MVLA seeks community input on superintendent selection

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees seeks community input as it searches for a new superintendent to replace Barry Groves, who plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Trustees are soliciting feedback on the characteristics desired in a new superintendent as they identify, recruit and select candidates. To promote the process, trustees issued a prompt for local residents to consider: “What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for the MVLA School District?”


Freestyle hosts exhibition at Computer Science Museum

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Mountain View High junior and Freestyle Academy student Radika Gupta, right, works with a fellow student during a WebAudio course this month.

For three periods a day, a small subset of students from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools participate in a project-driven, design-based curriculum at Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology.

More than 140 juniors and seniors break from the traditional comprehensive model of high school to attend Freestyle, where curriculum centers on four projects a year.


Bullis Charter School students attend Turtle Camp to learn conservation

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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.


Schools Briefs

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

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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.


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