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Schools

Year in Review: District undergoes change


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Among the many changes afoot in the Mountain View Whisman School District this year, the board recently voted to reopen the Slater Elementary School site.

I have to look at a calendar to believe that so much change has occurred in the Mountain View Whisman School District in one year.

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Schools Briefs

Mentor Tutor Connection seeks volunteers

Mentor Tutor Connection, a nonprofit group that has provided mentors and tutors to local students for 18 years, has scheduled a volunteer open house and luncheon noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High School.

The organization seeks mentors for high school students and tutors for students in kindergarten to eighth grade.

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Voter survey shows support for LASD parcel-tax renewal

If polling is any indication, the Los Altos School District should be able to renew its $193 parcel tax next year. But the most recent polling data – presented at the Dec. 7 board of trustees meeting – also shows that likely voters won’t support a parcel-tax increase.

The tax is set to expire in the 2017-2018 school year. The district currently collects taxes of $597 and $193 per parcel, totalling $790 annually.

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Los Altos High Marching Band and Color Guard ends season on high note


Joan Yee/Special to the Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Marching Band and Color Guard performs during the Bands of America Championship last month. The group ended the season placing eighth among 38 bands from five western states.

While the work is long and hard, students in the Los Altos High School Marching Band and Color Guard said the commitment is worth the effort.

“It’s like any other sport,” said junior tuba player Neville Taraporevala. “You are coming as an individual and you come together as a team to create something you are really proud of, and it’s really special.”

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Trustees approve keeping LAH crosswalk

Los Altos School District trustees voted 4-0 to maintain the crosswalk near the entrance of Gardner Bullis School.

The Los Altos Hills City Council asked district trustees to weigh in on the proposed removal of the crosswalk, located on the east side of Fremont Pines Lane in front of the school.

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Local schools promote coding during Computer Science Education Week


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos School District STEM education includes students working with blocks and Bee-Bot robots, above, to build their problem-solving skills..

Local students joined the international education community last week in participating in Hour of Code activities during Computer Science Education Week.

Hour of Code – a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries – is dedicated to reinforcing the importance of computer science education.

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LASD staff prepares for public lands meeting

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to prepare additional information for the January meeting of the Public Lands Ad Hoc Committee.

Superintendent Jeff Baier reported at the Dec. 7 board meeting that staff has been collaborating with the district’s architect to develop designs for housing two schools – at Covington and Egan Junior High schools – and sharing the civic center property (minus Hillview Community Center acreage) with city services.

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