.

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Schools community welcomes new faces

Following is a roundup of new hires at local schools for the next school year.

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