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.


BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

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The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local underserved children who didn’t have the opportunity to attend preschool are preparing for their transition to kindergarten this summer at Bullis Charter School.

Charter school officials partnered with the Family Engagement Institute (FEI) at Foothill College to offer Stretch to Kindergarten – a six-week, tuition-free program designed to help children from low-income families adapt to an academic setting.


Foothill names interim president

Foothill College appointed Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D., to serve as interim president through March 31.

Messina replaces outgoing President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D., who was hired last month as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Miner begins her role as chancellor this week.


MVLA High School Foundation's $1.5 million grant sets record

The MVLA High School Foundation donated $1.5 million to the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District this year, the largest grant in the foundation’s 33-year history.

At the annual gifting dinner earlier this year, MVLA Foundation co-executive directors Laura Roberts and Margaret Gong and board President Mike Maciag presented the check to then-Superintendent Barry Groves and Susan Sweeley, president of the district’s board of trustees. Foundation board members, school district trustees, administrators, principals and volunteers attended the event.


Foothill STEM camps offer resources for low-income students

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Students use software connected to a 3D printer, left, to create a miniature San Francisco, including the Ferry Building, below, at Foothill’s STEM Summer Camps.

Expanding efforts to spark and inspire students’ interest in Science, Technolgy, Engineering and Math, STEM Summer Camps at Foothill College more than doubled in size this summer.

From serving 480 students last year to 1,250 this year, the program offers hands-on and experiential lessons in STEM topics.


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