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Los Altos Art Docents seek volunteers

The Los Altos Arts Docents have scheduled an informational coffee meeting for prospective volunteers 10 a.m. Aug. 27 in the Los Altos School District Board Room, 201 Covington Road.

The nonprofit, all-volunteer organization relies on docents who train for nine months before introducing art lessons to the classroom curriculum.


Local tutoring center earns kudos in parent magazine's reader poll

Courtesy of Kobad Bugwadia
Mathnasium’s fourth-grade participants, from left, Jenna Haynie, Maelle Allanic, Tanish Gupta, Hamza Raza and David Chan, join instructors to celebrate their achievements in the tutoring center’s national TriMathlon this year.

Mathnasium, a math tutoring franchise with a location in Mountain View, recently earned recognition from a family magazine for the level of service it provides.

Bay Area Parent Magazine – a publication that covers topics including education, enrichment and health – included Mathnasium in its 2014 “Best of the Best” issue that awards Gold, Silver and Bronze accolades to various services. Mathnasium received a Silver for “Math and Science Support” in Silicon Valley.


New names join crowded ballot in high school board race

In its first contested election since 2008, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees will see six candidates running for three open seats in the Nov. 4 election, including two of the three eligible incumbents. Incumbent Judy Hannemann declined to run again after serving 33 years on the board.


MVLA AP scores improve 15 percent

The College Board recently reported that students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School district continue to exceed state and national standards in all Advanced Placement test areas.

In the 3,600-student district, 1,370 students took at least one AP test during the May test administration period. MVLA students took 2,602 exams, with 84 percent receiving a score of three or better, qualifying them for college credit. The 2014 results reflect an increase of 338 exams, or a 15 percent improvement over the 2013 results.


Local parents organize summer camp experience for those in need

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp counselor, left, helps a student with her story about the camp’s field trip to Dear Hollow Farm.

A group of Bullis Charter School parents established the Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp to provide a summer camp experience for underserved local students.

The camp, in its second year, offers a free, weeklong program for second- through fourth-graders from the Los Altos and Mountain View Whisman school districts.


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.


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